Communicate Your Goals & Their Impact on Others

As much as we might wish the people closest to us (those living in our homes with us) could read our minds and our intentions… that just isn’t the case.

And as much as we’d like the people closest to us to support us in achieving our greatest dreams, oftentimes they don’t know what our dreams are OR how the changes in our actions will impact them.

In this week’s video, I share some thoughts on how to share with the people in your household about the changes you are making (so you can achieve your goals) AND how they can expect to be impacted by those changes.

Open and honest conversations will help you all have greater understanding of what’s going on. That will help you move forward with a lightness of heart that will help you keep moving toward your goals.

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Start Living Healthier Today

Do you keep saying you’re going to change your unhealthy ways? Have you set New Year’s Resolutions and then greeted October in the same condition (or worse) than you were in January?

Today is the day you can change that! Watch this week’s video about my new FREE Healthier Habits Starter Program.

Learn more at

Become healthier without totally disrupting your life!

NOTE: In the video I called this program the Healthier by the Holidays Challenge. I didn’t like calling it a challenge or focusing only on the holidays, so I renamed it. The content will be the same as what I talk about in this video.

If you would like to start living a healthier lifestyle, I encourage you to participate in this free program. Learn more about it at:

Healthier Habits Starter Program

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Ep041: Have You Thought About Your Health Lately?

How much time do you spend thinking about your health? Do you consider yourself healthy?

Do you fall in to the trap of thinking “health” only relates to your physical body?

In this week’s episode, I talk about the many types of health and offer an invitation to improve your overall health.

Episode Notes:

I referred to Episode 040: Facing Fear with the Power of Your Passions.

I also invited you to learn more about the Healthier Habits Starter Program.

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Ep036: Brighten Someone’s Day with a Greeting Card or Note Card

I have a challenge for you…

Take a quick few minutes to list the people who have made an impact on your life (for better or worse). Think of people who exist in your current world, and people from your past. Think of people you grew up with, went to school with, worked with, lived with or near.

Now count the number of people you’ve connected ith in recent months. Consider the quality of that connection. Was it a quick “like” on a Facebook post? Was it text message reminding someone to do something?

When was the last time you reached out to someone just to let them know you care?

In this week’s episode of Reflections of a Recovering Ugly Duckling, I share tips on the lost art of connecting with the people we love with short, personal notes.

Show Notes:

Here are some things I referenced in today’s episode:

guide to note cards and greeting cards

Click the image above to download this quick guide to creating and writing your own meaning-filled note cards



Click here to download the FREE “Brighten Someone’s Day” guide.


This guide will show you how to create quick, easy, and inexpensive note cards PLUS 50+ starter ideas to make note writing a bit easier.

Note cards, greeting cards guide

This is the original cover

My cluttered desk, note card, greeting cards

OMGoodness… this is slightly embarrassing (okay, more than slightly)… but yes, this is my desk. Sigh… now can you understand why I couldn’t focus?

The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level by Gay Hendricks – The big question asked (and answered) in this book is this: Are you limiting your success because of your own “upper limit problem”? If you’re like me, the bell will keep going “ding, ding, ding” as you are reading this book.

Explore your creative side on – this free graphic service is AMAZING! You can upload your own photos or images or you can use theirs (some cost $1 to use). You can use their design templates, or just play around with colors, shapes, and designs.

Print your own note cards on – this website allows you to create lovely note cards (and many other items) using their designs (which you can customize to your needs) or upload your own images to use. I’ve ordered business cards and postcards from them and have been pleased with the products.

Disclaimer: As I shared in the podcast episode, I don’t have any financial relationship with any of the above services. I have used or purchased their products with my own funds.

If you enjoyed today’s episode, I hope you will accept my challenge and let someone know you are thinking of them today. It will most definitely brighten their day!

Ep034: Accept and Embrace Your Imperfection

I don’t know if you’ve noticed… but I am not perfect.

I know… it’s hard to believe. But there it is.

And you know what? I bet you aren’t perfect either.

And do you know what else… do you know the MOST IMPORTANT “WHAT ELSE” is?

It doesn’t matter!

We are all imperfect beings. Accepting our own imperfections and learning to embrace the imperfections of others is one of the keys to happiness and fulfillment.

In this week’s podcast episode, I’ll share a list of my imperfections and how I stopped caring about them (or am trying not to care so much about them). Enjoy!

Show notes:

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Here’s one of my first goal setting videos… notice the blinky-blinky eyes and my crooked face. Sigh… it doesn’t matter… it doesn’t matter. 🙂

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