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The Power of Joy
Perception Deception
by Nancy Werteen
Most mornings when I get out of the shower and turn and face the mirror, if I haven’t grabbed a towel yet,  I must admit when I catch a glimpse of my naked self I think, “Who the heck is THAT?” THAT is not the body I have. Oh wait..yes it is. Sigh. It wasn’t too long ago that this bulge was in that spot and that bulge was in this spot. You age. Things change. Boy, do they change. And it’s funny. I remember being 18 and thinking that I DIDN’T look fantastic. Have you seen an 18 year-old recently? They all look wonderful-those wrinkle free faces and those flat bellies. But back then, I remember thinking that certain body parts weren’t big enough and other parts weren’t small enough. I didn’t really think I looked good at all. Just out of curiosity, I dug around and found a picture of myself at 18 in a bikini for Heaven’s sake. Just standing there-in a bikini. I haven’t worn a bikini in 15 years. What in the world was I complaining about? From where I sit now, that’s a pretty perfect figure. But I never felt that way back then. I felt “less than” a lot of other women. I remember most of my friends would join me in the self doubt parties and the ruminations on what we didn’t have. We never really thought about what we DID have. I couldn’t see what other people saw-until I became another person myself.
These days I figure my body’s not perfect but I had a good run. These days I think it’s better to take a look at what I do have and forget about what I don’t. I know that love and joy and happiness really don’t need every bulge to be just the right size and in just the right place. But most importantly, I don’t want to waste another minute putting myself down. None of us is perfect in every way but we all shine in our own special way and that’s good enough!
Nuggets of Wisdom
Nancy Werteen:  How can we embrace our age?

Annarose Ingarra-Milch/ motivational speak and author of "Lunch with Lucille", a fun read with the message to women that we are our best asset at any age:

"When we change our perspective and adjust our inner conversations to focus on the positive, we change our attitude. And when we change our attitude, we can do anything, including seeing the beauty in our age."

The Power of Why
The Power to Shift and Reshape
by: Kim Howie
I've been thinking a lot lately about the role that perception play in our lives.  And I've come to the conclusion that almost everything in life is open to our interpretation.  We tend to view things as WE are not as THEY are.  In this way, we are designing our own reality.  We observe experiences from our personal vantage point (our perspective), which creates our own perception of reality.  

I've been building awareness of how this plays out in my life.  What I've noticed is that I can participate in or witness the exact same experience as my husband, but come away with a completely different perception of what occurred.  And what I find to be even more interesting is that when we each vocalize our perception, we both feel as though our story is an accurate depiction of what occurred.  This has baffled me for sometime now.  How can we partake in the same experience, yet view it so differently?  

In my health coaching business, I talk to clients all the time about their ability to manage their own stress level by owning the power of their thoughts.  Although there are many stressors in life that are outside our control (such as traffic or other people's actions), we have complete control over how we choose to respond to them.

I've come to realize that our perception boils down to how we choose to see things.  As the adage goes, is the glass half empty or half full?  It's the same glass filled with the same amount of fluid, but perceived differently.  The great news is that our perception takes shape in our minds, and therefore, is 100 percent within our control.  This means that we have the power to shift and reshape it into something that serves us rather than depletes us.  We can choose to be open to seeing things differently, enabling us to reshape our perception with the understanding that we all wake up each day simply doing the best we can in life.
The Power of Now
The WC News and Events
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The Who Behind The Wisdom Coalition
The Wisdom Coalition, LLC has been created by Kim Howie, Certified Health Coach, author, and designer of the Pure Energy Program, and Nancy Werteen, television news reporter and anchor with WFMZ-TV-69, currently producing a series called, “Life Lessons” which focuses on health and wellness tips, along with guidance and support from advising partner, Heather Rodale, VP of Community Outreach and a member of the Board of Directors for Rodale Inc., as well as founder of the not-for-profit organization, Healing Through The Arts.

The Wisdom Coalition has an amazing Board of Advisors with diverse skills who provide advice and support.

Our Mission: To create a collaborative community to help women flourish, thrive, and find joy in the journey of life.

Our Basis:  We believe in the power of women supporting other women and the wisdom we all have to teach one another how to find joy in the journey of life.
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