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The Power of Joy
Tasty Food For Thought
by: Nancy Werteen

Every afternoon, it suddenly hits me like acid in the back of my throat: What the heck are we going to eat for dinner? And then I start to whine inside my head, “Didn’t we just eat dinner yesterday?” Now let me tell you, dinner in my house is a production. My daughter and I are allergic to gluten and my other daughter is allergic to several food additives so I am sort of set up like a lab in a test kitchen. There are the gluten free items, but then there are the items that aren’t gluten free that I can’t touch with something that has touched gluten, like a knife slicing a pad of butter for example. Complicated.  And it gets more ridiculous. Since we are all on different schedules, I make up dinner plates with names on them. Listen I could let them all fend for themselves but dinner most nights would be tortilla chips with some kind of artificial cheese product on top.

So in my daily grumblings lately, I decided to try Kim’s suggestion of reframing my thoughts. Instead of “I have to cook dinner”, I’m saying to myself, “I get to cook dinner”. I was all set to report to her that it isn’t working, but I have to admit, it is! When they come home and they’re hungry and I have something healthy to give them and they smile and are happy and I can tune in to gratitude, wow! It’s put a whole new spin on everything. And here’s the best part. Because I’m not so cranky about it, they are cleaning up with a smile on their faces and are jumping in and cooking too.  And that right there is some tasty food for thought! 

The Power of Now
The WC News and Events
Our book, The Power Of A Pivot, is now available on Amazon.  Give the gift of joy this holiday season!  Click here to order your copy today. 

We were honored to be guests on Claim The Stage podcast. In case you missed it, click here to watch.

Save the date!  We are cooking up a fun holiday event for  Wednesday, December 6th. Details soon!
The Power of Why
The Upward Spiral
by: Kim Howie
The holidays are often described as "the most wonderful time of the year!"  And we all know that they are supposed to be full of joy and delight.  However, as we enter this season of holiday cheer, it's easy to get overwhelmed by all of the additional tasks on our already-too-full to do list!  We tend to find ourselves thinking about how to "survive" the holidays rather than how to enjoy and actually "thrive" during the holidays.

I've found that the secret to staying balanced and centered during the holiday craze is to manage my mindset!  If I allow myself to get caught up in the feelings of panic (you know those feelings of.....I need more time ~ I'm not ready, the house isn't ready, etc.), it begins a downward spiral.  And before I know it, I'm looking forward to when it will all be over and I can have some "normalcy" in my life again.  Therefore, I'm missing out on enjoying the present moment and the opportunity to make memories to savor in the future.

Barbara Fredrickson, a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, has a theory she calls Broaden and Build.  In this theory she explains how when we focus on the positive aspects in life, we broaden our perspective and our emotions build upon themselves, creating what she calls the "upward spiral."  I love this term!  We are all too familiar with the downward spiral and how quickly our negative emotions can spiral out of control.  Well, the good news is that the same is true for our positive emotions!  If we can remain focused on the positive, it builds and allows us to notice more positive things and feel more positive emotions.

I've been practicing this theory for a while now and I have to say that it really works!  Give it a try this holiday season, and when you start to feel a little down or overwhelmed, try to find something positive to focus upon ~ like the beauty in nature or the wonder in the eyes of a child or something for which you are grateful.  Then watch as it broadens and builds and the upward spiral begins!
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 Wisdom 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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