Monday, November 23, 2015

Guest Post by Lorrie Forde, author of 'Really Good F Words'


I’ve decided, its official! I’m still a kid at heart and I love that about myself.

Wondering about my motivation for those last statements?

Honestly, there are lots of reasons ranging from my preference to stay present in the moment to the Fact that I love to laugh and have Fun with Friends. (….just a few of the F words that are featured in my book Really Good F Words: Your Interactive Guide to Self-Care).

While my interest in those F words is one of the reasons I believe I’m kind of a kid at heart, my intention for stating it in this blog post is because I’ve learned that giving myself a sticker on my exercise chart, or getting lost in cutting and pasting pictures and words for a poster I’m creating (my vision board) feels just as good today as it did when I was in grade school. And…while I know that I’m unique…I don’t believe that I’m all that different.

Setting aside time to play with a pile of magazines and a pair of scissors is Fun. It is also an intentional action that taps into the creative part of me as I design my own customized vision board where I capture images of my goals. It also includes pictures and words that focus on some of the Favourite things I currently enjoy in my life. By including content I already enjoy and want more of, I am more likely to create more space for it.

When was the last time you felt good about crossing something off your ‘to do’ list? Has there ever been a time when you’ve even added something to that list after you’d already completed it just so you could cross it off? Crossing items off a list or putting up a sticker on a chart – not all that different when you really think about it, both are actions that recognize an accomplishment.

So, how can we capitalize on this awareness?

In my life, I choose to look for ways to do more of what feels good and less of what doesn’t. (Another fact that supports my initial statement about still being a kid at heart.) Creating opportunities where I can celebrate the milestones along the path to a goal are one of those feel good things. Crossing items off a list or adding a sticker to a chart are examples of the little celebrations I incorporate into my day as part of my intentional self-care practice or in “kid speak”, the stuff that leaves me feeling good.

What do you do in support of your “inner kid” and how does that action leave you feeling?


Lorrie Forde is a professional coach with clients whose interests range from business goals to personal topics and executive responsibilities to organizational strategic planning. She is also author of the best-selling book, Really Good F Words: Your Interactive Guide to Self-Care.

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