Sheri here,

I’ve heard 90% of life is showing up.  There is a quote to that effect attributed to Woody Allen. If you show up consistently and do the next indicated step life unfolds and things get done.

The other 10% is doing the work!

90% of Life is Showing Up

At least that’s been my experience.  I’ve shown up for many things and done the work.  The results have been amazing.

I showed up in school, did the work and got good grades.  I showed up for work and did the work and got accolades and promotions.

Where I haven’t shown up consistently for myself is in diet and exercise.  Exercise coupled with my diet and working a plan will give me the results I want.  I plan to show up five days out of seven for exercise and might make two.  When I look at my poor success with those goals, I have to admit it is my lack of showing up.

I have a calorie plan and get consistently derailed by the cookies and sweets.  I guess there is a certain level of consistency there – if they are in the house, I will eat them!

Athletes Do It

I’ve heard that some of the best athletes train consistently.  Baseball hitters practice hitting the ball constantly, and basketball players practice shooting free throws, so they don’t miss the “easy” shots.

My friend was training for a swim – the swim from Alcatraz.  It can be a gnarly swim between the currents and the cool water temperature.  But she trained for weeks before hand and it was relatively easy and fun for her, because she’d worked her training plan, consistently.

How about you?  Do you find that same thing to be true?  Do you find that consistency pays off – when you show up and do the work?  What is it you are doing?  Learning, training for an event, working on your diet and exercise, giving your time to good causes?  How are you adding to your life through consistency?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Around Town

Recently, for me it has been my writing.  I’ve been consistently, daily, working on my book and doing the next indicated thing.

My book, “Everything I Learned About Life I Learned on Vacation” is currently with an editor, and I’m waiting for the feedback.  Before I sent it, I went through it looking for errors, bad grammar or improper punctuation and read it start to finish twice.  Some may call that dedication; I call it consistently work on my number ONE priority!

The wait list for my book, Everything I Learned About Life I Learned on Vacation is open –    Sign up for the wait list.

What about you – what is your number ONE priority, are you working it like it is the most important thing? Leave a comment in the chat.

Until the next time, may you have a blessed week.



Keep Your Brain Active

Sheri here,

Last weekend on retreat was great.  I got a lot of rest and a new perspective – just what I want from a retreat weekend.

Enhancing Brain Function

This week I accompanied my husband to his neurologist, and we talked about enhancing brain function by keeping our brains active.

What he suggested were such things as reading, playing games – card games or board games – crossword puzzles, sudoku, or interacting with friends and other people.

Staying active and good nutrition are important, but it was more a conversation about retaining and exercising your brain.

Learning New Things

What are you doing to keep yourself sharp?

Several weeks ago I mentioned “Sharpen the Saw, Sharpen Your Skills” and engaging in fun activities. I’ve captured it here in a blog for you.

Learning new things can be it’s own frustration – at least it is for me.  I always dislike not being masterful of things – mastering the learning curve.  But my real challenge is to continue to master the tips, tricks and activities of a new skill before the frustration gets so bad I walk away.

If I walk away, I’ve discovered the secret is to go back after I’ve set it aside for awhile and maybe done a HALT – looked to see if I was hungry, angry, lonely or tired.  If I were, then I needed to fix that.  Then, I could go back, re-engage and keep doing the new thing until it feels more comfortable.

Also, if I laugh at myself or not take myself too seriously, I’m better off – happier, less stressed.  Does that happen to you?

If I make it a game until I’ve managed a level of skill, then it’s easier.  Sometimes I’ll just do the next indicated thing until I’m having fun even if I’m bad at it.

This has held me in good stead over the years as I’ve attempted new things.  Whether it was learning to sew in junior high, to knit in college, to macramé after I left college, or to do anything else that was new.

Keep Your Sense of Curiosity

A sense of wonder and curiosity served me well as I’ve attempted new things – including the latest – writing a book, which inches closer and closer to publication. My book “Everything I Learned About Life I Learned on Vacation” – Sign up for the wait list.

What are you doing that you’ve always wanted to try?  Don’t let what others think of you stop you or the thought that you can’t teach old dogs new tricks – it’s not true.

Maybe, it’s a new language, sky diving, painting, or writing a book.  Hit reply and let me know what your next new favorite activity is to nurture your brain, to challenge yourself to continue growing, or to peak your curiosity!

May you have a blessed week.



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