TIPS AND RESOURCES

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This page is a permanent work in progress. I will adjust the list below on an ongoing basis.

 

These resources are meant to be informative, encouraging, and inspirational. While they are mostly secular a few are faith-based. Hopefully some of the resources on this page and the Mindfulness page resonate with you.

 

I hope that they light a spark in you and support you on your journey.

“Life Is Not An Exact Science. It Is An Art."

- Samuel Butler

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BREATHING

The Healing Power of the Breath

Richard P. Brown, MD and Patricia L. Gerberg, MD

Breathe: Simple Breathing Techniques for a Calmer, Happier Life

Jean Hall

Conscious Breathing: Breathwork for Health, Stress Release, and Personal Mastery

Gay Hendricks, Ph.D.

Science of Breath: A Practical Guide

Swami Rama, Rudolph Ballentine, MD, Alan Hymes, MD

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EATING AND NUTRITION

https://www.choosemyplate.gov/

https://www.nutrition.gov/

US Department of Agriculture

 

https://www.eatright.org/food#Nutrition

Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics

 

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/healthy-recipes/art-20047195

Mayo Clinic Ingredient Substitute Guide

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JOY AND COMPASSION

A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives

Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D.

 

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Carlton Abrams

 

Compassion: A Reflection on the Christian Life

Henri Nouwen, Donald P. McNeill, and Douglas Morrison

 

Compassion: Gardens of the Heart

Elizabeth Clare Prophet

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LEARNING TO BE ON YOUR OWN SIDE

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

Brene Brown

Taming Your Gremlin: A Surprisingly Simple Method for Getting Out of Your Own Way

Rick Carson

Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life

Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles

Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life

Byron Katie and Stephen Mitchell

The Introvert Advantage: How Quiet People Can Thrive in an Extrovert World

Marti Olsen Laney, Psy.D.

The Endless Practice: Becoming Who You Were Born To Be

Mark Nepo

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FOCUSING ON SUCCESS

One Word That Will Change Your Life

Jon Gordon, Dan Britton, and Jimmy Page

 

The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

Gary Keller

 

The Slight Edge

Jeff Olson

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MEANING AND PURPOSE

The Four Purposes of Life: Find Meaning and Direction in a Changing World

Dan Millman

 

Living a Life That Matters: Resolving the Conflict Between Conscience and Success

Harold S. Kushner

 

The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom

Rod Stryker

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MOVEMENT AND EXERCISE

http://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/fitness

American Heart Association

 

https://www.livestrong.com/scat/fitness/

LiveStrong Fitness

 

https://www.verywellfit.com/

VerywellFit

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SLOWING DOWN AND SIMPLIFYING LIFE

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

Marie Kondo

 

Small Graces: The Quiet Gifts of Everyday Life

Kent Nerburn

 

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SLEEP

Tips for Better Sleep

Centers for Disease Control

 

http://sleepeducation.org/healthysleep

National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project

American Academy of Sleep Medicine

 

Your Guide to Healthy Sleep

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute

 

https://tuck.com

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Testimonials

"Stephanie was an invaluable health and wellness coach for me.  She presented me with questions, resources, and homework that I found empowering and productive.  She is a great listener and synthesized my thoughts and feelings in a way that made things crystallize for me.  I realized how much control I have over my own life choices.  I am better at taking the time I need for myself so I can be a happier, healthier "me" which makes me a better mother, wife, and friend.  I am responsible for my own happiness and I feel like I have the tools to achieve it now.  Thank you Stephanie!" K.F.

"Stephanie was such a wonderful coach, and I'm thrilled that I had the opportunity to work with her.  She frequently started our sessions with a short guided meditation that I found both calming and incredibly useful as we moved on to discussions about progress I had made and possible upcoming pitfalls.  I found working with Stephanie a really rewarding experience and one that I would highly recommend to others. She did a great job integrating physical, mental, and emotional health in helping me set goals for myself." M.H.

"Stephanie is a thoughtful coach, guiding with insightful pacing and placing caches of wisdom within reach.  She was faultlessly professional and generous.  I appreciated her patience, wisdom, warmth, and humor." Catherine

"I was able to spend 12 weeks working with Stephanie, and the Live Well Flow Coaching Program.  Stephanie started with discussing my mindset, determining my goals, and digging deep into the mindset around eating and wellness.  During the sessions with Stephanie, I was able to focus on determining deeper reasons behind eating, eating emotionally, and eating mindlessly.  We spent time meditating and I felt like I was finally able to hear what my body was telling me.  I feel better able to know when it is the right time to eat for my health, and when I need to pay attention to my feelings. We did three different mindfulness sessions, tasting food and really paying attention to what we are putting into our mouths.  For the first time (in a very long time) I actually tasted my food.  It has been life changing for me.  I have learned to slow down when eating, what to do to taste my food, and enjoy what I am eating-all without eating mindlessly.  

 
I was sad when our coaching agreement ended, I wish I could keep Stephanie in my pocket forever!"
 

Allyson Bathalon 

 
"Stephanie is a thoughtful, compassionate, and empathetic coach.  She has been direct and forthright, not allowing me to hide behind the excuses or "stories" as she aptly calls them, which I know don't serve me well.  She has shown a dedication and focused energy that has helped me to hone in on effective, practical ways to proceed - not simply with a job search, but with a real pathway forward in my life as a working mom.  I highly recommend her for any life, wellness, or job coaching needs you may have!" M.F.

Above all, Stephanie made me feel listened to. I’ve always had dreams, but they were wispy and cloudy, too varied to bring into focus. Stephanie guided me to clarify which dream most needed to take precedence, and then she helped me build habits that have allowed me to realize my visions. She did this all while listening so carefully it shocked me at times, always making me feel like what I said was important. She did not diminish any of my concerns. She listened to the realities of my situation, and helped me determine which obstacles were only perceived, which were legitimate, and which needed to be honored. By holding up a mirror to me in important moments, she helped me set priorities.

 

Her professionalism is unparalleled, and her way of looking at systems gave me a different lens through which to examine various dynamics.

 

Nothing seemed to faze her—I asked for guidance on a contract at work, my family-work balance, and time-management. She was masterful at determining and wading through details.  

 

Now, many months after setting my priorities, my entire perspective of my life has shifted, and I am enormously grateful for Stephanie’s presence on my journey.

 

Heather

"Stephanie was my coach during a challenging life transition to self-employment. She has a wonderful ability to actively listen, summarize your thoughts, and ask reflective questions that help you stay focused and get at the real issue - all while giving you the nurturing support you need. I highly recommend Stephanie Lewis to anyone wanting to move forward in life to a better version of themselves!"  Janice

"Stephanie has great presence and her warmth and engaging personality make it easy to be authentic while working with her. She asked powerful questions that helped me with personal exploration and she held space for me to process information and feelings. I would highly recommend Stephanie to anyone working on personal development and seeking to dive deeper and make some effective changes in their life." Emily Kushvaliev

"Stephanie's meditation sessions combine thoughtful discussions of a variety of mindfulness activities with a guided meditation that uses that day's approach. I both enjoy these sessions and learn more about ways I can address stress in my life.  

Her patience with, and support of, our efforts to create a practice reinforces the importance of being kind to ourselves.  I find these sessions an oasis of claim in an otherwise stressful world.  Thank you, Stephanie!"  Sherry

"I owe Stephanie and her meditation classes so much.  They are providing me with the tools to manage myself, my experiences, my expectations, and my life.  I didn't realize before I began learning mindfulness techniques how much they would touch my life."  Elise

"Stephanie has an excellent workshop facilitation style with good pacing.  She encourages participation and doesn't overtalk, allowing silence and reflection between points.  She does a great job of selecting and editing content and mixing talking, activity, and partner sharing.  She also curates excellent workshop topics and resource persons."  Rebecca