Monday Morning Coach
Edition of 5/4/2009


Carole Billingham's Monday Morning Coach for the Month of May

Reading for inspiration and honoring the wise women within.

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"All the answers to life's questions reside within you." - Carole

May 4, 2009 - A publication of The WisdomCoach -

Monday Morning Coach
Written monthly by
Carole L. Billingham, MCC

Spiritual and Business Coach

In this Issue:
Quotes for May
What People Are Saying
May Specials!
Recommended Book
Carole's Blog
Become Carole's Friend
Watch Carole on YouTube
Wise Women Circle
Contact Carole

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Good Morning!

I’ve decided that instead of reading for information, that I’d rather read for inspiration. You see, I am an addict. I’m addicted to buying books, reading books, recommending books and surrounding myself with books. Heck, I’m even writing a book!

Like most addicts, my addiction started from a sense of lack in my life and a belief that experts and authors had access to information that I didn’t. If I wasn’t reading a self-help book, I was attending workshops and seminars in hopes of “getting some of that stuff” the experts had, and at some extent hoping that some of that “stuff” could help me change my life. I suppose you could say that I was always searching for something magical outside of myself; something to make me happy, make me feel worthy and to help me feel a sense of inner peace.

Fast forward about ten years and I can honestly say that although my love affair for books remains, it looks very different than it did back then. For one thing, I now give myself permission to read books other than nonfiction. The old “I need fixing” had me convinced that I could not waste precious time reading something frivolous like Emily Dickenson for fear of missing something important. If there wasn’t a purpose in my reading, I said forget it. I can still hear those old voices in my head saying, “Life’s too short, can’t you see I’m in a race here? Wasting time is not an option!” Thank goodness I matured and embraced my wisdom to know that if reading a fiction story makes me feel good, then that’s good enough for me!

If “all the answers to life’s questions reside within you,” then I no longer need to focus on things outside of myself to make me feel better. I only need to look within. What that means for me is reading for inspiration rather than for information. Right or wrong, I find reading nonfiction these days leaves me feeling either overwhelmed (“Oh my, here are 101 new ways to do such and such that I need to try out”), frustrated (“Geez! I already knew that!), or just simply tired (“Okay, I’m sleepy here, I’ve read this sentence 4 times and I still don’t get it!).

As I give myself permission to enjoy new and brilliant works of fiction, I anticipate the new worlds I will see, the new people I will meet and the fresh experiences I will have through the characters and plots that await me. And in the end, I will come full circle back home. Home to the Wise Woman who lives within me who knows that I am perfect just the way I am!

Have an Inspirational month!

Quotes for May

For the Week of May 4th:

"No one can give you better advice than yourself." --Cicero

Question: How often do you trust others’ advice over your own inner wisdom? What kind of trouble has it gotten you into? How about listening to your own instincts this week and seeing what happens?

Affirmation: "All the wisdom and guidance I need resides within me. As I go inside, I find a wellspring of brilliance, peace and insight."

For the Week of May 11th:

Quote: "Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset." -- St. Francis de Sales

Question: Does it seem like your whole world is upset? What could you do this week to slow down and connect with your inner Spirit?

Affirmation: "Everywhere I go and within everything I do, I have the ability to connect with my Spirit. As I do so, I find a sense of calm and peace. I find my home."

For the Week of May 18th:

Quote: "I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody." -- Bill Cosby

Question: How much of your time is spent trying to please others? Imagine what might happen if you had all of that time for yourself!

Affirmation: "I release my need to please others and I replace it with a desire to be happy and content."

For the Week of May 25th:

Quote: “There is more to life than increasing its speed.” --Mohandas Gandhi

Question: Does life find you in the fast track? If so, just what is your hurry? Why not take some time this week to slow down a bit and enjoy the journey?

Affirmation: “I willingly slow down my pace and notice that there’s a lot of cool stuff to see and experience along the way. Amazingly enough, the things that need to get done, still get done.”

Copyright 2009, Carole L. Billingham, MCC All rights reserved.

What People are Saying about Carole

“Carole's coaching sessions have brought me peace and an understanding of what I'm about.”
-- Lisa Craig - Web Designer/Project Mgr – Lone Tree, CO

“One of the great things about Carole is that she works with the total individual, both personally and professionally, to help them design a lifestyle of his/her dreams.”
-- Lori Ann Nicholson - Research Dir – Westminster, CO

“Since I started working with Carole, my life has absolutely changed. I have a clearer sense of who I am, what I want, and where I'm going. Now my thoughts, words and actions can be aligned to simply allow things to happen.”
-- Lisa Kohn - Consultant/Coach - Fairfield, CT

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May Specials!

Now Available! The 10 Principles of Attraction in MP3 format!

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NEW! Carole's Latest Book Recommendation

The Size of the World
by Joan Silber

Review (From Publishers Weekly): War, love and culture shock take various forms, but the size of the world, in Silber's magnificent fiction, is often no larger than the distance to the person in bed beside you. Silber's sixth work of fiction consists of interlinked stories where minor or passing characters in one piece become the narrators of others, roaming from WWII Sicily to roaring '20s Siam, and from Vietnam-era Mexico to 9/11-era Bloomington, Ind. All six stories turn on the tensions between home, exile and otherness, but to follow any of the threads would be to give away the subtle connections among the characters, from a male Sicilian-American post colonialist professor from Hoboken to a Florida woman named Kit. The frankness of Silber's characters is deliciously at odds with the delicacy of their observations as they absorb children, affairs, fractured and repaired families and early death in environments familiar and alien to them. The characters' many lifetimes pass with a page-turning effortlessness that belies their intense, moving depths. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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Read Carole's Blog

Find new articles and words of wisdom from Carole each week on her Blog page.

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Carole's Wise Women Circle

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the future is with the women.”
- Mahatma Gandhi

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-- S. Mariner

"Being a part of Carole's Women's Coaching Circle showed me that I wasn't out there by myself; other women had similar issues and questions. We explored those questions together and I found that our collective wisdom and experience gave me insight into finding the answers."
-- S. Holmberg

"I really enjoyed the tele-gathering and sharing different perspectives."
-- M. Hough

Contact Carole

Speaker, Author and Spiritual and Business Coach, Carole L. Billingham, MCC

Inspires spirited businesspeople to live with Power, Passion and Purpose
and invites you to be among them!

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P. O. Box 3186
Estes Park, CO 80517
Toll free: 1-800-442-9480

Copyright © 2009 Carole L. Billingham, MCC

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