Year in review part 1

We don’t know about you, but both halves of LCL had crazy work years. Maybe during this holiday season, it’s a good time to look back and reflect–did you work too hard in 2016?  Are you making the right life choices?  What is the most important thing to you–work? Family? Creating things? Experiencing life? Maybe start to make plans for 2017 this next week. 

For review–here’s my blog on Being a workaholic.  Lie back, rest and enjoy!  

–Clare

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Goals update 2016 #49 LL

Sooo, this is it for 2016 huh…it’s that “hurry up and wait” sort of thing. I cannot believe how this year has gone. Recently I was asked my definition of success. Success I feel is a strong word that can cut like a knife. I feel you have to create your own definition of what success is to you. For me, it means the freedom to do what I want when I want it. I feel very successful these days. But, this also means that as I grow my definition will also change.

Looking ahead to 2017 my definition is evolving a bit more. I’ll share it with you once I have a clearer idea what it is. For now, please note that while I freaking love goals and setting them, I also believe you have to be clear you are not just focusing on achievement.

I think it’s easy to become achievement based. But, fulfillment is going to be more satisfying. Everything I achieved this year has been extremely amazing. I sit here looking back and am feeling so good about many choices I made. I also sit here and realize there are some things that I focused on that didn’t matter, that I could have done differently and others that surprised me!

This week as I teach my final sessions of 2016 and look forward to the year ahead I have one word on my mind. This past year was a Fabulous and Fierce thesis. This upcoming year is about Creating. Oh, I cannot wait to share my creations! What will your year be?

xx~LL

Thankful Thursday

Each week we encourage you to tune in, join the discussion and pass on your own thankful thoughts!


We are thankful for workouts that stretch us and challenge us.  Get out of that comfort zone and make yourself stronger!

We are thankful for hot running water.  Its something we take for granted, but many countries, and many people in our own country don’t get to use on a regular basis.  And, really, there is NOTHING like a hot shower or bath to soothe you.  Go enjoy one!!

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Gift yourself with a Decision

Holidays can become all about the gifts, to-do list and end of the year projects. It’s easy to feel pulled in every direction but towards yourself and your dreams. There are the parties you have to go to and the ones you want to go to. The gifts you have to buy, want to buy and there is YOU!

With so many things spinning in the air and the search for the perfect gift, it can be easy to begin waffling. Should I go here, do this, should I buy this or this? What if he/she doesn’t like it? Should I go to this party first? Should I go early? Maybe I should leave late? All these options can become too much and make the end of the year feel like one endless list of decisions to make.

Give yourself a gift that will cost you absolutely nothing! Take a moment to look ahead and decide yes or no on as many things as you can. Do it in the morning when your decision-making muscle is strong. Decide where you will go and when. Write it down so it’s out of your head and on your schedule. Decide to buy the gift that you first thought they would like. They can always return it. Go the party, you can always leave early. Or, decide not to go at all. If the day comes, and you have a desire to change your mind then fine but thinking about what you will do all week long is just a waste of brain space and truly is a way to procrastinate on something else.

You cannot be all things to all people, but you can be everything you need to be for yourself. What decisions will you make this week?

xx~LL 

Goals update #48 2016 LL

As my final weeks of 2016 approach, I have been spending more time percolating on 2017. I feel the last three years have each had their own themes. Each year I have grown more and more. I have been challenged in ways I hoped and in ways, I didn’t expect. I still have not decided on what 2017 will have in store but here is what I know for this week.

  1. Focus on filling my Retreats. I have only 4 spots left for my retreat to Angkor. Only 6 spots left for my Retreat to Maui. We just announced our Day Retreat here in LA, and there are 8 spots.
  2. Prepare the social for the last week of December and First Week of January. I do not like to work on Jan 1.
  3. Think about what I want to consume more of and where I want to spend time contributing
  4. Final reading os 2016 and first readings of 2017
  5. Begin starting each day creating instead of on tasks. I want to see how this goes and if this is how I will structure my work days.

Tell me, what are you most excited about as the end of 2016 approaches?

xx~LL

Thankful Thursday

Each week we encourage you to tune in, join the discussion and pass on your own thankful thoughts!


We are thankful for the ability to adult!  It is such a nice thing to be able to do things like an adult–even though we can’t begin to define “adult” for you.  Sensible and responsible people or even just moments of sensibility and responsibility from others are a wonderful strength to witness.

We are thankful for childlike innocence.  To stop and witness something like a child, in the midst of all of this adulting is truly a worthwhile stop–take a moment, and just enjoy something today just as a child would!

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Big or Small, Dreams Matter

A conversation with a colleague lead me to start thinking about dreams.  As children we had large blanket dreams–I want to be an astronaut, I want to be the President, I want to live in a mansion, I want to have 10 kids.  Just thinking about childhood dreams makes me smile.  As we get older and hopefully wiser, our aim changes.  Education whittles out our strengths, and aims us toward a life trajectory. Our childhood dreams change into abilities–leadership, exploration, business sense, taking care of others.

Do you remember what you wanted to be when you were young?  When I was a child I wanted to be an Archeologist, The first female President of the United States of America, a mommy, and an Actress.  I like research and finding out things, and I love leading and managing, I’m great at taking care of people, and I love being in front of an audience and have the reins to their emotions.  I use all of these abilities today.  Its so interesting how our childhood dreams, even though big and very marshmallow like, stick with us.

It is also interesting how our dreams change.  The discussion with the colleague that lead to this post happened at one of my jobs, and we were discussing how this day a this job was just a moment in time–it was rather a rough day, and how we were both destined for bigger things, and that we would someday reach the big goal–we’re both performers.  It dawned on me that my large, fluffy childhood dreams seemed so much bigger way back then, and my adult goals are sometimes harder to achieve, but so much more real and defined.  Smaller dreams come in to play as an adult: time to yourself, a delicious meal, time off, and we can make them happen.  Big dreams are still out there on the horizon too, like a new car or house, an exotic vacation, a dream career.  They’re not the big, fluffy, fun dreams of childhood, but they are very important!  Big dreams are a little scarier because they require planning or money…. but they are achievable.

The saying: “what would you do if you could not fail,” always comes into my mind when discussing futures and dreams.  It makes me smile.  Although I love this saying, I’ve heard it so often that it sort of blurs.  It is great to brace yourself with your desires and a giant safety net.  However, what I’d like to suggest to you, is look back at your childhood dreams–match them to your current abilities.  How can those abilities help you attain the dreams you have now?  Dream those dreams!  Figure out how to make dreams into possibilities into realities.  You can make things happen!  Go forth and dream big, my lovelies!

–Clare

Goals update #47 LL

This week marks one of my last weeks of 2016! I actually stop working on 12/23 and don’t start again until 1/2/17!! It’s a busy week around here.

Goals to be finalized, ditched or continued…that’s how I am categorizing things around here.

Financial: I’ve got to move my 401k asap and then my hubs, and I are re-evaluating a few things. But so far I am going into 2017 in a much better place and all while working for myself.

Health: New doctor appointment. Fingers crossed. I may hate this diet I am on, but I am also feeling 50% better every day. Some days a bit more!

Business: Focusing on three major projects! I’ve got 4 spots left on my retreat to Cambodia!

Personal: Keeping up with my workouts! It’s easy to skip them in the dark and cold months. But, I have kept them this long!!!

What are you working on these last couple of weeks?

Goals update #46 LL

After spending almost five days up with family for the holiday, it is time to get back to work! I’ve got a lot of catching up to do. Catching up can seem annoying and overwhelming. My advice when in these instances is to think about how I’ll feel once it is all over. I will feel freaking awesome when the list is all caught up.

Personal: I’m launching a new blog chronicling my stomach adventures and food recipes. It will be therapeutic and fun. This week I’ve got to get three blogs ready to post. Stay tuned!

Health: I’m trying to survive one more week before a new doctors appointment. I’ll be combining a Low Fodmap diet with a no gluten, grain or dairy diet. Yes, there is still plenty of good food to eat.

Financial: It’s my final four weeks of teaching for the year. I’m readying up my accounts to send off to my CPA and zeroing out any bills I have. Getting ready to start 2017 off nice and fresh.

Business: I’ve got a couple of programs I am launching for 2017, three retreats already planned and getting my clients set up before the holidays.

I had an amazing four days chilling with my family and dogs! It is so important to take the time just to do nothing. I’m pretty freaking grateful.

xx~LL

Thankful Thursday

Yes, we know it’s Wednesday! But, we want you to enjoy these grateful moments before the holiday.

Each week we encourage you to tune in, join the discussion and pass on your own thankful thoughts!


We are thankful for friends and family far and wide.  We are thankful for the blood relations that drive us crazy, and the urban families we have created to make us sane.

We are thankful for tables full of food, and that we are not hungry, and we can help those who are.

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