November 2017

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What’s Better Than Holiday Shopping? This!

As the holiday sales and discounts are in full swing, what’s the real reason you want to buy gifts for others? A father asked his little girl, Janie, to write a letter to Santa Claus asking for what she wanted for Christmas. Janie rushed to her room, shut the door, pulled out every crayon, and began to write. In green, she wrote about the doll she wanted. In pink and yellow, Janie drew the dress she wanted. Janie paused, took a deep breath and continued to the big one. She grabbed the blue crayon and started drawing, teardrops coming down a little girl’s face. She put a big “x” in red across the tears. All Janie really wanted was to stop crying every time her father left the house on long business trips. She crumpled up the piece of paper, threw it in the corner of her room and cried herself to sleep. Her father knocked on the door and came in to see how the Santa list was going. Janie stumbled awake, the tears still on her face. Her father asked what happened. She reached to hug her daddy and said, “All I want for Christmas is to play card games with you. I don’t need anything from Santa.” Her father held Janie tightly and said okay. That night, Janie’s father called his business partner and said he can’t travel this week, I have a family matter to attend to. His business partner without asking any questions, said no problem. From this point on, Janie’s father had to justify to himself every time he was away from Janie.   This holiday season, create true interactions and connections with your loved ones, friends, and colleagues. Or ask why you’re buying a gift in the first place. Is it to make you feel better that you’re doing something for someone else? Is the gift going to enhance the other person’s life? Sometimes a kid only wants to go to the park and play with their parents. As adults, let’s create those moments that turn into memories you’ll never forget. It’s in those moments that there is an equal (gift) exchange of love and affection. Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day! Lora Polowczuk Chief Energy Officer © Priority Retreats International

Are You Really Grateful?

John woke up one morning thinking he was all alone. The world was out to get him. He wondered why he was working so hard yet felt that he had nothing. A friend sent him a podcast and said, “You really should listen to this 10 minute audio.” While John ate his usual daily breakfast of eggs and toast, he listened with intent, hoping he would get some piece of advice to cheer him up. When was the last time you were grateful for the following?
  • Transportation: a car, bus, train that gets you from Point A to Point B.
  • Your eyes to see children play with joy, your ears to hear to avoid getting run over by a car, your nose to smell the sweet roses in summer time.
  • Your refrigerator that keeps your food from spoiling.
  • All the bad experiences that taught you a better way to live.
  • Your friends and family that do root for you.
  • A phone and other technology to connect with people near and far.
  • Clothes to cover your body.
It’s very easy to think of what we don’t have. We neglect the many wonderful people, situations, and material items we do have. Material is not always bad. Who doesn’t think a refrigerator or a stove is an important material item to have?   As Thanksgiving holiday is fast approaching, think about all the subtle items, people, and situations that we take for granted. Take this time to give thanks for all the amazingness you do have. I’m especially grateful that you support my journey to spread my messages around the world. Wishing you and your loved ones an abundant, joyful, and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday! Lora Polowczuk Chief Energy Officer © Priority Retreats International

Purge, Nourish, and Growth

As winter approaches, our lush, bountiful garden begins to wither and dry up. It’s time to plant the spring bulbs and wait for their beauty to arrive in the spring. The same holds true for our own lives. As we crave more in our life – more friends, more money, more time for fun, we must also purge. The funny thing is that we get overwhelmed by everything we have to do yet we fail to identify what no longer serves us. This year, I’ve had to carefully evaluate where I invest my time and energy. I’ve said “no,” removed myself off leadership boards, and not attended certain events to create the space I needed. What can you say “no” to?  This creates the space you want for something new to arrive in your life. Now is the time to purge – physical and mental space. Now is the time to clear out the clothes you haven’t worn for years, the piles of paper accumulating around the house, or the junk in your garage. Now is the time to let go of what we no longer need – a belief, a bad attitude, a bad argument with your spouse, distractions. Then, take a minute and plant that seed of opportunity. What more do you want in your life? How do you want 2018 to go? To allow for more to come into your life, it’s like trimming back the bushes and plants so they can flourish come spring. When we create this open space, we allow for more greatness to come into our lives. As we clear the old out, we utilize our own focus and discipline to create more of what we desire. Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day! Lora Polowczuk Chief Energy Officer © Priority Retreats International  

Does the Time Change Bring on Fatigue?

With the change of season, the hours of sunlight diminish quickly. You may want to sleep more. You may feel less inclined to go out after work. Your energy seems less. You feel like you have less energy. And, all you want to do is curl up on the couch with a warm cup of brew and your favorite movie. But, is it really? Or, is this only your perception? Has your routine changed? Or, has your routine fallen off? Here’s the thing. It’s likely the latter, right? If your morning routine gives you energy. It doesn’t matter what time the sun comes up. Your morning routine is the same. Do you have a morning routine that energizes you? Does your morning routine get you excited for your day? Every morning, I have a specific set of activities that get me still and move me. This creates a chain reaction that gets me motivated everyday to tackle any challenges that are thrown my way. Carefully examine your morning: -What’s the first thing you do when your brain wakes up? i.e., this is before you even get out of bed. Do you dread your day? Do you wonder why you’re still tired? Do you hit the alarm? -What’s the first thing you do when your eyes open? Look at the clock? Think about your long to-do list? Think about how busy your day is going to be? Do you freak out that you slept late and don’t have time to make lunch for the kids? Do you check the latest social media feed? What would happen if you spent the first 30 minutes of your day on you? Getting yourself focused. Getting yourself energized.  Figure out what the strategy for your day is. This will dramatically change your life.    Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day! Lora Polowczuk Chief Energy Officer © Priority Retreats International