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The Perfect Pleasurable Flight Checklist – 52 Checklists Project Week 17

May 3, 2016

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10 Items to Ensure a Pleasurable Flight

I have been flying a lot lately for work and I’ve realized that flying in coach class can be downright unpleasant if you’re not well prepared.  The airlines seem to be making the seats smaller and smaller and offering less and less amenities on flights.  If you’re flying, and you don’t want to have a miserable experience, you have to come prepared.  As I was flying last Wednesday, I created my checklist: 10 Things to Make Flying More Pleasurable.  These are 10 “must-have” items that will greatly enhance your flying experience.       

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    • Neck Pillow – a neck pillow is a life saver – especially if you happen to be in the middle or aisle and want to catch a little snooze.
    • Water Bottle – it’s very important to drink water during flights.  The air in the plane is very dehydrating and drinking water makes you less susceptible to germs.  You can’t bring a full water bottle through security, but you can carry an empty bottle and fill it up on the other side of security or purchase a bottle of water at an airport shop.
    • Chewing gum – As you’re ascending or descending the pressure changes can be uncomfortable on your ears.  Chewing gum can help equalize the pressure and relieve discomfort, although it’s not the gum itself that helps. The actions of chewing and swallowing helps to equalize pressure and easing both the stress on your inner ear and the associated discomfort. I like using gum, but sucking on candy or drinking (remember your water bottle) can help as well.
    • Fun  Magazine  – The airplane is one of the only times I get to read fun magazines (other than in doctor waiting rooms), so I love getting two or three magazines to flip through during a flight.  This definitely adds to the pleasure quotient of a flight for me.
    • Great Book – a great book can also make the hours fly (no pun intended).  For me, I like a story with a great plot that I can’t put down.  If you want some suggestions, you can check out this article on 11 Mesmerizing Books for Long Flights or my previous checklist of 10 Books to Read in 2016.
    • A Friend – Travel is always better when you have a friend or loved one you can talk to.  My favorite travel partner is my husband, and I’m lucky that most of the time I fly he’s right beside me.  When I travel alone, it’s the perfect opportunity to meet a new friend and if I’m feeling sociable I’ll befriend a seat-mate.
    • Headphones – The good thing is that many airplanes now have individual screens for each seat where you can pick the movies and shows you want to watch or the music you want to listen to.  The bad thing is that they no longer hand out headphones.  You bring your own or you have to pay for a crappy set. It’s best to bring your own.
    • Snacks – The airplane meal, especially if you’re flying domestically, seems to have gone the way of the Dodo Bird.  It’s best to bring food and snacks with you on the flight.  This is true, especially if you’re flying with kids.
    • Eye Mask – if you’re flying at night and want to sleep an eye mask is perfect for blocking out light, and last but not least:
    • Ear Plugs – again, if you’re trying to get some sleep, ear plugs will help block out the noise around and promote some shut eye. 

 

Those are the 10 items on my checklist to have a pleasurable flight.  What is on your list? How do you make flying more pleasurable?  snappa-1462323561

 

Monick HalmMonick Paul Halm is the Chief Creative Officer at the Checklist Mom.  She has made it her mission to empower women and moms to thrive in their lives, families, and careers.  She’s a busy mom and stepmom of 3, certified life and career coach, author, speaker, and real estate investor.  She’s a wearer of many hats, and juggler of many duties and loves connecting with our moms.  You can connect with her on the Checklist Mom Facebook Page and on twitter as @thereikicoach.

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10 Kids Movies Adults Will Love Too – 52 Checklists Project Week 16

April 20, 2016

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10 Kids Movies Adults Will Love TooFor this week’s Checklist Project, I’m sharing  my 10 Favorite Kids Movies That are Enjoyable for Adults.  

My daughter loves watching kids’ movies, and I like taking her to see movies.  In my opinion though, many kids movies are pretty dreadful and painful to watch.  I compiled a checklist of some movies to watch with your kids that you will also love.  These are my favorite eleven (I know I wrote 10, but I wanted to share a bonus).10 Kids Movies You'll Love Too

    • Zootopia: I brought my daughter to see this one over Spring Break and we both loved it.  My 16-year old step-son went with his friends and they all loved it too.  This is definitely a great one for all ages. 

    • Labyrinth: This is an oldie, but a goodie.  I loved this one when I was a child.  When I saw it again with my daughter, we both loved it still.  I feel particularly nostalgic about Labyrinth given David Bowie’s recent passing.

    • How the Grinch Stole Christmas: This is a holiday movie, and one of my favorites.  It’s 30 minutes of pure goodness.  I particularly love the dog Max.   I had a hard time deciding between this one and the movie Elf, another holiday favorite of our whole family.  

    • The Incredibles: I saw this when I was an adult, but before I had kids.  I absolutely loved this movie.  When I showed my kids they all felt similarly – who can’t relate to a family of super heroes with super normal problems?  

    • Meet the Robinsons: This is another favorite movie of mine.  I love the message in this movie about how it’s ok to experiment and fail. In fact, it’s more than ok, it should be celebrated.  

    • Up: This is such a sweet movie and has one of the best love story montage scenes EVER.  Though this is a kids’ movie it really speaks to people of all ages and is a reminder that you’re never too old to follow your dreams.

    • Princess Bride: This is another oldie, but a goodie.  I find it so hard to believe that this movie is 26 years old!!!  It’s great for kids and hilarious for adults.  It also is one of the most quotable movies.  I’ve seen this movie a million times and love it more every time.

    • Shrek Series: I’m including all the movies in this series because DreamWorks managed to pull off 4 spectacularly funny and well-told movies.  They were all great, and the jokes work on many levels to entertain the whole family.

    • Toy Story series: This was another film series that managed to stay strong with all 3 movies.  These stories of change and loss and friendship definitely speak to people of all ages.  I loved them and my kids did too.

    • Pee Wee’s Big Adventure: This strange and hilarious little movie is definitely one of my favorites.  I thought it was so great when I first saw it and have fallen more in love with it in each re-watching.  It’s available on Netflix now and I recently watched it with my 7-year old.  We were both crying with laughter.  This old gem has certainly held up over the years.  

    • Earth to Echo: I really do love this movie, but I’m making it a bonus because I am a bit biased.  My son, Teo Halm, stars in the movie.  I’ve seen it many, many times (not including the times I was on set watching it get made), and I still laugh and even tear up a bit at the end.  It’s a very sweet movie that’s great for the entire family.    

So that’s my “Kids Movies Adults Will Love Too” Checklist.   It turns out that it was pretty hard to limit it to just 10.  As I dug deeper I remembered more and more great kids movies.  What are your favorite kids movies?  What’s on your checklist?  Share it in the comments, on twitter or on Facebook with the tag #52checklistsproject.

10 Kids Movies Adults Will Love Too

Monick HalmMonick Paul Halm is the Chief Creative Officer at the Checklist Mom.  She has made it her mission to empower women and moms to thrive in their lives, families, and careers.  She’s a busy mom and stepmom of 3, certified life and career coach, author, speaker, and real estate investor.  She’s a wearer of many hats, and juggler of many duties and loves connecting with our moms.  You can connect with her on the Checklist Mom Facebook Page and on twitter as @thereikicoach.

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10 Things I’m Wildly Passionate About? 52 Checklists Project Week 15

April 15, 2016

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10 Things I'm Wildly Passionate About

10 Things I’m Wildly Passionate About

For this week’s Checklist Project, I’m sharing 10 Things I’m Wildly Passionate About.

So at Checklist Mom, we are all about helping moms find more time, which is really about making better use of the time they have.  I saw this quote: “Life is short.  If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now.

I think it’s useful to identify our passions and put our energies there as much as possible.  Time spent on/with our passions is always valuable time.  In that vein, here are 10 passions I’m wildly passionate about:10 Things I'm Wildly Passionate About

 

  1. My Family  I am wildly passionate about my husband, kids, and my extended family.  I have a large, loud, and modern family and I really adore them all.  When I talk about my extended family, I count of course my parents, three siblings, niece, and 4 nephews.  I also count my many aunts and uncles (my mom is one of 10 kid and my day is one of 8), my many, many cousins (including second, thirds, and removeds), my in-laws, and my husband’s ex-wife and her new family (her husband and his two kids from a previous marriage).  Technically, we’re not related to my husband’s ex and her family, but they’re part of the family I married into and I love them too. I am so blessed to feel that way.  I know this is not necessarily typical.
  2. Interior Design – 9 times out of 10 if I pick up a magazine, it’s an interior design magazine.  I am also addicted to HGTV shows. I followed my passion and last year I took an interior design certification program and got my interior design certificate (with perfect marks 🙂 ) .  Studying about and designing interiors is one of my favorite things to do.
  3. Real Estate Investment – I got very inspired by all these flipping shows and when my husband sold a property he’d had, we had some money to invest.  We started flipping houses.  I loved that I got to practice my love of design (because I was designing the spaces to make them more beautiful), that we created a nicer home for the new owners and the neighborhood, and that we made some money in the process.  Now we have started doing bigger projects (apartment buildings and mobile home parks), and I love every piece of this process from looking for the properties to sold. I love getting more women into real estate and I started a private group called Real Estate Investor Goddesses on Facebook where we get to talk about, learn about and support each other in getting into the game and prospering.  I could spend every second of my day thinking about this.  I’m pretty passionate.  
  4. "And they danced with wild abandon" art piece by Monick Halm

    “And they danced with wild abandon” art piece by Monick Halm

    Creativity –I’m very passionate about creativity – not just doing creative things (like design or painting or writing), I’m really passionate about studying creativity. I speak about it and teach it and am even working on a book about how to be more creative.  I think people are born naturally creative, but as adults most of our creativity is “trained” out of us.   I’m passionate about making sure my own life is creative and helping others find their own creativity.

  5. Intuition & Angels– I’m an angel intuitive.  I love communicating with these loving messengers of the divine.  I also love learning more about them – I own lots of books about angels and over a dozen oracle card decks.  I believe that when the angels talk to us, it comes out as intuitive guidance.  I speak to people about this and when I’m out in the corporate world I just speak about intuition.  Whatever you call it or however you think about it, it’s a guidance that’s extremely powerful. I’ve done lots of classes about intuition, write about intuition and I’m extremely passionate about this topic.  Just like any other topic on this list, I could talk your ear off about it.  The one message I would hope you’d take away though is “listen to your intuition.  It will never steer you astray.”   
  6. Peter, Aliza and I in Morocco last summer

    Peter, Aliza and I in Morocco last summer

    World Travel –  There are few things I love more than being on a plane on the way to a new destination.  The one thing I love more is having landed and being on the start of a new journey.  I really love traveling whether it’s off or on the beaten path, I’m there.  I also love to live abroad.  I have lived on 5 continents.  Age 0 – 5 I lived in Ivory Coast and later spent a summer of law school living in South Africa (Africa), we then moved to the US and I went to college in Canada (North America).  I spent a few months after college living in France (Europe). I spent a semester+ of law school (6 months) in Japan (Asia), in 2003 I lived for a year in Argentina (South America).  I’ve been trying to convince my Australian-born husband that we should move to Sydney.  It’s not so that I can live on a 6th continent.  I don’t do this because I’m amassing a list.  I do that because I LOVE to travel and live abroad.  Happily my husband and kids feel similarly.

  7. me doing "wild thing" poseYoga – I’ve been doing yoga since I was 12 – that’s almost 30 years!!!  Do you remember the PBS Show, “Lilias, Yoga and You”?  That show and a yoga book my mom had on the shelf introduced me to yoga.  In my early 20s I started attending classes in gyms and studios.  As a 40th birthday present to myself I became a yoga teacher and took a 200 hour yoga teacher training.  I’ve been teaching yoga ever since and still attend 1 – 3 other yoga classes a week.  I love what it does for my body, but mostly I love the peace of mind it gives me.     
  8. Positive Psychology – I first discovered my love of psychology in high school.  I took a Intro to Psych course and discovered that I would always end up reading about 20+ pages more than was assigned for homework.  I would be so fascinated by the content.  I am also proud to say that my final mark in that class was a 103%.  I wasn’t even trying to be an over-achiever.  I just was really fascinated. I took many psych classes in college, though I didn’t major in it.  I found it too neurologically based and I wasn’t that interested in working with the mentally ill. What I found more interesting was helping people who were sane, but for whatever reason weren’t living to their full potential.  That’s what drew me to coaching. Later I discovered the field of positive psychology.  This was the study of positive emotions – what makes people happy, creative, successful, adaptive, loving, etc.  THIS is my happy place.  Again, something I’m pretty obsessed/wildly passionate about reading and talking about.    
  9. Feng Shui –  My passion about feng shui is probably connected to my love of interior design.  I love that the way you design a building and place objects in a room can have such a profound impact on the lives of the people who live and/or work in that space.  It’s fascinating, and I’ve been studying it and teaching it for over 10 years now.  I’ve seen the life changing impact it’s had in my own life and the lives of my clients and students and I’m passionate about it.    
  10. Connecting with People Who Inspire Me – I am an extrovert.  I love being around people.  I most especially love being around people who inspire me – people who are living lives to the fullest, contributing greatly, and doing amazing things.  I find wonderful things always happen when I’m around people like that, so I am passionate about it and do it as much as possible.  

So that’s my “Things I’m Wildly Passionate About” Checklist.   What are your passions?  Make your own passions checklist and share it in the comments, on twitter or on Facebook with the tag #52checklistsproject.

What are you wildly passionate about?

Monick HalmMonick Paul Halm is the Chief Creative Officer at the Checklist Mom.  She has made it her mission to empower women and moms to thrive in their lives, families, and careers.  She’s a busy mom and stepmom of 3, certified life and career coach, author, speaker, and real estate investor.  She’s a wearer of many hats, and juggler of many duties and loves connecting with our moms.  You can connect with her on the Checklist Mom Facebook Page and on twitter as @thereikicoach.

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10 Things To Do Less of – Week 14 of the 52 Checklist Project

April 7, 2016

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10 Things to Do Less Of #52checklistsprojectFor this week’s Checklist Project, I’m sharing 10 Things I Want to Do Less Of.

If you’re here on Checklist Mom, I’m going to assume that you probably have a pretty long to-do list, and it seems to ever grow longer.  So often we think about what else we need to do, we don’t take time to think about what we should maybe let go of or do less of.

I decided to ask myself that very question – what do I need to do less of? And instead of the regular To-Do Checklist, I came up with this To-Do-Less Checklist.  Here are the 10 items on my checklist:

To-Do-Less Checklist

  1. Facebook  this could generally be “do less social media.”  Instead I want to have more phone calls with people and more face-to-face time. 
  2. Looking at my phone while in conversations with other people – I’m ashamed I even ever do this.  It’s really rude.  I want to be fully present to the people I speak with.
  3. Listening to/following the news – I don’t really watch TV so that’s why I say “listening to the news.”  I love to listen to National Public Radio while I drive and I do look at the news on my phone and our daily newspaper.  Apple added a news feature on the phone, so I see headlines on my home screen and invariably click through.  This has definitely upped my news consumption.  The drama around the elections hasn’t helped either.  Paying attention to all this news is not good for my sanity or my peace of mind.  I can still be informed of all that’s important without overdoing the news.  So this is definitly something I want to do less of.   
  4. Eating fruit –People will think this is a strange one.  I love fruit.  I love fruit too much.  I can easily eat upwards of 6 – 10 servings of fruit per day.  That’s too much!  I’ve been on a weight loss journey and I realize that my weight loss completely stalled.  I couldn’t figure out what was going on.  I decided to reduce my fruit intake to no more than 3 servings a day and the weight has started to come down again.  I don’t want to eliminate fruit from my diet – that would be terribly sad.  However, eating fruit is something I need to do less of.
  5. Romance novel reading – I love a good romance novel (or a bad romance novel as the case may be).  And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with them, BUT sometimes I can go on a romance novel binge and that’s not healthy.  I’d like to make sure I read more books that inspire me and feed my brain.  Alas most of these romance novels are far from it.  
  6. Web surfing – This sort of goes hand-in-hand with the social media and the news consumption ones.  I can sometimes find myself going down the internet rabbit hole and losing valuable time looking at nonsense.  I’m a huge fan of the internet and make my livlihood through it.  Don’t get me wrong.  I just need to be more judicious in my use of it and do a bit less.  
  7. Multi-tasking – I know that trying to do more than one thing at a time is super inefficient and stressful.  Many people think it’s the opposite, but they would be wrong.  It’s way more efficient to put 100% of your attention on one thing.  So, that’s why I’d like to practice more time-blocking and mindfulness.  
  8. Sleeping less than 5 hours per night – I used to have the motto “you can sleep when you die.”  I have realized that this attitude is one that brings death much closer.  I’m not one that needs lots of sleep per night.  And if I average 6 -7 hours per night, I’m more than fine.  I’d like to shoot for 7 – 8 though.  So, I want to be in bed by 10 and have electronics far away.  That’s my best bet at success.
  9. Beating myself up/”should”ing all over myself – I have such high standards  for myself.  That’s a good thing, but I need to be so much more gentle with myself.  So, much less or no beating myself up or “shoulding” on myself.  
  10. Busy work/80% stuff that only results in 20% results – In the Checklist Mom “Peace of Mind – On the Checklist” Training System – my time-management program for moms (a program guaranteed to help moms find 3 or more extra hours per week to do with as they want), I talk all about the 80/20 rule.  Basically it’s the rule that says 20% of all activities will lead to 80% of the results.  And the remaining 80% of activities only lead to 20% of results.  Most people are not very productive because most of their time and energy is spent in the not-so-effective 80%.  I want to spend less time doing that 80% work and more time in the 20% work.

So that’s my To-Do-Less Checklist.   What do you want to do less of?  Make your own to-do-less checklist share it in the comments, on twitter or on Facebook with the tag #52checklistsproject.

What do you need to do less of?

Monick HalmMonick Paul Halm is the Chief Creative Officer at the Checklist Mom.  She has made it her mission to empower women and moms to thrive in their lives, families, and careers.  She’s a busy mom and stepmom of 3, certified life and career coach, author, speaker, and real estate investor.  She’s a wearer of many hats, and juggler of many duties and loves connecting with our moms.  You can connect with her on the Checklist Mom Facebook Page and on twitter as @thereikicoach.

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10 Powerful Questions to Ask Yourself – 52 Checklists Project Week 13

March 30, 2016

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10 Powerful Questions to Ask Yourself

For this week’s Checklist Project, I’m sharing 10 Powerful Questions that I Ask Myself.

I believe the most powerful thing you can do to transform your life for the better is to ask yourself powerful questions.  Most people either ask no questions (generally because they think they know everything already, have no curiosity, or are afraid) or they ask very bad questions.  When you ask no questions, you will stay stuck and doing the same thing.  Ever hear the quote – “if you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting”.  If you’re never asking questions like “how can I change or improve what I’m doing to get better results?,” you’re going to stay in the exact same place.  So instead of thinking things like “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” ask “it ain’t broke, but how can I improve it?”

Almost worst than asking no questions at all is asking yourself bad disempowering questions. For example, which of these questions are you most likely to ask of yourself – “What’s wrong with me? Why can’t I get better?” or “What’s right with me?  How can I hone it?”  Ask yourself those sets of questions and see how they make you feel.  The former tends to shut you down and discourage, while the latter opens you up and inspires.

Successful people ask great questions and/or have people around them who ask them great questions.  That’s one of the things that I most love about coaching.  As a coach my main job is to ask powerful questions of our clients.  When a really powerful question lands the client lights up and says “that’s a great question!”  The question opens up a whole new avenue for them that they never considered and solutions show up.  I want to leave you with ten powerful questions today to open you up.  Sit with them and see what comes up.  Also share the questions with others.  You’ll be thrilled with the transformation that results when you shift the questions you ask yourselves.

Here are my ten powerful questions for my checklist:#52checklistsproject week 13

  1. If happiness were the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?
  2. What one thing have you not done that you really want to do?  What’s holding you back?  What would it take for you to do it?  
  3. What is the difference between being alive and truly living?  What could you do to truly live more? 
  4. What do you love?  Have any of your recent actions openly expressed this love?
  5. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
  6. What is wanting to be born through you?
  7. What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?
  8. What could you do to double your income in the next 12 months?
  9. What are you most grateful for?
  10. What’s next? What’s your next best step? 

Ask yourself these questions and watch how they make you fly!  I invite you to share your answers and/or your favorite questions in the comments below.  Make your own checklist of questions and share it here, on twitter or on Facebook with the tag #52checklistsproject.

what are your most powerful questions

Monick HalmMonick Paul Halm is the Chief Creative Officer at the Checklist Mom.  She has made it her mission to empower women and moms to thrive in their lives, families, and career choices.  She’s a busy mom of 3, certified life and career coach, author, speaker, and real estate investor.  She’s a wearer of many hats, and juggler of many duties and loves connecting with our moms.  You can connect with her on the Checklist Mom Facebook Page and on twitter as @thereikicoach.

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10 Favorite Inspirational Quotes – #52ChecklistsProject Week 12

March 24, 2016

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10 Favorite Inspirational Quotes #52checklistsprojectAnyone who knows me even a little – as a friend or fan on Facebook – knows how much I love quotations.  Ever since I was in junior high school, I’ve collected quotes that have spoken to me.

I’ve learned that inspirational quotes are a very powerful motivator.  The right words can be just the key to spur us to action, deliver inspiration, or just help us gain a clearer understanding of the world.  That’s why this week’s checklist prompt is: 10 Favorite Quotes to Inspire.  On my list are:10 Favorite Inspirational Quotes

  1. ‎”To change one’s life: 1. Start immediately. 2. Do it flamboyantly. 3. No exceptions.” ~ William James
  2. “Begin doing what you want to do now.  We are not living in eternity.  We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand — and melting like a snow flake.” ~Sir Francis Bacon, Sr. (this one is the signature on my personal e-mail)
  3. “A lot of people enjoy being dead. But they are not dead, really. They’re just backing away from life. *Reach* out. Take a *chance*. Get *hurt* even. But play as well as you can. Go team, go! Give me an L. Give me an I. Give me a V. Give me an E. L-I-V-E. LIVE! Otherwise, you got nothing to talk about in the locker room.” ~ Maude from Harold & Maude (actually I love pretty much every word Maude utters in the movie)
  4. “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford
  5. ‎”Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.” ~Will Rogers
  6. “Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told, ‘I am with you kid. Let’s go!’” ~Maya Angelou
  7. ‎”If you can’t see the bright side of life, polish the dull side” ~Unknown
  8. “Follow your bliss, and doors will open for you that you never knew existed. Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.” – Joseph Campbell
  9. ‎”Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” ~John D. Rockefeller
  10. ‎”There is one grand lie – that we are limited. The only limits we have are the limits we believe.” ~Dr. Wayne Dyer

What are your favorite inspirational quotes?  What’s on your checklist?  Please share them in the comments below.

P.S. Here’s a bonus quote from one of my books: The Inner Game.

"Sometimes your dreams aren't showing up because you're thinking too small and the Universe wants more for you. Dream big" Monick Halm

Monick HalmMonick Paul Halm is the Chief Creative Officer at the Checklist Mom.  She has made it her mission to empower women and moms to thrive in their lives, families, and career choices.  She’s a busy mom of 3, certified life and career coach, author, speaker, and real estate investor.  She’s a wearer of many hats, and juggler of many duties and loves connecting with our moms.  You can connect with her on the Checklist Mom Facebook Page and on twitter as @thereikicoach.

 

 

 

 

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10 Things I Wish for My Kids – Week 11 #52ChecklistsProject

March 19, 2016

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#52checklistsproject 10 things i wish for my kidsThis week’s checklist prompt is: 10 Things I Wish for My Kids.  We all have desires for our kids.  These are our hopes and dreams for them as they grow up and mature into adulthood.

So the checklist prompt is aimed at tuning us into what we most want for our kids.

Here are my top 10 wishes for my kids:IMG_0583

  1. Share their gifts – I believe each one of us is born with unique gifts and talents and true happiness comes from fully sharing our own unique gifts and talents with the world.  I notice how each of my kids has their own talents and I try to encourage the development of those talents whenever I can.  My deepest wish is that they fully share those talents with the world. 
  2. Find love.  I wish that each of my kids finds a deep abiding love like I’ve found with their father.  They definitely have love from our family, but I also wish them to experience the profound joy that comes from a fulfilling romantic relationship.
  3. Make a difference. This wish goes hand-in-hand with my first wish – that they share their talents.  When they share their talents, they will make a difference.  What I truly wish here is that they always strive to make a difference and do the right thing.  
  4. Are kind.  I try to encourage and model this as much as I can.  I want my children to be kind — kind to others, kind to animals and the environment, and most importantly kind to themselves.  
  5. Enjoy financial success.  I want my children to be financially successful.  By this I mean, I want them to never feel like they have to worry about money.  I want them to feel comfortable enough to share their gifts, live the lives they want, and be generous.  Money doesn’t make one happy, but having enough definitely eases some worries and provides more options. 
  6. Are healthy in mind, body & spirit. I want my children to be healthy in this broad sense of the world. In fact, I want them to be more than just healthy, I want them to be thriving.
  7. Become parents. I really would love to be a grandparent someday, so I hope my kids have kids.  Also, parenting, while super duper challenging, is also one of the greatest life experiences.  I desire them to be able to experience that.    
  8. Are happy. Everything I’ve written is ultimately because I want my kids to be happy.  Each of the other wishes for them are ultimately about this.  So, if they’ll be happier not having children or renouncing all their material possessions and being ascetics in India, I’m good with that.      
  9. Are true to themselves. In my coaching and speaking, I often focus on helping people listen to their intuitive guidance – that still small voice that knows exactly what is best for you.  I wish for my kids to listen first and foremost to that voice and be true to it.  I wish that for them even if the message they get is different from what I would say for them.  Ultimately, I want them to be true to themselves.  Luckily my stubborn, non-people pleasing kids, seem to have this one pretty firmly under control.     
  10. Play as big as they can. I truly wish that they never play small.  I wish that they always reach for the moon and go for it.  They may fail … no, they will definitely fail sometimes.  Not giving up after failures and continuing to play big is what will lead them to success.  I hope they are never too scared of losing that they sit out of the game.  I want them to always play and to play as big as they can.  

Those are the items on my list.  What’s on your list?  What 10 things do you most wish for your kids?  Share in the comments or share on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #52checklistsproject.  I can’t wait to see your checklists.What do you wish for your child?

Monick HalmMonick Paul Halm is the Chief Creative Officer at the Checklist Mom.  She has made it her mission to empower women and moms to thrive in their lives, families, and career choices.  She’s a busy mom of 3, certified life and career coach, author, speaker, and real estate investor.  She’s a wearer of many hats, and juggler of many duties and loves connecting with our moms.  You can connect with her on the Checklist Mom Facebook Page and on twitter as @thereikicoach.

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10 Things To Do With My Family on Spring Break – 52 Checklists Project Week 10

March 9, 2016

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"Family Travel" by Roderick Eime is licensed under CC BY 2.0/text and other graphics added to original

Family Travel” by Roderick Eime is licensed under CC BY 2.0/text and other graphics added to original

Spring Break is coming up!  Our oldest, India, is coming home from college this Friday, and the little one will soon be on her break.  I’m getting prepared, so this week’s 52 Checklist Project prompt is “10 Things to Do With My Family on Spring Break.”  10 Things I Want to Do With My Family During Spring Break

  1. Road Trip! Visit a National Park: This year is the 100th anniversary of National Parks and there are some amazing parks in easy driving distance of us here in Los Angeles including Joshua Tree, Channel Island, Sequoia, and Yosemite.  I’ve yet to visit Yosemite, so that one is top of my list. 
  2. Staycate – visit spots in LA we’ve never been: Though I’ve lived in Los Angeles for 15 years there are still plenty of places – new and old – I’d love to discover and bring my kids.  Top of my list are the new Broad Museum and the going to see a Kiddie Matinee at the Beverly Theater (the movie theater owned and programmed by Quentin Tarantino).
  3. Go Camping:  This one could be coupled with the first idea. There are definitely campgrounds in Yosemite, though they tend to book up so fast I’m not sure if I’ll still find spots at this late stage.  Still, no harm in trying. 🙂
  4. Volunteer: Volunteering is always a wonderful activity to do as a family.  If you’d like some help to find kid-friendly volunteer opportunities, you can check out the blog post I wrote around MLK Day on How to Find Kid Friendly Volunteer Opportunities.
  5. Plant a Vegetable Garden: I’m going to be honest, I’m not much of a green thumb.  When I say I’ll do this I mean, I’ll pick which vegetables I want in the garden and I’ll probably send my husband and kids to do it. 🙂  According to this post early spring is good for planting hardy and semi-hardy vegetables.  So I’m picking spinach, kale, carrots, beets, broccoli and leeks.
  6. Spring Cleaning – KonMari: Back in November, December and January, I was very gung ho about decluttering using the KonMari method.  You can read about the KonMari Method and KonMari with kids here.  I lost my initial enthusiasm (though I must say my closet still looks pretty great).  Now that spring is here, I’m ready to start again and get my kids to finish their spaces once and for all.  
  7. Get crafty: I want to pull out my craft supplies, surf Pinterest for ideas, and get crafty with the kids.
  8. Go Spring Skiingwe are lucky here in LA to live very close to some slopes (we can be in the mountains within 90 minutes).  The mountains have just had a good dumping and more snow is forecast for this coming weekend.  The slopes will be perfect for spring skiing.
  9. Hit the Beach: One of the nice things about LA is that you can “drive to your season.”  At the same time of year we can ski and surf in the same day.  In 10 minutes we are at the beach, and the weather is generally always nice for enjoying the sand and sun.  The water can still be pretty dang cold.  It’s nevertheless lovely to be out there, and we definitely plan on hitting the shores this spring break.        
  10. Pajama Days – spend the whole day in PJs watching movies and reading: There are few things I love more than this.  After the frantic pace of our usual lives, one of the greatest luxuries is to do nothing at all.

That’s my list.  I’ve love to see what you’d like to do with your family during Spring Break.  Share your checklist on instagram or twitter and tag #52checklistsproject.

What will you and your family do for Spring Break

Monick HalmMonick Paul Halm is the Chief Creative Officer at the Checklist Mom, and has made it her mission to empower women and moms to thrive in their lives, families, and career choices.  She’s a busy mom of 3, certified life and career coach, yoga teacher and practitioner, and real estate investor.  She’s a wearer of many hats, and juggler of many duties and loves connecting with our moms.  You can connect with her on the Checklist Mom Facebook Page and on twitter as @thereikicoach.

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10 Things You’ve Managed to Overcome – 52 Checklists Project Week 9

March 2, 2016

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10 Things You've Managed to OvercomeThis week’s 52 Checklist Project prompt is “10 Things You’ve Managed to Overcome.”  Sometimes when we’re in the midst of challenging situations (like the toddler or teen years or motherhood in general) it’s easy to forget how much we’ve already survived and come out on the other side of.  This week’s checklist is a reminder of that.  What have you had to overcome in your life?  What’s on your checklist?

10 Things I've Managed to Overcome 52 Checklist ProjectOn my list are:

  1. Being in a soul sucking job: The first nine years of my career I was a corporate litigator.  This joy may be fine for some, but for me it was nine years of soul-sucking, anxiety-producing misery.  It took a couple stress-induced life-threatening illnesses for me to finally make the break.  But break I did, and now I get to do work I love.  Yeah!
  2. Learning how to become an entrepreneur: Leaving the law, miserable as it was, meant leaving a very steady and quite large paycheck.  Learning how to make a living as an entrepreneur was quite a struggle, but I overcame that (with quite a few twists and turns and failures).
  3. Unmedicated childbirth:  I decided that I would have my daughter au natural.  I’ve had friends who have had orgasmic births.  My birth was NOT orgasmic.  It hurt like hell, and I learned that my body is incredible and so much stronger than I knew. 
  4. Triathlons & MarathonsI’ve competed in 6 triathlons, 6 half-marathons, and 1 marathon.  Not a one has felt easy.  They were all incredibly challenging, but I have made it to every finish line.  Like in #3, I’ve learned that my body is incredible and so much stronger than I knew.
  5. Getting attacked: When I lived in Japan, I was kicked in a crowded metro station.  I had only been in the country 1 week and knew practically no Japanese.  It was really scary, but I survived.  I also vowed that I refused to judge all Japanese by the actions of this clearly unstable man, and I was probably even  more open than I might have otherwise been because of this decision.  FYI, the rest of my 6 months in the country I was met with nothing but kindness.  
  6. Learning to live in foreign countries: In addition to Japan (and of course the United States), as an adult I’ve also lived in Canada, France, South Africa, and Argentina.  Living in different cultures, many with different languages has been challenging, but also led to some of the greatest experiences of my life.
  7. Online dating: Online dating was challenging!  I went on many, many dates and kissed many frogs before I found my prince. I did find my prince though and I met him online.  Next month it will be 10 months since our first date!
  8. Having a family member with cancerlast year my sibling was diagnosed with a stage 4 cancer.  It was traumatic and hard, but filled with gifts (e.g., we all became so much closer as a family).  We’re on the other side of his diagnosis now and I’m grateful every day for my and his life.
  9. Teenage years (mine & my kids): I don’t remember much about my teenage years – I think I’ve mostly blocked it out because it was so painful and awkward.  As for the kids’ teenage years — the oldest had about a year and a half of terrible teen-ness.  She literally went to bed one night our sweet little girl and woke up this sullen, angry, embarrassed-of-everything person I couldn’t recognize.  It was like Invasion of the Teenage Body Snatchers.  About 18 months later she went to bed and woke up sort of her old self again.  It was a very challenging time, but all things pass and so did this.  My 16-year old now has had his moments, but generally speaking he’s a much easier teen to deal with.      
  10. Being overweight: This should be “getting over being obese.”  I went to the doctor’s office and my BMI had me in obese territory.  I was also pre-diabetic.  I knew something had to change. For the past 8 months I’ve been steadily going down.  I’m still about 9 pounds from “healthy” BMI, but I fit into a size 4 and feel great so I’m going to say that I’m overcoming being overweight.

I’ve love to see what you’ve managed to overcome.  Share your checklist on instagram or twitter and tag #52checklistsproject.What have you managed to overcome?

Monick Paul Halm is the Chief Creative Officer at the Checklist Mom, and has made it her mission to empower women and moms to thrive in their lives, families, and career choices.  She’s a busy mom of 3, certified life and career coach, yoga teacher and practitioner, and real estate investor.  She’s a wearer of many hats, and juggler of many duties and loves connecting with our moms.  You can connect with her on the Checklist Mom Facebook Page and on twitter as @thereikicoach.

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10 People You’d Like to Meet & Be Friends With – 52 Checklists Project Week 8

February 24, 2016

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10 People I'd Love to Meet & Be Friends WithThis week’s 52 Checklists Project checklist is “10 People I’d Love to Meet & Be Friends With.”  This list is more than just people I’d like to meet, I thought about who I think I could be friends with.  Who’s on your checklist?

My list is (not in order of importance):

  1. Oprah 2016-02-24 11.29.10-1Winfrey
  2. Mindy Kaling
  3. Michelle Obama
  4. Barack Obama
  5. Bill Gates
  6. Richard Branson
  7. Chris Rock
  8. Malala Yousafzai
  9. Hillary Clinton
  10. Tina Fey
  11. Ellen Degeneres (this is a bonus one, but just because I forgot to add her before.  I LOVE her and would love to be her friend. )

These are people I find interesting, engaging, and/or funny.  I’d have so many questions for them and ultimately I think I’d like them as people and friends.  When I become friendly with one or all, I’ll let you know.  🙂 Who’s on your checklist?  Share your lists on instagram or twitter with the hashtag #52checklistsproject.

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