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Motivational quote of the week

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Hi Everyone

I have another nature-related motivational quote this week that comes from one of my favorite motivational actors:

Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party!
-- Robin Williams

We had a rainy winter here in Northern California, so this has led to a bounty of spring flowers blooming all around us. Nature is ready to party this spring. I hope the same is happening where you are located if it is spring for you.

My highlight this week was going on a short trip to the Big Sur area while the kids were out for spring break. We found a place pet-friendly place so took Flash along for the adventure. It was fun to hike with the family plus Flash.

I wanted to make a comment about looking for daily highlights. One SparkMember mentioned that it was hard to think about daily highlights because so much was hard about her life now.

I understand this feeling, but would say this is actually the right time to still look for small daily highlights and intentionally try to make those highlights if necessary.

One of the reasons connects to stress. I will write more about this soon, but when you are stressed, your body releases a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol can be good in small doses because it makes you act decisively in a fight-or-flight situation. But, too much cortisol can cause all kinds of problems for your body.

So, during tough times, if you MAKE highlights that help dissipate this hormone like physical activity and do other things to reduce your stress levels, this can make a big impact on how you end up after tough situations.

It's tough to hear about people going through tough situations like I know so many of you are at various times. I often try to keep things "sparky" in my writing, but know that these techniques can work in all "seasons" of your life since we all have to go through tough times.

Let me know if you have any highlights from this week below.

Thanks for your support!

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SparkCheers!

Chris
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