I've just arrived home from Omega where I taught a Mother's Day weekend retreat about developing the qualities and habits of an extraordinary mother. We had a terrific group of women and this week I'd like to share ten pieces of wisdom from our time together. Here we go...

1. The healthy habit that feels most like a luxury needs to become a daily necessity.

2. Never check email first thing in the morning.

3. Don't beat around the bush. Be brave enough to ask for what you want directly.

4. Resting may be the most productive thing you do.

5. Never underestimate the power of getting a full night of sleep - every night.

6. "Every thought you think and every word you say is an affirmation for your future."

This quote is from Louise Hay, the master of affirmations. She launches a new book this week called "Experience Your Good Now!" We used it during the retreat and it's a must read for every person who is wise enough to use affirmations.

7. Embrace your resistance to change while remaining open to new possibilities.

8. "Puttering" is a valid act of extreme self-care.

9. Stop robbing others of their responsibilities.

10. Be a creator not a responder.

Take Action Challenge

Choose the one piece of wisdom that most speaks to you from above and do something about it every day this week.

This week's video is inspiring, moving, and important. Many of you have seen or read about Randy Pausch. This is the reprised version of his last lecture and it's a powerful reminder of what matters in life. You'll find it here. Thanks Zulma!

Life Makeover for the Year 2009(sm) is written and produced by Cheryl Richardson.© Copyright 1999-2009 Cheryl Richardson, P.O. Box 13, Newburyport, MA 01950, www.cherylrichardson.com. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

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