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Being Grateful

Friday, November 22nd, 2019

We all have the opportunity to be thankful and grateful for all the good things in our lives every day. The events that seem like an annoyance, or a setback, or an inconvenience, or even life-threatening, can be just what we need to get us back on track and be grateful. We can choose to […]

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Acknowledging and Appreciating Others

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

We all have people and things in our lives that we can be appreciative of. But when was the last time you took a minute to express your appreciation spontaneously and personally to another? It’s easy to get caught up in the busy-ness of our daily routines and forget to acknowledge those who contribute to our lives – our spouse, our loved ones, the kids, a co-worker or friend, the clerk at the grocery store. But don’t wait til later or assume they know you’re grateful even though you may not have expressed it. Instead, give your thanks while in the moment. It’s a great way to help make someone else’s day, and doesn’t cost you anything!

The added benefit is that the more you openly express your appreciation, the more happiness that will come back to you, too! And keep in mind, the exact opposite can be true too! When we fail to show our appreciation for even the “smallest” things, we risk making others feel that their contributions and actions are being taken for granted, and eventually those around us will stop doing things for us!

Take some time to acknowledge someone today. You’ll put a smile on their face, and chances are you’ll have a smile on yours while doing it (and afterwards). A win-win for everyone!

We had a lot of fun recording this podcast episode. Take a listen, think about some ways you can acknowledge and show your appreciation to someone who has helped you recently, and please share some of your experiences with us at clay@claynelsonlifebalance.com!

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Lightening Your Mood

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

Did you know you can burn calories just by laughing? So why be so serious all the time?

In our newest podcast, Clay and Susan Nelson discuss ways to cast away the heaviness of life, learning how to relax, releasing stress and lightening your mood. Shifting your mental gears towards a positive mindset can be as simple as changing your surroundings for just a few minutes a day, and doesn’t necessarily have to cost anything either! A walk through your neighborhood, some time spent outdoors in nature, taking a break from work to exercise, playing with a pet. Or how about movie night with your spouse or family, and digging deep into your movie collection for an old favorite that you haven’t watched together in a long time? Find yourself stuck in a long line at the grocery store? Instead of grumbling to yourself about the situation, how about chatting with someone next to you?

Take a listen, try some of our tips for lightening your mood, and if you’ve found some creative ways for building a more positive mindset, be sure to let us know at clay@claynelsonlifebalance.com!

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Family…You can’t live with ’em, and you can’t live without ’em!

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

Why does family togetherness freak us out? We spend so much time work-work-working that the idea of having to relate and actually communicate with family can at times be very difficult. So how do we get back to being grounded, and loving and appreciating the time we have with our families? Susan joins Clay for this new podcast episode and together they share some thoughts and insights on family, letting go of the past and making room for the future.

As always, please be sure to let me know your thoughts, I’d love to hear from you at clay@claynelsonlifebalance.com.

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Healthy Living Podcast

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

What would it be like to be present to the fact that the state of your well-being has a direct impact on the quality of every other facet of your life? It impacts your relationships, your business, the amount of fun you’re able to have and the difference you can make! So what are you waiting for? Get out of your chair…get off your butt…get active!

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Clay’s Back and Ready to Stir Things Up!

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

Picking up where the Clay Nelson Life Balance Hour radio show ended, Clay Nelson is back and ready to rock! Do you have a topic you’d like Clay to address, or maybe a favorite episode of the radio show you’d like Clay to revisit and expand upon? Drop us a line with your ideas at susan@claynelsonlifebalance.com. In the meantime, check out Clay’s return to podcasting!

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Say Yes!

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Over the last few years I’ve been fortunate to share my thoughts, life stories and resulting life lessons in the pages of Montana Parent Magazine. In this spring’s Giving & Gratitude issue I shared the story behind the Kids Helping Kids Backyard Talent Show for St. Jude and how a simple “yes” has blossomed into […]

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The Enforcer Can Now Rest

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

No matter what one might think of her or her family’s political leanings, it is clear that Barbara Bush was well-loved by many people on both sides of the aisle. What’s not to love? Married 73 years to the same man, raised 6 children and sadly lost another to leukemia, Mrs. Bush embodied loyalty, commitment, […]

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Sweet Summertime

Monday, July 10th, 2017

We are more than halfway through the summer, and I have to ask, how are you doing? Despite the sweetness that often accompanies summertime, it also has a way of throwing us off our games, slowing us down, and creating circumstances where we just plain spin out! Our routine is challenged both at home and […]

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When a Mental Vacation Becomes Avoidance

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Spring brings with it not only beautiful flowers and budding trees, it often times brings with it an air of tiredness, of not wanting to play and avoidance. Instead of holding on to the energy that early spring brings us, we can get caught in the drama of the impending summer, and many, many people […]

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