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Are you ready for more happiness in your life? Most people are caught up in all that can go wrong that they miss out on all the joy right in front of them. Finding mine has taken years of work and self-discovery. As I look back on my own journey what has helped me the most is in being thankful for the lessons learned and the ability to embrace each experience by being present in the moment. As it turns out this past month turned out to be one of my happiest yet. It was jam-packed with excitement, family time, personal development training, and celebrations to treasure for a lifetime. 

My adventure started with a Mother’s Day filled with fun and an array of emotions as I thought of my own mom (RIP) and everyone who may be missing their mom on such a special day. Time has helped me to heal so the day was not as sorrow filled as it has been in years past. Over time I’ve learned to focus on the good times we shared instead of being sad I’m not with my mom. Redirecting my focus has allowed me to enjoy the day by being fully present for my own family. If you’ve lost someone so special then you too know and understand how it feels. My hope is you were also able to fully enjoy your day. My day started with my husband, Neil giving me a beautiful bouquet of flowers and making me a delicious breakfast. Then my daughter gave me a certificate saying we were going to spend time together at Muse Paint bar creating a picture of flowers (we had so much fun together). Then before I could soak everything in, Neil gave me tickets to see Barry Manilow! I was so surprised and still get excited all over again just thinking about it. Barry happens to be my most favorite singer for the past 40 years and I never get tired of seeing him perform. We finished off the night with more family and had a barbecue together sharing laughs, memories, and plenty of love. It was a perfect day.  

Last month was great for my personal development as well since I was also able to attend a Retreat Weekend in Portland Oregon. It was there I had the opportunity to see my coach face to face and meet up with friends who also take part of the six-month mastermind program (a customized blend of group coaching in an environment where it is a safe place to talk openly filled with continuous learning). There was so much wisdom shared, and genuine support from one another. While spending time together, we were challenged to stretch beyond our limiting beliefs and also learned the importance of living in the moment for an optimal life experience. It was life changing and filled with many a-ha moments. Not only for myself but also for everyone within this group. A very special time I will always cherish.

After spending my alone time in Oregon it was back to New York to take part in one of the proudest moments any parent can have. My daughter, Amanda completed her Masters in Special Education with honors.  As it turned out the honors ceremony was on the first day back after I returned from my trip. Needless to say it was a busy day. That weekend we went to the graduation ceremony to celebrate her success. Neil and I are very proud of her accomplishments, and know without a doubt she will make a difference in the lives of every child she touches and will continue to be a positive influence in the years to come.


 Every single second is an opportunity to change your life because in any moment you can change the way you feel.” – Rhonda Byrne


Easy Daily Practical Rituals For More Happiness

Do you find yourself getting frustrated, distracted or irritated easily? It is possible to start your day with less stress, anxiety, and feeling more refreshed. You can create more joy in your life with a positive mindset. Simply make a commitment to yourself by incorporating disciplined daily rituals so you can be at your best.  

You will find daily rituals will:

  • Raise your energy, will increase your happiness and you will have more success.
  • Help you be more optimistic and give you a feeling of more confidence.
  • Help you relax.
  • Help your focus to achieve the tasks or goals you desire.
  • Help you build a strong mental attitude.

Some examples of easy daily rituals for more happiness:

  • Have a healthy breakfast.
  • Sit quietly for 5 minutes taking a few deep breaths.
  • Focus on what is positive in the moment.
  • Learn to focus on what you want, not what you don’t have.
  • Move your body – create a short exercise routine that you like and will do each day.
  • Read for 5 minutes on an area in life that interests you.
  • Write down 6 goals you want to accomplish. Circle the top 3 and focus on them until complete, not doing the other ones. In this way, you will see what is most important and a priority to you.

By taking consistent action with your daily rituals you will create happiness and experience more joy in life. We all lead busy lives but you can still take the time to celebrate special times with your family and friends. Life has so much to offer and as your journey continues, learn to become mindful of each moment and enjoy the process of growth along the way.  Keep your momentum going forward. Choose what you desire in life, and be open to new challenges and opportunities. Life is amazing, be happy and continue to help others along the way. 

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Life is filled with twists and turns. Taking small actions toward what you want to achieve can create a new perspective on how you go about achieving your hopes, dreams, and aspirations. Have you or someone you’ve known ever challenged you to create goals beyond what you had imagined you could do? I know I have, and it’s made all the difference in my life! Goal setting is not rocket science but why go about it the same way over and over again? One of the best approaches I’m learning to help you succeed is to focus on improving your weaknesses so they become your strengths. You can do this by putting a plan in place that will keep things fresh and will help you feel renewed. Start by deciding that during this process of growth you are going to have fun, choose to be happy and do what your heart wants you to do. Life is short and can pass us by pretty fast so you want to take care of yourself and not spend too much time sweating the small stuff.

If you find yourself needing to pull yourself out of a funk, you can do so by changing your mindset and by shifting the language you use. It all starts with you accepting things for what they are.  Seeing life with all its ups and downs allows you to make better decisions about your plan of action. This small exercise will unlock your inner peace and is a great way to center your thoughts so you can begin finding the answers that will turn your weaknesses into new strengths, and also allow you to enjoy each day. 

When I started on my well-being journey I never imagined what an impact a change in perspective could be. The power to believe, added with simple consistent action steps has lead me to discover new strengths which had been hidden from my view.  The writing was never my strong point, math was. I didn’t even have to write a business letter in my corporate job, and my boss would put together the proposals to prospective clients so I didn’t get much practice. I do remember as a child that I did love writing letters to my teachers, friends, and family thanking them for their love and support.

As I grew life changed, I found other interests, that didn’t include writing.  A breakthrough appeared when one of my coaches gave me the assignment to write a poem. I wrote back to her expressing my apprehension with a big “Are You Kidding Me?” She wrote back and said, no she was not kidding and that I could do it. Yikes! I remember the fear and worry that filled my spirit. It was crazy that my coach had more belief I could write a poem than I did in myself. Instead of saying “I can’t” (one of my favorite answers before I started coaching), I dug deep and found the courage to move beyond my comfort zone and I started to write.  

Little did I know how much fun the process would be. It has opened up a new set of possibilities both personally and professionally. I learned when you find the courage to do something and continue to do it you gain a sense of confidence that spills over into all areas of your life. When I grow hesitant about trying something beyond my comfort zone, I do my best to remember back how fear used to fill me and how the flood of overwhelm would be so strong it would leave me paralyzed. Then I remind myself how I overcame all of that by finding the courage within myself to push through. This is something that has helped me time and time again. We all need a bit of encouragement and to help you make the shift take a moment and read my poem The Power of Inner Peace is Within Reach. My hope is you will realize all you can accomplish by changing your old way of thinking so you will explore new opportunities.

Putting myself out there in such a way was quite a challenge, especially since I knew that writing was not a strength I possessed. It was five years ago when I wrote that poem and had the courage to share on my blog. It taught me a valuable lesson in trusting myself and in the process of cultivating my untapped abilities. It goes to show you the power of how one thing can lead into another so that you can grow into who you are meant to be. Which, by the way, later on, another seed was planted by my mentor, when she said to me “you have a book in you.”  What? Writing a poem was such stretch that I laughed at the idea of writing a book. It was only with the support of my coach and working on having a positive mindset that I was able to discover that there really was a book in me when I published “Journey to Wealth”.  It took time and plenty of revisions but I’m proud to say it’s published and available on Amazon. Who knew? I didn’t, that’s for sure! Don’t doubt yourself. Your thoughts and perspective make a huge difference in what you do, Unlock the strength inside of you and take the steps needed so you can move forward today with a healthy outlook. 

How to Turn Your Weaknesses into Strengths

  1. Realize the impact of attitude on life. Raise your awareness to what your weakness might be and accept them, instead of going to the place of frustration.
  2. Ask someone you can trust for help that has done what you want to do.
  3. Start with doing one simple step. Practice to gain confidence and get better and better each day.
  4. Don’t take criticism or feedback personally. Not everyone is going to like what you do. Ask yourself what you can learn from the feedback that has been given to you.
  5. Change your thought process to think solutions. Focus on how to fix the problem, not on the obstacle. Don’t stay in a place of anger and keep focusing on what is negative, focus on what is positive
  6. Believe in Yourself. You are ready for unexpected challenges that arise. Think back to those challenges you already have handled in your life.
  7. Learn from your past mistakes, don’t beat yourself up, press on.

Start today by doing something you have never done before. The time has come for you to break through your challenges and gain a new perspective that will empower your new way of thinking. Do this by creating a plan and make it simple enough for you to follow. Revise as needed so you will stick with it. When you put in the effort to master a new skill, you will become excited again. The energy and revitalization you feel inside as you chart a new course in your life will become the foundation that will enable you to do even more. An opportunity exists at every turn. Take advantage of it. Create change in your life with small actions steps that move you closer to increased wealth and well-being. Living inside your comfort zone is not a good option if you want to find the fulfilled happiness you deserve. When you start to turn your weaknesses into strengths there are brighter days ahead so you can experience all richness life has to offer. 

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Shifting Your Money MindsetHow much of a difference would a shift in your thinking help in making 2017 your best financial year? Would you be willing to make the change? Especially if you knew it would give you some peace of mind when it comes to your money situation. Would you be willing to do what it takes to improve your circumstances? Hopefully, you’ve answered yes. Please understand that though there are many choices there is one thing that will reap you the largest return and that is to… INVEST IN YOU!!

You can start your journey toward change by learning to separate fact from fiction and by taking responsibility for your actions as you move away from getting caught up with decisions based solely on your emotions. You need to be clear headed if you plan to actually seize the opportunities that unfold and you cannot do so if you are always in reaction mode. You must be proactive in making solid decisions based on real data not on what you ‘wish’ or ‘hope’ for. When you focus on positive thoughts you can also create goals that will inspire you to save and invest. Learn to open your mind and educate yourself by reading, asking questions, and then reading some more. Do your best to immerse yourself in understanding the areas in your life that continue to elude your grasp. Your full attention is required if you expect to master your weak spots. This is especially true when it comes to finances since so many mistakes I see people make are due to their lack of knowledge. Don’t worry, I don’t expect you to take on everything at once. You can start by reading articles from magazines, trade journals and newspapers. These sources are generally well researched and prove most helpful when you arrive at those big decisions that will impact your future.

Becoming a mathematical genius, a stock market guru, or acquiring a degree in finance is NOT necessary to become prosperous. Opportunity exists at every turn if you are prepared to take advantage of it. The journey to wealth begins with a winning mindset and an understanding that every smart decision will bring you even closer to your goals, dreams, and aspirations. When done just right this will also include those financial decisions. But you have to take the first step in changing the way you look at money and how money works within your life. If you have a mental state and belief system that supports the idea “there is not enough” then you will fully live and experience a life of scarcity. Really it’s that simple. You have to shift your money mindset if you want things to be different.

I truly believe more than anything that you can do whatever your mind sets out to do. A life free from financial worry can be yours. You just need to take action so you can create the best life possible for yourself and your family. Your future is up to you! Decide what you want, never give up, and begin now to believe in YOU no matter the circumstances. I certainly do! If you have questions or concerns regarding shifting your money mindset or any area of your finances, feel free to contact me directly at

To your health, wealth and happiness,

Bonnie Gortler

The Inspired Wealth and Well-Being Coach

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It’s Labor Day, a day dedicated to those who labor, I thought I would share this video that will allow you to take full advantage of today’s theme of rest after a hard day’s work. Enjoy!

Relaxation music allows the time to be able to enjoy and become accustomed to the many benefits all driven to enhance your “well being”. If you have been following me on Twitter, then you have seen the tweet —- “Sit and be still, listen don’t do anything for five minutes. Breathe in, breathe out and follow the breaths”. So simple but what a welcomed reminder!

Take a moment for you. Be aware of the smells that surround you. Reach out, touch, listen and be grateful for who you are and all that you have. As my grandfather always said to me, ‘Bonnie, make the best of each day. Life is not perfect, challenges are always upon us, but be the best you can be.’ What a wise message for all of us to remember.

Smell the flowers that you see or imagine that are around you, and experience by reaching out to touch and feel of beauty that is deep within. You have one life to live, enjoy the moment, don’t give up, and keep your dreams alive.

Create an awesome week! ~Bonnie


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Life can be so hectic. There are plenty of surprises, both good and not so good which always occur when you least expect them. My coaches have taught me that you always have a choice. Remember to choose happiness. This can be challenging sometimes; however, you need to find a way from within to calm & sooth yourself. If you are down take some time for yourself. Do something you enjoy. You can always watch an inspiring music filled video where you can dance or listen to the music. Experience how your body feels as you are uplifted & encouraged by the sounds moving through your body. Smile, breathe in and out and feel the rhythm within you. Become free.

This is one way I choose to reconnect recharge myself. This video I’m sharing with you today is one of my favorites from Marcome, who is a Canadian singer songwriter and musician. She does a mixture of pop, world music mixed with new age, jazz, and ambient voices. Marcome is a beautiful, kind, and compassionate woman, who I met on Twitter. (@Marcome)

Do you ever let your mind wander, sit, be still, and clear your thoughts? I’ve gained great pleasure sharing her beautiful videos with you. The music combined with the images are both outstanding! So relaxing by allowing you to relax and let go. Encourage yourself at every turn. You are important and YOU matter! ~Bonnie

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Positive thinking is where you start the process of personal growth. Are you ready for a change?  What have you done today to make yourself feel proud? When you take baby steps you can accomplish your desires and will be an incredible feeling that YOU create. Sure it involves risk, as you step from the known to the unknown. Your growth will depend on your actions. In other words… doing the do.  If you need some support, a coach can help you get the results that you want.  Together you will find your inner strength that you didn’t even realize that you had and do things that you never imagined you would do. Your growth will come through your commitment to overcome your deepest challenges and fears. You can do it! I beleive in you.

Are you ready? Choose now. You only live once, and you have one life, so LIVE IT! Positive thinking all starts in your mind. Visualize what you desire, keep pushing forward and never give up.  Look for your inner guidance, learn to trust your instincts.  Keep positive in your belief that you can do it. Open your arms to change, stretch yourself, and be proud of YOU! ~Bonnie

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There are many choices of healthy food available, so why not focus on improving your well-being today. Making choices to feel good each day is simple enough to do. Start now by making the decision that your health is of the utmost importance and that you matter. You can begin the process by deciding you will eat healthier foods giving your body nutritional benefits that it deserves, so you will feel better.

Start with drinking plenty of water. A quick rule of thumb is to drink 1⁄2 of your body weight in ounces. The benefits are cumulative, since water helps detoxify the body, increases your metabolism and improves your digestive function. Create a habit of starting your day by drinking 8 ounces the moment you wake up.

No single food, vitamin or supplement that you take will provide everything you need, however choosing healthy foods and drinking plenty of water is a start that can make a huge impact on how you feel each day.

Start somewhere, take a small step to develop healthier eating habits. Think about making a few changes in what you eat that can help can fuel and benefit your body.

Some of my favorite healthy foods that you might like are  :

Almonds, walnuts, yogurt, bananas, tangerines, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, apples, cherries, grapes, pineapple, cucumbers and eating more chicken and fish instead of meat each day.

Below are 10 of the best foods by Natalie to incorporate into life style of eating. Choose from the below list what you enjoy and eat them as regularly as you incorporate them within your everyday eating.  


Top 10 Best Foods – Nutrition by Natalie


1. Eggs – They are complete proteins that are loaded with nutrients. Eggs are the same amount of protein as if you eat beef or chicken.  Many do not eat the yolk but the yolk is loaded with vitamins A, D, and E.

2. Ferment Beverages- Kefir is a drink which has live healthy bacteria. Also fermented is Kombucha- a clear liquid flavored with sometimes fruit or herbs and has healthy bacteria like yogurt.

3. Goats milk is healthy for you, less lactose and better than cows milk, It’s easier to digest.

4. Smart water is a quality source of water with lots of electrolytes. When its very hot,  outside and you sweat, you lose electrolytes which are needed to keep you are in balance.

5. Almonds and walnuts are good with breakfast foods, protect against heart diseases,   and they are a good plant source of proteins and good fats

6. Extra virgin oils have no chemical processes to extract oil. Coconut and olive are the best choices of oil. Olive oil is high in antioxidants and vitamin e which is good for skin. Coconut oil supports normal brain function in infants and supports metabolism and thyroid function.

7. Alaska caught or wild salmon –farm raised animals and farm raised fish promotes inflammation. High protein lots of vitamins and minerals. Good to put on salad one to two times a week

8. Leafy greens include spinach and kale lightly steam, or lightly cook or eat raw. A C E K, folic acid, magnesium and packed with nutrients. Eat leafy greens 2-3 servings a day. They lower inflammation and reduce risk for heart disease.  Don’t overcook spinach or kale as it causes the nutrients to break apart. Did you know there are no nutrients in iceberg lettuce?

9. Quinoa bread is from Peru and is considered a complete protein. Technically used a as a grain in place of rice, or in place of oatmeal as a breakfast.   Easy to cook, and has lots of nutrients and is high in protein. Its is a breakfast item instead of cereal

10. Ezeko bread – Sprouted grain bread it contains no flour and is gluten free. The brand is called good for Life.  There are including, tons of products, that are easy to digest. The raw grains are soaked on water and baked… It is very filling, rich with fiber and makes you full and lasts a long time. Packed with nutrients and can be found in a health food store.

I hope using these tips by Natalie will help you become aware and assist you to make better choices with your food selection.



Start now take a small step to develop healthier eating habits. If you eat better then you will feel better. Start now, Choose from this list what you enjoy and eat them as regularly as you incorporate them within your everyday eating.

Getting healthy is a choice. Kindness to you is a rare gift of the heart. You are important and you matter! 

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Believe and you will achieve what is within your heart and on your mind. All you need to do is use the power of your thoughts to find the happiness that is inside of you.  You hold the answers & do not need to know them all your deepest desires in advance. Take one step at a time. It takes courage and strength to begin, but you’ll find the courage to succeed if you only keep trying. Start when you are feeling challenged and need to endure something difficult for doing so will help build your muscles for even tougher challenges. Yes, the going is tough but no matter how long it takes you must never never give up!

Keep on climbing and keep the vision of an even greater end goal in mind. When the going gets tough that the victory begins. No mountain is as high as it seems. You can reach the top plus have all that you desire if you ACT on your dreams. You must keep your dreams alive. Never let go, never give in.  Always fight for a brighter tomorrow because it is the future that holds your dreams! ~Bonnie



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We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think.
When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.

~The Buddha

We all have challenges in life, however remember the key to happiness is how we handle these challenges. There is always a message that is given and a lesson to learn. The joy is what you will do with the lesson you learn when it arrives.

Your beliefs, your attitude and how you see things are what matter. Never quit and say it’s not possible. Find the inner strength to accept, forgive and move forward. You must believe better days are ahead. You must believe in yourself and trust your decisions. You have a choice on how you feel.

What is needed to gain your desires is within YOU. Just believe. Look to your inner guidance, know your capabilities and learn to trust your inner guidance.

Believe and Trust You!

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BALANCE is a true challenge in my life. What about in YOUR LIFE?  Everyone has different experiences, when you realize change is needed then you can create realistic expectations of yourself. Here are just a few some tips that have helped me:

Choose to be positive. Your mindset needs to be filled with positive thoughts in order for you to have your best life. Make sure to let go of the negative thoughts.

Surround your self with positive people.

Be kind to others, share your experiences as you explore these new lessons, and support one another.

Experience nature around you, respect your body, and choose to live a healthy lifestyle.

Life is about balance. Don’t despair if the results evade your grasp. This too will take time, patience and a willingness to be ready to do the work. Nobody can do it for you. Get focused now and you will enjoy the journey as you adopt new habits and live your  life to the fullest with a grateful heart. Don’t be afraid to reach out to someone, believe in yourself, and respect your body and spirit. Becoming a more healthy and happy person is the ultimate “goal” as you move closer to improved health and well-being.

My fitness trainer, (the creator of this video and many others) Gena is a compassionate Lifestyle Moderation Coach who has written an ebook called “The Livings Key Principles”. Her insights are profound and will make a difference in your life. It is my desire to express my gratitude and appreciation to Gena Livings for all of her inspiration, dedication and support in making, for the first time in my life, this weight loss journey a successful one! Make sure to download Gena’s ebook, it’s inspiring and wonderful!