Bird’s eye view: Why taking a step back from stresses will help move you forward

You just bought a home, are about to start a new job, are currently tying things up at your old job, and get constant emails all day about all three of the above! You go to bed dreaming of the garden that you want to plant at your new home and wake up thinking about the new responsibilities you are going to have at your new place of employment. From every angle, the stress is palpable.

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Sound familiar?

All situations vary, but the message that I’m trying to send is one where your current life situation is creating an exponential amount of stress for you. The examples that I have chosen are ones that I am living. This. Very. Moment.

From sunup to the time that I go to bed, I am working on making sure every aspect of my life situation is going to unfold smoothly. I know that if I want to achieve the goals that I’ve set for myself, it will require a lot of work and time and even after putting in the time, I may still have more hurdles to jump…

So how does one get through these inevitable, stress laden periods of life?

I’m going to give you my go-to tip. Zoom out. Take as many proverbial steps back from the situation(s) occurring and regain focus. Focus on the bigger picture.

What are you trying to achieve?

What are the steps needed to achieve your goal?

How are you going to spend your time to meet these goals?

It can be daunting to take on new responsibilities and try new things all at the same time. Continuing to focus on the goals that you want to accomplish allows you to maintain perspective on why you’re extending yourself so far in the first place!


Make lists of everything that must be done before you are able to meet your goal. For example, in the case of getting a mortgage loan, find out what the lender needs and the timeline. Gather the materials together so that the process is expedited.

The unknown elicits anxiety in many so make sure that you have as much information as possible before making a decision that will bear heavy implications on your life.

Of course there will be instances that arise that will catch you off guard but at least knowing that there may be those freak occurrences can help put you at ease. I’m so bombarded with house hunting right now, I’ll use an example of buying a home that you know was built in the 1950’s. Unless that home was recently gutted, new wiring put in, roof, insulation, windows, etc., a person could definitely expect to encounter problems with the home. You may not realize the extent to the issues that the home could have, but at least you’re aware that there may be some messes you have to clean up.

Be prepared. Know what you are about to get yourself into.


Additionally, don’t give up! Putting yourself out there is hard. Beginning a new job, joining a law firm, private mental health practice, whatever it may be—requires you to be open to learning.

Acknowledging that you don’t know it all and being comfortable asking for help are going to be two very proactive, positive ways of handling a new and stressful situation.

Alas, do not give up hope and never let fear hold you back from trying something new. If we do not try something, how do we know if it will work out for us?

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Make sure that you eat right and are getting plenty of rest. Taking on stress requires us to be “fueled up” properly…

What new endeavors have you taken on recently? How did they go? Were you able to learn anything about yourself in the process?

Take care of yourself and strive to create the life that you want. It’s in you to be the best version of yourself and I encourage you to do so!

Empowering you to zoom out and gain a bird’s eye perspective when you feel stress is getting to be too much today and everyday,

Rachel Ann



“Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me!”: 5 ways to spot deception

We all know the story of Pinocchio, the boy whose nose grew with each little fib he told… could you have a Pinocchio in your life….or even be one?!


“A lie keeps growing and growing until it’s as plain as the nose on your dace.” -Pinocchio

Deceptive individuals by nature have mastered the art of being manipulative. They are wordsmiths in their own right, able to sprinkle flattery and pull back at just the right time in an effort to pull the wool over their victims’ eyes.


How do you know when someone is authentically pure in their intent or that there may be an ulterior motive at play?

1. Listen to what they say. Literally.


As I’ve stated, deceptive folks are master wordsmiths but typically, if you listen closely enough you will begin to hear inconsistencies.

Does the person dance around the question being asked and have you noticed that depending on the day their story changes?

Do they never even answer what you asked yet they talk so much you’ve forgotten what the initial question was?

Do they overload you with superfluous details?

Do you feel like you are just getting lip service, meaning, the person is just telling you what you want to hear?

What a person says is important, and if you pay attention long enough, you’ll start to see that the information does not add up.

2.      Pay attention to their actions.

Words are precursors to actions. Actions help define who a person is character-wise.  While saying the “right thing” comes second nature to the deceptive individual, actions are more difficult for them to maintain on a consistent basis. It goes back to the concept that a person can only be on their best behavior for so long before their true colors begin to surface.


3.      Observe their pattern of communication.

A straight shooter is consistent in their ability to communicate with you. Never hear from your new honey until the wee hours of the night or really early in the morning? Maybe your new love interest only contacts you every three days…either this person is not serious about you, or they are trying to acquire you as their side piece. Sure, some people become wrapped up in whatever they’re doing during the day—work, taking care of the kids, etc.—but a straight shooter tells you what’s going on and is consistent about it.

4.      Pay attention to their history of behavior.


This is similar to paying attention to what a person tells you, but in a slightly different way.

Is the person’s past fraught with infidelity, addiction, poor job performance, etc? If so, this is a good indication that there may still be elements of dishonesty present. I’m not saying that a person cannot change, but behaviors and a person’s personality does become engrained in who they are. I encourage you to pay attention to these past aspects of a person’s life.

Remember, past behavior is often a predictor of future behavior and this is why it’s of utmost importance to either correct your own negative behaviors, and or recognize this pattern of behavior in other people.

5.      Your gut instinct is that the person is lying.

We have been gifted with the incredible ability to have a “gut instinct”. This is the feeling that passes over us when we know that there’s something not right with a situation or alternately, when we realize that we are about to embark on a positive endeavor. You “knew” when you met your husband. You “knew” that Carly was lying to you about staying out all night and later you found a receipt that confirmed your suspicions. You “knew” that someone at work didn’t like you and later your boss comes to you to tell you that that person has complained about your laughing (or some other benign issue). Just a few of the many situations where your gut instinct comes in very handy.

If you’re not sure about a situation or person, make sure that you are first clearheaded in your thinking—this means you are sober and have eaten and had a good night’s sleep. When you are thinking clearly, you are more in touch with your gut instinct or intuition. Try to practice honing your intuition and gut instinct skills because they are extremely important in navigating through the situations and people that come up in our lives.

Tying it all together…

Finding out that someone has been deceiving you is never a good feeling. However, truthfully (and unfortunately) this happens all the time. Learn to pay attention to what others are telling you and those inconsistencies that may arise, the behaviors they exhibit, communication, pattern or past behaviors, and most importantly that gut instinct that you were blessed with!

Never accept less treatment then you deserve from someone. We all deserve to be treated with honesty and respect and the treatment you accept from others sets the tone for how the relationship will go…

You matter, you’re important, and you have your own beautiful ability to bring value into this world. You deserve truthfulness in your life and to be treated with care and respect.


Deceptive people can change, although often times those lies become so thick that before you know it you are in a world of mess (think Walter White from Breaking Bad, okay maybe that’s too much but you know what I mean)!

Once you begin down a path that is laden with lies, it can become a difficult journey to backtrack, so why even start down that negative path in the beginning!? Learn to face the music as they say, face those fears you have about being honest, and appreciate that you are a good person despite making past mistakes.

None of us are perfect but the option to try to be the best version of ourselves is always there!

Find your truths!

Wishing you an honest life today and everyday,

Rachel Ann