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Welcome to DIY Wedding, where we will discuss and share helpful wedding planning tips and wedding resources for brides and couples that want to plan their own wedding. We will also share creative DIY wedding projects that are fun and easy to make for your wedding day.
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Please note that our show has been moved from 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST. We hope that you will join us every Thursday at 1:00 p.m. EST, listen in and ask your wedding planning questions.
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Join Personal Development Coach, Tim Billiter for the very first weekly DIY for Your Soul Podcast. In this introductory podcast, you will learn more about Tim Billiter and what the DIY for Your Soul concept is all about.
Each podcast is approximately 15 minutes long and future episodes will cover a variety of self-help, self-improvement and personal growth topics.
The subject of each weekly DIY for Your Soul Podcast draws from a variety of topics and concepts that aim to assist you in constructing a true sense of well being for yourself. They are meant to be thought provoking, to challenge you in breaking free from old ideas and habits that inhibit your personal growth, and to provide you with tips and tools to foster new beliefs and behaviors that will keep you on a track of constant progression.
DIY for Your Soul is the name of Personal Development Coach, Tim Billiter’s coaching practice that is based on the idea that each of us, at our very core (our soul), is ultimately responsible for creating the life of our dreams and becoming the people we’ve always imagined ourselves being.
DIY simply refers to building, modifying, or repairing something though self-reliance; taking on the tasks oneself vs. having others complete them for us. And since most of us, at least at some point and time, find ourselves building, re-building, modifying or repairing portions of our lives, in essence, each of our lives is the ultimate DIY project.
And as for the Soul, it is not about any specific religious beliefs, spiritual practices or dogma It is referencing the life force that runs through you. It is about energy - the energy that we call life.
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In our quest to create the life of our dreams, and to be the people we’ve always imagined ourselves being, we must become willing to truly take a look at ourselves, take a personal inventory, so that we can get a better sense of our strengths and weaknesses.
Now this, admittedly, can seem downright overwhelming. In many ways, it can seem like we are on a mining expedition seeking out negativity. And if all we’re going to do is pick ourselves a part, then what’s going to be left? We might end up feeling like Swiss cheese - full of holes.
But we have to realize that coming to terms with our defects of character is only looking at part of the picture. If we concentrate only on our flaws and our weaknesses, then we are leaving out our strengths.
In this podcast we learn that an inventory is simply an accurate account of what you have and what you don’t. And what you have is just as an important part of the equation as what is lacking.
And we will ultimately find that a strong foundation, on which to build the life of your dreams, cannot be constructed from failures. They have to be built on our strengths. Our failures can serve to redirect us, but in the end, it will be the positive aspects of ourselves, our victories that will motivate us to keep moving forward, and out of the ruts of the past.
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Have you ever told someone something personal and had them go off and tell someone else? Have you had someone in your life, that you truly thought had your best interest at heart, or at least should have had your best interest at heart, violate you in some manner?
Most of us have felt this on at least some level. We’ve had our trust violated. Yet we operate in a world of relationships and often have to rely on others in myriad ways. And like it or not, it requires a certain amount of trust.
In this podcast, we take on the importance of learning to trust. We learn that that trust is a skill that has to be developed, and that a true sense of wellbeing in our lives is dependant on developing that healthy sense of trust.
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Many of us discount the idea that past events in our lives still affect us to this day. We have convinced ourselves that the past is in the past, we grew up, and now we’re over it. We tell ourselves that all that stuff, from all those years ago, no longer affects us.
There are those who fully admit that past events affect the present, but those who deny it, often end up blindly repeating the same patterns again and again, and find themselves totally confused as to why life is not going as they want it to.
In this podcast, you will hear a portion of Dr. Nadine Burke Harris’ Ted Talk on How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime. After hearing her, you’ll have a better idea of why is it so hard to escape the past and why it keeps reinserting itself into our lives, whether we openly acknowledge it or not.
We’ll learn that each of us must become willing to truly look at our past, truly examine it, and begin to see how it has, and still is, affecting our lives. Until we do, until we begin to process and heal some of these events, until we become willing to face up to the discomfort that comes from facing the truth, the past will never truly be in the past. It will continue to haunt the present, and our future.
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In Al-Anon, a 12 Step Program for people who have been affected by another’s drinking, members remind each other to Keep the Focus on Yourself. For many, those five little words scream of selfishness. How can I simply stand by and watch someone I care about suffer, or self destruct, or die? How could I be so selfish?
In this podcast, we discover that this idea is not selfish at all, and it is not cruel. It is actually just the opposite. By focusing on ourselves, instead of the people around us, we learn to create boundaries. We learn that our actions play a part in everything that goes on around us. We take away many of the ways people blame us because we no longer meddle in their lives. When we stop involving ourselves in other people’s business, even if it means we have to see them deal with the consequences of their choices and actions, we then allow them to be dignified human beings with the same power to change their lives that we recognize in ourselves.
Ultimately, keeping the focus on ourselves is an act of accepting others for who they are. And it allows us to concentrate on changing the only people we can, ourselves.
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Is your life not where you want it to be, and you look at everyone else around you and think, Wow how is it they seem to have it all together? Do you feel stuck, like you’re in a rut, and you can’t understand why others seem to be able to move forward, but you can’t? Do you try to keep it all together, to be like a juggler and keep all of those different balls in the air, only to find yourself exhausted and feeling like a failure? And really, if you’re being honest, you’re only doing it because you don’t want others to think that you can’t?
Many of us go through life feeling tired and weary. We’re trying to do it all, or at least appear we are, and it about wears us down. We do so because we think that’s what’s expected from us in life. Everyone else seems to be able to do it, so we probably should too. Yet all we feel is trapped, in lives and situations that aren’t even exactly what we want. We just stay on that hamster wheel because we think it’s what’s expected of us. It’s how we measure up.
In this podcast, we take a look at how constantly comparing ourselves to others often results in us feeling bad about ourselves. As we compare ourselves to those around us, we see the seemingly perfect lives of others, and we just can’t understand why they can have it, but we can’t.
But if we look a bit deeper, we soon discover that we can never truly know what’s going on in other people’s lives, no matter how it appears. Just because things appear to be idyllic on the surface doesn’t mean it is in actuality.
And when all is said and done, we learn to simply focus on our own forward motion. Because in the end, our growth, our personal evolution, is the true sign of a life lived successfully.
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Do you view yourself in a less than positive manner? Are there parts of you, or your life, that you avoid dealing with, or even thinking about? Are you really hard on yourself when you make a mistake, or aren’t perfect?
If you answered yes to any, or all of these questions, you’re probably in the need of a healthy dose of self-acceptance.
In this podcast, we learn that self acceptance is simply a way of looking at ourselves and our lives and assessing what’s working and what’s not. True self acceptance allows us to see all of our assets as well as our character flaws in a non-judgmental way.
Self acceptance requires us to challenge the story we tell ourselves about ourselves. It invites us to objectively look at our lives, and our beliefs. And it allows us to sort through them and then begin to decipher what is actually true and what is not.
In the end, we discover that self acceptance is self love. And ultimately, it is the realization that love is not obtained from outside of ourselves, and if love is what we seek, it is our responsibility to begin by looking within.
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Do you have people in your life that you hold grudges against? Do you look back at your life and feel resentment and anger for what was done to you in the past? Do you feel like people, and situations, from long ago, or maybe even not so ago, have kept you from living the life you desire and being the person you truly want to be?
If so, you may be participating in the blame game. It is a game that many of us play, and we’re probably not even aware that we are doing so. And more importantly, it’s one that only serves to keep us stuck, that inhibits our ability to move forward and to create our dreams.
In this podcast, I am joined by Divya Parekh (www.divyaparekh.com), the founder of The DP Group, who has over 25 years of rich and varied experience as a university associate professor, scientist, biotechnology professional and global leadership wellness coach, as we talk about how letting go of blame can be a powerful catalyst for getting us out of the ruts that many of us find ourselves in.
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Are you someone who hopes for the best, but prepares for the worst, so that if the worst happens you aren’t disappointed? Do you find yourself feeling anxious, not anticipation, but actual anxiety, when you’re waiting for some piece of information, or something to happen, be it good or bad? Would you, or others, classify you as a worrier?
Many of us grew up with people in our families who worried incessantly, and through the power of example, or osmosis, we also developed the tendency to agonize over what the future might hold. We desperately want positivity in our lives, or at least positive outcomes, and yet we know, deep down that we have limited power over what ultimately happens to us, and thus we fret over the possibility that things may not work out as we wish. Our view of life, at least at times, becomes overwrought with fear. We want what we want, but the fear of it not happening takes over our thoughts in the form of worry.
In this podcast, we will talk about how worry does not serve our overall sense of wellbeing, nor does it affect outcomes. We will learn that it only saps us of precious mental and emotional strength, thus it is merely wasted energy.
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Are you perfectly happy with everything in our life? Are you exactly the person you always thought you would be? Have you created the life of your dreams? Can you look at yourself, and your life, and if asked if you would like to change anything, you can honestly say no?
If that’s you, if you are living out your dreams and you are completely satisfied with every aspect of yourself, then ignore this podcast and go about being and doing what you’re being and doing. You don’t need to waste your time on this.
But the reality is that that isn’t most of us. And if truth be told, it probably isn’t any of us. Who doesn’t have at least some aspect of ourselves or our lives that we wouldn’t like to change, or improve on some level?
Yet for whatever reason, a great many of us find ourselves stuck when it comes to change. We avoid it at all cost and often simply don’t do it until it becomes too painful not to. And when we do finally reach the decision to make that change, many of us find it challenging and we simply give up.
In this podcast, we will talk about how those of us who feel stuck, likely find ourselves there because of our inability to accept people, places, things and events. We will delve into the idea that through learning to accept, we can then more clearly see all of the options before us, and more efficiently make the changes in our live that lead us to who we desire to be and lives we wish to lead.