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March 315.2
We were given emotions to LIVE life, NOT destroy it 

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In This Issue

Where's Cynthia? 



Wine Women & Wealth Simply Fresh, Town Center, VB



Chamber Connect - Chesapeake


Wine Women & Wealth

Falcon Creek, Hampton



Chamber Connect - Va. Beach  


La Bella Italia, VB

Wine Women & Wealth
Total Wine, Hilltop, VB


SAWA Salvation Army's Women's Auxiliary Luncheon
KROC Center, Norfolk

C'MON Get Happy Lunch & Learn



Inspired WomenofCoastal VA



Women In Defense Greater Hampton Roads



Brunch & Mimosas Vision Board Workshop 



Great Self Awareness leads to Better Self Management - Intro to EQi - Emotional Intelligence    



Chamber Coffee & Connect 



Finding JOY in the JOurneY Healing to Happiness



Salvation Army's Women Auxiliary 2015 Craft Show 

Happy Women Mastermind Group

Join us for 13 weeks of discovery, laughter, enlightenment, and camaraderie.

Meet weekly beginning
March 12, 2015
Thursdays 12-1:30p

C'MON Get Happy Lunch and Learn
3rd Tuesday 11:30a-1p
Gus'n'George's Spaghetti/Steakhouse
Virginia Beach

only cost is that of your meal/beverage.

Click to Register for March's L&L

Email me!  
Brunch and Mimosas Vision Board Workshop 

3rd Saturday March 21  
Saturday 10a-12p 
Finding Joy in the JOurneY
Healing to Happiness

An evening of resilience, forgiveness and empowerment in learning how to find the joy in the journey. FREE and open to the public.  Only cost is that of your meal.
Gus 'n' George's Spaghetti and Steakhouse, VB.

4th Wednesday  
March 25, 6p

Click for Reserved Seating 
What is Emotional Intelligence?

Greater Self Awareness leads to  

Better Self Management

Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify and manage your own emotions and the emotions of others. It is generally said to include 3 skills:

1. Awareness

2. Empathy

3. Optimism

Want to know more? Attend a free intro session open to the public.

Nat'l Pancake Day
About National Pancake Day
March 3, 2015
Since beginning its National Pancake Day celebration in 2006, IHOP restaurants have raised nearly 16 million to support charities in the communities in which they operate. On March 3, 2015, guests from around the country will celebrate a "Decade of Giving" with its tenth National Pancake Day at IHOP restaurants and enjoy a free short stack of Buttermilk pancakes. In return for the free pancakes, guests will be asked to consider leaving a donation for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals� or other designated local charities.

What is Positive Psychology?

Positive Psychology
is the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The field is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play.

~Positive Psychology Center - Penn State   

Quote of the Month
Almost every successful person begins with two beliefs... The future can be better than the present, and I have the power to make it so.

-- David Brooks



Cynthia Gossman
CG Coaching&Consulting
P.O. Box 62942
Va. Beach, VA 23466

Happy March.  Boy have we had some 'roaring' weather in February.  It's now March and the saying goes, "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb".  Let's ask ourselves, "Do I come in like a lion and go out like a lamb?"

A little reflection is going on in my life and you might be able to relate.  Earlier in my life I was more rigid and harsh.  Growing up I can remember a popular phrase coming out of my mother's mouth, 'watch your tone of voice'.  Now, years later, not only do I find myself saying that to my own kids, I find myself still practicing 'watching my tone of voice'.

In beginning a relationship, meeting, conversation, group activity, do you come in like a lion? All fierce and ready to attack? Are you pouncing and attacking with your body language, tone of voice, words, mannerisms?  Do you find yourself saying or doing things out of haste and habit and then wind up with guilty feelings or regrets? Then, after you have surveyed the landscape and realize you don't need to have all of your defenses and offenses up, you relax and feel safe and then turn into a lamb?  Maybe this describes someone you know that you are close to or work with... 

I created the tool called PAP and I am sharing it with you.  It stands for Patience, Acceptance and Perspective.  Along with this tool awareness and mindfulness is required.  Then by adding practice, practice and more practice, one can manage their emotions better and become gentler and more compassionate ...more like the lamb.  When entering a conversation, a room of people, an important meeting like a lamb, your presence and what you have to offer is more productive, received better and the flow of positive energy continues. By practicing behaviors of the lamb our relationships are more pleasant, our inner peace  increases and our well-being is healthier.

We are creatures of habit.  We are all a work in progress, imperfect progress so remember to be kind to yourself while you practice becoming more of a lamb.

I wish you all joy and peace in your hearts and much love and happiness in your souls.

Love and JOY,

Joy Restoration Coaching Happiness 
A Doctor's Advice For Inner Happiness.

Is So Easy That I Wasn't A Believer Until I Tried It


Mind you, Dr. Amit Sood is not a self-help author or a salesman of snake oil or a motivational storyteller aiming to sell high speaking fees. He's a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic, a fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a well-respected researcher and practitioner of integrated medicine.


Sood put together the following short on how to cultivate a (very) happy brain. It's backed by an evidence base, and it's powerful. So go ahead and give his lessons a try. It's the doctor's orders.


A Very Happy Brain by Dr. Sood


A Very Happy Brain
A Very Happy Brain
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Tip of the Month

Nurture your SOUL.   

Enrich your soil with prayer, meditation, diet & exercise, music, recreation.   

Dig deep into love and spirit.    

Cultivate and loosen tension and stress. 

Prune and weed out the negative.   

Plant and garden riches of color and empowerment.   

Welcome sunshine and rain for balance.

Wear a hat and gloves for protection.

Harvest JOY and share with others.

International Day of Happiness 3-20
Day of Happiness is celebrated on March 20, 2015.

The International Day of Happiness is celebrated throughout the world on 20 March. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly on 28 June 2012. The International Day of Happiness recognizes the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings.

Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being characterized by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. Happiness is a fuzzy concept and can mean many things to many people. Part of the challenge of a science of happiness is to identify different concepts of happiness, and where applicable, split them into their components. (With material from: Wikipedia)

Enjoy the video below that swarmed the world in 2014! Thank you Pharrell Williams, a Virginia Beach native!
Pharrell Williams - Happy (Official Music Video)
Pharrell Williams - Happy (Official Music Video)
World Down Syndrome Day 3-21
Down syndrome is a chromosome disorder - Trisomy 21 - an extra 21st chromosome - hence the date 3-21.

In honor of my son, Nicholas, and all of the other beautiful individuals who have Down syndrome.  You bring us many gifts in life like love, compassion, patience, and acceptance. 

You help us to see the POSSibilities and not the DISabilities.  Thank you for your innocence, smiles, and the ability to see the beauty in the little things in life without the worries most of us carry.  You all are an inspiration.

Happy Day Donuts

Been hearing the commercial on the local radio station 93.7 BOB-FM and almost drove right past it on the way home tonight! Swerved on
over into Happy Day Donuts and look what Lily and Nick picked out! Yum! They had more fun than being in a toy store! 

Kudos to the owners for spreading the love and JOY through donuts. 

Check out their website:

Happiness by Choice�
Did you know?
  • 50% (HALF) of your happiness is genetic 
  • Only 10% is based on your circumstances
  • So that leaves.... 40% of your happiness is based on WHAT YOU DO INTENTIONALLY! 

Life sure can knock you down, spin you around and spit you out.  Develop a good foundation that gives you the tools to cope.      

    1. Willingness and Readiness for Happiness
    2. Forgiveness and Reconciliation
    3. Focus - Positive or Negative?
    4. Brain Sweep - Rewire Your Brain
    5. Expand Comfort Zones
    6. Establish a Healthy Lifestyle
    7. Implement VOG - (values, objectives, goals)  

For details and registration information click here 

  Happiness by Choice�

The 31 Benefits of Gratitude
You Didn't Know About: How Gratitude Can Change Your Life
Do you want more from your life?

More happiness? Better health? Deeper relationships? Increased productivity?  What if I told you that just one thing can help you in all of those areas?  An Attitude of Gratitude

What the heck? Gratitude? Is this a Christian blog?

No. I'm not even religious. When I first started looking into gratitude, I wasn't expecting much.

I was wrong:


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Great Books To Read 
What you are plugged into and what you choose to engage in can play a big role in maintaining happiness and success.  Here are some great reads to feed your soul.

Curling up in your favorite recliner with a warm blanket and getting lost in a good book is a great way to feed your happiness. 


Who Moved My Cheese?- Spencer Johnson, M.D.    

"I'm giving this book to colleagues and friends because Spencer Johnson's unique insight and storytelling make this a rare book that can be read and understood quickly by everyone who wants to succeed in these changing times."
~ Randy Harris, Former Vice Chairman, Merrill Lynch International   


What's Worth Knowing - Wendy Lustbader      

The REAL PEOPLE you will meet in this book offer hard-won wisdom: the single most important piece of information each has gleaned through seventy, eighty, and ninety-plus years of living. Their firsthand experience of facing hardship, finding love, taking risks, and living without regret is a priceless inheritance of WHAT'S WORTH KNOWING.
Recipe of the Month
I am so thrilled to find this recipe! I originally saw it on Facebook last fall and 'shared' it but the recipe didn't follow.  Yeah, it cycled it's way around again on Facebook and i saved it!  Now, here it is for you to enjoy!

Pecan Cheesecake Squares 

Each square of this scrumptious dessert boasts a layer of shortbread, a layer of tangy cheesecake, and a crunchy pecan pie layer in every bite!

For the shortbread layer

  1. 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  3. 1/2 cup butter, softened
  4. 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

For the cheesecake layer

  1. 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  2. 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 1/2 cup milk
  4. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the pecan pie layer

  1. 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  2. 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  3. 1/3 cup butter, melted and cooled slightly
  4. 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  5. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  7. 1 1/2 cups pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. For the shortbread layer: In a medium bowl, combine flour and 3/4 cup brown sugar. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in 1/2 cup pecans. Press mixture evenly into bottom of a greased 9x13" baking pan. Bake for 10 minutes; remove from oven, and cool slightly, about 10 minutes.
  3. For the cheesecake layer: Place the cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer outfitted with a paddle attachment, and beat at medium speed until smooth. Beat in sugar. Add milk and 2 teaspoons vanilla, and beat until combined. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the cooled shortbread layer. Bake for 15 minutes; remove from oven and cool slightly, about 10 minutes.
  4. For the pecan pie layer: In a medium bowl, combine the remaining 3/4 cup brown sugar, corn syrup, and melted butter. Gently stir in the eggs, salt, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Stir in 1 1/2 cups pecans. Pour pecan mixture over cooled cheesecake layer. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until center is set and pecan pie layer is a rich brown color. 
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