CG Coaching & Consulting                                                                Issue 11.0

We were given emotions to LIVE life, NOT destroy it 

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In This Issue
Giving Thanks by Mental Subtraction
40 Ways to Relax in 5 Minutes
Tip of the Month
7 Ways to Have the Best Workday Ever
Happiness by Choice
Great Books To Read
Monthly Recipe

Where's Cynthia? 



ME First Conference - Still Hope Foundation



Wine Women & Wealth

Simply Fresh 



Chamber Chicks Tips Luncheon



Wine, Women & Wealth

Closet Factory 



Executive Training Hour  



5th Annual Virginia Women's Conference   



C'MON Get Happy Lunch & Learn  



Intro to EQi - Emotional Intelligence    

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FREE Happiness Baseline Evals
Email me today with 'Happiness Baseline' in the subject line to schedule your FREE eval.
($150 value)
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   

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. Emotional awareness, including the ability to identify your own emotions and those of others;


2. The ability to harness emotions and apply them to tasks like thinking and problems solving;


3. The ability to manage emotions, including the ability to regulate your own emotions, and the ability to cheer up or calm down another person.  

Vision Board Workshop

Join us for a fun filled workshop in which we can talk and create a visual for our most important dream and goals.

All materials included: foam board, tons of magazines, supplies.

includes lunch at
Simply Fresh Cafe

Dec. 11th
12 - 2pm

 Details and Registration
Happy Women Mastermind Group

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

Meet weekly beginning January 13, 2015

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Quote of the Month

The mind is its own place,
And in itself
Can make a Heaven of Hell,
A Hell of Heaven
~John Milton


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

Take time to make time to make each moment count! I am thankful to have you in my circle of life. Thank you.

Love and JOY,

Coaching Happiness

Giving Thanks by Mental Subtraction
Great article on a different perspective of being thankful.

Count your blessings by imagining their absence.

When my bankroll is getting small
I think of when I had none at all,
And I fall asleep
Counting my blessings.
- Irving Berlin (1954)

Click Here for Full Article
40 Ways to Relax in 5 Minutes

This article is fantastic and gives you 40 ways to Relax in 5 minutes in the following categories:

Food and Drink
Inner Peace
Total-Body Relaxation
New Environment
Entertainment and Creativity
Socializing and Fun

"There are 364 new emails in the inbox, those new pants are covered in scalding coffee, and the next conference call starts in exactly five minutes. In other words, it's the perfect time to relax. When we're feeling frazzled, a weekend at a beach resort might be just the thing to calm our nerves. But there isn't always time for tanning, let alone sleeping, eating, or going to the bathroom. Luckily we've rounded up 40 ways to relieve stress in just five minutes or less. From sipping tea to trying some pranayama breathing, all these tactics can create calm during tough times."

 Click Here for Full Article
Tip of the Month
Below is an excerpt from a great article from
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Unhealthy ways of coping with stress

These coping strategies may temporarily reduce stress, but they cause more damage in the long run:

  • Using pills or drugs to relax
  • Sleeping too much
  • Procrastinating
  • Filling up every minute of the day to avoid facing problems
  • Taking out your stress on others (lashing out, angry outbursts, physical violence)
Healthy ways to relax and recharge
  • Go for a walk.
  • Spend time in nature.
  • Call a good friend.
  • Sweat out tension with a good workout.
  • Write in your journal.
  • Take a long bath.
  • Light scented candles.
  • Savor a warm cup of coffee or tea.
  • Play with a pet.
  • Work in your garden.
  • Get a massage.
  • Curl up with a good book.
  • Listen to music.
  • Watch a comedy.
7 Ways to Have The Best Workday Ever  

I love this list because in order to have a happy day let alone the 'best workday ever' it starts with you. This article supports that you don't have to rely on anyone else to achieve this success. It's all about me, myself and I. So go have your 'best day ever' whether you are at work or at play.

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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�   

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.

As the days get shorter and the nights get longer this is a great time of year to feed your happiness. 


The Slight Edge - Jeff Olson

"The Slight Edge makes you aware of the unwritten rules that we all live by and just weren't aware of. Jeff explains these principles in an easy-to-understand manner that will have you re-evaluating those 'insignificant' decisions you make every day."  

~ John C. Maxwell, Founder of The John Maxwell Company and best-selling author of The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership


Wherever You Go There You Are - Jon Kabat-Zinn  

"Meditation is the art of paying attention, of listening to your heart. Rather than withdrawing from the world, meditation can help you enjoy it more fully, more effectively, and more peacefully. This book provides access to the essence of meditation and its applications for both the beginner and those who wish to deepen and expand their practice."

~ Dean Ornish, M.D., author ofEat More, Weight Less and Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease  
Recipe of the Month

Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken



  • 4-6 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts (about 40 ounces)
  • 2 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion thinly sliced (Not chopped)
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar (for gluten-free use White Balsamic Vinegar which doesn't have caramel coloring)
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp each: dried oregano, basil, and rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • ground black pepper and salt to taste


Pour the olive oil on bottom of slow cooker, add chicken breasts, salt and pepper each breast, put sliced onion on top of chicken then put in all the dried herbs and garlic cloves. Pour in vinegar and top with tomatoes.

Cook on high 4 hours, serve over angel hair pasta.

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