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HOME STUDY COURSES
Conscious Parent Workbook– following along with Dr. Shefali Tsabary’s book The Conscious Parent this 4-week course will guide you into a higher level of peace in your parenting.
Slow Down Workbook– following along with David Essel’s book Slow Down: The Fastest Way to Get Everything You Want this 4-week course touches on every major area of life and will help you make changes through simple exercises and activities.
Ride the Wave Journal– following chapter by chapter through Ride the Wave: Journey to Peaceful Living, each journal activity is included to give you a deeper experience with yourself on your own journey to creating more peace in your relationships and with yourself.
Focus on You: Lessons 1 and 2– in this sample of the 6 lesson home-study course called Focus on You: Your Needs Matter Too! April O’Leary and Dr. Michael Woulas will help you identify patterns within yourself that might be preventing you from taking care of your own needs and causing you frustration in your life.
7 Self-Care Tips in 7 Minutes– this 7 minute audio with April will give you simple ways you can start taking care of you today. Click here to read the transcript.
Slow Down and Stop Reacting- If you are tired of snapping at the kids, if you want to find more peace in your emotions this audio will help you learn a few simple techniques to slow down your emotions and stop reacting so often.
Setting Boundaries Effectively– If you find you are constantly rushing, overwhelmed, frustrated or feel you have no time for you this is for you. This 22 minute audio will help you learn how to set effective boundaries so you can beat to your own drum and not deplete your reserves on everyone else.
Setting Boundaries: 3 Pratcical Tips– As an additional support for setting boundaries listen to this audio that gives 3 practical tips you can start implementing today!
The Power to Say ‘NO’– Do you find you say ‘yes’ to others when you are already overbooked? Do you have a hard time saying no because you feel guilty? This 20 minute audio will help you find the strength to say ‘no’. Click here for corresponding activity.
Slow Down Your Emotions- Have you ever snapped at your children or your spouse and later regretted it? If you struggle with reigning in your emotions learn this simple technique to slow down your emotions and respond more positively to life. Click here for corresponding activity.
Recognizing Your Triggers– Do you know what triggers you? Did you realize that what triggers you may not trigger someone else and vice versa. This lesson will help you identify your triggers so that you will lessen your impulse to react to them. Click here for corresponding activity.
Who is to Blame?– Often when we are upset with our children or spouse we think, “If only they would change…” This can leave us not only feeling frustrated or resentful but stuck because we cannot force them to change. Recognizing that we might have played a role in our own drama can help to open communication and get us ‘unstuck’. Find out how you can start to take ownership in this short lesson. Click here for corresponding activity.
Observing Yourself, Your Thoughts and Your Attitudes- Have you ever thought about your thoughts? Have you ever seen how automatic some of your reactions and thought patterns might be? This lesson will help you take a step back and find that mindset that might be repeatedly causing you trouble. Click here for corresponding activity.
Observing Your Environment with Objectivity– Stop reacting to what goes on outside of you. The kids are fighting, your spouse is late, the laundry is overflowing and dinner is burnt. What happens next? If you find you can take so much and then you explode, this lesson will help you learn how to step back and observe your situation with a level of non-attachment. You’ll learn a key technique to help you bring peace even in the midst of chaos. Click here for corresponding activity.
What is Presence?– The term presence can be confusing, but it is nothing more than being here, in this moment without allowing your mind to drag you around into the past and future. Listen in as April gives you some techniques for cultivating presence in your life that are simple and effective.
Who Me, Judge?- It is alarming how quickly our minds can jump to conclusions and judge people and situations without giving it a moments thought. No one likes to think that they are succeptible to judging others, but it is so automatic you might not even realize you are doing it. Find out how you can shift from judgement to acceptance and how doing so will bring greater peace into your relationships with your children, spouse and life. Click here for a lesson on how to move from judgment to acceptance.
S.T.O.P. Overview and Personalize Your Own Plan of Action– This 20 minute audio will give you an overview of April’s simple Ride the Wave technique. Using the acronym S.T.O.P. in her book Ride the Wave: Journey to Peaceful Living she shares her journey from complete frustration as an at-home mother of 3 to peace without making drastic changes to her outside world. She then shares her simple technique to help you stop reacting to life and start responding proactively with peace in all situations. To purchase Ride the Wave on Amazon or Kindle Click Here. You might also want to take the Ride the Wave Tele-Course.
But, Isn’t It Selfish To Take Care of Me?– Many times moms are taught that when children come along the only thing a noble mother would do is set aside her needs completely and sacrifice everything for the interests of her children. This can often lead to a mom who is angry and resentful. It can also lead to feelings of losing yourself in your own life. This audio will teach you that taking care of yourself is of utmost importance and will help you put yourself back on the priority list once again.
Unreasonable Guilt- Do you often feel guilty when you do something for you? Does guilt prevent you from having fun or meeting your own needs? If so, this lesson will help you identify if the guilt you feel is warranted or not and then break free from unreasonable guilt!
Are You Giving Away Too Much?– Giving people like to give. If you are a giving person that’s great! But if you have given too much you might find that the joy in giving has long since disappeared and now you don’t enjoy it as much anymore. In fact, you might just feel just plain tired. If this describes you, this audio will help you figure out if you are giving away too much.
What’s Wrong With Pleasing Others?– “Make me happy!” “You are making me mad!” Have you ever said that, or were you raised with parents who said these things to you? If you feel that it’s your job to make others happy and you feel upset when they are not (and you can’t seem to fix it) then this is the audio for you. Learn how to break the cycle of people pleasing and how to parent so that you don’t create people pleasers. Freedom is just around the corner.
April O’Leary guest on the David Essel Alive XM 168 Talk Radio Show– This 20 minute audio features David Essel and April as they discuss her new book Ride the Wave: Journey to Peaceful Living in a fun and exciting interview.
Ride the Wave: Free Seminar– April gave a free 1 hour seminar about her new book. This audio shares the basic premise of the book and highlights some stories too.
Mom, Are You In Need of Tutoring– this article gives an overview of 3 ways you can start refueling your mind today.
More Than a Military Spouse– Learn how investing in yourself makes every part of your life better.
Life Lessons for Preschoolers…and Parents– Three lessons that you can teach your preschoolers about life.
Make Yourself Happy- Doing so will make you a better parent.
A Reasonable Resolution– Are you being reasonable? Here’s a simple test to see.
Create A Unique Book For Dad in 3 Easy Steps– Simple how-to guide to making a gift he’ll never forget!
Prom Night for Them, A Night Out For You– Remember nights out with friends? How long has it been? Get those girls together for some fun!
Give Yourself the Gift of Taking Care of You- Everyone will benefit when you do.
What’s Your One Thing– Sometimes making progress in our life can get crazy, that’s why tackling one area at a time is the best way to go.
A Happy Birthday Formula For Mom– Does your birthday often bring disappointment because what you want to happen is drastically different than what actually happens? Many moms find that is the case. Learn how you can make sure your next birthday is great!
Make Everyday Mother’s Day– What are the three A’s that will help you accomplish this? Read this article to find out!
What is My Purpose?– Ever wonder what your purpose is? Many of us do. This is one ‘Note from the Universe’ that I received from Mike Dooley and I loved it so much I created this reminder which I have printed in a 5×7 frame on my bookshelf. Breathe. To sign up for Mike’s free ‘notes’ Click Here. He provides daily inspiration that is spiritual but non-specific to any one particular religion. You can fill in the blank with whatever your beliefs are. I hope you love them as much as I do!