Are you finding it difficult to simply keep up with your work schedule leaving you, your daily chores, and family on the back burner?  Maybe setting some priorities, a little delegation, and a pinch of organization just might be the plan. Most of us have so many demands on our time and energy, life can feel like a three-ring circus.


Take this quiz to see how well you are meeting responsibilities, while also recognizing and fulfilling personal needs and wants.


True  False


m   m  1. The only way I can successfully manage my life is to take care of myself physically and emotionally.


m   m  2. Nurturing myself enlarges my capacity to help others.


m   m  3. I eat healthfully and exercise regularly.


m   m  4. I get check-ups, go to the dentist, and take preventative precautions.


m   m  5. I set aside personal, quiet time for myself, whether I’m meditating or simply letting my thoughts drift. 


m   m  6. I experience the gifts of each season: ice skating, sledding, bundled-up beach walks; gardening, hiking, more time outside; camping, swimming, visiting a museum, barbeques; harvesting the bounty, gathering wood, spending more time inside.


m   m  7. Creativity nurtures me, too. I do what I love, whether that’s cooking, drawing, painting, writing, dancing, singing or another creative pursuit. 


m   m  8. Reaching out to others enriches my life. I spend quality time with family and friends.


m   m  9. Contributing to the world provides connection and purpose, so I give my time, energy and experience where it is most useful. 


m   m  10. I notice and heed the emotional signals that tell me I’m out of balance: irritability, overwhelm, resentment.


m   m  11. If I feel that I’m catching a cold, I realize I may have stressed my immune system with over activity, so I stop and take care of myself.


m   m  12. When I need or want to, I say no to requests for my time.


m   m  13. I listen to and honor the requests my body makes for such things as a nap, a walk, green vegetables, hot soup.


m   m  14. If I have something planned for myself, I don’t just toss that aside when someone makes a request of me.


m   m  15. I’m busy, but I find time to do the things I want to do.


m   m  16. I’m happy. I regularly experience well-being, contentment, even joy.


If you answered false more often than true, you may want to take a look at the questions to which you answered false and see if you can incorporate something of its message into your life. Please don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation if you’d like to explore this issue further.


Curt Canada is a Leadership and Personal Development Coach and Consultant in Washington, (Glover Park) DC. He has a recent new business webpage at


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We have all had it happen to us where one day you look up and you run into an old friend at a conference or workshop. Suddenly, your brain is thrown in high gear as your mind deciphers where, how, and when  your last meeting was ? Was it a pleasant moment ? You sort of glance at the person and ask that you …ugh..well you know what I mean…then there’s the small talk and and then the other person continues to tell you there life story thinking that perhaps you will follow! Oh” How time fly?”  I sometime wonder about flying clocks! (a clock with wings on each side.) You then find your exit signal… you both reply;  ” It was nice seeing you”  and …let’s get in touch… you could have exchanged contact information?”

Anyway this past week I received about three email or what I call request for new information  from past acquaintances by way of  the social media giant “Facebook” where I was told was a great place to market your business and grow your client base.  I bet they googled me first! Not one of them were looking to advance themselves in terms of personal growth and development nor seeking a life coach.  I’m sure it had to do with the ecliptic energy we all experienced this past month on Mother Earth! 

However, chances are that we would meet again; it was in the cards; it was meant to be.  Eclipses,new adventure, past relationships, and re-kindling the flames or energy around us  has its advantages and its disadvantages. I really don’t quiteknow what to do with  running into my past but at  least it’s not face to face. That’s why I will cautiously and methodically acknowledge this past weeks’ occurrences. See,  I really want you to know that I’m an avid fan and student of astronomyand I”ve dabbled in the pseudo-science of astrology and  found it to be to my advantage at various times in my life.

Nevertheless, it just dawned on me that I can leave all of them in limbo…acknowledge there presence on my fb wall…or make a real conscious decision to reply….besides it’s ok … I guess… if while growing and marketing my business….a few past friends found me and desire a chat!

Have you had an ecliptic moment this past month and how has it affected you? I can’t blame Facebook and I”m not quite ready and ethically willing to take on past friends as clients. It could get a little messy!

So go ahead and eclipse me and at the same time visit me at    . Read more about solar and lunar eclipse


There’s this one friend though that I’m interested in how their life has progressed but I will leave that person for another…well you know…


Curt Canada holds a Masters in Social Work and Elementary Education from The University of Iowa and  American University.  He heads the Personal Growth and Development practice ” FindingYourZenith”  in Washington DC.

I had initially planned to write about  my recent accomplishments with a landscaping project in our backyard  however I ran across an article featured in the AFRO newspaper  that caught my attention. I couldn’t help but bring attention to the June Labor statistic regarding African Americans who not surprisingly  lead this month’s unemployment  picture.

Alan King, Staff Writer for the AFRO   mentions in his article ” African Americans lead in unemployment-June Labor Stats Show Little Change In Unemployment.” The overall unemployment statistical picture showed the number of unemployed persons in the U.S. at 14 .7 million. ” African Americans led the list at 14.7 per cent, Hispanics followed at 12.2 and Caucasians at 8.7.  Believe me, statistics and scarcity has away of  bringing you to your knees.

They say you have to tread lightly when reading and deciphering statistics because they can paint a skewed picture. However, the present economic photograph has many  flaws. America in all its grandeur and color is faced with dramatic present and future uncertainty.  I am proud to shed light upon a culture and economic class (African Americans) who leads the number of workers unemployed here in the U.S.   African Americans have wavered the storm in past histories and will do so again. However, they like all other Americans will have to implement ways in which to improvise.  Quite frankly, creating a niche for yourself has much to do about your longevity in the economic marketplace whether it’s getting a new job or starting your own business enterprise.

Just recently, I experienced firsthand how difficult it was to get a job. I applied for numerous jobs in which I know I was over qualified and jobs with less pay. I received  pleasant, polite, and politically correct responses “stating how rigorous it was to find the most qualified applicant.”.  I failed to take a look at all the different reasons why I wasn’t hired. I think you do have to consider the overall unemployment picture while building on your personal and professional skill set! 

 So, let us  all consider  how we will make the necessary changes to stay afloat. What belt tightening will you have to implement. Consider tackling two birds with one stone i.e. finding gardening space to grow your own vegetable garden giving back to the environment while improving your overall physical health.  As African American, I can give testimony to  the synergistic energy behind storytelling which I have recently found beneficial.   I must share with you that initially my objective were to bring attention to  the misery and uncertainty in the African American community whom have been affected by job loss and unemployment way before the recession of 2007.

Unemployment is debilitating , individually painful, and  has a way of tearing down  all families and communities both locally and globally. It’s  a natural component of the U.S. economic system and will never completely go away.  Do not for a moment conjure in your mind that I’m downing America . Our country (America) continues to possess abundancy,  human potential , and opportunities unlike many of our global partners.  Now’s the time to secure more knowledge, seek your passion, and set realistic goals !

I hope this article  will personally help each of us to take action reflecting on our strengths and innate gifts as we meet the growing ecomomic uncertainty facing our nation.lulu project 028

Curt Canada MSW provides Professional Coaching and Career Advisement at Finding Your Zenith in Washington DC.    

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Grasping for Straws!

July 3, 2009

Copy of lulu project 031June 2009 has produced a myriad of  expected and unexpected news events of either the death of movie stars, the sudden loss of musical icons such as Michael Jackson, and the plane crash of Air France Flight 447. However, we continue to co-exist amongst the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in which has recently escalated and the sudden train accident here in Washington DC. 

I will stop here because it is no way possible for me to account and post all the events that has led to the death of one our mortal acquaintances. This week has left me a little grasping for straws. One can’t help but reflect on their existence.

It ‘s that yin and yang thing, that beginning and ending thing, that starting and stopping thing, that evitable appointment with our creator thang!  I don’t know about you but it just makes you think about the true meaning of life in which for each of us is different. Quite frankly, the news media strives on such events. It’s what they do best covering all events throughout the world . Anyway,I’m grasping for straws  reflecting back on particularly what I was doing during the beginning careers of those famous people that left us this week. I find myself trying to account for how time has seemingly past by. Life’s chores and new experiences  are sometimes our best friend; well you know what I mean; following a favorite movie or tv series, rebuilding or painting the outside of your house, planning a vacation, visiting a friend you haven’t seen in a long time, starting your first vegetable garden, taking a day off from work just to appreciate your surroundings, walking with the dog, reading a book, saying i love you to that special person(s) in your life,visiting someone in the hospital unknown to you, or just simply saying  hi and how are you and really mean it! 

I will end my post today thinking of yes  how beautiful and courageous  Farrah Fawcett was and the creative , mysterious warmth, and humble  personality of Michael Jackson, Karl Malden and his detective series on the tube , and the recent Yemini airplane accident that killed about 152 people leaving miraculously a 13 year old female survivor. This is exactly what all our days are about!

So we move forward despite a continued troubling global economy and wars in various places allowing a moment  to reflect on life’s beauty, helping others less fortunate when we can, and giving thanks ! Life and death are so intertwined that it leaves those left behind sometimes “grasping for straws.”

Curt Canada is a personal development coach and consultant at Finding Your Zenith in Washington D.C.

What’s Next……

May 26, 2009

Do you want to know? Do you anticipate your next move ? How much control do you have in deciding what’s next? Perhaps having a plan or a schedule places you in the driver’s seat or at an advantage.  Let me give you a clue as to why I chose this title instead of something less difficult like learning how to fold your clothes.

Let ‘s just begin with another paragraph even though the subject matter hasn’t really changed. What a clever way of placing the reader in your shoes or better yet in step with you while you touch each key on the keyboard forming a word and then a sentence and then a blog post. Surprisingly enough, I have almost written two paragraphs while holding your attention as I ponder that question. 

I’m challenging you to join me in writing the next two blog entries here at Finding Your Zenith. Tell what you would like to discuss or share about your world; your quest or new journey !  I know that some of you readers out there are unemployed  or just lost your jobs and you’re finding it hard to simply place food on your tables !  In addition, Some of you can’t afford to pay for your medicine. Perhaps you gotta rah rah story, I would like to hear about it!  Let’s not even get started on talking about the housing problems ! I’m looking for your comments, suggestions, questions, and stories.

So what’s next….?    “Blessing you for now!”


Curt Canada is your personal development coach at Finding Your Zenith in Washington D.C.