Jeff Hotchkiss

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pillar50Welcome to the Mindful Moments Blog. A place to help fulfill true needs while making life a little easier & more enjoyable. Personal policy making is a practice for massaging the mind with wisdom, skills, tools and techniques put together in practical packages.

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A Will and a Way - #PW2W blog 3 #PW2W

What did Socrates mean when he said "The unexamined life is not worth living?” Maybe something like those who don’t update beliefs and realign needs as life unfolds can get stuck living a stale, unfulfilled existence - Not cool!

We all want to feel empowered and fulfilled, and think we are on our way. We set goals and then realize something is not working!!  
Needs change over time while some goals get stuck in the past.
Goals can feel like a burden and feel like “I should do this”, which leads to avoidance.
We tend to focus on the goals that we are great at and give little or no attention to what we really need to improve on.

So what's the solution? Hitting ALL your goals, of course! The question becomes:  "What are your goals?"  If you were able to reach them, and even exceed them, would you be truly happy? If not, then what are you missing?  I have developed a framework that can help you focus on those missing tracks.  I call this framework the pillars, there are five:
Healthful living
Good Relationships
Sufficient Resources
Responsibility (and taking ownership of your life )
Creativity and Fun

There are a lot of voices telling us how to think, what to do, and what's important.  
The pillars help you get focused on what's important for you.

In this blog we're going to show you that when you have the Will, there is a Way. You will get an introduction to the Five Pillars that can guide you to obtaining a full life experience.  

To get started take a look at the personal policy report card (PPRC) and follow the instructions. You will  come up with a number for each of your pillars. The PPRC is a way to spot holes and deliver clear guidance on priorities. Your numbers will give you instant feedback on areas where you are strong and where you could improve. This is not a “happiness” scale and there is no “good” or “bad” score. It is a measure of factors that determine awareness and satisfaction with yourself within the context of aspirations, situations and abilities. It is a gauge to measure of how well rounded your current life is and a tool to help focus energy on evolving core needs.

Wisdom is wanting to do what’s necessary to have five strong pillars. So now you have the will and a way.

Open the personal policy report card (PPRC) free personality quiz.

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Putting Wisdom to Work, Up Front #PW2W No.2

Hi & Welcome to blog #2 where we cover the Up Front chapter of the book ‘Putting Wisdom to Work’.

Have you ever felt there must be more to life but not sure how to grab it?. In this video we explore how to do what is necessary to grab Life and feel great. Learn to use acceptance to let go of resistance to define your own measures of success.

It's about relaxing into the best version of you while continuing to grow as a person. We’re going for the Gold.. Happy. Effective. Empowered. video...

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Putting Wisdom to Work-Happy New Year 2021 #PW2W No.1

Jeff & Patricia explore Practical Mindfulness for Maximal Living #PW2W

Welcome to the 1st Episode Our Blog Putting Wisdom to Work where we explore Practical Mindfulness for Maximal Living to live your Best Life Possible.

We will try to show how wisdom can be a framework employing 5 Pillars as Checklist to address ALL aspects of a happy life. We hope this is a tool to help bring awareness up,  and offers a measuring stick that keeps you on track.  When you put it to work, it works for not only you, but those in your life.

Our journeys of Self Discovery are Shared, please connect and share.

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Home Virus Decontamination Station covid-19 Pandemic

We’re all going through a lot of viral overload these days - I’m a handyman here in Santa Cruz, CA, I help neighbors fix problems and upgrade their homes. I’m also the author of Putting Wisdom to Work’ a book about practical mindfulness so I’m always looking for ways to stay calm, be smart and prepared, This video came out of our learning how we can stay healthy and protect others as we get through life while sheltering-in-place and beyond. In the video below we are going to share our decontamination system for going out and coming back home.

This has been a surreal situation with new challenges to adapt to. The core idea to our system is
1. Protect yourself while out and
2. Don’t bring any nastiness home

Most of our trips these days are for grocery shopping, I’m also using variations of a New Normal for getting back to work, exercising and socializing. This happens on our front porch Transition Zone.

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Emergency food supply. Disaster Preparation - Exit Checklist

Emergency food supply. Disaster Preparation - Exit Checklist

Here is a checklist I have put together to help get prepared for disaster and emergency events. Customize as you need to cover your situation. Advance prep seems to be best since it is hard to predict and earthquake or other sudden disaster. Us this list in a pinch if a slow-motion emergency (corona virus cover-19 ...) shows up and allows some time to prepare. G'Luck, ~jeff


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