The life changing 'post-it' note and how it made me who I am today
I have always been a fan of 3M’s “Post It Notes” and back around 1988, I was in a pharmacy browsing through the stationary supplies and found a package of these wonderful sticky notes that had what I found to be an inspirational quote printed on them.
“Dream to Touch the Stars; Live to Touch Your Dreams”
They were a pale blue with what looked like a purplish swirl of stars and the words, “Dream to Touch the Stars; Live to Touch Your Dreams.” That quote spoke to my soul! I immediately found every last cent that I had in my wallet and bought that pad.
That quote has since shaped my very being. It has been part of every major decision I have ever made so far in my life. There are other quotes about dreams, the moon and stars, but this “Post It” has had a profound effect on my brain and has since become my favorite advice to anyone for almost anything. It has been my mantra for over 35 years now and has given me the confidence to play big and take calculated risks. I have lost my dreams a few times in those 35 years due to health conditions beyond my control. Instead of letting it get me down, I simply come up with new dreams and goals as I continue to evolve into my own best self. I am a work in progress, so I walk the walk and talk the talk.
You have probably guessed by now that I am a big dreamer and I not only set out to make those dreams come true, but I am very pleased to be helping others to do the same. My name is Elena Zajac and I am a Principal Consultant and Coach for Mind Body Healthful. I am based out of Cromwell, CT in the USA. My passion is to help others to transform their lives into what they envision for themselves. I began this journey of teaching a concept called “Metacognition” in my Middle School classroom in 2001. Metacognition is the ability to think about your own thinking and to understand how you learn best. Once I taught my students how to figure out how they each learned best, I could then meet each one where they are at and take them each on a magical journey through the written word and then guide them in how to translate that into their own voices in writing as they shared their unique experiences and learned to reflect on what they had read. I put my students in charge of their own learning and they year after year rose to the occasion. The same principles apply to health coaching and if you are ready to go on a journey to find your best self, I want to go along to support you and cheer you on. I truly believe that each and everyone of us should always, “Dream to Touch the Stars; Live to Touch Your Dreams.”
That quote is my motivation to continue to heal from my own, over three decade journey with Lyme disease and multiple other tick borne infections among other things. I dreamed one day I’d be helping others to fulfill their dreams and find their best selves. I could list my accolades for you, but the important things to know about me are that I am a wife of a career firefighter for over 20 years, the mom of two teenage sons and I am so naturally passionate about my work because I wish there had been someone to help me when I was struggling with all the head games being chronically ill plays with you. I simply needed someone who was unbiased to sit and hear me out and to help me figure out what was best for me. To teach me how to read my body for signs. How to be acutely aware of how certain foods or medications made me feel. Awareness takes away some of the fear of the unknown when moving forward with any goal.
Now I’m pleased to be able to do this for you when you need it most. Perhaps you are dreading returning to work after enduring a long illness, or maybe you feel like you don’t fit in with the break room crowd who are always indulging in unhealthy snacks. Whatever your issue, you can solve it with a little support from your ally - your health coach. We work on the mind, body, spirit and so much more! Being in the EST timezone allows me to be available in many time zones and to extend my reach through the power of Zoom. Don’t regret not following the advice on a” Post It” note. Dream to touch those stars and I look forward to helping you LIVE to touch them.