Monthly Archives: December 2016

10 Things You Can’t Change

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10 Things You Can’t Change — So Stop Trying!


  1. You’re always going to be accountable to someone. Somone is always watching, and that won’t change in the near future. Sooner or later, someone will find out. Live your life accordingly!
  1. You’re gonna die, so take care of yourself now and love those around you today! On your deathbed, will you regret not spending time with loved ones? People don’t wish they’d spent more time working.
  1. You can’t please everyone all the time, and it’s soul-sucking to try. Stick with your values and ethics, focus on doing what you know is right, and realize that there will always be people who aren’t happy.
  1. Stop comparing yourself to others, because life is NOT a competition! Compare yourself to the person in the mirror. Period.
  1. Holding a grudge is heavy, weighs you down, and doesn’t accomplish anything positive! Let. It. Go.
  1. You can’t control what someone else thinks. You can’t force someone to accept your apology, to forgive you, or to like you.
  1. Stop dwelling on the past. Yesterday is over, so live & learn and move along.
  1. You can’t change what happens across the pond. We can impact the world close to home — what’s happening in our homes, family, community, etc…
  1. Your Family of Origin. It is what it is, so will it make you bitter or better?
  1. Nothing is private anymore. Learn how to keep yourself secure.
  1. You can’t get back what you’ve lost. You can repair the damage and make it better, but don’t expect things to be the same.

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Be a Better “You”: Taking a Self-Inventory!

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Be a Better “You”: Taking a Self-Inventory! (Think and Grow Rich Version)

Where were you a year ago? Becoming a “better you” starts with a personal, self-inventory.

Here are the 28 personal inventory/ self-examination questions from Think and Grow Rich:


  1. Have I attained the goal which I established as my objective for this year? (You should work with a definite yearly objective to be attained as a part of your major life objective).
  2. Have I delivered service of the best possible QUALITY of which I was capable, or could I have improved any part of this service?
  3. Have I delivered service in the greatest possible QUANTITY of which I was capable?
  4. Has the spirit of my conduct been harmonious and cooperative at all times?
  5. Have I permitted the habit of PROCRASTINATION to decrease my efficiency, and if so, to what extent?
  6. Have I improved my PERSONALITY, and if so, in what ways?
  7. Have I been PERSISTENT in following my plans through to completion?
  8. Have I reached DECISIONS PROMPTLY AND DEFINITELY on all occasions?
  9. Have I permitted any one or more of the six basic fears to decrease my efficiency?
    • Named in the order of their most common appearance, they are:—
      The fear of POVERTY
      The fear of CRITICISM
      The fear of ILL HEALTH
    • These top three are at the bottom of most of one’s worries … and then…
      The fear of LOSS OF LOVE OF SOMEONE
      The fear of OLD AGE
      The fear of DEATH
  10. Have I been either “over-cautious,” or “under-cautious?”
  11. Has my relationship with my associates in work been pleasant, or unpleasant? If it has been unpleasant, has the fault been partly, or wholly mine?
  12. Have I dissipated any of my energy through lack of CONCENTRATION of effort?
  13. Have I been open-minded and tolerant in connection with all subjects?
  14. In what way have I improved my ability to render service?
  15. Have I been intemperate in any of my habits?
  16. Have I expressed, either openly or secretly, any form of EGOTISM?
  17. Has my conduct toward my associates been such that it has induced them to RESPECT me?
  18. Have my opinions and DECISIONS been based upon guesswork, or accuracy of analysis and THOUGHT?
  19. Have I followed the habit of budgeting my time, my expenses, and my income, and have I been conservative in these budgets?
  20. How much time have I devoted to UNPROFITABLE effort which I might have used to better advantage?
  21. How may I RE-BUDGET my time, and change my habits so I will be more efficient during the coming year?
  22. Have I been guilty of any conduct which was not approved by my conscience?
  23. In what ways have I rendered MORE SERVICE AND BETTER SERVICE than I was paid to render?
  24. Have I been unfair to anyone, and if so, in what way?
  25. If I had been the purchaser of my own services for the year, would I be satisfied with my purchase?
  26. Am I in the right vocation, and if not, why not?
  27. Has the purchaser of my services been satisfied with the service I have rendered, and if not, why not?
  28. What is my present rating on the fundamental principles of success? (Make this rating fairly, and frankly, and have it checked by someone who is courageous enough to do it accurately).


About Colleen

Colleen Hammond mentors people who are ready to transform their digital image, personal image, or business image for success.

Colleen is the founder of the Total Image Institute, and is a former on-camera meteorologist for the Weather Channel turned Executive Image Consultant and Personal Brand strategist, coach, and mentor.

She helps women craft their personal brand through their clothing choices, manners, and poise to build self-confidence and empower success — because people WILL judge you in less than 7 seconds based solely on what they see!

Clothing choices — What clothing choices are best for your body type, personal coloring, personal style, and the message you want to send? Because different colors, different prints, different patterns, and even pointy-toed shoes all send a specific message.

Body Language skills — learned from an FBI profiler and passed along to you. Are people lying to you? Is your body language pushing people away before they even speak to you?

Writing and Book publishing — as a best selling author, Colleen also teaches writing and book publishing.

Having been in been in front of a camera for over 40 years — first as a model, then as Miss Michigan National Teen-Ager, On-Camera Meteorologist at the Weather Channel, and was an anchor and a reporter — Colleen coaches people on being in front of the camera, too. One of the courses can be found here:

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10 Tips for Overcoming Depression at the Holidays

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Overcoming Depression

Don’t dread the holidays! Learn to recognize your depression triggers, then use these 10 Tips for yourself or someone you love. You may save a life.



First of all, if it’s an emergency, stop right now and call 911 or Lifeline Crisis Chat at 800-273 TALK (8255)

1. Acknowledge your feelings, because feelings buried alive never die.

2. Reach out. You’ve heard of a “runner’s high”? You can get the same emotional boost as a result of helping another person!

3. Be realistic. Set your expectations a bit lower and stop aiming for a fairy tale holiday.

4. Set aside differences. Accept family members and friends as they are. Now isn’t the time to settle old arguments and/or grievances.

5. Stick to a budget. You can’t “buy” happiness — for yourself or from others. Decide ahead of time what you’ll spend, then stick to it. Remember, that credit card bill WILL SHOW UP next month.

Try these alternatives:

-Offer a spiritual bouquet
-Donate to a charity in someone’s name.
-Make and give homemade gifts.
-Start a “Secret Santa” or individual family gift exchange.

6. Plan ahead. As the saying goes, “Plan your work and work your plan.” Now may be the time to plan to get some help — either hired or from friends and family.

7. Learn to say no. Once you’ve planned your time (#6 above), then only say “yes” to things that fit in your plan. Self-care and setting boundaries is being charitable to yourself as well as to others. Saying “yes” can leave you feeling resentful as well as overwhelmed.

8. Don’t abandon healthy habits. Depression is directly linked to sugar and grains — especially wheat. Most of all, overindulging — whether it’s food or alcohol — will only pile on the stress and guilt.

Try these suggestions:
-Have a healthy snack before holiday parties so that you don’t go overboard on sweets or alcohol
-Get plenty of sleep.
-Get 30-mminutes of walking in each day.

9. Take a time out. Be alone, in silence or with your favorite sounds/music, for a few minutes every day. Go for a walk. Get a massage. Play an instrument.

10. Finally, seek professional help if you need it. If you feel persistently sad, anxious, experience insomnia, or feel unable to ‘face the day’, talk to someone. Either a friend or mental health professional. Call 911 or Lifeline Crisis Chat 800-273 TALK (8255)

If you feel these tips were useful, please make sure you like and share this video! You may save a life!

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3 Things to STOP Feeling Guilty About!

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Stop Feeling Guilty!

Feeling “guilty” is only good if you use it as a trigger to highlight something you NEED to change that violates your moral, ethical, or personal standard of conduct…and then CHANGING it!

The definition of guilt is, “a cognitive or emotional experience that occurs when a person realizes or believes—accurately or not—that he or she has compromised his or her own standards of conduct or has violated a moral standard and bears significant responsibility for that violation.”

Don’t be a slave to guilt! Furthermore, I give you permission to drop any bad feelings associated with these things if you’d like to get them out of your life.

Here are 3 things (and a bonus!) that I detail and break down in the video.

1. Not checking your Social Media (or email or text) multiple times a day.

2. Self-Care, or “indulging” yourself.

3. Ending a relationship

BONUS (4): Your good fortune

Stop feeling guilty! This is the healthy kind of “selfish because it is beneficial to you and not harmful to anyone else.


DIY: “Build a Basic Wardrobe”:
I’ll teach you how! “The Perfect Closet: Building Your Ideal (and Unique!) LIFETIME Capsule Wardrobe”:
I’ll do it for you! One-on-One Consultation:
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5 Steps to a Perfect Morning Routine!

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The Perfect Morning

How you start your morning will impact the rest of your day — either positively or negatively!

On this morning’s Coffee with Colleen, I listed five tips to help launch your day in a positive manner, because each day ought to be your best!

  1. Positive self-talk
  2. Start day with Meditation.
    1. Mind: increases gray matter, willpower, concentration, cognitive function
    2. Body: Decreases pain, boost immune system, lowers blood pressure, ease inflammation, reduce heart risk
    3. Spirit: increases compassion, empathy, overall satisfaction, self-knowledge.
    4. Overall: reduces loneliness, cuts emotional reactivity, fosters a healthy body image, eases anxiety, and helps sleep.
  3. Exercise. Endorphins improve mood, energy, and health.
    1. Before there were washing machines, cars, and electricity we did it all by hand!
    2. Body was made to WORK
  4. Body language.
    1. Power Pose: 20 percent increase in testosterone 
    2. 25 percent decrease in the stress hormone cortisol.
  5. Music
    1. Stimulates more parts of the brain than ANYTHING
    2. Can relax OR motivate.
    3. NOT minor keys or syncopated which irritate the brain

Reflect on 2016 to Set Goals for 2017

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How do you set goals?

I don’t remember who sent me this list last year, but I saved it and have used it to review last year and this year!

50 Questions to Help You Set Goals

  1. What one event, big or small, are you going to tell your grandchildren about?
  2. If you had to describe your 2016 in 3 words, what would they be?
  3. What new things did you discover about yourself?
  4. What single achievement are you most proud of?
  5. What was the best news you received?
  6. What was your favorite place that you visited in 2016?
  7. Which of your personal qualities turned out to be the most helpful this year?
  8. Who was your number one go-to person that you could always rely on?
  9. Which new skills did you learn?
  10. What, or who, are you most thankful for?
  11. If someone wrote a book about your life in 2016, what kind of genre would it be? A comedy, love story, drama, film noir or something else?
  12. What was the most important lesson you learned in 2016?
  13. Which mental block(s) did you overcome?
  14. What 5 people did you most enjoy spending time with?
  15. What was your biggest break-through moment career-wise?
  16. How did your relationship with your family evolve?
  17. What book or movie affected your life in a profound way?
  18. What was your favorite compliment that you received this year?
  19. What little things did you most enjoy during your day-to-day life?
  20. What cool things did you create this year?
  21. What was your most common mental state this year (e.g. excited, curious, stressed)?
  22. Was there anything you did for the very first time in your life this year?
  23. What was your favorite moment spent with your friends?
  24. What major goal did you lay the foundations for?
  25. Which worries turned out to be completely unnecessary?
  26. What experience would you love to do all over again?
  27. What was the best gift you received?
  28. How did your overall outlook on life evolve?
  29. What was the biggest problem you solved?
  30. What was the funniest moment of your year, one that still makes it hard not to burst out laughing when you think about it?
  31. What purchase turned out to be the best decision ever?
  32. What one thing would you do differently and why?
  33. What do you deserve a pat on the back for?
  34. What activities made you lose track of time?
  35. What did you think about more than anything else?
  36. What topics did you most enjoy learning about?
  37. What new habits did you cultivate?
  38. What advice would you give your early-2016 self if you could?
  39. Did any parts of yourself or your life do a complete 180 this year?
  40. What or who had the biggest positive impact on your life this year?
  41. What do you want the overarching theme for your 2017 to be?
  42. What do you want to see, discover, explore?
  43. Who do you want to spend more time with in 2017?
  44. What skills do you want to learn, improve or master?
  45. Which personal quality do you want to develop or strengthen?
  46. What do you want your everyday life to be like?
  47. Which habits do you want to change, cultivate or get rid of?
  48. What do you want to achieve career-wise?
  49. How do you want to remember the year 2017 when you look back on it 10/20/50 years from now?
  50. What is your number one goal for 2017?


Learn OBS From a Television Professional!

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Learn OBS From a Television Professional

New Webinar—Click Here!

With professional looking LIVE video, your engagement skyrockets, and business grows!

On this LIVE webinar training (recorded and put into a special membership area for you so that you can view it over and over again!), you’ll learn:

  • basic OBS set-up for Periscope, Facebook, and YouTube
  • camera set up (yes, you can use more than one camera!)
  • how to set up your mics and audio (different for MAC and PC)
  • how to share your computer screen
  • the exact settings to be able to use OBS to broadcast on Periscope, Facebook, and YouTube (they’re all different)
  • how to use OBS to record videos to edit and use later
  • proper size graphics for each platform
  • how to create graphics for use in OBS
  • where to create graphics for free (if you don’t have a graphic designer)
  • how to professionally transition between scenes
  • plus much more!

Since it’s live, you’ll also be able to ask questions. But because it’s LIVE and I’ll be taking questions, seating is limited.

Regularly $47, be one of the first 100 and you can sneak into this class for only $27!

I look forward to seeing you in the class!

Monday, 12 December 2016, at 10:00 am


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Time Management


Time management

Coffee with Colleen: Giving Yourself PERMISSION to PROCRASTINATE!

Learn to prioritize your time: How to decide what things to do 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th! Because it’s IMPORTANT to procrastinate!
Last chance: The 4 Temperaments Class starts tonight!

I’m asked all the time how I get my LIVE shows to look like this. I’ll teach ya!

Recommended “Design Your Life” webinar!

Posted by Colleen Hammond on Tuesday, December 6, 2016

St. Andrew’s Novena Wallpaper for your Phone

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Pray the St. Andrew’s Novena

I did this Christmas Novena wallpaper for my phone so that I won’t forget to pray this prayer during the day!

Feel free to download it or screenshot it for yourself.

It’s called the St. Andrew Christmas Novena, (or The Christmas Novena). It’s a wonderful way to enter into the Advent season that is marked by a time of anticipation, penance, and prayer.

While the origins of this prayer are unknown, it is over 100 years old (at least). Most believe it may have come from Ireland.

Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem in the piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, O my God! To hear my prayer and grant my desires. Through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen



































[Imprimatur: +MICHAEL AUGUSTINE, Archbishop of New York, New York, February 6, 1897.] It is piously believed that whoever recites the St. Andrew Christmas novena prayer FIFTEEN times each day from the feast of St. Andrew (November 30th) until Christmas Eve will obtain the favor requested.


From the Catholic Company:

St. Andrew was the very first disciple called by Our Lord. He is the one who got his brother, St. Peter, to become Jesus’ disciple too.

In keeping with his role as “the first”, the feast of St. Andrew marks the beginning of a new liturgical year with the start of Advent: the Sunday that falls nearest to St. Andrew’s feast day on November 30th is always the first Sunday of Advent.

However, it won’t be easy to pray this novena 15 times a day for 25 days. But if you are able to, this prayer will undoubtedly leave your heart well-prepared to welcome the coming of Christ. The beauty and sweetness of this prayer will unfold for you through its daily recitation, allowing you to meditate more fully on the profound mystery of the Incarnation.

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