This is a time when we are reminded that we have more in common with each other than we think we do.
It is a time when compassion is at the forefront of our lives, where it should always be.
We’re connecting with friends, family, colleagues, and even people we don’t even know. We’re being called to open our hearts and minds. To be kind, considerate, and help those in need, as much as we can.
Though I think it’s sad that it has to come to this for us to become more caring, I am also very grateful for it.
Here we are isolating ourselves, and yet there is a deeper level of community and connection being experienced across the world.
During this time of chaos in the world, focus on the things that you can control.
Your thoughts and your behavior
Where there is fear, there is often irrational behavior. Don't judge it or the people who are being crippled by it. Choose to send them thoughts of peace, love, and kindness.
The reason for sending these vibrational thoughts first and foremost is to bring peace to yourself so that you can remain in alignment.
As you have noticed, fear is highly contagious. But, do not underestimate the power of your internal state and how it, too, can be contagious. I am not telling you to bury your head in the sand.
I am suggesting that you practice mindfulness over fear.
Let's focus on the basics of mindfulness. What do we know?
Though fear will...
Why is it so hard sometimes to let go of the past? Because it’s familiar and, more often than not, the discomfort creates a false sense of security. So, a comfort zone is a familiarity that has nothing to do with being comfortable.
What happens when you choose to let the past be and keep moving forward? Mourning. Yes, you feel a certain amount of grief as you let go of an old friend who has comforted you for so many years, even if it was an illusion.
When you allow yourself to acknowledge the comfort that the past provided you, even in the midst of the pain and discomfort, you get to stand in a different place. A place that offers a certain amount of clarity that you didn’t have before.
How can clarity come so swiftly and why does it feel so familiar? Because along with the pain that you held onto, you always had within you a knowing that something else was possible for you. But it wasn’t until you were ready to celebrate your past and the...
Have you ever seen someone speak and think to yourself, “I wish I could be more like them?” Well, you’re not alone.
You look up to others. You admire them for what they’ve accomplished and you’re in awe of who they are.
But what about you? Is there something that you might be missing? Have you forgotten about your brilliance?
It’s time to up-level your internal dialogue. And you can’t up-level your internal dialogue until you start to allow yourself to acknowledge your accomplishments.
Those people that you admire and look up to, they’ve had to move through stuff too. So, don’t be discounting what you’ve gone through in your life. You’ve got to the other side. And by the way, there are many sides. That’s why they refer to life as being a journey. One journey ends and another one begins. And…there are times when a new journey begins before the one you’re already on, is completed.
There are times in life that seem to creep along slowly. Then there are moments when you blink, and years have passed. Do you ever wonder if or what you may have missed in those moments? Honestly, I can say that I didn't think about it too much until this past weekend.
I'm part of a Soul Tribe Mastermind group, and this past weekend one of the things we explored was who was our first mentor. Quickly and without hesitation, I knew who it was. As we dove in a little deeper and started to answer some questions, I felt like I was going down the wrong path. I kept writing. Though I found my answers to the questions were enlightening, I had this nagging feeling that it was entirely right.
When the evening came to a close, I approached one of the educators and asked for a little more clarification. I was right. I was doing it wrong. That, of course, meant that after an evening, filled with new things to consider, I'd be going home and starting to review them all from scratch,...
I sat at the dining room table leafing through a magazine. Beautiful women appeared on the glossy pages — Drew Barrymore, Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, to name a few. Beautiful, flawless complexions. The photos are airbrushed and though I know that I suddenly slip into a feeling of being less than.
I think to myself, "I wish that I could be airbrushed when I woke up in the morning."
I continue flipping the pages, I notice that it's filled with information on how to improve yourself. Hmm...we're never quite right, are we? Always something needs to be fixed.
As I turn my head to look out the patio doors, I see the magnificent Soft Maple tree in the backyard. It's really stunning. No matter what time of the year it is, there isn't a moment that it doesn't fill my heart and soul. It brings me peace when I have inner turbulence going on in my life. It's perfect. I smile and bring my focus back to the magazine. This time as I turn the pages, I'm looking at content with a...
They say variety is the spice of life. Well if they're talking about emotions, then I'm in business.
I wake up in the morning typically feeling great, however, at any moment that can change.
Usually, I don't even need to open my eyes to know there's a cat nearby. There's nothing like the love of a fur baby to start your day off. A heaping serving of love in the morning is definitely, the purrfect way to start my day.
As I make my way downstairs, my mind moves ahead of me and starts to organize my thoughts.
A glass of water, probiotic, coffee, notebook (in case I have a brilliant thought), phone close by in case I feel the urge to listen to an audiobook and of course, a physical book if that's what I want.
It's not that I have the so-called luxury of making my morning's my own, it's that I chose years ago to start getting up super early in the morning so that I would have the time to do whatever calls to me. I love my quiet time.
After returning home from some early morning errands, I went to sit in the family room. Coffee on the table to my right, feet on the small black ottoman, blanket on my legs and then, of course, cat on my legs.
I smile as I look to my left. Oliver sleeps curled up on a blanket next to me. Yes, I am a crazy cat lady.
I reach for my book, open it to where I last left off and remove the raffle ticket that is marking my place in the book. I started using it as a bookmark after I attended an event I went to a couple of weeks ago, or has it been longer? Removing the bookmark, I glance at the page and read a couple of lines. I find my spot and begin to read.
The sunlight coming through the front window is distracting. I lift my head and gaze out the window. Though it may not be appealing to some, I'm looking at the inside of three Alberta Spruce trees. They were supposed to Dwarf Alberta Spruce trees, but they didn't get the memo. They stand 14-16 feet tall....
Last night I started to reflect on the journey I started almost nineteen years ago. I've done a lot of work on myself through the years, and this morning when I woke up, I was ready to acknowledge all of it.
I could hear a voice in my head, "It's time to get on with it."
Today is my birthday, and I committed to starting my blog today. Why today? Because I turned fifty-four today.
As I write this, I can feel emotions moving through me. A little voice tells me it's not fair. Another voice tells me that it's time to get the fuck on with it. It's time to live the life that you're meant to live. What are you waiting for?
The truth is, I'm feeling a little nervous. In some ways, I don't care about what people think of me, but in another way...I Care Deeply.
You see, I want to help women live their lives to the fullest. I want to see you grow and expand your life in a way that you never imagined before. And, I fear that if I show up with all of my warts and imperfections, the very thing...