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Love Yourself Today

As the week begins, we can easily get caught up in the hurry and chaos of the week.  While trying to meet all of our obligations and responsibilities to our family, friends, and coworkers, we often forget to stop and care for ourselves and our needs. 

 We forget to show ourselves some loving care.  

It is important to remember that caring for ourselves is not selfish, it is what is required to allow us to have the energy and focus we need to help those around us. 

 Taking time to love and care for ourselves is the best way to love and care for others.

So, today I encourage you to:


Until next time, have a happy, healthy day!

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GET OUT!!! (of your comfort zone)

Lately, I have been seeing a lot of blogs, Instagram posts, and tweets saying, “the magic happens outside of your comfort zone.”

Being as how I am not a great believer in coincidences, I think the Universe is trying to tell me something.  Hint, hint, wink, wink, nod, Rachel…  “HELLO???!!!!!”  And it got me thinking, “How can I get out of my den of safety and shake things up a bit?”

I know I am not alone in this, most of us “play it safe” in one area of our life or another, however if we want to achieve the goals we have created for ourselves sometimes we must take a trip into the unknown territory just outside of our comfort zone.  We can find a variety of reasons (aka excuses) to stay huddled in our safe place.

Think about some of your goals.  Which ones are dancing just outside of your grasp because you won’t cross the threshold to the discomfort zone?

Here are a few examples:

  • “I want to lose weight, but…
    • I can’t give up bread, chocolate, wine…
    • I don’t have time to exercise.  
    • I never keep it off anyhow, so why bother.
  • I want to get a new job, but…
    • I don’t have the right skills.        
    • I can’t afford to go back to school.          
    • I need to make money to pay my bills, I can’t change jobs now.
  • I want to write a novel, but…
    • I don’t have time to write.  
    • I don’t know how to get it published.                
    • What if it gets panned by critics?

Do any of these sound familiar?

In looking at my own goals, I found a ton of excuses to stay in my cozy little safe zone.  As a result, I came up with a little game to help myself break out of my complacency and start moving in the direction of successfully reaching my goals.

The first thing I did was pick a goal where I was playing it safe:                                                           

Sell 500 copies of, Cooking with Your Canine.

Admittedly, I picked a goal that was not too scary to start out with, so “yes”, I played it safe not playing it safe.

Next, I thought of 3 actions I could take outside of my comfort zone that would help me on my quest:

  • Talk to a local store about carrying my book.                                                          
  • Send a press release to local media outlets including newspapers and news shows.                                                                                                                              
  • Ask friends and clients to help promote the book.

Finally, I acted on each action over the course of 3 days:

  • Day 1, I asked 3 friends to post a link to the book on their social media accounts.                                                                                                                            
    • One person did.  Not a great success, but success none the less.
  • Day 2, I requested a press release be written through a vendor on Fiverr.          
    • I should have the release in 1-2 days.  That’s one baby step outside the comfort zone. 
  • Day 3, I spoke with the manager of a local store about selling my book.                                                                                                                                   
    • He said, “they were not interested at this time, but to check back in the fall”.  Yep, a little bit of a failure, but I still achieved the goal of getting out of my comfort zone, so I’m calling that part of it a win!

Surprise, surprise!!!  I stepped out of my comfort zone and nothing terrible happened!!!  The overall results of this “trip” remain to be seen, but at least I proved to myself and the Universe that I am willing to make the effort to be a little uncomfortable.

Now it’s your turn.  Which of your goals are you not achieving because you are making excuses to stay safe?  Pick one and create 2-3 actions that exist outside of your comfort zone to help support the goal.  You don’t have to take big leaps of faith right away, try something as simple as making a phone call to a potential client, cutting back on your “favorite” food for a few days, or saying, “good morning” to a stranger.  Once you have thought of your actions put them on your “To Do” list right away and get them done!

For me, this game was a little scary and it will probably be scary for you as well.  That’s a good thing!!!!  It means you are committed to working outside your comfort zone and allowing the magic of life to flow to you!

Good luck!

Until next time, have a happy, healthy day!

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What Are You Grateful RIGHT NOW?

 

As I write this, I am sitting on my patio on a sunny, 80 degree afternoon while sipping a glass of wine, and listening to the birds sing and chirp merrily.  It is blissful and I am grateful.

There are so many things to be grateful for every moment of every day that we can often take some of life’s simple pleasures for granted.  But, if we take a few short moments each day to stop and reflect on what we have to be thankful for in that moment, we can begin to see how truly fortunate we are, even if that particular instant is not one of our best or happiest.  Finding things to express gratitude for, even the smallest things, opens us up to receive many more circumstances, events, and individuals for which to be grateful.  It is a not so vicious cycle…

When I wake up in the morning, I set a reminder on my phone for a random time of day that will focus my attention on being grateful then and there!  When I do this, without exception, my day gets better, I feel happier, inspired, relaxed, and work becomes easier and more enjoyable.  

It is a great way to give yourself a non-caffeinated pick me up!

Try it!  You will be amazed at your results!

So without further ado, here is what I am grateful for right now:

  1. I am grateful for sunny days.
  2. I am grateful that my ears allow me to hear the birds singing.
  3. I am grateful for my glass of wine.
  4. I am grateful for my faithful dog, Jake.
  5. I am grateful it is warm outside.
  6. I am grateful for the beautiful flowers blooming in my yard.
  7. I am grateful I live in a quiet, peaceful, and friendly neighborhood.
  8. I am grateful to the Universe for the creative inspiration to write this post.
  9. I am grateful I awoke to this amazing day.
  10. I am grateful to YOU for reading this blog!

Until next time, have a happy, healthy, grateful day!!!

 

 


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I AM…

Recently, I have been focusing on, “I am…” statements.  The words, “I AM” are extremely powerful tools in the manifestation process.  The words that follow, “I am”, shape your reality.

WHY?

The Universe takes what we say after these two words as a statement of fact about what we believe ourselves to be.

Often, we use “I am” statements to create or reinforce negative beliefs:

  • I am tired.
  • I am poor.
  • I am stupid.
  • I am fat.
  • I am terrible at…
  • I am unloveable.
  • I am a victim

When used this way, “I am” statements doom us to continuely create and recreate negative results.

Fortunately, we can manifest our dreams and design an amazing life simply by using powerful positive “I am” statements.

What do you want to create in your life?  Do you want more money?  More friends?  A better job?   Who do you want to be?  Do you want to be healthy?  Beautiful?  Intelligent?Think about who you want to be and what you want to attract into your life and then add the words, “I AM”, at the beginning.

For example:

  • If you want to be a millionaire try the phrase,  I AM wealthy.
  • For individuals who want to attract a soul mate, begin with,  I AM loved.
  • If you want vibrant health or to be rid of a pain or illness try, I AM healthy.
  • Need some inspiration for an artistic project?  I AM creative.

You get the idea.

Don’t forget phrases like:

  • I AM talented.
  • I AM intelligent.
  • I AM a philanthropist.
  • I AM adventurous.
  • I AM successful.

I suggest taking some time over the next few days to review your goals and write down 1-2 inspiring and exciting “I am” statements for each goal.  It does not matter if it is true now, it simply needs to be a positive belief.

I have created a list of “I am” statements for myself and my goals and have encouraged many of my clients to do the same.  Both my clients and myself have noticed that we feel more confident, more enthusiastic about our goals, and overall happier.  It is amazing that 2 simple words have the power to attract so many spectacular and thrilling thoughts, circumstances, experiences, and people into our lives.

Once you have your “I am” statements written down, invest some time daily into reading them or speaking them out loud (I like to record mine and listen to them over and over) to fully immerse yourself in their power.

So until next time, remember:

 

 


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I LOVE Money…

For many of us, having more money is one of our goals.  Perhaps we want to earn more money, increase our financial freedom, create a source of passive income, or become a multimillionaire.  But, despite our best efforts we struggle to achieve our dreams of wealth and security.

Why?

As we go through life we develop beliefs and attitudes about money that run counter to our intentions to attract more:

  • Rich people are “bad”.
  • Money isn’t spiritual.
  • Money is the root of all evil.
  • Money changes people.
  • Money doesn’t bring happiness.
  • etc…

We have a love/hate relationship with money.  We love it because it makes us feel happy, helps us care for our families, and pays our bills, but it also brings us stress and feelings of lack, envy, and greed.

However, in order to attract the money we want to improve our lives (and the lives of those around us) we MUST learn to love and respect money.  Take a few moments to consider how much kindness and respect you give your money.  For example:

  1. Do you have money wadded up in the bottom of your purse/briefcase, or is your money neatly sorted in your wallet?
  2. Do you “blame” money for your problems?  “No matter what I do I never have enough money!”
  3. Do you carelessly waste money on things you do not need or do you enjoy saving up for that special item?
  4. Do you have a financial plan or do you stash your money here, there, and everywhere?

For years, I treated my money with total disrespect.  I kept extra cash lying around the house or stashed in a desk drawer, I tossed spare change on the seat of my car, I bought what ever I wanted whenever I wanted it, and I made no attempts to wisely invest a portion of my income.

It wasn’t until I started “taking care” of my money that my finances started to shift.  Now, I keep spare cash locked in a safe, I neatly tuck my spare change into a change pouch, I follow (mostly) a budget, and I set up an auto debit from my checking account to fund my IRA.  I take time each day to show my money love, respect, and gratitude.  It has taken time, patience, and dedication but I am seeing an increase in my finances as well as in opportunities and creative ideas to help me make more.

If reaching your financial goals is a bit of a challenge for you, take some time to consider if you are treating your money the way you want money to treat you.  Ask yourself,

“If I treated my friends/family the way I treat my money, how many fulfilling relationships would I have?”

If the answer is not many, then try this exercise to help you regain a positive, loving relationship with your finances:

Every day for the next month, write down at least 10 reasons you LOVE money.  Consider things like: money makes me happy, money helps me care for my family, money bought me a new car, money supports me in all ways, giving money to help others brings me joy, money is a physical representation of positive energies, etc…

This can be a powerful method to begin to rebuild a strong, healthy relationship with your finances.

Have fun!!!

 

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Back to Work

I have taken the past few months off from blogging to reconnect with and refocus on my goals.

I find that often we spend so much time working to achieve our goals that we forget why we wanted to achieve them in the first place.  For example, we get so caught up in earning that higher income that we forget the reason we wanted it was so that we could spend more time with our family, when in actuality our pursuit of the goal has left us with LESS family time.

During my “hiatus”, I took a few days to revisit each my goals.  I asked myself several questions about each goal:

  • Why did I want to achieve this goal in the first place?
  • Am I making progress toward this goal?
    • Why or why not?
  • Is this still a realistic goal?
  • How important is this goal to me, now?
  • What would it take for me to achieve this goal in the next 12 months?
  • Do I still want to achieve this goal?

I spent 3-4 days on each of my goals.  Every day I would read and respond to the questions.  Each time, I responded on a separate sheet of paper.  After a few days of writing and contemplating, I would review my answers to see how they changed or progressed.  Based on my responses, I either recommitted to the goal, revised the goal to make it more realistic/challenging/inspiring, or in some cases got rid of a goal altogether.

For me this was an eye-opening exercise.  As I reconnected with my goals, I found that I was on track and still inspired by many of them, but with others I found that not only did they not excite me, but that my reasons for wanting them in the first place were not in the interest of my greater good,  For example, I wanted them to please someone else or to prove to others what I could achieve.

As a result, I have a new list of goals and achievements, some old, some new, and some modified.  I have a better focus on what my achievement priorities are, new ideas on how to reach them, and a new excitement, passion and commitment to my dreams and desires.

If you have not taken the time lately to reassess your goals I encourage you to do so.  It can be an educational and stimulating exercise as well as bring you clarity on what you truly want and why you want it.

Until next time,

Good Luck and Have Fun!!!!