C.A.L.L. to Action
Are you tuning in to the gentle whispers of the universe?
And if you do tune in to the whispers of your soul and your inner wisdom, you might also hear the call of transformation and evolution.
Just like the call of the butterfly lives deep within the caterpillar, the call of transformation lives deep within each one of us as well. Something is calling you right now. It’s an invitation, a beckoning to create, to evolve, to expand, to grow. It’s that beckoning to be more you!
Self-Discovery through Honesty
Can you feel it?
Can you feel the hidden sparks of intention I send your way through my blogs? Can you sense my intention that a transformation, an awakening, an opening, or even a healing is possible just by reading my blogs?
Nah, I didn’t think so. But that’s okay. Maybe now that you know, it’ll add a sprinkle of magic to the way you read my blogs.
Today, I’d like to suggest transformation through getting honest with yourself. The level of honesty I’m talking about is between you and you…
From Complacency to Commitment
Welcome to 2024!
I’m ready to start the year with some powerful questions for both of us.
Are You (am I) ready to be fully alive? Are you ready to express your own unique genius more boldly? Are you ready to be more ‘you’? Are you ready to finally wake up to the fact that you are what you’ve been looking for? Are you ready to enjoy this ride called life in a greater way?
I love this poem and have shared it often:
Life is not a journey to the grave
with the intention of arriving
safely in a…
Beyond the Fog: Mastering Life's Uncertainties
I believe it was Emerson who observed that the only straight line in Nature is the spider swinging down from a twig.
The rest of Nature is a tapestry of twists and turns, ins and outs, and ups and downs.
And although we might say that we enjoy the tapestry of life, I think for most of us, we like it better when we can see how all the parts fit together. We want to know where we need to make turns and what decisions to make. “Living in the mystery” is a nice romantic notion, but not too comf…
Embrace the Power of Choice
Have you ever found yourself in a pickle, trying to decide between pancakes or waffles for breakfast?
It's like standing at a crossroads, except the stakes aren't as high – or are they? 😄
Let's talk about something more profound than breakfast choices – decisions. W. Clement Stone once said, "You always do what you want to do. This is true with every act. You may say that you had to do something, or that you were forced to, but whatever you do, you do by choice. Only you have the power to ch…
What Should You Expect?
I remember it as clearly as if it happened yesterday.
A couple of years ago I attended a chamber mixer and I had an expectation that I would win one of the raffle prizes - - and I did! A friend of mine asked if I really had an expectation of winning or if I was just hopeful.
That question caused me to really think about what I felt at that particular chamber mixer compared to all of the others I attended. And I could feel a difference. I actually did expect to win something. In fact, I was …
Blastoff Can be Harder than Expected
Change your thinking, change your life. On your mark….get set…go!
What? You haven’t changed yet? How can that be? Changing those pesky habitual thoughts is a bit trickier than we anticipate and many of us give up in frustration. And guess what? When we do, our internal mind chatter (our constant companion, “monkey mind”) is happy.
So, even though our internal mind chatter might be happy, we most definitely are NOT! The very thoughts we want to change are in our heads before we even realize…
Are You Asking Yourself the Right Questions?
I didn't even know what the right questions were
Have you ever been in a room full of people who were motivated, enthusiastic, fun, and supportive? How did that feel? Wonderful, right? And what happened when you got home? How long were you able to sustain those feelings? And if you weren’t able to sustain those feelings, did you feel like you were a failure? Did you feel like something was missing? Did you have more questions than answers? I’ve been in that situation many times where everyone…
Self-Doubt and Self-Sabotage are BFFs
Do you have days when life feels like work?
Days when you wonder if you’ll ever achieve your goals? Days when you think you shouldn’t want so much? Days when you nearly talk yourself out of wanting more? If so, you’re not alone.
Do you sometimes wonder if your self-doubt is sabotaging your dreams? Do you have a tendency to avoid looking at (or thinking about) ideas or beliefs which are uncomfortable? Do you secretly hope your insecurities will magically disappear if you ignore them long en…
Three Little Words
3 Little Words can be Powerful...
I love you. I forgive you. Keep it simple. What's your wish. Can I help? Dare to dream. It's not fair.
Those last three little words will stop us every time.
How many times do we use those three little words? Maybe we don’t verbalize them, but only think them. Does that make them any less lethal?
It’s not fair I work so hard but don’t make very much money.
It’s not fair that I work harder and longer than him and he makes more than I do.
It’s not fair t…
Success Made Easy
We all seem to want a magic bullet.
The idea of 'success made easy' probably got your attention, right? Yes, we all seem to want that “magic bullet” or the 3 Simple Steps to Success or the 4 Laws of Prosperity. Maybe we’d even accept a 7-step process. What if it was 149 steps? Would we still be interested? What if I told you it was hard? How would you feel? Or maybe you already think it’s hard to be a success or to be happy or to actually live the life you dream about. After all, we all have …
The Power of Big Dreams
I’ve been thinking a lot about big dreams lately.
“Life is short, live bold! Be heard, be you, dream big, take risks, don’t wait.” ~ Misty Gibbs
Growing up, I was never encouraged to dream big. My parents didn’t dream big – I think they were just trying to do the best they could. For them, success was owning a home, having a steady job, and taking occasional family vacations.
I think my dad’s big dreams involved me; he wanted me to be a doctor or a lawyer. That was his dream. I just wanted…
Life Without Guilt or Shame
I love getting emails in response to my blogs...
...does that mean I'm still looking for that external validation? One person recently emailed me and beautifully clarified what I mean when I talk about self-care: self-care is all about self-love, self-respect, self-value, self-worth, self-compassion, and honoring who you really are!
And that’s my entire message and my work in the world. It’s my honor, privilege (and secret sauce) to help you reconnect and remember the amazing, awesom…
3 Ideas for Putting Yourself First
You know how it is.
When you have something on your mind or are really focused, then things that align with what you’re thinking show up. All.The.Time. (Gee, could there be something about the Law of Attraction in this experience?)
This month I’ve been focusing on self-care and putting yourself first. So, I’ve been writing blogs, creating a new 5-day mini eCourse (email), putting together a new Self-Care Daily Planner freebie, and I plan on having a short masterclass next month. That’s been …
Self-Care is Not Selfish
It seems to me that ‘self-care’ is an emotionally charged concept or buzzword.
It’s only two simple 4-letter words: self and care. Yet those two words conjure up images and emotions just by reading them (or thinking about them.) And there’s even specialty adverbs like ‘radical self-care’ or 'extreme self-care' to add even more emphasis (and possibly confusion).
I’ll admit that when I first heard the term ‘self-care’ I was turned off by it. Who had time for that? Not me! The words 'self-care'…
Reasons to Put Yourself First
The idea of putting myself first was about as appealing as getting a root canal!
My internal mind chatter told me it was selfish. I was worried about how other people would react if I changed my ways and started saying no or enforced some personal boundaries. I wondered if people wouldn’t like me anymore. Or if they’d get angry (and of course, I avoided conflict at all costs!).
So with all of this fear, worry, and negative self-talk going on, it took me quite a while to even take that first …
Staying Stuck is not the Answer
I don’t want my life to be on hold, do you?
My life used to be on hold. I happily (or so I thought) put my own dreams and desires on hold and adopted the dreams, desires, and goals of my husband. And society. I didn’t question what success and happiness meant for me. I just assumed it was about money, career, possessions, and snazzy vacations. After all, who didn’t want to live that ‘American Dream?’
And when living the American Dream left me empty, unfulfilled, and discontent, I assumed I n…
From the Basement to the Penthouse
I love taking my cues from nature.
I live in Spokane where it’s very cold in the winter. The house stays closed up during the winter, and when Spring arrives, the windows fly open and the house gets a breath of fresh air!
We all need fresh air and fresh ideas. Spring seems like it’s in full bloom. I love when nature wakes up from its winter slumber. It always reminds me to wake up from my slumber, too. I get to ask myself, ‘What have I been asleep to?” “What have I closed my eyes to?” “What …
The Antidote to Procrastination
Procrastination Kills Productivity
No surprise there!
I’ve done my own survey and asked people why they don’t do what they say they want to do. I was surprised that the #1 answer was…………
I DON’T HAVE TIME!
Okay, maybe I wasn’t all that surprised because that’s my #1 answer, too! This has been my excuse and I was able to point to my schedule to prove to myself (and everyone else) why it was true. I just didn’t think it would be such a common excuse. The funny thing is (and it’s not reall…
I Found Buried Treasure
Janet, you are so sensitive!
I used to hear that from my mom and when she said it, I just knew it was a bad thing. And so, like a good girl, I became less and less sensitive. Of course, I didn’t bother to ask what she meant by being sensitive. I thought she meant my feelings got hurt easily. I don’t remember if my feelings did get hurt easily or not. Maybe. But, maybe not.
I do remember that I put my whole heart into my friendships and I wasn’t able to distinguish a real friend from someone…
It's Time to Ask for what you Want
Do you ask for what you want? Or do you ask for what you think you can have?
These questions have come up quite a bit in my life lately. They’ve come up during my free Get Acquainted Sessions, during a workshop I recently attended, from a mentor who posted on Facebook, and even on a call I had a couple of weeks ago with my spiritual study partner.
So many of us are afraid to dream big, to ask for what we want, to state our desire, to cut our moorings loose and allow ourselves to shine. Wher…