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Living From the Neck Up

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I’ll never forget when I heard motivational speaker - Lisa Nichols describe the term “living from the neck up”.  

Lisa was speaking about her weight loss journey - and explained how she realized she was holding onto to a lot of old energy and other people’s “stuff”. 

Can you relate?

When you are empathic - you have a superpower to feel into other people’s pain.  Marry being empathic with being highly sensitive, and you have a recipe to literally take on other people’s pain.  

Have you ever noticed you attract people who love to be in your energy but you feel drained in theirs?

Now, the standard response here is to institute boundaries  - which is healthy and useful…

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Awaken Your Feminine Energy

Have you ever felt like you just want to run away from it all? 

Go where there are no distractions or disruptions.

Maybe you envision a spa getaway or maybe even a one night away at a hotel.  

These "statistical chill-outs" - those that have a start & end date - are absolutely what your soul needs from time-to-time. 

Yet, when you are a creative soul - building space into your life can't happen from time-to-time, it needs to be integrated into your day-to-day life. 

If you know you've suppressed your inner artist – you’ll know if she's calling you to come alive again – to express herself – to be set free – because she won’t leave you alone. 

She'll be quietly, but persistently calling to you - asking for more...

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Intuition vs. Intellect

This past year with the pandemic, we’ve all had to be with ourselves  - more often than many of us would like.

Being a true introvert and empath, I need time alone to recharge – so the pandemic’s requirement of socially distancing wasn’t a big deal for me.

What proved to be a big deal however was learning how distant and disconnected I have been from my body. 

Sure, I worked out each day – and went to hot yoga a few times a week…and in those intense workouts, I definitely felt connected to my body. 

But once the day started…forget it – I was off and running…

I realized that being present in the body is a muscle to be buffed in itself. 

There are so many distractions that keep all of us distanced and...

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Being Your Own Person

“If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise.”  ~Johann von Goethe

In order to live the life you were designed to live - it’s critical to understand yourself at the deepest level. 

Yet, most of us were taught to cover-up the core of who we are in order to be accepted by others in both our original family of origin, and our peer groups growing up. 

Becoming who you were designed to be is a courageous act because it requires you to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.  It requires you to understand that not everyone is going to approve of what you do and who you commit to becoming.

The most important and courageous act in being your own person is:  accepting and loving ALL parts of yourself first and...

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What does it mean to trust yourself?

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The other day I had a very cool Human Design Chart Reading with a woman who my good friend Leslie recommended to me. 

It was fascinating to see the chart based on my birthplace & birth time - similar to an astrology chart.  

What was most interesting was when she said to me – and I’m paraphrasing:  “You have a set way of being – that is imprinted from the inside – vs. imprinted from the outside.  Your chart shows that you have strong knowing, instincts and intuition – and that when you are in flow with these, you are in your power.”

She went on to say:  “Your chart also has very open areas – which shows that you can be open to other people, empathize with...

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3 Steps To Clear Clutter & Create Space In Your Life

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The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do. ~Sarah Ban Breathnach

Imagine for a moment being able to experience more flow and fluidity in your days with whatever you're doing - where you feel both productive and peaceful at the same time. 

Does that sound blissful to you?  Where you are accomplishing but aren't feeling pressure - merely producing from inspiration.

Interesting concept for sure – but one that may feel foreign. 

Most of us were taught that to get results and achieve success - hard work (most often overwork) - was the value to prioritize. 

Yet, for a creative soul that wants both peace and productivity in your life - working hard and overexerting yourself to...

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Life Purpose Anxiety

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Lately, I’ve been waking up in the middle of the night – 3am to be exact – with a racing heart. 

I try my best to go back to sleep – but I can’t seem to stop my mind from racing.  Often when this happens, I’ll put on a podcast or begin scrolling online to distract myself. 

But recently I decided to get quiet and listen to the anxiety and what “it” was trying to tell me. 

By listening in to the stress, I realized my mind wants to know what’s next.  My mind wants to figure everything out and have a plan for where I’m going and how I’m continuing to evolve and be my Best Self.  My mind is worried if I’m on or off the course to my purpose - and if I’m...

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How To Stop Over-Giving

Feeling worthy of your own time and attention is a skill that most need to learn and incorporate into everyday life.  Society teaches that you must do good, give to others, and be a good person.  

Yet, you can’t give what you don’t already have (a.k.a. energy, feeling of fullness and love, etc.) - when you’re running on an empty tank. 

You know how good it feels to share your gifts and talents with others and how they benefit. Yet, when you over-give, you can experience burnout from overgiving and overextending yourself.  This is when it is vital to look underneath the surface to see where you may be overgiving, overcompensating, overworking, etc. - and what your true motive is.  

Oftentimes when you are overextending...

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Pressure of Trying To Be Perfect

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"You are loved just for being who you are - just for existing.  You don't have to do anything to earn it.  Your shortcomings, your lack of self-esteem, physical perfection, or social and economic success - none of that matters.  No one can take this love away from you and it will always be here."  ~Ram Dass, "Be Love Now"

One myth is:  perfection is attainable. 

It definitely is not. 

What’s attainable is:  embracing and loving your perfections and your imperfections at the same time.

A second myth is:  people in the helping profession – such as coaches, therapists, healers, etc. - whom are committed to "the work"- have it all figured out. 

They/we definitely do not. 

In fact, those...

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Courage to Move Forward

The beautiful thing about having a deep desire to find your life's calling through your work's expression is - it's a wonderful excuse and catalyst to grow personally as well as professionally.  

If you think about it, many of the decisions you've made in the past most likely have come from what you thought you *should* do in certain areas vs. what you would have done if you didn't have any fear. 

Isn't it awesome when you realize that you don't have to live by your *shoulds* but rather by what your heart is urging you to do?   Think of it this way: *should* aligns with obligation and obligation stems from feeling undeserving. 

However, doing what you love and what would make your heart sing and bring you joy may have  hesitation around it too. ...

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