Engage Your Body!

Today I want to talk about the miracle of movement!  

Back when I was exhausted all the time, I found a million excuses to sit around.  Engrossing myself in a project in my computer was always a great one.  As an entrepreneur, I have a thousand things that need my attention from a seated position: bookkeeping, scheduling, advertising, newsletters. It goes on and on.

Now I realize that if I want to feel energized, I gotta get up and move!  I’m no Olympic athlete, and I am not training for a marathon. I just understand now that movement is KEY.

Movement helps:
  • flow chi
  • increase metabolism
  • boost happy-making chemicals in the brain
  • clear mental cobwebs
  • decrease stress 
  • promote digestion
  • improve sleep quality

For optimal health doctors generally recommend 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week.  But for many, this can feel daunting, and trying to jump into a 5 day routine from zero days is never wise.

Start somewhere, start small. 

Build from there at your own pace.   It is better to move 5-10 minutes a day than to sit around waiting for the motivation to do 30 minutes all at once.  It’s even helpful to spend time thinking about being active!  If you can’t get up and move, or can’t motivate yourself to do so right now, visualize yourself being active and vibrant and moving your body!  Our mind is a powerful tool.  Using it to conjure images of ourselves involved in vibrant activities can build energy too!  To see what I mean, envision yourself at the very top of a roller coaster.  You feel yourself crest the hill, the momentum shifts, and suddenly you are plunging down the other side at breakneck speed.  You can physically feel that pull on your energy, right?

The same thing happens when you imagine yourself running, dancing, swimming, climbing, whatever physical activity appeals to your soul.  Picture yourself there, immersed in it, thriving at it.  The energy inside will rise.  Use that energy to motivate yourself into some action.  You can imagine yourself flying like a bird if that appeals to you, and use that rise in energy to walk to the end of the block and back!  Use the mind to create the energy that motivates the body up and into motion!  

Stop using the mind to trap the body into inertia!

You know all those self-defeating little thoughts that come up like, ‘I don’t want to work out,’ or ‘I don’t enjoy it,’or ‘I don’t have the energy’?  Well those thoughts deplete the energy right OUT of a body, and simply shifting them can give you the energy and motivation you need to get going!

‘I don’t want to work out,’ can become ‘I want to move my body
for 5-10 minutes because I deserve to energize myself!’  or ‘I want the energy boost that comes with moving my body!’ or even, ‘I want an energized life!’

Use ANY words that resonate for you.

‘I don’t have the energy,’ can become ‘To create energy, I simply move my body!’ or ‘My workout leaves me energized!’ or even ‘Movement connects me to Source energy and POWERS me up!’

‘I just don’t enjoy it’ can become, ‘I enjoy the way my body feels after I move it,’ or ‘I enjoy the powerful feeling of aligning with my own healthy intentions,’ or even, ‘I enjoy vibrant health and stay active to achieve that goal!’

Choose the thought that feels better when you think it, because the better you feel, the more energy you have!

I recently did a nine-day spring cleanse designed to detox the liver. On a few of those days I was very low energy, and the thing that made me feel better and more energized each time, was a nice easy walk around my block. When I felt like I just wanted to sit and do nothing because I was so tired, I got up and went for a walk and felt better! Try it yourself & see how taking a short walk lifts your mood.

Tosha Silver

I am a GREAT believer in promoting all things vibe-raising, and Tosha Silver fills the role of vibe-raiser in such brilliant ways!

“Tosha graduated from Yale with a degree in English Literature but along the way fell madly in love with yogic philosophy. For the past 30 years she’s taught people around the world ways to align with Inner Love.” – from Tosha’s website.

I became aware of Tosha’s books less than a year ago when a dear friend recommended Outrageous Openness to me.  I instantly became a HUGE fan.  Now I read a few pages from one of her books each morning to inspire my day. 

Book Passage

I follow Tosha on Facebook, so Saturday when she posted that she was going to speak at Book Passage on Sunday, I was THRILLED!  I was even more thrilled to discover that my schedule actually allowed me to attend!  I took my fun money and drove across both the Carquinez, and Richmond bridges to one of the most amazing bookstores in the world. 

If you live in the Bay Area, you should plan a field trip to Book Passage, an independently owned bookstore with over 800 events a year!  They have so many classes they are practically a small university.  Book Passage is an amazing place with something for everyone.

It’s Not Your Money

Tosha spoke for half an hour, lighting the room with her energy.  She said her new book, It’s Not Your Money, is not about creating abundance, it’s about being abundance. 

When she took questions for half an hour, one woman who had already read the book, was in tears when she thanked Tosha for the transformation the book had brought to her life. 

Then Tosha signed books, and greeted each of us with that radiant smile. I asked her to sign two copies, one for me and one for a friend that has been between jobs for almost four years.  She looked up and said,”Oh she HAS to read this book!  Can I write that?”

“Yes, please,” I replied.  She inscribed it, ‘To Laura, Read this book! Love, Tosha

She inscribed my book with love as well, and I was left with the feeling of deep connection to myself, my Soul and my creator.

The entire experience was Divine!

If you are not familiar with Tosha’s books, you are in for SUCH a treat!  Any of them are great resources to lift your vibration. Click this link for her author page on Amazon.

If you are familiar with her books, maybe you did not know that she offers many classes and events! Click this link for info on Tosha’s classes.

Either way, Tosha Silver is a treasure, and a valuable resource for anyone that wants to build a stronger connection with the Divine, and live a more inspired life.


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Apple Pie to Die for!

(But it’s HEALTHY, so you don’t have to!)

I LOVE pie, but on a list of my faves, apple pie has always been near the bottom. Until now! NOW, I am allergic to wheat and sugar and dairy, so what use could I have for apple pie?

Enter Medical Medium!

If you have not heard about Anthony William yet, check out his wealth of information at THIS LINK. Anthony is a medium and gets his nutritional information directly from Source. If that’s too woo woo for you, you’re still gonna want to try his pie!

Deep-Dish Apple Pie

Ingredients:
Crust –
3 cups walnuts
4 cups dates
1 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut 2 tablespoons rosemary leaves
1⁄2 teaspoon of sea salt

Filling –
10 apples
2 cups dates
2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons coconut milk 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Link to Recipe << Click for full recipe.


I first made this pie last year and it blew my mind that a dessert can be this delicious and not break any of my current eating rules! I am making a turkey dinner for some friends tonight and this is going to top our special meal perfectly!

I took these photos when I made this pie the first time, and the recipe is HUGE, so I pressed it into a 9×13 pan. Now I cut the recipe in half and it fits in a standard pie plate. It’s worth mentioning that the crust recipe makes a nice dessert sprinkle on top of fresh fruit!

That’s the filling bit in the food processor, minus the honeycrisps.

Then you have your sous chef thinly slice all those apples, add the caramel sauce, and…


Voilà! Lots of prep time involved with this pie, but it’s raw, so there’s no bake time.

OMG! I just had a thought. I bet this would be next-level amazing if we top it with cashew cream! Stupendous!

Link to Recipe << Here is the link to the recipe again.

Have a delicious weekend my friends!


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The Cream in My Coffee

In February, 2017 I developed intestinal symptoms that sent me in search of a naturopath to find out what was wrong with me.  Dr. Sara Thyr in Petaluma diagnosed my food allergies.  Dairy, wheat and cane sugar were the biggies.  I learned that all kinds of ill things can happen to your intestines, liver, vertebral discs, immune system, and overall general health when you eat loads of the stuff that you are allergic to. 

I have always possessed an over-zealous passion for cheese!  Another word for it would be addiction.  When I was a child, my mother mused that I must have been a mouse in another life.  Before I found out about my allergies, wheat and dairy pretty much made up my diet with an occasional salad thrown in.  Bagel with cream cheese and sausage for breakfast, quesadilla or tacos for lunch, with pizza & salad at dinner sounds like HEAVEN to me!

So it was no small task to remove dairy wheat and sugar from my diet.

At first, I was absolutely miserable about the situation as anyone would be when told she has to give up her drug of choice.  However in my case, the cost to benefit ratio was obvious because as I gave up my allergy foods, my symptoms disappeared quickly, and my symptoms had been significant.  Getting rid of them benefited my health, and my life, and increased my ability to continue supporting myself as a massage therapist. So I gave up sugar, wheat, and dairy and instantly began to feel better.

What’s one little cheat?

For awhile I gave up coffee because for me, coffee without cream isn’t worth a cup of beans.  I learned to enjoy herbal teas, but I really LOVE just one cup of coffee in the morning!  So after I had been symptom-free for awhile, it seemed like a tiny, insignificant cheat to treat myself once in awhile to a delicious cup of creamy coffee. 
I carefully measured my cheat so I could say I was ‘completely OFF dairy, except for this tiny amount.’

Of course, over time the occasional treat became my daily habit again.

“Just one cheat a day won’t hurt!  It’s so tiny and insignificant, and lovely,” I rationalized.

Allergy foods are insidious.

But the thing about allergy foods is that a tiny bit in your system sets up CRAVINGS for MORE! Because here’s a fun fact: we are usually addicted to the foods we are allergic to!  Follow this link to read an article about the correlation between food allergies and addiction.

The cream in my coffee was the one thing I felt I simply could NOT, would not give up forever.  But putting that small dose of cream in me first thing in the day set me up to crave more, and soon I was allowing small wheat cheats (with REALLY great reasons) and a little sugar here and there (because I deserve some sweetness, right?).  Bottom line was, the cream in my coffee was setting me up for failure and I seemed unwilling to let it go anyway. Can you relate?

Then one day I was talking to my awesome life coach about it. She’s vegan and recommended her favorite cashew cream in a brand I hadn’t tried.  Since giving up coffee seemed like the only other, horrible option, I decided to try it.

With my coach’s inspiration, I started thinking.

Google found a simple recipe that called for vegetable broth.  Since that didn’t seem like something I wanted in my coffee, I tried adding water.  My first batch turned out surprisingly acceptable, but not creamy enough, and the food processor left the nuts coarse, so I had a small beach in my cup at the end.  In the second batch I used nut milk instead of water and the blender instead of the food processor.  MIND BLOWN!

I blended up the most amazing substitute for half & half!  Like, SERIOUSLY credible replacement for hardcore dairy addict!s  Not only was it a credible replacement for cream, it was AMAZING. It was delicious! It was coffee lover’s nirvana.

Can you tell which is cashew cream and which is half & half?

Soak 3/4 cup cashews in filtered water for three hours or longer (the longer they soak, the creamier it is), then drain, put them in a blender and add 1 cup of nut milk. That’s it! Pulverize until creamy and you’re done. So super simple, and I can’t even convey the JOY, satisfaction, and pleasure of my morning coffee with no effects of dairy, and no cheater’s guilt! This was the bridge that sealed my commitment to living dairy-free!

Life changing. 

I am not claiming to have invented cashew cream, I am simply extolling the virtues of having discovered that there is life beyond dairy! I went from “NOTHING can replace the cream in my coffee!” to a cashew cream convert in two cups.

Changing what we eat for health reasons can FEEL like we have no choice. But having no choice makes us feel powerless! We do have choice. We always have choice! We choose to honor our body’s individual nutritional needs, or we choose the suffering, inflammation, and health problems that come with eating allergy foods.

Follow this link to an elimination diet to discover which foods cause your inflammation and allergy symptoms, or talk to your naturopath, or call mine! Dr.Sarah Thyr is AWESOME!

Whatever YOUR must-have, ‘can’t ever give it up’ item is, I’m willing to bet you can find something you enjoy just as much when you decide to get passionate about your healthy intentions.

What do you have to lose?


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Deeply Centered

Wear your cloak of invincibility.

It is my mission to uplift the vibration of this planet each day I am here! This seven minute recording is my gift to you! It’s a great way to center yourself before beginning anything. What does it mean to center yourself? I like to think of it as gathering my energy around me like a cloak of invincibility.

If you feel anxious, nervous, or anything other than supremely confident, take seven minutes to restore your breathing, raise your vibration, and pull on your cloak of invincibility. I use this exercise first thing every morning, before each session with a new client, and with clients to begin a session any time they arrive feeling frazzled or unfocused. Listen to it here whenever you like.

Breathe deeply at whatever pace is comfortable for you.

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Practice Happiness Daily

So – How do you choose happiness (or at least a sense of calm) when chaos is raining down around you? One of my coaching clients posed this very question to me last week. Here’s my short answer:

Practice happiness daily.

Olympic athletes don’t show up on game day to give a peak performance without practicing a few (hundred) times.  To strengthen your faith, you need to practice building faith daily.  To strengthen your ability to choose happiness and increase your overall sense of calm, you need to practice choosing happiness daily.  And you can’t wait until your transmission leaves you stranded with a huge car repair bill and then hope you’ll remember to choose happiness in that moment if you haven’t been choosing it daily.

Practice happiness daily! Choose it every chance you get, and you get myriad chances sprinkled into your days.

What constitutes a happiness practice? 

There are LOTS of options, and it’s different for everyone, so you get to put together the pieces that resonate with you!  You get to choose what to call your daily practice (happiness practice, spiritual practice, faith-building practice), and select the tools that fire you up and make you feel energized and ready to seize your day!

A great place to start is to unfollow anyone and anything on social media that is not adding to your joy and start following people and businesses that do uplift your soul. You can find uplifting vibes at Practice Happiness Daily, along with about a million other choices to lift your vibe and inspire your day. When you focus on what you want, the Universe brings you more of what you want.

One of the ways I practice happiness is reading something uplifting every morning.  My current inspiration is coming from Jen Sincero’s You are a BADASS Every DayJen describes what I am talking about in a much badassier way than I can, so let me quote:

“Strengthening these muscles of badassery is where something I like to call the spiritual gym comes in.  As we travel the winding road to greatness, we’ve got to have some sort of workout routine to keep our motivation strong, our belief in the near impossible unwavering, and our focus firm – because muscles don’t stay strong all by themselves.”  She continues, “Get specific about which practices make you feel like you could bench press a gorilla and make them a nonnegotiable part of every single solitary day with no exceptions.”

I couldn’t agree more! 

Your practice. Your choice.

Despite what religions would have us believe, there is no one right way to connect to Source energy. You get to choose. My morning practice has evolved over time and currently looks like this: five minutes centering, read something uplifting for ten minutes, write a gratitude letter, read it out loud, visualization practice for ten minutes max, core strength & stretching for ten minutes.  Then I like to write in my journal to process whatever I am growing through at the moment. It’s the first hour of my day and sets the tone for my energized and thriving life!

I sprinkle affirmations liberally throughout my day and do something active at least five days a week. One of my friends listens to inspirational podcasts while she runs on the beach in the morning, and another keeps a running gratitude journal throughout the day on an app in her phone. Lots of my friends practice yoga and meditation.

Creating your personalized workout for your ‘spiritual gym,’ consists of playing with any combination of options from the menu below, or myriad others that makes your feel like you could hike the Himalayas.  Or you know, remain calm, centered, and effective while everyone else runs around with their hair on fire.  You could even survive meeting your boyfriend’s parents, or calmly recite all the reasons you deserve a raise to your boss.  Who knows what you’ll achieve if you tap into the infinite power of Source!  Probably whatever you put your mind to.

Feel Free to add other menu items in the comments! 
I would LOVE to hear what energizes your day!

Spiritual Gym Menu – 

  • reading uplifting books
  • subscribe to uplifting blogs like this one
  • centering/meditation ~ Link to my 7-minute recorded meditation
  • write gratitude lists & read them out loud
  • visualization
  • affirmations – Click this link for affirmations on my photographs
  • setting intentions  
  • journaling
  • podcasts or YouTube videos of uplifting speakers
  • breathing in the light, breathing out anything that does not serve you
  • exercise
  • stretching
  • yoga practice

Here are some great ones Sincero’s book added to my list:

  • Making gratitude lists that leave you sobbingly aware of what a miracle your life is.
  • Listening to music that makes you feel like an invincible pillar of joy
  • Ensmartening yourself
  • Making a vision board & staring at it all the time
  • Reading biographies of people who inspire the crap out of you

Some books & speakers that inspire the crap out of me:

Books:

Speakers:

Add your faves in the comments to expand my Universe!

It doesn’t matter what you choose to practice, so long as it uplifts your spirit, plugs your Soul into Source, and inspires you to step into a more powerful version of you!

“Make them a nonnegotiable part of every single solitary day with no exceptions,” so that when those less than optimal moments arrive, you’ll be amazed at how little they affect your vibration, and how easy it is to respond from a place of confidence and clarity.  You get to choose how to show up. 

One option is NOT to practice happiness, and show up like a cork tossed on the raging seas of chaos.  My choice is to practice happiness daily and show up awesome!

Awesome feels better in my opinion, but you get to choose for yourself!

Create an awesome day for yourself and those around you!

Happiness is a Choice

Don’t believe me?  Then you will forever be at the mercy of the whims of the world and whatever they throw at you to set your mood for you.

I believe that happiness is a choice, and I choose happiness every day.  Some days it’s easier to make that choice, no doubt!  Last week when Bekkie and I went to the beach?  Happiness galore!!  Sunshine, crashing surf, sea breezes, healthy food, reliable transportation, and GREAT company all added up to FUN and joy that seeped into my bones, charged my batteries and left me raring to go!

Easy choice.  Happy!

Tuesday I also chose happiness – not as easy, but even more necessary.  I awoke early as usual, felt great, had coffee, and then stood by helplessly as my back went out and crushed my paycheck for the day (for the week, it turns out, maybe more…).  At 7am I called the chiropractor.  She called me back and got me in at 8am.  I managed to get myself across town, though my car was making a very interesting noise that made me think it might join my back in letting go of it’s worldly responsibilities.

My chiropractor did the best she could with an activator and duct tape, and I felt better, but left knowing that I would not be able to give a massage for at least a few days.  On the way home, Lilu, my Chevy Impala, started doing this other interesting thing; after stopping at stop signs it no longer wanted to move forward.  I broke into a cold sweat and my stomach knotted itself into a scarf.

(This is the part where I choose fear, but don’t worry!  Happiness prevails, keep reading!)

My mechanic is closer than my house, so I gently and slowly inched across town, trying not to stop completely because it seemed to be having trouble getting into 1st gear.  When I got to the shop I pulled around with the intention of backing into an empty spot, only to find when I put it in reverse NOTHING happened.  I put her in drive and she didn’t like it.  She hesitated and balked, but finally inched forward off the street, though not parked legally.  I was visibly shaking.

He didn’t have to tell me the transmission was shot.  I can’t even change my own oil and I knew that much.  I sat in the waiting room and took some long deep breaths.

Shifting your breathing is a superpower!  Did you know that?  My joy guru, Jill Lebeau taught me that, and it’s a lesson for which I am tremendously grateful.  So I just breathed while my car guy told me the transmission was shot and a new one costs about twice what I currently have in my piggy bank.  They were giving me a ride home when I started my gratitude list.

  • The mechanic’s car has seat heaters that felt amazing on my throbbing back.
  • The sun was shining and it was going to be a gorgeous day.
  • Lilu didn’t die in Bodega Bay last Thursday and leave Bekkie and I stranded and unable to get Bekkie to work on time.  
  • Lilu died right in front of the only place it was actually convenient and I didn’t have to pay to tow her there.  
  • It happened on the same day that I got my IRS refund.  I had planned to pay bills with my refund, but I did HAVE the money on that day. 
  • He can repair the car and get it back to me by the weekend, Monday at the latest.
  • My back pain is keeping me from my massage practice, but my coaching practice continues!  
  • Last year when I had these same back issues, I had no clear vision of what I would do for income if my body finally said, “NO MORE massage!”  Now I know what my next career is, I am already transitioning, and adding some income from the new source.  That is a BIG chunk of gratitude right there!
  • Lilu died on the same day that my back went out again, so that’s a clear sign from the Universe to STOP and slow down a minute; focus on what’s important.

What is important is my health, and while I have been pretty good about cleaning up my eating, I have not been GREAT.  I can do better and when I do better, the inflammation will cease to create and exacerbate the myriad health issues that continue to challenge me create opportunities for my personal growth.  I had been ‘too busy’ with work to focus on my meal plans, my cardio, my self-care.  So the Universe took matters in Her own hands and slowed me down for a gentle reminder to take care of me first.

Time to let go of what’s holding me back and release the last of the foods that I have been wanting to remove from my body for health’s sake.  No one is telling me I ‘should’ make these changes.  I want better health.  I want to feel energized every day in every way.  My coach and I are moving me toward my ideal goals one baby step at a time and I feel powerful in my choices for better health!

  • So I appreciate the time off to focus on health, and growth, and joy.
  • I appreciate my clients who are always so gracious and understanding when I call to reschedule them.
  • I appreciate my mechanic for getting the job done so quickly.
  • I appreciate the timing of the whole situation, which unfolded with ease.
  • I appreciate that I can choose happiness no matter what’s going on in the world around me.

So – How do you choose happiness (or at least a sense of calm) when chaos is raining down around you? One of my wonderful coaching clients posed this very question to me yesterday.

I look forward to sharing my answer with you in my next post!

Create a happy day!

Here’s a little rant from Abraham and Esther Hicks to set you off in the right direction.

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Carpe Diem!

That is my advice to everyone!  Get out there and seize the day!  Seize your life!  Make the most of every single minute.

My life is crazy hectic right now and I am LOVING every minute of it!

Besides running my full-time massage practice for the 12th year and building my photography business, I am attending iPEC to become a certified life coach and transitioning into an additional career over 50 years old.  I have weekly webinars, coaching assignments, reading assignments, journaling assignments, assignments from my coaches and elective assignments.  I have all the moving parts of building a business from the ground up, like creating the website, the logo, the marketing, and a blog.  I won’t bore you with ALL the details, but suffice to say that 7 days a week I have been keeping at it pretty steady.  Last Wednesday I had 3 massage clients and 3 coaching clients.  I went to work at 8:30am and finished my last coaching call that night at 8pm.

I am not complaining, I am THRIVING!  I am passionate about learning and practicing coaching.  It’s practically like a drug to me, I am just dying to do it again.  And again.

So it’s really easy to let my entire life be absorbed by it.  Jeremy and I even canceled a date day 2 weeks ago because I had something that HAD to get finished! (It was terribly important, though I can’t seem to recall now what it was!). But as fulfilling as all this is for me, the “must-dos” are still edging out the “want-tos” and that’s never healthy.  Occasionally we must come up for air!

Thursday/Friday are my days off and I almost always have those days scheduled as carefully as a work day to get the most done in the most efficient way.  Last Thursday was to be spring cleaning and homework.  I have a list of assignments that can keep me busy till May if I apply myself often enough, and I really like the energy of a sparkling CLEAN home on the first day of spring, scheduled to arrive Wednesday of next week.

But instead of housework and homework on Thursday, my daughter and I seized the sunshine and headed to the beach for a very short respite from the responsibilities in our lives.  She protested when I suggested it, saying she needed to be at work by 3pm.  

I recalled days from her childhood when I would drop her and her brother at school, pick up a friend, head to Bodega Bay, spend a couple hours and be home in time to get them from school.  “I’ll have you back by 2,” I promised.  She was all in.

It was GLORIOUS!  It was only supposed to be 55˚ but it must have been closer to 65˚.  The sun shone bright and the wind stood down.  We stripped to swim suits and were giddy enough on long-absent sunshine, that we actually forded Salmon Creek before we had a chance to realize what a misguided and dangerous idea that was.  We crossed back right away and it didn’t get up over our waists, but truly – our day was Goddess-blessed with safety as well as sunshine and sparkling waves.

It’s a 90 minute drive from Vallejo to Salmon Creek Beach.  We enjoyed a healthy lunch overlooking the ocean.  We hiked in the sand.  We collected shells for my altar.  We stretched out on the sand and let the vitamin D soak into our skin.  I’m sure we mooned more than one passing car as we struggled out of creek-soaked clothes to put on something dry.  We relaxed and absorbed all of that glorious, crashing, thrashing, battery-charging energy!

We had two spontaneous, magnificent hours of complete freedom.

Then we drove 90 minutes home listening to music and singing.  I cannot think of anything that could have lifted me more!

Seize the day!  Do something unexpected.  Grab the chance to have fun with a friend, even if just an hour or two.

Your soul lives for these moments.  These are the moments that nourish you and feed you the strength to get through the next twelve hour day.

If you don’t seize the opportunities to create joy along the way, what on earth are we doing here?!

Enjoy your life every chance you get. Carpe diem!  

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A Powerful Tool – Free for You!

Twelve years ago I first learned about the importance of reframing negative thoughts.  There were all kinds of thoughts in my head that didn’t help me or make me happy and I felt powerless to stop them.  My first therapist called it my “monster voice” and Rick Carson described them as gremlins having distinct characteristics in his brilliant book, “Taming Your Gremlin, a Surprisingly Simple Method for Getting out of Your Own Way.”  I highly recommend it to everyone who has any self-doubts at all.

My lovely therapist taught me that reframing the thought was the trick.  Then practice the new thought until it’s more familiar than the unhelpful one.  Voila!  New neural pathways are created this way and you can retrain your mind with practice.

Then in 2010, I discovered Esther Hicks.  I resonate deeply with the message she channels from Abraham, so I became an avid follower and remain so today.  I remember watching an interview with Esther when she was asked how she began the process of raising her vibration and she said “meditation and positive affirmations.”  I began writing affirmations that appealed to me on index cards and it was a delightful tool for me.  

Several months later a close friend was going through a difficult challenge, and I thought some of the positive affirmations I had been practicing might be helpful for her.  I was going to make some index cards for her, but I have terrible handwriting, so I decided to print the index cards using my computer printer so she could actually read them.  My printer happened to have 4×6 photo paper loaded in the tray, and as I reached to take it out, I had an inspiration.  Why couldn’t I print the affirmations on my beautiful landscape photos?  That way the natural artwork of our glorious Universe would uplift the reader even more than just the uplifting words!

I opened one of my images in Photoshop, put a text box on it and made my first photo affirmation creation.!

Not my best image. Not my favorite affirmation. But it was the beginning of something beautiful!

That was in 2011.  In February of 2012, I took my favorite 38 photo affirmations and created my first book, Live Joy Fully.  It was 3×5 inches – the perfect size to carry in my purse to uplift my spirit whenever and wherever I happened to be!

Over the next three years, I sold 50 copies of my book and over 100 wall calendars full of photo affirmations.  I wasn’t getting rich, but I was delighted to be uplifting the vibrations of those I came in contact with!  

Positive affirmations continued to find me.  I was reading Esther-Abraham and Wayne Dyer.  I discovered Jill Lebeau and Florence Scovel Shinn.  Everything that spoke to me was added to a list that I could use to adorn my photos.  I delight in finding JUST the right image to reflect the feeling of the affirmation.

Every year around October I have new calendars for sale.  If you follow my blog or FaceBook, you will see order info in case you want to inspire your year.  If you’re not currently following me, you can do that, or just check my photography website in November for order information.

In 2016, I created my second photo affirmations book, Practice Happiness Daily, which has nearly sold out.  I have four copies left if you want to grab yours before they disappear forever!  

I expect I’ll create another book soon because I keep creating the empowering photo affirmations. To date I have over 400 positive, empowering thoughts printed on my photos, and you can download every single one of them for FREE!  

I sell my landscape photography online and in local galleries on canvas or metal prints, but the photo affirmation creations are my gift to the world.  They started as my way to help uplift the spirit of a friend in need and grew organically from there.  If they uplift you, I want you to have them!  Please download any that you enjoy, print them out, post them around your house, send them to friends, uplift the vibration of our planet!  

This is one of the MANY reasons that I resonated so completely with iPEC when I was researching life coach schools last year.  iPEC’s mission is to “raise the consciousness of the world, one person at a time.”  As soon as I read that, I was hooked.  No other school appealed to me after that.  I could not have found a coaching school more aligned with my own values.

My most recent empowering thoughts on photos are the 33 foundation principles of my school, also known as the iPEC Empowerment Principles.

I absolutely ADORE coaching people and helping them raise their vibration!  One of the tools I constantly use during sessions is reframing thoughts!  Most of us are thinking something on a regular basis that does not serve us.  Many of us become exhausted by those thoughts!  My clients are creative and come up with all kinds of empowering thoughts to replace depleting ones.  When someone creates one that really shifts their energy up, I add it to a photo for them as a special gift to help them remember not just the new thought, but how easy it is to shift their energy by shifting their thoughts!

Below are three affirmations created by clients and added to my own images.
That’s me in the bottom one saying “no thank you” to sugar in my power pose!

All of my free images can be seen and downloaded here: The Art of Positive Thinking

Here is a link to each individual category:
Health & Wellness
Prosperity & Abundance
Inspired by Abraham
Raise Your Vibration
Self-Esteem
Self-Empowerment
Soothe Your Spirit

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Live in the Flow!

As a self-empowerment coach, my goal is to help you reach YOUR goals, whatever those may be.  I happen to believe that one of the BEST ways to start moving in the direction of those goals is to raise your vibration.

Volumes of works have been dedicated to the importance of a high vibration, so I won’t try to reinvent the wheel.  I simply want to SHARE with my delightful readers the things I have picked up along my path that truly improve the quality of my life.  

One of the most influential positive vibrations in my life (meaning a vibration that is so constantly positive that it acts like a gravitational pull when you are near it and have no choice but to feel joyful) is Jill Lebeau MS, MFT, spiritual psychotherapist, Living in the Flow Coach & author.  Jill is on a mission to reconnect her clients with their highest potential, setting them free to create the life of their dreams with ease and effortlessness.   

There are many things I love about Jill, and because she is such an influential vibe, I am sure you will see her name in future blogs!  Today, however, I want to focus on her upcoming Live in the Flow, mentored course.  Jill has partnered with Michelle Dwyer MS, CNC, holistic health coach and certified nutrition consultant to create an empowering course that will supercharge your life.  Michelle loves to guide people to personal transformation so they experience greater wellness, energy and vibrancy.  She empowers people to create optimal health in all aspects of their lives – which makes ma a HUGE fan!

I enjoyed their Live in the Flow program when they offered it in 2018, and it was truly one of the turning points in tuning my vibration closer to love and joy.  I have long been a follower of high-vibe thinking, but as much as I wanted to implement strategies to raise my own vibe, I usually drifted back into lower energies of ego or indifference.  Through their fun, easy, uplifting program I reconnected with my own inner strengths and remembered the importance of connecting my mind, body and spirit.  Best of all, the course taught me how to implement that connection in my daily life.  It was when I discovered this course that I truly began keeping my vibe high on a more consistent basis!

What does that mean to you, to “live in the flow”?  Maybe it means enjoying optimal health and well-being!  Maybe it means feeling confident in your career.  Maybe it means feeling at peace in your own skin, or improving your relationships.  Maybe it simply means to move smoothly from one area of your day to the next without stress or anxiety!

The keys to live in the flow – whatever your definition of that may be – and create maximum success through minimal effort truly are here in this program.  Jill & Michelle offer a four-step process that applies the ancient technique of Feng Shui – which is really all about living in the flow of life – to the mind, body, and spirit.

I realize that this may sound like hype, but those of you who know me also know that I am seriously allergic to advertising in any form.  

I do not promote this program lightly.  It made a serious difference in my life!  I love the 12 recorded modules that I can listen to time and again.  If my vibe feels a little funky, I listen to one of the twelve modules and I am tuned up and ready to take on the world in just 15 minutes!  

One of my biggest struggles in life has been my relationship to food!  Michelle’s expertise in nutrition comes through in positive, uplifting ways that helps remove the guilt sometimes associated with food choices.  The course helped me reframe the way I think about food in ways that have greatly improved my health and well-being.

So please understand that when I recommend this program, it is because I know it can empower you to create the life that you want to live.  The twelve weeks of heart-centered mentoring is life-changing if you allow it to be, and FUN every step of the way!

The three-month program includes 12 weekly sessions with not just one, but two high-energy, fun-loving Live in the Flow Coaches, with decades of experience.  And the program includes so MUCH more than just the weekly sessions!

Follow this link to find out everything that’s included, and all the details about what makes this course AMAZING: Live in the Flow Link. They include some FREE recordings to give you a taste of what you will experience in the course. It’s fun!

This course is absolutely one of the reasons that I am an empowerment coach.  I want everyone to claim the confidence and power innate within them.  This course is a very reasonably priced tool to help anyone do just that.

The next session begins soon!

It’s fun.

It’s valuable.

It’s a great value!

If you’ve been feeling “stuck” or uninspired, I invite you to get fired up for a healthier, wealthier life with Jill & Michelle and a community of people like us, who will create a better world for our children.

I’ll see you there!