are you taking a risk?

what risks are you taking right now?

  • are you loving fully and being vulnerable?
  • are you doing what you are passionate about?
  • are you fulfilling your purpose?
  • are you being your genuine self?
  • are you growing and expanding?

living life on the edge and taking risks is scary.

 

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what’s scarier to me is not taking the risk.

if i don’t take the risk, i’m not going to live the life that i want to live. i’m not going to genuinely be who i want to be, i’m not going to be doing what i’m passionate about, i’m not going to live a fulfilling life.

i’ll be stuck on the edge of safety. i’ll be stuck being comfortable. i won’t know the what if.

what if i took the leap? what if i loved with my whole heart? what if i did what’s most important to me? what if i let go worry? what if i let go fear? what if i lived full out? what if i took all the risks?

who would i be? what would i do? what would i experience?

a person filled with enthusiasm, energy and excitement. a person filled with love, joy and happiness. a positive empowering giving person. a person living with purpose doing what’s most important to me. a person living in abundance and freedom.

it’s scary to take the risk. it’s scary to believe that what i’m comfortable with is going to be replaced with fulfillment that i haven’t experienced. i know it’s out there, i know it’s waiting for me.

it’s time to trust and believe. it’s time to take the risk!

what’s the risk you are going to take?

risk!

live your truth!

gratitude in the gap

what are you feeling right now?

are you feeling lack and wanting or are you feeling love and gratitude?

lately i’ve been stuck in feeling lack and wanting. the lack and wanting is part of the gap

the gap of what i want and where i’m at currently

the gap is good, awareness is good

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feeling lack and wanting is not good

feeling gratitude and wanting is good

it’s a subtle difference: lack and wanting versus gratitude and wanting. the difference is what you feel

gratitude and wanting is excitement and enthusiasm for what you want. an energy to live and experience and create all that you want

gratitude and wanting is awareness for growth, connecting and creating

what is your gap?

what do you want to create?

be grateful for the gap! be grateful for growth!

live your truth!

what’s your journey?

taking action to achieve my goals has been a lot like taking a canoe journey. when paddling a canoe, to move forward you paddle on both sides of the canoe. in life, to achieve your vision, you take action on goals in all areas of your life.

every journey and goal is different; you never know what your challenges will be, or when you will be challenged during your journey. the effort required to paddle, to take action towards your vision and goals can and will change.

our goals are like the ripples in the water from paddling the canoe, one expanding into another, effecting and joining one another.

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on my various canoe journeys i’ve had many different experiences. i’ve been able to paddle leisurely. i’ve been faced with a challenge; a light wind, a strong wind, rain, or a change in direction.

in life there are times when your priority and focus will be on one area of your life and you will spend more time on the goals related to that area of your life to grow and achieve your vision. in these moments paddling, or taking actions for your goals, will be slow and steady to keep you moving forward.

on my canoe adventures i have had to change directions to make it to my destination. changing directions in a canoe requires you paddle more on one side of the canoe than the other. i have changed directions and was going into the wind so i needed to use more focused effort and energy. i have moved into a new direction and the wind was less and the paddling was easier because i wasn’t fighting against the wind.

there are times in life that you need to change directions, the goals you have may no longer be leading you to the vision that you have for yourself. in life changing your goals to achieve your vision may require more discipline and focus, or the goal may be easier because you are not fighting against the challenges that you faced going in the wrong direction.

there are times when i’ve been paddling in the right direction but a strong wind challenged me and i put forth a lot of energy and effort. paddling through challenges requires more determination and focus on your final destination in order to arrive to it. i didn’t let the wind stop me from reaching my destination; i’ve had to paddle with stronger and quicker strokes, i’ve had to move closer to shore stop and let the wind calm or the rain pass. i’ve gone with the flow letting the current carry me to rest, refresh and rejuvenate before continuing on my journey. i’ve had to ask for help in paddling, both to stop paddling and to begin paddling.

there are times when taking action on your goals you will have challenges; negative feelings of overwhelm doubt or worry, negative opinions from others, or a change in another area of your life. it is important to keep taking action towards your goals and move through and grow through the challenges you will face.

i have felt overwhelm when trying to achieve my goals. and the overwhelming feeling is accompanied with thoughts of doubt and worry, and questions of “how?” and “am i going to make it through?” at these times i take time to become aware of where i am, where i’ve been focusing my energies and actions. have i been taking action on one area of my life and neglecting another that i am out of balance and need to realign? do i need to let go and go with the flow?

most often when overwhelm tries to get to me it is because i’m not prioritizing my life and i haven’t had balance for too long. not too long ago i was feeling overwhelm and i became aware that it was because i wasn’t putting my health – specifically my physical activity as a priority. i was neglecting my morning exercise; running, yoga strength and stretching. and i know that when i’m not physically active, i’m affected in all areas of my life. it’s like ripples in the water disturbing and merging with the others. i’m not able to do my best, because i’m not physically my best.

it is important while on your journey, taking action to reach your goal, that you enjoy the journey! happiness comes from the experiences on your journey, not from reaching the final destination. reaching your final destination, achieving your goals is a time for celebration. during your journey and at the end of your journey practice being in present moment awareness. and as one journey ends, be ready for a new journey to begin.

enjoy the challenges of your journey!

live your truth!

change

do you resist change, or accept change?

change can be a challenge and change can be a celebration.

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change can be big and change can be small.

what changes do you like?

what changes don’t you like?

what is the good in the change?

what can you learn from the change?

how will you grow with change?

what do you want to change?

what can you do to make that change?

what will you do to make that change?

live your truth!

what is this feeling?

what is this feeling?

what is this feeling that is bubbling up inside of me?

am i going to face it head on?

confront and go deep within?

go through what this emotion is showing me?

go through what this emotion is giving me?

 

what is this feeling?

what is this feeling that is shaking up inside of me?

am i going to see what it is showing me?

hear what it is telling me?

walk with this emotion and explore the journey?

walk with this emotion and follow where it leads?

 

what is this feeling?

what is this feeling that is waking me up?

am i going to enjoy what this emotion brings me?

celebrate and grow?

be grateful for this emotion’s expansion?

be grateful for this emotion’s awareness?

 

what is the feeling?

what is this feeling tickling up inside of me?

am i going to run away?

positive or negative, high or low?

experience this emotion’s challenge?

experience this emotion’s knowledge?

 

what is this feeling?

today is a day to explore

today i become aware of myself

today is a day to feel, to grow, to expand

today is a day to embrace me, to love me

what is this feeling?

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what are you feeling?

are you running away or experiencing your emotion?

live your truth!

where do you want to grow?

growth.

growing. becoming better. becoming more. expanding. learning something new. doing something new. experiencing something new. getting outside of your comfort zone. taking a risk. 

you choose growth.

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where do you want to grow?

what are you experiencing now that you can choose to grow from? what are you experiencing now that is giving you an awareness for what you want different for your being, for your doing, for your experiencing, for your life?

do you want to be patient, loving, brave, kind, aware, connected, positive, joyful, calm, grateful, empathetic, teaching, curious, guiding, leading, authentic, responsible, accountable, trusting, empowering, courageous, wise, knowledgeable, happy, creative, giving, hopeful, ambitious, daring.

do you want to do new work, exercise, take a walk, create new habits, read a book, meditate, be in nature, cook new foods, bake, start a new business, learn how to invest, paint, draw, journal, watch a movie, play a game, learn a new language, take an online class, start a new hobby, create something, write a poem, build a fort, call a friend, have a bonfire, study the constellations.

do you want to experience a different body, a different mindset, a different emotion, exploring your emotions, letting go, new foods, new body movements, new mindful practices, new spiritual practices, new places with nature, creating something new, building something new, exploring new ideas, new ways for connecting.

what do you want?

where do you want to grow?

what can you do to grow in what you want?

live your truth!

gratitude in the gap

what do you want?

are you feeling the lack of the want? or are you feeling the awareness and gratitude for the want?

often when we get in the gap we are feeling the lack of what we want. when we feel the lack of what we want our energy is in negative flow.

what do you want? what are you focused on? are you noticing a growing list of what you don’t have? are you feeling overwhelm of what all you need to accomplish this want that you want? is your body tight and tense, shoulders lifting to your ears?

you can feel the gratitude in the gap for three things. the awareness of what you want, the growth you have experienced and the journey of the moment.

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what do you want? what are you focused on? are you curious about creating what you want? are you excited to learn and do new things? is your body light and free, muscles loose with flowing movements?

are you noticing what you want and being curious? what can you learn about what you want? what will you discover about what you want? what will you discover about what you want to create? what will you discover about yourself? notice what you can discover and create and be grateful.

are you noticing the growth you have experienced to lead you to this new want? where were you, in this moment right now are you living a past want? as we experience life and grow, we are expanding spiraling upward, creating the life that we want. our wants grow and expand. our old want has grown and expanded to our new want. notice your growth of your want and be grateful.

are you noticing this moment you are living? what are you experiencing? what is the journey you are on? who are you being? what are you doing? what are you creating? this moment is for you to be who you want to be and to do what you want to do. this moment is for you to experience what you want to experience. notice that each moment is part of your journey. there are the moments of your past, there will be moments in your future, right now is the moment of your present. live and experience this moment and be grateful.

what do you want? what is your gap? be grateful in the gap for you have experienced many moments to be in the gap. be grateful in the gap for you are creating your dreams and desires. be grateful in the gap for you are in this moment living and experiencing your life journey.

what is your gratitude in the gap?

live your truth!

what do you need to learn?

i’ve been writing a book. i enjoy the writing and feeling the creative energy moving through me into thoughts and words on the paper. still, i have stopped and started multiple times. i am in the phase of my review and editing before i  pass it on to the experts in other areas that i will need help with.

amazingly, and not surprisingly (although it does still happily surprise me when the universe gives me exactly what i need), i saw an online summit for authors and publishing and have been listening to many sessions all about being an author and publishing.

i knew that there were decisions that i need to make and that i didn’t know what my decision should be because i didn’t have the knowledge to make the decision. after listening to the summit sessions i am able to make many decisions to keep moving forward with publishing my book. and the decisions i still need more information to make a decision, i know where to look for the information.

i like this experience, it reminds me that though i’ve been moving forward (although haltingly) with this process of writing and publishing my book, there were still things that i needed to learn and get educated about.

what are you working on in your life? what are you moving forward to that you need more information? where can you get that information? what are you going to do to get the information you need to keep moving forward and growing in the direction that you want to go and grow?

keep and learning and growing!

live your truth!

expectations

what expectations do you have in relationships?

relationship to yourself, your beloved, your children, God/Universe/all that is, team, life,  work, money, time…

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it is your responsibility to make sure the other person in your relationship knows your expectations.

so many hurts and frustrations are because our expectations are not met.

“Frustration is a function of our expectations, and our expectations are often a reflection of the social mirror rather than our own values and priorities.”
~ Stephen Covey

do you know what your expectations are? do you share your expectations?

tell your expectations to the other in your relationship. it is loving yourself and loving the other person (or part of the relationship) to know and share your expectations.

sharing your expectations is vulnerable, it is showing and building trust, it is letting the other person know how much the relationship means to you. sharing expectations shows that you value the relationship and its growth.

what expectations do you have? what expectations do you need to share?

live your truth!

grow

are you growing?

are you becoming more? are you doing more and more of what you want to do? are you doing more and more of what you want to experience?

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what do you need for your growth?

  • awareness – do you know what you want?
  • connection – are you connected and listening to yourself?
  • fun – what do you enjoy doing?
  • challenge – where are you coming from?
  • enthusiasm – why do you want what you want?

these are important to me for my growth. when i am growing i’m connected to myself. i’m aware of where i am and what i want. many times, even when it’s hard, i’m enjoying what i’m doing and having fun.

when i’m connected to myself and know what it is that i want i feel enthusiasm and energy to begin creating what i want and growing.

i’m curious, what helps your growth? what are some of the feelings and activities that you do to help you become more?

are you doing more? are you experiencing more?

live your truth!