Today’s #mondaymantra is “I am doing the best that I can.”
It’s good to remind ourselves that in any situation, we are doing the best that we can. Remember to give yourself grace, encouragement, or kudos- not harsh criticism.
If there is some room and desire to grow or improve, gift yourself the education or training needed, without judgment. Release the need to get down on yourself or someone else when something isn’t “perfect” 💖🦋
During our Sparkle Hour podcast interview this morning with the incredible Dianne Bondy of Dianne Bondy Yoga, I was reminded of exactly how amazing our bodies really are. In every size. In every shape. In every color. In every gender. In all abilities. Just amazing!
If you need a reminder to be kind to yourself and love the body you live in, let this Monday Mantra be it: “I am grateful for the body that I live in right now.” 💖🦋
I invite you to check out our empowering podcast, The Sparkle Hour, available on iTunes. Seasons 1-3 available now! Dianne’s episode will air in January 2018, so subscribe now and you won’t miss a thing!
Life is not linear, but rather it is cyclical. We observe in nature the changing seasons and experience the same. The new growth. The shining fullness. The gentle shedding. The silent slumber.
Sometimes, experiencing these seasons in our lives and the lives of our loved ones comes as a transition that we may feel unprepared for; fear and sadness may suddenly overtake us in these moments of our growing pains, of our great expansion, of our letting go, of our final rest. But with faith and practice, we need not fear the changes in Life. We can completely feel them.
Our ultimate goal as eternal beings filled with stardust and the magic of creation is to live this Life fully, ever evolving, ever embracing each new stage and level of our existence. Our vehicles may change form, but our pure-love essence exists forever. 💖🦋
Today’s #MondayMantra is a gentle reminder: “I am safe to embrace every season of Life.” Are you entering into a new season of Life that has you feeling stuck? Schedule a free chat with me and let’s talk about how I can help you to move forward with confidence and joy.
Why on earth would I choose to post a no-makeup, less-than-flattering photo of myself on social media? Because being brave and learning to Love the body I live in sometimes shows up as simply allowing myself to be visible.
Even when it’s scary. Even when I feel insecure. Even when I struggle with comparing my body/face/talents/_____ to someone else.
Remember this, Loves, YOU are Amazing, exactly as you are. Use this powerful mantra to help you take a step out of the prison of self-shame today: “I choose to show up as my true self.”
Would you like to join me for the Self Love Challenge? Choose one or more of the prompts below and then post your selfie over on my Facebook page with the hashtag #SelfLoveChallenge to spread encouragement, body positivity, and a big BITE ME to outdated/oppressive social standards about appearance.
Go Makeup Free for a day
Wear Shorts in Public (if culturally appropriate)
Cool off at the beach or pool in a bathing suit (wear sunscreen honey!)
Today’s Monday Mantra is a little different and has more of a teaching element to it than what I typically share. I hope it is helpful to you!
This weekend I had a few encounters with Anger, and it was not too pretty. I think it is fair to say that I have always had a low tolerance for bullshit and a strong sense of justice, so whenever something or someone violates my perceived code of Right vs. Wrong, I feel intensely activated. This has not always served me well in the heat of the moment, but it sure has taught me a lot over the years.
Upon further inspection, I’ve learned that Anger has a more subtle purpose than we may always give it credit for: Anger immediately alerts us to a situation or circumstance that upsets our sense of calm, safety, peace and wellbeing because Anger is really a messenger delivering us an invitation to healing.
Whenever something makes us feel angry, it is often an opportunity to look a little deeper and name the fear being exposed within. I’m finding that when I take the time to do this, to look beyond my immediate feelings of anger and get beneath the surface, I am able to address the issue with a much more calm, clear, and rational mindset instead of defaulting to Rage & Regret. I’m better equipped to bring Peace & Healing into the equation, which is my ultimate goal.
Tips & Tricks:
Use Your Words- Begin by addressing the situation, not by attacking the other person. Acknowledge the anger you are feeling by stating the obvious: “I am so Angry!” (Or I am so *#!!* Angry if you’re like me, lol) This is the first step to taking control of your actions and being present (mindful) in the situation.
Articulate & Assess– Ask yourself what exactly are you mad about? Has someone said something offensive? Do you feel disrespected, disappointed, betrayed or something else? Have you or someone you care for been hurt or endangered? Getting a clear picture of what exactly has triggered Anger in you will help you to take appropriate action instead of blindly raging.
Get Help/Seek Wisdom– Get some clarity by talking through the situation with someone you look up to. Getting the perspective of someone who is not attached to it can help you see important clues that you may have missed. Try to incorporate some mind/body tools like EFT (Tapping) to help get to the root of your Anger.
Remember the Goal– Anger indicates that something has interfered with your sense of peace, so the goal is to restore peace and support healing. Whatever circumstances may have upset your apple cart, there is always a chance of restoration. You just have to be willing to seek the solution.
Behind every harsh self-criticism is a tender soul who just wants to feel supported. You, Dear One, have heard more than your fair share of criticism throughout your life, and it’s time you put a stop to it. Instead of being your own worst critic, become your own biggest ally. Abandon the nit-picking and instead offer yourself the grace you’d gladly give to your very best friend!
I want you to realize that you are no longer bound to impossible standards of perfection, no matter what that nagging voice from the past may say. You, Dear One, were created as whole and beautiful and strong and perfect already. Own it! Heaven looks at you daily and smiles like a proud parent. Release the reigns that you have been holding so tightly to and allow yourself to be free, make mistakes, and simply do the best that you can. After all, self discovery begins when self criticism ends.
Every day holds life lessons for us to learn from and grow. These challenges come to us in a million different shapes, sizes, and levels of difficulty but they each have one thing in common: to prepare us for our own personal success.
If you find yourself in a place of frustration because you are facing the same challenge over and over, take heart. You will Level Up- either with more polish, or with battle scars. This is just a big lesson that you are being forced to look at by your future self. It’s important enough for you to keep at it until you get it right, because you won’t be able to make progress without learning what you need to know.
Your mantra for today is a powerful reminder that today’s lessons are preparing you. “Today’s Lessons are Tomorrow’s Successes.”
Hello, Spring! Today we officially welcome Spring to the Northern Hemisphere and with it, a fresh new energy infuses us. Creativity begins to sparkle up within and spring forth in new ways, much like the colorful blossoms and signs of new life all around us.
Have you been hiding too long? Awaken, Sleeper & Dreamer. Celebrate your renewed sense of being. Explore your creativity and ideas. Stretch yourself, literally and figuratively. Boldly bloom wherever you may be planted. The world needs you and your beautiful contribution!