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knowing when to make shifts

6 Nov

mini shifting — the process of making little changes  in your daily life so you can change the course in your journey.

do you ever sit and really analyze your life? do you dissect it down and wonder why you reached where you are now, how you got on this new path and what it all means? i do this frequently. i am a virgo and a seeker. i have a tendency to analyze the crap out of things. usually to the death of a subject. i enjoy the nuts and bolts of how and why things work, and how to fine tune and get the  most out of every drop of life.

changes in your environment happen every day. changes with the kids,  material possessions, friends, and loved ones. change is needed to bring in a mix to stale energy and to get it flowing again. change really is good if you can be open to it and it’s lessons. my life has changed so much in the past few years that i allow myself now to just sit in it and embrace it with curiosity. what will this bring i ask myself and wait with wonder. sometimes it is painful and having to deal with an ex regarding financial issues, kids and some are joyous like a new relationship and realizing he is your soul mate. these changes are what define us in life. our reactions, our passions, or ability to shift through them.

it makes me think about driving up the california coast in a little sports car. as you turn corners and go around mysteriously beautiful bends you need to shift. change a gear so you can pick up speed or slow down and be a little more cautious.  without shifting you could potentially miss out of some amazing beauty or you could put yourself in a questionable situation.

mini shifting is just simply adjusting your situation and taking action at that time. this concept can be used in any situation in your life.

if you are thinking about becoming organized in your home or office — mini shift your time and spend 20 minutes just picking up the loose items around one room. do the dishes and clean up the counters before bed. clean up your workspace on your desk so you come in the next morning feeling relaxed and on top of things.

this mini shifting concept can be used to organize your thoughts and for making life plans. take a moment and shift with a 10 minute stretch or meditation. imagine yourself letting go of a situation that no longer serves you and you replace it with a thought that makes you happy. all of this shifting daily will change your energy pattern and bring new opportunities, power and energy into your life.

try it — you will see. starting small and making daily positive shifts will produce big results later.

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a sneak peek into my special sauce

28 Sep

i have been writing a lot lately. i have been spending my time revisiting my organizing how-to books and decided that i wanted to make the meat a little more juicy. i will talk about the basics of organizing and the importance of it yes –but i also want to cover a new formula [or the special sauce as i have been calling it] that i have come to use regularly.  using this approach will bring balance and a new energy into many  lives.

Here is a little peek about one of the juicy ingredients for a healthy, productive and dreamy life.

~~ Affirmations are a key element to my formula. These are simple sayings that will affirm yourself, your beauty and your life. It can be something small like — “today, I feel calm” to “ I am practicing the art of surrender” or ” I trust in the process of my life.”  You can come up with your own, use the ones in the back of this book, or i suggest looking online. You can also use simple words like “trust”, or “i can” and place them on cards around your house. Use whatever rings true to you and feels good.

What you fill your mind with will also flow out. Fill your ears, your mouth your eyes , your mind with beauty, notes of self love and in no time you will be loving yourself and feeling good.

I will tell you that you should never and i repeat never feel bad for loving yourself. Do not ever apologize for liking and loving who you are. There have been people that say that your ego will blow up and you will become a snob but that is not true at all. The opposite happens. When you learn to accept yourself, and live present in your life and skin just the way you are because you are special and made perfectly. when you show your inner girl/boy that you will nurture her/him and take care of her/him your heart grows. Not just for yourself but for other people. You start to radiate a love that comes from the creator of the universe and there is no better feeling in the world. Everything in life is possible with this kind of love and support.

Your prescription for a healthy, balanced and loving life is to tell yourself something nice at the minimum of three times a day, see what happens and how you feel.

What you choose to spend your energy on is what you will get back. If you love yourself, love will find you and others will love you. If you are angry and focus on the negative, only negative and hostile situations will find you and come into your life.

Learn to take some time to get to know yourself. I read on a girls blog once [sorry i don/t remember who it was for credit but she is fabulous!] that she has been dating herself,  has fallen in love, will get the courage to pop the question and the honeymoon is going to be fabulous. It was so beautiful because she was talking about herself. She was taking the time to figure herself out and fall in love with her faults, strengths and everything in between. When we learn to put ourselves first everything falls into balance because you are then working off a solid and firm foundation. ~~

I just felt inspired today to include this bit in my post for the day. I have been loving myself over here and nurturing this heart of mine and tending to my flame of passion.

so today — i rock — you rock — we are all truly fabulous and what a great journey we are on.

releasing and renewing

20 Sep

this morning i took a nice walk around the lake across from where i live. it is a refreshing place for me. in the past has provided many hidden life messages for me. this morning was a normal and invigorating walk. i am coming off the high from a girls weekend where a friend from my childhood came up to visit with her daughter. we had a time of laughter, silliness, movies, food and some nice wine. we lived it up. we were us. we just lived in the moment and were moms, young girls, and two beautiful women that have pulled themselves up from struggles, divorces and this new life of being single. it was a full weekend.

on the walk this morning, i came around to the other side of the lake where there is a grass part.  this is what i call the eucalyptus sanctuary. i adore looking at these trees and feel alive when their scent wafts through the air. this morning i was taken back by a few of the trees. they were shedding their skin. bark was falling off and this beautiful renewed skin was underneath. gleaming, fresh, strong and ready to experience the new journey.

i just sat there and pondered it for a bit. i am shedding my skin. out with the things that do not serve me and in with the things and people that will empower and love me.  it was one of those moments where life stops and you just take it all in. i moved on to finish my walk with my friend john mayer singing in my ear.

whatever obstacles we see that are in front of us, we can always get past them. we just need to remember that we have strong roots, and can change our life at any time. all the time. change and growth is good.

peace to your hearts today my friends.

step into the light and make some room

16 Sep

lots of early morning swirling thoughts going on in my head. 7 am inspirations, messages come through load and clear to my soul and just again…feeling a little swirly. i like it.

i have been working on putting my books together again on organizing. i have had a few versions and they were set up to help people go through their space by themselves. some of you are a grab the bull by the horns type and others i know need some gentle love pushes and assurance when it comes to dealing with their stuff.

i am feeling a tug to move a little bit more back into that direction. simple i want to encourage to create beautiful spaces and tranquil lifestyles.  people — it/s time to step into our power.

today as i write — i came across a blog article that Danielle LaPorte wrote. one of the things she said was — “making space signals the universe that you/re ready for ideal…or at the very least, much improved.”

powerful statement. when we let go it allows something better to take up that space.  it does not matter if it is emotional stuff or physical stuff, we all have it and have to deal with it and what it represents  in our lives.

organizing your thoughts, organizing your dreams, organizing your time, and organizing your homes is something we all deal with. the good, the bad, the ugly and the way to put it all in it/s rightful place to achieve balance and harmony.

look for my e-series books that will be coming out in the near future.

peace and love to you all today.

a new week and a new groove

13 Sep

hellloooo…

i decided to take some time off  and just reflect and heal from a rough start to my week. the healing process and stepping back into my power has begun.

yesterday i celebrated my 40th birthday. what a milestone. i was welcomed and showered with love from friends and family. it actually feels good to be starting this new chapter in my life. there is a renewed excitement that is radiating from my core. new hopes, new passions, new directions and new opportunities.

i decided to make a photo journey of my day. at the close of the evening last night i was flooded with emotion. i am really a lucky girl and so i made a list of the things i am so grateful for. i will share them with you here — not in any order other than this was how they  came in waves.

  1. i feel young and healthy
  2. i have children that are beautiful, healthy and have such amazingly kind hearts
  3. i live in a beautiful area. it is safe, close to everything, i have great neighbors and nature all around me
  4. i am creative. i know how to express myself and i have a multitude of talents.
  5. i have a good brain, i am smart
  6. i have an abundant source of love. my walk with god, my personal truth, feelings, explorations and connections
  7. i love well. i am thoughtful, open, funny, caring and completely transparent
  8. i can be moved to tears easily. i am sensitive
  9. i have the ability to do what i love to do and i am a good provider for myself and my girls
  10. i can change, i can grow, i can thrive

on some new notes —
one of my many talents and passion has been design. i adore diy projects and like to find inspiration and learn how to do it for half the cost. i go way beyond the graphic design skills and i will be incorporating that part of me back into the mix. i will talk about fun projects i am doing, what i have already done around my house, and how to decorate on a low or non existent budget.

you will also be able to find organizing and storage ideas thrown in here too as that is another side of me that is wanting to come out and play too. i have and always will be a professional ( i mean neurotic) organizer. i have some diy how to books i will even get back out and share with you. i will be reformatting those into easy to download e-books for you to tackle any area in your home.

my future is bright and i am excited to share with you all these other  sides of me. i am just going to be true to my calling, embrace all of my gifts and talents and share them with you all.

i hope you will be inspired and want to try some creative things in your homes.


xo

feeling the disconnect

12 Aug

i have been absent. my blog has not felt any love for i think a week, i really do not remember. i am in disconnect mode again. this being an artist is tough and takes a lot out of you. sounds stupid but there is a struggle in my mind lately. i second guess, question and i let my ego take over the show. why do i do that? i know better. i really do and i know how to shift and move my thoughts and all that great stuff. it just seems harder at the moment. i hope i am not turning into that deep and tormented artist type that analizes everything. i do analyize everything. my brother is that deep artist type. see — i am doing it right now. ha ha

i think my disconnection comes from trying to make things happen faster than they are ready to. i am sure of it. i like to control things, that is why i did so well as a professional organizer and as a graphic artist. there are rules and lines to stay inside. i like to make things perfect.

a year ago i had a very special message that was delivered to me on one of my walks. be open was what i was to do. it changed my life and in a week my life as i knew it changes and was filled with healing and blessings. then shortly after that i had another message — let go. POW, same story but even juicier.  those words have become my mantra. be open…let go. in fact i am going to get a tattoo with it on my arm soon. i want to give it to myself for my birthday gift in september as i will be turning 40.

i need that reminder constantly cause i am here doing it again. i am aware and that is a good first step. i think i need to log off from my life for a moment and go camping. sit still in nature with no tv, computer, pressure to make money. i will be thinking about this more. also in my plans are a trip back to sedona, az  where i grew up. i have been feeling very nostalgia and like i need to reconnect again. life has been very twisty turny for me and i just need to breathe and be still.

well, i did not know what i was going to write about and that has been stressing me out too but here it is. me…plain and simple. my struggle this week and how i hope to resolve it. transparency at work.

Have a nice trip Stress and take your pet fear with you!

21 Jul

As we close on this month I reflect back to how much stress I have allowed into my life. I am really good at manifesting, staying positive and intending the path that I wish to follow. This month I have been completely derailed.

Lack of meditation, sitting quietly in nature, walking and finding inspiration are all the culprits to welcome my new acquaintance named stress. I call him an acquaintance cause I refuse to allow him too much space in my life and he is a comer and goer in my journey.

This morning I decided to throw a going away party for him. I have decided that he needs to go away for a long needed vacation. Maybe to the south of France — being submersed in all that beauty might make him more positive.

To kick off this party I am going to reminisce my time with him during his stay. First off like I mentioned before, he has been calling me a lot over the past 6 months but I would not let him visit. Finally after much nagging and letting down my guard, I let him come over and stay for a bit. He  showed up and brought all kinds of things along with him for us to do.

First he introduced me to this really fun game called “Sabotage”. Have you played it? It is a hoot and the object of the game is to question your entire existence. The winner is the last person standing in tears and has reached that oh so enlightening state of depression. I think I did pretty well and I managed to not be the winner. I thought he was cheating so I quit.

The second bag of tricks he brought with him was “Pick a guilt”? I was super good at this game as I have lots of experience with it. So you pick where you would like to go, make a plan and then bam it drops on you like a water balloon on a hot summer day. You know it is gonna hit you but you are not sure from which angle it will come, how cold the water will be, and if it will sting or not. I got pelted repeatedly and boy did it hurt!

When we were not playing the said fun games we were spending evenings in deep conversation, and like a good friend that he is began pointing out that I was too firm in my plan and that I needed more flexibility, and that being indecisive was a better way to go. Reasoning being that I could not be disappointed that way. If I aimed low then I did not have too far to fall.

This morning I have had enough of his stay, so I made him breakfast and sent him on his way.  I am now excitedly waiting for my housemate to return from her vacation. She is loving, encouraging, understanding and gives really great advice. She likes to do things daily like yell across the room at me that I am beautiful and silly. She leaves me notes everywhere that inspire me and open me up and welcome change. I do miss those notes.

As I reflect back on this month and write out this silly blog post I am transparent. I feel everything and I react off of those feelings. The process is long and this journey is one that I will never master. I am not perfect and I learn to adjust as I go. The key that I wear around my neck opens all the doors I need. I just need to remember to put it on each day. And embrace the adventure that will be behind that door.

So good bye stress. Take with you your little pet fear and have a nice trip. May you not come for another visit for a really long time.

To my beautiful friend on her way back home. I missed you and I am glad you are back.