Oh my goodness. I’m so sorry that it’s been a full year since I blogged here. I really planned to keep this going more regularly. It’s a challenge. Lots has been going on, as that’s my life.It’s good stuff. Busy stuff. Working, creating, thinking, pare…
Today is my 47th birthday.Every year, I blog on my birthday. This is my 10th birthday blog, and I’m proud of that.I did, as I do every year, look back and read through some of my previous blogs. I realized – I am a busy person! I do a lot in a year.Sin…
When I have a few minutes alone (usually in the shower or in the car), I mentally place myself in the role of CEO of my life. (Because I am, after all.)
Then I call an Executive Staff Meeting of my Guides and Angels. In my mind, I sit at the head of the conference table, or behind a big, fancy desk in my awesome office. I always begin the meeting by thanking my hard working staff for the things that have been going great lately. For example, “I’d like to thank you all for bringing me that new Reiki client this week. She really loved her session and we had a great conversation too. And, great job on that store that purchased 10 copies of A Moment for Teachers. It’s really exciting to know that my book’s out there!” I keep going with the thanks until I’ve listed everything since our last meeting.
I made this video to express how I feel about spirituality – the Big Picture, so to speak, and all of the thoughts that I have about how things fit together – life, its meaning, our connection to each other, God, and the Universe, time, and otherworldly beings. It’s pretty packed.
I think that I could probably make more videos that expand on ideas presented here, but I wanted to ask your opinion about this, and how this video strikes you.
Thank you, Namaste.
The things I notice might be things that other people dismiss. But I’ve decided to take them personally, which is part of this practice.
For instance, we’re on vacation at the beach this week. Every morning about 7:30 I walk to the ocean by myself and sit and enjoy just sitting, watching the waves, the sand crabs, and whatever comes my way. The waves come in, go out, stand out, then merge again into the larger body of water. They’re a fantastic representation of the concept of flow.
During my morning beach time this week, I’ve seen dolphins – which I love. And every day, there have been more. That delights me!
I know I have a choice to think, “How nice. Dolphins. They’re plentiful this time of year.” Or, I can take it a step further and say, “Thank you, Angels, for bringing me this delightful gift of seeing a lot of dolphins, which I love.” I choose to take it personally, just as if someone had given me a gift. Because it is.
Two days ago, I was having fun watching dragonflies zoom around me as I walked to the beach. I sent out a thought invitation to the dragonflies to come closer and visit as I sat on the sand. Within about a minute, a green-spotted dragonfly landed on my wrist and stayed for about 10 minutes. I admired the dragonfly, thanked him or her, and enjoyed the little gift of personal attention that I received. By the way, that’s the only time the whole week that a dragonfly came that close, or landed on me or anyone in my family.
Think of it this way – if you really could use a little pick-me-up present, and then someone gives you one, you don’t ignore it or dismiss it, do you? You express your delight, and say thank you. Otherwise, the giver might not be so inclined to bring you want you ask for next time, because it sure seems like you didn’t really receive the gift – and it seems that maybe you’re not so open to receiving after all.
If I ask for something, I figure I should be totally open to receiving it, rather than not really expecting anything, or even, too distracted to notice when I do. In fact, I’m not really “asking” as much as stating that I’m open to receiving. Asking comes from a place of lack or want. I am not interested in receiving more lack or want! I’m open to receiving a flow of blessings, wonderful surprises, and abundance from the Universe. I’m ready to offer the kind of assistance that’s best for those who come to me for guidance, learning, or a Reiki session. I’m grateful to share the gifts and ideas I have to help make life better for others. That’s how I live in the flow, as the ocean waves have been reminding me all week.
It’s like a game, and it makes life more fun to play it this way.
I know people who see their life the opposite way. Something bad happens and they say that the Universe hates them, or that’s what they get for trying, or something similarly self-defeating. They go around expecting the next shoe to drop, and so, guess what, it does. And then they feel justified, like the world just confirmed they are right about the way they understand their life. And, yep, they are. Why? Because they expected crap, and they got crap. That doesn’t mean that they deserve any more crap than I do. But it does mean that the more you expect something, the more likely it is to happen, because you put all this mental energy into seeing the worst, and then put emotional energy (which is actually fear) into expecting the worst, so the Universe responds by manifesting what’s expected.
Turn that around by expecting the best, and anticipating it with gratitude, and a little excitement, and notice what happens. Try practicing living in the flow, and taking the gifts that come personally.
If something happens that you don’t want, or don’t like, that’s not a personal affront. Instead, it’s a chance to be open to something better, an opportunity to learn, reflect, or motivation to try something new. It’s a gift of another kind.
The waves come in, and go out. The tide moves the entire ocean further and back again. The tiny and massive ocean life are immersed in the motion of the flow. And for this week, so are we. My intention is to bring this lesson, and the energy of the ocean experience, back with me when we leave for home on Saturday.
Today is my birthday. I started this blog eight years ago, so it’s also my blogversary!
I take some time every year to consider how far I’ve come in the last year, and also since I started my blog, which I consider the time of the most significant change in my career, the beginning of my spiritual connection, and the start of living my true life’s calling.
I went back and read last year’s post to remind myself where I was last year. It’s always amazing to me to realize just how much happens in a year. Last year on this day, we had just recently moved here to Maryland, and were in the process of trying to sell our house in Ohio. I had just launched my Reiki Awakening Academy website, and was working on learning to update it and use the ecommerce system. My kids had started new schools, and I was looking for a place to practice Reiki locally.
Since then, I’m more at home here, our Ohio house is sold, the RAA website is doing well for us, my oldest daughter started High School, and all of the kids have adjusted beautifully. My husband has made great strides in his new job and loves it. I found a perfectly suited office to rent space in as needed, and have some regular clients. I’ve been teaching at The Institute for Spiritual Development, and have more classes scheduled there for 2015. Seven weeks ago, I published a new product and started a new website for it. (This is a great time to get A Moment for Me Calendar, by the way!) Over 100 have sold already, and they are carried in four stores so far. I’m working on a new line of books for A Moment for Me now. I was interviewed in US News & World Report for an article called “What is Reiki?”
Year 44 was a great blessing indeed.
Today I’m 45. It’s funny, but I keep thinking about how on surveys and registration forms that ask you to check which age group you’re in, now I’m in a new age bracket, the one called 45-55. I’ve been joking that I hope there are perks in this new group, like graduating to a new level of life. What awaits? Better food? Special VIP access? Secret meetings? I picture an envelope arriving with a code for a secret knock, and an address. I imagine going to that address, and knocking on the door the special way, and being granted access, but no one under 45 is allowed in. They check my ID, and let me in, closing the door firmly behind me. What wonders await inside?
So far, my body has granted me some interesting temperature modulations. I’m told that’s part of it. Interesting. Especially at night when I need to throw off the covers, only to pull them on again in about 2 minutes as I start to shiver. But, I’m sure there are more enjoyable perks awaiting.
As last year was the year of the angels, (44 is the angel number in numerology), I’ve decided that this year of my life is the year of perks. I’m going to put the expectation out there that all kinds of abundance is flowing into this 45th year, even better than before. I’m in! The perks of being 45 are amazing, and wonderful, and I can’t wait to experience them!
And that, my friends, is how you manifest a great year.
Happy birthday, me!
It’s been a busy Fall so far. I spent about eight weeks creating a 365 day tear-off calendar. Each page has something different on it. The theme is self care for busy people. It’s called A Moment for Me 365 Day Calendar – self care for busy people – 365 FREE things you can do in 30 seconds to balance body, mind, emotions, and spirit.
Here’s the Behind-the-Scenes look at the process of creating this project I assigned myself.
Let me tell you, it was quite a project. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to do it. I mean, I’ve written lots of content before – I have been a game content writer for several years and had to write thousands of categories for board games. But, this was different. These are some narrow parameters!
First of all, they had to be tasks that a person could do in 30 seconds. So that eliminates lots of things, like taking a bath, or doing a yoga class. I had to find short ways to accomplish the same kind of effect as those, like washing your hands and the back of your neck, instead of a bath. Or doing a modified Sun Salutation, instead of a yoga class.
There couldn’t been any equipment needed, or special places to need to go to do the things. I did allow a pen and paper, because most people have those, or can at least think through the things if they don’t. I did also allow an internet connection for just a few of the tasks, because I figured that most people have access to the internet most of the time.
They also had to be free, and not involve spending money. So, no real retail therapy, or making some kind of donation.
At first, it was easy. That’s how content writing usually is. The ideas pour out fast, and need to be captured on paper quickly. The first 150 or so were like this. I also categorized by body, mind, emotions, and spirit, and made lists according to those. I listed special days that would be good for putting on the calendar, like holidays, zodiac sign changes, and seasons. Then I also added some themes, such as totem animals, planets, yin/yang, numerology, and colors. I made lists for those.
Then, around the 250 mark, things slowed down a bit. I didn’t want to be repetitive, and every task needed a reason behind it, and some benefit for doing it. I started researching what others had to say on the subject of changing your life, and self care. I was able to bounce some ideas off of some things I read, and that helped.
The last 20 were the hardest, but I got to them somehow. Though the stress had increased at that point, as I had a timeline to manage (this IS a calendar after all, and needs to be ready for calendar buying time). The accomplishment was short lived because there was more to do beyond the content writing. I pulled some VERY late nights!
Now, I’m proud to say that it’s done! I finished the list, organized everything in a spreadsheet, formatted it onto a document, designed the cover, and found a printer. I also started a website, a free daily email, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account for it.
Three stores have ordered some so far.
Why did I make this?
Because I need it.
I’m a busy person. With four kids, a business to run, a Reiki practice that’s growing, and volunteering once a week for JSSA Hospice, I needed the reminder that self care isn’t something to do once a week or whenever. A daily commitment of even 30 seconds can make a difference. And I know that this message isn’t just for me, it’s for other people like me.
I loved doing this activity, actually. It taught me a lot. I learned that there are many, many ways to become present, mindful, and to value yourself. They don’t cost money, and they don’t take long. But they matter, and they make a profound difference. And now I can share this message with everyone.
So, I’m inviting you, my dear readers, to give it a try. Read the daily posts, or subscribe to the free daily updates. Maybe even purchase a calendar for yourself, or for a gift for the other busy people you know. (Use NOVPROMO as a code to save $5 per order).
And especially, please offer me feedback. When I create something new, it really matters to me how people receive it. I want to know that it’s helpful, and that it’s really good, because I worked really hard to try to make it good.
Thanks and love.
Today is my birthday. I started this blog on my birthday, seven years ago. So every year I write a birthday post.
I’ve been seeing the number 44 around me all over the place lately. It’s always something:44 when I look at the clock. My bill is $x.44 anywhere I’m shopping lately. The license plate of the car ahead of me is like a running stream of 4s. The email I click on was written 44 minutes ago, and has 44 words in it. It’s grabbed my attention over and over again.
Here’s the meaning of 44, from a lovely website called Angel Numbers. This is a quote from Joanne Walmsley, from whose website this is shared:
ANGEL NUMBER 44
Number 44 carries the doubled vibrations of the number 4, making its energies and influences magnified. Number 4 resonates with the attributes of support and stability, establishing solid foundations for the self and others, willpower and effort, ability and worthiness, hard work and achieving success, wholeness and inner-wisdom. Number 4 is associated with our passions and drive.
Angel Number 44 asks that you pay attention to your intuition and inner-wisdom as your connection with your angels and the angelic realm is very strong at this time. You are encouraged to continue on your current path as your drive and determination will lead to success and fulfillment.
When the Angel Number 44 appears repeatedly, it is a message that you are being surrounded by helpful, loving angels who wish to bring you peace of mind and joy of heart. The repeating Angel Number 44 indicates that you are being given support and encouragement along your path, and when faced with an obstacle, rest assured that your angels are most willing to assist. Be assured that solutions to any issues or problems will soon be revealed.
Angel Number 44 is a message that the angels and Archangels are with you, encouraging and guiding you. They are offering you inner-strength and support to enable you to get the work done that you need to in order to attain and achieve your goals and aspirations. They know and understand that you have been toiling diligently towards your goals, and encourage you to continue on your current path to achieve the success and results you desire. Work with the angels to ensure success in all of your endeavours.
Angel Number 44 is a message that you have nothing to fear in regards to your life, work and Divine life purpose and soul mission. The angels surround and support you, encouraging you to keep up the good work you have been doing. The angels and Archangels are always available for help and guidance – all you need to do is ask.
So, this is my year of 44. I like the idea of having a little extra support this year. One reason is that we moved to Maryland a couple months ago, after living in Ohio for…oh, all of our lives. So here, I’m starting over in terms of friends, contacts, business, and finding my way around.
I do love the area, am meeting new people, and can now successfully navigate to a few places without my GPS. Progress!
Another reason I could use some support is that my new website launched a month ago, and I’m trying to make sure that people know about it. I’m learning marketing, OpenCart, and some coding on the fly – “fly-learning” always seems to be the way I operate. I have big ideas and I’m putting them into play at hyperspeed, trying not to trip over my own feet in the process. Angels, please help me not break anything as I go along!
I have a house in Cleveland (University Heights for anyone who is looking – here’s the listing!) that I’d REALLY like to sell. This is a very good year for some extra angelic help!
But I also recognize how much support I’m already getting. Amazing, fast and surprising things have happened since we moved here. I’ve made friends with people who are just perfect in my life. I have teaching opportunities starting, and more manifesting. I have new ideas which are becoming reality. I have a sense of purpose and confidence that I’m moving in the right direction, despite the pressure to keep the momentum going.
So, this year in particular, I’m going to make a practice daily of reaching out to my angel helpers to support me in doing all I’m meant to do to live my purpose. Whether little things, or big things, I know that I’m being helped and guided.
And I’m very grateful to be in this place and time, with my amazing kids and supportive husband, and with the knowledge that my angels are with me.
Please comment if you feel guided to add your thoughts.
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