spoonful of gratitude

a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down
is a popular phrase
what does it mean to you?

what is the medicine?
the medicine can be anything that you are resisting
it can be anything that has a negative feeling to it

what is “go down”?
going down is your journey and your growth
it is allowing what needs to be for you

what is the sugar?
the sugar is a tool to help you
gratitude is a tool for growth and allowing

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how has gratitude helped you?
how has gratitude helped you to grow?
how has gratitude helped you to allow?

gratitude is for the present
gratitude is for the past
gratitude is for the future

gratitude in the present is being grateful for what you have
awareness to what’s most important to you
being grateful for choosing what you choose
being grateful for your moment now

gratitude in the past is remembering where you were and where you’ve been
celebrating the growth you have experienced
gratitude in the present for who you are now

gratitude in the future is creating your dreams and desires
connecting to your inner being and what’s most important to you
awareness for who you want to be
what you want to do
what you want to experience
gratitude in the future is gratitude in the present for who you are becoming

how do you use gratitude?
gratitude in the moment
journaling what you are grateful for
gratitude when you wake
gratitude before you sleep
gratitude for the past
gratitude for the future
gratitude for present
what are you grateful for right now?

be grateful
live your truth!

balance, no balance, re-balance

life is constant re-balancing
what, or where, do you feel that life isn’t quite working how you want it to?
do you feel that you are off balance, or out of control?
should you even have control?
maybe, what’s needed is to let go and allow

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allow what?
what do you want?
what’s most important to you?
what’s important in this moment?
will a certain outcome for this moment, this challenge, this time in your life, have as big of an effect that you are feeling now?
can you let go the overwhelm, control, stress, anxiety and allow life to flow?
let life flow to a new balance

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what is balance?
is there ever really balance?
i don’t think there is
we change, we grow, we face new challenges
we always want balance, but with change and growth, we are always re-balancing, there is no – balance
let go what you need to let go, and allow the ebb and flow of life to be your balance

live your truth!

here to there

do you get caught up in the want, want, want of life?

i do. there are so many wonderful and amazing things that i want to be, that i want to do and that i want to experience.

there are days that i am focused on what i want, and only what i want. i forget to be in the NOW moment. i forget to enjoy the journey.

wanting is good. when you want something more, something bigger, something better for yourself – it is growth and expansion.

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i want to remind you to celebrate where you are right NOW in this moment!

i expect that you are a different person than last year, last month, last week, and even yesterday. you are being who you need to be for the new things that you are doing and experiencing.

celebrate your growth and your life right NOW! you are amazing and whole in this present moment! enjoy your journey, feel the amazing joy, gratitude and love for your being for your life!

live your truth!

growth

life is growth

where do you see growth around you now?

what growth do you want?

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do you fear change and challenges?

change and challenges are opportunities for growth. many challenges are created from our dreams and desires to be more, to do more, to experience more.

wanting more, is creating challenge and growth. wanting creates change.

change and challenge are things to be grateful for.

what in your life has looked like challenge that you can look at now and see growth?

 

what challenges and growth have made you you?

who do you want to be?

what do you want to do?

what do you want to experience?

what growth and challenges do you want to experience to create all that you want?

dream. grow. create.

live your truth!

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!