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So I clearly am enjoying referencing the Ten Thoughts on Whole Living from the September issue of Body & Soul magazine. I figured I may as well finish all ten thougts, huh? Here’s the fourth thought: “True release comes form sustained relaxation”.

This is BIG one for me! I have a tendency to go, go, go….and then all of the sudden I hit a wall. I remember hearing something by Zig Ziglar a long time ago (it was an audio). And it was something like,” When you’re at work you’re wishing you were at home with the family and when you’re at home with the family you’re thinking you should be getting more work done………no wonder you’re never getting anywhere…..you’re always traveling”. Of course it’s more meaningful if you hear it with the southern drawl that Zig Ziglar speaks with, but it’s such a great point!

Taking time to rest and relax is just as important as all of our “to-do’s” and lists. When I start getting so busy that my list doesn’t seem to be getting much smaller, I realize that it’s time to take a break, because things don’t feel as good as they should. The never ending list starts creating “WORK”….and I’ve finally found something that I enjoy so much it has just taken a hold of me. I don’t want it to start feeling like work…ever. So that’s when I make sure to take some time to lay in the pool and read a book, take an afternoon nap or lay with the kids and read a book for a while. Inevitably, when I’ve taken the time to relax, I’ve released the tension, or tightness that I was starting to feel and my list looks like fun again.

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So lately I’ve been doing a lot of purging around the house (closets, garage, kids rooms, you name it). So the next thought in the list of Ten Thoughts on Whole Living in the September issue of Body & Soul magazine was perfect! Here it is: ” Your stuff reflects you. As your needs evolve, find new homes for your old things.” This also reminds me of something I read in Jack Canfields book, The Success Principles. He has a lot of exercises in the book to help you get organized and set your goals. One of the things was to create a list of “incompletes”. You are supposed to list all of the projects that you have hanging around and all of the things you need to get rid of in order to allow room for what it is you want in your life to come in (this doesn’t necessarily mean material things).

The big thing that I’m gettin rid of and not replacing is a refrigerator in my garage. It finally gave out (it’s about 11 years old). I thought about getting it fixed or getting a small, new one to keep in the garage, but realized we reall don’t need it anymore. My kids are big enough that the frozen things from Costco are dwindling, I stopped buying them juice boxes/bags, I’ve moved the water bottles to the refrigerator inside the house and I’ll be saving money every month on my electric bill (which helps a lot!). And it feels really good to know that I’m not just getting rid of something. I’m not replacing it either.

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This was the next thought in the “Ten Thoughts for Whole Living” section of the September issue of Body & Soul magazine. Here’s the next thought: “Becoming aware of your habits is key to an intentional life”. As I read this thought, I realized which habits I was very aware of and which habits I habitually ignore.  One habit (although I don’t know if it’s a habit or a pattern…..hmm) that I need to become aware of is when I have a ton of things that I need to do (and want to do) and I start borrowing trouble. I can feel the tightening inside of me as I begin thinking this needs to be done, I want to do this, I’d rather do this, etc. When I do become consciously aware of the fact that I’m doing this, there are two things that always help.

The first thing is just to take a few deep breaths and sit with whatever it is that I’m feeling at the moment. When I can physically feel that I’ve calmed down inside a bit, the second thing I do is just to take SOME sort of action re: what needs to be done. I just did this today. I have a lot of websites I’m working on, projects around the house and a paper due for a class I’m taking. I came into my office, cleaned up the ’shrapnel’ from last week (unopened mail, lists, magazines, etc.), re-did my to-do list and am now comfortably working and not overwhelmed at all. Just getting everything down on paper has made me realize that’s it’s not as much as I thought, and the added bonus to living an intentional life is that nothing I’m doing ever feels like work.

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So the idea for this post came from one of my favorite magazines, Body + Soul (if you haven’t ever read it, I highly recommend it.  It’s a great mix of health, wellness, exercise, mind and spirit).  In each issue, the last page of the magazine has Ten Thoughts on…. (the topics change). This came from Ten Thoughts on Whole Living. The first thought was “Learn to receive what others have to offer, and you’ll enable someone else to give”. What I loved about this is that we’re always hearing how good it feels to give (which it does, I’m not disputing the value of giving or the importance of it for that matter), yet we never stop to think about the importance of allowing other people to give, to us. Is it that we don’t think we’re worthy of receiving? Or do we not want to put other people out?

I had to learn to accept from other people- and it was primarily help. I’ve always been a very independent person and sort of had this idea that I could “do it all”, whatever that means! It’s definitely an ego based idea that’s for sure. What’s funny though is that as I allowed other people to help and accepted their help graciously, without worrying about how I could give back, I started to feel SO much better. And as that happened, I noticed the other person’s joy in being able to help (which of course made me feel even more gratitude). It’s always a give and take- it’s just a matter of what you decide to take away from each experience. The giving is actually the easy part.

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Your Business and the Law of Attraction

So here is the recording of my first teleseminar with Hemal called “Your Business and the Law of Attraction”. I hosted this with Hemal on July 28th. If you haven’t visited the Law of Attraction page on this site, you can read more about Hemal there, but he also has a wonderful blog and you can read more about him, his work and how he helps people with the Law of Attraction and manifestion at : http://www.manifestingandlawofattraction.com

I have a group on facebook called The Women of Internet Marketing and Hemal has a group called Universal Law of Attraction. My group focuses on women who are building online businesses and Hemal’s group is, well, obviously about the Law of Attraction. We received some great questions before and during the teleseminar. I hope you enjoy it!

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So I had a TOTALLY proud mom moment that I just had to share. I took my son with me to turn in a bunch of recycling last weekend (I finally broke down and decided to turn in our cans and water bottles…$40!).  I had foot surgery a few weeks ago, so I needed him to help me get the bags out of the car. As I kept our place in line, he went and got all the bags out of the car (my little man….he’s 7 years old) like a trooper. The day we took the recycling in it was super hot (I believe it was over 100 degrees) and the poor guy running the recycling center was totally roasting, and it was only 10:30 am). I mentioned to my son that we should go get the guy something to drink when we were done. A few minutes later, my son looked up to me and said “I have my water bottle in the car and I haven’t opened it yet, can I give it to him?” I gave him the car keys and he went and got the water bottle, which totally made this guy’s day. Then as Read More »

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So I got a message from my body a week or so ago….basically it was a reminder that I’m not 20 anymore (actually haven’t been for a while) and that I can’t stay up into the wee hours of the morning, then get up early and go about my day as usual. This is the third week my kids have been back to school, so the first week is when I pushed myself a bit to much. Soccer also started the same week, so we were of course running around for the whole week.

As things have been picking up with my business, I find myself back on the computer late at night (I guess that’s probably the only downfall to working for yourself, doing something that never feels like work). I tend to be a creature of habit, so when my sleep was cut from about 7-8 hours a night to 6 or less- it caught up to me. After a week of this schedule, I ended up getting pretty sick. Sore throat, congestion, cough, aches, the works. Which is pretty much the only time I get sick….when I’m not getting enough rest. So, by pushing myself (although it didn’t feel like it at the time) I ended up losing a lot of time last week. At lot more than I would’ve lost had I just gone to bed earlier. Oh well. Lesson learned!

Needless to say, I’m back on a better schedule and am taking the time out of my day for rest, meditation and exercise. Taking the time to do these things ensures I will have the strength and energy to do everything else.

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