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New Life in New Zealand

Hello from Wellington, NZ! I’ve been here with my family for four months now … I’ve got the Energy Shop stocked and running, the family’s adjusted, and we’re all moved in to our little house in a close suburb called Karori.

House on the hill for my family of 6
If we press our face up to the glass on our bedroom window, we can see a corner of Wellington Bay, but mostly our view from the house looks like this:

Karori, Wellington, New Zealand

I love living up on the hill in this part of town. Every morning, I open the curtains and I’m reminded of where I am at. I can see the mountains off in the distance, and I can see what the weather is like 30-40 miles from my house. I’ve never had a view like this in my life!
We can drive just over the mountain we live on to the ocean. We arrived at the onset of winter, and we experienced a once-in-a-lifetime snowfall for the area back in August. But from what I hear, even when the weather warms up, the water stays rather cold because it’s coming up from Antarctica. We have yet to find out if we’ll be able to brave the cold and swim around the area, but we have plenty of beaches to enjoy:

Makara BeachSeatoun on Wellington Bay

And with fur seals on Cape Palliser

And that’s just the majestic views! Next time I have a chance to sit down with this blog, I’ll tell you all about the friendly “Kiwis” (what New Zealanders call themselves), the abundance of free family activities, and the amazing atmosphere in this country. All the best, Lisa



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What’s Important to You Today?

I came across this question last night in reflection, and it reminded me to get back to the simple things that matter most. When I opened my journal, I landed on a page I wrote exactly two years ago with a visualization for success. As I was feeling particularly overrun by life last night, it was perfect timing!

I’m on the verge of another big change–as I was two years ago. At the time, we were about to move from Brussels, Belgium to Culpeper, Virginia and I wrote the visualization for six months into the future. It started with my relationships, covering how my husband, children, and even our old dog handled the transition and what they would come to find and love living back home in the United States. Then, it covered me: what I would accomplish, explore, and discover.

When we were overseas, my husband and I became convinced that we would have to move our family of 6 into a cramped townhouse in Northern Virginia because the cost of living here is so expensive. However, in my visualization, I covered housing next, stating that we were living in a spacious, single family home that had at least four bedrooms. The visualization covered our finances, and made clear that money was always available and never a concern. Finally, I covered extended family and friends, naming how they would receive us and visit often.

In all scenarios, that visualization, or something better, has manifested in my life. I never even realized it had all come into fruition until last night! Yesterday I was feeling overwhelmed, and I knew the best stress relief would be to do another six month visualization and highlight all the wonderful things that would unfold in the coming months. If you’re feeling stressed simply answer the following questions and create a visualization of your own:

In six months,
1. My relationships are … Here you want to describe how your primary relationships are doing. What are the people you care about most experiencing and achieving? Imagine them fulfilling their passions and discovering their best life.

2.  I am … what are you doing, learning, reading, enjoying? Describe all of that here. Are you living up to your potential? Are you fit and active? Do you feel excited about your life?

3. My home is … redecorated, remodeled, moved to another, more fitting location. If something’s not working in your environment, you imagine it better here.

4. My finances … Reach for abundance. Debt is paid down, financial freedom is on the horizon, and out of the blue, you realized another source of income you earn while doing something you love! Get creative here, and imagine yourself prospering at every turn.

5. Your extended family and friends … How do they receive you when they see you? How do you get along with your co-workers? How has your difficult family member become a little easier to get along with? Imagine all the people who make you feel really good and record how more experiences like that will be coming.

Wishing you all the best in love and life ♥


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Promising Pitfalls

What I’m about to tell you is flat-out ridiculous. If you’re an old subscriber, you might remember when I fell off my horse. If you’re a new subscriber, you might remember me mentioning an injury that forced me to slow down–I was referring to the horseback riding fall.

I mentioned that my husband and I receive these setbacks as a sign. We ask, “Why am I being forced to slow down? What have I been passing up?” Then, in my very last post, I caught myself going too hard again. And even though I tried to slow down, the ridiculous happened.

I went roller skating with my children this weekend and pulled my back. I didn’t fall, I simply stretched in an unbalanced manner. I’m typing this post on a heating pad with a herniated disc–I reactivated my horseback riding injury. Two days ago, I was practically immobile, but I’m fast improving and today I’m climbing the stairs with ease.

There’s no question about it this time, I’m being forced to slow down because I’ve been passing everything up. My sore back named my focus for the week: Study, Read, Write. And even though I’m experiencing the worst injury I’ve had to date, I’m practically giddy sitting here–getting goosebumps from the cozy warmth of the heating pad, hot coffee beside me–with books and my notebook piled around me.

My new question has become: why can’t I allow myself this type of leisure and stillness when I’m perfectly healthy? I need to rearrange my belief set: I am always enough. Whether I’m doing or not doing, my individuality is precious and magnificent. This is part of my lesson in growth. All the best ♥

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New Year’s Focus

I really dig personal transformation and self-discovery, so I find myself going a bit haywire over New Year’s resolutions. I have a whole series of posts right below this one, talking about how I’m going to ease up on myself with a “do one thing at a time” motto, but in the first several days of the New Year–I’ve caught myself feeling overwhelmed by a daunting to-do list.

And that’s OK. It takes practice to change! You have to perform something for 3 weeks to create a habit, otherwise your brain reroutes you right back to your normal patterns. On day 3 of the New Year, I was so restless that I caught myself trying to plan a spontaneous trip–to anywhere exotic and expensive. That idea goes directly against at least 2 of my resolutions. But, you should’ve seen my to-do list at the time–what else was I going to do, but plan an escape?!

I named these first 7 days of the New Year, “The Week of Cleanse.” If the name would’ve matched my expectations, it could have been called: The Week of Cleanse, Scrub, De-Clutter, Organize, and Redecorate the House. By day three, I was exhausted (I’d cleaned only a few rooms as thoroughly as I’d planned) and grumpy. Also, when I feel that way, I begin to seek an insatiable amount of attention and recognition. 😀 It’s like I’m asking the world to please, tell me I’m doing enough. What can I say? Old habits are hard to break.

While my plan was to “cleanse” the entire house, plus my own mind, body, and spirit, I recognized the ridiculous expectations I had for myself (read: my husband told me I was being relentless and asking too much of any day’s time), and changed the to-do list. I decided to organize half the house (the upstairs), and that immediately felt better! Yes, organizing the whole house would make me feel good. Scheduling it all in five days makes me feel overwhelmed. Lesson learned!

Overall, it was a success. I tackled all of the bedrooms and upstairs closets, which is no small task, and I removed 10 garbage bags of trash and donations. Hello, better Feng Shui! I haven’t named next week, yet. I’m too busy chill-axin with the latest copy of O today. What’s your current focus?




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A List of New Year’s Resolutions

The week in review has offered me insight and a list of New Year’s resolutions. This year I will . . .

  • Participate in four natural, adventurous, and inexpensive family mini-vacations (hiking, camping, touring local cities, etc.) [relational]
  • Run an 8 minute mile [physical]
  • Run 3 miles in under 30 minutes [physical]
  • Research Reiki Training (and start program if it fits) [spiritual]
  • Finish degree in Metaphysics [spiritual]
  • Complete second book [mental]
  • Spend less (business and personal expenses), and save more (to grow with) [financial]
  • Open second shop [financial]
  • Spread the word on the Energy Shop, have a total  of at least 1,000 FB fans [financial]

This blog will be a great way to track my progress, and I’ll cross them off as they are completed throughout the year. Like I said, this is a low-pressure situation, as too rigid a plan will leave little space for opportunities and possibilities to present themselves. If I had written my second book last year, I never would have had time to create and build the Energy Shop–it goes to show you never know what life has in store for you.

May your 2011 be filled to the brim with love, laughter, gratitude, spirit, and prosperity!  ♥


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Set an Intention for the New Year

It’s not too late to set a meaningful intention for the New Year! Start by taking a quiet hour to reflect on the questions we’ve been asking in the Year End Review this week:

  • How did I spend my time this year and how would I like to improve on that?
  • What am I feeling particularly grateful for and what would I like to see grow?
  • In the past year, how have I contributed to the person I want to be? In regard to that ideal, what has set me back? What has propelled me forward?
  • Where am I trying to force change, rather than go with the flow? What can I let go of?
  • Can I think of any time in the last year where a setback forced me to slow down? What had I been passing up?
  • What do I want to focus on in the New Year?

Answering these questions in a journal will help bring clarity to what worked and didn’t work in the past year. Next, we’re all going to work toward an intention and some New Year’s resolutions. By answering these questions myself, I’ve decided that this is going to be the year I ease up on my own expectations and grow as a person. As I mention constantly in my book, The Rescue You Program, nothing is more important than that you feel good. So, I ask that you don’t pick resolutions that make you feel stressed or overwhelmed. When you choose a goal, ask yourself, Will this make me feel good? You will want your goals to make you feel inspired and hopeful.

Will This Make Me Feel Good?

Here we go!

  • What is my intention for the New Year?
  • How will I begin?
  • How will I follow through?

I have an intention to live a grateful life that feels whole and true to me. I have decided to name a yearly focus: growth. Since many of my setbacks and challenges in the last year were based on a sense of being overwhelmed and a lack of focus, I’m going to dedicate each week to a specific goal. For instance, this has been a great “Week of Planning.” I like to begin every New Year with a cleanse, so the coming days will start the “Week of Cleanse.” I’ll detox, de-clutter, and de-stress from the holi-daze.

After everything I’ve learned in reflection, my main challenge will be increasing my focus and honing in on my goals–1 at a time. If you’re setting resolutions, creating a general intention that summarizes your plight is a great way to organize your goals. Think of the five main pillars of life: physical, mental, spiritual, financial, and relational, and set a goal or resolution for each that aligns with that greater intention.

For instance, if my intention was to live a healthy, clean lifestyle, my first resolution would be to lose five pounds. The resolution aligns with the intention, because at five pounds less my current weight, I feel healthier and more energetic.

Now I can spend my day walking around, asking myself specific versions of “Will this make me feel good?” Once I have that specific resolution in mind (lose five pounds), my choices will be similar to these:

Will this cupcake help me create my intention?

Will this walk help me achieve my intention?

Will this portion lead me closer to my goal?

Tomorrow, I’m blogging my entire list of New Year’s resolutions, and I’ll cross them off as I achieve them through the year. Please feel free to link up or join me in your journal. Here’s wishing you a New Year filled to the brim with joy, growth, comfort, safety, health, and wealth! All the best ♥

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Year in Review: Part 3

If you are also reflecting on 2010 and preparing for 2011, let me repeat the questions we’ve covered so far so that you may link up your blog or grab your journal:

  • How did I spend my time this year and how would I like to improve on that?
  • What am I feeling particularly grateful for and what would I like to see grow?
  • In the past year, how have I contributed to the person I want to be? In regard to that ideal, what has set me back? What has propelled me forward?
  • Where am I trying to force change, rather than go with the flow? What can I let go of?

My personal review has me thinking, alright, already! I get that I have a tendency to go overboard! I’ve realized that my daily feelings are typically love, gratitude . . . and a sense of being overwhelmed. The answers to the above questions are creating one solid New Year’s resolution: Ease up on your expectations of yourself.

Now that I think about the past year, I had a couple of illnesses and an injury that simply took me out where the only cure was bed-rest. My husband and I always question these types of setbacks. When one of us gets sick or hurt, we feel like we got benched from the game, but not as punishment. It’s more like, “I’m being asked to slow down, what have I been passing up?”

So, my first question in review is somewhat spontaneous based on that finding. Can you think of any time in the last year where a setback forced you to slow down?

Finally, the last question I asked myself in the review is, “What do I want to focus on in the New Year?” Mine is about growth. My goodness, just thinking the word “growth” makes my spirit expand as I’m sitting here. I feel as though I’ve been away from home for a long time (physically, I have), and this year is going to be about finding that sense of home wherever I may be.

Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve!! Together we will set an intention and resolutions for the New Year. Bring all the answers to your review questions!

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