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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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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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Spiritually Charged, Power Bead Bracelets and Jewelry at the Energy Shop!

Hellllloooo, little blog 🙂 it’s been awhile ♥ and we have some catching up to do.

Last year I published my book, The Rescue You Program, and when 2o1o hit I started this blog with full intentions of writing another. In fact, somewhere among my notebooks there’s one half of my next masterpiece written. I’ll soon be starting a search party for it.

It’s just that, you never know what life has in store for you. The Energy Shop came together for me, practically by itself, and it has taken over the second half of my year. I love that little shop, and I say thanks for the inspiration and talent to keep it running everyday. When I started, I bought a huge supply of white sage smudge sticks, thinking that was going to be the big seller. I figured, I love making jewelry, so I’ll list a few things with the smudge sticks–and maybe, just maybe, someone might buy some of my bracelets.

When all of the bracelets I listed sold out in the first week, I had to make more bracelets! And so it has developed and grown, and I have an amazing 800 and counting sales on Etsy with 100% positive feedback. I’m beyond ecstatic with my home-based business, and I still have a full supply of smudge sticks, if anybody’s interested 🙂

It’s been awhile since I’ve updated this blog, so today I’d like to feature a few of my favorite things from the shop.

 

Blue Chalcedony

 

Even after all this time,
The sun never says to the earth,
“You owe Me.”

Look what happens with A love like that,
It lights the Whole Sky. –Hafiz

This Blue Chalcedony Bracelet represents optimism and is said to bring acceptance of new situations. It opens the mind and improves perception. I love this bracelet for the New Year. Let’s Unleash the Possibilities in 2011!!

 

Colors of the 7 Chakras Bracelet

 

This Colors of the 7 Chakras Bracelet is a customer favorite.  For the Crown Chakra, I’ve used loving Alexandrite. For the 3rd Eye Chakra, spiritually-aware Amethyst. For the Throat Chakra, you have transformational Blue Agate and for the Heart Chakra, protective Green Jade. For the Solar Plexus I used joyful Yellow Topaz. For the Sacral Chakra, cleansing Amber. And finally, for the Base Chakra, I used passionate Red Jade. Combine these stones and these colors for a true alignment.

 

Gemstone Tree of Ambition

 

If you’re not into jewelry, you can use your Feng Shui 9-Square Bagua to position the gemstones in the ideal location of your home or office. This Tree of Ambition is made of Blue Goldstone, an uplifting motivator. And, if you haven’t noticed . . .

The Energy Shop is now organized by intention!  You can find all the items you’re looking for to Improve your Focus and Meditation, Honor your Spirituality and Faith, Channel Healing and Calming energies, Increase Love and Friendship in your Life, Enhance forces of Positivity and Protection, Maintain Health and Wellness, and/or Attract Wealth and Success.

Whatever your best intentions, I wish you a WoNdeRfuL Holiday Season and an abundance of good fortune for the New Year. Until next time, ♥

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