Sometimes Life Throws A Wild Card

So much happening on my end. Someone I really admire (if you haven’t seen her site or reaped from her awesomeness, check her out!) is Danielle LaPorte. She has a successful business and after so much hard work and planning multiple issues of an incredible magazine – She heard an inner whisper telling her… ‘no’. The humility it takes to accept redirection is incredible. And honorable. And down right, inspirational.

I’ve been in a bit of hiding lately; a sort of rebirth. It’s been a dizzying experience that has involved laughing and crying – sometimes simultaneously. I’m thankful to my partner, children & close friends for being patient and encouraging me in the process.

While I can’t totally share all that the journey has involved, I will tell you that it has shown me personal truths that are enabling me to be empower my clients in the creative ways I know best. I’m excited about the opportunities and can’t wait to share more.

In the end, the biggest lesson I have learned in this, is the necessity for personal and global creativity and connection to co-exist in our lives in vibrant balance. Both are necessary and BOTH create the beauty we want to experience in life.

This is both my message and mission. This is the purpose behind my creative and life pursuits.

I can’t wait to share more.

I WANT TO GET PERSONAL WITH YOU.

I WANT TO GET PERSONAL WITH YOU.

I want to hear from you now, more than ever!! What brings on the tears? What makes you feel powerful? What would you like to change? As a single mom to 3 kids, I know how overwhelming life can be and the challenges you are facing. But I’m here for you.

I love coaching and motivating all you incredible women and moms toward your goals; whether personal health, growth, relationship, sex, parenting and even recreating your life to be what you want it to be. But the best way for me to do this, is to set a top-notch example.

I’m proud to say that I’ve jumped on an opportunity to deepen my understanding and enhance my skills. It’s a leap of faith and I’m excited for the results I’ll be able to experience with you.

Out of respect for myself, I will be taking a ‘blog post’ sabbatical for a very brief period, but I don’t want to stop being in touch with you.
In fact, I’d love to hear from you NOW more than -ever- !!

So please, please, PLEASE, go to http://www.navaeinspired.com and jump on my mailing list. I will be dedicatedly sending out a newsletter each Sunday to all of you, sending out the most encouraging tips possible for you power women who just need that boost. Send me your questions, frustrations, curiosities and positive thoughts! What a better time than the start of the week?

Talk to me, ladies!! You deserve to be heard and you deserve the life you want most.

Let’s get it.

It’s INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY.

It's INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY.

This morning, a dear friend posted (on facebook) a beautiful applause to women saying, “To all the incredible, strong, empowered, motivated, thoughtful, artistic, feministic, entrepreneurial, radical, free, sexy, intelligent, women and mothers that I’m better for knowing. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I hope you hear this enough. Too much would be not enough. Your very existence makes all our lives better in ways we could never imagine – every single day!”

This moved me. It stirred up a memory in me of this same day about 4 years ago. A very close mom friend and I had went out for a warming tea with our children. The young man behind the counter thanked us for our business and sincerely wished us a happy ‘international women’s day’. We were elated; we had NO IDEA such a thing existed and we were honored to be celebrated.

We carried this joyful high back to her home. But our high was quickly crushed. Her husband at the time felt it his DUTY to inform us of the sexist stupidity of such a holiday… women are nothing special, after all.

I watched as her shoulders hunched and spirit was sucked dry. It should be noted that this man had other issues going on as well and this sort of verbal and emotional abuse was not uncommon and would only get worse before it got better.

Nonetheless, this was the story I recalled as I read my friend’s honorable post of gratitude for the divine feminine. It summoned me to think over the things I have gone through in the last few years. I fell into one of the lowest places I have ever been. In this time, I experienced trauma, PTSD, a divorce and severe depression. However, life did not allow me to slow down and lick my wounds. In the midst of this pain, my three children still needed their mama’s love and attention. I needed to work and provide for us. But friendships were far and few and my bed was very cold. Had there been someone to lay with at night, I still believe it would have been cold because I had no connection with my inner self. I had no clue who I was anymore, much less what to do with my life. I feel that time was truly the rebirth of my soul.

There is something truly miraculous about the divine feminine. She is, all at same time, a wild warrior, a wise old sage, a playful girl and an elegant queen. Different strengths and weakness are shown in different times of need, but all archetypes are consistently present.

I am not the only woman to have endured offenses against my mind and body. I am not the only woman who has been alone and rejected or told that I can’t or won’t succeed.

I AM ONE OF MANY WOMEN WHO HAVE BEEN KNOCKED DOWN AND STILL DETERMINED TO RISE UP and BE the strong woman that lives inside of me.

When our world falls down around us, we continue as the warrior does. We love, we hold, we nurture and heal. We creatively manage our lives and others in the midst of our challenges. We get shit done and make it LOOK GOOD too.

Ladies, this is your hour. It’s time for you to look in the mirror, say ‘I love you’ and live out that love! You CAN be healthy, you can be sexy, you can experience a life and career that leaves you feeling fulfilled and successful.

YOU ARE ALLOWED TO INVEST IN *YOU*

Who’s life are you living? What would you like to do different?

It starts with a choice.

It’s starts with this moment.

Let the past be the past and let the present be your golden hour.

Do you know someone ready to take that step and really truly live?

Get in touch and we’ll make it happen.

peace and power to you,

Navae
http://www.navaeinspired.com

Conscious Business Practice – When Client’s Don’t Pay.

I felt the need to write about this as if felt heavy on the forefront of my mind.

Entrepreneurs and small businesses have a gift in their trade which is usually why it’s their trade in the first place.   They have a service to offer that enhances the lives and businesses around them.

I am that entrepreneur.  I have that experience and expertise.  I love helping people and creating opportunity for them.  But a friend of mine, working in a similar industry, was faced with a problem that I recognized is one that should be addressed. What about when people don’t pay? Or avoid paying?  Or skimp, trying to just pay the bare minimum?

Well, for me, I’m a heart centered business woman with a dedication to empowerment and conscious development.  Does this mean that I should be content with people committing to payment and then disappearing suddenly when the bill arrives?  I have a life as well.  I am a single mom with three kids to take care of.  Don’t mess with my kids.  Hell.  NO.

But wait – I’m a conscious, aware, loving, forgiving…..

……individual that deserves to be treated with a reciprocated                                                                                                                                                respect for my skills, my care, services and humanity.

So where’s the balance? Well, from where I sit, you /we have a few options.

First of all, hold love in your heart for that person.  START THERE.   I know you may be distracted at how pissed you are that it’s going down like this, but this is your chance to practice what you preach.

Start with love.    Remember that they too, are human.  Have you ever been unable to pay a bill?  I’ve been there.  When you have every utility company state-wide calling to remind you that your gas money belongs to them, it’s hard not to go into a place of panic and anger for your feelings of poverty.

Feel Your Abundance & Share It With Them.   Remember why you started working with them.  They requested your services to make their life / business better.  (…looks like they still need you)  You can now help yourself AND them.  Close your eyes and consider the beauty and joy in your life.   Feel your own abundance – regardless of your non-paying frustration – and then imagine the same for them. Imagine their finances straightening out and them experiencing that peace that comes with knowing YOU CAN pay what you owe.

Decide What the Need is.   Now is the time for you to kick in your intuition, self-respect, and clarity.  Each situation is different and will require various responses.   For certain clients, it will be just what they need  to be reminded and strictly held to contract and agreement.  Some are going through serious hardship and it will be best to forgive the debt, knowing it’s your good juju and to their loving blessing.  The ones who truly need a forgiven debt will likely be that much committed to you in the future.  The ones you choose to collect from, may not see the necessity now, but will learn and hopefully grown in the process. Respect your trade.   Remember that not paying for *your* services is no different from a client leaving a restaurant without paying.  Both are technically stealing.  But this is conscious business.  Some people will need to be held to strict accountability and some will need abounding grace.  ALL NEED LOVE.

Keep love as the motivation behind all your words and actions and your heart will lead you toward the right response for the moment.

Has this ever happened to you?   How did you respond?  Let me know in the comments below!

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Have a miraculous day.  It’s yours for the taking.

Want to Have A GREAT Day? Join Me in a Gratitude Challenge?

I woke this morning with my eyes in protest as the sheets felt warm and invited me to linger.   It was hard to get up and start my day but it was time.

I was suddenly overcome with the thought that these very reasons for which I was frustrated about getting out of bed were also great reasons to be thankful.  I knew that though I wasn’t ready to get out of bed and journey to the shower, that once I got in the shower, I would enjoy the warmth of the water so much that I would be irritated about moving on from that as well.

How about a mind shift?  Thoughts float mindlessly through us regularly.  What if we chose to direct them in a more positive, productive and enjoyable way?

My challenge to you to today is that as the time goes by today that you use the hours to be thankful. On the hour today, each hour, I will be bringing to mind what I have gratitude for.    Even taking 30 seconds to do this will transform the flow of your day.  I’m excited to see what enters into my presence when I focus on the beauty and possibility that is already around me!

Finally, I would LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!   Please, in the comments below, let me know what you hold gratitude for.  And if you want to share your gratitude practices, I am all the more honored to hear from you.

This short but motivational post is from my heart to yours, wishing that all would both experience and create their desired life and bliss!

www.navaeinspired.com

Mercury in Retrograde: A few thoughts before it’s done

As I said before in the last  Mercury in Retrograde  post,  this isn’t a time of hocus pocus superstition where you have to be afraid to cross paths with the moonlight.  This time is a gift.

I wrote earlier today for a different publication on the subject of rejection.  Rejection, like Mercury being in retrograde is something that once we enter into its sphere, we all sit on the edge of our seats waiting for something painful.  Of course, the emotions and circumstances that Mercury’s orbit and rejection bring are not always pleasant, but it doesn’t mean we should run for high heaven when we see it coming either.

But that’s been covered.   We have 6 days left in this retrograde cycle and I want to encourage you to make the most of it.

As a mother of 3, running my own creative business, I have to constantly ward off my incredible ideas for a more appropriate time! I always jot the ideas down and come back to them, but I have to honor myself by not sending my mind into creative overkill. Of course, the kids benefit from that as well, but ultimately it’s my own sanity that I must honor. (It’s not about selfishly neglecting the children, it’s about sacrificing our need to *live* completely and settling for scrapbooks  when we were born to paint. It saddens me to hear of parents all over neglecting their ideas and dreams ‘for the sake of the family’ when the biggest detriment is the neglect of one’s passions.  However, I digress, and should leave that important tangent for another post.)

So what do you do when you are brimming with ideas but feel the retrograde whirlwind calling you to slow down?

Well, the state to be in during this time is simply one of “non-reaction”,  as  the physical environment will be changing continually during a Mercury retrograde. Treat this time period as a time dedicated to the of gathering information and aspiration.  But look on carefully in observance.  Write down your thoughts.  Consider your options, possibilities and limitations.  But, wait until the changes stop before attempting to put things into order. Then, once Mercury turns direct again, take a look at the information that is still around at that time, assess it  and  THEN begin your action, all the  while maintaining the fine art of flexibility.

So many of my clients  have respectfully turned introspective during this time and I can’t stress enough how happy I am that they are doing so.   It’s ok to honor yourself, your business and family by putting major travel, business and extra commitments on hold while you close your eyes and ground your feet.

You have a great gift to offer the world with your talents and expertise and I’m not surprised to hear that you are anxious to get things rolling.

In the end, you know what’s best for yourself.  Sometimes you need help forging a road or strategizing the idea (and that’s what I’m here for!) but it’s also ok to take things in stride as long as you are dedicated on your path to growth, freedom, success and ultimately, bliss!

So there you have it!  A pep talk for the next  6 days.

But don’t get too comfortable. When March 1st rolls around,  I absolutely expect you to be ready to rock and get your talented ass into forward motion.

You deserve to live a beautiful life.

Want more?  I’m happy to coach you through your personal empowerment or even re-invention.  If you’re tired of living in a state of ‘When is it my turn?”, then let’s talk.  That’s a toxic mantra and you have a life to experience.

www.navaeinspired.com

 

 

 

 

Mercury in Retrograde? No Problem. You’ve Got This.

Mercury in Retrograde?  No Problem.  You've Got This.

 

One of the most highly discussed topics on social media right now is that of Mercury being in retrograde. What does this mean for everyone? Are we all doomed to experiencing emotional roller coasters, things breaking and businesses going sour? No. …. or yes. Well.. Let me explain.

I feel like you probably know the history behind this confusing topic, but if not, let me divulge for a moment. Mercury goes through this phenomenon about 3 to 4 times in a year and for about 3 weeks at a time where the planet appears to slow down, stop and then go backwards a bit. However, it’s more of a pause – an optical illusion while the rest of us must continue to orbit in forward motion in our daily lives. In reality, all retrogrades show us that it is sometimes more important slow down and reflect on the inward than simply remain focused on the outer. Robert Wilkinson writes, in his Aquarius Papers, “…While it seems as though Mercury retrograde is associated with things that malfunction and miscommunications and delays, we must remember that in actuality, no planet or its influence is good or bad unto itself. We are the ones who determine our ‘destiny,’ based on our choices, which shape our character. In that sense, ‘character is destiny,’ and so we have the responsibility to determine whether we will be active or passive in responding to life’s challenges.”

As with all retrogrades, we can use this time to take a reflect on the things of the past, or even what has recently begun. This current one helps us to re-shape our minds, understanding, perspectives and processes by taking current observations into past feelings, filling in some aspects or elements we previously didn’t understand that could set the stage that would allow us to forgive or have compassion for something we went through.

That being said, I have to admit that I didn’t know retrograde was upon us until my spastic emotional highs and lows whispered (or shouted) into my subconscious, that something bigger was happening in and all around me. I felt incredibly happy and excited about this, but at the same time, ready to bawl my eyes out. Why, you may ask? Well, I’m sure I don’t know! That’s what this whole retrograde thing is all about, right??

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This isn’t necessarily a ‘bad’ thing. I know people (myself included) who are apt to post cautionary calls to awareness, but in truth, this occasional visitor arrives with an intention to give. We have the opportunity to use this time to follow in it’s path; to stop, pause, look back and reflect. It’s a time when people are more intuitive and that old buried shit seems to come back for us to more fully deal with.

Because we are operating from a more sensitive, dare I say, more emotional state, we are advised to stay away from signing contracts, venturing in to new markets, starting/ending a relationship … In short – this is NOT the time to make major decisions. It IS time to sit down and reflect on your personal healing, growth, needs, goals, desires …. and where you are on your road to bliss.

I realized that for my life, I need to take better care of myself and plan ahead to include those times that feed and fuel the natural motivated and excited energy within me. That is my natural state. But starve the spirit, especially when it is most in need, is to engage in self-sabotage. THAT is the shadow side of Mercury being in retrograde.

I believe that incredible things and opportunities are about to get amazing for everyone – but you won’t be able to experience them if you remain stuck in this potential bad mode/energy. Now, more than ever, surround yourself with uplifting people and create proactive, positive practices in your life.

You may even want to temporarily change how you ‘do life’. We all desperately need to take care of ourselves right now. Take baths when possible, nap occasionally, meditate, write, read, laugh, hang with friends, get in to your bodies, play …

So, give to yourself. Get happy. Eat healthy, be active, meditate, express yourself and have grace with your weaknesses. If you aren’t loving yourself, if you aren’t happy, you will only stunt the progression of possibility.

What do you do when retrograde strikes?   What gets you through with a smile on your face?  Let me know in the comments below!

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See Your Desire & BE it.

 

Here are 3 Tips on Finding Time For YOU!

Here are 3 Tips on Finding Time For YOU!

After having an emotionally and physically exhausting week, I knew something needed to give. Have you ever felt that way?? I have been traveling and working a lot. It got to that point where I went out with my partner to see a friend’s band play, parked the car and just wanted to bawl my eyes out. I wanted to curl up in the driver’s seat, cry and just sleep for weeks.

I was mad. Frustrated, exhausted and overwhelmed. So much of it came from this anger inside that knew, ‘THIS ISN’T ME’. I am a believer in good, beauty, possibilities and bliss!! There’s no crying in bliss!! …right?

The reality is, that our true bliss is often discovered through the honesty of our tears. We know that exhaustion calls us to find inner peace and rest, but we can’t seem to shake the other reality – that damn cycle we get caught in call the ‘busyness of life’! As a woman with 3 kids, a business, a relationship, home, etc… I know what exhausted looks like and what I can tell you, is that the most important thing you can do is LOVE you. Take time for you. MAKE time for you.

So, what is your YOU practice? What gets you grounded and able to call in the truth that sets you free? If you’re ever feeling low and stuck on ideas– here are a few tips for daily grounding in the eye of a storm:

1. Say NO. Being a people pleaser is something many of us have a subconscious, guilt driven desire to succeed at. We’d never want to actually have the title – we just want everyone to be happy and taken care of. This isn’t totally a bad thing, until we do it at all odds. Far too often, we sacrifice our health, time and well being just to keep everyone happy. From little things like over scheduling to much greater things like staying in a toxic relationship – we say yes, because we don’t want to let people (even ourselves) down. But here’s a little extra trick for you: If there is something you believe needs to be done – close your eyes and check how it feels. Do you feel good about it? Or do you feel heavy like there’s a fearful guilt and obligation battle going on inside your gut? Well – we are meant to feel light. And the right choice for you will feel right. Our true essence has a gentle voice that always pulls us toward the direction of our greater good. Go with it. You don’t have to fully understand it – but the peace and love you are left with will prove itself and in the end, you will be a more full person for the next thing you are meant to contribute to.

2. On that note, LOVE YOURSELF THROUGH EVERY BLOCK. I don’t care how you do it. Whether it’s through good company, a yoga class, going to bed early, making a cup of tea and sitting in silence for 5 minutes, prayer, affirmations… there’s really an endless list available to you here. Be creative and start thinking!! What makes you breathe deeper and feel rooted? For me, I have to be honest – of course, the normal things help, like being in nature, saunas and the like help immensely. But for me my top five are meditation, proper diet, exercise, laughter and sex. So there you have it. Every one is different – and as I write this, I realize that this point is probably mean to be a topic all on it’s own. (What do you think? Want to hear more on this?)

3. Give yourself a round of APPLAUSE. Because you’re pretty damn amazing. Look at all the things you’ve accomplished, the places you’ve been, what you’ve come through and how you’ve grown!! I’m proud of you and you should be proud too. We are so quick to take edit of ourselves. Both sexes stand in the mirror and rip there curves (and lack thereof) apart, we relive our setbacks and replay that moment in our day when ego took over and we used our ‘superior intelligence’ to over rule the people in our wake…. OK – not good but you also get the point. YES – you are a person with weaknesses and strengths. Sometimes you’re going to be on it and other times you just seem to fall down. But if I know you – you are also the one that falls and gets back up again. You already recognize where you could have done it better. So quit beating yourself up about it and learn from it. See where the compassion and patience can increase in your heart, while also seeing the abundance that already exists in you.

*BONUS TIP: VALUE YOUR SLEEP. This one is like accessing an extra super power because it can be used pre-emptively. I know for myself and many others, I just can’t function with my eyes burning, head aching and knowing that the only thing I want while I COULD be productive- is my pillow. Imagine if we gave a little more love to our pillows BEFORE our adrenals burn out? Trust me – arranging your schedule so you sleep longer a few nights a week will do you and everyone around you, well.

We are a race of beings that have incredible divine potential for love, expression, connectedness and abundance. I know that our modern life demands a lot, regardless of your status, nationality or religion. But no matter who you are or what your situation may be, if you are not connected to your true essence, then you will miss out on the greatest beauties in life.

External demands leave us feeling stressed, overwhelmed, anxious and frustrated. Internal connectedness allows us to see beyond the stresses of external demand and live through the experience in an awareness that not only sets us up for success but also leaves us in a state of divine gratitude. This is the beautiful cycle we should encourage.

This is your power. Live it.

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Eating for best results! I don’t categorize myself into any dietary restrictions. But the blanket rule for everyone is, the more color- the better! Have an array of colorful plants on your plate and your insides will fire up and move you with an inspirational force! Life is an adventure calling you to dive in to your bliss and fully BE! #desireandbe

3 Points for LIVING YOUR PASSION that will ENRICH and INSPIRE you.

3 Points for LIVING YOUR PASSION that will ENRICH and INSPIRE you.

You’ve probably watched and read plenty of information already about manifesting what you want into your life and setting intentions to create abundance. Maybe you are excitedly experiencing the success of it all but maybe you are in the doubting frustrated crowd that have ‘been there – tried that’ to no avail.

I’ve been on both sides. One feels incredible and the other one just sucks, to be honest. (and that’s usually the time when negative people show their faces to further fuel that doubt)

So… What’s the deal?? Why does it work for some and not others?

There are a couple things to consider. We will start with the most common ones.

1. As you set your intention, choose your words wisely.
So often, we write down a list or think in our mind of how we would like our lives, relationships, careers or how to change our circumstances, but we unknowingly focus only on what we want to change rather that the change we would like to see occur. Maybe you are in a bad relationship and you are ready to be treated with love and respect. It will not help at all so simply say “I want a better relationship”. Yes, it’s true, but it speaks from the perspective of lack and wanting. Rather – recognize the problem and move on to the next point.

2. Get emotionally involved and speak with gratitude.
You’ve recognized that there is a problem but it just seems to cycle and continue. Why? You have only given the problem a name and wished for more. Instead, close your eyes. Imagine the way you would like to be treated. Imagine the words you’d like to hear, the touch you would like to feel, the feelings you would like to experience. Smile, even if you don’t believe it. And really imagine a partner treating you with the deepest amount of love and respect. *(Now, this can be hard for some because they, on some level, do not feel they are deserving of such love and respect. If that’s so, then there is a deeper lesson here and I’m happy to talk to you and walk with you as you learn to more deeply love yourself. Love from another reflects the love we have for ourselves.)
Now that you feel the reality of those words, the touch and the experiences… hold deep gratitude in your heart for them. Say thank you. Be proud that your see your worth and are ready to receive more love into your life. And then,

3. BE your gratitude and intention.
Yes. BE IT. We can keep going with the relationship analogy, but this applies to anything you choose to bring more of in your life. In your relationships where you want more love and respect, BE love. BE respect to both your partner and yourself. (and if there is abuse, be love and respect to both of you, even if that means loving enough to leave.)
With your career, BE that person. BE the success. Proclaim and be the professional, the musician, the healer, the entrepreneur, the confident one!
Want more respect? Be respectful. Want to be more appreciated? Show more appreciation.
With money … No joke – BE the MONEY. It doesn’t have to always make sense; have fun with it! Smile and acknowledge that life has the power to be as limiting or magical as we create it to be.

I call these ‘Complimentary Actions of Intention.’

Recognize the change or thing you are ready for. Close your eyes and feel the existence of it emotionally. And then, really live in that state of being.

The key is to locate the desired emotion at the root of your intention or what you are looking to manifest and attract into your life. When you are able to separate this process from simply a method of manifestation and into a deep spiritual practice, then you will begin to see the beauty in it and how you can grow in the most beautiful and humbling ways.

I start my day by sitting quietly, closing my eyes and going through my list of intentions. It goes a little like this and sets a wonderful foundation for your meditation and practice of intention.

Today, I desire: Peace. Love. Respect. Abundance. Health. Patience. Closeness.
Today I am thankful for: Peace. Love. Respect. Abundance. Health. Patience. Closeness.
Today I will BE: Peace. Love. Respect. Abundance. Health. Patience. Closeness.

Saying each intention slowly and really picturing the desire, the thankfulness and the BEING of each emotion, allows what matches that frequency into your path. At the start of my work day, I know I want to be productive and successful but not neglect my health, relationships, home or children. I will do my best in these things when I am present and BEING my desires.

Look at is as a personal prayer; a way to begin your day with foreshadowed accomplishment and grace.

You are worth receiving all the love, beauty and abundance there is to experience. So start with yourself.

As Gandhi said, “BE the change you want to see in the world.” You want your reality to change?

It starts with you.

Namaste,

Navae
For empowerment life coaching, consulting and creative strategy, get in touch. Life is calling.
DIVE IN TO BLISS. #desireandbe