life

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.

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? 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.

 

Come now, let’s be Unreasonable…

You know that secret box you keep under the bed and hope to holy heaven that no one ever finds? Or maybe it’s not a physical box, but you know you have one in your mind. For some it contains little messages, written to self, that proclaim the deep desire to learn to sing. (yikes!) Or move to Italy. (mmmm….) What about letting your sexy wild side out in bed? (spicy!) Or do something noble like sell your business and commit to an orphanage in Mexico or China?

All of the above and alike are desires that people everywhere all over the globe have tucked away secretly but are too afraid to really pursue. Why? Because everyone has a reason they can’t! Fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of loneliness…

In this short but sweet post, I have a favor to ask of you.

Get out that box and look through it. Finger through the photos in your mind, of the places you desperately want to travel to. Imagine what it would feel like to be surrounded by the people that inspire you. See yourself doing what it is you always wished you could do, but dismissed, because of lack of money, support, courage or drive … and awaken the passion. Just see how it feels and swim in it. How does your spirit feel? Are you smiling?

Be unreasonable. Think outside the box and imagine a reality that’s more colorful and full of more possibilities. And for heaven’s sake – don’t get caught up in “that could never happen” !! All I asked of you was to entertain the imagery and to involve your senses.

I can’t say if we have one life or more, but what I do know is that a life lived without passion is a waste of life. There are so many possibilities out there but so many people get hung up on the most limiting question: HOW? Really?? So many creative and innovative individuals and we let ourselves get short stopped by that damn three letter word.

What if we change the question? You want to change your life? I can help you. Step one and two: Change your thinking and change the questions. Begin to ask yourself, “What is possible that I’ve never allowed to be possible?” Don’t try to answer it… Just ask… You’d be surprised at the inspiration that will follow.

I hope you allow for unreasonable ideas to flow into your incredible mind today. Allow your imagination to be enlightened and match those desperate desires inside of you.

If that overwhelms you, that’s ok. This can be a rough process, but that’s why I’m here to help. Feel free to contact me and I’ll be happy to creatively coach you through the next steps. I don’t want to see anyone limited in their dreams and aspirations.

Be Unreasonable. Dare to dream. Dare to be.

Yours Truly,
http://www.navaeinspired.com

Are You Smiling?

Just checking.

Are you smiling?   Have you laughed today?

Whether this is the start, middle or end of your week, I swear you have something to smile about.  If you can’t find that *something*, then darlin, something is WAY off track.

Today, I was recalling when my beautiful grandma, ridden with various illnesses, was slowly dying, in worlds of pain and had just had her leg removed due to diabetes.  Counter to what I expected, she not only had a  smile on her lips, but it was also in her eyes.

The Christmas season brings up these memories for me and can be emotional for me because my family always poured themselves into the festive winter holiday.  In our home, there were always grandparents, aunt’s and uncles …  with cousins always scheming to see who would sleep over just to keep the party going.  Predictably found in the kitchen, usually warming more coffee and tamales, we all knew my wonderfully strong grandmother as a foundational woman in our family.  She was our bond and our glue.   Unfortunately, her death was the awakening in us all that we could no longer lean on HER strength for OUR happiness.

But I remember standing there, next to her bed, post op – admiring the space that once held her warrior leg and I thought to myself…   She is my hero.  This woman had taught me endless lessons in my life and now she was leaving.  Heart wrenching as it was to watch her go, there remained the gift she gave and this was her smile.

In the face of rejection, she smiled.

Watching her family taken by poverty, abuse, neglect, drugs and alcohol – This miracle of a woman still had her smile.

I realize now the secret to her road of bliss.

Gratitude.  Gratitude in the wake of chaos is what leaves your heart at peace and ultimately grows a smile that reaches to not only your lips but also to your eyes.

No matter your place or pain, there continues to be beauty all around.  Life, love and abundance waits to be experienced but it only increases as you see and appreciate it.

I have my ups and downs, but I know what I desire.  I desire to love and live more. To see the miracles and be them.

Please don’t get distracted by the pain that comes and goes. Instead place your focus on what you want to grow and remain!  You have the chance to create your life to be a miracle that spreads inspiration like wild-fire to the world around you.   What will you do with that?  Choose the course of your day.  Choose YOUR smile. It’s starts with now.

Desire and be.  Life is waiting.