Own less : Love more : Live simply

Living simply is about creating a life for yourself in as simple and uncomplicated  way as possible while still enjoying your life. In this post I share 5 tips to help you do just that, 

What do you need to say NO to?

Knowing when to say No is almost as equally important as all your beautiful Yes! moments. Because sometimes our Soul's needs must be put first so that we can do the giving to others unencumbered. 

Comfort zones. . . why you need to ditch them

Our comfort zones are comfortable because they have us not taking risks which means we remain small, and continue to hide our brilliant light. Isn't it time to ditch the comfort zones and begin living LIFE again?  

How to Make Vulnerability Work For You Instead of Against you

Why do we stop dead in our tracks when we come face to face with the thing we want? It's all about a teeny tiny thing called TRUST. Find out how I make my own vulnerability work for me and not against me. 

on moving beyond stuck

Something doesn't feel right. You're struggling to figure out which way to go. You've had enough of what you're doing right now. You're stuck. Read on to find ways to move beyond stuck. 

18 before 2018 challenge / let's do this!

So Lisa Jacobs over on marketingyourcreativity.com threw down the gauntlet the other day. After reading her post I pondered and reflected and thought and twisted my head into knots going back on forth on what she was asking.

  1. Can I do this thing?
  2. Will I be able to tap into the discipline needed?
  3. Do I even want to do this?
  4. Is it a true desire of mine and if not, can I make it one?

You're probably wondering what the heck is she talking about and even more so, what did I do?

I decided to pick up that gauntlet of course! Just what was Lisa's challenge? To list 18 things you want to accomplish before the start of 2018. That’s it. That's all.

Nah, not really. Ha!

Cause now I gotta actually do them, or at least make a serious attempt at them. I mean it's a challenge after all.  Is completing all 18 possible. Yeh. But that's not the point is it?

It's about trying to rock out the rest of my year.  

It's about putting my head down and working hard at the things I want.

It's about that feeling of accomplishment that'll surround me come December 31 and that deep, sweet exhale I'll be happy to let out.

Ok....there are 4 more months left in the year, more than enough time to knock out quite a few of the things on that list. Right?

The answer I came up with was “Girl please you know you can and you will rock it too!!!” That’s exactly what I heard when I took some deep breaths to ask my inner goddess.

2 nights ago I sat down to craft my list and ended up with 32 items I could tackle.

What the heck right????

From that list I whittled it down to the top 18 things I thought that I could complete in this 4 moths time frame but I also listed a variation of business and personal tasks and goals to keep me on my toes and interested enough to want to attempt them.

My list is about where I want to go in 2018, what I need to finish up (not carry thru) in 2017 and those things that I’d been putting off for one or other reason, legitimate or not.

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Of course I had to put in my bullet journal (where else right?) and did a little decorating too.

My question for you then is…..

What's your 18 before 2018?

What tasks are still on your to-do list that you know if you apply some energy to it you’ll can knock it off your list? I've created a FREE downloadable PDF (see form below) that includes questions to help you figure out what you need to put on your list and a checklist to write them out and keep handy.

Answers to these questions is what your 18 BEFORE 2018 List should include. I know that while reading this blog post some of those things have pushed themselves to the surface in your mind.

STOP READING RIGHT NOW.

....and write them suckers down. Get out your notebook or pull out your phone and verbally record them or type them in a new note. This is big y’all!

BIG because 4 months to finish them is so flipping doable and you and I both know it.

I’m throwing down the gauntlet and I want you to pick it up. I think it's a great way to give ourselves that extra push towards the finish line.

At the end of Sept, Oct and Nov I'll be doing a check-in here on the blog. I'm hoping you'll be checking in with me and letting me know how you are doing too. C'mon.....let’s do this!

Toodles y'all,

Grace

 

p.s. I would love to know your thoughts about this challenge AND what's top on your list of 18.

Comment below and let's support each other as we work toward a fricking awesome finish to 2017.  


What's happening. . .

You may remember that I’m in the last days of my training as a life coach (so excited I am …but boy it’s been a long, very involved process!! Whoa.) With September being the last month before certification I had a totally brilliant idea that involves YOU.

For the whole month of September, before my hourly fees go up to their regular rates, I’m offering 1 hour of coaching to you where you get to set the fee for that hour,with the knowledge that further commitment from you is not a part of this offering.

Yup.

I would love for you to take me up on this offer and have a conversation with me about what's come up in your life that you might need some clarity around. THIS hon, taking this opportunity, is really about self-love. 

To register for this 1 hour of coaching* click here. Remember….you decide your fee + no further commitment from you.

But......my hope is that after our time together, you begin to see how I can help you get unstuck from those old patterns that are holding you back from all you want for your life, to let me help you unearth your deepest desires and passions so that you can begin discovering the pieces of your Soul that you didn’t know was there all along.

Why am I doing this? Because I believe there's a space within each of us that holds no fear, insecurity or doubt. It's filled instead with courage, bravery, self-confidence & self-love.

And I want to help you get there. 

NOTE: September Coaching is no longer available. However, if you still feel like you need the help of a life coach please use this link to book you complimentary Discovery Call where I hold space for you to chat about your needs going forward and how we can work together. 

 

You can't pour from an empty cup :: how to bring in more self-love

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one of the things i didn't do for myself ( or knew it was even possible back then ) was to show me some self-love.

it was a concept so foreign to me that I never really thought about it.

a few years ago though ( june 2011 to be exact ), as I began to step into this new phase of mindfulness and awareness, I realized that this one thing, SELF-LOVE, was key to my existence as a whole human being and a self defined, powerhouse of a woman...yeh, I went there!

today I definitely understand the significance of self-love

and the huge impact it can have on my mind, my heart, my Soul and my spirit. 

there's a lot of talk out there in the ether about self-love but before you dismiss this one, hear me out.

some call this practice self-care. I still prefer to use the words SELF-Love, because it is in this act of taking time for ourselves, for our very being that we are able to give so completely and freely to others.

whether that action is a thought or a practice or even just a pause in the busyness, it's about bringing love inward and gracing ourselves with something we so easily can, and should,  give to ourselves more regularly.

and the good part is that for most of these practices there's no waiting around for the right time to do it.  you just do it. I gotta tell you, there's something so sweet and purposefully grounding about allowing our self love to unfurl.

so you might be asking yourself, what the heck does she mean cause it sure sounds different.  what I mean is this,

SELF-Love is about....

  • acts of kindness for one
  • being tender + sometimes passionate + always mindful
  • cherishing the sheer enough-ness of you
  • taking up space
  • finding time to reenergize
  • shoring up the parts of you that need support
  • kindness and compassion directed inward
  • knowing in your deepest space that you are worthy
  • showering yourself  with pure, unadulterated, unselfish love
  • taking that one breath to bring you back to center

when we begin with self-love we begin from center, from that inner goddess space that holds all our truths, our knowings.  it's from this space that we open up and fill up over time, it's from this space that we can now offer all that we have to give because......

 
You can’t pour from an empty cup.
...fill it up buttercup, fill it up with SELF-Love.
— Grace
 

If you need help to deep dive into beginning or reestablishing your own SELF-Love practice, I've created an short email course "5 days of SELF-Love" that takes you through 5 lessons of SELF-Love plus how to make space for yourself in a kind and loving way.

take care of yourself.  begin now.

till next time,

Grace


To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance  ~ Oscar Wilde

how to begin saying YES to the things you want

We're always being told we need to say no to those things that take time away from us BUT, we also have to remember to say YES.

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Back in June I had a chance to attend the Focus on Bookarts Conference here in Oregon. For 5 consecutive days I left my house way too early in the morning to drive about an hour to class then drive back home each evening. Long days indeed.

In the days leading up to the start of the conference, realizing the long hours I would be keeping, I kept thinking....why in the world did I say yes to taking all these darn classes? What the heck was I thinking committing to five full 11-hour days in a row???

Why indeed? Because back in January I chose to give myself this gift.

I chose to say YES to me.

Choosing YES to me meant saying no to taking work related classes, ones that would definitely enhance what I do in business but would not be about enjoying life and making new friends and learning from instructors all just for the sake of having fun and being knee deep in creativity.

Last year I read the book The Year of Yes" by Shonda Rhimes and boy did it open my eyes up more to the "No!" conundrum we can find ourselves in when trying to make sound decisions for our lives. Aside from the insight I gained from the words she wrote, you know what happens when you begin to say YES to you? 

A whole world of possibility opens up for you.

And, by saying your YES out loud, you allow the Universe to hear you, to hear your desires and begin working on your behalf.

My biggest YES to me moment happened about 3-ish yrs ago after a very upsetting argument with the hubs, one in a long line of many arguments back then. I needed to walk away for a breather and, as I sat on the deck looking at our beautiful back garden that he mostly created, mulling over where to go from here,

I knew what I had to do, what I must do.

In those few moments of introspection, reflection and Soul searching I had decided to say YES to me.  But, I also knew that it was gonna rock everything right up. 

Hubby andwere at a difficult period in our marriage and, even after another year of marriage therapy behind us, deep, deep down inside I knew something had to give. I had had enough of a whole slew of things — where we lived, how we were living and, sadly, who I was living with — and I knew enough about myself and where I was in my own path { to be my best and highest self } that if I didn’t say YES to a complete change, of purpose, of intention & of city, I would lose myself in between the cracks.

Hubs came to find me about 20 minutes later and, without beating around the bush, I told him what I was planning to do. I had decided I was moving to Portland, not we….I was moving.

As women, as mothers and even as wives and partners, our needs and desires can sometimes come somewhere lower down on the priority scale but despite this priority down scale we so regularly take part in, our needs and desires don't just disappear.

Sometimes we willingly (or unwillingly) bury them under a whole lot of of what I like to call "a sh*t ton for others". 

After a about 5 full minutes digesting what I had said......hubby actually agreed with me. He knew as well as I did that we weren’t doing good and, for the good of us as a couple and for the best intentions of our family, something needed to, something HAD to change. We ended up talking all night and, come morning, once the decision to move was set in stone, it was full steam ahead.

That one YES was me was me giving myself permission.

It was me allowing my own needs to take precedence. And, I gotta tell you, it completely changed the trajectory of our family but especially our marriage in a very good way. More importantly, we are all definitely stronger for it.

So I want you to ask yourself.....NOPE, I want you to ask your Soul what she needs you to say Yes to….and what do you need to let go in order to have your Yes. Cause remember…

Your YES matters.

Need some help figuring out your YES? Download my FREE guide 6 Steps to Help You Say YES to what you want to help you on your Yes to You journey.

Take care,

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p.s.  I talk more about saying YES in this recent minisode of Soul Speak with Grace.

daily snippet: july 22

create a practice of recording even the boring and mundane bits because these are a part of the life you live

~ jeanette leblanc ~

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i’m journaling out loud for 2 reasons: 1. to let you see how easy it is to begin a journaling practice and 2. to challenge you to commit to writing your heartwords daily.  ( let's do this! )

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flipping heck! creating art scares me right now.  stand at my art table thinking about what to do or hate what i've create.

what the flip is that about?  i've been creative ALL my darn life and in the last few years the wanting to do art, that drive to create has dulled in me and, at the same time i'm also feeling meh....  can't figure this one out yet. may be because i'm concentrating so much on the business end of things....setting all manner of things up for my coaching practice....that my brain can't focus on creative as well.

but i think i miss it.  i think. nah, i do cause i still get thrills watching artists do their thing.  or is that just my appreciation for art in any form and the work that artists produce.  big ole question mark in this for now.

 

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are you in this blocked phase too?  what do you do to get back to creating? leave a comment below about how you get past this phase.  that’s it for now.

toodles,

G

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daily snippet :: july 15 (I'm back)

create a practice of recording even the boring and mundane bits because these are a part of the life you live

~ jeanette leblanc ~

 

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i’m journaling out loud for 2 reasons: 1. to let you see how easy it is to begin a journaling practice and 2. to challenge you to commit to writing your heartwords daily { let's do this! )

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a pre-note

my last daily snippet was last year november.  wow,  who knew how shook up i would get about events that took place back then.  i remember being in turmoil for a good few days and knew that sharing my words would be impossible to do because, truly,  i had none....things shook me up and a whole lot of other people that badly.  

if you received the latest JLT Note i sent out this week you will have read about my most recent turmoil and how I want to move forward.  one of those things is getting back to sharing some of my daily  journaling snippets with you.  i've actually continued to journal on and off.  seems i  just stopped journaling out loud. hope you're keeping up with your journaling.  cheers for getting back on the wagon.

here goes.....

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feel so good about the way this week has ended.  well, except for waking up feeling like crap yesterday morn with a drippy nose, irritated sinuses and no energy to do anything.  staying on the couch with my trusty phone nearby to peruse instagram and other such things seemed like the right thing to do.  but of course, because it's down time, my head gets free reign to think all manner of thoughts unchecked. ugh. that's  cause she's not being overtaken by work thoughts.

one the things that made helped end the week on a high was that i managed to get a chance to be on the live call for my magic making circle group and even chose to unmute myself to speak.  love that H was so excited to hear my voice. THAT FELT AWESOME!  to know that just the sound of my voice could induce someone to smile wide at my presence, mmmh..  but one question immediately came up ( cause that's how my crazy head rolls darn it! ) .....I made YOU that happy???? impossible!  but no, still dealing with those worth issues. ugh.

but, omg i love that women. she doesn't know it but she is my spirit and circle mentor and one of these days  will let her know....one of these days. ha!

last month we did the "she was" prompt. thinking i need to create a page in my art journal using it.  maybe later today.

She was afraid

She was scared shitless

She was floundering

She was capable

She was unsure

She was waiting

She was not ready for the profound change she knew she needed but the BIGness of it always stopped her

But that is not who she wants to be anymore

she is..........waiting for the magic

Breath. 

 

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remember, in your journal is the space where you get to be free, open up and write the words on your heart.  be willing to go deep...and deeper still.  that’s it for now.

toodles,

G

 

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3 tips to help get you past the doldrums

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we both know....the doldrums suck. But theres a way to get past those moments of blah

everybody, at one point or another goes thru this ….you know, the doldrums.  that period of time when you know nothing is really wrong but, at the same time, nothing feels right.

yup, you’re in the middle of the doldrums.

things are dull ... you feel listless and down ... nothing gets done and it seems like you’re drowning in the yucks.

what do YOU do when that happens?  

wallow? go the self pity route? cry? I’ve done each one of these before and lordy, it wasn’t pretty and it didn't help one whit.

listen, Itotally get it.  it can seem like you’ll never get to the other side of these down-in the dumps feelings*. you feel so bleh and nothing motivates you. 

every single time it happened to me I could not shake it but deep down, even as I'm binge watching a 2nd hour on netflix (yeh I know),  I knew I had to do something different.

for me, in order to help bump me back into a getting-things-done mode, and after much resistance on my part, I started doing these 3 things:

1. acknowledge that it's happening

because denial does no one any good. recognizing that you're in the middle of the yucks is one of the most important parts of releasing it.  you can't release what you don't know, especially if you are choosing not to see it (yeh oh yes, this one chickadee).

2. allow space for those feelings to show up

allowing the space for it is about checking in ( you know...with that inner wisdom in you) to see what the underlying problem could be. why have the doldrums showed up? what's the feeling behind it? dig a little here....or journal.

3. not beating yourself up about it

your inner critic will try to show up right about now but in acknowledging what's happening (#1) and dealing with it in a proactive, open way (#2) you give her less room to step in and start doing her thing.

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when there's something on our minds but we are in go, go, go mode, that thing we're not thinking about just sits around the periphery waiting it's turn to speak. but it's also taking up a big chunk of the CPU of your brains hence...the doldrums!

one of the many things I’ve learned going thru this life coaching course I'm on is that sometimes we need to just sit with a thing.

yup, just sit in a thing and let it move thru us instead of trying always to push it away. when I push it away that's the work ethic in me rising to the surface and, instead what I should be doing is allowing space for my feelings and working thru them because they are there for a reason.

remember in the previous Soul Speak minisode I talked about when the inner critic shows up she’s trying to tell you something? so are those feelings of listlessness and unrest. But if we constantly push away from feeling them we won't know how to serve ourselves in the long run.

it's as if experiencing those feeling as they come up is our way out.  sometime resistance is necessary and sometimes, love, it just gets in the way.  

 

I have things that need to get done, projects that need to be worked on, ideas I want to get out there into the world.  and a set of doldrums does not help me move in a forward motion.

in the example I give in the Soul Speak video above (click image to listen) I could not cease the doldrums that whole week. I woke up bleh each day.  

it was only when, for the 3rd time in as many days, my son asked if I was okay, I realized I was trying hard not to be bleh but wasn't doing a very good job of pushing it away.  it still showed up.

that's when I paused and knew I had to take 5 or 10 minutes to sit in silence.

I had to help those feelings move thru me rather than crowd around me blocking my view, but also, preventing me from engaging with my family and with the things I wanted to accomplish that week. 

when I eventually let my feelings surface, I realized that I was still upset that hubby and I hadn't resolved an issue before he left on a business trip.  this unresolved issue was still sitting around taking up space in my mind and not allowing me to completely focus on my work (AND, this girl ain't got no time for that!!) 

when you're hit with the doldrums...

move thru your feelings. write down what's coming up about them but definitely don't brush them aside. they are present for a reason. your job is to find out why and help them process thru you. let them instead be a beacon of light to move you away from the darkness that continues to shade and obscure.  

let your moments of doubt and uncertainty propel you forward, lift you up, shine a light on what needs to happen for fulfilment and possibility and truth to reign.

when those bleh feelings come up, allow them space, but be prepared to listen to their message. they are telling you something you need to pay attention to, those inner whisperings of your Soul.

we human beings are a funny, complicated bunch but we do have tools and resources to help us ride the wave.  go write.  write what your heart needs to express and let them guide you to shore to begin again and, 

........trust that the Universe has your back.

take care,

Grace

* please know when I talk about the doldrums I'm not talking about depression, which is a serious condition.  if you feel you are experiencing ongoing depressive thoughts, please contact a mental health professional.

how to work WITH your inner critic

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do you find that your inner critic shows up the most when you are stressed to the max?

I know with certainty that lady IC picks that exact moment to show up, but the problem is, I still need to get some work done. 

she's got some serious power that one, and SHE KNOWS IT too.  she can start in on those regular patterns of self-doubt and before you know it you're a slip slide away from overwhelm. 

is this you too?

she knows exactly how to get you to back down and one of her faves is to use the old "who do you think you are" ploy.  it's at that point that, despite the reasoning, the why's of any given situation, you tend to give in cause you know....she's won, again.  

then you might start down this road instead....

  • "the nerve of me thinking I can attempt this gargantuan { not really but that's how she makes it out to be } task...."
  • "the nerve of me thinking I can ask for what I need.
  • "the flipping nerve of me thinking I deserve anything good. 

You can choose to continue down the same road road with your inner critic and end up at the same place...nowhere, and still stuck.

...but I have a better solution.

take a listen to the latest minisode of Soul Speak with Grace where I give a a few suggestions on how to deal more effectively with YOUR inner critic.

 
 

remember, don't forget to keep journaling your heartwords. 

Take care,

Grace

 

p.s.  If, after watching the video, your finding that you need help sorting through things in your life in a deeper way to help uncover your whys, let's talk and find out just what your inner critic is so worked up about. Schedule your call here.

Stepping up to the plate and swinging

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In any given moment we have 2 choices ...to step forward into growth, or back into safety ~ Abraham Maslow

in one of my coach training sessions recently where I was the client I got some serious clarity around something that has been an ongoing issue for me for a while, one that you've heard me talk about here on the blog.

....shining my light.  I have struggled with this for a long as I can remember.

now don't get me wrong, I WANT to be out there, to step up to the plate and swing and hit the hell outta that ball. and I mean an outta-the-ball-park kinda swing.  but what stops me every single time is that same onerous thing that hangs me up every time....shining my light.

my coach asked me a question and, after a little pondering, it felt like a ton of bricks had fallen on my head. thunk!  the shining my light thing is not present in Grace, the person who lives her life every day, solid in knowing who she is.

she fricking rocks the light!  

she is very comfortable shining as bright as she can, at any time.  this issue only comes into play these days when she, when I put on my Grace in business hat.

duh!  that was such a revelation to me.  the 2 Grace's are in so very different realms.  

now granted, I've worked on myself  { and my self confidence } a lot over the last 20+ years, so much so that being the center of attention and doing my thang just doesn't bother me anymore. { phew!  that's good to know cause boy was I a wallflower }.

what I didn't know, until i had that discussion with my coach last week, was that there were 2 parts of me.  I truly thought they were one and the same.  that the confident, authentic me was the same person I was in business.

now don't get me wrong, being authentic and real in business are personal core values I bring to the table every day.

what I came away with from that session is that business Grace sometimes most times avoids the light.  what I also know is that business Grace has gotta step up to the damn plate and just swing.

you ever just get so tired of the battle waging inside of you that you just wanna say, eff it...gimme the bat and let me just take a swing?

yup, that's how I'm feeling right about now.  because sometimes that's what the moment calls for.

enough bullshitting around, enough studying and researching and making everything perfect so the outcome could be perfect as well.  

STEP UP TO THE PLATE....and just swing already!

stop waiting for the ultimate time, the right circumstances, getting all the fricking ducks in a row only to find out one is missing and then wanting to hide out some more { this one is so me }

do it!  swing.

...let go of not knowing the outcome.

...let go of wanting perfection { it's overrated ya know }.

...let go of wishing and wanting and never doing.

...let go of the rumble deep down inside that happens every time you think about setting foot outside your comfort zone 

...let go of the doubt and the anxiety

...let go of the thoughts of embarrassment of IT not happening { or IT happening and failing ....yeh, that one too }

...let go of control { this one is H a r d }

it's all good. you know why? cause you can have a do over.

heck, you can have as many do overs as you like...it's your baby, your thing to birth, your thing to bring light to, your turn to shine.

SHINE baby, shine.

cause that's what biz Grace is going to do.  watch me glow. 

remember, you got this. { no really, you do }

take care,

Grace


p.s. the next Soul Speak with Grace minisode that also talks about this subject is up. Check it out here.

did you know....

that in order to help you swing the heck outta that bat you'll need to bring on the SELF love?  yup, you do. 

for a limited time i'll be offering to all JOY Love Tribe members a 25% discount on my SELF Love Kit and it's companion e-course, 5 Days of SELF-Love.  the course is a beautiful process to help you turn some Love inward { with compassion } so you can step up and swing!

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Courage to release the familiar and embrace the new

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It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is not meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and the exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power ~ Andy Cohen

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...in change there is power.

mmmmh.....yes.

in yesterday's minisode of Soul Speak with Grace i talk about paying attention and course correcting, and how in order to manifest that change we first need to see, then do.  that means paying attention to what's going on in you and around you, then course correct when needed.

 
 

as i mention in the video, one of my favourite ways to bring in a new season is to check in on my WOTY.  this year my word of the year is "and..." such a simple word but I think it speaks volumes for my life in 2017.  but you might be asking right about now.....

what does my WOTY have to do with paying attention and course correcting?

in order to course correct one needs to pay attention to where you are.  as well, you need to have some sort of inkling of where you want to be.

my WOTY does that for me and it's why i constantly check in with it.  right now in particular because the life coaching training i'm participating in will be transitioning in about a month to a different aspect of the program.

because i want to connect this new adventurous phase of mine with the journaling part of my business, this paying attention gets me to begin thinking about how i want to implement this change { the 2nd part of this 2-parter....course correcting }.  so my question for you is...

what do you need to pay more attention to?

where do you need to hold up the mirror or, better yet, a magnifying glass in your life, in your job or your business, in your relationships, in your health in order to begin course correcting?

because when we tune in, it's these Soul whispers that ultimately guides and steer us along our path....if we choose to listen.

it's your turn.  get out your journal and write the heartwords that will help create a clearer picture for you to begin your course correcting.

[bctt tweet="In change there is power  ~Andy Cohen " username="kgracehowes"]

toodles, Grace

p.s.  don't forget to leave a note in the comments { or by email } on what comes up for you after listening to the video

did you know....

every JLT Note will now include some new, fun things like journaling prompts & videos, valuable resources, challenges, tips and suggestions to take your journaling habit to the next level? why yes!

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Something new is brewing and you're gonna like it

 it's been a while hasn't it?

life. it gets you. and you have to deal in or check out.

#coopthedog and something new

for a while there circumstances had me checking into life hard and deep { we lost a family member in december } and everything else had to take a back seat so that i could support them and be supported myself as we planned for a thing we wished we didn't have to.

today, we're all still going thru the motions while also trying to pick up the millions pieces our lives got shattered into.

fresh perspective is what sorrowful events like this gives you.  when i got back home to my studio in january i took time to evaluate how i wanted this blog to exist, if even i wanted it to at all.

i started this blog back in 2007, or the iteration it was before i made it part of my business officially.  back then it was a place to showcase my art quilts and sell my hand dyed fabrics.  it has definitely evolved since then but, unfortunately for me, how i thought about it hadn't changed. this led to it becoming a chore and a hit and miss on when i posted.  no good right?

for the new year i made the decision not to blog anymore. i told my business mastermind group my decision and it felt good.  the pressure was off.  i could commit to just posting on insta { love that space!!!! }

but.....

i missed the sharing i did here, in this imperfect space i call my online home.

i had so compartmentalised myself, pushing what i did here into existing in a tiny, tiny space that it became claustrophobic to even think of coming here, let alone writing something and posting it.

now, after a brief time away, i'm beginning to think that i still need this space, but in a different way { that's the power of journaling ... it helps infuse fresh perspective } and i came away with 2 thoughts...

  • i realized that i needed to stop trying to be like those blogs i read.
  • i realized that i needed to stop trying to do things on my blog like those blogs i was trying to emulate.

they do their blog their way.  what i know now is i need not be so rigid in the how and the what i bring to this space because ....i've figured out my why.  phew!

{ p.s.watch this Soul Speak with Grace video to hear about my why }

i share this only to say that..........something new is brewing.

{ remember...fresh perspective }

Choose light and something new

in the above mini-episode of Soul Speak i talk about ..."on choosing light", cause ya know sometimes some things are just a slow dawning.

i'll be sharing a lot more videos with you { like my Soul Speaks }

...and sharing what i know about journaling and how fricking awesome it is { that's Journal Circle }

...and be more consistent in sending out the JLT Notes { aka the old Updates & Happenings newsletter }.

but, but, but...the biggest way i'm authentically choosing to share AND step into my light { cause i know my why! } is thru my new and most passionate calling ... being a life coach  { see * below }.

journaling has always been a part of my life and sharing this awesome and powerful way to discover more of who YOU are is what i'm supposed to be doing.

and life coaching is...well it's who i am meant to be.

remember oprah's what i know for sure?  this is mine.  { cannot tell you how good it feels to say that out loud.  mmmmh! }

so how are you coming into this picture?

for one, there is the Journal Circle, my way to give back and gather with kindreds in community.  we come together on zoom for about an hour and nurture and support and love and journal and art together.  you'll need to register first and then you'll be automatically notified when the next one will take place.

right now it's free to join us in Circle. we're still growing so i'm trying to find the best times for repeating our journal jOY......once a month or every 2 weeks.  and ya know what.....i would love to have you join us.

plus, fill out the form below to join the JOY Love Tribe and begin receiving JLT Notes on a regular.  thanks for being here and for seeing me.  I hope to see much more of you in the coming months.

toodles,

Grace

btw....that cutie in the pic above is our dog cooper.  that face right?


* life coaching has fast become a passion of mine to be able to help women discover and dig deep into who they are in an authentic and supported way, to help find your joy.  right now i'm in training with kate swoboda of your courageous life and am loving this experience, this new adventure { holy smokes the girl goes deep! }.

one of the things we are now doing as trainees is to take on new outside clients.  i'll be offering my coaching services at a discounted rate while i'm in training.  if you find you're in need support around an issue in your life and want to test the coaching waters, i would love to help you gain clarity and focus and heart-centered wholeness.  find out more here.

your gifts & bad-assery {yup, i said it}

create a practice of recording even the boring and mundane bitsbecause these are a part of the life you live

~ jeanette leblanc ~

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i’m journaling out loud for 2 reasons: 1. to let you see how easy it is to begin a journaling practice and 2. to challenge you to commit to writing your heartwords daily.  JOIN ME.

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After listening to the book "Year of Yes" by Shonda Rhimes these last few days I am blown away by the realization of how many people both famous and regular ordinaries like me have this thing with hiding their light, Shonda Rhimes being one of them. Who the heck knew???? It just goes to show that you can never, ever judge a book by its front cover.

I mean really, look at me, forever in the shadows looking out and only letting the spotlight catch me ever so fleetingly. These last couple of years have been revealing to me in that I realize I won't melt or shrink or even die from exposure (haha). Seriously tho, I knew I wouldn't but the brain is a funny instrument in our lives in how it picks up so well on our insecurities and blows them all out of proportion. We have to work hard at seeing the other more positive side of things more often I think.

I've been figuring out and trying to answer this one question about me the last few years and listening to her book it felt wonderful knowing that I was able to so clearly state in that moment what mine are. Phew! This process has been hard and rocky and stagnant and exasperating had me flailing about at times but it's oh so exciting when I could finally hone in on my soul special gifts. Yes. Yes. Yes, Yes. Yes.

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what are your gifts?

what is it that only you have, that you get to share, that is the awesomeness of you?

if you don't know, your job, today, right now is to go on a quest to find out and proclaim it loudly, often & with intention.  your Soul demands it of you!

know why! cause only you have the gift of YOU.  nobody else is like you, nobody thinks like you do, nobody feels like you do.  know that you are special and be grateful for The Universe blessing you with your gifts, your powerful awesomeness. 

the corresponding mini episode on SOUL speak is about honing in on our Gifts and showing up with some serious bad-assery?  { listen to audio below or click here to watch video }

 
 

that’s it for now.

toodles,

G


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p.s.  i want to share with you a page from the daily om that speaks so beautifully about using your own unique gifts to express yourself and to share with your community.  enjoy the read.  http://bit.ly/dailyOmGifts

 

what's your superpower?

{ this week's minisode i talked about my superpower and thought this repost was in order }

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about 4 years ago perusing some blogs i came across this question...

what's your superpower?

immediate thoughts that came up for me were:

....what the heck is that? ....personal superpower actually exist?....do i even have a superpower?

in that moment questions, or rather lots of puzzlement came up because i didn't know much about it and that everyone had one, plus, which led to THE question that stuck .....what the heck was mine???  i remember sitting there with that duh look on my face trying to figure out how me and this question fit together.

because it puzzled me so you would think that i went off in search of what my superpower was right? nope. after a couple of days i let the question falter.  i left it by the side of the road where i met it and walked on.  c'est la vie, right?

fast forward to late last year, in my previous mastermind group, this question met up with me again. darn!

What's Your SuperPower?

and lo and behold, as i read the question this time, something immediately popped into my head.

my superpower is being quiet.

what?????  seems since my 1st encounter with that question it must have done some subconscious pondering because i knew.  i just knew.

in the last few months i have been concentrating on a quest i set out to do.  i got it in my head that i want to create a Journaling REVOLUTION, gathering people together and getting them to embrace the awesome power of journaling.

{ click here to hear what my friend liz recorded for me.  so cool! }

it dawned on me today......my superpower and my purpose are beginning to align. { how wonderfully perfectly awesome is that! }.

i want people...ah, scratch that ...i want YOU....to know that being quiet, getting introspective and reflecting on circumstances, events, thoughts that happen to you and writing about them is one of the most beneficial, empowering, awe inspiring acts of self love you can do for yourself.

to go quiet, to head inward and sit a while; to allow your SOUL center, your inner goddess complete access to your outer reality can help to inform your being on such a deep, magical level it can be....well, orgasmic { yeh, i went there }.  that centerspace is where your superpower reigns.  this is what The JOY Work Circle is about.

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being quiet and writing your heartwords.

yes....this.

so...... what's your superpower?

{ leave a comment below, or feel free to email me, to share your thoughts on your brilliant superpower and how SHE helps you be you }

take care,

G


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daily snippets :: nov 14

create a practice of recording even the boring and mundane bitsbecause these are a part of the life you live

~ jeanette leblanc ~

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i’m journaling out loud for 2 reasons: 1. to let you see how easy it is to begin a journaling practice and 2. to challenge you to commit to writing your heartwords daily.  JOIN ME.

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events of the last week has led me to some serious introspection on my part. one of my takeaways (among a few others I've been thinking about) is to try to listen better to those with differing opinions.

I did that, really listened to my kids while they were growing up and I think I now need to try to impart that same thinking, on a much bigger scale, to the world I inhabit. It's one of the ways I can continue to contribute as an individual living her life the best she can.

soooo many other thoughts swirling about I cannot contain them all in this journal right now. later, later. maybe I can get them all out but for now, LISTEN better.

 

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what about you?  are you listening ...to your heart?  ...to your intuition?  ....to the people around you?  ....to the world collective?  ....to the planet? how can you, in this very moment as you read these words, allow for more listening to take place within you, around you, by you? 

5 tenets to better listening

i share 5 tenets in this minisode about how to be a better listener (+ I go into more detail on each)

  • be curious
  • stay informed
  • allow for silence
  • be open to possibility
  • trust your intuition

I believe in living these everyday.  The one for me that is most important for my daily sanity is No. 3...allow for silence.

For some this is meditation. for me at times, it literally is about just being quiet.  this means each hour in my day doesn't have to be filled with music or audiobooks or a podcast or talking or working. 

Sometimes the best stuff that comes out of me is when I allow the silence of minutes or an hour to envelop me.  It is me and my creativity, whether at my art table or at my desk ...and golden, beautiful silence.

i invite you to listen to your SOUL whisperings.  make it a daily practice and afterwards, go write your heartwords.

That’s it for now.

toodles,

G

the corresponding mini episode on SOUL speak is about listening, or more to the point, how can i be a better listener?  { listen to audio below or click here to watch video }

 
 

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