6 Signs Your Soul is Craving Solitude

CaleyPowerPointTemplateHave you ever noticed that something magical seems to happen every year about this time?  

We head into hibernation mode.   Big time.

It’s like our souls- as a collective- are craving solitude. 

And they’re not shy about demanding asking for it.

I know it’s happening to me.  

And, it seems to be happening to everyone I know.

My personal theory is that this is our soul’s way of introducing us- or reconnecting us- to our soul goals.  

You know, our purpose.  

Solitude is how our spirit connects the resolutions we set a few weeks ago to our purpose.  

If we let it, solitude shows us our blocks + our hurdles. 
It’ll show us what we need to say goodbye to.  
And, what we need to say hello to. 
It’s the beginning of taking the training wheels off our dreams.
And starting to imagine exactly what “this or something better” means.

 

I find this period of solitude to be deeply healing.  

When I lean into it.   When I embrace it.   When stop fighting and just allow it.

 

The problem is most of us fight- like crazy- this sacred call.   We avoid it.   Judge it. We shame it and ourselves for even having such a craving.  And we worry that turning into it means we’ll always feel this way.

 

I have yet to find a way out of this space without leaning into it.

 

Both personally.   And for my clients.  

 

It’s like the Devil’s Snare in Harry Potter.   The more you resist and fight it the more it’ll constrict around you. Relaxing + allowing yourself to be in this space is the way through it.   Leaning into it is the way out.

 

Same with solitudes calling.   Leaning into it is the way out.

Here’s 6 signs your soul is demanding totally craving solitude.

1.  You’re irritable.    At everyone.   Not mad really.   Just irritated- constantly.

 

2.  You’re tired.   No matter how much you sleep.   No matter how much downtime you have.   You just can’t seem to get it up.

 

3.  You’re zoning out.    A lot.   Especially during usually enjoyable downtime activities like watching TV or reading.

 

4.  You’re anti-social.   Nothing sounds better than a long weekend barricaded cuddled up at home.

 

5.  You’re lethargic.   About everything.

 

6.  You’re worried about how you’re feeling AND have no desire to change it.

 

Don’t change it…. Lean into it.


Use this sacred time to connect with you.

 

Journal.  Daydream.  Meditate, or learn to meditate.  Pray.  Seek spiritual support from others.  Visualize growing.  Talk to yourself- A LOT.  Stretch- physically, emotionally + spiritually.   Listen.

 

Like in nature, this solitude is a beautiful season.   A season of your soul speaking directly to you. 

All you have to do is….. allow it.

Is Your Confidence Keeping You Stuck?

Lately, I’m obsessed with this quote from Marianne Williamson:

“With every attitude we demonstrate faith- either faith in what can go wrong or faith in what can go right. Our problem is that we tend to have tremendous faith in the power of our disasters and far too little faith in the power of miracles.”

 

Um, hello Marianne.   Spot on much?

 

Personally, I’ve totally fallen victim to this mentality in the past.   Still do, sometimes.

I’m safe, housed, fed, clothed, loved, passionate, employed and yet it’s way easier to be confident that the other shoe WILL drop than it is to feel confident that things will go my way.

 

What gives?  


What makes us ignore all the parts of our life that are going swimmingly and focus on those stubborn parts that are still a work in progress?

 

The short answer: our brains.

 

It’s the survival-focused part of our brains that is always on the look out for physical danger so we can- you know- stay alive.  

 

Yeah.

Pretty important, beautiful, loving and totally necessary brain functioning.  

AND, it can totally screw us when it comes to living a secure, calm, peaceful and abundant life.

 

Here’s the thing friend: just ‘cause your brain has got the whole look-for-danger thing down to a science doesn’t mean it has to be the only stance, viewpoint or input you accept.  

 

There are 1000’s of ways each day that things go right for us.   Even on the crappy days there are still SO MANY things that go right.


It’s our job to strengthen + deepen our faith in what can go right and develop our trust muscle.


Here’s 3 easy steps for strengthening your trust in what can go right.

 

  1. Thank your brain.

 

See our brains don’t actually care about our happiness.   That’s not what they’re about. 

Our brains are designed (amazingly well) to keep our physical body alive ‘n’ kickin’.  

 

Every time we shush ‘em they get worried we didn’t get the message and might be in danger so they replay the message, even louder.  It can become a never ending battle if you let it.  

 

Instead of shushing, judging, shaming or blaming your beautiful brain start thanking it.

Acknowledge it.  

Let it know you got the message.  

This way you can finally start working together + paying attention to what can (and totally does) go right.

 

  1. Thank the universe.

 

There’s no better way to show yourself how many things go right each day than to start tracking ‘em.  

A super simple way to do this is to challenge yourself to find a minimum of 100 things PER DAY to thank the Universe for.

 

Anything from:

  • hot water
  • cold water
  • indoor plumbing
  • your breaks or blinkers working in your car
  • the lock on your door working
  • the chair that is literally supporting your ass right now.
The list could go on and on and on……  

 

Spend some time each day pointing out to your inner safety officer all the things totally going right.

 

  1. Create a motto.

 

Inevitably there will be times with your faith + trust are tested.   During these times a motto- some simple reminder that all is well- is so incredibly helpful for keeping in faith.

 

My personal favorite came from a sermon by Joel Osteen, I call it “even now faith.”  (Might even be the title of the sermon.)   Basically, it’s an even now, in this scary, uncertain, I can’t predict the future place I know all is working out for my highest good.   I might not see the reason or plan but I trust that the Universe does.

Talk about working that ol’ trust muscle out.   You’ll be feeling the burn, and the hope, in no time.  :)

It’s Not You: 2 Signs You’re Hitting A Glass Ceiling

You’ve heard the term “glass ceiling” but what exactly is it?

 

In short: it’s a blind spot.

 

It’s something that feels so normal to you that you don’t even realize that there’s another way.

 

It keeps you stuck. 

On repeat.

Doing the same old thing, over and over, hoping that this time you get a different result. This time things will change.

 

The more we fear NOT being in control, the more these internal limits rule us.  


Like those invisible dog fences.   Our glass ceilings give us the illusion of safety as long as we stay in our own yards.

 

And yet, in order to change your life, increase your joy, get in the flow of abundance and accept prosperity into our lives we’ve got to take the limits off ourselves.   We’ve got to be willing to venture out past our own yards + be open to what comes our way.

 

Tricky. Tricky. Tricky. No?

 

The first step in taking the limits off yourself is starting to understand + recognize your limits.  All of ‘em.

 

Now I know it can sound tempting to just blow past these bad boys and never look back. But here’s the thing, you can’t truly leave ‘em behind without knowing what they look like.   When you skip this step they just pop up in a different outfit and you unknowingly welcome right back in.


Identification is key.   Which means starting to learn what they feel like.

So let’s dig into the two most common signs that you’re hitting a glass ceiling + break down exactly what they feel like.
(And what they’re actually about.)

 

  1. When what you want isn’t happening.

 

To me, this one feels like literally running into a wall.  

 

I’ve got the energy, the plan, am taking action and then…. thud.   It just sorta…. stops.

Like I’ve run into an invisible wall and literally can’t go any farther.

 

What’s happening here is that we’ve got one idea, one belief, one plan of attack and all our eggs are in this basket.  

 

We say things like,

 

“I’ve just got to____”

“They just need to”

“That’s not it, I’ve already worked on that.”

“I don’t know how.”

“I don’t know what I want.”

“I’m stuck.”

 

Basically, we are eyeball deep into must-look-a-certain-way-land without even knowing it.


In other words: we’re desperately seeking control vs. our goal and totally unaware of it.

 

 

  1. I feel nervous it might actually happen.

 

To me, this one feels like butterflies.  Big time.

 

When I picture getting what I want I feel so squirmy, so unsettled, so uncomfortable that I end up sabotaging any chance of getting it.  

 

What’s happening here is that the fear of leaving our comfort zone is so fierce that we find ways + reasons to stay exactly where we are.

 

We say things like,

 

“That’s hard.”

“I’ll never be able to do that.”

“I hate change.”

“Yeah but HOW do I do that?”

“ Other people don’t do that.”

 

Much like a look-at-that-shiny-object distraction we keep the focus on why we can’t have it, it won’t work, or what’s missing so that we never actually have to take any steps towards having it.   We talk a big game.   With no actual follow through.

 

Here’s the thing, my friends: neither of these glass ceilings is right or wrong, good or bad, better or worse, about you not being good enough, or impassable.  

 

When you’re willing to start looking at where you actually are.

Right. Now.

And, own what’s actually going on your life starts changing.  Instantly.  

Why Resolutions Don’t Stick: The Step You’re Missing

CaleyPowerPointTemplateDoes this sound familiar?

A new year rolls around and you.  are.  ready.

You’re ready to make THIS the year that you keep your resolution(s).

 

You’ve got a plan.   You’ve told your friends.   Dished out the money.  Signed up for the class.   Bought the gear.   Whatever’s needed to make 2015 your bitch.  

 

Then, quicker than you’d like + sooner than you feared, 2015 starts to feel like every other year….

 

Here’s the thing my friends.   All this planning + being ready good stuff.   Really good stuff.   And, planning alone won’t get ya to your goals.

 

See, you’re forgetting one key step in changing your life:  saying goodbye to the old you.

 

Diving into a new year, new resolution, new goal, new pattern or habit without saying goodbye to the old you is kinda like diving into a new relationship without breaking up with your previous one.

 

It’s messy. 

Confusing. 

And there’s this sorta half-assed really unfocused energy weighing you down. 

So you can’t fully commit or get totally behind your new plan. 

 

You want it.  The new plan.   AND the pull to stay in your comfort zone is crazy intense.

 

It’s impossible to stay the non-worker-outer, non-promotion, non-savings, lots-o’-debt you AND become the in-shape, I-got-a-fat-promotion, have-lots-o’-savings, all-my-debt-is-paid-in-full you.

 

You gotta let go of the old you in order to make room for the new you. 

 

The truth is: whoever you were- outta shape, under paid, in debt to your eyeballs- you were this ‘cause it served you.  

 

In some way shape or form it kept you comfortable.  Happy enough.  Safe enough.   Secure enough.  And feeling in control.

 

If it didn’t you wouldn’t have made it your comfort zone.  Period.

 

So now that you want more for yourself (which is so awesome, BTW),  more than just enough, you’ve gotta acknowledge all the ways this old-self + old comfort zone served you.

 

Thank ‘em.

 

And say goodbye to ‘em.   Literally.

 

“Goodbye sleep-in instead of work out me.”

“Goodbye keep spending money with no plan me.”  

“Goodbye lower pay grade than I’m worth me.”


It’s your way of declaring to yourself + the universe you’re ready for more.  You’re willing to leave your comfort zone behind.  And cleansing your body + energy of the old you.  

Whenever you feel resistance, consider stopping, or think you can’t do it, just come back to these goodbyes.  As often as needed.  Every hour if that’s what it takes. 

 

“Goodbye old me. You’ve been my constant. You’ve been my comfort. And for that I thank you.”

 

3 Must-Have Components to Setting Resolutions You Can Totally Meet

It’s my favorite time of year: resolution time!

 

Time to start fresh.  Dream of who we want to become.   And, set some goals to get us there.

 

We tend to start off strong + determined.   Then, somewhere around the 3rd week of Jan our enthusiasm wears off and we find ourselves…. well…. NOT reaching our goals.   Again.

 

Which brings up the ol’ belief + fear that there’s something wrong with us.   We’re weak. Worthless. Not good enough.   A failure.   You get the picture.

 

 

The totally liberating truth, my friends, is that there’s nothing wrong with you.   (Promise.)


You just need to learn HOW to set goals.

 

It’s not as simple as saying, “I want to loose weight.

There’s more to it.  Way more.

The more you understand + up your goal setting process, the more success you’ll have reaching those babies.

 

Here’s 3 must-have components to setting resolutions you can totally meet:

 

  1. Know how you want to feel vs. what you want to get.

 

Let’s just say your resolution is to drop 20 lbs.   Awesome.   Ask yourself these follow up questions:

 

Why do I want this?   How do I want to feel?

 

Most likely your answers will be some sort of desire to feel “better.”  Stronger.  Healthier.  More confident.

 

Dropping 20 lbs, while a great goal, is only part of feeling better, stronger, healthier and more confident.  

 

There’s way more that goes into what you really want- to feel better.  

 

When we’re aware of + in alignment with what we really want to feel we can start feeling that way…. NOW.

 

On the road to reaching our end goal.

 

Every choice, option, decision or plan simply becomes a question of will that make me closer or farther from how I want to ultimately feel.

 

  1. “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.” AKA  There’s more than one way to reach your resolutions.

 

When you give yourself just one way to achieve what you really want- like the weight loss resolution- you paint yourself into a corner.  

 

You saying there’s one path, one option, one chance for success.  “I must loose 20 lbs or continue to hate myself + feel like crap!”

 

Yeah.  So not how success works.  And so not motivating.

 

The truth is there are heaps of ways to feel better.   Now.

And leaving out all the options but one- like diet + exercise- doesn’t make us feel better.   It makes us feel so much worse.

Welcoming all our options supports us + makes it so much harder not to reach our goal.


  1. Time is your bestie. Use it to help you!

 

Usually when we set a goal we “to infinity and beyond” ourselves.  

We say something like, “I’m going to start working out 5 days/week. From now on.”   AKA Forever.

 

Yeah.  Our brains don’t comprehend forever.

 

And, when we leave the door that wide open it’s easy to say, “Well, missing this one day isn’t that big of a deal.”  Yeah…. We all know how that one turns out….

 

Setting specific, shorter, manageable, achievable time periods that you can totally get your come-hell-or-high-water- I-WILL-do-this attitude on is major.

 

It’s the key to keeping you focused + moving.

 

So, if you didn’t work out at all last year, ask yourself how long can you come-hell-or-high-water commit to working out for this year?

 

Then, when that period of time is up you re-evaluate, re-calculate and re-commit to another specific period of time.

 

Friends, it really isn’t you, your will power, your worth, or your character that determines if you reach your resolutions.   It’s all in how you go about tackling these slippery little suckers.  

You can do this.  I know you can!  :)

 

 

How to Change Your Life

CaleyPowerPointTemplateThis December I’m feeling extra nostalgic about saying goodbye to another year.

2014 has been one of the hardest AND most amazing years of my life.  


They often go that way, no?   The hardest things- that you’d never want to go through again- are also the things that you’re most grateful for.     Totally sums up 2014 for me.


I am deeply and utterly grateful for 2014 and all I’ve learned.   And, so grateful it’s over.

So, in this week of gift giving, I want to give you a very special gift.   I want to share some of my most favorite sources of growth, healing and life changing with you:  books.

Books I love.

Books that’ve changed my life.

Books I cherish.

“Ideas are changed, not by ‘will,’ but by other ideas.” ~ Maxwell Maltz

Books are opportunities.   New ideas.   And, some of the cheapest therapy around. 

Reading new books- with an open mind + heart- is one of the simplest ways to change your life.  

And here’s the thing:  not all “self-help” books have to be “self-help-y!”

There are truly amazing, make-you-think, open-your-eyes, open-your-heart, change-your-life books out there.  

And these, these are some of my all time favorites….

For opening your heart:

A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson

The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav

A Mini Course for Life by Gerald Jamplsky

Illuminata: A Return to Prayer by Marianne Williamson

Living with Joy by Sanaya Roman


For block busting:

The Art of War by Steven Pressfield

Tapping into Wealth by Margaret Lynch

Ask and it is Given by Ester + Jerry Hicks



For strengthening faith + trust:

The Alchemist by Paulo Choelho

The Shack by Paul Young


For owning your shit:

Gifts of Imperfections by Brene Brown

A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent by Ester + Jerry Hicks

Getting the Love You Want by Harville Hendrix



For developing your intuition + gifts:

The Silva Mind Control Method by Jose Silva

I Declare by Joel Osteen



Honestly, you can’t go wrong with any of these bad boys.  If you’re looking to expand your horizon in 2015 just pick the one that jumps out at ya.   It’ll be the “right” one, promise.  :)

Thank you for being part of my 2014!   

xoxo
Caley

Are You Repelling What You Want Most?

CaleyPowerPointTemplateI have a new motto I’m in love with:  be the water.

This little gem is changing…. everything

See, water takes the path of least resistance.  Always.   

It doesn’t pick a fight with boulders or trees that pop up in its path.   It doesn’t try to change or move the boulder.  

It simply + effortlessly curves its path around the boulder.   

Even when the boulder is so big it can’t see the other side.   Water just keeps bobbing, weaving and bending as needed.  

Not getting angry about it.   Not blaming.   Not trying to win.  

Just following the path in front of it.


Without a doubt my biggest, most difficult and life changing lesson has been learning to allow.  


You know, BE the water. 


Not controlling, not overdoing or over functioning, not tensing up and not resisting.  


(I’ve got LOTS to say about learning to allow.   It involves trust + faith.   It’s how we achieve our goals + manifest our desires.  It’s how we get in the flow of life.   Live joyfully and effortlessly.  It’s a super important principle of the Law of Creativity (better known as the Law of Attraction).  And a valuable skill to master.   There will be future posts on all these things.  I promise!) 


For today I want to talk about how NOT being the water actually repels what you want most.


See, the more I practice being the water, the more I’m aware when I’m NOT the water. 

It usually involves some combo of these words:


  • But
  • can’t
  • don’t
  • that’s not OK
  • I can’t
  • that’s bad
  • that’s wrong
  • that’s crazy
  • I don’t agree
  • you’re wrong

All of these little babies are about resisting what’s happening.   

Resisting what’s coming your way.   Or trying to move the boulder other person.

When we use ‘em, we’re planted. 

In fightin’ stance.  

And nothing’s getting past us.   Nothing.  


Which is the whole point! 


When we resist we blow right past the things we actually want. 

We can’t help it.  Our energy is set to resist, avoid, deflect, reject and so we do this to the things we want most.


For example:

We give a nice Xmas present to someone we care about and we can’t allow in the genuine “Thank you.”  

Or

We’re just about to reach a massive goal and suddenly we switch paths + start all over again.  

Or

We give ourselves whiplash toggling back and forth between action and procrastination.


In a nutshell:  we are achieving our goal.  Nothing IS getting past us.   Not even the things we want.  


Being the water, learning to allow, is the path to having the life you’re dreaming of.   


We’ve got to be willing to allow the thank you’s, success and creative juices into our hearts + our lives.    And stop repelling ‘em.



 

How to Reach Your “Next Level” Goals

It’s New Year’s Resolution time again!  Do you have yours picked out?  

The thing I love about resolutions is they tend to be “next level” focused.   You know, go from good to great.   Average to outstanding.   From couch to 5K.

All awesome goals.  All gorgeous wants.  All things I so want for you! 



AND it takes something different to reach these “next level” goals. 

See, for most of us, we don’t change things in our lives until the pain gets unbearable.

Then, when the pain is bearable, or we feel a little hopeful, we STOP doing whatever it was that got us to this comfort zone.   Which inevitably leads us to a new stuckness + pain.    And the cycle continues….



To get out of this yo-yo pattern and to the next level requires deeply personal practices + rituals.  

Practices to keep you moving forward.   Going after your dreams.   Setting new goals.

And rituals to keep you grounded.   Peaceful.   Faith-filled.  And, kicking resistance in the butt. 

Without either of these we end up toggling back and forth between pain + hopeful, never actually reaching that next level.  

We see it.  

It’s so close.  

We can almost reach out and touch it then… poof! the wheels come off and we’re back to square one.

Can you say frustrating?!

Well, practices + rituals totally help you end this cycle and actually reach the next level when you know how to use ‘em.  



Here’s 4 essentials to creating practices + rituals that’ll get you to the next level:

1.  Make ‘em deeply personal.

In other words, customize ‘em.  Like crazy!    

Copying someone else’s practices doesn’t get us to the next level.  Being a mini-me does not get us to the next level.  Mindlessly + heartlessly doing what your told doesn’t get you to the next level. 

All the next level really is is a better version of you.   So there’s no way to get there without… you

This requires listening.   Listening to yourself.    Your inner child.   Your intuition.   And, asking yourself lots of questions. 

When you hear an idea you like, or something that might work for you, ask yourself how can I make this even better?  
What would make this special for me?  
Is this something I’d LIKE to do?


2.  Make ‘em flexible. 

Give yourself room to groove on these.  

What feels good on a rainy day might be totally different on a sunny day.   What felt good for 3 months might need a little sprucing up now. 

That’s totally and completely Okay.   In fact, that’s key!  

Practices + rituals aren’t ironclad contracts.  They’re fluid ideas about how to keep your wheels from coming off.  

They can + will grow and change as you grow and change.


3.  Make ‘em things you are 100% committed to.   Come hell or high water. 

If you can’t get on board with ‘em 100%, meaning follow though no matter what, then they’re not the right fit for you.  

Keep searching for what does fit and what you can commit 100% to.   Or, see the next essential. 


4.  Make ‘em about clearing your blocks. 

If you’re running into difficultly committing to,  wellanything than you’ve got some blocks you need to clear before you can pass go.  

Make your rituals + practices about recognizing and clearing your blocks, limitations and blind spots.  

Look, we’ve all got internal glass ceilings that keep our next level goals just slightly out of reach.  

Clearing those blocks is HOW we reach the next level.    And usually, it’s the shortest path.

Why I Love the Law of Attraction

CaleyPowerPointTemplateI’ve spent the past couple years digging into the Law of Attraction.  And I gotta say, the more I learn, the more I’m hooked!  

And, the more my life is changing.

You may or may not know this about me, but I’m actually a marriage + family therapist and self proclaimed brain nerd.   

When I started out as a therapist I wanted (+ believed I had to) prove that what I did had value.   So I started learning everything I could about the brain.

I learned some amazing wonderful helpful insightful stuff over the years.   All in science speak.  

Which I hoped (fingers crossed) would give me street cred.  

Turns out, my clients could care less which neurotransmitter was responsible for the emotional feeling they were experiencing.   They just wanted to know what to do about it.    
 

Enter coaching + the Law of Attraction. 


Admittedly, I started down the Law of Attraction (LOA) path to get away from something.  

I was looking for new energy, new ideas and new life for my business + my calling. 

The more I ran FROM my therapy background the more clear it became that this whole Law of Attraction thing IS part of my calling.   (Totally the LOA in action!)

Even cooler: the principles of the LOA are the exact same things all the science books say.   Just in different- relatable- language. 

So, now….  I’m in.   Totally.   

And today I’m sharing this new found love with you.  

My hope is that it helps you stop running from what exhausts you and helps you start moving towards what you DO want.  Even if the LOA isn’t part of your calling.

4 reasons I love the Law of Attraction:

1.  There’s more than meets the eye. 

The Law of Attraction is actually just one principle in what’s called the Law of Creating.   Cliff notes version: there are universal laws for creating…. anything.   Everything.  Including your life.

This single principle, that what you put out comes back to you, is just the tippy top of the iceberg.   So cool! 

2.  Accountability + Compassion = Empowerment

Now, this seems to be the fork in the road when it comes to the LOA.   Either we get on board with the idea that we are responsible for what we are creating in our lives- even the tough stuff- OR we write the Law of Attraction off as total BS.

So here’s the thing about this: for your life to change, YOU have to change.  LOA or no LOA.  

Accountability is the key to healing, growing and getting unstuck.  Period.  

So I love this part of the LOA.   And I love the clients who welcome this piece of insight.   ‘Cause armed with this knowledge + willingness to look at ourselves we kick some serious personal growth booty. 

**Check out this post for more on my above accountability equation.

3.  It’s all about the bass feelings.

I’m all about feelings.  It’s why I became a therapist in the first place. 

What I love about the LOA is that it uses our feelings as guides.  It asks us to listen to ourselves, our bodies + our emotions and use them as our guidance system.  

Instead of judging and trying to outrun the yucky feelings we walk towards them, with curiosity + compassion, and ask them what they need, so they can heal + change.

4.  It helps me like myself better. 

When I’m living these principles I’m in a state of grace.  Allowing.   Non-resistance.   Love.   And it feels so darn good!

LOA asks us to recognize + acknowledge our fear based actions- which, BTW, make us feel totally crappy- and choose a more loving stance instead.  Simple.  Beautiful.  Not always easy.  

But always always worth it.


What Brings Out the Best in You?


CaleyPowerPointTemplateIt’s that time of year.  

You know, when gratitude make a major comeback.

We jump on this giving thanks float every year.   And, my guess is that every year your thanks head in the same general direction: family, friends, health, being together….  

What if this year you shake things up big time and give thanks for the hurdles you’ve experienced?

If you’re anything like me you’ve learned to reframe the setbacks you experience.  To see ‘em as lessons.  Opportunities.  For both growth and learning.   (I love a good reframe!)

But, do you ever give thanks for ‘em?  

I know I didn’t.  Until recently.

Thanks to Joel Osteen, I’m seeing these hurdles in a totally new light.   And giving thanks for them like crazy!

See, we’re all basically like seeds.   Waiting to grow.

And how do you get a seed to grow?   Plant ‘em of course.

When you think about it, being planted feels a lot like the dark spots in our lives.

Shoved into a tight, dark, cramped place.  Covered with shit dirt.

Totally disoriented.   Alone.  Potentially lost.

Our only guidance system comes from within ourselves.  

We have to reach within + trust ourselves.  We have to find a way to break our old shell and let our inner brilliance out in order to get back to the light.   Just like a seed.

So simple.  So beautiful.   So clarifying.

So now, I find myself giving thanks for being planted.  Constantly!

I’m thankful for the darkness.  For the shit dirt piled on me.  

Because it’s all part of how I grow.   It’s exactly what I needed in order to become the best me.

Thank you.   Thank you Universe for planting me!


“I like the good times a lot better.   But it wasn’t the good times that brought out the best in me.”  -Joel Osteen