Wake Up To Your Desires and Choose to Change Through Joy

Wake Up To Your Desires and Choose to Change Through Joy

So often, we wait to make changes in our lives until it’s absolutely necessary. We become trapped in soul-sucking jobs, draining relationships, or paralyzing financial situations, and hit that point of something NEEDS to change. Or maybe we face a health crisis, or lose a family member or a loved one, and suddenly have a wake-up call that this life is not forever, and that we better get started living it.

Why is it that we so often need to experience such dramatic pain in order to make changes in our lives? What if we could do it differently? What if we could change through joy instead?

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Rejecting My Vision and Pushing Through My Upper Limit Problem

Rejecting My Vision and Pushing Through My Upper Limit Problem

I have a confession to make: for the past two months, my vision board has been suffocating in the trunk of my car. My dreams. My goals. My vision. It was all locked away, underneath flattened moving boxes, used grocery bags, and those dirty tennis shoes I sometimes use for hiking but never bring inside because they’re covered in mud. Yuck.

I don’t know about you, but re-reading the above paragraph makes me feel pretty lame. It makes me feel like a failure. Like I’d given up on my dreams, on my business, on myself.

But actually, I hadn’t given up on my dreams or my vision. In reality, I had encountered an Upper Limit Problem, and I had no idea it was happening.

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The Hardest Part of Being an Entrepreneur

The Hardest Part of Being an Entrepreneur

I was recently featured on a live panel of female entrepreneurs who had left the corporate world to start their own online businesses. One of the questions that the organizer asked really struck a chord in me. What is the greatest challenge you’ve faced since starting your business, and how have you overcome it?

Since I left the corporate world to pursue the entrepreneur lifestyle full-time, I’ve faced my fair share of challenges with technology, time management, finances, lead generation, and digital marketing. But none of that seems to affect me - at least not in a major way. The biggest challenge that I’ve struggled with so far as an entrepreneur is the management of uncertainty.

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Your Life on the Other Side of Fear

Your Life on the Other Side of Fear

We are all so afraid of fear that we push it away. We pretend it’s not there. We make up beliefs and stories to try and protect ourselves from ever getting hurt again, but by doing so, we live in the shadow of fear and let it control our every thought.

 

We become masters at suppressing our feelings. We push away and resist the things that bring up any negative emotions, and we obsess over chasing after external things that we think will bring us happiness instead. We create a larger and larger gap between how things are now, and how they need to be in the future in order for us to feel happy. Which leads to never feeling enough, always needing to do more, and constantly remaining unfulfilled.

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How to ACTUALLY Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

How to ACTUALLY Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

"Feel the fear and do it anyway."  I'm sure you've heard this, or something similar to this, before. It's one of my favorite quotes and I repeat it pretty much daily. As an entrepreneur and recovering perfectionist, this has become one of my life mantras to encourage me to take inspired action in my life and business despite my fear.
But how can you tell the difference between good fear and bad fear? If I "feel the fear" of jumping off a bridge into shark-infested waters, should I still just "do it anyway"? Is that somehow going to make me happier or live a better life?

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What I Learned About the Universe from a Pond and a Kayak

What I Learned About the Universe from a Pond and a Kayak

I had a spiritual awakening on a kayak today.

I just spent the past several days on a family vacation. I had been with other people all week with very little alone time, feeling stressed out because I wasn’t working on my business as much as I had wanted to, and was over-indulging on wine, ice cream and french fries. (It’s a delicate balance between work and play as an entrepreneur, you know.)

Anyways... I decided to take my family’s kayak out on the small pond behind their house this morning. I made my way out to the center of the pond where the water was still and calm. I just floated there in the kayak for a while listening to the sound of the birds and the trees rustling in the wind, feeling the warm sun on my skin, and admiring the way the blues of the water and the greens of the land complimented each other just so perfectly. I suddenly noticed that the biggest smile had popped up on my face. And in that moment, I realized something: this is the happiness I’ve spent so much time looking for.

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Happiness Starts Within

Happiness Starts Within

The key to happiness isn’t about the external world. The key to true happiness is to maintain inner peace and balance despite what’s happening in the external world around you.

When you can master a mindset of inner balance and live from a place of alignment with your most authentic self, the external stuff doesn’t matter. You’re no longer living in reaction mode – responding to outside stimuli and letting your thoughts be controlled by emotion. Instead, you’re living in collaboration with the universe. You’re proactively creating your environment by choosing how you want to see the world around you.

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