Life Coach Jargon

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In the last year, I’ve been exposed to many coaching techniques. A lot of Life Coaches these days talk about positivity, staying in alignment, flowing with the Universal energies and offering no resistance. But what does this lofty jargon mean? What are the real world applications? What does it mean to flow?

Let me first say, you do not need to be positive all of the time. Forcing yourself to be positive is not authentic. It’s more important for you to acknowledge your true feelings. Be miserable and feel sorry for yourself for a day, if you need to. Then, work to release it, accept it and move on. Authenticity is more important than positivity. Putting a happy face on a problem won’t make it go away. Living in truth will at least help you adapt to a new reality and make you emotionally stronger.

What does it mean to stay in alignment? All this really means is to become so in tune with yourself that you can intuitively feel when you are doing something that is NOT beneficial to your long term growth and well-being. When you know are you doing something that makes you unhappy, that breaks you down and wears you out, you are no longer aligned with your highest good. Alignment means you are lined up with the path for your highest good. A word of caution – the path to your highest good can go through the valley of hell. You can be frustrated and struggling even while in alignment. It really depends on what life lessons you are supposed to learn. Remember to check in with yourself and be sure you are suffering for the right reasons. If you are suffering because you are growing, changing and living outside of your comfort zone, you are still in alignment with your highest good. It’s really that simple.

Flowing with the Universe and offering no resistance is tricky. It means accepting you have no control over some things. It requires us to let go when something is no longer working out for our highest good. It requires surrendering instead of struggling and pushing. It’s hard because life sucks sometimes. There are times when we all want to kick and scream like a toddler having a tantrum. No one enjoys change. No one wants to accept rejection. No one wants to move on. No one wants to let go when the heart wants to hold on. If you can work towards using these sucky times of life as opportunities to grow, learn something about yourself, adapt and become stronger, you will be flowing with Universe instead of digging your heels in the sand resisting.

So, you wonder if I actually practice all of this New Age mumbo jumbo. I try. That’s about all I can say about it. Sometimes days I flow like I am riding a magic carpet; other days I fall flat in the sand because my heels are stuck in resistance. But I try😊

On the work front, I’ve been actively going on the offensive to reshape the expectations of leadership so they understand what is achievable within my scope. Second, I’ve been speaking truth to power; it isn’t easy. I have to speak more truth to power tomorrow morning at 8:30am…😂 Although this job has been a great growth experience, I am not yet sure about staying long term. One deciding factor will be if they decide to support a Grand Research Challenge. I would love to work on a project like that! Otherwise, I am keeping ALL of my options open.

Unfortunatley, I am still sick. I took Mucinex, Flonase and Decongestants for a week. My sinuses and ears are still jacked up. Since it’s been over seven days, my Doctor gave me an antibotic. Hopefully, it kicks in soon. I have to call on Friday if my ears don’t open up. I don’t feel horrible. Just a little tired and my hearing is muffled 🤧😷

Finally, I am making a committment to myself to get back to writing poetry. I hope to post something for the Blue Love collection on Friday. A little blue eyed spark of lust would help with getting the poetic mojo going 😉💥🔥😋😘 I could use a little crystal blue sparkle ☺️

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Self Care Sunday – Saying YES and Living In The Flow

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Do you want to know how to unlock the Universal flow positive energy in your life? Say “Yes!” to opportunities that come your way. Saying “Yes” to opportunities is a powerful way to signal the Universe that you are ready for more!

Here’s how it happened to me this week. On Tuesday morning I was asked a question by my boss, “ Linda, do you want to take the action to create an Rotating Exhibit Plan for the Center’s Museum Concept?” The truth is I am pretty busy with standing up my program and really didn’t want to take the action. However, I understand the flow of universally energies enough to know when you say “No” to opportunities, you are signaling the Universe that you aren’t ready or interested. You are more or less telling the Univese “don’t come around here no more; I am not interested!”😂 In other words you are changing the flow of Universal Positive energy and shifting yourself out of alignment. I also understand there is power and opportunity in saying “Yes”. So I said, “Yes”. The next day I got a call from someone asking me to be their Life Coach. While I was planning on taking the summer off from coaching, I knew I couldn’t say “No”. If I said no, I would be telling the Universe “no thank you. I’m not ready”. So I said, “Yes”. The next day I got an email with an offer to attend a free PMP Bootcamp in DC; my boss only has to fund my travel. I said “Yes” knowing he already offered to pay for my PMP. So now I get to spend a whole week in DC in August and take my PMP by the end of the fiscal year. That chain of events may not have happened if i said “No” to the first opportunity.

Do you see what I mean about being in the flow of Universal energies? When you say “yes” to people and opportunities, you open the door to more opportunities. When you say “no”, you are telling the Universe you are not ready or worthy. It will skip you the next time. When you say “no” or hesitate, you shift yourself out of alignment and ultimately make things harder for yourself.

Are you living in alignment? Does your life flow easily? Is your career energizing or depleting? Life and work are not meant to be hard or a struggle. Will life be challenging? YES! Can life be rewarding? Hopefully! Should life or work be depleting or exhausting? Only if you are swimming upstream and living or working out of alignment with the truth of who you are. It is really that simple.

I try to explain this basic Law of Attraction principle to folks who become my clients because I believe it is the key to creating abundance in all areas of life. One must understand how to live in the flow of positive energies and understand you must say “Yes” to people and opportunities that at first glance may not be of interest to you. You never know where one “YES” may lead you. Every time you say “no” you are telling the Universe you are not interested in opportunities.

How did I get to this place and come to understand this stuff? My life got jacked up and I started educating myself. Then my eyes were open! Once the soul awakens and your eyes are opened to the truth in your life, you can no longer live a lie.

Another example of living in flow happened this week. Last week I decided I wanted to learn more about the Native American Culture and my ancestors. I remembered going to Pow-Wow with my family when I was a little girl so I googled local pow-wows. As luck or synchronicity would have it, there was one this weekend in Woodstown, NJ which is about 50 miles from my home. I drove up Saturday. The photos below are from the event. I find the Native American culture, customs and rituals to be spiritually rewarding for me. The only lesson learned was to arrive about a half an hour before the Grand Entrance instead of two hours earlier. By the time the dancing started, I was already hot and tired and didn’t last long. However, it worked out best I left earlier than I planned because I hit a big storm on the way home and got out of the fairgrounds before it hit Woodstown 🙂 Again, I was in the flow. I also made a decision today about my trip in 2019. I am definitely going to a Indian Reservation first than Europe. Most likely Blackfeet Nation in Glacier National Park, Montana because my sister once went there.

Saturday was the 44th Anniversary of my father’s death. Hard to imagine it’s been that long since I seen him. I was only seven years old. Years later I signed up to volunteer for organization that does grief counseling for children. I actually got up to leave mid-way through the training because I was so overwhelmed. One of the counselors followed me out. She asked me to tell her what I was feeling. It was then I learned for the first time that children who experience traumas before the age of 10 often have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for the rest of their lives. The trauma becomes part of their DNA. They struggle the rest of their lives with depression, grief and loss. It never completely leaves them. For the first time, I truly understood why I carry that pain of loss in my heart and why I can’t just “get over it” as some would say.  Some losses are so devastating they never leave you. We agreed I couldn’t be a volunteer for organization but that was the beginning of me finally understanding why I sometimes still feel like that seven year old little girl. The seven year old little girl looking out the door waiting for my Daddy to come home only to see my crying mother walk in with his shoes and pants. I do see Mediums who help me connect with my father. I know he is with me and is guiding me. Everything good that has happened in my life, has been because he led me to it. Being honest with myself and others about my past and how it shaped me is part of self care. It is helping me to live authentically and love unconditionally.

Another way I took care of myself this week is I’ve been focusing on comfort and making myself comfortable. My joints and muscles are always sore. My super firm mattress wasn’t helping me. I bought a memory foam mattress topper and put a thick pad over top of that. I can melt in my bed now. It’s super comfy and I don’t feel the pressure points in my hips on the firm mattress anymore. I am also looking forward to my Espresso Brown Leather Recliner arriving soon. I see a lot of naps happening in that chair 🙂

So, how are you taking care of yourself today? Are you in the flow? Have you said “Yes” to anything? Are you interested in going to Indian Reservation? Are you living authentically and being honest about who you are?

Coming up mid-week on Writing Holistically: Blue Love Poetry

ICYMI: Blue Love Haiku #10

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How I Used The Law Of Attraction To Get My Oceanview Condo

I intentionally used “The Secret” or the Law Of Attraction to get my Oceanview condo in the Fall of 2013. I thought I would reflect on the steps I took to manifest the gorgeous view you see above.

In 2013 I lived in a home offshore. I was starting to feel uncomfortable living there. I noticed my mood changed when I came home, I avoided my roommate instead of engaging her. I knew it was time to leave but I just couldn’t pull the trigger and let go.

In the October of 2013, I was furloughed from my job for 17 days. The weather in the first week of October that year was absolutely gorgeous. It was beach weather. I am a beach walker. back then, I usually went to the beach in Ocean City. For some reason that week I decided to walk on the beach in the Ventnor/Atlantic City area. As I was walking past the high-rises I thought to myself. I want to live in a condo on the beach! That was the exact moment the magic in my head started happening🙏👏

I immediately went home and pulled a copy of “The Secret” out. I needed to know how to frame the request. That’s when I remembered these tips:

Be clear with your request. The Universe doesn’t like wishy washy
Express gratitude. The Universe responds to people who are grateful.
Say it as if you already have it. It’s yours. Feel it.
Use feeling & emotion to convey excitement. Anticipation attracts good energy.
Do not worry about the how, who, when or where, you will block the flow
Be in the moment & stay aware. You will need to see the signs.
When you get intuitions, take prudent action WITHOUT delay. Yes, action may be required.
Have fun now. Don’t stress about it.
Do whatever you can to be happy now. Monitor your feelings. Focus on feeling good now.
Relax and let the magic happen. Don’t worry about the how, who, what, where or when.
Make the request, Believe it’s yours, Allow yourself to Receive

With all of the above tips in mind, I formalized this simple request:

I AM so happy and grateful now that I live in a condo on the beach🙏

I repeated this request as if it was a mantra. I wrote it, I recited, I owned it

Ready, this is when it started to get fun…

Late in October 2013 I mentioned to a friend who was a Realtor that I may be looking to rent an apartment temporarily until I figured out what I wanted to do. I asked him if he knew of anything available. He said he didn’t have anything but suggested I check out Craig’s List. He said many of his colleagues posted listings there.

I looked at Craig’s List and saw a high-rise that was on the beach in the Margate/Ventnor/Atlantic City area. They had one and two bedrooms for rent. I thought to myself…I AM going to live there😂 I had no idea why I thought that. (Intuition – the nudge from the Universe) I called the Realtor immediately and made an appointment to go look at the units available.(Prudent Action WITHOUT delay)

The Realtor showed me a few of the modestly priced condos available for rent. I wasn’t in love but I liked them. Then the magic happened. The realtor said, “Hey, I got a place upstairs. It’s a little out of your price range but for some reason I think you need to see it.” (Universe at work). We got off the elevator on the 7th floor. 7 is and has always been my lucky number. My father’s birthday is 7/7. (Dad was with him🙏) I felt good already. We walked down hall. She opened the door to condo number 723. 723 is my parent’s anniversary. My Mother and I have both hit the lottery using the number. (The Divine was looking out for me).The realtor opened the door to a full ocean view at sunset on a gorgeous night on November 5, 2013. I could hardly stop my heart from pounding. I knew it was mine. (Believe it’s yours).

The only problem was the monthly price was about $250 more a month than I was willing to pay. I told the Realtor I needed time to think it over. I truly believed if it was mine, it would still be there waiting for me. I just couldn’t reconcile myself with the additional $250. Thanksgiving break came and went. The Realtor was out of town on vacation. I finally got in touch with her on December 5th. I asked her if it was still available. She said YES. I asked if the Landlord would take $250 less a month or was she firm. The realtor told me she wasn’t sure but suggested I make her an offer that I was comfortable with. So, I offered the Landlord $250 less a month than the condo was listed for. (Gave it a shot)

The Realtor called me back a few days later and said, “So, the Landlord is inclined to accept your offer but she would like you to also pay half the parking fee each month which is $30 per month!”😂 I said, “Wait, that’s it? She is taking a $220 less per month?” 😂 The Realtor said, “Yes, she has a good feeling about you!” 😂😂 (I received what I asked for).

By the time we buttoned up the paperwork, I signed the lease on December 17, 2013 and moved on January 16, 2014. I’ve been here for three years🙏👍 By the way, the picture of the high-rise I saw on Craig’s List, is the building I now live in❤️

That is how the magic happens and how “The Secret” works 😂

If you would like to apply these these principle to your life, I would suggest doing as “The Secret” says, start all of your requests as:

I AM so happy and grateful now that…

For example, if you want to sell your house quickly, your request could be…

I AM so happy and grateful now that my house sold quickly above market price

Lastly, what I was forgetting in the last year is…Sometimes you have to let go of something good for you to be open to receive something better for you.

Now, go out and have fun manifesting great stuff…

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Gratitudes, Requests And Affirmations

I saw the movie “The Secret” for the first time in 2007 when it was first released. It was my first encounter with the Law Of Attraction and it blew my mind. I couldn’t believe I could manifest things with my thoughts.

Over the years I’ve used “The Secret” to land a secure job, a condo with an oceanview, a new healthier body and a better relationship with myself. I also believe practicing the Law Of Attraction raised my vibrational frequency and brought other good things to my life such as a few good close trusted friends, a man who is very good for me and the improved ability to manage the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder I’ve had since I was seven when my Father died suddenly. I use “The Secret” to manage the PTSD flashbacks periods until they recess to the back part of my mind. That’s why I downloaded “The Secret” book by Rhonda Byrne on Audible today and listened to it as I drove. I finished up when I got home. It was very helpful.

Since I feel like its time for me do a tech refresh on my brain and thougts, I plan to listen to my book on Audible a few times this week and use it as my homework or my textbook. I also downloaded some Affirmations and started following accounts on Instagram aligned with the power of thought. Retraining the brain isn’t easy but it’s necessary for me to do this again and do it like a boss with self assurance and self confidence. No doubts about my future are allowed.

One of the principles that is most important is to get very clear about what you want. If you are wishy washy or keep changing your mind, the Universe doesn’t know what you want. It’s also important to frame your requests as if you already recieved them and – most importantly – do not get caught up in the “how”. That’s where I was screwing up. I was trying too hard. I tried to control the “how” my life should manifest in the past instead of allowing the Universe to bring me what I wanted.

After spending all day listening and clarifying my desires, I finally got them into words. I am sharing them here to demonstrate my committment to a forward plan of thought. These are some of my official requests of the Universe – Order up!

GRATITUDES AND REQUESTS

I AM so happy and grateful now that I am using my talents and skills to the best of my abilities in all areas of my life

I AM so happy and grateful now that I am doing challenging and rewarding work that I am passionate about

I AM so happy and grateful now that I am at my perfect weight, in perfect health and feel great

I AM so happy and grateful to be in a loving committed passionate relationship with a man willing to grow with me and who loves me unconditionally

I AM so happy and grateful for my well paying, rewarding and challenging career which provides me with continuous opportunities for growth

I AM so happy and grateful to meet like-minded friends and collegues

I AM so happy and grateful money comes to me easily and effortlessly.

I AM so happy and grateful to spend my 50th birthday in Sedona, AZ with a friend from high school.

I AM so happy and grateful to be of service to my family, friends and my community.

I AM so happy and grateful to be open, aware and conscious in my life, the world around me and my spirituality.

There are more to come but I’ll let the Universe start with these requests as I see them as most integral to my growth and overall happiness at this time of my life.
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By the way, I love the Audible for iPhone App👍

Have you thought about what you want the Universe to bring you? Do you use Affirmations? Have you tried to manifest anything with the Law Of Attraction?

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Deserving ~ I Am Deserving

  
“When I was little, I picked up a flower and put it in a vase. After a few days, it died. I asked my mom why and she said: “You can’t force a flower to thrive somewhere it doesn’t belong to. And now I have realized that people are like that too.” ॐ – Author Unknown – Retrieved from Sageword Facebook Page
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In an effort to turn the course of my thoughts and release the heaviness of emotions I’ve been struggling with recently, I’m writing another therapeutic post to make some space for creativity again.

I’ve been feeling like I’ve been pushed to a fork in the road. I feel like life is calling me to make choices that will determine my future. I wasn’t really planning to do this now. I was hoping to be like everyone else I know and just coast along in life. I was hoping for once what I have would be all I would need. But, life doesn’t work for me that way. Maybe it doesn’t work that way for anyone? Maybe I’m just more open about it and more willing to change and grow.

Part of what brought me to this place is a feeling growing inside of me. A feeling growing inside of me that is saying I deserve more. I deserve more. I deserve to work to the full capacity of my intellect, talent and skills. I deserve to have satisfaction in my daily activities. I deserve to be in a relationship with a man who is capable of giving me all of him. I deserve to have a healthy body. I deserve to have peace in my life, my body and my mind. I deserve more.

You’ll notice that nowhere in that last paragraph did I speak about being rewarded for my efforts. That is because I don’t think that way. I truly give and help people because I enjoy it. I have no ulterior motives.

In recent weeks I’ve been helping someone at work during a transition time. I offered to do it because I knew he needed the help, he’s very appreciative for the help and I enjoyed doing it. I wanted him to see the level of support and service he should be getting. I wanted him to know he deserved more than he was accepting. That is why I helped him. I wanted to show him by example what he deserved. I don’t seek rewards for those efforts. That’s not what I’m about. I don’t expect anything in return from him other than “thank you Linda” which he has said numerous times👍😄

But, in helping him see he deserved more, I saw I deserved more. We are like mirrors to each other. We show each other what we need to see, what’s holding us back, who we can be and what the possibilities are for ourselves. Through him I’m opening myself up to wanting more. I’m diving further down into myself and using our connection to source profound growth and personal evolution. Some connections are deeply spiritual and have the capacity to spark movement in stagnation.

At this time of reflection in my life, I’m also practicing great caution. I’m looking before I leap. I’m considering alternatives. I’m taking my time. There’s no rush. Things may work out for me organically without a lot of effort from me. But, I must be willing now open my eyes to what else is available to me.

A friend gave me some advice the other day. She said, “Linda, I’m going to tell you what I tell my kids. Open your eyes and look. You’ll either find you like what you have and choose to stay where you are or you will find something that’s better for you, something you like better. Look. You’ll know if it’s time to leap. Trust your intuition.” I suppose that’s what I’m doing. I’m looking.

I am looking for more because I now know I deserve more. How do you know you deserve more? It’s when you can no longer accept less…

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The Music is “Driving” By Will Ackerman
This is absolutely favorite piece of music. I close my eyes and tears well up from from the emotions in the chords. The year after my Sister died I was in a pretty deep depression. The truth is I had an emotional/physical/spiritual breakdown. I didn’t know how to live without her. In some ways, I still don’t. In that challenging part of my life, I relied on music to help me get through the long nights. I found this song on the “Conversations With God” CD. I wore the CD out twice. This song especially brings me great peace. It’s almost like it was telling me it was ok to be sad and cry. And, it’s reassuring me that I am being guided and protected by Angels.

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Ocean Front Dream Home

I am writing this post today to remind myself dreams do come true and I simply must stop putting limits on them.

I grew up “in the neighborhood” in Philly in a family of “city people.” They prefer the concrete to sand. My best friend’s family would bring me on vacation to the Jersey Shore with them every year. And, that’s when I first noticed I felt better with sand between my toes and that I could breathe easier when I could hear and see the ocean.

Last summer I set an intention that I wanted to live in a condo by the beach. On January 16th, I moved into a condo in Atlantic City on the 7th floor of a high-rise. I have a balcony and an ocean view. Yes, the Intention I set for myself last summer came true. 👍👏 I can see the ocean every day.

But it is time for me to raise the stakes in my dreams and dream bigger & bolder😉 My ocean front dream home is still out there. Actually, I think I’ve been watching it be built for the last six months from the windows of my condo👍

The model for a luxury townhouse is being built near me. Below are a few pictures of it. In case you can’t read the banner, some of the amenities include:
🔸ocean views
🔸5 floors, 4 bedrooms & 4 baths
🔸an elevator
🔸master bedroom is one whole floor
🔸fire places & wet bar
🔸two car garage

As I was walking home today, I talked to the sales person. The price is……
$1,590,000!. That’s a little out of my price range. Lol😜

Today I am practicing the Law of a Attraction & I am putting this home on my list for when I sell my first New York Times Best Seller or when I hit the lottery👍🙏

Today I am happy and grateful now that I live in my ocean front dream home✌️😉❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏👏👏👏👏👏

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Home – Daily Post

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The Daily Post’s challenge was to show HOME in Photos or Blog Content.  I am posting a picture of my Living Room.  I moved into a Condo in a highrise with an Oceanview just about three weeks ago.  Many don’t know that the only things I took with me when I moved were clothes, personal belongings and my bedroom set(50 years cherry wood handed down from my Godmom).  Otherwise, I decided to buy everything new for a new beginning.

I made the decision that I needed a fresh start and needed to move about four months ago. I’ve been planning and strategizing the move every since.  I knew I wanted a RED sofa with dark wood furniture.  Four months ago I started visualizing how I wanted my living room to look.  My brand new RED sofa was delivered recently. The sofa didn’t fit in my building’s evelator.  The building I live in an old Hotel from the 50’s.  Small elevators with low ceilings.  When the delivery guys told me I just about cried.  But, I kept my faith and thought positive.  They then offered to see if they could carry up the SEVEN flights of stairs.  I agreed. I watched as the tried to get in the first floor and when it fit, I nearly jumped out of my skin with joy.  15 minutes later my RED sofa was in my living room. They carried the sofa up SEVEN flights of stairs for me and made my vision come true.  Believe me I tipped them well – their lunch and dinner were on me:-)

As you will see in the picture, the basics are in place. I still need artwork, accessories, an area rug and a lamp. But, the basics are there.  You will also see that although I live at the beach, my style is contemporary/Cityish rather than seashoreish.  As I looked at my living room last night visualizing the next phase of my decorating project, I realized my living room look exactly how I envisioned it four months ago.  Everything right down to the cream color throw on the side of the sofa is how I saw it in my visions.

My little nugget of wisdom in this post is to use visualization techniques to help you create the life of your dreams.  See your destiny. Live your best life in my mind before you ever see in reality.

I am grateful today for my condo by the beach and for the delivery guys who walked my RED sofa up SEVEN flights of stairs.

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2013 Intentions – Metamorphosis Daily Prompt

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The Daily Post’s challenge today was Metamorphosis. I use the power of Intentions to change my life. I’ve blossomed by using the power of Intentions. Metamorphosis occurred in my life by choosing my thoughts and actions carefully. So, I am using this post to Monday Morning Quarterback 2013’s intentions and set new 2014 Intentions for my next year’s Metamorphosis. 🙂

Last year on January 2, 2013 I posted a few of my board Life Intentions for the year. I’ve never been one to make New Year’s Resolutions. They seem cliché to me. But, I do believe in using Intentions to change/mold and direct my life. I am a planner; setting goals and Intentions makes sense to me. I believe if you set a goal and make a plan, you can achieve whatever you set your mind to.

Below is the list of Intentions I posted last year. Under each Intention is my “Monday Morning Quarterback” review of how it actually worked out as the year rolled by and a new Intention for 2014.

2013 Physical Health Intention
I will continue to focus on improving my health in all aspects so I can live a full active life. I will continue to make choices that promote health and wellness in my life. This includes continued commitment to fitness with regular exercise five to seven days per week. While I am in the average weight range for my height, I would like to lose an additional 5 to 10 pounds. Since I came this far and lost 80lbs I may as well lose another 5 to 10lbs and get back to my college weight  I will remain committed to being alcohol free. I know if I drink alcohol I will become sick again. I won’t let that happen. I welcome physical health into my life in 2013.

As I started 2013, I was still working on healing my Liver and Stomach which were both damaged by undiagnosed Celiac Disease & Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease with Steatohepatitis. I had one year of being alcohol free under my belt. I was Gluten Free for six months and I was easily maintaining the weight loss as food made me sick so I didn’t eat very much. 

Over the course of the year, my Liver healed completed but my stomach was just getting worse.  I just couldn’t figure it out. I started the summer with six consecutive weeks of a Migraine Headache followed by a month long respiratory infection which was caused by poor air quality and exposure to second-hand smoke. But, I later found out an undiagnosed food allergy to the Flaxseed I was using as a non-gluten Fiber source was the source of most of problems.  Since eliminating Flaxseed my stomach has improved dramatically. It’s improve so much so that I actually gained weight.  The Doctor told me that would happen when my stomach started absorbing nutrition again. Actually he told me it was a welcomed sign. It meant my stomach was working normally again and I was healthy 🙂

2014 Health Intention

I will remain Gluten Free and Alcohol Free.  although I do miss having a glass of wine, I can’t go through all the work it took to heal my Liver again.  I just can’t do it again. The Liver Specialist told me the Liver disease will come out of remission and will be even worse and may even kill me if I gain too much weight or drink alcohol again. So, I’ve accepted that alcohol is my Kryptonite.  Moving on…Now that my stomach is healed and I no longer have multiple nutritional deficiencies from lack of absorption I have to work on finding the right balance food and calories for my health body.  I would like to take off the 10lbs I put back on.  I will use use Yoga and Power Walking as my primary exercises to nourish my body and help me maintain a healthy weight. Also, if you read my blog regularly, you may have noticed I removed the Celiac Disease Infographic.  I did this intentionally. I now believe when you identify yourself with an illness, you open the door to more illness.  In other words,

I am happy and grateful now that I am healthy and I feel good.  I do not identify myself with any illness or disease.

2013 Emotional and Mental Health Intention
I will continue to make strong health choices for myself that focus on taking care of my emotional and mental health. I will make sure to look for ways to manage stress and anxiety. I will continue speak my peace. I will not internalize. I will not bottle everything up inside. I will allow people to help me. I will allow those who love me to take care of me when I need support. I will seek help when I need it. I will say what I need to say. I welcome emotional and mental health into my life in 2013.

I not only set this as an Intention but it became my Manta, my lifestyle.  The greatest improvements in my life occured because I made a commitment to myself to live authethnically. Whatever changes I had to make to live this way, I had to make them. PERIOD.  Not excuses… I’ve always been Bohemian Free Spirited by nature.  I stopped  suppressing that part of me. I stopped comforming with what friends thought I should be. Yes, I lost friends by doing it.  Guess what?  Oh well.  See ya, bye bye. I am over that.  I have my strength back. I am back to being the person I was before I lost myself in a crowd.  I speak my truth. I write my truth. I live my truth.  Yoga has been my mirror to my soul. Through my practice I learned a lot about myself and capabilities.  I’ve laughed and cried on the mat. But, mostly I found peace that I’ve never known within by Meditating. .   I use Mantras every day. Two Mantas I say everyday at some point are “Om Gum Ganapataye Nahama” to remove all obstacle and “Om Arakya Nahama” for freedom from affliction.  I also started to not only embrace but also cultivate my highly intuitive nature and let the messages come through however they need to come through. A good friend of mine is Psychic. She told me recently that my Aura is just beautiful and magnetic.  That made me very happy.

2014 Emotional & Mental Health Intention

I will continue to walk my own path. I will remain authentic in everything I do. I will be genuine  and open.  I will continue to embrace my highly intuitive nature.   I will continue to use Yoga, Mantras, Meditation and prayer to facilitate my spiritual journey. I am happy and grateful now that I am living life as my authentic self.

2013 Financial Health Intention
I will focus my energies to manage money better. It’s been difficult to manage money because of the large medical expenses I’ve had in the last two years. Even with decent insurance I’ve racked up some medical bills for multiple hospital visits. But, I am hoping 2013 will be a year of improvement in my health which will also mean an improvement in discretionary dollars to use for travel or savings. I welcome wealth and abundance into my life in 2013.

This is another area of great improvement for me.  I really focused my energies on smart money managment. My habits helped this. I am not a spender. I am a minimalist. I don’t buy what I don’t need. I only buy things on sale and I hate accumulating stuff.  So, I am not a shopper.  I also don’t drink or smoke. So, that saves me money. And, I don’t have any children. That definitely saves me money. Lastly, I don’t enjoy going away for long periods of time or taking big expensive long vacations.  I just don’t enjoy it.  I live at the beach, I go on Yoga Retreats, I go away to NYC and Philly regularly.  I don’t need much more.  Not saying I won’t travel but it’s not at the top of the list.  By living at the beach and seeing the ocean every day I am vacationing every day. In 2013 I got smart about money and by the end of 2013 it reaped its rewards. 

2014 Financial Health Intention

I am a money magnet. I attracted abundance.  Money comes to easily and effortlessly.  Everything I need want and desire appears before me effortlessly at just the right time.  I have excellent money managment skills 🙂

2013 Spiritual Health Intention
It is vitally important to me to maintain my spiritual well-being. I am committed to nurturing my connection to source strength which only comes from which by practicing Yoga, Meditating, praying, practicing Reiki, offer compassing and empathy to others, but protecting my Karma and the Karma of others. I will live my Mantra of Love, Peace and Happiness. I will remember that change starts with me. I will allow myself to feel unbridled optimism and passion for my life. I will have the courage to do the hard things in life for the right reasons. I will not give up or give in. I will allow the fire in my belly to burn brightly for all to see. I had been using the Law Of Attraction principles for a few years but I reall saw it work and manifest some great stuff in my life in 2013. I also use “thought correction” a lot. If I have a negative thought, immediate change it to something positive. I released all “Victim” mentalities. I am a creator in my life. Life doesn’t just happen to me. I am a creator of my destiny.

This Intention is somewhat related to the Emotional and Mental Health Intention.  By the end of 2013 I saw the return of the fire in my belly. Those who have known me have always known there is fire in my belly. One of my former boyfriends used to call me his “ball of fire”.  But, health issues and an unpleasant breakup caused some anxiety issues for me. You can’t be a ball of fire while being anxious or holding on the past at the same time.  While my heart healed from the unpleasant breakup and that is far in my past it did leave me with some confidence issues and I was still carrying anxiety from the health issues. I lost my confidence. There is no other way to say it.   In 2013 I started challenging myself again on all levels. The comfort zone was unbelievably uncomfortable.  I decided I was not going to let fear or anxiety win. Slowly I felt a rekindling in my soul. By the end of 2013 the FIRE is back in my belly. And, this time around, I know how to keep it burning all by myself.  I am very proud to have healed my mind, body and spirit all on my own, idenpendently, self-sufficiently, authentically, magically on my own.  And, not only working a full time job at the same time but also challenging myself in the workplace as well.  YAY Linda!!!

2014 Spiritual Health Intention

I am happy and grateful now that I live a life of passion. I will keep the fire in my belly burning by kindling it with growth.  I will continue to challenge myself, nuture myself and celebrate my victories.


2013 Relationship Health Intentions
I plan to surround myself with like-minded individuals and with people who are good influences for me. We don’t have to agree on everything. I don’t have to have all the same habits or make the same lifestyle choices. But, we need to hold the same values. I like to learn from people. Teach me something. Mold me, inspire me, encourage me and shape my world.  I will show my love and affection openly for those I love. I will make sure those I love know how I feel. I will continue to believe in LOVE.

In 2013  I started surrounding myself with people who inspired me, encouraged me, challenged me and think like me. I realized I was attracted to people who are positive, driven and motivated. I started observing people who seemed to me to be doing it right. I started emulating their habits and learning from a distance.  2o13 also saw a rekindling of sensual spirtual through a positive mutual attraction.  Nothing makes me happier than when a man inpsires me to write Erotica.  I like having a muse.  😉 We will see what will happen with that. But, I will say it sure has been a lot of fun having a little secret flirtation with someone.

The most important relationship of my life is the one I have with myself.  2013 I began to love myself on all levels. I accepted myself on all levels. I allowed myself to receive – to receive all the goodness I deserved. 

2014 Relationship Health Intention

I will continue to surround myself with good influences who challenge me and encourage my growth. I am good to know. I will maintain an open heart and mind. I am attracted to people who are good for me. I am attracted to people with like energy. I attract health relationships.

BEACH LOVER’S DREAM ANNOUNCEMENT

My final note on this post is an official annoucement that one of my dreams is actually coming true soon.  I grew up in Philly and vacationed at the Jersey Shore for years. I spent the better part of 10 summers sharing group houses in Sea Isle City with friends. In 1994 I moved to Ocean City and lived there for 13 years. I moved to the mainland for a few years. 

As of January 16th I will be living back at the beach.  It was always my dream to buy a Condo with a Ocean view. I didn’t want a big home as I don’t want all the work that comes with owning a big home. I just wanted a condo. Two years ago I started walking four miles a night on the Ventnor/Atlantic City Boardwalks. By the end of last summer I decided that was where I wanted to live.  In the fall of 2013 I started talking realtors that worked in the area.  I was looking at condos in high rises in Chelsea Heights and  Lower Chelsea.  As I never lived in a high rise before, I decided to rent a condo in a high rise with an ocean view for one year instead of buying right away. 

 I started saying my beach lover’s dream Intention “I am happy and grateful now that I live in a condo by the beach” in August. I move into my condo with the ocean view on 1/16/14.  What a way to start the new year.

In 2013 I learned the power of my thoughts and I learned how to harass my personal power to actualize my dreams.

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The Heart’s Intuitive Intelligence (Heart Math)

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The Heart’s impact on our life is far greater than just pumping blood and giving us life. There is actually a very strong connection between the heart and the mind.  By learning how to listen to your Heart’s intuitive wisdom we  can harness the power of our hearts to neutralize stress and empower our minds.

In a nutshell, the Heart Math Quick Coherency technique is : 

When a negative thought enters your mind or if you are stressed, focus your energy on the area around your heart. Think of a happy joyful memory or thought, take five deep breaths into your heart. Feel your spirits become uplifted as you think of something that makes you happy and gives you joy. After the five breadths, ask your heart a question. Ask your heart for its wisdom or direction.

I just learned this technique over Thanksgiving weekend so I am still working on it. But, I’ve already noticed some success in reducing anxiety and hearing my heart’s true wisdom.

Here’s the link to website and below is a seven minute video about the practice.

http://www.heartmath.org/free-services/tools-for-well-being/quick-coherence-adult.html?aid=AD05

Are You Feelin’ My Good Vibrations?

I am very aware and in tuned with the emotions of those I care about.  It can be extremely rewarding and extremely worrisome at times. Today I am feeling a strong undercurrent of worry, anxiety, sadness and frustration not only in myself but in the vibrations around me.  With mindful concentration, I am working very hard today to turn the negative energy I feel into a positive vibration not only for myself but for the world around me.

I need you all to join me in focusing on the GOOD vibrations.  Focus on positive things.  Do something good for someone in your life. Smile today. Be happy. If nothing else, enjoy one of my favorite songs by The Beach Boys and catch my GOOD VIBRATIONS TODAY.

“Gotta keep those lovin good vibrations A happenin with her”