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Designing Your Circle of Life

14 months ago I stepped into a training room on February 27, 2014 and my life changed forever (and definitely for the better!).

I began my journey with Gratitude Training in Florida, and started to identify the things that were holding me back from being everything that I could be and learning how to be more of who I am really meant to be.

As I moved through Parts 1, 2, and 3 of the trainings from February through June 2014, I could feel the terrible unfulfilled feeling I’d started the trainings with begin to leave my body while joy and excitement for my life ahead invigorated my soul.

By all pretenses, before I started the training I had a “good life”. And most people might’ve even labeled me as “successful.” Yet I wasn’t happy – I was stuck going through the motions of life, achieving everywhere I could at warp speed and yet that unfulfilled feeling stayed with me. I had no idea what was wrong.

Until I began to explore what Gratitude Training refers to as the “circle of life.” In a nutshell, the circle includes 6 areas of your life to consider in terms of how you would rank it on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being “really bad” and 10 being “awesome”):

  • Health/Body/Fitness
  • Business/Career/Finance
  • Family/Personal Relationships
  • Spiritual/Personal Growth
  • Leisure/Recreation
  • Community/Service

As I spent time during the trainings evaluating each area on a scale of 1-10 in my own life it became pretty clear why I was so unhappy. I’d spent so much time focused on one domain (Business/Career/Finance) that I’d allowed pretty much every other domain to dwindle. Was I having much fun? No. Did I feel healthy (or at least as healthy as I wanted to be)? No. Were my relationships with my family and friends the best that they could be? Ouch – definitely not. And while I had been focused on my spirituality and some community service in the previous few years, I knew there was a much higher level of personal growth and contribution of which I was capable.

So while I teach about building, creating, and strengthening your financial foundation and using money as a tool to support your dream life, it is only one piece of the puzzle in creating an abundant and fulfilled life of your dreams. I’m learning more and more every day how to play in each of these areas of the circle of life, and while it’s not always easy to grow it is always worth it!

And for today I’ll leave you with this question for you to consider:

Are you playing at 100% in all areas of your life?

Many people I talk to have dreams and aspirations to make a major difference in the world. Are you one of the change agents that the world desperately needs to shift from war, hatred, and scarcity to peace, love, and abundance? Is it your time to grab for the brass ring of life and finally go for it?

Please don’t let one more minute of precious and amazing life pass you by. Go for it all, and leave it all on the floor and enjoy the hell out of the ride while you’re at it!

I’ll see you on the ride if you decide to join me. 🙂

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Can You See the Abundance in Your Life?

Death has a way of having you get clear on just how grateful you are for the amazing things in your life.

With the sad, yet expected, death of 2 grandparents last week (they had been ill in nursing homes for many years), it was a vivid reminder to value every minute you have because you never know when your time will be up.

And when our time is up, will we have genuinely appreciated all of the abundance present in our lives? My experience is that very often we’re moving too quickly to “smell the roses,” as the old saying goes. And sometimes it can be as simple as sitting down to look at the everyday occurrences that give us joy or make us smile.

For me, abundance lies in some of the amazing simplicities of life. I love the peace that I feel in the very early hours of the morning, and how I am blessed to work from my home office and have a short commute up my stairs to start my work day. I enjoy learning new things about my friends and family and what excites them or what they’re up to. I feel safe in the cozy, comfortable home that I’ve owned for 10 years and I enjoy the calmness of the space that I’ve created. The fact that my “work” doesn’t feel like work at all is one of the greatest blessings of my life – I get to support people in forever changing their lives forever by recreating their relationship with money. I get excited by reading a good book and learning something new. I love receiving clear signs that I’m on the right track with what I’m up to. I happily grocery shop each week for healthy food and have a reliable car to keep me on the move. I’m committed to continuing to grow and take myself to the next level.

For my clients, abundance often is experienced in the small things at first after many years of running around in a tornado of financial stress. One client recently told me that she was thrilled this past Christmas when she and her husband set a limit on the people they were buying gifts for and also a spending limit of $50. She said she was more mindful of buying a meaningful gift with the $50 per person, and perhaps most remarkably she experienced a deeper sense of connection with her family as she focused more on the experience of the holiday than the gifts typically associated with it. Another client told me that her best Christmas gift was that her husband was now sleeping through the night knowing that his family was taken care of. And yet other clients have indicated that they’ve enjoyed traveling to exotic locations, connecting with family at a variety of events, and also accomplishing something that they’ve been wanting to do for a long time (i.e. finish school, pay off debt, etc.).

What is it that has you smile from ear to ear? Where in your life do you experience joy and passion? What has you experience contentment, fulfillment, or gratitude?

Abundance is often all around us, just waiting for us to be a witness to it. And often times all it takes is slowing down long enough to look around us and appreciate it. Where is abundance hiding in plain sight in your life and you don’t even know it?

Consider starting a daily abundance journal that you fill with the things that you’re grateful for. Every morning, I take a few minutes to think about at least 5 things that I’m grateful for that represent abundance in my life. It’s one of the favorite parts of my day to set my mind in the right energy – so perhaps it can also support you to appreciate the abundance that is waiting to be seen in your world!

If I’ve learned anything in my almost 40 years on this earth, it’s that when we clearly see the abundance in our lives and express gratitude for it, we attract more of it into our lives. And who doesn’t want more abundance in their lives, right?

I wish you unlimited contentment, fulfillment, gratitude, abundance, joy, passion and anything else that makes you happy!

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When Money and Quantum Physics Collide

Lately, I’ve been drawn to a field of study called quantum physics, which is essentially all about how we create our experience and everything in our lives.

Now before you go thinking I’ve lost my mind (I can hear you now saying to yourself “she’s a financial expert not a scientist, right???”), bear with me for a bit and see if you can begin to wrap your head around what is turning out for me to be a MAJOR mindset shift as it relates to money, finances, and abundance.

In high school, physics was by far my worst subject. I had an amazing teacher and while the basics made sense I didn’t come close to understanding it beyond memorizing formulas that I would need for tests (and I would quickly forget even those shortly thereafter!).

Last year, one of my business coaches recommended a great book called “A Happy Pocket Full of Money.” It sounded amazing and who doesn’t want to have a lot of money in their pocket, right? I downloaded the audio version of the book and started listening right away…and I immediately had one major issue when I came to a few chapters in. It started to talk about quantum physics and I couldn’t help but fall asleep!!

Several months later in the spring/early summer of 2014, I started to train for the half marathon I would complete in September, and I needed something to listen to that I could sink my teeth into (and quite honestly that would distract me from exercising which I do because it’s good for me, not because I love it). I listened to “A Happy Pocket Full of Money” a few times during my training walks, and I started to understand and hear how quantum physics explained that we are in control of creating our experience at all times, and that there are things we can do to attract abundance into our lives. This was GREAT news as far as I was concerned, and it also dove-tailed with some training I had done earlier this year as well.

I began to think about how this body of knowledge and new insights applied to money and my work as a financial coach – what did this mean as it related to money and attracting abundance, and was there anything new to teach my clients or share with others during presentations I did?

And then the Universe answered me in the form of another book, Busting Loose from the Money Game. And the “happy accident” part of the story is that I intended to order “Busting Loose from the Business Game” (a book by the same author). So when the book arrived on my doorstep one Friday night courtesy of Amazon and I opened it to see the wrong book I said “huh, they shipped the wrong book!” And then I stopped to say “wait – maybe they didn’t ship the wrong book?” Sure enough, I checked my email receipt from when I ordered and I had been the one to order the “wrong” book. What a serendipitous coincidence, yes? I love those!!!

Of course the book is perfect for where I am personally right now, and also as an additional resource and consideration when it comes to my financial work. I will admit that I’m still trying to wrap my head around it all, and I’m by no means an expert, yet I thought I’d share some of the basic take-aways I’ve had with you to share a different perspective and point of view.

Here is a brief look into 3 key mindset shifts I’ve experienced since beginning this latest book (and I’m still working my way through it, so there might be more to come):

1) We create everything in our life – I’ll start with the most challenging concept of quantum physics and abundance, and yet it’s the most important one from my perspective. In a nutshell, at any given time we have participated in creating our current existence, whether it’s the house we live in, our job, or our financial situation. We are born as magnificent and abundant creatures, only to be placed into a world where the primary experience is one of limitation, restriction, or lack which has us believe that there isn’t enough. If we only could truly understand how powerful we are as human beings, we would have access to the unlimited abundance that is our birthright and powerfully create amazing things in our lives.

2) Appreciation and gratitude for every form of money in your life is critical – The concepts of gratitude and appreciation aren’t necessarily new ones, however what was new for me was to think about whether I actually expressed appreciation as it related to my financial commitments. We all live in the physical world where bills are a part of our experience, yet how we approach paying those bills can impact our overall financial experience. When paying bills, do you take the time to sincerely appreciate the value of what was received in exchange for your payment, or do you simply make the payment in a rush and, perhaps even worse, sigh to yourself that it’s more money out the door? The ability to express appreciation for the flow of money into and out of your life is an important part of ensuring that financial energy continues to circulate and you are able to continue to create value and abundance in your life.

3) “Have to” vs. “Get to” – This concept isn’t necessarily from the book itself, it’s more of a language change that I’ve made for myself recently that relates to the above 2 shifts I’ve already mentioned. We often speak of what we do as “I have to do XYZ,” when the reality is that we always have choice – either in doing something at all or in how we energetically approach a task. When we “have to” do something, we’re resigning ourselves to doing it and if we are truly taking the stance that we are the Creator in our own lives, then we absolutely do “get to” do everything – because we created what we get to do in the first place!

Wow – that was a lot of new thinking, even for me! I completely understand that these are new ideas, and they may seem a bit foreign to you at first (as they did to me – they literally shook my brain and gave me a headache for a little while). My hope is that by sharing what I’m learning with you today that it will encourage you to explore whether these ideas and concepts resonate for you as a new possibility to put yourself more firmly in the financial driver’s seat of your life! I know I’ll be doing just that for myself in the weeks and months to come.

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The Connection between Financial Health and Abundance

There’s an amazing conversation going on in our world about how to attract and invite abundance into our lives – have you heard about it yet?

Sadly, my experience tells me that most people want amazing amounts of abundance in their lives, yet they are not in the place financially speaking to powerfully attract abundance in the most optimal way.

What I see is this – there’s a financial energy spectrum that spans from scarcity, to sufficiency (as the mid-point of the spectrum), to abundance. At the scarcity point of the continuum, the financial energy is hectic and chaotic which tends to come from feelings of “not enough,” people feeling overwhelmed by money, and a general sense of disorganization when it comes to finances. At the sufficiency point, the energy is more stable, with a sense of ease about having enough money and other resources to live life peacefully with what you need and a healthy level of financial knowledge. And at the abundance point, you’re attracting amazing things into your life as you’re standing on a strong financial foundation.

In order to powerfully attract abundance, however, most people first get to focus on shifting from scarcity to sufficiency. I’ve found that creating abundance is much easier when you can stand on a strong financial foundation that demonstrates your ability to steward your money well. When you come from this place of power, the Universe recognizes that you can be trusted with money and resources, and the abundance (financial and otherwise) begins to show up.

Unfortunately, for the majority of people (70%) who live paycheck-to-paycheck, they end up more toward the scarcity point of the continuum as they are often worried about getting by on a day-to-day basis. So what can you do if you’re one of the many people who want to make a conscious energetic shift out of scarcity and toward sufficiency so that at some point in the near future you can powerfully invite abundance into your life?

The answer: focus on your financial health. Understand what financial health means to you and who the professionals are that can support you in understanding financial health. Begin to learn about money management and best practices when it comes to your finances, and complete a self-assessment of your own financial health.

As I’ve shared before in other articles, “The Financial Health Spectrumâ„¢” (which includes the 3 phases of Build, Protect, and Grow your financial assets) reflects different levels of financial health and is a good place for you to start assessing where you are and what the next best steps are for you to improve your financial health. You can use this spectrum to identify which financial expert can help you with your goals and to learn the next set of financial skills that will best support you.

Improving along the spectrum is a longer-term process since strengthening your financial foundation and building financial independence is often a multi-step journey that takes place over time and with attention to progress (and not perfection). It is also important to note that it is possible to be in more than one phase at the same time (i.e. saving for retirement (Grow) while looking to more proactively manage your monthly cash flow (Build) and put the proper legal paperwork in place (Protect)).

Take some time today to understand where you are in terms of your financial health – and ask yourself, are you ready to do what it takes to shift your financial energy and begin to create the abundant life of your dreams?

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