It’s Time To Take Back Our Power!

It’s been on my heart to discuss the sharp uptick in angst, anger, and dismay over the upcoming transition of power. It’s been a very difficult time for many as we watch in horror the things that have transpired since the election. Twitter fights, bullying, unnecessary aggression and devaluing of citizens lives, as legislators rush to dismantle cornerstones of our democracy and leave the public hanging high and dry… people they were elected (and paid very well) to protect and serve. It’s scarcity mentality at the utmost level.

Personally, I’ve had difficulty dealing with it as well – I cycle between anger, frustration, and sheer disbelief – along with what I have coined “Election Induced Tourrete Syndrome” – the compulsion to yell and curse in response to news commentators and public figures. Anyone else?

But I’m here today with good news.

WE CAN TAKE BACK OUR POWER. WE MUST. This moment in American history is like none other, and we cannot afford to stand back and take it.

  • If you’ve been wringing your hands, worrying and shut down, it’s time to shake it off and get into action.
  • If you’ve been waging wars on Facebook and Twitter, it’s time to turn that energy towards those in power and hold them accountable.

WE THE PEOPLE are in charge of this democracy. We own it. And we MUST step up to the plate. There have been other regimes around the world where tyrants have taken over, and people have survived. Resistances have formed. People find a way to thrive and stand for each other. It is no longer appropriate to sit back and wait for THEM to fix things. We are the leaders the worlds been waiting for. Each of us. It’s time to get to work.

What you can do:

  1. Like a good friend says, “Get local”. Volunteer for a cause you believe in. Get involved in local politics. Heck – run for office yourself! You have no idea the power that you possess. Be a part of the solution.
  2. Use your voice. Lobby your elected officials (at all levels) for the changes you stand for. Defend policies that are under attack. Be vigilant. Be fearless. There are many great organizations that stand for “the people” where you can amplify your voice – such as Common Cause, ACLU, People for the American Way, Color of Change, NAACP, Planned Parenthood and many others. Get involved. You don’t have to have all the answers.
  3. Take care of yourself, your family and your community. Life goes on. Enjoy life and embrace the people around you. Pray, feed your spiritual life and connect with like-minded people. Count your blessings and do what you can in the spaces you occupy.
  4. Be the change. Start something new. If you see a problem, find new ways to fix it. Step up in leadership. Use your gifts and talents to inject positivity and creativity into the world.

AND REMEMBER….

If it’s to be, it’s UP TO ME. 
The people, united, can never be defeated!

NOW is the time to step up to the challenge before us. WE CAN DO THIS. WE MUST. Future generations are depending on us. We can’t let them down.

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How do you live out God's plan for you?

A Reading from the Letter to the Ephesians 2: 10

What does this mean for us? God, our ultimate designer had an extraordinary purpose for creating us. He planned a mission so unique, that no one else can take ownership of it. Who are we to judge our own selves? God intended us and only us to serve Him in the way He prepared the world to receive us. He already knows the path we are to follow so that we can grow, thrive, find peace and abundance. God has given us His son Jesus to save us for when we stray from our path. God has laid the foundation of our life before us and reassures us that He is ever present in a world where only few promises are kept. He knows where and how we will falter, but we need to remember that through His light, goodness, and mercy, His love will forward us back to the direction of where we need to be in order to live good lives not only for ourselves, but others as well. Can you imagine a world where we all live up to our potential, are happy and living in abundance, where the seeds of peace can grow and spread, and where joy and compassion meet when someone is in despair? What you feel when you think about this? How can you play a role in the quest that each of us has been given to live out? You can do this, for it His dream for you has been breathed in your life at creation!

By: Gina Sannasardo

That Time Of Year...

It's that time of year again...are we preparing for festivities, parties, gift-buying, wrapping, and giving, sending out cards, going to parties, or preparing for our Savior to reside in our hearts? How do you best spend this time? What feels the best for you? It is often said it is a time to "WAKE-UP!" and get ready, feel alive, and put into action the feeling of peace, joy, love, and giving! How can we do less, to feel more? Does this make sense? Do less to feel more? When we are so busy and consumed with all the holiday happenings, we tend to feel stressed, tired, crabby, and maybe even numb. Doing less and saying no to all the hustle and bustle can actually allow us to feel more, or at least feel what we want to feel-joyful, charitable, kinder, and calmer. How do you choose to feel this holiday season?

By: Gina Sannasardo

The Season of Fall

Many people view fall as a time to shed what is old before it dies. This can be true, but instead of looking at it as a time of death, how would it be it we looked at it as a time of renewal? When you think of the beauty of renewal, like to beauty in the colorful foliage, one can see the whole process of letting go and being renewed as a beautiful process as well. It takes time, just like being patient for all the leaves to fall. Often there are one or two leaves hanging on 'til the bitter end of the season. This can be compared to us having a difficult time letting go of unsupportive habits, or being challenged in making an uncomfortable decision and deciding to take action. Although, the tree looks bare once all the leaves have fallen, we too might feel vulnerable, abandoned, or alone once we have decided to do something that perhaps others don't agree with. What is amazing with this process is that after this period of regret, or desolation, is the birth of a new you ready to bud and grow in a way that seemed almost impossible. Just remember the beauty of the spring flowers that bring about hope for many. Be patient with yourself, believe that after this difficulty, the you that you want to be is in bloom sooner than you think! Are you ready to shed what is holding you back?

 

Gina Sannasardo

www.findinggodspeace.com

 

The Day I Took A Technology Break

I remember the day well, Tuesday, January 26th. The day I logged off all social media sites. Why did I decide to log off? I was exhausted. 

I was smack in the middle (day 5 of 10) of my fourth round of antibiotics in four months. To say I was exhausted doesn’t actually convey the extent of my illness. I mean, this was beyond the typical levels of exhausted brought about by a life that involves too much coffee, not enough sleep and chasing small children. This was more than racing to meet deadlines, draft programs and get the holiday cheer wrapped and under the tree. This was a bona fide sick, and no matter what I did, I wasn’t getting any better. 

Yes, I know that might sound overly dramatic. Still, as I sat watching my child’s dance class I contemplated every angle of planning necessary for a childfree weekend on a secluded beach. 

The lynchpin of my fantasy: the elusive lack of any and all cell phone service. 

The notion of being ‘unreachable’ filled me with a blissful and giddy glee. Just meditation, barefoot walks on warm sand, uninterrupted, leisurely time with the love of my life and perhaps an exotic cocktail or two. Quickly (and sadly) I realized the beach weekend was a bust. However,  I also realized what I was truly longing for: the coveted ‘unreachable’ status. That was something I could do.  Yes, it was something I would do.

I was instantly at peace with the decision to unplug. I moved quickly and decisively – choosing a day with an already light schedule. Just a month before I had published my one word manifesto of 2016: Me! In the last days of 2015 I embraced the search for the word I would claim as a beacon for the New Year.  Me with a deliberately capitalized M – the Me of my higher, enlightened Self. I had pledged to practice radical self-care, to heal my body and spirit, exiting the antibiotic roller coaster once and for all. 

What could be more in line with beacon of Me? Unplugging Me was the first expression of radical self-care of 2016 and it went without a hitch. In a dark hour of illness I unplugged leaving this note on my social media pages: 

“They say everything will work better if you unplug it for a while. I’m unplugging Me for the next 24 hours. All sessions will commence as planned. Please call with any questions or to book an appointment.” 

On January 26th I embraced my first act of radical, unapologetic self-care. In the process I enjoyed a hot cup of coffee while it was still hot. Seems my coffee grew cold while I was scrolling through feeds and re-tweeting the profound wisdom of fellow coaches. No one complained, no clients balked, and I came back refreshed, invigorated and engaged.  

The lack of excess static was refreshing, so refreshing this unplugged day has become my monthly retreat and gift of self care to myself.


Jennifer Bellber is a Certified Professional Life Coach & Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner. She's a wife, mother of a toddler, sometimes blogger, photographer for fun and charitable causes, slow runner and weight lifting enthusiast who reduced her physical self by 120 pounds a few years ago. 

Jennifer's passion is helping overwhelmed parents figure out who they want to be when their kids grow up, ditch the Mommy Guilt (or Daddy Guilt as the case may be) and live a connected, empowered, wickedly amazing sexy life of their own design.

To learn more about Jennifer, visit: www.jenniferbellber.com

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The Dangers of Living on Auto-Pilot

Life comes at you fast. It can be full of ups and downs. There’s some good and some bad. And sometimes you end up just plain tired – stressed and overwhelmed. And you might want something to just go on predictably for a change, right? Maybe? Or maybe not so much.

How’s your life going? Do you feel like you’re on top of your game and things are going well? Or are you starting to feel that nagging sensation that there’s got to be more? Or do you  feel like it’s time for a change – but you might be a little bit afraid or a lot afraid of doing what it needs to be done in order to create that change? I feel you. I’ve been there. Many times.

Today I just want to encourage you about not getting lulled into the complacency of autopilot. Because here’s the tragedy. The tragedy is that many, many people live their lives on autopilot. They wake up, get dressed, go to work or go about their days – business as usual. One day blends into the next and blends into the next and you look up in five years have passed. You think about all those dreams and all those ambitions that you had once upon a time. You might start to think maybe it’s too late.

But let me say something to you loud and clear! It is NEVER TOO LATE!

It’s never too late to try something new.

It’s never too late to pursue your passion.

It’s never too late to say yes to your soul.

If you are ready to say yes to your soul and to pursue something that has been tugging at your heart for a very long time – IT IS TIME TO START.

It’s time to take a risk.

It’s time to step out of your comfort zone.

It’s time to take yourself seriously and honor your truest desires.

ARE YOU READY?

Come with me and let’s take this adventure together! Because after all – it’s YOUR life, and you have a say! And it is time to JUST DO YOU!

Many blessings to you and yours from in from my heart to yours.  I pray that you will create the life of your dreams. If anything in this message inspired you to think about something different, to do something different, to make a bold decision – I encourage you to reach out to me.

Email me at trina@mycoachtrina.com, and let’s set up a time to talk about how you can take things to the next level in your life. I look forward to speaking with you!

Yours in UNLIMITED possibility,

Trina Ramsey


Career & Life Strategist

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My Visions Of Christmas Spirit Dancing In My Head

Isn't there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about asks our friend Charlie Brown.  So in the spirit of Christmas, I am not going to write about advice or what my view of relationships are but instead focus on what's upon us..the spirit of Christmas.  The magic of the holidays are in the air and it brings people together like nothing else we know.  Enemies become friends after a few drinks at the company party or around the Festivus Pole.  Grinch's hearts will grow three sizes when embraced by the power of giving this time of year.  What about the magic of mistletoe that allows all of us to feel a little giddy, get a little lucky and steal a kiss from someone that you never thought possible.  Now that's my idea of Christmas Stollen! Speaking of, if you are thinking of passing that off as a holiday treat, I WILL report your bread stolen because you should be arrested!

For most of us, it brings back memories of childhoods past, making gigantic lists, helping bake cookies and watching the timeless classics on TV.  Schools would be decorated with the red and green rings we made with dull scissors that bruised our fingers, fragile (it must be Italian!) paper and minty paste.  

Maybe you went to a neighbor's house like I did and made trimmings of popcorn and cranberry for your tree with thread and a needle that you stabbed yourself with repeatedly.  Or maybe you went to the mall to get a picture taken on the Big Man's lap and whisper a last minute gift in his ear.  He asks, “How about a nice football?”.  And your response is, “No! No! I want an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle!”.  All together now...YOU'LL SHOOT YOUR EYE OUT KID!  

One of my fondest memories was waiting outside on a cold night for Santa to come around on the firetruck.  I could hear the music and see the lights flashing from blocks away.  

My heart raced with anticipation and filled up with such joy and excitement as he pulled onto my street.  To see him wave to me and have his helpers give out candy canes as my dad handed them a bottle of holiday “spirits” will be something that will always bring me back to what being a kid at Christmas was all about.  Appropriately enough as I write this, I'm listening to the only song that truly puts me in the holiday mood, Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town by Bruce Springsteen.  It gives me the chills every time I hear the bells shaking, Bruce talking to the band and Clarence and then saying “Everybody out there been good or what? That's not many, you guys are in trouble out here.”.  The power of that song makes me happier than you can imagine at Christmas time.  What else would you expect from a Jersey boy?

Most importantly, let us not forget this time of year is not about gift giving but more about appreciating your fellow man, not taking for granted what you have and giving back in any way, no matter how small it might be.  Every gesture done in good faith this time of year is magnified tenfold because there are so many who won't have an opportunity to experience what a real Christmas should feel like.  

Therefore, take a moment to be thankful for your health, your family and your friends who support you year round.  In doing so, it just may inspire you to do something great and show others what the Christmas spirit truly means to you!


Sean Michael Kehoe is a certified personal trainer of ten years who owns and operates Transformations By Sean Michael, a fitness and wellness solutions training company.  Certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, he holds certifications as a Personal Trainer, Weight Loss Specialist and Golf Fitness Specialist.  

Source: http://www.transformedbysean.com/

Beauty For Ashes - Living with Pain

About two years ago, my husband and I decided to do a 7 day fast. I had not done a fast in several years due to being diagnosed as Pre-Diabetic, having Fibromyalgia Syndrome and High Blood Pressure. I typically wouldn’t alter anything from the routine of food I consumed because any little imbalance could result in weeks of unrelenting pain. I chose not to take all of the pain meds prescribed by my doctors because I believe they just mask the pain, cause dependency and decrease the quality of life. Some people believe differently, however this is my choice. I choose to endure the pain, press through, lean into it, so I can lead a somewhat normal life. So as you can imagine a 7 day fast could have grave implications on my well-being, not to mention I had to go to the corporate headquarters to sit in meetings for 4 days. Well I was on day 3 and I had a headache that was unbearable!!! I felt like I was going to pass out. Then a co- worker noticed I was not myself and asked me what was wrong. I broke down and told her I was fasting and just like someone delirious in pain, I went on and on about how hungry I was and how the pain was racking my body. I was almost in tears. But then this women looked at me with so much love and compassion and said to me, “Compare the suffering”. It was like a bolt of lightning had struck and landed directly on my soul. What she was saying was to compare the suffering of Jesus with my own current situation. Well how was I supposed to do that? There is no comparison and her point was well received. I went to the bathroom and prayed for strength and thanked Jesus for His suffering for me. I then put mind over matter and went on with my meeting. An hour later, lunch was served and miraculously all the things I could eat, were served. My pain was still there, but I needed to put it into perspective. Pain is sometimes necessary. In Jesus case it was necessary and in our lives it can be a necessary benefit as well. This is how pain benefits me:

Pain lets me know I’m alive. We’ve all heard the saying “I pinched myself to see if this is real”. People say that because the pain from the pinch lets them know whatever it is, is real. So many of us go through life sleepwalking and acting like the walking dead. We are not living life, just going through it, numb to everything around us. But when you experience pain, it becomes a wake up call. Pain lets you know you are still here and have work to do.

Pain lets me know something is wrong. In general, pain is an indicator that something is amiss in the body and needs to be healed or corrected. Similarly, pain in my life lets me know I’m not sleeping enough, not eating properly or dealing with too much stress. It also tells me when my body has had its fill of activities and when it is time to rest. My body in the past would lie to me. I would be tired and stressed and it would keep going, acting as if everything was okay when it wasn’t. My pain is like the truth ringing in my ears, loudly, screaming….TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!

Pain helps me to be more compassionate. I have to admit, before my fibromyalgia diagnosis, I was hard on people who claimed limitations. If you were sick, get over it and come to work anyway. If you were going through a break up, cry for 2 days and get back on the wagon. When people claimed to be fatigued, I thought that just meant they were tired or sleepy. And hey, we can sleep when we are dead, right? Wrong! The first time I felt fatigue, which is commonplace these days, I thought I was dying a slow death. Tired is to someone pinching you as fatigue is to someone hitting you with a baseball bat. They are NOT the same. And everything people go through in life, whether pain in their body, hearts or minds should be handled with the utmost care. People in pain should be held with compassion, not pity, not disbelief and not business as usual, but compassion. God blessed me with a compassionate husband who along with my pain has taught me to extend grace, passion and love. I am thankful for my pain because It has made me a better person.

Finally, pain gives me purpose.God promises us Beauty for Ashes. This simply means that out of our pain, disappointments and brokenness, beauty will manifest itself. There is a purpose to everything….nothing God does is in vain. I… like Paul have asked God to take this thorn from me and He up to this point has said no. And because I trust God and refuse to lean on my own understanding, I know there is a purpose for my pain. Around the same time I was diagnosed with my incurable, life long pain, my grandson died. It was because of these instances that my purpose was born. I got serious about my life, I got engaged in life, I stopped playing church and lived for Christ. I sought my purpose and began living in it. Now pain moved in with my purpose and they will not be separated. And I’m okay with that as long as I am living a purposeful life. No one ever told us that finding our purpose would be a painless life. Just look at Mother Theresa, Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Pain followed them, it was part of their purpose. And part of my purpose is to help other Chronic pain sufferers know that they can still have purposeful and wonderful life.

Beauty for Ashes is what God promised me. So I can hold on. I can see the big picture. I can endure the pain. I understand its benefits. I thank the Lord for my pain. But its hard. It’s especially hard on days like today when I can barely type this blog, I’m fatigued, I’m experiencing brain fog and my body feels like its been hit by a Mack truck. However, I will overcome, because I have work to do. I have a purpose…..

Audaciously,

Natasha

Source: https://elevatesite.wordpress.com/2015/10/...

The Power Of Your Thoughts

Have you ever wondered how powerful your thoughts are? Do you know that what you think is what you make manifest in your life?

You may profess you seek for abundance but without having a thought process or mindset inline and aligned with abundance, it will be hard to achieve. Our thoughts are life and bring about the blessings we experience. The moment we align our thoughts to the words we speak as our minds process those, we walk in the realm of that which is spoken.

We may subconsciously think that some things are not attainable. The more we allow our thoughts to remain in that subconscious state; we will not be able to achieve those things. We are created to achieve the impossible and can truly make this happen by a making a shift in our mindset.

We were created with abundance from our inception and our conception. In this lies the power that allows us to fulfill every possibility. However, some tasks may seem daunting but are attainable, as long as we set our minds on endless possibilities. 

Choose to speak life to every situation you face. What you speak is what you make happen. What you make happen, is what you work at. What you work at, is what leads to your success. Without a shift in your mindset, there will be no shift. Start to make that shift and see things begin to manifest in abundance. Learn to tame your thoughts; do not let your thoughts tame you. There is power in your thoughts and it commands the words you utter. The more positive thoughts you have, the more positive things will manifest in your life. Shift your thoughts towards positivity. A positive mindset can only yield positive results.

Copyright © 2014 Kemi Sogunle - www.love-not-hurt.org

Kemi Sogunle is an author, writer, speaker, professional life and relationship coach.  She is also the Founder/CEO of the nonprofit organization (501c3), Love Not Hurt, an organization that promotes self-development, building healthier and stronger relationships while living with purpose.

Source: http://www.love-not-hurt.org