Permission to Nurture yourself – granted!

Permission to Nurture yourself – granted!

This time of year is great to spend the time to go within so you can reflect on what worked, what didn’t and what you would like to do or do more of going forward. 

Self-Awareness is the key to show up as you and start embracing who you are – flaws and all. Think about where you’ve been hiding and ponder the reasons. Perhaps you feel like you can’t be your true self because what will your mother think? How will your best friend react?  

It is okay to be you! 

You can’t push for growth and change but you can allow for it to unfold at its own pace while holding the faith that all will be as it should. When you work too hard through the resistance, there’s a message in there so give yourself permission to hear it and take a break. 

This is where giving yourself permission to nurture yourself is important and comes into play. Take time for a quiet walk or a bath to allow your thoughts and feelings to rise and look at them from the outside in. What is the message? What are these thoughts and feelings trying to tell you?

Nurture yourself by quietly writing them out with a cup of coffee (or tea) and reflect. The answers you want or are looking for are within that space. And when you honor yourself, you are opening yourself up to receiving – whether it will be your next step or something else. 

Reach out and allow other’s to support and nurture you. Don’t push them away during your challenging days – instead, invite them in. Share your thoughts and maybe let them pamper you for a change. 
 
Trust your Creative Spark

Trust your Creative Spark

Every time you ponder your life purpose or a specific situation, pay attention and use your intuition and creative spark to help guide you. Sometimes we need to just pay attention to signals from others and our own intuition.

This can throw things out of balance and may need more of your attention. Perhaps a shift in your exercise routine or your nutrition is in order. Your body knows things and your intuition will share this with you. And it could also be the people in your world, the job, the family and maybe friends too. Your intuition is your own inner personal wisdom center. Make it your best friend!

Of course, sometimes we need to stay in the background rather than trying to control the tide. Just being present doesn’t require pushing your own agenda on other people. And it doesn’t mean to stay stagnant but sometimes simply observing the world around you can give you exactly the information you are wanting and perhaps even needing. And then infuse it all with compassion and maybe forgiveness.

Trust your Creative Spark because it is in that process her you can acknowledge your feelings and express your thoughts. That intuition, your own inner personal wisdom center, will guide you so give it permission to exist. Journal about what your body needs or your mind needs and maybe what you need overall. Free write this without judgment and censoring. This can be not only revealing but give you the release and healing you need to move forward.

Bring yourself back into Harmony

Bring yourself back into Harmony

Have you been holding your breath? Did you even notice?

Are you feeling a bit more tired?

Holding your breath often relates to survival mode or perceived danger. It also has an influence on setting goals and taking that very first step. OR when life gets a little bit too crazy and you don’t really know what is up or down.

And when you’re holding your breath, you will have a tendency to suppress thoughts and emotions that feel heavy and negative. But the thing is that in order to release the thoughts, feelings and even people that no longer are useful in your life or needed, holding your breath is spending the energy you don’t really have to give away.

Sometimes you don’t notice what you’re holding on to with dear life and so the energy becomes heavy. Connect with your senses by going outdoors for a walk, take a warm bath, listen to music or create art. It’s in that process thoughts and feelings can and will open themselves to you that are ready to be healed and let go off.

But perhaps before you begin or even during said activities, close your eyes for a moment and take three deep breath and fully be aware of the present. And then take three more breath acknowledging your inner chaos and the heaviness you’ve been feeling. Take three more breath and remember when everything as on harmony and as you exhale with each breath, release the energy that has found itself to you but is no longer serving you.

Sometimes the best thing one can do when trying to find balance again is to let go and get lost – not in the physical sense but in a “you’re so into your activity that you’ve lost space and time”.

Give yourself the opportunity to get lost so you can release the energy that’s causing you to hold your breath and then open yourself up to release it one exhale at a time!

Building relationships – Part of the Key to success

Building relationships – Part of the Key to success

So, last Friday, I was hanging out on the futon, reading and just kind of getting lost in my book. At about 9 pm I received a text that said something along the lines of: “Got time in the morning to be on the air? 7:30 in the studio?”

Why yes, yes I do.

And even if I had something planned on a Saturday morning for some reason, I found have found a way to be there. Not only to help out my friend because that’s like a no-brainer but dude free airtime on the radio where I get to be center of attention for 10 minutes? Yes, please.

And then, Saturday morning rolled around and I was there at 7:25 and recorded this quick video. I believe that when we know that opportunities can show up at any moment, then they will. And it helps when you have relationships with people. I mean those relationships that matter – not the ones that feed your ego and are self-serving and one-sided.

But that wasn’t the only time during that week where I was reminded that relationships are pretty important – no matter your career choice.

Because my weekly accountability partner had just had her 3 days even and I was a surprise bonus for anyone that invested into her mentorship program.

It can be challenging to build relationships and yet it shouldn’t be. My accountability partner and I met in a program we both invest in and even though the accountability piece ended for us, we continue to meet, week after week and it’s really turned into an amazing friendship.

And my friend, the radio host? Well, I look forward to co-working where both are going to get some things done that have been neglected and/or work ahead so we can have more control over our time.

As much as we perhaps love to do things on our own, but the reality is that we don’t really do it all alone. There are people in your world that support you, even if they don’t do or say anything in the scheme of things. And then there are the people that do things that you never expected, like your services being the surprise bonus or being on a radio show.

Petra Monaco

Are you waiting for the right time to follow the spark?

Are you waiting for the right time to follow the spark?

Can I ask you something?

Do you feel nudges inside of you to act on an idea you’ve had mulling around in your head?

I like to call them sparks because you’re brain fired off an idea but there’s a connecting missing to get it going – kind of like when a care doesn’t start properly for the engine to start.

And just like when a car doesn’t make the connection properly and it needs to go to the mechanic, you too could use a little work so that all cylinders are a go so you can act on your idea.

Here’s what I know to be true: 

The right time doesn’t really exist when it comes to you, your idea and taking action.

  • That book isn’t going to write itself
  • That business isn’t going to gain traction
  • That relationship isn’t going to improve

But more than anything else your self-acceptance isn’t just going to show up even if you were too when you start doing what your soul calls you to do and your mind tells you it’s a brilliant idea.

Until 2007, I talked about that one day I would write a book about growing up in foster care and I did all the prep work. Created a timeline of important points I wanted to cover and then it just stood at a standstill. But then through the experience with my son and the recognition that life is too damn short, I wrote and published my book in 2009.

And every time I have a spark fire off, I remind myself that life’s too short and I owe it to myself to see where it goes!

Every dream, spark, and goal needs mindset work that includes:

  • Self-awareness of where you are right now and who you are
  • Self-acceptance and embracing yourself to the fullest
  • The willingness to look at yourself from a different angle

I created this guide to help you get started on your journey because when you want to follow your spark, you have to start with yourself!

You owe it to yourself to explore you and see where those sparks lead you!

Behind the Scenes of the Rebel Spark Collective

Behind the Scenes of the Rebel Spark Collective

For the last months or so I have been talking about the Rebel Spark Collective and thought perhaps you’d really like to know what’s on the inside.

9 times out of 10 before I invest in something I like to know what it looks like and what I can expect and even what it looks and feel like. I think it’s actually an important part of the decision-making process of investing. 

And the thing of it is, being able to sneak a peek can make it easier to understand what’s happening and you’re not disillusioned about expectations of yourself and in this case me.

What you will find is a private safe community forum that’s not connected on Social Media.

The images are a preview of the layout.

 

P.S. Any questions or feedback on what you see, leave a comment

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