Does this bring me JOY?

What is getting in your way of a JOYful Journey?

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We all have things in our lives that get in the way.
It could be negative friends, a failing relationship or an unhappy job situation.
All of these things are types of clutter that gets in our way.
Is clutter an obstacle on your path?
Today, I’d like to focus on the clutter that is around you in your house. This is a very therapeutic place to start …. deCluttering what is directly in contact with your life, at this very moment. It’s a great way to cleanse your house and mind and get on the path to eliminating the baggage that holds you back from being your true self and having the life you want.
By deCluttering the things around you, you start to feel better about yourself, which in turn can help you eliminate the other areas of clutter in your life.
Take Inventory!
Is your closet stuffed full of clothes you never wear?
Is there no room in your garage for your car?
Is your house in a tizzy?
Do you spend an endless amount of time looking for things?
Do you wish that you were more organized?
What is going on in your world?
Are you living in a world of clutter and disorganization?
I have too much stuff
You are busy with your life, your career, your hobbies, your family. We downsize our dreams of how our life might be. Can you relate to this? Sometimes it doesn’t so feel good.
I invite you to look around you in this moment.
Is your desk covered with papers and junk?
Are things spilling around you and on to the floor?
Is there a mess in the kitchen sink from last night’s dinner?
Are your clothes scattered all over your bedroom?
“But . . . I don’t know where to start.”

As you look around you, I want to invite you let’s have a conversation to help support you in making your life more in alignment with your vision and who you really want and desire to be ….. to be clutter free ….. to know where things are …… to save time in knowing where everything is and create more time in your life to do the things you really want to do.
A place for everything! A thing for every place!
After many years of being disorganized myself, I have learned some valuable tools to help you reclaim, find and build your life back again to live without the clutter and disorganization. So many of us are striving for this but we don’t know where to start.
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I encourage you to take a few moments and feel the space around you. How would you envision your space to look? How would having less clutter help you see your life and the world? How would this renewal of space help you in your daily life?
How can deCluttering help me get organized in other areas of my life? 

Listen to your thoughts. 
I invite you to claim your space and your surroundings for YOU. Take responsibility, listen to your heart and step into a new way of thinking as you clear the clutter from your life.
Ask yourself …… “Does this bring me JOY?”
I have a FREE offer for you …… Let’s arrange a time for us to talk about deCluttering your life and your space. Click this link to schedule.  Sometimes, all we need is a guiding hand for support.
You know . . .  you can do this! 
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“Out of clutter, find simplicity.”
~ Albert Einstein ~
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Do You Feel It?

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 “No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it.
We must learn to see the world anew.”

~  Albert Einstein ~ 

When we look at the world through the eyes that have been viewing the same situations of our past we keep ourselves stuck in the same place. When we use the same logic and conclusions in our minds that have not served us in the past, we block ourselves from enjoying the richness and fullness that life has in store for us.
It’s these thoughts that continue to bubble up inside our heads and keep us stuck. It’s these thoughts that we are not good enough, not rich enough, not smart enough, not lovable or even attractive enough. You fill in the blanks.
When we stay in this power we cannot create abundance for ourselves because we identify ourselves as being in the position of a victim.
If we are facing a situation of fear or anger and we stay in the same mind-set, there is little chance that we will be able to reach a state of peace and understanding when we are telling ourselves how angry or fearful we are inside. It’s all about “self-talk” and what we talk about in our heads that keep us in a state of drama and restlessness.
BUT when we change our thoughts, shift our power, and step outside our limitations, that’s when we see the bigger picture. When we open our minds to the possibilities of what could be and what we deserve, these emotions fall away to positive and expanding possibilities. When we connect ourselves to our inner wisdom, see and feel the underlying causes of our drama and emotions, step away and view them from another perspective, then we see the world in a different way of peace and love. As Einstein says, when we raise our consciousness and allow ourselves to shift into our power and embrace ourselves with love and affection, we see the world in a different way.

So how do we do that? 

1.  Breathe. Stop what you are doing and feel your breath. Breathe in and out. If your mind starts jumping around with thoughts, stay with it. Just keep focusing on your breath.
2.  Accept what is. Feel your emotions fully. If it is anger, step outside your mind for a moment and feel what is going on. You can even give it a shape or color or sound to help you feel it. That will help it to dissipate.
3.  Focus on what is going on outside. If it doesn’t help to feel what is going on inside, focus on the outside. What do you feel? Are you sweating? Does your stomach feel like it’s in knots? Distract your mind with something that makes you feel good, like taking a walk in Nature, noticing the trees, flowers, or birds. Listen to music. Crank it up. Feel the beat. Do something that you haven’t done for yourself in a while, like play on the swings at the local play ground, talk to a stranger and compliment them in some way. Buy yourself a little something special.
4.  This too shall pass. If you are still scared, or angry or fearful, tell yourself that this will not last forever, even though it feels like it will. It won’t. It’s all part of life’s dance and something sent to use as a learning tool. Inside you are still a worthy and lovable person. You are worthy of respect and yes, shit happens to all of us.
5.  Don’t try to solve the problem. When you feel overwhelmed, it’s natural to want to alleviate the situation so you feel better. However, it’s probably not going to go away immediately, so sleep on it or talk to someone to get their perspective. Allow yourself to get more centered before trying to fix the problem.
6.  Look at the world from a different perspective. Change your state.  Treat yourself with love and care that you deserve. Mentally, challenge yourself to look at the world with another perspective. Do you feel the difference?

Failures or Blessings?

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 “Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.”

~ Albert Einstein, or Ben Franklin, or Mark Twain ~
Somehow we can’t decide who really said this.  AA even takes credit for it!

Many of us try to do the same thing over and over and continually get the same results, like relationships. Do you know people who continually look for the same qualities in a person with many times characteristics that are the same as the last person? That relationship didn’t work out, yet they jump right back into the frying pan again with another person who displays many of the same characteristics of the last relationship.

So next time we try something different. But is it really “different”?  Do try this again in a slightly different way hoping for a different outcome in an attempt to avoid failure again. But is it really failure?  Or is it a lesson that life is teaching us?

Really, when you analyze the saying, it is contradictory. If you do the same thing over and over you do get the same results, as in a chemistry experiment. If you expect different results, you are probably not doing the exact thing or your expectations are based on another result. You try something different hoping for a different outcome. When you do the same thing over and over you intend to get the same results.

Instead, this time, we ask for an entirely different outcome, or leave it up to the Universe to guide us on the path that we should be traveling. Whether it is looking for a mate or another career path, decide what is it that you really want? Leave the past behind. It’s all happened. You can’t do anything about it. It’s history. What’s next?

Turn your failures into blessings!

All those previous “unsuccessful” moments were just leading up to this moment.

It all begins with: Who am I? What is my purpose?

Today is a day of new beginnings. Today is a day of taking the first steps toward a new journey. Take time today to celebrate your choice to live in your own truths, mindfully doing what you were meant to do and with your entire body, mind and spirit. Create a space to manifest your dreams, your new life and your heart’s desire.

Welcome to your journey!

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

I’m pretty sure
~Mark Twain ~
said that!

About the Photo: Buddha holding the Tree of Life

Everything I know . . .


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verything I know is but a drop in the ocean of knowledge.
~~ Albert Einstein ~~

About the photo:  Rain on Skunk Lily (or Cabbage) Leaf.  (Also called the Rainforest Crocus, certainly a prettier name.)  They have a very pungent skunk-like smell when they bloom, hence the name.   As the harbinger of Spring, they are fondly enjoyed by the deer and bear.  I guess they don’t mind if they have skunk breath.


My Tlingit Native best friend and I often spent the afternoon picking Beach Asparagus or beach combing.  (That’s an another post for another day, perhaps several.)  Before we left the house, we packed a few frozen fillet of Salmon for dinner.  We gathered rocks and wood from the beach, made a fire and went scouting for Skunk Cabbage leaves.  This is an old Tlingit tradition.  Today, we would wrap meat in aluminum foil, the Tlingits (pronounced Klink-it) used the leaves to wrap the fish and then bake it over the fire to savor the flavor.  And you know that everything tastes better when cooked outdoors!  Delicious!!

Skunk Lily’s beautiful yellow heads peaking out over the Klawock River,
on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska.