My Morning Ritual for Health, Happiness, and Longevity

My Morning Ritual for Health, Happiness, and Longevity

The best morning ritual is one that makes people happy, is realistically doable, and where it helps them get motivated and energized for their day. In order for me to feel this way, I like to begin my day in an unhurried gentle pace.

A good morning for me starts with waking up from a night of fasting, which can be 12 to 15 hours. Intermittent fasting decreases inflammation, free-radical damage, and weight gain. It increases insulin sensitivity reducing the chance of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Fasting may also increase your life span.

As I come around, I try to remember not to reach for my phone and instead snuggle with my furbabies and maybe ask for a gentle back rub from my partner. This touch and connection with my family during my morning ritual supports mind, body, and heart/spirit coherence essential to my healthy and happy life.

I get up and answer nature’s call and then I do my stretches and joint motion exercises. My routine starts with downward dog and cobra stretches which I hold for 8 seconds each and do 5x.  Bringing your head below your heart, especially in moves such as downward dog, a head stand, or handstand helps to move your cerebral spinal fluid promoting health and longevity. I continue to move through my joints and do a little more stretching that target my neck, chest, and back so that I’m always supporting my good posture.   

Jeanne's trampolineNext, it’s time to get on my trampoline which I do for 10 to 30 minutes. This is a recent addition to my regiment and I’m loving it! I see myself using my trampoline for the rest of my life.

While jumping, I listen to a podcast or TED video.  I am passionate about increasing my knowledge. I love being inspired by others and feeling connected with like-minded individuals. Even though it’s through the media and I’m not actually there, I know through listening, I’m participating in the collective consciousness shift which is important to me.

Jeanne's Quan Yin MalaAfter the trampoline, I break for water and then do a deep breath meditation. I use my Quan Yin mala during my practice as it makes it easy to stay focused. This particular mala has less beads than a traditional 108 bead mala and it’s perfect for my meditation allowing for 39 deep breaths with 3 chances for breath retention (holding your breath for as long as you can).

This type of meditation has many benefits such as bringing oxygen to tissues and organs, activating the vagus nerve, and improving the immune system. Along with the deep breathing, I also practice gratitude or say the Ho’oponopono chant which calms my mind, expands my heart, and raises my positive vibration.

Breakfast lately consists of 2 pasture eggs, toast with grass-fed butter & biodynamic jam, and rooibos tea with coconut milk and cinnamon. I was adding lion’s mane powder to my tea, but now I take a supplement capsule with breakfast. Lion’s mane has many benefits some of which are enhancing memory and brain function, aiding the nervous system, and supporting the immune system. Follow this article link if you want great ideas for an ageless lifestyle breakfast and to learn the benefits of foods such as pastured eggs and coconut oil.

Finally, I take my dogs for a walk in the park where we ground—practice earthing—and let nature do her thing which is to bring us in her resonance. Spending time in nature is the best medicine for mood enhancement and well-being cultivation. Daily leisurely walking is the backbone of my health and wellness program.

My morning ritual has evolved throughout the years and after 40+ years, I’ve created habits that support my health, happiness, and longevity aspirations. I hope this post inspires you to look at your own morning routine and to see what you can do to support your ageless living goals.

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Your coach,
Jeanne

Here are videos worth watching::

Intermittent fasting and its benefits…

A thought-provoking video on the cerebral spinal fluid…

How to Make Time Last Longer and Your Memory Sharper

How to Make Time Last Longer and Your Memory Sharper

Many of us wish we had more time in a day, in the week, and so forth to accomplish all we want to do. Those who follow an ageless lifestyle balance these feelings with a timeless attitude.

It’s  an attitude where we believe everything that is supposed to get done will be done. It’s a perspective where we know—at the core—that we are always in the right place at the right time and where everything happens for a reason and that it all happens in divine time.

With this belief system, there is also the aspect of time “expansion”—where we find the time to get things done in less time than most. For example, it’s where you complete a project quicker than you planned or where you’re able to do something faster than the norm.

When people get a lot done in less time—as if time expanded for them so they could do more—they describe this phenomenon as “being in the zone” , “in flow,” and where they felt “connected” , “guided,” and where “everything was in sync,” and so on.

Another facet of this timeless way of being is enjoying the present. The “now” moment is where we experience true joy, peace, and bliss.  As too much past and future “living” can lead to pain, regret, and an existence lived in fear.

Today, I want to share with you a different way to be timeless. In this post, I want to teach you how to feel like time is moving “slower” so you can enjoy certain moments longer.

Make Time Last Longer and Sharpen Your Memory

Haven’t there been times in your life where you wished something—an exceptional experience—lasted longer? Like a great date, family moments, or a big celebration?

Don’t you also wish you could remember fond memories better?

Here’s a technique to make those times “slow down” so you can extend those experiences as well as remember them with vivid clarity later in life.

Turn these special moments (or any experience you wish) into a kind of meditation.

Meditation is normally thought of as a time where we close our eyes, focus on breath, and practice “clearing the mind.” That is one type of meditation, but there are many. It’s my belief that you can turn anything into a meditation and you do this through your intention.

Turn anything into a meditation by slowing down your movements, ritualizing the act, and doing it with love and gratitude.

Slowing down how you do your activities or how you experience situations improves your focus, heightens your senses, and  increases your awareness of the moment.

When you are focused, intuitive, and aware—you’re feeling your feelings deeper and you are more engaged in the activity. In this space, you can have the feeling of time “slowing down” which draws out the experience and gives you more “time” to enjoy the moment.

When should you use this nifty tool?

Anytime you want to prolong feeling good.

You can also use this skill to manage stress, increase calmness, and get grounded in the present.

Practice this technique on a simple task that you do each day, like making coffee or having an afternoon tea.

  • Slow down your movements.
  • Show care and attention to each action executed.
  • Focus on the details of what you’re doing.
  • Notice the feel, look, sound, smell, and taste.
  • Note your feelings—reactions—to all those things.
  • Do the activity with love.
  • Feel happy and grateful as you do it.

After you’ve practiced, apply it to a positive situation that you want to prolong and commit to memory such as a deep conversation with a friend, a night of love making, or perhaps reading to your child.

Slow down time for those moments you want to cherish. Pay close attention to details you want to remember. Feel grateful that you have the chance to experience whatever it is because all of life’s moments are a gift of time not given to all.

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Your coach,
Jeanne

Knowing My Why and Finally Accepting It -- Priceless

Knowing My Why and Finally Accepting It — Priceless

I am called to “come out” once again. I’m urged from within to speak my truth—own up to who I am—and what is.

The first time I came out on this blog was to reveal that though Inspire Youthful is about ageless beauty, timeless living, and how to do that through health, nutrition, DIY self-care, and mindful practices, it’s more so—at the core—about spiritual awakening and how living in that vibration gets you an ageless lifestyle.

This is still true and very much how I live.

I started Inspire Youthful to share my ageless living practices—and it’s something I will continue—but now I’m being “told” to focus on my true nature.

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

I’ve known my “why” for some time, but I was too chicken to admit it. Or, perhaps, I still had many lessons to learn, wounds to heal, and confidence to build before I could own up to it. (Yup, probably all that.)

So here goes the proverbial throwing of the gauntlet…

I am a psychic healer and I feel called to share this spiritual gift with others to help them in their healing journey.

Looking back and connecting the dots, I realize I’ve always been psychic. As a kid, I thought I was an oddball, that  I had an over-active imagination, and that I was too sensitive. As an adult,  I used euphemisms to describe myself such as being an intuitive, empath, and even, an “energy” healer because I was afraid to use the word “psychic.”

Growing up in the 80’s—with 1-800-psychic commercials—the word “psychic” had too many undesirable connotations. Also, people who admitted such things in the past have been persecuted in many ways and so—why would anyone want to admit to being that?

It’s scary to feel things so deeply, to see both darkness and light potential. It’s hard to explain to people you hear and see things others may not because you’re afraid they’ll make fun of you, call you a fraud, and plainly—just be mean to you.

Here’s the deal…

I’m not here to convince anyone that I’m psychic or that what I “see” , “feel”, and “hear” is real.

It’s real for me and that’s good enough.

It feels real to the people I’ve helped and that’s where the confidence to reveal this information has come from. By the by, I’m not here to force anyone into “healing” either.

Also, since I’m being real, I was “told”—by an entity named Aunty Mame no less—through another gifted healer, that I am indeed “psychic, a channeler, and powerful as all get outs and I should stop messing around and just call myself what I am.” (I’m paraphrasing, but you can sense how persuasive she was 😉

So there it is.

I’m still scared about what others will think, especially from the people I love. Will they accept me? Will they roll their eyes and make fun of me? I don’t know. I know my Mom and Dad are super on board and so that helps a lot. My close girlfriends stand by me and that’s truly comforting.

My boyfriend of 13+years—Mr. Self-described “Atheist”—has come around. He has let me put crystals on him and heard me say countless times, “My guides said this…” and done so without calling the nut house. If he can handle it, even if he doesn’t fully buy into it, though he’s recently said, “Help me because it seems like you can do something…” or “Can you put a stone on it…” Anyhow, because he accepts who I am, it makes me less fearful of letting others know.

What does this mean for Inspire Youthful?

I plan on still being active on my blog because ageless living is my lifestyle and sharing ideas about how to do that is fun for me, but future posts might be published monthly rather than weekly, as will my newsletters. I reserve the right to write when I want and share when I’m moved.

What does this mean for my life-coaching services?

I will keep my current client roster for as long as they want my guidance, but I’m no longer taking life-coaching clients.

So what will be my focus?

My Matrix Reimprinting and Psychic Healing service called The Freedom Matrix.

This is what I’m called to do. My why.

Guided by my psychic abilities and using EFT, Matrix Reimprinting, crystals, and angel cards, I help people heal their past and transform their present and future so they can experience more life freedom.

What now?

If you’re an Inspire Youthful blog subscriber, lookout for future posts about ageless living because I do have a few in the works!

If you’re into what I revealed  today, then check out TheFreedomMatrix.com

One of the tenets of an ageless lifestyle is to be authentic. The older you are, the more you realize how ridiculous and painfully soul wrenching it is not to be yourself.

Here is to accepting yourself and being less afraid to be that person.

Your coach and psychic,
Jeanne

“I am at the point in my life where I don’t care what you think. I did not come here to be judged, I came here to be free.” ~ Ralph Smart

Too Wise to "Sit Still and Look Pretty"

Too Wise to “Sit Still and Look Pretty”

Have you come to the conclusion yet that your thoughts, feelings, and opinions matter? That even if your ideas are not worldly, in line with others, or perfect — they should matter to you and hopefully your loved ones.

One of the benefits of aging is gaining wisdom and finding our voice to express it when we want or not. (As sometimes not saying something is actually the wisest decision.)

For some, speaking their mind is easy. Others, expressing their heart comes naturally. There are those who are better at one than the other and there are people who can speak clearly from both.

It took years to find my voice—thoughts, ideas, and beliefs that mean something to me—and then more years to gain the courage to express them. My opinions may not be the best, brightest, or wisest, but they are my own and I value them.

Sometimes I choose to speak softly, on occasion, loudly, but no matter, it’s my voice and my right. I feel free to express my thoughts and feelings honestly and do so from a space of love. Time has given this to me and I am thankful.

What do I mean by “voice”?

Your voice is not just your ability to speak, but it’s the way you are able to confidently  express what’s on your mind and in your heart.

Some people are more outspoken than others, while many of us have been taught from a very young age that, “You should be quiet unless spoken to”, “Don’t be too loud”, “We don’t talk about that here”, “You’re too young to speak of such things,” “What do you know”, “Sit still and look pretty,” and so on. For the individuals who heard these phrases over and over again, these teachings may influence how they conduct themselves in their present conversations.

Often times as children, our thoughts, feelings, and ideas were not believed, understood, and / or ignored which taught many of us the negative self-beliefs like, “I’m not good enough”, “I’m stupid”, “I’m bad”, “I’m not capable”, “I’m hopeless,” and other similar disempowering beliefs. Some may still hold on to these limiting beliefs as adults.

Perhaps when we wanted to act or speak from the heart we were discouraged with phrases such as, “Get your head out of the clouds”, “Don’t be so emotional”, “You better toughen up, the world is a danger place”, “You talk too much”, “Your ideas are silly”, “Following your heart doesn’t pay the bills”, and we could go on sharing the many ways we’ve been made to “fall in line,” kowtow, and dial down our emotions and dull down our shine.

From my journey in finding my voice, I offer these three mindful steps to nurture yours. You are too wise my sister to just, “Sit still and look pretty.”

3 Ways to Find and Nurture Your Voice

1. Heal Your Past

The best way to find your voice is to remember how you lost it and to heal those memories. When in your lifetime did you decide speaking your mind was bad?

Finish these sentences:

When I tried to speak out as a kid my parents…

The first time I had to give a speech I remember…

In the past, when I offer my opinion it’s taken…

In order to find your voice, you need to heal the past experiences where you lost it and subsequently developed the limiting beliefs that currently prevent you from speaking more boldly today.

2. Get Honest with Yourself

Take the thing that is hardest for you to talk about and ask yourself the following questions:

Why is it so hard for me to talk about this?

What’s the worst that could happen if I speak up?

What will happen if I don’t say anything?

Putting your fears on paper has a therapeutic and clarifying effect. In writing your thoughts you can see why you have them, what areas in your life need healing, and what your silence is costing you.  From there, you can choose to heal your issues and decide from a space of clarity if you will or won’t speak up. It’s always your right and choice to speak out or not, but don’t let it be a life regret where you wish you tried.

3. Practice Your Voice

Speaking out loud your thoughts and feelings may not be natural to you so practice saying them in private to yourself.

Hear your voice, listen to the words you say, and feel your feelings. As you do so, your conviction will increase and your confidence will rise. If you find that you’re “judging” or somehow being cruel to yourself, stop and apologize to yourself.

This would be a great time to chant the Ho’oponopono mantra meditation I spoke of last week where you say, “I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you.”

In learning to voice your opinions and feelings, self-compassion is important. You have to be kind to yourself. You have to give yourself permission to say what must be said, accept why you must speak up, and love yourself fully for being courageous enough to say it.

A voice borne out of personal struggle is powerful.

Your voice is important, valid, and necessary.

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If you need help healing your past and uncovering your voice, then check out my EFT & Matrix Reimprinting services.

Your coach,
Jeanne

Timeless Insights on What’s Possible in Life

Timeless Insights on What’s Possible in Life

Briefly, let me tell you how these insights on “What’s possible in life,” came about. Currently, I am in the middle of a 30 day Ho’opononono life practice and meditation.

Hoʻoponopono (ho-o-pono-pono) is an ancient Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness. (Wiki)

The Ho’oponopono mantra is, “I am sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you.”

During this time, I’ve meditated and chanted the mantra and tried to live in the spirit of Ho’oponopono. In doing so I have experienced the following:

1. Healing of certain family relationships

2. Healing of personal regret over doing certain things – a true self-forgiveness

3. Clear guidance (such as, gather with others and practice)

4. Feelings of peacefulness and lightness in my day

5. Improved reactions to daily events (easily taking self-responsibility and saying sorry without taking offense)

6. Increased feelings of love, joy, and trust

My results—measurable life improvement—is nothing short of amazing. I know my personal vibration has been elevated because of Ho’oponopono.

During a Ho’oponopono chanting meditation, images, thoughts, and feelings are brought to light. Intense emotions can surface. In my practice, I merely observed the images, thoughts, and emotions that were brought up. I continued with the chanting and in doing so I felt a “healing” of sorts. I felt forgiveness, compassion, lightness, joy, love, and freedom.

After meditating and throughout my day, I would also get insights and deeper understanding of my life which I know was triggered by being in the Ho’oponopono mindset and frequency.

One of my “downloads” was this insight into my relationship with “possibility” and how it has played out in my life. The ideas that came showed me a timeline of my beliefs about what I thought was possible during a certain period of my life. Looking at it from my wisdom of today, I see how I’ve grown.

Thank you for letting me share with you these insights. I’ve tried to give the ideas a bit more context than how I received them and so I hope it is understandable and relatable.

What is possible?

When I was a child, I thought everything was possible. I saw myself as a “lucky baby.” Everything I wanted I was able to manifest. I think back during those times and feel so much comfort that I had this belief and power. 

Through a series of events as a young adult, I thought my luck had run out. Nothing was like I thought it would be and life seemed impossible to bear. I fell into the despair. 

It would be years later that I awaken to the familiar feeling of luck and power. What I mean by this is my ability to make and manifest real change in my life seemed to come back. I became empowered to co-create the kind of life I wanted. 

With this rekindling of what I thought was possible, I tapped into my creative nature. I used my light and dark experiences to explore life’s possibilities. 

Alas, it became clear that I’m not as skilled as when I was a child. Some things were effortless, but on the whole, there was a lag. My luck was not the same and this was confusing. 

Am I not the co-creator of my life? Don’t my thoughts, beliefs, and actions steer me in the direction I wish to go? 

With frustration, I throw my hands up and say, ‘Life is impossible!’

I retreat. I sulk. I lick my wounds. I observe. 

A few years back I created a metaphor for myself. Just like Darwin’s tortoises developed different features—one set of tortoises developed longer necks to eat from higher trees—evolution supporting the animal so that it will get what it needs to survive and thrive, I came to believe, ‘My evolution is inevitable because the universe supports what I reach for.’ 

Aha. 

What if what’s possible is what will be?

Do I need to co-create? Do I even need luck? 

What if by simply existing and being true to my nature I am supported? 

Is it really that simple?

What’s possible for me exists as I exist to experience it. 

Thank you Ho’oponopono for your guidance and light.

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If you need support in creating the life you want, then check out my life-coaching services.

Your coach,

Jeanne

P.S.

If you would like to learn more about Ho’oponopono I recommend the following article: HO’OPONOPONO CAN HELP RESTORE HARMONY WITHIN, AND WITH OTHERS

If you live in the Bay Area, I’m facilitating a guided Ho’oponopono meditation next week. Join us!

No Matter Your Age, Feel Joy in Just Being

No Matter Your Age, Feel Joy in Just Being

I’m reading The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle for the third time since I first read it about 10 years ago. Each time—because I’m “different” every time I’ve read it—I’ve come away with a new appreciation, perspective, and understanding of myself and life. More importantly, I’m reminded of the fact that we really only have the NOW.

When I think of this statement, that I only have this very moment—the NOW—it reminds me of the saying, “Live each moment like it’s your last,” which I’ve found difficult to accept and follow because to me, this way of thinking is kind of morbid.

The meaning of the saying has you expecting to die that very day and so it doesn’t motivate me as it may others. Perhaps, because I’m all about ageless living—life longevity—this quote is too contrary.

I do agree that we only have the NOW because no one is promised tomorrow. No matter how I—we—plan for a healthy and long life, the universe doesn’t  owe us anything. This is a bummer indeed, but my spiritual beliefs comfort me, so there’s that.

The saying, “Live each moment as if it’s your last,” speaks a truth and intellectually—I get it—but I remain uninspired.

So what does motivate me to be more in the NOW?

Gratitude and joy.

In the NOW, I exist. For my existence, I am grateful. It’s a blessing to age.

When I’m in the NOW, I am filled with joy. It is a blessing to feel joy when you’ve felt and surrendered to the spectrum of other feelings one can feel.

So I don’t think of my NOW as my last moments. I think of them as my blessed moments and that inspires and motivates me to stay present—as best I can.

I say, ‘as best I can’ because unfortunately, falling out of the NOW is easy. But, with “systems” in place—life tools that help me find awareness, joy, and gratefulness sooner—I persevere.

With this joyful and grateful attitude for simply existing, it frees me to take chances, dream more dreams, and energizes me to make each moment that much more meaningful.

Also, I am more timeless in the NOW. Timelessness—as I’ve defined it—is having a mindset where one isn’t worried about time, it’s effects, pressure, and limitations. Being in the NOW is true freedom from time or as Eckhart Tolle says, “psychological time.”

If you, my ageless lifestyle compadre have problems staying present—experiencing the NOW—and you are also unmoved by “living as if it’s your last moment,” then I offer you this way of thinking…

Feel joy in just being.

At the core of this belief is an acceptance that you are enough as you are. If this notion is unbelievable to you just yet, then heal yourself so you awaken to this truth already.

Be grateful for your moments because they are precious. You can prevent a life of regrets through your awareness practice. With this attitude of joy and gratefulness, you’ll find it effortless to be more present.

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If you want help improving your mind, body, and spirit well-being, then check out my life-coaching services.

Your coach,

Jeanne

There are Only Two Things Worth Comparing at this Age

There are Only Two Things Worth Comparing at this Age

The only two things worth comparing at this age—when you’re wise enough to know that comparing in general leads to heartache and stress—is how much peace and love you experience now, in comparison to how you did before.

Having inner peace and experiencing more love is a timeless aspiration.

The more calm, balanced, and in harmony your core being, the more you’re able to handle life’s challenges and surprises. The more love you feel on a daily basis, the more content and fulfilled you find your existence. Being aware of your peaceful state and how love inhabits your life and striving to nurture these aspects on a day-to-day basis is a task worth the effort.

I stress that these are the only two things worth comparing because all other things such as happiness, success, fitness, health, and so on, are for the most part, in a state of flux and comparing them will likely lead to disappointment.

For example, it’s impossible to be happy all the time and to compare your happiness—from one day to the next—would only create stress and unhappiness. I would contend that it’s unnatural to be happy all the time.

You should be able to feel the full spectrum of feelings without the pressure of having to make yourself feel happy if that’s not what you’re feeling. Sometimes, what’s good for us is to surrender to our ugly feelings. There are valuable life lessons and personal growth that come from experiencing sadness, anger, loss, and so on.

To compare our success level from day-to-day can also promote harsh self-judgement and place unrealistic demands on ourselves. I’m not saying we shouldn’t try to achieve goals. Instead, we ought to reach for goals with a sense of timelessness—where we believe we have all the time in the world and that it’s never too late for us to do what we want to do.

If you know that you’ll get done what you’re supposed to get done and you’re not a person who procrastinates, then comparing your daily effort would be like micromanaging yourself. In the history of the world, being micro-managed has never been fun and it can be argued that it was hardly helpful.

To compare our fitness from one day to the next is to be too critical of ourselves. First, our body is always adapting to its environment. Our mood, stress state, nutrition, hormone balance, quality of sleep and so on affect our energy level which contributes to our fitness readiness. Second, to always expect oneself to do more, be better, and to constantly improve upon the efforts of the previous day will only lead to a mind and body breakdown.

The popular fitness and motivational meme saying, “I just want to be better than I was yesterday,” is a recipe for beating yourself up because it doesn’t consider all the variables that affect your mind, body, and spirit well-being. It also lends one to think that we are not good enough as we are—that we should always be doing something to improve ourselves so that we can be seen as good, smart, successful, beautiful, or whatever else we think we are lacking as in the other saying, “Make your weaknesses as strong as your strengths.”

It’s not to say that self-improvement is bad—striving to do better is a good thing for the most part—but underneath our efforts should exist the feeling of acceptance and compassion. If you don’t love and accept yourself with all your imperfections already—even when you achieve what you want—you will find something else about you that is unacceptable and unlovable.

Also, we really only have the NOW—right? Because no one is promised a future. Don’t forget, it’s a blessing to grow older as many don’t even get the chance. It’s best to love and accept the person you are already or you might lose the opportunity of knowing and loving the real you—a life regret that would be for certain.

Nurture Peace and Love

You might be wondering, if  the act of comparing usually creates negative feelings and limiting self-beliefs, then wouldn’t comparing the level of peace and love we feel do the same?

I say no because once you turn your attention to asking yourself, “How much peace and love do I feel,” or, “How can I find more peace and love right now,”—something beautiful happens in your mind, body, and spirit.

Do this awareness exercise now and really follow through on answering the questions.

Ask yourself, “How much love and peace do I feel at this moment?” 

Close your eyes and do it.

Did you notice what happened to your body? I’m 99% positive you just took a deep breath. I’m also sure that your mind instantly found more peace during and after that breath and your heart energy expanded in your chest.

Ask yourself, “How much more love and peace do I feel now compared to yesterday?” 

Close your eyes and think about it.

I am willing to bet you’re drawing a blank thought.

It’s the darndest thing. Our brains easily tally and keep track of our painful, annoying, irritable, and generally bad feelings, but it doesn’t seem to be as diligent in recording our happier states of being.

So when we’re trying to compare our present feelings of peace and love against our past experiences, we either don’t remember them and if by chance we can recollect, we seem to not judge ourselves too harshly on any differences we find. Additionally, our mind automatically creates feelings of peace and love as soon as we cast our attention to it. Our body follows suit by slowing down our breathing, relaxing our muscles, and increasing our body awareness as if to promote a state where we can feel more peace and love.

The longer we dwell in searching—feeling—more peace and love in our present moment, we “ground” ourselves. We check in with our “high-self”—spirit—or whatever you want to call the state of being you inhabit when you are filled with love and peace energy.

Here’s another question to ask yourself, “How can I find more peace and love at this moment?” 

Close your eyes and ask yourself.

What happened? I have a sneaking suspicion that your intuition/spirit/heart mind gave you an answer.

This is probably one of the best questions to ask yourself on a daily basis. Doing so will “ground” you, aid in achieving better mind-body-spirit coherence, and help you nurture your feelings of peace and love. I highly recommend that you pose this question to yourself when you’re feeling your “ugly” feelings.  But, only do so after you have sufficiently observed and surrendered to “feeling” your ugly feelings and concluded that it’s time to bring peace and love into the equation.

May your feelings of peace and love always grow.

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If you want help creating a healthier, happier, and more satisfying life, then check out my life-coaching services.

Your coach,

Jeanne

It's About Time You Water Your Grass

It’s About Time You Water Your Grass

A few people have been credited with  saying, “the grass is greener where you water it.” It doesn’t matter who said it, but when I heard it—it was a light-bulb moment.

Too bad I learned this belief in my late thirties—it sure would’ve been useful to know sooner—but since I’m timeless and I know it (teehee), I’ve applied it to everything ever since!

Real-life examples of how I’ve put this idea to work:

My Sex Life

In my late 30’s my libido and need for romance awakened—big time. I’ve always had friends and knew of people who were sexually free and basically had a lot of sex. I never saw myself as that person. It was in my mind that I could take or leave sex. In fact, before being with my partner of 13 years, I was celibate for almost 3 years.

Then, something happened. I don’t know if it was hormones or this thing that women go through around that time, but I woke up one day and I had these needs. I wanted more kindness, gentleness, and flirting. I wanted more compassion, connection, and touching. Does this resonate with any of my sisters of a certain age?

Not that I didn’t have kindness, compassion and gentleness in my life before, but the need for it became a priority. I had a good amount of touching and flirting with my partner, but then it became a bigger need. I wanted more.

The more popular “grass” quote is, “the grass is always greener on the other side,” and that’s how I saw sex and romance—as something other people experienced more than me. I decided to fix that. If “the grass is greener where I water it,” then I was going to make it rain! 😀

Sh!z got real when I decided to focus the work on myself. I realized, ‘oh, I’m not a sexual person because I have such and such “issues” from my bad experiences and learned such and such “beliefs” from them.’  So I had to heal that stuff. Through a surrendering process and Matrix Reimprinting, I healed those bad memories and limiting beliefs. 

Next, in my “make it rain” program, I decided to bring forth more “romantic and sexual” energy around me. I worked on my root and sacral chakras to make sure they were balanced and happy. I dressed up—make-up, clothes, perfume and so on—invoking my feminine divine.

I did sensuality awakening exercises. I read romance novels every evening before bed. (I wanted to bring that romance book sex into my real life!) I read other books about healthy love relationships and communication.

All this self-work gave me the confidence to speak out loud—to my receptive and adoring partner—and say what I wanted in a way where he could hear me. (He’s not always “receptive & adoring,” but since I know my words, thoughts, and beliefs have power—I focus on these traits of his.)

Jeanne's Bring Back Romance Vision BoardAlso, this energy is not slowing down for me. Now in my 40’s, it’s even more important that I continue to “water” this baby. And yes, zee plan is working! 😉

Check out my vision board that I created from my last Vision Board Workshop I taught in San Francisco. 

My Career

Another time when I decided to “water my grass” was when I became dissatisfied with my career. Having a career that I enjoyed was not foreign to me, I chose to work in the health and fitness industry because I really liked it and thought it was a good way to make a living. But, the idea of doing something I loved and was passionate about—and making real money doing that—was not as believable.

I saw how others were able to do it—but in my mind—those guys had something I didn’t.  They were more special than me. They were more qualified than me. They were more deserving than me. I thought their grass was greener!

This kind of thinking was wrong and without having to tell you the whole process, which was very similar to the example above—healing negative self-beliefs and inundating myself with what I really wanted to do—I decided to go after my dreams of being a life-coach and healer.

My Hobbies

One more example where I used this system of refocusing my attention and energy to get more out of life was when I got in a creative and passionless funk and was jealous that my boyfriend had all these fun and exciting outlets.

My partner always inspires me. I have great regard for his ability to learn, focus, and be disciplined. I admire his work ethic that pushes him to go after what he wants and how he becomes generally exceptional at them.

Though, at some point — it became annoying.

I admit that I became jealous that he’s this awesome attorney who helps others and basically, I see him as a “power for good” and then he goes and has cool hobbies too. (The nerve!)

He’s an accomplished electronic music composer. Creating music in his spare time that to me, is so moving and beautiful. He also has a great eye for art and photography and creates his own “photo manipulation art” which again, is amazing.

To top it off, he races motorcycles. He has this slick sexy machine and gets to wear a super-hero looking leather suit! (I want a super-hero outfit!) Anyway, more than anything, he has so much passion for motorcycles that it just makes me green with envy.

I want to be passionate about something so much that I get super excited every time I have a chance to do it. (Who wouldn’t want that?!)

I used to feel that way when I was learning ballroom dance, but that feeling faded when too much “competition energy” was placed on me. I was always super excited when I designed mobile apps. I felt totally consumed by the creative fervor when I was building them that I would forgo sleep to get it done. It was awesome.

I was passionate about writing music too, even coming out with an album many years back. I wrote a few wellness and children’s books because I was inspired. I realize my passions come and go and that’s OK. I have a feeling something will blossom within me soon enough as long as I’m “watering my grass” by doing and following what excites me.

What areas in your life do you want to focus your energy so that it becomes more of what you want?

If you have an idea—go water it.

Heal your blocks. Surround yourself with the energy you want and make it happen for yourself. Isn’t it about time you watered your own grass?!

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If you want help refocusing your energy so that you can enjoy life more, then check out my life-coaching services.

Your coach,

Jeanne
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Reaching for Dreams and Aspirations After 40 (Yes, it's a thing)

Reaching for Dreams and Aspirations After 40 (Yes, It’s a thing)

It’s never too late to be what you might have been.  ~ George Eliot

You’re never too old to pursue your dream. It may not be the same dream from when you were young—as dreams evolve just like you—but going after dreams, goals, and life aspirations ought to never end.

Many of us want to improve our circumstances. At the same time—as we get older—it’s less about having things and more about expanding our experiences, growth, and fulfillment. Because we’re older, we realize “things” come and go, but our feelings, experiences, and shared memories—the priceless stuff—are the things that make life worth living.

If you’re in this state of mind, the dreams and aspirations after the age of 40 are less about wanting more or being dissatisfied with what you have, but instead are a desire to satisfy curiosity, creativity, and a sense of adventure.

Don’t let society, other people’s judgments, and especially your own self-critic fool you—you have a curious side, you are creative in your own way, and you can be more adventurous if you want. Your older age actually helps you in these areas of your life because with age comes experience, knowledge, and perspective—your own valuable opinions about life.

By this time, you know what intrigues you and what you find uninteresting. After years of living, you’ve developed opinions and though your ideas may not be perfect — guess what? At this age, you’ve learned nobody is perfect. Frankly, your opinions need only be valued by you and hopefully, your loved ones too. With your unique perspective on life, you can cultivate new dreams and reach for goals that have significance to you.

If you want, the aspirations you reach for after the age of forty can be more meaningful and extraordinary.

Purposeful Living

When dreams and aspirations have meaning, they become a purpose. Some people find their purpose early in life and others a tad later. This is normal. People’s life purpose also evolve as they age.

The purpose that blooms later in life tends to have more value because you draw your understanding—wisdom—from a deeper well of experiences.

Years of observation, action, and reflection brings you to this purpose. Some would say, their life “lead” them to their purpose.

You are Timeless

When you adopt a timeless way of being you accept that you have all the time in the world to do what you’re supposed to do. It becomes a core belief that props your thoughts, actions, and dreams.

You breathe easier, relax into your moments, and move at your own (divinely inspired) pace. With this mindset, age is irrelevant and curiosity, creativity, and a life filled with adventure manifest with ease.

Forty is fabulous, but so will your 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and so on. Believe this like your happiness depends on it because it does.

7 Ways to Cultivate a Dream at Any Age

1. That Fire is Your Dream

Ask yourself, what excites you? What topic gets you fired up that when you speak about it, people feel your enthusiasm?

Once you’ve got it — dive in. Build your confidence and immerse yourself in the information, culture, and speak/do/practice it every chance you get.

2. Your Heart Knows the Dream

What calls to you? What tugs at your heart strings and moves you?

Pinpoint this and let your heart lead the way. When your dreams are motivated by your heart—watch out world—something inspiring is about to emerge.

3. You’ve had the Dream

Dust off the dreams you once had. Reimagining an old dream with fresh eyes, a compassionate heart, and a seasoned life can give it new energy and meaning.

4. Get All “Oprah” on Your Dreams

Ask yourself, what has not following your dreams and goals cost you? What are your life regrets?

What would happen if your dream or goal came true? How would your life change?

Who would be happy for you that your dreams have become your reality? And who would be unhappy for you? I pose this question because the answer to the latter is a telltale sign of a block you have from going after your dreams. Heal that block.

5. Visualize Your Dream

Create a vision board depicting your dreams and aspirations. Then spend time thinking—visualizing—that it’s your reality. Feel it intensely and act purposefully toward its inevitable outcome.

If you live in the Bay Area, I’m giving a Vision Board Workshop in San Francisco at Tantara Wellness Center. Join me if you can and let’s get you moving toward your dreams!

meetupIntrenational6. Get on a Dream Team

There are others like you who have similar wishes and goals in life. Find them and create a community where you support each other in your endeavors. Meetup is a great organization to find people just like you that meet all over the world.

7. Make a Bucket-list of Dreams

You are free to dream as much as you like. =)

Studies have shown goals and dreams that are written down are more likely to be achieved. Increase the likelihood for each of your dreams, goals, and aspirations by putting a few small steps that you can take now next to it so that you move towards your dream.

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If you want help making your dreams come true then check out my life-coaching services.

ROAR!

Your coach,

Jeanne

How to Overcome Procrastination Effectively

Your Time is NOW: How to Overcome Procrastination Effectively

Learn a holistic concept to overcome procrastination and let your “someday” be now.

Procrastination is defined as “the act of delaying or postponing,” but if we’re really honest, procrastination is a form of avoidance.

You avoid whatever it is you must, should, or want to do through delaying, postponing, and even deferring to do other activities that are either more pleasurable or less difficult.

We have all procrastinated and that’s why house chores get neglected, homework is done last-minute, and projects are pushed back. Eventually, this stuff gets done and the setback isn’t too regrettable.

But, how about when we procrastinate on more important stuff like telling people how we feel, or when we avoid going to the doctor, or when we keep saying “someday” on that dream or life goal. In these instances, procrastinating can lead to a life of regrets.

Why do we avoid things that are important to our health, happiness, and well-being?

I believe we procrastinate in these cases out of fear and negative beliefs.

There are underlying fears that stop some of us from following through, being more assertive, and / or proactive. We may also possess limiting beliefs that prevent us from pursuing our goals, expressing our feelings, and living out a more brave existence.

Do the following exercise:

  • Think of something important that you should be doing, but you’re not.
  • Say it out loud, “I should ______________________________”
  • Close your eyes and ask yourself, “Why am I not doing this — what am I afraid of?”

Your answer will either be a fear of some sort, a negative belief, or a combination of the two.

For example, someone might answer with:

“I should lose weight.”

“I’m afraid because I think it will be too hard. I’ve tried before and I gained it all back. I’ll probably always be overweight.”

In this example, you can see why this person  might have reservations and what kind of negative beliefs may be blocking their ability to lose weight.

From this example, the fear is that it will be difficult and failure is likely. The possible limiting beliefs are “I can’t do it”, “I’m not good enough”, and maybe even, “life is hopeless.”

Without going too far off topic, let’s explore this example of “weight loss” as it will lead us to our method of overcoming procrastination.

Weight loss is not an easy fix. Many factors contribute to why a person has gained weight and has a hard time losing it. Genetics, habits, experiences, knowledge, resources, fears, and beliefs all play a part. But, if you can fix the fears, negative beliefs, and heal the bad experiences — the other things become easier to handle.

Your life is not solely dictated by your genes or your history for that matter. You always have options. You just have to be aware of them and clearing out your fears and limiting beliefs will help.

Think of weight loss as a huge dining table you want to get rid of. The tabletop is the “problem”—the weight—and the legs are the experiences, beliefs, fears, and whatever other “blocks” that are supporting the problem.

In order for you to get rid of this table—because it’s big and can’t fit through the door of your house—you have to chop off the legs. You “chop off the legs” by healing and remedying the blocks, fears, beliefs, and bad experiences.

When you take down enough legs, the table collapses—the person loses weight. Since the major issues that were preventing the weight loss are fixed—this time—the weight stays off.

“Collapse the Table” to Solve Your Procrastination Problems

  • Think of the tabletop as the thing you should be doing but you’re not.
  • Imagine the legs of the table are your fears, negative beliefs, and bad life experiences —the reasons you procrastinate.
  • Chop off the legs.

By doing this you will remove the reasons why you’ve procrastinated. When there is no reason to avoid a situation or problem, you’ll have the ability and clarity to face it and address it as best you can.

Apply this strategy to stop your “avoidance” practice. Use it on important goals that affect your health, happiness, and well-being.

Imagine for a moment what it would be like to say what you want to say, do what you want to do, and be who you want to be without fear or delay.

  • How awesome would that be?
  • How would your life improve?
  • Can you see how happy, content, and at peace you would be?

You can use any therapy that works for you to “collapse the table” and “chop off the legs.” I’ve found that EFT & Matrix Reimprinting to be the most efficient. EFT being the fastest way to resolve emotional problems and Matrix Reimprinting being the most effective way to heal bad memories, traumas, and limiting beliefs.

The main takeaway for overcoming procrastination is to get to the core reasons why you do it in the first place—the fears and negative beliefs.

Watch this video, learn EFT, and have this amazing self-help tool at your fingertips so that you’ll procrastinate less.

If you live in the Bay Area join my EFT group meetup.

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If you need help overcoming procrastination—if you want to “chop” some serious legs so you can get going on what you want to do—then check out my EFT & Matrix Reimprinting Services.

ROAR!

Your coach,

Jeanne