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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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Jeanne

Here are videos worth watching::

Intermittent fasting and its benefits…

A thought-provoking video on the cerebral spinal fluid…

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!

Find More Joy in 2016 by Doing This

During the last days of 2015, I saw a meme by Guide Post of Light that said, “This January, why not start the year with an empty jar and fill it with notes about good things that happen. Then on New Year’s Eve empty it and see what awesome stuff happened that year.” I thought, what a fantastic idea! So I got my jar ready. 🙂

Why do this in 2016? (Or any year for that matter?)

Find More Joy in 2016 by Doing This1. To Promote a Positive Mindset

See and note the goodness that you experience all year to keep your mind in a positive state. With this activity, you can manage where your general thoughts lie and where your feelings settle.

As we’ve all experienced, our minds can get the best of us. Our thoughts can create scenarios in our head that are not so positive and—that’s ok. Life isn’t perfect. We don’t need to have perfect thoughts and perfect feelings. That’s not what this is about.

But, if we can help ourselves by steering our thoughts and feelings to be more positive, loving, and grateful—by noticing our joyful moments—then I believe we owe it to ourselves to do that because we deserve to be happy.

Also, when we have a positive mindset, we are in a better place to be creative, solve problems, and lift ourselves (and others) up.

2. To Support the Law of Attraction

The premise of the Law of Attraction is like attracts like. So if your mindset is mainly positive, then you’ll attract more positive situations to you.

With your optimistic way of thinking, it’s easier for you to feel things like joy, laughter, love, and gratitude. As you experience these feelings so will you attract more moments where you can enjoy these emotions again.

3. To Encourage a Timeless Way of Being

A “timelessness way of being” is a kind of positive attitude and self-belief where an individual is undeterred by their age to do, be, and accomplish anything they want.  They have an unshakable notion that things will “happen” in due time or divine time.

As you physically track the good things that happen to and for you, you see how you’re getting the things you want in life. Inevitably, the joys you witness have a lot to do with your wants, desires, and needs. Keeping track of them brings the realization that you did it, got it, or accomplished it!

As time passes, you see that everything you’ve put your heart, thought, and action into have materialized. It also works the other way. Per the Law of Attraction—if your thoughts and actions aren’t positive in nature—then your reality won’t be as good or joyful.

4. To Support Good Health

As you experience more good days than bad—because you’re constantly on the look-out for your “miracles” as it were—you’re a lot happier. When you’re in a good mood, your body is less stressed which supports your well-being.

Stress contributes to illness and disease. Paying attention to your joyful moments by writing them down can be part of your holistic stress management. When you successfully handle stress your quality of life improves—mind, body, and spirit happiness baby!

5. To Fall in Love with Your Life

“Be in love with your life. Every minute of it.” ~ Jack Kerouac

This is a no-brainer. If you’re paying attention—daily—to the great stuff that is happening to and for you—you’re going to say, “Life is good!”

Falling in love with your life is inevitable when you have a positive mindset, when you’re attracting more of what you want, when you’re getting stuff done, and when you’re feeling good and empowered.

See how great you have it, feel gratitude for your abundance, and be in love with your life by monitoring your daily joys. At the end of the year, reflect and reminisce on the happy moments you’ve had and let it motivate you to do more good so you can continue to experience the same. Let’s start the year with our best foot forward by promising to keep track of all the wonderful things that happen to us (and if you’re so moved, make note of the amazing things you see happening in the world too) in 2016 in a keepsake jar.

Rumi said, “What you seek is seeking you.”

So be on the look out for joy and joy—my dears—will find you!

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If you need support in creating a more satisfying life—one that addresses your mind, body, and spirit—then check out my life-coaching services.

Happy New Year!!!

ROAR!

Your coach,
Jeanne

Matrix Reimprinting Supports a Timeless Way of Being and More

Part of Inspire Youthful’s message is to help women foster an attitude of timelessness.

We define timelessness as a behavior where an individual is undeterred by their age to do, accomplish, and be anything they want.  They have an unshakable notion that things will “happen” in due time or divine time. A timeless person believes in their infinite existence therefore also believes that time is on their side.

With that description it seems ideal to be a “timeless” woman. Who doesn’t want that kind of confidence? Imagine being so secure about yourself and the time you have. Talk about “the weight” being lifted off your shoulders! (Ladies, the game ain’t over!)

Matrix Reimprinting—a kind of energy therapy—supports a timeless way of being.

How does it do that?

Matrix Reimprinting heals the wounds that prevent you from being a timeless person and empowers you by helping you create new beliefs that support your timeless attitude.

What is Matrix Reimprinting?

Matrix Reimprinting was developed by Karl Dawson, who also co-authored the book, Matrix Reimprinting Using EFT. (Read it sister!) As the book title suggests, his method uses EFT (emotional freedom techniques) as part of its process to heal bad memories, traumas, and limiting beliefs. Just like EFT, Matrix Reimprinting uses the Chinese Energy Meridians to clear and balance your energy fields, where your memories are stored. Then, Matrix Reimprinting goes a step further and helps to change those beliefs or memories into more positive ones so that you can live a healthier and happier life.

Something to think about…

Many people believe their thoughts create their reality. (We agree.) There are some who believe that there is no order to things, that life is mostly accidental, and if it doesn’t seem so, then it’s just a coincidence. (Nah, this doesn’t jive with us.) Anyhow, here is an easy belief that everyone can wrap their head around.

What you learned growing up—your life experiences—filter how you view and conduct yourself in the world.

And that way of behaving—these particular learned and ingrained thoughts and actions—help to create your reality.

For example, if you experienced as a child your parents arguing over money, saw your parent work two different jobs to put food on the table, or that money was scarce and so they couldn’t buy you the things you wanted as a kid, then as an adult, you would have certain beliefs—learned from these particular life lessons—that now affect how you behave when it comes to money.

Some behavioral patterns or beliefs that a person who had these “lack-of-money” experiences could be:

1. You believe there’s not enough to go around.

2. You believe you have to work really hard to even barely make it in this world.

3. You can’t trust people to take care of you.

4. You shop like crazy to make up for what you didn’t have growing up only to bring you to debt and more money worries.

5. You are extremely frugal because you are concerned that you may run out of money.

6. It’s hard for you to make decisions about things that involve money.

7. You think it’s normal for people to argue about money.

8. You don’t have a positive relationship with money.

I’ve only described the possible negative beliefs and behavior patterns that some may have towards money (if they came from a background as I described in the example) because for many people who suffer bad memories and / or traumatic experiences, they usually end up creating limiting beliefs that prohibit them from living a better life. Of course, there are the “rags to riches” stories. Individuals that overcame similar situations, but these people are the outliers—the exceptions to the rule.

I’m no exception. For a long time I held the belief that “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” A saying that I learned as a young person which later became an internal mantra. Through Matrix Reimprinting I healed those thoughts and reprogrammed myself to have a more empowering and positive belief about money. Now, I believe abundance is everywhere and we just have to open our eyes, shift our perspective, and accept with graciousness the gifts the universe provides.

So what kind of past experiences can prevent a person from being more timeless?

The following are examples of life-experiences that may be contributing to a person’s less than positive attitude towards time, timeless ideas, and spirituality…

1. Your parent always brought you to school late or picked you up late after school and so now you’re late for most things even though you try not to be.

2. You ran late to a very important event in your past and was made to feel embarrassed in some way and now you have fears that such a thing will repeat—and of course, it does.

3. You failed at a “timed” test before and now you can’t handle time-pressure situations.

4. You’ve always done everything “last-minute” and so you’re used to having anxious feelings and now, not only do you continue in this hurried chaos, you start resenting and avoiding the things you need to do.

5. You chose a career or educational path that made other people happy and now you think it’s too late for you to have a rewarding career doing something that brings you happiness and fulfillment.

6. You’ve let good opportunities pass you by and now you believe you’ve run-out of time to get them back or maybe you think you don’t deserve good things to happen to you anymore.

7. You have regrets about not doing something that you wanted to do in your past and now you don’t try as much.

8. You saw how your parents lived with their regrets and now you fear the same thing will happen to you.

9. At a young age you were taught a set of religious or spiritual beliefs that no longer feel “enough” for you.  As an adult, it has you questioning and looking for deeper answers, but it seems you can’t get rid of the doubting feelings.

10. You were “made fun of” or told that something wasn’t true, or that it was make-believe when you expressed your thoughts, intuition, spirituality, and /or otherworldly ideas and now it’s hard for you to trust yourself.

Whatever the past experience that created the limiting belief about money, time, or whatever it is that is most pressing for you—it’s not too late for you to heal it.

Matrix Reimprinting can help you change those belief systems so that how you view the world shifts into something more positive and empowering. Then from there, you can make better decisions, attract more abundant opportunities, and have the ability to create the kind of life you want.

“From personal experience, EFT is the fastest way to deal with emotional problems and Matrix Reimprinting is the most effective way to heal them.” ~ Jeanne Floresca

Read the book Matrix Reimprinting Using EFT by Karl Dawson and Sasha Allenby, learn the method, or work with me. Either way, Matrix Reimprinting is something worth trying. There are other therapies that are helpful in healing your “life-wounds” and supporting your ageless living goals such as talk therapy, past life therapy, energy healing, and the like. No matter what system you use—heal yourself—the best way you can so that you may enjoy this time of your life.

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If you need help with creating your timeless life, then check out my life-coaching services.

Be timeless sister and ROAR!

Your coach,

Jeanne

Learn Something New to Support Your Ageless Mind, Body, and Spirit

Learning a new thing such as  a language, an instrument, physical movement, and information will help keep your mind healthy, at certain times your body youthful, and undoubtedly your spirit engaged with life.

As the brain ages, a few things happen:

1. Parts of the brain shrink and your memory, learning capacity, and problem solving skills can diminish.

2. Your neurons and neurotransmitters may be reduced which can affect mood,  memory, concentration, and even physical movement.

3. Brain blood flow can reduce, plaque may build, and inflammation can occur, as well as damage from free radicals.

It was once thought that we stop creating new neurons after a certain age. Scientists now confirm we do create new neurons all the time, but sadly, unless utilized — like with learning something new — they die. Unfortunately, learning who bit the dust on the latest Game of Throwns episode doesn’t count. You have to actually apply effort in your learning. You must have repeated “tries”, solve some problems, and do it over a certain period of time to increase the longevity of your new neurons.

Brain mass can be maintained and increased through exercise, nutrition, and meditation.

Keeping your brain size healthy helps maintain memory, aids in your ability to learn, and assists in retaining your problem solving skills.  Studies have shown that exercise can prevent brain shrinkage especially in the hippocampus the seat of memory. Exercise staves off cognitive impairment and dementia. And we all know that exercise improves blood circulation bringing oxygen, nutrients, and the removal of waste in our body tissues and organs.

Consuming foods with Omega-3 fatty acids — the building block of neurons — may increase brain volume. Eating foods high in antioxidants will fight free radical damage. As well, meditation (is this really a suprise?) has been found to improve brain health and size.

“Our data suggest that meditation practice can promote cortical plasticity in adults in areas important for cognitive and emotional processing and well-being,” says Sara Lazar, leader of the study and a psychologist at Harvard Medical School. 

So we know that learning something new will help our brain age better and be healthier overall, but let’s talk about how it can also help our body be more youthful and our spirit more inspired!

Learning a new sport or movement like salsa or Tai Chi will make you feel youthful because first, it’s like you’re playing — moving and having fun — and second, you get to be a student again with an adult perspective. So this time around, you see the value in what you’re learning. Of course moving more helps to maintain a healthy weight, it lubricates your joints preventing stiffness so you bend with ease, and you use your muscles helping to keep your muscle mass (something else you lose as you age). All these things contribute to you having an ageless mind and body.

Learning to play an instrument and speaking a different language can expose you to new music, people, and culture which can do wonders for your spirit. Your spirit is here to have a human experience — show her a good time! Enjoy learning something new, take yourself on an adventure, meet interesting people, and most of all participate in life!

At the ripe age of 42 I’m learning Kung Fu! I’m going on my 3rd month and it has already made an impact on my well-being. I know that my neurons are happy to learn the new technique, but more than that — I’m being active and doing something I’ve always wanted to do — move like crouching tiger and hidden dragon! (Hi-Ya!) My mom, in her beautiful wise age is learning how to play the piano. (She’s my hero.) And sisters, you know the ageless lifestyle motto — it’s never too late!

Is there something you always wanted to learn? Think about it. Then do it. 😉

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If you need encouragement and guidance sister, check out my life-coaching services.

Your coach,

Jeanne

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Day 14: My #1 Advice on How to Look and Feel Ageless

Welcome to my 14 Day Ageless Lifestyle Makeover Challenge series!

The purpose of the challenge was to inspire you to make easy changes that would create more health, vibrancy, confidence, and timelessness in your life.  It covered food, skin care, fashion style, fitness, and so much more! Each day touched on a topic that helped you be your best at any age.

Here are the 14 days worth of lessons:

The winner of the drawing has been chosen and notified. Thank you to everyone who participated. If you’re just discovering this challenge now—do it on you own and reap the benefits of a more ageless lifestyle!

My #1 advice to look and feel ageless is to always face your fears and heal your hurts.

Face your fears because that’s how you grow, expand, and become timeless. You move past your problems by addressing them — not by ignoring them. When you focus on your problems and solve them (as best you can) you become free of them leaving you less stressed and more able to enjoy life.

When you’re less stressed you have a more positive outlook on life which makes you look and feel happy. This contented state — your positive mindset — supports your mind, body, and spirit well-being helping you age better.

Heal your hurts, whether they be physical or mental because to have an ageless lifestyle you should be mostly pain-free — in every sense of the word. Take care of your physical pains as unchecked they will only worsen into chronic pain or disease. Heal your emotional pains because unchecked they will disrupt your peace of mind and happiness. Emotional issues may also manifest into physical pain and disease.

For example, I use to be afraid of public speaking. It wasn’t that long ago when I would be gripped with fear, anxiety, and feeling the physical effects of my nervousness — sweating, fidgeting, and having a sour stomach. Through therapy, motivational books, joining Toast Masters, and EFT, I overcame my fears. In doing so I improved my life course — I was able to become a successful health & wellness professional. I derive so much happiness and fulfillment from what I do that my health is positively affected with what’s called eustress — a kind of stress that’s good for you.

Another example is that I use to suffer chronic back pain for over 15 years. It’s only been the last five years that I’ve been mostly pain-free. I took charge of my healing—creating a holistic back-care system for myself—and in doing so assured my present and future self a more healthy and vibrant life.

Fear and pain—both emotional and physical—will prevent you from living your best life. You can’t ignore them or wish them away. Imagine if I had ignored my fears of public speaking or kept living with the back pain? I would not be the person I am today.

You have to face your problems and feel your “pain” to realize you were made strong enough to handle and heal them.

Nothing is put before anyone who doesn’t already have the means inside them to overcome it. (The strength and answers are within you)

Your DAY 14 challenge:

Use the life-tools and advice below to help you get past your fears, heal your pains, and live an ageless lifestyle.

  • Use Matrix Reimprinting to overcome past trauma and pain so that you can have freedom from your past and a better outlook on your future
  • Seek out help from a therapist or life-coach to deal with emotional pain and life issues so that you can live your purpose and achieve your dreams
  • Seek out a physical therapist, trainer, chiropractor, or massage therapist to help with physical pain so that you can move with ease at any age
  • Read books to help you become emotionally stronger so that you can handle anything that comes your way
  • Use crystals to boost your vibrational frequency to support your health and well-being
  • Move more — exercise, stretch, and be active — to support your health and well-being
  • Eat better — organic foods, grass-fed and pasture-raised meats and dairy — to support your health
  • Look to natural and holistic remedies for most health, skin, body, and mental issues (or in combination with traditional treatments)
  • Nurture a hobby that helps you relax and unwind to support mental and physical balance
  • Cultivate your curiosity and stay engaged with life to support your mental well-being
  • Meditate and pray often for total well-being
  • Get more rest and sleep because that just helps with everything 😉

The above practices, habits, and techniques are everything I do to support my ageless lifestyle. Every one of those points helps me in some way to overcome my fears and heal my pains so that yes, I can look and feel ageless, but more importantly — so I can live my best life at any age.

Thank you for taking part in my 14 Day Ageless Lifestyle Makeover Challenge. I hope you found it useful and will use the information and tools I shared to make your life more awesome! If you have any questions or need help don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Stay healthy, happy, and timeless my friends!

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If you want help creating your mindful, healthy, and ageless lifestyle, then check out my life-coaching services.

Your coach,

Jeanne

Day 11: How to Create a Unique and Timeless Fashion Style

Welcome to my 14 Day Ageless Lifestyle Makeover Challenge series!

The purpose of the challenge was to inspire you to make easy changes that would create more health, vibrancy, confidence, and timelessness in your life.  It covered food, skin care, fashion style, fitness, and so much more! Each day touched on a topic that helped you be your best at any age.

Here are the 14 days worth of lessons:

The winner of the drawing has been chosen and notified. Thank you to everyone who participated. If you’re just discovering this challenge now—do it on you own and reap the benefits of a more ageless lifestyle!

Timeless fashion is where you can express your personality, feelings, and freedom in what you wear.

Your timeless fashion sense is unique to you and as you grow, expand, and change as a person—getting a deeper understanding of yourself—so will your fashion style evolve. Your fashion approach then becomes timeless and time appropriate as it’s always displaying your true self at any given moment.

This confidence to express your true self through fashion or any other way such as your thoughts, words, and actions take cultivation, exploration, and time.

You need to cultivate who you are as a person. Learn your likes and dislikes. What makes you happy, sad, curious, mad, and so on… Discover what drives and excites you.

Then, you need to explore these different parts of you — these feelings and ideas that make you who you are. In regards to fashion, this would mean testing out different clothing until you find the “look” that feels just right.

You will know when you’ve found it because it will feel like what you’re wearing is just an  extension of you. Your clothes will no longer be something that covers, distracts, or takes away from people seeing the real you. Instead, your clothes will express and accentuate your inner beauty and confidence.

Finally, it all comes together in time and in this, a certain amount of faith must be had. You have to trust that you will figure out the right thing for you. That you will discover a style of your very own.

Your DAY 11 challenge:

You are going to cultivate, explore, and give yourself the time to discover your unique timeless fashion.

Here are ways to “cultivate & explore” your fashion style:

1. Write out what you would like your clothes to say about you.

Example things a person can say…

  • I want my clothes to show that I’m a professional, strong, and capable woman.
  • I want my clothes to show that I’m an independent, sexy, powerhouse.
  • I want my clothes to express that I’m a happy, fun, and easy-going person.

And with your timeless fashion sense — YOU could be all these things at one time or another. You are not one feeling, one thought, and one action — YOU are constantly evolving and so should your look.

2. Create a Pinterest board of clothes, styles, and looks that appeal to you.

3. Go through your wardrobe and spring clean — remove clothes that don’t support the “look” and feelings you want your clothes to convey.

4. Go try on clothes—be daring—try stuff you wouldn’t normally wear just to see how it makes you feel.

5. Start dressing “how you feel.”

Examples are:

If you’re feeling happy then wear clothes that mean “happiness” to you.

If you’re sad, you have two choices in what to wear: a) you can wear something that makes you feel protected and comfortable so you can get deep into feeling your feelings or b) you can perk yourself up by putting on something that will make you happy.

AND BOTH choices are fine. YOU choose the one that is right for you at that moment. Remember, timeless fashion is about having the freedom to express your feelings in what you’re wearing. It’s your body. Your choice. Your style.

Cultivating and exploring your timeless fashion is fun and totally part of your divine feminine. Give yourself the time to enjoy every minute of it! Dress up when you want. Dress down when want. Just dress to please YOU and you will get it right all the time.

If developing your own fashion style and discovering your grace and confidence is important to you, then I invite you to look at my How to Be Lovely and Ageless program. Inspired by the timeless Audrey Hepburn, it’s filled with thoughtful and helpful advice to cultivate your inner & outer beauty.

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If you want help creating your mindful, healthy, and ageless lifestyle, then check out my life-coaching services.

Your coach,

Jeanne

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Day 1: How to Make Timeless Decisions

Welcome to my 14 Day Ageless Lifestyle Makeover Challenge series!

The purpose of the challenge was to inspire you to make easy changes that would create more health, vibrancy, confidence, and timelessness in your life.  It covered food, skin care, fashion style, fitness, and so much more! Each day touched on a topic that helped you be your best at any age.

Here are the 14 days worth of lessons:

The winner of the drawing has been chosen and notified. Thank you to everyone who participated. If you’re just discovering this challenge now—do it on you own and reap the benefits of a more ageless lifestyle!

Timeless decisions are choices you make that stand the test of time, where your future self would say, “If I had to do it over again — I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Here are three things to ask yourself in order to make a timeless decision:

Will this choice I make today cause me to be

  • healthier,
  • happier,
  • and / or a better person now and tomorrow?

Asking yourself this question makes you responsible for the decisions you make and act on. You take ownership of what you do in the present and accept the future consequences. When you make timeless decisions — such choices are rarely regretted.

No one makes perfect timeless decisions all the time so accept this and find self-compassion. The imperfections of life add unique detail and color to the tapestry of our lives making them more intricate and beautiful. With our individual choices we carve out our distinctive existence.

Anyway, who wants to make the right decision all the time? It’s a recipe for a boring and predictable life.

With that said, to live an ageless lifestyle you need to be making more timeless decisions — choices that support the healthy, happy, and enduring life you want than not.

To save yourself from a dull and conventional life, I do recommend posing another question that still supports the ‘timeless decision’ core value of your future self not regretting the action which is:

Will this choice I make today give me a fun adventure to remember and speak of in the future?

And you can qualify that choice as tales appropriate for ‘grand-kids-story-time’ or ‘class-reunion-roast-a-good friend’ get together! 😉

The timeless decisions you make need not be square or unoriginal. Participate and play — proactively take charge of how your life unfolds and co-create the life you always wanted.

Live a life that when remembered, brings you happiness, peace, and fulfillment.

Your DAY 1 challenge:

Ask yourself the following questions when it comes time to make a decision today and whenever you remember.

  • Will this make me healthier?
  • Will this make me happier?
  • Will this make me a better person?
  • Will this be fun?

Then decide if you want to make a timeless decision — a choice that supports your well-being and where your future self would give you a high-five and say, “Thank you! Good job younger self!” 😉

I started the challenge with teaching you about “timeless decisions” because in the next few weeks you’re going to be presented with some choices. With each lesson I will offer my advice and you must ask yourself the important “questions” and then act accordingly. In the end, you’re the hero (she-ro) of your life-story — you make the call.

By the way, I support the 80/20 effort on all things and my timeless life decision ratio is not exempt. This silly picture displays how I make decisions…

Timeless Decision Ratio

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If you need help working any of these ideas into your life, check out my life-coaching services.

Your coach,

Jeanne

21 New Year Resolutions for a Timeless Way of Being

21 New Year Resolutions for a Timeless Way of Being

New Year resolutions are sometimes the butt of jokes. I saw a meme that had a picture of Robert Downey Jr. rolling his eyes and saying, “Almost time for that ‘New Year, New me’ bullshit.”

It ‘s funny, but sadly, truth-telling. New Year resolutions can be a bit foolish.

The sentiment and intentions of people who want to change is real. The foolish part comes from having unreasonable expectations, poor planning, and  insufficient convictions about the resolution.

Plainly, people ask of themselves such drastic changes that are unrealistic and don’t work with their personality, lifestyle, and most importantly — their real life goals.

Recently, I wrote an article, “Be Successful with Your New Year Resolutions by Getting to the Heart of the Matter” The post essentially says that before we can have our ideal weight, dream job, soul-mate (whatever your New Year resolution may be), we need to address the deeper reason why we have yet to make it real for ourselves. I urge you to read that post, along with this one, to get a full view on how this year you could actually check off some of the promises you made to yourself.

Along with not addressing the deeper problem and having unrealistic expectations, some reasons New Year resolutions fail are because they don’t fit the personality of the individual, the effort needed doesn’t work with their lifestyle, and the promise doesn’t really meet their life goals.

For example, a person may have a New Year resolution to “Meet their soul-mate.” First, this is one of those wishes that we truly have no control over. We could feel intensely that this is what we must do, but the universe may have a whole other agenda for us. This resolution then falls in the category of “unrealistic expectation” and believe it or not — “not meeting life goals.”

You may want to argue with me about the last part, but hear me out. The reason a person wants to meet their soul-mate is because they want to feel more love in their lives? Would you agree? If so, then the real goal is “Feeling more love.” And if we focus our efforts on “feeling more love” we will surely be more successful.

People want change in their lives and the New Year is a great opportunity to create some.

The New Year brings with it a motivating energy, enlivening you to make new choices and rousing you to have new dreams. It is a perfect time to focus on you.

Here are 21 New Year resolutions for you that are lifestyle, personality, and real-life goal friendly. These resolutions are timeless — good for now and the rest of your life.

This year…

 1. I will heal myself.

2. I will take care of myself like I would a loved one.

3. I will do the best I can with what I have, then do better when I am able.

4. I will focus on what I can control — my thoughts, actions, and reactions.

5. I will love more.

6. I will laugh more.

7. I will play more.

8. I will spend more time with family and friends.

9. I will be open to new adventures and opportunities.

10. I will sing in the shower.

11.I will work on a fun hobby.

12. I will read more books I like.

13. I will dance more.

14. I will do something I’ve never done before at least once!

15. I will go somewhere I’ve never been before.

16. I will smile more.

17. I will speak up more.

18. I will give more hugs.

19. I will spend more time in nature.

20. I will rest more.

21. I will kiss more.

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If you need help achieving your life goals — someone to help you create a successful action plan — then  check out my life-coaching services.

Timeless life goals are happiness and love. May you have them in abundance now and forever.

Your coach,

Jeanne

 

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How to Meditate to Be Healthy, Happy, and Timeless

Have you ever thought about meditation? We hear a lot about it especially in the personal growth, spirituality, and holistic wellness industry.

It’s not surprising, meditation has been around for thousands of years. Once, only done by monks and mystics, and then made popular by Buddhists and yogis who opened our western eyes to the possibility of enlightenment through meditation.

Enlightenment is the ultimate goal and maybe someday—fingers crossed—we make it to that exquisite end, but sometimes, because life can be overwhelming, we need the more immediate sense of relief and happiness that meditation can bring.

I’ve meditated for over 20 years and have found it to be a saving grace. With that said, my “meditations” are probably not the traditional ones you hear of — the kind where you sit in lotus position for hours on end, clearing your mind, and achieving a blissful state.

Sometimes I do feel blissful during and after meditation, but bliss isn’t always my goal. I use meditation to support my healthy, happy, and timeless way of being. As such, my meditation styles or methods will vary.

As a life-coach, I ask all my clients to do some form of meditation. For those who are very new, their practice may only last 1-3 minutes. For others, it may be as long as 20-30 minutes. The end results are the same — people who have a consistent stillness practice are happier and healthier overall.

Here are three types of meditations I use and recommend to support a healthy, happy, and timeless way of being.

How to Meditate For Health

Do a focused belly-breathing meditation.

Use focused belly breathing to de-stress, take a “time-out,” and / or collect your thoughts. It can be completed in 1 minute or done for as long as you are able.

Sit on a chair or cross-legged on the floor with your back straight. Good posture is important in meditation because it helps the physical process of breathing and eases the pressure on the back and joints. You may also lay down which I recommend for first-timers as it is much easier to feel belly breathing in this manner.

bellyBreathing

Once you are in your desired posture, place your hands on your belly. Begin to inhale through the nose—mentally counting for 5 seconds—as your belly expands. Then exhale through the nose for 5 seconds, letting your belly contract and made smaller.

Try to avoid moving your chest and shoulders as you breathe. The more you practice, the better you will become at keeping this area still. Chest and shoulder movement during breathing is indicative of poor breathing habits and can contribute to health concerns such as anxiety, dizziness, and fatigue. Belly breathing is the appropriate way to breathe. It uses your diaphragm, your prime breathing muscle.

Focus on your belly breath for 5 breath cycles. A breath cycle is 1 inhale of 5 seconds and 1 exhale of 5 seconds. You should be able to accomplish 5 breath cycles in about 1 minute. If you wish to practice longer, keep focus, and continue with the slow and measured breaths.

When you meditate for longer periods of time, you may want to focus on how your belly expands and contracts — feel your muscles move as they aid in the breathing process.   Observe your breath as it enters your nose and travels to your lungs and diaphragm. Imagine its path as it travels back out through your nose. Contemplate where else your breath travels within your body.

When you focus on the intricacies of your breathing, you quiet the mind of all other distracting thoughts and thus begin to achieve a more calm state. Through focused belly breathing you will gain more clarity and peace of mind which contributes to your overall well-being.

Meditation will also improve blood circulation — sending oxygen, nutrients, and aiding in the removal of waste in the body. A consistent stillness practice of deep breaths can help regulate blood pressure, normalize hormones, and even improve digestion.

How to Meditate for Happiness

Do a mantra meditation.

Mantra comes from Sanskrit words that mean to “free the mind.” It can be a sound like “OM” or a positive phrase repeated to elicit understanding, awakening, and contentment. A mantra meditation can bring about a more blissful state.

Begin as you would if you were doing your focused belly breathing. Do 5 cycles of breath then repeat one of the following mantras for as long as you are able.

  • Love & gratitude
  • Peace & joy
  • Life is good

Aim to practice your mantra meditation for 15-20 minutes. Ideally you would want to do this 2x a day.

The benefits of this meditation are immediate. You will feel calmer, lighter, and happier the first time you do it. The more you practice, the more the feelings of happiness will stay with you. That is why it is good to do it twice a day because it starts and ends your day off right — with you being calm, centered, and happy.

How to Meditate to Support a Timeless Way of Being

Do a visualization meditation.

A visualization meditation is a practice where you steer the imagination to create a particular image and experience. You guide your thoughts to create an “alternate reality’.” You can of course visualize anything you want, but for our purposes of supporting a timeless way of being, we will visualize a reality where we are doing the things we would love to do with our time.

By the way, being “timeless” in my eyes means that you go about life feeling that “you have all the time in the world to do the things you want,” that “it’s never too late” for you to start—whatever—and sometimes, time even expands for you. (Say what?! Click here to see what I mean!)

So meditating on what you would love to be doing with your time is you asserting your power to be timeless — it’s you making time for your deepest desires.

For example you may want to be spending time on a tropical beach, enjoying the sun, listening to the waves, and reading a romance novel. Perhaps you would rather be rock climbing in Moab, Utah. It’s your imagination and your time, and so your are free to think whatever you like.

You could say this meditation is a type of daydreaming because it is. Have you ever noticed when you are in the midst of a good daydream that you are ‘zoned-out’? You are so deep in thought that all other things around you — sound, people, and even stress — fades to the background. Doesn’t that also sound like what happens when someone is in deep meditation? (Light-bulb!)

Depending on your visualization skills, this meditation can last from 5-20 minutes. Begin as you would if you were doing your focused belly breathing. Do 5 cycles of breath. Then start designing in your mind this alternate reality. Be specific and detailed. Use your senses to help you create your ideal experience.

Questions that may help create this positive dream scenario are:

  • Where are you?
  • Who’s there with you?
  • What are you doing?
  • What are you wearing?
  • What is the weather like?
  • What do you smell?
  • And the most important question — how are you feeling?

When your visualization meditations  are positive in nature, you will have a feeling of relaxation and bliss during and after the practice. Also, if you subscribe to the law of attraction — where you believe your thoughts create your reality — then you can use this style of  stillness to manifest a reality where your time is spent doing the things you love.

Final thought…

Once you have created a consistent meditation practice—gaining the physical and mental benefits I spoke of—you will also notice and feel something else — you will start “shifting”.

You will begin shifting  your thoughts, actions, and overall behavior to represent the love and light within yourself that you discover through meditation.

Even though enlightenment , higher consciousness, or self-knowledge wasn’t the goal of your initial practice, it is the inevitable result. Meditation begets more love, understanding, and freedom from our mind and ideas that prevent us from truly being timeless. So yes, enlightenment is still the ultimate goal. (Surprise! But you probably knew that!)

You can’t go wrong with any of these simple meditations I have shared. Try them and let me know how it works for you 😉

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If you need encouragement and guidance with your mind, body, and spirit wellness, then check out my life-coaching services.

Your coach,

Jeanne