The beauty about getting older is really “getting” people. I now understand that I have a choice on who stays in my life and who does not. Food for thought…
I haven’t been around as much lately since I’ve been keeping busy with my reinvention ideas.
Annoucement! One of my reinvention ideas is coming to fruitition with the assistance of a co-host who is also a life coach.
Last coaching session, my personal coach told me to focus on the magic that is happening to me, instead of the “work” that I so not want to do any longer. Well, here I go! Magic is happening!
Today, I’ve announced a women’s only weekend retreat in Safety Harbor, Florida, at the one and only Safety Harbor Resort & Spa!
Wishful Reinvention Weekend Retreat
As with the creation of this blog and my Project Reinvention Meetup site, the weekend retreat was created because there are absolutely none like it in our area.
So here is my selfish plug….any women out there in the Tampa Bay area (or anywhere for that matter), looking to get away for a relaxing, rejuvenating weekend with other like-minded women, please join us! You can find retreat details on my Project Reinvention Meetup Group link below. Join the Meetup group as a member for further details! It’s a steal of a deal!
There’s something about turning 50 or being close to it that allows you to benefit from your hard-won experience. This is a time when our life lessons come home.
I remember when I was in my 20s and 30s thinking I had everything figured out. But now at almost 60? No comparison. In our younger years, we’re just gathering data. Then at some point our vision clears, and we’re able to assimilate it. Dr. Christiane Northrup would say that it’s because of our changing levels of hormones.
She believes that these hormones were responsible for keeping us complacent and placid during the years that we’re fertile. Otherwise, we might go crazy and do something bad to our babies or our mate. Then at a certain point your reproductive ability diminishes and the fog clears (again, this is according to her hypothesis).
The woman now has new perspective, and along with it…
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For all those ‘followers’ out there, every morning when you rise,
REPEAT THESE WORDS.
Break away! Let us all become what we are truly meant to be!
This is my new mantra for those pesky inner voices and limiting beliefs that seem to arrive just after I have given some thought to a new and creative idea for my ‘next chapter’. From now on, as soon as that bugger of an inner voice starts I will proclaim:
Fly! Be free!
This is statement that came out of my last coaching session and it has really resonated with me. Yes! I want to feel alive!
This life coaching process is kind of like therapy (only a lot cheaper) and I’m really diggin’ it. My seasoned coach asked me a ton of questions that I’ve never really given much thought to before, one of which was something along the lines of “what makes you feel alive?” I really had to think about that before I could answer. After feeling so lost this past 18 months, the only response I could come up with was “Yes! I want to feel alive!”
Digging deep into your true self and peeling back the layers is not an easy thing to do; this I am discovering. Hey, when was the last time anyone asked you “what do you really want to do?!” Think about it for a few minutes and try answering. It’s not as easy as it may seem.
It’s like we’re on the gerbil wheel of life and you keep spinning, spinning, just going through the motions. I believe it is so true that we are innately programmed to do the right thing, even if it is not something that brings us joy or fulfillment. We just stay on the gerbil wheel ’cause it’s what you are supposed to do.
It certainly doesn’t help when we are surrounded by friends and family who unknowingly (and unintentionally) feed us with negative energy and limiting beliefs that make us feel obligated or even guilty for wanting something more. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told to “suck it up”.
I’ve got two pages of “life purpose” exercises that I will read again today (for the umpteenth time) and I will try to dig a little deeper to find some answers. Personally, it’s more fun writing about this struggle than having to actually deal with it.
On my Facebook account, one of the very few apps I have installed is a daily inspirational message app. Each morning, I read these little messages as a little jump start to my day. In these past few weeks, they have been so on point, I am less and less inclined to think these are coincidental, considering where I am in my life right now. Here is today’s message:
Change is the very nature of life – welcome it.
No glass ever became sand again; No bread ever became wheat; No ripened fruit ever became a flower. Welcome change, and choose what kind of glass you create, what kind of bread you bake, what kind of fruit you harvest.
Who would have ever thought that a dream and a mouse would become the Disney empire we all know and love today. Walt Disney obviously conquered his “inner voices” by truly believing in his dream and making the dream happen. And BOY, did he ever make it happen.
Many of us have dreams of where we would like to be in life, where we would like to go. Some of us make these dreams happen and some of us keep on dreaming because those little voices inside our head tell us all the reasons why we can’t make our dreams come true.
Today I experienced a revelation: I now recognize my inner voice! This is my nasty negative inner voice that tells me “oh, you don’t have the credentials to do this” “come on, how are you going to make this happen?” “how would you even know where to start?” Are you familiar with this inner voice? Oh, I bet you are! We all have one. Some of us conquer it but sadly, most of us succumb to it.
During my first coaching session I was officially introduced to my inner voice and let me tell you, this voice is a powerful little bugger. When I dream my dream for the next chapter in my journey of life, this voice takes me from a creative high to a self-deprecating low in a manner of minutes.
In the wise words of my new coach, she told me “The universe supports patience and persistence; make peace with the process.” I can see this is going to be quite a process.