Confidence

It is what kicks that annoying emotion of fear in the ass.

It is what makes things possible.

It is what makes life fun.

It is how we adventure, find new places, meet new people.

It opens our awareness, makes our experiences incredibly more vibrant and meaningful.

It elevates our consciousness.

It relaxes us. It brings a feeling of home and comfort into our souls.

It is a love for life, for others, for experiences and opportunities, and most importantly….it is a love for ourselves.

Confidence completely comes from within. It is comfort we find within ourselves and our bodies. It is the opposite of negative self talk. It is positive affirmations.

Those tummy butterflies that appear right before we are about to do something that scares us ….. those are excitement ( borrowing this incredible insight from the book Fearless ) and joyful anticipation for the incredible road block we are about to tackle and this incredible full of life experience we are about to have.

Let confidence triumph over fear.

Turn fear to excitement.

Turn living…into THRIVING.

Delaying Happiness

At what point did we decide we had to wait to be happy. At what point did we decide we have to earn happiness. And in order to be happy, we had to go do something first, or have to achieve something, that we have to accomplish something that will make us feel worthy enough of feeling happy. Man do I wish I was alive at the moment somebody had this thought so I could say wait a minute NO.

We are worthy now.

We are enough now.

That was our birthright that got taken from us.

You do not need to do anything, or prove to anyone, that you are worthy enough to have what it is that you want that makes you happy.

We got so caught up in the idea that we have to work first and play later. We spend our days doing what we think we have to do, dragging ourselves through the day waiting for the moment we can go have fun, and then when we get to this moment we have set aside for fun, we are so exhausted we collapse.

Always doing what we think we should be doing.

Well here’s your wake up call, your permission slip, and guidance.

DO WHAT BRINGS YOU JOY.

GET CLEAR ON YOUR IDEAL LIFE.

WRITE IT DOWN.

PRINT OUT PICTURES OF IT. LOOK AT THEM EVERYDAY.

THEN GO HAVE FUN.

( Intertwined with being responsible ~ making money, paying bills, being respectful etc )

Instead of acting through thoughts of what you think you should be doing, you will find you start acting based off of feelings, and impulses.

This is intuition. Guidance. Guiding you towards what you just asked for. ( your ideal life )

and then notice . . .

suddenly, somehow magically, (through the universal laws) the exact opportunities that bring you the ideal life you are wanting, start showing up.

Take Them.

We don’t need to delay happiness. We just got stuck in an awful cycle of doing that for so long we don’t know anything other than that.

but we are starting to wake up again. THANK YOU UNIVERSE.

Our system as been so skewed for too long.

So remember –

You are worthy.

You are enough.

So what’s next for you?

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And hopefully not to confuse you ~ but some delayed happiness is good as well. Anticipation is a nice way to build up positive energys like excitement.

Opportunities

BE OPEN

We are bombarded by opportunities left and right every day, and when we are in alignment these opportunities are like a bowl of frozen raspberries with cacao nibs and coconut sugar. aka yummy.

These days, when we ask for something . . . ta da! there’s the opportunity for us to take to give us exactly what we asked for. The more in alignment we are, the more instantaneous this becomes.

Its really insanely wonderful. Once you get the hang of it lol

Its when we don’t take the opportunity that things get sticky and uncomfortable.

There is still work we have to put in to releasing the old to make room for this new awesome . . . but we come to find the ‘work’ is fun! It only becomes hard when we start taking actions in the opposite direction of our desire.

( thank you universe for making me uncomfortable to guide me back in the right direction )

Look for these opportunities. Be open to them. Encourage them and want them in your life. Most of the time they are already there, waiting for us to remember them, but we are too fast-paced and not present in the moment enough to see them. Which is a bummer because these opportunities are exactly what we need to grow and evolve. ( in turn living out our wants and dreams)

I used to use the phrase ‘follow your dreams’ all the time and then realized a couple things – First – what were my dreams? What was it that I was dreaming about every night when my head hit that pillow. Was there a common theme? HECK YES THERE WAS. That was what I needed to follow.

Second – once I started listening and following, I then realized I no longer wanted to follow my dreams. I wanted to LIVE my dreams. To turn them into my reality.

So I ‘gave in’ so to speak. I call this surrendering now, or even better, releasing my grip and letting myself fully feel the present moment. It allowed me to see where I was, release these blocks that had been built up, and open me up to allow opportunities to begin to present themselves.

These opportunities are what gets us to where we are wanting to go.

Which really, at the end of the day – the root of everything we could ever desire is a deeper and deeper feeling of love and bliss. The things and experiences we crave – are what bring about these emotions of love and bliss.

It is important to keep our wants in our minds and bring an awareness around whether or not our actions are actually in alignment with them, but it is just as important to be open and ready to do something different, to take a step in a direction you haven’t gone before, otherwise life will constantly be giving you what you want, while you’re still over there waiting for it. 

In order to get something different – to have something that we have never had – to experience something that we have yet to do – we have to realize that means we have to do something we have yet to do, to get it.

Be open.
Be willing to try new things.

Get out of your comfort zone. Like way out. The more you push the edges of that comfort zone the bigger it gets, which means the next hurtle will be a little bit higher, a little bit scarier, a little bit tougher to throw yourself over.

but that also just means – whats on the other side is that much more amazing.

Realize that what you want, wants you, but you have to be willing to do something you haven’t yet done to receive it.

p.s.

as I write this, it is also a reminder to myself, that I currently have wants waiting for me too.

I am on this journey right along with you .

reprogramming, rewiring our minds, back to a space where everything was once perfectly aligned.

Understanding Energy

Energy. 
Exhaustion 
Tired
Fatigued 
Achy 
Energy. 


What is energy? What is vibration? 


When we put our energy into things that bring us joy, we create more energy for ourselves. 
When we put our energy into things our inner being doesn’t want to do or enjoy…it drains us. 


We feed off of each others energy. 


Do more of what brings you joy and less of what drains you. 


Raise your energy. Raise your vibration. 

Raise your vibration and experience more feelings of joy, love, and wonder.


Your life will DRASTICALLY change.  


Surround yourself with people who feed your desires. 
Fill your mind and body with positive, uplifting music, food, water, conversation. Nature!  

What we put in . . . water, food, music, conversations . . . is what we get out. 


Good quality water. Life giving food. High Vibrational music. Supportive encouraging conversations and relationships. Clean organized environment / and headspace.

We become what we eat, drink, think, feel, and surround ourselves with. 

Its when we pay attention to all these areas, cultivate them in ways that uplift us, and balance our energy between them that we experience a surge in life giving energy.

Feed yourself in the right way . . .and watch the energy and joyfulness you had as a little kid return. 

Namaste 

Calming Our Minds – Bringing Positivity into O u r Lives

6 Tips

You can do right now to shift your vibration back into alignment.

I do these all the time when life gets a little crazy.  They keep me balanced, alert and able to make good decisions when they really count.

May they be just as transformative for you as they have been for me

1. Nothing needs your immediate attention right now.

Yes there may be an inbox full of emails, more DMs than you can keep track of, and dishes in the sink . . . but they aren’t going anywhere.

Just you, taking a much needed minute for you.

Because you deserve it.

2.  Become Present in the Current Moment. 

Feel your feet on the floor or feel your weight in the chair.  Become grounded to the earth. Let it support you.

3. Create a feeling of Space in your mind.

Allow it to open and be clear. Expand your awareness outward. Breath deep and imagine sending air to your brain. May sound weird! but it works!!

4. Your thoughts are separate from Y o u.

We are souls that can take a backseat to our overactive minds. View your thoughts like a movie you aren’t really interested in. They can be there in the background, but you don’t actually have to engage with them.

Choose the ones you want to listen to and ignore the ones you don’t.

Most are unnecessary and just background noise.

5. Focus on your Breathing.

Notice how the air is cool on the inhale, and slightly warmer on the exhale. Notice the rise and fall of your chest/belly. Imagine a flow of energy moving through your body and life flourishing throughout your cells.

6. Think of 3 things you are G r a t e f u l for. 

Really grateful for.

And feel the loving and comforting feeling flood your body when thinking about them.

Enjoy this time of peace. You deserve it. After all, being peaceful and full of joy is our birthright. 

You have the ability to return back to this space at any time you need to.

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For more guidance on calming your mind and bringing more positivity into your life

I help you understand a little better how your mind works and how to use it instead of it using you.

For more tips like this that you have access to right now – check out my other blogs posts. I share a lot about the knowledge I have gained from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and the many books I am so grateful to have read.

Knowledge should be shared – especially when it so drastically transforms the quality of our lives.

Jody

Intuition and Curiosity

What makes you nervous?

Is there something you’ve been wanting to do, but for some reason haven’t yet?

Maybe it’s that weird local grocery store you drive by everyday that you kind of want to check out, or that e-book online that you keep coming across that really isn’t that expensive and you want it, but you haven’t purchased it yet for who knows what reason.

Curiosity.

Its really cool. But it sucks if we don’t explore it because we leave ourselves wondering what if?

Curiosity is our intuition coming through.

So what’s something you’ve been wanting to do that you haven’t yet?

What’s holding you back?

Most likely an irrational fear. Fear gets in the way of everything and stops us from living a truly empowered, vibrant life.

Here’s what I have learned – Kick fear to the curb and go do what looks intriguing to you. These moments of curiosity are when our intuition and soul comes forth and says hey! go this direction!

This is also the perfect time to align our actions from an intention of love and joy instead of fear. Anything done from a state of fear draws us farther away from our intuition or natural state of being, which is to feel love and joy with everything we do.

To see just how true we can be to ourselves. How true we will stick to our intuition and listen to it.

Cause when we don’t, life will just give us a little kick on the behind and say nope! I told you what to do, you didn’t listen, here you go, here’s another opportunity. This time a little more forceful. Try again.

Lets make life easier on ourselves. We all know it is hard enough as it is anyway right.

Lets listen to that gut feeling. Lets follow that idea that makes us smile even if we think we will be judged for it. Lets take a nap when we know we need to and listen to our bodies instead of thinking that powering through is what will make others think we are strong. Strong is being able to surrender, be vulnerable, let go, and listen to ourselves and do what is best for us first, and always.

We can’t give from an empty cup.

And when our cup is empty, remember to allow others to fills yours back up if theirs is overflowing.

And then of course, always return the favor.

Gratitude

A reoccurring lesson in my life has been about the power of Gratitude.

Reoccurring only because I keep unknowingly stopping my practice and putting myself into a place where I have to relearn the lesson to get back on track. Back in balance.

I’m human. I learn as I go. As do we all. 🙂

It’s been a hard lesson at times, but always very worth it. .

When we are not grateful for the things we have in our lives, we can soon find ourselves without any of them. I’ve been here many times.

The universe will forever amaze me in its ability to massively shift my reality to get it back into balance.

And it can do it very quickly.

lack of gratitude for what currently is . . . will shift our realities into one of lack of everything. We live in a world of complete abundance, but when we aren’t grateful, we look through eyes of lack. We pick out whats missing, instead of appreciating what is there, the abundance.

I have learned gratitude can also work just as quickly in the opposite direction. Almost instantaneously.

Gratitude, when practiced correctly, instantly changes our bodies vibrations from a place of lack, to a place of abundance and love. And when it comes to drawing in that which we are wanting…. coming from a place of love, abundance, and joy draws it in insanely quicker than from a place of fear, worry, or lack.

As soon as I realized I wasn’t showing gratitude for the things in my life, I made it a point to list off at least 3 things before bed that night, and again right as I woke up the following morning. I felt like a different person the remainder of that following day. The way the people around interacted with me, the experiences and opportunities I ended up having, my own state of happiness and joy had literally flip flopped over night from a place of feeling alone, sorrowful, unworthy, and disappointed in myself, to a place of comfort, joy, happiness, compassion, and overflowing with abundance.

Being grateful raises our vibration. It helps us feel lighter, more clear, more grounded and centered. From this place, we are working with life instead of against it and things start falling right into place.  It forces us to come from a place of love, over a place of fear.

I may be talking more about the importance of always coming from a place of love in another post, but until I do, here is a little snip bit….every decision and every thought we have that comes from a place of love, will catapult us forward into a higher state of happiness and joy, while every decision and thought based off of fear will drag us farther down into the lower vibrations of unhappiness and imbalance.

Always be coming from a place of love : )

And back to gratitude….

If you want to bring some of this wonderfulness into your life here is my own gratitude practice to help you get an idea for yourself.


For each, I list off 3 things I am grateful for. If not more. You can do this just in your head, but writing it down is even more powerful. And even more powerful than that is sharing them with someone else.

  • Right as I wake up (before I even get out of bed)
  • Before I eat. So breakfast, lunch, and dinner ( if I’m totally on my game…before my snacks too )
  • Before I start work.
  • Before I go to bed.

At first it takes a little to get in the hang of it, but once you do…its really easy to list off way more than 3. The more the better!!

Now this is a lot…if you are completely new to this gratitude thing….I would start with one of those.  So maybe either right before bed, or as you wake up. And once you have that down…keep going 🙂

↓ This is key ↓

It is not merely about quickly muttering out anything. You have to actually genuinely be grateful. It is about FEELING it. You have to really appreciate that which you are saying you are grateful for. It is this feeling that changes the vibration in our body.

What we FEEL … is what we get.

And we have the power to choose what we feel.

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I will be forever grateful for the privilege of choice.

I will be forever grateful for the knowledge I receive and the ability to share it with all of you.

I am grateful for the journey I am on and that it has brought me here.

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Namaste.

A Day of Giving

I have recently decided to dramatically lessen the material things I own.

For a few reasons.

I have more than I need.

I plan to spend some time traveling and having less belongings will be easier to manage.

And less things to pack when I decide to live in different locations.

I’m working on only owning and buying things which have deep meaning to me instead of buying just to buy or out of whim. (Mindful – intentional spending.)

Creating space for growth. Physically and mentally.

If I haven’t worn certain clothes or used an item in a decent amount of time, or if it has been stored away somewhere in a box for longer than I can remember….there is someone else who could use it more than myself.

I spent some time thoroughly going through all my possessions and asking myself:

Is this something that brings me joy?

When was the last time I used it?

Does it align with the person I am wanting to be?

Will someone else appreciate it more than I am right now?

Some items were very easy to let go of. Others I looked at, had a deep sense of emotion come to the surface, and had to revisit another day. In the end, realizing the attachment I had to the item was not serving me in a positive way.

A huge part of what helped me be able to give, and in such a big way, was coming to the understanding everything in this life is energy.

Everything, including us, ebbs and flows in and out of our lives effortlessly when we are connected to nature and free flowing.

It is when we latch on to something that we disrupt this natural flow. It is when we store items in our possession, physically or mentally, that aren’t in alignment with ourselves, or out of fear, that we block natures ability to allow more and better things to come our way. When we hold on to items and emotions, we stop the flow of new things coming into our existence that are meant to, which help us continue to grow and evolve.

Let nature be our teacher again.
So much beauty is found in the act of letting go. Letting go of the old, makes room for something new.

When we give, we in turn allow ourselves room to receive.

You know the saying – you can’t give without receiving something yourself in return.

The return is a slew of positive emotions which can dramatically raise your vibration. In turn allowing you the ability to live in a state of flow and effortless ease.

Now doesn’t that sound nice.

I spent a full day giving away items that I no longer needed and it was an incredible day. I utilized an Unconditional Give or Take Group I found where I could offer my belongings directly to those in my area. Being able to directly give away your items to the exact person and to feel their appreciation and gratitude is such a wonderful feeling.

I have a handful more boxes I will be going through over the next couple months to have another day of giving.

My intention is to inspire you to do the same.

To start in a single room of your home and one by one, go through your belongings and make piles of what you no longer want. 

Let it be enjoyable.

Feel good about what you’re doing ( because it is amazing! ) and let the physical act of cleaning out your belongs also be cleaning to your mental state.

Creating physical space, also creates mental space.

And then find someone ( or many) who could use it more than you. 

This practice creates a clean and open space vibrationally for you to receive what life is trying to give you.

This world we live in is consistently responding to our wants and desires, but when we are blocked we block our ability to receive what we ask for.

Try letting go of emotional attachments you have to items.

If you haven’t used it in a awhile…do you really need it?

When you look at it or use it, do you feel good about it?

If not, if it brings up negative emotions, ask yourself if you still want to carry those emotions inside you. If so, or if you’re not ready, it’s okay to keep it. But if not, let it go – and the emotions will go with it allowing room for new and better ones to come in. Ones you can now intentionally choose.

May your coming days of giving be beautiful and a time of immense positive change in your life.

Towards a life of pure enjoyment and ease.

May you be happy. May you be healthy. May you be at peace. 

May your life flow with ease.

Broccoli Date Beauty Bowl

Our bodies have a built in way to let us know exactly what foods we need….and don’t need for that matter.

Just as a dog, or any other wild animal, we too can instinctively know what foods are good for us in the moment and which ones are not.

It’s about tapping into those subtle signs, understanding what they mean, and then actually listening to them and correctly taking action.

Eating what our body recognizes gives it the ability to preform at it’s highest level. Giving us the energy we long for, soft clear vibrant skin, shiny strong hair, sparkling white eyes, a humming digestive system, and luscious restful sleep.

We tap into this inner knowing by slowing down.

Yeah I know, the opposite of what we want to do. Or think we want to do…

For me, I did this by switching my mindset around meal times. Viewing eating as more of a sacrid spiritual practice that feeds my body and soul, rather than seeing the time I spend eating as not productive and almost a waste of time.

My relationship with food has been on both ends of the spectrum, but now…

I chose to cherish the time I spend eating, as well as the foods I chose to eat, just as much as all the other high priority items in my life.

The foods we eat are important.

But HOW we eat them is just as important.

We are fed much more by the food we eat when we take time to appreciate each bite.

Healing our relationship with food is a beautiful thing.

It doesn’t happen over night. It is a practice and a lot of inner growth can occur as well.

The food off our plates is also vitality important and feeds us just as much.

Healing our relationship with food may mean healing one, or some, of those other areas as well.

A lot of the time we crave certain foods, not because our body actually wants them, but for reasons other than nutritional needs.

We may be craving fulfillment in other areas of our life such as

Relationships
Movement
The work we do
Spirituality

Be patient with yourself.

Set an intention and allow yourself the space to let it unfold.

This is what I am currently eating a lot. With different variations. If this is completely different from how you eat…baby steps. Pick up some dates the next time you’re at the store and try those out. They are little pieces of sweet heaven. Add those in to your next typical salad or just as a snack.

Dramatic changes don’t happen all at once…and we don’t want them to. There’s to much resistance when they do. Baby step your way into it…and it’ll manifest way quicker than if you try tackling it all at once.

Broccoli Date Salad

Red leaf lettuce

Spinach

Arugula

Parsley

Red cabbage

Broccoli florets

Cucumber

Dates

Pecans

DRESSING**:

Avocado Blood Orange Oil ( this stuff is bomb. I received it as a gift last week, it is heaven. Slightly sweet and perfectly rich)

Hemp Oil

Maca powder

Barley Grass Juice Powder

**You don’t have to use this dressing. Something simple like olive oil, lemon juice, and maple syrup is wonderful. A mustard vinaigrette is nice as well. Whatever sounds good to you.

Keep it simple and try to make your own dressing to keep it as whole and unprocessed as possible.

***For those suffering from gut issues and low stomach acids, go ahead and leave out the red cabbage and add everything else. This is a wonderful meal for the gut, makes digestion easy on the stomach, and provides a  lot of nutrition.

Chew thoroughly 🙂

Are you Awake?

“Once we see the light, we can’t unsee it.

What once made sense no longer does.

Seeing new things will always require change, as the lessons seek to shift into our bones.

Many of us avoid the unfamiliar because we doubt we can hold it. We’ve been told for so long that we need a guidebook to tell us what to see. The American dream promises fulfillment while pouring concrete into our legs assuring that we feel as if we can’t stand anywhere but where they say.

We can pretend to build a happy home within the safety of the known, but it’s a facade. There is no promised safety. Just flow or resistance.

We either surrender to the present or we create anxiety, depression, and apathy.

Experiences deliver these lessons like a wheelbarrow of compost, delivering ingredients essential for growth. We can refuse to absorb it, but in doing so we choose a piece of life over the entirety.

We’ve been conditioned to feel weak, but our arms can hold more than we know. If it has arrived on our doorstep it is ours to meet, digest, wrestle with, consume, and then spit out what we no longer need.

Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, I hope that you take a moment to breathe in, soften your heart, remind yourself that you are capable, and lean into your lessons.

In each moment it is yours to choose:

Resistance or Flow”

Written by

Aubrey Renee

@aubreyyrenee

https://www.restoreretreatkentucky.com/


There is a tremendous amount of truth,

in and beyond these words.

Thank you Aubrey, for sharing such a beautiful part of your soul.

The journey you are on feels very similar to my own.

May our words reach many and continue to spread the message we both feel a calling to share.

We are here for the creative journey of experiencing joy and continuously expanding our minds into deeper levels of bliss.

If you are here reading this, your journey has begun.

Step into Growth

And know you will be supported every step of the way.

 

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If you would like to continue diving deeper into this question – ” Are you awake”  here is a podcast that goes into more detail describing some of the things that occur along this process of awakening. 

Podcast: Love Sex & Magic – Melissa Wells – Sept 16 – Are you Waking Up?