A Gift For You Coming From a Place of Gratitude

Recently, I sent an email out that started with a question.

“What’s the one thing that directly affects the quality of your work, relationships, and future?”

And in that same email I offered my take…

“…that one thing is love. Specifically, your commitment to loving yourself.”

Gratitude

 

A commitment to anything usually requires work. Work doesn\’t have to be seen as something to dread every Monday morning; it can be seen as an opportunity to Activate your Inner Strength, your Inner Wisdom, and all the intricacies that make up your Inner Superheroine.

To be honest, that is easier said then done. And I find it even more challenging as someone with a history of mental health issues.

Nevertheless, I press on. And many times I press on because of you. We may have never met, but I know there is a human behind the screen. You may not leave a comment, but I know you read my posts. And every once in a while I\’ll get an email from someone who tells me that something I wrote gave them a boost for the day, or helped them change their perspective about something they felt stuck about. All of it makes my heart smile. A heart I once thought was completely cold and hardened.

And so, because of LOVE I am transformed. Because of LOVE I continue to be art in motion and a story worth telling. And I am super grateful for all the LOVE we share with one another. Especially in the midst of all the hate, fears, ego tripping, and social injustices taking place here and around the world.

I wanted to express what was in my heart inspired by listening to you, learning to love, learning that we need more love, and learning that much like bathing, love is most effective as a daily practice. I know that sometimes we get caught up in life and we sometimes forget who we are, we forget our WHY and we forget that we are NOT ALONE. It\’s rough out there, and I get that.

So, I\’ve created the Because Love Is… Manifesto Poster to help you continue to overcome self-doubt and embrace loving yourself. Thank you for being YOU :-)

Simply visit  www.lynettedavis.com/because-love-is and download your copy.

No sign up or ccard required.

And the best part? It’s print ready!!!

Download. Print. Hang. Love.

Until Next Time…Peace!

Did you enjoy reading this? Awesome! I’d like to invite you to sign up here to receive new blog posts in your inbox when they update…

Oh! By the way, if you want to learn more about the blogger of this post feel free to check out my about page.

10 Quotes About Expressing Yourself

I’ve always wanted to do one of these kinds of posts. It was an easy decision to do one today since last month I had the courage to collide with destiny and now I am attempting to figure out how to become a master juggler.

So, the theme for this month is “Express Yourself”. I like this simplified definition by Christine Arylo, it reads that self-expression is, “the choice to let the world see you, fully, truthfully, and without apology or holding back. Full, free expressions of your heart and soul.” I figured the start of the 4th quarter was a great time to let it all “hang out”. At this point in the game we’ve really got nothing to lose right? So go ahead…Be You!

beyourself

Here are 10 quotes to help inspire you to Express more of who you really are.

1) “ Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so that they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you really need to do, in order to have what you want.” -Margaret Young

2) “Put yourself, and your work, out there every day, and you’ll start meeting some amazing people.” -Bobby Solomon

3) “The question of, “Why, me here now,” requires that you not just ask, but that you act. You must look for ways to apply the purpose of your life to the needs of others and when you do, a sea of possibility opens up.” Bertice Berry

4) “Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.”- Brene Brown

5) “To be nobody-but-yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody but yourself-means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight-and never stop fighting.” -E.E. Cummings

6) “Remember what you love, not because of who you are supposed to be or what you should be doing, but because this is who you are at the core of your soul.” –Christine Arylo

7) “Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is listening. Love like you’ve never been hurt and live like it’s heaven on Earth.”- Mark Twain

8) “Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart…If a person is living out his Personal Legend, he knows everything he needs to know. There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” –the Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)

9) “The reality is, I like imperfection. You take away from the world when you\’re not yourself. Whatever is unique and special about you was designed by God. And when you try to be someone else, we don\’t get you. Who knows what you would have contributed to the world had you just been yourself, if you had just celebrated who you are and just walked boldly?” -Queen Latifah

10) “Think of a fine painter attempting to capture an inner vision, beginning with one corner of the canvas, painting what he thinks should be there, not quite pulling it off covering it over with white paint and trying again, each time finding what his painting isn’t until finally he finds out what it is.” –Anne Lamott

Until Next Time…Peace!

Did you enjoy reading this? Awesome! I’d like to invite you to sign up here to receive new blog posts in your inbox when they update…

Oh! By the way, if you want to learn more about the blogger of this post feel free to check out my about page.

Starting Your Journey Just As You Are Right Now

 

pathway

How many times have you found yourself saying, that you’ll try again next time?  That you’ll do better starting tomorrow, or next week, next month, next year? Now, how many times have you rinsed and repeated that phrase every single time that next whatever came rolling around? Personally, I’ve practiced this habit more times than I could count…

Then finally one day, I began asking myself why. Why do I keep self-sabotaging? It had to be that, I recognized the common symptoms; they usually looked like procrastination-itis, and such, so why? Did I really not want to try again or do better?

I really began to contemplate my answers, scribbled down whatever random thought that came to my mind in my journal, beat myself up about my “lack of” and kept going about my day, still not do anything about anything. Then one day, I stopped ignoring the things I didn’t want to look at about myself and whatever it was I didn’t do that I was supposed to do…

When digging for my own why(s) I found that most of the time, my mirror of truth revealed that if I was going to triumph over the same old symptoms, I needed help. But, I felt guilty that I needed help. I felt guilty that I constantly fell short on the “Strong Woman” label, the so called “positive” stereotype I should be. So naturally, that led me to more stinking thinking, which led me to feeling and eventually becoming stuck. I knew that if I was going to breakthrough these thoughts, and feelings, I needed to breakdown my walls of guilt, pride, and fear (they seemed like good places to start).

Now here’s where we sometimes miss our lesson. We work to breakdown, while also thinking we need to tear down and become something new, something other than who we are because, well, the old us wasn’t cutting it. We learn our why but neglect to own up to our part in the process that brought us to our present “stuckness”. How did we get to the here and also since we’re trying to see the positive, what goodies did we bring along for the ride? You know goodies like our gifts, skills, talents, abilities…essence?

Transforming your mind, and ultimately your habits so to get busy living doesn’t have to feel so overwhelming that your dreams and goals becomes a laundry list of to-do’s that never get to-done. This is why I shared a post about hope when circumstances sometimes feel hopeless, when we sometimes feel that we ourselves are hopeless. (I figured I’d put the excerpt here again just in case you didn’t click the link).

“Yellow, a very special caterpillar, searches for more in life. She knows the pain of the climb. She knows that this is not for her. She knows the pain of the end of a relationship, but she will not let the pull of Stripe, her partner, make her do something she knows is wrong for her. Still, she does not know what is right for her. She trusts in herself that there must be something more in life. She wanders. And she meets a grey caterpillar spinning a cocoon. Thinking that he must be in trouble to be doing something so peculiar, she offers to help him. He signals that he is doing what he needs to do to be a butterfly. Yellow is excited. And when she asks what is a butterfly, she is told that this, a butterfly, is what she truly is. Puzzled, she questions how such a transformation is possible.

‘How can I believe there’s a butterfly inside…when all I see is a fuzzy worm?’

‘You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.’

‘You mean to die?’

‘…What’s really you will still live. Life is changed, not taken away.’”

Last post, I asked you are you living? This post I wanted to reassure you that you in your true splendor didn’t have to forsake who you really are in order to do so. Just start right where you are, just as you are. You wouldn’t want to take nothing from your journey, now would you?

 

Until next time…Peace!

Did you enjoy reading this? Awesome! I’d like to invite you to sign up here to receive new blog posts in your inbox when they update…

Flickr Credit

The Serenity Prayer

serenity prayer

God grant me the serenity

To accept the things I cannot change

Courage to change the things I can,

And Wisdom to know the difference.

This simple yet powerful prayer is what I’ve been meaning to pass on to you my friends.

Summer is quickly fading and we’ll soon enter a new season, one that represents notable changes around us. Children are back to school, vacation brain is out the door and its back to business-back to work mode. Depending where you are in the world, the leaves on your sycamore trees will turn pretty brownish red colors and fall. But most importantly, there’s a season of change we come to experience within ourselves. One of crossroads, and mixed signals, sullen mountains with hidden valleys, where you make mind-blowing decisions that causes head-on collisions…and somehow,in the midst of it all, still find light at the end of the tunnel.

Light at the end of the tunnel? Handling the seasons of life? How do you get from here to there? Well, instead of my initial and instinctual advice, one that says something along the lines of get some gloves, a punching bag, and have at it, either that or go on a Häagen-Dazs binge…I thought this might be better.

Here’s my quick breakdown of a time-tested “tool’ from my handy dandy toolbox of resources:

God grant me: That means you are pushing your pride aside and asking for help. You are seeking from a power outside of your own which means you’re letting go of control and that’s scary, but it’s in vulnerability that we often find truth.

Serenity: Being calm despite the storm brewing inside our hearts, despite our naysayers, our inner critics, and those who seek to destroy us because they themselves are miserable. It is in moments of serenity that you remember that there’s love. And Love is everything.

Acceptance of what you cannot change: You are your best work of art, beautiful poetry in motion.  When you get that, you’ll stop trying to force feed your hidden agenda down the throats of anyone who you think will pay attention. You will stop demanding others to fit your mode of “right”, or  expecting others to be your missing puzzle pieces. Work on yourself, because then you will know to say yes only when you mean it. Or hecks to the no when you know you are worth more and deserve better, (have to get rid of your own struggle mentality and all that it brings).

Courage to change what I can: Not coming to a place of hopelessness and analysis paralysis. Believing you are enough. Discovering your purpose, living your mission statement,and you values, remembering your why…Choosing to dance.

Wisdom to know the difference: Embracing all of your seasons all the while knowing when to rock the boat or keep it steady.

So, feel free to put that in your pocket and save it for a rainy day.

Did you enjoy reading this? Awesome! I’d like to invite you to sign up here to receive new blog posts in your inbox when they update…

Say It Out Loud

speakI’m not sure why, but I had the movie Akeelah and the Bee playing on repeat inside my head over the week. There are so many teaching moments in that movie, I’m almost embarrassed to say that I almost passed it up.

There was one particular scene, “You’ll Be A Champion” that really drove home the learning moment I experienced as an ever evolving business woman.

After reading the inspiring words of wisdom from Marianne Williamson about not being afraid of herself, and all that she was capable of, young Akeelah still struggled with being afraid to fail in front of others. She also struggled with outside influences and had a hard time admitting the deepest desires she held within her heart. It’s funny how so many of us can relate to that…

There was a point in this scene that she started to settle for good enough, (because that ruthless inner naysayer always wants to rear her ugly face at you).  So her coach, (even she had a coach) made her say out loud what she really wanted, to admit it to herself and release it out into the universe.

In the Get Clients Now program it’s referred to as the straight face test. The test is simply you declaring a goal, or your mission, or your vision, or your purpose out loud, so that it becomes real to you, so real that you feel it deep in the pit your belly until it overflows and erupts out of your very being, and you own it like you know you should.

What will you say over yourself this week, this month, this year?

“If you can’t say it, then you can’t win it, so say it.”

 

Flickr Credit: rick

Did you enjoy reading this? Awesome! I’d like to invite you to sign up here to receive new blog posts in your inbox when they update.