2018: The year I am done playing small. The year I refuse to hide parts of my personality that I love but keep secret. The year I truly share my authentic self ALL the time.
How about you?
During my recent Wellness Within: Mini Retreat at Zennergy Studios we all chose a feeling or mood we wanted to embrace for the year. I chose "flow" and "ease".
"Ease" and "Flow", but NOT to be small or less than I am. That is NOT Flow, nor is it Ease.
I also do not want to "go with the flow", but to feel ease while flowing on my own unique path in life. Accepting the things I can't change and standing up for my ideas.
Flow is sticking to my truth. Flow is movement towards my ideal day. Flow is feeling good in the now.
Ease is accepting what I can't change and choosing how I react. Ease is being able to be my authentic self EVERY where. Not hiding behind what society thinks I SHOULD be.
Flow and Ease allow abundance and gratitude to enter my life. I embrace my personality, religion, body, and truly LOVE it all JUST the way it is. I manifest what I put out there and choose to accept all things with flow and ease.
With that said; Get those journals out...
When you think about your best life/your true self what qualities stick out in your mind? What feelings are you embracing in that best life/purest self?
Do you currently embrace those feelings or are you striving towards them?
What can you do to feel that way right now?
How can we make that a habit?
With Flow & Ease,
- Jenn Rose <3
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Do you celebrate Valentine's Day? Galentine's Day? Or some other holiday to celebrate the ones you love right around February 14th?
To be honest, I never was much of a Valentine's Day fan. It's just too commercial for me. My husband, Eric, and I do not exchange anything for Valentine's Day. Then, full discloser, we go out on the 15th and buy discounted chocolate!
Any way, I wanted to share a fun date night idea that we enjoy any time of year and you can too! It all starts with two words; Blanket Fort.
Remember when you were little and you made a fort? Whether it was a blanket over the kitchen table or a bunch of chair backs holding up a bed sheet/etc. It was THE BEST THING EVER.
Guess what? It still is.
A few months ago, I knew Eric had a tough day at work and mine wasn't much better. I came home and and that feeling of "I just want to hide!" Well, we did.
I hung a few blankets off of hooks on the ceiling and set the couch cushions on the floor. We made pop-corn, watched movies and played video games.
You can totally amp up this idea by adding some wine and chocolate or Chinese take-out for you and your lover. Opt for a Rom-Com and DIY face masks for you and your gal pals. Making it a family night? Order pizza and pick up a Disney movie at Red Box. Single? Blanket fort for one please! Add a good book and some hot rose petal tea.
Want it to be more magical?
Hang Christmas lights inside the fort and turn off all the other lights in the house. Hang something sparkle-y, or even crystals, that will reflect the light all over the fort. Bonus points if you have a disco ball!
Happy Fort Making!
- Jenn Rose
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That feeling of being accepted, acknowledged and understood.
Isn't it really ALL about connection?
On one hand, it could drive us to the extremes of peer pressure, trying to fit in one way or another. Letting our true self get lost in the community. However, without that connection or community spirit we're left out on our own little island.
It's about finding that balance. Being our own unique creation with the flexibility to be influenced by that human connection. That spark which helps us grow.
I spent a lot of time seeing myself as the outsider. Not ready to accept the chance that 'they' may or may not feel the same as I do. I didn't reach out. I didn't want change... but I wanted to grow.
I spent many years hiding behind others and letting them take the lead. I let others make the decisions, stepping away from the steps I could have taken, or retreating completely out of fear.
Put yourself out there. Get to know someone. Give yourself the chance to make that connection. Put that crazy idea out there, that only YOU can create. Take that step. Publish that post. Share your point of view. Take a chance.
Find that courage to be a little more of yourself. Being a little bit more of the you that you dream to be. Take that crazy leap into the unknown and grow. You don't know what's out there until you try it.
Then that crazy idea may spark another and another... etc. Until you've reached that dream and you are sparking another dream and another... etc. That crazy idea is no longer crazy.
The sparks will attract others with like minded ideas and your people will find you. If you put yourself out there, they will find you.
Then we find we continue to grow and spark more change through that human connection. Being a little bit of that unique self and sharing it with those around you. Growing.
So what are you sparking today?
- Jenn Rose
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I was in the midst of a heated discussion with a loved one. Words said and feelings could be hurt. We've all been there.
Not wanting to cause more sadness, I stopped. I took a deep breathe and asked if all we have is Right Now, how did we want to feel?
That is the true beauty in any situation. (Argument or not)
What if we gave up the notion to feel we need to be right? What if we moved beyond the facts or opinions of getting to the point?
Isn't the real point about how we want to feel Right Now?
Feeling upset, angry or getting sad probably isn't how you want to spend your day? (week, month, year...etc.)
What if we decided that if all we have is right now and we want to feel happy, free, joy, (insert your word here); How would you do it?
What if we take this idea to all areas of our life and really tune into your emotions. Feel how you're actually feeling--instead of numbing it with alcohol, drugs, etc.-- and make your decisions from this place of forward moment to what we want to feel?
Can we take a step back and say "If right now is all I have, how do I want to feel?"
If we did, how would you feel?
- Jenn Rose
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