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Friday Reflections

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Every Friday, I reflect on the week that has just passed by doing a little sensory exercise. This practice is a gentle, easy way to tune into how we are doing, what we are experiencing, and what we are grateful for while more acutely tuning into our senses. It’s a whole heart exercise with plenty of bodily input, if you will. Because this practice has been so good for me, I want to encourage you to do it, too. Building some gentle reflection into our weeks is a nice way to stay grounded while maintaining some big picture perspective. So please join me in this week’s Friday Reflections (with each sense as your inspiration, consider how experiencing it impacted your week).

Here is my sensory round-up for the last week:

tasting ::  barley and cranberry salad, vegetable soup, shrimp, jicama and strawberry salad, sweet potato and chorizo lasagna, pan roasted brussel sprouts with cranberries

hearing ::  the gorgeous music of the Nutcracker performed by the Charlotte Symphony as they provided the soundtrack for the Charlotte Ballet’s Nutcracker performance (which was lovely)

smelling :: our evergreen tree and greens and a gorgeous candle that I was given that also smells like evergreen.  Love the scent!

seeing :: Happy get his orange belt with black stripe at his first karate belt test (he started in September).  I actually got teary-eyed as he was lining up for the test.  He told me as we were walking in that he was nervous and so I got down to his eye level and told him that being nervous just meant that it mattered to him and not that he wasn’t ready.  He did great.  And he was just so proud of himself.

feeling :: incredulous that the holidays and end of year are upon us.  I need one more week before that all gets started.  Barring that, I might look like a little frantic tornado for the next two weeks.

wishing :: for a lovely holiday season and end of year!  Given recent news and the pressing in of the end of year, we could all probably use some time steeped in love and laughter and a reminder of the beauty of humanity.  Wishing for wholehearted goodness for all of us.

What about you? What were your sensational experiences this week? Please share!

Claim your intention for 2015!

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With a new year approaching, you have likely thought about your goals. But have you thought about how you most want to feel in your life so you can allow that desire to guide you?

Have you thought about how to give your dreams and visions clarity and feeling?

Have you thought about how to capture your goals and dreams in a way that actually inspires you to move forward?

At visionSPARK, you’ll imagine the possibilities for your life and your year, gather inspiration, and then chart your vision with thoughtful support.  You will leave with clarity about your priorities and passions for 2015, an inspirational vision board to display, a touchstone word to root you and reinforce your commitment during the year, a gentle and personal call to action to guide you and the motivation to manifest the life you imagine.

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visionSPARK:: because intention matters   

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 Friday, January 2nd from 9 am to 12:30 pm 

 at Triple Play Farm in Davidson

 Saturday January 3rd from 9 to 12:30 

 at Elemental Healing in Charlotte

OR

Saturday, January 3rd from 2 to 5:30 pm 

at Elemental Healing in Charlotte

 $60 registration fee includes pre-workshop workbook, supplies, and refreshments.

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 What Past Participants Have to Say

I attended Rosie’s VisionSPARK workshop with the hopes of setting some clearer work goals for myself. Those hopes were met and far surpassed. Just by spending time with Rosie I felt smarter, more grounded, and more capable. One of her coolest gifts is the ability to listen to women and extract the truth about what they are feeling. I think this has something to do with her amazing insight and incredible vocabulary… Rosie is like a modern day shaman and midwife; she sees your best potential and then helps you deliver it to the world.

Michelle Icard, Author and Founder of www.MichelleintheMiddle.com

Rosie’s welcoming presence, her insistence that we all deserved to and could live up to our full potential, and the support of the other participants, were the encouragement I needed to start moving forward again… Rosie shows you how to open your mind and heart to the possibilities of your own life. In a few short hours, we learned how to identify, then neutralize, the fear and negativity that stood between us and our desires…Thanks to VisionSPARK, I’ve been more creative, more willing to step out of my comfort zone, and kinder to myself in general. Signing up for one of Rosie’s workshop is one of the best gifts you can give yourself!

Lisa Rubenson

Having the opportunity to spend some time intentionally setting my focus for the new year through this workshop was a gift. Not only was the actual workshop time valuable, but the prep time also made me realize that Rosie’s mantra of organizing your thoughts around who you want to ‘be’ (instead of what you will do) will truly ground you in your specific purpose going forward. Having Rosie as our ‘Vision Guidess’ was ideal- she has an intuitive way of knowing exactly how to help you zero in and boil down your thoughts and ideas into that one main important point on which you will focus. I would highly recommend this workshop!

Donna Scott

On a crisp cold NC blue sky day, Rosie lit up the room with her warmth and spirit! It was a wonderful experience to listen to her words and to the words of the other women who shared this workshop with me. Rosie has a nurturing touch which guides others to see the real uniqueness that each person has to give to the world. I left with a peacefulness and knowledge of actions that would help me travel through my 2104 journey.

Laura Mulkeen

Dreaming about and planning for the future can be done alone, but it’s so much more creative, inspiring and fun when in the company of other women! Rosie encourages and leads in a gentle, yet get-it-done, manner — and workshop participates jump in with affirming support. The information and exercises are practical, while the experience is joyful and uplighting!

2014 visionSPARK attendee

What a great way to envision a new year! The VisionSPARK workshop with Rosie encouraged me to reflect, focus and articulate my desires in a fun and interactive way. Bravo!

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the world needs your lightness: a letter to my body image students on our last day of class

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And so we are done.

But here’s the thing:  you are not done (and neither am I).

That is, once you have accepted it, the great miracle and joy of life.  The thing about life is that the shape of it is always changing.  You are always changing.  We grow up and think we can create this one life where we choose our people and our pleasures and just exhale into it without anything changing but the day of the week.  We think we can force life into the shape that we want if we are just good enough or pretty enough or smart enough.

If there is only one thing that you hold onto as you leave our shared sacred space, it is this: you are already enough. Everything about you is worthy and good and important.  You matter not because of the size of your body, the length of your hair, the color of your skin, or whether or not you have your degree.  You mattered the moment you opened your eyes onto this world and you will matter long after you close your eyes to this world for the last time.

That is the irony of realizing that nothing is permanent.  The lack of permanence is not something to dread but something to celebrate and embrace.  If you ache for change, if you want a world that is different, if you want your world to be different, it is all possible.  All it calls for is for you to bring your sweet heart, strong soul, able body, and sharp mind into union together to yield the action that you have been dreaming of, to give the world what you were most meant to offer it right now.  Do that over and over again, and you have found the purpose of life.

There may have been a time where you doubted the brilliant beauty of the union of all of you in concert together.  There may have been a time when the organic nature of everything caused you panic.  But here is what you now know deep down inside if you will allow yourself to remember it:  the organic nature of life is where all its beauty is.  The organic nature of you is where all your beauty is.  When things are static, they gather dust, they lose attention and meaning, they evaporate from our consciousness.  Vitality is not found in the thing that never changes.  Vitality is found in the thing that is always changing, always growing, always journeying.

And you, beautiful you, already have everything you need within you for that journey.  You have everything the world is asking of you deep down inside.  Maybe you didn’t realize that it was significant enough to give, maybe you didn’t realize that just as it occurs to you that you need a shift, your heart, soul, and body are prepared to offer that to you if you will only get still enough to listen to the wisdom you hold deep down inside.

Be ready for you, dear one, because the world is hungry for what you have to offer. 

On the first day of class, I shared a letter with you and in it, I said that I hoped that on our last day together, you would leave this space with your eyes up, ready to recognize and greet those who approach you not just because you know that other souls should be seen but also because you understand that to hide your soul from us is to deny the world of one of its greatest gifts- you.

You have so much to offer.  I am so humbled by what I have witnessed in you.  And I am buoyed by what I know you have to give.

Show up.  Shift.  Shine on.

You are so bright, and the world needs your lightness.   

At the end of each semester, I write my students a letter that is unique to their class.  This was the letter for my body image class this semester.

Want to read some past letters?

We hunger to be known.  

Answer the call into your own greatness 

Radiate Love 

Do the world’s work 

And here is the letter I share with them on the first day of school.  

Friday Reflections

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Every Friday, I reflect on the week that has just passed by doing a little sensory exercise. This practice is a gentle, easy way to tune into how we are doing, what we are experiencing, and what we are grateful for while more acutely tuning into our senses. It’s a whole heart exercise with plenty of bodily input, if you will. Because this practice has been so good for me, I want to encourage you to do it, too. Building some gentle reflection into our weeks is a nice way to stay grounded while maintaining some big picture perspective. So please join me in this week’s Friday Reflections (with each sense as your inspiration, consider how experiencing it impacted your week).

Here is my sensory round-up for the last week:

tasting :: chicken and wild rice soup, wild mushroom pasta with truffle butter, zucchini chips with a cucumber dipping sauce (this was ridiculous in the best possible way), beer battered shrimp tacos, bite-size red velvet cupcakes

hearing ::  Happy singing Christmas Carols.  My favorite rendition?  When he sings Hark the Herald Angels Sing, he says “God and sinners wreck-it style.”  It’s awesome.

smelling :: cookies.  Happy and I made a giant batch of cookies to take to school for staff appreciation.

seeing :: friends.  Lots of gathering around tables this week to visit with loved ones.

feeling :: cruddy.  I have my first sinus infection since February and, boy, do sinus infections stink.  That said, I used to get one every six weeksish so I am trying to be grateful and not whiny.

wishing :: for a crazy productive week before taking some time off with my boys to enjoy each other.

What about you? What were your sensational experiences this week? Please share!

I celebrate the vessel that I have been given.

The end of semester is here which means I am throat deep in reading really brilliant, inspiring papers from my students.  That’s the good news. T he bad news is that I just don’t have the time to write a new post for today so I am sharing some of last semester’s brilliance from my students with a repost of one of last semester’s The Kids Are Alright posts.  And good news: the end of a semester means there is more brilliance to share from my students.  Look for that hear on December 22nd!

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At the end of each semester, my body image students write a process paper where they synthesize their learning- both personal and academic- for the semester. These papers are always a delight to read and there is so much wisdom in them that I just have to share a fraction of it (with my students’ permission, of course) with you. Here, some wise words from my students this semester. May they give you hope and inspiration the way they did me.  

    “To stop berating my body and to begin celebrating the vessel that I have been given…” This statement baffled me. Celebrate my body? Why would I celebrate my body when I hate everything about it? I had never even considered all that my body does for me on a regular basis, all of its curve, strength, intricacies, and persistence. I had always viewed my body as a visual aesthetic, and nothing more. Furthermore, it was a visual aesthetic to those around me and not myself. I did not place value on its uses, or its daily victories in doing what a body is supposed to do. I did not thank or reward my body for housing my mind and soul, for keeping me alive and going, for fighting for my health. Even when it was fighting my own mind to be healthy. I did not see that, all I saw was that I am not beautiful to society, and that was what I thought bodies were for. As for now, I do my best to give my body what it needs. I always smile when I am able to lift a heavy object, or carry a child. When I rock my niece to sleep, I am proud that my body can act as a place of peace for her. When I am playing sports and dancing, I always hydrate and speak positively to myself. I am proud that I have a vessel capable of helping me to enjoy myself and do what I love. When I am healthy, I acknowledge my body’s strength. I celebrate the vessel that I have been given.

~Andreana

I’ve learned that my soul is incased in this body so that I can experience life and therefore I need to take good care of it in order to live a long and healthy life. I can’t limit my opinion of myself to what I feel others think of me or worse yet what others say I need to be. This journey of self-acceptance and self-discovery has just started for me but I’m very happy at how much I have grown and all I’ve accomplished. I think the most important thing I leaned was not to love my body but rather love me, my mind and soul, if you can do this then you will automatically look in the mirror and love what you see. I’ve realized that I’m so much more than what I look like, and even though I want to look nice on the exterior, what truly matters in the end is what’s in your heart.

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On all natural day… I was most self-conscious about wearing my glasses.  It reminded me of my vulnerability and insecurities from middle school.  Many of my friends do not know that I wear glasses because I almost never wear them in public and sometimes find them an inconvenience.  When I shared this comment in class during discussion someone commented and said they didn’t even realize I had them on. I learned how we focus on our own insecurities and think they are at the forefront when people view us, when in reality it’s probably the last thing on their mind.   Realizing that my peers do not notice the same things I do has changed my body image dramatically.  Instead of worrying about the cellulite on my butt, I realize they probably don’t even notice. I have learned that it doesn’t matter that… I … have bad vision and must wear glasses.  It was just a card that I was dealt in life and something that I cannot change.  I have changed my body image now by being lenient on myself, respecting myself, and accepting my differences rather than perceiving them as faults.  I must continue to remind myself that only I zone in on my insecurities, that others do not notice them, and that it is media telling me I have faults.  I must remind myself that we all have differences and that is what makes us beautiful.  There is not a perfect ideal that has been made or that is capable of being achieved.

~Megan

The thing that personally gave me an epiphany in this course was the idea that I am not my body. While this concept seems so simple that it’s strange to think that this had so much of an impact on me, I believe that its simplicity is why its so beautiful. We constantly see ourselves through the lens of other people. We rarely see ourselves for what we really are, because we are too busy thinking of how other people see us. I admit that when I look in the mirror as I get ready in the morning I do not see legs that will get me where I need to go and hands that will allow me to make a difference in my world, but the way that my thighs look a little too big in these pants and that my outfit needs to be accessorized with a designer watch to be socially acceptable. And this is sad to me. I find that I decorate and style myself to please others, and that I am constantly thinking about what others think of me rather than what I think about myself. So the idea that I am not my body really stuck with me. I love the idea that my body is just my vessel that acts as an intermediary between myself and my environment, and that it’s just my vehicle to accomplish the things that my mind and heart desire to do. And in the same way that this statement allowed me to view myself in a different light, it opened me up to viewing others in a different way as well. I noticed that when I stopped appreciating people for what they looked like, or condemning people for not aligning with my ideals of beauty, I saw everyone differently. Some attractive people suddenly became dull when I realized that the thing that kept me in thrall was not their scintillating personality, and normally plain people became beautiful because I finally could appreciate the way their laugh sounds or the way their eyes light up when they feel as if they are truly being heard. I discovered that while I look at people everyday, it is very rare that I genuinely see them for everything that their character and personalities had to offer.

~Heather

 

It is time for an end of year personal summit.

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It’s that time of year where the crush of so many things-holiday parties, gift shopping, wrapping, baking, decorating, merry making, thank you note writing, end of year donating, etc- begins to feel like too much and your chest is tight and your stomach is kinda floppy and now I am about to add one more thing to your list with this week’s post.

But this exercise, I promise, should be fairly interesting and has the potential to give you some powerful perspective, create for you a blueprint of what works and doesn’t, and allow you to start next year with the most powerful of intentions. So even if you can’t squeeze this one in THIS WEEK, do squeeze it in before the end of this year.

So what is it, exactly? Well, it’s an End of Year Personal Summit, a fancy way to say that I want you to sit down and do some reflecting on this past year and how it went:: the joys and challenges it brought you, what you learned, and what you might do with that learning.

The EYPS is all about ending your year intentionally so that you can start the new year on purpose. Ready to begin? Here is how to hold your summit of one.

Step 1: Schedule it and prepare. Summits don’t happen without some effort.  So schedule some time on your calendar for this one.  Aim for at least 30 minutes. Choose a time of day and a day of the week when you are going to be your sharpest, especially given upcoming travel and celebrations.  Also gather what you need. You might want your calendar from this past year, your vision board (if you made one), your camera or file of photos you took this past year, a journal from this past year (if you keep one), some blank paper and pens. You can also go further and get some soothing music, a delicious drink, or a candle ready.

Step 2: Go radio silent. When the time comes for your summit, turn on the do not disturb feature on your phone, back away from the internet, and hang a literal or figurative Do Not Disturb sign on the door of the space where you are working and on the door of your mind (to warn those superfluous thoughts to go busy themselves for awhile).

Step 3: Go back. The first official step in your summit is just surveying the scene, reviewing the past year. Flip through your photos. Go through your calendar, to do lists, journals. Make notes about things that strike you, what makes you smile, what ideas come to you, what you are reminded of from the year, any inspiration or insight you have.

Step 4: Ask and answer. Now, it is time to ask yourself some questions. Enjoy these questions; don’t stress about them or overthink them. If you are stuck on one, skip it and then come back to it later. One to a few sentence answers are just fine and your first instinct is usually the right track.

1. Describe yourself at the beginning of 2014.

2. What are five words that describe your 2014?

3. Recall 2014. What are three images that pop into your head?

4. How do those images make you feel in retrospect?

5. What did you do this year that you had never done before?

6. What dates/experiences from this year will remain etched in your memory and why?

7. What was your biggest challenge?

8. What was your biggest triumph?

9. What are three to five great things you did in 2014?

10. What are some important things you stopped doing?

11. What are some important things you started doing?

12. Looking back, what was this year’s gift to you?

13. Describe yourself now.

Step 5: Learn Your Lesson. So I am a firm believer that life keeps handing you the lesson that you need to learn until you learn it. Fail to learn the lesson the first time it shows up for you and life will turn up the volume, making things a big more uncomfortable. Ignore it again? More discomfort. On and on until it is just way too uncomfortable not to learn the lesson. But here’s the thing. It doesn’t have to be that hard or that uncomfortable. You can learn the lesson earlier and save yourself the later pain and trouble. It’s just a matter of paying attention.

So what were your most valuable lessons this year that you want to take with you moving forward?  Make a list.

Step 6: Store these notes for the new year.  In a few weeks, I’ll guide you in completing a New Year Personal Summit to get your new year started with powerful intention.

 

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Want some more guidance as you get intentional?  Join me for visionSPARK.

Friday Reflections

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Every Friday, I reflect on the week that has just passed by doing a little sensory exercise. This practice is a gentle, easy way to tune into how we are doing, what we are experiencing, and what we are grateful for while more acutely tuning into our senses. It’s a whole heart exercise with plenty of bodily input, if you will. Because this practice has been so good for me, I want to encourage you to do it, too. Building some gentle reflection into our weeks is a nice way to stay grounded while maintaining some big picture perspective. So please join me in this week’s Friday Reflections (with each sense as your inspiration, consider how experiencing it impacted your week).

Here is my sensory round-up for the last week:

tasting :: spinach ravioli casserole, hummus and pita wedges, a Greek salad, garden vegetable soup, chicken vegetable soup, sweet potato and black bean chili,a s’more with a bonfire melted marshmallow.  And lots of soup = the perfect food week for me.  I make double batches of soup when I cook and the other night I looked in the refrigerator and squealed that there were 5 different types of soups frozen in there.  BF was not as excited.  He humors my soup addiction, but he finally asked me to lay off the copious amounts of kale in soup the other day.  Spinach for the win.

hearing ::  Christmas carols!  And I am not sick of them yet because I did not hear the first one until Thanksgiving Eve.  Also, I can never get enough of my little kid singing carols.  All the cute in the world right there.

smelling :: baking bread and evergreen.  Love fresh cut Christmas trees!

seeing :: sweet family from near and far, a light dusting of snow in the mountains when we went to cut our Christmas tree, super nice big boys being too sweet to my little kid, and some old family and college photos that I came across as I was looking for some pictures from Scotland for a project my nephew is doing.  My siblings will never forgive me for sharing that picture on the left (I am the little one on the right), but I couldn’t resist.  The right hand picture is me with one of my colleges roommate and best friends.

feeling :: whole-hearted.  We had a lovely Thanksgiving, work is busy but good, and my people are in good shape right now.  Knocking on wood.

wishing :: for some really productive work days to get everything in that I want to before Happy is out of school for winter break.

What about you? What were your sensational experiences this week? Please share!

10 Things I Loved In November 2014

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At the end of each month, I take stock of the previous month.  What went well?  What did I learn?  What brought me a simple joy?  These monthly reports are a way to encourage myself to take delight in the littlest of things.  I find that Ten Things I Loved allows me to always see the silver lining, even when there are hard moments in a month.  And taking joy in the simple things is paramount to how I want to live, making 10 things an invaluable tool for me.  Here’s this month’s simple pleasures.

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The Renfrew Centers National Conference.  The Renfrew Centers offer treatment for eating disorders, anxiety, and trauma around the country.  Each year, they put on a national conference on eating disorders, and I had the wonderful fortune of being asked to speak this year alongside two really amazing professionals in the ED community.  We spoke on multicultural issues with regard to eating disorders and just had a really powerful two hours together as we really tackled these issues in honest, powerful ways.  Too often, we fail to get really honest about race, culture, class because we’re scared that in our candor, we might offend but honesty is how we can all grow.  I was so grateful for this opportunity.      

Partnership Meetings for Circle de Luz.  The Circle de Luz experience is so important to our members and to sustain and even grow it, we have to be deliberate about seeking partnerships that make sense and can help the program (and, thus, the girls) thrive.  We had some really great partnership meetings this month that are making me super excited about the future.     

Circle de Luz Holiday Giving Party.  We have two major fundraisers each year and one of them is our Holiday Giving Party where entrepreneurs, artists, and more donate items to be sold at a discount for those who are doing holiday shopping and all the proceeds go to our programming.  We almost doubled our profits from last year and the party is still going on virtually.  Go pick up a few items for your loved ones!    

Personal things

Celebrating an engagement.  We have an engagement in the family and so we started the month with an engagement dinner that brought the two families together.  It was a wonderful time with lovely people and delicious food.  Now, we’re looking forward to a spring wedding!     

Seeing old friends.  A few dear friends that I’ve known a long time ago and who moved in spite of the fact that I threw myself at their ankles and held on for dear life while they were packing up came through town so I had the decadent pleasure of catching up with some of my favorite people.  Deep conversations and silly hilarity ensued.  Perfect combination.    

Birthdays.  Several people I love had birthdays this month (so did I).  It was fun to celebrate birthdays all around. 

Thanksgiving & The Turkey Bowl. We had a really lovely Thanksgiving with family.  Good food, a movie outing, lots of football watching.  Also, dear friends host a Turkey Bowl every year, but we aren’t usually able to go because of holiday travel.  This year, we could and, boy, was it fun!  The Turkey Bowl is a parent vs. child football game and though we were outnumbered by the teenagers plus my spunky six year old, Team Advil (as we renamed ourselves after the kids called us Team Adults) pulled through with both a football victory and ultimate Frisbee victory.  Related: we definitely lived up to our rename the next day.    

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New Eyes.  I got new glasses from Warby Parker (super affordable, a home try-on option and donated glasses for every purchase).

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Decorating for the holidays.  We loaded up and headed to the mountains the day after Thanksgiving and cut down our Christmas tree. A gorgeous too big tree now occupies our living room but, boy, does it smell good.  The Glee Christmas CD was our decorating soundtrack, and Happy and I only broke a few of our favorite ornaments.  Next up, Happy tells me, is stringing popcorn for the tree.  Wonder if we can leave enough popcorn out of our bellies to actually get the string to wrap around the tree.        

A new phone.  Totally indulgent but my phone was really old and sometimes just froze and failed to work so I finally got a new one.  And while the new phone now consistently works, what is even better is that I now have a working camera.  Our regular camera is broken and the camera on my old phone was awful so it is nice to be able to use my phone camera again. 

the formula for a thriving life

We live in a culture that embraces speed.  Do everything as fast as you can, it tells us, and you will be enough.

We live in a culture that brokers in more.  Do more work.  Have more things.  Keep going, it tells us, and you will feel happy.

And so we set goals.  We come up with strategies and we chase those things down, clubbing them over the head when we reach them.  We didn’t just run the metaphorical or literal marathon.  We ran it while ignoring screaming shin splints and breaking our time goal.

Later, we sit with ice packs on our legs, considering if we finally feel like we have it all.  Once I ran the marathon, I thought I would be X, we think.  But we still don’t think we are X.

What went wrong?

We live in a world that tells us that the first thing we need to decide is what we are going to DO (like lose weight, for example’s sake).  And then, if we lose that weight, we can BE worthy, and HAVE respect.

But that formula doesn’t really work because it never has substantial ground to stand on.  It ignores that we inherently have worth and instead demands that we jump through hoops to earn what we have intrinsically.  And so it always feels wrong.

Want to feel better?  Don’t start with what you think you have to do.

Start with actually how you want to feel.  Identify how you want to be in the world.

I want to be peaceful, so that I can have a sense of perspective as I give my gifts to the world.

The formula for a thriving life isn’t Do->Be->Have.

The formula is Be-> Have-> Do.

You should always start with how you want to feel.

Realizing this, has changed everything for me and the place that I most regularly practice this approach is at the beginning of each new year when I sit down and carry out three important rituals.

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Ritual # 1  Choosing a word for the year.  Yes, there is always a way that I want to feel in general in my life (peaceful, intentional, authentic).  But, with each  year, I have found that it can be particularly helpful to also choose how I want to feel/ be in that year.  This attention to what I most need in my life at this time of my life is incredibly respectful of the seasons of life and the reality that we are always journeying and there is always some new intention and attention that I can bring to my life.  Over the years, I’ve chosen various ‘words’ for my year, various ways to grow my being in the world:  Peace, Wellbeing, Wholehearted, Thrive. And at critical points in each of those years, I could stop myself before making a decision and ask, “how will this help me achieve a greater sense of peace, wellbeing, wholeheartedness, etc.”  Having a feeling front of mind for each year really does enhance how I approach most anything that comes at me during that time.  It allows me to really focus and shape who and how I want to be in the world.

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Ritual #2  Creating a vision board.  Once I know how I want to feel, I capture what that will look like for me.  What things will I need to emphasize?  What experiences should I explore?  What concepts do I want to keep in mind?  My yearly vision board serves as a powerful reminder of what I believe is essential for my journey right now so that I can be even more intentional about who and how I wish to be in the world.

Ritual #3  Write a wellness prescription.  The most important step in beginning to take care of ourselves is claiming what we need for our care (and also being aware that what we need changes over time– maybe we only need X hours of sleep 5 years ago but now we nee more, for example).  Every January, I write out a prescription for what I need to do to take care of myself (from daily exercise to regular visits to the doctor, from massages to time with friends, etc).  I then incorporate my wellness prescription into my weekly review so that I am actively working on my well-being every single week of the year (because winding up in a hospital bed after months of ignoring your care is not the way to go, I assure you).

With these New Year’s rituals in place, I always feel excited about what the year has to offer and more confident in my ability to create the change that I want to see in both my world and the world.  Empowerment, as it turns out, isn’t just a fortune of the wealthy.  It’s a choice and we can make that choice every time we get quiet, claim what it is we most need, and offer it to ourselves.  That’s the good news:  your ability to thrive is in your hands.  You can be what you have always wanted.  You can have what you always hoped for.  You can do what you always doubted.  Begin.

Do these New Year’s rituals sound like just what you need but you cannot imagine doing them solo?  Then join me for visionSPARK 2015 (EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT EXPIRES AT MIDNIGHT DECEMBER 1st).    

At visionSPARK, you’ll imagine the possibilities for your life and your year, gather inspiration, and then chart your vision with thoughtful support.  You will leave with clarity about your priorities and passions for 2015, an inspirational vision board to display, a touchstone word to root you and reinforce your commitment during the year, a gentle and personal call to action to guide you and the motivation to manifest the life you imagine.

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 Friday, January 2nd from 9 am to 12:30 pm 

 at Triple Play Farm in Davidson

 Saturday January 3rd from 9 to 12:30 

 at Elemental Healing in Charlotte

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Saturday, January 3rd from 2 to 5:30 pm 

at Elemental Healing in Charlotte

 $60 registration fee includes pre-workshop workbook, supplies, and refreshments.

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 What Past Participants Have to Say

I attended Rosie’s VisionSPARK workshop with the hopes of setting some clearer work goals for myself. Those hopes were met and far surpassed. Just by spending time with Rosie I felt smarter, more grounded, and more capable. One of her coolest gifts is the ability to listen to women and extract the truth about what they are feeling. I think this has something to do with her amazing insight and incredible vocabulary… Rosie is like a modern day shaman and midwife; she sees your best potential and then helps you deliver it to the world.

Michelle Icard, Author and Founder of www.MichelleintheMiddle.com

Rosie’s welcoming presence, her insistence that we all deserved to and could live up to our full potential, and the support of the other participants, were the encouragement I needed to start moving forward again… Rosie shows you how to open your mind and heart to the possibilities of your own life. In a few short hours, we learned how to identify, then neutralize, the fear and negativity that stood between us and our desires…Thanks to VisionSPARK, I’ve been more creative, more willing to step out of my comfort zone, and kinder to myself in general. Signing up for one of Rosie’s workshop is one of the best gifts you can give yourself!

Lisa Rubenson

Having the opportunity to spend some time intentionally setting my focus for the new year through this workshop was a gift. Not only was the actual workshop time valuable, but the prep time also made me realize that Rosie’s mantra of organizing your thoughts around who you want to ‘be’ (instead of what you will do) will truly ground you in your specific purpose going forward. Having Rosie as our ‘Vision Guidess’ was ideal- she has an intuitive way of knowing exactly how to help you zero in and boil down your thoughts and ideas into that one main important point on which you will focus. I would highly recommend this workshop!

Donna Scott

On a crisp cold NC blue sky day, Rosie lit up the room with her warmth and spirit! It was a wonderful experience to listen to her words and to the words of the other women who shared this workshop with me. Rosie has a nurturing touch which guides others to see the real uniqueness that each person has to give to the world. I left with a peacefulness and knowledge of actions that would help me travel through my 2104 journey.

Laura Mulkeen

Dreaming about and planning for the future can be done alone, but it’s so much more creative, inspiring and fun when in the company of other women! Rosie encourages and leads in a gentle, yet get-it-done, manner — and workshop participates jump in with affirming support. The information and exercises are practical, while the experience is joyful and uplighting!

2014 visionSPARK attendee

What a great way to envision a new year! The VisionSPARK workshop with Rosie encouraged me to reflect, focus and articulate my desires in a fun and interactive way. Bravo!

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wishing you all good things…

 

be thankful