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Free Bird

JimmyJam

Do you tend to overanalyze the sh** out of things?

Pardon my French.

I’ve found that a lot of creative people are big thinkers. Which is awesome most of the time and not so awesome other times. Awesome because it makes us unbelievable problem solvers. Not so awesome when there isn’t a problem to solve so we create one.

You know what I’m talking about?

It’s that (almost) constant need to analyze or improve or solve something. It’s the voice that won’t ever let anything just be. The same voice that we listen to and feel trapped by.

But you know it doesn’t have to be that way. I know you do.

You’ve got a choice. You know that too.

No one create your life better than you can. No one knows what you want better than you do. No one can decide how they want to feel better than you.

And every time you make that choice, that voice gets a little weaker. Your fears lose their power. You remember that you’re free.

Ah, freedom.

Like a dog with its head out the window.

Or laughing hysterically about who knows what.

Or dancing just because.

You know, the freedom to

JUST BE.

It is accessible anywhere. Anytime. You can find it. And often it will find you when you need it the most.

When you begin to activate the feeling of freedom more often, you’ll open your mind to new possibilities. Possibilities that couldn’t be discovered through analyzing. Because your thoughts won’t be coming from a place of fear and worry, they’ll be from truth and knowing. Your mind will be clearer. Your decisions will come easier.

All because you took a moment to remember that you are free.

To be happy.

To love life.

To be you.

 

JOURNAL TIME!

So hopefully this post began to trigger some amazing memories and moments where you felt absolute freedom.

Write about all the moments you can remember where you felt free.

And to go even deeper, write down and answer these questions:

What is freedom to me?
How would I describe the sensation?
What’s going on in my mind when I’m feeling free?
How does feeling free benefit me?
Who else benefits from feeling free?

Journaling sets me free. How about you? Post a comment below to share the magic that happens when you journal. 

CHYEAH!
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1 2 3 4 Years Sober (Journal Time!)

CHYEAH!

 

Yep, that’s right.

I’ve been sober for four years.

From EVERYTHING.

Not a drink.

Not a puff of the ganj.

Nada.

Chyeah!

I’m excited (if you can’t tell).

For two reasons.

That being the first.

The second,

I feel better than any drug ever made me feel.

Why?

Because I’m doing what makes me happy.

I feel in total alignment with the highest most

creative and confident part of myself.

 

When you’ve got that, you don’t need much else.

You know who you are.

You know what to do.

You’re ready.

You’re willing.

You trust.

 

And nothing can take that away from you.

It’s that simple.

 

JOURNAL TIME!

First make a list of 10 (or more) things you’ve accomplished throughout your life.
Then, write down and answer the following questions:
What qualities did I need in order to overcome these things?
What can I do today to nurture these qualities?

 

*Bonus: Give yourself (and your journal!) a big ‘ol hug and say,

“THANK YOU!”

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An Opportunity, A Gift (Journal Time!)

This week, all three people I had appointments with were either extremely late or didn’t show up.

This left me with an underlying feeling of WTF?!

According to the Law of Attraction, I created this in my life.

Mkay, great.

So why did I create it?

I’m still not 100% certain, but I have an idea.

I’ve been asking for more alone time, so I took the time I had to meditate and do some networking (WIN!)

It seems that was the most important thing and what I needed.

In the past, I would have thrown a pity party for oh, a few days. I would have either been figuratively or literally banging my head against the wall trying to “figure out” why this was happening.

I know better now (WIN #2)

Gift number two that came from this:

It was an opportunity to love myself anyway.

As of late, I’ve been choosing to know that no matter what happens or what things appear to be, I’m still alright.

I don’t have to know why.

And in fact, it doesn’t make me feel too hot when I think about why.

I panicked briefly and thought it was because something was wrong.

I accepted what was happening.

And that created space for me to see, feel and know that maybe, just maybe, it meant that something was going right.

And things just aren’t what they appear.

Gift number three that came from this:

It created time for me to do my journal time today.

 

That being said, grab your journaling supplies and lets do this.

Write down and answer the following questions:

What can I do to ensure that I am accepting myself and allowing something even better to show up?
What wins and gifts have come from this situation?
What did I learn about myself from this?

 

Let me know how it goes. 🙂

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Al Einstein, You Rule.

You know when something totally awesome and unexpected happens and it feels like it’s almost to good to be true?

And then the ol brain kicks in and says it is too good to be true.

And proceeds to do everything in its power to convince you that good things aren’t happening.

Yeah.

Then you also have those moments where you completely take in and allow the good feeling to envelope you.

I prefer that.

But there is a part of me that does not.

I call her fear.

She’s afraid to let that love in.

So, how do we convince fear that everything is just fine?

 

First, pay close attention to how you’re feeling. She (or he) will creep up on you. I’m not saying this to scare you, but to reassure you that you have a choice. Find a way to love yourself anyway.

Second, when you realize what your thoughts are and how they’re making you feel, make a decision. You can decide to continue to have the thought or you can look for one that feels a little better. What will bring you a sense of relief and put you at ease in this moment? What do you really need right now?

Third, do something different.

I believe it was Albert Einstein who said:

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

Makes sense right?

We got to where we are because of the thoughts we’ve had. Those thoughts became beliefs. A belief is just a thought that we think over and over again.

Which means, we aren’t doomed.

It’s an addiction.

A pattern of thought.

Yet, as we choose and keep choosing who we want to be and how we want to feel, we become stronger. Our brains may take a little while longer to catch up with our dreams.

The only way to help fear out is to love her (or him!) anyway.

 

It is so important to have a plan in place when you become aware that you’re having thoughts that make you feel like punching things. And if you haven’t found the perfect formula, well I don’t think anyone has.

The best formula is knowing that you’re strong enough, good enough, smart enough, capable enough to find a solution. And maybe the only solution is knowing.

 

So your JOURNAL TIME exercise today is to write about what you have done that has worked for you.

What is helping you grow?

What makes you feel good?

What can you do to ensure you are focusing more upon that?

What will you do to make yourself feel better next time you’re aware you’re in a negative thought pattern?

 

For extra credit:

Post in the comment section how you think continuing to focus on what IS working for you will impact you.