August 23rd, 2016 | Comments Off on 7 Ways to Honor Your Body

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Last month, we began exploring tips to help you create a magical life outside of work.  The purpose of this series is to create a stress-free, debt-free lifestyle, full of meaning and purpose, family, friends and fun.

During the first week, I did a Webinar, called 7 Principles to Create a Magical Life Outside of Work.

For week two, we broke down the First Principle, sharing 12 Pieces of Advice to Think Bigger.

We then took a closer look at the Second Principle: Take 3 Small Steps Every Day Toward Creating a Magical Life.

Followed by the Third Principle, 3 Ways to Let Go and Grow.

Today we honor the temple that gets us where we need to be.  Yes, your body is a temple.  You exist on a physical plane.  It doesn’t matter how well things are going – if you feel like crap, things could be better.

Let’s look at 7 Ways to Honor Your Body.

#1 – Decorate it

When I feel down in the super dump, the quickest way I can turn it around is to throw on a nice dress and some lip gloss.  Do the same and you will find others will smile and compliment you.

Even if you don’t feel like it, looking as though you feel good will make a difference.  Nothing wrong (in this case) of faking it ’til you make it.

#2 – Enjoy Real Food

It’s easy to eat food that was processed in a plant rather than came from a plant.  However, your body isn’t designed for that.  Eat lost of raw fruit and vegetables and try to incorporate many different colors.

Besides, learning to cook a few things is a very attractive characteristic in a person.

#3 – Drink Water

Where I live, the temperature has been hot, surpassing 105 degrees Fahrenheit.

I typically drink half my body weight in water – that’s my daily goal.  However, on three occasions I went into pre-term labor with my pregnancy (this is not good, although now that I’m in my ninth month, we can roll with it).

The recommendation from my care provider was to increase my water intake to sixteen (16!) glasses of water per day.  Now that’s tough but reinforces the importance and value of drinking water.

It flushes your system, helps digestion, hydrates babies when your pregnant and contains zero calories.

Water is amazing when you think about it.

#4 – Be Clean

Hygiene is one of those basic skills that demonstrates you care about yourself.

On a basic level, it’s so important to love yourself.  Part of loving yourself is to ensure your basic needs are taken care of.  Food, water, shelter and hygiene.

Negligence in this area repels both companionship and opportunities for advancement.

Take extra care to ensure your hair isn’t flaky, your teeth are brushed and your sweat glands are under control.

#5 – Smell Nice

Although along the same lines as #4, it takes things a step further.  Sometimes it’s something as simple as your shampoo that will make you smell good.  Other times, you might delight in a little perfume.

Either way, it’s important to smell nice.  Don’t drown yourself in cologne, but a small scent can enhance the way others feel about you and interact with you in a positive way.

#6 – Wear Soul-Enhancing Clothes

There are millions of styles and types of clothes.  Which do you find most comfortable?  Which make you feel your best?

As a minimalist, I try to keep my wardrobe very limited.  Although I don’t multiple closets of clothes, I have plenty to wear.  It all fits well and brings me joy.  This connects me with my soul.

Best of all – I’m comfortable in my own skin.

What is your style?  What clothes do you find most comfortable?  What clothes make you feel your best?

#7 – Stay in Shape

In order for your body to work for the duration of your life you have to move.

You don’t need to run triathlon’s (although that’s pretty inspirational if you do)

Finding a few activities you enjoy works wonders.  Whether it’s a combination of, hiking and yoga or dancing and swimming or snow-shoeing – you honor your body and yourself by getting up off the couch and moving.

To get the most out of life – honor your body.

Which of these 7 ideas will you implement first?

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August 18th, 2016 | Comments Off on 9 Simple Activities to Breathe Fresh Air into Your Life

Life Coach

Last month, we began exploring tips to help you create a magical life outside of work.  The purpose of this series is to create a stress-free, debt-free lifestyle, full of meaning and purpose, family, friends and fun.

During the first week, I did a Webinar, called 7 Principles to Create a Magical Life Outside of Work.

For week two, we broke down the First Principle, sharing 12 Pieces of Advice to Think Bigger.

Moving through the third week, we took a closer look at the Second Principle which was: Take 3 Small Steps Every Day Toward Creating a Magical Life.

Then last week, we looked at the Third Principle, 3 Ways to Let Go and Grow.

Today is designed to be less heavy and more fun.  We often times over-analyze and over-think things.  Perhaps a little too much.  We experience gridlock and don’t know where to go.  I am guilty of this too.

It is during these times you’ll want to breathe fresh air into your life.

Here are nine simple activities that will help you accomplish exactly that.

Activity #1 – Drive with the Windows Down

Have you ever seen a dog hanging his head out the window?  The joy in his face is remarkable.  He has no cares and no worries.  Even though he gets an occasional gnat in the eye.

Roll your windows down.  Take a deep breath.  Allow the fresh air to rejuvenate your body and your life.

Don’t worry about your hair blowing around.  Don’t worry about what happened before you got in the car.  Just enjoy the moment.

Activity #2 – Go For a Walk

In 2014, I went on a Pilgrimage across Spain.  This was a trek expanding over 400 miles.  It was a journey of the soul and deep self-reflection.  This journey was documented in Riding the Camino Dragon.  I chose that title for my book because Dragons are dreams.  We often times fear our dreams.  I know – I sure did.  There is that great quote from Game of Thrones, ‘The Brave Men Didn’t Kill the Dragons; The Brave Rode Them.”

The purpose of that pilgrimage was to face my fear and my dream; my dragon.  The book is about riding that dragon. That pilgrimage did not stop in Spain.

You are on Pilgrimage right now.  As am I.

The definition of a Pilgrimage is to seek out our best selves.

We do this every single day.  It is a journey of purpose; A journey of meaning.

 

A walk is easy.  It gets your body moving.  It can still your mind.

Create a moving meditation.  Use this time to ‘zone out.’

It’s during walks such as these that I discover spurts of energy, new ideas, the direction my book needs to go or a new way I can spoil my husband.  You don’t even have to schedule extra time to walk if you don’t have time right away.  Simply park your car at the end of the parking lot when running errands and use that time.  Take an extra lap around the grocery store.  Take the stairs instead of the elevator.

 

Activity #3 – Have a Picnic

Pack some sandwiches and a couple apples and invite a friend out for a picnic.  Find a park with a bench or lay out a blanket.  There are shady trees or picnic benches or rivers all over.  Enjoy being outside with someone you enjoy.

If the time doesn’t work out with your friend – no problem.  Just take yourself and enjoy the sacred time doing this special activity.  See the strength and resilience in nature.  Appreciate flowers, admire the colors of the grass, the hardiness in the park of the trees and sturdiness of the rocks.  Find rejuvenation in what you experience.

If you enjoy it – look for new parks and new places to picnic.

Activity #4 – Belly Breathe

I remember reading a study conducted about fewer days spent at the hospital during trauma.  The article reinforced those who healed more quickly had a tendency to belly breathe.

Most of us are shallow breathers.  We breathe in and we breathe out.  Maybe a second or so at a time.

By belly breathing, you mindfully fill your lungs with air until your belly expands.  Slowly, let it out.  Controlled and deliberate.  Do this again and again.  For a few minutes, if possible.

What you may discover is this can require a lot of focus.  Then the worries and other things bothering you may begin to feel less significant.  Belly breathing not only has the potential to help you heal faster like the study mentioned in regard to patients in the hospital, it also helps us to let go of sweating the small stuff.

Let’s be honest… most of our worries are small stuff.  Only 5% of what we worry about actually happens.

Activity #5 – Read a Book Outdoors

Invest in your mind at the same time as breathing fresh air into your life.  Choose a book – fiction or nonfiction – and find a comfy spot outdoors.  You can accompany this activity with a walk, a picnic or a small hike.  You can find an outdoor table at a coffee shop or hang out in your back yard.

Activity #6 – Visit a Farmers Market

There is no shame in supporting our local produce-growers.  If you are trying to eat a little healthier anyway or are looking for something to do, this is a great way to get out and about while learning what’s in season.  This could inspire you to begin cooking and you never know who you’ll meet.

Don’t be afraid to smile and say hi to people.  The fruit and vegetables are often perfectly ripe.  Just like you – quality cannot be understated in people nor in our diet.

Activity #7 – Enjoy the Moon

You may have seen one of my social media posts from 3:00 a.m. this morning.  There was a full moon and I was wide awake.  Perhaps due to the energy of the moon, I often times struggle to sleep when the moon is full.

Last night, however, I put it to good use.  I opened the window and let the light stream in.  Enjoying the beauty of the light, I got my yoga mat and proceeded to enjoy a 30 minute yoga session in the moonlight.  Yes, I realize I’m 9 months pregnant but that didn’t stop me (although I may have looked ridiculous).

When I finished, I wasn’t quite sleepy.  I made some tea and sat in a comfy chair, looking into the yard.  Then spent some time meditating.

The funny part, is when I went back to sleep and woke up, I was more rejuvenated than I had been in a long time.  It definitely helped me blow fresh air into my life.

You don’t need to wait for the next full moon to enjoy it either.  Just as we go through cycles in our life, we can appreciate whatever cycle the moon is experiencing at any given time as well.  Just as we can appreciate each sunrise – appearing unique and lovely.  Just as we can appreciate each sunset with varying colors and shadows that calm the earth in preparation for nighttime.

Activity #8 – Climb a Tree

When was the last time to gave this a try?

Even stepping on a branch or two and lifting yourself a foot or two higher than you normally stand will change your perspective.  A flood of childhood memories and magic rushes in and greets your day.  Notice the feel of the bark, the smell of the leaves.

Even in something as simple as this, the feelings and experience can be so rich.

Activity #9 – Grow an Herb Garden

If that Farmer’s Market inspires you to begin cooking, perhaps an herb garden will too.

Cooking is such a gift.  It’s a gift to your loved ones and to yourself.

Learning to create nutritious meals that honor your body and your spirit definitely breathes fresh air into life.

I didn’t always cook.  It took me time and energy and effort to learn it’s important.  Once I resolved to the fact this was a skill I wanted – honestly making the decision to learn to cook was the hardest part.

The process of cooking has been such a gift.  I have found great joy in treating my loved ones to nutritious and tasty meals.  I now enjoy the challenge of a new recipe.  The ritual of having a glass of wine as I pull out a variety of fresh ingredients and create something new is fantastic.  (True, I’ve been depriving myself of that glass of wine for the past 9 months – but I’m looking forward to that next glass of fine wine at some point).

These activities are less heavy and more fun.  Don’t over-analyze or over think them.

Let go of the gridlock in your life and breath fresh air into your life.

Which activity will you do first?

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August 9th, 2016 | Comments Off on 3 Ways to Let Go and Grow

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A few weeks back, we began exploring tips to help you create a magical life outside of work.  The purpose of this series is to create a stress-free, debt-free lifestyle, full of meaning and purpose, family, friends and fun.

During the first week, I did a Webinar, called 7 Principles to Create a Magical Life Outside of Work.

Week before last, we broke down the first Principle, sharing 12 Pieces of Advice to Think Bigger.

Last week, we took a closer look at the second Principle which was: Take 3 Small Steps Every Day Toward Creating a Magical Life.

As for today, we are looking at the third Principle, Let Go and Grow.  There are three effective ways to accomplish this.

Way #1 – Live Life with an Open Hand

A family friend who went to my church became a widow after over thirty years of marriage.  I remember thinking (as a youth) that 30 years seemed like an eternity.

This same family friend went on to find true love for a second time in her life two years later.  She enjoyed a second, wonderful marriage in her 70’s for several years.

Before she passed away, I asked her what her secret was to finding great love – yet again.

She said,” I love with an open hand.  It’s how I live my life.  If your hand is open, you can hold more sand. If you have a clenched fist, you will open your hand to find it empty – the sand will have been squeezed out of it.”

If we squeeze the life out of our relationships – we cease to let go and grow.

Way #2 – Don’t Choke the Magic out of Your Own Life

In 2015, I went on a Pilgrimage across Spain.  This was a trek expanding over 400 miles.  It was a journey of the soul and deep self-reflection.  This journey was documented in Riding the Camino Dragon

You are on Pilgrimage right now.  As am I.

The definition of a Pilgrimage is to seek out our best selves.

Pilgrimage – we are on pilgrimage every single day.  This is a journey of purpose.   It is a journey of meaning.

Although I’ve ventured in writing some fiction books, my favorite style of writing is the real stuff.  Nonfiction and memoirs.  Life is so colorful, unique and inspiring – I don’t need to make up characters to find pleasure or fulfillment in my writing.  There is plenty to draw from.  As you well-know, life also comes with it’s own share of heartbreaks.

If I get stuck, it’s not a brick wall.  This is a sign.  I either need to go deeper, invite some spiciness into my life or exercise discipline in my writing practice.

Rather than choke the magic out of your own life, challenge yourself to rise to the occasion of the challenge life presents.

Honor yourself. Honor your interests.

What do you enjoy?  How much time do you spend doing those things?

Way #3 – Don’t Allow Anyone Else to Choke the Magic Out of Your Life

Have Boundaries.

One of my biggest pet peeves is when someone tries to pull the wings off someone else.

Remember my Mean Girls video?  The entire basis of this video had to do with treating others and yourself with some dignity and respect.

There are 2 ways of having the tallest building.

1 – Build the highest building by working hard. Use some strategy and honor those around you.

2 – Knock down the buildings around you.

Which route do you find more appropriate for you?

 


 

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You are worthy

If you’re like me, you’ve struggled to create a simple and inspiring lifestyle.  One that is meaningful and enjoyable.

The world is an attention-whore.  It wants to have every last inch of your mind, body and soul – so badly.

It pulls you in every direction imaginable.

Are you tired?  Frustrated?  Exhausted?

I say – No more.

You have a partner now.  In fact… dozens of partners.

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My name is Jessi Payne, creator of RockStar Jessi.com, and I believe in you.  I believe you are a RockStar.  I believe you are worthy.

I’ve changed my entire life, to become the absolute best I can be – focused on the principles of being honest, authentic, having joy and phenomenal relationships.

This was all possible through mastering a simple and inspiring lifestyle – exactly what I believe is possible for you.

These methods don’t only work for me – they work for hundreds of others I’ve had the privilege of working with.

The RockStar Lifestyle Group is designed to help you change your entire life.

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August 2nd, 2016 | Comments Off on 5 Simple Steps Toward Creating a Magical Life

Life Coach

A couple weeks back, we began exploring tips to help you create a magical life outside of work.  The purpose of this series is to create a stress-free, debt-free lifestyle, full of meaning and purpose, family, friends and fun.

During the first week, I did a Webinar, called 7 Principles to Create a Magical Life Outside of Work.

Last week, I broke down the first principle, sharing 12 Pieces of Advice to Think Bigger.

This week, I wanted to take a closer look at the second principle which was: Take 3 Small Steps Every Day Toward Creating a Magical Life.  As taking your own 3 Steps is pretty self-explanatory,  today we are going to explore 5 Simple Steps Toward Creating a Magical Life.

I agree, that is a whole lot of steps.

Since it’s the only way to get from where you are to where you want to be, that is what and why I wanted to focus on steps today.

How does one get started taking steps toward creating a magical life?

Simple Step #1 – Take Responsibility

Everything that is going on with you right now, it’s up to you to change the outcome.  Sure, life happens and obstacles and challenges will come up.  How you choose to react to those obstacles and challenges defines your character and sets your life in a particular direction.

Last week, I met a friend for lunch.

I parked downtown and was walking toward our agreed-upon lunch location.

A woman was walking slowly in front of me and I tend to have a rather quick pace.  I came up along side her and smiled at her as I intended to pass her, politely acknowledging her.  She returned my smile and asked me how my day was going.

Immediately, I slowed down and adapted to her pace.  We began having a beautiful conversation.

She was on her lunch break from a veterinary clinic.  I asked her, “What is your favorite thing about your job?”

She thought for a moment and told me something so beautiful, it brought tears to my eyes.

Patients who come in with their pets at the end of life and have to say goodbye are the hardest of days.  Their hearts are broken.  They lost a member of their family.  How can it ever get better?

“The best part of my job,” she continued, “Is when those same people became brave enough to open their heart up again to love another pet.  They bring in their new puppy, their new rescue, the new member of the family.  To see these people take responsibility and choose to love again – even though the heartbreak and pain is possible – that is my favorite part of my job.”

Life happens.  It’s not always easy.  How will you choose – regardless of your circumstances – to respond to life?

How can you take responsibility and be an active participant to make things better?

Simple Step #2 – Set Your Intention

Do you know what the most powerful thing on earth is?

Willpower.

Not just any willpower – but your willpower.

Think of a time you have taken a stand for something you believed in.  Perhaps you wanted to sell more Girl Scout cookies than anyone else in your Girl Scout troop. Or maybe fought for a relationship to work because you felt so strongly.  Maybe you stayed up all night working on a birthday present for your Mother because you wanted her to know how incredible she was and the only person who could do it right – was you.

Consider how many times you’ve listened to the opinions of others.  You listen to what they have to say.  Ultimately, however – you think for yourself.  As an independent thinker, you’re going to do whatever you are going to do anyway.  It doesn’t really matter what anybody says.

This is the power of intention.

If you set your mind to something – no one can steer you away unless you agree to be steered away.

What is your intention?

Simple Step #3 – Take Action

Here is where ‘Taking 3 steps’ comes into play.

What are your 3 Priorities today, that will move you in the direction you seek?

If you are looking to write a book, for example, what are 3 things you can do to move in that direction?

Maybe answer a few questions:  Do you want to write a fiction or a nonfiction book?  What will your book be about?

Then set your timer for 10 minutes with a blank word doc or a notebook.  Eliminate distractions and just give yourself that 10 minutes.

What 3 steps can you make today that will move you in the direction you want to go?

As a bonus – Before you go to sleep tonight, list what 3 steps you can take tomorrow?

Simple Step #4 – Get Support

Surround yourself with people who are ‘On Your Team.’

How do you know if someone is on your team?

Are they supportive?  Loving?  Gracious?  Do they give you good feedback in a helpful way?

Ultimately, these are the people who want you to be successful.

If you would like some support, join the Super-Fun RockStar Lifestyle Group.  That’s why this community exists. It’s fun and the group is only filled with the most delightful of souls.

Who do you have in your life who gives you support?

Simple Step #5 – Invite Magic Into Your Life

I don’t know about you, but if I’m not invited to an acquaintances event, I’m not just going to ‘show up.’

I am not interested in being a wedding or funeral crasher.  Not because I’m shy or don’t like people… Typically, it’s because I am too busy for that.  If there is something of interest a friend would like me to share – a Birthday, a wedding, a baby shower, a Bachelorette Party (yeehaw!) – they better tell me because I’m definitely not just going to be the rude A-hole who drops in just because I felt like it.

Magic works the same exact way.  If you don’t believe miracles are possible in your life, they will never happen.  If your mind is open to incredible life experiences, you will be led in the direction you seek.

Invite your life to be stress-free.  Invite your life to be debt-free.

Follow the bread crumbs.  It will show you the way.

You can say a prayer, write a letter or sing it in the shower.  Somehow, magic needs to know it’s welcome in your life.

When and how will you invite magic into you life?

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