Which gets me to this week's SPARK… Live! Yes, LIVE. Live like your life depends on it… because it does.
For 2 years, we haven't planted anything here because we knew we were going to move, so it seemed like a waste of money. Instead, we had an ugly back area that we never wanted to use. Talk about a WASTE! We still plan on moving, but just adding a few beautiful flowers has immeasurably boosted my JOY. In 24 hours, I've worked here, meditated here, and eaten 2 meals here. Everything comes from joy. Purpose, abundance, love – they all come from joy. Think about it – when you're unhappy and grouchy, how much do you attract new friends, get new clients, receive a promotion, or follow your dreams? You don't.
JOY creates purpose, abundance, and love. And to have joy, you must LIVE!
Which is why I hope you forgive me that I didn't send a SPARK from Italy last week. I said I would, and I'm sorry I broke a promise to you, but I was having too much fun LIVING while in Italy! (And *Spoiler Alert* through LIVING so fully last week, I now have all sorts of creative inspiration to help you live your purpose in joy – more below!)
WOW did we live there – roaming the quaint, cobbled bridges of Venice, tasting succulent wine in Montepulciano, taking a half-day Seafood cooking class of fresh mussels, clams, shrimp, tuna and branzino in Lucca, hiking the vineyard and lemon-tree laden mountains between adorable towns in the Cinque Terre (where we saw soft white Calla Lilies growing wild!), and indulging for 8 days in homemade pasta, fresh mozzarella, organic olive oil, and creamy chocolate, pistachio, and hazelnut gelato… Plus, my husband surprised me with upgraded hotels, like a balcony suite overlooking the vineyards in Tuscany!
Whether in small or big ways, most of us deny ourselves the enjoyment of full living because we think we don't “need” or “deserve” it or we think it's not that important. But, en-JOYing life literally ignites your brain's creative center, helps you build better relationships, and staves off stress-induced illness from the common cold to cardiovascular disease. So, yes, joyful living is a matter of life and death.
So, how are you not living fully in a way that fuels inspiration, purpose, and success? Follow these tips to live more fully in joy:
1. Be honest with yourself, in which are of your life are you depriving yourself of something you desire? Whether that is adding flowers in your yard, leaving your ho-hum job to live on purpose, prolonging a trip you are dying to take, or deepening intimacy in your relationship.
2. Flip your denial into a positive, proactive statement that begins with “I choose to live fully; I will…. “ then fill in the sentence. Such as “I choose to live fully; I will create more intimacy with my husband,” or “I choose to live fully; I will figure out how to leave this job and go after my dreams.”
3. Then break this down to one very small first step that is easy for action. For instance, if you choose to create intimacy, go buy a book on vulnerability. If you hate your kitchen, begin small by buying new coffee mugs that you love. Or if you choose to go after your dreams, contact a coach and ask
about his or her process. In fact, if this is a dream, email me. I'm accepting a small number of new clients this summer and would be happy to host a free 30 minute call with you. Or if you've been dreaming of a fabulous trip… guess what? More details to come, but I am taking a small group of women to PARIS this summer!! Can you imagine meditating in the Tuileries Gardens, writing self-love vows along the Seine River, popping champagne while the Eiffel Tower lights up at night, and painting self-love expressions on Montmarte??!! Me too! OMG – I am so excited! Email me for more info!
For now, love, know that just taking one small step will make you feel HUGELY empowered and fuel you to take the next step. Living on purpose requires LIVING and LIVING REQUIRES ACTION!
Have a wonderful week – LIVE!
ps – Remember, if one of your dreams is to leave your job and live your purpose, I am accepting a small number of new clients and would be delighted to have a complimentarily 30 minute call with you to determine if we're a match. Email me to set up our call.
pps – And if just the idea of Paris is lighting you up, let's talk! You never know how to make a dream come true until you ask 🙂 Email me!
pps- Here is another photo – thanks for indulging me. I can't help it! 🙂