Bonjour my dear!
Greetings from beautiful Paris where I've just spent the past 5 days with clients elevating ourselves to our highest, best, happiest selves. Using the city as inspiration, we learned 5 steps to SHINE BRIGHTLY and I want to share them with you so that you can shine as well.
IMMERSION: On Day 1, we immersed ourselves in the Beauty of Paris AND of ourselves. We wrote our hopes along the Champs Élysées, cruised along the Seine to see the whole city, and popped champagne as the Eiffel Tower lit up in glittery sparkles. What we learned is to see the beauty in ourselves, to take in the WHOLE – the big picture of our lives AND our DREAMS – and to believe in them. We learned the power of LIGHTING up and SPARKLING with JOY. When you see your own beauty and believe in your dreams, you sparkle. And when YOU sparkle, you light up others.
INSPIRATION: On Day 2, we mindfully, intentionally let Paris inspire us via all 5 senses. We took a Self-Love tour of the Louvre looking for art that portrayed our DREAMS, personified women's STRENGTH, and awoke our heart's DELIGHT. We shopped for fresh ingredients in the open market that we savored at a picnic in the rose gardens. As we reflected on our hopes, we learned that when we clear our minds, open our hearts, and allow inspiration to seep in through each of the senses, we awaken our deepest desires. How can YOU clear your mind chatter and simply allow beauty to inspire you? Where can you sit? What foods can you mindfully taste and savor? What scents and sounds awaken your truth? When you allow inspiration in, you expand.
ELEVATION: On Day 3, we allowed the city to uplift our souls and show us how to elavate our lives so that we soar. After loving kindness meditation in the Tuileries Gardens, embracing Goddess wisdom, we ascended the Eiffel Tower and celebrated with champagne. We then stood in front of Notre Dame, and as we discussed rising up to our highest selves, the church bells rang. We learned that to SOAR, you must be GROUNDED in your truth and rise above the chaos and noise of “shoulds,” others' expectations, and nasty mind chatter, so that your heart's desire can fly. When you elevate from your HEART, YOU SOAR – YOU ARE BRIGHT, AWE-INSPIRING LIGHT!
EXPRESSION: Once inspired, on Day 4, we let our inner child PLAY and FULLY EXPRESS herself! After meditation in the park, we snacked through the market starting with dessert first! Then we played on a carousel ride, painted atop Montmartre like Renoir did, and danced the night away at a Paris nightclub! When you EXPRESS your truth without giving a damn what others think, you feel ALIVE! No more holding back out of guilt or shame, or because you're afraid you'll look stupid. Who cares? You're living on purpose. Let yourself play, and scream, and fully express your truth!
DEVOTION: Living your highest, brightest, best self requires commitment to self-love. So on Day 5, we SHED THE GUILT, SHAME, and FEAR that have been holding us back from soaring. We pledged to no longer let the old stories and “shoulds” hold us back from our light. And then we VOWED SELF-LOVE on the Pont des Arts, the famous bridge where lovers have declared their love for each other for decades with “locks of love.” Instead, we declared our love for ourselves and commitment to our dreams. Living on purpose as your highest, best, elevated, and bright brilliant self requires commitment to your dreams and to yourself. It's just too easy to fall into the “day-to-day” and let others' needs, demands, and “shoulds” hold you back from what you know your heart needs. So, what self-love vow will you make this week? Make it. Commit to yourself and your dreams. You're worth it.
WOW – what an amazing journey with these brave, beautiful women. We all learned and grew – myself included. While Paris has always been my favorite city, this Purpose in Paris retreat elevated my soul. I hope that our journey inspires your own.
With all my love, ma cherie,
ps – I'm now super excited about going on retreats! Want to come on retreat with me in the future? I'm dreaming up my next soul-rejuvenation adventure, so email me, share where you want to go, and I'll let you be the first to know when and where we're going to love ourselves, uplift our souls, and become our best selves! Click here to email me 🙂 xoxox