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How Much Serendipity Do We Need for Self-Trust?

Why Do We Trust Others More Than Ourselves?

A few years ago, I took a class in healing. One of the things we had to learn was to trust the feelings, images, sounds, or whatever messages we received. This has always been difficult for me. I’m all too quick to discount what I’m feeling as simply my overactive imagination.

Time and time again during the course of the class, my feelings were corroborated, often with some surprise on the part of the person I was working with. Yet, to this day, I still struggle to just trust myself.

Over the years, I’ve become increasingly aware of repeating numbers. I’ll see 11:11, 3:33 and other combinations fairly frequently, but for a long time attributed it to the new car syndrome. You know how when you buy a new car (or anything else for that matter) you suddenly start seeing others like it everywhere. It isn’t that there are more of them. You’ve just become more aware.

Pay Attention to the Signs

Many see these repeating numbers as confirmation that you’re on the right track, or as angel messages. Either way, they are considered a sign that you need to pay attention to something. Call me a crackpot if you must, but I’m one who started out just noticing the frequent occurrence and seeing it as things that make you go hmmmm. As other things begin occurring which corroborate the messages in the numbers, I’m starting to believe it’s the Universe, getting my attention in a kinder, gentler way than its usual rather painful head slaps.

Whether it’s all green lights on a stretch of road I know is timed to stop drivers every few blocks, or finding the perfect parking spot in a crowded lot, or even forcing me to walk a mile and a half each way because the closer froyo shop is now only selling Dole Whips. I feel like I’m being pushed a little further on my path, but more, being reminded to trust in myself and where I’m going.

Leave the Comfort Zone, Follow the Heart

A few weeks ago, I took a gigantic leap outside my comfort zone and introduced myself to Carolyn Maul, a life coach and personal trainer. Although I’m not in a place right now to hire her, she gave me a couple of pieces of advice which have made significant changes in my life. Though they were things I already knew about, I wasn’t doing them, and her suggestions came at exactly the right time. You might notice there has been a marked increase in blog posts in the last few weeks, and I attribute that to following Carolyn’s advice concerning my health. When I started treating my body better, my brain engaged. Who’d have thought?

A few weeks into a routine which involved tracking what I eat and going to the gym 3 times a week, I’m getting out more, writing more, and finding inspiration in interesting places. But I’m also finding that what I’m inspired to write about shows up a day or two later on someone else’s blog or Facebook page, corroborating my own perceptions.

And there it is again. I recognize something, but think it’s only me. Not long afterwards, my feelings are confirmed by others. If the Universe was into neon, I’m sure I’d be seeing flashing red signs saying Are you going to start trusting yourself or what?

Recognizing Good News as Well as Bad

We all recognize the warning signs which tell us we’re heading into they abyss; the sick feeling in the pit of our stomach, the reluctance to step further into a situation. Sometimes we heed them and are glad we did. Other times, we ignore them and pay the price later. But how often do we recognize the signs which tell us we’re heading in the right direction; following our true path?

Those signs are more subtle (most of the time) but they are still there. I’ve found they become especially strong when our courage is waning or when we’re about to give up because we’re not seeing results and the future looks grim for one reason or another. Maybe that’s why I’m noticing them now.

My dream of being a writer and somehow being able to support myself with it has seen a limited amount of success in the 3 years or so I’ve been pursuing it. Some of it is me as I have long dry spells when few words hit the page…any page. Then I get really inspired and write thousands of words in several places in a matter of days. The floodgates open and I’m like a waterfall after a heavy rain. I can barely type fast enough to keep up. My desk is littered with notes about what I’ll write next. I’m typing madly into my phone instead of dancing because an idea has to be captured before it flits away along with the million and three other thoughts rushing through my brain.

In the last few weeks, I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone more often and more dramatically than I have since I made the gigantic leap of faith which left me without a steady source of income or even a regular routine. One of the biggest things I’ve accomplished is setting a routine, not only health-wise, but work-wise too.

Changing From the Inside Out

I guess you’re wondering what’s changed. Here’s a brief recap:

  • Tracking all meals on MyFitnessPal
  • Resuming the fat release progress I started last year
  • Setting 3 regular days to work out (in the past I just said I’d work out 3 days, but didn’t specify which ones, so the routine died on the vine in short order)
  • Writing at least 3 blog posts a week
  • Adding chapters to Forgotten Victims every week
  • Responding to job postings (with limited success at the moment, but I have confidence the tide will turn)
  • Developing a plan for the type of websites I will pitch
  • Expanding my own skill-set for VA work
  • Learning to trust the feelings and ideas I get without question

I’m not seeing huge successes in any of these areas…yet. I am, however, giving myself credit for each and every one instead of beating myself up when one or another doesn’t give me immediate results. I’ve discovered it isn’t how fast you get results, but how consistent you are in sticking to the plan. The rest will come together in time.

The biggest change, however, is my attitude. My confidence has returned on many levels. I know I can make my ideas work. I know I can get published. I know I can be a knock-out VA. And because of all this, I’m more willing to go out on a limb, nearly any limb (I draw the line at bungee jumping or jumping out of perfectly good airplanes). I’m leaping out of bed every morning having finally recovered from Daylight Savings Time, earlier and earlier. I’m excited about what the day will bring, even if it’s just another batch of something or other for my freezer which will save me from having to cook for awhile. (That has to stop after today, though. I’m almost out of space and today’s batch of stuffed cabbage will require all my Tetris skills to get everything in in an organized fashion. I rather like being able to choose what I want from the appropriate pile rather than just reaching in, grabbing a container, and hoping for the best.

What Signs Are YOU Ignoring?

Now I’m going to throw this over to you. What changes have you made or could you make which will get you going in the right direction? What signs have you been getting which tell you either that your on the right path or it’s time to change direction? How often do you take these signs seriously? If seldom, isn’t it time to start trusting your gut, so to speak? Above all, can you identify at least one small success which resulted from trusting your intuition?

I look forward to hearing YOUR story!

Reinforcing the Changes With Gratitude

My gratitudes today are:

  1. I am grateful for signs.
  2. I am grateful I’m finally learning to trust in myself and know everything is working out exactly as it’s supposed to.
  3. I am grateful for the love and support of friends and family who aren’t afraid to tell me when I’m going in the right direction despite appearances, but who are also not afraid to tell me I need to get my act together.
  4. I am grateful for all of the amazing changes which have come from a single encounter with an amazing woman.
  5. I am grateful for abundance; courage, drive, productivity, imagination, dreams, hopes, love, friendship, surprises, confidence, hope, peace, harmony, philanthropy, and prosperity.

Blessed Be

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October 25, 2014 The times, they are a-changin’ (again) #shericonaway #blogboost

I didn’t believe it would happen this way, but it was like a huge switch was thrown!

Our perspective of Mercury’s trajectory returned to normal tonight, which might elicit no more than a “Ho hum” from a lot of people, me included. Or more like, I used to be included. So what if Mercury is my ruling planet and so what if my purpose in life revolves around communicating? It’s just another day, right?

The Universe saw another opportunity to send me somersaulting through my life, upside down and backwards. When the energy shifted this time, I felt all 9000 volts shooting through my system and energizing everything in sight!

Bad enough that chores got done and cats scurried out of the way lest they be sucked up by the vacuum cleaner or bathed with the mop. Bad enough that the story I’m plotting for NaNoWriMo insists on forming itself in my mind a full week before I’m allowed to start writing.

That Dancing Queen ain’t got nothin’ on me!

I hit the dance floor tonight like a woman possessed, filled with an energy which couldn’t help but burst forth with every spin, ever kick, every pivot and turn. The laughter and chatting washed from sidelines to dance floor and back again. Everyone was brilliantly witty and full of love and excitement. Everyone in the place was on fire with the energy pulsing through the speakers, the fans and the dancers’ feet.

All limits have been lifted. Anything is possible!

I see possibilities everywhere now. Where there were road blocks, there’s now mile after mile of wide open road. Where once there was hesitation and uncertainty, now there is endless confidence in the best outcome imaginable. The time we’ve spent resting, regrouping and revisiting has yielded great gobs of positive, results driven energy which, like a bullet train, will carry us wherever we want to go and as far into the future as we’ll allow it to take us.

I, for one, am jumping on that bullet train to all of the success and abundance I’ve been envisioning, and holding on tight, ready to not only enjoy the results, but the journey as well.

Journeys are interesting things. We travel along for awhile, look at our maps or our GPS’s and suddenly there’s a detour we simply must take. It might delay or even alter what we see as our final destination, but it simply doesn’t matter, because it was never about the destination anyway. The things we see along the way, the people we interact with, the changes we make within ourselves; that’s what it was all about. The destination was simply there to give us a place to point to when we began our journey. When the destination changes, it is simply a new pointer. If we get there fine, but if we veer off again, that’s fine too. As long as we keep moving and learning and growing, we’re on the right path, wherever it might take us.

Once again, my clock reads 11:11 just as I pause and look down.

Yes, I believe in signs, and the preponderance of 1’s I’ve been seeing for the last week or so is, to me, a neon sign telling me that I’m going in the right direction and to keep moving along that trajectory, even as the pace quickens. I will find what I’m looking for and I will get all that I need. I am only limited by my own imagination and expectations from this point on.

You could look at this time as a terrible burden if you’re one who spends a lot of time stressing out over making the wrong choice, but for those who have learned that you can’t make a wrong choice, this is an incredible opportunity to just go and do and live and feel and thrive. Why fear that you’ll hare off in the wrong direction when your own inner compass will alert you in plenty of time via your emotions. As long as you listen if you get a sick feeling in your stomach or a chill along the surface of your skin, you’ll know in plenty of time when to stop and review your navigation, making such adjustments as will calm those twitches and settle the nervous stomach. Most of the time, all you’ll feel is joy and bliss because you’re on the most marvelous, exciting, fulfilling road imaginable.

This is our journey of a lifetime, so why hesitate or question the whys and wherefores? This really is the time to take that leap of faith.

And on that note, I will leap into tonight’s gratitudes:
1. I am grateful for the most amazing night of dancing imaginable.
2. I am grateful for friends and energy and light and laughter and joy in its purest essence.
3. I am grateful for a life that is full of possibilities and void of limitations.
4. I am grateful for the improving state of my physical self as it will better support my mental and spiritual selves in the coming days, weeks, months, years.
5. I am grateful for the changing energy which is opening doors and windows like never before.
6. I am grateful for abundance; energy, joy, laughter, friendship, health, vitality, connections, imagination, motivation, forward momentum and prosperity.


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