Blog 7 Gratitude & Decisions

I took some quality time off this week, which isn’t easy since my mind is always with Elegant. But it was a good time to be away since my gift to inspire myself and others needed some recharging. I now know that my goal of quarterly vacations is a must. I just need to make more time to disconnect. I saw other hard working people while I was away and it definitely fortified me for the work ahead of me. There are many dreams that need to become reality in 2016.
For my time off I went away to a place where people were smiling and grateful. Gratitude was in the air. They were not consumed by what they didn’t have, or by what happened or didn’t happen, in the past. As Carlos, a new friend said, “You can’t go back. You have to keep moving.” It was inspirational and renewing to see such hope in hard working people combined with good nature and good intentions.
In fact it, I must admit it led me to defriend some people on Facebook as I continue on my journey of discovery for our program in 2016. It also led me to terminate a staff member who wasn’t upholding our mission. None of this means that people who don’t work for us, or that I defriend, aren’t on their own special journey. I hope they find the same inspiration that has led me and Elegant to where we are today. I truly wish everyone well. But for me to continue to grow personally and professionally decisions need to be made. I’m all for new decisions and breathing fresh air. But in order to do that sometimes, you have to exhale people, things and anything that isn’t serving you anymore.

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Blog 6 Energy Shift

One of the themes I see in the universe this week is an energy shift. When we make changes in life, we may not see them right away. Losing weight is one of them. Someone may say, “Wow, you are looking thinner?” Or, “Are you losing weight?” You may not notice it right away, but someone on the outside looking in is able to see it immediately. Of course, we all appreciate nice comments, but when we are truly able to feel and believe in it ourselves, that is truly what we call an “aha moment”. Oprah Winfrey talks about them all the time.
Experiencing the fruits of our personal growth, whether it be weight loss or the realization of our own empowerment, takes time. We hold onto what we know in life. I grew up with a mother who suffers from mental illness. While she brought turmoil into my life she was also my greatest teacher. It was no easy task, but in the end she inspired me to devote my life to helping others overcome obstacles.
Toxicity comes in many forms and from many directions. People for the most part have good intentions, but they may not always realize what is holding them back from the success and the fruits their labor deserves. The reality is that change comes from within. We can spend our lives thinking that other people are holding us back, but when we see ourselves clearly, waves of strength and beauty rise up and come to us. My own “aha” moment was at our last open house. I looked around and realized that nothing can dull our shine. I felt it like a beam of light during the evening. During all the hard work day-in and day-out, well beyond the formal hours of our daily program, we surely shine. We have a team that I am truly grateful for. Our message is out there. We now stand strong to move our mission. Those who are toxic now come, and then go. We are able to filter them out so quickly, we make them sparkle too!

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