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I Failed Gym Class In High School & Why It Doesn’t Matter. « Manifestation Station

7 Aug

Where have you gotten an F because you didn’t show up? It’s like me in my acting years. I never booked a job because I never wanted it. I walked around moping that I was failing when I wasn’t even showing up. It was like me getting in my little grey VW Fox and driving away and then being upset that no one picked me for the job.

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The Change Inside

27 Jul

 

I turn 35 in 5 months and I am better now than I ever was. After a night of no sleep I am up at 6am and ready to face the day. I am not cranky, sleepy, or even mad that I am not sleeping now. I am awake, totally awake and alive.

Today marks 8 days completely gluten-free, and Wednesday marks 6 months of being smoke free. On Saturday, August the 4th I graduate from my teacher training. I am loving life.

I woke up today and I felt great, I felt as if I was living in a new body. I am twenty pounds s overweight and totally fine with that. Why? I will tell you. I am healing my body. If I have gained weight because of quitting smoking, well than that is twenty pounds that I am glad to have. In return I have added years to my life. I am healing my insides by eliminating all the gluten from my diet and I love the lightness that I feel. All of the things that don’t serve me anymore I have said good-bye to. I am twenty pounds heavier but healthier than I was when I was in my 20’s, totally worth it.

What prompted this post today was to share the real “Change Inside” of me, and how you can have the same. I would have been completely depressed a year ago if I saw that I had gained twenty pounds. I like so many women equated my worth with how much I weighed, or really how skinny I was. I am not alone in that experience. In fact I used to obsessively get on the scale everyday, all it did was upset me. There was a time when my sister came to visit and hid my scale from me before she left. When I couldn’t find it I went into a complete panic. I called and begged her and she wouldn’t tell me where it was. I took me days to find it. Why? What did this represent? If I got on the scale and I was lighter than I had a good day, if it was heavier than it was almost definitely a bad day. When I think of that time it makes me a bit sad, I can’t even imagine that being a part of my life anymore. Of course I still care about my body, I care about my body more than I ever had, but in such a different way. I look at myself through completely different lenses. I rarely get on the scale, and when I do I see just a number, I am not effected either way. I look in the mirror and like what I see no matter what. When I look in the mirror if I am not feeling my best that day here is what I do, I find something that I do like about what I see and focus on that. I then look at myself again in the mirror and realize that I like all of what I see.

I don’t know if it is the growth I have had in teacher training or that I am getting older, but I am completely comfortable in my skin. That is the best feeling in the world.

I AM NOT MY WEIGHT

I AM NOT MY HAIR

I AM NOT THE PERFECTION OF MY SKIN

I AM NOT THE CLOTHES I WEAR

I AM PERFECTLY IMPERFECT RACHEL, AND I AM TOTALLY HAPPY WITH MY INSIDES AND OUT

The peace that comes with being comfortable in your own skin is immeasurable. It is life changing and yummy. I wish I had this remarkable shift when I was a younger woman, but I am happy that I have come to this place at all. There is no better time than now. I am convinced that I have been given a second lease on life and that it is just the beginning for me.

My challenge to all of you is to find this peace within yourself. I say take the challenge for one week. Here is what you do.

For 7 days I want you all to stand in front of the mirror and find something that you really like about yourself. I want you to look in the mirror and tell yourself that you are perfect. Say it even if you don’t want to, say it even if don’t feel it. Fake it until you make it. Keep doing this until it feels real for you. I promise you that you are perfect just the way you are, and you when you realize it you will be a new person.

I invite you all to have The Change Inside!

 

One Precious Life

24 Jul

 

I was in a poetry mood today and decided to read some of Mary Oliver‘s work. I stumbled upon a poem that truly spoke to me at this very moment. Entitled “A Summer’s Day” it is a beautiful piece and the last sentence is my favorite.

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?-Mary Oliver

So I immediately started thinking, what is it that I plan to do with my “one wild and precious life?” This topic has been on my mind all week-long. I have been under the weather and possibly have an auto immune disease, or so my doctor thinks. This of course brings up a ton of stuff for me. I go into a straight panic when I think about not being there for my children, in fact I get physically ill even thinking about it. I decided almost a year ago that it was time to really get healthy, not just “sorta” healthy, but all the way healthy. I did the first thing and that was to give up cigarettes. I started exercising regularly and eating really healthy. I know I can’t prevent lighting from striking me, but I don’t have to do bad things to my body to make me sick. I am preventative!

That takes care of the body conversation, now what about all the other stuff, like living each and every moment authentically. The first part of that journey for me was taking teacher training and doing something that I love. Continuing on the journey to truly live my one precious life is to take risks and have faith in myself. I am not saying that I am going to jump out of an airplane tomorrow, but I am definitely stepping out of my box more.

I read my sister’s blog today on saying “YES” and it really got me thinking. Where in my life can I say yes? I am going to start saying yes to myself, yes to my ability, and yes to reaching for the stars in my life.

 

Pack o’ Weirdos

3 Jul

I am graciously accepting my invitation into the lovely pack of weirdos.

Who are we?

We are those that believe love can heal anything.

Thanks JoEllen for reminding me of this.

I am here to wave my weirdo flag and raise it high. I too believe in a conscious way of living. I believe in a world where people are kind and honest with each other.

I believe in loving your children, looking at them in the eyes when you speak to them, and laughing with them lots and lots throughout the day. I believe in standing by your family, and loving your parents no matter how “imperfect” you think they may be.

Remember we all are “perfectly imperfect!”

I love my parents. Now that I am a mother myself, I respect my mother so much more for all the sacrifices and love she gave to me and my sister. I believe if you have a sister, and you are lucky like me, then she shall be your best friend forever.

I believe in friends that don’t quit on you when times get tough, and I believe in not quitting on yourself either.

I say this as a reminder I am 162 days smoke free. Yes, 162 of committing to living the best life ever.

I just wanted to remind all of you on this Tuesday morning to remember to love. Love yourself, love your family, and then take it out into the world.

I have a practice I do every single place I go. Whenever somebody is helping me in a store,hospital, etc..I always ask their name, say hello and ask how they are? ALWAYS. This is a rule of thumb for me. I want to make connections everywhere.

So go out in the world today and make a connection, make it authentically, and make it with integrity.

Namaste-

No Big Deal…..

8 Dec

I just feel in keeping with my theme I should repost my sister’s blog “Let it Be”

For those of you who haven’t checked out her blog, do it NOW!!!!

PREPARE TO BE DELIGHTED……..

http://www.manifestationyoga.com

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