Define Your Spirit: Personal Development – Finding your inner peace.

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Inner peace is a calm and quiet state that we feel from the inside out. We are mindful of the results of our actions. We move forward knowing that we are not alone in our quest.

Define Your Spirit is designed with programs to uncover what inspires inner peace in our lives. Peace is a personal mission that is unique to everyone of us. Peace is within all of us. It is our natural state. However, when we reach adulthood, our peace has been buried under values that are not our own, ethics that go against our beliefs and companionship with people who share very little with us.

Connecting with our inner peace is a journey. If you choose to participate in it, you will reap the reward of being rooted in peace from moment to moment. Peace can be a choice, but choosing doesn’t guarantee that you will capture this sublime state on mind permanently. When we look deep down into our depths of our being, we will run into somethings that are blocking our peace. When we uncover these blocks, we can evaluate them to know whether they are consistent with our true nature.

Peace lies in our true nature and every choice or priority we make. Stepping into our true nature allows for our inner peace to live through us. Finding inner peace is a commitment. Each of us has the chance to make the journey. The question remains, will we do what it takes?

I will share a bit about my peace journey. In my experience, peace is the ultimate state of being. By doing some personal discovery work, I discovered that my values were not my own. They were borrowed at an early age when I could not think for myself. The first step toward my inner peace began when I could see a clear picture of myself, I began my quest by ridding myself of the people places and things that were not consistent with values. My journey required me to take several steps back. With honesty, I recognized that I was holding onto values that were not mine.

With this certainty, I began the process of letting the inconsistent values go. Sometimes, this required a dual cleansing of my mind and the physical objects that lay in the way to peace. For me, this was my wardrobe and fur coats. I donated 75% of my wardrobe and never put on a fur coat again. I realized how much of my inner peace was blocked by wearing the coats. Growing up, I was taught to be gentle with insects and animals. Every time I put on a fur coat, my heart hurt. My coping mechanism was to disconnect which just brought me further away from my peace.

I also chose love relationship with men who did not share my values. If I can impress one thing on you today, it is the absolute necessity to know what you value and what you stand for before getting into a new relationship. By doing this you are opening the door for an individual who is like you. S/he shares your values and supports the choices and priorities that come with upholding yourself. A relationship founded on consistent values, ethics and morals will bring you the greatest happiness and an inner peace that can only be felt when we engage ourselves this way.

I feel it is my responsibility to share the pain I felt when I got into relationships with men whose values were not the same as mine. Part of the challenge was that I was unaware of my values. However, through intense pain, they spook loudly, tell me what I didn’t want in my life. I remember my first ipod. I had it engraved My Peace and Freedom because in the listening to music, I was able to go to that sacred space of peace. But of course this was only temporary.

As I continue to discovering my values and synthesize them into my life, I feel inner peace. Other activities like my raw diet, yoga and running have kept me rooted in my peace space. At times, peace eludes me. But this is purely a condition of fear and worry. When I run up against either of these, I dig deep to get to the bottom of them through journaling or blog writing. I find peace in the writing.

I have big plans to bring joy and peace to women around the world through *Define Your Spirit online workshops. With my own inner peace practice, I can help them with their’s. I am delighted to read about your peace story in the comments. Please feel free to share your heart with me. I encourage you to just let the words flow. If you like, you may write a blog post*. If you choose this route, please do share the URL in the comments section of this post so we may experience your story.

With love, Amanda

*If you are interested in a Define Your Spirit Workshop, please email me with your name and number and I will let you know the date of out next workshop. Please feel free to email me at any time.

Entrepreneurship: Work from Home – Steps to Create Freedom in Your Work-Life and Subsequently, Your Whole-Life.

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Entrepreneurship is a sacred art of expressing our values and true nature in the form of a business that we are passionate about. Have you ever dreamed about having your own business? Do you see yourself in this business? Often, the dream is pointed at who we want to be. The business is simply an expression of our real being. It’s our true nature knocking. Working from home offers the sanctuary to encapsulate our true nature and our passion. It’s also pretty nice to say goodbye to the commute, company policies, office politics, and hollowness that accompanies going against our ethics.

Imagine, being yourself all of the time. Never worried about offending your boss or colleagues. Up holding your personal ethics without ever being asked to do anything else. What if you could let your hair down all day, everyday? Entrepreneurship requires a bit of a leap, but once you’re there, it upholds your true nature. You can be yourself all of the time.

Life becomes whole when we are living our personal ethics consistently in our personal and professional lives. Creating a work space in our home affords us the luxury of time. We may choose to work when we want. We can schedule our days the way we want them. We begin living a natural existence.

If you are ready to live a whole life as and entrepreneur, here are some simple steps to start you on your path:

Step One

Step into the comfort of your true nature. Get really cozy there. Then ask yourself, what would the real me LOVE to do? What is my dream business? Write a blog post* with answers to these questions.

Step Two

Carefully evaluate your chances of success. Is it a business that offers a product or service that people are looking for? What are some competitors who are offering something similar? What are they doing that seems to be working? Continue writing in the previous blog post*.

Step Three

It takes some risks to start our own business. We need to be brave to uphold the vision that will take us to the next level of depth in our life. Write down some details of your business. Show yourself what you have and what you will need to bring into life. You might be surprised at how much you already have. Continue writing in the previous blog post*.

Step Four

Ask yourself: What kind of capital will I need to start this business and pay my current bills? Where am I going to get this capital? Whichever, source you choose, be certain that you will have enough time to pay off a loan. It could take three years to start earning money in a new business.

With love, Amanda

Define Your Spirit: Personal Development – Spirituality. Self Love.

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We spend an inordinate amount of time working on our love for others. We write songs about our lovers. We change our lives to be in a love relationship. We spend our energy in the fixing of love relationships gone wrong, but we don’t love ourselves. In fact, straight on the surface, we don’t like ourselves. Self love is a quantum leap for a lot of us. Yet, when practiced, it penetrates the depths of our soul instantaneously.

On several occasions I have practiced self-love. Each time, my heart warmed and my soul opened up. I believe that practicing self-love is a powerful tool that takes us several steps further down in the land where the spirit lies. When we find this place, there is a sacred shift in our focus. For the first time, I love me so—I don’t have to search out someone else to love.

Once we have lived in love with ourselves, it brings an important balance in the relationship we have with ourselves and with others. So often, the search for someone to love, is a direct result of not knowing how or never being introduced to the idea of loving yourself. Instead we do what ever we must to fit ourselves into a love relationship that doesn’t fit.

We will go to great lengths for the love of others. Often, on the search, we never get it. Even then, some of us will continue the pursuit. What if we all found the love we have for ourselves? Truthfully, if everyone in the world loved themselves, there would be a major shift in our interests. Romantic comedy in film and fiction for example. Why would we need books or films about love and romance if we loved ourselves and were not searching for it on the outside?

Self love can be ignited so simply. I began with an “I love myself because…..” list. I wrote it every night for a while and shifts occurred. Major shifts. What if when we were troubled in a relationship, we chose to examine our self-love. What if we gave ourselves all of the love that we are yearning for from someone else? I think it’s a little like eating, when you have enough you’re full. It’s the same with love.

I suggest trying the “I love myself because…..” list. If you like, try it today. My first day, was so powerful. I felt so great the next day. I recall asking myself, what did I do differently today than I did yesterday? Then I remembered the list from the night before. Our words penetrate deeply when they are focused in self-love. Why not give it a try?

For example:

I love myself because I am upholding my commitment to exercise.

I love myself because I am doing what I love.

I love myself because I made some difficult decisions that got me where I am now.

I love myself….

OK, your turn. My list ended up being quite long. To my surprise there is a lot that I love about myself. {smile} Now one word of note, some people have a little voice that speaks to them and says, you can’t say that about yourself, that’s too egotistical. It’s not, you deserve to know.

With love, Amanda

Define Your Spirit: Synthesis – Your Ethics, Priorities, Choices and Authenticity.

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Ethics inspire priorities. Priorities inspire choices. Choices inspire authenticity. It’s as automatic as the flow of Dominos. The challenge is, what ethic am I subscribing to? Do I even have a clear understanding of my ethic? It plays such a profound role in my life, but I might not even be aware that it exists. How can this be?

Often our own knowledge of our personal ethic is incomplete. Most of the time, it’s not our own ethic, it’s one that we adopted from family, society, friends, teachers, etc. This reality causes an incredible amount of uninformed priorities and choices. It’s not our own ethic, we’re just following the leader into our own personal quicksand.

Our personal ethic is the foundation that roots our life. Imagine, something this powerful is going unknown to the population at large. What happens when we are not living our own ethic? Every single choice we make in our life is measured against an ethic. If it’s our own ethic, this affords us great positive possibilities and opportunities. If the ethic is one that we adopted early in life from someone else, we are headed for a very hard life and a lot of struggle.

Some of us know our personal ethic, but we ignore it and continue with the adopted one. This will inspire a personal conflict that will definitely drown you in constant pain and memory of your choice.

We have a great opportunity to step into our truth. By doing some exercises, we can uncover our personal ethic as it relates to our priorities and ultimately our choices. This is quite critical on a mass scale as well. Remember, every choice you make is a vote in that direction. If you choose to buy only non GMO fruits and vegetables, you will not give your vote to convention.

When we have our priorities and choices aligned with our ethics, we will finally be an authentic being. This is certainly a process. If you’re interested in doing some digging to uncover your personal ethic, I suggest the following post and the simple exercises: Define Your Spirit: Personal Discovery Step Four.

With love, Amanda

Entrepreneurship: Personal Calling – Steps to Discover the Life that Fills You with Enthusiasm.

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The notion of a personal calling can feel elusive. Especially considering the commitment we have to others. We are committed to the company we work for. We are committed to make certain the bills get paid. We are committed to societal and family norms. How much time do we even allow ourselves to consider our personal calling? Let alone, take the steps to discover it. We ALL have a calling. It might not be as elusive as it appears.

There is a good chance that you know your personal calling. The challenge is, you don’t believe. We are burdened with so many contractual commitments. Some are actual contracts e.g. job, but others are unspoken – yet clear. When we are growing up, we idolize people and/or professions. Little children, will say that they want to be a construction worker. As we get older, more influences penetrate our commitments. Our teachers, parents, friends are quick to make bold statements about what we should do with our lives — in the interest of security or to follow family tradition.

I watched a video today that was narrated by Alan Watts. He asks his students, what would you do with your life if money was no consequence? This is an excellent way to begin a personal calling assessment. When we start with the ‘safety-path’, we will forever pin ourselves there. This is exactly what I did with my life, both professionally and personally. It did not serve me well. I had head aches almost daily. I found it very difficult to find any happiness in my life. Physical and emotional messages like these are our body telling us what our mind will not believe. I wedded my decisions. The wedding was far more absolute than the messages were.

Between age 24 and 40, I lived my life in the pain that only manifests with dishonesty. If I was honest with myself, I wouldn’t have gotten married. I wouldn’t have followed my sister to college. I wouldn’t have stayed in a position that didn’t suit me.

I’m 40 and have just begun to live my personal calling. It’s important to dig deep and discover our personal calling at any age, but if you are younger, this doesn’t have to be your journey. You can choose to access your choice-points earlier in life as they come up. Imagine living your personal calling from early in your adult life? I can say that my life would have looked and felt very different. I would have always been comfortable with my choices. Instead, I numbed myself on the outside and lived in constant pain on the inside.

What, then, can we do to align ourselves with our personal calling as early as possible in life? The first step is being aware that you have a personal calling. Below is an exercise that will guide you to discover yours.

Personal Calling Discovery

Sit down in front of your computer, take a deep breath. Hold it for a few seconds and let it out slowly.

Step One

In a blog post* answer the following questions. What if money had no consequence? What if outside influence had no consequence? What would you choose to do? Write your answers as they come. Don’t worry about how little or how much you are writing. Just continue until you are finished with these thoughts.

Step Two

In the same blog post* transform the “want to do” into a holistic personal calling. Please include your ethics, values and priorities. Just write until you feel you’ve covered everything.

Step Three

In the same blog post* answer the following questions. What changes do I want to make in order to begin on the path to my personal calling?

Step Four

In the same blog post* please answer the question, what is my first step?  Just consider your next step.

Continue this process until you have realized your personal calling. Don’t give it a time limit, but try not to put it off. Your relationship with your life deserves your attention.

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Entrepreneurship – Step Three. The Magic of working from home and living your dream.

Entrepreneurship – Step Four. The Business Plan

Entrepreneurship – Step Five. Marketing strategy for your dream business.

Entrepreneurship – Step Six. Your Ticket to Freedom

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With love, Amanda

Define Your Spirit: Personal Development – Compassionate and Authentic Parenting.

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I feel a deep responsibility to my child. As parents, we are his only guide. What we emphasize, he will emphasize. What we do, he will do. What we say, he will say. Last Saturday, I had an interesting experience that required real sensitivity to both my child and his father’s side of the family. Joseph, Joseph-Elijah and I were in PA for their family reunion.  At the start of the day, there was talk about visiting a local war museum. Joseph and I are not pro-war, but his father was in Vietnam and the rest of that side of the family is quite keen on all things war. We agreed to go because we wanted to ‘be with the family’.  I didn’t know how I was going to handle the situation. The truth is, I did not have enough information. The only possibility was to live the experience and guide with sensitivity.

I am deeply committed to a world without war and violence. We do not buy Joseph-Elijah guns or any war toys. He does talk of shooting on occasion, because in this world, you can’t get around it completely, but Joseph and I don’t give it our attention. As we walked the circular path and got to the bunkers, up close to the helicopters and tanks, I took a step back and Joseph’s family stepped in to show and answer Joseph-Elijah’s curious questions.

At one point I was close to Joseph-Elijah and one of the cousins. I overheard one of the cousins pointing at an image from the Vietnam war. He told Joseph-Elijah, those are the bad guys that they are going to shoot. When I heard this, I admit that I cringed, but I let it go for the rest of the visit. We had lunch and on the way back in the car, Joseph-Elijah started talking to me about the bad guys and shooting them. I told Joseph-Elijah, “Mama, doesn’t believe in shooting anyone, the good guys or the bad guys.” I told him that “there are some bad guys in the world, but for the most part people are good and Mama and Daddy do not believe in war.”

Then the most interesting thing happened. He started bringing up everyday things and ask, “Do you believe in talking on the telephone?” He continued this questioning for several minutes. It’s as if he was flexing a new ‘beliefs’ muscle, and he wanted to matched his parents. I’ve realized that I cannot keep him away from everything, but I can choose not to give emphasis or energy to things that aren’t consistent with my and Joseph’s ethics, values and morals.

When something comes up from the grandparents that don’t share my or Joseph’s value, I will continue to let Joseph-Elijah know I feel about it. In the end, when he is grown up, he will choose his own opinion, but during the years 0 – 7, he is very impressionable and needs to know the world is a safe place. After age 7 his rational mind is in place and can ferret out things with a basis in reality. Until then, it’s our job to help him understand the world from his developmental perspective as a four-year-old.

With love, Amanda

Define Your Spirit: Personal Development, Spirituality – The Spiritual Act of Siezing the Moment

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Today’s post is focused on the spiritual act of seizing the moment by guest blogger: Dr. Anjana.

We oftentimes wait for a benevolent higher power to assist us in our endeavors without becoming active in living out our true purpose.  Our spiritual fire within dies down to embers the longer that we wait.  Could this be why our rational mind contradicts the idea of the fruition of dreams?  Co-creating, visioning, manifesting, and receiving success is the evolved formula of creating your holistic brand. It is in itself a spiritual practice.  We must have the bravery to take action in our own lives in order to create the life we desire.

The importance of discovering your spiritual purpose is the paramount reason for being alive and striving for our personal goals.  We must find our own sense of meaning as to what those goals are while being proactive to continually evolve with the answers that are given to us.  This takes an effort beyond our human understanding. There is a word in Sanskrit called tapasya. In English it translates to ‘heat’.  It is the creative heat that rises from ones core during a deep physical/spiritual practice like yoga.  In the yogic tradition it is referred to as the ‘essential energy’ that is the basis and root of all things purification.  The essence of tapas is a result of active participation in the process of spiritual growth known as enlightenment.  It is said that God’s tapas, created the cosmos.  What can you create with your own tapas? How does that essential energy play a role in your career development?

Sometimes life gets in the way of our being able to see the majesty of our inner fire and we let it die down to an ember.  We slack off our daily disciplines and let dreams fade into the recesses of our mind.  We procrastinate, make excuses or expect it to be done for us because we accept the lie that we are of the nature to fail.  Even in the face of such difficult human tendencies, there is a way out.

If you want to take action in your life, the first thing that you must do is recognize that you have a responsibility to make it happen with the energy that you have.  Each one of your choices changes the future.  Start small and make conscious choices that will benefit you and those around you.  Blow the dust off of goals that you wanted to make and see the possibility of them.  Invite someone from your life into your dreams to hold you accountable and give you support.

Save yourself from sabotage by seizing the moment. Find joy in all of your responsibilities, gifts, foibles, and idiosyncrasies.  The more you say “Yes!” the more you will begin to witness the desires of your heart come to fruition.   If you feel overwhelmed by big tasks at hand and you have prayed a million prayers, look around you.  The help you usually do not want is the help that you have been blessed to receive. Stay humble, focused and open to any and all possibilities of dream fruition.   In your alone time, take some time to reflect on your growth attained through the day and set measurable goals for the next day.   Continue this practice until it becomes second nature.  Learn to define success by your devotion to the path and the end result will meet you with pleasant surprises. Today is the day to begin again.

Guest Blogger: Dr. Anjana of The Anjana Network

I give my heartfelt thanks and sincere gratitude to Dr. Anjana for this beautifully insightful post.

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With love, Amanda

Define Your Spirit Volume 8: The Weekly Line-up

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MONDAY

Define Your Spirit: Inspiration – People, Books and Blogs to Inspire Personal Growth

Dr. Anjana, creator and author of “The Anjana Network” writes with the wisdom of a woman three times her age. Every week she chooses a topic to explore from multiple perspectives. I would like to introduce you to her greatness. As I look back at the spiritual guidance she has bestowed in each and every post, I will share some of my favorites with you so that you may begin a relationship with her.

TUESDAY

Define Your Spirit: Personal Development -  Parenting. Compassionate and Authentic Techniques.

I feel a deep responsibility to my child. As parents, we are his only guide. What we emphasize, he will emphasize. What we do, he will do. What we say, he will say. Last Saturday, I had an interesting experience that required real sensitivity to both my child and his grand father. At the start of the day, I didn’t know how I was going to handle the situation. The truth is, I did not have enough information to know. It was only living the experience and guiding with sensitivity, that was possible.

WEDNESDAY

Entrepreneurship: Personal Calling – Steps to Discover the Career that Fills You with Enthusiasm.

The notion of a personal calling can feel elusive. Especially considering the commitment we have to others. We are committed to the company we work for. We are committed to make certain the bills get paid. We are committed to societal and family norms. How much time do we even allow ourselves to consider our personal calling? Let alone, take the steps to discover it. We ALL have a calling. It might not be as elusive as it appears.

THURSDAY

Define Your Spirit: Synthesis – Your Choices, Priorities, Ethics and Authenticity.

Ethics inspire priorities. Priorities inspire choices. Choices inspire authenticity. It’s as automatic as the flow of Dominoes. The challenge is, what ethic am I prescribing to? Do I even have a clear understanding of my ethic? It plays such a profound role in my life, but I might not even be aware that it exists. How can this be?

FRIDAY

Define Your Spirit: Personal Development – Spirituality. Self Love.

We spend an inordinate amount of time and our spiritual voice working on our love for others. We write songs about our lovers. We change our lives to be in a love relationship. We spend our energy in the fixing of love relationships gone wrong, but we don’t love ourselves. In fact, straight on the surface, we don’t like ourselves. Self love is a quantum leap for a lot of us. Yet, when practiced, it penetrates the depths of our soul instantaneously.

SATURDAY

Entrepreneurship: Work from Home – Steps to Create Your Own freedom in Your Work Life and Subsequently, Your Whole Life.

Entrepreneurship is a sacred art of expressing our values and true nature in the form of a business that we are passionate about. Have you ever dreamed about having your own business? Do you see yourself in this business? Often, the dream is pointed at who we want to be. The business is simply an expression of our real being. It’s our true nature knocking. Working from home offers the sanctuary to encapsulate our true nature and our passion. It’s also pretty nice to say goodbye to the commute, company policies, office politics, and hollowness that accompanies going against our ethics.

With love, Amanda

Entrepreneurship Step Eight – Writing an Authentic Mission Statement

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If you read to the end of this article, you will have a firm grasp on an authentic mission statements and why they are important. A mission is something that many of us equate with a corporation. What is a personal mission? Your personal mission is a statement that defines your life purpose as you live it everyday. A mission is usually made up of something you want to happen and something you are doing to realize it. My mission is to inspire female entrepreneurship, so that women can be true to their nature in every area of their life. I’m writing this blog post and reaching our to women around the world.

I’ve developed trainings for any woman who wants to live an authentic life that is true to her nature. Our personal mission usually incorporates some kind of work that we plan to do. Wikipedia, says that a mission is a goal that we have for the world. Mission statements are bigger than, I want to cook with friends on Friday night. It’s more like, I want to teach women around the world a way to prepare my meals if they would like.

Your spirit will guide your mission statement. It’s a statement that is meant to be simple, but the meaning behind it is usually quite deep. If we look at my mission, the first part is the mission, “I aim to inspired female entrepreneurship.” The second statement is “so that women can be true to their nature in every area of their lives.”

The important thing is that your mission is grounded in your true nature and that it considers your personal values and morals. These must all be consistent for you to build your dream business. Keep in mind, this might be your ‘working mission statement’. It’s important to stay open and flexible for change. For example, I’ve had my business plan, mission, vision and values created for some time, however, just yesterday I changed my mission statement. It’s now truly consistent.

When you have this mission statement complete, you’ll have a foundation to set goals that root you in your purpose.

It was only when I opened my spirit, that my mission flowed through my finger-tips. If you would like to, please open a blog post* and write a mission statement. It may take several tries, to just keep going until you feel you’ve got a good one.

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ASSIGNMENT

Sit down in front of your computer. Get comfortable. Take a deep breath, hold it for a few seconds. Now, slowly let it out. Please write a blog post* about your mission statement. Consider it your working document. If you feel good about your mission, please write it into the comments area of this post. I would love to read it.

With love, Amanda

Define Your Spirit Personal Development – Positive Outlook for an Authentic Life

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If you read to the end of this article, you will have a keen understanding of the power of positive outlook for an authentic individual working towards living her true nature in every aspect of her life.

I will discuss exercise a lot when it comes to positive outlook. Yesterday on my run, I ran the full distance of the path without stopping for the first time and on the way back I walked a little bit, and stopped another time. It was a good run for me. Today, my outlook wasn’t as positive. I felt pressure to do the same or better than I did yesterday. I certainly tried. I did run the whole way on the path, but on the return, I stopped three times. Only for less than 10 seconds, but I still stopped. I felt badly about stopping, but realized that I need to keep a positive outlook. Hey, I got up and did the run. That’s something to feel positive about.

We are bound to have set-backs, failures and total flops, but these are only lessons for the individual with a positive outlook. As we move more into an authentic life that is consistent with our personal values, we will, needless to say, begin our path to success. However, without failure, we will never know the formula for success. The most important thing with these circumstances is to keep a positive out look. This keeps our imagination going and puts problem solving abilities to work.

Often, the end result will be far greater than we could have imagined. Without the failure, we would not have had the reason for the positive outlook, or the lessons from the failures. My example was running, but yours could be really anything e.g. preparing dinner, finishing that book with a challenging tongue. There have also been countless numbers of individuals with cancer who kept a positive outlook and pursued different lifestyles and therapies that worked for them.

Our spirit thrives in positivity. When we are positive and authentic, our spirit’s light will shine on our Holistic Personal Brand. To get there, we will undoubtedly have several failures. This is the flexible practice we must follow when developing a Holistic Personal Brand. What ever your goals, a positive outlook can virtually guarantee your success.

With love, Amanda

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Personal Development – Spiritual Growth. My journey becoming a spiritual being.

Personal Development – Self help through action. My health journey.

Personal Development – Soul Matters. The spiritual act of seizing the moment.

Personal Development – Soul Matters. Becoming a spiritual Entrepreneur.

Personal Development – My experience running.

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Entrepreneurship: Focus as a means to success.

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As an entrepreneur, suddenly, we arrange our days’ schedule. We determine how to spend our time. It is not always our preference or opportunity to sit down and just focus on something, but it is critical that we know what we are focusing on. This keeps us on the path to success in all areas of our lives.

It feels very different now as we call all of the shots. We determine when to get up in the morning or whether start our work day in your pajamas. Setting our own schedule. Making the important decisions. Will all be consistent with your personal values, ethics and morals. For most of us, our schedule has been set by someone else our entire lives. This new freedom is a huge change and a tremendous success for us. We choose where we focus.

I might decide that I will give my total focus to my family for two weeks or a month as I arrange things at work to move forward without me. I might decide that I will work fluidly through-out the day and into the night with breaks where I focus on something else, like watering the plants, or unloading the dishwasher, maybe I’ll take a cat nap, maybe I’ll do a small project? The point is, I can focus my work so that it works around my life.

I have a friend who is a rather successful author. I’m in awe at how she works. She does her writing during the day, but in spurts. She’ll be in her beautiful home office typing away and the next thing you know she steps our of her room looking a bit tense. Next, it’s downstairs in front of the piano sometimes by herself and other times, with an instructor. She does the same thing with Italian Language lessons. I’ve seen a change in her expression after these breaks. It’s as if, she has just worked out something in the plot of her novel.

Everyone is different and will choose their focus rhythm differently. However, we can celebrate our opportunity to choose for ourselves. I am working in a daytime rhythm with a lot of focus and probably not enough breaks, now. I once worked with a healer who did 15 minute anything goes breaks. The fun part was, the break could just be called out by anyone and everyone had to do whatever silly thing the ‘caller’ asked us to do. They were in the Vancouver Islands, and I remember going out on the reef wall to collect some sort of shell or seaweed.

It has been said, and I believe it to be true, “The more focus you put on something, the greater the results.” We were all so refreshed and had renewed focus after the 15 minute anything goes break. I felt as fresh as good as I did in the morning after my walk. Remembering how important focus is should be paramount. If you find yourself feeling a bit scattered, take a step back and focus yourself. When you are totally clear on your business, you’ll be focused.

With love, Amanda

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Entrepreneurship Training Program Posts:

entrepreneurship – When I discovered my mission, vision and values I started on the path to the real me.

Entrepreneurship – Step One. Love what you do. Find your life purpose.

entrepreneurship – Step Two. Dream chasing. Don’t stop dreaming. Start doing.

Entrepreneurship – Step Three. The Magic of working from home and living your dream.

Entrepreneurship – Step Four. The Business Plan

Entrepreneurship – Step Five. Marketing strategy for your dream business.

Entrepreneurship – Step Six. Your Ticket to Freedom

Entrepreneurship – Step Seven. Do you have a vision?

All Entrepreneurship Articles

Define Your Spirit Synthesis Step Six – Authentic Awareness

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As you begin the process of synthesizing your real values, ethics and priorities into your life, you’ll start to notice things about yourself. One day, I woke up and realized I was no longer feeling the early morning jitters about getting ready for work. I was more relaxed. It wasn’t my biggest priority. Taking care of myself in those pre-work hours was now my priority. I started to become aware of how fast or slow I was talking or really doing anything. I realized that I could be more mindful if I slowed down. It really feels great.

When we are living an authentic life with our true nature, we begin to be aware of things that we’re not on our radar in the past. I’m finding myself feeling deep compassion for the mothers and children in countries like Somalia through World Pulse. I’m caring about these women and encouraged to read what they are doing to help themselves. As we help ourselves we become more aware.

Being authentically aware is a by-product of synthesis. In the past, my own troubles were so painful, I was totally unaware of anything outside of my small miserable life. What an interesting thing now, isn’t it? By becoming authentically me and living in my true nature, I am now authentic with others and my world has expanded to include women who are on the other side of the world.

ASSIGNMENT

For this step, just become aware. As you notice things about yourself and others, write them in a blog post* Authentic awareness can be described as a silent synthesis.

With love, Amanda

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Define Your Spirit Synthesis Training Program:

Define Your Spirit – Synthesis Step One: Synthesizing our life with our true values roots us in what means the most.

Define Your Spirit – Synthesis Step Two : Synthesizing our life with our true values, ethics and dreams.

Define Your Spirit -  Synthesis Step Three;  Values Synthesis

Define Your Spirit – Synthesis Step Four: Synthesizing one step at a time.

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Define Your Spirit: Personal Development – How are we limiting ourselves?

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Screen shot 2013-10-24 at 4.47.43 PMIf you read to the end of this article, you will learn about limits and how they are affecting your life. When we are very young, most of us learn about limits all day long. “You can’t walk in that room. We don’t want the carpet dirty.” I once heard this from a friend’s mother. Limits like this one have a purpose to the person who is setting it when you are a child. The challenge lies in our biological make-up. Once we hear about a limit and/or learn that limits are important in life, we tend to live a life in our own small world of limits. While uncovering our true nature and an authentic life, we are simultaneously removing limits that no longer suit us. With limits, we look through a lens that color codes what’s possible and what is not possible. This lens distorts our reality. A lot of our values are based on these distortions.

I am still working on limiting beliefs, but I want to tell you about an experience I had when I began letting some of them go. From about age 16 – 31 I had daily migraine head-aches. I remember waiting all week with this massive head-ache. On Friday, it was more than I could take, so I went to the hospital. They put me on heavy intravenous pain killers. These made me feel very dopey, but didn’t really do much for my headache.

I believed I had to live with these headaches, until the day when they disappeared. How did that happen?  I began uncovering my limiting beliefs. I connected to my spirit and allowed myself to be in that small space where she was hiding. I had contacted her, but I was afraid, so I protected her. When I dug deep without any fear, she finally came out.

She illuminated areas of my life that were not consistent with my true nature. When I synthesized changes in my life, I felt rooted in my being. I walked confidently and without fear. I stood-up to my ex-husband. I realized that I was living a life that would hurt no matter how I massaged it. Everyone of my personal values were nonexistent. In fact, like some of you, I didn’t even know what I valued. I didn’t know where I stood on ethical issues. I didn’t know who “Amanda” was.

The headaches lifted when I accepted my own personal values and rejected those from others. Finally, I started making decisions that were consistent with my true nature. It’s a process I’m still working on. Since I started, I have made decisions based on work values and relationship values and it has hurt. It took courage to choose my values. I think everyone of us can ask the same questions in different forms. Mine is, “What is more painful to me, changing my life to live consistently with my values, or staying exactly where I am.”

Every time, I choose to activate a change in my life, it makes an immediate difference in how I feel. Lifting the limits, is the first and most important step to develop your holistic personal brand.

Please Find All Define Your Spirit Articles Here

With love, Amanda

Define Your Spirit: Personal Discovery – Unlock your spirit’s door.

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Where does your spirit live? When’s the last time you went knocking on her door? If you’re like me, before my holistic personal branding work, the answer was never. How patiently she waits for us. Her glow in the shadow of our disconnectedness. She is there in all of us. We just need to find the courage to dig deep and find her. When we knock, she will open with total unrequited joy.

Are you familiar with the feeling of joy. It’s steady, confident and peaceful. When we unlock our spirit’s door, our world begins to look different, smell different, and even taste different. It’s a totally new life. Why, then, would we hold the key away from the lock? I think mostly because we are not aware of what the key will do. “Have a heart.” I’ve heard that many times before I began working on myself, but I didn’t know how to do that. I’m serious. It’s very sad, but the truth. “Have a heart.” What does that mean?

When I began to do my personal discovery/personal development work, my life changed. I used the key to unlock my spirit’s door. With her influence in my every decision, my heart comes first. Before we begin to do some work on ourselves, it is very difficult to relate to those who have not. It’s like we are on a different dimension. I am still very much involved with family who haven’t done any personal discovery/personal development. It’s just a different relationship.

At this time in my life, I would find compassion for the personal who was asked to, “Have a Heart” AND the person who said “Have a Heart”.

When you make the decision to get to know yourself at a very deep level, your key will unlock your spirit and the light will pour out of you. It can sometimes feel a little overwhelming. What do I do with all of this now? This is why we do the personal discovery/personal development work. During this most beautiful process, we uncover our true values, ethics and morals. The glowing warmth of our spirit shines it’s light on them for us.

Please Find: All Define Your Spirit Articles Here

With Love, Amanda

Define Your Spirit Volume 7 : The Weekly Line-up

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Define Your Spirit: Personal Discovery - Unlock your spirit’s door.

Where does your spirit live? When’s the last time you went knocking on her door? If you’re like me, before my holistic personal branding work, never. How patiently she waits for us. Her glow in the shadow of our disconnectedness. She is there in all of us. We just need to find the courage to dig deep and find her. When we knock, she will open with total unrequited joy.

TUESDAY

Define Your Spirit: Personal Development – Limits

When we are very young, most of us learned about limits all day long. “You can’t walk in that room. We don’t want the carpet dirty.” I once heard this from a friend’s mother. Limits like this one have a purpose to the person who is setting it when you are a child. The challenge lies in our biological make-up. Once we hear about a limit and/or learn that limits are important in life, we tend to live a life in our own small world of limits. While uncovering our true nature, we are simultaneously removing limits that no longer suit us. With limits, we look through a lens that color codes what’s possible and what is not possible. This lens distorts our reality. A lot of our values are based on these distortions.

WEDNESDAY

Entrepreneurship: Focus

Entrepreneurship could be considered a test on focus. Suddenly, WE arrange our days’ schedule. We determine what to spend the most time doing. It has been said, and I believe it to be true, “The more focus you put on something, the greater the results.” It is not always our preference or opportunity to sit down and just focus on something, but what is critical is to know what we are focusing on. This keeps us on the path to success in all areas of our lives.

THURSDAY

Define Your Spirit Synthesis – Awareness

As you begin the process of synthesizing your real values, ethics and priorities into your life, you’ll start to notice things about yourself. One day, I woke up and realized I was no longer feeling the early morning jitters about getting ready for work. I was more relaxed. It wasn’t my biggest priority. Taking care of myself in those pre-work hours was now my priority. I started to become aware of how fast or slow I was talking or really doing anything. I realized that I could be more mindful if I slowed down. It really felt great. These are two examples of the silent synthesis that you will see naturally taking place. You will begin to be more aware of yourself and others.

FRIDAY

Define Your Spirit Personal Development – Positive Outlook

I will discuss exercise a lot when it comes to positive outlook. Yesterday on my run, I ran the full distance of the path without stopping for the first time and on the way back I walked a little bit, and stopped another time. It was a good run for me. Today, my outlook wasn’t as positive. I felt pressure to do the same or better than I did yesterday. I certainly tried. I did run the whole way on the path, but on the return, I stopped three times. Only for less than 10 seconds, but I still stopped. I felt badly about stopping, but realized that I need to keep a positive outlook. Hey, I got up and did the run. That’s something to feel positive about.

SATURDAY

Entrepreneurship – Mission

Mission is something that many of us equate with a corporation. What is a personal mission? Your personal mission is a statement that defines your life purpose as you live it everyday. A mission is usually made up of something you want to happen and something you are doing to realize it. My mission is to inspire female entrepreneurship, so that women can be true to their nature in every area of their life.

With love, Amanda

Entrepreneurship – As a Lifestyle.

Entrepreneurship – as a lifestyle.

Empowering ourselves through a solid: mission, vision and values, brings confidence and joy through every step we take on our journey into entrepreneurship. The training posts are linked below. I suggest you do them in order as they build on each other. Through the Define Your Spirit education, you will find yourself getting closer and closer to you the real you. The entrepreneurship trainings will show you another way to do business: YOUR way!

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Define Your Spirit – Entrepreneurship Training Program:

entrepreneurship – When I discovered my mission, vision and values I started on the path to the real me.

Entrepreneurship – Step One. Love what you do. Find your life purpose.

entrepreneurship – Step Two. Dream chasing. Don’t stop dreaming. Start doing.

Entrepreneurship – Step Three. The Magic of working from home and living your dream.

Entrepreneurship – Step Four. The Business Plan

Entrepreneurship – Step Five. Marketing strategy for your dream business.

Entrepreneurship – Step Six. Your Ticket to Freedom

Please Find: All Entrepreneurship Articles Here

With love, Amanda

 

Define Your Spirit Personal Development – Personal Expression

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I used to think that first impression was everything. Now I understand that the first impression means nothing about us and everything about the person we are meeting. They don’t know us. There is no evidence that we are a certain kind of person. This happens only when we engage with each other. I’m referring to an authentic engagement.

The trouble lies in the fact that there is very little authentic engagement between people. There are several things that need to take place before this can occur:

1. Both parties must have a solid and deep connection to their inner spirit aka authentic self. If only one woman has synthesized her values and connected to her authentic self, she will immediately feel, the lack of introspection in the other woman. Usually this equates to a non-starter relationship.

2. There must be a wish/reason to engage. Common ground in something shared.

3. Each woman needs to let go of her initial judgements. One woman could be in deep casual. Another woman might be in a shallow dressed to impress. Each woman is in her own space. And they are different from each other. Getting past this difference is a special skill. It requires an honest look at why there may be judgements. This needs to happen fast, or the opportunity will pass. For example: how many of us choose a book based on our initial impression of the author through a photo or meeting at a book signing? Does this image of the author hold any weight in whether or not we will buy her book?

4. There is also a certain amount of compassion we can feel when we see someone either hidden under their exterior look, eg. homeless person or a woman dressed in the latest designer fashion and is dripping in jewels. The exterior of both say something about them. Maybe they are both down on their luck. One can only speculate, again, this is our personal impression. Maybe the homeless woman has finally found her freedom? Maybe the other woman worked very hard to earn the clothes and jewels. Either way, the only way we will know anything about them is through a verbal and emotional exchange.

5. Today women flock to the mall to buy just the right thing to wear so that people will think a certain way about them. This is a sad state of our society…around the world. It’s like eating, but never feeling satiated. It really is the same. The outfit will never earn friendship. It may attract some kind of attention, but not an authentic relationship.

6. Authentic relationships occur when we have shared values and have chosen to communicate these values with each other. A lot of time, this doesn’t occur before men and women step down the aisle. This is the cause of high divorce rates. At some point, the excitement fizzles out and reality steps in. For those who share the same values, the relationship will become  stronger. For the others, divorce or a ‘dead marriage’ is on the horizon.

7. Where to look for authentic engagement: In the eyes and facial expression.

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Exercise for personal growth:

Find a comfortable position to sit with your computer. Take a deep breath. Hold it for a few seconds and let it out slowly.

Part One

Write a blog post* about first impressions. How do you handle them? Be honest? Do you judge? What kind of depth have you learned from the woman you’ve just met?

Part Two

What will you do when you meet women who are not authentically connected to their inner spirit? (I am assuming that you have done the  personal discovery steps and begun your personal developments. If you haven’t, I suggest that you do!) Maybe compassion is the most appropriate emotion. This takes practice. Try to see this beautiful woman and honor her no matter what you are experiencing of her.

Part Three

If you choose, why not try to engage with a woman who is not authentically connected to her inner spirit? You never know what you’ll find out? But you might be able to assist her in her own development. It’s likely she doesn’t even know anything about personal development. Send her here for the Personal Discovery work to start.

Related Posts:

Personal Development – Spiritual Growth. My journey becoming a spiritual being.

Personal Development – Soul Matters. Becoming a spiritual entrepreneur.

Personal Development – My experience running.

Please Find: All of the Personal Development Articles Here

With love, Amanda

Define Your Spirit Synthesis: Step Four – Strategy

The trouble is you think you have time

THURSDAY

Define Your Spirit Synthesis: Step Four – strategy

It’s a good idea to have a strategy while you are in the synthesis process (The process of turning your authentic values into your reality.) With a plan you will be prepared for the comments and feelings of others. We will know what subject is appropriate to bring up and when. For our spirit has risen, yet our friends and families have not. We will do good to show them compassion and let our words and our time land gentle on them. You will get there, why not with as little disruption as possible?

I had a fortuitous situation this summer in my opinion. The company I was working for landed in financial troubles and I was one of their lay-offs. I shared the news with my partner, Joseph and he was calm at first. When the fear rose in him. I told him, “We can’t afford to be worried and upset about this. We need to stay calm for ourselves and our son.” He instantly calmed down.

In the next week, I sent out my resume to many of my contacts that I have made over the 18 years in the Home Fashions industry. I had a few companies that were interested in interviews right away. I went to one interview, but as I sat in the conference room with this potential employer, I had visions of myself in the position and what he would expect of me. At that moment, I knew. I knew that I was ready to leave the corporate world.

Over the last 2.5 years, I pored myself back into that world after being out of it for four years. It was painful. I am a different person with humanitarian values. My trips to China watching these lovely people treated so poorly. In the factories they worked 7 days a week 12 hours per day with no heat in the winter and no air conditioning in the summer. I’ll never forget an experience I had at a glass factory. There was a gentleman who I have named, Ling. His job was to lift a wooden paddle (like they use to take pizzas out of the oven), with newly formed glass bathroom accessories, from the space near the boiling hot oven, twelve steps to the cooling belt. I looked at him in the eyes and smiled. Ling, was pained. There was absolutely no expression in his face. It was like, he didn’t have it in him to even impart a smile. It was like he was a walking dead.

In 18 months, I went on these trips to China 3 times for more than 2 weeks at a time. Every time, I got sick upon my return. I was breaching my values each time I walked into the airplane and then back into my office upon return. I finally acknowledged my ethics at that interview. I finally put them in front of the high paid salary and fancy title. I decided that my strategy would be to get this blogging business going over the next few months.

My partner was not in agreement. He basically told me that if I didn’t go back to corporate to afford us the same life, that he would take my son up to his parent’s place and send me down to my Mom’s in MD. He wanted me to make a slow transition. I understood his request, but I just can’t do that kind of work again. Even for a short time.

I had to put a strategy together. I decided that I would go down to my Mom’s place where I could work on this blog while I collect unemployment, and he could go up to his parents with our son. It was a very difficult decision, but the best at this time. So far, this strategy has been a good one, I’ve gotten a lot done and Joseph and my son have had a great time in up-state NY. Joseph was quite upset with me for a while, but now he has calmed.

It took a lot of strength to make my decision and follow through with the strategy, but I’ve done it and now I have this experience wrapped in with all of the others that end up giving a gift in the end.

STEP FOUR

Please get in a comfortable position in front of your computer and start a blog post*. Take a deep breath. Hold it for a few seconds and let it out slowly. Right now, I’m sitting in my favorite position, Indian style with no shoes on.

Part One

What situation in your life right now are you looking to synthesize? Are there any other parties involved in your decision? Please write a blog post* about this. Be certain to be honest about your fears and hopes.

Part Two

Open your mind and consider a strategy that might break the news gently to your family or friend. If you have some fear, that’s OK. It’s normal. Just remember, change sometimes moves slowly. Just be certain to keep yourself moving forward. Sometimes, it’s good to have more than one. I even had strategies for certain times we would be together and what I would say. I really wanted to be gentle with him. I’m sure you do too. Just do the best you can. The important part is that you actually do the synthesis. Stay strong and steady. Please add your strategy to your blog post*.

Part Three

Set a date and time. The strategy needs to be implemented. Be brave and plan it. Please add your timing to your blog post*.

Related posts:

Define Your Spirit – Synthesis Step One: Synthesizing our life with our true values roots us in what means the most.

Define Your Spirit – Synthesis Step Two : Synthesizing our life with our true values, ethics and dreams.

Define Your Spirit – Synthesis Step Three: Synthesizing one step at a time.

Please Find: All Define Your Spirit Articles Here

With love, Amanda

Entrepreneurship Step Seven: Do you have a vision?

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I see myself and the other women glowing from the inside out and realize the more I work on my own Holistic Brand, the more I start to understand what it means. It’s taking time for all the dots to connect. But the vision is there. It’s a picture and a story about how myself and the women readers are growing through the define your spirit education. You see a vision doesn’t have to be crystal clear from the very beginning. Most of the time, there is fog in our vision but, we can see the first step and that is all we need.

Have you ever opened your eyes after a nap with a vision of something? I have. Eventually, I decided to pay attention to my sub-conscience. My vision was a woman who was old, but in great shape. She glowed. I don’t know how old she is, but I think my vision hasn’t prescribed an age. She is just happy and healthy. There are other women in her circle, that have similar characteristics. They collectively make a big difference in the lives of women. I am standing in an all white space that is on the top floor of my home in the mountains of Colorado. There is a large picture window. If there wasn’t glass it would feel as if the indoors and outdoors were the same. The white capped mountains in the early summer is a spectacular site.

Another interesting aspect of this vision is that I am alone. Some younger women come buy on occasion because they like the peace and tranquility they feel when they are with me. The interesting thing is, I had this vision well before the internet. How was I making a difference in the world that I couldn’t reach like I can today? I suppose finding an author whose ethics and values are similar to mine is a way to connect to the outside world. Today, we can actually have a conversation with the author.

My point in this story is that my vision is clear, but all of the steps to get there are not. Everyday, I know I’m getting closer. A friend of mine sent me a private message yesterday. She commented on the growth of my vision as it is now and as it was the last time we talked with each other which has been some years ago. Comments like the one Valerie gave me are the ruler by which I can measure my growth, where I stand in reference to my vision.

STEP SEVEN

Please find a comfortable place at your computer. I suggest taking a deep breath. Hold it for a few seconds and let it out slowly.

Part One

What is your vision? Please write a blog post* about your vision and ruler. We’ve all had them.

Part Two

Where are you now with your vision? Have you taken any steps? Please continue your writing in your blog post*

Part Three

Have you had a “Valerie” moment – when someone has commented about how far you’ve come? Please continue writing in your blog post*

Part Four

Prepare yourself for the next step? Please continue writing in your blog post*

Entrepreneurship Related Posts:

entrepreneurship – When I discovered my mission, vision and values I started on the path to the real me.

Entrepreneurship – Step One. Love what you do. Find your life purpose.

entrepreneurship – Step Two. Dream chasing. Don’t stop dreaming. Start doing.

Entrepreneurship – Step Three. The Magic of working from home and living your dream.

Entrepreneurship – Step Four. The Business Plan

Entrepreneurship – Step Five. Marketing strategy for your dream business.

Entrepreneurship – Step Six. Your Ticket to Freedom

Please Find: All Entrepreneurship Articles Here

With love, Amanda

Define Your Spirit: personal development – planning

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A large amount of planning goes into our personal development. Once we know our values, ethics and morals, we have to plan how we are going to live within our life so that it is consistent with them. When we do live a life with a plan, we know where we are going. With personal development, it’s important to create a plan based on specific goals. Personal discovery and development open us up to possibilities, planning opens the door to realize the possibilities.

My diet is a place where I find myself struggling to take full responsibility. I am living a raw, vegan, and organic diet but I still find myself attracted to hot and cold food bars. I can find everything there, but they are never organic where I live. To be truly raw, vegan and organic, it is my responsibility to prepare all of my foods, myself. This requires planning. A lot of planning.

Recently, I got really inspired to try some recipes from “I am Grateful”. A recipe book from a restaurant out in California called Cafe Gratitude. Everything on their menu is raw, vegan and organic. I found recipes that are just perfect for the values/ethic I have prescribed to my diet. I spent about an hour perusing their recipes and created some shopping lists for one entre: Raw Pizza.

The plan went like this: Select recipes. Finally go through the refrigerator to see what I have and put a list together for shopping. Once the list is created, the next step is to figure out where to get the particular ingredients. Shortly there after I went on a trip to a local Natural Foods store called Roots to find all of the ingredients.This diet is not only a bit limiting, it also takes quite a bit of time to make it happen.

Now, why have I committed myself to such a big task? It upholds my values. My value for assisting my body to detox and heal with the right raw, vegan and organic nutrients. As I stood in the grocery today, I had a moment where I just felt like buying the conventional item because we couldn’t find the organic. At that moment, I thought about my value/ethic and how I would feel if I breached it. Taking a bite of food that I have prepared should feel really good.

When I uphold myself, it’s the most delicious meal I could dream of having. The value of ease, in this case does not win over the value of my personal ethics. When my spirit is aligned with my chosen lifestyle, I have confidence in what I’m doing and feel grateful for the options available to me. Even if they are a bit challenging to come by. This is just a reality that I am accepting. Without planning, I would not have the ability to manifest this most cherished eating lifestyle.

How is your diet upholding the values and ethics that you have committed to? If you’re anything like me, there is possibly some struggle? This is OK. Keep calm and carry on with your goal. One step at a time. You may want to start with one meal. See how it goes, take mental notes about what you can do better or differently? This is how I started my raw, vegan and organic diet. Like all personal development, it’s a process that becomes a habit within 30 days of consistency.

I’d love to hear about your diet goals and where you are in the process. I just want to let you know how far I’ve come. I lived on a totally processed food diet until the age of eighteen, when out of necessity, I started to experiment with different foods. If you talked with me back then, I would have told you that I would never eat a salad for the rest of my life. Now I often eat salad for breakfast. I have come a long, long way. So can you!

Please find: All Personal Development Articles Here

With love, Amanda

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