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Good morning all!

First and foremost, I sincerely want to thank you (again) for being on the other side. Knowing that you were out there made a big difference for me. It gave me accountability and a feeling of vulnerability and contribution. Just by your interest in me I felt valued and supported in my growth. It transformed my areas with a lack of self-love into a place to connect with others. By your desire to connect to yourselves, me and to grow, you transformed this experience for me. So, deeply, thank you.

Thank you to those of you who replied from time to time or consistently. It also made a big difference to me to know that the emails were being read, appreciated, and thought about. I appreciated hearing from people I knew and didn’t know.

Here is what I can recall that I’ve learned of from this experience.

1. Self-love is not something that falls out of the sky. It takes experience and its up to us.

2. I can complete something powerfully if I put my mind to it.
3. No man or thing is going to rescue me. I have to ‘rescue’ myself. (for me that is through God.)
4. I sometimes kept people at a distance to keep myself ‘safe’ and then complained about not having more close friends.
5. A very easy way to find energy in life is to view it from opportunity rather than obligation.

6. Constant shifting in my learning approach is important to perpetual growth.
7. People care about me and value what I have to say. Its important to remember that in order to carry out my purpose.
8. I saw myself much less sexy than others see me and I’m working on expressing that publicly.
9. Although Self-love is something that takes work, you also must choose to start.
10. You can start to love right now, by loving the ‘now,’ knowing that its already perfect.
These are just some of my journey, and again I’m so grateful for this and being able / willing to complete!

I am not sure if I will take on another project yet, I grew a lot from this and its discipline, however, I’d love to keep in touch with you all that signed up. If you would like to STOP receiving any emails from me in the future about updates or new projects I take on, simply reply STOP. 🙂

Thanks for being on the other side!! We did it!
I LOVE MYSELF!!!!

Love is the reward for love.

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Good morning all!

Hope you are doing well. As I mentioned yesterday, I am 3 weeks into a course on eliminating self-sabotage, and its been very revealing, along with the help of the EFT work I’ve been doing with Dr. Damon Andrew for the past few months.

This week we are approaching the emotions we run from or hide from. I am proud to say I really do feel like I take my emotions on, I’m not afraid of them, and a tremendous amount of that ability has been due to Christ, Landmark, and LAST YEAR! As I’ve mentioned before, last year was TOUGH. I really was in student mode and it taught me a tremendous amount about being uncomfortable, which was excellent and has really transformed my whole life because now, much more often than not, I’m able to ENJOY the CHALLENGES, and when I can’t enjoy them, I’m still able to enjoy myself despite. That is freedom for me!

So, lately, with this feeling of closeness to my own heart and bounds of clarity and self-love, I asked my self what still gets in my way. A lot of it is simply mind-wandering! I have so much on my plate that I try to juggle all these thoughts in my head. I started researching some information on mind-wandering to get a better feel and understanding. It was pretty eye opening. One of the tools I appreciated the most was that scheduling time for us to daydream and mind-wander had our mind stay more focused when it was ‘requested’ to, so to speak. When the Self knows it will come, it will be patient.

And, isn’t that so true? We’re always living into our future. This sentence was one of the biggest clarities provided for me in Landmark. There is a certain us when we’re about to go on vacation vs when that vacation is about to end. We are what we anticipate is coming.

What future does your mind have set for today, tomorrow, this month and this year? What can you create or re-create to live into a more exciting future? And, including the inventory you may or may not have taken, how can you re-write your future instead of continuing to be stuck in your growth?

Thank you for being on the other side 🙂
Jojo

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Good afternoon everyone!

Hope your day is going well so far.

Today I am super excited to share with you all that I’m 2 weeks into taking a course on Self-Sabotage (not how to do it, how not to! haha) and its really interesting! So far there has been reading assignments, meditations, interviews and lists I’ve needed to make. One of the lists I needed to make was “What have lifes biggest lessons been for me?” As I peeked back into my past, I realized that everything challenging I faced only impacted me bc of my lack of self-love and clarity, and so it felt amazing to see that my biggest lessons have always been about loving and knowing Self. There is not going to be someone who saves me or rescues me! And this is great news, because then *that* means no one can take my joy and self-love away.

Another great lesson I see is about expression, whether that is around what my needs and wants are or simply in my art. Feeling expressed is SO important, whether that is through words, painting, calligraphy, dance, or laughter. Its so important to express and to be *fully* expressed.

I hope that all of you have enjoyed this journey of self-exploration for me. It has definitely increased my self-love and awareness and has also triggered my expansion of passion for internal growth, in reflection and prayer.

Just a few more days to go! Can you believe it? Thanks for being on the other side 🙂

Jojo

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Good morning all!
Today, on a day which celebrates love, lets be mindful that it is a reminder for celebrating love everyday. ❤
Secondly, did anyone look or find anything from researching your learning and/or where you might be stuck or plateaued in growth?
Last but not least, I wanted to briefly write about wholeness. When I was younger, I really leaned into partying, alcohol, etc. I had an empty hole and filled it up with that validation and distraction. When I found dance, I was so much more empowered!! I immediately switched over and had this incredibly healthy tool to fill up that empty space with!

And, then, about 6 years ago (through my work with Landmark) I realized that I had been doing that; trying to fill my emptiness with something external. Then I realized that, no matter how healthy dance is, no thing will ever fill up that empty space I felt inside.

I had tried to fill it up with so many things, people, success, career, music, dance, IG, beauty products, so much more. But, then, about 3.5 years ago, God came along and since then I have been learning how to fill that empty space with God, with myself, with my Self love.

If we are using anything, anything at all besides our own Self to be complete, it will fail. Universe/God/Higher Power will not let that disempowerment continue, because, if you don’t complete yourself how can you fully love someone? You couldn’t, because the fear of them leaving and you ‘losing’ that completeness will dominate.

I recently read “Once you are happy alone others will want to be with you,” and thats true, but I don’t think it speaks better than the quote “Don’t find your other half, find another whole.”

Happy Valentines everyone, may the occurrences with the loves in your life that you find never alter your own love of self, for once you have God and that is enough, you are forever empowered and complete.

Thanks for being on the other side ❤

Jojo

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Good morning all!

The book I referenced a few days ago, (I actually typo’ed and wrote 100 days in instead of 100 pages in. I guess 100 days was on the brain!) is really interesting. There’s another section I want to share with you about conceptual learning vs experimental learning.

Again, this book is called “The Originals,” it references and highlights a lot of sociological and psychological trends, everything from how men see assertive women as ‘less loyal,’ to what often times determines the age in life when someone becomes ‘successful’ for their works.

Regarding conceptual learning, these artists (writers, painters, inventors) were often known to become successful in the younger part of their life, where as the experimental learners caught on much later. The conceptual learners did a lot of hard work and through trial and error found an incredibly powerful formula that works for them. However, what this study found was that those who discovered this formula early on were also often *bound* by it. It was said of EE Cummings (happens to be one of my favorite writers) “He found his artistic voice early on. His books were all brilliant, but they all felt the same.”

Experimental learning took much longer, as though it was sifting through the whole world, with the artist never stopping to chase their craft. These particular artists blossomed in their mid 40s, 50s and 60s (many famous artists we all know) and they never “arrived” at any exact style, but continued to grow and mold themselves.

I just love this idea, it really speaks to me because last year I was forced out of my conceptual mold. 2017 was tough! I was constantly being shaped and by the end, I learned how to enjoy it. I believe that 2017 was one of my tougher years, but I also believe it was one of my favorites bc from it I found what I consider to be the beginning of deep woman-hood. The essence of loving Self, knowing Self, walking into a room without trying bc I have my own glorious mental world.

I guess for me, the point I want to bring up is, while we might find a technique that really works in life, even that can hold us back at some point if we don’t continue to develop it. Change is constant, necessary for growth, inclusive of flavor, and yes, its often difficult and tests our faith. I like to think those experimental learners didn’t stop bc they didn’t doubt where they were headed, or were indifferent to it bc they were simply immersed in their passions.

Where are you/I using an outdated algorithm? One that worked in the past but can use continuous upgrades, updates and a fresh perspective? I guess just take a look at where your life is repeating, where you’re not invigorated and go from there. I’ll be taking that inventory today, as well.

Sending love to all! Thanks for being on the other side.

To check out the book I’ve been referencing, go here.
Jojo

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Good morning!! A new week begins, another chance at empowerment! Remember, all that we uncover is our karmatic experience of getting us closer to unconditional love.
As I stated yesterday I was going to plan out my dinner celebration for my 100th day. Plans: Instead of dinner I’m taking myself to a crepe lunch and a massage after. 🙂 This is a special treat for me! I’m excited. I will also buy myself some balloons cuz they’re my favorite! ❤

Todays Reflections: I’ve been so enjoying the process of things lately, finding myself more able to let go and also deeply reflecting on this word I keep getting about not building from brokenness, but from wholeness. Its so important that every project, friendship, relationship, and aspect in our lives is crafted from strength and wholeness instead of protection, compensation and so on, from brokenness. “Wholeness will never respect anything brokenness built.” — Pastor Toure

Where have you been building from fixing, making better, compensation? Where are you being BUSY instead of EMPOWERED? Being busy often gives us a false and temporary source of empowerment, it finds us distracted from whatever is really in our hearts that we’re not ready to face. And, while I don’t encourage sitting around for all too long analyzing past or future, we must be aware and conscious that busy-ness is not the same as working from the heart, and we want to deeply reflect *where* we’re moving from.

If you are trying to be successful, that is a wobbly road indeed.

Most people won’t offer that opinion right there, ^^ will they?

But, to me, life is not about being successful, rich or famous. Its about knowing your purpose and passionately pursuing it, letting it fill up your heart and have that overflow into your life decisions.

As I tell my students “Moving quickly will bring you greatness, moving slowly will bring you magic.”

Are you focused on success or purpose?

Today, I’m honoring the passions I have, I’m working my best to acknowledge my ‘shadows’ and I’m moving forward, with Self-Love, bc no matter where I’m at, I love myself first, and I don’t need success to have me love that Self. Today to honor my Self-love, I am going to look for my wholeness in each action, acknowledge it and develop it as much as I can in each moment. ❤

Thanks for being on the other side!
Jojo

Love is the reward for love.

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Good morning all! I’m up nice and early today, I fell asleep very early last night and when my eyes opened up so early this morning I decided hey, lets go for it!

First, almost as a side note, I’ve been eating so much healthier lately, yesterday was a cheat day. Wow, I can’t get over the mental difference I experienced. Is that an age thing in terms of how much it affects me? Or is it how much I *notice* it. It was so much more difficult to focus yesterday. I’ve been really enjoying eating healthier, the effects it has on me are powerful. My body is more flexible, tight, and I am more motivated. Yesterday was the pits! Ha.

Secondly, I’ve been really enjoying reading these quotes about self-love. I do feel that this experience has taught me more about Self-Love; discovering myself and doing more for myself. Although, at some point I think the emails got distracting and it felt like a series of emails instead of a series of Self-Love.

So, atleast for this last week of emails I will do something especially kind to myself each day. Today, to love myself, I will plan my celebration date for 100/100. Its on the 17th, my favorite #!

I hope you all are well out there, loving yourselves and and eating healthy and taking the time to nourish your soul. Here’s one quote I love today:

  1. “A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.”
    – Mark Twain

Thanks for being on the other side!