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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 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 everyone 🙂

Last night I had a dream. I was in a corner store and the woman in front of me did something silly, to which I can’t remember the exact details, and I gave her some unsolicited advice, she didn’t reply. The woman behind me tapped me on the shoulder and said to me “You’re just going to be incomplete with her like that??” I made a confused face.

She gestured in a way that was collecting her thoughts. She said “You must center your life around something, but ONE thing, and you must commit your whole life to that. You should be able to write a whole book about it, even if to you, its something small. You must be the knowledge for this aspect, and all of life will fit into place.”

I looked at her directly and said “But my heart has many little passions and I like it that way.” She giggled and said “ok!” Immediately after I said that I doubted my statement. I wondered if I was being stubborn.

And that’s all I remember.

And, this morning, I can’t decide whether she was speaking as the omen, or I was. I have been debating about if I’m taking on too many things for some time now. It stunts the growth of each other thing a bit, but without them I feel a loss of Self.

I don’t have an answer for it, today, and thats ok. And so, my journey continues. ❤

Thanks for being on the other side!

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Good morning!

Yesterday I re-posted a quote on IG about how there are people who are more successful than you, doing what you want to be doing, simply because they chose to believe in themselves.

The wording on that is impeccable. They “chose” to believe in themselves.

It’s not something we have to wait for, right? It entails my circular thoughts the other day regarding the chicken and egg, or the self-love as an action or feeling. One day, I’ve just gotta CHOSE to love self, and thats the answer. The beginning is simply our choice.
Jojo.

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Hey all! Good morning! Anyone else out there stuck with this bug??

I am reflective this morning of the following quote:

„No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.” –Voltaire


There is a lot going on in the world today, most of it feels ‘over there’ for us. While our self-love is incredibly important, how important is it?

When you die you will meet God. Hebrews 9:27 This scripture has always meant more to me emphasizing the ‘you’ instead of the ‘die.’ When we, the ego, is removed, then we can experience God. Whether you believe in Jesus, a higher power that is in a glowing light, or just no God at all, either way, removing ego is at the forefront of growth. Thus, again, how important is our little world?

I’ve been swirling this around in my mind quite a bit lately. I have a passion for socio-economic prejudice and the impacts it has on education and impact on persona and a pre-determined and taught self-relationship with people in that society. And, I have things I have going on in my small world.

I continue to toggle about liking my haircut while there are others who are unsure of how to attain their next meal by no fault of their own, being born into poverty in this country. 

 
So, as I continue to self-love, my self-gaze dims, it expands, the self-righteousness of me needing to love my breasts disempowers, I move forward past my nose into society, where the whole world is living. In this I feel I am overflowing.

Sending love to all, thanks for being on the other side!
Jojo 

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Good afternoon all!

Today’s reflection is simple. How do I love myself? Not, why, but how. What are the actions?

Is self-love an action or a feeling? Or an action caused by feeling? Or a feeling caused by action(s)?

The answer is… yes. Its all of those things.

But which comes first? Obviously its a dance back and forth, but I guess theres no definite answer and it could be different for everyone.

Its important though for me to mention that the feeling of self-love holds no ground without action and vice versa. So, is self-love contained in both?

Or, is it perhaps that without cause there is no effect, without action there is no feeling. We could absolutely argue that the feeling could come first, but would it? Bc if you sat in a room alone doing nothing but sitting in a room alone would you find self-love? I think the answer is no, unless you’re meditating, and then we are back to action.

So, in the end I feel that the feeling of self-love is unattainable without the actions of self-love. And, ALTHOUGH at ANY moment we can decide to love ourselves, even to arrive at this point of power would take actions.

So, in order to love ourselves, we must LOVE ourselves (the action.)

So, today, how do I love myself? By honoring my needs, by sending this message, by eating home-made chili, by researching foods best for my health, by hugging and kissing my best friend, by staring at pics of my future french bulldog, by investing into my passions, by stretching, by drinking lots of water and taking vitamins, by smiling and embracing all that I am.

And that could not have come without self-love.

The beautiful cycle continues! ❤

Thanks for being on the other side, Happy Sunday!
jojo