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Let Go & Flourish

 

Sorry if I have not been around as much. The last few days have been busy for me, getting started with the contractors at the house! We are tackling much needed exterior repairs & installing new-to-me appliances in my kitchen. The kitchen, like other areas of the house, is receiving it’s Spring cleaning.

This really has made a difference.

Over six months ago I made a promise to myself that I was going to go visit, de-clutter, weed & polish the emotional, physical, mental & spiritual house I live & breathe in, & interact within. If this meant get rid of stuff, I did it. If it meant make new friends, I did it. If it meant change my diet, I ate new things. If it meant be open to new opportunities, I was & still am.

Some things I was brave enough to ask for. Some things I had find the grace to accept when they arrived. Others, the strength & respect to speak up & say ‘no thanks’.

Through it all I reminded myself of one thing: Be true to myself. Find that gem in the rubble & let it shine true.

I share this with you as some of you may also be sitting on sharp toxic bedrock of negativity like I had found myself. Take your fertile seeds & plant them where you will be creative. Cultivate this sacred place both inside yourself & in your external environment so you flourish daily. Prioritize your wellness!

May you be blessed in all you do! Enjoy the weekend!
In Love, Light and Gratitude,

Elizabeth Garland, M.S., NLPP, GRS

Founder  & Personal Development Coach of Soul Nourishing, LLC

tel. 210.218.2075

egarland@soulnourishing.com

www.soulnourishing.com

Soul Nourishing Copyright 2011-2013

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Riding Down Memory Lane

I recall when I was 10 I would wake up, so excited that school was finally out! Mom would pack a bologna sandwich with mustard and a cherry soda pop for me and I’d place it in the white wicker basket of my pink Huffy bicycle with the banana seat. I would take off for the day, white tassels flapping on the high-rise handle bars, playing cards clacking in the wheel spokes. I felt like I was flying. I would head down the street of our townhome complex in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, to find my girl friends, we would go explore the nearby woods, pick the beautiful purple clover flowers and weave crowns for our wrists and ankles. We would have a picnic lunch among the hidden creek nestled within the maple, birch and oak trees that were in full lush foliage, dining next to the deer moss, stick bugs and lady bugs, and pretend we were Medieval Princesses. We’d be there all day, our forest home away from home, allowing our imaginations to run wild. As the sunlight would fade, we would chase fireflies and watched fascinated as they glowed in the palms of our hands. I did not have to come home until nightfall, or when the streetlights turned on. It was always a familiar sound to ride home through the streets listening to the various mother’s calling their children to come in for supper. I didn’t wander too far as I was famished by the end of the day and looked forward to dinner at home. It was a good time. Even today when life gets to be overwhelming, I find I feel better when I get away outside for awhile. Sometimes I still pretend to find that forest glen when I am on a hike. But most of the time, I enjoy feeling the wind in my hair and the sensation of flying free as a bird. I still have a hot pink Raleigh that I have owned for 20 years and right now am refurbishing it with a new bell, light and reflectors so I can begin cruising around my neighborhood, day or night. I share with you one of my favorite tunes from the 70’s. Freddie Mercury, lead singer from Queen, said it aptly, “Get on your bikes and ride!”

In Love, Light and Gratitude,

Elizabeth Garland, M.S., NLPP, GRS

Founder  & Personal Development Coach of Soul Nourishing, LLC

tel. 210.218.2075

egarland@soulnourishing.com

www.soulnourishing.com

Soul Nourishing Copyright 2011-2013

 

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Shedding Our Skins

We all do this, we just don’t talk about it… usually. Those layers of skin cells on our bodies slough off daily to allow new cells to generate & we are healthier for it. Snakes & reptiles do this by “molting” periodically, & if you find an intact skin it can be quite intriguing to study! OK, I find this biology stuff interesting. Maybe not everyone feels the same. But, stick with me if you will on this concept of “shedding our skin” in the essence of “rejuvenation” as I explore the following question – What can I shed today that will help me be healthier? I encourage you to ask yourself the same question. 

Gotcha thinking didn’t I?

Here’s why I am focused on this at the moment. Three-four weeks ago I received a call from the engineering/IT firm I have been associated with for many years. Another round of lay-offs was happening & this time I got nailed unexpectedly. I knew things were not right because I had gone from full-time to part-time to accommodate their transition period, & I was always in a state of “what’s next?”. The most amazing thing happened AFTER the numbness wore off. I felt better. I mean REALLY BETTER! I slept better than I had in months, possibly years. &, to make this even more positive, my chronic pain symptoms have gone into remission! The inflammation has subsided! I began stretching & breathing exercises weekly, & then daily, along with gardening. I began working on long overdue projects like cleaning out the garage (Ugh!). All of this has helped to shed my former life & rejuvenate into my radiant Self. & it is working! She was there all along – she just needed a bit of polish because the layer of crud had dulled her shine. What does feeling good & successful actually feel like to you?

One might think I would be in more stress, but instead I focused on what I had going for me: I had already started my coaching practice TWO years ago knowing I wanted to begin investing in myself. It was now time to take this venture from part-time to full-time. I already had begun working on improving my health by investing the cause of pain issues & had a daily regime identified with my doctors & holistic practitioners. I made sure I was doing proper self-care daily & practicing what I preach. I already had better & healthier communication styles in the relationships in my life. I asked for help when it was needed & said no when I had to. It was time to shed what was holding me back & not waste a moment thinking twice about it. I am extremely grateful for what had happened. What IS working in your life right now?

In the Chinese zodiac – 2013 is the Year of the Snake. Now, you may not believe in that & that is OK. I used to be a volunteer diversity coordinator in a previous career & so I have fun exploring all types of holidays & celebrations in different cultures. I personally think it is fascinating that as a Monkey, during Year of the Snake, I am supposed to get my “House” in order & it is suggested to hang a bell on my front door. Now I just read that this morning. I have had a brass Tibetan bell on my front gate for 2 months, I am eagerly embracing continuing to clean my garage & shedding more “skin” in my life. Sounds pretty cool to me!

Many blessings to you as you work on your transformations! If you need a gentle reminder at any point, please visit the www.soulnourishing.com  website. For a more focused effort with guaranteed results, please set up a series of customized sessions by contacting egarland@soulnourishing.com

BTW … Who wants a 6 foot fake palm tree? String of Christmas lights included. 😉

 

In love & light, Betsey

Elizabeth Garland, M.S., NLPP, GRS

CEO & Founder of Soul Nourishing, LLC

Copyright 2013

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Two Years of Coaching!

Welcome to my page! In case you are new here or revisiting and wondering what’s it all about, here is an overview.

SOUL NOURISHING LLC is a life coaching practice. This is the 2 year birthday of the practice. On Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook,  MeetUp, I will post things that make you think outside the box. I focus on helping the client heal their heart-body-mind-soul. How exactly do I do that? By promoting awareness and better choices.  Bigger lessons are shared in the newsletter and weblog because  there is more room and people go there to find it and the calendar of events. I do local workshops, programs, and private sessions. I also work over the phone and/or Skype or GoogleChat.
You may read the About page for all the details but I am a certified NLP Practitioner, working on my Masters level this year. I am also a certified grief recovery specialist and Theta Healer. I have been trained formally as an environmental engineering scientist and have been employed as a consultant in the Fortune 100 corporate world for 20 years. (That’s not a typo, you may see my resume on LinkedIn).  I am a motivational speaker and do public speaking quite often. I am also a writer and artist.
So, why be a grief coach you ask? It is a calling.
I’ve had my share of personal and professional loss. I know what it is like to lose your health, wealth, career, dreams, and loved ones. Somehow in losing those things we sometimes gain heavy burdens on our backs and carry them around, dragging ourselves down day by day.
I know what depression and despair taste like, and how amazing and delicious it is to fill the cup with joy and love instead. I understand the tunnel vision when you don’t see any options, and the gratitude that shows up when the aperture on the lens is shifted open and vision improves. I understand the power of choice, of being present, and accepting responsibility for my behavior and emotions.
When my world was flipped upside down, how I learned to right myself back over became the foundation of my coaching practice. I really and truly received a calling to share this. I wish to guide people to make better choices for themselves, with the hope this empowers their lives, offers some healing, and reduces suicide, violence and addiction.  I look forward to meeting you someday soon.
Thank you, Betsey
Elizabeth Garland, M.S., NLPP, GRS
CEO & Founder of Soul Nourishing, LLC
www.soulnourishing.com

 

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The Good Deed

How many times have you helped another person by giving advice or doing a good deed, only to have it blow up in your face? Be honest. Most people will admit this happens quite frequently, at least weekly if not daily, and typically with certain individuals. They cannot understand why these people do not appreciate their kindness and helpfulness. One simple question comes to mind “Did they ask for the help?”

In my experience, most people appreciate help they have asked for; just not the stuff they did not ask for. I thought about this as I was interacting with several different friends and situations over the last month recently. I noticed I had to use multiple points of perspective to stay informed, & I became more aware of our behavior based on the immediate feedback I was given.

It really is that simple, yet when you point it out to someone who does not see it two things will happen: they either agree or they disagree. If they agree, they “get it”. If they disagree, they typically are the advice-giver who now is not liking the fact that you or I have “made” them feel bad. Actually, we have not made them do anything except become aware of their actions. They are putting their own emotions on it. They might say, “Beggars can’t be choosers”, “It’s my way or the Highway” or “I am always right”. I grew up around people with these attitudes and they can be quite controlling. It generally was something to the effect that implied I lost all rights to choice the moment I asked for help.

They were wrong. As an adult, I now recognize there is must be a happy medium. I must have my own set of beliefs, expectations and boundaries, especially since I am going to run into people who don’t get it all the time. I am learning how to be compassionate in how I interact with myself and with others. I am stopping the fight, the incessant need to win, to be heard, to shout louder or longer, or to walk away and shut them out of my heart forever. These manipulative games are just that, games. They deny what is truly going inside me, while blaming someone else. I am simply communicating better and realizing how to become more compassionate. Wow. What an achievement!

This learning process called Life never stops. It is truly beautiful how a burden one day can be lifted, and with a change in perspective, viewed as a lesson the next.

In love and light, Betsey

Elizabeth Garland, M.S., NLPP, GRS

CEO & Founder of Soul Nourishing, LLC

Copyright 2013

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Support Of Self (SOS) Group

Soul Nourishing Support of Self (SOS) is a monthly enrichment forum created by Soul Nourishing, LLC care of our Hearts, Minds, Body and Soul. In 2013 we had a variety of topics & guest speakers. We learned about positivity, self-compassion, self-acceptance & finding one’s own joy, raw rood smoothies, breath work, chanting kirtans, Tibetan bowl meditations, managing grief & stress, & so much more! To sign up for the community updates directly, please register at http://www.meetup.com/Soul-Nourishing as they will not be posted on this website. Please join us!

At this time the meetings are the fourth Tuesday (it changes if a holiday falls on this date so please always check the MeetUp calendar), from 6:45 – 8pm.

We shall meet at the new office location is 19315 Nacogdoches Road (FM 2252), San Antonio, TX 78266. (South of 3009 & north of Bat Cave road, just in the Garden Ridge vicinity, at the Ashley Oaks Executive Park.

Please call 210.218.2075 if you require payment options besides PayPal to egarland@soulnourishing.com to reserve your spot. Seating is limited to 16 & RSVP’s are strongly suggested as that is how your seat is saved.

This concept is based on what you can learn for just $5. The fees help to cover expenses for the venue, MeetUp fees, refreshments, gas expenses or materials if speakers need it, marketing, etc.). If you wish to offer the Soul Nourishing MeetUp community a Perk, please apply online via the MeetUp system for consideration. If you wish to become a Sponsor of SOS & pay for a month of fees in exchange for advertising, please contact me directly.

See you soon!

Thanks, Betsey

Elizabeth Garland, M.S., CPLC, MNLP, CGRS

CEO & Founder of Soul Nourishing, LLC

Copyright 2013-2014

 

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Hot Cheetos

I was driving to my massage appointment at 6:45pm tonight and this ad for a fundraiser for the San Antonio Children’s Shelter came on KONO 101.1.

A guy from HEB, a local grocery store, shared a story about bringing snacks to the shelter and a young boy came up to him. “Mr. HEB Man, can we have some more Hot Cheetos?” “Sure you can! I’ll be back next week.” “But Mister, we won’t be here.” The HEB guy was perplexed. “Where will you be?” he asked the young man. “They are splitting up my family, we won’t be here anymore.” The HEB Man asked the boy to share his story. Apparently he was only 10 and the oldest of 8 children recently found abandoned in a family home, both parents gone. They had no water, electricity, A/C, heat or food. (Note – in San Antonio it can be 90 one week and 30 the next). This 10 year old boy had taken charge of the children. They had been sleeping in a heap on top of dirty clothes, to keep warm. Every day he had marched them to a neighbor’s lot and washed them off with a garden hose outside. Then, when they were safe and secure in the house, he would go searching and scrounging for food in trash cans, and begging as needed. This lasted for 30 days until they were discovered by authorities, at which point the young man presented himself to them proudly and stated, “It may not appear like it, but I am in charge of this family now. Please don’t break up my family.” They went to the Children’s Shelter as a group, but it is time to place them into wonderful foster homes and they will go to different locations. The HEB man thanked him for sharing his story and left, returning within the hour with a bagful of Hot Cheetos for all of the children. The young boy said, “Mr. HEB Man, why did you come back?” to which the HEB guy replied, “I made you a promise, and adults keep their promise. I thought you should know that.” The HEB Man never saw the young man again. Shelters and foster care systems keep the location of children confidential for their safety. Please consider donating to your local children’s shelter as all of these children need a safe place, a warm bed and three meals a day. San Antonio Children’s Shelter is http://www.chshel.org/

Pardon me if this is not 100% as it has been a few hours since and I cannot find the story anywhere online to share – but it brought me to tears when I first listened to it and then later when I tried to tell my significant other about it. My loving sister used to be a foster parent back in Florida and she cared for 5 different children over the years. My family knows what these children have gone through and what a huge difference kindness and love will make.
Thank you, Betsey

www.soulnourishing.com

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Managing Loss During the Holidays

As you celebrate the present holiday, you may be feeling the loss of a loved one. This absence may be linked with positive and negative emotions. This is normal and natural. Honoring those who have passed with a ritual or family tradition may be something you want to do, especially if it brings you good memories. Remember to nurture and care for yourself as well at this time. Do something nice just for you! Change can also be good. On your own or with others, try something (food, event, tradition) new this year! The holidays are a time to celebrate and appreciate today. May you and yours be blessed! 

In love and light,

Betsey

 

 

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What are you grateful for?

There are many things we can choose to embrace during the holidays. I choose to celebrate Thanksgiving because I focus on the love and abundance in my life.

I am grateful for my good health. I am grateful for loving friends and family, near and far.  I am grateful for the opportunity to have two careers, as a consultant and a coach. I am grateful for my colleagues and clients. I am grateful to be involved with my community. I am grateful for the vast network of supporters! I am grateful for the challenges I have had over the years, as I have become strong and wise. I am grateful for the suffering I have experienced, as I have learned how to forgive and heal.  I am grateful for the suffering I have learned of or witnessed, for I now know how to treat others with great respect. I am grateful for the mistakes I have made in life, as they became valuable lessons learned. I am grateful for my continued success, because it brings me confidence and joy. I am grateful for the opportunities to learn, as it allows competence and knowledge. I  am grateful for the ability to share and experience love, as my heart is ever growing. I am grateful for what is, what was, and what shall be. Thank you!
What are you grateful for?
How can you celebrate the abundance in your life at this moment?
Many Blessings for a Happy Thanksgiving!
In love and light,
Betsey
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The Path of Many Blessings

As the weather begins to cool this Fall evening, I am grateful for the breezes as they pass over me. I walk along this path daily, yet it seems fresh and new today. Maybe because my neighbor just mowed his lawn, or perhaps it’s the blooming yellow and orange flowers in the planters. I am grateful for the bright colors and I am appreciative of the fresh grass. These cheer me up. But most of all, I am thankful I am walking, walking pain-free, walking with love and joy in my heart, walking along this path with my little brown dog.

At times Life has a bunch of twists and turns, and sometimes we learn to roll with them and go with the flow. You may have heard me speak of the “little blue trucks” in life, just another name I have for challenging situations or people that pass by us, sometimes running us over as they go. We have a choice – lay in the street and give up? Sit on the curb and wait for an apology? But I am not doing either of those, I am walking. I am thankful for the challenges. All of them. Lessons that shape character, wisdom and integrity. I am so very blessed!

I am walking towards Home, where loved ones await. As I get closer, I begin to think of each of them. I am thankful for my Loved Ones, as they make my heart sing. I enjoy sharing laughs with them. I look forward to sharing this evening with them. A roast has been in the oven, slow cooking with potatoes and vegetables. The whole house smelled delicious when I left to go on this walk, so it should be done when I return. I think we’ll serve it with some crusty bread I just brought home. Life is good. I am happy and content. My dog is excited too, because he knows he gets some scraps tonight!

Where are you headed and what blessings are along your path? I invite you to be present and mindful of them, all of them, the many gifts and lessons you have received with a grateful heart.

In love and light,

Elizabeth Garland,

www.soulnourishing.com

 

Copyright 2012 Soul Nourishing

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Healing Your Inner Frankenstein

Have you read Mary Shelley’s original novel, or seen the different movie adaptations of ‘Frankenstein’? Or  perhaps seen the Mel Brooks spoof, ‘Young Frankenstein’?  I was watching it recently during my list of Halloween favorites. Many of you have been introduced to this classic tale of duality, ugliness and compassion. So I propose to you a question – “Who was the true Monster?” Let that sit for a minute and we’ll come back to it.

In recovery, self-help and the multitude of therapeutic options out there, we learn that we are not broken, there is nothing wrong with us, we are an example of the Divine and part of the healing is learning to accept ourselves as we are, flaws and all. In the same regard, we learn to love others with this same compassion and understanding, and perhaps eventually, forgiveness. On the flip side, some cannot accept these theories. They do not see others who have hurt or abused them, or those they loved, as acceptable, and rather they see the ugliness, cruel nature, and fractured personalities. The perpetrator of these unforgiveable or misunderstood acts is outcast and isolated from society. Maybe they deserve this treatment for such heinous acts. Or maybe not – after all – how are we to determine this and who is to judge? So, now I ask the question again, “Who is the true Monster?”

In the story of ‘Frankenstein’, I believe we have multiple monsters:  Victor Frankenstein (the mad scientist doctor), the male monster, the female monster, and Society. Society in it’s own way created Victor, who then created the male and female monsters, who really are versions of himself and his longing. The storyline is about Responsibility, Morality, Blame, Fear, Isolation, Compassion and Acceptance. Now that I have removed pitchforks and lightning rods, can you relate to that?  I thought so. We each have had a piece or part of this in our own lives at some point or another, perhaps in the distant past or maybe today.  It is possible that when we react to others in judgment, the ‘sutures’ of our own healed ‘parts’ are being gently tugged, ever so slightly. It is at that moment we can remind ourselves to act with compassion and love, allow the opportunity for better understanding and avoiding misperceptions of the Monster outside ourselves, and not become a Monster inside.

In love and light,

Elizabeth Garland, CEO & Soul Coach with Soul Nourishing, LLC

www.soulnourishing.com

Copyright 2012 Soul Nourishing

 

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Conflict is a normal part of Life

Conflict is a normal part of Life. Deal with it. How you deal with it is the Key to your Inner Harmony and Interpersonal relationships. (This is a great place to jot down some ideas on how you deal with conflict. Ex – Talk about it – with the person involved, if possible. What else?). Different points of view are not only OK, but necessary for growth. However, battles and antagonism need to be resolved. Those are not OK and not necessary. Avoid conflict, ignore the real issues, and you end up losing! Confront the issue and resolve it when possible. Be strong, not weak, and stand up for yourself and your beliefs.

Three things you must understand to manage conflict effectively:  A conflict exists when needs are unmet. The person whose needs are unmet owns the problem. The owner of the problem must initiate its resolution.

How can this be resolved? If you aren’t getting what you need or want, you may want to consider changing one or both: How you are asking for what you want, and how you are responding to what you get. Do you have ideas on how to do this effectively? Perhaps you realized that what you have been doing is not working, if so – try the opposite. Another approach may be to imagine being this other person and seeing the situation from their point of view – what would they want from the situation? Is it possible to offer that to them at this point? If this is your problem, you must solve it. It does not matter if it is Inner or Inter Personal. Awareness of this ownership will lead to action – or not. There is always a choice.

In love and light,

Elizabeth Garland, CEO & Soul Coach with Soul Nourishing, LLC

www.soulnourishing.com

Copyright 2012 Soul Nourishing

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Hope as a Soul Anchor

 

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”  ~ Hebrews 6:19

“Never deprive someone of hope – it might be all they have.”  ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

What is Hope?  I cannot poke it. I cannot smell or taste it. I’ve tried to see it but have had no such luck yet. Expecting to hear chimes, I hear nothing. The closest I can come to describing it with my senses is the Place where Calmness, Serenity, Desire, Wisdom, Knowing and Intuition all blend together.  So, what is Hope to you?

Many people use the word “hope” just as they do the word “wish.” It is much greater than that. What is hope? The dictionary tells us that hope is “a yearning with expectation or anticipation.” The Greek definition of hope means “to be intensely expectant, to be confidently looking forward to something you fully expect to happen.” Do you desire something to be different in your life? To be better in the lives of your entire family? Do you desire to be out of debt or to help meet the needs of others? Hope or anticipation may be the anchor of your soul.

That got me thinking more about this symbolism and the metaphor of Hope. The anchor has been interpreted in different ways throughout history.  The Anchor is the Victorian symbol for Hope. Early Christians used the anchor as a disguised cross, and as a marker to guide the way to secret meeting places. The anchor was a key Christian symbol during the period of Roman persecution. The first century symbol wasn’t the cross; it was the anchor. Christians were being burned at the stake and thrown to the lions, so hiding their faith was important at that time. Thank goodness that doesn’t happen anymore! Yes, intolerance is a fact. However, acceptance and toleration of diversity in our belief structures and religions is more widely supported in modern society.

The Anchor symbol can also be found alongside a heart and cross in charms, necklaces, artwork, etc., as “Faith, Hope and Charity” or “Faith, Hope and Love.”  Sometimes these items are simply found in sets of three rings with just the words on the rings. I recall when my sister was going through surgery several years ago, I bought two necklaces, one for her and one for me, so that we could wear them during that time period and any other time when we wanted to feel connected across the distance. The mere act of hooking the clasps around our necks and wearing them brought good feelings to us both. In this case the charm necklace served as an ‘emotional anchor’, so that whenever we wear it, we get those feelings.

The word ‘Anchor’ is also defined as “something that serves to hold an object firmly in place.” An anchor keeps you from drifting. Hope can keep our soul – which is made up of the combination of our heart, mind, and body – at rest, safe as if anchored in the harbor. Where is your safe harbor? Is it a special place at home, or the home itself? Or is it your family or loved ones who are like family to you? Is it a place of worship or a natural place to meditate? Now, when the waves are crashing against your ship, and you’re in the middle of turbulence at sea, you do not want to drop the anchor and possibly sink. Let’s think about the proper use of this metaphor and how it applies to your life! The ship is the vessel that is allowing you to go with the Flow. It provides direction as well as support when one is in ‘troubled waters’ (i.e., anxiety, worry, doubt, depression, negative talk, avoidance, replacement, escapism, over-indulgence, self-destructive behavior, etcetera).

Hope keeps you steady. Hope keeps you grounded. Hope works with Direction and Support for you to  set and reach inspired goals. Hope is linked to the deeper pool of knowing vs. not knowing, and once you are ready, you may release yourself into it, allowing all to flow and to be available to you. Hope is connected to your Belief System or Faith, however you may refer to it: the Source, your Divine Self, the Greater Spirit, Oneness, God, the Goddess, the Light, the Universe. It is True and Good for you and that has value.

Please, enjoy Michael Card’s song, Soul Anchor, from Scribbling in the Sand: The Best of Michael Card (2002). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFNtVaJBJvM

In love and light,

Betsey

 

Elizabeth  Garland, CEO & Soul Coach of Soul Nourishing, LLC

M.S., NLPP, GRS

egarland@soulnourishing.com

www.soulnourishing.com

210.218.2075

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Do you have the mindset of an Olympian?

Are you able to accept the challenges in Life as opportunity, as growing pains and life lessons? Say Yes to this and beat your last performance, not someone else. Can you raise your standards up, jump over those hurdles and meet them yourself, and not just expect others to do so? Do you want to stop being a victim in life, blaming others for all that happens to you, even your moods? If so, grab an oar and take this power back, become aware of where you are emotionally and physically, and accept the responsibility and begin paddling your own boat. Do you understand that hope provides grace and clarity to move into the future with renewed insight and positivity? If so, set your sights and hit your target! You ARE a winner in life. All you need to do next is hold your torch up high and go collect your medals 🙂

In love and light,  Betsey

 

Elizabeth Garland, CEO & Soul Coach

Copyright 2012 Soul Nourishing

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Balance Through An Unsteady World

Soul Explorers, if you have had a recent couple months like I have had, and you may have, then you have been quite busy. The seasons are changing so there is yardwork. Schools have closed for the summer and so everyone had graduations to attend. There are parties and BBQs to go to, and family trips to make. Schedules get tight, and you might work late. Or perhaps your work disappears because your clients decided they wanted a vacation. Allergies flare up and then you manage your energy and health. You focus on your diet and exercise routine. You focus on your comittments. You focus on your budget. Are you focusing on happiness?

It’s my theory that to truly find BALANCE, which is a state of equilibrium, we need to ignore physics for a bit here. First – Try not to make everything equal. Accept that it is not going to be. Enter big sigh <here> Onward!

Second – Make your personalized list of what is important for you to focus on at this present time. Example list – Exercise/Diet, Work, Family, Friends, Me, Sleep, Spiritual, House/Yard, 2nd Job, Extra Stuff.

Third – Manage your time accordingly. Is it 1 hour a day on A, 8 hours on B, 4 hours on C, 2 hours on D, 1 hour on E  and what else???? Or on what days since the schedule may vary! Maybe on M-W-F it is 2 hours of A and one less hour somewhere else. (Reminder. Your total should equal 24. We do not indulge in 40 hour days on this one.)

Fourth – Go back to #2 and always plan time for yourself to relax in that schedule! (under the Me or Extra Stuff)

Fifth – Identify meaningful things to do. Video games are fun, but is there something else more meaningful you can do alone or with others during your downtime? It will make you feel really good!

Balancing your lifestyle can start with some simple organization tasks and then paying attention to how you are feeling and responding to everyday stressors. There will be some days you need more of one thing and less of another. Overall the goal is for your state of happiness to be achieved by the choices you make.

In love and light,

Betsey xo

 

Elizabeth Garland, CEO & Soul Coach

Soul Nourishing, LLC

www.soulnourishing.com

 

Copyright 2012 Soul Nourishing

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The Butterfly of Freedom

I have this framed card in my hallway that I look at daily. It used to be in my office cubicle when I worked in a corporate office, however, I became a teleworker in 2009 and work from home now, and so it graces my foyer. I decorated this frame with a metal butterfly because it is a strong message. The greeting card is called The Butterfly of Freedom, and it created by Edward Monkton. Twelve butterflies are drawn as if a child’s art project, 11 of which are within a drawn box. Our hero is the 12th butterfly who has broken free from the confines of said box, and is flying away. The other butterflies ask, “Why do you fly outside the box?” “I fly outside the box because I can.” replies our hero. “But we KNOW the box. We are SAFE inside the box.” “That, my friend, is why I leave it. For you may be SAFE… but I AM FREE!”

My challenge to you is this  … would you rather be safe or free?

I used to often opt for security and in the process ended up giving up my freedom. At least that’s what it felt like, it did not matter if it applied to a relationship or a work situation. However, in 2009 I began to make big changes in my life. Really BIG! And I broke out of my box. To be honest, some might say I probably kicked one of the walls down in the process, so there is no going back to that old box.  Would I want it anyway? What’s the point of going back to something you’ve escaped? Why go back?

What is your answer? What would you do?

The motto of this story: Fly outside the box… at least just once. You might like it! You may find adventures you never dreamt of!

In love and light, Betsey

Elizabeth Garland
www.soulnourishing.com                                                                Copyright Soul Nourishing 2011-2013

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Find that good mood!

Here is an NLP tip for today!When you are not feeling your best, sick, in pain, grumpy, etc., try to recall this simple visualization technique.Take a moment and remember what it was like to feel your best, to be happy, vibrant and full of energy. Close your eyes and let the good feeling wash over you. Let this magnify and saturate you with joy.
Carry on! 🙂

In love and light,

Betsey

 

Elizabeth Garland, Soul Coach

Soul Nourishing, LLC

www.soulnourishing.com

210.218.2075

Copyright  Elizabeth Garland 2012

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Within Grasp

Have you ever held onto something in your hand for so long and so tight, that it hurts? Your clenched hand hurts. You’ve been holding it in a tight little fist and your fingers have been drained of all of the blood and cannot move, and are frozen in place. Yes, like that.

I did that recently, only to discover when I opened it up, what I had been holding onto was gone. I became aware of the fact that my hand was empty.

Somewhere along the way I had dropped that special treasured seed pearl, gold coin, love note or magical dream. It had fallen through my fingers somehow. My fingers were so focused on being tight against my hand, I was not cognizant of the item I should of been touching.

The other awareness I gained was that once my hand was empty, I was free to pick up a new treasure. And I did.

In love and light,

Betsey

 

Elizabeth Garland, Soul Coach

Soul Nourishing, LLC

www.soulnourishing.com

210.218.2075

Copyright  Elizabeth Garland 2012

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How to Follow This Blog

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So – if you would like to continue to as a subscriber to receive new posts via email – please sign up again. And to follow this blog, just click the orange button at the right.

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Thank you for being here!
Betsey

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In This Golden Moment

Oh, Soul Explorer, what is happening to you in your life right now that you may want to complain about, but instead can see as a gift? What is it that you are taking for granted, assuming it will always be there?

While on vacation last week I had several reminders of what is important to me come up repeatedly. I had the opportunity to catch up with a dear friend that I do not get to see very often anymore but whenever I do it feels like no time has passed. It does not matter if it has been 2 months or 2 years, we pick up where we have left off. She and I have known each other over 16 years, been to numerous sites together for weeks at a time, and have been through such memorable events such as marriages, divorces, childbirth and new careers. I consider her family. I have other soul sis*stars like this out there, and it is always special to connect with them when the opportunity arises.

Much more happened during vacation. Time with myself and/or my relatives wasn’t long enough, so we made the best with what we had. The opportunity to make new friends was there daily, and so we did. And my significant other and I were challenged to find new and creative ways to stay connected when changes to our plans occurred, which was frequently, and that was a delight in retrospect.

I also lost a new friend last Tuesday. One of my mentors and beloved NLP teacher passed away suddenly. I was out of reach in the mountains on that day, and due to poor reception could not check my messages until much later as I was returning. I had known this man a little over a year. Tom Best was one of those caring and wise individuals that you look forward to spending more time with down the road. I allowed the news to sink in quietly and appreciated being part of a global community that began to collectively honor and celebrate him.

What did I learn? Appreciate every delicious moment. It does not matter if it feels bad or good, is your “plan” or is going off into left-field for some unknown reason. Feel the emotions you are having. Be flexible and trust that it will work out. Be grateful for it and live fully. By letting go of rigid expectations, we are free to enjoy the time in the here and now as it unfolds and happens.

Don’t wait 2 more months or 2 more years. Who can you tell today that you love and appreciate them?  Then do so.

In love and light,

Betsey

 

Elizabeth Garland, Soul Coach

Soul Nourishing, LLC

www.soulnourishing.com

210.218.2075

Copyright  Elizabeth Garland 2012

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