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3 Tips for Career Success for Women

February 6, 2012

This talk from Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, made a big impression on me when my good friend, Wendy Smedley, shared it with me, because it addresses challenges women face in having career success that are as much internal beliefs as external realities. It’s about 15 minutes long, but I encourage you to give it a watch and see what resonates with you as a working woman, whether in the home or out.

The quote from Ms. Sandberg  that struck me the most is, “I think a world that was run where half of  our countries, and half of our companies were run by women would be a better world.” I agree, because what we as women bring to the workplace is amazing and should not be underestimated, even by ourselves. She says, “No one gets to the corner office by sitting on the side… And no one gets the promotion if they don’t think they deserve their success.” We need to believe in our talents and accomplishments to make them a reality.

What in Ms. Sandberg’s talk stuck out to you? What advice would you add to hers for women to have career success? I look forward to your tips.

Enjoy,

Jennafer

Intuition Access in Just 10 Minutes

January 29, 2012

Making time to quiet your mind is one of the best ways to connect with – and learn to listen to – your intuition. And the more practice you get connecting to your intuition the easier it is to perceive—and the easier it is to have access to answers and guidance that will help you navigate through life.

But our lives get busy, and there’s sometimes a shortage of time and quiet. Luckily it doesn’t have to take a lot of time to get in touch with your intuition. In just 10 minutes, you can quiet your mind and be able to access your intuition to gain insights on a regular basis. All you need is

*a private place to sit comfortably,

*a pen and paper, and

*something to keep time with.

Here’s how:

*Take 5 minutes to meditate. Spend 5 minutes in a private, quiet spot meditating. Whether your preferred meditation method is focusing on your breathing, saying a mantra, following a guided meditation, or a combination thereof, meditate according to it for five minutes to clear your mind and get centered in your body.

*Take 5 minutes to listen and write. Now that your mind is calm and clear, ask yourself a question for which you’ve wanted guidance. It can be what direction to take in your career, what kind of things would improve a relationship, how to help your family, anything. Then take 5 minutes to write whatever comes to you. Don’t question or judge it. Just write. At the end of your writing time, look over what your wrote and see what resonates with you to take away as an answer.

This exercise is easy to do and helps you connect to your intuition for needed answers—and in only 10 minutes! Try it this week to help you on your journey, and leave a comment to let me know how it goes.

love & light,

Jennafer

2 Tips to Follow Your Heart

January 23, 2012

Have you ever been trying to make a decision and your thinking gets cloudy? You know the feeling: there’s so many things going through your brain that it feels full and you can’t think straight. That has happened to me more times than I can count. And it’s not always easy to shake.

While there’s many things that contribute to that cloudy thinking confusion, much of the time it’s the noise that other people’s expectations or opinions create. That noise can distract us from following our hearts, but there’s a way to cut through that and get to the answer you need that’s right there waiting.

Here’s two tips to get there.

1. Get quiet. Most of the time we know pretty instantly the answer to a question we have or the solution to a dilemma we face because we feel it in our hearts. The problem is that the noise drowns out that own inner voice and we feel confused or stuck. To silence the noise of other people’s expectations, first

*take three deep breaths and

*turn off anything that can distract you (phone, TV, etc.).

Getting quiet helps us hear the voice inside more clearly and give it the attention it deserves.

2. Listen to your heart. Commit to hearing what your heart says openly and clearly without judgment. Recognize that fears or doubts may come up, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But those fears & doubts don’t automatically negate what your heart says. Whatever comes, listen openly and give it credit. Honestly hearing and acknowledging it has a way of helping the cloudy thinking go away and clarity come.

As Carl Jung said: “Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.”

The challenge today: Awaken to what your heart truly wants and says. It takes courage to listen to your heart, but it’s incredibly worth it.

love & light,

Jennafer

Don’t Put Off Your Happy Life

January 17, 2012

artwork by Nicole Larue

Life is short. Enjoy it and make it the one you want.

Love & light,

Jennafer

What Will You Fight For?

January 10, 2012

What did you fight for that has great worth now? What will you fight for now?

Love & light,

Jennafer

Anything Is Possible

January 3, 2012

Happy New Year. Dare to make it amazing.

love & light,

Jennafer

Make a Difference By Being You

October 13, 2011

I don’t think it’s any secret that there are many problems in the world. It can seem very daunting at times, and other times it can feel doubtful that anything, let alone one person, can make a difference.

But you can help make a difference.

As Michael Meade said, “Changes in the world happen with changes in individuals.”  And for change to happen in the world, it needs the unique voice and life that is you. People who have awakened to who they truly are, embrace it, and live the life they are uniquely meant to live have impact and leave the world a better place.

Thanks to Amy Oscar for sharing these beautiful words:

You-Shaped Hole

Sometimes the world feels inhospitable.

You feel all the ways that you and it don’t fit.

You see what’s missing, how it all could be different.

You feel as if you weren’t meant for the world, or the world wasn’t meant for you.

As if the world is “the way it is” and your discomfort with it a problem.

So you get timid. You get quiet about what you see.

But what if this? What if you are meant

to feel the world is inhospitable, unfriendly, off-track

in just the particular ways that you do?

The world has a you-shaped hole in it.

It is missing what you see.

It lacks what you know.

And so you were called into being.

To see the gap, to feel the pain of it, and to fill it.

Filling it is speaking what is missing.

Filling it is stepping into the center of the crowd, into a clearing, and saying, here, my friends, is the future.

Filling it is being what is missing, becoming it.

You don’t have to do it all, but you do have to speak it.

You have to tell your slice of the truth.

You do have to walk toward it with your choices, with your own being.

Then allies and energies will come to you like fireflies swirling around a light.

The roughness of the world, the off-track-ness, the folly that you see,

these are the most precious gifts you will receive in this lifetime.

They are not here to distance you from the world, but to guide you

into your contribution to it.

The world was made with a you-shaped hole in it.

In that way you are important.

In that way you are here to make the world.

In that way you are called.

– Tara Sophia Mohr

One more thought from Michael Meade: “If you don’t live the unique life you came to live, no one else will ever live it.”

Today, live the unique life you were meant to live. Give voice to the unique way you see things. Share your unique talents. Spread your unique light and fill the you-shaped hole in the world. It will make a difference. 

love and light,

Jennafer