You’re invited to Choose Faith over Fear – My new online event – Registration link included

Do you ever feel empty inside, like you were meant to be and do more than this?

Do you ever feel like you should be somewhere else in your life by now? Like the past 10, 20 or maybe even 30 years or more have just flown by, and you wonder what you have to show for it?

Do you have great difficulty hearing what your heart and soul are trying to tell you?

Do you ever worry that if people saw the real you they would think less of you?

The emotional pain can be so intense you feel it physically.

 

What if

You could start seeing the value and importance of all the twists and turns that you faced along the way?

There are lessons in each of those experiences that have helped you become the person you are today?

You could see your strengths shining forth?

You could see that it is all part of a Divine plan?

 

In the Choose Faith over Fear online event, I will take you deep into the heart of my personal journey in the world of unexpected career changes, mental health challenges and the emotional roller coaster of the dating world.

You’re invited to join me for this webinar where we will discuss:

  • Faith, fear and the impact both can have on your life
  • Self-confidence and self-worth: what might be getting in the way and how to start changing this
  • The importance of getting clear on your personal values and the type of life you long to live
  • Ways of thinking and how they may be keeping you feeling stuck and like you’re always falling short
  • The role of a Higher Power in your life

 

As a result, you will walk away from this webinar with strategies to:

  • Choose faith over fear more often (not all the time – We are all human after all ;-))
  • Gain clarity on what truly matters to you most of all and determine what success truly means to you
  • Discover and learn to see your strengths shining through
  • Challenge the thinking patterns that have been keeping you feeling like you’re not good enough
  • Celebrate so-called ‘small’ victories and give yourself partial credit
  • Add more sources of uplifting and encouraging messages in your life
  • Uncover lessons to be learned from a life that may not be going according to your plan
  • See more of the Divine Hand that is overseeing you and the world

 

Date and Time: July 18, 2017 at 7:30 PM EDT

 

All from the comfort of your home!

To register, please visit http://heartandsoulliving.com/webinar/

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You’re invited to Choose Faith over Fear – My new online event

Do you ever feel empty inside, like you were meant to be and do more than this?

Do you ever feel like you should be somewhere else in your life by now? Like the past 10, 20 or maybe even 30 years or more have just flown by, and you wonder what you have to show for it?

Do you have great difficulty hearing what your heart and soul are trying to tell you?

Do you ever worry that if people saw the real you they would think less of you?

The emotional pain can be so intense you feel it physically.

 

What if

You could start seeing the value and importance of all the twists and turns that you faced along the way?

There are lessons in each of those experiences that have helped you become the person you are today?

You could see your strengths shining forth?

You could see that it is all part of a Divine plan?

 

In the Choose Faith over Fear online event, I will take you deep into the heart of my personal journey in the world of unexpected career changes, mental health challenges and the emotional roller coaster of the dating world.

You’re invited to join me for this webinar where we will discuss:

  • Faith, fear and the impact both can have on your life
  • Self-confidence and self-worth: what might be getting in the way and how to start changing this
  • The importance of getting clear on your personal values and the type of life you long to live
  • Ways of thinking and how they may be keeping you feeling stuck and like you’re always falling short
  • The role of a Higher Power in your life

 

As a result, you will walk away from this webinar with strategies to:

  • Choose faith over fear more often (not all the time – We are all human after all ;-))
  • Gain clarity on what truly matters to you most of all and determine what success truly means to you
  • Discover and learn to see your strengths shining through
  • Challenge the thinking patterns that have been keeping you feeling like you’re not good enough
  • Celebrate so-called ‘small’ victories and give yourself partial credit
  • Add more sources of uplifting and encouraging messages in your life
  • Uncover lessons to be learned from a life that may not be going according to your plan
  • See more of the Divine Hand that is overseeing you and the world

 

Date and Time: July 18, 2017 at 7:30 PM EDT

 

All from the comfort of your home!

To register, please visit http://heartandsoulliving.com/webinar/

The day guilt took a holiday

I joke around sometimes that I have an overactive guilty conscience. What may not even register a blip on the consciences of most people can sometimes leave me feeling like I have committed an enormous sin or at least a sizable error.

And then the beating myself up begins.

I should have known better.

I should have had more self-discipline.

I should have, I shouldn’t have, and the list can go on.

When I’m in particularly fine form, I go down the mental road of feeling like I’ve let my community down, I’ve let everyone down, I’ve let G-d down.

Needless to say the weight of such self-talk can metaphorically drive someone to her knees.

But what if for one day guilt would take a holiday?

I’m not talking about doing whatever without a sense of responsibility, integrity or what is right.

I’m talking about a day where that seemingly incessant negative chatter in our minds has the volume turned right down.

Where we can go through our day weighing our choices against our values and what matters to us but without that inner sense of guilt that can lead us to feel horribly about ourselves.

Where we accept that we are human and will make mistakes.

Where we recognize that as people, we aren’t and can never be perfect.

Where we realize that trying to hold ourselves up to impossibly high standards, there will inevitably come a time where we will be unable to measure up to the expectations we have in our own minds.

Yes, we do have a responsibility beyond ourselves. We are meant to do what we can to make this world and this life better not just for ourselves but also for our families, communities and beyond, each of us in our own way.

At the same time, we are also human, with human strengths and frailties, moments of brilliance and moments we wish we could undo and try again.

Moments of feeling that things are just flowing.

Moments where we feel the struggle acutely from deep within.

Moments of joy and clearly seeing the blessing.

Moments we feel trapped, stuck and where the pain threatens to swallow us whole.

Moments of laughter, moments of tears.

Insights of clarity and moments of seemingly utter confusion.

Moments of courage and moments of giving into the self-doubt.

Moments of faith and moments where the fears seem to take centre stage.

What if just for today, those feelings of guilt, doubt and confusion could take a holiday?

What if for today we were able to truly see ourselves as created in the Divine Image, as the perfectly imperfect human beings we are? As people who strive to be the best versions of ourselves all with the understanding and deep, deep knowledge that on some days we will do better at this than on others?

And what if, for today, we could see and feel that this is more than enough?

That we are more than enough? That G-d is there for us in each of those moments, always has been and always will be. When we are thriving – and in those moments when we’re afraid that we’ve let Him down.

Motorcycle Days

There are days when we are happy to do what we always do, and there is a great blessing and gift in having a routine and living the day-to-day.

And there are days that I will call ‘motorcycle days’ after the term popped into my head this morning.

There are days when we can smile and feel that joy rising deep from within.

And there are days when we want to scream and rant and rave and cry and run away. And, when I saw a motorcycle on my way to work this morning, the idea returned to my mind – there are days when I just want to climb onto a motorcycle, my hair blowing in the wind, caution flying right behind it.

No fear. No anxiety.

No self-doubt.

No overthinking and overanalyzing. No real thinking, period. Just being.

No feeling like the weight of the world is on my shoulders for me to carry and resolve.

No words and feelings of worry clouding my mind or weighing down my heart.

No thoughts and images I’d rather not have cloud my mind.

No expectations. No judgments.

No hiding, no pretending, no putting on a mask.

No guilt. No uncertainty.

No throngs of opinions telling me how I should feel, what should matter to me or what I should do, even when they’re with the best of intentions.

No feeling lost or confused about what to do next.

No indecision.

No pain, no regret.

Just a sense of freedom, a sense of inner peace and comfort.

A time of truly being me.

A feeling of being wrapped in love from G-d and my fellow human beings.

A deep-rooted sense of faith.

A feeling of acceptance and belonging.

A serenity and tranquility that goes right to the core.

A knowing that G-d is with me at all times, that I am His daughter and He loves me and wants what is best for me at all times. And, more than that, that He is actively coordinating things for my ultimate benefit and good – and yours too – at all times. Even in those moments when I want to scream a scream so loud that it wakes up the world.

A scream so loud and primal and from my core that it threatens to leave me gasping for air.

A scream from so deep within that I feel it making its way through almost every part of my being.

A cry that rises from my heart, tearing forth from my soul.

A pang that leaves me wondering what on earth I am supposed to do now.

A feeling that I am being pulled in so many different directions all at once, leaving me feeling so stretched that I can hardly think straight.

So yes, some days are motorcycle days, whether I ever get on that motorcycle or not, whether I scream out loud or not.

On those days, our emotions need some kind of outlet, and ideally we find and choose a way that is both healthy and helpful.

And though I wrote these words without saying a word out loud, I feel like I have let out some of the emotion in my heart.

Thank you for ‘listening’ 😉

And I’d love to hear – How do you handle days where the emotion feels like it’s weighing you down so much that it threatens to drive you to your knees?

You matter. You are here for a reason.

You matter.

You are here for a reason.

Maybe you have a clear idea what that reason is. Maybe it’s a thought that seems to be at the periphery, so close but not quite in your line of vision yet. Maybe you’re not sure what that reason is – or maybe fear or some internal resistance is getting in the way of you truly figuring it out.

Whatever the case may be, you are here for a reason, a purpose that is uniquely and specially yours.

As someone who doesn’t believe in coincidences, I believe that G-d has put each of us – you included –  here and now for a reason.

Throughout the history of the world, with people living in all parts of the globe, you were now in your corner of the world. You are a unique combination of your strengths, celebrations, challenges, struggles, tears shed, laughter, experiences, family, interests and more.

There are billions of people in this world, but nobody else with YOUR unique make-up – both in terms of your DNA and the package and experiences that make up you and your life.

Every single item in this world is here for a reason, some seemingly mundane, some seemingly glorious. Every tree, every drop of water, every molecule of air, every star in the sky, every sunrise, every sunset, every gust of wind are important pieces of the puzzle that is this world, this life. If this is true for inanimate objects, how much more is this true for human beings, who have both a heart and a soul. How much more so for people who can feel deeply and shine their love and light on the world around them.

This reason can show up differently for different people, and while sometimes people know from their childhood what their purpose is, for many others it involves a much longer process full of twists and turns. It is important to remember, though, that even those seeming detours are part of the process.

The tale of how I ended up here is too long for this article (You can find out more at www.faithoverfearbook.com), but let’s just say it involves many moments that did not go according to plan, moments of unexpected personal discovery, many tears shed mostly behind closed doors, letting go – with difficulty – of how I had expected and hoped things would be to thankfully open myself more and more to what could yet be, and perhaps to what had been intended for me by G-d for my highest good all along, even when I couldn’t see it.

Over the years, however, I have come to realize that not only were the unexpected detours along the way not a punishment or indication of there being something deeply wrong with me, they were actually a key part of the process all along, there to help me grow and learn lessons that I am now so passionate about sharing with others.

And just like my combination of passions, interests, lessons learned, celebrations, challenges, choices, etc. have made me the person I am today, your combination make you the gloriously wonderful you.

And you matter and are here for your own beautiful, shining reasons.

To love your family.

To grow in your faith.

To help ease the pain of others. To bring them joy.

To be a shining example and add your brilliant light to the world.

To share the lessons you have learned from a life full of both celebrations and challenges, of both love and struggle.

To help other people see the value and worth within.

To live with and share your love in a world that can sometimes seem so dark.

To share a warm smile and light up someone’s day.

To offer a listening ear full of compassion and true empathy.

To show others that they don’t have to be perfect to be valuable and worthy.

To lighten someone’s load.

To make someone feel seen, heard and less alone.

To show others how much they matter to you.

To connect to your soul and help others do the same.

To be the best you.

And, most likely, some amazingly beautiful combination of many of the above – and more!

 

Do you overthink so much that you can’t enjoy the here and now?

In reality, when can we truly live?

The past is done. Yes, we can learn from it, and we are meant to. But no matter how much we learn from it, we cannot go back in time to redo it.

The future isn’t here yet, and yes we can plan for it, but it is still and will always be just beyond the grasp of our fingertips.

When can we live? When can truly experience every sound and sight? When can we make a different choice or a renewed commitment? When can we reach out and touch a heart?

Right now.

In theory, at least.

In reality, if you are an overthinker like me, the present can easily get lost in all the thinking about things we have done in the past that we wish we could have done differently, things we said that maybe we feel we shouldn’t have, things we didn’t say that now maybe we wish we have. We dwell on choices made and roads not taken. We feel the painful pang of all the time going by, wondering what we have to show for it, maybe feeling like we’ve wasted so much time or that we’re so far gone what’s the point or feeling shame for things that strike us deep to our core.

And the present can also get lost in our fears of the uncertain future, worrying about how things will work out over time, not knowing how things will turn out and catastrophizing as we envision so much of what we least want coming to fruition. And going down this dark road of trying to control something we were never meant to control leaves us feeling frightened, alone, confused, lost.

And the only moment we can really do anything about right now – this moment – is spent berating ourselves for our past choices and actions and worrying about a future we cannot control.

Sounds like a recipe for inner turmoil, pain, sadness and tears.

Trust me, I know what overthinking is like.

I remember moments from years ago where I did something ‘wrong’ and there’s often at least a trace element that continues to haunt me today.

I worry about the future, trying my best to achieve some sort of certainty where none can ever exist.

I work to build my faith in G-d that all has unfolded and will continue to unfold as it should – and then I feel guilty when I have moments of doubt anyhow.

I overanalyze and overthink, and it leaves me exhausted, and I find myself needing some way to connect more deeply to that true, soulful place within.

For me, getting out into nature, like in local parks or somewhere more remote, can help so much.

Hearing the birds chirping.

Feeling the breeze on my face.

Seeing the green of the trees set against the backdrop of the blue sky and sunlight.

Watching and listening to the roar of the waves highlighting G-d’s majesty and reminding me that I am but one small but key part in a much bigger picture, a much-needed shift in perspective.

What can you do to refocus on the present when you are tempted to go down the road paved with overthinking, fear and doubt?

What can you do to refocus on the beauty and the light in your day-to-day life?

 

If this sounds like you, please contact me to find out more about my new one-on-one program, Choose Faith over Fear.

TIME SENSITIVE – Are you ready to choose faith over fear?

Are you a woman in your 20s, 30s or 40s who always thought you’d be somewhere else in her life by now?
A woman who sometimes wakes up and looks back or the past 10 or 20 years and wonders where they have gone – and what you have to show for all that time?
A woman who feels like your own inner voice is often drowned out by all the ‘noise’ outside?
A woman who is ready to regain clarity on what matters most to you, on what living a truly successful and meaningful life would mean for you?
If so, then my new program ‘Choose Faith over Fear’ might be for you.

Session 1 – Start from the here and now
Session 2 – What matters most to you?
Session 3 – Learning to love and believe in yourself
Session 4 – Seeing the Divine Hand in your life
Session 5 – Fears and Limiting Beliefs/Ways of Thinking
Session 6 – Surrender and Letting go of what might have been
Session 7 – Planning from the heart

 

For more information, please click here.