Why silence is good for the soul

I love this image of the jellyfish in the sea. It makes me think of the word “silence.”

And the moment I first realized what a wonderful gift silence is for a sensitive person like me.

I was on vacation in Hawaii and was going scuba diving for the first time.

To say I was nervous going into the sea, with all my diving gear on, is an understatement.

That is until I reached the sandy ocean bottom.

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Finding a balance between doing and being

How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then rest afterward. ~ Proverb

Lately I’ve been trying to find a balance between “doing” and “being.”

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Balancing my time between the desire to do more of what I’m on this planet to do (coach more women!) with my opposite desire.

To rest and replenish my soul.

And nurture my creativity.

In a world that frequently pushes us to go faster and faster — and do more, more, more!! — resting isn’t always encouraged.

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Be gentle on your soul

Years ago, a thoughtful manager of mine wrote “be gentle on your soul” inside a beautiful journal she’d given me as a going away gift.

I was leaving my job to move across the world, in hopes of starting a new life in Scotland.

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I was young and full of hope.

Both excited and nervous about taking such a huge leap of faith, into the unknown.

I’ve never forgotten how good it felt to open the cover of that journal, and read her words for the very first time.

Be gentle on your soul.

Ahhhhhh.

I loved the way those words sounded. 

They resonated deep within me.

And gave me the permission, I unknowingly craved, to treat myself more kindly. As I took risks, and moved forward into the uncharted territory of my life.

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Clarity comes in its own time

I’ll admit it. I’m not a very patient person at times. In my defense, I come by it honestly. It’s in my Scottish no-nonsense genes.

So a few weeks ago, when I struggled to get clear on my next steps in business (and in life) I was feeling pretty aggravated. 

I kept thinking…

Come on clarity, hurry up! Show me what’s next.

But clarity was not listening.

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And that really annoyed me.

Because I’m usually fairly intuitive. And as long as I’m paying attention, my inner GPS usually guides me quickly to my next right step. 

So having to wait for my intuition to speak up was kind of new for me. Feeling like I was suddenly out of touch with it altogether was a whole new ball game.

I felt stuck.

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Finding little hits of joy

Ever struggled with the winter blues?

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And felt like the long, dark days were closing in on you?

If so, you’re not alone.

I live in Vancouver, and while we don’t get a lot of snow in the winter, we do get our fair share of cold, grey, rainy days.

Every January or February I get hit by the winter doldrums. And my mood begins to feel as grey as our weather.

I want to climb under a big, warm comforter. And stay there.

Forever.

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Reconnecting with my intuition

Earlier this month I was feeling quite lost.

Unsure of where I was headed. And what I wanted.daniel-gonzalez-KeiUIl9Lzo4-unsplash

What I really, really wanted in life.

And that was causing me a lot of anxiety. As facing the unknown often does.

I was used to hearing the voice of my intuition.

To knowing what felt right, and what I wanted. To life being a bit more black and white. 

The grey zone was just not my thing.

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