Personal Development

  • A new approach to gratitude that will get you through rough times faster


    If you live in the United States, you’ll probably be celebrating Thanksgiving Day this Thursday.

    We have so much to be grateful for, and Thanksgiving is a nice opportunity to pay attention to our blessings, including our friends and family, our health, and healthy meals. We live in such abundance! I’ve found that gratitude is a powerful force. When I can be grateful for what is present in my life, everything seems to flow easier.

    Instead of looking at the half-empty glass, gratitude makes us focus on the half that is full.

    We are usually grateful for the great things in our lives, but have you ever thought that you could be grateful for the tough times as well?

    We might have been able to be thankful for the lessons learned that came after the hardship.

    Once we were on the other side of the pain, and had gotten our lives back  together, we were able to acknowledge the lessons that we learned from the tough times.

    Through these lessons we grew immensely, became stronger and maybe even more spiritually aware. We were grateful for the lesson – after the fact.

    I came to discover a new way to apply gratitude in my life that has transformed me at a deep level.

    Four years ago, I was starting my coaching practice and was giving my heart and soul to every aspect of growing my business. My dream was to be able to help other women in creating their dream lives, and I also wanted to be able to pay my bills while doing so.

    I put an extraordinary amount of work into getting my website ready, making my brand message clear, and learning about marketing so I could have traffic and visitors to my website. In other words, all that jazz that every entrepreneur has to go through in the beginning stages of a business.

    I was doing this by myself, and I sometimes hit walls along the way. I asked myself how do I get clients? How do I get more readers for my blog? Read More

  • How to Have a Positive Attitude When Things Don’t Go Your Way


    Today I want to share with you about an experience I had a few days ago, a new insight came to me. I made a major upgrade in my life that led me to greater Abundance. It wasn’t about anything material. It was about my attitude!

    I had to take a flight from Austin back home to Hawaii. I made it to the airport on time and ended up waiting for more than 4 hours because the incoming plane was delayed. I finally had to cancel my flight and schedule it for the next day, as I was not going to make the connection on time.

    In the beginning I thought: “Hmmm, how can I manifest going home today? What am I doing wrong here?” But something in me was open to seeing what would unfold from this experience. So I went along with it and was actually excited to see what surprises were in store for me with this situation.

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  • How to forgive someone when it’s hard


    Do you ever feel that no matter how much you’ve tried to forgive certain people or situations in your life, you just can’t?

    I’ve been there, over and over again trying to find an approach that would help me break free from resentments that were holding me down throughout my life.

    When we hold a grudge against someone or something, we are actually holding ourselves down.

    It’s like trying to float over the surface of the ocean while holding an anchor at the same time. That’s why forgiveness is so important, because we want to feel light and most importantly, we want our freedom and joy!

    Today I’m going to share with you a new exercise that helps you work through forgiveness quickly so that you can reclaim your personal power. If you are struggling to forgive someone and just can’t do it, this is exactly for you!

    I learned this technique from my spiritual mentors and have been applying it for quite some time with profound results. It has really made my life brighter, lighter and easier in many ways.

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  • Lessons after a blow to the head (Part 1: Self Love)


    It’s been two and a half months since I had one of the worst surfing accidents in my life. A thirty-five foot faced wave landed on me during a big wave contest in Oregon. I didn’t ditch my board in time, as I was hoping to outrun the wave towards the shoulder. I now realize that would have been impossible.

    The wave got me. It slammed me hard underwater into the dark depths of the Pacific. As I tried to pop up to the surface, I heard a “BOOM,” and my ten-foot, big wave gun landed on my left eyebrow. What was black turned into a flash.

    Don’t pass out, I told myself.

    I felt my brain doing a re-boot. Black-white-black-tiny stars. Next there was whitewater foam, and blood was pouring from a cut over my left eye, making vision next to impossible. My hands were waving in the air. “Help me!” There was a jet ski rescue, and I was back to the beach.

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  • How do you go for your dreams, when those around you don’t support you?


    Are you upset because your family, your partner, or your friends don’t support you in your pursuit of your dreams?

    Have you ever shared a great business idea, or a life goal with a loved one, only to find that their response is indifference or lack of trust in your ability to succeed? They may even tell you that you are going to fail.

    If you’ve been holding back from going after your dreams, or if you’re trying to make your dreams work but are feeling defeated due to the lack of support, then this is an opportunity for you to reclaim your power.

    When we listen to the voices around us, follow them and believe them, we are giving our power away  to others, or even to our own fears.

    We all feel fearful when we are pursuing something big in our lives. It’s scary to drop what you’ve been doing for years and take a different path. It is scary to invest money in a project that we don’t know is going to be profitable. Nothing in this life is certain (well they say that only taxes and death are).

    When we go after our dreams, we need to use every inch of our self-confidence to build a foundation of faith that will support us in the shaky times. Read More

  • Five Tips to Cure the Holiday Blues and Feel Happy Again


    So you’re cranky. You don’t know why exactly, but you’re running on a short fuse. We all have those days – days when we’re worried, stressed out, or angry. God, I know those days! In this blog post I’ll share with you my own process, that helped me out to get out of a funk, so it may help you as well.

    Last week I’ve been moody for a few days, until one morning, I stopped what I was doing and I decided to take an honest look at my feelings.

    I gave myself some space to meditate. I had been avoiding the meditation part because I didn’t want to face myself. As soon as I closed my eyes, I could feel the emotions around all the things unsaid, the anger, the feeling of being overwhelmed that I’d been carrying around for a few days. Situations that I couldn’t control, people that let me down, all the things I wasn’t facing and dealing with, were burdening my heart.

    I had to surrender. What does surrender mean? It means giving up the fight. It means stopping ourselves from trying to figure it all out on our own. It means inviting a Power greater than ourselves to participate and shower us with love. The way I surrender is by simply talking to this Loving Power. I communicate with it very simply and get straight to the point. Read More