Weaving a Tapestry of Support

A common thread in my work with women is the fierce desire for connection.  A tribe.  A power posse.  Call it what you will.  It is the innate desire we all have to be in communion with others. 

For some it is to have just one close friend.  A confidante to share our innermost desires and secrets. 

For others it is to have a tribe.  A group of women who gather frequently. 

  • For support. 
  • For celebration. 
  • For comfort.   

I have a combination of the two.  What I call a tapestry of support.  A handpicked selection of beautiful beings from all aspects of my life.  Whose lives are intricately woven together with me as the common thread.

I feel incredibly blessed to have this tapestry of support.  I am more supported now than I have ever been in my life.  With the knowing that if I fall (and I will), my sisters will be there by my side to brush me off and remind me of who I truly am.

Discover. Empower. Balance.

Shine Brightly,

Tracy

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Back to Center

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Here they come!  The holidays are just around the corner.  Are you ready to greet them joyfully or are you feeling overwhelmed at the thought of what is to come?

  • Guests.
  • Travel.
  • Elaborate meals.
  • Gift buying.
  • Gatherings.
  • Celebrations. 
  • The hustle and bustle of holiday time.

In my former life, I knew I had hit my limit when I heard myself speaking and didn’t recognize the voice.  “Who is that speaking and what is she saying???”  I would ask myself. 

Another way my "still, small voice" got my attention was by getting sick.  Just as my guests were arriving OR on the plane headed out to spend time with loved ones.

It took many years of repeating this cycle to realize that centering and self-care are a daily requirement.  That feeling of being off balance was actually a signal for growth.  A signal from my soul letting me know that it was time for change.  Time for caring for myself daily rather than being forced to care for myself when I was ill.

Try these simple practices to bring you back to center this holiday season and always.

·         Clarity ~ Decide what YOU would love to experience this holiday season. 

·         Breath ~ Use a calming breath before transitioning from one obligation to the next. Pause. Breathe. Mantra.

·         Bubble of Peace ~ Imagine that you are completely surrounded and protected in the energy you choose.

Discover. Empower. Balance.

Shine Brightly,

Tracy

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Bubble of Peace

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Do you feel it?  The frenetic energy in the air.  As the holidays loom in the not so distant future.

  • For some of us it is the anticipation of all we need to do.
  • For some of us it is the anticipation of spending time with family.
  • For others it is the anticipation of spending the holidays without loved ones.

Wherever it comes from, it is sometimes difficult to discern what is ours and what we are feeling from the world around us.  And, it is during these times, that it is especially important to create sacred space for ourselves.  Creating space inside ourselves first and then extending outside into our environment.

A great daily practice is to create a protective bubble around yourself. 

Be Still. Focus on your breath.  Try this:

Bubble of Peace

  1. Place your hands at your side

  2. Imagine that with each inhale you are filling your lungs with love

  3. Imagine that with each exhale you are blowing up a bubble and filling it with peace

  4. On each exhale, raise your arms a little at a time until your bubble extends from finger tip to finger tip

  5. Imagine that you are completely surrounded and protected in your own little bubble of peace.

Wash. Rinse. Repeat as needed.

Discover. Empower. Balance.

Shine Brightly,

Tracy

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A Soft Place to Land

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What does your soul desire?  What does your soul need?  What fills your soul to the brim?

There are as many ways to feed a soul as there are souls to feed.  We have each come into this human form with our own lessons to learn.  Our own mountains to climb. 

Our soul print is as individual as our thumbprint.  We are at the same time connected as one on the spiritual level and unique on the human level. 

We each have our own purpose in this lifetime and it begins with creating a soft place to land.  For ourselves first and then for others.  We must fill our own cups to the brim so that we are able to give from the overflow.  

Most of us come at this with the belief that we must put the needs of others first.  I find this especially true of mothers.  There is this misconception that we must give all we've got to our families before tending to our own needs. 

I learned the hard way, after a herniated disc, chronic fatigue and a clear reflection from my then 3 year old, a highly sensitive old soul, of how poorly I was treating myself. 

As much as I don't love to get up early, I found that the best way to create a soft place for myself to land was to get up and out of bed. 

Early Morning.  Before my family wakes.  Is now my favorite time of day.
In the quiet stillness.  The dawn of a new day of life.
It’s my time.  To fill my cup.  To feed my mind, my body and my soul.

Try this to create a soft place for yourself to land:

  • Get Clear - Imagine:  Who would I love to BE for myself? Who would I love to BE for my family? Who would I love to BE in the world? (ex. I AM at my ideal weight. I AM present with my family. I AM a spreader of joy.)   

  • Create Stillness - Pause. Breathe. Ask. Listen.  - Ask yourself this question into the stillness and then listen.  What can I do with what I have to BEcome the woman I imagined above? (Ex. Get up early and walk.  Put my phone down and give my child my full attention.  Get out of the house, smile and share my light with everyone I encounter.)

  • Take Action - Incorporate one new idea into your life at a time.  When you have fully created the habit, incorporate another new idea into your life. 

Discover. Empower. Balance.

Shine Brightly,

Tracy

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Rooms of Consciousness

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It’s so interesting.

Noticing what you’re noticing. 

Feelings of expansion or contraction.

And then tracing the feeling back to a thought.

This became super clear to me last month while I was in LA.  Every 6 months I return for recurring Life Mastery training.  Every 6 months I have a different hotel room.  I had a striking realization that the last 4 hotel rooms in particular were a clear indication of the thoughts I was having.  The frequency I was transmitting.

Room #1

A lovely room with a balcony that overlooked the pool

*Feeling on top of my game!

Room #2

A beautiful SUITE with a wall of windows

*Thinking to myself as I walked past first class headed out to LA “I’m a first class flyer!”

Room #3

A room on the bottom floor of the hotel.  A dark room.  Without a balcony.  Overlooking the parking lot.

*Feeling fearful.  Feeling frustrated.  Feeling confused.

Room #4

A lovely room.  A newly updated room.  With a balcony overlooking the palm trees and the pool.

*Believing in myself.  In the power that breathes me.  Thinking “I’ve got this!”

It was such a stark realization that I have the power within me.  That the thoughts I am thinking absolutely create my reality.  That I get to choose in every moment.  I get to choose darkness or light.  Contraction or expansion. 

Note to self:  Choose Expansion!

Discover. Empower. Balance.

Shine Brightly,

Tracy

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Peaceful Easy Feeling

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Did you ever feel like you were having “one of those days”?  You wake up late…spill coffee on your white blouse…get stuck in traffic after leaving the house late…

It’s tempting to think that these things are happening TO you.  That you are powerless and destined for more of the same.

This couldn’t be further from the truth.  You are incredibly powerful.  Just look at your life.  You created it all.

Your energy at any given time determines the way you see the world and the way the world sees you.  And, if you are looking at the world from a place of victim-hood, you will see and experience more victim-hood.

Try this trio next time you begin to notice these dis-empowering TO me thoughts.

  1. Pause – this will give you a chance to respond instead of react.
  2. Breathe – find some stillness; take 3 breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth; let the exhale be longer than the inhale
  3. Mantra – choose a mantra that expresses how you would like to BE in the situation. Repeat the mantra to yourself.  Ex. Inhale ~ I AM calm, Exhale ~ I AM peaceful

I have found that changing my energy before I transition into any situation really helps.

  • In the morning before greeting my family

  • In the car before picking up my kids from school

  • On my doorstep before walking in my front door

Discover. Empower. Balance.

Shine Brightly,

Tracy

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I Heart Sedona

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Do you have an adventure list?  Is there something in particular that you’d love to see or do or experience that just seems to stay a thought in your head?

Many years ago, my husband and I had an extended lay over in Phoenix.  We had just enough time to rent a car, drive the 2 hours to Sedona to watch a sunset and return to the Phoenix airport to catch our flight. Ever since then, experiencing another Sedona sunset had been on the adventure list in my head.

In May it became a reality!  Sunrise, sunset, yoga hiking tour and so much more.  It was just as I imagined it would be.  Just as I had written about it day after day.

  • I DECIDED to go to Sedona.
  • I IMAGINED it daily in my mind, in my journal and on my vision board.
  • I TOOK ACTION by choosing a date and making reservations.

That's me in tree pose on top of Cathedral Rock!  I even found a quiet rock to meditate on.  This is what it looks like when I follow my bliss.

What does your bliss look like?

Discover. Empower. Balance.

Shine Brightly,

Tracy

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The Color of Your Heart

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I had the good fortune of witnessing a thought provoking conversation between my children this morning.  They were having a civil conversation about the color of each other’s hearts.  My daughter told my son that his heart was red and had some black spots on it because, she said, he could be mean.  My son, the oldest of the two, told my daughter the same.  That her heart had black spots on it too but it was because she was annoying.

I asked each of them what color they thought their own hearts were and they both said red and blue, like the images they had seen of the heart.  Then, I asked them what color my heart was.  My son replied that mine was pink and yellow.  He said that pink means happiness and yellow means kindness.

This melted my pink and yellow heart.

Years ago, he wouldn’t have chosen pink and yellow, because I was anything but happy.  I could ponder that…what color would my heart have been?  Instead I choose to relish in the fact that my son.  The old soul.  The one who reads me like a book.  Sees me, his mother, as happy and kind.

So grateful to the woman I was 6 years ago!  All of this work that I have done.  All of the tearing down what wasn’t working and building up what does.  The dismantling of my old life to create something new and beautiful.  It was all worth it!

What about you?  What color is your heart?

Discover. Empower. Balance.

Shine Brightly,

Tracy

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Three Little Words

onefootup-tracynolinbeerman-threelittlewords (640x338) A few years ago I began choosing a new Word of the Year every January.  Last year was my year of YES!  I took it to heart.  I said Yes! to my health, Yes! to my family, Yes! to my dreams, Yes! to abundance, and Yes! to No!  It was an amazing year of YES! indeed.

This year I have chosen three little words.  They go together like peanut butter and jelly.  Like three peas in a pod.  They felt expansive and right and perfect for 2017.

FUN

FLOW

FREEDOM

As I revisit my vision and goals halfway through the year and glance up at my 2017 Vision Board, I see Fun, Flow and Freedom throughout the entire board.  I’ve begun placing red heart stickers on the images that have come to be or that are in process like trips that are planned or purchases that are being made.

I see images of FUN with family ~ jumping on our trampoline, camping and riding bikes.  I see FUN with friends ~ dancing, floating and connecting.  I see FUN with clients ~  teaching, speaking and sharing.

I see images of FLOW and FREEDOM my health and well-being, in my relationships, in my time, in my money and in my work.

What is your word of the year?  Are you living it?  Without judgement, assess the first 6 months of 2017.  What could you do more of?  What could you do less of?

We’re halfway through the year and the possibilities are endless.  What could you do to take the first step in really living your word of the year?

Discover. Empower. Balance.

Shine Brightly,

Tracy

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Doing Scary Stuff

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I’ve been doing lots of scary stuff lately.

Moving WAY out of my comfort zone.

Taking bold, brave steps in the direction of what I truly desire.

Does it scare me?  Yes!

Do I have to force myself sometimes?  Yes!

Do I succumb to the 3 Ds of dissuasion, distraction and delay?  Yes!  Yes!  Yes!

It is not easy.  Doing this scary stuff.

There is this gravitational pull to my old ways.

My “safe” ways.  The ways that I’ve known.

But I know that the good stuff lies just past the scary stuff.

So I continue to take the steps.

Sometimes they are big and bold and sometimes they are little baby steps.

And with every step I take, I know deep in my heart, that it is all a part of my becoming.

Discover. Empower. Balance.

Shine Brightly,

Tracy

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Resistance

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It happens every day.

 

It is relentless.

It is there like old faithful.

It is the reason so many of us stay stuck.

 

Stuck in dead end jobs.

Stuck in relationships that are going nowhere.

Stuck in a life that feels constrictive and sometimes even oppressive.

 

It comes from that part of us we call the ego.

It is very alluring, the ego.

It is the great seducer.

 

“I’m going to keep you safe,” it says.  “I’m going to make sure you don’t get hurt again."

 

Resistance can show up in many ways.

 

It can show up as procrastination.  “After I lose this weight.  That’s when I’ll start.”

It can show up as distraction.  “I don’t have time for that right now.  I’m so busy.”

It can also show up as red alert.  Fight or flight.  Paralysis.  All systems down.

 

You can be sure that the moment you make a declaration for change.

The moment you begin to stretch your wings.

The instant you even consider stepping out of your comfort zone, your ego will put up a front.

 

It’s called resistance.

 

What is it for you?  How is your resistance showing up?

 

Does it happen in the morning as you turn your alarm off instead of starting your new morning routine?

Is it midday when you reach for a sugary snack instead of the apple you packed?

How about when you sit down to meditate?  I’d bet you never feel resistance then…

 

You are not alone, my friend.  Resistance is that glorious human part of us that is

perfectly imperfect.

 

Next time you are wondering why you aren't doing what you intend to do, try this:

  1. Notice what you’re noticing.  This is the first step in making any change.
  2. Sit with it. Get curious about it.  With kindness and compassion.  Why am I resisting?
  3. Just do it. Take action.  Override the resistance.  Create new patterns.  Freedom resides in every moment.

 

Discover. Empower. Balance.

Be Well,

Tracy

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For This I Came

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Have you ever felt as if there was more for you in this life but you just couldn't figure out what it was?  Me too.  I spent most of my adult life seeking, studying and analyzing.  Looking outside of myself for the answers.

I spent much of that time thinking...

  • after I get the ideal job I will...
  • after I get my health in order I will...
  • after I get my finances figured out I will...

And, now I understand that purpose doesn't mean that there is one grand plan for life here on Earth.  That I am here to accomplish just one thing.

I finally get it.  Life is to be lived.  NOW!  I am here to live my joy in this moment.

I discovered that purpose is more about living fully, doing what brings me life.  Rather than searching for purpose, I could have been living on purpose.  And, enjoying life along the way.

I discovered that I can use my imagination to try on different roles, different scenarios.  I listen to the still, small, ever present, ever wise voice inside of me.  And, see how they feel.  I do the expansion/contraction test.  Does this bring me life or does it feel constrictive?  If it brings me life I know that I am on the right track.

Why are you here?  What lights you up?  What would you love to be or do or have?

Discover. Empower. Balance.

Shine Brightly,

Tracy

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