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New Format!Hello all you wonderful yummy Mommies (and of course my Dads!),
I've changed how I do our newsletters! It's funny I have been struggling away with the editor in AWeber (my mailing program) and every week I have a fight with bad coding (and I'm no expert!), emails that go out looking terrible. Or loosing everything I typed in. . . .
I was doing my early morning meditation this morning and the thought that I needed to get a newsletter done kept intruding, along with the sinking feeling of doing battle with the wisywig editor, how little time I have and how much there is to do . . . .
I realized I could spend my meditation time trying to get control of that mad mind munchkin, and banish the thoughts from my head - (ever tried to STOP thinking about something? Yeah right!) OR, I could simply stop the struggle with it all and allow some inspired guidance to come in. I finally just took three very slow deep breaths and handed the problem over to The Universe (The Divine, God, Higher self, Inner Wisdom . . . whatever works!)
I always find when I stop struggling in my head with something, and get quiet, lots of ideas start to flow.
First I get stuff like:
Then I start getting ideas - I don't really do any evaluation, I just let the ideas come - just like brainstorming, except I think of this as inspired brainstorming.
Ideas such as, make my own template, pay someone to do my newsletter, put my newsletter on my site . . .
Now that one really lit up - Having my newsletter on the site means the archives are available for subscribers or visitors, and I can use the editor I am used to using. So all I have to do is email you a link! Problem solved, no more weekly struggle!
As a parent it is all too easy to get stuck stuggling away with our kids trying to make them do something ("how many times do I have to tell you to tidy your room?") If we can stop long enough to realize, hey, this is not getting the result I want. Can I do something differently?
I don't know about you, but when I get busy, I get very caught up in trying to control how everything unfolds. We're busy, we just want our kids to hurry up and do what we want so we can get to other stuff right? If they would just do as I've asked, there wouldn't be any problems!
Unfortunately, there is not a magic way to get everyone else to happily do what I want, when I want, the way I want, in order for me to be happy.
So the next best thing is to stop what I am stuggling with to get some inspiration about how to do it differently. Bring some creativity into your parenting :)
Trying something different will interupt the pattern of nagging or yelling, or whatever you find you get stuck on. The best reminder I ever had was, how can I bring more joy or fun into this? Kids will always respond to fun, or silly energy. And at the same time, you can be teaching them how to deal with their struggles. You can totally exagerate your struggling and nagging, go up to the wall and (gently!!) bang your head on the wall saying "Nag Nag Nag, what am I doing?" "I can choose to be a happy Mom"! It will totally stop your kids in their tracks! Then you can ask them to help you find a better way to get something done.
I know being real with my kids, instead of having to always be the organized together SuperMom, was another powerful way to shift the struggle. There were times when I was a single Mom, where I was just simply juggling way to many balls in the air. Parenting, University, clients, bills, running meetings, and found myself yelling at the kids and trying through gritted teeth to get them to co-operate. When I finally stopped the struggle and collasped in a miserable puddle on the couch, my kids climbed onto my lap saying, it's OK Mummy we love you, maybe you just need a cuddle. Stopping and having a cuddle was exactly what I needed. (Along with letting go some of my commitments!)
Parents don't always have to be in control. It is not up to your kids to look after you, or comfort you, but if you show when you are upset or overwhelmed and talk about it, they learn how to express their feelings, and how to be flexible and make changes when what they are doing isn't working.
Putting a bandaid over our feelings and trying to force ourselves to be positive, simply doesn't work. But if you stop and acknowledge those feelings, you then open the way for the energy to shift
The key is to interupt the struggle or stuckness enough to allow inspiration to come in!
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That means targeted action steps to follow each day, along with powerful exercises to help you transform your health, body image, relationships, career and more.
Even though it is primarily aimed at women, the tools offered are totally applicable for everyone - so Dads, there is heaps of inspiration here for you too!
There are video sessions with celebrated experts like Jack Canfield, Jean Houston, Michael Beckwith, Marianne Williamson, and Dr. John Gray.
Plus you'll join thousands of women in a dedicated transformational community, a brilliant support system.
Marci Shimoff created this event, and her magnificent heart, spirit and energy simply shines through.
I am so looking forward to seeing Jean Houston and Marianne Williamson, and there are loads of other wonderful teachers.
Tapping Insiders ClubI just got a preview look at the Tapping Insiders Club 2.0 from Nick and Jessica Ortner and I have to say it is pretty amazing.
But more importantly, its designed to get you results and make changes in your life.
There is a TON of content in the club, in both video and audio format. It ranges from in-depth hour long interviews, to shorter 20-30 minute interview, to 5-7 minute tap along videos.
To celebrate the launch of Version 2.0, they have lowered the regular price for a short period of time. I don't know how long they will keep the doors open, so if you are using EFT, curious about how to Tap, trying it with your kids, check it out here now:
Tapping Insiders Club Whatever challenges or obstacles youre facing, I know the answer is in one of the resources inside the club:
A taste of what is included:
And that is just a snippet!!!
Have a look now before they close the doors again: Tapping Insiders Club
Well that's it for the week, how do you like the new format?
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Have a Wonder-filled week,
Annie D :)
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