Mental Health & Processing Grief

Mental Health & Processing Grief

Good Morning! I have to be honest, I have been very moved by the loss of Kate Spade.
What about you?

She had the business success people dream of.

She created so much in her life for the world to celebrate, full of colour and influence and playfulness.
Her brand.

All while there was so much more going on inside.

It makes me think of how often we answer the question,

“How are you?” with “I’m fine.”

— when you really aren’t fine.

If you don’t have a broken bone or an illness that someone can see, it is expected you are “fine and will get over it, can’t be that bad.”

What if you are feeling opposite to what you are trying to create?

Trapped by your brand, by the vision you think you need to project… the thinking that you have to be something you aren’t.

We are complex beings!

We change. We feel. We are human.

Without being over-simplistic, a good practice is –

If you catch yourself saying I am fine when you really aren’t,
CHALLENGE yourself to expand your answer and be vulnerable telling the person exactly how you are feeling.

Authentic connection is proven to combat depression.

With lots of love, sincerely!!
Kelly  xo

How to Share Your Light When you Feel Dull

How to Share Your Light When you Feel Dull

If you are struggling with anxiety, depression or grief and are trying to run your business at the same time – take a few minutes and slow down with this gentle heart centering meditation.

Listen to this when you are having a hard time. Get quiet and wait. Let your heart guide you. What messages is it sending to you?

Get comfortable with this truth – that your heart is always speaking to you, guiding you and then follow the wisdom within.

Enjoy! With love,

Kelly

End Self-Doubt and Stop Sabotaging Yourself!

End Self-Doubt and Stop Sabotaging Yourself!

When things get hard in your world, do you reminisce and wish that you could return to a more simple time? It is quite normal to cope with current challenges by wishing them away and escaping to happier times. But so often we forget that those past times weren’t so happy after all. We fantasize about the past because we feel trapped by our present and afraid for our future.

Watch for the signs – Doubt is sneaky; it masks itself by encouraging you to choose what you “should” do, to make the easier choice or the mindless choice. Doubt makes you choose against your intuition.

Doubt might start small but after several choices you wake up and realize that you have moved so far away from your dream that you have sabotaged your real efforts!

How do you know when doubt has entered your thinking?


Doubt is in control when you feel heavy, irritated, confused and anxious. Doubt is in control, when you can hear your thoughts saying, “I can’t do that.” And then you believe the justifications!

A sure way to kill a dream is to have self-doubt; it is devastating to any growth that is percolating just beneath the surface. If things aren’t happening the way you want them to or as fast as you want, you must not allow doubt to enter your mind. Instead shift your attention back to the moment and put your attention on what you want – your dream.

Sometimes, it is hard to accept but we can’t have everything we want all at once. There is a natural growth process – a seedling can’t all of a sudden become a full grown tree and support a family of birds in a nest – there is a process.

Surrender your Plan and Trust the Process

If you can’t change your situation all that is left is to accept it, and then keep practicing acceptance.

Do your best to let go of the way you think your life should be and repeat to yourself the affirmation frequently: I accept. When you let go of trying to control the situation, the struggle will dissipate and the stillness and beauty will surround you. By choosing to accept your situation you will be simultaneously choosing grace and peace, which is a beautiful environment for your dream to blossom.

Hold your dreams close to your heart and practice taking care of yourself regularly showing yourself love in every moment.

“Even within the seemingly most unacceptable and painful situation is concealed a deeper good, and within every disaster is contained the seed of grace.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

Embrace your Life! Enjoy the process and be gentle with yourself.

Much love to you,
Kelly

“The Prosperity Prayer”

“The Prosperity Prayer”

Good Morning!! I believe that there are messages all around us and we can receive them if we maintain an open heart and mind. This inspirational piece passed my desk this morning as I dreamed about my future and all that is yet to come. I wanted to forward it along to you.

Here is the Prosperity Prayer as circulated on the internet…

Dear God —

I surrender my financial affairs and concerns about money to your Divine care and love.

I ask that you remove my worries, anxieties and fears about money, and replace them with faith.

I know and trust that my debts will be paid and money will flow into my life.

I have only to look to nature to see proof of the abundance you provide.

I release all negative thoughts about money, and know that prosperity is my true state.

I commit to being grateful for all that I now have in my life.

I learn to manage my finances wisely, seeking help where needed.

And finally, I ask you to help me understand my purpose in life and to act on that purpose with courage and strength. I know that prosperity will come, in part, by doing work I love. Please help me use my skills and knowledge to be of service in the world.

Thank you, God.

Wishing you peace and love today, Enjoy!

Kelly

Create your Space & Get ready for Success!

Create your Space & Get ready for Success!

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” ~ Oprah Winfrey
Greetings, I am writing from my office! I love my office space.

Light pours in from the beautiful oversized window to my right, my vision boards are positioned on the wall ahead of me, my yoga mat is placed out inviting me to rest and rejuvenate and an angel wall hanging reminds me of my higher beliefs and purpose. I am inspired! I feel ready for this new phase of my life!

In coaching, one of the first items of discussion is creating a quiet space for reflection, meditation and creation. This space does not have to be an entire room; it could be a corner of your bedroom or family room.

One client has even turned a large closet into her private space for meditation and prayer. Where ever it is located in the house, fill it with beautiful, inspirational items and music that envelope and uplift you.

Paint it the colour you want. Hang inspirational art to motivate you and energize your passion! Fill it with comfortable pillows, encouraging you to stretch your body and mind to the possibilities.

Treat yourself to the finest writing paper and capture your thoughts as you de-stress and open up. Experts say that your intuitive thoughts are mostly forgotten after 37 seconds and are lost after 7 minutes! So write it down!

Create a space to listen and then be guided by your intuition. The answers lie within!

According to these feng shui office tips, the way you position your desk influences the energy in the room and ultimately your life. Be mindful, your office is a place to create your vision, plan your goals and can also be called the “command centre” where you direct the energy and decide upon the intentions for yourself and your family, a very important space indeed!

Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but rather by the moments that take our breath away.

This inspirational quote hangs framed on the wall just outside the office door and I read it every time I enter the office. Needless to say, I am very happy with where it has found its home in my home. I am humbled by the goodness and blessings that continue to enter my life ~ it takes my breath away.

Embrace your life! Enjoy!

With love,

Kelly

Find Comfort and Peace in Solitude

Find Comfort and Peace in Solitude

Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

When I walk into people’s homes where the tv seems to always be on, I can’t help but think to myself, “Why all the noise? How can they think clearly?” 
When it comes up in conversation, people explain that having the tv on in the “background” helps them to avoid feeling alone and that the background noise is soothing. Not saying this is true for everyone…  but if you do you do this, why? Are you aware that you do this? What happens if all of the noise stopped? Would there be an uncomfortable silence? Would you be willing to try to stop and sit with this feeling?  Please let me know what you discover.
If you find that you are a bit stressed, out of breath and/or little accidents or incidents are irritating you – Stop! When things around you aren’t flowing it means that you are out of alignment with the moment and not fully conscious in the now. You are reacting and not using your power to choose.
Reduce the stimulus in your environment, turn everything off and sit down for a moment in complete silence. Quietly focus internally, breathing deeply and listen to your thoughts as though you are an observer. Observe yourself in your environment, see yourself sitting and thinking. Repeat the word peace several times until your body reflects that feeling and you relax peacefully.
“May today there be peace within. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be confident knowing you are a child of God. Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.” Mother Theresa
We have so many gifts to share with the world, stop the distractions and “noise”. Instead listen and follow your heart, be guided by joy! Embrace Your Life! 

Kelly MacLellan M.Sc.
kelly@embraceyourlife.ca