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The Universe Has Your Back

Change your thoughts, change your life. You’ve probably heard this before. Simple right? Think positive, be positive, life is good, immaright? If only it was that easy.

Earlier this week, I attended One Day of Greatness with Jack Canfield. Look him up! The man has a loads of best selling books, including all of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. If you’re like me, you marked up the Chicken Soup books up with highlights and post-its. This day, however, was focused on gaining clarity about your personal vision and goal by accessing tools to develop the powerful habits needed for success.

I could write a novel about all of the wisdom Jack shared at this one day conference. Instead, I want to focus on my biggest takeaway: The universe has your back. I use the term universe; feel free to replace that with whatever works for you. Jack walked us through several exercises that showed how when you change your thoughts you can in fact change your reality. Said another way, when you put positive energy into the universe, the universe will return it tenfold.

How? That’s the million dollar question. Its sounds so simple, yet we’ve been programmed to plan ahead, assess the risk and create options b,c,d and e for when option a doesn’t work. What if option a was the only option? Scary and uncomfortable? ABSOLUTELY! Worth it? How will you know if you don’t try?

Your mind/brain is a muscle, which means you need to exercise it. You can’t pay someone else to do your mental push-ups. Here are a few ideas Jack shared with us to build your mind muscle:

  • Take 100% responsibility for your life. This doesn’t mean self judge when things don’t go the way you want. It means own it, acknowledge it and move forward.
  • Events + Response = Outcome. Act as if. If you want something different, you have to change your responses and outlook. Meditations and visualizations can be useful here – start small, a few minutes a day – with simply creating a picture of what you want in your mind.
  • Success is a team sport. No one gets anywhere alone. When you’re faced with a challenge, start by evaluating your network and asking who can help you. Within that network, review who’s included regularly and make sure you’re surrounding yourself with the best, most positive people you can find.
  • Play whack-a-mole with your limiting beliefs. Again, no self-judgement. Everyone has limiting beliefs that were typically formed during ages three through eight. Acknowledging and even writing down what’s holding you back helps to remove the perceived power they falsely hold.

If you ever have the opportunity to see Jack Canfield live, I’d highly recommend attending. My hope is that something above resonates and you’ll give it a try. Remember, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting the different results. Happy manifesting!

Book Review: Normal Gets You Nowhere

Note: This post contains explicit language

While on vacation, I read Kelly Cutrone‘s Normal Gets You Nowhere. This is her second book after the wildly popular If You Have to Cry, Go Outside. I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while, so I’m glad the opportunity presented itself on vacation. I was not disappointed; I couldn’t put the book down and finished before the cruise was over.

Normal Gets You NowhereCutrone’s straightforward attitude shined in this book, as she offers insights on topics including religion, empowering young girls and death. She holds nothing back and provides a fresh perspective on ideas that aren’t frequently challenged. Below are my favorite de-normalizing thoughts from Cutrone with my opinion mixed in.

  • Cutrone starts by telling everyone to figure out how they are sacred, magical and special. This is an individual truth that all must nurture and develop. In her words, “I want you to fuck the Earth with your energy.” We are each responsible for the energy we put out to the universe so we might as well put positive energy out there.
  • Next, she discussed the media and how society is overstimulated with ridiculous distractions. We should be challenging what is fed to us via the media, whether it be through traditional, digital or social channels. People are programmed to not dig deeper; we should ignore that programming and push the envelope.
  • In speaking about empowering young women, Cutrone talks about sexual repression and how we teach young girls to be coy but not how to be honest. Amen! All women should be comfortable talking about sex and empowered to say what they feel versus doing the norm.
  • I LOVED the chapter about holidays: Why celebrate and spend money on days you don’t believe in? Tailor holidays to your personal belief system and only back ideas you firmly believe in.
  • She describes life as a bank account: random acts of kindness and telling truths are the deposits. Kelly CutroneBeing stupid and messing with others are withdrawals. If we give more than we take, we progress. I couldn’t agree more with this concept. It ties back to the energy we put out there – the more good we put out, the more good we shall receive.
  • Your “no matter what” club: The people who you would do anything for, not because they’d do it for but because you want to; because your life would not be the same without them. Sometimes, these people disappoint you and don’t progress as quickly as you do. That is not a reason to discard them. Do not let your ambition get in the way of this group of people.
  • Lastly, Cutrone approaches the topic of death with clarity and vulnerability, speaking about her grandparents’ and father’s passings. As someone who is still grieving, this chapter was hard but necessary to get through. You should plan your death, who’s there and how you want your life to be celebrated. That’s the key – death should be a celebration of someone’s life.

I could write another 500 words about Normal Gets You Nowhere and all of the examples Cutrone provides about why being normal isn’t the best way to live. To that end, I want to thank Kelly Cutrone for putting it out there and challenging the stereotypes. I also want to thank all of the women in my life: my mom, grandmothers, girlfriends and colleagues, who have embraced being different and have lived their lives on their terms versus others.

I highly recommend Normal Gets You Nowhere – you’ll feel inspired to think and live in a more authentic way. If you have read the book, please share your opinions in the comments section!

Karma Comes Back to You Hard

As you probably know, yesterday was April Fool’s Day. Of course, I made sure to pull a few over on my friends. I’ll admit I wasn’t that nice: I told my one friend that I couldn’t come to her wedding (that I’m in by the way) and the other that I got into a fight and was at the hospital. I was also the mastermind behind another prank on the same friend that got our other friends involved. Yes, I am evil and you should judge me.

Let me first explain: I often take life way too seriously so April Fool’s Day is an opportunity to mess with my friends and have a little fun. I’ll admit I took it a little too far last night. I’m sorry Niki and Lauren! 😉 I’d never actually lie to either of you and the plague couldn’t keep me from your wedding, Niki!

After apologizing and feeling like an idiot about my pranks, I started to think about karma and April Fool’s Day. While it is only one day a year, you have to be careful on what pranks you pull and on who you pull them. Taking it too far could lead to bad karma. But what exactly is karma?

Definition of Karma:

1. often capitalized : the force generated by a person’s actions held in Hinduism and Buddhism to perpetuate transmigration and in its ethical consequences to determine the nature of the person’s next existence.
So that’s one way of thinking about it. Your actions or what you put out into the universe affect you and the situations you encounter. You give what you get. If you help others, others will help you. Pay it forward and the world will repay you. That’s simple enough, right?
I’m a firm believer in karma. Sometimes it takes a while for the universe to make the planets align but every single action has a consequence. You may think you’re getting away with it, but the universe always knows. Then there’s the old adage, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” I don’t have a specific answer for you. But occasionally, it’s not your actions but your attitude that throws the universe off. I’m not saying be a happy fool every day but having a positive attitude and faith in the future often leads to good things. I certainly am not a shining example of this but I do believe a positive attitude and a firm belief that things will turn out right goes a long way. When I was job searching, I was so miserable until one day I saw how different and worse my life could be. From that moment on, I stayed as positive as I could while job searching and interacting with people. I think that shift in attitude and perspective helped me land a really great job.
I don’t think you should do something just because it’s good karma. I’m going to volunteer because it’s good karma. Nope, that’s not right. You have to willingly put good thoughts and actions out there in order to have good karma come your way. You have to believe in what you’re thinking or doing wholeheartedly. Don’t live your life just to have good karma but absolutely consider what could happen when making decision or playing pranks.
I hope my karma isn’t thrown off because of yesterday’s pranks. Lauryn Hill’s song, “Lost Ones” gives good insight onto how karma works. Listen below and share your thoughts!
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