The Personal Space Journal

The Personal Space Journal is the way I keep track of the progress I am making as I explore my ever expanding self-empowerment. I use two types currently; one letter size for deep thought sessions and a minim 5 x 7 one for my decorating notes. You might even want a different one for each of the four Personal Space sections; Soul Space, Body Space, Home Space and Life Space, it’s a completely personal choice. Journal Writing

Choose any style and size that appeals to you. I use the larger size for my thoughts, questions and any epiphanies I might have. There is something about hand-writing things down that exercises the brain and clears our mind. I am reminded of the Harry Potter books and the “pensive” that Professor Dumbledore used to unload his mind; that is exactly what writing in my journal does for me.

Often in my blog posts I will refer to “taking notes” or “carry a sample” when talking about a Home-Space energy reboot project. For this purpose you can get by with a small wire notebook where you can jot down short notes and information. I use a that fits in my purse. It even has pockets in it for paint colors and fabric samples. This mini-journal is a smaller version of the Project Book (a three-ring binder) I will teach you about in a later post and easy to carry with you all the time. You never know when an idea or even a color sample will turn up.

Journals in various sizes are a tool I have used for over 30 years and even though today I carry my iPhone with me, I can’t see it ever fully replacing my hand-written journals. The reason for this is that hand-writing stimulates the brain where we store our creativity. It’s very easy to go from writing a thought to drawing a picture, so I highly recommend you employ this tool at least some of the time.

A second reason the electronic notes won’t work is when doing a decorating project you must have actual color samples with you as you shop because a photograph on your phone won’t represent the color accurately for matching purposes.

So by all means use your phone for taking notes and pictures but you will want to transfer them for storage in one place eventually and the hand written Personal Space Journal is a good choice.

I have also discovered that hand writing brings to the surface a deeper view of what is going on inside of my heart. It’s just too easy to self-edit as I write on my computer but with hand writing noting gets filtered and my deepest feelings are revealed. We need this depth if we are going to access our True power and revitalize our Personal Space energy.

I’d love to see a picture of your Personal Space Journals (the one I use for decorating is pictured here) and let me know how it works for you as you proceed on your project.
’till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach©

Are You Self-Conscious?

How self-aware or self-conscious are you? To be conscious is to be empowered. To be self-conscious is to be self empoweredSedona 1. The Personal Space journey is all about making our Personal Space “conscious space.” We do this by exploring what it means to be our authentic selves and then put those things we learn about ourselves into daily practice.

That’s right, Personal Space is a practice; the practice of being you. One of the reasons it needs to become a practice is because the world wants to pull you out of yourself; pull you out of self-consciousness. You have heard that “misery loves company” and until everyone else learns to be personally empowered aka self-aware and conscious they will feel miserable and encourage others to join them. Ever known someone who played the drama game of “ain’t it awful?” Then you know what I mean. TV, radio, printed and internet ads want you to “join the crowd” and be like everyone else; only we were not meant to conform, we were designed to be unique.

When you practice self consciousness over time you will do what it takes to be you in the world automatically, instinctively even. Your inner bossy ego voice that says “I want to be like the crowd”  or “I want to belong” will know to keep quiet and save its breath because you are so anchored and confident in your true self he/she can’t sway you any longer to go along with the crowd. From now on you do belong… you belong to yourself!

Once you are firmly self-established you will have great success expanding your space. This means moving out from your standard routine at home and entering the world while remaining true to your core values. You will know how to navigate in new territory because your inner senses are fully tuned and can lead you on. In other words you will have a fully active internal compass which will always point you in your true north direction.

Expanding your space is not about influencing others. It might seem that this is just what you are doing but that is the ego’s illusion. Expanding your space is more like a vibration that is strong and in tune. It surrounds you and keeps you in harmony with yourself while you are in the company of other vibrations and tunes. Like a radio wave that is floating out there invisible to the eye and unheard by the ear unless a tuning device is used and a particular channel chosen. You see, anyone who is influenced by you is in charge of their radio station selection. If they are tuned into you it’s on them to be influenced by your tune …. or not.

Never take the credit for another’s success, it can never be yours. It’s all theirs. Your credit, the credit you deserve, comes from living your life from inside-out and doing so out loud for the world to see if it chooses to. You do this with respect for yourself and all others.

’till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach©

 

Do You Need to “Re-boot?”

Do you need a “time-out” or a “re-boot” during your day? If you have energy glitches like these the answer is “yes!”

Four Personal Space Energy Lessons I learned from my computer and TV
One:
Pain ReliefComputer: While happily typing along, suddenly your computer sends up a warning that it has to shut down and you better hurry and save stuff or it’s gonna be lost.
Personal Version: This might look like a sudden shocking event in your life, like a death in the family or a layoff from your job. You quickly stop what you are doing in life and switch gears to deal with the crisis at hand.

Two:
Computer: While in the middle of a project the computer suddenly freezes up and won’t budge even if you hit “escape” or “refresh.” So you do a “hard” re-boot to get it working again.
Personal Version: This is like “brain fog” where you forget what you were about to do or say. Overwork, multi-tasking and fatigue trigger this symptom and only a “get away” break will revive you. Taking a break, drinking water, getting fresh air, and eating a snack are all “hard” re-boot examples for us to follow.

Three:
Computer: In response to your request for help with technical issues IT will say; “well, did you try re-booting it?” This is one of those “if all else fails turn it off and on again” event, or close your browser and re-launch it.
TV: While watching the TV something upsetting comes on so you change the channel.
Personal Version: This happens frequently in social settings. For example you are having lunch with friends and one of them is droning on and on about a subject; you can change the channel by changing the subject. It’s quick, painless and almost unnoticeable.

Four:
TV: The “pause button” on our TV is a great space creator by freezing time until you are ready to engage with what you are watching.
Personal Version: A nap is a good example of a “pause” or a break from your work. Both stop the flow your life is currently going in, which allows you time to reassess, refresh and empower your energy. When we re-emerge from this re-booting process more than likely our focus will be changed and our direction improved.

A word of warning; watch out for the common mistake to look at the need for a re-boot as though something was wrong with you. It’s not! This is simply a natural human need for a clarity boost and totally natural for everyone. Even the weather does these sudden shifts of unexpected direction and energy shifts which “clears the air.”
Life is meant to be enjoyed and lived as it comes. Surprises are the spice of live. So go ahead and re-boot, pause, change channels as necessary, you’ll be happier for it.

Write back and tell me about some of your recent personal space re-boots and what you gained from them.
‘till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach©

Stored Energy in Our Furnishings

Have you ever notice how emotional moving our furniture can be? Even if we are excited to make the decorating changes or move to a new location, we will have grief surface because one thing has to end before the new thing can begin. It’s the energy of transition we feel and when we move our furnishings our “roots” get disturbed. There is another reason grief arises when we are moving our furnishings, the energy that is stored in the items we own gets stirred up when we shift them around or pack and move.

11-2012 Sedona Election Trip (245)This is how it works. You have items that are in plain sight but you don’t notice them anymore because you are used to them. When you move them to a new spot suddenly you see them with “fresh eyes” and you might not like what you see. Memories of who gave it to you, or when you bought it surface and suddenly you are overwhelmed with emotions like joy, sadness or repulsion. Now these feelings are great in that they help you to know if you want to keep an item or not, but they can be overwhelming at moving time. If possible try to review all of your possessions before you move and eliminate the ones that you won’t want in your new space. This way that old energy doesn’t move with you.

Next you have items that are special keepsakes and you most likely have them boxed up. High school yearbooks, photos of vacations, mementos etc. As you open them to see what you have and where it will go in your new space, you suddenly are swamped with memories and emotions. If your life is going great then your reminiscing will be a little depleting but sweet. However if your life is not quite where you thought it would be “by now” you might compound your moving grief with self-judgment. Again going through everything before you move will help alleviate this and you can grieve and release in your old home so your move itself is less stressful. However if you can’t to that then I recommend you give yourself permission to leave some things boxed up and slowly go through them over the course of a few months.

I have a three part method for sorting through all my possessions;

  1. Set up an area for “give-a-ways” where you can collect items and then donate
  2. Set up another for “maybe keep items” – this is to give you time to process if you want to keep them or donate them
  3. Keepers- when you know for sure you want an item, put it where you want it to be as soon as possible. If I do this before I move I will label my floor plan with the furniture piece so I can tell the movers where it will go.

Take the “give-a-ways” to the thrift shop each time your car is full. Keep moving this stuff out. Don’t even think about having a garage sale unless this is a thing you love to do because you won’t get as much money as you think you will get, and this just adds to the to-do-list that you already have too much on.

What can be done to dissipate and heal all the memory energy in our possessions? I like to use smudge sticks. I will light a scent that has the energy I want to apply such as sage for purification and I will waif the smoke over the items and hold the intention of letting the old memories go. If I am keeping items I will then use another scent that puts a blessing on my items. Your local metaphysical store will have more information on how to do this. Also my favorite author on this topic is Denise Lynn. Check out her books and website for more energy healing information.

Energy is an invisible component to our lives and understanding how to work with and manage it can really help our overall health and vitality. Good luck with your next moving or clutter clearing project!

’till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach©

 

 

 

Using Your “No” Power!

I was just a little girl and not yet in school when we got our first black and white TV and I remember it being a really big deal. When color TV came out it was even more exciting, because now it wasn’t just a box on a rickety stand, it was in a finely crafted piece of wood furniture…console TV.

Media in RoomEven before the TV we had a radio in our living room and from the start our listening time was limited. This was due to what time the stations were playing programs.  So even though I am a child of the mass communications age I didn’t feel it ruled our lives. Fast forward to 2015 and it’s an entirely different story.

Not only do we have multiple TV’s in our homes, perhaps one in every room to watch pre-recorded shows, we also have instant connection to the entire world through the internet and social media. The first telephone we had when I was a kid was a “party line” which meant our calls were not private and we had to go through an operator to ring someone. Today my phone is “smart” and can connect with the world in real time. Now before you think I am ancient, this was just 50 years ago and the previous 50 years only saw the invention of the telephone and radio!!

Inventions are happening much faster than they used to – are we keeping up? Are we “smart” with our phones and other electronics or do they control our lives?  What we do to get along and entertain ourselves has completely changed and I want to address how this has affected our ability to find and create separate space for ourselves – and maintain our personal power.

In order to have personal power we must first have our “person” intact. This was difficult to do when I was a teen/adult and it is exponentially more difficult today thanks to mass media and a plethora of devices. The choices we are presented with each day are too numerous to count and it’s easy to get lost in the sea of information and technology. The best way to combat this influx of sales stimuli is to make space for yourself where you can hear yourself think and more importantly feel yourself react to life. It is through our feelings that we can really know when we are in harmony with our True authentic self. The thinking mind or ego will want to “belong” in the world and since it perceives everything as danger, it rarely wants to take a stand and be unique. But your heart has all the courage you could ever need to stand up and be your true self. And this courage is fed by having a private spot within our protected personal space. I say protected because that is what we have to do. We do this by choosing what we will and won’t let into our space and this enables us to reclaim our power from the world that is invading our home.

Here is an example of what I mean; I was born at the end of the Korean War and soon we were in the Vietnam War. Three brothers, 2 cousins, and one uncle all served in the Navy and I was busy as a little girl writing letters and sending care packages so I was quite familiar with wartime energy-or so I thought. When we bombed Kuwait in 1991 live on TV I was not at all prepared and was shocked and horrified. You’d think with all the wars I had experienced I would be numb but they were never “live” in my living room. Neither was the explosion of the Challenger Spaceship or the bombing of the Twin Towers on my TV as a child. We do need to know what is going on in the world however we must say “no” when the media wants us to watch them 24-7 and inundate us with their minutia and bad reporting just for the sake of adding money to their coffers. Nor do we need to get shocked and upset for this helps and empowers no one!! Now more than ever our “no” power must be exerted. And remember this; every time you say “no ”you are saying ”yes” to something else you decided you want more such as peace of mind and space to collect and restore your own energy.

Today I limit how much and when I watch the news. I prepare myself and remind myself that the Universe is indeed in order even if it doesn’t look like it and I send blessings of love and light to all who appear in the media that are troubled. In this manner I use my “no” power in a way that is a “win-win” for all.

How do you use your “no” power?

’till next time
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach©

 

 

 

Tips For Book-ending Your Day

In my last blog post I introduced you to my invention of “Book-ending Your Day” for maintaining your best energy all day long. I can tell you from personal experience that on the days I skip my daily two-steps I feel lost, scattered and fragmented, but luckily the next day I can re-boot my energy with my 15 minute practice and restore my energy field. Pain Relief

These tips might give you other ideas of what to try so just review them and allow them to activate your own inner wisdom – because this is where your best routine will come from. Over time you may adjust the process you set up and that is also perfect.

Book-ending Tips:

If you don’t already have a morning and evening stop-and-be-quiet practice this will be your first step; to find a way to stop and be quiet for 5-15 minutes twice a day. But in order to apply this step you must first know what it is you usually do in the morning and evening. So take a week and jot down each day how you start and stop your day. We are looking for the “out-of-bed” and “back-in-bed” routine if you have one, if not just list for one week how each day started and stopped.We learn about ourselves as we go along, if we will only take time and space to self-explore.

  1. Write down your current morning and evening routine, add time of day to this as well because we are looking to add or find 15 minutes at both ends.
  2. Once you have your list of usual activities, see if you want to adjust any of them. For instance change your shower from morning to evening if that fits your lifestyle better.
  3. Next, while looking at your list and the timing, see if you can add in a 5 minute stretch to both your morning and your evening to just sit down in your room quietly – I call this the “STOP” practice. Most of us don’t stop until our head hits the pillow which is why brilliant ideas or answers to questions come then. If we stop while upright we can catch our best thoughts better.
  4. Take your evening list of activities (your bookend) and write them on a card, noting the 5 items you feel must do in order. Then add in your 5 minutes of sitting where it fits. We work with the evening first because most of us have extra time at night to try out something new without being stressed about it. Once you have your evening bookend settled and are practicing it, take a look at how your morning has changed if at all. Many find that by going to bed in a positive, organized manner they wake up with this energy already in place and it feeds into the new day.
  5. Once you feel comfortable with your evening book-end routine and are practicing it, apply the same steps (list activities-review/tweak activities-apply stop time) and create your morning practice. Tweak it as you go and once you have a morning and evening routing created that works for you fairly easily take a look at your calendar and see if you can practice it for the next 21 days in a row…even on the weekends. If you can’t do a full 15 minutes of stop-and-be-quiet time then just do 5 minutes. The daily practice for 21 days will set up the habit.

By now, even if you are not doing this daily, you will have discovered the benefits of Book-ending Your Day for yourself. You may have created an entirely different routine than my example but the key here is to place your attention on what gives you energy and finding your own unique ways to enhance it and keep it charged.

I’d love to hear about your practice.

’till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach

Tips for Recognizing Your True Desires

It’s important to keep two things in mind when choosing what items you want for decorating your home; first understand where your authentic choices come from, and second be certain you able to recognize when you are not listening to your authentic voice. Heart Desire

No matter how you have been conditioned by society to think, feel, or behave, deep inside you dwells a voice unique to you; this is the authentic voice of your own true heart. I am not talking about the heart that pumps blood and keeps your body alive. I am referring to the one that keeps your spirit alive. Your true heart speaks to you through your deep feelings, your intuition and your instinct. It is from this place that we get that “zing” feeling of recognition that tells us we have found something that we love.

We can mask the voice of our true heart. We can cover it up and ignore its messages. We can place others opinions over our own. However, if we want to enhance our personal power in this world we must listen and follow our own authentic voice. This is where our real energy comes from, for in the core of our true heart lies our destiny, our unique purpose and the meaning for our life.

How can we recognize if we are listening to our authentic voice or to the voice of society? Listen to see if it is based upon what you want to do or what you think you have to do. If it is what you want to do then freedom is the root, if you are following a “should” then fear is the driving factor. Once you make the connection you can then change your decisions. Below are some examples of behaviors you might find that stem from the conditioned/fear based voice of society.

It is fear based when you ….

  • add an item to your home decor because it was a gift and you feel you have to display it
  • you choose a color scheme that you don’t like but you think you need it to be “in style” with the current trend
  • there is not a single chair in your living room that fits your body comfortably (think Goldilocks, too small, to tall, too short etc)
  • there is no place in your entire home where you can go to just think or quietly read a book because you think you must always be at service to those you live with
  • always answer the phone and don’t let it go to voice mail when you are busy or are taking a break
  • see an accessory, painting, chair or any other furnishing that really calls out to you but you dismiss or ignore it because others wouldn’t like it
  • notice that your home is decorated to show off for guests instead of being comfortable to you and your family
  • can’t even leave magazines around for fear of being yelled at (especially if the yeller doesn’t live with you anymore)
  • feel ANY kind of discomfort or feeling of unrest while you are in your own private home…

I highly recommend getting an inexpensive letter size notebook, and begin writing down your thoughts about why you are doing these or other fear motivated actions. Talking out your troubles can be therapeutic too, but writing engages the brain more powerfully and when you write out your fear it is easier to deal with. Sometimes talking it out with a friend only serves to underscore and feed the fear. But go with what works best for you. Just check to see if you feel relief after a session of heart to heart talk and if you feel worse, try writing. You will be surprised how easy it is to get clear just by acknowledging the actions you are not happy with.

Remember to always go for what you really want in your home décor and claim it for yourself. Good luck and let me know how you are doing on your own project.

Thank you for reading my blog!

’till next time.
Ginger – Marie
Your Personal Space Coach

 

 

The Inner Holiday

From Thanksgiving until New Year we have the “Winter Holiday Season” which can be quite overwhelming to our senses. We are inundated with music, color, lights, gifts, food, social events, and nonstop commercials to buy this or that. With all this activity it can be difficult to remember that the holiday season is really only happening inside of us!! The power for how we mark this time of year (happy, sad, chaotic, peaceful etc.) is not up to Toys R Us, JC Penney or Starbucks. It’s not up to your mother, your friends, the local church, your Rabbi or your neighbors. It is only up to you.

Sedona Day OffOur senses act as personal filters for everything going on around us. Our thoughts and beliefs tell us how we feel about what we are experiencing. For example; this time of year we have a big selection of major movie releases and this year has a doozy with the continuation of the Star Wars series. No matter how much money this movie makes there will be a huge range of opinions about it – no two people who see it will see the same movie. And the same is true for what our experience of Christmas or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa will be. It’s in our hands alone; the power to filter what comes across our path. We get to choose what to think, what to say, and what to feel in every moment. No one can control us for they don’t live inside of us. No one is in our minds, our hearts or lives behind our eyes but us.

But there is a trick to doing this “choosing” especially this time of year. The trick is to get quiet time for yourself daily if you can, even if it’s just for just 15 minutes. This will help you to restore your energy and collect your thoughts so you feel centered and balanced as you dance through all the activities you have planned. It will also help you to process and download the overload to your senses so you can detach and choose what is best for yourself in the moment.

No matter what happens in your life during this time of year, you can choose peace. You can choose to be happy and grateful or stressed and miserable. Flexibility is your best friend here. Bear in mind that plans are just that PLANS; not events taking place in the current moment, and plans can and will be changed, so remain open to this and flex with what does happen next. Be okay with what comes next and the right response to it will occur to your now open mind. This is how to maintain the feeling of peace inside yourself; which you can choose no matter what is going on outside of you. The first best choice you can make will be to find time for contemplative peace daily.

Give yourself  the gift of happiness this holiday season by taking short breaks and get away from it all. This way you can find happiness and gratitude over and over and over again and your holiday season will be wonderful!

Happy Holidays!
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach

 

 

Personal Space Awareness Exercises

 

Most of us think of our Personal Space as being just our Body Space  but in fact the boundaries of our Personal Space encompass four distinct aspects; Soul, Body, Home and Life. To show you what I mean I’ve created a few exercises you can try out and see if you can expand your experience to include all four areas. The various tips and tricks I have to share on how to make good use of the full scope of your Personal Space  will assist in boosting your overall energy as you get to know yourself better. PSC Logo

Personal Space Exercises:

Body Space – How do you choose to look each day?

  • Are you a bright colors kind of person, or is black your theme color?
  • Do you dress casually or formally when given a choice?
  • Do you wear comfortable shoes or stylish 3” spikes that hurt your feet but make you feel powerful anyway?

Observing what you chose for your wardrobe and why you have chosen it, will add to the affect you are trying to create. If any of your choices are for “other approval” and not what you would do if you “had a choice,” then I recommend you explore this further and see why you value the opinion of others over your own. That is a major energy drainer we all deal with because we can’t really get approval from another – it can only genuinely come from within. If what you wear is not your choice due to work requirements – see if you can find a way to personalize your outfit such as wearing jewelry or some other item that isn’t against the rules yet allows you to express your individuality.

Home Space – Rooms or Spaces You Avoid

Do you have any rooms you “junk” or closets or drawers that you just toss things in and then you never visit them again? This is a mirror action to things in your life you are not “owing” and dealing with as well. Perhaps you have a health issue you ignore or want a new job but don’t have the energy to do the work to find it. Oddly enough by cleaning out these “junk” areas you may find the disowned areas in your life magically get done….all by just cleaning out the equivalent energy that is stored in your home.

Soul Space – Quiet Time

Remember Kindergarten days when school was a half-day and even then we had rest or nap time? What makes us think as adults that the need for daily rest and rejuvenation is no longer necessary? No wonder we get white hair and arthritis – we never give ourselves restful Quite Time anymore. Unfortunately the voice of our Soul – in “inner voice” is a whisperer and the only way to access it is to BE QUIET. I think as adults we notice how much needs to get done and we think we must push on or it will never get done….guess what? It never does get done and that is actually a good thing for it gives us something to look forward to …tomorrow after we rest and revive ourselves.

Life Space – How Happy Are You?

As a fun exercise you might take this short quiz daily for one week. Jot down your answers in your cell phone or note pad. Set a reminder that will go off at these specific six times a day;

  1. Just after waking
  2. Right before lunch
  3. Right after lunch
  4. Mid afternoon
  5. Just after you get home for the day
  6. Just before bed

At each designated time stop what you are doing for just a second and ask  “how happy am I right now?” Rate this on a scale of 1-10 with 1 = “miserable” to 10= “dancing on air.”

After one week look over your notes and see if you notice a pattern in your mood swings. Next try to find a way to re-energize the low moments and build upon the high moments. For instance you might find first thing in the morning you are “miserable” but after lunch you feel “great” – perhaps you don’t let yourself have a moment for a food you love in the morning? What could you add to your morning that would energize you? Wake up to music vs a screaming alarm? Pass on the morning depressing news? Eat a favorite blueberry muffin? You get the picture.

Give these tips a try and see if you get a new image of just how large your Personal Space truly is and how powerful it can be for you when you consciously own and use all the space power you have been given.

‘till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach

 

 

 

 

 

Community Boosts Personal Energy

I have been studying Personal Energy for decades trying to understand what makes people tick and what I can do to live a happy life. I think we all do this actually but due to my unconventional upbringing I have had great practice at being an observer of others. Now to be self-observant well…ha! That’s another story. Only in the last 20 years… and I admit I did so very reluctantly… have I become adept at self-observation. Cooking Armor

One of the best questions I ask myself (I usually only get around to this good question once I have stopped berating myself) is “What can I do now that will help?” This puts me in an entirely different frame of mind- one that is open minded vs closed minded because my method of action that “should” have worked in fact did not work. Or sometimes what I have been doing has run its course and all the good results I can glean from it are finished and I must move on to Plan B. I don’t like Plan B. For some reason I always think Plan B means I have failed, but as a wise minister told me years ago about my “failed” marriage… “it was not a failure, the relationship was just complete.”

Today’s Personal Energy lesson is actually how “community” feeds us energy if we let them. Community can function as a backup power source we can tap into when we need an energy boost. Now community can drain us as well (the doom and gloom TV news is an example) but if we align ourselves with positive-minded people, their contribution to our energy will be empowering.

Case in point: I have been working since 2011 to drop the obesity I have been carrying for many years. I maxed out at 280 lbs in 2011 and was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes (surprise!-NOT) so I decided to go on a healing journey. My first Plan A step was to get cleansed, but I didn’t know how and this is where community came to the rescue. As “luck” would have it I was scrolling the TV stations and landed on PBS and there was a doctor talking about how you can heal diabetes with diet and not drugs. I knew instantly that was for me. So I did some research and ended up working a program called “Clean” by Dr. Alejandro Junger and dropped 50 lbs and healed the diabetes!!

Then I hit a long plateau. I didn’t soar up or drop weight for over a year. This is when community showed up again. I was frustrated and wondered how I could heal myself without great expense when again while surfing the TV on PBS I found “The Fast Metabolism Diet” by Haylie Pomroy. I did fairly well the first month but since I needed to drop another 100 lbs I knew I needed to get more focused. It’s a clever diet that is a bit tricky to manage due to the varied style of eating, but it works!! That’s when community popped up again in the form of Fitness Friends, a private Facebook group my new daughter-in-law Shelly created. It was just what I needed and I found I was reaching my goal of getting below 200 lbs for the first time in 20 years!

In this community all we do is leave messages of what we are up to and then the friends in the group will respond back. It’s very low key and completely supportive. Well, the other night after a long and exhausting day, I didn’t want to eat my required food menu…no way!! I really wanted an item that was not on the menu and I actually meant to eat it but while I was making dinner I just automatically made it according to that day’s required food menu. I ate it and enjoyed it and then sat back and realized I hadn’t fudged my diet after all. Where did the energy to stick to my plan come from? First it came from me allowing myself a break. I learned this over the years to never beat myself up, but to watch myself and do better next time, or I would end up doing a major pity party binge.  But when I was making my dinner I was thinking of my Fitness Friends and how much fun it was to post my Thanksgiving miracle this week that I had dropped 2 lbs and made it to 200 lbs. I am now working on my second goal of 170 lbs. Their supportive energy gave me what I didn’t have myself in that moment and I was able to continue on doing my best.

We all need a cheering section at times and its excellent for our Personal Energy to both receive and offer support. Sharing our best energy, like compound interest will bloom and multiply and create a happier life for all.

Leave me a note; I’d love to hear how your experience with Personal Energy has been helped by your community.

‘till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach