Love Brings You Home

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Here we are 12 years ago. :)

Dan and I are celebrating our 12th anniversary of being a couple tomorrow, and so I’ve been thinking about love even more than usual.

I feel like I have had two lives: before Dan and with Dan.

The person that I was before Dan was hopeful but cynical – yearning but jaded – a dreamer but not a believer. 

While I always wanted to believe in love, I somehow always seemed to feel let down by it. The love that I had built up in my dreams never seemed to come to be in my waking life. The relationships that I had before Dan were a mix of okay to not-so-good to downright horrible.

My heart had been broken. I had broken hearts. And the common thread throughout each relationship was that they never felt completely right. I was always left wanting more. I always had one foot out the door – waiting for something (someone) better.

I was waiting for Dan. My soul knew it. And I just needed to catch up to that knowing. I’ve spent every single day for the past 12 years living in complete gratitude for this beautiful man’s presence in my life.

While I knew that I loved him 12 years ago, I now see that it was just a tiny blip of the deep, soulful that we have built together through the years.

We have spent the past 12 years growing together, honoring and cherishing each other, and loving, loving, loving one another. We are rarely apart. He is my soul’s other half.

What I have come to realize is that our love brought me home. It led me straight to my soul – to the person I had always been but had forgotten. Our love gave me a foundation, a truth, and a knowing that I never even knew existed.

Each “I love you,” each hug, each compliment, each token of appreciation, each look into each other’s eyes, each kind gesture, each loving word through the years has built our house of love.

Because of this deep, soulful love that Dan and I share, love has overflowed from my heart and seeped into every part of my life. Our loving foundation continues to give me the courage to extend this love to each of you. My heart is wide open now. I am now wide awake. I have come home. 

Because of love.

Truly.

And I now see and know deep within my soul that love has the power to bring all of us home.

I know that this can sound cheesy. I know that to a jaded heart, this sounds like complete nonsense. Remember that I was cynical once, too. So I get it.

But I know, know, know that this is real and that this is true and that this deep, soulful love exists if you allow yourself to open up to it.

And it doesn’t have to be with a partner. It could be with a dear friend or a close family member. Or even a sweet pet.

Dan was my saving grace. His love not only brought me home, but it also led me to each of you. 

And I will spend the rest of my life living in complete gratitude for his pure, sappy, utterly everything love.

Please allow yourself to be opened up and swept away with love. Allow love to bring you home.

Your soul is waiting. Your heart is waiting. We are all waiting.

Hugs,

jodi 

Ripples of Love – Free Printable Poster!

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I believe that we can change the world. 

I do.

And it’s not necessarily with what we say or what we do. It’s not necessarily with our actions or our accomplishments.

Our ability to change the world goes much deeper than that – it goes all the way down to the core of our being.

Our ability to change the world resides in whether we allow love to flow out of our hearts and into the lives of every person that we encounter.

That’s all. And that’s everything. Truly.

I believe that we each have this amazing light at our core – this inner flame that is fed by love. And when it’s ignited, it has the ability to light the entire universe.

And I believe that it’s our choice if we will reject this love or feed this love.

Imagine living in a world where you were greeted with love, where you received endless love everywhere you went, where you were constantly filled with love by everyone you interacted with.

How would you feel?

Loved, right?

I would imagine that you would feel full and grounded and light and free all at the same time. I would imagine that you would be so excited to take this love that you’ve received and share it with others – to allow it to ripple out into the entire world – reaching one person at a time.

I would imagine that the way you saw the world would begin to change. And I would imagine that the way you saw others would begin to change. And I would imagine that the way others saw you would begin to change as well.

It starts with love. And it ends with love. 

It’s all about love. 

That’s all. And that’s everything. Truly.

I know that it isn’t always easy to open up to love. I know that it can hurt horribly when we get our hearts broken. I know, truly I do.

But I also know that love is everything – it’s our purpose, our reason for living, our essence, our way that our soul speaks to us, our connection with others and with the entire universe. 

And if we have closed off our lifeline to all that is, then we aren’t truly living. We are simply existing.

And I want more than that for you, for me, for all of us.

I want each of us to fully experience life – to fully experience love.

And it starts with one smile, with one act of kindness, with one step into the land of vulnerability.

This is where I live, and it’s honestly a wonderful place.

Are things in this special space perfect all of the time? Of course not. My heart still gets broken, and I still shy away from being so open from time to time. But I always come back because I know how wonderful I feel when I am here.

And I know how many lives my love can touch when I allow myself to be in this love-filled space.

I have seen the ripple. And it’s absolutely amazing. I have seen lives change because I am living with an open heart. And so I know that this is true. I know that we can put so much more love into the world simply by choosing to.

I know it.

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I created a poster to encourage each of us to continue putting ripples of love into the world!

You can click on it below to print it out. It measures 8×10 and is saved at high resolution.

It’s my gift to you because I have seen how powerful of a healer and a connector love can truly be. I know how much my own life changed when I opened my heart and let the love pour out, and it’s my hope that this will help each of us remember how powerful we are and how our love has the ability to change the world.

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Please help spread the love by sharing this post on Facebook and Twitter!

Hugs,

jodi

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Three Amazing Men Who Changed My Life

hearts togetherIt’s no secret that I’m super sappy. I wear my heart on my sleeve and strongly believe in letting people know how much they mean to me. I believe that love is the core of our existence and appreciation is such a beautiful way to express it.

So get ready for a sappy, loved-filled post because I feel like I’m about to explode with gratitude for three men who have absolutely changed my life. I know that I wouldn’t be writing, connecting, and sharing with you or living the life that I live if it weren’t for their love and support.

These men share so many beautiful qualities: they are all sensitive, loving, passionate, heart-centered, brilliant, supportive, and caring. They have each changed my life in such profound ways, and I’m so excited to profile them here!

Dan Teck – My Everything

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This one shouldn’t be a shock to anyone. Dan is my husband, my best friend, my life.

We’re about to celebrate our 12th anniversary, and I love him so much more now than I ever imagined possible.

Meeting him and sharing a life with him has helped me in so many beautiful ways. But the main way that it’s helped bring me to where I am now is that Dan opened my heart. He showed me what love – deep, unconditional, never-ending, always surrounding me love – felt like. He showed me that it was absolutely possible. And with this knowing that he has given me, I have not only been able to open my heart and let his love in, but I’ve opened it to all of you.

Everything in my life changed when I met Dan. I went from being closed off and cynical to getting back to my core, which is loving and open. Dan’s love led me back to me, and I’m so, so grateful to him for that.

His daily support means the world to me – he’s my everything. And I’m just so blessed to spend my life loving him.

In addition to being my husband and best friend and everything, Dan is a brilliant writer, an insightful life coach, and an amazing ping-pong player and Boggle champion. I love him so much!

You can learn more about Dan here.

 

Steve Harrison – My Mentor

SteveHarrisonphotoI met Steve just about three years ago when Dan and I enrolled in his Quantum Leap marketing program.

We knew that we had a loving message to share with the world, but we just weren’t sure how to go about reaching others with it.

Some amazing synchronicities brought Steve into our life – all signs made it clear that he was the one to help us with this next step.

And he did. In such huge ways. Before meeting Steve and his team, I had no idea what a mailing list, platform, opt-in, or affiliate program was. I had no idea about anything marketing related – I just wanted to share my heart in the most authentic way that I was able to, and Steve’s teachings helped me reach the people that I most wanted to reach.

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Steve has helped many bestselling authors share their message, including Jack Canfield, John Gray, and now us!

He’s super sensitive, smart, personable, funny, and has a huge heart. He also wears his heart on his sleeve, and my soul knew that we would make a perfect team. His open heart, integrity, and honesty shines through in everything he does, and he’s been such an integral part of my journey.

He showed me what was possible and helped me reach for the stars, and I am so very grateful for him.

You can learn more about Steve here.

 

Alex Blackwell – My Connector

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I can’t even remember how Alex and I met. I know that I have been in love with his blog for years – he writes from such a loving, authentic space, and I was immediately pulled in because of that honestly and vulnerability.

Alex feels like a big brother to me in many ways. He’s shown me the ropes throughout the years. He sort of took me under his wing and let me learn from him.

He showed me what was possible when we come together to support each other. He helped connect me with other bloggers who shared my message. He helped bring me into the Beliefnet family. He’s just an amazing person.

Alex is the real deal – that beautiful heart that comes through in his writing is really how he is in actuality. He is humble and helpful and supportive and kind. And my world is definitely much brighter because he’s a part of it.

You can learn more about Alex here.

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I am so blessed to have shared my journey with each of these beautiful souls, and I’m so happy to share that gratitude here and give them the love and appreciation that they completely deserve.

We all have had people come into our life who are pivotal to our growth and who become an essential part of our journey. I would love for you to thank those people today. Share what they mean to you. And let them know how grateful you are for them.

It feels so good to spread love and appreciation around!

Hugs,

jodi

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Choose Wisely – Free Printable Poster!

I started and stopped writing three different posts just now. Usually, when I sit down to write, the words flow out. Usually, when I ask my soul what it wants to share, it has no problem jumping in and telling me exactly what it thinks. :)

Today though, it wanted to express itself visually. And so rather than continue trying to get it to write, I listened and let it create this piece of printable art for each of you:

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This was such a good lesson for me today. Each post that I had started was coming from a space that wasn’t in line with my highest good. Each post was coming from a lower vibration – a place that I definitely didn’t want to stay in (much less share with you). And so this poster helped me shift that. It reminded me that what I focus on becomes my reality. And if I continued to give energy to the low vibration, I would only create more of that in my life.

Something happened to me earlier today that sent me into a space of yuck and hurt. And while I think it’s super important to let these feelings out and give myself space to process them, I am so grateful that my soul reminded me that I get to choose moving forward how I will direct my energy.

And I certainly am choosing love. I certainly am choosing gratitude. I certainly am choosing to continue surrounding myself with beautiful lights and loving souls who lift me up and support me and embrace me (like each of you).

I hope this poster helps you do the same. There’s a beautiful energy attached to it – a gift from my soul to yours. 

(You can click on it to print it out. It’s saved at high resolution and measures 8″x10″.)

Let’s choose to focus our energy in a positive, loving, uplifting, grateful way. We get to decide. And that’s such a beautiful gift.

Hugs,

jodi

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You Are Needed

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Do you know how truly needed you are?

Do you know how much you matter in this world? Do you have any idea how you are changing lives simply by being yourself and by sharing your light with others?

Do you know? Really know?

Because I promise that it’s true. I promise that you’re absolutely positively needed in this world. You are.

When you share your truth with the world – your authentic, vulnerable, completely YOU truth, lives change. It’s just how it works.

When you show up as YOU, magic happens. And that’s the person who is needed. I’m not talking about some watered down version of yourself. I’m not talking about only sharing the parts of yourself that are polished and perfect. I’m not talking about looking to see what everyone else is doing and then sharing something similar because it seems to be working for them. I’m not talking about showing up as the person that you think others want you to show up as.

No. Definitely not.

I’m asking you to show up as YOU – completely you. The you who is still figuring it out. The you who is at times confused and at times filled with clarity. The you who is silly when being serious seems like the way to go. The you who is serious when being silly seems like the way to go. You. You. You. Whoever that is and however that looks.

That is who is needed.

I promise.

And I hope, hope, hope that you’ll be brave enough to share this person with the world. Because that’s the person we are all waiting to see. That’s the person that we can all learn from and feel inspired by. That’s the person that we can love completely because you can’t love what you don’t know. And we want to know YOU.

You are here for such an important reason. You are here to shine your unique light on the world. And you are the only person who can do it in the way that only you can.

Just you.

So please, please, please show up. And please, please, please show up as YOU.

We are waiting. And you are ready. I know it.

You are needed. You really are. Your truth, your voice, your heart, your authenticity, and your love are needed. Now.

Hugs,

jodi

 

 

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