Shaking Things Up

believeLast week, I did something that I had never done before: I invited 5 of the archangels into my home. A friend had just finished her time with them and asked if I wanted to host them for five days. I talk to my angels all of the time, and I was excited about the possibility of miracles occurring by having all of their loving energy here at one time. When my husband and I opened the door and welcomed them in, we both felt tingling sensations throughout our bodies. And I knew that they had arrived.

I wasn’t immune to the magic that angels can bring. Over the last few years, since I’ve opened my heart to them, I’ve received daily signs that they were standing by – always near me. I’ve had a stone and a necklace appear out of nowhere. I’ve had lights flicker and shadows appear and all sorts of other beautiful ways that they check in with me and let me know that they are surrounding me with their love. So while I had no idea what to expect during this time, I knew it was going to be an amazing five days. And I couldn’t wait to see and feel their magic. I was hoping for visions and concrete messages that were clear beyond clear.

The first day went by, and I didn’t feel them at all. Same with the second. By the third, I was starting to feel really frustrated and angry, and my skepticism returned and wondered if they were here at all. I wasn’t feeling any magic or miracles. If anything, life seemed a little more bleak than before they arrived. I felt extra tired and extra “off.”  I felt sick without actually being sick – spacey and lethargic and just blah. I was so angry with them for not showing up and angry at myself for believing that they would. I just was ready to call the entire experiment off and be done with it.

But something inside of me – deep, deep down – believed that they were here and believed that they were doing exactly what needed to be done to help me – even if I couldn’t see or feel it. And so I settled down a little bit and waited for whatever sign, message, or guidance I was meant to receive to appear and become clear.

At the end of the third day, I was on Facebook and saw that someone posted about the west coast having more earthquakes than ever before over a 2-day period. The article said that the entire coast shifted a bit, which was unheard of. I’m such a sensitive soul that this explained why I was feeling so off and blah and spacey and unsettled. The ground was literally moving underneath me.

I felt that this was somehow related to the message that I needed to hear from them, but I still wasn’t sure what it all meant. My husband said that I wanted a big sign that they were there – something huge. And what bigger sign than having the entire earth shake! But I felt that there was another piece to it, and the next morning it came to me. I needed a big shake-up in my life – things have stagnated so much for me over the last few years. And the angels came to help move things around and literally shake things up again.

I’ve been through so much over the last 5 years (grieving, illness, uncertainty, immense amounts of stress, moving, etc.), and I have created a cocoon that I could sort of hide in and lick my wounds. It was absolutely necessary to do this to allow me to heal, but I’ve been feeling lately that this cocoon has become a comfort zone and a crutch. I’ve been feeling that it’s time to prepare myself to fly again and really needed a kick in the pants in the form of a huge sign to get me to take action.

While I’m still working out the details within my heart about what “shaking things up” means for me, I know that it’s big. I know that it’s not just a few tweaks here and there, but more a life overhaul. I’m turning 40 in a couple of weeks, and the timing feels perfect to sort of start over in many ways – to hit the reset button and welcome a fresh start. It’s time. And I’m so thankful to the angels for sticking with me long enough to make sure I received this message. They are now on their way to others who are getting ready to welcome them into their homes, and my heart feels full that I got the chance to experience their love while they were here. I know that I can call upon them anytime, and I certainly will from now on. And I’ll be a little more trusting with them and a little more grateful for them as well. :)

I’ll definitely keep you posted on these changes as they become more clear to me. And I also want to invite you to see how you can shake things up in your own life as well! 

Hugs,

jodi

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Embracing the New Normal

allowed to be happy copyThis past week has been a blur. Last Wednesday, I received some wonderful, life-changing news that I promise to share just as soon as I am able to. And I spent several days floating around in a happiness balloon.

At first, I was filled with complete gratitude and found myself feeling a lightness that I hadn’t felt in a very long time. My insides were smiling and doing cartwheels and were absolutely elated. It took me a few days for the bigness of it to sink in – to not feel like I was living a dream but to remind myself that this was real.

Feeling this increased joy was wonderful. I felt free and validated and at peace. I felt happy. I couldn’t get myself to do anything other than bask in this moment – this place where everything seemed to align and come together for my highest good. And so I gave myself permission for several days to step away from the daily routine and just be in this new space.

What I found, though, was that a part of me kept trying to bring me back down to “reality.” A part of me wasn’t comfortable in this happy space and was doing its best to ground me in what I knew – what I was used to. So I heard all sorts of voices in my head worrying that maybe it wasn’t all going to work out the way I hoped it would. Or maybe something would happen and it would all be taken away. I squashed these naysaying thoughts as quickly as I could and continued redirecting myself back to the celebration.

Then they started appearing in my dreams:

In the first dream, Dan and I had gone on a wonderful road trip and stopped at a friend’s house on the way home. We had just seen some amazing sites and experienced such joy together. But from the moment we walked in, it was clear that our friend didn’t want us there. We were packing up the car and getting to ready to go home when I heard him talking on the phone with his friend – not knowing that I was listening. He said, “They just think that everything will come easy to them – that it will just flow. They’re just weird.”

In the second dream, I was taking a class with Bob Proctor, and he went through my notes to find what underlying belief may be holding me back in any way. I had written “Sounds suspicious,” which he circled in red and said that this was the one. Not fully trusting and thinking that if things seemed too good to be true, they probably were.

Clearly, I have some deep-seated beliefs that want to protect me from getting hurt – feeling that if things just flow easily and lovingly that there must somehow be a catch. And thinking that if I am no longer struggling in some way, that there must be something wrong – that it can’t be real.

Yesterday, I woke up with a sore throat and felt like I was coming down with something. So it seemed that my body was also getting on board the “let’s bring her back to reality” train – wanting me to go back to the known.

But here’s the thing: I so appreciate each part of my psyche and mind and body and heart wanting to keep me safe. I know that they are all coming from such a good place and just want to keep me from getting hurt. I know that none of these pieces of me are doing this maliciously, but they certainly aren’t helping.

Yes, it’s true that this place of struggle and uncertainty and mistrust are comfortable for me. They are normal for me. But I want to create a new normal. I want to raise the bar on my day-to-day existence. I want to embrace happiness and ease and flow and possibility. I want the joy that I felt over the past few days to be the norm. I want the freedom and lightness to be the routine.

And so I’m going to stay conscious of these negative thoughts and do my best to lovingly redirect them just as soon as they come up. I keep hearing from the universe and my soul that it’s time to soar – that it’s time for a new normal, a new reality. And I’m certainly not going to get in my own way of fully experiencing that. Not after I’ve seen the light and lived in the light – it’s just too wonderful of a space to exist in to not want to be there as much as possible.

If you’re also feeling your way around this new normal, I hope that you’ll choose to stay here, too. That way we can be here together.

Hugs,

jodi

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I’ll Be Happy When…

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We’ve all said it. We’ve all thought it. We’ve all felt it. And we’ve all believed it. 

The “I’ll be happy when…” illusion/trap. 

“I’ll be happy when I meet my soulmate.”

“I’ll be happy when my finances all come together.”

“I’ll be happy when I quit my job and leap into my soul’s calling.”

“I’ll be happy when my body feels healthier.”

“I’ll be happy when I get to wherever it is that I want to get to. Then, everything will come together. Then, the stars will align. Then, life will be pure bliss, and I will be in absolute heaven. Until then, though, I guess I’ll just wait for happiness – postpone it since I know it’s just around the corner.” 

Does any of this sound familiar to you? It certainly does to me.

I’ve been using the “I’ll be happy when…” phrase (both consciously and also subconsciously) for most of my life. In fact, I found myself using it just the other day when I was talking to my sweetie, Dan.

My dream is to move to the beach and to live a completely peaceful life there. And I know that this move is somewhere in my future, and I know that the ocean and I will be best friends when the time is right. And I know that I’ll be happy there.

But what about now? This moment? My present reality?

Why am I putting off happiness simply because I’m not exactly where I want to be?

I’ve been focusing on all of my dreams that are in the future and all of my lack of dreams that are in the present. But that’s not really fair – because when I stop and think about it, I have so many potential happiness inducers all around me. I’ve been so busy putting parameters around my own happiness that I just about missed embracing my currently available happiness.

It’s true that right here in this moment, my life doesn’t feel like a particularly good incubator for growing happiness. I’m currently sick with a chest cold; we still are taking care of a dog that we found who takes a lot of time and energy; I don’t currently live at the beach; my book is taking longer to write than I originally thought; I’m in my eighth month on the couch from adrenal fatigue….and, just as I was writing this, my cat puked all over our bed. Blah, blah, blah…

Yes, all of this is true. And yes, I could make a great case for why this isn’t the perfect time to feel happy.

But that really would make me miserable, wouldn’t it? And I actually don’t want to feel miserable. I want to feel happy.

So instead, I’m going to do my best to eliminate the “I’ll be happy when…” phrase from my vocabulary completely. I’m going to do my best to fully embrace all of the good in my life rather than focus on what’s not quite how I want it to be or focusing on how I hope my future will be.

And it’s really not hard to do once I make the decision to shift my focus:

  • I am so happy that I have an amazing husband who loves me so beautifully.
  • I am so happy that I have three sweet cats who make me laugh everyday.
  • I am so happy that I have such a nurturing relationship with my mom.
  • I am so happy that I have dear friends who love me for me.
  • I am so happy that I get to spend all of this time on the couch – healing and resting and nurturing my soul.
  • I am so happy that I live in such a beautiful place where I look out my back door and see a beautiful field and green mountains.
  • I am so happy that I get to spend each day writing and creating – two things that feed my soul.
  • I am so happy that I get to connect with others from all over the world – that we really truly see each other at the soul level.
  • I am so happy that I am alive in this day and age – with all of the advances in technology that make all of this connection possible.
  • I am so happy that I get to choose what I will focus on and what I will embrace.
  • I am so happy that I am so happy. It feels good, and I love that I can do this any time I want to.
  • I am so happy that I don’t have to wait for happiness. That I don’t have to wait for everything to line up perfectly and exactly how I planned for it to in order to feel at peace. I am so happy that I can be happy right here in this exact moment simply by choosing to be.

This is what I wish for all of us – to remember that happiness is a moment-by-moment choice. I forget that sometimes, and I’m so happy that my soul always, always, always bring me right back.

If you also have a tendency to get stuck in the “I’ll be happy when…” mindset, I would love to invite you to join me in removing this from your vocabulary, too. Let’s focus on being happy NOW!

Hugs,

jodi

 

You’re Allowed to Change

teeny-changeI’ve been seeing something a lot lately in several of the online groups that I’m part of. There’s sort of this notion that if we start something, we have to see it through. That if something was once our dream, then it must always stay our dream. That if we take the leap to pursue our soul’s purpose – if we drop everything else in our life and move mountains to make this happen and to see it through – then we have to stick with it forever. Because it’s our purpose, right? It’s our dream. And it’s just what we’re meant to do.

And I agree with this, in the sense that it was exactly what we were meant to do. When we first heard that whisper and first took that leap, it was our dream. And when we made the plans to see it through, it was our purpose. And at first it felt amazing and heart-centered and perfectly aligned with who we were.

But sometimes (oftentimes) we grow out of our dream. And sometimes (oftentimes) our purpose expands and shifts and grows as we expand and shift and grow. And part of our job here on Earth is to give ourselves permission to say goodbye to one dream to make room for another – to thank it for helping us reach this next level of consciousness – to appreciate it for allowing us to gain insight and awareness. And then to bravely allow ourselves to walk away from it and walk toward the new whispers that we’re feeling called to – our new soul’s purpose – whatever it is that we currently, in this exact moment, feel aligned with.

It’s not always easy to walk away from something that we’ve been so passionate about and that we’ve put so many hours into and that we’ve potentially built from the ground up and poured our blood, sweat, tears, and happiness into. We know this dream. We’re comfortable with this dream. We may not currently be fulfilled or happy with it, but it’s ours. It’s a part of us – a piece of us – that we’re leaving behind. And that can feel scary to say goodbye to.

So it makes sense that even if we feel that the dream no longer fits us and even if we know deep in our heart that we’re no longer aligned with it, we stay. And we hope and pray that things will eventually feel good again. We hope and pray that eventually we’ll feel passionate about it again. We hope and pray that it will all make sense again.

Except it won’t. It can’t. Because we have grown, and we can’t go back. We can’t take back all of our expansion and growth simply because we want to feel comfortable again or not have to start over again. We just can’t. No matter how much we want to. But maybe, just maybe, if we step back and get some perspective around it – we will realize that we wouldn’t want to even if we could. We will realize that we are who we are right now is because this past dream and this past purpose has led us here. We have received all of the gifts that it had to offer. And so we’ll never completely leave the dream behind – it will forever be part of us. And we’ll be who we’ll be by saying yes to our current soul’s whispers and leaping into the next dream and purpose. And it goes on and on and on if we allow ourselves to embrace this change and growth throughout our entire life.

It’s up to each of us. Truly it is.

I’ve experienced this in the past when I knew it was time to say goodbye to my gift business. And I’m experiencing it now when I know that so much of my soul’s purpose is changing, and I’m feeling called to serve in different ways then before. And I have been dragging my feet because I am afraid. I have been kicking and screaming and coming up with every excuse to not have to move forward because I have been living my dream life for many years, and a huge part of me wishes that it was still my dream. But it’s not. I’ve grown. I’ve changed. And so it’s time for me to see this as a gift rather than a curse. It’s a good thing. I’ll be saying yes more and more to my current purpose – the one that feels right for me now. And I’ll be leaving behind any part of my past dream that no longer aligns with that and sending it off with love and gratitude for all of the gifts and growth that it has given to me.

It’s my hope that if you’re also feeling this tug toward change, that you give yourself permission to do so. That you allow yourself to move forward. That’s why we’re here. And there’s so much loving grace in that.

Hugs,

jodi

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Deciphering the Signs

signsIn my last post, I shared about how I’m reading E-Squared, which has me looking for signs of universal love, energy, and miracles that are all around me. It’s been exciting to open up to these signs and to really be aware of them. And what I’m seeing is that every single thing can be a sign – depending on how we look at it. And we get to decipher for ourselves what each sign means.

As many of you know, we lost our beautiful dog-ter, Xena, just over a year ago, which was followed by an intense period of grief and almost paralyzing sadness.

Everyone grieves differently. For me, it became as much a physical journey as an emotional one. I cried deeply every day for a year. I couldn’t sleep. After taking care of her and watching her vigilantly in the two years from when her health began to decline until she passed away, I found myself to in a state of complete exhaustion. My adrenal glands had been on full alert for years, and my mommy circuits were always plugged in. My body informed me that it could no longer continue in this way, and all I have been able to do for the last many months is rest and relax and heal.

jodi and xena (2) Xena is a member of my soul family, and I felt (and still feel) such a strong connection to her. I’ve received so many beautiful signs from her since she’s been on the other side. Some have been the “hit you over the head” kind, and others have been more subtle yet just as powerful. I love knowing that she’s still here loving and protecting us.

We knew after she died that we wouldn’t adopt another dog. We needed to grieve. Our bodies needed to recover. And after losing 17 furry kids in 17 years, my heart needed time to heal. I felt like this was my time to take care of myself. I’m just about to turn 40 and have been caring for animals since I can remember. I was always the one that strays found. I was the one who took them in and loved on them and gave them everything I had. And it’s been so rewarding to do that, and it’s not something that I would change. But something inside of me has been whispering over the past year or so that it’s time for me to give some of that love to myself and to honor this space of fatigue by actually resting and unplugging any circuits that aren’t absolutely essential.

I have carried this knowing in my heart for the past year, and I have begun my year of silence with this intention in mind: to rest, to relax, to recharge, and to heal – both emotionally and also physically. I’ve gotten really strong in this knowing and really secure with it. It feels right in every way.

I don’t believe that the universe tests us to see how strong our conviction is. But I do think that things happen in our life that we can grow from and learn more about ourselves in the process of experiencing them. 

daisy mae1I am currently in one such experience, and it’s been really heart and soul opening for me to go through. Last weekend, my husband and I found a sweet dog in the field behind our home. She was emaciated and couldn’t use one of her legs. She was scared and starving and exhausted. Animal services came and were going to take her, but we couldn’t imagine her going to stay in a kennel when she had already gone through so much. And so we volunteered to foster her and cover any vet bills while we looked for a forever home.

She is a sweetheart. And my heart strings started to feel tugged at each time I looked into her deep brown eyes. I completely forgot about my self-care journey and just thought about her needs and making sure she felt safe and loved and comfortable. I began to wonder if maybe we could adopt her – maybe I could somehow find the energy to take care of her – maybe she came into our life for a reason – maybe it was a sign from the universe that we were meant to be part of her family. So many maybes!

But the longer she was here, the more the maybes cleared away and I once again became clear in my own need to take care of myself. If anyone were going to sway me to adopt another animal, it would be Daisy Mae. (When I asked her what her name was, this is what I heard.) And yet, my body and my heart are absolutely certain that this is not her forever home and reminded me that sometimes I can help others in small ways without having to go all in. I realized that I could foster her for a little while and make sure she’s safe, but still honor my own needs and energy level by not making it a long-term commitment.

So here’s what I’m learning about signs: they are all around us. Everywhere. All of the time. And it’s up to us to stay on the lookout for them and then decipher their meaning. No one else can tell you what they mean. So many have told me that because Daisy came to me that it’s a sign that she is meant to stay with me. And believe me, I can see how this looks like what’s happening. But, when I’m able to span out my perspective a bit, I can see so clearly how her coming into my life was a loving reminder of how important my own self care is and a beautiful gift of remembering that I can help others while still taking care of myself.

That’s really huge for me.

And this sweet beautiful dog has given me this gift. It’s my hope that I will in turn be able to give her the gift of a forever family. 

I just love learning more about how our universe works. And I love seeing how we truly are the interpreters of our destiny. We get to sit with the signs and determine what they mean for us. That feels really empowering and loving to me, and I hope it does for you as well.

So the next time you receive what feels like a sign, please sit with it for a little while before determining what it means. And maybe refrain from asking another what they think it means until you have gotten some clarity around it first. You are truly the only one who can decipher it. You are the only one who can know how each experience feels within your own heart. That’s such a miracle.

Hugs,

jodi

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