Don't give up! Don't stop fighting for yourself and your dream! Do not allow others to knock you from your path to greatness. Remember...they aren't going anywhere, but YOU are! Be like the great Phoenix and walk through the fire with courage and your head held high. Others may doubt you, belittle you, judge and condemn you, but they aren't going anywhere with their life, YOU are! You have a purpose, a mission, and work to be done. Don't hang out with losers. Winners hang out with other winners, losers hang out with losers. They can't see where you are going, because the blind are never free. They aren't going anywhere, but YOU are! Today, be brave! Get up from the table when love is no longer being served. Do something, anything that takes a step towards your goal. Set an intention to repurpose yourself to your dream. Sometimes you must leave the ones you've known to become who you are meant to be. The Warrior fights his battles, he does not cave. The Warrior is going places, the rest are not! Forge your path! You and your dream are worth fighting for. 💜
When we are "growing" through an experience, it is hard to believe that things will get better. Time and patience are the true healers in those moments. We need time to grieve and to feel our pain from dramatic experiences. We need patience with ourselves and the process to carry us to the other side. The kick is, do not become stuck in the wreckage of a situation. Even though time and patience are needed, a fight must also be happening to recover. It is when we lose our fight that the fight is over. We must be constantly looking for our salvation to climb up out of the wreckage. A way out. When we surrender to the process of grief and let time gently heal us, a way will be made known. But we must want it. You will laugh again I promise and you will carry the experience with you for the rest of your life. If you can, let it fuel you back to your greatness. Let it become the swelling of fight to ignite the passion in you. Let it make you better, stronger, more determined than ever before and prove to yourself how incredible you are. This has come to change you, not to break you. 💜
As Summer comes to a close and the Fall season begins, it reminds me of things I talk about in my book, Seasons Of Discovery. Our lives are like the seasons. A perfectly timed metaphor for how our daily lives change. Life is about growth. We didn't come here to just work, pay bills, go home, and get up to do it all over again the next day. We are here in "Earth School" to learn, to live, and to grow our soul purpose. As we grow, learn, and evolve, we change. In those times of change, we outgrow certain people, places, and things. Everything has its time. All of us and everything has an expiration date. When the seasons of our life change, the best thing we can do to avoid further pain is to let go. When a season comes to a close, the ending can be tough, but we can move forward in the confidence of knowing when something ends...something WILL begin. Today, help us to let go, to trust this process of life's evolution and to know something better will come. Affirmation: I trust the ending of my seasonal relationships. I know something even better is now coming for me. ❤
I've always blazed a different path. I have always considered myself a rebel. I have always been an observer of life and the people around me. I have walked to the beat of my own drum and often times yes, have lived very selfishly. My humble beginnings were so 'fear' based, I was afraid to do anything. I wasted a chunk of my life because of it. At the end of my days, I will be able to say, I was not only amazed, but I lived! A good friend asked me yesterday, what triggered me to go after my dreams and to become so passionate about life? I'll tell you, first off, my Mom died, the ultimate in living without a Life Jacket! My world was changed, rearranged, and shaken to its core. And when the lights in everything returned to their rightful colors, I could not go on being who I once was. Then, "The Fire" started. I had to make happiness a reality. I knew I had important work to do. I knew there were struggling people, just like me, who needed validation. Who needed to be told of their importance, their value, their meaning, their power, their strength, that they MATTERED!! I was tired of drowning and living a lie. I want to empower others. I want you to know that who you are is perfect. Who you are IS enough. Who you are means something. Don't let other peoples opinions, judgments, and fear thinking to knock you from your greatness. We are ALL spiritual beings having a human experience, and getting 'Home' the best way we know how. So, in case no one has told you today, let me tell you...YOU MATTER! YOU ARE SO LOVED! Even in the midst of what looks like imperfection...YOU ARE PERFECT! ❤
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We have all heard the saying, "The only way is up!". The hard part of that statement is, there are people who are not able or willing to get up. Fear keeps us from going up the Staircase, so does Loss, Depression, low Self-worth, and Self-esteem. Also, people sometimes become attached to their pain and do not want to leave it to move up the steps to a better way of life. The challenge is not to allow fear from holding you back. Don't allow a " failure" mentality to keep you safe from going after your dreams. Don't stay stuck in your pain that keeps you comfortable in your misery, to pursue a better life. Be gentle with yourself in times of loss, but work "the steps" in your grief for release and acceptance in your pain. For at the top of this "Staircase" lies our hopes, our goals, our dreams, our successes, our victory. We claim victory by taking it one step at a time and by being willing to rise up and take a chance on achieving a better life. Today, take one step towards making your dreams a reality. Do one thing that scares you. Tomorrow take another and before long, you will be moving up that staircase to your glory! Believe in yourself. In the end, you will realize the truth in the other statement, "The only thing to fear is fear itself!" Be brave. Be daring. The life you want is waiting on YOU! ❤
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Keep believing in yourself even when others don't! When you move out of the comfort zone others have for you, it will make them uncomfortable. They may talk about you behind your back, say things to hold you down, tell you sabotaging messages that make you doubt yourself but don't listen to the naysayers, doubters, and haters! You are going somewhere and doing something with your life, they are not! Distance yourself from them and keep on going. You have important work to do. Use their unsupportive ways to fuel your passion even more. People tend to speak and talk of things they don't understand, don't let them distract you! You/Me are going up, so leave them behind you and keep following your destiny. Say to your Objectors, "I love you, but your opinion doesn't matter and it isn't needed. Excuse me, I've got work to do!". People that are staying in their comfort zones, playing it safe, or who shoot you down are not going anywhere and they are afraid. Show them what courage is and keep believing in yourself! You/Me are destined for greatness!
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YOU are your greatest investment! What a statement. The biggest message I ever heard was, "YOU MATTER!". Watching Oprah's Life Class, @iyanlavanzant as she told someone she was counseling, " YOU MATTER", words I had never heard, but they burned into my soul. I received those 2 words that day and a floodgate opened up to me. YOU are your greatest investment! Never stop working on you! Never stop believing in yourself. Let go of your defeated mentality as quickly as you can and KNOW that YOU MATTER! Your investment in YOU matters! Get up this morning and say, Thank you, God!, I get another day to spread some love, give some joy, to heal my life, to make a difference, and to start with me! The investment that you spend working on yourself will be the most valuable investments that you will ever spend. Do it! YOU are so worth it! YOU are made of greatness and power, know it, believe in it, and use it for the greater good. ❤
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We spend so much of our time worrying about silly things. We try to control the outcomes when WE aren't the ones in charge. If we could release our need for certain outcomes, and trust that things will work out as they should, and when they should, our lives will go much easier. We want things on our watch, but I believe it doesn't work that way. If we are to truly trust the power of Divine Time and Order, we can learn detachment and surrender ourselves to the right and perfect outcome. When we get out of our own way and let our Divine Source carry us, we will find a better way than we could have ever predicted. Have Faith! ❤
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As we change, the people around us must change. As we begin to improve our lives, we must surround ourselves with people who love and support us. The ones who are our biggest cheerleaders. The ones who encourage us and help to lift us higher and who are our foundations in advancement. We cannot go up our staircase to greatness if others are holding us back! Change can be frightening but it is necessary. We must love ourselves enough to remove toxic people from our lives and trust that new, better, and loving people will come.
Daily Affirmation: I am simply the best and I deserve to be treated that way! ❤
The same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg. It is about what you are made of, not the circumstances - Unknown
Don’t like what you are made of, change it. If that feels overwhelming (it should) start with breath, change that first.
I am not sure where I am going, but I am going anyway! Each time that we make a declaration about what we want, or who we want to become, the Universe will step up and show us the way. I believe that it does come with a catch...WE must take that first step and the Universe will show us the next step to take. Each new step will be matched by the Divine to help show us our best way forward. Put one foot in front of the other and with confidence and belief in yourself, the path leading to your purpose will be shown. Don't know what your purpose is? Start following your passion (what you love), and it will guide you to your purpose.
Today's Affirmation: I DECLARE that I am successful and I love what I do! ❤
Dead things drift.
Dead things get stuck, for reasons beyond their control.
Dead things are carried on currents and disintegrate.
—— But ———
Live things change direction.
Live things get UNstuck.
Live things make and follow paths that lead to growth.
People do too. Are you dead, carried about by every current of feeling and events; or are you alive, quickened (empowered) by God to intentional, courageous change?
“God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions....” ~ Eph. 2:4-5 🙌🏻
Don’t stay dead, choose to follow Jesus to life!
Everyone's life is a sacred journey. It is one that only you can take and what you do with it or make of it is no one's business but yours. Others may try to tell you what to do, who you are, what to believe, what to think, what to fear, who to fear, what is good and what is bad, but all of that is someone else's dream. Their life reality does not have to influence your own. As babies, we all come into this world as a clean slate, fearing nothing and no one until "the programming" started. Then the " belief systems" began and their projections were taught to us, but this B.S. can be unlearned and a new way of living can begin. It takes a lot of work and focus to retrain the mind, but once the vision is shifted, a new way of seeing life can emerge. The life that you are waiting to see, is waiting for you to start creating it. Which reality do you choose to see.💜
"You only see what your eyes want to see. How can life be what you want it to be? You're frozen when your heart's not open." ~ M.
The minute you choose to do what you really want to do, it’s a different kind of life. We constantly change. Change is inevitable. I wanted the changes In my life to cause intentional growth. My focus was physical. Growth can be simple or complex. It can be a project you want to accomplish, a book you want to read, a goal you want to start, a relationship you want to reconcile, a new recipe you want to try...anything! What do you really want to see change in your life? What intentional growth are you going to tackle this week?
Disclaimer: Don’t be surprised when people don’t understand why you’re changing and working toward growth. Some will be haters, love them regardless - but separate yourself from the negativity! .
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Card of the day.
After posting on my Edward Stratton Facebook page, I drew this card: Self-Worth. This card comes as validation, to remind us that we ARE worthy of love, acceptance, joy, happiness, and most of all, ENOUGH. Have you worked on your Self lately? Have you done things lately to boost your sense of self? When you speak to yourself, do you say kind and loving things, or do you say things that only tear yourself down even more? This card comes to tell us that we MATTER! Who YOU are is worth loving. The challenge is, do YOU believe it? Can you receive it? Can you believe that today, even in the midst of your imperfections, that YOU ARE PERFECT! Today, love YOU! And know that you matter enough to be all that you are designed to be. ❤
Today's Affirmation: I AM LOVED, LOVABLE and WORTH LOVING! I AM ENOUGH!
Through this process of starting a business, writing a book and getting it published, I have learned who my circle is. My circle is a colorful circle and I am surrounded by longtime friends and family, but the interesting thing is the ones that I barely know, who are cheering me on. I have received the most loving comments, accolades, and gestures from almost complete strangers, who follow your work, silently observe your changes and comment how excited that they are for you. To those individuals, welcome to my tribe! To my family and friends who have always been my biggest cheerleaders, Thank You! I say it all the time, you never know how what you are doing is affecting people. So today, keep doing what you do, but make sure that it pulls to you the type of people that you want to surround you! Like my book teaches...like attracts like. It also teaches, that when the seasons (people, places, things), end...they cannot stay with you. As YOU change, the people, places, and things around you MUST change! Your tribe will change, let it! Just make sure to notice who is really for you and who is blocking your doorway! The right ones can't get in if the wrong ones are taking up the space! ❤
I can't believe that this is happening to me! What a surreal moment, to have something that was once a dream to become a reality. It is a testament to what we can do when we make the commitment to something. Through the use and practice of this book, what will you commit to doing, being, becoming? Whatever it is, they are all waiting on YOU! Seasons Of Discovery, on sale tomorrow! Only on Amazon. Launch day is almost here! Thank you for your wait, your enthusiasm, and your support in a dream come true. Next post will contain the link for tomorrows purchasing to make it easier to find. Please help me to push it up in the Amazon ranking! ❤
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