When my body dies…

(To dispel any instant assumptions, I will preface this with: I am not sick. I am not depressed or suicidal. So now…)

Death is as age-old as birth. And in my belief, you can’t have one without the other. It’s natural. It’s created as part of the cycle for all organic things. Our bodies die because they are designed to. Our bodies need to die, as much as they need to live. That is their job. Their work. Their creation.

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When my cycle brings me to that point of my job, my work, my creation… when my cycle brings me to the death of my body… my friends, I want you to know:

I’m sorry. I’ve tried to apologize throughout the years for hurt I’ve caused, but sometimes there are things I didn’t realize I did or said that hurt you, and I’m sorry I wasn’t aware enough to recognize that. Sometimes I perhaps actually didn’t do something that you may truly, truly believe I did, and with those times, I’m so sorry you felt hurt, unheard, unseen, unsafe, or uncared for. Sometimes, too, there is hurt I’ve caused of which I AM aware, and I haven’t found the readiness to “go there” yet. Sometimes my own heart is hurting over the situation and I need to allow it the time it needs to mend before I can apologize for my part in it. But I am sorry, for all of that hurt. I hope you feel our love.

I forgive you. (I already did, long ago.) There is not one thing, not one single thing, for you to feel guilt, shame, or sorrow over. You didn’t and don’t need to do anything for my forgiveness. You have it. I hold no anger, no resentment, no bitterness towards you. Please forgive yourself. I hope you feel our love.

I won’t leave you. (You know I’m a bit of a magical little imp in this area!) Close your eyes and you will see me, hear me, and/or feel me. I will send you signs when you ask me to. I will be a wonderful listener. I will be at your celebrations (send me an invitation!) and anytime you want to share something with me, please do! When you want me to be around, I want SO MUCH to be! And be on the lookout, because you know I’ve always enjoyed a good April Fools prank. 😉 I won’t leave you. I’m yours. I hope you feel our love.

You are going to be okay. Let your feelings be what they are. Let your thoughts run away. Let whatever happens happen. Then go to bed. Sleep. Get up and have a glass of water. Put some healthy fuel in your body and step out into the sunshine. Even if it’s -16 degrees outside. Feel the sunshine, feel the zip of the air, feel the earth turn. And go get moving on your day. Sweet love, I know not every day is a good day. Some days are horrible. But you ARE going to be okay. Every time you’re NOT becomes a tool in your toolkit. You take that shitty moment, shitty day, shitty event, and you stick it in your toolkit, because at some point down the road, it is going to help you with something else. It is going to be just what you needed to tackle some other thing. Guaranteed. You can see this in every bad thing that’s happened to you in the past. You might have to really TRY to find how it was helpful, but if you keep trying, you will find it’s gift. Every single thing. And this bad day, bad week, bad whatever – it is now a tool, and you are an insanely talented creator. You are the badassiest contractor in town. Use your tools and I promise – you are going to be okay. I hope you feel our love.

I love you. You are so, so precious to me. A joy for me! One of my greatest blessings. My heart pours out to you. I am so grateful for you. I’m so grateful for sharing this space and time with you. You fill me. You fill me. I love you. I love you, I love you, I love you.

I hope you feel our love. ∞

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Celebrate Your Blessings – 30 Days of Gratitude

In November 2015 in the Celebrate Your Path! Facebook group, we rocked a gratitude challenge. Each day for 30 days, we committed to sharing gratitude for something specific. (You can read why I was inspired to do this for myself and the group here.)

I genuinely believe we should live in and exude gratitude all year long, not just one month of the year. For that reason, I decided to share the 30-day challenge for anyone to use for inspiration anytime! If you desire rekindling your connection to the blessings within and all around you, please enjoy the following: Celebrate Your Blessings: 30 Days of Gratitude!

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Celebrate Your Blessings

~ THE PLAN ~

1. Take a few moments today to genuinely feel into something for which you’re grateful.

2. Explore why you’re grateful for it, or exactly what makes you grateful for it. Don’t stop with, “I’m grateful for my spouse,” when what you really mean is, “I’m so grateful for how cherished and connected I feel when my sweetheart holds my hand while we’re out on a walk.”

3. Bring your gratitude to life. Draw it. Write it. Sing it. Sculpt it with Play-Doh. Interpretive-dance it. Act it out in a one-person play. It doesn’t matter how, but bring it into life. Give it form.

4. Share it. Especially with anyone that played a part in it being so special to you. Spread that love far and wide, baby. (If you post on social media, feel free to include the hashtag#CelebrateYourBlessings to keep the Gratitude mojo flowing.)

~ NEED A LIL INSPIRATION? ~

  • Something awesome happened to you this weekend. It may have been super-awesome, or it may have been semi-awesome. Either way, it felt like warm gravy in your tummy. What was it? Why are you grateful for it? What about it, exactly and specifically, was such a blessing?
  • Someone has made (or will make) your day easier today. Who? What graciousness did they bestow upon you?
  • Remember that really difficult thing you went through awhile ago? It hurt. It changed you…. Looking back at it now, you see there was a gift or two in it. What are those gifts which you can be grateful for now?
  • What strength or gift do you have for which you’re thankful?
  • What weakness or “shadow” (the things we don’t like about ourselves, don’t accept about ourselves, or try to keep hidden) do you have, which you now recognize is indeed a blessing?
  • What simple pleasure did you indulge in today that bumped up your Happy Meter?
  • What do you love about your city? In what ways is your city a blessing to you?
  • What do you love about your neighborhood? In what ways is your neighborhood a blessing to you?
  • What do you love about your home? In what ways is your home a blessing to you?
  • Your BFF… what would you do without him or her? What, exactly and specifically, are you grateful for when it comes to your best friend, your soul sister/brother, your kindred spirit?
  • In what ways does your employment or job bless you?
  • What is one of your favorite ways to spend your time? When you invest your time in it, what does it give back to you?
  • What about your partner is a blessing to you, or to the world? If you’re not currently in a relationship, what about your ex is a blessing?
  • Look around your home today. Study every item around you with fresh eyes. All of these things you’ve collected, purchased, or been given over the years. Perhaps an old souvenir from a trip you took years ago, dried flowers from a funeral arrangement, a feather you found during a walk. Really see these things for the first time again. Remember where they came from. Remember how and why they came into your life and your home. What blessings do you experience as you study the items in your home?
  • What did you do the last time you got out of the house, away from the normal routine, and did something fun or enjoyable? In what ways was it a blessing to you?
  • For what modern-day technology are you grateful?
  • That one very, very special relative…
  • That moment something really funny happened at a family or social gathering, and people STILL laugh about it… When was it, what happened, and why are you grateful for it?
  • Who is your idol or mentor? Why are you grateful for them?
  • When did you have a boss that was really, really great? Why are you thankful for him or her?
  • When did you have a boss that was really, really NOT great? What did they teach you, that you can be grateful for now?
  • Your favorite spot in the world… what about it has been a blessing?
  • What sign or message have you received from Spirit recently, and why did it mean so much to you?
  • Think of that person who swooped in when you were going through a hard time. It felt like they were being sent by the angels. What did they do that was such a blessing?
  • Your favorite simple pleasure…
  • What foods are you blessed to enjoy?
  • What unique experience have you been able to have, which is a bit out of the ordinary? What about it was such a blessing to you?
  • What beautiful lesson(s) did you learn this year?
  • What are other people doing in the world, that may not be something you’re cut out for, but you are so grateful that someone is doing?
  • What beautiful lesson did you learn from the last 30 days of focusing on gratitude? Why might this exercise have been a blessing for YOU?

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Celebrate Your Blessings.

Broken glasses. Boo.This morning, I allowed myself to wake up slowly and just sit with my thoughts and feelings. We’ve been experiencing a whole lot of Lemony Snicket energy lately… it’s been a series of unfortunate (or at least uncomfortable) events. I had some medical concerns. My car has been in to the shop twice in the last month. Our furnace died. Our dishwasher glitched. My glasses broke in half. Even the pig nose I’d purchased for my costume – yesterday I went to put it over my head and the elastic snapped right off. (Enter: face paints.) And today, one of our two space heaters that’s been keeping us comfortable while we wait for the new furnace gave up. Life, man…. Life….

There have been a few moments over these last few weeks where it was overwhelming. Sometimes I cried. Sometimes I put myself in Time Out. Sometimes I yelled at my guides and angels. Sometimes I even blamed them.

As I laid there this morning, with all of that swirling around, I still felt more peace in my heart than not. And I thought, “I am still blessed. And I can still be grateful.”

And in flowed an idea. A commitment. November brings with it it’s own energies of Reflection and Gratitude, and even if it seems trite or cliché or over-done, I want on board. I want on that party bus.

And I’d love for you to join me.

Gratitude TreeHere’s the plan…

1. Each day in November, take a few moments to genuinely feel into something for which you’re grateful.

2. Explore why you’re grateful for it, or exactly what makes you grateful for it. Don’t stop with, “I’m grateful for my spouse,” when what you really mean is, “I’m so grateful for how cherished and connected I feel when my sweetheart holds my hand while we’re out on a walk.”

3. Bring your gratitude to life. Draw it. Write it. Sing it. Sculpt it with Play-Doh. Interpretive-dance it. Act it out in a one-person play. It doesn’t matter how, but bring it into life. Give it form. (I want to set up a little “Gratitude Tree” kind of like this one I found on Pinterest.)

4. Share it. Especially with anyone that played a part in it being so special to you. Spread that love far and wide, baby.

Celebrate Your BlessingsThere is no sign-up, registration, or opt-in required for this.

There is no cost.

There is no sales pitch attached to it.

There are no requirements. No contracts, deals, barters, or sign-on-the-dotted-line-in-blood.

No emails filling your inbox.

It’s just about gratitude. Feeling into gratitude. Experiencing the glow of gratitude. Living in gratitude. That’s all.

You can do it on your own, or if you’d like, you can join with me, and other Celebrate Your Path! Facebook group members in this focus. Each day, feel free to share your gratitude in the group. I’ll offer some suggestions for inspiration (because, quite frankly, some days it’s reeeeally hard to feel grateful, when yet another thing goes wrong).

And if you’d like, as you’re posting on social media about your gratitude, feel free to add in the hashtag #CelebrateYourBlessings to bask with others who are celebrating their blessings too.

I’ll kick off this party. Right here. Right now.

With this…

Leaf Angel

I am SO. Over the moon. Grateful… For the joy, the smiles, the giggles, the moments my heart wants to burst wide open because of this little face, this little person, and his big, glorious presence in my life. Grateful for the moments of pure bliss and presence and dreaminess, like this one, where this sweet soul wanted to make a leaf angel.

Here’s to a season of Gratitude, Abundance, and Blessings for you, for me, for all of us. See you later, Alligator!

♥ Amber

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