Make More. Play More. Work Less.

Make More. Play More. Work Less.

Yes please, I will take that! How about you?playmore0aworkless0amakemore-default

Are you on board to make more (money, happiness + dreams come true), play more and work less?

Who wouldn’t want this? Isn’t this the ultimate definition of success?

And the honest to goodness truth, for me, is that I LOVE my work so much, that it feels like play to me. I found a way to turn my work into something I love and enjoy rather than a “have to,” a bummer or a disconnect from my bigger truth.  

It didn’t used to be this way though. . . 

I felt I had to sacrifice, struggle and do things that didn’t really turn me on in order to make it.

And I was miserable, disconnected, bored and dead inside. Can you relate?

How can we turn our work into something that feeds us, lights us up and excites us? How can we work less (or love what we do), play more and make more?

Here are some of the basic steps we need to take to get on this path:

  • Take some quiet time to get super clear about how you feel about your current relationship to your work. Do you enjoy it? Is it full fullfiling? Are you happy doing what you do?
  • If money all of a sudden wasn’t an issue in your life, would you continue doing this work, at least on some level? Is this sort of work interesting and enjoyable to you?
  • Sit with your answer. If it’s a definite “no,” and you are not happy with your work, couldn’t care less about continuing to do it, then it’s time to consider a change . . . either in how you perceive it, or changing your work altogether. I AM NOT ENCOURAGING YOU TO RUN OUT AND QUIT YOUR JOB TODAY!  I am, however, encouraging you to honestly examine this part of your life. We spend so much time at work (most of us) so it’s critical to like what you do or change it if you don’t.
  • What do you love? Write a list. What are possible careers or work that you would LOVE to do? Make a list of these things, and start to research the possibility of  maybe slowly moving in this direction. Could you start this work part time and keep your regular job? Say this career that you would love to do is music. How about taking music classes or finding other local musicians to collaborate with? Maybe that little bit of shift and adding a bit more of what you love into your life would actually shift how you feel about your main job.
  • Start to play more! Just add silliness, lightheartedness and fun into your life. Be a kid again. Find your innocence through play. Create a list of what those things are for you and commit to doing them a few times a week.
  • MONEY! In order to make more, play more and work less, we have to see it, dream it and know it before we actually start to see the physical evidence of it in our lives. Make a commitment to following the basics of manifesting (see this link) and start to shift your belief system about what is actually possible. We have to shift our beliefs and feelings about a certain thing in order to shift the thing.

The main thing to remember when we desire to shift anything in our lives—our money situation, our health, our feelings about success and happiness—is to affirm it first. We need to make a conscious CHOICE to oursleves and the universe that we are committed to working less (or changing how we feel about our work), playing more and making more.

State it out loud, on paper and on a reagular basis. Choose to put that vibration out into the world. Words hold energy and power, so start choosing the words, feelings and thoughts that support what you want rather than what you don’t want.

Start each day saying— “I choose happiness today. I choose thoughts of abundance today. I choose patience today. I choose love today. I choose to be organized and efficient today.”   Do this on a consistent basis, let go of attachment to results and you are on your way to manifesting your desires!

It is that simple, if you choose it to be!

How are you committing to a more playful, abundant life? What small action steps are you taking right now to get on track with your desires? Leave a comment and let me know!

In love, gratitude and playfulness!

Carrie Jolie

What is “woo-woo” and can it benefit you?

What is “woo-woo” and can it benefit you?

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If you Google “woo-woo,” there are actually two different definitions:                                      

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  1. Extraordinary beliefs for which it is felt there is insufficient extraordinary evidence, and people who hold those beliefs.

I am going to be talking about the second definition, although certain days, the first one may not be so bad (if I drank hard alcohol).

Woo-woo,  when referring to  extraordinary beliefs, can include such things as belief in angels, ghosts, energetic healing, new agey type beliefs and anything that is seen as somewhat “fringe.”  By fringe, I mean things that just don’t seem usual or ordinary to you.

The thing about beliefs, practices or modalities  that we may perceive as woo-woo or outside our normal comfort zone of belief, is that they could potentially help us in profound ways if we open our minds to them. Just because something can’t be proved by science, or is different from what you “normally” believe, doesn’t mean it may not have value.

What if it made you healthier, happier, wealthier or more successful? What if making the choice to just try something different resulted in manifesting miracles?

I am not suggesting you force yourself to jump on a plane for Brazil to drink hallucinogenic tea in the rainforest for spiritual healing (as I did way back when . . . long story . . . it’s in  my book!) Or to use eels to cure migraines (ancient Egyptian belief).  I am not talking about doing things that compromise your values, beliefs or happiness!

But I am asking you to consider opening your mind to the possibility of things you may see as “fringe” as just being things you may not understand yet. And choosing to see them with a curious, open mind. 

It could be going out of your comfort zone a bit and trying acupuncture or herbal remedies. It could be using  yoga mantras or meditation for greater awareness and to attract more money. It could be committing to a juice cleanse for 2 days to feel healthier. Or maybe it’s even as simple as considering not judging those who you perceive to have those far out, wacky, fringe beliefs. 

In other words—one person’s weird is another person’s wonderful. One person’s freaky is another person’s fantastic.

What’s the point? Why should you care and why does it matter if you open your mind to woo-woo?

  • Because you don’t know if you don’t try. So, if something you have perceived as weird, has also been ever so gently arousing your curiosity, then check it out! If you are getting a subtle intuitive nudge to try something, then you owe it to your intuition to go there. Even if it ends up not working out, or not feeling right, at least you know.
  • Because what if it just changes your life? What if it’s a healing modality that cures your____? Or a mantra that attracts wealth? Or  that cleanse that makes you feel alive. Or that prayer that ignites your next great idea?
  • Because an open mind, one that is willing to look at other possibilities, is a free mind. We like free.
  • Because then you can have closure on that weird thing you’ve been wanting to try and lay it to rest.

Woo-woo is basically just the unknown to us. If we have an open mind and are curious, then certain things we have labeled as woo-woo may just end up being the missing key to the health we want, the love we crave and the wealth we seek. If we choose to look at it a bit differently, we may just manifest what we’ve been asking for. 

Let me know what you think! Reply to this post and let me know what you have in the past seen as woo-woo, but is now common or useful for you. 

Choose an open mind.

Appreciating you,

Carrie Dale

p.s.  I happen to LOVE extraordinary beliefs! Just that word alone gets me excited and curious!

What’s a meditation altar and do you need one?

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A meditation altar is a place you set aside in your home that’s primary use is a place to meditate and/or pray.    

I am a HUGE fan of meditating and it is a critical choice for us to make if we want to quiet our minds, set powerful intentions and be on the road to manifesting the health, wealth, and happiness that we desire.It’s sort of a “mini-sanctuary” or place of worship, that you can have right there in your own space—no travel required.

It’s a way to anchor yourself into a mediation practice as well as serving as a friendly reminder when you see it.  You don’t have to be super spiritual or religious to set one up and it doesn’t have to be super fancy-pants.

Why do you need one?

  • Because it reminds you to sit your butt down and do it and it’s good for you.
  • Doing it will help you get closer to you, your desires and how to acheive them.
  • Knowing your desires, what you want and your deepest truth is the key to having the life you dream of.
  • Having the life you dream of, is, as the saying goes . . . the bees knees! It’s the wealth we desire. It’s the career we crave. It’s the radant health we want. It’s the deep, internal happiness we know we deserve.

So that is why you may want to consider affirming your commitment to self, by creating this sacred space. You are telling the universe that it matters to you, that you are putting the energy into creating it and sitting down and doing it.

How do you create a meditation altar and what exactly is involved? 

  • You need whatever you think should go there, so a bit of creativity and self exploration is needed to get started.
  • Choose a small table (or something that deliniates it as your meditation area) and begin the process of placing items on your altar that are reminders of what it is that you desire. If you desire wealth, place something there to remind you of that. It could be a small vision board or something that easily reminds you of your desire for wealth. 
  • You can take 5 minutes to create your space, or an hour. Completely depends on what you want to create. It should be simple and represent clarity, peace and calm for you. This is where you go to get in your manifesting zone.
  • Items you can place on your altar are pictures of what spirituality or your faith represents for you, candles, beautiful fabrics or cloths, mediation bowls, mantras. You name it! 

Choose to do what feels good to you. If you are seeking significant change, then sometimes it’s necessay to change it up and do something radically different. An altar doesn’t have to be hippy-dippy either. It can be a gorgeous place to showcase beautiful art, or something that symbolizes your desires. It can be scented candles that you love with pictures of your kiddos by it. It can be a beautiful vase on fresh flowers. 

It doesn’t have to be a big deal and can just be a place you set up to remind you to breath and be focused on your intentions and desires for the day. You don’t necessarily have to sit down cross-legged in front of it for hours a day in order for it to be beneficial to you either.

Above all, choose to create an altar of some sorts, whether it be one that is physically present in you home, or just in your heart. Create a sacred space where you can  get away and focus on creating the life you want. 

Choose your way to the health you desire, the wealth you desire and the happiness you deserve.

In gratitude,

Carrie

p.s. the picture above is one of my altars in my home! Take a pitcure of yours and post it on my site, if you feel inspired! I would love to see what you choose. 

 

So you want to write a book?

Have you ever had a great idea that you wanted to get out there, but just didn’t feel like you had the time, skills or motivation to images-3do it?

Having just finished my first book and now going through the process of marketing and publishing, I will say it’s been so worth it and I will also say, it’s been a bit of work!

Maybe it’s not like that for all authors, or maybe it’s just the first one can be the hardest, but I really had no idea what was involved with writing and publishing a book.  I had a major wake up call.

If you are just starting out and don’t have a major writing background and aren’t a celebrity, pseudo-celebrity or an expert with many credentials in a given field, then you are starting from square one. Square one is fine. It’s not even so much a matter of where you start, its just doing it—the getting started part that matters.

Wouldn’t you rather give it a go—than to never know? 

Writing a book is no small feat, but it can be done if you have a solid plan and stick to it. 

Here are some things to do BEFORE the actual writing takes place:

  • Get super clear about your topic and how you may have a unique perspective or view on it.
  • Do a little research to see what else is out there on the topic, your competition and the market niche.
  • Decide if it’s a good topic to write about, given what you found out from your research. 

If it seems like a go, then you are ready to start the actual writing process! There are so many different ways to go about writing and honestly you have to do what works the best for you. But the single most important secret to writing a book and actually getting it done is . . . writing!

You can’t fininsh (or start!) writing a  book if you don’t put the hours in at the computer (or however you prefer to write). You must be super disciplined about sitting down and writing a certain number of words every day, or it won’t happen.  With my first book, I aimed at writing about 3-4 hours a day, but towards the end, when it came to the actual editing and fine tuning, I worked probably 5-6 hours a day.

Here are a few tips once you start writing the book:

  • Set a time limit on how long you will write each day, or how many words you will write. Stick to that schedule. Be consistent. Once you get on a schedule, you will be in the zone and it will just be a normal part of your day.
  • Limit distractions! I close all the other windows on my computer and just have my word document up. I notice my writing is a lot more fluid when I do this. If I have facebook and my email up, it’s just too tempting to check it.
  • If you are an outline kind of a person, create an outline for the book. There are a ga-zillion different methods and opinions out there on how to  put your book together and “standards”  but I like to just start writing. I begin with a rough outline and then from there, create my sections and then chapters.
  • Read the book,  Author, Publisher, Entreprenuer (APE). It’s a wealth of information on the self-publishing world and writing. 

This is just a start, but the main point I want to get across about writing a book, is that you have to actually commit to doing it. It’s not just going to magically happen, but once it starts to take shape, it is an amazing feeling.  If you have a book in you that is ready to be written, you just have to sit down, shut out the world and do it. 

I know this post is a bit off my normal topic, but it all does come back around to a choice. You have a choice to just think about writing a book, or actually sitting down and getting busy.

The world needs your input, your expertise and your story.

Choose to tell it.

xo

Carrie Jolie

Does Feng Shui really work?


If you don’t know already,—

Feng Shui  is an ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China.

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It is a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the energies of any given space to assure health and good fortune (success+ wealth) for people using it.

I happen to love feng shui and have incorporated the basic principles in my home and office.

I have to say, it works! Or, at least I think it does. It certainly does FEEL GOOD to me.

But how do we know if manifesting works? If feng shui works? If meditation works?

There really isn’t much of it that we can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt. 

Yes, there is science behind some of it, but science isn’t fail proof either.

How do we know for sure if it works then?

We know because we know.  

What I mean by this, is that if we are getting the results we want and if doing a certain thing makes us FEEL a certain way, then that’s our indicator.  

If chanting to attract wealth, putting a bowl of lemons in your kitchen to attract health, or meditating to manifest your desires feels good to you and is getting you the results your desire—then it works!

How we feel + our results should be enough to tell us if something is working for us, or not.

I know the idea of just feeling good no matter what may go against the grain of the “no pain, no gain” mentality, but it’s the direction we  need to go—if we want to be our best version of happy, successful, healthy + wealthy. 

But why do it if we can’t prove it?  

Again, we do it because it feels good—plain and simple.

We do it if we feel in alignment with it and it gives us an energy of hope, guidance, support and pleasure.  

Feeling good is the key to being a manifesting ninja.

Feeling good just feels good and it also raises our vibration and helps us to attract more good feeling things (so the theory goes) 

And, let’s just say to be the devils advocate, that it(meditation, yoga, prayer, feng shui) doesn’t really work. Maybe it’s all a giant placebo effect—we believe something works, therefore it works.

So do we really care if science can or can’t prove something? I don’t!  Isn’t it enough that you feel better when you do it?

I say yes!

Maybe if feng shui just resonates with us and we feel good about it— it’s the belief that makes it work. It’s our thoughts that make it work, rather than just the arrangement of our furniture or a bowl of lemons in our kitchen to attract health, wealth and happiness. 

On the flip side— when we are negative about a particular thing, then most of the time, it doesn’t work out for us. We manifest our primary belifes about it. We get what we think. We get what we feel. 

I think this is a good one to ponder and decide for yourself. Do you think it’s the actual thing, or our belief in the thing that makes it real?  

Honestly, most things boil down to personal choice. What works fo me, may not work for you.

Our lives are a result of our choices. And our choices primarly make us feel either good, or not so good.

Choose the better feeling things—always. 

I will leave you with a few of my favorite feng shui practices. You can choose to see how they feel for you!

  • place 9 live lemons in a bowl in the center of your home, or kitchen for health
  • purple is associate with wealth in feng shui, so place a purple item or purple flowering plants in the left back corner of your home. look at the feng shui quadrant guide above to figure out where this wealth quadrant in located in your home
  • to strengthen love + relationships, place pink anything (flowers, candles, pictures) in the upper right corner of your home. This is the LOVE quadrant
  • for career(and success) place either live fish or a symbol of fish in your career quadrant, which is basically, the front entrance to your home. Again, consult with the diagram above.

These are just a few of my favorites! Let me know if you want more.

Share with others and leave a comment below + share your thoughts.

Enjoy. Choose wisely and manifest away!

xo

Carrie Jolie

p.s  for more information on making the choices that will lead you to better health,  increased wealth + mounds of joy (sorta like an almond joy….heehee) pick up a copy of my bestselling book called, The 2 Choices. Available at Amazon & Barnes and Noble