The pressure to do it all

I have gone back and forth about a gazillion times trying to choose what topic to write about today. 

And I know it’s not a bad case of “the Fridays.” (on a Tuesday)

It has nothing to do with being distracted. It’s gotta do with a minor “growth bump.” (the spiritual version of a speed bump : )

There’s a feeling of vulnerability in my life right now—that’s new to me. Not that I haven’t felt vulnerable before, but this one is a bit different.

So I started thinking about what has changed. Things are better actually. Things are percolating. Those things I asked to manifest—are manifesting.

So why the twinge of vulnerability + uncomfortableness?

I am feeling  at  bit of pressure. Pressure to provide content that is life changing, world rocking and DEEP.  And pressure to keep up, to do it all, be it all and have it all. 

And then I said to myself . . . . . “Oh stop it Carrie!”

Stop with that unnecessary self indulgent pressure.

Stop with thinking that it’s even about me!

Stop worrying about getting it right, getting it done and especially, about changing the world.

Just relax and enjoy it.

Do we really need to have it all, be it all and do it all?  I think not. I think the day to day journey and the experiences we create—are the true gifts.

Those  life experiences that fill us up, enrich us and make us feel alive from head to toe—that’s what it’s all about.

And in all honesty, does the world even need changing? I don’t think so. I think our view towards the world could use a bit of care and consideration though. 

It doesn’t benefit any of us to see the world (or our lives) as broken, needing to be fixed or not enough.

It matters that we focus on what’s good and nurture the vibration of “what’s right and good” and not “what’s wrong and horrible.”  (our culture loves to focus on what’s wrong…and hows’ that working out?)

We need to get back to feeling good and focusing on the fact that we are vibrational beings, living in a vibrational world.

Your vibe = Your life.  And your vibe = your choice.

Therefore, your life = your choices ( it’s like an algebra problem, but without numbers! )

I’ll keep saying it over and over again. You may not have a choice with every little thing that happens in life—but you always have a choice in how you feel, what you think and how you react to things.

That’s where the magic happens. It’s where you can start creating miracles out of thin air.

Possible? Absolutely (But only if you think it is. You’ve got to at least have a tiny glimmer of hope that it’s possible for you.)

And the spiritual growth bump I mentioned earlier—it’s simply a beautiful reminder of being on track.

When we desire changes in our lives—improved relationships, a new career, more happiness, better health—we will almost always go through  bit of discomfort when going through those changes. These spiritual growth bumps (or hurdles, changes, roadblocks) are simply loving reminders from the universe that we are on track, growing and getting closer to our dreams and desires.

Because we aren’t here to be bored, to feel stuck or miserable. We aren’t here to be unhappy.

We are meant to enjoy life. We are meant to grow, to seek and to feel FRISKY AND ALIVE!

Happy, happy holidays!

Big blessings,

Carrie

 

Your Gratitude List

Gratitude is the holy grail in the world of manifesting, miracles creation + living incredible lives. 

It’s like the secret sauce that— when used consistently and consciously—can catapult your desires to new heights. 

But we know this, right? I mean in all honesty—we know it’s a good thing to be grateful. 

We know, yet we fall back into old patterns of complaining, worrying, or simply accepting things in our lives that sorta suck. 

We settle for jobs we don’t love. 

We accept being treated in ways that don’t feel good. 

We allow things in our life that we know don’t serve our higher intention of conscious, high vibration living. 

We forget about our dreams and desires, because we are afraid of what others will think. Or worse, what if we fail?

And sometimes we just get caught in the busy trap—and simply forget about all that we have to be grateful for.

And as you know, settling, forgetting, being too busy and allowing things that don’t serve us—are all choices.

Choices that we have the power to change. 

The truth is—the most profound and unexpected changes come from doing the most simple things. So even if many of us know it’s a good thing to be grateful—we may write it off because we feel it isn’t important enough. 

Not true. 

Creating a gratitude list is a powerful tool that can snap you out of any life conundrum and create miracles right and left.  

The key is to do it consistently + consciously (not just once a year and not while feeling rushed).

Tips for creating your list—

  • Create a calm, quiet space to reflect on your life + what you feel grateful for. Limit distractions so you can really focus on what matters.
  • Don’t get caught up with “doing it right”—just write down whatever comes to mind. Have fun with it. 
  • Be descriptive. Why do you feel grateful for your kids, spouse, friends, etc? What special things about them make you feel this way? What special moments or memories come to mind? 
  • It can be the material things too! It’s ok to be grateful for a beautiful car or your favorite designer shoes! It’s not less spiritual to appreciate and be grateful for the abundance you have. Spirit doesn’t have an issue with us enjoying prosperity. 

Your list can be 10, 20, or 100 things. Whatever works for you! 

I like to make a gratitude list towards the end of each year. It’s a nice way to close out the year and set the stage for attracting a miraculous new year. 

Here is the start to my list!  

I am grateful for . . .  

1. Health. This is almost always #1 on my list. I LOVE feeling healthy, vibrant and alive. 

2. God + spirit in my life. This is simply divine. 

3. My husband + kiddos. These 3 light up my heart. 

4. My dogs. I officially have the two cutest in the universe. 

5. My home. It’s super frenchie, and I finally have a home that is decorated just how I like, plus we have a super cool pool, lots of flowers, beauty all around. 

6 .Liiving in a warmer climate. I lived in the mountains for 17 years and was done being cold 7 months out of the year. Sooooo enjoy having 4 seasons, rather than just hot/cold. 

7. My job! I love what I do. It feels more like a big, fun adventure, than work. 

8. Abundance. I am so grateful for the prosperity we have created in our lives. And grateful for a few key people who have helped to make that happen. 

9. Saying “YES” to my dream of writing a book (and writing more books). The 2 Choices has changed lives and I am beyond grateful to all who helped. 

10. Travel. I love to travel and am so grateful I was able to be in Europe 3 times last year and will back again 3 times next year! Woohooo!

11. My life and business mentors. They believed in me when I didn’t and paved the way for me to step into my power. 

12. Fall leaves crunching under my feet when I am out walking my dogs. 

13. Organic, high vibration food.

14. My insatiable desire to learn, grow and become more aware.

15. My parents—glad they adopted me and gave me a great life.

16. Coffee. Yep, this most certainly makes my list!

17. Wine. Yep!! I am grateful for a good Cote du Rhone. 

18. Nice clothes. I love fashion and feel grateful and blessed to have a beautiful wardrobe. 

19. Courage. I am grateful that I know I have access to boatloads of courage, even when I am feeling small, insignificant and scared. 

20. Writers, creative types, dreamers….. I love you all. You feed my brain. 

21. My Mac. What can I say? I love my computer as much as my piano.  

22. Nature  trees, animals, the natural world. You leave me in awe of your wisdom, beauty and power. I feel the most calm and grounded in nature or when connecting with animals. Thank you. 

23. My clients, friends, family and fellow humans.  I love you all. You teach me so much about life and living.  Even the hard stuff—I am grateful for it. It’s how I grow and learn to be better. 

24. My grand piano. It makes me smile every time I walk by it. 

25. Red roses + lilies. Flowers make me happy! 

My list this year will be well over 100 . . . but those are my first 25!

Have fun with this list. Make it a sacred time. Do it alone or with your loved ones. 

The point is—make sure to do it!

Big blessings + bisous!

Carrie

How to know if you are ready for a spiritual awakening

dfhheesethTalking about a spiritual awakening is either going to make you—

1. Squirm —and make you run away and never come back (either because you are already fully awakened, you think it’s nonsensical woo-woo, or you are choosing to stay stuck in your comfort zone) There may also be some eye rolling and you may say to yourself  “these PEOPLE and all their talk about spiritual crap, the light, the crystals, the patchouli (yuk!) the warm and fuzzy—ENOUGH ( I still heart you, I loathe patchouli, am not particularly warm and fuzzy, I swear, eat meat and don’t compost…..and yes, I am highly spiritual)

2. Perk up—and dive right in with me (because you get excited just hearing the words “spiritual awakening,”  are mildly annoyed, but curious or just like diving in!)

First off, what is a spiritual awakening?

A spiritual awakening is a very personal opening and awareness of your intrinsic connection to a higher power which you may call God, the Divine, your spiritual Guides, the almighty, universal energy (or whatever word you associate with your creator)

And if you don’t believe in a higher power, then your spiritual awakening can be that thing that makes you feel more alive, connected and authentically YOU. 

You without the mask, the layers, the wounds, the baggage and the stories that you carry with you that hold you back from being, having and doing all the amazing things you are here to do in this life.  Maybe it’s being in nature that makes you feel spiritually awake. Maybe it’s playing with your dog, being with your loved ones, traveling, working out, yoga. There is something out there that just makes you feel more alive. 

That thing that makes you feel more you, more alive, more LOVE—is the very thing that will help you have a spiritual awakening. 

This “waking up” can make us feel all sorts of different things such as—

  • fear + apprehension
  • tiredness and wanting to sleep more
  • restlessness–a desire to move, shift, change . . . GO!
  • excitement!!
  • increase in dreams,  intuition + synchronicity
  • physical changes in your body like more sensitive to light, sounds, energy
  • a  deep desire to spend more time in nature
  • more meaningful and stronger relationships with certain people and a complete disconnect from others
  • a sudden increase in ideas, thoughts and creative energy
  • increased (healthy and conscious) sex drive
  • a call and sincere desire to be of service in the world

What are the signs that could mean you are ready for a spiritual awakening?

Really any of the above listed items, with the addition of boredom, grouchiness, extreme disconnection, depression . . . any extreme change in behavior or feelings can indicate that we are disconnected from our soul and those extreme feelings are a great (although they may not feel that way) indicator of our need to wake up and connect with our souls calling. 

But it doesn’t have to be a big bummer or negative that leads us to that path. 

We can be super happy, feel alive and aware, but just feel a need to go DEEPER. 

Listening and discerning are the keys to being able to have a spiritual awakening. I think most of us know when our lives are out of balance and we feel shitty.  I think most of us know when we are on track and feeling connected. 

Discern, listen and pay attention to what your soul/sprit is trying to say to you. You always have support. You are always connected to the divine. It’s just a matter of choosing to see the truth in that and then also choosing to say YES to that calling. 

Choose the awake version of your life.  It is far, far, far more satisfying and magical than the mundane, blah version. 

I won’t close with “in love and light” because that may be FAR too warm and fuzzy, but I will tell you I care, I believe in you and I know that mounds of miracles are possible for you. 

xo

Carrie

 

 

The Only Two Choices That Matter

If I stumbled across this heading, I would probably be like . . . no way!

Get outta here. Only two?

No one is gonna tell me I only have two choices! I mean come on, we live for our choices, don’t we?

We live for having many choices. 

It’s what makes us feel free.

There is something quite expansive about knowing you can choose many different things. 

And there is also the flip side, which I know you have most likely felt—that sometimes it feels like there are TOO MANY CHOICES. 

I call it choice overload.

It’s when we get that deer in headlights sensation—when it is just too much, too many, overload to the senses. 

So, yes, on one hand having many choices can be a great thing, and on the other hand—it can be counterproductive.

Having too many choices actually holds us back when it creates that sense of being overwhelmed and also when having too many choices creates an inability to make conscious, grounded choices. 

So, whats an inquiring mind to do? 

If you are, like me, I want to have the best possible life that I can. I want to feel free, happy and alive. I want to feel peace, harmony and abundance. I desire travel, good food, happy people around me and I desire things in my life to just be super dialed in.

Don’t you want a life that lights you up? Where you are excited about each day.

Thrilled. Magical. Sizzling.

Harmonious + Free.  

Prosperity? Yes. LOVE? YES PLEASE!  

Success on your own terms? Absolutely. 

Can you relate to this? 

Can you relate to wanting to be super in sync with your life? To know and feel such a deep sense of truth, that there is just no doubt. 

No doubt that you are on track—in your zone. And If you are a spiritual person (or faith based ) then you also want to feel a sense of being connected with your higher truth, your larger vision and your God, your Source. 

This is truly when the magic happens. 

I believe, that when we get to this place—this is when the miracles really start to show up for us. 

And having these things show up in our lives (or not show up) is a choice. 

When it comes right down to the nitty gritty of living blissful, connected lives—you have two choices. 

You get to choose one path—which is a set of beliefs, feelings and general ways of being in the world—that line up with and support your dreams and desires. 

Or you have the second choice—which is to think, feel and act in ways that don’t support you. 

Two choices (which really encompass many different choices) but can all be narrowed down to either things that support your divine path, or they don’t. 

You are choosing love, joy, happiness, optimism, connecting, awareness, gratitude, appreciation, faith, surrender–things that get you energetically lined up for success. 

Or, you are choosing blame, guilt, hate, anger, victimhood, unconsciousness, self-hatred, self-sabotage—you are choosing things that you know, on some level—are holding you back from your greatness. 

Two choices—to be in your zone of creating what you want, or to be in your zone of creating what you don’t want. 

You get to choose. That is the brilliant thing about it all.

Peace. 

Carrie

ps  Find out more about these 2 choices and what they can do for you.  Get my bestselling book, The 2 Choices on Amazon right here.