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’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. 

 

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

Tips for improving your immune system

Tips for improving your immune system

It’s the day after Christmas and here I sit nursing a pretty bad cold.                

12.27I am mostly a huge baby when it comes to being sick…there is nothing I dislike more than not feeling my best.  The good news is that it doesn’t happen very often, because I have an arsenal of good things that I practice in order to ward off colds and keep my immune system ramped up.

Here is what I do for prevention:

  • Get 8 hours of sleep a night ( I know I include this in every list…because it’s critical!)
  • Eat well, avoid all the crap we know we aren’t supposed to put in our bodies.
  • Keep alcohol to a minimum, or none at all
  • Stay strong emotionally and spiritually. 
  • Smile, laugh. Do things that keep our vibration up ( see previous blog posts about this)
  • During the cold season, I ramp on on certain supplements. I use zinc, vitamin C and an immune support formula I get from Mercola.com
  • Meditate! The following video is the meditation and mantra I use to keep my immune system strong.

If you are already sick, continue with the above list and REST!

Ask your spiritual guides for assistance in moving the imbalance out of your body. You can also see the illness or imbalance as a teacher.

Being sick or imbalanced offers us contrast. Contrast is—in most general terms—the unwanted things that we manifest in our lives. Theses unwanted things, while annoying, irritating and inconvenient, offer us the opportunity to learn, to grow, to evolve and to become ninja choice makers and masters of manifesing what we want in our lives.

Contrast gives us the opportunity to become even more practiced at the art of gratitude, focusing on what we want (even though it’s not the reality that’s manifesting for us) and helping us to be even more discriminating about our thoughts and feelings. It’s becoming more aware of the health we desire, when we are sick. It’s the awareness of the wealth we want, when money problems appear. It’s yearning for happiness when we feel down. 

If  you learn to be ok with whatever contrast that life is throwing your way—illness, arguing with your partner, bad drivers, issues at work, kids that won’t listen to you, money problems—you will at least have mastered the art of feeling ok, no matter what!

And that’s a win for you. In my humble opinion, life is supposed to be enjoyable and we are meant to be happy, fulfilled and prosperous. 

Try to take whatever bummer situation you may find yourself in and turn it into a positive in your life. It’s the old concept of finding the silver lining in any situation.

Please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts about this post! Love to get feeedback from my readers.

Much love and appreciation,

Carrie 

 

My Top 20 List

My Top 20 List

Hello, Fellow Choice Makers!!

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I want to share with you 20 of my favorite things in hopes that you may find some of them as useful as I do.  

I know every little bit helps, and when we surround ourselves with things that make us feel good, we raise our vibration and get in alignment with manifesting what we want. 

The top 20:

  1. Candles—Loving candles throughout my house right now. My luxury brand is diptyke—www.diptyqueparis.com
  2. Tea— Love Teavana, Youthberry White Tea…but you can’t go wrong with any from this brand—www.teavana.com
  3. Music—I am loving any ambiance and chakra balancing music right now. There is a good selection on this site—www.meditationrelaxclub.com
  4. Baths!!—Loving long, candle lit baths. I know it’s a simple thing, but those are often the things that are the biggest vibration enhancers. I always put some kind of bath salts in my bath. One of my favorite brands is AHAVA calming lavender, but any natural brand is fine—www.ahavaus.com
  5. Beautiful Journals—I am a big believer in journaling.  One of my favorite journal brands is paperblanks—www.paperblanks.com/us/en.  Barnes and Noble always has a great selection of gorgeous journals as well.
  6. Yoga—Loving Kundalini right now. Maia Fiennes complete chakra set is really good! www.amazon.com/Maya-Fiennes-Kundalini-Yoga-Journey/dp/B001FC37FM
  7. Exercise—I discovered Burst training about 5 years ago, and it has changed my body, my metabolism (more bacon mac n cheese, yay!) and I am no longer bored of working out. And the best part??  It’s quick and effective. 
  8. Supplements—I LOVE my supplements, and I notice a huge difference in my energy and the way my skin looks when I don’t take them. I get most of my supplements from Mercola.com. I take Krill for Women, Ubiquinol, Turmeric, Probiotic, Astaxanthin and occasionally I will add some others in here or there. For my Multi-vitamin I use a brand from Prograde, called  VGF 25+.  If you need more information on brands and what you may need, get in touch with me and we can discuss options. 
  9. Skincare—I am a skincare fanatic. My favorite everyday brand is Arcona and Renee Rouleau. 
  10. Eating “Clean.”—I LOVE to eat (hence the burst training to supercharge my metabolism), but I do eat very “clean.”  What does this mean? I eat almost 99% organic, and  when I do eat meat, it’s the cleanest version I can find. In other words, it is free range, or grass fed, organic and not the mass-produced stuff.  
  11. Abraham-Hicks— I am a believer! They are the pioneers of the manifesting movement. My life changed dramatically for the better when I started listening to, reading and implementing their teachings. Invaluable! Any of their books, CDs or DVDs are good. My favorite is  called  “Getting into the Vortex.”
  12. Danielle LaPorte, The Desire Map (book)—I am one of her book club leaders, and  I love, love, love it. www.daniellelaporte.com
  13. Florence Scovel Shinns, The Complete Works of Florence Scovel Shinn(book)—This is old school and a bit religious-y, but her message is GOLD. I LOVE the affirmations and find them to be very high vibration. 
  14. Holosync—This and Abraham-Hicks’ Getting into the Vortex CDs are my two main meditation CDs. I use them both at night before I go to bed. Great way to end the day. www.centerpointe.com/about
  15. Self-help, Coaching, Counseling, Personal Enrichment—I am a BIG believer in  always learning, growing and stretching. Stretching beyond our comfort zones and trying new things. Investing in myself, in a high end coaching program, was the best thing I have ever done for myself. 
  16. Being around people I love—My family, my kids and other like-minded people. I love being part of a community of positive, healthy, successful people.
  17. Good, high quality dark chocolate or raw cocoa—One of my favorite brands is Theo—www.theochocolate.com
  18. Coconut oil for body care—I LOVE using coconut oil as a moisturizer. I buy a huge tub of organic coconut oil at Costco and use it as my main body oil.
  19. Sleep at least 8 hours a night—I love to sleep!  I use, on occasion, Mercolas melatonin if I am having trouble sleeping. 
  20. Laughter—I choose to laugh and smile as much as I can. Not only are they free, but they are instant vibration changers.

I know some of the things on this list are also included on my list about how to raise your vibration, but there are a good number of new things on this list. 

When we make a conscious choice to surround ourselves with things we love, we are stepping into a place of being conscious creators of our lives. We— in turn—add to the good energy of our lives and the planet. 

My point in sharing this with you is ultimately for you to create your own list. Create your arsenal that you can surround yourself with to feel good—no matter what. Because when we learn to feel good no matter what , we manifest our desires. Whether it’s more money, improved health, happiness—whatever it is for you —we get there one choice at a time.

So, choose to create your top 20 ( 0r 10, 30, 50, 100)  list and enjoy!

Happy Holidays!

Carrie Jolie

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