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5 JOURNAL WRITING PROMPTS

Maybe you are into in-depth journaling...amazing! Here are some questions to really get you going! Asking the right questions is key! Overcoming roadblocks, to success, to creating self-awareness and to live with greater intention. No more winging it and believe me, I used to be the QUEEN of winging it. When we are truly aware of what is important to us, we start to live in alignment with our truth and values. We become less chaotic, cluttered and bitter. We experience more joy, energy and satisfaction. We all just need to SLOW DOWN. Here are some prompts to trigger some great inner dialogue – so grab a tea (okay, let’s be real – you’re going to need wine for this exercise) so...grab a tasty beverage, find a quiet spot (have fun with this...it could be the kids' treehouse a spot on the grass, the bathtub or even a closet will do) and get down to work! EASY & EFFECTIVE JOURNALING PROMPTS Do you use being busy to define yourself/ your worth? Do you often tell others you’re too busy? What does “too busy” feel like in your mind & body? Where do you feel it? How does it show up? What types of things make you feel like you’re taking time for yourself? What do you miss out on when you neglect to take time for yourself? What activities make you feel too busy? For each activity, write down why you do it if it’s necessary that YOU do it (ie. it brings you joy, aligns with your highest values, etc) and what would happen if you didn’t do it: Who would you be if you created more time for yourself? Who would notice? What steps will you take to create more time for yourself by next week? What will you do? Click HERE to find out how you can level up your business in just 6 months! Click HERE to find out more! Did you know that we offer guided coaching journals?! Check them out here on ETSY! JOURNALING FOR SELF-AWARENESS JOURNALING FOR INSPIRATION JOURNALING FOR GIRLS

6 SIMPLE WAYS TO TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR LIFE

Want to appear like the most confident person in the room but not quite sure how? Learn how with these simple hacks and go from good to great! Are you feeling CHARGED?...not with a speeding ticket or other scandalous but potentially interesting crime...I mean are you charged up? Are you excited about your life – your family, your work, your friends, your hobbies? Do you slow down long enough to actually think about these moving parts that make up your life? When you do think about them, do you feel charged up or do you feel....comfortable? The opposite of feeling charged is feeling complacent, comfortable, safe... Take a moment to check-in with yourself and determine where you are on the scale of complacent vs charged? Maybe you've been living without charge for a REALLY long time and you aren't even sure what "charged" feels like? Charged goes a little something like this (in my opinion) - excitedly nervous
- joyfully uncertain
- cautiously optimistic
- free and a little wild (in a good way)! Want to know how you can level up your business in just 6 months?! Click HERE to find out! Click HERE to level up your business! If this doesn't resonate with you, here are some ideas to supercharge your outlook! Do something you've been putting off that you know you really want to do - make that call, book that trip, enroll in that course, ask that person out on a date! Start a conversation with someone you really look up to. Take it one step further, you amazing human, and ask them out for coffee! Enroll in a new activity that you think you could never do - from skiing to running a 5k to extreme scrapbooking....do something that scares or challenges you! Book a trip. This one every time...book it right away, before you talk yourself out. Spark up a convo with a stranger on a bus/metro/sidewalk/park bench... Offer your biz card to someone you've wanted to SERVE for a while but have been afraid to share with! Are you getting the idea here?

I make a goal every single week to engage in something out of my ordinary to shake things up and shift my perspective (no pun intended). This practice keeps me engaged and creative along with improving your confidence, interpersonal skills, energy level and even your outlook on life! I feel uncomfortable A LOT...but I do it anyway. I challenge you to do the same!

8 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE

We all have quirks that set us apart from others...here are my favourites! 1. CHOOSE TO BE REAL OVER BEING PERFECT Others aren't impressed or interested in your attempt to be perfect, in fact, you become infinitely more relatable, interesting and approachable when you let your imperfections show! Taking the pressure off allows you to relax and be confident in who you are and makes you more likeable. 2. LIFE OTHERS UP Build others up and bring them along for the ride. Edifying your peers makes them feel secure and positive in your presence. Highting their positive traits and putting others in the spotlight rather than yourself strengthens relationships and makes everyone feel confident! Remember, a rising tide lifts all the boats in the harbour. 3. BE SELF-AWARE Being aware of how your thoughts, words and actions affect others can have a dramatic impact on how confident you feel in a crowd. Are you able to make others feel awesome in your presence? If so, you're killing it! If not, no worries, do the work and learn the things about yourself you need to level-up (which means staying open to constructive feedback). Avoid speaking negatively about yourself or others. Nothing robs you of confidence and credibility faster and you won't show up as your best self regardless of the situation you are in. 4. STAY HUNGRY FOR SELF-IMPROVEMENT Own your need for constant self-improvement and get excited about growing in new directions. Your commitment to yourself will show others that you are teachable and help you to take responsibility for your own success! Become comfortable leveling-up! Want to know how you can level up your business in 6 months? Click HERE! Click HERE to fund out more! 5. SAY NO MORE OFTEN Stop feeling the need to please others - your worth is not tied up in others' opinions of you. Simply, stop this. Saying yes to everything and then feeling bitter or flustered when you realize that you can't keep your commitments AND maintain your sanity, creates more stress and discomfort than saying no in the first place. You must say no to the wrong things so you can say yes to the right ones. You can’t do it all so please stop trying. Saying no to others is ultimately saying yes to yourself and to what matters most to you. You'll end up feeling more confident and focused and less overwhelmed. 6. ASK FOR HELP Learn how to gracefully receive it. Be the example. No one who really excels at life does it all on their own. Asking for and accepting assistance allows your confidence to shine while influencing others in a positive way. 7. FEEL THE FEAR & DO IT ANYWAY Feel the fear and honour it, just don’t let it stop you. The only thing holding you back from the life of your dreams is YOU. Whatever it is that you fear - fear of judgment, fear of the journey, fear of failure...or even fear of success, you can’t let fear control your actions. Taking ACTION kills fear and makes your CONFIDENCE SOAR! Be patient. Practice. It takes time. 8. REMEMBER THAT IT'S BETTER TO BE KIND THA IT IS TO BE RIGHT Own your need for constant self-improvement and get excited about growing in new directions. Your commitment to yourself will show others that you are teachable and help you to take responsibility for your own success! Become comfortable levelling-up!

HOW TO EARN OTHER'S TRUST

Stop trying hard to impress - this does not foster trust. Check out this simple, effective & honest approach and watch your biz & personal life soar. The Biggest Secret to Earning Others' Trust: Keep it simple. Aim to create friends, not customers. Stop working so hard to earn the trust of other people - trying too hard sets people off...they can smell your tactics coming! Don't do it! Trust is something that truly must be earned, but you can certainly expedite the process with the right approach. Here's a short, simple strategy to change your relationships....ready, friends? Stop working so hard to earn the trust of other people - trying to hard sets people off...they can smell your tactics coming! Don't do it! Trust is something that truly must be earned, but you can certainly expedite the process with the right approach. Click HERE to find out more about Shift Learning Acadamy Membership! Click HERE to find out more! Keep it simple. Aim to create friends, not customers. Now you’re the real deal, try this simple, yet magical approach: Be authentic. Be yourself. Be transparent. Be imperfect. Be more interested in others and what makes them tick than you are about your product or yourself. These qualities set you apart from most other people out there striving to “impress” others - you’re just being REAL and relatable. Thank goodness... How refreshing! Simple yet true. People who lead with a genuine dose of confidence and self-awareness (not to be confused with arrogance, which is a gross quality if you ask me!) reach those around them on an emotional level, building trust, connection and relationship WAY FASTER than others do. Keep it simple. Aim to create friends, not customers.

10 THINGS YOUR CHILDREN WILL OBSERVE FROM THEIR ENTREPRENEUR PARENTS

Stop trying hard to impress - this does not foster trust. Check out this simple, effective & honest approach and watch your biz & personal life soar. Learn more about the Shift Learning Acadamy HERE! Join the Tribe TODAY! 10 Things you might not know about children with Entrepreneur Parents: They grow up observing a leadership culture. That may be all they know, which is great! They learn how to take ownership of their work & learn the consequences of not completing things... 9am-5pm (or 7am-7pm, these days) isn’t demonstrated as the “only way”. They become aware of a world full of options. They have the privilege of having mom/dad on school trips, at bus time, and home on sick-days. They learn autonomy quickly. Sometimes they have to entertain themselves if you are working to a deadline. Take them on a coffee date with you to do their workbook or read while you do your work! They, if you include them, become a part of family goal-setting. They observe that you need to spend money to make money as a business owner. They are absolutely fine in every way and often developing big aspirations! They see the value of hard work and work ethic. They learn how to take ownership of their work & learn the consequences of not completing things...

3 KEY STEPS TO OVERCOME ADVERSITY

Don't simply survive adversity - crush it. Overcoming our greatest trials can put us on the path to greatness! We all have something that threatens to keep us stuck - it's usually a mindset or limiting belief we have adopted to actually cope with adversity in the past. I've had my share of adversity too...some trials resembled a skinned knee, while others cracked me right open - those ones produced the most growth & change! Sheesh - I wish it were the other way around...wish I could've slapped on a band-aid and called it a day. These un-scientifically proven keys have helped me turn my deepest adversities into my greatest sprouts and allowed me to triumph over difficulty & to become who I was created to be. Click HERE to find out more about Shift Learning Academy! Sign up for the Learning Academy and stop letting your limiting beliefs stop you! These un-scientifically proven keys have helped me turn my deepest adversities into my greatest sprouts (see the previous email entitled Sprouts Journal) and allowed me to triumph over difficulty & to become who I was created to be. 1. FORGIVE- and mean it. First, forgive yourself - you're not perfect and that's okay. What would you tell a child to do? Take your own advice and be gentle with yourself. Next, forgive others - not because they deserve it or because they apologized (you may never get an apology), but because YOU deserve freedom from the burden of holding unforgiveness in your heart. 2. ASK FOR HELP- often. You're AMAZING at offering it - you'll be there in an instant (and feel honoured to do so) for a friend in need...and you know it. Stop feeling like a burden. Please, for the love of Beyonce - stop. Your life committee (friends, family, co-workers, house cleaner lol) WANT to be there for you too - so let them. If you need a meal - ask. Need someone to watch the kids for 2 hours so you can have a bath? Ask. Need a close friend to come over and sit with you while you cry? Yup - ask for that too. Allow yourself to be vulnerable by learning how to gracefully accept help. This will change your life and give you a super-dose of gratitude. 3. BE BROKEN for a little while. Be present with ALL of your feelings - not just the good ones. Rather than brushing off a terrible mood or anger as annoying or inconvenient, actually allow yourself to fully experience the feelings and seek to understand what they are there to show you about yourself. It's hard to be broken. It's even harder to let others see you broken, after all, we live in a culture where sucking it up and putting on a brave face are not only expected but also applauded. Be a broken bad-ass - it gives others permission to do the same. Don't. Give. In. Stay with it. Stay with the adversity until you are ready to move forward. Resist the temptation to push it down. Own it. Allow adversity to SHIFT you.

HOW TO DEAL WITH DIFFICULT FAMILY MEMBERS

Do you have strained relationships? We all do - to some extent...oh the joys! Are you the pillar of stability for your tribe? Maybe your mom relies on you to pay her bills because she doesn't prioritize her spending. Perhaps your brother only calls when he needs to be bailed out...again...or your daughter expects you to shell out the dough so she can keep up her expensive taste? Do you have a good friend...who you've known since grade one and you love dearly, but she drags you down? An ex-boyfriend who you run into regularly because he is your next door neighbour's best friend or a colleague who you enjoy working with but she gossips? Maybe just the thought of sitting down to dinner with your in-laws stresses you out because your mother-in-law lacks compassion and often says something to throw you off.... Whatever the case may be, you feel the deep discomfort...even just thinking about it. Click HERE to find out more about Shift Learning Acadamy! What can you achieve in 6 months will blow you away... Click HERE Here's the good news - a little preparation goes a LONG way. It's time to hi-jack your habitual reactions (that tend to perpetuate the problem and cause you more pain) and have your mental, emotional and physical responses planned ahead of time. You've got this. If it's financial inquiries - you know when the ask is likely coming so beat your beloved to the punch. When your brother tells you he's planning an expensive party for his 30th, let him know how excited you are to attend and that you're happy to contribute by baking the cake (leaving things on a clear, but positive note). Mention to your mom that your daughter is starting skating lessons this winter and that you'll have to keep your expenses under wraps (before she asks for cash around the 25th of the month!) or explain to your daughter that you are doing her a disservice by supporting her spending habits and that you believe in her ability to get on track. EMPOWER others before they show up, that way you don't have to say no or leave a conversation feeling bad. If you are left feeling depleted after spending time in certain relationships, prepare yourself prior to the visit by setting boundaries on the length of time you'll be spending together. If the conversation turns negative - redirect, redirect, redirect. They'll pick up the hint eventually! Do not be a joiner - don't feed in to the negativity, complaining or gossip. There is a strong pull but stay strong, sister...it takes SO MUCH practice. Once your friend realizes that you're interested in talking more about ideas and less about problems or people, she'll follow suit. Once she realizes that you won't jump in to "fix" her problem (because your no longer offering solutions that fall on deaf ears but rather stating back to her - that must be difficult, I hear you speak about it often), she'll stop fishing. Basically, you can't go wrong when you act with love and compassion. You can't be disappointed when you surrender to the outcome. You can't be triggered when you choose a pre-determined response rather than reacting. It's hard work...but it's worth it.

WHY YOU SHOULD BE ACCEPTING YOUR "QUIRKS"

Fail-proof strategies to crush your biggest goals. No kidding... We all have quirks. I like to think of them as the things that set us apart and make us different from everyone else, I guess that’s only a good thing if you like being different than everybody else - which I do! Click HERE to find out more about Shift Learning Acadamy! Unlock your potential NOW! Here are some of my personal quirks! ONE: I love the whip cream on top of my cinnamon dolce latte more than the latte itself. I always ask for just 1 pump of the cinnamony (is this a word?!) sweetener, of the 5 they include, because I don’t like my coffee too sweet. I ask for almond milk because I think it’s better for me than all that dairy. Then - things go south. As soon as the barista asks me if I still want the whip cream on top, assuming I won’t, I give them my most enthusiastic “heck yeah I do"! And I eat it all off the top immediately. It's my version of stopping to smell the roses. TWO: I am a champion for optimism and hate (a strong word, I know, but I absolutely hate) seeing another person endure pain or suffering. So, I encourage positive thinking. I am often able to flip another’s the difficult situation into something more meaningful. I love to laugh, I believe in others and I love people hard - but...I fall into the dark side pretty easily actually. For some reason, I struggle to be my own cheerleader. Come on!!!! It takes me so much self-awareness and pain-staking effort to coach myself out of a bad space. I can do it, but it’s super hard and I often need help. Ugh.. THREE: I consider cleaning my house to be legit cardio. I sprint around, multi-tasking (even though I advise against it!) and get side-tracked in the way a mouse might if you gave him a cookie! But, by the time I am done, I’ve completed a 2-hour productive cardio session and I feel freaking GREAT about it. FOUR: I am a Friends junkie. My hubby and I know every line before our “friends” even speak. We usually snuggle in front of an episode most nights before bed for some laughs. Yes, we have a tv in the bedroom - no it hasn’t ruined our marriage. It’s the only show I even watch (other than catching up on the occasional chick-flick on an airplane, which is rare, considering I am usually writing) and it’s our thing. I love it. FIVE: I use talk-to-text to do pretty much anything I can on my smartphone. My close friends tease me that I am a secret agent every time I hold the phone close to my lips and speak into it. I do this as a public service really, it makes people forget about themselves long enough to make fun of me...and talk-to-text does produce some pretty entertaining auto-correct situations!

3 STRATEGIES TO WIN AT LIFE GOALS

Don’t let this happen.

We all fear what others will think, even those of us who say we don’t – I believe we all do on some level. That’s a normal part of the human experience. But do we let that fear stop us from pursuing our goals and dreams?

The only difference between you and someone you look up to, someone who is following their call, is the fact that you both make mistakes (daily), but they keep getting back up, keep on pushing, keep on trying. They keep on accepting the mistakes & pursing the journey rather than throwing in the towel. That’s it. They keep on failing…until one day, they get it right. 

I know you likely already know the “formula” to setting great goals…make them “SMART” (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic & timely)…so I’m not going to go there. We can know all the formulas in the world, but that doesn’t get you any closer to your goals.

I believe goals start with our ability to get out of our own way.

I said it. YOU are the problem…the reason you’re not attaining your goals.

But….great news! You are also the SOLUTION! (yay!) Don’t let this happen.

We all fear what others will think, even those of us who say we don’t – I believe we all do on some level. That’s a normal part of the human experience. But do we let that fear stop us from pursing our goals and dreams?

The only difference between you and someone you look up to, someone who is following their call, is the fact that you both make mistakes (daily), but they keep getting back up, keep on pushing, keep on trying. They keep on accepting the mistakes & pursing the journey rather than throwing in the towel. That’s it. They keep on failing…until one day, they get it right. 

I know you likely already know the “formula” to setting great goals…make them “SMART” (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic & timely)…so I’m not going to go there. We can know all the formulas in the world, but that doesn’t get you any closer to your goals.

I believe goals start with our ability to get out of our own way.

I said it. YOU are the problem…the reason you’re not attaining your goals.

But….great news! You are also the SOLUTION! (yay!) Click HERE to find out more! Click HERE to find out more! Here is my take on goal-setting:

1. Acknowledge (OUT LOUD) to the people closest to you, what you want more than anything (shout your goals from the rooftop).

Tell your favourite aunt, your partner, bff, mom, dad, kids, the PTA, your son’s soccer coach, your restaurant server…tell them all. Blast it out on social media. Make a poster for your front door, write it on your mirror in lipstick…okay perhaps a bit overboard but you get the gist….TELL PEOPLE, say it out loud and OWN your goal! I promise, everything will change.

2. Make a plan on how you’re going to achieve it. 

Do you need more time…more resources…help? You’ve already got it if you take inventory of your life. Cancel Netflix, stop eating out, no more impulse shopping. Start saving your precious, hard-earned cash. Money is AMAZING, especially when you have a purpose for it. Need more time? Easy. Stop scrolling social media, watching tv and saying yes to everything that comes your way. Start monitoring the time you spend on your phone each day using an App, stop numbing a hard day with hours of tv/video games after work and stop assuming you are the only one who can run the fundraiser at the kids’ school…just because you’ve always done it doesn’t mean you are the only person capable. Delegate, delegate, delegate. You know that goal you have always had? The one that gently taps you on the shoulder when you least expect it, or the one that speaks loudly when you’re frustrated or you’ve had a bad day at work?

Why aren’t you in hot pursuit of that goal?

For most of us, it comes down to fear…but, not just fear, fear of what others will think if we do take action and fail. It’s hard to allow others to see us fail, especially if they have expressed doubt in our ability in the first place. 

I want you to position yourself at the end of your life, you’re surrounded by the people you love. 

What are you thinking about? Are you running through the motion picture that is your life, revelling in the successes that were once things you had to muster up the courage to take a chance on or are you saddened with the feeling of regret, for not taking the chances when you could? Are you disappointed that you worried about what others might have thought of you? Were you a dreamer or a doer? Did you love those closest to you well or spend your days disconnected and busy?y??he SOLUTION! (yay!) Jenne xx

HOW TO BECOME THE STAR OF YOUR OWN LIFE

Robin Roberts, a television personality, in an interview a few years ago made this statement; “Are you the star of your own life?” She emphasized that many people are not the star of their own life but are only at best a “supporting actor”. ​ Of course, she was using movies as a metaphor for our lives. Supporting actors play a role in the story but it is the Star that controls the direction and outcome of the plot. Consider your own life for a moment. Are you taking control of the direction in which it’s moving or are you allowing others to make that decision for you? ​ For example, well-meaning people may have pushed you out of that starring role by convincing you that their idea is what is best for you. This may have gone on for so long that you have lost confidence and are afraid to make any major decisions for yourself. It is important to have input and dialogue with others we trust when making a major decision but be assured; the final analysis in the decision is yours and yours alone. ​ Or perhaps a major event or some type of trauma has t-boned you in such a way that it changed your narrative and is forcing you to live life through the haze of your past instead of the clarity of a future that has not been marred. All of our tomorrows are pristine. They only become clouded by what we drag into it. Click HERE to find out more! ​Click HERE to find out more! Choosing what is simply acceptable, or adequate for your life instead of what is “best” for your life can also knock you out of that starring role. A life of mediocrity is not why you are here. Mediocrity and a supporting role are married to one another. Many times impatience or fear will seduce us into accepting the adequate instead of waiting a little longer for that which is the “best” to arrive. ​ You can’t put a price on your life. It is that valuable. Recently a scientific calculation was made of the odds of any of us being born (Dr. Ali Binazir). Included in the calculation were natural disasters, major events, our parents meeting one another, the location of our birth, our DNA, etc. The number spit out was…wait for it…“1 in 400 trillion.” In comparison the odds of being struck by lightning are 1 in 700,000. That number is so astronomical that it means basically zero chance of you being here. Go ahead and put a value on how unique you are. It’s impossible. Your life is priceless. The fact that each one of us have made it against such odds and are walking upright on terra firma is a pretty solid argument that each one of us is meant to be here, don’t you think? What a waste of impossible odds if you choose to only play a supporting role in your life when it was created specifically for you. ​ You are destined to be here. Give a hip check to whatever it is that has crowded you out and take back your podium. Reclaim your title as the “Star” of your life. Ferociously accept nothing less! ​ Philip

HOW I MOVED OUT AT 16, GOT INTO UNIVERSITY & GRADUATED WITH 0 DEBT

I bet you’d never guess how I paid for my own apartment while I finished high school and saved for University at the age of 16.. While this isn’t everyone’s dream when it comes to getting through the teen years, it was my reality. ​ By the time I was 16 years old, the trauma of my childhood ran deep. I was often suicidal and felt like an outcast. I felt that no one would notice if I wasn’t around and realized that I had to stop placing my worth on what other people thought, even my parents. Most people never knew that I carried his much pain. ​ I decided that the only way for me to survive was to move out of my home and get away from the chaos in order to *try* to find my path in life. So I did. It was a last-ditch effort. ​ I rented a small house from my grandparents and paid full rent, even though they tried to give me a break – no way was I taking it. I worked full time at a grocery store while I attended high school full time, which didn’t give me much time to get into trouble…good thing. ​ I started in the seafood department and ran it like it was my own business…until I could no longer ignore the smell – on me, In my hair, on my clothing, which at the time was a super sexy pair of coveralls, and eventually in my little home. I knew I couldn’t quit, so I decided to get creative. ​ I approached the bakery, knowing that I would welcome the delicious aromas of freshly baked bread. I could handle taking that smell home…and I thought it would be a boyfriend magnet! I told the manager that I could be an awesome cake decorator for them and she promptly hired me! I finished out my scheduled shifts in the fish zone and showed up on my first day as a bakery girl, ready to go! I was all-in, except for the fact that I had never held a piping bag in my life. I had been around them, I had eaten a perfectly decorated cake or two, but never created one myself (unless easy-bake oven cakes count). ​ The manager was away the first week I started and in her place, was the most experienced, absolute Saint of a cake decorator that ever did live. I told her about my predicament but that I was a quick learner and that I’d stay late for as long as it took for me to be the best decorator there. She laughed and said “come on” as she filled a piping bag with icing and positioned it in my hand just so…and it began. I was SO grateful for her. I’ll never forget her because she believed in me – even though I totally fudged my way in. Click HERE to find out more! ​Click HERE to find out more! By week two, cake decorating became my craft. I was obsessed with what I could do and with how many cakes I could make in a shift – almost doubling others’ numbers. I LOVED IT and the bakery manager loved me. I did end up coming clean about my start because that’s just how I roll…things worked out. ​ I have taken the underlying thread of this initiative and applied it many times since. I was able to get leadership positions with way above average pay for a student to put myself through university and graduated with a $10,000 debt compared with the $40,000 debt of my peers. ​ Upon completion of University, I landed my dream job immediately and even negotiated a few months to back pack Europe on my own before formally starting my awesome new position. I have never been the top of any class, I most certainly have an undiagnosed learning disability which causes me to learn at an extremely slow speed and exams were a nightmare for me, despite studying circles around my friends. But I still was one of the 15% of the class to land a job in my field right out of the gate. Why? ​ The pearl is that I’ve never acknowledged the idea of “can’t”. I don’t even see it as an option. I keep myself just a little naive about what others do or expect or think so that I don’t adopt their limiting beliefs. I have a high level of self-awareness (now), I connect with others easily for the most part and I have a servant’s heart. That’s it. Nothing groundbreaking. Just believe in what you’re capable of and take action. ​ The sky is actually NOT the limit. ​ Jenne xx

WHATS YOUR STORY?

You know, the one you’ve been telling yourself for years? The one about how you grew up poor, how you didn’t get into college, how you were abused, that you have an illness controlling your life…the story about how you lacked good parents or that you’re too old to start pursuing your lifelong passion or that you’re not as good at dancing as everyone else! ​ What impact does your story have on you? Does it inspire and engage you or does it disempower you? We all have a story. Don’t let yours bury you. ​ Most of us have been telling ourselves the same story for far too long and unfortunately, we tend to focus on the negative implications our story has on our lives rather than how we can use it and the lessons that come with it in a meaningful way. We blame the things that have happened to us for holding us back and slowly become caged and complacent. We forget that we have the power to own our story. We dismiss the fact that we can CHOOSE the meaning we assign and get out from underneath our story. Finally. Click HERE to find out more! Click HERE to find out more! We can’t control what has happened to us in our past but we can control our responses and reactions to those events with a little practice: ​ *Next time you feel discouraged by or victimized by your story, pause and try to identify what specific pain points trigger you to react. Write them down. ​ *Once you know your triggers, plan in advance, how you will respond (rather than react) next time they show up. ​ *Evaluate how you feel after choosing your response over being controlled by your knee jerk retaliations. Make adjustments as needed. ​ *Look for something positive/teachable to take away from your trials to change the way your story affects you. ​ Transform the way you view your story to live a more empowered, purposeful life. ​ You’ve got this! Jenne

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