Were you taught that to get what you want you need to work hard to get it? That’s what I was taught and now I’m rethinking this whole working hard thing…To me working hard started to look like always having my phone next to me, checking my email incessantly and feeling like I couldn’t stop or rest for fear of missing an inquiry from a prospective client or something important from my kids’ school.
Then I realized that I was in a constant state of hurry and that the stress was doing the opposite of what I wanted and slowing down my progress rather than speeding it up. I took a week-long vacation in California completely solo and what I found was that I was able to finally rest and relax in the sun but that people all around me were on their phones, distracted and missing out on the joy of life too.
Now it’s my mission to show others that they can manifest at rest and that to relax is to receive. When we get quiet and turn off all of the distractions, that is when we receive the inspiration for what’s next and can rejuvenate ourselves much like a computer that’s being shut down and then rebooted.
To teach you how to manifest at rest, I teach a free master class called, Manifest with Ease. Check out my website here to sign up for the next session! Email me at email@example.com with things that you have manifested while resting on vacation!
When you were growing up did you have people praise you for working hard? Were you surrounded by hard-working mothers/fathers who modeled for you what hard work looks like and then told you that it is hard work and hard work alone which leads to success? Or maybe you were told that you could go out and play only AFTER you finished your homework and all of your chores.
The problem with this is that when we don’t allow ourselves to play until AFTER all of our work is completed, we never get the time to play. As adults this translates into needing our homes to be cleaned first, needing to be up to date on emails/work for our clients before we will let ourselves enjoy any downtime and then we get resentful when we see that we are never left with any time for ourselves.
This has been my story too and something that has helped me is to repeat the affirmation, “I deserve downtime.” It is why I booked an extra three days in California for myself to rest in the sun after filming my speaking reel for my business and also why I decided to put up that away message in my email that lets my audience know that I’ll be unreachable during this time so that I can completely immerse myself in the energy of rest and relaxation.
I know that in rest is when we receive and also know that if I am going to teach that we can manifest at rest and with ease, then I need to do that for myself first.
When I return from this restful period I will be teaching you how to relax to receive too in our Manifest with Ease Master Class. You can register for the Free Master Class here and I’m excited to share with you everything I know about letting it be easier for you too.
Have you seen the Matthew McConaughey movie, “Failure to launch?” It’s the one where he seems to have it all together and women fall for him easily but then they realize that he still lives with his parents and has no intention to move out and be on his own? Well this movie title popped in my head as I’ve been talking to my clients who have had so much clarity as to what they want to create next in their business but just haven’t launched it yet.
Many of them have gone so far as to book a retreat venue, to hire a team to help them lead it but haven’t made actual invitations to live human beings who will be the ones to receive their teachings and wisdom.
Why haven’t they made the invitation yet? Because of fear. It’s the part where we put ourselves in a place to receive a, “No,” and to many of us that’s terrifying. It makes us feel like our offer isn’t good enough and ultimately even worse, that we’re not good enough. We’re afraid that we’ll prove our ego right that says, “This has been done before. Who are you to teach this? There are others doing this and doing it better than you ever good.” If they never launch it, they never have to face that fear and can stay comfortable doing what they’ve been doing which is reworking their website, creating the actual program, anything BUT the part that puts them in a place to be rejected (and ultimately succeed too).
There’s not a successful entrepreneur out there who hasn’t felt these same fears and received tons of, “No’s” before they got those, “Yeses.” The more you practice receiving the, “No’s” with as much love and grace as you do in receiving those, “Yeses” the easier it will become. And before you know it your retreat/program will be filled with aligned souls EAGER to learn what you have to share and their lives will be forever changed because of it.
These common fears that I’ve seen my own clients and colleagues around me facing is what inspired me to create the Abundance Academy. It’s geared around getting specific with what you are asking for/launching whether it be a certain number of enrollees in your next retreat/program or to finally start writing that book and then we will hold you accountable for taking action towards making that dream a reality.
At the end of our 6 weeks together you will have gained the courage to reach out to those perfect fit clients, to share with the world what you’re up to and to take that leap of faith that your soul is longing for you to take.
If this sounds like what you’re looking for, reply to this email and we’ll set up a time to talk more about it. Thanks and may you have a blessed and abundant week!
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! A message that I got from Spirit at my Virtual Book Launch Party was that all of us are mothers, whether we have our own children/fur babies or not. We are mothers of creation and have dreams that we are nurturing.
If you’re like me sometimes you get impatient waiting for those dreams to manifest into your physical experience and may end up working tirelessly in hopes that they will come to fruition faster. Much like a farmer who has planted his/her seeds though, demanding that they sprout faster and watering them furiously will not cause them to grow any faster. In fact the opposite may happen and you could drown them with too much water and focus.
Noticing my desire to work tirelessly to build my new academy and Manifest with Ease Master Class, I was reminded of my own teachings and to take a break so as not to burn myself out. Timely as it was my first business coach, Leah Remillet and I got reconnected who focuses on teaching time saving systems so that entrepreneurial moms can buy back their time. An affirmation that she reminded me of repeating to myself was, “I deserve downtime.”
Check out our interview here for more tips on how to buy back your time.
To learn more about how to manifest with ease, register for our free master class here!
Technically I believe that our spiritual journey begins the day we are born and that we choose our life circumstances along the way. I went through much of my life thinking my role was to please everyone else before myself but now believe the opposite to be true and am on a mission to step more fully into who I am and to be unapologetically myself.
My real awakening began back in 2015 when I was teaching elementary school children. I loved being around the kids and always felt more joyful and alive around their energy but I began to feel suppressed creatively with an administration that seemed to be scrutinizing my every move. I was told not to be different and just do what the other teachers were doing and nothing else. I was feeling frustrated and stuck and more than anything just wanted to be home with my own kids who were 2 and 4 at the time. That’s when the Universe shook things up for me…
I received a phone call on a cool morning in October from my son’s daycare teacher saying that things weren’t working out and that we’d have to find another childcare arrangement for him. She said that he was crying for me all day and had tantrum after tantrum and they just couldn’t take it anymore. I had just started a new school year and was a full-time 5th grade teacher at the time. I had no idea what to do but knew in my heart that my son was calling for me. We had a traumatic delivery with him when he was born. He and I slipped out of consciousness on and off for hours and I told God that if he died then I wanted to go with him. We’ve had a super strong connection ever since that fateful day when God said we both were going to live. At only the age of 2, my son knew that I was unhappy at work and I knew that he was unhappy away from me. So my husband and I made the decision that I would give my notice at work and stay home with the kids.
I felt so free for the first time in as long as I could remember. I felt like I could finally start living my life the way I wanted to. After I gave my notice at work, I noticed that every time I looked at the clock it was 11:11 or 1:11. I was seeing 1s everywhere…. When I saw them I felt chills throughout my body and intense feelings of love and anticipation as to what was coming next for me. Without realizing it at the time, this was the start of my spiritual awakening.
I was home for about a month with my kids when I got a call from my friend saying that I should pursue my dream of starting my own photography business now that I had some more time to get it set up and that she knew just the program I should take to start making money right away. After completing the course and launching my business, I made $1800 from a mini session sale only 3 months after starting my business which was the proof I needed to know that I could make this work long-term.
Not only was photography proving to be lucrative for me, but the energy I felt when I was on a photo shoot lit me up in a way that I hadn’t felt before. I felt completely aligned and in my flow maybe for the first time in my life which explains the meaning of my camera tattoo with the 11:11 under it symbolizing perfect alignment.
Photography still lights me up to this day and the more I do it, the more I realize how beneficial tapping into my intuition during my shoots is to be inspired to the best posing and lighting too. I began visualizing the perfect shoot before I would go and would set the intention for my clients to feel a loving exchange of energy from me and to see themselves in love and light when they saw their final images. It was powerful stuff and so much fun to play with as I would write down a number that came into my head before heading into a session reveal and then to have a client give me that exact amount in a check from their order was so much fun…
Then, I started acupuncture. Acupuncture wasn’t something I ever thought I’d try but I had seen a noticeable difference in my husband after he did it so I knew there was something to it. I found a practitioner who made me feel comfortable to share openly about my life experiences and the areas that needed healing. During one of my treatments I even left my body…. I had asked God to take from me the traumas of my past and to remove them from me for good because I wasn’t sure how to remove them for myself. I felt a rush of cold air around my legs and saw my legs lifting off the table in my mind’s eye. What I felt next was the most amazing feeling I’ve ever felt in my life. It felt as though God himself was hugging me and I felt the biggest rush of love and adrenaline I’ve ever felt. I knew where I was and also knew that I was coming back to my body. I came back down and told my practitioner what had happened. He was so open in accepting this and made me feel special rather than strange for claiming to have had such an experience.
Next I began exploring tarot cards, oracle cards, crystals, and couldn’t get enough of acupuncture and crystal healing sessions too. I began feeling and experiencing Spirit in a whole new way and was getting woken up in the evenings by my Spirit Guides who were telling me that it was time for me to build a spiritual online business and to start guiding others who were awakening too. I signed up for a Mediumship course and in my very first practice session I was able to read our teacher and send her a message from her departed father that had her in tears. I was shocked at how easily this information came to me and decided to put myself out there and offer readings to others too. It was so humbling to be trusted not only by the clients that hired me but also by their Spirit Guides who trusted me to deliver their messages with love and with the intent for healing too.
I used to think that we were defined by what we did. That my job had to reflect who I was and that making a difference in the world was crucial to being respected. And with good reason too because isn’t that often the first thing people ask when they meet us? “Hi, Julie. What do you do?”
It was the reason why my first job out of college was for the Discovery Channel. I took the job because I wanted it for myself, but I stayed in the job for far too long because I liked people’s reactions when I told them I worked there…how sad is that?! I felt like my soul was unhappy, I wasn’t getting out and interacting with people the way that I wanted to and I felt like my dream of making an impact on the world was too far out of reach so I quit.
I went back to school to get my Master’s Degree in teaching. I thought that for sure people would respect me and think that I was a good person because I was an elementary school teacher… I truly enjoyed working with the kids and teaching them how to be good people and to stay true to themselves no matter what, a lesson that I was still struggling to learn myself. I got to the point as a teacher though where my creativity was being stifled and I began feeling more and more powerless. I decided to go on child rearing leave to stay home with my kids and in that time I found myself.
A month later I started my photography business. I once again was feeling alive, creative, inspired and filled with passion. I faced great critique with this choice as well though. It seemed that EVERYONE was asking me when I was going to return to teaching, when I was going “back to work” and would even flat out ask me if I was able to make any money with photography. I couldn’t believe the nerve of people to ask me such personal questions and to dismiss my business as simply a temporary hobby and wonder when I was going to start working again…I so desperately wanted to tell them my average sales to shut them up because the truth was that I WAS able to make a great living as a photographer and still am. But I learned that my energy was better saved than to try to justify my choices to them.
I NEVER thought that I would be a business owner or to call myself a Medium, who communicates with Spirit, but here I am… My talents and gifts are ever-evolving and rather than staying in the same place and hiding who I really am to make others feel more comfortable, I am stepping out into the world as myself for the first time ever and it feels amazing…
However, my question still remains, “Why does our culture define who we are based on what we do?” If we are all divine beings of God, why does it matter what we choose as our profession? As long as we are passionate about it, are contributing to society with our God-given talents, why is it anyone else’s business in the first place??
After being asked AGAIN by a family friend when I’m going
back to teaching and being triggered by this question yet again, I decided to
get to the bottom of this trigger once and for all. The danger in defining who we are by our work
is that one day we will retire and it will go away or like my dear friend we
could get in a horrible accident and have it physically impossible to return
to. Who we are is NOT defined by what we
do. We are love. We are divine and we are enough just as we
are. So before you ask a Stay at Home
Mom or small business owner when they’re going back to work? Please bite your tongue. 😉
A big part of my mission is to teach others how to further develop their own intuition which can help them in every part of their lives. Intuition is the part of us that is connected to our higher selves which is still connected to the divine. It is the source of every answer you have been seeking and is what they mean when they say, “Happiness is found from within.” Your intuition knows what you truly desire and the easiest path to get you there. So why don’t we always listen to it? Because sometimes it tells us to do things that scare us like putting ourselves out there in a more open and honest way to the world, letting love in and in doing so, increasing the chance that we might get hurt in the process. Our ego’s job is to keep us right where we are. It wants us to stay comfortable, doesn’t care so much about expansion and tries to convince us that we’re separate from the divine.
Our intuition, which is housed in our hearts is divine. It is the part of us that is God or whatever higher power you believe in. This is a hard thing for many of us to accept. Most of us are taught from an early age that we must revere and worship God, but that we are merely humans when in fact the opposite is true. God loves and worships us as His creation and what he wants above all else is for us to give and receive the highest form of love.
So how do you access this higher part of yourself? There are many ways to do this… Through meditation, prayer, sitting outside in nature, doing yoga, acupuncture, etc. The list goes on and on but all of these tools will only work temporarily unless you commit to doing the real work to more fully step into your highest self. I believe that the key to this opening is through doing the inner work to really get to know yourself and that includes your lightness and your darkness. We are all a duality of light and dark, yin and yang and we can’t avoid facing our shadows if we have any desire to ascend further than where we are right now.
This is what I do with my clients during our coaching calls. We seek guidance from their higher selves through a line of questioning, taking deep breaths to more fully tap in and being honest about what we hear in response. Putting words to what comes up is powerful and sharing this with another loving being in a safe space is what gets the healing really under way. Allowing yourself to be seen and heard for all of your glory and flaws too is so liberating and something that I’ve experienced myself through work with my own coach. When the tears come out we call them healing tears. Is this work easy? Not at all, but it’s what’s necessary to ascend to the next level spiritually and to allow in all the love, money and success we have been striving for all this time but which up until now felt completely out of reach.
If you feel called to reach out to me to start or continue doing this work with someone who gets it and is going through it themselves (because the work is never done), then you can set up a free discovery call with me here. It’s time to commit to doing the work that you came here to do…