How to Reveal What It Is You're Hiding From

I find that I am continuously peeling back the layers to reveal more and more of my deeper, truer self and this happened once again on quite a deep, existential level as I found myself laying in shavasana just the other day.

For many of us, we may find ourselves wrestling with an existential question of “do I matter?” and what occurred to me after my revelation just the other day is that much of our mission here on earth, should we choose to accept it, is to peel back the various layers and ways we have created to help us feel like we do.

And even though what revealed itself to me could be perceived as kind of heavy or dark, it didn’t feel that way at all. I think that is partly because I’ve been learning that this stuff doesn’t need to be so serious and I can have more fun with the discoveries I make along the way. And, I think partly it’s because I’ve already been peeling back these layers bit by bit so it isn’t as scary or alarming as it might have been before.

My intention for sharing this with you is so you can witness the power this simple question can have when I want to call myself out a little and gently reveal where I tend to hide or avoid things. Plus, this revelation may spark something within you or serve as something to chew on for a few days.

In today’s video, you’ll learn what this question is and how you can use it to reveal your own truths.

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How to Uncover Mind-Blowing Truths

The past couple of weeks have been chock-full of deep deep lessons. A lot is coming up for me and I can tell I’m working through a lot of old stories and beliefs. And in the process, I’m uncovering a few things that are kind of surprising.

In today’s video, I share with you just what this deep Truth is and how exactly I went about uncovering it so that you can try the same thing yourself.

If you’re anything like me and enjoy looking for the lessons in everything (or would like to do this more often), I invite you to watch today’s video and learn a process you can use to do just that. (Who knows, it might just blow your mind!)

I’m starting to notice just how many layers there are to this journey of revealing one’s wholeness. And I’m still somewhat surprised what I discover underneath each new layer.

The cool thing is that it gets more encouraging and inspirational the further I go.

It’s like digging for buried treasure and, while your arms might start getting tired the further you dig and you may even start to feel a bit impatient, sooner or later you strike something hard and you are encouraged to keep digging because you know you’re about to reveal something magnificent.

Part of what I discovered as I started digging for this treasure is what I’ve been avoiding—which completely shocked me. I shared in another video a simple question that we can all use to reduce guilt and increase clarity and it involves exploring what we are avoiding and how to better assess why we’re avoiding something to begin with.

I also discovered (again) just how important it is to feel something fully and completely, which I talked about in this previous video.

As I continue digging, I become more and more clear that there is nothing to “fix” but there are so many lessons to learn and if we can remain open and curious to them, it’s incredible just how much more of our wholeness we can uncover.

Looking for the lesson doesn’t imply something is broken; it implies there's something to be revealed. {Tweet that!}

In order to reach the buried treasure, we must be willing to sweat and maybe even get a little dirty. So the next time you sense there’s a deeper Truth or part of yourself just waiting to be revealed, take a deep breath, roll up your sleeves, and start digging. Trust me, it’s worth it.

Now, I’d love to hear from you! What mind-blowing awareness did you have recently? Share your treasure in the comments below so we can all deepen into our own Truth through someone else’s experience.

Do you know someone who could benefit from learning how to uncover more of their own treasure that lies within? If so, please pass this along to them and be part of the ripple effect.

With profound appreciation,

A

P.S. If you want to dig for even more gold, be sure to join me for my Being You Holiday Challenge! Together we will use the process I discovered is key to going from “never enough” to “always okay” and serves as the framework for my signature training program, Being Good with Being You. Did I mention it’s free to join? I’d love to have you there! 

How to Use Your Tools & Stay True to You

As a student of life, a self-help junkie, and a soulful inquirer, I’ve read a lot of books, taken a lot of courses, watched a lot of videos, and listened to a lot of podcasts. In the course of this, I’ve acquired hundreds of tools and pieces of advice—everything from meditation (in all its forms) to drinking hot lemon water to keeping a gratitude journal to reciting mantras to inquiring my thoughts to visualizations to doing yoga to many, many more.

And as an over-achieving student and dedicated disciple, I take these tools and teachings to heart and do my best to use each one and get (what a dear friend and mentor Cora Poage recently said) an A+ on my spiritual report card.

Perhaps you can relate.

It seems like everywhere we turn nowadays there is a new tool or technique or piece of advice that someone is offering us. For me, this can sometimes feel overwhelming, discouraging, or even distract me from the very thing I am trying to experience (such as relief, peace, or ease).

In today’s video, I share a fresh perspective to help bring us back to our center and experience that which we seek.

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One Simple Question to Reduce Doubt

Do you ever find yourself wondering whether or not you should do something or feel guilty that you’re not doing something?

This has certainly been a recurring question in my life. 

Sometimes it comes up when I’m considering hitting the snooze button. Most recently it came up while developing a program I’m getting ready to launch when exploring what I felt I “should” offer.

I started to notice that there is a big difference between being out of my comfort zone and out of alignment with what serves me best.

There are times when inaction serves our higher good and times when it doesn’t—and there’s a question we can ask to get clear on which one’s which.

If this sounds like a familiar struggle, then this video is for you. In this video, I share a simple question you can ask to help gauge those moments when you’re not quite sure how to feel or what to do.

When we ask, "Am I avoiding or allowing?" doubt and guilt begin to disappear. {Tweet that!}

After watching the video, give it a shot. Think back on times when you didn't do things either because it would stretch your comfort zone or because it would leave you feeling unhappy or resentful, and you’ll start to be able to use this as a compass moving forward.

Now it’s your turn! Do you have any tricks or tips to gauge when you’re honoring your truth or hiding from your fears?

Head on over to the blog or Facebook page to share your wisdom in the comments below this video. I would love to see what sort of lessons we can learn.

So many of us struggle with feeling guilty or running ourselves into the ground because we aren’t clear on when to take action or when to allow ourselves to be true to ourselves. 

Clarity comes from knowing if you’re hiding from your fears or honoring your truth. {Tweet that, too!}

With gratitude ...

PS If you know anyone who could benefit from asking this simple question to experience more confidence and clarity in life, please share this with them. 

Are You Taking a Vacation or a Suitcase Full of "Shoulds"?

Ah, summer vacation. 

Each year, I take a trip to northern Minnesota and spend a week at a lake cabin with my family.

Sometimes vacations stump me a little. Rather than feeling peaceful and relaxed, I feel conflicted and a little on edge.

This year, I mentioned something to my mother and she asked me a very insightful question that immediately helped me change the way I was viewing my time away.

Do you ever feel like your vacations are just another opportunity to “should” all over yourself or live up to yet another set of expectations?

In this video, I’m going to share with you the wise question my mother asked me and how it helped me go from conflicted to confident while on vacation. 

Just because we’re on vacation doesn’t mean we have to take a break from being true to ourselves. {Tweet that!}

Now it’s your turn! How do you stay true to yourself while taking time off?

Head on over to the blog or Facebook page to share your wisdom in the comments below this video. I would love to see what sort of conversation we can drum up.

So many of us look forward to what little vacation we usually take to begin with, yet how many of us actually spend that time without added pressure or expectations of what vacation “means”? Please pass this along to anyone you may know who could benefit from being reminded to stay true to themselves even when taking some much-needed time off.

With gratitude ...

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How to Get out of Overwhelm

As a world-class list-maker and scheduler, I know all too well just how to fill my calendar with to-do’s, appointments, and deadlines.

For a very long time I actually wasn’t sure if I could function without these things in place.

It’s only been in the last few months that I’ve tried something new. And, during one of my Masterclass calls this week with Jeannine Yoder it became really clear to me just how overwhelming the idea of all of these lists and deadlines are to me now.

I admit that I might have swung a little too far on the pendulum, and I don’t necessarily suggest that everyone rid their life of to-do lists and deadlines.

But I will say that the greatest thing I’ve learned from doing so is that I’m okay without these things and my days feel significantly less overwhelming.

If any of this resonates with you and you’re interested in experiencing less overwhelm in your life, then be sure to check out this week’s video.

In the video, I’m going to share with you some great advice I received on how to assess where we spend our time and develop a deeper sense of true productivity and power.

If you know anyone who tends to create lists or fill their calendar in order to feel productive or accomplished, then please share this with them so that they can learn one simple question to ask each day to stay out of overwhelm and in their truth.

I’m not suggesting that all list-making and deadlines are useless.

Sometimes the best thing we can do in the moment is make a list or move towards a deadline. And other times we use these things simply as a distraction to help us think we are being productive.

There’s an alternative to lists and deadlines to feel productive and empowered. {Tweet this!}

Now I want to hear from you. What are your favorite tips to stay out of overwhelm?

Hop on over to the blog to share your wisdom in the comments below this video! I absolutely love learning what works for others and your tip might be just the thing someone needs to hear today.

Life isn’t about filling our task list and calendar with things to keep us busy and feeling productive. So please pass this along to anyone who might benefit from learning how to stay out of overwhelm and instead focus on those things that matter most.

With gratitude ...

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