Is Winter Solstice Impacting Your Mood Too?

Is Winter Solstice Impacting Your Mood Too?

The shortest day of the year, the first day of winter, or Winter Solstice celebrates the power of faith. The faith we must have that the light will return. The faith we most hold that, like the sleeping seeds beneath the earth, our own seeds of creativity will once again sprout, grow, and bear fruit. This is the season to reach out to those we love and spend time in laughter, stillness, and communion. This is not the season of bustle, but the season of hibernation and rest. As the earth gently sleeps, so must we. All is in suspended animation. (more…)

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

As we begin 2019, I’d like to express some gratitude and share what we have in store for you! First, I want to thank YOU for being part of our Smart Women’s Empowerment global community. It’s exciting to see so many new members from all over the world. I also want to thank all our CONTRIBUTORS who make our program possible by sharing their wisdom with insightful articles, radio interviews, tips, movie reviews, and free resources. I give thanks to our outstanding STAFF,  Lynn Abbott-McCloud and Tara Backes, who make everything happen effortlessly behind the scenes. And I am especially grateful to our generous DONORS who make it possible for us to provide all our programs free of charge to women all over the world.  We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit and are fully funded through tax deductible donations.  Learn about our mission, programs and how you can help  HERE!

I chose to begin the year with the theme of clearing clutter and releasing what is no longer serving you because I can’t think of a better way to start a new year.  I hope you enjoy our expert contributors this month as they share their wisdom for beginning this new year with more clarity and ease.

I invite you to partake in my Releasing and Receiving Fire Ritual.  This is a powerful ceremony which can become an annual event that allows you to amplify the spiritual laws of the universe during the Winter Solstice or at the beginning of each new year.

We are excited to be working on some new programs for you this year, including a new money course for the Smart Women’s Academy.  Over 400 women have taken our free Unlock Your Financial Power course.  In the exit survey we learned:

  • 88% found the course helped them with their vision, confidence, and mindset.
  • 80% said they would be interested in a course specifically on money, mindset and creating wealth.

We received a new grant from Seed Foundation that will be used to bring this new and interactive money course to you this year. Through it, we will share how to create wealth by saving and earning more, investing for your retirement, protecting your wealth from the unexpected, and how to stay out of debt.

In addition, we have already lined up amazing interviews for Smart Women Talk Radio with exciting topics that include:

  • Your DNA is not your Destiny!
  • The Healing Power of Food
  • Managing your Credit, Debt, and Bankruptcy
  • Changing Careers at Midlife
  • Planning for a Vibrant Retirement

Enjoy this month’s Smart Women, Smart Choices e-zine and please share it with all the women in your life by inviting them to visit www.JoinSmartWomen.com.  When they do, they will join our Smart Women community and receive 100 days of inspirational quotes, our monthly Smart Women, Smart Choices e-zine, Smart Women Talk Radio, plus my new e-book, The Five Biggest Money Mistakes Women Make and How to Fix Them. Thank you for sharing the love. Have a wonderful and prosperous new year!

Katana Abbott, CFP® practitioner, is a Wealth Coach™, host of the Smart Women Talk Radio™, founder of the Smart Women Companies with over 1 million subscribers globally, inspirational speaker and author of several books. She began her financial planning career in 1987 and became a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner. In 2003, Katana created Smart Women’s Coaching® to offer financial coaching and educational workshops for women in transition who are dealing with caregiving, death of a loved one, divorce, retirement or looking to create or grow a business.  She founded Smart Women’s Empowerment in 2008 to bring free financial empowerment resources and programs to women around the world through her team of Contributing Experts. To learn more about Katana Abbott visit www.katanaabbott.com.

Finding Simplicity and Ease in 2019

Finding Simplicity and Ease in 2019

As we begin the new year, it is a perfect time to release “Mind Clutter,” or limiting beliefs and behaviors that are no longer serving us in order to make room for new empowering beliefs and goals that will help us live a more joyful life in 2019.  Isn’t it time for more simplicity and ease?

Deepak Chopra suggests that each day we ask ourselves these three questions about how we are living our lives:

  • Is if fun?
  • Is it easy?
  • Am I getting results

Often, when we are experiencing a lot of pain and challenges, it’s the Universe’s way of getting our attention.  The Law of Intention states that we are actually creating our experiences and manifesting  our reality through our thoughts and of course, our actions.

The challenges and chaos of daily life can sometime make us forget about the powerful spiritual Laws of the Universe that provide us the keys to creating a life we truly want.  Daily practices, or special rituals that give us time to clear our head and our energy can be very powerful in helping us access these spiritual forces that are available to each of us.

I begin each year with a simple, yet powerful fire ritual that I’d like to share with you.  You can do it alone, but it is even better as a group activity.

Please make some time for this simple Releasing and Receiving Exercise to clear any mind clutter by creating space for what you really want.  Follow these steps, and you will notice a shift in your energy, joy, and ease.

RELEASE

  • Go to a quiet place where you can focus.  Take 3 deep breaths and slowly tune out everything that is going on around you.
  • Take out a piece of paper and at the top of the paper write, “I AM RELEASING.”
  • Create a handwritten list of what you want to release in your life.  These are beliefs, experiences, or behaviors that are no longer serving you.  You can include any negative thoughts like fear, doubt, worry, scarcity, or relationships.  Close your eyes and allow experiences or actions that still haunt you with feelings of resentment, embarrassment, or regret.  Since you cannot change the past, you must simply let them go once and for all.  Write them all down.
  • Put the energy of these experiences or beliefs into this piece of paper.  Take your time.
  • When you are finished, you will need to destroy the list.  I suggest that you actually burn the paper in a fire ceremony, but of course, please be careful.  If burning the paper is not an option, you can also shred it, but the paper must be destroyed.  Do not keep the list.
  • As you do this, take a deep breath and release the energy that was associated with these beliefs.

RECEIVE

  • Next, I want you to create a new handwritten list of the things that you want to bring into your life.
  • At the top of this paper write, I AM RECEIVING.
  • Write each of these new statements as “I am.”  For example:  “I am bringing more joy, love, and ease into my life.”  Write as if these things are already happening.
  • Think about who you want to be in this new year.  How you want to feel, how you want to respond to the moment, and what you want more of.
  • Put this new list where you can see it.  Then take a moment every day to focus on this list.  Really feel the intention you are sending out to the Universe.
  • Write about the miracles and new positive experiences in your Gratitude Journal.  Focus on the new joy and abundance that is flowing into your life with each day.  Notice what is truly important.

This exercise is so simple, yet it is also so powerful.

If you do this exercise, please let me know about your experience.  You can post your experience below or email me at katana@katanaabbott.com  I look forward to hearing from you!

 

Katana Abbott, CFP® practitioner, is a Wealth Coach™, host of the Smart Women Talk Radio™, founder of the Smart Women Companies with over 1 million subscribers globally, inspirational speaker and author of several books. She began her financial planning career in 1987 and became a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner. In 2003, Katana created Smart Women’s Coaching® to offer financial coaching and educational workshops for women in transition who are dealing with caregiving, death of a loved one, divorce, retirement or looking to create or grow a business.  She founded Smart Women’s Empowerment in 2008 to bring free financial empowerment resources and programs to women around the world through her team of Contributing Experts. To learn more about Katana Abbott visit www.katanaabbott.com.

Should It Stay or Should It Go?

Should It Stay or Should It Go?

After the holiday onslaught of gifts and gets, the new year is the perfect opportunity to declutter.  You start January armed with a label maker and ready to organize, but the volume of stuff makes it almost impossible.  As the nation’s top decluttering expert, people ask me all the time, “What’s the easiest way to organize?”  “Simple,” I say.  “Have less stuff.”

But letting go of clutter is difficult. We have actual emotional blocks that keep us from letting go of our clutter. Seven of them to be exact.  In my upcoming book, MAKING SPACE, CLUTTER FREE: The Last Book On Decluttering You’ll Ever Need, I discuss all seven of the emotional blocks and how to break free of them.

Some of the emotions that get in the way include: sentimentality (but Aunt Lois gave it to me, how could I possibly get rid of this lamp that doesn’t work?), guilt (but I spent so much money on them, how could I possibly get rid of these ridiculously high heels I’ll never wear?), or pure fantasy (but someday I might take up mountain climbing so how can I get rid of all this rope?).   If you deal with clutter on a daily basis, you know these can be powerful stumbling blocks.  If you are grappling with any of these emotional blocks, how do you declutter?  Here are 5 simple questions to ask yourself about any item in your home or office to decide …

Should it Stay or Should it Go?

If you want to keep it and you say yes to any of these questions, it can stay! If the answer is no, then it goes!

  1. Do you use it on a semi-regular basis? By semi-regular, I mean at least once year, such as the large platter I have that holds the turkey at Thanksgiving. I have used it every year for over two decades, and it stays. The old sleeping bags that haven’t been on a camping trip in ten years should go.
  2. Is it making you money?  Do you use it for work, or does it help you generate income somehow? It stays. Whatever is piled up in the corner of the family room for that someday garage sale that you’re never going to have should go.
  3. Can you buy it again for a reasonable price or borrow it?  Is it costing you more to store it or fix it than it would to buy it again? Or is it something everyone has and it would be easy (and free) to borrow from someone you know? It should go.
  4. Do you have a place to put it away in your home?  Is it in a comfortable place where it fits easily? Great! It stays. Is it shoved on a closet shelf so that every time you open the closet door, it falls on your head? It goes.
  5. Do you love, love, love it?  I mean, do you love it? If yes, then it stays. If it’s okay, I sort of like it, “I hate it but so-and-so gave it to me,” it goes.

These five questions will help you launch your decluttering process.  Every time you hit up against one of your emotional blocks, ask yourself these questions and letting go will become easier.  It’s a process so remember to start with the easy stuff (not family photos or your beloved grandmother’s jewelry) and set yourself up for decluttering success!

The child of a hoarder, Tracy McCubbin knows firsthand that the grip “stuff” can have over some people is very real.  In 2007, while working as an assistant for a major television director, Tracy discovered she had the ability to see through any mess. Ten years later, dClutterfly is Los Angeles’ #1 Home Organization company, serving clients like Mindy Kaling and Ray Romano, as well as countless producers, directors, and executives. Tracy’s book Making Space Clutter Free: The Last Book of Decluttering You’ll Ever Need (Spring 2019), reveals the seven emotional blocks we have with regard to our “stuff” – and how to cure them while creating permanent change for a happier, healthier, and clutter-free life. To learn more about Tracy, go to tracymccubbin.com.

Are You A Lightning Rod For Sacred Wounds?

Are You A Lightning Rod For Sacred Wounds?

I have come to think of all of the challenges life brings as opportunities for growth. We don’t always love our “opportunities,” nor do we always love our teachers. However, if we think of life as what I call a “spiritual gymnasium,” we know that our challenges are the resistance training program we bought a membership for when we came to life here on planet earth. When these challenges involve emotional hurts, betrayals, trauma, and abuse, I call them “sacred wounds.”  And if you feel like you are a lightning rod for these sacred wounds, I want to say congratulations! This means you are in the “high intensity” workout portion of the gym. You are on an accelerated track for growth. (more…)

Four Simple Steps to Fall Back in Love with Your Home and Yourself

Four Simple Steps to Fall Back in Love with Your Home and Yourself

Did you know you are in a relationship with your home? You may not have thought of it in this way, but it’s true. When you signed the contract to buy or rent your home, got the keys, and moved in, you entered into a relationship that will forever affect you in some way.

Moving into a new space is always a momentous occasion that comes with an array of emotions from excitement to overwhelm. It usually coincides with a major life change – marriage, divorce, new baby, new job, school, graduation, downsizing, upsizing, or simply starting over.

When you get the key to your new home, a new cord of energy is created. You are now in a relationship with your home as you’ll each take on each other’s energy .

Think about the relationship you have with your home currently. Is it a challenging or supportive environment? Some people love their home, some resent their home, and others are simply indifferent about their home. Whichever is the case for you is a reflection of a bigger picture. Just like our personal relationships, our home is a mirror for ourselves. The good news is that when you make changes to your home, you make changes to yourself.

Are there changes you can make to improve the relationship? Just like a personal relationship, it takes attention to foster, maintain, and maybe even improve your relationship with your home.

Here are some suggestions to improve your relationship with your home:

Make repairs.

Nothing lowers the energy of a home (or you) more than broken items or areas in disrepair. For broken items, take steps to get them repaired or dispose appropriately. For home repairs, make a list so that each one can be addressed over time, according to your budget.

Turn your least favorite room into your favorite.

Ideally, you want to love all parts of your home. Yes, even your shadow sides lurking in the back of your closet. Find your least favorite room or area. This could be a room, an area in a room, or simply a drawer.

Identify why it is your least likely location in your house. This will be good information for you and, most likely, represents a bigger theme in your life. And then turn lemons into lemonade. Consider shifting the function of the room. Oftentimes, it is a lack of identity or function leaving the room in confusion. Or maybe it is as simple as a new coat of paint or removing the giant armoire that you’ve felt obliged to keep. Make this room your favorite and you will be amazed how quickly your relationship with your home shifts.

Clean.

This may seem obvious, but just wiping counters and dusting furniture can make a huge difference. Not only does it clean surfaces on the physical level, but also on the energetic level. When you clear out the cobwebs in your home, you clear out the cobwebs in your life too!

Woo Your home.

Enhance all of your senses through your home. Light candles; buy flowers; play music; use aromatherapy; cook a meal. All of these will help you fall in love with your home. And because our home is a mirror of yourself, you also fall back in love with… you.

 

Tisha Morris is a best-selling author, Feng Shui expert, and business coach. Tisha holds a degree in Law and a Fine Arts degree in Interior Design. She combines Feng Shui techniques, design aesthetics, coaching, and intuition to turn challenging spaces into supportive environments. Tisha facilitates workshops and works one-on-one with people and businesses to identify blocks and to make desired changes. Tisha is the host of Feng Shui Your Life podcast and the founder of Earth Home School of Feng Shui. To Learn more about Tisha, go to TishaMorris.com

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