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Monday’s Random Thought: One Step March 27, 2017

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As one to not sit still long, a lady of action, this healing and recovery process from foot surgery has been interesting.  First, there was an unexpected second surgery. Then there was the pain.  I had a plan. I would color, read, rest, allow my body to heal as I received help from others. I would give myself a week or two to just be and then I would work on my book.

Every week there has been progress. It feels like slow progress, but movement forward non the less. It’s been a week since narcotics. Two weeks since napping all day.

Each day something new. Friday I put on jeans instead of pjs and had a phone client. Saturday I moved from the bed to the coach. Sunday I moved to the dinning room table.

This morning at my doctor’s visit I got rid of the special sock and can now open up my bandages and wash my foot!

This sounds slow. But this is progress. The moving forward counts not the pace. This is gving me the opportunity to be. The gift to receive. I am practicing patience. I am learning the value of stillness. Not always fun. Growth isn’t always joyful. That’s why they call it growing pains.

We all have our own experience of having to slow down when we don’t necessarily want to slow down. One. Day. At. A.Time. One. Step. Where in your life can you see the value of slowing it down? Is there an area in you life, a relationship or situation, where you can recognize the power or one? Simply one thing at a time. Step by step. In this slowing down we are allowing room for growth making space for birth to happen. Tis the season, it is spring. Let’s step out of the way and allow. Step. By. Step.

Today standing on one foot. Tomorrow both feet. The next day dancing. Okay, just the fox trot. Next week the cha cha. Patience dancer, patience.

 

Hi, I’m Jenny Gwinn McGlothern, Certified Transformational Master Life Coach, Retreat Leader, Writer, Teacher and Seeker. As founder of my retreat business, Mama Needs A Refill, LLC, one way I know I fill my cup is by showing up to a blank page to write. Thank you for stopping by and reading my Random Monday Thoughts, because I will be honest that fills my cup too, knowing others are reading my filled page. Life is too short to blog about anything else unless it touches my heart. Please know I appreciate you joining me on this journey whether you visit every week since I began in 2009 or this is your first blog stop.

 

Curious about becoming a life coach or upleveling your life? I am a co-facilitator at Seattle Life Coach Training. The program is transformative, the experience more life giving than words can describe, www.slctseattle.com.

 

Interested in life or spiritual coaching (individuals and couples) or want to learn more about my retreats in Seattle, please find me on FaceBook, www.FaceBook.com/MamaNeedsARefill or visit my website: www.mamaneedsarefill.com. Holding sack lunch mini-retreats since 2009. Next one February 3rd, contact Jenny, 206 255 0463, to reserve you spot.

 

 

Monday’s Random Thought: Be Your Own Hero March 20, 2017

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In the song Search for the Hero by one of my favorite British bands, The M People, vocalist Heather Small belts it right from her heart to mine when she sings,

“Sometimes the river flows but nothing breathes.

A train arrives but never leaves.

It’s a shame.

Oh life, like love that walks out of the door,

Of being rich or being poor.

Such a shame.

But it’s then, then that faith arrives

To make you feel at least alive.

And that’s why you should keep on aiming high,

Just seek yourself and you will shine.

You’ve got to search for the hero inside yourself,

Search for the secrets you hide.

Search for the hero inside yourself

Until you find the key to your life…….

 

….Just keep the flame of truth burning bright.

The missing treasure you must find

Because you and only you alone

Can build a bridge across the stream.

Weave your spell in life’s rich tapestry –

 

Your passport to feel supreme.

You’ve go to search for the hero inside yourself,

Search for the secrets you hide.

Search for the hero inside yourself

Until you find the key to your life. ”       

(Songwriters HEARD, MICHAEL PAUL/PICKERING, MIKEPublished by

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group)

 

So I ask are you having faith in yourself? Rely on your strengths, you have so much strength within you that you don’t even know is there. Let it be uncovered. What if the very best thing that could happen to you would be that you experience something that leads you to leaning on your own hero within?

 

Hi, I’m Jenny Gwinn McGlothern, Certified Transformational Master Life Coach, Retreat Leader, Writer, Teacher and Seeker. As founder of my retreat business, Mama Needs A Refill, LLC, one way I know I fill my cup is by showing up to a blank page to write. Thank you for stopping by and reading my Random Monday Thoughts, because I will be honest that fills my cup too, knowing others are reading my filled page. Life is too short to blog about anything else unless it touches my heart. Please know I appreciate you joining me on this journey whether you visit every week since I began in 2009 or this is your first blog stop.

Curious about becoming a life coach or upleveling your life? I am a co-facilitator at Seattle Life Coach Training. The program is transformative, the experience more life giving than words can describe, www.slctseattle.com.

Interested in life or spiritual coaching (individuals and couples) or want to learn more about my retreats in Seattle, please find me on FaceBook, www.FaceBook.com/MamaNeedsARefill or visit my website: www.mamaneedsarefill.com. Holding sack lunch mini-retreats since 2009. Next one February 3rd, contact Jenny, 206 255 0463, to reserve you spot.

 

Monday’s Random Thought: Giving it Up March 6, 2017

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This Monday I share a blog from last year.

Repost: https://heartwriter.wordpress.com/2016/03/07/mondays-random-thought-giving-it-up/

Lent. That season of reflection and preparation that runs 40 days until Easter. Half way there. I grew up Catholic where you gave something up during this season. Parents encouraged us to give up TV and candy while they tried their efforts at giving up alcohol, meat, eating between meals, sugar.

As an adult I too tried my efforts in the past of giving things up but it never brought me closer to God. It left me frustrated feeling like a failure. My reasons always self-focused, Oh, I can lose weight during Lent if I give up “sinful” foods. Years ago instead of focusing on “giving up” something I used the season of Lent to “take on” something. I took on meditating ten minutes every day, sitting in silence, saying something kind to others. These efforts brought me a lot closer to anything Divine than “giving up” ever has.

This Lenten Season I chose to walk that old school Catholic way proving you can take the girl out of Church, but you can’t take Church out of the girl. I  chose to give up something as well as take something on. (Drinking more water every day. And yes, peeing more this season in the process.)  It wasn’t alcohol, red meat, or sugar. I chose something that gets in the way of me living fully far more than a glass of wine, tacos or a chocolate chip cookie. And trust me a lot more challenging. (At least for me.)

Judgement. Self judgement is where I had to start before I could begin the journey of letting go of judgement of others. I have stumbled. I have succeeded. I have failed, I have begun again. I have become so much more aware of how critical, defeating judgement stands in the way of me loving fully. It blindly blocks any Divine Light from getting through. I feel lighter. I feel whole. I may never give it up completely for it has its positive place indeed. But I see the self defeating line it draws in my heart. I am able to catch myself now with practice and give it up on the spot, redirecting, reframing, letting go, taking a different path.

The path will more than likely take a lot longer than 40 days. With awareness and learning every step I am half way there and that is perfect. I am grateful to be half way there. No judgement for how long it takes. Only faith. Only trust. One step at a time.

Whether or not you observe Lent is there something you want to give up or take on that can lead you down your path of living life more fully, connected to all you are meant to be?

 

Hi, I’m Jenny Gwinn McGlothern, Certified Transformational Master Life Coach, Retreat Leader, Writer, Teacher and Seeker. As founder of my retreat business, Mama Needs A Refill, LLC, one way I know I fill my cup is by showing up to a blank page to write. Thank you for stopping by and reading my Random Monday Thoughts, because I will be honest that fills my cup too, knowing others are reading my filled page. Life is too short to blog about anything else unless it touches my heart. Please know I appreciate you joining me on this journey whether you visit every week since I began in 2009 or this is your first blog stop.

 

Curious about becoming a life coach or upleveling your life? I am a co-facilitator at Seattle Life Coach Training. The program is transformative, the experience more life giving than words can describe, www.slctseattle.com.

 

Interested in life or spiritual coaching (individuals and couples) or want to learn more about my retreats in Seattle, please find me on FaceBook, www.FaceBook.com/MamaNeedsARefill or visit my website: www.mamaneedsarefill.com. Holding sack lunch mini-retreats since 2009. Next one February 3rd, contact Jenny, 206 255 0463, to reserve you spot.

 

Monday’s Random Thought: An Offering to Let it Go February 27, 2017

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A great way to let something go if you need a little more than doing it in your mind, is to write it on a rock and toss that rock in the water.

I am learning the power, the incredible life giving power and huge gift in not taking it personally. The more I get that it isn’t about me, the more that forgiveness is my best friend.

This weekend my husband was tired. Really tired. We had only a short bit of time together as I was teaching and he was getting the kids to where they needed to be. I thought about letting him know that his reservedness made me feel like it was something I did. But then I remembered when he is tired he is quiet. And when he is quiet, even though I think it, it doesn’t change how he feels about me.

I get there is value in telling others how there actions make us feel, but in this I found more value in letting it go. I found strength in my own process of seeing it for what it was not for what my mind was trying to do. Make it something it wasn’t. I slept on it and released it. I had no need to bring it up and I still don’t. I understood what it feels like to stand in his tired shoes and I remembered he loves me even when he is not talking much. And… I reminded myself that what matters more than anything is the power in self love.

I offer this today because I see that it is a universal thing, this taking it personally. What would happen if you recognized it, then released it? Would it help in your relationship with others? Would it help in your relationship with yourself?

Hi, I’m Jenny Gwinn McGlothern, Certified Transformational Master Life Coach, Retreat Leader, Writer, Teacher and Seeker. As founder of my retreat business, Mama Needs A Refill, LLC, one way I know I fill my cup is by showing up to a blank page to write. Thank you for stopping by and reading my Random Monday Thoughts, because I will be honest that fills my cup too, knowing others are reading my filled page. Life is too short to blog about anything else unless it touches my heart. Please know I appreciate you joining me on this journey whether you visit every week since I began in 2009 or this is your first blog stop.

Curious about becoming a life coach or upleveling your life? I am a co-facilitator at Seattle Life Coach Training. The program is transformative, the experience more life giving than words can describe, www.slctseattle.com.

Interested in life or spiritual coaching (individuals and couples) or want to learn more about my retreats in Seattle, please find me on FaceBook, www.FaceBook.com/MamaNeedsARefill or visit my website: www.mamaneedsarefill.com. Holding sack lunch mini-retreats since 2009. Next one February 3rd, contact Jenny, 206 255 0463, to reserve you spot.

 

Monday’s Random Thought: Commit February 20, 2017

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On this President’s Day I am observing where I show up.

I must be committed to my spiritual connection for that is where I put my energy.

I must be committed to my loved ones as their state of being becomes the backdrop to my life, the ground I walk on.

I must be committed to writing as I show up with pen in hand page after page, week after week, month after month, year after year.

I must be committed to helping others because that is where I jump in without looking back.

I commit to living on purpose, with purpose for a greater purpose I can’t even grasp. I step with one foot at a time, trusting, believing, ready for what will come.

What are you committed to and how do you demonstrate your commitments?

Hi, I’m Jenny Gwinn McGlothern, Certified Transformational Master Life Coach, Retreat Leader, Writer, Teacher and Seeker. As founder of my retreat business, Mama Needs A Refill, LLC, one way I know I fill my cup is by showing up to a blank page to write. Thank you for stopping by and reading my Random Monday Thoughts, because I will be honest that fills my cup too, knowing others are reading my filled page. Life is too short to blog about anything else unless it touches my heart. Please know I appreciate you joining me on this journey whether you visit every week since I began in 2009 or this is your first blog stop.

 

Curious about becoming a life coach or upleveling your life? I am a co-facilitator at Seattle Life Coach Training. The program is transformative, the experience more life giving than words can describe, www.slctseattle.com.

 

Interested in life or spiritual coaching (individuals and couples) or want to learn more about my retreats in Seattle, please find me on FaceBook, www.FaceBook.com/MamaNeedsARefill or visit my website: www.mamaneedsarefill.com. Holding sack lunch mini-retreats since 2009. Next one February 3rd, contact Jenny, 206 255 0463, to reserve you spot.

 

 

Monday’s Random Thought: Agradecido February 13, 2017

Filed under: From The Heart,Uncategorized — heartwriter @ 5:33 pm
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Hearts in chocolate, always grateful for that sweetness. 

Traveling in Mexico yesterday, my friend noticed his RV had a flat tire. Sunday. Foreign country. Flat tire. Could have been messy. Not even close. Smooth. Easy. Hassle free.

 

We spent an hour and a half at this road side mom and pop tire shop. The neighborhood gathering spot. I thought the children gathered, perched on tires, taking in the activity belonged to the shop owner. Nope. Neighborhood kids. The open space was dusty and shaded by its thatched roof. Tires of every shape and size strewn through out the shop. Grease stained stools for anyone needing to wait comfortably, rest a bit.

 

The only one in the shop who spoke English was the young man who brought his dune buggy to be worked on. We engaged in conversation each eager to learn new phrases in the other’s native tongue.

 

My English not so good, he told me. I am sorry I don’t know more.

 

No, no, no, I quickly jumped in. I am in your country. You don’t need to speak English. I wish I could speak your language. I should speak your language in your country.

 

Unfortunately, my three years of high school Spanish has escaped me. When given the opportunity to speak it, Japanese or German words come to mind instead. Words of living overseas, being raised by a mother whose first language was not English.

 

So we stood there out in the sunshine each doing our best to learn the others language. Brother, hermano. Son, hijo. Dog, perro. Private school, escuela privada.

 

I asked my new translator how to say, I am so grateful in spanish. After a dozen times practicing my new phrase I went over to our angel fixing our flat tire. Estoy muy agradecido, I told him.

 

Denada, denada.  You’re welcome. You’re welcome. The younger neighborhood boy, the same age as my hijo, and now the young hijo of the mechanic, helped us secure the moped on the back of the newly fixed RV. Authentic kindness. Ambalidad. True generosity. Generosidad.

 

I will probably never see these kind, geneous souls again. I will always remember the moment of standing under the same sun, speaking the same language with different words.

 

Hi, I’m Jenny Gwinn McGlothern, Certified Transformational Master Life Coach, Retreat Leader, Writer, Teacher and Seeker. As founder of my retreat business, Mama Needs A Refill, LLC, one way I know I fill my cup is by showing up to a blank page to write. Thank you for stopping by and reading my Random Monday Thoughts, because I will be honest that fills my cup too, knowing others are reading my filled page. Life is too short to blog about anything else unless it touches my heart. Please know I appreciate you joining me on this journey whether you visit every week since I began in 2009 or this is your first blog stop.

 

Curious about becoming a life coach or upleveling your life? I am a co-facilitator at Seattle Life Coach Training. The program is transformative, the experience more life giving than words can describe, www.slctseattle.com.

 

Interested in life or spiritual coaching (individuals and couples) or want to learn more about my retreats in Seattle, please find me on FaceBook, www.FaceBook.com/MamaNeedsARefill or visit my website: www.mamaneedsarefill.com. Holding sack lunch mini-retreats since 2009. Next one February 3rd, contact Jenny, 206 255 0463, to reserve you spot.

 

Monday’s Random Thought: More than Habit February 6, 2017

Filed under: From The Heart,Uncategorized — heartwriter @ 8:31 pm

It just wouldn’t feel like Monday if I didn’t show up to the blank page. I considered not showing up, my reasons are valid, it is noon and I am still in my pajamas. A stomach bug has decided to visit and I don’t have much energy. But as I look out at the falling snow, a magical scene out my window, I want to show up. Even if I don’t have much to say, this writing every Monday has become a part of me, more than a habit.

 

My dog snores in the corner, the clock ticks, the furnace clicks on and even though I can’t go out and play in the snow, I am so grateful for its gift. I am even grateful for this minor bump in the road of illness. My body needs rest and I will listen to her.

 

I am grateful for it all, the not feeling like me, the tired lack of energy, the discomfort and inconvenience that comes with being ill, for this being grateful, like my writing every Monday, has become habit.

Hi, I’m Jenny Gwinn McGlothern, Certified Transformational Master Life Coach, Retreat Leader, Writer, Teacher and Seeker. As founder of my retreat business, Mama Needs A Refill, LLC, one way I know I fill my cup is by showing up to a blank page to write. Thank you for stopping by and reading my Random Monday Thoughts, because I will be honest that fills my cup too, knowing others are reading my filled page. Life is too short to blog about anything else unless it touches my heart. Please know I appreciate you joining me on this journey whether you visit every week since I began in 2009 or this is your first blog stop.

Curious about becoming a life coach or upleveling your life? I am a co-facilitator at Seattle Life Coach Training. The program is transformative, the experience more life giving than words can describe, www.slctseattle.com.

Interested in life or spiritual coaching (individuals and couples) or want to learn more about my retreats in Seattle, please find me on FaceBook, www.FaceBook.com/MamaNeedsARefill or visit my website: www.mamaneedsarefill.com. Holding sack lunch mini-retreats since 2009. Next one February 3rd, contact Jenny, 206 255 0463, to reserve you spot.