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Monday’s Random Thought: Animal Wisdom April 24, 2017

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Our dog’s girlfriend stayed the week with us. And oh, look, a white heart, right there on her chest.

It is no accident when an animal comes into our lives. They possess infinite wisdom and if we are open, their presence can be a symbolic message perfectly timed for us. You pet lovers know many animals possess unconditional love. Every morning our Chocolate Lab – Wheaten Terrier dog greets me with a wagging tail, rain or shine. Buford is a bringer of love. I grew up with dogs and cats and as an adult, the later is my preference. Even though cats are not my fav, they love me, and are always drawn to me. According to my favorite spirit animal website, www.spirit-animals.com animals have messages for us. The domestic cat’s message is that of communication and believing in yourself and they represent trusting your intuition. All animals represent characteristics and traits that we also have within us. I am learning they are the bringer of light. Even the rodents and spiders who have crossed my path.

 

When are son was eight years old and his child psychologist, physician, and naturopath couldn’t help him with his anxiety we tried a shaman. Shamanism is a healing practice of the body, mind and spirit. Since the beginning of time medicine people who have a deep connection with the earth use their gifts to heal and connect people to their truth. Through a guided meditation our son, Simon, discovered some of his spirit animals. This new experience really resonated with our animal lover son. Being taught that the medicine and wisdom of these animals were things that could help him with his worries, they were also things he already possessed deep within.  He received messages from his eagle, wolf, bear, moose and dog. Encouragement to be confident, a reminder that he likes his family close, has inner strength and a fierce loyalty. These messages eased his worrying. Calling upon his animal friends comforted and guided him.

 

This experience opened me up to my own learning of my spirit animals. Then I just started noticing, oh a fox, a wild turkey, an eagle, a rabbit. I didn’t take these bearers of wisdom as accidents. I would look up their meaning and discover help with a decision. Peace and affirmation all from an animal crossing my path.

 

I don’t think anything is an accident. Signs are all around us to support and guide us. Mother Nature is so cool like that, taking care of us, giving us what we need. Offering us guidance. Even from that damn cat! 

 

What animals are crossing your path and what do they have to teach you?

 

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.

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Monday’s Random Thought: Not Happening April 17, 2017

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Sometimes you must surrender. I love showing up to you, blank page, every Monday, but today just can’t do it. Wish I could say I am hung over from too much Easter candy. Wish I could string something poetic in honor of what would have been my dad’s 90th birthday today. But I am exhausted from nerve medication and am going to take a nap.

No Blog today, come again next Monday.

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: Agradecido February 13, 2017

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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

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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.

 

 

Monday’s Random Thought: Ripple of Joy December 26, 2016

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Eleven years ago my heart was changed. With stories of Christmases past souring my taste for the season I was given an opportunity to create a new story. And what a gift I received, it opened my heart wide. (For the full story see https://wordpress.com/post/heartwriter.wordpress.com/326).

 

This December 14th I woke without an alarm clock at five in the morning, slipped on my shoes, put on my jacket, and grabbed the poinsettia by our front door. I checked the tag, On the first day of Christmas The Roberts received one poinsettia. I hoped they’d be surprised. The Roberts live around the corner and are a lovely young family with three boys under the age of six. The father often shoots hoops with our son in our driveway.

I had been thinking for weeks about who would receive the Twelve Days of Christmas tradition that we received unsuspectedly from my friend Erika and her family back in 2005. The Roberts lived close by, which meant my walking commute would be easy and I knew they celebrated Christmas. Although I see the dad outside walking with his sons or returning home from the neighborhood gym, I had met the mom only three times. The last time just being two weeks earlier at the children’s dentist. She had her three kiddos with her and I had my two. As we were saying our good byes I ever so nonchalantly inquired as to their last name. I had learned it once and forgotten. This time I wouldn’t forget.

On the second day of Christmas I thought I had slept in. Our bedroom was flooded with light and I assumed it was the suns and way past six. I slipped on my shoes and quickly learned it was four forty five and the moon’s bright glory rousing me. I could’ve headed back to bed. I grabbed a hat and gloves, but wasted no time with pants. Another pajama delivery morning. The moonlight lit my path to their home. After carefully and ever so quietly delivering “two heart ornaments” to their front porch, I stood in the street receiving the unexpected delight of being bathed in the moonlight.

The days that followed I continued to wake early by the moon, no need of an alarm. As the moon began to wane it could only have been the pure joy of anticipation that continued to wake me before dawn. Nudging me as if to say, “Come on Jenny, it’s time to wake and share a little joy.”

On day seven, the day of “seven satsumas” I brought our dog Buford. He patiently waited at the end of their walkway as I stealthily delivered the goods. Then we took a walk around the block before returning home. Such a treat to walk in the dark with the world asleep as Christmas lights lit our way. Buford quickly caught on and could barely wait for me to zip up my jacket as we he stood by the front door, his tail knocking on the door to his own rhythmic beat of excitement.

In the evenings I prepared their gift tags and meticulously placed their gift bags by our front door. Planning at least a couple of days ahead. Meant to be a family activity, my hubby and kids kindly left all the creating to me. I took all of their suggestions, but they stepped away from the details as they saw how much joy it gave me. Likened to a child making his first science project and not wanting any adult help or supervision. On day nine guess who knocked on our door? The dad!

He was hand delivering a Christmas card. When I invited him in, I am pretty sure he didn’t see me push the “Day 10” gift off of our tontsu chest, where it was waiting its turn. Although my move was clumsy missing all stealth and grace needed to be sneaky, I will have to ask him next time when he walks by or shoots hoops with our son, if he noticed.

Fast forward to Day Twelve, Christmas morning. After we had celebrated our traditions and opened gifts my family all put on our jackets over our pjs. Our daughter had made twelve candy cane scones the day before and I put on the final touch with a big red bow. We stood on the porch for awhile, knocking softly. I knew the dad was working that morning, but the tree lights told us they were up. And I knew no family with three small boys would still be asleep at nine fifteen Christmas morning. My family kept telling me to stop singing Christmas Carols, but I kept singing loud for all to hear until the door opened.

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This book was my unexpected Christmas gift from my dear friend and Thursday writing partner, Sonya.

Mama Roberts told us she had a feeling it was us and then she gave me my Christmas present, “Jenny, this was the highlight of my season.” I teared up, always a gift in my eyes, pun intended. Words could not express my delight. My joy. She then shared more, “I hung up all of your tree wishes around the house.” On the tenth day of Christmas they received ten paper tree cut outs with our handwritten wishes for their New Year: new friendship, good health, peace, joy, and more.

 

This tradition, new to me back in 2005 has rippled out from one season to many. Now having passed this on to three other families, I will always hold those moonlight morning walks deep in my heart. A new story I will share for years to come.

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, or simply call or text, 206 255 0463. Four sack lunch mini-retreats a year since 2009. Next one Friday January 6th in West Seattle is sold out.

2017 mini-retreats with an open seat waiting for you: Feb. 3, Mar. 3, June 2, Sept. 15.

 

 

Write On! Writing Workshop January 30th in Seattle. 6 – 9 PM December 20, 2016

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To Register Today, Click HERE!  Choose Write On! Workshop at top of page.