Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Tower - When the Walls Come Tumbling Down

Happy Summer Solstice everyone!!!

For this blog hop, we were instructed to choose a card from the Major Arcana, for whatever personal reason that we have chosen it, and write about it.  It could be because we hate it, love it, wrote a poem about it, painted our own version of it, etc.  The personal reasons for choosing each card are going to be as diverse as our multi-talented hoppers. If you are following the blog in order, you should have come here by way of Johanna Hill and the Devil Card.  Let’s get started with the card that I chose, The Tower.

The Tower from the Pamela Coleman Smith 
Commemorative Deck

Ahhh, the dreaded Tower card.  It’s definitely one of those cards that can bring up instant anxiety when it turns up in a reading.  The picture itself is pretty intense, with lightening hitting the tower and people falling from the windows towards their impending doom.  It’s a pretty dark card at first look. We fear we are about to have the rug pulled out from under us, our foundation shaken to the core.  It’s obvious that something big is about to happen.  The thing about the destructive tower, is that there is always hope and possibilities in its wake.  We have the opportunity to rebuild the structure to make any improvements or changes that we would like.  Sometimes there has to be a shake up in our lives to make those changes, to make our lives more of what we want it to be or need it to be.  Many times, we know that changes need to be made but for whatever reason, we are reluctant.  Sometimes its fear based and sometimes we are just stuck and we don’t know how to proceed.  The Tower shows us that our hand is being forced; that its time to make those changes whether we feel we are ready or not.

I am no stranger to the fear of the Tower when it comes up, in my reading or in a clients reading.  Even after all of these years, I still get that little twinge and I think “oh crap”, but I know that this is just a forewarning and it’s best to be prepared so I (or the client) know where to go from here.  My “Tower moment” happened about 4 years ago, only it is more literal than most: my house was hit by lightening.  Talk about having your foundation destroyed.  Thankfully, no humans were home at the time so there were no injuries, however, we did lose a few feathered and furred family members. Losing your home in an event such as this is difficult to describe.  You lose your sense of security.  The place that is your retreat, where you feel safe, is no longer there to comfort you and in its place are pain and feelings of misplacement.  It was a surreal time in our lives.  It’s pretty normal to ask “why” at times like this, and its difficult to figure out what we are supposed to learn when we are in the midst of it.  There is always a lesson to be learned though, we just may not be aware of it right away. 

I had a few lessons that I learned and one of them was that I’m stronger than I thought I was.  I had to be, even though I felt like falling apart, and in some ways, I did.  Like the tower, I, personally, was destroyed and I needed to find a way to rebuild myself.  I needed the reminder that I was strong and that I could handle it, especially at a time in my life where I felt utterly defeated, even prior to the fire.  At first the fire felt as though it was one more negative thing to happen in our lives and I felt very much like a victim for a very long time. Then I changed my perception and looked for, not only the reasons that it happened, but how I could make the best out of the situation. I don’t even remember when it happened, in all honesty, but it did.  As sucky as it was at the time, I know that it laid the groundwork for what is happening now. 

At the time of the fire, our home was 11 years old.  We were talking about moving but we needed to do a lot of work to sell it, i.e. new carpet, painting, etc., you know: the typical things.  We needed to sell the house for many reasons but we didn’t even have the money to come up with improvements.  Enter the lightening.  Just like the Tower makes us do, we were able to rebuild our foundation by rebuilding our home.  The inside of our home has been remodeled and we are able to put the house on the market so we can move and rebuild the foundation of our relationship.  After years of barely seeing my over the road trucker husband, especially now that we are empty nesters, this is our opportunity for him to slow down and for us to focus on our relationship and really enjoy life rather than just doing what we need to do in order to pay the bills.  I’m not sure how long it would have taken us to be able to reach this point without the fire and quite honestly, it’s taken longer than what we have planned since then, but looking at everything that keeps coming up, I know that there is a reason for each and every one.  I see the path that is being laid before us.  I definitely do not wish this type of upheaval to anyone, but it happens and it’s up to us to figure out what we can learn from it and how we want it to define us. And while a “Tower moment” is going to bring upheaval, it’s not necessarily going to be as literal as lighting striking your home.

To help get some insight into your “Tower moment”, I have created the following spread:

The Tower Spread

  1. What is being destroyed that needs rebuilding?
  2. What can I do to make the best of this situation?
  3. What shouldn’t I do?
  4. What do I need to release?
  5. What will I gain?
  6. What lesson can I learn?

Life upheavals are definitely not easy, but I hope that this spread will give you some insight to how best to handle what you are going through and, most of all, what you can learn from it. 

It can be hard to see the meaning of it all while the walls of your structure are crumbling all around, but if you take the time to ground and center yourself and think about the situation after honoring your feelings around it, you can get a better handle on what is happening and be able to better prepare yourself.  There is always hope and opportunity after the Tower.  Always.

If you are following the blog entries in order, next in line is Vivianne Kacal with The Star.

Happy hopping!!

Bright Blessings.

Tarot deck used is the Pamela Coleman Smith Commemorative Deck

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Buried Treasure

We’ve all been there, tarot lovers, that is.  A new deck comes out and we just have to have it so we click that buy button. Shortly thereafter, another one comes out and we buy that one too.  There appears to be a cycle of new decks being released all at once and then there is nothing for a long time. During those down times, we discover decks that were previously released, and darn it!  We have it to have those too!  I, personally, wouldn’t know about that. Uuuuhhhhh.  Yes I would. HA  There are so many beautiful decks (tarot and oracle) that once we get started, it can be hard to stop and before we know it, we’ve spent all of our self imposed deck allowance (or more) on new (or new to us) decks. Can you say “buying spree”?   

There comes a point when you know you absolutely, positively have to stop or you will be reading your cards in the dark because you didn’t have enough to pay the electric bill.  Now, I haven’t actually experienced that but it has definitely been tempting at times. LOL  If you are anything like me, and I know I am (yes, I did that on purpose), you usually don’t have money to spend on decks and you just have to wait until you have the extra cash.  But what if you are craving new deck?  You know what I’m talking about.  The need to experience the excitement of getting a delivery, opening it with the wonder and excitement of “what will I think of this deck?”, “how will we work together?”, or “I wonder what the so and so card will look like”.  What if…you didn’t have the money to purchase a new deck and you really want to fulfill that need of a new one? 

I have 2 answers for you.  The first one is this…trading for one.  I’m sure there is a deck or two that you really don’t connect with that someone else would absolutely love to have.  There are Facebook groups that are specifically for trading decks and it can really be a fun and inexpensive way of getting a new to you deck with spending only the price of postage.  You do have to be careful here because you have to be sure that you can trust the people that you will be dealing with.  I recommend being in a group for awhile and watch the participants.  You will be able to tell who you can trust and who you cant and while I’ve only traded once, there are some really fabulous people in the tarot community and you more than likely wont have a problem, but there is always that chance that it wont go well.  I do have to say, I have not heard of any problems where I hang out.  You will also need to decide if you want to partner up with people who live in another country than you do because postage can be quite high.  Sometimes shipping from one country to another can be just as high as a $25 dollar deck.  This is not a problem if you’ve been looking for your Holy Grail for a long time, however, that is not generally the case.  Trading is how I got my Tarot of Trees deck by Dana Driscoll that I had been eyeing for a few years but never pushed that buy button.  No regrets.

The Tarot of Trees by Dana Driscoll

 If you don’t really care about the delivery part of the process (Not sure who this applies to though. Who doesn’t like receiving deliveries??? It’s like Christmas!), then you really don’t have to look any further than your own collection.  Raid your own collection!  There’s buried treasure there!  Remember when I was talking about buying sprees?  Well, when you have purchased 4 or 5 decks in a short amount of time, when they arrive, inevitably 1 or 2 of the new decks gets pushed aside, just for now,  so you can check out a couple of the other new ones and before you know it, you have forgotten about them.  It’s kind of like choosing kids.  Ok, not really, but sorta.  Tarot peeps understand.  Anyway, there they sit, on your tarot shelf, collecting dust.  It’s not just the newbies that get that treatment.  It happens with decks that you get but you don’t have an immediate connection with so on the shelf it goes.  You know the one.  The one that you drooled over for, in some instances, months, and you finally got it.  You open it up and you love the art.  I mean LOVE it but then you start reading with it and….nadda. zilch. zip.  It’s like the first kiss on a fabulous date gone wrong.  You are really attracted to them and you are having a great time.  You get to the end of the night and you kiss and there’s nothing.  No chemistry. Great big dud (insert fizzle noise here). It’s pretty similar.  Anyway, no connection, so on the shelf it goes to be forgotten about.  There have been decks that I have completely forgotten that I even had! No joke!  Recently, because funds were low and I had that craving, I dusted off my shelf and dug out a couple of my decks that I had completely forgotten about, the Transparent Tarot and Oracle of Proverbs.  

Transparent Tarot by Emily Carding

 The Transparent Tarot was a gift from my kids for Mothers Day when it first came out.  It fell into the category of “no connection” so I put it away. I pulled it out after being reminded about it on Facebook (Total enablers. Not complaining, I’ve found some freaking awesome decks this way). Holy cow!  I wish that I had pulled it out sooner!  Its freaking awesome!  I’ve been working with it for several weeks now and it’s my main deck for reading for myself right now.  I get some amazing depth by layering it 3 cards at a time.  WOWZA is all I can say.  Transparent Tarot by Emily Carding.  Check it out. 

Oracle of Proverbs by Delphine Sutherland

The Oracle of Proverbs by Delphine Sutherland falls into the category of “received a lot of decks at the same time so it got pushed aside”.  Obviously, this is a deck of proverbs, some I know and others that I’ve never heard of before.  There’s a reason those proverbs have been around forever. I’m telling ya. There is sage advice in them.  I’m more of a tarot gal, more than oracles but there are some that I just love.  This one is at the top of the list now.  Again, WOWZA!  I have been using it as an additional info card in my tarot readings and it provides so much more depth.  I use it as a “what else does the client need to know about this situation” and it has either shed just a bit more light on the subject or it has been a source of comfort for the client.  Right now, they are out of print, but if she gets enough people interested in the deck, she may put an order in.

I went on a lot longer than I had planned to but it has been so much fun revisiting old decks that I had to share. 

So there you go….a couple of different ways of getting that new deck feeling when you are on a tight tarot budget.  Don’t be afraid to raid your own stash.  Give an old deck a try that that you didn’t connect with at first or trade with a trusted new friend on Facebook. Please remember that I’m not recommending that you never buy another deck (I’m not crazy), but digging in your own tarot stash can be just as exciting as hitting that buy button.

Tarot on!

If you are interested in any of these decks, the links are below

Tarot of Trees
Transparent Tarot -this is the link to Amazon but you may be able to find it locally
Oracle of Proverbs



Sunday, December 21, 2014

Joy to the World - Yuletide Blog Hop

    Welcome to the Tarot Blog Hop Yule 2014!!!  I'm glad that you stopped by.  If you are following the Tarot Blog Hop line up, I immediately follow Fiona Morris.  Next in line is Christiana Gaudet so don't forget to stop by and say hi!

    The assignment for this years Yule Blog Hop is a tarot spread for everyone to use.  Since it is the season of giving, no matter what tradition you follow, we are to read the following tarot spread with gift giving as the theme:
    What gift would you give the world if you could?
    What gift would you want from the world?
    What gift have you gotten that has brought you joy?
    What gift have you given that has brought you joy?
    What is one last thing you would like to share about this season?
Tarot of Delphi by J.D. Hildegard Hinkel

The cards that appeared in my spread came out to be pretty deep messages for me.  I hope that you enjoy them.
1. The Chariot
2. The Sun
3. Temperance
4. Artisan of Wands
5. 7 of Swords
1. What I would like to give the world if I could – The Chariot – I would like to give the world movement.  We are stuck in so many aspects and I wold love for everyone to be able to move beyond what is keeping them stuck.  Move past things but WORK through it, don’t ignore it or pretend that it doesn't exist.  Using our will and determination we can get so much accomplished but I see so many people complaining about this or that but not really doing anything to change it.  Be the change people.  Get your butt up and do something!
2. What gift would I want from the world – The Sun – I want more positivity from the world.  As an empath I feel everything and there is so much negativity around.  People need to be grateful for what they have and try to see the positive around them.  I want to feel abundance and happiness from everyone.  Feel joy!
3. What gift have I gotten that has brought me joy – Temperance – The ability to bring things together, balance.  I have learned how to live in sun and shadow as both are integral to living life to its fullest.  This is something that I struggle with every day but it also gets easier every day.  All feelings should be honored, especially the negative ones.  Those are the ones that really make us appreciate the joy in life but that doesn’t mean we have to stay there.  Living in balance is the key.
4. What gift have you given that has brought you joy? – Artisan of Wands – I love helping people and I do that through my love of tarot.  I help people no only with "fortune telling" but with deep, life changing matters.  My specialty is shadow work and we can really get down to the nitty gritty with some things and you know what I love?? When I'm working with a client and they have that "aha" moment!  When everything starts coming together and making sense for them and the healing begins.  That brings me tremendous joy.
5. What is one last thing you would like to share about this season? – 7 of Swords – Don’t allow anything or anyone to steal your joy this season.  People forget that this season isn’t about stuff…its about people.  The people around you, your loved ones....they are the gifts in your life.  Be happy with what you have and don’t allow your joy to be taken from you.  Enjoy the company of your family and friends.  Tell those that you love how you feel about them because you don’t know what tomorrow may bring.

I hope that you enjoyed my post and I wish upon you many happy blessings this holiday season!

Happy holidays!!!

Monday, August 4, 2014

The Importance of Spiritual Maintenance

Image courtesy of tiverylucky/
The other night, I was on the phone with some friends and the topic of spiritual maintenance came up and how many tarot readers haven’t even heard of it or aren’t aware of how important it is to have such a practice in the first place.  This was very surprising to me because it is such a basic thing to do when you engage in any kind of energy work so I assumed that all readers knew about it.  Well, we all know what “assume” stands for, right?  I thought I would take the opportunity to explain why it is important and provide suggestions on what you can do to stay spiritually healthy. 
We all know that in order to have a vehicle that operates properly we have to perform regular maintenance on it.  For example, we have to change the oil to keep the engine running properly.  If you neglect to do this, the oil gets very thick, making it difficult for the internal parts of the engine to work properly and eventually the engine will seize and you’ll need to replace it.  The same thing happens when you let the engine run out of oil.  We also need to make sure that we rotate the tires and get alignments.  When we don’t do this, the tires will wear unevenly, leaving one area of the tire(s) to get worn away until the cords are showing.  When this happens, there is a danger of the tire blowing out which is very sudden and depending on how fast you are going can be difficult to get control over therefore leading to the possibility of an accident.  These are only a couple of examples but I’m sure that you get the picture.
Spiritual maintenance is just as important as vehicle maintenance.  In order to keep our physical and spiritual bodies sound and in good working order, we need to perform regular maintenance.  When doing any kind of energy work (tarot included) our bodies can collect the negativity not only from the work itself, but even from just going out to public places such as grocery stores or restaurants.   If we do not perform our spiritual maintenance, we can become physically ill and emotionally unbalanced.  It is not uncommon to get the flu, colds, back aches, stomach aches, depression, anxiousness, or irritability, just to name a few.
So what can we do?? I’m glad that you asked!!
The easiest, and possibly the most overlooked, part of maintenance is meditation.  The benefits are so vast that they are beneficial for life, not just energy work.  When done on a regular basis, it helps strengthen the rest of the maintenance program.   Some of the benefits are:
*Reduces pain
*Strengthens the immune system
*Increases blood flow
*Balances emotions
*Reduces stress
*Increases energy
*Strengthens energy work
*Assists with Grounding and centering
*Strengthens psychic protection
*Assists in keeping the chakras aligned
There are many ways of meditating and each one resonates differently with each person.  I invite you to look up and try different ways of meditating and find one that works for you.
I’m sure that you’ve had those days where it seems that your mind is running everywhere and it can’t focus on any one thing.  Centering is simply bringing in all of your scattered energy into one point of yourself and focusing.  This should be done before and after any energy work.  One way to do this is by imagining each thought that is focused elsewhere as a tendril that is reaching out of your body and bring it to rest at the spiritual center in your body.
Being grounded to the Earth prevents your body from being depleted of energy when doing any kind of energy work.  You can ground by using a grounding visualization or by eating protein or foods that contain fiber.  The visualization that I use is imagining roots coming out of my feet and connecting with the center of the earth.
If you are feeling lightheaded, clumsy or having difficulty concentrating and energy work, you definitely need to ground and center but doing them on a regular basis will help keep those kinds of reactions at bay.
Chakra Work
Chakra meditations are a great way to balance and align our energy centers.  If our chakras are misaligned or mucky, our energies are thrown off, therefore, throwing off our work and our lives.  However, cleaning and aligning our chakras is only a temporary fix.  The imbalance of our chakras is a direct manifestation of the imbalance in our lives.  If we want our chakras to be in balance, we must work on the issues that are causing the imbalance in the first place.  For example, if our root chakra is unbalanced we may feel as though we do not belong anywhere and are still looking for our tribe.  The other side of the coin is that our chakras being out of balance affects our lives.  It is a viscious cycle that must be worked on from boths sides in order to obtain and keep balance.
There are many online resources that have guided meditations of you are unsure how to do them.
This is bare bones list of what should be done on a very regular basis in order to stay physically and psychically healthy and there are many different ways to do them.  I invite you to do your own research and develop your own practice that will be beneficial for you and your business.
Bright Blessings!! 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Shining the Light on Your Shadows

Welcome to the Yule Tarot Blog Hop!!  
Hermit card from Snowland Tarot by Ron and Janet Boyer

Welcome to the Yule Tarot Blog Hop!  I am but one stop on the beautifully lit journey.  You should have gotten here from Karen Sealey's blog.

Traditionally, since farming couldn’t be done in the winter months, the dark time of the year was a time of rest and introspection.  Although things have changed tremendously over the years, for many, including myself, we still use this time to go within ourselves and decide what has been working and what has not.  Like the Hermit here, we use that inner light to search our inner depths, getting to know our true selves.  
As we celebrate the rebirth of the sun this Yule, many people are preparing for the New Year, making plans, goals and resolutions so the next year will be the best that it can be.  Some resolutions are chosen to live life to the fullest, such as learning a new hobby or crossing some things off of our bucket list, while others are chosen to better ourselves, such as quitting smoking or losing weight.  The idea of the resolution can really be a fantastic thing because they come from a place of us wanting to change for the better.  Our desire is there, however, a majority of resolutions fail.  We have the best of intentions but our desire for that particular change fizzles out for one reason or another leaving another “failed” resolution.  The problem can be that we are putting a band aid on a wound that we think is something minor but actually goes a lot deeper.  Of course this is not the case with all resolutions, but it is with some.  To have success, we have to dig a little deeper and get to the root of the deeper issues.  In other words, we have to do some shadow work.   
For those that are unfamiliar with the term, the shadow is those parts of ourselves that we keep buried deep down inside refusing to acknowledge them until they come out at the most inopportune times, sometimes wreaking havoc in our lives.  Our behaviors can be erratic, seemingly irrational and we can have issues making changes to ourselves (thus the “failed” resolutions). 
In order to free ourselves from our shadows, we must bring them to the surface and learn to live with them rather than fight them. When we start making resolutions, these are our shadows starting to peak out, wanting to be acknowledged.  We get a glimpse of them by wanting to make those changes to ourselves, but when we do not follow through with those changes, the shadows go back into the deep, barely acknowledged and we make our shadows worse because we may think less of ourselves because we weren’t able to follow through with our resolutions. 
When we make a resolution, we want to bring the shadow of that resolution to the surface, shine a light on it and reveal it for what it is.  Here is a spread that will help get to the bottom of things.
Ray of Light Spread
         1             4
  1. Issue at hand/Shadow to work on
  2. How the shadow holds me back
  3. How does it help me
  4. What can I learn from it
  5. How can I heal it         
  6. What gift will I receive after it is healed
By revealing and healing our shadows, we celebrate ourselves and the light within us while also becoming a beacon of light for others.  Celebrate the return of the sun by celebrating the light within you.

Next stop on your journey is Shari B. Yetto's blog.
Happy Yule and happy hopping!
Shine on everyone!!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Keeping It Clean

We have reached the time of year when we make our lists, check it twice, find out who is naughty or…wait, wrong list.   But we are making our lists….lists of things to do, goals to make, etc., everything that we need to do to make 2014 a fabulous year.  Unfortunately, there are a few steps that are missed by many, simply because they either forget about it or they simply aren’t aware of the impact that it can have.  Here’s a hint… have to remove the old to make way for the new.
You’ve all heard the saying, right?  When we hold onto the old, things that no longer serve us, they end up cluttering our area, creating obstacles, keeping us from reaching our goal.  Think about it.  You can’t make it to the front door if there are obstacles in your way that you have to walk around or step over.  Sometimes you end up tripping and falling.  It’s common sense, right?  Of course it is, however, people don’t necessarily consider everything clutter.
 Inversion from Snowland Tarot
Negative thoughts are clutter.  They hold you back, keeping you from obtaining your goals. If you think that you don’t deserve your aspirations, you won’t receive them.  You have to be positive and believe that you do deserve them.  If you believe that you have a positive attitude and that you have been doing everything physically necessary to reach your goals, try changing your perspective, just like the Inversion (traditional Hanged Man) card shown here.  Put yourself in someone else’s shoes and see it from their perspective.  If a friend was in your shoes, what would you see?  If they asked you for advice, what would you tell them?  Often, if we look at things from the outside looking in, we can more easily see the answers that are right there staring us in the face.  Change your way of thinking.  Whatever the issue is, take the time to change it to your benefit. I’m not telling you anything that you don’t already know, but we sometimes need the reminder, especially since this piece is on de-cluttering for the New Year.  Moving on……
4 of Material from Snowland Tarot

Now here’s what many people don’t think about when they are preparing for the New Year.  Remember that physical clutter we talked about earlier?  Yep, that’s it.  If your house or office space is cluttered because you are being a miser and holding onto to everything you can, like the man in the 4 of Material, how do you expect new things to be able to enter your life?  That pile of mail on the table, the junk drawer or closet, the book shelves that have so many books thrown on them that the shelves are bowing, those papers with business ideas just thrown on your desk.  There are many areas that clutter can accumulate and even the smallest amount of clutter retains old, stale energy.  That stale energy that hangs around can keep great things from entering your life.  You know the feeling after you’ve cleaned your house, everything is in its place and you sit back and just enjoy it?  Do you feel a sense of a cloud lifting after you clean no matter what the state of your house was in?  That feeling is what you want to accomplish.  That cloud lifting is the old stale energy leaving the area, allowing for a new attitude and new energy.  Wouldn’t you rather work in a space that is newly cleaned and refreshed rather than a space that makes you feel like you are Pig Pen from Peanuts?  If your house is clutter free and you still have that feeling, burn some incense, sage or a nice smelling candle.  Sometimes after a bad day or a fight, those feelings can hang around so clear the area.  You’ll be amazed at the difference.

Remember to keep it clean!

Have a great week! 

This weeks affirmation – I am committed to having a clutter free life

 This weeks song: Car Wash by Rose Royce
Tarot cards courtesy of Snowland Tarot by Ron & Janet Boyer

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Lighting the Fire Under Your Rear – Finding Ways to Git Er Done

Ace of Energy from Snowland Tarot
by Ron & Janet Boyer
We’ve all been there at one time or another.  We lose motivation for whatever we are doing and, believe it or not, it is actually normal, especially if we get burned out.  Normal or not, it can be irritating especially if we need to meet a deadline.  Sometimes we just need the break in order to recharge ourselves, but other times, we need something to light a fire under our rear ends, much like the match that will light the pile of wood in this Ace of Energy card from the Snowland Tarot.  So what are some ideas to get and stay motivated??  I’m glad that you asked!  Here are just a few ideas to get things pumping. 

Music – Find a song, or songs, that motivate you.  Whether it’s the lyrics or the beat that moves you, find one or find many.  The point is that it motivates you.
-         Use the song as your alarm clock so that you hear it every morning or set multiple alarms throughout the day to get the periodic boost that you need
-         Set the song as your ring tone or text notification so you hear it unexpectedly as a reminder
-         Make a play list on your iPod or mp3 player and play it during your morning shower to start your day off right
-         Listen to your list of motivational songs while you run errands or exercise 

Affirmations – Affirmations are a great motivator when used properly.  The thing is, we all see the affirmations but we let them go in and then right back out.  We don’t necessarily retain them.  Give these a try.
-         Place post it notes where you regularly go in your house, car or work, or wherever.  Somewhere that you will see them on a regular basis – refrigerator, bathroom mirror, computer screen, etc.
-         Put the affirmation on your screen saver on your computer.
-         Put it as your wallpaper on your phone, computer, ipad, etc. 

Goals – Do you have goals?  Have you written them down?  Like the affirmations, we need to be able to see them at least every once in awhile.  The more often we see them, the better.
-         Make a list of your goals and keep it handy for you to look at when you need the motivation
-         Put one goal a day on your computer as a screen saver or wallpaper, or on your phone, ipad, etc.
-         Choose a song a day or a week to represent your goal and program your phone accordingly (see above)
Lists – Keeping a daily list of what you want to accomplish for the day can really take you far, especially if you are a list person.  The key is to keep the items on the list manageable.  If you put too many things on it, you will end up feeling overwhelmed, totally defeating the purpose of being motivated.  Start with only 5 things on your list.  The accomplishment of checking things off the list is a great feeling, motivating you to do even more.  If you find that you have checked off all of the things on your list, either add more to it, or take some time off.  You deserve it.  If you are having a difficult time working on your list in the first place, please see the above suggestions.
Meditation - I don’t know about you, but meditating gets my rear in gear every time.  Whether I am listening to a guided meditation or playing it by ear, I always come out relaxed and ready to get things accomplished.  If meditation is not easy for you, guided meditations may be the best way to go.  Look for ones with affirmations and positive messages to lift you up.  If you don’t like guided, create your own affirmation or mantra and repeat it for several minutes.  I have found that a minimum of 5 minutes is what works for me.
All it takes is some creativity in order to find the motivational tool that works for you.  So….how will you Git-Er-Done this week?
Have a blessed week!!
This week’s affirmation:
Motivation is all around me. 

This week’s song:
            Git-R-Done by Montgomery Gentry
To see more of the very charming Snowland Tarot Deck, or to purchase, please click here