Family Dynamics

Family interactions can be nurturing or stressful (or both!).

Relationships are nurturing when someone knows you and loves you. You can let your guard down and be yourself. There’s a feeling of comfort, familiarity and acceptance.

Relationships become stressful when people don’t see you as you are in the moment – they see you in the past. Your personal growth and evolution are invisible.

The way your family interacts with you often becomes part of your narrative. It influences how you see yourself.  It can become a significant block in your growth

What can you do if your family relationships are stressful or unhealthy?

The first step is to get connected with your energy. Center and ground yourself. Let go of any thoughts or anxieties to do with family.

Once you’re in a calm, grounded place, start to focus inward and tune into yourself. Take a few minutes to listen to your intuition and what feels true to you.

Trust that when you’re connected to your truth, you will be able to express yourself openly and in the moment.

Find a calm way to share what you’re feeling. It’s better to be honest and take a leap of faith with someone than stay in a negative dynamic.

The reality is, you are energetically connected to everyone in your family. When you grow and evolve spiritually, you are giving other family members permission to do the same.


New Year, New Beginning

I always love the beginning of the year! For me, it's a wonderful opportunity to hit the reset button and start fresh.

It's the perfect time to look at the upcoming year and set your intentions. Think about all the areas in your life that you would like to continue to go deeper into.

I tend to focus on personal growth, career, relationships, spirituality, health, finances and community. 

For example, focusing on personal growth might entail working on your emotional state so that you can be more grounded.

Being open in your career space might mean that you find new ways to put yourself out there by getting a new job, taking a class or by starting that business you always dreamed of.

Going deeper in your relationship might be to work on the state of your current relationship so that you can discover new ways to communicate and be open.

To feel more connected spiritually you might begin a meditation practice so that you can be more calm and centered.

Improving your finances might be to make a budget so you can save money.

The desire to be help in your community might be to volunteer at your local pet shelter. 

It helps to write intentions down. This way they become concrete and anchored in reality, especially once the initial thrill has worn off and you encounter your first obstacle.

As you look at 2019, part of your journey might be to change certain beliefs about yourself. You might have a belief that you are too busy to meditate every day or that you are too old to learn a new job.

Get creative, especially when it comes to money. I can't tell you how often I hear “I can't do this because I don't have the money.” It's amazing how opportunities open up once you commit to your endeavor.

Whatever this year has in store for you, embrace any opportunity to be authentic, honest and real.