With a Heart of Thanksgiving: 10 Spectacular Things

So, I wanted to publish this earlier this week but I caught a terrible “seasonal change” cold and had to prioritize (I chose rest and getting healthy). Now that I’m feeling a little better I decided to take up this challenge presented by my fellow audacious life adventurers over in the audacity lab. Honestly, it came at a great time since I usually practice a focus month of gratitude and thankfulness during the month of November.

So, here’s 10 Spectacular Things Happening in my Life Right Now dance through life1) Catching this Cold- I know this doesn’t sound like something awesome, but I try darn hard to see the bright side of things. Honestly, I’ve been tired lately and even though my body craved rest I didn’t give in and pressed on. This cold has knocked me on my butt when it didn’t really have to so that I could give myself some much needed tlc in the self-care department. I realized that even self-love comes with its own slices and this particular slice needed my attention in more ways than one.

2) My personal Astonish Yourself Project- Speaking of love and the Audacity lab, I hinted in a previous post that I would be working on a project that was deeply focused on love. As I delve more into my studies on love and learning some very cool history tidbits too… I am super excited about applying what I’ve been learning along the way as I develop something that I know is going to be amazing! I can’t talk too much about it just yet but be on the lookout for something fabulous in 2015 *wink wink*

3) Meetup.com – Another pleasant mixture of when social media meets IRL (in real life) situations. Even though I’ve referenced Meetup in the past, and had set up an account, I had never actually leveraged meetup until very recently. Now, even though Powermatch – targeted business networking was already around, Sara its fearless leader, created a complimentary Meetup group that gets together once a month and I’ve found myself immensely liking the culture of business networking she’s developed. But for this post, I’m referring to a non-business related group.

I’ve joined in on a few of hangouts and have come to appreciate the time I spend with this diverse group of individuals connecting through a shared personality trait. Right now, I’ve found a happy place for this particular part of my journey with my 2 groups and it’s spectacular to me.

4) Philly- I still love being so close this city. Heck being from Jersey puts me in driving distance from a lot of really awesome majorphilly falls cities on the east coast including New York (and I’ve had tons of fun up there too). But since Philly is a 15-20 min train ride away. I take in as much city time as I can right across the bridge. There are a lot of changes taking place over the bridge gentrification being one of them. But there are just so many hidden gems I’m still discovering in this region. I mean… the food, and the culture, the arts, the universities, the ability to come back to my quiet burb when I want to sleep at night ha! (Seriously, that’s a blessing).

5) My Bestie moving back- Home feels more like home when the ones you love are there. My bestie moved back after a stint near the ATL. Although I can’t keep her here for long since she hates cold winters. Her timing couldn’t have been more perfect as we’ve both recently entered a new decade in life and I’m glad to get to start it off with her here so we can laugh and cry and laugh some more about it over coffee instead of the phone.

6) My new little nephew- I was supposed to come up to the hospital after his birth like everyone else instead I happen to be around when the water broke all the way through to and after the delivery. Let me tell you, I remain convinced motherhood is not for me. Good lordy geeze that was a scene to behold! This little guy gave me quite a scare as he was born not breathing. But he pulled through and is super amazing and so alert…(Auntie brag moment) I can’t wait to take him to the anime conventions and comic-con!

7) I get to be a connector- One of the reasons I wanted to build a blog instead of just journaling my thoughts was so that when the time came, my blogging would allow me the opportunity to be a resource for people who set out to do good things to make this world a better place. One of my clients,  a coach I respect and admire Dr. Clack just so happened to mention to me that she was trying to find an organization that addressed human trafficking.  She was frustrated because she had been to some major networking events and no one could point her in the right direction. What she didn’t know however, was that besides arts for mental health and social change, a cause near and dear to my heart is the ending of human trafficking. I had even did a special independent study on it during my college years. And I just so happened to know of Kelly Masters, (who I met on Facebook and then later at a local cafe) she headed the organization Dining For Dignity that was combating and educating people about human trafficking right here in our own back yard. #Socialmediaforsocialchange

8) The realization that I’m already living my dreams- Being able to be a connector is one part of the story, really building connections/relationships are all a part of the larger scheme of things… One day I looked up at my vision board and gave myself a big hug. Even though I’ve much work to do, my past has shown me that when I set my mind to do a task I am more than capable of turning vision into reality on numerous occasions. This is not only true for myself, but also through my work by aiding my clients as a part of their team, so that they could do the same. Man, it’s a wonderful feeling!

9) Team Moon- Another happy place for me right now is the support I now have in my own corner. When I first started this crazy ride called entrepreneurship I didn’t get much support at all. Heck, I didn’t even support me like I knew I could because I was so convinced that other people knew what was best for me rather than trusting and believing in all that was good and divine within me.

10) Clarity- Like I said the more you know yourself and the more you trust and believe in yourself, shifts began to take place and new paths open. I am looking forward to learning more about the woman I am becoming and how she will share her unique super powers with the world.

Until next time…

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Our Definitions of Success Will Look Different

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It’s that word again, Success- that gravy train many of us hopes to ride. And there are many 2 cents and some change about this word. Heck, even I’ve written a couple of blogs around the topic. I’ve asked you How Do You Define Success , what are you willing to do to achieve your definition of success,and even challenged you to face fears of success.

This time around, I wanted to vlog some words of encouragement since some of us are already mapping out plans for 2015, and might get all wrapped up in listening to our evil success nemesis, the comparison queen if we’re not careful. It’s all too easy to take your eyes off the prize (your purpose) especially when people in your tribe are doing cool things like being modern day gypsies, or meeting Martha Stewart to learn yummy recipes and such. And that’s awesome for them and you can celebrate your friends and mentors.

But, the thing is, your path is your path. So, I hope you enjoy my latest video blog. I recorded while on a weekend road trip visiting one of my favorite Aunties, (she’s the one who did my makeup for all the professional pics you see of me) : )

Just in Case you couldn’t click through to the video here’s the direct link: http://youtu.be/90FP5o6DtPg

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Moving from Good to Great

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When you set out on a journey to define and refine success on your own terms, you will find yourself at crossroads from time to time. I think one of the most difficult crossroads you’ll come to, is the point where you have to decide if the path you’re on is truly in alignment with the calling on your life. This can be an especially difficult decision to make when the new path that has opened up means exploring uncharted territory and the familiar path is a road you can confidently travel with your eyes closed.

I haven’t read the book “Good to Great” by Jim Collins yet, (it’s on my to-read list) but, I do recall hearing the phrase “good is the enemy of great”.  So, I began to wonder how many of us cling to what we’re good at because well…we’re darn good at it only to miss out on that something great even if it meant completely changing the path we were on.

How many assessment tests will we take to finally be satisfied with the results that somehow consistently tell us pretty much the same answer?

How many coaches and accountability buddies will we rant to about the same thing over and over again so that we can avoid facing our fears of success.

How many coffeeshop meetups with our besties will we go on only to hear them tell us what we already know to be our truth?

And what is that truth?

Well, for one, there are no magical answers. I’m a practical person and I like very concrete answers but as much as I’d like things clear cut in black and while, the world is colorful and I believe the same is true about life, and it’s a beautiful thing.

Though there’s no easy button perhaps if we start with the belief that we already are what we’re searching for we can trust that we are equipped to be the greatness that dwells inside.

And finally it’s not too late to find the door that leads to life because that’s what we’re all here for. To Live. To Live Purposefully.

Until next time…

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Take the Wheel and Drive: A 3rd quarter review

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It’s that time again! What time is it exactly? Quarter review type of post time!  This post is longer than my usual posts. You’ve been warned!

About the Blog

Asummermoon.com is a personal journey blog which strives to Inspire Action despite fear, lack of confidence, and lack of experience; Revive Passion, despite trying to convince yourself that contentment and fulfillment belongs to everyone you bust your butt for and not yourself; and Empower the Inner Child inside, despite growing up in a society that does its best to stifle the very part of you that still believes in the power of dreams.

By doing those 3 things I can fulfill my blog mission to aid you in Activating Your Inner SuperHeroine (or SuperHero).

Sometimes that requires peeling away the masks we’ve given ourselves, or society has placed on us…so please allow me to peel away a mask and reveal some of my truths.

About Life 

My personal theme for this year is: Choose To Dance

Dance to me, is a universal love language.  It speaks of limitless creativity; it speaks of freedom and expression. It is art in motion so it can be versatile, fluid, progress. That’s how I desired to show up to life this year.

My word for the year is: Purpose

As I’ve shared before in previous reviews, I center most of my goals for the year around 6 areas or slices of life: Personal, Social, Physical, Spiritual, Professional, and Financial. Under each slice of life I set about 3 intentions to work on at the start of the year So my theme is in essence the vision I have for the year and the slices help me organize the steps I need to take in order to realize that vision in a balanced way.

*Cues the music*

Personal: Summer was a big reflection time for me, and it helped that I finally took a vacation and unplugged like never before.  I’m still trying to talk myself into making many of the changes I need to make in my life. Many of them were simply going back to the habits I started the year with, things like going to bed before 1am!  While working with my mentor, I became intentional about setting up boundaries and not hesitating as much when those boundaries were breached.  I understand more and more to let out of my life what need not be in it. The conclusion from all the reflecting was to tackle my biggest project yet with a strong focus on the word LOVE, and how to incorporate it in all aspects of my life.  More to come on this…

Social: Family, these 3 months have been all about family. From the sudden appearance of my father and that side of my blood relations I’ve not seen nor heard from in well over 10 years, to my younger brother pep talking me through heartbreak, to the birth a my little sis’s 1st son. I’ve been opening up a pandora’s box of emotions and this time around (with a support system in tow) I’m strong enough to handle them.

I’ll say this, because I understand that sometimes it is your family (the kind you inherit through birth) that can hurt you the most. When I worked in the field of addictions I learned about the concept of a recovery family. I encountered many who suffered from addictions and codependency (the mother of all addictions) and most had come from broken homes.  So, in the process of rebirth as that is what recovery, (or to make it more relatable) transformation presents, you can choose your family of support to represent ( in a healthy way) what your family by birth can not or would not give you.  This is a wonderful concept when you feel like the family you inherited constantly don’t choose and accept you for you.

Physical: Well, I’ve been more conscious of my work flow space, and surroundings. I noticed certain music at certain times of the day helps me concentrate on mudane tasks, while my coffitivity app or the sound of a fan blowing helps my mind stay focused on work that takes more creativity…like writing for instance. Though it still takes me time to motivate myself to do it, I’ve found that I really, really enjoy a nice  mind freeing walk and I’m going to miss being able to walk around in nature. Also, thanks to my personal project, I stopped talking down on myself about parts of myself I didn’t appreciate (work in progress) and instead started blowing myself kisses in the mirror and telling myself that I am enough. So far, I’ve lost 5 pounds and my face is starting to clear up from the adult acne I somehow developed. #justsaying

Spiritual: I suppose the walking in nature and journaling in the park has helped me get in touch with the divine inside myself. Religion has been a part of my story for as long as I can remember but more and more, I’m striving to develop a one to one relationship with the great ‘I Am’ the kind that is open, an full of truth where I say things like “You said You’d take care of me and provide for me and You unlike man keep Your Word, so have at it!” and get a loving (sometimes not wanted) response that somehow makes everything well in my world. I say all this to say for me, when trying to walk in purpose I can not help but to seek what my Higher Power has called me to. I know that my work is my worship and my divine assignment is my priority. It is in knowing that, that on the many occasions when I honest to goodness want to give up I keep pressing forward.

Professional: 3rd quarter was a development season. Besides getting out there and networking, or attending professional growth workshops, this quarter I’ve realized was a lot of mindset work. My mentor Kyna has been a huge part of my keeping my head above the water as I worked through some mindset shifts. Together we worked on developing systems so that I could get more intentional about client experience, and fostering relationships with the amazing colleagues already in my network and a part on my online community. I’ve been able to get more focused on how to truly step into my role as the leader of my social media management firm and I’m even more excited about what my own growth will unleash for the clients my company serves.

Financial: As I said mindset work was the name of the game, and so I was excited to be able to participate in my client’s very first money mindset program launch (affiliate link). Supporting her behind the scenes and then getting to join her and the clients she serves was truly a blessing. If I didn’t already admire her (as I tend to with all of my amazing clients) the content in the program seriously made me want to be one of her biggest fans (I was a fan long before she became a client). Anything numbers usually makes me roll me eyes and have a temper tantrum, but I learned so much about how we look at money and how to release strong holds that keep us from wanting an financially abundant life without guilt or shame. Now, it’s all about implementing what I’ve learn *dun dun duuuunnnn!!!*

So, that’s my 3rd quarter review of the year, thanks for reading to those of you who stuck around!

Also, I’d love to hear about you and what you’ve been up to these past 3 months. Let me know in the comment section :)

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Show Up as Your Best Self through Your Habits

certain habitsWhen reflecting on the words “inner-superheroine” I couldn’t help but want to explain that by no mean did I imply perfection. I didn’t want to set myself, or anyone else striving to activate this side of themselves up for believing that in the daring act to be “super” they neglect their side that says ‘I’m human too’. So, what was my intention surrounding my new tagline/ blog mission statement? Well, knowing me tons of things, but simply put, it’s about showing up to life as my best self and encouraging you to do the same. (My reasoning behind it can be summed in that famous Marianne Williamson quote.)

I’ve blogged many times my firm belief that this is a process, a life-long process. Why? Because we are constantly evolving and adapting, adapting for survival, and if we’re up for it striving to thrive. It’s a process to learn oneself, to love oneself, to discover your special awesomesauce, etc. etc.

Throughout this process, there will be (at least) listening moments, doing moments, and teaching moments. I’m going to focus on the doing for the sake of a short and sweet blog post….When it comes to the act of ‘doing’, your actions become integrated once they’ve become habits. We learn to chuck habits that keep us from our own personal evolutions, and we learn to develop new habits that we tweak with time. Therefore, I believe that habits play a big role in your ability to show up as your best self. So, we can start with 2 questions…

1) What habits are keeping me from showing up as my best self?

2) What new habits can I create to show up as my best self?

Here’s my own personal example.. I wasn’t exactly sure what my best self actually looked like, only I knew I had potential and didn’t feel like I was anywhere near what that potential looked like. I felt what held me back was that I was self-sabotaging with the same destructive behaviors and patterns of thinking, but I couldn’t pin point anything because I stayed in my head and forgot about myself the moment life hit. So my negative habit was jumping out of bed and rushing to school (when I was a student), work or rushing to do everything for everyone else in general so much so, that I never took time to look inside myself so that I could find my own truth.

I tend to forget things as quickly as I think of them so I decided I needed a way to recollect and began recording my thoughts, dreams, wants, desires, and deepest questions… by way of journaling. My daily journaling became my must do activity. Not only did it force me to pause so that I could reflect, and learn from my patterns and behaviors, (because writing them down gave me a reference point) but it helped develop habits of a daily writing practice, daily self-love time, daily waking up early enoughs so I could have that self-love time, daily gratitude…you get the picture.

The 1st step to change, to activation of any kind, (in my humble opinion) is awareness, so these questions are all about identifying habits. Changing habits once identified? Another topic for another day ;)

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