Change the Narrative Change your Life

Hello fabulous you!!! Happy Saturday. Hope you’re well and feeling great!

Learning about yourself is a lifetime quest.  Every time I think I know something, turns out I don’t, there is always more to unravel, always a new door to open or close.  And you always have to watch out for the old narrative that sneaks back in there. 

When I first read the email from the publisher letting me know she’s bringing the magazine back, a rush of excitement filled me and every part of me screamed YES. YES. YES. I’m so happy, YES!!!.  And then it hit me, oh no, I only have two weeks to write an article and panic set in.  And all the joy and excitement was washed away with the tide of fear, anxiety and self-doubt, those all too familiar friends who cause me to worry and lose faith.

If you’re anything like me you know what I’m talking about here.  You finally get what you’ve been wanting, and you can’t move, your self-confidence is drowning under the wave of fear.

What if I can’t deliver, what if I can’t write anything good, what if, what if. Instead of focusing on success I was focusing on failure.  Just one small shift in my mindset triggered a host of negative thoughts that shook the very foundation of me.  

But here’s the thing, the beauty of your mind is that you can change the narrative at any moment, you’re the one in charge of the grand adventure you’re on.

This year I committed to showing up for myself in a powerful way.  Living every day in awareness of how I’m reacting, feeling and what I’m thinking.  I realized that I was falling into the same old rabbit hole.  An opportunity presents itself; I confidently say yes, and almost immediately I’m full of doubt.  It’s the same old story repeating itself.

In that moment I decided to change the narrative I was telling myself and step into my power.    So, I started to say to myself – I’m a great writer, I’m creative and I CAN write something that will benefit all who read it.  After all, this is my purpose, to inspire, encourage and to light the way.

Changing my narrative was the magical key that brought me back to joy and belief in myself.

So, here’s my invitation to you:  

When you find yourself in that panic place, stop. Take a moment and ask yourself, what am I thinking?  What is causing me to think this way?  Where is this coming from?  The answer will come to you. 

Remember you’re in charge, change the story you’re telling yourself, for every disempowering thought change it around to an empowering one.

Give yourself a pep talk, fill yourself with positive thoughts that uplift, encourage and applaud you.  You can do it.  You’re smart, you’re capable.   You deserve this.

There will always be moments of uncertainty and fear in our lives, because life doesn’t stand still. Your mind always wants to revert to the old narrative to keep you in the same place and safe. But, changing the narrative opens the doorway and you CAN walk through it.

You can master your mindset, change the old narrative, lead your life with confidence, embrace your life fully and go for the life you desire.

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What I loved

On my Insta, here

Love this message, here

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I’m so happy to be sharing my article here on my blog, it first appeared in The Inspired Guide magazine, September 2021 issue.

Hope this post inspires, and serves you. What are you up to? What old narrative are you telling yourself? I’d love to know.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend & week ahead & blessings!

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2021

You Deserve Your Self-Love

Hello fabulous you!!! Happy Saturday. Hope you’re well and feeling great!

I’m telling you I really don’t know where this week has gone to, suddenly it’s Saturday and it’s almost the end of September.

This week I’m coming to your inbox on Saturday with a reminder that self-love is super important to your well-being. Loving myself didn’t come easily, letting go of all the thoughts that kept me from loving myself, is the greatest, healthiest thing I have done for myself.

Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to honoring yourself with some self-love, and they are free.

The magical self-love list that’s free –

Giving yourself a big hug is free

Talking to yourself with kindness is free

Appreciating yourself for all that you are is free

Cutting yourself some slack is free

Loving yourself is free

Thanking yourself is free

Setting boundaries for yourself is free

Showing up for yourself is free

Deciding you’re worthy is free

Deciding you’re deserving is free

Deciding you’re happiness is free

Keeping your promises to yourself is free

Believing in yourself is free

Healing yourself is free

Giving yourself ‘me’ time is free

Showing up for yourself is free

Honoring yourself is free

Continue this magical self-love list with all else that is true and free for you.  You deserve your self love.

The Buddha said, “You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”

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In my kitchen, a gift from some of the ladies I worked with. I went to the clinic for an eye exam and they gave me these gorgeous roses and a beautiful card, I’m so grateful.

Hope this posting inspires, and serves you. What are you up to? How’s your self-love, I’d love to know.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend & week ahead & blessings!

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2021

Make a Mindful Pause Part of your Day

Hello fabulous you!!! Happy Sunday. Hope you’re well and feeling great!

I love to bring a moment of mindful pause into my day, purposefully being aware of what’s around me. A moment of pause that fills me with joy and a sense of aliveness, awe and gratitude.

Setting the intention to find joy in the simple everyday things, is a great way to let myself drift into a moment that fills me with its magic, taking me out of the ordinary and into the extraordinary of the everyday.

Tree while on a walk around my neighborhood one day.

Last week we had an unexpected death in our family.  The loss and shock reminded me how fragile life is, and how the precious days that we have can just slip away without notice, without leaving a mark and suddenly it’s a new week, or a month or years later.

I had this practice of setting an intention each day, to find moments in ordinary things that fill me with joy.  I don’t know what happened but I’m just now realizing that it’s been about two years since I stopped, and to tell the truth I don’t even know why I stopped.

I don’t want my days to slip by me unnoticed so, I’m going back to mindfully finding and admiring something in the day that brings me joy. The sound of rain. How the rocks on the ground glisten when wet. A tree, a flower, pumpkins, a child laughing. When I find that something that sparks joy inside me, I like to take a photo of it. Sometimes what brings me joy is a sound, a smell or a memory of a wonderful moment from long gone, so there is no photo. But, at the end of the day, I’m grateful for the day and what it had to reveal to me and I’ll note it in my gratitude journal. It’s a way for me to note the days, to have a memory of what the day offered and how it made me feel.

Today I invite you to make a mindful pause part of your daily must and create a positive change in the way you feel.

This color, these flowers.

Photo taken outside Sprouts.

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My own favorite insta post this week

Hope this posting inspires, and serves you. What are you up to? Are you living mindfully and finding joy in the day? I’d love to know.

Wishing you a wonderful Sunday & week ahead & blessings!

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2021

A Sign from the Universe

Hello fabulous you!!! Happy Sunday. Hope you’re well and feeling great!!!

Lately every place I look the words simplify and slow have been showing up, along with a couple of others.  No matter where I look, there they are in multiples, blaring at me to notice them.

I believe that the universe is always giving us signs, and I’m so grateful that I now know enough that, when the universe is trying to get my attention, I listen.

So, I spent some time journaling on this and I realized that I’m still holding on to habits that no longer serve me, for example, in the morning I have a habit of rushing, I have no idea why I’m rushing. I’m retired and unless I have an appointment, I’m free, but I feel like I have to get up by a certain time, and hurry through my morning ritual.  Instead of what I really want and that’s to savor that special time. 

The other thing is that, I’m not being present and I feel rushed throughout the day. When I go out, I’m rushing to get home.  If I’m doing something, I can’t wait to finish. These words are nudges that I need to slow down and be in the moment, you can’t enjoy anything if you’re always rushing off to the next moment.

And I have a tendency to make things so big in my mind, that they become overwhelming , and that stops me from doing anything and stresses me out. Instead of keeping it simple.

Looking at this I see these are old habits that I’m continuing. I think that habits can become so ingrained into our being and become so a part of our every day, that we don’t notice when they are no longer serving us but we’re still in them.

So, I’m taking this as my invitation from the universe to create change for myself.  I’m holding on to these words and allowing them to guide me.  I am simplifying and slowing down, taking time to breathe, finding the joys the day has to offer. Creating space for myself, giving myself the opportunity to notice what wants to be noticed, and allowing the unfoldment of spiritual bliss to show itself to me.

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Love her astrology forecasts, Kari Samuels.

WOW! this looks so good.

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YAY!!!!! The new and improved mini mag The Inspired Guide is out and it’s FREE and my article “Change the Narrative Change your Life” is on pgs. 16/17. Check it out.

Hope this posting inspires, and serves you. What are you up to? Are you noticing when the universe is trying to get your attention? I’d love to know.

Wishing you a wonderful Sunday & week ahead & blessings!

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2021

5 Things that Feel Good and Joyful

Hello fabulous YOU!!! Happy Sunday. Hope you’re well and feeling great!!!

Can you believe it’s already the end of August? This year is flying by, and now with the holiday season just around the corner, my self-care is now more important than ever. So I wanted to share a few ideas with you in hope that it may serve you as well.

I intentionally make time to do things that make me feel good and joyful in every day, like taking a photo of these peppers.

Self-care doesn’t have to be a, hard to do thing, there are many ways to self-care for both your physical and mental health. And self-care doesn’t mean that you’re soaking in a tub full of rose petals all day, although that’s great if that’s what you want.

So, here are 5 things that make me feel good, bring me joy and are great for my wellbeing.  

Flowers in my kitchen make me feel good and joyful.  This week I didn’t go out shopping so I picked these Carnations from Albertson’s website and had them delivered along with my groceries, and they really make me soooo happy.

Baking cookies for myself makes me feel good and joyful.  I never baked much, maybe a few times when my kids were small and that was out of a Pillsbury box. But now because of IC I can’t eat chocolate, but I can eat carob chips. Since I couldn’t find anything already baked that I could eat, I decided to bake myself and that makes me so happy. I really love baking, I even make the same cookies for my kids but with real chocolate chips LOL and my house smells so delicious when I’m baking.

I love taking pictures, I take all of my pictures with my iPhone. And that’s so handy because no matter where I am, I always have my phone with me and I can snap a picture of something that catches my eye, when I’m walking around my neighborhood, or in a store…Every time I take a picture like that, it sparks joy in me, makes me feel good and joyful.

I really love cooking, I love shopping for the ingredients, cleaning everything, cutting the vegetables and herbs, it’s like a stress buster. Having everything ready for when I start cooking, makes it more joyful to cook. And don’t laugh, but I even love cleaning up, washing the pans, feeling the warm water on my hands and through my fingers, ahhhh joy.

Writing in my journal every morning is happiness, I don’t always get to it, sometimes I have an early appointment but, journal writing in the morning is the greatest thing for my mental health because it’s the place where I can sort things out, dump out all my frustrations and everything else out onto the page. I adopted this method from Julia Cameron’s book The Artist Way. After journaling I’m happily ready to start the day.

Feeling the joy in the ordinary every day things, makes me feel good, joyful and blessed.

How about you?  What daily acts make you feel good and bring you joy.

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Cause I love red, this week in my kitchen, red carnations.

Hope you enjoyed this little posting today. What are you up to? What makes you feel good and joyful? I’d love to know.

Wishing you a wonderful Sunday & week ahead & blessings!

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2021

Ways to Simplify

Hello fabulous you!!! – Happy Sunday. Hope you’re well and feeling great!!!

Is it just me, or does anyone else feel like this week just flew by in a minute? Before I turned around it was Saturday, and to be honest I couldn’t come up with anything to share and instead of stressing I decided to cut myself some slack. So, for this week I’m reposting this short blog post I originally published over a year ago.

Slow down.

Declutter.

Set boundaries.  Say yes, only to what you really mean yes to.

Accept to love yourself without guilt or shame.

Let go of what doesn’t matter.

Let go of what’s not yours to worry over.

Let go of other people’s drama.

Liberate yourself and let go of limiting beliefs.  Weed them out and let go of them, and  take that first step towards freedom.

You choose – decide to be healthy, happy, prosperous, worthy, deserving, loving…

Have gratitude for the little things, even the ones you think are meaningless.

You cannot get to your true self while you’re covered up with overwhelm.

Live consciously.

Create an easy morning routine that supports you.

When you simplify your life you’ll gain more energy, you’ll remove extra mental and physical clutter, you’ll feel lighter, you’ll gain space and time.  You’ll be opening doors to your own inner self.

Simplify your days, simplify your life.  Make room for your true self to shine.

What I’m doing

If you love cut flowers in your home, here’s how to make them last longer.

I recently started following the Self Care Express.

Check this out on my own feed here.

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Well, I never did finish reading this library book, and I’m now reading this.

Hope you enjoyed this little posting today. What are you up to, what are you reading? I’d love to know.

Wishing you a wonderful Sunday & week ahead & blessings!

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2021