yearofyes

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Faith

Published March 21, 2016 by Jasmine

Back in late 2014, I met a woman who after speaking with me for 10 minutes told me she knew I was capable of having “whale experiences.” Little did she know how much I needed to hear that at that time.

In early January of this year I was really thinking about this idea of coaching, but I still wasn’t 100% certain that giving up practicing to pursue coaching was the right thing to do. I prayed that God would show me a sign that I was on the right path. I asked to see two things, a blue jay and a whale. I had even told my mom about the two things and why I chose them.

As I have been struggling the past few months I kind of lost sight of my goals and those two signs I was waiting for.

Yesterday I spent the entire day with my mom for her birthday. Before we left we were in the kitchen talking, and my brother who knew none of this said, “look a blue jay!” I didn’t get up in time to see it, but my mom did. I immediately reminded her that that was one of the signs I had asked for.

Later that day her and I were at Kirklands, and as we were walking through the store I happened to look down just as we were passing a carved wooden whale. I couldn’t even believe it!

I am on the right path. It may be slower than others, but it’s my path and it will happen in my time.

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March Into Awareness

Published February 25, 2016 by Jasmine

Do you want to make positive changes in your life, eat better, or begin exercising but you just don’t know where to start? Join me for my March into Awareness accountability group starting March 1. You have nothing to lose, but excuses. The only price of admission is the willingness to be honest with yourself, and a journal. If you are interested or would like more information like or comment below!!

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Grace

Published February 24, 2016 by Jasmine

GRACE…what does it mean to you? I am a pretty positive person, but I can tell you I fail a lot, and I mean a lot. And that is where grace comes into play for me. One of my goals for this week was to get back on track with eating cleaner, and yet here I sit with a caramel cooler from Caribou. Grace allows me to be at peace with this failure, it allows me to realize that I am still making positive changes as I am still tracking what I am eating even if I am not always eating the right stuff, it gives me the courage to own and admit my shortcomings, and it reminds me that I am work in progress and that is okay.

How are you allowing grace to work in your life?

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Year of YES: What Does It Mean

Published February 17, 2016 by Jasmine

In my previous post I stated that I decided 2016 was going to be my #yearofYES, but what does that really mean?

The #yearofYES is not about saying YES to everything that anyone asks me to do. In fact, sometimes it actually means saying no. #yearofYES is about me saying YES to things that I have let fear hold me back from, saying YES to becoming the best version of myself, saying YES to things that challenge me and force me to step out of my comfort zone, and saying NO to things that no longer serve me or add value to my life.

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YES…to figuring out what is going on with my body and my heath. I have a few medical issues that I am trying to get to the bottom of (extreme fatigue, weight gain, low thyroid, high cortisol, and low iron stores), and hopefully figuring those things out will make a drastic difference in how I feel.

YES…to being in the best shape of my life by the end of 2016.

YES…to wearing dresses! In the last 20 years I have probably worn a dress two or three times. I don’t like how they look on me, but that is going to change.

YES…to being comfortable in my own skin and wearing a swimsuit with confidence.

YES…to eating to fuel my body rather than eating to feel good.

YES…to walking by faith, not by sight.

YES…to no longer feeling sick and tired.

YES…to living rather than just going through the motions.

YES…to creating memories that will last a lifetime.

YES…to being a leader.

YES…to completing my first marathon.

YES…to financial freedom.

YES…to  loving myself.

YES…to changing lives.

YES…to achieving greatness.

YES…to living my purpose while pursuing my passion.

YES…to surrounding myself with people who are going to lift me higher.

YES…to defining my own path.

YES…to determining what success looks like to me.

YES…to collecting experiences, not things.

YES…to believing in myself.

YES…to building my days around what is important to me.

YES…to focusing on faith, not fear.

YES…to living a life I love.

YES…to failing forward.

YES…to getting comfortable with being uncomfortable.

YES…to always believing that something wonderful is going to happen.

My biggest YES this year was saying YES to coaching!! I can’t wait to tell you all about it because I am so excited!!

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Year of YES: The Background

Published February 16, 2016 by Jasmine

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Have you ever just known that you were meant to do something big, but you just couldn’t quite figure out what? That has basically been the story of my life for the last 10 years. I graduated from law school 10 years ago in May (I honestly can’t believe it was that long ago), but I am not practicing. You may be thinking why in the world did she even go to law school then? Great question! I went to law school because I love public speaking, and I wanted to be in court. You see I didn’t know any lawyers, so all I knew was what I saw on TV. The reality is that you are rarely in court getting to speak like I wanted to, as trials are few and far between. My passion for speaking was sparked back when I was eleven and I came across a book by Les Brown. I fell in love with the book and personal development, and I wanted to be a motivational speaker. That passion for personal development has never left. I used to have my mom take me to the library just so that I could look for more books. Today I am the proud owner of over 400 books! The library and bookstore are definitely my happy places.

At the end of 2013, I was asked to step in and run a professional fiduciary company through a wind-down process. Long story short, the owner admitted to stealing from clients and the company could no longer get bonded, so it need to wind-down. So 2014 was a pretty stressful year facilitating the transfer of over 100 clients to new fiduciaries all while keeping the company running smoothly and ensuring all of the client’s needs were being met. In the midst of this mess, my dad died somewhat unexpectedly. When all was said and done in November of 2014 I was left trying to figure out what’s next. It was also the first time I had to breathe and process everything that had happened that year.

I spent the first half of 2015 in self-reflection really trying to figure out what I was supposed to be doing with my life. What was my purpose? I knew I was supposed to be doing something that was so much bigger than myself, but I still just didn’t know what that was. I knew that I didn’t want to be in corporate America. I knew that I really wanted flexibility and freedom in my schedule. I knew that I really didn’t want to work for someone else. I knew that I wanted to leave my mark on this world, and make a difference in other people’s lives. I knew that I wanted to speak, and be a voice for those who might need to hear what I have to share. I also knew that I had massive student loan debt. Quite honestly, I just felt stuck. I prayed, I read, I prayed some more, and I just continued being me. I really tried to have faith that my path would be revealed to me.

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When you feel stuck, it is kind of hard to move. Late 2015 I knew that it was time to start moving and making changes…to my attitude, my gratitude, my faith, my health, and my fitness. You know what they say…nothing changes until you do!

It was probably in November that I decided 2016 was going to be my #yearofYES! Stay tuned this week to find out what the heck that means!!

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