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Day 8 Create A Life You Love: Answer These 2 Questions

Answer These Two Questions

Get your journal. Yes, right now.  Sit down and answer these two questions:

  1. What are you most proud of about yourself?  Why?
  2. What do you value most in your life?

As part of Creating A Life That You Love it is essential to have a thoughtful and profound inquiry with yourself.  It is when we take time to go inside of ourselves and reflect that we become willing to live wholeheartedly.  It is essential that you know and appreciate everything about yourself that makes you proud.  It is equally as important to identify what you value most.  This is what creates the basis for your values.  And, your values give you a trustworthy tool to guide you purposefully through your life.

Practice Journaling

The practice of journaling is a beautiful habit of honing your writing skills.  When we write things down, we are more likely to remember what it is we want to achieve in our lives.  It gives us a place to capture our thoughts and desires.  And, it allows our conscious mind to be in alignment with our subconscious mind.  So, grab your journal and a favorite pen, find a quiet corner and journal for at least 15 minutes each day. Stay true and be you —

Annie Create a Life You Love
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Day 7 Create A Life You Love: The 5 Love Languages

The 5 Love Languages

Are you thriving in your relationship or merely going through the motions to get through the day?  Whatever the status of your romantic relationship, I encourage you to read The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman.  Chapman explains that each of us falls into the category of one of the following love languages:

  • Words of Affirmation
  • Quality Time
  • Receiving Gift
  • Acts of Service
  • Physical Touch

It is when we know what our partners love language is that we can talk to and be with them in a way that allows them to feel loved and appreciated.  Chapman explains that in some marriages it is as if one person is speaking English and the other person is speaking Chinese.  Neither person understands what the other is saying.  Therefore, the relationship is contentious, unsatisfying, and often on the brink of falling apart.

What Is Your Love Language?

You can easily find out. Merely go to www.5lovelanguages.com and take the short test to determine your language.  Chapman has also written books on the love languages of children and teenagers, great reads if you have kids.  Take advantage of the quiz and the book.  I am confident it will help to improve even the best of relationships.

  Stay true and be you —

Annie Create a Life You Love
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Day 6 Create A Live You Love: Body Plank Series

Plank Workout Challenge

One of the best things you can do for overall body tone is a body plank.  I am going to show you a body plank series that you can do each day.  All you need is a mat or the floor.  This exercise requires you to use your core muscles to hold yourself in the plank position.  The goal is to up the time you spend in each plank position.  Start with 15 to 30-second holds and work your way up.  My group of workout buddies got all the way to a 5-minute hold.  See how far you can go!  I am sorry the plank part of the video is sideways…it adds to the challenge.

Stay true and be you —

Annie Create a Life You Love
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Day 5 Create A Life You Love: Reframe Your Limiting Beliefs

Writing Challenge

To live life by design instead of by default, we must reframe our limiting beliefs.  What is a limiting belief?  It is anything that you have been holding true that is limiting you from doing what you want in your life.  Often limiting beliefs start in your childhood when someone, hopefully unintentionally tells you something untrue that you hang onto as truth.  What is an example of this?  One might be that you don’t have a good singing voice.  Another might be that you are not smart enough to go to college.  And, yet another is you are always going to have a weight problem, it runs in the family.

Reframing Limiting Beliefs

How do you reframe your limiting beliefs?  Well, grab your journal and let’s get after it.  Divide a clean page into two columns.  Label the left-hand column: my limiting beliefs.  Label the right-hand column: my reframes.  Now write down all of the views that are keeping you from creating a life that you love.  Get them all out there.  It is the only way you are going to start managing the way you live your life.  Once you have written them all down go to the reframe column and state these beliefs in a new way that will serve you and assist you in living a full and vibrant life.  Let’s take the limiting belief; you don’t have a good singing voice.  What is the reframe for this?  It could be; I have a beautiful voice, and I

Day 4 Create A Life You Love: The Declaration of Independence

Reading Challenge

When is the last time if at all you read the Declaration of IndependenceIt has been my observation that all too often we don’t know the reason behind why we are celebrating historical holidays.  I attended the 4th of July parade in the beautiful community where I live.  It was great fun and many came to watch.  As I sat there I wondered how many of us know the history behind this day of parades and fireworks.  This is why I want you to carve ten to fifteen minutes out of your day and read the words of this historical document.

The History of Independence Day

I think as we get older we become more interested in history, I know I do.  I am providing you this link so you too can do some reading up on why Independence Day is such an important day in the history of the United States.  Enjoy!

https://youtu.be/13v8q9ErpQM Stay true and be you —

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Day 3 Create A Life You Love: Workout Challenge

Workout Challenge

Taking good care of your body is part of Creating A Life You Love.  Frequent workouts are essential to keep your body in good shape. Exercise also increases your endorphins which balances your mind, body, and spirit.  At least three times a week move your body for 30-minutes or longer.  I will give you some ideas as we go through the month.

Biceps and Triceps Workout

Today’s workout challenge is biceps and triceps.  Let’s start with biceps.  Grab a pair of dumbbells that are the appropriate weight for you.  Stand in a split stance which will require your quadriceps and core to work to keep your balance.  Hold a dumbbell in each hand and then do curls.  Start with curling both arms at the same time and then switch it up a bit.  Speed up the pace or slow it down to challenge yourself.  Do three sets of 15 reps.

Now for the triceps.  Change your stance to a squat position.  Once again this requires your quadriceps to be activated at the same time you are doing the triceps exercise.  Hold the dumbbells in your hands, put your hands above your head, and now lower and raise your arms using your triceps.  Do three sets of 15 reps.  Have a look at the video, where I demonstrate both exercises.  Get after it and have fun!

https://youtu.be/bWoD1g74cT0 Stay true and be you —

Annie Create a Life You Love

Day 2 Create A Life You Love: The I AM Challenge

The Writing Challenge

Grab your journal for the I AM Challenge.  Make sure you have a clean page to go on an I AM rampage.  What does this mean?  It means to sit and write down all that you are.  When you write it down, you start to claim it.  Go until you have exhausted all that you know you are.  As the days go by and you think of more I AM’s that you are, add to your list.  Then revisit this list often as a reminder of all that you are.  YOU ARE SO MUCH!

My I AM Challenge List: (so far…)

I AM BEAUTIFUL

I AM RICH

I AM WEALTHY

I AM FUN

I AM FUNNY

I AM DEDICATED

I AM LOYAL

I AM THOUGHTFUL

I AM AUTHENTIC

I AM CAPABLE

I AM A GOOD FRIEND

I AM LIVING CONGRUENTLY

I AM AN ANIMAL LOVER

I AM CREATIVE

I AM STRONG

I AM HEALTHY

I AM COURAGEOUS

I AM WILLING

I AM INTERESTED

I AM INTERESTING

I AM A WRITER

I AM AN ARTIST

I AM A SISTER

I AM AN AUNT

I AM A DAUGHTER

I AM INSIGHTFUL

I AM INSPIRING

I AM A LEADER

I AM FIT

I AM A SPEAKER

I AM A MANIFESTER

I AM A MONEY MACHINE

I AM A TEACHER

I AM AN ENTREPRENEUR

I AM AN ADVENTURER

I AM A STUDENT

I AM LIVING LIFE FULLY

I AM A THOUGHT LEADER

What’s on your I AM Challenge List?

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Day 1 Create A Life You Love: The Four Agreements

The Reading Challenge

Don Miguel Ruiz is the author of The Four Agreements.  In the book, Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a robust code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.  This book can easily be read in two to three hours, and it is loaded with common sense wisdom.  Get it and read it!

The Agreements:

Be Impeccable With Your Word:  Speak with integrity.  Say only what you mean.  Avoid using the Word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others.

Don’t Take Anything Personally:  Nothing others do is because of you.  What others say and do is a projection of their own reality.  When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.

Don’t Make Assumptions:  Find the courage to ask questions and ask for what you really want.  Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness, and drama.  With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

Always Do Your Best:  Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick.  Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.

https://youtu.be/FrqNgI6zeIk Stay true and be you —

Annie

Day 30 Intentional Living: Focus On What You Want

Focus On What You Want

It is easy for things to spiral out of control if you focus on what you don’t want.  Instead, you must focus on what you do want.  When you are having one of those days, you know the ones where it seems like everything is going wrong, you have to do something to change your state and focus.  What works for me is to do a gratitude rampage.  What does this mean?  Well, I either grab my journal or go on a walk, and I start listing everything in and about my life for which I am grateful.  I start at the tip of my toes and go to the tip of my head and everything in between.  I say thank you, thank you, thank you.  The reason this helps is that it changes your focus to things that are positive instead of upstream or negative.

Momentum

Our thoughts gain momentum.  If we are thinking thoughts that do not serve us and that assist us in feeling bad, they will gain momentum, and more of those kinds of views will come.  Likewise, when we are in a state of gratitude and joy, our thoughts will be positive and useful.  There is no doubt which of these thought processes are more likely to help us to create a life that we love.  Choose easy.  Choose flow.  Choose joy.  Choose downstream.

https://youtu.be/W7imPogY4bg Stay true and be you —

Annie

Day 29 Intentional Living: Take The Lead

Take The Lead

Life is not happening to you.  Life is responding to you.  Life always follows your lead.  So, take the lead.  What do you want your life to look like, and feel like, and be like?  However life is showing up for you it is because of the way you think, talk and act.  You are in charge of creating your reality.  I often listen to people make excuses for the way their life is.  These same people blame others in their life for how things are for them.  They point to people, places, and things outside of themselves as the reasons their life isn’t how they would like it to be.

It’s An Inside Job

Taking the lead means living life from the inside out, not the outside in.  To create a life that you love, you must be willing to question the agreements you have made in the past and make new ones.  You must take the lead.  Ask for what you want.  Speak to yourself and others in a way that attracts this to you.  Let your actions be inspired, don’t simply go through the motions.  What an amazing opportunity to make your life all that you want it to be.

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