Monday Moment – Create

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I believe that we are all creative. That we have a natural desire to bring new ideas, processes, art, and ways of being into the world.

Sometimes our creativity is highly functional and sometimes it’s just plain fun.

Yesterday my mom and I had a little art session painting tiles with alcohol inks. Even though I view myself as creative, I’ve never seen myself as an artist. I’m flat-out not good at painting and drawing. But the alcohol inks were different. It wasn’t about making anything specific. The alcohol inks had a mind of their own. They swirled uncontrollably and created the shapes and designs you see in the photo. I think I liked watching the paints more than the actual painting itself!

There wasn’t any particular purpose to painting these tiles. But it was fun! And calming. And I felt focused. And it used a different part of my brain.

Take a moment today and create for no reason at all. Bring something into the world just for the fun of it. And enjoy every second.

 

Heather Whelpley is a writer, photographer, and coach that works with clients to create meaningful careers and fulfill their own potential. See her home page to learn more. Follow Heather on Facebook or Instagram @destinationsoulshine for resources to inspire you to live a meaningful, creative life. 

Monday Moment – Dream

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Like a child I just sat in the sunlight

and played with the minutes as they went running by

Like a child who had never known sorrow

I didn’t hurry tomorrow I just looked at the sky.

The opening lines from one of my favorite poems by Rod McKuen. Whenever I read it I picture sitting under a tree and watching the clouds pass by, no worries about the time or what is next on my schedule. Just laying there, letting my mind wander and day dream – or think about nothing at all.

Take a moment to be like a child today. Sit on a bench or lay down in the grass, look up at the sky, and dream.

 

 

Heather Whelpley is a writer, photographer, and coach that works with clients to create meaningful careers and fulfill their own potential. See her home page to learn more. She is also the host of Destination Soul Shine, a community dedicated to nourishing your soul and making your spirit shine. Like Destination Soul Shine on Facebook or follow us on Instagram @destinationsoulshine for resources to inspire you to live a meaningful, creative life. 

 

Wise Woman Wednesday – Taking Risks

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This morning at The Business Women’s Circle I facilitate we discussed women, confidence, and all the weird and unexpected ways that lower confidence shows up, like perfectionism and feeling like an imposter. One of the biggest outcomes is not taking risks.

We tend to think of all the potential downsides to taking a risk. Every single little thing that could go possibly go wrong. But what about the risk of doing nothing at all?

Pause for a second. Think about your life. If you’re still in the same place five years from will you be happy?

If the answer is yes – awesome! Keep going forward, growing and evolving!

If the answer is no – then ask yourself again – what is the real risk of doing nothing?

The real risk is (not) having a job you really love, (not) contributing your awesomeness to the world, (not) creating from your heart – (not) being the full and amazing person that you are. Those are the real risks. What do you choose?

 

Heather Whelpley is a writer, photographer, and coach that works with clients to create meaningful careers and fulfill their own potential. See her home page to learn more. She is also the host of Destination Soul Shine, a community dedicated to nourishing your soul and making your spirit shine. Like Destination Soul Shine on Facebook or follow us on Instagram@destinationsoulshine for resources to inspire you to live a meaningful, healthy, creative life. 

Monday Moment – Rest

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Most of you reading this are not lounging on a beach (I’m not either!). But that doesn’t mean we can’t take a moment to rest today. Find a spot of sunshine and eat your lunch outside. Close your eyes for a few minutes. I just got back from a 20-minute walk and it was glorious! I left the phone at home and let my mind wander. Even though I was moving it felt restful. How can you rest today?

 

Heather Whelpley is a writer, photographer, and coach that works with clients to create meaningful careers and fulfill their own potential. See her home page to learn more. She is also the host of Destination Soul Shine, a community dedicated to nourishing your soul and making your spirit shine. Like Destination Soul Shine on Facebook or follow us on Instagram@destinationsoulshine for resources to inspire you to live a meaningful, healthy, creative life. 

Changing Your Path

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Last week I decided to give up something I really wanted to do – lead a group coaching program. The design was nearly complete and I was excited to get started. The problem? I couldn’t find 3 people for the pilot that were both interested in a group program and available at the same time each week for 12 weeks in a row. It was even hard for my schedule and I was the one leading it!

So I let it go.

I was disappointed. And instantly relieved. The stress I had been feeling melted away.

The same day I decided to stop the group program I confirmed two new clients. I had three more referrals and a request to write a proposal for a women’s coaching and development program by the end of the week.

It was like the universe knew I had space and energy and it rushed in to fill it up with amazing possibilities.

We hear a lot of messages about persistence and determination when we are growing up. Stick to the path! Keep on keeping on! Perseverance is the key to success! And there is a time to hold onto your dreams with both hands and scrape your way forward.

But there’s also a time to pause, honestly ask ourselves what isn’t working, and choose a better way.

This is especially true when it comes to our careers. I hear clients say:

I’ve been on this path for 10 years and the future is laid out in front of me. But I’m not sure I want to be on this path anymore.

My managers have always told me I have potential and will be a great leader. What if I want to use my potential in a different way?

I want to try something else, but I’m afraid I’ll disappoint everyone.

Choosing a different path is not failure. It is an opportunity to create the possibility for something great.

Take the first step towards a future that you really want. Start exploring the options. Talk to new people. Reflect on what’s most important to you.

And if you want help on the journey, I work with clients that are feeling stuck in their career. We’ll work together to figure out what you really want and build a plan to create a meaningful career.

The path isn’t laid out in front of you – you create the path as you walk forward. It’s your move.

 

Heather Whelpley is a writer, photographer, and coach that works with clients to create meaningful careers and fulfill their own potential. See her home page to learn more. She is also the host of Destination Soul Shine, a community dedicated to nourishing your soul and making your spirit shine. Like Destination Soul Shine on Facebook or follow us on Instagram@destinationsoulshine for resources to inspire you to live a meaningful, healthy, creative life. 

Monday Moment – Bloom

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I need spring. I need to know the earth is going to come alive again. I need to smell the soil thawing, see buds emerging from the dirt, and feel sunshine on my face. If you are in a place where this is possible, take a moment today to look at the blooming around you. Appreciate the gentle scent of a flower. Rest in the grass and take a breath. For those of us buried under 18 inches of snow, look at this flower and imagine walking through a blooming garden. Feel the sun. Hear the birds. Put yourself in the place where this is happening. Breathe. It will be here soon.

 

Heather Whelpley is a writer, photographer, and coach that works with clients to create meaningful careers and fulfill their own potential. See her home page to learn more. She is also the host of Destination Soul Shine, a community dedicated to nourishing your soul and making your spirit shine. Like Destination Soul Shine on Facebook or follow us on Instagram@destinationsoulshine for resources to inspire you to live a meaningful, healthy, creative life. 

Monday Moment – Act

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Doubt can get in the way of action. What if I fail? What if other people don’t like it? What if, what if, what if. We rationalize every possible reason not to act. Flip your mindset this week by asking yourself: What is the upside of acting vs the downside of doing nothing? How does that perspective change your thinking?

 

Heather Whelpley is a writer, photographer, and coach that works with clients to create meaningful careers and fulfill their own potential. See her home page to learn more. She is also the host of Destination Soul Shine, a community dedicated to nourishing your soul and making your spirit shine. Like Destination Soul Shine on Facebook or follow us on Instagram @destinationsoulshine for resources to inspire you to live a meaningful, healthy, creative life. 

Monday Moment – Expand

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Stop. Take a breath. Let go of tension and breathe into expansion. Open into possibility. Notice how expansion feels. Imprint that feeling in your body and mind. The next time you’re stressed and tight, breathe and return to expansion.

 

Heather Whelpley is a writer, photographer, and coach that works with clients to create meaningful careers and fulfill their own potential. See her home page to learn more. She is also the host of Destination Soul Shine, a community dedicated to nourishing your soul and making your spirit shine. Like Destination Soul Shine on Facebook or follow us on Instagram @destinationsoulshine for resources to inspire you to live a meaningful, healthy, creative life. 

Monday Moment – Wonder

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I’m excited to share the launch of Destination Soul Shine, a community dedicated to nourishing your soul and making your spirit shine. I will be sharing mindfulness moments, inspiring quotes, and videos with resources to embrace your creativity, have a meaningful career, make an impact, and have overall wellbeing of spirit and soul. Follow Destination Soul Shine on Facebook and Instagram too see all posts.

I will also share the Monday Moment from Destination Soul Shine on this blog. Each week I will share a word to encourage you to take a few minutes to yourself, reflect, and bring greater joy and presence into your life. Today’s Monday Moment is Wonder. It’s easy to miss wonder when we’re running from one thing to the next. Wonder doesn’t take extra time, it just takes noticing. Light reflecting on the grass, a kind act between strangers, the way birds chatter to each other – these can all inspire wonder. Open your eyes and look for wonder today.

 

Heather Whelpley is a writer, photographer, and coach that works with clients to get out of unsatisfying jobs, create meaningful careers and lives, and fulfill their own potential. See her home page to learn more. She is also the host of Destination Soul Shine, a community dedicated to nourishing your soul and making your spirit shine. Like Destination Soul Shine on Facebook or follow us on Instagram @destinationsoulshine for resources to inspire you to live a meaningful, healthy, creative life. 

Walk Boldly Into This Season

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Last week I received an email from my cousin Kelsey with the message, “I think you’ll be blessed for your boldness in the season you’re walking into.” Now that is a set of beautiful words! Blessed. Boldness. Season. Walking into. I’ve shared this sentence with multiple people and each person has derived their own meaning from it, just as I imagine you are now thinking about what it means for you in this season of your life. Here are my thoughts.

Blessed

I equate blessed with gratitude. Living blessed is shifting from a mindset of scarcity to abundance. Choosing to focus on what I have in my life instead of what is missing. Looking for evidence of beauty, belonging, and love. Taking the moments to savor joy, sink into the feeling, and imprint it in my mind. Benedictine monk David Steindl-Rast said “It’s not joy that makes us grateful, but gratitude that makes us joyful.” Create the space for gratitude and you will be blessed.

Boldness

One of my favorite quotes and a life motto is “If you ask me what I came into this world to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud.” (Emile Zola). This is my definition of boldness – life out loud. Boldness is not a lack of fear. It is walking forward with the fear. Bringing forth the courage held deep in our hearts to follow what we are called to do.

Season

Green grass and flowers are a long way off in Minnesota, but we have turned the corner on winter. The days are getting longer. There are no subzero temperatures in the extended forecast. As the Earth transitions, so do we. There are seasons of rest and renewal and seasons of flurry and change. I am in a season of learning and growth, which is, inevitably, also a season of vulnerability. Every day I become aware of something I don’t know and skills I need to build. I am constantly reflecting on how I want to show up in the world, the relationships I want to create, and how I will generate impact with my life.

Walking Into

Dr. Michael Bernard Beckworth said on a recent SuperSoul Conversations podcast with Oprah, “Pain pushes until the vision pulls.” Pain can get us started on a new path. Sometimes it drags us kicking and screaming. And then, one day, we see the vision ahead and suddenly we are walking into the vision instead of running away from the pain. We actively move ourselves forward, taking steps into the life we desire.

Lay down your path of gratitude and walk boldly into this season, my friends.

 

Heather Whelpley is a writer, photographer, and coach that works with clients to create meaningful careers and fulfill their own potential. See her home page to learn more. She is also the host of Destination Soul Shine, a community dedicated to nourishing your soul and making your spirit shine. Like Destination Soul Shine on Facebook or follow us on Instagram @destinationsoulshine for resources to inspire you to live a meaningful, healthy, creative life.