Heart of the Soul

Heart of the Soul

Do You Know?

posted by Jodi Chapman

teeny-changeDo you know that you don’t have to work so hard and push so hard and try so hard?

Do you know that you are enough – exactly enough?

Do you know that if you took away all of your achievements and diplomas and awards that you would still be amazing – you would still be worthy?

Do you know that you that you don’t need to look outside of yourself for any approval or any validation? Do you know that your approval is all that matters?

Do you know that you are a beautiful reflection of all that is good in the world – all that is magical and amazing?

Do you know that your love has the ability to ignite change and open hearts?

Do you know that your soul is infinite and powerful and so, so connected to everything and everyone? Do you know that it’s just waiting for you to take action – to share your goodness and your strength and your love with the world?

I know you know all of this. I do. 

But do you really know it? Deep down at your core? Do you really live as though you know it?

Does this deep knowing override any feelings of insecurity or inadequacy or unlovability or feeling unworthy? Does it?

Is your life a direct reflection of this deep knowing that you are enough and that you are amazing and that you are worthy and that you are loving and lovable and that you are magical and that you are here for a very important reason?

If it is, that is absolutely wonderful and makes me so happy. It means that you do know – not just in your mind but also at the soul level. It means that you have taken your responsibility here on this planet seriously. It means that you are taking action and consciously sharing your heart and your gifts with others.

If your life isn’t currently a direct reflection of this deep knowing, it’s okay. Really, it is. Because one of the things that I love most about our time here on Earth is that we have the power to change our life at any moment. If we’re not happy with the way we’re living, we can do something about it. If we aren’t feeling empowered or joyful or that we’re helping enough people, we can do something immediately to shift into living a life that feels more like the life we want to be living.

And I know that you can do this (if you aren’t already). I know that you can live from your heart and in alignment with your soul’s purpose. I know that you can choose to see yourself as a powerful being who is worthy of love and worthy of giving love. I know it. 

Do you know it?

I think you do.

And now it’s time to embrace it and share this deep knowing with the world.

You’ve got this. You really do.

Hugs,

Jodi

 

about jodi

Jodi Chapman is a bestselling author, an award-winning blogger, and a soulful community builder. She lives her life with love and faith in the driver’s seat, and she hopes to leave a trail of inspiration wherever she goes. She believes that we each have the ability to hear our soul’s whisper and create our best lives. She would love to connect with you!

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Sharing A Secret

posted by Jodi Chapman

Jodi Chapman - WingsI’m going to let you in on a secret. It’s a secret that is really, really good to know, especially during times when you feel like you’re flailing about and have no idea how to take the next step forward. It’s a secret that is extremely helpful when you look around and start comparing yourself to everyone’s seemingly perfect lives and wonder why you can’t seem to get your own life together – even just a little bit. It’s a secret that has helped me more times than I can even count – because, as a perfectionist, I have tended to be extremely hard on myself over the years. And once I realized this secret, it helped me ease up on myself and begin to enjoy my life a whole lot more.

Here’s the secret:

No one has their life all figured out. They’re all just winging it.

Seriously.

No one here on this beautiful planet knows what they’re doing 100% of the time. They may pretend that they know. It may appear that they know. And they may even think that they know. And they may know to a certain extent, but if they were being completely honest with themselves, I have a feeling they would realize that they are in reality simply winging it.

I used to think that those “at the top” had everything all figured out. I used to think that once you reached a certain level of success, you received some sort of key explaining the ways of the world. And it all of a sudden became crystal clear how to move forward, how to live, and how to make your way through your time here on Earth.

After spending the last few years lovingly interacting with many successful people, I can tell you that this assumption is completely not true. Those at the top don’t have a special key or a sacred map to see how to thrive in this lifetime. 

What I have learned is that while these successful people may not have it all figured out, they don’t let that stop them from trying, from moving forward, from continuing to learn and grow and persevere. They keep going. They fall down, and they get up again. And they keep doing this over and over until something clicks. Until something works. Until they become successful.

But they’re still winging it. And they still don’t have it all figured out.

They still make mistakes. They are still human. They still don’t have all of the answers – not even close. They still wake up in the morning – sometimes uncertain and sometimes not sure of how they will put one foot in front of the other. They still have no idea what will happen next.

But they don’t let that unknowing stop them from moving forward. They don’t let it keep them from experiencing life fully.

And I loved learning this secret. Because on the days when I have felt extra low and wondered how I was going to keep going forward, knowing this gave me hope.

I found such freedom in knowing how much none of us truly knows. We’re all just winging it. And it’s comforting to know that we’re winging it together. 

Hugs,

Jodi

 

about jodi

Jodi Chapman is a bestselling author, an award-winning blogger, and a soulful community builder. She lives her life with love and faith in the driver’s seat, and she hopes to leave a trail of inspiration wherever she goes. She believes that we each have the ability to hear our soul’s whisper and create our best lives. She would love to connect with you!

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Here Comes the Sun

posted by Jodi Chapman

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When I woke up this morning, I looked out my window and saw nothing but blue sky. Where I live in the Pacific Northwest, this is definitely a special occasion for this time of year. I told myself that it was a perfect day to go outside and soak up the warmth – to feel the sun on my face. To sit, relax, and listen to the birds sing on this spring-like morning.

And then I got busy. I checked my email. And started answering them. And then I got onto Facebook. And started responding to messages. And before I knew it, hours had gone by.

While I did get distracted, I hadn’t completely lost sight of my plan to spend time in the sun. So I grabbed my sunglasses, opened the patio door, stepped outside and sadly realized that the sun was no longer out. In the short time that I was on the computer, the weather had completely changed. The clouds had rolled in, and it was too cold to sit outside now.

I came inside to check the weather report thinking that the clouds would soon pass, and I could still enjoy the sun. But the 10-day forecast calls for clouds every day mixed with rain and snow. Winter-like conditions. My heart sank when I realized that I had missed my chance to soak up the sun for at least 10 days.

And while I realize that this isn’t a huge deal in the grand scheme of life, I couldn’t help but wonder in what other ways was I getting distracted and missing out on the metaphorical sun? By that I mean, in what other areas of my life was I pushing back doing what I really wanted to do simply because I got caught up in something else – something that perhaps seemed necessary at the time but didn’t actually feed my soul?

I couldn’t help but think that this incident was a metaphor for my entire life somehow. I started to think about what being in the sun meant to me – what it represented for me. I realized that it is a form of self care, of stillness, of slowing down, and of listening to my soul. Being in the sun makes me feel light and joyful.

Being in the sun – literally or figuratively – helps me feel connected with the divine and with my inner self.

And it’s become a habit to push this connection aside – to almost treat it as though it’s frivolous and not nearly as important as my connection to the emails and the to-do list.

While it’s true that I missed my chance to be in the sun today, I realized that I could take what the sun represented to me and welcome those aspects of it into my heart – regardless of what the sky looked like. I could still take time to connect with my inner voice and with my spiritual connection. I could still make space for stillness, reflection, and joyfulness.

Knowing this made me feel so much better. It meant that I hadn’t necessarily missed out. Yes, it’s true that I most likely won’t be spending much time outside for the next week or so, but I now know that it’s not too late to invite the figurative sun into my heart and honor my connection with the universe. And that feels pretty wonderful.

I definitely invite you to welcome the sun into your life as well, regardless of what the weather is like for you.

Hugs,

Jodi

 

about jodi

Jodi Chapman is a bestselling author, an award-winning blogger, and a soulful community builder. She lives her life with love and faith in the driver’s seat, and she hopes to leave a trail of inspiration wherever she goes. She believes that we each have the ability to hear our soul’s whisper and create our best lives. She would love to connect with you!

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How Do You Define Self Care?

posted by Jodi Chapman

Jodi Chapman - You Matter

“Self Care” is one of those phrases that gets thrown around so much that we can become desensitized to it. We all know that we’re “supposed” to practice self care. And we’ve all heard the oxygen mask example in relation to self care. (How if you’re travelling with a small child and there is a problem with the airplane’s cabin pressure that you’re supposed to put on your oxygen mask first. Because if you aren’t breathing, you aren’t going to be much help to your kids.)

So we know that self care is important. We know that it’s a practice we should get into the habit of. We know that we’ll feel more whole and energized if we do it.

But what does self care look like exactly? Because we’re all so different, your idea of self care is most likely very different than mine.

I’m a huge believer in defining our vision for ourselves and our lives and then moving toward making that vision reality. With that in mind, I would love for all of us to take a few minutes right now and define what self care means to us. I would love for us to create a vision of what our life looks like when we’re taking care of ourselves each day.

I’ll share my vision here, and then I would love for you to share either all or part of your vision in the comments below!

What Self Care Looks Like for Me:

  1. I get plenty of restful sleep.
  2. I make space in my life for simply being.
  3. I honor wherever I am – emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually.
  4. I do at least one thing every single day that’s just for me.
  5. I get hugs from my sweetie. And I give hugs to him and also to my cats.
  6. I drink a green smoothie each day.
  7. I take my vitamins every day.
  8. On sunny days, I sit outside for a few minutes and soak up the warmth.
  9. I wear comfortable clothes that feel good on my body.
  10. I light a candle each day and pull an Angel card – keeping my connection with the Divine.
  11. I spend time alone each day writing from my soul.
  12. I sing, dance, and laugh.
  13. I set clear boundaries, and I give myself permission to say no.
  14. I play games with my sweetie, especially our nightly round of Backgammon.
  15. I surround myself in a love bubble and make sure those inside are loving and supportive.
  16. I stop when I’m tired.
  17. I honor my need for quiet time and reflection, and I build it into my schedule.
  18. I am conscious of my thoughts and give energy to those that I wish to nourish.
  19. I do what I can and make peace with what I can’t.
  20. I listen to my soul, and I allow it to guide me.

 

Okay, now it’s your turn! 

What does self care look like for you? 

I would love to read your answer in the comments below.

And now that we have our clear self-care vision, we can begin making this vision reality!

Hugs,

Jodi

 

about jodi

Jodi Chapman is a bestselling author, an award-winning blogger, and a soulful community builder. She lives her life with love and faith in the driver’s seat, and she hopes to leave a trail of inspiration wherever she goes. She believes that we each have the ability to hear our soul’s whisper and create our best lives. She would love to connect with you!

Website   ♥   Facebook   ♥   Pay-What-You-Want Ecourse    ♥   Free Ebook

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