How to run your life & business ‘the hummingbird style’?

“How to run your life &business ‘the hummingbird style‘?”

 

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“the hummingbird spirit symbolizes the enjoyment of life and lightness of being…”

Have you ever come in close contact with a hummingbird? Well I have, recently, and it left me in awe of its beauty, admiration for its abilities, and sheer love for this amazing little creature.

I was never able to get a good picture of a hummingbird, as one would never sit still long enough, until now. I couldn’t stop thinking that it wasn’t a mere coincidence that it appeared like that in front of me, and allowed me to come close and take pictures.

I felt there was a message there for me, and I became curious. I started to read up on the hummingbird as a spirit animal, and found out some fascinating things.

The message was perfect for me, and I decided to share it with you here, because I think it’s so universal, and applies to everything, from running a business, to life in general.

AND it’s summer, perfect time to lighten up, and look at everything from a slightly different angle.

Here are 5 great and fun tips on how to run your life and business ‘the hummingbird style’!:

Hummingbird Tip #1: Use the hummingbird spirit to lift up negativity.

When you’re faced with a challenging situation, or are being pulled down by the negativity around you, bring up the joyful image of the hummingbird in your mind. Use it to transform your state of mind, lighten up the mood, and help you see the situation in a new and positive light. It’s pretty much impossible to visualize the hummingbird, and not feel lightness and joy!

Hummingbird Tip #2: You can accomplish great things, no matter how small you start.

Don’t be deceived by the small size of a hummingbird. They’re extremely resilient and strong, and can travel great distances tirelessly, despite (or maybe because of) their size. When you’re inspired by their spirit, you’ll be able to accomplish what seems impossible to most, while keeping it light and enjoyable.

Hummingbird Tip #3: Conserve your energy, when you need to.

Hummingbirds have the amazing ability to travel extreme distances tirelessly, but they also have the uncanny ability to go into a state of semi-hibernation, when they need to conserve their resources. Their body temperature lowers, and their metabolism slows down considerably. I’m not suggesting you go into hibernation, but going at anything full throttle all the time is exhausting. Take a break, go for a walk, sit in peace and silence for a while…the hummingbird style!

Hummingbird Tip #4: Cherish your sensitivity, but become invincible.

Hummingbird wisdom will challenge you to become very adaptable, and be quick to respond to any demand. Even though you might be a very sensitive person, it’ll challenge you to stand strong while being able to move quickly and fly high, whether it’s through your personal, business, or spiritual aspirations.

Hummingbird Tip #5: A reminder to enjoy yourself!

The hummingbird spirit is a great reminder to enjoy the simple life’s pleasures, no matter what. Its wisdom carries an invitation to take part in, and attract to you, life’s sweetness, like drinking the nectar of your own flower. It is also an invitation to express love more fully in your daily existence.

I hope you enjoyed the whimsical, light-hearted tone of this article. Right in the spirit of the hummingbird: to lift us up from the sometimes intense, and even heavy energy of running our own business, and life in general. Perhaps it is a reminder that we also belong to this natural rhythm of things, where everything is designed to effortlessly run its course.

I’d love to see your input, questions or your own related experiences right in the comment section below this article.

With love and bliss,

Julia

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“Can you spend your money, and have it too?”

 

Have you ever fantasized about having one of those magical bank accounts that automatically refills itself, whenever money is taken out of it? I certainly have.

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to spend as much money as we need to, or want to, and never have to worry about our bank balances going down?

While this magical scenario might only be possible in our imagination, what I know to be true for sure, is the more comfortable and familiar we are with our money, and the more we believe in our ability to generate the income we want, the easier it is to not only refill that account, but make it grow.

So the question really is this: “when is spending money just spending, and when is it wise for me to invest in my growth and my business, and how to tell the difference?”

 Read my 5 tips below that will help you get more clarity on whether this is your time to invest in yourself and your future:

Tip #1:

If you’re facing a crossroads in your life, you’re not sure what choices to make, and how to move forward, this might be the perfect time to invest in a coach or a mentor. This could be anything from getting a divorce, and losing your job, to your kids moving out soon, and you wanting to reinvent yourself. It’s always wise to get help during such times.

Tip #2:

Getting the help you need sooner rather than later will save you a lot of time and money down the road, as well as a lot of frustration and heartache. You will get to the bottom of your problem, and start taking the right actions right away, instead of finding your way through trial and error.

Tip #3:

You know in your heart of hearts that the job you’ve been doing for the past x number of years just isn’t cutting it any more. You know deep inside that you have a passion and gifts that you want to share with others, and realize that NOW is the time to seriously consider turning this into a profitable business. You’re being called to step up, and step out, and you’d be wise to follow this call.

Tip #4:

Your intuition is screaming at you that this is the right time to make a significant change in your life, but you’re trying to ignore it, and you find yourself using the excuses of not having enough time or money, over and over again, to stop yourself from moving forward. Listen to your intuition, because if your time to act is now, the opportunities will not always present themselves in the future. Opportunities have expiration dates, too.

Tip #5: 

You’ve always been employed, and you secretly doubt your abilities to start and run your own business. The more you think about your potential shortcomings, the stronger your fear gets, and the longer you put it off, until it seems impossible to muster the courage to take that leap. The time to move forward is NOW, so acknowledge the fear, but don’t let it stop you.

 

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Is Your Money Story Blocking Your Personal Growth?

“Is Your Money Story Blocking Your Personal Growth?”

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Do you think this is true for you? My guess is most people won’t pair these two things together. Why? Because most of us are not even aware that we have a ‘money story’, let alone how it affects all aspects of our lives.

The truth is, we all do, whether we know it or not. Our ‘money story’ is something we grew up with, something our parents modelled to us, and their parents to them. It’s deeply rooted in generations of family and social traditions. It’s ‘how things are done’, and have always been done.

If I could have a show of hands here, I’d ask this: “How many of you are in business, not just to make money, but also because you believe in what you do, and in the difference you’re making in the world?” Right, I see lots of hands, including mine.

Then, I’d ask another question: “How many of you are finding that making money in your business is not as easy as you thought it would be?” Again, a sea of hands.

This is exactly what I found out, soon after I started my beloved, purpose driven, precious business. The fear of running out of money and having to give up, self-doubt, confusion and overwhelm all started to creep in. Not a good situation, right?

I had just experienced an amazing personal transformation before starting my business, was feeling happy and in my power, and ready to be of service to others…and then I ran into this wall. I could have easily given up, but fortunately my dogged stubbornness took over, so I decided to dig deeper instead, and find out what was blocking me on my path to a life I had dreamed of for so long.

I’m sharing my experience with you here, as I know for a fact that at least some of you are going through something similar. I didn’t want to fail myself, and I don’t want you to fail, either. Why? Because I really believe that we all have a hell of a lot to contribute to this world, and to each other. Let’s not allow something as silly as money take us down. What do you say?

So allow me for a moment to speak the naked truth as I know it: we either get help soon, figure out ‘our money story’ and move past it…or we run out of money, and have to wave goodbye to our dream forever! Sounds brutal, doesn’t it?

OK, enough with the doom and gloom. I wouldn’t even be talking to you about this, if I didn’t already know there is a solution to this problem.

So here’s the GOOD NEWS: with proper guidance and tools, a bit of reframing, and taking the right actions, it’s easy to change your money story! Does it take work, commitment and dedication to your dream? Of course it does. Without that, we needn’t even bother. But not only does it result in more money flowing into your business and your life, but also has a wide ranging positive ‘ripple effect’ into all areas of your life. Now, who wouldn’t want that?

Here’s the thing: money is neither good nor bad. Money is just money. On the other hand, how we handle money is a mirror for us, an easily measurable reflection of what’s going on deeper within us. There is a saying “how you do money is how you do everything”, and I find it to be very true. So for example, if I don’t have the courage to charge what I’m worth, it’s because I don’t really believe in the value of my work…true? Deep inside I don’t really believe in my own value…you get the point.

So I want to leave you today with a couple of useful tips, to get you started on the way to healing your money story:

Tip #1:

Think of one money conversation that comes up regularly in your life, that you feel uncomfortable about having. Are you afraid of not being liked, of being rejected…or what is the fear for you? What if being afraid of this were no longer important to you? What would this conversation look like for you then?

Tip #2:

Think of one negative belief about money you have (“money is bad”, “rich people are bad”…etc.), and then decide that this is no longer true for you. You’ll see how things start shifting for you almost immediately.

Life is good, and there is an amazing abundance in the world that is just chomping at the bit to enter your life…you just have to stop deflecting it!

I love hearing from you, and I’d love to hear your thoughts about this subject. Please, enter your comments below this blog post.

Have a beautiful day.

With Love and Bliss,

Julia

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Road Tripping on a Dime

“Road Tripping on a Dime”

This article also appeared in the March issue of the “iCoach Magazine”. The theme for the month was money. Lots of  other juicy money related articles there. Here’s the link to a FREE subscription:  http://www.icoachnetwork.com/online-magazine.html

Road Tripping on a Dime. All rights reserved -Julia Maria Energy Works.The theme for this month’s magazine is money. So what does travelling have to do with money, you might ask, other than the fact that it takes money to travel. Bingo! How many times in the past did you not go places, because you didn’t think you could afford it? If you’re like most people, the answer is probably ‘plenty’. I’m here to talk about a slightly different way to travel. I call it road-tripping.

Just over a year ago I packed up my car, and set out on my first road trip…alone. It was my very first road trip, and my very first trip alone…ever! There, I said it. Did I lose my mind? Nope. What did happen, though, was that I had a sudden urge to do something extraordinary I’ve never done before, something that would challenge me, and scare me half to death. The road trip ticked all those boxes.

I didn’t have a clue what I was doing, and I didn’t have a solid plan, but now that I’ve figured it out, I want to share my experiences. First of all, I want to show you that you can travel much more cheaply than you think is possible, and secondly, to tell you that it’s not as scary as it looks. Once you’re on the road, you just deal with things as they come, the same way you deal with things in your everyday life. If I can do it, so can you.

What I’m about to say is not for everyone, but if you’re a diehard like me, you can do it. In order to make the road trip truly affordable, you need to plan ahead, and eliminate your rent/mortgage expense. This means either giving up the place you’re renting, subletting it for the duration of your trip, or renting out the place you own. Next step is putting your stuff in storage. Make sure to pack your basic camping gear in the car, as once you get to warmer places, camping is definitely an alternative. Another way is to use the airbnb, or couchsurfing websites. I’ve used airbnb a lot on my trip, and met tons of great people in the process. Always remember, though, to use your intuition when choosing these places, as not all hosts are great, and I’ve certainly heard some horror stories. Always bring your own food, it’s a heck of a lot cheaper than eating out!

One last, but very important point. To make your trip truly affordable, it’s great if your job is somewhat independent, and internet based. My trip last year lasted five months, and even though I didn’t work full time, I definitely managed to do some work.

So let it rip, let it take you where you’ve never been before. You’ll be blissed beyond recognition, and your life will never be the same again!

What’s your favourite way to travel? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

Julia Maria Lloyd.

“I’m not a saint or a guru, but I am a master healer.”

Author of the forthcoming book, ”Pray and Move your Feet” (A tale of soul-tripping, road-tripping, and living your bliss!)

 I’d love to help you follow your dreams:  http://www.juliamarialloyd.com/work-with-me/

 

 

 

The Greatest Gift of All

“The Greatest Gift of All”

Feeling ‘off’

Today was a bit unusual, here on ‘planet Julia’. I woke up this morning, feeling decidedly ‘off’. Now, I’m sure you can relate to this feeling, as most of us have one of these days now and then. I got up, had a shower, had breakfast, and was about to start working on my business, as I do most days. Except today I felt completely unmotivated, and found this deeply frustrating and troubling at the same time. I mentally ‘tried on’ all the things that possibly needed my attention, but only felt a wave of nausea welling up. This alone would be disturbing to anyone, under any circumstances, but for me today it was especially so. Why? Because I’ve thought of this work as my true calling, and have been preparing for it most of my life, in one way or another. I feel it in my gut, in my bones. After a life-long search I finally thought I knew exactly what I was put on this planet to do, and what my purpose, with a capital ‘P’, was! I thought it was going to be smooth sailing from now on. And now this!

‘Is this my true purpose?’

Now, you don’t know my story, because I haven’t told it yet, and I’m just going to skim the surface today.  Suffice it to say, the past two years have been truly unusual, and deeply transformational. I know the word ‘transformational’ has been somewhat abused lately, but until I come up with a better one, it’ll have to do.

So here’s the thing, the gifts that have been bestowed upon me, were totally unexpected, magical, and a huge surprise to me, and everyone who knows me. The gift I’m talking about in particular is the gift of ‘remote’ energy healing, the ‘Pure Light Energy Transmission™’, or ‘PLET™’ for short. It came to me suddenly, as if by magic (well…actually by magic!), together with all its symbols, and the name itself, just over a year ago. It’s been thoroughly tested on my friends, family and clients, and everybody got from it just what they needed. Then a whole 12 step program appeared, in pretty much the same fashion, with its name of the ‘Ring of Love and Light 2012™’. Note the words ‘Love’ and ‘Light’, in particular. It’s been overwhelming, amazing and ‘wow’, all at the same time!

So, what could possibly be the problem today? Well, turns out you can’t just get a gift or two, wrap them nicely, present them to the world, and everything will read like a fairy tale from then on. You have to ‘grow into your gifts’, they have to become a part of you, or so I was about to find out. Truth be told, I have been feeling this ‘ridge’, this ‘discord’ in my psyche for a few weeks now, but put it down to the rainy weather and lack of sunshine (always a handy excuse for a lot of things!) I was pretending that the huge white elephant in the room wasn’t there. However, this morning it hit me that elephants are hard to ignore! So I was upset, not only because I never expected to feel totally unmotivated, while doing my ‘dream job’, but also because panic was starting to set in. What if this was NOT my purpose, what if all of this was a figment of my imagination? What if nobody needed what I had to offer? Yet deep inside I knew it wasn’t so, and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

‘The aha moment’

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been talking to my trusted Source (aka God, Divine, Universe – pick one closest to your heart) for over two years now. In fact, that’s how it started, when in a moment of total despair I cried out for help, and it was given. I’m telling you this because that’s what I was doing this morning, as well, asking for help, for clarification. Asking for the understanding of what was happening, and what I was to learn from it. Only it wasn’t as polished as it sounds, in fact it was quite messy, as best moments in life tend to be.

Not even fifteen minutes passed by, when I suddenly had a very clear vision of what my work was all about. Love, that’s right, the big ‘L’ kind of love, getting us all to reconnect to that ‘juice of life’ pulsing through our veins , the Universal Love that binds us. Hallelujah! This felt like a true epiphany to me! I’m sure you’ve had a few of those in your life, so you know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s like I knew this (the Ring of Love and Light…duh), but in that moment I really KNEW it, with goosebumps and all . It’s as though up to then I wasn’t quite connected to it, still a bit shy, not quite ready to shout it from the rooftops. It all changed in an instant! Right away I went over to my other ‘trusted source’, my facebook fan page, lol, and posted a challenge for myself and others.

‘The I love you challenge’

This is what I wrote:

“So important to tell people closest to you how much you love and appreciate them. NOW is the time. We never know what tomorrow brings. I would like to challenge myself and you to tell everyone you love, how much you love them. Do it today, whether in person, by phone, email, skype, text…or whatever. Go! I’m going to start right now!”

And I did…I told twelve people how much I loved and appreciated them. What a great experience this was! My heart was overflowing, and still is. This isn’t the first time, of course, I told people close to me I loved them, but it was the first time I did it with such an open heart, and with so much emotion flowing through me…and so many people all in one day. So liberating, so humbling, so human. If you are one of the people close to me, you got one of those messages. Did it make a difference? Did it change the flow of your day in any way, however small? Sending love, and receiving it back, sure changed not only the course of my day, but I’m pretty sure, the course of my life. I don’t feel stuck any more. Once again, I feel in total alignment with my calling, with my work. Once again, I know with every fiber of my being, that Love is the greatest gift of all. It is given to us, just as life is given to us. It connects us to ourselves, to one another, to the Universe, to the Divine. When we are aligned with Love, we stand in our power, and the greatest treasures and mysteries of life are revealed to us.

I extend this ‘I love you’ challenge to you, as well. Actually doing it is the only way to experience the transformational power it holds.

 

 

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Julia Maria Lloyd, the ‘Follow Your Bliss!’ alignment coach.