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Measuring Up

When working with clients I often need to remind them to stop and acknowledge their accomplishments, and in the last couple of days, I’ve needed to remind myself! I’ve been reflecting on the past year, and rather than acknowledging and celebrating what I have achieved, I’d been doing an inventory on where I was lagging behind or had not measured up. It occurred to me, “If I wasn’t measuring up, what was the measuring stick I was comparing myself too?”
It didn’t take long for me to see that I was using an outdated list, and to be more specific, a list that given the completely different, unusual and unconventional year I’d had, nothing would have measured up. It was more than just comparing apples and oranges, it was trying to compare a brand new experience to the old, familiar way of living, and the two had no commonalities. In order to acknowledge and celebrate my accomplishments, I had to discard the old list and redefine success and achievements. I also needed to quiet the voice that still wanted to use the old list.
I started slowly and began to see my accomplishments, and how so many choices over the past year had created a lifestyle more in alignment with my Soul. And as the old comparisons fell away, I discovered a new way to measure my success and realized, with a smile, that these too can discarded when no longer applicable.

“Unless I look upon what is not there,
my present happiness is all I see.”
~ A Course in Miracles

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Intuition, Trust, & Faith

A friend asked me the other day, what was the source of my deep faith, and how did I come to have it? It certainly gave me pause to think, because I know that I have not always been in the flow of listening to my intuition, trusting the wisdom and guidance enough to act on it, and having the faith that all is in Divine right order. So where, and when, did this become a simple way of being for me?

It feels a little like the chicken and the egg – what came first and how? Gradually…
Over many years I have gradually shifted to making decisions and choices based on my intuition. As I have learnt to trust myself, and this inner guidance, my actions have brought about results that allowed me to see and feel supported by something greater than myself – The Divine. This has deepened my faith to a place where I trust that all is for my highest good, regardless of whether it is going to plan. There is an absence of judgment, and now simply acceptance, which leaves me open to hearing intuitively, what to do next.

What started as a conscious practice of Listen, Act and Believe has become my beautiful, serene and magical way of life. As to what came first? For me, all of them simultaneously. Intuition, Trust & Faith entwine in an eternal seamless bond that has become my strongest, yet invisible, lifeline.
“Faith is an oasis in the heart which can never be reached
by the caravan of thinking.” ~ Khalil Gibran

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Here I Am

I knew that when I launched my website, I would finally be saying “Here I Am” and by that I mean, Nadine - rediscovered, remembered and authentically expressed. This is me, fully revealed, and it’s taken many years of living as someone else to have arrived at this place of certainty, confidence, acceptance and celebration of who I am. So it’s hard to be here and still have my parents unable to see me.

Right now, in this moment, I am sad. I expect that my parents are also sad. They don’t know their daughter, and the person on this website is probably as confusing to them, as their reaction was for me. I had to stop for a moment to make sure that I was okay, and as I write this, I realize I am. I am no longer confused or sad because I’m not being myself, or I’m hiding who I am, or I’m waiting for the approval and acceptance from others to be seen.

Here’s what I know, You can’t wait for people to ‘Get You’ before you start to ‘Be You’. You need to be able to See, Accept and BE authentically YOU first…and then you can simply say, “Here I Am”... the rest is up to them.

“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” ~ Joseph Campbell


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The Gift of Endings
The day after I launched my website I felt lost, empty and flat. I have to say that at first I was a little concerned that perhaps I wasn’t quite as ready to be ‘out’ in the stratosphere as I had initially thought! Thankfully, that was not the case, but it took me a while to recognize that with the launch of the website, I had reached the end of a truly inspiring time in my life.

I had spent months designing, writing, redesigning, and editing the website. There had been nights of creative bliss, listening to music and working into the early hours of the morning, and now it was done. Not only had it been a creative endeavor, but it became an unexpected journey of self-discovery. An invitation for me to revisit and rediscover myself, become clear about how I present my authentic self in the world, to appreciate the journey I had taken to be at this place right now, and perhaps most significant, acknowledge what I have to offer others. Without realizing it, I had experienced more than just ‘building a website’.

This, in part is the beauty and hidden gift of endings. In the space of missing I became aware of ALL that I had gained and how, because of it, I had grown, changed and arrived inspired at the beginning again. 
“This is a precious moment, but it is transient.
It is a little parenthesis in eternity.”
~ Deepak Chopra

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