Guest Author - Jeanette Stingley
Living a Charmed Life:Your Guide to Finding Magic in Every Moment of Every Day by Victoria Moran came to me to review at a time when I really needed the words of inspiration. I have reached my 5 years away from my abuser and I turned 35 years old this winter. These two momentous occasions have caused me to be very reflective of my life for the past few months. Many emotions are stirred up as you can imagine: sad, happy, anger, joy, etc. This book has been a huge blessing to have around. I highly recommend this book to all victims and survivors. Below, you will find examples of what Victoria suggests to make your life better. The first one I have to remind myself of almost everyday.
Sometimes all it takes to shift the direction of your life is to start the one day differently. You set the tone for your day first thing in the morning. Each of the actions that follow is an a.m. lucky charm to help you to a totally glorious day. Put a string of days like this together, and you’ve got yourself a charmed life.
•Make a point that today you'll remember your own worth. Nothing will give you a better shot at having your best day ever than remembering your own innate worth. Choose a common action (like looking in a mirror or walking through a door), and every time you do it today, remind yourself that you are worthy. Because that's the truth.
• Set your clock for 15 minutes earlier than usual. This will put extra
room in your morning so there's a bit more time for tending to your own needs before the world starts putting demands on you.
•Start with a little quiet. Instead of blasting into your day like being shot from a cannon, take five or ten of those extra minutes to be still with yourself and compose your day. You can use this time for prayer, meditation, journal writing, or just being and breathing and deciding that, for the next twenty-four hours, you're going to seize opportunities, shine like the dickens, and make a difference in the world.
•Have a keynote thought, one positive idea to set the tone for your day. You might try. "It's wonderful to be alive," or "I fully intend to make this a great day." This thought is independent of circumstances. It isn't wonderful to be alive because you just got the raise or the last 38-C on the sale table, but because you've been given a day which is, by definition, filled with possibility.
•Get to the gym. "No matter who you are or how much money you have, you
can't buy muscle," says New York City trainer Sasha Lodi. "The only way to get it is to build it yourself." And knowing you've done it, you'll feel terrific about yourself.
Victoria Moran, author of Living a Charmed Life:Your Guide to Finding Magic in Every Moment of Every Day, is an inspirational speaker, a certified life coach, and the author of ten books including The Love-Powered Diet, Lit from Within; Fat, Broke & Lonely No More; and the international bestseller Creating a Charmed Life. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications including Body + Soul, Natural Health, and Yoga Journal. Her blog, "Your Charmed Life," is published daily on BeliefNet.com. She lives a charmed life in New York City.
Visit Victoria Moran online at www.victoriamoran.com