My “Goodness Abounds” Journey

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A goal as described by the Merriam Webster dictionary is “the end towards which effort is directed”.

Ok then, yes, becoming a published author has been a goal of mine since I was a child.

I can recall writing poems for my friends as a teenager, describing them in a lyrical way was how I expressed my loving opinions of them, writing is my tool for expressing myself.  

For a long time I felt that I was unable to communicate effectively, even though my words on my pages were strong, well thought out, yes sometimes edited, but they were my words, my feelings and emotions, how I truly felt.

Over the years I wrote on and off, even took a children’s writing course (via old school snail mail way back before we could take courses online).  I was always encouraged and given positive feedback by the instructors, but I continued to write simply as my own outlet, and eventually not even for that purpose. 

Fast forward to the winter of 2015 and along with the dark, cold weather that the Northeast so generously delivers came a despair that snuck up from behind me. I did not see it coming and did not recognize it for what it was, but what is was, was depression and being disconnected from my soul. By mid January of that year I was unmotivated, my fatigue was worse than usual and I didn’t have an ounce of desire to spend time with anyone other than my immediate family. Even with them, it took effort to stay in the kitchen or living room any longer than necessary.  I wanted to lay in bed and look out at the gray skies that reflected my despair.

I maintained life as usual,  I went to work, I cooked, I cleaned, all with minimal effort and as quickly as possible so I could retreat to the quiet of my room.  I was also very unhappy at work and I knew each day I was “dying a slow death” and had to get out of there.

Every moment I could was spent in my room contemplating, pondering and soul searching.

I spent weeks being in the stillness and quietness of my own energy.  I listened, but for a while, heard nothing. Was there a guiding voice? I believed there was, but self-doubt crept in and I convinced myself what I heard was only what I wanted to hear.  Quietly I allowed my mind to clear, I allowed my thoughts to clear, for it is within the silence we often receive the loudest messages.

In my case the loudest and sweetest voice I heard was that of my soul sister telling me to write my way out of my job.  I shared with her my thoughts and disbelief that I had become so disconnected from my writing.  How could I have strayed so far from the very thing that gave me my voice, that was my outlet, that filled and satisfied my soul!

“I wish” was my silent reply to her statement. To me, writing feels like coming home, it’s comfort food for my soul.

And then, I heard my old inner critic.

What would I write about? What do I know enough about? What can I teach or guide  anyone about? I’m not an expert on anything.

I caught myself pretty quickly before I had the chance to actually believe those negative thoughts, and I began to think about all that I have learned and been trained or certified in,  about what I can do well. I love to motivate, inspire, and empower others utilizing holistic methods and tools. My own life has been transformed by the tools I have acquired and I had burning desire to assist others to learn that they too could transform their lives.

And no sooner than I came to that realization, but the words began to spill out. Whenever and wherever I was, words poured out like I had broken a dam of silence and my voice was singing to the high heavens.

I was free! I was using my voice in the medium that was aligned with my soul and I felt joyous.

I wrote and wrote and wrote about my life, my family, things I’ve done, and things I desired to do.  As soon as I took that first step it was as if were on a golden path and although I could not see where the path was leading, I trusted my way was being divinely guided.

My golden sparkling path led me to a heart centered, amazingly supported, book writing course. I felt connected and exhilarated and I knew in my heart of hearts this was my next step.  I began that class with what could have been described as a tornado of writing pieces and no idea what to do with the storm of words, emotions, and experiences that were left in the aftermath.  Baby steps, I was divinely guided, and every part of my being was alive again!

Through the course I met many women like myself, I hit it off with one woman in particular and we decided to get in touch by phone as a way to further support each other and give one another credit for having each taken our own baby steps. Michelle Griffith, I like to think, was divinely guided to mention an anthology to me that she was so eagerly contributing to and thought I might like to check out.  She sent me the link knowing it was up to me to take my next baby step towards my goal of becoming a published author.

I eagerly clicked on the link and as I began to read more and more about a husband-and-wife team, Jodi Chapman and Dan Teck, and their soulful mission and purpose of the three prior books in their 365 series, I could not shake the feeling that I was meant to be a part of their next book, “Goodness Abounds”. I closed my laptop and casually mentioned it to my husband deciding to take some time to see if it truly was resonating with me, and within hours I knew I couldn’t not be a part of their next book. So I emailed Jodi and her quick reply and welcoming nature confirmed to me that working with them was something I was meant to do.

In the months that followed, there were moments where I questioned calling myself a “published author”, does this really count, I only have a small part in this beautiful book, it does not belong to me, I cannot take credit for it, does that really give me the right to call myself a published author? But the consistent validation that Jodi and Dan offer throughout the process, their ability to make each one of over 200 contributing authors feel important, and their attentiveness to ALL of my questions have transformed those insecurities and I am forever grateful to them both.

Book launch day arrived and within two days I was holding our precious book containing 365 heartfelt and loving stories from over 250 co-authors, and it brought tears of joy to my eyes. I knew it would feel amazing, but it became even larger than that, with each story I read, my connection to how our book could touch so many people worldwide, grew immensely. I am beyond proud for sharing this journey with Jodi, Dan, my co-authors and our readers!

“It is never too late to be what you might have been” by George Eliot has long been one of my favorite quotes. It resonates deeply within me and is a constant reminder to me that at ANY age you can accomplish your goals, you can absolutely be, who, as a child long ago, you imagined you would be when you take just one baby step forward. You must be patient and you MUST take that step!

Calling myself a “Bestselling Published Author” took on considerably greater meaning when it came as a result of a book that I am so honored to have contributed to!

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Reiki and your Chakra System

 

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As the holidays are quickly approaching, now is the perfect time to prepare ourselves by aligning ourselves energetically. Most of us find the holidays to be a mixture of creating wonderful memories, attempting to be present with our loved ones, and doing our best to stay centered and grounded amidst the chaos. Even if chaos is not in our own homes, it surrounds us  everywhere we go. All the stores are filled with hurried people, many of them stressed out or anxious, and your job may be one that becomes much more demanding between now and the beginning of the new year.

Reiki is a beautiful and gentle energy that is passed on from the practitioner to the recipient during a Reiki treatment. It is balancing and grounding and sometimes intuitive for one or both people involved with the session.  Many times a practitioner will connect intuitively to something going on with a person’s health or life, and at times even channel a loved one, although this is not typical.

My husband and I both have had experiences, when our client connects with something or someone intuitively. In my opinion, this is due to the Sacred Space that is created, and to how open and relaxed the recipient is.  How much a person benefits from a Reiki treatment is solely dependent on them. The practitioner does nothing other than make themselves available as the vessel through which the Universal healing energy of Reiki may pass.

With that being said, take a moment now to imagine yourselves going into the excitement and hustle and bustle of the holiday season.  With parties and shopping, cleaning and preparing, you can either push yourselves through while feeling like a piece of Swiss cheese with holes everywhere and open to receiving negative energy, or you can more gracefully make your way through the holidays wearing an energetic healthy suit of armor.   

Energy passes and is processed through our Chakra system, a vertical column of seven “funnels” that is just outside of our physical bodies in front and back of us. When these seven areas of swirling energy are weak, sluggish or vulnerable, we become much more susceptible for negativity to make it’s way in, resulting in potential illness and additional stress on your body. However, when our seven energy centers are swirling properly, not only do they protect the physical and mental parts of ourselves that are connected to that Chakra, but they also prompt the other Chakras above and below it to move in unison. Creating a healthier and more grounded you to more fully enjoy this upcoming holiday season.

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Please contact us if you would like to schedule a Reiki treatment and bring balance to your Chakra system, restoring the flow of energy in your body to it’s healthiest state.

 

New Moon in Libra; Love and Transformation

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This afternoon as the energy most supports balance and harmony with others, it is also supporting the changes that need to take place within your relationships.  

Are your actions a display of your true emotions and if so, are they considerate and cooperative to others? Are you being tactful, are you being diplomatic?  Consider in what way deep transformation would best assist you or bring you the most joy, primarily within your most intimate relationships.  

What can you do to inspire self growth in others that may also, improve your own feelings of self-worth?

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 With the Sun and Moon opposite Uranus, “expect the unexpected” is the phrase best suited.  Pay attention to the choices you make when considering how to best balance the scales where your finances are concerned.  Focus more on your own resources and how to best utilize them. 

Dig deep into your emotional needs as well as your personal desires, and try not to resist those whispers of what you know needs to change; listen to you soul and then sit back and ride the wave of  transformative experiences that are coming your way.  

Connect with your hearts today, ask yourselves “in what way am I supporting others in their spiritual regeneration” and then TRUST that inner voice that is your divine guidance.

Just another post by just another mom whose children have grown

“You can’t imagine it now, you couldn’t possibly, not with school plays and parent teacher conferences, not while you’re trying to keep up with fundraisers, sports and the drama of an adolescent’s life. No, you cannot imagine it now.”

I am the woman who wanted to be a stay-at-home mom, I am the woman who loved dedicating herself to raising her kids.  I am the mom who still has an Easter egg hunt for her grown up children. I am also the mom who empowers them to be independent, encourages them to go after their dreams, and supports them in creating a life of their choosing, but if you can tell me at what age a child truly stops needing a parent, stops needing to be cared for like a child as only a parent can do, well then, I’m listening.

Who else is going to spoil them once they’re out in the world, who else is going to make them feel like they’re still little kids when they so quickly may find themselves raising little ones of their own.

You bet once in awhile I fold my seventeen year old’s clothes, not because he can’t, not because he won’t, not because he doesn’t. I do it (occasionally) because it creates within me the sense of taking care of my young man like I did when he was a little boy.  This is the young adult who will graduate next year when only yesterday I had to call him down from windowsills, walls in fitting rooms and any other place he could find to climb. So if by folding his laundry every so often in brief moments of my hurried days, it feels like I have my little guy again, I’ll take it!

Everyone says, time flies, and it does, but when you’re in the thick of raising young children, you cannot grasp how quickly it’s really going.

“What do you mean you need a passport? Where are you going? Weren’t we just about to read a bedtime story?”

That’s what it feels like to the parent of a child who has rapidly grown into an adult.

Years ago, sitting in my seat at TD garden, looking out onto the sea of empty chairs that would soon be filled with graduating students, all I could see was my little free-spirited, blonde haired girl running in her sundress and jellies. I wanted to yell outstop, just give me one more minute with my baby girl”!

My youngest daughter, the one who didn’t want to be left at daycare, nursery school, or art class, the one who never wanted to leave my side, always holding tightly to my hand, her eyes pleading me to stay with her, now lives with her girlfriend and they have plans to move 3,000 miles away.  How will she hold my hand from there?

I’m not spoiling them, I’m giving them a gift, I’m letting them have a mom who they can turn to when they need me, who they will feel comfortable crying to if they want to, I’m giving them a safe space where they can connect with the little kid inside of themselves who just wants someone to take care of them again, even if only for a moment.

No, you can’t imagine it now, not if you still have young ones at home and I get that.  Taking care of your elementary or middle school children is an all consuming and exhausting job.  You are just trying to get through each day, as you should be.

But those present moments that you are so deeply immersed in now, will quickly become yesterday’s memories, faster than you could ever imagine.  

Like so many mom’s before me and so many moms after me, I urge you to play games, read books, stop and listen to your children.  You will go to sleep one night, exhausted from all the running around, and wake up to find empty rooms filled with echoes of your children’s voices, and you will see your little ones only in the memories you’ve collected.

Harry Chapin reminds us in his song “Cat’s In The Cradle”

My son turned ten just the other day

He said, thanks for the ball, dad, come on let’s play

Can you teach me to throw, I said, not today

I got a lot to do, he said, that’s okay

And he walked away, but his smile never dimmed

He said, I’m gonna be like him, yeah

You know I’m gonna be like him.

If you think there will be time to go back and recapture moments together, there won’t be, the moments will be gone. Use the time you have now, while you have it,  create a bond with them that will guide them “home” no matter what age they are, no matter where they are, and a you will forever share a relationship with your “child” that time cannot touch.

Time may pass quickly, but there is plenty of it for you to make the moments count, the memories beautiful and an everlasting bond.

 

Kimberly Brochu

I Wonder If You’ll “Like” This.

How many likes will this get?  Will you follow me now?

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If you’re in a business that requires a following or you’re like me and plan to write a book, or paint or sing, we depend on that audience that we reach out to, to support our endeavors,  social media has become the stage on which we perform daily.

It’s remarkable how social media has brought long lost family members back together, how it connects us with the world, how we can keep up with all the going’s-on with loved ones, but it has also hampered our freedom from not seeking approval from others. It takes courage to reveal your innermost thoughts or your passions in front of the social media world and that world can be cruel or it can be accepting, and as much as we don’t want it to be true, we crave acceptance.  As I write this my mind can’t help but wonder if people will like it, will they like or follow my page or my blog?

Sometimes I lose sight of the fact that I’m writing for me as much as I’m writing for you.  I write because it’s therapeutic, it frees me of all the toxic words, emotions and energy that might otherwise become stuck inside of me.  When you dance or sing, it frees you too, when you are out in nature or on a busy street and you see the “perfect shot”, you take it because your camera lens is the kaleidoscope through which your emotions connect.

I write to connect with people on a soul level, to tell stories, to hold space for someone with my words and let them know, I know exactly how they feel, I write to guide people on their paths based on my own.  I have been in those dark, scary places and I have been to the top of the mountain celebrating life.

Most of us spend a good portion of our time basing at least some of our self-worth on others reactions, either in person or on social media via a like, a re tweet, a share or better yet, by following us. It’s exhausting keeping up with trying to figure out what people want to read, see or hear. We second guess ourselves, “did I share too much of myself, am I not sharing enough”.

I am in no way bashing social media, in fact, I’m grateful for it, I have made some wonderful connections with others that I wouldn’t have otherwise, I share my art form with women that are supportive to one another, I have reconnected with my own long lost relatives and I get to share all the special moments that my family and friends are having by scrolling through the photos they post.  I love social media!

But today I am writing for me and I encourage and applaud you to free yourselves and paint a picture with the colors that light up your soul, dance to or sing the songs that speak to you, take the photos you want to take because you recognize the beauty in them.

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Create for you, because when we connect with our gifts and passions, we extend our creative hand out into the world and only then, is when someone out there can grasp it.

Fight it or Flow with it?

Ahh, What am I doing with my life?!  Why haven’t I accomplished those goals yet?

Do you feel it too? That Virgo full moon energy?virgo waters

I caught myself in a whirlwind of self-critical thinking this morning, I began picking apart all I was or wasn’t doing, berating myself and became fearful. It happens quietly and quickly and before you know it, you find yourself caught in a wave of self judgement and hypercritical waters on a course that’s headed straight for a rocky shore.

BUT WAIT!


We don’t have to be caught in that wave that’s spinning out of control.
We can move into calmer, less harsher waters through our compassion for ourselves.

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With any full moon, we strive to find balance, and for this full moon in Virgo, Pisces is at the other end. We’re not looking to engage Piscean tendencies of escapism or anything self destructive (such as judging ourselves too harshly) but the beautiful empathetic and spiritual characteristics that Pisces carries. The intuitive energy that becomes one with the ocean, creating an almost musical piece of gentler flowing water.


I caught myself as the wave churned rapidly, I looked within and through gratitude, found a more serene environment. Instead of fighting against it, against myself, I turned up the music and danced with it.
Worrying about where we haven’t gotten to, or what we haven’t yet accomplished, keeps us swirling around and around in that current.

It’s likely that wherever you are, is farther than wherever you were, so give yourselves credit for that!

The Virgo full moon is still a couple of days away, but you may already be feeling it like me. How appropriate that just a few days following international women’s day, the full moon would be in the sign of Virgo.  Virgo is the divine feminine energy, it understands there is a sacred order and divine timing, through seeking excellence in ourselves, we are capable of anything, we just have to have faith and patience!


Let yourselves off the hook, spend the next couple of days indulging in anything creative or artistic. Love yourselves. Forgive yourselves and go with the flow, you’ll never get anywhere if you try to go against it.moon-full-faeries-summer

International Women’s Day! As we honor women around the world, today, I am honoring the women in MY world!

 

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I’ll start with my youngest daughter, who, at twenty years old, holds a full time job for our fine city, goes to college and is now moving into a place of her own with her girlfriend. She, at this very young age, is living her life true to herself. (Something so many of us women have taken much longer to do.) She and her girlfriend do not allow the small minds of some to hold them back, they do not give in to judgement or hate, they do not allow the ignorance of some to bully them into living a life that would be anything other than what honors their souls. They are paving the way for all the young women behind them and we could not be prouder!   

Next, my oldest daughter is forging her way in life and in business.  If the opportunity that she seeks, does not exist, she creates it for herself.  She independently moved out at the young age of seventeen to pursue her dreams of attending an esteemed university earning her Master’s degree.  She is a force to be reckoned with in the impressive and what could be intimidating city of Boston and leads the way for countless young women through all of the organizations and associations she is a part of, or has created! Bravo!

My mother has lived her whole life as an extremely hard working single mom, and was an advocate for battered women.  She bravely gave them a voice when they had none.  She stood up for and served victims of domestic violence who had no one to turn to. On behalf of all of those women, thank you!

My best friend who, in addition to raising a wonderful young man on her own, nearly spent the last decade of her life attending college, is about to receive her degree and has recently become a business owner that is quickly becoming prosperous as she embraces her life. Well done!

The list goes on and on, loved ones who are courageously battling mental, emotional and/or physical disabilities while not being defeated by life’s challenges, my cherished friends who have taken on the role as “breadwinner” and are supporting their families, they have not let themselves or their families down! Outstanding!  

I SALUTE YOU ALL!

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What these women are doing, is empowering themselves and others. They are leading by example, they are being courageous, adventurous and willing to continue laying the groundwork for the rest of us and for all women that follow!

We all have heroic women in our lives, such as the ones I’ve mentioned. Join me in celebrating them, share with us who you are saluting today, is it your mother, daughter, sister, soul sister, or friend?

Let’s celebrate where we’ve come from, where we are and WHERE WE ARE GOING!  

We are strong not on our own, but  because our “sisters” are strong!

It is what we do best, we hold each other up, we support, love, nurture and today WE HONOR!  

Grounding Yourself During This Gemini Full Moon.

Feeling frenzied on this Gemini Full Moon? You’re not alone.  The social energy of Gemini lends itself well to all the parties we may be going to at this time of year, but it doesn’t help much in staying focused and grounded.  With all the demands (self-imposed or not) during the holiday season, we could all use a little reminder or instruction on keeping our energy grounded, which will in turn, aid us in better concentration.  

Long ago when I was in retail management I was given great advice by a co-manager of mine.  I was always going in several directions at once,  and had operated that way for so long, that it was my “norm” and I wasn’t even aware of it.  My co-manager brought it to my attention and began reminding me to finish or follow through with what I was doing before moving on to the next thing.  I know this is not always realistic, but that advice stays with me to this day.  When I find myself scattered and frenzied (aka Gemini energy) I hear her voice saying “stop, finish what you’re working on first” so I do, then I move on to the next five things ; )

I truly believe this immediately brings down my anxious energy and actually helps me to accomplish even more!

Ok, what else do I need to get to???

 

So in honor of this airy Full Moon, I’m offering a quick “mental” grounding exercise by the wonderful Donna Eden.  Hopefully you’ll find this helpful in managing your way through the next several weeks.  

A Quick “Mental” Grounding Technique

This three-part method can be done mentally in a flash whenever you need it. Memorize it so it is always instantly available. It can also be combined with any of the earlier methods.

  1. Place your feet flat on the ground and take a deep in-breath. As you release this breathe, mentally drop your energy low in your body.
  2. With another deep in-breath, move your energy down governing meridian, from the top of your spine, down your spine, off your tailbone, and into the Earth. You are creating a “grounding wire” to the Earth. Also feel the pull of gravity down through your legs and feet.
  3. As you release your breath, release your thoughts and concerns and release any energy that is not yours down through this grounding wire and through your feet.

With this technique, you consciously align yourself with the force of gravity in pulling your energies down into the force field of the earth. By involving Governing meridian, you are able to instantly move your energies with your mind.

 

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Bring balance to your mind, body and spirit.        Namaste

 

 

What are you telling your body?

Everyone has been healthy at one time or another.  Maybe you may feel great today, maybe you felt great yesterday, possibly, it has been a long time since you’ve felt healthy and pain-free. Whenever it was,  everyone knows how it feels to be healthy. Are you aware, however, of how your body feels when you are healthy?  Sounds like a silly question, but think about it.  Do you consider that your body is happier when it’s healthy? I’m not talking about our emotions, our natural state is that of being completely healthy and pain free, yet so many people no longer live in that natural state. When we feel good, strong, flexible and so on, our bodies seem to smile and thank us and “behave” even better for us.

 

We are so busy, especially at this time of year that we probably don’t stop to “check in” with our bodies.  Pain, discomfort or illness grabs our attention and slows us down, we become angry and negative with ourselves, but what is really happening, is that our bodies are attempting to grab our attention, our bodies need our love and attention.  It is the outer vessel for our soul and it’s purpose, it deserves our attention and love. We need it for the long haul, so how about a quick little manifestation for a healthier and more able body. 

 

Take a deep breath in and as you breathe out, let your whole body relax, close your eyes, drop your shoulders, allow all the tension around your eyes, forehead and mouth to soften, and tell your body how much you truly appreciate it, hug yourself if you want to, tell your body you know it loves to feel healthy and happy and you are willing to give it the attention and love it requires.  Even if it hurts, even if you’re busy, even if you don’t mean it.  Take five minutes each morning to show your body some love and affirm that you know your body loves to feel healthy and you will work with it to feel the best you can.  

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This time of year is especially challenging, we put so much stress and strain on our bodies and minds with the frenzied energy that swirls around the holidays.  All the shopping, working, cooking, cleaning, hosting friends and family, takes a toll.  

You need  your body to be on top of it’s game, to go the extra mile, this is not  the time to forget about it.  

You may find that by taking just five minutes a day to love and appreciate your body, it may actually feel better, stronger or at least more able to keep up with you!

Have a happy and healthy holiday season!