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A New Level of FREEDOM

Excerpts from Embodied Grace: A Woman’s Path to Empowerment

By Jennifer Lonnberg, Christian Psychic

Embodied grace is freedom: Freedom from self- criticism; freedom from negative thinking; freedom from anxiety and worry. Embodied grace is embracing your truth; Embracing and loving your life; Embracing self awareness by doing what is right for you and letting go of what others think you should do. Embodied grace is claiming your worth; aligning with your purpose, setting your intentions, and moving in the clarity of knowing what you want.

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What if I told you that you could be normal…average…ordinary; with no spectacular “story” AND still be successful? What if I told you that YOU have all you need to be successful already; but you just need to know how to unlock it?

If I asked you right now if you feel like something is missing in your life, how would you answer?

A few years ago, I felt like I wasn’t living my authentic purpose, and I felt guilty that I wanted more. I had a good life! Why would I want more? …But I did. I felt like something was missing and that made me feel terrible. I should have been completely happy! I have a hard-working hubby, awesome kids, the house and dog, cat and a fish! What do I have to complain about? And why did I feel so guilty that I wanted better. Isn’t that supposed to be part of the American dream? To have more money and wealth, to have whatever you want in life? I don’t mean it in a “keeping up with the Jones’” kind of way. I just mean in the hope and the dream of life just getting better and better as you go along.

If you are reading this, then you most likely there is something missing in your life. You are craving to be your authentic self, find empowerment and really live! Right?

Sometimes we get stuck living on auto-pilot and we don’t even know it! So how do we know if we are on auto-pilot?

Well, first of all, what are you doing each day to set intentions and grow?

Are you intentional about your life??What are your short term and long-term goals?

Do you even know what I mean by asking those questions? Because I didn’t…. if you’re like me, then you may not have realized until right this moment that you’re stuck in auto-pilot mode.

What I realized back then was that I had to be the one who decided to change things. I didn’t even realize that I was living life by default and routine. I was living the way I knew how and no one I knew had ever broken out of the mold of my kind of normal.

Here are 3 step to a new level of freedom:

1.) Decided to be intentional.

2.) Reveal your excuses.

3.) Establish what you want.

You can use this formula for ANY goal:

First of all, decide that you want to do something and then be intentional about it. (This step is sometimes overlooked. You have to decide to change before anything will actually change.)

What is it that you want? What is your goal?

(Remember that it is ok to start with what you don’t want, if you can’t start out saying I want….. For example, if you know you don’t want to feel crappy any more, then you can change that into: I want to feel good. My goal is to be healthier.)

What will that feel like when you have reached your goal? What are some details that will help you know that you have it??(For example, I will know I reached my goal when my stomach isn’t bloated, and I have lost ten pounds.)

What are action steps that I can take today towards my goal? (Think of a list of things that you could do to take steps toward your goal. In the example above my action steps were to make an appointment with the naturopath and do research about natural health. Whatever your action steps are, make sure that at least one of those steps you can do today. Once you make one small step the other steps become easier to see and follow!)

About the author:

Christian Psychic, Energy Healer, Speaker and Author of Embodied Grace, Jennifer Lonnberg struggled with the pain and debilitating anxiety that came from a life of negative thinking and self-doubt. Why are so many people unhappy? Why can life be so miserable? Is a life of joy and abundance unrealistic? Now, Jennifer is a leader in the self-discovery movement. She is passionate about sharing her story of transformation, and how anyone, regardless of their circumstances, and challenges can begin today to create the life they have always dreamed.

Find out more at www.JenniferLonnberg.com or get her book Embodied Grace: A Woman’s Path to Empowermenton Amazon.


Empowerment through Fitness and Wellness

From an early age, women have foisted on them images of the “ideal” female body, and self-esteem can plummet when they fail to measure up.

But celebrity trainer Holly Perkins says it’s time women stop buying into those societal pressures.

“There’s this perception that all women need to look like perfect runway models,” says Perkins, a leading national weight-loss expert. “They can feel the anxiety building when they are trying to meet someone else’s expectations. That’s when the effort to lose weight or get fit can add to the stresses of life instead of relieving them.”

Certainly, women should want to improve their health, get fit and look gorgeous all at the same time, says Perkins, who recently released a home-exercise system designed specifically for women called baladea (www.baladea.com), with regimens she developed to fuse fitness and wellness exercises.

But getting in shape needs to be something women want for themselves, and not an effort to mimic some airbrushed image on a magazine cover at the supermarket, she says.

Perkins realized several years ago that her clients met their weight-loss goals faster when she created programs that addressed both their fitness and wellness needs at the same time.

They also felt happier about themselves. So she incorporated yoga and other stress-relieving and relaxation techniques into the baladea program.

Perkins offers three reasons why the right fitness and wellness regimen can empower women and emancipate them from society’s image pressures:

•  Because looking good makes you feel good. That’s especially true when you’re trying to look good to please yourself and not others, Perkins says. “There’s this sense of empowerment when you exercise, eat a healthier diet and lose weight because it’s what you want and not because of peer pressure or societal pressures,” she says.

Self-esteem rises when you improve your image on your terms, she says, and as a result “looking gorgeous never felt better.”

•  Because the science says so. Research shows that stress can keep you from losing weight and might even cause you to add pounds. Even if you eat well and exercise, an excessive amount of stress can counteract all your efforts. That’s why meshing fitness and wellness works so well, Perkins says.

“Stress reduction and relaxation can significantly improve weight loss,” she says. “That allows you to look and feel your absolute best.”

•  Because while improving your look, you also become healthier. You will feel amazing not just because of elevated self-esteem, but because your body really is functioning better because of the diet and exercise, Perkins says. Your energy level will rise and “you will feel ready for anything,” she says.

“You can look awesome and you can feel happy at the same time,” Perkins says. “It’s all about letting your true self shine.”
About Holly Perkins

Holly Perkins is a national fitness expert and developer of baladea (www.baladea.com), a customizable fitness and wellness system for women. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), one of the most prestigious certifications in the industry. She believes that making fitness a fun lifestyle is the best way to achieve true change. As one of the nation’s leading weight-loss experts and a highly sought-after celebrity trainer, she has been featured in numerous magazines, newspapers and on national TV shows.


The Women’s Book of Empowerment

323 Affirmations That Change Everyday Problems into Moments of Potential

by Charlene M. Proctor, PhD

The Women’s Book of Empowerment is a book of affirmations for problems and challenges that women, in particular, face.  Within its pages, affirmations are given for balance between work and family; to help the reader become stronger in the face of adversity; and even a whole section on corporate stress in the 9-to-5 world.

Despite the fact that the publisher is called The Goddess Network Press, Proctor refers to the spark of the divine as the “God-self.”  The author also points out that men can use this book as well.  Throughout, Proctor offers wisdom — assuring the reader that she’s gone through every situation in this book, which is a considerable amount of experience!  She also serves as a cheerleader:  “You are brave for being on this planet during such difficult times.  Remember, your soul chose to be here to test your human capabilities to make change in the most arduous circumstances.”

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The author states that “some of my ideas will give you a chuckle,” and that is indeed what happened when I saw the affirmation for “Haunted Hotel Rooms” under the “Vacation” section.  Yes, as we all know, vacations can sometimes be more stressful than we can count on, but a haunted hotel room?  I happen to know a few folks (myself included), that would pay good money for that experience!  And I must say it never occurred to me to do an affirmation for when a household appliance breaks down.

Having said that, Proctor writes in a refreshing style and addresses a whole gamut of life circumstance with aplomb and moxie.  The situations, just as in life, may be as relatively inconsequential as “Entertaining” to as serious as “A Death in the Family.”  There is even an affirmation for a bad hair day!  All of these are meant to change thinking from the negative to the proactive, with the result of changing your view on life.  Some situations are unavoidable, but Proctor teaches us that our reactions can be within our control, and challenges can be seen as an opportunity for personal and spiritual growth.

The Women’s Book of Empowerment:
323 Affirmations That Change Everyday Problems into Moments of Potential

by Charlene M. Proctor, PhD
The Goddess Network Press, 2005
389 pp., $16.95

Review by Diane Saarinen