What is Alignment?

Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti, published on 26 December 2009 Stock Photo - image ID: 10010934

Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti, published on 26 December 2009 Stock Photo – image ID: 10010934, from http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/

We all have a connection to God or Source Energy. That connection can be fraught with knots, bumps and muddiness. Or, that connection can be pure, untangled, and free-flowing. Alignment is your mental, spiritual, physical self being congruent to the connection to your Source.

When your connection is muddied with limiting beliefs, a need to always be the fixer or saver, doubt, worry, jealousy, and lack of direction, the flowing Grace of God takes longer to get to you what it is you want. Alignment is the easier path. You can always have a treacherous journey, but why, when you can have ease and flow in your life?

In order to be in alignment, you have to know why you’re here or your purpose, who you are, and your true, basic desires.  This means you have to do some inner work, know your purpose and your true desires, for once you know them, you will then know when you are not in alignment. You also have to be confident in the inner voice inside you or your intuition. That inner voice is your Inner Guide speaking to you, guiding you step by step. Listen when you’ve asked for something and have faith the answers are already within you from your Source. When you believe, you realize there is no lack in your life, and alignment will occur from that belief.

Creating a vision board and allowing your Inner Guide to lead you to the photos and images to your board is one step to gaining clarity on who you are and what you want. You can also journal what makes your soul sing, your dreams and aspirations for yourself and the world around you. This can be a very fun process.

The pain comes when you are being and doing things that are out of “alignment” with who you are and what you want. Be a creator in your life, not always a reactor.

Here are some everyday examples of being in and out of alignment:

  • As an adjuster, I volunteered each month as an arbitrator to hear liability cases, when other adjusters claimed they were too busy to do it. It was a part of my job that I enjoyed the most and wanted more of it. I put on my vision board images that represented doing arbitration full-time. When my claims adjuster bosses told me I needed to  give up volunteering because we were getting too many claims to spare me once a month to volunteer, I politely, but firmly said, “no.” They backed off and allowed me to continue to volunteer. An arbitration specialist position opened up in a different department. I applied for it and was denied the position. A few weeks later, another arbitration position opened up. My intuition told me to apply for that position, despite my bruised ego from the first rejection. I ignored the ego and listened to my inner voice. I was hired and now work as an arbitration specialist, doing the very thing I enjoyed most from my previous job.
  • The department I work in has a lot of people who work early shifts, like starting at six or seven A.M. Despite my own inclination to being a late morning person, I listened to my ego’s “should” voice. “You should start earlier so you can leave with the rest of the group.” I was coming to work on time for a while, but over time, my true, inner desire poked through when I was ten minutes late for work everyday. Today, I made the decision to email my boss to ask her to start at 9 AM. She agreed to it, and now I feel in alignment again. I could feel myself being out of alignment when I was rushing to work every morning, cursing out any unfortunate soul who dared changed lanes in front of me.

Get to know your desires and BECOME them, because they hold your power to staying in alignment. When you are in alignment, your true desires manifest. When you stop always listening to your ego voice, and instead listen to your intuition, you will find it easier to stay in your alignment with peace and happiness.

 For more, please watch a sermon from Reverend Georgia Prescott of West Sacramento’s Spiritual Awareness Center, on being in the flow of life:

~Your Curator of all things Inspirational, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 Recommendations

We’ve been exploring different themes, and this week’s focus will be on sustaining alignment with the flow of life.

I cannot recommend Rae Zander’s Everyday Attraction Podcast enough! Due to my work schedule, I never get to listen to her live Friday, 10 AM show on Unity.FM at http://www.unity.fm/program/EverydayAttraction, but her podcasts are still the highlight of my week. She has a firm grasp on all things New Thought, Law of Attraction and Manifestation. She and her co-host Heather, listen to Esther Hicks/Abraham workshop sound bites and have deeper discussions on raising your vibrational frequency to that which you want. On her February 7th podcast, she discusses how to get and stay connected with Source, “consciously and with focus.” Please check her out on iTunes for all of Everyday Attractions podcasts, but in particular her latest four shows. Her discussions will transform your life!

Image courtesy of Amazon.com

Reverend Georgia of West Sacramento’s Center for Spiritual Awareness,  recommended the book, “In the Flow of Life,” by Eric Butterworth. What struck me in Butterworth’s message was “the inlet and outlet of the Infinite Flow of God” is within you and me. We will always be an inlet of God’s energy, but we also need to be an outlet, otherwise, we get sick. To be in alignment is to understand that what flows and grows in us, must flow out.  I have purchased this book and will be posting my observations in future blogs. From the samplings and what Reverend Georgia had to say about this book, Eric Butterworth writes in a plain, beautiful way that really explains how and why we do best in the flow of life. Here’s a sampling of the table of contents:

  1. Living Life from Within-Out
  2. The Healing Stream
  3. The Reality of Affluence
  4. The Effusion of Light
  5. The Art of Getting Along
  6. The Wellspring of Giving
  7. Life Comes to Pass
  8. To Grow Old or Grow Onward
  9. Life, Death, and Rebirth

Matt & Phil’s January 28, 2014 show, “Understanding Allowing – What Is It? Why is It Important?” I am convinced that we all are connected through divinity and this podcast is timely and in alignment with the Universal message of finding and staying in the flow. Matt and Phil understands how to take day to day experiences and juice the metaphysical nectar from them, so we all can relate and understand. Check them out at http://mattandphilshow.com/ or on iTunes.

Image courtesy of http://mattandphilshow.com/.

~Your Curator of all things Inspirational, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Shout Outs: Happy Birthday to Me!

Monday, February 10, 2014 Shout Outs:

I have just sat down with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and my husband snapped a picture of me pre-dive-in.

My Shout Outs go to: Me! I exercised patience, persistence and peace when my plans for a birthday lunch fell through. I found a way to stay in the flow of life and to remain in alignment with my Greater Self, which is a birthday gift in and of itself. I did not allow my present circumstances to knock me off course or take my peace and happiness away.

  • I planned a birthday lunch for myself at one of my favorite crab eateries with my parents, sister, niece, daughter, son, husband and a couple of girl friends.
  • A rain storm blew in, so my husband and daughter stayed home.
  • My dad called in sick and my mom wasn’t going to get out in the storm.
  • My sister wanted to still go, but no sense in having her drive 30 minutes to the south side of town.
  • I went on my own to church and fantasized about crab all through the sermon. I left church and headed to The Boiling Crab, for a take out order.
  • I got to the counter, and realized my wallet was not with me.
  • I forgot my wallet when I changed purses (wondered why my purse was so light!).
  • The cashier and the manager refused to have my son text me a picture of my driver’s license or to call in an order over the phone – something to do with a lot of fraud in the area, etc.
  • I had my mouth and heart set on some crab. The old, younger me, would have raised holy hell. The newer, wiser, older me, was determined not to get out of my flow.
  • I went home, regrouped, ate a delicious sandwich, loaded up my iPod with my favorite radio host’s podcast and headed back to Boiling Crab.
  • I got my spicy sauced crab and shrimp (the Whole Shebang-mild flavor is to die for!).
  • I headed home, but first dropped off some crab to my dad’s and swung by the grocery store for a bottle of wine.
  • I set up my collection of crab eating utensils and toasted the occasion.
  • I ate until I burst.
  • I watched the season premier of Walking Dead. I fell asleep a happy woman.

    With the exception of the blue and black crab cutters from The Boiling Crab, the rest of my utensils are from Crate and Barrel.

Here’s to my newer, more patient and happier self.

The spiciest, yummiest snow crab legs!

Sacramento’s Boiling Crab. This is how good this crab is: I knew all I wanted to do for my birthday was eat crab from The Boiling Crab.

~Your Curator of all things Inspirational, Kimberly Jo Cooley

The Inventive Blogger Award

This blog post is long overdue and in good timing, will be my fortieth blog post. Two of my kind, fellow bloggers nominated me for The Inventive Blogger Award, which is very touching for this new blogger. I am thankful to http://alygeorges.wordpress.com/ and http://hunt4truth.wordpress.com/ for taking the time to read and write about my blog in their own blogs – thank you.

Section 1: FIVE things I enjoy about blogging.

1. Blogging is better than journaling because not only do I get to type all about all the things that move me, I can also share those thoughts with other readers, too.

2. As a blogger, I am now a part of a great community of fellow bloggers/writers and I get to learn so much from them!

3. Blogging allows me to focus in on areas in my life I wish to celebrate and delve a little bit deeper into.

4. My first passion is writing and blogging allows me to memorialize my words.

5. Blogging is self publishing, so for those of us with no writing credits (yet!), it is a great place to showcase our work.

Section 2: I’m awarding the “The Inventive Blogger Award” to:

I chose the following two bloggers because their content is uplifting and worthy of having lots of readers following them.

Thank you for your blogs and congratulations for your nominations for The Inventive Blogger Award!

Section 3: The Badge

Inventive Blogger

Section 4: Directions for you to accept the The Inventive Blogger Award

1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve the The Inventive Blogger Award.

2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3. Include in your blog post *FIVE* things that you enjoy about blogging.

4. Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them – (please don’t alter the instructions or the badge!)

5. Come over and say hello to the originator of the “The Inventive Blogger Award” via this link: http://DonCharisma.org/2013/12/24/christmas-awards-the-inventive-blogger-award

6. And as a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with this award, and then proudly display the award on your blog.

~Your Curator of all things Inspirational, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Battle of the Styles: Bohemian versus Whimsical Living Rooms

It is *finally* raining in Northern California, I’m house bound, so it’s time for a little décor roundup. This week’s battle of styles is a rematch between bohemian and whimsical, only this time we take a peek at various living rooms. What’s your favorite?

Bohemian:

Modern day Boho Chic. I’m a huge fan of extra seating in the form of floor pillows. A tell tale sign of Bohemian is lots of different patterned pillows. White walls allow the accessories to pop. Image courtesy of http://www.pinterest.com/pin/447686019178966335/.

Image courtesy of 25.media.tumblr.com and Pinterest.com

My bohemian couch with my little bohemian daughter.

Love a turquoise wall…bohemian spread over the couch with a collection of photos in different frames, exquisite and wild. Image courtesy of http://www.lisasherryinterieurs.com/.

Whimsical:

Whimsy color scheme – love the quote wall and the quilt over the white couch. Image courtesy of Copyright © Little Miss Momma, from http://www.littlemissmomma.com.

The playful dog pillows compliment the dark slate gray walls…love the playful elements in concert with the sophisticated furniture pieces. Image courtesy of Village at http://www.pinterest.com/pin/236720524136222668/.

My idea of whimsical…different patterns…the touches of whimsy are throughout this room, right down to the curly lamp. Image courtesy of interiormagz.com, also on http://www.pinterest.com/pin/264445809339842749/.

Love the picture of the word “Love.” The pops of color against the pale blue is classic whimsy. Gorgeous image from http://brittanickel.tumblr.com/post/35747878336.

The accessories make the whimsy statement – a squirrel porcelain statue, some pops of turquoise and a repurposed end table – golden! Image courtesy of http://thehappyhousie.com/?p=4607.

~Curator of all things Beautiful, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Bohemian Accessories for You, Me and Our Abodes

I am bohemian in my clothing, lifestyle, home, and spirit…I love to scope out standout, eclectic pieces. Check out the home and style accessories all curated from www.etsy.com.

For You and Me:

Namaste Tree of Life Wrap Silk Bracelet Bohemian Yoga Bracelet Hamsa Hand Of Fatima Om Spiritual Bracelet Yoga Zen Jewelry. Image courtesy of http://www.etsy.com/listing/127223850/.

Turquoise antiqued tribal chandelier earrings is the only accessory you’ll need for a bohemian ensemble. Long Bohemian earrings mint patina filigree dangle earrings boho earrings Bohemian jewelry. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/111366504/.

Tangerine Orange Mosaic Earrings -Vintage Tangerine Orange and White Mosaic Bohemian Antique Brass Earring Drop Dangles. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/93847293/.

A beautifully simple necklace is a statement piece with a colorful boho dress. Gold Boho Necklace, Moonstone Bohemian Necklace, Moonstone Necklace, Moonstone Pendant. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/129730958/.

Practical boho bag with an eclectic twist. Hobo Bag, Burlap, Batik, Sling Bag, Green, Geometric, Boho, Hippie Purse, Crossbody Bag. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/177466530/.

A dream catcher on your hand? Divine! Peace Catcher Bohemian Dreamcatcher Slave Bracelet Hippie Tribal Copper Native American Inspired. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/102526846/.

A tribal infinity scarf takes a simple white tee and jeans to the next boho level. Tribal Infinity Scarf Black and Tan Bohemian Circle Loop Scarf 9″ x 60″ L – Ethnic Tribal-Black. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/177962953/.

I’d take this bag over a designer bag any day of the week…sorry, I’m over the mass produced Coach and Michael Kors purses…NAVAJO. Fringe leather bag / bohemian bag / boho leather bag / leather boho bag / tote bag / gypsy. Available in different leather colors. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/98895315/.

Lovely sandals to wear with a paisley print maxi dress or some distressed jeans and a white tee. Reserved for Margarita. SALE. Sz US 11.5. APHRODITE. Leather wedges / leather high heels / sandals / thong sandals. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/177850977/.

For our homes:

Moroccan pillows are a nice, inexpensive bohemian accent. Moroccan Style Classic Relaxed Coastal Bohemian Toss Scatter Cushion Blue. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/177975727/.

My grandmother would have loved this and I love it for the both of us – gorgeous chandelier. She had seventies jewel beads hanging between her kitchen and formal living room. Jeweled Bohemian Princess Petite Crystal Chandelier. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/161704735/.

I am in love with The Tree of Life tapestries – they are an instant bohemian touch, especially for the apartment dwellers. Tree Of Life Wall Art, Indian Tapestry, Bohemian Tapestry, Hippie Wall Hanging, Picnic Blanket, Indian Bed Cover Or Bedspread. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/157376970/.

Whimsical and bohemian artwork is summertime all year round. Birds Flowers Bohemian Art PRINT Decorative 13 X19 by Karen Fields. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/.

Not only is the end table cute, the owl on top is adorable and whimsical. Bohemian Chalk Painted End Table. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/174676629/.

A collection of pillows is the staple for a bohemian look. Set of 4 Nordic Bohemian Indie Pillow Covers Scandanavian Throw Pillows Cushion Covers Linen Cotton Covers Tribal Home Decor Morrocan Décor. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/172616147/.

I’m addicted to poufs. I use it at as foot stool, extra seating, or coupled with a wooden tray as an end table. Classic boho chic. Bohemian Patchwork Pouf Ottoman in purple, Vintage Indian Pouf, pouffe pouffes, Foot Stool, Round Pouf Ottoman, Bean Bag, Floor Pillow Poof. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/173525644/.

~Your Curator of all things Beautiful, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Decency versus Artistic Expression

Image courtesy of Salvatore Vuono, published on 14 January 2010  Stock Image - image ID: 10011501, from http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/

Image courtesy of Salvatore Vuono, published on 14 January 2010
Stock Image – image ID: 10011501, from http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/

People had lots to say about Beyoncé’s performance, going as far as she’s nobody’s role model and the Grammy’s show was inappropriate. My mother, had an opinion along the same vein.

“She needs to put some clothes on. It’s getting old, she’s getting old,” my mother said, after watching a YouTube video of the mega star’s Grammy performance. I asked her to expound.

“She has a daughter now. Now, my girl Emeli Sande, she’s always dressed and it’s her voice that stands out.” I made my mother watch the entire Grammy performance, certain that once she saw Beyoncé’s dance routine, surely she’d feel differently – I mean the girl was straddling a chair for God’s sake! How on earth would she be able to do that with a long gown? My mother shot me a disapproving look and shook her head, “no.” In mom’s opinion, time’s up for Beyoncé’s body suits.

Clearly, we feel differently, and at first, I was quick to write it off as yet another difference of opinion between the Baby Boomers and Gen Xers. But, something still nagged me about people’s reaction to Beyoncé’s performance.

I suppose she could have sung and straddled the chair in some biker shorts and still be sexy. But, why was it even an issue? Is America that moralistic that they could not stand to see a woman’s butt cheeks bumping on her husband’s frontal area? And, whatever happened to artistic expression and freedom? Is decency more important than an artist expressing themselves (even in a sexually charged song and dance)? 

Beyoncé is free to write, sing and perform whatever she wants to. If she wants to make a personal album detailing explicit moments between her and her husband, that’s most definitely okay. I want to hear it. Artists are not meant to fit a mold for the sake of being a role model. It’s the parents’ job to filter what their children should be listening and watching. It’s not Beyoncé’s or any other celebrity’s job to water down their artistic expression to spare someone.

I’m sure people will argue that little girls look up to her and she should save these type of performances for the bedroom. I disagree. She’s a role model not just to girls, but to women who fantasize about dancing for their man, and the world appreciating her body and her voice. She’s an excellent business woman and I’m sure a wonderful mother and wife. I appreciate her making art for herself. I think all artists have an obligation to create art just for their own appreciation.

Her performance was racy and beautiful. A woman singing for herself and to her husband, what an amazing thing. But, to appease my inherited moral compass, I tell mom, “yeah, she could put on a little more on the bottom.”

~Your Curator of all things Inspirational, Kimberly Jo Cooley

My Spring 2014 Accessories

New boots, paisley print jeans

Today’s Super Bowl Sunday, and I don’t know too much about football or even who’s playing!  But, I know what accessories to wear for this coming spring. Check out what I’m wearing this Winter/Spring 2014:

My favorite accessories…stacks of studded wrap bracelets and my wedding bands.

Boots off, breaking in period over for today…

Another look at my booties…

Me and my gold hooped earrings…

~Your Curator of all things Stylish, Kimberly Jo Cooley