Recommendations and Shout Outs

Monday, December 15, 2014 Recommendations:

Get ready to be enchanted and enlightened by these New Thought/Law of Attraction Podcast recommendations. The hosts of these following shows have been channeling some divine knowledge and understanding on how to be in alignment and to devour all that life is giving. It is spiritual mind candy for those of us who are want a-ha moments on a regular basis. Week after week, these hosts are delivering the manifestational goods. Let’s get started:

Flowdreaming (http://www.flowdreaming.com/): Summer McStravick offers the gift of her talent and flowdreaming in her website, app, and Podcasts. She has hundreds of Podcast shows and a growing library of flowdreams that we all can access and build the structures of our dreams in our minds with vivid imagination and emotion. I love the format of her show – she covers the featured topic in depth, then she takes callers and answers their questions with finesse and insight, and then she closes with a show tailored flowdream. Stand out shows:

  • Manifesting vs. Intuition: How They’re Alike and How They’re Different, November 12
  • Awaken, Nourish and Revitalize Your Emotional Self, November 18
  • Booster Show! Take The Crazy Out (Total Destress), December 9

Receive Your Life (http://www.receiveyourlife.com/): Janice Campbell has a way of breaking down the nuts and bolts of having compassion for where we are right now. She teaches how to begin to root out negative beliefs no longer serving us and inserting beliefs that are in alignment with our desires. Her latest shows have been discussing how to BE abundant. Stand out shows:

  • Find The Ease, October 2
  • Your Money or Your Life – And You’re Designed for Both, October 9
  • Creating Money from the Inside Out, October 6
  • Experience More Abundance by Lessening Your Anxiety, October 23
  • Receive Your Wealth, October 30
  • Receive Your Wealth-Part 2, November 6
  • Sustainable Cash Flow, November 13
  • There Is Always a Way Through, November 20
  • Realizing Desires in Your Own Way, December 4
  • Realizing Desires in Your Own Way-Part 2, December 11

Everyday Attraction (http://everydayattraction.com/): Rae Zander and co-host Heather McKay Novak take the guess work out of Esther & Jerry Hicks and Abraham, and all things Law of Attraction in their Podcasts. It’s like getting together with a couple of close girlfriends to talk all things inspirational and Law of Attraction – delicious, deep, and divine. I know I will be changed for the better after a listen to a new Everyday Attraction Podcast. Stand out shows:

  • How to Manage Your Point of Attraction, June 20
  • To Do or to Be: Leveraging the Power of Source-Energy, July 18
  • Wobble-Free Thinking, August 29
  • Rendezvous Points, September 12
  • Effortless, October 17
  • Emotion IS a Manifestation, October 24
  • Sensual Spirit, November 14
  • Finding Your Balance in a Wobbly World, November 21

Think, Believe and Manifest Show (http://www.fulfillingyourpurpose.com/):

I am hooked to Constance Arnold’s southern drawl and brilliant questions she asks her guests. She is one of the best interviewers I’ve had the pleasure of listening to. The New Thought, Law of Attraction guests she hosts are some of the most renowned in manifestation techniques. She’s a speaker, life coach, and it’s a treat when it’s just her teaching life techniques. Stand out shows:

  • Mind Your Business: Live On Purpose, August 22
  • Mind Your Business-Part 2, September 5
  • Creating Happiness, September 11
  • Agreement in Spirit, Soul and Body to Boost Manifestation, October 17
  • Creating Amazing Abundance, October 31
  • Taking the Limits Off Your Life, November 7
  • Your Thoughts Create Your Reality, November 14
  • Consciously Wealthy, December 5
  • Consciously Wealthy-Part 2, December 12

Monday, December 15, 2014 Shout Outs:

Image courtesy of http://www.amazon.com/. Miguel Migs – Dim Division. Album dropped 11/4/2014.

Image courtesy of http://www.amazon.com/. Blue Six – Signs & Wonders. Album dropped 12/4/2014.

Sometimes inspiration and Law of Attraction education comes from the most unlikeliness of sources, such as Deep House Music. My earliest nudges into the divinity that is Deliberate Creation came from the music I listened to in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Shout outs go to two sublime deep house music albums that has been released this autumn – Miguel Migs, Dim Division and Blue Six’s Signs & Wonders. My fellow house heads know we’ve come home, spiritually, physically, and sensually when we’ve had a listen to these funky house base lines and melody on point…

Blue Six’s Beautiful Tomorrow and Miguel Migs Nude Temple 1 changed my life. I never listened to music the same way again after listening to these two albums in 2002. I have an active, imaginative mind, and I preferred to meditate to something more rapturous than tranquil. I found I could also dance all night to this music – trances and all.

Deep house music scratches a deep itch in the mind. The beats equally make you want to dance all night or chill while sipping on a chilled cocktail, in the clutches of a steamy, endless summer night. The rhythmic beat is meditative, the lyrics were mine to experience and relate to, and it was a music that felt like all my own. It’s not until you go to a show that one of these awesome producers DJ at, that you realize it’s not just you that’s in love with this music. These latest albums remind me why I am still in love with deep, soulful house music.

~Your Curator of All Things Inspirational, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Consciousness and Your Beliefs

The New Divine Humanity

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Endless Divine Bliss, Opens The Heart and the Doorways within the perceived locked spaces, of Consciousness, deep within you. Those are those places, those spaces, that you know are there, but seem to not be able to fully access.  Or you access them, then they slip away, and you forget. Falling ever deeper into the patterns of the mind, that tell you, this is the way it is.

The thoughts of the Mind are Transcended when you access the doorways and entry points of Consciousness to limitless Being.

The funny part about the mind and its ability to create your reality, is that you must be invested enough in the thoughts of the mind, to sustain the  “Beliefs” that they are Real. Let me give you an example or two.

So you wake up in the morning and you had an amazing sleep. You feel excited, you feel your Heart, you know…

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Winter Rising

Etsy.com. Seller: RedpoppyVintageShop. Vintage Wool Poncho, Blanket Cape, Ethnic Scarf Coat, $82.

The poetic and chilly time between November and December marks the delineation between fall and winter. Those of us who swoon over cool weather clothing are very happy with 2014’s options for an easy, indulgent, and all-comfy ensemble. This season celebrates the nester in all of us, with easy layering pieces that dance the fine line between loungewear and high fashion.

Check out the below curated pieces for your 2014 fall/winter inspirational pieces…

Etsy.com Seller The Bohemian Dream. Bohemian Poncho Cape, Chevron, Floral Trim. Upcycled Clothing Recycled Clothes Eco Friendly OOAK by TheBohemianDream, $49.80.

Etsy.com. Seller: The Bohemian Dream. Bohemian Cardigan Nordic High Low Knit Doily Vintage. Upcycled Clothing Recycled Eco Friendly OOAK by TheBohemianDream, $49.80.

Etsy.com. Seller: The Bohemian Dream, $49.80.

Free people. Snowflake marled loop, $168.

Free People. Hendrix Sweater Legging. Color: Winter White, $68.

Free People. Marshmallow cardigan, $128.

Free People. Teddy Wrap Around Pullover, $148.

~Your Curator of All Things Stylish, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Law of Attraction at Work: Musu’s Season of Manifesting a New Job

The blog, Abundant Life Initiative was on brief hiatus, but I was still initiating an abundant life – more on that in future blogs. I’m back and I have brought along some friends who are initiating their own abundant lives.

Today, Musa Bangura shares a personal story on manifesting a new job – Law of Attraction in theory into practice. Check out Musu’s own blog at New3Creation Writing – http://new3creationservices.wordpress.com/, New3Creation Wellness – http://new3creation.blogspot.com/ and Twitter: @new3Creation. Thank you very much Musu for your contribution to AbundantLifeInitiative.

My Experience with the Law of Attraction

March 10th, the day I made a decision. It was another turn in this journey of life. I was tired and frustrated with my present situation as far as my career went. It felt like I was stuck beneath a glass ceiling where I could see the greener pastures but just couldn’t breakthrough to get through to them. My upbringing taught me the principles of Christianity and how I had to pray and have faith for anything I wanted. Well, life has taught me it doesn’t exactly work that way. The concept of praying and waiting was wrong and there was more to it than that. I remembered a previous conversation I had with someone about the Law of Attraction and decided to look it up and research it. The concept of creative power and placement in the universe just struck me and I decided to try it for myself. I had reached a point when I was determined to make changes, especially if it meant going beyond my comfort zone.

So on this day in March, I grabbed a notebook and pen to make a list (I’m a list person). But I didn’t simply write down what I wished. I wrote down what was going to happen. You see, I realized that it was going to take more than wishing…I had to tap into a place of knowing. I will explain. I wanted/needed a better job ASAP. I was working hard and doing my best to stand out and hopefully get recognized for it, but that didn’t get me anywhere. I had been looking for a promotion for years, but it felt like I was going around in circles, just getting minimal pay raises on an annual basis. I had been on interviews and impressed recruiters, but there was always someone who would beat me at the very end of the process. So I was at a point where I would no longer wish, because I knew what I wanted, which was to be promoted. I had worked for it, I knew my worth and I knew what was supposed to happen for me. That’s what rejection and disappointment did to me – they didn’t consume me. They had indeed built me up. Now I was at a point where I could write down “I have my promotion” on the top of my list. Once I saw it on paper, I began to ingrain it in my mind to the point where I would visualize myself sitting in a new office at a new job. I did it every day as I continued to apply and go on interviews. Then in the second week of April, I got a phone call for an interview. I jumped at the opportunity to go for it, with the excitement of finally getting the job offer I wanted. The interview went well and it would’ve been a move up for me, but I wasn’t fully satisfied. The salary was definitely more, but not the actual increase I envisioned. I continued to envision – seeing myself in the job that I actually wanted.

May 15th – there was another job interview lined up for me. By this time, my mindset had started to change. There was a new sense of confidence because I was taking time out of each day to see myself in the new place of promotion. It became easier to block out the negativity I was facing in my present situation. I knew what I wanted to experience and I was preparing myself just for that. The interview went well but I still had some inner battles to fight. This job was ideal; the pay, exposure and office set up were everything I was looking for. Yes, they were impressed with my experience and knowledge, but would they hire me? I had to consistently fight the self-doubt and fear and remind myself of where I was headed. This was the hardest part, what I like to call “the in-between” where you’re in the middle of the beginning and end point of a goal you’re reaching.

May 23rd – I received a phone call for a job offer. I was excited, but not thrilled because it wasn’t the job I was actually aiming for. It was the job with the lower pay. I hadn’t heard from the actual job that I wanted but was determined to land that one. So even though I accepted the job offer, my thoughts were still towards the position I actually wanted. I hadn’t heard back from them but I still continued to meditate on where I was headed. As far as I was concerned, I was in my actual promotion. As the next couple of weeks passed, the company that gave me the job offer was ready to give me a start date. I wasn’t ready to give them one. I kept stalling them and was very slow to return their calls. At some point, I finally called them and declined the offer even though I hadn’t heard back from the preferred job yet. Simply put, I wanted that second job and would not rest until I heard back from them.

June 4th – I received a phone call that confirmed everything for me. I was offered a job at the company that had everything on my wish list. I was elated that it finally happened, especially since I knew I had worked towards it. The Law of Attraction definitely came into play and worked for me. This experience gave me a new sense of myself and capabilities. I learned a beautiful feature of my mind that I wasn’t aware of before and it felt great.

So why did it work? Why did the job finally come through for me? There were several things going on as I used the Law of Attraction to make things work:

  • I wrote it down. Writing is powerful in many ways. Writing down a particular goal can put it in motion because you’re seeing it on paper which puts your mind to work.
  • I was aware of what I was creating. A lot of the times we want things, but aren’t aware of what’s involved with what we want. With this promotion, I knew there were higher standards and more responsibilities so I had to prepare myself for that. Now that it’s here the transition has been smooth and successful.
  • With meditation, I connected with the creation and made it a part of my mind and soul. I did this every day, sometimes twice a day especially before I went to bed. I wanted that vision to be the last thing on my mind before going to sleep.
  • I welcomed the fear. Yes, I didn’t fight the fear because I learned that it was normal. Fear is just like any other emotion and there’s nothing wrong with experiencing it. I just made sure I didn’t feed it and let it control me or my situation.

If you’re looking to apply the Law of Attraction to an area of your life, be sure to have an awareness of yourself and clearly define what you want. I could’ve settled for the first job, but it wasn’t what I saw while meditation. I made the goal very clear and didn’t settle for anything else. The same can happen for you – or even better.

~Musu Bangura, introduction by Kimberly Jo Cooley

Is This Thought Serving Me?

Ask yourself, especially when you find yourself in a negative thought pattern, “Is this thought serving me?” If your thought is not beneficial and seems to hold you in a space of negativity, release it, and if you can’t let go, replace it with a new, positive thought.

~Your Curator of All Things Inspirational, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Sweet November…

Northern Californian Fall Day.

Happy 1st Day of November!
It’s a New Day,
A New Month,
A New Season.

Enjoy the beautiful unfolding of this season by allowing in all its beauty, contrast and splendor. Be the Creator and Expresser of All Things Love and Light – in everything you do.

~Your Curator of All Things Inspirational, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Freedom Consciousness: Part Six – Freedom to Choose a New Thought

In looking at the above picture, we could choose to see a lonely, desolate place for a church. Some would choose not to drive on that tiny, dirt road. Others may see a beautiful place to get away, finding this lone church a sanctuary. It all comes down to choice. How are you going to choose to feel in the moment before the drive up?

Let’s look at some potentially stressful life experiences and see what your first reaction would be and then what could we choose to feel about that situation.

  1. I got passed over for yet another promotion! Why are my talents and abilities always overlooked?
  2. I ran up my credit cards again, and this time, I don’t see a way out of paying them off.
  3. I almost wished I hadn’t gone to college. I’ve racked up this student loan debt and can’t find nothing but menial jobs that barely covers my living expenses.
  4. I wished I went to college, maybe I would have had a better job than the one I have now.
  5. I think my husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend is cheating on me. Now what?
  6. My kids are growing up and don’t need me as much. Where does that leave me?
  7. I can never seem to make enough to make ends meet. I have a “good” job, but I’m not making enough to cover all my expenses.
  8. My parents/friends/lovers are considering a move to a faraway place. Where does that leave me?
  9. There’s so much violence, conflict and suffering in the world. What am I supposed to do about it? How can I pursue happiness when others are suffering?
  10. I was just diagnosed with _________, now what?

What’s your first reaction to each of the above scenarios? Look at them again with a new perspective. What is an alternative, uplifting alternative feeling/expression you could choose to feel in each situation?

How you traverse the mountains of change reveals how you cope with situations that move you out of your comfort zone. Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • When you reflect on your past choices and paths traveled, what is your self talk saying about you after you’ve made those choices? Do you feel like you had choices in the matters that concerned you? If not, who held the power of choice in your life? Did that perceived power shift take anything away from your ability to choose?

There is no right or wrong answer – it’s just important to take a look at your choice styles. Let’s pick a few of the above situations and see if we can choose to see the blessing in each of them.

Situation #1: The persistent promotion passover on face value appears like it’s the worst career situation to find yourself in. One could resign themselves to feeling unwanted and unsupported, which in turn generates behaviors in yourself and those around you that may result in undesirable changes, such as being fired. The other choice you have is choose to say, “The Universe recognizes the last position I tried to promote to may not be exactly what I want or need. God knows my true desire. And, whoever receives this promotion will have to work long hours to get the work done versus my comfortable forty hour work week. My life right as it is now cannot support a sixty hour work week – I have a new baby who requires more of me than I am able to give to a demanding career right now. I love my baby and the balance I have right now is what works for me. I wanted my family more than I ever wanted this job. God will show me the best position when it’s time and I’m ready to receive it.” See how a perception change can transform a situation right before your eyes? And, that same paradigm shift is what it will take to bring forth that dream job you want – not the ego driven dream job that really fits someone else’s life. The ego driven job search rarely produces jobs aligned to who we are and what we like to do.

Situation #2: The I am in over my head with debt scenario. You could choose to feel defeated, ashamed you can’t better manage your debt or spending, and you begin to stress over how you can barely pay the minimum payments. Another choice is to first forgive and have compassion for yourself for being in debt. Recognize you made choices to incur the debt, so now it’s time to reclaim your power to bring balance in your life. Perhaps you’ve decided to take on each credit card and negotiate what’s owed to them. Or, you could consider bankruptcy to start anew. Or, you could elect to get a second job for the sole purpose of paying bills. You could create a budget. There are so many divinely led steps you could take, instead of choosing to remain in fear or denial.

Situation #3: My partner, the cheater. One can lose a bit of their self-worth with scenarios such as this one. Instead of blaming yourself or the other person, accept that it happened and thankful God revealed to you what’s going on. Sometimes, we just can’t see the subtle, low vibrational changes occurring in our relationships. Cheating is the symptom of a bigger issue in the relationship. Instead of spending too much time in grief, anger and sadness, find the blessing in that pain. “Now I know – and I had a feeling all along. I have to exercise more trust in my own intuition, but it’s okay that I did not find out until today. I can now make a choice on whether this relationship is worth saving or if it’s not. I got to this point of looking at my relationship, so I need to know why it took me this long to see the signs. At least it’s not five years later and now I can make some real life decisions with this new information.”

Any of the above ten situations could have bounds of blessings in them, if only we choose to see them. Some things that happen, at face value, look dismal – but a new perspective is what will transcend you to the next level of manifesting. You have the freedom to choose! Choose a higher vibrational rung to grasp each time, and you will be on your way to a truly abundant life.

~Your Curator of All Things Inspirational, Kimberly Jo Cooley

2014 Fall and Winter Denim Trends

2014’s fall and winter denim trends haven’t changed much from my spring and summer denim round up (https://abundantlifeinitiative.com/2014/01/02/spring-and-summer-2014-top-denim-trends/). Below, find the styles that will have you set through the beginning of 2015. Curating denim trends is my favorite of all fashion pieces to look for and share with my readers. What do you think about the latest denim trends? Any trends you are wearing now that’s not on the list, but should be?

Boyfriend:

1969 patch & repair sexy boyfriend jeans, $30. Gap.com. Great buy – on sale, regular price $75.

Retro: (or high rise) wear them fitted (straight legged, or flared for a retro look) – with crop tops or thin shirts tucked in:

ModCloth Vintage Inspired High Waist, Flare Weekend Folk Festival Jeans, $70. Modcloth.com. High waist, slight flare is what gives these jeans a retro feel. What’s great is retro looks great in both light and dark washes.

Patchwork:

8Boy Patchwork Boyfriend Jeans, $120. Parasuco.com. Somehow these jeans are super sexy with patchwork and some gladiator heels. One can achieve this same look with finding unique patches and adding them to a pair of old jeans.

 

Upcycled Patchwork Hippie Jeans, $42. Etsy.com

Overalls: (Yay!)

Distressed & Patched Overalls, $35. Forever21.com. This look combines four 2014 Fall trends – overalls, distressed, patchwork, boyfriend style.

Mom Jeans: (I will likely never embrace this trend, but I am here to report what’s hot in denim, so here it is)

Urban Outfitters does Mom Jeans justice – making them a more redeeming and longer lasting denim trend. The key to this look is the fitted gray top and the denim color. $59.

Distressed:

Distressed low-rise skinny jeans, $950, Saint Laurent. Net-a-porter.com. I know, I know – these are way out of most people’s budgets for a pair of shredded jeans, but I am highlighting them to show the level of distress, coupled with a perfect amount of fading on a skinny jean. I think you could achieve this look on an old pair of great fitting jeans, but here’s a denim dreamer’s inspiration.

~Your Curator of All Things Stylish and Denim, Kimberly Jo Cooley

2014 Fall Must Have: Shearling

It’s no surprise Glamour Magazine singled out this soft and warm textile as a must-have for Fall 2014. I am an endless summer kind of girl, but there’s a time when the Sacramento ninety degree weather breaks, the days get shorter, colder and I do a little happy dance when it’s time to pull out my cool weather garbs.

Shearling is like plaid in the cold months – timeless. But, (the look of) shearling is in vogue this season, so for those lucky folks who already own a shearling lined jacket – rejoice! And, for the rest of us who covet one, take a look at the styles I curated below – bound to conjure daydreams of all the outfits a shearling jacket would complete :-).

Here’s a round-up of the flyest shearling jackets for all budgets:

Cascade Shearling Coat, on sale $119. Alloy.

Burberry Brit Sheppington Shearling Jacket, $2995. Bloomingdales.

Faux Suede and Faux Shearling Jacket, $43. Forever 21.

Overland Sheepskin Co Holly Shearling Sheepskin Jacket, $759. Amazon.com.

Faux Shearling Jacket, $50. Forever 21.

~Your Curator of All Things Stylish (and Bohemian!), Kimberly Jo Cooley