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Lent Fast 2015

WARNING: This blog post contains very explicit language. If that bothers you, kindly fu–ugh–err….click away!!!

 Lent Fast 2015

It’s Fat Tuesday and with tomorrow comes a new season of Lent.

I have participated in Lent by fasting from something for 40 days (give or take) since 2008 when a friend put out a call for a sister in solidarity as she was embarking on a fast. While it is not a religious practice for me, it has grown to be quite a spiritual one. I’ve been largely successful in each fast, always finding a new thing to abstain from, and growing more than expected to as a result. 

Get ready for #LentFast2015!!

Yes, this year I’ll continue my tradition of fasting for Lent. I’m mixing it up a bit this year, by beginning a traditional fast tomorrow, Ash Wednesday, that will continue through Easter Sunday, when I traditionally break the fast. However, in addition to that, my wife and I are teaming up this year on a 40-day spending fast that I am far more excited about than my personal one, even though we will get a delayed start on March 2. More about that later in another blog…

First the personal one. I have decided to give up something near and dear to my heart–cussing. This is a perfect personal fast for me; it’s something I have never seriously tried abstaining from before. I love to curse. I love to hear people curse. I love songs and books with curse words in them, and other art with profanity. I am a free speech advocate and I strongly believe in letting the fucks fly freely in just about any non-professional setting.

To be sure, curse words are likely to remain a permanent part of my vocabulary after Lent is over. Just like I flocked back to Facebook, my iDevices, and unfortunately, processed foods, after their respective Lent fasts ended. But also like these, I still intend to grow from taking a break from my foul-lic language, finding new ways to communicate and express thoughts with passion, humor, or whatever function the omitted swear would serve. Naturally too I will benefit from the omission of cursing where it serves no good purpose for myself or others. Horse shit! See. That’s an instance that won’t happen for the next forty days after I post this.

To be clear and totally cathartic, here is a list of words on my Lent Fast 2015 list, to be abstained from in written and spoken language through Sunday, April 5, 2015, including, but not necessarily limited to:

Fuck

Shit

Damn

Hell (derogatory)

Bitch

Ass (derogatory)

Nigga

Fag

Dyke

Hoe

Bastard

Cock

Pussy

Cunt

Balls (derogatory)

Clit (derogatory)

Boob

Dick

Bullshit

Cum

Jizz

Goddamn

Motherfucker

Nuts (derogatory)

Piss 

Tits

Twat

Slut

Whore

And any variation or combination thereof…

Some words have the derogatory emphasis because they have non-derogatory usage that is acceptable in everyday language. As always, I hold myself accountable to the spirit of Lent in determining what words are allowed or not. Vagina and clitoris yes; pussy and clit no. Penis and testicles yes, cock and balls no, but soccer balls yes. You get the drift.

Also in the spirit of Lent, I will refrain as much as possible from indulging in music, TV, books, video and other forms of media that have egregious curse words or are derogatory in nature. This will be limited to when I am alone though since I can hardly subject others to my fast or force those around me to abstain just because I am. In those instances where others are involved, I’ll just have to try my best not to sing or curse along. 

I feel that good old Lent excitement building up. It’s a special tingling I get when I know I am going to personally develop myself. Over the years of sharing my fasting experiences, the reflections and conversations have grown richer and deeper, so I am posting this blog in hopes that trend will continue. Please feel free to share your thoughts, comments, questions or support with me. Or, to cuss for me, if you like. icon wink Lent Fast 2015 (Not really…that wouldn’t be in the spirit of Lent). 

I’ll post more about the upcoming Team Elliott Spending Fast before it begins on March 2. That’s gonna be another great one, so stay tuned bitches!!

Ok, I’m really done now. Let me post this before midnight! xoxoKL

July’s Great Truth About You: I AM LOVING!

 

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July’s Great Truth About You is I AM LOVING

It’s JULY!! And that means, it’s time for a new Great Truth About You! This is a special month because it represents a full year of This Stuff’s Working Coaching guiding you on this journey to discover…no…REMEMBER, the best things that are good and true about you! We restart the cycle with July’s Great Truth About You: I AM LOVING! Yes it’s true!!! 

I am loving. 
I love. 
I am loved. 
I am love. 
I love me. 
I love you. 
You love me. 
Love me. 
Love you.
Love.
I am loving. 

With this comes the return of KL’s Love Notes to social media! I’m excited to get them before new eyes and teach more people how to manifest the relationship they seek and find their equal in love and in life. 

Finally, look for a Love Quote of the day across my social networks and let’s have some good conversations about what it means to love and BE loving. 

Have I told you I love you today? (I love you.) Have you? Get to it! 

 
With Great Love,
 
Coach KishaLynn
 

June’s Great Truth About You: I AM RICH

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It’s June and the Great Truth About You this month is I AM RICH. Yes, I’m talking about the green stuff (or whatever color your money might be)…plus so much more.

To me, being rich means that I enjoy constant access to an abundance of resources. Abundance to me simply means that there is more than enough. Resources include time, energy, people and yes, or course, money, funding and wealth. I look at wealth as a relationship between what you OWN and what you OWE, evidenced by what you RECEIVE and what you GIVE.

This is one of the hardest of the Great Truths to believe for some. It can be really hard to embrace and accept the fact that ABUNDANCE SIMPLY IS, because we’re programmed to focus on any and all visible evidence to the contrary. There’s so much resistance around money, so much worry, so much fear, so much lack and debt and need. No wonder you might feel like a little bit of a liar when you say: “I am rich and there’s more than enough.”–that’s if you can even bring yourself to try speaking that as your truth.

You are not a liar. I don’t care what your financial circumstances are right now, how much money you do or don’t have in your pocket or the bank. You are RICH with resources, financial and otherwise. They are spread out before you, waiting to be recognized beyond your problems and your obstacles. The money is there, waiting to be drawn into your life like a magnet through aligned BELIEF and inspired ACTION.

You are rich, and will only get richer.

money2 300x200 Junes Great Truth About You: I AM RICHGo forth and live this Great Truth. Leave the broke mentality behind. This month’s quotes on social media have been selected to help you embody this Great Truth About You so that you can begin to write a new money script in your mind, and experience true abundance on your life this month and every month. I encourage you to take a moment each day to reflect on a specific guiding belief about month, set income targets and to take bold steps towards debt-free living, charitable giving, and financial independence. <3, Coach KL 

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Special Announcement from Coach KishaLynn

Happy Saturday Friends! Today, I have a special announcement to share with you all.

I’m so proud that I’ve built my coaching business to a full client load between my full time coaching job for homeless students at a local school and for my wonderful private coaching clients. This gives me the confidence to incorporate a new element that expands my ability both to help people AND earn even more money.

Before there was Coach KishaLynn, or Author KishaLynn, or Speaker KishaLynn, or CEO/VP/Director KishaLynn…there was Independent Beauty Consultant KishaLynn and the business that started it all for me–Mary Kay Cosmetics.

Today I am pleased to announce my return to Mary Kay. I am adding the product line, focused on SKIN CARE, into my coaching business as another means to help clients all over the world create their best lives. I am in the process of soft-launching my business now. I’ve found a great unit, and a wonderful Director. I’ve ordered inventory and set up my website.

But there something else–something I’ve never done in my 9 years history with the company: I’m building a team!

Not because I want to drive a pink Cadillac or earn commissions, or any of the other “pink” incentives. That will be nice, but honestly, I could care less about any of that.

I’m building a team because Mary Kay has always helped me make MONEY when I needed it most, and I want to equip others with that power. I don’t want to keep it to myself any longer just how EASY and FUN it is to put real dollars into your pocket by sharing affordable, popular, high-quality and effective skin care and cosmetic products with others.

If you’ve read my book “A D.R.E.A.M. Comes True“, then you know how selling Mary Kay helped me to raise a portion of the $13,000 I needed to have my D.R.E.A.M. wedding debt-free. Without Mary Kay, I also wouldn’t be driving my D.R.E.A.M. convertible, Believe aka “Billie”. Both were achieved just doing Mary Kay as a hobby. Now, I’m building it as a BUSINESS for even greater impact. To have a business in Mary Kay, I need a team.

I’m creating space now to formally debut my Mary Kay business in San Diego in July, and more globally online in August, as I celebrate the 2nd anniversary of This Stuff’s Working Coaching! and the one-year anniversary of the formation of This Stuff’s Working! L.L.C.

So why am I here yammering about it today, May 31 in what started as a social media post so long I that I had to turn it into a blog post?

It’s to invite you to join my team NOW. My goal is to formally debut my business in July as a Team Leader, meaning that I’m helping at least five other people start businesses, earn money and enrich women’s lives through Mary Kay.

I’ll bet at least 50 people will see this message at least once. I KNOW there are at least five of you that are ready now. This message is for YOU.

If you join my team today, May 31, 2014, then your start-up kit will only cost $75.00. That’s 25% off of the original starter kit investment of $100, AND your starter kit includes over $400 of full-sized product, PLUS all of the business essentials you will need to start selling right away.

After today, the starter kit price will be $100, which is still an amazingly low investment for the immediate return you get, not to mention the extraordinary potential returns.

I don’t believe in being pushy or aggressive. That has never worked for me (or on me)! So, I’m simply making this invitation to you, asking you to consider it. If you’re interested in learning more about starting a business in Mary Kay, or are interested in ordering your starter kit today for $75, then please message me, or send me an email at kishalynn[at]me.com and let’s build this new D.R.E.A.M. together.

Otherwise, back to your regularly scheduled Saturdays!!! *hugs*

Always Believing In You,

Coach KishaLynn

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IMAGE CREDIT: www.marykay.com

Update on Coach KishaLynn’s Lent Fast 2014

 
A quick #‎Lent2014‬ update. I am proud of myself that I’ve been successfully eating a clean, healthy
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Phytochemical Berry Smoothie–It’s What’s For Breakfast!


diet of whole, unprocessed foods since Lent, and have continued my pre-Lent, post-allergic reaction eating plan, which includes abstaining from ALL sugar (except fruit), most meats (except seafood), most grains (except rice), starches such as beans and potatoes and NO COFFEE. Also, I’m chuggin’ water everyday like I just hiked the Sahara! (Shout out to Christopher Robin from Integro Health).

As I said last week, the proof is in the kale! My body is healing itself, I feel nourished (not sick) after eating, my skin is almost back to its pre-allergic reaction state, and yes, the number on the scale is smaller (215 if that matters to ya!). It’s been a long time since I felt this good. Perhaps even forever. 

Since it’s ‪#‎ThankYouThursday‬, and since I’m incredibly grateful every day of the week, I’ve gotta thank my wife, Chef Shelli, who has managed to make seafood and veggies a culinary luxury this past week! I’m so blessed to have you boo!! 

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Chef Shelli whips up fish and veggies for dinner

The biggest challenge so far has been eating food that is alive/raw. I’m eating more cooked whole foods than I intended. Produce pretty much sucks right now in terms of quality and flavor, and my stomach doesn’t digest raw veggies very well. So, I think I bit off a little more than I can (not) chew by fasting from dead foods. That’s ok–I’m still sacrificing/abstaining from plenty and learning a great deal from it. And, I’m sticking to everything else in the program, including drinking water and fresh homemade smoothies only and not chewing gum. *sniff* 

Luckily, I haven’t been craving anything (except gum), nor do I really miss or dining out or any processed foods I used to eat. I’ve been able to plan ahead, and bring my own snacks and meals to restaurant meetings and outings.

Again, I’m very proud of myself. If you’re doing anything to contribute to your own state of health and well-being, via Lent or otherwise, then I’M PROUD OF YOU TOO. Cuz this shit ain’t easy…and it’s rarely fun. *back pats all around*

Coach KishaLynn’s Lent Fast 2014

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It’s the season of Lent (March 5-April 17, 2014). I will be continuing my annual tradition of participating in Lent as a non-religious personal development practice.

Over the years I’ve fasted from all types of things I enjoy, such as alcohol (2009), candy, soda and gum (2010), Facebook (2011), sleeping in (2012), and my who could forget my iPhone/iPad Lent Fast of 2013. All were difficult and yet satisfying in their own ways.

This year my Lent fast will be from DEAD, PROCESSED FOODS! With that said, for the six weeks of Lent I will only consume foods that are:

WHOLE: Foods that have been processed or refined as little as possible and are free from preservatives, additives, and other artificial substances. Foods that are a product of nature/grow that way.

Basically, barcode-free food–no boxes, cans, bags, bottles, tubs, or packages.

Exceptions:

  • Plain rice–brown or wild. No white rice. No “seasoned mixes”. The only ingredient listed should be “Rice”.

  • Raw Kombucha

  • Seasonings–salt, herbs and spices. Read labels–no more than 3 ingredients should be listed on any labels, and they should all be whole foods.

  • Healthy fats–Extra virgin olive oil and organic coconut oil only

  • Other packaged whole foods such as nuts, seeds, legumes, in limited amounts. Again, no more than 3 ingredients should be listed on any labels, and they should all be whole foods.

LIVING: Foods that are organic and mostly raw/still alive.

Exceptions:

  • Seafoods–FRESH (not canned) fish and shellfish permitted, prepared cleanly (baked, poached or sautéed in healthy fats).

  • Soups made with fresh, organic, whole food ingredients

HOMEMADE: Fresh foods prepared by hand in a kitchen.

Exception:

Because I know of at least two occasions where I’ll be traveling during Lent, I’m permitting the sole indulgence of limiting dining out to no more than 3 times during the Lent fast. Whole and living requirements still apply for dining out, so make it count!

DRINKS: Water (80 ounces or more per day), smoothies consisting of fresh, whole, living food ingredients, and unsweetened herbal teas only.

SOUNDS FUN, DON’T IT!?!?

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LOOK AT ALL THE FOODS I CAN EAT!!

Yeah…so, here’s Four Reasons Why This Will Suck

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    Lent isn’t supposed to be easy–the spirit of Lent is to fast–deny oneself of certain pleasures for the purposes of personal purification and greater spiritual good. In some ways, it’s meant to suck.

  1. This is going to require me to use more focus and planning to make creative and strategic use of my time and money resources where I’m already struggling to manage both.

  1. Most people I know don’t fast or observe Lent. So on top of being surrounded by people that are eating all the stuff I can’t, I’ll constantly be explaining why I’m not and dealing with peer pressure!

  1. I can’t chew gum. :'(

But on the other hand, here’s Four Reasons Why This Will Be Awesome

  1. I won’t feel sick after eating!

  2. I will very likely lose weight, even though that’s not the overall goal.

  3. I’ll be more mindful about eating.

  4. I’ll learn to cook more.

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What I Intend To Take Away From This
Every other Lent fast has been a temporary experiment in discipline, restraint and self-exploration. This year, I am using Lent as springboard into a permanent new lifestyle of clean, healthy eating of REAL food. The idea is NOT to go back to eating and drinking shitty crap on April 18. Rather, my aim is to develop a new habit of preferring and choosing to eat foods that nourish my body and make me feel great.

I’m excited! I’ve already been eating a highly restricted diet due to a serious food allergy reaction I suffered from in February, which effectively served as an “ease-in” to Lent and a new nutrition lifestyle.

I’m gonna chew all the gum I can over the next few days, then it’s on!

I’m sharing this in case anyone out there wants to either join in with me, or be a supporter by checking in on me occasionally and cheering me on (or at least not tempting me to break the fast). Who’s in!? Please comment below, and feel free to share this and spread the word.

I don’t do very well blogging my reflections during Lent. If you want to keep up with how it’s going, then look to social media for regular updates, especially on Facebook. I’ll use the hashtag #Lent2014 in related posts. icon smile Coach KishaLynns Lent Fast 2014

Create a beautiful day!

Coach KishaLynn

 

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KL’s Words of Wisdom-Use Your Best Judgment

Before you go, please share below how using good judgment has benefitted you in the past. Or if you’re brave, share the experience that bad judgment gave you! icon smile KLs Words of Wisdom Use Your Best Judgment 

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KishaLynn Elliott is a Certified Life and Relationship Coach that inspires single lesbians, professionals, and entrepreneurs to find their equals in love and life. She’s the CEO of This Stuff’s Working! L.L.C. As an inspirational speaker, writer and radio host, she teaches groups and individuals around the globe her proven techniques for manifesting their burning desires. Her self-help e-book, A D.R.E.A.M. Comes True: 5 Steps to Planning and Creating Your Personal Success Story NOW! was a #1 Bestseller in the Spirituality/New Age/Reference category on Amazon Kindle. Visit www.bitly.com/chatwithkl to set up a free 30-minute “Get To Know” consultation with KishaLynn to explore a variety of coaching supports. Or, join the This Stuff’s Working! mailing list atwww.bitly.com/tswjoin to stay connected.

VIDEO: KL’s Words of Wisdom–Stop Knowing The Bad

Before you go, please comment below with 1-2 good things you’re choosing to know now for yourself! 

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KishaLynn Elliott is a Certified Life and Relationship Coach that inspires single lesbians, professionals, and entrepreneurs to find their equals in love and life. She’s the CEO of This Stuff’s Working! L.L.C. As an inspirational speaker, writer and radio host, she teaches groups and individuals around the globe her proven techniques for manifesting their burning desires. Her self-help e-book, A D.R.E.A.M. Comes True: 5 Steps to Planning and Creating Your Personal Success Story NOW! was a #1 Bestseller in the Spirituality/New Age/Reference category on Amazon Kindle. Visit www.bitly.com/chatwithkl to set up a free 30-minute “Get To Know” consultation with KishaLynn to explore a variety of coaching supports. Or, join the This Stuff’s Working! mailing list at www.bitly.com/tswjoin to stay connected.

VIDEO: KL’s Words of Wisdom–Wisdom Is The Best Dumb

Don’t just watch and go! Please comment below to share what dumb moment you’ve turned into wisdom! 

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KishaLynn Elliott is a Certified Life and Relationship Coach that inspires single lesbians, professionals, and entrepreneurs to find their equals in love and life. She’s the CEO of This Stuff’s Working! L.L.C. As an inspirational speaker, writer and radio host, she teaches groups and individuals around the globe her proven techniques for manifesting their burning desires. Her self-help e-book, A D.R.E.A.M. Comes True: 5 Steps to Planning and Creating Your Personal Success Story NOW! was a #1 Bestseller in the Spirituality/New Age/Reference category on Amazon Kindle. Visit www.bitly.com/chatwithkl to set up a free 30-minute “Get To Know” consultation with KishaLynn to explore a variety of coaching supports. Or, join the This Stuff’s Working! mailing list at www.bitly.com/tswjoin to stay connected.