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Reigniting My Flame 2016

January 10, 2016 - Author: KishaLynn Elliott
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Yesterday I had the honor and pleasure of attending a workshop at the Monarch School where I work called “Reignite Your Flame in the New Year”. It was lead by my friend and Monarch’s amazing Director of Therapeutic Arts, Rachelle Archer, and her Expressive Arts intern Jamie Rosen.

Gathered in a sacred circle around burning candles, we opened with a poetry reading of Judy Brown’s ‘Fire’.

Reigniting Your Flame

Photo by Rachelle Archer used with permission

We chose images that resonated with how we were feeling in life. I chose this one below, which represents how I feel as a self-described “entre-professional”, wife and mom-to-be, with the weight of the world on my shoulders and back as enormous changes initiated in 2015 come to bear in 2016 to infinity.

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Carrying the Load: You Got This

Then we created and shared reflections or poems about those images. Mine read: When I am feeling the weight of my world, I need a brace, a massage, a spotter, a cheerleader, a crane, a hand of help, or applause, a lift, a ride. When my life is heavy, I need some light, the sun, a breath of fresh air, or sometimes to simply stop and be there. 

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We partnered up for an emotional listening and playback exercise. We briefly reviewed some stress management resources and healthy responses to stress before enjoying a wholesome vegetarian lunch together. After lunch, there was an intimate candle lighting and intention-setting ceremony. My word of intention for 2016 is FAITH.

Candle Lighting and Intention Setting

Candle Lighting and Intention Setting

Next was an hour-long art project where we made–or in my case, STARTED making, visual story books.

Visual Story Books

Expressive Arts Activity: Making Visual Story Books

The day culminated in a share-out of our artwork and takeaways from the creative experience.

I describe it all in such detail because I was truly moved by every moment of it. I will admit, I initially attended more out of desire to support my colleague Rachelle, an obligation of friendship that I take seriously. I don’t know why I wasn’t looking for it to help me shift and work through things I am challenged with coming into 2016. Perhaps it’s because I am a life coach and felt a little “been there, done that” walking in. So full of myself.

Walking out though, all of my expectations, for the workshop and for myself, were exceeded beyond measure. I wished I had shared about it in advance and invited others, rather than treating it like “this work thing I have on Saturday”. That was a selfishly missed opportunity that I will definitely make amends for should Rachelle and Jamie offer the workshop again in the future.

When I got home, I thought I would just zone out in front of the TV with my wife like I usually do on a typical Saturday. But my unfinished storybook called to me.

So, I dragged my coaching workshop/retreat/crafts suitcase out of my office and mined it for more materials, posted up in the living room (so as not to abandon my wife and her TV), and resumed work on my story book.

Ten hours later (at 1:00 a.m.) with only one 20 minute break for dinner, I was finished. It felt like hardly any time had passed. I guess that’s what making art feels like. Writing has been my chosen form of art since I was a little girl. Yet, I can’t think of a time in my life when I sat down and wrote for 10 hours straight.

I am proud of the work, so I took the pictures below, which tells the story described.

I am even prouder of the lasting impact this experience made on me, so I am sharing this reflection and the photos on my blog and social media sites.

If someone ever invites you to do something that sounds a combination of  amazing and cheesy, whether it is to Reignite Your Flame, or to INDULGE in Self-Love (just sayin’! *wink*), my advice is to be open, and try it if you are able. Bring a friend. Or if you want to keep it to yourself, then share the results and impact it made on you afterwards. Perhaps someone else will be inspired to want to tag along next time. 

And for the love of God, if you start a piece of artwork and are enjoying the direction it is going in, commit to FINISHING it, no matter how long it takes.

Always Believing In You…

Love,
Coach KishaLynn

KishaLynn Elliott’s Inspirational Visual Story Book

The Glass Isn't Half Empty, It's Full.

“The glass isn’t half empty, it’s full. True story.” Pullout: Things I Love–God. Myself. My Wife. My Framily. My Life. You.

BE...

“Be balanced and evolving. Be happy, vibrant and perfecting. Be positively brillant. Be healthy, free, beautiful. Be compassionate and loving. Be inspired. Your own opinion counts. I AM awesome.” Pullout: “BLOOM where you are planted.”

The Good Life

“There came a great freedom. Build it and say ‘I spent wisely.’ Sow a smart investment. Reap the benefits. Give. Live the good life. Stay open for business. Joy is not in things, it is in us. It’s the little things you come to love. We’re going! Determination is in our nature. Start smart. Coming home. YOUR HOME. See yourself in paradise. Enjoy.” Pullout: “The way to know life is to LOVE many things.” -Vincent Van Gogh

Ready or Not: Baby

“Ready or Not! You and Me. Baby. Mother. Little fingers, little toes. Family.  Imagine the possibilities. PLAY.” Pullout: “All life is an experiment.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

I omitted the left page because it reveals the gender and name of the baby my wife and I are expecting in June 2016. We aren’t ready to make that public yet. :-)

Shelli you are my sunshine

“Shelli you are my sunshine every single day! Perfect. An intense and absorbing love. Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be. Love and Pride. Romance. I heart you like XO. Beautiful. When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece. Warm. Unity. PERFECT. I love you unlike any other.” Pullout: “Find ecstacy in life–the mere sense of living is joy enough.” -Emily Dickinson

Stay Fit, Stay Fun, Feel Good

“Start every day the right way. Stay fit, stay fun. FEEL GOOD. Whole food nutrition. Staying power. ‘Nothing should be prized more highly than the value of each day.’ (Goethe). The only wealth is life. Energy. Think, don’t smoke. Water–drink it every day!”

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“Words of wisdom: Learn to think. Track your progress. True friends are those who like you for who you are. Be committed to transformation. Keep the faith. DREAMs come true. You make some decisions with your heart, others with your mind. But every step you take affects your life. Look which way you’re going. Your life is NOW. Believe in miracles. I guess like all things in life, MAKE it till you make it.” Pullout: At the end of the day…the choice is yours.

Well done DREAM Weaver

“Well done DREAM Weaver. Go on and make it happen. Smile, you’re fabulous. The end?”

That’s my story and I am sticking to it…XOXOKL

Copyright 2016 KishaLynn Elliott. All Rights Reserved.

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KL’s LoveNotes #14: Create A Map To Your Heart

July 16, 2013 - Author: KishaLynn Elliott

Kls Lovenote 14 Create A Map To Your Heart

There’s so many ways and places that you could meet your next love. It’s better to allow that love to find the best way to flow into your life rather than you going out trying to find one person in seven billion people on earth.

Give yourself a winning edge by determining all the different roads and paths your soulmate can use to reach you. Make it a visual exercise and have fun with it. Here’s how:

First, find a great photo of yourself–a headshot where your smiling face is showing. The picture should represent how you’d like the one for you to see you. You might want to look sexy in it, be glammed up and gorgeous in it, or just casual natural you. You might be doing something fun in, or it might capture a special moment in your life. You’ll know the right photo when you find or take it.

Next, place that photo in the center of a blank piece of paper, or a Word Document. Then, draw a big heart around it.

At the top of the page, write: THE WAY TO MY HEART. You can also use your name instead of “my” to make it more personal.

Now, start drawing lines, paths or roads that lead to your photo heart in the center from various directions. You can have as many or as few as you’d like, but I recommend starting with at least 3-5 paths on your map.

On each of the roads, write one possible way that your perfect partner might meet or access you. The options are only limited by your imagination, so you can go wild here, or keep it practical. Think about the places you like or want to go, the things you like or want to do. Here’s some examples:

  • Church
  • School
  • Volunteering with…
  • Online sites 
  • Social Media
  • Introduced by Friends or Family
  • My favorite museum
  • Book club
  • Dance club
  • Concerts and shows
  • Local grocery store
  • Etc…

Be sure to create paths that you’d actually WANT to meet the love of your life. Some people won’t want to date a coworker or meet in a bar. But, don’t take it too seriously either. The truth is you won’t really know how you will ultimately stumble upon the one, and you don’t need to. This is a visualization exercise, the point of which is to generate tons of allowing Emotional Energy for you so that you can see there are many ways to find the love you seek, or for it to find you. The “map” can also be used as a great resource for creating your dating strategic plan down the line.
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KishaLynn Elliott is a coach, inspirational speaker, and author of the bestselling e-book A D.R.E.A.M. Comes True: 5 Steps to Planning and Creating Your Personal Success Story NOW! She teaches single lesbians to Find Your Equal in love and in life. If you are ready for true love, schedule a free initial consultation and let’s work together…to get her.

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KL’s LoveNotes #7: Paint A Picture Of Your Perfect Love

July 7, 2013 - Author: KishaLynn Elliott

Kls Lovenote 7 Paint A Picture Of Your Perfect Love

Will you recognize the love of your life when you find it, or when it finds you? It’s so much easier to know when you spend time seeing that love manifested in your life now through visualization.

Take a moment each day to get still. Close your eyes and let your mind paint a picture of having your dream love. No need to see a specific person or face right now–it’s far more important to feel the love, experience your own enjoyment of it and thereby increase your belief in its possibility.

Take a mental walk on the beach with your ideal mate. Paint the beautiful colors of an ocean sunset as you stroll hand in hand with that silhouette of your ideal partner.

Imagine sitting down to dinner at a fancy restaurant. Draw the flame of a flickering candle that sits upon the table between you and the one for you.

Hit the hottest dancefloor in your mind and visualize yourself getting all boogie down with your dream dance partner and life partner!

Paint the picture. It will help you recognize the love when it enters your life. More importantly, it will help you feel good now, which matters first, foremost, and forever.

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KishaLynn Elliott is a coach, inspirational speaker, and author of the bestselling e-book A D.R.E.A.M. Comes True: 5 Steps to Planning and Creating Your Personal Success Story NOW! She teaches single lesbians to Find Your Equal in love and in life. If you are ready for true love, schedule a free initial consultation and get to the love you seek in twelve weeks. 

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