reaching your goals

Infinite

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If there were ever to be a philosophy, religion or science that could truly unify the human race and bring lasting peace, justice and equality to individuals, families, communities and nations, it would have to be based on the one experience that all beings share in equal measure and to which all beings have equal and unlimited access at all times: the knowing of our own infinite being, which shines in each of our minds as the knowledge ‘I am’. The fact that all people to refer to themselves by the same- ‘I’- is a hint in the common parlance of the understanding that we all share the same being.

Rupert Spira in his book “The Nature of Consciousness: Essays on the Unity of Mind and Matter

This quote really struck me as I read this book on consciousness the other day. In life we are taught in many ways about separateness- our town, our neighborhood, our nation, our continent, but really we are all part of an infinite intelligence that is growing constantly. It is amazing how much the universe is expanding. When I see the photo above of the milky way I marvel of the vastness of space. If we apply this infinite and vast sense to ourselves we realize that we are all part of something very grand.

We all call ourselves “I” in different languages but it means the same thing. So, we are all connected in some way. If we could concentrate on this, remember this, live this, we could all find more peace in our days. There really is no “other” in life. Little ripples of our actions, thoughts and intentions really do matter.

They matter in a very positive way I believe. The more we concentrate on the present moment, on our unity as one being in the universe and on creating a future as individuals and as a collective, the more we will see wonderful things happening. What you put out into the world and the universe matters more than any of us will ever be able to comprehend and that is a beautiful thing.

I would love to know your thoughts on the quote above! Please comment below or send me your thoughts in an email at info@thecheerychef.com

With lots of love,

Trista

Enjoy

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It is our tendency in daily life to become goal oriented. We know where we want to go, and we are very focused on getting there. At times, this may be useful, but often we forget to enjoy ourselves along the way. Thich Nhat Hanh “Making Space: Creating a Home Meditation Practice.”

While reading this book on creating a space and time in your home for meditation, I ran across this quote which really sums up what I go through on a daily basis. I have always been a very goal oriented, go-getter, list-maker type of person. There are many wonderful benefits to that, however, I feel that there is a great wisdom to enjoying the journey along the way to our goals.

Daily Life & Our Destination:

Part of feeling like we can stop to enjoy ourselves is organizing ourselves in our days and weeks so that we can build in time off, take time to rest, take time with family and friends. Here is an example of a recent overwhelm I was feeling because of so many events coming up and how I organized myself around it.

Recently because the holiday season is upon me and I am participating in a gluten free fest with a booth for a whole weekend, hosting a holiday bake sale, working at the farm and helping them with holiday specials, doing client work and more I became a bit overwhelmed by all that I needed to accomplish in the coming weeks. What did I do about this overwhelm? First, I listed every task that I needed to complete in the coming weeks including phone calls, emails, things to order, things to bake, things to freeze and dates to put on the calendar. Then, I did 4-5 items that took 5 minutes or less to accomplish and just got those done including ordering some things that I needed for the gluten free fest.

Next, I wrote down schedules for the weeks to come, wrote down the dates on the calendars, communicated with people through email and social media and created my holiday bake sale event including my offerings list. This left me feeling much more on top of and in control of the events to come up.

Enjoying Ourselves Along the Path:

I truly believe that once we are able to come up with a plan to deal with our overwhelm, then our brains are able to make room for enjoyment along our path. It is important to remind ourselves on a daily basis that the reason that we do all of these activities is the joy and satisfaction that they bring us along the way. Often, planning something is part of the fun. Imagining how your event will turn out, or what your book will be like when you finish writing it. Those are moments to savor and celebrate along the way.

Another way I love to enjoy myself along the path is to have events on my calendar like lunch or tea with friends, set up birthday celebrations and go to events around town. If there are events to look forward to, you are stepping down the path with glee.

You can also enjoy yourself daily along the path, not just looking forward to events on the weekend, but take breaks during the day to read a great book, have a cup of tea, take a walk outside, or simply close your eyes and imagine you are on a tropical island. There is so much joy to be had at every moment if we can stop to let ourselves enjoy it.

I would love to hear how you cure your overwhelm, and ways that you enjoy yourself along your path in life. Comment below or write to me at: info@thecheerychef.com

With lots of love,

Trista

The joy of letting go

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With all of the amazingly wonderful events that have happened in my life recently, I have experienced the absolute joy of letting go. This is a new experience for me, because I love to plan, set goals, make lists and work on lots of things every day. This has been the way I’ve operated for quite a long time. Now that I have changed my story and really stepped into lots of amazing, new, different character traits along my path I am discovering the power of making dreams come true in a different way than I had before.

On the wall of my office I have lots of visuals of places I want to travel to, things that I’d love to experience and more. I do see these images and writings often, but I don’t deliberately look at them for long periods of time. I once read in the book “Creative Visualization” by Shakti Gawain that it is not necessary to look at your goals and visuals every single day for them to be part of your world and to show up in amazing ways later on. She describes how goals that she wrote down many years ago have now materialized, as she looked back at pictures she had cut out or goals she had written down and put away.

I was so intrigued that many things had come to pass this year on my vision boards, goals boards and also on a list of 100 goals that I had written down around a year ago. I was amazed to see that I had accomplished 16 of those goals already! I hadn’t looked at that list in over a year! Some of those include:

-replacing our old deck

-going to Puerto Vallarta on a family vacation and visiting with my friend and her daughters

-re-doing my website

-study personal development

-do a community project (charity bake sale next week)

I was so amazed at how much I had accomplished by simply writing down those goals and setting my mind to it. We can create so much more joy in our lives than we can even comprehend!

I also realized that goals that I wrote around a month ago and posted were already coming into my reality. The most amazing one I found was that I wrote on a post-it for a 2-5 year goal:

“Partner with coffee/pastry people in a co-owned high end shop.”

I was amazed when I thought about what had just happened. I have just started to work at an amazing organic farm in a kitchen with other wonderful chefs and kitchen staff using beautiful local ingredients in a lovely farm store/deli/pastry shop. So, that goal really came to be quite quickly.

Never doubt that you can achieve so very much more than you have ever imagined. It really is all possible. Write down your dream list of 100 goals, post pictures, get inspired! This joy of letting go is real and it is such an amazing experience.

I had a very different approach this time to achieving my goals. Of course I made the lists and did the tasks and many other material things like that. However, I also made a very important choice. I chose to do things along the way that were really fun and creative. If I don’t have client work to work on, I work on a fun creative baking project to build on my skills and have a great time doing it. Building joy and fun into your day is part of the creative letting go process.

I’d love to know from you:

Have you written down your list of 100 goals?

Do you have visuals of your dreams?

Please comment below on this and anything else you’d like to chat about in the comments section. I’d love to hear from you also at: info@thecheerychef.com

With lots of love,

Trista

Setting Intentions Daily

Setting Intentions Daily

I believe that every day we are growing and changing in different ways. When we are children we grow taller and learn new things in school and in life every day. However, when we grow up and become adults that growth in learning and in spirit doesn't stop. It is important however to create the road map for your growth in a positive direction. 

Every day I learn a few new things from a book or from podcasts. I know that if I put these things into action into my life there will be benefits. I want to share just a very small habit that I started a few days ago that will illuminate your path and the choices you make each day. It doesn't mean there won't be difficult or challenging days ahead, but when you start out with this technique it will make you stop and change course to make things a bit better. 

The other day I was listening to The Confidence Academy Podcast:  http://tcapodcast.libsyn.com/ and the host Lili was talking about one of the habits that really transformed her year in 2017. She said that each day in her journal she sets the intention for her day. She writes down the type of day that she wants to have and how she wants to feel. This sets the tone for her day. She said that if she ran into some challenges in the day she would stop and remember what she wrote as her intention for the day and that really helped her get back on track and be in a more positive place in her day. 

I have started to keep a small intentions journal of my own as a result of hearing how this worked for her and I have to say it's a great start to my day. Luckily, I received a beautiful small journal for a Christmas gift and so I decided this would be my intentions journal.  Whenever I run into problems or challenges I think of what I've written down and work hard to stay positive and on track. 

I encourage you to start this very small habit. It really only takes 1-2 minutes a day at most and it makes more of a difference than you would think. Also, I know that writing things down brings them more to the top of your mind than just simply keeping them in your head. 

Another thing I have started writing down daily and saying to myself daily is: 

"Today I am being given exactly what I need." 

I truly believe that the universe does give me what I need on a daily basis. Some days I may be frustrated that business isn't going the way I'd planned, but then when I have the extra time I feel blessed by what I was given for the day because it was exactly what I could handle and I found time to do some important tasks in the extra time I had. When we change the way we look at things we can see that we all have exactly what we need. It may not look like it or feel like it at the time, but if we look back, we can see it's the path we really needed. 

What daily habits are you trying in 2018? I'd love to hear from you! 

With lots of care & great positive intentions,

Trista