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About Gloria Marie

Gloria is a transformation life coach, spiritual teacher, and author. She received her Master in Education from the University of Florida and her life coaching certification from the Universal Coach Institute. Her articles have appeared in Huffington Post and divorcedmoms.com. Gloria brings over 35 years of entrepreneurial experience to her work. She is the proud mother of two grown sons.

Mesmerizing Novel for Summer Reading List

By: Gloria Marie

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“The Little French Bistro” is a mesmerizing novel that needs to be added to your summer reading list. The beautiful descriptions of the French Rivera, the landscape, and the food will entice you to plan a trip or at the very lease enjoy a glass of wine with a baguette and dream of the area. Nina George’s new novel is filled with romance, passion and second chances.

Marianne is 60 years old and stuck in a loveless marriage. She tries to kill herself, unsuccessfully and instead finds her way to the sea and a new life. She begins working at the Ar Mor restaurant and meets the various characters in the town. There is Yann, the handsome painter, Genevieve, the restaurant owner, Jean-Remy, the chef at Ar Mor and many others.

Marianne for the first time in her life begins living with passion. She does a complete makeover of her wardrobe, her hair, and her makeup. She finds new love and no longer wants to end her life because it is now rich with relationships and interests.

However, her past does catch up with her, and that is when Marianne must make a choice whether to go back to her old life or continue with courage on her new path.

This is one of my favorite passages from “The Little French Bistro”:

“I don’t know why we women believe that sacrificing our desires makes us more attractive to men. What on earth are we thinking? That someone who goes without her wishes deserves to be loved more than she who follows her dreams?”

Pick up, “The Little French Bistro” and travel virtually to the French Rivera.

I received this book from Blogging for Books in order to write this review.

The Power of Gratitude

By: Gloria Marie

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Gratitude will raise your vibrational level and like a magnet have you attract happiness and abundance.

The Magic of Gratitude

By: Gloria Marie

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Gratitude is a powerful feeling that will raise your vibration and your energy. When your energy is vibrating at a higher frequency, you will attract more happiness, more love, and more abundance into your life. Gratitude is not ego driven. It is aligned with your true Inner Self and helps you remain in a state of grace. Learn and practice the magic of gratitude.

Think of gratitude like a magnet, and you are pulling more blessing toward yourself. Gratitude is felt in the heart, not the head. When you can remain in a state of gratitude, miracles will occur.

If you feel you are Blessed, more Blessings will follow.

Some days it can be very difficult to feel thankful for anything, but, that is when you dig deep and find something simple to be thankful for. It could be the way the light shines through a window. I could be the sound of the birds chirping in the morning. It could be the person that smiled at you today. It could be a beautiful cloud formation.

Today start a gratitude practice, and you will see positive changes in your life.

Try the ideas below:

1. Before you get out of bed in the morning, think of five things you are grateful for.
2. Keep a gratitude journal. Every day write down several things you are grateful for. Try not to repeat the items.
3. Get into the practice of smiling. Smile at the check-out person at the grocery store. Smile at the stranger that you pass on the street.
4. Write a letter to someone to thank them for their love or their help. How about thanking a former teacher that mentored you?
5. Keep a list handy throughout the day. Every time you feel blessed, write it down. Look it over at the end of the day. How does it make you feel?

Raise your vibration and your energy levels with gratitude. Use the laws of the Universe to work with you, not against you.

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5 Ways to Release Anxiety

By: Gloria Marie

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When we feel anxious, it is because we are not living in the present moment. Stress or anxiety is fear based. We worry about what “may” happen in the future or we have regrets about the past. We cannot change the past, learn from it and move on. We can prepare for future, but, we cannot control everything that will happen in our future. There is no power in worrying.

This video introduces five ways to release anxiety.

1. Gratitude is the best attitude. Next time you are feeling anxious, write down ten things that you are grateful for. This will help redirect your thoughts.

2. Deep Breathing – Practice abdominal breathing. Inhale to the count of five. Pause to the count of three. Exhale to the count of five. Do three times.

3. Affirmations. Words are powerful. A favorite quote of mine from James Allen, “All that we achieve and all that we fail to achieve is the direct result of our thoughts.” Try this powerful affirmation. I AM puts you in the powerful vortex of energy with Divine Intelligence.
I AM Invincible Protection.

4. Heart Massage – Learn this stress releasing tool. Our heart area is a place we carry our stress and anxiety. Massage it, just like you would any part of your body that is hurting.

5. Find your happy place and visualize that you are there. Maybe is it a favorite spot in nature, a vacation, or just spending time with your children.

Try to find one or two of these that work for you. Begin using one of these tools, so, the tool becomes a habit.

How do you handle anxiety?

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How to Deal With Loss

By: Gloria Marie

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This video deals with the loss of love, however, the loss can take many forms. Begin the healing process and learn how to deal with loss. There is a guided, healing meditation we will do together!

Loss can take various forms:
• Death of a loved one
• Break up of an affair
• Separation
• Divorce
• Loss of job
• Financial loss
• Loss of health
• Loss of youth

Three stages of loss:
1. Shock/denial
2. Fear/anger/depression
3. Acceptance

There is no fixed time for each stage. Each stage will evolve naturally.

This video also has a guided healing meditation that will fill you with love and confidence. You will survive. You are a survivor!

How to Stop Feeling Lonely

By: Gloria Marie

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Being single can have you feeling lonely at times. But, try this two-step process to focus on your strengths and stop the negative chatter in your mind.

The Three Steps to Manifest Your Dreams

By: Gloria Marie

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Have you clearly defined your dreams? If not, then your dreams are just wishes. Imagine going past a jewelry store, and you see a necklace that you love and want. That is a wish not a dream or desire. Maybe you want a romantic relationship, now that is a desire. There are three steps to manifest your dreams. I call them three rules.

First and foremost, you must clearly define your desires. Be as specific as possible. If you want a new car, what make and model do you want? How about the color? Picture yourself behind the wheel going g for a long drive in your new car. Now, write that desire down on a sheet of paper.

Next, add to the list by the same clearly defined way. Do you want a new home? Where is it located? What kind of furnishings are in your new home? Who is there with you?

Continue adding to your list and feel free to amend or change it around.

Rule number two: Read your list out loud at least two times per day, preferably in the morning and right before you go to sleep. Reading them out loud helps drive your dreams into your subconscious mind. Your subconscious mind never sleeps. Your subconscious mind is aligned with God and Infinite Possibilities. It is the magic power that you have at your disposable if you choose to use it and believe in it.

Rule number three: Do not discuss your list with anyone. This prevents negative energy to influence you. Your desires are between you and God. Naysayers may try to sway your beliefs, and you want to keep your power and your focus on your desires.

These three rules work! Try testing in on small, very attainable desires first to prove it to yourself. Be grateful for all the incredible changes that you can bring into your life.

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It is Alright to Say No

By: Gloria Marie

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Setting boundaries can be difficult in some areas of our lives. You may have no trouble with boundaries at work or with your children. How about boundaries with your family members or with friends? Or most important; boundaries with yourself? It is essential to be aware of and establish personal boundaries with ourselves, only then can we set boundaries with others. I equate it to the oxygen mask on planes. The flight attendant says, “Place the mask over your face before placing the mask with any children you are traveling with”.  Sometimes, it is alright to say no to demands on your time.

If we begin with ourselves then, it will be easier to establish other boundaries in our lives. By doing this you will empower yourself and become more confident. This will give you self-fulfillment and then you can freely give of yourself to others: your children, your family, and your friends. It is like putting gas in the tank of your car. If there is no gas, the car stops. If “your tank” is empty, it is hard to lead a happy, peaceful life.

Sometimes we feel guilty for doing things for ourselves or taking time for ourselves. There are all the “shoulda’” and “have to dos”. We get stuck in routines at work and at home. We go on autopilot and before we know it, we are exhausted and drained.

This exercise it to create a personal boundary.

1. Pick something that you enjoy doing: meditating, playing music, exercising, or reading. Have it something you look forward to doing, not something that is guilt driven.
2. Schedule this activity for 30 minutes to 1 hour each day for the next week. Put it on your calendar.
3. If you have children or roommates, put a “Do Not Disturb” sign on your door. This is your special time to renew and refresh your soul.

By empowering yourself to do this, it will carry over into other parts of your life.

What did your put into your schedule?

How to Confidently Make Important Decisions

By: Gloria Marie

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The key is to quiet your mind. We all are born with Inner Knowing and Inner Guidance that connects us with God, the source of Infinite Intelligence. But, we get caught up in the day to day activities, and we lose touch with this source. However, it is there for us to tap into and by training ourselves to tap that source, we can confidently make important decisions.

One of the ways to get in touch with our Inner Guidance is using a mantra. A mantra is a short phrase or word that you can silently repeat to yourself. With consistent use of a mantra, you can learn to calm your mind. With a calm mind, you can clearly make decisions.

Pick a mantra from the list below and silently repeat it to yourself. When you are stressed or worried, repeat it. When you are in traffic and upset, repeat it to yourself. By using it in everyday situations, it will become a powerhouse for you. Then, when it is time to make an important decision you are ready. Sit down in a quiet space, take some deep breaths and silently repeat the mantra. After a few minutes, your mind will quiet down, and you can begin to get in touch with your Inner Knowing and confidently know the answer.

Try this technique for small, unimportant decisions. Then, when the life-changing decisions need to be made, you will be ready!

Wishing you a week filled with love and light.

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Mantrams

Buddhist

Om mani padme hum

“The jewel in the lotus of the heart.”

Pronounced: ohm maa-nee paad-may-hoom

 

Christian

Jesus

 

Ave Maria or Hail Mary

“Ave Maria” means “Hail Mary” a mantram in honor of Mother Mary

 

My God and my all.

This was a phrase that Saint Francis used in his prayers

 

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us.

The Jesus prayer

 

Kyrie eleison or Lord have Mercy

 

Hindu

Rama

“The Lord as the source of abiding joy.”

 

Jewish

Barukh attah Adonal

“Blessed art thou, O Lord”

Pronounced: baa-rook aa-taa aa-doh-nai

 

Ribono shel olam

“Lord of the Universe”

Pronounced: rib-on-oh shell oh-lam

 

Muslim

Allah

The name of God.

 

Try These Fun Creative Projects

By: Gloria Marie

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If you are looking for a book to give inspiration for creative projects, “Make It Yours,” is the book you need. There are many easy to follow projects that will help you bring personal touches throughout your home. “Make It Yours” by Christine Schmidt, will teach you how to print, stamp, stencil, and dye.

Each project is accompanied by a color photograph of the finished project. Also, for each project, there is, the time involved, the level of difficulty, “what you will learn,” a materials list and step by step instructions. Even someone with no previous experience can complete the projects.

There are numerous projects which include: abstract painted scarf, recipe cards, monogram leather clutch, fondant decorations, roll stamp table linens, custom monogram, stamped Moorish tiles and dry iron-on applique. Everyone with any level of experience will find a project to suit them.

There is a complete section with stencils and templates to trace. One of my favorite sections is Appendix A. I am a novice when it comes to these projects, but, Appendix A takes care of that! It goes into detail about the supplies by techniques. For example, one project I like called for an inking plate. I imagined I would go to the local craft store and pick one up. The author suggests using a clean baking sheet that you can buy at a thrift store! This section discusses what fabrics to use and the factors to consider when choosing the fabric.

You will want to stop what you are doing, get some materials and have some fun doing these diverse creative projects.