I Believe I Can Fly

July 13, 2017

Believe in yourself and you will then be able to fly and achieve your dreams.

When I was between the ages of five and seven, I was convinced that if I tried hard enough, I could fly.

Our home had a high brick wall on one side of the yard which I would climb up and jump off of over the bushes that were in front of it. I practiced at great lengths ttying to “fly” over the bushes. I also would run as fast as I could down the sidewalk and kick my legs up behind me with my arms stretched out like wings. I still remember vividly doing this and remember flying for just a moment. I seriously doubt I actually left the the ground for more than a split second, but something inside of me says I did fly. I’m guessing this flying memory was a dream or some other out-of-body experience I had.

Outdoors wasn’t the only place I practiced flying. I routinely practiced indoors as well. The stairs to the 2nd floor had a landing three-quarters the way up for which I would practice jumping from. I started a few steps up from the bottom and built up my confidence with each step up toward the landing. It’s amazing I never hurt myself, such as a broken bone or two.

Now, I may not be able to actually fly like a bird or even come close to it, but l can fly in other ways. We all can. For most of my adult life I’ve been wanting to work at something other than what I was working at. I earned a degree in education because I love young children and while I was pretty good as a teacher, it always felt like just a job. Now, after over 30 years later in the profession, I have retired. Now the only children I want in my life are my own; my adult children and my grandchildren.

All those years while working as a teacher, I also worked on my “hobby”. I studied Feng Shui, yoga, palmistry, astrology, numerology and anything metaphysical I could get my hands on in my spare time. During the New Age boom of the mid ’70’s and early ’80’s, I went to workshops on past-life regressions and lectures by spiritual teachers and gurus, many of whom are still teaching today. This felt like my life’s purpose, but I didn’t believe in myself enough to actually try to get paid for what I knew. Instead I stayed in a profession where I couldn’t be true to myself and for the incoming indigo and crystal children. So, I did the best I could within the constraints of the system.

I stopped trying to fly.

When I decided to retire from teaching, my life changed. For the past year I’ve slowly been moving forward with my dream to “fly”, while still fulfilling my obligations as a school teacher. I’ve made fantastic connections with many people that have helped me build the knowledge needed to become an entrepreneur. My whole attitude and outlook on my future has made a complete 180 degree turn and I’m ready, willing and able to follow my life’s mission of helping and teaching others to lead a more spiritually centered life using the many tools I’ve acquired and practiced. My frustrations, often times anger, have lifted.

I’m ready to fly!

How about you?

Are you ready to fly? Do you believe you can fly?

Is there something that’s holding you back? If so, can you put your finger on what it is?

Are you stuck and just don’t know which way to turn or how to get your engine fired up?

Well, I’m here to share with you the tools in my tool box and support you in any way I can.

Here are a few helpful ideas that I’ve tried and have set me in the right direction.

1. Make a playlist of songs that inspire you and listen to at least one every morning. Some of mine include, I Believe I Can Fly by R. Kelly, Happy by Pharrell Williams, Best Day of My Life by American Authors, Good Day Sunshine, The Beatles, Gratitude by Paul McCartney, Make it Big by The Beach Boys,  Over The Rainbow, sung by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, and Amazing Grace w/Lisbeth Scott, just to name a few.

2. Exercise!!! Go for a daily walk outside. Can be five minutes or 105 minutes, what ever works for you. My early morning walks are my walking meditations. It gets those creative juices flowing in my mind and my heart.

3. Before you get out of bed every morning, make a positive statement about the day ahead. It could be a general statement, for example: This is going to be a creative and productive day! Or maybe you want something more specific, such as “Today I’m going to smile at everyone I pass by.” or “My blog post will be done and published today.” (this is what I told myself today)

4. Pay attention to your posture throughout the day….yes, your posture! The body doesn’t lie. So stand and sit up straight, shoulders back with your heart lifted. Be proud of the amazing person that you are!

5. Practice a “what’s on my mind?” day by writing down your feelings every one to two hours. Are your feelings negative or positive? Doing this for a day will help give you insight into what’s doing on inside your head. You may be surprised of the results by the end of the day. (helpful hint…set a timer hourly or you’ll forget to stop and record)

6. Clarity…set some goals and intentions of what you would like to accomplish over the next month, six months or year. If that’s too far in advice for you, start smaller. If tomorrow or next week is all you can handle, that’s OK. Do what ever feels right for you.

7. Join a group(s) for support and ideas. I’ve joined a few groups on Facebook related to women entrepreneurs, Feng Shui, and Space Clearing. They have all been so supportive and helpful for me. The few groups I’m active with I found though books I’ve read or courses I took. It’s important to have a common goal or interest for the group to be helpful. It’s up to you how much interaction you want and need at any given time. I also attended a fun “meet’n greet” to make a more personal connection.

8. Motivation…what does it take to get yourself motivated? There are many motivational speakers and writers to be found. I’ve read books and listened to so many over the years for their advice in the many areas of my life, i.g. career, spiritual, and health to name a few. Most recently it’s been Carrie Green, author of “She Means Business” for the help I needed to take my own business to the next level. Then there are the many teachers and mentors I’ve had for yoga, feng shui, and space clearing, but here’s the one we’ve all known and respected for many years, Oprah. Watch and listen here.  
For more wisdom and advice from Oprah, listen here as well.

I hope this has been helpful. I would love to hear from you and always welcome your comments and questions.

Namaste’

Stephanie

PS I’ve listened to this song just about everyday for the past five months and it still gives me the chills. That’s how I know I’m going in the right direction for me. 🙂