Burst of Joy Mandala

I’ve made it a point to just create these mandalas without following any strict “rules”.  I don’t sit down and say “today I’m going to create a mandala that symbolizes x,y,z”.

I create the mandala and then I let it tell me what it has to say.  Sometimes I’ll just get a vibe off of it, other times I’ll read up on the symbolism of certain colors or shapes.

This particular one has a lot of yellow in it.  For me, it feels as though it is emanating joy – bursting with joy! 🙂

Burst of Joy Mandala by Beth Sawickie http://www.bethsawickie.com/burst-of-joy-mandala

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Then I looked up which chakra is symbolized by yellow – the 3rd chakra – the solar plexus which I believe is below the ribs and above the belly button.

Located in the area of the solar plexus, navel, and the digestive system, the fiery third chakra is called Manipura, the “resplendent gem.” Associated with the color yellow, this chakra is involved in self-esteem, warrior energy, and the power of transformation; it also governs digestion and metabolism. A healthy spirited third chakra helps overcome inertia and jump-starts a “get-up-and-go” attitude so it is easier to take risks, assert one’s will, and assume responsibility for one’s life. This chakra is also the location of deep belly laughter, warmth, ease, and the vitality received from performing selfless service.

– from “Asanas for the Chakra System” by Barbara Kaplan Herring

Vibrant Mandala

Looking at this mandala makes me feel vibrant and happy!

Vibrant Mandala by Beth Sawickie http://www.bethsawickie.com/vibrant-mandala

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Creating mandalas is one of my passions I discovered once I got back to feeling good and THRIVING after life seriously kicked my butt!  The “4-G’s of Feeling Good” helped get me back on track – learn about them here.

I Forgot to Make My Smoothie – Again!

Smoothie Success Strategy #1 www.BethSawickie.com/smoothie-success-strategy-1

Tell me if this sounds familiar….

The alarm clock goes off in the wee hours of the morning.  You rush around to get ready.  Find that shoe that is missing somewhere. Help whomever needs it (kids, dog, husband).  Dash out the door….and oh shoot!  You forgot to make your smoothie!

There just wasn’t enough time to get out the greens and wash them, then get out the fruit, then scoop out the seeds and all the other goodies.

You are then bummed because you KNOW that having that green smoothie in the morning sets you up for a GREAT day!

You KNOW it is an easy way to get a whole bunch of yummy goodness into your body – and you missed out!

I’ve been there…. I was actually there almost every darn morning for a few weeks when life was just crazy hectic.  And I noticed the difference – I didn’t have as much pep, I was eating junk and my skin – ugh – I am truly amazed at just how much my skin reacts to what I eat.

I finally started setting myself up for success with my smoothies 🙂

Here is Smoothie Success Strategy #1:

Get everything set up the night before as much as you can.

You can put all of your smoothie ingredients in your blending container the night before and then you’re ready to go in the morning.  I leave out the liquid until the morning.

This saves a whole bunch of steps.  Just grab your container, poor in your liquid (almond milk for me) and blend – simple!

Repeat after me…

I use a NutriBullet and have a few containers that go with it.

If you are using a cup or so of greens along with frozen fruit, nuts/seeds and some almond milk then you can do the same with the larger container from the Nutri-Bullet too!

If you want to amp up the greens in your smoothie using a Nutri-Bullet then check out my post about How to Get Triple Greens Into Your NutriBullet Green Smoothie.

Eating greens every day is part of the “4-G’s of Feeling Good” (Goin’, Greens, Givin’, Gratitude).  Learn the 4 simple strategies I use to keep myself happy, healthy and thriving in my free book – “Get Back on the Feel Good Train: 4 Simple Strategies to Get You Back on Track

I want to hear from you!

What is your best “Smoothie Success Strategy”?

Don’t have one?  Then what about a smoothie frustration?

Share with me in the comments below 🙂

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How To Get Triple Greens Into Your NutriBullet Green Smoothie

Triple Greens in NutriBullet www.BethSawickie.com

I usually like to blend several cups of greens into my smoothie – sometimes a whole head of romaine lettuce.

The NutriBullet containers aren’t as large as a typical blender or Vitamix – so I can’t fit 3 cups of greens plus all the other stuff in the container.

I’ve found a work-around!

How to Get More Greens Into Your NutriBullet

Step 1: I use one container (cup 2) to blend a whole bunch of greens – 2-3 cups – with almond milk and all my nuts, seeds and powders.  This liquifies the greens and they go down a lot!  At this point I sometimes even add in MORE greens and blend again!

Step 2: Then I add in the frozen fruit from the other container (cup 1) and blend it all together.

Voila!  Yummy smoothie PACKED with greens using a NutriBullet !

My Super Green Smoothie Recipe:

In cup 2:

  • Around 3 cups of kale
  • 1 Tablespoon Goji Berries
  • 1 teaspoon Flax Seed
  • 1 teaspoon Chia Seed
  • 1 teaspoon Macca Powder
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder

In cup 1:

  • your favorite frozen fruit – around 1 1/2 cups or less.

Note:  Remember when using the NutriBullet to not fill it past the “max” line.

And if you’ve ever forgotten to make your green smoothie in the morning you’ll like Smoothie Success Strategy #1.

Eating greens every day is part of the “4-G’s of Feeling Good” (Goin’, Greens, Givin’, Gratitude).  Learn the 4 simple strategies I use to keep myself happy, healthy and thriving in my free book – “Get Back on the Feel Good Train: 4 Simple Strategies to Get You Back on Track

I want to hear from you!

What is your best Green Smoothie tip?  Let me know in the comments below!

And – hey – if you know someone who would like this info – please share it with them using the buttons and what-not below!

The What The Heck Am I Doing With My Life Blog Post

What is your soul enthusiastic about? Beth Sawickie http://www.BethSawickie.com
Have you ever felt like…

  • what am I doing with my life?
  • “Is there something I’m supposed to be doing to help others and make a positive impact on the world?”
  • “Is it something so simple that I’m missing it?”
  • “What if I get to the end with a long list of could-of, should-of, would-ofs?”
  • “I could do this, I could do that, so many options/opportunities – which to choose?”‘
  • What IS my life purpose?

That pretty much sums up how I have been feeling on and off for a while now.  Could actually be years..lol… but it is most burned in my recent memory.

My most recent bought of “life questioning” has been stirred by Brendon Burchard and his “Did I live? Did I love? Did I Matter?” slogan.

Then there’s been Wayne Dyer and “Don’t die with your music still in you.”

Well, Mr. Dyer, what if you have a symphony, some calypso music, a barber shop quartet jingle, some doo-wop, some soul stirring blues, a song with some country twang, a rockin’ balls-to-the-wall tune and some heart-thumpin’ dance beats.

Which one do you pull out of your soul first?  Most will have entirely different audiences.  Do you present yourself as — here is ALL my music?  Do you just let one peak out for a bit?  Do you keep ’em all separate?

Do you just go with whatever one is moving you at the moment?   Knowing that the music channel can be switched mid-song?

Maybe some of those songs are just ones I like and not ones that really come from my soul.  I need to be aware of that so I don’t get side-tracked writing a symphony that isn’t true to me.

The first step for me is figuring out what I DON’T want!

This can be easy considering I’ve definitely found a lot of things I DON’T want!

I Don’t Want:

  • 9 to 5, 8 to 4, 10 to 6 – Monday-Friday, trading hours for dollars J-O-B.
  • stress.
  • a boss.
  • I don’t want to trade hours for dollars.

Things I’ve realized:

  • There are TONS of opportunities out there – lots of little shiny balls….  I don’t need to follow all of them.
  • My soul has to be enthusiastic about what I do. One person’s shiny ball (lol). can be another persons 30 lb. bowling ball that is a burden.  Enthusiasm is contagious and when I see someone ecstatic about how they help others… I get sucked in and say “me too” – you’re enthusiastic, I’ll be enthusiastic too!  Then eventually I realize… it is not true to me – it is not something that my soul is enthusiastic about.  It was a superficial enthusiasm that I caught on to.  Am I riding on someone else’s wave of enthusiasm or on my OWN wave of enthusiasm?

I remember going ocean kayaking years ago down the Jersey Shore.  There were a few of us all out on those yellow plastic boats paddling our way through the waves.  The BEST part was catching a wave and riding it into shore!  LOVED IT!

What would happen, though, when there were two of us that caught the same wave nearby each other?  First – lots of joy and enthusiasm at catching that wave!  Then – crash! boom! bang! Hard yellow plastic kayaks slamming into one another, turning over, occupants tossed and sometimes being bonked on the head with a boat.  Enthusiasm deflated!

I found it more enjoyable to keep my distance a bit and ride my OWN wave – I didn’t need to compete with anyone.

  • It is OK to follow your own path.  Just because others look at you like you’re nuts doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try it.  Seriously – when I stepped aside from teaching others about Amazon I KNOW a few folks thought I was crazy.  How could I leave a business that was consistently making me more and more money?  In a short amount of time we had grown a large audience of people that WANTED to hear from us.  We helped people every day, gave away tons of GREAT valuable content AND made money too! Who the heck in their right mind would leave that?

It checked a lot of the boxes of my “wants”.  I had a flexible schedule, I could work from anywhere for the most part, I was helping others and I wasn’t trading hours for dollars.  So why would I leave it behind?  The answer – I was tagging along on someone elses wave of enthusiasm.  AND I was not enriching my soul.  The helping people part was satisfying… but I as getting so consumed with it that I wasn’t taking care of myself.  I finally acknowledged that there are only so many hours in a day and only so many days we get to live… so how did I want to spend them?  The answer for me was, not this!  If I was going to put my heart and soul into something it was going to be something that truly made my soul sing!  I had a big struggle with this – but I knew deep down in my soul that this was a step on my journey and I needed to continue down my own path.

I DO Want:

  • Flexibility to work when and where I want. (This does not mean NOT work).  I’d like to be able to create value with me and my laptop wherever I happen to be.
  • I enjoy helping people.     This is something I had the opportunity to do when I taught others about selling on Amazon.  I helped people get started, gave encouragement, and shared my experience with it. Was I perfect at being a seller? No!  Was I a 6-figure seller? um-NO!  What I did have was enthusiasm (for a while anyway).  I started with sharing my experience, then built an audience who wanted to hear about it.  Then they told me what they wanted to learn more about and I obliged.  THAT is what I’d like to do again!
  • My business NEEDS to resonate with my soul.  There are a zillion and one different things I can do to earn money….but what I REALLY want to do is enrich my soul!  That is what I was missing in any 9-to-5 I’ve had and in all online businesses I’ve created – soul enrichment – soul enthusiasm!  It took me a long time to realize that – for me – I needed to so something that was all-encompassing.  Something that wasn’t just a j-o-b, but a calling.  A deep soul calling that would be ingrained into my very existence – into my day-to-day life.  As Ghandi said – “My life is my message.”

What do I have to share from my soul that I am willing to LIVE EVERY DAY?  

My experience from the most challenging portion of my life…. the part blessing and a curse – Bipolar II Disorder.  You can read more about my challenges with depression and bipolar disorder here and in my book “Get Back on the Feel Good Train: 4 Simple Strategies to Help Get You Back on Track“.

Each time I would come out of a depression I’d be left thinking – “ok, now what”.  It was as if my brain was a hard drive that had been totally wiped clean.  I had my basic operating system (breathe in, breathe out, eat, sleep, bathroom).  But as far as what programs to install…. I didn’t know what I enjoyed anymore.

I needed to get back on track, but I didn’t know how.  Did I have things that I enjoyed?  Could I find them again?  And most importantly… could I keep myself from spiraling down that deep dark hole of depression again?

Going through those challenges helped me realize that to be happy, fulfilled and balanced I NEEDED to make living a life of balance my focus.  I needed to become an active participant in my mental physical health.  I also needed a plan – simple things I could do to help me feel good and stay healthy.

That plan became the 4-G’s of Feeling Good (Goin’, Greens, Givin’, Gratitude) and my calling is to help others get back to feeling good – and thriving – after life has kicked their butt.

Doing the 4-G’s has had a huge positive impact on my life.

  • They keep me feeling good just about every day.
  • They have somehow re-connected me to long lost passions – spending time in nature, being crafty.  Before I didn’t remember what it was I used to enjoy.
  • They have awakened passions I didn’t know I had – photography and creating mandalas like you see here and throughout this site.
  • I know that when I have a bad day, I have a plan – the 4-G’s – to help me get back on track to feeling great and loving life!

By the way… a side effect of finding my souls calling and sharing it with others…..feeling nauseous!  At least that is what I’ve heard.  When you are on the right path, feeling nauseous and wanting to run the other way screaming is apparently a good sign!

If you are trying to figure out what the heck it is you want to do with your life….

  • Find out what you don’t want.
  • Find out what you DO want.
  • What life experiences have you had that you have overcome and learned from?
  • Share those with others – ask “How can I help? How can I serve?” and prepare to feel ill…at least at the beginning!

And doin’ the 4-G’s of Feeling Good just might help you find what makes YOUR soul enthusiastic!

Now I turn it over to you….

Have you found your calling? What is the best piece of advice that you would give someone trying to find their calling?

If you are searching for what makes your soul enthusiastic…. what is your biggest hurdle so far?

Please share below in the comments 🙂