Between those struck by the pandemic (including some of my family members!), the political news, the protests, and the stark divide in our country around deeply rooted racism, life has gotten intense and stressful for most of us.
I've been listening and absorbing, aiming to educate myself and, honestly, taking a deep dive into self-care.
I believe and have experienced that the power of an individual's determined intent can become as influential as the power of 10,000. But we must start within ourselves first. This is how nurturing creativity and living an inspired life can impact the world. Being creative isn't just about expressing yourself and doodling for fun.
It's about getting in touch with your humanity, once you dig deeper than the muck or darkness--that we all have--and pulling out your Greater Self to face the challenges of our world.
Let's make the world a better place by starting with ourselves. Let's battle through our own weakness through practicing positive mindset and affirmations.
Here's a positive affirmation I created for one of my original nature product designs that I look at every single day:
"Your view of yourself will follow the lead of your courageous action."
Sometimes I don't feel courageous or hopeful. But by taking positive action, I train myself to be positive and proactive. I win over myself through action.
I cannot change others. I can only work on myself and my personal contribution to make the world a little better from my own little corner of it.
I've been creating Facebook Live video messages to clarify what YourCreativeChord offers, as a source for inspiration and hope, and to feature my nature-inspired products.
Click here to see my video taking you behind the scenes in my workspace to show how I keep myself strong and positive in the face of struggle and historic turmoil.
Click here to join me in my morning routine and to learn why what I do impacts not only my wellness, but how I show up in the world.
I've also been posting Live videos in my new Facebook Creative Memorial Planning Group about alternatives to traditional funeral planning. If you want to learn more about how to prepare a meaningful, earth-friendly, cost-reducing, personalized memorial with less or zero religious or funeral business involvement, you can join my group here.
Living an inspired and victorious life leads to a victorious death. The Buddhist teacher, Nichiren, taught that to understand life, one must understand death.
This theme underlies my personal mission to share creative memorial planning options through my Facebook group, webinar, ebook, and through one on one consultations.
I feel my services and education about these creative memorial options are especially relevant during this historically challenging time of the 2020 pandemic, economic situation, and the protests aimed at transforming deeply rooted racism.
I've been proactively taking my business online, especially with Facebook, so if you want to connect with me there, you can click here.
I hope you're encouraged and emboldened by this message and from watching my Facebook Live video. May my messages inspire you to keep taking care of yourself.
This is how you'll forge your inner strength and the deep conviction that each action you take to polish your life becomes a meaningful and necessary addition to the ocean of our collective humanity.
Stay strong and stay well and follow the lead of your courageous action.
Jenny Leigh Hodgins 🎶💃🌻
Click LISTEN IN BROWSER and the above PLAY button to enjoy my original piano music with this nature video I made from photos taken on my bike rides or walks. (Or listen only in SoundCloud)
Original Music & Photos © 2016/2020 Jenny Leigh Hodgins
by Jenny Leigh Hodgins
For a moment of meditative calm, please enjoy my original piano music with this short nature video I made from photos taken on my bike rides or neighborhood walks. (Click LISTEN IN BROWSER and the above orange PLAY button to enjoy my original piano music with this nature video I made from photos taken on my bike rides or walks. Or listen only in SoundCloud.)
Out of my sincere desire to bring encouragement to you during this pandemic, I’m sharing original music, poetry, and videos from my nature photos. Once you’ve had a chance to listen and watch, I hope you’ll be motivated and inspired to move yourself a bit in the great outdoors when possible and while continuing to safely socially distance yourself.
The fresh air and nature immersion will lift your spirits. It’s my hope my post today will also bring you comfort and help you keep calm amid this new storm.
Music can speak our hearts and communicate from soul to soul in a profound way. I hope while listening to this short piano composition, you feel my heart, too.
The audio track in this post (above) is one of my original piano compositions. It's the music I use for YourCreativeChord Podcast’s introduction and exit for each episode, too. There is a reason I chose this particular music as the backdrop to my podcast. More on that below.
What This Music Has To Do With
You & Your Wellness
I composed this piano piece out of appreciation to my dear friend, Kay. Kay has been a friend in the deepest sense. In the 30 years of our friendship, she always expressed enthusiastic belief in my artistic talents, and in my ability to succeed in my creative mission.
Mystically, when I struggled the most with my doubt or fears, my friend's words of encouragement would pierce my heart to motivate my greater self to rise to each challenge.
That’s the spirit behind this music, too. It’s called ‘Finding Spring’ because once my friend encouraged me, I was able to look for hope within myself and in my life. By looking for hope, I find it every time.
That’s what friendship does. That's what my music is about.
Shared Experience, Community, and
Heart To Heart Friendship
My piano piece embodies my personal and professional intent to use my creative expression to encourage others. I chose this particular piano music for my podcast because the personal story behind my music represents the spirit of shared experience, community, and heart to heart friendship. These are powerful fuel for nurturing creativity and inspiration.
It’s significant that while in the middle of a pandemic—a dark time for all of us--the signs of spring within nature are appearing from trees, blooms, colors, and fragrant blossoms.
As you listen to my music and watch the short nature video from photos I snapped during short jaunts outdoors in my neighborhood, may you begin to also feel spring emerging from within your heart.
Transform Sufferings Into Powerful Meaning
Yes, the situation is daunting. But as human beings, you and I have the unlimited potential to transform our sufferings into powerful meaning. This current global, yet uniquely individual suffering can be the source from which to springboard ourselves and our society into exponential growth.
How? By looking for the hope within our lives and finding spring.
May you be well and live with inner strength. We are together in this shared experience. Let’s win a new historical victory with the power of humanity and hope by keeping our spirits strong.
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by Jenny Leigh Hodgins
I listened to Mel Robbins’ Work It Out on Audible. I’d never heard of her books until a woman entrepreneur I interviewed mentioned her as a mentor. So I checked out her content. I’m hooked.
What I Loved About The Book
I loved the author’s style. I wonder if I’d like it as well if I’d read the book versus listening to it. But I rarely sit still long enough to read a book. I’m always digitally researching and as an online solopreneur, my task list is never-ending.
So, I listen to books on Audible while doing errands, exercising, and before bed. I loved Mel Robbins’ style because she matches my pace where I am. Her book contains no fluff. She gets straight into giving valuable content and then she spells it out for you at the end of each chapter in case you missed the key points.
There’s No Fluff—Robbins Gets To The Point Without Wasting Your Time
I loved her quick pacing, her blatant way of calling us women out on habits that don’t serve us or anyone else (like dimming our own brilliance), and her humor which lands perfectly in sync with how most women feel post 50. The main thing I loved about this author’s tone is that she didn’t waste my time.
I am a fast-paced and constant thinker. I hate when books are filled with useless padding just to fill a space. I hate when I have to fast forward through blogs, podcasts, webinars, videos, courses, and books to get to the meat of the main point. Mel Robbins’ book was value-packed and illuminating from start to finish.
Stories Have A Clear Thread Of Connection To YOU
I generally am bored when I see ‘case studies’ used as ‘examples’ to make the point. But Robbins used her actual coaching sessions with various real women to begin driving her value home. Smart, because these women are relatable to the women reading this material. They are our soul sisters. Twins in karmic tendencies, whether it be relationship or career issues blocking progress.
Direct Line Between Your Life And Your Career
Robbins makes a significant emphasis on the reality that our lives and our careers are interconnected. We bring our lives to work with us. She points out that any baggage or patterns in our personal lives absolutely are playing out within our careers. And she digs in deep to uncover those patterns within each woman featured in her coaching session.
She clearly and articulately draws the direct connection between the individual problems experienced by her clients and the women reading her book. It’s highly relevant and amazingly on point with, for example, my personal and career issues.
The Advice For Transformation Is Solid
This made the book fly by and I devoured it and Robbins’ tips for addressing and transforming negative patterns into strengths and liberation. That leads to why I was happy with this book; it is a positively transformative guide for women to thrive in relationships and career.
I found it so rewarding to have ‘a-ha’ moments throughout the chapters of this book, and to know there are actual strategies I can use and practice—based on Robbins’ wise advice—to change my life for the better.
There’s A Workbook For You To ‘Work It Out’
There’s also a comprehensive accompanying workbook to use as a guide for uncovering patterns that are holding women back. It offers concrete advice and tips to put in place--or replace old habits that are no longer serving.
I haven’t yet started the workbook, but I decided I will. I had revelation after revelation about how my relationships have molded my thinking and how some of these responses no longer work for my survival, coping skills, much less my success and happiness.
Connecting And Highlighting The Positive Mission Of Women
But the book is uncanny in its ability to find common threads for women everywhere. Work It Out is a light in a tunnel. I recommend we use Robbins’ beautiful and powerful book to make our way through to a new place of joyful fulfillment.
In honor of International Women’s Day, and for women everywhere, we deserve to thrive in expression of our greatest potential.
Thank you, Mel Robbins, for your contribution to this beautiful mission.
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COMING SOON: Watch this space for new ebooks, products and courses for nurturing creativity and inspiration!
In my INSPIRATION blogs, you’ll find ways to overcome obstacles, reach goals, and experience more joy in the moment with spiritual awareness and inner transformation.