Sleeping in Alabama…

Jane CarrollLast week…I took the week off…it wasn’t intentional…at least not at first…I just really wasn’t feeling well after a little medical procedure…and…I found myself…sleeping…a lot…like ten to twelve hours each night…which just didn’t leave room for blogging…or even social media…many afternoons I didn’t even turn on my computer after I got home from work…and then I slept too late to do anything other than get ready in the mornings…

So…the blog wasn’t written…and the newsletter wasn’t sent…at first…I felt guilty…these were my…albeit self-imposed…responsibilities…

Thankfully…Bertha…got a hold of me about that time…reminding me…of her messages…live your truth…listen to your body…nurture yourself

Then…she got a little smarty…telling me that she doubted anyone jumped off a bridge when the newsletter didn’t come…or threw themselves in front of a train when there was no morning blog…

Well…those comments put a pin in my self-inflated balloon…and I spluttered around the room for a bit…but…she was right…nothing bad had happened…the world was still in orbit…the sun was still shining…

So…by the end of the week…when I was feeling better…but…I made a conscious decision…to…take a break…to sleep later on purpose…to do other things in the evenings…and…lo and behold…I enjoyed it…not something that I want to do all the time…I love to write the blog…I love creating the videos for the newsletter…but…like everyone else…I need a break now and again…and…I tend to forget to give myself permission to do that…maybe you do too…

Bertha’s…final take on the whole situation was…you can’t be there for others…unless you’re first there for yourself…

Jane…

Coaching with Jane Carroll and BerthaI love that I’m a work in progress…I love that I am probably my best coaching client…because I’m continually growing and learning and putting it all into action…and…I love working with you…as you go through the same process. Are you ready to live your truth…listen to your body…nurture yourself? Bertha…and I are ready for you! Send us an email to janecarrollauthor@charter.net to get started.

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Riding the Turnip Truck…

Jane CarrollDon’t be afraid to let go! ~Bertha

Bertha…whisper-shouts in my ear this morning…it’s okay…it’s safe…let it go…and even though I know it is pointless…I cling to my issue like a toddler with a worn-torn blankie…

What are you afraid of…wisps through the air…

Without thinking…the answer forms…I’m afraid that if I let it go…I will do it again

And…that’s it…in some misguided way…I have felt that holding on to the unholy trinity…pain, shame, guilt…would make me safe…because…as long as I felt and experienced them as if they were…in the moment…I wouldn’t let the experience back in…

I know…it sounds very convoluted…and…it is…

Of course…Bertha…was only too happy to point that out…she said…that rather than keeping me safe…it kept me stuck…stuck in a past that no longer served me…a past that I would more than likely never repeat…unless I keep reminding myself of it every day…keeping it fresh on my mind…attracting more of the same…over…and…over…

However…if I let go…she says…my TRUTH…will create my future…and…my truth is that I have learned from the experience…I have grown…I’m back on the turnip truck…riding high…and most likely to stay there…

What can I say…that’s quite a relief…so…I guess it’s like riding a horse…or a bicycle…when you fall off the turnip truck…you gotta climb back on…and enjoy the ride…I may even drive this time…who knows…

Jane…

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