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Setting Intention actually works

Setting Intention Works!

The three main goals I set my intention to accomplish a year ago, I have actually manifested. When I looked back at my Never Too Old To Learn Something New January blog of last year, I was pleasantly surprised to notice that I had achieved my goals in the three new areas I had decided to set my intention on.

It’s never too late to learn new things. My sweet husband, Dean Evenson, had given me a ukulele and I wanted to learn to play it. The process of developing a new skill wasn’t without mishaps like when I fractured my elbow a few months later and had to wait for it to heal before I could practice again. I kept working on it, got a few lessons, watched some YouTube videos and practiced till my fingers had callouses. Now that I have learned a dozen chords, I can play along on the ukulele and enjoy singing the songs I love.

The second new area I wanted to develop was to become a certified life coach. I have been involved in a local life coach group and have always had an inclination to counsel people who had a dream but didn’t know how to bring it to fruition. Since Dean and I have been fortunate to live our dreams, I wanted to be able to help others live their dreams too. An opportunity came up for me to get professional training in the fundamentals of life coaching so I jumped at the chance and took the course. Once the training was completed, I took on some pro bono clients to practice my skills and eventually have been able to add more clients and see them to success in many areas.

The third intention I set was to finally write the book that has been brewing in me for a long time. Dean and I have taught workshops on sound healing and meditation and people have asked me to provide more information so a book was a perfect outlet to share what we know. Now a year later, How to Meditate with Music Guidebook has gone through the preliminary editing process, the images have been selected, and I have even designed the cover. Soon I will turn it over to my graphics designer to perfect the layout and then it will be ready to publish. Before that happens I will be sending out preliminary copies for people to read and give me feedback so let me know if you are interested in reading it before it goes to print.

Oh, and the book writing has a postscript. I am getting to contribute a chapter to a new Jack Canfield book called The Big Secret. You’ve probably heard of Jack Canfield as co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. This new book that I will be a part of is stories from leading entrepreneurs and professionals revealing their big secrets for achieving success in the areas of health, wealth and lifestyle. I will keep you posted when this book is released.

And finally – journal, journal, journal. Write down your thoughts and dreams. What turns you on? What lights you up? What is holding you back? Notice your blockages. Make lists. Clarify your vision. Journaling can be a helpful way to move forward in life and get what is mulling around in your head out and on paper so you can tackle the tasks that are required to manifest your dreams.

Good luck and blessings on your path. What is your intention in the coming year? Write it down. Commit to taking steps, no matter how small, toward your goals. You can do it! We love to hear from you and when you comment here we’ll send you a free mp3 of our music.

 

 

Never Too Old to Learn Something New

Well, nothing stretches your brain more than venturing into the unknown and learning new things and that is exactly what I am doing.

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” ~ Henry Ford

At age 71 I didn’t expect to be in such a learning mode, but for some reason I find myself engaged in three new activities that are stretching me in different ways. On a whim, my sweet husband, Dean Evenson, gave me a ukulele for Christmas. I had been noticing ukuleles lately and thought I might like to try playing one and presto – there it was at the foot of the tree looking very much like a miniature guitar. So, then of course I had to figure out how to hold it and tune it and position my fingers in strange contorted ways to make chords and then find ways to strum it in a rhythm and make it sound like music.

It’s so cute and tiny and much lighter than the hand harp I am used to playing. My first step was to get a lesson from a friend who happens to play one. She showed me the basics and then I was off and running and looking at a month long trip where I could focus on practicing some chords and learning songs and such. So that’s what I’ve been doing. I’ve gotten pretty good at ‘You Are My Sunshine’ which happens to be a favorite song of mine anyway and since it only has three chords, I’m good for now playing C, F and G but I will keep learning more.

Another thing I am doing that I have never really done is writing a book. Oh, I have written articles, blogs, stories, copy and flyers for 80 albums, an unfinished memoir and all sorts of short pieces, but now I am actually working on a whole book which I intend to publish. Well, it probably won’t be a big long book but it does involve something I have been interested in most of my life and have taught workshops about and pretty much lived for the past 40 years. It’s a book about how to meditate with music. I am bringing together material from courses I have taught and the numerous articles and blogs I have written – all about the many ways music and sound can be used to support the meditation process. Do you think you would want to read a book like that? I hope so.

The third big new thing I am doing is taking a professional life coach training class. This is a twice a week live call with an experienced coach trainer and involves lots of hands on coaching and all sorts of things that help a person develop a professional coaching practice. I have always been interested in coaching and tend to often be in the position of mentoring or encouraging friends and family on ways to improve their lives. I have been part of a local coaching group and was trained to be an AARP Life Reimaged Checkup facilitator, but now with this class, I am really getting a sense of the potential for taking the life coaching path much more seriously. I am enjoying learning new things in the class and no matter how far I get in the field, I am already benefiting by learning to be a better listener and ask powerful questions.

Like stretching and exercising our muscles to keep our bodies healthy, we need to stretch our brain to keep it in shape. Continue reading Never Too Old to Learn Something New