December 8, 2011

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Volume 2, Issue 49

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Happy Thursday!

Sparkle, one of my new doggie friends!

So much has happened since last week!

This week I finally got to see my awesome friend Janet Shields at her home in Atlanta. I also made two new doggy friends (This is a picture of Sparkle one of her furry family!). We’ve been talking about doing this since working together in Rio in 2008! It was wonderful to spend time together again.

I’ve been part of an amazing group of rocking women this year: ‘The Glitter Girls’, as we call ourselves in Christine Kane’s Platinum Group. Many of the ‘Glitter Girls’ were able to meet for the final time as we attended Christine’s Uplevel Live Retreat. I’ve never experienced such a group of like-minded and powerful women. Our bond (and love for each other) is so strong that I know it will continue long after the 2011 Platinum Group has ended.

Jim Rohn said that, “You are the average of the five people that you spend most of your time with.” Well, for me, average is the new AWESOME, because spending time with these eleven women regularly through the year has transformed my life and taught me so much about myself.

Honestly, I’m a little sad that we’ll all not be together again in 2012 but…

…Life is all about transition, and I’m already excited about working with new people in a Platinum Group starting in January.

This reminded me about Buddha’s Law of Impermanence: Nothing lasts forever. Life is always in flux. 

This week’s article was written on the plane, somewhere over the Atlantic! I was looking out over a beautiful carpet of fluffy white cloud that cascaded below me for miles. I always feel like I’m closer to a deeper power when I’m this high up. It’s quite divine!

Scroll down to read more!

Much love,

"The following week after the retreat I became literally unstoppable..."

Macintosh HD:Users:elainebailey:Pictures:iPhoto Library:Previews:2011:11:15:20111115-093138:DSC01909.JPG"I came to the retreat with a desire to be with like-minded women, get some clarity, encouragement for the growth of my young business and acknowledgement for what I have already achieved. I sensed some major changes are looming in my life; I was scared of it and needed support.

During the three days of the retreat I got time to myself to reconnect with my deepest desires, I got the step-by-step guidance from Elaine through the process of getting clear, stepping up and setting concrete goals. I loved how we got to share what each of us thought is in the way of achieving our goals and living a happier life.

I felt open and relaxed within this group of women and got some amazing encouragement as well as some pushing out of my comfort zone!

I got to let go of some old rules that no longer served me - the ladies made it for me into a special moment of burning this rule written on a piece of paper in the log fire. I've let it go completely and wrote down some new rules as well as some concrete goals for the next 6 months.

I also made new friends, got amazing support and am now so full of energy and just simply happy to be me :-)

The following week after the retreat I became literally unstoppable: I followed simple steps in achieving the goals I set during the retreat and have been getting an amazingly positive response from my friends and clients."

Olga Degtyareva
Peaceful Productivity for Creative Types

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Nothing Lasts Forever... The Law of Impermanence

"Nothing we can do can stop time's unfolding."

~William Stafford- Author

You only have to turn on the television or click on the Internet to be infected with our culture’s obsession for eternal youth, the perfect partner, self-improvement or abundant wealth.

There’s that saying: “Let the good times roll…” We can become seduced by the message that everything will be amazing from NOW onwards provided that you follow a set of rules, buy a program or use the anti-wrinkle cream!

I’m not being pessimistic here at all. The truth is that nothing lasts forever and that life is a rich blend of good and bad experiences as we transition through our days. This is what life is all about.

As we get to the end of the year, you can’t help reflecting back and somehow weighing up whether it in fact was a good or bad one.

Let me give you an example using 2011 for me…

I’m a totally different person at the end of 2011 to the Elaine who showed up a little scared and hesitant at the beginning of the year. I’ve had a wonderful year of business prosperity, despite there being a recession. I’ve learned so much and applied it directly to my business and my life.

This year is also one of loss. First the passing of my kitty cat Charlie and then my Father three weeks later. I had to say goodbye to some of those I dearly love. It’s easy to become focused on the losses rather than the gains and write the year off as a ‘bad one.’

What DID happen, was just life…

It’s easy to reflect on the last twelve months from either of two different perspectives: a glass half full or one half empty.

How do you view yours?

Here’s how I really see it…

Every life is full of moments.

Moments happen, you can’t always control them: Sometimes they are planned and inevitable, sometimes they are completely unexpected, uninvited and can create a ripple in the fabric of your world that changes your direction forever.

Some moments are magical and others are painful: Finding your perfect partner or a reversal of fortune (getting laid off for example).

Here’s what I’ve come to realize – this is the way things are.

So you can have a prosperous year and at the same time experience death of someone who was deeply connected to you.

People and things are always in transition – moving and changing. Everything dies. This is just how it is. Buddha calls this the Law of Impermanence. Nothing lasts forever.

It’s like the seasons, things begin to die back in the Autumn and then Winter gets it’s hold, only to be followed by the newness and growth in Spring and the warm radiant, energetic days of Summer.

…And it’s perfectly okay. It really is!

New things are being born and others dying every single day. Not just people, animals and plants, but ideas, dreams, plans, careers, wealth, businesses and friendships.

Here’s how I see it…

Life’s moments are balanced because after every loss there are moments of unexpected joy, healing, success, love, beauty and grace. There’s always a time for things to be born. Some dreams come true others don’t. Friends and family come in and out of our lives. Jobs come and go. It’s all a little like the tide on the beach ebbing and flowing. The tide removes, replaces and renews with each turn.

So what choice do we have?

You can’t always control things but you ALWAYS get to choose HOW you interpret the loss. Here are the choices:

1. Negative and Destructive - You might feel bitter and angry because you were laid off work. It was unfair and unjust. You might feel punished or your heart torn apart forever. You feel empty and lonely. Maybe your heart feels shredded and laid bare. You withdraw and end up sleepwalking through the rest of your life. You close your heart down so you never have to feel pain.

2. Opportunity – You reach through to a deeper level of openness where your heart is tender and passionate. There’s a beauty in vulnerability. Being open to fully experiencing what you are feeling and working then through it allows you to heal the pain and really live your life.  You experience the real joy and sorrow of your awesome existence. Here you get to live your life wide awake.

We truly are amazing beings travelling on a journey through an abundant landscape, that is YOUR life. The path winds and twists and you can lose your footing from time to time.

There’s a difference between living wide awake or sleepwalking through life allowing yourself to be pummeled by the impermanence of things.

Welcome to your life… It’s messy, extremely beautiful and at times, we don’t always know what going to happen next.

Fully embrace the path before you and it will lead you through uncharted territory that it full of kindness, loss, beauty, heartbreak and abundance. There are surprises and miracles in every moment and out of any darkness comes the light. You just have to look for it.

What an amazing existence life truly is… Don’t sleepwalk through and miss it!


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Elaine is the president and founder of Elaine Bailey International Ltd, a company solely devoted to coaching successful women and men into their best lives. She mentors busy corporate people to move away from the chaos and overwhelm of settling and surviving by offering them a whole new approach to productivity, business and lifestyle. Her clients range from nurses, vets, lawyers, bankers, entrepreneurs, senior executives to creatives, who are ready to take the leading role in their life.

Through her workshops, courses, coaching programmes, and products, Elaine shows her clients how to experience freedom and how to take the control back in a busy life. She shares an inside and out approach to create ultimate abundance and happiness.

Elaine is also an international business coach and Head of Coaching for a highly respected learning and development consultancy business in the UK. She works at senior level in large organisations. She is also an international motivational speaker, whose topics include “Are You in Business or Busy-ness? Four Ways to Get Your Life Back on Purpose.”

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