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Why Soul Restoration?

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I love to teach Soul Restoration.  There are so many reasons why I love to teach this material.  The number one reason that I feel called to continue teaching this course is that of the light and love that I see shining in the eyes of the women who have gone through the curriculum that is shining brighter and deeper than it was when we began.  Through the connections I’ve made in Soul Restoration workshops my belief in Sisterhood across the world has multiplied and intensified.  There is so much love, power, and beauty all over the world.

Does that mean that your life has to be in a really sad place in order to reap the benefits of this course?  NO!  I believe that you already have inside of you every single thing that is good and that you need to be successful and to move forward in your beautiful adventure.  I also know that as we are on our journey through life that experiences and expectations press upon us, sometimes so intensely that we can get mixed up in thinking that we need something outside of us to bring us joy or to make us valuable.

This work has brought me joy and hope when I’ve spent time in dark places with pain and hurt washing over me like strong waves.  This work has also brought me love and light when I’m experiencing great seasons where I feel like I am learning and growing.  Through Soul Restoration I love to witness other re-discovering the strength inside of them that has been buried and worn down.  The original you is still in there and it is time to restore back to who you have always been.

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I’ve had friends who joined my classes thinking that it’s an artsty-craftsy weekly get together.  While there is a small amount of creative work that we do (with the option to do much more at home, and I hope you will because it is fun), the aim is to spend time in deep reflection, have active conversations in a safe place, and connect to other wonderful women.  You will experience a guided meditation, challenging questions, uplifting experiences, soul deep commitments to yourself, and a lot of encouragement to journal about your emotions and experiences.  I will facilitate the class in real time each week, whether we are meeting online or in person.     I hope you join me!

xo

Emily

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Let’s stop playing small

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I love this quote by Nelson Mandela.  There is such a great temptation in life to just play small and tell ourselves that we don’t deserve to chase our dreams and live the way we have always dreamed.

It is a great reminder to myself that I get to make choices each day to either lead me towards the life I want or to keep me stuck where I have always been.

This journey is what led me on my path to homeschool my children and stop running all over town signing them up for 3 different sports and activities; a piece.   I’m not saying that is wrong for anyone, I just came to know that it did not feel good to me.  I began thinking about how I would love for a weeknight or weekend to go and how it would feel and what it would include.  As we had these discussions as a family we realized we love hiking together, staying in our pajamas until noon sometimes, and having a big breakfast together.  We learned that we did not love splitting up in 3 different directions on a Saturday and fighting traffic and crowded parking lots.

Sometimes it is easier to know what we do not want than it is to know what we do want.  If that is the case for you start there, and work backwards.

I hope you ask yourself this question today “What do I want my life to feel like every day?”

Because you deserve to have it feel beautiful, fulfilled, challenging, exciting and fun.

E

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How do you hold a moonbeam in your hands?

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A lot of people are quite familiar with the story of Maria VonTrapp.  Perhaps you have seen the musical, or the movie, or heard the music.  Chances are you know and love the Maria who thought she would be a nun but instead who fell in love with Captain VonTrapp {but mostly}  his seven children.

As I recently became reaquainted with this story I found myself fascinated with the whole of Maria’s life.  I believe her true courage came when she and her husband took their family on tour and chose to leave their home land and then settle in the United States of America.  I learned about WHO she really was and what she did and the example she was to her children.  Her story is the story of an overcomer.  The VonTrapp family is beloved becuase they triumphed above so many circumstances that they could have stayed stuck in.  Maria was not a perfect person and isn’t that refreshing to know as well?  She was imperfect and she did her best and she took care of her 10 children with willpower and never gave up.

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It also made me think about how this is so much what a life really is — we are not just one small part of our story or one great thing that we chose or accomplished.  Who we are is a combination of all of our life experiences, choices, accomplishments, failures, loves, and lessons learned.  We are also not only our weaknesses but are the whole of our strengths and weaknesses.  This gave me a great perspective — and has made me feel so empowered to believe in all that is still going to come into my life and all the possibilities of the future.  I’m so thankful for what I have learned up to this point in my life and I feel grateful that I get to contine forward with what I know now.  Life is an amazing, instructive journey.  We have so many choices about how we want to move forward, just like Maria did.  I’m inspired by her to choose good things and to never give up.  I hope you are as well!

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I hope that someday my story will be worthy of being told in spite of my shortcomings and faults.  I hope that my story will be told because I never gave up and I kept showing love every chance I could!

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