Not expected.

the mist can see me through my window.
I see it too. It cannot hide behind the glow from street lamps.
It was raining when the dogs woke up.
It’s still raining now.
this is certainly not the way I expected to experience the last days of April:
wrapped in two scarves, socks up my legs, and a fur-lined hat near the front door.
I wanted flowers out my window
and fresh air to blow into my apartment while I get ready for bed.
but
I do like the stillness of this night.
 
And I like how time hangs onto the mist
giving more evening
more slowdown
breath
and
less
in my mind
so I can see the beauty
in this foggy night
 

Michelle Bernard: not expected, a poem for the season from Michelle Bernard on Vimeo.

 

longer.

i love ya
tomorrow
i wiggled into you
(you were worth the wait)
inhaling
through grateful hips
shoulders praising morning
i pointed these feet
east
toward Creation
while white strands caught my eyelashes
i increased the decision
taking longer strides
(trusting myself for
the 108th time)
letting what I felt
be felt
by
the air
and
sky
swallowed the noise
letting the sound of light play
from my body
making the days
longer
 

Michelle Bernard: longer – a poem from Michelle Bernard on Vimeo.

 

the women.

the women.

me.
explorer of dream.  
smile
casting magic on those in her orbit.  
knowing eyes
peeking out from pink and turquoise
feathers.
striped and barefoot and bejeweled.
sweaty, whirling hips.
painting the sky with patchouli hands. 

and

me.  
head tilted.
curious.
grey wool exterior, lined inside.
big eyes squinting.  taming Questions. 
determined for answers.
once prodded, bullied.
once,  
forgot her name.  
Determined.
close up, no injury.
underneath bronzed body armor—
dark, dried up, salty invalidation
chipping off.

give her little wings.

 

 

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like magic.

What are you waiting for?

No, really.

Are you actually waiting? For the right moment, the courage, a magic stick to tap the back of your ear and bless you with stock, proficiency, and magnetism?

Well, here it is. 

I am waving my… uh… give me a moment…

umbrella.

Pretend it is the wand you’ve been expecting, and let it anoint you with 

the drive and decision you always hoped this day would give you.

TAP!

Now, become the person you’ve imagined. 

 

rise.

Michelle Bernard

www.michellebernardspeaks.com

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do you let it go?

What to do…

when the person you thought you’d love forever

makes you sad, manipulates, cannot relate to your desire for growth?

How do you break-up with a best friend?

Do you? 

Do you stay when you’ve grown in different directions?

Kids know how to find friends who align with them.

We need to do the same as adults.

You are not a bad person to want joy and alignment.

rise,

Michelle 

http://www.michellebernardspeaks.com

marking life.

just michelle

Climbing yesterday.

sutures of creativity

grief

bravery

longing

music

triumph

stitched into my brain.

mountains of experience.

peaks made from memories, 

marking life.

climbing yesterday: Michelle Bernard.Dance with the WiLD from Michelle Bernard on Vimeo.

 

This is from my movement journal. I write to journal, too.

I am a WiLD journaler. I sit with paper/pen/cold coffee every morn of every day. The journal is a mirror.

I have seen myself.

 

rise,

Michelle B

www.michellebernardspeaks.com

your pot of gold.

Who isn’t hoping to find the prized corridor that leads to amazing fitness and freaky weight-loss?

And who doesn’t want the path be moderately convenient: not to impede upon your current schedule and not cause any discomfort?

  • Change requires things to change. 
  • Change requires new habits.
  • Change requires awareness, especially about what needs to change.

TRUE OR NOT TRUE

  • You will know everything you need to know if you read a good health and fitness book. WT…? No!

Sorry, but it’s just NOT TRUE.

You can build a house out of the truckloads of diet books on Amazon, yet there’s an obesity epidemic in every town.  Reading Browsing the diet books we get for Christmas ain’t gonna do it.

Plus, you and I have different body types. Every body responds a touch differently to exercise and food.

beyond reading

You stand to learn more about YOURSELF and YOUR body when you take the ACTION prescribed in the book.

TRUE OR NOT TRUE

  • You can lose 20 pounds in 4 months, if you workout 4 days a week.

Yeah, maybe.

I wouldn’t say it’s impossible, but I would say I hope you have a workout log. I hope you’re planning to advance-schedule ALL your workouts, log the actual exercises, and track your progress each week.

And if losing 20 pounds in 4 months really matters to you, I suggest you keep a journal and write your feelings. Write your goals. Confront your fears. Confront your feelings.

Because 20 pounds isn’t worth a drop of water. A twenty pound weight change is like finding gold!

You’re gonna need to dig and remain tenacious, focused, and committed.

Look at a snapshot of one of my workout journals. Yep, that’s a page of my DUMP–it’s what I call it when I’m dumping out my feelings. Like clearing out my inner obstacles. 

Beside it is the book I’m writing now. It’s a workout log. Plus, more. 

For 20 less pounds, my book will help you. It’ll be ready by Earth Day, in time for Spring!

 

 

TRUE OR NOT TRUE

  • You can transform your body all by yourself.

Tremendously unlikely.

Sorry, but it’s pretty much NOT TRUE.

by myself

And if it were TRUE, it’d be a rare phenomenon.

Generally, we can go farther and achieve more with support, guidance, coaching, and the elevation of standard we energetically pick up by simply being in the company of folks with similar goals and elevated habits!

A trainer, a teacher, or a friend will give you one or all the above. Peer groups you create in exercise spaces or a meet-up or a Facebook group help.

You NEED accountability!

Go ahead and find people to celebrate you. 

Keep up with the Rabbits: people that keep you running at a faster pace of belief and action.

All this is better than trying to do your goals by yourself.

pot of gold

Transform your habits, transform your body.

  • Keep notes when you read.
  • Post reminders or quotes from the books that inspire you.
  • Advance-schedule your workouts.  
  • Track your progress.
  • Journal.
  • Find a teacher, trainer, or a friend to draft you to your pot of gold.

 

live above ordinary,

Michelle

 

bold.

I’m about to make a bold statement.
Let me clear my throat.

clear my throat-- Michelle Bernard

WHAT YOU ARE MOVING TOWARD

IS MOVING TOWARD YOU.

 

I don’t just mean WHAT YOU’RE MOVING TOWARD with your feet.

I mean

with your feet,

your eyes,

your hands,

your words,

and your knowing.

What are you moving toward?

Be bold and move toward the life you’ve dreamed of

and away from all the plans this weird world has for you.

michelle bernard SPEAKS: dream yourself alive from Michelle Bernard on Vimeo.

ready?

Are you ready to change your body, get fit, tight, sculpted, super-hero-ed up?

Are you ready to finally say YES and commit to doing your dream?

NNNNN! [buzzer to signal a re-direction]

You will never be ready. 

There’s no such thing as ready.

There’s no such thing as the perfect time, place, or amount.  The Red Sea is not going to part for you to finally commit to your transformation.

There is not going to be an opening of any sort in REAL life for you to do the healthier version of yourself.

There is only ➠DECISION.

And you can make the decision right NOW

☝︎NO MATTER WHAT’S GOING ON IN YOUR LIFE. 

michelle bernard SPEAKS: Here’s the truth- the right time from Michelle Bernard on Vimeo.

 Life will not give you ➠READY. 

You have to decide with all your heart you are willing to live inside the full-throttle amplitude of your dream.

 

M.

http://www.michellebernardspeaks.com

Michelle Bernard pedestal 2

 

Using your calendar.

Michelle Bernard: Using the calendar in the my intimate inner-view book 2018 from Michelle Bernard on Vimeo.

 

Jot your wins and explorations into the rectangular boxes at the beginning.

Let the questions on the left side of the calendar months stir your interests.

I really like how the right side’s prompts–I’m starting, exploring, and finishing–help me stay conscious of my goals for each branch of being.

It’s the section that gives my year meaning and makes it unforgettable.

 

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