essential

RUMI.

As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears. 🌤

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Thinking and planning is certainly good preparation. But it takes movement and experience to grow wiser (and braver). 

 

Very little grows on jagged rock. Be ground. Be crumbled, so wildflowers will come up where you are. 🌻

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I’m learning to be comfortable with being a bit uncomfortable. To move into a new and freshly inspired life, well… I need to become new and freshly—-you get it.

 

The cure for pain is in the pain. 🌵

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Oh RUMI! This one gives me life. I’ve always found my stronger, wiser self inside pain. I now try to reframe “pain”. Instead of it feeling like a dagger, it feels like a turning point.

 

Set your life on fire and surround yourself with those that fan your flames. 🔥

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I get amped by other warriors and risers. I want to hear about your transformation. I want you to brag about your courage. (Complainers need not apply).

I want to swell your head with compliments because you have done want you said you were going to do. I love to fan and applaud show-offs — the ones who are really nice people and sincerely feel joyful about what they can display! Talent inspires me. Drive makes me wake up. People who are grateful for life make the party rock.

Do you have a fave RUMI quote?

What does it move inside you?

I’d love to hear.

 

here to dare.

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Have you noticed that January is inching along? 

It feels like a 7-week month to me. I don’t know why, and I’m not complaining.

I like when time passes slowly. It usually does when we value our time to its full capacity.

 

Today I’m reviewing 2017 and planting seeds for 2018 in my intimate inner-view book, the journal and log I created to make the most out of my years.

I’ve been using this book since 2013, and I don’t intend to stop. 

It’s helped me finish reading a book each month. Yes–finish a book. It’s not easy to set aside time to sit still and actually finish a book these days.

Am I the only one who feels this way?

my intimate inner-view has helped me lean out my wardrobe and throw away/donate clothes I don’t wear–ever–because for some reason I have a habit of stuffing my closet for “someday”. 

my intimate inner-view pointed me toward taking online painting classes.

It’s helped me save money.

It’s helped me focus my spending.

It’s helped me structure time to write articles for publication on Curejoy. com, Rebelle Society, and Phoenix Soul magazine.

If you wanna join me for a blast of a 2018-year, get your copy here. I’ve made the price pretty compelling. It’s an easy commitment to make.

And each month I’m gonna post my revelations, reflections, and outcomes on the page above (the my intimate inner-view page on this blog–do you see it up there?).

I want you to post yours too!

I cannot wait to hear about your year!! I can’t wait for you to share.

Share your goals. Achieve them ALL–big and small.

We’ll go from here to DARE together.

write into realness.

Don’t let the year go to waste. Instead of balling up another year and tossing it into the can, write your life into realness and super-ness.

Pay attention. You’re about to experience the best jam you’ve ever had.

You don’t have to let your time fly by. 

Get your my intimate inner-view book! 

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I’ll be joining you monthly on this page and this page.

Rise,

Michelle Bernard

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Bring a great year! Michelle Bernard’s way to a super 2018. from Michelle Bernard on Vimeo.

 

it’s time for the realness.

the my intimate inner-view book

Are you ready to make this year absolutely memorable and divine?

This is a creative journal and log to inspire you throughout this sparkling year. 

Every year of your life is sacred. Every day of your life matters. Savor your sweet, sparkling life.

 

The my intimate inner-view book is 98-pages, including an interactive calendar, that will illuminate your realness, keep you focused on small and big goals, and remind you to explore your interests. This year won’t fly by without you noticing what matters deeply. 

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So listen, I want EVERYONE to experience and remember 2018.

I am offering the my intimate inner-view book as a pay-what-you-want gift!

You can pay ANY PRICE BETWEEN $1 and $11. Any price.
If you pay $1, you’ll get the same book as those who pay $9.

Put your price in the box in the upper right corner. 

I’ll be doing the my intimate inner-view with you!!

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Meet me on the inside. 

My friends, look at the menu up top of my blog. Do you see where it says my intimate interview 2018? That’s the page I’ll be posting onto each month while we go through this divine year together. 

Once you have your my intimate innerview book, do the 2017 review. It might take you a few weeks to think on and write in your thoughts. Don’t hurry. By February, we’ll get movin’ into the middle.

I’ll post a video on that page up above by Tuesday, January 2! I hope you’ll join me.

Michelle Bernard

my childish ways

listen to what see says to answer Johnny at 1:54-ish… she recorded her best-selling music shortly after this interview ➠ LAST DANCE, BAD GIRLS, HOT STUFF, DIM ALL THE LIGHTS, ON THE RADIO…

I met her

had spaghetti dinner with Donna and the band and her husband, Bruce, before her concert in California 1984

spent the weekend with Donna’s personal secretary at her apartment in Beverly Hills and got to meet Mimi, Donna’s first daughter, who was there when we arrived

then the next summer I got to do it again.

I hung out backstage in the green room the next year from 4pm until Donna’s concert started, then returned backstage for the after-show party. I was 16.

I had told everyone in my town I was going to meet Donna Summer.

As a sixth grader on the playground during elementary school recess in Iowa, I was prophesying my future.

“How are you going to do that, Michelle?”

It was a valid question.

To everyone I seemed merely a wishful kid singing and hoping my heart out in a little city in the midwest.

But you see, I did NOT NEED TO KNOW how it would happen to believe it would.

I felt like it was gonna happen. 

My vision and feeling were the only proof I needed to know I’d meet Donna Summer one day.

And I ended up spending time with her twice. Hours and hours of time with her!

I learned at 11 that you can declare your vision and construct a real-life happening from your faith. You need to feel your vision like it’s real.

I’ve been doing it ever since.

What is your vision? Are you seeing it every morning and night with me like we planned? Visit my Facebook page so you can join me in seeing your future as real right now!

construct it

feel it

believe it

expect it.

 

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tap into your winter wonderland ➻ your mind.

devote a little time every day to create the You and life you really want.

visit your creation every single day–inside your imagination–I’m going to!

welcome to your future.

start now.

pick 1 or 2 burning desires and commit to visualizing them. see, feel, hear, and know them like they’re really real for 2-10 minutes during your morning routine. do it again before you go to bed.

see your future wonderland every morning and before bed for the rest of this year.

use the audio below to jazz up your visioning ♛

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(excerpted from AiM–10 days to LOSE YOUR MIND audio and video program. check it out…)

The gift you want this year, you already have. 

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ignite.

When we ruminate over a thought,

a fear,

or an outcome; we are using our imagination.

When we talk about what we want,

what we believe,

what we fear; we are using our imagination.

When we stay up all night because our mind is unleashed and running rampant between layers and streams and matrices of thoughts; we are using our imagination.

Whenever we daydream, we are using our imagination.

How are you using your imagination?

Your imagination has the magnetic force to attract to you its image.

Your imagination is filled with the pictures that encapsulate your burning desire or your belief about what’s possible.

Hopefully what you believe to be possible is also your burning desire.

If not, well that’s what you need to fix reconfigure right now.

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Michelle Bernard,

author of LEAN HAPPY HEALTHY YOU

and other ravishingly motivational journals

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her.

I hear them say to me ” hey gorgeous” or “you’re so beautiful” and I stop to question, well, they must have missed these gray hairs?

Do they see what life has done to my crown? It has exposed me. Made me odd and old and riddled me with this self-judgment.

How could they have missed them? There’re so many. Surely when they see them, they’ll reassess my status of beauty, status of presence. I will become invisible once they see that I am not what they thought I was.

Why do I do that? 

Even when I was 32 and only one day after I won a body building contest– ripped and leaner than I’d been in my entire life– I pondered whether to wear my cut-off shorts and tomato red heels to the Village for lunch.  

You know, because I thought maybe my legs showed cellulite, too much water-weight on the back.  

I had just won a bodybuilding show and still thought “they’re gonna find out I WAS fat just 3 months ago.”

Geezo, even with less than 10% bodyfat I felt like an imposter.

And I look at women all around the city; so many gorgeous, luscious women, and I can’t help but hope they realize their pretty is profound. So profound. So unique. Stunning.

Like art.

The Woman with dark brown skin, pure and unblemished.  Glowing gorgeousness.  A chocolate face that shines. Does she see how My breath slows when I look at her face? Maybe, she doesn’t know how exquisite she is, just as she is.

 

The round Woman with hips like ruby rose petals bursting in May . I think they are paintable and sculptable and climbable.

She may not know that she radiates like a maternal goddess, that she reminds me that we’re all mothering someone, even us women without our own child. She is my mirror, and I thank her for letting me see myself that way.

 

The Lady behind glasses masking the mystery in her knowing eyes;  on a face with warrior markings, touched with reds and pinks and greens and black lines of clarity.  Reading her library labeled book.  A thinker, a lover of words and sounds and silence magnified.

When these women turn and catch my gaze, I let a smile stream between us.  

 

Does she know of her lovely? 

 

I, too, wanna feel beautiful beyond my failed control over the gray that commands my head. I wanna feel beautiful even with the patch of cellulite on the side of my rump, when I am without pink and red powders, while wearing my writing glasses and tapping letters on my iPad, while feeling the flow of tears when I write stuff that really matters to me.  

And I wanna let HER know she is– the one I’m smiling at–the lady sitting across from me on the train– the one who keeps staring at me–I want her to know she’s stunning.

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for real.

Clawing for your dream to become real can be a bit exhausting, if it goes on long enough.

But God knows, you definitely have to go after what you want in full force if you’re seriously determined to make it real.

 

In order for most of us to claim our deepest desires:

to lose fat once and for all,

to cruise to a six-figure income,

to hold the keys to your beach house, 

to finally caress the hand of your everlasting mate,

we need to start acting more like a kid instead of a pissed-off, overwhelmed, confused,

and irritated grown-up.

 

Once you decide you are READY to acquire that dream,

the activity that must consume your “efforts” is playing

MAKE BELIEVE.

 

Use every pocket of me-time: when you’re in the shower, on the toilet,

driving,

or right before bed

to daydream VIVIDLY!

 

What’s new in your wardrobe when you’re 10 pounds lighter?

How does it feel to look at your bank statements after you’ve easily paid your credit card bill and sent extra money to your investment accounts?

Describe the kitchen and bathroom in your beach house.

What does your everlasting love say to you on Sunday morning?

 

Daydream the questions.

The answers become your vision.

 

Then PRETEND.

Feel that darn dream as if it’s real right now. And feel it again tonight. And feel it again in the car. And again when you take the dog for a walk. And again tomorrow.

Act like it’s real.

 

Eat the foods someone 10 pounds lighter would eat.

Send money to your nieces every month.    

Go to HomeDepot and select the cabinets and tiles you’re gonna use for the kitchen remodel in your beach house.

Wake up feeling that you’re seen and loved.

 

Actively MAKE BELIEVE your dream is real RIGHT NOW.

And like a crazy adult or a creative child, boldly PRETEND you are living your dream every single day without cease.

Pretty soon, really,

pretty soon,

you will live it

for real.

for real

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