absolutely.

my folks wanted normal.
i got nods when i wore the beige suit (this happened Twice in all my 49 years).
i grew up around crossed fingers that I’d learn
hobby don’t make no money.
that would have to happen from magic.
so i went out into the wilderness and hunted degrees, certs, and validation– i even dry cleaned and starched a white collared shirt
i did very good to grow-up and be —not me
though wild chocked me with its vines squeezing for books to be birthed,
books to be purged from poetry + pain,
books to be rinsed from journals stashed in dusty cardboard boxes  
but when i heard the whisper from the muse at the nape of my neck
i could, no more, deny 
she said go be
be like those explorers you spy , like James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Joyce Maynard, the ones who wore wide floppy felt hats covering one eye.
meet them and sip cappuccino til 3 then wine till your journals swell.
go on
be lifted up from your juliette balcony by the magical balloon filled with the air from your imagination and meaning.
both have the power to raise you up, even when it rains.
normal, at this point, is absolutely impossible.
Michelle Bernard listening to her song

what you need.

your heart will be persistent

even if you leave it to wither in a shoe box

even if you flatten it and use it as a bookmark to save your place

even if you bury it in the garden between the bossy rows of peppermint

your heart will keep on trying to tell you

what you need to know

to be able to survive

to be able to go on

to rise

to be free.

when you are ready to listen

when you are ready to know

when you’re ready to let go

your heart will say to you 

you’re the one that I want.

BE YOU.

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.

 

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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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

 

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

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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! 

https://gum.co/innerview

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.