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Debra Smouse - Love Notes from My Heart to Yours

Everything has seasons,
and we have to be able to recognize
when something's time has passed
and be able to move into
the next season.
Everything that is alive
requires pruning as well,
which is a great metaphor
for endings.”

― Henry Cloud


Though culturally we shift into summer mode here in the US Memorial Day weekend, the Summer Summertime is Here - a Walk inthe ParkSolstice (and official first day of summer) was this past Thursday. Now, I’ve always loved holidays <<Name>>  The big ones like Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter.

There is always magic in the air when you take time to stop and celebrate.

As a kid, the odd-calendar type celebrations like solstices and equinoxes transported me to a magical space and time because they marked the official shift of the season. Still today, that excited me. But the Winter and Summer Solstice points mark something more primal than simply a date on the calendar. 

The Summer Solstice marks the beginning of Summer and the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and we are presented with the longest day of the year. Despite it being the 1st day of summer, from now until Winter Solstice, the days will begin to shorten. Little by little.

Ancient - and some modern - cultures believed that the day was sacred and full of magic. Yes, despite my deep, core need for things to be logical I, of course, want to believe that no matter our beliefs, we can capture the magic of that as well.

What I believe in most deeply is that there is magic to be discovered in the everyday living, especially if we actively make space for it, seek it, and make every day magic a priority.

Yes, I'm talking about attending to the details of our lives. To carefully plate your dinner so it’s pleasing to there is magic in every day - like just the right cupthe eyes as it nourishes your body. To use a special mug for your morning coffee. Especially over the use of throwaway paper cups.

To choose a journal with beautiful paper...and a pen that flows across your page *just so*. And spend fifteen minutes ensconced in a comfy chair to begin the day rather than rushing around.

And how about taking an additional ten minutes to have lunch at some place other than your desk?

I’ve learned that doing these things creates a sense of magic. I can begin the moment feeling frustrated, irritable, or cranky and end it feeling more centered.  The choice to be mindful and the extra minute or two that it takes to do so captures a bit of magic.

As children, we were often able to see the magic in everyday living. We laughed, found pleasure in sitting in someone's lap, let the grass tickle between our toes, and sought play in any environment. Rather raindrops on flowersthan just glance at the flowers, we drop to the ground and inspect the way the drops of rain cling to the petals.

We observe a fascinating piece of art and used that imagination to create stories about it or dig into our curiosity.

Am I tuning into that inner voice often enough?

Magic also equals deeper joy. To access that, I must listen to the call of my soul. And honestly, my soul reaches out to me through the traits of my childhood: an insatiable curiosity, a desire to explore, and the want to experience what the world has to offer.

So tell me, darling, what about you? Are you excited about the change in the seasons? Do you believe in magic?  How can you immerse yourself in moments of everyday magic?

In what way can you deepen your sense of joy by approaching life from a sense of curiosity and play? What if that was the key to really finding a deeper sense of joy? What would you do if you working with some sunshinlistened to the call of your soul? 

What activities did you enjoy doing as a child that you think you just don't have time for? What if just once in the coming week, you did something your ten-year-old-self would have done in a heartbeat?

What if, in the midst of your average day, you chose to do an activity with full mindfulness whilst attending to the details?  What would that feel like? What would it look like? What would it taste like? What would that smell like?

As always, I am ever grateful of this time with you and this space in your in-box. If there's anything I can do - or you want to share how you responded to my dare - don't hesitate to reach out to me.

Remember that I'm just an email away. I love hearing your stories and helping you find the resources you need to create a life you love.

With so much love...........

PS - Speaking of Magic... my friend Briana has a new book out about just that thing.  If you haven't yet, you can see this video where we talk about it!

From the blog:  Why Do We Self-Sabotage When Things Are Going Really Good?

By exploring your desires and wanting to go deeper into your own life, you begin priming your brain to think about the possibilities of having MORE for your life. And as such, you begin to take action that aligns with your desires.

Then, just as you realize that life is really good, something throws you off track. You’d love to blame it on circumstances or someone else. But the truth is: you are the one getting in your own way. And you find yourself asking WHY. Why do we self-sabotage?

First of all, if you realize that your lack of progress is self-sabotage, you’re ahead of the curve. And can do something about it.  Because, in all honesty, most folks don’t realize that their own actions and habits are at the heart of their lack of progress.  That’s because knowledge is power. And allows you to nip your self-sabotaging ways in the bud.

WHY Do We Self-Sabotage?

What is self-sabotaging behavior?

Before exploring why we self-sabotage,first let’s explore what self-sabotaging behavior is. It’s any actions or habits that interfere with making progress towards living our lives to the fullest. This can be the ways in which our habits stall progress towards our goals. Or behaviors that may come across as something we tell ourselves is a win, but in all honesty, it’s a way we sacrifice the long-term goals for a short term win.

Examples of self-sabotaging behaviors include procrastination, over-scheduling yourself, overindulging in food or alcohol, and crossing boundaries that you or someone else has set.

What are some causes of self-sabotage?

Fear is of failure is one of the number one causes of self-sabotage.

Despite things going really well for us, if we have a history of not reaching goals, we subconsciously believe that failure is inevitable. It’s the ways in which we wait for the “other shoe to drop”.

Say, for example, you want to lose weight. But no matter how often you’ve tried, you always go off your diet. Or stop exercising. Because your personal history is “I will never lose weight”? When you begin losing weight, your inner critic pipes up and reminds you that you will inevitably fail. So, self-sabotaging behaviors popup. Since you already fear you’ll fail, it’s just helping you fail sooner. Before you break through the barrier of what you may see as true success.

Especially if others have begun to notice your progress. Because, no matter what area of your life is going well, we’d rather fail earlier so not as many people will witness our failure. Then, the cycle begins again. Because your inner critic will celebrate that it was “right”.

Remember: our inner critics were born from a place of keeping us safe. Especially safe from being shamed or ridiculed.

No matter how good things are going, because you deeply believe success will never be yours. No matter what area of your life you’re focusing on? Your subconscious can take pleasure in being “right”. And so, you indulge in the feelings of disappointment that you never be successful. And then, you get to indulge in behaviors and habits that are ingrained.

So, when you wonder: why do we self-sabotage? First look to the ways in which you’re afraid. And the dialogue of your inner critic.

Surprisingly, fear of success is an all-too-common way we self-sabotage.

When you begin to make progress on a big goal, that means that things in your life are changing.  And as much as we desire things in our life to be different, we also fear this difference. Because, what will it MEAN when our life isn’t the same as it was before?

The thing is, even when say we want something, a part of us is afraid that if life is different, everything will be different. What if our family members no longer love us? What if our friends abandon us because we’ve changed?

And changing old habits and behaviors is hard. Because deep down, a part of us will always look back t the “old” ways of doing things as easier. And sure, that may seem easier, but deep down you wanted life to be different for a deeper reason.

When fear of success arises, I want to gently remind you that life is always changing. So, when you make changes from a space of what you desire? It’s worlds better than allowing others to direct the changes in our life. And, if you’ve already made some progress, as evidenced by feeling that things are going really good, you cannot go back to the old you.

Why do we self-sabotage? A part of us believes we don’t deserve to be happy.

Just like we fear success and failure, fearing that we aren’t worthy of having our desires is another cause of self-sabotaging behaviors arising. Yes, we say we want to be happy. But we all know that saying something and doing it are two different things.

Sometimes, too, we struggle with believing we’re worthy of something when our life is already pretty good. That wanting more is selfish. And therefore, we don’t or shouldn’t want more.

If you’ve struggled with self-esteem issues. Or lack confidence in yourself. Then your subconscious may not believe that you are unworthy of having your desires or reaching goals. Our thoughts can create our reality, so thinking that you don’t deserve something or unworthy of it opens the door to self-sabotage.

How do you deal with self-sabotage?

Since most of the reasons we self-sabotage begin from a place of fear, it’s important to Answering the question why DO I self-sabotage is the key to dealing. we self-sabotage is the key to dealing with the ways in which you getting your own way.
  • Identify your self-sabotaging behaviors. When you are clear on the ways in which you personally self-sabotage, you can recognize it when  it begins to happen. Before you go too far, so to speak.
  • Get clear on the underlying reason why you self-sabotage. When we know what the core cause is, it’s easier to shine a light on that fear. And take action anyway.
  • Get super clear on your desires and why you want them. I like to play the game of  “The 5 Shades of Why”.Asking “WHY do I want X. And what would THAT give me?” Going through this process to get to an underlying truth allows you to stay motivated when you’re tempted to self-sabotage.
  • Break down a goal or desire into small steps and identify milestones. This allows you to recognize success. This helps when you believe it’s pointless to keep trying. Because you’ve already made progress.
  • Take all of this information and write it down. Because information is powerful, keeping a long-range, big goal in your mind is possible. Even when it’s tempting to give into a temporary pleasure. Writing down your goals and keeping a journal can help you deal with self-sabotage.
  • Begin a courage practice. Make a list of things you want to try and then start acting! Action allows you to gain momentum. When you have some momentum, it’s easier to overcome self-sabotaging behaviors. And get back on track more quickly if you have self-sabotaged in some ways.
  • Begin a gratitude practice to help re-wire your brain to the positive. This will help shift you from negative thinking.
  • As part of your gratitude practice, record and celebrate your wins. It will also help you with your self-confidence. And remind you that you are worthy of having your dreams be a part of your reality.
Darling, you are human. And as such, there will always be moments when you get in your own way. However, if you are super clear on how and why you self-sabotage, it allows you to correct your course. You are a beloved child of God and deserve happiness, love, and delight. Don’t allow your fears of failure, success, or worthiness get in the way of all your hard work.
Summertime also means CORN. Local corn season arrives soon and I'm digging into all my old recipes to Tuna Tacos with Avocado & Corn Salsaremind myself of ways to embrace it more!

One way was in this amazing  Seared Tuna Tacos with Avocado-Corn Salsa. Perfect for summer!

Dice an avocado and ½ of a red onion. Add one cob's worth of fresh corn kernels (I use this Oxo Corn Stripper) Gently toss in a bowl with a pinch of kosher salt, several grinds of fresh black pepper, a tablespoon of diced cilantro, and the juice of a lime. Put in the fridge to chill.

Take an ahi tuna steak (sushi grade, about 8 ounces) and thinly slice it. Combine 1 teaspoon of ground cumin, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder and the juice of half a lime  and pour it over the tuna.

Add one tablespoon of olive oil to a skillet and heat it on high. Add the Tuna and sear each side of the tuna, about three minutes on each side.

Add seared tuna to a corn tortilla, top with the avocado-corn salsa, and, if you are cheese inclined, add a few crumbles of feta or cotija. You can also serve this in  lettuce leaves instead of the tortillas (I typically go for Romaine or Boston Bibb Lettuce)

If you aren't a fan of tuna, you can also use Mahi Mahi, Halibut, or Cod!

I like to serve them with slices of fresh lime as well.

And, of course, if you don't want to eat these in tortillas, toss all the ingredients over a mixture of lettuce and cabbage.

Volume 9-Issue 13

June 22, 2019

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Debra Smouse

About Debra

Debra Smouse is a writer, life coach, and Tarnished Southern Belle who is on a mission to help people create a daily life that is loving and nourishing.

A native Texan, she resides in Ohio with the Man of her Dreams. Connect with her on social media:
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Becca Rowan

Unbelievable Difference

Working with Deb for just a few months has made an unbelievable difference in my life.

With her encouragement, I made major progress on clearing the clutter in my physical life as well as in my emotional life, which paved the way toward creating a new vision for the life I want to live now.

Deb has an easy conversational style, rational down-to earth wisdom, and a warm sense of humor.

She got right to the heart of the things holding me back from living my best life, and has given me sound principles and practices I can carry forward into the future.

For the first time in a long time I feel excited about my life, and I have Deb to thank for that!

-Becca Rowan, Author

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She inspires me, she supports me, and she gives me direction so I can identify my needs and my wants. But she doesn’t stop there. Not only does she assist me in laying the foundation, but she gives me the tools to actually achieve the life I desire. This is an ongoing process, not a quick fix. And it takes practice.

If I veer off my intended path, Debra has given me the structure, along with the tools to get back on track. Since working with Debra, my life flows more smoothly, I know where I’m heading and I know how to get there.

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I believe everyone could benefit from a good life coach. Yes, everyone. Even (and especially) other coaches! Debra is a coach who models what she encourages in her clients—deep soul searching, practical living skills, and solid business sense. Whether you’re new to exploring personal growth or someone who assists others along their own paths, Debra offers a style that meets you where you are.


Personally, I’ve done a ton of my own transformational work and continue to explore new pathways every day. While I wish I could say that I have ‘arrived,’ there really is no such destination for a lifelong learner like me or probably you. Debra is a friend and mentor who helps keep me on task, shed light on my blind spots, and untangle the stuck places that I can’t quite tackle on my own.

Throughout the time we’ve worked together, she’s nudged me forward with just the right amount of force and given me space to grieve my losses and celebrate my victories. She’s more than a coach. She’s a muse and cheerleader, and I am immensely grateful to have her on my team.

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You can feel #blessed AND still want MORE for your life

From the Archives

Having a good life doesn't mean that wanting more is selfish. Nor does it mean you aren't grateful for what you do have....

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Debra.  Your blogs and columns and coaching advice always seem supportive and like they’re coming from a place of love.

~Melissa Bartell, Word Ninja.  Bathtub Mermaid

Like Alice, Did you take a tumble.....

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Have you taken a little tumble down the Rabbit Hole of "shoulds" and "coulds" and "Woulds"?

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Your advice has always been spot on…….from helping me see how important it is to be thankful for my blessings to helping me remove physical and emotional clutter from my life. I am actually the most grateful for the times when you have spoken the truth in love and been honest with me when I wanted to continue to delude myself. Without those wise words, I would have continued to lie to myself and not had the breakthroughs I have experienced.

I’m not all I want to be yet but I would have ever found my path had I not met and worked with you. Thank you for your efforts in helping me find my life. I am forever in your debt.

~Basil Human, Engineer, Chief Operating Officer, Writer

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