What Are You Going to Do?

One marvelous lifeAs I contemplate where I am and where I am heading my thoughts are simple, "What will I do?"

I hope you think about the direction you're heading in and don't leave it to chance. If you live in Charlotte, NC consider an exciting weekly coaching opportunity I am offering.

Are you ready for some fresh invigoration that will introduce you to an environment of expansion, new growth and creativity in your life? As much as you want to dive into greater clarity and vision your inner world has to be in congruence with your outer steps in order to move forward with clarity and vision.  Start 2014 with regular support and camaraderie to help you take your life to a new level.

Join me for a weekly, in-person, creative coaching journey through, The Untamed Heart Coaching Circle, where we will explore the possibilities, clarify vision and nurture inspiration through inspiring creative projects and a supportive coaching environment.

Take time to invest in yourself, untame your heart and explore the internal wealth you possess as you process through Untamed Heart, Releasing Your Creative Genius book and The Gift's of Imperfection by Brene' Brown with other women. Invest in yourself and watch your life blossom!

Often people are drawn to coaching when their normal is disturbed. It may be that you’ve accomplished one set of goals and are wondering what’s right for the next season. Or maybe you’ve left a job, experienced a divorce, loss, transition, empty nest, or realize this is a time you want to invest in your growth.

If you are ready to explore a new perspective, engage new possibilities, unleash creative play as a means to up your own game of life, then join the Untamed Heart Coaching Circle and make an investment in yourself.

 

Limited space, email now to hold your place, or to get more information. Make an investment in yourself for 2014.

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Monthly Enrollment $125     Email: kimber@moxieme.com

50 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was Younger

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Sometimes it's important to take stock of what you know. Not for knowledge sake, but as an anchor during wobbly times.

Here is my recent list of 50 things I am sure of at this stage in life. I hold these as valuable treasures that I discovered along the journey. Sometimes I wish I had inherently known them, or had discovered them earlier, but if I had come upon them in another fashion they might not be as valuable to me as they are presently. These are things I want my daughter to know. These are things I want other women to know. These are things I hope you will consider yourself. However, I encourage you to make your own list. Determine what's important to you.

 

50 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was Younger

  1. Your life is more than the contents of your outer world.
  2. Every living thing grows in cycles.
  3. During winter’s barrenness don’t look for a harvest. Understand that deep rooting is taking place.
  4. True happiness is an inside job; so don’t look for happiness externally. You were made for another world.
  5. Refuse to grow up and get stogy. It’s a trick. Stay young at heart.
  6. You will never truly be free if you don’t give yourself permission to be yourself.
  7. Your voice is unique. Don’t exchange it for a copy of someone else’s.
  8. Stop and evaluate every time you hear yourself say, “I should.”
  9. Live into your passion, not a counterfeit named duty.
  10. Mediocrity is never a good tradeoff for living out loud.
  11. Your perspective dictates your attitude. Your attitude dictates your altitude.
  12. Fear makes a lousy master. Own your moxie. Own your voice!
  13. It’s an honor and responsibility to direct your life in the way you want it to go.
  14. You have a built in meter that lets you know when you’re forfeiting your peace so you can realign to maintain peace at the core.
  15. Joy and inauthenticity cannot co-exist. Notice joy deficits.
  16. Ask for what you need and eliminate unspoken expectations. Conversely, it is not your responsibility to make others happy.
  17. Forgiveness is an absolute for a vibrant life.
  18. People add joy to your life, but they don’t define you.
  19. God’s unconditional love is the anchor of life.
  20. Unashamedly express and give the unique gift you carry.
  21. Stress doesn’t come from circumstances, but your reaction to them.
  22. Fitness is a lifestyle. Get outside and run around.
  23. It’s all about love. 
  24. Creativity gets blocked when you betray yourself.
  25. Putting off your dreams puts them off.
  26. Live life as a celebration and make it a party.
  27. Define for yourself what you want your life to look like.
  28. Don’t fill your life with space holders. Make room for what you truly want.
  29. Live with gratitude and you will find you have more to be grateful for.
  30. Don't be afraid to make waves. Resist anyone or thing that tries to silence you.
  31. Don’t wait to be given flowers, buy your own.
  32. Nurture yourself with good, healthy food everyday.
  33. Create your own fun.
  34. Change your mind and your perspective changes.
  35. A man that cheats on his wife to be with you is a cheater. You deserve more.
  36. Give yourself the same benefit of the doubt you give to others.
  37. Rain or shine joy begins on the inside.
  38. Be honest with yourself about what you want.
  39. Define and experience happy feelings and recreated them often.
  40. “No” is a powerful word. Use it to clarify your “yeses”, but not as an excuse to withhold or avoid adventure and possibility.
  41. Sometimes you discover who you are not on the way to who you are.
  42. True identity: knowing you are completely loved and accepted by God.
  43. Your body is beautiful, so enjoy it at every stage. When you are older you will surely wish you understood this earlier!
  44. Hope is a song that keeps your light alive.
  45. Surround yourself with those who celebrate you and not those who shame you.
  46. Life is short. Don’t waste time trying to fit in and be liked. Remember your identity is based in God’s love alone.
  47. You are not your job, your looks, or your bank account. You are a unique expression of love.
  48. Get untamed, stay untamed and live untamed. Let your wild beauty sing like notes from a trumpet.
  49. If you are depressed find out why. Unrealized emotions can wreck havoc within. Get honest with yourself.
  50. Love yourself first, so you can receive and give love back.

A New Model That Carries Real Weight

ID-10042153As some of you know I just returned from a creative retreat in Nashville. I have attended many creative retreats and women’s events over the years. I even host my own workshops and retreats, but something made this one different. That's what I hope to communicate in this post.

I, like an eager and hopeful little girl looking for the pony in the stall of manure have continued to search for my “community” and “tribe”, even though many a women’s retreat have felt like forcing myself into a small shoe box when I feel more like a pair of boots. 

I find life often speaks allegorically. One of my own personal parables began to surface about five or six years ago when I was traveling to Los Angeles to lead a workshop and was surprisingly upgraded to first class on my flight.

Upon returning to the airport for my flight home I learned that my flight had somehow been deleted during my previous upgrade. By the time the ticket agent got me back on the flight I had to scurry through the airport to make my connection.

As providence would have it I was stopped at the security checkpoint and searched from head to toe before rushing to make my connection. This wasn't just any search. As I approached the checkpoint a guard screamed a warning code to the other agents at which point we were ordered to stop in our tracks, because of a possible threat. A few seconds later we were cleared to proceed being informed that it was merely a warning test.

Hopping on the plane before the doors closed I suddenly noticed that my seat was an absolute downgrade. I quickly surmised that this was the worst seat on the plane! It was the last seat on the last row, up against the window. Since I now had become accustomed to first class, I had a bit of an attitude until I received a divine message and made an adjustment.

The message I received was as follows. We all have the opportunity to seek a high place of prominence, or humble ourselves and take the low seat. We can be certain that we will go through a “security checkpoint” sometime or another to evaluate our choices. A true upgrade of the first class nature comes through humility. It was loud and clear. Put yourself at the head of the table and you could be asked to move. Put yourself on the low plain (plane) and you will be elevated in due time. When you humble yourself you will be a carrier of true influence.

The saga continued. Three years later my son Samuel and I were at the Charlotte NC airport waiting to board a flight to Los Angeles where our family was relocating. We had our guitars with us when a famous band arrived in the gate area. The guitar player noticed our guitars and tossed my son a guitar pic.

After getting settled on the plane I noticed some commotion with an unhappy passenger whose seat wouldn't recline in the isle across from me. The flight attendant found a willing passenger to swop seats with the disgruntled man and suddenly the guitar player was sitting across from me. At that moment I knew some divine configuring was taking place and their was a message for me in the mix.

The guitar player and I spent the flight talking about his world as a single dad, his periodic substitute teaching in his son’s school, along with his years of touring with a mega star. I noticed immediately that there was no aroma of celebrity wafting about from this time tested, seasoned musician as he pleasantly chatted with Sam and I. 

I quickly gleaned the powerful take-away that my divinely arranged airplane travel provided for me and this was it: There are those who will seek to live from celebrity, but there is a greater choice and that is of relationship. The authenticity and humility the musician demonstrated was significant. He chose the lower seat. The attention and kindness he demonstrated toward my child spoke volumes about the kindness God demonstrates toward each of his children. 

The retreat I attended was led by yet another group of accomplished individuals, yes, celebrities in their fields, who humbly laid down their badges for authenticity, transparency and relationship. There was no feeling of striving or controlling to reach a perceived outcome. This was not token humility, talking about humility, but then actually controlling overtly, insisting on conformance, playing by established rules and regurgitating the old as if it were new. This was true freedom! I’ve heard babble about humility for years, but have often witnesses it traded in for the counterfeit of ego and  competition, a lot of the lesser, while forfeiting the greater it many a life, including my own. 

I still can’t get my head around the high level of participants. This was no sissy crowd. The women had been through a lot of “stuff” and were authentic, okay with where they were at, not needing to be fixed or trying to fix others! We were tracking, okay with not having all of the answers, okay with unknowing and with simply being! There was no pressure to perform or to dumb down. OMG! This was my tribe!

Don't misunderstand me. These women are human and have skin on too. But they have clearly made the right choice and it is and it will affect many. True authority only comes with humility. Free welding love makes room and space for true connection above agenda or ritual. I have seen first hand that it will invariably carry the whole flight to a new level. 

The One Fix that Can't Be Fixed!

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Do you face each day with the idea that you are broken and need something outside of yourself to fix you? Do you look for that illusive magic pill that will make you complete when you’re already filled to the brim with gold?

What if instead of believing you're deficient you owned that you're fully complete and have everything you need within you to live a full and thriving life?

 Some things don’t need to be fixed. Some things need a whole new perspective.

What if instead of seeing the world as a victim, out of control, lacking and insufficient, you realized that you're stocked full withGod's utter wealth and brilliance. What if you believed you were absolutely loved to the fullest measure the way you are now?

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You see it all has to do with your perspective. I hold to the foundational belief that I am utterly and completely loved. I was made in love and I am sustained by perfect love, so how could I lack anything.

Does that mean that everyone in my life has always loved me? No! Does it mean that everything in my life has always gone my way? No, it doesn’t. It means that I don’t measure my worth or quality of life based on the exterior world, but on the reality of a love that exists beyond the material world in and through me every moment.

That makes me quite wealthy and complete. In fact, I wake up most days believing that I am completely full and have everything I need for an outstanding life.

The Struggle

Do I ever struggle? Yes, there are days when I see life through the lens of fear, caught on a low plane, I can’t see the forest for the trees. There are days that I struggle with what appears to be true, but isn’t. There are days that I measure my worth based on what you and everyone else thinks about me, which instantly reduces my inherent value in my own eyes to someone of little worth. 

The reality is that I know the truth. Circumstances may occasionally rattle me, but I am so completely loved that sooner or later I wake up to this reality and comprehend this fullness. Although there were many a year I lived victim to depression and circumstances, I now rest in and soak up all of love’s overflowing goodness, because Love anchors me.

You may be a naysayer. That’s ok. You can maintain your reality. The reality I choose ( it is a choice) centers me in perfect love, so full and complete that it swallows up all toxicity. There is nothing that needs to be fixed when one lives in love’s goodness. Every difficulty, every notion of lack, every obstacle and shadow of darkness is ultimately overcome by love. Love is my only fix!

 

 

5 Inspiring Tips for Joy In the Midst of Transition

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Do you ever feel like you are on a different track? Everyone else seems to be joyfully racing ahead while you’re in the midst of transition and feel like a deflated tire?

Once when I was in a particularly difficult season my son Gabriel encouraged me with a true story about a man that forfeited his treasure due to his own weariness. The man had been digging in hopes of finding valuable gold reported on his property.

Discovering no such treasure the man sold his land and lost his fortune. The new owner began digging where the previous owner stopped and struck gold!

Let’s be honest, there are times when life is intense. We can learn to change our perspective, move forward or be crushed under the weight of weariness. If discouragement is weighing you down here are 5 tips for joy in the midst of transition.

 If joy is not about our circumstance (often we can’t see the gold that lies just feet away) it is about our outlook and focus.

  1. Reframe your focus by looking at the possibilities. Make a decision not to give your circumstances power over you. You may not be able to control every circumstance in your life, but you can determine how you will respond to them.
  2. Recognize that your attitude sets the course for your altitude. Instead of dwelling on the negative look for the good around you and you are sure to experience a joy shift.
  3. Live life as a celebration! On the subway, at work, or doing homework, make it a party. Do the work, but put on the music in your heart and turn the beat around. Believe God is your biggest fan and experience a huge joy shift!
  4. Establish routines that bring you joy be it watching the sunrise, sampling international foods, listening to great music, enjoying an evening with friends, or accomplishing a goal.
  5. Practice living in the present and making the most of your today, because it’s the only today you have and you’re the only one who can.

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Fall In Love

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Living from the place of an untamed heart means I can choose not to posture, or dance around guarding my heart, but I can lay it on the line and be comfortable with vulnerability.

I can unbuild the walls I've erected and make space for the openness I desire. Everything begins and returns to love. I can focus on building empires and changing the world, but unless I have love its just a lot of noise. The poem that follows was a bit of Monday morning's inspiration. 

   

Fall In Love

 

Fall in love with the people that stopped loving you.

 

Fall in love with the people that never could.

Fall in love with life, its pain and redemption.
Fall in love with yourself again.

Fall in love where hardness lives,
walls and barricades and armored tanks of fear.
Lay across the road, refuse to amp up.
Don't let your heart be stolen. Choose to fall in love. 

 

How does this topic speak to you? How important is living from a place of love in your life?

Bringing Sexy Back

Become Pregnant with wonderAt times when I feel pressed in by life and surrounded by drought, I find my parched soul has wondered off from the abundant water supply readily available to me. I have turned away from the brights, the colorful, the spacious long distance perspective. This is when I need to zoom out far and wide and be reawakened to the sexiness of life.

When I was young, I imagined my future as an adventure that was fast, exciting, thrilling and sexy. My exploits had all the flavor of their own renaissance—lush with color, delicious food, lavish clothing and intrigue. Not for a minute did I dream of an adventure that was stale, prudent or trite.

I love to be taken up into the flavor of other cultures. I think we all do. Just look at the number of travel and cooking shows there are on TV—shows that help us explore hidden lands and mysterious flavors and textures, far removed from most of our everyday worlds. My heart and senses ache to trollop in the vineyards of Southern France and dance to the music of a sultry samba in Venezuela—where the women ooze sensuality and not Protestant nicety. I want to be blinded by the beauty of the silks saris in India, dance in the surf of Mozambique and eat fresh mangos in the jungle with the natives.

It bothers me that we have so sterilized and whitewashed the idea of appropriate sanctified living. Sometimes we so civilize and pillage our lives of their color and creativity that we rob them of their beauty.

To restore that sexy feeling of a spacious life:

  1. Re-engage with your spiritual self through nature, through art, and through love. Get out of your normal routine and let your definition of God be expanded.

 

  1. Challenge your senses with the rich color of a starry night display, revel in nature, take in a vibrant art exhibition, or the explosive sounds of live music or a theater experience. Celebrate life with good friends, good food, hard work, or volunteering.

 

  1. Open wide your awareness to every breath you breathe. Engage your body by shouting, dancing, jumping about taking in the spectacular beauty of this sexy life.

How do you plan to awaken your heart to the color and creativity in life?

Exert from Kimber Britner, Untamed Heart: Releasing Your Creative Genius, 2013

Its A Great Thing To Get What You Want

spike_and_rarity__s_heart_shaped_fire_ruby_by_edwardten-d4jbvk5"Its a great thing to get what you want, unless what you thought you wanted wasn't what you really wanted, because what you really wanted you couldn't imagine or didn't think was possible. But what if someone came along who knew exactly what you wanted without asking. They just knew. They could hear your heart beating and listen to your thoughts and what if they were sure of themselves and they didn't have to take a pole and they loved you?" From the movie Kate and Leopold

Do you ever feel like the perpetual baby bird being pushed out of the nest to try out her new wings! Sometimes all you can do is laugh at the cosmic restructuring that shifts you from one reality into another.

If I had known my childhood nickname, 'Limber Kimber,' was foretelling my life journey, I might have refrained from doing cartwheels; splits and bending like a pretzel. Its not that I love continually being rearranged, but truthfully, restructuring in the end has always surpassed what I’ve imagined. I am grateful that deep down my heart knows there is more and doesn’t let me settle for the latest shiny object.

Reconstruction is a glorious thing if you give yourself to the process and you learn to bend. This is how Possibillionaires are made! Take it from, I've had a little experience! Do you need help reframing your circumstances? Order Untamed Heart: Releasing Your Creative Genius and get started here!

 

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What's The Fuss About Getting Untamed?

Get-Untamed There are plenty of people that are content to mottle through, not look up from their desk, cope, comply, bury, forfeit, overlook and deny their true inner wealth, but not me! I've let life’s pressure carve and shape this diamond. Why waste the process? Why let it be for naught? I've been willing to become unraveled, disheveled and dismantled, so I could own the beauty that is here. I am not ashamed to state it. You shouldn't be either.

We each possess and carry beauty. Yours may be different than mine, but I will honor and recognize it and give thanks for it.  I don’t want to hangout with the “good girls” who color in the lines. I've been there and done that. I can recognize a parrot in a second flat! I want to hang among the brave, beautiful warriors, who soar and who fall, who risk and who leap. Not the pristine rule keepers that spout the law and miss the entire point.

Hear me scream, “Let your heart go, so it can be found. Join the risk takers and get untamed!” If that's up your alley, check out Untamed Heart:Releasing Your Creative Genius and down load a free chapter!

Heart Authenticity

Sometimes it’s a long road to one's heart. You think you see your heart and are living from your beauty only to discover it’s only partially lit. The heart is the journey and one day or another we will all be challenged to recognize and become fully acquainted with her.

 

This is no drive through acquisition, no lunch hour fix. This is the push and pull and tearing of colliding worlds. The loudest or most demanding make think they have a leg up, but they never win. Vibrato and ego is no match for the heart. She will only speak to those listening, who cease striving and who will enter into rest.
I am in a season when I am returning to my heart, recognizing that something had died and needed to be reawakened, realizing that I couldn’t sing and I’ve always sung.

 

Disappointment forged walls of protection that I wasn’t even aware were there. Yet, as I’ve given my heart attention, I marvel to see the unhinging and unbolting of the beams that held up those walls, those grabs for non-sustaining joy. That’s why I took this year off, and why I am just now beginning to hear what my heart is telling me.

 

Last night I had a dream about a beautiful pastors wife, lovely in every way. I’ve often thought how I did not envy her position and imagined her reticence of one more person tugging at her, and taking from her. Hearts grow weary from that kind of wear.

 

In the dream she was showing me a drawer filled with her beautiful jewelry collection. I noticed however, that amidst the few fine pieces of jewelry there were many imitations and cheap trinkets. This surprised me.

 

When I woke up I realized how much we all resemble this woman. We possess beauty, but we also smear on makeup, and in many ways fill our lives with cheap imitations. We betray our heart every time we fill our internal drawer with them.

 

Whether we over expose our heart and dash to make adjustments, pull back and cover up, wall her in when she wants out, banish her, put her in awkward situations where she is not honored, dance a jig, bow to tradition and rituals, or ideas that leave her empty, all she really wants is relationship and love. We know very little about caring for her, and so we often try to satisfy her with cheap imitations of the real thing.

 

Ego strives to fill up, while the heart remains empty. She is the one calling out, “ego will never satisfy you!” She groans. I feel her groaning and I am listening.

 

She is the one that knows the truth if we will be still long enough to listen. Walls will come down, new pathways will emerge and the sense of singing will begin to reawaken, as we cease to betray her with imitations of real love.

 

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New Language

Kimbersism: "Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it." Confucius

For years I've had an on going love affair with beautiful chairs. In a difficult a transitional season in my life chairs became the living metaphor for the changes I encountered. During this period every room I entered led me into an encounter with a voluptuous chair. As if spotlights were directing me I was drawn to unique pieces that oozed beauty. I stumbled upon curved legs, slanted backs, plump cushions, sensual fabrics that somehow told a story in their worn loveliness. I purchased several chairs that accompanied me as I embraced the shattered spaces of my heart.

Widowhood reshaped me and varied tattered, but lovely, one-of-a-kind chairs mirrored the door way of acceptance I learned to walk through. Tragedy and transition rarely feel sexy, yet with the right perspective radiate beautiful hues. Life and my chairs speak about passion, love, and risk. What one of us doesn’t carry those markings of life?

My chair with the brilliant purple fabric, and iridescent alphabet letters could be the most vivid of them all. It radiates a childlike eagerness and the risk of learning bold new language.

How can you expand your definition of beauty by owning whatever season you are living in today? Practice embracing the unspoken hues that radiate beauty from your life.

 

It's a Family Affair

Kimberism “In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony." Eva Burrows   More and more I find myself engaged in the topic of family.  The powerful ability a healthy family has to infuse, support and build sometimes gets overlooked. Yet when reflecting on transitioning through difficult times, a new location, or specifically widowhood, family was the vehicle that helped usher in wholeness. Family is still that vehicle of grace.

Interestingly family isn’t necessarily about bloodlines, nor always composed of those that live next door, or down the street, but those that have the ability to expand their own lives to welcome the outsider.

When my children and I relocated to North Carolina, while healing from the devastation of loss, it was the love of those that took us under their wing like family that helped us heal and flourish. People like the Tusings, Arbogasts, Jakliks, Thompsons, Hardees, Peroyeas and more. We were truly blessed with family though our natural family lived miles away.

It wasn't long after that I found I had been expanded and couldn’t help but reach out in a similar manner with the love I had received. Now I am hooked and the idea of family has grown into a larger vision. Although the idea of family is an elementary one, it is far from ordinary.

How can you see the importance of family showing up in your life and where do you need the dynamics of family to expand in your life? © Copyright 2011 Moxie Me Institute, BE U LLC. All Rights Reserved WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR E-ZINE OR WEB SITE? To publish this article in your ezine or website please include the following blurb: Kimber Britner is president of Moxie Me Institute, Author, Speaker, Professional Coach and Innovation Expert. Moxie Me Institute helps heart-led women bring their greatness to the world by connecting them to their passion, purpose, and inspired vision. Join us to rev up your moxie and bliss!

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Are You Short-Changing the World?

Kimberism: If you don’t show up, you are short-changing the world of a voice that is needed. Recently I learned that Cuba, China, Iraq and Afghanistan have more women in Government than the United States of America and we think we are the land of the free! Imagine how the world is short-changed of voices that are needed when we settle for status quo and don’t truly occupy the space we are intended to fill.

Women receive many messages that cause us to question whether our vision is legitimate, or whether we should just be content doing what we’ve always done. Yet, I for one have never been content hanging out in mediocrity.

You are uniquely gifted with divine deposits that will go to waste if you do not decide that you are worth investing in yourself and the world. The world needs what you have, but you are the only one who can choose to stand up and deliver. If you are waiting for some mysterious form of permission, let me tell you that you have permission by the mere fact that you are here. This is your time to make an impact on the world. Don’t waste it by putting it off for “someday” because “someday” will be gone before you decide to act and then it will be too late.

Invest in yourself, so the world receives the gift you are meant to give it. Its time to stand up, take your place, live into your passion and purpose, so the world can receive your gifts! © Copyright 2011 Moxie Me Institute, BE U LLC. All Rights Reserved WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR E-ZINE OR WEB SITE? To publish this article in your ezine or website please include the following blurb: Kimber Britner is president of Moxie Me Institute, Author, Speaker, Professional Coach and Innovation Expert. Moxie Me Institute helps heart-led women bring their greatness to the world by connecting them to their passion, purpose, and inspired vision. Join us to rev up your moxie and bliss!

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Release Your Pizazz

Kimberism: "Your body knows when you're doing what you love." Chris Walker Although I love experiencing the varying hues of color from all kinds of people, have you ever noticed how like-minded people can stir your inspiration and release new pizazz? That's what I experienced while speaking to a group of women who recently invested in themselves through a day training I led. These women came hungry and ready to rev up their vision, passion, and purpose. They quickly grabbed a hold of the concepts I shared and made teaching invigorating.

Its easy to struggle with ones uniqueness when hanging out with birds of a different feather. Clearly waterfowl tend to show up differently than the non swimmer! I quickly learned that my feathers were not suited for the formality of corporate work, but put me in a room of spiritually minded, creative women and my authenticity shines!

How often do you take a breather from the masses to indulge in spending time with your tribe? Like a timely massage, or an ocean walk, connecting with your peeps can release new inspiration and pizazz.

Take time this week to indulge yourself with a day of mental rejuvenation. Get re-energized and release new pizazz. Hangout with your peeps! © Copyright 2011 Moxie Me Institute, BE U LLC. All Rights Reserved WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR E-ZINE OR WEB SITE? To publish this article in your ezine or website please include the following blurb: Kimber Britner is president of Moxie Me Institute, Author, Speaker, Professional Coach and Innovation Expert. Moxie Me Institute helps heart-led women bring their greatness to the world by connecting them to their passion, purpose, and inspired vision. Join us to rev up your moxie and bliss!

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The Bandage of Hospitality

Kimberism: Who practices hospitality entertains God Himself. Proverb

After seeing the Movie, The Help I encountered a heavenly conversation with The Upstairs Team where my attention was drawn to the contrast of the characters Hilly and Cecile. In the movie Hilly is a calculating, agenda driven woman, while Cecile possesses a childlike innocence and purity of heart. While Hilly strives to accomplish her self-serving agenda, the pure-hearted Cecile serves up generous portions of grace and hospitality despite her ample servings of disappointment and pain.

This conversation continued to expand within my life as I remembered being asked what I wanted several months before when I realigned my focus. Suddenly I saw a vivid picture of my house over run with people hanging out, an abundance of great food and the sense of extended family. Although I don't consider myself a domestic diva, family is one of my top values, so expanding the vision seems natural. I was then reminded that the word "hospital" comes from the Latin word "hospes" which refers to either a visitor or one who receives the visitor.  The Hotel-Dieu was a French name often used for hospital in the Middle Ages, meaning the hotel of God.

What one of us hasn’t felt like an outsider at one time or another and couldn’t use the bandage of hospitality as in the hotel of God? Most people can pick up the scent of calculated maneuvering that injures and separates in a flash and quickly flee from it. However, pull out a chair and offer a coke-cola like Cecile and you'd be amazed at the affect a little hospitality can have on people!

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What Are You Growing In Your Life?

Kimberism: A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love. Saint Basil Have you ever gone after something you thought you wanted only to discover in the end that you invested yourself in something that didn't line up with your inner values? I sure have, more times than I would like to admit!

Have you ever noticed that everything produces after its own kind? Every seed produces its own kind. An orange seed doesn't produce apples. It produces after its own kind and so do we. The seed is the most inner part and within every person’s heart there is a seed that manifests after its own kind. If you want to know what kind of seed you are nurturing, look at the fruit in your life. Do you sadly recognize seeds maturing with qualities that do not align with your values?

Here are clues that reveal you may be nurturing an illegitimate harvest:

  1. You experience a lack of peace
  2. You lack the ability to live in the present moment
  3. You find yourself striving to make things happen
  4. Rather than letting life emerge through you, you are contriving to control life
  5. You are driven by selfish-ambition
  6. All that you are creating would be meaningless if you found yourself in a life or death situation
  7. You can’t remember the last time you felt giddy
  8. You forgot how to receive
  9. You are propelled by self-effort rather than joy
  10. 10. You forgot love

If you've ever planted a garden and watched it grow strong and healthy you know that it began with good seed, fertile soil and the right nurture and care. Conversely if a garden has pour seed, soil or little care, you can be certain that even if what's sown in it looks strong and healthy initially, it will eventually wither when exposed to the heat. Look around in the world and you will quickly discern the heat of many man-made and natural circumstances. Although it may be disappointing to have invested time and energy in a failed crop, it may actually be a blessing if you determine what your growing is contrary to your values.

Is what you are sowing in your life truly valuable? If not realign your priorities and activities to produce a harvest that is truly valuable.

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Laughter Keeps Me Sane

Kimberism: A sense of humor... is needed armor. Joy in one's heart and some laughter on one's lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life. Hugh Sidey Comically, today I realized that one of my giveaway reports offered to new subscribers on my website had a major typo. This portion of the Moxie Do's and Don'ts for Success instructed readers to embrace the color of life through new environments outside ones regular paradigm. It wen't on to suggest other ideas for growth and expansion such as, "Take your brain out for a ride (here comes the typo) a joint in the park, or a swim in the sea. Find new ways of expanding your world."  The sentence should have read, "a jaunt in the park," not a joint!!!!

Boy, did this make me laugh! It certainly was not the message I was trying to convey! What opportunities can you find to laugh at your own circumstances, blunders and mishaps? Instead of taking yourself too seriously try a good bout of laughter.

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Living in Reception Mode

Kimberism: I think this is what hooks one to gardening: it is the closest one can come to being present at creation. Phyllis Theroux Are you living in reception mode, or are you working so hard to manufacture your own desires that you are missing out on receiving?

I believe the best gifts are those given freely with no strings attached like the time my husband surprised me with a brand new guitar. I did nothing to deserve it. I was just the recipient of his generosity.

We all know there is no way to manipulate, or drag a gift out of a distant, non-involved person, but how incredible is the generosity of a sincere giver.

Some believe that they are the author of their own lives. Yet look a little further and you will see that you had nothing to do with getting yourself here. You did nothing to conceive your life. Rather you are the recipient of life.

Whether you want to admit it or not, you and I are dependents. Although we live in a world of seemingly independent people exercising their independence, when it comes right down to it, you and are dependent on every breath we breathe. Notice that just as a branch cannot exist apart from a vine, we draw nutrients from a greater source.  We are containers for life!

Are you living in reception mode, or resistance mode? Are you struggling to be free from the vine and make it on your own hard earned efforts, or are you living as a grateful recipient?

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Have You Fallen for the Illusion?

Kimberism: There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million. - Walt Streightiff  Children innately live from their hearts. Sadly this trait has often been ignored and even rejected by adults for what is perceived as maturity and wisdom. Have we fallen for the big illusion?

What if children were on to something--actually had the right perspective about life? While adults were the ones who got us booted out of Paradise for eating from the wrong tree, children seem to still be running freely in the Garden, living from their hearts.

The wonder of children is that they don't get bogged down by linear thinking, or the trap of abandoning their heart for dutifully following their head. Maybe we could learn something! What if we could see past striving and the illusion that we had to figure it all out? Would we find ourselves experiencing more of paradise in the here and now?

Have you veered off the road for the dangling apple that has you working overtime to figure out your life and circumstances? Did the idea of playing, hanging out and receiving the bounty of life vanish with your youth?

Imagine what your world would look like if instead of living from your head you were living from the perspective of a reconciled heart. If you could give up the illusion of your own hard earned effort would you welcome like a child the gift of romping and frolicking through life?

 

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Has the Carpet Been Pulled Out From Under You?

Kimberism: Keep smiling, it makes people wonder what you're up to. Author Unknown While having coffee with a girl friend I reached into my purse to find a pen and managed to pull out pieces of shredded tissue, wads of paper and who knows what else. Laughing I exposed the hot mess I currently am! A few minutes later I looked down to realize that my fly was open!

Do you ever feel like your life is seeping out from the seams like dough oozing out from a can of Pillsbury biscuits? In the past I have done a pretty good job of controlling the seepage. However, like most everyone I know, I am in a season of letting go of control in a deeper, more profound way than ever before. The days of scurrying to keep a perfect house, having every article placed neatly in my purse and completed Christmas shopping by October are gone. Since my natural power grid is being altered I am tapping into a Superior Power Source!

To tell you the truth I am relieved not to have to hold my breath as if holding in my "muffin top"! I am able to laugh at my dishevelment with friends that love me because of my shredded-tissue-laden purse. Tell me, are you bored with perfectly coiffed lives as much as I am?

There is nothing as refreshing to me as other Lucille Balls whose carpet has been pulled out from under them, their heels are over their head, having let go and given way to a Superior Power Source.

Isn’t it time to let go and let God?

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