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It’s as Simple as 1-2-3!

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by guest blogger

Lauri Mackey

 

Right now you’re probably thinking to yourself, “nothing is as simple as 1, 2, 3…this girl is crazy!” I feel ya.  We are complicated, emotional, fascinating women who could probably all use more simplicity in our lives, right?  I just want to take a moment and acknowledge where you are in your journey and explain that the “concept” of this being as “Simple as 1, 2, 3” is just that…simple.  The execution of the plan however, can take energy, be as messy as a kitten in a yarn ball, but with a beautiful promise of freedom, peace and joy when it’s done.  Let’s begin.

Here is my formula for success:

It’s As Simple as 1, 2, 3!

  • 1 – Knowledge
  • 2 – Commitment/Action
  • 3 – Peace/Freedom/Joy

Let’s break each step down to bite-size chunks, shall we?

  • 1 – Knowledge
    • Knowledge is not enough. Through my experiences in life I have learned that knowledge is not enough.  You can get that college education and sit on your ass and do nothing about it later.  You can know without a shadow of a doubt that you need to be the bigger person and be the first to apologize to right a relationship that’s gone wrong and do nothing about it.  You know it’s the right thing to walk back into Target when you discover you accidentally had something in your cart you didn’t pay for, but you’re tired and just want to go home…Target is making millions…this little thing won’t be missed.
    • Knowledge is an important first step, you need to pass those college courses, you need to make that first step of healing in a relationship, you need to know right from wrong to walk your butt back into Target – Ignorance is bliss, but it is still ignorance. I would rather be informed and then make a conscious choice.
    • Here’s a real life example of what I’m talking about. Something I struggle with in my own life.  I am a Certified Holistic Health Coach who has been trained and done loads of research about what I should feed my body physically for fuel.  After all of that research, I decided to CHOOSE to become vegan giving up on meat, dairy, eggs, fish…basically anything that came from an animal.  That was 5 1/2 years ago.  Last November I gave up all processed sugar and will celebrate my 1-year anniversary on November 27th, 2017!  However, I know that other processed foods are not good for me like french fries from my favorite fast food vegan restaurant or the chips from Chipotle or Sharky’s that I adore covered in salt and a touch of lime.  I’ve suffered from food addiction and food obsession and even scale obsession.  My knowledge of what is good for me is not enough to overcome.  It takes commitment and action which is the next step in my Simple Formula
  • 2 – Commitment/Action
    • Commitment is an exclusionary process – Justin Livingston
      • Think about it. When you commit to a scheduled item like a doctor’s appointment or to spend time on ANYTHING, you are doing it as the exclusion of something else.  And that’s ok!  But it takes commitment and a conscious choice.
    • In speaking about commitment it is important to mention motivation. Motivation happens AFTER Action. Action is needed to create motivation.  If you take an action, motivation will follow and the key then is to create momentum to keep that cycle of action and motivation going.
    • In contrast to this…Addiction surrenders your freedom to choose. When I make a conscious choice to fuel my body with something that doesn’t give it power and makes me feel fulfilled, I have given up future freedom.  I can either choose to give up something now that I know will not serve me, or I give in, eat what I want and give up the future freedom of living in a right-sized body and fitting into my favorite jeans.  I mean, I love my yoga pants and would wear them daily by choice, but sometimes I want those sexy jeans and my cute red boots!
  • 3 – Peace/Freedom/Joy
    • If you have the blessed opportunity to blend knowledge and then take action with your commitments, I promise you these last three things: Peace, Freedom, and Joy. 
      • Peace that can only be found through deep personal satisfaction that you are doing your best.
      • Freedom from addiction and poor behaviors.
      • Joy from your accomplishments.

Then your job is to share your knowledge and the flow of Your Simple as 1, 2, 3 with the world because you want others to find that peace, freedom, and joy that you’ve found.  I’m sending you self-love, action that will take you to your motivation, and the joy that will surely follow.

You can reach out to me by subscribing to my weekly email on my website at laurislemonadestand.com, on Facebook @LaurisLemonadeStand, or Twitter @LauriMackey.  Thanx for reading and hope to connect with you soon!

Pieces of Me

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pieces of meSeveral months ago my therapist gave me a picture of a human puzzle. The idea was this: after I shattered last fall, fell apart, I got to decide which pieces of the puzzle I was going to pick back up.

The beauty of this was that:

  1. I got to choose which pieces to pick up

  2. I could choose to leave some, or all, of my pieces behind – like baggage you no longer need or want

  3. I could design totally new pieces to create part or whole of the new me

I dutifully (and a bit anal-retentively) filled in each of the pieces with a word or phrase that described who I wanted to be. I chose words that symbolized my goals, things I wanted to be or do.

My therapist gave me the puzzle back last week and asked me to look it over and make changes where I deemed fit. As I looked over my puzzle, however, I realized that was the problem. I don't want to be a puzzle. I don't want to label pieces of me. It feels too restrictive, too forced. I want to be free to be me, as stable, yet ever-changing as I may be. I don't want to fit the whole of me inside a human puzzle ‘box'. I want to be free to flow, change, evolve. I know who I am at my core, but I don't want to have to put words to it.

I want to paint it, dance it, live it, be it, know it, but not necessarily have to describe it.

So who am I – right here in this moment?

Today I’m a bad-ass spelunking, sexy, rock star goddess, nurturer, mountain, lover, best friend you ever had, who loves to write, sing, paint, dance, be outside, go on road trips, spend time with my dog and with my man. I’m a poet, blogger, fashionista, raw dessert creatrix, yogi, new-awesome-Subaru-named-Athena owner, 40-year-old-in-a-16-year-old’s-hormonally-driven-body when I'm with my man. I flow, I speak, I love, I live, I create. In gratitude and with humility. I am blessed and a blessing. I am innocent and wise. I know nothing and everything I need to know all at once.

Who will I be tomorrow? Who knows? It doesn’t matter because I will be me and I will be happy – with or without a puzzle that tells me who I am.