Open for Miracles?

Do you believe in miracles?  Are you familiar with the term ‘Law of Attraction’?  A Course In Miracles says a miracle is simply a ‘shift in perspective’. As always, I want to be transparent with you… I’ve been diving deep into the process of my own personal development, both inner and outer work over the last few years, you may relate to this too.  Some of this is about my physical journey of living with a disability, understanding and owning my relationship with this part of me. Redefining my identity as a Mama who’s children have flown the nest, challenges with my romantic relationship, the decision to set myself free and selling up my home, the coaching world and my place within this changing industry, peri-menopause and the shifts I’ve noticed in my body… getting clear on what’s important to me now. I’ve definitely felt ‘off centre’ at times and decided to take a semi break from social media.  Sometimes it just feels too noisy, does that make sense?  That’s included a break from our Facebook group Global Fab Friends, I’ve not been in the group for many months and that was a conscious decision to give back to myself.  It’s by taking control of your own life that you, re-connect with your spirit, honour your vales and begin to feel refreshed and vital once again.  It’s like ‘coming home’ to yourself.  I’m going to be sharing more about my journey in the coming weeks, as I think it may resonate with you – and help you too. When you make the decision to embark on a personal development journey, it’s a never ending process as you notice and unpick the patterns of thought that hold you back (limiting beliefs) and make sense of the life you’ve created for yourself.  I made a financial investment to get the support I needed, as I was going around and around in circles.  I’m so glad I did! Now feeling this gorgeous sense of vitally again, high vibing, honouring myself, I’m finding the miracles are coming thick and fast once again. You could also say these are synchronicities, coincidences, the Law of Attraction at play or even luck – and you’d be right.  There is no one way to describe them. So what have the big ones been in the last 3 weeks? First Miracle:  Well, as you may know, I’ve been on holiday to Barbados.  My partner and I had booked seats in premium economy – I’ve always wanted to fly Upper Class but it’s not been been something we’ve done.  I always ask to have a look behind the curtain before I leave the plane and I’ve promised myself I would one day travel this way.  Can you imagine my surprise when we checked in our suitcases at Gatwick airport, we were told that the seats in premium economy were over booked and we had been chosen for a complimentary upgrade to Upper Class!  I couldn’t believe my good fortune!  I was SO excited!!!!  A dream come true for sure. I had an intuitive download, that this was gift from the Universe, for finally after 40+ year of denying my condition, being rewarded for having the courage to ask from airport assistance for the first time in my life.  To no longer struggle if I didn’t need to – being open to receiving and having my needs met. Being able to sit with my feet up was fabulous for my challenged ankle joint – and to have a sleep on a flat bed as the plane flew through the sky was just surreal!  I felt so full of gratitude for this incredible gift and had such a spring in my step when I got off the plane. Second Miracle:  Since our last visit to Barbados 2 years ago, I’m connected with a Barbadian chap called Justin via Instagram (I love that social media platform).  I didn’t say where I was staying on Instagram… but secretly I hoped that I’d meet him on my visit.  On my second morning, I caught a glimpse of someone who looked like Justin in the buffet restaurant, getting his breakfast.  I told my partner that I thought it was Justin… my heart fluttered with excitement and I felt my face glowing red. Andrew said “No, it won’t be him, let’s just get seated”… but if you know me, you’ll know that I don’t give up!  After we’d been shown to our table, I went to the buffet to choose my breakfast – and he wasn’t there.  So I weaved my way back through the small restaurant with my breakfast plate in hand – and spotted this chap again at a table with about 8 people… I was shaking… “Hello”  I said… he looked at me – and then to the left and right and back at me… I asked “Are you Justin?”  I waited… “Yes” came back his answer – and I said ‘It’s me, I’m Ali”…. oh my goodness we both beamed with the biggest smiles… What were the chances of that meeting?  Of all the hotels, restaurants, cafes in Barbados, what were the chances of him being where I was staying?  And us both being there at the same time in the morning?  Again nothing short of – miraculous. Third Miracle:  In our hotel room and around the hotel, there were somebeautiful prints of coconut trees and banana trees – each with a special dedication of a member of the royal family.  I admired and studied them greatly… Last Friday, back in the UK I went to meet with my peers for our quarterly Mastermind Meeting – to a sleepy pub/hotel we’d been to so many times before in Yattendon, Berkshire.  I chose to sit in a different place to my usual seat, as I was the first to arrive.  And straight in front of me… were the same pictures!  The coconut trees and banana tress – with the dedication… No way!  Yes way!  I Googled them later and found they were from a The Natural History of Barbados book, dated 1750!  How bizarre that they would be there in Berkshire – and I’ve been in that room so many times before and never seen them. Each of these, feel like miracles and they fill my heart with joy, I feel expanded, alive and now – again I’m expecting miracles to unfold.  Miracles come in so many different ways, big and small.   They remind us that the Universe has our back…   The inner work that I’ve been doing is now rewarding me in so many different ways!  Are you open to miracles? I’m playing with the idea of hosting an intimate retreat in Barbados next year – I feel a deep connection with this tiny, paradise, Caribbean island and I think you would too.  Go on, let me know if this excites you, too? Doing this inner work, clearing out your out dated beliefs and making sense of how life is now… what you really desire for yourself moving forward isn’t for the faint hearted. I didn’t do it alone, that’s almost impossible.  Even as an empowerment coach, I invested in support to have someone witness me, stretch me to think in new ways, to open myself up to what is possible and to rise up again. If you’d like to have a conversation with me about how I could help you to rise again – message me at ali@alisoleil.com and we’ll set up an informal call to explore if we’re a good fit for each other. Here’s to the miraculous and creating the life you desire! Love Ali xx

Ocean of confusion?

How often do you take time to journal? I’ll be honest with you, it’s not daily for me – it’s definitely a few times a week practice and sometimes more. You see, whenever I feel in an ocean of confusion, unsure what path to take, or how to feel about something, I find when I pour out my thoughts on paper I begin to re-connect with my truth.  It’s like I’m sharing my secrets openly with my higher self, my spirit guides, the Universe.  And often, I get my downloads of inspiration and miracles come straight back to me by return like answers! Sometimes, you can feel that you’re standing on the edge of a rock (of fear), something is nudging you inside to get closer to the edge – a spiritual nudge, a whisper, saying “take the leap, take the leap, you’ve got this, you can do it… you have all that you need inside of you, you will be ok, you’ll be safe, this is a good thing, just take the leap” Do you feel like you’re on the edge of something, that you’re being called to make a shift, end something, begin something but fear of the unknown is keeping you stuck and going around in circles?  Take some time to journal your thoughts and see what happens. Don’t just think that’s a nice idea, create some time and make it happen… otherwise, you could be going around in circles of doubt and confusion for weeks, months, even years.   Journal as much as you can, as often as you can.  There is no right or wrong way, just let your pen flow with the inner thoughts you can pour out. And of course, I’m here to help you too – my passion is helping busy, big hearted women like you to feel, trust and follow your spiritual nudges and to take that leap off the edge.  Our work together supports you to know yourself better, so you give yourself permission to align with what you know to be true for you.  I’ll hold your hand and you can let your spirit soar! Are you’re feeling that you’re on the edge and hesitating about taking that leap, then let’s have a chat and see how I can help you.  My one retreat day together could make all the difference from life being as it is now – to opening up something extraordinary!  Just book your complimentary – no strings attached discovery session with me here and we’ll speak soon.

Stop The Clocks, It’s Time To ‘Be’ – Join Me?

November was a very busy month for me, how about you?  Sometimes when we realise that we’ve been working too hard, it’s too late – we’re already depleted of energy, feeling drained.   It’s like the red warning light on the fuel gauge has been on for too long in your car and you know you’re running on vapours.  The offer of a long weekend in the South of France was a blessing although I wondered if I really had time to be away.  Does that sound too familiar?   There are always reasons not to do go away – lack of time, money, work (except I love what I do!) and all the other things to ‘do’, not to mention the Christmas shopping….  One of my friends booked her ticket to stay with our friend Julia and asked when I was going to book mine…. mmm…. a gentle reminder, it’s time. As women, traditionally we tend to put our own needs last and a gentle reminder is welcome when we forget.   So I booked my ticket a return flight to the South of France for £39!  Bargain!   And at the start of December, my coaching friend Hilary and I set off to meet our friend Julia who owns a Chateau Ventenac and our long weekend began.  We left the cold, rain and drizzle at Luton Airport for the sunnier, more carefree climes of Beziers Airport one hour and 20 minutes away! Isn’t it amazing how we can be running at 100 miles an hour and have a gazillion things to ‘do’ urgently and yet when the distance separates us from the ‘stuff’ to do, we can feel distance from the stresses?  Maybe that’s just me?   I could literally feel the pressures and stresses melt off me, and fall away.  I began to relax, slow down, and went from ‘doing’ to ‘being’ very quickly.  Sitting on Julia’s terrace without a coat in December, gazing across the Canal du Midi, across the miles and miles of vineyards and nestling on the horizon the Pyrannes mountains sat amongst the fluffy clouds.  It was purrrrrfect!  I couldn’t have felt more at home, more relaxed and more at peace… heaven. When was the last time you really stopped what you were doing and took some ‘me time’?  Stopped what you were doing and went somewhere different?  Even though you felt under pressure, chose to chill out?  Being with my two good friends gave me the chance to unwind, catch up on their news and share some of my news too.  We laughed, dreamed, wandered, contributed, sat by a crackling open fire and even watched X Factor with a glass of something red and giggly! Since being back, I’ve been more productive, had more fun, slept better and it feels like I’ve been on a long holiday!  It is truly wonderful.  So a few days out really can make a huge difference… When are you going to give yourself some time out?  Do it!  Go on!   Whilst I was at Chateau Ventenac I reflected on 2011 and made some decisions about 2012.  Have you begun considering what you’d like to achieve in 2012?  Exciting isn’t it? Whilst I was away, I really wished I could share the gorgeous landscape, the beautiful chateau and the time out with my wonderful clients, I know that you too could do with some time to recharge and reflect.  So, I mentioned this to Julia who runs her Chateau as a retreat/workshop business, if I could book a week in October 2012 – and guess what?  It’s happening!  I can’t wait to share more about this with you and I’ll be posting some information about it on this website soon, so keep checking back! 🙂  It would be great to share this time with you, making some life transformations and relaxing too.  If you’d like to see more of Chateau Ventenac please stop by Julia’s website http://www.chateauventenac.com.