Unlimited Creative Potential

UNLIMITEDCREATIVE POTENTIAL

Everything you see in the physical started out in the non-physical. It had to start in the non-physical to get to the physical… Everything we see that was created by human beings was once an idea. David Neagle

These words are what inspired me to make room in my life for daily creativity. They helped me to see myself as a creative person and the importance of developing my creative muscles.
It’s been such a rewarding, empowering and rejuvenating aspect of my life. I knew I couldn’t keep it to myself. That is why I approached Tiffany Barrett to partner on an event together.
Out of that Feed Your Soul was born. I share the major elements in my life that make room for and invite creativity and creation into my own life. Being creative, engaging in these types of activities is how I feel my own soul. I am pleased and excited to share that with you!
Use this event simply as a means of R&R in your own life or use it to jump start your own creative potential.
Every day we have the chance to starve our souls or feed our souls by how we spend our time, our money, our energy, our focus. What are you choosing?
Get more info about Feed Your Soul by messaging me directly through:
Email: nicole.a.oliver@gmail.com
Phone: 902-308-6000

Feed Your Soul

Yoga.
Girlfriends.
The beach.
Painting.
Sangria

Lunch, sangria and snacks are provided.
Date: September 30, 2018
Smiths Cove, NS
9am-4pm
Cost: $75
Remaining spaces: 8

Please return your registration form to Nicole.

 

Beat the Monday Blues – Pt 1

I can’t tell you how many Mondays, I’ve spent in pure misery. I experienced the whole Sunday-end-of-weekend anxiety for years.
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I’d dread every moment. I’d be swallowed up in negative, drowning thoughts and emotions. Sometimes it was so bad, I couldn’t sleep Sunday nights and I’d have to take melatonin to get some sleep.
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I’m pretty much on the other side of that. Last week was a pretty stressful week for me. I kept sinking into fear and had to continually bring myself back out of it. I did it quite successfully. I’m honestly flabbergasted how well things went.
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For the next few weeks, I’m going to offer tips on dealing with Mondays. Things you can actually put into practice throughout your Monday or your whole week (which I would recommend).
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Inhale to a count of four.
Hold your breath to a count of two.
Slowly exhale to a count of six.
Repeat multiple times.
If you struggle to maintain this breathing pattern, just focus on taking deep, full, calming breaths.
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While breathing deeply notice the areas of your body that may be holding tension and do your best to relax them.
The space between your eyebrows.
Your jaw.
Your shoulders.
Your chest.
Your hips and glutes.
Your hands and feet.
If you like, you can imagine your breath dissolving the tension in your body.
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Do this exercise every day. EVERY DAY! It will soon become automatic and you’ll be able to calm yourself down whenever you choose. I’ve been doing this for years and it works. Return to it anytime you feel overwhelmed. You don’t have to be powerless to your fear. You can overcome it.

Red Skies

Growing up in a fishing town, in a family of harvesters the saying ‘Red skies at morning, sailors take warning’ always had real meaning for me.
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I love the red skies at dawn but certainly respect the water and the risks that are taken to bring in our favourite seafood.
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Lately this saying has taken on another meaning. This past week, I’ve been facing stressors and challenges that in the past have sent me into a tailspin. I do have moments of fear and panic but I keep coming back to how I want to show up.
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I don’t have to quake in the face of a storm. I don’t have to give time or energy to the fear and the frenzied energy it brings. I can face the storm and be completely untouched, be completely calm. I can even choose joy and enthusiasm. .
This largely comes from my belief that I am unlimited. Nothing, aside from death, can destroy me or take me out. I can come back from any disaster or mishap. It may not be quick or easy but I sure as hell can come back.
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I have unshakeable faith in myself. I know I have my own back. I trust myself to get through unscathed.
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With that as my mentality, what is there to fear? What is there to panic about? What storm exists that I cannot survive?
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This self-confidence and emotional resilience has been a huge part of my personal metamorphosis. It’s an integrated part of what I believe to be true about the world, about myself and how I get to experience the world. It all comes down to choice.
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I’m human. I still have moments where the fear creeps in and I find myself giving in to the panic. Then I remember that is now how I want to show up, I remember my truth and I bring myself back to peace and calm and confidence. That’s not a failure. That is the process. That is the victory. That is the practise.
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The same is possible for you my friend. I cover this in my new course, Metamorphosis: Mindful Transformation. All the details are on my website (link in bio). The course officially opens September 17.
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I love you.
I believe in you.
You’ve got this!

Show up for your life

This is your life. Are you showing up?
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For many of us showing up doesn’t come easily or naturally. We dream about what we want and in inspired moments we make the commitment to exercise every day, to throw out a pack of cigarettes, to write every day.
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We know what we want out of life. We know what to do. Everything goes great for a while but something happens to disrupt your plans.
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The kids get sick, you stay up half the night with them and when your 5.30am alarm goes off to get up and work out, you hit snooze because you’re too tired.
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You get handed a really stressful project at work. You get a call about a negative medical result for a test you recently had and the car breaks down. The stress is so much – too much – you tell yourself and you buy a pack of smokes.
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You show up for two weeks writing every day. Publishing posts, it’s flowing easily, naturally, effortlessly. Then you wake up one day and you don’t have any idea what you will write. You put it off all day, worrying, wracking your brain for an idea. Nothing comes and you don’t write that day. Or the next. Or the next.
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You feel like you failed. You wonder why your motivation doesn’t last. You know you can stick to your goals but it doesn’t last. You don’t understand why you can’t keep at it.
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The secret is not in fulfilling your commitments perfectly without missing a single one. The secret is to show up after you miss a day or two or 10 or 200. The secret is to show up despite of the bad news, the stress, upheaval in your life. The secret is getting back on track as soon as you can, no matter how many times things go off the rails. .
Success lies is consistently showing up. If it’s not a habit you already have, then give yourself a little grace and realize you don’t go from uncommitted to 100% committed all the time, every day, no matter what. At least most people don’t. (It’s possible though.)
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In my experience, my number one reason for not showing up is the stories I tell myself about why it’s too hard, why I’m not as far as long as that person I admire, why I’m not good enough, why I’m just not ready.
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They’re all just stories that will grow bigger and stronger if you continue to feed them. They will weaken and diminish if you question them and consider another way.
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My best tool for identifying stories is self-observation. I have the ability to notice when I am caught up in a story, in a fear, in a limiting belief. I am the watcher of my thoughts. I am able to acknowledge them without judgement, decide if they serve me or not and choose how I want to think/believe/act. You can too.
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I am developing a 6 week mindfulness course to teach you how to practice mindfulness in your daily life. It will teach you to observe your thoughts without judgement, to clear the beliefs and thoughts that hold you back and how to choose empowering and liberating thoughts and beliefs instead. I’ve been doing this for years. It has helped me to 1. Heal my relationship with exercise
2. Overcome binge and emotional eating
3. Become a certified yoga instructor
4. Offer awesome, sold out special events
5. Have the guts to share my truth and my message online
6. Intentionally go after my ideal life and take daily action to live it more and more each day
7. Write my first ebook
8. To show up daily for what is important for me
9. To learn to trust my gut, my instincts
10. To move more and more into integrity each day
11. To live with ease and grace and flow
12. To live with confidence in myself, my dreams, my desires

Mindfulness doesn’t

Mindfulness doesn’t make your life all sunshine and roses. It doesn’t take away your stress and have you floating around on a pink cloud, eating chocolates and without a care in the world. .

Mindfulness is a tool that helps you to understand that there are no good days or bad days. Mindfulness teaches you to be present for every situation you encounter and understand that you are the one who decides if it is good or bad, calm or stressful, a tsunami or just another wave in the ocean. .

It brings a pause into your life to allow you to choose your thoughts, beliefs and reactions.

Very few of your thoughts are facts. The vast majority are perspective and perception. .

Mindfulness is a tool to observe yourself and choose your reality. In a way, it’s an opportunity to choose your own adventure. .

We are each the main character in the movie of our lives. .

What many people don’t realize is that you are also the director, the producer and the screenwriter. .

What kind of character do you play?

What kind of movie are you in?

What kind of story are you writing? .

I’m in the process of fleshing out a 6 week mindfulness course that teaches you :
-how to be the hero(ine) of your story,
-to show up as the best version of you
-to write the script, screenplay and outline of the story of your life. .

Drop me an emoji if this interests you. Always message me with questions!

I love you.
I believe in you.
You’ve got this.

The life that habits built

Your daily habits create your life.
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How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. -Annie Dillard
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I can’t tell how how many times this quote comes to my mind. It’s usually when I am engaging in a behaviour or habit that is not in line with my goals, values and desires.
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For me, it’s a gentle, subtle reminder that I can choose another way to be. For me, it’s often a pathway out of fear and back to my heart, my centre.
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Like anybody else, I get caught up in the frantic, busy pace of life. I suffer from FOMO. I worry I’m not enough or way behind everyone else.
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Having that kind of mentality isn’t how I want to live. So when I feel myself getting caught up in anxious, frantic energy or negative, suffering, struggling thoughts, I remind myself of how I want to show up.
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I do it a thousand times over.
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Every time I do it, I celebrate myself.
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This whole life, getting where we want to go, living how we want to live, being the person we want to be isn’t about perfection. That doesn’t exist.
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It’s really a practice. The practise of coming back to yourself over and over and over again. Life is course correction. .
You know the destination you want to reach. You may have a really good idea about how to get there and you start out but you keep getting blown off your course.
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Don’t beat yourself up for that. That’s the wind, the current, the submerged rock in the river.
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The real work is navigation. It’s bringing yourself back on course every time something goes awry. You don’t have to get frustrated or call yourself a failure or think it’s impossible.
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Over time, you will learn to accept that course correction is the key element and that if you keep doing that and moving forward, you will find your way.
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I love you.
I believe in you.
You’ve got this!

Channel Lake Loop

We hiked the Channel Lake Loop over two days and stayed at site 6 overnight. We hiked 24km in total and my pack weighed in at 27.8lbs when we left. You can watch the live stream I recorded last night which goes into more details about the trip and some of my gear.
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Weekends like this are part of my ideal life. Spending time in the woods, going in adventures and physically challenging myself are important to me.
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Almost two years ago I remember being in a co-worker’s office saying how I wanted to spend more time in the woods. At that point in my life, it was all just talk. I was overcommitted and I had no time for something like a day in the woods.
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Fast forward about 6 months and I was burnt out. I had been pouring my time, energy and resources into good, important projects but they weren’t things I was passionate about and I had too much on my plate. Until that point, I had been too afraid to upset other people by reducing my commitments than I was willing to make my needs, desires and dreams a priority.
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I had a choice, to continue to worry about what other people would think, disappoint a few and continue to believe that the projects would fail without me in place. Or I could decide to put what was in my heart first and make time for what really mattered to me and trust I could survive whatever happened of I stepped away
from the projects that didn’t serve me.
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Now, being in the woods is a priority that I do more than just talk about. I get to go on adventures and do the things that other people don’t do. I continue to say yes to myself and I am amazed and humbled and grateful for what unfolds. Each day, I live more and more of my ideal life.
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You can too! You can choose yourself, your dreams, your priorities. The biggest step is just decidingto start.
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If this resonated with you and you’d like to hear more of my insights and guidance, message me about joining my free facebook community, Empowered and Liberated. I coach, support you through change and take a deep dive on various obstacles and road blocks to help you move past them.
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I love you.
I believe in you.
You’ve got this!
-oliver