Tending Your Soul: A 40 Day Program

IMG_2484Several weeks ago I decided that it was time to renew my focus on those practices that nourish me, that stir my creativity, that bring me peace, that help me be who I want to be, and to create what I want to create.  For me, those things are yoga, meditation and journaling.  I know how powerful these practices are for me, and I often turn to them, but when life gets busy they often slip by. Days pass, and suddenly I’m not as happy, not as grounded, not as creative or productive as I know I can be.

So what’s a busy girl to do? It’s simple: decide to do the things that matter to you.  Make those practices a daily priority.

I created a 40 day checklist, where I can check off my progress each day. And I set simple goals. Sure, I always hope to spend an hour on yoga, 30 minutes in meditation, 30 minutes journaling, but not many days shape up that way. The important thing is to stick to the routine and honor the commitment, so to meet my goal, 2 minutes will do. A few gentle yoga stretches are enough. Two minutes sitting in meditation (I love to set a timer for this), and just a few sentences in my journal will help me reconnect to my center and keep the practice alive. And when I have time for more, even better.

Stephen Covey wrote that integrity is about making and keeping commitments, beginning with commitments to yourself. Deciding to do just that—committing to the things that feed your soul, and then honoring that commitment—is a powerful practice.

Need an extra boost? Try partnering with a friend, to keep one another accountable. When I started this practice, a friend and fellow life coach was ready to do the same. We each wrote down what we were committing to, and then emailed each other our personal lists (hers includes exercise and keeping a gratitude list). Each day, we send a quick, simple email saying as little as “done!” or or as much as we’d like about our progress. If someone is finding it hard to continue, we can check in and support one another. But simply knowing that someone else knows and cares about the commitment is a powerful incentive to stay on track.

What practices are most important to you? Are you ready to decide to do the things that matter most?

The Bohemian Manifesto

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Looking for some light, fun inspiration for living a creative and free-spirited life? Enter the world of Bohemian Manifesto: A Field Guide to Living on the Edge, by Laren Stover, a joyful celebration of the bohemian lifestyle.

Like her earlier work, The Bombshell Manual of Style, this book is high on humor (and fabulous artwork), with some very real encouragement thrown in. I turn to Bombshell when I’m looking for a bit more fun and glamour, but the Bohemian Manifesto is perfect when you’re ready to live freely and on your own terms. This is not practical advice, and in no way am I encouraging you to live off of coffee or abandon housekeeping. But every now and then, it’s worth asking yourself: am I living the way my heart and soul really want to, or am I just following the status quo? Bohemians write their own rules. This breezy guide will encourage you to do the same.

Do you have a favorite book or movie for when you’re looking for light-hearted inspiration? I’d love to hear about what inspires you to live a more creative, passionate, true-to-your-soul life. Please share in the comments below!

*Wondering what I’ve been up to lately? I’m deep into the process of creating new classes and coaching programs… Stay tuned–more information is coming soon!

Lower Prices on Tarot Readings & Coaching Packages

IMG_0702When you love what you do, you want to do more of it. And I really love doing tarot readings and coaching. I’ve seen, time and again, how much these tools can help people tap into their inner wisdom and create lives they are truly passionate about. I’d like to help more people do that.

That’s why I’ve decided to lower the prices of my tarot reading and coaching services. No promises on how long I can do this but, for now, I’m offering the following:

Tarot Readings Via Email — $9

20 Minute Tarot Readings — $16

40 Minute Tarot Readings — $29

I’m offering lower prices on my coaching packages, too. Come check it all out at www.hellojenniferwayne.com. And, as always, don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions. I look forward to hearing from you.

New Beginnings by the Cards: The Fool

IMG_1188It’s January, the beginning of a new year, new adventures and, for many of us, new resolutions. What do you want to change, embrace or explore? Whatever your goals and intentions for 2015, let the Fool guide you.

A traditional tarot deck begins with a card commonly called the Fool. It may seem a strange choice, since the tarot is all about wisdom and guidance, and yet at its very beginning is a card that often shows an individual leaping off of a cliff, full of innocence and optimism and without, perhaps, much caution.

So why is this card perfect for any new journey? Because whenever we decide to take the risk of trying something new, we are optimistically stepping into the unknown. We can’t know what obstacles we’ll face. We can’t know how or when we’ll meet our goal. But forward we go, full of daring, willing to try–and that is what makes the journey possible.

For example: if your goal is to be healthier, you’re beginning a new way of living, one that may take perseverance, trial and error and a willingness to learn from what works and what doesn’t. The greater your ability to tackle the challenges, try new things, and accept that you are not yet an expert, the greater your odds of achieving victory.

With any new beginning, it’s time to leave behind what no longer serves you and look forward to another way of living. So take the risk, follow your instincts and let the adventure begin!

Looking for some personal guidance for your new year’s resolutions? A wonderful question for the cards is “how can I increase my chances of success?” regarding your particular goal, whether that goal is to learn a new language, lose weight, quit smoking or anything else. Visit www.hellojenniferwayne.com for more information about my tarot readings via phone and email.

Last call for holiday gift certificates!

IMG_0121Quick reminder: I’ll be on vacation beginning this Saturday, so if you need any gift certificates for the holidays, please get your orders in by Friday, December 19th.

A few people have asked me if they can purchase a package of readings and break them up into multiple gifts (or keep some themselves). The answer is yes, absolutely!  I’m happy to divide it however you’d like. Just let me know, either with your purchase or by using my contact form, how you’d like to do it. All of the information about the various types of readings and packages can be found here.

Happy holidays!

Tarot Reading Gift Certificates & Packages!

IMG_0120Just in time for the holidays, I’m thrilled to announce some new options for my tarot readings. In addition to my normal individual services, I am currently offering the following:

Package of 4 Short & Sweet email readings — $69 (value of $80)

Package of 1 Go Deeper call (about 40 minutes) and 3 Basic Overview calls (about 20 minutes each)  $129 (value of $165)

Tarot readings make wonderful gifts! And if you’re looking for gifts for multiple people (more than 5), I may be able to offer you a bulk discount–just drop me a note over at hellojenniferwayne.com (in the comment box at the bottom of the page) and let me know how many people you’d like gift certificates for.

Happy holidays!

Try This: Mini-Meditations

IMG_1613Once a day, or whenever you’d like to live with a bit more grace and ease, try taking a mini-meditation break. It’s very simple, takes only a few moments and can completely change your entire day.

I like to set a 2-5 minute timer on my iPhone, sit down on the floor if I can, close my eyes and just breathe. In and out. Watching the rhythm, and giving myself a short break from whatever life is throwing my way. I place my hands on my knees, palms down if I feel I could use some grounding, palms up if I could use some energy or insight. That’s all it takes, and it never fails to bring me a touch of peace.

With so many things in life, we assume that we need big solutions, big changes, extreme measures. And often we do need to do something, change something–but that something may not be as daunting as we think.  A moment of quiet breathing may be all it takes. If you meditate regularly, these short sessions are an added treat, and a way to weave your mediation practice more fully into your day. If you’re a new or (like many of us) an inconsistent meditator, these mini-sessions offer a convenient opening into mindfulness. Without the pressure of meditating for sustained amounts of time, you may find yourself going deeper more quickly and easily.

I invite you to stop, sit and breathe. Just for a moment. Just for one, precious moment. Notice how precious it is. Notice again. And then let it go.

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