Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Can Decluttering Increase Your Luck?

Absolutely!

I'll be the first to confess, I am guilty.  Guilty of too much stuff, too little space.
 
I have a strong tendency to hang on to cards, notes, receipts, old calendars, magazines, books, etc. way too long. 

However, I have found that decluttering and cleaning can actually increase my energy, my luck and my money.

Not long ago at my shop, I was taking a break when I noticed the huge stack of papers, comics, catalogs, pamphlets, promo items, and newspapers that were piled haphazardly under my counter.  

I decided to take action and got to work sorting. Sell it, keep it, recycle it, donate it, or throw it away.

Not only did I start feeling lighter, more energetic, organized and happier, when I got to the bottom of the stack, I found eight $20 bills = $160.00!
How's that for increasing my money? 

I have noticed that whenever I am feeling stuck, every time I declutter and let go of even a few things I no longer need, it frees up the space and energy for something good to happen or shows up.

Sometimes I declutter mentally by examining and letting go of old beliefs that no longer serve me and letting in new beliefs that do.  This really increases my luck!

So why not give it a try?  Aristotle said, "Nature abhors a vacuum". 

I say, declutter and increase your luck and possibly your money too!

Love and luck,
Lucky Lady

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

At Last


Since last week's post was about beating the drum of my ideal concert experience, I thought I would share one of my earliest ones, which is also my very first experience in deliberately using visualization. 

It made a believer out of me. 
 
 I have loved the old Etta James song, “At Last” from the first moment I heard it.

During the deepest, darkest, period of my life, I heard Bobby Caldwell’s version, from his album “Soul Survivor”, for the first time, and it brought tears to my eyes. Okay, I’ll admit, I cried like a baby.  I listened to it over and over and I felt as though it warmed my soul. 

A few months later, I was feeling very low. My daughter and I were homeless, my business’ store front had been crashed in by a drunk driver, and sales had plummeted.  Truth is I was very depressed. 

My mother suggested I do something to lift my spirits.  Why not go see this Bobby Caldwell guy in concert? So I looked him up and found out he was doing a show in a city about 275 miles away.  Mom agreed to take care of my daughter and my shop, and I drove the five hours to the show.

Bobby Caldwell had his eighteen piece big band with him and it was a great concert.  It definitely lifted my spirits and I even stuck around after the show, talking to a couple of the band members, got my CD’s autographed by Mr. Caldwell and even had a picture taken with him. But he never sang “At Last”. 

When I got home and had my film developed, the photo turned out really well, so I mailed it to Mr. Caldwell in California and asked him to sign it for me.

A few life changing months went by, and in my quest to "change my thoughts and change my life" I read a book by Shakti Gawain called “Creative Visualization”. 

I hadn’t tried it yet, just read it. 

A few weeks later while visiting my brother in Chicago, an ad for a Bobby Caldwell concert taking place in two weeks, caught my eye. I informed my brother that I would be back in two weeks if I could get a ticket to the show.

When I returned home, I noticed the Creative Visualization book sitting beside my bed, and decided to give it try. 

Every night for the next two weeks, I went to sleep visualizing being at the Bobby Caldwell concert, hearing him sing “At Last”, and how that would make me feel.  

I would play the CD and feel the feeling as if it were happening right then. 

I called and bought my ticket.  Since I only needed one, I got a great seat on the 11th row. 

When the time came, my daughter and I made the 500 mile (each way) trip to Chicago.

I was so excited.  I just knew he was going to sing my song.  I could feel it. After all, I had been feeling it and seeing it, every night for the past two weeks. 

I found my way to the University campus (no GPS just an old fashioned map), where the concert was being held and went in and took my seat. 

As I sat there waiting for the show, the lady beside me said, “Honey, I think the guy at the organ is trying to get your attention”.  I looked up and sure enough it looked like he was waving at me, so I waved back. I remembered talking to him after the show in Cleveland.

During intermission the keyboard guy came out to talk to me.  He said, “I don’t remember your name, or where it we met, but I remember you.  Would you like to come backstage and say hi to Bobby after the show?”  Well of course I would!
 
The concert was fantastic.  Even better than the first one, but he didn’t sing “At Last”.  As the show ended, I refused to believe that all my visualizing hadn’t worked.  It was such a great concert I couldn’t be disappointed.  Instead, I told myself that maybe this visualization stuff just took a bit longer than two weeks, and perhaps I would get to go to another concert and he would sing it then.

The keyboard guy came out and escorted me backstage to Mr. Caldwell’s dressing room. There were a lot of people in there so we just waited around until they all cleared out and Mr. Caldwell came over.

We started chatting and he signed my newest CD’s and commented that I looked familiar.  I mentioned I had seen the show in Cleveland and I had sent him my photo from that show and he had signed it for me. He asked if I had driven all the way from Cleveland to Chicago for this show.  I said, “No, I drove five hundred miles from WV, to see this show!” He then asked if I had enjoyed it.  “I loved it, I replied, but I was so hoping you would sing, “At Last”.”  

He took me by the hand, and began singing “At Last”, right there, in the dressing room. It was not the way I had pictured it, and of course he didn’t sing the whole song, and there was no big band, but it was better than anything I had visualized.  

I drove all five hundred miles home, on cloud nine. 

At last.

Have you ever deliberately use visualization?  

Did it work?  I'd love to hear all about it.  I love fun manifesting stories.

Love and luck,
Lucky Lady

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Beating the Drum


If you've read my blog for very long, by now you surely realize I love going to concerts. Yes!  I love it!

Earlier this week I had a really fun time attending a Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 concert. Seun Kuti is the son of legendary Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, and Egypt 80 is Fela Kuti's former band.

It was definitely one of my ideal concert experiences and made me realize I am getting really practiced at beating the drum of my "ideal concert experience".

I arrived at the venue about ten minutes before showtime, found free parking within the block, picked up my front row center tickets, which cost me only $25, (the only thing better than $25 front row center seats is free, front row center seats), and still had a few minutes to spare before the show started.   

So my Sweetie and I stroll up to the merchandise table and as we are looking at the LPs, the man behind the table offers to take us backstage to meet Seun Kuti,and get an autograph after the show.

So we enjoyed a fabulous, very high energy concert, then we were escorted backstage to meet them. How does it get better than that? I loved the fact we didn't have to ask. 
Seun Kuti and Lucky Lady
People tell me I'm just lucky.  

While I admit that I do feel lucky, it's really that I have practiced beating the drum of my ideal concert experience.  I set my intentions to have a great time, enjoy a wonderful concert, get to meet the performers, get autographs, take home a special souvenir like a setlist, guitar pick or drumstick, and for it all to be easy and fun. 
My autographed concert poster.
As Abraham says, I beat the drum!  I talk about it to my friends, I blog about it, I keep a scrapbook of all my tickets, photos, and souvenirs. 

The truth is we are always beating the drum of something, wanted or not wanted, so why not make sure it is something you want to manifest. 

Love and Luck,
Lucky Lady

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Increase Your Money!

The other day I was feeling very prosperous and abundant.  As I enjoyed the feeling of having more money I went on a rampage of appreciation. 
Enjoying some money.

As I was getting ready for sleep, I suddenly felt inspired to create a Money Vibration Activation to attract even more money.  

We are always vibrating and always attracting.  Why not attract more money?

I thought I would share it with you.  May it activate your money vibes and bring you more cash.

Here it is:
Increase My Money Vibration Activation

I love receiving money.  I love having money.  I love having money in my wallet.
I always have money in my wallet and that feels good.  I love how prosperous I feel seeing money in my wallet.

I love counting my money.  I love handling it.  I love the feel of money, the smell of money. Having money feels good.  I love to sort my money.  The 100’s, the 50’s, the 20’s, the 10’s the 5’s, and the 1’s.  All that money!  I just love counting my money. 

I feel so prosperous and abundant.  I am prosperous.  I am abundant.

I love finding money, and I do! I find money. I find pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and even dollars! I love finding dollars.  I feel really lucky. I love finding envelopes of money, and I do!

I feel so lucky. I am lucky. Every time I find a coin or a dollar, I pick it up and I say, “I feel lucky, today’s a lucky day”.

I love it when I find money stashed somewhere that I’ve forgotten I even had.  It feels so fun.  What a surprise, reaching into my pocket and pulling out cash. I love finding money.

I love it when people give me money. I feel so prosperous.  I love when people hand me cash, and they do! I feel really lucky.  People love to give me money!  I love receiving their gifts of money.  I feel so thankful.  I feel so prosperous.  I feel so abundant. I am prosperous. I am abundant.

I love giving money too! Whether it’s just a few dollars or hundreds of dollars, I feel so prosperous and generous that I have extra money to give away.  I have money to spare and money to share.  I love giving money.  I love receiving money. Money, Money, Money.

I love the way money just shows up out of the blue.  I love all the ways the Universe brings me money.

I love receiving unexpected money, yes, surprise money, easy money, and fun money.  Money that shows up as checks in the mail, money that I win, deposits in my paypal account.  I love the way money flows to me from every direction, and money is flowing to me always, 24 hours a day. Woo hoo!

I feel like a money magnet.  I am a money magnet.  All of this money flowing my way. 

I am increasing my luck with money and my money just keeps increasing every day.

I am open to receiving and having even more money.  Every time I spend money, I receive even more money.

I love all the ways I receive money.  I love the freedom I feel having money.  I love the security I feel having money. 

Money, Money, Money!

I love money and money loves me!
 
Love and Luck,
Lucky Lady

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Persistence or Resistance?


I've said many times over the years, that a lot of my success as a retailer for the past 35 years, is not due to any great business education, nor is it due to any financial backing, but was in fact, due to my persistence, my unwillingness to give up, to continue moving forward toward my goal no matter what was happening.

Back then, I had no clue that our thoughts create our reality or that there was such a thing as the Law of Attraction.  I just kept taking action, and moving forward each day, being persistent.  In fact, I would sometimes say that I was "too stubborn to quit".

Truth is, I have been quite proud of my persistence over the years.

When faced with a big challenge recently in my business, ( I am not going to tell the details, as I do not want to create more of that!), I was persistent.

Each day, when faced with the challenge of the situation, I persisted in using the processes that I use in coaching. I walked my talk.

I visualized the end result that I wanted.  I scripted it as if it had happened the way I wanted it to. I found the better feeling thought.  I felt it real.  I played the "wouldn't it be nice if..." game.  I called on the angels.  I appreciated the good.

Each of these brought me some relief and assisted me in feeling better in the moment but on the 11th day of this challenge, the situation appeared to be unchanged. 

As I paused to reflect on the past couple of weeks and the fact that nothing had changed, I suddenly had a huge "aha" moment.

Yes, I was being persistent. I was walking my talk. I was continuing to move forward toward my goal. I was taking action every day. But I was really in resistance. I was in resistance to the situation.
 
Carl Jung said, "Whatever you resist, persists."

I was doing all of the processes, not just to feel good, but to change the situation.  I was being persistent but underneath all of that persistence was resistance. I was resisting.

The moment I realized my resistance, I felt myself instantly let go of it. Relief was instantaneous. I could feel the shift in my body and in my energy. I started laughing and suddenly felt inspired to just do something for the sheer fun of it as I finished getting dressed.  I put on my favorite Christmas music and hummed along. Christmas music always makes me smile.

In less than an hour, the challenge I had been resisting was 90% resolved without my doing anything else.

I felt wonderful all day. I was in allowance, I was in the flow. I had my most profitable week in months.  When I arrived home at the end of the day, a huge mound of tree limbs I had been wanting the city to haul away for over two months, was mysteriously gone.

So, the next time I find myself being persistent, I am going to stop and ask myself, am I persisting or resisting?

Love and Luck,
Lucky Lady

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