Still Embracing… #Embrace2017

¬†So… EMBRACE ¬†is /was my word for 2017… and here ¬†I am… ¬† Check out my “GROWTH”, ¬†‘right here!

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Here’s One:

‚ÄúIf its ¬†both terrifying and ¬†AMAZING, then you should definitely ¬†pursue it! ¬†‚ÄĚ

 

( I believe I may write about the next one… so I am saving it…)¬†

Here are a few things I am  embracing:

  1. A ¬†new assignment– I have “fully decided to embrace my ¬†occupation with working ¬†with those in the field of substance use. ¬†I have struggled with this’acceptance’ ¬†for years- perhaps because my father was an ¬†alcoholic, and ¬†I ¬†just ¬†had personal reservations. ¬†But the more I think about ¬†saying yes – the more excited ¬†I become about helping ¬† them, ¬†and be ¬†‘whole ‘ people- and ¬†be successful at ¬†what they do; as well as their families.
  2. ¬†A new project! – Still working with women, but deciding even more… that I ¬†really want to do more and ¬†be a part of other’s dreams and projects as well as ¬† improve my own processes and ¬†groups . I have begun I am excited about helping ¬†another sister launch one of ¬†her dreams!
  3. ¬†A ¬†new ¬†approach towards seeking God. ¬†My “Examen” process is ¬†a ¬†really ¬†beautiful ¬†spiritual way of trying to find myself ¬†again, spiritually¬†and connect with God . I love the process ¬†of this, ¬†and the new community I have found. ¬† We all have ¬†“little rooms” in which we all hang out ‘ ; ¬†and communicate – and attempt to find God ¬†in our creative ¬†efforts, or our spiritual leadership.
  4. ¬†I ¬†am also ¬†embracing the need to ¬†just ” be disciplined” I am realizing ¬†that with greater ¬†balance in my life – I have ¬†greater ¬†discipline. ¬†And I am ¬†not ¬†really seeking to NOT DO ¬†some things – but to ¬† take time to ask my spirit how it feels to do ¬†it , and ¬† determine whether the act itself ¬†takes a anything away from me doing doing ¬†the hard work of self – evaluating ¬†and determine ¬† the height, depth and breadth of ¬†doing ¬†disciplined work. Hmm.. I have to write and then research more about this… ¬†I am not sure I really want to know.. but i feel its the only way to ¬†reach my ¬†dreams and ¬†my ultimate ¬†goal sin life.. to ” push” myself and allow myself to ¬†be ¬†something that feels ¬†totally uncomfortable – as ¬†least ¬†in the beginning stages, anyway… ¬†right? Ever ¬†feel like your whole life is catapulting you towards something beautiful? ¬†Something you haven’t even ¬†yet fulled ¬†embraced in your ¬†conscious life? ¬†But its ¬†sole embedded in your ¬† sub-conscious and it’s yet calling you, even deep in your spirit — sometimes in ¬†your sleep; and then in your dreams, yet again and a again? ¬† well ¬†let me ¬†tell you … (the other night I had a dream ¬†I w as creating a ¬† curriculum about ¬†the subconscious mind and ¬†the conscious mind and how they conflict with or ¬†come against ¬†some times the mind of ¬†Christ. ) I was writing a program with a specific person ¬† just like that…! ¬†Hmm.. ¬†I wonder if I should tell her…?) ¬†I feel like I should.. (I will.)
  5. ¬†I ¬†guess the last thing I am embracing is my relationships with other women. I ¬†seem to love ¬†true, authentic women; and I feel I have a knack- if you will – for creating that kind of ¬†group … its happening ! I have made friends, I ¬†have a mentoring group and we talk often about being ¬†healthy and ¬†keeping that healthy mindset primary; now and ¬†I have begun to even ¬†create a women’s mastermind ¬†group! ¬†I am so , so ¬†surprised! ¬†I ¬†guess because this ¬†wasn’t really my ¬†idea or thoughts to do ¬†so in this season of my ¬†life – yet ¬†it was time. It just kind of happened ¬†while I was working on something else. ¬†And it just made ¬†perfect sense to ¬†do! So I did.

Well.. there it is…. here ¬†are ¬† the ¬†five ¬†things I am embracing :

  • ¬†my relationships
  • my ¬†discipline and leadership role, fully
  • my ¬† social life
  • my projects and ¬†authentic roles
  • my new assignment ¬†with ¬† addictions and people ¬†struggling with them.

   

This is ¬†“spiritual self care” ¬†ladies, ¬†be aware on ¬†a level where you self-evaluate¬†regularly so you can ¬† cultivate and acknowledge your own goodness and growth process.

Selah. 

¬†(….and.. whew! Its been ¬†quite a ¬†new year!)

If You Live To Tell It…Tell Your Story.

I used to be ashamed of my story.

I used to run and hide from the truth. It wasn’t until I began to face the truth that I began to change, and towards triumph!

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i love sharing on the Marco Polo app, ¬†MMS ¬†has a good time! ūüėČ

So..you should know…what I love to do most is… ¬†#storytelling! I think I love stories the most because they tell a lot about the soul of a person. I love to sit and listen and imagine. I guess I’ve done that all my life. Maybe it’s why I love to read the way I do… If you haven’t told your story yet, perhaps you haven’t quite “freed yourself ” from what others think, perhaps you don’t have enough “time”, or perhaps you just don’t think it’s all that interesting.

Stories tell of our influence in this world, how other have influenced us, ¬†& whom we leave our impression on, can literally change their perspective s, and then… eventually, the world . Storytelling also ¬†helps us to embrace others just for who they are. We have a chance to learn about their identity, their culture, and their lifestyles, routine and what makes them tick. It takes quite a bit of transparency to tell your story.

Stories can ¬†teach, inspire and help ¬†others reach goals. ¬†I am finding the older I become, that ¬†we are ¬†all ¬†have the opportunity to learn and ¬†absorb all that’s in the ¬†world. ¬†We need to begin to notice everything around ¬†us. And as we imagine, grow and ¬†inspire others ther s an exchange of sorts, that occurs. The best ¬†part about ¬†learning from ¬†someone’s ¬†story, can be that ¬†you are able to glean. You can grow in compassion, empathy and you can have what I call a “self-in-situation” ¬† experience. With stories, you can “see yourself differently, and your present day ¬†situation is not as overwhelming as you imagine it to be.”

Stories also teach you a lot about yourself. I am very intuitive. I love thinking deep thoughts . I love imagining, I love spending time listening to myself thinking. ¬†Because I have always been a reader, I ¬†always thought my stories would be told through writing. ¬† ¬†Yet a few years ago, ¬†I found my voice, and began to tell and inform others about life circumstance, ¬†through video. ¬†At first, I ¬†HATED ¬†recording videos with a passion, because I was so self- conscious, ¬† but then I realized people liked it and I received good responses, so I. Uilt up my courage, began to like them as well. I now notice I have an element of personality that’s intriguing, open ¬†and ¬† calm, and sometimes my calm be ones my superower. It’s often like you are talking to the person in the video, but’s a bit more intimate.

Speaking of which.. we have a lot of fun on Marco ¬†Polo – the app for Mentor My Sisters! If you would like a ¬† weekly dose of encouragement, communication, and self-care, join us! We have a forum where you can ask questions, and have a ¬†way to connect with other sisters who are all about growth and self-development. ¬†We’d love to ¬†have you! ¬† Just email me, (Jennifer Owens) your ¬† phone number (It’s how we join…) ¬†Also, if you are in Tulsa , OK. you are welcome to join us monthly, at our local face-to- face meetings!

Join us! We’d love to have you there. ¬†Jennifer

 

 

 

What is Spiritual Self-Care and… Why Do I Need It?

I love to talk about Spiritual self-care. In this video you can find out more about what I challenge myself and my thinking about, and perhaps challenge yourself in this area of you life more, as well. I have a course about spiritual self- care. I would LOVE for you to take it and have personal discussion with me about it. In the meantime, here’s my video about it.

 

Open Talk :”On Being Connected to Spirit.” from JennRene Owens, MentorūüíúMySist on Vimeo.

Here’s the link to the course titled “A Rhythm-Conscious Life

I ” Take Care” of My Relationships, My Perspective, and Myself!

I have some  REALLY good friends. By no choices of mine, I am certain. I believe all friendships are divine intersections and  appointments in life. Some we meet and we connect, others we  leave behind after a season, but some we remain in contact from afar. But anyway, that’s not the point.

This ¬†blog is about self care. ¬†I really couldn‚Äôt BELIEVE when I searched through my archives I couldn‚Äôt find one on ‚Äúself care‚ÄĚ, being that I concentrate ¬†very carefully, on this subject. It must be an indication that I must write MORE on ¬†the subject.
Well, first I  shall define it… then I will send this wonderful email my friend send me… ( apologizes …source  unknown.) but while I was looking for it on the net.. I came across  this  GREAT ADVICE  in another little blog about  30 Things to Stop Doing To Yourself.
So here‚Äôs a really cool definition of “Self Care” I found some place in my work I do with women:
‚ÄúSelf-care means honoring and respecting the miraculous being that you are. Self-care means learning to listen with the ear of a dedicated mother to your physical, emotional, spiritual, and relationship needs, and then taking full responsibility for getting them met. Self-care means taking 100% responsibility for creating an environment that nurtures your physical, emotional, and spiritual selves.‚ÄĚ
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WOW…. ok! Pretty neat, huh?
So here’s what she sent me and I love how they break it up into several paragraphs for clarity’s sake.
Taking Care of You
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables and eat less that is manufactured in processing plants. Avoid eating food that is handed to you through a window.
  • Live the 3 E‚Äôs ‚ÄĒ Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy.
  • Play more games.
  • Read more books than you did in 2009.
  • Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
  • Sleep for 7 hours.
  • Take a 10-30 minute walk daily.
  • And while you walk, smile.
Your Outlook
  • Don‚Äôt compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  • Don‚Äôt have negative thoughts of things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
  • Don‚Äôt overdo. Keep your limits.
  • Don‚Äôt take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
  • Don‚Äôt waste your precious energy on gossip.
  • Dream more while you are awake.
  • Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
  • Forget issues of the past. Don‚Äôt remind others of their past mistakes.
  • Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Make peace with your past so it won‚Äôt spoil the present. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
  • Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
  • Learn a new word every day.
  • Smile and laugh more. You don‚Äôt have to win every argument.
Your Relationships
  • Call your family often.
  • Each day give something good to others.
  • Forgive everyone for everything.
  • Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
  • What other people think of you is none of your business.
  • Your job won‚Äôt take care of you when you are sick.
  • Your friends will. Stay in touch.

 

Saying Yes…ūüíú

Saying yes.

I was here today. Trying to do that thing, again.

You , know, say Yes.

It’s like hard to say that, you know? To say yes when you don’t know what’s behind the door.

Saying YES.. when all seems to be going against you…

Saying YES… when I can barely breathe sometimes, You know?

Saying YES… when other things seem to be calling us to higher heights and deeper depths.

Saying YES… to God.

Saying YES… to everyone but Him…

Saying YES because I want to …

Saying YES because I NEED to…

But I keep taking risks, and going there because I want to BE there, so badly.

Yes, you know that place where grace is always present.

Where ease feels like my best pajamas…

Where hope rises for every second .

Where peace lives and rests continually. In my Yes-es.

Yeah, I want to be there. To see my own reflection and just be that person each and every time, in every way imaginable. I just want to be there.

I want what’s behind the YES.

So.sometimes I see the reflection behind it, and I see that beauty of it…yet it still seems so far away.

Yet I keep getting these awesome views, from here.

I keep on dreaming.

And I rest in them.

The views reach for me, too.

They Look Like…

Writing with passion.
Seeking God for heart’s desires.
Hoping I am fulfilling my purpose in Him.
Not getting too caught up in this life,
Knowing and understanding there’s another LIFE to live…
Trusting my intuition.
Hoping against hope.
Sharing and loving on those who need help.
Trusting God more and more..
Serving.
Looking to be fulfilled, & not to take.
Managing what He’s given me and using it wisely.
And more views of beautiful rays and hopes and dreams coming and being deposited in me everyday.

YES.
JennRene
#sistertime