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The Tipping Point: When Too Many Greats Become Not So Good.

Do you feel overwhelmed? Confused? Muddled? Even though a lot in your life is good. Some of it really good.

I get it.

You know, I’ve been on a “simplicity journey” over the last year or so. I sold 3 fitness centers, closed 1 vacation rental business and sold a 2nd home in sunny St. Pete.

I also went on a crazy purge of “stuff”… I took Jeep-fuls to Goodwill, sold things on Craigslist, closed accounts, cut off phone lines and cable, and unsubscribed to pretty much everything. I even had a burning ceremony in my backyard getting rid of financial docs, cards, photos, and other personal mementos. Anything physical, mental, or emotional that felt heavy or like a distraction went.

It felt so freaking good. So much that a few times I feared I might not know where to stop with the simplicity pursuit. It turns out I did know. I actually felt when the Tipping stopped.

So…distractions from what you ask? Good question.

Distractions from expressing my true purpose + living it full out. I learned great things, can keep us from the EXTRAORDINARY things we are meant to do. I learned we can’t do it all. And better yet, there is no reason to.

Because in reality great + great + great + great + great = good (at best!).
Most of the time it = overwhelmed, stressed, confused, flat, unsure, divided, distracted, less joy.
Somewhere along the way too many GREATS tip into TOO MUCH.

So…a question for you…

Would you recognize your Tipping Point?

When was the last time you really stopped, reflected, and assessed your goals, your “forward” direction, your life? Kind of checked in on your WHYs and your WHAT’S IT ALL FORs? Does everything feel good and right? Or does it no longer make sense or feel too much?

Sometimes a Tipping Point can sneak up on us or we simply evolve and it’s time to recognize what was great no longer is and it’s time to let go. And that it’s OK to let go.

Sometimes it takes letting go of a lot of great things, ideas, projects, businesses, and even people to experience less, but more extraordinary ones.

Sometimes you have to do less + have less to BE more.

To be more rejuvenated.
To be more rested.

To be more focused.
To be more powerful.

To be more expansive.
To be more creative.

To be more loving.
To be more joyous.

To be more passionate.
To be more purposeful.

To be more YOU.

Here’s to Tipping in the direction of your happiest, healthiest, and most extraordinary life!

You deserve it!

Hollie

If this message resonates with you please share a comment below. If you think it may help someone you know, please feel free to share this!

 

I Resolve to Create Crazy Goodness, to Screw Logic, and to Be Amazed

Honestly, “resolution talk” bores me.  So how about we just dig into some powerful stuff that creates crazy goodness in your life.

What I love is you can start a “new year” any day you want, any minute you want. Anytime you find yourself wanting to kick things up a bit and bring some great things your way, you can follow this process.

Here is some Crazy Goodness Homework: 

Exercise 1    Your Year in Review

  1. Take 20-30 minutes.  Think about the past year…work, business, family, relationships, health, fitness, finance, travel, adventure, learning…cover any and all areas that are significant in your life.
  2. If you had a list of goals, resolutions, or journal entry from last year bring it out.  Maybe you just have mental notes and remember what you wanted for the year.  Evaluate.  Where were you then? Where are you now? What went well?  What didn’t?
  3. Now write down everything you can think of that you accomplished, did well, experienced, and  learned from. We tend to forget how much we REALLY did do.  Acknowledge it. Honor it. Celebrate it. Cause you’re pretty awesome!
  4. Now write down what you absolutely want less of and what you absolutely want more of.
  5. Give thanks.  Seriously.  Say a prayer, a blessing, or just speak some words of gratitude.  There is extraordinary power in pausing, breathing, acknowledging, and giving gratitude. This is closure for what was and a welcoming in of the crazy goodness to come.

Exercise 2   Pick a Word or Theme

  1.  What resonates with you most strongly?  How are you feeling right now?  What do you most desire to feel?  Does a word or phrase pop to mind?  And know this, it may not even make sense to you right now.  It doesn’t have to.  But it does typically feel strong, right, and good.
  2. For some of you it might be a single word, for others it might be a phrase.  For me it’s usually a couple of words that become like a mantra.  In 2012, mine was “Simplify Life, Magnify Living”. And holy cow it was powerful.  And it grew and deepened as the year unfolded in ways I could never have planned or scripted.

Chances are if you think about the upcoming year in terms of your word or your theme, instead of a bullet point list of things you think you should be doing, it actually keeps you moving forward with endless possibilities, a greater sense of fulfillment, and honestly, it’s just a lot more “right on” to guiding you to your best self, your best life.

For example, those folks who might normally write “go to the gym everyday” as a resolution might dig deeper and choose a word or theme like: Confidence, Energy, or Radiant Vitality.

 3. Write down your word or theme.  Writing it down is powerful.  It’s like calling in a million awesome ways this could play out.

Exercise 3   The List

  1. The list is there to start you on the journey with some action steps.  Write specific things that you know right now would move you in the direction of or support your word or theme. Shoot for 10-20 things.
  2. Do not shoot for perfection.   The goal is to continually move toward the direction of your theme, your desired goal and feeling.
  3. Do write things that seem out of reach.  These are the things you really want, but don’t see any way they could actually happen.  Screw logic and rational thought.  And prepare to be amazed.

One thing I had on my 2012 list was to sell my vacation home in St. Pete, FL.  My year was pretty busy with other “Simplifying Life, Magnifying Living” tasks, so this one kind of fell under the radar screen.  I pulled my list out on December  1, and was like, “hmmm, yeah not likely to get that one done”.  My logical side was kicking in, and saying things like, “By the time you find a realtor and list it, you’ll only have a two week window to find a buyer before the house is completely booked with guests until April”.  I decided to screw logic and realistic planning and put into action the things I could and leave the details to the Universe.   I listed it and got an offer in one week.   This stuff actually happens a lot to me.  Logic and being “realistic” has its place to keep us from dying, but serves us very little after that point.  Remember that.  It’s an important component of a “crazy good” life.

Exercise 4    What Now?

  1. Post this baby (your word or theme) where you will see it every day.  You want to see it, read it, feel it, and let it run through your mind often.
  2. You’ll want to be aware of your list and start doing some of the things.  Pick a couple at a time and get into some action.  Some things you’ll do easily.  Others will drop away.  And others will simply be doors to the real magic.
  3. The coolest thing is whenever you are faced with a question, an opportunity, or a decision to make, you can simply ask, “does this support my word or theme or take me further from it”?

 Think of your word or theme as your guidepost for this year.  It’s what your soul most desires at this time.  It is there to ground you, guide you, and to stir up some crazy goodness in the Universe.

Do you already know your word or theme?  Feel free to share.  We can all give it some collective love and mojo.  If you’ve never done this before, I would love for some folks to take this on as an experiment and report back at year’s end.

 With love & crazy goodness!
Hollie

Simplify Life, Magnify Living

Well…by far the #1 Question I received in 2012, after selling my three fitness centers was: What are you going to do now?

The first answer that always popped into my head (but was rarely shared) was “recovering my sanity.” Yep, that’s what I was up to… sanity recovery.  I was President and CEO.  I usually framed my response in a lighter and more inspiring way like the title of this writing, Simplify Life, Magnify Living.  Sounds beautiful right?  Don’t get me wrong, I love Simplify Life, Magnify Living. It was my 2012 mantra. It was beautiful, it was powerful, and the results so worth it. It was also exhausting and honestly, a few times, it was “knocked to my knees” painful.

 Simplify Life, Magnify Living could have just as easily been named: The Smackdown of 2012.  

 

Regardless of what I called it, what was driving it all behind the scenes was a call, a force, a cry (a surrender), and a deep soul level desire to dismantle everything I had built and start over. I needed to recover my sanity, my peace, my happiness, and a different kind of freedom. Soul freedom.

It all started like this:
I woke up one day and was done. I mean SO done.  Done with the life I had created. Uh-oh. This wasn’t the first time I’d experienced this feeling, this knowing.  It doesn’t feel like a decision, it feels more like being compelled forward or drawn into something bigger than myself.

I knew I was going to make some radical changes. It was already in motion. The words and desires that floated through every cell in my body were: Clean sweep.  Less is More. Simplify Life, Magnify living. 

It was no longer about the freedom to do EVERYTHING and ANYTHING. It was about the freedom and space to do ONLY a few things (very few things) that were deeply important.  My definition of freedom had profoundly shifted under my feet.  Freedom was now about simplicity, meaning, space, creativity, and an aliveness and engagement at the soul level. It was about much less. It was about having less. Doing less.

Crap. I had a lot of work to do before I could do less. The journey ahead felt overwhelming, heavy, and long.

I had built way too much. I had too much. I did too much.  Six businesses, two homes, and far too many things to manage, hire out, delegate, clean, keep up with, dust, fix, insure, and remember. Too much.

And there was more: relationships that drained, resentment and non-acceptance in one area, information overload, and way too many distractions. Too much.

I made a commitment to let go of EVERYTHING that no longer served me or my life to its highest potential.

So it began….The Smackdown of 2012.
It required getting really honest and really clear on what truly mattered to me, what was meaningful, what filled me with joy, what made my soul come alive. There were very few things that made the cuts. I decided to keep:  1) My daughter (her Grandma is so relieved!); 2) My home is Salem which had been my sanctuary and my absolute favorite place on the planet for 12 years; 3) My company Wellness Spark, Inc. which was the only business that allowed me to create, share, and inspire with the greatest alignment and integrity; and 4) my favorite mountain bike.  5) My cats, Yin and Yang. Everything else was up for grabs.

My goal was to clear as much physical, mental, and energetic space as I could before the close of 2012.

First, I decided to sell my 3 fitness centers. It was 6 months of hell (and that’s the positive spin) to close the deal. It wasn’t easy or lucrative, but it was done. I also let go of any remaining dreams I had with a 4th business venture and allowed acceptance and peace that divesting out of it was 100% right for me.  I put my vacation home on the market which was also a 5th business (happy to report it is currently under contract!).  I sold or gave away computers, bikes, clothes, books, and “extra” everything. I purged photos, letters, and jewelry from past loves. I drew a line in the sand with a relationship that drained and let go of others that I had outgrown. I cut what I allowed into my inbox by 95%. I cleaned computer files. Organized years of writings. Declined invitations. Emailed less. Reduced social media to 20 minutes a week. Closed every account not absolutely essential. I was passionate in my pursuit to simplify life to magnify living.

Along the way, I experienced challenges, setbacks, sleepless nights, unknowns, and a few meltdowns.  One thing is for sure…. this simplicity business is no joke.  And it’s probably safe to say I delved into a little more insanity before being free of it.

It is insane, right?  What we think we can get done in a day, a week, a year.  The amount we allow into our lives (even the good stuff). How we define success. Where we spend our time. The amount of information we allow into our minds.  This is your life, my life…our time is precious…our energy is precious…our lives and loved ones are precious. Every breath, every minute, every sweet moment…we don’t get back.  What are we exchanging our lives for?  Is it worth it? Or is it insane?

Right now, close your eyes and let the words “soul freedom” gently wash over you. What would allow you to feel more free?  What does your soul really desire? How do you really want to spend your time and your energy?  Don’t edit yourself.  Honestly, what do you desire?

When you hear the words, “Simplify Life, Magnify Living”, what do they mean to you?  What areas, things, relationships could you let go of to create more space, more time, more money?  What experiences and feeling do you want more of?

Is it Smackdown time?  Is it time to simplify so you can truly live?

Kate Northrup says, “The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so the necessary may speak.”

My 2012 mantra Simplify Life, Magnify Living was necessary to unload the unnecessary. I heard the call. I answered.

As this year comes to a close, I feel grace and gratitude. I feel free.  And I’m already hearing clearly what my soul is calling in for 2013. I am listening. I am answering. I am ready.

Do you hear your call?  Are you listening? Will you answer?  I hope you will.
Please know it is so worth it. You are so worth it.

A toast to you:  Here’s to simplicity, soul freedom, and magnificent living!  And a crazy amount of love! From my soul to yours…. Happy New Year Dear Friends!

xo!
Hollie

Why I’m Against Exercise (And I Owned Health Clubs for 14 Years!)

Spark It! Note  Exercise…Exercise…Exercise…

When I hear the words exercise, workout, training…I just want to y-a-w-n.  Puts me to freaking asleep.

I don’t find the conversation or the practice of those things very stimulating or fun.   And yet people think I exercise all the time.  I’m complimented for it, even admired for it and looked on by some as someone who is highly disciplined or with great willpower.  And some probably think that I’m obsessed with fitness or god forbid weight loss.  So I’m here to tell you what total malarkey all that is.

Here’s the truth.  I don’t do ANYTHING (w/ the exception of going to the dentist and taking my kid to amusement parks) that I don’t really like.   I couldn’t muster and wouldn’t muster up the so-called motivation, discipline, or whatever else needed to engage in something I didn’t honestly love just for some notion of “I should, or it’s good for me”.   Not my style.

Here’s the deal, if you hate it, it is NOT good for you.   

For the record I run (a.k.a. trail running) and bike (mostly mountain) because it feeds my soul.  Those are two of my passions.  I connect to nature, spirit, and to the deepest level of myself through these activities.  Sometimes they are meditative or provide creative downloads out the wa-zooo and other times they are purely freeing and playful.  Nothing like feeling the wind in your face and mud splattered on your legs. Love it.  It’s not exercise, it’s a lifestyle and a soul passion.

Any fitness that comes from this is an awesome bonus.

But here’s the dirty (because I love mud!)l on fitness, weight loss, health….

Don’t get me wrong, I am all for a body in motion.  But that can be achieved through many things.  The key is to give yourself a freaking break and permission to enjoy what you really enjoy.  Quit forcing what’s not working.  If you hate the gym, don’t go.   Don’t feel bad about it.  Redefine what exercise is and how it can look.  Do what you love. Experiment, explore, and keep only what feels good.  Dance, swim, have more sex, chase the kids more, walk your neighbor’s dog.

Listen, I owned 3 fitness centers for 14 years. I’m a certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in NYC.  I’ve studied with the best of the best and here is what you need to know.  It’s simple.

Yes, movement (what most refer to as working out) can be big part of your overall health and wellness.

But, the NUMBER ONE thing that is going to lead to chronic disease and kill us first is stress.
(And while we’re at it… yes it leads to fat too. But, we’ll talk cortisol another day.)

STRESS.  Got it.  So do more of what you love.  Feel joy.  Laugh more.  Enjoy more.  Do LESS, not more. And quickly and without guilt cut out the “shoulds” and what is truly not working for you.

The second factor, even more critical than “exercise” is  the ol’ diet. What you put into your mouth daily.

People are “exercising” more than ever and we are in a state of increasing obesity and disease.

You can exercise until the cows come home, and if your diet is full of crap (technical term) , your body will not lose weight, be strong, or thrive with vitality.

And for the love of God, it is soooo not about reduced calories or even reduced fat.  Now, it might be about reduced sugar (but that’s also another story).  It’s mostly about reduced crap .

If you want more info on a thriving body and how to eat, I recommend following Kris Carr, author of Crazy, Sexy, Diet.

So screw all the overwhelming and conflicting diet info out there and the guilt over missed workouts and not exercising enough and follow these 7 simple guidelines.

Here’s the roadmap:

  1. Reduce Stress
  2. Live YOUR Passions (a.k.a. do more of what you LOVE)
  3. Get good sleep
  4. Drink pure water
  5. Eat more green veggies
  6. Eat less processed crap
  7. Move in a way that pleases you
  8. Be grateful

So go unpack the gym bag.  Breathe a sigh of relief and maybe dance naked under the stars tonight.  Be happy. Be healthy.  Live more of what you love.

With Spark & Love!

Hollie
Instigator of thinking and rebel against the status quo.

Two Unconventional Things You Can Start Doing Today to Get Your Life on Track

This is the number 1 question I’ve gotten in the last decade.

What is the secret to my success? 

Most people want to know how I know what I know, especially in business. Did I get it from my parents? Nope. My Dad was a blue collar worker and my Mom a stay at home mom. Do I have a business degree? Nope. I have a B.S. in Psychology which typically gets you a nice job waiting tables (which I did for 8 years!).

But at age 26, I jumped into entrepreneurship, opening three fitness centers in three years. I then bought an existing company and invested in real estate. By my early 30s, I was a millionaire (which was really strange for me to get my head around). To be clear, I was not earning a million, but I had established a nice 6 figure income and had built up assets in business and homes that reached over 1 million.

I also had some pretty significant accomplishments by most peoples standards outside of business. I completed marathons, competed and placed high in triathlons, and running events. I raced in a 36 hour long Adventure Race (biking, running, paddling, navigating carrying all food/water and no sleep!). 

I bought  my second dream home in 2008 and started two new companies all while  raising a young daughter as a single chic-a-dee.

Some folks see me as highly driven. But I’m actually pretty laid back, and I’m motivated entirely by freedom. Freedom to ride my bike, eat good food, read lots of books, and catch some great movies. I love being at home and tend to be quite an introvert.

So even though I’m pretty laid back, I seem to have harnessed some mighty power that has led to some pretty great successes. I have observed that I often experience, expand, risk, and accomplish more in one year than most do in a decade or heck, even their entire lives.

I continually get asked:  How do you do it?

What I’m not laid back about is sharing with others how I can help them get what they want. I’m passionate about that. And the awesome part is that anyone can begin using this stuff right now.

So what’s my secret?

The foundation of all my successes and accomplishments is built  from understanding and working two things.

 #1  I Ask One Question Every Morning. I ask myself (every single day) is this what I want? I mean, I literally wake up and think about my day and if I am not excited to jump out of bed and get going then something isn’t working. And I don’t ACCEPT that. I say, “OK, what’s going on here? What is it about today, I don’t like? What in my life isn’t working? What do I need to do to change?” And I get busy on that. Immediately.

Sometimes I don’t have the answers. I don’t’ know what to do, so I get busy with the search and continually reflect and ask myself questions until I know what the next step is.

I know I’m the creator of my life. Once you create the life you love, it’s easy to tweak here and there and stay on course, so even as life changes and grows, you still wake up with, “Awesome, I love my life.” Or you might just need to dig into one area and course correct.

And yes, if you haven’t asked this question in a long time, you might have A LOT to change. That’s OK, get busy. Pick one area and get going. It’s up to you my friend.

Know what makes you happy. Know what brings you a fulfilling life. Do the work. Check in with yourself every single day.

 

#2  I THINK and LIVE outside of conventionality. Since I was a kid, I have never blindly believed or adopted what my parents (sorry Mom & Dad!) or teachers shared with me or taught. I have never bought into the standards and norms of society. I have never played by anyone else’s rules. Now in my 40s, I still don’t. Living MY TRUTH is the only operating system I use.

Are you creating your own life or living one designed by society?

So how can you begin to use these two principles to accomplish ANYTHING you want?

First, learn to listen to your gut, your internal GPS (this is Divine Guidance or what I call your Inner Spark). We all have it although it may be buried under a lot of shoulds, expectations, and old programming.

To turn on your GPS you must slow down, become aware, tune in, ask the tough questions, listen, and feel. What is it that you really really want? What’s coming up for you? Remember true lasting success is about happiness and fulfillment. It is not about chasing THE dream life, but about building YOUR dream life. Understand the difference. You have the only blueprint that matters.

Second, trust yourself. Stop asking for permission and approval. Stop expecting other people to get you or understand your dreams. Stop collecting votes for the go ahead. You’ll never have enough. You only need one vote…yours.

Get that to be truly successful, you DON’T want to follow the majority or the masses. At least not at this time in history, unless you view the majority as thriving, happy, healthy, and jumping out of their beds each day for another day of passion filled living! If that is what you see out there, then by all means follow. But if that isn’t what you see, know your path isn’t “out there” — it is inside of you. You have all the answers for you IN you. Trust.

Don’t buy into the illusion of security. Good grades, good job, benefits, playing it safe.

Look in, then step out.

The riskiest thing we can do is not live the life we were MEANT to live. So THINK about what you really REALLY want. Spark your passions. Create your own masterpiece. Live your purpose.

That is Success.

 

With SPARK (Spirit, Passion, Adventure, & Rule Breaking Knowledge),

Hollie

Morning Confessions: My HOT New Year’s Date and What I Did That I’ve NEVER Done Before! Don’t Judge! For Women Only!

The Secret

OK my lady friends, I’m going to let you in on a secret that if you dare to try it on, you will be more confident, happier, sexier, and more in love than e-v-e-r!   Whether you are single and want to attract more men into your life or you are in a relationship and simply want more zing, you must master this tantalizing tidbit!

Oh, and this has nothing to do with sexy lingerie, a stripper pole, or a skill set in bed!  (OK good, the guys just clicked away!)  😉

My dear sister friend, if you want a HOT date with a man, including your own husband or significant other you must first BE a hot date!

Yep, that’s right!  So exactly how do you know if you are hot date material?  I’m going to give you a little test in a minute so you may get an idea of where you rate, but first let me explain a little about last night and why it was amazing!

The Decision

New Year’s Eve is a big night, right? You want to do something big, or at least special, and I think we all want to spend it with that special someone and have that magical, full of hope and promise New Year’s Eve kiss at the stroke of midnight.  After all, it seems that is what everyone else in the world is up to.

The evening started off perfect. My daughter was staying the night with my folks, and I had several juicy invites and options to consider…the excitement was definitely in the air. But something was off…CRAP…yep here it comes. I could hear and feel my truth bubbling up.

A thought occurred to me. I had never EVER spent a New Year’s Eve alone.  Nope, not one. Now, I do spend a lot of evenings alone and I love those nights, but not a New Year’s Eve!  As a child I was always with my parents, then with friends, at a party, with a significant other, or with my daughter.  And yes, I have even opted on some New Year’s to spend it with someone or in a way that wasn’t all that great just to have someone or something to do on that special of special nights!

I realized that what I was desiring more than anything was to be my own smashing, hot date!  I felt I wanted to give space to honor 2011, to honor myself in a deep, fulfilling way, and to be fully present in welcoming in 2012.  That was it. My decision was to be home alone on New Year’s Eve. I did have a bit of a wobble….I was a teensy bit afraid that as the evening unfolded I might regret my decision and my own private New Year party might turn into a pity party!  Yikes, I didn’t like that possibility. But what kept coming up stronger and stronger was that partying with myself was the right thing to do and the absolute best way for me to experience what I truly wanted out of the evening…a rich, fulfilling night and an aliveness and excitement at the core level.

So I had no other choice, the party was on. I agreed to be my own hot date!

Are You A Hot Date?

I want you to contemplate the following questions.  Your answers will reveal how comfortable you are with yourself, how much lovin’ is really going on, and if you need to spice things up a bit!

When was the last time you spent an evening alone?  A Friday or Saturday night completely alone and had a fabulous time?  Do you always have the radio on? The TV on?  Do you check emails, texts, Facebook often to avoid being, “Oh my God! Alone!”  Do feel sad and lonely if you don’t have plans “out there” with someone special, either a girlfriend or with a guy?  Do you feel lost, fearful, anxious at the thought of spending hours by yourself, especially in the evenings?

Here’s the deal. When you love yourself you can have a freaking great time with yourself.  And when you feel that and practice it you radiate confidence (a.k.a. hotness!), beauty, and a playful spirit. Now, that my friend is mighty attractive. You will only be without a date or relationship if that is what you choose, it won’t be ’cause there aren’t’ any takers!  But the best part is how this fills you up and spills over to every area of your life.  It’s the secret to everything. You will no longer chase circumstances, money, things, or people on the outside to fill up what is missing on the inside. Only you can do that. Anything else is temporary and you will always operate with an under belly of fear to hang on tightly or to chase something which isn’t real in the first place. Holy Moly, when you love yourself and find YOU are fabulous company all on your own…the energy, time, and heartache saved is nothing short of life-changing.

So what if you’re not there yet?  You can begin this journey to finding your true love (you!) by simply being aware. Begin to give yourself the opportunity to experience space and time alone to see what comes up for you. You may notice you are completely relaxed, joyous, and easily feel your fabulous self.  It’s OK, if you don’t feel all those good things. Just acknowledge what you are feeling without judgment. Notice what is coming up and make it a point to start practicing more time alone. You can start with short amounts of time and work to extend this as you go. Start buying gifts for yourself instead of waiting for someone else to buy them. Allow more self care because you deserve it. Take care of your appearance. It drives me nuts when I hear a woman say that she’s not putting on make up, dressing well, or fixing her hair because no one is going to see her.  YOU are someone. You are going to see you and you are the one that matters. Come on, don’t you feel more radiant, confident, and alive when you look in the mirror and see a sexy hot mamma looking back at ya?!  Start tapping into your passions and allow yourself more creativity and pleasure in your time alone. In my opinion there is nothing more attractive and hot than a woman (or a man!) who is living her passions with passion. Before long you will begin to notice a feeling of centeredness at your core, you will notice people find you more interesting….heck, you find you more interesting.

Face it, at this point, you’re unbelievably lovable and hot!

Party On!

Now, I did work the party last night and mingle with others. I sent out some love and well wishes via email and text. I received love and well wishes via Facebook. I hung out with Jenny McCarthy, Ryan Seacrest, and Dick Clark for a bit. But I always couldn’t wait to back to my own hot self!  We had champagne, ate hot buttery popcorn, did some writing and visioning, and at the stroke of midnight we blew a kiss and a blessing out into the world and felt it’s sweet return.  It couldn’t have been more perfect.

Here’s to True Love and a Hot 2012!

Hollie

Birthday Note: My Love Affair with the Number 4 and how it gets me in TROUBLE

My love affair with the number 4 and how it gets me in TROUBLE. (Not much different from my real love affairs, but that’s another note.)

I LOVE the number 4.  Oooohhhh, and 8.  And to see 4 and 8 next to each other. Wowzer!  Does something to me. Crazy, I know.

Like my personal email is hflynn448.  Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy!

My Birthday is 8-26-71.  Add the numbers and you have 8-8-8 (what does that mean astrologers?)

Most of the time when I look at my watch it happens to be 4:48.  Makes me oh-so-happy.

Today is my 40th Birthday!  As you can imagine, entering the decade of the “4” has me over the top excited! This will be a powerful decade for sure.

Oh, and my gal pals….you know how I drool over each new arrival of the Athleta catalog?  Yep, this time I did more than drool. I mean, it is my Birthday after all.  I had to place an order and I had to stick with the “4” theme.  Well, even with the great sales, $40 just wouldn’t do it. So, I had to bump it to the next “4 category”…and purchase $464 of awesome girly clothes and accessories. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, right?  My Grandma would be proud.

Right now, I’m planning my epic outdoor challenge for the day. Yep, it must come in at 40 miles. Road biking 40 miles isn’t epic enough unless the elevation is crazy. I wish I could run a 40 mile ultra today, but my training isn’t there. So back to the bike. I could mountain bike 40 miles…with the right terrain and elevation this would be mighty challenging. Or I could run 20 miles and bike 20 miles. It must be so challenging I’ll think about losing my lunch at least 4 times!  I wish I could let the 4 theme go on this one…and just ride or run whatever…but I am obsessed with nailing a powerful “4” figure and challenge in some way. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.

My favorite 4 things….biking, running, food, and LIVING my passions….sometimes they are easy, sometimes they are just plain yummy, sometimes they inspire others, sometimes they don’t, sometimes they are really hard, but they are always mine.

So, here’s to celebrating our passions & our quirks!  And here’s to celebrating the act of celebrating!

And mostly, here’s to YOU. This is what I celebrate the most. Friends, family, love & laughter (4 things! Imagine that!)…those are what Birthdays & celebrations are all about. What life is all about.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, and thank you for being in my life!

With love, gratitude, birthday cake, and blessings!

Hollie

The Shocking Thing I Said Last Night

Last night, as I was getting ready to wrap up the day, the 4th of July that is…and head to bed, I said the following to my best friend.  “Whew, what a day. What a weekend. I can’t wait to get back to work tomorrow.”  My friend looked at me like I was out of my mind (I get that a lot) and said, “You know you are probably about the only person in the world who feels that way.”  Well, I know I’m not the only person, but I do know I’m in the minority. And I’m on a mission to change that!

Listen, I’m all for weekends, holidays, & vacations, but I’m even more for loving every single day!

(If you don’t have a lot of time, make sure you hit the Top Ten List below for some life changing tips!)

First, let me just clarify what I mean by that dirty little word “work.”  My definition of work is time when I am free to engage in my passions with lots of action & creativitiy with the intention of providing or being a part of a great service, product, or transformation. And in return I receive one if not all of the following: joy, meaning, and income.

Yeah, seriously, that’s how “work” is supposed to be.  Here’s my dream…bare with me…it gets even more ridiculous.

I dream of a time when we define our days as “passion days” and “rejuvenation days.” Yep, still serious.  Passion days are the days when we are immersed in meaning, growth, productivity, purpose, and are actively engaged in activity that generates cash flow, service, and creativity. And rejuvenation days are when we intentionally set slower paces, rest more, sleep more, take a break from goals and achieving, meditate more, do yoga, read, run, bike or whatever activity or inactivity that is calming, restful and refuels our spirit.

Ok, so yeah…we might not ever get around to the lingo of asking someone at the water cooler, “so how was your rejuvenation?”  or saying “have a good day with your passions”…. but I think it’s possible and it’s time for many more people to move away from  viewing work as a “grind” or time that must be put in just to pay the bills. It’s time to release the “rat race and living for the weekend” kind of mentality and way of  living.  Life is too short folks. And guess what else…life is meant to be easy and fun. Not just for a few select, but for you, for me, for all of us.

I recently came across something very sad to me. My Dad retired (a word I think needs to be “retired” but that’s another note!) last week at the age of 64. One of the well-meaning cards he received read, “Congratulations. Now your life is really your own.”  Yikes! I mean really!?  Should we be  giving “congratulations” to someone who gets to start living the life they want at 64. Better late than never I guess. But, do we have to wait until “later” to start living the way we really want? Don’t spend too much time on that question. Here’s the answer, “NO, we don’t!”  Maybe it’s just me, but that feels like a mighty high price to pay.

This is your life. If you want it to be different, it is up to you!.  No one is going to come along and drop your dream life in your lap. You’ve got to make a decision and go for it!

It is my mission and passion to help others create a life that freaking rocks!

So here is a TOP TEN list to get you started thinking in that direction. Warning: If you choose to really engage these principles…watch out…your life will get EXCEEDINGLY more fun!  

Here goes…

1) If you are living for the weekends or for some other time in the future, it’s time to STOP, reevaluate, and make a change. Yes, now!  Like freaking right now!

2) If you’ve never had anyone say to you, “You’re out of your mind!” then you might want to step up your game a bit.

3)  The more people that don’t “get you” the better you should feel.  You are getting so close my friend! A completely authentic, passion filled, fun, exciting life is right at your finger tips!  Woo-hoo!

4) Learn to embrace the ridiculous…the unbelievable…the silly…it’s where GREATNESS is born.

5) Go for it. Just go. The time will never be right. You will never have enough money. You will never be ready. Just LEAP.

6)  Catch yourself every time you hear yourself begin to say, “I can’t” and instead say “I choose…”

7) Delete “I’d love to, BUT….” from your vocabulary.

8)  Think less. Feel more.

9)  Be YOU.

10) Say “I love….” a lot more often!!!!  I love reading!  I love biking! I love those mountains!  I love a blue sky! I love this day! I love my body!  I love the smell of rain!  Give more love, feel more love…it has the highest vibration and is the most powerful way to manifest the life of your dreams!

Here’s to freedom, adventure, passion, love, and living a life that makes you want to jump out of bed every day! A life that is all your own!

Spark It!

Hollie