“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become”. CARL JUNG
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This one is going to be short and hopefully sweet but for sure a fabulous tool to never forget what is most meaningful to you.
What is a self-manifesto? It can be slightly different for everyone but heres my take on it….
SELF-MANIFESTO: IRENE’S DEFINITION
A Secret document that can transform your life
A Dialogue between your present and future self
A Written Reminder of who you are and what brings you meaning/makes life worthwhile
A Declaration of values & what you stand for
IF WE’RE UNCERTAIN OF WHAT WE LOVE, WHO WE ARE AND WHAT IS MEANINGFUL TO US…WHAT IS ALL OF THIS FOR?
Remember you are here for a reason. You have a gift to share that can only come through you, no matter that others may be on a similar journey. Nobody can be who you are and do what you do the way you do it. Nobody!
Your self-manifesto is a chance to reflect on what your gift is and where you want to focus your energy.
My Personal 2022 Manifesto
I am a safe nurturing space for my children & everyone else
I count my blessings everyday- getting there
I support, guide or put a smile on someones face everyday
I keep reaching for my professional goals (especially when I want to take a fuk-it-all and quit)
I tell my truth with kindness
I learn something new everyday
I prioritize my mental well-being
I fire my liar (my thinker)
I surrender to the things I can not change
Meaning + Pleasure = Happiness
The above is a science-backed formula from the science of Positive Psychology
Irene is the creator of the The Margot Method Program which coaches single, professional women on the foundational skills of building a meaningful relationship with themselves so they can attain the love they dream of. She is an ICF, ACC Certified Personal Development coach who holds two certifications from the University of Pennsylvania on Positive Psychology and is trained in the Gottman Method for Couples Therapy.
Enjoying your life as a single woman is fantastic! And by the way, necessary for the universe to connect you to a healthy love match. But what happens when you decide you’re ready to share your world with someone, but have never mastered the love game or are fearful of it? Below are four reasons 95% of modern women desiring to be in a relationship are single.
You don’t make time
You are the professional rainmaker. Your execution and drive are exceptional. But we are all wired for human touch, companionship and warmth. And who knows, one Sunday morning sipping your cappuccino on the deck of your second home in Miami Beach, you’ll think…. WOW, I truly am a badass! And you 100% are! But you’ll also be aware an important piece of your life’s puzzle is missing. As we get older companionship becomes more important.
Consider creating a few hours weekly to get out and experience new activities. There are so many cool things to learn. There are co-ed dance classes, boxing classes, golf, reading groups, you name it. Imagine saying yes to attending a friends cooking class (you hate cooking) and low and behold your rolling dumpling with your future husband?
Making, stealing, whatever you have to do to add work-free moments-in group settings- will facilitate accepting dates you’ve been forced to turn down in the past. And, you’ll feel great about it!
Singledom Feels Fine
I am not saying being single should not feel fine. I’m just throwing out the possibility that you’ve convinced yourself that you’re happier that way. The only way to get a different outcome is to create a new desired feeling more powerful than the one keeping us where we are. When you have the freedom to come home from work, cook dinner for one, and watch anything on TV without compromise, it’s easy to want things to stay this way. Even if only on a subconscious level. You haven’t worried about factoring in someone else’s wants and needs into your bigger picture in a long time. The truth is, you sort of enjoy being able to focus fully on your amazing self. Here are some questions you can ask yourself for the discomfort of singledom to be just a bit stronger than the comfort of it. Many times that’s all you need to realize you can be both single and in a relationship and feel great.
1. In 10 years from now, how would having a long-term relationship increase your happiness?
2. What are 3 ways you could have both freedom and companionship in a fulfilling marriage?
3. What old false beliefs may be attributed to you not wanting to pursue coupledom?
A partnership requires a loss of freedom.
A partnership requires choosing I give up my successful career.
A partnership with both chemistry and true emotional safety does not exist.
I hope this long weekend was velvety soft or highly energetic!
Whichever you needed most
Your continued support reading, and messaging me on Instagram are priceless! Thank you.
I’ve been thinking a lot about healing and identifying and celebrating growth vis-a-vis trauma. The word trauma is splashed on every social media outlet, and thats fantastic. Thanks to many therapists and coaches like Mastin Kipp, most of us have an idea of what trauma is. But (I recently learned its ok to start a sentence with But ) if you’re reading this, I know you can benefit from distinguishing your healing progress as well.
Healing: Irene’s definition: managing your childhood wounds so they do not negatively interfere with your everyday life. Taking the driver’s seat. Like Thelma & Louise style before the cliff scene
APA definition: the process of alleviating or attempting to alleviate mental or physical illness.
Small “t” Trauma: an emotional reaction -usually overlooked- to a distressing experience or a series of events. Ex: divorce, relational conflicts, legal issues, money worries, infidelity.
Big “T” Trauma: an emotional response to an impactful event such as rape, natural disasters, war that effect one’s life in a negative way. If not treated this can turn into bigger challenges such as addictions.
As my mom once said, there is no quick fix, Irene. So, hang in there and keep making room for feelings.
Here are some telltale signs you’re successfully turning trauma into glitter dust.
You Fire The Liar– Instead of accepting the lies your mind is dishing out as the truth, you question them. Youve kicked the lying jackass to the ground. You no longer numb out. Examples Below:
· You talk back to your inner critic out loud or in your head
· You know that all feelings are transient. You hang out with them for a bit, then let them pass. Even if you succeed occasionally.
· You instinctively use learned techniques to come back to the present moment
· You reflect on why this particular liar keeps coming up and try finding a suppressed feeling beneath it (anger could really be suppressed helplessness, sadness etc.)
You Stop Isolating
· Hibernating in bed, with oily hair alone is no longer your go to resolution
· You answer your phone when a friend calls and don’t pretend you’re fine.
· You reach out to your elevator people (the ones that shoot you up the energy ladder)
· You open parts of your life with friends and family for the first time
· You stop equating asking for help with weakness and practice interdependence
You Neutralize Old Triggers
· You can listen to songs, visit places and have conversations that previously made your heart sink without crumbling.
You Begin to Trust Yourself More
· You stop needing others validation or opinions to make forward movement
· You tell your truth despite the risk of losing something or someone.
· You follow through on your commitments
· You stop being over-critical of yourself
· You stop trying to control every minor detail
So sure, lets continue hiking, being creative, practicing CPT and EMDR, but lets ALSO CELEBRATE how far we’ve come!
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CAN I GROW MY ATTRACTION TO MR. NOT MY TYPE ?
photo by:Brigitte Tohn
Hello My Passionate Friend,
What is it about bad boys that has us circling back like excited bees to a colorful birthday cake? No matter how many spectacular flame-outs we go through, most of us willingly put our hand right back on the flame. If this sounds familiar, you may be wondering: is it possible to be attracted to someone who is initially not my type?
We attract what we need to heal
There’s a deep, unconscious reason that makes it hard to break the cycle of attracting unavailable men. Whether it’s karma or energy, we’re drawn to heal our childhood wounds. And this is great but what’s not so great is how we go about it. A common way we do this is by subconsciously choosing the one partner that will shine a spotlight on our insecurities and fears. Yep. We choose an avatar for the parent that couldn’t see how smashingly magnificent we were. Basically, in a room of fifty-thousand men, we will choose THE ONE with a particular kind of torture in store. Consciously we might think we’re drawn to the heady confidence, or shared interests, and that is part of it. But what is primarily behind the wheel is our desire to feel loved by a parent that did not have the tools to do so.
“Our conscious self is drawn to the positive qualities we yearn for, but our unconscious draws us to the qualities which remind us of how we were wounded the most.” ~ Psychotherapist Ken Page, L.C.S.W.
These love patterns can be relearned. We don’t have to sacrifice knee-wobbling passion either.
Bust out of that groove
Potential partners ebb through our lives and fall on what I call a level on the Captivation Rainbow.
Here’s how it works:
❤️ Level Red: The bad boys that leave us light-headed and speechless. We need no convincing of captivation for these men. They’re the ones that leave us eating pints of ice-cream in our P.J’s, but that sizzling passion is too irresistible to give up.
💙 Level Blue: The guys that completely turn us off leaving us COLD. Choosing them would make our parents nod with approval but we’d be pacing back and forth questioning our choice to forget chemistry and settle for a bitter taste in our mouths. We never want to do this. A compulsion to flee is never a good sign.
💛 Level Yellow: The progressive lovers. These are the men we weren’t sure about but gave them the benefit of three dates. The yellows will have a very fulfilled life, a healthy financial situation and will enjoy being the leaders- or the supporters if you prefer to lead with masculine energy. How nice would it be to stop doing everything for everyone?! It’s true, we tend to not have much of a reaction when we first meet them. BUT.. if there’s even a glimmer of attraction, fanning it into passion is a very real possibility.
Date outside your type
A balanced love story comes from the center and that’s true of this rainbow, too. When you date guys in the yellow zone of your captivation rainbow, expect a few things to change:
👉🏻 You’ll feel less inhibited and bring more of your true self forward.
👉🏻 You’ll feel more comfortable and secure
👉🏻 You’ll have more selection of partners to choose from.
You’ve probably seen people like Chandler and Monica from Friends who grew their friendship into a steamy romance. What started as platonic grew into a massive sexual attraction as they discovered more about each other.
All you really need is a mere spark of possibility and at least some physical attraction. Then watch. The more you get to know a guy from the WARM zone, the more he’ll give you fuzzy brain syndrome.
Love after first sight promises to be the most reliable and longest lasting. When we do the inner work of nourishing ourselves first, we are more attuned to what will actually make us happy. https://thriveglobal.com/stories/3-relationship-hacks-for-real-love-right-now/This is different from what we THINK will make us happy. Our picker is waaaaay more intelligent. Remember, we are not buying the house. There’s no sense in getting caught up with the plumbing. We are a guest enjoying its welcoming energy and colorful pillows. New experiences can be a lot more fun than you think!
Steer away from the two extremes and look to the stable center. He may initially look like Mr. Not Your Type, but that’s a good thing.
After chasing the ones that leave you with a vacant stare, you may want a coach-slash-wing-woman to lean on as you make profound shifts. I’m here for you and would love to hear your story.
Here’s to troubles melting like yellow lemon drops,
Irene is the creator of the Happiness Within Reach program which coaches single, freedom loving women on the foundational skills of building a meaningful relationship with themselves so they can attain the love they dream of. She is an ICF, ACC Certified Personal Development coach who holds two certifications from the University of Pennsylvania on Positive Psychology and is trained in the Gottman Method for Couples Therapy. Irene is an advisor to the Keeepr app as well as a dating coach to the Three Day Rule Matchmaking Company. She is also an Amazon best-selling co-author of the book How To Be Crazy Amazing During Difficult Times and has been interviewed on podcasts such as Chat With Leadersand Beyond Barriers. Her mission is to remind women of their indisputable worthiness and capability of creating the extraordinary soul on fire life that is their birthright. Let’s connect on Instagram