Nicole RaymondiComment

Nicole RaymondiComment
        Hanging out at LAX this morning with the rest of the holiday travelers as I wait for my flight to JFK. I got up early and moved through security quickly but the last minute 2 hour delay has given me slightly more time than anticipated before it’s wheels up to NYC.  So I’m taking this moment to reflect and reset. Two weeks ago, at the turn of the new moon, I set an intention to step out of a more masculine mindset (planning, achieving, doing) and back into my default, the feminine. Otherwise known as embracing my emotions and intuition, feeling, creating, and playing. Being instead of doing.  Intention setting is a lot like creativity though, you have some idea of where you’re headed but as the process unfolds it takes on a life of its own. If you can remain open and flexible, it just may surprise you.  I spent the former part of those two weeks in San Francisco where I wrote. A lot. And it felt really good to come home to that again after crowding it out of my routine for other projects in the last few months. I played with my little cousins, laughed a lot, cooked a few beautiful meals, and got lost in a few new parks. Then I spent the latter part of that time period in LA, I hit a wall, put myself in a box of emotions known as my Mini Cooper and drove around in my melancholy, I went on a few long morning walks and fell back in love with the life I have instead of the one I don’t. I wrote some more, caught up with both old and new girlfriends, and ended it channeling my wild ethereal side at a photo shoot in rocky El Matador Beach.  Now that I’m feeling like a goddess (bit much but it’s early), and since tomorrow is the last full moon of the year, I’m setting a new intention. This time, it’s to fill up entirely on my family and friends at home. To give them my focused attention, our most valuable resource and the thing that we’re all craving. Attention is everyone’s love language. Everyone. Because attention is expansive. What you focus on grows, including the people in your life. Give that to them this holiday.

Hanging out at LAX this morning with the rest of the holiday travelers as I wait for my flight to JFK. I got up early and moved through security quickly but the last minute 2 hour delay has given me slightly more time than anticipated before it’s wheels up to NYC.

So I’m taking this moment to reflect and reset. Two weeks ago, at the turn of the new moon, I set an intention to step out of a more masculine mindset (planning, achieving, doing) and back into my default, the feminine. Otherwise known as embracing my emotions and intuition, feeling, creating, and playing. Being instead of doing.

Intention setting is a lot like creativity though, you have some idea of where you’re headed but as the process unfolds it takes on a life of its own. If you can remain open and flexible, it just may surprise you.

I spent the former part of those two weeks in San Francisco where I wrote. A lot. And it felt really good to come home to that again after crowding it out of my routine for other projects in the last few months. I played with my little cousins, laughed a lot, cooked a few beautiful meals, and got lost in a few new parks. Then I spent the latter part of that time period in LA, I hit a wall, put myself in a box of emotions known as my Mini Cooper and drove around in my melancholy, I went on a few long morning walks and fell back in love with the life I have instead of the one I don’t. I wrote some more, caught up with both old and new girlfriends, and ended it channeling my wild ethereal side at a photo shoot in rocky El Matador Beach.

Now that I’m feeling like a goddess (bit much but it’s early), and since tomorrow is the last full moon of the year, I’m setting a new intention. This time, it’s to fill up entirely on my family and friends at home. To give them my focused attention, our most valuable resource and the thing that we’re all craving. Attention is everyone’s love language. Everyone. Because attention is expansive. What you focus on grows, including the people in your life. Give that to them this holiday.

Life by Design was born out of a need for my own self-healing after decades of unresolved illness. It wasn’t until finding the courage to look within that I discovered it was my own belief system holding me back from experiencing a truly thriving life. We all have access to that thriving life. We just need to rediscover our power and ignite the healing-self. Only then can we unapologetically live a life by our own design.