Jean M. DiGiovanna

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How Could Trump Be a Gift in Disguise?

I have heard many in this election time say “Trump is spreading hate.”  And I got to thinking, is that actually true?  Is he spreading hate or was hate already there waiting to be uncovered?

Between his comments on building a wall, ridiculing morality and lashing out with sexual, religious and ethnic discrimination, he is clearly stirring the pot of tension, anger and complete disgrace.  But there is something else he is stirring up.

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What’s YOUR Currency?

By Jean M. DiGiovanna

Whatever we don’t have enough of we focus on. If we don’t have a relationship we focus on craving one or we constantly wonder why we are not in one. We wonder what’s wrong with us that we can’t find the “right” one. When we are trying to lose weight we focus on the food we can’t eat or shouldn’t eat or know if we did we’d gain weight thinking about it.

When we are trying to stop smoking, we focus on cigarettes, the smell of smoke, the next puff we can get our hands on. And when we don’t have enough money coming in or not the kind of money we’d like to come in, we consistently focus on money, the dollars and how little we have.

The mind has a mysterious way of working and the mind is a mind, just doing it’s job. But, this money thing really got me thinking. Lately I was envisioning more $$ coming into my life and more money moving into my bank account – you know, the law of attraction stuff? I was imagining the dollar signs, but something just didn’t feel right.

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Giving Unconditionally

By Jean Marie DiGiovanna

When was the last time you gave of your time, with no strings attached? For some, it may be recently, but for many of us, it may have been a while ago. It is so easy to get wrapped up in our own lives juggling and balancing what we are up to that it’s difficult to think of giving our time to someone else, without wondering “what’s in it for us”. The fact is, during those times is the very reason to give. In the midst of our own “craziness”, what often brings us back to our own core is when we focus on helping or serving another, unconditionally.

Giving of our money or material items to others in need can make a profound difference. There is something even deeper available to us when we give of our time. There is an experience between two (or more) individuals that is unspoken, that is deeply gratifying and deeply rewarding.

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Creating Space for What’s to Come

By Jean Marie DiGiovanna

Several years ago, I was on a mission to de-clutter my entire home. I was frustrated that I could not find things quickly and most of all, I had way too much “stuff”. I managed to complete that job and was very happy with the results. I hired my friend Amy who is a Professional Organizer (highly recommended!) and for the first time, I knew where everything was. Shelves and counters were de-cluttered and it felt good to be in my space.

As a result, my life also became clearer. I have always been a big believer that your physical space can definitely impact your emotional/mental state and I did notice a shift. Since then, every spring I go through the “spring cleaning” itch and de-clutter a few areas that I had let go over the course of the year. This year, though, I realized something I never saw before. Everything was in its place, but there was no extra space available for anything else. Although I like my space, it occurred to me that if I want to attract more in my life, I have got to create space for it.

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Your Heart’s Desire

By Jean Marie DiGiovanna

I have often been described as a creative thinker by those who know me or have worked with me in the past. I love coming up with new ideas, ways to alter something or ways to put disparate things together. What is interesting about the term “creative thinker” is that the “creative” part comes from my heart and the “thinker” part comes from my head. The challenge, though, is getting out of my head enough and tapping truly into my heart to uncover the wisdom. It’s an ongoing challenge for me :-)

I have come to understand in the last few years the importance of living from my heart, acting from my heart and speaking from my heart. It is not always easy and it’s a work in progress, but the rewards are truly precious. It’s so easy to get caught up in our head about a lot of aspects in our life. “Is this the job for me? Is it time to move? Is this the man/woman for me? Should I go that way or this way? What if I make the wrong choice?…” The list goes on. We analyze and overanalyze to the point where our head aches. The energy builds up so much in our head area that we literally feel pain.

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Break Free from the Past

By Jean Marie DiGiovanna

The beginning of a new year can be very inspiring. It’s an opportunity to start fresh with a clean slate, follow your dreams and desires and create what you’ve always wanted in your life. As we imagine ourselves in this fresh new place, ideas may come flowing in and we get excited for what’s possible. And then…reality sinks in. We remember what didn’t work in the past, we recall our ideas getting shot down by those we thought cared for us and we get discouraged from past events and incidents. We let our past get in the way and then instantly, our exciting ideas become “too much work”, “not possible” or simply “crazy” ideas.

It’s amazing how our thoughts and mind can turn in a moment. And, for some of us, those thoughts can grow bigger each minute and take over our mood, energy level and aliveness. If our mind can do that in an instant, then what’s to say we couldn’t change it back to that more positive, empowering state in the next instant? It may be easier said than done, but definitely possible.

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Don’t Go It Alone

By Jean Marie DiGiovanna

Whenever I meet someone new who is intrigued by what I do, I inevitably get the same question: “How did you get into this? How did you get to be where you are?” And, the consistent answer is, back in the mid-90’s I hired a coach. Even prior to that I participated in growth and development seminars that were taught by some of the most powerful coaches and facilitators I have seen. Out of attending those, I experienced breakthroughs that allowed me to put my past in my past and live in the present with freedom and joy. Along with on-going coaching and accountability, I was able to truly create and generate the future I desired. But, it wasn’t always easy.

It started with a strong commitment and desire to change. Prior to that, it began with a high tolerance for the status quo. I was dissatisfied and frustrated with not knowing what I wanted and where I was supposed to be. As I recall that time, it got me thinking about how and when society truly changes. It doesn’t change when things are good. It changes when things get so bad that people feel the pain personally and can no longer tolerate it. I can’t tell you how many people who have suffered and survived a life threatening illness who have said to me, “I would never wish this on anyone, but it made me become more aware in my life, it changed my perspective, it made me eat better, exercise more, put my health first.” It woke them up and forced them to change.

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What’s the Gift in All This?

By Jean Marie DiGiovanna

We are living in very interesting times. Everything that is happening impacts each and every one of us. It’s challenging times like this that truly test our resilience, patience and motivation. It challenges us to ask for help, give unconditionally, and receive fully, the things we may not always find easy to do. Although the state of our economy may be tough on our psyche, our hearts and our wallets, I believe there is a gift beneath it all.

The gift may not always be wrapped in pretty paper. Sometimes the gift is learning how to be more patient in the midst of instability, or having to ask for help when it’s the last thing you want to do or staying more focused when you can find a million other things to do. It’s that trait or skill that needs improvement, and this is the time that forces us to confront it. The gift could also show up as more time to spend with your kids, time to finally tend to the house, time to reconnect with what you love to do or time to start that business you’ve always dreamed of. In our fast paced world, time is often one of those gifts we don’t cherish enough.

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Winter: A Time to Go Within

By Jean Marie DiGiovanna

Being a native of New England, I have always appreciated the change of seasons. While winter is not typically the most favorite season for many, there is something about the winter that causes me to go within to reflect and contemplate. This is no coincidence as the colder weather itself can cause you to stay inside and sit by a cozy fire. But, aside from the inherent nature of winter weather, it is actually a great time to slow down, reflect and think about where you’ve come and what you’ve learned.

If you have been feeling the need to stay in, slow down and wonder what’s next, you are not alone. This is the perfect time to contemplate. Animals hibernate, so why not follow their lead and honor the rhythmic nature of the Earth and our place in it.

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Practicing Detachment

By Jean Marie DiGiovanna

Life has thrown many different twists and turns my way, but I have come to believe that the life lesson I am here to learn is all about letting go. And, each time I think I’ve mastered it, I get thrown yet another test. Every morning after I set my intention for the day and create my to-do list (don’t get the idea I’m so organized – those are the only things I do on a consistent daily basis!), I usually pick an affirmation card out of a deck. Lately, I happen to be using Cheryl Richardson’s deck of Self-Care Cards. As I’m shuffling the deck, I usually ask, “What do I most need to hear today?” Lo and behold, I pick the card that says “Let go of the need to control ~ trust in the wisdom of a divine plan.” I was really hoping for the card that says “Play outside” or “Rest & Relax” or “Do nothing”. But, not today :-)

I had my typical reaction as soon as I saw the card, “Yup, that’s true – I do need to do that more”. But, what also came up for me when I picked the card was, “What is it going to take to really get this lesson?” I know it intellectually, I have practiced it and felt it deeply at different times in my life, but what would it take to get to the point where detaching from an outcome, allowing life to happen and letting go of having to control it actually becomes a natural way to live?

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We’re Only Human

By Jean Marie DiGiovanna

Sometimes we make mistakes. Sometimes we can’t always be the person others want us to be. Sometimes we miss a deadline. Sometimes, we have to say “no” to the next charity request. It doesn’t make us a bad person. It makes us human beings who are doing the best we can with what we have at the time. Sometimes we know we could have done better, or been more compassionate or loving or patient, but we just weren’t. Sometimes we can’t always say or do the hard thing or express our truth. We are only human. We are not perfect, and we can’t be everything to everyone. Some people can connect well and others don’t. Sometimes relationships grow apart while others grow surprisingly closer. We can’t always explain why. It just is.

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Slowing Down to Move Forward

By Jean Marie DiGiovanna

It is in the “not doing” that movement occurs.
It is in the silence that flow is initiated.
It is in the empty space that freedom occurs.
It is in the unknown that life magically happens.

Stop running around. Stop doing busy work. Stop doing when you know what you truly need is to slow down. Do nothing.

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15 Lessons Learned

By Jean Marie DiGiovanna

WOW – What a year! As I reflect on this past year, it was great in many ways and challenging in others. Every New Year’s Day, I take time to reflect on my accomplishments for the year. Then, I think about where I fell short. From those two activities, I like to glean lessons learned and pick a few to take into this New Year. I encourage you to do the same (you can check out the workout below for specifics).

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Choosing Gratitude

By Jean Marie DiGiovanna

We are living in very challenging and exciting times. The economic downturn has not been easy for many and everyone is feeling the pain in some way. At the same time, there is much hope for change and stability moving forward. During this holiday season, it can be easy to latch onto that negative spiral and ride all the way down. But, what would be possible if we chose a different spiral that could be moving upwards? The point here is that we have the ability to choose. We have the ability to act, think and feel differently about the current situation. Sounds simple, but it’s not always easy.

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Heeding the Call

By Jean Marie DiGiovanna

I feel overwhelmed by grace and gratitude right now. I have never felt as guided in my life as I do now and it’s both exciting and scary at the same time. It’s almost like I know my soul is smiling large and wide as I’m finally heeding the call. The soul is shedding tears of happiness and relief knowing that I am completely guided and supported on this journey even though I really don’t know how it will all happen and where it will take me.

In many ways, it requires no work or effort to allow you to be guided. It requires something completely different than the way our human minds generally like to work and operate. It requires bypassing our mind to listen to our soul – that deep place of knowing, that deep place that feels like home when you truly access it.

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Spring Has Sprung! How Have You?

By Jean Marie DiGiovanna

It’s amazing what happens in springtime. As soon as the weather gets warmer, people start coming out of the woodwork. There are more smiles on faces, laughter in the air and spring in our step. How much spring is in your step right now? I like to use spring as a great time to recalibrate. The New Year often brings excitement for things to come, goals to set and intentions to achieve. We dive into our commitment to stay on track and then over the weeks or months, our energy wavers and we start to get off-track. We re-commit and get back on track, but what if the original track we set out then is no longer where we want to go? Or, it’s not lighting us up anymore?

If you’ve started to lose the spring in your step this month, it’s a great opportunity to see if what you thought you wanted is in fact what you still want and based on what you’ve learned, is there something to change? This is where recalibration comes into play. Are you still excited about what you’d like to achieve? Are you on-track or fighting to stay on track? If you are noticing the pushing, forcing or struggle, it’s a great time to stop and explore what you do want. What has shifted in the last few months and how has that changed your intentions thus far?

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Moving Through Change-It’s an Inside Job

By Jean Marie DiGiovanna

Since I last wrote, I have moved my residence and business from Boston, MA to Boulder, Colorado. The first question I typically get is “What prompted the move? Why Colorado?” I sometimes answer “Why not?” and then when they think for a moment about how beautiful it is here, they say “Yeah, I can see that”. But the deeper answer is reflected so nicely in the famous quote by Anais Nin: “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom”.

There were many circumstances that came together that made the timing right, but in the end, the impetus to move came from a deep knowing within that something needed to change. The place I was at was not where I saw myself in the long term. There came the time when that tug became so strong, the timing allowed me to be able to take the leap and I almost had no choice but to follow it. What I find most intriguing about the process is that my direction would come to me in pieces and to this day, I cannot pinpoint how it came to be. Have I been thinking about Colorado for years? No – that came to me early this year and glimpses last summer, but I think it was deeply ingrained in my soul and each year, I allowed myself to open the door a little bit more so that when the timing came together, it came through. Some people call it intuition or your inner knowing, but it’s only when we stop and allow ourselves to ask the deeper questions and wait quietly for the answers (and sometimes, it takes a long time), that those messages come through.

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Beyond Gratitude – Giving Presence

By Jean DiGiovanna

Thanksgiving has always been a time to reflect on what we are thankful for. It is not only important to do that for ourselves, but to show gratitude toward others, especially in this day and age of high-speed, high-tech but not necessarily high-touch. What can often happen, though with holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas is they become commercialized and it becomes all about what we should make for dinner and what presents to buy for our kids and next thing we know, the meaning goes out the door and we disconnect from each other.

It’s during this time that I have had the opportunity to reflect on the fact that I am still alive. I am healthy. And, I have the ability to be with those I love. I can support them, care for them and be there simply because I can. There is something I believe is even more important than gratitude and that is being present for another. Being completely there for them, seeing and hearing them in whatever state they are in and not judging them.

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Sometimes Life has a Different Course for Us

By Jean Marie DiGiovanna

I’m going to be 45 years old next month and I never thought I would find myself single with no kids at this point in my life. I never thought I would lose a parent just yet. I never thought I would be living out west and I never thought I would be in business for 13 years and still thriving and successful. I never thought I would feel such clarity about what I want, need and deserve and I never thought I would have such a deep knowing and sense of peace that it’s all coming to me.

Things aren’t as predictable as they once were 50 years ago when you knew what life would eventually look like and how you were going to live it. We live in such a wildly different world now that life is more unpredictable than the weather pretty much anywhere in the country now. We used to live in times of security, pensions and looking forward to “good ‘ol” retirement. Today, it’s an illusion. We live in such fast times and rapid technological changes that I still cannot decide which smartphone to buy because the choices are overwhelming (yes, I still have a flip-up from 2008.. but at least I can text!)

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Valuing Your Worth

By Jean Marie DiGiovanna

As a “giver” I like to help and I do it from a place of wanting to make a difference. When helping others comes easy to me or I feel like I’m utilizing my gifts, somehow I don’t feel I should charge as much for it. Can you relate? What gifts and talents do you have that you think “Oh, doesn’t everyone have that?” or you get complimented for it and you respond, “Oh, it’s really nothing”.

Well, actually it IS something! A BIG something! We are each born with unique gifts and talents that come naturally to us but, because they come naturally we often take them for granted and barely recognize them. And, let’s not forget about the years of experience and expertise we have gained as well that enhance those gifts. When was the last time you embraced your gifts and recognized the difference you make?

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I’m not Procrastinating…I’m Marinating

By Jean Marie DiGiovanna

For many years, I found myself meeting deadlines at the very last minute. It started from when I was in high school, through college and in the workplace. I always got what I needed to get done, and was very successful, but I was a procrastinator. And, it always seemed that each time I would wait until the last minute to complete something, I would tell myself “Never again! I am not going to wait until the last minute anymore!” So, then what happened? The very same thing again and again. I made myself wrong for many years. Sound familiar?

For a while I changed my ways. I started planning early on. But, it always turned out if I started something early, I would just have more information to work from which was overwhelming, or spend more money or time in the end because I would switch a lot of things at the last minute. I attended time management courses, heard speakers on the topic but nothing was going to change my behavior.

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Your Body is a Precious Vessel

By Jean Marie DiGiovanna

As the colder season comes upon us and major holidays approach, it can often take a toll on our bodies. Sometimes we don’t even realize it until we hit a wall and it shuts down. This can also happen when we are caring for others or we are so engaged in something, we lose site of how we are doing and feeling. It is only when the activities end and our bodies have a chance to relax that we begin to feel the effects.

Have you ever experienced getting sick soon after you go on your vacation? Sounds counter-intuitive as vacations are supposed to be a time of relaxation and renewal. What actually happens is when our bodies have the chance to slow down, we begin to release that which has been building up inside for so long. This is when we get sick.

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Like Starting at a New High School

By Jean Marie DiGiovanna

This time marks a year since moving from Boston to Boulder, Colorado and the time has really flown. Shortly after my move, work got really busy and I ended up being on the road more than I expected. I am blessed to have work in many parts of the country but I didn’t expect the pace to increase so much after I moved. Before moving, there was that small thought and fear in the back of my mind that after I move away my clients will forget about me. Quite the opposite happened so it just goes to show that if you continue to provide value in what you do and make a difference for others, people will still hire you no matter how far away you are. Building strong partnerships with clients over time of course contributes to that success as well. So, even though I moved just over a year ago, I actually have only physically been here for about 10 months, and I’m just starting to feel settled in. I guess it’s true that it takes about a year to settle into a new place but I was overly optimistic (and hoping) it would take less :-) .

Colorado is really a beautiful state. The mountains are gorgeous, the weather is great and the people are very friendly. Boulder is a fun town to live in! It’s a bike friendly town with lots of great restaurants, art galleries, cafes and live entertainment. You can find every alternative modality of healing, interesting discussions to engage in, incredible artists and craftsman, lots of rock climbers, skiers, runners and bikers and people who are very environmentally conscious. And, I am still not used to seeing the Marijuana dispensaries every few miles (no, i’ve not dispensed any). So far, it’s been an interesting and eclectic place to live and there is still so much to see and explore.

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Compare No More!

By Jean Marie DiGiovanna

I can’t believe it’s been two years now since I moved from Boston to Boulder, CO. It really has been a catalyst for deep change and I have come a long way. I learned what it takes to “start over” from a business sense and build credibility and exposure locally. Personally, I have experienced having to make new friends in my 40’s which is a strange thing and can bring up all the insecurities from 8th grade, but I’ve begun to develop some great friendships. And, I’ve started on-line dating here so we’ll see how that goes :-) .

Being an extravert has helped me in getting out there but the deepest change I have experienced is the relationship with myself – and that requires lots of introspection and a willingness to let go of who I was to reveal who I’m capable of being. Surprisingly I have become more “introverted” and wondered if I was completely changing. Then, I realized going within helps me rebalance and stay grounded so that when I get “out there”, I am my best self and centered in my core values. When I am in that centered place, I am able to acknowledge and accept my own uniqueness and the more comfortable I feel in my own skin. Another byproduct comes out of that – the happier I can be for others.

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Honoring Your Own Pace

By Jean Marie DiGiovanna

The pace with which we move through life is different for each and every one of us. Some of us are going through experiences that others have already moved through, while others may not feel a particular experience is even necessary to have. People come into our life to share in our experiences while others come into our life to show us the way. As we move through life, it can be so easy to compare ourselves and the pace of our life to others’. We play the blame game. “I should be here in my life and I’m not” or “Why do they get to experience that and I have not yet?” or “He/She should know that by now”.

We have strong beliefs and perceptions about where we should be given our age, years of experience in our work, our upbringing, our family and friends, our relationship…and the list goes on. We begin to compare ourselves to others and quickly make ourselves wrong. When we dishonor the pace with which we are living our life, we disrespect ourselves. When we make ourselves wrong for not being where we thought we should, we are in essence crushing our souls and closing ourselves off to the beauty and possibility of life. And, when we judge others for where we think they should be, we are disrespecting their precious pace, putting a wall up that now separates and disconnects us.

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