friends…i have yet another awesome September F A R M sponsor with you today. she's more than a little contagious. read on, you'll see what i mean.

Hello September F A R M reader! It is with great joy I greet you today. I am beyond excited that Karli has given me the opportunity to inspire you, her loyal reader. Let me start with a brief introduction of myself and then I will lead you in an exercise that motivates me to continue growing and pursuing my dreams, and I believe it will do the same for you.

My name is Emily and I am a Midwest raised, world-traveling, California transplant, University-educated, retail manager. I am also a committed life-partner to Joe and French bulldog owner of Ronnie. I live to motivate and inspire those around me to enjoy the happiest and healthiest life possible. I am an encourager, thinker, creative writer, coffee drinker, and avid napper. Now enough about me, let's get to the good stuff.

beEMspiredLet's start with an energy boostin meditation to get us centered and focused. To the count of 4 I would like you to breathe in (1-2-3-4) and hold your breath (1-2-3-4), breathe out (1-2-3-4) and hold your breath (1-2-3-4). And again, breathe in (1-2-3-4) hold (1-2-3-4), out (1-2-3-4), hold (1-2-3-4). Now take your hands into prayer position and press firmly together for 10 (1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10) and realse for 15 (1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15). Repeat that two more times.
(Try this meditation around 3 or 4 in the afternoon when your energy begins to lag and see if it doesn't boost your concentration.)
Now that we are hopefully centered and energized, let's talk about our goals. You may be thinking, "Emily, I have kids, a husband, and even dogs. There is no room or time for me to start focusing on my goals." I call your bluff. I truly believe if you do not take care of yourself first and dedicate time to developing who you are and what you want you cannot show up for those most important in your life.

A few weeks ago I found myself misguided, anxious, unfocused, and committing to things that I didn't really have an interest in. I was transitioning into a new role at work and with that came a lot more responsibility and unnecessary expectations I was putting on myself. Do you ever do that? Set expectations for yourself that are completely unnecessary? 
Imagine having started a new role at your job already feeling overwhelmed and then committing to participating in a sprint triathlon never having done such a thing, just to see if you could do it. Foolishness. I was stretching myself too thin and I wasn't staying in line with the goals and vision I have set for my life. My solution: 60 second goals. 
Rewriting my goals centers me and brings me back down to reality. What is it I am most passionate about, want to do, desire to see for my life? It all comes out in that sliver of time, one-minute. 
Are you ready to step back and evaluate the next few years of your life? 10 years from now do you want to be in the same place you are in right now, or do you want to see change happen? By writing out your goals you are acknowledging that your journey not yet over, that it has many more miles to go. I believe in you and I believe you want more out of life than "ordinary." I encourage you to dream big, think big, and do big things!
Grab a piece of paper, a pen, a timer, and an open mind. It's goal time!

When I sat down to do this recently I had no idea the impact it would have on me. Some of the things that rolled off the tip of my pen surprised me while most of them spoke very true to my heart. Here are a few of the goals from my 60 second goal session:
  • non profit
  • 2 public speaking gigs
  • buy a house
  • go on a retreat
  • get another dog
  • start a garden
  • practice yoga (more)
  • write/publish a book
My list was almost two pages long and when the timer buzzed I was energized, rejuvenated, and most importantly inspired. Sometimes we just have to remind ourselves that we want big things for our life and even though we've gone off the beaten path it's that easy to get centered and refocused on the things that matter most to us. I encourage you to really sit with your goals over the next few days. Maybe write them on post-it notes and stick them around the house, or if you're like me, write them on a chalkboard wall so you have to walk past them every day. Whatever you do, don't dismiss them. What you've written on that page is a letter from your head to you. Put action to your goals and this time next year I guarantee you won't be in the same place you're in right now. 

be EMspired
and because emily wants you to be extra EMspired she's offering a unique little giveaway to September FARM readers. 

now, this is unlike any giveaway you've probably seen, so what a rare opportunity to experience something you might not normally have considered!

am i right or am i right? 

i'm right. 

here's what emily has to say about her giveaway:
Are you ready to take your life to the next level? Sick of hoping, wishing and waiting to fulfill your dreams? it's time to make shift happen. I want to offer you a wine of a kind opportunity to receive valuable tools and coaching that will put you on the path to success.

In this giveaway you receive a 3-hour online seminar with nationally renowned, OprahWinfrey Approved, and my personal inspiration, motivational speaker, Gabrielle Bernstein. This seminar will be followed by a 1-on-1 coaching session with me, via Skype or phone.

This giveaway is valued at over $500, but far more valuable than money could buy. A session with Gabrielle Bernstein, your copy of Miracles Now, and personal coaching from ME will supply you with the tools you need to create a happier, healthier and more successful YOU!

You don't want to miss out on this!

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