Letter from the Publisher Empowered Living: Reframe Your Story

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omen work hard to balance their many roles as spiritual beings, nurturers, wives, mothers, caregivers, coworkers and sisters of one sort or another… the list is endless.

A way that women have helped create a culture in which they support each other,

and the world while making a meaningful difference is by serving as change agents. Becoming a change agent entails showing up in the word as a whole, satisfi ed

person whose happiness includes acknowledging individual efforts, including our own. We can always bring the beauty and creativity inside of us to bear on whatever we do. A good place to start is to bring it on personally as a change agent of our words, actions, and our story. It is the story we have created for ourselves that keeps reminding us of our

history, of our mistakes, and of the limiting beliefs that so often keep us stuck, and prevent us from reaching our true potential. Along the way, it helps to not recreate patterns of words, thoughts and actions that diminish our rightful vitality, life energy and pleasure. When you hear a friend (or yourself) repeat the same negative, life-draining story more than twice, become a change agent by suggesting they change the result by amending the story, and thereby avoiding a self-fulfi lling prophecy. In my work as an Emotional Wellness Coach, I am honored to help clients

understand the components of their story; and by assisting them to release their negative memories and emotional wounds, they develop an ever-changing story. It opens a new description that deals with lessons learned and movement forward. By being present, this allows them the changes needed to create a fresh narrative and empowers them to reframe their thoughts, habits and beliefs to who they are now, where they are going and who they plan to be. Our Inspiration article on page 55 “Reframing Your Life Story — Creating

Your Own Hero’s Journey“ states that by reframing our lives as personal growth adventures, we can adapt to plot twists and view unexpected diffi culties as opportunities for self-transformation. It also gives you prompts to ask yourself questions about who you would be

and act as though you are a character in a story. This helps you think of yourself in another way, to help you reframe the way you see yourself and your story. There are many ways to get started, and it’s never too late! May this letter inspire you to take the fi rst step. To a life well lived,

Dee Whitaker, Publisher natural awakenings April 2017 5

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