What Kind of Life Coach has a Panic Attack?

RECENTLY I HAD A PANIC ATTACK.  A SERIOUS ONE.  I THOUGHT I WAS HAVING A STROKE.

I’m sharing this because you need to know that even when we KNOW what we need to do, what we SHOULD be doing and what is the BEST for us…we can still get caught up in the reactiveness of life and get overwhelmed. Even when we are professionally trained in how to overcome and avoid such energies.

I have been making some shifts lately, getting ready to go back to school, a new position as an adjunct teacher at Kirkwood Community, and automating a shit ton of processes inside my business to alleviate daily ankle biter BS. It’s been a lot.  And I have felt like it has been a lot.  I also recognize…

THIS IS ALL AWESOME, LIFE IS PRETTY GOOD RIGHT NOW. 

Yet, as I went to push purchase on a tool that would help me do some of that automation… I SEIZED. My vision went dim and started to darken, my chest squeezed, my heart pounded and stuttered, I got lightheaded and nauseous, all the signs and symptoms of a panic attack.  My partner helped me settle in to a chair and I crashed for a few hours.  CRASHED.  That $10 a month purchase tipped me over the edge.

I had a choice: beat myself up and tell myself how weak I was to be reacting like this.  Or take inventory, answer the question: WTF IS GOING ON? 

I have a deeply ingrained method in place in my Aligning Priorities Tool) which allowed me to work through this pretty quickly and realize what had been piling on and needed to be shed and what needed to stay so that I can continue to move forward in my life and create and live in the lifestyle I want to create and live in. 

MY LIFE DOESN’T SUCK. BUT I NEEDED TO MAKE A CHANGE.

THOUGH THAT FEW HOURS OF SLEEP FELT FUCKING AMAZING.

I HAD TO SHIFT A FEW THINGS:

  1. I committed to revamping my private coaching services and a long overdue price increase for elite level private coaching.
  2. I said no to a few things I was saying yes to energetically, physically and mentally.
  3. I reminded myself that I am in charge of my lifestyle and nobody but me can determine what works and what doesn’t.
  4. I resisted a lot of the things I wanted to shift and then cosmically smacked myself when I realized I was doing that and once again remembered I am human and screw shit up sometimes.
  5. I automated what could be automated and took good stock of what I needed to pull back on in my businesses in order to go forward with everything I want to be going forward with.
  6. I cut myself some slack and I scheduled a day off during what is projected to be a very busy time ahead.

Here is the deal, if you are laying on the couch and your back says, “hey that doesn’t feel good, you need to move.” You move. It’s not a thing you have to struggle with (unless there is an animal or child on you, in which case, all bets are off). 

WHEN YOUR SOUL IS UNCOMFORTABLE, IT TALKS TO YOU TOO. Sends you messages through your intuition and opportunities and more.  And we ignore them, because we can.  The discomfort isn’t great enough. And then, the universe grabs you like an errant child and you get a talking to: you get sick, seized with anxiety, whatever.

This isn’t necessary. You don’t have to do this.  I was reminded of this – the signs showed up way before this panic attack; I just ignored them.

IF YOUR SOUL IS FEELING UNCOMFORTABLE, GO WITHIN AND FIND YOUR ANSWERS.
No panic attack needed.

OH, YOU THOUGHT I’D TELL YOU HOW TO GO WITHIN?

NOPE. YOU KNOW HOW TO DO THIS. GO DO IT.

If you really struggle, follow the link to the tool above.  If you don’t want to do that, join my Facebook Community and try some of the tools there.

Right now, through January 3rd, I am offering a 90 minute session for $97 (a $225 value).  Grab that and let’s figure out the right combination for optimizing where you are. 

If none of that sounds good, email me for a consult via my website.

THE CHOICE IS – AS EVER – YOURS.

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Jennifer Murphy Life Coach

Jennifer Murphy is ruthlessly focused on helping people live awesome lives.  Jennifer spent a large chunk of her life pursuing other people’s ideas of success and while those experiences were sublime in some cases, they weren’t the “more” she sought, and she just never felt full. In 2011, she made the commitment to live life on my terms and everything changed. The life she loves today was created and she is here to share and teach you exactly how to do the same for yourself.

Jennifer is founder of No Limits Life Empowerment Institute, a working glass artist, Reiki Master, Partner in Shaman Grocer, Best Selling Author of The Art of Living Dangerously, and Co-founder of the Midwest Reiki Festival.    My favorite time is spent doing anything soccer related with my aspiring world cup soccer player, 10-year-old Alexander.  I am also a pretty big fan of gaming (PS4) with my partner Craig while solving the world’s social problems. Learn more at http://www.nolimitslife.guru

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How is Your Health?

In the year preceding my departure from my last corporate job I had walking pneumonia 5 times.  Once it even came with a bonus kicker of whooping cough.  Steroids, antibiotics and over the counter remedies did nothing to stop it.  Days of working from home, long naps and attempting to power through it made no difference.  I was chronically tired, chronically sniffling, chronically coughing after every word I spoke.  I had put on weight.

In the prior 3 years I had been diagnosed with allergies, GERD, Arthritis, Migraines, more than a few bouts of bronchitis and sinus infections as well as the rarest form of asthma.

I kept thinking…wow, is this really what it’s like to be human?  

Around me I saw the same things happening.  To be sick seemed to be the latest fashion trend.  Everybody I knew seemed to be on something for something. Showing up to work sick was done with a sense of pride, “I’m so dedicated and valuable here I can’t possibly stay home.”

“Seriously, there has to be more.” I remember thinking.

There was.

Recently my Yoga Instructor reminded me of all this.  She looked at me in class and said, “we have been doing this about 10 years and you haven’t aged.”  We talked about why and I am going to share my suspicions with you here. I perceive 3 primary actions driving this outcome:

  1. I changed my diet.

My cravings were for fresher foods, more organic flavors and higher quality. I gave in to them.  I began to buy fresh, local and organic.  Even when my budget became the tightest it ever was, I stuck with it. I found I need less volume when the quality is higher – go figure.

My weight dropped and my stomach issues cleared up almost immediately.  Increasing water helped my headaches begin to fade and my ache from arthritis dissipate. As time went on I found that eating processed foods had an immediate and sever impact on my body:  skin rashes, stomach aches and more.

My diet was a huge step to take in feeling better about my life.

  1. I changed where I spent my energies.

Mentally I had to get straight on what mattered. I developed an exercise called aligning priorities and put it to work for me.  Using it I became very focused on spending resources on what I valued most and saying no to the things misaligned.

What followed was an increase in opportunity to engage with my dreams.  The opportunity to open my business presented itself, I took it.  Changes needed in my relationships became obvious and I made them.  Expired affiliations and loyalties were retired and lower vibration options just went away.

This alignment of energies gave me clear path to yes or no in my life.  Today I ask, “will this get me closer or further away from what I want to do?” as the gatekeeper question.

  1. I changed how I heal myself.

How I heal myself today addresses my entire system.  Rather than running to a doctor for each discomfort, I explore my life holistically. I never seemed to have an easy illness for a doctor anyway.  There was never a “oh you have this” response.  It was always, “well it could be several things”.  Now I know why: my illnesses weren’t just a bug – they were connected on all levels.

Today I work with a holistic chiropractor, Dr. Karly Abel, and view my health primarily through natural and spiritual means.  I consult with healers periodically and go the VA for my annual physical.  In the last 3 years I have had to consult a General Physician once for an illness I could not contain.  It was walking pneumonia.  Rather than just taking the antibiotics and waiting for a cure, I also took stock of my life and found other areas needing to be addressed.

I believe our bodies talk to us about our life choices.  They will tell us when we are off track – the same way our intuition speaks to us.  Therefore, we need to heal not only the physical symptoms, but the emotional and spiritual as well.

Do you recognize yourself in any of this?

Is doing exactly what I do right for you?  Maybe.  Is some degree of it?  Definitely. 

Your diet and how much water you drink is a fundamental building block – your body uses what you put in it – wouldn’t you like it to be the absolute best Mother Nature can create? Fuel yourself with high quality and you body will return high quality energy and output.

Focus your energies on what is most important to you and those things will flourish.  Spend time on the things you value most and you will feel most connected to them.  Feeling connected to those things will inspire you to live in alignment with your purpose and in turn you will feel more freedom.  Your sense of conflict will diminish as you know what you can say yes to and what to turn down.

How you heal matters – we are multi-dimensional.  Treating only one dimension just seems ludicrous. If I ignore a spiritual or emotional pain long enough, it will show up physically.  I bet yours does too.

What is your health currently telling you?  Are you trying diet plan after diet plan?  Are you on a closet full of prescription meds? Are you always hungry and always eating?  Are you shoving emotions down faster than a bag of French Fries? Chances are it goes deeper than conventional methods would explain.

Rebel.  Explore other means. Try a new approach if what you have been doing isn’t working.

The answer to how I haven’t aged in my Yoga Instructors eyes in 10 years is in living a lifestyle I love.  It is encompassing of healthy supportive food, people I love, a career that inspires me and a sense of completeness.  This lifestyle is more than professional success, it’s my entire life of success as I have chosen to define it.

YOU can find this too – you can be the person receiving your ultimate compliment.  You can be the person former acquaintances don’t even recognize and look at in wonder. It is possible for you.

Your challenge:

It’s time to define what lifestyle success means to you – how do you define it? Email me at jennifer@nolimitslife.guru and let me know. I’d love to hear your definition!

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I am Jennifer Murphy, a certified personal and executive coach ruthlessly focused on helping people live awesome lives.  I spent a large chunk of my life pursuing other people’s ideas of success and while those experiences were sublime in some cases, they weren’t the “more” I was seeking and I just never felt full. In 2011, I made the commitment to live life on my terms and everything changed. The life I love today was created.

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