I was on a training call last night when the speaker, Stacey Hall, said she was going to tell us how to wake up in the morning. Instantly I perked up.

This is something I need to hear. I don’t know about you, but most days, I’d rather stay in my bed just a little bit longer than my schedule allows. And for me, it’s not because I’m tired … though there was a time when tired followed me all.day.long.

Not anymore. I am finally getting real rest.

For me, I don’t look forward to my day. At least M-F from 8-4:30….It’s actually not bad — I am blessed with a great job — it’s just not my passion and there are numerous other things that I’d rather be doing…. Like working on my golden handcuffs and coconut money.

So, when my alarm goes off in the morning, I often wake up angry. Yes. Angry.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve started diffusing my lovely YL essential oils as I’m getting ready for bed and going to sleep. I’ve tried many different ones, but the blends Believe, Release and Abundance seem to be my favorites lately. There is no science telling me which one to choose, usually I’m just drawn to one and I go with it. I’m learning to trust my inner voice.


I have noticed a change in my attitude as I am rising to meet the new day. I’m not excited to get up … yet. But I am also not angry anymore. However, I still have room for improvement and I want to start my day on the right foot. Which means I have to venture from the bed.

Stacey mentioned (this is my paraphrase) that going to sleep with positive thoughts will help your mind to marinate in them and you can wake up in the morning with positive thoughts. Prayer, meditation and gratitude are great places to start, but how often do we affirm ourselves for the great things we’ve done?

Time to go APE.

It’s awkward … kind of like when I started talking to myself in the mirror … but appreciating yourself goes something like this:

“Tracie, I appreciate you for taking the time to invest in yourself and your business by joining in on this training call … and really great job for stepping out of your comfort zone and attending that networking event!”

“Tracie, thank you for nourishing me with healthy, delicious food today. Thank you for listening to your body and giving it what it needed today!”

And so on … reality is, my mind wandered a lot. Kind of reminded me of my kayak lesson. At the beginning of our lesson, our instructor (Jamie) taught the 5 of us to “raft up,” which is what what he would say when he wanted us all in a line, our boats parallel with each other and we would hold on to each other’s boats while he gave us instruction. At first as we tried to get our boats together, he kinda laughed and compared it to herding cats…. LOL!

But he patiently taught us the different paddle strokes and at the end of 3 hours we could paddle forward, backwards, sideways, in a circle and make a sharp turn. Some of us even took turns practicing “wet exits” (getting out of a capsized boat) and rescuing each other. I have to mention that facing the fear of capsizing the boat really helped me to enjoy the whole kayaking experience more. Nothing left to fear … but that’s a whole different lesson!


Practice … yes at the end of 3 hours Jamie called out for us to raft up and we had it down! In control, no injuries, calm and having a blast!

Ok, I’m going to have to practice the appreciation for myself at night and I’m sure in time that my thoughts will be less like herding cats. I think it means I have to practice awareness of my thoughts throughout the day and start training them to focus on the positive, on solutions, on action, gratitude, integrity and so on…. Over time, I’ll strengthen the focus and the awkwardness will dissipate…I’ll be able to raft up those thoughts and get to my goals much quicker.

So, this morning when my alarm went off, I caught my thoughts. They were going negative, but I was able to intercept them and think about how I wanted to start my day.

I am grateful for the job I have – it is the springboard that will get me to where I want to be.
I am grateful for another day to show my love and appreciation for those in my life.
I am grateful for the amazing journey that God has me on now – I know there are many great things in my future.

~Rafting Up!
I AM a Master Attractor of ALL I desire to support me in achieving my B-All!

Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable — if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise — dwell on these things. (Philippians 4:8 HCSB)

By the way, if you’re interested in learning more about Stacey Hall and going APE, check out her website: http://www.chi-to-be.com/ and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ChiToBe
I got to meet Stacey at the YL convention in June and we have chatted several times since then. She is genuine, inviting and full of a lot of wisdom, and her book is helping me to reach my goals. If you feel stuck, then this is a great resource to start working through that!

If you live in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and are interested in learning to kayak, I highly recommend Discover Kayak. You will have a great time!
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