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Make Travels Easier + Fun With Soothing + Energizing Scents

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Make Travels Easier + Fun With Soothing + Energizing Scents

Make Travels Easier + Fun With Soothing + Energizing Scents. 

P.S. Order any TWO oils from me in March of 2017, and I'll gift you with a FREE guided meditation that you can take with you anywhere on the road to step into ease and flow on your journey... even if you've got an inbox full of client emails and 2 kiddos bouncing in the back seat!

Fuel and nurture yourself, and you support everyone else better. 

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What Harry Potter Can Teach Us About Visualization + Our Desires

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What Harry Potter Can Teach Us About Visualization + Our Desires

There are few things I love more than Harry Potter.

Photo is my own, but please feel free to share. Our apartment in Rome, Italy was across a narrow, cobblestone treet from the Roman Forum. We could touch the wall of the Forum just by stepping 10 feet from our door. So unforgettable!

Photo is my own, but please feel free to share. Our apartment in Rome, Italy was across a narrow, cobblestone treet from the Roman Forum. We could touch the wall of the Forum just by stepping 10 feet from our door. So unforgettable!

Go ahead. Judge away! I’m not ashamed.

The stories are so creative and beautiful. I could spend hours curled up reading the series by JK Rowling again and again. I even brought Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets with us to Italy (where I just returned from celebrating my 30th birthday!) for those nights I knew we'd be up adjusting from jetlag.

Truthfully, there are many #truthbombs that come out of the stories. Many of the most famous quotes float around on the internet. Or if you're a true Pottermore Member/Potterhead, you know them by heart already, honestly.

"Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” - Dumbledore -

"It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” - Dumbledore -

"You sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.” -Ginny Weasley -

And a personal favorite.

I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.

- Anyone who was ever able to see the complete Marauder’s Map -

Please feel free to share.

Please feel free to share.

But the thing I’m thinking more specifically of is found over and over again within the stories. 

It’s the Patronus Charm.

This special spell is used by those who wish to be protected against the Dementors - beings who are able to suck the happiness and soul out of humans. The Patronus, when cast, can bring warmth and light, warding off Dementors when strong enough.

The Patronus Charm works by thinking of the happiest of memories for each individual, visualizing that memory fully, tapping into the warm, fuzzy, butterfly feelings brought on by the memory, and then holding it in your mind.

Let's break that down, because it's really not that different from what we must do in every day life.

  1. Find the happy, aka the WHY/WHAT
  2. Focus on the emotion... THE EMOTIONS!
  3. Visualize + hold that emotion in your mind
  4. Keep it there to shield you from negativity (your own and others')

This is not much different from the type of mindset work you MUST do for yourself in order to thrive as an entrepreneur, and especially as a service-based ladyboss (like a coach or consultant or creative). The ability to put up your shield from negativity is essential to feeling grounded, inspired and energized. 

The difference is that you’ll think of that dream you have that lights you up.

It’s that thing that your Intuition whispers in your ear every day, when you let her.

  • What makes your heart beat faster?
  • What would you do if money and time were no object?
  • How would you FEEL?

THAT is the feeling and the dream we strive to hold on to when we have that idea for our business forming in our mind. It’s that feeling you have when you get so excited you want to put everything in motion and just friggin' go for it already. 

The key is to focus entirely on what you feel when you think of that desire, even during the ups and the downs. This will shield you from worry, negativity and doubt. It'll help you succeed and drive forward, but it's a strength you'll have to cultivate and practice at every day - just like Harry did. As he practiced more, his Patronus got stronger.

I schedule 20 minutes every morning to work on mindset work. Journaling, saying my mantras out loud over and over, making sure I'm in the best place mentally before I begin the day.

It's time to put up your shield and start working toward your dream.

EXPECTO PATRONUM! 

Source: Harry Potter Wiki

Source: Harry Potter Wiki

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This Week In Italy (The Entrepreneur's Dream)

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This Week In Italy (The Entrepreneur's Dream)

Today, I am feeling so EXCITED and GRATEFUL. I'm so grateful to get to talk with a few of my clients today - some insanely inspiring women! Seriously, these ladies are killing it! And after that...

We finish packing for ItalY!!

My husband, tot (Finn) and I leave tomorrow for a 2-week trip in Italy, and I feel like I could just pinch myself! I can't wait to get there.

While I am so grateful to be able to begin an adventure to my favorite place again, there was a lot of prep involved in taking this vacation. One of the primary goals in starting my own coaching practice, was that I wanted to be more in control of my time and energy and to do something that would serve other women.

Taking care of myself and prioritizing my needs is essential to me, so I had to prep in order to fully take these two weeks "off". I believe deeply in self care and putting personal wellness as high priorities for anyone, not just entrepreneurs. How can you serve your clients best, or take care of your family, or be super efficient at work, if you aren't taking excellent care of yourself?

You can download my FREE guide below to read more about how I prepped everything in my business so that I could fully immerse myself in the heaps of pasta I'll be eating in just a few short days.

Now... back to daydreaming about sweet, sweet Italy! Here's what I'm looking forward to:

  1. Visiting Florence, and Naples/Sorrento/Pompei/Amalfi Coast area, AND Cinque Terre. All places I've never been before.
  2. Taking in some sweet, sweet architecture and eating leisurely outdoor meals at the cafes or on our balcony.
  3. Train rides from city to city through the Italian countryside during Fall. I can't wait to see those leaves changing!
  4. Reliving my memories of that time I was in Rome, and Sting showed up and decided to play a FREE concert near the Forum. Ticked off SEVERAL life goals in that one night alone. Visit the Forum for the first tiem. See Sting live in concert. Go to concert with my BFFs in a foreign country. 
  5. Less crowds. Traveling during the Fall helps to avoid the tourist season in many places.
  6. CARBS. I don't eat a ton of carbs, so I'm going to carb-load on some bolognese and arrabbiata pasta, and I'm not ashamed of it. Look for TONS of food pics on my Instagram, Facebook Page and maybe a Periscope or two starting Wednesday! I'm @alliehorner on IG and @allisonhorner on Periscope.
  7. Saying cheesy things like, "WHEN IN ROME!"... because we're literally going to be ringing in my 30th birthday IN ROME - my favorite city!
  8. Having some espresso so bold and smooth that it'll bring tears. Every parent's DREAM.
  9. Staying in AirBnbs. We rent our home out on AirBnb (WHY not have some passive income?), and I think the BEST way to experience a city like Rome is to live in a temporary apartment rather than a hotel. Plus, one of the families lives right next door and their nana is insisting on cooking for us so she can squish my little bambino's cheeks... and I honestly don't mind at all. I love that!
  10. Seeing my hubs and son experience the awe that is Italy for the first time ever. 
  11. SHOPPING. One of my biggest regrets from past trips was not shopping a little bit more. So I'm going to make that happen this time.
  12. Coming back to my 90 day group of aspiring entrepreneurs which is starting in October!

A photo of my own from Rome in 2011. (That's not me walking, BTW.)

Tell me: what else would you recommend we absolutely see or do, or where we should eat? 


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