To My Grandkids,
Whew, these past couple weeks have been awesome!
This island continues to give us a million cool experiences, she doesn't disappoint! A couple weeks ago we went to a pier on the island to snorkel! It was beautiful, but I remembered a fear of mine.. I've been snorkeling a handful of times around the world now and every time I start out with a bit of a panic attack for some reason.. I get really freaked out by the vastness of the ocean, and the possibilities of creatures below me. I always freak out, and have to get out of the water for a few minutes to quiet the irrational thoughts, and then once I get back in it's much more enjoyable. I saw soo many jellyfish, colorful and reflective fish, amazing coral, starfish, sea urchins, and even swam near a barracuda! Although I didn't stray more than 10 feet from the bank, the rest of the crew dove under the huge pier where it's dark nothingness under you.. Some even saw sea turtles!
A couple days after, we had a birthday party on the beach to go to, but on the way we saw a stray pig in a mud bath on the side of the road.. Small backstory, one of our giant pigs at the farm got out of his pen and we were trying find him, so we thought this was him.. We started corralling the pig around trying to get a rope around him, and he ran into the woods. Everyone jumped in the bushes to push him out and I stayed behind for when he ran back out.. Before I could even see where he was, he came SPRINTING out of the bushes RIGHT in front of me.. While they yelled for me to grab him, I took off running and screaming.. I don't know who was screaming louder; me or the pig. (Turns out it wasn't the one we were looking for..) From then on, I was too scared to even help... Days later we found our giant 400 pound pig laying on the side of the road, loaded him up in the car and took him back home.. And it did NOT go as smoothly as it sounds- imagine trying to get a 400 pound pig in the CAR... I'll just let your curiosity take the rest of that story.
To say that we've had some hilarious stories come from this island is an understatement. It's been an amazing time.. I forgot to mention that we went to a mans house for dinner, and he is a very talented architect.. He designed, and built this 3 story house on the beach, and it is BEAUTIFUL. He is a pretty funny guy- he built a giant 'G' shaped table/bench on top of the building called the 'G spot'.. Gotta admit- it was the perfect spot just like it's name says!
Vieques has been amazing, and our time here is slowly coming to the end. We are spending another month here before we go back home.. To our own home.. Which is all I'm gonna say until things are set in stone, but trust me, I'M EXCTIED!!
I am so blessed to be on this journey.
My heart is so full.
I have been gifted with this beautiful life, and I will continue to LIVE it the way it was intended to be lived. I am walking my purpose, shining my light, and spreading LOVE every where I go.
LIFE IS SOO GOOD. Thank you.
Your badass make-it-happen Granny J :)
To My Grandkids,
Today I woke up feeling pretty damn good.
Lately, I've been in a mindset of business. This website is super super important to me, and there's a lot that goes on behind the scenes of my blogs, the courses that I offer, the pages I have created, and the support groups I lead. I've been brainstorming a lot about the growth of this page, and I thought it would be nice to share some insight on my vision.
For most, this website is just a blog- and perhaps a boring one..? I hope not haha!! To me, this website is my future. I have so much planned in my private journals for where I am taking SunGuided! When I built this website, it was intended only to be a blog and a tool for the online sales company I was working for at the time.. Since then, my vision has changed direction, and I discovered my true passion for creating helpful content on my own platform.
To me, the blog is important because someday when my future grandkids are navigating through their life, I want to make sure that no matter what happens between now and then, I will always be able to offer guidance to the youngins that I helped create. For now, I am the generation that is shaping the future, and by the time they read this- the future is theirs. Also, it is a way I can express in the way my soul loves. I love to share my stories, adventures, and growth in a way that is authentic and helpful to others on their journey. It also helps that I LOVE to write and journal :)
The journal course I created is only the first of many.. Journaling is something that has greatly impacted my mental and spiritual growth, and it's a tool I want to share with others. In the works currently is another free course.. Without giving too much of a spoiler, it will guide you through making a vision board to manifest your dreams! (Coming Soon!) This is what I used to materialize all my desires, travels, relationships, jobs, etc. This is information I have used for 2 years now, and is REAL and effective.
The 'Powerful Women' group chat I lead is one of the most important things I lead. A couple months ago, I met a stranger who put my broad business vision and turned it into a power statement- one sentence that I continue to work off of today.
"I am working to be a big-sister-support figure for young women who are on the path to living their best life through self love and going for their dreams.'
The goal that I'm currently taking a class for is to be a mindset coach so I can make this happen in the most effective, supportive, loving and authentic way possible. My drive comes from first hand experience. Two years ago I was in a very rough position mentally and physically, and through self love I was able to see the storms' lightening as the light I was headed towards. Now, I am taking those lessons I learned and turning them into guidance for young women need the same support that I did.
SunGuided has big things coming for the future. Before long on that front page you will see "Certified Life Coach" in bold letters like a banner waving to the people who need extra love and support emotionally. You will see "Certified Yoga Instructor" in bold to catch the eye of people who want to connect with their body through movement.. And most of all.. You will see SunGuided as the number one rated health and wellness page out there- all about GROWTH here!
I'm loving this. I'm walking in my truth. I am spreading my message. I am touching the lives of everyone who crosses my path. I am so grateful, I am so blessed!!
An Empowered Woman Empowering other Women...
Your granny J :)
To My Grandkids,
Life is an ongoing journey, and so far, my journey has been fantastic!
Yesterday we took a trip to one of our sister islands- Culebra, Puerto Rico. After a 5:20 am wakeup call and over 3 hours of taxis, and ferry's, we finally made it to the all famous, well known Flamenco Beach! This beach is rated the best in the Caribbean, and among the top 5 most beautiful in the world! She didn't disappoint- those waters were crystal clear, turquoise, and deep dark blue as you went farther in. The sand was pearly white with shells scattered about, and the beach sat in a cove of luscious green hills and blue skies.
As soon as we stepped foot on the beach, our jaws dropped and I felt so grateful to be there! We stayed out in the sun all day, jumping in and out of the waves with childlike giggles being passed around the 4 of us. After a couple Pina Coladas on the beach (Did you know those originated from right here in Puerto Rico??) we walked down the beach to see the sunken military tanks right off the coast. They were in tact enough that we climbed up and stood atop what was once a war vehicle- strange feeling for someone who wants nothing but peace and love in this world.. It's better off rusty, broken down and halfway in the ground in my opinion.
After our time on the beach, it was time catch our ferry's back home. (yes, dos ferry) We made it all the way to the top of the boat on our first ride back and caught the sunset glistening over the ocean. After our second ferry ride we made it back to our island of Vieques.. But not quite home yet.. Since the ferry got in so late, there were no taxies at the port, so we ended up sitting on the side of the road in the middle of this town for about 30 minutes before we could find a ride home. (the downside of not having a car is that we usually walk everywhere on this island.. 30 min walk to the beach, an hour walk to get groceries- one way... ) But this would've been about a 2 hour walk at night so it was more worth it to sit with a thumb out for while. Don't have a heart attack mom or dad, we're a strong 4 and can fight off creeps in the night if need be haha!
Something that has been on my mind lately is embodying my entire message, not just the positive parts. When I post blogs or on social media, sometimes I feel like my life is chalked up to be too glamorous. Don't get me wrong- my life is AMAZING, and I love sharing my highlights with everyone!! However, sometimes I catch myself only posting the highs..
In order for me to be REAL with my audience, I wanted to share that I also have personal things that go on that I don't share much about. I still have roadblocks that come up, and doubt towards certain things. I'm still a young woman figuring out my path just like any other, so no, I don't have every little thing figured out! I take pride in my positive mindset that shines through any situation so it doesn't delve into a deeper problem, and having the confidence in myself that my choices are for my highest wellbeing. Although it may seem like free-sailing over here, I am human just like everyone else, and I want to share more of my growth process so it doesn't seem like I'm only sharing the good things.
As a Mindset Coach in training, this is something I have learned to be very important when trying to make connections with people and clients. When people only share the highlights, it seems as if we are holding back from sharing the lows so that we seem more respectable or seen as a higher level.. Well for me, I'd rather been seen as trustworthy, relatable, and REAL. So here I am, showing up as my AUTHENTIC SELF from here on out. I am example for the people and friends that I coach- I want them to show up as 100% themselves, so I must start the train by doing it myself.
All GROWTH baby!!!
This journey is amazing, and it all depends on your mindset.
Your self-loving-sunshine-dancing-beach-running Granny J :)
Did you catch what my goal is? I'm currently enrolled in classes to become a certified Mindset Coach! Through my business I will touch the lives everyone around me and show them how they can change their life through learning to love themselves.
CHANGE YOUR MIND= CHANGE YOUR LIFE.
To My Grandkids,
Just like todays date, this life is a 10/10 so far :)
This week I've been thinking a lot about the power of my own mind. I have been journaling a lot and taking time to really picture what my best life looks like. (Check out the 'Live Well' page on this website to see what journal prompts I've been up to. They are revolved around self reflection, goal setting, and self love!) Don't get me wrong, I am already living my best life- but I'm talking about my goals, and what areas I still have growth to do. Through some self reflection, I have realized a couple key things I'd like to share with you. Take what feels right, leave what doesn't!
One thing that always comes up is 'desire'. The power of desire can be an unstoppable force. Well.. Can be.. If you desire something, there are two outcomes that could happen. You could either look at it and say 'wow, wouldn't that be nice...They are lucky to have that... That's my dream life, but..." and be fine with the fact that you 'can't' or 'won't' have it.. It becomes just another daydream, a whisper in your imagination that won't become tangible.. And with no belief in yourself, it slips away.
You could have desire and be hooked. Whatever it is that caught your attention- you can't possibly shake the thought of having it, and so... You go for it. Maybe you write about it in your journal, and when the words come out onto the paper it gives you chills. Throughout your day, it never really leaves your mind. It becomes a thought so strong that it manifests into your actions. You take the tiniest step in the direction of it, and you feel on top of the world, READY for the desire to become tangible. After time, those tiny steps add up and one day you realize you're there, living what was once a thought drifting by, but instead of letting it fly away, you grabbed it and claimed it.
There's a huge difference there; hope and action.
Do you believe you deserve it? Your answer here is the separation between the two outcomes. You can want something, but unless you believe in your heart that you are worthy of having it, you may not have any drive to actually reach for it. (which you absolutely are worthy of EVERYTHING you could possible desire and MORE) Aaaannnddd the last thing is drive. You are the one who wants that goal, right? Yea.. That means YOU are the one that has to have the drive for it. Nobody else can accomplish your goals for you, that's why its's YOUR life. They can't take from you and they can't do it for you either... So the decision is yours.
How bad do you want it? Are you going to hope for it and wait for something to happen, or will you take action and go after it? Up to you my friend.
You have infinite potential.
You have all the strength and power you need to do anything.
Nothing can stop you except your own doubt.
You are in control.
your passion-driven, passion-fruit-eating Granny J :)
To My Grandkids,
Today I inhale greatness, and exhale all things that slow me down or get in my way.
Since moving to the island, I've met a ton of lovely people on different journeys. It's such a beautiful thing to talk to people with different mindsets and perspectives, so much opportunity to learn there. Last week, our friend Luis took us to a pier on the beach and showed us around. Luis is one of those people that are so deeply genuine, you can't help but love being around him. While we were swimming around and enjoying the sun, he started to share his story with us. For respect of his personal background, I won't go into detail, but he really poured his heart out. While he was talking, I couldn't help but think that his stories did not match up with the kind of person he is.. His background has a lot of mixed events, highs and lows, and from what I've seen in my short life- it's not often that people turn events like that into such a beautiful, happy, fulfilling life.
To top off his sharing, he said (something along the lines of) "I don't have a lot, but I am so happy and thankful for what I have, which makes it feel like plenty."
Wow. Do me a favor and read that again. Now do YOURSELF a favor and read that one more time.. Or 600 more times.
Change your mindset= Change your life.
You can take a person from any situation; homeless, millionaire, unhealthy, health freak, negative upbringing, happy childhood etc etc etc, and they have the potential to live the most beautiful, happy, wonderful life.
It all comes down to your mindset. It doesn't matter who you are, what you look like, your health status or job, dollar amount, or whatever. YOU have the power to make your life into ANYTHING you can possibly think of. The only reason that wouldn't be possible, and I mean the ONLY reason- is if you don't believe in yourself.
It won't be easy all the time, but it is insanely, wonderfully, divinely POSSIBLE.
I don't claim to be some super-wise-youngin who has it all figured out... No No No.
But I have control over my mindset, and I know that I have infinite potential to do anything I could ever dream- and I believe my purpose on this Earth is to help you understand that too.
This life we live- it's amazing!
Life is so good.
Live huge, love often, explore, be curious, and say YES to being your best self.
Your barefoot tits-out-on-the-beach nana J :)