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Hello Old Friend… July 27, 2018

It’s been quite awhile since I last posted.  When last we spoke it was December 2015 and New Years resolutions was the topic du jour and I set out on a path of being of service to my parents.  So, it was more important to walk the talk of all that I believe, so certain things had to fall by the way side.  I continued to coach but the writing and social media had to take a respite.  Any free time I had went to my parents, my relationship and self-care.  The last of which was a very difficult one to do.

 

I had spent the last 6 months of my Mother’s life spending equal time between my home and my parents home, helping my Father care for my Mother.  Something I am so glad I was able to do and will always be thankful for the opportunity.  Yet this was a time while I was working with my partner to start a new business venture which opened the month my mother passed away.  Then in December I was required to have my 3rd back surgery (microdiscectomy, fusion and hardware removal) and afterwards my health began to cause me some serious problems and this is where I truly had to stay in the moment and walk the talk. I felt the need to serve everyone before myself to make sure that everyone was cared for before I stopped for the day.

 

So after my back surgery my body spiralled into a level of pain that I hadn’t known before.  Joe, my partner would touch me and unbearable pain would shoot though my body.  It turns out I had Fibromyalgia that had been triggered by my back surgery.  It’s exacerbated by the cold and we’ve had a couple of very cold winters.  So my neurologist are handling my Multiple Sclerosis, Migraine and Fibromyalgia under the same umbrella. Somehow my umbrella seems to be getting bigger and bigger.

 

Needless to say this was a time of constantly saying to myself, “Don’t go down a road that isn’t right in front of you, Sarah”.  I was constantly having to take deep breaths.  My self-care was and still is paramount.  My morning meditation, exercise, eating whole foods, acupuncture, looking up and looking out and not getting caught up in the little things were and are more important than ever before. Staying in the moment to stay healthy was my everything!  Two and a half years later I am finally coming around because one can’t be any good to anyone else when they aren’t being good to themselves.  What’s the expression about the oxygen mask on the airplane?  My body doesn’t hurt.  I’ll say it again my body doesn’t hurt.  Which is amazing!

 

Which leads me to…………. Be good to yourself so you can be good to those around you.  What do you do for your self-care and nurturing?

 

 

Energetically yours,

Sarah

 

 

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New Years Intentions! December 31, 2015

Happy New Years everyone!!  And being that it’s new years eve I’ve been thinking a lot about New Years resolutions.  We hear a lot about making New Years resolutions…. which, so many do not keep (as she smiles sheepishly).  What if we changed them to intentions? Like: My intention is to be more compassionate or My intention is to be more aware of what I put into my mouth…  So this got me thinking… What is the difference between a resolution and an intuition… Well the definitions are:

resolution: (noun) 1. a firm decision to do or not to do something 

intention is: (noun) 1. a thing intended; an aim or plan. (and intend: 1. have (a course of action) as one’s purpose or objective) 

OK… so the difference is that a resolution is a definitive decision and an intention is an objective for change…. To me the intention is a kinder plan for forward movement and the resolution doesn’t allow for life to happen. An intention is a plan to create change.  It sounds as if  I’m saying an intention lets you off the hook, but it doesn’t.  If you intend to do something you still can be held accountable by yourself, friends or a Life coach.  When resolutions are made and then dropped by February we feel a bit like we failed… So how can you create an intention that is kind and loving towards yourself and the world around you? Do you want to be more compassionate, loving, aware of your time, aware of what you put into your mouth?  What…

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What is your intention going into the new year?  What new awareness will you bring into your daily life that you hadn’t done before?  What are you willing to do to keep your forward movement?

 

Happy Happy New Years!  Talk to you next year!  (that never gets old for me 🙂 )

Lot of Love!

~SHC

 

More Love Letters… August 23, 2015

heart-in-handsI came across the website More Love Letters a while back and fell in love… A woman named Hannah Brencher had an exceptional story that took on a life of its own.  Here’s the back story of Hannah’s project:

“I moved to New York City after graduating from college. I thought I was going to walk straight into my dream life. I practically thought a red carpet would be rolled out for me. That didn’t happen though. In fact, it was basically the opposite. I found myself grappling with depression, unable to tell my family and friends because I was so ashamed. Depression is a scary thing. Depression, when you make yourself journey through it alone, is terrifying.

So I started to get really honest in the pages of my notebook. And eventually those thoughts morphed into letters and I found myself ripping the letters out and leaving them all over New York City for people to find. I left them everywhere: Coffee shops. Libraries. Coat pockets in department stores. I liked to imagine who might find those letters.

Somehow that idea took on a life of its own after I blogged about it. My inbox was filled with the most heartbreaking stories I’ve ever encountered after I published a simple question on my blog: Do you need someone to write you a love letter today? Just ask.

That one question changed my life forever as I spent the next year writing hundreds of love letters to strangers in all parts of the world. More than just the letters– that question is the reason you and I are here in this space right now. I started More Love Letters three years ago and we’ve become the only global organization out there that blesses individuals–young and old– with bundles of love letters during a time in need. We basically want to create the most miraculous experience for people when they need it most: hundreds of letters of support and encouragement showing up at someone’s door all because someone in their own life loved them enough to just ask for those love letters. In fact, we need you here to help us make this whole “life” thing better for others. Life is hard. And yes, it breaks your heart. But you don’t have to go it alone. We’re right with you. It matters that you’re here. In fact we really want you here! It’s my hope that you’ll get involved in the writing & the mailing. I mean, we’re already counting on you. And we’d really like it if you decided to stay. ”

 

 

Here’s her Tedtalk:

 

 

What a wonderful story and I love how it inspired her to take the step in creating a way to give back on a larger scale!  I have always felt a need to be of service in one way or another.  When one enters a volunteer situation with an open heart it is remarkable what can happen!  I write love letters and hope that you might consider to do the same.  Open your heart!

 

 

Sending Love

~Sarah

 

Art. August 6, 2015

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I think that creativity is an essential part of our being. It shows up in myriad ways, whether it’s fine art or kitchen art or musical art or the art in the way we are with people.  Art is every where.  As an artist I thought I’d share this beautiful youtube clip with you (yet again 🙂 )… It just, makes me smile.

 

How can we change an obstacle into pure joy? November 26, 2014

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This video came across my Facebook feed the other day and I simply fell in love with it.  First off I’ll admit I have a soft spot for sweet animal videos but this one really got me.  So I contacted the young woman to see if it was on youtube and if so may I use it.  Hence it was uploaded and here is a horse who’s name is Magic… Really, I love it! This lovely horse was frightened of the water until his amazingly young rider helped him to move past the fear (who’s the life coach here? 🙂 )  And not only did he move past it it but it became pure joy, for both horse and rider.
Which got me to thinking about how one can move past a fear and not only turn it into joy but create joy for someone else as well.  And the answer is perception. How are you viewing the fearful situation?  If you change the way you view it it just might surprise you.  It will change.  A question I ask myself when confronted with a situation or something I’d rather not have in my life I ask myself, “What can I learn right now?” or “Where do I want to go from here”  There is always something to learn in any given situation. And then I ask how I can shift my energy and for me I find 10 things I’m grateful for.  Which immediately brings me into the moment and straight into Gratitude.
What a perfect time to talk about gratitude!  Thanksgiving is tomorrow in the States and it’s a wonderful opportunity to look at all that is abundant and wonderful in our life.  Wishing you a joyful grateful Thanksgiving!  What a spectacular way to move into joy and shift from… well, just about anything!
Have a Magical Day!
Lot so Love
~Sarah
 

What’s your Theme Song? January 28, 2014

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My question for you today is: What’s your theme song? For me having a theme song helps to elevate your joy. It can pull you into the moment when you’re everywhere but in the moment. It can get you ready to go out or stay in if the mood strikes.  If you don’t have one I invite you to take some time to ponder what mellifluous tones bring sparkle to the who of you. And the who just might be feel great!

I’ve had my theme song so since college and I still love it! I’ll share it!  What’s yours? And PS the dancers are bad a$$!

Stay warm!

Lots of Love

~Sarah

 

Don’t stop til you get enough…. insurance coverage? January 25, 2014

As some of you may  know I have been living up in Connecticut for over a year and a half now, which has been even better than I could have thought it could be.  The only thing that has been a bump in the road has been finding health insurance.  Connecticut has been an exclusion state for preexisting conditions and President Obama’s change in health care laws didn’t change this.  That’s right it did not change it so for more than 2 years I have been  applying for health insurance and being denied.  I was denied even when I already had insurance in New York before I moved (cuz’ I thought I was being clever and prepared to do it before)  finally a few months before I could apply for the affordable care act I found an insurance for $750 per month and… well… that wasn’t doable.

Now onto the affordable care act…  By this point in my health insurance education I’m exceptionally well versed.  I was already well versed due to having health issues and learning what everything meant and provided.  Soooo… now I found what was a great solution albeit having a rather high deductible but was a PPO and the monthly premiums were doable.  It’s Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) and everyone accepts BCBS… Right?  I wait for my card and it didn’t arrive in time for my doctors visits which isn’t a big deal because I can go on the website to print out a copy of my card but wait!  I need my ID number to do that…  OK.  So I call BCBS and it takes 45 minutes to prove I have paid.  So then I have to be sent to the CT division and that’s were I wait for an hour. … Then hang up.  Now picture, I’m off to my first of many doctors visit with no card but knowing after my phone call that “they can call and prove my eligibility”.  Either way I’m pleased that for the first time in over a year I don’t  have to be a self pay patient (which I have paid an incredible amount during this time).  This is when I am told that my doctor doesn’t participate with this division of Blue Cross Blue Shield.  What?  Wait a minute… it’s now not just an entire insurance company it’s an individual prefix before my customer ID that can not be accepted? And in the state of CT it’s looking rather ubiquitous as to the doctors not accepting the CT exchange through the affordable care act…

Through all this frustration and incredible exhaustion I have been taking each day as it comes.   So I have been asking myself, “What’s your takeaway from this?”….  And I keep coming back to a Michael Jackson song ( forgive me 🙂 ) going through my head..

So I’m simply not going to let this get to me… I am making a choice to not let this get me down and save my energy for healthier things.  So I’m not going to stop until I get what I want!  Where in your life can you make a different choice?  One that raises your energetic level versus bringing it down?  I’d love to hear!

Sending Lots of Love!

~Sarah

 

 
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