Have You Made the Decision?

What is the difference to your business if you can make grounded decisions that lead you to sustainable prosperity? Huge, right?

So why do we sometimes have a hard time making a decision? As I was just reminded in my own business, sometimes the decision we think we are making isn’t really the decision we need to make.

Over the past several months, I’ve been working with my mentor to create language and the physical form of the next evolution of how I am bringing my gifts and talents out to the world. On top of the work I was already doing with her, I made an investment to do a special creative session; but I found I kept putting off scheduling.

That should have been a clue to me because typically once I decide to move ahead and invest in a session like this, I’m antsy to get it done quickly. But, it took me almost a month to schedule the session.

What I thought was the decision I was having difficulty with was — what is the form of what I want to create? Do I want to bring a service, a product, individual work, group work, or something different to life? I kept going round and round in my head and gave myself the reason that I didn’t want to “waste” my time with her by not having this basic answer.

But no. This wasn’t even close to the decision that was holding me hostage.

Finally, I realized the actual decision I was having difficulty making was: Am I ready to step out in much bigger way? Am I really ready to put my ideas and myself out there in a way that requires I trust the Divine?

While I will admit it took several days of absolute fear and falling apart to realize it, I finally knew what I needed to decide.

Once I knew what I had to decide, I could finally connect deeply with my Soul, which allowed me to set the fear to one side, so I could fully and completely make the decision that, yes, I am ready to show up in a new way. Now I could show up to my creative session and allow the physical form and other decisions to easily flow.

When you are having a hard time making a decision, get still. Get connected with the Divine, with your Soul, and ask the question: what is the decision beneath the decision I’m having trouble making? This will lead you to the point, so you can make a completely grounded decision, which will lead you toward sustainable prosperity.

Jennifer Bloome is the Fertile Business Midwife. Jennifer helps people identify and heal the blocks that are keeping them from the prosperous, fertile, Soul-satisfying life and business they desire. Ready to transform? Visit JenniferBloome.com to set up your complimentary Belief Discovery Session to begin to identify and heal your personal blocks that are keeping you from your own prosperous life.

Do You Know Your Constant?

Are you aware of the constant that propels you forward?

When I first started my business more than 12 years ago, I thought what propelled me forward was a desire to get my gifts out to the world, a love of transformation, a burning desire to share a new way of being with the world.

But, as I have grown and developed, I can see now the constant that was my governing guide was to be safe. To create from a place I was sure wasn’t going to create judgment. To create from a place of perfectionism. Those were the “constants” that drove my decisions.

Unconsious? Yes. Sustainable? No.

Recent conversations with clients have highlighted for me my own shift over the last several years from a set of very external constants to an internal constant. This internal constant is my connection with Soul.

With this internal constant, all the old programming drops away. (Or, at least I can see that it IS old programming and then I get to make the choice about whether to continue believing it or not. Sounds like a simple decision, but not always.) With this internal constant, I have a connection that helps me see the bigger picture and allows me to more completely fulfill the mission I came to complete here on planet Earth. And of course, being in alignment with this constant provides me a much more reliable, sustainable, juicy, and joyful way to create prosperity in my life.

As I was thinking about this, I came across this writing from Lao Tzu:

Holding to the Constant

Lao Tzu

Break into the peace within,
Hold attention in stillness
And in the world outside
You will ably master the ten thousand things.

All things rise and flourish
Then go back to their roots.
Seeing this return brings true rest,
Where you discover who you really are.
Knowing who you are, you will find the constant.
Those who lack harmony with the constant court danger,
But those who have it gain new vision.

They act with compassion; within themselves they can find room for everything
Having room, they rule themselves and lead others wisely.
Being wise, they live in accordance with the nature of things.

How about you? Are you creating from an external or internal set of constants? Are you ready to shift to that internal constant that will show you who you really are? That will bring you a sustainable and joyful flow of prosperity.

Jennifer Bloome is the Fertile Business Midwife. Jennifer helps people identify and heal the blocks that are keeping them from the prosperous, fertile, Soul-satisfying life and business they desire. Ready to transform? Visit JenniferBloome.com to set up your complimentary Belief Discovery Session to begin to identify and heal your personal blocks that are keeping you from your own prosperous life.

The Intention That Will Change Your 2013

A couple of weeks ago, a friend and colleague of mine recommended a new resource to me for Flower Essences. From the moment I opened the webpage, I was absolutely enthralled and knew this was a business I would continue to have a relationship with for a very long time … and I wasn’t even a customer yet!

Later that evening, I was still thinking about this wonderful new resource and began asking the question, “Why am I so drawn in?” Is it simply because Flower Essences are what I need right now?

And yes, that was part of the answer.

However, the deeper answer was I could feel the woman who creates these Flower Essences is completely tapped in and living from her gifts. Every single word on her website and in her guide flows directly from who she is at a soul level.

Clearly, I am one of her tribe, one of her people; my whole system could tell from the moment of my first interaction.

Perhaps the reason this experience was so powerful for me is that I have been receiving so many messages from Source that the key to creating a prosperous, fertile business is to BE YOU; to fully embrace your gifts, and share them with the world without apology (or agenda).

This is terrifying for many of us and I do include myself here. However, as I have shared more and more of myself, as I have opened to using my soul given gifts, my business — the prosperity, the joy, the ease — has changed radically.

As you set your intentions, commitments, and resolutions for the upcoming year, I invite you to add one to the top of your list: Be Myself. Then do whatever it takes to put this intention into motion. Maybe it’s first learning about who you really are at a Soul Level. Or, it’s about clearing out fears of being judged if you show your true self. Or, maybe it’s improving your confidence and beliefs that there are people in the world who are waiting for you.

Do whatever you need to do — internally or externally — to make the commitment to be yourself in 2013. The part of the world that is your tribe is waiting for you.

Jennifer Bloome is the Fertile Business Midwife. Jennifer helps people identify and heal the blocks that are keeping them from the prosperous, fertile, Soul-satisfying life and business they desire. Ready to transform? Visit JenniferBloome.com to set up your complimentary Belief Discovery Session to begin to identify and heal your personal blocks that are keeping you from your own prosperous life.

The Key You’ve Been Searching For

How much time do you spend each month in your business looking for a new way to market yourself? That time may look like creating new programs, writing new web copy, engaging in social media (or simply thinking about doing any of these activities or berating yourself for not doing more)?

What I have noticed — in both my clients and in myself — is that we are willing to invest hours and hours and hours of external action. We are willing to invest that time because there is a part of us that still believes there is a magic key out there, which will open the door to connecting with those people we are on this planet to serve.

I am here to tell you there is a key. Maybe it’s even magic. Sure feels like magic. But it is NOT out there. The key is not a program, a tactic, a squeeze page, or a social media site.

The key is in you.

The key is being you. Actually, it is one level deeper than that: The key is being the Soul you. The key is bringing to the world all gifts and talents you came into this physical plane with, no holds barred.

Once we fully own our beautiful, brilliant, light, soul-selves, our magnetic wattage is turned on full force. Actually, I should say that differently: when we fully own our beautiful, brilliant, light, soul-selves, we remove the human-made barrier that covered up our natural magnetic wattage.

When the barrier is removed:

That’s when the best methods to becoming known to the people we are meant to serve show up.

That’s when the phone begins to ring before you’ve even put out an offer.

That’s when the people in your business are an absolute joy to create with.

That’s when business begins to flow in a sustainable way.

What internal or external action can you take today to fully own your beautiful, brilliant, light, soul-self?

Jennifer Bloome is the Fertile Business Midwife. Jennifer helps people identify and heal the blocks that are keeping them from the prosperous, fertile, Soul-satisfying life and business they desire. Ready to transform? Visit JenniferBloome.com to set up your complimentary Belief Discovery Session to begin to identify and heal your personal blocks that are keeping you from your own prosperous life.

A Love and Appreciation Note for You in this Holiday Season of Gratitude

HeartDon’t accept anything less than the Truth.

You are of the Divine. You are of Love. You are of Spirit. You are an abundant, radiant, worthy being.

You came with very specific gifts to help you navigate this Earth plane.

You came with purpose and focus.

You deserve all the abundance and riches that flow throughout this boundless Universe.

Right now, in this moment you are enough.

In fact, enough doesn’t even begin to describe it.

You simply, are.

Jennifer Bloome is the Fertile Business Midwife. Jennifer helps people identify and heal the blocks that are keeping them from the prosperous, fertile, Soul-satisfying life and business they desire. Ready to transform? Visit JenniferBloome.com to set up your complimentary Belief Discovery Session to begin to identify and heal your personal blocks that are keeping you from your own prosperous life.

Dark Night of the Soul Wisdom

At the end of 2011, I had a reading from a mentor of mine. Using Animal Medicine cards, she shared the theme of my upcoming year: Loyalty, specifically learning about loyalty as it relates to Source, to God.

I found this intriguing because over the last several years I have been deepening into my connection with Source and understanding at a body level how that connection feeds a prosperous business. So, I looked forward to the year and the concept unfolding for me.

Throughout the year, new information, new “knowings” have been unfolding right and left. My practice of connecting with the Divine has deepened and I really thought I was “getting it.”

Then it all, seemingly, fell apart. Over the last several months, I’ve been experiencing a Dark Night of the Soul; a down on my knees, palms up, pleading with the Infinite for answers and resolution kind of Dark Night.

The main question I noticed that I was asking was, “Why aren’t you hearing me? I’m following all the ‘rules’ of asking, of manifestation, why aren’t you sharing the abundance that I know is possible in life? Why are you taking away the areas where I’ve always had great abundance, like health?”

“#!^&! Where’s the loyalty?”

What I was really asking was, “Where are you?”

And what I heard was, “Where are you? When will you allow me in?”

Here is what I finally understood: God is as loyal as you allow her to be.

From the one year I spent in Religious Education in third grade, I created this picture of God as a man with a long white beard, full of judgment, someone you needed to prove yourself to, and who was waiting to hand out blessings IF you proved yourself.

In other words, God was in control. God made the decisions. My job was to wait. Wait and see if I was worthy. Wait and see if I would receive blessings.

This is not a picture that melds with my now understanding of Source and laws of the Universe. Yet, this was still in the background, affecting my relationship with Source Energy.

Source was loyal to this buried, background understanding. Source was so loyal that it responded to me exactly as I expected.

I was waiting. So Source was waiting.

I’m now seeing the places where I wasn’t allowing Source to work its magic, the places where I was steadfastly holding God out of my life because I needed it to show up differently, the places where I was waiting for God to act FIRST, so I could then make a decision that I was worthy of blessings.

What does this have to do with building a prosperous, fertile business?

When you are a heart-centered entrepreneur, deepening your connection with Source is the key to creating an authentic and prosperous business. You literally won’t do it any other way; no hard selling tactics, marketing pushiness, or over-the-top techniques are going to fly with you.

At the same time, you can try as many spiritual ‘tactics’ as you want — affirmations, visualizations and more — but if you are holding on to old beliefs about how to work with Source, you will only be frustrated in your attempts.

I know first hand.

Source is as loyal to you as you are to Source.

Are you willing to be loyal to Source?

Take a breath and ask yourself honestly, “Where am I? How am I allowing my connection to flow?”

What can you release, so Source’s loyalty reflects the desires of your heart and Spirit?

Jennifer Bloome is the Fertile Business Midwife. Jennifer helps people identify and heal the blocks that are keeping them from the prosperous, fertile, Soul-satisfying life and business they desire. Ready to transform? Visit JenniferBloome.com to set up your complimentary Belief Discovery Session to begin to identify and heal your personal blocks that are keeping you from your own prosperous life.

How Can Money be “God-in-Action”?

What is money?

We can describe money in many ways: fun to have, powerful, scarce, hard to come by, earned, dangerous, life changing, success…and on and on. However, these labels come from looking at money as simply the paper (or digital bits) it is printed on and the outcome that those bits have on our lives.

This is a little like looking at your car in frustration after it shuts down because you didn’t know the gas tank was empty.

What powers money? What is money at its very heart, its very source? Where does money originate?

Just like everything else in this physical world, money is a form of Source. All that is in your world — from the furniture in your office, to your body, to the beautiful autumn trees — is a physical representation of Source energy.

Money is simply one more form of that energy. Money is Source energy. And if it’s true that money is Source, then it is also true money is Divine love. God-in-Action.

I will admit to having a hard time with this concept in the beginning. After all, if money is Source energy, then why don’t we all have overflowing abundance? If money is God-in-Action, why do people who hurt other people receive money?

Answers to these questions could fill 10 books, but let’s start here: The amount of money we have in our lives is simply evidence of how much we allow Source energy to flow to and through us. Money follows our intentions and deepest beliefs about ourselves, our “enough-ness,” our “deservability,” and more.

Many of us believe if we figure out how to just be “good enough,” do the “right” actions, be the “right” person, think the “right” thoughts, and then we’ll be rewarded by a flow of abundance, by gifts from the Divine. In actuality, abundance and other Divine energy flows in direct proportion to what we ask for and allow ourselves to receive.

The results of God-in-Action, including money, start with you.

Jennifer Bloome is the Fertile Business Midwife. Jennifer helps people identify and heal the blocks that are keeping them from the prosperous, fertile, Soul-satisfying life and business they desire. Ready to transform? Visit JenniferBloome.com to set up your complimentary Belief Discovery Session to begin to identify and heal your personal blocks that are keeping you from your own prosperous life.

Are You Carrying Pockets of Money Shame?

How does money flow in your business?

How do you treat money in your business?

Do you pay yourself a regular salary?

Do you keep regular records?

Are these easy questions to answer? Do they trigger anything within you?

After losing a bookkeeper that I’d had for more than four years and going through the process of setting up my business records and payroll with a new company, these kinds of questions led me to discover something that I wasn’t aware of: I was carrying a couple of hidden pockets of shame about my business finances.

What? How could this be? I thought that I had “dealt” with most of my money issues when I first allowed someone else to help me with my finances.

Yet, in the process of delving more deeply into my records and getting them even more organized, layers of shame revealed themselves. Intense worries and fears surfaced about what “they would think” about decisions I made years ago. I found myself waking up at night feeling anxious.

Money feels like such a private area. This topic touches us in very vulnerable places.

But, what is so interesting to me is that when I talk to clients, I talk about how money is simply another expression of the Divine. Money is simple “God in Action.” Money is love. I know these to be Truths with my whole entire being. How could this ‘jive’ with my pockets of shame?

As I connected into the Divine and asked this very question, here is what I heard:

These pockets of shame weren’t really about the money. They were about judgment of me. Judgments about how I’ve made decisions. Judgments about how I’ve chosen to create within my business, about the ‘rules’ that I’ve created for myself. These pockets of shame showed me the places where I haven’t completely and fully accepted my gifts and how I choose to live in my business and life.

Ah, what a gift.

As I’ve given myself even deeper permission to come into full acceptance of who I am, the conversations I’m having with my new financial company are going so smoothly. I feel a new opening around receiving even more of the Divine in the form of money.

Are you carrying any pockets of money shame? What do they highlight for you?

Jennifer Bloome is the Fertile Business Midwife. Jennifer helps people identify and heal the blocks that are keeping them from the prosperous, fertile, Soul-satisfying life and business they desire. Ready to transform? Visit JenniferBloome.com to set up your complimentary Belief Discovery Session to begin to identify and heal your personal blocks that are keeping you from your own prosperous life.

Is Your Business Pushed by Pain or Pulled by Purpose?

Take a moment, close your eyes, and inhale a deep breath. Connect with Source in whatever way feels best to you and ask yourself, “In my business, am I pushed by pain? Or pulled by purpose?”

Pushed feels like: struggle, doubt, trying, orchestrating, fear, worry, disbelief, specific outcome focused; as if business success is a mountain you are scaling with only your bare hands for assistance.

Pulled feels like: flow, alignment, uncovering, excitement, knowing, “why” focused; as if you are floating on top of river current — sometimes slow, sometimes fast, but always with support.

I’ve done both and I have to say, being pulled by purpose is ever so much more enjoyable!

Not only is being pulled by purpose filled with more joy, but it also allows you to extend your reach to so many more people.

While I don’t believe we have a checklist of activities or duties we were meant to accomplish in this lifetime, I do believe we come with specific intentions. When we allow ourselves to be in the flow of those intentions, everything clicks together so much more easily and joyously.

So, right now, in this moment of your business are you pulled or pushed?

Jennifer Bloome is the Fertile Business Midwife. Jennifer helps people identify and heal the blocks that are keeping them from the prosperous, fertile, Soul-satisfying life and business they desire. Ready to transform? Visit JenniferBloome.com to set up your complimentary Belief Discovery Session to begin to identify and heal your personal blocks that are keeping you from your own prosperous life.

Plant Your Own Seeds

To have a Fertile Business, you must have both fertile soil and seeds, which when planted within that soil, will yield a harvest in alignment with your lifestyle/values/goals.

I spend a lot of time in this newsletter teaching you how to tend your soil, so to speak. Helping you become aware of the thought patterns or beliefs that over-run your ability to live from your purpose. Those old patterns are weeds that can choke off anything that is starting to grow if left unattended.

What I haven’t talked about are the seeds that get planted within the soil. In terms of a Fertile Business, the seeds are your intentions and actions that will lead you to your business programs.

What is most important to know and what I think so many of us forget: You get to choose the seeds…you don’t have to, nor should you, plant the seeds that everyone else is planting. You don’t necessarily want the same harvest as everyone else.

To have a Fertile Business, before you plant any seeds you must ask yourself: What harvest will bring me the most joy? After all, if you want a crop of sunflowers, you don’t plant tomato seeds.

Some guiding questions:

Are you more jazzed by helping one person through deep transformation, or by sharing your energy with a room full of people?

Do you prefer spoken or written communication?

Are you about building community? A Message? A Brand?

Are you more about bringing the message to the people, or helping someone see how to live the message?

I could go on and on with questions, but here’s the bottom line: if you are someone who is fed by individual transformation but are following the gurus who tell you that you shouldn’t be trading dollars for hours and therefore you should only be teaching large group programs, you aren’t going to be happy with your harvest.

Maybe there will be money. Maybe there won’t. However, for certain, you are going to be drained energetically. You are going to begin questioning if you are really “cut out” for running your own business.

A Fertile Business is all about you. Take all your gifts, talents, and values into consideration first and THEN choose your seeds.

What an amazing harvest it will be!

Jennifer Bloome is the Fertile Business Midwife. Jennifer helps people identify and heal the blocks that are keeping them from the prosperous, fertile, Soul-satisfying life and business they desire. Ready to transform? Visit JenniferBloome.com to set up your complimentary Belief Discovery Session to begin to identify and heal your personal blocks that are keeping you from your own prosperous life.