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Italy at Last!

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I can’t wait!
I have spent the past twenty plus years of my life, dreaming and wishing to go to Italy. When I was seventeen years old if you asked where in the world I wanted to go, I would have said Venice.  And the answer has remained the same all these years. Every time I see a movie based in Italy my heart is instantly transported.  The first time I really remember seeing Italy on film was the movie Only You, with Robert Downey Jr.  I fell in love! I decided right then, at seventeen (when it came out) that I was gong to take that trip.  Rent a little crappy car, get lost in the countryside and drink wine from a bottle.  It was so magical.  It’s hard to describe the love affair I’ve had with Italy since then.  Something so compelling has always drawn me to it.  Maybe it’s my own Italian heritage, my Nono (grandfather) came to Boston with his parents when he was just a boy from Italy, and our family has always been very proud of our Italian roots.

Then this fall my aunt and uncle up and moved to Rome with their high school age children, and my heart kept saying “why not me?” I’ve had this fantasy my entire life of living in a little rundown villa in a vineyard and watching my kids play soccer with the locals, working in a cafe and writing books.  I even wrote out that exact fantasy on my blog a few years ago.  I have always thought that once I get off the plane there, I’ll never want to come home.

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This is going to blow me away, I already know. Portofino

And then last week my college age cousin headed over to spend a semester there, and that’s when I’d decided I’d had it! Enough wishing and hoping and longing, it was time to take action! For some reason in my visions of this trip I’m always alone, I’d wanted to go alone in college when I was really devoted to photography and just explore taking pictures of everything. I think on some level I’ve always known that I need this time with Italy all to myself. I don’t want anyone to spoil it, or taint it. I want it to be pure and teach me anything and everything I’ve come to learn.

Italy travel books This weekend I spent the whole day at Powell’s bookstore in downtown Portland, leaving with an arm full of books, inspiration and a plan! As I looked through the books, and held up the map plotting out my road trip, of all the places I have to see, where to fly in and out of…. my heart raced with excitement. It’s a kind of pure joy and anticipation I don’t remember ever feeling before. I couldn’t sleep for two days as I finalized the flights and laid the plans.

So on June 16th I’ll fly to Rome, see my family for a few days and tour the city, then rent a car and drive through Tuscany and along the coast to Portofino (can’t wait for that one!), up to Milan, Lake Como and finally….. the best for last.. three days in Venice. I’ll spend my 39th birthday there, finding myself and falling in love with the beauty of the world, and fulfilling a life long dream.

P.S. I’ve had pictures of Venice and Tuscany on every vision board for years (but of course!).

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Venice (under Disneyland pic) on my original Future Board
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The whole left side of my new board!
“Anything is possible child, anything can be.” Silverstein

 

 

 

Sarah Centrella is the author of the book Hustle Believe Receive which teaches you how to apply the #HBRMethod to change your life and live your dream.

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Attracting My Soulmate.

I’ve just finished reading the most amazing book! The Soulmate Secret by Arielle Ford. Having made a commitment to myself at the start of the year to be my best possible self, and have my best year ever in 2014, I decided to do the work necessary to use the #HBRMethod to attract my soulmate.

Waiting for my flight ..

I had so many breakthroughs as I turned the pages of this truly inspiring, easy to understand guide to finding my beloved.  The first was when I realized that I’d been attracting the same kind of man over and over again, because deep-down I didn’t believe myself to be worthy or lovable. That was a new revaluation to me. I’d always been a woman who had self-confidence, but when I pealed away the surface I could see the core reason I kept bringing the wrong type of men into my life.

The first thing I did was write out a list of all the reasons I could think of that I was blocking true love in my life.  I’ve had never written a “negative” list before because I didn’t want to give those words life.  However I realized that by avoiding it, I was also avoiding the raw truth that was exposed in “admitting” them.  I began, and instead of writing out “I am unlovable” for example, I wrote out a list of 20-30 items that read “I let go of the belief that I am unlovable”.  As I wrote this list I felt nothing.  It bothered me that I could write a list of things so deep and raw and “new” to me, yet feel no emotion attached to any of them, but I kept writing.

 

Arielle asked the question in the beginning of the book if the reader was holding on to any past lovers who could unknowingly be blocking true love.  And so at the end of my list I wrote the names of the men whom I’ve dated the past five years, who have been difficult to let go of, for one reason or another.  I wrote: “I let go of so-and-so, knowing that he was not my soulmate”.  This section was harder to write. Yet still I was surprisingly composed for such a spiritual and cleansing exercises.

And then I stood in front of my bathroom mirror and read my list out loud to myself with candles burning, and looked myself in the eye as I let go of all my blockers to love. And as I did so, tears fell hard and fast down my cheeks and onto my handwritten words.  When I got to the names of each of my ex’s I cried more still, and hardest on the name of the one still closest to my heart. But I let it out, and let it go.  I then lit the paper on fire, held it over the toilet, watched it burn and flushed the ashes.  I can’t adequately put into words the feeling of peace and relief that flowed through me as I finished this ceremony.  All the pain, and bitterness left my body, and peace took it’s place.

That was the first amazing breakthrough.

Then the second major aha moment came today as I finished the book on a flight from Orange County Ca, back to Portland.  I looked over the list I’d created of my perfect soulmate, a list so detailed with every possible trait and characteristic I could dream of represented.  All except one….”available. Emotionally (able and ready to be in a committed loving relationship), physically (aka single), and locationally (not long distance) available.”

And then the wammy hit me like a frying pan to the back of the head.  It so diverted my attention that I began feverishly writing in the books margins, even as the captain was letting us know the plane was relying on auto-pilot to land in the intense fog (something that normally would have stopped me in my tracks and caused me to freak out!). I began writing the names of the six men I’d dated the past five years, and a list of what I’d been attracted to in each.  When I finished, my list matched exactly to my perfect soulmate list! These six men together made up the ideal man I was looking for.  Yet all five lacked one thing in common… not one of them was or had been available.

I was stunned.  I looked over the list again…
1. Mr. “heartbreak” was an excellent communicator, we had that soulful connection, he was passionate about his work, loyal, family focused, loving and so kind.
2. Mr. “power” had stability, safety, power, success, money, brains.
3. Mr. “Attraction” shared my same mindset and beliefs on the law of attraction, self-improvement, and reading.  He had the most amazing body, was sexy beyond belief, and we shared amazing chemistry.  And he loved to dance, cook and loved football.
4. Mr “big” was tall like I wanted, loved my kids and my kids loved him.
5. Mr. “Smooth” knew how to tell me everything I wanted to hear in a way I needed to hear it. He flattered, and his eyes lit-up when he saw me, his love for me was true and undeniable.
6. Mr. “friend” was the best conversationalist I’d ever known, and shared my intense passion for travel and the finer things in life.

As I looked over my list of the men who’d impacted my life the last five years I realized that I was attracting attributes from my list (each of those item descriptions was on my original list), but I’d failed to ask that they be “available for a relationship.” And each of them I tried to make fit the mold. I tried to make “Mr. Power, be Mr. Attraction” or vs.  I knew non of them were the complete package yet I tried to force something I knew would not work. Suddenly I realized that I no longer needed to force anything, that if I’d already manifested parts of him, that I could absolutely manifest the whole him. I sat back and braced in my seat for our rough landing, looking over my writing in the margins… and I knew.  He is out there, he is writing lists and making mental or physical vision boards to attract me to him. When our time is perfect the Universe will have us collide in some cosmically beautiful way, and knowing that is all I need.

I can now relax and love the life I’ve created for myself and my kids, I can love and cherish myself and all that I’ve become over the past five years.  And when our eyes meet for the first time, we both will know…..

And so it is.

Love this, from my Pinterest Love board

 

 

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Law of Attraction 2.0

If you’ve followed my journey the past few years and my posts on the Law of Attraction you will notice one major theme in how I’ve communicated it, verses other teachers, “focus on the experiences, not the money” has always been my message.  I’m not changing my message because I believe it’s the reason I have had so much success manifesting up to this point, but last year I began to take a hard look at my personal feelings towards, and hang-ups with money.

Let me start by saying that if you are new to the concept of the Law of Attraction, or if you are (as I was) destitute, or in a desperate financial situation, stick to all the tools and tips I have given up to this point.  I really feel that for me personally all the information I saw about The Secret or the LOA didn’t resonate with me because it focused on money and wealth, and that wasn’t anything I could even get my head around. It seemed frivolous and so far removed from any reality I’d ever known that it didn’t inspire or motivate me. Instead it made me feel like a bigger failure. But I could dream of living out a specific amazing moment, so that’s where I put all my intention. And it worked with amazing results. The first vision board I manifested without spending a dime of my own money for so many fabulous moments, experiences and trips.

But last year I looked at my bank account and said “I’m sick of being broke.” I was living “the good life” attracting these amazing experiences but still struggling. I remember the day I decided I was going to affirm “money” for the very first time in my life.  I was stuck in Seattle traffic, and I racked my brain for an affirmation that would resonate with me and include increasing financial flexibility and freedom.  I couldn’t say out loud “I want to be rich.” Or “I am going to be wealthy”, or “I want to be wealthy.”  I couldn’t even form those words or speak them. I know it sounds crazy, especially living in a society dominated by money, and it was after all, a lifestyle I was already creating, just without the cash.  So I disguised my affirmation among several others.

This was my motto:
“I am healthy, I am blessed, I have enough to provide for my family.”

I know pretty lame right? But it was the best I could do. That little change brought about my most financially successful year ever. I hit all my goals, accomplished the experiences and physical things I’d intended (and then some), and the change was almost immediate. I was shocked.

But still I struggled with the concept of having money. I’ve struggled all my life, being raised very poor, it’s what I’d known and where my comfort was.  It’s what drove my hustle. Once that primal hustle was removed I didn’t know what to do, and oddly felt a little lost.  I was providing for the present, but still unable to get my mind to think long term. Think outside the box of “lack” that I had spent my entire life residing within.

The more I began digging deep inside of me to find the reason why my feelings towards money were so negative, the more I realized it had a great deal to do with how I was raised. Being raised by parents who left middle-class homes to pursue a life of “religious sacrifice” and poverty had instilled in me that money was the “root of all evil” and that poverty showed your closeness to God.  Even though as an adult I’d left these religious beliefs far in the past and thought they had no bearing on my life, I was beginning to see how they were the shackles that bound me to a life of struggle.

And then I watched Oprah’s Next Chapter last night with Joel Osteen and heard him say something that shook me.  He said he believes in a God that desires his people to be prosperous. To live bountiful lives.  He made no apologies for living a luxurious life. One he’s worked hard for.  And that’s when I realized that until I could bury this idea that money is the enemy, that I’d never be truly free of the struggle regardless of how much I ever make. That I needed to change my feelings towards it in order to allow abundance and wealth, (still difficult to say that word in relation to me) into my life.  I need to accept that I am worthy of having great abundance and that in having it I wont be an evil person. That money is only (as I’ve always said), paper. That it doesn’t hold the power to make you anything. Instead I can control it. I can create it, and attract it, and live an abundant, happy fulfilled life with it, just as I’ve done without it.

So this is my Law of Attraction 2.0. I now get what all those teachers have been talking about… you can draw abundance and wealth into your life. But I’d never be at this place had I not put in the last four years manifesting experiences that enabled me to believe I deserved it. I think there is always a bigger dream we can dream, and always a new breakthrough we can make, it’s the journey.  Moving from one level to the next.  And to get where I’m planning to go I will need to understand this relationship with money and control it early on, and use it to empower not only myself and my family but the community around me, because it is coming.  And when it does, I will finally be ready to receive it.

I’ve always loved the line in the song “I Made It” that says “now money’s fallin from the sky”.

 

What is your core belief about money?  Has it been a negative or positive force in your life thus far?

 

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Vision Board Manifesting.

 

I’ve spent this week going over my goals, what I’ve accomplished/manifested and where I want to go.  After really looking at it, it gave me chills to see just how much of my vision board was manifested in 2013. So if you doubt if the Hustle.Believe.Receive. works, this should be some solid proof. You all know my back story so you know I came from nothing, just five short years ago. I’ve gotten where I am today by following the principles I teach on this blog. I’ve hustled (worked hard and never given up), believed it would happen, and practiced gratitude before I received a thing and throughout my manifestations.

I hope you are inspired to make your own vision board! It’s life changing.

2013 Manifestations directly off my vision board:
This pic is amazing to me. The pics on my vision board (top left) show Disneyland, Hollywood, and NYC. They went on my board in 2008.  I manifested vacations to all three this year, taking my kids to Disneyland and Beverly Hills, and vacationing in NYC this fall.
In May I manifested my Benz 🙂

 

Directly manifested off my Pinterest vision board.
My first Louis Vuitton bag the exact one that was on my vision board for years.

 

This one blows me away, love the caption I’d put on the pinterest pic I’d pinned months before Rover found us, same exact bread.

 

top pic shows my desire to speak (mic) and share my story, the other pic shows my desire to give back to the Red Cross. Below is me speaking at the Red Cross annual fundraiser, huge personal manifestation.
Love this picture. Had no idea i even had the lower pic on my vision board when I took the above pic at Disneyland.
This one was so exciting! My Christmas gift this year. I’d pinned the exact shoe to my board 4 weeks before, and had pictures of pink Christian Louboutins on my board since 2008.

I put my first vision board together and really started working on this concept of changing my life in 2008. In 2010 I began manifesting experiences off of it, and for the next two years I continued to manifest from it even in difficult times. This year I felt it was time to dream bigger and focus on gaining financial freedom. I had an epiphany on how my view of money, and a life long lack of it had created lack in my life. I decided to change that and my attitude towards it. And the results this year were amazing! It proves to me that we need to always continue to grow and adjust our attitudes and expectations. The universe will respond to our desires, our effort and bring us the desire of our heart, experiences and physical reality.

Anything is possible for anyone. I am living proof.

I have updated my board throughout the years replacing pictures I’d manifested with new ones, but the core board was the same one as I’d put together way back when, and it was starting to look a little worn out. It’s pictures had torn and faded from the sun, it needed a makeover. So last night I took the time to totally redo my board. Re-imagining where I want my life to be the next five years. Dreaming bigger, highlighting areas that are most important to me now and adding my new goals for fulfilling my passion. And it’s crazy how inspired and reinvigorated I feel. I’m obsessed with my new board!!It’s the first thing I see when I wake up in the morning, and the last I see before I go to bed at night.

So based on my goals for 2014 (Resolution template) here is my 2014 vision board. I cant wait to see what magic is in store.

My all new vision board… love it!

 


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New Years Resolutions Template.

Every year since I was a teenager I have taken the time at the start of a new year to write down my goals and resolutions. They started out pretty basic “get in shape,””drink more water”, that kinda thing… but over the years as I’ve learned the importance of mapping out your goals and creating your future, and as a result I’ve made them increasingly detailed.  If you’ve never made a vision board, or a bucket list (shame on you!) or even been one to actually write your goals out, then this template is for you. Let it guide you into really discovering what it is that you want and what will bring you happiness and make you feel successful and accomplished. 

I also love this because it’s a great benchmark for your progress and success.  It’s a measuring stick that will prove you are either moving forward, falling off the path, or if your life has become stagnant. Remember this is the only life you get, time goes by so fast, and it’s time you take charge of it. Time you lead it, instead of being along blindly for the ride. This exercise will help you chart out a positive course for 2014 and next year at this time it will feel so great to go back and look at this list and see how much you’ve accomplished. I recommend you fill this out and then print it, put it up in your room or office someplace you can see it on a regular basis. Stay focused. 

Goals for 2014:

 FINANCES
What is your overall goal for your financial situation in 2014? Aim big, push your limits, hold yourself accountable.
Example: Become financially free this year.
The plan:
1.      Put X amount of $ (use a specific dollar
amount that is realistic for you but one that also pushes you just enough).  Break out that contribution with each payday.
2.      Increase 401k contribution by X % (be
specific, and then do it tomorrow).
3.      Do not spend wastefully (give
specific examples of what you will change).
4.      Keep all bills current.
5.      Earn X $ in 2014. (If you have a job
where your income is not set, or where you can increase it based on effort put
the amount here. Or if your plan is to increase your income in 2014 put the
plan on how you will do that here).
6.      Put your major savings goal here,
such as buy a house, or a new car etc. 
TRAVEL:
I believe that everyone deserves to take vacations, experience new places and expose themselves and their families to the world. If this is not important for you, you can replace it with something that is. But if you’ve always secretly dreamed of incorporating travel into your life, put it down. Even if you think it’s not a realistic possibility for you this year. Put it down anyway.  What is your overall goal for travel?
Example: Take a family vacation.
The plan:
·
Take 2 major vacations with the family.
1.      To (insert specific destination here)
and why it’s important to you.
2.      One “lux” vacation to (specific
destination) and a description of what that trip would ideally be like.
·
What trips would you like to take alone or with your friends?
PASSION:
I believe strongly in the power of finding what inspires you, and what makes you passionate and feel most alive. I think we all have something that we are amazing at, and that lights us up, but most of us are afraid to act on it, or to put it as a priority in our life. We think it’s foolish, or a pipe dream. I say those dreams and doing what you love should be what fuels your desire to break free of the norm. It should be your goal to one day have your passion lead your life and success and not hide it. This will help you put specific goals around making it a priority in your life. I believe it will bring you happiness and joy when you begin focusing on it.
What is your passion?
  • What specific things can you do in 2014 to increase the time, energy and joy you get form it?
  • What are your goals for where you’d like it to take you in 2014?
  • Do you need to commit more time to it? Doing what? How often?
  • What are some benchmarks for success with it?
RELATIONSHIPS (dating/family/friends/marriage):
This is a huge area that I believe we should all make a priority to focus on. It’s one where we can look internally and set goals to make us a better: spouse, sibling, parent, partner and friend. Those things don’t just happen. We are not automatically great at all of these relationships, they all take work.  Look at the ones that are important to you and see how you can improve them this year. How you can make better choices, set boundaries, give more, or whatever it is you need to work on. Be honest and true here. Don’t hold back. Resolutions are to make you better. It’s time to put in the hard work and face truths.
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Set clear goals for the relationships that matter to you.
  • What would make you a better spouse? Giving more time? Being kinder? Focusing on the positive instead of nagging? Be honest, list out your goals for improvement.
  • Are you close with extended family? If not why not? What can you do to bridge that gap and work on those relationships? 
  •  Do you spend time with your friends? Do they know how much you value them? Do you give more than you take in those friendships.
  • What would make you a better parent? Having more patience? Being present in the moment with your kids? Playing with them? Talking to them?
  • Are you dating? What boundaries do you need to set around that? Are you making the right choices? If not why not? What will you change this year? Do you know what you want? What would make you a better partner.
  • If you’re single write a DETAILED description of your IDEAL mate. Shoot for the moon and know that the universe will bring it to you when you’re ready, so don’t waste your time on anything that is the opposite of your list.
·        Example: My Dream guy…

He’s dashingly handsome. Has an amazing smile. Is tall and dark and strong. Dresses well, is well educated and well spoken.  He’s kind and generous. He’s old fashioned, attentive, patient and adores me and the kids. One who believes he’s waited his life to find me, one who I know is my better half. He challenges me, but supports me at the same time. He’s successful but not obsessed with work. He’s confident but not self-absorbed. He’s KIND and his heart is big and full of love.  He’s an excellent communicator, texts and calls often. He lets me know I’m his queen without asking or being told. He does it because it makes HIM happy. He commits to me, doesn’t quit or walk away. Introduces me to his world, is proud of me and wants the world to know I’m his and he is mine. He’s a world traveler and makes it a priority with me. He compliments freely and sincerely. He apologizes and recognizes when he’s wrong. He works to make it right. He’s humble and open to learn and improve.  He is real, and steady.

What are your top criteria that can be your benchmark for success?
Example: Our relationship is based on these 4 keys:

1.      Mutual respect
2.      Mutual love and adoration.
3.      Open, honest and frequent
communication
4.      Mutual and equal effort 
PHYSICAL & SPIRITUAL:
To really be happy I believe it’s critical to make your physical and mental/spiritual self as whole as possible.  It must be a priority.  How can you achieve a better health and fitness lifestyle? How can you make your mental health and spirituality more of a priority? List specific actions that are realistic to your life, that you can begin doing tomorrow and can commit to for the rest of the year.
Example:
  • Go to yoga 4 days a week, start running 2 days a week.
  • Make relaxation a priority, take care of my skin. Get regular massages and facials.
  • Take my vitamins and supplements.
  • Drink more water. 
  •  Meditate daily.
  • Use mantras to boost my motivation and mood.
  • Consider going to therapy (personally I think everyone should make this a priority).
  • Read more.  
  • Focus on the tools of positivity I’ve learned to take me to the next level.
  • Stay in control of my mind, attitude and focus.
CAREER:
We spend the majority of our lives at work. Therefore finding a career that challenges you, is rewarding and financially fulfilling is very important. How can you become more successful in your current position or what would you need to do to be happy at work?
·        
Here are some questions that might help you make a plan:
  • Are you in a career you love? If not why not?
  • What would you change if you could?
  • What would your dream job look like?
  • How can you be more successful in your current role?
  • What do you need to do to take your career and income potential to the next level?
    What is your plan to make the changes you are identifying?
 

OTHER:

If there is another category in your life not represented here, then add it in. This is your list, make it reflective of what is important to you. 
Once you have completed this worksheet, you need to take the time to build a  Vision Board that supports it. Look for pictures (Pinterest is my favorite place) that represent each of these goals and categories. Read your list often. Stay focused. You WILL ACHIEVE your goals. Put in the work, the rewards are huge!
Here’s to your best year EVER!

 

 

Dating

One and Done.

It being a new year and all, I’ve decided to make a promise to myself.  A commitment of sorts. See I’m the type of person who doesn’t let a lot of people get close to me.  But when I finally let someone new in (let’s be honest I’m really referring to someone I’m dating) I tend to hold on wayyyy to long. Maybe it’s because it’s taken me a while to let them in and I don’t want to start over with someone knew.  Maybe because when they first show me their duchebag side, I give them one pass after the next, hoping that one day they will wake-up and realize I’ve been good and loyal to them all along (who would do that? Um hello crazy girl!).  Yes I’ve been guilty of this, and though it’s not pretty to admit, it has been my pattern.

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Wise up girl.

I’ve realized that I’ve been drawn to men who don’t know how to acknowledge when they are wrong or have disrespected me, and who seem to be incapable of a true sincere apology. I’ve now realized that those type of men are not the ideal match for me. I’ve decided that I deserve better than that (shocking I know). I am one to apologize quickly when I’ve been called out for being in the wrong, but that trait has crossed some blurred lines I’ve noticed lately.  It’s overcompensated for the other person. This week two very clear examples occurred with two different individuals that shone the light bright on this issue for me. In both cases the other person did something for which I was extremely hurt and offended. One of those “clear as day” that it should have been on them to apologize and try to get me to move past it. However that didn’t happen (it never does) and sure enough a day or two goes by and who is doing the apologizing? Me. For something I didn’t do. For being offended in the first place, or god only knows what else, whatever necessary I suspect to get us “past it.” And then I wait for them to pout for a few more days, until it’s good again for a little while and then the dysfunctional cycle resumes.

So yeah… I’ve decided that it’s kinda bullshit.  That maybe it doesn’t make me the “better person” to always be piping up and taking the blame for everything and that maybe I should hold them accountable for their actions and be willing to watch them walk out of my life if they are not willing to man up and do the right thing.

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the FIRST time.” –Maya Angelou

That statement is my promise to myself in 2014.  This is going to be the year that when I recognize that behavior on someone new, for the FIRST time, I am going to wash my hands of them and run the other direction.  I am going to proactively spare myself heartache and needless self-destruction.  I am going to selfishly put my happiness first. I am going to expect more and refuse to settle. I am going to be perfectly happy alone, blissfully so in comparison to the negative energy these relationships have brought me year after year. I am going to stand up for myself and repeat the motto “one and done.” No more second, third, or three hundred chances.  If you show me who you are, I am going to believe you, and take a pass if it’s not a match for me.

Here’s to finding happiness within and loving myself enough.

Good girl… now keep your promise.

 

Sarah Centrella is the author of the book Hustle Believe Receive which teaches you how to apply the #HBRMethod to change your life and live your dream.

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New Year, New Challenge.

Christmas Eve 2013

It’s a new year, and it’s about to be a brand new me! I love the ending of a year and the start to a brand new one, it has always revitalized me and this year is no different. Last week I took the time to look over 2013 and soak in the accomplishments it brought with it, both personal and professional.  And it’s funny because I’ve spent the last few months in a “funk” feeling like I’d not accomplished anything and that all my goals and dreams still loomed out of reach, yet when I did an inventory of 2013 this is what I found:

  1.  In January our story was featured by the Red Cross in their national PSA airing on cable networks around the country.
  2. In February, I fulfilled a five year dream to take my kids on vacation to Disneyland.  Something I’d always thought was a near impossibility for me as a single mom to be in a position to do.
  3. In April I gave my first ever public motivational speech to a room of total strangers, sharing my tips for creating a successful life.  This was a major dream come true for me.
  4. In May I gave my first ever live key note speech to over 1,000 people at the annual fundraiser for the American Red Cross.
  5. In June I was able to move back to Portland so my kids could be closer to their father and our family, something we had wanted to do for over a year.
  6. In August I took the kids for a week long camping vacation in the Redwood forest.
  7. I was able to travel in 2013 more than I ever have before, fulfilling a personal goal and passion of mine.  Spending many weekends in Washington DC, a week in NYC, trips to San Francisco and LA among others.
  8. In November I finished the total rewrite of my memoir.
  9. In December I realized that for the second straight year I’d achieved my professional goals at work and been able to raise the standard of living for my family significantly this year for the first time in my life.
  10. Once again I was able to manifest incredible experiences, specific items off my vision board (Christian Loubutin shoes, Louis Vuitton bag, Mercedes, a specific amount in my bank account that I’ve had written on my wall for over five years, Disneyland, speaking engagements and so much more).
    My first ever new pair of Christian Loubutin’s!!! A gift beyond my wildest dreams!!
  11.  And finally in 2013 I cleansed my personal life of people who had made it toxic. And I began working hard on relationships that mattered to me, and cutting the ones that no longer added value. As a result I am finally in a place where the people in my life are the ones I’ve chosen and who in return have chosen me.  They are relationships built on love and mutual respect and loyalty. I am truly amazingly and abundantly blessed.

For a girl who was raised homeless, with no childhood education, and who five years ago was relying on state aid to feed my children… who woulda thought I’d be living this life now?? Oh yeah, I did. I had the audacity to dream, and the tenacity to hustle.

I was finally able to make it back to my favorite city this year. NYC

If you are feeling stuck in your life I challenge you to do an inventory of 2013. I bet you will surprise yourself when you realize how much you did accomplish.  And if the opposite is true, than today is the day to map out 2014. Set SPECIFIC goals, create a Future Board to support it, and start working on achieving them now, so that next year at this time your list of accomplishments will be surprisingly long.  Dreams don’t come true without a plan and the work needed to achieve them, but with those three things you can change your life. You can and should be filling each year with a list of once in a lifetime experiences and accomplishments.  That’s what life is all about, filling it up and soaking it in.

Now it’s time to start planning on breaking new records in 2014….. oh boy! I cant wait!

“Four Christmas’s ago my children woke up and each had one gift under the tree and empty stockings. I was hardly living paycheck to paycheck and payday was after Christmas. I cried so hard that morning feeling like the biggest failure. I vowed to never put myself or them in that kinda situation again. Through much adversity and when times get tough I fight on for them. Not for “material things” but for the magic that comes with mornings like tomorrow morning. I love playing #Santa and can’t wait to see their faces. Believe in magic. Work hard. #neverquit”
My Instagram post Dec 24th

 

Sarah Centrella is the author of the book Hustle Believe Receive which teaches you how to apply the #HBRMethod to change your life and live your dream.

 

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