A new story, a new home, a new number

This entry was posted on Monday, May 6th, 2013 at 3:10 PM and is filed under Becoming, career, Family Matters

 

“If you want your fortunes to shift, you have to begin telling a different story.” –Esther Hicks

mailbox photo for new move blogNo longer an at-home mother juggling a business with two children under my wing, I am embracing a new sense of freedom.

Part of that expansion includes intentionally engaging with life in larger ways, connecting more deeply to communities of like-minded people and saying “yes” to multiple opportunities to serve differently than I have in the past.  A new book is in development and related speaking possibilities are emerging.

Next week, I am moving to a new home, one that better suits the new “me” who is evolving. After 20 years of suburban living, I chose a funky condo with a farmhouse feel to it that is within walking distance of downtown Newburyport. Minutes from the bike trails that abut the Newburyport Harbor, the new home will entail a lot of outdoor living.

The home represents not only a lifestyle change, but a new mindset which I spent lots of time in solitude creating. Abundant thinking and believing is at the top of my list, as it is for many others whose lives got temporarily unraveled through the recession. Thoughts of scarcity are no longer allowed into my consciousness—the price was too high to live at that level of lack.

At the same time, I have learned that generosity, which is a huge part of my nature, comes in many forms. It is not based on the amount of money we make or the gifts we buy another. Rather, to be truly generous  includes giving your presence of time and attention to another, and to live gratefully, seeing life as “full.”

The people in my carefully grown circle of support are all generous souls who have weathered many storms with me—and continue to believe as I do that we all have the power to create new life stories, no matter what our current or past circumstances have been.

I have spent the past few weeks letting go of things I do not want to bring  along, including thoughts, beliefs and behaviors that no longer serve me. I gladly release “giving too much without discernment” and “trying too hard”—behaviors I (like many women) adopted as a young girl who erroneously conditioned herself to believe her lovability was based on what she did or gave, not who she was. No wonder as a life coach and healer my mission has been to teach others how to instill stronger foundations of self-love. We teach what we need to learn. I am moving on with that foundation firmly in place.

I also have had to say a few very difficult “no’s” to people who crossed a line of hurtful disrespect one too many times, trusting that time and sending continued thoughts of love their way will heal the pain of temporarily disengaging. Love is our innate nature; all discord is based on the ego trying to win the game. I am disqualifying myself from that game, stepping aside to center in my own goodness and creativity so I can live purposefully, joyfully and peacefully in greater service to the world.

My new phone number for my coaching business, SupportMatters, is 978-325-1911 (similar to my old one, but with a “325” exchange). For those who have my Verizon email as a contact, please replace with gailjones@supportmatters.com.

I look forward in the months ahead to share more insights from my new adventures in seaside living.

I send my heartfelt wishes that you, too, may delight in the joy of creating a new life story today, thought by thought.

Warmly,

Gail 

Beth Shedd’s photo of the mailboxes metaphorically represents the many “homes” we choose to live in during our lives….the home is only as welcoming as the self who occupies it.

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10 Responses to “A new story, a new home, a new number”

  • Beautifully said, Gail! Our outside lives are always a reflection of our inside beliefs and attitudes. I’m excited for you and your new adventure! Lyndra

  • Susan:

    Gail,
    Thank you and so nicely put. You are a very gifted writer and a wonderful, warm and giving person.
    I wish you all life blessings and a fantastic life in Nbpt. You deserve the very best.
    Stay well and always take that time for yourself. I am so fortunate to have met you.
    Please keep in touch. Susan

  • Gail:

    Thanks, Lyndra, for your kind words and ongoing support. It is very exciting to create a new beginning in a new home. You have been one of those in my circle who has witnessed many challenges and much personal growth. I am grateful for all your care and the beautiful ways we have co-created and shared as colleagues and friends. Gail

  • Gail:

    Susan:

    You are another who has seen me through thick and thin, watching me move twice now. You are so much more than a realtor. You have been a wise sounding board and caring friend. Your continued belief in my life’s work of writing and coaching touched me during those anxious times, for we all know moving is at the top of the charts of life stressors. Of course we’ll stay in touch…we have to toast my new home once I’m settled in:) Gail

  • Gail,

    I am so very proud of you and ecstatic that you are in a great place in your life. There are many “good” people in the world who bring a degree of happiness to those around them, but there are incredibly few “amazing” people who move people, who give far more than they receive and who make others’ lives significantly better for having known them. YOU are among those who are “amazing.”

  • Gail:

    Dick: Your comments touched me at a very deep level, during this major “empty nest” period of my life where I have chosen to create anew versus grieve one second longer over yet another “letting go.” Like my children, I am spreading my wings–and so ready to be joyfully connected in new ways. You played an integral role in helping me get my daughter through college, and I am most grateful. Gail

  • Denise:

    I’m so happy for you. I wish you all best in this new chapter of your life.

  • Gail:

    Thank you, Denise, for your good wishes on this new chapter. Gail

  • Kim:

    Good choice! New inspirations and energies!

  • Gail:

    Thanks, Kim–yep, a shift in energies!!! Now,you have another place to stay when you come to town. Hope to see you soon. Gail

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