Letters from A Better Me and YouTube: Answering the Calls

A Call to Move

I’m a person who trusts my intuitions, instincts, and signs. I’ve felt calls to do things for as far back as I can remember. Each time I feel clear about the call, I feel safe in where they bring me. I’ve called people in the exact right timing. I show up at a place where I meet someone I either learn from or have something to teach. I miss a major accident. I’ve learned to trust the calls I get about when and when not to show up, along with what and what not to do. Sometimes, I have lessons to learn, so I don’t expect that just because I answer the call it’s going to be sweet and rosy. No matter where I’m led, there are blessings. Sometimes I have to dig a little deeper to find them, other times I can see the beauty in the instant I start taking action.

As the coronavirus moved into the United States is exactly when my book tour for Letters from A Better ME was getting started. I was able to do one event before the rest of the tour was shut down. The one event was in Atlanta, Georgia at a new-age store called, Phoenix & Dragon Bookstore. This setting was perfect. I felt like I was surrounded by people (and cats) who were conscious of each other’s spaces. The room I was in had plenty of space for people to spread out safely, and the numbers were very small. I knew that the people who were there were the ones who were meant to be there. I felt called to go there and I’m so happy I followed the call. Being there was just what I needed to go into the next call I received, which was to completely stay at home.

A Call to Stay Home

I knew that after the event, I had no further need for being out and about. I spent the rest of my time in Marietta, GA listening to the birds and trying to spot deer. When I got home, I felt content in my space. I’ve left the house to be in nature, walk, and get necessities. I read something on Facebook, which sat with me.

Do not change your behavior to avoid being infected. Assume you are infected and change your behavior to avoid transmitting.

-Anonymous

Being a very healthy individual, I’ve been driven more by the possibility of me carrying coronavirus and not knowing it. I’ve also considered all the people who HAVE to be working with the public right now and trying to make life easier for them. The best I can do to reduce my potential of being a carrier is to stay centered and grounded at home, so that is what I’m doing for my family, community, and myself. The more conscious and calm I am, the healthier I stay. This enables me to hear the Universe’s call to serve when it’s my turn.

A Call to Remain Conscious and Calm

If there is any call in my head that is stronger than anything else right now, it’s the call I feel to be conscious and calm. I’ve had to use many of the tools I’ve learned through the years to keep bringing me back to this place, because I do slip. I keep reminding myself to do the best that I can. I’m not going to navigate this perfectly. I do feel like it’s my job to remember that wherever I go in my head is my choice. Chapter 8 of Letters from A Better Me is focused on practices to keep us grounded and centered in the present moment. Beyond the tools in the book and the ones available in the 90-Day A Better Me Series (Free), I go back to these statements that I’ve shared before from my Becoming the Butterfly Workshop:

A Call to Serve

If you follow my work, you know I offer A LOT of tools to navigate the dark places in our lives and in our heads. With the cancelled book tour, I’ve been remaining open to figure out ways I can serve. One of the signs that became very apparent after multiple nudges from the Universe was to make videos of some of the reading I did at Phoenix & Dragon and to share different tools and practices that can really help people who are not used to slowing down like we’ve been asked to do.

The funny thing is that I’ve been putting off creating a YouTube channel for years, which is when the nudges began. I just didn’t FEEL called to make anything. The timing just never felt right, because it wasn’t. With a cancelled book tour and time on my hands—Now is the time. I watched a YouTube video on how to use my iMovie app and got to work. I’m serving double-duty of getting my book out there and offering readings and tools from the book that I know could help people during this challenging time. I will keep posting what I feel called to share. It’s important to me to honor the calls.

A Call to Use YouTube as a Tool

During this time, I’ve noticed I’ve been using YouTube more than I ever have before. I find it’s giving me bite-sized pieces of what I need in the moment. I’ve found my facts, inspiration, comic relief, meditations, and how-to projects all with taps of my fingers. I’m choosing what I watch wisely! When I’m not conscious of what information I’m filling myself with, I start feeling stressed and my sleep patterns pay. I have to reel myself back in. When I do that, I sleep better. We can get the information we NEED without being inundated and getting drug down into the darkness. It’s more important than ever to BE WHERE OUR FEET ARE! Practice mindfulness and staying present wherever you can.

Making Myself Available

I’ve been doing my best to make myself available to anyone who needs some extra support right now through all my social media channels. I hope you will find the support and encouragement you need on my pages. If you need more, please feel free to contact me (here). I will do what I can, because I know if you are called to reach out, there is some form of emotional support that I can offer.

I hope if you read this, my words bring you comfort.

With Love, Compassion, and Gratitude,

Rachael Wolff ©2020

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Virtual Book Tour: Letters From A Better Me

How Quickly Plans Change

As you can probably imagine, my book tour was cancelled due to COVID-19 coronavirus. I get it, and I want to do my part by staying home so that healthcare workers can do their best and hopefully get a break in the near future. I will tell you, I have become very aware of how much I use my hands and how many people touch the same things I do. I’m sure like many others, my hands are cleaned to the verge of cracking, so I added a 20 second lotion ritual to my 30 second hand washing ritual.

Doing My Part

Since my book can actually help people through these challenging times, I REALLY wanted to find a way to get Letters from A Better Me out into the world. Perspective can definitely be what empowers us or keeps us prisoner right now, and Letters is all about becoming aware of where our perspectives are taking us and how to make sure they are aligned with the life we actually want to be living. This is CRITICAL in times like we are in right now.

Virtual Book Tour

I decided to make a series of videos which will include readings, practices, and tools from the book. You are welcome to ask questions and contact me here or in the comments below. Don’t forget to follow the blog via e-mail so that you will be able to see the latest videos.

When we go within, we empower ourselves to make the best choices and stay conscious and calm while doing what is best for ourselves, our families, our community, our country, and our world. I hope you will join me on this journey and make the choice to rise together. I’m committed to find the blessings and lessons that will make me a better human. Embrace the journey, because we are about to do deep!

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With Love and Gratitude,

Rachael Wolff ©2020

Don’t Let Fear Dictate Your Humanity

Life can be a rollercoaster full of ups and downs, twists and turns, along with unexpected jolts to our systems. For some, a roller coaster lights a fire inside us and gets our energy pumping in the best of ways. For others, it ties stomachs in knots and causes great anxiety. We will not all respond to the challenges in life the same way even if they are global challenges.

We can only ever do the best we can with what we have. No matter the challenge; DON’T LOSE YOUR HUMANITY. In times of struggle, remember to be kind. Not only to others, but to yourself. Experiencing fear can affect our internal systems in VERY negative ways to the point of creating more problems and doing more damage. When we tear ourselves down inside, especially unconsciously, our communications with others struggle. We contribute to chaos instead of peace; problems instead of solutions.

Please, remember that peoples fears are heightened for a myriad of different reasons. Some we may see and others we won’t. We can educate without tearing someone else down. We can find solutions without contributing to the chaos. Each person is living according to their own perspectives of truth.

Just put effort into being your BEST you. You are responsible and accountable for the energy you put out in the world. Make sure it’s the energy you want to see coming back to you.

With Love and Gratitude,

Rachael Wolff ©2020

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INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY 2020: Rising Up to Our Best Selves

International Women’s Day 2020

March 8th

A day to celebrate women in all our glory, strength, and empowered souls. A day to look at the contributions of women to our beautiful humanity set inside WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH.

ARE YOU LOOKING DEEP ENOUGH?

Look beyond the surface of what our physical eyes can see. GO DEEPER! Explore the journeys. They will not always be as pretty as the end results we celebrate. The caterpillar journey is just as important as the butterfly. I invite you to sit within your chrysalis and self-reflect. What does International Women’s Day 2020 mean to you?

If we are not aware of the belief systems that make up our perspectives of truth (our beliefs), we are missing so much. We are interpreting the world through glasses that are not our own. It’s time to GO DEEP into the journey of what makes us who we are both separately and together.

CELEBRATE YOUR JOURNEY

What lessons have been the most impactful? Was it the times when things came easy or the times you were called on to RISE UP and be the change within yourself? What got us to the moments we celebrate now? What traumas were we able to use to lift our ability to shine as humans?

WHERE CAN WE DO BETTER NOW?

When I use the word now, I mean it. RIGHT NOW, what can you do better in this moment? If you are internally living in a place of lack, RIGHT NOW you could write five things you are grateful for and you have taken a step into abundance. RIGHT NOW you can write a friend a letter thanking them for what they contribute to your life. RIGHT NOW you can reach out to a business resource to help you deliver your message, product, or both. RIGHT NOW you can start looking at what is holding you back from loving that person in the mirror and start investing ways to fix it, whatever that means for you.

Our perspective is our freedom or our prison, our power or our weakness, our lack or our abundance, our empowerment or our oppression. We are making choices RIGHT NOW. Be conscious of what you CHOOSE. We don’t HAVE to believe anything that attempts to disempower us. Even if it lies within our own self-criticism.

RIGHT NOW you can write perspectives down that will serve you better than the ones you are carrying around with you. If you feel that tightness in your body, you are believing something that is not serving you. FREE YOURSELF! You are only ever a perspective away, but no one can choose the perspectives you are going to put your energy into. This is YOUR POWER—YOUR EMPOWERMENT!

DISCOVER YOUR AUTHENTIC EMPOWERMENT

Empowerment from a loving place is how we lift ourselves and the world. That is why I’m offering my readers a VERY special extra when they purchase and read Letters from A Better Me: How Becoming an Empowered Woman Transforms the World in 2020. Send me any questions you have about the book and how to apply it to your life in the contact section (link). I will send you my personal response in PDF form so that you can easily print it out and use whatever tools I give you. Please feel free to reference page numbers and/or quotes if you want to take the conversation deeper. I invite you to go deep to reach your authentic empowerment, so that you can truly live your best life. PLEASE read the WHOLE book before you contact me with your questions. I want you to get the most out of the experience, and you can only do that with the FULL picture.

START NOW! If you still wonder if the book is the right choice for you, there are samples of e-book and audiobook are available in the link below.

making women’s history month matter

What will you do to make this month bring awareness, growth, perspective, and positive change to the world? This is a human question, it has no gender lines. If we want positive change, the answers must come from a place of love, not fear pretending to be love. Love lifts us all and fear takes us down and separates us. Make sure you are operating from a place that will lift you and the world.

With an ABUNDANCE of LOVE, GRATITUDE, and Appreciation,

Rachael Wolff

Who Is My Reader?

When I was asked in the marketing meeting about who I wanted to read my book, I thought every woman could get something out of it, since it covers romantic relationships, family, parenting, career, spirituality, addiction, unhealthy belief systems, and all things self. I also thought men could gain a lot of understanding and get a lot from it too, because it would not only give them tools, but help to better communication and empower themselves to make positive change in their lives.

For those who struggle in any unhealthy belief patterns, it gives tools to get out. For those who are healthy, it may help them see how their belief systems help them and give them a better understanding of those who struggle.

The book celebrates authentic empowerment. “Empower Yourself, Change the World!” When we see our own value, we lift others up and don’t tear them down. Authentic empowerment comes from love not fear. It’s about representing what we stand for and not putting our energy into what we are against (VERY IMPORTANT in today’s climate).

The marketing team said I needed to narrow it down to the one reader. Who was the one person I wanted to get through to with my book? I had the picture of the exact person in my mind. I want to get to the woman who is stuck in patterns of abuse, whether it be self-abuse or abuse from others, because self-abuse tends to lead to abuse (mental, emotional, or physical) from either bosses, partners, children, etc. We can accept from others the level of abuse that we give to ourselves.Some unhealthy patterns were passed down so unconsciously that we have to dig down to see them.

The book deals with what belief systems got us into the patterns that get us to act against ourselves in our lives and how to change them. There are so many reasons a person can choose to pick up the book, but if I can help that one person see their value and give them the tools to lift themselves out of living a life they are not passionately in love with, I’ve helped to make the world better.

When we help others see their best selves, it creates an unstoppable ripple effect. I would have never been able to write this book, if I didn’t have every experience I did, read every book that I did, and believe everything that I did. I’m continuously learning how to better myself, and I will until my journey here is done. With that, I’m able to continually give others seeds to help lift them as I get lifted.

At the time of this post, March 3, 2020, it’s been two weeks since Letters from a Better Me has been out and a little over that for the audiobook, and the audiobook is still in the Top 100 for Domestic Partner Abuse (link). My heart feels full knowing that people are getting the seeds I’m giving. I hope they choose to plant them and that they flourish into beautiful flowers. Life is precious, we each deserve to live lives we love.

With Love and Gratitude,

Rachael Wolff

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The Art of Making Quality Friends and Keeping Them

The Importance of Friends

Friendships are so important for living a fulfilling life, but if we have the wrong friend/ friend groups they can also lead us down a path that keeps us in dark places. If friendships are formed around addictions, gossip, and constant complaining; we keep ourselves from reaching higher and living better.

I’m often asked about how I stay surrounded by such amazing friends, so I started paying attention and here is a list of ten things I do to make and maintain quality friendships.

10 Ways to Make and Maintain Quality Friendships

  1. GET YOUR MINDSET ALIGNED WITH MAKING NEW FRIENDS— If you tell yourself it’s hard to make new friends, it will be. When we give ourselves this message, our body language will reflect our belief in this message. Instead of attempting to connect or engage, our bodies give a signal that we are closed off. Make sure your mind is open to actually making a new friend.
  2. GET OFF YOUR ELECTRONICS—Engage with the life you are having in the moment. An opportunity for a conversation can start anywhere, but if you aren’t where your feet are, you will miss it.
  3. STOP LOOKING DOWN— Look up and make eye contact with others. You won’t connect with others if you don’t make eye contact. When we look in the eyes of others, sometimes we see ourselves. Those are the people to engage with; one simple comment can turn into a 30-minute conversation and lead to a great friendship. 
  4. CONNECT LOCALLY THROUGH GROUPS AND VOLUNTEERING—Find groups that interest you and/or volunteer with a local cause you support. You will meet plenty of potential friends through your passion for your community.
  5. WALK YOUR NEIGHBOORHOOD—If you live in a good walking area and have the right mindset, you have the opportunity to connect with plenty of people who live right by you. If you have a good conversation, you could ask if they will be here the same time tomorrow. Then it may become a regular thing.  If you don’t live in a good walking community, find a local area where there are opportunities to connect with other people who are walking—Always remember steps 1-3!
  6. INVEST IN YOUR DEVELOPMENT— This will mean something different for everyone; it can be personal, professional, spiritual, financial, educational, and/or physical. If you go places to invest in yourself, you will meet others who are working on the same thing. THOSE ARE YOUR PEOPLE!
  7. SHOW UP IN YOUR KID’S LIVES—If you have kids, show up at events.  Connect with the parents of the kids that they are hanging out with. Some you may want nothing to do with, but others may turn out to be your best friends.
  8. KNOW WHO YOU ARE WITH— We each will have people who are around us who have different strengths. We can’t expect people to be who they are not. If someone makes you laugh, enjoy that quality. If someone is good when your stuck in a storm, let them carry your umbrella. Just don’t expect more from people than where their strengths are. When we allow people to be exactly who they are, we keep old friends too, because we remember why we love them in the first place.
  9. DON’T EXPECT OTHERS TO DO WHAT YOU ARE NOT DOING FOR YOURSELF— When we take care of ourselves, love ourselves, respect ourselves, and show up for ourselves—We attract people to our lives who will treat us the way we deserve. 
  10. KNOW WHEN FRIENDSHIPS ARE UNHEALTHY AND WALK AWAY— Friendships are meant to lift us up. If friendships are making you feel under stress on a regular basis, you do have the option to end relationships that aren’t contributing to you leading your best life. If we feel like the friendship isn’t serving a positive purpose in our lives, we don’t have to stay in them. This doesn’t mean if a friend is struggling, we walk away. It’s being healthy enough to know what is a drain to our energy, and what is being the best friend we can be in someone else’s time of need.

I hope this list helps! Enjoy the journey!

With Love and Gratitude,

Rachael Wolff ©2020

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Book Launch Day: Letters from A BETTER ME

BEST FEELING EVER

Driving down the road to familiar words. They are my words coming through my speakers. The beautiful voice of Kate Mulligan fills my car as she articulates the messages of the book so clearly. You can feel the letters in her voice.

(Link to sample of audiobook here)

Barnes & Noble Naples, FL

Naples Barnes & Noble is like coming home to me. I’ve spent so many hours in these stacks of books. Tina Wainscott of the Seymour Agency, who is now my agent, and I used to come here when I was going through a very dark time in my life. I would look through books in the sections, where now my book sits. I would let the Universe guide my fingers as I would pull a book from the shelf. Now, I think about how just maybe, a woman struggling to find her worth will do the same thing and come across my book. She will look inside and realize, this is exactly what I’m looking for.

I have purchased so many of the books that got me where I am today from this store. There was no where else I wanted to be on launch day! Tina shows up with beautiful flowers with a Letters from A Better Me sign tucked in, perfect, just perfect! The President of the Seymour Agency pleasantly surprises us for this special moment.

My partner and my kids are by my side. They finally get to see the culmination of everything I’ve been working on. If you have or have ever had teenagers, you probably get the power of a moment like this. For the past two years, they have been listening to me talk about writing, but not seeing the bigger picture of what that means. In this moment, they got to see their mom’s name and book looking back at them.

I got there at 11:30AM, by the time I came down to sign stock copies, there were only two left. Ten more were ordered for the store before I left. On Wednesday, I heard that people were already beginning to reserve the upcoming order. I feel so incredibly blessed to not only have the support of this amazing community, but of Barnes & Noble for making sure people in Naples had a place to go to get their copy!

Celebrating on the Patio of CaNtina 109

Finishing the night with an AMAZING cake from my AMAZING agent and Soul Sister!

A Truly AMAZING DAY

Standing in a labyrinth feeling the desert breeze in Sedona, Arizona, I ask myself “Can I write a women’s empowerment book?”

YES!

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Thank you to the amazing team at Mango Publishing and Blackstone Publishing for bringing this book, ebook, and audiobook to life!

With So Much Love and Gratitude,

Rachael Wolff ©2020

Releasing My Inner Victim with Love: A Letter from A Better Me

Dear Inner Victim, 

I’m done with you. You have served your purpose, and now it is time to leave. My attachment to you is holding me back from the life I want. At one point, I needed you. Now that time is over. I don’t need to keep going back and getting stuck in the story of my past. I need to forgive, not for anyone else, but for me. For my sanity, I need to release the pain of my past traumas and find a new and lighter place to dwell. Through prayers, meditations, education, and actions I will find a more peaceful place to transform into the person I know is buried under all the pain.

I’m sorry for all the ways I helped your pain grow bigger and fester as I got stuck in the story of victim. Though I have been a victim, I don’t have to choose to live in the role for life. I can choose to move past the title and grow from the experiences that helped me find a greater compassion for myself and others who have their own struggles at overcoming traumas. 

I now know that how I feel on the inside will manifest a reality for better or for worse. I’m done with taking the “for worse” path. I’m committed to fix the inside parts of me where I didn’t love and honor myself. I have to stop focusing on you, my inner victim and focus on the love inside me instead. When the love inside me shines brighter than any darkness, I am ready to live life as a better me. 

I got the lessons I needed from the pain, and now it’s time to transform into love. In my caterpillar skin, I found my strength, power, and perseverance. Now, I will let the old hurts become the brightest colors in my wings of love. These wings will carry me and help me to see an outer world as beautiful as the one that has been created on the inside. When the transformation is complete, I will be one with life on my inside and my outside. Connecting to nature and all it’s magnificence will remind me to be at peace.

Thank you for serving me. Now,  I send you off with love.

Thanks for the lessons.

With Love and Gratitude,

A Better Me

Rachael Wolff © 2020, 2018

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Voting for Humanity

Dear Voters,

I respect your right to choose what matters to you. I respect your right to make decisions according to your beliefs. Beliefs are perspectives of truth, and I have them too. Mine may be different than yours. That doesn’t make you better or less than I am. We might have been raised VERY differently or experienced VERY different realities, so the things that matter to me may not matter to you and vice versa. This doesn’t mean that one of us is ALL right and the other is ALL wrong. 

We can use our differences to create a better world, but not by condemnation of the other. That is how we stay separated. Separation is how we end up supporting corruption on both sides. If we spread hate, we are supporting more hate, crime, oppression, fear, chaos, and misery.

None of us are perfect. No one makes all the right choices. When we are open to see that truth, we learn and grow from life’s lessons. How does anyone expect a large political party to serve us perfectly when each individual is imperfect? Each person’s perspectives of truth vary from person to person based on how each of us chooses to live in our own minds. Our perspectives are our power or our prison.

When we support what we are against having more of, we feed the chaos. When we support what we want to see, we are holding the vision and energy of positive change. If my vision is to see a UNITED country, my perspectives must be aligned with supporting unification. This doesn’t mean focusing on our differences, it means working within our differences and being open to see all sides, not just my own. This definitely doesn’t mean I will agree, but when I’m open to at least go a little deeper, I open the opportunity to find something that sparks a positive compromise. A balance that lifts us, and creates space to grow.

My hope is that our humanity wins. For that reason, I will choose to do my best to serve my country with love and respect for all. My choices will reflect what I want to see more of in the world.

With Love and Gratitude, 

A Better Me 

Rachael Wolff © 2020, 2018 

#humanityWins

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Audible Release Day of Letters from A Better Me

Today is a very exciting day for me. I love audiobooks, and today mine comes out. It feels surreal. The narrator is the wonderful, Kate Mulligan. Her voice is the perfect fit for this book. You can hear a sample when you click on the link.

3 MORE DAYS UNTIL THE PAPERBACK AND EBOOK RELEASE OF LETTERS FROM A BETTER ME!!!

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