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It’s not always easy to leave things in the past but we can never truly heal until we open our eyes to all that is still ahead of us. What are you looking forward to? 

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Speak Up!

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Speak up!

You have been gifted with a unique voice. It is a voice that matters.  It is a voice that should be heard.  Commit to sharing  your thoughts and feelings as they emerge from within. We exist to discover and to speak our truth. When we avoid letting others know what we are thinking and feeling in the moment, we disregard our authentic self.  Speak your truth at every opportunity. Holding things in serves absolutely no one.

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As I Began to Love Myself – A Poem on Self Love by Charlie Chaplin

As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering
are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth.
Today, I know, this is “AUTHENTICITY”.

As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody
As I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time
was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this
person was me. Today I call it “RESPECT”.

As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life,
and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow. Today I call it “MATURITY”.

As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance,
I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens
at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm.
Today I call it “SELF-CONFIDENCE”.

As I began to love myself I quit steeling my own time,
and I stopped designing huge projects for the future.
Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do
and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in
my own rhythm. Today I call it “SIMPLICITY”.

As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for
my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew
me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude
a healthy egoism. Today I know it is “LOVE OF ONESELF”.

As I began to love myself I quit trying to always be right, and ever since
I was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is “MODESTY”.

As I began to love myself I refused to go on living in the past and worry
about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where EVERYTHING
is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it “FULFILLMENT”.

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As I began to love myself I recognized that my mind can disturb me
and it can make me sick. But As I connected it to my heart, my
mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this
connection “WISDOM OF THE HEART”.

We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born. Today I know THAT IS “LIFE”!

Loving oneself can bring about true healing and transformation. When I came across this poem I was so inspired, that I had to share this wonderful work of art with each and every one of you. With his powerful words filled with truth and intense emotion, Charlie Chaplin calls upon the reader to look upon themselves and ask, “Do I really love who I am and who I’m becoming?” I invite you all to breathe these words in and reflect on what it truly means to love yourself. Notice the world around you and how you relate to it. How have your misconceptions, attitude, self-esteem, and limiting beliefs all gotten in the way of you living a full and happy life? Have you come to believe that somehow you are not deserving of self-love, and that you do not merit all that comes with being gentle, kind, understanding, and most importantly, forgiving of yourself? Charlie Chaplin’s words brilliantly describe ones journey of self exploration and acceptance. With awareness of self and an open heart to accepting what is, Charlie describes the steps required to truly experience life in all its glory. Be your authentic beautiful self each and every day. Respect all those wonderful parts of you that are unique and truly special. Celebrate each day no matter the challenges and tests you are called to face. Evolution of self results when learn to accept that what happens to us in life is all part of a larger plan the universe has mapped out for us. There is no experience we aren’t capable of overcoming when we believe in our abilities and purpose in this world. Allow the wisdom of your heart to shine through. Let it guide you to the life you know you deserve. Love yourself and keep moving forward.

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Dream. Believe. Unlock

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Last week I was inspired by a post entitled Are you setting goals for 2014? Conceptualize instead written by my friend Miisa Mink from Driven Woman. In this post Miisa shared with her readers the idea of trading in New Year’s resolutions for three concepts that will push people towards action. Miisa expressed that rather than creating a list of goals this year, why not identify three words that describe what you want to achieve or how you want to feel during the year. In her post she gives the example of a person wanting to lose weight for the New Year. Instead of listing a new year’s resolution such as “I will to lose weight”, why not use a word that will motivate you to take action. In Miisa’s post she used the word “green” to represent what this person would need to eat if they really wanted to achieve their desired weight loss goal. In reading this post I was inspired to share the three words that have been motivating me to take action for the past 2 years. If you’ve got three words of your own please visit Miisa’s post and share your feedback.

If you are a frequent visitor of Ambition in the City you have probably seen me include the words dream, believe and unlock on several of my blog posts. Over the past 2 years these words have slowly evolved into what is now my coaching motto. I started to recognize how often I would use these words in my coaching and writing when I wanted to inspire clients and readers towards action. What I have discovered over time is that these words have aided me to not only make significant changes in my own life, but they have helped several of my clients and readers to reconnect with their courageconfidence and choice.  As we get this new year off and running I hope that you can find inspiration in these three little words and start thinking about words that could possibly start motivating you towards positive change.

Dream

What would life be like if there were no dreamers in the world?  In order to impact change in your life you must be willing to dream. As a life coach, cultivating my client’s curiosity and creativity is always one of my main objectives. It is only when we can tap into that part of ourselves that houses our childish enthusiasm and hunger for exploration that we can truly step into our power. When we are open to dreaming we give ourselves an opportunity to be curious and play. We allow for our thoughts to stretch past the farthest reaches of our imagination and we are given a chance to dive head first into the unknown.

What makes dreamers so unique? Dreamers have the courage to question and explore. They don’t disregard their thoughts, ideas or ambitions, they give these things the space they need to grow and flourish. Dreamers allow their ideas to sprout and take form. When you can approach your dreams with curiosity rather than fear or doubt you muster the courage necessary to believe that whatever you can create in your mind can in fact be made a reality.

“A dreamer will not stop having that dream until it has been fulfilled” -J. Wilson

Believe

What dreamers have that others often lack is the confidence and faith that their dreams have value in this world. When we can attach value to our goals we strengthen their power. We give them significance and purpose in our life and in turn empower ourselves to identify creative and unique methods that will propel us towards action. Dreamers believe in their capacity to create change in their own lives because they recognize the choice that exists for them. It is the choice to see past all limiting beliefs in an effort to embrace possibility.  The dreamer that connects to their courage and confidence see’s no obstacle they can’t overcome. They step confidently into the unknown with an open heart and an open mind because they believe in their mission and purpose in life.

“Humanity does not suffer from the disease of wrong beliefs but humanity suffers from the contagious nature of the lack of belief. If you have no magic with you it is not because magic does not exist but it is because you do not believe in it. Even if the sun shines brightly upon your skin every day, if you do not believe in the sunlight, the sunlight for you does not exist.” – C. JoyBell C.

Unlock

When you acknowledge your dreams and hidden aspirations as significant and worth exploring, you will start to notice the possibilities that begin to emerge all around you. As the doors to a better, happier and more fulfilling life begin to unlock you will come to realize all the possibilities that have existed for you all along. Dreamers succeed because they see past the “what ifs” and the “but only’s” that succeed in keeping so many of us small. They cultivate their beautiful ideas by nurturing them with love and attention, sharing them with others, and by ultimately giving them the room to grow into something beautiful.

This year promise yourself that you are going to dream, that you are going to  believe and that you are going to unlock the life you know you deserve.

 “There is nothing like a dream to create the future.” –Victor Hugo

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Aspire to be the Best You in 2014

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A happy full life is founded upon the goals we create for ourselves. When we permit ourselves to dream we give ourselves the gift of possibility.  As 2013 draws to a close I hope that each and every one of you aspires to be an even better version of yourself in this new year. Set goals for yourself this year that will challenge you to reach new heights. Cultivate those beautiful ideas and watch as they help you to grow as an individual.  You may not attain all of your goals this year, but the journey towards them will no doubt be an amazing one. Let your goals take you to new places this year. Sending love to all my Ambition in the City followers. You have each  helped to make 2013 a great year for me. Keep dreaming.

Cristina

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Feed Your Passion and Be Inspired

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This week I will be attending Art Basel Miami Beach. As many of you know It’s been a little over 6 months since I got reconnected with my passion for art. Over the past few months I have been painting up a storm. Whether the pieces have been for pure enjoyment or commissioned works for my friends or family, one thing is for sure, painting brings me alive! As I continue on this path of self exploration I have begun to seek out the guidance and expertise of those individuals who have been in the art game for longer than I have been walking this earth. Art Basel is just another opportunity for me to learn from some of the best of the best. Over the next few days I hope to soak up as much art as possible. I will be fully present and open to all the beauty and inspiration that will surely be flowing throughout the city. I look forward to seeing the works of some of the most acclaimed international artists and am eager to meet some of these artists in person. As I continue to cultivate this passion I encourage you all to step fully into whatever it is that brings you alive. Look for that thing that causes an excitement and sensation deep down in your belly. How are you honoring this inner steering? Cultivate your beautiful ideas by giving them the love and attention they need to flourish into something beautiful. Wishing you all a fabulous rest of the week.  Keep going after those things that bring you joy. Embrace choice and keep moving forward.

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Hello December

Looking forward to a wonderful December filled with love, laughs, family and friends. What are some of your intentions for the month of December?

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