Heather trusted me with her secret back in January and asked me to be her health accountability partner. She knew I would be honest with her. After all we have over the past 5 years supported one another on our healing journeys.
In the video above Heather shares her journey and why she is running the London Marathon. This is no mean feat- 26 miles- that’s 40 kilometres. She started last May only took up running last May on the suggestion of her GP to help get strong and healthy as part of her recovery after liver failure three years ago.
From liver failure to marathon success!
That was the headline in Heather’s Local paper this week
HEATHER Bestel is a well known face in her home town of Wigtown, Dumfries and Galloway where she is a therapist who works with young people. Three years ago Heather underwent 2 operations to save her life from liver failure. She then embarked on a journey to get herself back to full health. This journey led her to discover and fall in love with running. So much so that she has decided to run the London Marathon in April to raise money for a children’s cancer charity.
The charity Heather is supporting is ‘It’s Good 2 Give‘ which offers support to young cancer patients and their families. They try to make life a little bit easier on a day-to-day basis.
Heather set out to raise £2000 for her charity. We were talking about her passion for this charity on our weekly call. Heather and I met back in 2010 in a productivity course and have been talking most Thursday night’s since then.
We have both supported one another through major health issues. Even though we live miles apart. We are best friends who have yet to have a real hug. 🙂
I decided it was time for this best friend to support Heather’s charity. So I decided on a Charity Art Auction of the original artworks for my Heart Whisper Daily Guidance Oracle Cards. The live plan has folded into a Silent Auction.
Update: She ran 26.2 miles and got a medal
Here is the link to the video where Heather shares the marathon journey
Heart Whisper Oracle Cards Original Paintings
This is the first showing of the original paintings that became my first deck of Oracle Cards that now inspire, heal and bring more love and inner peace to the world.
Click on the painting your heart is drawn to and make a bid in the comments. At the end of the Auction I will send you an invoice with the shipping cost. (Small $5, medium $10 Large $18 )
After a day of feeling a degree of overwhelm, I realised I need to do some fresh prioritising or this book would never be finished
In stepped my beach coach, Des. We were walking on the beach and I was sharing my current lack of progress. Des came up with the plan for me to be accountable on a weekly basis.
There is part of me that doubts the value of my journey for others. Des reminded me:
You overcame this, if you hadn’t had that positive attitude and total belief that you were going to be healed, it might have overcome you. I said I might still be on dialysis. Des said I might not be here 🙂
That was my wake up moment. I so often forget the seriousness of the kidney failure I had. It takes Des and my freinds to remind me. I often think that what I did was no big thing!
It was very quickly clear to me that completing and publishing my book, Lucky to Be Alive: How I used the Power of Self Love to Safe my Life, had to be high on my list of priorities.
I realise that regular readers of this blog might think, “Haven’t we read this before?”, and while I can’t think of a specific blog post to that effect, the reaction would be understandable.
But now I’m putting it out there that this time my commitment is quite serious. I’m reviewing my plan for completing the writing and scheduling the editing, publication, and marketing elements of the plan.
I’m taking some steps to hold myself accountable to get this done.
One of those steps is to post a weekly update on progress with the book, and I’ll do that even if in my own mind, or in fact, I haven’t made great progress in a specific week.
One idea I am playing with is that in those weekly posts I want to include some excerpts from the book as I’m writing. I’m not sure if that will work, but I want to try it.
So many people have asked me when the book will be available and some of my friends have urged me to just get on with it! I’m very clear that I will soon be able to share with them and the world a realistic timeframe for that.
What would help would be for you, dear reader, and other readers of this blog, to share your comments and any questions or ideas, as I post my weekly updates.
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As we come towards the end of another year it is a good time to reflect on where you are now in relation to where you were almost 12 months ago.
Maybe you hit all your goals. Maybe like me there have been some things that were
great- you feel a great sense of achievement
some challenges :
What I will be doing over the next week will be to journal on how I am feeling, I will look back on each month.
This week I am taking time leading up to my birthday to take time to be still and listen as I reflect back on the reading I did last January. What stood out for me was that the card I drew for December was Just Be.
That is what my body has been telling me since I completed the Focus on Abundance 5 Day Challenge. The challenge raised questions for me and had my limiting beliefs appearing. As I flip back through my journals for the year, it is great to reference each month.
When I spend time reflecting on my year, I will be meditating, listening to my whispers and making note of what i have done that I can take into the new year.
A new year is time to start over, start fresh. This year I feel I will be building on what I have put into place that I am seeing myself powering forward.
At the Daring and Disruptive Female Entrepreneurs group that I belong to, end of year session last week we shared how we saw our year and then we ere asked to share with someone new, and swap the soul foot we had written on.
What so many of us found was the words we received spoke maybe to us for the coming year.
These words I received from another Suzi touched my heart. Then Lauren, another daring and disruptive joined us and shared what her word had been for 2016
Forecast Your Year Through Tapping Into Your Heart Whispers
The New Year is the time which bring us the energy of planning, forward-thinking, a focus on manifesting what we really, really want for the next year.
Using Oracle cards is an empowering way to look at what the year ahead may look like for you, in maybe a more gentle way.
How would you like to go into the new year, knowing that you are aligned with your heart’s true desire?
With clear intentions that are supported by your heart whispers, your intuition.
If you think it would help you to get clear on your intentions for 2017, I am offering a special New Year Heart Whisper Reading to set you up for 12 months of success, abundance and joy. You own forecast with guidance as you move towards that wildly abundant 2017.
When we smile we raise our vibes, our heart smiles and we feel the love that we are and our heart fills with gratitude. This one smile that comes from your heart will brighten the heart of each person you meet today. This allows your confidence to shine through where your brilliance comes forth. You allow imperfection to be your friend and and hope awakens you to the miracle that you are. The life you have been imagining comes into view. As you feel into this you, put it into your vibrational bubble and you move closer to the impossible becoming possible- Suzie 24/10/16
What I now understand at a deep level is that change is just part of the journey to freedom. When we fully love ourselves, we are embracing the changes we have made, the risks we have taken, the courage we have shown.
All of this allows us to move towards our own perfect journey to freedom.
In a way that resonates for each one of us and speaks to us from our hearts.
What follows are the many and varied responses to the question I asked that have inspired me and I trust you will maybe see your journey reflected on one or more of these beautiful women, my friends comments.
Peggy Nolan started the ball rolling and her take on the question got me thinking about this journey with new eyes. I to relate to fear holding me back on this journey.
My journey is far from perfect but along the way to living life on my terms, I’ve learned to set healthy boundaries, say yes when I mean yes and no when I mean no, and I’ve learned to stop asking permission.when I stopped asking permission it felt weird at first because I was a permission and approval seeker. The fear of disapproval held me back in so many ways. Not any more! When I stopped asking permission (or thinking I needed permission from SOMEONE to do X), my whole life opened up. Talk about freedom!
Debra Reble‘s words inspired the title of the post, they spoke right to my heart
It’s to open my heart, sustain my vibration as love and align every thought feeling and choice with my soul’s journey. True freedom is in the journey!
For me freedom is saying “*&*#& it” to what others expect of me and living life MY way. I’m already in that zone….just a little bit more and I will be completely free
Carol Hess delighted me and brought in a common theme of the journey being within:
Wow! What great questions! My perfect journey to freedom looks like listening to the wise woman within and recognizing my own divinity. It makes me feel cherished, awestruck, inspired, free, and filled with ease.
Lore Raymond reflect on what Peggy and Zeenat answered, so important to know, like , love and trust you: What you think about me is none of my business 🙂
Freedom right now looks like ignoring what the naysayers speak about what I can and can’t do. I just keep traveling my path in sacred service. it’s my life–and not theirs.
Natasha Botkin reminds us to live our way- a point that came through for many.
Being in love with live and living this in my own manner with the freedom to do so with a joyful, wonderful feeling
Barb Parcells shares that aspect of freedom that comes when from the simple things:
Freedom for me right now looks like living in my own home and being able to take off on my own whenever the feeling hits me.
Freedom is creating loving space around myself to respond and not react. I am deeply grateful to my self-nurturing practices of mindfulness and meditation that support my ability to hold that loving space for myself and others.
Debra Oakland express for us the wonderful feeling that embracing love brings.
Being myself without restrictions, loving everything from a place of divine love and light. Embracing love, love, love everywhere I AM. It feels wondrous!
Patricia Raga-Young adds in the important of gratitude, i think that propels us faster on out journey t freedom
Continue living an authentic life, honoring my truth and mission, serving others, being grateful and embracing love for where I am now.
Rachel Kieffer comment resonates for me as an abundant life reflect back to me that I am free.
Abundant life, thriving biz and frequent travel.
Jami Hearn love this, oh to be decadent and fulfilled.
It looks like coffee and lunch on my deck everyday! It feels warms and decadent and fulfilling! XoXo
Joanne Cruise shares the importance of living joyfully, such a part of the journey
The freedom to continue on my soul path & to support others to reach for their dreams in a way that’s authentic & aligned to their values. To live joyfully in each moment ~ To feel alive & happy with every decision & every choice!
The Heart Whisper Oracle card reading sets the focus for May. Starting with the Freedom card with the underlying message of letting go of fear. This can lead to being and feeling and having more abundance and joyin you life. Watch the video and reflect. See what arises for you as you listen to the messages.
Let go of the fear
Then the freedom can come
Spread your wings it is time to fly
Dream big, dust off that idea that you have tucked away
The one this is going to create those ripples of change in the world and more abundance to you and the world
What is your Big Dream that you will take action on in May? How will this change you? Change the world? As you can see I have set my big dream in motion on the video, now to plan time each day to write.
Are you good at resting, your body and your mind? Do you love thou thought of resting?
Suzie’s Oracle Cards are my daily inspiration for living my dream life! Each month I pick a card, then re-affirm the word and message daily. I ponder on what this means to me. I am amazed how I can focus on the word and then live it throughout each day! ~ Karen Brooks
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I know I thought after last week I had the clarity to move forward fearlessly on my rebranding journey. I knew that there was a niggling doubt surfacing, Des could tell my heart wasn’t totally singing.
Then I started talking with the wonderful people who volunteered to be interviewed. Your responses confirmed that.
We kept on with the branding process,writing copy, then on Tuesday L’Erin in the facebook group, the question as asked: What is your biggest business dream:
Without me doing any real thinking, my Heart responded and these words flowed onto the page:
My biggest dream is to complete my book,Lucky To Be Alive, be speaking to thousands, make that millions online and around the world, with my Heart Whisper Paintings as my backdrop. Sharing my story of saving my life through really learning to love myself and showing others how to do the same through listening to the whispers of their heart and living their heart’s desire This will create ripples of change and bring more love and more peace to the world.
I immediately sent these words to my accountability partner saying: This raises a few mission questions?
NOTE TO SELF: This was the message you got back in 2011:
It’s all about love Suzie. You will be healed when you see and feel only love for you first, then you will be all that you have to love and to give. When it is totally anchored in inner peace and that feeling of pure joy that allows the awakening that is already you to emerge. That’s the inspiration, that’s the ripple effect. ~ Suzie 27/7/11
and also I recall writing similar words especially about speaking with my hearts as a backdrop earlier as one of my goals. What’s that about having to hear something 3 times? 🙂
I felt a shift in my heart and mind. Then a sense of calm. My heart knew.
Patience is not my greatest virtue, but I have been working on it and it has paid off.
Then it was time to review all the work that I had done on Brand Identity, in the first week and, make adjustments. The shift was from clarity to change. I said I am now about embracing change and we coined my new tagline:
Creating Change from the Heart
I was excited, my heart was smiling. This has been a long journey for me.
These days I rarely buy a new domain on a whim, this time I was excited enough to want to check and see if it was available. There is was, creatingchangefromtheheart.com was there. Like the universe was saying YES! I had drawn the Yes card on that very morning and then again 2 days later- just to confirm!
That is so true. This is definitely a Marathon not a Sprint. I don’t know about you but I prefer the sprint! Today I can see that it is in trying to sprint that often I have skipped over and even ignored my own wisdom and guidance.
Often still looking outside for the magic bullet- GUILTY as charged! NO MORE…………
Then came an opportunity to share my breakthrough
I had the opportunity to step up on Thursday at a local Women Entreprenuers group I attend monthly, This is for Daring and Disruptive Women and a group where I feel right at home.
Susanne Ridolfi who runs this group asked : What spirited women would be open to sharing their ‘strategies’ and how they have had to adapt their Journey so far this year, to meet up with their Intentions and Goals for 2016. I volunteered the timing was perfect. I met with Susanne before the meeting and shared my story and my current adventure that had my January intentions turned upside down.
This is me speaking on Thursday morning to 30 Daring and disruptive women and I felt on fire. My confidence was high, I was inspiring others and the feedback I got truly had my heart singing. I knew I was on purpose and sharing my passion and inspiring others.
THANK You Suzie! Great sharing and wonderful contribution to us all!!! xx ~ Susanne
I have heard you speak 4 times now and today you were the most centered and you voice has dropped ~ Gillian
Loved hearing and feeling your excitement for life Suzie ~ Alana
I will travel to be hear you ~ Chris
What has stopped me getting to this point in the past?
You are so beautiful Suzie and I love coming to your blog. It lifts me up and refreshes me each time. Your art and inspiring words always touch me. Today’s in particular was moving for me I am on that journey of complete self-acceptance and self-love.
Thank you for your burst of joy in my mailbox. I give thanks for your posts that always brighten my heart
Suzie, you bring so much sparkle and joy to the world…you are my role model for vibrant living
Why do I feel things can magically change overnight?
This is My Promised Update:
(In case you you don’t know what I am updating head here first)
Here is what I am doing now with getting my brand sorted out to be fully productive and very profitable.This week has been very productive. Having a clear focus each day and meeting with my accountability partner has been great. He can see when I am slipping back onto my previous path, where I end up going in 10 different directions and little is achieved.
I am working through the marketing and branding course and have a video or two to watch each day and then homework to do 5 days a week. Then it’s time to share in the group before I go to sleep.
“It’s hard work”, I have heard myself saying several times this week. But some of the program has been fun, especially playing with the graphics. I love the graphical challenges of branding. I got to work on a new logo.
Here is a peek at the new Suzie Cheel logo.
Some Things Take Time
I realised that subconsciously I thought that I could make money quickly with this program. Reality: I am laying the foundation for longer term success. I went back to my accountability partner. I realised I had to focus now on generating income as a priority, while still doing the branding course,
We created a 5 step process for generating income now.. This is framed as 5 questions that need to be answered.
What am I going to sell next week? (Make a list of all the possibilities)
Where am I going to sell?
What can I do to promote?
How much do I plan to make?
Am I ready now?
I like this because it is simple
Here are my responses
My list for what I have to sell: : Heart Whisper Oracle Cards, Paintings, Print on Demand items, silk scarves, art quilts, Heart Whisper Readings. Clarity Coaching, my updated book Emergings: A meditation on the emotions of change- note to self read, you wrote this at a time of transition.
What I am going to sell:On my website, on facebook, set up my art shopify site, Red Bubble and promote. email my list, Special on readings.
Where will I promote: Facebook Ads, Periscope, Blab, Pinterest, Instagram
On Tuesday Amethyst from Heart and Soul Connections interviewed me about my card for The Divine Love Oracle card deck she has complied from 40 of the heart and soul group members on Facebook.
I missed out initially when Amethyst first called for people to choose the card they would like to make. One of the disadvantages of living in the future. 🙂
Then I saw where Amethyst was talking about the cards, so I jumped on and discovered that someone had pulled out of the project. Amethyst then said she would love a prayer card. I raised my hand straight away and love the card I have drawn and painted for this deck. Law of Attraction in Action!
“As I quiet myself, get still and pray I feel the love that comes as I open my heart to grace, God, my higher self. I listen for the whispers of my heart, they guide me on how I may be, love and serve today.”
After we has talked about the prayer card and my prayer practice, Amethyst want to talk about my Heart Whisper project which today will see Heart Whisper 287 emerge. When I mentioned I was working on my own Heart Whisper Guidance oracle deck, Amethyst said I should do an indiegogo project like she had done. This would give me much more exposure for the deck, etc, etc, etc.
Then she announced it in her group, asking me to share about my Indiegogo project!
Yes I have decided to take the challenge, especially after sharing the project at a Soul Sista event today on the Gold Coast with people wanting the cards and readings even before I have the deck completed.
Am I excited , HELL YES, so it is full steam ahead to complete the cards, the booklet and the box graphics. I have all the IndieGoGo packages, listed out and Des looking at what’s involved there.
Here is a sample of 4 of the cards and the image at the top of the post is the box top.
I still remember the day in Sydney, 14 years ago when I met Wayne Dyer, such a humble man and heard him speak live for the first time. I remember Des asking him if he did workshops and he said: Deepak did those. Yesterday when I was opening my first BLAB I read :
Wayne has left his body, passing away through the night. He always said he couldn’t wait for this next adventure to begin and had no fear of dying. Our hearts are broken, but we smile to think of how much our scurvy elephant will enjoy the other side.
We Love You Forever Dad/Wayne The Dyer Family
I was Stunned
And I think this must have showed on my face as I was already broadcasting with Melissa Reyes who was helping me with this first blab: Melissa who had not know of Wayne Dyer wrote after the show:
I feel for you Suzie, it was hard watching you get that news. He will always be in your heart and will continue to influence you
I then started the show with a short meditation and blessing to Wayne for the gift he had been to me and to the world.
Last night I painted Heart Whisper 213: I allowed the brush just to flow and this is what emerged as Wayne Dyer’s heart whisper. I have inserted my favorite quote:
I was first introduced to his work through an audio: Your Sacred Self back in 1995, I used to play it in the car and this was the turning point for Des in coming on board with my personal development journey. There was something in Wayne Dyer’s message that gave Des a mind shift. He recognized a depth in Wayne’s word that wasn’t just buzz words he read in many personal development books.
As a celebration of and tribute to Wayne Dyer’s life I was moved to pull out my favorite quotes and share them here with you in my hearts
Simplicity is natures first step, and the last of art. ~ Philip James Bailey
Do You Keep Things Simple Or Keep Adding Layers in the Hope of Getting Greater Clarity or a Better Picture?
Four years ago yesterday I was told I had 25% chance of recovery from an autoimmune disease that went rogue and caused a total kidney failure.
Today I feel so blessed that I have healed and my kidney function is back higher than the renal specialist told me it would ever be. So time for some celebration. I planned to paint a picture to celebrate my life
I started the day by staying in bed with me time, meditating, reading, ACIM, morning pages, journaling and I drew a card that delighted me.
Note the words on the card: “As you honor and follow the guidance of your heart, prosperity is coming to you now.”
I have been opening my windows to prosperity to allow myself to be more open to receiving. Looks like my gremlins had others ideas today!
I had my to love list written out, the painting being paramount. Somehow yesterday didn’t go as planned and little of my love list got done. I didn’t get to paint until after dinner. Tiredness had set in and I knew I must listen to my body.
As I painted the heart above, I allowed the brushes to guide me. I had had an image of hearts and fireworks that I would paint. This was not what my heart had in mind. As I washed my brushes I thought I will complete this tomorrow, I saw the painting as incomplete.
Start of my Celebration painting. July 16 is the day my life changed when an autoimmune disease invaded my body. The painting is a start and as I am feeling very tired I am listening to my body and heading to bed.
When I checked this morning there were comments on the post, I asked do I leave this or keep painting? My artist friend Jean replied:
I think it is complete, Suzie, but I also think it will tell you if it needs something. And it might take a little while 🙂 Paintings have a mind of their own 🙂
I decided to leave it and went about having breakfast and getting food ready for the day. (I am a beta tester for the Quantum Silhouette reshaping program and will reveal more about this at a later time)
I started to make my daily treat of a very simple delicious chocolate (cacao) slab and the simplicity as I was mixing this hit me! These words popped in:
Life is simple- it’s just the layers we think we have to keep adding that make it complex.
How awesome I thought, especially as I would have spent maybe an hour or more painting. I have just been into my studio to look and ask. I was tempted to add to the background and then I heard just leave it today.
Do you add layers of complexity that burden you or do you a way to keep life simple and fulfilling at the same time?
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