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WordPress Plugins | Your best WP website plugin for 2018

WordPress Plugins

Here’s the WordPress plugins I’ve used in 2018 and I’m sure at least one of these could become the best new plugin for your website.

This is a list of the WordPress Plugins I am using, have used or plan to use on my websites. I had too many plugins installed so my website data storage was maxed so I deleted the ones I wasn’t currently using. I wanted a good place to remember what the plugins were that I liked so I turned it into this post.

2018 – Top WordPress Plugins I Like


Akismet Anti-Spam

Blank Slate

Duplicate Page

Instagram Slider Widget

MailChimp

Meta Tag Manager

Media Library Assistant

MyBookProgress by Author Media

MyBookTable Bookstore by Author Media

NextGEN Gallery

Paid Memberships Pro

Photo Gallery

Pretty Link

Really Simple SSL

Ultimate Member

Ultimate Social Media PLUS

WooCommerce

WP Gallery Custom Links

 

WordPress plugins are great ways to optimize and improve website functionality. They add features to your website like you download apps to improve your phone’s features. Building strong online businesses is one of the ways I create financial freedom. For more financial freedom tools, connect with Lauren now.


Lauren’s Financial Freedom Journey

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The purpose of my journey is to teach people how to build businesses that last, create freedom (time, financial and peace of mind) and do good in our world for generations

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The tougher days of parenting a teen adopted from foster care

This is my story of the every day, behind closed doors, side of adoption – adopting a foster kid who didn’t want to be adopted is hard.

I hold onto my vision of a peaceful thriving family and utilize my tools to get us through.

 

Here’s my video opening up on a tough evening

Most days I still feel like I’m an outsider in my own family. This angry teen made me a parent yet stole my motherhood.

Most of the time I receive commendation for adopting three siblings from the foster care system. Sometimes I’m embarrassed telling people I am a parent of a 15-year-old and then their next question is, “What, how old are you?!” Ugh, this one of the only times I don’t like looking young because then I feel obligated to add, “I adopted her”  and it opens up more than I want to share. I don’t like talking about it, especially in front of my daughter Amanda because her adoption is still a raw spot in our lives.

I made the decision over 5 years ago to welcome three siblings into my forever home

My ex and I took in Jonathan (5) and Makayla (2) in July 2012. A few weeks later I got the call Amanda had been taken away from her maternal grandmother – would we take her? She’s the sweetest, kindest girl with a fiery temper. I’ve invested so much time with her and we’ve made progress. Though the harsh reality at the end of the day is …

I feel like we’ll never be a real family

I’ve failed that relationship time and again with Amanda because the bottom line is she doesn’t want to be with me. She still views me as a foster mom and makes it very clear to people I’m not her mom. I had this fantasy of having a loving close family and instead, I have a giant thorn in my garden. Right now I’m missing my younger daughter’s sleepover in the living room because Amanda is parked out there. It’s just easier to be away from her and I know I hide from her a lot.

Not only physically avoiding her, I also hide my true self and tiptoe around my own home

She criticizes what I wear, how I talk, insults my music and if I’m happily whistling she demands I stop from inside her room. Geez! As I’m writing this I sound like a victim and that’s not what I want to create. Part of this is parenting a teenager, yet in my reality, there’s no loving foundation to hold us together. She tattles on me to her biological family if she’s unhappy and her bio mom even called the cops on me one time when I took away her phone. Are you kidding me?? It hardly feels like I’m the parent here and it’s so frustrating.

How can I create the family life I want now?

Visualization…and being extremely mindful of how I talk about the situation, what I want and how I feel. I utitilize my tools of affirmations and focusing more on what I want than what is driving me crazy right now. Almost always when once I consciously recognize my desire to switch from a negative feeling to a positive feeling about an issue, this starts to shift things!

Remember Lauren, act in kindness on your journey and master your relationship with yourself, others, and the world.

It is so difficult to control other people’s behavior so how can I control myself better? I strive to respond with love and need to start seeing myself being more loving. I want more love and better experiences with my adopted family, so I need to be more of that to get more! And oh it’s hard! Being loving instead sometimes feels like I’m being weak and giving into negative behaviors.

What do I want going forward?

First I wish Amanda and I had a strong loving relationship, second that we had a civil relationship and lastly we have a non-existent relationship. And that third option tears me apart, it feels so sad to think of losing her.  Currently, the situation feels like eggshells – usually tense though alright until something pops up. My ex doesn’t want to deal with Amanda anymore so it feels like it’s up to me. I am capable of it, yet dealing with this difficult part on my own also takes so much away from being the best mom I can be to Amanda and Makayla. Use gratitude to change the situation.

Be grateful for Amanda as a wonderful tool to practice kindness every day!

 


I know this blog post is meant to be read by people like you and touch something exciting inside you. Hope! The hope of fulfilling your wildest dreams and doing it now. Connect with Lauren’s Financial Freedom Journey to support you achieving your financial freedom and enjoying peace of mind and happiness in your relationship with yourself, your people and your world.


About Lauren’s Financial Freedom Journey

Aloha! I’m Lauren and I’m super excited you’re reading this about me section. If you are, chances are it’s because this is the first time you’re visiting my website. So warmest aloha and welcome!

Jumping for Joy on a Sunrise Hike near Home

The purpose of my journey is to teach people how to build businesses that last, create freedom (time, financial and peace of mind) and do good in our world for generations

My dream is to reside in Kauai on my fully paid for, secluded oceanfront acres in my dream house, enjoying the lifestyle of a financially free millionaire. I teach billions of people to create their own peace of mind and financial freedom. An entrepreneur since 20, I sold my first company and moved to Hawaii to be happy and fulfill my purpose. I give gratitude every day I am living Lauren’s Financial Freedom Journey.

Greeting the Sunrise and How to Use Gratitude for Peace of Mind

Greeting the sunrise has become an important part of my peace of mind routine

 

One of my usual sunrise spots in Kauai

My Sunrise Gratitude Moment

  • Find unobstructed sunrise spot and get camera ready
  • Welcome the first rays with joy and sometimes singing, “Oh, what a beautiful morning! Oh, what a beautiful day! I’ve got a beautiful feeling everything’s going my way!”  
  • Close my eyes and feel the sun on my skin
  • Think about how grateful I am for the upcoming day

I didn’t know I even cared about sunrises until I moved to Kauai. Over the past 2 years I’ve really made it a point to greet the sunrise on school mornings and in doing so I’ve experienced so many amazing moments! This positive side effect of bus duty is being out and about in time to watch the sunrise on school mornings.

Sharing my sunrise and gratitude moment

I’ve developed my sunrise habit and I enjoy it so much I’ll do it anyway wherever I am. I see that sun and smile and feel so grateful. This practice has definitely has helped my peace of mind so much I’ve added it to my Inner Bank and I get paid $100 each time I take a moment to catch a sunrise or sunset. The sun has become a great reminder to give thanks and I glow with gratitude each time

A glorious sunrise near home

The more mindful I am of my self-talk, the greater my peace of mind

I naturally get up earlier now because of my desire to catch the sunrise. Somehow starting the day early makes me feel better. I definitely enjoy sleeping past 10am although when I do that on a regular basis I feel unproductive and shameful like I wasted my day. Am I unproductive though and why do I feel so guilty sleeping in?  What does being unproductive mean about me? In my world, the belief says if I’m unproductive then I’m bad and never going to reach my goals. Since I don’t have my end goal I can never stop being productive. Ouch!

I love taking sunrise and sunset photos!

Believing I constantly having to be productive and successful is something I am still wrestling with

Since I currently don’t have my big goal of living in my dream house manifested, am I unsuccessful? At what stage of this journey will I finally feel I am “getting there” or see huge results? My self-belief is that I have to work constantly because I don’t have what I say I want. I became aware yesterday that this “I have to be productive” belief is causing me to be nervous which is the source of my anxiety. Ah ha! So yesterday I treated my anxiety using BSFF and got it down from a level 8 to a 5. Pretty awesome step.

Sunrise is different every morning

My internal beliefs and dialogs definitely shape my inner world and then create my outer one

I have practiced and become much more conscious of my self-talk. I discovered my thoughts were harsh and I constantly condemned myself. No wonder I always felt bad and guilty inside even when my outside world was going great. Now I speak kinder to myself and give love rather than scold as a nasty disciplinarian. Wow, I’m so grateful for that change! 

Woke up early camping to catch this sunrise

The experts with Law of Attraction emphasize relaxing and knowing, that you don’t “have to do anything” and inspired actions come from faith

The abundant wave of success, that is what I want. And as long as I keep wanting it then it remains in the wanting stage and not being received. Oh, joy. Faith is the inspired action steps I take and those steps are always joyous and knowing. Like this blog post, I switched my vibe (I find cannabis helps me with that). Then bam, my negativity lifted and I started writing this post with inspired action. And I’m happy with how it’s evolving!

River sunrise while kayaking

Once inspired action takes over then life is a breeze

Inspired action is also when you get clear. I operate from a place of knowing and everything is happy. You know that “in the zone” feeling? I find the more I trust myself and listen to my feelings that I get clear and expect what I want is coming and that inspired action flows.

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I know this blog post is meant to be read by people like you and touch something exciting inside you. Hope! The hope of living beyond your wildest dreams and doing it now. Lauren’s Financial Freedom Journey is here to support you achieving your financial freedom and enjoying peace of mind and happiness in your relationship with yourself, your people and your world.

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About Lauren’s Financial Freedom Journey

Aloha! I’m Lauren and I’m super excited you’re reading this about me section. If you are, chances are it’s because this is the first time you’re visiting my website. So warmest aloha and welcome!

Jumping for Joy on a Sunrise Hike near Home

The purpose of my journey is to teach people how to build businesses that last, create freedom (time, financial and peace of mind) and do good in our world for generations

My dream is to reside in Kauai on my fully paid for, secluded oceanfront acres in my dream house, enjoying the lifestyle of a financially free millionaire. I teach billions of people to create their own peace of mind and financial freedom. An entrepreneur since 20, I sold my first company and moved to Hawaii to be happy and fulfill my purpose. I give gratitude every day I am living Lauren’s Financial Freedom Journey.


Rapidly Progress on Your Own
Financial Freedom Journey
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Overcoming Fear: How I am striving to not make fear based decisions

I was scared and risked it anyway

These past 2 weeks have been full of changes. I took a big risk, followed my bliss and closed down my property management business after almost 3 years. I created that management business handling about $20,000 in vacation rentals. I outsourced myself and put a team in place and been pretty much out of the day-to-day operations for about a year. Pretty cool accomplishment especially considering it was a business I was never passionate about. I have been extremely grateful this business allowed me to live for free in Hawaii (aka I made about enough to pay the rent for a 3 bedroom house for my family) so I stuck it out all the while dreading it.

I am so grateful this business provided for us living in Kauai

At the beginning of January, I fired my biggest client and it felt great! What a win! I took that risk to feel better and not cling to an account because of money-motivated fear. I spent January feeling good to be done with it yet still apprehensive of losing all that income. Well right at the end of the month, my second biggest account unexpectedly folded. I was in the short term vacation rental business and the owner just received an official notice he had to stop because the property wasn’t zoned for it. This was the text I’d been expecting and dreading for years, the source of so much anxiety because I knew this business wasn’t stable.

Now I’m losing about 75% of my income brought in from these 2 accounts. What is my step next? Over the next few days I thought and thought choose to not let fear win. I didn’t want to keep doing something that I didn’t want to it just because I was scared of not having enough money. Property management is not my bliss and will never be. So I made the choice to stop managing all accounts, even the legal, thriving ones.


So… now it’s a new week with a new start. I really really really want to support myself and thrive from this blog. I want myself and my writings to be enough. I have seen this vision since 2013 and now I need it to be fulfilled. I can do it and I can trust it works. Everything I need is here and the universe can conspire and deliver it to me because I believe it does.

Back to my original title and not making fear-based decisions. Actions spawned in fear will not produce the abundance I’m seeking. Instead, I must “act as if” and I am thinking through choices from an abundance mentality, or at least striving to! I take a big step back and remind myself that I’ve got this!

There’s a lot of stuff buzzing around my head. I have been wanting to travel although a huge part of me is scared that I’m running from homelessness. The fear-based part of me is so scared to give up my house here and feel like there’s not another option. Well, it’s true that I don’t want to stay living in my exact house. I also am not really interested in finding another house to rent on Kauai. I am tired of renting. I want to live on my own land. And that’s when my fear pops up big time.

I want to live in my house now! It’s almost 6 months overdue!

I do not have the ability in this moment to have what I want. (Eeep, even thinking those words hurt bc I know it’s not true. I can create anything, NOW!) I want to live on my Hawaiian estate right now and build my dream house. I don’t want to travel now. I want to be living on my land. I already know the property I want. And I also know I don’t want a mortgage, ever. I always own my assets and in debt to no one. However, I don’t have a hundred million dollars in cash right now to buy my property. So…fear sets me running! What is my next move?

I don’t have the life I want right now so I’m in limbo to create it. Do I create it on Kauai – the idea of scrambling to earn enough income to pay rent each month isn’t appetizing. I really don’t want to take a JOB just to be able to keep living in a house I’m not thrilled with the landlord upstairs monitoring our every move: did we break his garbage rules, no pets or loud noises and I’m constantly afraid of him coming down to scold me – it’s like living with my dad! (No offense Daddy!)

The idea of not living here at my current place thrills me tho where are we going next scares me! My “I can’t afford it” pops up and really freaks me out. We can keep living here bc it’s safe and not that bad. Traveling? Isn’t that an excuse and distraction to avoid getting a place and also fleeing from being homeless. Eep, that’s some scary thoughts. So to bring them back I started switching to a positive abundance mentality. And it brings me back to blogging!

Here’s what I journaled this morning and my fear-based thought process surrounding my daughter’s schooling




At the end of this entry, I did some BSFF treatment for negative feelings about money. And then my writing started getting goofy. I couldn’t form the words right. This happens occasionally sometimes in writing or technology where it just won’t work. So I have learned not to force it and just come back later. So I left my writing there and made this post.

Fear is not fun. It’s the opposite of love. Fear and love, same energy just the polarity of one another. So by listening to the fear I can switch it to love what I’m feeling just by recognizing it’s there. I am fearful of traveling and not bringing in abundant new income. Yet I am not going to make my actions reflect that. I am going to act as if I already have all the money in my account and move forward know I am always taken care of. I KNOW that I will be much happier than staying stagnant where I’m at now and that is how I conquer fear one thought at a time.

Journal Entry – What do I really want?


My discomfort at my current situation reigns. I strive for a feeling of abundance yet feel trapped in my everyday scarcity. Though instead of making moves in fear, I am calm and moving forward in what I truly want – this blog! 

My blog, my journey, my everything. I choose that this is my highest good. Everything else is a distraction and I know that. And I cringe elsewhere. I am going to trust me, delete more self-limiting beliefs and keep on blogging. I am positively changing the world through my words and actions. That is enough and it will deliver me my property. Is it so bad that I want my property more than anything and that’s my chief aim? Helping humanity or saving the planet is not my chief aim, living my own life in bliss is. And I want to wake up each day in my cozy bed right next the ocean on my very own acreage. 

Nexplanon Reviews of 3 year birth control implant in the arm – Should I Get It to Prevent Pregnancy?

Nexplanon, an arm implant birth control that’s good for 3 years – too good to be true?

My new doctor – who I love by the way – recommended I have my teen use Nexplanon, an implant birth control that lasts 3 years. She said it’s the best birth control option around, especially for teens, rather than an IUD or other birth control contraceptive methods. And it’s fully covered by insurance!

Wow, if Amanda gets Nexplanon then in 3 years she’ll be 18 so we will have successfully circumnavigated teen pregnancy! Every parent’s dream, yes? Having her get this implant is definitely for my peace of mind though also I feel it’s in her best interest, too. Then this discussion got me rethinking my birth control methods and wondering if getting the Nexplanon implant would be good for me as well.

Nexplanon implant at the doctor’s office. You can feel what the sample is like in your arm too

Well, I made an appointment with the doctor to get the procedure and told Amanda.  She perked up at the idea of watching me get the injection – oh geez! I figured at least she’s interested and she wanted to read more about it and got the pamphlet. Hearing her read about it, my fear of medical procedures and needles started to rise and my body started spazzing – yep, my normal reaction just thinking of that stuff. Do I really want to go through with this?

Amanda noticed the pamphlet was fat and hard and found a paper folded inside. Here contained all the side effects and the negative stuff all tucked inside. When Amanda held it up this thing was huge!

Nexplanon Pamphlet Insert

This insert lists the drug facts and side effects and even includes the release waiver to sign. I read this giant Nexplanon insert and learned…

  • Less than 1 pregnancy in 100 in the first year (booklet doesn’t mention subsequent years except being effective for 3 years)
  •  _
  • Common side effects are irregular bleeding, weight gain, mood swings, headaches, acne and depression
  • _
  • Stops eggs from ovulating and thickens the uterus, not mucus and lining and does not contain estrogen like the pill does
  • _
  • May have insertion complications and even “float away” in the arm

I talked to my doctor about these side effects

She’s personally done over 1,000 implants and removed about 20 from women who didn’t like it. The majority was from having irregular periods, one because she claimed made her gain weight, and one for depression. As far as the pamphlet only citing studies for one year, my doctor attended a workshop and learned it’s effective for 3.5 years and possibly even longer.

Here are a few pictures from the pamphlet

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The implantation and removal experience is my biggest negative when considering getting this birth control

Typically I am extremely distressed by medical procedures. Even discussing it at the doctor’s office has me curled up in a ball. Yes, I’m dramatic in those situations although it occurred to me that I now have a tool to remove this fear of shots.

I’m going to use my “Be Set Free Fast” technique to treat my fear of needles and medical procedures. So far with one BSFF treatment, I took my distress down a few degrees. “If I can cure that fear then I’m good to go right?”

Well…now I kinda circle back around to my original thought, “What are the risks and effectiveness? It this worth it? And if so, then do I care? Isn’t it worth the peace of mind to not have to worry about pregnancy for three years?” At least I’ll be thoroughly informed …especially if it’s something I want my daughter to do, too. So I’ve continued my research while still keeping my appointment.


UPDATE 2/1/18

I mentioned to Amanda was a birth control shot the doctor said helps acne, which was the primary reason both of us are on the pill. Amanda enjoys shots tho said she didn’t want this one and preferred “knowing” she was taking a pill. Well, even though she claims she’s not sexually active, the idea of pregnancy for her or myself scares me more. I decided it was something I wanted for the both of us for my peace of mind for the next few years. Whew!

UPDATE 2/4/18

After reading and compiling this post, on now thinking this is not something I want to do. The side effects gross me out and I am already very conscientious on my current birth control method. I’m thinking I’ll cancel the appointment tho I’m seeing my doctor via Kids next week so I’m going to discuss more thoroughly with her. And since my teen is claiming she’s not sexually active and wants to remain on the pill, I won’t push for Nextplanon yet. Though once she is then I’d prefer she’s on the long-term option of Nexplanon for her to not allow any human error resulting in pregnancy!

UPDATE 2/6/18

I’m considering extended travel plans internationally this year and realize this implant might be a much better option. Being on the go definitely means it’s harder to stay consistent taking my pill at the same time and even receiving my monthly prescription. Lots to consider!

UPDATE: 2/9/18

Went to the doctor’s office yesterday for Amanda’s routine checkup. I talked with my doctor more about Nexplanon. We discussed the side effects more and got to touch the sample. I’ve definitely wigging out over the implant, I will be numbed though so won’t feel it. I think I’m going to go ahead with it on my March 1 appointment. Amanda’s considering getting it, too.


I’m thinking I will go with more an even more permanent and effective birth control than remaining on the pill

The Nexplanon “pro list” sounds great although the “con list” is not good. Just reading this pamphlet is talking me out of using it. Has any reader had personal experience using Nexplanon or know women who have? My implantation appointment is in 30 days on March 1 so will I choose to proceed with this Nexplanon insert?

Even the 99.9% effectiveness of the pill still allows for my human error of taking it each day. And an unplanned pregnancy is 100% not something I want to chance on my financial freedom journey! The choice is mine and this is my life to create my way 🙂

 


I know this blog post is meant to be read by people like you and touch something exciting inside you. Hope! The hope of fulfilling your wildest dreams and doing it now. Connect with Lauren’s Financial Freedom Journey to support you achieving your financial freedom and enjoying peace of mind and happiness in your relationship with yourself, your people and your world.

 


About Lauren’s Financial Freedom Journey

Aloha! I’m Lauren and I’m super excited you’re reading this about me section. If you are, chances are it’s because this is the first time you’re visiting my website. So warmest aloha and welcome!

Jumping for Joy on a Sunrise Hike near Home

The purpose of my journey is to teach people how to build businesses that last, create freedom (time, financial and peace of mind) and do good in our world for generations

My dream is to reside in Kauai on my fully paid for, secluded oceanfront acres in my dream house, enjoying the lifestyle of a financially free millionaire. I teach billions of people to create their own peace of mind and financial freedom. An entrepreneur since 20, I sold my first company and moved to Hawaii to be happy and fulfill my purpose. I give gratitude every day I am living Lauren’s Financial Freedom Journey.

My Dream Life

Current Painting of My Dream House

My vision starts with the house. That damn dream house. I’ve seen it burned in my mind and that’s what I am pursuing. That house and the life it represents to me is ingrained in every action I take. That is my goal and I know living there means I have successfully shared my purpose with the world. I live as a financially free millionaire and have taught people worldwide to become financially free and they’re happy and living their dreams now, too!

“Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.” Francesca Reigler

Happiness is deeply intertwined with my house, that dream life. My vision of the outside of the house has been there since high school. My kids and I have talked about living there for years and even designed their rooms. I’ve learned to dream bigger and now I know it’s on an oceanfront property on a secluded beach on over 12 acres.  Over the years I’ve gotten clear it’s an organic, eco-friendly farm with wonderful workers. We have lots of animals and those include mini horses and sheep and goats and alpacas. A parrot or more…and doves in aviaries with finches and, oh the chickens! I’m so excited to wake up there every morning!


Dream building is so fun! Makayla and I have decided we’re making our chicken flock from stealing a chick from different spots all over the island. And haha, now possibly from all the islands. Ahh, I love chickens so much. And I’m so grateful Makayla shares the same love. I loved growing up visiting the chickens at my grandparent’s house most weekends. Wow, what if I had grown up living on that property fulltime! That’s the expansive peaceful living I’m looking to create in my upcoming future. I love being outdoors having adventures and excited to explore my own giant slice of paradise!

Mother-Daughter adventures after school last Monday

So why am I not sitting outdoors writing now rather than holed up in my room? Because I have refused to add an outdoor screen to my lanai. I have so many excuses to not do it. The biggest one is because I don’t want to make long-term plans living where I am. And I feel a lot of negative fear emotions about it – I should be living at my dream house by now.  I know how much I would enjoy working outside right now so what is the true price of giving up my happiness? I grump being indoors so my resistance to living here actually keeps prolonging it according to the Law of Attraction – eek, gotta change some feelings here!

How many other things am I resisting
and not allowing in that would bring me joy?

Blogging is one thing I’ve been resisting because I was scared. I love writing this post right now. It fulfills me and I also know that it brings value to others. Hmm, interesting as I’m writing it and saying what comes to mind I hear, “I like writing this. Do others like to read this or is it garbage? Garbage, that’s a harsh word, Miss Lauren.” It’s the self-talk and working with my internal dialog that has truly made the biggest difference in my life, both internally and externally.

My self-talk determines my dreams,
my thoughts lift me to success or drag me down to failure.

Success and failure, I’ve looked a lot that this past year. I felt like the hugest failure for not reaching my deadline. It truly became my “dead-line” and I was suffering immensely striving to reach my goal of being a financially free millionaire by my 30th birthday.

“I couldnt do enough, I wasn’t good enough, I hadn’t contributed enough to be deserving of being a millionaire…”
that was my self-talk so I got to be right about failing

Oh boy, I had the HUGEST chip about that date. See, it’s my goal date, the date I picked and worked and worked and worked for years. It was my financial freedom date I picked by in January 2014. It’s the reason for my blog, I set out with my goal and this exciting journey began. And now I am sitting here 4 years later and I did not reach my goal by August 14th, 2017.

So why on earth should you listen to me now?

Right now I’m thinking, “Obviously, I messed up. Look at my results. I did not follow the right path if I didn’t get my goal. I am a fool and others would be foolish to follow me.” Yet as I write those words I feel in my head, this other part of me saying, “Listen and acknowledge that part of you that says you’re a failure. And then choose what you want to believe and move forward right now because you are a success! I love you, Lauren. You know where you’re going and you’ve got this!”

I know what I have to share
with the world is extremely valuable

Everything I’ve been seeing since … since I can remember, all my visions show me I am there, living in my dream house as a happy, loving financially free millionaire. I reached my goal and I have positively changed the world in a monumental way. I connect the dots for people and put it all together. I teach people to become free. Everything works together and together we sweep the world of negatively and consciously apply dramatic and swift love across the globe. I am so so excited to experience that moment – oh man, am I savoring it!

Create World Peace One Mind at a Time

That’s the motto for the personal growth courses through PSI I’ve done. It is possible although people truly aren’t free yet. Most people still are not financially free to spend their time doing what they love, experiencing their true loving self and sharing their gifts. Teaching people how to be free from financial enslavement and combining it with self-love and personal empowerment is the way I plan to teach others and heal our world.

Jump for Joy – The Time is NOW!

 


Resources

Here are some resources if you’d like to know more about anything I talked about above. Some of these are my affiliate links – it’s a win-win and one of my passive income sources. If you want to learn how to get your own links, definitely read more where I show you how I do it step-by-step!


Take the Financial Freedom Journey Course

This is the culmination of my journey and a huge step in teaching other people how to achieve financial freedom and peace of mind

Click Here for the Course


How to Think Bigger

I recommend the classic book, The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz to explain how to expand your dreams. Here’s a 4 minute summary of the ideas from it, the full audiobook and Amazon link

The Magic of Thinking Big – 4 Minute Summary
Explaining How to Think Bigger & Overcome Anxiety

The Magic of Thinking Big
Full Audiobook

 


Self-Talk


Law of Attraction

The Secret is a great introduction to the Law of Attraction. I am a huge Bob Proctor fan and he’s featured a lot in the Secret and goes onto the Meta Secret.

Law of Attraction Summary
5 Minute Overview

Law of Attraction – Full Movie
Full Movie of The Secret

The Things I Never Say on Lauren’s Financial Freedom Journey Blog

So there is so much that I want to say, that rumbles around in that incredible mind of mine, that I see inspiring and envision changing lives, and yet I don’t say these things.

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So at this very moment, my older daughter just walked in. Ah, it’s always perfect timing. Seems like everytime I get settled “in the zone,” a kid pops in. Motherhood, there’s a lot that I’d like to say that I sure don’t or haven’t spoken of. A big reason is I have carried around this “I’m a fake mother” belief and it’s really not a kind one. It’s discredited my emotions and leads me down some dark paths.

Anyway, back to the now, she comes in and this time I give her my undivided, engaged listening. She’s coming to ask my advice I realize in the end. And I am soooo grateful I wasn’t acting burdened dealing with her or short, looking for an “out”,  so I can get back to work. (That would be this post in this case.) I am so proud of me that I was kind to her and also I did attract her there, I just didn’t appreciate the timing. Hey – guess what? I can now establish and be grateful that from now on my experience is that when the kids want my attention, I always feel grateful and react with love. Ooh, really going to hold onto this, react with love when kids enter. 🙂

Sooooo…. that was that kind of stuff I want to write about. I have it in my head and really want to feel uninhibited. Talking yesterday, I realized one of the biggest obstacles in saying what I want to has been that after writing on my blog for a year or more, I discovered my mom had read it. OMG, those feelings of shame and hiding me and my opinions to be this perfect child syndrome rose its head. Mom, I love you, though I am not at the stage to be able to hear your opinions on my website currently so please don’t tell me or anyone if you’re reading this. xoxo, it’s a parent-child thing and I want to be able to share my thoughts on here unfiltered while I’m overcoming this.

Ahh, another belief is what will others besides my mom think of me. I made up a lot in my head about what other parents think of me at my kid’s schools. “I am a bad parent because of this and this and this…” and if I share myself and my thoughts they’ll know. And of course, my kid reflects on me so they’ll be critical of her. I was raised hearing that a lot and it was a big weight worrying about how other people will judge me because of my kids. So there came tons of self-doubts over my kids’ behaviors, though wait, I am a fake parent so I don’t have to take full blame. I definitely let myself of the hook and didn’t care since I’m a fake afterall. Geez, these are some not nice beliefs I’ve carried around by myself. I am so, so grateful I am worked and evolved a lot of these self-limiting beliefs. I am proud of where I’ve come in being a good mom and working towards being a great one.

And another huge point of anxiety and hiding myself is my cannabis use. See I am a medical marijuana patient yet I have felt just extremely defensive and also self-doubting in those regards. As I have come into my own about it, I feel at my core there is something lacking inside me that this cannabis unlocks. And I HATE THAT! I don’t like feeling that way, subject to a micro-dose of weed every 1-2 hours. Yet I am inspired and writing this post because of my Blue Dream and that’s the way it’s working for me. I feel such a sense of lack that I am unable to get this spark of inspiration without it. Grrr, this internal tug of war is really not fun.

Looking back over my life, my monumental positive movements have all been under the spark. Someone shared with me how it’s a privilege to have cannabis and I have really taken that to heart. It is a special privilege and I protect my lifestyle and my weed. Does it serve me? Or rather do I serve it? This is a complicated issue and I really want to share more about it. Hopefully, by me being open, more people can see just how cannabis helps and positively changes the world 🙂 Regardless of my internal conflicts, I choose daily micro-doses of cannabis right now because I am more happier, productive and more loving towards the world when I’m under the influence. I am grateful I can use and I have also learned what works best for me and take weed breaks when I don’t want to use it. It’s great because there’s no withdrawals or anything. It’s natural wellbeing and listening to internal cues.

So parenthood, cannabis, and then sex. Those are three of the major taboos I have a lot to say and been fearful to share. Then there’s finances – the heart of this website right? Well, considering I feel broke and stuck as not a millionaire, it’s been hard to write about something when I feel like a fraud. Yet, man, it’s these limiting financial beliefs that are really still eating me alive. For years.

The picture I hold in my mind is of me living in abundance yet don’t have the opulence around me and screaming for it. It’s what I’ve been striving for since I heard of Financial Freedom and escaping the rat race at 15. I want it! And as long as I want it, I will always WANT IT. UGHHHHH. Thanks to Law of Attaction I have to BE, DO and then HAVE. I have done so many exercises and beliefs and studying yet I am still holding myself back. I’m screaming, “IT’S NOT FAIR, IT’S NOT FAIR, IT’S NOT FAIR!!!” I want to be living that life NOW!

I “know” what to do yet I am not doing enough of it and being all I can be. And I know that by my results. I am not living in my dream house built on over 12 acres on an oceanfront farm in Kauai by August 14, 2017. It’s January 8, 2018, and I am a hair away from not being able to pay rent. So who am I to tell anyone how to obtain financial freedom?!

4 years ago I started this blog. And I started it with belief. And conviction I would be living in my house and be a financially free millionaire by 30. And I missed that mark and yet I haven’t stopped reaching for that goal, knowing every minute of inspired action brings me closer. Yet been drowning in a lot of negativity. I got myself out of my self-prophesizing failures, so why can I not have the other prosperous ones I see as well? I feel it right now, it’s this tug of punishment, that I don’t deserve it. I have not done enough to get my house and farm, so then I desperately take action that is fruitless.

Ahh, the key is the inspired action in line with my goal and feeling good, and then that’s the feeling and the action that this one brings comes with weed. Ahh, this tug of war again. And now as I’m writing this deciding to publish these words I don’t dare say, I know it’s a turning point. Martin Luther King Jr, Jesus, Napoleon Hill, all the masters start talking at some point. This is mine. I am a leader and an extremely positive powerful one. I am stepping up and sharing and this is enough, for now! One small step for me, a giant leap for humankind.

What influence for a change am I bringing? Teaching people how to awaken the ways to create freedom and happiness in their life. Am I free and happy? Yes, I am and yet I am seeking to increase it every day – and I KNOW I have done this for many years. My monetary numbers and even my happiness levels may be low, though I have always been very clear and definite about where I am going. I am a  loving, giving financially free millionaire with multi-billion dollar companies and I have positively changed the world for generations through environment, animals and humans. Amen! Let’s get there now!

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Mining at Salt Pond Beach in Hanapepe, Kauai | Fun Things to Do in Kauai

Watching Hawaiian Salt
being made at the Beach!

On my way to go snorkeling today at Salt Pond Beach, I saw them mining the salt. I love this beach close to home and was excited to find out more about the mining here. Sometimes I see people working out there, but today was different. There were buckets out and it looked like it was harvesting day – I was right!

Here’s some history about the Hawaiian salt making at Salt Pond in Hanapepe, Kauai – I learned a lot about these 26 Hawaiian families who still mine as their ancestors did!

I realized it had been almost a month since I had been snorkeling at this amazing beach 1.5 miles from home. My “inner child” was asking to go play so I honored a playdate. I’m so glad because I had a blast seeing some amazing creatures while snorkeling. There were tons of fish today like puffers and a trumpet fish. The highlight was a huge grey crab with big red spots.  The salt mining was an awesome bonus!