The Power of Prayer and Love for a Father

What do you do when you are eight hours away and you hear your dad has been raced to the hospital?

I received that message yesterday morning and all my big plans for the day went out the window. My heart was no longer with me, it was eight hours away sending love to my dad. As the news came in, I stopped panicking realizing he was going to be okay.

Never underestimate the power of your tribe. I was alone when I received the message my dad was on route to the hospital after falling and not being able to get up. I immediately prayed. I then knew I needed more love and prayers and did a small post in my S.W.A.T. siSTAR coaching program’s facebook group.

Immediately the love and prayers came in. I was not alone. I could share my pain and fears and my siSTARs had my back. I love my dad with all my heart and miss living close to him. Our weekly calls connect us, but our live in person meetings are so much better. Our June get-together can’t come soon enough.

My beautiful daughter in law accidently left her purse at my house the night before and arrived right when I needed her most. Her hugs were priceless as she allowed me to be wrapped in her love. Those ten minutes meant the world to me.

Tests results started coming in and my fears subsided. He was going to be okay. His heart was strong and his CAT scan was normal. X-rays revealed a fracture in his back. Dizziness was due to new heart medication. He could come home with a back brace and walker.

For all of you that sent prayers and love please know that they were received. If you want to know what the power of love can do just join my private tribe Claiming your Brilliance.

Penny Norkett

Visibility Empowerment Coach 
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My Why Makes me Cry and I couldn’t be happier

Tears are good. They let me know I am growing. I am releasing my emotions.

I always thought that tears were a sign of weakness. I didn’t want to be seen as a crybaby. I wanted to be strong, so I held my tears in.

My first full time boss told me I held my heart on my sleeve, as if that was a bad thing. He bullied me to be stronger. Little did I know back then that living from my heart was the best way to live.

I thought my “why” was to educate parents on being an advocate for their children. I wanted to share my son’s healing journey to provide hope and encouragement to parents whose child was just starting their healing journey.

During a sharing exercise last week, I discovered I had a deeper why. My sister died in a car accident when I was 18 years old; that one event changed my life forever. I became more compassionate. I vowed to live my life to the fullest in her honour. I also learned to push my emotions down, to hold onto my tears.

I was afraid to cry, as I feared once I began crying, I would never stop. I did not know that I needed to cry in order to process my emotions and release them.

My shoulders and neck were heavy, as I felt I had to carry the world on my shoulders. I wanted to be strong. I didn’t want to cry.

How wrong I was. During my empowerment training, I learned how to process my emotions. I learned how freeing it felt to actually just be myself. I no longer had to deny my emotions. I became free.

I lived in the heartache of grief for over 30 years. The pain I carried around with me was unbearable at times and I instinctively protected others from my pain by not letting them get too close to me. I did not want to be a burden. I have now let the tears flow. I have begun to share my story, to share my tears. I am healing my heart.

My new “why” is: I have lived with pain and sadness for most of my life and have finally learned how to release it. I assist women to release the pain from their past in order to achieve the future they desire. Along their journey, they achieve clarity, courage and confidence.

Originally published in Mompreneurs – Canadian Women in Business on September 23, 2016

What I learned from my 4-month-old granddaughter!

Yesterday was my daughter’s birthday. I was given the honor to babysit my granddaughter while she and her husband took some time for themselves. I had a practice run while I took her to the Farmer’s Market with me and was able to show my vendor friends one of the reason I am so happy.

 

She was a perfect little angel if I do say so myself. It was funny listening to my thoughts as I drove the 30 minutes to the market. She is so quiet, is she okay? Make sure to be alert driving, I have precious cargo with me. My heart was bursting with love as I drove along. I smiled at myself for the thought she is too quiet. I’ve raised three children and I used to long for them to be content and quiet. She continued to sleep when I placed her in her stroller. Her eyes popped open midway through the market trip and the smiling faces gushing over her instantly intrigued her. She knew love when she saw it. We arrived back home to her mommy for a final feeding before my big babysitting adventure.

 

This is what I learned from my granddaughter:

 

  1. A change of environment is always welcomed!
  2. If one thing does not work, try something else.
  3. Being in nature is good for everyone’s soul
  4. Don’t work so hard for smiles, she gave me the biggest one when she was in her mommy’s arms again.
  5. A quick game of peek a boo under a blanket recharges you
  6. Sometimes all you need is a hug
  7. Crying is okay to let out your emotions

 

Needless to say I had an awesome time with my precious sweetheart. Babies know they are golden. They know how to ask for what they want. They know they are the center of their own life. They know how to communicate their wants and needs.

 

As a personal empowerment coach I assist you in realizing your true brilliant self. I assist you in regaining your own clarity, courage and confidence. Together we take a journey to uncover what is stopping you from knowing your true worth, to achieving your dreams and being happy in your own life. Send me a message at [email protected] if you are ready to transform your life.

My Top 5 Energy Zappers

This week on periscope, I spoke about energy zappers. I realized I was using up my energy thinking about writing a blog about energy zappers. Every time we have a thought, it zaps a little bit of your energy. We repeat our thought over and over again in a day and the majority of thoughts we have one day, we have the next. Time to banish those energy zappers.

 

Here are 5 energy zappers I noticed this week alone.

  1. Email – Best tip I received this week was to get a separate account for all the newletters and sites that I subscribe to. Do not have that account directly linked to your phone or main account. Access the emails when you have time – not when the sender automatically sends them to you. Don’t you love the emails sent during the night, especially when your phone sends a little ding to announce them.
  2. Dead plants – I have to confess that I neglected to water my indoor plants enough last week. Each time I passed them, I would think, I will water them later. Oops, sorry plants. I thanked them for the time we had together brightening up my house and then discarded them. The empty spaced looked so much better. I promise I will care for the new sunflower I purchased yesterday.
  3. Facebook groups – I have met some amazing women lately and have joined their private facebook groups. Problem is, I forgot to turn off the notifications and my email was flooded with everyone’s posts and comments. I have now limited myself to my favorite 5 groups. The group app on my phone is great for quickly seeing what has been posted. Set up a specific time to check facebook and stick to that schedule. You can thank me later!
  4. Clothing – I realized I had not put my winter coats away from my hall closet. Summer was a long time coming, just when I was getting used to the warmth I would have to pull out my warmer clothing again. With the official first day of Summer, I put all the winter coats in storage. I even found a Spring coat I forgot I had.
  5. A Dirty House – I love my house but I have been spending a lot of time on my new coaching business. I would see the dust and think I will get to that later. Today, I gave my house a thorough cleaning and I feel so much lighter.

 

With my email cleaned up, my facebook groups organized, plants replaced, clothing in its proper place and my house sparkling, I am energized to begin my week!

7 Lessons From My Dad

Happy Father’s Day! Today I celebrate the amazing men in my life. I married an awesome man because of my father.

 

My dad taught me:

  1. You are never too old to learn something new. At 84, I just saw a picture of him working out on a stationary bicycle.
  2. Walking is a great way to keep fit, meet people and recharge. To this day he enjoys his daily walks.
  3. A sense of adventure. Growing up he would pile us into the car and take us camping without letting us know where we were going. It was a surprise vacation every time.
  4. It is the littlest things that make the biggest impact. He would set up my mom’s coffee every morning ready to pour when she got up.
  5. Do not be afraid to show affection. He was not afraid to let us kids see him hug and kiss my mom when he got home each night.
  6. I was smart. I remember sitting on his lap when I was in kindergarten and he would teach me to read my older brother’s Grade 1 reader. His praise gave me confidence.
  7. I was special. He allowed me to wake up early with him to make his lunch. One cheese sandwich and one peanut butter and jam. Talk about a WIN/WIN. I had quiet time with him and he had a lunch. He must have really loved me to accept my childlike creations.

 

To all the dads to be, dads, granddads and great granddads – THANK YOU. Have an awesome Father’s Day!

 

11 Ways to Get a Good Nights Sleep

11 Ways to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

 

Today I did a live broadcast on Periscope but I wanted my blog followers to have the same helpful tips to have a great night sleep.

11 Ways to Get a Good Nights Sleep

We have all had those nights when we are just so tired but just can’t get to sleep. Two people mentioned to me today that their number one problem was getting to sleep. I felt the desire to share what works for me.

 

  1. Take good care of yourself during the day by eating right, exercising your body and drinking water.
  2. Journal out your thoughts. If you do not have time during the day, journal just before you go to sleep. Release all your emotions.
  3. Have an Epson salt bath with candles. Honor yourself.
  4. Stop all electronics 1 hour before you plan to go to sleep. How about turning them off when you have your spa-like bath.
  5. Have a set bedtime. Go to bed at 10:00 pm so you brain has time to recharge for the next day.
  6. Meditate
  7. Practice Deep Breathing
  8. Read for 10 minutes prior to going to sleep. May I suggest, “The Emotional Edge” by Crystal Andrus Morissette.
  9. Tell yourself something positive using all the letters of the alphabet. Starting with A. I am amazing, B. I am brilliant. C. I am creative, until you get to Z, I am zestful.
  10. Do relaxation exercises such at starting with your toes; tighten for 5 seconds and release. Work your way up to the top of your head.
  11. While in bed, try to do 3 things at once to quiet the chatter. Click you tongue, snap your fingers and tap your toes. Your brain will be so busy there will be no room for your endless thoughts.

 

A final way to get a good night’s sleep is to book a free 20 minute breakthrough session with me to uncover what is troubling you.