Valentino Coaching Newsletter


December 2014

In this issue
The Power of Intention, Part 1
The Mood Ladies: Sale & more!
What does your life look like?
What's YOUR next step?
What People Are Saying




The middle of December!? How did THAT happen? The holidays are upon us and the hustle and bustle is in the air. I started feeling this energy around me a while ago. While the winter season invites our bodies to slow down and go within, the pictures and expectations we are inundated with show us the opposite. So, this newsletter is meant to help you focus in on creating and tuning into what is most important to YOU in these last weeks of the year. What will you choose? 


And as 2014 comes to a close, I send you warm wishes and much gratitude for being a reader of this newsletter and a supporter/client of the Mood Ladies and/or my coaching services. The Mood Ladies and I wish you much love, peace and connection in the last 2 weeks of the year and beyond. 


With warmth,

The Power of Intention, Part 1
Intention Mood Lady

Last December, in Shining the Light on Joy, we explored the idea of focusing on Joy in the holiday season. If you missed it or want a refresher, give it a read again. In that newsletter, I touched on one reason why it's sometimes challenging to tune into joy - which applies always but perhaps even more so during the holidays. This reason comes down to one word: Expectations. 


This time of year can certainly be filled with Expectations - what the holidays 'should' look like according to the movies or what this time of year was like growing up or what it looks like in the pretty picture in your mind. Because these expectations are usually not close to what is REALLY happening, they can bring in more frustration and feelings of irritation or dis-connect and less of the feelings we would hope to experience, such as peace, harmony and joy. 


So as the year ends and we move into 2015, I invite you to play with the Power of Intention instead. When you identify your TRUE intention, you get to the essence of what YOU want. This has nothing to do with what you Expect, but instead with what is MOST important to you. It gets rid of all those other things that are most likely not all that important, but sound like they are - i.e. it helps you see what things are important to YOU instead of what society or another person says is important.   


Playing with Intention now is great practice for then setting yearly Intentions, something I am a big fan of (very different than making New Year's resolutions!), but let's wait until next month to explore that. For now, let's just focus on these next couple of weeks. What would you like these to look like? If you wanted to experience ONE thing during the next two weeks - what would that be? Another way to look at this is to say, "So come January 5th and I'm describing the last couple weeks of the year, what do I want to be able to say?" This could be a feeling of Connection, Relaxation, Celebration, Togetherness, etc.


Looking at your intention - what you REALLY want - helps you to get away from wanting things to be perfect, or hoping someone will do this or that. When you focus on the ONE thing - the one Intention - it's easier to let other things go. If all you want is to experience Connection this year, it's easier to focus on the things that will allow for that and let go the things that take you further from that feeling. For example, if you are spending time with family in the next 2 weeks and want to experience Connection, perhaps you don't bring up the subjects that you know are touchy. Instead, you can focus on the things that help you FEEL connection - is that talking about favorite old memories, playing a game together, working on a project, going for a walk or doing an activity that everyone enjoys? This isn't about avoiding touchy subjects, it's about focus. It's about being clear about what is MOST important and making choices about what you do, say - and don't do and say - that will honor that intention.


I realize that this sounds simple. And it is! It isn't complicated AND it can also be challenging. So, this is your invitation to play a bit with Intention. Just see how it goes. As you move through the next couple weeks and challenges appear, ask yourself the following questions:


1. What is my intention?


2. How am I honoring that intention?


3. What do I need to let go of that will support me in being true to my intention?



And probably the most important question of all:


4. How can I be more gentle with myself during this process?



My hope is that you will begin exploring The Power of Intention this month. We will continue exploring it next month as we look at an example of yearly intentions. Before then, if you want more tips on how to experience more joy, peace and ease in the holiday season, check out my new Mood Lady product: Mood Lady Wisdom: The Artful Journey of Holiday First Aid. This product was inspired by Mood Lady tools that support the process of making anytime, and especially the holidays, a time to cherish and appreciate. That is the wish I leave you with now at the end of 2014: more of what YOU want - creating it, experiencing it, cherishing and relishing it!


The Mood Ladies: Sale and more!

As always, the Mood Ladies are up to ALL kinds of things! 

1. As mentioned above, the newest Mood Lady product is Mood Lady Wisdom: The Artful Journey of Holiday First Aid. This little book includes 8 Mood Lady tools (3 from the first set and 5 from the upcoming 2nd set) to support you in bringing in more ease, joy and peace during the holiday season. It makes a great gift and if you purchase it between now and December 31st, you'll save over 10%! 


2. In addition to the Holiday First Aid book mentioned above, the Mood Lady Storybook made its debut in November. This is a collection of stories that give a peek into what it looks like to practice and live the Mood Lady card concepts. This is an excellent complement to the cards and together or separately, it makes a great gift. Check out the gift pack that's available here.  


3. As I said in the last newsletter, a new set of cards is now in progress with 40 more beautiful drawings by artist Debra and new concepts to match. The Mood Ladies are evolving, just like each of us. The new set is due out in March/April.  If you'd like to pre-order a set, you can email me and I will be in touch! Also, you are getting a sneak preview of the new Ladies with this month's newsletter as the Intention Mood Lady is one of the upcoming set. 


The Mood Ladies engage us in developing and deepening our self-understanding. You can buy your own set of cards, a journal, a storybook or find out about the Ladies here. And don't forget to follow the Mood Ladies on Facebook by clicking here.

What does your life look like?
I have a new tool on my website that allows you to easily check in and concretely see what you are currently valuing in life - what's working and what you might like to change and focus more/less on. Curious? You can access it directly here. It is an assessment that you can come back to again and again to see how things shift and evolve as you make different choices.


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Whether you are relishing the joys of life or vanquishing the inner demons, The Mood Lady Cards are a powerful companion on the journey! Janette Valentino has created a navigational tool that supports growth, learning, success, and ultimately self-love. I use the cards in my work, with my clients, and with myself as a 'way into' the depths of the inner being that sometimes want to stay hidden. Radiant well-being requires transformation from the inside out. The Mood Ladies know this and they are here to help.  D.B. Business Owner, CA 


The Mood Ladies are an amazing and very fun way to get in touch with emotions and explore. I keep my deck in my night stand drawer and pull one almost every day. I'm always amazed how they tend to speak directly to what I'm going through. They really are an excellent tool. Janette Valentino is no less amazing in her work. As I'm writing I just pulled the "Compassion" card. Once again it supports me as I was second guessing myself earlier this morning. If you haven't experienced the Mood Ladies I absolutely recommend inviting them into your life. M.K., Interior Designer, CA 

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