One Step in the Right Direction…

The dream of my company; Life Imagined was birthed through the coaching process.  As many of you know, my husband and I were in the process of selling our Real Estate company in Bend, Oregon and relocating to Central Texas.  We were literally re-imagining what our lives could look like in the coming months, weeks and years.

To say that I was lost would have been a gross understatement.  I simply could not imagine myself in any other vocational role than the one I’d been playing for the past 2 decades.  The real estate industry had been good to me, and I would like to believe that I too had left a very positive fingerprint of my own upon it’s landscape.  That said; I didn’t see myself starting over in Texas as a Realtor or even opening my own firm again…you see; what I loved most about the Real Estate Industry was motivating, encouraging and coming alongside the agents who served it.  So; with the help of own my amazing coach; Wendy Duncan, I began to study, read, pray and dream about a career spent simply serving the needs of Realtors and others who were seeking change in their lives.  As my dreams along these lines took flight I realized that the notion of speaking into the lives of others about their businesses, their daily practices, their stress and self esteem was incredibly exciting to me!  I was feeling an exhilaration about my future I hadn’t felt in quite some time, and it felt wonderful!

Coaching changed the trajectory of my life!  Now that is a bold statement, isn’t it?  I stand by it.  My life is forever changed because I stepped out of my comfort zone, did the hard work of self-reflection, defined my purpose, vision and goals and ultimately changed my life!  The power of our conscious mind is unparalleled! YOU too can live the life of your dreams!  YOU too can release the extra weight you have been carrying!  YOU too can release toxic stress from your life!  One step in the right direction can change everything.  YOU can take your business to new levels of success.  YOU can find that oft elusive “life/work balance”.  YOU have everything inside of you to live your own “Life Imagined!”

Won’t you please reach out to me today?  Through the wonders of technology I am able to coach anyone, anywhere there is an internet connection! I have designed a Complimentary Coaching Session with you in mind.  It is personal.  It is insightful, and I guarantee you will leave that one hour session with a concept so valuable you can begin that very day to embark on a journey of lasting change!

I cannot wait to hear from you!

Tona Restine

tona@lifeimagined.info

Seasons of Friendships – By Tona Restine

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love pondering the seasons.  I love that the seasons bring a gentle rhythm and cadence to our days.

Similarly, I am learning to value the seasonal changes in friendships…the way they serve us in their ebb and flow, the way we can be energized by some and quietly rest in the cozy comfort of others.

I find myself at both ends of that spectrum right now.  I have a few NEW friends in Georgetown that I am just getting to know!  We are learning about one another’s likes and dislikes, are enjoying hearing each other’s stories for the first time and are truly having a wonderful time just discovering our commonalities and our differences!  So much fun!

The other side of that coin are the precious, enduring friendships with girlfriends I’ve had for many, many years!  There is such comfort with those friends.  They know me, love me, accept me and always hope the best for me as I do for them!  They know ALL my faults and lovingly overlook them.  With these friends, there is no sense of urgency.  We can go months and even years without seeing one another, then pick right up where we left off as though no time had passed.  WHAT A GIFT!!!

We need BOTH types of these friendships… I treasure them both and am privileged to bookend this sweet season of life with girlfriends old and new!

 

                    

Sanctuary and Sacred Spaces by Tona Restine

According to the dictionary, sanctuary means “a sacred or holy place.” I love the idea that there are sacred places of holiness in this chaotic world, don’t you? We are so busy and life often (despite our best intentions) simply presses in and we forget about the peaceful loveliness of sanctity.

I am not speaking of sanctity in the religious sense necessarily, although that is likely where one’s mind will take them when pondering this concept. We tend to view the word as a noun. A place that is holy. Indulge me for a moment and consider it as an adjective – a word used to describe a noun… “the beauty and sanctuary of our home nourishes us…” interesting, right? That is the way I have chosen to look at this word. My friend Debbie Tallman offered me the term, ‘sacred space’ and I REALLY love that!

I would go so far as to say our souls long for sanctuary and sacred spaces where we can disconnect in order to re-connect. How can we indulge this longing in the midst of busy days; days that are already too jam packed with obligations, commitments and time constraints?

I believe it isn’t enough to disconnect only when we are on an annual vacation or for an hour each week at church. I do not make that statement lightly. I have always been a highly-driven person and relaxation doesn’t come easily to me… in fact if I may be brutally honest here, I confess to you that I am guilty of needing to move heaven and earth at times to simply schedule in the idea of relaxing! So, in pursuit of this imperative, grand ideal I have implemented a few things in my own life that I urge you to consider implementing into your own daily practice.

  • I’ve set aside a space in my home that is ONLY for prayer, mediation and positive thought. It is nothing elaborate, just a simple white chair in the corner of our bedroom. There is a small table and lamp next to it, a candle, journal, devotional book and pen. A sweet, cozy spot where my soul can rest.
  • In our yard, I’ve created a similar space…again, nothing elaborate whatsoever. A large flat rock on the far side of our property with a small concrete angel perched upon it. A reminder in stone to slow down, pause and with devoted intention count my blessings.

Anyone can create these sacred spaces…the physical space is inconsequential. The intention and attention given to the ‘concept’ of the space is what is transformational.

Many of you know I was diagnosed with Lymphoma last summer. Part of my healing journey has been to learn to process stressful situations differently. To change my thoughts in ANY given situation so that those thoughts do not impact my feelings negatively and lead me to personally destructive actions. Like you, I am a work in progress, but as my awareness increases so does my intention along these lines. Toward this end, I began a habit of consciously releasing whatever stress I may be carrying BEFORE driving into my driveway. There are about three turns within my neighborhood before I reach the sanctuary of 5010 (our code word for home). With each turn I intentionally breathe and release whatever negative or frenzied thoughts, anger or stress I am feeling. If I haven’t released it by the time I reach my driveway I circle around again and repeat the exercise.

I am wholly committed to ushering a spirit of sanctuary and rest into our home. It will not magically happen. I MUST be purposeful about it. I love pulling into my driveway now. The life we imagine is WELL within our reach. We simply must make it so and that begins with repeated doses of daily, purposeful intention.

 

xoxo

The Woven Thread by Tona Restine

I love things that are serendipitous. I even love the word serendipity!

Yesterday I had the blessing of spending the WHOLE day with my son Ryan and his sweet little wife, Brittany. Now for those of you who know our family you understand that this is a rare treat…Ryan and Brittany have been on many great adventures. They have lived in Santa Cruz, Chicago and New Orleans just to name a few, and now they live just 45 minutes south of us in Austin, Texas!!!

Because of everyone’s busy work schedules we only see each other every few weeks, but when we are all together, Mama is happy! Yesterday was no exception. It was a wonderful day! As the afternoon wore on I had the chance to talk to Brittany and learned that she is wrestling with some big career decisions. In her quiet words, I heard uncertainty and fearfulness and that took me by surprise.

I began to pray that she would see herself as I see her and more importantly as God sees her. For goodness sake, at just 22 years old this beautiful young girl sold all her belongings, got on a bus and moved to Chicago! In my mind, she is so fiercely brave that she can do anything!

After they went home I just couldn’t stop thinking about Brittany, so I texted her Jeremiah 29:11 (one of my all-time favorite verses) to remind her that she can rest because there is a plan in place for her life.

For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.

This morning the scripture source for my daily devotional was none other than Jeremiah 29:11!!! I love that, don’t you? I promptly took a picture of it and sent it to Brittany…then much to my delight mere hours later I was in the hobby store and found at least three adorable plaques decorated with that amazing verse!

And…just now while waiting in the car for Kevin to finish an appointment I pulled out my journal to write a quick blog post and guess which scripture adorns the front of the journal I’d tucked into my bag??? You guessed it! Jeremiah 29:11

To use one of my favorite words; this all just seems so serendipitous, doesn’t it? But really, it is more.

It is the sweet, gentle thread God chose to weave throughout my day to boost my faith and remind me about listening to Him and sharing the things He is talking to me about about…but even more precious than that, this gently woven thread gave me the opportunity to remind my beloved Brittany Marie Jones Restine, ‘daughter of my heart’ about the richness of God’s love for HER and the amazingly creative ways He has to show her that she can count on her Heavenly Father to bring GOOD things to into her life!

There is a plan in place or ALL of us, and I just KNOW it is a good one! I am dedicating the rest of my life to trusting in God’s plan. To believing in Him and celebrating all the ways He loves me and wants to bless my life. Won’t you join me in this endeavor?