Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Does the Law of Attraction Work? Yup.

Happiness....
This is gonna sound crazy.  But I think the number one reason I've not been blogging much lately is because..... I didn't know quite how to say, I'm happy.  Crazy right?  But not only that, I feel really blessed because it feels like every day I'm getting more and more of that abundant life I've had on my vision boards for so many years, and how do you say that without sounding.... shallow? Or arrogant?

So I've been kinda quiet. I've been quietly enjoying more manifestations than ever before, and a greater sense of accomplishment and joy in more of the experience I've been dreaming and working for.  But then tonight I thought, what the hell Sarah? You're not afraid to say all the shit that goes wrong in your life, why be afraid to share the good stuff?  Plus it's just more proof that this really does work!


My original vision board, Disneyland on the right and the Gucci bag top center
So if you've never heard of the Law of Attraction (maybe you're a new reader) or if you're struggling with the concept and want to know if it works... I'm happy to say yet again, that YES IT DOES!

Case in point #1:
I've had a picture of Disneyland on my vision board for five years.  And for at least that long I've been promising my son that I'd take him.  Well that promise started a long time ago when my twins where too young to go, but now they are five and fully aware of what Disneyland is, and were not to happy to learn that Kanen and I had been planning on making the trip one day.  So I decided to look on Alaska Air and see if I'd earned enough miles this last year flying back and forth to see my friend in DC (splitting tickets) to take the kids to Disneyland.  I knew it was a stretch as I'd only accumulated 45,00 miles... I searched all day New Years day, and by the end of the night had found four tickets worth my 45,000 miles!! Yep, I got all four plane tickets (about a $1,600 value) for under $100 total. I ran into the kids room told them "we are going to Disneyland!"
In Feb of 2013 I was able to take all 4 of us to Disneyland!


Case #2.
I've had a picture of a Gucci bag on my original vision board that hangs above my fireplace for five years.  And then last year I pinned this exact same bag to my Pinterest vision board. This Christmas, under the tree was not only the first Christmas gift I've gotten in years it was a newer version of that Gucci bag from my best friend.  I couldn't believe it!


Case #3.
I've struggled the past four years (or most of my life) financially trying to get on my feet.  To "get caught up".  I've always lived paycheck to paycheck regardless of the title of my job.  It's just always felt like the odds where stacked against me when it came to really making enough money to live off of.  It took almost a year on my current job to start making commissions for the deals I closed (just the normal sales cycle), but now that patience is finally paying off, and I'm for the first time ever, getting comfortable.

I stopped worrying about money several years ago, even when times got really tough.  I just literally refused to stress about it, think about it or dwell on it. I'd let it consume my thoughts for so long in a negative way that I knew I had to just let that go. It took a while, and I had to actively retrain my brain, but I got there.  I went about working hard, and in my head was living the life and lifestyle I wanted. It meant that I had to get creative sometimes, finding ways to have the experiences without money being an issue (most of the time manifestations just came and it wasn't an issue either way).

But about six months ago I realized I was missing a component to that belief.  I was manifesting these amazing experiences but still struggling to pay the bills, and had nothing left over for "living".  My long standing belief was that I'd always "find a way" and that we'd "always be OK"... I'd trained my brain from "I can't pay the bills there is never enough (and there never was and I couldn't pay them).  To "I will find a way and everything will be OK" (and some how it was enough and we were making it).  But I still wasn't comfortable or free.  I was still bound by a lack of financial resources.   When I realized this, I began to analyze what I really wanted, was it to simply survive? Or was it to find freedom and success? Long term I wanted more than survival.  I wanted the flexibility and stability of knowing I can live the life I want and maybe money does need to be part of that equation.   To say I wanted "money" along with the experiences, felt selfish and wrong at first.  But I made a new mantra and said it everyday ("I am happy, I am blessed, I'm beautiful and I have MORE than enough for me and my family").  Once I made that mental shift things began to change quickly. I made a promise to my son that's we'd never "run out of money" again, and that was just the start.   Since then my income has doubled at work, I've been taking on more Life Coaching clients and as a result, I've been able to payoff all my debts.  Finally been able clean up credit issues remaining from my divorce, plan this vacation, have a great Christmas for my kids, and even bought my first pair of designer shoes this week.

This blog is proof ,in real time, that you can live the life you desire without money.  Almost everything I've manifested has been at no financial cost to me.. and THAT should be the most exciting thing you get from reading my blog!  Especially if you're financially where I started out.  I have many posts that teach you how to overcome money as an obstacle in your life.  However, I've realized that I'm now at a new phase of this journey, one where it's time to dream bigger and expand my expectations. This has always been the case as I've grown the past few years, getting to that place where you need to readjust what your expectations are, need to think bigger.   Now I'm ready to go for it ALL.  Not put limits on what I'm "allowed" to expect.

These are all firsts for me. Ever in my whole life.

My first splurge, first ever new designer shoes and first purchase at Niemen's
I'm not suggesting in any way that this magically happened over night.  I'm saying that I've been working hard the last year at my job, even in a place I dont like living, and dealt with a lot of difficulty this past year. But I pushed through it rather than give up, and now a year later am seeing the results of that work, dedication, vision and faith. You must have all these components to get results.

Case #4.
I remember watching The Secret movie years ago and one of the speakers said something like, they used to live paycheck to paycheck and all they ever got in the mail was bills. Then one day all they started getting was checks. I was like "yeah right!" That always pissed me off for some reason (maybe because they forgot to mention the years of WORK that happen between point A and point B) but today that actually happened to me.  I checked my bank and was surprised to see a deposit of $177.00 I looked and it was for AdSense from Google, something I've never really paid attention to and had forgotten about after setting it up.  I'd never looked to see if anything had been accumulating, nothing. It just showed up.

Abundance is a concept I have never thought I had a right to... all my life. I knew I deserved "the good life" but I thought I'd always be struggling and fighting for it, the concept of achieving freedom never really accrued to me.  Now I'm not saying I'm even close to that, and surely AdSense wont ever get me there, but in general I know now I'm on that path.  I've struggled enough to know how to manage success when it comes and I'm wise enough to realize I have worked hard and deserve the rewards.  I know I can survive anything, should it be gone tomorrow I'll be just fine, I always am..... but maybe I should stop living as if that's always going to happen and start living as if I'm going to forever change that destiny.

Case #5:
This Louis Vuitton bag has been on my vision board for years, and is a discontinued style. One day at brunch my girlfriend told me that her sister had a designer handbag consignment business.  She pulled up the site and there was the exact bag that was on my board for half the retail price. I'd just earned my biggest commission check ever, and was able to for the first time buy something like that for myself. I can't tell you how amazing that felt!!

The EXACT bag that is on my vision board!

This feels so good.... I cant lie. I want this for you... if you're struggling and are where I've been and need help braking that cycle and getting after your dream life, write me/comment/ FB me whatever.... I'll help you get there anyway that I can. But all my examples and tips are here on this blog. If I did it, you can to!


~Written by: Sarah Centrella for Thoughts.Stories.Life.
 *This is an interactive blog please leave your comments and thoughts, I will respond :)

13 comments:

  1. Beauti-fully spoken. Thank You for sharing. I smiled all the way through!!

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  2. Thank you Sarah, your words could not have come at a better time. I've been silently following your blog for a few months after stumbling upon it. In the last month I've really started researching the law of attraction through Bob Procter, John Canfield and others but your blog just makes it real. I've been struggling immensely financially as my partner is near to bankruptcy and I have been carrying the family. I've been trying to remain positive, following your tips on the law of attraction and even created a vision slideshow using an app on my phone. Last night my world crumbled and the whole situation got the better of me, I broke down in tears and let all the negativity and disbelief in.

    Reading your blog entry today has given me newfound spirit to continue fighting for the life that I do what and not accept my present circumstances. It is hard to silent the negative voices but I am determined to overcome and start creating the life I want. Thank you for being such an inspiration x

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    1. I'm so happy to hear this.... I've been there, through two bankruptcy, home foreclosure, all of it.... it's more that possible to bounce back and be better than you ever even dreamed possible. I'm constantly adjusting my belief of what is possible, there are lots of post here that will help you reach your goals. Read the ones with "law of attraction" and "manifest this" tags, they will help you get it in an easy way that you can apply... just remember it takes patience, work, and belief. You can do it!

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  3. Hi, i have been trying to practise the law of attraction in my life now for a few months cos at the point i'm at i just need something to work. I'm 32, unemployed, single, childless, living with my parents. I am thankful for a lot though I don't want it to appear like i am complaining, my health, y family, friends, my blog which gives me a little money each month. but there is so much more I want, I want to be in love and actually have the person love me back and it's not one sided, I want to find my purpose, I want a family desperately (sometimes I think I want it too much). I want financial freedom because i want to take care of my mom. i'm crying as i'm typing this cos i feel so unlovable, such a failure. My peers have achieved so much and while i don't like to compare as i come to the end of yet another failed relationship, the feeling has become all too familiar.
    I'm scared to say this but even though i'm practising positive thinking and speaking positively and my friends think i have it all together, inside my heart breaks cos somehow i don't think I will get any of my hearts desires.
    Maybe my expectations are too high.
    I don't know.
    Maybe at 32 I should settle for whatever is out there.
    I am honestly so confused.
    I feel good things happen to other people and maybe it's not my destiny to experience those good things.

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    1. Hi Tee,

      Thanks for sharing your story, I've been there, all those things you've discribed. I've struggled in the relationship department, finances, purpose all those things, that's normal I think to go through much of those feelings at points in our lives. The key though is to really understand the fact that YOU control all of that. I know it doesn't feel like it now, but you do. You past decisions have brought you to the place in your life that your at now (nothing "just happens to us), and your current thoughts and decisions are shaping your future as we speak. So once you understand that basic rule of life, then you can begin to take ownership of your life and make new thoughts, new choices and get a new result. That's why vision boards help, because they help us get our mind away from our current situation and look positively into our future and bring us hope. Every item/feeling you mentioned can be changed. You need to fist start by really thinking long and hard about what you WANT from your life, not what you dont like. Get specific, then build a board, then start the process of retraining your brain to think with those goals in mind. Read the posts on "law of attraction" on my blog like "light bulb moment" those will give you some tools to start changing your future right now. You can do it, you just need to start!

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    2. PS I TOTALLY reinvented everything about my life and my future when I was 33, newly single for the first time in my life and had 3 kids to try and support, with no job. If I can do it you can too! I still refuse to settle, I've not found the love of my life yet and wont settle for less even if that means I'm "alone" for the rest of my life. I'm learning how to find happiness and joy within myself and my kids and not looking for someone else to fill that hole. I have good days and bad days with that, it's a struggle, but I'll keep working on it every day! You can do and achieve anything that you want badly enough... anything

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  4. Just stumbled onto your YouTube video on visionboards and that lead me to your blog.......I'll be reading this on a regular basis. I was introduced to the Secret a few years ago....I'd always noticed that somethings that I had a clear vision of usually came true. Good and Bad. So the Secret and the Law of Attraction really defined it for me......No More Negative Thinking. Just started making my vision boards. (Hence the searching for info.) In the last few weeks I started reading "The Law of Attraction" magazine. Love it. Started small with visions.......like I really wanted a new sofa. ( Also living paycheck to paycheck) However I knew I'd have one soon. Two days later I was visiting my best friend at her family's furniture store.....she pointed out a sofa and said "There's my Christmas present from my brother. It's being delivered tomorrow." I looked at her puzzeled....she had just gotten a new leather sofa the year before from her mother. When I asked about that she said that the leg was broken. "Do you want it?" "Yes, yes, yes!" So one week later I had a beautiful new leather sofa in my living room with a new leg I put on it!!! (And this was a quality sofa that was beyond my wildest dreams!!!! Coincedence>? I think NOT!!!

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    1. there are no "coincidences" in life!!! I love this! I love that you recognize a blessing and a manifestation when you see it! such a huge part of finding success with the LOA! yay! it really does work. I hope my tips help you understand it even better :)

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  5. I love your story! It's so uplifting, and brings me happiness knowing what I am going to start doing helped you. any other tips, please share ;) -Sylvia

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  6. I have come to your blog allot during the past 3 years. I have seen you go from having it all to losing it with the flood. However thur it all you have kept yourself focused and remained on track for what you have received. I have falling off the LOA wagon a few times.
    I needed inspiration and I knew I could come back here and reread your posts to help me regain my get up and go and get the life I want . I have started a new vision board . I have printed out life expirences , the color I want to paint my house, what my granddaughters bedroom is going to look like at my house. However I have a new item on my board , and it is to someday meet you! Reading your blog has helped me thur some of my darkest times and I would love to give you a hug someday just to say thanks.

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    1. thank you so much! When I read you added me to your board it brought tears to my eyes, because lately I've had that feeling that nothing is happening and maybe I'm never gonna make this dream I have come true and maybe it's a stupid dream and maybe I should quit. reading your comment last night put the fight back in me to never give up and helped me realize that it does matter. Thank you for that :) xoxo Sarah

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