Nadine On…The Forty Day Trailer Park Fix with Nadine-Day 13-Spirit

Keep Calm and Peace Out


To have that overwhelming feeling of relief and contentment. There’s nothing like it. To be part of this world, but not be ‘of’ it.

Sometimes, when life just gets too much. And people are too much. We crave that happy place where all is well. Ok, most times.

And if you look for it, most times we find it is, metaphorically, right outside the back door.

But we are so busy ‘twirling’ about all the drama and confusion; we forget how close it really is.

My experience is practicing peace is an art that takes skill and years to perfect. I don’t think you’re born with it. But you can cultivate it. It requires sitting still. It requires overwhelming gratitude for the obvious.

Peace is not the acquisition of ‘things’ because even people with everything don’t always have peace. Peace, therefore, is independent of what you have or don’t have. Peace is a place in your heart.

Again, Saint Paul told the Philippians, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6

So, the take home is: don’t worry, pray, humbly ask and be grateful.

Namaste yours,

Nadine Bodine

Your very BEST friend in the whole wide world

Nadine On…The Forty Day Trailer Park Fix with Nadine-Day 1-An Introduction

This first day, of forty to follow, is primarily an Introduction. As I have mentioned before on more than one occasion, and as some of you already know firsthand, in addition to being a Self-Appointed Renaissance Trailer Park Queen I am also a Self-Appointed Life Coach to many.  It may also interest you to know that I also Life Coach many famous stars, who, for now, will remain nameless.  As long as they pay their bill.

Luck you! Because for the next forty days, I’ll be ‘your’ Self-Appointed Life Coach for FREE! Embark with me, if you will.

Or not, it’s completely your choice.

Usually, I would interject a cuss word before the word ‘choice’ in the previous sentence; however, since it is Lent, I am abstaining from cursing (shakes fist at sky).

We will be taking a little stroll through all of the aspects of our lives. The advice dispensed will be completely unsolicited and hopefully received in the spirit and intent in which it is given.  I’ll be looking in the mirror as I post.  Mostly because your lives (and mine) are a big old sloppy mess. That is southern belle for; Honey you’re just a little TRAIN WRECK aren’t you? (tilts head to shoulder and smiles sweetly)

There are all kinds of ‘fixes’ out there, but few and far between that integrate and extrapolate ALL aspects of our lives. This fix promises to do just that. In a mere forty days, Nadine and I will show you how to fix your trailer park; mind, body, spirit, job, relationships, house and car.

In just forty days.

For free.

Forever yours,

Nadine Bodine

Your very BEST friend in the whole entire world

Nadine On…Lent, aka/The Forty Day Trailer Park Fix with Nadine

Forty days of sacrifice, self-improvement and a chance to help others is already here! It’s tomorrow!  And I’m stoked!

Lent is an awesome time to reflect about those New Year’s Resolutions gone bad. A time to re-birth, rejuvenate and re-invent you.

But it’s not just about giving something up; although, if you’ve got some bad habits or some areas of your life that need improvement, no better time than during lent. I certainly do suggest you reflect on those, as I will on mine. Additionally, it is a time to reach out and do something nice for someone else.

And you don’t have to be Catholic to do it.

While many people love the Christmas season and celebrate with vigor for 4-6 weeks before it actually ‘is’ Christmas Day, I consider myself an Easter person. Don’t misunderstand, I like Christmas for all the right reasons.  I think. But I LOVE Easter.

I’m fascinated by the whole pagan versus religious history of Fat Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, Fishless Friday’s, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Saturday Vigil and finally beautiful Easter Morning.

Ok, so here’s the pitch. For the next Forty days, I’m giving up the customary Chocolate. So, no Girl Scout cookies for me! Good thing they freeze well. And I have plans to get that 30 minute workout in. Every. Single. Day.

Also, with the exception of the Daily Mantra, I am giving Facebook, so I can get more done. More writing, more balance between that whole New Year’s Resolution thing of mind, body and spirit.

And, I’m giving up cuss words. DAMMIT! Because, once again, it is an extreme difficult thing for me to let go of the cusswords. Jose will probably find me tonight at 10 minutes to midnight sitting in a corner, chocolate in one hand and computer in the other dropping the F-Bomb as many times as I can till the clock strikes midnight! Grrrrrrr.  It’s THAT hard for me.

My sweet friend, Caffeine, usually gives up coffee as her Lenten sacrifice. But that is her, not me. Not in this lifetime. Not ever. But hey! Go Caffeine!

If I’ve got to give up cusswords and chocolate, then I’m damn well keeping my coffee.

I also will NOT be giving up wine.

I’d like to know your thoughts on this: Forty Day Trailer Park Fix with Nadine.

For the next Forty days, Nadine will attempt to help you and herself find the balance between mind/body/spirit. Since she is the Self-Appointed Life Coach to Many and to several famous stars, who, for now, will remain nameless, she has a plethora of experience. And she is willing to share, during this Lenten season, with all of you.

She will address everything beginning with Your Mind? What are you doing with your mind? What are you putting into your mind? What do you spend time dwelling on? How ARE your relationships? How’s your job? How’s your Momma and them?

Your Body? What kind of nutrition do you have? How does good/bad nutrition affect you? What are your exercise habits? How do you kick those bad habits while incorporating the good?

Your Spirit? Where are you spiritually? What kind of journey are you on?  How do you share it with others? Do you share it with others? Or keep it to yourself?

I really look forward to people sharing on the blog.  Sharing ideas, struggles, journeys and how it all integrates and relates to make you feel whole.

Sacrificially yours,

Nadine Bodine

Your very BEST friend in the whole entire world!

Nadine On…the “kill switch” word

Staying focused is admittedly the most difficult thing when you are trying to spin 8 plates at once. A skill, for which I’m known well. And while, sometimes, in a perfect world, I’ll boast, I rock at this! At other times, I fail miserably.

In line with this year’s personal challenge to better my mind, body and spirit I’m trying to keep it down to just 3 plates. In my mind I am writing ALL of the time. I’m doing pretty well at moving my body 21 days at a time with my workout plan. And spiritually? Well, let’s just say the search is on.

But thoughts travel, the body wanders into the land of ‘forbidden foods in the land of the couch potatoes” and the spirits as restless as a teenager on a cruise ship of old people.

I may be writing ALL of the time…in my head, on my iPhone or with my voice recorder! But I need to put it to paper more often. I have things that need to be published and other things that need to be completed. Too many things.

Moving my body 21 days at a time, mostly, yes! But how to stay on that wagon and how get others to move with me? There’s the task.

Spiritually, now that January is over (don’t ask) I am going to do more investigative research to find a better fit. For me and for my sweet husband.

So how to stay focused and bring all of these things together in harmony? Well, that is the $100,000.00 question.

As with any other well executed program, I know need a plan. A daily plan. But not JUST a plan, also the willingness to execute it. For starters, let’s get rid of the negative thoughts and ideas that keep popping to the surface. In the past, I’ve done this with a ‘kill switch’ word or phrase. Each time something came into my head to shift my focus, I said the “kill switch” word or phrase in my mind to flip my brain back and refocus.

For example, years ago when I was going through a traumatic divorce, I said the phrase, “Don’t kill him!”… your baby needs a Momma who’s not in prison.

When dealing with a difficult doctor in the hospital, I said Thank God, “I’m not married to him!”

And when Faylene was asked to leave the trailer park, I said “Let her go,”… she’s bat shit crazy.

And frequently I’ll just say the word “Jesus.” Works for me.

I think I need a special ‘kill switch’ word for each area so I can stay focused. It can be one word, but I think, better, a phrase.

For the mind, at first, I was thinking the words “Prove them Wrong,” but that has a twinge of negativism. So, instead the phrase, “Be Published,” will work for now. When my mind is torn to other things that just really don’t have any bearing on writing, I’ll use that phrase. And I’ll do it for 30 minutes minimum twice each day.

For the body, a simple, “Be Healthy (or Die trying).” 30 minutes a day for me, and 30 minutes for helping others. My Coach will be proud.

And for the spirit, 30 minutes to get my focus shifted off of the other spinning plates and into the peaceful place I want to be. A centered place free of drama and politics and man-made religion and customs. A higher level, if you will. Closer to the creator. And my phrase will be “Be Centered.”

Yours, published, healthy and centered,

Nadine Bodine

Your very BEST friend in the whole entire world!