Wednesday Wisdom: Lynn Gilmartin
19 March 2014 | 6 comments
PHOTO CREDIT: BLUFF MAGAZINE
An interview series designed to uncover what it is that real, wise women are made of – physically, mentally and spiritually.
Lynn is the kind of girl you wish you could stop and rub for good luck and happy positive vibes as she walks pass (well, if you did – this may just happen!). Lynn has a really interesting job – she is a TV host based in LA for World Poker Tour and WPT Alpha8, on Fox Sports in the US – something she absolutely loves. She is also a passionate health coach and has created a great little show on her site called Stay Stacked where she talks all things wellbeing and health for Poker Players. When I first met Lynn, I kept wondering how so much happy energy could be packed into such a small and sweet lady! No surprise then that her nickname is LG (also mine!) – short for Life’s Good. So, please meet Lynn…
Can you tell us about your personal special gift you have to share with the world?
I wholeheartedly love everything about life and I’ve seen the magical transformation that positive focus has made. Now I’m dedicated to showing others they too can transform their lives.
How do you nourish your body?
I love to spoil my body with as many whole foods as possible. Christiane Northrup says,”Eating whole food is like breast feeding from earth herself“, and I couldn’t agree more. When I stand on a beach and look out into the ocean, I find it so amazing to think that over half of our body is made up of that same element. We are connected to the earth, so I feel most abundant when I nourish myself with what grows out of it.
How do you feed your soul?
Time to myself each day is so important. Whether it’s going for a walk, sitting in a café alone, reading a book, or just really taking my time to make a cup of tea. I love these moments of self-nurturing. I never leave the house without an inspiring book in my bag or audiobook on my iPhone, and I always ensure my bedroom feels like my sacred space in this world.
What has brought you to your knees?
When I was in my early 20s I was focused on everything else except myself. I would work too hard, party harder, had unhealthy relationships and relied on other people to make me happy. I had a trail of signs telling me to slow down, which I never listened to.
One morning, my car’s radiator literally exploded while driving down Flinders Street in Melbourne. I still didn’t see the sign, so just a few weeks later my appendix decided to explode – literally bringing me to my knees.
I spent a week in hospital with a tube in my stomach flushing out my organs. Suddenly having the most basic human movements stripped from me gave the snap back to reality I needed. I remember thinking to myself in the hospital bed “what was I thinking?” about all those petty priorities I had… The guy who wasn’t texting me back, or not having a new dress for the weekend… None of that mattered.
What was it that pulled you back on your feet?
While that wake up call hit hard, it wasn’t actually until just a few years ago when I read the book The Untethered Soul by Michael A Singer that really changed my life (thankfully this was a much less dramatic wake up!) I didn’t read much back then, but I was browsing a gift shop and was somehow drawn to this book. I had no idea what it was about, but I just had an urge to read it. I was so infatuated by this book I couldn’t put it down. It has a very similar message to Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle – helping you understand that you are not your thoughts.
At the time I had a lot of issues going on with friendships and work and after reading this book I simply decided to change my perception. Rather than going into work with the expectation of problems and negative energy from others, I decided to control my own environment and bring my own positive energy. I perceived others differently and approached issues with calm. I stopped operating out of fear and trying to control the outcome, allowing myself to ride the wave. The shift was miraculous. The problems seemed to just evaporate and the people creating conflict simply moved on. Opportunities I’d been unsuccessfully pushing for years suddenly arose out of nowhere. It blew my mind. That was my new beginning.
What do you think the purpose of life is?
I’m a big believer that life is just a game and our purpose is to have fun. That doesn’t mean life is not to be taken seriously, but certainly not to the stressful extent that many of us take it. We are here to learn and to enjoy the experience of learning. We’re here to love at all times, and allow ourselves to be loved. Everything around us is a reflection of what’s going on inside. As Eckhart Tolle says, “If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place. Primary reality is within; secondary reality without.”
What has been your most humbling experience?
A lovely guy I hadn’t met before was interviewing me over the phone earlier this year. At the end of our chat he told me he was an avid reader of my blog, which made my day. He then went on to explain how I had played a big role in changing his life and losing 50lbs by using my green smoothie recipes every morning and reading books from my recommended authors such as Kris Carr. I burst into tears of overwhelm when I hung up the phone. It really solidified for me that all the sharing I’ve been doing is 100% worth it.
How do you deal with stress?
The self-nurturing I mentioned above helps immensely in general, but when a stressful moment arises I remind myself to not resist what is. Events and situations are not stressful; it’s our interpretation of the situation that causes the stress.
As Byron Katie teaches in The Work, I ask myself “Who would I be without this thought?” and the answer is always “I’d be much happier”, so I decide to turn around that stressful thought, which allows me to either release the frustration that’s arisen and if needed, tackle the issue much more rationally.
Of course, this is sometimes easier said than done in the heat of the moment and we are always a work in progress, but the shift I have seen in myself over the years since having this approach has been incredible. I have so much less stress in my life and feel like a totally different person.
If you like the sound of this, I highly recommend reading Loving What Is by Byron Katie.
Favourite quote, mantra or affirmation?
LG: Life’s Good! That has been my nickname for many years, and now the mantra I live by.
What is one pearl of wisdom you can leave us with?
Always focus on what you want to feel rather than trying to control a finite outcome. Always be the best version of yourself — not in comparison to anyone else. Fill yourself with gratitude at all times. That is how we find peace, happiness and how we progress. As Howard Thurman said, “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you’re doing, you will be successful.”
Do you have a recipe/remedy/words/art you would like to share?
I love this graphic. I took the picture in Acapulco, Mexico, the place where I fell in love, and this quote represents exactly the way I began to approach life when it changed for the better. Life is art and we are creative beings, even if you think you are entirely left brained. We don’t have to be painting canvases to be creative. When we great creative with the simplest of tasks, it makes life fun and fulfilling.
Hemp, Cacao and MacaSuperfood Amazeballs
- 1 cup of walnuts
- ½ cup of raw almonds
- Handful of dried goji berries
- 8 pitted medjool dates
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons of desiccated coconut
- 2 tablespoons of Green Nutritionals’ Green Superfoods
- 2 tablespoons of hemp protein powder
- 1 tablespoon cacao
- 1 tablespoon maca
- dash of vanilla essence
- Tiny sprinkle of pink Himalayan sea salt
Blend. Roll. Fridge. Eat!
Thank you Lynn! If you would like to keep in touch, you can find her here: