presentsThe Evolving Self
When growth is the only option...

The Evolving Self is an e-newsletter that reflects the belief that growth is a choice that can bring an ever deepening and expanding awareness of who we are and what we are here for. The reader can expect affirmations, quotes, book reviews, insightful commentary and tips that support the growth of the individual.

Affirmation: Today, I choose to smile.

Quote:  "Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts." -Paramahansa Yogananda

Newsletter archives:

April 2018 - Depression Stigma/Contributing Factors

March 2018 - You Don't Have to Do Anything You Don't Want to Do

February 2018 - The Longest Journey/Whole Brain Thinking

Certified Aromatherapist

As a Certified Aromatherapist, I am qualified to make custom blends to address various health concerns and skin issues. Many aromatherapy blends also have a quality of emotional support. If you are interested in custom blends to support your physical and/or emotional health and/or coaching along with aromatherapy solutions, please email me at

How do you use essential oils when you're on the go? There are mobile diffusers you can use in your car, but an easy way to take essential oils with you, is to use an inhaler. It is also a very effective way to use essential oils.

Inhalers are similar to those you can buy in a drugstore for sinus issues. There is a cotton "wick" on which you place the oils you wish to inhale. It is placed inside a tube with a cap. You are then able to open the top and place it to your nostrils and inhale the oils. I use inhalers for sinus issues, anxiety, nausea, and keep one on my night stand for inhaling calming oils in the middle of the night.

For a typical inhaler, you would place 15 drops of oils on the cotton wick.

Body Chemistry and The Law of Attraction

In my April 2017 newsletter I discussed "Smile Therapy." I bring it up again because it has been 16 months since I started the smile experiment and I've come to realize some things about how this relates to the "Law of Attraction" that can only happen with personal experience.

When people who teach "The Law of Attraction" talk about vibration. In other words: you can't attract something to yourself that doesn't match your vibration, I believe they are referring to body chemistry. Your body chemistry is a complex array of electricity--think neurotransmitters firing--chemical messengers and physiological systems. With each emotion you experience, there is a thought partner and a body chemistry signature that aligns with it.

I spoke last month about Depression and how body chemistry is a contributing factor. What I didn't say is how much body chemistry is affected by the mind and how it can change in an instant, as fast as you can change your mind. For example, let's say you're walking down the street and you're feeling blue when you run into a friend. You have a brief conversation and when you walk away you feel lighter and happier (of course, the opposite is also possible.) The shift in mood happened in an instant. Another example, when you see something funny and start laughing, it also changes your body chemistry.

How can people change their vibration, aka body chemistry? There are many approaches that help people change including traditional medicine methods like medication, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) which targets your thinking and perceptions to shift your mind/body state. Other methods include modifying diet, adding exercise and movement and of course, mind/body methods such as meditation, yoga, and tai chi. Well, my smile therapy is a body/mind approach. Change your body chemistry and it changes your feelings and thinking. And the bonus is, you start attracting based on your modified body chemistry. To be clear, while it's wonderful to smile at other people, lightening and brightening their day, what I'm talking about here is an inner smile, as if your whole body was smiling. And sometimes you have to fake it until you make it. That's what I did!

I help people modify their behavior to attract different results, please contact me for Health & Wellness/Life Coaching. 

Looking for Volunteers

There are two projects I'm working on for which I need the involvment of others.

1. NLP practice volunteers.

I'm currently in a program learning NLP.  NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Neuro refers to your neurology; Linguistic refers to language; programming refers to how that neural language functions. In other words, learning NLP is like learning the language of your own mind! (reference: Wikipedia)

NLP is all about  helping people change their thoughts and behaviors to help them achieve their desired outcomes. Bringing about changes in perception, responsible communication and developing choices of responses. NLP works on the principle that everyone has all the resources they need to make positive changes in their own life.

I need volunteers who have some things they want to work on in their lives, with whom I can practice NLP techniques. You could consider it a type of coaching. If you are available for a block of 1 hour and are interested in experiencing NLP, please contact me.

2. Interviews

I am conducting interviews to gather information for the book I am working on. The subject is needs; an individuals experience and history with personal needs of all kinds including physical and emotional.

If you would be willing to participate in either of these activities, please contact me. For each of these activities, you may possibly learn some things about yourself and even possibly have the opportunity to make positive changes for yourself. Thank you!

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Jaqui Duvall works as a coach, mentor, trainer, facilitator and public speaker developing and delivering workshops, leading mentoring groups and working with individuals to help them identify and express their inner spirit and live a life of consciousness and intention. •  San Jose