What's On My Mind...

Saturday, March 21, 2010
The last few weeks have been intriguing. I've realized, in myself, patterns I thought were long broken. I see things now that have been fear-based that, for a time, I thought were logic grounded... and I'm ready and willing to change. I opened up Marianne Williamson's "Enchanted Love" to a random page and a prayer popped up. I'm going to hold onto this prayer for the next week or so. It fits in perfectly with the next CHOOSE YOU course I'll be teaching:

"Dear God, I don't wish to be a child anymore. I don't wish to be held back anymore. I don't wish to waste my life. Deliver me to new realms, repair me where I am broken, and ready my heart for everything. Thank you, God. Amen."
- Marianne Williamson, Enchanted Love

Monday, September 7, 2009

Pain is a Choice... (Read Time: 2 min.)

Everyone has the need for self-expression, to be, in this world, who they were really meant to be. It doesn't matter how long it takes or how many relationships one has to go through, at some point, everyone steps out on their own... to deal with their own stuff.

I wonder why, in many circumstances, people view individuality as a selfish exertion of will. Who I am in no way challenges who you are. Who you'd like to be in no way informs who I CHOOSE to be so why do so many people get offended and uptight at each other when people don't act or behave the way they expected them to?

More than that, why do some people, who find themselves threatened by the individuality of another, become cruel? Do they believe that cruelty creates fondness?

The truth is that we each live in our worlds with sets and characters and storylines WE wrote. At any moment, we can flip the script. In a heartbeat, circumstances open our eyes to new and different ways of living. To blame someone for experiencing life in their own way is like blaming someone for breathing: what's the point? Breath has to happen. Life has to happen. People are entitled to their own choices.

The thing that is most moving about life is our ability to choose. We don't have to live in the blame/shame/guilt game. We don't have to arm ourselves with fake senses of self and self-righteous superiority or victim thinking that would rather fault someone else for being who they are than taking responsibility for who you've decided to become.

Hurting people hurt people but they don't have to. Like love, pain is a CHOICE...

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Tomorrow Will Take Care of Itself

Do you trust the process of life?

Yes? Don't be so quick to answer... Let me get more specific.

You just lost the job you'd held for 20 years. You could barely afford your mortgage working 70 hours a week and, now, you don't even quality for 8unemployment not to mention you have a $650.00/month car note that has to be paid if you're going to get to and from job interviews.

Do you trust the process of life?

Or what if you've been trying to get pregnant for 6 years? You've tried everything, exhausted your savings, annihilated your 401(k) and took out a second mortgage on your home, all for 3 tries at In Vitro Fertilization that all failed. You're broke, your marriage is falling apart, and still no baby. Did I mention you're 38?

Do you trust the process of life?

Or what if your entire life, up until now, has been one disappointment after another? For every step you took forward, life pushed you two steps back. Every time you got a new job with some promise, you got assigned a nasty boss or mean co-workers and when promotion time came around, you were always passed up. You live in the same one bedroom apartment with two cats and a dog and you haven't been on a date in years. Your life feels like the Movie "Ground Hog Day" and, no matter how hard you try, nothing seems to get better without getting much, much worse right afterwards.

Do you trust the process of life?

It's so simple to say 'yes' when asked the question but the truth of your answer is not when life is all sunshine. It's when your smack dab in the eye of the storm. Your lesson in every obstacle is to take hold of your vision and use your power to see opportunities, not obstacles.

Every fallback is your golden opportunity to make a comeback. Failure is a result you now know how to achieve and, therefore, can choose not to experience again. When you know the equation of losing, it means you also know that the equation of winning is something entirely different.

Stop replaying all of your mistakes. Learn from them and do something different and, no matter what, no matter what comes, no matter how you feel, and no matter what it "looks" like, know that the universe always conspires in your favor.

Cultivate faith so, even in the tough times, when asked "Do you trust the process of life?", you can answer "Yes!" and really mean it.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Strong Women Aren't Noble; They're Brave

I've always had mixed feelings about the word "strong", especially when seated next to the word "woman." Too often, I've seen people make strength the reason why women endure abuse, stress, anxiety, unhappy marriages, unfulfilling careers, and so on.

Notice that we never say "He's a strong man" as if it's some extraordinary feat. His maleness, in society's eyes, assumes strength but it's not a strength that cripples or burdens. On the contrary, when we call a woman strong, it is almost always in the context of her overcoming some horribly burdensome experience. Whether it's raising 6 kids on her own or working 3 jobs while going to school at night or getting out of an abusive relationship, we call her strong as if it's some sort of medal she's earned.

If that's a medal, disqualify me from the race. There is no strength in allowing others to treat you with less love, respect and honor than you deserve. There is no strength in living small so others feel big. There is no strength in taking hits to your soul, in not being able to pursue your life's purpose, in taking care of everyone else at your own expense. There is no strength in being noble if noble costs you your life.

So I say this with all honor and sincerity and faith in the spirit of women everywhere. Strong women aren't strong because they're noble. They're strong because they're brave. Strong women know what they want and who they are... or they're avidly in pursuit of finding out. They don't apologize for being themselves. They don't feel shame for making mistakes. They teach people how to treat them and they look at others with the same amount of love, respect and hope that they hold for themsleves.

Strong women say yes when they want to say yes and no when they want to say no. They are patient with themselves and others. Strong women try new things and keep around them other strong women because they know that there is more than enough for all.

Strong women know they're own souls, listen to their inner wisdom and go by what people do, not what they say. Strong women show before they tell. They love without expecting it in return but they always love themselves first.

Strong women know that their greatest achievements in life are the products of love and forgiveness. The more of each they give, the more they receive. Strong women live in the present moment because the past is gone and the future is being created now.

Above all else, strong women don't have to be strong all the time. They accept and love themselves for who they are, where they are and nothing anyone else says or does changes that. That's a strong woman in my book and she's inside every single woman in existence.

Isn't it time you called her forth?

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Are You a Dolphin on the Ice?

I did a rare thing this morning. I turned on the news. What popped up is an image I won't soon forget: five dolphins stuck in the icy waters of New Finland. I could hear their cries as their tails waded from one icy surface to another.

The reporter indicated that five dolphins were trapped by ice in New Finland, that ice cutters couldn't be used to get them out (for fear it might kill the dolphins in the process), and the only hope was mother nature, warm weather that could melt the ice and set the dolphins free.

Something about this story touched a chord in me. After all, dolphins are symbols of healing and joy, virtually the only mammals who live in the water. They're like us, maybe our best selves, but not us.

One question kept coming back to me, "Are you a dolphin on the ice?"

Dolphins, by nature, are free, fun-loving creates. Extremely intelligent, dolphins communicate better than most, require companionship and socialization, and, due to their very sensitive skin, love being touched.

In many ways, they're like us so when I saw the image, it immediately hit me that there was a lesson to be learned here.

There are times in life when it feels like you're doing fine. You wake up, go to work, come home, see the kids, eat dinner, put everyone to bed, read a book, go to sleep, and wake up the next day to do it all over again. It's normal. It's "the usual." It's what you call life.

But are you really living it?

It is so easy to get trapped in the icy waters of life and not know it until it's almost too late. Why? Because you're used to adapting.

One day, the water was lukewarm. It was a normal day in your normal life. The next day, you get laid off from work or your spouse starts coming home late or the doctor wants to see you in person. You shrug and say, "Ok, it just got a little colder. Let me put on a jacket, some gloves, a hat and I'll be fine."

There's a certain numbness to "fine" just as there is a certain numbness to living in ice cold waters. Eventually, something big hits and if you didn't know you were in icy waters then, you know it now. Whether it's death, divorce, desertion, or financial ruin, it hits like a rock and its residue remains like the ash of a volcano and, now, in the midst of it, you know two things:
1) You're stuck
2) You'll do anything to get out

But what most people do here is wage war against the circumstance rather than learn from it. So, like the dolphins, you kick and fight and cry, all to no avail. The raging against the situation increases your feelings of hopelessness and despair.

At some point, you get too tired to fight. The water's been too cold for too long. Everything you've tried hasn't worked and you come to a very big fork in the road. Here you have two choices:
1) Quit
2) Surrender

There is a difference. To quit means to give up, to give in, to retract all efforts (mental and physical) and to be resigned to a fate that has no good in sight.

Surrender is a whole other choice. When you surrender, you acknowledge that there is something greater than you in this world that made you, lives in you and orchestrated this entire situation. You do all that you can and, in this moment, you turn the entire situation over to a higher power, knowing and trusting that, at any moment, the sun could shine, the temperature could go up, and you could break free.

However, in order to do that, you can't afford to lose your mind. Surrender means you stop the external struggle and you build the internal courage. It means you take on a greater force than you've ever known by accepting the fact that, in life, all things have a way of working themselves out... if you are ready and willing to stay the course.

Quitters never win, not because they're not good enough but because they don't mentally stay in the game long enough. Those who surrender never give in and never give up. What they do, however, is rest and trust. If you haven't learned to do these two things yet, life will certainly give you plenting of experiences to learn it later.

Your defeat isn't sealed by your circumstances but your victory is guaranteed by your approach. In life, be sure to take a positive one!

Final Point: Anyone can be a dolphin in the ice and not know it. Be alive in your life now so an experience doesn't have to come along to make you wake up later. Either way, no matter what happens, know one thing for sure and affirm:

All situations work out for the highest good of all.

Know that this is true ALWAYS...

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

What's This Famiy's Foundation?

You've decided that your family needs healing. You're taking a stand and you choose to create a home that is filled with peace, joy and love.

What is your first step?

Create a new foundation for your family.

Family stability is based on having a place of unwavering peace and unconditional love but these aren't just foo foo concepts. You have to be willing to do the work.

What does that work entail?

Ask yourself (and write the answers out on sheets of paper) the following questions:
1) What is the mission of my family?
2) What are 3-5 of our core family values (examples: loyalty, respect, trust, integrity, generosity, honesty, etc.)
3) What regular weekly activities do we participate in together to ensure quality time? (not TV or video games)
4) Does each and every member of this family get alone time and privacy and is it respected?
5) What issues are boiling under the surface that we refuse to talk about and why?
6) Is my notion of an "ideal" family workable with our current family dynamic?
7) How do we openly express love? How does each person in the family know$ that he or she is loved?
8) How do we openly communicate displeasure or sadness? Are people punished for speaking their mind?
9) Are there alliances or cliques in my family? How can we dissipate them?
10) Ten years from now, if my kids were to use three words to describe their upbringing, what 3 words would I want them to use?

Once you've gone through all of these questions yourself (in your own private time and space), it's time to schedule a family meeting where ALL members living in the house can be present.

Buy a huge whiteboard, markers and erasers. Nominate someone to be the notetaker (he or she will write everything on the board that is said during the family meeting). This should not be done while eating dinner or directly afterward. Food gets in the way. No TV, cell phones, no video games, no ipods.

Everyone sits around a table and, one by one, you go through the questions out loud. Don't talk about you or your spouse's response until ALL the kids have had the opportunity to speak their minds.

Be sure that your notetaker is writing down all ideas on the board. When you've gone through questions 1-10 and everyone's said how they feel, pull out a big sheet of poster board and color pencils. Decide, as a family, what your core values are and have each person contribute to making a family vision board, or collage where you list your family name at the top, your core values in the middle and paste or color in whatever pictures, words and ideas that best fit your new family foundation. If you're looking for information on how to create a vision board, check out The Complete Vision Board Kit: Using the Power of Intention and Visualization to Achieve Your Dreams where you'll get the A-Zs of making a vision board.

Make this fun! Have a little popcorn and hot cocoa! Take pictures and, when done, put the vision board up where everyone in the family can see it at least once a day.

The key to building a strong family foundation is doing it (and committing to it) together as a family.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

What is a Consciously Loving Family?

What does family mean to you?
Is it a safe haven from the harshness of the world?
Is it a comfortable, peaceful place where unique individuals form a bond that allows them to be who they are, flaws and all, and be completely accepted?
Is it a place of joy, love, and caring where you can bring the problems in your life, unload them, and know that, even if they’re not fixed, you’ll be loved and treated with compassion so you can choose to find a solution to the problem?


Is your family a place of disunity, discord, and judgment?
Are you afraid to show your family who you really are for fear that they’ll judge you for it?
Do you feel like you’re living with strangers? That being estranged is easier than working out problems?
Do you have family members who’d rather control you and make you suffer than encourage you to live your dreams?
Do you cringe at the idea of family get-togethers, knowing that this Christmas will be just as drama-filled as the last?
Do you have a less than close relationship with your siblings?
Is there an internal family war going on and, somehow, you got caught in the middle?
Are there factions to your family (their side, his side, her side) and you stay away rather than be the messenger?
Is there criticism, judgment, or a constant “one-upping” going on to the point that family members care more about what you’ve gained or lost than how you’re doing in your life?
Is there bitterness, resentment, or unforgiveness that has been lingering for generations?

Which family are you living in?
Which family could you be living in if given half the chance?

That’s why my 2009 CHOOSE YOU! theme is “Healing Wounds, Rebuilding Family.” Too many of us are living in mediocre families, accepting so much less than the family unit is capable of and shrugging it off to being “dysfunctional.”

Dysfunctional is putting on two different color socks; it’s not cussing a family member out in the middle of a mall parking lot and not speaking to them for five years. That’s resentment, anger, and bitterness and until this type of negativity stops in our families, we will continue to see a world where children grow up mad, adults shake their heads in depression, and old people leave this world with most people never knowing they’d even been there.

Is that the kind of world you want to live in? I don’t and 2009 is dedicated to helping your family go beyond that grim, negative picture.

So what is a consciously loving family?

Notice I didn’t say “perfect” family. Let’s be real. There’s no such thing. Your family members are going to get on your nerves. They are going to say things and do things that come across, to you, as hurtful. They’re human.

What I’m talking about is a family unit that is committed to believing the best for all family members by first committing to each other’s innocence and potential, rather than their guilt and failures.

The conscious family has as its mantra “I attract only peace into my life.” The conscious family says, “I will look at you, no matter what you do, with eyes of love and forgiveness. There will be boundaries but this will not be your prison.”

The conscious family holds to the uplifting of each individual to that individual’s higher purpose without any belief that one person going up means another person won’t get there; there’s no scarcity in the conscious family.

Conscious families understand that our Source puts each person here to follow their own calling and that one person doing well is simply proof that everyone can do well in the life they’ve been called to live.

There’s no pettiness in the conscious family, no in-fighting, no backbiting, no one-upping. There’s no competition because everybody knows that the family unit’s thriving is based on EVERYONE living up to his or her potential.

So, at this point, you might be saying, “Whose family are you talking about? I haven’t met a single soul who has that?” My response is, “Good. Then you’ll be the first family to do it and watch others follow.”

Over the next 11 months, I’m going to take you on a journey, coaching you through the process of recreating your family from the ground up. These next 11 months will enlighten you. They will challenge you. Most of all, they will change you. And that’s my goal.

Until we build consciously loving families, we cannot expect a world that is consciously peaceful. I am beginning with you so that you have the tools you need to put the “us” back in family and where you take it after that, as with everything in life, is up to you!

Let’s begin!
The first article, "The Curse of Tolerance in Family", can be found at:
Kassandra Vaughn, CEO ROI Coaching
Think big, act small, love all the way through...

Friday, February 13, 2009

Partnership In Love

In one of my favorite books, Enchanted Love: The Mystical Power Of Intimate Relationships
, Marianne Williamson says the following, "In learning to show up more fully for one person, we learn to show up more fully for life."

Love is about reciprocity, the lessons we teach as well as the lessons we learn in EVERY human interaction.

Are you looking at love like it's a romper room or a battlefield?

As long as we are spending our time defending our right to be loved in a certain way, we're missing the experience of love in all ways. No matter how difficult the journey seems, you were meant to experience certain lessons with this person. It's a healing and an understanding that you could not come to on your own.

That doesn't mean you stay in the relationship forever. The length of your journey together is up to the BOTH of you. What it does mean is that you choose what kind of experience this is. If you want to spend all your time blaming the other person for what they did wrong or shaming them into "acting" right, go ahead but you are not their lover; you are that person's jailer.

If you choose to spend your time, in this relationship, discovering where your fears of intimacy come from, why this person brings up, for you, pain from the past, and why, no matter how hard you try, you don't trust them to love you and keep you safe, now you're on an enchanted journey of self-love and discovery. No matter how the relationship ends, you will come out the better for it.

This is what I teach about in the CHOOSE YOU! 4 Week Online Workshop ( how to heal from the past, experience self-love, and step into a transformation of your life in the future. It's about moving beyond your limiting beliefs to a place where you really love yourself and, in doing so, have the capacity to unconditionally love others.

In a chapter called "Removing the Ghosts", Marianne says, "None of us are who we were yesterday; we're certainly not who we were ten years ago. In fact, we're not even who we were five minutes ago. In every instant, we are blessed by God with the opportunity to reinvent ourselves, to transform our entire lives through grace and commitment and action and love. May we become, in our romances, as gracious to each other as God is gracious to both of us."

If you'd like to understand relationships on a deeper, more meaningful level, if you need to forgive the past but don't know how, if you long for an enchanted love but don't know if it's possible, read Enchanted Love: The Mystical Power Of Intimate Relationships
. It will change your life.

Dealing With Sexual Guilt

Too many people carry around loads of sexual guilt.

Why did I sleep with that person?
How could he/she cheate on me? What did I do wrong?
Why is my body so fat and undesirable?
How can I enjoy sex when I'm not even sure he/she really wants me for me?
When is this over? I hate it.
Why do I feel like I have to do it to keep him/her pacified?
When am I going to feel sexy again?
Why did that happen to me as a child?
Why am I so scared?
Why am I afraid to try new things and why, when I do, do I feel cheap?

And the list goes on and on. Guilt, of any kind, is useless, wasted emotion but when it's sexual, it's destructive. Sexual guilt will make you afraid of your own body. It will leave you feeling numb or out of control, supersexual or asexual.

When you carry around sexual guilt, you feel dirty, unequipped to handle sex, disinterested, grossed out, helpless, fearful and any combination of the above.

There is another choice.

You can choose to release the past, not judge or blame yourself for it and begin to love every aspect of you, including your sexuality.

You can start by looking yourself in the mirror and affirming "I am willing to forgive myself and others." Say it as many times as you need to.

Then you can move onto "I accept and love myself." When you're ready, you can start affirming, "I give love deeply and fully and I receive love deeply and fully." You can move into (when you're ready): I am a sexual, sensual being with so much love and nurturing to give and receive."
Look yourself in the eyes and spend as many days, months and nights as you need to until you beileve it. Focus on the good in you, release the past and bask in the moment. If you do this, sexual guilt will be history.

In my work on myself and with clients, I've found Louise L. Hay's book, You Can Heal Your Life (Gift Edition) , to be extremely helpful in releasing the past and moving into self love. If it's not in your library, this is a must have book!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Why Unconditional Love is So Powerful... And Conditional Love So Crippling

“If we want enchantment, we have to prepare the brew. It takes inner as well as outer work; dedication to the discernment of spiritual truth as it flows through our lives and relationships. It means learning what it means to show up for another person, what it means to give something from the depth of ourselves, what it means to receive, what it means to make another person feel safe without indulging his/her neuroses, what it means to take responsibility for our own issues, what it means to bless and support someone else, what it means to meditate with another, to forgive another, to pray with another, to reveal to another, to delight another, to celebrate another, to create new life on some level with another, to avoid the temptation to abandon another, to avoid the temptation to attack another, to learn to be kind and patient even when we’re not at all in the mood, and still- in the midst of it all- to NOT rely on another for either our sustenance or our wholeness. To remember always that God is here, in the middle of the relationship, and that what your beloved cannot give you today, God gives you always .”
- Marianne Williamson, Enchanted Love

In your relationships, what kind of love are you giving and receiving? Is it unconditional or conditional?

For most of us, the answer is, "It depends on the day." For all of us, the answer can be, "Unconditional now and always."

How do you get there?

Unconditional love is the greatest power in the world. Why? Because it is grounded in a deep, inner knowing that you love yourself, can provide for yourself, and have all that you need where ever you are and whoever you're with.

There's power in being able to say, "I am free to love you fully and completely because I love me fully and completely."

When you experience unconditional love, you don't judge or blame yourself. You accept responsibility by saying, "I see the pattern that created this. I now choose differently" and you do the work of choosing differently. That's it; no shame, blame or guilt.

When you love yourself just as you are, you know that you're enough. When you know you're enough, you don't take ANYTHING anyone else does personally. Whether they stay in your life or go, whether they love you back or not, it doesn't matter. You love you enough to know that whatever they choose to do is about them, not you.

When you love in this way, you're open to loving someone else unconditonally, to saying to that person (even as they make you want to scream), "I know this is your pet peeve but I'm choosing to focus on the real you, the you I know is there even though you had a bad day at work and don't know what to do next."

People make mistakes. How can we condemn someone else for being imperfect when perfection is a standard no one can live up to?

Unconditional love says "I love me enough as I am to love you enough as you are and I choose to be with you and heal with you and grow with you and love you no matter what you do or say and I love me enough to trust my inner wisdom to know when this relationship is over."

It's about self love and trust first. It's about knowing that another person's love will not make or break you but your judgment of that person can.

You cannot receive what you're not willing to give. That is why conditional love is so crippling.

When we love conditionally, we put conditions on ourselves and others and, before long, you've got two people living in prison: "When you do this, I'll do that." "If you screw up here, I'll punish you there." "If you don't live up to this promise, you're a liar." "If you don't fulfill my every need, you've failed." "If I'm not the only person in your universe, I'll find somebody else who'll make me feel that way."

When you love conditionally, all of your power is put in someone or something else. You are left powerless. Where is peace in that? Exactly. There is none.

Unconditional love means you wake up every day and commit to seeing the innocence in every person you come in contact with. It means you commit to not gossiping about other people. You commit to showing compassion. You commit to not making assumptions. You commit to not taking things personally and not feeling the need to punish people when they do make mistakes.

Unconditional love means you know that you're enough and you don't require anyone else to complete you. Unconditional love means you deserve the best and you accept it now and you teach people how to treat you, not by what you say, but by how you live.

Isn't it time we all chose to love unconditionally?

Sign up for the CHOOSE YOU! 4 Week Workshop and get there!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

What's Your Story Morning Glory?

What's your life story? Who created it? Did you know that you're the writer, producer, casting director, cinematographer, and star of the movie called "your life"? Yup, that's you!

Too much time spent in the past means we are creating a soap opera of a life. You know how soaps work. In every episode, it's said at least a thousand times who Marlena's married to, what Sami's doing to whom, why Bo and Hope arent' together for the 15th time, and why Stefano has risen from the dead to come back for the entire Brady clan.

Ever not watch a soap for 3 months and turn on an episode after the hiatus? What do you notice? You didn't miss a thing! It's like a skipping CD; it replays and replays and replays. When you're living in the past, that's what you're doing with the movie called "your life."

Don't write a soap. Don't write yourself a television show. Why? TV shows have themes, the same main characters and it always ends the same: somebody wins, somebody loses. Does that sound like an interesting life? Nope! It's called status quo and that's no fun.

If you're going to write your life (and you do write it with every thought you think and every action you take), you need to write the story of your life that reflects your full potential. The only way to do this is to change your story.

The point of your past is not to rehash it or relive it; the point of your past is to find the blessing and lesson in it and use that lesson to propel your life forward.

You are the writer and it's time for you to write a spectacular action/thriller/drama/comedy that has everyone in the world laughing, crying, sighing, dreaming, living, being and going out with their Canon HD cam creating their own life movies.

Need help creating a new story?

I will be teaching a FREE LIVE! 5 week workshop in North Hollywood, CA called "Rewriting Your Life Story". Bring a journal, a pen, and your life story and we'll work through the process of recreating it. Info on the course and registration is below:

DAY: Wednesdays
START DATE: Wednesday, April 8, 2009
END DATE: Wednesday, May 6, 2009
HOW TO REGISTER: Email your interest to
PLEASE NOTE: Class size is limited to 15. Spaces will fill up fast!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Be Your Own Hero!

Life presents us with countless opportunities to learn very specific lessons. For me, I find that life has presented me with numerous experiences to learn self-reliance.

What is self-reliance? Knowing that you can make it, do it, become it, and be it on your own.

It's a faith and confidence in yourself that doesn't require anyone else to make you feel good about who you are what you're doing in your life. When you are self-reliant, no matter what situation comes your way, you know one thing for sure: you'll handle it.

That's what it means to feel the fear and do it anyway.

Question: What lessons is life trying to teach you?
Remember: You can learn it the first time or the five-hundredth time; it's up to you!

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Saturday, February 7, 2009

A Place to Call Home

Where do you call home? Is it a feeling? A family? A place? Where is home for you? Have you ever lived in a city or town where you didn’t feel at home? Ever been to a place that you know is great to visit but not a place you’d want to live?

I meet people from all walks of life, living everywhere from New Zealand to New York to Utah and the one common denominator I’ve found, in each and every person, is this: they know where home is.

Are you living “at home”?

We create sacred space in the home that we live in by creating, within and around us, a sense of belonging, peace and familiarity. The old adage is very true: “Home is where the heart is.” When you find yourself unhappy with where you live, the first question you must ask yourself is this:
Am I at home wherever I am?

To move forward, the answer must be yes. You (your body, your mind, your spirit) are your own home and the peace that you seek can be found, in any circumstance of life, within you. Tap into that well before ever considering a physical relocation. You will never find peace if you’re looking outside yourself for it. Begin within and cultivate an attitude of gratitude for the home that is you.

Once you’ve affirmed “I am at home wherever I am” and you truly believe that, it’s time to look at your surroundings. Do you like the home you live in? Is it clutter free? Does it have color, vibrancy, and openness that makes you feel peaceful and abundant when you walk in the door?

ROIIf you find yourself dreading to come home or feeling closed in by all the furniture in your living room or scatter-brained by all the clutter and junk in your house, guess what? It’s time to do some space and clutter clearing. Your house is a reflection of your state of mind. Honor your space and it will honor you.

Once you have your home clear, you may find that you still don’t like where you live. You could be a city person living in the country or a small town person living in the city or a family person who now lives thousands of miles away from family that you dearly miss. Whatever the situation, if you find, on a daily basis, that you feel any of the symptoms below, it is time to make a move:
* depression
* isolation
* disconnected from those living with you due to longing for a life somewhere else
* no desire to clean, remodel, or nurture your current living environment
* constant complaints about where you live
* financial drain in the form of house projects, bills, and household repairs

Any of these signs are red flags that are telling you something: this location is NOT for you. Too many people live too long in the wrong geographic location because they have convinced themselves that they don’t’ have a choice. You ALWAYS have a choice. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Remember that life is too short to spend even a year living in a place that you can’t call home. At any moment, you have the talent and the wherewithal to make a move. Decide where home is, make an action plan to get there and, without one second of delay, take action and do only those things that will get you there (and not keep you here).

Final Point: You are home whereever you are and you can make your home whereever you choose to be. Either way, you choose…

Friday, February 6, 2009

Shhh... Don't Tell Anyone

I'm filled to the brim with so much that I want to say, teach and talk about that I'm letting out a little secret... well, a BIG secret.

My first book series (4-11 books) will be released on my oldest son's birthday, May 23rd.

"What is the series about?" you might ask.


Thursday, February 5, 2009

Testing the Depth of Your Commitment

In "The Power of Intention", Dr. Wayne Dyer says the following:

"View the events you consider obstacles as perfect opportunities to test your resolve and find your purpose; by acting as if you're on purpose and treating the hurdles as friendly reminders to trust in what you feel deeply within you, you'll be fulfilling your own intention to be a purposeful person."

My question to you today is this:
What's deeply within you?

Each of us has, within us, an inner knowing, a wisdom that speaks, even if we choose not to listen to it. For every choice we make or decision we consider making, there is this inner knowing that silently says, "Yes, that's moving you closer to your life's purpose!" or "No, that's not quite it. Be still and know that the right thing's on its way." It is up to us to listen to our inner knowing AND to trust it.

How do you listen to your inner knowing if your life is shattering around you, if your mortgage is 2 months past due and your credit card bills are piling up?

How do you listen to your inner knowing if you're in a marriage you knew you should've never gotten into but it's 10 years later and you're afraid to be alone?

How do you listen to your inner knowing if you hate your job but you're afraid to give it up for fear you won't be able to find a job you really like?

How do you listen to your inner knowing if you want more but still don't feel good enough?

All of these are valid questions. They aren't truth but they are valid.

The truth is that you are and I am:
* Creative
* Kind
* Loving
* Beautiful
* Expanding
* Abundant
* Receptive

If we'd only just say "yes" to life, "yes" to the process, "yes" to our dreams, "yes" to letting go of the things we never truly needed in the first place, "yes" to a future that's being creating with every thought right now, "yes" to endless possibilities, "yes" to letting go of limiting beliefs, "yes" to making this the best decade of our lives starting NOW, if we'd only say "yes", the one thing each person would find out very quickly is this:

The universe conspires in our favor to bring us what we want and believe we can have... ALWAYS.

Try it and see for yourself.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Should You Act Your Age or Your Shoe Size?

Life is meant to be enjoyed. Just as there’s a time for seriousness, there’s also a time to have fun.

Laughter is the best medicine. When you look at life, remember that the only moment that counts is the present one and nothing is so serious in the present moment that you can’t smile, laugh or find solace in it.

Don’t sweat the small stuff; it’s all small stuff and that’s where being a kid becomes important. Kids don’t fret about tomorrow. They’re too busy in the present moment.

Children are fascinated by their ability to make right now as exciting and fun as possible. Try being 5 today. You’ll get a kick out of life, you, everything and everyone.

“Infinite patience produces immediate results.”

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Signs That You're a People Pleaser

Everyone likes approval. It’s natural to feel good when people see you making important life decisions and they affirm you.

There’s nothing wrong with liking approval or seeking it but if you REQUIRE approval in order to feel good about yourself, or if someone’s disapproval puts you in a stagnant or immobilized place, there's a problem.

You’ve now stepped into the realm of people pleasing and the truth about people pleasing is this: it’s a no-win situation. You can’t please all of the people all of the time.

Signs that you’re a people pleaser:
1) If you don’t get approval, it immobilizes you
2) You drop everything to say yes to people, even when you want to say no
3) When you go out, your first thought is “What do they think of me? Are they talking about me?”
4) You don’t show people all of who you are for fear of rejection or ridicule
5) You change your plans, decisions, and perspectives as soon as someone disagrees with you

If you are a people pleaser (and we've all been there at one time or another), here’s the one thing you need to remember:

When you people please, what you’re really saying to those people and the world is this:

Awareness is key. So is action.

Your new thought:
“What you think of me is NONE OF MY BUSINESS!”

Monday, January 26, 2009

10 Words That Will Simplify Your Life

I love, trust, cherish, respect, and honor who I am.

When you love who you are, you accept yourself. You encourage yourself by focusing on all the good that is in you.

When you trust yourself, you follow your inner knowing and do what’s right for you. You are not easily swayed by the “good” opinions of others nor do you feel pressure to do what other people suggest in order to get their approval.

When you cherish yourself, you take good care of yourself: body, mind and spirit. You feed your body good things and make time for exercise. You take quiet time to meditate, think and/or pray. You focus on the positives in your life and you express gratitude on a daily basis.

When you respect yourself, you do what’s best for you in all situations without allowing guilt, shame or blame to set in. You know you deserve the best and you accept it now.

When you honor yourself, you see how divine you are. You become aware that you are a vital part of everyone and everything.

You look for ways to serve your community. You follow your dreams because you know that the greatness that has been put in you is meant to be shared with the world.

I love, trust, cherish, respect and honor who I am.

Say this affirmation on a daily basis and watch your life unfold in magnificent ways.

Who Would You Be Without Your Story?

Every person comes to life with a story they are comfortable telling. Without even knowing it, we use it as a calling card to anyone and everyone we encounter. It's the "this is who I am because of where I've come from story." What is your story? Think back to the last two or three people you met for the first time. How did you describe yourself to them? What did you tell them about your life? Now think of your best friends. What recurring theme or idea do you find yourself discussing with them when it comes to the topic of your life? Here are a few examples:

"My father left before I was born."
"I'm a single mom."
"I've had a slew of bad relationships."
"People are always so jealous of me."
"I was raised by perfectionist parents. Nothing was ever good enough."
"I can't live without my coffee."
"Always the bridesmaid, never the bride."
"I'm a loner."
"People just don't get me."

And the list of "stories" could go on forever. Although we are raised with these experiences and create stories to help make sense of our lives, there is something so disempowering about summarizing who you are based on what you've been through. You are not your experiences. You are not your parents. You are not your failed relationships. You are not your FICO score. You are whatever you choose to be RIGHT NOW. The key to being free of your story is to stop telling it. As a great author once said, "If you don't have a story, you don't have to live up to it." Stop telling your story and see what blossoms in your life.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

All Prayers Are Answered Prayers

I'm such a big fan of Julia Cameron. All of her work amazes me, from "The Artist's Way" to "Answered Prayers." I keep her book of prayers, "Answered Prayers", with me at all times and the reason I love it so much is because it speaks to the whole notion of CHOOSING YOU. When you start to understand that you're a part of the divine, that you matter, that loving yourself is at the center of having everything you ever wanted in your life, every prayer you send out into the universe comes back to you because you know there's no lack or scarcity in life. We're all a part of this and we all have access to it.

Here's a Julia Cameron prayer and feel how beautiful your life truly is!

"Your heart is busy with too many concerns. You worry. You are agitated. You have no time for me. Get quiet. In all the world, only one thing matters, and that is our contact. When we are together, all else comes into harmony. I am the maker of all life. I bring to all relations sweetness and right action. Put me first. Come to me with all of your turbulence. I will bring you peace. I am intended to companion you. Let me fill your hours with my presence. I take delight in you. You are my cherished child. In all of time, there is only one of you, unique and original. I never tire of your presence. Allow me to be your friend. Let me become the place where you are most intimate, where you speak your truth most freely. Mine is a patient heart. Bring me your concerns. Tell me your worries and agitations. I can focus with pure love. I can listen with pure attention. No matter the hubbub of the world, I always have time for you. In all of creation, there is nothing that I place before you. You are my focus. You are whom I long to hear from. Allow me to come close to you. Let me into your life. Allow me to enter your heart. I come with respect. I bring the gifts of gentleness and wisdom. I am for you wise counsel. Share with me your hurried heart. Slow down and speak with me. I bring you joy."

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Next 4 Week CHOOSE YOU! Workshop Starts April 6th!

Are you ready to live life to the fullest?
Tired of wasting time thinking about the woulda/shoulda/couldas of the past?
Ready to let the past go and redesign your future based on what you want and need?
Are you ready to spend four weeks completely and totally on you?

Then it's time to CHOOSE YOU!

Space is limited! Register today by clicking on the Pay Pal link.

Stop waiting! Start becoming! CHOOSE YOU!

DATES: April 6 - May 4, 2009
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: First come, first serve. Spaces fill up fast!
COST: $278.00 (includes e-book, manual, podcasts, and 3 one hour life coaching sessions via telephone)