Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Do what you love!

What is it that you love doing? What makes you smile, makes your heart sing and your skin glow? Is it taking pictures of your children, hugging your pets, cooking, taking a walk out in nature, writing, reading, riding your bicycle, gardening, etc? Most of us today are so busy working, raising children, running errands, paying bills, and doing the regular day-to-day routine that we put what we love doing on the back-burner. We figure we'll get to it later because there's something else that needs to get done. We live in a world where we're so consumed with achieving goals and getting things done that we forget about nourishing our souls. I believe that if we nourish our souls, we thrive, not just survive. Our life has purpose and meaning. Our life has life!! We're not just doing what's necessary to get by. We're bringing joy into the world by doing what we love and when we do, we become more joyful and you know what happens when you're around someone who's joyful. It's contagious and you find that your mood gets better. You smile and feel so much lighter. And when your feeling lighter and happier, then it affects those who are around you. So by doing what you love, it starts a domino affect and causes others to do what they love. And wouldn't it be a much nicer world to live in if everyone could take a few minutes out of their day to do what they love? I guarantee you, people would be a lot less stressed out and they'd find that they have the time to do what they love, rather than finding that they have excuses to put off doing what they love!! Be the catalyst of joy by doing what you love! Start today! Start right now!!! Just simply START!!!

Monday, June 11, 2012

                 A short but profound conversation with Manny!

Have you ever been in a grumpy mood because you didn't get enough sleep from the night before? Well, that was me this morning for sure, and I'm not usually a grumpy person. I tend to be a happy, positive person with a bubbly personality. But today was a different story. I didn't want to talk to anyone except out of politeness to say "good morning." That's it! And I had so many negative thoughts from being overly tired as well. All I kept thinking was, "I can't wait for this work day to be over so I can go home and take a nap. I just wish this day would end. I don't want to be at work at all. Why do I have to be responsible and go to work when all I wanna do is sleep?" And on and on and on!!

While I was at work wishing the day would end and still being grumpy, I had to use the restroom. As I walked in there, one of my coworkers, Manny was cleaning the bathroom like he does every morning. Now, let me tell you a little bit about Manny. Manny is a very quiet kind of guy who keeps pretty much to himself. He's always very polite and sweet and he'll chit-chat here and there, but still, he keeps to himself, does his work, then leaves.

Manny and I have never had an extensive conversation other than the mild chit-chat we have about the sweet tea that I make lol, until this morning, in the restroom while I was waiting for him to finish up his work in there. I asked him how he was (out of politeness) and he said he was doing good, asked me how I was, and I told him I was tired and wished I could go home. He said, "You know what. I thank God every day that I get to wake up and go to work. I also ask him when I wake up what I can do with another day that I've been given." WOW! That stopped me dead in my tracks. I told him, "That's true, but it's so hard being positive when you're tired and grumpy." He also told me, "You know what. I'm grateful every day that I get to wake up to be tired because there are some people who are laid up in hospital beds, hooked up to life support systems and not able to breathe on their own."

As he said that, my jaw dropped because here was this quiet man saying some of the most profound words I've ever heard! I never knew Manny was such a deeply spiritual person. I also never knew that our brief but profound conversation in the restroom would completely turn my grumpy mood into a positive, grateful one within a matter of 30 seconds. Just like that!!

About 10 minutes later, I saw Manny washing dishes. My spirit prompted me to go and thank him for his profound words. When I did, my eyes welled up with tears because I was truly grateful for his spiritual insight which was exactly what I needed today. And ever since then, (about 6 hours), I've felt more awake, positive, and spiritually aware. Manny's words have changed me and deepened my belief in my spirituality once again!!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Red, and the green hummingbird!

On December 7, 2008, my beloved step daddy, Red, passed away. I was living in Georgia at that time. Once I found out the news, my brother and I flew out to Vegas where he lived to attend his funeral and to be there for our mom. As you can imagine it was a very stressful time. Losing someone you love and getting the funeral arrangements going is always very stressful on all parties involved.

In the midst of all the stress, I went outside on my mom's porch to clear my head and to try and make sense of everything (talk about challenging!) Well, about two minutes later, something caught my attention that immediately stopped my obsesive thinking. About 5 feet away from me, there was a beautiful green hummingbird hovering around, just hanging out. It seemed as if it was staring at me. A minute later, it was gone. Once it left, I thought to myself, "Why did a green hummingbird come around in the middle of winter? I thought they only came around in the summer." After that, I didn't think much about it.

A month later, my friend Audrey and I went to see the movie, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." About half way into the movie, there's a scene where Benjamin and Captain Mike are out at sea. In the scene, there appears a green hummingbird. When I saw that, I immediately remembered the green hummingbird I saw while hanging out on my mom's front portch in Vegas from a month earlier. My eyes welled up with tears from knowing that this was my step daddy's way of letting me know that he's with me.

For three years and four months after that, I didn't see one single green hummingbird. I just thought those two times were it. Well, ne afternoon as I was talking with someone who recently had a friend pass away, she was sharing how a butterfly kept hanging around her. It reminded her of her friend. I shared with her about my green hummingbird experience. Later on that day, while I was at work, a lady and her husband came in and sat in my section. As I greeted the table, something caught my attention that stopped me dead in my tracks. The lady had a big green hummingbird tattooed on her right arm. When I saw that, it blew me away and of course, I immediately got tears in my eyes. I knew that my step daddy was with me again!!

A few days after that, Eddie and I were at Home Depot looking for chairs for our front porch. As we were looking around, I saw some hummingbird yard ornaments that I fell in love with. I told Eddie that if I see a green one, I'm buying it. We walked away, looked around for about 30 more minutes, came back to another set of hummingbird yard ornaments, and there it was!! A green one (the one you see in the picture.)

It now sits in my front yard under Eddie's favorite tree!!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Tuesday Words of Wisdom.... Get out in nature!

"You can always find the sun within yourself if you will only search."
— Maxwell Maltz

Yep, you read that right. Get out in nature! Get outside and enjoy the beauty of everything that's bloomed this beautiful Spring. Look at the abundance of leaves on the trees, the abundance of birds singing, the abundance of vibrant green blades of grass, the abundance of the fragrant flowers. etc. This is such a great way to stay grounded and to connect with the amazingly beautiful and abundant Universe. It's also a great way to connect to your Spirit.

Haven't you noticed that when you're outside in nature, you feel so much better? Ideas flow to your heart and mind, your Spirit opens up, your mood lightens, and you have so much more energy! That's what nature was intended for.

If you think about it, those who spend time out in nature tend to be healthier, have less stress, and are happier! So, improve your life by getting outside and communing with the gift of nature. It's a free gift!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

My Saturday Words of Wisdom.

We should be mindful of how we treat people because everyone is dealing with something. They could be on the verge of losing their home. They may have just lost their job. They could have just received a bad report from the doctor. They may be on the verge of a divorce. They could have just lost a pet or a loved one, or even a best friend who's stuck by their side thru the darkest time in their life when everyone else turned their back on them. They could have lost a life-long spouse. Someone could have just broke into their home and stolen credit card and banking information. You just never know! So, make it a point to treat others how you want to be treated because one day, you may be going thru something yourself.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Forgive the most important person in your life...YOU!

Last night, I watched Oprah's Life Class. The topic for last night's show was on Forgiveness. When I heard Oprah say they were gonna talk about forgiveness, I thought to myself, "Yeah, right! I don't need to forgive anyone. I've already forgiven everyone I could because I've come to terms with my past. I've accepted it for what it is, learned from it, grew, and moved on."

I learned a few years ago that if you don't forgive people their transgressions, its like you're drinking poison and expecting the other person to die from it. It doesn't work. You have to forgive people in order to heal and move on in your own life. With coming to terms with my past and forgiving people, I feel like it's propelled me to new heights in life. I no longer am an angry and depressed person. I found my smile!

Well, about 3/4 of the way into the show, they started talking about forgiving yourself, and as soon as they said that, it kinda woke me up. Forgive myself??? Hmmm, that's a new concept I'd never explored! As they kept talking, it hit me that I never forgave myself for not ammending my relationship with my real father before he transitioned in October of 2011.

My father and I never really had a solid relationship. Sometimes, we'd go for 10 years without speaking to one another. This was the way it was for my whole life, and I finally accepted it for what it was about 10 years before he transitioned. Long story short, we had a HUGE falling out around that time and I chose not to speak to him ever again. I chose my pride over trying to come from a place of understanding how he thought. I wasn't able to accept him for who he was. I wanted him to be who I wanted him to be, and when he couldn't, it upset me pretty badly.

Then one day, out of the clear blue, I get a message from a friend on Facebook telling me they were sorry to hear about the passing of my father! WHAT THE HELL??? The passing of my father? Are you freaking kidding me? That news definitely threw a wrench into my plans. When I asked my friend how she knew, she said she read it in an obituary from the local newspaper. So I immediately got on the Internet to find out if it was true and sure enough, it was. Not only that, I found out from the obituary that he endured a lengthy battle with cancer and passed on two days before I found out. I never even knew my father was sick. No one told me. If I had known he was sick, I definitely would have put my pride aside and ammended my relationship with him. But I didn't know he was sick, and it was too late! Come to find out from my father's girlfriend who I met via the mortuary, he thought I wouldn't have cared if he was sick, lived, or died, so that's why he never reached out to tell me.

Suddenly, I was riddled with an overwhelming feeling of guilt. In my state of grief, I couldn't get over the fact that I had too much pride to let the past be the past. I also couldn't get over the fact that my father passed on believing that I didn't want anything to do with him. That broke my heart so badly. And as I sit here and type this, it still breaks my heart. I haven't forgiven myself totally and completely for my actions.

I know that if I don't forgive myself and move on from the chains of unforgiveness, I will be bound by this guilt for the rest of my life. I have to be gentle with myself like I was with everyone else. I need to seek God in all of this and allow His wisdom to shine down on my life! I need to open my heart and find peace in the decissions I made not to have my father in my life.

I need to forgive me!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

I've got to get out of my own way!

Every time I hear this amazing song, it reminds me that I'm the only one who keeps getting in my own way. I stop myself from moving forward with my own self-talk because I'm afraid of my greatness and of being ridiculed from others. If you deal with getting in your own way, then let this song inspire you, like it does me.
Ready To Fly
Richard Marx

I've been trying to open the door
To the secret of my destiny
And every new road I think is the one
Seems to lead right back to me

I've looked for a way to be wiser
A way to be strong
Now I see the answer was hiding
In me all along

And I'm ready to fly
Over the sun
Like a rocket to heaven
And I'm ready to soar
Right through the sky
Never dreamed I'd find something to lift me so high
I've always had wings
But I wasn't ready to fly

Restless, hopeless, and misunderstood
Like so many others I know
So busy tryin' to keep holdin' on
When I should've been letting go

I was given the gift to find it
The spirit inside me
But I never really imagined
All I could be


The answer to all of my wonder
Was right in my hands
Now it's time for me to discover
All that I am


I've always had wings
Now I'm finally ready to fly

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Since moving to Ohio, I've had so much more energy to actually get out in nature and walk my doggies. They love it as much as I do. And with the weather being as nice as it's been, I have to take advantage of being outside as much as possible. I'm learning so much about life through being with them. They are such great teachers and I am so grateful that they chose me to be their master! They're teaching me 1) To live life in the moment. Dogs don't worry about tomorrow, or fret over what happened yesterday. There are here and present all of the time. 2) To enjoy the simple things in life. They get a thrill simply from riding in the car to the park, walking in the park, sniffing grass, greeting people, and spending time with me. 3) Have no judgements. My dogs don't judge a soul. They treat everyone and greet them the exact same, every single time, no questions asked. 4) Exercise every day. My dogs absolutely love going for walks and I can easily tell when I start walking them that they have limitless amounts of energy to walk off. Within 10 minutes of walking them, they start to slow down because they've gotten a lot of their energy out. They are both losing weight and they are much calmer as a result of their exercise! And I can tell they feel better, too. 6) Rest. Every time we come home from walking, the first thing they do, after drinking a bowl-full of water is rest. They don't worry about everything they have to get done. They just think about resting and heading to their dog beds for a much-needed nap. 7) Have gratitude. They are so grateful for getting to get out of the house, ride in the car, be around people, be in nature, etc. And they aren't afraid to show it by evidence of their constant tail wagging. It's a sight to see for sure! 8) Never be afraid to express how you feel. My dogs always show me how they are feeling. Although they're mostly happy, they still show me when they're scared, cautious, not feeling well, etc, and they have no problems expressing themselves. 9) Go after the things you want. Sam and Maggie both go after the things they want. When they want some of my food, they beg and have no issues doing so. When they want to sniff a smell, they go after that smell whole-heartedly! When they want to greet someone, they greet them with the same energy as if they're going after that smell. 10) Show unconditional love all of the time. They both show me and everyone they meet unconditional love all of the time. No matter what mood I'm in when I come home from a bad day, they are both there to greet me at the door, tails on a constant wag, and whimpers of delight! They love me the same today as they did yesterday, and there are no conditions placed on me at all. All I have to do is be me, and that's good enough for them! So take your dogs for a walk in the park and find out the many things about life that you can learn from them. Trust me, they are such amazingly great teachers, and I thank God for my doggies. I couldn't imagine life without them!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

I've been gone for far too long!!!

WOW!! As I sit here and type, I can't believe I've gone almost two years without writing in my blog. Talk about taking a break!! And with knowing that writing is one of my passions and a great creative outlet for me, I still made the choice to go that long without writing. Why? Maybe it was procrastination. Maybe it was laziness. Maybe it was part of the path I was supposed to travel to get me to this point. I honestly don't know. Kinda sad, really if I sit here and think about it long enough. And even though I made the choice not to write in my blog for almost two years, the desire always stayed with me. But, I let my choices win out over my desires. I let my ego win out over my heart. For my two year break, I was leading with my head and not with my heart. I allowed life to take over instead of me taking over my life. I made going to work and paying bills a priority. I made making others happy a priority. I made doing laundry, washing dishes, grocery shopping, getting oil changes, watching movies, and running errands a priority. While all of those things are important, I forgot about my passion and desire to write. I put nourishing my soul on the back-burner. And, I was merely existing and not living! That's definitely no way to live. Knowing this deep inside of me, a thought keeps playing over and over in my head. The thought is, "When it's my time to transition to the other side, I don't wanna be on my death-bed, laying there with any regrets. I want to know that I did all that I wanted to do. I want to know that I followed my heart. I want to know that I pursued my passions. And I want to know that I did all I could do to impact the world by inspiring people." That's what I want, and that's what I WILL DO! And now that I'm 41, almost 42 years old, I feel like I haven't got one second longer to waste. God gave me the gift of writing to give to the world and I must share it. That's what I believe!! So, with that being said, I'm gonna go sit outside on this amazingly beautiful day, watch my doggies play, listen to the birds and the sounds of the universe, and do some more writing. Maybe do some journaling. Maybe some free-flow writing. Or, maybe starting out on writing the book that's been sitting inside of my belly. And, until next time..... FOLLOW YOUR PASSIONS!!