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The joy of a life worth living

Over the past few months, it seems every time I turn around someone else has passed. For me, it started with the loss of my friend Corriedawn. Then a member of my writer’s group lost her husband earlier this month

Fun makes you stronger.

You’ve probably heard the old saying, “Laughter is the best medicine”. According to Sigmund Freud’s relief theory laughter releases tension and ‘psychic energy’. Physiologically, laughter causes the dilation of blood vessels and increases blood flow. It increases the flow of endorphins (which decreases pain

The secret of change…

*This post was originally written in October of 2014. It’s been edited for today.* Creating a life you can’t yet see can be difficult for other people to understand. Especially when those people feel the need to convince you of the “reality” of

The Captain/Guidance

*This blog post was originally written in January of 2011. I’ve updated it a bit for today.* “Lord I pray, let my words ring true and help my actions to be an inspiration.” This phrase first popped into my head

Don’t listen to the lizard.

*This was originally posted in Dec. 2014* Described by marketing genius, Seth Godin, the lizard is  “the voice in the back of our head telling us to back off, be careful, go slow, compromise“.  Doubt, fear, and anxiety all comes from the

With Imagination

*For the first few years of this blog, every week I posted an inspirational song every Monday. This post was one of the very first because it helped me through some really rough spots, times when I wasn’t really sure

Can you relate?

Not long after Blake and I moved to Brazil, back in 1997, while sitting at an outdoor bar on the Calcadao in Resende , Blake ordered a beer. “Cerveja, por favor” When the waiter asked him if he wanted ‘oscuro’ or ‘claro’. Blake’s

Harvesting the fruits of a broken heart

I was on a walk with Tootsie the other day when I came across this rock… It looks like one of the many heart-shaped rocks I’ve picked up over the years, but with the bottom broken off. As I picked

Mercy

I was married once before. Not for very long, but long enough to learn some very valuable lessons, the most valuable of which, was how I didn’t want to be treated. My first husband and I were always looking for

My philosophy of Pink

*This was originally written in 2009 about an experience I had back in 2004. The other night I was chatting about looking for the “pink things” with a lovely pink-haired lady when I realized it’s time to share this post

Recognize your stories

  Back in the first grade I remember being taunted on the playground. During class, I made the mistake of telling one of my classmates of my recent adoption into my family. She shared that little nugget of information with a

Why I do what I do.

“Every time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, they send forth a tiny ripple of hope… These ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and

Hospitality

“Hospitality means primarily the creation of free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place. It is not

Giving up on doubt.

As I told you yesterday, my resolution for this 2014 is space. One of the ways I’m going to create more space in my life is by giving up on doubt. Doubt is such a horrible waste of energy. It’s like

If you’re not willing to learn…

“If you’re not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you’re determined to learn, no one can stop you.” Unknown It’s never easy, stepping out of your comfort zone, admitting you need help and showing your vulnerability.  But

You’re the hose.

Do you ever get nervous sometimes?  Worrying about doing all those fantastic things you think you can do but you’re not really sure how it’s all gonna happen? Well, here’s a bit of advice. Stop worrying. Yeah, I know that

XP points

Back a few years ago I was inspired by my son playing a video game. (Pretty amazing, right?!) It’s an on-line game called Rune-scape in which players have to collect valuables, mine precious metals, meet characters, and kill zombies to

Find the Pink Things

I was out taking my walk the other day when I noticed a couple of Pink things. The first was this flag, a left-over from summer. and then the second was this muffler, most likely faded from it’s original candy-apple

Believe in yourself

Even as I sit down to write this post, the lizard in the back of my mind, my critical-self is telling me that I’m not good enough to write this. The messages going through my head sound like this….“Who do

Feed your Soul series

So, how do you feed your soul? I don’t know about you, but nobody taught me how to do this. As I was growing up, people were more interested in ‘saving’ my soul (from what I’m still not sure) but

You are exactly who you’re supposed to be.

You are exactly who you’re supposed to be. There is nothing wrong with you. Granted, there are probably some areas that you could work on developing, but that doesn’t mean you’re broken. You are enough. Let go of thinking you

An open letter to the light-dimmers, trolls, vampires and frenemies…

*This note is written as inspiration for anyone who is trying to figure out how to get out from under those people in your life who drain and suck you dry. Don’t waste any more of your time feeding the

The hard stuff

Living in Brazil was really hard that first time. Not only didn’t I have the internet to keep my entertained, after I got accustomed to my surroundings, I got bored. We only had one car, so once I dropped off

Notice

The Inspirational word of the week is… Notice (noun) 1. an announcement or information about something impending 2. an observation or perception (verb) 1. to pay attention or become conscious of 2. to perceive or become aware. 3. to mention

Soundtracks

Healing Soundtrack

Today is Monday, which means it’s time for the Inspirational song of the week. I believe music is magical and has transformative, healing properties which, when properly administered, can solve many day to day issues. Here are some songs to

Get out of your own way

I can still remember it like it was yesterday. After living in Brazil for over a year, it was time for us to move back home to Michigan. Everything that didn’t stay with the house had either been packed up, thrown

Lighten up and let it go soundtrack

Auto play them all For when you feel yourself getting caught up in the drama, and you need a little help to feel better, here are a few songs to lighten your mood. Barn Dance sung by Gary Peters Beer

Healthy Lady
Summer Fun soundtrack

The heart of summer. Warm breezes, green grass, birds singing and sweet music to feed your soul. Aaaahhhhh! Life is good! Here’s a soundtrack to help cultivate the joy of summer! Michael Franti – Say Hey Michael Buble’ – It’s

Create some Space Soundtrack

Here are just a few songs to help you create some space. “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” Plato

Set your rudder Soundtrack

“You know, your attitude is a lot like the rudder on a ship, and if you can keep your attitude adjusted appropriately you can get where you need to go. But if it gets stuck, then you’re just going in

Pink Soundtrack

Pink things are reminders that God (Allah, the Universe, the Divine, the Source, the Force…..) wants you to be happy. Here are just 3 songs to kick off a Pink Soundtrack.  (Can you think of more? I would LOVE to

Silly song soundtrack

Sometimes that’s really all you need. Just a silly song to help fix your mood and adjust your attitude. Here’s a soundtrack of songs that make ME laugh.  I hope you’ll enjoy them too! *They’re not all kid-friendly so you’ll

Home soundtrack

Instead of just choosing one song for this week, here’s a bunch of songs about Home, our Inspirational word this week. Home by Michael Buble’ Home Sweet Home by Motley Crue Sweet Home Alabama by Lynrd Skynrd Homeward bound by Simon

Get rhythm Soundtrack

Today’s soundtrack is meant to help you feel the rhythm and energy in and around you. So you can stop trying to control everything. To help us all find some grace and space in our lives. So just let go and get

Light Soundtrack

There are so many different songs that use the word “Light”, so here’s a soundtrack of them! If you have one that you love, please share it in the comments below!! Play em all Blinded by the light by Manfred Mann’s

Songs of prosperity 2

I was thinking about writing about Steve Jobs, for the Inspirational person of the week. However, after seeing all the quotes in papers and social media and reading so many articles about him all over the internet, I figure most

Legacy soundtrack

Today is Monday, which means it’s time for the Inspirational song of the week, but instead of one song, I’ve put together the Legacy Soundtrack. I wanted to bring together a bunch of songs to be played at my funeral

Provisions Soundtrack

Today is Monday, which means it’s time for the Inspirational song of the week. However, in honor of this weeks post about Provisions, (stuff you need) I’ve been collecting songs! I would love it if you would share your song

Songs to feed your soul!

Today is Monday, which means it’s time for the Inspirational song of the week. I believe music is magical and has transformative, healing properties which, when properly administered, can solve many day to day issues. This collection comes from the

Walking Soundtrack

Today is Monday, which means it’s time for the Inspirational Song of the week! Except this week, I’m offering the……. Walking SoundTrack! As I was cruising through a foot of fresh powder this morning, my thighs burning, calves pumping, I

Soundtrack of your life

Today is the last Monday of 2009.  I’d like to offer something fun you can do by yourself, or with your friends. *Warning!!!* Doing this with a large group of people has been known to create a great deal of

Support Soundtrack

Today is Monday, which means it’s time for the Inspirational song of the week. Except instead of just one song, this week I’m offering a whole soundtrack of supportive songs to help get you through these last few days before

Amsterdam Soundtrack

Today is Monday, which means it’s time for the Inspirational song of the week.  I believe music is magical. It has transformative, healing properties and when properly administered, can solve many day to day issues. Instead of just picking one

Songs of Prosperity

Today is Monday, which means it’s time for the Inspirational song of the week…….except today I’m going to offer something different!  Today I’m offering a soundtrack called Songs of Prosperity! I love putting together soundtracks to accompany me along my

Zen

Always be natural

I’ve been seeing this while out on my walk with Tootsie. Although I was in the band waaaaaay back in high school, I couldn’t remember what the symbols all stood for. I figured out the first two “Be sharp, Never

Enlightenment is a destructive process…

Growing pains We all have to give up something at one time or another. Like that security blanket when we were little, the training wheels for our bike or that boyfriend/girlfriend who had completely different hopes and dreams, holding on to

Can you be happy anyway?

This thought has been sitting in the front of my mind since the beginning of the year. “Can you be happy anyway?” I’ll be honest, as a California girl, I’m naturally “solar powered”. During these long nights and gray, Michigan

Create Space to grow and be happy

This was originally posted in December of 2011. It’s been edited a little bit for today. Space (noun): 1. the unlimited realm in which all objects or events occur. 2. gap; blank between two things. 3. freedom to do what

What God do you believe in?

“If you don’t follow religion, but you say believe in God, then what DO you believe in?”  I believe in energy. I believe in the power of love and that God is that power. God is like the entire ocean

Set your energy to peace and calm

*Update Since this was originally posted in October 2013,  Tootsie’s now 12 year old and still cruising.  I took a walk by myself the other day. Tootsie stayed home. We took her walk earlier in the day, just up to the

Acknowledge

When I saw this picture, it made me think about God. (Allah, The Universe, the Divine….you know what I mean) (Photo credit goes to Kevin L. Williams and Lin Workman. My sincerest gratitude to you both!!) This photo is a touching

Love yourself

There are lots of things that get in the way of us loving ourselves. Things like people-pleasing, over-work, addictions and bad habits, just to name a very few. The thing they all have in common is that they’re all rooted

Oh Honey……

If I could, I would hold you in my heart and let you feel the love and hope I have for you. If I could, I would make you feel relaxed, safe, smart and hopeful. If I could, I would

I love me.

Not in a “I’m better than you, so look up to me” kind of way. No, I love me because I recognize how valuable, strong and beautiful I am. In these days of inflated egos and self-righteous arrogance, I’m choosing

Stay relaxed and success will follow.

I’m a little nervous about my speech tonight, so I’m using this blog post to help me adjust my attitude, to stop stressing and just do my best. As I tell my coaching clients, worry never leads to success. You

Choose love

The reality of life is that we ALWAYS have a choice between love and fear. While fear may seem “real” because of all the flashy graphics and the constant onslaught of  “news” and “experts” telling us what we’re supposed to

Energy is the essence…

How do you get to your destination? By staying the course until you get there. Sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it? In reality, it’s easy to get distracted. Taking a nap, driving to someone else’s house or going to the farmer’s

Happiness is the secret…

*Thanks to my friend Laura, who uses this meme as her profile pic on Google plus. * Instead of worrying about the details, problems and drama for today, what if we made a real, concerted effort to change the world

Self-mastery begins with self-awareness.

*This card is from the Fifth Agreement deck by Don Miguel Ruiz & Don Jose Ruiz.* Here’s the message on the back… “With awareness I know that I can change my virtual world by changing what I believe. What is

Swan story

Let me tell you about a very intense experience I had with a swan this weekend. After finishing our chores, my family and I decided to go out on the lake. I drove the jet ski up the canal while darling

“Congratulations! Fantastic!”

This was my message from TUT the other day, and I thought you would enjoy it too!! “Congratulations, Fantastic! You GO, Baby! I’m so happy for you. No one deserves it more. I love you so much.” That’s what people

Time will reveal your true nature

Reveal (verb) 1. to make known; to disclose. 2) to display; exhibit. (noun) 1. a disclosure or revelation. This word invokes a very different reaction depending upon how you’re feeling. If you’re fearful, this word creates feelings of worry and

How to recognize kindness

Instead of doing the Inspirational word of the week, I’m doing a series based on the prayer from my Stretch…..”Stay open to the balance of energies and show patience for time to do it’s work. Embrace the place where life

Flow

The Inspirational word of the week is…… Flow (verb) 1. to circulate 2. to proceed from a source 3. to well forth. (noun) 1. current 2. stream Quick story Last week, when I went upstairs to gather laundry from my

Serve

The Inspirational word of the week is… Serve (verb) 1. to offer 2. to be of use, helpful 3. to show obedience. Who do they serve? While talking with a lady friend of mine this morning about the Debt Ceiling,

Rooted

*This post was originally written back in May of 2011. It was updated a bit for today.* Rooted (adjective) firmly implanted, established, deeply supported. Roots create stability by anchoring into the ground as well as a supplying nourishment to the

Savor

Today is Wednesday, which means it’s time for the Inspirational word of the week. Savor (noun) 1. a distinctive quality 2. the power to excite or interest  (verb) 1. flavor 2. to perceive with enjoyment 3. to give oneself over

Harmony & Synergy

It’s time for the Inspirational word of the week, however, since I can’t decide which of these two words to write about, I’ll do both! Harmony:(noun) 1. Musical notes played to have a pleasing effect. 2. Peace, agreement, cooperation and understanding

Protect

Today is Wednesday, which means it’s time for the Inspirational word of the day. Protect: (verb) to defend or guard against attack; to cover. A couple of weeks ago, I had my son and his friend go with me on

Quintessential

Today is Wednesday, which means it’s time for the Inspirational word of the week. Quintessential (noun) 1. the pure and concentrated essence of a substance. 2 the perfect embodiment of something. This word came up as Blake, Garrett and I

Life never gets resolved

When I was a kid, I just assumed that when I grew up, I’d have all of THE answers. I’d know what I wanted and how I was going to get it. I thought that there would come this magical