She Continues to Inspire Me!!

Fifty-three years ago an amazing woman gave up life as she knew it, to welcome me into the world.  I came at a time in her life when she was on the edge of blossoming into her own womanhood; at the start of figuring out who she was, what she wanted to do with her life, and where she might want to adventure to. My conception interrupted any solo dreams she may have had, turned it down a different road, changed her life forever. It would take me years to fully understand the sacrifice she made at that time. Now, as a mother of two amazing young people, I am awed and humbled by her courage, love, and pure grace.

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“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” ~Abraham Lincoln

I continue to be inspired by her, blessed to have her in my life, to laugh, cry, and share heartfelt moments. As I listen to my own daughter sing at the top of her lungs while I type, I smile at all the years my mom listened to me. Patiently and lovingly she let me be me, especially in my own room where I cranked up the volume on my record player to full max.

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“When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.” ~Sophia Loren

Our journey has not always been cozy and full of loving snuggles. On the contrary actually, there were years that we did not get along at all. As the eldest of four (only child til I was 9, then…), living in the middle of no where, with no close neighbors, I became her right hand “person”.  As I look back through the looking glass I smile at the woman I see, for she role modeled such strength, compassion, and love in ways beyond my understanding at the time. When I determinedly decided I wanted to be an exchange student in High School, she stood behind me ALL the way, she stood up against the naysayers with me, selfishly doing whatever it took to help me make it happen. When applying to the college I wanted to go to, she was the one to sit at the typewriter and type out the essays I had written. She stood by my side when others said, “It’s too expensive”, “You should go somewhere in state..”.

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“I got to grow up with a mother who taught me to believe in me.” ~Antonio Villaraigosa

 

I watched this incredible woman raise three children on her own after my parents divorced. She put them first, sacrificing always, so they could have and do what they wanted. I marveled at how she could keep it all together. Support them with unconditional love and encourage every dream they expressed. I loved how she journeyed this path authentically and humbly – never giving up, no matter how hard it became.

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“My mother is a walking miracle.” ~Leonardo DiCaprio

Then at sixty she ignited a dream tucked beneath years of raising children, to work for Colonial Williamsburg. At an age and time when most people just “accept” life as it is, she rallied courage, determination, faith, and self-love. She went for it and DID IT!! Amazingly ten plus years laters, she is still there, greeting and welcoming people into the historical experience of Colonial Williamsburg. This powerful role modeling that dreams can come true no matter your age or place in life, continues to inspire and awe me.

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“Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.” ~Stevie Wonder

Through all the years, through all the challenges, she has always been there for me, letting me navigate my path without judgment. Being there to encourage and support me when I fall down. Loving me and all my crazy wild dreams. My two children love sharing time with their grandma, for she gets them, she loves them for exactly who they are..!! I wish for every child such love. My mom has become one of my dearest friends, a woman who inspires me every day, who is my nonjudgmental safe place to be me.

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“The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.” ~Henry Ward Beecher

Mom, there truly are no words to say thank, you are a divine gift in my life. I am grateful for the hard times between us, for they have enriched and deepened our relationship. It is easy to love when all is smooth and effortless, it is the bumps, the challenges, the struggles which really create a relationship that can withstand the storms. I am so proud to be your daughter. I kneel in humble gratitude for all that you have sacrificed and given to raise me into the woman I am today.

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“My mother’s wonderful. To me she’s perfection.” ~Michael Jackson

Happy Mother’s Day Mom!! May we have years and years and years to play, laugh, cry, dance, explore and adventure together. In sincere love, your wild at heart daughter <3. I close with this song for you and all mothers (click the word below).

Mama…

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The Philosopher’s Rearview Mirror Wisdom!!

As I enjoy the peace and tranquility of my “Walden Pond”, I reflect upon the wisdom of the great philosophers and thinkers who walked this earth before me. Why are we so quick to disregard, reject and forget their teachings?

Today I wish to begin the journey with you where together we choose to remember and hopefully reawaken to their teachings. In so doing, it is my hope that we may make a conscious choice to leave the world better for the next generation or as the Native Americans wisely encouraged, the next seven generations.

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“In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.” ~Iroquois maxim

As I read “Walden” again by Henry David Thoreau, I am struck by his plea for us to see our world truthfully. To elect stepping off the hamster wheel of mediocrity to embrace a life of connection and awareness. A line of his that has haunted me for years states – “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.”

Ugh.., I hear this reverberate everyday as I listen and observe the world around me. I take in conversations like,

“How are you today?”

“Oh, I am okay?”

“Just okay?”

“Yes, nothing bad has happened so far, so I guess it is all good.”

This is a conversation I listened to yesterday morning – seriously, that is how one embarks on the new day. A day that will never come again. Why? Why would you choose this?

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“Wonder is the feeling of the philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder.” ~Plato

Thoreau continues to discuss the psyche of the human – “Public opinion is a weak tyrant compared with our own private opinion. What a man thinks of himself, that it is which determines, or rather indicates, his fate.”

Are we unable to connect the dots of understanding that how we think directly impacts how we feel and what we create for ourselves in our lives? Can we not view the direct correlation between our happiness and how we choose to think, act and be engaged with our life?

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“Be as you wish to seem.” ~Socrates

I asked a colleague of mine the other day, “What do you wish to experience, see and or do in your life”? This question came after listening to a group of them complain about “doing another day at work”, all of them counting the hours until the day was done. His response to me, “I don’t know, I haven’t thought in years about what I would like to do or dream to create and experience.”

This is the world I am handing down to my children. This is the thinking I often experience around me as I interact with others. It saddens me very deeply, for many people choose to make Thoreau’s words correct – they live a life of “quiet desperation”, going through the motions with no passion or joy. Living a vicarious life through the actors on the television, phone or computer screen.

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“My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.” ~Aristotle

Perhaps it is time to recall the wisdom written and spoken by those before us. Maybe it is time to listen with our hearts, souls and mind, making new decisions that will have a ripple effect upon those who are inheriting our actions and choices.

Do you live a life of “quiet desperation’? Do you think of yourself poorly, criticizing and judging? I am curious, why would you choose this?

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“Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.” ~Democritus

Until next time, may you “be the change you wish to see in the world…”!!

The Gift That Keeps On Giving…

Hello amazing readers!! I come to you on a glorious sunny Spring like Saturday in Boise, Idaho. I love this time of year, for it is full of the potential blossoming of life and vitality. As I glance out the window with my fingers sliding across the keyboard I am bouncing inside, dancing to the absolute stunning, joyful grace of life, it’s never ending vitality and opportunity for growth.

It mirrors to me all the expansion and glee I have felt lately within my physical, emotional and spiritual being. As you know, I enjoyed my favorite 11 day Detox in January and have since maintained a very clean mostly Raw Food lifestyle. I am just flabbergasted with the miraculous ability of the body to rise, heal, and awaken to more!

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“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.” ~Martha Graham

A gift I choose everyday to bestow upon myself, those I love, and the world at large is to take care of me, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Think about this for a moment. If I take loving care of myself in all ways, I give my children, family, and friends the gift of not having to take care of me. As I expand my knowledge and wisdom in health and transformational coaching I expand my gift out to others who seek to change their own life. They then start the ripple effect in their lives to grace their family and friends with being healthy, happy, and vibrantly alive. It is the Gift That Keeps On Giving!!

In 2007 I started this journey to coach and teach, working one on one with people, while teaching “Raw Food” and “Right Relationship with Food” classes. My business name at that time was “Rippling Intentions” – a name that embodies my dreams and hopes. The world, especially Boise, Idaho, was not ready to move in this direction. Most people still did not question or take action with regard to their personal health and well being, they preferred to turn to the Medical World for guidance and a quick fix. By the way, did you know that most doctors get little to no nutritional teaching? It’s a fact! Gratefully a fact that is getting attention lately and shall hopefully be changing.

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“What is called genius is the abundance of life and health.” ~Henry David Thoreau

Today I am absolutely ecstatic to hear and see all of this changing!! I have been waiting for so long (30 years) for the medical world to begin to share the truth about the interconnection of our body, mind, and spirit; how it can heal if we truly take care of it. Thankfully there have been grand pioneers out there trying to wake us up along the way – Ann Wigmore, Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Gabriel Cousens, Dr. Bernard Jensen, etc… In the last month and a half I have joyfully celebrated and enjoyed three docu-series – “Broken Brain” (https://brokenbrain.com), created by Dr Mark Hyman, “Autoimmune Secrets” (https://autoimmunesecrets.com/), created by Jonathan Otto interviewing a team of experts, and “iThrive” (https://go.ithriveseries.com/), created by Jon McMahon who personally takes you on a journey with experts to reverse Diabetes. I truly wish every person would take the time to gift themselves and those they love by watching these series (listen to them in the car, while making dinner, taking a walk – I did not sit and watch them, I listened when I could.)

I am astounded at how many people will not take their personal health into their own hands. Why would you not want to give this gift to yourself, the ones you love, and the world at large? Why would you not want to lead the healthiest, happiest life ever? Why would you not question if you live in pain, discomfort, depression, diabetes, cancer, etc.., this is not your body’s natural state. What we eat and how we take care of our body literally kills us or makes us thrive – you are the one to make the choice of what goes into your body. I have never believed we have to “suffer” or “grow old” and at 53 I continue to believe this with even more passion!!

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“I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you.” ~Joyce Meyer

As you know, I worked in a nursing home in my early twenties, at that time I had already been on a path with “taking care” of my body, however my desire to know more and do more increased profoundly as I observed the dismal quality of life these people lived. My desire to be healthy and physically fit sky rocketed with intensity. I lost 45 lbs, and started keeping track of my food and exercise with great focus. Thirty two years later I am so grateful that I took action, for I am blessed to live a life that not only graces me with immense vibrancy, but also impacts everyone around me.

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“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

I pray that you will start to question, that you will take action, that starting today you will choose to OWN YOUR personal health, for it is the most precious gift you give to yourself and those you love. The NAKED TRUTH here is that YOU are the one to CHOOSE!! It is a Gift that you not only give yourself, but to all those who love you!

I’m BACK with Great Excitement!! Stronger and more vibrantly alive than ever!!

I apologize for skipping out on the last two months, sometimes life nudges you to step back, re-evaluate and rejuvenate your WHY and WHO YOU ARE (refer to earlier blog posts, for “Who” and “Why”). The 21 Day Transformational Detox was an immensely powerful experience for myself and those that shared the journey with me. I lost approximately 10 lbs., but more importantly I began the process of truly “detoxing” my body, mind and spirit. Today, I joyfully continue to detox in many ways,  healing even more profoundly; digging deeper into the awareness of my body’s incredible miraculous ability to be vibrantly alive!!

All that being said, I come back to the page with a greater intensity and less patience – to be completely authentically honest, I’m sick of the excuses I hear all around me. Seriously, let’s get real!! Your life will NOT CHANGE, unless you take action, end of story!! Your HEALTH, your EMOTIONAL well being, your SPIRITUAL and INTELLECTUAL expansion, peace, love, joy, and grace will not ARISE out of perpetuating your habits and patterns that keep you stuck.

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“Kites rise highest against the wind – not with it.” ~Winston Churchill

Oh, I get it! There are only 24 hours in the “day/night” – yep, that’s true for ALL of us. I understand that there is much “to do”! I know it is not easy! I hear all of it, over and over, and over, and over again. When are you going to say NO MORE? When are you going to say YES to YOU, your HEALTH, your JOY, your PASSIONS, your DREAMS, DESIRES, etc…???

Change comes when we take consistent action everyday. This does not have to be huge action, it is the little actions that build the massive change over time. Now, mind you a life altering event can happen in a second, changing your life forever, however, it has been my experience that the true power lies in how you step up each day in little consistent determined ways. A new muscle does not become sculpted and powerful overnight, it is a journey over time.

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“My interest in life comes from setting myself huge, apparently unachievable challenges and trying to rise above them.” ~Richard Branson

I am so tired of wandering around a world that has forgotten how to be joyfully passionate in living life! Seriously, I don’t understand. Why would anyone want to go through the motions of life? Why would anyone want to be sick and unhealthy? Why would anyone “not want” to experience life to the fullest? I’m confused and baffled by such decisions. I can personally say I LOVE LIFE!! It is a glorious dance full of vibrant gifts every day!!

Answer this question honestly – If you had the chance to go to dinner with someone passionately, vibrantly, joyfully alive OR someone “going through the motions of life” with an attitude that “life happens to them”, who would you choose? I know my answer, I choose the passionate being!

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“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” ~Oprah Winfrey

I chuckle, for what do people think will happen? That during the night the “fairy godmother” will arrive to change everything? That they can get healthier by doing the same thing that got them sick? That hitting snooze every morning will make the night longer so they do not have to wake up in the same old world that they created? You get the point.

I come back to this blog ready to be more blunt, personally truthful, raw and authentically naked, for I am seriously sick of the perpetuated mediocrity that exists through all the excuses. I am going to live large with passionate loving joy, taking action everyday towards a vibrantly full life – I sure hope you will join me. It is soooooo much FUN!!

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“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” ~Harriet Tubman

I am very excited to come back to the page with you. I am thrilled to write a new page three days of the week. I am joyfully here to celebrate the pure dynamic grace of life with you!

  • If you want the “same old thing”, then please do not waste your time reading my blog.
  • If you are already living a passionate dynamic life I hope you find relatable joy in my words.
  • If you are seeking to change and rise into your unique glorious self, I hope you will gift yourself with the time it takes to read this blog and recharge your battery to say YES to a passionate life!!
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“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” ~Colin Powell

Until we connect on Friday (in my part of the world), A.C.T. (Always Choose Truth) to experience the wonders which reside all around you if you are willing to see.

Day 10 – Quote Healing…

“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.” ~Hippocrates 

As I prepare to embark on my bi-annual detox tomorrow I am of course joyfully preoccupied with health. As an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, and one who has had a passion for health and wellness for thirty-seven years, I am excited to see the world beginning to wake up to the reality that we have to change our relationship with the Healthcare System. It is time for the “Individual” to be proactive and aware, while having a system that offers knowledge, support, encouragement, and “how to”. Hippocrates shared the interconnected truth about our health and well- being (https://www.biography.com/people/hippocrates-082216). It is amazing to me that we still struggle to hear the truth of such teachings centuries later.   

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“Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.” ~Hippocrates

It struck me recently as I looked at our present day Healthcare System that it completely mirrors how we “treat” the individual on the journey with their health/wellness. It is broken, disjointed, separate, disrespectful, demeaning, scary, and overwhelming. I just glance out at our local hospitals and doctors offices, you must go here for your eyes, there for your teeth, to the other side of town for the speciality doc, up ten floors to the Ob/Gyn, down the street for the chiropractor and… Then believe it or not, health is not just about your internal organs and body function, it is also about your mental well being, so don’t forget that you must go somewhere else to see a therapist, take a wellness class, etc.. Last but not least, don’t forget your trip to the gym, yoga center, or…. It is just exhausting to go from one place to the other, much less try to heal your body, mind and spirit in the process.

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“Cure sometimes, treat often, comfort always.” ~Hippocrates

Why have we not yet made “Healing Campuses” where we can go for all our health needs. A place where west meets east, nature blends with nurture, science embraces spirit, and community supports and educates. It has been a dream of mine for years now to see a place where it all comes together. A community where people learn from each other as much or more then they glean from their doctors. A center where WHOLE BODY, MIND, and SPIRIT is the central theme.

Each and every human is unique in their natural health journey. The one treatment, one diet, one quick fix is not the cure for our unhealthy epidemic. It is instead a dance of individual empowered action, paired with professional knowledge, teaching and community support.

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“A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses.” ~Hippocrates

If you have read my “About” for this blog, then you understand “Walking Naked Truth” – a name fueled by my belief that it is our “Naked Truth” to be happy, healthy, and vibrantly whole – “Walking” through life with passion and joyful vibrancy. I have a dream that someday we will all come home to our TRUE INNER HEALTHY HAPPY way of being. Part of that becoming is having a world that shifts its relationship from “treating the symptom, dissecting the body and treating disease through isolation” to honoring the WHOLE BEING as a complete system. I look forward to the shift from “Treatment Centers” to “Healing Campuses”.

It is happening, here are a couple of examples – https://www.parsleyhealth.com/, http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/.

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“Walking is man’s best medicine.” ~Hippocrates

May today be the day you take back your health by becoming interactively engaged in your own journey; taking responsibility and action towards your WHOLE BEING. Hale to a you!!

Day 9 – Quote Dreaming…

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

~Eleanor Roosevelt

How many people do you meet that seem to enjoy staying stuck in their old stories? They live their life stagnant and caught on the repeat cycle. Often victims of their own inability to forgive, let go and move into the present moment. Instead of moving into today, they carry around a backpack full of stories, the “life done me wrong” noose.

Now, how many dreamers and optimistic souls do you share time with? How does it feel to spend time with them? These people seem to embrace their moments, glean a powerful personal character through the journey of life. If you listen to them, you hear them connect the dots of discovery via the life experiences. They walk more upright, for they are not burdened with the backpack full of stories.

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“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

Now, please understand that I respect our stories, all of them. Our life stories create our uniqueness. Moving us down our individualized path, which formulates how we interact with that which unfolds in our daily life. A challenge can become an opportunity, a painful loss a reminder of the preciousness of our moments, an exalted experience may open new doors, the incredible diversity weaves a beautiful tapestry titled “Your Life”. We are blessed with a spectrum of emotions, all share qualities and value. It all comes down to how we choose to engage in the emotions. Do we bury them, explore them, embrace them, avoid them..? Through the fog of our stories, we are at choice to dream or give up. To pursue or flee. To engage or isolate.

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“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

I see dreams as those stories waiting to be written. The blank page awaits with grand excitement for the verbose experience to ignite full imagery . The canvas pants with anticipation, awaiting the inspired brushstrokes full of color and form. The garden lies fertile and ready for the new seeds… The dreamer carries the future in their heart and soul pockets. The negative naysayer may come along and try to steal the seeds, attempting to toss them in the wind. This matters not to the true dreamer, for they have already envisioned their dreams into the reality they can see.

Eleanor Roosevelt seemed to have many seeds in her pocket. A woman who dreamed  the possibilities, then set out to manifest them. I have always found her to be quite  inspiring –http://www.firstladies.org/biographies/firstladies.aspx?biography=33.

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“Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

May today be graced with seed collecting, recalling to mind, body and spirit the dreams which await your attention. In noticing and remembering your dreams, the heavy stories and burdens seem to fall away, freeing you to lift your arms to soar higher…

Day 8 – Quote Dancing…

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” ~Albert Einstein

When I taught junior high language arts I had one driving wish for all my students, “Never stop asking questions, never stop inquiring into why, what, how, when..!” I am not one who puts up with “Apathy and/or Complacency” well. Personally, I prefer to spend time with people on a passionate exploratory adventure with life. People who question, want to know why, do not accept the status quo, and definitely do not live a life of victimhood and blame.

ap·a·thy  (ăp′ə-thē)

1. Lack of interest or concern, especially regarding matters of general importance or appeal; indifference.

2. Lack of emotion or feeling; impassiveness.

com·pla·cen·cy  (kəm-plā′sən-sē)

1. A feeling of contentment or self-satisfaction, especiallywhen coupled with an unawareness of danger, trouble, orcontroversy.

2. An instance of contented self-satisfaction.

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“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” ~Albert Einstein

I look out onto the world and there are never enough seconds, minutes, or hours in the day to investigate, explore, or experience all the things I am curious about. Each day is this grand opportunity to expand, learn, grow and become even more. I do not limit it to the concrete gaining of knowledge for I completely agree with these wise words from Einstein – “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”

On a walk I might meander in wondering how nature knows so intrinsically how to survive against the onslaught of the human encroachment? How a tree seems to grow out of a rock? What does a leaf feel as it floats down the river with abandon? As I work with clients on endogenous and health growth and expansion, I am fueled by a passion to have them inquire “What would it feel like to live completely and wholly in my full vibrant, passionate, loving self? What is my life dance and how do I share it?” Digging into what holds them back, what keeps them stuck, why are they afraid, why are they living in limitation…

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“The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.” ~Albert Einstein

If in our IMAGINATION we used our QUESTIONING to open up into a space of pure euphoria and unlimited creative abilities, what might we each express and share with the world? Isn’t that what “WORLD CHANGERS” have done? They never stopped questioning and they never gave up! Where did this pioneering adventurous spirit go? I rarely meet people who look out onto the horizon with a curiosity. What’s over the next hill? What might I manifest if I try? What could I create if I step towards my dreams? Who might I touch today if I walk with compassion and love?

If someone told me today that I must accept “what is”, that I could not question or use my imagination to dream, my request would be, for them to help me take my last breath. Life is a grand pilgrimage, a passionate journey, an infinite exploration of potential possibilities and endless expansion. Why would one ever want to stop asking questions? Why would you ever stop imagining?

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“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” ~Albert Einstein

May today be a day full of curious questioning. A day engulfed by your imagination and sensory delight – the dance of “What If” and “Anything is Possible”…

Day 7 – Quote Depth…

“The person who has lived the most is not the one with the most years but the one with the richest experiences.”  ~Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Years ago, during one of the many times I went back to college, I discovered Rousseau in a Communications class. I loved this class, for I got the privilege to explore some of the great philosophers of our time. I had never heard of Rousseau prior to that, he was not as well known as Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Descartes…. However, the minute I started to read and explore his wisdom, I became engrossed. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Jacques_Rousseau, http://www.iep.utm.edu/rousseau/)

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“The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.” ~Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Rousseau was a major influencer during the Enlightenment period of eighteenth century Europe. He has been blamed for being pivotal in creating the undercurrent for the French Revolution. A man who questioned “advancements” and the loss of “community”. He also explored the truth of nature and humanities disconnect from it. Of course I could go on and on about him, however, we are here to look at the quote.

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“Nature never deceives us; it is we who deceive ourselves.” ~Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Read the above quote again. What does it make you think about and feel? For me, personally, it holds great truth, for when I sit to view and reflect upon my life, what is called to mind, heart and soul are the rich experiences, the touching memories. I embark on my every day as an opportunity to create more, to be open to the miraculous, to curiously be aware and present, for you never know what might gloriously unfold and become. Living this way, makes life quite the adventure. When I lie down at night to close my eyes, I smile at the sweet moments from the day, moments in which true connection were made. Laughter was shared. Complete presence in the gifted moment was indulged. In being present I am not stuck in my past or worrying about my future, I am here, now. As I drift off into the world of dreams, I breathe joyfully deep into the wonder of my waking time, for not a day goes by that I have not been touched by the infinite way life weaves it’s tapestry of grace.

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“Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chains.” ~Jean-Jacques Rousseau

As you go forth today, may you be open to the “Rich Experiences”! Become aware of your presence and what that co-creates when you engage in it…

Day 6 – HUGE Quote day…

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

~Nelson Mandela

Today I present two quotes by a man who role modeled and lived the words he spoke. I gain great comfort on this day from his words, for there are those days that you question yourself, “Am I on the right path?”, ‘’Will something finally come together, so that the climb is not so challenging?”, “Can I find the stamina to continue the swim upstream?”

I read his words and I smile. I think about his life and I am overwhelmed with gratitude, for my life and path are easy compared to this great man. I pray it does not take me 27 years to achieve my dream, yet if it does so I shall step. For I have traveled the path of “playing small”, of “settling for a life that is less than the one I am capable of living” and now I have chosen to come back home to the path FULL of PASSION, the one that says “I’m Possible – not Impossible”!

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“Does anybody really think that they didn’t get what they had because they didn’t have the talent or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?” ~Nelson Mandela

We all have a gift to share, a dance to present, a song to sing, an idea to soar from the mountaintop. Why would we ever choose to dance someone else’s song or live a life  of robotic pragmatism and dead passion?

Let me ask you some simple questions. Who do you enjoy being around the most, the complaining victim or the passionate dreamer? Who do you like to work for and with, the unhappy disgruntled boss/employer or the happy boss/employer who loves what he or she does? What do you enjoy feeling more, begrudgingly waking to start your day or rising with enthusiasm for what might unfold and become?

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“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” ~Nelson Mandela

As many of you know, my list of diverse employment experiences is LONG! In each and everyone of those opportunities I have been at choice each day, “How will I show up today?” “Will I share the best of me?” “Will I “play BIG” no matter the job?” Life is this glorious journey, full of valleys and hills, dark and light moments, rise and fall – in all of it we are CHOICE with how we react and then how we learn, grow, and take our next step.

I could go on and on about these two quotes, for they are profound in their wisdom offering. However, my day calls me forth and I know your time is limited too, so I shall kindly invite you to read the quotes again. Feel them! Hear them! And more importantly really ask yourself, “With this ONE life I get to journey, how am I CHOOSING to walk and be in it?”

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“Let each know that for each the body, the mind and the soul have been freed to fulfill themselves.” ~Nelson Mandela

Today is FULL of POSSIBILITIES and OPPORTUNITIES to play PASSIONATELY BIG!!

Day 5 – Quote Reflection…

“Life is Not Measured by the Number of Breaths we Take, But by the Moments that Take our Breath Away”  ~Unknown

The above quote was sent to me by a dear friend. It is a powerful one to contemplate. I read it, close my eyes to reflect and feel into those moments that have taken my breath away. I smile as I sweetly remember my first true love, getting on the plane to go overseas for the first time, the birth of my children, sooo…many Big moments that caught my breath. However, there are many glorious small moments, that like butterfly wings touch the heart and soul, remaining etched in the memory bank of life.

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“Whether you reach a lot of people or have a profound impact on a few people, their memories of you are your afterlife.” ~Greg Graffin

In thinking about this quote I feel immense gratitude, for my life has been full of moments when my breath was taken, halted or stilled for a time. I love standing on a mountaintop to feel the wind against my skin, twisting and turning my hair in a dance. Nothing is more exhilarating and breathtaking than a skinny dip in a secluded mountain lake with no one there, just you and the nature that swaddles you. Looking at a new art piece my daughter has created, watching my son on the stage during a performance, a tender kiss with an intimate partner…. The list is glorious.

In the crazy chaos of our world today, I often worry that many people have forgotten how to feel the wind in their hair, enjoy the laughter of their children, truly connect with their partner, experience the awe of the setting sun or rising moon. I experience people looking to the computer, television, or phone to live a vicarious life, to watch for “moments” upon a screen. I wonder how many get missed in their own life through this distraction?

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“The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.” ~Henry Ward Beecher

It is my dream that we do not forget the pure grace of such precious moments. For they truly are the things we carry tightly within our hearts, minds, and souls. When I worked in the nursing home, it was these breathless experiences that filled the patients stories. Their eyes would light up, their voice would rise, and a certain gaiety would embody them. I don’t know about you, but for me, when I am taking my last breaths, I intend to be smiling about all the moments that took my breath away throughout the years.

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“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” ~Confucius

What are some of your moments? As you think about them, do they make you smile and think of even more?  I hope today’s quote reminds you to notice, be aware and help to co-create such breath taking moments.