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Want to Have A GREAT Day? Join Me in a Gratitude Challenge?

I woke this morning with my eyes in protest as the sheets felt warm and invited me to linger.   It was hard to get up and start my day but it was time.

I was suddenly overcome with the thought that these very reasons for which I was frustrated about getting out of bed were also great reasons to be thankful.  I knew that though I wasn’t ready to get out of bed and journey to the shower, that once I got in the shower, I would enjoy the warmth of the water so much that I would be irritated about moving on from that as well.

How about a mind shift?  Thoughts float mindlessly through us regularly.  What if we chose to direct them in a more positive, productive and enjoyable way?

My challenge to you to today is that as the time goes by today that you use the hours to be thankful. On the hour today, each hour, I will be bringing to mind what I have gratitude for.    Even taking 30 seconds to do this will transform the flow of your day.  I’m excited to see what enters into my presence when I focus on the beauty and possibility that is already around me!

Finally, I would LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!   Please, in the comments below, let me know what you hold gratitude for.  And if you want to share your gratitude practices, I am all the more honored to hear from you.

This short but motivational post is from my heart to yours, wishing that all would both experience and create their desired life and bliss!

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Come now, let’s be Unreasonable…

You know that secret box you keep under the bed and hope to holy heaven that no one ever finds? Or maybe it’s not a physical box, but you know you have one in your mind. For some it contains little messages, written to self, that proclaim the deep desire to learn to sing. (yikes!) Or move to Italy. (mmmm….) What about letting your sexy wild side out in bed? (spicy!) Or do something noble like sell your business and commit to an orphanage in Mexico or China?

All of the above and alike are desires that people everywhere all over the globe have tucked away secretly but are too afraid to really pursue. Why? Because everyone has a reason they can’t! Fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of loneliness…

In this short but sweet post, I have a favor to ask of you.

Get out that box and look through it. Finger through the photos in your mind, of the places you desperately want to travel to. Imagine what it would feel like to be surrounded by the people that inspire you. See yourself doing what it is you always wished you could do, but dismissed, because of lack of money, support, courage or drive … and awaken the passion. Just see how it feels and swim in it. How does your spirit feel? Are you smiling?

Be unreasonable. Think outside the box and imagine a reality that’s more colorful and full of more possibilities. And for heaven’s sake – don’t get caught up in “that could never happen” !! All I asked of you was to entertain the imagery and to involve your senses.

I can’t say if we have one life or more, but what I do know is that a life lived without passion is a waste of life. There are so many possibilities out there but so many people get hung up on the most limiting question: HOW? Really?? So many creative and innovative individuals and we let ourselves get short stopped by that damn three letter word.

What if we change the question? You want to change your life? I can help you. Step one and two: Change your thinking and change the questions. Begin to ask yourself, “What is possible that I’ve never allowed to be possible?” Don’t try to answer it… Just ask… You’d be surprised at the inspiration that will follow.

I hope you allow for unreasonable ideas to flow into your incredible mind today. Allow your imagination to be enlightened and match those desperate desires inside of you.

If that overwhelms you, that’s ok. This can be a rough process, but that’s why I’m here to help. Feel free to contact me and I’ll be happy to creatively coach you through the next steps. I don’t want to see anyone limited in their dreams and aspirations.

Be Unreasonable. Dare to dream. Dare to be.

Yours Truly,
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Are You Smiling?

Just checking.

Are you smiling?   Have you laughed today?

Whether this is the start, middle or end of your week, I swear you have something to smile about.  If you can’t find that *something*, then darlin, something is WAY off track.

Today, I was recalling when my beautiful grandma, ridden with various illnesses, was slowly dying, in worlds of pain and had just had her leg removed due to diabetes.  Counter to what I expected, she not only had a  smile on her lips, but it was also in her eyes.

The Christmas season brings up these memories for me and can be emotional for me because my family always poured themselves into the festive winter holiday.  In our home, there were always grandparents, aunt’s and uncles …  with cousins always scheming to see who would sleep over just to keep the party going.  Predictably found in the kitchen, usually warming more coffee and tamales, we all knew my wonderfully strong grandmother as a foundational woman in our family.  She was our bond and our glue.   Unfortunately, her death was the awakening in us all that we could no longer lean on HER strength for OUR happiness.

But I remember standing there, next to her bed, post op – admiring the space that once held her warrior leg and I thought to myself…   She is my hero.  This woman had taught me endless lessons in my life and now she was leaving.  Heart wrenching as it was to watch her go, there remained the gift she gave and this was her smile.

In the face of rejection, she smiled.

Watching her family taken by poverty, abuse, neglect, drugs and alcohol – This miracle of a woman still had her smile.

I realize now the secret to her road of bliss.

Gratitude.  Gratitude in the wake of chaos is what leaves your heart at peace and ultimately grows a smile that reaches to not only your lips but also to your eyes.

No matter your place or pain, there continues to be beauty all around.  Life, love and abundance waits to be experienced but it only increases as you see and appreciate it.

I have my ups and downs, but I know what I desire.  I desire to love and live more. To see the miracles and be them.

Please don’t get distracted by the pain that comes and goes. Instead place your focus on what you want to grow and remain!  You have the chance to create your life to be a miracle that spreads inspiration like wild-fire to the world around you.   What will you do with that?  Choose the course of your day.  Choose YOUR smile. It’s starts with now.

Desire and be.  Life is waiting.