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Deep down, most people have dreams - they may be forgotten, unspoken, or unrealized - but they are there. I want to help you remember and believe in them again...

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Psalm 46:10

Be still, and know that I am God...

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

I lived...

There's a reason music is the universal language.

How many times have you heard a particular song or lyric that moves you? makes you feel, truly feel the depth of an emotion? elicits a memory? causes you to daydream?

I've often thought music is one of the ways God speaks to us.  I know it's one of the mechanisms He uses to get my attention or to remind me or prod me.  These past several months I've experienced such a broad range of emotions and events I found that I needed time to absorb it all.

I've been marinating for months and slowly cooking for the past several weeks.

BING

Yes, my timer went off today.  Not that I'm a completed project by any means... No, but I did have an awakening earlier today.  I realized something about myself that was profoundly provocative and wholly unexpected.  Apparently, I am told, that happens when you allow yourself the time and space to do some emotional work.  Hmmm...

2014 was a year of significant change for many people.  I've heard countless stories of upheaval, loss, life-altering experiences, and movement in multiple ways.  This was true for me as well.  Surprisingly, despite being what I thought was a well-rounded, healthy human, in the midst of all this change, I fell into some familiar patterns that caused me to then make less than positive choices.  As a result, I've been working on myself in an effort to understand it all and work to continually become a better, wiser person.  I've been reading, writing, talking, hiking, changing my food habits, sleep habits, tv habits... overall habits, etc.

Despite a lot of new insights I still kept asking "but why?"  "Why?"

And try as I might, the lens was always just slightly out of focus, which I have to say is maddening for a Type A personality.  I couldn't quite see...

About a week ago, after receiving more sage advice about 'Letting Go' and relaxing in this wilderness I'd been in, I finally quit resisting and rebelling mentally.  No more mental tantrums or explanations, justifications, and whining.  I finally reached a point where I said "okay, enough.  I surrender."

From that point on, I felt the fatigue in my neck and shoulders start to give way and I really did begin to relax.  The fact that my physical body responded so quickly to my declaration made me laugh out loud at times.  I literally said, out loud to myself in the car "it cannot possibly be THAT simple."

But it was... and has been.

I allowed myself to go away to the mountains for the weekend to relax.  I began listening to music more and started to refocus on activities that made me happy.

And today, without any drama or significant effort on my part, I got one of my "Why-answers."  The answer and it's impact came to me... and I saw it so clearly for the first time that I felt the earth actually shifted.  I started shaking all over at the reality of it.

I was finally at a point where I could HEAR it.  It wasn't anything that someone could have told me.  It wouldn't be mind-blowing to anyone else but me... but it was something I needed to know and learn on my own.

There really is truth in hearing that still, small voice... to learning what it means to 'surrender.'

As I began to absorb this information shaping a new reality and awareness for me, I chose to start listening to music to resettle my mind and heart.  The song that came on was by *One Republic called "I lived."  It spoke to my soul,  made me smile fully and sing out with all my heart.

I realized that so far, I swear I've lived... just as the lyrics in the song suggest.

And that is a beautiful thing.

I hope you take time today to FEEL and to allow yourself to surrender into whatever you've been resisting or rejecting... and I hope you'll listen to some music that brings you as much joy and release as I felt earlier.

Music really is a universal language...and making the choice to surrender really does allow you to fully 'live.'

THINK.     WRITE.     BELIEVE.     ACT.


*Click on the Link above to view YouTube video of "I Lived" by One Republic.




Thursday, September 25, 2014

Writing MY Vision

IThis week I launched my own business finally!  It's something I didn't realize I wanted so much until I started seriously looking into it.

Have you ever experienced those moments where you feel as though God has opened the universe just for you?  The 'flow' is easy and doors are opening... Yep! That's how my week has gone.  Everyone and everything I needed to be successful.

When times like this happen, SAVOR THEM & be grateful.  

Getting here has been a little like being a pinball, bouncing off walls (closed doors), flippers knocking me back into the game (like a headslap from a friend), and flashing lights and bells that both distract and guide...you get the idea.  Thing is, it's been quite a ride!  How cool is it that all those things came together to precisely put me on this path?  I'm just grateful I was slowed down enough to pay attention. (Yes thanks for the changes - all of them)!

How often are we SO busy that we careen through life without paying attention to the flashing lights and bells around us?  There really is something to hitting the pause button long enough to look up and look around.  If you don't do it on your own, I can assure you God will do it for you one way or another.

Rather than be afraid of change, whatever it is, choose to see the opportunities.  There's no telling where your road will take you if you're OPEN.  

Pause.
Look up.
Ask what's up (frequently).
Dare to be Open.

You'll be so glad you did!

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THINK.   WRITE.   BELIEVE.   ACT.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Simplicity First

How many times have I said, "there really aren't enough hours in the day?" or "I just don't have time to...?"  Countless times.

The laughable thing is that no matter how much time I have, there never seems to be enough to do everything I want or need to do.  I find myself rushing about trying to take care of all the little things first as if completing those somehow makes my list shorter.  The truth is that no matter how many little things I get done, there's always, always more to do.  You'd think after 45 years on this earth I'd have learned this by now, right?

Nope.

I still catch myself caught in the trap of the miscellaneous TO DO's which distracts me from the simple things of life necessary for my health and well-being.  What are those simple things, you ask?

  • Meditate / Pray for 10-15 minutes each morning
  • Drink 8-10 glasses of water daily
  • Exercise at least 30 minutes a day
  • Go to bed and rest at least 8 hours a night
  • Eat vegetables
  • Eat 5 times a day to maintain my metabolism
  • Stretch throughout the day
  • Hug someone I love at least once a day
  • Work doing something I love 4-5 days a week
  • Play with my dogs daily
  • Take long, deep breaths at least 4 times a day (about 60 seconds each)
  • Smile often
These things are so simple.  So easy... and yet, so hard to do consistently.  I've no idea why I let other things distract me from these basics but I'm happy that I can get up each day and try again.

If I can discipline myself to remember:  SIMPLICITY FIRST and then prioritize everything else then I'm certain I'll be living my best life.  Healthy.  Happy.

Time for lunch - some veggies, another glass of water and a stretch!  ;)
Exhale.


THINK.     WRITE.     BELIEVE.     ACT.

Monday, July 7, 2014

I Believe

Conventional wisdom would say "there's no way" whenever the circumstances appear bleak.  Glass half empty mindset.

I've been Writing my Vision for most of my life.  That involves taking our Lord at His Word by following His principles and trusting that God is bigger than anything I may ever face.  Even when it hurts... I trust Him.  I BELIEVE He can turn ANY circumstance around for my benefit & create something far, far better than I could have ever imagined.

I have witnessed this time and time again...and I have years of prayer journals with Answered Prayers checked off as a reminder that He is faithful.  I write these requests in detail so when they happen there's absolutely no doubt who made them so.  He is, after all a jealous God who wants credit for His work.  It's not random chance nor luck but His moving on my behalf.  

This reality increases my faith with every checked answer.  This also helps me trust when I don't know what I want...

Today I find myself still wondering what I'll do next?  I've followed my own advice and focused on deciphering what I DO want vs what I don't; and yet I still can't SEE what that means exactly or how it will translate into my next job.  What I do know is that I must continue to do my part and patiently trust that God is in control and working all things together for my good.  So I am activating my faith again:

"Lord, continue to prepare me and all things for my future.  Open the doors You would have me walk through and make it clear to me so I may go only where You would have me go.  I trust You have already created my place and prepared every detail on my behalf including where (commute), what responsibilities You want me to have, my team's attitude and my boss's style, my travel schedule and daily activities, my salary, and every other minute detail that I've not yet considered.  I thank you for this and that Your timing is perfect.  Show me what I need to do today for You. I love you... Thank you.  In Jesus' Name, I pray.  Amen."

Exhale.  

He's got it so I can release it knowing His grace is sufficient for me today.  He knows the desires of my heart.  It's that simple.  Now I wait expectantly on Him, watching for my open door.  ;)

What are you waiting for today?  

I've no doubt that God has your answer.  Activate your faith!  And then SEE what He does... I promise it may not be what you expect but it will be above all you could ask or think.


THINK.     WRITE.     BELIEVE.     ACT.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Letting Go vs. Saying Goodbye

There is something fundamentally shattering that happens to a person's soul and psyche when tragedy strikes; and yes, we all define tragedy differently.  Universally the underlying feelings are grief, sadness, anger.

This week my 49 year old Aunt Dianne passed away.  She was my mother's baby sister and one of the lights in our family.  The cadence of her voice, her spot-on wit and humor, and her infectious smile made all those near her grin because you couldn't help but to chuckle.  For me, I'll miss her random calls that went something like this:
"Hey Angela... it's your Aunt Dee.  What up kid?  I was just thinking about you and how beautiful you are... how special you are.  I really admire you niece.  Gimme a call sometime or come see me.  Love ya kid."
 Now, there are very few people in my life who can get away with calling me "kid" without a retort of some kind from me.  But she was the exception.  And true to form, she was the exception to most rules in life.  She absolutely positively did whatever she wanted, however she wanted and to hell with anyone or anything that disagreed with her.  She was in charge of her life.  Chips fall where they may...  I guess that's why we all somehow believed she'd beat cancer.  Despite being in the hospital and on more drugs than the hospital had EVER given to any patient in her condition (without them being comatose), she danced to the "HAPPY" song by Pharrell Williams in her bed and put on makeup the night before she passed.  She was still directing us all.  The hospital staff all told us that there was no way she'd survive but silently we ALL believed she could do it.  Even her nurses thought "maybe???"

It wasn't meant to be.

Her funeral is tomorrow and all week long as we've looked through old photo albums, cracking up laughing one minute only to sob out loud the next, we're reminded of the fragility of life... and to see how unfair it can be at times.  Life can be hard.  But to quote a line from one of my favorite movies, "the HARD is what makes it Great."

It is really true that the depth of love you have for someone will always equal your depth of grief upon losing them... and that too is what makes life worth living.  As much as we've all cried this week, the truth is that she's worth every tear.  She LIVED.  She LOVED.  And for a while, she was OURS... and now she's left us with a legacy of one-liners and half smiles, beautiful children and some of the best, most fun memories / experiences of my life.  For that and so much more, I am incredibly grateful to have had her as my family because she was honestly ONE OF A KIND.

And with that I realize today that there is a difference between "Letting Go and Saying Goodbye."  The world would have us believe it's one and the same but I'm here to tell you that this is in no way the case.  Aunt Dianne has left us for a far, far better place but we'll meet again I'm certain.  There's a freedom in release.  Something beautiful.  Something miraculous in letting go of a gift so precious to you that can bring simultaneous joy and sadness...

Goodbye is final.

Thankfully there are No More Goodbyes in heaven.  No More Goodbyes when LOVE is involved.  There is only the ache of loss that lingers; and that is all too human.

Aunt Dee, we are all struggling to Let you Go but none of us are saying goodbye.  Thank you again for showing us the way:  Dignity and Strength despite incredible pain and suffering.  Smiles and even a "happy dance" before leaving this party early making us all want more.

You are beloved.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Phenomenal Woman

When I heard today that Dr. Angelou died, I got tears in my eyes.  I never met her although I hoped someday she would be a person I could meet.  I first learned of her when a friend gave me a copy of her "Phenomenal Woman" poem as a birthday gift.

Words can change lives.
Her words did.

Thank you, Dr. Maya Angelou for teaching us all.

Link to YouTube:  Oprah's Master Class - Dr. Angelou







Phenomenal Woman

BY MAYA ANGELOU
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size   
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,   
The stride of my step,   
The curl of my lips.   
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,   
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,   
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.   
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.   
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,   
And the flash of my teeth,   
The swing in my waist,   
And the joy in my feet.   
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered   
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,   
They say they still can’t see.   
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,   
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.   
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.   
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,   
The bend of my hair,   
the palm of my hand,   
The need for my care.   
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.