Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Manifesting What You Want

"What you resist persists."
~Carl Jung

You know how synchronicity happens in life sometimes?

Where two seemingly unrelated areas of your life suddenly reflect the same message?

In my case: this past weekend, while camping, a friend and I were talking to a 13 year old about nicknames, and how some of them are unflattering.

My friend told the 13 year old "What you resist persists! So just laugh and shrug off the nickname and it will lose its power."


Then, yesterday, in a completely separate area of life, this sentiment was quoted to me again!

When the universe speaks I try to listen.

What is it that I am resisting in life?

How am I framing my thoughts regarding what I resist?

How does this resistance to change (for me it is weight loss) actually create the difficulty in changing my behaviors?

How does focusing on what I don't want (to be overweight) instead of what I DO want (to be a healthy weight, fit and active) actually prevent me from achieving what I want?

The authors of the book The Secret, along with Jung and others, like Mother Theresa, understand that what we think about is what we manifest.

The thoughts that receive our attention the most are the thoughts that become actions that become persistent in our lives.

If I am concentrating my thoughts on NOT wanting to be overweight I am actually creating that in my life.
Manifesting it.

How about changing what I think about?

How about changing from being down on myself and negative, how about if I create postive thoughts regarding my body, fitness, ability, health and wellness?

What if I focus my thoughts on all the good things about myself, body and abilities?

That is part of what this blog process is about.

And it is working!

I am attempting to focus on living my life, daily.

That is where I am putting my attention and my thoughts.

I think about how I can live.

I think about what choices will make me feel alive and strong.

I think about what I can do; what I am doing.

I think about my choices and ask myself if they are leading me down the path I want: the living life path.

More and more I can say YES! Yes my thoughts are taking me down the path of living life.

More and more I am thinking positive and uplifting thoughts about myself and my choices.

More and more I am manifesting what I want and not thinking about what I don't want.

What are you resisting? What is persisting in your life? How can you change your thoughts?

"Your beliefs become your thoughts.
Your thoughts become your words.
Your words become your actions.
Your actions become your habits.
Your habits become your values.
Your values become your destiny."
~Mahatma Ghandi

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Walking the Talk

“Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing.”


I mentioned last Thursday in a Facebook post that I was being "forced" (by my own choice) outside of my comfort zone. Way outside.

I didn't have time to get into details or post a full blog about it then, but basically I said I was taking my own advice and choosing to LIVE, fully, despite the fears.

Let me tell you what happend. My overworked husband and I had planned a long weekend trip to go camping and boating with some friends. Our destination: about 7 hours north of where we live, near where we used to live.

A 7 hour tow with our Suburban (over 200k miles on it) and our 21' jet boat, over the steep hills and curves of I5 in Southern Oregon, north through Eugene and then traffic heavy Portland, and then up into the foothills of Mt. Saint Helens to Lake Merwin, is a long tow.

Our plan was for hubby to work in town that day (he covers a HUGE area of Southern Oregon) and hopefully get on the road a bit early from home. That was the plan.

And then the pager went of. Beep Beep Beep Beep Beep Beep!

My hubby is on call 24/7. When the Beep Beep goes off hubby has go to go. He had worked the 5 previous weekends straight. This was to be his one off call weekend over a span of 9 weeks. Yah, he is overworked.

Hubby had to go north, to Roseburg, Oregon...about 2 hours north of here.

That left me at home and hubby 2 hours away.

So where does the fear facing, walking the talk, LIVING life part come in??

With this:

About 40 ' of Suburban and Boat

I hauled our boat up I5 for over 100 miles, through the twisty hills, by myself.


I have towed the boat around a bit here and there, at the boat docks when we pull out of the water, mostly. I have also hauled a car trailer around a bit, here and there.

But I have never hauled our boat trailer up the freeway for over 100 miles totally alone.

It was SCARY to contemplate BUT it was amazingly empowering to accomplish!

Luckily I had no problems.

I saved my poor hubby from having to drive 2 hours north, work all day, drive 2 hours back home just to get in the 'burb and drive those same 2 hours all over again, plus 5 more!

It was exhilirating. Empowering. Amazing.

Talk about a confidence booster!

THEN, while we were camping, not only did I pull the boat out of the water, but I also BACKED it up into our campsite!


I also drove the boat some this weekend on the lake, which is normal, but I keep practicing pulling up to the dock, and this time, up along side of our friends boat so we could raft up.

Other things that I realized this weekend about how DOING conquers fears:

I used to be massively nervous about driving I5 in S. Oregon due to the series of very steep hills and tight corners. I now have done it so often that even though I was hauling the boat, I had no fears about the road itself.

Also, I used to get very nervous if I had to drive my husbands truck because it has a canopy on the back that you cannot see out of at all. Again, I have done it enough now that it didn't even create a second thought in my mind.

It is incredible to me how many of our fears can be overcome just by the doing, the living, the being, the actively participating in our lives.

There are fears I have never overcome, even though I have been exposed to them time and time and time again, so I don't believe that exposure to a fear ALWAYS breeds comfort, but it is empowering to know that it is *possible*.

It is possible that what you fear today will become completely insignificant tomorrow, if you focus on living your life and facing your fears.

My weekend was an amazing, and ongoing, lesson on how living my life really does impact my outlook on life.

There were many lessons; many examples of times when I could have chosen to live or to wilt like a wall-flower.

I choose to live.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Final Vision


“Hell begins on the day when God grants us a clear vision of all that we might have achieved, of all the gifts which we have wasted, of all that we might have done which we did not do.”

~Gian Carlo Menotti

I came across this quote a few weeks ago. I saved it. I needed to ponder upon its meaning
My interpretation:
We are incredibly amazing beings, with a vast and nearly incomprehensible ability to achieve and do.
And yet we do not.
We do not achieve all that we are capable of achieving.
We do not utilize the amazing gifts we have been given to their fullest.
We do not do all that we can do.
We allow so many things to hold us back; to get in our way.
We create excuses.
We allow fear to control us.
We allow others' ideas and beliefs to dictate what we believe of ourselves.
One day we will have clarity of vision to see all that we could have been.
One day we will have clarity of vision to see all the gifts we had at our disposal.
One day we will have clarity of vision to see all of what we could have done.
On that day we have two choices of what that vision will show us.
What you decide to DO to live your life today, pursue your dreams today, and work toward achieving your goals today, is what will determine what you see in that final vision.
Will you look back at your life with clarity of vision and see that you did everything you could do?
Will you look back and see that you achieved everything you could possibly achieve?
Will you look back and see that you used your gifts to their fullest power?
I want to look back at my life and see that I did not waste it. I want to see that I utilized my gifts and lived a life full of achievement.
Personal achievement. Not achievements set in place by others.
I want to see that people enjoyed my writing. I want to see that it helped someone.
I want to see that I LIVED life, explored the world, learned new things, investigated and kept my mind open to new possibilities.
I want to see that I pursued things that were important to me and let go of things that were not.
I want to see that I shared my life with people and things that I love and that hold meaning and value to me, and let go of the things that did not.
I want to see that I lived my life by MY values, rules and beliefs and not those forced on me by others, society or media.
I want to look back at my life with clarity of vision and see that I lived, fully.
What do you hope your final vision of your life will be?
What do you want your life filled with?
Share with me.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Stop Reading This!

Of all the people I have ever known, those who have pursued their dreams and failed have lived a much more fulfilling life than those who have put their dreams on a shelf for fear of failure.

 ~Author Unknown

Okay, I don't really want you to stop reading my blog. In fact, I love it that so many people are checking it out. Also, just as a reminder, feedback, comments and thoughts are always welcome! Oh, one more thing: feel free to share this!

So, I don't want you to stop reading the blog. What I want is for you to start DOING. I want you to start BEING. Right now.

I don't want you to sit on your computer reading about living your life and revealing your true self, nodding your head and thinking "WOW...wouldn't that be great if *I* could do that?"

That is the point! YOU CAN DO THAT!

You can reveal yourself. You can achieve your dreams. YOU. MMhmmmm. YOU!

I am no different than you. I am no more special. I am no more enlightened.

I am a regular person, on an imperfect path, attempting to live my life right now. I am a work in progress. I write as much for myself as for you. I write to inspire myself; to encourage myself; to embolden myself, and you.

I want you to read these words and stop, look inward, listen to your heart and follow the path. I want you to take a moment for yourself. I want you to realize that I am not talking about someone else achieving their dreams...I am talking about each and every single one of us, and that includes you!

I write to encourage you to stop making excuses. I write to encourage you to face your fears. I write to encourage you to start living!

Life is an amazing adventure! We let it get all bogged down with boring details, should do's and following the path that others lay out for us, rather than the path we lay out for ourselves.

That, my lovely friends, is not living! It is not being!

You don't get multiple chances to live an astoundingly wonderful life! This is it! This is your chance. If you don't actively start LIVING and BEING and DREAMING right now, today, your life will slip by you like a whisper...

Don't play it safe. Don't refuse to roll down the window because your hair might get mussed. Don't refuse to play in the sprinkler because your shirt might get wet. Don't say "no thank you" to Grandma Rose's special peach cobbler...Grandma Rose isn't going to be around forever and her peach cobbler will never be the same after she is gone.

Stop letting the little details of day to day life prevent you from enjoying the moments and pursuing greatness! We all have the same amount of time every day. It is what you choose to do with that time that makes the difference.

The chores will still be there. Trust me.

So, I would really love it if you would pick one thing to do today. Pick one thing that is in pursuit of LIVING, DREAMING and BEING. Pick something that YOU want to do, that you don't normally make time for. Don't pick something because you think is is what I want you to do, or because you think other people will think it is the coolest thing to do. It doesn't have to be anything grand or massive. Just pick something. Something that enlivens your spirit and makes you feel alive. Pick something that you are afraid of. Pick something that someone else won't understand. Pick anything....!!

What do you WANT? How are you going to LIVE today? How are you going to honor your inner self today?

Let me know in the comments what you did today to BE.


Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must be first overcome. 
 ~Samuel Johnson, Rasselas, 1759

Revealing You

“At the center of your being you have the answer;
you know who you are and you know what you want.”

~Lao Tzu

Who are you? And what *do* you want?

Do those questions strike fear in your heart? Or do they fill you with excitement and energy?

I do not know how or why, but it seems that our idea of who we are and what we really want in life often gets buried, hidden, and minimized as we grow up.

When we are children, without the weight and realities of the world filling our heads, we believe we can do anything and be anything. When asked "What do you want to be when you grow up?" children reply with anything their heart desires: princess, firefighter, cowboy, spaceman. To a child anything is possible.

As we move through life, our dreams and beliefs of childhood evaporate with the wind. It is a rare person who still believes at 16 the same dreams they did at 6, and by the time they are 26 the dreams of their childhood are long buried and forgotten.

By the time 36 rolls around, we start looking around in wonder...what happened to my youth? What happened to my dreams? How did I get to this place in my life? Where am I?  WHO am I? What am I doing here?

It is at this point that people often feel the need to "find" themselves. I am here to tell you that you are not lost. You do not need to be found. You are there. Maybe you are buried under a pile of never ending laundry, bills, to-do lists and adult responsibilities, but you are there.

You need only find a quiet place to sit and think. Open your heart and mind to the dreams you had as a child, or the dreams you had as you grew up. What did you really want? What did you want to be?

Look inward at the person you have been hiding from yourself and the world, buried under mom duties and grocery lists.

Look inward and see the dream of childhood poking her head around the doorway of your inner self, trying to catch your attention, trying to remind you she is there.

At your center, in the quiet place in your soul, your true self, the one with the dreams and aspirations, is there. She is waiting for you to remember her, to recognize her, and to welcome her into your outer self.

She knows who you are. She knows what you want. She is you, the true you, the open and amazing you that you can be.

Find a quiet place. Light a candle. Play some soft music. Open your outer self to your inner self and invite her to come out. Allow her to show you the way, to illuminate the path for your dreams to become realities.

She is there, within you, waiting for you to set her free.

Don't wait. Don't wait for the perfect time. Start today. Allow your inner being to open you to the possibilities your life is filled with right now.

Abundance is everywhere; there is enough for everyone. You are worthy of an abundant life. Your inner self will guide you to an abundant life, filled with the things you dream of, but you must allow her to come out.

You must open yourself to her, to the whimsy and fantasy, to the fun and to the play, which will take you to your fully lived life.

You know who you truly are. You know what you truly want.

It is time to allow that person to BE. It is time to fulfill your true dreams.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Planting the Seeds

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."

~Robert Louis Stevenson

I need a lot of reminding.

One of the things I have been working on in my life, for many years, and it will likely be a lifelong process, is changing the message on the tapes that play in my brain.

Do you know what I mean? The tapes in your brain that tell you what you think of yourself, how you feel about yourself, what you believe about yourself, if you are smart or pretty or fat or ugly or dumb. These are the messages we tell ourselves every day. I call them tapes. Some people call changing the tapes affirmations.

I just refer to it as changing the message on the tapes.

My old messages were not nice. I believed many negative things about myself. I, in fact, convinced myself daily, with my messages, that I was weak, lazy, dumb, incapable and more. I said many, many not nice things.

Oh, you would never have known all the negativity going on in my head if you knew me in 3D. On the exterior I am happy, smiling (even having been called "the smiley one"), laughing and appear to be confident and secure in myself...from the outside.

On the inside, in my brain, where I tell myself what I believe about myself, I was not nice. These messages defeated me in living my life before I ever took one step toward living it. I would awaken with negative thoughts about my body, I would go through the day with negative thoughts about my abilities, I would go to bed with negative thoughts about all of the things I wasn't and could never be.

It is an exhausting way to live.

Somewhere along the way my brain was penetrated by the idea that these were MY tapes and *I* held the power to change the recording. The messages I told myself were within MY power to change.

This blog and the ideas and words in it are a physical manifestation of me changing my messages. Over time I have changed many of my thoughts. I try to reframe old thoughts into new ways. Instead of being a drill sargeant and yelling at myself to get something done or to stop doing an unhealthy behavior, I try to look inward and see why I am doing it. I try to record a new message. I plant the seeds of positive messages. I tell myself I can. I tell myself I will. I tell myself that I am amazing and wonderful and unique...because I am all of those things. And so are you.

The messages that play in my brain now are more frequently those of positivity, of support and encouragement. I tell myself I can do things. I tell myself to listen to my own needs. I tell myself to wait. I tell myself to rest. I tell myself to work. I tell myself I have great talents. I plant the seeds of positivity and strength and power and light in my brain daily. I read positive things. I talk to positive people. I seek support and guidance.

Sometimes, though, I need reminding.

Last weekend I went through a very difficult emotional process. In the aftermath, in my hindsight, I see that part of what happened was that in an emotionally charged situation all of my old tapes come flooding back to me. It was as if they had never left. I was telling myself an amazingly horrible amount of stuff that was NOT TRUE. It may have been true at one time, in another part of my life, but it was NOT true in my current life. I succumbed to those old tapes in the blink of an eye.

One day I was posting here about the universe is whispering in my ear and I listen and LIVE and a scant 48 hours later I am in a fog of negativity, doubt and downright lies.

Why am I telling you this and what does it have to do with seed plantings and harvests?

I am telling you this because it is important to continue to plant the seeds of positivity even after earlier sprouts have started to grow. It is important to continue to plant the seeds of power even in the midst of the growing season. It is important to continue to plant the seeds of light in the middle of a storm.

The seeds...seeds of positivity, power, and light...they are what will get you through that storm! They are what will pull you up from the depths. You never know which seed you plant will be the one to poke up through the dirt of your mind, just when you need it.

We can't worry about harvesting of the seeds. We can't worry about the day we are done planting. We can't be consumed with how great the harvest will be. We have to believe. We must have faith. We must KNOW that if we keep planting the seeds, daily, we will someday be able to harvest them. The harvest may be one individual plant at a time, and not an entire field. But someday, that little seed, the new message on your tape, the positive things you tell yourself, it will bloom and grow and play back on repeat for you and you will believe it.

But you might need to be reminded that you believe it. So you have to keep planting new seeds, and recording new messages, especially while you are standing in the midst of a field full of harvest.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Goddess of the Sky

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.”

~Sir Edmund Hillary

Mt. Everest, located along the border between Nepal and Tibet, is the world’s tallest mountain. The peak rises 29,035 feet above sea level. In comparison, Mt. Rainier in Washington State rises 14,411 feet above sea level, and Mt. Hood in Oregon State rises 11,240 feet above sea level, meaning that the peak of Mt. Everest is more than twice as tall as these local mountains.

When I think of climbing an incredible mountain, THE mountain of mountains, I think of Mt. Everest.

Mt. Everest was named after Sir George Everest in 1865, the British Surveyor General of India. This is the English name.

Did you know that the Nepalese and Tibetans have different names for Everest?

In Nepal she is known as "Sagarmatha", which translates to "Goddess of the Sky."

In Tibet she is known as "Chomolungma", which translates to "Mother Goddess of the Universe."

How appropriate is it that THE mountain of mountains, the one that calls to climbers and adventurers the world over, the one that inspires them to conquer their own fears, to conquer physical and mental limitations, the one that calls out to them to reach the summit, is known by those that have lived in her shadow for hundreds of years as a goddess?

I would say very appropriate.

Sir Edmund Hillary, quoted above, is the first recorded man to summit Sagarmatha, in May 1953, along with his Sherpa Tenzig Norgay. Hillary is quoted as saying "It is not the mountain that we conquer but ourselves." A wise man.

I believe that whenever we set out to ascend a mountain it is ourselves that we must overcome to reach the summit. Of course, the word "mountain" here is used as a synonym for "challenge" or perhaps "goal" or "dream".

Each of us, within us, has a goal or mountain or a challenge that we want to achieve. We may not have admitted it fully to ourselves yet. We may not have allowed ourselves to dream that big dream yet. We are afraid. We fear what will happen if we allow ourselves to dream the big dream. Will we have to work hard? Will we succeed? Will we fail? If we do succeed, will we be *too* successful? What will happen if we do reach the summit of our big dream mountain and all of our life's dreams are fulfilled?

Scary stuff to think about. Big, scary, amazing, powerful, inspiring dreams...

Whatever our dream or mountain, we must first overcome ourselves, conquer our own fears, our own mental limitations, in order to begin the climb. Usually the climb to the summit is not a direct route. There are often zigs and zags over the mountain; some parts are very treacherous and some parts take our breath away with their beauty.

But most importantly, we must get out of our own way! We must keep our focus. We must stop fretting about what happens when we get there, we must simply start the process of making it happen. Preparing for a climb on Sagarmatha takes years of preparation and training. The climb process itself takes months. The climbers must first climb to the lower base camp, where they must stay for some time to get acclimated to the thinner air and less oxygen. They then climb again to a higher base camp, where they again have to get acclimated. The process takes weeks to months. No one looks at these climbers as if they are failures for having to stop and catch their breath; or having to stop and get acclimated to their new surroundings.

WHY do we feel when climbing our own mountain that the path must be linear? WHY do we feel that stopping to catch our breath or get acclimated to our new surroundings is unacceptable?

All of the starts and stops, pauses, zigs and zags, treacherous ice fields and breathtaking views are a part of the process of summiting our mountain. There is no failure in pausing. There is no failure in slipping. There is no failure in taking the South Col route instead of the South East Ridge route. Failure only occurs when we refuse to continue, when we allow our own fears of success and our own limiting beliefs to prevent us from continuing the ascent.

We must conquer our own demons and fears in order to reach the summit. We must not allow a day or two of altitude sickness to send us packing back down the mountain to the lower base camp. When we have altitude sickness, we must rest, pause, take some oxygen, look around at the view of how far we have come, how high we have already made it and be awed by our own amazingness. We must look both up at the challenges to come and down at the challenges already overcome and use those to propel us forward.

With each step higher on the mountain we prove to ourselves that it IS possible; it CAN be done. With each step we conquer a little more of the naysayers in our heads. With each step we achieve more power and strength. With each step up the slippery slope, when we swing our ice pick into that slippery surface and say I AM NOT SLIPPING DOWN, we conquer a little more of our own disbelief. With each step we conquer a bit more of ourselves.

Each day as I look at my mountain, my big dream, my challenge, I must conquer fears, limiting beliefs, and the lies I tell myself about how I can't do it. Each day as I look at my mountain I must remind myself of my strength that I have gained by climbing as far as I have. Each day as I look at my mountain I must simply take the next step higher. I must simply continue the ascent, for I will never achieve my goal by looking back down. I will never reach the summit if I do not press on.

I, for one, plan to join Sir Edmund Hillary at the summit of the mountain... my very own Everest.

"It is not the mountain that we conquer but ourselves." ~ Sir Edmund Hillary

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Eye of the Tiger

Another song to really listen to the lyrics...hear what it has to say.
Amazing and powerful for me today.

Risin' Up!

Eye of the Tiger

Risin' up, back on the street
Did my time, took my chances
Went the distance, now I'm back on my feet
Just a man and his will to survive

So many times, it happens too fast
You change your passion for glory
Don't lose your grip on the dreams of the past
You must fight just to keep them alive

It's the eye of the tiger, it's the cream of the fight
Risin' up to the challenge of our rival
And the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night
And he's watchin' us all in the eye of the tiger

Face to face, out in the heat
Hangin' tough, stayin' hungry
They stack the odds 'til we take to the street
For we kill with the skill to survive

It's the eye of the tiger, it's the cream of the fight
Risin' up to the challenge of our rival
And the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night
And he's watchin' us all in the eye of the tiger

Risin' up, straight to the top
Have the guts, got the glory
Went the distance, now I'm not gonna stop
Just a man and his will to survive

It's the eye of the tiger, it's the cream of the fight
Risin' up to the challenge of our rival
And the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night
And he's watchin' us all in the eye of the tiger


"There's nothing like music to relieve the soul and uplift it."
~Micky Hart 

Sometimes, the only way up, is through.

In order for me to rise up...out of my own depths...I need to find a way to fire the light of inspiration in my soul.

Music...uplifting...powerful...envigorating music is one of the best ways for me to start changing my perception; to start seeing the light.


After tha past day or two of struggling and flailing around, looking to my friends and mentors for advice, reassurance and tough love, I came here and listened to my own playlist. A playlist *I* created of songs that I love; songs that have meaning to me; songs that speak to my heart and soul.

I cannot just have it play. I must listen to the message of the music. What about these songs draws me to them? What about them inspires me?

I have to quiet my mind, concentrate on the message, and allow it to fill my soul.

I can literally feel the peace spreading throughout my body as I listen to and absorb the message and melody of the music. The music fills me up and pushes the darkness away. The music makes a path for my light to shine.

I am not done rising; I have a ways yet to go, but I am starting to surface. The bubbles are starting to tickle my nose as I rise up from the depths.

I will surface. I will burst through.


Sunday, August 14, 2011

In the depths

"Action is the antidote to despair."
~Joan Baez

Life is not all sunshine and flowers. Some days are hard. Some days the light from within is hiding behind all of the old darkness. Some days the flame of inpiration is flickering and fading.

I have been going through a time of waning enthusiasm; a time of a fading of my own light.


There are a number of factors that have led my light to feel dim:

Emotional baggage.
Too much sugar in my diet.
Hormonal imbalances.
A feeling of lack of progress; fighting the same battles again and again.

I am attempting to lead a life of inspiration. I am attempting to live the life I want to have right now.

This does not mean I will not have days or periods of time where I feel weak, sad, lonely or a failure.

I feel as though I want to crawl into a hole and cover up with a blanket and just wait it all out. But I know, I KNOW, if I do that, all my forward progress, momentum and current success will be lost.

My energy level is low. My light is dim.

But I must find it within me, somehow, some WAY, to continue.

I am filled with conflict. On one hand I want to recede within myself; ignore my friends and supporters; close the doors, turn out the lights and be alone. On the other hand I know that now, more than when I am on fire, I NEED the support, motivation, cheering and love of my friends and mentors.

I cannot go it alone at this point. Nor should I.

I need to be accountable. I need to open myself to the words of truth these friends and supporters offer. I need to fan my own flame and support my own future.

Why does the light flicker and fade? I do not know. Perhaps I have not yet learned enough. Perhaps the flickering and fading and re-brightening of the light teaches me something about myself each time. Perhaps I need to prove that I am stronger. Perhaps there are lessons still to learn.

One thing I know for certain: I can never give up. I can not live with self loathing. I can not survive a life filled with desolate feelings of despair.

I must find a way. I must find a path. I must find a way to brighten my flickering light. It is there, within me. I just need to turn up the dial.

I must find a way, for I can not go back the way I came. I can not fail. I can not succumb. I must press on. I must find success. I must find the inspiration.

"What is to give light must endure burning."
 ~Viktor Frankl


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Universe is Speaking

Synchonicity abounds in my life right now. Everywhere I turn I am being bombarded with the messages from the universe. She is responding to what I am putting out to her about what I want in my life, how I want my life to be.

I have been saying "I want to live my life right now, the way I dream it would be."

In response the universe points me out the door to LIVE my life. When I am bored, or searching for the unknown something, the universe whispers in my ear "Live your life Right Now! Don't Wait!" And when I hear that whisper I get up and DO whatever it is that I need to do at that moment to feel like my life is being lived!

I read a blog post from a friend. Her words mimic my own. She is looking at her life and realizing she is not living it! Her life is not what she envisioned it would be. She doe not know how she got to the point in her life where she is, but she is realizing she doesn't like the unlived life she is existing within. She is having her own awakening.

Facebook posts from various sources are supporting my wishes to the universe; cementing the rightness of my want to live my life.

I am surrounded by the message of the universe that YES life is meant to be lived! That I am on the right track. That I am supported in my desire to start living life right now. To not wait for some imagined perfect future.

I am reminded in various ways to start where I am, with the tools that I have, and not to worry about what is next. I am reminded to simply start, to take the first steps and that the next steps will follow and by taking each successive step I will begin to walk my very own best path to MY fully lived life.

I am feeling surrounded by the energy of the universe, empowering and enlivening me in my quest to not waste my life.

I get whispers from the universe....she tells me to do it....dream it!

And so I am.

Monday, August 8, 2011


"Turn on your heartlight
Let it shine wherever you go
Let it make a happy glow
For all the world to see"

~Neil Diamond

Come back again
I want you to stay next time
Cause sometimes the world ain't kind
When people get lost like you and me

I just made a friend
A friend is someone you need
But now that he had to go away
I still feel the words that he might say

Turn on your heartlight
Let it shine wherever you go
Let it make a happy glow
For all the world to see

Turn on your heartlight
In the middle of a young boy's dream
Don't wake me up too soon
Gonna take a ride across the moon
You and me

He's lookin' for home
‘Cause everyone needs a place
And home's the most excellent place of all
And I'll be right here if you should call me

Turn on your heartlight
Let it shine wherever you go
Let it make a happy glow
For all the world to see

Turn on your heartlight
In the middle of a young boy's dream
Don't wake me up too soon
Gonna take a ride across the moon
You and me
And home's the most excellent place of all
And I'll be right here if you should call me

Turn on your heartlight
Let it shine wherever you go
Let it make a happy glow
For all the world to see

Turn on your heartlight
In the middle of a young boy's dream
Don't wake me up too soon
Gonna take a ride across the moon
You and me

Turn on your heartlight now
Turn on your heartlight now


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Create Yourself

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life’s about creating yourself.”

- George Bernard Shaw


Who are you?

Who do you want to be?

What life do you dream of?

What do you aspire to achieve?

You create your life.

Each day...each action or inaction...each thought...each word...

Your life is created by you.

Are you creating the life you dream of?

Do you take actions each day toward the creation of your beautiful life?

Do you think daily toward the creation of your beautiful life?

Do you speak daily toward the creation of your beautiful life?

Your life is yours to live and create.

You are not lost in your just need to create yourself.

It is within you to create the life of your dreams.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Randy Pausch

"The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out; the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. The brick walls are there to stop the people who don't want it badly enough. They are there to stop the other people!"

~Randy Pausch
The Last Lecture

If you are not familiar with Randy Pausch, you should really aquaint yourself with him.

For simplicity, I have added the Last Lecture to this blog.

Yes, it is long, over an hour.

But it is a stunningly important message to hear.

I was introduced to The Last Lecture through a college class of mine. A communications class, actually.

I have never forgotten the impact of this lecture.

I think of Randy's quotes often.

I have watched the video many times.

I have read his book many times.

Randy Pausch was a man who knew what living life was all about.

Randy Pausch was a dreamer, but more importantly, he was a doer!

Randy went after his dreams.
Even before his cancer diagnosis.

Randy knew how to dream and how important those dreams were.

Randy is another person who is the epitome of what Inspire the Light is all about.

Randy did not stop to worry about the brick walls in his way, he just figured out a way to achieve his childhood dreams, which were really his life's dreams.

I cannot encourage you enough to view the video clip above.
Take the time, with an open heart and mind, to hear what Randy is telling you.

You can achieve your dreams.
You can have the life you want.

But start now, because:

"Time is all you have and you may find one day that you have less than you think."

~Randy Pausch
The Last Lecture

Monday, August 1, 2011

von Goethe



“Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.”

~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


I really love Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
This quote in particular is one that speaks to me. I remembered it while I was attempting to sleep last night.

It ties in so nicely with what Inspire the Light is all about.

Don't wait.
The time is never right.
If you can dream it you can do it.
You are your own inspiration.
You have the light within you to create a magical life.

We are often our own worst critics.
Women, especially, are incredibly hard on themselves.
We believe that we are imperfect.
We believe that others have achieved perfection.

This is a lie.

Perfection does not exist.
There is no such thing.

And in any case, perfection is unimportant.

The truly important thing is to BE.
Be what you dream of.
Be who you dream of.
Be the inspiration in your life.
Be the person that you want to be.

Start by living the life right now, this second, that you dream of having.

Do you know what I mean by that?

If you want to be an artist, start creating art.
If you want to be a dancer, then start dancing.

 Don't wait for the "perfect" non-existant time!

What is it that you want your life to be?

Start creating it today.
Start living today the life you want to have.

Whatever you dream .... you can have it!

But make sure it is your dream, not the dream you think you should have.
The dream is yours.
Be yourself. Be who YOU are.
Do what makes YOU happy, not what you think *should* make you happy.

Inspire your own dream

Become the amazing, beautiful, powerful creature that you are capable of becoming.

“If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that.”

~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

You already are what you are capable of just need to let that light shine out!