It's Time to Dream Again
I know you. You want to live a life of passion and purpose. You want to follow your dreams and live your bliss.
We all have our own personal “Yeah, but…” scenario and the more we listen to that fear-based voice, the longer we will settle for less. …
Let's Talk About Life Purpose
I'm a late bloomer!
I spent 50 years trying to figure out my life purpose. I read books (some of which I still have). I took classes. I took self-assessments. I listened to others.
It wasn’t until I stopped chasing after my life purpose and simply allowed myself to BE that I realized that my purpose was within me all along. You see, it was ME!
Purpose is about embodying, and accepting, the story that is YOU. Being who you are and exploring who you are (and who you are not) unveils your purp…
What are you Choosing?
Are you one of those people who wait for a Monday to start something new?
Do you wait to set goals until the beginning of the month or the New Year? Are you even good at starting things? How about finishing what you start?
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to wait for a date on the calendar before I set something new in motion. We get excited when we start something new. We begin to think about new possibilities, new ways of living, expanded opportunities, waking up every day with a …
How to Manifest Your Desires, Part 2
It's not wise to minimize the power of small steps
Last week I wrote about a common challenge it seems that most of us have when we want to move forward in the direction of our dreams. I’m paraphrasing by saying we tend to ‘bite off more than we can chew’ and then we end up having to spit out what we bit off!
In other words, we may try to do everything at once. We see the big picture and we get excited and we go-go-go, but eventually our motivation wanes and we go back to our old habits.
What if it DOES Work?
What if this doesn’t work?
Have you ever had an idea that got you excited? Have you wanted to combine your passion with your talent and take it to the world in some way? Maybe you plan and research; maybe you talk to your friends; maybe you even come up with a really cool name. And then it happens. The question: What if it doesn’t work? Somehow we forget to ask, “What if it DOES work?”
And let’s be honest for a minute. What if it doesn’t work? So what? It’s not the end of the world. But our …
When Things Don't go According to Plan
I enjoy road trips.
There’s something magical about seeing the landscape close up as I whiz by on the highways. Some landscapes are desolate, dry, and lonely and others are lush, vibrant, and teeming with life. I’m intrigued by the small towns and often wonder what brought people to these remote and out-of-the-way places.
This is a great segue for me to compare these external landscapes to our internal landscapes, right? And how sometimes we feel desolate and lonely and other times we are vibr…
Between the Ending and Beginning is Magic
Like Driving Through Fog
Have you ever felt stuck?
Maybe you’ve read the books, poured over articles on the internet, or asked everyone you knew, “what’s next?” Maybe you know all about goal setting and affirmations, yet you find yourself repeating the same patterns or doubting you’ll ever reach your goals and dreams and doubting you'll ever live an aligned life. Does any of that sound familiar?
Most of us want to get from Point A to Point B in a nice straight line. Forget about ‘life being a journey’ – we want to g…
You Get to Decide
Who doesn’t love to stay in their comfort zone?
Even when we want to experience more success or more love or more health or more joy, we also want to remain comfortable – and we don’t want to make the wrong choice.
Has this ever happened to you? You may have wanted another job, but you stayed comfortable and then got fired. You were ready to move out of a current relationship, but you stayed comfortable and then the other person left. Ouch. Blindsided.
We need to be w…
The Power of Big Dreams
“Life is short, live bold! Be heard, be you, dream big, take risks, don’t wait.” ~ Misty Gibbs
I’ve been thinking a lot about big dreams lately.
Growing up, I was never encouraged to dream big. My parents didn’t dream big – I think they were just trying to do the best they could. For them, success was owning a home, having a steady job, and taking occasional family vacations.
I think my dad’s big dreams involved me; he wanted me to be a doctor or a lawyer. That was his dream. I just wanted t…
The Road to Settling is Not a One-Way Street
Settling. When does it start? And why are we so eager to settle?
I remember when my daughter was in college pursuing a dream. For two summers, she was able to take advantage of an internship with the company I work for. I began to wonder, "What if she could get a permanent job here? The pay is good and the benefits are great." How quickly I was more than eager for her to begin that life of 'settling.'
When I was young, I wanted to be a psychology major and I was hungry to learn all that I coul…
From Numbness to Awesomeness
When I am numb, it’s nearly impossible to be motivated or to succeed.
The trouble is that I was numb for most of my life. I was numb to my real feelings of anger, frustration, resentment, self-doubt, fear, shame, and guilt. I was told over and over again that those feelings were wrong and I needed to overcome them. But no one taught me how to overcome them. So I did what I knew how to do: I shoved them down, I buried them, and I pretended they didn’t exist. And I ate.
And yet, the few times…
Opportunity Continues to Knock
Is opportunity knocking but you don’t answer the door because you are waiting for the doorbell?
Are you waiting for that perfect opportunity which will allow you to say a resounding “Yes” to your dream? Are you looking for a sign that you are on the right path? Do you want to make some changes but don’t know where to start?
What if I were to tell you the perfect opportunity, the sign, or the resources are knocking already?
Let me give you two examples that illustrate this point perfectly.
How Long are you Willing to be on Hold?
We thought putting our dreams on hold was the answer.
Bills needed to be paid and families needed our support. We were told we had to act like a grown-up and be responsible. We were told it was better to give than to receive and some of us were told our dreams were foolish and we learned to bury our desires, dreams, and passion.
And we began to make some false assumptions about ourselves and our lives. We assumed dreams (or following our purpose) were folly and we felt unworthy. These false…
2020, You Threw me a Curveball
And I have to admit, I didn’t always take this change in plans with a grin and a shoulder shrug (at least not at first). After all, I had big plans for the summer: season tickets to see 15 minor league baseball games, season tickets for the Coeur d’Alene Summer The…