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The Key Life Lessons I’ve Learned From Roses

My chief hobby is growing roses, a tradition handed down from my grandmother through my mom and now to me. But more than a connection to my family or a source of peace and therapy, such an undertaking has afforded me many life lessons, serving as a highly effective metaphor. The essential ingredients to growing great roses are the correct soil mixture and proper preparation of the bed in which the rose shall be planted. The right mix of nutrients, the right drainage and retention of water, the right depth of the roots, and the right amount of mulch are…

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An Extraordinary Life is Your Birthright

You were put on this earth to experience an extraordinary life: a life of joy, purpose and abundance. It is your birthright. The fact that so few do disturbs me greatly. As Henry David Thoreau so aptly said, “Most people lead lives of quiet desperation and go to their graves with their music still in them.” I don’t want this to be you! Even if you do not believe this is possible for you at this moment, I don’t ever want you to stop searching for answers. Constantly ask yourself, “How can I live an extraordinary life? What do I…

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How to Find Wisdom

I have discovered that there are many bright minds in the world but few that consider themselves to be truly enlightened. Wisdom, it would seem, comes slowly and in bite-sized morsels such that it is almost specialized. Like a discipline, say physics or chemistry or literature, there are many who have a piece of the puzzle (perhaps). Integrating these pieces into one whole could arguably be said to be more difficult than finding that one universal general theory, theory of everything, that our scientists have sought since at least Einstein. What is a person to do then, without a guide…

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3 Important Principles For Getting What You Want

Appreciate people. Growing up as a shy girl, I always kept to myself. I never felt compelled to depend on others or even communicate with the many wonderful people that surrounded me. Now all grown up and having come out of my shell, I realize that one of the most happiest feelings in the world can be found in the connections that we make with others. The general kindheartedness that I find in people is enough to light up the universe. We live in one life but also in one world that we share. As much control as we have over…

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The Two Keys To Releasing Your Pain

You may not believe it, but you hold your own transformation in your own hands. You can turn darkness into light, turn any issue you have into an asset, convert suffering into wisdom and along the way shine the light for others. You are the ultimate alchemist. Mindfulness and creativity are the two keys to releasing yourself from your own pain and transforming it into something valuable. When you stand back and get some distance from 'the story of your life' and you can then look at it differently and learn from it. Now this is when then magic starts…

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It Isn’t Personal

Seek to understand, for with understanding comes acceptance, peace, and – in many instances – love. We cannot hate what we understand. Remove the ego. Everyone you meet, every person who makes you smile, dance, cringe, swear, and scream, each one is simply trying to get through the day the best way she knows how. Each is striving to become the person he wants to be. Each is working to live the life she wants to live. Whatever pain anyone in your life may cause you, remember this: It isn't personal. It is simply a product of that person moving…

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How to Take Advantage of Your Opportunity

The thrill of soaring comes with the fear of falling. Despite that, we should all aspire in life to dream big. There is so much opportunity just waiting for you - if you are willing to be consistent and persistent, there is no doubt you can achieve your dreams. It helps to discover who you truly are and live in a way that is authentic to yourself. You must do what you can to discover your truth... to achieve a deep connection with yourself and then with other people. Think about who you are now. If you are seeing habits,…

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Sitting in the Realm of Abundance

When you realize to your core of being that there is only love, you start to live life knowing that there is nothing that can harm you nor can anyone harm you. You will also not consider harming anyone with your words or deeds. We have all been gifted with invisible powers and they create our reality. They are the power of thought, imagination, and intention. We create or mis-create with these gifts and we also re-create our reality if we find we don’t like what we’ve created. Thoughts are substance, energy and things, and we can form whatever we…

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4 Practices for a Healthy, Happy Inner Child

I would speak about what I have learned from the angels of transparency who have inspired me throughout my life. Look inside yourself and heal your inner child. This is the part of you that you have hidden for such a long time, that you have abandoned and rejected. Doing this for myself, I felt like a new world was coming to life - like I was reborn. It felt like my skin was being regenerated somehow and that all my old issues were being healed and addressed. When we heal our inner child, then we can think of moving…

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Don’t Get Lost on the Path to Your Dreams

"Know that you can make a difference in the world by being true to yourself, and moving in the direction of your dreams!" As I spoke this sentence to a client of mine, I made the profound realization that I was speaking as much to myself as I was to her. I realized that my life long goal of making a difference in the world centers around my ability to be true to who I am and allow myself to move toward my dreams utilizing everything that makes me who I am today. You see, I am no different than…

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Setting Goals Before You Start Your Journey

We have to know where we are going if we want to get there. What does this mean? We have to set goals. Imagine you are given a box of LEGOs and asked to build a castle. There is only one problem. There is no blueprint or picture of how the castle is supposed to look. So where do you start? What pieces should be placed together? Of course, you can start building; however, without a blueprint or picture, you can never be sure if you are heading in the right direction. Life works in this same way. We have…

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Your Amazing, Brilliant Self

Never see yourself as less than others. Never think that they must know more than you do. That they have a better brain, and that they are way cooler. Don’t spend your life thinking people are automatically wiser and smarter than you. They are not. You are actually quite the person. Brilliant. Inquisitive. And with a darn big heart. Start seeing yourself for the first time as you really are. A true warrior. A spectacular soul that has a very special journey ahead. If you do, that is when it will all start to unfold. Dreams will leap from your…

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Look for the Best Answers for You, Not the ‘Right’ Ones

When you’re faced with tough decisions, especially major ones, look for what will be best for you, not what the right thing to do is. You may think that the best answer is the same as the right answer, but you’d be wrong. Looking to do what’s right generally involves other people’s assessments or measuring up to norms or standards. Trying to make the right decision often comes from looking at your choices through others’ eyes, not gazing out at you in the world through your own eyes. The best decision won’t come from the most affirmative nods or applause you receive and it…

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Live Your LIfe With Purpose

I would share my knowledge of doing the right thing and listening to my mind and body all of the time. You see, your body can give you honest feedback - it doesn’t lie to you. If you pay attention to how you feel in any given circumstance, you will know what the right moves are for you and what the wrong moves are. With me, it is my heart and solar plexus that I pay the most attention to because I have spent so much time nurturing my mind/body/soul connection, I know right away if something will be a benefit…

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Prepare Yourself for Success

Never underestimate the power of your thoughtfulness - it may just be the very thing someone needs. Something simple to you may be huge to the heart of another. Imagine what a better place this world would be if we practiced those unsolicited random acts of kindness unto others without having to be reminded or without needing to receive acknowledgement. Doing something kind because it is the right thing to do is as powerful for your conscience as it is your heart. There are people who will take advantage of your good nature and generosity. It's inevitable. You'll find that these…

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Eat Right, Feel Right, Be Right

You were meant to have energy, joy and be pain free. You were meant to have chemistry happen properly in your cells. If you have lost your energy, lost your joy or have pain, the chemistry in your cells has gone awry. You are alive because of chemistry. When the chemistry stops, you die. When it happens incorrectly, molecules get made incorrectly and the wrong shape, or the molecules are not made at all. The accumulation of incorrectly shaped molecules damage you cells, then your organs and then you. You develop fatigue, pain, depression and more. That is how we…

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You Have Everything You Need in This Moment

In this lifetime we can waste precious time and energy living for an external result, acquiring other's approval and needing things outside of ourselves for happiness. It doesn’t take long for us to realize that achieving goal after goal will not automatically create the happiness we crave so deeply. And when we live for something in the future, whether it’s a thinner body, the perfect mate or enough money in the bank to buy an island, we rob ourselves of the perfection of this present moment. We will find ourselves chasing a false dream, believing that when we have the…

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How to Listen to Yourself at the Deepest Level

Don't believe anyone who says you can't be happy. You can. Don't believe anyone who says that work has to be unpleasant. It doesn't. Don't believe anyone who says you should ignore your feelings or desires or wishes. You should not ignore that voice inside of you that insists things can be better. Anyone can be happy. Anyone can find a fulfilling job or career. Anyone can achieve their true dreams. How? Learn to listen to yourself on the deepest level possible. Learn to discover and uncover who you really are and who you really want to be. How? You…

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4 Magical Strategies for Success

Believe in Unlimited Potential As a magician, I've spent many enjoyable hours on stage, looking out at the faces of people in the audience. I think a magic performance is a powerful experience because it creates a view of a world where there are no limits. One of the things I love the most is watching people's eyes light up as they let go of their preconceptions and allow themselves to believe in this fantasy world, even if only for a few hours. Magic represents unlimited potential and unexpected possibilities -- important things for all of us to remember, believe…

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It’s All in the PUSH

Let’s start from the beginning... When you learned to crawl, it required a pushing movement. You had to learn to push your knees to move yourself to another point. Then you learned to walk, same push, different position. Then you ran, you pushed further and harder. To think that pushing is not a necessary element of growth and life, try crawling into work or school tomorrow. Pushing is a physical activity that exerts more pressure out than you accept inside. Pushing is a fundamental of life. So why do so many resist it? Because it is uncomfortable, it is unknown... and sometimes…

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15 Simple Lessons for Creating the Future You Want

1. Be yourself. 100% authentically you. YOU matter, YOU make a difference. 2. Watch the movie The Five People You Meet in Heaven. Watch it twice... with loved ones. Tell those loved ones your deepest truth in the here and now, don't wait. 3. Surround yourself by people who demand more of you than you do of yourself - these are the people who love you the most. Sometimes it looks like tough love. 4. As Marianne Williamson says, we are more afraid of our light than our darkness. But your playing small does not serve the world. As you…

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