Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I am selfish

There.  I said it.  And, I'll say it again.  I. Am. Selfish.

If selfish means that I take the time for me.

                           Time spent to...
Know myself
Explore my interests
Understand my strengths and my weaknesses
Step outside my comfort zone
Have a life outside of my roles of mom and wife
Pursue my passions
Live more fully
Love myself, so I can love others more fully
Be me - a more authetic and whole me.

Then, YES, I am happily, joyfully, authentically SELFISH!
So be it!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Seeing Red...

Yesterday was a gray, chilly, dreary day in Cleveland, Ohio.  Despite the treat of rain showers, I decided to head out for a walk through the park.  Earlier in the morning I had read a section entitled "Tips For Interpreting The Signs From the Universe" in Get Out Of Your Own Way e-course by Dr. Lissa Rankin of Owning Pink that I am taking.

As I walked, I began to think about signs from the Universe and wondered about their existence.  In the past I believe that there have been signs, here and there, that have pointed me in a direction or steered me clear from a catastrophe.  But, typically, I haven't focused on, or asked for signs on a regular basis.  I hadn't really put much thought into whether there are, or are not, "signs" sent from the Universe.

It was during these thoughts when I, randomly, came upon the little red devil!

That little red devil was incredibly unnerving!  I was even a bit frightened!  Was it a sign?  And, if so, what did this sign mean?  Millions of thoughts ran through my head - most of them negative.

Was I in danger?
Was something awful about to happen?
What was I being warned about?

And, even though, I had an urge to turn and run back to the safety of my car, I continued on my walk.  I tried to "spin" it in my brain and forced happier thoughts - like maybe the sign is about the "devil in the details".  Or that since he was such a cute devil, that it certainly couldn't be an "evil" sign...Right????

Moments later, I rounded a corner and saw, smack dab in the middle of the walking path, was a bright red can of Coke.

And suddenly, I began to see RED everywhere! 

A red post on the side of the road. 

A white plastic bag, with red writing, caught in a tree, blowing in the wind.

A tree with a red trail marking nailed into it's trunk.

And, my favorite, a red-crested woodpecker hopping from tree to tree.

...Just to name a few.

So, obviously, the meaning of little red devil "sign" had something to do with the color red


So, when I got home, I googled "the meaning of the color red" and I found this:
~ Increased enthusiasm and interest
~ More energy
~ Action and confidence to go after your dreams
~ Protection from fears and anxieties

And recently, that is everything that I have been looking for!!!!!

I guess it really is a "sign"!    Right????

So, tell me, do you believe in "signs" from the Universe???

Monday, March 14, 2011


Have you ever had one of those times when your brain was telling you to say NO, but your heart and gut were screaming YES?!!?  Deciding, at the last minute, to say YES and attend a women's conference 6 HOURS from home was one of those of those times for me.

It was another experience that reminds me to...
"Say "yes" to life -- and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you." ~Eckart Tolle

And it was a Whirlwind of Goodness!

On Thursday night I attending and help coordinate a wonderful Auction for the Foundation for our local school district where we raised over $40,000 for the kids in the district - WOoHooIes! - it always feels good to be a part of something so good! 

Then on Friday, after packing my bags and taking my youngest to afternoon preschool, I headed to Alpena, Michigan for an exciting R.E.N.E.W. (Rejuvenating, Energizing, Nurturing, and Enlightening Women) Expo for Women!

Saturday, all day, I was surrounded by wonderful women who shared insights, stories, and encouragement with each other during the all-day conference.  In the morning I was fortunate to hear Christine Wagner speak about Using Your Whole Brain for an Amazing Life.  Which was incredibly interesting and really made me think.

During Lunch and directly following the meal, I heard the amazing Debbie Phillips share her insights about being a Woman on Fire and about finding your passion.  I was inspired...and RENEWed! 

Here is a video made by the amazing Jamie Eslinger of Women on Fire that created that gives a good sense of the event (and I even make a cameo in it).

The only bad part of the experience, what that I had to head home on Saturday and with the long drive home, I had to miss the wine tasting.   C'est-la-vie ~ I had a glass of when I got home and I toasted to
saying YES to life!

What are you going to say YES to, today?

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