Sunday, January 31, 2010

Channeling words of courage and hope, continued...

Click the below link to my Examiner article, Carrie's interview, for background information to this blog entry:

Examiner article

It is hard to describe how Carrie's words have inspired me, just in the little time we have interfaced, during my interview preparation. She has renewed my courage and fueled my hope with her message. I was fortunate to have received a reading and, I must say, I do believe she is gifted. I felt like I was participating in a deceased family reunion of some sort. My Father, Grandparents, friends and pets gathered for about 1 hour in a vibrational realm that she tapped into. I was really excited. I received some general stuff, that sure, you might be able to take a lucky guess about, some more detailed stuff, that maybe, could have been found with some real research and then some outrageously private stuff that there is no way she could have known without real help from the other side. I feel like I'm still feeling energized in the aftermath, 3 days later. I had trouble sleeping the night after the reading because she had hit so many vulnerable but necessary areas. I am confident we exist beyond our physical being and it makes me happy to know my family and friends are together on the other side!

Angels here on earth, continued...

Click the below link to my Examiner article for background information to this blog entry:

Examiner article

In my life I have encountered many angels who have inspired, mentored and blessed me with their guidance. The biggest impact, in a group setting, has been the sincere and giving people at Safehouse Center. As I have communicated before, I haven't met anyone there that hasn't been truly wonderful. I believe, just like in the fellowship of church, groups of like minded genuine souls are so very powerful and inviting. If you are not part of a fellowship community of some sort, it is really worth while to find your way to one!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Are you a giver or taker, continued...

Click the below link to my Examiner article for background information to this blog entry:

Examiner article

As I said in the article, the perfect balance is a mix between Give and Take. You don't want to disable someones growth by continually giving (of course we're not talking about children but adults) and you shouldn't take advantage of someone by continually taking. Where is the pride in these individuals? My focus in life is to reach out and give when and where I can. I love the feelings I get when I'm able to help someone. I grew up in a poor household and this instilled a drive in me to do better, an appreciation for even the smallest things and a connection with those struggling to just try to make ends meet. My reach fills a well in me that goes back to my childhood. I love being a giver but, at the same time, I'm pretty good at recognizing a "career taker" and therefore I'm careful to not encourage these types of individuals. They need an awakening through some honest and maybe a bit harsh (in your face) type of motivation!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Nurturing your passion, continued...

Click the below link to my Examiner article, Juli's interview, for background information to this blog entry:

Examiner article

My girlfriend found Juli several years ago and it wasn't long before I was sitting in her chair, experiencing her artistic touch and developing our life-long connection. Juli is someone who is warm, stylish, down to earth and creative. I am far from a materialistic person and I find, most stylists in this industry, are pretty "uppity", although this label does not fit Juli by any means. We discussed the cost of her services and even though they are a bit pricey, as Julie noted, "You get what you pay for." I think we're all worth a few hours in the spa polishing up our outer appearance so it compliments our inner beauty a few times a year. Do you feel a connection with your stylist? If not, give Juli a try, you won't regret it!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Igniting your passion, continued...

Click the below link to my Examiner article for background information to this blog entry:

Examiner article

I worked really hard developing my career into a high paying, top level job that I thought would make me happy. Once I got to the place I wanted to reach, I realized I had not worked hard and achieved for self-fulfillment but instead my efforts were all for money. Sure my job supported a great lifestyle but I spent my time, 24/7 stressed over issues for corporate business and they only saw me as a servant instead of a business partner. I didn't realize, until I was let go, that I would be more at peace, healthier and happier if I just let go of my push for money and instead focused my efforts on developing my passion; art and inspirational writing. In my daily endeavors, I'm trying to help others, keep to my business plan, create daily and find gratitude for all of my life blessings. I truly appreciate where I'm at in my life today, do you?

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Grieving a Father and a Mother’s Soul Mate


I am now writing in a Grief Recovery forum called, Open to Hope. I re-invented my article/interview with my Mom as I felt writing about the loss of my Dad, her husband, was appropriate for my first article.

Grieving a Father and a Mother’s Soul Mate

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Color choices compliment your journey, continued...

Click the below link to my Examiner article for background information to this blog entry:

Examiner article

As an artist I absolutely appreciate color in my life. I'm someone who loves nature and the beautiful color palette it offers. Most of my clothes fall into warm and soft color schemes because they seem to compliment me the best. If you come into my home, you'll get an "artsy" feel. Not in a modern way but more in appreciation of all of the color tones reflecting different moods in each room. My main bath portrays the mood of a spa, pale purple and chocolate brown accented with beige tile. My bedroom is a soft mint green capped by a chocolate colored ceiling and accented in taupe. These are the rooms I consider to be my escape and retreat into a safe sanctuary. For a rush of excitement, I stroll into my dining room which is colored with leathery looking rich burgundy which sets off the dark stained oak crown molding and floor. My kitchen offers a venue of creativity with pale orange revealed through a velvet beige texture capped by a white ceiling swirled with pearl colored glaze. I have the universe depicted in my youngest son's room and a collage of our favorite sports team, the Red wings in my oldest son's bedroom. I have fully embraced color in my life and I'm really aware of how it impacts us. Life would be dreary in black and white and so, I'm so grateful for my choices!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Surviving four near death experiences, continued...

Click the below link to my Examiner article, Rick's interview, for background information to this blog entry:

Examiner article

I never had any clue when I met my boyfriend's brother, Rick Raths, how much tragedy he has survived in his life. I'm sure, after learning all he has been through, his aches and pains must be pretty severe although he wouldn't admit this. Even beyond his last noted accident, Rick continues to battle and survive life's challenges. One of his daughters, Mackenzie, at age two, was diagnosed with and, several years later, has overcome Leukemia. I'm sure his strength and faith runs through their bloodline! They are a remarkable family and I'm lucky to have the honor to interface with them!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Suffering painful moments, continued...

Click the below link to my Examiner article for background information to this blog entry:

Examiner article

My sister and I were talking about the pain and horror we suffered as we sat in the sidelines watching our Dad slip away in Hospice. It is the most horrific thing I've ever experienced. She asked me why I thought God made us go through it. I replied by explaining how dramatically the experience changed me. My life has taken a 180, I'm a different person now. It is really for the better. She is more understanding and compassionate also with the people she interfaces with at work. She works in a senior center so you can see where her empathy would bring a value to her work environment. I would never wish this type of loss on anyone but having went through it, I do understand how it has re-shaped me; mind, body and spirit. How has your loss and pain affected you?

Thursday, January 14, 2010

What inspires you to be a better person, continued...

Click the below link to my Examiner article for background information to this blog entry:

Examiner article

I think for me, all of the reasons I listed in the Examiner article inspires me daily. I rebelled as a teenager and I'm not real proud of some of my immature actions (wrongs I'm trying to make right), I live to be a better person to mentor my children by my actions (not necessarily my words although words count also), my religious convictions and my upbringing also play a large part in my psyche. All of these reasons are packaged into my daily motivation to reach out and help people which in turn helps me! My goal for my healing arts business is to touch as many people as possible to help comfort and sooth them during their hardship. I'm excited to bring this venture full circle and feel its success. My success will not be benched monetarily but by those whom I have helped. How will you measure the success of your dreams? Are you genuine in your efforts?

Monday, January 11, 2010

Surviving an epileptic brain tumor, continued...




Click the below link to my Examiner article, Ashley's interview, for background information to this blog entry:

Examiner article

My niece, Ashley LaBean, is a force of energy that, thankfully, can explore and devote her efforts to whatever she chooses throughout her adulthood.
She is grateful for her life today after all that she and my brother's family has been through. I'm regretful that I wasn't as close to their family to have offered more support during their time of need. I offered prayer but not much physical help. My life, at that time, was consumed with the duties of a single Mother & a job that took my time and energy 24/7. Today, I realize, and it is apparent in Ashley's interview and through all of the other survivor articles, success in everything comes back to the strength from family! How is the relationship with your family?

Saturday, January 9, 2010

The power of a good night sleep, continued...

Click the below link to my Examiner article for background information to this blog entry:

Examiner article

I think it is really crazy that I'm still feeling sleep deprived even though I work at home now. You would think I could fit 7-9 hours of sleep into my schedule but like most people, I sacrifice my rest so I can use the extra time trying to accomplish more of my "to do's". I, like many others, started a diet on January 1st and I didn't realize sleep affects the waistline and therefore, more sleep will now be a higher priority for me! How about you?

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Your destiny is within your reach, continued

Click the below link to my Examiner article for background information to this blog entry:

Examiner article

I believe 100% that we all control our own life destinies. I also believe you attract like energies into your life and therefore it is critical to stay positive. We are all human and can't stay upbeat all of the time but we can make an effort to improve our attitudes. When I'm feeling down, I realize it is OK for me to be miserably but I set a limit to it, depending on the reason, I might allow myself a few hours or the weekend. Then I get back into the swing of my mission to help others and provide a comfortable life for me and my family through honest, hard work! I've got a long way to go but I am confident that I can do anything I want. I've put my body, mind and spirit into my new healing arts career and I have faith it will reach and help many people including myself along the way. Are you focusing on bringing positive energy into your life???

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Healing through art, continued

Click the below link to my Examiner article for background information to this blog entry:

Examiner article

The whole concept of this article is based on my experience from writing my book. It was a journey I really had to go through to feel healthy again. I feel like it memorialized my Dad and many of the loved ones I have lost during my life. Besides the memories I will always have, they are now existing in a published form for anyone in the world to view. It has been a really tear jerking but necessary process that I'm grateful for. Do you have any similar experiences you would like to share?

Friday, January 1, 2010

A new year and a new slate, continued...

Click the below link to my Examiner article for background information to this blog entry:

Examiner article

My resolution is, just like many others, to tone my body and eat healthy. I don't do any particular diet but I do cut out pop and goodies from my life. The first 10 days is always the toughest but once I get through those days, I'm usually on my way to victory:) I think the reason I eat junk food is to feed my hungry, inner child. I grew up very poor. We always had food although it wasn't of the highest quality. We all received our portion of whatever was on the table but usually we were not privy to seconds and thirds. My parents did the best they could but I think today, I can finish off a batch of cookies because I didn't get any opportunities to eat beyond my small portion of a rare treat (a batch split between 6)!