Sunday, March 31, 2013

Story about perceptions, continued...

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Cynthia Fabian continued, “I have spent most of my life overcoming obstacles and upon my disability retirement, due to injuries, I now help others to transcend through their own injuries using a positive mental attitude.

Even when the people around me are in a bad mood or upset, I now can overcome those environmental feelings instead of internalizing them.  I use yoga to simply ignore and communicate at a later time, it took many years to learn this.”

She shared, “I was born in California, moved to Queens, NY and lived there most of my life.  Now I reside in Somerset, NJ, a quaint city where I live with my partner/boyfriend.”

Her message, “Life doesn’t always give you a yacht or Mercedes to proceed from point to point, sometimes you get a broken down sail, or even a tire and you have to build on it.  But it is so satisfying when you do!

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Christ's resurrection and the easter bunny, continued...

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I found the historical tidbit about Easter to be interesting. If I learned this when I was young, I have forgotten it. To think, back in the day when there was no such thing as freedom of religion. We’ve come a long way since then and I’m thankful for the missionaries who fought for their right to Christianity and that they did what they had to do to keep its mark in history.

I am proud to be a Christian. And, I’m happy to still honor the Easter holiday with gifts for my kids. They are older now but they still love the candy, gift cards etc.

What is your Easter tradition?  

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

How to improve your memory, continued...

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Have you ever heard the saying, “I would lose my head if it wasn’t attached?” This seems to be the essence of my world these days and it is driving me crazy.

Yes, I’m overwhelmed with finances, teenagers and school and this might be the underlying conflict that is taking a toll on my psyche. Because, in the past couple of weeks, I have lost one of my schoolbooks, twice! Yes, I lost it and I was so very happy to find it and then several days later, I forgot it on the bike at the gym. The next day when I went back for it, of course, it was not there. My error resulted in someone else gaining a, Naming the Elephant, psyche book. I can’t imagine why anyone would keep this, but they did!

I also lost and recovered my glasses, a gift I purchased and a new supplement. I need to stop this madness!

Usually, I’m pretty organized and competent but, as of late, I feel overwhelmed and scattered. I’m working to put the missing pieces back into place and, articles, like todays, help me to gain my focus again!

Do you have any tricks you do to help you with your memory? If so, share your knowledge; it can’t hurt!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Forgiving spirit, continued...

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Jerian DiMattei, Victoria Ruvolo's Media Specialist, shared, “Vicky was preoccupied with more than just physical recovery during the proceeding months of the accident. She also had been pondering the emotional and spiritual implications of what had happened to her. She began speaking to groups and organizations about her experience and about forgiveness, and she co-wrote a book about her journey with attorney, Robert Goldman, one of the many people inspired by Victoria. The book entitled, No Room For Vengeance, explores the rewards of forgiveness and tells the story of Victoria's accident that greatly affected her life and many others.”

Victoria continued her interview.

She described her life today, “My life is wonderful! I thank God everyday that I am here. I have my family around me always, my Nephew, Niece, and my Great Niece live with me and we are always going to Oceanside to see my Sisters.”       

Her book’s message, “When you hold on to revenge the only person you are hurting is you. I truly believe that if I held anger, I would still be in St. Charles trying to get back to who I am. I want to help people have a better life!”

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Word of the day, continued...

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I grew up in a poor home. My parents barely made it through junior high; my dad quit school in 8th grade and my mom made it through 9th grade. My vocabulary was limited by this upbringing. I'm not complaining. I was able to take ownership of this early on and explore the world through books and school. I went to college and took several basic English classes to help  me rise above and expand my use of words. As an adult, I truly appreciate the power of a word. Whether it comes to me in a dream, through prayer or meditation, it makes my psyche shift and spirit soar when it is a word of inspiration.

I love the Word of the Day email I get from Merriam Dictionary. Many are new to me! I realize our in baskets can get overloaded with junk mail but for me, learning a new word earns a place within my email basket.

What are your thoughts about words? Do they inspire you? Leave me a note and let's talk about it!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Spring in your step, continued...

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I'm very happy to say, "Goodbye Winter and Hello Spring!" Although, it is still a crisp twenty something degrees here in the frigid state of Michigan, the calendar is still gifting hope of the weather change.

I have been unloading, scrubbing and working to white-glove my house this week. I am on Spring Break and, although I would have loved to escaped the weather and visited a warm destination, I am taking advantage of the break and working on my home instead. It is more economical and the process will do wonders for my mind too.

I'm preparing for a small birthday party we are giving my boyfriend's daughter this Friday. So, not only is the new season motivating me but the thought of upcoming visitors is working wonders on my motivation level!

Although finances are slow in coming, I did just renew my gym membership last week. I had 5 free months at Powerhouse in Ypsilanti, and this expired last week. I've been diligent with my gym routine and I didn't want to give this up so I created a monthly charge bill to keep pushing forward.

With spring comes more money for expenses incurred over the winter. I'm not sure why but business seems to slow down during the colder months. I'm excited to embrace new found wealth, which I've been manifesting!

What is your plan for spring? Drop me a note!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Learn to forgive, continued...

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Swiyyah Nadirah Muhammad continued the interview.

Her life today, “I live in Saint Petersburg, FL.  I’ve never been married and I have no kids.  I was in an eight-year relationship and was almost married but we didn’t make it.  I was always paranoid that he would cheat on me.  He admitted that he cheated on me twice.  He told me that he was gay and cheated on me with a man.

Every day I look in the mirror and ask myself how can I change for the better?  In order to change the world you have to change yourself.  A lot of people think they are perfect and don’t need to grow.  We will never stop learning and developing our souls.  I have a BA degree in Psychology and I’ve experienced mental illness so I’m able to help more people than someone that have never walked in the shoes of someone with mental illness.  For years I was trying to find myself.   I’ve read a lot of books and I know who I am and my passion in life.  When I give my motivational speeches, I teach that 90% of Americans hate their jobs.  They are trying to survive day to day and don’t have the time or energy to find and fulfill their passions.  God has created every human being with a special gift to give back to the world. The job you hate to do is a job loved by someone God has touched.  Find something you love to do and would do for free.  Build up a clientele and expertise and read books and learn on line how you can make money doing what you love to do.” 

Swiyyah’s continues to heal.

She shared, “In my book Don’t Call Me Crazy! I’m Just in Love, I teach you the same power techniques I used to overcome mental illness.  One technique I give is to listen and allow people to finish their whole thought process and do not interrupt.  When they finish talking, then you speak.  Before I learned this power technique I would cut people off and get upset for days because I misinterpreted what they were trying to say.  Also when people judged me I would get upset for days.  I learned when someone makes a judgment call about someone they don’t know nine times out of ten they’re talking about themselves or someone close to them.  Don’t say anything.  Let them keep talking and eventually they will tell you what’s really own their minds.  I’ve never received counseling to overcome my mental illness but I do take medication.  I’ve been on medication for six years and haven’t had a break down.”

Her support, “God and my wonderful mother have helped me get to the level I’m at now.  My mother was there for me the entire time I had my relapse.  She held my hand and took me to the hospital.  She gives me encouraging words.  She tells me to never give up.  She always has solutions for my problems.”

Her closing words, “Life is 1% what happens to you and 99% how you react to it.  This lesson is very important.   I’m scheduled to give workshops with other female leaders in my community with High school students.  We’re teaching them how they can change the world.  If you want to bring our workshop to your school please contact me at 727-776-0291.  And if there are any professors or teachers reading this, please contact me about making my book a required reading at your University or High School.  One person can change the world and that one person may be you.  Never give up!

I love to do motivational speeches. My book, Don’t Call Me Crazy! I’m Just in Love is on sale now at and its required reading at Saint Petersburg College.  Everyone can contact me at 727-776-0291,,,  Also I'm raising money for the National Institutes of health.  Visit my shop at and purchase items. Ten percent of profits will go towards this organization.  And if you have a non-profit company and would like to use my book or shop to raise money give me a call. Thank you.”