Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Email to the Universe

Today's Daily Teaching from The Secret

Imagine writing an email of what you want to the universe. When you are happy that your email is very clear you hit "Send" and you know your request has gone into the ether's. You also know that the Server of the universe is an automatic system, and it doesn't question email requests. Its job is simply to fulfil every request.

If you begin to worry and stress that you haven't got what you wanted, then you have just sent another email to the universe to stop your order. And then you wonder why you haven't received what you asked for.

Once you ask, know that the Server of the universe is an automatic infallible system that never fails, and expect to receive your request!

I am going to be typing this email up very soon! In the book it also uses the example of placing an order from a catalog. Once you place that order, you know you will receive your items. There is no worry that your items will not come, right? This is what we need to do to get what we want; ask, believe, receive and be thankful. There are times where I just didn't put all my faith into what I was asking for. Therefore I didn't receive what I wanted.

I have been feeling very good since my appointment with Linda at The Healing Place with the exception of one night. Thanks to Linda, she called me with an exercise that I can do right here at home. Once I did this, I felt just the way I did when I left her place. I put all of my faith and belief that my energy would be balanced and that the physical effects of stress would be lifted from me. I got exactly what I asked for. Why? Because I believed.

What I am thankful for today:
my cat Chloe who is laying next to me
Diane admitting she has a problem LOL! (She is a scrapbook addict...shh!)
my creativity
Diane for watching Makenna for me today while I was at work
honesty (which I have been receiving a lot of lately...LOL!)
the power of prayer
Makenna being in bed before 11pm
seeing Yvonne tomorrow night!
Gavin being able to spend time with his great-grandfather today
my health
the health of my family and friends
the day off on Saturday and time with my family

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Be Happy Now!

My daily teaching for today really hit me. I felt this major need to blog about it because it is something I completely believe in.

You must be happy NOW to bring happiness into your life through the law of attraction. It's a simple formula. Happiness attracts happiness. Yet people use so many excuses as to why they cannot be happy. They use excuses of debt, excuses of health, excuses of relationships, and excuses of all sorts of things as to why they can't use this simple formula. But the formula is the law.

No matter what the excuse, unless you begin to feel happy despite it, you cannot attract happiness. The law of attraction is saying to you, "Be happy now, and as long as you keep doing that, I will give you unlimited happiness."

......I completely believe this is true. I have experienced this first hand. In a depression of 6 months about 13 years ago all I did was watch Legends of the Fall, the most depressing movie in the world and I cried more tears than I ever did in a lifetime. All it was doing was making me more sad and keeping me tired and in bed. Then Rachel came along and literally pulled me out of my bed, made me get dressed and took me out to Friendly's. Friendly's is our all time favorite ice cream place to visit together. She would get the Reese's Pieces Sundae and I would get the Reese's Peanut butter Cup Sundae (with all chocolate ice cream). MMMMMM! That was the first time in months that I actually laughed. Once I started allowing myself to feel happy again, it kept snowballing into more moments of happiness. Before I knew it I was out of bed on a regular basis, putting Brad Pit away in a closet and watching funny movies instead of depressing ones. I started surrounding myself with positive people and putting myself in situations where I would laugh with people and feel good. It was not long before I realized that the depression was behind me. I have blogged before about laughter being the best medicine. It seriously is because it will help you heal on the inside and feel joy. I am thankful that Rachel made me get out of bed....believe me, you do not argue with her...LOL! She would have kicked my butt. We all need friends who can give us that kick in the butt when we need it. I never did get angry with her for making me do something against my will. It was by far the best thing she could have done for me.

When I am down, here is what I do to lift myself up:
Call a friend who I know will make me laugh
Listen to my favorite CD
Go for a walk either alone or with a friend
Work in my garden
Watch a funny movie

Find what works for you. It may take a little research, but it is worth it.

Please know that although we may not be feeling great or have just heard some bad news, we can still find the good in every situation. Allow the light of laughter and love into your lives and watch the happiness grow more and more every single day. This is your choice....want to be miserable or happy? It is up to you.

What I am thankful for today:
ever lasting friendships
Reese's Peanut butter Cup Sundaes
funny movies
Nickleback (new CD always lifts me up)
Scrapping The Music Challenge
my friends
the chance to go to the farm tonight
Don Diego (my alpaca boyfriend)
horseback riding
racing the Gator
feeling free
my peaceful mind, body and spirit
being off all depression medication for over 8 months now!!
my store
funny stories (Shawn is filled with them)LOL!
French Vanilla iced coffee
time with my niece and nephew this morning

Thursday, June 25, 2009


To sum up my life right now I have to use one word...WOW! In therapy yesterday I talked about my experience with the Healing Place. My therapist asked me if I realized how blessed I am to be able to see my family from the other side. I actually got teary eyed because of how blessed I feel. She said that she sees a big difference in my emotions. In fact she used the words healing tears. Before when my tears were of fear or sadness, they are now tears of healing. I do feel different inside since my experience at the Healing Place. Before if I was in a crowd of people or felt rushed, I would get a feeling of someone standing on my chest. If the kids were clingy and needy all day, I would feel pressure in my head and this feeling of tightness in my chest. It amazes me that emotions actually physically control a person. This is why in The Secret it states that how we feel controls what we think and visa verse. I cried that one night for about 4 hours to wake up the next morning with head cold. Negativity does ruin our bodies.

I received a phone call from Linda, the woman from the Healing Place the day after my appointment. She had asked me how I was feeling. I told her that I have never done drugs before but I think this is what high feels like. LOL! I cannot get over that all those physical feelings of stress are gone. Makenna was nagging me when I was on the phone and I didn't feel as though someone was standing on my chest....for the very first time. I do not feel the yucky stomach ache when hear bad news. It is amazing. Because our bodies get into a state where although uncomfortable it is normal, I know that my body will go back to what it feels is right. When I start to feel those physical feelings of stress again, then I will know that I need to call Linda and get rebalanced. So far, I feel wonderful and it has been 4 days.

I did not go into detail about my walk with Shawn in my last blog. All I can say is that he has been through so much and is still in a very dark place in his life. I comforted him as he cried feeling guilt and sorrow for choices he has made. However, not once did he complain about anything. When I told him that The Secret brought him into my life, he wanted to know more about this powerful book. I know he is searching for a light, something that will take him out of this dark place. I want to be the light that he needs and I am finding out that is exactly what I am. He called me yesterday and said, "Guess what book I am holding in my hand?" Of course my mouth dropped and I said, "tell me.." He said, "The Secret". Apparently one of his co-workers had the book at home and brought it in for him soon after he talked about it at work. I told him that if I could, I would reach through the phone and give him the biggest hug! I am so proud of him wanting to better himself and for embracing my positive energy. I am so thankful that the universe delivered him back into my life. I know Shawn needs the inspiration and to be surrounded by positive people. And, I plan on being here for him as long as he needs me.

What I am thankful for today:
Shawn and his open mind and willingness to change
The Secret
the elimination of the physical feelings of stress
The Healing Place
my open mind
a wonderful walk in the country with Jenny and Trooper (Heather's dog) last night
chicken wings.....thank you Diane and Rudy!
Makenna playing store with me
an awesome conversation with Missy last night (love ya girl!)
Missy and Tim taking Gavin for dinner and a playdate last night
my lilies which are in FULL bloom
my overabundance of time and energy
getting to spend time with Alyssa and Josh tonight
July being filled with classes at my store
my teachers
my customers
my family
my friends
my pets (even when Zoe meows in my face at all hours of the night).
Faith telling me yesterday that she thinks my gardens are beautiful

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Healing Place & Shawn

I know you are all waiting to hear the outcome of my appointment last night at The Healing Place. One word sums it up for me....amazing. Because I am high energy and I have an open mind this therapy will work wonders for me. If you are close minded and not open to learning or trying new things, this will not work for you. You also cannot go to the appointment with ANY expectations or a bad attitude. Honestly I had no idea what was in store for me. The effect and outcome is very different for everyone.

After some paper work I got on what looks like a massage table with two pillows. You are still in clothes and lying on your back. First she tells you to breath deep in your nose then out your mouth. She takes a stone tied to a string and searches the different chakras of your body. She wants to see what is imbalanced. If the string swings in a straight line, your chakra is out of balance. If it swings in a circle, your chakra is balanced. I only had one area that was imbalanced and funnily enough it was my forearms. This explains why my hands fall asleep all the time. When she was done with that I closed my eyes to find my happy place. I found myself walking in the pink sand of Bermuda. The pictures in my head kept changing. They were all very peaceful images. At one point I was walking towards my grandfathers house in Florida. There was a line of people standing in front of the house. When I got closer I stood very still. I saw my great-grandparents, this guy Brian who passed away when I was 21, my dad's step-mom and my grandfather (Clarence), and then Mimi (my grandmother). In shock, I just stood there. We engaged in a group hug. I remember thinking, "Why does Mimi have a cane if she is at peace?" The answer is because we see them as we remember them. After our group hug, I somehow was flying through the sky. It was blue with fluffy clouds and the sun shining brightly. In a huge band around the sun was a beautiful rainbow. I then opened my eyes. Linda was standing there smiling. She told me that I didn't have to tell her what I saw unless I wanted to. When I told her of my loved ones who have passed and that they were all there I started to cry. Of course they were happy tears. I was told many times that I am surrounded by many of my loved ones. I am so grateful that I was actually able to see them. I left feeling such a peace that I have never felt. I continue to feel it today. It was by far the best $25 I have ever spent. My spirit feels balanced for the first time ever!

Being that I was to have no obligations when I left there I sat in my car not knowing what I wanted to do. I called my friend Shawn. He asked if we could walk and talk. I was feeling very zen at the moment and said yes. We started walking at 8:30pm (the sunset was amazing) and didn't get home until 10:15. It saddens me to know that still after all these years he has not found the peace he is searching for. I will pray for him in hopes that God will show him the way and soon. Him and I have very similar issues. Through his tears I looked him in the eyes and said, "Shawn, there IS proof that you can be ok. It is standing right in front of you." Knowing he is not in a good place right now, I am not sure if it hit him. However, he just called me as I am typing this to thank me for last night. He said he is feeling much better today and appreciated the time I took to spend with him. He ended the conversation by saying that he hopes I have a good day and he hopes I keep in touch. AAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWW! Did I mention that when I went to bed last night I slept better than I ever have? Life IS grand!

Today I am thankful for
a long walk and talk with Shawn
his call thanking me
The Healing Place
feeling totally peaceful
my open mind
seeing my loved ones who have passed
the pink sand in Bermuda (one of my happy places)
a wonderful day today
an awesome night tonight
a balance of energy
my deep connection with Shawn
my friends
my children
my pets
my store
my class tonight
my dreams
the ability to make them come true
my faith
knowing that when we are thankful, it brings more things to be thankful for into our lives.

Monday, June 22, 2009

The Weekend and My Happy Place

This past weekend was a very fun weekend. I closed the store early on Saturday and went to the races to see my dad. It rained off and on and was very muddy! It was a great day despite the weather. I love watching the kids play together and cheer on their Pop-Pop. As a child I would love to go to the races to watch my dad. Usually it was just me and my dad. I would sit with his best friend's family when he was racing. I miss those days. I remember my toy jeep, which by the way was yellow. I used to race it around in the mud, up and down the hills. Ya, I was a tom boy. Maybe this was because my dad insisted that I was a boy during my mothers entire pregnancy. All I know is that I wouldn't change it for the world. I had an awesome childhood racing around in my go-cart and on my motorcycle. It was my 'happy place' as a child. I didn't have a care in the world when I was racing. Now I understand why my dad enjoys it so much.

On Sunday we spent the morning at home. Jer made breakfast for all of us because I was feeling crappy. The kids gave him a handmade card and a gift from Starbucks. We were going to go kayaking and take my dad however....dad wanted to do something that does not require anything physical. I guess he was tired from the races. So, we decided to take the kids and my parents to see the movie UP. It was very good. Last night, Gavin was with his daddy, I pulled weeds and Jeremy spent some time with Makenna. It was a great weekend once again.

Last night my friend Shawn called me. We talked for a bit and I discovered that he was almost killed in an accident in 1993. As my heart sank, probably since I never knew that, I felt bad that I was not there for him during that time. He suffers now from pain in his back but other than that, he is doing great. I am so thankful that God has brought him back in my life. We laughed on the phone and have started to make arrangements to get together soon. Tonight I am heading to the Healing Place. I need to find my happy place again. Apparently this is what they do there. I am excited for them to try to balance out my energy. I wonder where my happy place is. Is it on the go-cart as a child? Is it on top of a horse as I am riding though the fields? Or is it feeling the pink sand between my toes as I walk the beaches of Bermuda? I guess I will find out tonight. I am hoping that I will have the time to blog tomorrow about the experience I have there.

What I am thankful for today:
my kids
the SUN!!
my friends
a great weekend
the awesome sunset at the races
muddy feet
my dad winning the one lap he was able to do
rides with the kids
the cows at the fair
horseback riding
time with my family
my appointment tonight
time to blog
my happy place (wherever that is)
my health
the health of my family and friends

Friday, June 19, 2009

9 Ways Humor Can Heal & Knowing You Will Be Ok

Since I cried so hard the other night, my nose is just STUFFY STUFFY STUFFY! Man, what one negative night can do to a person! I also realized that I have not laughed much in the last few days. Funny enough, I was sent this Beliefnet.com article that I somehow missed the other day. Today the title caught my attention. It was exactly what I needed. The article is called, 9 Ways Humor Can Heal. Click the title of this blog since it is linked to the article. I loved it!

Have you ever had a moment where you just needed to have a sign and fast that would tell you that everything would be ok? Well, I have been feeling this for the last 3 days. We all get into ruts where we need to see even a little crack of light at the end of the tunnel. Some of us get so blinded in the dark that we do not even see hope of that light. Well, I do not give up....most of you know that by now. Everyone who surrounds me tells me how positive I am and how I will make it through the worst of things whether I believe it or not. Love those people who are constantly reminding me that. However, one really needs to feel it within. So, I decided to pray.....and I mean pray until the tears are streaming down my face (another reason for the stuffy nose). It reminds me of the scene in Bruce Almighty when Jim Carey is told to pray. The first prayer was very quick and not very heartfelt. The second prayer was from deep down in his soul. I remember hearing Morgan Freeman saying, "Now THAT was a prayer!" It is almost as if I can hear God speaking to me saying those exact words when I am finished. Too bad he cannot hand me a tissue when there are NONE near me....LOL! Guess you can't have it all, right? Tonight I was very discouraged since it has been three nights and no signs. God does work in misterious ways...on his own time. Keeping that in thought, I told myself that it will come. Tonight it was like a switch in my head. All of the sudden out of nowhere something just clicked. I knew with every inch of my being that everything was going to be ok. Tears streamed down my face out of relief, out of satisfaction, out of peace. God does answer our prayers, but you'd better be listening. Thankfully my angels communicate to me through music. And, when they do I KNOW IT! How blessed am I? Not once have they failed me with the lyric or song. Not once have I had to question what this means. I was told by two different people that I am very blessed since I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by so many angels and loved ones who have passed. I feel them around me all the time. They will keep me heading towards the light even when things start to get dark. Yes, this week was not as positive as I would have hoped. But this doesn't mean that this will continue, as long as I do not allow it too. My angels will see that I don't.

What I am thankful for tonight:
the power of prayer
the article, 9 Ways Humor Can Heal
Bruce Almighty
being surrounded by angels and loved ones all the time
signs from my angels
my friends aka angels here on earth
Heather for coming in the store to visit me tonight
Zachary and his wonderful hugs
Jen and her 3 silly boys (thanks for visiting me too!)
a fun and full stamping class last night
my health
the health of my family and friends
the sunshine
going to see my dad race tomorrow
the power of positive thinking
funny movies
an awesome night's sleep tonight
silly memories from the past
people I can share those memories with
knowing everything will be ok

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Tears, Realization and Thankfulness

Last night was rough for me. I actually found myself sad and feeling sorry for myself. Was it my mood? Was it because I was tired? Could have been a number of things. All I know is that I have not cried that hard in a very long time. It was one of those cries that your head and your eyes hurt the next day. I have realized that some days things just bother me more than others.....must be the fact that I am a girl. (I see everyone reading this shaking their heads.) Since I read The Secret I have been very positive and no I do not see this as a set back. We all have moments where we are just not feeling 'right'. Last night was one of those nights. I am blogging about it because I want everyone to realize that even though I am living positively, I still have moments of sadness and stress. To me, it is how we choose to deal with those feelings. Did I take a nap and turn the world off? No. While that does sound appealing, the world will still be just as it was when I wake up. You are wondering what I did to change my weepy mood. Well, I allowed myself to cry since tears are very healing. Once I could not cry anymore, I started to pray. I prayed (and found more tears) I kept praying until I just didn't know what else to pray about. I then opened up my Gratitude Book knowing that I was not feeling thankful at that point. Still I wrote all that I am thankful for. I started to notice that my mood was changing. I started feeling fulfilled instead of empty. I also started feeling loved. It is amazing the feeling you get when you are thinking about the things you are thankful for. I went to bed soon after and slept better than I have in a long time. Of course I feel like I have a hang over today. Advil just isn't doing the trick today.

After a long hard look at why I was so upset I realized exactly what it was. My problem is guilt. I feel very guilty when I am very wrapped up in my own things and I do not get to spend quality time with my kids. Because of my open house and the birthday party the next day, I was very focused on those two things for a couple of weeks. Both of them were preoccupying a lot of my time. Because I was stressing myself out about having everything done and ready, I was not sleeping and I was always tired around my children. Once I can pinpoint the problem, I can fix it. Time management is what I need. It is very hard to do that when you are your own boss. I work at home, at work, and when I am out running around. I need to work only when I am at work. This is VERY hard for me to do. But I am going to try. I seriously do not know if my kids even noticed that Mommy was preoccupied so much but I certainly did. I love my kids more than anything in this world. They are only little once and I am not going to allow myself to miss out on their only childhood. Whether they are bothered by it or not, I am. And, nobody likes an unhappy mommy.

What I am thankful for today:
being able to be at Gavin's last day of school party
making cookies with Makenna this morning
music (which always cheers me up)
Makenna being so well behaved at Gavin's party
time to walk with Jenny
hot green tea
advil (although I need something stronger today)
a walk in the rain with Makenna this morning (of course she had the umbrella and I did not.....LOL!)
Diane for being there for me all the time
Jamie for being my best friend and promising to help me find my teeth when I am an old lady......LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jenny for motivating me and being a loyal friend
(If you three only knew how much I love you guys!)
my children and every moment I have with them
peace and quiet
the color purple
a wonderful nights sleep tonight
an awesome day tomorrow

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

My 100 Things

I have not blogged about 100 things I am thankful for so I am going to work on this today.It is VERY important for us to be thankful and show gratitude every single day. When we do this we are bringing more things to be grateful for into our lives.

100. my kids and my haircut on Friday (way overdue for all of us)
99. my children
98. my pets
97. my family
96. my friends (if I named them all, I would have 100 things!)
95. French Vanilla iced coffee from McDonald's
94. my neighbors
93. my parents
92. egg mcmuffins
91. my store
90. my classes
89. my teachers
87. my layout team
86. positive people
85. creativity
84. inspiration
83. dreams
82. goals
81. my flower gardens
80. my home
79. my van
78. sleep
76. energy
75. the health of my family, friends, children and myself
74. summer
73. painted toes
72. one more day of school for the kids!
70. laughter
69. funny movies
68. music
67. email
65. reconnecting with old friends
64. money
63. PartyLite Candles
62. my PartyLite Sponsors
61. The Secret
60. the power of positive thinking
59. forgiveness
58. honesty
57. selflessness
56. the beach
55. sunsets
54. responsibility
53. presidential drinks...lol!
52. moments with friends and family
51. longs walks with Jenny
50. clean laundry
49. fresh fruit and veggies
48. being down one clothing size and being close to being down two
47. organic food
46. Vassie's
45. Bryer's Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream
44. rainbow sprinkles
43. Toasted Almonds
42. Crossroads
41. chicken on the grill
40. my dad's potatoes and green peppers on the grill
39. massages
38. Makenna and Gavin's smiles, laughter and silly faces
37. Goosfraba
36. butterflies
35. animals
34. my clothes
33. the Dollar Tree
32. Kohl's
31. magical moments
30. happiness
29. silliness
28. going to see my dad race this weekend
27. books
26. inspirational quotes
25. time alone
24. Nickelback concert in July!!
23. flip flops
22. horse back riding
21. racing the gator
20. Don Diego the alpaca
19. rainbows
18. my Premier Jewelry
17. the baby sparrows in the bird house outback (so cute)
16. scrapbooking
15. card making
13. Scrapping the Music Challenge
12. the wonderful people who follow my blogs and post comments (thank you!)
11. Stampin Up!
10. each and every new day
9. Mondays and Wednesdays off
8. my therapist
7. being off all medication for over 7 months and still keeping my sanity!!
6. signs from my angels
5. a peaceful mind
4. my positive attitude
3. being surrounded by only positive people
2. the knowledge that actions speak louder than words
1. my life

Sunday, June 14, 2009

A Wonderful Weekend

I didn't get to enter in the Scrapping the Music Challenge this week because I was so busy. It is the first week in a long time that I have not entered. This week, I am making it a goal to enter. The weekend was crazy for me. But I LOVED IT! Friday night was Find Your Style Class (awesome class by the way) at my store. We had 7 ladies and my sister-in-law was teacher. I took the class. I found out that my style is Shabby/Old World. What that style includes is a lot of distressing and ink. I INK EVERYTHING...LOL! The joke of the night is that I am Shabby...LOL! We made 8 layouts in this class, one of each of the different styles. The class started at 6:30 and did not end until 10pm. Knowing that my Open House was the next day, I was a little tired and unprepared. Thanks to Jenn, Jenny, Buffy and my mom, by 11pm we had the store ready for the next day. I love you guys! I was so wired when I got home that it was after midnight before I fell asleep.

Saturday was the Open House. I was up by 7:30am needing toothpicks for my eyelids and a majorly large cup of iced coffee from McDonalds. I got my vanilla iced coffee and went to work. We had balloons, lots of food, a Chinese Auction, classes all day, store-wide sale, a tent outside with our layout team and more. Buffy showed up with an a beautiful arrangement of flowers for me...thank you! The day was amazing. I met so many new people....wonderful people. The classes filled up even more so as the day went on. I sold a lot of retail and a lot of tickets! I also had Hanah there, who is the coordinator of the event Crop for a Cure which will be held on July 25th. You can come and scrapbook for 12 hours and all the proceeds will go to the 3-day Breast Cancer Walk. I gave away lots of Thermo Web products as well as BoBunny. Most of my Stampin Up! Demonstrators gave away baskets and bags filled with their ink, stamps and cardstock. I am so blessed to have so many people who came to see me and the store. And I am even more blessed to have so many wonderful people come to help me, give donations, bake, teach classes and promote my business. A HUGE hug to all of you for your kindness and support and mostly your friendship. I asked to be surrounded by only positive, inspirational people, and I am getting what I asked for. THANK YOU! Also, I need to thank my bestest friend in the entire world, Jamie, for taking me out for a pedicure and dinner after the open house. We do not get to spend time together much due to busy schedules and distance. It was definitely an awesome end to a very busy day...topped off with a Raspberry Sour and My Best Friend's Wedding.

Today was SOOOOO CRAZY! I had a joint birthday party for 2 sisters, Hope and Claire. There ended up being 19 children and at least 15 adults. The birthday girls chose to decorate quart sized paint cans. These can be used for markers, money, craft supplies and so on. The kids had a blast. I am so thankful for my mom and Jenny who helped me today. I could not have done it without them. I had a lot of fun!

It was a wonderful weekend. I always used to say I was going to get a bumper sticker that said People Suck. I am sure there are times you thought that as well. I am so glad that I never did that. People are really not that bad as long as WE have the right attitude. Remember that when we have an issue with someone, it is actually an issue with ourselves. It is something that WE do not like about that person and it is not the persons fault that we do not like whatever it is that is angering us. Yes there are angry, mean people in the world but we have the choice to let them bother us or not. Whenever I see someone angry, that is taking it out on me...I usually just say to them, "I really hope your day gets better." And, I walk away. I say it with meaning...I am honestly hoping their day gets better. Sometimes people do not even realize that they are acting a certain way. Sometimes, all they need is someone to make a simple statement to make them wake up. It isn't people who suck, it is OUR attitude.

What I am thankful for today:
a very successful open house
my teachers
my layout team
my mom
my sister-in-law Jenn
Jenny (what would I do without you?)
Buffy and the beautiful flowers
all those who took a class, baked, volunteered their time, etc.
Jamie...I love you with every inch of my soul!
Diane, for taking my niece and nephew so that Jenn could teach all day at the store.
My mother-in-law for taking Makenna so that Jamie and I could have time together.
Leah for booking her girl's party at my store!
Jenny and my mom for all their help today and yesterday!!!!!!!
pedicures and painted toes
massage chairs
cheese fries and raspberry sours
My Best Friend's Wedding...."I say a little prayer for you....."
Dermont Mulroney....so cute!
Diane and Rudy for the drink tonight and working in the yard together!! (Thanks for the Iris's!)I hope you enjoy your Loosestrife..LOL!
my classes filling up
the July classes which ROCK!
being able to work my dream job
Crop for a Cure
positive people
my gardens (thanks for the compliments Rudy!)
the sunshine
my family
my friends
my pets
my children
more weekends like this past one

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Goosfraba....I must say that there are a lot of things that I could complain about right now, ...HOWEVER....it will get me no where but down a negative path which we all know I AM NOT GOING! Let's focus on the positive.

Yesterday was a great day! My classes are filling up, my clothes are fitting better, I was surrounded by wonderful people at my store last night and I got a lot done for this weekend. My mom helped me get ready for a 17 kid birthday party on Sunday. The kids are decorating quart sized paint cans in which the mom is using to put the goodies inside. What a cute idea! This is a joint birthday party between sisters. Mom and I got everything cut and the ribbon picked out. All we need now is the directions. I also talked to a woman named Linda who owns The Healing Place right here in Hellertown. She was next to me at the Farmer's Market this past Sunday. I invited Linda to come to the Open House so that she could talk to us about what she does. Linda has been living her life by The Secret for years. (Funny how I am meeting more people all the time that live like me.) Linda specializes in removing your negative energy. Yes, that is her job. And, she has learned a technique called No Touch Therapy which is wonderful for those who do not like to be touched (at least by a stranger). I have made an appointment for myself on June 22nd. Linda has expressed how many people love to come to her because it is so hard for someone to empty their head of all thoughts and to release all of the stress that they carry every day. And, it will also help with all sorts of stress related issues; headaches, backaches, trouble sleeping and so on. I am so thrilled to have her coming to our Open House!!

Last night ended with me closing my store early and heading to Crossroads for pizza with some friends. Jenny, mom my, Kathryn, and Tricia all went. I have decided to do this more often since us positive people need to be surrounded by each other. It really helps motivate and elevate the positive energy when you are in a group. We had a great time. I left with Jenny and was very full. However, we still managed to get a walk in and it was one of the best walks ever. My butt hurts today! Thank you once again Jenny for walking (off that pizza) with me last night!

Today I woke up to see that Diane joined facebook...LOL! Now I can pest her even more! I have reconnected with so many people through facebook and it has greatly helped my business. I am so grateful for so many things today!

What I am thankful for today:
Jenny, our long walks, long talks, and amazing friendship
Linda from The Healing Place
my day off today
Crossroads with the girls last night
everyone who offered to bake for the open house
Rachel for telling me that I am her cheerleader of life
Judy for stopping by my store yesterday just to say hi
my parents
my children
getting laundry done
my energy
my health
my appointment on the 22nd
full classes
birthday parties
new and old customers
getting the cans ready for the birthday party
hot showers
a great day today
an awesome day tomorrow!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Daubin, Dakoda, Don Diego and a Tiny Kitten (& an Old Friend)

It was brought to my attention last night that I have not blogged since June
5th ...thank you Diane! She is my ever so faithful blog reader, advice giver, baby sitter, store organizer, therapist, best friend, and neighbor (or pesty neighbor so she says). I am so blessed to have the neighbors that I do. Not everyone is as fortunate as I.

Finally on Saturday night I was able to go to the farm that my mother-in-law volunteers at. Makenna and Melissa (Diane's daughter) were already there. I have not been to the farm since the fall. I missed it so much. Don Diego is my alpaca boyfriend. He is such a love....with very bad breath. LOL! He lets me scratch his head and his neck and he will even lay his head on my chest. He is the sweetest. My mother-in-law had to groom a horse after she drove us around the farm on the Gator. The kids did not want to get off the trailer so I decided to take the wheel. It has been a very long time since I raced anything around. I got the hang of it quickly and before you know it I was racing Shannon on her 4-wheeler. The kids were screaming...GO FASTER! The German Shepherd Baily, was chasing us. This one little boy who was sitting next to me in the front begged me to go down this path in which we were very unsure of where it lead. Me being the daring one decided to try it. Well, it was barricaded with pine tree branches and other trees. There was no turning back so I made everyone duck and we went through it. We survived but were covered in Daddy Long Leggers. Apparently we went through a nest. Well that ended the adventure since Makenna and this other little girl were screaming. It was a lot of fun though. It brought back all those memories of racing my go-cart and my motorcycle around my parents property.

When we got off, my mother-in-law was riding a horse. We watched for a while and played with this tiny kitten that had more spunk than any kitten I have ever seen. And, this kitten had NO fear. Recently the barn cats delivered a litter of kittens. There was only one who would come out of the hole in the barn. He let us hold him and play...sooooo cute. I was asked if I wanted to ride Daubin, a horse that is boarded there but unfortunately the owners never come to see or ride him. Of course I jumped on that chance. What a sweet horse. I was able to learn how to steer him. It is very peaceful to ride. I totally enjoyed myself. Dakoda is a new rescue horse that they just got. Makenna wanted to ride him all by herself. She had no fear at all. She got right up there and looked so tiny. She had so much fun that it was a chore to get her off. I think she could have ridden him all night long. I am sure that this was one of many trips I will take to the farm this summer. Animals are one of my absolute favorite things. Then to get me out in nature racing around.....it is just such a joyful, peaceful experience.

I needed to blog about how The Secret recently worked for me. About three months ago I had asked the universe to bring an old high school friend back into my life. I have wanted to thank him for helping me through some really tough times. We lost touch after our senior year. At the Farmer's Market this past Sunday I was helping some children make Father's Day cards for their dads. There was this guy just standing there at my booth drinking coffee. I didn't recognize him until he smiled and said hi to me. It was Shawn. And of course I ran to hug him since I was over joyed that once again The Secret delivered what I wanted. I asked him why he was there and he said it was to get coffee. ??? The Farmer's Market was the only place he could get coffee?? Didn't matter because I knew why he was there. We talked briefly and he has mentioned that he will come into my store to see me sometime soon. All day I kept thanking the universe for delivering what I had asked for. Now I know I will get my chance to thank him for all he did for me our senior year.

Remember, ask and the universe will deliver. Just be careful what you wish for.

What I am thankful for today:
The Secret
the farm
Don Diego
the little kitten
the Gator
kids laughter
my health
the health of my children
the health of my friends
Crossroads tonight with the girls!
the walk with Jenny last night
her fiance' Mark for making me laugh
My mom for helping me get ready (tonight) for this huge birthday party at my store on Sunday.
All the people who are helping me and coming to my Open House on Saturday.
Sally's Card Club being full
Sally's Stamping Class being full
the new people I am meeting at the Farmer's Market
getting adjusted on Sunday (been way too long!)
the Healing Hands ladies who were next to my booth
eating dinner with the Borelli's last night (thanks for the presidential drink Rudy!)
Bryer's Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream with sprinkles (thank you Diane!)
Gavin who was so sweet and helped me at the Farmer's Market and told customers that I taught him everything he knows about scrapbooking....LOL!!! What a great kid!
school being over soon
days at Long Island Beach State Park with my Gal Pals and their kids!
Melinda who inspires me constantly
my open mind
all negativity being eliminated from my life

Friday, June 5, 2009

Long Walks and Ice Cream

Yes Jenny I took your title....it was just too perfect. Jenny and I went for a long awaited walk last night. We have not been able to walk much this week at all due to the weather and her being 'under the weather' as well. I think Jenny will agree with me that negativity in someones life can totally break down ones spirit. And, when you are no longer feeling positive your body can harbor illness whereas, when you are totally in harmony with the universe and feeling positive in every way possible, illness cannot exist. Hence, why I have not been sick. There was only one night that I had to leave the store early and come home to clear my head. I knew if I didn't do this I would end up like Jenny and not feeling so well. It is so amazing that one negative person can ruin someones day. And, of course there is no way to be completely away from all negative people. All we can do is try to find the things we appreciate about that person and focus on that so that the negative aspects of that person are not our focus. Because Jenny and I care about the people in our lives so much, it is hard to not allow those who are negative to consume our lives. We just have to keep picturing them in joy. We also have to ask that we are only surrounded by positive people. It has worked for me. I am only surrounded by positive people in my life now. I am so thankful that Jenny is feeling better.

So you are wondering where the ice cream comes into play...On our walk we decided to hit Vassie's for some ice cream. Nothing like taking a long walk on the road to a healthier body only to purchase an evil fattening ice cream cone (with rainbow sprinkles). However, Jenny and I have been extremely well behaved in the eating department. So, one ice cream cone is not going to kill us...it may add a few inches to the hips...but it is nothing we cannot walk off. Our motivation is fed off of each other. I am so thankful to have someone who is able to motivate me the way she does. We laughed the entire walk. I call our walks my therapy sessions. (It is a lot cheaper than the therapy sessions I go to once a week.) We always laugh and try to think positive. We talk about what we are thankful for, how our day has gone and how we wish it would have gone. We tell jokes, talk about funny movies we have seen and all the stupid moments that we have had. One came up last night about me. When I was living with an ex named Bob, Gavin was about 2 and not sleeping through the night. After a few months of sleepless nights...I was a mess. I woke up in the middle of the night because I had to go to the bathroom soooooo bad. I walked out the door, turned to go into the bathroom and walked directly into the wall. Oh yeah, it was loud. Bob almost needed to get in the bathroom due to laughing so hard. Funny thing is that I never fully woke up which is a good thing since I could have really hurt myself. Thankfully I was so relaxed that I didn't even bruise. Bob actually had a hard time falling back to sleep since he was so awake laughing, worried about me since I came back to bed and fell right asleep! Jenny and I talk about things like that. It is a wonderful thing when you can laugh at yourself. It is even better when you have a friend to laugh with you. So you know, bras make excellent money holders. Only problem is they are only good for bills. When Jenny and I got tons of coins back we put it in the jar on the counter that said, "pretend I am a cow and tip me". We left laughing...we tipped the cow! See why I am so thankful for long walks and ice cream? Thank you Jenny for last night and for giving me an excellent title to my blog today!

Today I am thankful for:
long walks
ice cream
funny moments
my health
rainbow sprinkles
positive people
mall walkers...ha ha ha! (Jenny will understand)
playing My Little Pony with Makenna this morning
life lessons
an open mind
my positive attitude
a healthy mind, body and spirit...minus the ice cream (:

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Time to Myself & Snow Buddies

Last night was an interesting night. Jeremy was taking Makenna to 48 Hours Video to pick out a movie so I decided that it was a great evening for hot tea, candles and a bubble bath. My back was bothering me due to the way I slept the night before so I used this opportunity to pamper myself. Unfortunately this opportunity doesn't pop up often enough. I did give Jer some money to purchase Yes Man if they had it, with full intention of watching it when I got out. In fact, I was going to call Diane to see if she wanted to join me since Rudy is out of town on business. In the tub, I wrote in my Gratitude Book. By the time I was done I hear, "MOMMY! We're back!" That was short lived. I told her she could come in the bathroom. Her eyes lit up like big saucers! She said, "Mommy it looks so beautiful in here with the candles and the lights off!" Thank God for PartyLite! LOL! Before I could blink an eye she was naked getting in the tub with me. She loves the bubbles. I thought to myself, it is never to early to teach a child the importance of relaxing and taking time to yourself. I only hope as she grows, she will appreciate time to herself as much as I do. Makenna started swimming in the little space she had calling herself her T-dil...aka turtle. I asked her what her name was and she said "Tie". Then she told me that I was a t-dil and my name was Bow. Ha ha ha! I said hmmm, bow and tie turtle. How funny. When we got out I allowed her to blow out the candles, something us PL Consultants never do, we always SNUFF them out. However, it is more fun at 3 to blow them out. We then put her movie in which was Snow Buddies. I never ended up watching Yes Man with Diane because Makenna wanted me to watch the movie with her. If you have never seen this movie, I highly recommend it. There is a Golden Retriever puppy who I swear read The Secret. Everything out of her mouth (yes, they could talk in this movie) was very positive and sounded like a quote from the book. I just started laughing. The concept of this movie was amazing. Not that a small child would get it but still it was great for an older child and adults. Makenna was just very impressed by the talking dogs. I think that is what kept her attention. Anyway, the entire concept of this movie was how life moves you into places at the right time. It shows how one mistake, or at least that is what you would think it is, is actually meant to happen in order for your life to fall into place. And, even though it may seem like a horrible position at first, the outcome and experience is amazing. What I learned from this movie was that although we go through trying times, we will end up in a better place when it is all said and done. We just need to keep the faith and believe. God will put us in places where we are like, Hello? Why am I here? If you have doubts or feelings of confusion, just pray. You will get your answers whether it be through someone you meet, a lyric in a song or a sign or headline. Just be open to it and accept the signs with open arms. You will be amazed at the way your life will turn and how you will get this feeling of peace knowing you are doing the right thing.

I know in my heart that I was meant to watch that movie last night. And, I am so glad I did.

What I am thankful for today:
signs from my angels
the movie Snow Buddies
Makenna dancing and singing to her audience of stuffed animals lined up on the couch
time to myself
new customers and friends I am meeting through the Farmer's Market
owning the movie Yes Man
my Thermo Web order that came yesterday
Play-Doh (I forgot how fun it is to play with that)
PartyLite candles
hot tea
Wednesdays off
Deigo (even though he will never be a sled dog)
bubble baths
Jamie returning home safely from her vacation
Rachel for sending me the funniest emails, daily
Jenny feeling better
new Avon customers
my health
a great day today
a wonderful night's rest tonight
an awesome day tomorrow

Monday, June 1, 2009

Today IS an Awesome Day!

Last night I thanked the universe for a great nights sleep and an awesome day today. I slept wonderful (put all the cats outside..LOL!) and today has just kept snowballing into this wonderful day. I woke up and immediately started my chores noticing that the sun was beaming outside. Laundry needs to be done, the bathrooms needed to be cleaned and the house needs vacuuming. So, I start with the laundry, drink a cup of coffee and call my neighbor. I had so much running to do in Hellertown that I wanted to know if she could come over at some point and watch Faith and Makenna. Of course she said yes. So I cleaned my two bathrooms, made my list of errands, checked my email and took a shower. I got two loads of laundry done by the time Diane got here. I was thinking the entire morning how thankful I am to have such energy today!

I left the house and went to my store since my rent is due and I needed to put a check in my landlords mailbox. I also needed to grab some things for the post office. I then ran to the bank and activated my new debit card to find out that I actually had more money in my account than I had in my register!! I made an adding mistake.....but a GOOD ONE! I then ran to get gas in my car (nice hot man working at the gas station may I add), went to McD's for a French Vanilla iced coffee, then to True Value. When I got to True Value I walked around looking for the Quart sized paint cans that I need for an upcoming birthday party at my store. When I asked someone where they were, here they were hiding on an enclosed shelf and there was only 11 left. AND they went down in price...WHOO HOOO! So, I purchased all 11 and thought how thankful I was that I was able to get them before they were sold out AND how thankful I am that they were so much cheaper!! I then went into the Dollar General to return something I had bought that was broken. I got an even exchange for a case of water (which I didn't realize they had there) and I also purchased minutes for my track phone at an awesome price! I then went to the post office to see this little stuffed dog hanging on their wall. This dog has been there for weeks and Makenna raves about it every time we go there. However, I am not one to purchase something for my kids every time we are out. Besides this dog was $15.99. Today, I thought to myself, I am going to buy this and it is going to be on sale. There was no tag on it. The postman gave it to me for $3.00!!!!!! I was so thankful that I was able to get it so cheap and to see Makenna's smile when I got home and gave it to her. The highlight of the day was when I got home to call Thermo Web and place my adhesive order. The girl mentioned about May's free shipping deal and when she did I said, "yeah, and it is June 1st." She replied. "That's ok, you placed your order with us last week!" I literally jumped up and down since this saves me like $30! If I could have, I would have hugged the poor girl! LOL! Diane was so wonderful for helping me get my minutes on my phone and set up my voice mail. THANK YOU!!! And of course I appreciate her watching the kids for a little while I run around town. She is the BEST! Did I mention that I got to see my brother's friend Hot Todd run past my booth yesterday while I was at the farmer's market??? I must have Hot Todd radar or something because I knew immediately it was him. There's nothing wrong with a little eye candy....LOL! Oh....... I FOUND MY KEYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All because I wrote in my Gratitude Book last night that I was thankful that I found my keys!! YEAH! And people say The Secret doesn't work!?!?!?!

What I am thankful for today:
My awesome day
finding my keys!
eye candy aka Hot Todd (who believe it or not is very modest)
getting stuff done today
this awesome weather!
Rachel for making me laugh
Jen R for being so sweet (thank you for joining our walk last night!)
Jenny for being Jenny
finding paint cans CHEAP!
my Thermo Web order with FREE SHIPPING!!
Makenna's stuffed puppy for $3
French Vanilla Iced Coffee
hot guy at gas station..LOL!
an awesome nights sleep last night
an awesome nights sleep again tonight
another awesome day tomorrow
getting closer every day to a bikini body every second of the day!!
getting all of my chores done
time with my kids tonight