• Unleash the Magic In These Words

    Words hold power to shift your situation. Listen to the magic held in the following passages and see if through pure mindfulness, you can hear what they’re trying to change in you. I signed up for Picture Book Summit this year and had the great fortune of listening to various authors share their expertise. In a session entitled, “Storytelling vs. Story Showing: Balancing Illustration and Text in Picture Books,” author and illustrator LeUyen Pham beautifully said this: “Going from UCLA, from doing what I thought I was supposed to do with my life to what I should be doing with my life, it’s like slipping into a warm bath. Everything…

  • My Most Inspiring Story

    What happens when you neglect something as meaningful as a calling is it refuses to be ignored, tossed away and forgotten. It oozes out when we’re unaware, stretching into different avenues of our lives. I had a secret wish since being coached by this amazing woman to coach others and give them the gift of hope and courage she had given me for years. So I reached out to my social media platforms with an invitation to come on this adventure with me. I never expected anyone to answer the call, but the person who did ended up being the perfect student. Both of us were new to this coaching…

  • Your Greatest Liability

    There’s something holding you back from success, the life you desire, and the dream you have for yourself. When you wield a shield of sameness, it’s to protect yourself from the hurt of standing out. Maybe you were taught that being too you was unwanted. You were too shy, sensitive or maybe too loud and honest. Maybe you had too many ideas. You were too ambitious or not ambitious enough. So you buried that part of yourself because the thought of being unworthy and unloved was too much to bear. That you has gone hidden. You’ve become saturated in everyone else. You’ve become a star at one thing. You’re a…

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  • The Story of What If

    I barely remember anything about my early school years. But there was one thing my elementary teacher said that stands out more than 30 years later. “Never use, ‘What if,'” she said. “It will never get you anywhere.” Okay I don’t remember her exact words, but I remember the feeling of fear I had afterwards. For years, I deemed it criminal like the, ‘F’ word or other naughty language I was forbidden to use. It was only recently that I’ve questioned the question. What if actually gathered hope in my life. What if allowed me to create. What if gave me freedom to write. What if I never used, ‘What…

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  • Surviving Grief

    When Marlene Hunt contacted me about using my quote in her book, “Twelve Steps of Hope,” I was honored and grateful. Writing is a creative way for me to disperse hope, healing and positive change. Through Marlene’s book, I get a chance to do that. She’s such an inspiration, which is why I asked her to talk about grief here. If you’re suffering or know someone who is, you’ll find want to read her hopeful post. By: Marlene Hunt Grief is grief. However, each grief is different. I once read, when a parent dies, you lose your past; when a spouse dies, you lose your present, and when your child…

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  • Why You’re Being Called

    There’s a fear that if we were to take off our masks, let out our gut, and reveal our ugliness, we will lose our jobs, friends and even our sense of self. There is legitimacy to that fear, which makes the risks to lay it all out there even more terrifying. People are rejected every day for lesser things than saying how they really feel. Teens are bullied for wearing the wrong outfit. Celebrities get berated for an unflattering hairstyle. What happens to those who decide to risk their vulnerability? Do they cower in their boldness? Do they shake in their stripes and spots? Are they ostracized and then forever…

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  • The Truth About Figuring Out Your Purpose

    “I’m on vacation Every single day ’cause I love my occupation A-a-aye, I’m on vacation If you don’t like your life, then you should go and change it A-a-aye, I’m on vacation” -Dirty Heads, Vacation Every guru and expert will dole out fancy formulas to help you discover your purpose. They may help. But if you’re on a search to find out what you’re here for, there is something that can will save you time and money. The secret is you already know what you’re supposed to do. Here are the obstacles getting in the way of your ability to pursue your purpose: There isn’t a job that fits your…

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