Keep calm and travel on!

Recently I did one of my very favourite things and went on a trip to Ireland. I’ve been wanting to go there for awhile now and finally made it happen! To say it was magical would be an understatement. It was green and lush, the people were incredible, and the Guinness does actually taste better there! But it’s not even all that stuff which made the trip so special. We had many struggles along the way, and each time, The Universe sent an angel to rescue (help) us. Here are just a few examples: First, we got bumped off the flight to Dublin and had to be routed to Gatwick. I won’t even get into the details of that (confusing, frustrating) experience, except to say we had an extremely helpful agent assist us in getting a flight and checked in to Dublin. #angel When we arrived in Dublin, we knew that my friend’s bag was missing (as it had not arrived in Gatwick). The lady at lost luggage services was very kind and helpful in assisting any way she could. #angel My friend had developed a slight cold/cough prior to the trip. While we were sitting in a bar having a pint one day, the waiter sends his co-worker to the store to buy some honey and makes her a healing hot honey drink. #angel When the bus tickets we bought online wouldn’t scan, and we couldn’t figure out the bus schedule, a driver told us to hop on his bus and that he’d get us where we need to go to make our connection. #angel During the trip, we had been...

What my Dad doesn’t know he taught me

“May the bird of paradise fly up your nose.  May an elephant caress you with his toes.  May your wife be plagued with runners in her hose.  May the bird of paradise fly up your nose.” – May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose (Little Jimmy Dickens) Father’s Day was a couple of days ago. My Dad passed away in February of 2008. When he was in the hospital, he told me one night that he was going to teach the nurse how to sing “May the Bird of Paradise Fly up Your Nose”. I thought it was the morphine talking, but it’s actually a real song. My Dad and I didn’t have what I would say was a super close relationship, and that’s just how it was meant to be I suppose.  Of course, Dad did teach me some very hands on things…like how to play crib, to fish and to work hard. Unbeknownst to him I’m sure, there are a number of life lessons I learned from my Dad as well, and I wanted to share some of them with you.   No one ever said life was going to be fair. This is something my Dad always said. I can’t remember any specific reasons why – I just remember him saying it. And guess what? Life isn’t always fair. Or at least that’s how it seems anyway in our perception of what should be happening. But even when things don’t work out the way we want them to, they always work out exactly perfect for what we need at the time. Don’t beat around...

Stop waiting, and start living!

“Are you waiting on a lightning strike? Are you waiting for the perfect night? Are you waiting ‘til the time is right? What are you waiting for?”  -What Are You Waiting For? (Nickelback) I’ve noticed over the years that I either tend to wait for things to happen in my life or I can’t seem to wait at all. When I was younger I couldn’t wait to go to high school. And I couldn’t wait to get my driver’s license. And I couldn’t wait to move to the ‘big city’. And I couldn’t wait to graduate university. And I couldn’t wait to take my first big vacation (to Australia). And I couldn’t wait to meet someone. And I couldn’t wait to buy my first house.  And I couldn’t wait to get that new position within the company. I just didn’t want to wait for things to happen. More recently, I feel like there has been or is a lot of waiting. I was waiting for people to sign up for my new program. I was waiting for more coaching and Reiki clients to come along. I was waiting to earn more money. I have been waiting to get super fit and healthy. I am waiting to meet my soulmate. I am waiting for my house to sell. I am waiting to buy a new vehicle. I am waiting to travel. I am waiting to write a book. I am waiting for things to (miraculously) change. “Life is not somewhere waiting for you, it is happening in you. It is not in the future as a goal to be arrived...

It’s time to share your gifts and be fully alive!

“You can chase a dream that seems so out of reach, and you know it might not ever come your way, dream it anyway. God is great, but sometimes life ain’t good, and when I pray, it doesn’t always turn out like I think it should. But I do it anyway.” -Anyway (Martina McBride)  I’m sure you’ve heard this time and time again (or at least some version of it): “You have gifts which are uniquely yours that the world needs.” It’s a common expression used by life coaches and spiritual teachers. Well, guess what? It’s true! And the world needs you to start sharing these gifts now! Maybe you’re an artist, musician, writer, teacher, a parent, a life coach, or the world’s best customer service person.  Whatever your skills are, they are meant to help the world in some way. Nothing is too small – or too big. I think a lot about why we are here on Earth – about what our purpose is for being alive. I believe there is a bigger plan in place that we don’t necessarily see.  After all, if there is no bigger plan, what are we doing here?! Why would we even be here? There has to be some point in us having a life. I personally don’t think that it’s just to be born, go to school, work, get married, have kids, retire, and die. We could get into a discussion about raising the consciousness of the cosmos, but for now I just want to talk about our purpose at the level of the individual person as it relates to...

Life is a mysterious and magical dance

“And now I’m glad I didn’t know the way it all would end, the way it all would go. Our lives are better left to chance. I could have missed the pain, but I’d have had to miss the dance.”                –The Dance (Garth Brooks) This song reminds me of one of the best moments of my life and one of the worst. The best moment was in September of 1996 when I got to see Garth Brooks live in concert. I was there with one of my roommates and 3 of my coworkers. We had seats that were essentially behind the stage, but he didn’t have a backdrop so we could still see fine. While my coworkers were off getting souvenirs, some tall, lanky cowboy came up and asked my roommate and me (seated in our seats) if we would like to be moved down to the second row. Um…YES!! He gave us new tickets, and away we went (after finding our friends and letting them know). The concert was phenomenal! If you have never seen Garth Brooks live, watch the YouTube video I included, and you’ll get an idea of what he’s all about. Whether you are a country music fan or not, it’s well worth watching! (You will probably want to grab some Kleenex beforehand.) The worst moment of my life happened just a little less than a year before that concert. It was in October of 1995 – my brother’s funeral. I had chosen ‘The Dance’ to be played because it really speaks to me about life and how...

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