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Being Inspired by the Phases of Life

As I am leaving my youngest to attend University on the other side of the planet, I’m feeling a bit nostalgic and have been reflecting over my five decades and how there are so many different phases we go through in life.

I see my young daughters entering their twenties filled with hope, dreams, and goals for the future. They have their whole lives ahead of them and are filled with confidence but also a sense of trepidation of heading into the unknown. I remember those times very well and felt the same way. I’ve read that our brains are fully developed at 25 and after that age is when we tend to get our stuff together and become mature adults. And your relationship to your children will change at that time.

Recalling my thirties, it was all about having babies and raising young children. There wasn’t much free time for myself as I was focused on providing a good life for my family. I often talk to young moms and tell them to enjoy their babies and young children while they can because it goes by so fast!

In my forties, my life was about balancing career, getting “ahead,” and still very much focused on my family, but dealing with different problems that come along with the teenage years. It has been a pretty turbulent time with lots of ups and downs, twists and turns.

As I’m heading into my fifth decade now, with children leaving home to venture out into the world, I suddenly find I have much more time for myself. Running a women’s executive network has also shown me that many women at this age actually step into their power. They no longer have all their focus on their children and have a lot of energy to use all their experience to make a positive impact in the world.

And I am watching and learning from friends in their sixties as they are witnessing their young adult children finding their way, make their marks in the world, and especially the miracle of grandchildren. They are so enjoying this stage of life!

The one thing I’ve learned is that you must enjoy each phase of life as it comes. Be aware that it will change eventually so be as present as you can now in each stage.

I am so grateful I was able to take the time to help get my daughter settled into her new home far away from home. I’m so proud of both of my daughters and how they are venturing out into adulthood. And I see the cycle about to repeat as well with them. From my perspective now, it’s time to be there in the background supporting them if they need it and also cheering them on to find their brilliance in their own way.

Life is truly what we make of it. Yes, there are immense challenges at times but when we can see how we grow and learn from these, it gives us a sense of accomplishment to know we can handle whatever is thrown our way. Enjoy each phase of your life! Because once it’s gone, it’s gone. Be inspired by where you are now…and make the most of it while you can!

17 Steps to Surviving The Great Awakening

Something is going on with our world….can you feel it? On the outside it looks chaotic and can be frightening. But on the inside there is a shift happening…and it’s happening to individuals, societies, and to Gaia. People are thinking differently, acting differently. The Earth is going through as much change as we are. Science is showing how energetic fields are changing.

Of course, it also depends on where you are putting your focus. If you are watching the mainstream news, you’d think the world was going to hell. But when you talk to people, listen to how they are thinking, and seeing how people are actually taking back their power, you get a totally different perspective!

What I see out there is that the majority of the people are sick and tired of war, hate, anger, etc. Most people want to live in peace. We are connecting more and more globally and realizing that people can be different and still live in peace!

I was recently in Sarajevo and I was shown how Muslims, Catholics, Orthodox, and Jews can all live and worship in the same 200 meter city block and be peaceful. It’s a matter of respect and compassion for each other as human beings first and allowing people to follow what is right for them.

I often hear now the term “The Great Awakening” and I think this is referring to the raising of human consciousness, this global shift we are experiencing. We are learning our power that we have within us—and how we’ve been controlled over the centuries.

In my own journey and pursuit of Truth, I’ve gone through so much information, trying to understand what is actually true. This is not a journey for the light hearted! I will continue on this path as I truly hope we are learning to come together as ONE, that we come from a place of love and compassion, and that we take a stand against what I would definitely consider an evil force on this planet. I hope these steps help you as well. The bottom line is that we are all in this together. Let’s work together to make our world an incredible and beautiful place!

  1. Know that there is a much bigger divine plan at work—this goes far beyond the physical plane.
  2. Remember the good guys win! Keep your hope strong!
  3. Divided we fall, united we win. Their worst fear is for us to figure out the truth. Love your fellow humans and have compassion for those who are most lost in the lies. Stick together in the pursuit of truth!
  4. The Truth will set us free! As hard as it may be accept some of this, we must collectively be aware of the atrocities in order to heal the world.
  5. There are many more victims than perpetrators and they need our help. And many of the perpetrators were raised in this horrible environment—some may be saved, many cannot. There is also a huge number that have been blackmailed and controlled—thinking there was no way out.
  6. Take time to find your balance – when you read some of the awful shit that has been going on, take it in small doses and then reconnect to what is important in your life—the love of your family, friends, the beauty of nature, etc.
  7. You’re going to have to unlearn–and relearn–probably most of what you think is true now. Be open-minded and question everything. Learn to trust your own instincts and discernment.
  8. The whole world has been lied to and manipulated—not for the good of humanity but for the good of the elite—you’ve been playing a fixed game that hasn’t been in your favor! And unfortunately we’ve trusted those who were doing the most harm!
  9.  Remember that 99.999% of humanity is GOOD! We all want love, peace, joy and abundance.
  10.  Only .001% are the psychopaths who have been in control of the world’s systems. That is changing as you read this!
  11.  There’s going to be a LOT of chaos as the systems fall. This is a necessary part of the process…
  12.  And there’s a HUGE amount of opportunity to help build a new world! Think about your passions and how you can contribute to making the world a better place!
  13.  Once the bad guys have been rounded up and stopped, we’re going to enter into a time of a great renaissance!
  14.  Detox your body, your mind, and your environment to the best of your ability. Stop eating poison. Stop watching TV. Get off constant social media. Get out in nature. Connect in person with friends and loved ones. Do things you love!
  15.  Keep your own energy and feelings high. Finding peace in your world helps to create peace in everyone’s world. Focus on love and peace.
  16.  Visualize peace on Earth! Our minds and imagination are our most powerful tools! Let’s use them collectively for good!
  17.  We’ve all chosen to be alive at this time! So embrace the global shift and do your part to help in whatever ways you feel called to. We are all a part of this Great Awakening!

The Joy of Giving

As the holidays are rapidly approaching, we tend to get wrapped up in the busy-ness of the times, rushing around with all the activities, meetings, parties, shopping, and cooking.  Rather than the materialistic perspective, we should be taking some time to take stock of our lives, to feel the gratitude for all the blessings we have in our lives.  No matter what your circumstances are, there are always things you can be grateful for in your life.  Appreciation is a way of giving thanks to our higher Source.

The Law of Giving is one of the fundamental laws of the Universe.  What most people may not realize is that giving is a cycle.  In order to give, you must receive.  And in order to receive, you must also give.  I do not believe we are taught to receive very well.  If someone gives you a compliment like “I love your new haircut,” do you shrug it off or try to dismiss it because you get embarrassed by the attention and say something like, “Oh, I can’t stand my hair, it‘s never how I like it.”  Or sometimes we feel obligated to return the compliment.  That would be OK, if we meant it…but do we really?

Giving is something that needs to come from the heart.  When you do, you do not have any sort of expectation.  You give for the pleasure of giving and making someone else happy.  My daughter recently asked me what was the best Christmas memory I had.  I thought about it for a while and then told her it was when I had given my daughters their handmade quilts.  I had taken their baby clothes and started cutting squares in February of that particular year.  I worked on making these quilts off and on all year and my daughters even helped with a part of it.  I was hand sewing everything until in Nov when I was able to borrow a sewing machine.  Then it went much faster.  I stayed up late several nights to get them done after the girls had gone to bed so they wouldn’t see them.

Considering I had never made a quilt before in my life, these were definitely labors of love!  My daughters eyes glowed when they opened those quilts and even though they got plenty of toys, those quilts were their favorite presents that year.  My daughter’s each slept with “mommy’s quilt” for most of their young lives (and now that they are older, they have saved them for their future children!) I had told them that first night they slept with them that these special quilts were just like me hugging them all night long.  Of course, the mommy quilts became even more significant when we were separated for 1400 days.  My daughters were snuggled in my love every night through those quilts.

The best presents are the ones that come from the heart.  We assume it needs to be material objects but what about our love, a hug, tell someone how much they mean to you in a nice letter or card, give someone your encouragement or faith or trust.  Think about this as the holidays approach.  What has been the best present you’ve ever given, or received, and why?  And what can you give this year that will make a difference with those you love?

Putting Yourself First—For a Change!

How often do you think about pleasing yourself? We often put ourselves on the bottom of the list for nurturing and caring for when in reality we should be at the top—then we’ll have more energy to give to others.

Women, and mothers especially it seems, are notorious for giving until they don’t have anything left of themselves. Although some men/dads are also falling into this category more often now. This is not the way of the future as it is not sustainable in the long run.

Here are 10 easy ways to do things for yourself that will improve your life immediately. How many of these are you doing regularly?

  1. Stop doing things you don’t want to do
  2. Communicate clearly
  3. Stop pleasing people
  4. Say what you really mean
  5. Trust your instincts
  6. Never talk yourself down
  7. Follow your inspirations
  8. Don’t be afraid to say NO!
  9. Don’t be afraid to say YES!
  10. Be kind to yourself!

The Joy of Finding Your Tribe

Tribe (noun): 

  • any aggregate of people united by ties of descent from a common ancestor, community of customs and traditions, adherence to the same leaders, etc.
  • a class or set of persons, especially one with strong common traits or interests.
  • a large family.

Seth Godin popularized this concept several years ago in his book Tribes. Technology is connecting the people of this planet in wonderful ways. Seth discusses how the Internet can connect people but it can’t lead people. We need leaders to step up and find their message to get out into the world. And then people who believe in it, who want to learn more, and who are ready to follow will come together—to form a digital tribe. Continue reading