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Trusting in Life

I have been away for a while, loving life and letting life love me. Gently reminding myself that through each change is opportunity for personal growth and wisdom. Sometimes I ask myself, “did I really sign up for this?”, and I know the answer is YES. I have a friend who reminds me to ask for the courage and strength to handle what I am given, and that I am doing.
I have recently gone through a dramatic life change and I am amazed at how held I have been through all of the change. I lead groups and coach at a recovery center, Lifescape Solutions in Delray Beach. One of my mantras that I frequently share with the groups is about trusting in Divine Law. I certainly do. Divine law housed me through my life change, funded me, loved me and supported me in ways only explained by miracles. I do trust that when we believe in a power greater than ourselves, we prove the belief to be true.
Just in time I had house sitting gigs show up, sublets become available, the funds required for housing lovingly offered, brand new furniture gifted to me…the list goes on. I have experienced miracle after miracle which some may call coincidence, but I know better. Life shows up and supports us when we allow and I am practicing allowing. I certainly do not have it down to a science, though I have an agreement with myself to STOP when I notice I am telling myself unhealthy stories. My experience as of late is the only proof I need that we are creators of our own life experience. The world is here to love us and like us and teach us. It is a pleasure to be a student, even though being the healthiest version of ourselves asks us to step up and be big…and that can be painful. I am reminding myself as I write that being big is our gift to everyone in our path. And gift giving is our right and an honor. The opportunity to step through our fears to be authentic in our life is constantly being offered to us. Saying YES to that offer is our ticket to freedom. And we are here to be free. The phrase “let go and let God” comes to mind…sounds about right right now. Blessings counted!

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Finding Happiness with Smile TV

It’s been an amazing month with so much synchronicity, I think I want to write a song about it. I’ll tell you a story instead.

A few weeks ago my buddy, author David Mezzapelle Contagious Optimism had his first live production of his book series. It’s like TEDX on steroids, real people, real stories, inspiring music and amazing tales. What a way to spend the day! Lucky for me I met some incredible people who gathered to help create David’s vision.
Smile TV was on board for the event. As it turns out, Smile TV also had a hand in fundraising for Pursuing Happiness, the documentary in which I am proud to be an interviewee. So it looks to me as though the ‘smileys’ are destined to meet!

Of course, we fell hard for each other. Having a great passion for spreading joy and happiness makes us immediate best friends. What is most incredible to me about Smile TV, a network devoted to positive, inspirational news and programming, is it’s magnificent roots. I had a chance to chat with Sandy and Sherry, and their stories make me smile.
Sandy Pedeflous had a dream since she was a young girl, she wanted to bring happiness to network TV. Growing up her parents always watched the news, and every story was negative. Sandy found this a huge downer (who wouldn’t), and had a dream of bringing positive stories to the forefront. She became involved in the production industry in LA, and had a lucrative career. It’s very easy to stay the path when you are successful, but even the attractive paycheck couldn’t stop Sandy from pursuing her dream. She made a decision to go for it. She would bring her vision to life with the help of others who share her dream of making positive news and programming available to the public.

Along comes Sherry Hursey. A very successful actress whom you would recognize if you have turned on the TV at all in your life, and an award winning children’s show producer. Sherry has experienced fame, something many dream of their whole life. But even this tempting role was not enough for Sherry. She found she had a desire for more. A desire to help others, spread joy, and encourage people to trust, believe and have faith. Her purpose in life was in entertainment, but in a very different way then she had experienced. Sherry is full of love, and when I saw her on stage at Contagious Optimism Live! (of course Smile TV got on board with that!) I could feel her sincere, joyous presence. And truth be told, I just wanted to give her a hug. I did, by the way.

These two beautiful women are sharing joy with the world, and currently they are bringing their happy network to airports, doctor’s offices and hospitals. Their goal is to make their website www.smiletvgroup.com the “go to” place for all things positive ( i.e.: videos, blogs, articles, books, music etc). Brilliant and thank you…is all I have to say.

I am so grateful to have met these two amazing women, and so grateful Sandy held onto her childhood vision, and made it a reality. I hope you will support this group, as the influence this programing can have on our own health and healing is endless.

What an inspirational story. For those who have a dream to live in a happier, healthier world, we can do it! We are all on the same team and together we can make a change.
By the way, the “happy” song is on in the background as I finish this post. Coincidence? I think not!


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Pursuing Happiness

Adam, me and Nicolas at the Seagate hotel in Delray Beach

My friends Adam and Nicolas are these two rock star dudes traveling around the country finding the happiest people for their documentary, Pursuing Happiness. How cool is that? About a year and a half ago they contacted me about an interview and hoped their travels would reach Florida. They started off in California with a dream after a documentary they created for fun went viral. They set an intention to find the intrigue of happiness, and if there is a secret…what is it?
Their schedule was altered after they found out they were invited to the UN to show a preview of their documentary on March 20th, deemed the International Day of Happiness. They were hoping to spend a few days in sunny Florida, but instead they only spent one. And boy am I glad they shared that day with me.
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “in the flow”. If not, it means when your feeling on point, on purpose, almost etherial…everything is going your way and you are floating through life fully engaged. That is the feeling I got from these two amazing men. You can’t help but feel happy around two guys that are on a mission to talk to happy people every day, and make a movie out of it! We spent an hour and a half together. It flew by. I smiled so much my cheeks hurt. They asked fantastic questions about how I got into the happiness field, and what secrets would I like to share. Well, there are no secrets. Do what you love and you’ll love what you do. Hang out with like- minded people. Don’t sweat the small stuff. LIve from your heart. Love is always the answer.
I was high as a kite spending time with Adam and Nicolas. We had been speaking via email for over a year, and when we finally met, I felt like I had known them forever. Thank you Adam and Nicolas for living your dream, and sharing your gift with the world.

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Life-Lessons at Boca High

Last week I had the pleasure of teaching five classes to teens at Boca High. My new friend Stefanie Gross invited me in to share life-lessons with her students. Stefanie is an English teacher turned yoga instructor at this high school, and her classes are filled to the brim with students that may never have crossed paths, but through the unification of yoga, anything is possible! Stefanie is the creator of Move Through Yoga, as program for teens which she has assembled into a high school curriculum. My hero?? Ah….yes.

What amazed me so was how open these teens were to discussing their struggles and challenges. How alive they seemed to feel just being in a room where there was no judgement and the focus is on love and oneness. What a gift this school provides for their students, and how hungry the students are to share in what is real. I was amazed at the response I received from the classes. I had no idea what to expect, as the students could have yawned and paid no attention. But instead the opposite was true, they want to lead a peaceful life, and don’t mind being guided as to how to do it. Life-skills is the most empowering lesson that we continually learn in life, sometimes over and over again until we get it right. The answer is love, compassion and gentleness. We are not taught to do this in school. We are encouraged to compete and be judged on our grades and our appearance. How humbling an experience to learn the truth in high school, that we are all in this together, learning from one another, experiencing life together. The goal is the same no matter what our backgrounds, intelligence or looks, we are here to love unconditionally, not judge, and take responsibility for our actions, thoughts and feelings. How freeing is it to learn the truth with our peers?

Thank you dear Stefanie for inviting me into your yoga room to share with your students. Deep gratitude for an amazing day.

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Talia’s GIft to The World

You know how everything happens for a reason and we are literally given a Divine road map if we choose to receive? Today was the perfect example of grace in action. After a wonderful yoga class with my favorite teacher, Tara, I stopped in to my favorite juice hub, Juicebuzz. What an amazing little place, full of love, great peeps and healthy delights. It is truly the Cheers of the health food world. (thank you Cathy Rosenberg for that reference!) I always meet the most interesting people at their bar, and enjoy talking to the juicers making all the love happen. As I was sipping on my greens, a woman said hello to me. She had attended my class earlier in the week. We got to talking and she told me about a place further south called Juiceateria, a vegan cafe and juice bar. She raved that I MUST try it. And so I did. My office is in the area of this new place she mentioned, so I thought I would stop in on my way and find out about all the rage. It was worth the trip.
The place is bright and happy and filled with healthy treats and prepared vegan meals. They even offer cooking classes. I struck up a conversation with the chef who was creating these yummy delights such as raw pizza, chia crema, and raw vegan tacos. As it turns out, we have the same name. He is Andy as well. Our daughter’s have the same name too, Talia. But Andy’s Talia has made a big sacrifice which in turn is helping numerous people create a healthier lifestyle. I must say, Talia’s sacrifice is big, really big, and it has been quite traumatic for her and her family.
Just a few years ago as a young teenager, Talia fell ill and needed a double kidney transplant. She just had the surgery this past August, and is doing well, all things considered.
This unexpected illness provided a wake up call for her family, and especially her father, Andy. Andy owns an italian restaurant, and the family was accustom to eating delicious, savory, ethnic foods, exactly what Talia was not allowed to eat. When the kidneys fail, they cannot process protein. Talia was instructed to eat a raw diet and Andy was determined to change not only the way his daughter ate, but the way he prepared food as a chef.
Andy got an education in raw foods and it changed his life.
Andy and his Uncle Frank opened a raw food cafe, Juiceateria. Talia’s sacrifice has turned his life around, and the life of everyone who visits his juice bar/cafe. Andy shared with me that he has had many customers that thank him with tears in their eyes. Their whole life has changed and they are enjoying better health, more energy, and wellness beyond their dreams since they have started juicing and eating raw. Andy has a cleansing program, teaches raw food classes, and encourages the education of a raw food diet. From a tragic disease, a new way of living was born, and Andy, Talia and Uncle Frank are sharing this gift with the world.
In a strange way, Andy and Talia know that this disease and Talia’s courageous journey has become their gift to the world. Talia’s illness caused her family to make a change and bring a positive message of hope and change to the world. Talia’s mom has set up a page in her honor, educating people about this disease, and expressing Talia’s courage. I hope to meet Talia one day, as she is a hero, and so is her family. They have turned a heart-wrenching experience into hope, and I am blessed to share their story. http://cotafortaliab.com/

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Welcoming Joy

It’s easy to get caught up in the same routine. Work work work, take care of household responsibilities, food shopping, laundry, scheduling, appointments…it can all be exhausting. So how do we find that spice in life when we have so many responsibilities? Good question.
I find it’s the little things, the small adventures that increase the amount of spice we experience. Doing things a little differently opens us up to the great vast experiences that await us. The world is waiting for us to say yes, we just have to oblige.

me and my daughter; the pineapple drink :)

This Christmas we stayed home for the first time in years. It has become our family tradition to go on a cruise. I am sure glad we choose our home. We are having a ball. We decided to experience our town as if we were on vacation, and we are discovering things we didn’t know existed. And I believe we are getting a lot of signs saying “YES”. I will share one in particular with you.
Last night we went to a Polynesian restaurant for dinner where they had a tremendous show and tremendous food. The type of place where your drink comes out in a pineapple. We had such a great time and everything felt different. Who knew we were only 30 minutes from our house? After our meal we decide to take the scenic route home. We were looking for a main street to cross over the bridge to drive A1A, the road that runs alongside the beach. I said to my husband to try a side street, we would find our way. What a wonderful decision that was. As we cruised down this tiny residential street, we noticed beautiful lights ahead, and the street began to crowd. Suddenly we were sitting in traffic in this small neighborhood we discovered en route to the bridge. As we slowly approached, the crowd thickened and traffic came to a halt. On this street was a home showered in lights and decorations, music and storytelling. We decided to park and take a look for ourselves.
People came from all over to see this beautiful winter wonderland by the sea. The street was crowded with happy people, holiday music, and Christmas spirit. It was so exciting to be a part of this joy created in this tiny neighborhood. We poured over each section of this holiday home, garnished with trains, sleds, blinking lights and even an ice rink. This was a special night, and stepping out of our regular routine to take our time and explore led us to this wonderful sight. I wish I could put into words the happiness I felt in the air. Time stood still as people gathered in awe, forgetting any troubles and experiencing joy. It seems the holidays do bring magic whether you celebrate or not. I believe the key is being open to experiences, and open to joy. On that little street, there was no judgement or negativity, no horns honking because of traffic, only gratitude and smiles beaming ear to ear. It was beautiful and so far…I am loving the surprises on our stay-cation.

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