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What is Your Vision?

I am alone this morning and it is very rare that I get to spend time with just me. It’s really pleasant. It’s early morning, the rain is humming in the background, my candles are lit, and I am thinking about how blessed I am. Today I get to go to work.
Yes, I get to go…in good health, surrounded by loving people, supported and encouraged by my employer, counting my blessings. I was poking around on Facebook and was inspired by some quotes and encouraging words. I decided it was time to write again. I haven’t written in a while.
I have these fantastic coasters (I’m going somewhere with this) in my living room. My coffee cup is sitting on one of them. They all have inspiring quotes on them. “Put all anxious thoughts aside and be at peace’ holds my cup. Imagine doing that for a moment. Just breathing and letting the world love you as-is. That I find is the challenge for most of us…loving ourselves unconditionally without strings attached. I work with many woman (clients) who find self-love the most challenging. These beautiful, courageous woman have been conditioned to believe their happiness is outside of themselves, and the past defines who they are. The past is tool for us to learn from, to use as an experiment to show us what we like and don’t like, what feels good and what doesn’t feel good. It is an opportunity to learn about ourselves. It only defines us if we choose to act from it and continue to play the role.
We can choose again. We can re-create our lives and live from a place of happiness, joy, love and appreciation. It’s all in our vision. Our vision creates our life. Choose a happy, positive vision. Remind yourself of your strengths, your blessings, and recognize how you have been held by a force you cannot explain. See how you are loved. I am counting my blessings today that I have time to share this, and that in my few moments of me time I choose to focus on what I have, and confidently know that focusing on my blessings brings more blessings, and that feels good!

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Forgiving and Letting Go

OK…so I am working crazy hard on forgiveness. Posting forgiveness quotes for my benefit…walking around reciting a forgiveness meditation wherever I go…it’s not working. So I allow, allow myself to feel angry. Hey, it’s better than sad.

I have always been a very forgiving person, to the tune of becoming a professional doormat. When I finally realized becoming the healthiest version of me meant forgiving and letting go, I started to grow and experience growing pains. That’s what walking into our fear does for us. It allows us to face what frightens us, feel that discomfort stepping into new territory, and finally, become empowered. I love that Marianne Williamson speech, “Our deepest fear” which reminds me that playing small does not serve the world. It reminds me that I am here in this lifetime to face my fears, walk into the fire, and come out stronger, empowered, more comfortable in my own skin, and living my most authentic life.

I commit to living my most empowered life. Being angry only hurts me and the people around me that I love, because my anger reflects in my current relationships. It is serving no one, only hurting me. So here’s to LETTING GO, counting my blessings and stepping into my own power. All it takes is my own commitment and enough self-love to allow myself to love better, not take things personally, and live the most loving life I am ready to live today.

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Healing with Love

Today, a client said to me, “do you know how blessed you are to work here? Do you really know how special this place is?” I said yes. This client is a seasoned family therapist…and quite a good one. So I was pretty sure she new what she was talking about, considering therapy is her business.

I am very blessed to say my dream of spreading happiness and making a living doing it has come true. While I do workshops and see private clients, my main gig is at Lifescape Solutions, a rehabilitation center for addictions and mental health disorders.
Every day I literally think to myself, I can’t believe I am on staff and being paid to simply show up as me, a happiness coach and spokesperson for love and truth. Pretty cool huh? I believe what makes this place so special, and their success rate at 70% as opposed to the norm of 40%, is the fact that the owners believe in a magnificent recipe of love and spiritual healing. And it works.

I am surrounded by alternative healers at Lifescapes. There is a trans-medium on staff, a holistic physician who lived and studied with the Dalai Lama for eight years, a chi-gong expert, meditation, sound healing bowls, vibrating serenity beds equipped with healing music, chiropractors, art therapy, martial arts, yoga, hypnotherapy, Gestalt therapy, daily trips to the gym, an NLP expert, family advocates…and most of all, the most passionate owners I have ever seen. There job is not a job, it’s a passion and commitment to changing the way healing is approached using alternative techniques that feel quite spa-like, and most of all, are very loving. And isn’t the secret to healing as simple as love? My teacher, Robert Holden says all addictions are a call for love and I always remembered that, having no idea I would spend the majority of my day healing by loving.

I remember the day I was hired. My dear friend Julie who teaches improv (another alternative vehicle for healing) at Lifescapes got me an interview, and I met with a lovely woman named Renee. When she asked me what I do, I remember being 100% me and telling her I love unconditionally. Can you imagine saying this in an interview? And her response was “that’s exactly what the clients need”. And I was hired. TRU DAT! Can you imagine being hired to be the presence of love? To this day, the owners have no idea what I do. And they comically remind me of that quite often. They just know the clients feel loved in my class, and love heals…and it works! A lot of the clients have been judged for so long, they simply need to feel loved and cared for, and reminded o their true essence. That is exactly what they get at Lifescapes. Tons of love, tons of caring, and tons of un-traditional, spiritual healing.

I work with the most amazing people and feel so blessed everyday to be able to show up as me. It is so very exciting to watch this place grow, and watch the clients flourish! I am amazed at the trauma many of them have experienced. And more amazed as they learn to love themselves, and completely re-habilitate in a matter of months. I remember a young man arriving within the first two weeks of my being there. I was running a mental health group and asked him to share his story. My jaw was on the floor (I tried to be cool) during the hour and a half saga that this twenty-four year old told, and he was a mess. I really thought to myself, how is this kid gonna change? And now he has a phenomenal job in marketing at a well-known firm and is a beautiful example of determination, mindfulness, and miracles. Another one of my favorite stories is of a very hardened thirty something man who had committed crimes, been involved in gangs and had a very rough life. When I first met him, I was honestly a little put off by him, as he walked out of my group within minutes. He had no interest in hearing about love. As the weeks went on I watched this man soften, and look forward to my classes, and then become one of the most vocal participants. As we got to know each-other over six months, he shared with me that after his treatment he was going back home and going to jail for at least seven years. Over time his hardened exterior faded, and he devoured all the spiritual classes and became completely devoted to the spiritual therapy at Lifescapes. My heart is big thinking about this man and his story and his huge turn-around I was so blessed to see. Before he left for home, sure of his destiny behind bars, we had a talk. He was feeling anxious (who could blame him) and I remember inviting him to be present, and suggesting that he let go of the idea of prison, and be open to letting life take it’s course, whatever that may be. What we focus on is what we tend to experience, and no matter what his fate, focusing on prison didn’t feel good, so why give it air time? Be here now, and trust in life to love you, no matter what that looks like. I remember that day well. I remember where I was sitting, the hat he was wearing, and wondering if I was comforting him at all. A few months have passed, and this client went home to face his fate. Love showed up and miracles do happen. The judge was very pleased with the client’s progress and rehabilitation. The client did not go to jail, and was awarded custody of his daughter. Miracles happen when you trust and love, and I am so grateful to be able to experience the most amazing people who show up in desperate need of love, and receive just that in the center. I have fallen in love there in more ways than one. For more information about this unique healing center, you can find more information at www.lysepublishing.com

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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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