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If I knew then

The life you live is the lesson you teach.

~ Author unknown ~

A friend asked me awhile ago to join her and other women in creating a book of wisdom for a niece who is turning 13. Of course, I want to participate, I told her. And promptly got busy on the many other things on my plate.

But it has been sitting in a corner of my mind. The wondering of what would I tell my 13-year-old self about life, love, living? What wisdom do I most want to share to inform her journey?

Choose to laugh. Mistakes hurt less that way.

To make mistakes is human; to stumble is commonplace; to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity.

~ William Arthur Ward ~

I am up to my elbows in a big black garbage bag, my hands sheathed in latex gloves as I sift through the coffee doused contents of the bag searching for the small strips of paper I need to save. Ellie, oblivious to my frenzy, is sleeping in the sun at the foot of the deck.

I hate to but I have to...

There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world.

~ Robert Louis Stevenson ~

Always there is Love

A broken heart is an open heart and an open heart is a loving heart.

Life is a constant journey to the truth

Don't give up before the miracle happens.

Fannie Flagg ~

I was taught at a very young age not to trust my own thinking, not to believe myself.

When I was born my mother was in a massive depression. My eldest sister, at 8 years old, became my care-giver. A tough task for a young girl but given that taking care of my mother and her two younger siblings had always been her task, she welcomed me into our family and began to care for me too.

7 Ways to Love

You have to dream before your dreams can come true.

~ A. P. J. Abdul Kalam ~

Dream big.

It was the message from my dream and while I don’t remember much of the dream itself, the words kept floating through my mind as I awoke.

Dream big.

I did it my way... and my way wasn't working.

Perhaps the surest test of an individual's integrity is his refusal to do or say anything that would damage his self-respect.

~ Thomas S. Monson ~

The Truth About Me.

Fear robs us of life. Love gives us life.

~ Rev. Honey Todd ~

One of the commitments I make with myself when coaching at Choices is to be present. To be in the moment and of it. And while it is a commitment I make with all of my life, I am more conscious of the imperative and beauty of living in that space when surrounded by hearts breaking open in love and joy and harmony.

And sometimes, I forget.

Trusting in the Process of Choices

Our choices in life are made according to our sense of our own worth.

~ Kaylan Pickford ~

Daily Alchemy

With or without our knowledge, we are all alchemists.

~Eric Micha'el Leventhal ~

Alchemists were/are philosophers and sages. Since time memorial, alchemists have believed in the power to transmute lead into gold. The reasoning was, if one can purify one's own spirit, distill one's essence into purity, he/she could learn to transmute real lead into real gold.

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