Last week I joined three very inspirational women for a teleseminar called, “Using Your Mind to Overcome Obstacles.” I usually give myself ample amount of time to prepare, outlining my presentation and elaborating on each topic.
Two days before the call I sat in meditation and ideas appeared in my physical consciousness – “The Mind,” and “5 Principles.” I wrote down both points in my notebook, but that’s all I could come up at that moment. By the time any other ideas came to me it was already 5:30pm on Tuesday – 90 minutes before the call!
My husband and I were running errands all afternoon and made a stop at the post office to mail some paperwork. The line stood all the way to the front door, and I panicked. “How am I going to prepare for this call? More importantly, “What am I going to say?” Suddenly, the ideas appeared again, only this time they were forms of flowing energy.
I reached into my purse, searching for my trusty little notebook; I NEVER left home without it. Of course, the notebook was nowhere to be found and no loose paper was in sight. What was I to do? I was desperate to jot these ideas down.
I searched in my purse one last time and found an envelope. Ha! Old mail! PERFECT!
I turned the envelope over and hope there was enough room for my thoughts. In ten minutes I completed three out of the five principles and couldn’t wait to get home to finish the rest.
By the time 6:45 came around I’d finished my presentation, “5 Principles for Using Your Mind to Overcome Obstacles.” I realized…inspiration can appear in our consciousness anywhere, at any time. Even in a post office. You can listen to the presentation here.
There are many reasons why I still consider myself a New Yorker. I was born in a clinic on 33rd Street and 7th Avenue, right by Herald Square, and when the classic song “Native New Yorker” was released I felt a lasting connection to New York City.
It was no accident that my first corporate job was in the city. Both my parents worked there and when I graduated from high school I enrolled in a business school in Midtown. When I was given the opportunity to work in the World Trade Center in 1999 I jumped at the chance. I wanted to be on top of the world; successful and confident. My life took a drastic turn just a few weeks after the September 11 tragedy, when I went to Florida on business and met my husband, Randy.
Through all the years of living in Florida I think of my friends in New York every day. They are the anchor in my love for the city and will always have a place in my heart. In fact, I believe there will be a time when I have an apartment somewhere in the city, but only time will tell.
It is such a blessing to know that our messages of hope and strength have been shared with so many. My mission, since 9/11 has been to always be a servant of humanity, and I can’t thank TimesSquare.com enough for their belief in us as well.
A father and son are sitting on a bench. Suddenly a sparrow lands across them…
This video brings them closer together, but not without awareness.
Directed by: Constantin Pilavios Written by: Nikos & Constantin Pilavios Produced by: MovieTeller films
It seems that it is not about how many times something can be asked of someone for them to react; but the reaction itself that appeared from an angered, egotistical mind.
The father was perceived as someone who could not understand why he could be given the same reply over and over again, and still be inquisitive. The law of mirrors enabled the son to see and to hear his own voice as if the father was the innocent child he loved so dearly. This is probably a lesson anyone can grasp and learn from. We all see ourselves at some point reacting to an experience and creating a destructive reality from it.
If we choose to look at the reaction and how it occurred, we can then see our ego for what it truly is – the fear and underlying aggravation we feel when something like this occurs in our daily lives. By embracing and accepting these emotions we are freed from the ego and able to see to the beauty; eternally present in each and every one of us.
The other day while reading through the Facebook newsfeed I came across a shared YouTube link from a friend.. “My Last Days: Meet Zach Sobiech.” Immediately I was intrigued. Who is this person? “Last Days??” I almost didn’t want to know.
At the age of 14, Zach found out he had a rare form of terminal cancer - Osteosarcoma to be exact. In my research during my Mom’s battle with cancer last year I knew that this type of cancer was found primarily in children. I decided to take a deep breath, and watch the video…
Zach’s story has touched my heart so deeply that I couldn’t help but.. SMILE. Yes, smile. His presence in the documentary almost seemed Angelic, as if he was chosen to be a “guide of love” to his family and friends, and now to the world.
So beautifully said, “You don’t have to find out you’re dying, to start living.” Indeed. How many of us go through life, day by day, not being mindful of what we’re doing or not embracing life’s gifts of experiences – until we’re faced with adversity?
Thank you, Zach. Your smile and presence will be missed. This is how your passion for living has touched the hearts and souls of so many…
A couple of weeks ago I came across the “Letting Go Cafe” site and submitted an article about a topic that I’ve been speaking about lately – the ego.
Many of us believe the ego’s premise is to voice how much “better” one is than the other, and this is far from being the case. The ego is not something that we are separated from, but are connected to in times of pain and resentment. By being fully aware of the emotions which reside during these times can we free ourselves from this part of our psyche. In my article, “Letting Go of the Egotistical Mind” I share the methods of diffusing the ego, not dismissing it. Here’s more…
Last night I had the pleasure of being part of a segment called “Embrace Success” hosted by opportunity coach LeTonya Moore, Esq. It was an honor to be joined by speaker trainer Annette Lynch and coach Dorris Burch as we shared ways on how to embrace the present and triumph over tragedy.
Our “Tips for Using Your Mind to Overcome Obstacles” Teleseminar is scheduled for June 11, 2013. In this time of rebirth and awakening we are all in the realm of endless possibilities. More information to follow in the coming weeks.
Back in 2002 when my husband and I were planning our wedding I was looking online for ways to shed those extra pounds. I found an article about juicing and was intrigued. I added the Waring Pro juicer to our registry, thinking we’d be juicing every day.
Fast forward ten years….
After my Mom passed away from lung cancer I began observing my eating habits very closely. Although I have been a vegan for almost eight years (with the occasional weakness for a cheese pizza ) I often had bouts with lethargy and irritability, even with taking supplements and exercising regularly.
There are many blogs and articles about juicing, but I didn’t take to them right way. The thought of spinach or kale juice made me nauseous until I saw Karen Knowler’s YouTube video on green juice. Then, the journey began…
Green Juice – Vitamin C Blast
As much as I love my vegetables, I couldn’t see myself eating a bag of carrots, kale, cucumbers, etc. in one day, so what better way to combine all into one drink? In my previous blogpost, “The Green Juice Experience” my husband and I made our first concoction and it was scrumptious. A few minutes after drinking the juice I felt a jolt. My energy shot through the roof as did my metabolism. At first I thought it may have been from the 1 1/2 cups of coffee I had earlier, but this feeling was very different – no jitters, no heart palpitations. Most importantly, I felt a deep connection with the fruits and vegetables I was preparing. After all, these fabulous foods are provided by our Mother Earth.
It’s been two weeks since we’ve started juicing and I must say it has become a wonderful addition to my daily routine. I’ve even reduced my coffee to one cup a day and looking forward to a life without it.
I tried this green juice a.k.a. vitamin C blast the other day and I am absolutely HOOKED!
2 granny smith apples
1 large pineapple
5 bunches of kale
If you’d like, share your recipes on this blog, as I’m always looking to share and promote in my Empowerment Strategies Newsletter.
In the last few months I’ve been researching various green juice recipes, and found a great one by Raw Food Coach, Karen Knowler. We don’t have the high-powered juicer she uses, but our Waring Pro juicer did a wonderful job just the same.
After reading the countless benefits of green juice we decided to try it out. I am totally hooked. My husband and I have decided to make this part of our daily routine.
What we used:
6 oz. baby spinach
5 stalks celery
1 granny smith apple
2 bunches of kale
1/2 lemon (1 full lemon if you’d like an extra kick)
Note: To remove the toxins from the veggies, we soaked them 1 part water to 1/4 part vinegar for 15 minutes. This is especially important if the vegetables and fruits are not organic.
In less than 5 minutes we had two full servings of vitamins and minerals to last us throughout the day!
Since the journey of the Insanity workout began, my husband and I were searching for ways to increase our endurance and strength with raw recipes. We became raw foodists a few weeks ago, so we primarily snack on fruits, nuts and vegetables, which give us continual boosts of energy. We also create smoothies which don’t require a high-powered blender or food processor.
There are always ALWAYS bananas in the house, mainly for raw consumption and to blend into smoothies to give that thick texture (we don’t use yogurt). We also keep on hand the Garden of Life Raw Protein and Manitoba Harvest Organic Hemp Pro Fiber. This raw hemp has a whopping 14 grams of fiber and 11 grams of protein per a 2 tbsp serving!
We recently saw a great deal on a pint of blueberries, so we decided to make a smoothie that can be drank pre or post workout.
After over three years of compiling some of our darkest (and lightest) chapters of our lives, we are now at a place of solitude and gratitude for all the wonderful souls who collaborated and shared their exquisite talents with us.
Although many believe that “Pursuing Your Destiny” is a book about the tragic events of September 11, on the contrary the day is just one day in our history. Our life journey began many years before 9/11 and it continues to flourish as we all continue in our path.