Friday, April 12, 2019

The Only Constant Is Change

Actually, it’s Love but I’ll focus here on change from a human perspective….or maybe a little of both.

Yes, I was on Casey Key again. Guess I still had unfinished business. Facing the Gulf in front of one of the vacation resorts lining the beach is a huge heart fashioned with love and white clam shells. Carol is the artist. She'd regularly hike up the beach a distance for more construction material (clam shells) carrying them back in a bag. These can get quite heavy. I know personally having collected many myself. (You may have even seen a few transformed into Mermaid Trinket Trays.) **
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Carol greeted me with her usual cheery, “Good Morning!” Then words came out of my mouth, “You sure get your workout lifting people up!” Her face lit up with happiness as she responded, “Thank you so much!” Thank You Spirit/God/Angels/Universe for giving me just the right human words for the situation. Often, I find myself saying things I hadn’t planned at all, sometimes even using words very uncharacteristic of me, and think immediately after, “Where the heck did that come from?!” But deep down I know.

That was the morning I got the history of how the Shell Heart began. I’d photographed its previous version last year thinking it was a big beach Valentine. Turns out it was more than that. It was a tribute to John and Carol’s son who passed on 3:16 – March 16. Now I understood the shell with the writing inside of Brian 3:16. I knew what John 3:16 usually referred to and this was a loving combination of such. This year, Carol added a shell with her and her husband’s names with their anniversary date. A couple days later, someone else added one with theirs. A few more began to dot the heart. Carol decided to put a cup in the sand filled with markers with a shell next to it encouraging, “Write a message”. And people did. Colorful and varied messages of remembrance, love, encouragement and appreciation are what the shell heart is now made of. It’s doubtful one could walk around reading all the inscriptions and not be deeply moved. I bow to Carol for the profound difference she has made to countless people with her heartfelt act of love!

My life seems to personify change. Especially the past decade. If anyone would have suggested to me 20 years ago I’d be living this gypsea journey, I’d have laughed outright. No home. No defined plan. No end in sight. As many have read in Baring My Soul and Planting a Dream, there is a place I would like to plant myself on this earth - that tropical beach home I can almost touch. It just hasn’t manifested yet so I do my best with each change to enjoy my tour of life and BE in the NOW.

“Changes are what allow your spirit to expand into a greater awareness of your true nature. Through change you witness the many forms and faces of the Divine, for every living being, every inanimate object, every blade of grass, every mountain, every animal, is simply an embodiment of the One love. As you look into the mirrors of creation, you gain a greater awareness of the true Self within. People may come and go but the Divinity that animates them can never leave you. The very love that animates all of creation is One, peering at you through countless eyes, made manifest in oceans, trees, breezes, mountains, and the smallest single-celled animals. In every thought and every breath there is only One love.
Your soul will feel great freedom if, instead of fearing change, you embrace it wholeheartedly. Trust that change is the result of your growth – individually and/or collectively. Trust that your changes, when embraced with love, ultimately lead to a more conscious and happier life.”
~ VisionsofHeaven. com

You have your own individual journey of change whether it is visible to others or not. If you’d like a boost and a little company on the way, perhaps Wellness Couching by Phone will help brighten your trip!

On theme of the sea and experiencing change, one of my dear friends, Rod Thomas, has listed this beautifully restored Island Trader 46’ Ketch Rigged Motorsailer.  Cruisers are fun lot who are no strangers to change. If you are one or know anyone who might be interested in this newly restored gem, please contact Captain Rod for more details.

Thanks to cruiser friend Manuela for sharing this appropriate video recently on fb. I also recently “heard” it playing in my head one faintly lit new moon predawn morning. The stars still shown overhead as I stood in the sand, cool waves washing over my feet. You know that it’s “Time For a Cool Change”.

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** Mermaid Trinket Trays are available in our  Mother Daughter etsy shop Gifts From The Sea and Other Treasures. Please swim by, browse and perhaps pick one up for you or your favorite mermaid.

As always, my heart overflows with appreciation for the ongoing support of all manner and the love that forever swirls between us! Aloha ~

Thursday, March 14, 2019

You Never Walk Alone

From Mexico I was mentally repacking for my next adventure to the magnificent Maldives in the Indian Ocean. Excitement was building as I’d been playing so many different angles to bring this to fruition for a very long time. I was looking forward to caring for and playing with 3 year-old twins as well as helping their parents in their dive shop. At the last minute, in a strange twist of fate, they got someone else to help “that could come right away”. Humanly speaking, I was pretty disappointed to say the least. On a higher level, I expressed gratitude knowing this, like numerous previous opportunities that had mysteriously fallen through, was me being protected from an undesirable situation. Better stated, I was being guided in a more favorable direction; one better in line with fulfilling my higher purpose here. Yet again, I ended up in California. 

Spirit has spoken to me through songs, among other ways, since I was young. One day, a song came to mind I hadn’t heard in a long time. It was accompanied by a wave of intense emotion, for which I have no accurate label....along with tears. I tried to sing, “When You Walk Through A Storm” out loud. I couldn’t do so without being choked up by tears at a certain point toward the beginning of the song. I'd never actually seen Carousel, from which it originated, or even knew where it came from until I checked online.  Interestingly, I realized I’d drop off right about where Julie Bigelow did in the musical/movie. It wasn’t until very recently that I was finally able to sing it through without crying. It helped that I was in a physical location that nurtured my mind, body and spirit for that to happen. Other than that, my life is nothing like the musical – except for it seeming to go around in circles with its constant ups and downs. Occasionally, I know exactly why I am given a certain message or guidance or sign. More often than not, I muse about the possible meanings of things. I wonder what I can get from the information – a lesson, something to appreciate, the knowing I helped someone even though I don’t know exactly how. Sometimes, I simply accept the sign or synchronicity as confirmation that I am in the perfect place in the perfect time.
You can enjoy the uplifting, but possibly tear-jerking, clip from Carousel hereor this beautiful rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” by Celtic Woman.

If you happened to read Halloween, Wisdom and Gifts From The Sea, you are already aware of my Mother/Daughter venture with our “treasures” featured on etsy. Here’s another sampling of our offerings:
Hand Decorated Shell Candle Trio

Ahoy! Treasure strait ahead!
The Sea Witch Tiara is made from hand collected fossilized shark teeth 🦈🦈🦈

New MERMAID TRINKET TRAYS are in the Etsy store. This Cinderella inspired ring holder features a beautiful amethyst.
Get your dinglehoppers 🍴ready! 🧜‍♀️ New hair accessories coming...

Often, I post on my fb page, Michelle H Coaching, things to inspire readers. Many upliftments are thanks to Neale Donald Walsh, author of Conversations With God. This one seemed an appropriate compliment to this blog post theme:"On this day of your life Dear One, I believe God wants you to know ...

... that you are never alone. Never, ever, ever. God is
always with you, and you have people all around you
who care.

Sometimes it feels good to spend some time by your-
self, but remember, too, that it is okay to reach out to
another if you feel lonely. You would want him or her
to reach out to you, no? So what are you waiting for?

You will not have to think but a second to know
exactly why you received this message today.

Love, your Friend ... Neale"

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Friday, February 22, 2019

All For Love

Valentine's Day is my favorite holiday. As some may be aware, I have many reasons to not be fond of Valentine’s Day. Among other reasons, few hundred people would understand what I was talking about if I mentioned the Valentine’s Day Massacre. Without going into the details, to say it was traumatic doesn’t even scratch the surface. Usually, I don’t like to bring up “dark” situations but someone reading needed to “hear” this. While not denying the not so happy past Valentine circumstances, I choose to focus on the bigger picture here.   

Expanding a bit on last month’s post and the way we look at things… This can be compared to a mall where you go to different stores and get various things. You have your favorite stores where you know you will find things that please you. There may be stores in that same mall where you would never go as you don’t prefer the energy or style of the places. However, you wouldn’t say it is an awful mall just because it has a couple stores you won’t frequent. You would simply go and shop the retailers you enjoy. A few of you are chuckling at this example knowing my preferences regarding shopping in general but it works for some people haha.

Here are some opportunities on a recent adventure that I had chances to practice what I preach and focus on things that brought me happy feelings.
↧ The description given of one of the available boats sounded like this.

In actuality, it was this ↣ 

Above is the resort in Mexico, the address of which I was directed to give customs for where I was staying. However, where I actually stayed is pictured below.

Before I arrived, there was much talk about the glamour of the area... 

...yet where I was living looked more like this ↣

 Although the work exchange was not quite as presented, I was able to see beauty in what was. There were happy people exercising in the park, many of whom I exchanged cheerful greetings with. It was hilarious to see a Pit bull jump joyfully to grab a rope hanging from a tree then proceed to simply swing back and forth until he could hold on no longer. There were gorgeous flowers, beautiful skies and, very importantly for me....warmth!!

I observed, once again, that some people appear to have it all. Then there are those that don’t have much in a material sense (including myself here). Many people who have all the stuff, also have more troubles, health issues and/or fears than one might imagine. There are people without great means, who have a great degree of happiness, health and freedom as well. It’s all in the choices made, what one focuses on and the meanings they assign things/events.

If you are ready to make a dramatic shift in your life, and would like some guidance along the way, I am available for Wellness Coaching by Phone in the U.S. Skype is a possibility for those outside the U.S. provided we can coordinate days and times. Please contact me to schedule your complimentary consultation to determine if this is appropriate for you.

Although every day is Love Day, I choose to use the “Hallmark holiday” as an opportunity to focus on it just a bit more. Of all the human created holidays, Valentine’s Day remains my most precious. Many who know this showered me with thoughtful love messages to help me celebrate the occasion. I am extremely grateful to you and all those who have shared their love in any way. Swirling it all around again!!

Here's a little something to help get - or keep - you in the mood 💝

Happy Valentine's Month!!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Technology – Can’t Live With It Can’t Live Without It

Hope your 2019 is off to a fabulous start. Mine has been delightful in some ways and disappointing in others. Of important note - the disappointment was all in the way I imagined events. 

Technology dilemmas have plagued me since I started using it. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve just want to disappear to my junglebeach and forget all about technology. But then I remember to be grateful for all it allows me to do at this time – including being in touch with loved ones. My previous computer, which was happily welcomed into my life as a gift from an Angel Friend, started to have issues shortly after I got it. Technology issues can be particularly difficult to resolve when someone moves around a lot. The amazing team at AXICOM did everything they could then we still ended up sending it back to Dell since it was under their warranty. Dell had it for almost 2 months. When I got it back, it still had problems. However, I didn’t want to deal with them because it was so effortful communicating productively with Dell in the first place and not having my computer at all was worse than having it with the problems. Pages could be written about the saga of my computer but you really don’t want to read about that any more than I want to relive it by writing. Toward the end of last year, Costco came through miraculously for me. In spite of my computer being out of warranty, and all my dealings with their less than satisfactory concierge,

I serendipitously found the magicians in the company who actually granted me a refund. Now, here I am feeling blessed on my new laptop. So that’s a bit about my computer. In an ironic twist, shortly after my previous post My Gypsea Life saying I didn’t desire a smartphone, I acquired one – another long story I’ll spare you of. Mainly, I accepted it because one of my work exchange hosts wanted me to communicate with him via WhatsApp. Usually when I go to another country, I just purchase a simple, inexpensive phone there. Verizon assured me the smartphone was unlocked and I could use it with any other carrier. Turns out it would not work with any carriers in the region. For all practical purposes, I still did not have a smartphone. My work exchange situation was complex – as have been many in the past. I wasn’t in the location I anticipated and the work not quite as described….or particularly respectful. The only internet I had access to turned out to be a known spammer IP which compromised my computer. This resulted in my email being hacked over and over thus preventing me from accessing my main email. Had a couple other technological issues as well but you get the point. Again, a big shout out to all my bright Technology Angels, including AXICOM and Thinking2, who remotely held my hand to help get me through these experiences!

Time after time, I get the feeling that the technology will never work for me and want to do away with it. Some might also tell you stories of what technology does in my presence. Then, I realize it’s important for my mission at this time. This is a perfect opportunity to Let Go and Let God (or whatever name you prefer for the Divine). I do the best I can and release the outcome. I know all that presents itself in my life is here to serve me and the Higher Good. The more I accept this and be in peace with it, the more powerful my energy is to assist others on this planet and beyond. Yes, some days are easier to put remembrance into practice than others. Now and then I have to have a little pep talk with myself. You’ve heard of the Dark Night of the Soul.

Much of 2018 was a Dark Year for my Soul. Granted, it was still full of love, miracles and blessings at every turn. However, the pep talks I had to give myself were on an almost continuous basis. Life can be like that. We all have challenges to face. They are as big as we allow them to be or see them to be. Conversely, they are as small as we allow grace to help us view them. It’s not a matter of right or wrong. It is just our experience and the choices we play with. 

How about you? Do you have challenges you seem to have to face over and over again? How do you choose to experience them? Is there a way you can embrace the situations thus experiencing them more “lightly”? I do not judge you and encourage you not to judge yourself. Rather acknowledge you are doing the best you can and consciously make the highest choice you can in each moment.