Saturday, August 18, 2018

Magic Always Comes With A Price

Once upon a time a little, seemingly average, girl dreamed of being a princess. Immediately one would think, “That’s pretty normal. Lots of little girls dream of being princesses.” Heck, Disney made sure of that too. Around 6 years of age, she donned her mother’s gorgeous cerulean blue satin dress and the jeweled golden crown she’d fashioned herself. It was Halloween and one of the last times she’d be allowed to be a princess for many years to come. Externally, that is, because she was…..Abby Normal. Something in her deepest memories always glowed, albeit at times faintly, a knowing of magic – all kinds of magic! One of her NOW choices is to live that magic as much as possible here on Planet Earth.
But more about that later.

There is a positive reason, or magic if you will, swirling around every
happening. When I was in Florida, a few months back, I could have easily stayed months longer. I had a beautiful, comfortable place to stay. I loved the balmy weather, tropical plants and critters all around. Yet something was telling me, in no uncertain terms, it was time to move on. No why, just go! Sometime later, I would come to understand why. The Universe was sparing me incredible heartbreak. One of the main purposes for me being in Florida is to be on the beach experiencing as many breathtaking sunrises and sunsets as possible. The deep level of communing with nature for me under those circumstances is hard to explain in human language. Alas, a devastating Red Tide began almost immediately after my departure. Its epic destruction and duration continue to this very day. I could not have been able to bear the sight of so many of my friends, dead on the beach and floating lifeless in the water. I would not have been able to breath or tolerate the stinging in my eyes there either. Sometimes the magic is that we are whisked away – protected from situations not preferred. The Universe knows I can help others better when I dwell in joy!

Here is one of the countless ways Joy has blessed me. After mentioning how I used to give greeting cards in my previous post, a former recipient of such greetings gifted me with a several. And not just any cards, but ones that featured her exquisite fine art and photography. You too can enjoy them via Thank You Dear Kathy! You have brought ongoing joy to me since the time we met and bring immeasurable joy to the world!

Magic Always Comes With A Price – it is always the effect of something aka the price. I previously touched on that with nothing being “free” in Who is this blog for? Each day I look for, or create, the magic in the place where I am as I move closer to another place I’d like to be. I find something to feel joy about while fulfilling my purpose in whatever place I currently am. And, I continue taking baby steps to manifesting another reality. To that end, I again put out my request for leads and information. If you have any ideas or connections to someone in a tropical beach area with warm turquoise waters that needs assistance, please let me know. It could be house-sitting, childcare assistance, travel companion, deck hand, or other mutually beneficial work exchange situation. Kindly contact me to share thoughts
or get more details on help I can provide.

What is the price of everyday magic?
Here is a short beginning to the Neverending Story:
* Ongoing decisions to see the wonder right where you are
* Lighten up – have more fun
* Willingness to be happy over right
* Don’t sweat the small stuff (and it’s all small stuff)
* Imagine/see the world as you delightfully wish it to be
* Recognizing you are on this stage called life and can determine your individual performance
* Shining your light to others constantly making this world a brighter place
* Commitment to live happily ever after

                                                                 Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Who is this blog for?

This blog is for those for whom it is created. Cryptic huh? No doubt those for whom it is written will “get it” though. Sometimes I even wonder why I continue to publish it as I am generally a very private individual and it is a challenge putting so much out there for the world to see. People who know me best realize I could easily become a recluse… long as it is amidst a lush tropical beach on turquoise, dolphin frequented waters! Yet every month I get one to three heart-felt responses poignantly reminding me exactly why I continue making these posts. If I assist even one person in picking themselves up or turning their lives around for the better, my efforts are more than worthwhile.

The practical aspect of sharing this information with others I have touched on before in Communication and Technology  In today’s fast paced, high tech world, with the ability to connect with thousands regularly and meeting new people daily, it is virtually impossible to maintain contact as in days gone by. In what now feels like a prior lifetime, I would annually send out hundreds of handwritten cards for all occasions, birthdays, thank yous, anniversaries, and cheer as well as numerous holidays. I’d call people, not only for their birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions, but just to say hi and see how things were going. Presently, its’s a miracle to keep up in these areas just with my immediate family. Yet so many people, both relatives and friends, ask what I am up to and want me to stay in touch. This blog, in a small way, helps facilitate keeping in touch. Ironically, many folks who wonder what’s happening in my world, won’t read my blog although they’d read the same info in an email or listen enthusiastically over the phone. Each to their own. We all do the best we can 😊

In my years of officially personal training, going to my clients’ homes and offices to coach, it was much clearer what my work was. Wellness Coaching over the Phone - clear as well. Now however, my “work” is far more encompassing and not as easy to define in human words. In addition, by choice, I generally don’t get paid in money for what I “do”.  My beach ministry scores me spectacular views, smiles, leads, invitations, dolphin entertainment, shells, sea glass and refreshment. Often my communication online with a potential host, an exchange site, fb or similar, I get the satisfaction of brightening someone’s day besides providing and receiving valuable information. This leads me to
the topic of free travel and/or accommodations. In just a few years, the number has skyrocketed of folks living alternate lifestyles. House-sitting, care taking, pet-sitting, travel companions, and work exchange situations can be found world-wide. What constantly catches my attention, and makes me laugh, is the regular promotion of “free accommodation” or “free travel”. There are blogs written and courses taught on how to participate in such. Websites have sprung up overnight for house-sitting, work trade and more. I guess “free” is a good attention grabber but, upon reading the content, it is never free. It is an exchange. The ads are particularly humorous that state “free stay” followed by a long list of the work one is expected to do. Don’t get me wrong! I am not against working in exchange for one’s keep. I’ve been doing this for years! Free press trips and FAM (familiarization) trips….same thing. They are not free! These trips are provided and hosted in exchange for the participant writing enticing articles about them (including getting them published) or promoting travel to one’s clientele to the areas traveled. Again, this is awesome, it’s just not free. Perhaps someday there will be a world where things are done and given for free. This bright concept is being cultivated by many, Freeworlder for one. Check it out if this way of life appeals to you. Of course, nothing is still done/given absolutely freely……one does it for the benefits there of. Benefits include smiles on other’s faces, warm hugs, wagging tails, healthier lifestyle and that feeling of joy inside for accomplishing noble actions!

On the topic of work trade situations, I am looking for leads again. There are numerous ways I can assist hosts. Here is an example on one of the websites I occasionally look for connections  - LuxuryHousesitting As you may know by now, I am on a Quest of sorts. The ideal place for a win-win work exchange for me is on or in walking distance of a tropical sandy beach. The closer to the account I revealed in Baring My Soul and Planting a Dream the better!  If you have any ideas or know anyone who may be instrumental in landing my next trade adventure, please share.

Thank you all, both new readers and old friends, for being on this journey together. It enhances all our lives in countless ways. YOU are who this blog is written for. Remember to always enjoy your NOW!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Doing Our Best Where We Are

Every time we come to a place or experience a situation, it is a first. Everything we experience contributes to who we are. We are, in a sense, a different person than we were even being in a place or situation visited previously. That being said, the energy in Florida on my Farewell Tour definitely felt different from my prior stays.

Previously, I’d see dolphins frequently. It seemed a bit odd that they visited me very rarely even though I was on the beach most mornings and evenings. Energetically, they are always with me but, as a human, physical sightings still bring an unmatched thrill. Rainbows were another sight I was gifted with regularly during my earlier time in Florida. This trip they were an uncommon treat.

One of the characteristics that I love about Florida is the lush tropical foliage……green everywhere! During this time, human activity had caused great harm to nature. Vast areas were clear cut and in the process of such. The cut vegetation was piled high and burned….not even being used! I witnessed these scenes, in a very raw, visceral manner. Even the Gulf’s shoreline was eroding drastically before my eyes! One day I physically witnessed sea grape plants and a palm tree fall into the water as the rain poured and unusually large waves crashed high onto the sand. I do understand that things evolve and Mother Nature is constantly reshaping, renewing, refashioning, reinventing, recreating….. This is not a bad thing although it sometimes creates some hardship and sadness for humans. It is simply part of Gaia’s ever-changing dance of existence......a reflection of our own lives with our ever-changing chapters.

Another interesting scenario that helped show me I wasn’t meant to stay was my meetings with friends. Actually, my lack of meetings would be more accurate. Many friends said they missed me, wanted me to keep in touch and indicated they’d like to get together if I was in the area again. While I had delightful connections with 5 of these beautiful friends, there were 10-15 that just didn’t happen. I know most people are very busy and have trouble just keeping up with their daily lives but this was just excessive. I also know some of the behavior of certain people not getting back to me was totally uncharacteristic of them. It was as if the Universe was conspiring to make sure my reunions didn’t happen so, combined with my other unusual experiences, I felt no more ties to the area.

On a bright note, I felt new hope regarding the trees and “natural landscaping” when I learned about a project one of my friends is involved with – The Urban Forest.
​​“The Urban Forest will be located on about 26 acres of land between the eastern leg of the Waterway Trail and the Seaboard industrial section, extending between the Venice Avenue and Circus Bridges. The proposed corridor will extend about 1.75 miles.
The VABI Urban Forest is a critical component in enhancing the City of Venice’s urban design that was introduced by John Nolen in 1926 and remains its principle planning document. Adding this “green belt” corridor will complement Nolen’s “city garden” concept and serve to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors.
Once completed, the Urban Forest will provide sanctuary for migratory birds as well as enhance storm water management and improve the community’s water resources."

I feel like I’m coming full circle regarding my relationship with Casey Key so will bring you along regarding my experience of my first visit there. It was 2005 when I visited Florida for the first time. My former husband and I traveled to the southernmost state in the contiguous US to confirm that we wanted to move there and determine the specific area that felt best to us. Stepping foot on Casey Key, I felt like I was in – the only word I can best describe is – a vortex. It was as if I was in the same place, different time. I don’t know if I was Calusa or some other tribe unrecorded in current history. What I was aware of is, in that instant, I somehow knew what the rest of the key looked like….sans houses…with much more flora and fauna....and it was not called Casey Key. The whole experience was probably just a blink of an eye but so powerful I will always remember it. When another intuitive friend mentioned healers are being called back to places they once worked (sometimes very long ago), it rang true as another possibility for my possibly final Florida trip. Perhaps there was some energetic work I needed to wrap up before bidding this beautiful paradise good-bye.

Reporting more cheer.....
My happiness has been heightened with the knowing that my kids are both happy and starting new chapters in their lives.

In closing, wherever you are, please find comfort, happiness and reassurance with the knowledge that we are always doing the very best we can where we are, with what we have, in the present moment. If you’d light assistance shedding light regarding this, perhaps you’ll consider Wellness Coaching byPhone. Namaste ~

P.S. I was just about to publish this blog post when this message from TUT showed up. It was so appropriate, I had to include it:
“People who do all they can, with what they've got, from where they are, Michelle, no matter how puny their actions, how tiny their steps, or how futile it may seem, simply have more fun. Way.

Of course, to the uninitiated it doesn't appear that way. To them it appears as if only those taking gigantic leaps, who drive cars with fancy wheels, have loads of friends, perfect bodies, and fly around the world in First Class Sleeper Seats, are having fun. But what they don't realize is that we're often talking about the very same folks, just at different points in their journey.

Coffee, tea, or a brand new Bentley?

   The Universe”

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

My Purpose

The Universe presents me and you, infinite opportunities. Some desirable, others less so. Some not as anticipated in a slightly disappointing manner – others a delightful surprise. That in mind, I had a number of longer term opportunities presented to me while I played in Florida – some local, others international. None felt appropriate for me due to timing, requirements or otherwise not in alignment with My Quest. Plentiful were the smaller opportunities, or rather gifts, that I joyfully took advantage of. There were deep, moving, possibly life-changing, conversations with just the right people at exactly the perfect time. Blissful surprises were spontaneously given and received. Chances to overcome previous hang-ups presented and were hurdled. An exciting highlight was the unexpected reunion with a friend of many years and former wellness coaching client in California. She had courageously sold her business and her house and was now on her personal journey traveling the United States indefinitely. She is expanding her heart and her world and living even more fully than before. This, of course, warms my heart which glowed even brighter when she mentioned my inspiration in her story. I bow to her and the growing numbers like this impressive lady who bravely break free from the comfortable way things used to be in exchange for creating a more fulfilling life!

I mused about my purpose for ending up in Florida yet again – as it totally was not as initially planned/expected. While I came up with possibilities here and there, one of the wisest people in my life made a good point, “You will always come up with reasons for wherever you end up…. for all the choices you make!” So True! All choices are honored and, in the grander scale of things, we can make no mistake. This was a concept impossible for a few to grasp earlier in my life when they would sneer, “You have a reason for everything!” as if it were a bad thing. Speaking about reasons for things and purpose, that is a topic I hear of a lot and am asked about frequently… purpose for being here. Over the years, I have received many, what I call, Downloads from Above (or from Within depending upon your understanding). For the most part, these are delivered in pictures and feelings, rarely are words involved. That is why it was so significant when I “got” an entire couple sentences. Here it is word for word to deliberate if it resonates with you. “Our purpose on this planet is multi-faceted and infinite. Although it may be fun or somewhat helpful to define, to narrow it down to a specific thing in human words is to grossly diminish it.” Personally, I could narrow it down to one word, “Love”. But even that would diminish it because I don’t need a word to know what I mean and those that do need a word could not fathom its infinite context. And for those who grasp the profound humor, “I am on earth to make waves”.

Back to my Florida stay reasons - A couple months served as a restorative retreat for me. A time to go within while spending hours without…seemingly alone in Nature.  Dolphins, shells, beach, turtles, bunnies, flowers, trees, sunshine, storms all played their magical parts. Consulting with another Dear Sage for her insights, she felt this was my good-bye trip. I know. I’ve implied such before. But this really felt like my Farewell Tour…….then again, ask The Who, Tina Turner, Elton John and Cher about Farewell Tours.

If you are ever in the area of Sarasota, Florida, I highly recommend you dropping a tiny bit south to Beyond-Wishes Well-being & Rejuvenation Institute in Nokomis. Abby works her magic in delivering the most phenomenal facials, among other services. Under the influence of her intense pampering, I floated off to another realm. When gently coaxed back, I felt like a whole new person! Abby Smiley Krause has also created experiences for individuals who do not regularly interact with the elements of earth, air, water and fire. As these are all such necessary influences in the balance of our lives, her ingenious way to weave them into her services is beyond-words of benefit to those in need. Learn more from the Beyond-Wishes facebook page or their website. Abby, you are an amazing woman and I am so honored for the opportunity to “dance together” on this stage called Life.

It may surprise you how many folks these days are living nomadic lives, like mine, without a “home base”.  Unlike me, they create a regular income online in various arenas and many refer to themselves as Digital Nomads. Blogging classes are offered showing others how they too can make money via this vehicle. Their online blogs and articles are interrupted with distracting ads of all sorts. Most of the ads are things the bloggers aren’t even passionate about, just items that are profitable for one reason or the other. These professional bloggers make quite a lucrative income in this manner. This is
all well and good for them. However, I choose not to do that as it would water down my information.  That being said, if my messages have motivated, entertained or contributed in any fashion to your joy factor, please consider using the sidebar link and donating whatever amount you feel guided to. Or you can contact me if you wish to use a different method. While I live by trade/exchange as much as possible, gas stations, airlines and a few others just aren’t up on the concept yet 😊 As always, I am so grateful for all your love and support. My life is also lit up when you share with me how my messages (here, on social media, telepathically, in person or otherwise) have moved you and the remarkable things you are manifesting in your world!