Count your blessings!

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There is an old saying that some people come into your life as a blessing and some people come into your life as a lesson.  Well I’d have to say I believe that they are one in the same.  Aren’t all of our lessons blessings?  If we choose to look at it that way I guess!  So this blog is dedicated to my biggest lessons aka blessings in my life….my family!  Hollaaa!! I know they have been waiting for this one.  I don’t think it will be any surprise to any of them, as I have told them all what they bring to my life; however, acknowledgement of those you love can never be done enough!  Let’s start at the top with my oldest brother Jack aka John aka Jackson aka Jake…ok you get the hint we love nicknames lol!!  Jack is the epitomy of what an older brother should be.  He is my wisdom, my protector, my second Dad, my “lead by example” kind of guy.   He always has a funny joke and a word of wisdom, or two, when I see him.  He’s not much for being the center of attention, but let me tell you he is not without presence!!  This guy is worldly!  The stories of the places he has traveled and the adventures he’s been on are capturing and boundless.  My blessing…live life to the fullest!  My lesson…don’t sweat the small stuff, or any stuff for that matter!!

Next…my sister Bernadette aka Bernie aka Bern aka smurph! So the oldest of seven girls…nuff said!  LOL My Dad gave us all engraved necklaces last year for Christmas, hers said leader!  Talk about pressure right!  So growing up Bern was like my second mother!  I was like a sponge absorbing everything she said and did.  I watched her as she would put out fires, host family events, take care of her family, tie a bow on it and make it look seamlessly beautiful and without effort!  What I realized as I got older is it’s not without effort.  It’s with great effort!  My blessing…give your heart and soul to whatever you choose to be regardless of what others may think…my lesson…time is love, it is important to take time to love yourself just as much as you love others, for a full tank always has something to give!

Ahhh Mary, aka mar, aka mars.  This is the sister you don’t want to mess with!  She is this petite, beautiful, ball of fire!!  She is full of passion for everything in life!   She has endured her fair share of challenges in life, but let me tell you, you would never know!  There’s this boundless strength, creativity, and vision within her that sometimes she doesn’t even see!  My blessing…never give up on that undying search for your fairytale life…my lesson…always stay loyal and true to who you are and what you believe in while amidst that search!!

Denise, aka, niecy, aka gilmartin!  Without a doubt she is the family comedian, but she is also the rainbow amidst our storms.  The problem solving go to girl who always has a word of advice, encouragement and something to make you smile just when you need it!  She’s just like the song…Just call my naaaame and I’ll be there!  My blessing…there is nothing wrong with rose colored glasses, in fact they make the world a bit brigher…my lesson…there is always a silver lining you just need to look for it…always look for it, no matter how hard it might be to find!!!

Veronica, aka ron, aka ronica.  The hostess with the mostest, thoughtful and caring sister.  Her husband Rob gave me an analogy of their life that suits them so perfectly, it stuck.  They are like a rolling rock down a river bed.  As it journeys down the river it’s edges become smooth and beautiful, all the while solidifying its core. My blessing…take time to have fun with the people you love, they are your core…my lesson…true success is not determined by material possessions, but by how much you love your life and live it to the fullest!!

Patricia, aka pat, aka pumpelina.  She is the giver, of her heart and soul.  Her eyes are the mirror of her soul and she is the girl that can look right into yours!  Her music brings tears to your eyes and is without a doubt one of her greatest gifts in this life!  My blessing…its ok to let people see your softer side…we all have one!.. My lesson…remember that everyone you encounter has a story, ask them about it, allow yourself to step inside it even, see what you can learn from it!

Eileen, aka leen, aka beans.  She is the whistle while you work, hook up my plow and i’ll get rid of the snow girl.  She and her husband Dan are two peas in a pod. They are a couple of the most grounded people I know.  There is no need for grey when everything can be white!  My blessing…if you find yourself amidst chaos take a moment to pause and enjoy it, it just may become one of your fondest memories some day…my lesson..with the proper footing obstacles become challenges that you can learn how to overcome!

Tom, aka, tommy, aka the boss.  More like rocky than tommy gunn, he’s the fighter you want in your corner when they ring that bell, but at his center he’s all heart!  My blessing…stick by those who stick by you, for they, one day, will be your glue!..My lesson…Keep it on your own mat, challenge yourself more than you challenge others the reward is far greater!

My parents, Ron and Bob, aka nana and Papa.  Next to God, they are my foundation.  Sky’s the limit.  My blessing…your family is your core, they are in your life for a reason, find that reason!  My lesson…there is one in every minute of every day… reach out and grab it, it’s never too late!!!

Last, but not least is my husband Derek, aka Deke, aka George, aka Belush.  Ahhh, my highschool sweetheart.  He’s the one that takes away my grey and shows me the black and white.  He is the zoom on my lens that makes everything that much clearer.  He is my heart and soul along with my children!!!  My blessing…together we are an amazing force that can achieve anything…my lesson…do unto others as you would have done unto you…its that simple…its that simple!!!

Sometimes things are so simple in life we miss them! Take a look around you, at the people that surround you. What do they bring to you, teach you, how do they make you feel? What do they inspire within you? “The book of life is filled with incoherent riddles. Play with Life, laugh with life, dance lightly with life, and smile at the riddles of life, knowing that life’s only true lessons, are writ small in the margin.” ~Johnathan Lockwood Huie

What Do You Stand For?

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Well we’ve all seen the movie Jerry Maguire right? ..But do we know what that manifesto actually said that got him fired and ultimately led him down that road of self discovery?  Let me remind you what it said,  “What do I stand for?  I was lost for an answer.  At 14 I wasn’t  lost for an answer.  At 18 I wasn’t lost for an answer.  At 35 I was blown away that I had no answer!”  So you see, just when we think we have it all figured out we realize, there is so much more for us to learn!  About a year ago I kept hearing that song on the radio called “Most Nights”  catch phrase, “What do I stand for?”.  It seemed like everytime I turned on the radio there it was!  ahhhh!!!  Finally, I thought to myself, maybe I should really listen to the words and see if they have meaning, AKA a message within the message oh wise yoda!! LOL  This came at a time in my life when I realized what I believed, what I stood for, was being challenged by some of the people closest to me, people that I assumed would accept me no matter what.  This was something I had yet to be challenged with in my life.   It made me pause temporarily to ask myself, what is my foundation, what is it that I believe, that I stand for, and is it strong enough to withstand the huffs and puffs of the big bad wolfe? 

Ya know that lovely saying, you can’t give something you don’t have?!  This challenging of my beliefs, so to speak, in my new found mediumship career was exactly what brought me to that place of figuring out what I stood for!  So what did I do…  I prayed to God!  Yup, the one I believed was my foundation!!!  Please let me know if what I’m building on is true, is real, is the road I’m meant to go down?  Questions we’ve all more than likely asked our higher power at one point right?  I needed to know that if I was meant to give unto others and share this gift of mediumship, that what I believed to be true, was, in fact, true!!  I dug deep.  I did lots of soul searching, researching, and when I went to Church I looked for meaning in every reading that I could apply to my own life lessons.  I took 6 months away from doing readings.  I started writing, automatic writing.  Writing words that flowed out of my heart and soul that I hoped would touch just one person.  Then one day it was like someone flicked a switch.  I knew I was supposed to go back to reading people.  Connecting them with their loved ones in heaven.  Really? I thought, what if it will be like starting all over, it’s been so long, how is it going to go?  So I set up a reading and just like that, there they were!  Spirit that is!! They were there, ready, and waiting to give their messages.  They were just waiting for me!  I will never forget that reading.  It was one of the most heartwarming readings I had done, it was clear, concise, and nearly effortless as a medium!  Spirit did all the work, all I had to do was relay what they were saying!  Talk about a warm blanket!  And there was my answer!  So ya see, my foundation was challenged with a purpose in mind for me!!!  Those people that challenged my beliefs were part of such an enormous lesson for me!  I learned that its ok to take a time out and take time for me.  It’s ok to be challenged, and it’s ok to go back to my foundation and give it a little maintenance.  Every foundation takes constant building and maintenance no matter how strong it may be.  And every soul needs constant reminders of what that foundation is!  It’s what keeps us humble!!!

Last week I had a dream of one of my uncles that had passed.  With certainty I knew it was a visit from heaven!  A little heeeeyyy!  So a couple of days later I hear a song playing on the radio, a very old song that is rarely played and just so happens to be the same song that reminds me of this uncle!  So now I say, “Ok, I get it there is something you have to say!”  When I get home that day,to my surprise, my cousin,( his daughter) is visiting from out of state.  I tell his wife, my aunt, the story.  She says, “well I talk to him everyday and I told him he needed to get in touch with you, I haven’t heard from him in a while”.  Oh ok!  Then I start to tell my cousin,  who says “if you have a message for me I might fall off this chair”!  She proceeds to tell me she prayed to God that if she arrived at my house and I had a message from spirit for her she would know that it’s all real!!  Well that’s what I’m talking about!!! A little confirmation and a little foundation maintenance!!  Ask…Believe…Receive!!!!

Earlier that same day I was working at Divinity.  An older gentleman comes in without an appointment, says he was driving by.  Says he went to a fortune teller years ago and has never quite found anybody as good since.  I see something in this man’s eyes that tell me I’m supposed to sit with him.  I tell him a have a few minutes if he would like.  So he comes in and starts talking, one thing about going to a medium,  we like a clean slate.  The less we know the better for us!  It was hard for me to get a word in edge wise, but I finally get to tell him that his wife has been standing behind him since he walked in!  He says no, nope, not my wife, she wouldn’t be with me!  But she is sir, and she has a message for you and she has another woman with her. No, nope, he insists!  So I politely say, sir I can only tell you what I see and what they have to say.  It is up to you what you do with that information, it’s not for me question it.   It’s not about what you want it’s about what you may need! No, nope and he continues to talk.   Now I soon realize that this man is not really looking for a reading.  He starts to tell me about the tragedies he has endured and starts asking me about life and death and heaven.  So I spent the next few minutes explaining to him what I know based on what I see.  What I believe about heaven.  At the end I tell him no charge.  He insists, thanks me, shakes my hand, and proceeds to tell me his “ex-wife”, who passed years ago had left him because he worked too much!  He always wondered if she loved him!  He also tells me his daughter passed just a short 6 months ago and wondered if they were together!  “I’ll be back”  he says!  I truly believe this 80 year old man ended up on my doorstep for 2 reasons.  First, his wife and daughter wanted to let him know that they do love him and are still with him in spirit.. and second, they knew his foundation needed a little maintenance.  So even at 80 years old the strongest of foundations can start to show some cracks, chips, and flaws that might need a little TLC!!

My highschool yearbook quote was Henry David Thoreau, “If you have built castles in the sky, your work need not be lost.  That is where they should be!  Now put the foundations under them!”  Who knew 20 years later I would be writing about how to do just that! So my message to you from spirit today is to dig deep, go back to your foundation, give it some TLC, and ask yourself, what it is you stand for?  As Dickie Fox says at the end of Jerry Maguire, “Hey I don’t have all the answers, but I’ll tell you this, in life, I’ve failed just as much as I’ve succeeded, but I love my life, and I wish you my kind of success!!” xoxo

The Story of My Life

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As I was meditating this morning, I felt my grandmother place her soft hand on my cheek as she always does when she comes to me.  She tells me she has a message for my Dad today.  She gives me a song…The Story of My Life..no, not the one direction version that’s at the top of the charts right now, although I am a fan!  She tells me its an older version and its by Neil Diamond.  So I go searching thru iTunes to find the song and I play it for my Mom and Dad.  It was as though time had stopped.  We sat in silence, in the moment, listening for the message within the message….Your life is a story, you hold the pen, you write each chapter and you write the end.  There is no time like the present to acknowledge all the people in your life that have helped you to create your story.  After all, they will be the ones to share that legacy when we are gone right! 

Now your all saying, say what? What do you mean I write my story? Would I choose to work 60 hours a week and have to pay a mortgage, car payment, naaahh, I’d be sitting on the beach with a pina colada!   MMMMM, nope I’m here to tell you that’s not the case.  Guess what you picked elements of your story before you even came into this world.  Your soul decided what it needed to grow and learn spiritually.  The challenges and the obstacles you face in this lifetime are exactly what provide you with that growth!  So I’m thinking the pina colada, although temporarily enjoyable, might not quite do the same thing, lol.  

So those of you that have read my blogs, know how my journey began.  I have been a nurse for 15 years and now I am able to say I have been a medium for 3.  It took a long time before I got comfortable enough for those words to come out of my mouth!  I always equated who I was with my nursing career.  It was my identity, so to speak.  Being a medium has taught me I’m actually not just a nurse.  I’m a soul, a soul who came into this world knowing that my journey, my story, involved helping people.   I was drawn to nursing for reasons I didn’t even know at the time. I thought…well, it’s a stable profession, one that will provide for my family, and it will fulfill and challenge me.  Well that was an understatement.  Nursing was by far one of my largest challenges in life.  In the early stages of my career, my mindset went something like this….”oh god what did I get myself into”!!  And I spent years changing my job, my hours, looking for contentment with my career and trying to lessen my anxiety about the choice I had made.  Guess what, I never found it until I realized I was a medium.  It was like a big piece of the puzzle was missing that finally fell into place.  That ahhaaaa moment, when your soul says, oh I get it, this is why I needed to be a nurse to get to where I am today.  I realize now what an integral part nursing was in fulfilling my life’s journey.  I was always one of those shy, distrusting, keep to my self kind of children.  An introvert so to speak.  Nursing was what cracked my shell.  It brought me back to the basics of humanity.  I learned how to be comfortable with people in the most uncomfortable of situations.  I watched souls as they slipped out of this world and learned how to console someone left behind.  I learned how to be human, and how to show love and compassion in the most difficult situations.   Remember that saying, you can’t give what you don’t have?!  So ya see, if I had known I was a medium all those years ago, I probably would not have been a successful one, because I wouldn’t have had the knowledge or the comfort to deliver such meaningful and deep messages to people.  It would have been something like this, your grandmother is here and she says hi, and oh how do you connect with the number 2.  Yeah, I dunno I don’t think that’s gonna reach anyone!  It took years of nursing for me to see the fragility of physical life…to acknowledge the tragedy, the pain, and the suffering.  That has allowed me the compassion to feel the emotion surrounding loss and applying it as a medium to bring healing to people.  So spirit makes me feel the emotions surrounded to their life, their journey, their loss of physical life, and helps me to deliver their message in a meaningful way, a way that will touch the soul of their loved one sitting in front of me.  So although nursing was a struggle for me for a long time, I now see it was a necessary part of my journey to get me to where I am today.  Cue Divinity.  Divinity as most of you know is my peaceful place.  It’s my newly opened business where I do my readings and share all my favorite spiritual things with the world.  When I opened the doors of Divinity 3 weeks ago, my mindset was something like this..”I get it now”.  It was that feeling of knowing I was exactly where I was supposed to be.  Like my soul remembered, ahhh this is how I’m supposed to help people now, this is part of my story!  So my message to you today…challenge your soul to remember its purpose!  Think about your story, your legacy.  Make it something you would want to inspire others with. If it means working 60 hours a week, so be it! I want to be the soul who crawls to those pearly gates knowing I exhausted every ounce of what I was given. I’ll leave you with the wise words of Erma Bombeck…”When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, I used everything you gave me”.

CALIBRATING YOUR MIRACLE GAUGE

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According to Wayne Dyer “miracles happen in moments”  and we need to be “ready and willing to receive them” at any time.  So what exactly defines a miracle, anyway?  To me a miracle is anything where divine intervention, beyond reasonable means of course, takes place to make something amazing happen.  I believe with all my heart that miracles happen everyday, they just go unnoticed.  What if you opened your mind and heart to be looking for the miracle in everyday.  Do you think it would exist?  I do!  It may not be the exact miracle you are anticipating or hoping for, but that does not discount its existence.  To some, a miracle can be as simple as waking up and taking that first breath of a new day.  To others, it would require a mountain to move to be justified as miraculous. See the difference in perspective? That’s what I like to call the miracle gauge.  So ask yourself what do you consider a miracle?  If there is one miracle you could ask for at this moment,  what would it be? And finally, if you could see both sides of that miraculous coin thru the eyes of God, would it change the way you viewed it?  

  As a medium, I call upon the archangels a lot to help both the living and those that have passed.  I have talked before about angels and how they are always present and willing to guide us on our journey.  During my first six months as a medium it took me more time to interpret messages as I was just starting to learn how to put the pieces of the puzzle together and figure out how it all fit into my spirituality.  I distinctly remember one day waking up to a little girl by my side.  She had long brown hair and was glowing in warm white light.  She was very spiritual and wise beyond her years.  She followed me for three days everywhere I went.  At the time, I had no idea who she was or what she had to say.  Somehow she was able to relay to me a “knowing” of the gentleman for whom she had a message.  Of course I was still in the whole, “OMG I don’t want people to know I talk to dead people” phase, so this made delivery of that message slightly more challenging if you know what I mean.  I finally get the courage to sit down with this gentleman who happens to be someone I have great respect for, both personally and professionally. Now, I’m thinking, as soon as I describe her he will tell me this heartwarming story of who this little girl was in his life.  But, guess what?  He didn’t.  What he did say is the only person that came to his mind was a little girl from Worcester that he had always wanted to go see, but  never made it before she died.  Really? That’s it? Someone you don’t even know has been with me for 3 days?  Why?  So I decide to follow the advice of my amazing teacher, (enter shameless plug for spiritual healer Pat Longo), and simply do what I’m supposed to do as a medium…  Deliver the mail, and don’t question the why!  And that’s what I did.  Even though I didn’t know the why at the time, it wasn’t long before I learned it.  The reality was, the message this little girl had for that gentleman made an impact on him and his life.  That’s what truly mattered.  The next morning I call my sister and I am telling her the story.  She said I know who she is and tells me to check my email.  In it, a picture of this beautiful little girl with long brown hair.  Her name was Audrey Santos.  It is the little girl who had been with me!  I start to cry when I see her picture.   So I decide to read Audrey’s story.  She was a little girl who drowned in her family pool at the age of 3.  She fell into a coma for 3 weeks as the result of an overdose of phenobarbital.  She required placement of a tracheostomy tube, feeding tube, and 24 hour care.  While health care workers insisted on placing Audrey in a long term facility her parents refused.  Her parents traveled with her to Medjugorje to pray to the virgin Mary for a miracle of healing for Audrey.  The accident apparently left her in a vegetative or “akinetic” state where she was unable to communicate or move on her own.  Now here is the amazing part….Although Audrey never recovered from that accident, she did live to be, If I’m not mistaken, 23 years old.  During that time, Audrey became what the catholics would refer to as “a suffering soul”.  Not that she physically suffered, but that her body took on the suffering of others.  People traveled from around the world to receive healings that took place during visits with Audrey.  Statues in the family home weeped oil of unknown origin.  Audrey’s body also suffered from Stigmata, or the crucifixion wounds of Christ, with no explanation.  Even though Audrey is now passed, her family is still trying to get the Catholic Church to recognize Audrey as a saint and has a foundation in her honor.   So ya see, this family traveled to the holy land to pray for a miracle for their daughter!!!  While they might not have received the exact miracle they were looking for, which was healing for Audrey, they did, indeed, receive a miracle!!  This little girl, without a doubt, in my mind, was chosen by God.  Through Audrey, not only were many people healed, but many people came to “see”, if you will.  There was a renewed sense of faith in God for her family and thousands all over the world.  A world that temporarily paused and opened their eyes to “possibilities”…the possibility of miracles, and divine intervention.  

 Willer Cather said it best and I quote…”Miracles of the church seem to me to rest not so much upon faces or voices or healing power coming suddenly near to us from afar off, but upon our perceptions being made finer, so that for a moment our eyes can see and our ears can hear what is there about us always”.  Two years later this little girl still comes to me every now and then.  Always with purpose, either for me or others, and always with strong spiritual presence.  She is and always will be one of my greatest teachers, even at 3 years old!!!  I realize the why’s of Audrey coming to me, was not just for the messages, but to keep me grounded in my faith as I deliver them.  The ability to be able to acknowledge spirit’s presence in my life and others is, without a doubt, my miracle in every day.  So ya see, it is up to you to decide if you are “ready and willing” to acknowledge the miracles that surround you every day. Keep you heart and mind open to the possibilities.  Expect the unexpected. In the wise words of a scientific genius, “There are two ways to live; you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle”~Albert Einstein

LOVE YOURSELF INTO THE NEW YOU!

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No this is not a Jenny Craig slogan! Here we go again with all those new years resolutions.  When that ball drops it’s like judge Judy dropping a giant gavel on the world saying, yup it’s time to get your S*** together! People are never as motivated to start anew as they are on January 1st.  So why is it so hard for us to stick to those resolutions? Maybe we are setting the bar too high? Maybe we are getting bored with the same old, same old?  Maybe we are just not feeling the love enough!!!  One of my favorite songs is Time is Love by Josh Turner.  Why, because to me, time is love.  There is no greater way you can show love than by giving your time…to your family, your passions, your friends, your charities, and yourself!  That’s right, P Diddy, Puff Daddy, whatever his name is now, was wrong, it’s not all about the Benjamin baby!  So no pen and paper are needed this year to write down those resolutions, just a few moments of your time to really think about what feeds your soul!

For me there are 2 things that feed my soul, yup that’s it just 2 lol!!  Well the first one is doing for others.  Let’s face it even though sometimes we all might complain about filling up are schedules with all those good deeds, helping someone out is a huge way to refill your tank.  Why, because you gave your time to someone else who needed it, more than you!  Which, meant to that person on the receiving end, YOU, yeah YOU, mean something to me!  The thank you, although nice to hear, really is irrelevant, because you will feel the gratitude radiating around you!  It fills your tank with joy, fulfillment, gratitude, and hahumm ….love!  Yes love.  Now the second thing that feeds my soul is doing for myself.  Well I like to think I’m not high maintenance, but you’d have to check in with my husband on that one.  So doing for myself might be as simple as sitting and having a glass of wine, going to church, meditating, taking a nap on a sunday afternoon, or going to yoga.  These are the things that scream I’m all about ME just, for a few moments anyway.  Sometimes you have to give your time to you!  Show yourself the love!  As I reviewed my year I realized that many of my lessons keep coming back around to me.  Trust me they keep coming around until you get it!  I realize, one of my greatest lessons was learning to find that balance between loving others and loving myself.  I am most happy when I feel balanced with the two.  For me, when I start to focus on the negatives of those around me, it’s simply because I’m not showing myself enough love.   Remember that whole, You can’t give others what you don’t have!  If you don’t feel love for yourself, trust me you will not be able to genuinely give it to others.  So now I know, when I feel discontentment with others, I’ve lost that balance.  I also try to remind myself not to have expectations of others.  Listen, it’s hard enough to live up to our expectations of ourselves, let alone try to hold those around us to a standard.  We are each on our own journey with our own lessons.  So for me, when I let go of those expectations, and feel true happiness with myself and where I’m at, is when I feel most content with those around me.  Like that yoga saying, keep it on your own mat.  When you keep it on your own mat, you are focused on your own journey, your own lessons, there is no time or need to focus on that of others!  So get busy loving yourself this year!!

Second on the list of resolutions for many is usully something to do with fitness, wellness, etc.  Oh don’t worry it’s on mine too.  The thing is it never seems to last, so this one I really need to think about.  We’ve all been watching those P90X3 infomercials, debating on renewing our gym memberships, or going to weight watchers,…again.  But here’s the thing, inevitably after about 4 weeks, we usually will fall off the wagon.  More than likely because we have committed to something that we consider a chore more than anything.  Chores=Boring=Misery=Failure.  Seriously, when talking about the preciousness of our time, why do we want to choose to spend it doing something we really don’t enjoy.  That is not loving yourself.  If you stick to it, you may end up with that Tony Horton beach body, but my guess is, you will still not be happy.  So my best advice is to pick a couple of things you love to do and alternate them to keep it fresh.  So I like to take a run every now and then to clean out my closet so to speak.  But if I made a commitment to run 5 miles every morning, I would probably hate running after about 3 weeks.  I also enjoy going to yoga, because it is a kick-butt workout full of positive motivating energy, with a side of reiki at the end as a reward for my hard work.  But with my schedule it would be hard for me to commit to going to yoga 5 days a week as well.  So I know that making a commitment like that, would be unrealistic and ultimately disappointing.  So the goal I set will be much more reasonable, taking 3 hours a week for me, and flying by the seat of my pants.  Maybe I will go to yoga, maybe a run, maybe I will catch a kickboxing class.  Then, I am doing something that I view as a reward, not a chore, and I don’t get bored with the same old.  It’s an hour of ME time with no expectations!  Doing something that for me has both physical and mental benefit.  I think it was Elle Woods that said exercise releases endorphins, endorphins make people happy, and happy people don’t kill people, LOL.  True Story! 

  For years people have saught the advice of psychics to help them make decisions and guide them on their journey.  Well here’s my gift to you to start this new year, you already have and know all the answers to help you on this journey!  People have even asked me if I can offer them advice about their future and making decisions.  Now as a medium, spirit confirms for me all the time, that they are very well aware of where we are in our lives and where we are going.  What I always tell clients that while spirit will show us signs to let us know we are on the right path, I do not believe It is my job to predict or influence one’s path in any way.   I don’t know if I can predict the future, because spirit knows I don’t want to know.  Unless of course it is something I am supposed to help with.  They might show me a path or a crossroads, but they will never truly give you an answer as to what you should do.  It’s all up to you, and so it should be!  There have only been a couple of instances where spirit has warned me of a future occurrence.  Why they don’t warn me of all of them is because some things are supposed unfold as they are.  Choices are meant to have consequences, lessons are meant to be learned.  After all that’s why we are all here.  So when you look for guidance on this journey, know you don’t need to go to a psychic to get it.  Ask your loved ones passed or your angels to send you signs.  Trust me it works.  When you see a number over and over, they are trying to tell you something and it’s not that it’s the winning lottery number lol. (I tried that hehe) When something enters into your life that makes you stop and take notice, recognize it as sign.  Animals especially are a great way to guide you on your journey.  So say you see red cardinal everyday for 3 days.  Try looking up what the spiritual meaning of the cardinal is.  I bet you will be amazed at how it relates to something in your life at that moment.  Say you have been seeing the number 711 everyday for the last week.  Look it up as an angel number and see if it resonates with you.  I have no doubt it will!  So as you sit down tonight and watch that 2013 ball drop, review your year, your accomplishments, your lessons.  Think of what feeds your soul!  Remember, time is love, and it’s just as important to set aside time for yourself as it is for others!  Ask your angels to guide you as you start this new year, and Love yourself into the new you of 2014!  Happy NEW YEAR!!

 

 

NAKED AND AFRAID =0

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Now my bet is a few people clicked on this link thinking finally!! Boobies!!  Well, sorry to disappoint ladies and gents, but I’m talkin about a whole different kind of naked here.  Bearing one’s soul is no easy feat and can leave one feeling, well… vulnerable, to say the least.  So the question is, how can you let it all hang out, be true to yourself, and not worry about any judgement from the outside world?

Now we all have that suit of armour that needs to be taken out of the closet every now and again, greased up like the tin man, and thrown over our hearts.  Why? Because it provides us with this false sense of security that we are somehow mentally and emotionally preparing ourselves for criticisms we think are heading our way.  But what if there was no armour?  No “protection”? Would you still walk down that yellow brick road to face the wizard?  My guess is you would if you knew deep down the person behind that curtain was really no more powerful than you.  Here’s the thing, they’re really not!  We are all made of the same stuff. We are all human.  The only thing that truly separates us from one another are our life experiences.  We are all equally special in our own unique ways, one no more than the other.  So why not show it?

Looking back it took me almost 2 years before I felt comfortable sharing that I was a medium with people outside of my family.  I thought, “if I’m thinking I’m crazy, surely the rest of the world would too!”  Now why would being a nurse be so much more socially “acceptable” than talking to dead people? LOL!  All I could think was, how would my friends feel, my coworkers, my boss?  In retrospect, I understand finding my own contentment with the idea was necessary before sharing, but I also can’t help but wonder if I didn’t shortchange myself a little bit!  What I learned was, I underestimated the power of human nature, the human heart.  Most people, to my surprise, did not need to be convinced.  They were all like, “what dead people do you see around me, what are they saying, and I BELIEVE”!!!  It was such a realization of the spirit of those I surround myself with!  I began to realize those in and out of my life were even more amazing than I knew! That’s where we all need to get back to.  Strip down all those extra layers and get back to the basics of our being!  Our hearts and soul!! 

Today I was leaving work in a snow storm.  This gentleman I have seen off and on for years is sitting in the lobby.  He says, your car is covered in snow!  I jokingly reply, you mean you didn’t clean it off for me?  He says no, but I’m about to!  This man is a total stranger.  Probably about in his 60′s.  I have never spoken to him before today, other than a smile and a hello in passing.  He walks me out to my car and I ask him his name.  Bill he says!  I say nice to meet you Bill, I’m horrible with names! He proceeds to tell me he has watched me come in and out of work for the last 3 years.  I acknowledge that I have seen him too and ask why, exactly, he is always there, since I know he does not work there.  He says he is a driver for a physician.  Now, I have to say, normally at the end of a long day in a snowstorm I would not be inclined to make friends with strangers.  I would be in a rush to get home to my family!  But something in this man’s eyes, I knew I was supposed to listen to him.  He started to tell me stories of how he traveled the world in the navy, and delivered a baby in a car!  All this, as he wipes all the snow off of my car.  He says, I won’t see you next week the doctor is going out of town.  So I say, Bill thank you!  For cleaning off my car and for sharing your amazing story with me! Have a great holiday!  Bill is why I came to work today.  Bill was my lesson today and is who inspired this blog.  His blue eyes and amazing story wrapped that warm blanket around me in a snowstorm.   He cleared out my closet from the clutter of the day and brought me back to the basics of human nature.  He reminded me, we are all just people.  People who are all in this constant search for the same thing..happiness!!  

About 2 years ago I read a woman who was referred by a friend.  She too was a stranger to me.   It was very early on in my career as a medium, so you can imagine how nervous and vulnerable I was.  I want to share the note she sent me weeks after her reading…

Dear Julie, thank you so very much for reading me.  As I drove to your home that night I was filled with hope, but I arrived with no expectations.  Thus what a gift it was to hear from my dad, uncle, and grandfather.  To make a connection with my daughter was beyond words.  I’ve had more peace in the weeks since my visit with you than I’ve had in the 5 years since her death.  Thank you for sharing your time with me.  I truly appreciate it!

For me the highlight of her reading was her daughter.  She came with a purity that made me know her feet never walked this earth.  She gave me the number 5 and told her mom to have no regrets.  It was her sister that was meant to come into this world.  She was exactly where she was meant to be.  She told her she made the right decision or she would have nothing.  The woman then proceeded to tell me the story that when she was 5 months along with her twins she was faced with a decision that if she did not terminate one of the pregnancies, she would surely lose both children.  Even though she felt so blessed to have her daughter, she anguished over her decision for the last 5 years since she made it.  Here’s the amazing thing..she thanked me for one hour of my time!!!  What an amazing lesson she taught me.  I was not the only one feeling vulnerable here!  So you see, here were 2 strangers, 2 years apart, 2 very different stories, both who impacted my life tremendously in less than an hour!  The message from spirit was the same!  We are all just human!  So take off your armour, be yourself, fly your freak flag if you have to!  In the wise words of Dr. Seuss, “those that matter won’t mind, and those that mind, won’t matter”!!!

 

Some Days are Diamonds, Some Days are Stones!

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There are some days we all wake up and think to ourselves, “I just don’t know if I can muster it up today”. Git er done, Right! Well finding ones’ mojo is not always an easy task, I agree, but it is, without a doubt, a choice!  For those that have read my series of blogs, you know that I am dedicated to the art of positivity.  Yes, I said art.  Why? Because if you work it, you can create a masterpiece of precious moments called your life!  For me, keeping my perspective in check is a great way to focus on all the positives in my life.  Fill up my tank, if you will, with all that gratitude and good stuff!  Although I’ve talked quite a bit about the gift of perspective, I’ve neglected to mention where I get it from.  So this blog, is dedicated to this amazing guy, I call my Dad.  Who gives me the gift of perspective whenever I start to lose sight of it. 

My Dad is a great man with an even greater story to tell.  As a child, I remember my Dad being so layed back with us kids.  My mom would work nights, more than likely for her sanity, and he would be home with me and my younger siblings.  It went something like this, “Dad we are going out to play”…( 8pm on a summer night)  Dad: “OK”. LOL! Or this, Oh you lost a tooth when you fell down the stairs (me looking like rocky balboa), no worries there’s another one right behind it!  Taking me fishing on a school night, BONUS!!  My Dad always taught us, hey don’t sweat the small stuff, and for that matter the big stuff either! He instilled in his children what was truly important in life.  Family, Friends, Loyalty, Health, Pride.  These were the things and qualities that mattered, everything else faded in comparison.  I remember when I was about 10 and I crashed my brother’s moped into my sister’s black fiero that was parked in the driveway.  Let me tell you, I was thankful that one, I had an older brother to blame, and two that I knew my Dad would have my back. Us Powers girls could be a force to be reckoned with if you know what I mean!  Another time I remember one of my sister’s crashing her car into my other sister’s brand new car in the driveway.  Yeah it took a lot of years before we would laugh about this story! But the point is, in my memory, what sticks out is my Dad being all like NBD, it’s just a car!  He set the tone for what we would view as important for the rest of our lives!

So as I got older, my father always made it a point to tell me how proud he was of me.  I realize now how crucial this was in building my confidence to chase my dreams.  My Dad always told me that no star is unreachable and there are no dead ends in life, only detours along the way.  When I got married I danced with my father to Celine Dion “I’m everything I am because you loved me” and to this day that is exactly how I feel.  My Dad always had words of encouragement and support to guide me on this journey.  Even when I told him I thought I could talk to dead people LOL!!  So Dad, how do you connect with the number 2, no just kidding!  Anyway, Today, my Dad is fighting the fight of his life.  He has ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  He inspires me more each day!  Some days he has to use all his energy just to breathe.  Now imagine how deep he has to dig to find his mojo in the morning, and for that matter all day long.  But guess what?  His shovel is that big, and boy does he find it!  And those days he might struggle a little bit, and rightfully so, I say Dad, you can borrow mine for today!  My Dad makes me laugh, makes me cry, and makes me realize that I’m so fortunate to live the life I live.  He has the most amazing stories of his navy days, growing up in Dorchester, coaching Pop Warner football, and most recently counseling young adults with substance abuse issues.  Are you getting how amazing he is yet?  So this disease might be robbing my Dad of his physical strength, but let me tell you his soul has never been stronger!  In his smile, in his words, in his being, the strength of his spirit shines!  It’s like his arms are extending and handing me the best gift anyone could ever give me, the gift of perspective!

Two summers ago, I was sitting on a beach in West Dennis.  I was staring at the sun on the ocean and drifting away.  I hear my uncle, my uncle Butch whom I have talked about so many times.  He is this amazingly strong spirit, just as he was when he was alive!  He is my Dad’s brother.  He tells me to play a song for my Dad, I hear Bridge over Troubled Water.  So I head back to the cottage where my Dad is sitting alone on the porch.  I download the song on ITunes and we sit together and listen to the words, the message within the message.  My Dad holds my hand and our eyes fill with tears.  The song is by Simon and Garfunkel, and goes something like this, when you’re weary, I’ll comfort you, like a bridge over troubled water I will lay me down.  I never knew my uncle liked Simon and Garfunkel, and I never really listened to the words of that song before that day.  To this day, when my Dad is down and out, that song will play for him!  In the car, on the radio, just last night a woman on TV sang the most beautiful version of it for him on the television.  He knows it is his brother saying you’ve got this, I’m with you, I’ll help you find it today! In the wise words of my Father, and John Denver of course, Some Days are Diamonds, and Some Days are Stones.  So grab your shovel folks, dig deep, and find that bling in everyday! It’s there you just have to find it!!