What are you craving? Simplicity is on the Menu!


I used to have an art teacher that told me to KISS most of what I encounter in life.. not literally of course…what does it mean?  Well..to put it simply..Keep it simple stupid! LOL simple right, but it stuck!  What if I told you it really was simple?  What if I told you today was the day that everything becomes all too clear?  The past, the present, and the future.  It is in our human nature to clutter, to analyze, to overthink, to control,…and yet all those things are the exact antithesis of what we are made of!  Liken it to being starving..you sit down at one of your favorite restaurants.. you look at the menu…at first you get excited by all the choices, but then a bit of frustration sets in because you simply can’t decide…so you start asking everyone else at the table what they are going to get..of course you want to be satisfied with your choice.  So finally you pick, and think to yourself, well if it doesn’t meet my expectations…I will….You will what?  Will you order something else?  Will you simply be grateful that you have food and let your expectation of it go?  Will you ask someone else to give you some of theirs because it just looks so much tastier than yours and after all they are at your table for a reason, right?  I want you to think about all these options I just gave you.  Think about the person you want to be and what you want to radiate out into the world.   And now think realistically which one of those choices you would actually make?  Are they the same? This is your free will to be exactly who you want to be.  The simple part of this analogy is that we are all hungry!!!  We all come into the world with a menu, perhaps just at different restaurants or starting points.  We are all afforded the same choices although are tastes may be different.  What and how will you choose?

Here’s the thing..spirit reminds me we are all made of the same stuff when we come into this world.  A small tiny piece of glitter..a glimmer of purposeful bright white light called unconditional love.  Each piece of that glitter falling from the same bright star called GOD.  So in essence we all have the same make-up, come from the same source, yet are uniquely special and different, why you ask?”This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine”…Are you singing yet?  The answer…because your light is uniquely purposeful.  There is nobody in this world that can be you!  Don’t get me wrong, people may try, but rest assured it won’t happen.  Believe you are special, and purposeful in the eyes of God!!  But I want you to also see that so is everyone else!  So how is it that we can learn to let our souls “simply sparkle” without letting all that clutter and junk dull that sparkle?  I’m gonna give you some tools to help shift your perspective, simplify the menu so to speak, and make the choices that will be healthy, meet your needs, without leaving you feeling unsatisfied.  How does that sound?

Let’s start with acknowledging that we are one in the same.  Why, it allows us the ability to find compassion and empathy for one another.  The struggle is REAL people. No matter which path we choose to be on…we all face struggles that are real and challenging to us.  The uniqueness in the journey has to do with our starting points, our free will choices, our lessons,  and ultimately our perspective.  I love when Joel Osteen says in his sermons, “Be the victor not the victim”!! In simplicity, God sent us here with a glimmer of him because he wants us to feel compassion, love and empathy for each other without comparison.  Just as he does for us!! That’s it, it’s that simple!!! Say that over and over again, because that is the simplicity we seek in our complicated lives and relationships!!  We need to challenge ourselves to stay focused on our own menus, on our own orders, on our own expectations of that food that is bestowed on us..and have faith that God will take care of the rest because he will!!

Now I want to talk a little about how spirit inspired me to write about this and how they can help you to achieve the simplicity you too may be craving.  We are spring cleaning here!  As you know I always meditate.  My meditations have evolved significantly over the years.  So the other day I meditated and my Dad came into my room where I pray, and seek guidance from my guides and from GOD.  So my Dad comes in and he hands me something as he often does.  Guess what it was…A dandelion!  But not those pretty yellow ones.. it was dandelion gone by, the grey feather like ones that are full of seeds. Thanks Dad, I like diamonds too, (just kidding) LOL Everytime spirit hands me something, I know there is a message in the message for me.  They are trying to guide me, support me, they know..THE STRUGGLE IS REAL.  LOL  So at the end of my meditation I seek out the spiritual meaning of said Dandelion.  What did I find?  The Dandelion is very spiritually significant.  The Dandelion can be fierce in that it has a willingness to survive and can regenerate from its roots.  It has natural healing abilities in that it can be made into tea that serves to detoxify.  The blowing seeds symbolizing prayers being sent to heaven and spreading faithfulness into the world.  A changing in perception from a field full of weeds, to a field full of bright yellow flowers though one in the same.  Simple yet so profound.  Now let me tell you how this fits for me.  I pray everyday.  I started my “Can I Pray for you” campaign on facebook for lent.  I pray for healing, for faithfulness, for survival, for all those that add their names and for myself.  No coincidence!   I’ve been seeing the message of the Dandelion everywhere, although the ground is still covered in snow!  So in seeking simplicity, ask for it, pray on it, and then believe it will come to you in the simplest of ways.  Would you ever think something as simple as a Dandelion could be so significant?  Would you ever consider that spirit would send it to you as a message from heaven? Well that is true of everything with spirit.  They are constantly trying to simplify our menu, all the while guiding us to make choices that will satisfy our hunger.  Don’t discount your messages.. KISS them! LOL “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex…It takes a touch of genius, and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction”. ~Albert Einstein

Glisten from the Inside Out


infrared_098Believe it or not, Nellie Furtado wasn’t really the one who coined the phrase “shine bright like a diamond”! I know shocking right!  And my guess is your already singing that song in your head!  Daniel Defoe says, “the soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond, and it must be polished within or the luster of that soul will never appear”  Interesting analogy right!  Spirit reminds me all the time that when we enter this world, we enter full of nothing but unconditional love, pure as the white driven snow!  No pun intended New Englanders, lol! But seriously, its true! Then as we grow and learn we are shaped into the person we were meant to become and endure those challenges that we asked our higher power to give us that aids that growth!  So get your shine on people, cuz today we are digging deep and learnin to glisten from the inside out!

“I myself am made entirely of flaws stitched together by good intentions”.  Yup that’s right, us humans are the perfect imperfection.  A bunch of squirrels all just trying to get a nut! Learning to overcome all those senseless human emotions and get back to the core of our being, in simplicity..LOVE. Sometimes we pile so much clutter on top of it, we need a “got junk” truck to come and unbury it like an episode of hoarders.  LOL. We have this innate way about us where it is so just so much easier to stomp our feet, throw our hands in the air, and say seriously, who, what, where, how and why is this happening to little old amazing me?  That’s just it! The answer within the question.. the who is you! The what is looking for the lesson in it all. The where is inside of you. The how is not your worry, a testament to your faith.  And the why, well the why is because you are amazing and your soul might be in need of a little reminder of that!

So what do we do when we find ourselves climbing these mountains seemingly unprepared with no safety net.  Don’t go for the insurance.. find the net!  LOL.  Its your faith, its your foundation, its the love inside of you.  That’s the safety net!  So when you feel like you can’t possibly climb any higher and hold on any longer..remember there is always a safety net beneath you..it just might be hidden under all that clutter.  That net will give you that little bit of rest and reassurance you need to keep climbing!  Before you know it, you’ll be back on that mountain shouting “I think I can” all the way to the very top! The best part? When you get there you are a little more defined than at the start of your journey.  A little more certain of your path.  A little more confident in yourself.  A little wiser than you were before.  A little more beautiful and polished on the inside.  And as the sun clears thru those clouds on the top of that mountain, it shines on those defined edges that were once rough, revealing a lustrous beauty that was waiting to glisten all along!

So now your saying, great story, but easier said than done right.  Well I agree it’s a lot of work to climb those mountains and we all have them.  So what can we do to help declutter, stay on track, and in essence stay polished.  There are lots of techniques that I use to try to keep it together.  First, gorilla glue. No just kidding, don’t do it. LOL  First, intention.  I always bring myself in any situation back to my intention.  When your intentions are focused on greatest good, you are connected to your higher self.  Second, meditation.  Meditation has so many purposes.  It can balance you, ground you, protect and shield you from unwanted negativity, and it can heal you! Yes I said heal you, from the inside out that is.  Here is an example.  When I do my meditation after a challenging day or if I’m feeling a little off.  When I go into my room with my guides I have told you before the wings they give me are a symbol of the message they are giving me.  Sometimes I see these wings tattered when I enter that room.  Broken, so to speak.  But after I pray and connect with my guides, they are different.  Almost as though I’ve received a new pair!  Stronger, more resilient and with new perspective.  A reminder that the climb was not for nothing!  And once those little old wings are restored for flight again, do you know what they bring me back to…LOVE.  A reminder to love myself, love others, and that love is the ultimately the light that makes our diamonds shine bright! We may have to work at shaping and polishing them, but love is what will make that natural beauty oh so clear! So my message from spirit for you all today, don’t let anyone or anything in this life dull your sparkle, instead let it motivate you to shine your light so bright it is a beacon for others to light the way!  Let the light inside you glisten from the inside out! “I have found the paradox that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love”~Mother Theresa .

The Humpty Dumpty Syndrome



Ever feel like Humpty Dumpty in that you just can’t seem to keep it together?  Well I am here to tell you that you’re not alone.  Breaking news…we are all human! Even though some of us might spend our days racking our brains trying to figure out this crazy life…maybe we just aren’t supposed to have it “all” figured out!!  I mean I’m all for the whole “glowworm” ray of sunshine attitude, but let’s face it we all have our “hot mess” kind of days!  The story of our lives, right!  Fall apart, learn to put pieces back together, relish in the joy of triumph, repeat process!  Sounds like a pattern to me?!  This is what I like to call the Humpty Dumpty Syndrome.  No I am not a hypochondriac nor am I a scientific genious; however this is definitely an epidemic among us humans!

So I want you to take a moment to think of who you were ten years ago.  Now take a moment to acknowledge who you are now.  My bet is you would acknowledge that you’ve learned a great deal of lessons, which, have actually shaped who you’ve become.  I’m also willing to bet some of those lessons brought you to your knees!  Now I want you to think of your goals and aspirations, and who you envision yourself to be ten years from now.  The fact of the matter is although we can, to a certain degree, shape our reality by what we send out to the universe, we cannot predict the lessons that we will face along the way.  When you think of your greatest lessons, your greatest hardships, do you correlate them to other human beings?  Whether you perceive these events as positive or negative, the end result was a lesson, no?  Let’s break it down a litttle further.  So as you know I am the youngest of nine siblings.  Yes I said nine!  Anywho, imagine growing up with one bathroom!  Think there was a lot of glowworms in the morning, ummm no!! LOL Anyway, when I think of some of my greatest lessons, and who taught them to me, most of them are the people closest to me, uhum cue the brothers and sisters!  Good, bad, or downright ugly, they gave em to me!  They tell it like it is.  They are my biggest chearleaders and they are also the ones that knock my butt off that wall when I need it!  And guess what, they are also the ones who help me back on my feet and teach me how to put my pieces back together again.  Gorilla glue and all!  So ya see, we all fall, we all get back up at our own pace, and we all learn how to put our pieces back together!  And when you do,  guess what?…this is the best part…wait for it…you’ve become an even stronger, more beautiful version of yourself.  Ta da…lol  Why? Because you’ve healed yourself from the inside out!!  Who better to make you the most beautiful version of yourself than those closest to you!  They see you at your worst and they see you at your best.  So next time you’re upset with someone close to you for making you feel…well let’s just say, less than perfect…try to see if there’s a lesson in there for ya..I’m guessing so!

Here’s the thing about life…I love to talk about it and share my thoughts on it, my lessons..but the bottom line is we’re all just figuring it out together.  And by the time we are done “figuring it out”  our time here in this world will more than likely be over.  We will have gotten what our souls came here for.  The way I look at it is, if a puzzle came all put together, looking all pretty, wouldn’t that defeat the point in the first place?  Kind of takes all the fun out of it right?  Well that’s how I look at life… it’s just one big puzzle.  Each twist and turn, each time we end up on our knees and learn to get back up, each heartache, each challenge we overcome, we are fitting another piece of our puzzle together.  And when that puzzle is complete, I’m certain it will be absolutely Be~You~Tiful!!!  So next time you are feeling like Humpty Dumpty and need a little gorilla glue, know that you are not alone!!!  In the words of one of my favorite beautiful women..”For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone”. ~Audrey Hepburn

What’s Love Got to Do With It?



In the past week I have learned so much about life, love, and the pursuit of happiness.  As many of you know my Dad has been fighting ALS (Lou Gherig’s Disease) for 3 years.  This week his condition declined considerably.  It made me contemplate so much about life and mortality, even more so than I ever did in my last 15 years as a nurse.   The many questions that ran through my head, why? what’s to gain? what’s to learn?  What am I supposed to feel?  What am I supposed to do?  All of which I realized the answer to lies deep within, within our hearts, within our souls and they all start with LOVE.

I am one of nine children as I have written before.   All with different ways, different personalities, but all made from the same two people, my mom and Dad.  Two people who fell in love and created a family of nine children, and 28 grand and great grand children!  Watching my Dad’s illness progress has been one of the most difficult, challenging, and humbling experiences of our lives.  Faced with the reality of our father’s mortality.. we all came together.  We held hands.  We prayed.  We put any and all differences, obligations and responsibilities aside.  Solely for the purpose of being with our father.  Just being!  We reminisced about childhood memories.  We laughed.  We cried.  We looked through old pictures.  Time stopped.  Our chaotic lives went on hold…and somehow there was time.   Time for all of it.  Time for LOVE!  It was as though nothing else in the world mattered, because ya know what…it didn’t!!

My Dad would sleep, and then he would awaken.  Each time with something amazingly enlightening to say to the one that would sit in front of him.  A story, a simple phrase, a joke.  It didn’t matter.  We soaked it in like a sponge.  It brought forth the reality that as we get older obligations and responsibilities seem to take presidence of our time.  But in turn those obligations and responsibilities become our struggles, our triumphs, our stories.   My Dad has years of wisdom and stories to share and in his words…he’s not done sharing quite yet.   We realize this process, although we want to be present and selfishly insert ourselves into it..is really between him and God.  We are on a need to know basis in regards to our exits from this world we know.  Knowing is apparently overrated.  We would ask each other, ask the hospice nurse, ask anyone..what do you think?  Perhaps an unconscious effort to allow time for emotional preparation.  A preparation that we know deep down would never really happen!  Why?  Because when you have a love so deep for someone goodbye is impossible to prepare for.  You say everything that you think you need to say, but you can never say “I love you”  enough!!  I have learned from this process the why…because physical death is a part of life and in turn causes us to dig deep.  Deep into what we believe in, in that which can sooth our soul.  For me, I find solace in knowing that the soul is everlasting. We don’t die, our existence simply becomes different. 

So what’s to gain in all this?…memories, fulfillment, wisdom, and ultimately the realization of the Powers of LOVE.  I have learned there is no right way to feel, no right thing to do.  Their is no proper way to prepare or to recover from loss.  As a medium, spirit reminds me everyday they just want us to be happy.  Even if it is without them being physically present.  So today, I thought about all the wisdom my Dad has shared with me over the years.  I thought about what I could do to honor him and his spirit while he is still here.  Do you know what he would want.  He would want me to live!! Live intently, lovingly, triumphantly, and timelessly!!!   So my message in all of this for you, is take time, time today, time tomorrow, and time the day after that.  Take time out of what you think you “have” to do, to do something you “need” to do..show someone how much you love them and honor them as a part of your life, your heart and your existence.  In the end, that’s what is going to count.  It’s that love that our souls forever carry! There is a saying from Rick Warren that goes something like this…”The best use of life is love, The best expression of love is time, the best time to love is now!”


It’s not about what you see, it’s about what you believe!




Just recently I sat down and read the book, “Heaven is for Real”.  I was so intrigued by this family’s story I read it in 3 hours cover to cover.  I couldn’t wait to see the movie although I had already created images in my mind of their story.  For those of you that aren’t aware the book is about a little boy that has emergent surgery and, although his heart never stopped beating, he vividly describes an experience of traveling to heaven!  Meeting loved ones not only that he never met, but didn’t even know about.  Describing angels and even Jesus without hesitation!  The father is actually the author and is also a minister at their community church.  You can imagine the resistance he received not only in his own mind, but from his parish members when he finally shared his son’s story.  The inspiring part is that he took that resistance and he transformed it into inspiration, faith, and true belief!  As a medium, people ask me curiously all the time..have you seen heaven…have you met Jesus…what is it like?  I’m going to put myself out on a ledge a bit here, rely on my faith and share with you the most intimate details of what I see as a medium! 

It took me years to finally openly share that I am a medium, never the less share the details of what spirit shows me.  It’s just so much easier to tell people I’m a nurse!  But why?  What is it we as a culture and society are afraid of hearing, afraid of seeing, afraid of believing?  I’ve said it so many times, there is no faith in fear..(thank you Pat Longo for that one!).  I read a saying once, if you are worrying all the time, then you have no faith that god is going to get it right!  Let’s not worry so much about others accepting us, and work on accepting others!  After all acceptance in its simplest form is unconditional love.  And speaking of heaven..that’s exactly where we will begin!

So for those of you that have read my blog from the beginning know my story of how I realized I was a medium and how spirit communicates with me.  Even in my speech before I do every reading I explain to people when I appear that I am looking at the floor or the wall, I’m actually looking “there”.  Where is “there”? That place I take myself to that allows spirit to show me things, tell me things.  Let’s start from the beginning.  I used to meditate before I did every single reading, it was like I had to in order for me to feel connected!  So what would I see when I meditate…I’m gonna walk you thru!  I see a house…a big white house with a white picket fence and a walkway lined with flowers.   As I walk up that walk to the door I look back sometimes I see whomever is waiting for the reading on the other side of the fence, sometimes I see my family, but they don’t come with me.  Here’s the thing, I don’t see things thru my own eyes..I actually see myself like I am watching myself in a movie.  Don’t ask me how, cuz I don’t know, it just happens! So I open the door of the house and there is a big grand wooden staircase.  Now I used to slowly walk up the stairs, now it’s like I’m on an escalator to the top, LOL!! The light that shines on that staircase is so bright you can actually see the dust particles that would float amidst it!  Can you see it?  As I get to the top of the staircase there are 2 doors.  The door to the right is the door to my guides.  I always go there first.  I never know what is going to happen when I open that door.  As my gift has evolved, I have experienced new things there.  So the first time I opened that door there was a man sitting in the chair with a white coat on.  He has dark hair and sea blue eyes,  He is my spirit guide and now my best friend.  He has been the same man since day 1!  He gave me the song, “a thousand years”  and I have meditated to that song ever since!  I also have another guide who never really speaks but he is also in the room.  He is an indian chief.  And others that have entered along my journey the last 3 years as well.  They all have a different purpose as to what they help me with!  So I kneel in front of my guide, we talk about what I need from him and he gives me hints about new things may be coming my way, or insight to what I am currently dealing with in my life. After our talk, I would lay down on a bench that would turn into water and I would be emersed in it.  The amazing thing is I could always breath under the water and I was never afraid!  I always had dreams of the same as a child.  I was swimming under water but could always breath!  This would happen to me everytime I meditated!  It was what I perceive as a baptism of sorts!  Once I have done this I am helped out of the water by my angels, lots of them!  They walk me to the other side of this room where there is this bright white light like you have never seen!!  This is where I pray! This is where I see Jesus and the blessed mother…always!  Now here’s the thing…I don’t believe I am seeing them cuz I am special or because of my medium abilities.  I believe that we can all see them, if we so choose!  You know that song, just call my name and I’ll be there!  Just like that!  They are my strength and foundation, they keep me grounded!  They let me know my lessons, they bring me peace when I need it, they extend a hand to me when I need it.  If your strength is Buddha, then you shall see Buddha! The blessed mother always has children with her.  After a while, one day when I kneeled in front of them to pray, they gave me wings!! I know now your like, ok she lost me!! LOL No really, they gave me wings!!  But these wings are a symbol for me!  When my wings are small and folded downward onto myself, I have learned they are telling me its a time to humble myself!!  When my wings are large and spread open wide, they are telling me to soar!   When my wings are engaged, they are telling me I have an upward climb to prepare for and I need to stay focused!  Pretty amazing right! So once I am done with praying I walk out of this room and across the hall to another door.  This is my waiting room! So my waiting room is full of spirits, your loved ones!!  Young and old.  It has lots!!!  Just waiting for their opportunity to speak.  I used to always be afraid my waiting room would be empty.  What if there is nobody that wants to speak to this person in front of me?  Ummm, nope, there is always someone there, for everyone!!!!   My guides and my angels come with me into this room.  They help me keep clarity and organization.  So once and only once they cleared a path for me to go to the back of this room.  There was a door where I could see them coming in and leaving thru.  My guides brought me thru this door just once.  On the other side was this beautiful huge coliseum  like room.  Grand balconies all different levels all with doors.  A ceiling so beauiful like a mosaic you would see in a church. Are you envisioning it?  All I could see were spirits or people going in and out of the doors.  I’ve only been there once.  I think they were giving me a glimpse! A glimpse of the seven levels of heaven.  That is a story in itself, but there is a book called Many Lives Many Masters that goes into the 7 levels of heaven if you want to learn more.  All my spirits meet on level 2 in order to be able to communicate with me, another thing I learned from Pat Longo!  This ensures I do not leave myself vulnerable to any negative energy.  I do believe darkness is attracted to light and I do believe I have seen it.  I also believe that no lightwork comes without sacrifice and risk.  Mediums, good mediums, do lots of work behind the scenes to be able to provide you with this experience.  We have to keep ourselves grounded, keep our energy vibrations up, and most importantly protect ourselves.  Remember you can’t give others what you don’t have!  A good medium is responsible with their practice, we just do it behind the scenes!  Most of these practices involve visualization for me.  Seeing is believing for all of us visiual folks, but faith is believing even when you can’t see!  Your mind, your body, and your soul are powerful in and of themselves, but when you take the opportunity to synchronize them, you will be amazed at what happens!

So everytime I meditate what I see changes and evolves ever so slightly.  What I see and experience now is so different from what I experienced 3 short years ago.  Why?  Because spiritually I have grown and evolved.  Thats what it’s all about.  Much like that little boy’s story, when I see spirit they too will show me a younger, vibrant version of themselves than they were known in life.  I’m not sure why, I guess I always assumed in heaven you get to be as beautiful on the outside as you are on the inside! I got goosebumps when he told his Dad that same thing!  So in response to all those questions, have I seen heaven?..a glimpse perhaps, but not what I believe my heaven will be!  I have seen that meeting place so to speak, but not what’s behind those doors!  I think I’ve seen the path, but not the palace. As far as Jesus and Mary, well as I said before we can all see them, walk with them, anytime we want.   What is it like?  It’s like that warm blanket I always talk about.  It’s that moment you held your baby for the first time!  It’s that kiss on your wedding day! Its that unconditional love…that’s heaven!  I can’t tell you why I see the things I see, I can’t tell you how, but I can tell you with certainty I wholeheartedly have faith in it!  There is no reason to fear, to ask, to discover, after all there is far more to be gained in seeking knowledge than there is to lose!  Billy Graham said, “Heaven is full of answers to prayers for which no one ever bothered to ask”….I wish you the courage, the strength, and the will to ASK!!!!

Count your blessings!



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