Thursday, April 2, 2020

OVERNIGHT SUCCESS DOES NOT EXIST

Good morning everyone!  Happy Thursday.  I love a variety of music.  Everyone from Frank Sinatra to Ella Fitzgerald to UB40 to Bossa Nova and Beck.  I also happen to be a huge fan of alternative or Indie music.  Suddenly there are all these groups creating fabulous sounds playing for an audience of thousands.  Just one amazing song and they are on the radio and filling up concert halls.  Lucky them!

That's the usual common collective thought.  A brand new band who comes up with one song and seemingly overnight they are making millions!  The truth is that band is not a new band.  The truth is that "brand new band" has been around for years before receiving recognition.  Elbow, an English band and one of my favorites has been together since 1990.  Arcade Fire, a Canadian group was formed in 2003.  Tame Impala, a hot "new" Australian band met and formed in 2010.

Overnight success?  Hardly.  Today's quote is, "Invisible behind that phenomenal success and overnight sensation lies will, determination and struggle."  If ever man created a misleading term it was the phrase, "overnight success."  It is one that has been romanticized in novels and movies from fiction to biographies.  We take a person, a business or a company and see their success without understanding what it took to get there.

To accomplish anything takes hard work, focus, determination, drive and the knowledge that failure might be part of the equation.  What preceded Madison Square Garden for any of the above mentioned bands was most likely a smelly, smokey, sleazy bar filled with a bunch of drunks who couldn't care less about what they were listening to.

Whatever it is you want to do or be or create, be prepared for the work that's ahead of you.  Be prepared for the failure, sweat, angst, disappointment and struggle you will encounter and when success comes, and it will... be prepared for the accolades, recognition and emotional income it will provide and you will deserve it all!

Have a wonderful Thursday everyone! ~Love, Amy


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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

WHAT IS A COINCIDENCE BUT A FRESHLY PLANTED SEED

Good morning everyone.  Happy Tuesday.  Don't you love when you are thinking about someone and just that moment they text you or you run into them at some random place.  Or is it really random?  We call those events coincidences but I like to think of them mini gifts.  There must have been a reason why someone was on your mind.  Cosmically they felt the need to connect with you and so ensued a coincidence.

Today's quote is, "Coincidences are the seeds planted by the Universe to help you grow - change and even alter the course of your life."  Deep for sure but oh so true.  I'm a big believer in meant to be.  Shocker right?  Here's another story from my life.  Let me tell you how my husband and I found our house, the one and only home I have ever lived in with my family.

Years before I even met my husband I had a friend (still do) living in suburbia who I had gone to see.  I had never been there before but I found the area so comfortable and nurturing.  Visiting from the city where I was surrounded by noise and tall buildings, it was refreshing to come upon trees and endless sky.  I remember how quiet it was when I woke up the next morning.  I remember thinking to myself, "I want to live here one day."

That was it.  I said those words, meant those words, never repeated those words but the Universe has very large ears.  Years passed and I came up to this same suburb, this time with my husband and baby to see my friend's (same friend) son dressed up for a Halloween parade.  I had also started to think that it might be a good time to start looking for a house since we were ready to leave the Big Apple for good.

The real estate office we went to advertised a house on a pretty street.  A house that I was advised not to even look at.  Long story short, we ended up buying a house on the same pretty street I wanted to be, in the town where I visualized I would be living in so many years before.  Now was all that a coincidence?  Skeptics will say of course.  Those in the know will mischievously smile at the skeptics because they know the Universe hears all.  What you thought was a coincidence was the end result of that seed you planted so long ago!

Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone! ~Love, Amy


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Thursday, March 26, 2020

LOOK IN THE RIGHT PLACES

Good morning everyone and happy Thursday.  From time to time we all either misplace things or lose them altogether.  Keys are the first thing that comes to mind but I'm still looking for those sunglasses I misplaced about 15 years ago along with the 2 earrings and ankle sock.  What a wonderful surprise it would be if I found them but I don't think that will happen.

How long do you continue to search for things you know you'll never find.  You hear of found items in the least likely of places but that doesn't happen often.  I have a better chance of finding my earring if I continue looking in my closet rather than in the kitchen because that just makes no sense!

To find what you lost you need to look in the most likely of places so at least you have a shot!  Today's quote is, "Fish cannot be found in a barren sea - when searching for answers look first within yourself where your intuition holds a wealth of knowledge."   My friends, we know so much more than we let on.

That feeling you get when you walk into a room or meet someone for the first time is either positive or negative and based on nothing more than our intuition.  Do we want to stay in this room or leave?  Did we meet a new friend or not.  Intuitively we know things unspoken because we go with what we feel - that wealth of knowledge within us, the kind we never had to study for!

Never disregard that inner feeling because its usually spot on.  Its also referred to you as a gut feeling.  When that gut is screaming its not always from hunger.  Respect your feelings and respect the silent voice in your third eye center.  When glittering indigo sparkles, it is time to pay attention!

Have a wonderful Thursday everyone! ~Love, Amy

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

THERE IS GOOD - OPEN YOUR EYES AND EMBRACE IT

Good morning everyone!  Happy Tuesday.  Have you ever driven into a blinding sunset when the sun was so bright your'e driving and squinting hoping not to hit the car in front of you?  Its a very dangerous time of day.  Accidents are both likely and frequent as you are literally blinded by the light.

Jealousy and envy have the same effect as a blinding sun where you cannot see anything in front of you yet you continue driving straight into that searing light.  Jealousy and envy cloud our vision so our focus is not on gratitude but what "they" have.  You know who "they" are right?  The ones who incessantly post about things.  Things being stuff because honestly that's all it is.  Stuff!  Yet so many of us want their stuff so badly we disregard what's real in our lives.

Today's quote is, "Jealousy and envy block your ability to see all that is good and wonderful in your own life."  Is this a new topic?  Hell no!  Is this an important topic?  Hell yes!  Sometimes I wonder if jealousy and envy would take center stage in our lives if it weren't for Facebook and all the fabulous vacations, houses, and well....stuff that's posted.

Who cares!  Seriously!  Who cares?  Why care so much about stuff.  Don't we all have our own?  Life is not just about stuff.  It is about the moments we have with the people we love.  It's about the trip to the mall with your daughter who has transitioned to friend.  It's about the conversations with your son who finally shares his secrets with you.  The unspoken words you share with your spouse, the one who knows you like a well read book.

You can always buy more stuff if you want to.  Another sweater, another pair of shoes, a fancier car and on and on but the real stuff - the good stuff is not stuff at all.  I don't know about you but I have all the clothes I could possibly cram into my closet but I always have room for conversation, laughter and love because that my friends is the real stuff of life.  The stuff that makes it all worthwhile!

Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone! ~Love, Amy

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

STRENGTH IN FORGIVENESS

Good morning everyone.  Happy Thursday.  Remember when you were a little kid and you were made to apologize for something you did and then the other person, no matter what would say, "that's ok," even if their arm hurt from where you punched them, their art work was torn to shreds and you ate the last piece of chocolate cake.  The one that they were saving for later.

Simultaneously we learned to atone and forgive and at no point did we think we were giving in.  It was something that wouldn't even occur to us.  We were being taught that when you do something naughty like eating the LAST PIECE OF CAKE you apologized and no matter how badly you wanted that dessert, you found it in your heart (with some prodding) to forgive.

Today's quote is, "At no point is forgiveness weakness."  To forgive shows strength.  To forgive shows understanding even when you don't understand.  A grudge holds you hostage - forgiveness releases you from the prison of a grudge and opens your heart to release the pain.

That anger that you hold so close sends signals to rewire our brains and bodies making them more susceptible to illness and disease.  We are all well aware of what stress does to our bodies.  Anger is even worse.  There are actions that are unfathomable yet for yourself and your own physical and mental well being, forgiveness is necessary.

Never think you are caving in and crumbling when you say "I forgive you," for those three words are the strongest and most powerful ones you can ever recite.

Have a wonderful Thursday everyone! ~Love, Amy

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

RIPPLES THROUGH THE UNIVERSE MEANT EXACTLY FOR YOU

Good morning everyone!  Happy Tuesday to you.  How many of you out there are working at the same job for at least ten years?  Wait.  I have a better question.  How many of you are at the same place of employment since graduating from college.  And here's another question.  How many of you are actually working in a field that relates to your college major?  Since you can't answer me directly, (well you can by responding to this blog!) let me tell you my personal history.

I graduated college as a dance major.  Yep, I did.  Knowing that I wasn't going to be a professional dancer but rather an unemployed artist, I immediately went to graduate school and majored in another unemployable field...theatre.  Or was it really unemployable?

After a series of uneventful jobs from kitchen prep at a catering company to secretary at CBS when Mariah Carey was married to Tommy Mottola, (OMG!! I saw her!!!), I wanted something more fulfilling.  I felt an urge to make a difference while incorporating my creative side.  Lo and behold I came up with teaching!  I went back to school, got my teaching certification and jumped in with both feet.

Without boring you with the details of my entire work history I will tell you that what I thought was a useless major turned out to be exactly what helped me as a teacher.  My audience was a group of 5 and 6 year olds who needed entertainment as well as instruction. In a classroom I was able to do both.  My ability to connect with people of all ages has continued to serve me up until this very moment.

As the saying goes, this isn't my first rodeo!  I have been a teacher and healer in many lives and my vocation continues in this one.  Today's quote is, "Reverberating through the Universe are your secrets and your hopes coming back as karmic lessons and innermost desires."  While you may be unclear and unsure of your direction the Universe knows what is in your heart.

Healing was in my heart~ not written on my college diploma.  There were lessons I needed to study and learn before I could serve others.  The Universe knew that for me as well as it does for you.  Your dreams are out there and you will receive them when you are ready!

Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone! ~Love, Amy

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

LET GOD LEAD THE WAY

Good morning everyone!  Happy Thursday.  Whatever path you are on in your life is exactly the one meant for you.  In life there is no one size fits all.  Our interests differ, life lessons are individually designed and the pace at which we learn and move is unique to each one of us.

What is true is that we are all on a path.  What we need is the strength, faith and trust to follow the direction we are given.  Today's quote is, "Let God take over and lead you on your path."  Choose to see God as the Universe, a higher being or a beam of light.  It doesn't matter.  The only thing that matters is knowing there is a force, a positive force in your life guiding you and nudging you on your way.

Can you deviate from the path?  Of course.  In fact most of us do and that's because we are busy living and learning.  When we take what we have learned and acknowledge that invisible push we get right back on that road in the proper direction.

The most pessimistic of us all can remain as such but take a look around.  Look at a sunrise or a sunset, those orange and red colors that paint the sky. Hear the way the waves sound as they crash on the shore.  Watch a bumblebee sucking nectar from a flower and never tiring out!  After you've witnessed those wonders of nature, let me know if you still think nothing exists that is greater than us all.

My only request is that you put your faith and trust in that power that is higher than you and to know that that power will never let you down.  Take your twists, take your turns, but know in the end you will get there.

Have a wonderful Thursday everyone! ~Love, Amy

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