There are two kinds of people. . .

. . . and I love them both.

There are people that see a sign and ignore it, it’s not for them, it’s for everyone else, and there are those that read the signs and then point the rest of us in the right direction. Keep in mind that signs are not all billboard size and full of information, signs can be subtle, signs can be just a hint or they can come with fanfare. The thing is, a sign could be that split second in life when something new can be introduced that may or may not change or alter ones’ direction.

The interesting thing about signs is it doesn’t matter how big and obvious they are, it is up to the individual to actually interpret and appreciate them, some are warnings, some are guides, some are sent by the Universe others come with a smile attached, again, whatever the actual sign is, it has to be noticed and acted upon in order to fully comprehend its meaning.

I have never been one to waste time trying to understand the meanings behind many of the signs I have come across, but, to be honest I have found myself quite perplexed with the logic behind some signs, for example: a sign that reads “don’t do this” to some, becomes almost a challenge to do exactly “that”, and it is then I perceive that if the sign advising people of what not to do was not created then what they are not supposed to do would not have become evident and challenged them.

That being said, some of the signs I have been fortunate enough to “see” have led me to places I was destined to “be”. Some were presented by friends that have either been there before or wished for me to join them on an adventure, others were, I believe, sent by the Universe and directed right at me, and I was/am insightful enough to change my direction spontaneously (one of the perc’s of having gypsy blood) and see where a new path will take me. Some signs even come with a gift, not as a lure to follow them, but more as a thank you that you did.

There are indeed two kinds of people out there, and I am both of them, I have gone out of my way to step on the odd patch of grass, (carefully of course) and I have even temporarily changed my name to “staff” just to see why he has his own door, and I have followed the direction presented to me by subtly obvious signs. I will continue to write my word hugs as per the sign from the Universe, I will continue to work with and beside the youth that choose to share my path, a subtle sign as a result of my writing, and I will follow this path I am on now after seeing the signs that were put up by my friends towards a chemical free, healthy lifestyle, and a new place to shop for things that are good for me.

WI:)ND 🌻

A person is better to accept a challenge only once. . .

. . .if the challenge accepted is one to make you better.

I believe challenges should be a part of a positive lifestyle, and the most beneficial are those that we create for ourselves by ourselves. From an athletic standpoint where you challenge yourself to walk a little further each week, to cerebral, where you challenge yourself to do a new crossword every week, to of course, your overall well-being, where you challenge yourself to start living clean.

Challenges from others can also be invigorating, and we experience them from our very early years, some as bets and dares, to our lives as elders and seniors where we are challenged to a game of chess or checkers, (do people still play checkers?) I challenge myself every morning when I wake up to create and share a smile on my social networking page, and the challenge is not so much to write the inspiration, but to continue to enjoy writing it, and some mornings it is more challenging than others. (yes I have some off days too)

I’m sure we are all faced with our challenges, and some more than others, but what makes a challenge productive is if the challenge can make you a better person, is what you have been challenged to do, going to show you that you can be better or do better at a task, or is it strictly for machismo or ego. The macho thing, many years ago, used to impress the ladies, now, guys, I think the ladies you used to want to impress could probably give you a run for your money so its best to focus on you instead.

Recently I created a challenge for myself, and that was to complete series two of my books, I chose to accept that challenge because doing so would make me a better person, a better writer, and better at marketing strategies, as well as open the door to a new challenge of finishing my children’s book and my Biography (that others are challenging me to write)

I also accepted a new career path, I was challenged by change, to make the choice to change, and to accept that something new could in fact change my life. Turns out it wasn’t a challenge at all, in fact the change was a positive thing, and now, I am challenging you to accept that challenge of change, change where you shop for things, change what things you shop for, challenge yourself to start living a clean chemical free lifestyle.

Change can be something you choose. . .

. . .because you were given the choice.

I love to hear about happiness, how it is attained, how important it is and how people come to believe that because of a change they made in their lives their happiness levels increased. Our lives revolve around how happy we are, so why then don’t we choose to make changes more often that can increase our levels of happy. Our clothes, our routes we take to work, when we eat dessert (if it’s that good why don’t we eat it first), our jobs, and I realize we all have bills to pay, but if you are going from a job that makes you miserable to a job that makes you happy, wouldn’t it be nicer to pay bills with a smile.

*note- I know the economy is a little shaky (author avoiding political opinions)  right now, and jobs are not as readily available out there, but there are ALWAYS options, be creative, if a door of opportunity hasn’t opened for you then build your own door.

I am writing this today because I have recently made a change, from one very successful company to another, I was given the choice, I alone had the final say and I did my research. The choice was made to shift my focus to something new and exciting, not just for me but for every one of you out there, and yes there are often risks involved when changes are made, but, if it is your happiness that is the outcome of the change, shouldn’t it be acceptable to welcome a bit of a risk.

I chose to write my little books, at the risk they may not be well received, the risk was there, but my happiness for doing something I believed in was more than worth it, now I sit putting all the pieces together to complete the series, and the change to my happiness levels are off the charts, so, sure, change can be overwhelming sometimes, but if at the end of the day you feel the need to make your life better, then make the choice to make the change.

Life is ours to change as we choose,

if the choice is happiness you cant lose.

WI:)ND

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If your life is measured only in years. . .

. . .think of the moments you are missing.

A new year is upon us, and like every year before this one, it didn’t sneak up, it didn’t creep, in fact, it came as no surprize at all, we have known for a full year it was coming, and we are gifted with the knowledge that another new one is on its way. So why then do we wait to define our year until the final hour we have lived in it, to me it makes more sense to resolve issues (complete with resolution) as they happen, say for example; a simple life glitch in June should be resolved in June and chalked up to a wonderful learning experience, rather than waiting until December 31st and saying “wow, that year sucked”. I guess this is just me sharing as I do, my opinion, and being as usual so incredibly happy that my year was filled with growth and positive energy.

I have experienced this year the bitter sweet joy of finishing a series of books, (I still can’t believe I have written 10 books) which by the way has opened up a bigger door for a new books, see, positive thoughts bring positive things, and I met some amazing people, shared space and light with incredible souls, found spiritual and physical connections between heart, soul and mind, started a new business and shared more smiles this year that I thought was humanly possible, but when I take out the “human” factor and just become happy knowing the wind has no weight load restrictions and will always carry as many smiles as I can send, then what I think is humanly possible, changes drastically.

I will (for the first time ever) try and keep this post short because I have some horses to hug and they don’t like to be kept waiting, so to create a brand-new loop and make sure the world is a part of it:

Series two of Bawb’s Raven Feathers is done the editing stage, and a huge heart sent Thank you wrapped in a hug goes out to Rachel Small for working her incredible magic with such amazing patience, the next stop is Fiona Raven for design and more magic, stay tuned, they will be out there before you know it… I am excited, and yes, I did miss the Christmas season  with series two, but that too was a lesson in life, if you set a goal and it wasn’t reached, smile and change it to one you can reach.

My life just keep getting better because I let the positive things happen, believe in you and yours can too the universe is waiting for you to tap in.

Stay tuned my friends, the Year is young … beautiful things happen in an instant, like that smile you will see in the mirror.

This could be your year to change your life, send me a note, if you don’t ask you won’t know, or send a note to one of my friends, they will answer your questions and help you find your smile, my books and my little business are not all about me, I have learned that a successful entrepreneur makes whatever they do about the happiness of others not just the happiness of themselves 🙂 from Art to Zoology, whatever you are sharing with the world, share it with a smile.

WI:)ND

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You don’t know. . .

. . . what you don’t know.

I guess it is safe to say that I didn’t know a lot about what I was doing in life, so I learned as much as I could, now, six decades later I have learned a lot more about what I didn’t know.

Absolutely everyone you listen to will have their own ideas, their own perception on what it is they are teaching or sharing. Something else I have learned, and this is only my perception, is that when we hear the words “you have to” it puts us (me) in a defensive state, I would feel much better if I had the option; “you should” or “you could”, hearing this would make us (me) feel much more at ease.

So you want to write a book? Ok, here is the readers digest version of the steps, First; write the book (I have heard this is the easy part) then find THE editor for you (this step is important, your editor has to believe in you) then find THE most awesome designer (also important, your designer has to be able to create using your thoughts alone) then find a printer (yup, also important if you want good quality for your work) and there you have it, you have written your first book. The point here is one you may have missed, none of the people helping you with your book are “above you” they are on your level doing what they love to do WITH you, and if they do an excellent job you are going to share them with others, so, on that note, Thank you to my incredible team (Family) of book experts;

Rachel Small (Editor), Jessee Wise (Graphic Design/Illustrations) Fiona Raven (Designer), Friesens Printing (Printing), Beth Kallman Werner(Marketing), and a list of others too long to add in this post, but the most important are those that believed in me, and you all know who you are.

WI:)ND

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Being real in the world you live . . .

. . .means the world to those you live with.

Life is an adventure, at least it should be, from the minute you arrive in the world drawing your first breath to the minute you leave it, exhaling your last. All of those years in between are spent watching, listening, learning and living, following paths either naturally predestined or contrived on a whim. There is not just one path, in fact most human beings have so many paths to follow they lose count by the time they reach thirty something, which might I add, is around the same time some will experience a “Mid Life Crisis” ( I have never really understood why it is called a “Crisis” when really, it is just a change of direction)

What is this real I speak of all the time, well, real is just as it sounds, being happy with who you are and what you are doing with your life, being happy believing in what you choose to believe in, and being happy to live and let live, the old-school mantra. I share this today because I recently started an adventure on a new path, a path that involves sharing a product I believe in, and not like all of the other products out there that use MLM to market their products, this company is designed to grow with everyone’s happiness in mind it was easy to get started. I, like all the other hopeful new home business entrepreneurs began by first sharing with my friends, and at this point I would like to say a HUGE thank you to all of my friends for being so patient with me as I learn the ropes, like where the fine lines are and how to approach without being aggressive.

I will succeed in this little business because I believe in it, and I promised myself I would stay real, I will share it with everyone I know, and everyone I don’t know (eventually) and I will leave the decision up to them, they will see first my real happiness my real results and then my success, they will see my little books on the shelves in the book stores because of my success, and they will want to duplicate the same happiness and success, because they choose to. I go to bed every night knowing there are now a gazillion people (I am not even exaggerating there) that have heard about my books.

I am not greedy, I would like just one percent of all these people to share in the joy I am living, you all have the chance to make the choice in life to be real, and my path will lead me to each and every one of you… (eventually)

Make this day real because you believe in you.

Send me a smile I will send one right back in the WI:)ND

WI:)ND🌻

Time waits for no-one. . .

. . .and why should it.

I spent this last weekend surrounded by mountains, light and energy, kindred energy of lives past and lives to come, Angels and Spirit guides filled the space and meditation came easy in the safety of such wonderful souls. I found my focus and my balance once again, I strengthened my Aura and my Energy, I walked away knowing I am happy to BE.

It also gave me a chance to reflect and chat about my theories and my belief, or it may be more suitable to call it “sharing my opinion” with others, which-ever way you go with it is safe to say I had a wonderful time both sharing and listening in a phone free environment, it was quite refreshing. One of the topics that came up was time, how we were in the back half of October already, where did Summer go, in fact, where did the last few years go.  Well, it is my theory that as we get older we stop waiting for things to happen, it almost seems like when we hit the magic number of 50, things speed up dramatically. We no longer wait for dates, or occasions, we don’t wait for results or deadlines, we just seem to be happy being who we are and where we are in time, and time passes quicker.

Having said this, I found myself incapable of waiting for funding, although I am still seeking it, I will manifest what I need to get my little books out for December, one way or another, the Universe told me I should, so I will. This means I will self-publish once again, if an agent should happen by at the right time I will entertain the idea of going traditional, but I believe because one has not yet crossed my path (and believe me I have searched) that my little books are meant to stay organic and real, and just a heads up, you are going to love Series Two, Rachel has been incredible at polishing my word hugs, and I know Fiona is going to shine as well with design, I made a promise I wouldn’t let my readers down with this series and I haven’t, each Volume still brings a smile to my heart, and I wrote them.

Stay tuned…

Believe in you, and others will too

Believe in your strength and what you can do.

Contact us, we WILL show you a new reason to smile.

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There are two places to get recognition. . .

. . .from the mirror and from your peers.

“Writers write” said Carrie Mumford during a conversation we were having at a local coffee shop, and those two words have been forefront in my thoughts ever since. I have never given myself the recognition I deserved for being a writer, until recently. I spent all day Sunday, writing, finishing the chapter pages for Volume X of Series Two of BawB’s Raven Feathers. This is something I have been taking for granted for the last five years, the fact that I can sit down every morning and put together a rhyming inspirational quote of my own, never repeating one that I’ve already written, avoiding gender, race, religion and politics, just putting on a smile and creating a word hug that I can share with the world, and then having to come up with a full page, speaking on a one word topic, in the third person, again without being specific while sharing my opinion and not judging, and doing it while a tear rolls down my cheek because it’s the last chapter of the last book I will write in this series titled “Happiness”, yes, yes I am a writer, and I write.

An excerpt from that chapter:

“It is in the dawn or the dusk, it is in the stars or the clouds that dance in the sky, it is in the hand we hold or in the moments alone, it is in our hearts and our souls. Happiness is a breath, or a kiss, a hug from a friend, it is in a memory or a moment when a new smile is shared. Happiness is colors and cookies, rain and rivers, it’s a feeling we get when a touch makes us quiver… Happiness is a way of thinking.”

 

When I am not writing I am fortunate to have found a way to continue to share happiness. I was led by the Universe to the desk of a wonderful kind soul, she introduced me to Nerium, and to the people that she worked with in her business, who in turn welcomed me and shared their energy and their smiles. I chose to pursue this adventure, and went about it with both eyes open, I needed to learn about it, use it, feel it and then believe in it. Six months have passed and I believe, I look and feel fantastic, I have met and shared with some wonderful people, who are carrying the smiles forward and I have been recognized for my achievements, not just by my peers but by the company, which to me, means the world.

I have also recognized that the founder of the company Jeff Olsen, is also a writer and an Author, he wrote a book called the Slight Edge, I have read this book three times and each time I do I smile. He writes of a way of thinking that will lead people to the happiness and success they desire, is it a coincidence that I write about inspiring people to find their inner smile which in turn will lead them to happiness. I want to meet Jeff Olsen one day and shake his hand, because I feel his energy by reading his words, yes, writers write, and then they share what they write with the world, for some the best recognition they will receive are the smiles they see on the faces of those that read what they have written.

Thank you to all the people that now share their smiles with me, I appreciate the recognition.

WI:)ND

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Seeing is a part of believing. . .

. . . and believing can help you to see.

I never would have believed had I not have seen with my own eyes the support from somewhere I have never been. Thousands of likes with each new post from so many wonderful people, most of which are in the Philippines, and most of which make my smile even bigger.

With each new post I move forward, it gives me a chance to share with the world where I am in my adventure, and as a writer, I need to believe in what I write, I need to know someone, somewhere will read it and smile, so believe me, when I see so much support from so many people I find new light and new hope for not just myself, but for other aspiring authors and writers. This has to be more than a dream, you need to take that step to make it a reality, commit to yourself, “see” yourself succeed at whatever it is you are doing, share your progress, your adventure with the world and know that out there somewhere there are others just like you, waiting for that little spark of inspiration.

As I write this, the effects of a recent visit with my Editor Rachel Small, has filled me with new found excitement and enthusiasm, her energy and her passion for what she does, along with her ability to polish my word hugs and make them just that much warmer, has given me that little bit of extra inspiration. I have increased my drive now to find a sponsor or an investor to help with my task of printing and releasing Series Two of BawB’s Raven Feathers to the world.

WI:)ND 🌻

Change happens. . .

. . . because you let it.

So many changes, so little time, and yet, time is irrelevant when it comes to making a change in your life. What I am learning is that if you wish to make a change, or perhaps if you think changing something could help move you forward, then you have to make it happen. Change is all around us, not predetermined by a better time, or perhaps next week, change is immediate, it happens the moment you let yourself believe it is happening or can happen.

I guess, if you think about it, you could look at this in a parallel fashion to the chicken/egg dilemma, which comes first; the changes or the happiness? Personally, I was happy to make some changes, by doing so it allowed me to find a different kind of balance, a different way of living, a different way of feeling, and most important to me, a different way of “seeing” things.

Call it what you will, but I would much rather find my happiness creating my own comfort level, with my own business instead of making someone else’s business better for them.

If you read this and you get it, if you need the chance to change and you are willing to believe it can happen if you let it, then this is an invitation to explore a new way of looking at things. Nerium offers a line of botanical based, age fighting/anti-wrinkle formulas, for the face, body and mind and all you have to do, is see how much they can change your life, then share that success with others.

If you want to learn more click the links below and see how fast your life can change, contact us and we can make change happen.

WI:)ND🌻