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Kindness Challenge

I am issuing a Kindness Challenge out to each and every one of you that reads this post and/or receives the above card!!

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You don’t need a reason to help people.

So, the holiday season has come to an end.  Everybody is back to the old, stale routines…Go to work/school, homework,  get dinner made, grocery shop, run errands etc.  It’s often times a busy, boring predictable schedule with none of the relaxation, happiness & giving and friendly attitudes that are often felt during the holiday rush.

Don’t get me wrong.  I think it’s great that around November and December so many people are willing to donate food, money, clothes, toys and even time to help others. Everybody seems to be so much nicer to each other in the spirit of the holidays.  Smiling at strangers in the mall, holding doors open, helping somebody carry shopping bags etc.  The part that saddens me each year is the time after the holidays.  Many people just go back to their own little world,  smiles and conversations between strangers are few and far between.   There doesn’t need to be a specific time of year, season or holiday to spread kindness.  Imagine how great it would be if we all were kind to each other every day!

Kindness is Contagious

I really feel this to be true!  People that are shown kindness and that are helped are much more likely to turn around & be kind to or help another person and then it just keeps going on like a domino effect.  If we all could do one random act of kindness daily, we may just set the world in the right direction.  It starts with each and every one of us!

Kindness doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or time.

This is so true.  Kindness can be as simple as helping a neighbor carry their groceries inside or telling somebody that they have a beautiful smile.  Giving a compliment like that to somebody may be nothing to the person giving the compliment, but it could mean the world to the person receiving the compliment.

Suggestions for acts of kindness

Anybody can do a web search to get hundreds of ideas for spreading kindness.  I’m going to list below several ideas that I have done or will do soon, some cost money, some cost time & others cost nothing.  Please accept my challenge to start a Positively Jo Kindness Movement!  Print out the Random Act of Kindness cards here. Choose one of the ideas below or do your own thing, hand out the card so the recipient of your kindness can pay it forward.  Then come back here to leave a comment about what you did or what was done for you!

Ok,  here are a few suggestions:

    1. Compliment freely.  If you think something nice about someone, say it!
    2. Send at least 1 email or text a day to a friend or family member that you don’t see very often, just to let them know that you are thinking of them
    3. Check in on elderly neighbors, especially after bad weather.
    4. Carry $5.00 gift cards around, so you can hand them out to people that do something great!
    5. Leave a bag of groceries & a gift card on the doorstep of a family you know is struggling financially.
    6. Hold the door open for a stranger.
    7. Pay for a stranger’s coffee or meal.
    8. Deliver donuts or bagels to local police and fire stations.
    9. Buy a meal for a homeless/hungry person.
    10. Pack some backpacks with miscellaneous hygiene items, a bottle of water and a warm blanket, then hand them out to homeless people.
    11. Tape a package of microwave popcorn on a Redbox.
    12.  Put $4.00 – $5.00 in quarters in a plastic bag & tape it to a washing machine in a laundromat.
    13.  Give somebody a gift for no reason at all
    14.  Post positive signs up around work, home or community boards.  Ex:
    15. Babysit for a young couple that may not be able to afford a sitter.
    16. Put a surprise note in your children’s or spouse’s lunch, telling them that you love them.
    17. Pay the toll for the car behind you.
    18. Smile at people you pass in the store.
    19. Attach a bag over somebody’s car window, if they left it open & it started to rain.
    20.  Give spare coats to homeless people.
    21. Lend an ear to somebody that needs to talk.
    22. Lend a shoulder to somebody that needs to cry.
    23. Welcome new neighbors to the neighborhood with flowers or baked goods
    24. Hold the elevator for somebody
    25. Use your network connections to introduce people that can help each other
    26. Invite somebody that is alone over to dinner
    27. Make everybody feel important….cleaning staff, security guard, front desk person, parking attendant… get to know their names and say hello.
    28. Go to the park on a hot day & give out cold bottles of Gatorade or water.
    29. Bring hot chocolate to crossing guards on really cold days
    30. Encourage somebody to follow their dreams and help in any way you can
    31. Tell a manager if you receive great service
    32. Order multiple rain ponchos from Amazon and give them away to people on rainy days  (# affiliate link):<Emergency Rain Poncho with Hood – 5 Color Assortments One Size Fits All – Commuter Friendly Rain Poncho Survival Kit Accessory for Travel Trailblazing Picnics Camping School Sporting Corporate Events“>
    33. Visit elderly people in nursing homes and ask them to tell you some of their favorite memories
    34. Volunteer at local soup kitchens, shelters or other organizations.
    35. Donate money to charities.  Click here for a list of the charities we donate to.

My family & I will be doing some of these things this weekend and I really hope that all of you will rise to the challenge as well!  Let’s get this kindness movement flowing freely and let’s keep it going.

Be the change you want to see in the world.  It starts and continues with each & every one of us!!

I am looking forward to reading your comments.

Remember to put them on this post!

Thanks!

Jo

 

 

 

I AM Important and I Deserve Respect

I am important and I do matter!  We all do!

Hi everybody!  That picture above is me smiling.  That’s from today.  Yesterday that picture would have looked completely different.

Yesterday was a bad day for me.  A very bad day.

Positively Jo has bad days???  Who knew??

So, some of you know that I have struggled my entire life with self- esteem and self-worth issues.  Now I also struggle with Fibromyalgia pain and depression.   Friday was a day where I was in a lot of physical pain as well as a lot of emotional and mental pain.

I was feeling a little discouraged about the decisions I’ve made that have brought me to where I am right now.  OK, I lied…not a little, a lot…. I’ve been feeling a lot of discouraging feelings.

My freelancing and blog have not been providing the income that we had hoped for and needed yet.  I started missing that consistent biweekly paycheck I used to get.  For the first time since leaving my job back in June, I felt a twinge of regret.

I was a mess!!

I felt like a failure, I felt worthless and I felt like I destroyed my family because of the financial strain we are in now.

There was so much negative self-talk going on in my head that I was sure others could hear it LOL.

Once I start feeling like this, I can very easily slip back into my old ways.  That’s exactly what I did.  I allowed the way another person treated me to reinforce the negative talk.  I allowed a stranger to make me doubt myself and knock my confidence.

In comes more negative self-talk

It was a potential remote client that I was really looking forward to working with.  We hit it off instantly during our first conversation and I thought for sure that we would work well together.  He said he did as well.  He also said that I would be hired for some future projects.  That’s not what ended up happening though.  We had several conversations that I was to receive payment for. I never received the payment.  He also kept stringing me along regarding the other projects.   I allowed it to go on for way too long.  I kept thinking that I needed this client because I needed the money that was owed to me and I needed the pay for the additional projects.  Then I started internalizing everything.  I started telling myself that the reason this was all happening was that I must not have been good enough to work with his company.

Why did I assume I wasn’t good enough?

If I hadn’t already been feeling so low already, the scenario above and my reaction to it would’ve been completely different.

I would not have automatically assumed that I wasn’t good enough for the job.  I would have gotten payment up front & I would have walked away much sooner. I would’ve just chalked it up to the client having some issues. I would’ve had more confidence and I would’ve remembered my worth.

I got to my breaking point on Thursday evening and I decided to accept the fact that I wasn’t ever going to see the payment owed to me & I wasn’t going to be getting the additional projects either.  It was time for me to put an end to this.   Then I spent yesterday crying, feeling like a failure, regretting my decisions, worrying about my family, worrying about the finances and worrying about whether or not I will get more clients and if so when.

Rescued by my faith and my hubby.

My husband:

Poor Andy.  He is the one that has to deal with me when I get to feeling down like this.  I honestly don’t know what I would do without him, the kids and my faith.

Andy came home from work and saw my eyes:

He immediately knew that I was upset.

He asked me what was wrong & I started crying a lot, borderline sobbing, as I told him how I was feeling & I let all of the negative thoughts about myself just spill out rapidly. He held me for a while & then started talking to calm me down.  He put our situation into perspective for me.  He reminded me that our family was together & we love each other.  He also pointed out that we have shelter, food and clean water and that so many others were not so fortunate.  He also tried to build my confidence back up by reminding me of situations I’ve succeeded in & achievements of mine through the years. Reminding me that I am good at what I do & I will succeed if I keep focusing on my goals.  Great Guy, isn’t he??? I told ya! LOL  He is always my biggest fan and I really needed that yesterday.

My Faith.

I can do all this through him who gives me strength.  – Philippians 4:13

For the LORD will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared. – Proverbs 3:26

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. – Mark 11:24

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:7

I concentrated on praying & meditating and got to a place of peace.

I can move forward with confidence and a feeling of self-worth again.

I need to keep the focus on my faith, my family and my blessings.

Have a plan!

So, I know I am not the only person that hears negative self-talk & has times of weakness & struggles with confidence & self-worth.  I would probably be correct if I said everybody has those times.

We all need to have a plan to overcome it

We need to have lines of scripture or encouraging quotes compiled and readily available so we can read them for comfort during these times.  We should also have somebody to talk to, just to put things into perspective for us and to be our cheerleader.  We also need to be available for others in our lives that may need that.

That is one of my goals with Positively Jo.  I want to let everybody know that we all have struggles and doubts, but we also all have it in us to conquer and overcome the negativity.  We all have the ability to make decisions to improve ourselves & our lives.  We are all important & deserve respect.  We are all worthy of and deserve happiness and success.

Don’t allow the lows to take over your life.  Accept it, face it, deal with it and move on to improve it.

The way I felt for those few days reminded me all too much of how long I had allowed myself to live in that low place during my lifetime.  I’m done with that and I will not be a prisoner of fear and self-doubt anymore.  I hope none of you will remain in that dark, desperate place either.

Take action!

Today is the day to decide to break free from those chains of hopelessness.  Make a decision to do something to lift yourself up.

YOU are worthy, YOU are beautiful,  YOU are important, YOU are strong and YOU are loved!

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Please note: I am not a counselor or psychologist.  I am just an empathetic, caring, good listener that wants to help people come out of the dark & live the happy life they deserve.  I’ve been through a lot & I understand a lot.

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Remember to take care of yourself and love yourself!

God bless you all!

 

 

 

 

 

The Path (Poetry)

Photo taken by me at Sam’s Point Preserve Cragsmoor, NY

 

As promised earlier…here is the poem that I was inspired to write about the path.  My poem is followed by a poem about the path, written by high school senior, Denae Kajca.  Denae, thank you for participating in my Call to Creativity Challenge.  You did a great job with the poem.

The Path by Positively Jo

As I was hiking along , one beautiful day,

I noticed before me, the way the path lay.

Twisting  and turning , no sight of the end,

No way of knowing, what’s around each bend.

My life was this road, on that very day

Should I go on or let uncertainty force me to stay.

I chose to keep going, It was the right thing to do.

The changes that happened were long overdue.

If I had let fear stop me, I would never have moved,

Then nothing at all would have ever improved.

While traveling down this path of unknown

I just kept reminding myself, that I’m not alone

God is always with me, every step of the way

to protect me & guide me, through every day.

 

 

A Path by Denae Kajca

(printed with her permission)

A path to take you where you want to go

Where you were already planning to be….

A passageway to your destiny…

What if you stray from said path?

Do you stray from your destiny?

Or…does whatever path you take get you where you’re supposed to be, regardless of how far you stray?

Does the path break off, take turns, give you options like the river flowing beside it?

Or is it straight, unquestioning, inevitable?

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Please feel free to share this post and/or add your own creations in the comments section.

Believe in yourself!

Pictures Speak Volumes

Selfie, taken this morning, by me

This morning I was doing one of my favorite past times.  I was sitting outside, in my back yard, with the love of my life and a cup of coffee….yes hot coffee on a 93 degree day… I did mention I was a bit crazy didn’t I ? 🙂

So, sitting enjoying the morning, as I was watching the dogs play and the kittens explore, I started thinking about how truly blessed I am.

I took a leap of faith by leaving my high stress office job a few weeks ago and I would be lying if I sat here & said that I had no second thougts or worries about It at all.. I mean, seriously, I have no income right now, how can I not worry at least a little bit about that, right?

However, since I’ve left that job, I have just been experiencing an overwhelming feeling of peace and serenity.

I have also been feeling as though I have been led straight to this new career in blogging.  One of the things I have always enjoyed doing in life is encouraging people to become the very best version of themselves and being that positive influence when all else seems negative.  This blog allows me the opportunity to do that. So, as long as I can make enough to donate my 10%, save my 10% and cover my bills with the rest,  this is the absolute best thing that I could be doing in my life & I am truly grateful to God for this opportunity.  I am excited to see where he leads me with this.

The cool thing about the pictures above is that those sunbeams & rainbow were not seen by me or anybody outside with me.  Once I took the first selfie (at the top of this post), I noticed how vibrant the rays were.  So I tried a second “selfie”, without the self,  so I could get the sunbeams again…that is when the rainbow came through in the picture!

Seeing these pictures completely confirmed my feeling that God has led me to where I am and he continues to be with me, surrounding me with his love & protection.

That rainbow is his promise to me.

A Call to Creativity

Photo taken by me at

Sam’s Point Preserve Cragsmoor, NY

July 2017

 

 

 

 

Did you ever see something & just feel inspired to write a poem, song lyrics, a story or maybe even feel the need to draw or paint your interpretation of what you saw or more like what you felt?

That’s what happened to me when I was walking down the mountain at Sam’s Point Preserve.  I was on this long, winding road feeling pretty accomplished because I did make it up the mountain & I was on my way back down….Not bad for an obese, 44 year old with Fibromyalgia huh?? 🙂

At that point though, I’ll be honest, I was done.  I was exhausted and  hot.  I wanted to be done with that hike, get home, take a shower & go to bed.  So, going down that path, I wasn’t able to see the end.  I had no idea at all what was around each turn or how much more I had to endure before I could sit down.  My legs were turning to jelly…those of you, like me, that are not in the best of shape, know that feeling I’m talking about , I know you do.  I really didn’t know if I could make it. I knew I had to, but I didn’t know if I could.

Then I started thinking about how much life had in common with that mountain path.  Life is the path we travel along & it is full of twists & turns & we never know what is going to come at us & we don’t know what we are going to see or experience before the end, we don’t even know where the end is.

Sometimes we feel like we  just can’t keep going down this path of life, we know we need to, but we’re afraid.   Afraid of those twists & turns.  Afraid of the unknown.  Afraid of the consequences of the decisions we make. Even afraid of when the end is & what is at the end.

However, in spite of all of those fears & uncertainties and even the extreme exhaustion we feel at times, we need to find the strength to continue along that path of life and we do, we really do find that strength!  We face those twists & turns head-on, we don’t let fear paralyze us. We know that we must move forward.  So many times, there may be heartbreak or discouragement around a twist, but then that next turn will surround you with overwhelming love, joy & inspiration.  We just need to keep moving forward for those good turns in life’s path, they are so worth it!

Whew, ok so I went on a little tangent there, but  I just had to get that out.

The original goal of this post was to challenge your inner creativity.

I wrote a poem (believe me, I am not a poet by any means) inspired by that mountain path above. I will post it soon…Don’t laugh at it! 😉

I also sent this picture to my 2 children and my daughter’s best friend & asked them to write anything that came to mind when looking at the picture.  It was just a little exercise in creativity that I thought would be fun.  My son decided not to do it, but the 2 girls are doing it.  I will be asking their permission to post what they wrote, so you may see those posted here soon as well.

The challenge I want to send out to all of you is the same.  Look at the picture above.  Does it make you feel anything?  If so, express it!  Either write, draw, paint or sing whatever you are inspired to do.

I would LOVE it if any of you would post in the comments what you were inspired to do.  You can either post your poem, song lyrics, a picture of your drawing or painting or even a sound clip of some music you wrote.  If you don’t feel comfortable posting the actual creation, maybe at least just post “Hi, I was inspired to paint” .

I really would love to hear from you all!

Thanks for reading & thanks  (in advance) for accepting this challenge!

Remember: We are never too old and it is never too late to discover new talents within ourselves. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!

TODAY is THE DAY!

Have you been thinking about some changes that you want to make in your life?

Start College?

Get back to College?

Learn a new skill?

Lose that last 10 pounds?

Lose that first 10 pounds?

Eat healthier?

Exercise more?

Forgive somebody?

Take time for yourself?

Start volunteering?

Donate to charity?

Help the homeless?

Help the environment?

Any change at all?

If so……. What are you waiting for?  TODAY is THE DAY!!   Take a step towards the change you want to make!  There is no better time than right now…. today….this very moment.

Start with writing down a change that you want to make & then list a few ideas of how you can start to make that change.

Let somebody know about the change so they can hold you to it. Everybody needs accountability when making changes.

You can contact me on the form below if you would like me to check in on you as you work towards your goals.

 

  

Leap of Faith

Hi everybody! Today I want to talk about stress, the impact it can have on you and some ideas of how you can de-stress.

As I briefly mentioned in my previous posts, I recently left a pretty good paying job to work as a blogger & meditation coach.  Let me explain why, before you decide that  I am off my rocker for making such a bold & risky move.

I had been at this job for 10 years and I absolutely loved my clients and loved what I did, unfortunately, a few years ago, the situation changed drastically due to changes in management.  All of a sudden I found myself in a work environment where the employees were no longer trusted,  we were being questioned about every little thing, such as a 2 minute time entry that didn’t have a corresponding comment (this is NOT an exaggeration). The wonderful flexibility we once had was gone.  The much appreciated option to work from home on occasion, if a situation arose, was taken away, although we were expected to work from home when it was beneficial to the company.  Good, loyal employees, were being let go or fired at an alarming rate.

The new mindset of management was that all of the employees were merely resources that could be replaced at anytime.  We were not valued at all.  The work life balance was all of a sudden completely tilted towards work with no regard to our families.  The morale was as low as it could be.

It was truly so upsetting to see this company that I loved go downhill so drastically. Pleas for help from others in the company, resulted in us being told that nothing could be done.  This new regime was here to stay.

All of this had a very bad affect on my health, I started having painful fibromyalgia flare ups, debilitating migraines, stomach issues, insomnia…the list goes on.  The final straw was when I started having panic attacks on my way to work in the mornings.

Some of you may be familiar with panic attacks, for those of you that are not, it feels like you’re having a heart attack.  My chest would hurt, I’d starting sweating & shaking, I had trouble breathing, I would start sobbing uncontrollably, I got an overall feeling of doom come over me….it was absolutely horrible. I wouldn’t wish a panic attack on my worst enemy.

I would come home after 10 – 13 hours of working and be completely exhausted & defeated.  My husband & kids were worried and they missed the old me that was happy and upbeat.  I had become a completely miserable and depressed shell of my former self.

I had to do something to help me cope with this overwhelming level of stress.

Listed below are some of the activities I would do to try to overcome the horrible feelings of stress & hopelessness.

  • Go for a walk
  • Listen to music & sing at the top of my lungs
  • Take long hot showers
  • Utilize aromatherapy
  • Drink relaxing tea
  • Get massages
  • Talk about what was going on with friends
  • Take a nap
  • Write in a journal
  • Light candles
  • Meditate

Even with all of these coping mechanisms, I honestly couldn’t take it anymore.  I had to face the fact that it was time for me to remove myself from the toxic environment.

One night, I came home to my wonderful husband & just blurted out, through tears, that I needed to quit, I didn’t have another job yet, but I just couldn’t stay there anymore.

So, my amazing love, Andy, who is currently out of work, on short term disability, recovering from surgery said to me “ok”.  Now, we really needed my income, so I was really surprised by his answer.  He explained to me that he hated the affect the job was having on my physical & emotional health, he agreed I needed  to get out.  He stated that he & the kids loved me & wanted me to be healthy and happy again. We discussed that me leaving this job, without another one lined up, would also be stressful and it would be difficult financially, but we would figure things out. He also reminded me that God will provide, as he always has.  We have had some really tough things to work through in our 20+ years together, but we always made it & we will continue to do so.  He followed this with saying that while I stayed at that job, there was nothing he could do to help carry that stress, however if we encountered financial stress because I left the job, he could help shoulder that burden & he could help eliminate that stress, he & I could work together and  figure it all out.   Words cannot express the love & gratitude I felt for this man at that moment.

So, with that conversation, I did it!  I took a complete leap of faith.

It has been only a few weeks since that leap, but I can honestly say, I have not looked back.  I know that blogging and being a meditation coach is what I need to be doing in life.  God’s got this… he will pull me & my family through.  I have the DREAM of what I want to do, I  BELIEVE in myself, I TRUST God and I will ACHIEVE success!

A Walk Through Memory Lane

Hello! So…today I was walking to a local Dunkin’ Donuts to use their WiFi….I know what you’re thinking…. why did I need to go somewhere else for WiFi, well I’m on vacation & I am staying somewhere without Internet….OH THE TRAGEDY!!!!  Anyway, as I was walking to the coffee shop, I took a shortcut through a retirement apartment community and in an instant, I was transported back about 15 years or so, back to when my mom was still alive.
Many of the patios had beautiful plants, flags, garden statues and wind chimes….all the things my mom would also have in and around her place. She was amazing when it came to gardening, a talent I unfortunately did NOT inherit from her. She could make anything grow beautifully & she loved setting up those adorable garden statues & garden gnomes.
So naturally, seeing all of this made me think of my mom. Unfortunately I wasn’t close to my mom at all. Honestly, I didn’t really know anything about who she was as a person. I know she grew up in Ireland, she was good at gardening, she made delicious blueberry jam & she really liked the beach.
I was one of those kids that wanted to have a good relationship with my mom and I wanted her love & approval so badly, unfortunately she was very closed off from me & my sisters, she never really seemed like she was proud of us & she never actually said she loved us. She also just never really seemed happy in life.
I realize now that I am older that my mom did show love towards us in her own ways. Obviously, although I didn’t have the relationship with her that I wanted, I did still love her and I believe she loved me, she just didn’t know how to show it or say it. She’s been gone for about 12 years now & there are times that I think of her & yes I do still talk to her sometimes, just to keep her posted on what’s happening in my life.
The great thing about the relationship I wanted to have with my mom but didn’t have a chance to, is that I do now have that great mother-daughter relationship! I took everything I wanted with my mom & made sure to build that kind of relationship with my daughter, Molly.
So, if you are reading this and you still have your mom, just love her for who she is or if you have a daughter of your own…build that wonderful relationship!!

Positively Jo logo

I would like to thank my 14 year old son, Connor, for creating my logo. He worked hard on it & I’m really proud of him.

I came up with the idea of a butterfly, because right now, I feel like I am the caterpillar transforming into a beautiful, free butterfly.

For my whole life, I’ve been the chubby, self conscious caterpillar that ended up just being trapped in the chrysalis.  The emotional chrysalis for me has been made up of uncertainty, fear, self-doubt and low feelings of self-worth.   The physical chrysalis has been my overweight body. I’ve been trapped in it for as long as I have been living.  I started off as a fat baby (9 lbs, back in the 70’s Yikes!), a chubby toddler, an elementary school aged child that still had my “baby fat”, an overweight teen through Junior High & High School and an obese adult.  I’ve tried numerous diets, exercise, programs, fads etc, but nothing worked.   You know why?… because the emotional nonsense was in the way. When you believe you are worthless & and can’t succeed at anything, then you will fail.  It took me until my 40’s to really realize this.

I have been working on my self- esteem and self-worth for years, I am learning how to love myself for who I am right now in each moment & to believe in myself.  I also realize & accept now that regardless of the shortcomings I see in myself, God made me & I am important, unique and special.  I can do whatever I need or want to do because I am strong & I am worth it.  I have always recognized that in everybody else, but I never believed the same of myself.

My mindset is in a completely different place now.  I still have some doubts & fears, everybody does, but they don’t run my life now and they never will again.

Since I’ve changed they way I feel about myself, I have been able to make some huge changes that have allowed me to start breaking out of my chrysalis….. Since November 2016, I have lost 40 lbs…(Yay Me!!!)… many more pounds to go but I will keep moving forward. I may undergo Bariatric Surgery in a few months but I haven’t really decided which way to go with that yet, I’ll keep you all posted!

Another huge change I made was to break free from a job that was making me physically sick from stress. Life really is too short to waste time in a situation that is not good for you. I took a Leap of Faith and left that negative environment to pursue a career in blogging and meditation. Many people believe I am crazy to have done this, but I just felt like it was what I needed to do.  (Thank you Andy, Molly & Connor for supporting this decision. I love you all!)

So here I am now, breaking free on my way to becoming a beautiful butterfly!!!!

Join me……break free from your own personal chrysalises…fly free as a beautiful, confident butterfly.  We all have the strength inside of us to do it!