Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Thoughts, 1997, Have Your Happy

After 17 years it still happens this way. At some point during the days leading to Memorial Day weekend something will trigger the thought, “What was I doing this day in 1997?” The something though usually has its own little journey leading to the question.

Yesterday, driving south just about to the crest of Blackridge, I notice pieces of a blown, peeled semi tractor trailer tire lying on the side of the road. Not an unusual sight for this stretch of I-15, however it sparked the journey of thought.

A few months back at this location I had one of those intuitive driving moments which we all have and I am ever grateful for acknowledging. I went to pass 2 rigs, passing the first and about to the rear of the next when my gut told me to slow down. Speed reducing, I glanced in my rearview mirror. An in-a-hurry driver was racing up behind me flashing headlights sending me the message “pick up your speed or get out of the way!” There was no way I could merge back into the right lane so, with anxiety I began to accelerate. Again, my intuition said, “Julie, don’t speed up!” Boom! One of the outside tires from the passenger’s side of the flatbed popped, rubber peeling and shredding pieces flying into my lane. I was able to avoid the largest piece which would have done some serious damage. We’ll never know if honoring the gift of intuition saved me or Mr. Speedy behind me but I was ever glad to have listened.
So yesterday, I notice tire remnants, which sparked this memory, which gave me pause to offer thanks for my intuition, which lead me to wonder why I didn’t honor this same divinely inspired intuition the night of my accident, which lead to a question asked by a 4th grader during one of my elementary school readings, “If you could go back in time would you change things and listen to that voice?” Yeah, a 4th grader asked that!

My response to the profound question of this beautiful child, “If I went back to that moment without any knowledge of what I know now other than I’d be run over as a result of not listening, yes, I ooze with humanness, I’d listen and not open that gate. But, knowing what I know, having the experiences I have including the opportunity to be able to visit, share, and bring diversity awareness to people like you, no, I wouldn’t change what happened.”

Driving along yesterday I was lead back to the thought, “What was I doing this day in 1997, the Tuesday before Memorial Day.”  I would never have imagined in a million years that the Tuesday after Memorial Day 1997 I’d be in trauma ICU clinging to life nor that it would have been the last Tuesday that I’d ever stand on my own two feet again.

As thoughts continue this week, I shall take a deep breath, offer gratitude for my many gifts, survival, abounding joy, life remains beautiful, yes all the gifts…and remember today is.

A note from a 2nd grader, inside she writes, “I’m glad you still have your happy.”

Here I am with Winter the Dolphin happily swimming on my shirt, can you see she's missing her tail? Those are my 'fake' knees with hearts added to them, very sweet, and 'fake' feet, I had shown the classes my stubbie feet and she drew them, but the best part is my big smile, yep, I still have my happy, do you:?

Monday, May 12, 2014

Blog Tour!!!!

Hoping Mother’s Day was absolutely wonderful for all the Mommas reading today’s post. The weekend prior I was blessed to be with 3 of my Fab 5, plus 2, for my oldest son and his wife’s gradation. Yesterday, my youngest son who is in Colombia did Skype in for a visit. The video froze on us but his voice was clear and beautifully him.

Earlier in the week I had planned to spend most of Mother’s Day in the gardens with our great Mother Earth but a Winter, yes Winter storm had blown in and changed my plans. How odd it was yesterday to be overly windy with snow flurries as Saturday, thankfully, was warm and sunny.

Mother's Day 2014 Snow Flurries

For the past few years, well since they’ve noticed fairies live on my property, two of the neighboring girls have been coming over to visit. We’ve built fairy houses, which goes without saying, sat in the gardens and chatted, but their most favorite thing to do at my house is paint and Saturday was a near perfect day for a outside paint date.

From the patio, they had such a fun time painting on big art paper. We talked about blending primary colors so they experimented with that. They went about the gardens and yard asking and offering gratitude to various plants if they could take some leaves, blossoms, and petals to use as stamps. Sitting before their big paper canvas, they decided to skip the brushes and use not only their fingers and hands but, for my benefit, they wanted to paint with their toes and feet! Certainly I encouraged this delightful mess!

A few years ago these two little girls said most empathetically to me, “Julia, you don’t have to miss your feet because when you turn 18 they’ll grow back.” I adore their world!

As the girls were leaving on Saturday they said, “We love your house it’s full of books and paint and crafty messes everywhere.” And so it is!

Part of my process is intuitive art. This is part of my participation in Painting the Feminine & a TAG journal. 

What my knitting & crocheting should look like.

What TinyCat thinks my knitting & crocheting should look like.

My alter/prayer place. This is my favorite place to sit when I'm not sitting in the gardens.

Today it is quite an honor for me to participate in a Blog Tour and not just any tour, this particular tour has been going on for some time and has journeyed to the sites of brilliant, soul-full creative’s whose work and purpose is art. I, however, am a soul-life coach or as I prefer to view myself, I am a soul-life guide, a consultant, and a speaker. On this tour I’m to answer for you gorgeous readers, 4 questions:

1)      What am I working on?
2)      How does my work differ from others of its genre?
3)      Why do I write/create what I do?
4)      How does my writing/creating process work?

2 – I’m not overly familiar with the process of other ‘coaches’, I have, however looked into other ‘programs’ and settled into the simplicity and effectiveness of the Ideal LifeVision. Implementing this process in my life several years ago produced immediate results and a complete shift in my goal setting and accomplishments. It continues to manifest results, magically, and I’m never not delightfully surprised at the magic of the process, even years later, in my life and the lives of my clients. While Ideal LifeVision is the scaffold, I strive to meet every client right where they are and see each individual as a spirited, divine soul. I originally thought I’d be interacting with individuals who face life with diverse physical challenges but as I follow my God and Guides I’m lead to engage with elementary school children bringing diversity awareness, partnering with creative souls and other coaches, and speaking to active aging ‘senior citizens’. I suppose it’s seeing each individual as divine souls that have stretched my demographics. And, I do approach my ‘work’ with the same attitude, empathy, and world view as my two little friends.

1 – Currently I’m updating my own vision (which is ever ongoing for things are manifesting so quickly) to include writing a book, creating an accompanying journal for clients to use in assisting them in writing their visions. I’m honing in on my physical and fitness goals for the great success of a scheduled surgery, implementing the Unicity transformation (return often as you're gonna want to follow this), and back to training on my mini blades. My consulting opportunities with School of Life Foundation are expanding into two more high schools next school year, which is very exciting for me. I'm always involved with various online courses which are vital for my intuitive and spiritual process (question 4 too) Right now I'm participating in Painting the Feminine (w/Dirty-Footprints Studio) and will be starting this week Boundaries Boot Camp (w/Pixie Campbell)…yeah, could go on and on…

4 – I kind of touched on how my process works through my words and photos above. I also allow time every day to play, keeping a TAG (thanksgiving, appreciation, gratitude) journal, but I think the most important and essential part of my process is my connection with God. My spiritual practice through yoga, meditation, reading, sitting with Mother Earth, playing in the gardens, breath, prayer, really tapping into my soul and spirit and allowing and knowing the Universe within is as expansive, pristine, and heavenly as the Universe beyond. Keeping it so simple, recognize life remains beautiful…yeah, I could go on and on again...

3 – I do what I do because it brings me abounding joy and joy is my, our, purpose! Plus, I simply love what I do!

Whew, there you go! Now let me introduce to three amazing, creative, remarkable and gorgeous women who will pick up the tour next week:

My name is Melanie but my soul prefers to be called Gypsy. I am a dabbler in all things alternative. I aspire to empower the women in the world and have made that my personal goal in life. 
Gypsy is in my ‘neck of the woods’ and I have yet to meet her in person! You can find her at

Lisa Dieken’s life purpose is to help others raise their consciousness in order to become their Divine Self, carry out their life purpose and manifest their dreams.   The online courses she offers teach you how to become your Divine Self.

Lisa and I have been soul sisters for years. I've worked with her personally and can say she is excellent at what she does! You can find her at

Deanna is a mixed media artist and owner of A New Day Art Studio, an online shop specializing in mixed media art supplies.  Deanna's battle with chronic pain is what original brought her to seek the healing power of art.  Now her passion is showing others that anyone can create and regardless of talent or training, they just need to "make a mark".
Deanna is remarkably creative; you really need to check out her leggings! You can find her at