What I Need to Know About Love

Uncategorized Apr 10, 2013

I find myself being more conscious about love and the decisions I make, the steps I take. I am more aware of the consequences of my words and opinions, and find myself thinking before I act.
Yesterday the topic of responding to painful situations came up on my radio show. And I recognized the importance of asking myself the question, who is responding? If my ego is responding, the situation will likely escalate and end up in an uncomfortable place. If my heart is responding, I know I am standing up for love, and pointing myself in the direction of my truth.
By taking some time to breathe and stepping away from reacting to life, we allow our true self to shine and guide us. The outcomes to situations are more pleasant, and more truthful. We live in authenticity instead of a fabricated tug-of-war.
Asking myself who is reacting? who is responding? who is judging? helps me to remember who I am at my core, and live a more peaceful, love-filled life. When I ask love to guide me I am...

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An Evening with the Captain

Uncategorized Apr 03, 2013

A week ago my husband, my daughter and I went on a cruise for spring break. In all honesty, I was not terribly excited about it. I have been quite busy with my work and was feeling in the groove, not particularly ready for a break!
I was aware that I was supposed to get on the ship. The plan was quite clear. You see, we had only booked the cruise three weeks prior, and we were told we booked the last cabin on the ship available for three people. (The Royal Suite was available, but we are not in the Royal category…yet. WINK!) Of course I thought this was a sales technique to inspire us to book right away which we did, but I did some snooping on the internet and it was clear their were no other cabins available. We had booked the last one.
As it turns out, the cruise was exceptionally fantastic. We met engaging people at every turn. The coincidences were stacking up at a jarring rate!
My favorite story is about the Captain of the ship. It begins in a cafe’ on a Thursday...

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Courage and the Soldier

Uncategorized Nov 20, 2012

Just a few days ago I was in New York City attending a course with Dr. Robert Holden, who’s work I have been following over the past year. This is my third experience in his company. Each of them have been transformational for me. The course I attended, “Coaching Success” is intended to open the door to such inquiries as, what is success?, and how do you measure it? What is your motivation for success? And of course, what can we do to bring more success (love)into our lives? All of these topics seem quite prevalent and important, and they are. But what I have found in my studies with Robert, is that I don’t know what I am going to the course for really, until my re-entry into society. Many people do go to these courses for the list and facts and figures which are tremendous, but I have found in my recent experience that the title of the course matters little, the surprises that turn into great lessons cannot be foreseen.
Imagine being gathered in a room of...

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Releasing Ourselves From Our Conditioned Thoughts

Uncategorized Oct 23, 2012

I taught a class today, the first of an eight week series on living your best life. It was a wonderful, vibrant group of people. I felt very alive and excited…as when I teach I am living my passion, being authentic, and experiencing true joy.

When I begin a series, I always start out telling my story, as I believe it has great relevance for the topic of the last class in the series, which is about following your heart. My heart, trust, and love is what lead me to this point, and what created Spreadhappy.

One of my students, a visually impaired woman in her early sixties approached me after class, asking for some advice. She has been experiencing severe, vivid, nightmares which awaken her each night. She explained to me that she is a very positive thinker, and during the day always feels chipper. But at night, like clockwork, negative images arise as she sleeps, and she suffers tremendously. She shared that she has seen her doctor about what she describes as a severe problem,...

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Unconditional Love

Uncategorized Oct 12, 2012

Today I had the pleasure of visiting Luv-a-pet animal rescue and adoption services. I was greeted by a very loving black kitty looking for a home. Anyone who knows me personally is well aware of my obsession with animals, and craze for my own cats. These little furry pals of mine are the perfect example of unconditional love, and what it means to truly live in love. We can learn from our pets how to forgive, see each-other as equals, and be loyal. I never heard my cat say, “she doesn’t look so good today, so I’m going to with-hold petting rights.” or “she didn’t give me the attention I desired yesterday, so I am now mad at her.” Nope, they just don’t do that. Our pets love us no matter what, have no judgements, and are always happy to see us.
I was truly inspired by this woman Denise, the founder of Luv-a-pet, and one of her active volunteers, Jamie. Denise has been rescuing animals for 10 years, and providing mobile veterinary...

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Am I Happy?

Uncategorized Sep 30, 2012

Yesterday I treated myself to a pedicure, and the woman giving me the pedi (Anna–we’ll call her) asked me what I do. That is always a loaded question, because I do so much. We all do so much. I told her that I am a spokesperson for happiness, faith and optimism…which in essence, is what I am. I can imagine myself waving a flag and standing up for the rights of these three musketeers! Anna then asked me if I am happy. And my answer was, sometimes.
The one thing I know for sure about myself is that I am honest. Not always with myself, but with others…for sure. So I told Anna the truth. I am not always happy. I do experience happiness quite a lot, which is why I feel guided to represent Happy. By nature, I am an optimistic person. I do always see the glass half full, the beauty in the rainy day, the gift in a cancelled vacation or failed project. But I do not always feel happy. And I embrace it. I realize that to truly feel happy, I have to understand how I...

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The Writer’s Retreat, an Exploration of Happiness

Uncategorized Sep 18, 2012

This past weekend I had the great pleasure of attending a writer’s workshop in up-state New York. The retreat where the workshop was held felt ‘back in time’. No phones , no TVs, a camp like setting….a grass-roots feel. The experience was nothing like what I had expected, as I find a commonality for the few courses I have attended. Expecting to get a few tips for organizing my book, I returned with nothing of the sort, but oh so much more.
There were about twenty of us hoping to tighten our writing skills in attendance. We were from all walks of life, ages ranging four decades, diverse ethnic backgrounds, rich, poor, married, single, gay, straight…as different as you can get…on the outside. What was so fascinating was on Friday night (our first class) we were complete strangers, easily identified by our different looks and demeanor. But by the end of the course, we all knew how similar we actually were as people….birds of a feather,...

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Karma is Our Energy Returned Back to Us

Uncategorized Sep 13, 2012

Today I needed yoga…really needed it. I got to class early, and wondered where everyone was. Usually the class is pretty full, and I was there on my own. Just before start time, my favorite teacher showed up. I was elated! As I saw her walking across the wood floor, I walked towards her and embraced her with a hug, accompanied by tears. She was just what the doctor ordered.
It was an unusual class. All women, and there were only about five of us. I laid out my brand new mat, and new this class was the beginning of something different…starting fresh.
I found during my practice today that I was more flexible than usual. whatever burdens I had been carrying…some of them had been lifted. It was evident.
My yoga teacher brought up an interesting subject today. (She always tells a story, and/or gives us something to think about after our practice.) I find whatever she says, it is completely relevant in my life at that moment. It never fails. Today she spoke of karma,...

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What Does Being Loving Mean?

Uncategorized Sep 10, 2012

Be love.

Dr. Robert Holden shared a quote today in his daily inspiration.
My friend Tom Carpenter says
“The decision to be the presence of love
is the most powerful influence you can have
in any situation in your life and in this world.”

I have struggled with this my whole life, not really knowing or understanding what to make of it. On one hand, being the presence of love is grossly misunderstood. Being the presence of love means loving yourself fully. When you truly understand self-love, as opposed to selfish love, you have the opportunity to shine your light on the world, and truly help others. So what does this mean?
Loving yourself fully means being strong, being understanding, being compassionate, and being honest. Being honest with others is a piece of cake, it;s being honest with ourselves where we tend to fall short. Being honest with ourselves means accepting no less than love as the answer to heal all wounds. And sometimes being love is walking away from...

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The Little Things Are Really The Big Things

Uncategorized Aug 13, 2012

I reached out to my friend today, as we hadn’t caught up in a while.   He is one of  my yoga buddies.  We usually show up for Tara (my fave instructor)‘s class a few times a week.  In true yoga style, we occasionally grab a smoothie after class.  He is a super cool dude, dad and husband. I admire his commitment to himself and his family. He is following his dream and getting his certification to teach yoga. He is being true to himself, which in turn brings truth and love to all of his relationships.  Gotta love that!!
When I texted my friend to see if we should resume our yoga-smoothie meetings (as it’s back to school here in Florida), he responded, and followed his message up with these two simple words.  ‘you cool?’  Yes, that simple.  Those words brought a tear to my eye. Why? Because just that statement is so very generous, and because I knew he meant what he asked.  He wanted to know if I was...

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