- Wednesday, September 24, 2014
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Some of you know that finding my heaven on this Earth, has been a goal of mine for the last 4 years or so. I have an enormous dream that I can create this for myself.
I sit this morning in great appreciation for my life, my family, friends and for Sheldon. I know most of the time how fortunate I am for my survival, my life and all the great things that have happened and continue to happen.
I also know that unbelievable joy and happiness is available to all of us, no matter what. I can’t and won’t feel the need to convince anyone of this. I only need to share my life, my story, and my love.
When you get a taste of how great your life can be, you won’t turn back to the past! Ahhhhhh, life is good!
- Monday, September 22, 2014
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I am so excited to share my upcoming traveling schedule. People may not realize that my inspiration comes from the people who attend my talks and events. When they tell me that I have inspired them, helped them, it only inspires me more. I see it as a great big ball of inspiration that is getting bigger and bigger!
I will be in the state of Maine for two public events. One in Lewiston on October 1st, and one in Dover-Foxcroft on October 2nd. From there, Sheldon and I are traveling to Porto, Portugal. I was asked to be a keynote speaker at the 1st World Conference on Facial Expression.
After returning fron Portugal, I will be speaking at my oldest daughter’s college, Castleton State in Castleton, Vermont on October 22nd. Finally, we are going to Philly on the 24 th, to speak at the Gift of Life organizations 40 th Anniversary.
Then hopefully, the birth of my first grandchild will fall on his due date! My life is great and all the difficult things have only propelled me here !
- Friday, September 19, 2014
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There are so many sayings about our dreams. When we are in a happy place, we think of them, and encourage others to move forward with theirs. But how many of us actually reach them?
For dreams to come true, there are a few necessary ingredients needed. First, you need to have a firm, unwavering belief that it is a possibility. Second, you need to have a strong desire to reach your goal. This desire kicks in when things get tough or your faith slips. Without this desire, you give up.
Lastly, focus is a key factor. Taking baby steps everyday towards what you are wanting, keeps your positive momentum going. Of course we all fall off the path. Having the ability to regroup and move forward, is another key. Every time you lose one of these keys and are able to get it back, you will have the confidence needed to move forward.
We are all here for a purpose. If you do not follow your dream, life cannot be as magnificent as you want it to be. We all have the power to do what we have the desire for. Blessings are in the journey, find yours.
- Monday, September 15, 2014
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It can be difficult for us to break the pattern of speaking negatively about our lives. We tend to blame others, make excuses and justify our unhappiness. Talking like this, only keeps us ingrained in this negative place. Our society is full of negativity everywhere you look.
But, what if, you stopped looking? What if you paid no attention to all of the opinions? Your ability to find your unique happiness along your journey, would be not only easier, but much more joyful.
We all allow our culture to run our lives. As we grow and take responsibility for 100 percent of our lives, we can overcome this.
Start talking about the best part of your life. Keep thinking and talking about what you love the most. Leave the judgement of yourself and others behind. It hinders your progress. Start with being more positive and see what happens. Your efforts will be greatly rewarded.
- Monday, September 8, 2014
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There is a big misconception in our culture, many actually, but I am talking about the one of security. Culture says that security comes from getting things outside of yourself. Most people don’t understand that this is not how life works.
You are creating your world all from within yourself, whether you are conscious of it or not, that is how it works. If you are insecure about a specific subject, take money for example, having money won’t help that insecurity. You have to become secure and worthy before you are at a place where things you desire can come into your life.
Money is an easy example, because so many desire the freedom it provides in our society. But most people never have what they want. Why? I believe it is because we get what we believe and think about. Having significant money in this society, has a lot of false premises wrapped up around having it.
Everything you want is obtainable. But you must understand and accept the laws of the universe. The universe is not passing judgment towards anyone. All the wise words from our history point us to a direction that is positive. They tell us over and over again how much we are loved, worthy and magnificent. Start believing that , and watch your happiness grow!
- Friday, August 29, 2014
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I posted on Facebook this morning my definition of faith.
I wrote, ” the ability to believe something you cannot see, except in miracles. When it is lost, you can find it more easily by remembering the miracles you have been witness to. ”
I have had a summer of a roller coaster ride, not the fun ones at the theme parks, but one of the most difficult for me, physical then leading to emotional crumbing.
Not pretty, not fun for any of us. I too, want at times to crawl into a cave and return when all is well. I actually do this . It is a saving grace for me, although it is a painful process.
But, I find my way back out. Reclaim what I know about me, about life. I don’t give up no matter what. I made a promise to myself a long time ago that I would not until my life is ending.
I lose my way, like everyone else. I find it again, sometimes only for a moment. I keep looking for that grounding that gives me the ability to share my life with you.
- Tuesday, June 10, 2014
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Blog- June 10, 2014
7 years have passed as of today! I have transformed my life into something so much more amazing than I ever could have known! This previous blog is one of my favorites, so I thought I would post it again. I originally wrote and posted it on March 26, 2013. Enjoy!
What if the only thing that mattered was your happiness? What if you choose to be here, just for the experiences, both negative and positive? What if we knew all of this and actually wanted to experience these events?
What if we knew that we had the strength needed, resources available , support of others, to successfully overcome all of the challenges and the self esteem to relish in the goodness too? Too far fetched? I don’t think so.
For the last 3 years, this has carried me forward. Taking full responsibility for my choices has given me great strength to reach my goals. It has given me the happiness I so wanted, regardless of what is happening at the moment.
This feels like true freedom to me. Freedom to live like you mean it and know in my heart, I can choose to control a lot of my life, myself.
Listen. Listen to the you that is deep within. Listen to that one. The you that knows.
- Friday, June 6, 2014
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I have had a lot happening these past six months. I do believe that, although my challenges are never over, the most difficult ones have passed. The challenges in the future may be as challenging, but I have the accomplishments and security now, that I gained through my efforts.
I must admit, it has been one of my most difficult times . My narcotic withdrawal alone, kicked my butt to the point I actually questioned whether or not I would be able to really move forward. I was fearful at times that my physical body would not improve and my scar pain would remain.
But, I keep going. I find the strength because I truly believe that anything is possible for me if I can grow, or evolve towards what I want. I sometimes have to keep looking, consciously for ways to accomplish my goals. When you truly believe your existence is intentional, all of it, there is a strong force to keep going. It is incredibly rewarding to reach a huge goal!
If I could bottle it and give it away, I would!
- Friday, February 28, 2014
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We all perceive our experiences differently, based on our past, and amount other things, personality and emotional abilities. But what is old patterns and getting stuck really about?
With all of the places I have had to go, I have learned this for myself. You have to want to change, first of all, you need to recognize how you feel. We tend to do the same things, think the same way, and see the same things. Being aware leaves the door for changes that can only make your experiences and life better.
Why don’t we just do it then? Because most do not know how to successfully maneuver through the difficult emotional times. I want to see that change in the way we raise our children, so therefore, I will do my best to make those changes first.
It can be extremely painful to see yourself for who you are being at the moment. That is not who you really are. We are so much more magnificent then we know. To find this out, you must take a real honest look at how you treat yourself and others. I believe we create everything in our lives, obviously not all consciously .
Break old stuck patterns by contemplating who you are being and who you have been. There is always improvement for everyone, yes, all the time.
- Friday, January 17, 2014
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Last July, I started to wean myself off from a heavy amount of narcotics. I had been on MS Contin and Oxycodone since my injury. Previous attempts at getting off was not working, as my neck pain was a constant problem.
I chose not to talk about this until the day came when I had received my face and therefore removing my neck pain. It was one of the biggest factors in me wanting a face transplant. I am happy to say that day has come.
Weaning off the MS Contin, went pretty easy, as it took several months. But, when October came and I was able to cut my Oxycodone dose in half, I hit a tough spot. I weaned too quickly and rebounded into not only feeling terrible, but dealing with a major depression I had never experienced before.
Through the month of October and November , through the New York Times article and being on Katic Couric, it was all I could do to keep myself sane.
I hit bottom mid November and ended going to DHMC psych unit to help me get off the rest of the dose. My anti-rejection level on one of my meds, went sky high and I could barely keep my balance while walking. It truly was one of the most difficult times for me in the last 6 or so years. It is the reason people did not hear a lot from me.
I plan to talk in more detail about this experience in my second book and during my speaking opportunities. It certainly gave me a new perspective . One I wish never to repeat. Another challenge overcome, another reason to be grateful!