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  1. Moving from Anger to Love
    Monday, October 28, 2013
  2. Blessings in Everything
    Thursday, October 24, 2013
  3. Water - Today's Source of Inspiration
    Thursday, October 17, 2013
  4. Digging Deep for Gratitude
    Monday, October 14, 2013
  5. Pulling Down Whatever Blocks Your View
    Sunday, October 06, 2013
  6. Look for the Lesson
    Sunday, September 22, 2013
  7. REST - It Does a Body Good
    Sunday, September 01, 2013
  8. What Are You Willing to Do to Live?
    Thursday, August 15, 2013
  9. The Flip Side - Loving What Is
    Monday, August 05, 2013
  10. Doing What is "Right" vs. What is Right for You
    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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Moving from Anger to Love

Recently I've written a couple of posts about my friend and former colleague, Michelle, who was tragically killed in mid-October. There is nothing sweet, beautiful or sexy about a life carelessly taken away by violence of any kind - and it is the kind of loss that can be seemingly impossible to understand or move beyond. It can also leave in its wake wave after wave of tumultuous emotions, among them deep sadness, mind-numbing shock and unspeakable anger. ANGER...I think that can be the hardest emotion to deal with. When someone you love is taken away intentionally at the hands of another person, I think one of the most natural reactions is anger or rage. Couple that anger with the nearly uncontainable desire to express that anger in awful, hurtful ways, specifically to the person or person responsible for your loss and grief. I know I felt that way -though not when Michelle was killed - but almost twenty years ago when one of my very best friends ever, Ken, was murdered. << MORE >>

Blessings in Everything

Last night I was blessed with an opportunity - though granted one that came at a big price. I was able to spend time with some of the dearest people I've ever known catching up, expressing mutual affection and trading memories. This precious group of souls shared their time, talents, hard work and hearts with me, our clients and each other in my first spa, Balance Day Spa. Though we came back together in the time of a tragedy - the loss of one of our friends and colleagues, Michelle Ownby Murray, who I wrote about last week - it was a smile-filled evening for the most part. We were all grateful to see one another and to spend time with such a warm, loving group - a truly special family - with whom we will forever be connected. I think Michelle would be very happy to see us all together, raising a glass or two in her honor and memory...and reconnecting with each other. << MORE >>

Water - Today's Source of Inspiration

As you may have read in my last blog post, Digging Deep for Gratitude, there have been a few emotional challenges thrown my way in the last week. But after a challenging few days, I'm finally here in Niagara Falls, ON for the Canadian Massage Conference. One of my favorite rituals when I travel is to go for a run in a local park or other scenic or historic area. Well it doesn't get much more beautiful than in Niagara Falls - and the weather was simply perfect. Coming here and having this incredible backdrop has been a blessing in several ways: << MORE >>

Digging Deep for Gratitude

A few weeks ago, I was feeling a bit nostalgic about my old spa, Balance Day Spa. It was the 17th anniversary of me starting the business and I couldn't help but think about all the people who had been a part of building that amazing business, environment and family. I am so thankful that I took the time to - in the smallest of ways - reach out and acknowledge the majority of the people who were a part of that time in my life via Facebook. I am thankful in part because I think having gratitude is such an important part of life. It helps us to stay connected with what really matters and appreciate the big and little things that happen each day to make our lives and dreams possible. But even more at this moment, I am thankful I made this small gesture because...<< MORE >>

Pulling Down Whatever Blocks Your View

Over the last few days, I've been feeling a little overwhelmed, blocked, stressed, and a bit nervous. I've got a BIG project underway at my massage practice - an expansion - that is REALLY exciting and also a little scary at the same time. There are a lot of moving parts and things to do and it has all really come about very fast. I know it will be awesome as it all comes together and look forward to sharing more about it as it does.

I'm not going to talk about ... << MORE >>

Look for the Lesson

I've been in business for myself for almost twenty years now. It's hard to believe it's been so long since I dove into the world of self-employment as a massage therapist/spa owner/consultant/mentor/author/speaker/radio host. But I can't imagine anything else. I love working for myself, building something out of nothing over and over again. I also love knowing that the path I follow in large part is one I build one step at a time as I walk along it.

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REST - It Does a Body Good

It's been a crazy summer with more time away from home and the office than I can remember in quite some time. And while the travel has taken me to some new, interesting places - as well as some old familiar ones - and allowed me to spend time with awesome friends, beloved family and many incredible students and colleagues, it has been a bit more stressful on my body and mind than what is normal. << MORE >>

What Are You Willing to Do to Live?

The other day, I sat listening to a friend describe the multitude of medical procedures and drug infusions he's recently had to deal with being administered to his body - and some he's had to give to himself - as well as the litany of what other treatments and tests are is in his future. As he talked about the difficulties of giving multiple daily injections to himself - the pain, the hematomas, andthe bruising he's suffered on his abdomen - he pulled back his shirt to show me the part of the collateral damage from ... << MORE >>

The Flip Side - Loving What Is

Take for example the recent account by NPR host, Scott Simon, on Twitter about the surgery and subsequent health decline of his mother. As time passed and it became clear that she was on the road to the end of her life rather than one of recovery, Simon tweeted an incredible litany of thoughts and quotes about and from his mother. Despite the sadness of the inevitable end, Scott chose to embrace and love everything he could about these final moments with his mother, rather than to hide behind a wall of silence or anger. Click here to read the tweets and an article about the impact they've had on his followers. Though we may not all be facing the imminent death of a loved one at the moment, there are things in our lives that we cannot control or change. << MORE >>

Doing What is "Right" vs. What is Right for You

I recently saw this quote from Hafiz: "Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive." It made me think about how many things we do in life that don't make us feel great or happy to be doing them. Have you ever been faced with a personal choice of doing what you "should" do, ought to do or what was the "right" thing versus listening to your heart, intuition or even divine guidance and doing what was intended? Of course you have. Probably. << MORE >>

What is Stopping You from Transformation?

I had a really eye-opening experience yesterday. I was waiting in line at the airport to check my bag. As a stand-by Southwest passenger, this was apparently my only option even though there was an "express" bag check for people who had boarding passes. Since I could not get my boarding pass until the gate agent was sure there was room on the plane for me, I had to wait, This is not my strong suit as you may have gathered from the last two posts: Patience - My Lesson for Today - or Life - Part 1 and Patience - Part 2. As I got into the line, the couple ahead of me were verbally lamenting the apparent long wait and remarking that there should be another way to get their boarding passes and be checked in. I spoke up and told them about the kiosk behind us about 10 feet away I had just used (to no avail) but that could help them do that very thing and then skip over to the express bag drop<< MORE >>

Patience - Part 2

But then, my eight young cousins, their parents (who are my age) and other grandparents started arriving carload by carload. Though the house was hot, it was quickly filled with such a bubbling energy and excitement that my negative emotions started to melt away just a bit. It’s pretty amazing what hugs from affectionate four to eight year olds can do, especially from the ones who adore you. And so my impatience waned a bit and the desire to write the article on patience seemed less urgent. << MORE >>

Patience - My Lesson for Today - or Life - Part 1

It's a funny thing. More than a week ago I wrote this post (well parts of it) on patience while in Orlando, Florida while I was attending the FSMTA Convention as a speaker. Though the conference was a wonderful experience and success for me overall, my initial travel to Florida and immediate hours after arrival were a bit stressful.

Travel can be like that in general, but on this trip it was worse than usual. (See below for more details.) But beyond the travel issues, when I sat down to write this blog, the ...
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Jumping Over the "Cliff"

I am not so much a "swimmer" as I am "not a drowner." And to be fair, the ability to not drown when I climb into a pool or other body of water is a actually very good skill to have.

Yet, as a "casually competitive" triathlete, being a strong "not a drowner" is not terribly impressive. (Note - I have improved a fair amount since my first event two years ago-thankfully - when I thought I would die from a heart ... << MORE >>

Everything Has Its Time

The last couple of weeks have been full of some amazing highs as well as some thought provoking lows. As someone who tries to see the glass as half full (actually, I usually see it as overflowing) I do try to put a positive spin on everything and know that it all serves some purpose whether I know/understand it or not. What becomes clear again and again is that everything has its time.<< MORE >>

Boston Thoughts - Part 2

Most people know that I am a glass half-full kind of person. I'm almost always one to see the brighter side, to find the positive aspect or lesson hiding in the darkness, to see the best qualities in people. Can't say I've been feeling that way so much today I am almost embarrassed to admit.

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Thoughts on Boston

I admit it. I am really in a bit of a daze about what happened in Boston on Monday. Perhaps it didn't seem very real to me at first because I have been away teaching at the IECSC-NY for the last few days. And if there is ... << MORE >>

Success Means Taking Care of You

Since I last wrote here, my life has changed pretty dramatically. After taking  a little time off for the holidays and reassessing what direction I wanted to take my career in, I decided that I was really feeling the pull to take on a deeper role in my my massage clients's lives and health by adding a new modality.

I'd been searching for something for awhile, but finally found what I was looking for in January in my first class on Myokinesthetics. It's a technique that works on ...
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Walking Through Loss

Over the years I have participating in many kinds of community events, fundraisers and causes. I've built wheel chair ramps, given massage to weary athletes, popped out of a coffin for Hallowwen, all in the spirit of giving back to the community and often to build awareness of my business.

This weekend, I am participating in such an event - the Winter Walk for AIDS, which benefits Triad Health ...
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My next class is in your living room! Will you be there?

I am such a fortunate person! Not only do I get to co-host a couple of classes at next week's World Massage Conference but I am also presenting (last minute) a class on Monday morning (11/12/12) at 9:45 AM EST on Creating Lifetime Clients. I hope you will join me!

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