How Do You Know?


“There are no guarantees” and other sayings are designed to placate the ego. We know that when we embark on a new journey and make a shift towards opening and a connected life, we may never know what it'll look like exactly. Does that mean you don't try? Absolutely not.

Risk. Courage. These are two words I say often.

Love. Light. These are two more words I repeat every hour to myself and others.

The four words mixed together, said in any order amount to the same goal—a life of purpose, a life connected to the best version of you, a life connected to whatever your version of a higher being is. Every wonderful conscious choice begins with love and light—an energy that propels you towards your dreams and purpose. Too often, we make big decisions based on what we believe is a good choice because of what we have been taught and what is best based on the rules and ideas we've carried. I'm not saying this is necessarily the worst thing a person can do, but what I am saying is that when a decision is made without love, passion, and that little guiding voice, well, it may backfire or you may be on another course that isn't the one you really want. You must find a way to listen to your intuitive self with love and care to guide you to what it is you are to do. That is how you know you are on a path that is true for YOU, not your family or society—YOU. If you are sure of where you're going, then good for you! Keep nurturing your passion and vision and help others see it's all possible by example. For those of you who are less than sure, take 5 to 10 minutes everyday to explore in writing the possibilities of everything. Allow yourself to dream up anything without censor. Keep practicing this until you begin to feel what your truest self is. You may know right away. You may not, but you are designed to live the life you truly want, not the life you think you should have.

Even during moments of doubt, and moments when fear kick in, I just give myself love and continue. I know exactly what I am creating. I do not know all of the steps involved, nor do I know exactly what it'll look like along the way, but I trust my guiding voice and the universe to show me what I need to do.

Wishing you all a very beautiful weekend filled with love and relaxation!

Happy Friday! xoxo

Nurture Your Ideas: DIY and Indie Publishing

Nurture Your Ideas: DIY and Indie Publishing

A fabulous book purchased at the Brooklyn Book Festival from independent publishers, Akashic Books

A fabulous book purchased at the Brooklyn Book Festival from independent publishers, Akashic Books

As I walked through the plaza outside of Brooklyn Borough Hall, I saw booth upon booth of publishers—big name publishers alongside the independent. I was a bit overwhelmed that all of these people had gathered in one spot to celebrate one of the greatest inventions ever to be made—the book. It was an overwhelm of joy and beauty. People still read, no matter what others say. There are people like us who value words on a page. Just because the way the business is run has changed, it does not mean that reading isn't happening on a large scale.

What happens when we get an idea? What do we do with it?

Sometimes an idea flickers and leaves as quickly as it came, but there are those thoughts, the ideas that float into consciousness. Sometimes they feel big, sometimes not, but you feel the weight all the same (if you're paying close enough attention). The idea sticks, because it is a part of your truth. I remember one idea that came to me as I sat in my yard reading. I was reading, Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground by Michael Azerrad. I love music as much as reading and writing, so here I was reading about bands that have paved their own way, the ones that were punk and DIY. It was their vision and sense of creative control—their passion for doing it their own way that stayed with me. It rung true and important. I knew when I was reading it that I was going to use that idea of seeing through an idea as you see it, an idea that you nurture without the hands of everyone else telling you how it should be done. I just knew. Here I am, a little over a year after reading in my yard how to DIY, DIYing (I know that's not a word, but hey!). Because it's still just me, maybe it isn't happening as quickly as I know it could, but I'm nurturing and seeing it through.

Catalog for Akashic Books

Catalog for Akashic Books

What was most incredible yesterday at the Brooklyn Book Festival was all of the small indie presses and bookstores gathered, just as big in importance, as the giant publishing houses. Print is not dead. I seamlessly read a book you can hold in your hands to a book you can read on a device. Print is print, and it is alive. The presence of the indie publisher shows the significance of taking an idea and fostering it into a vision that you want, a vision that you feel is best because you can feel it everywhere in your body. Do it yourself if you can (help is good and appreciated) and do it your way. Your ideas and dreams are just as valid as anyone else's. There are enough independent publishers proving it possible.

Oh, another idea that felt right walking through the festival: there will be a Write for Healing booth there next year complete with titles for sale. If not next year, it'll happen in the very near future. I just know.

Inspiration for my future booth: Brooklyn Book Festival 2014

Inspiration for my future booth: Brooklyn Book Festival 2014

Happy Monday! Go nurture those ideas! xoxo