“I arise full of eager-ness and energy, knowing well what achievements lie ahead of me.”
Zane Grey, American Author (1872-1939)
Arise Eager Each Day!
I gotta stop watching the newsfeed at night. I wake up with a sort of a nasty subjective reality hangover. Feeling a bit desolate at the state of affairs, I yearn for a time when decorum and leadership were held as ideals. The best I can do to impact the world at large is focus on how I show up in my own life. I so willingly am ready to exalt the values I hold dear. I have the energy to champion the beauty that I want to come to light.
With that, I rally around the notion that great achievements lie ahead of me as I step away from fear. To wit, I arise eager each day to see this higher vibration within me come to fruition. And then, I turn off the chatter, clear out the clutter and open my mind to the blessings that are awaiting.
Time to Put Those Sunglasses on and S.H.I.N.E. Love!
And to accomplish all of the above, it would serve me well to put on my sunglasses. All sparkly and shiny, I wear them knowing full well that the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel is on its way. It is time to shine love out into the world. And every step I take mirrors that goal. Get ready all you amazing people! This year we shine together brighter because we come from a place of love. We are launching our S.H.I.N.E. 2019 with the theme S.H.I.N.E. Love and boy do we need this!
And, whether you know it or not, love is the answer to all our woes. It is the detachment from that place that separates us from each other. It is the alignment to that space that brings us home again. Team S.H.I.N.E. is eager to show you all that love changes everything. And now, at this time, Love is what we need. So get ready in eager anticipation, for the light at the end of the tunnel is here. Begin today and put your sunglasses on because the energy that we are beginning to bring as we prepare to come together is brighter than you can even imagine.
Save the Date for February 2019. Thank you Fab Tina for the incredible logo!
“Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people.” Fred Rogers
3 Reasons Why I Want to Be More Like Mister Rogers
Often, we look for mentors in this world to emulate. Mister Rogers is one of those amazing souls. For the time that he was on this Earth, he made a tremendous positive impact on so many. While there are so many reasons that I want to be more like him, here are 3 for a start:
1. A Return to a Happier Time with Healthy People
Last night, my family and I went to the see the Mister Fred Rogers’ documentary entitled “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Truth be told, I have felt a lot of anxiety lately. Watching too much of the American newsfeed unfolding before my eyes triggered a lot of my fears for the future of my country, I wanted to give my soul a bit of rest so a dose of Mister Rogers and his neighborhood was just what the doctor ordered.
Mister Rogers welcomed feelings in such a way that made one feel no matter how they showed up, it was more than ok. Mister Rogers provided a safe places for children to express themselves and clear confusion because he knew that this makes for healthier people. While hurt people without an outlet look to hurt others, healthy people who can sort themselves out will lift others up. That is what Mister Rogers did, he offered a place to sort out the confusion and lift others up. And, I want to be a person more like that!
2. Loved Exactly as We are Grows Healthy People
There was a part in the movie where Mister Rogers met a 10 year old little boy in a wheelchair named Jeff. Jeff explained to Mister Rogers and the audience that when he was 7 months old, a tumor near his spine damaged the nerves which left him unable to move normally. As I watched Jeff interact with Mister Rogers, tears began to well up in the corner of both eyes. Why? It was clear that no matter the perceived defect, Mister Rogers loved this little boy just the way he was.
And let me be clear, Jeff was pretty amazing just as he showed up. There was no denying the incredible light he emitted. Just watching the two of them together, it took my breath away. Love builds people up, hate tears them down. It grows healthy people, hate creates more of the same. It heals, hate and control build more adversity.
Remember, Mister Rogers said “if you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people that you never dream of. There is something you leave at every meeting with another person.” And, in those meetings, if you can show another a little unconditional love, the ripple effect just might be what the world needs today to heal. And, I want to be a person more like that.
3. Living From a Place of Peace is a Healthy Way to Be
And why did I want to go spend an evening listening and watching Mister Rogers’ documentary? In these very tumultuous times, I want to be around the peacemakers. I want to be a peacemaker. Mister Rogers exuded a peace and calmness that is very difficult to find. The way he spoke and related to others, never raising his voice especially when he was with the children is a good habit to emulate.
Raised in an Italian-American home where passions run high, I was not raised this way. While I love the energy behind living life to the fullest filled with emotion, there is something to be said about breathing in peace as well. And, a balance of both is a good start.
While I have the passionate exuberance taken care of, exposure to living from a place of peace is a necessity as well. Mister Rogers spoke quietly and carried a big dharma. He came to this world with great purpose. While the way he did it may seem a bit goofy, he did create a “prototype” neighborhood based in love, kindness, acceptance and tolerance. He championed others through peaceful means. It is not a surprise that this would strike a chord in those who were the anti-thesis to that. It is clear that the good he brought to the world was noticed. And, I want to be a person and leave a legacy more like that.
For more insights, go to http://www.megnocero.com.
“Once you understand the clarity that your emotions provide. . . (y)our awareness of the way you feel will give you the clarity you have been seeking-and you will never be lost in the desert again.”
Esther & Jerry Hicks
Effortless Brave Magical Plan-What Plan?!?
We plan, God laughs. Starting in January of this year, my detailed plan did not begin as I hoped. During a grand night of dancing in celebration of my 48th birthday in December, I got hurt. With the champagne going to my head mixed with an amazing Latin beat, while I salsa’d to the right, my body did not follow. A sharp, stabbing pain on the left side of my back took my breath away. And, Did I stop dancing? No Way!!! And the next morning, I did not feel ok!
And as the days progress, the pain got worse, shooting down my leg. SCIATICA!!! A nuisance really. I continued spinning but refused to just walk it away. And when I tried to “work” out the kinks on a roller one fateful night, that was the final straw. I lurched back in agony, in tears and I could not even get off the ground. That was late February.
And the kicker!?! Guess what was a part of my “plan” in April? I was one of two organizers for a S.H.I.N.E. Adventure to Northern Spain, a 117 km, 75 mile walk with 17 pilgrims on El Camino de Santiago. I was scheduled to go on a spiritual journey known to be very challenging for many. What about someone who could not even get up? I guess my journey of a thousand miles started on that day.
Trinity of Clarity-333
I was freaking out. How in the hell was I ever going to move forward now? I had a visual roadmap that I set up for guidance on my life/career transition: the Trinity of Clarity. It is a triangle that set out 3 areas of my primary focus for external healing and 3 for internal healing: Purpose at the outer top point/ inside, health; Education, on the outer left point/inside, relationships; and Service on the outside right point/inside abundance and success. And, I put me smack in the center.
Above all of that, I put the following questions: “what are my desires for the year?” and “how powerful are those desires?” When I created this triangle, I listed everything that came to mind under the main categories: a healthy fit body ready to take on the world a top priority and my Non Profit organized S.H.I.N.E. Adventure to El Camino de Santiago in Spain coupled with Love Button Ambassador in the Service section. Now, how the hell would I manage that one?
However, it was the end of February and I not only was not in tip top shape, but felt like crap and was literally paralyzed by fear. It was clear that I might have to cancel this trip. It was clear that I may just fail at my new life within the first 6 months. But for those that know me well, know that I am not a quitter. So, at that moment, it was time for me to figure out what I was committed to. First step, I needed to figure out why I was so scared and how to get out of the desert that I found myself in.
Not Scared of the Dark When Focus On the Light of My Star
It turned out that this unfolding in my life, was where the most growth would happen. For before I could move forward, I needed to take stock of my feelings and get clarity. Now this is God’s plan!
It turns out I was terrified. After taking this very public leap of faith in the direction of my most wonderful life, I was so afraid that I would fail. And not just fail in a small way, we are talking public humiliation. My greatest fear would finally come true, I would show up as me, no longer hide and the world would laugh and banish me to the shadows once again.
Yep, as I dragged my butt to physical therapy, to the acupuncture, to massages and to the chiropractor, this was going through my mind. I was in a lot of pain and that old negative voice would not let up. It was telling me over and over again: who the hell do I think I am, what am I trying to prove, and just add this failure to your very long list.
Recognizing The Big Moments After the Fact
Who knew this whole experience was going to be such an important part of my story? Who knew that this was the big moment that I would suck it up and walk a road that would have me overcoming one of my biggest fears. I was about to walk 117 km without even one day of training for it. I had not even broken in my hiking shoes. I did not research this. I just wanted to learn what I needed to finally close out in a big way a 7 year period of my life.
While my cardio was good, I had no business walking up and down mountains, 13-18 miles on any given day, challenging my body and soul beyond belief. But I had a tribe that believed possibility into me. And in my own dark time, they got me to refocus on my light. That and accompanied by a little button filled with love, this was not just big, it was HUGE!
And needless to say, with a lot of help from my friends, I did it, I walked the entire thing. And crazy enough, my back was fine. My feet did not fare as well- on Day 4 of 6, on top of a crazy rash from who knows what, and blisters on every part of it, I sprained my ankle and had to hike the last approximately 25 miles wrapped up in KT tape, a brace and tight shoes. I was determined to finish this bad boy and failure was not an option!
Embracing My Authentic Self
And once I got clear with my emotions, I got to show up on that last day as I always wanted to. I put crazy awesome music on, took one step at a time and celebrated by dancing on the path to finish strong. And now it’s July and I am half way through the year! So much excitement has happened since El Camino and is awaiting me as I look upon my future.
Meanwhile, has the year been effortless brave and magical so far? Well interesting enough, when I finally chose to surrender, allow, claim my brave heart and embrace my own magic within, YES! Looking back, I see that everything that happened, needed to happen. And the internal and external healing of my Trinity is definitely in process because I am showing up more and more authentically.
My elevator pitch: A woman who sets out on the greatest leap of faith. After months on the path, while the audience can see that she is almost there, she does not.to She starts questions why she is on the journey. She gets lost in the desert of fear, sadness, depression, and desperation. When she is about to turn around and head back, you can almost hear the audience holding its breath. Then something happens to her, she starts to see herself and the possibility of her life. She faces her own magic and chooses not to give up!
That is what happens when we all embrace our authentic self with a confidence that encourages us on. You start to live your life from a place of Effortless Brave Magic! Half Way through 2018, there is no turning back! This is so much bigger than we think. We got this!
For more inspiration, got to http://www.megnocero.com.
To teach, the journey must begin!
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” Lao Tzu
In the Beginning
I always believed that I would be a published author. I think I always knew this to be true. Even when I younger, I loved to play with words and draw characters; even my sisters will tell you that I wrote a series of at least 10 submissions about a young writer called Hello Fellow! Sadly, I disposed of my first work of art before it could see the light of day.
So Yesss!! It feels amazing to declare this truth, since 2015 “I AM A PUBLISHED AUTHOR” became my reality and I am grateful to the universe for how it all began.
It all Began With A Lap Top
My journey of a thousand miles began in 2006. Not really knowing what I needed, at a minimum I knew I would need a good lap top computer to travel with me wherever I wanted to go.
So on one busy Saturday, I marched into Best Buy, picked out the fastest MacBook at the time, and bought it with a pink cover to boot. At the register, I looked at my husband and stated as confidently as I could, “Today with this begins my writing journey!”
Now, almost 12 years later, I still have that pink cover, I did write The Magical Guide to Bliss on it, and on a newer model The Sunrise of Your Soul’s Bliss: A Book of Mantras, and La Bella Farfalla: The Story of the Beautiful Butterfly are both unfolding. You would say that my declaration became my own magical truth. That belief in myself and so much more, over the last 12 years, the wisdom gained, I can use to teach you what I didn’t know.
5 Excellent Tips to Teach You How to Start on Your Masterpiece
This has been the greatest empowering journey of my life. After I bought the laptop, I had to figure out how to put it to good use. Here are 5 Excellent Tips I came up with for Beginners to help get you started:
- Start to write. Writers write. It is that simple. You have to make writing a habit. Schedule yourself well and keep this time as sacred. For me, each morning, I grab an inspirational book and my journal and away I go. For thirty minutes, I get on a stationary bike, I read and write whatever comes to mind. Find your special place. Delight in the books that are page turners and take notes on the ones that turn you off. As you begin, the journey becomes so much fun.
- Keep a journal by your bed. Dreamcatchers, this is one of the best places to capture ideas. I go to sleep thanking the universe and my angels for any inspiration. When I wake up, if the dream was a doozy, I write precisely what I remember within the first minutes of daylight. You can even keep a journal by your shower. When your mind is most still, inspiration can just spill in.
- Carry a small notebook with you. Use a notebook or use your phone, but always be at the ready to capture ideas as they meet you. From all sorts of topics, if it is something that I want to remember for later, I jot it down. I am too overwhelmed at times, I never want to be caught off guard without a way to grab on to genius.
- Writing prompts. If you are a bit stiff with your creative writing, nothing is better than writing prompts to get you started. From “what was my favorite thing to do as a child?” to “what are my greatest dreams?”, the writing prompts can have you dancing into territory that is new or even unfinished leaving you feeling excited as you hone your writing skills.
The Most Important Tip #5
Know Your Why! Please know this above anything else anyone will ever say or do, telling your story is your gift to the world. You never know who you will help. For over 20 years as an attorney, I learned the art of telling a good story. Now, as the story teller, my”Why”, is what I hold on to, then I let the universe take care of the “How”. I met a young woman recently who shared with me her passion and rejection. I congratulated her, reminded her that authors like JK Rowling of Harry Potter fame papered her wall with them. Remember rejections just guide you to where you need to be to get your story out there into the world. Hold on to to your Why and you will not be deterred.
Now take the first step!
For more great insight and wisdom, go to megnocero.com. This Blog Submission is 1 of 5 parts of Teach You What I Didn’t Know. Stay Tuned for Part two-Now that Writing is a Habit, What Next?
“You keep your eyes on the prize, you try to do what’s right, and eventually, you’ll reach your goal.” Eric Holder
Eyes on the Prize!
Happiness and Freedom are the prize! Those beautiful words that sing a promise of acceptance, hope, transformation and most of all love! That golden prize that beckons all of us to take the next best step and move forward.
But, why does it feel like an elusive goal? What are the blocks that come up that keep us from a liberation from fear and worry? When will we get out of our own way so that we can start to allow this wondrous journey to begin?
And, good news- if these questions stir a curiosity in your soul, then you have taken the first step on your own journey of a thousand miles. You are on your way. Now, it is time to do what is necessary to remove the blocks caused by our own lower vibrations. It is time to allay your fears and worries and leave a clear path before you. Declutter, forgive, surrender, allow the details to materialize as you consciously walk forward. Be open to the magic and miracles that arise from the release of your restrictions and start blue-sky visioning again!
Be a great visionary!
All the greatest visionaries of our time have started off with a desire, whether big or small, that matched their dharma. They came to this incredible playground with the notion that they were here to learn something and do with the knowledge what they could. Be it leaps in innovation, medicine, or any act of service for that matter, they kept their eyes on the goal-their own personal prize. And to do so, they had to keep their focus strong and deal with their own limitations. This is what leads to fulfillment of destinies.
Therefore, as a deliberate creator, immerse yourself in events or moments that inspire your goals. There is a knowing that empowers the process of unfolding perfectly before you. Keep your eyes on the prize, ground yourself, be happy and free on this journey!
For more amazing insights to help guide you on the road to bliss, go to http://www.megnocero.com
Meg Nocero, Inspirational Author, Motivational Speaker and Personal&Professional Empowerment Coach
“We live by each other and for each other. Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much. Only love can break down the walls that stand between us and our happiness.” Helen Keller
Building An Amazing Tribe
If you believe that you have all the elements of success present in your life, then you must look at who surrounds you as well. These people are your collaborators. They are here to work with you and for you, and vice versa. A person who has a good sense of their worth knows full well that alone we can do so little, but together we can do so much. And creative collaborations bring so much joy into all of our lives!
Competition with Others is not as Healthy as You’d Think
We all need allies in this world to sustain us. Sometimes the world confuses us into thinking we need to be better than everyone and win at all costs. When in reality, there is no us versus them- we are all connected. It is very important at this time to improve the collective consciousness to get into the mindset of trust and align with those who are ready to work jointly using talents to complement each other and meet any goal. For alone you have only what you know and it is a slower process to learn, progress and grow; and certainly a more lonely one as well. Competition, to succeed at the expense of another, rise by underhanded means, or beat out another, does nothing to benefit you or the common good. We are not better because we quash out another’s dreams. Quite the contrary. Together we do rise and the happiness factor goes up accordingly.
Collaboration Builds Bridges to Greatness
If quality is what you are seeking, then there is no better time than the present to grab on to a mentor to help fine tune your skills and lead your way. Open your mind to the diversity that surrounds you. It serves no one’s highest good to best another; it just spurs on jealousy, envy, hatred even and promotes the lower vibrational stagnant energy that blocks us all from bliss. Keep this in mind today, greater wellbeing is achieved when you stand side by side celebrating together the accomplishments in life. For collaborating together leads to empowerment to live the life we all want! We are better together!
Dream it, Wish it, Do it!
It was an incredible joy to speak with Derek Fernandez on June 25th! What an inspiration. He went from dreaming as a young child to carrying around Nietzsche and wishing it to actually living in China, Tunisia, USA and traveling all over the world, Doing It! That coupled with his dream to become an amazing creator of men’s fashion- we are all your biggest fans and get excited by your dreams! Like he said NO REGRETS!
Here is the whole interview- Enjoy!
Thank you Derek Fernandez for sharing your incredible story and wisdoms! Here is the link if you missed it! Here is to your JOY!!
“When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom
“Let it Be” Lyrics from The Beatles ‘Let it Be’
Meg’s Mantra: You are here on Earth to experience outrageous joy!
Even though the everyday routine of life may feel like small ordinary moments, when we look back, we realize that each one was an important extraordinary part of the masterpiece that is the becoming of you. Each day. Each opportunity. Each connection. Believe it. You have to keep that close at hand especially when you are going through tough times and it feels like the world has gone a bit mad.
You serve yourself well to look for the joy each and every day as best as you can. Life can feel really exhausting when you constantly strive to succeed. It can feel like a struggle to become worthy. Let today be the day when you rest in the beauty of the world around you and realize you already are the perfect creation that is a blessing. Take a day off from the fight for just a moment and allow the peace of this knowing to encompass you.
When you resist the belief of how beautiful, magical and wonderful you really are, you rob yourself and the world of the outrageous joy that is waiting there for you always. So for this moment, let the struggle be and release the negative talk from the conversation you have with yourself. Trust that this is part of your process, those series or set of actions that you will take to achieve a particular end. For the wisdom lies in the fact that each moment or step will offer you the opportunity to invite more outrageous joy if you allow it. And Wow, that’s wonderful!
Manifesting With Meg: FB Live June 25th, 2018 at 8pm EST. Tune in as we talk about Finding Joy in June- Dream It, Wish It, Believe It! With Special Guest Derek Fernandez- FOR ALL OF YOU POPPIE FANS, Poppiepalooza takes on Broadway this week- tune is as we get excited to expore Joy with the Poppie as well.
Derek was born in April 1990 in Girona, a small city in the northeastern part of Spain close to the French Border and spent most of his childhood and adolescence in the town of Banyoles. Through his adolescence years he realized that life in a small town was meaningless for him as he was eager to discover the world and learn more aspects about existence, so when he was 14 years old he had already decided he wanted to move to Barcelona. When he turned 16, he started reading books about philosophy and discovered the extraordinary works of Friedrich Nietzsche and subsequently became deeply impacted by the book of Thus Spoke Zarathustra. Derek decided to study Business Administration at ESADE Business School, one of the most prestigious schools in Europe and he eventually got admitted with a scholarship. During his studies he went to Miami to do an internship in PR at Porsche Latin America in the beginning of 2012, being his first time he travels beyond Europe and that was the first experience that really changed him. That was the point when he had decided to pursue an international career where he felt he would be able to answer questions about our existence and our role in the world. Right after his internship in Miami he moved to Beijing in September to study economics and Mandarin at Tsinghua University, considered the most prestigious University in China and one of the most reputable in Asia. There, Derek wanted to learn more about Chinese way of life and the rapid change that the society experienced and he tried very hard to be immersed into the Chinese culture and be surrounded by local students, which proved to be a notable challenge. In January 2013 he went back to Barcelona to write his Senior Thesis but before leaving he had clear in his mine that those 6 months would not be the last period of time he would in China and he kept studying Mandarin for an additional two years. In June 2013, Derek got graduated in Business Administration and he decided to seek a job that could bring him an international exposure, although the situation is Spain was tough as the unemployment rate for young people at that time was 55%. However, he eventually got hired to work for Celsa Group a family owned Spanish Steel Company and one of the largest steel companies in Europe. He started as a Sales Representative for Tunisia and West Africa in moments of certain political instability in those areas. After working for almost a year in the company, he got promoted to manage the area of Latin America, where he would oversee a much bigger and more relevant market. At this point, in March 2015 he decided to move to Miami to settle down and work for the same company for Latin America in order to be closer to his customers and growth the business presence of the corporation. A few months later, he was also assigned the US market and has been working in the same company since then, having traveled to many countries across Africa and America, which allowed him to learn from different cultures, to experience challenging and enriching situations and to meet many different people in all those business trips. Derek works remotely and he does neither have a TV nor any streaming subscription like Netflix so in his free time he loves to drive around Florida to discover new places, read books about many topics, try new restaurants in Miami, and he especially loves Sewing as a way to develop his creativity and relax from his daily duties.
“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine perspiration.” Thomas Edison
I attended a women’s empowerment workshop yesterday entitled “She Believed She Could, So She Did”. After beginning a major transition in my life last year, I bought a bracelet with that very same inscription on it to remind me to believe my beautiful vision I have of my life into reality. I wear it to empower myself. I wore when I gave in my resignation. I wore it on my last day of a nearly 20 year career with the Federal Government. I wore it the first day of my certification classes for coaching with IPEC. I wore it when I met some of my biggest influencers. I wore it as I was getting physical therapy for my back so that I could walk El Camino. I wore it the whole way, walking and completing the 77 miles journey in Northern Spain from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela. And I still wear it everyday to remind me what I am capable of when I believe in myself and my purpose.
But before one can get empowered by the words SHE BELIEVED SHE COULD, SO SHE DID, the most important thing that I am realizing over and over again is that there needs to be acceptance as to where you are in your life right now, at this moment. And if you are not in such a great space, understand why, stop blaming others, and take responsibility for your life.
No more WHY ME?, just a whole lot of sending loving energies to that broken part of you that needs healing. Temper tantrum aside, when you shift your vibration to one of gratitude for the this journey, however challenging, then the release from restriction can begin. No one is holding me back from what I am here to do. It has already been divined mine by my Creator. Giving way to this belief, ushers in uplifting change. Walls will appear as course correction or learning experiences on your way to follow your bliss. Mentors will appear to help assist you. But we all have to do the work. After we are touched by inspiration, that which breathes life into our soul, gotta get intentional and claim your desires, actions and your path and let the past go.
I am closer to where I want to be now than I was a year ago when I put that bracelet on my wrist for the first time. While I have made mistakes, I get no benefit from blaming others for those I have made that have wounded my human ego. I pay attention to my intuition and do the next right thing taking the wisdom hard earned along with me. And because I love to dance, the Cha-Cha speaks to me. Start dancing to the music that is your life and get in sync with the beat. Cha-Cha… Cha-cha-cha. When you feel the pushback of the Cha-Cha, know the music within will help you move to your balance again, using that energy to answer back with a Cha-cha-cha putting one foot in front of the other owning your dance all the way home, as you shimmy and shine! Whatever happens next, I own it and am moving on!