I Know Anything can Happen!

“Out there things can happen, and frequently do, To people as brainy and footsy as you.  And when things start to happen, don’t worry, don’t stew. Just go right along, you’ll start happening too!”

Dr. Seuss, All the Places We Will Go

The recipe for success- set your intention, imagine experiencing exactly what it is that you visualize and set out to receive all the beauty and light the world has to offer. Guess what- it is a new day and news flash- ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN!

Say those words over and over and over again- put on your favorite song, get up and dance, sing, move. Feel the energy of the moment overtake you and just go with it. You never know what awaits you, you just never know. But for it to get to you, you must be in the energetic vibration of all the amazing that beckons. Your life means something big and wondrous.  Now I know the truth, I am blessed and favored and so are you!

Now I know the truth, where my mind goes my life will follow. No matter the missteps, because of the pain I have endured, when I fix my eyes above and stand in gratitude and believe in all of us, possibilities abound.  What are you waiting for my friends- wake up call, it is time to play today! Welcome to another day of your adventure. Inhale love and exhale gratitude!

 

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Desperate times, daring measures!

“For her life, any life, she had to believe, was nothing but the continuity of its love.”
Eudora Welty, author of The Optimist’s Daughter
Bold, audacious moves. Stepping into the sunshine of your daily life. What will it take to get you there? In this place, there is a belief in a simplicity of being. A state of mind that when embraced will free you from the constricts of what is perceived as that which causes desperation.  So much creativity to be explored. A mind when married to the spiritual is fertile ground for beauty at its most pure. How will you get there? An internal knowing, perhaps mixed with optimism, that one heroic move in your life will have you embarking on an adventure that is a lifetime in the making. When will it be your time?  Sitting in the darkness is no longer acceptable. Others await you outside your comfort zone. Take that first fearless step and you shall see.  They are rooting for you and welcome the invitation to be a part of it. Who is waiting to join you on this daring path?
It has been an incredible ride from the moment the valiant decision was made to lean into life.  Artists call out to me. Designers share their dreams with me. Risk takers inspire me. Magical ones meet up with me. Healers watch carefully as hope is renewed and the desperation slips away. All because these desperate times, scream out to me to take daring measures to open up to the life that is meant to be mine, that already is.  My life, your life, any life, I believe is a continuation of love. A love of self, and others.
A love of the intrepid journey that has you connecting with greatness as you live moment by moment. An optimism that has you stand up to and for something you believe in thus planting the seeds of love as you go.  Unapologetic as you are no longer afraid of the outcome of action, just ready to move ahead and see what magical and wondrous miracles lie ahead one step at a time. Grab my hand, it is time to go!

 

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From a Place of Strength

“…always be looking for that which you do well and that which you love doing, and when you find those two things together, man, you got it.”

Colin Powell

Imagine getting the opportunity of a lifetime- what would you do with it? Some may question their ability or skills to do what is needed and back away from the challenge. While others would muster up all the courage they could handle, embrace a certain command presence, and go for it.

It is time to ask yourself that question, what would you do? Life is quite the process. If you feel like you are in a rut, you may be spending a lot of time and energy doing things that you don’t want to do.  While it may be necessary at the time, if you do not find a balance, when the opportunity arises to do that thing that you do well and love doing, you may be too tired to step up.  This is where your inner strength is called upon.  When you get the opportunity to collaborate with amazing creative geniuses like you and you get excited about the possibilities that are in store because of it, it is there and then that you need to silence the inner and outer critics, choose appropriately where to put your energy, place both hands on the wheel, and just drive in the direction of your greatest dreams.

Such a scary proposition when you are used to staying in your comfort zone. You are called as the hero of your journey and cannot afford to step aside when that day comes.  You are, as are we all, diamonds in the rough, molded by experiences. As you and I allow ourselves to take advantage of the opportunities as they come to light, we get to shine more and more each and everyday. Having a conversation with my child this morning about opportunity, it has always been my belief that when we are ready the universe will provide those chances for us to shine. It is what we choose to do with what comes up that will make all the difference.  He loves football. He sleeps with his football. He has the opportunity to play football as a starter in a position that he is really good at. I told him to go out there each and every time, remembering that this chance was given to him, from a place of strength what will he do with it?

It can be sports, professional endeavors, musical aspirations, sharing your writing with the world, anything at all.  Imagine getting the opportunity of a lifetime and saying a resounding YES over and over again to life.  God and this universe work in such amazing ways. Once we start to pay attention and act from a place of strength, confidence and of course, creativity, there is absolutely no telling what we are all capable of doing.  And there, when we find the thing we are good at and love at the same instance- man, we got it! We are all, each one of us, ready to bloom at any given time-know that, stand tall and keep moving forward blessed to inspire with your legacy.  Here is to saying a confident YES to the journey!

 

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Invest in the human soul!

“Invest in the human soul. Who knows, it might be a diamond in the rough.”

Mary McLeod Bethune

This was the lesson that I was taught as a child. Perhaps it was not stated in those exact words, but the message was clear. There are no disposable people. You don’t give up on another. Every person has come to this world with a purpose, every person’s life has meaning, and if you invest in the human soul, there is no telling what will happen.

I remember coming home after taking an exam that I believed would dictate the course of my future success. I had just graduated from college and was “figuring out” my next step.  As I sat in that cold classroom, looking down at the exam booklet on one side and the answer sheet with all those bubbles- a,b,c,d- on the other, I thought to myself, what the hell am I doing.  I could not breath.  Without thinking about the repercussions, I got up in the middle of the exam and left the room without finishing it. I had never done anything like that before in my life. We were always taught to finish what we start and while doing so, give it our all. Since I was living with my parents at the time and they were essentially supporting me, going home meant having to see the disappointment in their faces as I told them what I chose to do that Saturday afternoon.  So I sat in my car for about the length of the exam and just cried. Feeling like a failure, not knowing what to do next, thinking I was going to be “that” daughter. The one that they never really talked about because they would not know what to say. Eventually, I started the engine and drove home for what seemed like an eternity. It was still early as these kinds of exams start at an ungodly hour. My mother was still in bed. I went into her room, sat on the floor in the corner, and let the tears flow once again as I begged her for forgiveness knowing that I let her down. What she said next, has left an impression on my life like no other. She said to me “my baby girl, there is nothing that you can do in this life that would cause me to love you any less. While the love I have for you is so immense, can you even imagine the unconditional love of God. You, my daughter, will be more than ok as long as you remember that.”

Something in both of us changed that day. She reminded me who I was. She reminded me to keep my head up and not let my beautiful tiara, that invisible crown, fall. She reminded me that there within me, resides so much potential because of the loving God who created me. And with those words, she reminded herself as well. A morning that could have gone either way. It could have left me feeling hopeless, instead she saw the diamond in the rough, told me that I was loved unconditionally and gave me hope.  While I did eventually move out of my parent’s home and made a life for myself, I even took that exam again, everything that I have done from that day since, everything that I do, say, touch, has reminded me that the most important thing I can ever do is to invest in the many human souls that cross my path and remind them of their incredible potential.  Especially if they are vulnerable and cannot see a way out, that is my opportunity to let them know that they are loved unconditionally.

*Inspiring hope and empowering generations!

 

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If you show up, you have already succeeded!

“It’s not what you look at that matters, its what you see.”

Henry David Thoreau

To see your dreams come to light, you have to start somewhere. So many put their hopes and desires aside thinking that one day will come when someone will give you the magical permission to do so.  People everyday will give their energy and time to things that have no import because they choose a safety net rather than risk embarking on a venture that is perceived to be too scary.

Rather than waste another day, you might as well start now by investing in yourself right where you stand and take the time to see your ambitions take flight.  Living the life you want means to truly “live life”, not stand on the sidelines watching others do it for you.  I have spent the last few years taking the time to focus on the desires that I want to see come to fruition.  I have invested time and money in making those dreams into a reality. Perhaps some will say that the results do not show utter success, but for me every day I get closer and closer to seeing my dreams materialize.  For it is not what you look at that matters. It is what you see. And what I see is someone who was brave enough to take the next best step to free themselves from judgment so that she can live in a world of her own making. One that is basking in love, bliss and wonder.  For when I made the decision to show up in my life, I already succeeded.

I was told yesterday that everything that I seek is right outside my comfort zone.  Now is the time to believe I can fly and know that by doing so and making the investment not only will my wings fully expand but others out there may follow suit.  As long as I do not place my self worth in the hands of those who do not understand God’s bigger plan for me, I will keep moving forward on the journey. Most definitely, opportunities will come that will help me shine brighter and brighter. I will allow my light to be the beacon for others to follow suit. For I once dreamed just a little dream and gave it what it needed to thrive!

 

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In order to glow, let go!

“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.”

Joseph Campbell

Ever hold on to something with all your might, stubborn to the bitter end.  Wanting to control everything and everyone around you, not even willing to let go when things don’t go the way you believe they should.  It has been my experience that when I do this, I end up squeezing the life out of everything and everyone I love only to end up getting the life squeezed out of me as well.

Funny thing this idea of control, the only thing that it does is put you on a path of disappointment and lost expectations.  The only thing it does is keep you from happiness that is waiting for you in the here and now. So now, if you feel that you are holding on way past the expiration date, today’s message is perhaps now it is time to let go. That does not mean give up on your dreams. In fact, when you get intentional and set out your dreams, sometimes to follow them means to let go of the rigid picture that you believe the result should show.  My friend talks about being a feather on the breath of God. Setting out your desires and watching as God and the universe conspire in your favor. Allowing the wind to take you and carry you.  For me, this can be quite a challenge.  I, like many of you, can get caught up in the drama of my need to control life.  With trying to stay at a job in a position that has been good but no longer inspires, with trying to control the other in relationships when they have run the course, or with trying to manage the futures of those I love so much thinking I know what is better for them than they do. When I hold on with all my might to that picture of a life that I plan, I am dragged to points of exhaustion, wasting the energy that I could put to better use in other ways.  And worse, I do not leave room for something better than I can even imagine.

I did not plan to see my mother pass away at such a young age. One of my dreams was to share the journey raising my kids with her and learn from her.  But the loss, even after fighting it, had me going deep inside to a place where I could risk sharing my pain and path with others.  I did not plan to do a job for 17 years only to lose a promotion. But this course correct now has me stretching the boundaries of other possibilities for me rather than buying into the safety of something that no longer serves my highest good.  I did not plan to see some of my closest friendships fall away. My goodness there were times in my life that I could never imagine life without some of these people.  But this re-evaluation has me making better decisions as to how I spend my energy and need to detach with love. It is no wonder though that I felt dragged lately because fear dictates what if nothing better awaits me. But you may get to the point in time, that to save yourself, it may just be the right time to let go of the vision you planned to allow acceptance of the joy of a vision that awaits me. And with it an added freedom that when I let go and stop fighting, I will start to feel the sun in my face, the breath of life fill my lungs and the wind in my hair as I allow it to carry me once again. There I shall find new beauty and take my rightful place soaring with the eagles! In order to glow, let go.

 

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Let’s Play Today!

I have often noted that the hallmark of a good team is one where there is open and effective communication. Regardless of whether it is a family, sports team, or work team, for there to be success and abundance, one needs to feel that the people you are working with you can trust each other. There needs to be a safe place where you can share ups and downs, highs and lows, and failure and successes. A place where you can go to air out your dreams as well as those things that keep you up at night. A place that is balanced. A place that is safe. A place where love lives and friendship is paramount. When the team is represented by the above, it thrives because the members are heard, encouraged and supported.  It cannot be a place where you are afraid to speak up- where you feel like the other will use words to reduce you to tears or where a loss is berated.

In that vein, I went to see my son and his team play their first game this season of flag football. What I noticed was that each boy had such an intense look on their faces. Not having any fun at all. So serious. I was talking to some female classmates who were throwing around the football on the sideline, smiling laughing and having fun. I asked them why they were not playing with the boys. They said that they had their own team. I said you ladies look good how did you do- they said that the won 25-0 – I was like wow, that’s amazing. Perhaps you could offer tips to the boys because you look like you are having a great time. She said win or lose, we go out to play because we love the game — and by the way the weather was beautiful.

So, what was the take away for me- while the above lists some of the most important elements of a united team, if you forget to go out and have fun, what’s the point anyway! So today, wherever you find yourself, or whatever team you are on, if you are having a good day, don’t forget to bring the element of play and have fun! You know you will impact the others who show up with you and how then can you lose! And then, that something wonderful is already on the way. If I can teach anyone, especially my kids that, I will have done something good in this life today! Enjoy!

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Can I tell you something? This Too Shall Pass

About 13 years ago, I was going through an especially tough time in my life, the first of many to come. I just had my first child and was going through the changes that come with that (oh boy were there changes- baby boot camp), I was dealing with a poor body image from the after-effects of pregnancy and trying to balance new motherhood with going back to work full time ( I do not recommend it), I was in the process of renovating my apartment (bad timing) and my marital relationship had a lot to be desired (men will never fully understand). At that time, I was blessed with the beginnings of a beautiful friendship with a woman who invited me over to tea one afternoon when the invitation could be considered more of a life saver than anything else as I was particularly down. From the beginning, we bonded over a cup of tea and talked forever about much of life’s ups and downs that we were experiencing. It was just what I needed!

At one particular meeting, she gifted me with an engraved silver ring. And with that ring, she attached the parable of King Solomon. I have read many different renditions, but the one she told me goes something like this:

“King Solomon once searched for a cure against depression.  He assembled wise men together and threw them in the dungeon until they came up with something that made him feel better. After three days, if they did not succeed in making him smile again, the king would match the punishment with their lives.  So the three wise men when into the dungeon and they meditated together and after three days appeared before the king.  At that time, they told the king to make himself a ring that was engraved with these three words: This too shall pass.  The King smiled for the first time in a long while and spared the lives of the three. From that day forward the king carried out the advice, made the engraved ring, and wore it constantly. Every time he felt sad and depressed, he looked at the ring, whereupon his mood would change and he would feel cheerful.”

I looked at the ring my friend gave me and engraved on the inside were the words in bold letters THIS TOO SHALL PASS.  I have worn that ring on my right hand every day since and it still serves as a reminder that when reality bites, and believe me it does at times, those words ring true- THIS TOO SHALL PASS! Something to hold onto when you are navigating through challenging times. Something to look at as a reminder when you are sad and depressed. And for me, I have experienced many high and lows since that day 13 years ago that she gave me this beautiful gift, but that little ring has served as a beautiful reminder of what we shared over a cup of tea, a beautiful friendship, love and support, and most importantly wisdom that has taken me through so many years later! In fact, I needed to look at it today as I am not feeling particularly inspired-then with  THIS TOO SHALL PASS and the love of my friends who tell me that this is a growing period and not to worry, I go about and start my day!

 

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Magical Guide to Bliss review -March 7, 2017

This made me smile today- to this reviewer, THANK YOU!

5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughts on thinking positively about everyday life., March 7, 2017

This review is from: The Magical Guide to Bliss: Daily Keys to Unlock your Dreams, Spirit and Inner Bliss (Kindle Edition)

A “How to Guide” penned by an expert. Ms Nocero sets up a unique 366 day guide to living life from the point of view of The Power of Positive Thinking with an existentialist overlay. The reader is treated to mantras for each day of the year which can be called up during that particular day for a bit of guidance when things look a bit dim. The author proves herself a “wordsmith” in the clarity of expression utilized throughout the book making it easy to reference her thoughts and take in the ideas presented.

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Sunrise of My Soul’s Bliss- the beginning

To all you courageous warriors who get out of bed each and everyday to face the world once again- to all of you who continue to dream in the face of adversity- to all of you who are able to find the positive side of any painful learning experience- and to the lost child spirit of your youth- I have good news for you. I am here to tell you that it is all right, everything will be alright.

I say this convincingly as I made it through the grieving process after the loss of one of the greatest loves of my life. I say this with hope because I have failed over and over I have learned more than I will ever know.  I say this because that wound that was once raw and open has started to heal and the pain lessens as I get stronger and stronger guided to a greater existence.

You may ask why I would dare to open my heart and soul to share from a place of vulnerability when I still may be so fragile in the face of life. Well, because sharing what I have learned with those who need the encouragement and support is more than reason enough and today is as good as any other to start rebuilding life from a different perspective.

And so I boldly embrace the writer that I have become and type out the words, while honoring my muse…

CHAPTER ONE

Who would have thought that I would want to the see the world as magical again.  My whole life it has been that way.  I have always believed that there is magic for good and that there is magic for bad.  There has always been a fine line between the two. I have been told that I need to be more realistic about the path of my life.  That I need to be concerned how I will support myself and take care of my responsibilities.  That word, responsibilities, has always carried a negative connotation for me.  It seems to be a very heavy word, one that has the potential to quash any far flung dream that I may conjure up in my head and my heart.  However, as I get older and reality tends to clash with my fantasyland, I have made the effort to give the word the value it deserves and bring a sense of gratitude to it. Where I once saw responsibilities as a burden, something that gets in the way of my spontaneous nature, I now see it as a unique honor, to have the honor of raising my children and being responsible to them, to have the honor of caring for my dogs who have always given me unconditional love, and to have the honor or being responsible for my life and the direction that I take it.  I thought that this realization came about in 2006.  But, in reality it hit me like a brick wall nearly 5 years later when I experienced for the first time in my life the dark night of the soul. And their where I lost my way, had me on a new journey to find the sunrise of soul’s bliss.

 

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