Monday, August 10, 2009

I placed myself on NOTICE!

The most incredible phenomenon happened to me tonight. For Christmas a dear friend made me a gorgeous ~Vision Board~ which I am ashamed to say... sat quietly in my closet for the past 8 months collecting dust...NOT VISIONS! My thought process was ...I am to busy right now...I will come back and dust you off soon....SERIOUSLY...WHAT WAS I THINKING....Time will not wait for me...

Today Monday August 10Th, 2009 I officially placed myself on notice...NO MORE EXCUSES as to WHY I AM NOT LIVING MY DREAMS.... I would guess its safe to say...since I couldn't find the time to define my goals, it was impossible for me to visualize my goals...armed with a dust cloth, hammer and nails...I decided there was NO time like the present ...It's time to commit my Vision Board to my bedroom wall as a constant reminder of my commitment to my dreams and possibilities....with that thought running through my mind...The inspirations and visions materialized in my mind as I committed each goal to paper, complete with a clear picture of the end result. I committed to my family, career and personal goals the intentions in which I will transform my dreams into reality.

I am a collector of inspirational quotes...The more I feed my soul encouragement, inspiration and faith..the more encouragement, inspiration and faith I receive back like a huge boomerang.... I surround myself with positive thoughts, people, music, books and most importantly...the key relationships I spend time in are positive, loving and equally reciprocated.

A new passage has opened signaling the start of a new season in my life. I am in a state of bliss...as I experience the amazing opportunities that await me.

"Finally, what I really want is to be happy in this moment, where the magic and miracles happen. Stay in the moment and all gifts are added as you breathe and take inspired action" - Joe Vitale

I am blessed to have your support and prayers...

Live with intensity and purpose.

Carla

Saturday, August 8, 2009

The Realm Of Possibilities.....

Who would have thought...a very quiet and profound inspiration while attending a funeral service would literally change the course of my life?? As I sat in the congregation I was touched by the sweet tributes to an extraordinary man, a man I did not have the privilege of knowing in life. His darling wife came to see me, remembering my service to another family member I had recently served. There was an instant bond as we sat done to make final arrangements. I can't explain that bond, or the instantaneous love I feel for the families I serve. The associated and lead pastor were absolutely incredible. Their deep connection to the family and those within their congregation is real and moving. As members of the family started to gather for a family prayer the lead pastor was there to embrace each family member, offer his sincere condolences and gather them much I like envision the Savior gathering his children around him to provide, love, comfort and guidance at life's most difficult times.

It was in one quiet moment as the prelude music swept over me...I heard that still small voice talk to my heart....and pierce my soul. The tears started to flood my eyes...yet I felt so calm....such peace embraced me..and in that very small moment I not only knew...I felt the direction of my life change...and with courage and faith I decided to walk down the path. I have always been a hard worker...with amazing doors of opportunity opening at just the right time...In recent years I have felt very frustrated with my career path and the options available to me. My gift is the ease in which people are drawn to me. I have been told by many friends...My personality if like a giant magnet....I attract people into my life. Along my way I have learned to never under estimate the power of kindness, the importance of righteous influence and networking.

Today I am taking my gifts/talents and knowledge to a new level and launching my own consutling company....Doing the work I love, teaming with the families/churches/service organizations I have great relationships with. I

I have much work to do...I have great friends who are helping me every step of the way...another blessing...friends who encourage and inspire me!

I have made the leap ....I am breathing...living and embracing this place I am in... and learning to ALWAYS TRUST in that still small voice. I have heard...~the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step~ I am present in the realm of my possibiilties....

Life live with intensitey and purpose...

Carla

Monday, August 3, 2009

Gratitude!

The past two weeks have been filled with simply amazing opportunities! I want to sum up my week with all of my kids being together! WONDERFUL! Griffin, Jackie, Cori, Brett, Kylie, Evan, Ethan, Jennifer and (me) :) spent a long week end up at the Westin resort in Scottsdale. The pool was relaxing, conversation memorable! (Yes...what went on up at the Westin...stays at the Westin....) Everyone had a great time especially getting to know Jackie and Evan better. We had Grampa and Grandma Mannes come up for lunch on Sunday...It was so great to have everyone together. Photo's to come.

I was floating down the lazy river contemplating the past 11 years...years of growth, change and acceptance... just like learning to go with the flow..It was so cool to watch my kids interact with each other as adults. The belly laughs of those "Growing Up Memories", what my kids thought they got away with...and what I always knew... hearing them talk of their dreams, goals and future families was precious. The time together was treasured. I am so grateful for my children and their companions..its hard to express the feelings of my heart when I think of how extraordinary each of my children are...The reward for surviving the "teenage" years is young adulthood...and that I can celebrate! We enjoyed time with Grampa and Gramdma Mannes, we had a great time at lunches, dinners and the movies...We did some entertaining with treasured friends....Cori was the center of the kitchen on those cooking occasions. She is such a talent...all we could say was YUMMY!

As I type this post I have just returned from having lunch with my dear friend Claudia who is recovering from breast cancer surgery. She looked absolutely radiant...she looked adorable in her blue and white pin striped pj's...in perfect Claudia style, her make-up and hair...Perfect. She shared her good news on her positive scans...her recovery will continue to be a test of faith and perserverance..the good news is...Claudia's cup is over flowing...she always looks for the silver lining...in everything. She is amazing. Please keep her in your prayers....

I am in a new season of my life....SO EXCITING..... more to follow...

"The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others."
— Ghandi

Life with intensity and purpose!

Carla