I get a thrill out of walking on hot coals of fire,
splashing around with sharks,
watching snowstorms over mountain tops,
and dancing with Tony Robbins.
I love writing.
UPDATE since this page was posted in early 2014: In the fall of 2014 my beloved husband, the love of my life, became ill and I became his full-time caregiver. In June 2015 he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer and passed away just 9 days after our 18th wedding anniversary. My life is changed in ways I could never have imagined. It has become a day-by-day-one-moment-at-a-time challenge to keep going. But he chose to "live" life with joy in his heart to the very end. He is my reason and inspiration to do my best to "live" through my pain as he did his.
I'm listing my accomplishments as a reminder to myself to keep going through the tough times. And maybe someone else will be inspired by my story.
My first dark night of the soul came early on--just after my one-year birthday when I was taken from my parents into a home of violence and poverty. A lot of things happened that no little child should have to suffer. The deep valley continued throughout my school years as the victim of bullying from other kids and from some teachers. Life continued with mountains and valleys, laughter and sorrow, joy and mourning, darkness and light~~as everyone's does.
Through it all, I felt God's presence. That's what kept me moving forward.
I'm a published writer, Motivational Mentor, Certified Business Ghostwriter, occasional poet when my soul feels the desire to release emotion in such a manner. I'm a retired award-winning women's studies professor.
I'm a Child-of-the-Sixties-turned-60 beginning to be what I want to be when I grow up. It took me longer than most, I guess. What can I say? Turns out I actually knew all along but ignored that voice of Divine Wisdom.
Not so long ago, I decided to take a risk...a big one. I, along with my wonderful husband, took a leap of faith off the cliff into the vast unknown of our Heart-Dream and landed on a little tropical island. Now we are blessed to call both the majestic Rocky Mountains and the sapphire Caribbean Sea "home."
One of the Heart-Rejoicing things I've done is dancing on stage with Tony Robbins. I had written in my goals that someday I wanted to be on stage with Tony Robbins (I meant as a guest speaker, but failed to make that clear in my journal). Nevertheless, I actually did end up on stage with him as a TR "motivating-the-audience-to dance -and cheer" dancer.
I live a simple life, but humbly admit that I am amazed at what I've managed to accomplish, wandering through much of life without a clue as I have...in addition to all the obstacles and dark valleys along the way. I've learned to release the past, forgive, acknowledge that I have a purpose on this earth (as we all do), and to turn the "hows" over to God.
Some things I have accomplished
I'm Grateful for...
Kind of cool unusual adventures
Fire walked three separate times
What's that? Walking barefooted across ten feet of red hot coals taken right from a blazing bonfire.
Why on earth? It's really no different than skydiving, bungee jumping, or anything else that stretches you beyond your comfort zone, releases those endorphins, and makes you feel that you can do anything you set your mind to do.
What's the purpose? Fire walking is a living metaphor for keeping focused on your goal and walking right over the obstacles in the way.
"Stalked" by a jaguar in the jungles of Belize~~~obviously it all turned out okay or I wouldn't be here to share the little adventure
Survived unscathed a lightening storm on Colorado's Long's Peak at 13,500 feet high.
Snorkeled around the reef at the Blue Hole of Belize (I don't dive)~~~believe me, for someone who doesn't know how to swim and is really afraid of water---it was amazing.
Came within an inch of my life. Stabbed in the neck by a 14" needle fish close to my jugular. Wasn't the fish's fault; they're non-aggressive. I just happened to be the wrong place at the wrong time when he came flying out of the sea. Thankfully there were kind, helpful people around; a speedy island police rescue; and a wonderful, competent doctor at the clinic (nearest hospital was an hour's boat ride away). I've learned that this is extremely rare for anyone on the planet to experience. Believe me, it was more traumatic than "cool," but at least I now have my own "fish tale" among the best of them.
Maybe someday I'll write a book about my little adventures.