This is my life- inspired by the Holstee Manifesto

May 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

I stumbled upon the Holstee Manifesto about 1 year ago at a quite perfect time. I had just left my job of 2 years in search for pushing my limits only to take an agency job that put me a box- literally.  A week at the agency totally depressed me as I realized I would be doing the same thing for years and growth was minimal at best. The ones who had been there for a while, looked stressed, tired and miserable. I knew this could  not be it as I started to realize that  life was too short not to do something that mattered (a book by Hugh McLeod, Evil Plans helped push this idea- just so happen to be on my desk- timing at it’s best).  As I could not stand (or sit in my box) idle- I started to create by Plan B list, drew out my new plan on paper for a visual to hold on to-packed up my desk and went home to get started. I set out a space in my house for “work”, started a blog (this one) and began to search the internet for inspiration, people, companies, organizations that did work that mattered and that is when I found the manifesto. The words spoke to me loud and clear and set me in a new path that has enabled incredible growth. I printed the manifesto (and a few for friends as well) and posted it above my desk to look at each morning.

Over the past year, I took on the launch of this project- http://www.dansessentials.com.  It is all about helping people achieve their performance and wellness goals and well as work through ailments by concentrating on what they eat and how it relates to their health. Along with this amazingly fulfilling project, I started to talk to people about their passion and created actions plans for each. I most recently decided to sell my house, keep things simple, complete a 200 hour yoga certification, travel to see friends and family and finally focus on listening to my kids (they know so much about happiness), reading inspired novels, typing late at night, exploring new places, and meeting new people (basically getting out of my comfort zone)- all for the cause of  doing what I came here to do and that is helping others grow their passions while living a happy, fulfilled, healthy life.

So this post is for Holstee- thank you for putting your manifesto down on paper and spreading the message- it has been truly inspiring for me. I think sometimes if we are open to the signs (they are everywhere) and listen to the little voice in our heads (that will not go away, so just listen to it for goodness sake) and keep pushing ourselves (do something that scares you everyday-  this is a good motivator)- then the world opens up and we take this life, our life, into our own hands and we can then finally start to feel inspired, fulfilled and alive.

Now, my passion seekers out there, I shared my story- I know you have a story to tell as well- if you dare, share it with Holstee here http://mylife.holstee.com/you to join the My Life Project. Here is my story on My Life.

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Bringing Clean Drinking Water to Moale

July 26, 2011 § Leave a comment


Last September I donated my 29th birthday to the September Campaign for Charity Water .  In doing so, I invited all my friends and family to make a contribution to the cause.  Charity Water, one of my favorite non-profit organizations, brings clean, safe drinking water to people of developing nations. Clean, safe drinking water is a basic necessity that we take for granted everyday. Charity Water is without a doubt, doing great things, making a really big difference in changing many people lives everyday because water does in fact change everything (check out their site, they have proof). This particular project was to bring clean drinking water to Moale Village, deep in the heart of Central African Republic. Together my friends and family raised just about $500 out of the total $1,700,000 towards the project.

July 20th they hit clean water in Moale with a newly installed pump 240 feet beneath the earth. Click here  to see the video, it is truly amazing.

Thank you to all my wonderful friends and family that made a contribution. This year Juliette will be donating her 1st birthday on October 5th, 2011.  Check our her campaign.

If you to want to donate your birthday or special project to the cause and change the world, start your campaign here.

My Areas of Refuge

July 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

I just got done reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, really great, I have a copy if you would like to borrow it. I got a lot of take away’s from the book organized creatively in chapters of 12 months of lessons, but what comes to mind tonight is identifying my area of refuge. An Area of Refuge is the people, places, moments that bring you to a good place by simply thinking of them, enjoying the moment or going to these places that bring you the most happiness.

My Area’s of Refuge:

  • The peace and stillness of watching my children sleep
  • Being in the arms of my husband
  • Getting to my blog to write
  • Enjoying wine and conversation with great friends and family
  • The ocean (east and west coast hold special places in my heart and bring me great peace)
  • A cool breeze on a summer night
  • The namaste at the end of a Yoga class
  • Finishing a long run
  • Waking up from a wonderful full nights sleep
  • Morning coffee with steamed milk and a dash of raw sugar
Everyone has a place of refuge, where is yours?

A night at the Cafe

July 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

I had a wonderful night at a Cafe last night with one of my best friends. What made it so wonderful, beyond enjoying the company of one of my favorites was the relaxed Tuscan atmosphere and professional service they provided. We arrived as the sun was setting on the eastern coast and the cool breeze started to cool the temperature after a hot 95 something day. We took advantage of their comfortable outside seating, ordered a glass a wine, listened to the music and simply enjoyed the time. The service was really nice, the cafe was filled with beautiful plants and decor, and most importantly, they allowed us to chat in total peace. I felt as though I was back in the Cinque Terre, when in fact, we far from Italy.

Now I am saying this, because this almost never happens. Between rude service, tacky decor, and very unsatisfied customers complaining in the background, it is hard to enjoy a great time out. However, there are rare establishments that have got it right and because of this, they will succeed.

When you love what you do, people notice and in the rare time we have to actually get out and enjoy some great food and wine, we will pick the establishments that provide this wonderful haven.  So if you are going to offer a place for people to come and relax and expect people to actually come back, do it right.  Please  do not turn them away by hiring staff that does not care and makes you feel that they do not care, ignore the little details that mean so much and not take the time to make the environment warm and inviting. It’s kinda simple and makes a big difference in success or failure.

Here is to enjoying a wonderful night, finding a place to meet one of my best friends over lovely wine and conversation …  if only for a few hours, well be back.

Walking the tightrope

July 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

Today was a beautiful day, I went to a  fair that  featured some amazing artists and  performers. I was especially drawn to the tightrope walkers as I noticed their brave approach to walking the rope. As the performers reached the rope, I saw that they did not worry about falling, they simply started walking and took it one step at a time. As it got to be difficult and they started to lose balance, they simply took a breath, focused and found their way back to balance. It got me thinking, why do we not approach our challenges and goals with this kind of attitude- to simply start and not worry about the fall. I think this is what gets us most of the time, we worry too much about what will happen if we fall.  When we worry, our thoughts become too overwhelming and most times we never end up taking the first steps. But what if we never start, what if we never feel what it is like to walk the rope and get to the other side. To me, missing out on the adventure is a bigger tragedy then actually falling.

I say, start walking in the direction you wish to go, even if you fall, you can always get right back up. Start on a low rope, (small challenge/goal) get to the other side, enjoy it and then aim higher.  If you make it to the other side, (and you will) well then, it was well worth it.

Go out there and do something great! Walk the rope!

P.S. If you need a helping hand, you know how to find me and I would be happy to help you take the first step.

Here is to living well

July 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

In case you have been wondering why I have not posted in a few days; I took on an amazing job as Project Manager to head up a new website and I having been researching day and night.  The new site is going to really simplify nutrition, providing great food choices for specific needs and supply healthy whole-food products. I have been spending a lot of time specifically researching whole foods to cure, treat and prevent, Cancer and many other diseases, ailments and specific needs.  I just read this and had to share, it is pretty brilliant and speaks to living a full life whether you are battling a disease such as Cancer or not.

“Feed your mind the good thoughts of music, beauty, laughter, play, art, and friends; share a glass of wine or a cup of tea at sunset, and discuss the events of the day with a loved one. Feed your heart the good feelings of love, forgiveness, confidence in your abilities, a sense of purpose in your life, and a trusting relationship with your Creator.  And feed your body good nutrients through diet and supplements, thus providing your body the raw materials that it needs to rebuild itself. You can recover from Cancer.”

Patrick Quillin, PhD, RD, CNS, author of Beating Cancer with Nutrition

… and to this I add, Life is precious, enjoy it now.  Stay strong out there and eat well. I will share the site as soon as it is live, very excited!

Scott’s Story … quite an amazing one

June 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

Need Inspiration … please watch this story on how Scott Harrision started Charity: water, one of my favorite charities in the world.

Scott saw a great need, he felt inspired, he told a story, he worked really hard to get others to tell the story,  and he was really good at it.  He helped 1 million people get access to clean drinking water by inspiring 100,000 people to donate. This is quite amazing.
These are just a few ways to get involved if you feel inspired as well … You can run, bike, give up your birthday or raise money to run water projects for communities in need.

I donated my 29th birthday as soon as I heard about the project last September and I plan to donate my 30th as well.

These are the kinds of projects that can makes us feel alive.

What inspires you? How are you going to change the world for the better? How are you going to help 1 million people?

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