Tuesday, March 6, 2018

A New Book Review!

I don't talk about my OCD a lot, if ever. Unless you are my husband or an immediate family member you may not even know I have it. You may just think I am "quirky".

I honestly didn't even know I had OCD until 2007 when I was gifted with some synchronicity. I was home working one afternoon; I felt the house was super quiet; my new puppy was even sleeping so I decided to pop on the TV to a show called "The View from the Bay". Like I said, I was working so I was only half listening to the show. Then... this guy was talking about stuff I do. Stuff I had never told anyone about. I was shocked. I stopped everything - watched the show in shock as author Jeff Bell shared his story so openly. As soon as the interview was complete I got on amazon.com and had his book "Rewind Replay Repeat" overnighted to me. And as soon as it arrived I read it cover to cover twice. I even emailed the author.

Long story short - that interview with Jeff changed my life. That book changed my life.

And since then aside from Jeff's second book When in Doubt Make Belief, I haven't found another OCD book that I felt truly gets how my brain works.

'Cause although it has now been 11 years since I was originally diagnosed, I still have challenging days (although NOTHING nearly as horrible as what I went through prior to 2007).

Jump ahead to the present day - Jeff Bell and Shala Nicely have a wonderful FREE subscription service called KeyWords: Daily Motivation to Thrive with OCD where everyday I receive some inspiration from two people who get ME! (You can subscribe at: http://beyondthedoubt.com/keywords-daily-motivation-to-thrive-with-ocd/)

Since subscribing to those daily emails, I have come to know Shala's work and was gifted with a copy of a book she wrote with Jon Hershfield called Everyday Mindfulness for OCD: Tips, Tricks, and Skills for Living Joyfully.

What a brilliant book! For anyone with OCD who has had someone say to you in trying to be helpful things like: "you should meditate", "try exercising", "give yourself a break; take a vacation", "try therapy", etc without understanding what exactly goes through your mind when you have OCD... this book is for you! Jon and Shala get it! They have their own stories. When they address things like meditation, exercise, self compassion and other ideas like playing games they are coming from a place of understanding so they break it down for you from an OCD mind with easy manageable steps and stories you can relate to. And I am going to be honest some of the stories, I said out loud - "why would you do that"? But I know that is my OCD talking wanting to go into the story and tell the person you have to go back and check that. However the fact that I can even catch myself doing that shows that the exercises in the book were working and I was becoming more mindful of my OCD. What I have found so far is the book has helped me be more conscious of my actions; keeping me one step ahead of the OCD. It is also a wonderfully sized book that isn't overwhelming. You can read it at your pace and perhaps try something new with each read. I highly recommend it! I am grateful to have found it! If you are interested in the book: https://www.amazon.com/Everyday-Mindfulness-OCD-Tricks-Joyfully/dp/1626258929/

And if you'd like to check out Jeff Bell's books:

And I hope like with that episode of The View from the Bay that magically found me one day that this blog post will find those that will benefit.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Two's Company

I recently finished this wonderful book by Suzanne Somers. She's written a book of poetry, books about herself, books about wellness, and this one was more focused on business. It was really what I needed to read currently with where I am at in my own work-life. She writes about always bouncing back from business and health hits, her working relationship (as well as personal one) with her husband Alan, and much more.

One of my favorite entries in the book is actually one by her husband who writes that when he makes a business deal his goal is that everyone involved feels like they have won the lottery. I love that attitude to go into each and every business deal with.

And chapter 20 entitled "Knockout"... let's just say that chapter will scare the you know what out of you. Read it. Educate yourself.

Great book! I appreciate Suzanne's honesty. You can hear her voice as you read the book. I highly recommended picking up a copy of this!

From the days of Three's Company to now I have followed her career. She is brilliant! She is talented! She is courageous! 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Happy 17th Life Enlightenment Anniversary!

Fun that my business anniversary this year falls on the Full Blue Moon Lunar Eclipse!

Seventeen years ago I started Life Enlightenment. Wow! I can't believe it has been that long. Each year things continue to evolve - in one way or another. Many of my clients have been with me since the beginning or close to it.

In the past year, I have felt a yearning to focus my energies in some new ways while continuing to offer some of the same services in my always highest manner.

What I celebrate today is the freedom to be have been able to run my own business for this long.
And grateful for all the support I have had along the way.

If you want to check out my company website: www.life-enlightenment.com 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018


Got through Christmas.
The New Year is here.
I haven't felt like I've been shining as you know from previous posts.
One of the thoughtful gifts I received over the holiday season was from my Young Living mentor, Becky. She formulated this wonderful (see picture) perfume in honor of mutual friend who passed away and included with this was the dearest note and two motivational books. The perfume is called "Diamond Dust" after Elizabeth Diamond. Becky posted to me "wear it and shine". And that I will do.
It is really important who you surround yourself with. And my Young Living family has been such a blessing to me in so many ways. Grateful!
I will make them proud of me this year.

Monday, December 18, 2017

It's Beginning to Look a lot Like....

So many Christmas' of past have been challenging. In looking back there is no way to weigh which are worse in some kind of top 10 list. But honestly like many people I want this time of year to be one of celebration, cheer, and... generosity. This year we have had so much occur and in just the last couple months it has been things like termites, our porch falling apart (and needing to be demolished), a skunk in our wall (spraying just about every night), and I can go on - and on. All of that which costs money to be taken care of in a year where I have felt fluctuation in my business that I am still working on and on and on.
And I read things about gratitude, positive thinking, and all that jazz. Stuff I really do believe in. But sometimes you also get tired of the gratitude, positive thinking, and all that jazz... and cry. It is December 18, we have no tree, no decorations up. And every year my husband gets so excited over the oodles and oodles of gifts I have wrapped for him under the tree. But this year so far there are just a few small things of which I have bought for him mainly from doing extra side jobs like online surveys. It pains me more than I can put into words to disappoint him. Tomorrow I shop for Hennessy's Christmas gifts thanks to PetCo and the $40 in Pal Rewards they were so kind to gift to me due to a shipping and technical mix up on her last food order.
I want things a certain way.
And just don't see them being that way this year.
My sister, aunt, and several friends have mailed gifts to Jim, Hennessy, and me already - and this year I do not know when I will be able to gift them in the way I would like. Even mailing cards to clients, friends, and family seems unlikely this year.
I want to be the powerful all mighty positive grateful force to be reconded with, but at the moment of writing this blog tonight I would not be honest with any of you if I preached that stuff when I am not feeling it.
Less than a week til Christmas.
We'll see what the week brings.
In the meantime, I want to end this wallowing post on a few notes of gratitude.
I am grateful to have the bestest smartest cutest dog in the entire universe as my dogauter.
I am grateful for a husband who gets me and still loves me. He is the greatest husband in the entire universe.
I am grateful for Starbucks hot chocolates (made vegan with almondmilk of course).
I am grateful for Yogaglo.
I am grateful for Young Living Essential Oils.
I am grateful for LA Kings hockey (and tonight's win).
Happy New Moon!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

The Magic of a PetCo Santa

The title of this blog is well...
A bit sarcastic.
Hennessy is my fur kid so every year since our first together in 2006 we have gone to see Santa wherever he is taking holiday photos with dogs. She's never been overly fond of the big red furry man, but she is always a good sport for me. And in thinking about it yesterday it amused me to think  when I have her do things with me like photos with Santa, the LA Kings Ice Crew, selfies, etc - those things just do not matter to her. It really is something to contemplate - the example and life lessons from Hennessy are significant - and she is never wrong!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

My Husband's Birthday

The above pictures are from my husband's birthday on Friday! We spent the morning having breakfast with dear friends, went for a hike in the afternoon, and I made his favorite meal for dinner. When I reflect on the insanity and unpredictability of the world and life, I am reminded of just how important it is to spend days like we did on Friday - celebrating my awesome generous caring funny husband. The amount of future catch up, people pestering me for answers on work stuff, cleaning up the house, etc isn't what is valuable... it is the time spent with those you love! Happy Birthday Jim!!!