Saturday, December 31, 2016

Three Magic Words: It Is Done

Happy New Year's Eve, positive peeps! I was hoping to do another video blog post before 2017 officially began, but got sidetracked this week by a truly nasty cold or flu virus...actually, my mother and I came down with it at the same time and have been coughing up a storm the past couple of days, but thankfully it now appears that it's on its way out. So, a written post for now will have to do. 

Initially I was going to post about my year in review of sorts and the intentions I have for the new one, but instead I'm going to talk about a manifestation success story I had this week (and besides, my main general intention for 2017 is that I'v decided it's simply going to be awesome and so much better in many ways than 2016.)

A few weeks ago I was watching a YouTube video of a guy I've been following who talks about the law of attraction and how it relates to his daily life. He talked about a phrase he recently starting implementing when manifesting: it is done. Three simple words, but very powerful when you declare them and put your complete faith in them. How is that they're powerful? Well, I've been seeing a lot lately about the importance of putting your manifestation into your past and pretending that it's already happened, a done deal, instead of thinking it's a future event. Remember, a lot of why we attract things is because we're acting as if they're already here. It helps us carry around that feeling that we have it already...and feelings help things manifest!

I also like to think of saying "it is done" as commanding the Universe with, "You've got my back; you're helping me with this." There's actually a book by Richard Dotts called "It Is Done!: The Final Step To Instant Manifestation." I haven't read it yet, but Dotts explores why we say "amen" at the end of a prayer and how "it is done" is its equivalent using more every day language. 

So earlier this week, I had the opportunity to put the words into practice. Our kitchen sink backed up...the day after Christmas; the same day we both started coming down with the bug. We went to our local Ace hardware store, and the guy recommended this really strong (and frankly, kind of scary) clog busting acid product we've used before. I followed the directions, pouring the correct amount down the drain and flushed it after the allotted time with cold water...but the sink immediately began backing up again. We waited for it to slowly drain, and then my mother decided to give it a second treatment. Again, the water immediately backed up. 

She was getting upset, as she just got hit with the quarterly property tax bill from the town and also had to get her car repaired a few days before Christmas. Even though I offered to pay for the plumbing bill, the last thing she wanted to do was call a plumber. She then referred to our home as a s***house, when I gently reminded her that by saying that, the Universe was listening and giving us just that! Don't forget, I told her -- Patti (my friend that came for Christmas) said our house was beautiful.

Anyways, the dishes that night mostly once again went into the dishwasher and the sink was still backing up. That was when I remembered the three words "it is done" and said, "The pipes are unclogged and clear. It is done!" and then forgot about it. 

The next morning, while I was alone in the kitchen, I remembered the sink and decided to tentatively turn the water on. No clog; the water was going down and running for quite a while before I shut it off! I kept checking to make sure it wasn't coming up to the surface of the sink but nope, it kept draining and I could hear it whoosh down the pipe. I told my mother. She tested it by doing the dishes in the sink and dumping the water. No problems. 

Now granted, we used a really heavy strength drain cleaner and applied it -- twice. However, I know from using it in the bathroom that it doesn't always do the job -- and on the night, it appeared that it wasn't working. I asked for extra help so we could save our money, and declared the unclogged pipe a done deal. 

The way I look at it, you've got nothing to use by saying these three simple words. Happy manifesting and Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

It's All About Perspective

On Christmas Day my friend Patti stopped by our house later in the afternoon as some family members were leaving. Patti's family lives out of state and as she went to visit them over Thanksgiving weekend, she had decided to spend Christmas here. At my mother's urging, I told her she was welcome to spend the day with us which she appreciated, so after visiting another friend's house earlier in the day she swung by.

Patti and I have been friends for several months now but there were still some things about her family and upbringing that I didn't know about; I knew she was from Western Pennsylvania and grew up near Punxsutawney, where the infamous groundhog festival is held every year. What I didn't know is that her late father worked in the nearby coal mines for most of his life and that her nephew has the same job. 

She brought my mother a beautiful holiday-themed bouquet of flowers and a bottle of wine, and one thing she commented on more than once was the size of our house and how beautiful it was.

Now, my mother and I live in a four-bedroom split level that my parents actually built using home plans from Better Homes and Gardens in the late '50s/early '60s. So I guess you could say it's a mid-century modern home, even though it's not decorated that way throughout most of it and isn't quite as Mad Men-esque as other houses built during the same period. It also needs a lot of work which thankfully goes unseen -- I wouldn't be surprised if some day, when my siblings and I have to put it on the market, that it must be listed in "as in" condition. 

And while my mother and I consider it to be a decent-sized home and she did raise my siblings and me comfortably under its roof, it's definitely not as big as most of the houses in my town. Not even close. And there are many days when my mother laments about something going wrong or that needs repairs. 

However, to my friend was a palace. 

You see, sometimes it's all about perspective, and perspective can help us feel more grateful and appreciative when we think we don't have things so great and may be lacking in our lives. I've lived in the house my whole life and sometimes take it, and our neighborhood, for granted. My mother wants nothing more than to win the lottery and either fix it up properly or move out of it. But to someone that grew up in a more working class area, our house is something really special. 

I also really admire Patti's resilience; she moved to my state because she was with a coast guard guy at the time, and that didn't work out. Last year she ended a 9-year marriage because her husband was an alcoholic. But she has to be the least bitter person I've ever known. She tried online dating earlier this year and didn't have any luck with it, but says she is still optimistic that there is someone that exists for her. 

It kind of reminds me of a well-known saying by Dr. Wayne Dyer: "When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." It's a good lesson to be reminded of, especially when we don't think we somehow have enough. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

How to Stay Positive During the Holidays

Today's video blog post is just some perspective on how to stay positive during a time of year that gets many of us down. I think part of the reason some people feel this way is because the holidays signify the end of a year which causes many of us to reflect on what we may have accomplished (or lost) during the past 12 months. 

Then we start comparing ourselves to other people and feel all of this pressure to have a great holiday where everything is perfect. Well, it's time to cut yourself some slack because trust me, no family is perfect! And there's nothing special about December 25th or any other day -- it's been hyped to be perceived that way through the years.

This will be my last post on "PP" before to all of my readers, happy holidays! I hope you all find things to be appreciative about this season.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

New Video Post: The Power Of Make Believe When Manifesting

Before I get into this post, let me just say YouTube has a knack for picking screen captures to choose from for your video's thumbnail at your worst moments during your filming; mouth open, eyes closed, goofy expression, hands in the air, etc. I keep forgetting to take a photo of myself to upload as a custom thumbnail when posting these videos; after today's terrible choices I don't think I'll forget again!

Anyways, today's video post is about something I was reminded of this past weekend when it comes to manifesting: the power of make believe. When we were kids we were all quite adept at it, but as you get older the whole notion of pretending and playing make believe seems silly. However, that's exactly what we should be doing when we want to become a vibrational match to what we want to manifest in our life. 

Some of these make believe ideas may include buying a dress in a smaller size if you're wanting to lose weight and imagining how you would feel wearing the dress now, and carrying that feeling with you throughout the day, or setting your alarm and waking up at the same earlier time each morning if you're seeking a job. Or for those looking to manifest a relationship, I give some practices I've been implementing in the video below, but some other suggestions may include buying a Valentine's Day, holiday, or birthday card for your girlfriend or boyfriend -- never mind that they're not in your physical reality yet -- or researching B&Bs or resorts online and pretending that your loved one has asked you to show him or her some selections as ideas for a romantic weekend getaway. 

When we do this, we're activating the feelings of "as if" and that what wish want is currently a reality. And that's the ultimate feeling we're striving for, since law of attraction will bring us people and experiences that match that vibration. 

So without further ado, here's my video where I talk a little bit about this really important and fun manifesting tool. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Easy Come, Easy Go Friendship

Last week a woman I had been friends with for about 6 or 7 months decided rather abruptly that she didn't want to be friends with me anymore. Before I get into this post, let me say that there was no real fight to speak of and no drama; more that she did something that hurt my feelings but refused to see that she had done anything wrong, and didn't apologize for her behavior. When I wrote back and said I was hurt, listed the times I'd been a friend to her, and then added that her action didn't fit my definition of friendship, she responded back with one word (phrase, really): "OK." And then she removed me from Facebook. She wasn't even willing to discuss the disagreement. So I removed her from my Meetup group.

It all happened REALLY fast and once it did, I felt this relief. For the past month or two, virtually everything she did or said was not jiving with my idea of a fulfilling friendship. I met her and another mutual friend at one of my Meetup events late in the winter of this year, and the three of us hit it off. She told the both of us over email that she loved the open communication and honesty in our friendship. But lately she'd been acting a little strange, and then she got downright controlling and manipulative. I found out from the mutual friend (that I'm pretty sure is no longer going to hang out with her) that she'd been acting this way towards her as well -- moreso than what I experienced. This past weekend I met up with the mutual friend for dinner and drinks and she said our former friend sent her an angry text after one of our dinner outings in the fall, saying that she really wanted to hang out and have drinks and that she couldn't believe she was home on a Saturday night at 9 PM. The behavior was baffling to us as she never mentioned ever that she wanted to hang out after the meal and drink (my other friend and I are not drinkers and in fact, she likes to make it an early night on the weekends because she works out early on Sunday mornings.)

Long story short, after it ended I realized she was a lot like my boss at my last job; no matter what you said or did, she couldn't be pleased, and always wanted to have her own way. I was also getting the vibes from her lately that she was a really unhappy person (despite telling me that she was into positivity and the law of attraction when I first met her, which is why we seemed to hit it off in the first place.) My other friend said they went to a Meetup event together where the first thing out of her mouth to the group was, "I'm so-and-so...and I hate my job." Then she proceeded to talk about it for 10 minutes. Not exactly the best way to make a good first impression. 

She also publicly told a Facebook page she ran that she received "virtually no support from friends" when her dog recently needed surgery (for a non life-threatening injury.) I felt like the remark was directed at me, which was baffling as she and our mutual friend emailed her and asked about her dog several times. But I kept my mouth shut about it. She then told her Facebook group (which I was a part of) that if people weren't going to participate and post on a regular basis that she was going to shut the page down. So I DID post to her page to be nice -- twice, as a mater of fact -- and two weeks later she removed me from the group. That's what started the email correspondence last week that led to her unfriending me (LOL.)

Sometimes we meet people, all seems great, and then in a few months they start showing us the red flags that hint at their true colors. And, just like those two almost manifestations I talked about in my first video, if something isn't a good match for you and your conviction about what you do want is strong enough, chances are you're going to repel them right out of your life, which I believe is what happened here. 

I wasn't even upset about it -- easy come, easy go. I had a hunch recently that things weren't going to work out with her. With so many other friendships that are wonderful and new ones to be made, I believe in abundance and attracting those people that are a good match for my vibration. 

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