Never Give Up on Dreaming Big
Making a Difference, Self-Discovery

Never Give Up on Dreaming Big

As a child, I remember laying on the grass, watching the clouds and dreaming. Dreaming Big. Life was full of possibility and wonder.

I have achieved big dreams. Some of them even exceeded my wildest dreams. My favorite being attending a Calgary Flames game in the Saddledome. My husband and I were able to celebrate our 20th Wedding Anniversary in Calgary. In preparation, I reached out to the Flames organization and let them now if we were coming and see if we could do something special for my husband. During the first game we attended they put an Anniversary message on the jumbotron and the mascot Harvey the Hound came to our seats. Before the second game we got to tour the Saddledome with one of the managers, Matthew Kane. He also arranged for us to ride the Zamboni’s during the game.

I started 2020 with BIG DREAMS, but as the events of 2020 unfolded I let fear, insecurity, and/or negativity take over. I let go of dreaming.

Our thoughts and therefore our dreams are powerful. Albert Einstein often emphasized the importance of sticking to what you want to do, even when others think it’s ‘unrealistic’. He stated, “Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts.”

So what do you want?

Businesswoman Tory Burch teaches “If it doesn’t scare you, you’re probably not dreaming big enough.”

What scares you?

C. S. Lewis said, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

What new dream are you ready to manifest?

Christoper Reeve once said “So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.”

I am ready to DREAM BIG in 2021. I am ready to reach beyond my comfort zone and thrive.

Are you ready to join me?

My first BIG DREAM for 2021 is to become a  Body Code Practitioner through Discovery Healing.

My second BIG DREAM is to go on a Signs of Hope International service trip.

I am excited to be in the discovery of new dreams. I am excited to create my life rather than just surviving it moment to moment.

Harriet Tubman stated “Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

Are you ready to change the world?

Never Give Up on Dreaming Big!

Recalculating
Making a Difference, Self-Discovery

Recalculating: This was not the destination I had planned.

In September of 2018, I started writing a book. As all too often in my life, my fears and insecurities set in and I set the book aside. With the crazy events of 2020, I am once again be directed to create a community to support others. I am excited for this journey and the people who are choosing to begin this adventure with me. So, with that I am setting my fears aside, and I am going to share what I believe is the first chapter of my book and the beginning of the next step in my life. 

In August of 2018 as I was driving in an unfamiliar city with a navigation app giving direction, I started thinking the navigation system was broken. “In 500 hundred feet turn left.” At the only possible left turn I turn left only to hear, “Recalculating, in 300 feet, make a U turn”. WHAT????? We make a U turn to then be direct to make a right turn in 300 feet. We headed back were we came from. There were several more questionable times on the trip where the navigation took us behind shopping centers, through neighborhoods, and recalculated that got me thinking something was wrong. Then I realized that this navigation system seems to be the theme of my life; RECALCULATING.

There have been several times in the last eight years that I have felt I should write a book, only to recalculate what I was thinking.  Most of the reevaluating came in the form of self-talk, “What are you thinking? You are a hot mess, you have nothing to offer. How are you going to help anyone when you can’t help yourself? You are dyslexic, how are you going to write a book that anyone would read?” Even as I am typing, my self-talk is having a field day trying to get the doubt and destruction that so often rule my thoughts and actions to take over. Well not this time! YOU ARE NOT IT, I AM IN CONTROL. I am choosing to take the wheel and see where this trip takes me, broken navigation system and all.

I am in my 40s and the life I have lived so far is not what I thought it would be. I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. I am still on the road of self-discovery and healing. I am still trying to figure out who I am. I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, co-worker, etc., but those are just labels, they don’t really feel like they are who I am. Will I ever know who I am? I sure hope so, or at the very least, I hope I can learn to find joy in the journey, because let me tell you my life has been full of ups and downs. I have found joy along the way, but I have also battled depression, anxiety, and abuse. Not just Domestic Violence, which included verbal, physical, and sexual abuse, but also body shaming, bullying, and verbal abuse from family, friends, and acquaintances as a child and an adult. I have done more than my fair share of self-abuse. So, my life has been full of detours, delays, and recalculating.

Maybe at the end of the book I should give you a timeline as a point of reference since this book is going to jump all over the place. It may be easier to write chronologically for me, but this is not an autobiography. I am sure for you it will be more enjoyable written by the segments of my life. I am hoping you will be able to relate to it.

My intention for this book is to let you know you are not alone. I want to open a conversation about things that are hard to talk about and create a community people who looking for balance, health, and healing from abuse, chemical imbalance, suicide, eating disorders, depression, and more who want to find joy in the journey. We are all on the planet trying to figure out this life, who we are and what our destination is.

Please remember everyone has his or her own journey. Our experiences may be similar, but they are each unique. Even though many people could have been at the same event, each person experiences and remembers those events through their own eyes and will recall the event differently. I am writing from my perspective of my life. How the events showed up for me as I reflect back on them. I am a daughter, sister, wife, mother, friend, Essential Oil Coach, Emotion Code Practitioner, and Entrepreneur. I am not a Doctor, Counselor or Therapist. I believe it is important to work with Doctors, Counselors and Therapists along with Essential Oils, Energy Healing and spirituality to find health, healing, and joy.

Retreat Lazer Tag
Making a Difference, Self-Discovery

Oh The Places We’ve Been, Now on to What is Possible

August 9th of 2002 changed my life forever with one small gift, a Signing Time Video.

Original Signing Time VHS

I join the email list, then attended a playgroup where I told Emily Brown I should just sale the Video for them. I sold them out of the back of my car to anyone who wanted to learn more about why I was signing with my toddler. At the time there was only one VHS. I filmed for a commercial that never ran, but feel even more in love with one mother’s mission to help others communicate with her child.

I started participating in weekly chats where I met the most amazing people. There was a group of us that started volunteering for outreach events and became close friends. So close we even got together a few times for a weekend retreat.

In June of 2005 I became an employee of Two Little Hands Productions. Now 15 years later, today is my last day as an employee of Azevedo Studios/Two Little Hands Productions. It has been more than just a job, it has become family. It has been an opportunity of growth and personal development.

Over the last 15 years I have worked with many amazing people. I have attended many outreach events and meeting amazing Signing Time Families. I help start and run the Signing Time Academy meeting many incredible Instructors who have become dear friends. I ran my first half marathon as part of team “Strong Enough”. I have assisted at many concerts and the Saturday’s Warrior Movie Premier.

So as I sit here looking at pictures from the last 18 years of my time with Two Little Hands Productions. I am grateful for all the memories, the friendships, and the love. It is with tears of joy that I move on to the next chapter of my life.

I will continue to share the benefits of signing. I will continue to share Signing Time, so if you have are not familiar with Two Little Hands Productions you can get a 14-day FREE trial to My Signing Time Digital Products by clicking here.

Now on to what is possible

Monday, June 15, 2020, I will be running my own business as an Emotion Code Practitioner, Essential Oil Coach, AromaDance Instructor, Mindful Movement Instructor, Food Blogger, and doTerra Wellness Advocate. In other words, I will be creating my own future doing what I love most which is severing others. The biggest thing I have learn in my last 15 years is that one person can make a difference in the world if they just take the first step.

Thank you for the memories!

 

 

Making a Difference, Self-Discovery

Kindness & Beyond

On September 4th doTerra along with Leon Legothetis, the Kindness Guy, invited its Wellness Advocates and customers to join the 15 Day Kindness Challenge. I took on the challenge and I received mixed results.

It was so amazing to be a doTerra Convention where the Kindness was contagious. I witness so many people opening doors, zipping up open backpacks, sharing, and more. My doTerra Team had kindness kits for those in need that had bottled water, food, and hardtack candy. It was awesome to see the reactions as we handed them out as we walked down the street.

During doTerra Together Convention Leon was one of the Keynote Speakers. I was inspired. He said, “Make people feel seen.” So I want you to know:

I See You

He told us to share our pain because we are all human. Knowing that there are others who have or are going through what you are going through is often beneficial. I know I have found strength from other Domestic Violence Warriors. Each of our experiences are different, but I have learned something valuable from each one.

My favorite quote from Leon was, “True Wealth is not in your wallet, it is in your heart.” Kindness is FREE. Kindness is as simple as a smile, a complement, a hug, etc. When you are kind it everyone wins. You don’t know who else it will effect, but it changes lives.

He also talked about being kind and gentle to ourselves. As he was talking recognized areas in my life that I can improve.

I loved when he said we could ask his ex-girls friends and then went on to say, “I may not always be nice, but I can do my best to be kind.” That is profound to me.  It brings to mind forgiveness. Being kind to ourselves and others requires forgiveness when we are not nice.

I look forward to daily finding new ways to be kind. I also look forward to hearing stories from others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Violence Against Women - Break the Chain
Making a Difference, Self-Discovery

Violence Against Women – Break the Chain

*Trigger Warning*

Triggers are different for everyone. You never know when they are going to show up. I am sharing in hopes of helping others. The One Billion Rising Video is a graphic depiction of violence.

If you need immediate assistance call 911 or your country’s emergency service number. For a complete list of resources click here.

It is time to break the chain. It is time to stand up and be counted. I know that abuse and violence don’t discriminate. All ages, genders, races, countries, and religions are affected. The One Billion Rising movement focuses on Violence against Women Globally.

To The Broken

Screams in the night
Silent cries you don’t hear
Souls begging for help
Bodies writhing in pain
Agony Tearing up flawless skin
Broken children of the night
Here’s to the Broken
The fighters and Believers
The misunderstood people
The world’s true face
The children who wonder where things went wrong.
Smiles Painted on Masks
Painfully stating “I’m Fine”
When what needs to be said is “Save Me”
Scars that want to be butterflies
Nightmares that want to be dreams
True color of the years
Here’s to the people who wonder where they belong.
to the unloved children
Here’s to the Broken.
because their heartbeats slowly fade to nothingness
Poetry is written and owned by Warrior. For permission to use email beyond.warrior.ut@gmail.com.

I am joining the movement with a wonderful organization SHEROES United. We will be sharing our message at the United Nation Civil Society Convention.

SHEROES United is a Global Movement of Women Who DARE to Change the World through Love.

SHERO is a female hero; a woman that displays strong heroic traits under tremendous pressure and is triumphant over her circumstances. A SHERO is a Woman who is an active giver, an example of what is possible, and a brilliant inspiration to people of all ages.

“It is the greatest time for women in all of human history. It is the darkest time for women in all of human history. What matters is what we make of it!  But we simply must start now.”Bridget Cook-Burch, Executive Director, SHEROES United

“Chase your passion, and success will follow you. Success demands passion and purpose.” – Celeste Gleave, Founder SHEROES United.,

Visit SHEROES United to join the cause.

A film by Eve Ensler and Tony Stroebel. Please spread far and wide w/this tweet: Rise up on 2-14 to end Violence against Women in a global event! @vday http://onebillionrising.org/