Ryland Whittington ~

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This story made me smile from the centre of my being! I LOVE this family! If we had more accepting human beings in the world we would all learn to reach for the stars more often! Ryland Whittington’s story is the epitome of truly loving unconditionally and most importantly listening to the dreams and wishes of your child. We need to allow them to follow their instincts that are deep inside of who they truly are.

Sometimes, life requires us to question our pre-existing notions and norms of what we were taught. It requires us to truly think about what’s important to us and what really matters. We hope you find this story as inspirational and touching as we did.”

~Tracy

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A Feeling…

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IMG_0096_3_2Music fills the air as I let go of this world and start my journey into the night. I become weightless as I float gently through an opening in the clouds. I have no conscious thoughts as I free myself of what was and open myself to what is.

Emotions run high as I close my eyes in anticipation and begin to walk slowly up the spiral staircase. I can hear my own heart beat as I go into a deep meditative state. A sense of calm leads me to the wood door I know so well. As I gently place my hand on it, I feel his energy flood the room. He was waiting for me this time. His energy wraps around me, he is home, he is safe, he is pure undeniable love. I see more clearly than I have ever before, yet my eyes are gently closed. Our breath synchronizes, building with each moment. He is warm, the air is cool…a sensual contrast. His strength is more powerful and protective of me this time. He is ready to take the next step. I hear him inhale my essence as he comes close to touching me. His thoughts pure and intimate pull me closer to him with each breath.

I yearn for him to reach out and touch my heart with his bare hands. I need to feel his flesh come alive. Without words, sideway glances, a breath away from our eyes connecting for the first time. I feel him brush against me sending shivers down my spine. I have no control of my movements. He wants desperately for me to look deep into his eyes, I can feel it. I slip back and forth from thought to feeling, unable to see him clearly. Something is coming between us I can’t control. My thoughts overpower my feelings holding my heart at bay. I keep gently slipping away connected by the thread of desire. Desire to feel his entire being collide with mine.

He stands behind me close enough to feel his breath on my neck. His lips graze my cheek. His scent is intoxicating. His hands wrap around me like a force protecting me from the world that surrounds us. I stand in the shadows of my dream not wanting to return, not knowing what will happen next.

The morning air waits patiently for me to open my eyes as I start my decent from the night. A breeze gently blow a wave of emotions across my exposed skin. The moment I am conscious the feeling of his warmth washes over me. My night dream comes rushing back as tears flow down my cheeks, knowing. Laying half naked not ready to open my eyes I relive the feelings from the night. My heart steps back into the shadow as my thoughts wake with the sun.

I can recall the feeling as my memory fades, so familiar it haunts me.

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Challenge Yourself ~

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TracyNo matter what challenges appear before me, I will survive. Whether the challenge is career based, facing rejection in matters of the heart, or financial reconstruction, life goes on. Life is about connections, forming relationships whether in business or personal areas of your life.

I recently started a new job where my co-workers have blown me away with how much support and patience they give me each day. I entered into this position a little out of my element having never worked in this particular field before. I am a creative, and didn’t see the bridge between creatives and the financial world before. When you get support from your colleagues you can’t help but step up and face the challenge with a positive outlook. Just as in matters of the heart, support from friends and family always helps in making decisions, whether we want to take a chance on love or walk away! Support!

I have the strength and determination to follow this journey called life to find out what it’s all about. I love the challenge and have a great supportive network waiting in the wings to help when needed. I don’t often ask for help but when you enter a completely different career, let me tell you the questions are endless! I wonder if by chance the Universe chose this path to teach and prepare me for the next chapter in my life. In the past I associated asking for help with weakness, I see now it has nothing to do with being weak. I am not weak, I am simply returning to be a student in life once again. The dots are starting to connect!

“I’m still learning” ~ Michelangelo at age 87.

I take chances. I love change. Risk is not a scary word…most days, but I am human and feel the effects now and then. I am not afraid to start over. I have faith that the life I am leading has a greater purpose than my career path, or whether I own my home, or find a man worthy of my love.

It matters not to me if everything I have is taken away, what I need to survive is safe deep inside or just a phone call away. I am grateful to be here spending my time with inspiring human beings. Inspiration is all around us!

I always wondered why I entered into the film business in my early twenties, it was not a passion of mine nor was I interested in seeking fame or fortune. I fell in love with stories. I took part in making them happen for many years until I had my two amazing kids, and then nothing else mattered but being with them. My own story became more important than make belief. Reality is always thought of as a dream crushing expression. Reality is amazing if you take a moment to be in it. No matter what you do, make your reality redefine your dreams. Enjoy each moment you have, life is short. Savour the relationships you have and don’t be afraid to build more! Build, nurture and expand your circle!

What I have learned over the last month is that although I entered a new path in life that I would have bet against in my younger years, you don’t really know where you fit in until you try it on for size. You may be surprised at what you find out! So I say walk down the path on which you stand, step out of your comfort zone now and then and see how vast and endless your horizons become! There are no limits to where you can go and who you can bring with you!

Svaha!

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Expose Yourself

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625565_10151296502307032_1928783634_nBonnie exposed herself last week…don’t rush and click the link to see a naked picture of her, I mean emotionally.

Women tend to share their fears and insecurities with other women, which takes courage and confidence. You take the chance of being judged. Occasionally we meet a man with whom we feel this comfort and we have the best of both worlds. Men on the other hand don’t share quite as easily with their mates as the female energy does. Men are brought up to be manly which unfortunately in society eyes doesn’t always include the expression of emotions. I want a man who can chop wood AND express his thoughts, desires, love, dreams, fears and insecurities <—–to be clear that is not my whole list of what I want my man to be 😉 There is nothing more liberating than being with someone you can say anything to regardless of how intimate or wildly crazy it may seem. When we feel safe, we share. When we share we build trust. Without trust we have nothing.

True raw emotions I believe should be shared. I am guilty of being too much of an open book at times, so balance is important. I am working on keeping my inner feelings to myself a tad longer, just in case they are hormone based shooting out of left field without any prior notice what-so-ever. It’s a struggle let me tell you! I wouldn’t be in some of the predicaments I find myself in if I kept my trap shut a little longer! Live and learn.

However…Our truth is who we are, like it or leave it. When we cease to share who we are, we stand still. It’s super safe…but a bit boring! We miss out on intimacy and moments that will allow us to grow with or without a partner. When we take a chance, the reward can be simply delicious! This is where balance comes in. Keeping a little bit of yourself for a rainy day kinda logic by balancing our truth and living in the moment pure and raw. It doesn’t matter how honest you want to be, sometimes it’s best to keep that thought close to your heart, even for a nanosecond longer before diving face first for that muddy landslide of fun and adventure. <~~~ You have to admit that sounds wayyyyy better than being in the safety zone! So Captain Careful (that’s me) suggests wearing safety goggles before you dive? Excuse me while I go shower off the mud on my face!

When I was in my twenties I wasn’t able to communicate well (go figure!) out of fear of being judged or left for that matter, so I didn’t say much of anything. Sadly in the end the relationship ended because I didn’t communicate, so holding back my words gave me the same result. Fear and insecurities come from a place when we are learning about life and who we are. They sit stagnant within our DNA waiting for a opportunity to expose themselves if we let them. I have worked hard on learning how to communicate well but every now and then I fear being judged and left and I raise my walls and stop communicating to avoid the inevitable! When you search back to the root or beginning of a fear we are able to face those fears and move on from them. “Fear is the Thief of Dreams” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

We all have insecurities and fears as Bonnie mentioned hers being the importance of what people think of her. Valid insecurity, we all want to be liked as human beings. We strive to be accepted and loved. Life is meant to be shared and no one wants to be left alone in life to fend for themselves forever! forever…forever…forever…forever.

I am in the process of facing a few fears of my own. What I have learned in the process is this…I am a survivor, I am able to take care of myself and family all by myself…if need be! I know I don’t have to, if I would just learn to use my words and ask for help when I need it. I am strong, independent, self sufficient and I can do it alone but I am far from alone! I have a huge circle of male and female energy that if I reached out to, would be there with strength and a smile willing to help me.

Sooooo, judge me not unless you have walked in my shoes. Leave me if you choose. I will stand amongst my circle of true companions and live my life in the moment the best way I know how! Knowing I can survive on your own is empowering, admitting I don’t want to is my truth.

Svaha ~

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Big Dreams Really Do Come True!

If you love music as much as I do you probably watched American Idol at some point this year. I got hooked the first time I saw Philip Phillips audition. He blew me away, reminding much of Dave Matthews who I am a big fan of. I’d love to hear his rendition of ‘Crash into Me’. Philip has a raw natural talent and stayed true to himself throughout the entire season. A true musician.

I sent him a Facebook message at the beginning of the season telling him I loved his musical expression and I hoped he would go all the way, and low and behold he responded to me with gracious thanks and asked if I write songs. Phil Phillips has shown us that Dreams Really Do Come True! Even really BIG ones!

I watched the season finale and have to admit I had tears rolling down my cheeks along with everyone else who watched this talented young man break down on stage. It must have felt so surreal. His dream came true while being watched by millions of fans and his family was standing right in front of him. Powerful indeed! He walked off stage in tears and headed straight Home where he was embraced by loving proud supportive arms. What a thrill for his parents and relatives! Life may change for Philip but I have a feeling he will remain the same! There is something so special about watching a dream be reached, it inspires all of us to reach for the star!

Dream Big!

Just Awesome! Congratulation Philip! ((((((smile))))) I look forward to watching you grow and unfold, creating music that inspires all of us!

Season finale…

Here is the entire song for those who want to see it in complete form. 😉

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The Evolution of the Butterfly ~

Hope. It allows us to stay connected to our dreams. Without dreams we have nothing. Life as we all know can get crazy which sometimes makes me question why we’re here, what’s our purpose? We are tiny little specs all moving about doing what we think is important. Are you just plodding along with the masses, going with the flow or do you question your existence? In the big picture when you look at what we are, compared to the vast Universe, does it ever make you wonder if the little things you do are making a difference?

For years I have had in-depth intellectual conversations with my Dad which always leave me intrigued and questioning pretty much everything in life. That is just who he is, a knowledge seeker, a man who wonders and questions everything. I love that he and I can sit for hours and just talk about writing, love, politics, religion, UFO’s, health, kids, art…the list is endless. I recently met another amazing man who challenges and stimulates my intellect in the very same way my Dad does. He has inspired me as a writer helping me find my flow. My ‘read-list’ is growing, there simply isn’t enough time in the day to indulge myself with everything we talk about…but I’m trying! I am grateful to have met you Kevin!

Here is an example of something he shared that really fit into how I have been feeling lately! Take a look and tell me what you think!

If you would like more information about this video with Dr Bruce Lipton renowned cellular biologist here is a great link. I don’t know about you but I want to be an Imaginal Cell!

We have the ability no matter how small we feel to make change in the world, we are all a cell in humanity!

We are all part of the evolution to where our planet is heading!

Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future And A Way To Get There From Here –

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In the Light of the Moon ~

His words captivated me from the very first moment. He drew me in ever so gently with the soft flow of our conversation. Subtle innuendos floated between us, stimulating a depth to each verse that was written. I cautiously read between his lines. His words were unique, piquing my interest. He intrigued my mind, body and soul. His energy was like a magnet slowly leading me down a path I’d yet to explore. He stirred my emotions, passionately placing poetic prose along the way for me to taste. I savoured each one, cautiously looking back trying to keep my bearings. I quickly became comfortably lost, not knowing from where I came. All my senses were tuned at once. He knew exactly how to capture me. We connected deeply, having never met in the physical realm. I wondered if he was a figment of my imagination…an exploration or adventure I yearned for. My heart would stay safe and protected as I reached for more, as long as my eyes stayed gently closed.

We reached fearlessly to another level…I heard his voice and instantly felt our connection deepen. As his first word slip slowly from his mouth my ears anticipated his tone. I held my breath in hope. He became real in that moment. I floated away on the magical story blanket he carefully lay beneath me…I was open to where ever he would take me. Trust.

Each day my mind drifted back into the clouds where he waited for me. We embraced with our energy. I wonder if somehow we reconnected from another time. He felt familiar in a way I could not explain. He had come back for a reason. Perhaps he heard me call.

I could feel him enter my room each night, whispering in my ear...I want you. His energy washed over my body, making me forget I was alone. He stood close enough that I felt his breath on my neck. The energy in his palms and finger tips followed the curves of my silhouette. My walls slipped off my shoulders and fell to the ground like the satin fabric that gently touched my body. I was open, willing and ready to let go of everything, surrendering to him as we started our dance in the light of the moon.

Our energy intertwined, making love to one another, wrapping us both in a warm glow. We continued to inhaled the essence of the moment, both left wanting more. I courageously opened my eyes finding myself floating on what was. I could still feel his presence in the room, he was unable to leave. We were attached to one another by a thin silver thread. I slipped into a dream like state, knowing he was there watching…content to just be.

To not touch the man who caressed my soul with his mind would become painful. To not taste his lips or feel his heart beat would sadden my soul as each day past. To not take the chance that we may explode into something neither of us had experienced, was frightening. How could a man I had never met make me feel so scared and safe at the same time.

Like the moon and the morning sun, we continue to long for one another…

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Dreams


This months pretty header, created by Tracy, is “finding lyrical beauty in dreams” which has brought back a memory of her and I eating mangoes for breakfast and telling each other about our previous night’s dreams.  This memory is from 1993-ish when we shared a townhouse in North Vancouver.  I was newly single with my young son and she was just entering a new relationship; one that would last for many years and bless her with two beautiful children.  They were exciting but scary times for us both.   We ate a lot of mangoes.  I can’t remember what our dreams were all about back then.  I really wish I’d written them down.  I think it would be fun to look back at them now and see if there were any warnings or messages from those dreams that we could have or should have paid attention to.  Like if I dreamt of getting food poisoning after eating Greek food with Bruce Lee inside a tepee – that would definitely have meant DO NOT date Nick! Palm smack to the forehead.

Dreams are funny things.  When I was younger I put a lot of importance into what my dreams were trying to tell me.  I thought dreams were created by the wisest souls in the universe, all hovering over my head at night and conjuring up hundreds of creative messages in the form of a dream just to lead me down the right path in life.  Hmm.  Now I tend to think dreams are more like a bunch of random thoughts I’ve stored in my sub-conscious which then bubble to the surface of my brain during sleep to play out in any manner that suits them.  How else do you explain my dreams of playing tag with, and then cuddling up to, a giant grizzly – who spoke with a British accent and had minty fresh breath?

I still have dreams that feel very real and can affect my whole day.  My grandparents have both passed away but I’ve had dreams of my grandfather sitting and talking to me about old times and afterwards I’ve woken up feeling grateful and happy.  Every now and then I’ll dream of my grandmother laughing and then I’ll wake up laughing myself.  I’ve also woken in a really bad mood when I’ve dreamt that John has run off with Christina Aguilera…again!  Or wait, maybe that was his dream.  Either way, I’m cranky all day!

Sometimes John will have dreams that are more like nightmares where he is fighting for his life – usually against a giant British grizzly – and I’ll have to wake him up so he stops whimpering yelling in manly grunts.  I remember one night he woke me up by making this really strange sound through his nose – and not his usual racket commonly known as snoring.  This sounded more like a birthing cow.  I thought, oh dear, the poor guy is fighting some evil alien and losing, I better wake him up. When I kicked shook him gently, he rolled over and giggled.  Really? After the sounds you were just making you can giggle? The next morning I couldn’t wait to find out what he was dreaming about.  Turns out my strong manly husband dreamt he owned a cute baby elephant which he kept in the back yard.  The sounds I heard were of him calling his baby elephant over to him to play – in elephant talk.  Ohhh kayyy.  What do you suppose the spiritual message was in that dream?

All I know is that if I’m working on the code of a website all day; guess what my dreams are all about? Code.  If I’m pulling weeds in the garden all day – weeds.   If I’m painting the house – paint.  Am I just getting dull or have all those higher souls gone on to the next person who is in greater need of a creative message while they sleep? Or maybe they’ve deserted me because I never understood their crazy-ass messages and went down a few wrong paths despite all their hard work.

Oh Mr. Sandman bring me your dreams make him the cutest that I’ve ever seen

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The Angel in the Clock ~

I was visiting my friend Tim via Facebook the other day and saw a post on his page with the words; The Angel in the Clock…A Fairytale about Time. How could I not click on that. Life doesn’t always give us a fairytale ending but when we do believe in childhood dreams, romance or everyday miracles of life, it gives us hope. It’s the pure innocence of believing which makes us all smile from deep within. When we stop believing in things that make our life rich and full, we stop living.

I visited The Angel in the Clock blog and loved what I read. I instantly wanted to share it on Tara Cronica. I connected with Mike Uriegas the Producer/Director and here we are! “Looking to give a stronger meaning to his work, Mike is currently developing a not-for-profit business model dedicated exclusively in sourcing funds to produce advertising for charities around the world as a mean to promote the work of thousands of people that are trying to make this world a better place.” My kinda guy!

The Angel in the Clock team is a group of outstanding, talented, passionate individuals all with a common purpose of making a difference in the lives of others. It doesn’t get much better than that!

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“This story follows the adventure of Amelia, an infirm girl that wants to stop time as a way to solve her delicate condition. While doing so, she meets the angel Malachi.

Malachi draws Amelia to the Fields of Time, a place beyond the mortal realm where hundreds upon hundreds of clock-castles float in the sky. In a quest to discover why time cannot be stopped, why life is worth fighting for, Amelia’s life will change forever.

A story about faith and dreams that will take your breath away.”

Enjoy the teaser…

The Angel in the Clock is a visually beautiful and audibly intriguing 4-minute animated short film promoting the cause of Childhood Cancer Canada, the country’s leading foundation dedicated to funding national research while delivering critical education, community, and connectivity programs to children with cancer and their families.

Take a moment to check out their site, you will be inspired just as I was to spread the word! It only takes one person to make a difference, it’s your turn!

The Angel in the Clock.

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Fear is the Thief of Dreams…Gandhi ~


I was talking to a man-friend of mine about living life with no fear. We both agreed there is no other way to live. He believes “fear usually lives in things unfinished or never done.” I think timing can also play a key role in dreams or goals unfinished or never done. We need to stay tapped into our passion no matter how little time we have for it, keeping our dreams alive!

“Don’t dream your life, but live your dream” ~ Mark Twain

Do you ever wonder why you do certain things? Why do you connect so easily with some but not others? Why did you take Spanish out of the blue? Do you ever wonder how something you’re doing now is going to relate to your future? It’s all about connecting the dots. I often wonder what is the purpose of me writing? Its not for the huge paycheck. Here’s why ~

“Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else” ~ Gloria Steinem.

It’s about passion. I am passionate about love and life and write in hopes of keeping my passion for it alive. It’s all about sharing my passion and hopefully inspiring those around me while doing so. When you do what you’re passionate about you find what you are seeking in life, changing the energy around you. You can’t inspire others if you are full of regret because of things unfinished or never done. Even if your passion is a hobby, do it for the simple pleasure of doing it.

My life with no fear is pretty simple ~ live each moment open and honest sharing what life has to offer with those around me. I get inspiration from nature, in particular water. I can sit for hours in awe of its vast magnificence. It both calms and excites me. It has such power and peacefulness. Turbulent on top yet tranquil underneath where there is an entirely different world waiting to be explored if we just dip below its surface without fear. Dip below the surface of life and see what it has to offer. We often fear the unknown, yet our world is surround by it. “Fear is the thief of dreams” ~ Gandhi.

Music also inspires and stimulates my creative thoughts. Music opens me. It sends me back to where I’ve been and takes me to where I dream of being. It stirs my soul, balances my being and tunes my emotion.

Unique human beings also inspire me. I admire those who live outside of their comfort zone, very few have the courage to do so. I have only written about a few but there are many. I crave those who make me think and feel emotions that frighten me. I have the desire to write when emotions are stirred deep inside. Then is when I feel truly alive.

So if I were to be living my dream with no fear I would be gazing into a body of water with music in the air writing passionately about life and love, in the company of a man who stirs all of my emotions. Living your dream doesn’t have to be complicated. It’s about making memories and each moment count. It’s not about what you have, it’s about what you do with your passion.

When I saw the movie Romancing the Stone with Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner I wanted to be her. A romance novelist on an adventure, in the end she finds her own love and sails away living her dream. I want my life to be filled with adventure, love and passion worthy of inspiring me to write. I want to write about real romance, not harlequin romance, real romantic adventure.

That’s MY Dream!

Life is what you make it. If you do what you love I think everything else just happens. Follow your passion.  Make your dreams a reality…jump!

I must be in tune with the Universe because this was the Postcard from Gusto this glorious morning…

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It’s Your Choice…if you can make it.

I was talking to a male friend of mine the other night about a number of different topics and something he said stayed with me. “Failure for me is not an option”. He doesn’t see anything ending in failure. He doesn’t allow himself to even go there visually. What a great attitude to have. There is no point in starting anything if you already see yourself failing at it. A positive attitude and hard work ethic is the key to success in life as far as I am concerned.

What ever you set out in life to do there will always be someone who is better. Not being the best doesn’t mean you failed. Just doing it is a part of succeeding. If you want to be the best you have to put in more than everyone else. Athletes are the perfect example of those who naturally visualize being the best. Competitive by nature they are born with the drive to win. We can all learn from those who are the best at what they do. It takes a lot of hard work and perseverance to achieve that title. If at first you do not succeed…try try again!

If what you are doing makes you unhappy each day at some point don’t you ask yourself why you’re doing it? Doesn’t it makes sense to create change instead of just going through the motions! It’s not always easy but nothing really worth while ever is. Sometimes baby steps are all we need to push us in the right direction.

There are also those who don’t need or strive to be the best. They enjoy their life regardless of what they do or where they fit in. It’s not always easy to reach for your goals or dreams. Sometimes life, responsibilities and obligations get in between our dreams and reality. As long as you wake up each day loving life, giving back and being a positive influence you are inspiring those around you. Have you ever met someone who makes you want to be a better person, that’s what I’m talking about. We all have our role in life and as long as whatever you do you do your personal best we all benefit in a positive way. I’ve tried to teach both my kids that it’s not what you do that matters as much as how well you do it. “If you can’t be good, be good at it” has come out of my mouth on more than one occasion. Attitude, hard work, enthusiasm and passion can change everything. And don’t forget to smile, they’re contagious! 🙂

We make choices every single day. Some we need to think about in great depth and some feel right as soon as the thought crosses our mind. In the end a choice is made in order to move forward. Choices are part of life. We can choose to work towards a goal or dreams or we can let our life unfold in front of us making choices along the way. Sometimes it is not us who makes the choice that changes our direction in life.

Life is ever changing, you never really know your path until you are walking it, and still then it’s not always your choice that changes its direction, most important is to just keep going! Tracy ~

Some of us know exactly what we want to do at an early age. A goal is set and steps are made to achieve it. Others take their time and change their path several times before they find what they are seeking. Believe me I know how hard choices can be. Since I was a very little girl I remember the struggle I had with choice. If I was given more than one I had such a difficult time deciding. Thankfully as we age we become much better at making choices. Life experience, wisdom and knowing who you are seems to help. I find too many thing in life interesting and worth exploring to be pressured to pick just one. I am working on it. 🙂 If I could just decide what I wanted…I’m certain I would get it! Oh and eenie meenie minie mo rarely works! lol

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Her Imagical Power

“I’d love to write a book one day” she said.  “So would everyone else” he replied.

“I know she’s famous but I could see myself being friends with her one day” she said.  He laughed “So could everyone else.”

“One day I will earn enough money to buy ____________” she said.  He just rolled his eyes and walked away.

She had other dreams that she dared not say out loud.

She realized then that her dreams were worthless because apparently “everyone” has the same dreams. If that is the case then what makes her so special that she should be able to attain them when others far greater than her fail all the time?  She isn’t smarter than “everyone” she isn’t luckier than “everyone”.  How silly then to dream of such things.

She almost gave up on dreaming after that.  But then something boiled up from within her that made her want to yell “screw you!” She didn’t actually yell that, but she wanted to.  Instead she thought  “Wait a minute.  So what if no one but you believes in your dreams.  They are your dreams not theirs.  So what if they seem unattainable to others.  It’s more important that they feel attainable to you.”

It’s easy to give up when you don’t feel supported by others but dreams don’t happen because of other people’s beliefs, they only happen when you believe in them.

“Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win.” William Shakespeare

She learned along the way that life can be magical and the magic comes from our imagining.  If we can imagine something, we can create it.  She calls it her imagical power! We just have to want something badly enough, see it in our minds eye, feel it in every cell of our being and believe that it is ours.  It had worked for her in the past when she was younger but she had begun to worry that time had worn down her imagical powers.  Not so! It’s a universal power we all have for life but sadly for many it lays dormant.

“Imagination is the beginning of creation.
You imagine what you desire, you will what you
imagine, and at last you create what you will.”
George Bernard Shaw

She may remind him that her imagical power worked to bring him to her all those years ago. Or she may not say a word.  It really only matters that she knows the strength of her power and that she remembers to keep using it; regardless who believes or doesn’t believe in it.

“To believe in the things you can see and touch
is no belief at all; but to believe in the unseen
is a triumph and a blessing.”
Abraham Lincoln

I couldn’t agree more Bill, George, Abe and Albert!

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Svaha Spirit Series ~Follow Your Dreams~

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Olympic athlete (The Luge) Ruben Gonzalez is in the Motivational Speakers Hall of Fame.  After watching this video and surfing through his website www.thelugeman.com, I can see why.  His website is incredibly motivational!  Ruben is training for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.  When he completes in Vancouver, at the age of 47, he will become the first person EVER to compete in four Winter Olympics in four different decades.  I love these kinds of  stories leading up to the Olympic venues!

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Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish!

You may have already seen this speech but it’s worth seeing a second time.  This is one of those inspiring video’s that leaves you feeling lifted!  I think it’s fitting being that Graduation is in the air!  I will attend my son’s Grade 5 farewell today, knowing that in a blink of an eye, it will be my Son setting out in the world to chase down his dreams!  All I can hope for is that he Dream Big ! Dreams are meant to be touched.

Graduation to me was a new beginning, an adventure.  Your life was about to begin.  You had been training for this moment for 12 years and the day has finally come.  Freedom!  Responsibility!  A chance to prove that you have what it takes to make a difference in the World.

Congratulations to all of you who have completed a goal in life that will stay with you forever, Education!

‘Education is Knowledge and Knowledge is Power!’

Tracy

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Love is Forever…by Lawrence Thomas

“I have been inspired by the writings of Lawrence Thomas and wanted to share his truthful, passionate words with you.  He has touched my soul with this piece.  Understanding the male perspective, a gift for me truly.  I believe our paths were meant to cross.  Thank you for sharing a piece of yourself with us and giving us some insight into the male mind.  Many of us will no longer feel like ‘the only one’ and that is one of the reasons Bonnie, Jacquie and I created Tara Cronica.”  Tracy~

Love is Forever…by Lawrence Thomas

Lawrence ThomasSunday, July 6, 2008 at 6:23pm Splashing my freshly shaven face, I looked up into a faded mirror. Grasping the outer edges of the water basin, I stepped into my reflection. I removed one hand briefly to run my fingers through my sodden hair, and then I leaned in to take a closer look. Into my weary eyes, I searched desperately for the man that I once saw staring back at me. I clenched the basin tighter, lowered my head and I realized that I don’t like the image the mirror revealed anymore. My eyes had once been so full of dreams; full of passion. They expressed a lust for life and everything it had to offer. Now their vision discolored, infatuations and a lifetime of aspirations all but forgotten.

For the better part of my twenties, Elaine’s soft blue eyes had been the last image I had seen before falling asleep. Many cold nights her warm figure curled into me, as I lay awake searching endlessly for answers, and many mornings I awoke to the same lost and lonely reflection of my tired eyes staring back at me.

I spent so much time searching my heart for the grounds of my unhappiness, that I hadn’t allowed myself to appreciate the little things that made her so special. My uncertainties really had nothing to do with her. I did love her, but for some reason, I was not content with what we had together.

I tried desperately to push her away, because having her hate me seemed so much easier than letting her go. As I stood disappointed, staring into that mirror’s image, I could see how much trying to push her away was slowly breaking her. Yet, even with how hard I tried to distance myself from her, she still remained by my side. I suddenly appreciate that she couldn’t hate me; she didn’t have it in her heart.

As I rummaged through my thoughts, gaping into that murky basin drain, I realized I had to let her go.

One last dinner together, final thoughts passed as we drove about a winding countryside, and as the colors of autumn leaves change, so did the seasons of our lives together. Somehow I had never found her more beautiful than I did that moment.

As I rested my eyes in hers, I took her hand and looking into her soul, and told her one last time that I loved her. Even with how hard it was to say goodbye, we both know that it was the right thing to do.

Maybe we had been holding on to the memories of so many years ago, or quite possibly we were fearful of being alone. Maybe we worried about hurting one another? Perhaps we were really afraid of living because neither of us could honesty say that’s what we were doing those final months – at least not the lives we had both dreamed of.

In those final moments, I realized that no matter how much I loved Elaine, my dreams would always live somewhere in my heart. I knew that if I didn’t start to listen to the desperate cries deep within me, that in being afraid to live, those dreams and the passions my soul lived to feel, were slowly dying.

I truly believe it’s our unhappiness with ourselves that questions the fate of a relationship. The problem is we either don’t know it, or simply don’t know what we are unhappy with.

Many years have gone by now, and since moving on, I have felt my heart thank me for finally giving the thoughts that circled hopelessly through my soul, the opportunity to live. I have felt the inner peace of not being afraid of life anymore.

As I look up, I see the reflection of a man once more full of life; full of passions; a man with not only dreams, but visions that have been realized. I have felt the sometimes painful, yet magical infatuations of love again. I have allowed myself to be inspired by the wisdom life offers us when we not only yearn for more from it, but do something about getting more out of it.

Regrets, I don’t believe in them, but I certainly wish we didn’t have to hurt the ones we love searching for who we are and what it is we want from this journey.

Even when a relationship is not meant to be, it’s hard not to continue caring for someone in some way, for everything they were to you and for what they taught you about love, life, and especially about yourself. I hope Elaine knows I will never forget the way she looked into my eyes when she said she loved me. To be loved in that way by anyone, is the greatest gift life will ever share with us.

In the end, with our painful expressions of separation, we didn’t do or say anything to make that moment one we would later regret. We both knew those final words would last in our hearts forever.

Breaking up is always a painful memory, yet by ending that part of our lives with a smile and by expressing how much those past years meant to us, the last feelings we shared weren’t full of anger or hatred; just the one thing that kept us together through it all – Love.

No matter whether a relationship ends through infidelity, a difference of opinion, or simply different dream paths, one of the many things my time with Elaine taught me, is that in the end, whether you want it to or not, love lives on somewhere in the heart, and always will.

Elaine was the first woman I ever loved, and for understanding me, always believing in me, and for loving me through it all (even those cold lonely nights when I couldn’t find it in my own heart to love myself), a part of me will love her forever. I will never forget how wonderful it felt, to be loved the way she loved me.

Copyright © 2008 Lawrence Thomas

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Tracy

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Dreams really do come true

Bonnie's PostI don’t remember how old I was the first time I heard the song “Over the rainbow” but  I was very young, maybe 4 or or 5 years old.   Like most people I heard it for the first time when I watched The Wizard of Oz.  According to Wikipedia it was written for the movie.  The music was written by Harold Arlen and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg and sung by Judy Garland.  I was instantly moved by the music and even more by the words.  Still to this day when I hear it sung I can get teary.  It moves me that much.   I recently came across the video below of Jason Castro on American Idol and I have been watching it over and over and over.  Why does this get to me so much I wonder.

I think it is my soul trying to remind me, once again, that dreams really do come true.  Troubles really can melt like lemon drops…and dreams that you dare to…why oh why can’t I?  You can! my higher self whispers to me during this song.  Dream big because dreams really do come true.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do and while it plays listen for your soul whispering to you too.
Bonnie

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