Week Twenty-Four – East Coast meets West


I spent the past week in California. This is something that I always wanted to do. I always had excuses that overpowered by desire. I have spent months worth of time along the Florida Atlantic coast and much time along the Gulf Coast. I wanted to see the Pacific Ocean to breathe in the air and see the sunset on the horizon of the waters. Nine years ago my son was stationed in California. I have said too many times I would love to visit my granddaughter and son, see my son marry his second wife…  There was the same excuses we all make; can’t take time off work, not enough money, timing not right, blah blah.  I have missed out on too many things because I lacked the courage to step up or step out and do it. My excuses were words of fear of one thing or another.

I had written down on paper that I was going to visit my son on or before December 2015.  I saw an opportunity to make it happen before and did it! I literally was holding my breath when I clicked the button on the computer to book the flight. The day before I was pacing but telling myself to think of all the wonderful things I would see. I was so excited! I would not and did not let my fears stop me!

Upon take off of the plane for an instant I was afraid and scenarios began….No! I visualized the outcome. I could see the ocean view in my mind. I pictured my two beautiful granddaughters. I pictured the fun my little daughter and I were going to have on the beach. Before I knew it we were in the air and me…. .. I felt light and free.  The apprehensions were gone.

We had a phenomenal week!!  We arrived in the evening and were tired after flying all day. I woke up the next morning early and ready to go. We got breakfast in the hotel and then began our day. I had forgotten what mountains looked like. We walked around a little shopping district that used to be an old railroad town. Seeing the old time buildings set against the mountain back drop was breathtaking.  The flowers and trees seemed more colorful and beautiful than imaginable. No lie!

The next morning the misty air hung on some of the mountain tops and others were already glistening with the sun. We headed out to a vineyard to take a tour. To sit and watch the flowers sway in the breezes and smell the air. It was mesmerizing to sit above the vineyard and take it all in.  We tested some wines and just relaxed.

2014-03-22 11.21.19We had no time agenda.

No itinerary to adhere to.

Truly guided by my compass!

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We drove through mountain valleys and up and down the mountain. We saw vineyards and groves of oranges and olives. We arrived at my son’s after almost five hours of driving. I wasn’t tired the views had kept me going. To see my grandbabies in person…… still brings a tear to my eye. I am a grandma! To touch my little baby granddaughter Annalee’s tiny little hand; really brought the reality of what I had.  We talked and laughed all day. I shared stories of my son growing up with him and his wife (whom I had not met prior to this trip).  My daughter, Alaena who is ten got along with my granddaughter, Ariah who is eight, like they had grown up together. One would think they were best friends.  We ended the night with a family dinner.  A Priceless Day!

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The rest of the week was spent taking in California. I ventured through Old Town again. Visited a shop that sold olive oil. The olives were grown just outside town. They pressed the olives into fresh EVOO!  Olive oil and vinegar taste testing. Waiting for my order to arrive via UPS here in Florida, next week. Vanilla & Fig Balsamic Vinegar with Cirtus Reserve OVOO and a jar of Olives.  The air always had a wonderful aromas of lavender, basil, olive oil, and oaks.

Wednesday, our last official day, we drove to Laguna Beach. I was like a kid seeing the mountains and caverns around me. I could have spent a week just taking in the geological sites. When I spotted the ocean coming into view… I thought… I am here!  I – am – in – CALIFORNIA!!

We walked along the top boardwalk and then headed down to the beach. Walked along the beach. The water was freezing cold. The tide was coming in and Alaena enjoyed playing catch with the water. After a while we headed back up to get some lunch. We walked through shops and found a nice little Italian restaurant. The food was fabulous. More fabulous was the fact that they served gluten-free pasta. Yummy! I had a dish that had mussels, scallops, shrimp, calamari and such.  After wards we headed back to the beach. Alaena climbed around on the rocks and beach discovering shells, critters and plants in tide pools. I walked around some but found myself a comfy seat on a rock and just sat. The breeze blowing and sun shining on my face. I just watched and observed my daughter playing and families from all over enjoying the beach. The waves rising and breaking on the sand and rocks. The birds flying over head. The little bugs milling around some seaweed from this mornings tide. I watched as the sun began to fade and dusk was around the corner. We headed back up to the car. We drove out of the area as I watched the sun begin to set.

From the plane Thursday morning I watched below the beaches and lowlands, the valleys and mouCAM00125ntains.

I will come back!

I promise!

No more excuses!

Another DMP down but more importantly is the new life and light inside. I know challenges lie ahead of me each day. But I will succeed. As I woke up this morning after twenty-four hours of sleep from jet lag and exhaustion I could hardly walk but I won’t stop and let it win. When my legs screamed to stop walking my heart still took in all around me and told me just one more step. One more. There is more wonder to see around the next corner….keep going!



Week Twenty-two-‘a’ – Have a Little Pi


Happy Pi Day!!

Today is the Unofficial celebration of the Internationally observed …… Pi Day!

I know!  How cool is that!?

A fraction of my readers are thinking….  “Pie, I love pie” or  “Sounds great”! “Where’s mine?”

Another fraction could be thinking….. “Hey,  P – I……She spelled that wrong!”

Some are still stuck on the picture and what in the world that has to do with anything here….

How many are contemplating the rationalization of pi in relationship to MKMMA and/or the pic at the top?

Just as an added side thought……..

     Today is also Albert Einstein’s Birthday!


Polar meltdown

Ok….so this is some of the circles of ‘stuff’ my brain comes up with when it is allowed to…..(just the tip, of the tip, of an iceberg)



 * Pi= 3.14, whose “value is the ratio of any circle’s circumference to it diameter in Euclidean space or the ration of a circle’s area to the square of its radius”

* March 14th is > 3 – 14

* Our first webinar was 167 days ago. April 6th will make 190 days.   190 divided by 30= 6.3

* 3.14159265 ( Pi ) times 2 is 6.2831852   [ a.k.a.  6.3 ]

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* Key Lime Pi is my absolute ultimate all time favorite dessert (in my world, here, it is even served on Thanksgiving)


*and……. Happy Birthday Mr. Albert Einstein!

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th1PQBJU1M  Never be afraid to gain a new perspective. Stand on that hill or walk silently alone. It will bring you closer to one’s self.th6G6OOLIU


“I shall forever deem to enlighten My life, sharpen My tools, delve into My imagination, elevate My intuition, sync with and follow My compass, promote My dreams…… for the splendor and shine of by own songs and wisdom of my own poetry from My Within, shall open gates to the World” -Mia



“A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Week Twenty-two – Knowledge


Week twenty-two is all but complete. We are each on the verge of completion of our twenty-six weeks of self discovery, self reality. Each and every day I am reminded of gifts that I have and the gifts I receive.  I have renewed love, gratitude and visions of tomorrow.

Sunday’s challenge for week twenty-two is to take time in absolute silence. No electronics. No reading. No music. No conversations with any one else. The only voices we shall hear are to be the discussions within ourselves; discussions with our subconscious, discussions with God.  There is to be No fussing or worrying about what is going on in the world around us.

What will I learn?

What knowledge of myself, my life, my world, my future lie inside waiting to speak?

“Knowledge is a priceless value, because by applying knowledge we can make our future what we wish it to be.”  Haanel 22-1

Use knowledge “intelligently and produce only desirable results”. Haanel 22-7

As I ready for this time of silence and contemplation I am reminded of so many verses in Proverbs, among them are the following:

The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.” Proverbs 18:15

The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of knowledge: [but] fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7

If we lack of faith and trust, being judgmental; it is of being without knowledge, understanding and wisdom.  Is it in the same aspect as our humanly fear to try something new, a fear of hang gliding, a fear of approaching a new prospective or such. We fear because we lack something. We lash out with judgement, condemnation, innuendo.

But if we trust that we truly are Gods Greatest Miracle; believe it, have faith in it, grab hold of it and keep that truth close. God made us in his image. He is the Universal and we are of him, of the Everything. Than any imperfections we see are those our human mind has placed there. We are a spiritual being. We are not a body with a soul, but a soul with a body. That soul generates from our heart not our mind.

I had been feeling ‘stuck’, ‘lost’…. I realize that I put myself there. I was given choices. When I asked God for wisdom he presented scenarios of choice. If I didn’t trust that intuitional voice inside and choice unwisely…..I often times didn’t see the wisdom I had sought.  When I ask for patience and my daughter interrupts me and I act sharply with my words…..  God gave me the full ability to be patient, wise, loving, nurturing, fearless, courageous, generous, imaginative, enthusiastic.  I am. I am Me.  I continue to develop and grow.

I gratefully and enthusiastically look forward to getting to further know and grow, Me.



“Speak to Him, thou, for He hears,

and spirit with spirit can meet, closer is He than breathing, and nearer than hands and feet.”

– Alfred Lord Tennyson (via Haanel 22-28)

Week Twenty-One – “Cut It Out!”

Cut it out!


We all get Stuck in the comfort zone that frankly,

doesn’t fit,

it isn’t comfortable,

it’s comforting because it’s known;

it’s safer than jumping into whatever unknown you may have considered…………..thQ8Q5ZSCW

Stop what ever got you there or is keeping you there and make a change!

Stop it!   Cut it out!

Misery loves company………… tell misery to go home!

My pastor at church used lizards as a metaphor for anger and other emotions that sneak in.  Like lizards, spiders or other little critters that we do not want in our homes or our live we need to take action against them. We all have bug sprays and fly swatters, traps and tricks to keep critters out or if they do invade to get them out or squash them dead.

What about the little things that come into our lives that make us angry, hurt, guilty feeling, unworthy or the like?

What do we have ready at hand to trap them, keep them at bay, or squash them dead?

Through MKMMA we have learned many TOOLS that we may not have realized.

TOOLS in our MKMMA Belt

Law of Substitution.  – Tag a positive emotion or positive thought into the arena when feeling angry.

Law of Forgiveness.  – Forgiveness does not mean we forget but we move on.

Law of Relaxation. – Take a five second breather, meditate….count to ten.

Law of Practice. – Bring one of those miraculous habits into play and do it or say over and over. I am WPSPLHH…..

Law of Dual Thought. – Can not be focusing on feeling unworthy if you just completed a goal. Celebrate! You did it!

Law of Subconscious. – Keep squashing that old blueprint. New habits-good habits-successes and achievements

Law of Growth. – WE HAVE COME A LONG WAY BABY!     Happiness, Pride, Self-worth……

“What you feed grows, what you starve dies.”

Feed the new blueprint and positive habits. Polish up the gold we are revealing in the Buddha.

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Starve the old blueprint and negative habits. Toss the broken bits of cement into the garbage.