Yes, 2017 was a deeply profound and busy year for this full-time writer, analyst, and health researcher. Let me break it down for ya:

Jan. 8th: I attended a beautiful “Soul Connected Sister” kind of meditation event at Awakening Wellness Center with Kristen Tenpenny and found a deep kinship with several of the participants, opening me to more ways of experiencing my mantra, “We Are All Connected.”
Jan. 14th: I attended a raw vegan cooking class at Ionie’s cafe in Sarasota, FL and picked up a new raw vegan pizza recipe from Ionie Berg and her instructor pal, Kathy, and met more like-minded people when I got to share my healing journey (which my book is about).
Jan. 21st: attended the Native American festival in Brooksville, FL and picked up tiny moccasins for my two new granddaughters (who were to be birthed in February), talked with Shelley Morningsong and Fabian Fontenelle and got to introduce them to my friends Kim and Marie! What aWEsOMe weather and beautiful afternoon we had learning more about the 500 different Native American tribes who used to live free in America, speaking different languages and even different dialects within the same tribes, and sadly how only 200-300 tribes remain, since many died off due to famine, disease, war, or slavery. We learned that the Semoran tribe (now known as the Seminoles) were not an original tribe, but a collective of tribes that moved to Florida many years ago. We learned a couple of ways to say “hello” also, and that “how” was only an invention by Hollywood.
Feb 5th: Made a quick unplanned trip to NH for the birth of my twin granddaughters. Normally, I wouldn’t go north in the winter, but when my daughter called me that the twins were coming a week earlier than planned, we figured out a way to make it happen. Ever so thankfully, I was able to be there when our beautiful Jaclyn and Jewel were born! I was actually driving from the small airport in Portsmouth to their local hospital (about an hour or so away) as they were being delivered! And yes, I drove straight to the hospital! I was so excited to be able to go right in and see my daughter and babies in their private maternity room! This was such a precious and surreal time. Once in a lifetime!
Then, I got to spend the first night with my five year old granddaughter, Jennifer, at their house, to take care of her and bring her back to the hospital the next morning. Unfortunately, I had breathing issues at their house, so I had to stay at the hospital with my daughter and wonderful newborn granddaughters for the next three nights, so I had the most wonderful privilege of getting to help out with the girls, while my son-in-law cared for Jennifer at home. I still got loads of me time with Jennifer though, when Mike would bring her to the hospital during the day (since she had snow days a couple days that week), and then when it was time for me to fly home on Thursday, my flight was canceled due to a snow storm! While normally it would seem a hassle, not so this time! I just called a fabulous hotel resort across the street from my daughter and son-in-law’s home and I got an incredible room for one night, where I could catch up on my sleep, eat a delicious meal (no more hospital food for me!), and then fly home on Friday (after stopping by my daughter’s house one more time to give grand hugs and kisses and say goodbye–for now!

Feb. 18th: I went with my friend Terri, to a DoTerra Certification Technique Class. I’m so thankful for having experienced this class because not only did I perform this technique in my husband and myself to help our bodies heal, and sleep better, but I was also able to apply these oils to my mom’s feet on the last visit I had with her before she passed away! Thus, this class was very important to me, even more than I could have known at the time.

Mar. 3rd: My husband , Richard, and I got to do something I had wanted to do for years! We got to see Willie Nelson perform at the amazing Strawberry festival! Willie was fantastic and Richard and I really enjoyed our day and this concert!
Mar. 4th & 5th: I was given the honor of being an emcee for several performers and speakers at our local zen festival “Awakening Into The Sun” the first weekend in March. I ran around both days at the festival, totally in my element, helping where I could, chatting with vendors to ensure their needs were met (or exceeded), and letting speakers know when they would be next! It was an exhilarating and thrilling weekend experience!
Mar. 11th: I assisted SCIONS at the Green Frog Moon festival at Sacred Lands. I was able to learn more about SCIONS and the Pachamama Alliance.
Mar. 18th: This was my second of two Fluid Movement classes with Donna Waks at Ionie’s in Sarasota. I love these classes using the Yamuna balls, and this is something I do at home also, at least once a week when I feel any tightness in my legs, shoulders, back, or neck. I have written an article about the benefits of Yamuna before and will put a link to it here. Donna’s classes are geared more toward people in my age group or older.
Mar. 19th: I went to Visit mom and dad and on this visit, I had found mom’s Bible on the floor near the front door of their double-wide mobile home. I asked dad why it was on the floor and he said that every time he’d try to give it to mom, she’d throw it down. I knew for sure that was not like her, and that she was slipping away. I couldn’t breathe well enough to go in, so I had been visiting from the open front doorway. Quite synchronistically though, I could stretch my arm just far enough in the door to grab the well-used book. Mom’s Bible, since that day, has been my most cherished possession. Her writing in the margins and underlined passages are proof positive of her strong desire to learn and follow the teachings of the Holy Word.
It was also on this particular visit that I distinctly remember a few moments before I left that my beloved mother gently placed her hand on my face and looked me straight in the eye, her eyes still with a sparkle. She couldn’t speak well, but what she could manage let me know with no doubt that she knew I was her daughter. From this day forward I would know that to remember her and her love for me, all I would need to do would be kiss the palm of my hand and feel her blood that runs through my veins. I am never alone. My mom, dad, and ancestors are always with me.
Apr. 2nd: I had the eternal privilege to attend a SCIONS event at First Unity to meet and hear the first US lecture and presentation of Lama Nicholas Packard.
Apr. 9th: I attended a Lars Muhl and family concert in Sarasota. I loved seeing Lars’ wife and sons all perform together. What an aWEsOMe musical family! They put on an enchanting evening of entertainment and I would go again sometime whenever they return to the area.
Apr. 14th: I attended my first Intuitive Development class to learn about how to meet my guides and guardians with Kim Cintio, and later, I sat in on a sound therapy class with Lindy at Awakening Wellness Center. Throughout the year, I attended several more of Kim’s classes and was overjoyed at the information that came through her and others. Meeting like-minded friends at Kim’s classes are so thrilling!
Apr. 15th: I sat in on a sound therapy class with Lindy at Awakening Wellness Center. Amazing information was shared during this class and I was so glad that I’d been able to be there. Making new friends at these kinds of classes are an added bonus!
April 16th: Once again, I drove across the state to visit my mom and dad on Easter Sunday. I went totally prepared though, with hymnal in hand and all of my essential oils.
I had a plan for my visit and I’m so happy to say that it really all did go the way I’d envisioned it would. I will forever be grateful for this visit as I sung hymns to my mother, put essential oils on her feet, and showed her pictures and videos of her great granddaughters, Jennifer, Jaclyn and Jewel. I also took a short video of mom, dad, Matt, and I to send to my daughter in NH, so we could share in the day–at least a little bit. However, though I might have known it subconsciously, I did not know for fact that this was to be my last visit with my beloved mother, but it was very special and beautiful, thus, I am incredibly blessed that we shared this day together.
Apr. 21st: Maria from Awakening Wellness gifted me with 3 tickets to the Listening Room festival at the Palladium theater. My husband and I, and friend Serena, enjoyed a fantastic night of top-rate live music entertainment!
Apr. 22nd: I celebrated Earth day in a big way while enjoying music and education at Williams Park, with friends, Kim and Marie, then went to author and friend, Patricia McGiverns’ second book launch in Dunedin.
Apr. 27th: I attended a special talk by Christa and Ainsley as they recounted their individual near death experiences at Blissful Beginnings Center.

May 1st: Attended a James Van Praagh event at First Unity with Kim, Marie, and several of my Sedona sisters.

I continued attending a series of lectures and Qigong classes by Lama Nicholas Packard throughout the year learning much about Balance and Chi.

May 4th: I attended the long awaited Snatam Kaur concert with Alania, Serena, Kim, Lynda, Heather, and Carolyn at Palladium in St Pete. I felt like a teenager again, but instead of going to a rock concert, all of us spiritually-inclined gals were out on the cosmic town for an other worldly experience, and Snatam Kaur did not disappoint! Though this style of music was brand new to me, I was entranced with the first song! I can see why my new friends enjoy it so much. This was a much needed night out of pure joy.
May 6th: I had several sessions with Linda and attended an event about Reconnection at Blissful Beginnings this year. Once again, profound and enlightening shifts have been occurring for me since these sessions all year. I love this kind of energy healing work.
May 7th: I met with Alania Starhawk to open my Akashic records and learn about the Pathway Prayer Process.
We also had the pleasure to visit with Richard’s siblings on two separate occasions when each came to Florida. On the last day of our visit with Billy and Mary, Richard sat in the truck with me while I interviewed for my new job. It was a short call and the next day, I was thrilled to get the call that I had the job!
Sometime early in May, my mom and dad left Florida to spend their summer in West Virginia (WV). I can only imagine that my mother enjoyed at least some of the long distance drive, and knew she was on her way “home.”
May 13th: I taught an EFT class at Awakening Wellness Center and then went to Awakening the Dreamer event. I only taught EFT 3 times (I think) this year at the center. As the participation seemed to drop off, I didn’t prioritize this as highly on my calendar. I will see how the Universe guides me in 2018, but I may only offer sessions via Google Hangout from home. This is still yet to be decided. Thank you to those interested in bearing with me.
May 19th: I went with my friend, Marie, to see Jim and Deserie perform at a house party listening room live concert event.
Jun. 3rd: I went to a Jin Shin Jyutsu class in Sarasota and met artist friend, Brenda Robinson. Later on, I met her at a beautiful gallery in Lakewood Ranch where she was exhibiting her art.
And of course, I wrote a blog article about her. You can read it here.
And then Heaven opened for me and blessed me with an aWEsOMe new job on June 5th.
Sadly, on June 8th my dad called me and I learned that my mother had passed away.
My husband and I packed a bag and jumped in our truck and drove to WV to be with my dad. My son also drove up and met us there.
We stayed a couple days in my dad’s hometown and on our way home my uncle called me and asked if we could come to visit them before heading back to Florida. We went to my uncles’ home it was there that my uncle surprised me with having my first cousins come by for a quick visit to see us too. Our hearts were very full that we could share this time together.
My mom had left many things at my uncles’ house in 1980 that he wanted me to have. I felt so much love from my mom that she had put these things back for me, so one day I could share them with my children. One of the most important things she left for me was a long handwritten letter.
After my mother’s transition to the Great Beyond, I spent several weeks writing her eulogy–you can read it here.
Jun 24th: Still kind of out of my own body from my mother’s transition and our long drive to/from WV, I felt the urge to attend the Spirit University Fairy Faire in Sarasota with my friend, Marie. It was an aWEsOMe experience, especially attending all the lectures and having a magical reading with Tere Greenwald. Not only did Tere give me such a reassuring feeling about my mom continuing to be with me, but the live music outside changed from a completely different genre of music to a Celtic band within a few moments of my sitting down with Tere! It really spoke profoundly to me, reiterating that, We Are All Connected.
I met John Springer at the fair, but just listening to him expanded my look into the mystery of trees and all the little “Fairy doors” in trees!
June: I had signed up for the Pachamama Alliance Game Changer Intensive online program, but I dropped out after a few weeks, realizing that I was in overwhelm. Yes, I actually can say “no” when I need to, and when I feel it in my body that I have taken on too much, or am not aligned with someone or something “at this time.” And so it is. I have asked Pachamama if I can retake the Intensive in the New Year, and they’ve gratefully agreed.
July 4th week: I flew back to NH (we’d had it planned) and stayed at a nice resort for several days. Jennifer was able to spend one of the nights with me, which was definitely a highlight! I was thrilled to help her get ready for her first day of summer school the next morning and get to visit her school! We really had a jam packed week, fireworks on the 4th and celebrating my daughter’s birthday on the 6th! I love visiting my family in NH in the summer!
July 16th: I participated in a weekend Reflexology course, which all together cost me about $500. The only good thing that came of this for me was to learn from one of the masters, and learn that I could feel the God bumps, while giving Reflexology to others. I can’t charge for this though, even after getting certified, because in the state of Florida you have to be an LMT or Reverend to place hands on people for a fee. Note: I have treated 10 people thus far with Reflexology. I took 16 hours of foot Reflexology coursework and would need to take another weekend of classes and do 90 more sessions before I could get certified.
Jul 23rd: I attended a Reiki / mediation by Carissa experience with Susheila in Sarasota. Carissa did a very nice job. And it was a good number of ladies at the class, not too many, not too few. Really enjoyed the experience, though I didn’t have anything earth shattering occur. And it seems when I do things on a weeknight I’m always sleepy driving home. I decide to limit my weeknight activities.
July 29th: I went to see the Lars Muhl movie called, The Seer. The film was so riveting, with exotic scenery and beautifully spoken story, that you could hear a pin drop from the audience during the presentation! I had been excited to go with one of my friends, but at the last minute, she was not well enough to attend. I was very pleased when I arrived at the venue though, to find two of my wonderful friends, Alania Starhawk and Patricia McGivern, in attendance also!
Aug 5th – 6th weekend: I flew in WV near my dad’s hometown and dad and his friend picked me up at the airport and we were blessed to stay with this gentleman and his wife near Charleston on Friday night. Then the next day dad and I drove to my uncles house in Parkersburg WV where we had mom’s Memorial service. Mom’s Memorial was so beautiful. I could not imagine a better experience, though no one looks forward to things like that, saying goodbye to a parent, or other loved one. But for me, with my fairly recent knowing of a LIMITLESS God, and that my mother lives on in an unimaginable beautiful bountiful dimension, I was able to enjoy family an friends as they paid their respects and be there to comfort my dad, who was taking it very hard.
I was blessed to reconnect with several cousins, and one of my aunts who could be there since she was in town from CA for a reunion during the same timeframe. I held hands with a couple of my first cousins during the service and will always remember their love. One of my parents good friends sang a special song, and it was the only time I cried. The song Gary sang was about releasing “our tears.” Thus, in that moment it all made sense. I cried into one of the two handkerchiefs mom left me.
Aug 25th: attended Tina Malia concert with friend Pam, and my Sedona sisters Kim and Lynda when Alania had to go out of town quickly and had her ticket for sale. I enjoyed this concert at Unity of Sarasota even more than I had expected. I’m a fan of Tina’s for sure, now!
Early Sept. Florida had a hurricane, so we easily left for 2 weeks and went to Kentucky and very much enjoyed staying with family. I was able to work from there, and in the evening enjoy taking beautiful sunset pictures, and even some of the hummingbirds that hangout in Rose and Alan’s backyard! We enjoyed many delicious meals, lively conversation and games, watched favorite shows, and even did some sight-seeing on the weekends!
Sept. 28th: Lama Nicholas returned for a couple more talks this year. I got to attend the first one at Sacred Lands this night, but had a conflict for the next evening and decided to keep my plan of going to Joran and Billy’s concert. There are just so many wonderful and enlightening people to see and support in our community that sometimes we have to make hard choices.
Sep. 29th: I attended an aWEsOMe intimate concert by Joran Oppelt and Billy Mays III at the Metta center. I sat in quiet contemplation before the concert began. As soon as Joran started to sing, my tears fell. I believe Joran sings from his heart and soul Connected, and that is a beautiful thing to experience. Billy plays ambiant music that takes me into a mystical place. I wish I could have had all my friends and hubby there for this event, but I cherished it as ME time.
Oct. 7th: I began participating in a Bible Study Class at the Metta center. Joran Oppelt guided this group every Saturday morning at 10am. I have many notes from the classes and am drafting another post just about that. The article I wrote, Metaphysical Musings on the Beattitudes, was directly inspired from the study I engaged in during the 10 week journey. Though I became ill and missed the last two weeks, I deeply enjoyed every Saturday morning with our small and often changing group at Metta. I made several new friends there that I hope to see again in 2018.
All of preceding events, still do not cover every single outing or online event that I attended in 2017, as I am continuing to glean knowledge of natural health and wellness for my book, Take It Upon Yourself, set to self publish in 2018.
I definitely slowed down after August, as far as my outings were concerned because unfortunately, I had two different dental situations occur (the first tooth abscessed a week after I got back from my mom’s Memorial service) and then when we got back from Kentucky, the second tooth (on the other side of my mouth) began to abscess.
Dec. 2nd: I was so thankful to get to hang out with Pam and Kim again and see musical friends Shelley Morningsong and Fabian Fontenelle at another Native American powwow in Wimauma, FL (very near to where we live). This was a very special event for me, especially when Shelley and Fabian performed one of my favorite songs, Everything Is One Thing, off their Full Circle CD.
Finally, by mid December I experienced a bad sinusitis and double ear infection. I was glad to be able to work with Dr. Sharon La Rosa of Awakening Wellness Center to help get my body back into balance using homeopathy, acupuncture, and the Behmer mat.
I can’t say wonderful things about my dental experiences (as of this writing), so I won’t say anything. Nor will I name names. I can say that eventually, my pain was relieved, so that was good, but there was so much pain during the second root canal, that I’m still contemplating what to do next–and I am okay at getting dentures (it’s the path of least resistance) if that’s what I have to do to avoid any other horrid experiences. You just cannot explain root pain to people who have not experienced it. It’s a pain that seems to emanate down to your toes! UPDATE: I wrote about my dental experiences after finding the silver lining–>Click here.
One a financial note, which also corresponds to my stand with the water protectors:
For many years, my husband and I both have been credit union members, but when we began to travel and spend more time away from the credit union service area, we had opened a Wells Fargo checking account. Over a period of a couple of years, I realized that since we didn’t use that account much, we were leaking $10-$12 a month to Wells Fargo fees!
During the Standing Rock protests for clean water (No DAPL), I wanted to close out the Wells Fargo account. So, without really trying, some information came to us easily whereby we could switch our two credit cards over to one LendingClub monthly payment, saving us money in our total monthly payments too! But, most importantly, making this change allowed us to break all ties with Wells Fargo.
Thankfully, our credit union can now accept checks via smart phone scan, so we can bank anywhere we have internet access. And thus, in this regard, we feel much more at ease about our banking.

The following is a brief summary of what I learned, or was brought to remember this year:

  • I learned from my wise sister-in-law, Rose, the following thought: Never let anything or anyone steal my joy!
  • Everything resolves to Gratitude.
  • Faith is Belief. Really. And Faith IS a substance.
  • There’s a spark of God, a fractal, inside of everyone.
  • No one ever dies. We are never alone. We are always loved. And love is always unconditional. so, if your love for someone is conditional, you like them, you do not love them.
  • From Pachamama I learned to do a quick visualization exercise before beginning any presumed difficult task, “Breathe in while visualizing our feet pulling up energy from the center of the Earth; breathe out and visualize the energy leaving from the top of our head and connect to the Heavens.”
  • I learned from my dear friend, Kim, to say, “Open heart” before encountering any potentially challenging situation.
  • I learned from my friend, Darlene, you can always “Choose Happy” (even during painful situations).

Meditate or affirm in prayer: Any negative issues that are brought to my attention are raised, so that I can bring them to the light to be cleared, and move with positive vibrations (both forward and back in time on the frequency band) to help ALL heal.

As the year ended, it found me in need of implementing many of the mind-body and spirit-filled tools, that I’ve been blessed to understand. I’m continuing to work on getting my body back into balance. The dental issues, and then the sinusitis and double ear infection gave me a renewed awareness to put an emphasis on boosting my diet with more raw and living, high Qi foods and recipes.

I have also entered into deep prayers for many friends dealing with cancer this year. I believe they will be given profound insights as they walk through their health trials, to find a reason, yes, even for cancer, in their lives, and God willing, they will be stronger after they recover–in a renewed, vibrant body. I know it’s almost difficult to comprehend, but I believe they can grow stronger in their mind, body, and spirit, through this process.

I began monitoring my steps taken, and time spent walking, as well as performing squats throughout my work day (now that I’m working from home), with a belief that this will also help me to improve my overall health. I’m just walking more steps and doing more squats each day than I did the day before. That’s my simple plan.

I continue daily to practice meditation and Qigong, with the occasional singing / chanting to reach a higher and deeper sense of self and spiritual connectivity with our LIMITLESS, Ever-Living, Filling-All-Space, Creator Source Energy God. Oh, what a deeply profound and intrinsically beautiful year it has been!

I send you all many blessings, in ALL ways for a brilliant and uplifting 2018! Happy New Year!


A bit about me:

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available now.

I am available to come to your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural healthy lifestyle business for books signings and lectures. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

If you’ve beat a chronic health challenge by alternative, integrative, or other natural remedy I’d love to hear about it.

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