Apr 012018
 

Have you lost a loved one and then received a “message ” from them?  This first happened to me three months after my Mother’s death. She became ill and went into a  coma and died four days later. I never got to talk to her and say goodbye. Usually being a very upbeat person, as my friends will tell you, I became depressed when my mother passed away. I didn’t feel like socializing and gained weight by eating too much. Then one night her spirit came to see me. I could see her clothes and where she was sitting. We talked all night about our life together and how much I missed her. The next morning, I was back to my old self. I felt a new energy after connecting with my mother’s spirit.

At the time, I had not been participating in a spiritual practice for 10 years but knew this was something I had to start again. I was working full time, taking 3 classes at NCSU and dancing with the Apple Chill Cloggers in Chapel Hill. So it was four years later when I graduated with my BS in Zoology at the age of 33, that I began searching in earnest for a spiritual practice. 

I met Veronica Vela, http://healthecology.com/, who introduced me to the Course in Miracles and the energy healing practice of Reiki.  I became a Reiki I practitioner and spent the next two years studying the Course in  Miracles https://www.acim.org/AboutACIM/   

It changed my life. I began seeing everything in a new way. I paid attention to coincidences, dreams and began meditating. Keeping a journal, helped me grow spiritually over the years.  In  2003, I lost my husband of 17 years suddenly to an aneurysm. The first time I knew his spirit was around, was when my son and I were in the bathroom talking. We were remembering how he would turn out the light to scare us. About that time, the light went out and neither one of us was near the switch. We both knew he was there.

At the time my son was seven and he had told me on many occasions that I should not be sad because his Dad was right there with us. Children often see and feel spirits much more readily than adults. They are open and clear channels to the spiritual plane.

Two times after I began dating his spirit came to me. The first time was with a guy I had started dating in the form of a song, “Mama He’s Crazy” by the Judds. When this song came on in the past, I had always felt I was singing it to my mother to let her know I had found a  good man to marry. SO when is started playing after he passed away, I knew he was telling me to watch out, it might not be a long relationship and he was right.

The next time was again with a new boyfriend and the smoke detector went off in the house for the first time for no reason. I thought to myself, “Okay Sonny ( my husband’s name), I know this is not the best choice but I am lonely. I guess I am OK now because I have been dating the same guy for 7 years and we are engaged. No signals for the spiritual realm yet, YEA!

Since that time, I have lost friends and their spirit came to visit to let me know they were OK. They all wanted me to tell a loved one this. I felt it when I lost a close friend, Jerome, from my clogging days.  Also when Eric, my fiance, lost his father, when I lost my Aunt Melba ( she was like a mother to me), and when Joe, Becky’s husband died. It was always a peaceful feeling and lots of love associated with it. Being open to the spiritual realm, can help ease a loss or help someone else with their grief. 

If you want to become more aware of spiritual messages, I suggest you start a journal, noting all coincidences like the phone call from a friend you were just thinking about, seeing the same number over and over again or to seeing an animal that has a significance to you. Also keeping a record of your dreams and anything else that pops in your mind that might be related to spirit. One of the best ways to get started is to begin a daily meditation practice. If you need help with this please contact me and I will point you in the right direction http://omnigirl.net/naturemeditations/

Your life will expand in ways you can not imagine when you connect to your spiritual center. It beings clarity in decisions, as well as peace in troubling times. My decision to begin a spiritual practice is absolutely one of the best decisions I have ever made!

 

Mar 102018
 

We all have some fond memories from our past as well as some we would like to forget. In our life there will be times when things happen that you don’t expect. You have to decide whether to dwell on them or look at this as a new opportunity in your life. Fifteen years ago, I lost my husband of 17 years suddenly to an aneurysm. My son was seven years old at the time, I had a full time job and just inherited my husband’s business. I was totally overwhelmed. Thanks to kind hearts of my sister, Connie, and my friends, Annette, Debbie, Linda and Dawn I was able to get through the first month of swinging emotions. 

The next two years were a re-definition of who I was as a widow with a small child. I knew in my heart by the end of three years, I had to move back home to the Raleigh area. Downsizing was imperative, since I was retiring and coming to a more expensive area. I left my 1900 sq foot home with a yard and attic to move into a 1200 sq ft town-home without either. I gave away, sold or threw away one half of everything I owned. I could not  believe how much energy was flowing through my home of 18 years after I did that. I honestly hesitated to move because I had such a spacious home now! 

 

 

 

 

 

When I moved to Cary, I began a new chapter in my life at the age of 54. I started a home based business, began networking and trying many other new things. I had spent the last 35 years in a clinical lab where everything tightly controlled. This was way outside my comfort zone.  

Four years later, I was hit with auto-immune arthritis and began walking with a cane until I could have my knees replaced. My spiritual path opened back up to deal with the pain. I had begun studying Reiki in 1987 with Veronica  Vela, http://healthecology.com/and knew it was time to make another change.  I progressed to a Reiki Master and also studied Trinity Energy Progression with Angel Coulter http://trinityenergyprogression.com/

After becoming an Ordained Minister( in NC to touch a person you must be ordained or have a massage license, etc) to open an energy healing business. Shortly there after I began officiating weddings. Another BIG step outside my comfort zone, since I do not like to talk in public.  I can honestly say, that this point in my life , the weddings have been one of the most fulfilling things I have ever done. 

By letting go of my past and my definition of who I was, I was able to move to another area and begin a  new career  that is full of fun and excitement.

Many times, we almost have to reach a low level in our life to make a change. It is almost like the Universe is giving us a kick in the butt  to go out there and  try something new. When changes in your life come, embrace them and try to find a positive aspect in what is happening. Our life is defined by how we handle change. We can either stay stuck in the past or go boldly into our future. I know in my heart that moving forward is where our soul wants to go. This life is a spiritual journey – our bodies are just the  vehicles to get there. Don’t look back on life and think “What if”? Take the bull by the horns and create your new life!

If you want to discuss how to do this, contact me by phone or email and we can get you started on your new path! http://omnigirl.net/contact/

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Jan 312018
 

I had the honor to officiate a “Celebration of Life”  for Dot Hussey, my brother-in-law’s mother, this past week.  She was 93 years old, but what life she lived. She married her sweetheart from junior high and lived in California and North Carolina for most of her life. When her husband died, she moved to Greensboro in her 60s to be near her sister after working for over 30 years in the insurance business. Dot started a new career working part-time at the Auto Auction until she was 88. She then moved to Wake Forest to a retirement home, but consistently broke the speed limit with her mobility scooter. She ran it full out as fast as it would go. Dot believed in using your body up before it was time to leave for the spiritual plane and she did just that. This saying was one of Dot’s favorites and fit her to a tee, from Hunter S. Thompson::

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke thoroughly used up , totally worn out and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”

 

I believe that we are responsible for our happiness in life. In all areas of our life, we are either changing and growing or becoming stagnant and declining. This life is so precious that we should spend every minute of it finding our joy through work, family, relationships, and health. As we age we see others become less active around us and some even die early. The only thing I fear is the regret of not doing something I wanted to in my life. 

I always wanted to have a child, but I was 42 before my son was born. Many of our friends thought we were a little crazy to have a child at that age but he kept us young.

In my 50’s I was hit with auto-immune arthritis and had a double knee replacement. Six months later, I was white water rafting on Class 5 rapids in West Virginia.  https://aceraft.com/  Now my friends really thought I had lost my mind. My philosophy was why have the surgery if I could not do the things I wanted to do?

Many of us dream about the life we would like to lead, but simply don’t take the first step. Instead of saying “I can’t”, say “what if I did”?  Life consists of many small steps, taking the first one makes all the others easier. These fears don’t just pertain to adventure but also to emotional risk and fear of what others will think. 

I spent 35 years in biochemistry and public health laboratories.  In my 60s I decided to change careers and start an energy healing business from the encouragement of my spiritual mentors, Angela Coulter, http://trinityenergyprogression.com/ and Veronica Vela, http://www.healthecology.com/

 I came out of  the “Spiritual Closet” and became an ordained minister http://www.newearthaquarianchurch.org/

I soon began marrying couples in the community and found a new passion that I would never have believed possible. I truly feel connected to the couples that I  meet and feel honored to marry them. http://www.annmckenzie.net/

I am not sure what new phase of my life will occur in my 70s, but I hope it is as much fun as the others I have tried so far. One thing is for sure, I am always looking for something new to learn or do. After all, that is what makes life interesting. If you want to open up to your intuition and explore all the  possibilities waiting for you,  contact me at http://omnigirl.net/contact/

Jan 052018
 

The Grand Canyon in Arizona has been on my bucket list forever. There is something about such a dramatic view of the earth that has always captured my attention. When Eric and I got engaged in South Carolina during the total eclipse of the sun this year, we did not expect a trip to go along with it.  His Step-mom, Brenda Lytle, and her good friend, Daisy, offered us a timeshare in Sedona, Arizona to be used by the end of the year. I was excited because I knew Sedona is known to have many energy vortexes. “These vortexes are swirling centers of subtle energy coming out from the surface of the earth. ” http://www.lovesedona.com

I could feel an energy shift when sitting on top of Airport Mesa  (photo below) and Bell Rock, two of the energy vortexes in Sedona. It is difficult to explain, but my emotions seemed to be just below the surface rather than tucked away as in a normal day.

 

 

 

When I discovered the Grand Canyon was only 2 hours away I was ecstatic.  Eric and I drove to the South Rim on Tuesday and I felt the true meaning of wonderment. 

Wonderment is the “rapt attention and deep emotion caused by the sight of something extraordinary”. It was one of the times in my life, where I could see the “big picture” of life.  Often all we think about is our own life. When you see the majesty of the Grand Canyon, you realize that your life is a small part of the whole universe.  We are all connected energetically with each other and the earth- part of the grand scheme of things.  I had to catch my breath beholding the beauty of this natural wonder.  We stayed for dinner at the Arizona Room http://www.grandcanyonlodges.com/dining/arizona-room/ eating a wonderful meal. Afterwards, we were walking back to our car and saw another wonderment of nature. The sky was filled with brilliant stars and we could see all the constellations there. The visual displays that day were a treat for my eyes. 

Eric and I also traveled to the western rim of the Grand Canyon in a van and were able to sit by the Colorado River (normal take out place for rafters. ) This was a real treat since we had not scheduled a trip down to the bottom ahead of time. Usually, you have to walk or ride a donkey. http://www.safarijeeptours.com/tours/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the most fabulous natural “eye candy” spots we saw was Antelope Canyon. It is on Navajo Land and you must go with a Navajo guide https://navajotours.com/. They want to preserve the canyon as it was created by water and wind.  The first photo in the blog with Eric and I looking up into the light is also from Antelope Canyon. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just before  Antelope Canyon, you go by Horseshoe Bend https://horseshoebend.com/# – once I saw the photo online, I knew we had to go.

After driving to the Grand Canyon, 5 hours round trip, I was not sure  Eric wanted to go. But after talking to several people in Sedona, he decided the 6 hour round trip was worth it since we would see Antelope Canyon as well. It was well worth the drive  

Horseshoe Bend is a true marvel of nature.

This is a trip I will remember for the rest of my life. Not only is a  feast for the eyes,  it is truly a spiritual journey. If you ever doubted the magnificence of the universe, a trip to Arizona will quell all your doubts. The connection to the earth helps you feel grounded and part of this wonderful creation.  If you want to start your spiritual journey with daily meditations, let me know I can help you get started http://omnigirl.net/contact/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dec 062017
 

You always give love to others and try to support them,  but one of the most important things you can do for others is to love yourself. When you totally accept who you are and forgive yourself for perceived wrongdoings in the past, you can truly start loving yourself. This shows in everything you do and say. You automatically attract others who want to be around you. They can feel your “positive energy”  giving them a sense of calmness.  Many of us believe that if we love ourselves, others will think we are boastful. This does not mean bragging about yourself, it just means being yourself and sharing the love with others. When you truly love yourself, you can give love unconditionally to others. You do not need someone to  “complete you and make you happy”- you already have that from within.  It is such a free feeling to be around someone who does not expect anything from you to win their affection. 

This quote by Marianne Williamson https://marianne.com/ is one of my favorites in remembering how to love myself: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s for everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

You do not realize how much a kind word or action can mean to another person. The story ” A Simple Gesture” by John W. Schlatter tells of a boy in high school who was contemplating suicide. Another boy came by on his way home from school and helped him pick up some things he had dropped. They talked and became friends. He later told his friend that by his kind actions, he decided he  wanted to live that day   http://www.chickensoup.com/book-story/36173/a-simple-gesture

Recently a close friend of mine told me that my kindness in junior high school had a big influence on her life. I did not realize it at the time. I tend to talk to everyone- just ask anyone who knows me. By the simple act of being a friend who listens, I changed someone’s life. What more could you ask for in this earthly plane, than to make a real difference for someone else?  It is amazing how wonderful people are, even the ones that don’t appear to be on the outside. If you take a little time to get to know them, you can learn and grow from everyone you meet. 

When I was trying to decide whether to go to a workshop on publishing an e-book, I told a friend I didn’t have anything to write about. She said,”yes you do”. “Do you know how much your behavior influences others?”  I had double knee replacement 5 years ago and keep going to physical therapy, even though the pain was unbelievable, so I could go white water rafting on Class 5 rapids six months later.  She told me that my actions made her determined to start walking and lose weight.  She realized that her excuses were small compared to mine for not taking care of her health. 

The next time you think a kind thought about how nice someone looks, how kind their smile is, or how they make you feel, tell them. It only takes a minute of your time. It could be a major impact on their lives. Never underestimate a smile or kind word – it is worth more than you know. 

If you would like to begin your journey to self-love, I would suggest starting a 10-minute meditation practice daily. Begin your day with at least five things you are grateful for. Also, think of five things you love about yourself. Over time, it gets easier. The time you invest in yourself will be manifested in your life many times over. If you need any help getting started you can contact me for a free consult http://omnigirl.net/contact/

Nov 182017
 

I have always been attracted to trees. When I was a young girl, the woods behind my house was one of my  favorite places to play. I could spend hours there talking to the fairies and wood nymphs. As I have continued on my spiritual journey throughout my life, I  now realize I was accessing another spiritual plane instead of just making it up in my mind. 

My mind and body feel totally alive when I am among trees. It also gives me a sense of peace. I find nature, especially trees and water, one of the easiest places to meditate and calm your busy mind . 

“The Japanese practice of forest bathing is proven to lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduce stress hormone production, boost the immune system, and improve overall feelings of well-being.” https://qz.com/804022/health-benefits-japanese-forest-bathing/ This is due to the release of essential oils called phytoncide by the trees to protect themselves from insects and bacteria. The essential oils actually help boost your immune system. 

In my travels, I have been drawn to forests everywhere. The photo above is from the Joshua Tree National Forest. https://www.nps.gov/jotr/index.htm . In addition to the wonderful trees , there  are many stone paths to explore and the sunsets are phenomenal. What a great way to relax from a hurried vacation. 

Another favorite of mine is the Angel Oak Tree near Charleston, SC. http://www.angeloaktree.com/.It is at least 400 years old and more than 66 feet tall. The spiritual energy from that tree is amazing. There are women there making sweet gum baskets carrying on an old tradition. It is a perfect fit to the Angel Oak Tree and the history of both. 

When traveling in Colorado , we decided to take a horseback ride thorough an Aspen Forest. https://csfs.colostate.edu/colorado-forests/forest-types/aspen/I learned that the Aspen forest is the largest living organism since all the trees come from a  single root system. Also that the American Indians used the bark for its healing properties from stomach pains to colds.

Joyce Kilmer National Forest in North Carolina https://www.visitnc.com/listing/joyce-kilmer-memorial-forest was one of the first forests I visited with huge trees. I knew I was hooked in my early 20’s . It was named after Joyce Kilmer who wrote this poem:

I think that I shall never see  
A poem lovely as a tree.  

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest  
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast; 

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray; 

A tree that may in summer wear  
A nest of robins in her hair; 

Upon whose bosom snow has lain; 
Who intimately lives with rain.  

Poems are made by fools like me,  
But only God can make a tree. 

 
If you want an easy way to start your meditation practice , I will be glad to answer any questions http://omnigirl.net/naturemeditations/
There are numerous benefits to meditation , among those these 5 stand out for me:  boost immunity, reduce stress, enhance creativity, increase productivity and improve attention and memory. It is never too late to start your daily meditations. Your busy mind will thank you for the peace and quiet it can achieve thorough this practice. 
Sep 302017
 

In my 20’s I watched my cousins, Donna and Paula ,clogging to bluegrass music. Clogging is a traditional American folk dance that began in the Appalachian mountains when people were  listening to Old-Time Music – claw hammer banjo ,guitar  and fiddle. I had been dancing since a teenager to rock and roll and soul music, but I could not keep up with the clogging- it can be 165 beats per minute. I went to the Jaycee Center in Raleigh and took clogging lessons by myself-none of my friends were interested in this “hillbilly music”. I met a life time friend there, Cindy, she was doing the same thing.

 I started going to bluegrass festivals and met Ron and Mark who invited me to Chapel Hill to attend a  weekly clogging event. Then they  asked to me to join the Apple Chill Cloggers. For the next 15 years, I danced, called dances and handled bookings for the clogging team in North Carolina, Virginia, Holland, Belgium, Italy, Ireland and Portugal. This first encounter of clogging changed my life in ways I could never imagine.  I had the pleasure of staying in people’s homes in foreign countries -absorbing their culture as a guest , not a tourist.

Ron, my friend, who asked me to be on the clogging team, met my roommate who soon became his wife. They are now celebrating their son’s 30th birthday and they also have a younger daughter. We discussed this last night at the International Bluegrass Music Association event in Raleigh, NC. It is amazing if you follow your heart where life may lead you. If you want to become more attuned to your inner passions, energy healing may help – for more information :http://omnigirl.net/energy-healing/

Many years later, I met Kathryn at a networking meeting just before I was supposed to lead a guided meditation at Lucky Tree in Raleigh. She and I never entered the meeting , we stood at the door and talked. I placed Katheryn on my email list and she and her daughter came to a guided meditation 6 months later. Within a year, she called me and I officiated her wedding – for more information on weddings : http://www.annmckenzie.net/ 

I believe there are no coincidences in life. Being aware of these subtle messages that come to you can be a bit more challenging. Keeping your mind and heart open to all possibilities can lead to a quite adventuresome life! A daily meditation practice –  only be a few minutes a day can bring rewards you can not imagine- reduce stress, boost immunity, enhance creativity, increase productivity and improve attention & memory. If you would like to learn how to start please join me at a monthly guided meditation : http://omnigirl.net/events/

My sincere wish is that when you leave this earthy plane , you look back and know you grabbed every chance to an spectacular  life!

Aug 252017
 

Where were you for the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017?  I know thousands of people in the United States traveled to South Carolina to see the totality of the solar eclipse. We were fortunate enough to have family in Spartanburg, SC.  Eric and I visited with his Stepmom, Brenda there.  We went to Tyger River Park and watched the eclipse overlooking a river with live music playing. It was so exciting to be there and experience this once in a lifetime event – a nationwide solar eclipse. Everyone picked up their glasses as the eclipse began. It almost looked like a mouse had taken a bite out of the sun as the moon crossed its path. It also reminded me of the different stages of the moon when looking through the glasses, the sun kept getting smaller and smaller. Started as a full sun, then lost a quarter, then a half, then 3/4 till it became totally eclipsed with just the corona surrounding the sun.  It was a spectacular event. Getting dark during the middle of the day gave a surreal feeling to our surroundings. 

Eric and I had talked about getting married or engaged during the eclipse but had not discussed it at length. When the event was about to occur, I asked Brenda to take a photo of us kissing during the total eclipse. Just as she finished taking it, she asked Eric if that was an engagement photo, and he said: “Yes, it is”.  I was speechless, and if you know me it takes a lot to do that. We had been dating for 6 1/2 years and are considered a mature couple – he is 58 and I am 64 years old. I knew it was a possibility but was a little overwhelmed when he answered yes. Needless to say, it was a total eclipse of my heart as well as the sun. Shortly thereafter a reporter returned to our spot and asked what we thought of the eclipse. Eric immediately said we got engaged and we ended up with a photo on the front page of the Herald Journal with an article following http://www.goupstate.com/news/20170821/nc-couple-gets-engaged-as-eclipse-moves-over-spartanburg

This will always be a time to remember how wonderful this planet Earth and our Solar System is. It helps us understand the connection with our universe and how it is possible to all be connected energetically. This spiritual event that we are fortunate enough to witness, is a reminder of the wondrous things we have yet to explore.  Meditation can lead to a deeper understanding of our universe as well as ourselves. Come join me Monday, August 28 at 7 pm for a meditation focusing on opening the heart chakra to self-love http://omnigirl.net/events/

What has been interesting is the all the questions my wedding vendor friends are asking me about our upcoming wedding since I am a wedding officiant and involved in many weddings in the area http://www.annmckenzie.net/

To be quite honest, I have not even thought about a wedding, since I did not know I was going to become engaged this week. Knowing Eric and myself it will be something low-key and fun. As I tell all my wedding couples, it is your wedding and the ceremony can be anything you want. Let’s hope it will not be the next total eclipse of the sun in 2024 before it happens! 

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Jul 152017
 

sailboat sunset

Ever wonder why so many people live near the sea? Do you feel more happy, calmer or have more energy? These may not just psychological benefits from the beautiful surroundings.

Negative air ions created when air molecules break apart due to sunshine or moving water and air actually help decrease  depression, increase energy levels and lower stress. This also happens immediately after spring thunderstorms. There can be tens of thousands of negative ions in the air near the ocean or a forest compared to hundreds, thousands or none in your home. If you are at home, jumping in the shower creates negative ions with the spraying water.  

http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/negative-ions-create-positive-vibes#1  

Going outside for about 10 minutes  a day, especially near water,  without sunscreen can help you get the vitamin D that your body needs. It is more difficult to get sufficient  vitamin D from food. Vitamin D has been shown to help prevent osteoporosis and other health conditions.

My favorite part of being near water is the spiritual connection I feel with water. I always feel relaxed and excited at the same time. Looking at the sun reflecting off the water at the lake, beach or even a stream helps me connect with my intuition and spiritual center. It is like a form of meditation . I can allow my thoughts to just flow through my brain and not engage them. Many times when I  stare at the water, I feel like a part of all creation – the water, the sun , the air. My energy seems to flow outward into the universe and makes me smile. See: http://omnigirl.net/naturemeditations/

Sometimes I swim laps when I have a dilemma I am trying to solve- I can let go of my conscious mind and allow my subconscious mind to take over- usually coming up with a solution I had not thought about. 

Can you hear the ocean waves hitting the shore , the sound of a babbling brook in the woods, or the sound of water hitting your boat in a lake ? Soothing sounds are used to help people sleep . How do you feel when you hear a fountain, ocean wave or brook in the woods? It makes me want to go to sleep when I hear those sounds or at least slow down and enjoy the experience. 

With all the information coming to us from computers, social media and cell phones, we can experience sensory overload. Daily life activities, work, and other commitments can lead to a stressful life which in turn lowers your immunity. Ever get a cold when you are stressed? Stress jacks up your body’s production of cortisol and adrenaline, hormones that lower immune response. Being near water helps reduce stress and  improves your ability to fight off sickness. Other ways to boost your immune system are meditating, spending time with friends, hugging or touching others, laughter (think belly laughs) and exercise.  For guidance in meditation or other stress reducing activities, contact me for a free phone consultation: http://omnigirl.net/contact/

Jun 042017
 

 There is a saying by an unknown author that” people come into your life for a reason, season or a lifetime”.

There are people we meet who help us either spiritually, physically or emotionally and then before we know it they are gone-they are here for a reason. I met a man in my early 20’s who taught me about art, wine and other things in life I had not been exposed to. But this was not a relationship that could last, he was not that kind of person. When the relationship ended I was heart broken for a while, but had grown up quite a bit from the young woman I was before. 

There are 3 people with whom I was very close but was only with them for a season of my life. My father was the most loving people I have ever met.  He taught me that I could do anything I wanted in life if I wanted it and was willing to work for it. I felt I was equal to anyone including men -unusual thought for a girl born in the early  1950s. He made me change a tire on my car by myself before I ever drove it-during the era without cell phones.  But he loved all his kids even the neighborhood kids. He worked all the time as a plumber. I was so shocked in high school, when I was inducted into the National Honor Society , but the best part was my father had taken off work, got dressed in his Sunday best to come see me get the award. My mother loved me dearly but she had severe rheumatoid arthritis and it was too much for her to come.  My father died when I was 19 from a rare autoimmune disease, and I remember the little boy next door asking ” would he not get to walk on our ceiling anymore since his friend had died”. My father was in many people’s lives for only a season, but what a wonderful season that was. 

My mother was my best friend in the world, she taught me compassion, acceptance, tolerance, faith and unconditional love for all people. She left this earthly plane when I was 29 – so it was more than just a “season” of my life but way too soon. I probably got my attitude of “I can do anything ” from her also. She left home at 16 to move into town with an aunt to finish the 12th grade of high school- in Greenville, if you lived in the country, the school only went to 11 grades. Then instead of marrying a farmer, she moved to the big city of Raleigh, much to the shock of my grandfather ,to get a higher education. Although this was in the 1940s , my father had to ask her 3 times before she consented to marriage at the old age of 26. All my friends and everyone that met my mother, always left feeling better than when they got there. Her rheumatoid arthritis was in every joint of her body and she was in constant pain, but she did not complain, she found a way to make you feel better. That is a rare trait among us mortal beings. 

My husband , who was with me for 17 years, was my 3rd person in my life for a “season”. I got married when I was 36, and had a baby at 42 and he was left this earthly plane just after I turned 50. I always knew I was loved by him and was devastated when he died. But I knew I had to make a life for me and my 8 year old son, so we moved back to Raleigh 4 years later.  

I have had many blessings of friends for a lifetime. My sister , Connie, has been with me the longest. I love her with all my heart. We shared a room growing up and I don’t ever remember cross words,although as a teenager I didn’t always want her to go with me everywhere. She has been with me through thick and thin. All my life challenges- loss of my husband  2 serious surgeries in the last few years- she is always a comfort to me and helps me think I can make it through anything with her by my side. Annette, a friend since I was 13, has always been there for me too. She and my sister were my Lamaze coaches for me when my son was born. These 2 women have been with me in every major life event good or bad- I am truly thankful for their presence in my life. 

I still see my  girlfriends from junior high:, Annette, Linda, Glenda, Ellen, and Harriet for birthdays, graduations, weddings, vacations, sickness, and funerals. These women are all part of my emotional foundation and I can not thank them enough for being there in all parts of my life.

My girlfriend , Diane, whom I have known since I was 7 , is always there for me. We have gone years in the past without talking to each other and pick up like it was yesterday. My son and I traveled with her many times after my husband died, which was very therapeutic to both of us. I have an open invitation to Carolina Beach anytime I want it!

I met Shigeko while working in biochemistry at NCSU. She loved to cook Japanese food and I loved to eat. We became friends, and have visited many times Iver the last 40 years. She is the most gracious host and generous friend anyone could ask for. And did I mention what a good cook she is?

There are so many people that have graced my life by meeting them, but one person I would like to mention is Veronica , who I meet in my early 30s. She introduced me to the Course in Miracles and Reiki in 1987. I was searching for a spiritual practice after my mother died and found her. It has changed my life and enhanced my journey to spiritual freedom. 

Even though I have only known Angela for the last 10 years, she has helped me grow spiritually and been a true asset to my life’s journey, by encouraging me to  start an energy healing business and to officiate weddings. She has been a true blessing to me.

Remember , the people you meet are here for a reason, season or lifetime . They are part of your soul’s journey in this lifetime, whether it be a pleasant encounter or not so pleasant. To live a joy-filled life, be thankful for all those you meet, they are here to help you grow and learn how limitless you truly are! Enjoy this journey called life , it is all part of the human experience!