2015: Ready. Set. Action!

Happy New Year!
Yes – I know it is February already. Technically, it is a new year the whole year, right!? Although I may be slow to start on-line, I have been super busy off-line.

Essential to beginning my new year was the matter of choosing a theme. So 2015 is designated as “The Year of Action.” Specifically, Action that is purposeful – meaning my actions align with my values and support my goals – personal and professional.


I created some serious to-do lists in January. A good bit of my energy was expended on reviewing the last year so I could “define my work”, which is the behind-the-scenes goodness that seems so easy until you dig into it, such as:

  • What am I most passionate about? (so many things)
  • How can I best help “others”? (With some new services I just posted!)
  • Who exactly are these “others”? (I call them Passionate Do-Gooders!)
  • Why do I do this work? (To make the world better)

Those are some BIG questions and I placed a check mark next to each one! <Insert pat on the back here>

Now that I have a good foundation set, I am working to translate that into….yes you guessed it – Action!
I know where I can be derailed sometimes so I am taking extra steps to address some of my more challenging attributes in all areas of my life.

  • This post is a way to add accountability for my to-do lists and this year’s theme.
  • I also just pre-ordered Gretchen Rubin’s new book Better Than Before and completed the free assessment to determine how I meet expectations and how I can improve some of my habits.
  • I even added a 35 day Jazzercise challenge and Creativity Retreat to my calendar.

How is your 2015 going so far?

Have you designated a theme for this year?

What kind of tactics do you use to keep yourself accountable?

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Power of Positive Thinking

I find it very difficult to quiet my mind. It is something I am constantly working at. So at any given moment there are INFINITE amounts of thoughts swirling through my mind. Lately I have had a thought – well a person – on my mind. That person is Johnny Mucha. This name probably does not mean anything to you and quite honestly it didn’t mean anything to me until a few weeks ago.

Johnny is a 10th grade soccer player and showband member at my daughter’s school. Probably a regular teenager who sleeps in too late, waits until the last moment to finish his homework and never cleans his room. He also is in a coma because of encephalitis at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and has been since January 2nd of this year.

So why do I tell you this?
Now I know I am an empathetic person so I can easily put myself in Johnny’s family’s place and this is a blow to a tight knit community I am a part of.  I also know that there are probably similar or possibly worse situations than Johnny’s happening in your family and community.

I tell you this because I feel helpless. Well at least that WAS how I felt.

When I first heard of the situation my heart hurt for Johnny and his family and friends and then I was just plain frustrated. What could I do really? I had no skills, knowledge or wealth – no control over changing the situation. This had weighed on me for weeks, but then I realized I could do something.

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Positive Energy of Thought
I could keep doing what I have been doing all along – putting my positive energy of thought towards Johnny’s recovery. I was traveling last week so I was delayed on writing this post by a week and when I returned I found a message in my inbox from the band boosters – Johnny moved his lips and mouth! It doesn’t sound like much, but he was not responding to any sensory stimulation the week prior.

Do I think I caused this to happen just by my positive thoughts? Well, not on my own I didn’t do it, BUT there is a large community and neighboring communities that have been wishing, hoping and praying for Johnny’s recovery. There are t-shirts being sold, spaghetti dinners planned, e-cards being sent.

So YES I believe I played a part! Now I can’t get into scientific, quantum physic details of how this works, but I can try to simplify complex ideas.

Every living organism is made up of energy.  Energy cannot be destroyed. Therefore, energy is power.
Energy can change shape and size. If we are made up of powerful energy then:

  • We have the power to choose the shape of our energy
  • We have the power to move our energy where it is needed
  • We have the power to change something else’s energy
  • A collection of energy becomes even more powerful

In conclusion
Positive energy does not cost you any thing. It does not take away from you. It does not run out. To the contrary, it makes you richer and fuller.

If I can’t quiet my mind (and even if I can) I choose to send positive thoughts to everyone I know and everyone I don’t know in the hopes we will all become a little more connected and I can lend a little help when needed.

For one moment would you send a positive thought to Johnny?
I will be more than happy to return the favor and send my positive thoughts in a direction of your choosing.

P.S. If you are interested in sending an e-card to get your positive thoughts to Johnny ASAP you can access through this link.

Click free e-card service and enter the information into the form fields:
Johnny Mucha
Room 504
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh