“Are your dreams CRAZY enough?”



I remember as a 7th grade girl I went to my dad and told him I was going to run for the class officer secretary position. I was so elated and nervous to step out in faith for this class position that I could not wait to tell this dream to my dad. As I was explaining with excitement and energy about this role that I wanted to take on, I noticed his demeanor was not moved by my 7th grade buzz. So to pull a response out of him, I asked my dad what he thought about this next endeavor I wanted to pursue. With love in his voice and a warm embrace around my waist, I will never forget the words that came out of his mouth next. He said, “If you’re going to run for an office, why not run for president?” Stunned, I looked at him…

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Strength Through Struggle: Learning To Thrive In “Rocky Soil”

Reclaiming HOPE

grapes on vine with text overlay: Strength Through Struggles: Learning To Thrive In "Rocky Soil" https://reclaiminghope.,blogOne day as I was watching a movie, one of the characters made the statement that the best wine came from grapes grown in rocky soil. Being the naturally inquisitive (okay, nosy might be more accurate) person that I am, I decided to do a little research. Guess what? It’s true.

This was really interesting to me because as a gardener, I spend a lot of time trying to make sure my soil is in great condition for the plants to grow. I try to do everything I can to make it easy for them to produce beautiful, healthy vegetables. If I don’t, I can pretty much guarantee I’ll be shopping at the grocery store instead of in my back yard, so the idea of plants thriving in poor soil is almost a foreign concept to me.

Why would a plant actually produce better from poor soil? Well, I found a…

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A lesson in failure…

Purple Almond Wellness

Hello everyone!

I’m back from my sabbatical,


it went NOTHING like I planned.

As the old saying goes,

“Man plans, God laughs”.


I started out doing well. I was on a good schedule, exercising, meditating, and doing some spiritual study everyday, when a minor tragedy occurred…

My oldest son’s college course was canceled on one day in April, and giving him the time to take our dog for his daily walk. I decided to take advantage of the little bit of freedom from my beloved canine, and drive to a local lake (above) and walk the paths….an hour walk, is what I decided to do…30 minutes one way, then turn around. (The path all the way around the lake is LONG, 5.3 miles to be exact, so I knew I couldn’t do the whole thing) Well, I had just hit the 30 minute mark and was about to turn…

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The failures of friendship

Scribbles by Shiv

Ive often felt like I’ve failed my friends. Infact, i know i have. Ive been the one that chose a relationship over a friendship, I’ve ditched people to move away and on to something else (usually only to return with my tail between my legs!), so its fair to say that through my own poor choices I’ve lost what i once considered good friends.

We naturally change friends as we go through life. We meet like-minded individuals and then our minds grow and develop, sometimes leaving said friendship faltering behind. Its not every time we lose a friendship that we actually feel that its a loss.

And then theres times when your completely taken off guard and all of a sudden those you considered your close friends seem to be withdrawing themselves from your life. The chatting slows, the tone changes, meet ups are few and far between. And no…

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Not Everyone Understands How To Struggle

DannyThere is a key element to success that not all people understand: struggle.  Struggle is a key element of getting ahead.  It exists in quitting smoking.  It exists in losing weight.  It exists in getting a promotion.  It exists in building a business. It exists in making more money.   Any time you look to advance yourself you can bet that struggle will play into the equation at some point.

For Mark Cuban it was living in an apartment with 6 other guys eating ketchup and mustard sandwiches.  For some it might be living without pay television, internet and not eating out for a year or more.  For others it might involve walking to work instead of driving.

I have joked in the past that anyone can work a home budget of $5000 per month, but it takes talent to live for a couple of weeks on $20.  You know you’ve lived the struggle when you can live in a major metro area and have the skills to stretch that 20 bucks to its max!

Most people are afraid of the struggle and they don’t know how to handle it.  Which explains why more people don’t reach their personal goals.  It’s not laziness.  It’s not lack of motivation.  It’s not lack of education.  It’s fear.  They fear the struggle.  They fear the ‘what if’ part of success that says ‘what if it doesn’t work out?’.

Life Is Not A Game Of Perfect

There was a popular golf book written back in the 1980’s called “Golf Is Not A Game Of Perfect” by Dr. Bob Rotella.   It dealt with the concept that golf is not about making your way around the golf 935617course hitting perfect shot after perfect shot, but more about how you deal with shots that don’t turn out exactly as you had planned.  The author’s premise discusses how the success of the golfer would be defined by how the golfer dealt with adversity and failure.  I always thought the title was very clever and as I get older I realize how my successes in golf are the road map for my success in the real world.

You see, life is not a game of perfect either.  Nor is life about getting it right or wrong.

Often times we worry about whether a job offer is the right one for us or is this move the right move.  As if the world is going to stop rotating or we’ll be irreversibly damaged if we make the “wrong” decision.  I’ve never really looked at opportunities as being right or wrong.  They simply are opportunities.  I prefer to see things like this: I am going to work a lot of jobs in my life, is this one that I want to have on that list?

I think the stress we place on the “rightness” or “wrongness” of decisions ruins the life experience.  To say there is only one right decision, at this moment in time, it to say there is only one path for my life and if I make the wrong choice I’m going to mess everything up.  I am sorry to say there is no right and wrong choice.  You assess all the details and make the best informed decision that you can and let the cards fall where they may.

Some decisions you will celebrate and some you will regret.  Either way, move on with life.

The idea of getting life “right” is implied throughout our society and no concept could be more wrong!

I have talked in previous posts about how we are expected to graduate high school, go to college, get a good job, get married, have kids, retire and reap the benefits or our hard work.  This I guess would be considered getting life “right.”  But as life teaches us, we learn our best lessons from our failures.  And as I am thinking this through in my mind, our life is actually built on lessons from failing; we might not know what to do, but we sure as heck know what not to do.  That kind of concept.

So many times I think the fear of getting life decisions “wrong” impede our ability to experience the situation for what it really is, one more chance to learn.  To learn about ourselves and what we are capable of.  How much can I achieve?  How far can I go?  How much can I do?  And, all too often, the fear of failing (getting it “wrong”) pushes us to the easier, less challenging, safer of the options.


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If I never tread into the deeper water I will never drown.  True, but if I rob myself of the challenge of learning to tread water, I never grow in confidence, and will always be stuck in the shallow end of the pool.

Unfortunately, one thing that doesn’t change as you stand in the shallow end of the pool; time keeps ticking.

And soon you realize that as you have chosen to limit yourself to three feet of water, your work associates, friends, family have learned to tread and moved on to deeper waters.  And there you are with the “kids” of life, stuck in the shallow end because you were too scared or too reluctant to challenge yourself.

“Oh what could have been if I had only learned to tread water when everyone else did,” you say to yourself.  What you must know is it is never too late to learn to tread water!  Challenge yourself now regardless of age, education, status, employment, etc.  Someone in their mid 40’s or 50’s might think they are too old for a reinvention.   Where as, the 90 year old looks at them and says “you have your whole life ahead of you kid!”

Life is not a game of perfect; remember that as you go along.



Having faith and being grateful

Having faith that the bad times will pass and good is just around the corner is essential to success.

Days | Dreams | Devotions

I lied.

I think I chose the wrong message in my last post. I previously said that if there’s one key takeaway a reader can take from my blog, it’s that faith keeps you together in relationships. But what about people who are single? What about those who had their true soulmate pass away early in their relationship? I don’t profess to even know an ounce of how to act in those circumstances.

The right single message from my blog is actually this: Have faith and be grateful. And it applies to everyone.

We live in the era of social media where our newsfeed are adorned with happy famillies with beautiful sun-kissed children playing by the beach and perfect no-filter vacation shots taken at the right angle of various global attractions. Haplessly we scroll and scroll with jealousy, bitch to others and furiously unfollowing (or even worse, becoming a…

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Halos and Hawks

Leaps of faith come in all shapes and forms. Sometimes we lose a job and have to make a decision on employment. I enjoyed this post as it included beautiful imagery for me and an inspirational tone. Enjoy!

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Magaly Lainez Takes a Leap of Faith

Something shifted earlier this week. And I’m not talking about the ground under me from the 5.0 earthquake we recently experienced here in El Salvador. I had just finished walking the dog when I saw the shadow of their expansive wings on the ground. “Oh no! The hawks are back!” Frantically, I searched for rocks to throw at them to scare them away and protect our young chicks. But as I launched them into the air, a sight so rare and so beautiful caught my attention-a rainbow halo around the sun with two hawks flying overhead. To me, this was no ordinary event, this was a spiritual message. The following morning, I saw two other hawks flying high above the sky, but instead of panic, I felt a peace and a deep respect for their beauty and grace. In many cultures, rainbows are said to be messages of peace and…

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Have Faith Spread Your Wings

Like I keep saying, at some point we all have to rely on faith. Our personal belief in something for which we have no proof. We act on faith every day, we just don’t recognize.

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Light The Trail

 A bird about to take its first flight, the bird look and sees it is a long way down, he’s on his own. This time mommy won’t be able to help, not this time. The only thing he has to rely on is himself.

 Without noticing it, some of us have become dependant on family and friends, on the day-to-day routine, where we know what’s coming next, we live our lives in our comfort zones and we never stray.  The time comes when we yearn for better, when we become consumed with desire.  Then the day comes when the balance is disrupted and everything changes.

The day comes when we have to take the lead.  Like the bird we all need to have faith in ourselves, the time comes when we wake up and realize we are either a big boy or a big girl and we have to do it on…

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