Growth is Intentional

Second Wind Leisure Perspectives

Deciding to sail in BajaThere is nothing like a new year to inspire us to reflect on personal growth.

Whatever makes you uncomfortable is your biggest opportunity for growth. Bryant McGill

I haven’t posted anything about my windsurf journey in a while, so this seemed like a great time to demonstrate my growth in the sport of windsurfing. I have to push myself a little as I write this because this is one area of my leisure choices that is lacking.

In the above image of me in Baja, Mexico in January 2016, you can see the hesitation and uncertainty in my body language as I get set to tackle shore break waves slightly over my head. Sailing in the ocean is a scary proposition and I have used this same image with the Eleanor Roosevelt quote on several of my social media accounts.

Face your fears. Windsurfing in Baja, Mexico.

Because this does scare me even now!

But not willing…

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Goodbye Rhinestone Cowboy, RIP

Being Lydia!

I just saw the news the Glen Campbell has passed away at the age of 81.

When his first top ten single came out, “Witchita Lineman”, I was 9 years old. While many of my friends were into the Beatles, the Stones, and other rock music, I preferred to listen to the likes of Neil Diamond, the Beach Boys, and country artists like Glen Campbell. The latter was definitely influenced by my Dad.

I think part of the reason that Campbell’s music was so popular for so many was the fact that it really crossed all boundaries. He was a country storyteller with the up tempo of pop and driving guitar of rock.

I remember watching “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour” with my parents. Songs like “Rhinestone Cowboy”, “By The Time I Get To Phoenix”, and “Gentle On My Mind” were big favorites.

Glen was not just popular with the fans…

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What got me to where I am today… 3/3

I would like to introduce Cyranny’s Cove!!

Cyranny's Cove

As part of my new Let me be your voice chronicles, here is the third and final part of the testimony I recieved from one of you Lovelies…

Here are the first two parts, if you’d like to read them;  Part 1  Part 2

If you too have any untold story you’d like to write about, but are uncomfortable publishing on your own blog, just send it to me through my “Get in touch with Cyranny” page… It  will be a pleasure for me to post it in the Cove anonymously… So you can see the eventual response your story brings from readers…


I thought John really did, want me that is.  He went back to England after his short holiday in SA, sold his house over there, resigned from his job where he wasn’t very happy working, and came back to SA to marry me.  The wedding was just…

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London Sky Garden Adventure.

This is The Wandering Broski!!


Excuse me sir, no photos!

Alright Kanye, calm down.

I have to say, the start to my Sky Garden adventure was a rather annoying one; a very well dressed security guard jumping up in front of me to stop me taking a photo of the entrance lobby was not what I expected – I still got the photo though 😉

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Be A Human-Doing, Not A Human Who Is Just Being

My blog began because a friend of mine said he thought my occasional Facebook thoughts would work well on a blog platform. So on November 28, 2014 I introduced the world to Dream Big, Dream Often and unleashed upon the world a plague. No, but seriously, it has been a therapeutic way for me to discuss life and nonsense and an experience which has changed my life.  Check out my video on this topic here.


Now we are approaching 40,000 followers and this fact humbles me in ways I cannot express. I never in my wildest dreams would have thought anyone other than my friends and family would care enough to tune in and read what I have to say, but they do and I am proud of the accomplishment. It represents countless hours of hard work and dedication.

And of course I will use this as an avenue to teach a life lesson. I get comments and emails by the truck loads each week asking all sorts of things, but one of the most common is ‘how can I break out of my rut?’ And to me the answer is clear: Start doing something new with your time. Take up a new hobby. Begin a new sport. Start painting. Write. Write poetry. Start running. Start a blog. Begin to do something that is new, exciting and adventurous.

Just because you have never done something doesn’t mean you can’t. And in time you may discover your true life’s passion. I rediscovered mine through the Dream Big blog: public speaking. Since my blog began, I have been contacted and had the honor of speaking to Lowe’s Home Improvement, the student body at a large local community college, several large local food charities and countless MS support groups.

What I found through these experiences is that speaking fills a void in me that I had forgotten existed. It fills my soul, mind and spirit. It provides me with energy and, yes, feeds my ego; which is also important. It has built my confidence. My plans for 2017 will be to begin a new set of talks to the local high schools, which excites me beyond belief.

I say all of this for a reason: adulting has one terrible side effect in that it turns most humans into zombies going through the motions.  Don’t be a human who is just being, but be a human who is doing!  Rediscover your life passion and get back to being alive once again. Dig into the recesses of your mind and remember back to that thing you once did that brought so much joy. Dust off that sketch book. Clean those paint brushes. Lace up those running shoes. Get back to human-doing what made you feel alive and watch your life and mind change quickly. If you keep on doing what you’ve always done, you will keep on getting what you’ve always gotten.

Is It Possible to Have Complete Trust in Something For Which There is No Proof?

I do not blog just to blog.  I operate my blog to help change people’s lives.  My hope is that sharing my views on success, life, goal achievement, self-improvement, my own experiences, etc. someone in some corner of this world will read something I write and make a better decision.

It might relate to their health and they may begin to eat better and live longer.  It might relate to their debt and they might teach their kids a better way of managing money, thus avoiding the stressful pitfalls of being broke. Or it might relate to helping others and they might begin volunteering and help change the path of one lost and desperate individual.

I have a huge vision as a foundation on which I am building this blog, my book and public speaking as a way to help all people, not just those living and suffering with MS.

They say if your dreams don’t scare you that you aren’t dreaming big enough.  And that having doubts or stressing over the uncertainty of the future is normal.

This morning when my mind started in with the doubt, I was reassured by something I have talked about in the past: faith. My mind was running rampant with questions and doubts and then as peaceful as could be I had one thought clear my mind and the doubts: “you will meet the right people, you will know what to do, everything will work out the way it is supposed to work out.  Just keep doing what you are doing, get out and help people.  Everything else will be just fine.  Just stay committed to the task at hand.”

My thought was a clear as a bell and I believe this internal thought.  I don’t know why.  I don’t know how.  I just believe.  I have faith.

Faith can be defined as having complete trust in something for which there is no proof.  This is what I feel inside my body. This is what the Wright Brothers felt inside their body.  This is what every human has felt when pushing past the doubts, the fear, the naysayers.  It is their belief that somehow, some way what they envision will come to fruition.  They have faith.

There is no guarantee.  There many not even be another human being that shares your vision.  But their is faith.

It is easier to have faith when you know your purpose.  I know I am meant to help.

Having MS does not define me.  Having MS has provided me with a platform; a platform from which I can help all people realize a more meaningful, productive and effective life.

Fresh Starts and New Beginnings

And for some new beginnings come in the form of a new city. Great way to jump start passion and creativity!

Quirks and Musings

I have always been fascinated by the passing of time.  The strangeness of how a day can feel as though it drags on and on, while at the same time, five years pass in the blink of an eye.  This curious dichotomy makes it effortlessly easy to lose track of time.  I also seem to have lost track of this blog.*

About a month ago now, I moved from California to Oregon.  I took a road trip up the west coast with my friends, moved in to my new apartment, and started classes.  Being the new kid is challenging, but I’ve gotten pretty accustomed to moving and starting over.  I’ve lived in 3 different states and a different country, so starting over doesn’t seem so scary anymore.  However, this is what has taken up most of my time, rather than keeping up with this blog.

I look forward to the fresh start.  A new adventure:…

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Living the Dream…What You Really Want

Knowing what you want from life is important. Understanding why you want is another story. This post walks through that conversation. I enjoyed and hope you do also.

(keep in mind I only hit the share button, the original writer did the work so be mindful and respectful to leave comments with him or her!)

Lamisha Serf-Walls

photo credit: Camdiluv ♥ via photopin cc photo credit: Camdiluv ♥ via photopincc

One of the first things I ask people about when I am working with them is what they want in life.

Usually I get a list of items, dollar amounts, places they want to travel to, and a whole slew of other ‘stuff’ that comes with their dream life.  Whether it’s the career of their dreams, the relationship they have always desired, or their health, there is always ‘stuff’ that they want.

And when I ask them why they want what they want, I am often met with a pause in the conversation.

It’s not about proving that you are worth having the life of your dreams, because you are already worthy enough to have it.  Remember you can be, do, or have anything that your heart desires.

The reason I ask why, is because like the blocks that are holding us back…

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