Today I’m celebrating the two year anniversary of publishing my book Dear Sophia, Love Yourself! I am going to do something celebratory even though I have no idea what right now! Lol. I am somewhat of a dreamer. The idea in my head of what I’m going to do to celebrate and reality is very different! I see myself dressed up, surrounded by friends and family, at a nice restaurant drinking champagne or sparkling cider for me since I’m
a light weight. I see us sitting around in comfortable chairs talking about the favorite story from my book. I can dream right?
Dreams are what this life is made of! Lots of things start out as a little dream. When it’s acted upon, it becomes a creation and reality. Everything I see around me started off as someone’s idea or dream. It’s interesting how it works out. I have received numerous messages of how my book inspired someone or gave them the idea to write their own stories. The messages always warm my heart.
I’m still writing, blogging, and slowly working on my second book. The heart of my book is the 2nd to last chapter called “Therapy Love.” I write about how my therapist was the biggest factor in my healing and changing my mindset. She gave me a rose quartz bracelet which was very special to me. I started buying rocks, stones or crystals as a result. I fell in love with all the colors, the uniqueness of each one, their strength, and the fragility of crystals. They remind me to love myself and others, and to not compare. We
are all unique. All the crystals shine on their own right. So do stars. They just shine, in the darkness, whether we see them or not. This is the person I choose to be today. I choose to be love, I choose to be peace, I choose to be kind and compassionate on my own. I choose to shine my light in the darkness of our world. Thank you to all my friends, family, and fans for your kindness and support. Peace, love, and light.
This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 6
I’m just going to be honest here and and admit I initially balked at the idea of a coach or mentor. I had been dealing with all flavors of mental health workers for decades so I thought after I did all my healing work, I was good to go. I could go start my new life on my own with nobody’s help. It soon occurred to me, I was very misguided. See, I had spent so many years dealing with mental illness, I thought I would struggle with it for the rest of my life. Well, I got better and had to change my course. I no longer structured my life around psychiatrist and therapy appointments. So I wondered, “What do I do now?” I didn’t need therapy, however, I could use coaching to discover my next step steps and purpose in life.
I had to change my mindset from the mental patient to whole person who has a purpose in this life beyond merely surviving and existing. I slowly learned to make choices and take steps in order to create or reinvent myself by working with coaches. As I opened myself up to coaching, my life slowly transformed into ways I never imagined nor dreamed. I learned how to trust my intuition, accept, believe in, and love myself; I have a voice and stories to share with the world. I have already worked with some wonderful, talented, very patient, and compassionate coaches. Did I mention patient? I’m very thankful to the coaches I’ve worked with so far.
However, I would love to ask Loretta LaRoche, author and stress management consultant, how she got to started in that work, and can be so lighthearted around serious people? Many years ago, while I was deep into depression, I read some of her books. Her books inspired me to use humor to handle the stresses of life. She is funny and hilarious. It’s really hard to stay stressed and depressed while reading her books or watching her videos. I’ve also always wanted to meet her, give her a hug, and say thank you.