Creating the A+ Life June 2007

Last month I suggested that it might be a good idea to try something new, something that would cause you to leap into unchartered territory.

Did you leap? Where did you land?

I'm back!
Thanks for all the advice for my trip to Italy. It was a chance of a lifetime and all the suggestions helped! Are you taking a vacation this summer? Where are you headed?

Big Dreams
"The ancestor of every action is a thought."- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I just got back from my vacation. One night in Venice on either end of a week long cruise (to Croatia, Turkey, and Greece) proved to be an amazing adventure. Three nights in Florence (with a day trip to Pisa - photo courtesy of and two in Rome overwhelmed my senses. The art, the food, the culture, the history all imprinted on my brain and have created memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life. There is something about seeing the places you have only visited through literature and movies that is surreal.

Thoughts become things
While on the cruise, I was able to attend workshops provided by Mike Dooley. Mike is a gifted speaker and writer who is featured in The Secret. He writes a daily email that reminds his subscribers (there are over 130,000 now) that they are the creators of their own lives and that "thoughts become things."

About two years ago, I wrote that I would visit Europe. When I wrote the words, it felt like a lie. My finances were in terrible shape and the idea of taking two weeks off from income generating activities seemed the height of insanity. But here I am, back from the most marvelous trip, with renewed energy to achieve the rest of my dreams.

Believing is the first step
The greatest minds throughout the centuries have told us that what we dream can become reality if we believe. Having faith and deciding that you are worthy of happiness seem to be the first steps. After that, taking one small step toward that dream is easy.

What big dream do you have? Have you written it down? Have you taken a small step toward making it a reality?

As I've told you before, the simple act of writing down that big dream has an almost magical power. I don't know if it makes it easier for the Universe to help you or if by writing it down, you are more focused on your goals. I only know it works and just like electricity, I don't need to know how it works to believe in it.

Here are my current big dreams
My big dream is to get my book finished and published, but I've added another dream. Let's see if I can speed this process up. I want a renovated kitchen. (My family probably wishes I had listed this one before the trip to Europe.) My first step is to get some estimates. Any recommendations?

I'll let you know what happens. You let me know what happens with your dreams as well, okay?

As promised, here's a European puzzle. I visited St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museum, and the Sistine Chapel. The rules for photographers are different in each place: flash photos are permitted in St. Peter's, non-flash photos are permitted in the museum, and no photos of any kind are permitted in the Sistine Chapel. Why are there different rules?

The person with the first correct answer will receive a $25 gift certificate from Entree's Catering. (They make some great pasta casseroles.)

Job Essentials
Know someone who needs training in basic computer skills, Microsoft Office applications, communications skills, and job readiness? Northwest Vista College in partnership with a number of wonderful organizations and companies is offering training at the Westside Education and Training Center, 563 SW 40th Street. Training lasts approximately 7 weeks and is free to participants. Class hours are from 9 AM - 2:30 PM.

To be eligible for this training, participants must be receiving food stamps/TANF or meet income guidelines, have a GED or high school diploma, and have dependent children.

I am lucky enough to be the instructor for the next class, which starts June 18th. Call 210-431-7122 for more info or to sign up.

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