Serendipity's Garden

Celebrating Abundance: Body, Mind & Spirit


Day 3: Seeing the Good

My first introduction to the self-growth and personal development field was nearly twenty-five years ago while working a temporary job at a major book publishing company. Boxes of new titles arrived at the office weekly, and among them were newly released offerings by Louise Hay and Susan Jeffers.  I learned about the importance of positive thought and mindset and intention as I was in the midst of making – let’s just call them “questionable”  – major life choices.

Fast forward a good number of personal growth books, courses, and affirmations later, and I became a mom for the first time at the ripe old age of 29.  My own mother had given birth to me (her only child) at 41, a fact which I was to regard with some awe and much greater respect later in life.  I remember thinking at 45, “I can’t imagine having a 4 year-old at this point.”

Motherhood dramatically changed the way I looked at life and the possibilities ahead. After my daughter was born (four years after her older brother), I left their biological father and began a new chapter.  I remember journalling every day until there were no more tears left to cry, releasing all of the anger and grief I felt at losing the dream of our happy family.  It never really was, though…I recall the peace I felt when he finally moved away to another province and left us to rebuild our lives.

I’ve always considered myself to be a pretty upbeat person and I continued to work on positive affirmations and goal-setting.  But I didn’t experience as much success as I’d hoped for – I allowed a lack of support from my then-partner to tank my network marketing business, I gained a LOT of weight, and I came to a point where I needed to rethink my whole outlook and lifestyle.  I left my job and started a virtual assistant business for coaches (after being introduced to coaching through bartering my services for free coaching sessions.)  I learned a great deal about the law of attraction, the business of coaching and the steps for success. Around that time I also discovered Abraham-Hicks, whose uplifting message absolutely resonated for me then – and still does today!

But even though I “knew” intellectually what was required for success in health, relationships and wealth, and I had done a personal excavation and was (at least somewhat) aware of what was holding me back, I didn’t experience the success I was seeking.  After long years of study and application I was still doing battle with debilitating fears that kept me playing small.  “Not smart enough, not good enough, just NOT ENOUGH” was the mantra I would hear every time I attempted to step outside of my comfort zone.  I isolated myself and wondered why, no matter how great my desire, I couldn’t translate theory to reality.

Truthfully, it wasn’t until I allowed myself to seek soulful support – which specifically helped me transform my long-held fears and blockages – that things really began to shift.  I began to understand how to actually put into practice the concepts I’d learned, and how to finally release the limitations that I’d permitted to hold me captive for so long.  The incredible changes that have taken place in my life in the last couple of years  (and the last few months in particular) have left me feeling as though I’m living in an entirely different Universe.

And despite the sometimes rocky journey it took to get here, I’m seeing the good in all things.

And so, I believe,  can you.

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DAY #2 of the Daily Blogging Challenge!

Welcome to Day 2 of the Blogging Challenge!

Wait, where is Day 1? Sadly, day 1 has been procrastinated away, diminished by negative self-talk and multiple self-induced distractions.

Previously, I would have just dropped out of the challenge and pretended it (my registration and commitment) never happened.

But since last November, when I left a certain relationship for the last time and moved to a new city a two-hour drive away, I have invested the luxury of time to myself in Sacred Self Care and inner reflection. In that time I have surrendered to the knowing that not doing things perfectly does not equal failure.

I have discovered that my overarching theme in 2014 is authentic self-expression and soul connection. This blog is a part of that; I don’t even know, sometimes, if I have the necessary courage to commit to 31 days of writing.

But then I remind myself that I’ve already completed one other 40-day daily exercise, and I won Gold & Bronze at the local Curves® for number of workouts and inches lost during their Olympics competition. These recent events are fueling both my desire and the momentum to continue growing and stretching and celebrating my uniqueness.

These next 29 days of the March Blogging Challenge will be about my inner and outer journey, with the intention that those who resonate with my message may be uplifted and inspired, and those that do not will happily drift away.

In my posts I will be sharing my favourite resources and inspirations, my joy, my stories, and my Energy. I will be sharing my experiences and what has uniquely shaped this human existence for me. I will be exploring the question of how I can best express my gifts at this time in my life, and how my path meanders along the way.

And I am inviting each of you who may feel called to share this journey with me to respond – please do send me your feedback on Serendipity’s Garden blog posts or anything else your sweet heart desires.


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Life When Stretched Is Celebration

“Sound when stretched is music.

Movement when stretched is dance.

Mind when stretched is meditation.

Life when stretched is celebration.”

~ Ravi Shankar

The theme of this blog is Celebrating Abundant Living: Body, Mind, and Spirit, so the above quote really resonated with me.

I have stretching myself by focusing my energies on expansion and stepping out of my comfort zone in many ways, and I am feeling refreshed and re-energized.  I find myself awakening rested and inspired, with an eager sense of adventure for the new day.  I feel absolutely on target to manifest miracles…as Abraham-Hicks says “ You know when you’re on the brink of it when it feels like the next logical step.” 

I invite you to take a moment to think about how and where you are stretching your life into celebration, and I invite you to post your responses!

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Serendipity’s Garden “Goddess Gatherings” Debut – 11/24/2011

Join us in Circle as we connect with Source Energy to create a sacred container for our New Moon inspirations and intentions.

As we continue to integrate 11:11 energies we open to ever greater possibilities. What new reality is ready to be birthed through you? Come and open yourself to receive healing alignment and expanded creativity as we spend an hour in Guided Meditation and Sacred Circle, planting the seeds of our heart’s true desires.

We are open to all newcomers, as well as those who regularly practice Moon Cycle Celebration…you are welcome in our Circle.  There’s no charge to attend this New Moon Circle.)

Register HERE or email me:

Call-in details to follow soon! ♥

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There are many areas in my life where I feel amazingly GOOD about what’s happening…and then today I heard some sad news from my son.  In parenting situations like these, I find it most challenging to navigate my thoughts and feelings and maintain a positive, uplifted vibe.  As Abraham-Hicks says,

“You are here because you are wanting to really be Deliberate Creators. And we want you to know that a Deliberate Creator is really a deliberate feeler. A Deliberate Creator is one who says, “I want so much to feel good, because when I feel good, I’m in alignment with that which is my Source.” A Deliberate Creator does not demand that circumstances change so that you can have a better-feeling response to the circumstances. A Deliberate Creator says, “I will choose–from what seems to be available–the very best-feeling thought, past, present or future, that I can find, and I will fixate on it until it becomes the reason for my vibrational offering. And I know that Law of Attraction will then accumulate around that vibrational offering. And then, I will reach for the better thought and the better thought, and the better thought.”
And what you will discover is that there is always a better thought.”

So it’s clear to me that my work is to walk myself up the vibrational scale from scared and sad; to see the rainbow in the clouds, so to speak.  Here goes:

I’m glad my son called to tell me in person

I’m glad he is alive

He knows that there are people working on his behalf behind the scenes

He has freedom of choice

He will be back home in a month or so

I will be in a better position in all ways to assist him then

He is smart and funny and resourceful

He desires a better life

He has skills and talents

I believe there can be a gift in this situation

I trust the Universe

Everything is unfolding in perfect Divine timing

…My son knows how much he is loved.

Better, much better.  🙂

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Grandmother’s Circle the Earth Council

“We are The Grandmother’s Circle the Earth Council, from many parts of the world we have come together united in voice for all relations. As Grandmothers/ Women, for too long our voices have been rendered silent. Over the past year we have come together forming grandmother circles around the globe. To be a voice for the voiceless, share our concerns and solutions with all people of our Earth Mother and for the next seven generations.

Collectively, today we are issuing a global statement: We unite our voices to speak out against the practice of modifying our food supply with unknown, untested and dangerous Genetically Engineered Organisms / Genetically Modified Organisms.

Although this practice has been going on for some time it has come to our attention that scientists have recently discovered an unknown pathogen within GE/GMO corn, fed to farm animals that is causing stock to miscarry their young. Our four-legged family is loosing their offspring, a fate that could befall our own daughters and granddaughters.

Consequently we invoke the precautionary principal.

However in the space that it took to write this statement, it has come to our attention that another report has been released. It states the presence of the GE/GMO Bt toxin in the blood of pregnant women and the umbilical cord of the baby has been shown. This is something that the biotech industry said would not and could not happen.

We cannot wait for government agencies to help us. We must do this for our selves, for our children’s health, for our daughter’s reproductive health and for the next 7 generations to come.

Therefore – today we send out a global call to women all over the world to stand in her power with us – and use her consumer choices to boycott all products suspected of having GE/GMO ingredients, and all products/ animals that have been fed this GE/GMO corn.

You are supported on this journey of change. We unite together offering you groups to research that have information on the danger of these practices and enable you to discover alternatives that are safe and healthy for your family. We encourage you to do your own research and find solutions that you are comfortable with for your family.

By finding links to seed banks, inviting women, the original gatherer, to grow her own food, start her own heirloom seed bank in her neighborhood, we all empower one another for the health of the next seven generations. We also encourage women to speak out to all men in our communities to join their voices with the women.

Connect with community gardens, organic gardeners, supermarkets whole food stores, and local farmers markets. These are but a few suggestions to help make food choices easy, fun and healthy for your family.

We suggest contacting our local GE/GMO free groups because they already have lists of GMO products and alternative organic community gardens, co-ops, products. When you find a great resource share that with everyone you know, post blogs about it, and speak up for all the children of the Earth Mother.

We humbly ask you, to join your voice with ours, until we circle the Earth and all voices join together for the health of our Family… Global Family.

All our relations, all our love, Grandmothers Circle the Earth Council”

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GMO free

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Visualizing – Creation Tool or Vibrational Practice?

“When you deliberately conjure an image for the purpose of creating, we want you to understand that, well, often people think “I’m going to sit and do my creating now.”

“And we want you to understand that all that visualization is, is practicing the vibration of what you already asked for in. This is just vibrational practice. All that visualizing is not making something happen. It’s letting something that’s already happened in. That’s such an important distinction. You’re not creating with your affirmations, you’re not creating with your visualizations, you are practicing a vibration that lets it in. (emphasis mine)

“So, the more practicing you do, the more you set a tone that lets more in.”

~ Abraham Hicks
In honour of a beautifully aligned and exciting project (a perfect match to my talents, passions, and appreciation) I was moved to search “synchronicity” on, and here’s what I found:  synchronicity = coexistence. Interesting!  A reminder that what we may experience as happy coincidence is actually the evidence that our desires CAN be made manifest.  The abundance and prosperity we so often actively seek already exists, it simply awaits our vibrational alignment.

Loving What Is – that has been the theme of my week, in the wake of what has been a particularly virulent bout of vagrants/crises/drama …whatever the current format of the contrast.  I am reminded that it IS possible to choose appreciation in the midst of (apparent) struggle, and that choice brings me ever closer to the alignment that allows my Source energy to flow love, beauty, abundance, and creativity through every aspect of my life.  I am reminded of Einstein’s quote:

“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.

So whatever the appearance of the ‘problems’ in my life, if I wish to move forward I must transcend the consciousness that created the situation and soothe myself into vibrational alignment with the expanded version of myself (the ‘me’ that is already enjoying the fruits of my rockets of desire.)  And I know that the way to do this is gratitude for what is…deliberately setting my focus to what is already GOOD in my life, and actively appreciating that and dwelling as often as possible in that vibration, as I envision and anticipate the feelings of already having a healthy, happy & productive family; passionate, purposeful, soul-satisfying work; frequent travel; a warm and inviting space to entertain; and the financial security and serenity.

I can choose to focus my attention, and therein lies my freedom.  I can choose to use energy tools to raise my vibration and release my resistance.  My work is to find vibrational relativity to my desires through active appreciation and joyful visualization.  As I traverse that path, I’m delighted to find that the Universe sends me frequent reminders that ALL is Energy, and that I AM more powerful than I might perceive (or allow myself to perceive) or know.

I am committing to these intentions daily:

To be in the flow of magic, miracles, manifestation.
To notice frequent synchronicity…the numerous places where my ideal reality intersects with my current reality.
To appreciate and bless the people, events, and circumstances that illuminate where I hold my resistance, so that I can release and transmute my experience into that of my expanded (Higher) Self.

I’m so grateful for all of the falling-away, messy, broken down, seemingly ugly parts of my life right now…perfect opportunities to identify my thoughts and beliefs, and release and transcend old patterns.  After many ups and downs in my life, the current crisis is a clear indication that my limiting beliefs have surfaced for final blessing in a rather dramatic way. A new search on reveals that a concurrent meaning for ‘release’ is absolution: free from responsibility, duty.  So these old beliefs that have stuck with me for almost 50 years are ripe for release…I can feel that energy being freed to flow as love and expansion.

Abundant cause for Celebration!