Sandra from MommyhoodbySandra fame has just nominated this blog for the Liebster Award.I am thrilled beyond words that someone thought enough to nominate Dare to Dream Big for an award. With gratitude and excitement, my answers to Sandra’s questions are below.
1. What is your motto in life?
“The Universe has a crush on me.” When I first heard this saying, I was struck by the utter simplicity of the message. It has taken me a bit longer to appreciate the long lasting effects. When you know at the core of your being that you are always supported and loved by God/The Universe, you realize that the only limits you have are the ones you put on yourself. That one realization has changed my life. Fear no longer controls my decisions, but actually acts as a signpost that what is behind the fear is something I need to embrace and accept. That truth leads to the second motto I follow – “Beyond Fear Lies Freedom.”
2. What serves as your inspiration?
My connection to God – truly, everything I do is to reflect His presence in my life. When I see God in other people, He reflects back to me.
3. Why did you start blogging?
Writing has always been a way to process the events and emotions of my life. For some reason, when I express myself in the written word (even it if appears on a digital screen), I can step back from the emotion and see the patterns or themes. Blogging is an extension of that process – one that I hope helps others process the events of their lives. If I inspire just one person to lean more into God, than my words have done their job.
4. What has been your biggest accomplishment?
My biggest accomplishment is to connect with other like-minded, joyful people who love life and know that we are here to create our dreams! There is so much to discover about who you are and why you are here – I hope to provide a guide to help you on your journey.
5. What do you want to accomplish next?
I am working on a revised edition of my latest book, Dance With the Divine. I can see it help so many people, including teenagers struggling with questions of “Why did this happen?” It should be available in the next six weeks on Amazon.com.
6. What is something you can’t live without?
I can’t live without God – I know that sounds unbelievable but it is so true. His love and presence is the foundation of my life. And He has a crush on me, remember? How can you not live without that?
7. What is the best advice you’ve given a friend who needed encouragement?
To step back and realize that the present pain is not permanent. There is a larger picture that you may not be able to see from where you are right now, but good always comes out of everything that happens.
8. What serves as your daily dose of happiness?
Receiving comments from my blog readers (hint, hint)! No seriously, I am happiest when I stop and just appreciate what is around me. For example, right now, as I am writing this, gorgeous sunshine is filtering through the trees and a soft breeze is flowing in from the patio.
9. Who is your role model?
I have so many – a few of the people whom I admire are: Marianne Williamson, Gabrielle Bernstein, Neale Donald Walsch, Mike Dooley.
Thank you again Sandra – Be Well!