Week 21 – Master Key Experience – Courage

I would like to share one of my member’s blogs this week.  Her feelings and insights about courage are touching and refreshing.

Diane says, ” It seems to me that everything we have learned and practiced and struggled over during this journey, which is coming soon to a close, can be summed up in  these three quotes: we are learning to see how beautiful our life is, just as it is in this moment, and just as it is flowering into.”

Please take the time to read more of her post here.


Peace be the journey,


Week 20 – Master Key – Take the Time to Live Life

When I sat down to write my blog today, I looked back at where I was last year on this spectacular journey.  After reading it, I decided to post it because I feel much the same this week as I did then.  

My week was super busy and awesome. I was out every night this week and did something different every evening. I filled my datebook with different activities and events, and they were all different: retirement planning, business strategizing, dinner at a friend’s daughter’s house, and getting a facial. Imagine how easy it was to write my gratitude cards and one sentence journal this week. There were so many things to write about.

My days at school were also fantastic. The class and I went on a field trip where we pretended to be pioneers for a day, and they voted it best field trip ever!! Yesterday, they passed out their Valentines. A day filled with kindness and love.

My birthday is on this coming Tuesday, and I must say, it is a number that is difficult for me to wrap my head around. I decided to surround myself with love and enjoy the event, and I am having dinner with friends tomorrow, Monday, and Tuesday. Pretty nice way to celebrate a birthday. To top off the celebrations, when I went to my friend’s daughter’s house for dinner, the other three children and my friend and her husband were all in the kitchen waiting to surprise me for an early celebration. I was shocked and so deeply touched.

Today I had the day off work. It is the start of a four-day weekend. Sweet! I almost felt a bit like Ferris Bueller today, and to quote Ferris, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” I took full advantage of every minute. I talked with my mortgage broker, had a Mastermind with one of my fellow MKMMA people, had a massage, a manicure, a dance lesson, dinner with friends, and went to a facial party at an apartment with the most amazing view of Navy Pier and the lakefront. I am grateful for having an incredible day off work.

As I lived a great week, all our readings and activities kept playing through my head.

My DMP states that I live a rich and fulfilling life, and I am surrounded by the people I love.

Og states that I should live this day as if it is my last.

Our assignment is to write three gratitude cards a day and a sentence about something good that happens. The more things we do that are meaningful to us, the easier it is to find new things to be grateful for.

I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy.

Give more of myself and I get more love in return.

I Am nature’s greatest miracle. I Am the solution. Find the love. Find the kindnesses.

Peace be the journey.

Week 19 – MasterKey – Sheila Epstein – Ahhh, The Sit

The Sit is the key.  The key to everything and the connection to all that we have been doing.
My day is filled with noise and kinetic energy from the many young and excited people that surround me all day. At the end of the day, I look forward to the silence of my car.

It takes time to decompress, and my body is often buzzing from the energy surrounding me. Before MKMMA, I would go home and sit in the living room and just be in the quiet and let myself decompress.

I love the sits, both before and after MKMMA. Now, I not only do them after work, but in the morning as well, and I look forward to starting my day with a sit.   Some days, I end with a sit.

I pose questions to my world within. I visualize the person I intend to become, and what I am doing. I state that I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy. I give myself permission to be happy. I concentrate on Haanel’s instructions. Sometimes, I don’t do anything except be open to whatever comes my way. I reflect on the power I have within me, and that I am connected to the Universal Mind. I feel the energy pulse within me. The answers are all within me.

Sometimes, I can see things clearly, while other times, it is an idea. Sometimes, I hear an answer during the sit, other times nothing at all, and then when I least expect it, the little voice speaks, and I listen.

Two powerful questions that have been on the top of my index cards and in my sit the past two weeks are:

What am I pretending not to know?

What would the person I intend to become do next?

The answers come and go and continue to evolve, but for now, I am pretending that I don’t know enough to push my comfort zone to the steps necessary to build my business, and the person I intend to become would break some eggs, do it now, and do what is necessary to move forward.

This week when filling out the cards with the DASH of my life, I had to ask myself:

How many autumns do I have left?

When will I begin?

I feel my heart twinge when I ask those questions because I realize that I need to begin now. I don’t want to waste a minute on idleness. There is too much out that I want to do with my life, and I don’t want to miss any autumns. It is the best time to travel anywhere, and I want to take advantage of as many as I can. I have so many ideas, and I need to make my plan to realize my first free autumn in October, 2016.

Thanks for joining me on this journey.

Week 18 – Master Key – Feel Your Bliss

I am guest posting an amazingly powerful blog this week from a truly dynamic force, Lisa Domingo.

Here is an excerpt from her blog that was posted last week.  It is very uplifting and inspiring.

The Seed Was Planted

I am about to embark on a new adventure and I am amazed how the Universe has lined everything up to make it possible. Over 10 years ago, a seed was planted, a seed to share my bubbly personality and my love for yoga, travelling, connecting with new people, and sharing my experience. I tended to my seed, never sure when the seed would sprout and display its full beauty. Then in January, there were signs that it was about to bloom!

Here is the link to her blog.  Give yourself a treat.


Peace be the journey.


Week 17 – MasterKey – Sheila Epstein – In Truth, One Step at a Time

My word this week was persistence. I looked everyday to find it within myself and others, and I was overjoyed with what I found.

My day is filled with observing children being persistent. When I teach a new math concept, many times they are challenged, and it isn’t easy for them. They become frustrated because they make mistakes and have to redo the problems. I always review and tell them not to worry, to trust me, to trust themselves, that they will get it. I promise. I have always told them that part of the joy of learning math is that what at first seems difficult is joyous when they master it. They, of course, do not see what I am saying until the ‘aha’ moment or the magical ‘ohhhhhh’ hits them. Once struck, the students want me to put more and more challenging problems on the board for them to conquer. It is a great feeling for both them and me.

This week while focusing on the word persistence, I saw with more clarity how they doggedly worked on problems way outside their comfort zones until they understood. Yet it wasn’t until I sat down right now that I clearly saw how persistence was inside me with regards to my teaching the students. My belief in them is the persistent guiding light. My persistence that they will learn the things that are at first challenging inspires them to take the step into the unknown, The Hero’s Journey. I am the guide.

I am surrounded by educators who are persistent in their efforts to serve others to be the best that they can be. We live a life of service. Sometimes I get caught up in theday-to-day paperwork and feel overwhelmed, but the truth is my joy from the ‘aha’ moments are extremely powerful, and they overcome the mundane editing of papers.   The Law of Substitution.

At the end of the day on Friday, I told the students that they had homework. One simple assignment that would be extremely powerful. They could either memorize it and share on Monday, or they could write it down. I told them about the word Kindness, and their assignment was to observe others being kind, or they had to do something kind for someone else over the weekend. I also told them that if all thirty of us exercised kindness over the weekend, we could create a ripple effect. Pretty cool, hmmm? (Sound familiar to any of you MKMMA people?) By the time we made it downstairs to the first floor, they were already sharing things they had done or what someone else had done. One girl put up five chairs. One boy opened someone’s locker. Another boy held the door open for me. Another girl picked up some paper on the floor. And they were excited!

If we are persistent with our kindness and continue to pay it forward what a wonderful world it will be.

Peace be the journey!!