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I Am Here – DoWoo #340/365

you are hereIt’s amazing how when I set a goal and have a clear vision of what I wish to accomplish, I reach it.  When I was unclear or waffled in my desire this may have been where things started to go astray.  

This DoWoo journey however is one of the largest long time visions which I created in my mind, it was clear and concise, had time restrictions and now I’m in the home stretch! 

The Master Key Experience has taught me many things. But clearly identifying and putting your vision into words, picturing it with all its nuances materialized, then living it daily, knowing “I’ve got this!”, and allowing the Universe to assist, knowing it will unfold as it was meant to….this is powerful. 

Consistent Implementation is the key. Without it, I run the risk of falling short.

In considering what I did with my DoWoos, I ensured I blogged daily. No exceptions were made. Walter’s mum’s passing or mine. Living in a hotel. Having no internet connection at the house. Flying to another country. No exceptions.  

Concentrating on having observations rather than opinions remains a daily journey – but having identified and then pondered this daily has allowed me to become more in tune with my thoughts – and to redirect them when necessary.  

With 25 blogs left to write to complete this specific undertaking, I am now considering what to undertake next.  It is not a question of whether I will continue to blog – this has become a part of my daily life – it is a matter of what.   Feel free to make suggestions.  I’m open to hearing your thoughts.  

Bring It On! – DoWoo #242/365

What is it about “things” which have people arguing and grappling to possess?  It appears I am coming full circle in my life about owning things at the same time as my family is in the midst of waiting to hear about our mother’s will and allocation of her things.  

Why do so many of us hold stock in the materialistic nature of our environment?

momentsI was on the receiving end of a conversation with a sibling today – where she shared her perspective on what our mother had intended, what she had offered, what was not accepted and now regretted, how others were perceiving the transactions – the list goes on. I found myself listening…doing my best to understand and decipher the truth. All I observed was the sadness of being so attached to these things. 

I later was on a call for business when the person I was exchanging information shared how they were just recovering…and just back to work…from chemotherapy.  I then spoke briefly to a friend of ours this evening who was exhausted with the work load of her business…not knowing when it would lighten up. 

I step back this evening and wonder…what is it about ‘work’ and ‘money’ and ‘things’ which has us so enamoured that we allow them to envelope our daily existence?   Do we feel there is no choice? What is the purpose? What is accomplished by it all? 

I observe I am learning to release things. Learning to put my existence into perspective. Learning to allow the messages being shared by the situations of other to be heard.  There is a definite shift going on in my universe. A shift in my understanding.  It is not fully clear – as yet. But I am observing and I am listening.  

I look forward to the next lesson…


Arrrggh! – DoWoo #234/365

Realize there are supposed to be ups and downs….but seriously?!!!

solutionWalter keeps reminding me that there is ALWAYS a solution to any challenge.  I know this…but I’ve got to admit right now I’m not feeling it!   With all that we know from our experience, our readings, our teaching….faith must remain.  When we waiver in our faith, THIS is when things start to unravel.  I’m keeping the faith! 

Before we booked the accommodation and before we booked our flights, we made sure we could fly with Mya.  CAA advised the most direct flights we could find with a reasonable fee, did not allow for this size of dog.  We were told to try American Airlines – a specific set of flights .  AA confirmed as long as she was under 100 lbs including the kennel, we were good to go.  We looked it up and for the size we needed…total weight was 85 lbs.  We were good to go!  We booked Walter on the AA flight which was twice the cost of the flights we were able to get Gregory and I on.  

We then confirmed our accommodation and sent the funds to the homeowners.

no going back

Today I called to confirm with AA which brand of kennel they approved (so many of the brands say they are TSA approved but not all are) only to be told measurements!  AND…guess what…. the maximum measurements were 2 sizes smaller than the kennel Mya needs.   They would not be allowing her on this flight!  

After a lengthy conversation with AA about what transpired, and an upgraded conversation to the local supervisor we finally received confirmation they would reimburse us the cost of the flight we booked for Walter.  

thank you

I spoke to the pet travel companies.  They did not hold much stock – saying most flights out of Canada are not on “equipment” (planes) large enough to take an extra large kennel.   Spoke to an flight company they referred me to who informed us they would check and come back to us. Still waiting! But she did mention there was a flight with Air Canada. 

I called Air Canada directly.  Found a direct flight on an airbus 319 from Toronto to Liberia – and had a nice chat with someone who confirmed the size of the crate was perfectly fine as “excess baggage” but the maximum weight allowed (including the dog and the kennel) was 70lbs. Another no-go!    Referred over to their cargo department who specialize in shipments of pets as cargo and spoke to another nice service rep who explained the Liberia flight does not take cargo – but the flight into San Jose does! 


Wait for it…..

Turns out there is an embargo banning all pet transport on Air Canada flights into Costa Rica for the ‘rest of this year’! 

Say it with me…. Arrrggh!

An opinion may be that…. NO, I will not go that route.  An observation here is that I keep my faith – I maintain my vision of us ALL in Costa Rica, our son with his best friend beside AND we are looking back at this period of our journey and smiling.  Anybody feeling the love? 

Better yet…anybody own a plane
(or know someone who does)
to fly us there?? 

Writer’s Choice – DoWoo #210/365

author-quiz-imageI am the author of my life.  Ergo we are each the author or our life. While we are given an amazing life to lead…it is up to us to fulfill our dharma, our destiny, our purpose. While God’s Hand is there to help us, ultimately I believe the path we are on is what we have chosen.  If we choose darkness we are enveloped by despair. If we choose lightness we embrace pure joy. 

I had the pleasure of being on the Master Key 2014/15 Commencement session this afternoon. To watch snippets from the last 6 months highlight through slides from each week, to see the comments from the members who experienced the class this year, to hear from a select few who totally embraced the environment provided and have created or are in the process of creating their bliss….what can I say?  I was in awe for having been a part of all this. 

The graduates heralded their appreciation to the Master Key team – for the environment which allowed them to find and embrace who they are meant to be, what is within each and everyone of us…just waiting to be set free.  Many shared their wish that we could have everyone take this course.  

It is possible.
There is nothing which is impossible.  

Each of those people we wish would take the course – they must choose to take it.   We cannot write their story.  We can provide them with the pen, the paper, the material to consider, an environment to shine, skills to share, but ultimately THEY must write their story.   They must choose to pick up the pen.

authorI understand there is something called “writer’s block”. After having sat here each and every evening for 210 evenings (wow – that’s approximately 7 months!), sharing my thoughts, truly doing my best to observe daily without opinion – I choose the belief that there is always something to write about.  It may not be earth shattering each and every day but on the flip side…I’ve not taken earth shattering steps each day.  I consider growth to be a process.  A step by step process which builds understanding and allows me to become who I am meant to be. And some days…it IS earth shattering! 

If we are the author, and we have the ability to choose, then we CAN create anything with our life and once that happens we are in a position to share.  Others see, hear, believe, FEEL our words and actions…and realize they too can take this journey.  All they have to do is choose! 

What do you choose??


Keep an open mind.  Choose to hear more about this environment which allows you to tap into your best you…add your name and email below. Once the next course if made available, we as graduates get to share with those we know first.  Make sure you are one of the people provided with this choice.  You have so much to gain…and nothing to loose! That my friend is what we call a Win/Win situation!   

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If you change how you look at things – the things you look at change! – Wayne Dyer

The choice is TOTALLY up to you!

Mirror Mirror… – DoWoo #151/365

It’s not about who is the fairest or the strongest or the smartest or the most beautiful…what it is, is it’s all about recognition.  

mirrorWe are asked to read the words to ourselves each evening – The Guy/Gal in the Glass. We are tasked with recognizing that who we see in the mirror is the only person we need concern ourselves with.

“She’s the one to please, never mind all the rest, for she’s with you clear up to the end, and you’ve passed your most dangerous, difficult test if the gal in the glass is your friend.” Dale Wimbrow 1934

Numerous people have explained that what we see is a reflection of who we are: The world without if a reflection of the world within – Charles Haanel.  Others unknown but repeatedly heard such as ‘you are what you eat‘; ‘you attract what you are‘; ‘the people in your life are there to show you what you need to learn.’

This week a friend commented they had done something BIG! Initially they had felt exhilarated, excited, happy. Now they were feeling anxious, worried and stressed.  I remember learning we get to choose what label we attach to an emotion.   I recalled our son when he was 3 years old, staring down from the neighbours tree house – about 25 feet up – and saying his tummy was feeling funny. Consider the long term effects on our little man of how I guide him…I chose to explain that feeling was called excitement. 

I offered to share a story with the friend…of two people getting on a roller coaster…both of them having that niggly feeling in their tummies but one chooses to label it anxiety and the other excitement. We have a choice. 

During my observation reflection this evening, I realize this past week I have been feeling what I considered to be anxiousness about our upcoming journey to Costa Rica. I pushed through the feeling knowing that I am living my dream rather than standing on the side lines. But pushing through a feeling is not embracing it for what it is meant to show you. 

Having shared the story to aid another I was mean to recognize this about my own feelings. And all I need to do is label them the way I decide to…

Mirror, Mirror reflecting me back to me,

Listen to my feelings, I am what I will to be. 

mirror mirror

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Go Together – DoWoo #149/365

Managed to get up and get out to walk the dog something which I have not done lately – I’m really truly not a winter person. Then when Gregory got up I encouraged him to stay home today as he had a runny nose for the last few days and was a real trooper throughout the visitation and funeral. He has tubing with the Cub Scouts tomorrow and I want him feeling 100%.  Then I worked through the day productively. My Franklin Makeover Virtue for this week is “persistence”.  Yup…did that. 

This evening I decided to shut down.  Went and chilled in front of the fire with Walter, the dog at our feet and a movie – The Good Lie.

THESE kids were the epitome of persistence…and courage, self control, initiative, kindness, enthusiasm, decisiveness and they saw God in others…in all things.  These kids did not travel almost 1,000 miles through the desert on auto pilot. They did it with a burning desire to survive together!  If you want to watch a classic Hero’s Journey watch this. 

“I concentrate my energy on the challenge of the moment and my actions help me forget all else.”  and “I have been given eyes to see and a mind to think and now I know a great secret of life for I perceive, at last, that all my problems, discouragements, and heartaches are, in truth, great opportunities in disguise.”   – Og Mandino

At the end, just before the credits, there is an amazing African Proverb: “If you want to go fast; go alone. If you want to go far; go together.”   Now…think on this for a moment…what could this pertain to in our daily lives? 

MLM…a Mastermind…a Convoy…Volunteer Work…The Master Key Class. What can you come up with? I encourage you to share your thoughts below in the comments. If you want to go far…then add your name below to be notified of the next class…and we’ll go together. Thank you for stopping by.  Hope you enjoyed the visit.  

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20 Seconds – DoWoo #117/365

j5211-j5178-red-white-christmas-stockings-group400Was putting away the stockings and packing up the leftover Christmas bags, wrapping, ribbons and bows today…considered what we would want to keep and take with us to Costa Rica next year.  What would we absolutely need there? 

It was a bit overwhelming and yet exhilarating.  For a split moment I thought about having a contingency box – stuff which we may need IF we were still here a year from now.  It was only a split second. I told myself there was no place for doubt in my future reality. I chose exhilarating. 

images (2)I am reminded of my brother’s advice. He explained to me when I first got married that “divorce” is a box which sits on the mantel.  It is a reality which exists. However, as long as you leave it on the mantel, never pick it up, never open it, it remains where it is meant to remain. As soon as you start to pick it up and consider it as a possibility you are done for. You may stay married but you will never be as strongly committed as you were prior to picking up that box.  

The same is so true of your dreams and doubt is the box sitting on the mantel in this analogy. Sure, doubt exists but we do not need to give it any power over our dream.  As long as we don’t pick it up, consider it’s possibility it remains out of the equation. 

images (3)We all can see it.  We all believe this is where we are meant to be. There is a little girl out there waiting for us to be strong enough to take the leap so she can be part of our family. How can we disappoint ourselves or her? 

In recalling my brothers advice I also recollected another mantel – in a refurbished pub outside of San Francisco.  The mantel was engraved with Martin Luther Kings words “Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered. There was no one there.”

Tonight was Pizza / Movie night. When we mentioned it to Greg he said “already”! How quickly a week off school can go.  We rented the move “We Bought a Zoo” – a 2011 American family comedy-drama film loosely based on the 2008 memoir of the same name by Benjamin Mee. The film is directed by Cameron Crowe, and stars Matt Damon as Benjamin Mee, who purchases a dilapidated zoo with his family and takes on the challenge of preparing the zoo for its reopening to the public.

Loved the line “You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.” 

Our decision for Costa Rica may have taken 20 seconds, and we recognize the rest takes a bit longer….but no doubts – something great IS coming of it!   I was in the abyss and am now in the transformation of my Hero’s Journey.  What a blast! 

A Conversation With Myself – DoWoo #103/365

The day did not progress quite the way I anticipated.  However, the challenges faced were met with a positive “just get it done“, “keep moving forward” attitude.  While nothing represented a significant spike towards our future reality, it was also a day where…what could have been considered drawbacks…were just speed bumps.

detourI slowed down.

                     Maneuvered over them.

                                         And KEPT driving!

                                                                       It felt really good! 

I was reading another Master Key members blog this evening and ended up having a whole conversation with myself – possibly it was between my old subby and my new – but it was all me, myself and…(not Irene = LOL).   Reactions were observed:

  • I immediately thought…what could I say which would help him to reach clarity – that he is going through exactly what he is meant to go through – in order to come out the other side?
  • Then I reminded myself the best influence is no influence.
  • But I like to help people – this is one of my personal pivotal needs.  What can I do or say? 
  • No, this is his journey and he needs to dig deep and find the answers himself

I am reminded of the story of the boy and the butterfly.  The boy, upon seeing the struggles of the butterfly to emerge from his cocoon, decided to help the butterfly and cut an exit to ease its struggle.  However, in attempting to help the boy actually did the butterfly a huge disservice – its struggle was part of the process to allow the butterfly to emerge in all its brilliance and beauty. Without the struggle the butterfly never flew. 

What would you do? 

There are going to be speed bumps, detours, slick driving conditions when wet, radar traps, winding, steep and occasionally some clear open road.  Either way, the path we are on looks like no one elses path.  The body we drive is like no one else.  We are meant to find our purpose – our dharma – and sometimes it is nowhere near where we thought we were originally heading. All we need to do is keep our eye on the road, make each day count, and allow lifes little nudges (road obstacles) to alter our path and point us in the direction we need to go.

I send this man an abundance of positive well wishes. I bless his life and his dream. I allow myself to embrace having a conversation by myself with myself – because in the end I was able to recognize that this is HIS journey – and for his emergence, he must travel his path of speed bumps.  And THIS…this whole blog – well it’s part of mine.    I am grateful to be here. 

I’m on the Upswing Now! – DoWoo #96/365

Watched an interesting movie this evening – The Giver.  In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the “real” world.

There were a number of interesting lines with one really jumping out at us. Feelings are just fleeting..on the surface. Emotions..they’re very deep…primal..they linger.”  

A portion of the premise for this new-age community included the removal of each person’s ability to feel emotions and to choose anything. At 18 years of age they are told what their purpose in life was to be.

In the Master Key class we are asked to write down our purpose in life – our Definite Major Purpose. We are then asked to inject it with emotion. To dream. Use our imagination. Believe anything can be created. 

Journey-Pattern5-e1349748697252So…We just watched a movie which is about what would happen if everything we are being taught within the Master Key did not exist. The good news is the movie included a hero who recognizes his worlds plight and steps up to alter their trajectory – all in keeping with Joseph Campbell’s overview. 

Why had I not ever noticed this within movies before? Now, it’s all I look for. Mark refers to our “vision” board as a “movie” board.  We are supposed to be the hero in OUR movie – OUR LIFE.  We’ve taken the call to action by being in the class, we’ve been given mentors and helper to ease our  transition. We are all on our road of trials with some of us nearing the Abyss (certainly thought I reached it yesterday).  We now need to embrace in revelation,allowing the transformation to take hold…the balance will follow. 

Last night, after my “red button” day, I realized the only thing truly holding me back from reaching my dream – my dharma – is me.  I am allowing the trappings of our society to determine what I am meant to do and be.   I recognize the reward is equal to the level of risk. Therefore since the reward I envision is pretty out there…then my level of risk must be of equal strength in order to attain the reality of my vision. 

Look out Journey, I’m on the upswing now! 

I own it! – DoWoo #77/365

“We are all self-made, but only the successful will admit it.”  Earl Nightingale. 

Should_I_Start_My_Own_Consulting_Business_heroWalter shared the above quote Walter from a call he was on this evening.  Meanwhile I had been on the phone with a friend of mine.  Upon hearing my DoWoo post from yesterday and the day before, she observed and that no matter what was going on, I “owned it”.  

In our Master Key webcast today they spoke about recognizing that no matter what road we are on, we chose the road. We need to own it.  

JugglingI admit I have not been as committed to the daily Master Key process up till now, allowing the myriad of balls I am constantly juggling to be partially my excuse.  The bottom line is that it is still an excuse. I need to own it.  However, I am not going to beat myself up for anything  I have not done up till now – “Today ends at midnight” as Walter often reminds me. So, what now? 

own-itI own my thoughts! I own my feelings! I own my belief! Most of all, I own my journey! So I choose, in writing to you and myself, I own my success! Therefore as the Blue Print Builder states “I know I have the abillity to achieve the object of my Definite Major Purpose in Life, therefore I demand of myself Persistent, Continuous Action towards its attainment and I hear and now promise to render such action.   

I own my life! 

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“Time Enough for Love” – DoWoo #60/365

Recently recalled a book read when I was in my late teens. A book I re-read at least 4 more times after that.  Time Enough for Love is written by Robert Heinlein.  Now, I wasn’t into science fiction – finding most authors of this genre to be too fanciful to entertain me. How could I enjoy something if I could not imagine it as a possible reality?  At least that was my limiting thinking back then.   

Robert A. Heinlein_1973_Time Enough For LoveI found Heinlein’s work fascinating.  It always seemed plausible. Even when it was “out there” somehow he made it seem to be reasonably, realistically, plausible.  This particular work, the first one of his novels I read, was about Lazarus Long. Born in 1912.  3rd generation in a wealthy man’s experiment to extend life by encouraging those with a history of long life to marry and procreate with those of a similar history of long life.  The theory to breed longer life genetically. 

It is 2,300 years later. Lazarus has gone back to his home planet to die.   He’s done. He has no further desire to do anything – especially again.  Nothing is new and he’s tired.  He is found close to death when, without his consent, he is partially rejuvenated.  His progeny want him to share his wisdom before he dies. He is the oldest person known being somehow related to the majority of many worlds population. 

Lazarus agrees to complete his rejuvenation if they can imagine something new – something he has never done before.  Then and only then will he agree to extend his life again. 

IMAGINE…being in a position where you have done everything…and mostly likely some things more than, once.  IMAGINE seeing it all.  Tasting it all.  Feeling it all.  Doing it all. Being it all.

How long would it take us?

Do you think 2,300 years would suffice?

If that is the case, do you really think someone who may live around 100 years (if we are lucky) should be spending our precious time being anything other than what we put here to be?   Sound like a good reason to embrace your future reality – your definite major purpose in life – now??

Would love to hear YOUR thoughts!

Selfie Taking Pause – DoWoo #56/365

These few days have been a time of firsts.  First time going away on business for my new MLM. Fist time to be in the immediate presence of so many people of like mind and teachings (outside of training). First time spending significant time (3.5 continuous days) with a group of people who are not immediate related. First time to consciously take time to listen to others.

Whoa….that last one is a biggie for me – something I wish to truly improve. Upon reflection I recognize I did not do as well with this as I had thought.  Better than I would have before but not as good as I had wanted to.  I had not been as consciously aware enough. You need to be “in the moment” aware in order to benefit from the full impact of each moment.

I L.O.V.E – LOVE it – when the Universe re-arranges multiple aspects to point out a particular lesson we are in the midst of needing to learn  RIGHT NOW!

OK – stay with me here for a moment.

I have a picture in my mind of who I am.  Who I truly am BEING in this world, in my specific period of time – my life.  One of the aspects I need to learn is to be is more aware.  Be in the moment. Then to recognize the signs being shared by the Universe to drill the message home. I was personally present on Saturday to hear John Maxwell speaking on 3 laws within his book “15 Invaluable Laws of Growth”.  The 3rd being the one which resonated most.

After sleeping off my travel I sat down to write my DoWoo.  I opened my phone reader to John Maxwell. and it was left where it was last read – within the chapter on Reflection.  This section outlines the Power of Pausing

20141025_130710I got to thinking….

  • In order to grow one must learn
  • To learn one must adjust
  • Adjustment results from pausing
  • One needs to pause in order to reflect
  • Reflection requires being aware
  • Awareness is required in the moment.

Awareness. Reflection. Pausing. Adjusting. Learning. Growth.

I take pause.

My new life begins, as a new me, being more aware.  That same day I heard John Maxwell, I took my very first “selfie” at Long Beach, CA.

AND so my new life begins.