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2017 JOYful Musings

Issue 5: May 31, 2017
What's Next

Issue 4: April 28, 2017
The Winds of Change

Issue 3: March 30, 2017
You Are Stronger Than You Think You Are

Issue 2: February 28, 2017
The Way of the Lightworker - Anchoring in the Light

Issue 1: January 30, 2017
The Path of Harmony and Peaceful Existence

2016 JOYful Musings

Issue 12: December 31, 2016
Gather Wisdom

Issue 11: November 30, 2016
The Gifts of My Father

Issue 10: October 28, 2016
Pain is Inevitable - Suffering is Optional

Issue 9: September 30, 2016
Whatever It Takes ... No Matter What!

Issue 8: August 30, 2016
Throw Your Hat in the Ring!

Issue 7: July 29, 2016
Be "On TIME" with Your Life

Issue 6: June 30, 2016
Summertime

Issue 5: May 31, 2016
Let It Be...Find the Time

Issue 4: April 30, 2016
The Journey Continues...

Issue 3: March 31, 2016
Embracing the Unexpected - Part Deux

Issue 2: February 26, 2016
Embrace the Unexpected!

Issue 1: January 29, 2016
Supporting Your Best Life

2015 JOYful Musings

Issue 12: December 31, 2015
JOYful Reflection

Issue 11: November 30, 2015
Whatever Makes You Come Alive

Issue 10: October 30, 2015
Ask * Align * Allow

Issue 9: September 29, 2015
Who Are You Being?

Issue 8: August 28, 2015
Vibrant Health ~ Ageless Living

Issue 7: July 30, 2015
The Power of Loving, Approving and Forgiving

Issue 6: June 30, 2015
A JOYful Impact

Issue 5: May 29, 2015
Joie de Vivre

Issue 4: April 30, 2015
The Best Version of You!

Issue 3: March 31, 2015
Align Your Feelings with Your Desires

Issue 2: February 26, 2015
Claim Your Power

Issue 1: January 30, 2015
The Gift of Release

2014 JOYful Musings

Issue 12: December 31, 2014
Profound Life Lessons from 2014

Issue 11: November 26, 2014
The Power of GRATITUDE

Issue 10: October 31, 2014
Resilience with a Capital "R"

Issue 9: September 26, 2014
It's All About Perspective

Issue 8: August 28, 2014
Always Follow the Energy

Issue 7: July 30, 2014
Ways of the Spiritual Explorer

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Issue 6: June 29, 2014
Keeping It Simple

Issue 5: May 28, 2014
Decide to Live!

Issue 4: April 30, 2014
The Next Step ~ The Newest Chapter Unfolds

Issue 3: March 28, 2014
The Art of Discernment ~ Cultivating Your Authentic Self

Issue 2: February 26, 2014
Connecting to JOY

Issue 1: January 31, 2014
The Art of Mindfulness

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Profound Life Lessons from 2014

December 31, 2014

As we move into the New Year, I can't help but contemplate the many and varied challenges that appeared on the scene on a very regular basis during 2014 ... just like clockwork for my husband and myself. It was one of the most challenging years we've ever experienced, individually and as a couple. There were a lot of shifting tides, a kind of sifting and sorting, clearing and cleaning of energies as they morphed from the old into something new and different. Often the universe will support an alternate route at some crucial point on our passage through life for our own good. This past year it seemed as if the universe was not merely suggesting, but rather insisting. And when we are on the verge of heading into new territory, so to speak, there can be a whole of shaking going on in our world!

The great news is, we're still standing and ready to move forward into 2015, stronger than ever with a renewed sense of trust that life is unfolding as it needs to for our growth and our greatest expectations, visions and dreams.




It all began last January with a trip to the emergency room. I took my husband in for something mysterious and disturbing that came on quite suddenly. Thankfully it turned out to be far less serious than it appeared to be at first, followed by a speedy recovery. Each month that followed we were met with more and more unexpected events and challenges from further health issues for each of us (surgery, recovery time, tests, biopsies and more healing) to several issues with our home ... two water leaks, plus mold, in the walls that occurred back to back which resulted in repair and reconstruction in our house from the end of July to the beginning of December. We also endured a break in of our home during fumigation, two rounds of pantry moth infestations plus a few more unsettling incidents within our condo community that left me unnerved and rather mystified. There's even more than I've mentioned here, but it's enough to give you a sense of the unusual events that came rolling in like waves on the beach ... relentless, consistent and almost predictable.

However, after a bit of contemplation and reflection upon everything that's happened this past year, I've come to a deeper awareness of what it all means for me. My husband has come to his own understanding and conclusion of our eventful year. We each had a part to play in the story which unraveled in 2014. We learned from our own unique perspectives why each experience became part of our individual journeys along with many incidents that were interwoven between us.

I discovered that despite the fact that most of the events were challenging, often stressful, uncomfortable or even unwelcome, I was able to deal with them. I got through them! And I noticed that I was really more adept at handling it all - even better than I might have imagined as I look back over the entire year. It was actually a period of insightful realization for me. Just because life throws you a curve ball (or 2 or 3 or more), maybe you encounter a few speed bumps or even a seemingly massive roadblock along the way, that doesn't mean that you're off track or out of alignment with your life plan. That curve ball can, however, come along to wake you up to something that needs your undivided attention if it pushes your button, triggers you in a profound way and completely derails your sense of peace and well-being.




During the course of the previous 12 months I did have a couple of experiences among the many that rattled my cage and left me feeling quite uncomfortable, even a bit threatened. Bottom line, I did not feel safe. Remember I mentioned there were a few disturbing occurrences in our condo community? Those appeared for me so that I could take a look at why they generated the state of mind of not feeling protected or safe. And when they presented themselves, I did the work of pinpointing the root of the issue to its core where I'd taken on the belief that in certain situations I am not safe. Next I thanked the events for showing up as glaring billboards for me to view and consider. They offered me the opportunity to understand what and why this happened. I was finally ready to let go of these deep-rooted and now unwanted beliefs. And they always need to be released with love and gratitude. If not, they will stick with you until you can, because if you do not set them free in a loving way, then you are still a match to the vibration that has held them in place in your space for so long.

This past year has provided me with yet another level of understanding, that although we cannot control the circumstances that surround us, we always have the choice as to how we respond to whatever comes our way. And it's the response or the reaction, which lets us know if we need to do a bit of excavating. If we feel uncomfortable, distressed or unsettled, that is a sign that you perhaps are holding onto something within which is just waiting to be discovered and set free on your way to releasing more of what is not serving you. It would not show up if you were not ready to face it, deal with it and be done with it - for good. Whoopee!

I have also developed a deeper and more complete appreciation of trust, faith and surrender to what is. A trust that the universe is always bringing to me exactly what I need on my path of growth and expansion in the grand adventure of life. It's what I signed up for, even if it doesn't always feel like it. It is in those moments that we are often confronted with opportunities to cultivate and develop our grandest potential and highest expression of who we came here to be.




All the difficult, exasperating and painful experiences that come along during your time on this earth are life's way of urging you to release the past, heal your wounds and make yourself whole. These experiences are how you shape and develop your determination, courage and the resolve to help you continue on during the hard times. Our most profound life lessons are often found in the greatest challenges that we confront ... and this I know for sure from all that has happened in the past year!

I wish for each of you many blessings filled with peace, hope, love and much JOY as we close the door on 2014 and dream of adventures and surely more profound life lessons to come as we welcome in the New Year ... Happy 2015!




Profound Life Lessons

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

5:30 PM (Pacific)
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Let's get together with an informal evening of mini-readings for those who wish to gain a bit more clarity around recognizing your own life lessons and more!

You always have the option of stepping up and asking a question, sharing or just participating as an interested and supportive audience member. I hope you'll decide to join us on the call ... we always end up bringing in some wisdom for each of us and have a great time as well!


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Quotes to Ponder


Don't postpone JOY until you have learned all of your lessons. JOY is your lesson.
~Alan Cohen

The Universe is one great kindergarten for man. Everything that exists has brought with it its own peculiar lesson.
~Orison Swett Marden

The one lesson I have learned is that there is no substitute for paying attention.
~Diane Sawyer

You know that you've healed an issue when you can talk about it and you're not weeping, when you can speak to it and identify the lesson.
~Iyanla Vanzant





Sending out a massive and heartfelt hug of THANKS to each of you reading this for being part of my life!

Happy wishes to all my friends in the USA for a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration filled with fabulous food, family, friends and FUN!


So Remember...


Our most profound life lessons are often found in the greatest challenges that we face!

Mark your calendar for my next teleseminar, Tuesday, January 6th at 5:30 PM (Pacific) and join me for a JOYful evening filled with inspiration, information and more ... woo-hoo!



May each day bring you more JOY, unexpected and happy surprises and...
...the next step for Livin' in the FUN Zone!


In JOY,

Sherri