Thursday, October 21, 2010

Getting a Head Start on the Holidays!

I'm hearing a lot of holiday pre-depression amongst my social circles. A lot of my friends are worried that their holiday is going to be leaner than years past and to that I say..."It doesn't have to be!!"

I decided that no matter what, I am going to make this THE BEST Christmas EVER! The power to do so, really is within each and every one of us. Let me repeat that. YOU Have the power to make this holiday ANYTHING you want it to be!

One thing I believe in is the power of the imagination and the feelings it creates to produce miracles and manifestations of our hearts desires. I'm not saying it because I read it in a book, I'm saying it because it works! Let me share just one of many times that Simply Believing has manifested my dreams. 

Seven years ago while living in Palm Beach County, Florida I started feeling the urge to move. There was really no major reason for this. We lived in a gorgeous house with a pool, in one of the nicest neighborhoods, the kids were in good schools, and we were pretty happy there. But I just started longing for a quieter, less congested way of life. South Florida was over populated and living on a zero lot line, no matter how beautiful the house, starts to get old. So, I began searching the Internet for "country homes" and came across a small town Realtor listing titled "Gorgeous Mountain Views!" - I clicked on the pictures and knew in an instant that the house I was looking at was where we belonged. 

Now to convince my husband, Mike.  

Mike had just retired as a Special Agent Supervisor with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and was at that stage where he wasn't sure if he was enjoying retirement or wanted to go back to work. Cops are funny about that stuff... many of them have a hard time leaving the job behind and as time would prove, he ended up going back! That's a whole 'nuther story! 

Anyway, as Mike came waking through our room, I was laying on the bed reading and casually mentioned that it would be nice to move to the mountains, maybe, Tennessee? 

His response was a firm "No!" then "I am NOT moving to the mountains in Tennessee, we have a perfectly good house and good lives here!"

"OK" I said... "But just check out this house even if to only daydream about it". He looked at the pictures but still insisted he would never move to Tennessee. In my heart of hearts, I KNEW we were going to move to Tennessee and live in the mountains! I printed the pictures and kept them in my desk drawer. I took them out regularly and imagined us in that house, walking on the 30 acres of surrounding property, baking apple pies in the country kitchen... well, you get the picture! I basically imagined I was there already! 

Two days later, Mike came walking through the room again, where I was once again laying on the bed reading and said, "Ya dad was from Tennessee, maybe I should just go up there and take a look around".  

I am sure he was wondering why my jaw was on the floor but I wasn't giving him any time to change his mind!  We agreed that I would stay in Florida as the kids were in school and we had pets, etc. that we couldn't afford to board, etc. You know, all the details you have to address before you take a vacation. 

We stayed up late that night planning and setting times to travel and the next day we called a few  realtor's so Mike could look at houses. He insisted we have more than one house to look at just in case. I insisted back that the house I had found earlier that week was the one we were meant to be in... "we'll see", he said. 

So a week later he got in the car and headed north to Tennessee... This was in September of 2003. He arrived in east Tennessee at the most beautiful time of the year. He called home at least twice an hour to give me updates and he brought the video camera with him to video any houses so I could see them as well. Within 2 days, Mike was hooked and one way or another, we were moving. He met with Marie, the listing agent for my "dream house" and although the house was 30-years OLDER than our home in Florida, he fell in love with it too! It had 3 fireplaces, an extra building with storage and a spot to set up a retreat or office for him, mountains, mountains and more mountains!! The house was 3800 sq feet, over 1000 sq feet larger than the house we were in and the asking price was $100K LESS than what we paid for out home in Florida.  He videoed the house and the owners were the epitome of Southern hospitality.They told Mike they hoped we'd get the house.  But then came the bad news.

There was already a contract on the home with a couple from North Carolina.  Ugh... my heart fell BUT something inside told me that we were going to have that house. The Realtor told Mike that the sale to the other couple was contingent on them selling their home in NC. Mike, stepping totally out of character, made an offer on the house, outbid the other couple and told the Realtor we would purchase the house BEFORE we sold our home in Florida!!  

You have to know my husband to know how totally out of character this move was for him. A half million dollars in mortgages on our back and only his retirement supporting us with minor income from my business was truly a gutsy move for anyone let alone my ultra conservative about money, husband. 

So back and forth we went and the owners agreed that they liked us better and wanted us to have the house. As the saying goes... We made them an offer they couldn't refuse! LOL!!

Mike came back to Florida super excited but in keeping with his 30-years of government training... a bit nervous about the situation we had put ourselves in by adding another mortgage to our backs. 

I wasn't worried at all! As soon as he called me from the Realtors office to tell me what he had done, I began visualizing being in our new country home! I imagined that I was there, cleaning, decorating, cooking and living in that house. Nothing could shake the feelings of excitement and contentment. I really, really FELT like I was already there. It was SO AWESOME!!!

A week later, worries about having enough money to pack and move a 5-bedroom house out-of-state were put to rest when I sold a massive web design contract for $75,000.  I knew we needed the money to move and not put a strain on our finances, so, I imagined that there was a client out in the world somewhere who needed my services and would find me... they did and I made three times what I make on an average job! Way more than enough for us to get settled and enjoy our new home before going back to work. 

We put our Florida house on the market Thanksgiving weekend 2003. Eleven (11) days later we sold the house! A month later, on Christmas Eve 2003, we arrived at our new country home nestled in the foothills of the GORGEOUS Smokey mountains!! The first thing I did after unpacking was bake an apple pie! I wanted to fill the house with the aroma of something sweet and homey.  As I stood in the kitchen, watching the fire in the fireplace (we have a fireplace in our kitchen, living room and downstairs sitting room!) I was in total awe of how I had literally manifested the things I had imagined! 

Our country home atop English Mountain is one of the greatest dreams I have ever manifested and in only 3 months too mind you. No matter what the situation or issues we're dealing with, our home here always brings comfort and revival to our spirits. I can't explain it, but being here on the mountain is like being on vacation all the time. The peace and quiet, nature, wildlife and country living in itself are beyond wonderful.  Bad moods don't last long as all I need to do is walk outside and look around me. I feel rejuvenated! Here is a picture of the view from my front porch... isn't that rainbow GORGEOUS??

The power of imagination, mixed with feelings are a SUPER powerful force in manifesting the desires of our hearts. Most people struggle with doubt, guilt, or just plain unbelief. It only takes ONE time to experience this powerful transformation and manifestation to begin making it a part of your life regularly and this is only ONE of MANY stories I will share with you. It's my favorite!  Of all of the things I have manifested in my life through the power of my imagination, our country home is by far the greatest. It is a place of peace and it houses not only our favorite material things but our most precious treasure... our family.  Since moving to English Mountain, our family has grown closer than ever. 

In sharing one of my manifestation stories with you, it is my hope that you will start to tap into the INCREDIBLE power you have within to start creating a better life.  My whole purpose in life is to help others learn how to tap into this power and utilize it regularly. ANYONE can do it and it doesn't matter what your beliefs... it can and will work for you if you're READY for it to work for you! 

If you're ready to harness this power, please consider registering for my upcoming webcast - A Christmas Miracle. It is a 90-minute, live, interactive workshop that will change your life instantly. The first 25 registrants will receive a FREE copy of the latest book by Rhonda Byrne The Power. As a bonus you'll receive a free 60-minute coaching session with me via phone or in person if you're local, to help get you started! 

You can learn more about the webcast or register here: 

The lessons I teach are designed to help you see results INSTANTLY. 

I hope to see you there! 

Until we meet again...Simply Believe!



  1. I have tears in my eyes....I am so happy for you and Mike. I have visioned many times and received more than I even asked for. Now I am doing it again. I need to get some pictures posted here near my computer so my dreams will come true. Thanks so much for sharing your story!

  2. Your welcome journey! And i just KNOW you're going to manifest what you're dreaming of! Make sure you let me know when it happens so I can share it with everyone!

  3. What a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing!


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