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“Your life is about to change”

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On June 13, 2013 while in prayer and meditation, I heard the small, still voice of God say,”Your life is about to change.” I don’t know HOW it is going to change, but I KNOW it is about to change. I am excited to see what the next chapter of my life will look like. This is what I wrote in my journal.

“Thank you God for the “signs” that something has shifted inside of me. Thank you for the grace to have listened and surrendered for the past year and a half, that I was willing to put my gifts on the altar so I could experience BEING and your love in a deeper way. Thank you that it’s time for me to expand into the world with my gifts. I have no idea what it will look like and how it will happen and that’s okay. I trust more than ever that what I need will show up in perfect and right timing. I will watch and wait for the miracles to happen. I will do my part and leave the rest to you, knowing I can relax in your spirit, swimming in the waters of your unconditional love.”

In July 2010, I had no idea when Ruth contacted me and asked me to be the speaker at her church that my life was going to change DRAMATICALLY.

Like – leaving my family and friends, my home and my business to follow my heart and move 3,000 miles away to Hawaii.  Not in my wildest dreams did I ever think that I would be living in Maui on the ocean. I always knew I would live on the water, but God’s plan was so much bigger than mine.  Isn’t that always the way! For many years, I dreamed of going to Hawaii. I had an intention book, which is like a vision board that I prayed with daily and in it was a picture of a turtle swimming in the ocean in Maui, Hawaii.

Some of you may not know my story and how my journey unfolded the last 3 years for me to now live in Maui. It is a powerful story of stepping out in faith and how God provided every step of the way.  I would like to share it with you from the beginning.

“When the service was over on that beautiful day in July, 2010 and I was signing books at the back of the church, a woman approached me by the name of Ellen and said, “I really enjoyed your talk and I am stepping out in faith and moving back to Maui.” I said, “Oh how wonderful, it has always been my dream to visit Hawaii.” She immediately said, “Oh, you can stay with me and for as long as you want.” She then proceeded to pull out a post card of where she lived, which was a condo overlooking the ocean. I was very excited and thanked her for her generous offer. We exchanged numbers and I told her I would be in touch.

I couldn’t wait to get home because I knew that I had something in my intention book about Maui. Sure enough, there was the turtle swimming in the ocean in Maui. This had to be a sign that I was to visit Maui and take Ellen up on her offer. I prayed about it and it felt right, especially since the month before I received a free round trip ticket to anywhere in the United States.

I had visited my brother in New Jersey and had mistakenly gone to the airport the day before the scheduled flight. I had to get back that day and the ticket agent suggested I try Southwest Airlines, because he thought it would be cheaper. I agreed and while walking through the airport to the Southwest AIrline ticket counter, I kept thanking God and not beating up on myself for making this mistake. I trusted there was a reason for my error that I couldn’t see yet. A young man in a Southwest booth motioned for me to come over and since I had time to kill, I walked over. He explained that if I opened a Southwest credit card that day, I would receive a round trip ticket to anywhere in the United States. Sounded like a no brainer to me so I signed up and as I walked away.  I said to myself, “This is for Hawaii.”I called Ellen a week later, invited her to dinner and accepted her invitation to Maui for two weeks at Thanksgiving. I had never been away from my family for the holidays so this was a big deal for me, but a deal I couldn’t pass up. After all, I had a free airline ticket and a free place to say.

A couple of months after meeting Ellen, I had an intuitive reading on the phone from a woman whom I had never met. She asked “Are you planning a trip soon?” I responded, “Yes, I am going to Hawaii in a couple of months.” She said, “Hawaii is going to be the nucleus of something really big and you will be moving.” That is all I remember about the reading.

I will never forget my excitement on Thanksgiving morning (while sitting on the lanai and praying) when Spirit graced me with 4 rainbows within a 10 minute span. I didn’t connect it at the time, but I have 4 children and each rainbow represented one of my children. While they weren’t with me physically, they were with me in spirit and in my heart.

rainbow 1

I had a picture of a man and woman snorkeling in the ocean in my intention book. It was next to the last day before my vacation ended and I still hadn’t swum with the turtles and snorkeled yet. Each day as I looked out into the ocean, I kept saying to myself and my friend, Ellen, “I will snorkel and swim with the turtles before I leave, I will do it.” I knew it in my heart, I believed it, but I didn’t know how it would happen.

I took my usual walk after dinner on the night before returning home and stopped to chat with a couple I had met.  In our conversation, I casually said, “I really want to snorkel and swim with the turtles before I leave tomorrow, but have no one to go with me.” To my surprise, the man said, “Oh, my son Rich has been snorkeling every day since he’s been here. I am sure he would accompany you and I have all the equipment for you to use.”

The next morning, the day I left the beautiful island of Hawaii, my dream came true. Rich and I snorkeled and swam with the turtles for one hour. Words cannot express the excitement, exhilaration, gratefulness, and joy I felt! It was truly an amazing, miraculous moment that I will always treasure and never forget. Turtles are my symbol and I have them all over my house.”

Pat snorkeling

I fell in love with Maui and it is still hard to put into words what I experienced while I was there. It wasn’t just beautiful; it was the energy of the Hawaiian people and the love that permeated everything.

When I left after the two weeks, something deep had shifted inside of me and I didn’t know what it was. All I knew was that I didn’t want to go back and do my business the way I had been doing it. I worked very hard to market and network and get myself out there. It was kind of scary because I didn’t know what was going to happen to me or my business, but I TRUSTED.

Ellen planned a trip back to Rhode Island for a month in October, 2011. She invited me to stay in her condo while she was away and I happily accepted her offer again. Every morning I sat on the lanai overlooking the ocean and prayed and meditated. That is when the idea, (which I believe was a divine download) came that God was inviting me to come back to Maui for 6 months to live. Of course, the usual negative internal dialogue started. “There’s no way you could afford this, are you crazy, you don’t deserve this, what will your kids say, what will you do with your condo in Rhode Island?”

By the grace of God and my strong faith, I didn’t listen to that fearful, negative voice which I call my ego. Instead, I listened to the voice of God within and followed my intuition. As I continued to pray about it, Spirit kept affirming this was God’s idea and not mine.

 

I returned home and shared with my family and friends that I was moving back to Maui for 6 months.  I booked my flight for January 8, 2012 BEFORE knowing where I would live when I arrived in Maui or what I would be doing when I got there. I wanted to rent my condo for the 6 months so I contacted the colleges in the area and placed it on Craig’s List. I had a couple of inquiries, but no one came to look at it.

 

My daily prayer was “The right and perfect person will rent my condo and I will find the right and perfect place to live when I arrive in Maui.  I know it was God’s grace and that I had surrendered because I didn’t worry and I wasn’t afraid that it wouldn’t happen. I JUST TRUSTED and it did – better than I expected. That is what happens when we let go and let God!

 

I met Carrie Ann at my church in November, just a month before I planned on moving back to Maui. She had recently moved to Rhode Island from California and was living with friends. I invited her to dinner at my home and the rest is history. She rented my condo and moved in on January 1, 2012. One prayer was answered because she was truly the right and perfect tenant and now my good friend.

 

On the same day I received the email from Carrie Ann saying she wanted to rent my condo, I received a call from Pat inviting me to stay with her and her husband in the condo they had just rented in Maui. Let me explain: Pat is Ellen’s daughter.  Pat and her husband Bob just moved to Hawaii 3 weeks ago and were staying with Ellen until they found a place to rent. When Pat called she said, “We will be renting a condo in the same complex as mom and you are invited to share it with us and have your own bedroom and bath.” I knew this was a gift from God. The condo is beautiful and overlooks the ocean.  God is faithful and when we trust God’s plan, let go and let God and step out in faith, miracles happen. I can hardly believe that my condo was rented and I found a place to live in Hawaii on the very same day. My rent was $300 a month. Now that is GOD!

 

MY VIEW WHERE I LIVED

at the poing

 

I began to sense through prayer and meditation that Spirit was inviting me to move to Maui to live.  I prayed about it and asked for guidance.  I still remember what it felt like when I went “inside” to see how it felt to move back to Rhode Island or live in Maui. I knew deep in my heart what I wanted to do.

 

I returned to Rhode Island and put my house up for sale. I bought a ticket back to Maui BEFORE my house sold and BEFORE I had a place to live.  I moved to Maui in September 2012, and found a beautiful ohana on the ocean to rent. I am living my dream by stepping out in faith, trusting my intuition and the God within.”

 

As I shared in the opening God’s recent message to me was that my life was about to change. I wait patiently for it to unfold with peace, ease and grace. I am peaceful living in the mystery of the unknown. I had an angel reading while in Rhode Island and this is the message I received.  Angel of New Life – An exciting new chapter in your life is about to unfold. Yippee!

                          angel of new life  

 

My message for you is: Never give up on your dreams, keep believing and trusting. You don’t need to know HOW it will happen. All you need to do is to “Show Up” and believe and ALLOW. Your dreams will come true. If it can happen to me, it can happen for you, IF YOU BELIEVE.

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