September 2013


Not being able to do everything is no excuse for not doing everything you can. – Ashleigh Brilliant

We are in the midst of exploring the process for making your dreams a reality, using my latest Big, Juicy Dream as a real-life example.  To recap briefly where we are in the dream manifestation process:

  • Step One: Identify a dream – something you want to BE, DO or HAVE.
  • Step Two: Turn that dream into an Intention statement that is short, clear, specific, measurable, and has a target date attached to it.
  • Step Three: Take ACTION on your Intention, and trust the Universe to reveal the HOW for manifesting it.

At this point, you are clear on what you want and you have taken some big or small action demonstrating your COMMITMENT to your Intention. As a result, the Universe has come out to play with you, and the HOW for making your Intention a reality is becoming clearer.  Now, you are ready to create a PLAN for fulfilling your Intention.

In the past blogs, I shared my newest, grandest Big, Juicy Dream ever. My Realtor  husband, Rick, and I are now in the early stages of full financial recovery after losing two homes and all our retirement savings to the Great Recession. Having just emerged from five years in “survival mode,” I had no idea how it would be possible for us to live the fun, adventurous, travel-filled retirement we had once planned for.

Shortly after my 60th birthday this summer, while daydreaming on my morning walk, I had a vision of a turtle carrying its “house” on its back, traveling where it pleased, without a care (or expense) in the world.  That was when my Big, Juicy Dream transformed into a clear, specific Intention: “On or before Fall, 2019, Rick and I travel North America in our deluxe trailer home with complete financial comfort and peace of mind.”

My first committed ACTION toward manifesting my Intention was simple: Every chance I got, I would visualize (while awake AND asleep) us driving across North America in our SUV, pulling our deluxe “Turtle-Trailer,” seeing new sights, making new friends and enjoying the carefree retirement we thought was out of our reach.

That simple ACTION caused the Universe to send me the idea for HOW we could do this: In order to take advantage of the current hot real estate market, I would get my real estate license and help Rick part-time, with the goal of doubling his income, while easily maintaining my full-time coaching schedule. After doing the math, it became clear that we CAN save enough in six years to make our dream a reality.

With a clear Intention and a clear HOW, it was time for Step Four: Create a specific Plan to make your Intention a reality. I decided to use Mel Robbin’s manifestation “Map” approach from her great book, Stop Saying You’re Fine.  (For more details on how to make a manifestation Map, re-read Blog #116: Create a Map in the blog archives at www.practicalprosperitycoach.com.)

A manifestation Map offers FLEXIBILITY, so that if you get stopped at any step or the time isn’t yet right for it, you can simply jump over to another step and do that one instead.  Mel says, “Your map is not a step-by-step set of directions.  It is a tool for giving you the perspective you need to start getting creative about getting what you want.” 

Mel’s Map reminds me of one of the old Arthur Murray Learn-to-Dance templates, with the footprints on the floor showing you how to move your feet left, then right, then back, then forward, etc.  The Map allows you to pivot, make adjustments as you go, and take quantum leaps forward if one of the ideas should serendipitously present you with a shortcut to your end goal. Here are the initial ACTION STEPS that came to me to put on my Manifestation Map:

Get a California Real Estate License.

Help Rick 2-3 days a week in his real estate business.

Set aside a specific amount of money to invest each month.

Consult a financial planner about how to maximize the yield.

Begin keeping a journal of the process for manifesting my Dream.

Buy a new SUV and pay it off by 2019.

Buy a deluxe used trailer for cash in 2019.

Begin drawing my Social Security benefit in June 2019.

Plan our initial trip itinerary.

Hit the road in the Fall of 2019.

Keep my daily journal as we travel.

Have Rick take photos as we travel.

Turn my journal into a book to help other Baby Boomers make their retirement dreams a reality.

Continue to coach via mobile phone and Wi-Fi while on the road.

Purchase all necessary equipment for the trip.

As you can see, these “starter” Action Steps are not in strict chronological order.  And most of them will require a number of Sub-Steps to accomplish the Action Step.  But I followed Mel’s advice and didn’t let “completeness” and “perfection” get in the way of TAKING ACTION. Instead, I looked at my list and asked myself, “What is ONE Action Step I could be doing RIGHT NOW that will move me quickest toward my Dream?”  The answer was simple: Find out how to get a California Real Estate License.

So I took the first Sub-Step for accomplishing my #1 Action Step of becoming a licensed Realtor™: I called Rick’s broker. She turned out to be the ideal resource! Not only did she tell me every single thing I would have to do to get my license, she also gave me the registration form for the Real Estate school where I could take the required on-line classes AND got me a $50 discount off the tuition just because I went through her.

Even a multi-year Manifestation Plan can be broken down into a series of do-able Action Steps that will keep me focused and productive the entire time.  Along the way, I’ll have the fun of taking Rick to look at trailers and then deciding on the SUV we want to buy next year. Right now, I am studying Real Estate whenever I am not on coaching calls.

I have already passed two of the three required courses and will be able to take the third final exam next month, after which I will apply to take the California Real Estate Licensing Exam in Los Angeles and be licensed before the end of 2013. Even before that, I get to accompany Rick to the California Association of Realtors Expo™ in Long Beach next month as his “office assistant,” so I can hit the ground running with lots of good marketing strategies to help us amp up his business.

As I learned from my Dream Coaching ™ mentor Marcia Wieder, the key to making any Big, Juicy Dream a reality is simply this: Take ACTION on it every day. There is always something you can do, even if it’s just juicing your excitement and belief by visualizing yourself living the Dream.  That is enough to keep the Universe playing with you: sending the ideas, connections and resources that will make your Dream a reality. That is how – with maximum speed and ease – you can find yourself one minute visualizing what you want and the next, being well on your way to GETTING it!

Next week, we’ll uncover what to do with the “What Ifs” and roadblocks that will inevitably face you as you pursue your Dream!

 *********TOMORROW IS THE DEADLINE! ******* That’s right! It’s not too late: There’s still time to make a big dream or two come true before 2013 is over! Due to a wonderful avalanche of requests, I will STILL do a complimentary one-hour phone coaching session with any past client or any friend you refer to me as long as they contact me to schedule the session for sometime in OCTOBER. Just contact me at (888) 503-8145 or caroll@practicalprosperitycoach.com to schedule a F.R.E.E., no-obligation coaching session by midnight tomorrow, September 30! And this really IS going to be the end of this offer, so please don’t delay any longer!

 

Do not wait; the time will never be “just right.” Start where you stand and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along. – Napoleon Hill

 We are currently exploring the process for making your dreams a reality, using my latest Big, Juicy Dream as a real-life example.  To recap briefly where we are in the dream manifestation process:

  •  Step One: Identify a dream – something you want to BE, DO or HAVE.
  • Step Two: Turn that dream into an Intention statement that is short, clear, specific, measurable, and has a target date attached to it.

At this point, the dream that first sprang to life as a “seed” planted in your mind has been watered and fed with vivid details created by your imagination and has sprouted into a GOAL (i.e., a dream with a deadline).  Now, you are ready to begin to take ACTION on  your Big, Juicy Goal, even if you don’t know HOW a step-by-step manifestation plan is going to take shape.

In the past two blogs, I shared my newest, grandest Big, Juicy Dream ever. My Realtor husband, Rick, and I are now in the early stages of full financial recovery after losing two homes and all our retirement savings to the Great Recession. Having just emerged from five years of living in “survival mode,” I had no idea how it would be possible for us to live the fun, adventurous, travel-filled retirement we had once planned for. Still, that is what my heart yearns for, so I allowed myself to simply daydream about it.

When I turned 60 in June, I had an “Ah Ha” moment that I didn’t want to have to take on the responsibilities of home ownership ever again.  Soon thereafter, I had a vivid vision of a turtle carrying its “house” on its back, traveling where it pleased, without a care (or expense) in the world.  On my daily walks, my imagination pictured us buying an SUV next year, paying it off in five years, and then in the sixth year (when I will be 66 and we will both be fully vested in Social Security), buying a deluxe trailer, hitching it to our SUV, and taking off across North America to see new sights, make new friends and enjoy the carefree retirement we had always dreamed of.

Soon, my Big, Juicy Dream became a clear, specific Intention: “On or before Fall, 2019, Rick and I travel North America in our deluxe trailer home with complete financial comfort and peace of mind.”

At that point, my subconscious had something specific to focus on (awake and asleep), and I was ready for Step Three: Take ACTION on your Intention, and trust the Universe to reveal the HOW for manifesting it.

The reason you need to get into ACTION, even when you don’t yet have a fully-formed manifestation plan, is to demonstrate your commitment to your Goal – both to yourself and to the Universe.  Believing it is POSSIBLE to reach your dream is all that is required of you at this point.  But believing it’s possible without a clear game plan is easier said than done for most people. I will write about exactly how to overcome a Limiting Belief that stops you from pursuing your Dream in a separate blog. For now, trust me that I had to overcome my own Limiting Belief that we simply don’t have the financial resources to make this dream come true.  HOW, I wondered, would we accumulate enough money to do this in six short years, starting from zero savings?

Without having the answer to that question yet, my first ACTION was simple: I followed Wayne Dyer’s method from his wonderful book Wishes Fulfilled: I used the power of my imagination to create the outcome I wanted to experience in vivid sensory detail in my mind’s eye.  On my walks, while flipping through magazines, watching television or surfing the web, I found myself drawn to pictures of all the wonderful places in North America I would love to visit with Rick in our Turtle-Trailer.  I practiced seeing, feeling, hearing, smelling and tasting what it would be like to travel the USA and Canada, experiencing the adventure of meeting new people, seeing gorgeous scenery, eating the local food, and watching my husband, who is a fabulous amateur photographer, capture stunning pictures to share our adventures with the world.  I fell asleep thinking about it and my subconscious often incorporated travel into my dreams.

One day, I was thinking about how hard Rick was working in Real Estate now.  After five years of having very few clients, suddenly, he had almost more than he could handle.  It seemed he was always busy with the paperwork, inspections, showings, and other myriad details of Real Estate. While feeling grateful for Rick’s rapidly-growing client base, I was also feeling frustrated that we couldn’t clone him so he could take multiple buyers out looking for homes, actively market himself to new clients, cover multiple open houses and do the paperwork, all simultaneously.  I wished we could generate even greater income right NOW, so we can begin saving up to make the retirement travel goal a reality.

That is when the HOW suddenly came to me: I could help him! I could become a licensed Realtor ™ in California and we could be a TEAM, handling far more clients than Rick can do alone!

Don’t get me wrong, I am a Coach first, last and always. I LOVE coaching and plan to do it until the day comes when I can no longer talk on the phone!  But suddenly, it dawned on me that it wasn’t an either-or choice; it was an “AND” option.  I could see that it really WOULD be possible to maintain my four-day-a-week coaching practice AND use my weekends and evenings to help Rick with key aspects of his business — especially marketing — thus freeing him up to work with more clients and earn more – MUCH more!

Suddenly I was doing the math and believing that we truly CAN save enough in six years to buy a deluxe trailer and have a sufficient stash of investment money to supplement our monthly Social Security checks.  And, thanks to modern technology, with just a cell phone and Wi-Fi, I could continue to coach on the road.  The HOW has appeared and I can now fully believe my Turtle-Travel dream IS possible!

In my nine years of Practical Prosperity Coaching ™ I have watched hundreds of clients reach their Big, Juicy Dreams in many different ways.  The Universe, God, the Law of Attraction – whatever you want to call it – plants a small, inspired idea (like getting a Real Estate license) in your subconscious mind, and then your conscious mind takes over and begins to work on the details.  Along the way, some jaw-dropping “breaks” often come your way, as you are connected to individuals and resources that are exactly what you need at that moment to move your dream forward.  If you simply nurture your BELIEF in your Big, Juicy Dream and show your COMMITMENT to it by taking the first small ACTION step you know how to take (researching and visualizing, in my case), then the Universe comes out to play with you and a Dream Manifestation Plan begins to take shape with surprising speed and ease.

Next time we will discuss how to create a Manifestation Plan for your Dream.  Stay tuned!

Check out Dr. Dyer and his great book, Wishes Fulfilled at http://www.drwaynedyer.com

 *********LAST CALL for the Fall Finale! ******* That’s right! It’s not too late: There’s still time to make a big dream or two come true before 2013 is over!  My job description as a coach is simple: I help you get what YOU want. This Fall, I’m making it as easy and affordable as possible! 

Due to a wonderful avalanche of requests, I will STILL do a complimentary one-hour phone coaching session with any past client or any friend you refer to me as long as it is scheduled by the end of the month. Just contact me at (888) 503-8145 or caroll@practicalprosperitycoach.com to schedule a F.R.E.E., no-obligation coaching session before the end of September – it’s almost here! And this really IS going to be the end of this offer, so please don’t delay any longer!

“Dreams come in a size too big so that we may grow into them.” – Josie Bisset

 As you will remember from the last two blogs, my Realtor husband and I are just now beginning to experience a personal financial renaissance, following a five-year financial meltdown when the Real Estate “bubble” burst. Never imagining how long the Great Recession would last, we sacrificed ALL of our retirement savings in a futile effort to save our new dream home and a rental home — and still ended up losing both.

As I turned the Big Six-Oh in June, I found myself thinking about what lies ahead for us in our “retirement” years.  Before the Real Estate market imploded, Rick and I always envisioned spending our retirement years having fun and adventure traveling and enjoying time together. But I had grown resigned to working until we dropped and living frugally just to “get by.” Leisure time and adventurous travel seemed out of the question.

Last week, I shared my brand new Big, Juicy Dream. When I turned 60, I had an “Ah Ha” moment that I didn’t want to take on the responsibilities of home ownership ever again, nor was being a renter ideal for us either.  Owning a home definitely provides stability, but requires financial resources, time and effort to maintain. Renting is “carefree” but the downside is ever-rising rents and potentially having to move if the landlord decides to sell.

But then a vivid vision came to my mind one day of a turtle carrying its “house” on its back, traveling where it pleased, without a care (or expense) in the world.  I suddenly thought: THAT is for me!  On my daily walks, my Turtle-Housing-Travel Dream took on more vivid detail, as I pictured us buying an SUV next year, paying it off in five years, and then in the sixth year (when we will both be fully vested in Social Security), buying a deluxe trailer, hitching it to our SUV, and taking off across America and Canada to see new sights, make new friends and enjoy a carefree retirement as we had always dreamed of.

My Big, Juicy Dream was now crystal clear. But HOW could it become a reality?  Even though Real Estate is now paying the bills again, many financial and logistical hurdles still stand between us and “financial freedom.”  Just as my clients are challenged by Limiting Beliefs about manifesting their dreams, no sooner had my Big, Juicy Dream emerged, but I started shutting it down by doubting HOW it could manifest. “But we still don’t have nearly enough money to do all THAT! That will take at least six figures! How will we live NOW and still save to finance this retirement dream before we are too old to enjoy it?”

Thankfully, I recognized that The Universe was kindly giving me yet another chance to walk my own coaching talk and put my Practical Prosperity Coaching™  techniques to another personal test!  As I coach my clients, you don’t have to know HOW to make a dream come true at the beginning. Your job is just to be CLEAR on what you want and by WHEN you are willing to accept it. Then you must continually work on transforming your Old Limiting Beliefs into new Empowering Beliefs that will support your dream instead of crush it.

Not every dream is meant to come true.  We have a lot of wonderful fantasies that we enjoy thinking about but never take any action on.  My Dream Coaching™ mentor, Marcia Wieder, who is known as America’s Dream Coach, says the difference between a “dream” and a “fantasy” is that with a fantasy, there is nothing you can do to make it happen. Winning the lottery is a fantasy.  It doesn’t mean fantasies never come true.  It just means there is nothing YOU can do to affect the outcome.  Well, I truly believe there IS something I can do to affect the outcome of my dream.  The answer just hadn’t come to me yet!

With a dream, you can take steps to make it a reality. And the first step is to turn your dream into a specific goal. Marcia Wieder says a “goal” is a just a dream with a deadline attached to it. You may not know HOW it’s going to manifest when you first start pursuing it. But you can believe it’s POSSIBLE and you say with conviction, “I intend to have this.”

STEP TWO of the Dream Manifestation process: Create your INTENTION.

So an Intention is a goal — something you intend to have, be or do by a certain date. One caveat: You must not become emotionally attached to that exact date. Simply “play for it” as though you believe 100% that it CAN happen by then, while remaining open to something even better showing up in a slightly different timeframe.

I re-created my “travel North America in our trailer/home” dream as this specific Intention: “On or before Fall, 2019, Rick and I travel North America in our deluxe trailer home with complete financial freedom and peace of mind.” An Intention Statement should be short, clear and measurable.  In other words, you will definitely KNOW when you have received it – with no ambiguity. And resist building your idea of the HOW into the statement, because the truth is, you don’t know HOW yet.

Then write your one or two sentence, clear Intention statement on a 3×5 card and at least twice a day — once in the morning and once right before your head hits the pillow – read it aloud with FEELING, and spend a few moments with your eyes closed, imagining and visualizing what your life will be like when your Intention has been fulfilled.

As Wayne Dyer says in his wonderful book Wishes Fulfilled, your vivid imagination will cause your subconscious mind to begin to work on a manifestation plan, running 24/7 in the background like a computer in your brain and colluding with the Universe for the HOW that will turn your dream into a reality.

In my case, the HOW appeared very quickly in another big Ah-Ha Moment.  Stay tuned next week to learn what the surprising plan for manifesting my Big, Juicy Intention turned out to be!

*********LAST CALL for the Fall Finale! ******* That’s right! It’s not too late: There’s still time to make a big dream or two come true before 2013 is over!  My job description as a coach is simple: I help you get what YOU want. This Fall, I’m making it as easy and affordable as possible!

Due to a wonderful avalanche of requests, I will STILL do a complimentary one-hour phone coaching session with any past client or any friend you refer to me as long as it is scheduled by the end of the month. Just contact me at (888) 503-8145 or caroll@practicalprosperitycoach.com to schedule a F.R.E.E., no-obligation coaching session before the end of September. (That really IS going to be the end of this offer, so please tell your friends not to delay any longer!)

“We should never give up; you’re never too old to chase your dreams.” — Diana Nyad 

I have a new hero.  Her name is Diana Nyad, and this week she swam non-stop from Cuba to the Florida Keys – the first person ever to do so without a shark cage.  She first tried it at age 35 and failed four times over the years. Finally, at age 64, in the best shape of her life, she gave it all she had one last time and triumphed.

Asked in a 2011 interview why she kept attempting such a grueling feat after failing so many times, Diana replied, “I am stunned, at age 61, at how fast it all flies by.  My mom just died.  We blink and another decade passes.  I don’t want to reach the end of my life and regret not having given my days everything in me to make them worthwhile.”

Amen, Sister! While I am not yearning to attempt a physical feat like hers, I can totally relate to Diana’s “blink and time passes quickly” feeling.  I had an epiphany of my own that motivated me to finally take ACTION on my long-held secret dream – one that seemed forever out of reach until now.

I want to share with you about my #1 Big, Juicy Dream and the journey I am now on to reach it, in hopes that my story will help you get into ACTION on your own Big Dreams.  If you continue to wait until “someday” to pursue them, you are likely to discover that “someday” will arrive in the blink of an eye and if you aren’t prepared, you will miss your window of opportunity.

For several years, I have been praying daily for clarity and direction about my Dream, and I’ve gotten some good short-term help and guidance from the Universe. But until I turned 60 and was staring “unfulfilled dream regret” in the face, I couldn’t fully open my mind to receive the perfect HOW that the Universe had in mind for manifesting it.  Also, external conditions weren’t right for the fulfillment of my Dream until this year.  When inner preparation finally met outer opportunity, it all came together – the clouds parted, the angels sang and “I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,” as the song goes.

This is my #1 Big, Juicy Dream:  To live out my retirement years in joyful pursuit of adventure and travel, with no financial worries.  That may not sound too far-fetched to many people who have two healthy incomes and a fat 401K. (Although the AARP reports that 60% of Americans 60 and older do not have nearly enough set aside for a comfortable retirement, given that our lifespan is expanding far past that of earlier generations.)

If you read last week’s blog, you know that my realtor husband and I were hit by the Real Estate “bubble” bursting like a Mack truck ran over us. In the process of trying to save our new “dream home” from foreclosure, both our life savings and retirement accounts disappeared. For the past five years, our major triumph is that, with a lot of help from the Universe and many kind friends, we have kept ourselves afloat, just able to pay our bills and rent each month.

Whenever the words “retirement planning” came up, I have sort of sneered to myself, “Yeah, right!  No living out our golden years with a paid-off mortgage for US.  We will be lucky if we can both keep working until the day we die!” 

But this Spring, everything unexpectedly shifted, as the real estate market got red-hot again, and my husband’s business suddenly sprang back to life.  He’s had some nice big commissions in the past several months, and we are starting to get back on our financial feet again. I began expressing gratitude each morning, saying to God/Universe, “I LOVE paying the bills effortlessly!  I LOVE having extra money left over to do things we love to do!  Thank You! Please show me how to get MORE of this.”

That was the beginning of the Dream Manifestation process for my own Big Dream.  (You can start to take notes here!)  Step ONE: Identify EXACTLY what you want to be, do or have.  That desire then becomes a full-blown INTENTION, as you start to visualize and fill in the details of your Dream: Where would we go, what would we do if Rick and I could do ANYTHING we wanted without having to worry about finances? On my daily morning walk, I thought about what it would LOOK and FEEL like if we had all the money we needed and more.

At first, I thought, “We could buy another house!”  But that didn’t FEEL right.  I couldn’t see being saddled with a 30-year mortgage at age 60. Having lost our dream home to foreclosure and a wonderful rental property to a short sale, we had learned first-hand what a big responsibility owning a home is. It’s wonderful for many people, but at our age, we have come to enjoy being care-free renters.

At the same time, there’s a couple of big downsides to renting, besides the obvious lack of home ownership tax benefits: 1) You have no control of when you have to move on.  Our landlord is a friend and a wonderful person, but he is going to sell this house in another year and a half, and we will have to move again.  After moving three times in five years, I am pretty sick of it.  2) Rents can and do increase over time, which is not something that we look forward to in our “golden years.”

So, without a concrete idea of the HOW, I just kept coming back to my desire to be carefree and live a fun-filled, adventurous life of travel and exploration. THAT idea made my internal Feel-o-Meter clang at a level 10!  Once I was clear that I wanted to be FREE of ALL housing worries, suddenly the vision came to me: I’d like to be like a turtle, carrying its home on its back as it roams where it pleases.

Voila — My epiphany had arrived!  It was FINALLY crystal-clear what my Big Dream was: “Rick and I will roam the United States in our own deluxe trailer home, moving at our own pace, seeing whatever we want to see, stopping when we want to and staying as long as we want to, matching our route to the weather patterns. We will be “turtles,” carrying our home with us (with no mortgage and no rent!) as we relax, enjoy, meet interesting new people and explore every scenic corner of the USA.”

Immediately my inner Doubter voice spoke up: “But that’s crazy! HOW can you possibly do that, given your depleted financial status?” That’s when I took a breath and reminded myself to walk my talk. As The Practical Prosperity Coach, I teach my clients: “Don’t worry about the HOW, right now! All I need to do in Step One is to get crystal-clear about what I WANT and just FEEL excited and grateful for it like it’s already here!”

Next time, I’ll share with you how I tackled STEP TWO of the Dream Manifestation process: Set a specific INTENTION and believe that the means to manifest it WILL appear. 

*********LAST CALL for the Fall Finale! ******* That’s right! It’s not too late: There’s still time to make a big dream or two come true before 2013 is over!  My job description as a coach is simple: I help you get what YOU want. This Fall, I’m making it as easy and affordable as possible! 

I will do a complimentary one-hour phone coaching session with any past client or any friend you refer to me. Just contact me TODAY, Sunday September 8 at (888) 503-8145 or caroll@practicalprosperitycoach.com to schedule a F.R.E.E., no-obligation coaching session for anytime during September!

“The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

On this Labor Day Weekend, I decided it would be appropriate to write about “labor.” Of course, the word has many meanings, two of which have particular significance for me:

1)     “To struggle to do something very difficult or very tiring.”

2)     “The process of giving birth.”

I can relate to the first meaning of “labor” because that feels exactly like what I was doing for the last five years.  As I have shared in past blogs, the Great Recession dealt several major blows to my family’s financial health.

First, when the real estate bubble burst, my realtor husband lost his livelihood overnight as clients disappeared in droves.  On top of that, we had just married and purchased our new “dream home,” which we ended up losing, along with a second rental home, and had to file bankruptcy just to survive.

We were not alone in struggling to survive. Some of our friends were hit even harder, with both spouses losing their livelihood at the same time. And, of course, millions of other Americans were thrown out of work and lost their homes as well.

Fortunately, my coaching practice continued stronger than ever. My wonderful clients stuck with me and referred their friends on a regular basis. For several years, I “labored” as the main breadwinner of our family, while my never-complaining husband took a part-time job to help us survive while he “labored” to rebuild his real estate business.

Along the way, we received amazing help from the Universe and from kind, caring friends and even strangers.  When few people were buying homes, a good friend referred relocation clients looking to lease.  Generous friends gave us short-term loans to get from one paycheck to the next. Our vendors were kind enough to wait months without payment until we got another windfall.  The biggest miracle was that, at the precise time we needed to find a new place to live, a friend got remarried and turned his old home into a rental. We are currently leasing his lovely, big home in a beautiful neighborhood at a below-market price.

Despite our “very difficult and very tiring” labors of the past five years, we feel richly blessed because now we have incontrovertible proof of just how much God, our friends and family love and support us.  And we have grown in strength, humility, character and – most importantly – faith.

Just when we were beginning to wonder if our financial struggle would ever end, real estate has made a red-hot comeback!  Rick quit his part-time job last year and is now quite busy helping buyers and sellers and making lots of wonderful new friends along the way.  The real estate rebound enabled us to stop merely surviving and begin truly thriving again.  And here is where the SECOND definition of “labor” comes in: Rick and I are now in the process of “birthing” a whole new set of Big Dreams for our future.

In perfect timing, having just turned 60, I am now feeling 100% ready to open a whole NEW chapter of life. Rick and I are embarking on a six-year plan to take on new challenges, create new abundance, find new outlets for expressing our unique gifts, and finding BIGGER, more fulfilling ways to bless others.

Now I, a card-carrying member of AARP, find myself “in labor” to birth a brand new, bouncing baby Dream.  I want to share it with you in my next blogs, because the path to fulfilling MY dreams is the same path you would take to fulfill YOURS. Manifesting a dream is not magic – it’s a simple, reliable formula!  My hope is that by sharing my step-by-step dream fulfillment journey, you will see what is possible for YOU to create for your life, too.

So, what Big, Juicy Dream do YOU long to be “in labor” with? And what’s been stopping you? 

  • Do you need a strategy
  • Do you need to be held accountable for getting up off the couch and taking the first steps to make your dream a reality?
  • Do you need to transform an old, Limiting Belief that you are not “enough”?

If you need support to give birth to a Big Dream of your own, I’m a certified “dream midwife” and during the whole month of September, I’m offering you a F.R.E.E. strategy session to help you begin to fulfill your Big Dream at NO obligation.

After that, IF you want ongoing coaching support to pursue your Big Dream through the final quarter of the year, I am happy to team up with you at a special discount, so we can pop the cork and celebrate our triumph together on New Year’s Eve 2013!

P.S. And if you do have a secret Big Dream inside you, but aren’t quite ready to give birth to it, that’s fine, too.  Whenever you are ready, I know that the Universe will provide you with the perfect resources at the perfect time, just as it did for me!

Next week: My Big Juicy Dream and the plan I am creating to manifest it.

*********It’s FALL FINALE time******* That’s right! It’s not too late: There’s still time to make a big dream or two come true before 2013 is over!  My job description as a coach is simple: I help you get what YOU want. This Fall, I’m making it as easy and affordable as possible!

I will do a complimentary one-hour phone coaching session with any past client or any friend you refer to me. Just contact me by Sunday September 8 at (888) 503-8145 or caroll@practicalprosperitycoach.com to schedule a F.R.E.E., no-obligation coaching session for anytime during September.