The “Aha” Moment That Led to My 2014 Mantra

1268586jk8_sEverything that is done in the world is done by hope. Martin Luther 

Last month, I wrote a blog post about taking the present moment to rest and refresh. I was feeling the stress of the holiday season and had finally finished the six month process of writing and publishing my books. I needed a break.

I know when I’m tired, but I don’t always know when to stop. Luckily, I took my own advice (Stop. Look at what you’ve accomplished. Don’t just push on to something else. Take a moment to appreciate. And, you dumb bunny, take a moment to rest.) Plus, and this is BIG for me, I pared down my holiday obligations to a bare minimum. The result: truly special family time without the usual exhaustion caused by weeks of trying to make everyone else happy.

Now, I feel like I do at the end of yoga class, lying on my mat in shavasana. Eyes closed, arms and legs relaxed, breathing deeply, the yoga practice is “set” and its with me as I go back out into the world.

Which brings me to the good things going on this year. First, I’m excited to expand my speaking schedule and will appear at the following events:

  • Saturday, April 5, 2014: Keynote Speaker, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Tri-State Chapter, 5th Annual Blood Cancer Conference, New Paths to Hope for Leukemia, Lymphoma & Myeloma, Great Wolf Lodge, Mason, OH, 9 am.
  • Saturday, May 31, 2014: Speaker, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Northern Highlands Regional High School, Allendale, NJ, 6 pm
  • Tuesday, June 3, 2014: Keynote Speaker, Lourdes Regional Cancer Center “Living Well Cancer Survivorship” Series, 169 Riverside Drive, Binghamton, NY, 6pm to 7pm.

I absolutely love being in a roomful of survivors! The energy and camaraderie is like rocket fuel and, if you are in the area, please come say hello. If you or anyone you know has an upcoming event at a cancer center, cancer support organization or corporation and is interested in booking me to speak, just send me an email at

Focusing on what I want to talk about led me to an “Aha” moment (thank you Oprah.) What I share through WWGN and my books can be boiled down quite simply to “Live Your Hope & Thrive!”

After I had my mastectomy, I struggled with the emotional fallout of facing cancer and its treatment. I was miserable, but with time, doing the work with a therapist, and connecting to other survivors, I discovered my 20 simple secrets to creating inspired healing, wellness and live out loud joy. Each of my simple secrets requires showing up and exercising self-care, but the rewards of living your hope are well worth the effort.

I’m rocking my new mantra and there’s more coming for me and WWGN this year, but let’s talk about you. How are you living your hope this year? Let me know in the comments below. I can’t wait to find out!
Survival > Existence,

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