Bregno, Andrea 1480's GatewayI wake up each day with a sigh of relief and a prayer of thanks in my heart.  My mind always contains a long list of desires that I hope to accomplish in the blessing of another day here on Earth.  Some days, I am so overwhelmed by the possibilities that I lay quietly and cry.  The powerful feeling of hope, brought on by the opportunity for another chance to succeed, is the fuel that lights my fire.  My gateway to life is open and all I have to do is get out of bed to receive it.

As soon as my feet hit the ground, I am on the go.  Raising my children is an adventure in it’s self.  My life of details is one that, in the moment seems impossible at times, but in the end I know I will never regret.  My girls rock my world and I am forever changed for the better because I am their mother.

My work is diverse and something I love…LOVE…to do!  I joke that I will work all of my days.  Why would I retire when I am having so much fun?  I am challenged every day and have the opportunity to meet people, build relationships and solve problems.  Sales has always been my niche and I love that I am able to do it and do it well.  My desire to help my clients is what funds my passions…ITALY included!

My friends are the best!  The people that love me for who I am, no matter what crazy ideas I come up with.  The people that set out on a series of adventures because they care too much for me to allow me to do it alone.  The people who pray for me at night because they know I am lonely at times and want the best for me.  I couldn’t do it without a little help from my friends.

My gateway to life, handed to me by God, is something so precious and fragile that I want to hold onto it forever.  I am not done yet!  I still have too many things that I want to do.  I have too much love to share, too many adventures to be had and too many people to lift up.  I want to be hugely successful in this life, so I can giveback some of the light that fills my heart and spirit, allowing others to do and feel the same.

The gateway to heaven is right here on Earth.  I pray to stay and walk through the gateway of opportunity and do what is right and good.  I have 299 days to go until 40 years old; 6 decades, 9 months, 3 weeks and 5 days until 100 years old.  I better keep busy, getting busy.  I hope the same for you.  xo






nasa sun imageHave you ever meet someone who shines?  I am sure it is just their energy but I have noticed that in some, it can be overwhelmingly bright.  I have one particular friend like that…super shiny and in turn, the most inspiring person I have ever met.

I love the challenge that is presented to me when I am with them.  I am always attempting to be the best that I can be around them.  I find myself standing up straight, always trying to put my best foot forward and desiring to shine as bright as they do.  I am not sure it is possible to duplicate such a phenomenon but I sure do want to try.

Imagine if we all had someone like this in our lives.  Making us accountable for our actions and making our efforts that much more important.  The world would benefit from it.  I believe there would be less war and unresolved conflict and empathy for all, that in today’s society we are sadly lacking.

I challenge each and everyone to find a person that shines so bright that at times, it hurts.  I challenge that you hold onto them and allow them to help you shine.  Travel to the far reaches of the Earth to find them or better yet, start looking in your town or neighborhood.  Or, if you are truly blessed, they may be in your home.

We all are incredible energy sources.  It is time to allow ourselves the freedom to shine, in order to allow others to do the same.  It is contagious and feels incredible. I beg of you to try and try again because without a wholehearted effort, our world’s light will go out and we just can’t take that chance.

Live well, try hard and pray for the light.


BFFsThere is a term we love to use in America that applies to my story tonight, “BFF or Best Friends Forever”.  It’s a silly slang term that according to Wikipedia, “is a close friendship typical of teenagers and young people”. Well, my BFF and I are not either of those things but the term works for us, even in our old age.

I’ve been running around with her for over ten years now.  We are ten years apart in age and act as goofy as teenagers most of the time. I keep her young and she keeps me grounded.  It really is a good fit.  I don’t think either of us could imagine our lives without each other anymore.

My BBF has lived through the worst of my worst days with me.  She is always there to support me and wipe my tears when I need it the most.  She is also honest, which at times is the opposite of what I am looking for but always what I need.  My goofy friend is wise, compassionate and hard-headed as they come.  But you know what, she has never passed judgment on me, even after all of these years and all the crazy things I’ve done.  She’s just there for me.

I wonder how many people get to share their lives with someone they know truly loves them and expects nothing in return?  It feels incredible knowing that I can call upon my BFF at anytime and she will be honest with me.  I might hear, “Are you #$*^%*! kidding me?!” or “Sweetie, you’re going to be okay, keep moving forward and don’t look back”.  My favorite response from her is, “Sorry, my bra is off, go to the movies by yourself!”  Her husband cracks me up too with comments like, “Let’s drop a nickle in Alicia and see how long she will talk before she notices that we don’t care!”  The realness of our relationship is what makes my heart sing.

We don’t blow smoke, so to speak, we tell each other the truth.  While it is sometimes hard to hear, we really keep each other in check.  We know that whatever we share with each other is honest and based on love.  Where else can we get that in our lives? Not everyone is comfortable being honest. I joke about when people ask, “How are you?”  My question back is, “Do you want an honest answer or are you just looking for fluff?”  I don’t think that most “friends” really want to know and truly don’t care.

It is the goofy friends that we cannot get rid of that care the most.  It is the ones that come racing over when they find out that you are sick or need help with anything. Only best friends forever truly get it.

I wonder if I’ll be able to talk my BFF into touring Italy with me.  She’s turning 50 and I’m turning 40; how could she not go?!  Oh, wait, she’s the honest one.  Her response when I last asked her was, “WHAT? YOU ARE DOING WHAT?  YOU’RE CRAZY.  HAVE FUN WITHOUT ME!”  I truly love that BFF of mine.  xo




Today I made a few more resolutions.  I would like to add them to my existing list that I created in January.  How could it be that I already have to amend them after only two and a half months?  

Growth comes in forms disguised in different ways, at the most unexpected times.  Today my growth opportunity presented itself to me in the form of an old friend, which shall remain in disguised, as most superheroes are.  

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS (amended from 01-01-14):