Thrive Life


Today, I had a very long conversation with a friend, a new friend in fact. We laughed as we discussed our mutual journey to grow our projects and turn dreams into reality. There’s an incredible power in friendship. We all know that, but it is sometimes forgotten when the world pushes us too hard and fast. A good friend is like gold. Unfornately good friends sometimes get lost along the way and that can be a sad thing.

As this world continues to shift around us we need our friends now more than ever. We need the comfort that they bring, the relaxing acceptance they offer and just the fact that good friends bring peace and joy.

Today’s post is a little reminder to slow down enough to be with a good

Send a Real Card to a Friend

Send a Real Card to a Friend



friend this weekend. If there’s not a way to do that then send a good friend a real card, you know; one you buy at the store, or give phone call when you have some time to chat.

Good friends are valuable and worth so much more than the stuff that we collect.  

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You, too? Thought I was the only one.” C.S. Lewis

This post is dedicated to my friend the “Land Guy”. Thanks for your help and for believing. It’s so good when others believe with us.

Be a friend today, believe with someone else…and say I love you. It’s like calm to a nervous heart.


As a part of the Wild Goals, I mentioned that I’m taking a course 31 Days to Building a Better Blog. If you’ve wanted to get your blogging in gear this is one way to start. Just commit to the 31 days starting april 1st. You can stop by and try out your new found skills, cause I know you’re gonna’ find some. Check it out here Problogger site 31 Days fo Building a Better Blog. Sign up get ready to expand, get bigger, engage more life. Who knows what stories you have inside to tell.

Julia Stege of was on the show last night. It was our first Thrive Connect Radio Evening Edition. We had new visitors and it was pretty inspiring as she shared with us, how to attract the life we want to live. Whether you believe in the law of attraction or not the truth is that we draw into our lives what we give out. Have you ever noticed that if you’re constantly griping about one thing or another, the people around you do the same thing? One person shares a critical thing then the next person may add to it or share another critical thing. If we’re not careful, we start to gather a whole group of people who all feel the same way…terrible.

The opposite is also true. If you surround yourself with positive and uplifting people you are opening the door to more joy, more love and more authentic connection. Julia helped us to understand that we get what we look for or what we are tuned into. Like when you have a new car, suddenly you notice how many cars are out there just like yours. You are tuned into what that car looks like so you notice it. The same is true of attraction, when your life is filled with amazing people guess what? It’s partly because you allow your “amazingness” to shine forth!

As a man (woman thinketh).

Maybe today is a day to be conscious of what you are attracting and giving out. Even if you’re in a store, you can make a difference by just smiling at someone like Julia did while shopping last week.

Happy LaneMy house welcomes me now. But there was a time when it didn’t. It was too…well, all mixed up and I didn’t know how to unmix it. I was overwhelmed and drained and felt that I couldn’t do it. Fast forward to today and the same house welcomes me and I love being in it. It has become a place of peace, a place where I can rest, love, play, sing and more. I was having a conversation today about how, when I was stuck, I never thought I could get “un-stuck” it just seemed too far out of reach. But something changed when my belief changed. My belief changed, and I began to understand that I could do it a little at a time. So, some days in the beginning I’d just do five things, five little things and that was it. Doing that felt so good that I just kept going and never stopped. It opened a whole world before me. Who would have thought that it was a matter of changing my “mind” my thinking, that lead the way to clear, open spaces in my home and consequently my life.

A few things you can do to create welcoming home:

Remember love- Love can inspire all kinds of beautiful creations including a welcoming home. If you have items that you don’t love. Let them go in what ever way works for you and keep the “things” that you love.

Color-I had the bright (not so bright actually) idea to paint my house three shades of brown, with the darkest being dark chocolate, and I selected very dark wood for my dining room and a dark burgungy accent wall. It was pretty coffee shop like, however in time, I started to feel like I lived in a cave and I’d get kind of blue if I had too many days inside. Goodness then the V-8, thump on the head came. Color has alot to do with how a home feels. If you’re having trouble feeling vibrant and alive check the color and notice how it makes you feel. If you don’t love it change it. Thankfully, I don’t have much dark chocolate left in the house, but there’s still more “paint over” to be done.

Bring in the Green-Plants give life to a space and create a sense of calm and represent natural growth. If you don’t have real live plans consider bringing some in. You can get big giant ones or even a tiny bonsai would work. I think you’ll notice more life right away with the addition of plants.

And last but not least for this post, bring in laughter. Put up art work that makes you smile and gives you a whimsical light hearted feeling. I have a not so great painting that I did, and it’s up on my wall. I love how un-polished it looks and it makes me smile.

I  believe that a home is meant to be life-giving, a place that feels good to be in. And, if you’re like I was, no worries, just start to do a little at a time until the day when you walk in the door and your home welcomes you in.

group2-405If you’ve spent a little time on the Thrive in Balance site you’ve noticed that I focus on providing you resources, tools and information that may help you live a more organized, healthy and vibrant life. However, I want to be very clear that I’m not advocating that you can’t live or have a good life until your house is in order. That’s just false and it’s a heavy burden to carry. You see, chaos or/and excessive clutter can be such a distraction and energy drain that it keeps us from doing the other things that we often want to do. At least most of the time. And, chances are when your home or work is in chaos, even when you’re out having fun, there is this little nagging pokey thing that reminds you that home is in disaray or maybe it’s the office. Just that little tiny pokey thing can keep you from being in the moment, from being fully engaged in what you are doing and it can steal a little of your fun.

So, as you are on a journey to set Wild Goals, or finally get your home the way you really want it to be, please understand that it’s not about perfection or a condition that says “until my house is in order I can’t live a great life”. You can live a great life from the very moment you decide to do so. The minute your intention is to live and become lovingly engaged in your powerful magnificence, your powerful life you will experience a change…even if you have not washed ONE dirty dish!


Emotional FreedomThose negative emotions can get us every time. It’s not that bad or difficult things don’t happen, it’s just that we don’t have to be controlled by them. Here’s a quote from Dr.Judith Orloff’s new book titled Emotional Freedom:

Question: What does emotional freedom mean?

“It’s the capacity to give and recieve more love. Getting there entails building positive emotions as well as facing and releasing negative ones. Instead of spinning out with, say, anger after you’ve been hurt, you’ll respond from a centered, more empahtic place. Emotional freedom includes both personal and spiritual evolution.”

Angie RuarkIt was a good week with alot going on. The first interview of the week was with Angie Ruark, who shared with us about how she worked her butt on. I know we’ve all said it alot, how we worked our but off, but Angie, the funny girl that she is put her own spin on it. I’m certainly glad it’s Friday and look forward to more interviews, more resources, more organizing tips…just more next. If you didn’t get to read the last article by Angie Ruark on the site stop by for a visit.

Happy Friday!

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