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Please leave your comment below--what did you do to overcome a sense of loss and start living again?

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About the Author:

Dream University’s CEO, Marcia Wieder is a long established thought leader on visionary thinking. As Founder of The Meaning Institute, she teaches people to create and live fulfilling lives. She’s been a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, writes for Huffington Post and is the author of 14 books. She appeared often on Oprah and was featured in her own PBS-TV show called Making Your Dreams Come True. She has taught at Stanford’s Business School and as president of the National Association of Women Business Owners, she assisted 3 U.S. presidents. She is a member of the Transformational Leadership Council and on the advisory board for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Please leave me a comment below. I promise to read every one of them! ~Marcia

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462 Comments

  1. Doug Evans July 19, 2011 at 5:19 am - Reply

    OMG Marcia we find out you are truly human ! A mere mortal ! You have lost your Double Super hero status & Moved into a VSP mode (Very Special Person) ! VSP's have much bigger hearts ! Glad you are rockin & rolling once again !

  2. Trish Rock@nail salon success coach July 19, 2011 at 5:21 am - Reply

    Great to hear from you Marcia!

    I saw you for the first time recently in an interview with Marci Shimoff and have been looking forward to connecting.

    So glad to hear your life has had a turn for the best (its always perfect 🙂 )

    Will be really happy to hear your upcoming messages.

    Blessings to you
    Trish

  3. Danye July 19, 2011 at 5:24 am - Reply

    Marcia, I'm really concerned about your story, I've been through this a few years ago and I understand how you feel, even if I don't know you personaly.

    It's always a pleasure to read you and I have been visiting your website since a few years now, you are so inspiring!

    Sorry for my "bad English", I'm french canadian but I try very hard to write clearly...;-)..Have a good day!

    Danye

  4. Edi July 19, 2011 at 5:31 am - Reply

    God has a way pulling us back to Him when we drift away. Glad you are back on your path again. Blessings and Joy!
    Proverbs is an inspiring book to read.

  5. HaseebT July 19, 2011 at 5:36 am - Reply

    Glad to see you bounced back with greater power Marcia!
    Can feel that this experience has made you stronger... Now get back to "what you do best" - inspire people! HaseebT (keynote speaker and Lifecoach)

  6. Kristin Lembo July 19, 2011 at 5:36 am - Reply

    I just started to follow you last year and find your story one that is very interesting and one that seems to follow many strong women. (Do we strong women get tested more than others? Feels that way sometimes). I have just started http://www.aselfemployedmind.com and want very much, to voice to others in any way I can help, about their unique abilities and helping them rise up to a new place in life.
    Hope your vision carries you and your determination keeps you there! ~Kristin

  7. Anthony July 19, 2011 at 5:38 am - Reply

    Marcia,nice to see your video.I was sitting at home on a work day,really at a loose end and feeling rather down as the business that I have been promoting and that was giving me an income is coming to an end in Aug.I have my own agency business but my main principle has decided to close his business and i will be without an income from Sept.Being 62 in this economy in South Africa,there is nothing available.
    I did do a Hypnotherapists Diploma in 2002,always having had a major interest in the mind and the spiritual and psychic side of life.n fact since the age of 15,i have been involved in all modalities,from Angels,Visualization,Dream interpretation,but have never utilised
    for any income generation.At the moment I feel rather lost.Maybe you can give me some guidance.It would be appreciated.Rgards.Anthony Jacobs

  8. Currie Silver July 19, 2011 at 5:41 am - Reply

    Marcia, THANK YOU!!!
    I have often BElieved myself "NOT enough" and "too much" both at the same time; at both extremes simultaneously. It makes any movement excruciatingly painFULL and impossibly un-DO-able.
    To stand in the place of that requires much Courage.
    Listening to you I realised that the littler senses of HopeFULL Possibilities are just there, BEneath the first layer and surface.
    It is MY DREAM to BE an EnCOURAGEr of Hopes, Dreams, and Possibilities. I discovered this dream wrapped inside my own lost Hopes, shattered Dreams, and IMPOSSIBLE Possibilities.
    Thank You for inspiring me to see that in a new and refreshing Light.

  9. Maryann July 19, 2011 at 5:43 am - Reply

    Welcome back, you have been missed. I am so glad you were able to deal with your problems and come back to us stronger than ever.

    My daughter, Lisa a RN, and I (a retired Healthcare Administrator) started a little company to assist physicians with there practice conversion to Electronic Health Records. We put our all into it and I think we are both pretty good, but we have failed to connect with the doctors who are willing to "believe" they need help. So we are closing our venture, in the mean time I have been diagnosed with a cancer that is todate uncurable. So I will be watching for your encouragement and support. Some times God throws strange things into our lives, we felt him guiding us to try, and wonder why we failed. Thanks for your terrific personality. We have you in our prayers.

  10. Deloris July 19, 2011 at 5:47 am - Reply

    Wow!! Great story, I am so glad that you are back I know exactly what you are talking about. Good luck.

  11. jean leather July 19, 2011 at 6:00 am - Reply

    hearing your story reminded me of how often I have known something was wrong for me but because of all sorts of traditions I always went ahead anyway and that i guess is why I have been married three times and never quite got over it and I ended up on my own. If I was giving anyone any advice I would say if you do take a wrong turn and you know your going down the wrong road stop study your map and take all your courage to go your way, only your way will bring you and yours real happiness and fulfilment. Its not selfish to go your own way it is in the end the only way.

    I wish you lots of love and happiness.

    jean

  12. elaine July 19, 2011 at 6:06 am - Reply

    there is no one in this world that has never had a set back. As we know, it is not what happens to us that really counts, but HOW we deal with it ! Most of the time, we must experience something difficult so we can truely appreciate our good experiences that much more. Welcome back - better and stronger....

  13. Barbara July 19, 2011 at 6:07 am - Reply

    After an auto accident that caused partial paralyses on the left side of my body and extreme pain on the right side of my body I went to school and back to work in the commercial drafting profession. I also focused more on my passion - drawing and oil painting.

  14. Stephanie July 19, 2011 at 6:07 am - Reply

    Before my huge setback about 12 yrs ago, I wasn't who I was meant to be. That particular experience was like an awakening for me. Looking back, it was like I was peeling off a layer of me that was no longer useful in this life and starting on my new journey, doing the things that I was meant to be doing. So even though it might seem like a major disaster at the time, trust that all will be revealed in good time. Hope you're feeling okay and I wish you all the best Marcia.

  15. Pilar July 19, 2011 at 6:09 am - Reply

    Hi Marcia,

    That takes a LOT of courage, to truly follow your heart and inner voice -- it's not easy, but it is the path of integrity. Congratulations! I feel stuck now in many ways in my life. I am eager to hear from you and others how they found their way back.

  16. Katrina July 19, 2011 at 6:10 am - Reply

    Hi Marcia,

    I would be fascinated to know what you have lived through. You've got that sparkle in your eye that assures me whatever it is, you've got the resources to put dreams in motion.

    And you asked about me, so please get yourself a cup of tea and here goes:
    At seventeen I was diagnosed anorexic and spent four years incarcerated in a psychiatric hospital, from which I escaped many times, and where I met the most interesting people, all in an extremely vulnerable state. Mostly they were medicated; but I refused such treatment and realised I just had to eat my way out.

    So, with a collection of my own vulnerabilities, not least of which was the fact that nobody had helped me identify the original problem, I was let loose on the world of work.

    Unimpressed with the authorities, (a professor of psychiatry had told me my father had abused me before my conscious memory was functional, and although I did not believe him and could not prove the falsehood of his remark, neither could he prove the truth of such a potentially damaging remark) I did every job under the sun, priding myself in being working class (where I was raped whilst working as a street sweeper), and ending up with a ten year career in local government finance, training to be a chartered accountant.

    Two years ago I was diagnosed diabetic - quite a challenge for most people, but for an ex-anorexic with a totally average BMI it was incomprehensible.

    I had commenced body-centred psychotherapy as soon as I qualified with full professional membership of the Association of Accounting Technicians, in the hope of ironing out some of the misunderstandings between my family and myself, since I effectively cut off my relationship with them on account of their shutting me in a lunatic asylum for four years. This therapy was in parallel with passing additional accountancy examinations.

    Nobody advised me to quit my career but I found I cold not continue. Why? Because I realised deep within myself that the reason for the starvation in my teens was that both my parents and headteacher had refused to allow me to study English A-Level and I am a writer at heart (apologies for the length of this comment - it's hardly well crafted, but the content is more important here than form). I had always been shunted into scientific disciplines because I could do them, irrespective of the fact they bored me to distraction. But now I started thinking about what I really wanted to do with my life. I achieved an Advanced Certificate in Dramatherapy and realised that to become a Poetry Therapist is my dream.

    I am now embarked on a BA in English Literature and Community Engagement, while working voluntarily as a Creative Writing Mentor at a hostel for recovering addicts.
    I'm available for proofreading and editorial work, if anyone wants to get hold of me: Katrina@WritingTank.com.

    I need to gain sufficient relevant and monitored experience to register with a professional therapy body and it is proving quite difficult to see a way forward because Poetry Therapy is virtually unheard of in this country (the United Kingdom).

    I'm struggling with the belief that power is not necessarily corrupt and wealth is not necessarily a sign of exploitation.

    But the main thing I am struggling with is giving myself the freedom to live my dreams and appreciating the beauty of freedom as a thing in its own right.

    I am so glad to see you back, sparkling.

    🙂 Katrina

  17. Hanneke Jonkman July 19, 2011 at 6:13 am - Reply

    Hi Marcia,

    Your story hit me truly, for I went through a similar event with my relationship, we fortunately stayed best friends too. Shortly after we broke up our relationship I lost my oldest brother,who was only 60 years old last february,all you described about your feelings are so strikinly similar. You know you've got my deepest respect since I've met you in january 2009, you've been a great inspiration to me ever since. I too had a time of absence the last few months to focus on the deepest truth within myself and about myself and letting go quit a few main obstacles I wasn't aware of. These last few month helped me to get great clearance about what I truly am about and want and love in life. I'm really happy for you that you find your path back again also. I truly thank you for sharing you're story in this video and bless you for who you are.
    By the way, I once told you I wanted to create the biggest dreamcommunity in the Netherlands etc...well I chose to be an Artist and by being creative I discovered my true purpose in live; I help students making choices with their heart and how to integrate this with the choices they make whit their head by actively making dreamboards, dreamboxes and other creative works to activate and discover other possibilies they have for their future. Isn't that great, it may be a small contribution in bringing Dreamcoach ideas, but its a very powerfull one.
    Love & blessings Hanneke

  18. Marcia Coakley July 19, 2011 at 6:13 am - Reply

    Hi Marcia,

    I so appreciate your telling story. I do relate to much of your journey. (And we Marcias can stick together, too!). I so look forward to meeting you in Denver, in October - at our Life Force convention!

    I have had a few re-starts in my life. Similar to what you mentioned, my best experience continues to be to do consistent delving to find out the truth and know myself more deeply (always learning from the journey), and to find/keep others I trust, (who know me well, or are willing to truly look) and ask them to reveal what they see.

    Being open to understanding/embracing a bigger and bigger picture of myself, and who I am in this life/world provides me inspiration, and, keeps me tuned into a helpful perspective on things along the way.

    Sounds a bit cliched, and, is true to me.

    How human of me. I can point to many things I might have done differently (a LONG time ago), and didn't - didn't know how, or was not ready - and, here I am now, either way!

    I LOVE my life! (That's a practice in itself...).

    There is much I am growing, practicing, improving, learning, celebrating, and savoring everyday.

    Dancing through life...

  19. Annette July 19, 2011 at 6:16 am - Reply

    Welcome back! I loved hearing how things are moving in ways you never imagined. I am in the middle of "how did I get here" and am wondering how to move forward. I know this time will prove beneficial to me in the future and loved hearing your life has moved forward in a great way. It's positive news that is helpful to hear.

  20. Trisha Grinnell July 19, 2011 at 6:16 am - Reply

    Hi Marcia,

    Whether it's a loss or a difficult life changing decision, when something in my path doesn't seem to go in the direction I visioned, I look UP! When I step outside and look up I am reminded of something bigger than me that is out there helping and guiding me to my uniquely designed life.

    I find the answers through my faith in God. I ask some questions, breathe and take in the peace and calm that only God can provide. I hear a gentle whisper and know it IS OK to walk by faith and not by sight!

    In these trying times my strength, passion and vision are renewed. I make a choice and believe My life is being molded by God and I will have a life designed by Divine!

    I am grateful to know Gods' love.

    Be blessed!

    Trisha

  21. Kellie Frazier July 19, 2011 at 6:17 am - Reply

    Nice to see you again Marcia and thank you for sharing a deeply personal experience that threw you off course for a time. Now I have a better understanding of what God was impressing my heart to do while at your seminar.

    As for an experience to share; In 2007 life was going great, according to plan I thought, when my 18-yr-old nephew drowned. A few months later his mother, who was my little sister, died of cancer.

    Because of the travel across country to assist her, my successful investing business took a nose dive and I returned to close it's doors, unsure of what to do next.

    Things were finally looking up when I took a fall on black ice and ended up with a traumatic brain, and spine, injury. Seizures, pain, paralysis and more took over.

    Yes, life can involve twists and turns of many kinds, but how we react makes all the difference. I wrote about the incredible healing and turn of events in my latest book, but suffice it to say that since that year I've been guided to help others live beyond their limitations, to see their situations as blessings to stand on in strength and purpose, rather than remain in pain and weakness.

    As Doug said, you are human, and a VSP at that. Abundant Blessings as you continue to grow right along with the rest of us on this journey of life.

    Kellie

  22. Susanne July 19, 2011 at 6:22 am - Reply

    Hi Marcia,

    sorry for getting personal but I wonder what let you say no to your engagement. Please be honest !

    Best

    Susanne

  23. sylvia July 19, 2011 at 6:22 am - Reply

    Hi Marcia:

    Thanks for the video and sharing your relationship story. I have a question for you...you are one of the examples in Arielle's Soulmate Secret book which I just read. You had the experience of the guy in Iowa reading your tea leaves (or something like that!), predicting you would meet your Italian husband, etc. and now, in retrospect, I wonder if you'd be willing to offer some wisdom/thoughts on your perspective. Do you think he wasn't really your soulmate? Or he was but not necessarily for life? I don't want to lose the vision that the soulmate secret offers some valuable goals but it sounds as though some/many of the stories didn't actually turn out to be "the one" ...
    I hope you are feeling that the worst of the pain is behind you and that you're getting your mojo back. One of my favorite mantras is "when one door closes, two better ones open". Best and warm wishes to you.

  24. Yeni Helgesson July 19, 2011 at 6:31 am - Reply

    Hi Marcia,
    Glad to hear you!I have been following you for a while and have read your dream ebooks. Your words inspired me to change my life and find out what my real dreams are.
    I had a quite sucessful career before but I was not happy. Now I have a really happy marriage, but I lost my feelings in career. I had some time to think about what I really want this year, but I am not confident to fulfill my dreams.I need some help to turn my life upward again.
    I am happy that you are feeling very good. Just continue to be happy.

  25. peggy July 19, 2011 at 6:44 am - Reply

    I am so proud of you for being able to share your struggle. We never evolve to the place where we do not need each other and need compassion for ourselves. Your message gives the rest of us courage to come back.
    I am in the process. I'm facing a lot of things in life that feel hard. Health and my sister being diagnosed with cancer, money issues and feeling very tired. I am a coach and I tell others to show up in life and trust it's unfolding as you are faithful to "Do what you can do". I am trying to find my way to follow my own advice.

  26. Pam July 19, 2011 at 6:47 am - Reply

    Hi Marcia, So glad you're back! I, too, ended an
    engagement about a year ago. I know how painful the
    process can be.......
    I do believe that, no matter how honest and clear you
    can be, others just don't have the same abilities.
    i also believe there is a "plan" and we all have our lessons
    to learn in order to become better people.....
    I wish you much success and happiness!

  27. Denise July 19, 2011 at 6:50 am - Reply

    Hi Marcia,so glad you are back. You hold a special place in my heart. I read your book How to Make Your Dreams come true about 10 years ago and when I tell my story of how I succeeded and accomplished some of the leap of faith steps in my life I always credit your book.
    Thank you! The biggest lesson you taught me was about limiting beliefs!!
    Looking forward to reconnecting.

  28. nadine July 19, 2011 at 6:52 am - Reply

    Dear Marcia,

    Thank you for sharing...

    Namasté,

    Nadine

  29. Janice Lewis July 19, 2011 at 6:52 am - Reply

    Marcia,
    Thank you for sharing.
    As I prepare to lead my first Dreaming with the Labyrinth group, I will "lift you up in prayer".
    Fondly, Janice Lewis in Chicago

  30. Margie July 19, 2011 at 7:10 am - Reply

    Hi Marcia
    Good to have you back. So sorry to hear your experience but wonderful to know you are still friends. I too have had a bit of a personal setback this year with some family problems and am only just getting back on my feet again. Only recently I realized these circumstances can be just like an illness and they take time to heal. Illnesses and pain aren't necessarily a bad thing... they promote change, change of direction, change of heart, change of the circumstances... all manner of change and change for the better can be a really healthy thing even if it is painful at the time.

  31. Shelley Oglan July 19, 2011 at 7:16 am - Reply

    Welcome Back!

    I am so excited to be a part of the joint venture between Dream University and eWomenNetwork in January. I can't wait!!!!

    Prosperous Blessings,
    Shelley Oglan

  32. Ginny Carter July 19, 2011 at 7:16 am - Reply

    Marcia,

    SOOOOO good to hear your voice and experience your spirit again! And I can so connect with what you have gone through. In the last quarter of 2010, I realized that I was working so hard at taking on an area of my professional life and was so committed to hoping my "breakthrough" was just around the corner, that I had set aside my passions and the part of my professional life where my gifts lie and that brings joy to my soul.

    When I was willing to own that it was not true for me, and made different choices, so much shifted. And I am BLESSED to be working with colleagues who love and respect me and embraced my choices. It brought my professional AND personal life back in balance. AND I am now having the professional breakthroughs I had been searching for. Simply amazing!

    Looking forward to an opportunity to have our paths cross soon!

    Love and Hugs!
    Ginny

  33. Terry July 19, 2011 at 7:22 am - Reply

    Thank you for the courage to make a hard decision and to share it with the world. Being a military brat, I was taught that the show must go on, in spite of what gut-wrenching event took place. I was able to do that until, as an adult, I found out that my boyfriend and girlfriend were having an affair. That one stopped all pretense of bravado and literally shut me down. It took time to heal, which included guilt over not being able to quickly rise and shine. But eventually I did, though a little coat of protection grew over my heart. What I know today is that life is full of challenges and you can conquer each one if you look for the lesson in it, talk it out with someone and/or on paper, and let your heart be free no matter what. Thank you for sharing your heart with us.

  34. Ian Tarr July 19, 2011 at 7:24 am - Reply

    That took some strengh Marcia. Hope you are OK now. I also went through a vey difficult time. I had a successful Mortgage broking company, then. out of the blue the credit crunch hit, my wife became very ill and was in hospital and I suffered Burn Out aged just 33!!! I could not work, my wife was ill and pregnant and we had a one year son that I was struggling to look after. My staff left, my company started struggling and I thought this is it. I turned things around though. I am back on my feet and in a much better position than before. I know teach others how I did it and have started a coaching company.

    http://www.shootforthestarscoaching.co.uk

    Something poitive can always come out of a nightmare situation. Its all about mindset.

    All the best. Ian.

  35. Beverly Emerson July 19, 2011 at 7:44 am - Reply

    You remind us all that it is never too late to hear God's whisper. And, that it is far better to hear that whisper in our hearts than it is to wait until that whisper becomes a SHOUT much further down the road.

    Thanks for re-engaging.
    Bev

  36. Suzanne July 19, 2011 at 7:44 am - Reply

    Thank you Marcia for being so open and honest with us. It is so good to hear someone admit their thruth, their vunerability to be human. I have been on my journey for some time now coming to new in my life. My heart is opening at a deeper level and I am becoming ever so much truthful with all in my life moment by moment. The best part is that it feels so good, so freeing.

    Namaste, Suzanne

  37. Lynn Schreiner July 19, 2011 at 7:44 am - Reply

    Hi Marcia,

    Thanks for being you and being transparent so we can connect on a deeper level with you. As I read the comments posted something came to mind....why is it we call the trials "set-backs" when we know it's impossible to go "backwards" with life? We believe what we tell ourselves so I think we should empower ourselves and think of these times as little "re-sets" instead. We have our own plans and God is just "re-setting" us to get us back on track with his plan and the dreams he put in our hearts. Make sense? 🙂

    I've been through break ups, disappointments, struggles with life just like we all do and at 49 I'm focusing hard on the future and my dreams, while being current in the moment and not dwelling on the past which I have no further control over.

    CONTINUALLY reading personal development books and learning is how I grow and get stronger and stronger. My faith in GOD too!

    We have not met YET, but I wanted to share with you that as the keynote speaker, you touched my life at a Cookie Lee Jewelry convention many years ago and I've followed you ever since. I give God the glory for that divine appointment and I thank you for letting him use you to change so many lives in a good way. 🙂

    Until our paths cross again, I pray you choose happiness, joy and strength as you venture onward my friend!

    Blessings,
    Lynn

  38. Gabriella DeMers July 19, 2011 at 7:46 am - Reply

    Marcia, We were raised to believe in Prince Charming--only one. There is NOT only one. There is a Prince Charming for each time our heart really needs to grow and expand out of a place of stuckness. Nothing is more creatively expanding than new love and the powerful energetics that sexual expression brings at that time. It is a tribute to you and your growth and wisdom to recognize that the relationship had fulfilled its mission.
    Happily ever after is a myth we must all release. Happy NOW! That is the only moment-to-moment goal for living in Truth and creativity. Bless you for being true to you!

  39. Carmen Gagnon July 19, 2011 at 7:57 am - Reply

    I met you when you came to St. Louis, MO and shared your wisdom and story with us. Thank you for that investment. You helped me get down and identify a recording & replace it in a simple rock. I AM MORE THAN ENOUGH.
    I was a Financial Advisor with a successful practice for 8 years. I had a practice with a partner (we served special needs families with estate planning & it made my heart happy) & was going well, until he walked in on a Friday and said he wanted to disolve. I would either have to start over and compete with him (I knew I could succeed, but wasn't in me to destroy him & his family) or start from fresh beating the streets. I was crushed. Never saw it coming. Lost my direction. I tried for awhile to keep going, half hearted. Then doors started opening and opportunites appeared very different from where I was. I took a few steps down that road and here I am.
    Where is that?? I am the Executive Producer of a Music Showcase that will be touring the US bringing those that dream of sharing their songs & voices with the world, education, resource & connection to the business behind the business, connection to local charities and opportunity to showcase in a show with labels & execs in the industry. It is called The Showme Showcase.
    It started as a simple fun way to help a friend who wanted to help hip hop artist showcase. Once I started talking to them and asking about their marketing plan & became obvious those amounted to selling CD's out of the back of a car, I asked why they didn't get help on the website, FB-social media, etc, & they told me no one took them seriously & no understanding of the music business. I started down the road to bringing some answers & tools to them.
    I have to laugh in telling this story as I have often to sponsors & investors, that while I have no experience in the music business (other than singing in the shower and choirs) I do know business. I do know how to coach people to their dreams. I am not afraid to learn new things or pick up the phone to make connections to those that do know what I don't. I am persistant and determined. But most of all, I am a dream champion. For myself and those I serve. I believe in building a win-win model and trust those I need will show up as I am attracting them.
    See, I have had to be an overcomer. I dropped out of school in 9th grade due to bullying. I became pregnant soon there after. I was told by my teachers, "You have so much potential, but, you will never be more than a Walmart cashier." I believed them for many years. I did get my GED. I got involved in a youth ministey & got my counseling degree. I have built three small businesses and pushed myself to learn the world of financial services. I competed with the 'good ol boys club' and kicked their ass. I made leaders levels and beyond. But I still was holding back.
    I could feel this raw energy buring deep inside and it scared me. Many fears held me back. Lots of reflection and deep work of awareness and spiritual awakening has so broken me thru. That energy is coming out in healthy ways.
    I sense in others the stories/fears and help them see, hear & feel them and do things anyway. It is coming from a intuitive place & smack on everytime. I can laugh at anything, especialy myself at how serious I made things. I found a love of self & pushing the voices away that ask me daily, what are you doing? What makes you think you can make a difference, after all you have so much potential, but. When I wake up in fear of not being enough to accomplish my goals but more for those counting on me, I grab my rock and remember, I Am More than Enough.
    I have built this showcase from nothing. I have found my voice (if we meet again, I will show you my voice ring I wear when going into meetings where I might be intimidated and it reminds me to not lose my voice and the story behind it)
    I have on my list of goals, to attend one of your spiritual workshops at the end of the year. Right now it is hysterically funny (laughing to keep from screaming & crying) financially, but I can see & will succeed in turning that around. I was grieving over which charities to donate from the event and how the needs have always & espically in that moment touched my heart. I wanted to do so much more. There was one that needed their mortgage paid for the house for teen boys to live as a family. I wanted to write that check and yet knew I could not make my own mortgage payment for the month. Breakdown moment. I heard from the deep place, do the little I can do from the heart now, with all my heart and the more will come and I can help more and more. Just stay focused and build, the rest will come. Breakthru with laughter at how crazy it has become. From 6 figures income to not being able to pay my mortgage. It didnt matter anymore. It just lost its hold on me.
    I will end for now. I so appreciate the opportunity to share. It pulls the new story up and out and reaffirms my vision and passion. When I tell old contacts what I am up to and I get that crossed eyed, judged look & they shake their heads and say, you had so much potential, but, it means nothing to me. I have a new story and it is the name of the parent company I am building, A Powerful Potential! I do have potential, I am doing it now because I am more than enough and all that I need is showing up!!
    I wish you the same in your adventures of life. Every step in the journey to be a teaching, growing and loving one. I wish you love and happiness with another soul to share on this journey and I wish you prosperity in your business. You have so much to offer and still so much Powerful Potential. Thank you for sharing yourself with us. You will hear of The Showme Showcase.com in your state and the dreams coming out of them & how we are changing the music industry.
    May you always have a clear vision and your voice heard!!

  40. Joany Lawrence July 19, 2011 at 8:02 am - Reply

    Marcia, Thank you for sharing your painful experience which has provided a safe context in which we also may share. I had a minor heart attack in April 2010 in which I had a spiritual experience. I did not know what to do with the understandings that I gleaned from that. In July I left my husband and was financially insecure. In August I contracted a serious and financially devasting illness and was abandonded by friends and family. Being ill and finding myself alone forced me to take the only path left to me: to go within and to go to Spirit. I live in joy today. I have found my True Nature and am fearless about presenting it. I now know what to do with the 'enlightenment' I receivd during the heart attack..a book. Although, I am still ill, I no longer identify myself with that illness. I am separate from it. My True nature is not sick. I look forward to hearng from and about you in the future so that we might work together. In love and joy, Joany Lawrence

  41. Annie Stolte July 19, 2011 at 8:03 am - Reply

    Dear Marcia,

    Thank you for adding me to your Dream University list! It's a pleasure to e-meet you and I look forward to meeting you at Celebration!

    GREAT video... I'm also a dreamer and I did have moments when LIFE placed obstacles and deterrents, in fact I can even be bold and say life put real life nightmares in front of me and my dreams, but like you, I went gone deeper within and overcame them one by one. I feel this has allowed me to become the person I am today and gave me the strength to take risks and JUST LIVE MY DREAMS EVERYDAY!!!

    I also want to thank you for your contribution to the Isabody Mentoring calls, "Imagine The Possibilities" was inspiriring. I IMAGINED myself as the WINNER from the start and I WON!

    Annie Stolte

  42. Yasmin July 19, 2011 at 8:04 am - Reply

    I have not realized my dream of becoming a mental health counselor. I have worked on it for several years. Recently got divorced and still dreaming

  43. Geraldine K July 19, 2011 at 8:04 am - Reply

    Hi Marcia, I can tell by the way you caught your breath whilst talking that you are still healing from this traumatic event. Well done for sharing however you need to clear this memory from your subconscious so it no longer effects your physical emotional reactions/decisions in future relationships. To do this you can go to a deep cures NSt practioner or just say it out to the universe that "I will no longer be affected subconsciously by the memory of this event". See what happens. Best wishes and kindest regards There is something about your honesty which is refreshing, and the importance of listening to our inner soul. Thank you Marcia and best wishes. 🙂

  44. Connie July 19, 2011 at 8:06 am - Reply

    When we trust our voice, our instincts, we are in 'communion' and/or 'prayer'. It is a gift to Spirit. As your life unfolds, your gifts fall before you. I respect your courage.
    Connie

  45. judy July 19, 2011 at 8:07 am - Reply

    Will you be attending the Isagenix Celebration this year Aug. 13-16, 2011, in San Diego?

  46. Prem July 19, 2011 at 8:09 am - Reply

    Marcia,
    Thank you for the message and the opportunity.
    On June 30 my 44year old daughter died in an auto accident. She and her husband were on their way to Washington D.C. following her dream.
    I am 70 years old. I am living in Italy with my Italian wife. I do not speak Italian. My attempts to learn have been feeble. I have a strong body and mind. We have a tight financial situation. I am stagnating.
    Since 1993 I have spent approximately 5 months each year in India with my guru, ShantiMayi. While there I am alive. I have things to do and people to care for. Even that was less this past season.
    I am better at sabotaging myself than following through on projects.
    My daughter was my fall back support. She is gone and I have not over come the loss. I do have a sense that, for myself and in memory of her I want to DO something positive for this world and something positive for my own financial situation. T am at a total loss as to how and what.
    I have plenty of time and little or no money to put in to what ever it is. I have a great talent for sabotage. I also have a personality that exudes love and wisdom.
    Any thoughts? Any help? I believe, though not sure, that I am open.
    Love Prem

  47. Myriam July 19, 2011 at 8:13 am - Reply

    Marcia,

    Happy to know you've overcome that difficult period in your life and are now ready to move forward.

    When I left corporate (after 28 years) I was lost, confused and really down. Although it was for my highest and best good, it was what I had known for a very long time and I was stepping into the unknown. What I did to get back on track was go within and reconnected with parts of myself I thought were long gone. Once I "found myself" again, I was able to move forward. And I'm happy to say, I love my "new life".

    Life happens, and it also goes on.

    Thanks for sharing your story. Look forward to hearing what's next for you!

  48. Karen Gonzales July 19, 2011 at 8:17 am - Reply

    Dear Marcia, Thank you for sharing with us. Just as I think "WOW" does she have full inner peace you share something like this that creates heartache.

    For me I'm ready to write a book about my life..Boy its been a journey so far.

    I have four amazing son's and they have all offered an opportunity for me to draw inner strength through their teachings. My son's ages are 20, 18 and twins at 11 years of age. For my older son's they have taught me that I can't create or guide them through their journey. So much drama with both of them that I have stopped being the enabler..still the parent but no longer have I or at least practice a lot to not be their co-dependent. With my twins they're rock stars heading for a career in the entertainment industry.
    To get to your point what stopped me in my tracks??? Well, my 18 year old ended up getting arrested for some really bad stuff and he is currently in county jail awaiting trial. We have been told that he could spend up to 20 years in prison. He was arrested at 17 years of age. My world stopped...I mean complete stop! My relationship prior to son's arrest was strained and he lived with is Father for a couple of years and basically stopped communicating with me. I accepted the rejection and learned to live with it even though it crushed my heart. I guess you can say that I didn't take his rejection personally so I think that's why I was able to live with it. Well, today my son and I have a beautiful, respectful relationship even though he is living in a horrible place. I have to draw strength within to not allow the "worry" to take over my world. After all I have 3 son's at home who need me. My twins are embarking on many entertainment opportunities and its all exciting. This is all going on at the same time...its crazy..I can't figure out why my journey right now is like this but I guess its all about how I can handle such directions. Its like a fork in the road one road is for my 18 year old son and the other road is for my twins and I can't forget my 20 year old who has another road all of which I want to be there for all of them!!!
    Anyways, I love receiving your emails and updates.

    Love,
    Karen

  49. Marcia July 19, 2011 at 8:21 am - Reply

    I have wanted to go to help in Africa since I was 13 sitting in a church listening to people who have gone. I married a wonderful, excellent man who has taken me to many places to help others. I feel contentment with what has been accomplished in making others think deeper about their relationship to God and making their lives a little more comfortable. However, I still deeply desire assisting those in Africa. My heart is torn because we left the mission field due to retirement necessities. We have taken on low paying jobs. Leaving me with the knowledge that I probably will not be able to fulfill this dream.

  50. Peter Daniels July 19, 2011 at 8:24 am - Reply

    A close friend said to me that "a crisis is actually an opportunity for the universe to step in and move you forward", since many of us are "stuck" and it maybe a real nice place, but nice doesn't necessary get us into HEAVEN...Seeking PEACE on EARTH should be our first goal, and the rest falls into place...We are truly here to assist the UNIVERSE in becoming Heaven on Earth...The only way is by having the focus of LOVE GOD WITH ALL OUR MIND FIRST!...Not our heart, but our mind, our heart will find it's true place if our mind is clear!...Take care..Peter Daniels. http://www.peterdanielsfineart.com

  51. Rhonda Neely July 19, 2011 at 8:27 am - Reply

    So glad you realized the marriage wasn't right before the wedding! What a wise decision! Glad you're back!

  52. Linda Bowers July 19, 2011 at 8:29 am - Reply

    Dear Marcia,
    I found out about you and Dream University
    at the begining of my major life changes. My husband, who has health problems, has gotten worse. I am now responsible for the total care of him and my children. I didn't understand in January how my life was going to change. I am thankful I was lead to the Dream University.
    It was just this morning I realized what I am facing. I don't know yet what I need to do, but I know I have the skills I need to do it.
    What a welcome sight you and your story were to me as I opened my email this morning. I needed the support of someone who understands change.
    Thank you.
    Linda

  53. Lea Howell July 19, 2011 at 8:37 am - Reply

    Marcia, what a blessing that you honored your guidance! I was just reading today and would like to share this principle from Christina Baldwin, that I believe is what truly happened to you, and what can happen to each of us! She writes, "when we practice certainty of purpose, we balance our personal will to fulfill certain needs and desires with an awareness that our individual lives affect the needs and desires of the larger community." That my friend, is what is happening right now, you have affected the community with your story!
    Thanks for sharing your insight.
    I am currently realizing a work life dream and am pursuing a new career...and I am feeding myself with morsels from you, Christina Baldwin, Jennifer Louden, Pat Bemis, and others...such insight to be learned from....such growth happening! I hope to meet you all someday..and thank you in person.
    Dreaming still,
    Lea

  54. Susan Tolles July 19, 2011 at 8:38 am - Reply

    Hello, Marcia! How wonderful to see your beautiful smile this morning!
    Thank you for being so open and transparent with the world. You are a wonderful example for us to follow--yes, Dreamers have setbacks too! But just around the corner is always something better.
    Can't wait to see you in September! Until then, may all your dreams come true!

  55. Elizabeth July 19, 2011 at 8:39 am - Reply

    Dear friend - my heart opens to your journey and the courage to reclaim your voice and vision for the world. Your video helps me see that even if we need to be quiet in order to re-orient a life path, it does not have to last forever. We can always just say hello again "when we know what to say." Trusting that "knowing" will come is a very hopeful act! I have been there and perhaps now will be more intentional about communicating as I go into and out of times of change - like the career one I am doing now...
    warmly...Elizabeth

  56. Jinger Rausch July 19, 2011 at 8:43 am - Reply

    One of the beautiful things about growing is that we give ourselves permission to be transparent and realize how much support there is in our community of friends, family and business associates. Kudos to you Marcia for listening to your heart and so happy to have you back with us. Energy Matters! http://www.jingerrausch.com

  57. Kathleen Zebzda July 19, 2011 at 8:45 am - Reply

    Marcia!
    Your voice was missed! Funny, but I had lost mine as well! I recently reconnected with my purpose, and I am back on track. I struggled with being off track, and was not very supportive of myself at the time. Then, I realized it too it part of the journey. Once I embraced where I was, new opportunities arose. I look forward to more connection with you and will be crossing paths with you again, I know. Hugs and blessings!
    Kathleen

  58. quraisha July 19, 2011 at 8:45 am - Reply

    Marcia,

    The moment I saw your face on that video my intuition told me you broke with Patrick and it happened to be true. I am also going through tough time. I cannot get my business running and I am now looking for a PA job anywhere.You look well and bright.
    keep tht energy up. Thanks for sharing.

  59. Lynne Tolk July 19, 2011 at 8:46 am - Reply

    Marcia, Good for you for looking!

    I've been through a few of these, the hardest at the time being my divorce. (I first heard you speak back then, when I trained as a life coach.)

    I am now in a period of redefinition after the death of my parents (over a period of a few years). I no longer "need" to do anything for survival, so I'm just laying low, trying to get really clear on my "wants."

  60. Sheila Tacy July 19, 2011 at 8:47 am - Reply

    How wonderful it is to see you back!! I am so glad that you have gotten back on track and are better than ever before!!

  61. Maureen Cowen July 19, 2011 at 8:55 am - Reply

    Hi, Marcia

    Sorry to hear that your relationship did not work out in the way you were hoping before. This could mean that something else is about to happen that would never have been possible if you were just settled into a new marriage.

    Often fate takes a turn that works out better in the long term.

    We are always in the process of becoming.

    Several of my own cherished wishes have taken a smart about-face as life events unfolded - I never become a mother or a teacher, or yet a writer of novels, but I have a good second marriage and excellent relationships with step-family, and I have time to develop my interests in spirituality as a druid, and as an energy healer with reflexology.

    I wish you many happy events to come as your path unfolds.

    Love from
    Maureen

  62. Donna July 19, 2011 at 8:55 am - Reply

    Hi Marsha, Good luck to you during this difficult time. Life is a test and I applaud you for sharing from your heart. It is perhaps easier to stay in a relationship that is going nowhere than to break it off with the expectation of being alone. For me deep in my heart I know that I am never alone if I take the time to reach out to my Heavenly Father. I have also traveled a similiar road. Love puts the zest into our souls and sometimes takes it out! God bless, Donna

  63. Becky July 19, 2011 at 8:58 am - Reply

    Thank you sooo much for your honesty and authenticity. We all go through stuff. in the last 3 years, have released 130 lbs, got divorced from a very abusive marriage and quit my very stable job of 6 1/2 half years to go and pursue my dreams. You inspired me with your dream camp and when I listened to all your speakers, I knew deep in my heart I had what it took to make it very big. Although the process has definately not been easy for me, it has been amazingly worth it. I am now going very very public with my story. Probably the coolest blessing I have discovered is that "I am NOT my Story" and that it's NOT about me. It never was. I have gone through what I have gone through to help others along their own way. NO SHAME in you taking time for you because you NEEDED IT. It's perfect for you and your journey and what's important is that you learn what you needed to ... jump back on the horse and keep on going. You are an AMAZING woman.... one I know has inspired me a lot. I know we will meet someday I am sure along the way as we will be in the same circles. I am honored and look forward to being apart of what you create.

    Thank you again for being the example you are. You have inspired me as well as soo many out there. Although I am sure you have experienced some very difficult moments, as well as I have, they all serve a purpose in your own personal growth and allow you to connect with more people because of it. You are awesome. Keep up the good work and let me know if I can serve in anyway in helping you accomplish your own dream.

    Becky Sampson

  64. muffy vrana July 19, 2011 at 9:00 am - Reply

    Glad you're back and WHOLE. I do have to
    say I missed you. I'm so dedicated to
    getting my books(s) out -- need to finish
    a novel, a teen book and a how-to book for
    an agent. By September. Have to say "no"
    to other things to get this done. Your
    message gives me the strength to do so.
    Muffy

  65. Jacki July 19, 2011 at 9:01 am - Reply

    Hi Marcia,

    I will share my perspective. We are human beings. While we are on this earth we will experience both joy and pain. I know we've heard this all before, but for me surrender is always my saving grace. It brings me to an open space of love and acceptance. I ask myself, "What is here, Love or fear?

  66. Lynn July 19, 2011 at 9:02 am - Reply

    Bravo Marcia!

    Bravo for taking time away to center yourself. Ah life, how glorious to be filled with those times, long or short that allow us to reconnect to our inner self.

    Welcome back!

  67. Avril Losacco July 19, 2011 at 9:03 am - Reply

    Hello Marcia and commenters ;)) !!

    It is funny how we ALL identify with the REAL stories. By REAL stories I mean the inevitable hardships that humble us- by connecting with others who have overcome similar challenges allows us to rebuild an energy that is larger than we could ever had discovered under ...well, 'better' conditions.

    YOU are that inspiring story today and we are all magnetized in learning more about how you have overcome and turned a hardship into a blessing. It is sometimes easier to hide -for preservation sake- from these hardships life may present but it is inevitable that they all need to be dealt with one way or the other. Unless we experience these can we then teach others. This is why our ears are open now!!!!

    So looking forward to hearing more of your insuring triumph, My Beautiful Lady!

    God bless

  68. Julie Wise July 19, 2011 at 9:06 am - Reply

    In 2008, I was living my childhood dream of wandering alone through Ireland, connecting with ancestral roots in Northern Ireland, meeting with healers, hiking cliff paths and even living in a tiny coastal cottage. At the end of the 3-month journey, I decided I wanted to sell my house, renovate my cottage in Ontario into my home, travel and write about my adventures. But life had other plans! On my last evening in Ireland, I collapsed on the sidewalk. A passerby found me, I was rushed to hospital, stayed there for 2 days and was told I'd had 2 seizures. When I arrived in Canada, I was not allowed to drive for a year, was on heavy medication, and my future dream vanished. Without a car, I couldn't get to my cottage. Heavily medicated, I couldn't work. Since that time, my life has been completely rerouted. I was able to cut back on medication, I completed my coaching training, started a blog (http://www.wise1coaching.wordpress.com), wrote a book (Dream BIGGER: Reclaiming a Life of Joy and Ease) in which I talk candidly (as you do, Marcia) about life's many twists and turns and how to navigate them, began a new relationship, sold my cottage AND my house and moved to a comfy condo in another city, met wonderful new friends and developed my coaching business. Life is much fuller, and more satisfying, than I would have imagined possible. All because of the seizures. Imagine that!

  69. Monique July 19, 2011 at 9:09 am - Reply

    Dear Marcia, congratulations for listening to your heart! Be proud of yourself!!! I'm sure it was a difficult decision to make. But it's better to be (stay) happy friends then being unhappy husband and wife.
    it might have been a hard thing to do at that time and although you heart told you it was the right thing to do it hurts nevertheless. But ones you're (both) past that you'll be happy you did it.....
    I've been there too. My heart also told me it was the right thing to do. It wasn't easy and I've had difficult times.....but never regretted it. It has made me stronger and I now have done things to grow spiritually, emotionally and intellectually........I would not have done otherwise.
    I wish you lots of success, Joy, Happiness and Abundance for the times ahead. <3 Monique

  70. Angie Noll July 19, 2011 at 9:19 am - Reply

    The one thing that comes to mind is to continually try to enjoy where you are at while you are there. We all have our own battles, we can find commonality among them if we reach out to others and find that they may have had similar circumstances. Good luck!

  71. nicole July 19, 2011 at 9:20 am - Reply

    I met you in San Francisco at the end of last July for one of your "Create your Future Now" seminars. My (now) husband & I had just gotten engaged on Carmel Beach the day before we met you & we were so excited to share our "future" plans with you. I want to tell you how sorry & how happy I am for you all at the same time, because I went through something very similar. I was married for almost 20 years & left my life 3 years ago. When I say "left my life," I really mean "left my lifestyle." Little did I know that leaving my prominent/wealthy husband (who was addicted to his job & money) would change my life in ways I never even thought of. I had many friends...not any more, I traveled...not any more, I had no money worries EVER...not any more. I had a 15 year old daughter who changed overnight (happy, to confused & unhappy). I, however, presented the world, a "perfect life," but it was far from perfect. I was miserable with all these "things" that everyone else thought I should be so grateful for. What I didn't have was a partner, a best friend, a husband. I lived a full life life everyday, but was so very lonely. I had to pretend that all was well, because I couldn't imagine (in my position), burdening anyone with my problems. And, I especially couldn't imagine complaining & staying in my love-less marriage. I knew if I started sharing my pain with others, that I had to be prepared to leave. Or, so I felt. So, I didn't complain. I smiled. I worked hard. I over-compensated, hoping no one would figure me out. Then, the unthinkable happened. My best friend of 8 years (male) told me that he was in love with me & had been since we met. I was all at once thrilled & terrified. Without hesitation, I told him that I felt the same way. At this time, I was very married...working side by side (helping my husband) run his multi-million dollar company. We had just purchased a 1.5 million dollar home & a lake home about an hour away. Like I said...the perfect life, huh? FAR FROM IT! The minute my friend said those words, I knew my marriage was over...it was just a matter of when. Well, three months (& 25 lbs lighter), I left. When my husband & I moved, we left our home that we had lived in for our entire marriage...where we raised our daughter, etc. Since we had only lived in our (his) "dream" home for one year, our old house was still on the market. When we moved, we painted everything very neutral (better chance of selling), which completely changed the look & feel of the entire home. When I actually made the decision to leave, my husband literally called a moving company, packed a couch, one bed, & dropped off my (our) daughter & I at our old house. I will never forget it...it was July 3rd, everyone in the neighborhood was shooting off fireworks, enjoying family, having backyard BBQ's...& there I was, sitting in my old house (that looked nothing like it did when I lived there the first time)...wondering what to do next. I truly had nothing...NOTHING...no food, no kitchen appliances, no furniture for my daughter, etc. My daughter & I slept in the same bed for many months. On top of having nothing, he removed my name from our bank accounts, & removed his name from our credit cards which at that time had over $25,000.00 balance. WHAT HAD I DONE?!?! As horrible as it all felt, I knew is was the right thing to do because (as you preach, Marcia)...my dream & my integrity were DEFINITELY not aligned...& I knew it everyday & I felt it everyday...but, days become weeks, weeks become months, months become years, & time quickly gets away in a blink. Being a business coach myself, I knew what to do & I knew how hard it would be, but I did it...maybe with a lot of tears, but I did it!! I slowly made my old house a home again. I hated living there because of all the memories, but I knew it was just a means to an end. My attorney advised me to stay there til my divorce was over, which was three years...little did I know it would take that long. My husband (now) moved in (with his 17 year old daughter) & we all started new lives together. I'll have to say, having a new family in my old house was very hard at times. But, we were all experiencing "change" together & making the best of it. In addition to all of this, my entire family turned their back on me & have not spoken to me since I left. How could I leave my very wealthy husband & choose to be with someone so "common?" My entire family is very wealthy & money is very important to all of them. However, I am happy to report that I have been married to my best friend for almost 4 months, after a beautiful beach wedding (only the two of us) in Mexico. I still have not heard from one member of my family & although I am sad about it everyday, I am finally complete & whole. No, I don't travel the world or go shopping for the latest Jessica Simpson shoes; I shop for groceries at Walmart & my makeup is not Mac, but Walgreens. I only have two spatulas, not 15, & one set of dishes & towels. I clean my own house, I mow my own yard, I eat at home on my back deck & enjoy every minute of all of it. Even better: just months after my husband & I got engaged, we found our "dream home." No, it was not 10,000 square feet with the most expensive art, heated towel bars, wine cellar, with 12 flat screen TV's...it was (what I call) a Retro Lodge. My whole life, I dreamed of a home with a big front porch with rocking chairs, flowers everywhere, huge trees, comfortable & homey! I am living my dream...the house I always imaged in my mind is the home I live in with my best friend...the husband & partner I always dreamed of. Luckily, my dream home, was his dream home...only he always wanted to live on water. he was in luck, this home has a 1 acre private lake in the front yard. I walk around my home & thank God everyday for giving me the strength to make this huge decision & blessing me with everything I have dreamed of. Last, but not least...when we bought our Retro Lodge, our other home had not sold & we knew it was a bit risky with the horrible real estate market to own 2 homes, but we did it anyway...we just knew it would sell if we didn't make an offer fast. So, we did...we remodeled it for 6 months...WOW...it was a fixer upper & the very first day of our honeymoon, we got a call that someone wanted to purchase our other home. This home had been on the market for almost 4 years at that time & this was our first offer. We couldn't believe it. The moral to my long story is this: it's never too late to make a change in your life...no matter how big or small, no matter how old or young. Change can happen anytime & although it was the hardest thing I ever did...I am stronger & wiser because of it...but most of all, I am happy. And, my daughter learned that she, too, can change anything at any time, no matter how monumental the circumstances. Life is what we make it...it's made up of choices & decisions that only we can make for ourselves. Every decision has a consequence, good or bad. So, Marcia, I completely understand where you've been & where you are. Just last weekend, I finally decided to go out into the public again (after four years of hiding), fearing that I might see someone from my old life & that they might judge me or ignore me...but I knew I couldn't hide forever. I went & surprisingly, it wasn't nearly as scary as I thought it would be...nothing is. I wish you happiness & healing & hope that maybe my story will give someone else the strength to make a change. One of my favorite quotes, "There's no such thing as small change." Bless you, Marcia, for all the good you do for others. I am living my dream & it feels so good & so right, FINALLY:)

  72. Craig Griffin July 19, 2011 at 9:28 am - Reply

    Hang in there!

  73. Betty Liedtke July 19, 2011 at 9:28 am - Reply

    Dear, dear, Marcia,
    My heart goes out to you both!
    My heart--literally--has to do with my "comeback" story. 23 years ago, I had surgery and a year of chemotherapy for breast cancer, which I got right after my daughter was born. Toward the end of chemotherapy I developed severe heart damage that left me weak, winded, and practically bedridden. Cancer "just happened" to me (I was in a high-risk family) but the heart damage felt like something that was done to me through someone's negligence or mistake. I called a hot-line number I found and laid into the poor, innocent volunteer who answered the phone. :> He responded that even though he didn't know the answer to my questions, it sounded like I had limited stamina and energy, and it was my choice to use it to remain bitter and angry or to spend it trying to get better. (Eye-opening response, but easy choice!)
    My experience is now at the core of a presentation I give: "Where Do Diamonds Come From? A Lump of Coal and a Lot of Pressure."
    Even though you gave up the diamond in your engagement ring, I am positive that your heartbreak now will turn into a strong, resilient, valuable diamond of another sort.
    My love to you!
    Always,
    Betty

  74. Stacy July 19, 2011 at 9:29 am - Reply

    Bold and brave! No need to apologize for living your life and walking your journey. Change is a good thing--sometimes painful while in it... But well worth it. Thank you for sharing. Though I don't know you, I look forward to learning more about what you have to offer, now that you're "back."

  75. Barbara Taylor July 19, 2011 at 9:31 am - Reply

    There is always a BLESSING underneath every problem, burden or dis-ease pushing the issue up and out to be transmuted into joy and enthusiasm. I am so glad you have found your blessing in this situation.

  76. Christine Berry July 19, 2011 at 9:35 am - Reply

    Hello beautiful woman...
    Loss and grief can take us to our knees and allows us to look at our weakness and strength all at the same time. Some days one has power over the other. Some days they share the same space, almost in the same breath. I have looked outside so many times, yet where the most power and creation occurs is when I've truly become still and listened to my heart, my higher self, and become clear about who and what is important to me...and it begins with me. Not always an easy task, yet the reflection is we are ONE. The world is a reflection of me. Always. Blessings, Marcia, on your journey. We are all on the same path. Love on the planet. Heart to heart. <3
    Love and light,
    Christine Berry

  77. Jacqueline Pinn July 19, 2011 at 9:36 am - Reply

    Marcia,

    First of all, you look wonderful! Bright-eyed and lighter somehow. Lean but not mean!

    Thank you for continuing to model the power of vulnerability. Vulnerability seems to be a hidden asset in leadership. Yet, it's sooo feminine! The inherent power of blending those aspects of our being--masculine and feminine--in order to marshall the energy we need to channel our thoughts and deeds in purposeful pursuit is a life changer, I'm convinced.

    As for me, I'm in the midst of experiencing loss on many levels as we speak: a soulmate's death; a sacrificed job; a departure from my home; the departure of my son to college and his future. Whew!

    What am I doing? First, I keep an image of myself in the middle of a gyroscope--balanced yet moving this way and that. That image is enough to keep me grounded--most of the time!

    Mostly though, I am constantly working to create context for myself--and stay present. That means that I can only be where I am, not necessarily where I want/think I should be. So, while I would like to have many of the details of the future revealed immediately with clarity and ease, I am staying focused on the PROCESS of weeding out my personal possessions right now. That's what's immediately before me and imminently clear. Taking time to fully complete any decisions I make to let go of some things or keep them. As I release things I thought I absolutely needed or things I've just been looking at for decades, I am surprised by the relief that comes with renunciation. I have space to do things now that I couldn't do before--spread out.

    What a gift! If you'd asked me while I was working 10 hours a day how it would feel to just have the time to concentrate on sorting through the possessions I've accumulated over an adult lifetime, I would have jumped at the chance! Well, here it is.

    I know at some deep level that this expansiveness will translate into other practical areas of my life--a new work situation; a new place to live; new relationships and the opportunity to again, be true to mySelf...To be the predominant creative force in my life.

    It may appear that it isn't happening on my timeline. Yet, the more I let go of what I think should be happening and accept what's showing up--even give myself wholeheartedly to what's showing up--the more I can stay balanced with the uncertainty of it all.

    Welcome back!

    Sending love and light,
    Jacqui Pinn

  78. Brooke July 19, 2011 at 9:37 am - Reply

    Welcome Back Marcia. You said that you lost your voice during the tough times but did you lose Hope? In these tough economic times (the media tells us daily) we need to keep Hope alive in our lives. Hope for the future, hope for new experiences, new relationships and new opportunities! We need to inspire each other and continue to HOPE

    Will you be attending the NSA Influence '11 in Anaheim the end of this month? I would love to meet you in person.

    With Hope for an exciting year!
    Brooke

  79. Gabrielle Pullen July 19, 2011 at 9:37 am - Reply

    Hey now! Thank you for your candor! Thanks for your courage. What's up for me is a) what can I bring to my primary relationship, rather than what can I get out of it? and b) can I love myself as I would have him love me?!? Manifesting the business to support who I want to be in this relationship has it's stresses, as I have never expected myself to play at this level. It seems to mean taking ownership of lots of stuff rather than pointing the finger, especially regarding old stuff we have together over a twelve year relationship. I'll be in touch, I too have been waylaid by life happening but am still on task!

  80. T July 19, 2011 at 9:40 am - Reply

    Hey Marcia. I participated in your Dream U telesummit last summer and it was amazing!!! It was the first one I ever participated in and I've been on so many since then, learning and growing. For some reason I was wondering about where you were last week and now you're back! I'm so glad your are better than ever, and still sharing awesomeness with the world. God bless you.

  81. patty July 19, 2011 at 9:40 am - Reply

    So much courage Marcia!! All of my friends are in unhappy marriages but stay because of kids, money, fear, etc.. I myself have a story, however, this is about you. Bravo, you will look back on this and look up to the heavens with a huge feeling of appreciation for who you are and the courage to follow your heart.

    Patty

  82. Coach Leslie July 19, 2011 at 9:42 am - Reply

    Marcia,
    God bless you for having the courage to do what you knew in your heart was the right thing for you. And for having the courage to share your story with all of us.

    I believe the greatest struggle is in the "deciding" whether to stay or go. Once the decision has been made (and you know in your gut it's the right decision); it's as if the weight of the world has been lifted. Now, all that time, emotion and energy spent trying to figure it out, can be used to fuel your future. Great to see you've got your "mojo" back and are on the move.

    Luv n Hugs,
    Coach Leslie

  83. Oksana July 19, 2011 at 9:42 am - Reply

    Sometimes doing the right thing is the hardest thing to do. Staying true to your own heart and wisdom does prove to be the right way though. I am impressed with your strength Marcia. Welcome back, I often thought of you since the last video, was sending good thoughts your way and hoped you were ok. I watch dozens of videos on self improvement, but you somehow captured my attention immediately. Thank you so much for sharing what you've been through and for following your heart. I thought you were a person to look up to then, and I stay with my thoughts today 🙂 Much support to you. You are one of the people I choose to look up to and am learning from.

  84. SFDoug July 19, 2011 at 9:43 am - Reply

    Hey, Marcia ...

    Hooray for you for "coming through" The Fire.

    "Your Joy is Your Sorrow Unmasked" (kahil gibran) ...

    A "break-up" is akin to a death in the family.

    Rejoice in the time the two of you spent together ... rejoice in knowing you are all the richer for the experience. Rejoice in the fact that you are surrounded by L-O-V-E ... and that love, will get you through ...

    Marcia: "I Send You Love" ... Now ... Get Back To Work!

  85. Pat Nissan July 19, 2011 at 9:44 am - Reply

    Welcome back Marcia...you are a magnificent woman and I thank you for your willingness to be vulnerable and authentic! I know what it is like to loose my way and my focus and I also know that when I take the lessons that are there for me, my life works!

    Six months ago, I had hip replacement surgery. I made the decision to give up competitive tennis(a 50 year passion) and give myself the gift of traveling the world. The journey has been life changing and I can only say that I am in the midst of the lesson...I am certain the best is yet to come. So...stay tuned!

    Did I tell you how beautiful you look?

    love and light...Pat

  86. Bill Campbell July 19, 2011 at 9:49 am - Reply

    Hi Marcia!

    I just wanted to thank you for the video and for our friendship over these years. In these days of "humongous" changes in our shared humanity, it is awesome to hear from the "Keeper of Dreams" her story of challenge, growth and positive intention to keep on keeping on!!!!!!! Yeeeaaaaahhh Marcia!!!

    Love and Light
    Bill

  87. CLARA PASQUALI DACHIARDI July 19, 2011 at 10:03 am - Reply

    Dear Marcia,
    Hi!Your video was quite moving. If you still need some more clarity of what was and is going on for you I am an evolutionary karmic astrologer and would love to give you a personal reading.
    You can check my web page to see if this resonates with you.
    http://www.astrocodesinternational.com
    In love and light, Clara

  88. Jeri July 19, 2011 at 10:04 am - Reply

    Marcia,

    Thank you so much for your courage and honesty. It helps us all find our way when we know that others have taken on life's challenges and emerged stronger. You are radiating power and you look absolutely fabulous!

    Three years ago, the company I worked for as a consultant and writer no longer needed my services. It was a devastating experience for me because I didn't see it coming and I had closed out all other sources of income in order to be available for this primary client. Plus, I thought of the company owners as personal friends. We spent a lot of time together chasing their dream, which I also thought of as my own.

    After I finished the last project for them, a close friend gave me a buddy pass and I took a 10 day vacation to Negril. I walked every morning, but mainly I spent the majority of time in my room journaling and working on healing. The day before I left Negril, I spent several hours at the Royal Palm Nature reserve communing with nature and taking photographs. When I got home and downloaded the hundreds of pictures I had taken (joy of digital), I was not only in awe, my heart was reawakened to what was once my dream and passion -- to be a photojournalist.

    I did work as a journalist for 17 years (primarily in broadcast news management) and in corporate PR for five years. Today, I make a living ghostwriting non-fiction books or helping people write their books. But I am currently living one of my dreams and pursuing my passion by photographing and dialoguing with nature. What I learned is that living your dream doesn't always mean that it's the way you make your living. But when you are connected to your dream and your heart is filled with passion for that dream, the rest of your life is so much more vibrant and overflowing with love and appreciation. Today, I have a blog: http://www.lifelessonsfromnature.wordpress.com

    In the two months since I started it, the process of photographing and committing myself to daily blogging has changed my life...and opened the door to a new mission to publish a book of the lessons Mother Nature is always attempting to teach us (through the eyes of an amateur photographer). None of this would've ever happened if I was still working for the other company.

    I don't know where this will lead. But I know I see the world through different eyes every single day because of my heart-to-heart connection with nature and the opportunity to live and speak my truth as an artist and writer.

    Thank you again for all you do to awaken the world to the value of living our dreams.

    I wish you joy, peace and light on the next phase of your journey!

    Jeri

  89. Sandy Guderyon, Life & Business Development Coach July 19, 2011 at 10:10 am - Reply

    Hi Marcia, Long time no-see! Thank you for your most candid and heartfelt comments. You are right on by making a decision that is right for you. Not easy, but right. I have learned to do that, too, because my coaching clients expect me to be in good order, but because that's what works. The Universe then steps in to provide new dreams in untold ways. Who knew? I'm happy for you that your life is good and I'm happy that you are going on and keeping on! May all the dreams keep coming your way!
    All the best,
    Sandy

  90. Dream Coach LInda July 19, 2011 at 10:13 am - Reply

    Hi Marcia! Nice to hear from you and thank you for sharing this difficult portion of your life. I have a story too. Three months ago I quit a job that had great potential to be a career that offered long term security, but I was not fulfilled. As with all transitions, there was the 'ending' portion which proved to be most difficult. The best strategy I found was to be present to myself and my emotions. When I felt overwhelmed with confusion I journaled. After a few weeks my heart started to clear and I made a point to recognizing the things that fed my passions. Every morning I asked myself, "What do I really, really want to do today?" And I did those things. My life started to flourish. Our home life became more vibrant, I started to get paid for doing those very things that I really, really wanted to do, and the best part I was fulfilled and truly happy. Sometimes something needs to be destroyed before something new can be birthed. Joyfully yours, Linda

  91. Gail DeLuca July 19, 2011 at 10:18 am - Reply

    Dear Marcia,
    First, what courage you have shown to not only make a difficult decision that you knew would be painful not only to you, but someone you loved, but to then put yourself out there and let your huge community know about it. My hero!

    As for me, I am in the process of getting divorced from my husband of 25 years. We remain best friends, but it is still painfully difficult.

    I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the part you played in the process. I found I needed new dreams, and having my new dreams has helped me work through the grieving. You have helped me dream again.

    Now my next step is to follow your example and reach out to my own community and share my life with them. I know I will receive an outpouring of love and support to lift my spirits when I need it.

    I hope anytime you need your spirits lifted, you will come back here and read all these wonderful comments and know that many, many folks truly care about you and think you are among the most awesome people in the universe.

    Here's to new dreams!
    Cheers,
    Gail

  92. Barbara H July 19, 2011 at 10:22 am - Reply

    Welcome back, Marcia. I got a lot of inspiration from your presentation in Chicago, and things were going well for my editorial business. In fact, my accountant congratulated me for building up my business so much from the previous year!

    Then at the end of March, my husband was unceremoniously laid off from his job after 31 years, with minimal severance. We are both a few years away from Medicare and have several serious but not life-threatening (yet) conditions common to people our age. COBRA rates are prohibitive, and we could find no private insurance that would be any better.

    Luckily, I was offered a full-time admin job by a friend for whom I had done part-time work in the past, which includes health insurance. I still work at my business and accommodate my clients as much as I can, which often entails working long hours evenings and weekends. Ironically, I have obtained a few new clients recently, and even had to turn some work away.

    My husband is recovering slowly from the blow. He has had a couple of phone interviews (which is amazing these days to even get that much) but no offers so far. He does keep busy with volunteer work and is trying to decide what he wants to do with the rest of his life (which does not include the same working conditions and long hours he had before). So it can be a positive new start for him in the long run. I hope he can put his talents to good use.

    That is the saddest thing about this economy, is that so many people's talents are wasted and older people's contributions and wisdom are not valued. We need to be more proactive and not let ourselves get pushed aside in life.

  93. Anna Cummins July 19, 2011 at 10:29 am - Reply

    Marcia,

    Thank you so much for your transparency. What a wonderful thing to know that we are allowed to be silent, to reflect and to focus on ourselves when needed. Who knew?! 😉

    In gratitude,

    Anna

  94. Janet Kiel July 19, 2011 at 10:32 am - Reply

    Hi Marcia! I'm happy you are bsck and
    I have missed you and your wisdom! Plus
    can't wait to hear from you in the future!
    My life is great and have had the blessings of no major left or right turns
    at this point in my life.

  95. Sharon Otness Foot July 19, 2011 at 10:41 am - Reply

    What a delight to hear from you Marcia! Thank you for sharing in such a real way. I have been on a journey of rediscovering who I am and how I can make a difference for 8 years now. You have been a part of that as I have taken in-person workshops with you and followed you for many of those years. Thank you always for the inpiration! I now live in Santa Monica and I am a Vitality and VaVoom Expert, helping women get their true, energetic selves back. Love re-connecting and I look forward to seeing how both of our journeys continue.

  96. Devi July 19, 2011 at 10:43 am - Reply

    Hello Marcia, I have been a free spirit and five years ago i met a man thought this was it,no it has been a very reflective and spiritual journey for me, I thought i knew me, yet I gave my power away to this man, and became a shadow his shadow. I was always very enthusiastic and very motivateand over the five years, I became fearful and subdued and let this mman lead my life. I have now woken up and am saying Like you No. I have not quite left him, and now building myself up to make a big move. I still fear the thoughts of not making it on my own.
    I really need help to have a healing centre as I am a healer and would open healing centre so that I can use all myskills and knowledge to pass it on to others.
    Thank you for being connected to my life, and being the light that you are.
    Lots of love Devi

  97. Kristine July 19, 2011 at 10:44 am - Reply

    Marcia, We have not met and I heard you briefly at the Isagenix convention and am excited to hear you again soon. I am now reading a book by Debbi Ford, who bounced back from amazing things to become a deep and insightful teacher. Am appreciating her exercises to discover all I dislike about myself as well as all I like and some I don't like enough or have downplayed. All of these personality traits require acceptance to be whole. What an amazing concept. My journey to discover who I could be, began several years ago. My marriage of 30+ years ended because I became the real me and I have discovered life goes on beautifully despite what might have been devastating to many. THank God for our spirits of joy and the ability to be vibrant while accepting each moment as a gift. Share your gifts, empower those who choose to listen and enjoy the life your heart speaks.

  98. Patti DeNucci July 19, 2011 at 10:49 am - Reply

    Marcia,
    I love you and really love this video and the message, sincerity, humility, transparency & human-ness you embody here (and in all you do). Great to see you in Dallas at the eWomenNetwork conference (thanks for all the cheers of support regarding my new book The Intentional Networker), and I'm so looking forward to the aha's, inspiration, healing, creativity & discoveries I'm sure to experience at Masters of Manifestation in November.
    Appreciatively,
    Patti

  99. Kim Heathman July 19, 2011 at 10:49 am - Reply

    Marcia,

    Thanks so much for the kind post about your life and how you are turning lemons into lemonade.

    Affairs of the heart run the deepest. So glad you are back on top. From this position you will be able to attract the right one who will resonate with your strength and your grace.

    Congrats for being and sharing the winner in you with the rest of us. It gives hope and inspiration to those who just may be in the same situation, and are looking for an answer, and an example to follow.

    You are awesome!!!

    Kim

  100. alice higgins July 19, 2011 at 11:01 am - Reply

    Hi Marcia

    Thank you for sharing and your honesty. Isnt it great to be human - and to allow ourselves to make mistakes and have huge breakthroughs from what life throws up. Also when you communicate with such openness I find myself connected and affirmed anew.

  101. MaryAnne Martinez July 19, 2011 at 11:01 am - Reply

    Thank you Marcia,
    As a Libra I understand the Saturn influence on our lives(until Oct. 2012) and the lessons that are imparative to learn. I appreciate your strength, and I am grateful that you are back and better than ever!

  102. Barbara July 19, 2011 at 11:02 am - Reply

    Marcia: Thank you for being so authentically vulnerable! What an inspiration for the rest of the world! I actually have a story, too - one it has taken me several years from which to recover .... all while beginning to move into becoming an "expert" ..... In December, 2004 my husband died suddenly and unexpectedly while I was driving us home from an all-too-brief mini-vacation. He died in the car, on a desolate portion of an interstate freeway where there was no immediate help available. He was just 56, so you know this was not anticipated and there was no warning. Death, and the attendant grieving journey, have this marvelous way of wiping one's slate clean [although you can't discern this until later] and allowing one to learn valuable knowledge that will impact your future. Drastic, traumatic events [such as your broken engagement, my late husband's death, etc.] have a way of gently [or not so gently] nudging us into facing all sorts of things we might otherwise have ignored or neglected. I commend you again on making difficult choices, moving forward because of your choices and allowing us to share in your journey!
    I look forward to the rejuvenation of your dynamic community! Barbara

  103. Teena Miller July 19, 2011 at 11:15 am - Reply

    Thank you Marcia for being honest and candid-it's one of the many qualities I love about you. Life is NOT a linear path, you and I know that, we have lived it on the up and down, around corners,high altitudes and low valleys rocky roads of life! But it's how we travel that makes all the difference and that is my story. I have had life and death challenges, with my health, with my relationships and today I can share I'm loving what I am doing on a daily basis! I trained last year with Dr. Madan Kataria, the "Laughing Guru"(New Yorker Magazine)to become a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher. I now teach over 200 people every week laughter yoga exercises designed to bring more oxygen into their lungs and boost their immune systems. I created "Teena's Laughter Yoga Exercises DVD" and participated in two book compilations of essays(Amazon bestseller!)and I just returned from being a speaker at the International MENSA Conference in Portland, Oregon with over 2,000 people attending! I write articles for a fitness publication (over 50,000 individuals publication)and will be returning for the 2012 Northern Hemisphere Gathering Of MENSA at their invitation. I absolutely love what I do and it has turned my life around from my health to speaking in front of thousands of people! I owe it all to you Marcia for motivating me to follow my Dreams and bring Joy to others. We are walking examples of what the heart believes we can make it REAL. Much Love, Teena

  104. Nancy Burnett July 19, 2011 at 11:17 am - Reply

    Hi Marcia,
    I know what you mean about losing your vision and voice and not knowing what to say. I have three times pulled myself back from deep depression and put my life back together again, and each time I have found my life has taken off in ways beyond what I could have imagined. I have learned so much that I would like to share with others.

  105. Kelvin July 19, 2011 at 11:18 am - Reply

    Hi Marcia!
    You have such a vibrant radiance in your eyes that tells me you are stronger and more determined to create the better fuller life your desire. What you are going through is not easy. I've been there. But, nothing can beat living life on your own terms. I wish you the best. God bless you for sharing your story.

    Much love...
    Kelvin

  106. Greg Skomp July 19, 2011 at 11:23 am - Reply

    I joined your group after participating in Tim Kelly's True Purpose retreat four years ago. Since then I have been unemployed for three years after being CFO for a residential home builder. I just recently got a straight-commission sales job, marketing tele-medicine services to large, self-insured employers. It serves my purpose of helping people find health and fitness, but it also challenges my self-confidence with the difficulty of the task. Welcome back.

  107. Paula Lesso July 19, 2011 at 11:25 am - Reply

    Wow - I am so glad to see you smiling and happy and know that the future is going to bring you bigger and better things. Yes, looking into our hearts and listening is one thing, it is the taking of action that is the true test of who we are. I also looked into my heart and had to take the step of breaking off a 5 year relationship. Through the help of coaches and friends, I was able to take the leap of breaking off the relationship, it was the right thing for me to do. We also remain very good friends. I have to laugh when people seem to have a difficult time understanding that part, and that is ok. It is all about how we remain friends. Good luck to you and it is great to hear from you. Always, Paula

  108. Arsen Marsoobian,AKA, Papa Soob July 19, 2011 at 11:36 am - Reply

    HI Marci,
    What a great message.Open,honest,and authentic. like our friend LYNN Rose teaches in her WOW Factor seminars. My story of turn around involves Heart surgeries(3), failed second marriage,loss of job,BK,retirement.
    At age 76 finishing up first book, speaking publicly, promoting speakers in FRESNO, CA.
    Training with Chris Howard, Mark V.Hanson, LES Brown,Lynn ROSE and few others.And of course Dream UNIVERSITY material from few years back.
    look forward to more wonderful messages from you.
    PAPA SOOB

  109. Shaun July 19, 2011 at 11:43 am - Reply

    Dearest Marcia!
    You are Extraordinary, I felt your heart the first time we met and this 2nd timeat Ewomen network was just more of you caring with all your heart. I know what it took for you to share what hurt you with us and I am so grateful you did for you are my Inspiration! Keep Shining and Soaring beyond your wildest unlimited Dreams!!All IS POSSIBLE.
    Heart Hugs!!

  110. Karena Domenico July 19, 2011 at 11:46 am - Reply

    Marcia: I'm at the biggest most juicy expansive time in my life right now. My soul, heart and mind are wide open, and dreaming really big. And.....in a way, I'm frozen — not sure how to start.....where to begin to manifest my Big Dream for my life. Luckily and Gratefully, it appears to be happening even without my input or need to control it. But if there is a Dreamer, who knows the secrets of turning Dreams into Reality — and that Dreamer is You — I'm ready to find a mentor to keep me facing, walking and moving in the right direction — one step at a time.

  111. Kelley July 19, 2011 at 11:46 am - Reply

    Life once again proves that it is one adventure after another. Your grace, humor and vulnerability are inspiring. I believe in you and I know that this truly is your time to bloom. The courage, commitment, and confidence in your reclaimed voice is powerful and inviting. Good morning, sunshine! It's good to see you alive again!

  112. Stephanie July 19, 2011 at 11:49 am - Reply

    Hi. I was so touched by your message. Our stories are similar. Two years ago in May I relocated to Texas with my fiance. The following February I absolutely knew that we were not supposed to stay together and that it would be sad to do so. So off I spun on my own, completely, no reason to go back to AZ, no one to go back to, a strong feeling that I was done there at least for now after 30 years, got a small, very small, but oh so thankful for it, job here, and started getting up every day and making my way. Every day. And every night and then every day again. Fast forward 16 months and I feel as though I am just coming back into myself. There is no more pain, my sense of positive expectation is rejuvenated, I have reconnected with that part of me that knows I know what I know, you know? : ) .... So, that is my story. Thank you for allowing me to tell you and share. Love and light to you. Steph

  113. Patty Cook July 19, 2011 at 11:52 am - Reply

    My heart goes out to you, Marcia, and I appreciate your sharing with all of us. As one who has had life change in the tick of a clock more than once, I know what it's like to get thrown for a loop!

    I am a two-time victor over breast cancer, and I would like to share three keys that helped me go through it all with grace and ease.

    First, rather than curse it or wish it were different, I chose to look for the life lessons I knew were entwined, and strived to learn them well. The Serenity Prayer served me well, encouraging me to stop putting energy into what I can't change, but instead to focus on what I can. That lesson, and many others, still guide me, and continue to unfold.

    Second, I took stock of what was working and what wasn't working in all areas of my life, and got into action to realign those things that weren't working. It is very easy to roll along with the status quo. My setbacks gave me the perfect opportunity to realign my life with who I am NOW. Authenticity is a key to long-term success and happiness, in my view.

    And third, I stopped trying to do it all myself. I realized that while I have to live my own life, I don't have to do it alone. I learned that my mile-wide independent streak was a strength and a weakness. It served me well, but because I didn't know how to turn it off, it worked against me. Now, like you, I let others contribute to me and help me get where I want to go, rather than denying them the gift of giving every time I would say, "No, thanks. I can do it myself."

    Can't wait to be a part of your Inspired Speaker program in September. See you then!

    Blessings to you and yours,
    Patty

  114. Teresa July 19, 2011 at 11:53 am - Reply

    Hello Marcia-
    We met when you first moved to SF, invited friends to some of your first seminars, went to lunch on California street, and read some one of your draft books....I lost my beloved Rippy, the brindle lab, took a road trip for a couple of weeks, and then had the biggest hole in my heart, so adopted a 100 pound chocolate lab, Rocky - who makes me smile every day. I am trying to do a little writing-submitted an article to More magazine, so am trying to do some writing, but keep getting side tracked. Hope to see you live and in person

  115. Marlene Dillon July 19, 2011 at 11:55 am - Reply

    Marcia, thank you for sharing your story and know that you are in my prayers. Once again I see why I was led to you. I am still trying to get up from having the rug pulled from under me. Just as I was on my path my husband left me with a wonderful and busy two year old. I was a stay-at-home mom so I had no money, no car, nothing but my family. My parents took us in and now I have to make sense of a life I wouldn't have chosen for myself. On the bright side, I had just come to the realization that we were not aligned so I know it's for the best but it's hard. That's years of investing all of me, including putting my dreams and interests on hold. So I understand & am trying to find my way back.

  116. John.G.Verboon July 19, 2011 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    Welcome Back Marcia,

    Thank you for the message you gave.

    Its just a reminder of the basic Equation in Nature and I am not talking about the
    Laws of Attraction etc.
    But The very Nernst-equation that operates in all of us and the Universe.
    Free Energy of Concentration becoming Free Energy of Reaction.
    Its what makes your Heart beat as well as your Thoughts. And Not to forget the very computer innards that work with that same equation.
    Right now there is a thunderstorm here and that too works from that equation.
    With Warmth,
    John.

  117. Elizabeth July 19, 2011 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    My story is rather devastating,and in many ways hard to share. I had a rather difficult childhood with abuse in various forms, left home at 17 and got married at 18 thinking that would be the only way that I could find some structure in my life. It was clear from the beginning that this was not really where I was supposed to be,however, I really wanted to be a success at a normal life. My son was born when I was 20. It changed my life, here was my little miracle that no-one except God could take from me. He was always a wonderfully sensitive and polite young man. We had a difficult time growing up (immigrating) 2nd marriage and then 2nd divorce.Single mom for many, many years barely holding on. Although many people did not know how hard it was I was blessed with a very strong nature. Early December last year, my son was incarcerated on a charge of first degree murder. He had gotten into some trouble and was as lost as I was when I was younger. This case is so aweful because anyone who knows my son knows what a wonderful father of a gorgeous 3 and half yr old and stepdaddy to an amazing 11 yr old, son, fiancee and brother he is. He would always take the shirt off his back, help as many others as he could.I have been blessed because God has given me the strength to fight and do everything I need to save his life. I know that life is a jourey and that we have things come up that task us, sometimes though, I find I just want to hide from the world because I feel like I failed him. His trial begins two days before his birthday and your message and site has come just in time to help me hold on. I look forward to visiting often. Thank you for listening. I assume this will be confidential?

  118. Kevin July 19, 2011 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    Glad to know you're alive and well, Marcia.

    The pain is evident in your eyes.

    I can see it because I've been there, where 6 months after a heart felt break up, I tried and convince myself I was all better.

    But it takes a long while for the pain to evaporate.

    And if they were really special, it never goes away entirely, because their soul was entwined with yours.

    That's how I look back at my last relationship, we were blessed with 90% wonderful time.

    But we decided that we had enough issues that life under one roof wasn't in the cards.

    And that's ok, I'm a grateful man to have been with her for 5 years. And she feels the same.

    Good health and may your healing be rich and juicy...

  119. Karen Minyard July 19, 2011 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    Marcia, This last month has been very hard for me and I understand how you feel. My husband has lung disease and his health has been declining over the last year, this last month he decided to go on a list for a lung transplant. The problem is we just opened a new real estate office, which has been my dream for the last 4 1/2 years. It takes a couple of years to get a new company started and at this time I really don't know which way to go. If he gets a lung transplant we will lose his income for at least 1-2 years and at this time I depend on his income. So I have decided to stop worrying about it and move forward with my dream. I can do it!!!!

  120. Linda July 19, 2011 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    Hi Marcia,
    First and foremost, welcome back. We've missed you and glad that you were safe through all of this while continuing on the journey. It's good to be normal so to speak with all the earth's stuff.

  121. Charlot G DeWald July 19, 2011 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    hiMarcia,
    your courage to share genuinely and with heart and be transparent is an amazing model for all of us. Thank you for being open, honest and on the past with integrity. You are living your dream.

  122. Stan July 19, 2011 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    I recently "discovered" that I am about to turn 68 and that I am no longer immortal. To say that I am frightened is an understatement. This is especially true because several people in my family of acquaintences and friends have discovered that they are about to die from cancer.

    I have become vulnerable and don't like it one bit! I look for little signs of deterioration; inavblity to walk 4 miels an hour at the geinning of a a 4 mile walk, loss of breadth when climbing a flight of steps, and forgetfulness.

    Of course there are thing s to do about some of these "symptoms"; go on a diet, eat better, exercise more and that includes my mind.

    So that's my story. Some people discover this "syndrome" earlier in life. I guess it's to my advantage to have discovered it while I'm still able to do something about it.

    I am a career and retirement coach who has used your ideas for a few years now. I want to thank you for your wisdom and creativity. My clients who are in the passion discovery mode are especially grateful.

    Thank you once again for opening a new door for me.

  123. Michele Bowen July 19, 2011 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    Hi Marsha,
    I met you for the first time last week at the eWomen Network Conference in Dallas and you were sooooo inspiring, fun and 'fiesty'! ; )

    You are also very brave to share such a personal story that affected your heart so deeply---but I can tell you are a person who speaks from the heart with honesty and empathy and an attitude of service. I wish you every success as you start this new chapter of your life!

  124. Maile Andrus-Price July 19, 2011 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    Marcia,
    That took guts for you to do that video. I applaud your integrity and sincerity and send you love.

    I found myself in an abusive marriage (he was really nice until we got married). At rock bottom, with only a shred of self-worth remaining, I left him and took our 1 year old daughter with me. Years of pain ensued that was emotionally, physically and financially expensive. I got through the dark years by repeatedly telling myself I deserve to be happy, by believing that the light would come, even if I couldn't see it. The light did come. I am happy. I wish the same for you.
    Aloha, Maile (The deeper meaning of aloha means - I see God in you, I hold you in your highest state.)

  125. Doreen Blake July 19, 2011 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing your story-it took courage to do this. Yes-it is so true that wonderful things can happen when one makes a decision to do what they know is right-even though there are untold emotions to conquer en route.

  126. Gladys Heuer July 19, 2011 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    Yes, good to hear from you again. I can only imagine you going through this very difficult time evidenced by you losing your sight temporarity & your voice.

    When you love someone enough to stay good friends afterwards, how do you decide that he wasn't the one for you to marry? How did this revelation show up for you.

  127. Dale July 19, 2011 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    Thank you, Marcia, for being true and authentic. As you said, we each have our setbacks but it's how we recover and move on that makes us who we are. Glad to have you back!

  128. Sue Schaber July 19, 2011 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    The rough journey has been long but I'm just beginning to feel that I have something great to look forward to and starting to believe in myself again...after many, many years. With the help of Bob Proctor I am tuning into his great words of wisdom and know you travel on the same path. I look forward to seeing you at the Isagenix conference...by the way, you look thinner and younger. I'll introduce myself to you when I see you in a few weeks. God bless, Sue Schaber p.s. Thanks for being real.

  129. Lynda July 19, 2011 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    I am glad that you have made it through your trial. I find that when we get stuck the universe has a way of shaking things up to get us moving again.

    I was stuck about 5 years ago. I knew that I needed to leave my job and I should move from where I was living but I wasn't sure how to do that. The Universe decided that I was taking too long to make those decisions. It brought a flood into my home and I lost about 75% of my belongings. I ended up homeless for a month. (You really find out who your friends are in a situation like that.) I finally found a home and then got a great job opportunity presented to me. I moved in to my new apartment on the 18th of the month, left my old job on the 28th, met my birth monther on the 29th and started a new job on the 1st of the the following month. That was a whirlwind of a month!

    It was a challenge to get through the first few months but I learned that I was capable of so much more in life.

    Peace and Light,
    Lynda

  130. Ralph J. Smith July 19, 2011 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    Welcome Back Marcia. First of all I think you should know that I am a man over 90 years old. I read your wonderful book "Dreams are whispers from the Soul,"
    I througly understand the way this existence treats us and I hope your problems are over. I have been there but my future looks bright. My long life has given me two very successful adventures. I am now doing a lot of writing about the incredible life I have had. Have completed a 500 page book about my show business days. Bless you and your great work RJSmith

  131. yaquinalady July 19, 2011 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    Married in 1993 - husband convinced me to quit my job and go to law school. He would support me - make my house payments etc. was his commitment. Graduated from law school 97. Hysterectomy (not ovarian cancer thank you God) but didn't pass the bar the 1st time as I was recovering from the surgery. (Bar fees non-refundable.) Studied again, passed got an Americorps position at Legal Aid representing women in DV and Sexual assault civil cases (restraining orders, custody etc.) When my service was completed (some student loan relief and pro bono obligation done) I tried to start my own practice. I was worn out. Husband divorced me 2002 - I think his plan was to live off me when I graduated law school. I was left unemployed and moving home 90 miles away to start over again with no clients. Living off credit cards. Horrible hot flashes - poor sleep. Waking up with anxiety attacks - I later discovered hot flashes create anxiety. By 2006 I was still exhausted. Read in O Mag (God Bless Oprah) about a woman Olympic Runner who had chronic fatigue syndrome. What I had was more than depression. 2 more years of medical appointments and disability applications. I indeed have CFS and now get disability benefits. Life is not perfect, but I am financially stable and have a lovely peaceful existence. 10 years ago I was in serious trouble. My finances are cleaned up now and I am ok. If you had told me then I would be ok now I wouldn't have been able to see how that was possible.

    I have dreams I am still holding and moving toward. We'll see if I can make them come true.

  132. Marcie Patrick July 19, 2011 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    Most of us have stories to tell, but how we react may differ. Some changes which at first seem sad actually lift burdens from us. We can then jump up and fly or just sit and rest awhile. Right now I'm resting ... not knowing what's up in that sky ... but still knowing it's there !
    Good luck to you. Good luck to us all !

  133. Linda Carol Berry July 19, 2011 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    Aloha Marcia,

    I too have experienced a setback of gargantuan proportions that has taken a while to ...manage.

    The short version is that I lost heart.... and then I lost everything else.
    But for the assistance from friends, I would have been homeless.

    My drive to accomplish meaningful goals gave way to a struggle to get through each day without panic and tears.

    My self confidence, and myself esteem hit rock bottom. I was struggling to get through each moment. I knew I had reached a crisis point, and I did not know where to turn.

    People I had previously found inspiring now appeared deceptive. I wondered if I would ever be able to find a purpose for my existence. I was in despair.

    I feel that I have made significant progress. My life is "working" much better lately. I feel my old resilience starting to kick in. I am kinder with myself and others now. I feel hope for a meaningful future.

    I would love to stride through my life with ease and the assurance that whatever happens, (and things will happen) I will make good choices and emerge in strength.

    Thank you for posting your video!

    Warm Aloha,
    Linda Carol Berry
    Founding Member,
    BraveHeart Women Global Community

  134. Lisa July 19, 2011 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    Thanks for your honesty. Tell me what steps did you take to get yourself back on track that worked for you and got you back on a focused path.

  135. Maggie July 19, 2011 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    Marcia, It was a thrill to meet you with Karen Spada a couple of years ago. I know how you influenced Karen, and how she grew and continues to grow, in her second cadillac. I kind of fell of the universe myself. It was a tough winter, and i ended up stepping down from Directorship with Mary Kay. I too have lost a sense of myself, and have trouble getting back on track with my life. I am a consultant, but can't help to feel bad. I am taking time to do my art, ride horses, and find my passion in life.

    Glad to hear you are thriving and back.

  136. Renee Keen July 19, 2011 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    Hi Marsha, I am so impressed by your humble and honest video! I know all about curve balls....yikes!!! I beleive all relationships are developmental, so they are suppose to last as long as they are suppose to last which takes the pressure and guilt out of the mix when the relationship comes to a close. I am happy and releaved to hear that yours ended on a friendly note. My last marriage I thought was going to be the one and yet it was not...It lasted almost 10 years and it took a long time for me to let it go. One of the best things that came out of the struggles of letting go was YOU!!! I can not thank you enough for how you have impacted my life and how I carry what I learned from you in my day to day life....I also want to remind you that I delivered a flower arrangement to your new condo in Santa Monica and we actually had a phone conversation afterwards. I was so elated and flattered that you enjoyed the flowers. I hope that one day soon I can be of service and send you another set of flowers to brighten up your living space. Your energy is so uplifting and truthfull, I am truly grateful to be a part of your circle...Thank you so much....Sincerely, Renee Keen

  137. Jisele July 19, 2011 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    Glad you are back Marcia. I found myself in a situation about 5 years ago where it felt like everything was crashing down on me.
    I found my prior husband after he had committed suicide, someone I dearly loved, moved to a new place without knowing anyone and met a wonderful man. Although we both connected immediately at a heart level, we both were healing from painful scars.
    There were times I didn't want to wake up because I felt so sad and lost.
    With the help of my awesome girlfriends, something inside of me woke up.
    I not only rediscovered myself but I kept getting stronger and feeling my purpose come alive within me.
    When I look back on everything, I see that it all had to play out to bring me to who I am today. It was in Divine order indeed.
    Much love and hugs to you and welcome back!

  138. Gerry Seymour July 19, 2011 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    Marcia, thanks for sharing with us. It can be difficult sometimes for those in a teaching position to share life errors, but it helps those around us understand that we're still learning, too.

    I think one of the most difficult parts of a breakup (and mine was as friendly as yours) of a long-term relationship is that we've built much of our vision to include that person. Suddenly, everything we've imagined for the next week, the next month, the next year and beyond is much fuzzier, and seems to lack the same meaning it had a short time ago. It takes a while to refocus, I think, because we tend to make that person a part of our "why" for doing things. Without them, we have to focus our why where it should be: on fulfillment.

    I'm glad to hear that you've come through this difficult time with renewed vigor. I look forward to hearing more from you soon!

  139. CeeJ July 19, 2011 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    Marcia,

    Glad you are "back." I hope it feels like "all good" progress for you. It seems so.

    I have had a couple "turns" in directions that were a 180 from the expected course I had expected. One turn I knew was coming but it still was a rug being pulled out from under me.

    A year ago in May my only Sister died after a 6 year battle with breast cancer. She was my best friend, the best sister, and a surrogate mother to me as well.

    It's been a slow adjustment to life without her physical presence. And it may be a wound that will never fully heal... The impact of her death has softened me and made me understand the struggles of others much more clearly. I make more room for others to be on their journey, their way, and know that just offering my presence and time is enough.

    Thanks for sharing your journey with us. I wish you all the best,

    CeeJ

  140. Michael Durbin Collins July 19, 2011 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    Hi Marcia,
    I have to say that you look so much more in your body, and clear! Nice inward questing. Heart centered and in your power.

    Now, I feel even more interested in seeing if we could partner on a young venture that I am proceeding with. I would like to team with someone to help me communicate my story and my products story. This communication will help folks increase their wellness profoundly, helping with the inner journey as well, and potentially create a secondary income.

    Several posts before this one suggest there is a need being expressed right here.

    Thanks for modeling taking the time for inner journey exploration,
    Michael

  141. Del May July 19, 2011 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    Hi Marcia
    Too bad about what happened to you. It appears you have picked yourself up and have resumed your place in this world as a much better person for having that experience. Thank you for sharing....

    I had the rug pulled out from under me again last week. It seems whenever I start to stand up from the last rug pulling episode... someone or something gives it another big yank. I try my best not to take it personally - just an indicator of the times. As I make another attempt to stand up, I look around me to see if there are other opportunities in which I can use my talents to earn a living. My biggest fear is that eventually I may not attempt to stand up - sometimes referred to as giving up. I learned the concept of "living above the line" several years ago - since I started applying the prnciples to my life, my enthusiasm for living improved and my constant looking for the possibilities for improvement has made my life in general much better. So I had a huge disappointment last week...it is not the end of the world.... I'm now asking myself what did I learn and how can I use that experience to keep making progress towards achieving my long term goals and visions.

  142. Wendy Terriff July 19, 2011 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    It's great to see you back Marcia - and I love your new hair!!!!
    Thank you for sharing this with us and I'm thrilled that you and Patrick are able to move forward in wonderful ways and still maintain a positive relationship. Looking forward to hearing more!
    I hope things are sizzling in LaLa land.

    Big hugs,
    Wendy

  143. Jane Mackay July 19, 2011 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    It was nice to see you at the eWomen's Network conference! Wow, I was too shy to introduce myself. Next time I will.
    That was the most inspiring 5 days of my life!
    I'm glad you are back on track and being an inspiration to thousands!
    I have overcome many obstacles in my life, been very low and suffered losses and not dealt with them.I discovered tools and having a positive outlook changed my life. I am so on fire I am going to share my story in the new book Thank God I failed.
    Thank you for your inspiration.

  144. David Pashby July 19, 2011 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    Thanks for your honesty Marcia. I appreciate that.

  145. Marilyn Lefferts July 19, 2011 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    Hi Marcia: So good to know you. I'm a cousin from your dad's side. Your Grandmother Rose was my grandfather's sister. And, my son Robert was named for your Uncle Ralph. So, whenever you visit your parents, I would love to meet up with you. I live in the Fort Lauderdale area as well.
    Best Wishes
    Marilyn Lefferts
    954-682-2088

  146. Barb July 19, 2011 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    I first hear you speak at a conference when I was with Weekenders many, many years ago and I was struck by your humor and honesty. I have just recently "found" you again and am so glad! Once again, your honesty is impressive and it shows us that we all have difficult times (even if we're successful life/dream coaches!) and it's ok to admit we don't have all the answers or have a perfect life. Thanks Marcia! Looking forward to connecting!

  147. Mary Beltrami July 19, 2011 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    Marcia,

    Your humanity is so evident in your sincere and genuine video message, but more importantly, your Light shines so brightly, and in that I see a mirror reflection of myself. Six years ago, I made a very difficult decision to leave a painful and abusive marriage and hugely dysfunctional family situation, and I chose, instead, to "Save Myself." I happened upon Mary Oliver's poem, The Journey, and it spoke volumes to me, and helped me understand that the only life I could save was my own. Since, then, I've earned a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology, I became a Life and Performance-based business coach, and I've coached in excess of 500 clients to date. I just bought my first home, I am in a deeply loving and supportive romantic relationship, I am in excellent health, I am financially independent and have given great intention and focus over the last six years to the design of my desired life, which I am living today! I continue to discover and realize more and more of who and what I am, and in that, I continue to evolve, just like you, and Life just keeps getting better with more joy, expansion, fulfillment and surprises. So, I am celebrating you, and all people who choose to dig deep, call forth the courage and strength to create the lives they are longing to experience, and rejoicing in every step that contributes to the realization of that dream (ever evolving as it will always be). You are a bright Light for so many, and I thank you for your generosity of spirit!

    Abundant blessings!

  148. Wilma J. Brown July 19, 2011 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    It was great to see you at eWomen's Conference and to thank you for being your authentic self.
    I am '3 Feet from Gold' and moving diligently to break through.
    Learning to embrace change is what has worked for me and your story comfirmed that it only makes you a better you.

  149. Alicia Gwilliam July 19, 2011 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    Marcia,

    Thanks for your authenticity. I am a Sr. Sales Director in Mary Kay Cosmetics and the leaders I've appreciated most in my 24 years in the Mary Kay world of top performers were those who shared not only their success but the growth opportunities along the way. Those are the ones who give me "hope and the ability to dream again when the lights have gone out." Mary Kay taught me to dream and it was one of her last request before she died was to teach women how to dream. Having just completed the Feminine Power Mastery Course, I truly learned to the core, what a Pioneer she was for women. I recently used your Dream Big 12 ways to be a 21st Century Visionary in my newsletter. Thank you for affirming to me the path I've been on the past few years in turning the lights back on for myself have been truly guided by the spirit to bring me to this place. Mary Kay always told us that we were her inspiration and I can see that you have reached out and I applaud you!! I identified with being an experiential leader so I can't wait to hear your up coming shares. Blessings,
    Alicia Gwilliam

  150. Jo-Ann Vacing July 19, 2011 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    EXCELLENT!

    YOU are Fabulous and it was great to see you at the eWomenNetwork Conference!
    Jo-Ann Vacing eWomenNetwork Alberta!

    Time permitting from YOU I would love to have you here again...

    Toughest challenge ever overcoming Cancer and being told it was to late.

    At the time I had two young children 9 and 10. MY ONLY CONCERN was who would raise my amazing kid!

    I was 29 and told I would not likely live more then one maybe 2 years. BTW I am now 50!

    Toughest battel ever fought and thanks to my amazing kids, my perservernce and God.

    So grateful I was given the opportunity to overcome and serve others.

    Jo

  151. Darrel July 19, 2011 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    Hey Marcia,

    You look great! Sorry to hear you had to live what the rest of us go through (just kidding).

    However, it's better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all.

    You're are wonderful person and did help me to get on the liberation train.

    God bless!

  152. Barbara Hawkins July 19, 2011 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    Congratulations Marcia! You acted in a responsible way yet it had to be very difficult. Small comfort...it would have been much worse had you not acted.

    You're on your way once again, dreaming into reality. I look forward to seeing your smiling face more often now.

    Blessings,
    Barbara Hawkins

  153. Yvonne in Mexico July 19, 2011 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    For me the turnover was 17 years ago. I was fullfilling all my dreams at the moment,the perfect marriage,two little, precious girls, the perfect job, a mom that was there for taking care of my babies. Suddenly my mom had a car accident and she was in the hospital for 6 months. My life was in total caos. I remain 2 years trying to cope with all my stuff, including taking care of my mom. I was so exhausted that one day I decided to quit my "marvelous job", and then I began to realize how controlling of my life was my mother so I "break up" with her.
    Since then it has been a very interesting and challenging path to walk. I complete change my career from biomedical engineer to family therapist, human development and healer.
    At the moment of the decision everyone (except my husband) left me alone because it was not what was expected from me and it really was devastating. I had to reconnect with my inner self in order to find the strength to survive.
    Now I feel so happy for having taken that super difficult decision. It was the right one.

  154. Rheba July 19, 2011 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    Hi Marcia,
    So good to have you back. We all go through set backs, if one hasen't just keep living. The set backs are the prunning that one has to go through, so that God can get rid of the crud that isn't good for helping achieving His purpose in our lives. Thus, we a left with that which allows His purpose to unfold, of Him of course. I, too, have had set backs; actually going through now. I retired from public education, and wanted to pursue my speaking, but here I sit two years later wating for a door to open.
    Don't give up, continue your vision, dream to uplift others.
    In His Service,
    Rheba

  155. Caroll Schwartz July 19, 2011 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    Hi, My friend!

    I too have been out of touch with YOU. Although this is very sad news, I am not totally shocked. I know how long and hard you have worked (both of you) to try to make this relationship what you wanted it to be. I wish you much LOVE, good health and prosperity in the future.
    MY challenges are all money-related. We're approaching the August 10 deadline by which we need to pay three months' back mortgage or begin foreclosure. Although it's very tough, I am not throwing in the towel! I know that this is my #1 lesson in this lifetime, and the reason I am so drawn to prosperity coaching. (And was born without any "money letters" in my name!) Hugs to you and I promise to stay in better touch, too. P.S. Are you staying in the villa or moving? I love thinking of you and the doggies there!

  156. Kelley July 19, 2011 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    Hi Marcia! It is so great to hear from you.

    I also am coming out of a year of transition. I understand "losing your voice" as I have been working at being invisible. The relationship that I have most been exploring is the one I have with time & giving myself permission to be more free-spirited about how I use it. Permission to just be still & trust that God will bless this time. There have been markers in the past couple of weeks that cause me to believe that I am approaching new insight.

    You have been in my thoughts many times as I have contemplated my dreams, being still & getting real with myself & God. My memories of working with & learning from you are treasures.

    I look forward to hearing more of your journey. Are you still in your dream house?

  157. Burton Danet, Ph.D. July 19, 2011 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    What so many do not realize is that a good perspective to keep in mind is to be alert to when doors open because one direction does not work out.

    I was phasing out of the universe when ABC4All Co-Founder Bob Chew introduced me to a team of scientists. As a result: Total rejuvenation from 15 medical diagnoses with an extended lifespan dedicated to bringing Global Humanitarian Relief (GHR) to the world.

  158. Pamela July 19, 2011 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    Marcia, going through my "stuff" right now myself. Can't believe I got this email on JUST THE DAY it was most needed. Thanks for sharing!

  159. Dharlene Marie July 19, 2011 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    Thank you for being so absolutely genuine. How refreshing to see you as an authentic, heart-centered being. Wishing that all YOUR dreams come true, also!

  160. Kellie July 19, 2011 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    Marcia, "transformation" is my word for the year!!! I am glad to hear that you are moving in the direction you dream of now! I too had a major transition. I got laid off of from my job in November and am still unemployed as an HR executive. I am working through the fear of not having an income....also, I have been taking the time to build my wellness center. I have a Holistic Summer Fair this Saturday and it is amazing the amount of buzz around it! I am trying to stay open to all opportunities and am look forward to that turn around where I feel on solid ground again - soon I hope!! Any advise? Welcome back.

  161. carolyn miller July 19, 2011 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    last February 2010 my 26 year old son passed away, I was very devastated, becasause I had been his caregiver for most of his life. Well I thought I was handling eveything very well, then the medical issues started and they have left me wondering. It was so refreshing seeing you being so bubbly and positive. you made me realize that things will change and improve just have to learn to control the stress and get rid of it whe
    n I can . Thank you for letting me ramble.

  162. Pernilla July 19, 2011 at 3:55 pm - Reply

    Hi Marcia!
    Not a big deal but still very nice of you to share. We are all humans, at best learning to stay close to our heart, and act from that space. Still. You're quite a special woman and I really like to have crossed path with you. Big hug

  163. Karrie July 19, 2011 at 3:55 pm - Reply

    Marcia,
    I can so appreciate what you have gone through and I am so happy for your renewed strength. I too have new challenges this past year and wish I could move forward in a better direction too. I am a HR Specialist myself and an Isagenix coach and teach people all the time about this very issue and the roadblocks that hold them back and yet I am being held back. I look forward to your messages of love and strength.
    Welcome back......Karrie

  164. Peter July 19, 2011 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing! I think it is great when leaders can share real life events (good or bad) that happen to "the rest of us". Your open and honest video was a shining light. John Maxwell put it best when he said - "The key to becoming an effective leader is not to focus on making other people follow, but on making yourself the kind of person they want to follow. You must become someone others can trust to take them where they want to go." We have never spoken, met, emailed, or other, but you are now that person to me!

  165. Rosellen July 19, 2011 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful video! I've never listened to you before and I am so moved by your authentic expression of what it is to be human. We can not be strong without being vulnerable and the best leaders are those who are examples of that. Thank you for being a leader that truly leads the way by the way you live your own life. It strengthens even deeper the way I already strive to live my life, in the beauty of the full range of the human experience.

  166. Gregory Koke July 19, 2011 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    Beautiful!!! I like to Say "Hit Me" All the time. Contrast in your life always creates Gifts. and the harder your hit the Greater the Gift>>
    Congratz on your hit !

  167. Robin July 19, 2011 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    Marcia, your message is being felt deeply by me, at this very moment. (Similar situation going on... gah!) But I'd like to tell you about something much more difficult that threw me "off." I was on track, movin' and groovin' right along, doing my job and my "other work as a writer," looking forward to Masters of Manifestation in November (still am, in fact!)...and suddenly found myself needing to leave my job. I mean, NEEDING to get out for my soul's sake. Obviously, this means I'm unemployed and more than a little nervous, but the good thing is, I feel MORE on track now toward my dream since this has happened. We must always listen to our intuition because it is the voice of soul telling us what is--and what is not--best for our lives. As for your situation, one of the characters in my first novel says, "You don't have to marry everyone you love," and I believe that's true. I'm following my own character's advice 🙂 ... You will be much better and happier and stronger for having made such a difficult choice and remaining true to who you are. Love will come again. Thank you for being who YOU are. We treasure you more than you could know.

    Love, Robin

  168. Vicki Luckman July 19, 2011 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    Hi Marcia,
    Welcome home! My heart goes out to you regarding the relationship shift. I've had one of those too and just recently.

    My biggest challenge in life today is my health and that is due to a coma I was in for nearly 5 months, about 8 years ago with Encephalitis and Menangitis. It's a very bizarre story for me and the Neurology dept.

    By the grace of life, I'm here and by all account was not supposed to be according to the medical staff. I am challenged today with my memory yet I have taught myself to walk, talk, read, write, etc. all over again. It's truly been an amazing experience, especially since I only remember about 15-20% of my life and I'm 51 today!

    Again, welcome home!

    Vicki

  169. Harriet Tubman Wright July 19, 2011 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    Marcia,
    You were moving to southern Calif, exploring a TV show option...what's up with that? Are you wtill in southern Cal, or back in northern Cal, and, and, and...

    My experience in a nutshell is that when one door closes, another opens to far greater magnificence that we alone can imagine. There is indeed a Master Plan, and our job is to align with it for true freedom, joy and prosperity!

  170. Kate Jones July 19, 2011 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    Not only did I lost my vision, I lost myself too ... but now I'm on the mend, am much stronger and more committed than ever to be the ME that I was created to be.

  171. Marcia July 19, 2011 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    Marcia,
    Thanks for being honest and sharing your times of vulneravility. We are humans and we are not perfect. Set backs help us to growth. A good lesson for me too.
    Keep inspiring people as you always do.
    warm hug
    Marcia F

  172. Brenda Hamlin-Lehmann July 19, 2011 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    Marcia, so glad you are back and looking forward to reconnecting with you. This has been a tough year for me also, but I am moving forward and making plans to move and start a new job. God Willing! I feel like this is the time for me to make all the changes I want to make and am happy to have you back to help me stay focused on my Dreams. Thanks for sharing Marcia.

  173. Suzanne Doty July 19, 2011 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    I too have been undergoing a transition. In the past, I've survived breast cancer twice and a divorce, and now I have lost all my savings and 401K money due to the economy. We've closed 2 of our 4 stores, thought we had a buyer for the other 2 but they just backed out. I just took a job with an old friend but even though she has saved me with a steady paycheck, this is not the direction I want to go. I'm very unsettled. I'm trying to modify my home mortgage. Trying to learn how to be an employee instead of a boss. Coming to grips with the fact that my son will be going back to college for his senior year and probably not coming back home for any extended periods of time. I'm definitely in a state of flux.

  174. Karin July 19, 2011 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    Wow Marcia, thanks for sharing such vulnerability! It does make it feel like it's easier to relate to you. I've admired your work for years and you've always been a huge source of inspiration.

    If we are talking about left turns, life handed me one of the biggest left turns I could never have imagined. You can read a summary of my story at http://www.InspiringYourVeryBest.com/Karin-Sergio-story .

    I'm now determined to be working with inspiring the very best from people and helping them get through their tough times. (http://www.tough-transitions.com) It's become my mission to teach others all the things that I learned to not only survive, but also THRIVE, during the hardest time in my life.

    Thanks for being one of my inspiring mentors! I look forward to hearing more from you as you make your comeback from this hard time you faced! ~Karin

  175. Maureen Radice July 19, 2011 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    So nice to hear your voice! I too am facing a major life transition and finding my voice again. I look forward staying connected. Hard to believe it has been 8 years since I attended Dream University! I know what my passion and purpose is...and now its up to me to go for it! Thank you the inspiration that I so need!

  176. Marjie July 19, 2011 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    Dear Marcia,
    You had the courage to change when you saw that things were not right for you. I know it's hard, but see how bright it is on the other side of that circumstance.
    Marcia, my x-husband was not really good for me but I married him because I wanted to feel needed. He broke my neck. I packed up two garbage bags and moved to an area where I had no friends, no family, no job etc. I got the opportunity to extract myself, learn and grow like crazy and start in a new healthier direction. Drastic changes are not fun, but they are necessary! Then we grow exponentially.

    God bless you Marcia, and much, happiness and success now and ahead.

    Best to you,
    Marjie

  177. JJ July 19, 2011 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    Marcia, I can identify and appreciate your honesty and directness. You now seem REAL which is what I found when I faced my own most recent life-altering experience. I remember someone saying to me "physician, heal thyself" which is indeed what needed to happen and what seems to have happened for you as well. Thanks so much for sharing your experience!

  178. Natalie Tiras July 19, 2011 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    Hi Marcia!

    I am so happy that you are doing ok after a tough time. I know it is not always easy to share difficult experiences. I hope you know that you have a friend in me if you ever need me.

    I am very excited that we reconnected in Dallas! Thank you so much for your support of my dream. I hope you will reconnect with me on the CenterPoint Community too!

    I am SO looking forward to working with you, learning from you and collaborating with you. It means so much to me!

    Very sincerely,

    Natalie

  179. Lisa Gottfried July 19, 2011 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    My husband went through a bout of cancer, had one of his kidney's removed and he's now cancer free. It was an impetus for me to jump full force into taking my business seriously and becoming another strong bread winner in the family. I realized how vulnerable we would be without my husband on this earth and it moved me toward action.

    What I didn't realize is that I made a pact right then and there to put down the intuitive knowing person that I am and become a doer. Why I thought those two things were mutually exclusive, I don't know. But I realized that I lost my own voice, my own knowing in that process and recently became quite depressed.

    When I figured out what I'd done, the decision that I made for myself, it was like I instantly came back to myself and my passion. After a month of truly not caring about much of anything, I'm back in my shoes. And the minute I realized what was going on for me, the phone calls and job opportunities that seemed so hard to get before, started to flow again.

    So, here's to living, learning and knowing ourselves fully so that we may live the life we are meant to live!
    Lisa Gottfried
    Video in a Minute

  180. Corinna July 19, 2011 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    Marcia- Isn’t it an amazingly connected world we live in now. You were missed, but now you're back~ bringing with you gratitude and rejuvenation. Your point about focusing on overcoming and what comes next is an important conversation. Many of us will hit challenges in our journeys and how we get back into our positive flow is critical to fulfilling our dreams.

  181. Tera Meeks July 19, 2011 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    Bless you Marcia for being transparent and real. You are so right that we have all encountered a set back in our lives but that is our greatest opportunity for a come back. My personal struggle has been for almost the last 2 years as my corporate job went away. I have been searching for my purpose and I am stuggling to express my passion and live life to the fullest rather than fear and worry. I have an excellent support system that I am so grateful for, but I know that the only way I can really get my mojo back is to reconnect with God and believe what He says about me. I am submitting to Him and letting Him guide me AND doing my part. The journey is challenging but on the other side we can look back and say "look at me now!"

  182. Brandy Amstel July 19, 2011 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    Hello Marcia,

    Thank you for sharing. I completely get it. A couple years ago I found myself in a situation that resulted in me losing my trust in people (particularly leaders) and trust in myself. It was a very difficult time particularly because I felt lost and didn't know how to live life that way. It took time to heal. It took surrounding myself with amazing people that supported me even though I was in the place I was. And it took me taking a chance and being open to life beyond broken trust. This is about the time I ran into you at eWomen Network. I am happy to report that with your support, I am back stronger than ever. I have possibilities and dreams again and I trust myself to accomplish them. I am looking forward to sharing my story soon as well.

    Thank you again for all that you do in the world and I am thrilled to be a part of the community.

  183. Melanie Kirk-Stauffer July 19, 2011 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    Dear Marcia,
    I just completed 10 weeks under coach Robin Blanc Mascari. I would like to scan and email you my comment form. Glad you are back.
    Sincerely,
    Melanie Kirk-Stauffer

  184. Evakarin July 19, 2011 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    Hi,

    Good to see you again.

    I lost my path after taking your classes in 2008. Lost my love for coaching, lost my income and could not see what was ahead of me. Sometimes regretting that I spend all the money I did, but then again realised that what I got was worth it many times over.

    No I am back in love with coaching again, have had a lot of support from my beloved Hans and with him I feel loved and supported. I have never felt that before, I always felt I had to fix everything. And I also love myself like never before 🙂

    Thanks to that love and support I am building a strong foundation to my company, getting noticed and am grateful for all the gifts i have recieved that I can give to others.

    I have had a dream for many years but it is not until now that I am certain that I will reach what I aim for. I am taking one step at a time to make my dram come true.

    Lots of love

  185. fahad July 19, 2011 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    I have faced a problem when I work in other company , really at the beginning it was too hard for me but later on when I start reading about positive attitude I have changed my mind and my live and I fill better and I am working to my target . However, I am close to reach my goals . My advice do not give up and read and read then your live will be changed in good way when you implement what you’re planning to do and at the end you reach it ( Be optimistic ) and think positive .
    Thank you,

  186. Barbara Jean Rhyner July 19, 2011 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    Hi Marica
    Great to is you back I have been there. zzzi lost my self and vision. The last time I was you was Chicgo and you was telling that you would be moving to a different state.Do you make your move or did this hold you bsck.Will you still be in San Digeo in Aug.? Hope to see you then.

    Barbara Jean

  187. Kathy Lewis July 19, 2011 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    Glad to hear you are back!! I met you last year in Red Deer, Alberta at the e-women conference, Meet in the Middle. Take care.

  188. Jondi July 19, 2011 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    Hey, Marcia, welcome back...to us, to your own true self. And congratulations for seeing that you were on a path away from who you really were. Great topic I know we'll all enjoy!

  189. Debbie July 19, 2011 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    Have you ever seen that trick where the "magician" dramatically takes a hold of a table cloth and snaps it out from under a full china set table for four?
    Snap! all the only change is the table cloth is out from under the china as the magician waves it in their hand...

    That has to take lots of practice and when it came to my turn to be the magician the only thing not broken was the table cloth in my hands.

    That's how I felt, naked-humiliated before the crowd with broken china all around me and only the cloth not broken when our ministry wares & office was "evicted".

    Just as we were prepared to grow this ministry in a new way everything got broken! The only thing left was the table cloth. All I could do was use it to wipe my tears, cover my sobs, wash it out and use it to cover an altar table.

    So, that's what we did. We are still working through what we have to offer and how to 'set' the new table.

  190. Julie Pederson July 19, 2011 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    Life can be tricky, but the main thing is that you are back on the path you are meant to be on and that's awesome.
    Julie

  191. Dr. Tom Lucido July 19, 2011 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    Dear Marcia. I echo Doug Evans comments below. And more importantly I welcome you back with new insight and vision. I met you last year at the Isagenix celebration. I shook your hand and told you that I had not expected to get what I was searching for so early in the agenda. I mentioned Alaska and you said you'd love to come up here. I too have gone through a new doorway. A day after we met, and still during the celebration, I received a call from my steadfast and amazingly vital 91 year young father that he had been diagnosed with untreatable lung cancer. The unexpected news caused me to change my plans and I headed his way instead of coming home and stayed with him until his death four monthly later. During that time my Isagenix business fell aside and my team disappeared. My income dropped from $500 a week to less than $500 a month. In January I decided to let it all go...and then I started working on the Dream University program once again. I love education and today I am in the midst of starting a health coach academy, using Isagenix as the vehicle to fund, pay for student tuition, and improve the lives of so many people. What was a closed door has opened to a new career that is virtual, can be run from anywhere on the globe, offers me great happiness, allows me to share my gift of teaching others, and spreads the good word of Isagenix. And, gosh, mostly because of you and what you taught me about reaching deep inside to capture a dream I had not given any validity until now. Thanks so much. I look forward to us crossing paths again soon. I already know that this will happen...of course!

  192. patty July 19, 2011 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    I was listening to your video thinking..."Me too". I really had a low time the end of last year. The dreams I was building toward seemed to just stop. I felt like I had been just wasting my life dreaming these dreams. Then other things fell to the side and the first thing I always think is "what am I doing wrong?" "What truth am I not living?" "what principle did I violate?" The recipe for success was lost or it just doesn't work! I felt like a fool. I spent the next 3 months trying to sort it all out and then my mom had a stroke and all came clear to me. The decks were cleared to make room for me caring for my mom and dad through this time in their lives.
    I hope this has taught me to trust the flow of life to not waste time blaming myself or hating what is but just embracing it, loving it and being open to what it has to teach me. Caring for my parents in this way will be a time in my life I will always cherish and I am so thankful I have the time and ability to do this for them.
    I am living my personal curriculum for my life if I believe it or not...I might as well believe it and put my energy into it.
    Have a great day...life!
    Patty

  193. Wendy Lerch July 19, 2011 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    Hi Marcia

    Let me express sympathy for the hurt and pain you have experienced as you have travelled this path. I am glad you are feeling hopeful and have a renewed sense of purpose - which we both know will lead to new dreams and future passions!!

    You know a bit of my story and the significant loss I experienced at a very young age, and in response to your query about "how to overcome that sense of loss and start living again" - (GREAT question) I would have to say that at a very basic level, it is a choice. For me this choice was made minute by minute sometimes - sometimes weekly... To choose to live is one of the most courageous choices I believe a person can make when they have traveled through a time of adversity or trauma, and while it is by no means necessarily an easy or "quick" choice, the learning, rewards along the way, and future ability to truly "see" other people in the midst of their own situations are only a few of the things I am so grateful for as I have walked my own path! Life can be hard, but I believe that as we are alive - we should choose to be alive! It takes courage, sometimes help from others, and a willingness to walk through the muck and feel like we've maybe lost our way before we can come through the other side and see a new way before us! My encouragement to us all (myself included) is to keep choosing to live!
    Love you
    Wendy

  194. Cindy July 19, 2011 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    Married for 32 years, children grown and thought I was at a place where my husband and I could now get our focus on us. Long story short, he reconnected with someone from his high school days (via the internet) and my marriage was gone. Spent the last few years at times in a daze and wondering why I wasn't good enough, but also started a journey finding out who I am, and where was I going. In this journey, I found a relationship with God that has shown me, I am more than what and who I thought I was. I have met some incredible people in this walk, and truly understand that we are not meant to walk this life alone, but to connect with those around us, to learn, to teach and to serve. It has not been easy and sometimes there is fear of the unknown, but I am confident that I will find my path and become more than what I thought I could be.

  195. Ruthie Martinez July 19, 2011 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    Marcia, that you for being so open with us. Funny how we go through masked with our day to day routine and reply "I'm good" when your not. I went through the same thing. But, I married for 7 weeks, left a career with a good company, good finances and moved from California to Chicago, only to come home devistated, company wouln't take me back, now jobless, 1 year passes now I have to apply for Chapter 11, etc. etc.....!
    Would like to here more on how to get up and moving.
    Thank you Marcia,
    Ruthie

  196. Gloria Black July 19, 2011 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the video. I recently lost my husband of 37 years suddenly. Talk about a rug being pulled out from under me. For several weeks I thought I'd actually lost brain cells, I couldn't even think clearly. We had just moved to a new state(his hometown) from Florida,and bought a new house. We were ready to enjoy life.
    I now find myself reevaluating my life and trying to focus on what I really want as a single person. It is changing everyday. Good luck to you in your search. I'm anxious to hear more from you.

  197. Anastacia July 19, 2011 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    I've been through breakups of relationships that I thought would kill me, and none of them were as long-lived and serious as yours. So I can only imagine how impossibly hard it was to make the decision... to share the news with him... and then to live that time.

    I'm happy for you that you have remained friends, and, of course, that great things have happened to and for you since. I look forward to hearing more...

    Love,
    Anastacia

  198. Nicole July 19, 2011 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    Welcome back, Marcia!

    I've been in the midst of observing/looking within for several years now. Fascinating stuff for sure! The letting go has been a toughy for me, so I am now spending much time getting clear on WHAT I WANT, because letting go of old stuff is easier when you can be excited to skip towards what you do want 🙂

    So, loving all to do with getting clear right now. Excited to hear how you did that, and what's brewing in the dream scene!

  199. Simon July 19, 2011 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    Marcia good to hear from you. It sounds difficult but one thing i know is that God allows encourager get into situations themselves and when He turns you back from it , you will have enough experience to warn and encourage those growing up. It is a hard one but surely did strengthened you and indicating that it is another road that can not work. i found myself in a similar situation and i had to check my purpose again and discovered that i was following what came up at the time looking good Not what was taking me to my dream. it was NOT a good one to put me on the track of my purpose even though i was in total pains at the time.
    Marcia, if you turn the inside out of what happened, you will see the good side that is leading you to your dream. That was a better option thank God it is gone so you can have the best that takes you to your Dream. what is gone is not yours as long as you are not the one that caused it, things will be different now. move on with newness of mind.

  200. Vicki Leigh Blais July 19, 2011 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    You ARE amazing Marcia!
    Sharing this with everyone is going to the best thing you have done because maybe before this happened to you some peoole thought YOU didn't understand them, but now you can make everyone understand that you too have things like this happen. It makes you so human.
    I got breast cancer in August 2007 and was told they were going to try and keep me alive. After I survived my chemo and radiation and nulasta shots etc, I knew that my life as it had been was gone and goodbye and it was now time to change what needed to change. For me that was my job! I found Isagenix in January 2009 and the day I saw the first three letters of the word ISAGENIX being ISA I knew this company was going to be my change in life. My middle daughter's name is ISABELLE and you see the first three letters in her name were the first three letters in the business name Isagenix. Life with Isagenix is great. I am healthy and people who knew me before Isagenix are always stunned
    at how healthy a glow I have. And the fact I have
    lost 12 lbs and 24 3/4 inches in 30-days makes me know cancer came into my live to get me to change my life as it was. 🙂

  201. Julie Martin July 19, 2011 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    Marcia,
    Great to hear from you! I met you at the San Francisco one day event in January 2011. Your level of professionalism and ability to connect to hundreds of people in a room simply amazed me, as I am a teacher and speaker too!

    Thanks for sharing how deeply you were feeling this transition in your life. It helps to know how others navigate the waters of extreme life course changes.

    My recent stories are more about healing the wounds of the past, now what?
    After wound healing, big changes can be brewing, and I feel the changes coming as I write this...whew! When values shift, relationships shift, our course shifts.
    Look forward to more of you Marcia,
    Julie

  202. Ruth Schwartz July 19, 2011 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    Marcia - Over all of these years that we have known each other, you have always inspired me, and here you went and did it again!

    I did have a setback with our nonprofit back in February when one of the stores that had been donating food to us (a LOT of food) had decided to give it to the Food Bank instead. To say the least, it really threw us for a loop.

    What I learned in the process is that time heals. I am just getting my attention back on the charity in a big way, and meanwhile, we added another store to our pickup schedule, and we have connected with some key influencers whose ideas are a big contribution to what we want to do going forward.

    Thank you so much for your message. You have given me the exact framework I needed to communicate with one of our key audiences: our donors.

    Looking forward to hearing more!

  203. Trina Links-Gowe July 19, 2011 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    I left my job and started my own business last year, and shortly after moved in with my fiance. (along with my 3 children)
    Overnight he became the most cruel person I have ever known, not even allowing my children to use the main bathroom of the house. My self esteem, my vision, and my energy took a complete dive and I was a basket case. I planned a midnight move while he was out of town. It was like jumping off a cliff because for one I was very scared of him, and for two- I had not been able to pursue my business while in this state- now finances were a huge issue. I was making half of what I needed for the very basics. I stayed at my brother's friend's home for 2 months, not knowing where I would go next. During this time I focused on regaining "me". I put into practice all I know about the law of attraction. Spent a lot of time reading Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, and others. I attended an "I Can Do It" Louise Hay convention free of charge... and I started getting up at 5am to meditate and create the life I want. In 6 months I doubled my income- yes DOUBLED!!! Business is so busy I can barely keep up, and I am so happy! I am back in the home that I own and my mortgage has been renewed for another 3 yrs. Life is so good. My experience caused me to dig deep and to make some big life changes. My growth has been tremendous and I feel like a new person!

  204. Tompie July 19, 2011 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    Marcia,

    I was lost for many years before I started my current jo 10 years ago. i have now finished college and looking forward to a brighter future. There is just one problem, I have learned that you can loose your way over and over many times. Two years ago I had big plans, maybe even opening up my own drycleaning business, today I feel stuck completing. I can not make heads or tells out for my next move.

  205. Bobbi Linkemer July 19, 2011 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    Marcia,
    Good for you! It's hard to put your "story" out there for all the world to see. I do get it. I've been there. In fact, I am there, right now ... trying to reconnect with my own life and neglected friends. Your little video has powerfully reached one viewer. Thank you.

  206. Lisa July 19, 2011 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    Hey, Marcia! I saw the interview with You and Marci Shimoff in the "Love Your Life Summit".

    Your Enthusiasm for life is contagious! I am Finally making significant breakthroughs in Changing My Life for the Better!

    I just purchased Bob Doyle's book, "Follow Your Passion, Find Your Power" and received Many Bonus Gifts!

    I AM exploring So Many Different Topics of Change--It's Working--I feel more empowered for Greatness Every Day!

    Welcome Back!!

    "Lucky" LukyLisa! 🙂

  207. Beth July 19, 2011 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    I found your sharing very inspiring, as I haven't as yet found my way, but am working as hard as I can to find the rainbow. I realize that you are looking for stories where one has turned their life around, while I am sharing from the place where it has as yet happened. One of my favorite quotes of late is "When God closes a door, He/She opens another, BUT IT IS HELL IN THE HALLWAY!!"

    While in the process of an extensive and somewhat spirit-lowering search for work for over two years, I have had a number of experiences through volunteering that have offered me meaning. I had a large set-back beginning in December when I came down with a very bad case of bacterial pneumonia, which kept me out of commission for quite some time. I couldn't do my hospital volunteer work as I was not allowed to go due to illness. And I did not have the energy to explore and commit to any new projects. It took me 6 months to even begin to feel like myself and ever since, I no longer have the energy that I used to. I have had a number of significant losses during this period. My closest friend and greatest support died in December after a long battle with cancer. In April I lost my most treasured volunteer jobs because my supervisor left and there was no longer any way that I could serve this organization. I have been exploring quite a number of other volunteer opportunities but in a few cases, just when I felt that I had the capacity to start something new, the need was no longer there. I am in the process of exploring a number of possibilities, but at this time I don't know where my path will lead. I have had to live in a state of ambiguity for a long time and am far more isolated than is good for me.

    I offer this for anyone who feels as though they have been "in the hallway" for far too long.

  208. Patti Glick July 19, 2011 at 5:11 pm - Reply

    Marcia, dear friend... Your courage to do the hard thing is inspiring. I learned at an early age to always put a smile on my face even when I didn't feel like smiling on the inside.

    About a few months ago I felt I had the rug pulled from underneath me. Things were ticking along pretty steadily until company I represent changed what they offered. The new base-line product is so awesome and so affordable that few people are going for the one with all the bells and whistles (which accounted for 2/3 of my income).

    I am having to regroup and re-think my approach, but on any given day of the week I vacillate between frustration and sadness mixed in with some hope for where I go from here. It's hard to smile and promote what you love when there is hurt inside.

    A relationship loss is very different from a business loss, but the feelings can be similar. Thanks for sharing that good comes from change, as it is exactly what I needed to be reminded of today.

    Hugs to you! :O)

  209. Fabi July 19, 2011 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    Marcia, What a journey! I am happy you found your clarity and voice again. After a very long journey with a very dear Mentor who became sick and disabled, I wrote a book which helped me to sort out all the lessons learned. The book was published a few months ago and has started a new journey for me through by positively affecting other people. Go Dreams and Goals!
    http://www.sparkpublications.com/ohcbook

  210. cork horner July 19, 2011 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    Marsha---thank you for sharing the hurt and re-direction you experienced.
    I , and partner Jennifer met you thru Learning Annex about 16-17 years ago!

    Before that, I was already a Dreams and Goals advocate having accomplished at age 50 [now 74 going on 100] accomplished a dream of being a aircrew member on 'the heavies' USAF RESERVE in Southern Cal a few years from 1987 to 1991.
    Now, I am still an advocate for ANYBODY wanting to be on journeys around Dreams and the Goal Steps ncessary. [It's all about accomplishing goals.]

    My chief ambition these days is how to improve the 'Mental Health System' to stop the devastation imposed by the system and the use of toxic psych meds on what I call involuntary victims. I use the 'Re-evaluation Counseling' techniques and model for this. http://www.rc.org---you are most welcome to join us.

    I am also focusing my thoughts and energy around the distress in society that I call 'Lookism'....what we are supposed to 'look like'. I came to the conclusion that 'what I need to look like' to some people doesn't allow them to see and know ME.
    My lookism goal for me is to change/improve the very expensive dental fixes I want and need.....this is one of my top level goals to improve my dental challenges/health while in Mesa/Phoenix or San Diego, my two operating areas. These are my most important goal steps now such as not having dental insurance for the massive work , and not covered my medicare. Society in the world of biz especially is very judgemental around 'lookism'.

    Thoughts? Ideas? Suggestions?

  211. Cat July 19, 2011 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    Marcia,
    How surprised I was to receive the email and listen to your story. Words that come to mind are courage, strength, wisdom...all characteristics from your insights and transparency...

    I had to overcome a situation I experienced at 32 - finding who I truly was and not what I thought others expected. Not uncommon for most of us but for me it came at a great expense, my marriage, my children, my relationship with my family -parents, sister and my faith. I overcame by seeking wisdom from finding my answers about me though a therapist, reading my Bible and introducing myself to me - for the first real time in my ife. It's been over 20 years now but the "overcoming" is no longer, in my view, something to accomplish - it's something to live and continue to grow in - it's the light at the end of a dark tunnel that I am not afraid of and actually enjoy pursuing. Some of this is evasive but hopefully enough to encourage and give you what you asked us to share.

    Dreamming big and loving it,
    Cat

  212. trude cone July 19, 2011 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    Marcia, dance has been a large part of my life and career. And then life began to shift when my son, now 18 years old, was born developmentaly challenged. And things just kept happening until my husband died 7 years ago. I kept myself semi functioning for a year after that, was the director of a college dance department and suddenly a single mom, and then one day the earth fell out beneath me and I felt like I was slipping into a deep hole. As I slide down, I thought the only thing to do now is to be quiet, and listen, and let be what needs to be felt, all things I taught to choreographic students in the beginning of a creative process. And slowly new things started to reveal themselves. My son is an inspiration and teacher for me, like having a yogi living in your house. I found again what inspires me. I went back to study, work in a lot of new situations. Life is again unfolding.

  213. Eric Michael Collins July 19, 2011 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    Great to see you are having so much fun. I still have your present from Hong Kong 🙂

  214. Tracy July 19, 2011 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    Hi Marcia,
    Thank you for sharing such personal information. I too had a monkey wrench thrown in to my life this year that was as big & feel like I am still recovering. It was good to hear that this too will pass and we can continue on. It's good to know that we all have our moments and then pull through better than before.

    Appreciation,
    Tracy

  215. Jean Ferratier July 19, 2011 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    Hi,
    I appreciated your video.I have listened to so many videos of people I admire and that have great advice. Sometimes, I feel like I will never quite achieve to the their height. You know; be enough, know enough, confident enough. You coming forward in a straight forward manner makes you human and reminds us that we are too. A set back may feel the like the end but deep down it does not mean a dream is at end. I could be that a new dream is emerging.
    Jean

  216. maxine July 19, 2011 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    life is very interesting isn't it!! today and actually for sometime i have felt ive lost my life's purpose and that my marriage of 20 years might not be where i am meant to be i admire you for making that difficult choice to end your relationship myself im waiting for that bolt of lighting OR A LARGE LOUD VOICE to let me know where and what i am suppose to be doing until then i will trust and believe all is as it should be and when the time is right i will know 🙂

  217. Mary July 19, 2011 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    Welcome back!!

    I am working on recovering from a triple whammy and hearing your story has given me more energy to keep on trucking! Thanks

  218. Clara July 19, 2011 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    Hi Marcia
    I met you last year in Fort Worth in the Coache's Edge and spoke to you when your plain was delayed and then when we were leaving hotel. Wow! You were so vibrant and it must have been when inside the revolution was taking place!
    Glad to hear you're back on the seddle. Let me know if I can help in any way.
    All the best,
    Clara

  219. Deborah July 19, 2011 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    I am glad to know you are back in the mood to share your gifts! It is never easy to make the decision you made, but so much wiser to break off the engagement when you know in your heart that things aren't right. In my case, years ago, I woke up with shooting pains in my back for days on end until I broke off my engagement. Hmmm . . . the body knows best, doesn't it?

  220. Linn July 19, 2011 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    Dearest Marcia,

    Delighted that you are back with an obviously larger space made within your precious heart, as these experiences create.

    May your community fill this beautiful space up immediately and simultaneously with Love so pure and divine that it resonates gently with fluidity to carry the day ---> out and around our collective consciousness with individual healings of everlasting peace and sustaining health that none of us ever even contemplate a look back.

    May this Love divine guide your footsteps progressively upward,

    Linn

  221. Lisa July 19, 2011 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    Great to hear from you again. Life has a way of showing us where we truly belong. I know things were difficult, but as you said this is where you should be. I know it was very difficult and I am sorry you had to experience such a loss. I am glad you are still friends.

    Stay positive and things will continue to get better. The universe will give you what you put in. I look forward to all the positive things you will be sharing with me.

  222. Christine Connelly July 19, 2011 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful honest sharing, Marcia.

    My understanding is that when a major emotional reaction occurs within the psyche, a core trauma has been triggered. The way to move through it is to be with that original trauma as best we can by being very aware of the physical bodily feelings that are part of it as well as the emotions. This help us deepen the understanding of the emotional reaction. Being with it this way speeds healing. It's often not easy, vague to get a handle on and my mind often goes into a state of confusion. Such trauma is often from pre-verbal times and thus difficult to understand but the use of metaphor can help enormously. So one of my ways to be with it is to express my inner self through art. This process helps me to keep on living through it all.

  223. Michelle July 19, 2011 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    Thank you for your honesty Marcia and sharing your story!! You are an inspiration!

  224. Brad July 19, 2011 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    Beautiful Marcia, thank you for being courageous enough to share this with us and being true to your heart. I appreciate you! And I respect your clarity and wisdom. To your new chapter!

  225. sami sunchild July 19, 2011 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    Dear Marcia
    Please let me know if your imagination suggests ways we can collaborate - Dream University and Red Victorian Peace Center 1665 Haight St. We are sharing the Shift and Awakening the Dreamer and have space for events for all kinds of peaceful happenings, parties, workshops. http://www.redvic.com

    Sami

  226. Audrey Rose July 19, 2011 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    Glad you are back, I lost my book have more and do less, I don't use credit card, your book is not in the book store, what's up with that, anyway, is there an address I can send the money to, so I can get my book.
    Thanks Audrey Rose

  227. Johanne July 19, 2011 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    Ifertility and a painful decision for hysterectomy followed by chaotic divorce had left me alone and in the wilderness for many years. Working in healthcare kept my mind on others but I had a stroke in 2004 which could have taken my life had I not had one special manfriend that has loved me like no one has in all my life.
    I found myself in God as a result and I have gained a knowing I had lost from carefree childlike trust.
    I am able to be carefree again after so many years of grieving and finally accepting things as they are. After many problems with my former employer whom forced me to resign, there are always things we can worry about but how useless is that?! Haha, I know now that WHATEVER comes my way GOD will provide the means to accomplish His will for my life. I would not have things differently because after spending more years in depression than I care to count, I feel blessed to enjoy my life with God and grow into the person and purpose He created me to be.
    God Bless you all,
    Johanne

  228. susan thornton July 19, 2011 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    Marcia - just saw you live at the eWomenNetwork where you also shared your recent events and I have to say how deeply touched I am by your honesty in sharing. That's authenticity if I ever saw it! So looking forward to continuing my journey and incorporating your teachings. See you in January.

  229. Jane Nixon White July 19, 2011 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    Marcia, thanks for sharing! I've been there, with not quite the same circumstances, but please know that many of us out here empathise with you, and are concerned about you. Things can be even better than you ever hoped about. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and GROW!!! We're cheering for you!!!
    Jane Nixon White

  230. Christy July 19, 2011 at 6:39 pm - Reply

    Thank you for your courage to be so honest! I have just split up with the man I was dating for a year and feel nervous that I will never find my parnter for life~

  231. alexis July 19, 2011 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    your story resonated nearly 100% in left turn right turn scenarios...ect.
    thanks so much for sharing.

  232. nancy July 19, 2011 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    I have overcome a loss from a year and a half ago and am starting again and still trying to find my path. I'm so glad you are back and I know it took great courage to walk away so good for you! Good things are sure to follow! God Bless!

  233. Alice Zizzo July 19, 2011 at 7:18 pm - Reply

    I have been in a unusual situation myself. I can understand how things can stop you in your tracks. I appreciate your honesty. Life was really starting to go in the right direction for me. Our kids were more independent(they are adults by the way) so I was starting to be able to do my own thing. My passion has always been Isagenix so I have always wanted to grow my business. My youngest daughter deals with depression and started hanging with the wrong crowd. She found out she was pregnant. Last September she had a beautiful little boy-the love of my life! She is a good mom but I find myself dealing with most of the responsiblities. Many people tell me I should let her tough it out but I know she is not capable. I would never want regret not taking care of him so I find myself in a constant set back. This has challenged me financially, physically and mentally. I know there are many other people in tougher situations but unless you live in my house you just don't understant. Anyway, thanks for giving me the opportunity to vent a little!

  234. Swan A. Montague, Ph.D July 19, 2011 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    Hi Marcia - I know what it takes to let go and say not thankyou! I have so no thabnk you to death! Thank you for being so open and authentic and for your courage. It has taken so much courage for me to be alive (I was given 3 months to live 9 years ago), and so much courage to keep going with my mission against so many odds its unimaginable that I could have come this far! I've been through the complete turnaround/let.go.of.everything rollercoaster so many times people think I'm crazy - I believe its divine inspiration - its known as divine madness. Things happen for the growth and experience not the imagined destiny or outcome of our pictures! I have just let go of a BIG investment offer that I really could use right now to fund my book launch because it was rooted in fear and greed and it felt bullying and awful to me. I trust the universe to bring me something aligned to a fair trade and gain model I'm committed to myself - in the process I came up with an Enlightened Business Plan, based on esoteric science and esoteric principals, that is completely revolutionary and new and I'm soooooo excited to be preparing to launch this as well as my book, "The Book of Sahra, Jesus' Secret Wife". I have two fantastic, world-changing products and I would LOVE to hear from you or any of your friends here - I am reaching out for support and interest. I have been carrying my mission alone for a long time and it has taken a huge amount of faith and courage. I never normally watch videos I'm sent links for as I'm very busy and focussed on my own projects, but I felt to see this and I'm glad and heart-warmed that I did. Bless you! Warm lovelight, Swan A. Montague, (nightwhiteswan@gmail.com)

  235. Swan A. Montague, Ph.D July 19, 2011 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    Hi Marcia — I know what it takes to let go and say no thankyou! I have said no thank you to death! Several times! Thank you for being so open and authentic and for your courage. It has taken so much courage for me to be alive (I was given 3 months to live 9 years ago), and so much courage to keep going with my mission against so many odds its unimaginable that I could have come this far! I’ve been through the complete turnaround/let.go.of.everything rollercoaster so many times people think I’m crazy — I believe its divine inspiration — its known as divine madness. Things happen for the growth and experience not the imagined destiny or outcome of our pictures! I have just let go of a BIG investment offer that I really could use right now to fund my book launch because it was rooted in fear and greed and it felt bullying and awful to me. I trust the universe to bring me something aligned to a fair trade and gain model I’m committed to myself — in the process I came up with an Enlightened Business Plan, based on esoteric science and sacred principals, that is completely revolutionary and new and I’m soooooo excited to be preparing to launch this as well as my book, “The Book of Sahra, Jesus’ Secret Wife”. I have two fantastic, world-changing products and I would LOVE to hear from you or any of your friends here — I am reaching out for support and interest. I have been carrying my mission alone for a long time and it has taken a huge amount of faith and courage. I never normally watch videos I’m sent links for as I’m very busy and focussed on my own projects, but I felt to see this and I’m glad and heart-warmed that I did. Bless you! Warm lovelight, Swan A. Montague, (nightwhiteswan@gmail.com)

  236. Ellen Seigel July 19, 2011 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    Hi dear Marcia,
    Welcome back. I'm one (of many) who said to you at the eWomen conf. how
    wonderful you look and how Light is clearly streaming through you.
    No surprise given what you journeyed through.
    Thanks so much for your honesty.
    You certainly are soaring ... I recall your presence last year or the year
    before at the eWomen conf. and feel like I've witnessed from several rows back in the sidelines, your scooting ahead on your path ... the little bit
    I could see from my vantage point.
    Many will be helped by your sharing.
    With Radiant Light and Blessings,
    Ellen Seigel
    http://www.HeartCenteredHealing
    Thanks to my soaking up and applying the goodies at eWomen,
    a rising STAR. 🙂 sending love to you.

  237. Don Schluter July 19, 2011 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    Marcia,
    I'm so glad to hear from you and that you found out your truth, before you walked down a path that doesn't seem right for either of you.
    I can see that your feelings were turned upside down and inside out as you went down this path that wasn’t meant to be.
    But remember it’s life’s lessons that truly build our true self and our character. I’m glad that both of you came out of this intact and still friends. Through life’s lessons we can take many roads and some times it takes such an event sequence to put us back on our path again.
    I am glad you are finally at peace with yourself once again, and hope that all is well now. Many of us have been “steering the ship" so to speak inside Dream University, till our captain was once again back on bridge. So not to worry we have continued welcoming our daily new members and helping others toward full filing their dreams over the past months. Now that your back, I would ask one request and it would be to enlist the support once again of our community council. This is so we can draw from the best from of our past and to be open to new and exciting idea’s for all of us to get back up and running once again at full strength,thus helping our community back on a collective path of dreaming into being.
    So I'm looking forward to having future discussions with you in the coming months about our new endeavors/directions within Dream University. We have assemble what I believe to be “a great team” of those whom are committed to doing so and willing to be there for all the work it will take to make it happen.
    I have been here in Dream University just about every day over the last year or so and I know if were given the opportunity that those whom “have been
    helping in steering the ship” so to speak have kept us on our true direction, purpose and intent intact.
    So I can say from the bottom of my heart we know why we are here and are following your guiding light you left in the lighthouse while you were gone. I hope you are at peace within yourself knowing there are those of us who truly believe that Dream University can and will continue to be that shinning light for all our students, and for upcoming Dream Coaches. With all my love/gratitude to you and from the rest of our family group, let’s make this year a shinning example of who we are and what we are becoming.

    Welcome back Marcia!

    In service to all Dream University ® Students

    Namaste’,

    Don Schluter
    /Certified Dream Coach ®
    /Community Council Member
    /Dream Coaches Round Table Facilitator
    /Theta Healer

  238. Chris July 19, 2011 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    Marcia, how right you are. I can more than identify with the challenge you've gone through. I myself am in the process of such a challenge. I've been struggling financially for a few years now and just when I thought it couldn't get any worse, I'm in the process of losing my apartment and I can't afford to move. I'm 31 years old, in the prime of my life, and I'm 2 days away from being homeless. Thankfully I have a friend who has offered me a couch for a time. And I've taken advantage of a 1 month deal at a storage facility. Moving forward, there's nothing but uncertainty but I'll say this... The universe has provided me with a means to start over. To re-boot my life and re-evaluate my choices. Though I know there will be struggle and a bit of emotional stress, I also know I now have nothing to lose and nowhere to go but up. It's very interesting to be in a position of pure selfish choice. (and I mean selfish in a good way) I don't have the luxury of worrying about what other people think or making sure I come across in a certain way as to not offend anyone else. I have to do what is necessary for my survival. I have no choice but to be unequivocally myself. As challenging as this process is, I have never felt more free to be ME without apology. So here is the lesson: Be yourself and do what makes you happy regardless of what anyone else thinks. For if you don't do it willingly, the universe will provide the means for you to do so anyway. And it might not show up in a way that you prefer. Here's to living your truth!

  239. Ken Packer July 19, 2011 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    Hello Dear Marcia, If there is anyone who can bounce back so magically, beautifully, fantastically (as well as spiritually), I fully believe in you, as we all do, that it would be you. A great ballplayer, for example, if and when adversity may strike, and it does, the player may be knocked down and shaken up (yet, it is not that one gets knocked down, we all do, it's how we get up and respond) ... and so, he would get up, shake himself off, regroup, and then get back into the batters box. As John Wayne would put it, it's about your getting back on the saddle again. It's indeed that spirit. You are not alone and the wonderful news is that you are SO LOVED and by oh SO MANY. You've got it, Marcia, all that it takes, and in a way, where you are now perhaps now even better for it ... and, yes, so are we. As it is said, sometimes we need the night to appreciate the day. I want to leave you with the thought, from the Sound of Music, when Maria had all her inner pain, thoughts and doubts, seeing no possible way ... when came the magic: the "Climb Every Mountain ... inspiring not just Maria ... but everyone who heard it / or hears it. To inspire is to breathe life into ... you, too, dear Marcia are Human (with feelings) ... and as you can see from all the messages here and not here ... you are so loved and believed in. It is the greatest gift ... and truly so many blessings. You are the wonderful Marcia who you are and you have all it takes. It is not necessarily a loss, especially when you two are still good Friends ... and yet when and what is in front of you is, we are pleased to see YOU, that you are back, where we greet you with open arms and warmth and cheer and to say to you that there is now a whole new realm of Possibilty right in front of you, in you ... it is who and where you are ... it is perfect ... and it is beautiful and wonder-full. We all rejoice indeed ... Welcome back!

  240. Berni July 19, 2011 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    Marcia, Thank you for your story. Just came home from my appointment with a divorce attorney. It was encouraging to see your uplifting spirit as I face this new road.

  241. Patti Zachery July 19, 2011 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    I have been out of work for almost 3 years, having worked in the Human Service field for 30 years in Corrections, Child Protection and Job Corps. I got the chance to interview for a Counseling position in a prison in Oregon that is a treatment facility and went two rounds and they picked the other person. I thought, "What am I doing that's keeping me from being in alignment with the job I want"? A year later another counseling position came up in the same facility and this time I knew I would get it because I couldn't have had any more going for me than I did. Come to find out, a counselor from another facility in the state had a family hardship and got a lateral transfer. I began to think maybe it's time to close this door. I have only worked with 'at-risk' populations, at all different age groups, and I thought this was my purpose, my calling. Now I'm seeing this was my habit. These jobs weren't drawn to me as my life's purpose but drawn to me as habits, validating the vibration of 'who I've believed myself to be'. With this, I've begun looking at what I have focused my attention on. My work has been nothing but low vibrational energy around crime, criminals, pain, hardship, sadness. And then I looked at what I focused on in my free time; crime movies, crime shows like CSI, crime books and then getting books on tape to listen in my car, mostly about crime stories. I figured that if I was awake 16 hours a day, 14 was focused on low vibrational energy and 2 was reading positive, uplifting books. Two hours is not going to have an influence on 14. I've stopped all movies, shows, books and CD's. I am focusing my attention on raising my vibration to experience my life as Who I REALLY Am to live my life in pure joy and love. I am a work in progress and in transition and am thrilled I didn't get the job I thought I wanted. Now I have the space to listen to my internal voice that is opening me up to much more aliveness.
    Thanks for listening.

  242. Martha K. July 19, 2011 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    I am actually just coming through some of those trials myself. Not the same, I am happily married for the 31st year this October. I lost my Dad just over 2 years ago and I can't seem to bounce back. I am now slowing "coming back".

  243. Julia July 19, 2011 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    Hi Marcia - glad to hear you are back on track! I saw you present in Dallas earlier this year. I too have had set-backs, but with courage and strength (and strong intuition) I have found my way back! Look forward to hearing more! Julia from http://www.UniqueVanities.com

  244. Jeremiah Kalb July 19, 2011 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    Hi Marcia,

    Thanks so much for sharing your complete about-face.

    My most recent about-face is only 14 days old! I feel your video post is so timely and I feel inspired to express my most recent major about-face publicly for the first time and I believe it will help all the readers here.

    As you know I’m a short-story author (Create! and a few others).
    Since July of 2010 I’ve been in hot pursuit of creating a partnership between a very large national youth organization and a corporate partner to help in the distribution of one of my titles. For the first six months I chased and hounded the president of this youth organization to just read the book and hopefully say “I like your book.”

    Six months of follow-up, follow-up, follow-up. At one point I made up my mind I would even go as far as fly out to see the president, to make a “surprise” visit — to plead and beg the president to read the book. This partnership and dream means that much to me — to risk the president not even being there. Total faith!

    Interestingly a member of my mastermind made a “new strategy recommendation” that worked without me having to hop on a plane. Hurdle one finally over six months later — the president likes the book and after reading my first draft proposal, the president says the organization may be able to help distribute my book so long as it does not cost the organization. Your proposal will have to go to the board in the fall for “final approval” the president says. Fantastic! I’m so close to reaching my big dream. Wow, the dream is becoming my reality.

    For the next two months I recommit to making the proposal so many times better. I pour my mind, heart, and soul into making this proposal world class. I send the proposal back to the president looking for feedback before the board presentation in the fall just in case we have to make any last minute adjustments. Three months of continued follow-up, follow-up, follow-up. The president is out of the office, trotting the globe, no feedback etc. Staff members are reviewing the proposal I learn along the way. Great! Thank makes sense. We need total buy-in. More follow-up. Still no feedback.

    14 days I ago received this e-mail from the president, “After discussion with several staff members and [-----------] directors, we are not sure this has an application for [organization] and as a result are going to pass on the distribution of your publication at this time.” Big s-i-g-h. One year of chasing and this is where we stand. W-o-w! I’m surprisingly detached from their decision. I’m calm, collected, and at peace. I sleep on the decision. I decide I will respond to the president the next morning.

    Here’s my reply the following morning:

    “That's real sad news. Thanks though to you, the staff members, and [-----------] directors for your thoughtful consideration of the [------------] proposal.

    Although this is a big disappointment for the [------------] story, [organization] has taught me an invaluable lesson: I can wait a year for an answer and not go crazy in the process.

    This lesson will serve me well as I begin another chapter in the pursuit of my big dreams. Thank you.

    If at any time you all decide I can be of service to [organization], please don't hesitate to contact me. I will help however I can.”

    In your video post you asked your viewers to share how we bounce back from major setbacks/disappointments/a face about.

    Two words — personal development. Back in 2009 one of my mentors Hal Elrod shared with me one of Jim Rohn’s quotes that changed the entire course of my life. Jim Rohn once said “Your level of success will seldom exceed your level of personal development.” At that moment in my life something about that quote connected all the dots and the following morning I began my own course of personal development that’s never stopped.

    What I have yet to say is that before this most recent disappointment 14 days ago, I had 8 other major disappointments/setbacks during the course of 2009 and 2010, all the while recognizing the “opportunity in this” the very same day or the next day of the disappointment — on all 8 setbacks. And this 2011 disappointment? I recognized the “opportunity in this” within 30 minutes of receiving the sad news and have sense charted a different course in the pursuit of the same big dream.

    For me, my level of personal development has become more important than my big dreams!

    Jeremiah Kalb

  245. Dorothy Kuhn July 19, 2011 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    Hi Marcia & I'm glad you're back!

    I'm with you on the Life Throws Curve Balls deal .. and when it does I know it's Temporary and that I'll get through it (as I just have). And more importantly, I've learned to take some time to reflect on what I've learned from the experience - what I did well & what Opportunities I have to grow and change. It's the combination of the strength-to-make-it-through and the reflection-plus-growth that has propelled me into wonderful new paths.

    Looking forward to Inspiring Speaker this September ... and to where these wonderful skills will lead!

    Best Regards,
    Dorothy

  246. Catharine Hay July 19, 2011 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    Hi Marcia:

    I completely understand how difficult it was for you to break off your engagement and how much courage it takes. I made the same decision almost ten years ago. I was engaged to a wonderful man but I realized that even though I loved him very much, I was not "in love" with him. We remained very close friends, in fact he was my best friend up until he died from colon cancer a year and one-half ago. It was a devasting loss, but I am
    extremely blessed to have had him in my life and I think about him every day.

  247. Janey July 19, 2011 at 8:48 pm - Reply

    Thankyou for sharing your story Marcia. I am not working much so I have lost confidence and I became depressed. Finding your site started me towards becoming authentic and working towards my true dream. In the process I realised I needed to really get to know myself so now I feel positive that I will achieve my dreams and I just need to stay focussed.

  248. anita July 19, 2011 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    Is there hope for me......my husband has just been diagnosed with "vascular dementia" I want to dream and grow my business it is all I have but how can I move forward. I am devasted and wonder can I still have a dream.

  249. Trudy July 19, 2011 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    Good to hear from you and thanks for sharing this part of yourself. I'm in Isagenix and I met you in Minneapolis at an eWomen meeting then went to your event in Chicago. It is my understanding that you will be at our Isa Celebration in San Diego....I'll look forward to seeing you there! Welcome back!

  250. desley parker July 19, 2011 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    Marcia, Welcome back. You were such an inspiring speaker when I heard you in Dallas last year.
    In January, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was really on top of the world before being diagnosed and it came as quite a shock. I close out my year by writing down my blessings, and accomplishments . That exercise gives me focus and energy to start the new year. Once I got my head and heart around te diagnosis, I realized that I still had all of my blessings and I needed to refocus myenergies.
    I have had 3 surgeries, completed chemo and am now about half way through the radiation.
    I have use all my coaching skills on me for the past 6 months, have learned a lot about myself and am looking forw are to a long he althy life. I am ready to put this behind me, But I am going to keep the wigs!
    Wishing you strength and courage as you continue your journey!
    Desley

  251. Monifa July 19, 2011 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    Hi Marcia!

    Thanks for being so honest and candid. When I saw you speak last year at Isagenix Celebration, you ignited something in me that I didn't even know was there! I'm glad you are in a better place. We are human. Life does throw us curve balls, but it's how we recover from those experiences that we can reflect, learn and grow. I SOOO am looking forward to your presence in San Diego next month!

  252. Merne July 19, 2011 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    Hello Marcia

    Glad you are back.

    My setback occurred years ago as I was going through a very bad perimenipausal stage. I had to quit a full-time job. I felt that my body had let me down. It did take me a while to recover my usual active self. To get there I relied on a very strong faith and prayer. I kept in touch with my friends. Once able to function a bit I knit mittens for our local firehall toy drive. My recovery was slow, with a few setbacks but I did get back to my normal self. When I think back on that time I am grateful for the learning curve on increasing my patience with myself and others. This has allowed me to be of service to others and to my family.

    Bless you, Merne

  253. Victoria Buckmann July 19, 2011 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    Marcia I can totally relate to what you are saying. As you know back in 2008 my financial advisor stold my entire life savings, 401k and pension, $500,000. I went into shock. I hid out, I didnt return calls, I didnt talk to anyone, I went deep inside and was paralyzed. My own mother didnt know what was going on since I would not return her calls for months, 12 months. She sent my son to my front door and I didnt answer it. I was devastated, ashamed and thought my life would end. Actually wanted my life to end, even thought of ending it myself. If it wasn't for a really good friend helping me to wake up and my loving husband literally loving me to life...I might not be here today to tell this part of the story.
    Thank you for sharing your personal story with us, it gives us permission to be authentic and transparent...in other words, human. Thank you, love you!

    Victoria Buckmann
    Programmed For Wealth

  254. Teri D. July 19, 2011 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    M - So sorry to hear about your engagement, but am so glad to have you back. I've been up against the wall with a number of difficult circumstances over the past several years - marital problems, financial (we lost our home), and health issues. I've felt lost, knocked down and turned around, questioning what I'm doing, what I'm supposed to be doing. Through it all, I haven't given up. When the door closes, I look for a window. When the window's locked, I find a crack in the wall. I'm not there yet, but I won't quit, I won't settle and I won't give up. I know that's in large part because of everything I learned from you. Welcome back!

    Blessings and love - T.

  255. Paul July 19, 2011 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    Great to hear from you Marcia. Life brings us interesting twists and turns as we make our journey in this world. All the best...

  256. Sue July 19, 2011 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    Thank God you are back on track! Thanks for sharing with us. Life is full of surprises, some good some not so good! I know it has been a very hard couple of years for me also and in the trial I went through, I put on 25 pounds and was diagnosed with diabetes and lots of other bad stuff!

    But it made me open my eyes and appreciate my life and health more!! the bad news actually became the miracle to get me back on track! joined a gym, started eating better. I'm seeing a therapist to get healed from this food addiction and I am feeling better! 16 pounds gone and my (medical) numbers are all getting on track too! Life has a way of getting our attention!
    God is good and loves us too much to leave us to our own devices forever! I thank Him for you dear!!

  257. Jay July 19, 2011 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    Marcia - Though born with a very bright mind and fortunate to have been given a fine education, I've been a dysthymic bachelor lifelong...as a retired psychologist, I've still not overcome a huge tendency to push away from most people and any self-love (so necessary in order to love others). My infrequent dreams are mostly of failing to reach goals or happiness. At 85, I yet hope to reach a contened lifestyle/relationship.
    In the meantime, I've published my poetry and created a lot of sculpture.
    Any comments?
    Jay

  258. Amy Korn-Reavis July 19, 2011 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    Your video was very moving. You took a set back and you created a strong new place to be. You are in a place of strength and I look forward to ware it goes.

  259. elizabeth mijares July 19, 2011 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    Welcome back Marcia..Sometimes Life surprises us with some unexpected turn of events. What is probably important is our relationship with ourselves, no less. We maybe at spat with the world but if we are happy with ourselves; then, we can survive the bumps along the road. More success to you.

  260. engchoon July 19, 2011 at 9:57 pm - Reply

    My nephew is bent on making life miserable for everyone.
    Apparently, he blames his misfortune on early childhood
    abuse.

    He hurled abuses on his family and even dumped his 2yr-old wife and
    1 yr-old son for another woman recently.

    Wallowing in previous past issues, he rejects all apologies from
    his family and accuses loved ones with profanity and threat of violence.

    What will be a good way to resolve such issues.

  261. anna July 19, 2011 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    as of today i got some pretty bad breakup news myself. the relationship was not long so i should be fine in a matter of days. although i am sad to hear about your loss, i am grateful at this very moment because i don't feel alone in my experience. your outlook on your situation appears positive and optimistic. it reminds me i can and should be exactly the same. the world it in our hands now! thank you for sharing.

  262. Janet July 19, 2011 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    Hi Marcia thank you for being so honest and for sharing your very personal story.Yes you did throw me for a loop when you informed us that were unable to continue communicating with us.I am happy to have you back. We have all made mistakes but the beauty is in recognizing them and doing something about them which you have so admirably done. Welcome back and thanks for awakening our consciousness with your story.

  263. Helen July 19, 2011 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing a littel bit of your story. I made some very rash decisions about 4 years ago that I am still trying to recover from. I have no regrets about the actual decision I made but have had some regrets about the havoc I created in making the decision and the people I hurt. I have made my amends and have moved on but spending more time looking for what I really want and testing some different things as I walk this new path. I feel as though I am on the brink of a big change and am working hard to quiet my mind enough to hear that guidance from my inner voice.
    Thanks again for sharing and I look forward to more sharing.

  264. Kathryn Kimmins July 19, 2011 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    Hi Marcia
    I'm very glad to hear you're back with us again. You have so much to give. My relationship of five years ended just over a year ago and we are still very good friends. Since then I have discovered my passion in life and have been soaring ever since. I have been facilitating Laughter Yoga seminars around Ontario and I'm loving it. A few years back I read that you went on a cruise ship as a guest speaker and I thought that was great. I am now going on the MSC Poesia as a Laughter Yoga motivational speaker and I'm just thrilled.
    Thanks for coming back to us. Cheers

  265. Jade July 19, 2011 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    Kudos to you for having the courage to follow your heart, Marcia! Also, thanks for reminding me that there are times stepping back and taking care of myself is more important than taking care of others - or being affected by their resentment for me not "being there" for them. It also took courage to get ego issues out of the way and face everyone with an honest apology and explanation. The joyful energy you are radiating says how great this mini-vacation has been for you. I often to say to people that when the Universe is trying to get your attention it starts out brushing you with a feather. If that doesn't work, it will start throwing bricks! LOL Welcome back, much love, and thanks for reminding me what's most important. Blessed Be! Jade

  266. Kathy Kelly Giannini July 19, 2011 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    Hi Marsha,
    Kathy (Colleen's sister) from temenos! So good to see you in your magnificence! The truth is always the way! Sending love and remembering the good times xoKath

  267. Andrea July 19, 2011 at 10:50 pm - Reply

    After losing a son and going through difficult times financially as a married couple, my husband was stricken with cancer and passed away two years ago. My mother was also diagnosed with cancer two months before my husband and they were both fighting this horrible disease at the same time and died two months apart. Needless to say, it was and is still depressing, but I am fighting desperately to get back on track. I have adjusted my dream to enjoying every minute of my life with those I love and care about and traveling and enjoying the world. Life is too short to be with someone you don't really love or to not see and spend time with those you do love!!
    Blessings and joy to you, Marcia, and Seize the day!!!

  268. Gabrielle July 19, 2011 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    Bless you, Marcia for being so real, honest and authentic!

    I can certainly understand going through a phase of upheaval or a kind of "dark night of the soul", having been through a few a few of those myself. I believe we come out of the tunnel stronger and somehow purified or more focused and genuinely "us".

    Perhaps in these times, life is showing us it's dream for us!
    ~Gabrielle

  269. Sharon July 19, 2011 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    Thanks for being so open about your life. It makes what you have to share more credible. My setback is running out of my retirement money after being out of work for more than three years, and then having to move home to live with my parents. Not what I had planned! Not with them anymore and have learned a lot. Still pressing on and believing that my dreams will come to pass. After all what is life without a dream?

  270. Rayner Needleman July 19, 2011 at 11:13 pm - Reply

    Hi Marcia,
    Even though setbacks can really throw us, it is also the stuff of life that makes us stronger
    and clarifies our own purpose and direction. Being vulnerable and authentic makes us so much more lovable. Your positive spirit will always support you, and open new doors. Your work in giving so much to others will ripple far beyond your expectations. Love and Blessings - Rayner

  271. Shannon July 19, 2011 at 11:18 pm - Reply

    Hi Marcia!

    It warms me to see your smiling face and hear your voice. It has been quiet from you - I am glad to know you are OK (actually better than OK!) and finding your way through something so difficult. Thank you for sharing. I know the feeling of saying nothing because you don't know what to say...It helps to sometimes just admit that, yes?

    Life is good in my world, continuing down the path of purpose and community as well just creating some new space to just be. Yeah and amen for that.

    Look forward to seeing your or talking to you sometime soon. The other "sista" is in Santa Monica, and I know she would love to connect wtih you.

    Hugs,
    Shannon

  272. Julie July 19, 2011 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    Marcia, I am sorry to hear that you went through such a hard time but am glad that you are back!
    A few years ago, I lost my marriage to a man who was the love of my life, and I was left alone with 2 little children and NO idea of what my future was going to look like, because it was the last place I had planned to be - a single mother of 2 with no job and really not much else either! 🙂 It felt like all I had left was my faith, and through that I hung onto the promise that "...we can be sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good." Good thing God is so creative, because He didn't have a lot to work with! Now, I live in an amazing community by the ocean, am the mother of 2 AMAZING kids, have started my own Montessori preschool business. Those are all things that I am passionate about and every day when I drive by the ocean to town and see the snow-capped mountains, I thank God that His plans are good and that He never gives up on us! When we don't see any good or any security in our future, hang onto God, because He has amazing plans for all of us!! Wishing you all your dreams to come true! God bless you and thank you for all the amazing work that you have done and that you will do! 🙂

  273. Stewart Stevens July 19, 2011 at 11:21 pm - Reply

    Hi Marcia,

    This was a great reveal of a personal struggle and I thank you for sharing it. It did feel like a heart-felt connection was made.

    I did think that you were going to give us an "insight" about when you go off track, something you discovered about how to get back on track, an example that you learned from this experience, etc.

    I'm always interested in learning from challenging experiences and gleaming a "take away" that can help in the future.

    Perhaps that will be in a future video?

    Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow night at ICF-LA!

  274. Robin July 19, 2011 at 11:29 pm - Reply

    Marcia, I just "meet" you through the Inspired Secrets teleseminars, and I was so impressed by your vision, your passion, and your words of wisdom. I, too, went through a broken engagement (several years ago). It was so incredibly painful; but ultimately, I grew and flourished in ways I couldn't have imagined then. I am in a wonderful relationship with my soul and life partner. I feel so blessed to be with him. Now, I am searching for my true calling professionally. I am trying to use many of the lessons and techniques I developed during that painful personal time and harnessing that wisdom and trust to fathom my professional calling. I look forward to exploring more of your and DreamU's resources.
    Robin
    PS: One site that I found helpful/supportive/fun during my broken engagement was "There Goes the Bride" a virtual network of women who had all endured and were surviving the disappointment. It sounds like you are well on your way, so you might not need this resource now, but it may be a helpful resource to some of the others who are part of this community.

  275. Jessica July 19, 2011 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    SO glad you're back and feeling ready to move forward!! I find this very difficult to do, but I always try to find my center, take a deep breath and remind myself of all I have good inside of me, all I have to offer, and always remember when one door closes a window opens!!! 🙂

  276. Monika July 19, 2011 at 11:54 pm - Reply

    It's good to have you back Marcia. I really enjoyed listening to you in the teleseminars and look forward to hearing from you once again in the near future !

  277. Dolly Yeo July 20, 2011 at 12:07 am - Reply

    It's nice to see you again. Yes, I had 4 years of numbness, lost and found and lost again and then 2 years of 'hell'. Lost 2 properties, 2 cars and April this year my beloved mum. How I bounced back? It was a real learning curve. On reflection, it was a self-discovery process. I now know who I am and bounced back faster then before. After tons of attending seminars and working on my inner self through life coaching. Coaching has taught me tools and techniques when the going gets tough. Replacing my negative thoughts was important. The language I used, the actions I took after 3 counsellors and 2 coaches who coached me to move to the next level. I am grounded and able to attract people who wants to work with me whether as clients or as partners. I am blessed. I learnt that everything is temporary. I learn to trust and love myself and to be grateful everyday and attract the same. Thank you for opening your heart. Love Dolly Yeo

  278. Henrik Essen July 20, 2011 at 12:11 am - Reply

    Dear Marci

    Many thanks for sharing your experience. Some time ago I wrote an article, perhaps you can resonate with this. I wish you all the best in your “new journey”. Below is my article — enjoy!

    A Life Full of Experiences
    Do you sometimes have a nagging feeling that you are very close to a breakthrough in business or life but can't get that final peace of the puzzle? That’s an experience.

    Do you sometimes get irritated or frustrated when success is elusive and you simply can't create what you are looking for? That’s also an experience.

    Do you sometimes want to get out of an ongoing negative experience but still don’t do anything about it, because you are scared or confused? That’s another experience.

    But that’s it — it’s just an experience you have — nothing else.

    Yes, life is full of experiences and they are usually a mix of positive and negative ones. The question really is: How do you manage these experiences?

    When life shows up, especially the negative experiences we all face, what really makes it or breaks it is our perception of this and what we do about it. We often tend to enter into a state of fear when having a negative experience. Fear of making a mistake, fear of being perceived as stupid or ignorant, fear of losing face, fear of not succeeding, fear of not being able to handle it - even fear of succeeding.

    What really shows up is our own resistance to the experience we have. Especially these nagging and frustrating experiences we tend to have over and over again. So what do we do? Often nothing, we run away, avoid it — we resist it. As you have probably heard; “what you resist persists”.

    When you notice that you resist a negative experience, try to analyze and understand why you do this, even if it means that you have to face your inner demons, fears and lack of self confidence. If you avoid this self analysis you will only attract the same negative experience over and over again, simply because you resist it.

    So, acknowledge the experience, face it, feel it, analyze why you resist it and then do something about it. This can actually be the first step towards freedom - freedom to grow and experience a life of joy and abundance.

    In hindsight, people often say that the negative experience they had some time ago, was actually the best thing that ever happened to them. It forced them to face reality, to take that crucial step they should have done a long time ago.

    Try to see each negative experience as a learning curve, an opportunity to change, to make a transition into something even better. Whatever you face, tell yourself: “this is just an experience I’m going through, this too shall pass and I will handle it accordingly”. Once you do this you will be able to manage your negative experiences much more effectively and efficiently.

    Yes, life is indeed full of experiences. What type of experience do you prefer to have? Once you are clear about this it’s just a matter of creating it — step by step. Start each day by saying to yourself: “I would like the experience of…” and then see what happens.

    Henrik Essen
    Executive Coach & Mentor
    http://www.henrik-essen.yolasite.com

  279. Julie July 20, 2011 at 12:14 am - Reply

    Going thru a divorce right now. I'm just taking one day a time and trying to do what is necessary to start all over with nothing. So sorry you had to go through a breakup, and so happy you are back.

  280. John kobira July 20, 2011 at 12:44 am - Reply

    just the kind of things people need to know in life.

  281. Mary Frey July 20, 2011 at 12:50 am - Reply

    Thank you Marcia for sharing your very personal story with us. No need to apologize. We welcome you and your wisdom back. Mary

  282. Deanna July 20, 2011 at 12:51 am - Reply

    Whew! Thank you for sharing Marcia. Like everyone else, I have experienced many losses that I needed to overcome. Over time, I have learned that in each loss, there is something to gain. The 'something' is sometimes elusive and by being open to 'seeing' the significance of it, even if it is uncomfortable or more uncomfortable then the initial loss, there is always something of value to discover.

    As a result of some losses...

    I have discovered a true friend,
    I have discovered an untapped talent,
    I have discovered a truth,
    I have discovered what love feels like,
    I have discovered how to say "I need help",
    I have discovered how to accept the generosity of others, and in discovering these and much more
    I have discovered ...I can't wait to find out what's next!

    There is certainly value in curve balls. If we always know where the ball will land...what's the point?

  283. marianne July 20, 2011 at 12:57 am - Reply

    Anything you face with courage will "shove" you upwards on the energy spiral of life.Another chapter in your life's "story" - your story and therefore intimately connected and emotionally charged for you. All that potential for growth which it seems like you and your "intended" were able to both
    learn from - staying friends in turmoil is a victory!!
    God bless and continue on your path as a conscious aware human being with tons of wonderful
    connecting and sharing your beautiful energy ahead - we all evolve together!!

  284. Lynette July 20, 2011 at 1:02 am - Reply

    Welcome back and thank you for your gift of sharing. In the past year I've been thrown several curve balls and have been drawing from all of the "tools in my tool box." Thank you for being a positive resource and I look forward to what you have to share going forward.

  285. Klara Fuehren July 20, 2011 at 1:06 am - Reply

    Dear Marcia, what you are telling us, I live that for the last years, of course in another subject.
    My husband is all enthusiastic that he'll earn money now and in the last minute it doesn't work out. So we struggle to survive somehow, have debts. I got very ill, a chronicle bronchites decease. I was so unhappy to take all this strong medicine, doctors told me I had to take them all my life, I wanted to die. And then something happened. An unknown man came around to ask us how we were, if we were healthy or ill, and he told us that there was this mobile mast near us which makes people ill.
    A few days later we went to a lecture about it. There was a natural health doctor who measured everyones fingers to see how much we were affected by this mast. And to cut a long story short I knew that this doctor could help me with natural remedies. And he did. I feel better already and I found me humour back and I want to live! My energy went up and I can cope so much better and I have confidence that the money will follow in a way we don't even expect. This makes me so thankful and once again I understand that we don't have to worry when we listen to our heart.
    Lots of love, Klara

  286. Peta July 20, 2011 at 1:15 am - Reply

    I am new to this forum and amazed to see how your story inspired so many people to share their own experiences. It is a wonderful reminder that we can overcome anything and everything! Thank you for sharing!

    I left a high paying successful corporate job and moved to a new country knowing that I was doing the right thing although not understanding the enormity of changing every aspect of my life. Two years later, after much deep introspection, trust and surrender, I am attracting the life of my dreams.

    Much love and light to you
    Peta

  287. Gail July 20, 2011 at 1:21 am - Reply

    I empathize with you.. the loss, the pain and the blankness that can follow.

    It's great that you have moved forward to bigger and better things. That's what we all want when we have big setbacks...to come out better on the other side of them.

    Seven years ago I left a job I loved to move to where I thought I would
    have everything...back to my home town. My son was then living here at his father's and I came here and found a job..an even better job than the one I had, an upgrade in the same field. My dear grandmother, whom I lived with, was coming with me and was reuniting with old friends. I thought it would be great.

    Within 10 months, my grandmother passed away, my son moved across the country to go to school where his girlfriend lived, and my job got axed and I was laid off. I ended up here alone, no friends, no family and no prospects.

    I could not land a full time job doing what I did before, and after a year of unemployment, except for freelancing, I had no money. I had to take a job waiting tables to pay the bills. I struggled but got by.

    Then I got ill. For two years now I've been trying to regain my health.

    It's like the life I knew just disappeared before my eyes.

  288. Fereshta July 20, 2011 at 1:27 am - Reply

    Hi Marcia,

    I recently had the rug swept out from under me. I