Friday Favorites #45
September 13th, 2019

Season Two:  Law of Attraction Edition

"I explain my 'hustle' very simply: I'm willing to do what most people 'won't' for much longer than they think they 'can't'."
 - Myleik Teele
When I was about 18 years old, I read the book Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain. It was absolutely a pivotal moment for me and set my life on a new trajectory. I am so lucky to have been raised by a woman who was open to new ideas. Although my mother was raised traditionally Catholic and loved everything the church offered, that didn’t stop her from being on her individual journey and encouraging my sisters and me to be on journeys of our own.

She was ahead of her time, my mother. She took me to a workshop about spirituality taught by Shirley MacLaine. We took journaling workshops together and enjoyed a wonderful class based on the as-yet-unpublished book by Sonia Choquette called The Psychic Pathway, which was published in 1995. I’m so delighted to actually have Sonia in this issue!

All of these things aligned with my own natural inclinations, and I took to it like a duck to water. My inner journey continues to this day, and many other books have influenced and blessed my life, including The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, and more recently, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.

I continued the journey with my children. One great memory we share is how every single day, from kindergarten through high school, as I drove nearer to their school on its busy Chicago street, we would say together, “Angels and guides, I need a parking space,” letting the universe know what we needed. Asking for a little miracle allowed us to find one every day. Sometimes it’s just the small things. One morning we set an intention that the crabby crossing guard would smile at us, and for the first time ever, she did! And we continued to flood her with love, thereafter. It made life that much more enjoyable to focus on the good. 

I have always been a searcher, Lucy’s and Patrick’s father is also a searcher, and joyfully my children have become searchers as well. None of us stick with the status quo--we push further into things and ask a lot of questions. I’m not suggesting that this should be anybody else’s path, but it’s been important for my life, and looking back, I’m grateful that it was.

You have to create from that place of intention. The idea is that it’s like tuning into a radio frequency. What we think, we become, and everything we think and say to ourselves, we hear. So, if we are constantly affirming what we don’t want, like, “I’m tired, I’m sick, I’m sad,” then we are tuning into that frequency. But, if we live life in gratitude and joy, then we are likely bringing that experience to ourselves instead. It’s about where you put your intention. This issue is all about intentional living, and I asked some of my favorite people to help shed some light on it.



Teri Turner, author, Nocrumbsleft - Recipes for Everyday Food Made Marvelous

“In a world that wants us to whisper, I choose to yell."

Luvvie Ajayi, NYT bestselling author and speaker
Buy Luvvie's book here.

My favorite thing about my life has been the way in which I’ve followed my passions through my career. Beginning with the fight for marriage equality, I knew I needed to work on that in 2008 when Prop 8 passed in California restricting marriage between a man and a woman. I took my rage to my life and sought a career in fighting for equality for LGBTQ people. Every day, I wake up and make sure the work I do is something I’m passionate about. If it’s not, I take the necessary steps to replace, remove or reinstate that passion.

Justin Mikita
Lawyer, Producer, Activist

People use collaging as a way to visualize what they’re wanting to bring forward in their lives. Their vision could be in any area of life, including love, finances, health, or new skills. It’s like the old saying: he who aims at nothing is sure to hit it. Collaging is as easy as clipping images you love from magazines or the internet and making a collage. The idea is that what we put our energy on, we create--so why not have a fantastic visual image of what you’re looking for?! This is a powerful tool that I’ve used for more than 30 years, not only for myself, but for my kids and friends, and it is a whole lot of fun to do in a group.

I am continually re-framing my minor negative day to day experiences, reframing them as necessary parts of my path. Whether it’s a flight change, getting stuck in traffic, or spilling coffee down my shirt, I view it as the universe directing me into an outcome that was meant just for me, even if unpleasant. The person sitting next to me on my new, inconvenient flight may just change my life forever. 

Lucy Hartman

Whether you realize it or not, we’re all on the same cosmic train, heading to the same destination: death. None of us knows when our stop is — all we know is that with every passing moment, we’re getting closer. That’s why now is the time to go after that dream of yours, no matter how wild, unreasonable, or seemingly “impossible” it seems. Now is the time to figure it all out. What we need now, more than anything else, is people who believe in what’s possible and who live as though everything is figureoutable.

Promise yourself that from this moment forward, you won’t waste one more minute of one more day saying, “I don’t know how to do that.” Or “I don’t know if I have what it takes to become that.” Yes, you do. You are divinely blessed and infinitely capable. There is no circumstance or fate or situation that can hinder the unstoppable power of your human soul.

 Marie Forleo International, public speaker  
Buy Marie's new book, Everything is Figureoutable 

Intentional living and manifestation is a constant reminder that I have the ability to change the trajectory of my life through my own thoughts, beliefs, and actions. When it comes to creating the life I desire and achieving my own goals, I've learned that it all begins with believing I have everything that I need right now in order to make it happen. I've worked hard to reframe my negative thought patterns to better support my goals and it's truly changed my ability to manifest and live with intention.

Kimberly B. Cummings
I help professionals get seen in the workplace, make more money, and become industry leaders.

When I was a teenager, I mentored with a spiritual master in Denver named Dr. Trenton Tully. He taught me the 9 steps of manifesting your heart's desire. Since then, I have not only been teaching these principals, and eventually wrote a book about them, Your Heart's Desire: Creating the Life You Really Want, I have also lived by these principals for over forty-five years.

In support of the nine principals, the one extra piece of advice I also remember receiving and has stuck with me more than anything else is, "Build your life around your heart. Don't try to shove your heart into your busy life."
Make what you love your most important priority, and I guarantee you will have the most joyful life ever.

Sonia Choquette, author


This week's nocrumbsleft Table Talks Podcast:

 Episode 33:  
In this episode, I sat down with entrepreneur Katie Sturino, whose bold Instagram spotlights what curvy gals experience in “fashion purgatory.” Kate advocates for women by calling out brands whose largest size is still way too small. The babe behind @megababe tells me how and why she created the unique products that provide real solutions for women.

This week's giveaway!

This week we are giving away fabulous products from Katie's company, Megababe Beauty to one lucky winner!  Click below to enter. 

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