Counting Blessings Before They Are Hatched

I don’t know about you, but I am feeling very optimistic about 2024. Just last week, I received another hopeful sign. While walking from my car to my front door, I noticed a large round object next to the sidewalk. At first, I thought someone had left a rock in the grass, but when I got closer, I could see a geometric pattern on the surface. It was a little turtle that had completely retreated into its shell.

When I stood still for a moment, her head poked out and she continued with her task at hand. I couldn’t believe my luck. This is the second time this year I’ve been in the right place at the right time to witness a mama turtle laying eggs!

You may recall I wrote about this in April on the 12th anniversary of my mother’s passing. (Click here if you missed that story.) Over the years, I’ve had several connections involving my mother and turtles, so I took this as her sign that she was with me. That day in April was the start of what became a very challenging spring, and it gave me great comfort to feel my mother’s presence. What are the odds that mama turtle would lay her eggs on that day at the exact moment I looked out my window?

And now, as we approach the end of 2023, it happened again! I was returning home from my morning walk right when another mama turtle chose to lay her eggs mere steps from my front door. You may call it a coincidence, but I choose to see it as another message from my mom.

It seems significant that this happened on the Tuesday after Christmas. Had this been any other Tuesday, the landscaping crew would have been on the property wielding noisy lawnmowers and leaf blowers. That certainly would have scared the turtle away, but since Monday was a holiday, they adjusted their schedule and came on Wednesday instead.

It’s also odd that no one else was around during this time. On days when school is out, kids are usually running or riding bikes along that sidewalk. On this day, it was eerily quiet. As far as I know, I’m the only one who passed by. It’s as if the stars aligned perfectly so that she would not be disturbed and I would encounter her. 

After taking a few photos and a short video of this divinely timed miracle, I went inside to take a shower. When I returned, the mama turtle had finished laying her eggs and was now covering them up with her back flippers. How she managed to do this without looking, I’ll never know. Her work was impeccable!

When I returned from lunch about an hour later, she was gone leaving no evidence that she had ever been there. Had I not seen her earlier, I would not have noticed the small patch of mud where she laid her eggs. It was packed perfectly flush with the rest of the terrain. The next day, I felt inspired to place a few small rose quartz crystals around the perimeter of her nest and say a prayer of protection over those little eggs.  

Neither the timing nor the metaphor of this experience was lost on me. Thanks for this hopeful message, Mom! You’re not supposed to count chickens before they hatch, but I’m counting these blessings before the turtle eggs hatch. I believe our dreams and desires have been incubating like those turtle eggs, and I affirm that many blessings will hatch in 2024 for all of us! 

If you would like to start the new year off with a blessing, please consider giving yourself the gift of Spiritual Coaching or a Private Family Constellations Session. You can learn more about these healing opportunities or book a session on my website

Or perhaps you feel inspired to join me for my first online Family Constellations workshop of 2024. On Sunday, January 7, we will “Welcome the New Year with Family Constellations.” Click here to learn more and to purchase a ticket. There are just a few spots left! I look forward to sharing more miracles with you in the coming year! 

Communication is not limited to the small range of channels the world recognizes.

A Course in Miracle ~ M-25.2:2

New Year’s Eve Meditations, Dance Parties, & Whales

Yoga meditation in the night

It’s here.  The beginning of another year.  How will you bring in the New Year?  I believe that how we spend New Year’s Eve sets the tone for the coming year.  This may or may not be true, but since I believe it to be true, I guess it’s true for me. Over the past few years, I’ve become very mindful of what I am doing and who I am with as the clock strikes twelve.  I remember when I was a kid how jealous I was that my older siblings got to go out on New Year’s Eve.  They were quite a bit older than me, and I imagined them having all kinds of fun out there in the world.  Meanwhile, I sat home banging pots and pans together with my neighborhood friend as we watched the ball drop on TV in Times Square with Dick Clark.  It was not what most would call a Rockin’ New Year’s Eve despite the name of the show, but it was fun staying up until midnight.

Since then, I’ve had more than my share of being out in the world on New Year’s Eve.  At about 4 o’clock on December 31, 1999, I jumped off my float after performing in Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parade, clocked out, and drove four hours from Orlando to Miami to meet my friends for a dance party on South Beach.  Mind you, I didn’t have a ticket for this event, but I knew that’s where I wanted to be to welcome in the year 2000.  This choice did not go over well with my partner at the time, but I was determined to be among friends, flashing lights, and fun music instead of sitting home watching his family drink and play their own version of Family Feud.  I must have been so excited to find someone who had an extra ticket to sell that I didn’t look closely at what I was buying.  I paid $100 for a ticket to an event with the same name being held in Palm Springs, CA.  Oopsie!  Lucky for me, the person taking tickets outside the Miami Beach Convention Center must have been thinking about all the places he would rather be that night.  Without batting an eyelash, he took my ticket right along with my friends’ tickets.  I couldn’t believe it!  Starting with my bold decision to go to that party, the night was filled with many more highs and lows.  Looking back, I see the year 2000 was also filled with extreme highs and lows.

Twice in recent years I have chosen to be in meditation as the New Year began.  I highly recommend this if you’ve never tried it.  It’s quite an interesting experience.  In the stillness, by myself, with my eyes closed, I was actually able to feel the energy build and explode around me before I heard the fireworks go off and people start screaming and banging pots and pans outside.  People still do that, right?  In any case, my New Year’s Eve celebrations have run the gamut from solitude to mega parties, joy filled to drama filled, and peaceful to chaotic.  Of all of them, my favorite by far is the New Year’s Eve I spent eye to eye with an orca.  It was just the two of us staring at each other as the clock struck twelve, and it was completely magical.  It may not surprise you that just a few months later I started working at Disney World.  It doesn’t get much more magical than that!  You’ll be able to read the details of that fateful night in the book I’m writing about all the miracles that have happened in my life so far.  Stay tuned for that…

So I ask again, how will you spend your New Year’s Eve?  What tone would you like to set for 2016?  If you live in South Florida, it’s not too late to change your plans and join me from 7:30-9:00 PM at the Center for Spiritual Living in Fort Lauderdale for some inspiring words from August Gold and some inspiring music by Carol Logen.  The essence of Spirit comes through each of these women in a unique and powerful way.  I’m really looking forward to it!  However you choose to celebrate, remember there is no wrong way.  Just be mindful of your choices and only bring what you want to bring into 2016.  I would be honored to assist you in letting go of anything that is no longer serving you with one of my Life Coaching programs or with the amazing tool known as Family Constellations.  Both can be done in person or over the phone.  Please visit my website or contact me for more information.  I leave you with these beautiful words about the New Year from my favorite book, A Course in Miracles.

So will the year begin in joy and freedom. There is much to do, and we have been long delayed. Accept the holy instant as this year is born, and take your place, so long left unfulfilled, in the Great Awakening. Make this year different by making it all the same. And let all your relationships be made holy for you. This is our will. Amen.

See you next year!

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