Songs of My Life…Slightly Out of Tune is the title of my new book that will soon be released by Hay House.   I will keep you posted as to release dates etc. but in the meantime, my life just keeps on singing and this blog will be my way of staying in tune with you on a regular basis.  The rest of the songs of my life so to speak.

First of all, I am so proud of my new website.  The pictures that you see rotating on my home page are pictures of my beloved Sanibel Island located on the west coast of Florida.  As a matter of fact, this whole website is designed to make you feel a part of my island home; the beach, my favorite coffee house and the lighthouse that always guides me home.  The first thing I look for from my airplane window is that faithful old lighthouse.  I hope you enjoy the view.

So what am I singing these days?  With the Fourth of July being so close, I think I would opt for Firework by Katy Perry.  The word firework or fireworks for  that matter brings a story to mind about my daughters when they were young.  I have always loved holiday fireworks and could not wait to take the girls when I thought they would be old enough to enjoy them.  That day finally arrived and we left the house in plenty of time to get a great space right up front.  Although the traffic was fierce and my husband grumbled the entire time, when we finally laid down our blanket and got everything set to watch the display it all seemed worth it.  It was a perfect July night with a balmy breeze and starry sky.  The mosquitoes were staying away due to an ample application of bug repellant. We all had the heady fragrance of Deep Woods Off.  I breathed a sign of quiet contentment as we all waited for the fireworks to begin.  The first one exploded in the sky full of all the colors of the rainbow and the loud booms.  My youngest daughter put her hands over her ears and started screaming so that she was actually louder than the fireworks.  I could not believe it.  Everyone was looking at us as if we were using water board torture on our child. My husband gave me the look, which was a combination of I told you so and let’s get the heck out of here.  We rounded up our gear and fled like the Road Runner being pursued by Wylie Coyote.   So much for that fantasy gone terribly wrong.

Ok…back to the Song..Firework by Katy Perry.  Have you ever listened to the words of this song?  I love them and they ring so true for me these days as I struggle to learn once and for all to accept myself just the way I am.   It is often difficult to let ourselves shine with our own unique light.   We are so often busy filling the roles everyone expects of us…mother, father, daughter, son, sister, brother…well you get the idea.   When do we take time out to just be ourselves?  Our own person devoid of any expectations coming from others.  Not looking for anyone’s approval but our own.  I love the quote by Wayne Dyer that goes something like this “Your opinion of me is none of my business.”  What a great way to put it.  The only person’s opinion of you that matters is your own.  After all it is the only opinion that counts and the only one you can control.  Take a look at yourself.  Like what you see.  Be proud of the person you are right at this moment and as Katy Perry says:

“Ignite the light and let it shine.  Just own the night like the Fourth of July.”