[Podcast] I Used to Pinch My Hand Around Baked Goods as a Mental Anchor… What?

“In this insightful conversation, Daniele shares her secret for steering clear of donuts, plus practical tips you can start applying to your life right now!”

The title of this post is in reference to a mental tool I used to remind myself why I didn’t really want donuts or other baked goods every time I went to the supermarket. I had to recondition my Pavlovian response to the smell of baked goods in order to sustainably create the new habit of consciously choosing when I wanted to eat less healthy foods, versus defaulting to eating them every time I went food shopping! I share this tool and more in the podcast!

When I first started out in the intimidating world of sharing my deep, intimate thoughts, feelings, and hard-earned experiences regarding how to create a life that is filled with much more joy than pain, particularly while living with chronic disease, I had no idea if anyone was ever going to listen (other than my mom, of course).

Now, eight years and countless blogs, interviews and speaking engagements later, I still have that nagging inner voice (ego) poking at me before I publish a blog or a social media post – Who are you to share all of this? Nobody wants to hear you talk about your bullshit!

Then, as I’ve conditioned myself to do (practiced) over and over and over again, I default to my consciously and intentionally chosen answer that shuts my ego up, at least for long enough to hit the publish button – a poem written by one of my most influential mentors and, in my opinion, one of the most powerful spiritual teachers of this lifetime, Marianne Williamson, entitled Our Deepest Fear:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. 
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. 
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us.

We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? 
You are a child of God.

Your playing small 
Does not serve the world. 
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking 
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, 
As children do. 
We were born to make manifest 
The glory of God that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us; 
It’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, 
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. 
As we’re liberated from our own fear, 
Our presence automatically liberates others.

So, with that in mind, I’d like to share my latest Podcast interview for The Diabetes Dish Podcast where I talk about my journey from the mindset of helpless and hopeless self-pity to learning that I, like everyone else, deserves to be loved, particularly and most importantly by myself, and how that changed all aspects of my mind, body, spirit wellness and my relationship with my diabetes for good.

LISTEN TO THE DIABETES DISH PODCAST HERE!

XO – Daniele 🙂

Hard-Won Successes & Knowing Your Worth – Musings of a Professional Speaker

Since it is very important to me to practice what I preach, I was inspired to write this to share a new-ish opportunity I was able to pursue – one that felt like it was hard won over many years.

This story demonstrates that never giving up on something that is meaningful to you is such an important trait to embody no matter how many times you fail or feel rejected, particularly as an entrepreneur and as a person living with chronic illness.

As a speaker, it is much more difficult than one might think to get compensated properly (or at all) for your time, effort, and pre/post-engagement work.

The thing about being an impactful, exciting, dynamic public speaker is that it takes a lot of time, effort, practice, and for me, money spent on various speaker-training programs over the years.

The calm before the presentation.

Hours and hours of going over your main points, speaking to your cats, making sure you have an attractive/exciting PowerPoint slide presentation to accompany it (the vast majority of institutions require that you have slides to go along with your presentation), tailoring each presentation to fit the outcomes the hiring party has in mind, and so much more.

When I first started out with public speaking as a part of my career back in 2011, I was pleased to speak for free at a variety of different institutions such as local YMCAs, Boy’s & Girl’s Clubs, and various diabetes-related events.

I was honing my craft, learning the ropes, practicing – filming myself, studying my performance, taking notes on what I could do better, etc.

However, after about a year of that, I realized that speaking, teaching, and delivering the carefully crafted lessons and actionable systems that I spent so much precious time on were no longer a free service. I knew this time had come because it didn’t feel great to give away my hard-earned professional skills to companies who clearly had budgets for things like hiring speakers for events.

With that feeling in mind, I began to get super clear on what I wanted – paid speaking engagements where I could interact with the audiences and have fun teaching what I love. I’ve written about manifesting in a past blog – it is a very real part of my life and my success.

I wrote it in my journal (and still do), told my husband and friends that I would no longer accept invitations to speak at well-funded professional organizations without compensation, and so much more conscious and intentional mindset work.

Eventually, my outreach efforts began to come around. I can’t stress enough the amount of work that  goes into this on my part – researching organizations, seeing what types of events they put on each year, choosing which ones I’d actually like to be a part of, finding out who organizes the events, getting on their radar, follow up, follow up, follow up.

First in April of 2018 and again last week, I had the opportunity to speak at what was once on my short list of large organizations that I wanted to hire me so that I could go in and share my perspective on life with diabetes, and on life in general regarding creating and implementing sustainable change on any level.

I’m profoundly grateful that the relationships I’ve been blessed to develop organically by actively participating in the diabetes community (both online and in person) guided me to stand on the stage at Unites States headquarters of Novo Nordisk less than an hour away from my house (twice this year) and share with them my thoughts on how our perspective/belief about any person, circumstance or situation always directly influences our priorities and practices around that situation, and further, how we can choose to change our perspective on anything in an instant.

Everyone was extremely kind, welcoming, and receptive to my message of coming together to reach mutually aligned goals that matter to people with diabetes (I talked about the need for and lack of accessibility/extremely high prices of our life-saving insulin, and they didn’t throw me out!)

And, there were a couple of other people with diabetes in the audience – having members of the community nearby is always comforting!

I don’t think I can say much more about it since I had to sign a confidentiality agreement, a release/waiver form, and more, but what I can say is that it was an awesome experience and one that I hope to repeat many more times in the future.

Novo Nordisk did not pay me to or ask me to write this piece – just sharing my experiences, as always. 🙂

Will You Join Me & Love Yourself to Health?

Based on years of community feedback I’ve finally created a Monthly Coaching Membership program, and you can access it right now for just $7! 

We will have 2, one-hour-long group coaching calls each month where we will learn how to PRIORITIZE & PRACTICE self-love and self-care as the foundation of all aspects of your mind, body, spirit wellness – because it is!

You will join a group of like-minded, supportive human beings that have a habit of prioritizing everyone else’s needs before their own, feel like they don’t have enough left in the tank to care for themselves on a regular basis, and are feeling the effects of that on their overall health.

The calls will be on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 8pm Eastern, 5pm Pacific, and all calls will be recorded and available to listen to immediately following the call.

Our first call will be NEXT THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4th! ☎️

The $7 sign-up offer is only good for this first month we are launching the program, so don’t miss out on such an awesome deal! 🙌

Please feel free to share this opportunity with anyone you know and love who needs to learn how to put their own oxygen mask on first. ❤️

I hope you will join us on the phone next Thursday and start loving yourself to health! 💫

Going through a rough patch right now? Me too…

It’s been a few months since I’ve sat down to write. I’ve been going through some very uncomfortable but necessary growth and change for the past few months which I know you can relate to if you’re alive!

My 82 year old aunt who lived alone across the country fell and became unable to take care of herself.

My mom and I spent some unforeseen time and money this summer traveling to help her get back to the East coast where we live. I’m so grateful we were able to help her, and there is still a long road ahead.

There are other challenges we are handling now as well, but I’m not complaining. Life is always what we make of it.

It’s comforting to know that you, like me, are always ebbing and flowing with your self-love and self-care practices in order to feel more love (which leads to better and better health) every day, both toward yourself and the world regardless of what is going on in our lives.

Sometimes life throws things at us that seem insurmountable, but I’ve learned that even in the face of circumstances that scare the hell out of me me, that make me cry and feel like I’ll never see the other side, defaulting to my practices of self-love supports my knowing that I’ve gotten through MANY seemingly insurmountable experiences in my life so far, and this one is no different.

I just have to keep moving – just keep taking the next small step no matter how much I want to hide under the covers.

Five minutes of journaling here, ten minutes of meditation there, keeping myself hydrated, going outside, putting my feet in the grass and feeling the sun on my face.

These are just a tiny fraction of the multitude of self-love practices that we all have to choose from to keep ourselves grounded.

Thank you for your willingness to join me in practice and “love yourself to health” in order to spread more love to your family, friends, and into the world.

What I will be teaching and sharing moving forward will be even more dialed in to practicing love which undoubtedly and unequivocally affects every aspect of your health positively.

Love is a necessary daily practice just like brushing your teeth, and is the foundation of all wellness – mind, body, and spirit.

Through many years of my own experience and guiding thousands of others through the transformative experience of living into love, I’ve found that the wide variety of ways we can choose to practice self-love each day truly dictates our quality of our lives and the quality of our relationships, and small changes in your daily self-love practices will absolutely cause massive positive outcomes in all areas of your life.

The level of health and happiness we feel every day is directly proportional to the amount of self-love we are willing to practice.

Practicing love is a skill, a habit like any other. There is no perfect, only practice.

So, with that in mind, let’s choose to be more loving this week, both toward ourselves and others, because you deserve it and the world needs as much love as it can get.

Love, Daniele 🙂

What Is Love, & What Does It Have To Do With Personal and Financial Health & Wellness?

Throughout my own personal transformations in all areas of my life, and bearing witness to the wellness/relationship/spiritual/financial/career transformations of thousands of others who achieved things they previously believed unattainable for themselves, I’ve learned one major lesson that always rings true for every kind of change that people embark on achieving:

The amount of overall wellness that you feel every day in every single aspect of your life IS DIRECTLY PROPORTIONAL TO the amount of love (self-love/care + love toward others) you are willing to put into practice day to day.

That is why changing your perspective on what love is (how you define/frame it and your perspective on it) is so important, and that is why allowing yourself to non-judgmentally redefine love is SO CRUCIAL to changing ones habits, practices, and choices sustainably and joyfully.

In our current societal structure, the most important things that all humans must have a solid understanding of in order to create a life that consists of more joy than pain are NOT taught in the standard school curriculum in the USA.  

The most basic thing necessary to build a happy, healthy life – understanding what love is (as a noun and a verb) – is simply left up to the individual to figure out on their own, almost like an afterthought.

Understanding, accepting and embracing that love is a daily practice shapes the quality of every aspect of our lives and directly influences our interactions with the most important and unavoidable aspects of human life such as food/nutrition, relationships (with ourselves and others), career choices, finances and all things financial, our ability to understand that we all have unfettered access to emotional management techniques at all times, and so much more, is the missing piece of everything that feels fearful instead of joyful.  

Nutritional and financial practices make or break the very physical, emotional and spiritual states of our entire lives as individuals and as a society, yet most of us are not practicing anything other than burying our heads in the sand so we don’t have to face the intense fear that comes along with valuing ourselves highly and embracing our worthiness of all the good things life has to offer.

I’m focusing on food and finance specifically here because these are two areas that I’ve gone through intense and long-lasting challenges with over the course of my life and have come out on the other side feeling free and less like I’m carrying the weight of the actual Earth on my back, and also because after speaking with thousands of people about their mind, body, spirit wellness journeys over the past eight years, these are the two topics I have found people struggling with more than any others.

Our relationship with food and our relationship with money shapes our entire mind, body, spirit reality every single day – whether it’s full of joy or full of pain or anywhere in between – and I haven’t met a single person who this doesn’t apply to yet.

You might wonder how financial education relates to love. Learning how to manage our finances systematically and consistently and in a way that doesn’t feel stifling is a major practice of self-love – same as nutrition. More than 70% of American families report living paycheck to paycheck and know that they are just one emergency away from total financial crisis. This is an extremely stressful way to live (trust me, I know this from years of previous experience), and it isn’t happening because people are stupid. It is happening because our entire educational system teaching us how to build our lives is critically flawed, and without any mention of love as the practice that is the foundation that all wellness sits upon.

We are taught that debt is “normal” when the whole concept of borrowing money in the ways we do today is a relatively new concept in American history. Debt, along with many mind, body, spirit dis-ease are merely symptoms of a damaged source that is devoid of love as a practice.

Figuring out the best way to manage your finances is a huge aspect of self-love; one that brings great stress relief once a realistic and easy to follow plan is put in place and maintained over time (again, same as nutrition).  A disciplined strategy for everyday management of income, spending, saving, and investing for future goals leads to the feeling that a heavy burden has been lifted from your being, opening up infinite space for personal growth and contribution, and will undoubtedly result in a life that is filled with more joy than pain.

There is no human being alive who doesn’t need to know how these things work, lest they create a life where there is seemingly constant pain coming from their own health and financial situations. If you really take a minute to think about it, I would imagine that there aren’t too many people you know (including yourself) that don’t find these areas of life stressful and sometimes hopelessly unmanageable.

What does all this have to do with love? EVERYTHING. Love is the only foundation on which all of these practices that literally shape the reality of our lives, our emotions, our relationships with ourselves and others, our health and our happiness, our ability to experience joy and gratitude every day, can be built sustainably. Love is a decision that only you can make, and one you must make over and over again. 

Love is nourishing your body and the bodies of those you may prepare foods for with nutrient dense foods and proper hydration more often than not. Love is giving yourself and those you love the gift of learning that your income is your most important wealth building tool—no matter how much money you are currently earning—and how to budget your income as an empowering practice in a way that actually feels good and gives you a sense of control you may have never felt before over your own choices.

If the majority of people were taught to and willing to practice implementing love into their daily lives as much as they are willing to practice watching TV, scrolling through social media, watching the news, talking about other people, etc., then we would all be in much better shape (in all areas). I can only speak from my own personal experience (and walking beside thousands of others through personal transformations), having myself been addicted to some of the previously listed things at one point or another (TV + social media particularly), and the difference it made when I consciously and intentionally MASSIVELY changed my priorities in life is almost indescribable, but I’m trying to communicate that here and now.  

I say all of this from a place of extensive and painful personal experience. There was a long time in my life where I had no idea about nutrition (having been obese with an eating disorder for many years while living with type 1 diabetes), let alone a detailed and ever-growing understanding of how nutrition influences and interacts with human anatomy and physiology, and have now been the “Diabetes Dominator” for more than eight years with the blessing of guiding others on their paths to creating the relationship with nutrition they’ve always dreamed about.

There was a long time in my life where my husband and I were in massive debt and barely making the minimum monthly payments on said debts (sidebar: we are still in debt, but have consciously and intentionally learned and implemented a ton together as a team, are in a MUCH better place than we were just one year ago let alone five or ten years ago, and can actually see the debt-free light at the end of the tunnel… and it feels AMAZING).

If you are willing to change your perspective on what love is, what it means, how you practice it, and embracing that love is who you are at your very core therefore admitting your infinite self-worth, your life will forever change for the better starting immediately in all areas, and the more you practice, the better and better things get.

The foundational love principles listed below are adapted from one of my most influential mentors/spiritual teachers, Julia Cameron. Her principles cover the basics of creativity, which have guided me immensely in my writing and spiritual practices.

Having these foundational principles (listed below) in mind all of the time has allowed me to learn, grow, and continually remind myself what love is, how it relates to my ability to create wellness in all areas of my life, that I am love, and that at any moment I have the free will to choose love over fear.

Practicing love daily is the missing piece, the secret sauce, the one trick that you have been missing, that one thing you haven’t tried when trying to reach whatever goal that seems to always be just out of reach. Practicing love is the magic secret tool that everyone has access to, yet is rarely taught as the foundational principle of creating sustainable change in all aspects of life.

Consciously and intentionally embodying these principles have been invaluable to me in my own personal growth in every single aspect of my life, and I hope these principles serve you as they do me.

I have them printed out and hung up on the wall in my bedroom so I can always easily remember that love is my guiding compass on all decision making processes, not fear.

Foundational Love Principles:

  1. Love is the natural order of life. We are born knowing only love. All other emotions are learned by conditioning.
  2. There is an energetic current and vibration of love that exists in all of life – including ourselves.
  3. When we open ourselves to love – giving love, receiving love, consciously choosing to act from a place of love, and knowing that we ourselves are loveable and fully deserving of love no matter what – we open ourselves to the Universal force of love that is always present, yet often we’ve been conditioned to ignore it in ourselves and in our lives.
  4. We are, ourselves, love. And we, in turn, are meant to continue being love, regardless of any circumstances in our lives – past or present.
  5. Love is God’s/the Universe’s/the Cosmos’s/Infinite Intelligence’s gift to us. Consciously making all decisions from a place of love is our gift back to God/the Universe/the Cosmos/Infinite Intelligence.
  6. The refusal to be love – to admit that we are loveable and deserving of love from others – is a personal (often unconscious) choice, and in direct opposition to our true nature.
  7. When we open ourselves to exploring our true nature of love, we open ourselves to the Universal current and energetic vibration of love which aligns us with everything else in existence. We are all one – we are all connected.
  8. As we open our minds and hearts to the acceptance of love as our true nature, many incredibly powerful synchronistic changes are to be expected in all areas of life.
  9. It is safe to open ourselves up to greater and greater love.
  10. Our dreams and longings come from the divine Universal source of love. As we allow ourselves to move towards our dreams, we move towards our divinity.

My husband and I wrote an easy to read bestselling book on exactly how to use the power of love as a practice that shapes every single aspect of your life positively because over the years we have found that consciously and intentionally deciding to practice love has by far been the most game-changing principal of creating the type of sustainable circumstances we want in all areas of our lives.  

Stay tuned for my next blog where I will talk about the fear-based beliefs that can get in the way of creating daily love practices if we aren’t conscious and aware of them, plus how to kick them to the curb when they show up!  

With that in mind, let’s consciously choose to be more loving today, both toward ourselves and others, because you deserve it and the world needs as much love as it can get.

 

Podcasts!

I have had the pleasure of being a guest on many podcasts and radio/internet interview shows over the years, and have finally compiled them into one easy to access place in case you’re interested in listening to some motivational chats about mind, body, spirit wellness. 🙂

Click here to check out the new page! ‎

If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, you can type my name (Daniele Hargenrader) into your favorite podcast app and find some that way (apparently I have a lot to say)!

What are some of your favorite podcasts that make you feel better after listening to them than before you started?

Love, Forgive, Never Give Up Is Finally Here!!! <3

I’m SO EXCITED!!! The day has finally come!

After more than a year of writing, editing, writing, editing—literal blood, sweat and tearsLove, Forgive, Never Give Up is available on Amazon TODAY!

And as a special bonus, we are offering it for just 99 cents on Kindle for the first few days, so grab your copy now before the introductory promotion price expires!

If you know anyone who has experienced adversity or tragedy in their lives and could use a little easy to follow wisdom on how to turn it into advantage and triumph for themselves and those they love, please share this awesome deal with everyone you know by sharing this blog, and/or grab a few copies to keep on hand to give as meaningful gifts to those you love anytime!

We also have a bonus for anyone that leaves a review: A free copy of Love, Forgive, Never Give Up: Book 2 as soon as it becomes available.

Just let me know when you leave your review by sending an email to [email protected] and we’ll add you to the bonus list right away!

As always, let’s choose to be more loving today, both toward ourselves and others, because you deserve it, and the world needs as much love as it can get!

With Love and Gratitude,
Daniele and Bill 🙂

The Diabetes Online Community (#DOC): Who/What/When/Where/Why Is It?

Back in 2015, I was working feverishly on completing my first book, Unleash Your Inner Diabetes Dominator, How to Use Your Powers Of Choice, Self-Love and Community to Completely Change Your Relationship with Diabetes for the Better. It took me almost four years to complete that book, and I’m still profoundly grateful and humbled by the consistent positive feedback it continues to receive to this day.

One of the topics I cover in great detail in the book is the power of community (it is in the title of the book, after all) – the incredible, life-changing, epically powerful force that is peer support when it comes to living with a chronic disease and not feeling alone through the daily ups and downs.

The thing was, however, that no easily accessible website where the widely-varied multitude of avenues to explore regarding finding and engaging in  peer support in the #DOC existed. I knew that my team and I had to create it before publishing the book so we could reference it in the book!

Enter www.diabetesoc.com (short for diabetes online community.) 

Who? The Diabetes Online Community (#DOC) consists of people, non-profits, organizations, and more, all made up of people with all types of diabetes from all walks of life and from all backgrounds all over the world who feel passionate about sharing their experiences, information, resources, tips, tricks, strategies, and so much more in hopes of lightening the burden of themselves and others living with diabetes through the power of connection and community.

What? The Diabetes Online Community is a living, breathing, patient-created and patient-driven community that exists both online and in person in a wide variety of modalities so that no matter your comfort level or readiness to interact, the #DOC has something for everyone, even if you just want to start by lurking. 😉

When? The Diabetes Online Community exists 24/7/365, so there is quite literally never a time that you can’t go into a moderated chat room or Facebook group and speak with your peers live about anything diabetes-related (and more) that is going on in your life.

Where? The Diabetes Online Community is, well, everywhere. From chat rooms, to Facebook groups, to Twitter chats, to websites, to blogs, to Podcasts, to YouTube, to in-person meet-ups that are born of the lively and inspiring online chat, there really isn’t any area of life that the #DOC doesn’t permeate.

Why? Simply put, because we are so much stronger as individuals if we stick together as a supportive community. I can’t tell you how many times I and many others have reached previously unattainable health and diabetes-related goals because of the support and encouragement received in the #DOC. The spark of excitement that is ignited by possibility – by just seeing that someone else was able to achieve something and knowing that if they can do it, you can too, is magical and in many cases, life-changing.

DiabetesOC.com has evolved over the past three years into a community-created and sourced website. We have a form where people regularly suggest additions so that we are always growing and being mindful of new resources whose aim is to help people with diabetes live happier, healthier, more connected, more love and support-filled lives so we can share these resources with our amazing community.

I have had a multitude of healthcare practitioners, doctors, CDEs, NPs, and more tell me that having this website to pass onto their patients has been an invaluable tool that has helped with patient outcomes on all levels (mind, body, spirit), and I personally feel that if more healthcare practitioners became educated about the power of peer support in overall health outcomes and knew how to direct patients to find it, diabetes management across the board would be, well, more manageable for everyone involved.

To this day, I still get questions about where the DOC is, how to navigate it, and more, so I thought it would be a good idea to re-launch www.DiabetesOC.com in hopes of spreading even more awareness of the resources available, as well as to continue sourcing new resources for those of us who want to learn, grow, contribute, and feel more connected to something much bigger than ourselves!

So with that, please take a minute to visit DiabetesOC.com, and to share the site with your community so that we can collectively help as many people as possible to not feel alone in their ups and downs with diabetes. And if you have any resources you think we should add, please let us know!

Special thanks to our Diabetes Dominator Ambassador of Love, Sarah Schaff, for her selfless assistance in updating DiabetesOC.com and making it much more navigable over the years! 🙂

How I Turned My Passion for Helping Others Into a Successful Online Business – Podcast

I’m really excited to share this newly released podcast that I am so grateful to have been interviewed for!

Over the past eight years of nurturing and growing Diabetes Dominator Coaching from nothing more than a deeply-seeded dream that I couldn’t go a day without thinking about, into an increasingly successful coaching, writing, speaking, content creating, advocating, collaboration-minded, heart-centered business, I’ve learned a mind-blowing amount of lessons (many of which I learned the hard way so hopefully you won’t have to!)

I receive almost as many inquiries about how to transition into the type of online business I run now as I do about health/life/diabetes coaching, and that has been the case for the past four years.

Because of that, my husband and business partner (who successfully leads Cybersecurity Operations for a $36 billion dollar global organization, is a bestselling author, TedX speaker, life coach) and I created an awesome business coaching program back in 2015 for those who are looking to build a passion-based business while still working a traditional job that we teach together as a team.

In this podcast hosted by Yuri Elkhaim, founder of Healthpreneur and New York Times bestselling nutrition author, we discuss how my husband and I have grown our businesses into what they are today.

We also chat about how I keep myself accountable and on task, and why I believe mindfulness is a practice that must be cultivated for lasting success. This episode is a must-listen for any entrepreneur in the health space who wants actionable advice to make a lasting impact.

Here are a few other topics we cover:

  • Going from victim to action.
  • Posting publicly about products you haven’t created yet.
  • How spirituality ties into entrepreneurship.
  • The priority of providing value to people before they buy anything.
  • The advantages of collaborating with peers and being authentic/knowing yourself.

If you’d like to learn more about the Healthpreneur podcast or read the full transcription of my interview, click here!

Hope you enjoy the podcast! Let me know if you have any questions or comments on anything we discussed below! Please share! Thanks for listening! 🙂

Manifest (Your Own) Destiny

Over the years, I have consciously and intentionally become a more spiritual human being. By that I mean that I’ve come to trust that there is a deep, flowing, always present current of energy and knowledge that pulses all around us and knows what we are meant to do in order to live in alignment with our true nature – love.

I spent many years labeling myself as agnostic, mainly because I feel that organized religion does more to separate people than bring them together (my God only loves you if you do these things that humans made up…. that doesn’t work for me). Further, I didn’t know who I was. Now I understand that I don’t need any man-made labels or denominations to define who I am and what I believe in – I am love and I believe in love.

I have become mildly adept at the art of manifesting, and synchronicities – what also may be interpreted as “coincidences” – are a major part of my everyday life. They are signs letting me know that I am heading in the right direction. Instead of being surprised when they happen like I used to, now I just experience intense gratitude for the guidance each time it happens.

Not only has this practice of letting go of my ego and trusting in the Universe allowed me to have an even more loving relationship with myself, my diabetes, and everyone else I encounter, it has served me in my business growth as well.

About a month ago, my husband Bill and I were having a conversation about the future. And although we know what we want on a large scale, we were both feeling a bit stuck regarding the next best steps to take.

One thing I said (that I was crystal clear on) was that I wanted to do more consulting work. I really enjoy the process of helping a company that wants to help the diabetes community in some way to figure out if what they are proposing will actually be helpful to the people in the diabetes community, or if people in the diabetes community simply don’t care about what they’re proposing.

It is a fun and interesting process, and I enjoy it. I’d like to think it helps clear up some of the business-y BS that often gets in the way of clear, simple, directed actions that can be collaboratively approached that have the very real outcome of improving the lives of people with diabetes across the board.

I offer a perspective that business executives that don’t live with diabetes simply cannot see on their own, and I am grateful to represent the diabetes community since I’ve spent thousands of hours and have dedicated my career to speaking both one on one and in groups of people with diabetes who are working to improve their lives over the past eight years.

All that being said, in the past week, I’ve received two separate offers – seemingly out of the blue, but I know that it’s the Universe supporting me to fulfill my desires since they are aligned with my true nature of love – from two major insulin manufacturers to come in on a consulting basis, and getting paid what I feel is appropriate.

This is very important to learn and understand – the Universe isn’t going to go out of its way to support you if you don’t feel you deserve to be supported – I learned that the hard way!

Your self-worth is directly proportional to the Universal support you receive. 

My hope is that you will set aside thirty minutes to get crystal clear on one thing that you want.

Journal about it, meditate on it, take a walk in the park with the question “what do I really want? holding space in your mind. Don’t judge what comes out – often what comes out may seem absurd or grandiose. That’s usually a good indicator that you’re on the right track.

What do you want? Will you practice manifesting it? Will you trust in the Universe to support you? Will you support you?

I know I will, and I hope that you’ll join me in the practice of surrendering your ego to the collective conscious knowing of the Universe. It’s not easy, but it is certainly worth it. 🙂