Achieving the Impossible, Alice in Wonderland Style

June 13, 2010 | 57 Comments »

Achieving the ImpossibleAlice is standing next to Mad Hatter on Frabjous day, the day it’s been written that Alice slays the Jabberwocky.

Doing so ends the Red Queen’s terrible reign and restores power to the beneficent White Queen.

It’s a big deal.

But when Alice sees the enormously intimidating Jabberwocky, she says, “This is impossible.”

Mad Hatter replies, “Only if you believe it is.”

Alice then recalls that sometimes she “believes in as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” (A habit she learned from dad.)

Hatter replies, “That is an excellent practice.” And suggests it’s time to focus on the Jabberwocky!

As the ferocious creature approaches, Alice lifts her sword and begins a recitation that deliberate creators would do well to note.

She says out loud to herself, eyes fixed on her impossible goal ahead:

“Six impossible things. Count them, Alice.

“One. There’s a potion that can make you shrink.
“Two. A cake that can make you grow.
“Three. Animals can talk.”

Jabberwocky slams Alice to the ground with a slice of its enormous tail.

Undeterred, Alice continues her recital as she picks herself off the ground.

“Four.  Cats can disappear.
“Five.  There’s a place called Wonderland.

* * * Spoiler alert! If you haven’t already seen this delightfully dark show, come back later. * * *

Alice finishes her powerful impossible recital with:

“Six. I can slay the jabberwocky.”

Which is exactly what she does.

Alice draws from the impossible things she’s already known to be true, in order to accomplish the next impossible thing required of her.

I have a couple of heroes who achieved the impossible in their day (Florence Scovel-Shinn, Beatrix Potter, Pollyanna, Ellen Ripley, Joan Jett, etc.).

But Tim Burton’s Alice from Wonderland is my newest role model.

When everyone is telling her what must happen, Alice says with conviction, “This is my dream. I’ll decide where it goes from here. I make the path.”

She returns to her old world to make the difficult decisions and do the impossible things in her real life: saying no to the marriage proposal she was supposed to say yes to, speaking her mind to a couple of ornery relatives, and leaving the party she had no desire to be at.

Like all good happy endings, Alice’s forthright attitude catches the attention of the successful businessman who funds her adventurous trading trip to China.

Here’s to all of us being just as deliberate and brave as Alice when it comes to achieving our own impossible things.

(And you know I want to hear what your “impossible made possible” things are! Share below if you want to play along.)

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57 Responses to “ Achieving the Impossible, Alice in Wonderland Style ”

  1. Alice has inspired me to choose an impossible thing, and while I’m reaching big for that one, here are a few things that remind me I already can do the impossible:

    1. I left my corporate career to build a thriving coaching practice.
    2. I spoke in front of over one hundred people without fainting.
    3. I loved; and lost; and lived.
    4. I was a homeowner at 30 something.
    5. I can bring kittens back from the brink of death.

    I know these are no big deal to lots of people; but back in the day these were my jabberwockies. Can’t wait till I land on my new jabberwocky goal!! woo hoo!!

    Nods to Alice (and Tim Burton and Lewis Carroll) for such lovely inspiration.
    🙂

  2. Zoe Routh says:

    Love the Jabberwocky list! Here’s a few of mine:
    1. Met the man of my dreams two months after deciding to ( and writing in a pray rain journal what he’d be like)
    2. Ran my 6th marathon just 7 months after surgery and chemo (still feels impossible now!)
    3. Made a huge profit on first six months of my business.
    4. Left Canada for Australia without knowing a soul and reinvented my life.

    I too am excited about my new Jabberwocky list! Great post 🙂

  3. Wow, Zoe, your #2 item says it all! Your list can be just THAT one and it’s incredibly empowering!

    Thanks for playing. 🙂

  4. Nicee! Haven’t seen the movie yet but then, I like spoilers.

    I’ve had soooo many impossible things happen, manifesting marvel alert! 😉

    1) I went to the US on a 2 week holiday, never even dreaming that I’d be offered a job there, be approved for a work permit & spend 2 years there! Oh my, what are the chances of that happening when so many people try so hard to get US work permit?

    2) A friend I made in Atlanta then suggested we move to New Zealand, so through a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend, we found someone to sponsor me for a work permit, a total stranger, who even gave his BANK DETAILS to immigration so I could get my permit. Wow, who does that? Another impossible thing 🙂

    3) When I left New Zealand I had a broken heart and thought I would never get over my ex or be happy again. LoL … 2 years later, I’m consoling him & giving advice on not giving up on true love (we’re good friends now) and happier & healthier than I have ever been.

    4) I lived TWO entire years on my savings, refused to get a ‘job’, paid in cash for my coach training, hiring my own coach and living expenses, launched my coaching business and blog and travelled to India & New Zealand! Did you read that? Two years of sponsoring my freedom 🙂

    5) Attracted $60,000 NZ savings within 2 years of deciding to save $100,000 by my 33rd birthday. Then I got bored and started spending it instead, hehe.

    6) For someone who thought she would get married at age 21, have babies and be a housewife, thank goodness there was more in store than just that – world travel, discovering LOA, spirituality, experiencing uprooting my life every 2 years and moving to a new country, learning to pay my own bills, cook, start life over and over again – wow, wow, wow.

    7) Reinventing my life and career every couple of years! Following fun and having a travel path instead of a career path, which has opened up a world of opportunities to me and turned me into an icon of inspiration for my friends, family, acquaintances. Never thought that would happen as at first people thought I was “wasting” my life and talent 🙂 Oh, how that has changed!

    8) Becoming an Entrepreneur! I always thought that was too hard, too boring, too much work and that I was too lazy to do that. Now I see I’m too independant and curious and fun loving NOT to do my own thing.

    9) Managing to be in 3 countries every year for the last few years. Ha! Wondered how that would happen but in 2008, 2009 and 2010 I’ve spent time in India, New Zealand AND Canada every year!

    10) Gone from being an under confident, insecure person to a confident, secure, powerful, grounded, happy person who’s a leader in her own right. Really, coming into my own power and shining my light and inspiring hundreds of people is something I never thought would happen to me. This is the impossible turned very, very possible 🙂

    The fact that I can claim it without thinking that’s being “full of myself”, is awesome. I know who I am, what I offer and I fully acknowledge that!

    Thanks Jbird, this was so empowering to write! Tia @TiaSparkles

    I could go on 🙂

  5. Hmmmm lots of things happen to me in 2 year cycles … interesting!!

  6. Look at you go, Tia! Your #3 is amazing in itself, if you ask me! And I love how you keep reinventing yourself and your life wherever inspiration takes you.

    I think it’s easy to get stuck on a “plan” – even one that’s self-made – and I love that you don’t do that.
    🙂
    Thanks for sharing such a fun list! It’s making me realize that even if we don’t have our own list, just reading someone else’s is empowering.

  7. Emerging from a life of negative thoughts into Pollyannaville
    Building a website, a business, a client base
    Having a life of unlimited abundance
    Releasing attachment to specific outcomes (ok – about 90% of the time)
    being happy for no reason

    so now it is time to dream up another impossibility !!

  8. Wowza is right, Iyabo!

    (Although I will add that I suspect you were doing a fair amount of empowering even in your former profession. Even if it’s not what you were getting paid for.)
    😉

  9. You do walk that talk, Susan, as well as anyone I know! Thanks for bringing some Pollyannaville to the rest of the world through your regular daily interactions with us.
    🙂

  10. Debra says:

    A most inspiring post, Jeannette! I loved this movie so much, too.

    A few of my impossible things: (Jabberwocky be gone!)

    1. Understood there was no such thing as death & completely ‘got’ the non-physical perspective around transition at age 10 when my Dad at age 32 returned to the non-physical. Before someone told me he had passed I knew, had already had a conversation (an inside one) w/him and some angel beings…continued to know the energy of him ongoing.

    2. Married the man of my dreams at age 20, have been married 23 amazing years and continue to fall more deeply in love every day.

    3. Opened our own business at age 22, won awards, had 35 employees, saw every goal, dream, aspiration, intention for this business manifest over 14 years, including becoming the Good News Girl on TV doing inner-to-outer beauty makeovers with heart for 7 years…right down to manifesting a sale of the biz when we were ready to transition without even having to ‘put it on the market’.

    4. Moved to Kauai, immediately following the sale of our business and traveling w/our 7 yr. old son to adopt our teenage daughter from Kazakhstan, even though none of our family had ever moved away…and even though family is sacred to me/us…we moved, because our hearts called us to it and we knew in every fiber of our being it was the right thing to do…even if many others said it was too risky, that they could never do it. We did. And it was the most amazing blessing.

    5. Home Schooling our kids and guiding their brilliance, assisting them in their GENIus.

    6. Being debt free…while allowing continued abundance…and loving life, living JOY, choosing Bliss.

    7. …so many impossible things just bubbling with magical potential…

    A standout for me from the movie…and my next impossible thing~

    *Spoiler Alert*
    I think my fave impossible thing from the movie would have to be the Futterwacken! (The Mad Hatter’s Happy Dance, he only unveils once the evil Red Queen has been defeated) This dance made me want to hit the pause, rewind and play again button! It’s my next impossible thing to do! …anyone care to join me? LOL 🙂

    Click here for inspiration, The Mad Hatter Futterwacking! 🙂 ~
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6wBV4AB7CQ

    …and then there’s this bit…what an inspiring statement Alice makes! Remember, this dance is only to be danced when one has overcome their ‘evil ______’!~
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMsQxpc2_NY

    In JOY…doing my version of Futterwacking!
    Debra (@debsoul)

  11. Debra, your Futterwhacken is quite lovely, if I don’t say so myself. Each day we see you bring big joy and love for everyone to the party, and there couldn’t be a more beautiful Futterwhacken than that.

    Although I would LOVE to see you doing this version on video! hee hee

    Thanks for the video links – loved that part of the story, too!

  12. Kim Falconer says:

    This is so so so wonderful! I was thinking the same things about Alice and you, Jeannette, have expressed them beautifully!

    I have a few Alice style accomplishments under my belt too:

    1. got an agent when ppl told me it was ‘impossible’ for an unpublished novelist to do so.
    2. got a 3 book contract from a major publishing house when everyone said it was ‘against all odds’
    3. went straight to the best sellers lists within days of first release – ppl saying the odds were <1% chance.
    4. got another 3 book contract with major publishing house (who now want first dibs on anything I write…do we still say 'dibs'?)
    5. wrote 3 175,000 word novels in 18 months! (even my agent thought that was impossible)
    6. created a feline friendly park (without saying a word to the owners) in a place where cats had been ban for decades.

    And the best thing that has ever happened to me in my life . . .

    7. I have stood face to face with a large, healthy and very much in existence 'extinct' species … All because I wished it to be so. I can say no more except nothing, I mean NOTHING, is impossible, unless we think it is!

    Thank you Jeannette for the chance to recount my 7 'impossible' things before breakfast. I feel invincible now!

    WOOT!!!!

  13. Iyabo Asani says:

    Jeanette, this is so awesome! I always feel distant from stories like Alice in Wonderland because I grew up in a different part of the world with different stories. So I must be sure to watch this one.

    My biggest manifestation is simply manifesting my own happiness.

    I remember when I first started coaching with you and you asked me to imagine my perfect day or ideal day. It was all about just having enough money to be free. I did not even know what I really wanted to do as work.

    Today, I love waking up to being a coach. I love that feeling of empowerment to talk to people and actually watch their lives change!

    Instead of being an old boring fuddy duddy lawyer!

    Not that there is anything wrong with being a fuddy duddy lawyer!

    Now that is an impossibility that I have lived every day for almost three years.

    Wowza!

  14. Kim, you do “impossible” like no one else I know! You are my favorite living, breathing example of taking on big jabberwockies and having tremendous fun mastering them.

    You are such a joy to know!! Anyone would be proud to have even just one of your items on their list of life accomplishments – I know I would!

    Thanks so much for posting on this one, Kim. It sounds trite, but so true: you’re a huge inspiration!
    🙂

  15. Zoe Routh says:

    Wow – that was so incredibly cool to read Tia’s journey (s) and to know you’ve been just a hop skip and a jump away from here in Oz (plus I love NZ too); and then Kim – you are so awesome with your book publishing.

    You have both inspired me hugely – thank you!

  16. Wow! I really needed to read this thread this morning.
    OK, here’s my Jabberwocky list:
    i) gave up life as a Criminal Psychologist and re-trained as a Life Coach
    ii) 1 year later moved to a beautiful part of Southern Spain, which had always been a dream, but I never thought it would happen (or maybe I did, that’s why it happened?) and ran my coaching practise from there with clients as far away as a tiny island off New Zealand.
    iii) My husband and I knew no-one in the part of Spain where we moved, and I didn’t speak the language. We now run a very successful business working with some of the biggest multi-nationals in the country. It still feels unreal writing this!
    iv) always wanted to set up my own on-line jewellery boutique focusing on Riviera-inspired designs and designers. Guess what? We launched this month!
    v)as a little girl I used to watch Hawaii Five O, simply because I loved watching the hula girls. I must have manifested it even as a child because, I got married in Maui. I’m from the UK, and 15 years ago, not many people had heard of Maui. I still don’t know to this day, how I heard of this beautiful island.

    Gosh! just writing this list has made me emotionally happy.
    Thank you Jeannette for such a wonderful post.

  17. Vanessa, I got goosebumps reading your list, too!

    There must be something about being in the presence of “someone who dares” that lights me up. Your whole string of list items are SUCH a pleasusre to read!

    And I’m starting to feel like an enormous homebody that I’ve never been to Oz or New Zealand or Hawaii. lol

    Thanks for reading and especially for posting, Vanessa!

  18. Sarah says:

    OOoooooh this is so much fun to read!
    Here’s my Jabberwocky list,
    1) graduated from jd/mba program and invented my own institutional coaching gig using both degrees in a super non-traditional way
    2) started a coaching business that is attracting my ideal clients in droves without ever having to lift a marketing finger (thanks Universe!!)
    3) randomly invited to hang out with my favorite rockstar backstage and now am lucky enough to call him my friend (i’m still sort of saying “really?!!?!!?” to this one!!)
    4) got my first big celeb client through a referral … and I was living in Minnesota…about as different from LA as you can get!
    5) to borrow from jeannette – loved, lost, and LIVED (amen sister!)
    6) and like tia, am now great friends with my ex… feels soo good to be able to have compassion for this man and love him for the good times… and boy did that feel IMPOSSIBLE!

    Love you Jeannette!

  19. Oh my word, Sarah, you’re my HERO for your #2 item!! I LOVE that!!!

    Wait a minute, just read #3 – omGOSH!! lol THAT one is FUN!!

    Well, it just gets better and better as I read your conquered jabberwockies, girlfriend.

    You rock!!

    Thank you for sharing – got some great smiles and laughs and feel goods from your list!
    🙂

  20. Anonymous says:

    Think my main slay is recovering from some pretty serious injuries caused by meeting a hedge with a motorbike…then growing some balls and riding a more powerful bike within 9 months.

    And it feeeeeeeeeeeeeeeels goooooooooooood ! Bloody fantastic actually !

  21. Jennifer says:

    1. obtain and manage a position that i can do from my home office (even though it’s been a few years since i was gainfully employed)
    2. have the nurturing kind of relationship that i want
    3. feel like i’m 27 again!!!

    and, that’s all i got…

  22. Cassie says:

    1) Off all the eggs my mother had, and all the sperm my father had, somehow it made me.

  23. MissyB says:

    I lost my name and pic – oh well, you don’t need reminding that it was me with the bike !

  24. gemstone says:

    Hats off to you ladies! What amazing women we have sharing their stories here. Kudos to all!

  25. OMG I am loving these stories!! NICE!! Beyond NICE!!!

    Debra, had no idea you had an adopted daughter from K’sthan, SOO cool!!
    And Kim blows my mind away all the time.
    Vanessa, were you in Fiji?
    Sarah, loving your # 2 too!! Off to check your site now.
    Yay Anne & Jennifer! 😀
    Thanks Zoe – you’re pretty darn inspiring to me too! Your #1 and #2 and #3 are hugely inspiring!

  26. Sarah says:

    Thanks Tia!! It took me a LONG time to get over the “awesome website = lots of clients” thought, but when I did, they started flowing!! But I still want an updated site but more just for FUN 🙂

    xo!

  27. MissyB!! lol You crack me up!!

    Loved your #3 in particular, Jennifer.

    And Cassie, isn’t THAT the truth! Nice one!

    Hey did you all see Michael Neill’s newsletter today? It goes like this:

    “To begin today’s tip, I would like you to think about something that you would really love to be, do, have, or change in your life but it seems impossible that you ever will.

    “… Once you’ve chosen your impossible goal for this exercise, I want you to do something a little bit unusual. I’d like you to speak it out loud at least a dozen times and notice if you have more energy around it or less. Keep speaking it out loud until you can really feel the energy shift in one direction or another.

    “For most people, their energy goes up. If yours went down, you can try it again with a different “impossible” goal or simply keep speaking it until it shifts.

    “Once you’re energy has gone up around it, you’re ready for the next step:

    “Go and speak your “impossible” goal to someone else.

    ” … Notice what happens to your energy after you have spoken it.

    “Don’t confuse this with what happens in your body when you think about speaking it, or even as you’re speaking it. In fact, until you’ve spoken it out loud to someone else, just assume that whatever you think about what it’s going to be like is just wrong!

    “Because once you’ve actually done it, once you’ve spoken your “impossible” goal aloud, it becomes more possible. It seems more real. In fact, speaking your desire aloud is the first step in the process of its creation.

    “… each time we speak what we want, even if we think it’s “impossible”, we speak what we want into being. Because each time you speak about what you want, it becomes just a little bit more real to you. It makes it seem more solid. Eventually, it becomes so real that other people can start to see it too. Sometimes they can even see it before you can. And the clearer and more solid the vision appears, the easier and easier it becomes to create it in the world.

    “So if you want to create the impossible in your own life, your business, your relationships, and in the world, it begins by simply being willing to speak it.”

    Cool, huh?!

    Full article at http://geniuscatalyst.com/geniusblog/2010/06/mnct-717-speaking-the-impossible/

  28. Wow, Jeannette!! Michael’s newsletter is AWESOME!! So glad you shared it here! 🙂

    Am off to think about what “impossible” goals I’m going to start bringing into reality tomorrow by speaking about them to others! 😉

  29. Zoe Routh says:

    I loved this post – and then I came across an article taped to the side of a napkin disposal unit down at the beach cafe, about a yogi who did not drink and eat for 70 (seventy!!!) years – how IMPOSSIBLE!

    So I blogged about it – thought you might be keen:
    http://zoerouth.blogspot.com/2010/06/exception-shows-there-is-no-rule.html

    Also – Jeannette – do you have a link to Michael Neill’s page?

  30. THAT’S cool, Zoe! Thanks for sharing here! (And at GVU)

    Michael’s site is http://www.geniuscatalyst.com and here’s the post link:

    http://geniuscatalyst.com/geniusblog/2010/06/mnct-717-speaking-the-impossible/

  31. Nicole says:

    1 – Lived with a lifelong struggle with weight problems. I’ve visualized my ‘perfect body’ and counted calories, etc etc. But my turning point came when I ran across journals from when I was 13 years old…and they included the calories I ate for the day! I am 33…that is a long time to be enslaved with body image problems. Now I am free from the struggle, love my body, am grateful for every curve and shape and feel great!

    2 – Two incredible, fabulous men are in love with me and take care of me. I’m so thankful to not only experience love with one person, but the impossible idea of being in love with more than one person! Even more impossible, is that they are both ok with my feelings for both of them.

    3 – Raising a healthy, smart, well-adjusted teenage boy. Got pregnant at 18 before marriage, and thought my career and life was never going to be what I wanted it to be. Seemed impossible to pursue my goals and have a kid so young. Amazingly so he is turning into a wonderful, spiritual, free-minded individual and I still experienced all my own personal goals with him by my side.

    4 – My family’s “new” wealth and abundance in the discovery of oil resources on their land. People do strike it rich like the Beverly Hillbillies!

    5 – Meeting wonderful women and men who share the same spiritual ideas and being able to connect with people who respect your beliefs and ideas.

    I loved the imagination of Alice in Wonderland and even remember thinking it would be a great blog post for Jeannette! Thanks for reminding me of my impossible things…what a great tool for Downstream thinking.

    Love you all,
    Nicole

  32. Nicole, how cool are you?!

    All around, my friend, I LOVE YOUR LIST!!

    Thanks for typing it up here for us to share in with you!

    woo hoo!

  33. Kate says:

    I really liked the idea of a Jabberwocky List, I have just started looking into LOA and am hoping to harness the power of myself to be able to work on manifestation…

    My list of what seems an impossible but amazing life that I want that I see so clearly in my head (and never voiced before) is:

    1) I live between Ibiza, New Zealand and the UK, I travel as a successful Aromatherapy Training Manager, teaching people around the world the wonderful blended essential oils I work with. Aside of that I am a Reiki and Seichem Teacher and also have an online business retailing astrology, tarot, art and holistic products.

    2) I am fit, I am flexible through yoga, I am my ideal weight and size for my height, I eat a diet most suitable to my allergies which means I am at the best I have ever been in my health, fitness and skin. I believe the sun will be helping my energy!

    3) I earn £100,000 a year from all that I do and I also have time set aside to spend with friends, who are my true family, around the world in NZ, US, UK, Europe and UAE. I also own my own place in Ibiza, which is where I am based for work.

    4) I am at peace with myself, I have mastered control over past demons and reconciled my baggage through learning and working closely with other wellbeing professionals. I am reconnected with my sisters and their children, who love to see me when I am back in the UK and also who come and stay with me sometimes when I am travelling in new places. I have the money to send my stepfather plane tickets to come visit places he has always wanted to see.

    5) I have a partner who embodies all that I have looked for in a person and is more – they love me as I love myself and they appreciate me for being who I am. They either travel with me or work alongside me doing something creative and is very much part of who I am and what I do. We are together for the rest of my time on earth.

    6) I still study and learn and continue to grow my business with therapies, techniques and approaches that underpin all that I believe in. My spirituality and my creativity are the core of my business and the core of my strength, growth and reason for being and I am authentic and true to what I believe.

    Reading this back makes me cry a little because it is something that seems the otherside of a prison gates… something I feel I am working for but maybe not doing enough to make happen.

    Any pointers, anyone?

    Blessings… Kate. xxx

  34. Yay for voicing this lovely life out loud, Kate!

    As for pointers, first off I wouldn’t underestimate the power of consciously acknowledging these desires! That’s huge in itself!

    In fact, Martha Beck has written that we don’t cry when we lose hope – we cry when we gain it.

    This journey can feel overwhelming if you focus on how far away you are from where you want to be, but if you look at it instead as one step at a time, just focusing on the next one in front of you, and start making progress on those turtle steps (as Martha calls them), you’ll feel more encouragement and hope.

    You know what else can help? A mastermind group or manifesting buddy or even a coach – someone who you can share your experience with and get support from.

    In the meantime, I’m sending good thoughts your way for your lovely life transformation.
    🙂

  35. Sarah says:

    Nicole, two men at one time??? You are my HERO!!!

  36. Nicole says:

    LOL thanks Sarah – I’ve definitely got the love vibe turned up a few notches!

    Kate – your definitely pray-rain journaling and scripting. If you haven’t checked out Jeannette’s ebook on Pray Rain Journaling, you should. It’s an amazing tool that will help you understand what you want. Write down your dreams, and leave them sit in the book. They will come to you!

    For me, there are a bazillion things I want to do, see and be. But if I hold onto them like they are impossible desires on the other side of the fence, it pushes them away.

    Check out the Pray Rain Journal ebook (under the Products section on goodvibeblog.com) and also a book called The Divine Matrix by Gregg Braden. They are life changing!

  37. “I can’t help you if you don’t know who you are stupid girl” 🙂 Just watching the movie now & I’m up to this part. All this talk inspired me to go get the DVD! Ok, gotta go – Alice is about to fight the Jabberwocky!

  38. Laura says:

    Ok guys…let me give this a shot:

    1) Thinking (or daydreaming) of moving to California. Really felt this pull to move there. I could see myself there, feel the way I’d feel (and none of this was intentional visualization)…it just felt that this strong pull. Within a very short period of time (within a month or so) I got a call out of the blue from a friend, for a job opportunity in California that he felt I’d be perfect for (at a 6-figure income, no less) and poof…a month later I was living in California!

    2) I had just started a job working as a sales rep and would have beeninvited to join then for a huge Expo in Italy but they had already offered it to someone in the office. I had been DYING to go to Italy and was a bit disappointed. As it turned out, the person who was supposed to go instead of me was having nightmares about travelling to Europe (it was right after the Spain train bombing) and decided she didn’t feel right going. I got a call from the owner of the company asking me IF I wanted to go to Italy. Not only did I get to go, but they told me (and the other rep who I was friendly with) to take an extra week off and travel. My dream came true!

    3) I had a very special friendship with a co-worker of mine a few years ago. He was married and it was safe for both of us, but we had this incredible connection and really felt like a soul-mate. Things changed over time with his marriage and we ended up getting together. While things didn’t work out for us (complications with the ending of his marriage, etc) I never thought I would be able to really experience loving someone that was truly my best friend. We are no longer friends, but to have had that experience to truly be in love with your best friend who you absolutely adore, I felt so grateful to have experienced in my life. It has helped set the bar for how I want to experience future relationships.

    4) My first paying coaching client was referred to me by a (much younger) guy who keep after me to go out with him. While I was flattered, I had no interest in this guy and was almost rude to him. Very soon after, he referred me to a friend of his who thought could use coaching, and became a client off and on for over 1 1/2 years!

    I’m sure I could go on…but those will sufffice! Wow – this was fun!

  39. Empowering, huh, Laura?! In fact, I think I feel stronger MYSELF after reading your post!

    woo hoo!!

  40. Hi Jeanette and all you wonderful manifestors!

    I am quite new to LoA, and just reading all these posts is incredible for me. I have been logging on every morning to read and re-read all the posts. I can’t think of a better way to start each day. The best shot of positivity a person can ask for.

    Tia: you asked if I had been to Fiji.
    No, I haven’t, but interested to know why you asked this.

    What a wonderful post; thank you Jeanette for getting the ball rolling.

  41. I agree, Vanessa, it’s highly inspiring to read everyone’s post!

    Glad you’re enjoying it, too. 🙂

  42. Gillian says:

    A very inspirational Story! Love it!

  43. Vanessa, You talked about a tiny island off NZ so I was curious 🙂 I lived in NZ for 4 years and get excited when someone mentions it! So what island were you talkin’ bout?

  44. Hi Tia

    In answer to your question about Fiji.
    No, I have never been to Fiji, but I have a coaching client from Mercury Islands which I believe is a group of islands off the coast on New Zealand. Do you know it? Sounds like it’s tittering on the edge of the planet- certainly miles from the UK (my place of birth) and Spain (my current home)!
    She always sends me wonderful photo’s and it looks gorgeous.

  45. Gillian says:

    I have been to Fidji and New Caledonia, both are beautiful islands in the south pacific, but not as fascinating as Bali.

  46. Omgosh, Julio – your #1 item!! WOW!!

    Wait a minute, I just read your #2!! Whoa Nellie!! 39?! WOW again!!!

    Yay for starting a business and I have to say my favorite part is your blank #6!

    Thank you for adding to this post, Julio – great fun to read yours, too!
    🙂

  47. Julio Blanco says:

    1. Wandered the West for 3 weeks alone, including camping in the Mojave Desert one night 100 feet from a group of bikers who I was sure would kill me in my sleep. I awoke the next morning… still alive.
    2. I completed 39 triathlons and biathlons… even after playing the role of the 90 pound weakling in high school
    3. Manifested moving to Colorado, where Spirit sings to me in the mountains, to raise my family… so it took me 8 years from the time I formed the intention, yet it came to pass at the perfect time in the perfect way.
    4. Didn’t go back to a corporate job after being laid off 2 years ago after an 18 year career… found the courage to start my own business instead… actually two of them.
    5. Became the father to not one, but three healthy, beautiful kids

    I’m leaving #6 blank… it’s going to be a biggie.

    Holy cow Jeannette, this is a fun game. Wow, I feel like I rock.
    : )

  48. marci says:

    1) ‘came out’ to the world, despite my great fears at how people might judge me. none of my fears were realized. utter freedom and acceptance of myself
    2) was able to stay home with my children for 7 years, despite the belief that we could not make it on one mediocre salary. we did, and i cherish that time
    3) having been the ‘heavy one’ in my family to my mid-twenties, i am now, and have been for years, jillian michaels-fit.
    4) sold my house after 2.5 years on the market, without going through foreclosure
    5) climb as strong as the majority of young studly men in the rock climbing gym, a 47 year old woman. wow them with my strength and ability
    i’m keeping #6 to myself for now. it is a biggie, and i feel the ‘knowing’ of possible

  49. Marci, does it get any better than “utter freedom and acceptance” of self? I can’t imagine it does.

    How COOL to have that experience!

    Feeling some envy about your #3. And 47! You are inspiring me.

    Loving your physical and emotional strength, Marci. Thanks for sharing here. 🙂

  50. lady says:

    1. I had children when I was 41 and 44.
    2. Started performing and recording again at 50, including performances at famous venues.
    3. More recently, said a prayer for a job that would use all my skills, experience, and knowledge…saw a perfect opening that night, applied, and have been here 6 months.
    4. Survived crises, infidelity, etc. and am still happily married to my best friend and love for 26 years.
    5. Oh, forgot, went to grad school and graduated while kids were still infants/toddlers.
    6. Traveled around the world for 6 months (that was earlier), on what would have been the real estate agent’s percentage except we sold the place ourselves!

  51. I know a former client and a couple of current clients who could really benefit from reading your list, Lady!

    Congrats on having some hefty jabberwockies under your belt! lol (That sounded funny, but you know what I mean!)

    Makes me excited to think about what you might be working on next. 🙂

  52. marci says:

    Thank you, Jeannette! And yes!, utter freedom and acceptance of self is (dare I say? THE biggie. I also learned that I will always land on my feet, and that no matter how scary change might seem to be, it is Universe’s delightful answer to my contrast.

    Big hugs!

  53. lynne Q says:

    Mine is not too long but I consider a biggie for me:
    1. Have survived a heart attack (at age 31)
    2. Survived having another baby even after a heart attack 🙂
    3. Work from home and provide for a family of 5 🙂

  54. Anonymous says:

    That was a very great movis ilove the tention it gave to vewers.Thanks- Lil WAnye

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