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Friday

Moving Away from Misery


I have learned to remain an upbeat person, regardless of my situation. I soeak to groups of people who are ready to move forward and with just a little guidance, off they go making strides and moving mountains in no time.


It tugs at my heart when I encounter people, especially those I care about, who dwell in their own misery with no desire to move away from it.  They wear their unhappiness like a comfortable old tattered blanket or use itas a shield forged in steal protecting themselves from the uncomfortable, the unknown world of trying a new way.


For those of you who are still clinging to misery, I hear you and know that it's scary moving into uncharted territory. I've been pushed outside my comfort zone many times in my life and I can honestly say that I have been petrified more than once. But I do have moved forward, because the alternative of remaining stuck in that current place was no longer appealing. 


I remember how petrified I was when I packed up my stuff and put it all in storage, setting out for over a year on a spiritual journey to help define "me" and solidify my life's purpose. The only plan I had was for the first 2 weeks of the journey that would have me at a retreat over a days drive away. After that I had no idea where I would land, now "homeless" by choice. I was so afraid as I drove that first day from Sedona, AZ toward Northern California that I could see my hands shaking against the steering wheel. That first night I stopped at a small inn, exhausted. When I walked up to the office the next morning to check out I saw the following saying on the wall from Patrick Overton and it made all the difference to me:


"When you walk to the edge of all the light you have and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe that one of two things will happen. There will be something solid for you to stand upon or you will be taught to fly.” 


Tears welled in my eyes as I released fear based emotions that no longer served me. Somehow I knew that I was being watched over by some force whose name does not matter. I had recieved the confirmation that I needed to continue forward. I was still afraid, but had found a little comfort  Each time I step out of my comfort zone today I'm reminded of that saying on the wall and am not afriad to ask for a sign that I am headed in the right direction. I am a woman afterall and we always ask for directions. 


Perhaps you have found this article today because you asked for direction. My hope is that if you did, then these few paragraphs provide you with answers and the comfort you need to move forward as well.

Just remember that everyday provides us a new opportunity to step out of our comfort zone toward a more enriched existence. Don't be afraid to take that first step. Take my hand and we'll do it together.



Wishing you a day filled with love,
LeeZa Donatella

Contact me at info@leezadonatella.com to receive information about setting up a session to help you move forward. 

Wednesday

Through the Looking Glass


When I took time to look back at the person I was from the time I started writing my blog back in 2012 to today it reminded me how much I've grown. 

When we dare to look in the mirror and see ourselves, we see things that we like, but mostly we see things that we can either continue to sweep under the carpet or face head on.  

In general, I think that most of us do not take the time to look within, but distract ourselves in everyday tasks or substances so we do not have to face them. If we try we discover that with that first step forward, a wonderful world emerges; one where we find our true selves as we change or discard the things that no longer resonate.

I am not saying that this is easy, because it takes moving into uncomfortable or unfamiliar territory. Many define themselves by what they do, what they drive, where they live and what they own. Today I define myself by who I help and "being love."

Take the time to explore yourself and work on finding more of the loving being that you are. You will be thrilled with the outcome as you finally rid yourself of what no longer serves you and can honestly say "I Love You" to you!

Wishing you a day filled with love,

Tuesday

LOVE YOURSELF - YES YOU CAN


Let's talk about love baby, let's talk about you and me.. no wait, let's just talk about you in today's article.  Sorry, if you thought that I'd be writing about sex today, I think you may need to read my novel The Awakening; that has plenty of steamy bits.   

Today I want to speak to you about how you're feeling and if you love yourself. In the words of "Joey Tribbiani" from Friends,  "How you doing?"

If you answered that without enthusiasm, then perhaps you're not doing as well as you can be and I am here to help you fix that. If you wake up in the morning and spring out of bed, jump up singing or saying I love you to yourself, then you're in a good spot.

For those you aren't there yet, it's time to turn that frown upside down and know that no matter what the situation, you can live a joyous life. It's all about saying "what the heck" and do what makes you happy regardless of what anyone else thinks. Now I'm not saying that you should lose your moral compass, but if you hate your current job, then find yourself another one that provides you with something to smile about. If you want to take a class, then take action and sign up for one. Go backpack through some foreign land without fear. Try something that has you stretch your boundaries;I'm sure you will think of something. Some of you are probably shaking your head, saying "but all job suck and that's why they pay you to do it," or  or "someday" or "I can't"

My answer to you is this: All jobs really don't suck, you just haven't found the right one that has touched your heart; so keep looking. 

I am here telling you that "YES YOU CAN" and buddy, don't wait to live your life any longer, because all we have is the present.  

Not only will you be happier, but life will become so delicious that it nourishes mind and body as well as your spirit for better overall health. 

Everyone you interact with will sense the positive change in you, effecting your relationships as well. 

As far as wealth, when you are happy you attract better situations.

Wishing you a day filled with love and happiness,


LeeZa Donatella
            Eat Pray Stay - Abadiania

Friday

The Power of the Universe from the Seasoned Traveler


Bohemian travel is not new to me as I immerse myself in the culture for the experience of it all. And I've trekked through lands and stayed in places with dirt floors and no windows where the only thing keeping me separated from the natural inhabitants of the insect variety was a thin layer of netting. These are the nights where my full head of curls are securely tucked into a large stocking cap. That's to be expected as I travel alone for months at a time in the middle of the Amazon jungle, in the Andes where the coca tea is abundant, or hanging with locals doing Ayahuasca in remote areas of Brazil. Okay so no one has ever accused me of being a girlie-girl all the time.

When booking through a travel site for a stay in a US based hotel, however, I do expect a somewhat comfortable bed with the amenities advertised in the posting, even in 3 star accommodations.  So what happens when you get to your hotel after midnight and realize that it was a huge mistake booking it?

My first clue was when I called the hotel from the airport to locate the shuttle and they informed me that they had suspended that service last week. I took it in stride as I jumped in a cab and made my way downtown. When I arrived to the Des Moines icon and realized that there was no air conditioning or internet service, I decided perhaps this was not where I was supposed to be.

At times like these instead of lowering my vibration by getting upset or angry, I didn't blame anyone, just smiled as I got on the phone, thinking, ‘Well, I'm sure there's something absolutely incredible waiting for me.” It came in the form of a late night concierge at an upscale downtown hotel, who, out of the goodness of his heart cut the hotel's advertised rate by over 50%, waived the internet fee, excused himself to give me a free bottle of chilled water and put me up on the concierge level. Now that's service. 

Navigating traveling sites for the best deal can be an art form even for the seasoned traveler.  It’s when you take every experience as the gift no matter what happens that's when true magic happens.

I so enjoy sharing these types of stories with all of you and teaching people about a life in abundance as I continue to live it.

Wishing you happy trails,


LeeZa Donatella
            Eat Pray Stay - Abadiania