Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Super Love Holiday Call

As we all know this time of year can be tricky as some of us really struggle with reflection on the past or missing loved ones or feeling lonely. All while trying to keep up with everything and enjoy the season at the same time.

I was inspired to create a collection of voices from a few big-hearted women + men that personally inspire me to foster beauty, joy, hope, love and happiness over the holidays via a free recorded call.

All I asked from them was to share from the heart. Which they did perfectly. So much so, it brought tears to my eyes which you'll hear at the end.

Please click play to listen to their thoughtful words, lessons, stories + inspiration.

And may the rest of your year be full of...
Beautiful Moments
Unexpected Possibilities
And so much Love

Happy Holidays + Big Hugs from all of us.

Smiles,
gia

P.S. Please feel free to share + pass along, that's what we made it for!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Legacy + Why we must keep Going

It's story time! You ready?

This ones about L
egacy + Making an impact or as I like to call it our Heart-work. 



Thirteen years ago (way, way back in the day: hee hee) I volunteered for the Humane Society, a "no kill shelter" in Truckee CA where we used to live. We fostered dogs, adopted dogs, found animals homes and I was on the board of directors.

At the time we didn't have much of a shelter. We used a small, old, grungy, dark building to house the animals. Better then nothing, but not great. 

We had a lot of heart and a vision.
Some serious dedication.
And an amazing animal loving town but we were maxed out on space.

It was past time to build something new. 

So we made a projected budget, drew up plans, looked for land and formed a connection with animal control. Now it was time to raise the funds.

Word of mouth. Adoption day advocacy. Small events. Local PR. We kept moving towards the dream. One baby step at a time. My Mantra : ONE DAY we WILL have an amazing shelter. This will be worth it. Must keep going. (Remember this was before the kickstarted + indie-gogo social media fundraising campaign days so things took even more time)

Ok, yeah, yeah. So what's the point gia.

Hang with me it's coming up...

A few months ago I found out that the new shelter was finally finished. I couldn't believe it actually came to life. I had to go check it out. Ironically over the Thanksgiving holiday we we're going to Truckee so it was time to see it with my own eyes. 



I have to admit as we approached the building it took me a moment to realize that this was actually real.

Here I was 13 years later about to open the door to enter the brand new shelter and honestly I felt like I was walking into a piece of my heart. 

Yeah, it happened.
And I was a small part of it.

A woman greeted us as we approached and asked if we would like a tour. 
Heck Yeah! That's why we're here. 


We started out by sayin' hello to the cats. 

Some peeked at us as from their perches and others zipped down their ladders from their "kitty condos" as fast as they could to share some purrs and get some pets. We snuggled. We watched. We played. Their little meows and greetings were so cute. Something about stepping into their new cozy space felt incredible. There is no shortage of love here.

And now off to see the dogs. My fav. 
I heart rescue muts. And if I had land, I'd have a million of them.Just sayin'.

I'd recently caught sight of this big guy Ralphie (below) via Facebook and felt drawn to him the first time I saw his cute face. OMG I hope he's here.


I started to get excited and a little nervous as we opened the door to enter the hallway. 

Was Ralphie here?
Was he in a foster home?
What does he really look like in person? What's his personality?
What if I want to take him home? How am I going to convince my husband? :)

And what-do-ya know. Guess who was looking up at us from his bed as we passed the first door to our left?



Ralphie! I said.

The girl giving us the tour kinda looked at me like, how do you know him? She had no idea that I've been cyber stalking him for months and have a not so secret crush on this guy.

Can we go in?
I have to meet him.

She opened the door and he imediately stood up and started wagging his tail while I talked to him. MY HEART melted. I did my best not to cry. He was so cute and loving and I couldn't believe when I saw him in person how much he reminded me of Timber my rescue pup who died 3 years ago.



Ralphie wiggled around as he held a ball in his mouth making fun talking noises to us. He loved to rub up against our legs and lean in while he made the please pet me swoop walk by. 

Honestly.
Time stopped.
I heard nothing our guide was saying.
I froze in this moment. 


It hit me.

THIS is what patience leads to. 
THIS is what fighting for something you believe in feels like. 
THIS is what happens when big-hearted people work together. 
THIS is what leaving a legacy can look like.

THIS is why we must keep going. 

And continue to share more love + kindness + speak up for what we believe in. 

I'm not gonna lie and say it was easy to leave.
It sucked.
I held back my tears.
Gave Ralphie one more hug and told him I knew he'd find the perfect home.
Even though I wish he could come with me.

Now here's why I'm telling you this story...

Because as much as I love creating a lifestyle full of heart-work and helping others to do the same sometimes it sucks. And it's not easy.

Why?
Because quite often it takes time to see the impact.

Which takes patience.
Ah yeah, that dirty word.
Patience.

I'm not a waiter-a-rounder kinda girl. I'm guessing you might not be either.
Especially if I'm trying to help someone else.
Or in the case help animals find homes. 
I just can't seem to do it fast enough.



But as much as we stop our feet and throw our fists in the air like the blueberry girl from Willie Wonka and the Chocolate factory, we can't make things go any faster.

And honestly we don't always get to know how we helped or the exact difference we made. We just have to believe that we are. And keep doing what we love in our own ways. 

Then every once in awhile something happens and we get to see first hand how our time, energy, love and kindness have paid off.

So whatever dreams your working on.
Whatever moves your heart.
Whatever you're doing to add some more love in the world.

Keep going.
Don't stop.
It matters.
It is happening. 


And maybe one day you'll get an opportunity to walk into your heart like I just did. 

Thank you for being here.
Thank you for listening to my story.
Thank you for being a part of this big-hearted community.

What's your story about legacy or heart-work? Want to share? Email me. 

Big Hugs, 
gia

P.S. BEST NEWS EVER! I wrote this story last week and just found out that Ralphie found his new home! Goosebumps!

P.P.S. Congrats to everyone that jumped in on my 2 for 1 coaching special! So excited to work with you! Ever thought about working with me? Want more support around your heart-work? Find out more here

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Nothing feels as good as.

After my workout today I was heading out of the gym into the hallway when I noticed this quote written up on the board.




I stopped.
Re-read it.
And snapped a photo.

Hot damn.
Ain't that the truth.

Nothing feels as good as keeping a promise to yourself. 

Although sometimes we like to tell ourselves otherwise don't we...

* I will be so relieved after I make that fancy Thanksgiving dinner my mom expects, because it will make her happy.
* If I place in the top 10 of my division my wife will be proud of me because she knows how much time I put into my training.
* My friends will be so impressed with me once I score that promotion at work and that will feel amazing to be able to tell them.

Which might sound fine at first however when everything is said and done what feels even better is keeping a promise to yourself. 

Like this...

* Check out my time in that race! My own personal best! I knew I could do it!
* Look how I rocked that presentation at work today and with my own style! I'm so happy I went for it!
* That was so much fun finding a new yummy Thanksgiving dinner recipe and sharing it with my family! Such a fun way to express my creativity and share my passion for cooking with people I love.

See the subtle difference? 
Feels good huh. 

So tell me...
How are you keeping a promise to yourself right now?
Got anything in the works? Something you've been thinking about?

Do Share…I'm listening...

Smiles + Love, 


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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Doing it all wrong. The way I like it.

I confess.
I have a habit.
In fact it's a habit that I've decided I want to keep.

Wanna know what it is?

I have to do things in my own way.
I have to be "me" no matter what. 


Which if you're like me you know it can sometimes look like doing everything "they" say not to. Like this.

Don't…
* Dress like that for the performance. - You'll stand out.
* Wear your hair down. - All the women will be wearing their hair up for this event.
* Leave your eyebrow ring in while you pitch for that grant. - They might judge you.
* Tell your personal stories with clients. - That's not professional.
* Use too many exclamation points. - People won't take you seriously.
* Swear. - Definitely don't do that. People don't like it. 
* Add smiley faces to fundraising emails going out to parents at the school. - It might be taken the wrong way.
* Offer hugs to people you just met. - It might make them uncomfortable.

In other words you should…
Say this.
Do that.
Be like them.

Oh yeah and make sure you…
Blend in.
Represent us properly.
Dress the part.
Play the game.

Yeah. Not gonna happen. 
Not for this girl. 

Cuz, I've decided. I have to be me no matter what. 
It's really the only way we genuinely know how to roll. 

In fact I've had some pretty amazing things happen by just being me and doing things my own way. (stories to come :)) And I've learned that I don't feel good if I'm pretending to be someone I'm not. YUCK!



While writing this it reminded me of a video I shot awhile back about a job I almost took until I saw the fine print. This was one of those times when I realized what my, "No Matter What" was.

Check it out (click PLAY) then email me back with your "No Matter What"I want to know!  

Signing off with a BIG HUG!

xox, 


P.S. If you were here in person I'd literally wrap my arms around you and give you a huge squeeze. (if you'd let me). Even if we just met. Cuz that's me. The only way to be... don't ya think? 

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