The Good Vibes Only Roadshow – The Question: What Are You Thankful For?

Every morning, when I open my eyes from my sleep, I take a moment to think about what I am thankful for, before I even get out of my bed.  I know it sounds easy to do, but to be honest it took discipline.

I was in the habit of waking up and jumping out of bed and not really thinking about anything, aside from, “I can’t wait until 5 pm”.  I would start my day, crabby, anxious waiting for the day to end, and somewhat depressed.  Something had to change!

I decided to do myself a favor and take a moment of, “me time”, before I started my day.  I started with making a conscious effort to lay in bed and think of three (3) things I was thankful for before my feet hit the floor.  I came up with this:

I am thankful for waking up!

I am thankful for my family!

I am thankful for being able to smile!

I kept it simple and easy, but to be honest, it changed the way I looked at my day!  I was no longer in a panic for the day to end!  As my day went on, I found more positive things to be thankful for.  Whether it was the blue sky, a smile from a stranger, or being able to have clean water, I found something throughout my day to keep me focused on the bigger picture in life!  Being thankful!

My morning list has grown, and I am thankful for that as well!  We tend to find so many things to focus on which cause us anxiety; I think it is time to set those aside and focus on what brings us a sense of peace.

Calming the mind, first thing in the morning, will help you throughout your day!  Be thankful for you!

What Are You Thankful For? – With Good Vibes Only ❤😊


The Good Vibes Only Roadshow – Company is Coming

A couple of years ago, I decided to have special “Sunday Dinners” for our family;  every Sunday we would focus on a different country.

Not only would we cook food from this country, but we would have the music playing and later watch a movie from this country or based on this country.

For example, when it was Italian Night, I cooked Italian Wedding Soup, made Tortellini Alfredo, and we had Tiramisu for dessert. You could hear “Italian Love Songs” by Dean Martin playing, as well, we watched Under The Tuscan Sun!  We became creative with Sunday Dinner.

I decided we, as a family, needed to introduce some culture into Sunday Dinners; our kids, who are in their 20’s, looked forward to these dinners, and would actually ask all week, “what country are we celebrating this Sunday?”

Sunday dinners became a “celebration!”

Life gets busy, and we would miss the odd Sunday, but I would love to start getting back on track with our Sunday Country Celebrations!  They were a lot of fun and this also allowed us to connect more.  In a way, it was an escape to enjoy Gifts from another Country without physically being there.

I would like to think, if everyone were to venture into Celebrating Countries with their families during a dinner, then we would have more of an understanding for them, which then brings on more appreciation!

Just a thought!

With Good Vibes Only – Company Is Coming 💖



The Good Vibes Only Roadshow – Midlife Crisis (Not Just A Man Thing!)

When we think of a “Midlife Crisis”, the first thing we think of is a man trying to recapture his youth.  The truth is, a Midlife Crisis is not just a man thing!  I like to look outside of the box when it comes to stereotyping.

A Midlife Crisis is all about – Reinvention!

I will not deny the fact, at times, when individuals (both men and women) are going through this time in their lives, some may take it to the extreme and dive into areas which could hurt their family.  The way I look at this, is they panicked!  A Midlife Crisis can bring on anxiety, stress, and depression, and in trying to fix this feeling, they figure the only way they are going to feel better is to find someone who will do that for them.  They don’t know any better and have not stopped before acting to decide really what they need to fix this confusing feeling they are experiencing.

This is not just with men, but with women as well.

A Midlife Crisis, can be the perfect opportunity to dive into reinventing ourselves, to better ourselves in the next phase of our lives.

No panic is needed 😉

Working on our image, whether it is a new hair style, fitness, a different style of clothing, new diet, new home, listen to new music, new adventures, and in fact, anything “new”, is all that is probably needed to help make us feel better in this time in our lives.  Not necessarily a new relationship, which is what most think they need to find fulfillment.

Like I say, it can be a very confusing time in one’s life, but to be honest, everyone will experience some form of Midlife Crisis at some point in their lives, but if we learn to “take a breath” before acting on what we “think” we need to do, it could not only be saving relationships, but could also be saving sanity.

When you find yourself in a midlife crisis, please do not panic!  Just take a moment to acknowledge the fact you are starting a new chapter in your life as a human being and that you are not alone.  Take a moment to sit down, write out a “passion/bucket” list and have a great laugh!  You are here!  A Midlife Crisis is upon you and it will be a gift if you let it be.  Do the hobbies, activities, and even start traveling if you can, find the enjoyment that only you can bring to yourself.  Enjoy this change!

With Good Vibes Only Enjoy Your Midlife Crisis And Enjoy Your Reinvention!

The Good Vibes Only Roadshow – Bring Flowers

Way back in the day, the 1970’s until 2003 to be exact, I remember every time my parents would be invited out for dinner, my Mom and Dad would make sure to bring flowers to the Host/Hostess of the evening.

It didn’t matter if it was family, friends, or business colleagues; Mom and Dad would bring flowers.

I always thought how considerate that was of my Mom and Dad to do that; it showed a great appreciation for being invited for dinner and it also put a smile on the face of the Host/Hostess throwing the dinner party.

At times, people started expecting the flowers when Mom and Dad would show up for their party; over time, they were known for the gift of flowers.

I suppose it isn’t so much about the gift, it is the fact of setting the tone as a guest, and Mom and Dad did that the minute they were welcomed into the party.  They brought smiles and happiness with being thoughtful.

It doesn’t cost anything to be thoughtful; just a positive thought!  Your words can be the biggest gift someone can receive; words of consideration, words of kindness, and words of love will set the tone.

Bring Flowers or Bring Kind Words With Good Vibes Only!



The Good Vibes Only Roadshow – Passion List

I decided a long time ago, I was not going to make a New Year’s Resolution list; instead I decided to keep a “Passion” List.

I found when I made “resolutions”, I was easily sidetracked and I would, for example, somehow fall off the “diet” wagon, or I would simply, not take anything on this list seriously.  That’s when I came up with something that would stick – My Passion List.

When we are passionate about something, it stays with our mind, body and soul.  Passion comes from the heart and the odds of getting bored with something you are passionate about are low compared to the odds of getting bored with a resolution list that creates pressure.

My Passion List is quite lengthy, but guess what?  I haven’t steered away from it at all!  Everything on my passion list are things with meaning, things which are very important to my heart, and things I have a strong interest and drive in.

I’m a fan of writing, eating healthy, sharing gratitude every day, and making sure I listen to music every day.  I’m also open to learning; whether it is to do with diet, culture, entertainment, lifestyle, sports, and much, much, more.   I will never turn away from learning.  How do you know what you may like if you say, “no” to an opportunity to have an experience in life?  I promised myself I would always, at the very least, read up on something new.  I did not want to miss any opportunities.

I found by continuing with my Passion List, I have not placed any pressure on myself; instead I have become happier with not only who I am on the inside, but who I am on the outside as well.  Those diets that I mentioned, now do not put pressure on me and guess what?  I no longer yo-yo diet, my weight actually stays where it is supposed to be.  I no longer stress about my weight!  Yahoo!  I owe it all to my Passion List!

I will never stop adding to my Passion List!  After all, I would never stop something that brings me so much happiness and joy.

With Good Vibes I Wish You All Happiness In Creating Your Own Passion List!

The Good Vibes Only Roadshow – A True Friend

A True Friend is someone we have all wanted and needed in our lives; A True Friend is someone who will be there for you, not only in times of struggle, but in times of great happiness.

A True Friend is there for you unconditionally.

In my lifetime, I’ve met a lot of people; ones I thought would be in my life forever, and others I thought would dwindle away.  The funny thing is, is the ones I thought would dwindle away, have turned out to be the ones that have been in my life forever.  The ones I thought would be there forever have dwindled away.  Funny how that works!

The beauty of it, is although the ones who have dwindled away, are still there in my mind as a friend.  You see, no matter what type of friends we have, they will be there in our memory, so they really don’t ever leave.  This is a comforting feeling actually, as at times we could find ourselves missing someone who has left, but it is our memories of them that bring comfort, especially if you find yourself missing them.

In my life, I’ve had people decide to not remain in contact with me; life gets busy, or they just decided they wanted their circle of friends to be ones who they shared everything in common with.  Whatever the reason, I’ve appreciated their friendship no matter the length of time we had together.

A True Friend will always be there for you, it may not be in the physical form, but in our memories, our life lessons, in pictures, or in cards/written notes.  I am forever grateful for every friend that has come into my life, without them I wouldn’t be who I am today.  I’ve cherished every moment, good and bad, and I’ve come out of it a better person.



The Good Vibes Only Roadshow – Spirit

For some reason, every time I either turn on the television, listen to the radio, or read an article, the word “spirit” pops up.

For example, the other night we were watching one of the many talent shows on television, and the judge told the singer, “Your spirit, is what makes me love you!”  When we show our “spirit” in what we love in life – we shine!

It doesn’t matter what we look like on the outside or how we sound, as long as we show “spirit” in our passions in life, you will be the most beautiful person and you will feel it in your mind, body, and soul!

When we tap into our spirit, not only will we be doing what we are “meant” to be doing, but we will bring on such happiness and joy – nothing will stop you succeed.  Succeeding in life, to most, means financially.  However, this post is about succeeding in your heart; you cannot put a dollar figure on that feeling as it is priceless.

Tap into your spirit and what brings you happiness, and go for it with Good Vibes Only!


The Good Vibes Only Roadshow -Savor Each Moment

Savor Each Moment!

When we take the time to actually, “savor each moment” in life, life becomes filled with gratitude.  It does not matter what type of moment you are having; struggles, loving, challenging, thrilling, sad, or happy – savor them.

I know it sounds odd to savor a moment of negativity, but if you savor what you are learning in that moment, then instead of struggling with the stress of the situation, it then becomes a moment of learning.  Everything we learn in life should be savored!  This not only helps with building strength, but it helps with depression and anxiety.

Depression and anxiety seem to be at the top of the discussion list these days; I’ve worn those shoes at one point in my life, and to be honest, numbing the pain does not solve the pain.

Several years ago, I turned my life around!  Instead of relying on prescriptions for depression and anxiety, I decided that I needed to be able to wake up in the morning and not have to medicated myself.  I wanted more in my life than losing my own self control.  The prescriptions had the control over my life, my depression and my anxiety; I needed to take the control back.

I looked at myself in the mirror (literally) and said, “You are stronger than this!  You deserve more in life!  You need to love yourself!”

I savored the first breath I took after I had the realization I deserved more in my life.  I appreciated that breath.  From that exact moment, I savored everything about every single day.  Don’t get me wrong, I had those, “take two steps forward and one step back” moments, but I even savored those knowing each day was going to get easier.

It does not happen overnight, but over time, I now am living my life more at Peace, loving myself on the inside and out more, and showing more gratitude for every moment.

If I can do it, so can you!  Keep reaching out, keep talking, and keep thinking positive!

Savor Each Moment With Good Vibes Only!

The Good Vibes Only Roadshow – Thank You!

I wanted to take a moment to thank each and every one of you who follow my blog; it truly means the World to me.

My heart if filled with so much gratitude; for every “comment”, “follow”, and “like” I receive, brings a huge smile to my face!  Thank you so much for making my day!


Wishing You All Good Vibes Only!



The Good Vibes Only Roadshow – Conversation with a Friend

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak with a friend I knew many moons ago (30 years to be exact), who at one time had a very successful life.  Things had changed for her, and now she found herself struggling with everything you could possibly imagine.  From relationship issues, to raising teenagers, to losing her job, to struggling with alcohol dependency, and to fighting the urge to run from all of it.

For 30 years, she was in a very lucrative career in fashion, however times change.  With more and more retail stores closing, her career closed up on her as well.  At her age of 50, she found herself starting over, which has affected all her relationships.  She is feeling the panic; numbing the frustration and stress with alcohol.  I cried for her, as to be honest, this all came as such a surprise to me; she was always the picture of success and I would never have thought she was struggling.

I suppose, never judge a book by its cover!  We never know what is going on in someone’s life until they become completely vulnerable.  I listened to her and that is all I did.  That’s all she needed me to do.

An hour had passed, and at the time, I heard a huge sigh, followed by, “thank you”.

All she needed was someone to just listen to her.  She needed to unload all the negative to free up space to take a breath and regain some positive.  She was listening to herself speak, and at the end of our conversation, she said, “You know what?  I believe I’m stronger than this; I feel silly for letting this get to me, but it did and I’ve learned.  I will never forget you for taking time to let me vent.”

I suppose, the lesson here is this:

If you take the time to listen to someone when they need you the most, you are giving them the Gift of Regaining Confidence.  Sometimes, that’s all it takes is to let them vent for a while, for them to gain some perspective.  Sometimes it takes a bit more than that, but by listening to them at the beginning, gives them comfort which is the first step needed to gain confidence.

Taking steps forward with Good Vibes!