I Have a Dream Too…Two….

We went to the Chicago History Museum on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the experience brought more gifts than planned. I was very inspired by Oba William King’s presentation of the “I have a Dream” speech. I realized perhaps more deeply how I have a dream too and how committed I am to that dream every day through my own personal work, my coaching business, my relationships and especially my role as a mom to Ireland Grace.

I envision women (of ALL ages) feeling safe and sound wherever they go
I envision women treated with love and respect
I envision women honored for their gifts and accepted for who they are
I envision women paid equally to other humans
I envision women knowing their minds, bodies and spirits such that they fully own themselves and let no one take that away from them
I envision women feeling a sense of peace, passion and prosperity
I envision women speaking their truth, listening to their intuition and being their authentic selves
I envision women having their best year yet each year because with age comes even more grace, beauty and capacity for love
I envision women knowing they deserve all these things and accepting nothing less
I envision all of this for women and more….

Laverty Life Links: Consider envisioning this with me and taking whatever actions you are called to take for this to become an even bigger reality today than it was yesterday. Thank you for being a stand for equality for all…..


A Divine Interaction with a Street Wise Man Named Percy

There is man who I guess I have always thought of as a “homeless” man, but better said he is a Street Wise vendor (sells papers here in Chicago for money–it is a respectable way to make money to get off the streets).  I normally do not buy the magazine and actually normally do not give money to homeless people.  I tend to give money to the people who are playing an instrument or doing something I want to support.  This man has always been the exception.  He has an AURA about him…..it can only be described as the law of attraction in action!

He is GENUINELY and authentically glowing from the inside out….he wishes everyone a good day, he has something pithy to say each time I have crossed his path, and I am not alone. Everyone who goes to this bookstore regularly knows Percy, and there is a friendly banter between Percy and the world.  I am DRAWN to give him money each time I pass.  Sometimes I think, well not today, but then I pass and return to give him something=-) Like a MAGNET!!!

So, I realized I wanted to talk to him and find out WHAT MAKES HIM TICK!?  It was a cold and snowy day in Chicago, and I was going to pass the opportunity up for fear I was being intrusive, but again, I turned around and just asked him if he was willing to chat.  He was….

We chatted for about 10 minutes, and I found out about his story and his perspective on life.  This is a man who embodies the Laws of Attraction—he believes “kindness begets kindness” and that the more you give from the heart the more you receive.  He is very heart centered and calm and grounded while also having no expectations or “neediness” (one might say detached in the Buddhist way).

I can tell you in the less than 10 minutes we were chatting, he made more per minute than most people I know=-) His Under Armour gloves and coat were of a higher quality than the one I was wearing that day=-))) This is a man who is doing well internally and externally, and his authentic kindness is serving him well. I plan to notice when I am heart centered and when I am more mind centered and how that feels….as well as how attractive I am in either case=-) I will also say that he left the interaction happy we connected and planned to write an article for Street Wise about our interaction as well!  I will have to check that out—he said for late January.

Laverty Life Links:  What part of this story most resonates with you?  Perhaps journal about it or share it and discuss what piece of this you would like to take into your heart and practice.

My Snowy, Slushy, Shoe Sole Story

Bear with me here a moment…..(or is it bare?)—this really does relate to the law of attraction, but we just need to build the story first.  So I have a nice pair of winter boots that I let my ever growing daughter borrow (she is 9 and is outpacing me in every way, but that is another story). The sole of the boot came off at her school for unknown reasons. I bought Shoe Goo and fixed the boot and wore it during a heavy snow day a couple of weeks ago.  (This is really going somewhere if anyone is still reading=-)

Everything was going well, until the last mile and the sole started flopping around in the snow packed streets of Chicago, and then into Trader Joes where I needed to shop (this was slightly embarrassing even for a Laverty=-).  So I was half dragging and half shuffling my way with this broken shoe (sorry Shoe Goo Company).  I finally arrived home safely.

The next day my ankle started hurting, and I couldn’t figure out what had happened (I thought back to my workout the previous day). Then I realized, my one mile of shuffling created some internal damage to my ankle and foot!!!!!  I mean it hurt for SIX DAYS!   It got me to thinking about the Laws of Attraction (which almost everything does as you can see from these blog stories).  I was thinking about how sometimes I will have negative thought patterns or let my monkey mind take over my life for the moment…and then I was asking myself what kind of INTERNAL damage am I doing to my body and spirit as a result!!!!!????  I believe in the mind body connection and what Deepak Chopra writes about, and somehow my little shoe experience made it all the more real for me. 

Personally, I am going to do my best to focus on the positive, on what I want, on what is good and what I like about someone as much as possible….along with making sure I have good boots for my winter adventures=-)

Laverty Life Links:  Consider where you may be dragging around a broken shoe in your mind and life and how you can shift that thought or pattern towards something whole, complete and affirmative.  We all have rough moments or days to be sure, it seems to me that some of mine are wholly self-created and not really necessary at all=-)


If you Build it, They will Come….

I have gone to a weekly support group to clear out the gunk for the last 14 years…actually I started right around Valentine’s Day 2000=-) Happy Love Day to myself….Something happened last month at the group that highlighted an aspect of the Law of Attraction that I wanted to share! 

We normally meet in a conference room that fits 10 people around the table, and normally there are about 5-6 people there each week, give or take a few=-) About a month ago, we had to be relocated to a different room that was more of a seminar room and would fit 25 comfortably around the table.  On that day, 20 people came to the meeting. We have NEVER in the 14 years that I have been going had 20 people come to a meeting before!!!!! 

For me, it was just so cool bc it reminded me of the phrase “if you build it they will come”…and that day energetically and physically our group was saying we have PLENTY of room, feel free to come….and somehow the people in the universe heard the call and came.  Oddly enough, the next week we were back in our normal room, and we are back to the normal 5-6 people per meeting=-)

For me this story makes me think and feel deeply about the space I am leaving in my heart and in my life for the great things I want to attract.  I am open this year to more space in my heart and life for love and for peace=-) If you are interested in learning more about the group, let me know! It is public and free=-)

Laverty Life Link:  Where in your life do you want to have more space in this moment?  How do you plan to achieve that?  Feel free to journal and share about your vision of 2014 and beyond! You never know what will happen if you build it……they/it might come=-)

Have an Argument to “Make shiny”=-)

I don’t know about you, but I grew up in a culture that supported stuffing emotions and feelings.  One of the phrases I often heard was “if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say it.”  In general, I have been, and still am to some extent, uncomfortable expressing the true range of my thoughts, feelings and emotions, especially to girlfriends.  I am much more comfortable with my daughter and boyfriend.

In the past, I would interact with people from different cultures who had more of a “let it all hang out and let the chips fall where they may” mindset. Years ago, this not only scared me, but I would say I thought it was “unhealthy” (all that screaming and yelling!!)  As the years go by (and I am about to turn 44, so they are going by=-), I am seeing the benefits of the other side as well…and as always am looking for the balance for myself. The balance of being loving and kind, and also fully authentic with my thoughts and feelings.

At this point, I would say my goal is to be more towards the “let it all hang out” than not.  I refer to these moments or conversations as needing to have a “come to jesus”=-) These conversations can be very tricky and can lead to two people coming closer together and at times further apart. Either way my goal is to be as authentic and loving as possible, so that the relationship is a more REAL connection.

I read an excerpt that stated that arguments, properly understood, should be engaged, not avoided, because “argument” comes from the Latin word, arguer, which means “to make clear” or “shiny” to bring light to the truth (John 14:6).  I don’t quote the Bible myself, since I don’t know it very well, but there you have it.

My goal is to find ways to make my life as shiny as possible through authentic and loving conversations–hard or otherwise-I am 100 % committed to that.

Laverty Life Link: Where is there a relationship in your life that needs a little clearing out? What are you willing to do to have an authentic, yet loving conversation with this person to discover what is next for your relationship? You might be amazed at what you find=-)  I have been…..and I am proud of myself—it has probably been one of the most challenging things I have done.

The Rough Things can Turn into the Rockin’ Things

Throughout the years I have heard these stories in the public life of something rough….sometimes they are small rough and sometimes they are big time rough.  What I have noticed is that in some of these cases, the person has taken the situation and somehow the situation has helped them catapult to the next level of “success” of some form.

I am going to delve into the celebrity culture for the moment here, it might not happen often=-)  I recall when Taylor Swift was interrupted while she was accepting an award at a show a few years ago by a fellow singer that felt another lady should have won the award (my interpretation!).  She graciously handled it seemed, but I would imagine that was hard for her in the moment and for those who love her to see her moment almost “grabbed” from her.

What astounded me was how that incident gracefully handled by her helped catapult her into the next level of success, stardom etc and now of course the awards she receives are never ending it seems=-)  I have seen quite a few examples of this in the last few years in the celebrity world, and I had wanted to share this aspect of the Law of Attraction.  It seems to me that the universe or God gives us gifts that sometimes come in “rough” packages.  My goal is to receive everything that comes my way as god given and “meant to be”, and it is my job to find the gift and learn from it.

I recall a couple of years ago I attracted THREE flat tires in one week!!!!!!  In the past, I would have been frustrated, angry, ??–confused! I recall thinking, boy, I guess I am not supposed to head out today….I better lay low=-) I also ensured that I had great AAA coverage, so that we would be safe in the event of car happenings.  It is a balance for me between introspection on the gifts and actions from my intuition that best support what is needed next (which was slowing down, cancelling if need be and ensuring we had good “earthly” coverage=-)

Laverty Life Links:  Where is something rough in your life and you want to find the gift?  Take a moment and meditate around the event and listen in your heart and soul what the gift might be…however bizarre it might seem.  Sometimes those are the best kind, but if you don’t take the time to hear the message the lessons will keep getting rougher! We call those the cosmic 2 X 4 in the coaching world=-)