PART TWO The Invisible Bridge – My Leap of Faith at 65

April 17th 081So let’s continue on this story in real time…

Two years ago this month, I decided to follow my heart and fly to meet Jim, my soul mate, who was living in the US.  We had met in Budapest some 6 months prior at a business conference.  That meeting had set light to 45,000 words in email correspondence that led to my decision to take that flight. Now we are partners in both business and life. In all honesty, I could never have foretold my future back then.  I boarded a that flight  to see him, trusting that whatever was to be would be.  I knew my decision would change my life.

My senses told me that my heart would know if I only listened to in … that my heart and soul would make it possible.  Since then trust has become my steadfast companion, my prime value, my friend, and my core strength. I learned to first trust my heart and soul, then my mind.  Over-thinking a situation that is more about feelings than rational thought can rapidly drain the heart and soul of any desire to continue on by saying such things as “don’t be foolish,” or “ what if ….?”

I have made choices that others might reject almost out-of-hand. I have set off on adventures that even family and close friends have deemed unwise and imprudent at the very least. I have taken risks that now seem – even to me – to have been a little reckless. I have changed my habits, re-invented myself more than once, learned new skills, gained new perspectives.  I have travelled to new lands never before visited and I found my soul mate thousands of miles from home where I always thought he would or perhaps should be living .  Yet I am a normal human being. I miss my children and my grandchildren so very much. I miss the country I was born and raised in, the home of my family, my children and my grandchildren. Do I suffer the pangs of homesickness for them? Of course I do,  yet I know they too trust in me and that they know my journey is important to my own progress as a spiritual human being; as a loved one and always as a woman, a mother and a grandmother.  They are always in my heart and in my thoughts.  What has happened to me – through I had wondered was ‘pure chance’ – feels very much as though it was planned by forces far greater than me.

April 17th 083Indiana Jones – in The Last Crusade – stood at the edge of an abyss trying to decide if, in fact, there was anything underfoot to keep him from falling to his death should he take even one more step. Yet, when he drew upon his inner courage – when he stopped listening to his brain and listened to his heart – he was given the courage to take that leap of faith and so he stepped out with faith into the absolute unknown.

We (Jim and I, not all that long ago) stood on that very same mythical precipice with our toes at the very edge of that abyss perhaps asking ourselves – in our own way – “What would ‘Indy’ do?”  As we all know, the fearless Indiana Jones did trust his instincts, his heart and his soul and unfalteringly stepped forward and made his way across the great divide, scattering sand across the bridge that those behind him might follow safely. As life adventurers, Jim and I too believe this is our last crusade together; that we are in the right place at the right time … we are where we were meant to be at the precise moment we were meant to be there.

And it is to Malaysia that Jim and I arrived last November.  How did we get here? Why did we come here?  A leap of faith, yes, and we trust that all we have worked to develop over our lifetimes spent apart, and our short life together in the last two and half years, put our feet on the path we walk, the one that is leading inevitably to our destiny … that we are not here by accident and that our feet have been kept on our path for the express purpose of bring us to where we now are – together.

We are now working in together to create our legacy.

April 17th 084We learned what that was very early on in our relationship. Jim told me that, when all was said and done, he wanted to “leave the world a better place” for his having been here. It was this simple combination of words that he spoke to me that sealed my love to him in May 2012. The interesting part is, that in approximately the same words, my passion too is to manifest that same legacy,  and in particular to show people how to tap into their natural entrepreneurial creativity and spirit and guide them not just to be a successful financially but to lead a truly happy, balanced, healthy life.


We believe that – especially for mature people like us who are deemed all too often to be out-of-time and no more than a liability – there is a silver lining right now in today’s economic chaos that provides an opportunity for all of us to create a new quality of life through nothing more than identifying our passion and manifesting in any one of dozens of ways. The opportunity to do something meaningful with the time ahead of us is as real and as achievable as that which we can look back on with pride.

As long as there is a tomorrow, there is an opportunity to do more good … to leave the world a better place for our having taken the time to effectively and appropriately utilize all of the time that we are given, not just the time already used.


Leaving a legacy – set your intention now!

I met amazing Philanthropreneurs this week – a mixture of Philanthroper and Entrepreneur – and was lucky to be on a panel discussing this new concept, originated in the US, now being embraced by many motivated entrepreneurs who wish to ‘give back’ in the way they know best. The event was for the charity Education Africaand they have a wonderful entrepreneurial spirit in how they are developing their teaching style with children in Africa to grow strong minds as well as healthy bodies.

I was inspired to be part of the evening panel ‘ Philanthropreneur – The next generation defined’ and to learn more about this style of being, in deed a way of innovating and taking risk around new business ideas, creating wealth and yet ‘giving back’ in an energetic business way that enables the receiver and the giver to become enriched emotionally, spiritually, physically and materially. I felt as if I had come home and it felt good to me to develop my business with this new style, giving back as we grow.

Philanthropreneurs have a plentiful ‘possibility’ mindsets, very open hearts, a great sense of timing and innovation, aligned to a high world vision with a well balanced self less ego, and of course a pioneering eye line to the future…nothing is impossible ! If we are to leave a legacy that lasts for many generations after we have moved on, this feels to be the right way, to start now.

A couple of summers ago I wrote my ‘obituary’ – sounds odd maybe, however it is a valuable way to put yourself into the far future and create your legacy statement now (it can always grow and change however once written you’ll be amazed at what happens as soon as it is on paper!!)

Having decided that I will live to 101 (at least) I then stretched my imagination into that year, closed my eyes and looked what I would love to exist for my children and my grandchildren and my world, for friends I know and those I have yet to touch and for all I may never meet but are part of my global family.

I envisaged a new harmonic in the air, an abundant sense of love in the world, where life and work were balanced, where women and men had healthy choices over their careers and family lives, where children were educated with an authentic love and emotional energy that grew strong caring imaginative intelligent adults, who respect the environment and enjoy the natural beauty of the world. A world where major powers are empowering their people rather than fighting to right wrongs; where poverty was irradicated; a world where men and women live in harmony recognising the limitations of our natural planet resources and using them wisely. There will be a new community energy across the land, magical conversations daily, wisdom and joy alive in both work and play, and who knows what other exciting unknowns!!

In my legacy, I had eliminated ‘bad behaviour’ in the workplace, and gone on to set up The SMILE FOUNDATION as a core part of education across the world providing core curriculum classes in Sound, Movement, Imagination, Laughter and Energy to underpin the range of skills based teaching to inform a new generation of healthy adults. I had also written several books gender, relationships, happiness and fun; had various TV series, married again and enjoyed a happy healthy family life myself!

I just read my ‘orbituary’ now two years on and I am amazed how much has already started to set my plans in place… the power of good intentions is strong and we don’t need to do more than that and act on it. So what has happened; I have meet the most amazing like minded people, found an environment, The Monastery, where magical conversations are starting to happen about ‘Corporate Spirit’ and ways to bring a Spirit and Purpose to all organizations to make this world a better place to be… and now the law of attraction has brought opportunities to me to meet the influential senior players, men and women, who can transform from the Boardroom to create ‘wellness’ in trusted cultures across the UK. There are possibilties abounding for TV programmes, my book is started and interest found, and I am thoroughly enjoying my journey. Smiling all the way!!!

Set you intention, write your legacy way into the future, make a contract with yourself today and join the conversation with us NOW.

“The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time”.
American President Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)