My life has been filled with a lot of drama. I was adopted at birth, molested as a 4 year old, date raped at 16 and physically abused by a boyfriend during my college years, which resulted in a fractured skull. I lived in San Francisco during the 1989 earthquake, and survived the fires of the Berkeley Hills in 1991. My father in law dropped dead of a heart attack while visiting our home in 1992 and our daughter was born with her esophagus not attached to her stomach in 1993. Not to mention the death of my husband when I was 37. I could go on, but I won’t. Whenever I’d share a few of these details with people I would always get the same response, “Wow, you should write a book!”

Well, I did. I started writing it soon after my husband, Ian, died from cancer in 2004. It started out as a memoir about my life up until Ian’s death. However, once I met, started dating and ultimately married my second husband, David, I put the book down, wanting to concentrate on all the happiness I was experiencing. For the first time, I felt I could fully embrace life and not dwell on past traumas.

In the fall of 2011, I decided I had to share my story. Since Ian’s death, I’d had such a dramatic shift, having given up accounting, started connecting to angels and the spirit world, and was coaching other people, both individuals and groups.

When I revisited the book this time, I focused the beginning on Ian’s death and my spiritual awakening the very moment he passed. It took me over a year and a half and I’m finally done! I could have never done it without my book coach, Caroline Allen from Art of Storytelling. If you have a desire to write a book, Caroline is the coach for you. My book is currently with my editor for the final polishing with the expected publication to be early summer of this year.

To give you an idea of what I’ve written in my book Art of Living Happy, here is an excerpt about my experience of connecting to the angels:

One of the girls, Barb, lived in London. She came to my home for a visit. We were chatting and she asked me if she could ask the angels a question. I told her I’d have to get a pad and pencil.
“Can’t I just ask the question, and then you just directly tell me the answer? Without writing it down? You know, just speak what they say?”
“I’ve never thought of doing that before. Ok, let’s give it a try.”
We sat on the floor in the guest room, crossed-legged and facing each other. I closed my eyes and said, “Ok, what’s your question?”
Barb said, “I want to know about the direction of my life. Am I on the right path?”
Suddenly, I felt as though a train dropped on top of my head. I felt this huge rush of energy pouring right into that spot.
“Welcome, Barb. We are glad you are here and are very happy to answer your question.” My voice sounded like a robot, mechanical and halting. “We want you to know that you are on your path and that…” The energy wouldn’t stop. My teeth started to chatter and I felt as though I was floating or being lifted off of the ground. My entire body was vibrating and my neck became stiff. No words were coming out; a rush of energy, like a lightning bolt, was coming through the top of my head.
I called out to Barb, “Make them stop! Make them go away!” I tried to push the words out of my mouth, because I felt as though I had no control over my body. “Tell them to go away!”
Barb said, “Stop! Angels, leave Lisa’s body now! She wants you to leave.”
As quickly as the energy rushed in, it rushed out. I felt light-headed and disoriented.
“Oh, my god, Lisa. Are you ok?” Barb asked.
I rubbed my forehead. “Oh God, I’m ok. I just need some water. That was crazy. I’ve never felt that way before. It was a rush, but scary too.”
Having the angel energy enter my body was mind-blowing. When I wrote down their messages on paper, the energy felt lightly connected; yet, when I opened myself up to channel the message through my voice, it was as though I became an untethered live electrical wire. The experience reminded of the time I touched the glowing red wire in a toaster with a knife.

In writing my book my goal was to not only tell my story, but to help support others who happen to find themselves in a similar situation. The more I share my story the more people I am connecting with who have had their own struggle. I had felt so alone and now I’m finding a whole community of people who understand where I have been or who are just starting out and appreciate the support they are finding from my experiences.

I’d love to know if you have ever had a psychic experience? Please leave me a comment below and tell me all about it. I find all of this so fascinating – and the best part is now I get to help people all over the world connect to spirit and help them with any issue that they are dealing with, so they can live a happier life. Let me know how I can help you.

Love and Blessings, ~Lisa

Living a Life of Enchantment

This past week my husband, David, and I stayed two nights in Sedona, Arizona. I had never been to Sedona before and was completely blown away by the beauty, magnificence and especially by the power that exuded from the stunning red rocks that surrounded the town.

What made the stay even lovelier was the fact that we lodged at the Enchantment Resort. Check out the view from the pool, absolutely spectacular!

Besides having breathtaking scenery the Enchantment Resort was a wonderland of spiritual activities. Throughout the day they offered a variety of free events that you could participate in which included a morning intention ritual in the Crystal Grotto, an evening guided mediation, a Vortex lecture and walk as well as guided hiking tours to connect you to the earth. I found the staff and the entire facility to be warm, and welcoming. While I sat at the pool enjoying the views and the serenity, I could hear notes from a Native American flute wafting through the air. Apparently one of the locals likes to hike up to the Kachina Woman Vortex to play his flute for all to enjoy.

David and I signed up for the hiking tour, which was from 9 – 11:30am. Our guide, Jamie picked us up, along with three other charming guests, and drove us into town to a parking lot for one of the local plumbers. Apparently there are trailheads all throughout the town. We were a bit skeptical at first, but after about two minutes of walking on the trail we never saw any sign of town for the next 2.5 hours.  The hike was life affirming and not just because of the scenery and the wildlife we saw, which included a Peregrine falcon and the scat from a bobcat, but because of the amazing conversation I had with Jamie.

Jamie grew up in Flagstaff, not far from Sedona, and she followed her parent’s direction and advice by graduating college and then receiving her master’s degree in education. However after she completed her studies she felt she had “done her duty” and that it was time to follow her true desires and passions. She is now leading hikes and as I understand it she is in charge of two departments at The Enchantment Resort. What I loved about her story is that she said with great enthusiasm, “I love my job! Even though a lot of my friends think I’m nuts, I don’t care, because I’m so happy!” Every six months she gets 3 weeks off, so she travels the world. She just returned from New Zealand and cant wait to go back.

Well, all I can say is that Jamie’s story is a perfect example of the Art of Living Happy! It was so exciting to bear witness to another person living the life of their dreams.

My question to you – are you an example of the Art of Living Happy? If you are living a happy life share what you are doing and why you love it so much. If you aren’t living a happy life, tell me why and what you wish you were doing. Maybe we can figure out how to help you achieve your goal! Either way leave a comment and let’s start the conversation.

Love and Blessings,
~Lisa

I took an adventure trip to Brooklyn, New York! I had never been to there before, and it was amazing. In my video I share with you a view from a little park, just below the Brooklyn Bridge. A sweet, young couple were having their wedding photos taken – you just never know what you’re going to run into when you change your routine. Where are you going to go on your next adventure?

OK, so who doesn’t have clutter?  Clearing clutter is one of the best ways to lift your spirits and bring some energy into your space and life!  Here is a quick video of clutter clearing one drawer – beware: don’t pull the drawer out too fast, or it may come off the track…

Clearing clutter is one of those tasks that feels overwhelming.  Even thinking about it usually makes me tired.  In reality, if you make your goal to clear one drawer, or one shelf a day, the task is really simple and easy.  Remember, how do you climb a mountain?  One step at a time.  Now, go clean out one drawer and let me know how you feel.  I feel great after cleaning out my make-up drawer!

Today I decided to share with you a moment that I was taking for myself.  I realized, while looking out the window and watching orange and red leaves fluttering to the ground, that I was immensely happy. The beauty and simplicity of the moment touched my soul and I was moved to share it with you.

The camera is a bit shaky, but I hope that you can still see the magic of the moment.  I felt as though I were inside of a snow globe!  I highly recommend taking five minutes each day, by yourself, and observing nature.  I was told today that there is a new syndrome for kids: NDD, Nature Deficit Disorder.

Kids don’t go outside and connect with the earth anymore – so many of them are surrounded by school buildings during the day and then in the evening they are in front of a television and/or a computer. There is something mystical about observing nature, especially by yourself.  Check it out!

Today I decided to share with you the idea of creating more happiness in your life by spending time in nature. Part of my daily routine is to take a twenty minute walk every morning, usually around 7:30am. This started out as a way to walk my dogs, but it has turned into a ritual that grounds me to the earth, and allows me to focus on my breathing, my thoughts and my body. I am so grateful that we live across the street from a beautiful town park. The best part is that I am usually the only one there so I can really focus on what’s going on inside of me. Today my video shows you the beautiful view from one part of the park. Taking time to exercise, reflect on life and breath is a guaranteed way to increase the happiness in your life. Give it a try! ~Lisa

Wow, it’s almost the end of October and the leaves are changing color, here in Connecticut. I’m so grateful to live in such a beautiful part of the country! Today I posted a video about gratitude. I truly think that if you want to be happier in life, you must always be on the lookout for reasons to be grateful. If you write down five to ten things everyday that you are grateful for, even if its just breathing (because for some people this is not easy) you will see a significant shift in your life, resulting in more happiness – in thirty days or less.

OK, now get out there, buy yourself a journal and write down what you are grateful for! Today I’m grateful for; 1. my iPhone (you’ll see why in the video) 2. my family 3. my pets 4. Suzanne Evans for inspiring me, even though I didn’t buy her class 5. Daniel Joslin my internet mentor 6. my health 7. oatmeal 8. tea in bed this morning 9. the birds singing outside my open window and 10. YOU for taking the time to read my blog. Have a blessed day! ~Lisa