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50 minutes | 11 days ago
Your Extraordinary Path — Part 3
Let us look to a world of feeling better, empowered and ready for Action I awoke the morning of recording this podcast thinking about our health. The health of our family and the journey of my own personal health. I was feeling so very thankful that the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual pain of feeling unwell was not with me. I remembered those days. The days of waiting for things to get better. The tears that came with the heartbreak of hoping one day things would be better. It is so easy to forget past discomfort when things are well and the skies are sunny. So, on this particular day, I was so thankful to remember, so that I could remember to give thanks. One of the best feelings I have felt in the world is the feeling of relief. When what was ailing me was suddenly gone. Even as I write this, I am remembering the many times after being in pain, sometimes even writhing in it, when the pain was gone and each moment passing thereafter, as the relief settled in and the feeling of euphoria spread. Part by part of my body realizing it can unclench and release as the discomfort is gone. Pain isn’t always just physical, it can be mental, emotional and spiritual. It can be all four at the same time. Oftentimes it isn’t just one of them. So with all this in mind, I was praying and asking, if there was anything that I could do to help those in the world feel better, capable and stronger, even for one person, that God would show me what I could do and give me what I needed to do it. I came up with an amazing idea surrounding some sort of virtual/physical experience where people could undergo transformation over time. That idea would take some extra resources, but in the meantime I could do a podcast. So here we all are, on a journey, adventure and mission to feeling better so that we can walk our designed purpose on our own Extraordinary Path. Afterall, how can we be fulfilled if we aren’t walking in our purpose and how can we walk in our purpose if we aren’t feeling better? What would this world be like if every single person everywhere (that leaves out nothing, no place and no one) felt better in all the ways possible? Bearing in mind, that we cannot depend on another person for our wellbeing. No human being has the strength to take that on. Becoming well starts from the inside and in my experience, no matter what trauma I have experienced, it was my full transparency about who I am and what I had done or experienced and my willingness to surrender it all to Jesus, trusting and knowing He could make me well, that began my journey to healing. This was not easy, but I have never been alone and you are not alone, no matter how lonely things may feel. So my loves, join me in Opting Out of accepting unwellness and into expecting to feel better and not stopping until we do!
16 minutes | 2 months ago
Moving Forward .…While Resisting Blame, Self Pity & Other Forms of Resistance
Whether it’s potty training regression, or unexpected bad news, it can be difficult to keep going when it feels like, for every step we take forward we are taking 5 steps backwards. Ugh! I often imagine myself as that person pushing a rock up a hill and never quite getting to the top, but still pushing that rock. Even the visual is a trap, set up to bring on despair and tempt one to give up the fight to get things back on track. I will sometimes hear, “why even try, nothing that you do will work”. If I let these thoughts take up too much air space, it’s not long before I am ready to take a nap on the whole situation or get super frustrated and begin a pity party of one. Sound Familiar? How did I even get to this angry and sad place? For me personally, it is when I have trouble accepting things as they are, but rather I spend my energy trying to figure out what went wrong. From there, if it is emotionally driven, it’s a downwards spiral, from who’s to blame, how did I get here, why didn’t I pay attention, to I should have known better and etc… None of it helps and what I find is that all the while I am not getting anything done. The thing in question is still awaiting further instructions. What if, instead of getting stuck in that loop, I looked, rationally, at my options? It is important for me to take stock of my emotions, but I find if I give each it’s own space, they don’t get intertwined and put me in what John Bunyan in his amazing book, “The Pilgrim’s Progress”, calls, “The Slough of Despond”. A very dreadful place that is quite difficult to get out of. It’s where motivation gets sucked out. In coaching as well as other areas, focusing on the goal can be really helpful in moving forward when dealing with obstacles. If I focus on where I am going rather that what’s stopping me, I find that I am more apt to problem solve, rather than get upset and offended at various hindrances. After all, when I think about it, there is nothing I can do about the unforeseen and unexpected. What I can do is keep my goal in perspective. Sometimes that means I need a good cry at first, but as soon as I get myself together, then I can look at how excited I will be to get to my destination and really build towards motivating myself to walk the difficult, yet rewarding path ahead. After all, struggles overcome, bring amazing testimonies of faith and encouragement to others that may be walking the same path.
25 minutes | 3 months ago
Bad Press, Hot Mess Express!
Did you hear a train whistle after you read that title? I sure did! Choo Choooo! I came to know about Jesus at a very young age. At around 8, one doesn’t understand politics or the nature of people. It is more of an innocent time where one sees things more as they are and less of the extra that adulthood can sometimes put on things and concepts. I didn’t begin to study the bible until my mid 20s and I wasn’t a regular attender of church until around my early 30s. What is interesting is that the more I got around “spiritual” people, the more difficult and muddled things attempted to become. What I understood at 8 up until my mid 20s was simple. I had a personal relationship with God through Jesus and He was always helping me. Helping me do the impossible, helping me through a difficult childhood and helping me navigate my innocence as a new adult in a world full of noise and suggestions. For example, how did I end up taking break from college, living in Berlin with no job, not knowing where I would stay or anyone in the area and a week later, find that I had a flat, a job and a new friend who was like family? And my original plan was to go to France! I have found myself in a variety of situations, many of them a mess. What’s amazing is that I never felt judgement or condemnation from God. Never. If you would like to know the various adventures and misadventures, let me know, it gets pretty seedy. Contrary to popular opinion knowing God doesn’t mean I am perfect or that I don’t and can’t party, celebrate and have a blast, it’s actually the exact opposite. I’m definitely on the hot mess express, celebrating joys along the way and looking for my stop! In each of these situations, God was always there, reminding me He loved me and that He had better planned for me. He always blessed me and made me feel like His princess. This was the extent of my faith. Then I got more into social situations where I spoke about my experiences, I began to attend church and learn more about the bible. It was amazing learning about the bible and sharing my experiences and crazy times. What was a surprise, was how many people had been hurt by their churches and how many people had ideas about who God is based on horror stories involving hypocritical people in their lives. Because my relationship with God was very private for me at first, meaning my education came directly from God, I hadn’t experienced another person within my faith yet. I got an ear and eye full of people upset and hurt at God. Angry at all the nasty and quite forceful historical background of Christianity. As it turns out Jesus has some bad press due to the actions of many who claimed to represent Him and His ideas. What if someone had the gift, ability, and had been commissioned to create more truthful press around who Jesus is and what it is to be Team Jesus. Put yourself in His shoes. What if you had a bunch of people doing things you didn’t agree with and putting you on blast as the originator and you weren’t physically present to refute the claims and blame? Most people would hire an advocate to speak for them, to set the record straight. Just something to think about…
19 minutes | 5 months ago
Has Jesus become a Four Letter Word ?!
It’s so interesting when I hear people who would have nothing to do with Jesus speak His name in frustration or as an exclamation. In the media I have heard so many renditions of its uses. One thing I do wonder… Could I go on national Television and say “Jesus loves you”? Would it be allowed? I was watching a current series of a show that began in the 60s.This show since its creation has had many follow up series and movies over the decades that followed and they had just began a new one. I had always seen the show as somewhat wholesome. This show aired in one of the basic network channels. As I was watching one the characters, who was portrayed as a bit innocent and sweet blurted the f bomb I was like, wait whoa, when did I turn to a network channel? And what I will say is it was streaming on a service, so it’s possible this did not air directly on television but it was definitely unexpected. It seems as time has passed what wasn’t okay is starting to be more okay slowly over time. I am wondering what media will look like 50 years from now. Think of what is was like 50 years back?It’s so curious to me that while some concepts and words are becoming more acceptable within the media, others have been slowly removed or maybe even banned. There was a time when shows spoke about God and the faith of a family on network television, but they seem more far and few between as time goes on.Has Jesus been censured?????
30 minutes | 6 months ago
The Extraordinary Zone — Interview with The Vintage Girls
Quality time and Cute Kitsch during Quarantine with the Vintage Girls What started out as an idea for a typical garage sale transformed into anything but typical as 5 girls, who are also students and baristas at an amazing coffee shop in Hollister, MO, “accidentally” on purpose discovered their entrepreneurial edge. These ladies organized and set up #SipNShopCo, a unique business idea that promotes community and supports a local community centered business. The #vintagegirls began virtually to adjust to the city shutdown with adorable wrapped care packages, delivered with sweet notes and coupons for Vintage Paris to bring encouragement during the unexpected times to the weary. You can find them and their amazing line of clothing and items on Instagram or in person during one of their scheduled pop up events at #VintageParis.
11 minutes | 7 months ago
WHAT ARE WE MISSING?! Encouragement for Caregivers, Guardians, and Parents of Children
WHAT ARE WE MISSING?!” Sit back and relax to the pleasant sounds of children, pups and bouncing balls as I battle through the struggle of children physics which, btw, seems to defy regular physics. Why?! Arg!!! It feels like we can spend hours, days and years putting carefully placed, protective spiritual armor and technologically sound, equipping materials on their little bodies then they go to the playground and in like 5 seconds the armor just disintegrates like a parachute filled with pots and pans instead of the parachute you purchased. And that YouTube video you didn’t play that pops up out of nowhere teaching them the wrong thing that seems to be burned in their memory after seeing it just for *a second* as you face dive for the remote to change it. At this point they are sitting ducks waiting to be picked off ready to bring all those newly learned bad habits home to their younger siblings who then stage a mutiny! They know we are out numbered! Why?! What am I missing?!!! Maybe we can figure this out together…
63 minutes | 8 months ago
The Extraordinary Zone — Interview with Joe Defina
Miracles still happen every moment! Yes, you heard me right. I heard someone say, “If you want to see a miracle, look in the mirror.” Take a moment to let that sink in…we will wait… Often times they can go unnoticed if we aren’t careful. Join us as we interview this extraordinary gentleman. His amazing story of healing through faith, humility and neighborly love is absolutely amazing and filled with the miraculous. We aren’t meant to be isolated and when we join together in love to promote healing, the supernatural always happens and empowerment flows out abundantly to anyone willing to receive. Get ready to be empowered and inspired to step into your very own Extraordinary Zone as we travel with Joe Defina through his life’s journey full of hurts, recovery and ultimately a calling to speak and encourage.
21 minutes | 10 months ago
We were always meant to be in community with each other. Technology and current climate tends to find us more separated from each other. We don’t want to burden each other or we are afraid of someone outside our vulnerable zone seeing “our mess”. It makes for silos and struggles. What would happen if we invited someone to support us in an area they are strong in, rather than engaging someone who may lack the experience? What if you told a successful musician you aspired to be a musician rather than discussing it with one who is genius at computer programming?
27 minutes | a year ago
Opting Out Recap — Czettys On the Road
Yes, we are crazy… The world will think you are crazy anytime you “Opt Out” of what is considered the norm. It’s outside of the comfort zone and will generate resistance. Think of any time someone set out to change things. Think about all the history around all men and women being treated equally. You did what??? How are you guys able to do that???? These are just some of the questions we have heard as we embarked on our mobile adventures 5 months ago. In this podcast I go back to where it all began, the condensed version, and catch up to today. Get a closer look into our crazy. Also look for an interview with me by a fellow podcaster and adventurer sometime later this month.
22 minutes | a year ago
Moving Toward Your Destination
Adventure Awaits… Who doesn’t love the idea of an adventure? Don’t worry, the thought is supposed create a little trepidation. It is part of the process. Most amazing things will stretch us and stretching beyond our limits comes with pain. But the pain means we are getting stronger and soon it subsides, just as when we build muscles. What thing is calling you? What is your current, “X marks the spot”? We all have buried treasure, it just takes some digging and creativity to find it. What thing comes to your mind that the idea of you doing it causes your heart to skip a beat? Both our of hesitation and excitement? If you don’t know, don’t worry, the timing for the extraordinary is always perfect, because our creator has perfect timing. Anchors Away & Bon Voyage!
22 minutes | a year ago
Your Extraordinary Path — Part 2
So we have heard and/or seen that we are Extraordinary with our ears, (if you haven’t, see Part I). But do we believe it? Has your personal view of your value increased yet? Sometimes to really experience something and to believe it, it takes a 360 degree view through all the available senses where amazingly, … Continue reading "Your Extraordinary Path — Part 2"
1 minutes | 2 years ago
And the knife ran away with the spoon…
A short share during my “Daddy Daughter Day” Princess Experience. More about DD Day coming soon…
49 minutes | 2 years ago
Extraordinary Zone — Interview With Denny Katona
Sometimes transition can be difficult. Often times when we dedicate ourselves fully for a while, we can lose sight of our identity. Maybe we never really knew it in the first place. For many veterans, it can be a struggle finding their purpose as they build their lives after having faithfully and bravely served our … Continue reading "Extraordinary Zone — Interview With Denny Katona"
14 minutes | 2 years ago
What Road are You On?
What Road Are You On …. To Pasture? …Or is it to Slaughter? Imagine for a moment you could zoom out from your limited first person view and get an omnipresent point of view, like one you would in Google Maps. From this perspective you can see where you are now and the destination. If … Continue reading "What Road are You On?"
13 minutes | 2 years ago
Don’t Bury Your Treasure
Do you hide or keep your success and good news to yourself? Do you fully celebrate and bask in the joy of your hard work? If you find that you shine a little less bright to make sure others don’t feel bad in the event of your success it’s time to come out and shine … Continue reading "Don’t Bury Your Treasure"
7 minutes | 2 years ago
…and I am Dancing With Myself
Friend or Frenemy? This podcast puts that little voice in your head on trial.
20 minutes | 2 years ago
Your Extraordinary Path — Part 1
Dream Big and Unapologetically You may ask: “where is my path to success?” It is overgrown and covered by hurts, hang-ups and patterns; by negative thinking and societal influencers. We must clear away the overgrown weeds, thorns and brush if we are to uncover and expose our beautifully and personally designed path. It is just … Continue reading "Your Extraordinary Path — Part 1"
16 minutes | 2 years ago
If It Tastes Bitter, Add Salt
What can we do??? The world seems to be getting darker and more negative. With tech there are even more avenues for negativity to spread it’s contagious poison. It is so much easier for the negative noise to get past our defenses and wreak havoc on our minds and the minds of those we care … Continue reading "If It Tastes Bitter, Add Salt"
29 minutes | 2 years ago
It’s good to take note of your current relationships. Do they bring nourishment or do they bring toxicity? One can bring you into fulfillment, the other can drain you terribly. This episode asks the question: how does this apply to you?
11 minutes | 2 years ago
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