Welcome to my space on the web…. I am glad you are here. I am Cathy, a Positive Thought coach. I’m a Mother of Six, an Artist, a Planner, and a blogger.
Have you ever wondered why you have become so passionate about a topic? Or if a path you are on could have possibly been inspired?
I have questioned why I have felt such a deep desire to coach individuals how to let go of anxiety and cultivate a greater mental power to go after their goals, and how to manage emotions more effectively concerning people and difficult situations.
My intention was always to build my career path through Interior Design. I was well on my way after getting my degree. I landed a job with a world-known Architectural firm in Dallas and stayed with them until opening my own design business. I was steadily working to build this business until a moment that changed my outlook and direction.
I remember standing in the foyer of my most recent client’s home saying our goodbyes. I had no idea that my life’s path was about to change. We had just finished a discussion of the design improvements I was going to make to her living room when an impression hit me like a light turning on in my head.
The words came so clear to my mind as if someone was standing there talking to me. I heard…
“You are helping her to create a beautiful outer environment, but what about her inner environment? Changing the carpet, the color on the walls, and adding a few pieces of furniture and accessories here and there create a beautiful environment to the eye. But it is only a fake facade. You are helping people change their surroundings to make their home more appealing, and that is important. But all the updating won’t really matter if the person’s mental environment is still cluttered and unorganized. Nothing is real if all you are doing is changing an outer environment that does not match the emotional environment they’re experiencing.”
I stood for a brief moment looking at this precious lady and for the first time, I sensed the sadness and frustration that she was trying to cover up inside.
I turned, opened the door, and walked out realizing that would be my last paid interior design client. Now, over the years I have taught design and helped many women to create the perfect space, but I knew from that moment it was not my passion. I felt a little unsettled because I did not know the path God was taking me on, nor the experiences I would encounter. I had no idea that I would learn skills that would forever bless the life of my family, but these skills would break open a deep passion that I found within me.
Many years have passed since that day where I stood in her foyer and heard those words. I had long forgotten this experience until a conversation jarred my memory. It was then that I began to put the dots together and realized that God guided me to gain an education in both fields of study. He knew what I wanted all along. The ability to guide and teach people how to develop a mind that can de-clutter all the stress and worry, and construct a Real Positive Change that creates a beautiful environment to live in, both inside and out.
I am on a Journey….
sharing, and inspiring individuals in the use of creativity to foster a routine of daily self-care.
I share positive skills that
- silence your inner critic and liberate your mind.
- give you a greater ability to achieve your goals fearlessly from your heart.
- eliminates worrisome thoughts from high-jacking my day.
- an Online store that offers wonderful stickers, and stationery, each with a positive message to motivate appreciation for self, and others.
- Online classes to teach my process of Cre8 Reminders. The course includes Creative journaling,
My motivating factor to change the impact of stress & anxiety!
Our oldest daughter, Aimee, loved to sing and dance. At the age of 16 she was honored to perform daily on the Jim Stafford stage in Branson, Missouri.
Aimee had a gift that Stafford wanted to expose to the world; however, her performances became a struggle for her due to allergy symptoms that hindered her ability to keep her voice consistent.
We sought advice and found that the underlying stress to her body was her fearful thinking of “not being good enough”. How could thoughts create this problem?
Aimee was a perfectionist, who was more critical of herself than anyone else. The tendency toward self-criticism is what created stress and anxiety. Over time this stress began tearing down her immune system, creating the allergic reactions that were now affecting her ability to sing.
No one ever knew of her inner struggles. She was a bright ray of sunshine that would draw you in by her warm smile and sweet caring nature.
She and I were beginning to address these emotional issues when she was taken from this earth due to a car accident.
Can Journaling really impact my goals and dreams?
I believe 100% YES! For myself, as a young girl of about 12 years old, I was asked to fill out a goal sheet. I was to write down what I would like to be and accomplish when I grew up. We were asked not only to list our goals and dreams but also the kind of man we would like to someday marry.
A few of the things I remember putting on that sheet were…. *A Mother, *A teacher, *Five Children, and marry a man who could play the piano. Why was I so specific about the musical talent? It was simple, I hated to practice myself, but wanted to have that instrument in my home as an adult.
Now fast forward…..
I have been blessed to be a mother to six children, 2 boys, and 4 girls. I love to teach and have taught on different topics all of my adult life, (my favorite topics being… faith in God, the power of our thoughts to achieve our goals and dreams, health and fitness, and pretty much anything that has to do with art and design)
Now, what about the husband who could play the piano? I got that too!!
He is a professional keyboard play, composer, and my sweet honey, now for over 36 years. His talent of music has been a wonderful blessing in our home. He is patient and quiet; I am focused driven and spunky. Over the years we have taken this great combination and learned to work together, helping each of us to cherish one another more and more.
Why have I started blogging?
As a young mother, I quickly became familiar with holistic living and it’s benefits of health and wellness for my family. I had an “I can do ANYTHING” type of attitude, and I thought I was handling all the chaos that life decided to throw my direction pretty amazingly.
Then came our sixth child. She came early and spent her first week of life in the Baby ICU. When we were finally able to take her home, she came with a large mobile monitor and wires taped all over her tiny, little body. She was stable, but the Doctors had not yet discovered what was causing her to randomly stop breathing. Everywhere we went, this large monitor went with us. Among the hours of caregiving that was required for our new baby, I was homeschooling 5, as well as giving service in my community and church. I really didn’t notice the signs of stress, and buried emotions I was exhibiting, such as impatience, short temper, and weight gain.
I thought I could handle anything; that is, until one day I was proved wrong.
I had just received an apology note from my oldest, teenage daughter over a small disagreement between her and I. She and I did not typically get upset with each other; but none the less, we were both frustrated from whatever had happened. She had a routine of writing me an apology letter after everything had settled. She would always leave them in my bedroom where I would find them.
On this particular day after our disagreement, something inside of me snapped! I couldn’t take one more thing, I was done!
When I came upon the envelope she had left for me, I was still stressed-out and my mind was filled with thoughts of, “I am finished doing this same routine!” Before I thought through my actions, I reacted to those thoughts by throwing away her letter… UNOPENED !
Six months later, our daughter was taken in a car accident. Yes, our little singing ray of sunshine, who I already mentioned earlier in this post.
She was 17 years old…… I wished I had that letter!
Being consumed in grief, I could no longer hide from my emotions. It was either sink or swim.
I needed to make a “Real Positive Change”, and I needed it NOW!
The Saying Goes…
“An Ounce of Prevention is WORTH a Pound of Cure.”
I believe that personal change must be looked at as a marathon, not a sprint. Those who are willing to face the challenges of change with a positive outlook are the ones who blaze the trail to success.
Life is too short to get caught up in the muck, to hold yourself back from sharing your gifts and talents. It is for this reason that I have chosen to write a blog.
I write to encourage and to share what I have learned with others who are striving to be more active in our own health and well-being.
You no longer need to hold yourself back because of the effects of stress and anxiety. You can have the techniques to overcome and go forward to inspire others with your goals and dreams.
We all have a need to be Creative, to Imagine, and to be Encouraged.
I believe God guides our dreams to something bigger than we could even imagine. These quotes inspire me, even though I am not familiar with their original author….
“She decided to start living the life she’d imagined”,
“Be the Change You want to See in the World”.
A few more things to share about myself:
My training began 22 years ago in the Emotional Freedom Technique.
I went on to be certified as a Personal Fitness Trainer from the Cooper Clinic in Dallas, TX.
I have been certified as a Master Rapid Eye Technician,
I have been trained in Reflexology and I am a Sand Tray practitioner.
I LOVE Rootbeer Floats, french fries, and all kinds of Tex Mex.
I would jump at the chance to walk along the beach or go for a hike in the mountains.
I love everything that sparkles
I have a degree in Interior Design, I enjoy painting, and working with paper and crafts.
Mid-life has hit, and that “girly figure” is quickly going south….so I am courageously working out.
I am a firm believer in being YOUR OWN KIND OF BEAUTIFUL
Magic happens as you take real action to care for your wellbeing on a daily basis.