Monday, March 16, 2015

Hodge Podge



I can feel Spring on its way and wanted to share a few things.

First of all, Yay! - I'm at the point in my healing where I'm getting some of my creative energy back for - Gasp! - actually creating!


Yes, I am simply thrilled! :-)


I have finished my first eCourse.

I'm not to the point where I can actually conduct a class, so I'm going to start by offering it as a work-at-your-own-pace, workbook series.

I am also releasing this course under my own name, and as I mentioned at the beginning of the year, the days of doing this under my pen name are slowly coming to a close.

Here's the cover from the last module:


The first Sunday after my fall, I was feeling mighty low.

I had propped myself up in my dad's recliner and was watching Oprah's Master Class with my mother.

You all know that one of the interesting things about my perspective/world view is that I am always aware of the Universe's unfolding in my life.

This day was no different.

As I was sitting there, all weepy and in pain, I was lifted with a repeat of the episode in which Good Morning America host, Robin Roberts shared her experience fighting breast cancer and the complications from chemo therapy a year later.

In the midst of my pain-med blubbering, my head was turned to another perspective.

As always, I was humbled, and then inspired by her words:

"Make your mess your message."

Of course, this is what I do.

My messes and my mistakes are what inspire me to inspire others.

As I sat there, in the midst of my current "mess", I realized I was being forced to, if you'll forgive the pun, truly "walk my talk" ;-D

To put to work the words, ideas and strategies that I've been sharing with my readers for the last five years.

I like to think I do this anyway, but this whole experience has forced me to step up in a really big way to:


It's been pretty intense.


I found this great Tibetan singing bowl, chakra healing series on YouTube last summer and made a playlist.

Well, I stumbled upon this last week and it's even better.

A 70 minute, uninterrupted, chakra healing session, just in time for Spring.


Love and hugs,

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


Putting my message into action has always been the way I walk.

I'm not going to sit here and regurgitate the ideas that have moved me without showing you that I actually follow through and apply them to my life.

For instance, more than once I have challenged you to move forward with your dreams, where you are, with what you have and to quit waiting for it all to be perfect before you start.

But, I also don't shy away from sharing the missteps that can happen along the way, as well.

Ideas may be all consuming, you get real excited and move forward.

Then something happens.

Things don't go as you'd planned.

Life gets in the way.

But that does not mean it's time to throw in the towel.

I mean, really.

These things happen to help us flex our "persistence" muscles.

They happen to show us a better way.

They happen to make us wiser.

They happen because the Universe has something even bigger in store than what we originally planned.

They happen to give us the experience we need to live the most amazing life we possibly can.

Now, flex those muscles, embrace those hurdles and get back to it!

Love and hugs,

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Happy Anniversary!

It's been five years since I began writing under my pen name; four years since I started

Normally I do a recap of the past year to commemorate the anniversary of the day I started this blog.

This year will be different.

Mainly because this year is different.

I am healing a serious injury and, as a result, the changes and new directions I want to go in are on hold.

The projects I am working on, which I had targeted to complete by the end of 2014, are on hold.

It is frustrating, sometimes, but focusing on my rehabilitation makes it all fall into place.

In time I will move on to the bigger things

For now, I am supposed to focus on the foundation I'll need to make it all happen.

Until then, this post is a nice wrap up of the last year.

Thanks for hanging in there with me :-)


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Life Lessons Part II


I had one hell of an ankle fracture.

It took me 8 days of bed rest, elevation and icing to get the swelling down enough for me to have the necessary surgery.

I followed my surgeon's directions to the letter, included my own healing techniques, while also visualizing the moment when I would look up at him from my hospital bed, and hear him say the words "Everything went very well. You're doing great. You can go home."

Once he got in there he found that I had a shattered fibula, fractured tibia and torn ligaments.

He replaced my bones and connected my ligaments with a plate, pin and six screws.

Twelve hours after my surgery I was awakened by my surgeon who told me exactly, word for word, what I had been visualizing.

And 10 hours later I was home.


The nurses who looked after me were amazing and divinely placed.

My first nurse was, Matt.

He was the nicest guy, kind, firm and caring.

One of my best friends is a nurse and I've heard some stories about how families can be.

He loved my crazy family, told them they were just fine and seemed relieved to have them there as a break from the difficult people he was having to deal with.

My night nurse was, Cindy.

The doctor gave my mom a heads up that I was going to be experiencing a lot of pain.

There was nothing that could be done to eliminate it.

All they could do was lessen it.

Then the Universe humbled me with the gift of Cindy.

During the most difficult and painful time after the surgery, I was cared for by a woman who had experienced the exact same fracture as me, as well as the same surgery.

I couldn't have been in more compassionate, understanding hands.

Plus, watching her run around like she had never been through what I was going through, gave me a positive future to focus on.

I was not pleased with my day nurse, Tammy.

She was unprofessional, abrupt and didn't have a nurturing bone in her body.

She told me that if I needed help to "scream, that's the quickest way to get us here."

She kept rambling on about how she had only slept one hour and it took her forever to get me my next round of pain meds.

I surrendered the situation, went to sleep and when I woke up Tammy was gone.

The Universe humbled me once again.

Terry replaced Tammy and everything was back in balance.


It was during the time I was getting ready for surgery that I started to see what was wrong; why my life seemed so "off".

I decided it would be best to stay with my parents so I could use their geriatric equipment and have a little more independence, not to mention not having so many stairs to conquer.

The distance gave me the perspective I needed.

Ten years of working in the mental health system gave me the insight I needed.

And a conversation filled with tough-love, from my sister, gave me the courage I needed.

My love was struggling with anxiety and depression and needed help.

I sent him a text message stating my concerns, as well as the solution of getting some help.

I am blessed to be with a man who is not afraid to change and grow.

I am also blessed to be with a man who does not fear the stigma of mental illness.

He knew he was "off" as he kept slipping into phases of fear and overwhelm.

He knew he was struggling and it was affecting his efforts to find work.

He immediately agreed and while I have been away from home healing, he has been at home healing.


Now it is all so clear.

Even though I knew in my heart I was going through this for a reason, it was most certainly not clear at the beginning.

Ken and I needed space.

It was the only way to see what was really going on and what needed to change.

I need to stop, sit, find my center and show the Universe that I do walk my talk.

I also need to heal years of pain and struggles that I had endured before Ken came into my life.

And, Ken needs to do the same.

If this had not happened, we would still be spinning our wheels.

I would be wondering what was wrong, because I still wouldn't be able to see the forest for the trees.

And Ken would still be struggling with his depression and anxiety without the help he truly needs.

I'm sure more lessons will present themselves as my healing progresses.

But this is the biggest blessing to come from all of this, so far.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Life Lessons Part I

So, I'm sitting here, looking at my notebook full of all of the things I thought I wanted to share about the first month of my healing.

It kept me going to take these notes, imagining when I'd have the energy to sit up and type out all of the magnificent and miraculous things that happened while getting ready for, during and after my surgery.

But something has shifted, which is not surprising.

There really isn't too much that I want to share now.

Simply because I have moved on.

There has been a great change in my life and it has shifted so many things in me, not only physically, but emotionally and spiritually, as well.

And that makes me really happy because it is going to make it easier for me to make some of the changes I've been visualizing.

A lot of those changes have been dropped because I am simply not that person anymore.

The minute I landed on that ice and realized I could not use my left foot I knew that I was being shown another way.


Things have not been right in my life for the last couple of years.

Sure, I have all kinds of wonderful friends and family around me, but something has been "off" and I couldn't put my finger on it.

I knew part of it was the stress from my day job, which I knew I needed to leave.

So, I left and things went in a completely different direction than Ken and I had originally planned (of course ;-) ).

I followed the path the Universe laid out for me because, well, you can't deny that it is what I was supposed to be doing.

Then, during my two week Holiday break, it was made even more apparent to me that things were not right.

Ken and I were in more than a rut.

We were stuck in a pattern that I had no idea how to break out of.

It wasn't necessarily a destructive pattern, but we were stagnant and knew we were meant for something more.

I pursued all of the usual spiritual, mental and physical processes for change and the pattern still stuck.

So, I went back to work, content with the knowledge that I would have a daily, six hour break from my stagnant life, as well as pulling in the money energy we needed.

That's when the Universe stepped in, and answered my prayers in its own unique way.

(To be continued...)


Saturday, January 31, 2015

I'm Still Here! I Swear!


Did you think I would just disappear?

Well, if I haven't been posting, you know there has been a damn good reason.

And here it is...

I did the tango with some January ice on my way back to work on January 5th.

I am a girl who walks her talk and have been away from technology so I can have all my chi for healing.

I am on the mend, had to have surgery and will be in a boot February 5th if all goes well.

I am learning so much about myself and those around me.

I will be sharing all of it throughout the coming weeks.

In the meantime, I have to say, one of the hardest things I've had to deal with is not being with my cats and Ken, in my own home.

It was best for me to stay with my parents as I've been able to be more independent due to being able to use their geriatric equipment.

The day of me surgery, my niece gave me this little fella and he has really helped me out...

So, stay tuned.

I am not down for the count.

I am simply being shown another way.

Here's the post from my personal Facebook page to fill in some of the blanks.


"We can rebuild her. We have the technology..."
Ha! Well, I am withdrawn from the nasty vicodin enough to sit up at the computer. I am healing well. Should have these stitches out on Thursday and be in a boot. Then comes the rehab. Apparently I have all kinds of hardware in my ankle. The more the swelling goes down, the more I feel it tongue emoticon
I will get a better idea of what they did when I see the xrays on Thursday. Apparently I was hobbling around with a shattered fibula and severed tendons while I was getting the swelling down for my surgery. The visiting nurses were amazed that I was up and about as soon as I was. Well, when nothing's dangling, it's easier to move around. (Sorry, TMI? )
Mom is healing a little slower and dad is slowly getting better from his back spasm. They both could use prayers and healing. I'm not going to lie. I am concerned. But mom's leg definitely looks better than it did even two days ago.
I'm doing all kinds of things I never though I could do. Giving myself shots of lovonex (blood thinner - apparently people are way less mobile than I've been after this surgery - it's to avoid blood clots) in my belly twice a day, cleaning and wrapping my own stitches (with mom's Myra help), using crutches...
I can not say enough good things about the staff at St. V's. From the emergency room, to my surgeon - Dr. Weber is da bomb! (and his two cool interns) - and the nursing staff. I could not have been better cared for.
This whole situation has made me and my whole family so much stronger. It has not been easy. I have had many dark days (mostly thanks to the annoying, but necessary pain killers - I'm a holistic girl - it has been a challenge tongue emoticon ), but I have had friends and family who have texted at just the right time ( AutumnLeanneChristopher) and many others who have sent cards and reiki healing.
Thanks everyone. I will keep you posted. In the meantime, since I haven't had a chance to say it yet - Here's to an amazing 2015! wink emoticon

Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year ~ New Direction!

Nothing like a new year to help shake off what's not working and to focus on what's next.

This entry is going to be short and sweet.

So much of what I did in 2014 was way off base.

And I am so grateful for that.

There really is no better way to fine tune your dreams and goals than to fall flat on your face, pick yourself up, analyze what worked, what didn't work and apply the lessons to what's next.


Keep an eye out for the eBook version of my first eClass, Brilliant Blogging, which should be ready to go before the end of January.

This is a sample of the mockups I have to choose from.  I really like the typewriter.
I'm so excited about this.

Finally finishing something that has already helped several women get out there and share their voice.

It's been extremely rewarding and a huge learning experience ;-)


This is a biggie!

So big that you will see all kinds of things shifting, changing and rearranging in my world.

Since I am doing so much more now than just writing, I have decided to step outside of my nom de plum and start going by my real name.

Here's the Facebook post I shared at the beginning of December.

As a result, when the new class comes out, you will recognize the face but the name will be my given name, Latrelle Ross.

This is a perfect time to make this switch.

My communities (Facebook, Twitter, email tribe, etc.) are all still so small that making this switch will not be detrimental to anything I am trying to accomplish.

That's it!

Not sure how this will all unfold.

But I'm positive that this is the best way to go.

Stay tuned for all of the exciting changes!

Namaste ~

Monday, December 29, 2014

Top 10 of 2014!

Not to sound like a total cliche', but MAN! did this year fly right by!

I always find it fun to go through and see which of my posts struck a chord with people.

I also like seeing how my blogging style evolves over the year.

I went through a lot of growth when it came to the pictures I posted.

We went from blah to dazzle this year - HA!

So, without further ado...

THE TOP 10 OF 2014!

10.  Mapping the Year  - If you've read this blog for any amount of time, you know I love the concept of mapping time instead of managing time.  In this post, I share one of my all time favorite tools for mapping my time, Leonie Dawson's Biz and Life Planners.  Here is a link to this year's planners, including a new hard copy, that includes both planners in one. (As always, if you buy through the previous link, I will receive Thank You money from Leonie Dawson for pointing you in her direction.)

9.  Resistance and Revelations - This is a silly post about some lessons I learned while resisting learning how to use my new digital camera.  It is also a super cool post, because it includes pictures of kangaroos that took over my friend's neighborhood one day.  So fun!

8.  How to Make Nice with the Mercury Retrograde - This post was quite popular and was shared by many people on Facebook.  It's just my rundown on how to navigate a Mercury Retrograde.  So many people are afraid of this astrological occurrence.  Which is a shame, because it happens 3-4 times a year, depending on how the cycles fall.  It's also pretty timely because we will be heading into another Retrograde after the Holidays are over.  Ha! ;-)

7. Embracing Self Worth - Here I am sharing a chance I took at work that was totally made from a place of Self worth.  I decided that what was best for me is what was best.  And, in fact, it really was - for everyone involved.  Hopefully this will inspire you to embrace your worthiness and make the best choices for your Self, as well.

6.  The All New + Personal Insight Reading - After leaving my extremely draining day job in September, I suddenly realized I had the energy to do some Readings.  I trimmed my signature Personal Insight Reading down to a more manageable and less time consuming process, reduced the price and threw it out there.  

5.  Conscious Creation - My love of simplicity and laughter all together in one post.  A simple two step process for changing your life.  Plus a Seinfeld Video.  What could be better?

4.  Bloglovin' Reminder - I don't know why, but somehow this post I put up to remind readers to follow me on Bloglovin' was really popular.  It's great for following all of your favorite blogs.  You should check it out.

3.  "When Everyone Shines But You"... -  This post is not only an interview with my good friend, Kelly Martin, it was also a contest to win her wonderful book, When Everyone Shines But You: Saying Goodbye To I'm Not Good Enough.  It was the only contest I ran this year.  Naturally, we got a lot of hits.

2.  Shannon Laver - This guest post from Shannon Laver went through the roof.  I love all things sustainable and so does Shannon.  We are a good mix.  Currently our joint venture is on hold (as is her blog), but I will be finishing the Eat Well, Be Well eclass, the beginning of 2015.  Until then, be sure to read this great post from Shannon.

1. Acknowledge the Positive - I was totally surprised to see that this post was the most read post that I published in 2014.  It really must have struck a chord with everyone out there.  When I wrote it, I knew it would resonate with the women who read this blog.  We are so hard on ourselves.  Take a moment and acknowledge the positive things you do.

OK folks, that's it for this year!

See you on the flip side :)

Love and hugs,

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Year In Memes And Screen Captures...

I love a good meme.

I've started collecting them because they are great inspiration for blog posts.

Especially when they speak directly to me.

Or when they reflect what I'm going through in my personal life.

This year, like any year, was about nothing but change.

Choices and changes.

Allowing life to unfold in miraculous ways.


Of course, the story that is my day job has played out here for a couple of years now.

I knew two years ago it was time to go.

It was just a very difficult decision to make and, therefore, it took me a while to yank off the Band-Aid and go.

Staying where I really wasn't supposed to be took its toll on me physically, emotionally and mentally.

But, once the decision was made, life became miraculous.



Talk about a growing experience.

Talk about "one step forward two steps back".


My focus was really misplaced this year when it came to offerings for my community.

I really thought everyone would jump at the chance to take a free class with me.

Just to see what it's like to work with me and to make life better, all in one process.

Boy, was I wrong.

I put a lot of time and effort into creating something that, it turns out, people just didn't have the time for.

The way I did the videos was even criticized.


I had put a lot into this idea because another project I had in the works, slowed down.

The classes and workshop Shannon and I were putting together fell through, momentarily.

I'm not going to lie.

I did feel defeated for a little while.

But I pulled myself back up and focused on completing Brilliant Blogging!

(Coming to you in early 2015 - this is a test cover)

I even got a group of women together to test it for me.

Teaching what I know led to a very cathartic couple of months.

Making me face what's been in hiding so I could really take the reins on so many levels and in so many areas of my life.


I've been able to look back and see the theme for the year.

It's all about making space for miracles.

Creating space that reals you in, so you can be in light and aligned with your purpose.

Making space where you can connect with your sacredness.

Mentally being in uplifted lightness.

Physically being free from stress and strain.

It's impossible to be in this space all the time - that's what being human is all about.  

But making time to allow yourself to be in this state, will lead to the unfolding of life that brings forth miracles.

The people, places and tools that arrive just when you need them.

The allowing, which must follow choice and action.

The space where miracles are revealed.