Monday, May 18, 2015

Latrelle's Birthday Party!


It's my Birthday this week and I felt like throwing a party.

So I'm throwing a great big Transformation Party!

Since I've been in the  process of rebirthing a lot of things while switching over to my real name, after blogging and coaching under my pen name, Marla Turner, for the last five years, I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate than to throw a Transformation Party.

But the great thing about this party is YOU get the gifts!

And, even better, these six gifts were all designed to transform the lives of my readers and clients.

I am currently transforming my life, so I thought, why not share everything I've ever made with the people who follow me and have been so supportive over the years.


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I have shared these gifts with my readers over the years.

Many of them have not been available for some time.

And several will never be available again.


Create More Joy In Just 7 Days!
This is my current Opt-In and the only free gift presented under my real name; an eBook and Meditation to help you create a more Joy! filled life.
  • This kit is designed to help you create a joy-filled life over seven days.
  • Includes quotes and my personal experiences applying these life changing steps to my life.
  • The meditation includes my personal process for lifting myself to a state of Joy!

Eat Well, Be Well
This will never be offered as a free gift again.  I am in the process of turning it into an eCourse.  Cover art by Kelly Martin :)
  • This eBook is 59 pages long and contains my secrets for creating a sustainable kitchen.
  • Includes my tips and tricks for virtually erasing kitchen waste.
  • I have included over 70 recipes to get you started, as well as a list of groceries.
  • You will also find my photography throughout this book to help you visualize your sustainable meals and kitchen.

Inspiration Cards
My art photography and my own words of inspiration, presented as 7"x7" cards to be shared as memes or printed and hung up in your office.
  • This was the 2014 Holiday gift for my readers.
  • All of the photographs were taken by me.
  • Each quote has been taken directly from my blog,

A Healing Journal Experience
A grief journal I created for the readers of a blog I guest posted at in 2013.  This will never be shared again.
  • I based this journal on some great journaling ideas I found at a hospice website.
  • It is designed to help you to process the loss of a loved one.
  • You can print it out and fill in the pages or simply use the prompts in your own journal.
  • This is also great for kids.

Transforming Jealousy
A mini-workshop I created for my readers several years ago.  This transformative journey will help you to pinpoint what you are denying and what needs to be brought to life.
  • Taken from my own experience with jealousy.
  • This is a journal/workshop designed to help you tap into why you are experiencing jealousy.
  • You will then take these realizations and use them to create goals to make your own dreams your reality.

Take Charge Of Your Stress
This eBook and workbook are designed to help you navigate the stress of life.  I am currently turning this into an eClass as well, so it will also never be offered again as a free gift.
  • It's really impossible to eliminate stress, but you most certainly can navigate it the best you can.
  • This eBook is over 50 pages long and is how I originally used my art photography.
  •  It is chock full of ideas and processes to help you take the power back from the daily stress of life.
  • The workbook contains over 20 worksheets, designed to help you organize these ideas and brainstorm ways to apply these ideas to your own life.

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I'm so glad we've connected in this way and I can't wait to share these transformative tools with you.

P.S. The party goes on for a month.  So you have plenty of time for access to these great tools. I always celebrate my birthday for at least a month.  It just takes me that long to see everyone who wants to celebrate it with me ;-)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

How To Deal With Expectations?

In the personal growth community, expectation can be seen as a naughty word.

As we live, grow, change and evolve, we learn that, if we don't want to waste time being disappointed, it is best to act without expectation.

So, if I do something nice for someone, I need to do it without expecting anything in return.

Duly noted.

I quit doing this a long time ago.

It is quite liberating.


Also, say I am embarking into uncharted territory to better my Self  - like my current journey into the land of Physical Therapy.

I have to do what is asked and then surrender.

What I can expect is pain and strength.

That's it.

How and when must simply unfold as they are meant to.


But, here is my constant argument with the concept that is Expectation.

We can't just toss it out the window because it can lead to self created uncomfortableness.

Without expectation, we would just sit still and stagnate.

And I'm not talking about being obsessed with self improvement.

If you are happy with your Self, then - Great!

I'm talking about growth in general.

We were not put on this earth to just sit in our little bubble, guarding our emotions, while we watch the world go by.

We were put here to grow and evolve.

And part of that entails expectation.

If you did not have an expectation, then you would not step outside your box and explore.

If you don't have expectation then you can't set goals to achieve your dreams.

Heck, if parents didn't have expectations of their children, then their kids would never learn how to navigate life.


Expectation is actually quite necessary.

The only caution would be, where you place it.

Want to graduate from college with honors?

Then, expect yourself to do the work.

Want to grow your business?

Then you will have to expect yourself and the people that work for you to follow through on a myriad of tasks.

Want that garden to flourish?

Then the expectation of tending to it is a necessity.


Be careful where you place them because, they are obviously powerful little buggers ;-)


Thursday, May 7, 2015


A funny thing has happened since I hurt myself and embarked on this crazy journey that has been the year, 2015.

Of course, after my last post, it's obvious that one of the positive outcomes of all this has been extreme emotional strength.

From doing things that were frightening, to standing up for myself and my healing, I have developed an even thicker skin than I had before all this started.

But, here's something interesting that I hadn't even anticipated.

I am physically stronger than I was BEFORE I got hurt.


"But, wait!  Are you serious?  How is that possible?", you might ask.

After all, for the last four months, I have been more sedentary than I can ever recall in my adult life.

I have not been able to go on daily walks or do my yoga.

So, I must be mistaken about this increased physical strength.

Well, lemme tell ya...

I've never been more serious and have never been stronger.

And it's all thanks to a little thing called strength training.


As I mentioned in my last post, doing the physical therapy prescribed to me was great for creating routine and boosting my endorphins.

I have been doing leg lifts and knee lifts with weights strapped to my ankle (the boot on my left foot is actually heavier than the ankle weight, so no worries about "over doing it" on the injured side.)

Once I got my form down, the arm exercises turned into something completely different.

While doing all of the upper body weight exercises, I incorporated ab work into each rep.

And, instead of increasing the amount of weight, I've just increased the amount of reps, while continuing to work my abs with each move.

What I've been doing is similar to this video, but I don't lean over, I do those moves sitting up so I can do my upright crunches and pelvic tilts.

I even added seated knee/inner thigh squeezes, except I sit on my bed, lean back a bit and do them with the boot and ankle weight.


It's not enough to just do the same amount every day.

[IMPORTANT!] At first, especially while I still had my stitches in, I was very careful and didn't go all crazy challenging myself.

Once I was well into my healing, I really started challenging myself.

Hey, if I did a lot, and got tired, I had the luxury of being able to go to bed and take a nap ;-)

I am currently up to 40 reps of everything,  and do 60 of the inner thigh squeezes -- a) because they are fun, and b) because I can.

And to keep from straining my shoulder muscles, I do shoulder rolls and squeezes as well.


Well, that's it.

Plain and simple.

Bit by bit...

Day by day...

Originally, for the sake of my emotional sanity --  I have developed a level of physical strength I would have never thought possible, given the situation.

I don't tire easily during my physical therapy.

I'm nuts though (I'm sure you've already figured that out) - I actually look forward to my PT and my therapist looks forward to my appointments.

And it's all because I'm physically strong.

So, when it's time, my yoga and walking routines will only benefit.

I'll take this kind of surprise any day!


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

How To Heal A Broken Ankle - Trellie Style


Now that I am finally using my real name, I get to start sharing my many nicknames.

First of which is, Trellie ;-)

I am now officially in physical therapy.

My ankle has healed and I am walking - slowly - but I am walking!

As a result, since I have gotten this far, with flying colors and accolades from all medical personnel involved, I feel like I can add "ankle healing" to my curriculum vitae and share a few things.

So, here we go...


  • Discover the present moment -- There will be a lot going on over the next few months.  Doctor visits, possible surgery, extended periods of time where you will not be allowed to use your fractured limb.  You will be exhausted, too tired to do what you are used to doing.  This is when surrendering the situation to a higher power (it doesn't matter which one, any will do) and allowing your life to unfold, really comes in handy.  You won't be working or doing much else.  Take advantage of this time and develop a skill that will help you the rest of your life.
  • Prop and ice, ice, ice!  -- Ice is now your best friend.  I had to ice every hour for almost eight days to get the swelling down so my doctor could operate.  And once surgery was done, I iced my ankle several times a day for the first couple of months.  It helps with swelling and with pain.  
    • It's also important to keep your ankle propped.  It helps with the swelling and pain as well.  And don't freak out if your foot turns dark purple when you have your foot on the floor.  It's normal - that's just the blood collecting.  Your muscles normally absorb it, but since you aren't using your muscles, the blood has nowhere to go.
  • Pain -- Speaking of pain, you will be experiencing a lot of it.  If you have to have surgery, you will be experiencing BUTT LOADS!  I'm not going to sugar coat it.  Take your pain meds and then wean yourself off of them after a couple of weeks. This is when you will be taking a lot of Tylenol and Motrin.  It's OK, your doctor will let you know if you shouldn't take it, or if you should back off.  After two months, I was only taking Tylenol at night. 
  • Listen to your gut/Listen to your body -- Do what is best for you.  Do not compare yourself to others.  This is your injury, your body, your healing.  What works for one person does not work for everyone.  My good friend broke his ankle a couple of years ago.  He chose not to use crutches and instead went with a knee walker.  He didn't care about the funny looks.  As he put it "Sure I could have hobbled around on crutches, but why should I if I didn't have to?"  This totally inspired me:
    • Like my friend, I'm a firm believer that just because you can, doesn't always mean you should.  For instance, I kept necessary items I needed daily access to, down where I could reach them.  Sure, I could lean on counters, balance on one leg, pray my crutches don't fall over and reach into cabinets.  But why? 
    • I could use my crutches to go up and down stairs, but what's the point? It was safer if I went up and down on my posterior and used my father's rollator to navigate the entryway, stoop and curbs where there are no railings.  I knew if I had to use my crutches, I could and that's good enough.
    • I use a wheelchair when I go to my appointments.  I could hobble down the long hallways on my crutches.  I know I'm strong enough.  I am not totally helpless.  That's good enough for me. What sense did it make to fatigue myself and strain my wrists if I didn't have to?  (And now that I'm walking with crutches, per my physical therapist's instructions, I'm not to walk to the PT wing until further notice.)  So, don't let other's expectations of what you should be able to do, push you into doing something you aren't comfortable with.  All it takes is one fall and you are right back where you started.
  • Lose your mind -- Yup, you read that right.  You are human.  You can only take so much.  You will reach your breaking point.  You will get completely overwhelmed.  You will have moments when you can't take it anymore.  And if you are like me, the pain medication will exacerbate the situation.  Know that these times will pass and are completely necessary if you are alive and breathing.  I remember, before we got the Wifi set up so I could use my tablet, we set up a little TV in my bedroom.  All I wanted to do was lay in my bed and watch The Big Bang Theory and the flippin' television wouldn't work.  I completely lost it.  I yelled.  I punched things. I threw things. I cried.  All the while, chronically apologizing for my behavior.  My mom set me straight.  "Damn it!  Stop that!  You are only human!  How much are you supposed to take?!"  (I love her.  Isn't she great?)
  • East meets West -- Or holistic and modern: They really can work together.  I'm an herbal girl.  The pain meds made me crazy and upset my stomach.  I drank a lot of chamomile and ginger tea to calm my stomach and my nerves.  Once I got steadier on my feet, I took valerian root and St. John's Wort before bed a couple times a week.  Warning!  Make sure you are down for the night!  The valerian can make you dizzy which is an inadvisable state to be in if you are on crutches. I limited myself to one capsule and would take a St. Johns to elevate my mood. ANOTHER WARNING!!! If you are currently taking a blood thinner or have yet to have surgery, stay away from St. Johns - it is a blood thinner and WILL cause complications. (Also discontinue any flax, fish or hemp oils as they thin the blood as well. Which is a total bummer because they help keep you regular and could really help combat the constipation side affects of the pain medications :(  Once you are done with the blood thinners, you can add these back).
  • You have to "Feel to Heal!" -- This life lesson came back in spades while I was healing.  In the beginning, I woke up crying for a month straight.  I stayed with my parents and I missed Ken, I missed my cats.  I felt helpless because I was so woozy and couldn't walk like a normal person.  Not to mention, when your body is in a state of healing, all kinds of things that you need to heal will come up.  All sorts of things you didn't have time to deal with because life needed to be lived and responsibilities needed to be met. Take advantage of this time and heal it all; your ankle and your life.
  • Laugh! -- Since feeling blue is inevitable, it is very important to keep your spirits up.  Plant yourself in front of the television or Netflix.  You are only allowed to watch stupid, silly, ridiculous shows.  You must laugh, laugh some more and laugh again.  This helps with your healing and your emotional state.  This is not the time to catch up on Dexter or Criminal Minds.  And along these lines, keep your music uplifting and inspiring.  That Metallica song about the war vet who's horribly wounded needs to be removed from your iPod for a while.  
  • Do your physical therapy! -- I was given physical therapy exercises to help me with my crutches and to keep my leg muscles from atrophying.  Just some basic weight training.  It has helped me immensely. They have kept me steadier on my crutches, and have helped me with combating depression, because exercise raises your endorphins.  I was a big blubbery mess while on my pain meds, and afterwards.  I knew I needed to "feel to heal", but once I started lifting my hand weights and leg weights before even getting out of bed, the daily crying subsided.  And another plus - I don't get tired when I wheel myself in the wheelchair to get to my doctor's office and my current physical therapy appointments. I've finally got nice guns and will continue to work them out once this is all over with.
  • Create a psychic bubble -- I wouldn't allow anyone to tell me any of the negative possibilities of my condition.  No one was allowed to tell me about "this friend's struggles", or "I heard if you're over a certain age..."  Or in my case, "You don't qualify for disability? What are you going to do?" --  No one was allowed to feel sorry for me and if you didn't have anything nice to say, I wouldn't let you say anything at all.  I'm not going to go much further, because if you are healing from an ankle fracture, you don't need to hear any more examples.  Let's just say, any time my mother looked up YouTube videos on my surgery, I would yell at her to put on her headphones.  Now is the time to contemplate perfect healing - ONLY!  Wait a few months before you "go down the rabbit hole" and Google your surgery.
  • Breathe -- Sure, this is a no brainer, if you didn't breathe, you wouldn't be here.  No, I'm talking about healing breath.  The kind of breathing that will help you cope with the physical pain, cope with the anxiety from crazy pain meds, cope with money worries and any general freaking out you may experience from being bed ridden.  This will all pass, but deep, controlled breathing is a great way to cope with these uncertainties. 
    •  (Just a side note: I fell when I got home, attempting to hop up on the curb and had to have my ankle reset.  I absolutely, in no way wanted to be put under again, my experience with ketamine was terrifying - I thought I had died (thank heavens for my spiritual beliefs - since I thought I was dead, I just sat down and waited for someone to come and get me - to lead me to the next place I was supposed to go -haha!  I can laugh about it now).  I was not interested in going through that again.  My wishes were respected, I was given a muscle relaxant and, to the surprise of all the medical personnel involved, I breathed right through it. No problems.  This is just an example of the power of breath, not an expectation for anyone having their ankle set after a fracture.)
  • Face your fears and embrace the rewards of the courage that will follow -- I was very unsteady the first couple of months after my fracture.  I was unsure of myself because I had fallen after the initial visit to the emergency room (another side affect of ketamine.  I didn't feel dizzy, but my inner ear was off kilter).  
    • Before my surgery, even though my ankle was in a splint, it was dangling and I had to let it settle in my splint every time I got up, before I could start moving. (I met a fellow patient who experienced the same thing - kind of a relief as my family just couldn't understand, and quite frankly, I did not feel like explaining because it was just that overwhelming - so if you are experiencing this, I am sending you gobs of love and understanding - it will stop after you have your surgery.)  
    • Until I was steady on my feet, getting out of the house for my appointments was terrifying.  Navigating the stairs, dealing with my wooziness, navigating the ice and snow outside, dealing with steps and stoops that did not have hand railings.  Scary stuff people.  Really scary stuff.  But I managed it, with the help and support of my family and friends.  Remember - You will not be overwhelmed with great waves of courage to help you do what you need to do.  Courage is the byproduct of facing your fears <3
  • Eat well -- This is not the time to eat your emotions by pigging out on sweets and french fries.  Your body needs all the help it can get.  I was instructed to up my protein, what the body needs to rebuild muscle and bones.  I ate very well.  I had no appetite at first, due to the pain meds, so it made it really easy to just eat the good foods I was instructed to consume.  Lots of veggies and protein.  I was also told protein powder and protein bars were OK, as well.  Once I quit taking the pain meds, my appetite came back like a monsoon and I had to really watch myself.  One thing I did do, though, was allow myself a little bit of dark chocolate everyday.  My endorphin booster.  AND PLEASE - avoid high sodium foods.  This will just cause your ankle to swell up even more.  Very painful and not fun at all.
  • Vitamins! -- I'm not going to argue with the naysayers.  Especially when you are healing a crazy fracture like this, you need to up your Multi Vitamin, Calcium and Vitamin C.  Calcium and Vitamin C help build muscle and bones.  Sure, your body only absorbs so much, but my argument has always been, if you are deficient, your body will absorb what it can and then some more.   It doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out the benefits of increasing these vitamins. It has made all the difference in the world.
  • Healing Meditations -- It is a scientific fact that a relaxed body and an open mind are more responsive to healing and will heal quicker.  I have a great Healing Meditation from Kelly Howell, that I listened to regularly.  Just a small warning, do not listen to any meditations while you are on pain meds.  They are not a good combination.  I remembered a meditation facilitator telling me this years ago.  Your brain is not in the right state to accommodate this intense, guided relaxation.  (FYI - if you choose to purchase any of Kelly Howell's amazing meditations through the previous link, I will be given thank you money for sending you in her direction.  Please feel free to "enter through another door", by Googling - Kelly Howell - if you are not comfortable with this.)
  • Reiki -- It's up to you.  Not everyone believes in Reiki healing, so if you don't, you will probably not benefit from it. I was put on many prayer lists and had many Reiki healers sending me energy.  I noticed a difference, especially in the beginning when I was emotionally vulnerable.  It was beautiful, healing and relaxing.
    • Along these lines, since I am obviously a firm believer in the qi, or life force, that surrounds and runs through the body, I spent the first month away from the computer.  Computers are major qi zappers.  I needed my qi for healing.  My family let my social networking communities know what was going on.  And it was a good two months after my surgery before I was able to sit in front of the computer for long periods of time without feeling drained.
  • After the surgery -- If your fracture requires surgery, this is when things can be really rough and overwhelming.  Here is where you will develop all kinds of courage.
    • I had to give myself shots in my belly twice a day - blood thinner - for two weeks.  It's not so bad and while still on your pain meds, you can't feel it.  Just be sure to change the location of your shots.  You can give yourself a hematoma.  
    • You will also be expected to unwrap your splint, and wash your stitches, daily.  I had visiting nurses while my stitches healed.  The first three times, they unwrapped and cleaned my stitches.  This is for good reason.  It is VERY overwhelming to see your stitches and swollen ankle at first.  But, then, they expect you to face your fears and do it yourself.   Trust me, it's not that bad.  You can do it. Just be very gentle and patient with yourself.  
    • On the one hand, the pins, plates and screws your surgeon will put in your ankle will help you heal quicker, will align your bones and ligaments properly, leading to better range of motion and less pain throughout the rest of your life. ON THE OTHER HAND, YOU HAVE PINS, PLATES, AND SCREWS IN YOUR ANKLE! HOW ON EARTH ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO WRAP YOUR HEAD AROUND THAT???!!!  They will be in there the rest of your life (sometimes there are screws that get removed, but they prefer to not do that).  At first you can't feel them because you are whacked out on pain meds and your ankle is REALLY swollen.  Then, as the swelling goes down and you wean yourself off the meds, you start to feel something very foreign in your ankle.  It's very rigid and different.  I thought it was my splint rubbing on my ankle bones until I remembered the new splint that was put on after my surgery only went up the back of my foot and leg. UGH! :-P
    • Welcome your new hardware -- How would you welcome a new person into your home?  You would invite them in, make them feel comfortable and at ease.  I envisioned my bones accepting these plates, pins and screws with great gratitude.    After all, they are what are going to allow me to walk properly when this is all done.  I visualized my bones hugging these screws, thanking them for being here and doing their work.  I visualized the molecules from the hardware mingling with the molecules of my bones and ligaments.  I surrounded them with light, and said "Welcome.  I am so glad you are here.  Thank you for all you are going to do." They are now members of my "ankle family".  They are a blessing. And remember my night nurse, Cindy.  She had this same surgery and she was running around like she had never even hurt herself.  You will be back to normal soon and it will all be thanks to your new hardware.
    • Your attitude is what's going to make you or break you.  As soon as I was told I'd have to do something, I just put on my "Big Girl" pants and did it.  Pain meds are great for subduing fear and reasoning,  and as far as I was concerned, what else was I going to do?  "Belly shots", cleaning my stitches, physical therapy: these were the things that added some continuity to my life.  They gave me something to focus on, and made me an active participant in my healing.
    • I remembered learning about Frida Kahlo.  She had been in a horrible bus accident and was confined to her bed, on her back, for six months.  She spent most of this time painting.  Paintings which expressed her intense emotional state and physical pain. She had her family rig the canvas up above her and she painted her heart out.  At first your creative energy will be needed for your healing.  But, before you know it, you will have enough for your own creativity.  When else in your adult life will you not be allowed to go to work and have all the time you need for what lifts you?
  • FINALLY!  -- THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECE OF THE ANKLE HEALING PUZZLE --  You MUST do everything your doctor tells you to do.  I followed my doctor's directions to the letter and so should you.  Ice.  Prop.  Wear your fracture boot.  Do whatever stretching exercises you've been instructed to.  Keep your appointments.  Put your foot on the floor when it's time.  Whatever!  If he tells you to do it, it's important and he's telling you for a reason.  You DO NOT know better.  I implimented some holistic and spiritual healing, none of which interfered with my doctor's orders.  And that's all I have to say about that ;-)

Don't be afraid to reach out.

We live in the cyber age.

Take advantage of it.

There is no need to completely isolate yourself.

Get on Facebook and Twitter.

Text with your friends.

Tell your story.

Accept the love.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, "Make your mess your message."

You might be completely surprised at what you get back :)


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Navigating Change

I know you've been there.

So have I.

You might be there right now.

You know something is not right.

You know something needs to change.

I remember not too long ago...

I prayed for change without disruption or pain for those around me.

Change "without loss of love, life, limb or means."


Well folks, I guess I'll be the "bad guy" and feed you a nice spoonful of reality.

I tried.

I really did.

But that's not how change works.

It does create upheaval in your life.

Upheaval in your life and the lives of those around you.

It can be quite chaotic.



There is something good about this temporary chaos and disarray.

Benefit for everyone affected.

And it's all in how you navigate these fluctuating tides.


What was my part in orchestrating this change?

What was I holding on to?

Why did I need to change?

What am I supposed to learn?


If you know something has to change.

If you know things aren't quite right.

If you are afraid, or unsure...

The Universe will most certainly step in and shake things up for you.

So put on your life jacket, get out your compass and strap yourself in.

The waves will eventually settle, porting you at your next destination.

And if you tackle the tough questions, you will arrive sure footed, with purpose and direction.


Friday, April 17, 2015

Almost There...

So close!

I had an appointment with my doctor on Tuesday.

I was under the impression that I was going to be standing on both of my feet for the first time in four months, when I got there.


My first appointment with my physical therapist is Monday.

I am actually looking forward to it.

I know I am going to be fatigued again, like I was the first couple of months after my surgery.

I know I am going to be dealing with pain again, but not as bad as after my surgery.

And I welcome it.

It's times like this when the phrase, "No pain, no gain", becomes very clear and comes in quite handy.


This whole healing sabbatical from life...

This shaking up of my world...

This detour from the path I was walking...

It has been eye opening.

It has been challenging.

It has been a gift.


I will be allowed to return to work just as the school year ends.

I find this the most interesting piece of this new direction.

There is a part of me that can not believe that I am supposed to be this far from the norms of society.

Am I supposed to move forward and find a better day job?

Or am I supposed to stay the course and really try to make ALL THIS in my cyber world finally mean more than just my balance, hobby, escape?

Is it time to step up and really embrace this as a business?

Nothing else to do but surrender, be here, now, and allow the path to unfold.


Sunday, April 12, 2015

The New Facebook Page

There are so many changes involved with heading into the next phase of my blog and my biz.

One of which has been closing down the Facebook account under my pen name and starting a new page at my personal account.

Personally, I have been amazed at how smooth the transition has been, and as I mentioned last week, I am amazed at how supportive my friends and family have been.

Moving on has been exactly what I needed and it has been so easy to keep things going.

In fact, things are in a much better flow and my post reaches have been incredible (in comparison to my "likes"), and I haven't had to pay to boost any of my posts.


I only post once a day.

I scrolled through my Facebook posts and found an interesting theme had emerged over the week.

And all I was doing was posting what spoke to me.


I have been taking advantage of my down time and have been doing a lot of soul work.

Not surprisingly this popped up and spoke to me in a very profound way.

I have not been able to get outside and embrace Spring the way I normally do.

This led to a couple of tear-filled moments -- 

Which, for me, always leads to what the Universe wants me to do instead.

This time around, it was to take stock of where I am, who I am and what I need to do to keep this amazing journey going.


My own ideas came up in the form of other people's words.

These ideas were things I really want to share and these memes helped me reach a broader audience.

When I first started blogging I was obsessed with the idea of using the lessons from your past as a means to create a more solid foundation in your life in order to catapult you further than you could have gone otherwise.

Of course, this little gem reminded me of that and was very well received.

I love the idea of the "spring-board" as opposed to the "quicksand", two feelings we can all relate to.

Another idea I pondered, back in the day, came up too.

Sometimes life can really kick us in the ass.

These "failures" can be hard to take and can sometimes send us down the path of "just forget it!"

But you have to keep going because, guess what?

This is all part of the process.

You are not too old, too fat, too weak, too inexperienced, too (insert insecurity)...

You are just being shown another way.

So, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and set a new goal.

And, once you get there, don't get too comfortable.

If you made it to this destination, imagine what else you can do?


How many times have you heard this expression?

Don't burn your bridges.

I used to hear this a lot, especially when I started working.

If I was in a job that I just could not stand, someone older and wiser would always advise me to be professional about leaving because, heaven forbid you burn a bridge you might need later.

Well, this is sage advise.

But let me give you some advice I learned on my own, later on, when I dared to start setting some cross-ways ablaze.


It's OK to burn a bridge, especially if it leads to someplace you should never have been, or never need to return to.

I remember leaving a job with a company I had left and returned to, even though I knew in my gut it was not the place for me.

I really needed the money and I knew they would hire me immediately.

It didn't take long for me to realize that this was no longer the place for me, money or no money.

And I quit in such a way that my manager would have to enter my exit in the "system" as a "no rehire", therefore making it impossible for me to ever be hired by this company again.

She even called me to let me know she would have to do this and did I want to work something out first.

I told her I knew this was the procedure she would have to follow, apologized for putting her in a tough spot and told her to "go ahead and do it."


In order to get to where you are going, use the lessons from your past to "spring-board" you on your way.

This will lead to new dreams and goals.

And it's OK to keep yourself focused by burning a few bridges along the way.


P.S.  If you haven't already, don't forget to head over to Facebook and "like" the new page :)

Friday, April 3, 2015

Moving On...

I had to find the perfect Sunflower to celebrate this momentous occasion.

It has finally happened.

After chewing on this for over a year, deciding to go one way, then settling on another, then getting side tracked with some serious reflection and down time, it is finally time to grow and present all this as my true Self.

I am no longer using my pen name and it is liberating.

Ironically, for the first few years, the pen name is what liberated me.

Once I realized I was meant to do more than sit behind a computer and write, it became an obstacle.


Yes, from time to time I will get a reading from a professional Tarot reader.

Last year I received one as a gift and stepped into it from the space of wondering about my business.

I know I am supposed to be helping people in a bigger way.

I follow my intuition as best I can, but I knew I was stuck in a holding pattern and wasn't sure what was next.

The two biggest ideas to come from my reading were this:
  • Yes, you will have to spend money.
  • Just be your sweet, kind, authentic self.
Everything I got from the reading I already knew in my gut - Thank goodness, or else everything I am teaching would be for nothing - Haha! ;-)

But the message to be myself I took as, "stop trying to mold yourself into these business models you are being inundated with."

I went on my merry way with this in mind and continued on my path.

Then, as the year came to a close, I knew I was never going to move into the next phase unless I was using my own name.

The reading came back to me and I suddenly realized what that cryptic little piece of advice was guiding me to do.

Be my true Self.

Use my real name, Latrelle Ross.


So, things have been moving pretty quickly the last week.

I started the new Facebook page and was pleasantly surprised at how supportive my friends were to my "coming out".

I was also surprised at how receptive many of the Marla Turner fans were to switching gears.

I was always open about Marla being my pen name, but I also know not everyone gets the information you throw out there, either.

I even got a nice sign from the Universe that I'm on the right path...


As I shared in my last post, I am looking for a new group of test students for my new eCourse.

I am really excited about this class.

The first test group went really well.

These ladies helped me stay focused, as I was creating the course while they were taking it.

It is a go at your own pace course with a second tiered option to work with me directly via a closed Facebook group.

Anyone testing the course will automatically be included in the Facebook group where I will be providing a 4 week, guided session to get you up and running right away.

If you are interested, just click here and scroll down to the bottom of the page to sign up.


That's it for now.

Patience please as I switch everything over.

Next thing on my list is the banner.

Have a wonderful Holiday weekend!

Love and hugs,

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Brilliant Blogging!


It is here!

It is finished!

I can hardly believe it!

Can you?


I have finished the first phase of my signature eCourse, Brilliant Blogging.

This course is a complete, guided journey to help anyone who is interested in sharing their gifts with the world, by using a blog as their main platform.

It is a series of eBooks, with 157 pages of detailed information to help you get online with a blog by spending $12 a year, or less.
It includes worksheets to help you navigate all of this great information and fine tune how to apply it to your message.

Don't know what your message is?

This course will help you figure that out.

Seriously, it couldn't be easier.

I have developed this so that you feel like I am holding your hand and showing you the way.

I have taken all of my learning experiences and mistakes to develop a fool-proof blueprint to get you where I am, quicker and more easily than if you tried to do this all on your own.

All of the lessons I learned working with private clients have been transformed into a step by step process, that is easy to follow, making it simple to apply to your own ideas and dreams.


I have designed this course to work on two levels.

It can be a work at your own pace course, where you will use these eBooks as a resource as you move forward at a speed that works for you and your life.

I have also created a second level, which includes membership to a closed Facebook group.

Members of this group will have access to other students, their questions and access to other resources I have collected to enhance the process.

I will conduct weekly Q&A sessions within this group, as well as providing a more streamlined experience via weekly private Facebook messages to the group to keep you on task and focused.


I am currently in the process of moving on from using my pen name online.

So, as you may notice, the banner at the top of this blog still has my pen name, while everything else has been switched over to my actual name, Latrelle Ross.

I want to really do this course justice.

And I need your help.



This free trial will also include membership to the Facebook group.

In return, all I am asking for is a testimonial about the course, which I will use on the sales page.

With this testimonial, I will also include a link to your blog.

And if you are not ready to share your blog, not a problem.

We can wait until you are more comfortable sharing.


Signing up to test the course is going to be a little different than purchasing.

Sign up here and you will receive the Introduction to the course.


Thanks for your interest
I am sorry to report that 
the free trial is no longer available.
- Latrelle

Once I receive your information, I will email you a .ZIP file with the remainder of the course, along with instructions for being included in the Facebook group.

I am looking forward to meeting you and helping you with your own Brilliant Blogging journey.

Thanks a million!

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