Category Archives: self discovery

How To Manifest Your Dream: SEE IT! BELIEVE IT! MANIFEST IT!


Ideas for how to manifest your dream.  Today’s post highlights the life story of a young entrepreneur, Shawntae A. Taylor, who had a dream and is now taking steps to actively bring that dream into reality. I attended her launch party on 2/16/17 and was very impressed by this young woman.

She is an author, motivational speaker and philanthropist.  Moreover, she is a single parent who has used her life challenges to catapult  her into  fulfillment of her dream and expression of her passion.  This loving mother is the author of two books, Something Special About Ja’avontae Sister  and soon to be published My Heart, Her Voice, His Strength.  Her two children are the underlying forces behind these two creative works.  Shawntae is a single parent of two special needs children.  Her daughter is hearing impaired, and her son suffers from juvenile glaucoma. [Wow. These challenges are mammoth for any experiencing them.] Many parents would allow these obstacles to overwhelm and overcome them.  Not so, Shawntae.  Rather she appears motivated and inspired to use these conditions as a beacon to draw the attention of others to children who may be a little different.  Do these children need our love, support and attention less than those whose needs may not be as quickly apparent?  Hmmm!.

Children [and adults] may be mean and uncaring at times, resulting in hurt feelings and low self-esteem for the recipients of these behaviors.  It has been my observation that each of us is unique; having both strengths and weaknesses.  Yet, we are all worthy of love and deserve kind and loving treatment.  Shawntae is focusing our attention to those who may be mistreated or neglected.  She is using her passion to support and help those in situations similar to her children and using this as a vehicle to support her family.  Kudos to Shawntae for using what by many would be seen as a mountain to climb or obstacle to overcome, as a launch pad for her dreams.  Discover more about Shawntae by visiting her website.  Her book   There Is Something Special about Ja’avontae’s Sister! is available at  Get your  copy today.  Support her and deaf children.  50% of the book’s proceeds are being passed on to meet needs of other deaf children.  You too can turn your dreams into reality.  See it; believe it; take action.

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How does kindness keep depression away?  As a third time voyager on the MKMMA journey I have not been as up-to-date on my weekly blogs as I have in the past.  However I continue to rejoice and grow in the MasterKey Experience.  I have learned so much during this experience.  Many targets on my DMP [definite major purpose] have been achieved, checked off, replaced and or up-dated.  As we draw near the conclusion of the 2016 experience I would like to emphasize and share what has been for me the most outstanding learning experience of this course.  It is the validity of ‘give more, get more’.

Initially ‘give more, get more’ meant to me more things, money, influence, etc.  Now at the conclusion of three years, I have a very different view.  As I give more of myself, the more I grow as an individual—in my understanding of self and others. A prime example of this is the ‘kindness’ activity.

In my first exposure to the task of an anonymous kindness daily, I found this difficult to do and very challenging.  I have now integrated it into my lifestyle and what a change it has made.  I am a retired widow who lives alone and has limited outside interactions. Thus encountering someone else daily had to be orchestrated.  Since 2013 I have found many ways to do this, and wonder of wonders it has become a habit.  In the past I became very annoyed and angered by telemarketer calls; was unpleasant and unkind to the caller. The kindness challenge helped me turn this into a kindness by being friendly, kind and nice to the caller while still asking to be removed from their caller list.  I quickly learned that my mood changed for the better.

This was a very helpful lesson.  I soon noticed that my mood improved generally when I did something for someone else.  Voila!  Now when I feel down or a little sad I seek out a way to do or say something uplifting to someone else.  This is really working for me.  My kindnesses to others not only brightens their day but mine as well.  For me it is indeed true, that a kindness a day keeps depression away. This new habit of a ‘kindness a day’ is my proudest achievement of the MasterKey Experience.

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WEEK 11-14–2016 MKMMA: What’s Love Got To Do With It?

The Christmas season focuses on loving, giving and sharing. As this season draws to a close do our thoughts continue to focus on love or do we move our focus from giving to getting?  This post focuses on the need for love to be a primary force in our life.  In scroll 2 Mandino focuses on the importance of love. It has been my experience that love focuses on the giving not the getting.  The expression ‘give more, get more’ has been frequently used in this course.  However, I believe that if we give out of love and caring we are not looking for what we will receive in return.  I believe the instruction not to expect reciprocity from the recipients of our gifts is a key indicator that the gift is what it important not a potential return.


We have been focusing on gratitude—recognition of gifts we receive.  I believe these unsolicited gifts are indeed evidence of the benefits of love and giving.  I am uplifted by the thoughtfulness and caring I receive from others.  However, my day is so much brighter when I can add a smile to someone else’s face.  So, what’s love got to do with it?  It brightens the day of the giver and the recipient.  It smoothes the path and makes the burden lighter when it is shared by someone else.

Haanel discusses the creativity of the mind in Week 14.  Since we have discovered the power to control our thoughts, we can let this power guide us to creative solutions to the life challenges we encounter.  We can use love rather than hate to accomplish our goals.  We can use helping and caring as tools for success rather than blocking and disrupting someone else’s progress.  We can focus on positives rather than negatives.  We can view others with love and caring. We can carry the loving spirit of the Christmas season throughout the year. That is what love has to do with it.

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turn off TV

One of the team’s major tasks this week is to turn off the television for seven days. How can I enjoy life without television?  Is there life without TV?  What do I use to fill the void that is left? Can I survive seven days without entertainment?  How will I fill my time?  I suspect that many of the first-time travelers on this awesome MasterKey  journey experience similar thoughts.  As a repeat traveler, the task is easier for me, yet I too experienced a void this week.

Sassy [my 4-legged daughter, small terrier] and I have been overwhelmed by the silence.  There are just the two of us.  So, when she is not actively pursuing her role as massive protector and guard dog, barking at intruders [passersby outside] there is nothing but silence.  I have noticed that my attention now seems to remain more focused.  I have fewer distractions and the ideas seem to come and flow more quickly and smoothly as I write.  I seem to be completing my morning routine more quickly.

I have also discovered that I enjoy this peace and quiet.  Where before I used the TV as a company-keeper, I am discovering that perhaps it was just distracting noise.  Due to previous MKMMA experiences I had reduced my TV time significantly, but gradually was falling back into old patterns of behavior.  I appreciate this week’s task as I now intend to schedule TV time instead of turning it on in the morning, supposedly to hear the news, and leaving it on.  The following strategies help me make effective use of my quiet time.


1.  Embrace the time.  I utilize the quiet time to complete tasks that require concentration, precision and persistence.

2. Plan alternative entertainment. I determine what alternative activities I can engage in to replace my normal TV time.  Some that I consider are  chatting with family/friends; reading; listening to music or the radio, etc.

3. Remind myself that I control my thoughts. When I view this quiet time as an asset to work completion it becomes a positive rather than a negative.

Thanks Mark J and team.  As always you continue to provide experiences that shake up my life.

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One of the tasks of  week 6 is completion of my vision of success—my movie poster.  As an experienced traveler on this MKMMA journey to self-direction and success, I am pleased to report that for the first time I had fun completing this poster.  It was so much easier just copying and printing images and taping them to my poster.  My first time around I searched magazines and cut out the pictures.  This was very time consuming.    Also, I resisted the temptation to avoid the task and use last year’s poster.  I am so proud of my finished product.  It energizes me and I can see its manifestation.  In fact, some of my smart goals have already manifested.  Below is a snapshot of my future me and future success.

my movie poster

my movie poster


Persistence and determination have been keys for me.  I am a concrete and pragmatic individual.  Yet, I am also a convicted Christian believer.  My Christian beliefs and implementation  of the MKMMA tactics and procedures that I am internalizing are working together to smooth, facilitate and accelerate my success and manifestation of my DMP [definite major purpose].  I am experiencing joy and real satisfaction from extending kindnesses and reaching out to others.

Thanks Mark J and team for continuing to provide inspiration and guidance that help me advance on my path to self-direction.

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