Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Running Your Own Race

                                   Run Your Own Race


I like to run, not only for exercise but because I can think clearly when I run. I think about my future while running, and maybe that's because running is moving forward. My favorite place to run is on the beach. The ocean inspires me to think about life and what I want out of life. I see people running together but I prefer to run alone so I can focus internally. I first started running back in 2006 after my daughter died from cancer. Running gave me a outlet for my pain, and it still does.

A few years after my daughter died I went to a clinical psychologist just to talk. As it turned out he was also a Life Coach and eventually I studied under him and obtained my Life Coaching certificate. It was through my own personal coaching practice that I found my vision in life. I set goals and achieved  my dreams, and desires. Through life coaching I began to think thoughts that  I had not thought, and to say what I had not said, and to dream what I had never imagined. This was when I was able to create the life I want to live.

Can a person be 100% happy?  Yes, I believe we can.  

Running, meditating, and praying have been ways that I have found contentment, and peace after my daughter died.  I believe that Nicki would be happy for me, and she would not want me to be sad all the time. All of us have to find our own happiness in life. No one can find happiness for us. So search inside because there you will find your happiness.

 RUN YOUR OWN RACE to happiness 

Bunny







Tuesday, August 6, 2019

MOM

When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile.  ~Author Unknown
                                 
For those of us who are baby boomers, whose parents are now elderly, I'm wondering how you are emotionally handling watching your mother or father age? My mother Beverly is eighty-six and has Alzheimer's. Mom now lives in Michigan near my sister and her family they are her caretakers. The photo above is a recent picture of mom and me taken a couple of weeks ago when I was visiting her at the assisted living facility.

It is sad seeing mom becoming frail and even harder leaving her to come home to Florida, where I live. I don't like to see my mom weak she had always been the strong one. She needs assistance to get around, she is very unsteady which is so sad because not that many years ago she was walking ten miles a day, she loved to walk. She also exercised daily, and played golf on a regular basis. But not anymore!

It's hard to believe that Alzheimer's was first discovered in 1906, and that not much has changed about the disease since then.  Currently, at least 44 million people all over the world live with Alzheimer's in spite of the continued efforts through research to find a cure.

I miss having conversations with mom, like we used to. Now I have to remind her who I am. I can call her but she doesn't know it's me, her Bunny baby, as she called me. I will return to see mom again in September, and hold her hand, like I did when I was a small child because I needed her security. The truth is that I still need her security, but she doesn't know that anymore, but I know it, so I'll cling to her as long as I can.

LOVE YOU, MOM!
BUNNY BABY

Tuesday, April 2, 2019



I'm sharing two of my favorite things today. This beautiful poem from Winnie the Pooh and a bible verse, and passage from my favorite book Streams In Desert

                                           Be still, and know that I am God.
                                                                 Psalm 46:10

There is immense power in stillness. A great saint once said,

"All things come to him who knows how to trust and be silent."

The words are pregnant with meaning. A knowledge of this fact would immensely change our ways of working. Instead of restless struggles, we would "sit down" inwardly before the Lord, and would let the Divine forces of His Spirit work out in silence the ends to which we aspire. You may not see or feel the operations of this silent force, but be assured it is always working mightily, and will work for you, if you only get your spirit still enough to be carried along by the currents of its power. Hannah Whitall Smith

We should get into the habit of looking for the silver lining of storm clouds.


One day in Autumn, while on the open prairie, I saw an eagle mortally wounded by a rifle shot. With his eyes still gleaming like small circles of light, he slowly turned his head, giving one last searching and longing look toward the sky. He had often swept those starry spaces with his wonderful wings. The beautiful sky was the home of his heart. It was the eagle's domain. It was there he had displayed his splendid strength a thousand times. In those lofty heights, he had played with the lightning and raced the wind. And now, far below his home, the eagle lay dying,. He faced death because ----just once---he forgot and flew too low.

My soul is that eagle. This is not its home. It must never lose its skyward look. I must keep faith, I must keep hope, I must keep courage, I must keep Christ. It would be better to crawl immediately from the battlefield than to not be brave. There is no time for my soul to retreat. Keep your skyward look, my soul; keep your skyward look!

We can never see the sunrise by looking toward the west.  
Japanese Proverb

Thursday, March 7, 2019

SMILY Face :)

SMILY FACE

My daughter Nicki loved smily face. She had smily face stickers and a shirt, and she drew Smily on her notes or when she wrote letters. After she died I became fonder of smily face because it was something happy that reminded me of Nicki. So after she died Smily had a deeper meaning for me! Losing her led me to research smily face and I learned that the original version of smily face was created by the late Harvey Ross Ball over 50 years ago in Worcester, Massachusetts. He came up with the image in 1963 when he was asked to create a graphic to promote confidence and enthusiasm between employees at work. That's pretty cool way to bring people together, I think! It only took Ball ten minutes to create Smily, and he was only paid $45.00 for his work. The office he worked for then created posters, buttons and other visuals of Smily in hopes that their employees would smile more often during work. Many people and large companies have tried to claim they created Smily because it's so popular, and it has been said that Smily is so basic that it can't be credited to anyone for designing it. But for me the simplicity of Smily with those big dark eyes and a huge smile have made my life happier and sunnier. And Smily helps me smile more often and that causes me to smile bigger and brighter. It's a beautiful thing when something so simple can remind us all to smile more :) And you never know who you may pass by because it could be someone who may need to see your beautiful smile, or maybe someone you work with, or a complete stranger you could be helping. So put your smily on and see what happens. I know I'm going to... Keep smiling :)  Love, Bunny


Sunday, February 3, 2019

New Websites

Letting Nicki Go: A Mother's Journey through Her Daughter's Cancer

February 15, 2019

Happy New Year Blog

This year I will begin my blog posts with a bible verse. And since I tend to be a worrier I chose 

Matthew 6:34

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow, will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.


 This verse is so true...(for me) the fact that I worry about things that God will resolve with time... if I have patience. So, I wonder, is it my lack of faith? I don't think so, I think it's human nature, at least for me to doubt myself. So, I have to remind myself to 
"let go and let God",  to trust God! 

 I'm going to work on TRUST this year!

Last year my goal was to finish my manuscript and submit it to be published in 2019, and I did!  I knew before I began writing my book that I would face obstacles along the way. But... it was a passion that I write this book, and I was ready to take on the challenge. So, I prayed and I asked God to give me more faith/TRUST in Him. I felt that God wouldn't give me a challenge without giving me the ability to succeed. 

February 15, 2019 my book "Letting Nicki Go", will be launched/published and available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and in major book stores. The book will also be available in the Mayo Clinic gift shops

The sequel to Letting Nicki Go
 "Breathing New Life: Finding Happiness after Tragedy"
will be released  April 2019. 

Please visit my new/updated website bunnyleach.com 
  And also please visit the new Nicki Leach Foundation website www.nickileach.org

Thank you for your kindness ~ I wish you abundant blessings ~ love & peace
  always dream BIG because dreams do come true!
Love & Peace
Bunny

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Learning To Let Go

     

                                         

                 Finding your path to Peace In a Troubled World    

      "To find peace, sometimes you have to be willing to lose your connection with the people, places, and things that create all the noise in your life."



     As a life coach, I help people find their path to happiness. I help people figure out how to move forward to create a life with purpose and meaning. I can't think of anything I find more rewarding than helping people resolve confusion in their mind. I enjoy helping people see possibilities that are new and fresh so they can move beyond what is holding them back.
      What I've found since I've been coaching people is that we all long for many of the same things, contentment, peace, love, acceptance, and fellowship with others. When I ask people what they desire most, many say that they want a  carefree happy life with little stress.
     Success seems to be at the top of most peoples list, but success is defined differently from one person to the next. Being at peace, being happy, and having great friends go hand in hand, and seem to be universal to humans, even animals long for acceptance and love. The fork in the road is when we run into unexpected obstacles that veer us off our path. Seems that we would all be happier and more content without obstacles? Perhaps that's true but in life, we will at times face the unexpected. Unfortunately, there is disease, and other health problems, depression, drug addiction, accidents, and betrayal, the list is long. These unwanted disruptions that cause people to veer off course can confuse and disrupt not only the person but others around them. At times we will have to overcome unwanted interruptions. This shouldn't cause us to live in fear but rather to be aware that life is full of up's and downs, and problems that have to be resolved. Its how we react and recover from life's setbacks and how soon we get back on our own path that keeps us on course.
      Getting back on your path when something veers you off is the fastest way that you will overcome difficult situations and keep your focus. Your path may be forgiveness, faith, or letting go of something or someone that is holding you back. It's knowing how to come to terms with disappointments, hurts or anything that holds you back. This is what defines strength and perseverance.
     At times I find it difficult to stay focused on my future and keep walking my path. Feelings of regret hold me back. Dwelling on bad decisions I made instead of forgiving myself hold me back.  But what helps me when these thoughts come in is to remind myself that I can't go back and change the decisions. But I can go forward and think deeper and forgive myself.
     My peaceful path is writing, meditating, and taking long walks along the ocean. These are the things I do when I feel stress or have a situation that troubles me. My path is long and full of ups and downs but I've learned to keep walking it even in the winter when there are no flowers in bloom. My winter coat is heavy but I keep walking my path because spring is just around the corner...
Bunny

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 will be (would be) Nicki’s 32ed birthday. As her mother its still terribly hard to believe that she is no longer here to celebrate with us.  And yes, I know she is still with us in spirit and that is comforting ❤️ 

                     
                           But it would be more comforting to be able to give her a hug.         

                                         

                                                 Nicolette Beverly Leach 
                                       October 3, 1985  ~  April 29, 2005
             
     Most of us who knew and loved Nicki remember her for her beauty, grace, and her perseverance. She was always a triple threat because she had a beautiful voice, she could dance and act. Acting was in her blood and she was filled with ambition, and a strong will to succeed. She loved acting and performing, especially on stage. Her ultimate goal was to one day perform on Broadway, so perhaps there is Broadway in heaven.
But more important than Nicki's talents, and her earthly dreams, and goals in the performing arts Nicki is more remembered for her human kindness to all. This is what we all loved about Nicki, and her laughter, she laughed a lot and had a great sense of humor.

Nicki gave great hugs  🤗

Sadly all of Nicki's efforts to succeed in making her dreams come true on this earth were cut short when she was diagnosed with brain cancer, a glioblastoma, brain tumor, the deadliest brain cancer of all with no cure. She had just turned seventeen-years old.
To keep Nicki's memory alive and to honor her request to "find a way to help other young adults who have cancer" the Nicki Leach Foundation was created in 2006 in her memory. In addition to the foundations work with helping young adults who have cancer the foundation also works in collaboration with the glioblastoma/brain cancer research lab at Duke University. More information about our collaboration with Duke can be found on the Nicki Leach Foundation website.
Losing a child is beyond the scope of understanding and is unimaginable to most mothers/parents, and I understand that because the thought was once unimaginable to me.  But if it happens it is something one never "gets over." The pain and grief experienced from the loss of a child lives inside of us like our own hidden cancer with no cure. But there are ways to ease the pain of losing a loved one and through our efforts at the Nicki Leach Foundation to "do good works for others" our suffering can subsidie a little. 

     Nicki had many wonderful friends and family members on this earth besides me, and I know we all miss her in our own way. I hope Nicki's friends and family members will share their own stories of love for her and remembrance of her on her birthday, it means a lot to her family to hear how much she is loved and remembered.
     
 So, let’s celebrate 🎉 Nicki's birthday October 3, and celebrate her memory together, and at the same time honor other young adults who are currently battling cancer. Nicki would like that!

To make a donation to help a young adult who is battling cancer in Nicki's memory please log into our official website

www.nickileach.org/donate

Love to all... 🙏

Bunny Leach