Overnight my daughter and I had plunged into poverty.

When my ex- husband moved out, it was a struggle to survive
and keep my daughter in our home. I wanted to provide
her with as stable a life as I could give her, considering all the upheaval.

Literally overnight, we had to live on less than a quarter
of my ex-husband’s substantial income. How it shocked me! But
I made a life-changing decision then and there - I would follow my
heart and dreams the rest of my life.

Soon I would get the opportunity.

One day, after I had raised my daughter, I got a message in my head,
"This is not the place for you." I fought it for a few years - until I
had to move. That message was blaring steadily at me.

Most people move up as they go through life.
I went from a house in a neighborhood surrounded by
doctors and architects into a 600 sq. ft
one-bedroom apartment. In order to do this, I had to sell or
give away almost everything I owned.

Why did make such a drastic move? Why did I move down?
Because my dream was calling.

I gave up the big home for a small place near my favorite spot
and moved to a small oceanside town.
My life blossomed. My dream could finally grow.

Don't get misled by the trappings of success. The big house.
The big car payments etc. Steve Covey says,
"Don't impress. Bless." The person to impress is yourself.
When you know you are valuable you create that value in
yourself and give it to the world,
That’s when you start blessing yourself.

Later, when it doesn't hurt your dream to do so, you can bless
yourself with a big home (or the right small one), with the car
you want and the vacations you want.

If you have a big dram, a super-size goal, here is something to help
get you from where you start now to your new dream destination.

Practice blessings.
As you bless your food, your dreams, your mission, your
purpose and your goals, your life magically improves wherever you are.

(It's not really magic.)
If you were God wouldn't you love to give things to someone
who appreciated everything you did for them? I believe so.

So when things get really tough, find something to be
grateful for and bless it.

After 9/11, I, like much of America, felt shock and complete
upheaval. It didn't seem like there was much to bless.
But I had been in the habit of writing down at least
5 things I was grateful for every day.

For months after the attacks I was thankful for things that
were very basic but profoundly necessary.
It was all I could think of.

I wrote things like:
Thank you God for another day. Thank you for my body.
Thank you for the blue sky. Thank you I am breathing.

(Here's an actual page from my gratitude journal)
Thank you for another day.
Thank you Brooke (my daughter) arrived safely
(She was on a flight the first day planes were allowed back up
in the sky)
Thank you for the planes in the sky.
Thank you I learned a few more things on the computer.
Thank you for a wonderful bath.

By being grateful for everything, even if I saw only small
things for awhile (and breathing is NOT small!) gratitude
moved me forward.

Be Willing To Move if Things Seem Stuck
By physically moving my residence, I showed God I was
grateful for the dreams and goals he put
in my heart because I was willing to MOVE on them.

I turned my house into a book.

Things started to manifest amazingly well after I sold my house.
That house energy turned into books, articles, columns and seminars.
Wonderful people and opportunities flew my way. I gave myself the time
To write my first book, “Be the Hero of Your Own Game.”

Today no one comes over to my little apartment and says
"What a beautiful home!" It's Okay. Instead, they say,
"We love your column! Your book helped me so much."
That feels so much better to hear.

Because of “moving down” I am building a new home outside
of one of the most beautiful, special places on earth, Sedona, Arizona.

Following your dreams doesn't mean you give up
everything else. You only do that temporarily,
until that dream is birthed.
Then all the other things you love will follow.

Don’t let False Success Trap You
Don't let the “success” you think you have, keep you from what you
really want. Don't be afraid to give up everything
when you hear the call of your dream.

When the big Coach calls you into the Game and tells you
your next play, don't say, "I can't. I'm not ready."
Instead say, "What do you want me to do?"

Have you gotten the call of success yet? You will.
You only move down until you touch bottom. Then you
can move all the way up!

Live like a hero,

Terri Marie

© 2008 White Wing Entertainment

Author's Bio: 

Terri Marie is an award winning author and producer who believes
we all have a hero within. She writes a column called, “Heroes Among Us.”
She has three published books. "Be the Hero of Your Own Game."
"The Dottie Walters Story: The Solution is at Hand"
"One Minute Inspirations"
As a producer she has produced 26 documentaries, including an award-winning program on James Roosevelt.