2012 Recap: Apologies and Life Unedited


I obviously must first start by apologizing for keeping my thoughts and lessons to myself. I apologize.

Whew! I feel much better. **Sigh**  I do promise not to make up for lost time with long-winded crazy details.  You’re too smart for that. ;0)

Well, much has happened since I last shared my toughts at the beginning of this year. While this page has been quiet, my life has been far from that.  This picture is of my now 6 year old daughter.  She is such an inspiration to me and yet can drive me CRAZY!!! Probably this happens because she reminds me so much of myself in many ways. Mirrors are often difficult to look into regularly.  This is especially true when they are haunting reminders of what you desparately want to change, but just haven’t made the valiant effort (yet) to follow through.

At the beginning of the year I was really excited about discovering what my true calling in life might be. My Joyful Pursuit. Little did I know that I needed only to look to my kids for the inspiration and motivation to do what I had already known in my heart I loved to do: share my voice.
I love to sing. I love music. I love teaching swim lessons. I love swimming. I love learning. I love coaching. I love solving problems. I love sharing what I’ve learned. I love people. I love to talk. I love to write. I LOVE TO EDIT. Huh? I know, I know: random, right? Well, it turns out this love to edit is not so random after all.  I do it every time I read a book, article, Facebook post (I know, sorry!), blog, or newsletter.  Now I know the purpose of this gift/thorn in my flesh:

My God-given calling is to help others find their voice…and use it to the best of their ability (or mine).

The reality is we don’t always know the best way to communicate our thoughts.  With technology and smart-everything we hardly have to think for ourselves.  Why remember when we can Google it or look it up on Wikipedia?  I love helping people figure out better ways to say what they are thinking without offending or confusing the other person. It’s like solving a riddle.

I had an amazing opportunity to work on a book project with a man who I met briefly in Los Angeles (through the network marketing business that I was in) and has become a friend, brother, and a mentor.  (He also happens to be a part of the entertainment ministry I was a part of while attending music school.  Small world right?) You have NO idea how much agonizing I went through just to even accpet the idea that I would be the final/main editor of his first, full-fledged book should I choose to accept this mission. At first, I assumed I would merely do a rough overview and just get it ready for a professional editor. No problem.  But after I kept saying, “until you send this to the editor”, he finally made it abundantly clear that he had no intentions of sending anywhere else afer I was done. What an honor. I thought I was going to throw up. But, you know, this strange thing happened: I gained confidence. I found a flow…momentum. I found my niche. Organic editing.

I’d like to think the way I work is very different than the big shots in that I like to go over the book live either over the phone or in person to get a real-time feel of what the person is wanting to convey to their audience and to get my questions about the text answered quickly.  The best part of this organic process is that the author has the authenticity of their voice without losing credibility, and I get to coach them through those moments when they either want to give up or hold back.  Their vision and dream of sharing the book within them comes alive! This is a win-win!

So now the question, “what does this have to do with your daughter?”  Great question. Do you see how free she looks jumping through the seaweed on the beach?  This girl is mostly fearless, extremely addicted to laughing and having fun and basically loves to enjoy life.  I was none of those things. Or was I? I watched her that day with a newfound respect for her freedom (which also happens to be what her name means).  Little did I know that by naming my children I was not only giving them a monniker to live up to, but that in those names I would find a reflection of a girl long ago enslaved by insecurity. A Dreamer. A Doer. A Bright Light. A Lioness of God. Freedom.

Ironically, through editing a book I learned to live my life unedited.


1st Guest Blog Post of 2012!!!!!

I am so honored to share this blog post with all of you!  A friend of mine from when I attended Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA, Jason Dombrow, is probably the most charismatic, funny, and lively person that I know.  Jason is an accomplished actor/comedian and professional organizer (NAPO member).  He has pursued EVERYTHING under the sun from music to finance (He was even a stock broker!)….seriously, I don’t think there is much this guy has not pursued. This is exactly why he is the perfect person to have as a guest blogger and I couldn’t have asked for a better person/blog post to start the year!!!!

Well, without further delay, here is his short, but sweet, thought for the day (or the year!) with quite the clever title, I must say!!!! Thanks again Jason!!!!!!





By Jason C. Dombrow

I seem to be forgetting a little too often these days. Who was I calling? Where was I going? What was I doing? What did I want to be when I grew up? When “reality” sets in, and I open my eyes to look at the circumstances of my life (at 35 years old), I’m left with two questions. “What happened? And, “How did I get here?”

I have spent years trying to figure it all out. To get it right. To find the one thing that will make me, well, “Happy.” Is living a life to pay bills the life I want? Highly Doubtful! However, as much as I struggle and fight for the life I want, I’m failing and falling behind.

Now, I know this may sound depressing. However, truth be told, what I’m forgetting here is that it’s perfectly okay to “Start Over Love!” (Clever title, huh?) After all, I’m the one in the driver’s seat! I’m the one who’s gotten distracted, who’s forgotten to follow my passion. I’m the one who’s stopped taking the needed actions to attain my goals. And even if life has found a comfy little groove, and another year is over, it’s not time to give up! It’s time to BEGIN! Now is the time to refocus – To find a way. The way! It’s NOT too late. I’m not too OLD. It’s time to LOVE MY LIFE again!

And if I forget, I know I can always “Start Over Love!”

Jason Dombrow lives in Los Angeles, CA and has a thriving professional organization business called  “Under the Clutter”. He also enjoys planning live comedy events in the Los Angeles Area as well as performing and posting hilarious and thought-provoking YouTube videos. If you are interested in contacting him, or learning more about him, you can go to Jason’s Facebook Page, or check out his organization website, Under The Clutter. ~NM

Happy November Everyone!!!

Ok, so life has been very distracting and very busy…but I am still on a very deliberate Pursuit.  I apologize for not keeping my end of the bargain to be consistent in my blog posts.  So, to help draw you back in, I thought I would ask YOU what you would Joyfully Pursue (or are already, if you are one of the lucky ones).  Please feel free to choose more than one option and also feel free to leave your choice in the comments if your choice is not listed (I needed to keep the poll fairly simple).

Hello world!


Man, does that word conjure up some tumultuous feelings for me! I’ve read so many books, watched so many videos, sat through so many sermons & seminars attempting to tackle this ominous subject. (I’ve found some pretty amazing material out there. I’ll be sure to drop names & titles in the future.)

Then I sit on a Sunday night & watch one of the most amazing reality shows on television (ABC’s Secret Millionaire) and watch that word in action…purpose.
I see posts on Facebook & twitter by friends & respected artists that are living their dreams because that word kept them going…purpose.
I speak for hours on the phone with friends trying to wrestle through life to find that word’s meaning on an individual basis. It’s so much easier to help someone else see WHAT we think they should be doing, but the reality is if you don’t find out for yourself, the reason WHY might not be so easy to see.


Why do you do what you do? What do you love to do & why? Would it ever matter if you never got paid to do it?

These questions need to be asked regularly. Constantly seeking growth in your life & career is beyond imperative: it’s essential to the very pulse of your existence.

This year has already proven to be full of disaster & calamity. Egypt, Wisconsin, Japan, Libya… Additionally, there are so many people (and especially kids!) around the world & on our own US soil that are being devastated daily by their life circumstances, both unintentional & uncontrollable (sexual abuse, mental disorders, terminal health issues). What can you do right now to change your plot of ground in this life? How can you bring value to the people around you? You may not think you have much to offer, but this much I know: you were designed to bring something of value to this earth.

Let’s figure it out together & bring others along on our journey.

You can make a difference right now with what you currently have. What were you designed to do?

What is YOUR purpose?

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