I have been doing a lot of manifestation work over the past few years, culminating with a 10-week class I just finished called “Prosperity Plus-A New Way of Living” by Mary Morrissey that I highly recommend! We have learned all about how to manifest big dreams, coming FROM the dream, as if it has already happened.
And I recently had the opportunity to apply the principals to a real life situation and I can’t believe the results!
How it Began…
I released a new CD in 2013, and a music video for the song Walk With Me that features my adopted dogs Kona and Joey. Here is the link to the fun music video: Walk With Me
The song is all about the really cool “trick” that my dog adopted dog Kona does which is taking his brother for a walk! I got so much positive feedback on the trick from people around town that I decided back in 2011 to write a song about it. The idea was to create a music video that featured the dogs, and have a good portion of the proceeds from the sale of the song and any money made from the video go toward animal adoption agencies. While writing the song, I remembered that there were “dog trick” contests out there as well, including ABC Good Morning America’s “Dog Vs. Dog Contest.” I knew that we would eventually enter the contest with great video that would be shot.
It took me an entire year to film the video and it was released to the world in 2013.
This year I entered the Good Morning America contest with excerpts from the video of Kona leading his brother Joey around our beautiful trails of Boulder, and then set my manifestation skills to work.
My ego kept saying things like:
- “That’s a less than spectacular trick.”
- “There will be hundreds of entrants so why bother?”
- “There’s no way to get the dogs to NY even if he becomes a finalist!”
But in the class we learned to “correct” those thoughts, keep positive and then take action. So I asked myself “what would I be doing if I knew we were a semi-finalist in the contest?”
Coming from the Dream
I knew that the initial four semi-finalists would be notified Friday June 27, voting would be conducted Monday and Tuesday of the next week, and that the final two contestants would appear live on Thursday, July 3.
So I started making plans with that in mind.
I decided that because the dogs are big, 11 years old, and Kona especially has anxiety when he’s not with me, that flying would not be the best option. So I mapped out a driving route from Boulder to NYC-all 1800 miles of it! I knew we would need to leave early in the week in order to arrive by Wed afternoon. I checked for all of the fun stops we could make along the way so we could have a fun video diary of the trip to share as we drove.
As we got closer, I talked with my husband and kids about taking the time off from work so we could make the drive. My husband’s boss and co-workers thought it was a really fun idea!
I and recently listed my house to rent while we are on vacation during the year on VRBO. I had forgotten to manage the calendar when I first posted it, and out of the blue got a phone call from a family wanting to rent the house for Monday-Sunday-exactly when we would be driving to NY! The rental would pay for the travel expenses along the way!
Just for fun, I looked up dog friendly hotels and restaurants in NYC, as well as fun things to do with the dogs while we were there. My husband and I did a visualization meditation about walking with the dogs in Central Park! I cleared my schedule the best I could and waited for the big day to arrive!
I woke up excited on Friday June 27 but those thoughts of doubt kept creeping in. Every time a negative thought reared its ugly head, my comeback was “why not us?” I knew that the trick brought so many people joy and regales of laughter that surely this would come across to the producers of the contest.
As the morning went by I talked with my Website consultant about what to do if we made it into the finals – “a blog post!”
So here we are!
I got the call at 11:15 as I was getting ready to record a new song with one of the co-writers of Walk With Me, Bob Story. I felt like I was having an out-of-body experience! I knew in my heart that they would call, but when it actually happened I just about fell over. The producer asked if we had any additional video and loved the idea of a music video when I told her about that. So I crossed my fingers that part of it that might be aired as well! I was hoping to make a large donation to the animal adoption agencies!
Kona was one of four semi-finalists, and each had the videos of their “tricks” aired on the national television program the next Monday and Tuesday. Viewers cast their votes for their favorite two dogs from those videos. I knew that we were taking a chance by starting the drive to NY without knowing if we would make it to the finals, but every part of me said, “Yes, go!”
And so we did…
Part 2 – The Journey
My husband Steve and I mapped out our trip to NY to include a stop there and back in St. Louis where his aging parents live. Both have been diagnosed with forms of dementia and it had been nearly three years since he had seen them. We got the house ready for the renters and left Sunday morning on our journey.
At the last minute, my 18-year-old stepson Will decided to join us and we were off. Here is our first video:
It took us 15 grueling hours with many stops for us and the dogs along the way. Here we are at the Colby KS Prairie Museum. It was hard to find because just about everything looks like a giant prairie museum out there, but the big sign was a dead giveaway!
Around Midnight we stopped in Kansas City for something to eat. The fast food was NOT fast and it left me with some time to think. It was hot, humid, and both dogs looked pretty miserable. I had an overwhelming feeling come over me that “this just isn’t right.”
Are we really going to drive all the way to NY? I tried my best to push the thoughts aside and get back to “why not me?” But it was nagging at me for sure.
We finally arrived in St. Louis at 3am and took a quick nap until Good Morning America was on first thing in the morning! To my delight, Kona’s video was aired Monday morning, pitted against “Happy Jack” who jumps through hoops. Game on! I realized right then that I was in a home with no WiFi and was at a big disadvantage for trying to get the word out for votes. I posted a quick Facebook post with the link and got to a café as soon as I could.
I sent out Facebook posts, e-newsletters and lots of individual emails. I tried to help people find the right link for voting and work through their frustrations of not being able to vote with a phone.
We even went to the Gateway Arch in St. Louis to film one final push for votes!
But Kona continued to lose in the online pole and by 3:30pm, I knew for sure that we were not moving on to NY. I was initially heartbroken. “What could I have done to make this go the other way?” There were many things I could have done differently for sure, but there were so many mitigating factors that I knew in my heart that it just wasn’t meant to be.
Losing the Contest… And Finding the Miracle
As I returned to my in-law’s home I realized why we were there and just what this journey was all about. Three years is far too long to not see your parents, especially when they may not remember you the next time you see them. It was great to watch my husband interact with his mom and dad, taking them on errands, and repairing things around the house. They won’t be able to live on their own much longer, and this was more apparent to us than ever as we spent time with them.
It was fantastic to take walks, reminisce about the past and just slow down for once. We had let life get in the way, preventing us from making the effort to really connect with family the way we should. Had we not promised a journey to NY to my stepson, I seriously doubt he would have made the journey to grandma and grandpa’s house in St. Louis. But he was fantastic with his grandparents, and we connected with him ourselves more than we have in many years.
As my friend Jana Stanfield says, “A dream is a direction, not a destination.” “It’s like a carrot on a stick.”
At first I was really disappointed, feeling as though the Universe had once again dangled that carrot in front of me, only to snatch it away. But in reality, the Universe had another miracle in mind. I had good intentions for getting Kona on Good Morning America, and hoped that somehow it would lead to more awareness for adopted dogs and allow me to give back to those agencies I believe in.
But what if, as Jana pointed out, Steve’s parents had unwittingly been manifesting a true, connecting visit from us all this time?
While we should always follow that bright shining object of attraction, in the direction of our dreams, the Universe may help us to correct that course to enable us to manifest the true miracles. If it hadn’t been for the Good Morning America contest, we may have never discovered that true gift, so for that I am grateful. Kona may have lost the contest (and of course HE doesn’t know that!) but we gained a priceless piece of our family back in the process.
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