Monthly Archives: March 2016

Follow Your Heart

starbucks

 

“Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgiving.  Turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”

~William Arthur Ward

 

 

 


 

I want to personally thank everyone for the support that has been given to my family and myself over the course of the past month. Thank you for…

  • The text messages,
  • The phone calls,
  • The cards,
  • The happy hours,
  • The dinners,
  • The food prep,
  • The bartending,
  • The jello shots, and
  • The great stories of my father.

 

Over the course of this past month I have spent a lot of time reflecting on the definition of success.  So often in our society, success is defined by the size of your bank account, the location of your house, the type of car you own, the title you carry, and the people you associate with.  However this past month I saw a different side to success, a side where…

success is measured in laughter, stories, and friendships.

On many occasions I could see the similarity between my fathers’ life story and the story of George Bailey in the movie “It’s A Wonderful Life“.  Like George Bailey, my father always wanted to leave Pearl City and travel, however life circumstances always required that he stay close to home.  After listening to the multitude of stories this past weekend I realized that my father was…

the richest man in town!

My father never had much money, but he was happy because he followed his heart.  He found ways to do what he loved without leaving the area…travel and tell stories.  He was a farmer, a feed salesman, and a truck driver.  And as people shared these stories with me, I realized that my father gave me a very special gift…he taught me to follow my heart!

How do you define success?
How happy are you?
Are you following your heart?

Starting in June, I will be offering a new program for people who want to follow their heart and make the transition from a job/career/business that leaves you unsatisfied and exhausted to a job/career/business that feeds your soul.  If you want to get on the first to know list, sign up HERE!  Stay tuned!  Details are coming in the next couple of weeks!

The Storyteller

dad-hippie

 “Your life is your message to the world.  Make sure it’s inspiring.”

~Anonymous


This has been a tough week for my family and me. I landed at O’Hare Airport last Friday night and spent the next several days living off of adrenaline as I sat at the nursing home and watched my father rapidly deteriorate. My father (Norman Rosenstiel) passed away on Tuesday March 1st. In hindsight, the date he chose to leave is rather fitting. Over the years, my dad had acquired the name “Stormin Norman”….what better day for him to leave but the first day of March….as any farmer in Northern Illinois knows…

March comes in as a Lion

And when dad roared he sounded like a lion. This week as we were selecting the Funeral Service cards based on the picture, I realized what I will miss most about dad…his eccentric group of friends and stories. His life was filled full of colorful people and colorful events:

  • Dueling dragsters, court, and a right hook punch;
  • Mrs. Dole, Mr. Watson, and the missing windmill;
  • Trading a pig for “Buck” the pony..because we wanted a pony;
  • Hoisting a cow from a swimming pool;
  • Chaperoning FFA volunteers, Willie Nelson, and the Illinois State Fair;
  • Converting a school bus for a fleeing IRS fugitive;
  • The Kent Emporium, renovations, and “Stormin” Norman;

His life message:

“It’s all of the little moments that make life a big adventure.”

~Author Unknown


What inspiring message would you like to leave when your life is over?


Robin Rosenstielrearview-mirror

Dreamer of Improbable Dreams. 
Living Fearlessly. 
Creating Soul Alchemy.