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Jo Anna Rothman Jo Anna Rothman counselor. healer. sparkler.

Counselor, intuitive, and healer Jo Anna Rothman assists people in releasing the blocks that hold them back from consciously creating and receiving all they desire. [www.BigSparklyLife.com]

What’s most meaningful to me is enjoyment, really taking the time to have the most awesome experiences in life. A few years ago, before my grandfather died, he’d call me up and say, “How are you doing?” I’d say, “I’m good.” He’d always say, “You should try being bad sometimes. It’s a lot more fun.” Every time he said it, I’d laugh. He’s right.

A year ago, I was in a job I hated and on a path that wasn’t me. I was not having fun. It’s been a year since then and things have changed. I’ve come to really appreciate taking the time to luxuriate in life and let things be sparkly, to have and do things I really enjoy.

A turning point for me was when I got fired three weeks into a new job that was just like the old job I’d hated. I was all upset – crying, calling my mom on the phone. Then Mom said to me, “It’s OK. Make this the best thing that ever happened to you.”

For the first time, I really saw the opportunity in front of me. It just clicked. I gave myself a week of down time and it’s been full steam ahead since then, in a million ways, not just with my career. I kept asking myself, “How do I make this the best thing that ever happened to me and not just a new job? What’s going to make me happy? How do I get up every day and feel excited about the adventure that’s in front of me?”

I realized that I didn’t always have to work my process – I could go from wherever I was into acceptance. Right now I could say, “Oh, this is going to be cool. I get to do whatever I want. I’m just going to be happy.” Because, what’s my choice? It’s either to be a cranky, miserable mess – and I’ve done that – or to live in a different way. To be more sparkly.

I was doing a meditation last night and it felt like the question being asked of me was, “What sound does your soul make?” In that moment, someone on the street whistled. It was a catcall. I thought, “That’s it! That’s my sound.” It ruined the meditation because I bust out laughing, but it was the best moment ever. I think laughter and sparkle are my superpowers.

– Jo Anna Rothman

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