So, You Like Surprises. Is that right?

Well, I had no idea when I wrote my newsletter this past Sunday that when I announced that Tuesday’s blog would be a surprise that it would, #1 be coming to you this late in the day and #2 be announcing that I, Angel Zamudio, posted a video to Facebook today for the intention of reaching Oprah. Yes! That’s what I said, Oprah herself has been invited into my realm of awesomeness.

WOW!!!! Is my mind blown or what??? I am so excited!!! I’m living my life on purpose with the intention of allowing all of my wildest dreams to come true. (Can’t you just hear the voice of Pedro Sanchez? LOL) HAHAHAHA

Wait, what’s that? Did I hear you think a question? OH my goodness I am magic!!! You wanna know what my wildest dream are? Well, that ‘s really very sweet of you to be so interested in my wildest dreams, but I’m here to tell you that it’s very possible that MY dreams coming true very well could have a direct and positive affect on your dreams. Now, I’ve really got your interest, haven’t I???

img_3451How can my dreams coming true affect your dreams coming true? Hold on to your hat cuz I’m pulling all the stops and this could get bumpy. So listen to this,… What’s coming true for me is that I just took a very brave and bold step recently. What I did was this, I created a whole bunch of space in my life for new things to filter in. I freed up my future for dreams to come true and I did that by quitting my job in dentistry. No, it was not planned, it was an impulse decision that to be honest with you I’ve been wanting to do for a very long time because I’ve known deep in my heart that I was meant to be doing something else. Something that made my heart sing and that something else started with this blog and then it grew into coaching for Beachbody. My whole dream is to take Apozitude and Beachbody and blend them together into one coaching business where I can coach people on all aspects of life whether physical health, emotional health or spiritual health. So, there it is. Out there for all to see. I’m a coach! I am a life coach and soon you’ll be hearing Oprah talking about me and my amazing story about how I discovered the meaning of blind faith.

Blind faith is not blindly moving forward. Blind faith is complete trust. You’re standing on the leading edge and can’t see any ground in front of you, but because you KNOW what you know, you step off the cliff and just keep on trucking that way, one step at a time until you reach your destiny. I know you have an idea in your mind of what that step would look like for you. I know exactly what my step of faith looks like because I just did it and it feels AHHHH-mazing!!!

What’s your next step?

© 2016 Angel Zamudio

Are You Here to Make You Happy?

One day this past weekend, Keri and I were walking around the 23rd street area of NW Portland, as we were headed west on one of the streets and had just passed the entrance of an apartment building, a couple of people were exiting the building and I overheard one of them say to the other one, “You should do it”.

I had no idea what he was talking about or who he was talking to, but these words just started coming out of my mouth, “Whatever he is talking about, you should do it. Whatever it is, just do it”. The young woman looked at me and said, “I don’t want to be that crazy cat lady that walks her cat on a leash” I looked back at her and I said, “Who the fuck cares what anybody else thinks? If you want to get your cat some exercise and care enough about the safety of your cat to put her on a leash, then who cares what anyone else thinks?’ Her friend said, “That’s exactly what I was JUST telling her! Who cares?” She looked at me and said, “Wow! You are just so inspiring and motivating. I’m going to do it. I’m getting a leash for my cat”.

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Me? I’m writing this blog and making magic wands.

What a brief and defining moment in my life. I’ve never felt more certain of my purpose. I chose to come forth and live my life on purpose. My purpose is to inspire people where ever I am at any given moment to live their lives for themselves. You are the only YOU you’ve got. This is your life, live it your way. Who cares what any one else thinks? What are YOU doing today to make you happy?

© 2016 Angel Zamudio

Would You Carry a Dead Frog Around with You?

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This picture of Queen’s Bath looks like it came from a website detailing amazing places to visit in Hawaii, but its not. I took this picture with my iPhone as we were leaving from our swim in that very pool. It was amazing.

What an amazing vacation we had in Kauai. We did a whole bunch of sitting on various beaches watching the waves roll in, swimming in the waves, watching the birds (yes, including chickens) flitter about in the sand, watching the wind flow through the leaves of the beautiful towering palm trees, watching how every sober person was made to look drunk as they tried strolling in against the waves of the  ocean, hiking down a steep muddy hillside to a lava rock landscape housing one of the most beautiful lava pools I’ve ever seen in my life, Kauai’s Queen’s Bath. There was much more, but I think you get the picture.

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The peak of the Poipu Shoreline Sandstone hike. I had to walk past a dead frog to reach this point.

On one of these hikes, we had to walk down a dead end street to get to the trail head. Along the way to the trail, we walked past a very flattened very dead frog. I was sad for the frog that his/her life was ended on that street, but you know what? Even though it was displeasing to me to see the evidence of a life ended right there in the middle of the street, I didn’t let that keep me from enjoying the beauty of the hike that we were embarking upon. In fact, I pretty much dismissed it as soon as I acknowledged it. So, if it’s true that I dismissed it as soon as I acknowledged it, why am I bringing it up now?

Well, that’s an excellent question and the truth of the matter is this, not only is it an excellent question, but it’s also an excellent analogy and because I have magic and the law of attraction on my side I intend to share it with you. It will be up to you to decide if it’s worthy of keeping or not. Not everything is for everyone and the most excellent thing about this is, YOU get to decide what to keep and what to let go. For the sake of this analogy, I’ll clarify my intentions and that is to keep my focus on what I want more of in my life and to let go of anything else that’s displeasing to me. Yes, I saw a dead frog on one of my hikes in Kauai and I wasn’t crazy about it, but I didn’t pick it up and carry it with me. I left that dead frog right where he/she was and it didn’t bother me one bit further. 

Henceforth, anything that displeases me will be labeled “dead frog”. I will leave it where I discovered it, allowing it to bother me not one bit further. That makes it sound so much easier to handle, doesn’t it? Yup, and that’s what makes an excellent analogy.

© 2016 Angel Zamudio

What Do You Know for Certain???

Over the last few weeks I’ve seen a bunch of posts on Facebook documenting the “first day of,….” whatever grade the little one is entering. The ones that really touch my heart are the “first day of Kindergarten” posts. It’s a whole new beginning of uncharted territory not only for a child, but for a parent as well.

I saw a post this week where a mom posted a picture of her daughter’s first day of Kindergarten and someone commented that it was bittersweet. The expression on the little girls face was one of uncertainty and her body language spoke clearly of her doubt, but what I saw in the background was a couple of unsuspecting onlookers who were captured in the shot as well. They unknowingly had added a layer of certainty to the shot as they smiled in response to what I’m certain was the sound of the mother’s voice reassuring her daughter as she captured the last picture before their departure from each other. The mother noted that they both cried and it reminded me of Garrison’s first day of Kindergarten.

screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-6-52-40-pmI informed my employer that I would be late to work because I was going to be taking Garrison to his first day. He had his “packpack” full of all his supplies, he had combed his hair with a perfect part to the side of his forehead, tucked in his shirt, buckled his belt and made certain his socks matched his shoes. Such a dapper kindergartener he was. On the way to school we listened to his favorite song, “We are the Champions”. How do I remember that? I remember that because that was the song we listened to every single day on the way to school kindergarten through second grade. He loved it!!! I loved it that he loved it!!! Therefore, we did it every single day, because it felt good!!!

When I got him to school, I walked him to his classroom and explained that the next day he would be riding with all the other kids in the daycare van. I squatted down in front of him before I sent him in and I told him, “You’re going to have so much fun. You’re going to make friends and learn so much. I love you and I’ll see you at the end of your day. I want to hear all about your adventures”. I sent him into the classroom and pretended to walk away. I, carefully, peered through the window of the door. I saw him standing by himself next to an aquarium looking at some turtles. He looked around and I stepped away from the window so he wouldn’t see me, another mom saw my tears rolling down my cheeks as I leaned against the wall next to the door and she said, “He’ll make friends faster than you think. He’ll be fine.” She was right! He did make friends, lots of them and he is still doing just fine.  

The #1 thing in my life where I have the most confidence is being this boys mother. I have 100% certainty that he will thrive and he’ll be happy in his thriving. I love you Garrison.  img_2625   

© 2016 Angel Zamudio

Changing and yet, some how staying the same

I just want to be clear about this girlie side of myself that I have been exploring. I do love it. I really do, but I have to say it can be really frustrating sometimes, because at 44, it sorta’ feels like I should be more practiced at styling my hair and applying make up, which by the way I don’t do yet. I bought some make up and I’ve tried it a couple of times, but it feels very awkward. I don’t wanna walk out of the house looking like a three-year old who’s been playing with her mommy’s make up.

So, I try, every now and again with the eye shadow and then I shake my head at myself in the mirror and remove it. I feel I am doing well to fix my hair and wear a little lipstick. Even that frustrates me sometimes, because my hair,… Ugh, my hair. It’s getting longer and I just don’t know what I am going to do. Honestly, on the weekend I mostly wear a ball-cap. I’ve been trying scarves and pins and it just gets to be too much sometimes.

I appreciate the space Keri provides for me to explore. I appreciate her support and her efforts to help me come up with solutions to my hair troubles. She’s even purchased some girlie t-shirts for me. She’s very sweet. I appreciate her sense of humor when I come home with a 90’s hip hop hairdo. I appreciate my best friend, Shanna, helping me transform my awful 70’s feathered hair style into a 90’s hip hop look. I appreciate her encouraging me to get little flowers painted on my toe nails, which I wouldn’t have even thought to do and resisted at first, but now I love it.20140824-172235-62555113.jpg

What I appreciate most is the love I have around me and the fact that I am loved just the way I am whether I decide make-up is for me or not, I am who I am and no outward appearance is going to change that little factoid.

I find it interesting that as I am writing this and listening to my iTunes on shuffle that, Just the Way You Are by Billy Joel comes on. It is so fitting that I have placed it on repeat, but I think it’s important to emphasize that I didn’t choose it to begin with, it just came on in a random shuffle. Every single thing happens on purpose. I totally believe it.

I just want someone that I can talk to,
I want you just the way you are.

I said, I love you, and that’s forever.
This I promise from the heart.
I couldn’t love you any better,
I love you just the way you are.

Thank you. Love abounds.

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© 2016 Angel Zamudio

T minus 24 to blast off

I hardly know where to begin,… It would be impossible for me to accurately convey to you all the growth I’ve encountered in the last couple of months, if it even has only been a couple of months,… I am not sure where this growth started. I guess it has been an ongoing thing all my life, but the last several weeks, upon reflection, have been VERY powerful.

It has been challenging and I have definitely been on the edge. It has felt like standing on the very edge of a HUGE drop off and I have amazing support in my life. This support has said to me: you are safe, I understand it looks like you’re standing on the edge of a cliff, but that is only your perception. Trust me, the ground to stand upon is out there. Breathe deep and take a step out there, one step at a time. Look at me. Do you trust me? Do you know that you are loved? Do you know that you will not be lead astray? You are brave. Take the next step.

I am so grateful for this unconditional love and support in my life. This is not just one person. This support comes from many people because I am mindful in my choices of who is allowed in my circle. If you are close to me it is on purpose.

When I face challenges in my life I know I can boldly take the next scary step because of the army I have backing me. Thank you. Each and every one of you.

Overcoming challenges creates fuel and I am a rocket. Count down to blast off!

There is NO question in my mind where I will land.

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© 2016 Angel Zamudio

Update on the Apoziwand Project

Hey guess what!!! The idea of magic wands is expanding!!! I’m very excited to update you guys on this project of mine. Since I wrote last week announcing the availability of the bamboo Apoziwands, I’ve had several people express interest in having one. One of my friends reached out to me to inform me that she was allergic to coconut and inquired if I’d be willing to provide one for her with an alternative finishing oil.

OMGOSH!!! I was so excited!!! #1 that she wanted one!!! #2 that she felt comfortable enough with me to inquire about an alternative and #3 that my awareness was now lifted to the idea that some people may have an allergy to coconut oil. NOW I can offer options. I love this life and the expansion that’s available to us when we allow things to continually work out for us.

IMG_2963I’m now in the process of learning how to infuse oils with lavender, eucalyptus and other therapeutic aromas and I’ve invested in some tools to help me with easier production of the wands!!! I’m super excited!!!

I know it may seem childlike to expect that anyone would take me seriously when I tell them that I’m creating magic wands to help people with their lives, but I’m here to tell you there’s far more interest in them than one might imagine and I believe in magic because I’ve experienced the magic of miracles occurring in my daily life. Those daily miracles all stem from something as small as shifting my focus, and if a stick of sanded bamboo with the word Apozitude burned into the side of it is coated with oil to create a silky soft feel can serve as a reminder that you hold this power right in the palm of your hand, then I’m going to keep right on making those magic wands regardless of what anyone else thinks.

© 2016 Angel Zamudio

How Do You Stay So Positive???

Hello there faithful followers of Apozitude. I’m so glad we’re able to share this time together. I love making connections and positively contributing to the lives of others. You may not realize this, but often when I’m writing, I’m thinking about you guys. I review my list followers and I think about the times we’ve spent together, whether in person, via text messages or on FB and I envision your smiles as I write. I appreciate you all so much, not only for following my journey, but mostly for contributing to the enrichment of my life. I know I’m blessed with so much love and I’m so grateful. Tears of joy welled up in my eyes the other night while I was explaining to my mom how much love I have in my life. What an amazing blessing Apozitude has opened up in my life and hopefully in yours as well.

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I’ve been putting a great deal of energy into this blog over the last 3 years, but even way before Apozitude even existed, I was creating space in the world for positivity. The title of this blog, unbeknownst to me at the time, was actually created 5 years prior to the launch of Apozitude. It’s a name I created for myself for an eBay account back in 2008. So, you see the dream has always been there, laying deep within my soul just waiting to become more and more clear. It’s not just about typing up these messages or creating these images, but it’s also about talking to people in my daily life. Never intentionally planned, but always in an inspired moment. The expansion of Apozitude has grown little by little and I can’t pass up this opportunity to share my appreciation for you, my faithful followers, for sharing my mission with your friends and family for further expansion. So, Thank you again.

There are a whole bunch of people in the world looking for ways to feel better and that’s the whole mission behind Apozitude and that’s why it comes up so frequently in conversation. The other side of this truth is that there a whole bunch of people in the world who already know how to feel better and the truth of that is plain and simple, it’s a wonderful place to be in a mix of “like-minded” people who “get it”. We’re all connected and at the same time on our own individual paths. On our paths, we’re all looking for the exact same thing and that is to feel happy and free. Everyone will have their own way of achieving that feeling, but the bottom line remains the same. We ALL want to be happy.

The fact that we all want to be happy leads me to share this next bit of information. Having a blog entitled Apozitude and writing about living life with a positive attitude, I find the #1 most FAQ I’m asked is various versions of, How do you stay so positive all the time? and the answer to that is, I don’t. I break down and cry in moments of frustration. I get pissed off and throw little fits. Of course, I have my ebbs and flows, but I really have very little tolerance of negative emotion. I just don’t like the way it feels, so as quick as I can, I shift my focus to something that helps me feel better and when I do have those dips of negative emotion I share them as little as possible, which ends up looking a little bit like this sometimes, text from Keri: How’s your day going my love? My response when I’m stuggling: It’s better if I don’t talk about it right now. How’s yours?

I don’t even remember what I was struggling with when I typed that response and because I didn’t go into detail in text, I don’t have a point of reference. Whatever “it” was, is in the past and isn’t bothering me one bit right now. So, the truth is, I’m not always in a positive mood, but I share very little when that occurs because I want to create a happier me right now and increase my odds of a happier me in the future.

© 2016 Angel Zamudio

My #1 tip on How to Change Your Life, RIGHT NOW!

Here’s a little secret. I’m calling it a secret not because you don’t know about it, but rather because not everyone knows how to use it. We’re all born with this super cool high-tech capability. It’s called your emotional guidance system and here’s how it works: You’re beboppin’ along through your day minding your own business and getting shit done when all of a sudden someone or something is introduced into your realm of buzz buzz awesomeness and that someone or something doses up your realm of awesomeness with a little bit of poison, a negative attitude, irritating news or some other undesirable thing happens and your high-tech emotional guidance system kicks into action alerting you of the intruder into your realm of awesomeness.

Once you receive that alert and you will feel some resistance beginning to brew within you, before you get too far down that rabbit hole, begin to notice this feeling because in the early stages before you get too much momentum going, is exactly where you can change your life, because that’s when you have a couple of things to consider. First of all, ask yourself, Can I change this? If the answer is yes, Do it! Whatever “IT” is, DO IT post haste!!! Take brave and bold action. What have you got to lose? The risk is this simple, you could not take the brave action and stay stuck there in that yucky feeling or you could take this brave action and feel better. Even if it doesn’t work out exactly like you thought it might, you WILL feel better because you took action and then you have a basis for how to improve that action the next time. If the answer is no, I can’t change this then get yourself as fast as you can to a point of an improved attitude on the subject.

The hard simple truth is we ALL are in complete control of ourselves, we’re just out of practice. We all have way more power than we give ourselves credit for having. It’s far easier to sit in a state of victimization and blame others while we drown our misery of mediocrity in distractions with too much food, drink, shopping or any other methods to keep ourselves distracted from realizing our full potential.

It can be scary when you realize how much potential you have because when potential is realized, expectations arise and that’s when we have to jump on the hotline to call on our bravery so we can step outside of our comfort zones. So, I’m calling bull shit on all that noise about excuses and burying myself in mediocrity. If you don’t like your life, change it and start NOW, by claiming responsibility for yourself. The circumstances of your life exist because you allow them to, what are YOU going to do about it?

© 2016 Angel Zamudio