Happify - Meeting My Victorious Self

March 05, 2013

Yesterday I was contacted by HAPPIFY and asked if I would be interested in trying out their Happify Pioneer Program. (Happify is a NYC based company with a vision to bring the science of happiness to mass market in an entirely new way, led by a group of proven serial entrepreneurs who have teamed up with the leading scientists and coaches in happiness research and training.) Naturally I said YES!

This morning I began my first exercise - Meeting My “Victorious Self” – I was asked to imagine what my future self and life will look like and write it down. This got me thinking about future goals, hopes and dreams. About where I wanted to be and what I hoped to accomplish, so I decided to share one of those goals with you...

For as long as I can remember I have dreamed of owning a home in the Tuscan countryside; a place with history that I could restore to escape the stresses of life to find refuge in an oasis of calm. A place others could visit to share in this utopia of organic living. So universe, if you’re listening – help!

Over time that vision has slightly changed. I want to turn my haven into a small B&B, a place where people going through hardships can stay to nurture their spiritual and emotional growth, perhaps work with a not-for-profit organization. I want to provide guests with a locale that is committed to sustainable and environmentally-sound practices where they can pick fresh herbs and vegetables from a garden to help prepare our meals. A place they can enjoy bike rides along the countryside, picnic lunches and a glass of local wine, as well as other therapeutic activities like yoga, spa treatments, cooking classes, and excursions to local vineyards, villages and artisan shops.

You may ask yourself, why would you want to share a private paradise with others, in particular strangers? The answer is rather simple, because I believe there is no delight in owning something unshared. How great would it be to experience magical moments with people from all walks of life. To share life stories and experiences, and one day write a book about these encounters to help and inspire others.

My ultimate dream is to one day have B&B’s in Provence, Marrakesh, Seville and South Africa; a network of homes dedicated to providing love and care to those in need. Why away? Because when people are removed from their environment they experience an awakening of the senses and are able to see things with greater clarity and peace of mind. That spark of excitement and adventure is ignited by new sights and sounds. It’s amazing what a change of pace and space can do for someone’s morale, but not everyone has the resources to afford such a luxury. That’s where I step in… to offer them a place to stay. So this is my dream, my fuel, my wish to the universe.

Most importantly, I want to share this dream with those I love and with those in need. Now I ask you, what do you envision your future to look like?

Cheers to dreams and making them come true!

(These images are of Agrifuturismo)

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