Believe In Words

We have all heard the expression:”Actions speak louder than words” and while this is true, words do influence us whether good or bad. Obviously nobody wants to remember negative comments and we flock to the positive for inspiration.
I love Warrior’s acronyms of O.W.N.( One Warrior Nation) and W.O.W.(Words of Wisdom). He used alliteration a lot, even with his Injections of Inspiration videos. I have often used so many forms of figurative language in my writing whether in school or today. Planning is the key in writing or speaking as Warrior always showed us. This is why his legacy remains so strong.
He was brilliant with his interviews, promos, or even public speaking and not just bashing another performer before a match. His words became iconic and the ones I remember most were about life, spirit, and belief. He talked about things that no one had ever said before in a way which made us true warrior fans always remember even years later.
I can still recall teachers that impacted me in many ways with their words and most weren’t even about teaching or the subjects. They were about your life or future and how they believed you could succeed with anything if you really try. The most profound memories with words from teachers I have are yearbooks they wrote in so many years ago. I still can remember their words without looking them up.
As parents, we want to instill so much in our kids that it shouldn’t be:” in one ear and out the other.” We may not even realize how we are affecting them so we nag, criticize, or complain. Often times I need to slow down and really be conscious of what is being said. One day they will remember and I have to make sure my words are important.
Nowadays with my Warrior memories, I so enjoy listening to him. I always did anyway but there is so much more available now thanks to Ultimate Creations. What was mostly about him performing has become his speaking and for me I always believed in both. The words do make a difference and have so much power beyond any physical ability.

The Value of Honesty

Being an honest person is one of the best qualities someone can have. As I got to know more about Warrior’s character and who he really was, honesty seemed to be at his very soul. It became a virtue that was very admirable and yet so frowned upon. I like to think of myself as a pretty honest person and remember getting that pit in my stomach when telling a lie. 😯
Lots of people have said Warrior was honest to a fault– his best quality and yet his worst at times. I understand what this means. Don’t we all wish we could be 100% honest with everyone all the time? Can you just imagine how different this world would be? Most of us would hate it. Nobody likes to be criticized or risk the possibility of negative comments, we all want and need the good.
To be true with your own convictions and morals takes so much of your heart and mind. Sometimes it makes you feel isolated and distant with people, especially those you thought were your friends that had your back.
I can so totally relate in a way with how Warrior felt at times. I have lost friendships because of my morals and it is so unfortunate. I know how it feels to have people sell you out or end a relationship all because I didn’t do what they wanted. To stand by your own true self despite fall out or consequences takes guts and determination. I never had to go through what he did but on some level, I don’t cave either when it is something I firmly believe in.
My children know this about me with little things. As they grow, it will become more and more important with peer pressure, society, and age. They also know I can’t tolerate lying– it is the worst attribute you can have. Yes, we all have told white lies on occasion but when it involves your principles or beliefs, you stand your ground always.
As a parent, that is our duty to instill values in them that will last a lifetime. If Warrior has taught me anything and there are many things but we need to value honesty and know its purpose. Sometimes it is such a difficult task but as a warrior, it is a must in my life. πŸ˜¬πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ’–

Creativity is Endless

There is no doubt in my mind that Warrior was one of if not the most creative performer in wrestling during his prime. Randy Savage started it and Warrior continued it in a much different way. Once I knew he was also quite the artist, it explained a lot and how creativity factored in with his character.
Often times we associate creativity with art and rightfully so but it is endless in anything we do. I always felt that in me but needed the right “arena” in which to express my creative side. When I was a teacher it was so natural for me to have fun decorating my classroom, coming up with new ideas, interpreting the curriculum, and even challenging authority for new ways of doing an activity.
This would carry over as I became a Mom. I loved creating games for my kids, making crafts, and just putting a new spin on classics I had as a kid. I remember turning over the Twister mat, cutting out numbers or shapes, and taping them on the back. Circles and four colors was fun but getting too easy for them.
Now, I have even been more creative with food since we need to challenge our taste buds as well. Meat, potatoes, veggies, or bread has often times been replaced with a skillet meal mixed with different colorful foods blended together. I love to do this and feel so accomplished whether it’s a hit or not.
We can and should be creative with anything that interests us and I know I recognized that in Warrior every time by watching him. Even in his personal life he was always looking for creative endeavors to challenge himself everyday. He used his talents and knew it was necessary in order to feel fulfilled. Sometimes it takes so long to find out what we can do but if we sit around and wait, nothing happens.
Being creative is in every person and Warrior wants all of us to find what makes our bell ring so the match can start! πŸ›Ž It is endless what we can do and how to make it work. The qualities of being a warrior are vast and creativity should be at the top of our game. πŸŽ¨πŸ€Όβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘πŸ»

The Power of Television

~~~ This month I decided to concentrate on some of my influences and traits that defined my Warrior moments. Let’s begin…

All of us have our favorite shows on T.V. that we look forward to watching. I also think that most identify with certain characters or actors on the shows they watch every week. I certainly did even as a child, teen, and now adult. They do influence us in so many ways we may not even know at the time like me with Warrior.
Some people are just very relatable or likable whether it’s the role they are playing or who they really are as a person. We also probably like the concept or storyline. If I had never watched “American Pickers” I wouldn’t have researched my grandparents small antique table to find out its origin. So happy doing something that brought me much joy and it sits proudly in my home. Others get inspired by home improvement projects by watching HGTV and would never think about some renovations if not for that network with all their ideas. The hosts are friendly and identifiable in some ways that make them appealing to viewers.

We always feel this need to want their friendship through the t.v. screen. Why do you suppose this is? It’s not like we don’t have our own relationships with people we actually know and spend time with.
I think it is because the easy ability of characters always remains one-sided. We don’t really know them so there is no arguing, drama, jealousy, or bitterness. It is the escape from our own daily life and possible problems that come along for the ride. Whether or not many people will admit it, we all have these actors on t.v. that affect us.
As I watch videos of Warrior on the DVD, website, YouTube, or other media I love him being himself best of all. Sure, there are probably hundreds of wrestling videos available one could watch for days but for me anymore– I enjoy the REAL Warrior who was the husband and Dad. He isn’t screaming, running, working out, or having face paint on. He’s just sitting talking about life, his experiences, and how to motivate us as warriors.
I have related most to these and really feel a different connection like we could’ve been friends. πŸ˜‰ He doesn’t intimidate or seem superior, just a regular guy. Don’t get me wrong– I don’t mean “normal” but easy to listen and understand. No gimmick at all. T.V. or the Internet are very dominant and we can use them both to our advantage. We need to grow, learn, and be inspired our whole lives. πŸ“ΊπŸ’»

P.S. My great-grandma watched pro-wrestling back in the early years of television. One of her favorites was Gorgeous George!! Am sure I would’ve loved her….. πŸ’–

Bad Becomes Good

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” ~~~
Albert Einstein
I am sure we all look at our lives and think there are things we’d never do, say, or ever experience. These past almost 3 years are proof enough for me. Nobody can fully predict the future even though we try mapping out our lives the way we want them to go.
Once I started having many signs about Warrior, I’d tell my brother. I knew he’d understand and give me support. Some were funny and others, not so much. He reply with his usual LOL or #alwaysbelieve which made me laugh. πŸ˜† But, I started to get more Warrior type of signs and I seriously asked him what he really thought it all meant. He said to me: ” I guess you really are a Warrior.”
I never would’ve expected that from him even though deep down, I knew I was. That made my eyes well up and just stop for a moment. Dana also said that in her email to me. Am sure she tells other people that but for me it resonates and I’m filled with much gratitude.
I had this in me for such a long time like I’ve mentioned before in my past but somehow now it’s different and very new. Of course Warrior’s passing had brought on so many things that never would’ve happened had he lived. I’d trade it all for his life back.
All my dreams, (coming soon…) signs, Dana’s website, me having Twitter, emailing Dana,– the list goes on and on. Some things were ongoing like DVD’s, books, social media, and merchandise but never have I been so outward like I am now– um, this blog!!!
Who knows how all of this will continue but am loving the journey and will enjoy the ride like my sign says. I have been given a wonderful gift that I am in awe of everyday. Good can and will come from bad but we have no idea at the time how something changes our life in ways we can’t imagine.

~~~ A little sidebar of more good things always coming is my intuitiveness. I have recently been reading blogs about intuitive abilities which I actually have had for more than these almost 3 years. I absolutely love how some things are exactly what is happening to me right now. The personal touch is the professional validations I longed to hear.

theintuitivesoulsblog by
Jessica Lee Knapp

What’s in A Name?

*** I didn’t take this title from a page in his book– I swear!

The dictionary describes a warrior as “one who is engaged in war, a soldier.” Quite the physical definition, isn’t it? It has become so amazing to me how that word with one meaning changes into multiple ones and continues to do so. We would always relate the word with battle or perhaps ancient times; maybe also anyone who has literally fought in a war. All of this is true but in fact its real meaning has evolved into something deeper and more complex with our world today.
The Ultimate Warrior defined this word by making it a household name– at least in my house during that time. Sure, there were others before him or different references. He not only used that word which became his name but it continues today despite his passing.
Now, we have prayer warriors for cancer survivors, the Warrior Dash through mud filled obstacles, toys, TV shows, and even the phrase “weekend warrior.” In my opinion, he made that name a mainstay long before anyone else could or did whether you are a fan or not.
The word warrior it seems has a negative connotation in regards to someone fighting against something they disagree on or trying to change rules. This sounds so bad to many people that are always rule followers, not breakers. Sometimes the game plan or societal laws need changed in order to move on.
This does not need to be a bad thing and that stereotype of negativity with being a warrior I believe has changed. I believe it means exactly what Warrior was trying so hard all those years to show us and that is to fight for yourself. It doesn’t mean physically but psychologically and emotionally.
We need to be our OWN warrior in the way that works for us in our OWN lives. He is our role model in many ways( is, not was!) but he wants us warriors to find our destiny with this reality of life. The word warrior is indeed hard to define these days with all that is put in front of us. We have to use the word and make a name for ourselves that is more than a physical war but an internal one that reaches our true soul. πŸ”₯πŸ‘ŠπŸ»

The Warrior Within Me

Here’s a 3 count to ponder…
Had to post this pic since I have never seen Warrior toys in the store before unlike most others. In all the years–me–never. The date I went was Nov. 14 and Warrior was with Randy back in 1992 as the Ultimate Maniacs. Actually, Nov. 14, 1992 was their match against Money Inc. on SNME.
No, I don’t have all the dates memorized despite owning the DVD, but this one sticks in my head for other personal reasons. ❀ I love their promo shown on Superstars!! Anyway, while driving home I noticed a bright yellow car with New Mexico plates which is a rarity. Kinda hard to miss since N.M. plates are full of color—hmmm. πŸ€” The toys, dates, and car~~~what a 3 count for the win! Now, onto my post for today…….

I have always enjoyed hearing about people’s backgrounds, histories, and family life. It really does make you understand how they are and why. This was very true of Warrior and how I got to know about his past which helped form his future.
Coming from the mid-west, I realized he was never really the Hollywood type and understood hard work and values. As his life and career advanced, he often felt misunderstood and parts of me could really relate to that. I was very independent also and liked doing things my own way. I did always feel like the black sheep and wondered why I was different.
Having embraced that now, it wasn’t easy and things were challenging for me. Once I decided to put pity aside, I rose to my challenges just like a Warrior. I began to engage in his disciplines of destrucity and self-belief for me in my own life. Finally, I found my voice, stood up for myself, and wasn’t feeling stepped on anymore.
You might think it was an obsession but that’s not how my feelings were or are now. I never once put him on a pedestal, built a shrine, (however I love to see collections!) didn’t always agree with everything he said or did outside of the business, and certainly never thought he could do no wrong. Yet, with all his decisions made– strong as they were– I never stopped believing in him no matter what.

Love can take on many forms and I didn’t think this was true about how I felt for him but it really is. What started as a very physical attraction (I was 15!) grew into something more spiritual and inspiring even before he passed. Love has a way of doing that even when you can’t admit it. I never thought I would have anything in common with him, a professional wrestler– really???
I always had that voice and confidence but just needed someone to bring it out in me, even someone I watched on t.v. every week. I admired him for being true to himself and knew I had to be too. It is amazing how we are formed by certain people when we are young but then get reformed by others even in unexpected ways. πŸ‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈβš‘οΈπŸ’ͺ🏻🀘

Out of the Blue (or is it Red?)

Warrior said there were 2 things he did everyday:
“read and write in my journal.”

I decided to change this story around a bit and as you can see it’s mostly about our little red friend sitting above. What first prompted this writing was our annual Heritage Days Parade in town last August.
My husband, dog, and I went without the kids but almost didn’t go at all.
So glad we did considering I saw a man wearing the EXACT Ultimate Warrior shirt Lebron James wore after he stepped off the plane last June. How exciting that my Ohio team–the Cavs won the championship against well, we probably all know their name!! I couldn’t believe I saw someone with that shirt on. He seemed older so was he a fan of both?? I won’t really know but LOVED how I saw it that evening when we almost didn’t go…

Now, onto more signs that involved a cardinal, Warrior’s energy, and me. I have mentioned feathers already but this lovely red bird actually did some pretty wild things last summer–5 to be exact and I believe based on much research.
Animals can and will manifest energy as a sign meant just for you in abnormal ways. Not to burst any bubbles, but just because you see a cardinal or other colorful creature doesn’t mean it’s your loved one. Sure, presence of loved ones can be around at times and will be noticeable. Sometimes they really are just flying, eating, or singing. They need to do something different, out of the blue, or bizarre. Perhaps even if you’ve asked for a sign.
I had several occurrences last summer that mostly happened while writing in my hammock. They all amazed me and were very profound. A cardinal was on my fence post literally staring at me chirping incredibly loud the whole time I was writing, one was in my pear tree looking at me as I was reading spiritual stuff on my phone, and one actually perched in my cherry tree beside our pool as I was getting in down the ladder. That has never happened and they are very skittish at the slightest movements.
One day I saw a cardinal at our feeder in the front yard but was inside trying to catch a close glimpse. I inched closer to the window and it stopped eating to stare at me. This was very odd indeed, like it was ready to hear what I had to say.
You must be thinking:”she’s CRAZY– who talks to birds?” They don’t talk back of course but with much reading and research plus lots of cardinal abnormalities, I was beginning to wonder and truly believe.
The last occurrence was Sept. 1st, 2016 and close to dusk. I know this date since it is when Dana did her first podcast that I listened to. About 15 minutes before it began, a cardinal landed on our patio bench. It was deafening!! Now, they are first to feed in the a.m. and last to feed at night but this was incredibly out of character and so bizarre. I didn’t even notice it at first but then it seemed so close like it was in my house.
Could this cardinal have been used as a messenger to carry Warrior’s spirit watching over Dana at my house? Absolutely nuts you say– hopefully you haven’t stopped reading by now!! They don’t do this behavior at all and never had before. Once the podcast began, it flew away.
I read many, many stories or I wouldn’t be sharing at all about these beautiful birds with minds all their OWN. Obviously, none of us knows the answers but these 5 cardinal moments did in some way connect to Warrior and either my writing or a spiritual meaning. His wife even has a moment and that was the ultimate sign for me. πŸ’—
A butterfly almost landed on my leg also when I was writing and yes that could happen but it doesn’t for me.. I know most will doubt, dismiss, or ignore but intuitives and Warrior fans I believe will understand this journey of mine.
The shirt, cardinal rarities, and a butterfly all interwoven into an incredible summer of 2016 for me. Once you notice the smallest of signs, anything can happen even out of the blue…or red! πŸ¦‹β€

Only One State Away…

I have always enjoyed reading ever since childhood and it has been a fixture in my life for decades. Going to the public library, reading books for school, bookstores, etc. were of such interest to me. I’m even one of those people who smells a new book- yes I still do that! πŸ‘ƒπŸ»πŸ“šI couldn’t wait to introduce books to my kids and so hoped they would love them as much as I do. As they have gotten older, it has been challenging but interesting seeing what topics they select.
Every time one of them brings home a book from their school library, I inspect it. I read the title, author, book flap, introduction ( if there is one), and the author’s bio. As I was reading about this author of a book my son brought home a few years ago, I noticed where he was from– Crawfordsville, Indiana. Of course years ago this town would mean nothing to me but now it held my attention longer than I thought it would.
Reading that today, am sure I would laugh or smile but not then. Of all the towns in the state of Indiana, I read this one so soon after Warrior’s passing. I had done this for years with the kids books and it still strikes me today. That town isn’t a big name and I would never think twice about it — except for someone who WAS a big name and it being his hometown.
He always read such important stuff that I will never likely read but guess we have a love of books in common. An ironic story is at around this time I was actually going to the library and followed a car with Indiana plates. It eventually went in the opposite direction but was reminded of Warrior’s love for libraries as I drove behind that car. I saw Indiana plates quite often and more than our other border states in the few months after he passed. Being in Ohio, this could be very common but I noticed all the time…..
His home state, daughter’s name, and a library all rolled into one day. So many days did I have like that and sometimes still do. Books will continue being a passion of mine as am sure the inspection of the kids selections will continue also. Ohio or Indiana– it doesn’t matter since us mid-westerners and our love of books always remains even in an author’s bio.

P.S. ( or should I say footnote!) On our vacation in 2016 to South Dakota, my daughter found an Indiana state quarter. I have kept it…

Music is Timeless

“Music is what Feelings Sound Like.”

During this final week before Christmas, am sure we all have heard our share of holiday songs blasting the airwaves for over a month or so now. Some are exhausted by it all and yet some never seem to be…….

We all have our favorite songs that we hear over and over again and never get tired of. Even if it’s an older classic– they never go out of style for me. I love that feeling of excitement and joy when a great song puts you in a happy mood, you just have to move!
I still like listening to the radio and can remember when music was beginning to influence me in my life. Now, Pandora and I have an ultimate connection! 🎼🎀 It’s funny how we identify a certain song with a feeling, an event, a person, or a part of our lives that matters. Many websites or books will tell you that somehow there can be a cosmic force playing a song in your head and then you hear it or something similar. I can’t tell you how many times this has happened to me!
Just when I think Warrior and his “signs” are far from my mind I hear: “Don’t you Forget About Me,” Always Something There to Remind Me,” ” Animal,” “Burning Heart,” “The Flame,” or “Don’t Stop Believin’ “…. The list continues but I would be explaining titles and lyrics all day. Obviously these songs are possibly overplayed and highly requested and yet still makes me wonder… Yes, “The Warrior” is played but surprisingly not that often. πŸ€”πŸ˜¬
Is there a part of Heaven that has DJ’s and sound systems sending you songs? I know this sounds bizarre to some but it seems to happen ALOT with me. I don’t freak out anymore but have learned to have fun with it. I just point upward, smile and laugh since having a sense of humor counts. There have been a few WOW moments that really made me stop to feel the words in my life…. I could actually listen to his entrance music “Unstable” for hours and never get tired of it! Well, maybe not hours…
I used to think that there would come a day or time when this feeling was starting to wane and perhaps fade but it never has. Oh, I’ll grow tired of these songs or this music or the feeling but nope, not once. Goosebumps fill my arms and legs and this is always a mystery to me. Sometimes, I can guess but other times I am baffled!
Songs, music, classics, Warrior—all timeless to me and it doesn’t matter where I am or who I’m with. The feelings come and I don’t fight them anymore. They have become a part of me, goosebumps and all.

~~~My wish for 2017 is for all of you reading to embrace something new as I have. I will continually do so with sharing my writings. So much more to come… πŸŽ…πŸΌπŸŽ„πŸŽπŸŽ‰