The Genius in You βœŠπŸ»πŸ§ 

Would you believe you are a genius if one person said this? How about two or even three? Well, warriors you get three people saying you are a genius in this post. That word does sound intimidating for sure. We usually equate it with having superior intelligence or really great ideas. We ALL are geniuses, all of us. I’ll let you know why…

These three people telling that you are a genius happen to me, Warrior, and Mel Robbins. You obviously know me and some may know Warrior as the subject of my book Spirit and Belief but some may not know Mel.

Mel Robbins is an American T.V. host, author, and motivational speaker. She has been featured on CNN, given TED talks, and is a life coach to millions. She like Warrior and myself want you to spend time doing what you love because you are a genius.

It’s so easy for me or anyone else to write words and say them to others but what about to yourself? We talk the talk but can we walk the walk or practice what we preach? I believe in the greatness of myself. Warrior did as does Mel. Now, it’s your turn. Try this exercise. Look into a mirror and repeat that phrase.

“I believe in the greatness of myself.” *** Say it as many times as you need to warriors! The more you say it, the more you’ll believe it. I’ll do it too…

Mel suggests beginning your day as a genius with greatness before 7:30 A.M. Take 30 minutes or just 15 if you can’t do the whole half hour just for you. Truly spend time on you, not anyone else. I don’t mean a household chore, errand, stuff for your spouse, kids, pets, or any of that. Also, no life skills either like brushing your teeth or eating. Try to stay away from social media as well. Make it your time for YOU. Nothing robotically but mindfully.

Pray, meditate, write!, read, exercise, be outdoors in nature, take a bath, listen to music, be creative in any way you like. Stick to it every single day for at least 30 days. You will notice a difference with how your day gets started and guess what? That’s being a genius warriors.

Here’s a quote from Warrior: ( and that video above)

“Bold is genius. You came here to be a genius… Take that f***ing genius inside of you and show it off to the rest of the world!”

Yes, he used profanity A LOT! It is dramatic but we do need to share ourselves with others and make a difference in this life. Be passionate about what you love. He had also said he never met anybody that didn’t have greatness inside to be a genius. They just may never fully realize its full potential. Don’t be one of them. He goes on to say that the mind controls how that genius comes about. You have the power and control over your thoughts everyday through self-belief. Just make the time and use your own unique gifts, talents, and skills to make it happen.

Of course I knew that from Warrior. When I found Mel as part of Hay House’s World Summit this year, it struck me how similar their statements were. Hers without swearing! 😬

Here’s a quote from Goethe:

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”

*** His quote is very much the same as Warrior and Mel’s messages. Another idea Mel shares is to eliminate the “to-do” list. Do you really need to write down– laundry, walk the dog, or get groceries? Maybe you do but your brain will know over time. I have mentioned on my other blog making a working to-do list you’d actually accomplish without too many things in a day. Can you try this too? Don’t forget to remember yourself on that list! We take care of everyone and everything else (especially women) but can’t forget us in the process.

Whatever your list is like, make time for you as a genius. It sounds intense I know but that’s how we need to be in order to accomplish any goal. Get rid of that list altogether! I have and it truly does work. I’m not fixated on those to-dos and really know what needs to be done or what I’d like to do. Some of you extreme planners may be offended so just take baby steps one at a time each day.

Take it from me, Warrior, and Mel. That genius is already inside you just waiting for its day to come into greatness. Listen to us and yourself with that gut instinct you possess. You will never have this life back so own it now and tap into your inner genius. 15 or 30 minutes is all it takes. Use your greatness to be that genius you are meant to be.

P.S. Here’s a quote from Mel:

“Greatness is Hearing Your Truth And Speaking It, No Matter How Your Voice Shakes.”

P.P.S. Warrior has made MANY videos on this topic so check them out at:www.ultimatewarrior.com

*** Also on the YouTube channel of the same name where he calls them Injections of Inspiration. πŸ’ͺ🏻

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β€œI Think I Can…” Part 2 πŸš‚

I have never written a part 2 for any post before but this one needed to be continued for sure.

*** There is a correction to be made about the story. “The Little Engine That Could” was originally written in 1930, not in 1947 which would make it 42 years before I was born and not 25. My info was previously wrong.., Having said that, let me share why this train gets a part 2.

While looking thru these classic books my aunt gave as wedding gifts years ago, I found “The Little Steam Engine.” I just decided to open up some personal books of mine and reread tales when lo and behold– there it was! This version is identical to the original and I laughed thinking of its connection and Warrior once again. The stories aren’t listed in the contents but they are categorized by virtues. This train is under perseverance which it did have by asking for help and never giving up. We should all do the same.

I will always keep that page folded over and my children’s book is near its larger companion in my bookshelf. Heartfelt laughter and memories again on one track of “I Think I Can.”

This takes us to the photo you see of my kids aged 4 and 2 then in 2008. We went to Idlewild Park in Pennsylvania and Storybook Forest was included. I highly recommend this park to anyone with young children as it has much to do with rides, a water park, and even Mr. Rogers Neighborhood Trolley. I was not looking thru old photos out of nostalgia at all but wanting to find one of my daughter since May is her birthday month.

That vacation brought up so many laughs and when I saw that pic— OMG again! I remember taking photos of the Storybook signs and characters but not specific memories. The classic tale in a collection and now that photo all within a few days. Can you say ultimate guidance? ☺️😬

The other fun part of this story is my son’s shirt. Many may know that 23 is Lebron James’s number and he played with our Cleveland Cavaliers during that 2008 NBA season. James was Warrior’s birth name and the Cavs won the 2016 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. ( That story is in my book Spirit and Belief.) My boy just happened to be wearing that jersey in that photo and now– years later, a synchronicity. He did get a 2016 jersey and now has outgrow it. Mama will never give that away!

I tell ya warriors— the giddiness ensued from me for what seemed like hours after finding that photo and connecting it to the big book. This then of course led to my picture book and being yet another three count for the BIG title win! That Little Engine just keeps on going like the Energizer Bunny.., Hey– I had warrior batteries too (: Always keep connecting those dots or lining up your trains on the track since that’s how signs work. It can be anything remember. You may not have books, photos, jerseys, or any of my stuff but you will have your own.

Here’s another great moment. I also remembered Lebron coming last off the plane when the Cavs returned to Cleveland. He held the trophy and was wearing an Ultimate Warrior t-shirt! That image used to be my cover photo for this blog…. Many thought that was a “dig” at the warrior team but it was revealed he was a fan as a kid. I think it was both, LOL! Some didn’t even know who that guy was on his shirt. Needless to say, those shirts were selling big time. I did see a guy wearing one in my neighborhood that summer.

The number 6 is relevant here too since my son’s jersey is from 2008, Lebron left the Cavs for a few seasons and then returned in 2014– the year Warrior passed. That was 6 years later. We were on vacation when we heard that news in the Poconos– PA again… 6 years after we went to Idlewild. AND– get this!!! My husband and I honeymooned in 2002 at the Poconos. We wanted to go back someday with our future kids. So, first it was our honeymoon in 2002, Idlewild in 2008, and last the Poconos again in 2014. All 3 being 6 years apart in PA. I just realized those details later on when they weren’t originally part of this post!!

Here was my first idea that I put the “kabosh” on. It also involves the number 6 but in a different way. While watching the YouTube bio where the train book is featured, the beginning lists the date of when the Y2K14 games were released. That date was October 29, 2013. Pretty significant since Warrior always loved promoting them in his own way. Well, that date kept bugging me to connect and I finally did. Last Oct. 29, 2019 I had a serious situation that took me to the ER. It was more of a *spiritual* experience revealed to me later on not by any doctors so nothing really medically related at all. I thought about sharing the details as another blog post. Oh, and both of those Octobers were Tuesdays. Remember grace??

The day I was jotting down notes, my cat came running down the attic steps as the door slammed shut behind her. What? Nobody shut it. That never happens. My husband even asked why it closed so suddenly. Then, she jumped on my dresser near where I was standing and tried to knock the pen away from my hand! Um, could that have been a sign from Warrior? I believe so- always. My cat has done things before so cats have super intuition. Just to make sure, I asked Warrior to let me know with that story. Yes, it’s very personal unlike anything else I’ve ever told but I can be tactful. Well, a little later I got a loud buzzing in my ear which is a huge sign from him to me. I took that as a “No, don’t blog that!” I kinda knew already…

But, look at the dates. The same exact date only 6 years apart on Tuesdays again. Now, I truly know why that incident happened to me then as I was possibly thinking Halloween maybe? Spirits can be active at certain times just like during a full moon. I am FINE as it’s part of my spiritual journey but numbers and dates are important- always. Guess 6 is my “lucky” number for life. πŸ’–

*** Be that little engine on the track that works for you. It never gave up, neither did Warrior, neither am I, and neither should you.

P.S. ONE more number 6 connection– I promise! From Oct.- April- 6 months. Y2K14 games released and then Warrior’s passing. I also had “The Box” story in my book 6 months after he passed. April-Oct. reversed… πŸ’™

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Hangin’ Out with Warrior ( Dream…)πŸͺ‘

“Who’s that lounging in my chair?… this surely is a dream.”

~~~ Marcy Playground, 1997.

I won’t say the title as it’s kinda risquΓ© (look up on your own😬) but this song kept popping in my head and on the radio so had to use it for today’s post! I kept hearing it and finally laughed as I needed to. So, yes warriors recently another dream came to be and it did involve that chair in my driveway, the action figure, and Warrior. Let’s see…. don’t think there’s been a dream to really speak of since the buffalo one and this was just sorta relaxing and casual. Just like the title.

It started out as a typical meet and greet where Warrior was signing autographs, shaking hands, and posing for photos. The little boy I mention in “Which Warrior Would You Choose” ( 6/26/18) was in this so guess he got another opportunity! I still love him in that video talking about Warrior’s hair. Maybe that’s why he made a return appearance (: Me, well, I was just an observer of all this which would always be entertaining anyway. Being in the background for just a little until it got more personal.

After that time with fans, all of a sudden I was at my house outside in the driveway. The garage was open and had tables with food spread out like for a party. People were around but no idea really of who they were. Warrior was there and sitting in a chair in my driveway. I imagined that chair you see but now that I think more, he’d probably not fit in it! Not entirely sure if he was the guest of honor at this party or just casually being there. He was wearing a gray sweatshirt but the sun was shining so not too cold in Ohio that day.

He wasn’t mobbed or anything and our group was small. The little boy was there too so guess I knew him! It was then that I went into my house and found the action figure. Think this is about the third pic it’s been in for these writings. I showed it to him as he fingered it in his hands. He thought it was so cool I had it as I told him the story behind the find. ( That’s in my book Spirit and Belief.) I also blogged it first years ago.

Here’s the MORE interesting part. I said to him: “This action figure is the same one I believe that Dana has and she’d put it on the stage when presenting the Warrior Award at the Hall of Fame.” He says back: “Yeah, I think it is, so neat!” Um, WHAAT? The award wouldn’t exist if he were alive despite this being a dream. Gee, why didn’t I get my book to show him too? After all, that wouldn’t exist either. Wait, that was another dream… BTW– Dana had that action figure years before I found mine but the conversation was so surreal.

We chatted for a bit but I don’t remember him getting up really at all or eating. He was just there sitting in my chair in the driveway like no big deal. This is another example of lucid dreaming which I’ve experienced before. I did however find that action figure many years ago in the late ’90’s so that’s been in my life when Warrior was still alive.

Here’s another interesting part. Do any of you avid readers remember my post “Many Meaningful Masks” blogged 1/29/20? No, it doesn’t concern this global pandemic, lol! πŸ˜‚Well, the spot in the driveway where I drew Warrior’s masks in chalk six years ago was EXACTLY the same spot he was sitting in that chair. That’s why the figure isn’t close up since I wanted part of the driveway shown. This I remembered after going outside later in the day and just pausing on that spot.

I guess for me in all these dreams I have always just accepted them without questioning. Even with others I have never said: “How can you be here?” Or even: “Oh, wait I must be dreaming.” That is being lucid but there are other factors. Of course after waking up, I’d know these things but never doubting the messages or people in them. Some are a little more complex for sure to figure out and some also may not make the best of sense. I take them all as they guide me on my journey.

Warrior at my house– I’ll take it always! He’s been in my childhood background for another dream so now where I currently live. We were just hangin’ out with him lounging in my chair. No need for a big venue, lots of people, or over the top stuff. Always accept your dreams warriors no matter what. My driveway had those masks and then him in that same spot. Our lives do determine our dreams. Here’s to just hangin’ out wherever your dreams may take you… 😴

P.S. Another similarity with this was my story in the book about being in 7th grade and noticing the Road Warriors on a boy’s notebook. ***Many years later after Warrior had passed, I dreamt he gave a talk in my 7th grade classroom. I blogged that too as “Warrior Book Dream.” I brought my book to show him but then thought never would I have written it if he hadn’t passed. Lucid again and there were others. Can’t forget the Wrestling Buddy doll dream too. πŸ˜‰

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We All NEED Fans !πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ“£

We truly need fans, all of us everyday warriors. Despite this global pandemic we still need fans support all the time. Sporting events are not the same without those people getting behind a team, performer, or event. COVID-19 has affected us all in numerous ways and some more than others. We generally associate the word “fan” with following fame but really it is for everything. WWE needs fans to thrive but so do other businesses as well.

I bet you are a fan of your favorite restaurant. Patrons, yes but fan always. You probably also have favorite products which makes you a fan of those. Think of where you like to visit or travel. You’re a fan of that. It can be anything or anyone at all. Financially lately, everyone has suffered including teachers who are fans of their students missing school right now ): Fans keep us going with or without money and we need them to survive.

Even simple acts of kindness matter like a smile or hug ( not yet for that though…) You give and receive because you are a fan. A fan of the act and the recipient. Words of encouragement can go a long way to make someone’s day better. We ALL are of course fans with the millions of health care workers around the globe. 🌎They work tirelessly to help keep us all safe. Am sure you’ve been on both ends of being a fan and that’s the balance of life essential to humans. Without fans, we are all nothing.

Some may say that certain famous people are successful because of their co-workers, boss, or a storyline written for their character. Those do and can in fact be true but they make no difference at all without fans attending, watching, buying, or listening. It doesn’t matter the profession. I never knew how fans would treat the Ultimate Warrior after his many returns but there they were once again showing support for their favorite. It’s like that for us too.

Parents are their kids first fans, then teachers, and then peers. If any relationship is genuine, they’ll back you no matter what. Authentic people are like that. Can you say you are a fan of someone despite obstacles life throws at them? For some, it may be difficult but for others they stand by because being a fan of another is in their blood. Don’t you want that as well for yourself? You want and need those fans beside you even though s*** happens!

Can you say that being a fan of someone or something has worked well in your life? Let me think about that for a second with Warrior…. πŸ€”To quote Steve Austin: “Hell yeah!” It does apply to other situations too… There are those things we may abandon over time and cease our fanship. It can be the simplest of ideas or the more complicated of relationships. Right now, am sure the world’s people are not fans of “social distancing” but it is our lifestyle without a choice as of late. Some concepts, places, or people we outgrow and need to move on with newer fan bases. Then, there’s the long haul as you Ultimate Warrior fans can surely relate. Regardless of any little or big events, we keep our fan base strong. πŸ’―πŸ’ͺ🏻

I bet your list is huge with everything deserving of fanship in life up to now. Yes, businesses need the money so people get paid as is their livelihood which we support. Besides personal relationships, every other fan base you project involves an exchange of money that keeps industry going. We still need to do our best with being fans of who and what we love.

I can honestly say my list with what I love has changed somewhat with age and time but there are many constants. Think small and then move onto bigger stuff that has always been there. For me, I’ve forever been a fan of the color pink, nachos, nature, bike riding, swimming, (last week’s post!) bubble baths, reading, shrimp, and summer. Later additions include fitness, nail polish, writing, (of course!) little kids, singing, crystals, meditation, avocados, and the best for last– Warrior.. Not to mention virtues and belief systems we should all be fans of. Other people as well.

Warrior had his list of being a fan with many interests too but held a special place in his heart for those that would never waver despite adversity– US. I thank you ALL for the ultimate support of his legacy and for the support of my work keeping it going always. Whatever else you are a fan of, you’ll know if it’s worth the longevity or not. During these unprecedented times, keep your interest as a fan of what you love close. People, businesses, ideas, places, attitudes, and anything in between.

We all deserve fans and we need to be one as well. I honor all fans because as people, we can turn nothing into something.

P.S. The biggest fan you can be is to YOURSELF. πŸ’œπŸ€—

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The Deep End πŸŠπŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ’¦

A night early as I have some last minute things to take care of tomorrow morning…

Music is always there for me warriors. From the beginning even until now. 🎼 The song “Shallow” sung by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper from the movie “A Star is Born” inspired this post today. Parts of it sum up my spiritual life and how it has evolved with Warrior. “… we’re far from the shallow now.” I am reminded of him with another lyric: “Ain’t it hard keeping it so hardcore?”

The shallow end leads to the deep end but are you willing to “swim” there too? Maybe many thought Warrior was too far off the deep end with his disciplines and beliefs but being extreme propelled him to keep swimming.

A pool metaphor is perfect as I had two growing up, my husband had one, and we are now onto our second one with the kids. How many of you jump or dive right in? Maybe you feel more comfortable taking your time perhaps dipping a toe in at first. I have done both but am more of the toe girl or having a raft to float on. We used to laugh at my Dad who’d get in the pool like he was bathing. He’d splash the water up and down his arms and chest similar to lather! That was his way of getting used to the water temperature.

Am sure those of you with pools or swimmers can understand this. I’d love swimming in an in ground pool and being capable enough to go out to the deep end. It was so freeing and grown-up even though nobody can touch in 8 or 9 feet of water. I did it because I could and wanted to but sometimes also as a dare. I was a great swimmer and always last getting out of the pool. My Mom called me the family fish. 🐠

With other aspects in life, the “deep end” can seem scary and intimidating. I was never pushed off a diving board but sometimes we seem pushed to succeed. Even babies learn to hold their breath by being dunked underwater. Staying in the shallow end is fine but then you’ll never experience all the deep end has to offer. Sure, it’s risky but life can be which we do need. Think of all the times you went in the deep end metaphorically and did it pay off? Sometimes– yes, sometimes–no. Warrior and I have both had those moments. I bet you do too if you think hard enough. Not being careless but just experiences we all have.

Even though our professional lives were very different, publishing something brought us similarities. Warrior had high expectations (I believe at the time) with his comic books and later on, they didn’t sell very well. I love mine which was blogged as “The Spiritual Warrior” 8/22/18. I had bought too many copies of my book Spirit and Belief thinking I could hand sell them. Both of us off the deep end just a little but lessons learned. Sometimes we do need to tread water while remembering to keep our head afloat.

Perhaps you love the shallow because it’s comfortable but you’ll never feel challenged and life really is the whole pool. Warrior would dive in with ideas for his character but sometimes Vince would pull him back to the shallow just a little. My evolvement with Warrior was like dipping a toe in the water because that created longevity. If I dove head first in the water back then, I surely would’ve drown. Do you feel that way?

It’s the head and heart balance always. We need both but then that gut instinct treads along too. Our passions may push us into the water but we can choose the shallow or deep end. We need those ends just how life truly is. Some may never swim to the deep and that is their choice. Will they regret it? Who knows but life shouldn’t be about regrets. Again, a balance of being comfortable and taking chances.

I’m not a huge risk taker but I do when my interests push me farther out to that deep end. After all, if nothing interests you why swim to the deepest part when everything you need is in the shallow? I find that hard to believe but really it’s the fear. It’s the fear holding you back and not the water or situation itself. You can have others teach you to swim but you’ll eventually have to take off those floaties and just go… This is true of any other metaphor you want to connect with.

You will not feel bad about swimming for that deep end even if you can’t touch the bottom. I remember trying water skiing and being the only one in our group to attempt. I wanted to do it for me and because I love water sports, not just to impress. Never mastered it and ended up falling! After choking for a few minutes ( cue slight embarrassment πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ) I did get back up and try again. Despite the outcome, I went towards a deep end while others stayed in the shallow.

Warrior was a deep end guy and not just with his character. His philosophies and introverted way of thinking I highly admire because we are the same like that. Deep end thinkers work too, not just for swimming. So, warriors the shallow or deep end? You’ll be in both but don’t fear the deep. You won’t drown if you keep swimming to the other side. Take that life preserver if you need it. Look back at the shallow and know how far you’ve gone. The water of life is waiting… “I’m off the deep end, watch as I dive in…”

P.S. Remember water is essential for us. It is fluid and always moving. You need to be that way too. We all do.

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A Competitive Spirit πŸ‹πŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ€Όβ€β™‚οΈ

I’m not very competitive but are you warriors? I guess I’m referencing sports or games here but really, we all are. We are always competing in one way or another in this game of life. We compete as parents, drivers, having better vacations, and even what we post on social media. It can be anything. The question is: Do you compete to impress others or to best yourself? Hmmm. That could go both ways. Do you even have to like what you’re doing to be competitive at it?

For me, I’d always take that reverse psychology idea of being really negative like I won’t win at a game or be good enough. Sometimes, that mentality would win surprising everyone. Remember in gym class how you had to run around the school track a few times a year? My kids still do this. You aren’t competing on a team but setting a time and then trying to beat it later on. It’s for you, not them. I bet you’d be competitive when faced with certain situations but for this, you’re competing with yourself.

That takes us to the competitive spirit of Warrior. Yes, the sports he chose required much competition that fueled his mentality. He wanted to push his body excelling beyond physical limits and not necessarily being better, bigger, or stronger than another. YES, the business of pro- wrestling is extremely competitive and YES, he was bigger than most. Some of his mindset will always be a mystery but I believe the main reason was his competing with himself. He succeeded in the way that worked because of his competitive spirit with himself. His alter ego was “Mr. Resistance” whom he battled everyday. Of course Warrior wanted to be the best by beating Hulk Hogan as a goal but after that, then what?

Once you have fans cheering and clapping for you, it does make your competitive nature increase naturally. It would for any of us. Fans will bring that out every single time. The video above has Warrior saying: “… for the opportunity to prove I was the best, that my warriors believed in me because I was the best.” (That’s not why I believed in him but let’s move on…) These are just his words for the promo and what the Ultimate Warrior was referencing regarding Randy Savage and their feud leading up to Summerslam in 1992. Professions are different than personal lives but do you feel the need to prove you’re the best?

When things are going your way, do you push harder or keep it the same? It all depends on your own competitive spirit. Your choice warriors. Either way you’ll get results of your choosing. Sometimes, we can surrender to competition but then that spirit drives us to want more. Being in a sport can start at a very young age and if it continues, that competitive nature will go on and on as the mindset changes. How many awards, trophies, or titles do you need before stepping aside just a little?

There are those forces in life that need us to compete but it shouldn’t have to be everything. Getting caught up in being the best is great motivation but when is it too much? Lots of questions here but worth examining… Your best may not equate with someone else’s best. It’s all in our own views of what we consider with that competitive spirit. I know now that most of my competing was and is always with myself. It used to be more centered around others but not so much anymore. Always the mind warriors, it truly is. Now, I realize that my spirit doesn’t need to be the best constantly as it becomes exhausting.

Meditation has brought me awareness of being enough. What and how I do activities today will be enough. I’ve accepted that and don’t beat myself up mentally anymore because of competition. I don’t physically either with my workout. No, I’ve never been in a professional sport so that becomes another competitive challenge. Who knows exactly how I’d handle all that and naysayers drive you to compete more.

So, warriors– do you feel the need to fuel that competitive spirit or do you push it aside? We need both ideas but it’s up to you deciding what and how much. We constantly evolve with certain goals to achieve in our lives. Warrior kept his competitive spirit always as was his destiny to do so. Competing with others or yourself is a life-long journey and one we may never fully abandon because we’re human.

Just know there are ways to balance out all this and make that competitive spirit worth it. You feed your success. Only you can decide how much and make it work in your life. YOUR best is good enough…

P.S. The photo above was another YouTube video from RocketFuel so check it out! (4:07)

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β€œI Think I Can…” πŸ€”πŸš‚

***Before I begin, this week marks 3.5 years since this blog began… Thank you all so very much for the support as I always support you as well. πŸ€—

That little blue engine storybook is quite the tale isn’t it? Do you warriors know this story? I actually was finding myself in a little bit of a lull with my next post and then found what I needed to find. Not on purpose once again but always meant to be. A book bringing us together as I am always amazed.

While searching for a photo to use a few weeks back with Warrior’s Machete, down the youtube rabbit hole I seemed to go. Never intentionally but I do believe these connections matter. You may not but in my life, they do. I came across this video titled: “The Final Days of the Ultimate Warrior.” Ugh.., I promised myself not to watch anymore of these bios as most are extremely negative. I stared at it for a few minutes after deciding to watch. Boy, am I glad I did.

*** First off, another milestone this week on blog day. Warrior has been in spirit form now for 6 years today. I don’t normally do stats but wanted to for this one. It’s been 2, 191.45 days. Probably minus 1 for me. WOW. That’s a pretty big number. He was born and passed on a Tuesday. I was also born on a Tuesday. πŸ˜‰

That day was named after the Nordic god Tyr who was also their god of war. Kinda fitting.,, I like the old children’s poem about Days of the Week. Tuesday’s child is full of grace. We all need grace although humbling at times. The number 6 again and again. I know spirit life is treating you well Warrior as I always believe in grace… And stats… And dates… And no coincidences…

Now, back to the train story. So, to summarize for anyone not wanting to watch the video, here’s a little synopsis. During Warrior’s HOF WM30 weekend, he gave Vince McMahon a copy of the original “Little Engine That Could” by Watty Piper. Vince was extremely puzzled and didn’t understand. Warrior reminds him how he told about it being his favorite book as a child and thought of the Ultimate Warrior as the engine that could. Vince also thought of the WWE as being the engine that could… make a name for themselves in sports entertainment. He thought they both could and did. Vince was so touched by Warrior’s gift and remembered the man behind the paint with how he listened to succeed.

This part in the bio is at the 11:00 minute mark. 11 is another great spiritual number warriors, just sayin’…. The whole time thru my OMG tears, I knew I had this book. It’s in my attic with the kids memories. I truly thought my Mom had bought it after our son was born but no. I bought it as the memory came rushing back. I found that book and held it in my hands as the whole thing came together.

Us preschool teachers would receive gift cards from the kids and many to Barnes and Noble bookstore. A co-worker of mine used to tease me about never purchasing an adult book and just adding to our kids library. I just loved children’s books and couldn’t resist a classic like “The Little Engine That Could.” My version isn’t exactly the same with trains refusing to help but the basic story is. The tears weren’t sad but just overwhelming ones knowing that story can have such an impact.

It’s all in our attitude warriors. If we think we can, we will. If we don’t, we won’t. I’ve said that before so I hope you take it to heart like Warrior and Vince did. My kids both loved that story and would mouth “I think I can…” often when trying to accomplish something. Maybe as teens, they need that reminder again. You too could possibly own this book or even remember it being read to you as a child. Perhaps it isn’t a big deal with your memories and that’s fine. All these great connectors are part of my journey so trust me on this…

The other parts of the bio are all accurate with happy and sad moments. I love the backstage still shots us fans rarely see. This channel has a few other bios on the Ultimate Warrior character so feel free to check it out. Now, I will never really feel the same about this wonderful train story written 25 years before I was born ( on a Tuesday.)

Sure, I could’ve picked out any book that day in the store but chose that little blue engine. Memories for Vince, Warrior, me, my preschool kids, and then my own. Years apart and yet all together on one track. Vince had called the Ultimate Warrior “a locomotive” ( blogged and in my book Spirit and Belief) but the little engine that could had a huge task.

~~~ Like Warrior signs to Vince in the book: “Thanks for the opportunity to go from I think I can to I Know I can.”

~~~ I didn’t think I could do this at first but I thank Warrior for making ME know I can… Here’s to 6 years of always believing — here’s to GRACE and stories never forgotten. πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’™

~~~ WrestlingBios

“The Final Days of the Ultimate Warrior.” (19:04)

https://youtu.be/o9ov7NanEOs

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30 Years of Time…πŸ•°

How about this date warriors? April 1st is a Wednesday this year which also means Happy 30th Anniversary to Wrestlemania VI on blog day! When I look back, that was more than half my lifetime ago. This post isn’t about “The Ultimate Challenge” but more about that number of 30. Here are some interesting facts about these years of time connecting to me, Warrior, and possibly all of you old enough to relate…

First, Warrior (Jim Hellwig) won Mr. Georgia back in 1984. That Junior Level Bodybuilding Competition was held in New Orleans. Flash forward 30 years later to 2014 in New Orleans AGAIN for his WWE HOF induction during WMXXX weekend. Wow… 30 connects once more. This man had so many dates in alignment, I can’t even keep up sometimes. But, yes I guess I can… Second, let’s look at some dates of mine. I BREATHE this one out a little more. Back in April of 1990, I was the same age as Mattigan Warrior is now (Warrior’s younger daughter). Technically, not in the same grade and minus a few months because of our birthdays but both 17(going on 18.) Her Daddy won that title when I was her age and it is very surreal to me. Am sure some of you are my age but for me, it’s a little more. 😊

That also means she and I are 30 years apart as I believe her mother Dana and I are the same age as well. So synchronistic on this journey. I don’t go looking for comparisons really warriors. My stories just seem to come and then line up in ways I never thought about– until now. I do have many connections with numbers and dates as numerology does play a significant role in my life. Does it for you too?

In another post of last year, I mentioned time with references to my kids. For those without kids, it can be other frames of time you reflect on. I’ve said how a memory can come back in a second and then sometimes we may have to recall a little more. Is it yesterday in your mind or does time really seem to be that long? However it is for you, make it count which I’ve also said many times. We can’t make time stop but it can slow down some. Just look at our global world right now. Maybe we do need that downtime despite setbacks temporarily.

Let’s not constantly run to that ring of life always anticipating the next and next. Sometimes, professionally we need to do that like WWE performers but get that relaxed time too. I realize we all have life choices, careers, families, and such but if your time doesn’t slow just a little, you’ll miss out on those moments that matter most. I know some who will say it won’t make a difference or we’ll rest when we retire but it doesn’t have to be like that. Just enjoy the present since those with kids understand how fast they do indeed grow up.

I’m not saying don’t socialize ever ( well, this time is different right now…) but become more mindful with your actions. Don’t be so rushed that your memories become a blur. You’ll get so burned out that important milestones or even everyday life will be hard to remember. Your thoughts will be centered among the next best thing around the corner. Take that downtime you need everyday and just be. That’s it. Of course not all day but some time for you enjoying the moment and memories it will bring.

Can you remember what your life was like 30 years ago warriors? I am soo jealous of anyone present in that Toronto Skydome!! Hopefully, most who are reading are older than that number to remember but if not, try just 10 years ago. How old were you and are you doing things you set out to do? NEVER could I have predicted this future for myself back at the age of 17. I know 30 is a big chunk of time for some but truly try with any number that has a special meaning to you. What you remember most is what counts, even if it’s a bad experience. It’s yours and hopefully you’re stronger for it. You may not have numbers and dates like me and Warrior but yours play such a big part in this life, live them well.

Sure, we can reflect easier with movies, books, videos, and photographs but it’s your heart that brings those memories to the surface. When I look back fondly on WMVI, it isn’t always the DVD or pictures I gravitate toward. It’s my mind and heart together as I hope that never ends. Last year brought many milestones and now this year brings others. It does go on. Next year, WMVII will be 30 and that will bring another. Look at what needed to happen for WM36 this year! Another milestone indeed although unexpected.

So, spend that time needed reflecting warriors and slow down sometimes. We do need to. I imagine Warrior is too in some ways as a spirit although remember– ENERGY never goes away! Believe me on this. πŸ˜‰πŸ’™ All Wrestlemania’s will have their own significant milestone memories with time just like your own lives with moments lived. Warrior says a similar statement during his Aug. 1998 WCW Nitro speech to “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan.

Would I want to be 17 again? Nah, too emotional plus there’s a movie title for that! ~~ Happy 30th Anniversary to WMVI and all the performers. Thanks for the memories of time… The Ultimate Challenge of WMVI becoming 30 this year like Warrior as a spirit now for almost 6… 30 and 6 once again…… πŸ™πŸ»β€οΈπŸ‘πŸ»

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Back to Warrior’s Machete…

Did any of you Warrior fans ever read his blog “Warrior’s Machete” back in the day? Well, I did a few times and wanted to find a pic or video reflecting his look during that period. I also wanted to look up exactly what a machete is as I know it to be a sword. I get why he used that reference as a warrior but found out something else. It means “macho” in Spanish! I wonder if he ever knew that? He does now (: ***BTW– I recently watched the video again where the Ultimate Maniacs made their television debut. The date was 9-19-92. My birthday is Sept. 19th. πŸ’–

Let’s go back to early 1999 for me and Warrior’s machete. First off, I really can’t even remember him having a website much less a blog. No idea on why this came to my mind at all. Did someone tell me? No, at least not to my knowledge. Maybe a song on the radio put him into my thinking that inspired me to look it up online. I don’t know since that remains another mystery…???

Here’s a different question for you to ponder. Who remembers or had WebTV before other ways of connecting to the Internet? We didn’t have extra money for true internet service and it was limiting then. Oh my goodness, such memories. My brother had set this up for our Mom to use in her bedroom but my sister and I had access as well. You had to follow this green line at the bottom of the screen and watch it load. At least there was nice music playing instead of that screeching noise made by dial-up! 😬 I vividly remember sitting on my Mom’s bed (later a chair) when no one was home waiting for that connection to find “Warrior’s Machete.”

I knew he’d have lots to say but no idea on these lengthy posts! No way could I spend close to an hour maybe reading all he typed. Most times, I’d just skim thru his thoughts on wrestling, politics, patriotism, historians, and on and on… Very interesting and thought provoking whether I was necessarily in agreement or not. Mom would be coming back soon from picking up my sister from Band practice or a friend’s house so I always had to read quickly. The car would be pulling into our driveway as I moved fast to shut it down. I only recall checking it out a few times plus also seeing his gear on the website. I really wanted to see a photo of him then. He looked similar to my pic above.

I never forgot that obviously but let’s move forward to about 6 years later. Yes, I did the math and yes, that number pops up again! My son was about a year old as I lived elsewhere now with my new family. While he napped, that was ME time. Even though my kids are older, that time of day is still for me– just in other ways. Now, it involves my workout but then the fitness aspect wasn’t as detailed.

I decided to get on the computer and look up:

http://www.ultimatewarrior.com ( Am not linking this since it’s different now.) *** Why did I look this up? What in the world made his website once again come into my thoughts? Guess what I found? Warrior’s Machete and I’m pretty sure it was still that blog. It is a little blurry to me so anyone who can validate in 2005– let me know! Wow… it was the same lengthy way he wrote back in 1999. So very cool to know he was still around communicating his points of view to fans although controversial at times. A few different subject matters that made me sigh… 😞but all him.

Things come to our minds for so many reasons that we may not question at the time. When I looked up “Warrior’s Machete,” never did I think twice about it at all. I just had the idea and went with it– both times. Years later, it became my turn to write my own blogs in my P.O.V. Warrior was a blogger, Dana was, and so am I. None of this was me emulating or comparing at all. I fought it emotionally back then and fought it hard.

Every time I sit to write either of my blogs, I remember discovering “Warrior’s Machete” 21 years ago in my Mom’s bedroom. Who would’ve thought I’d be writing on the internet like he did? Not me ever. Life changes in so many ways as am sure you all can relate some past experiences with your now.

Warrior evolved with his blog over time as I have with mine. Whatever your passion is, things come and stay if they are truly meant to be. The Universe and my intuition worked together lining up “Warrior’s Machete” several times in my life for a future I never expected. Look for those universal moments in your life warriors. You may not have a machete with words but follow that intuition. It’ll get you there and keep believing as a warrior with your own P.O.V. πŸ’‘πŸ‘πŸ»

P.S. That photo above was from a speaking event in 2004. ~~RingsideFest Q and A.

~~ Youtube channel: WrestlingRocks (32:48)

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Never Say Never πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

Yep, that’s right warriors. Never Say Never. Not to yourself or anyone else since that’s a dream killer. Warrior never said it but had it said to him. Alright, o.k., he never even liked pro wrestling at all so am sure he never thought of becoming one later in life. There were those who thought he’d never do much of anything or even succeed with his Ultimate Warrior character. He never wavered and disproved their blatant attitudes of never. I never pictured writing a blog, book, or even having a spiritual connection with Warrior at all. Things start out one way and then end up another. Consider some common “never” statements:

“I would never parent my kids that way! ( you might end up anyhow)

“I would never be intimate before marriage…” ( most are anyway)

“I am never having more than one child!” ( guess what? You may have more)

“I’m never getting another dog ever again!” ( Now, you have 2)

~~ Do you say statements like these? So many things in life start with us not wanting, saying, or doing but they might just happen anyhow.

Perhaps you even say those never statements to another. I’ve had a few said to me like:

” You’ll never get a tattoo.” ( I have 3)

“You’ll never put blond in your hair!” ( I did until recently)

“You’ll never eat avocados!” ( Yes, I do and love them)

I bet you don’t regret doing those actions that were first part of a never. It can be anything from going to an expensive restaurant, ( just NOT now, yikes…) traveling to a foreign country, ( Again, NOT now, ugh…) or even just binge watching your favorite reality show on Netflix. Fill in the blank:

“I would never…….”–Do you believe it? Most young girls or women probably think more about the big life stuff but guys– correct me if I’m wrong! Some girls will say: “I am never waiting until my thirties to start a family.” Or even: “I will never not be your best friend.” Life happens and situations are always very different. I actually said I always wanted 4 kids but now never can imagine that at all. Once I had 2 and with both being sick at birth, plans changed. Never say never comes in many ways and some we don’t even realize.

Just remember to attack and slay that never just like a warrior. Even the Ultimate one had to slay his teen nevers which then became his professional nevers said by some. We are not spiting here ( which I know sounds good) but doing it for ourselves. By doing it for YOU, it will allow your life to be free from all those never naysayers pinning you to the mat.

If you have those “never” lists, life isn’t a challenge to explore. It becomes a desperate attempt to conquer anything frantically that isn’t a never in the first place. Who says you will NEVER________. Forget it! If you say it, you will believe it. Don’t believe it or even what others are saying. Believe that you can and you will. Some goals may seem highly unattainable but it’s o.k. to keep dreaming…

When I have done some things in my life, it was me evolving and not necessarily proving someone wrong. Warrior was the same way and he wants his legion of fans to be also. It will fuel your fire to prove others wrong but always do it for YOU. I can’t say that enough. It’s like changing the word CAN’T into CAN or WON’T into will. Get rid of Never! It serves no purpose at all. Don’t use it for yourself and watch how you say words to others always.

*** I have something Extremely personal with my life that was brought into my awareness but NEVER thought it would be part of me. I laugh at it just a little but realize it’s importance and significance. It was something I kinda fought it most of the time but as it turns out, a real life changer that will forever impact and influence me. No, I’m not talking about these writings perse but just a simple word that encompasses me. It’s also not the word warrior for all you guessers… πŸ˜‰ Such an interesting turn of life events as I frequently said how I’d NEVER want this.., Did have to do some research too! Now, I treasure it like nothing else, always have and always will… πŸ’–***

So, warriors– never say never. Once you do, you’re setting yourself up for a loss and sometimes life will bite you in the A_ _! Take all those never statements and erase them from your mind. Even if someone issues you a never, fight like that warrior and clothesline it down! That never becomes a maybe and then perhaps even a YES! “Never will I” becomes “Always will I.” Just like I always believe and NEVER won’t!

P.S. I thought to use that photo of Warrior and Vince in the book “A Life Lived Forever” from RAW 4/7/14. People did caption that with “Never Say Never.” It’s way too personal for me since my brother had sent that to me right before Warrior past…. So, um– no… It is a great photo though!πŸ’™

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