Wait, โ€œwhatโ€™s nextโ€?

The one thing I have never wavered from with these writings is my emotion involving all Warrior topics and this post is no different. If you’ve been here with me a while– you have heard it all or at least I thought so. Thank you for being part of this journey with me. ๐Ÿค— If you are a newbie, strap on those boots and gear up because more stories are still going to be told.

As I think back on all things relative to Warrior, I realized my thoughts on his statue and the Warrior Award have never been shared. Was this something I even wanted to write about? Then, I remembered the emotions at a particular moment during that time and realized my thoughts needed to come clean. What fan wouldn’t love both of these prestigious honors for the man we respected and admired? Who wouldn’t agree and say: ” Yes, his spirit should be immortalized in those ways!” Well, let’s just say that it took me some time to get there.

I know this might sound shocking to some of you considering my blogs, respect, and even my book Spirit and Belief but let me share with you how it was for me back then. After Warrior passed, there seemed to be many things coming out all at once and for me, it was exhaustible. There was his Ultimate Collection DVD, ( which was planning to be released anyway) the Always Believe DVD, soon after the statue, Warrior Award, and then still later– Warrior Day. Sometimes I had to catch my breath!

Even from someone gone from the business almost twenty years and having passed, that’s still A LOT!! ๐Ÿ˜ณ There were other little things too and how could I forget Dana’s blog? That still gets my heart every single post. ๐Ÿ’–

So many, many thoughts raced thru my mind during all this time and the timeline seemed to blur into oblivion… I had so many emotions raging that I couldn’t figure out where one began and another ended. Happiness, sadness, anger, disappointment, anxiety, feeling surprised, confused… You name it, I owned them all. I hadn’t followed WWE in years as I’ve stated before so my feelings felt explosive in a way. Why are they doing all this REALLY??? Guilt? Getting his fans on “their” side? Being apologetic? Offering ” condolences?” Media PR? Ratings for the shows? The list went on for me… I became ambivalent towards it all.

I seemed to compare it to a friend whom you’ve had a falling out years before with and now they want to make-up with you anyway they can. This was like that with me before I really understood it all. The book A Life Lived Forever explains so much more in detail leading up to a few years before Warrior’s HOF induction. Most fans knew nothing until it got closer.

We all know there would be no award had he lived among countless other events. I can attest to this personally with my life. I also thought only wrestlers who had passed got a statue, so many things I never knew. Does he deserve one? You bet he does, alive in person or not!!! Forget the “technical wrestling ability” many say he lacked. You do not want to debate that with me! You know who you are… ๐Ÿ™„๐ŸคญIt’s the image, not necessarily the moves. I believe this with any character in the WWE, not just of Warrior. It’s about the lasting longevity that leaves a legacy a character becomes thru fans and their devotion. It’s never about the what, it’s more about the how and why.

That brings me back to the why of all these extra things. Yes, WWE wanted Warrior back for years and he would’ve been an ambassador like Dana is now. We can’t figure out all the whys ever but just try to understand they are more important than the whats.

Once I sat down and heard about the first Warrior Award– and this is my reason sharing today, I actually said: ” What’s next, a statue?” I had no idea at the time they had been creating one with Dana’s help. No idea at all… I began crying as it seemed so overwhelming like this all shouldn’t be happening. I KNOW differently now and am so grateful WWE acknowledged the Ultimate Warrior with appreciation and respect.

Us fans owe everything to Triple HHH ( aka Paul) whose persistence brought our favorite back home. I am glad Warrior stepped away to raise his family and pursue other business ventures. He needed to during that time. I am extremely glad he finally had his moment at Wrestlemania XXX weekend to show everyone he really was (is) “a good guy.”

So, what is next? Lots of new merchandise, there was Camp WWE, and probably Mattie running to the ring someday! Dana has said she wants to be “bad!” Her Dad was a good character who got away with being “bad” so only time will tell… I will be watching for sure! I was just playing around with the whole what’s next? idea in my head one day when I thought of a street name. The only name that came to me was “Warrior Way.” After all, there is no street, road, avenue, lane, or anything else that fits. Once I thought more about it, I chuckled. Us fans already have our OWN Warrior Way and we don’t need a street or sign telling us so.

Like he said in his RAW speech, ( and I won’t quote, too much for me… ๐Ÿ˜ช) but the character does live on in all of our true warrior spirits and we have to be the ones pushing his legacy forward. Despite what others may think, that was his greatest wish for us. That’s where his always believe slogan originated from. He always had the “what’s next?” mentality and he wants the same for us. I certainly took on that Ultimate Challenge myself and still am today.

We can have a statue, award, ( which exemplifies a warrior spirit and I believe it’s time for another woman!) DVD’s, merchandise, a special day or anything else but what truly counts is what’s inside us, not outside. Even though at that time my emotions were a wreck, I never forgot the WHY of Warrior. I didn’t know WWE’s why then but Warrior’s never left me, even though he physically did.

My advice to you warriors out there is to find your own “what’s next?” and keep going. Dana did and we need to also. Sure, there are things you could never have imagined happening in your life but we need to keep those boots on to find the next, and next, and next. Overwhelming? Yes! Emotional? For sure! That is the what of life and we need to get to the how and why. ๐Ÿ‘ข๐Ÿค”

Our first reaction to something rarely is our last. Do something in your life that will make you glad you reached for the next thing instead of becoming dormant. I treasure all the things WWE and Dana have done and are continuing in honor of Warrior and his memory. We are obligated also to have that spirit of continuing on to the next as is our life-blood to do so.

It has always been in my veins so how could I ignore something so powerful? I wish the same for you to follow the Warrior Way and continue on with ” what’s next?” It could just very well become Ultimate!

P.S. Enjoy our Independence Day and celebrate those Founding Fathers believing in : “what’s next?”๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ‡๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Warriorโ€™s Workout Wisdom

Here we are again with yet another funny story I hesitated to write. It concerns Steve Wilton who managed Warrior for several years and runs Ultimate Creations. This also concerns the power of words and that ability we all have internally when working with spirit energy. The title should be Warrior’s Workout Wisdom for Wilton so let’s blast off!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿคฃ

First off, one of the reasons I hesitated to share this experience was the fact that it involved Steve and is kinda personal. Besides Dana and the girls, Steve is right up there too and I would NEVER EVER disrespect or misrepresent ANYTHING pertaining to any of them. This story doesn’t do that but I never wanted to expose it in a misconstrued way. I firmly believe Steve and I would get along and in many ways, our respect for Warrior goes hand in hand. I do mention Steve in The Mysterious Batteries chapter of my book Spirit and Belief.

A few years back on twitter, Steve had just tweeted about a killer leg workout. He mentioned how much he’d probably hurt the next day, maybe overdoing it, not being able to move, etc. It was very similar to those words. I remember reading that and my reaction totally caught me off guard. I scoffed to myself and said: ( insert scoff) ” What a baby, suck it up, quit your crying!” Right away, I gasped and covered my mouth. Surely I would NEVER say that and much less to someone I don’t know! I wasn’t just thinking that but said it out loud which made it sound even worse. ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿคญ๐Ÿค

I have no idea how hard Steve works out or how he trains so who was I to make comments like that, even to myself? After sorta laughing, I really began thinking how those were Warrior comments~~~ not mine. I wanted so badly to tell Steve but had to plan the right approach. If I just tweeted that, he would be so offended and I wouldn’t blame him.

He would say: “Excuse me lady, but you have no idea what I just did and let’s see you do my workout!” No way could I risk talking to him like that and then an ultimate idea came to me. I would start with : ” Warrior would probably say…” and then go into the baby stuff. Well, I tweeted back and did see some comments but they were all from men as usual talking about fitness or what they do. Nothing like mine and no real mention of Warrior but maybe just asking if it was intense like his were back then.

I did get a tweet back and Steve said: ” That’s exactly what Warrior would say!” Just the fact that he responded was great in itself but his tweet validated my words. Most fans probably know how intense and extremely disciplined Warrior was and both Steve and Dana both have mentioned working out with him years ago. I never would’ve shared this story at the time but with them becoming more public on some topics, I feel like now I can.

That experience coincided with many of the other major Warrior events so for me, this was undisputed! This was not my first match with Warrior along those spiritual signs. Yes, you can have words sent to you that you’d never say and believe me since many of my writings happened like that. I was even thinking this blog might be done but then more stories I remembered needed to be told.

You can say people might’ve said the same thing as I did to Steve or that he could’ve responded back the same way but that didn’t happen. Once signs show up for you, it can become pretty consistent so pay attention!

Steve and I also discussed other topics besides Warrior on twitter and it was always so fun joking around with him. I know he joked with Warrior and now I am too! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I can’t imagine training with Warrior but I like to think without quitting that my body could take it– just ONE time only. I would probably throw up like Dana did but what an experience to have and always remember… ๐Ÿคฎ๐Ÿ‘ Maybe his workout isn’t wisdom for everyone but this warrior girl will take anything~~~ even in spirit. ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป

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My โ€œPouchieโ€ Faith

I have gone back and forth a while now on whether or not to tell this story but with Warrior’s birthday a few days away, it’s time to share it with you. Let’s back up a few years with an episode of “The Goldbergs.” Adam Goldberg was a huge Ultimate Warrior fan and they have referenced wrestling a few times on the show. I love this show since the 80’s were a coming of age decade for me and am so glad Dana loves it too.

The beginning of an episode had the character of Adam dancing and lip syncing in his bedroom to the song “Faith” by George Michael. Good thing I didn’t go upstairs then to say goodnight to my daughter or would’ve missed the whole thing! Am sure most of you know the lyrics and this was the very beginning of the song. In the background on his shelves were The Ultimate Warrior and “Macho Man” Randy Savage wrestling buddy dolls! I will always picture that scene every time I hear “Faith” and still do. Warrior and Randy together again for a memory of mine.

Fast forward a few years to just a couple of months ago. I had been thinking of a way to get my book to Dana even though it was a long shot but the thought remained. I was driving home from my hair appointment and turned on the radio. The song playing was “Faith” by George Michael. I smiled and sang along like I always do. It was then that I noticed this car’s license plate stopped next to me at a light. The plate said “POUCHIE” and I thought of Dana.

Warrior had called her “poochie” and she has mentioned this periodically. He even acknowledged her in the crowd as “pooch” during his HOF speech. It was spelled differently but I still noticed. Then, I started saying “pouchie faith” just for fun since I always believe! It could’ve been “pouchy” with its pronunciation but to me, it was “poochie!”

The next few weeks “pouchie faith” stayed in my head whether or not I heard “Faith” on the radio. A month or so later, Dana started her podcast “Total WARRIORS.” As previous readers know, I called in and was able to speak with her. That was my “pouchie faith” revealing itself to me. Not “poochie” or getting my book to her, but I’ll take it!

Let’s look at this from another angle I have said before. It’s so much fun with a group of threes whether you think like a three count or spiritually. It’s been magical and I can attest to that. The wrestling buddy doll, ( again!) the song “Faith,” and a license plate (again!) I can’t forget “The Goldbergs” which started it all lining up.

You can have your “faith” however it works for you whether it’s a show, song, or license plate. Whatever way you choose, just believe and those signs will appear. I wasn’t too sure about this post as it concerns a term of endearment Warrior used for Dana but she has been very open with it so now it’s my turn.

I know the Warrior Girls will remember Warrior this Sat. the 16th in the best way that works for them and I will too. โค๏ธ He will be with his “poochie” and girls while sending them all his love. I am continually humbled and grateful for all the opportunities I have been given sharing my Warrior moments, even though some are extremely personal. Like he said: “ the right story is the full story…”

Share yours since you never know who might be reading, listening, or becoming impacted. I am forever thankful Warrior shared his, Dana is sharing hers, and now I can share mine. Get that “Faith” and keep it!

P.S. I recently took my first Zumba class and the instructor’s name was Dana. She played the song “Faith” by George Michael. I REALLY had to keep it together without laughing!!! ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜‚

~~~ Happy Birthday Warrior ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐ŸŒปโšก๏ธ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŽˆ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโœ๐Ÿป ~~ I am that storyteller keeping your legacy alive…

Kathy

www.spiritandbelief.com

The Wedding Near Smoothie King

Would I fool you warrior fans if you didn’t notice that photo of this other Smoothie King place? Well, I wasn’t in New Orleans but did recently attend a family wedding out of town and noticed that shop. We don’t have those Smoothie Kings by us so boy, did I smile at that sign! It sits directly across the church where the wedding took place so my heart filled with love for all the Warrior family. โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

Sometimes, I get social anxiety at these events where so many are present and catching up is great but can be awkward too. My meditation was a little longer that morning as I brought along my pink rose quartz for extra love. The card I drew that day was the Heart Chakra and I must say– it was perfect! I also read the additional meanings and once again, a moment floored me. This was a new card I hadn’t gotten before and a line in the extra part reads: ” A departed loved one who passed from a heart condition is saying hello, I love you. Have a heart-to-heart discussion.” Oh yes, everyday… a few tears here but then I just let it all go and decided to be that warrior the man himself knows me to be.

Later on, we all went to a restaurant between the wedding and reception start time. I had a wonderful conversation with my husband’s cousin’s wife and had no idea of her spiritual gifts as well. She had bought my book and asked me how things were going. Time just flew by as she related her psychic experiences and by sharing my story, it enabled her to open up with others and now to me. I never would’ve guessed this about her and she seemed open to meditation, Hay House radio, and other topics. I was so overjoyed with hearing her stories while feeling validated that mine were educating.

My husband’s sister-in-law recently visited New Mexico with her husband and was in Las Cruces. She actually remembered how Dana lives in Santa Fe and discussed her podcast! Another moment of joy and glee I wasn’t expecting to discuss at all!!! Luckily, this all happened after the wedding or I would’ve been distracted for sure!

What a great week that really turned out to be starting with meeting the woman who won a free copy of my book Spirit and Belief at my recent Holistic Fair. She gave me names of new contacts and we might attend some events together. Her name is Kathy just like mine and she even lives on my street! It has become so synchronistic lately, my heart chakra really is open. ~~ You can look up chakras if you aren’t familiar with them but I have a blog post on this subject at spiritandbelief. It’s about making sense of those seven chakras.

Even though I don’t have a Smoothie King Center story, the Smoothie King shop is my story for that day. I didn’t have that stage like the Warrior family but I have my stage where connections are made all the time. I should’ve gotten a smoothie but I’ll take the people any day..,

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Danaโ€™s Total WARRIORS!

Every once in a while we need to laugh at ourselves and yes, I do! This was one of those times along with excitement and gratitude. Dana Warrior’s new podcast- Total WARRIORS debuted last Friday May 4th at 8:00 p.m. EST and I was a caller.

She hosted Dana LIVE! a few years ago which was a one night event and that experience is in my book, Spirit and Belief. She also has been a guest on Chasing Glory with Lilian Garcia and even co-hosted once. I recently just listened to her on Cigars, Scars, and Superstars with Terri Runnels (aka Marlena– WWE fans) so it didn’t surprise me that having a podcast appealed to her. Total WARRIORS is fan-based and I just took another chance with being on hold 20 minutes so it actually worked!

I was in the bathroom when my number became announced but good thing nothing embarrassing happened! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜ณ Never have I called into a podcast much less even a radio show– ever. Completely stunned, I was so emotional even getting to my question. She and Steve both were in hysterics as I called to my husband downstairs!! Dana called me “adorable and delightful” and she loved my voice! Can you say FLOORED!

I finally asked about writing (of course) and she is so intelligent which some people might not associate with her. The whole episode is 1:30 but my call is at the 54:52 mark. If listening to the entire podcast isn’t your thing, that’s ok. You can skip ahead in 15 min. intervals which is great! It was so humbling and an incredible experience to speak with her, one I will never forget. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’• I am excited for future episodes and I’ll post all the links below if you’re interested in hearing Dana’s stories, questions from fans, and juicy Warrior tidbits!

Whatever you are doing that has become a passion in your life, keep at it! Some things we can imagine in our minds working out or coming true but some still floor us…

I had planned another break from these writings as nothing popped up until Total WARRIORS. Even if something seems extremely unlikely or an “ultimate challenge,” go for it anyway! It might not work out exactly as you planned but will come together somehow and maybe even in a better way. I would love getting my book to her but just hearing her compliments and sweet messages gives me encouragement. Meeting her would be the absolute BEST but for now, a phone call will have to do and I am so honored.

As a writer, she personifies honesty and integrity and would never mince words. I am so glad she has found her place in the WWE Universe as an ambassador while still preserving Warrior’s legacy. Sure, she makes fun of him but we all need humor in our lives. ๐Ÿ˜œ

If you feel so compelled, call in next time. The first podcast she did in 2016, I hung up after 5 minutes so don’t be like I was! ( You can find that one archived also thru podcasts or the Ultimate Warrior website)

The difference this time was that I wasn’t overly concerned with my phone and counting the minutes. Just let it be… I’m not saying take a shower or anything and no– I wasn’t doing that but just occupy your time momentarily with a little task. I have emailed and tweeted but never a phone call so those “firsts” for you could be right around the corner. Warrior was famous for firsts and we as his legion of faithful warriors must do the same. Remember: “Fear is an aberration…”

Slay the world warriors and continue giving love to our 1st lady Dana!

LINKS: (Total WARRIORS)

www.ultimatewarrior.com ( Dana LIVE! 2016) too.

www.blogtalkradio.com

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/total-warriors/id1156174648?mt=2

~~~ You can also find it on the Ultimate Warrior YouTube channel as well.

~~~ You can download the podcast app to your phone and search it up there as well as: Chasing Glory and Cigars, Scars, and Superstars. Just find the right number episode with Dana featured. I follow them on twitter so that’s another option!

Enjoy Warrior and Dana fans!!!

Kathy ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ

www.spiritandbelief.com