I Got Published…No Joke!



Poetry I wrote while going through some

very tough years has just been published!

Eeeeek I’m so excited!

You can find it in the e-magazine

Abra-Zine at:



I’m excited to share these poems! If anything can come from the hurt, struggle, desperation, brokenness and growth of those years, and if anyone can be inspired or helped, I will be blessed!

It would cause me great delight to have you on my email list. Click on the “Follow” at the bottom of the page.  (It’s more fun to write to actual people, you know?)

And as always, I’d love it if you would share with your peeps! Hugs and love, Passionista Mimi

Women On Fire!

I belong to a group of amazing women–the brain-and-heart-child of a fireball named Debbie Phillips. It’s called Women On Fire.

“What is Women On Fire? Women on Fire provides support for your dreams, strategies for your goals and inspiration for your passions.It is a powerful community of women who support one another in their greatest ambitions and toughest transitions.

Life and executive coach Debbie Phillips started Women on Fire in 2003 after noticing how her hardworking, successful coaching clients suffered from isolation. She decided to bring them together. Immediately, they loved being able to meet each other and share what they were “on fire” about. Soon, they asked for their friends to be included … and their mothers and sisters and daughters and colleagues … and on and on it went. Now, thousands of women are part of the Women on Fire circle of connection and support.

Our hope is that through the connections you make, the stories you hear, the wisdom you gain, and the love that you feel, you can lead the life you have always envisioned for yourself. ” http://www.womenonfire.com/

There are several ways that YOU can be a part of them too!

Join  for inspiration, strategies and support

from Debbie Phillips and Friends!


Today I want to share a BOOK that is just awesome! It’s WOF’s second volume, actually.

Women on Fire Volume 2: 21 Inspiring Women Share Their Life Secrets

(and Save You Years of Struggle!)

Buy it here….http://www.amazon.com/Women-Fire-Inspiring-Secrets-Struggle/dp/0989367606/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1395921032&sr=1-2&keywords=women+on+fire

“In this inspiring and illuminating collection, 20 accomplished women share the stories of their most hard-won battles. They have lived through adversity and come out on the other side, happier, healthier and infinitely stronger.”

If you are in need of a bit of inspiration, or just seeing that others have survived life’s messes and challenges (we ALL have them), this is a great read for you! Actually, you will probably want to buy them both. 


Women on Fire

She Caused A Mind-Shift

The first problem is to unlearn. Gloria Steinem

It’s her birthday. Celebrate her.

Celebrate WOMEN!


At the time Gloria began her fight toward equal rights for women, she feels that people believed our rights were gender roles dictated by biology, God, or something. But now most people, Americans at least, know that humans deserve equal rights and treatment. It’s a total mind-shift from the seventies. There is still a lot of room for growth and improvement regarding how equality for women is implemented, but at least there is recognition of women’s right to have it.

Are You Impressive?

Imagine our world

The people around us, the ones we live with, come in daily contact with, and new acquaintances, will flourish if we consistently accomplish these “tasks”. And they are so easy! Such a little effort with a huge impact. People struggle to have a place in life. They feel lost in our world. Life moves too fast. There is too much–too much of so much!

Imagine taking a few extra seconds…seconds that have a big impact on another person. Look into their eyes, actually listen to what they are saying, put your phone DOWN, smile at them. They will feel “noticed” in this great big world. And who knows? Just that little act may ward off loneliness or even despondency–and that gives it a whole lot of worth.

So this is my take on impressing people. If you create a connection that makes them feel valued, they WILL remember you. For some other ways to be impressive, read the article that prompted this post…



This Is What Eighty Looks Like

Gloria Steinem

ON Tuesday, Gloria Steinem turns 80.

Do not bother to call. She’s planning to celebrate in Botswana. “I thought: ‘What do I really want to do on my birthday?’ First, get out of Dodge. Second, ride elephants.”

Very few people have aged as publicly. It’s been four decades since she told a reporter, “This is what 40 looks like.”…….

Read more about this fascinating woman who has valiantly fought against discrimination of women for six decades. She is truly someone who believes in the empowerment of women (and all people). This is a great article about her.


Strong People Do WHAT?

strong people

“Strong people don’t put other people down…They lift them up.
The more you encourage others the more positive and enthusiastic you will become.”  Zig Ziglar

This has been true in my own life! When you help others find their calling, their fulfillment, your own life blooms. Encourage others in the midst of their doubt or failings and you lift your own heart. Give to others of your resources and your life prospers. When you walk alongside someone in the midst of their difficult journey, your own journey is lighter.

I highly encourage you to try this if it’s not already your nature. Burdens are lighter when divided. Walk a mile in someone’s shoes by walking beside them, lifting them along the way. Your life can only be made richer for it.

Love and hugs, Passionista Mimi

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I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like) – YouTube – Michael Franti & Spearhead

To get you up and moving today!

Life sounds like, “I’m alive,

I’m alive, I’m alive!”

Oh yeah! You are alive

and doing it well!

Live with passion, and boldness,

and throw all the paint on life’s

canvas that you can!

Because we only live once,

but if you do it right,

it’s enough!

Enjoy your day~and whistle

while you work!

Hugs and love, Passionista Mimi


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#GirlsCan: Women Empowerment

#GirlsCan: Women Empowerment | COVERGIRL – YouTube.

I sure can identify with this video. I know it’s promoting a product. But I really like it!

Why? Because~

I was told I can’t be so loud.

I can’t dance.

I can’t touch people so much.

I can’t love like that.

I can’t have feelings of anger.

I can’t do things right.

I can’t have–or even ask for–what I want.

I can’t dress like that.

I can’t say those things.

But guess what?

I cna i will I did I do

I AM, I CAN, and I DO! I say that with pride of accomplishment! With the feeling of freedom under my wings. I say that with all the gusto and bravo I can muster, because each breath of being the real ME, the one that is noisy, loud, active, passionate, who loves to touch people, and love people……

THAT LADY…that PASSIONISTA…..THIS one right here? I have earned the right to BE, through blood, sweat, and oceans of tears!!

And I gotta say, as I take deep, life-giving breaths into my giddy-with-freedom body….



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It’s YOUR Dream!

why would you dare let someone else choose your dreams

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Spring Forward

Spring forward time

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