The Invitation

A classmate posted this in our USM group and I absolutely loved it. Speaks Loud.



The Invitation   By: Oriah Mountain Dreamer

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shrivelled and closed from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it, or fade it, or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own; if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, be realistic, remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself. If you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul. If you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty even when it is not pretty every day. And if you can source your own life from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand at the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, ‘Yes.’

It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone and do what needs to be done to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the centre of the fire with me and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.






Pale Blue Dot By Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot, atheism

“From this distant vantage point, the Earth may not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it’s different. Considering in that dot,  That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”
Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space



The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

So the other day  I got a very surprising comment on a post. Someone was letting me know that they nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. The recognition felt really good and Thank you to Melody over at Life’s Daily Dose for thinking of me for this award. Even with 180 blog followers and 338 Facebook followers, it can be hard to know if anyone really reads what I write and is inspired or touched by what I have to say or share. So I really appreciate this! Thank you again Melody and I am excited to follow your blog as well.



Rules For Recipients Of The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

  • Display the above logo on your blog
  • Provide the link to the person who nominated your blog
  • Nominate 15 bloggers who have inspired you
  • Inform those bloggers of their nomination and placing links to their blogs

i dont follow many blogs but i follow lots of inspiring websites so my list is a mix of both

15 bloggers/websites who Inspire me 

Check out these awesome inspiring blog/websites too and let them know The Barista sent ya!


FREE Event with Marianne Williamson

This morning I received an email from Marie Forleo and I wanted to share it with you:

Hey Ashley,

I got a call last week from a dear friend, who also happens to be a legendary author, speaker and all around amazing human being.

This woman told me something that — the moment I heard it — gave my body chills all over. It was that exciting to my soul.

This dear friend’s name is Marianne Williamson.

Marianne is holding an event in Los Angeles on October 20th. If you’re in town, or can be, please go. Alanis Morissette will be making a special musical appearance and it’s going to be awesome!

Details here —>

If you’re not able to make it but you have friends or family in the area who care deeply about bringing more compassion, understanding, love and generosity into every corner of our lives, please share this email.

This event in LA is free — and while I can’t reveal the announcement Marianne will be making (I promised I’d keep the secret!!), I can say that we’re about to make history.

Hope you’re having an incredible Monday and I’ll “see you” tomorrow with a brand new episode of MarieTV.

With so much love and excitement!



If you are in the LA area or will be that Sunday, Come check it out. I’ll be there!!!



The Butterfly

I came across the story below and thought it had simple meaning worth sharing.

You know when you hear someone else talking and sharing experiences with you and, from the outside looking in, and the solution seems so obvious. How many times do you wanna just shake people and just scream “How can you not know the answer?” Ok maybe I’m the only one that wants to get physical.

Especially when it’s someone you really care about, it can be hard not to force YOUR idea of what’s best for them. Maybe you’ve gone through a similar experience before, maybe we’ve seen them go through a similar experience before….One reason we do things like this, is because we are trying to save others from a struggle we think they can avoid… Besides we are “just trying to help”.  Truth is, no one knows what’s best for someone else. Only you know what’s best for you and they know what’s best for them.

Having open conversations, giving WANTED advice, and sharing knowledge can be very harmless but we have to know when to let go and let others go through what they need to go through. We have to trust that they will learn exactly they need to learn, to grow into exactly the person they need to become. We all have a journey.

The Story of the Butterfly

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly.
One day a small opening appeared.
He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours
as it struggled to squeeze its body through the tiny hole.
Then it stopped, as if it couldn’t go further.

So the man decided to help the butterfly.
He took a pair of scissors and
snipped off the remaining bits of cocoon.
The butterfly emerged easily but
it had a swollen body and shriveled wings.

The man continued to watch it,
expecting that any minute the wings would enlarge
and expand enough to support the body,
Neither happened!
In fact the butterfly spent the rest of its life
crawling around.
It was never able to fly.

What the man in his kindness
and haste did not understand:
The restricting cocoon and the struggle
required by the butterfly to get through the opening
was a way of forcing the fluid from the body
into the wings so that it would be ready
for flight once that was achieved.

Sometimes struggles are exactly
what we need in our lives.
Going through life with no obstacles would cripple us.
We will not be as strong as we could have been
and we would never fly.

Are there ways in which you can relate to the butterfly? Are there ways in which you can relate to the man? How can you can accept the struggles in your life and in others?

Vulnerability leads to connection. Connections allows us to see we aren’t alone. Allow yourself to be vulnerable and share your thoughts or story in the comments below so that you can open the opportunity for a connection with someone else