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Rest in Peace Nanny – Carol Emma Russo – Brave Soul Who Faced Terminal Cancer with Pure Love and Vitamin B-12 Shots

We are ONE family under Nanny and Pop, Indivisible because of our LOVE!

ImageLife News that’s tough to bear, but in reality, just a hard part of LIFE

My Nanny, Carol Emma Russo passed away on Monday, March 4, 2013 at around 10:20 PM.  She was 84-years-old was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer diagnosis with only six months to live for an amazingly blessed additional 4 years, 10 months and 2 weeks.  She was a warrior and an inspiration.  She loved her family more than anything else in her life and she missed her beloved husband, Louis Thomas Russo who passed away October 2008. 

Nanny decided against Chemotherapy.  On the Car ride home from the Sloan Kettering, she told me, “Brian, I’m not taking that Chemo shit. I get sick from Aspirin, if I only have six months to live, I don’t want to be throwing up the whole time.”  Nanny’s doctor only gave her Vitamin B12 shots weekly and lots of Cortisone Shots to keep her dancing at weddings that she kept living for.  Nanny often spoke of the “power of love” and how it kept her alive.  Nanny got to witness the birth of four amazing children, Phyllis, Tom, and Barbara who all helped create one amazing family unit.

Nanny’s heart exponentially grew with Love 8 separate times in her life with her prized Grandchildren, Paul, Brian, Tommy, Rob, Vickie, Louis, Michele and Jaclyn.  She was blessed with several extra years to witness great weddings and her heart kept growing with great grand children Emily, Jonathan, Logan, Kaylee, Jordan, and Dominic. 

On Monday night, Nanny passed away was just 90 minutes after a beautiful guided meditation I did with my mother, Phyllis.  I took the kids home and at around 9:45 PM, Logan randomly says, “Nanny is disappearing from this Earth and going to Heaven.”  I replied, “Now?” and he replied, “Yes” – I quickly looked over my shoulder and out the window to a truck approaching, it was my Mom’s best friend. I called my Mom – I mean, I had just left a little while earlier, but Logan shook me down to the soul with his comment – My Mom was crying. I knew the end was near.

The moment Lucia got home from school, I raced over to find my Mom, Best Friend and care taker drinking tea in my Mom’s kitchen.  My mother told me, “My sister Dorie told us to go have Tea, that we needed a break.”  I sat with them for a few brief moments and then I went to show my Mom the video of Logan talking about Nanny and just as I pressed PLAY, the iPhone battery died.  I casually said, “It died” (meaning the phone) and my mind and focus immediately went towards Nanny.  This was one of the moments I had prepared emotionally for, but it was still hard.

Six years ago, I held Poppy’s hand as he passed away and it stuck with me, the beautiful feeling of the energy movement – feeling someone pass over to the next stage in their life in a sense.

Over the past few years, I realized and experienced what TRUE love was possible, just through touch or a pleasant thought, positive reinforcement or pleasant story telling opportunity.

I entered the room expecting to hear laboring breathing, but she was peaceful. I sat there and held Nanny’s hand for a few moments, said some prayers and mindful meditation and placed my head and ear over her heart, just to hear it beat three last times. I sat there for a few minutes in shock – I didn’t know what to do, but I kept my calm and wouldn’t let go of her hand until I felt a similar emotional feeling I experienced with Pop just six years ago. Then my Mom walked in…and my focus to comfort her became my main focus. Nanny was already off on her next adventure in life, to reunite with her beloved husband in the after life, in heaven, in her consciousness – whatever awaits us after life, I know she found him.

True Love always forgives and forgets.
True Love always forgives and forgets.

She left this Earth knowing everyone loved her and she pulsated that love in every action, breath and heart beat.  Now, it’s OUR turn to expand our love in our life for our children and future generations. We can SHOW LOVE above and beyond any other emotion on the planet and FORGIVE yourself and others.

Thank you for loving me so much Nanny, thank you for trying to love EVERYONE who ever came into your life as much as you did.  We will make YOU proud, we will make our FAMILY proud and LOVE each other more every day, in every way.  Until we meet again beautiful…hope you are already dancing with Poppy in Heaven (or whatever beautiful place awaits us all). Love you Nanny, always and forever.

Chameleons Turn Grey When Depressed

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Chameleons can change their skin color, but they also change according to mood. Some turn GRAY when depressed or stressed.

What color are you when Depressed?
What color would you be when you are HAPPY?

Leave your feedback below

My most important role in my life is being a father, role model and leader to my two amazing children, Logan and Kaylee.

I started watching them for 15 hours a day from 7:45 AM until 10:00 PM every day. Initially it was very challenging, because I was breaking the work-at-home workaholic cycle on top of figuring out what to do to add value to their lives.

I needed to “Dad-up” and realize that I needed to not just be in the same room as the kids, but truly be PRESENT in the moment and become more lovingly interactive with them. I realized that pressing play on NetFlix and letting the kids play video games for hours while you type away on the laptop isn’t truly being present with them and they notice.

I missed so much of their life with Grapplers Quest and I decided that I wanted to become a Super Dad.

I remember seeing Jungle Gym founder, Justin Garcia giving some tips and showing fun projects from his amazing Home Schooling Program due out soon (http://MasterChim.com) and I was inspired to set out to fill my new found time with the kids with activities to engage their hearts, minds, soul and spirit.

We started doing arts and crafts, learning Spanish, comic book drawing, practicing nightly meditation, learning the solar system, playing board and card games, star gazing with telescope on clear nights, “Super Hero Training” which is basic exercises with leadership skills and several other Life Skills development programs and several other FUN activities we do together. I even reward their good behavior with Family Inclusive Video Games like Beatles Rock Band nearly every evening – I’ll write about that another blog…all in all, I’m trying to be the Best Dad I can be. I love recommendations for fun things to do – please reply with any ideas.

NOW TO THE PHOTO…
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“It’s not coming off!” I exclaimed.

The Red Stained hands in the main picture belong to my beautiful 3-year-old daughter, Kaylee Paige Cimins who slammed down a “Do-A-Dot” marker, breaking the felt tip and causing Red Ink to flow out of the marker. She had been told several times to not slam them down, so when she broke it, she started crying and proceeded to wipe RED INK all over her face too while trying to wipe away tears. She ran into the bathroom where I was giving my son a bath nearly exactly how the picture shows, except she was screaming and crying.

First, I thought she was bleeding and freaked out….who wouldn’t, she was dripping fresh red ink from her hands and face. Once I realized what occurred and that the Red was just Do-A-Dot Marker stained, I tried to clean the ink off. First I tried to clean off her hands with Trader Joe’s Next to Godliness Hand Soap which didn’t remove any ink at all. Unfortunately, then I tried to clean her hands with Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps Tea Tree Oil which removed only 15-20% of the color stains. AHHHH!!! What will I do???

ENTER MY SOLUTION —- Super Body Care’s Walnut Scrub

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My daughter started crying again after Dr. Bronner soap barely did anything – she asked, “Daddy, are my hands going to be red forever?”. I calmed her down and promised her I would get it out.

Finally, I grabbed Cheri Heberling’s Super Body Care Walnut Scrub and within seconds of calmly scrubbing, the color came off…completely. She loves the smell, so she allowed me to gently scrub her face (around her sensitive skin of her eyes) as well, because she had wiped her face while crying her eyes looked like a prize fighter. It easily removed her Do-A-Dot eye makeup too.

Thank you Super Body Care for helping me look like a Super Dad to Kaylee. Check out Super Body Care products at: http://SuperBodyCare.com or purchase the Walnut Scrub directly here: http://superbodycare.com/shop/#!/~/product/category=1870672&id=8057839

Daily Positive Affirmation for Kids and Parents with Brian Cimins – Every Day in Every Way, I’m Getting Better

Please enjoy another “Positive Affirmation for Kids” with Logan John Cimins, 5-year-old son of Life Coach and Grapplers Quest founder, Brian Cimins

“Every Day in Every Way, I’m Getting Better”
– Logan Cimins inspired by American Monk, Burt Goldman

This great positive affirmation is inspired by one of my mentors, Burt Goldman, aka “The American Monk”. It can be used at ANY age, especially for people who’ve been sick or with some type of long term illness.

People who consistently wait for others to ask, “How are you doing?” or “How are you feeling?”, just to launch into a 30 minute conversation about how much pain they are in or how bad something hurts or aches. Complaining and reliving an “old injury” is just magnifying the problem to you and the listening party.

Complaining doesn’t allow you to focus on your progress, however big or small, you are just wallowing in your pain. I broke my back in a martial arts competition on December 2, 2000 and was nearly paralyzed. As a martial arts event promoter, I refused to let my scary story give a black eye to the sport. I set out to completely recreate my mental frame of mind to help others deal with challenging situations, something life always seems to deliver.

Even if you are in pain, please realize EVERYONE “suffers” in their own way. By responding with a more uplifting and inspirational response, even if you are in pain when the person asks, you will quickly accelerate your own healing, even if just in your mind – at least it’s a start. Start healing in your mind first and YOUR body will follow. You must believe in this, if you really want to live pain free.

Give it a try, start today and repeat this Affirmation and Mantra every day for 30 days, “Every Day in Every Way, I’m Getting Better”.

Until next time, BE positive 🙂

With your success and happiness in mind
Your Strategy Coach,
Brian J. Cimins

Parents – The Great Spanking Debate with Thoughts from Brian Cimins, Life Coach

The Great Spanking Debate

OUCH! Despite all the warnings and criticism, four out of five parents still spank their kids. Many experts believe the negative consequences outweigh any behavior benefits. Who’s right? This is a VERY important conversation to have as a couple before situations arise. 
Many couples have HUGE differences of opinions on “spanking” and it can lead to tremendous problems and verbal altercations between parents. It’s important to look at it from all sides and the following PARENTS Magazine article really nailed it on the head.  Check it out at: http://www.parents.com/toddlers-preschoolers/discipline/spanking/spanking-discipline-debate

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Parenting Tip: It’s HARD sometimes to keep your cool as a parent during chaotic moments, screaming, sibling rivalries, etc. – before responding or disciplining your child in any way, try to close your eyes, focus on your breathing and take Five DEEP breaths first…just give it a try and reply below with your feedback or results. 
Remember the old saying, “It really takes a WHOLE village to help raise a child” – don’t be so hard on yourself, especially if you are all alone (father or mother).  Keep expanding your mind, focus on improving weaknesses and give new things a try, because there’s always “another way”.  If you want change, but keep repeating the “OLD WAYS”, change is impossible.  You MUST try new things, which might currently lie outside of your “comfort zone” if you want better results.  Remember to tell your kids you love them today and hug them as many times as you can. 
Your Strategy Coach, Proud Parent of Two amazing children and Work-From-Home Dad,
Brian John Cimins

Fear is a PRISON and if you don't address the REAL source of your FEAR, you are sentenced to FEAR for LIFE - Brian Cimins

Fear is a PRISON and if you don’t address the REAL source of your FEAR, you are sentenced to FEAR for LIFE – Brian Cimins

We can all be Super Heroes to our kids, but you got to be there first with Brian Cimins

We can all be Super Heroes to our kids, but you got to be there first. Logan and Kaylee have been home sick this week but I finally got to really focus on them, just as a Dad.

Balancing our work time with family time can be really challenging. Try not to be so hard on yourself – one day they will understand that you gave your heart and soul to both career and family…and it took everything you had – and THEY ARE WORTH IT!

Working from home has always been a challenge – but I finally am figuring out how to make it work and not be the absentee, “always busy” Dad who didn’t have time for his kids.

As parents, we all must realize that there will come a day that if we work all the time and avoid our most important job of all – being parents our children will not become the same amazing people they could and should become.

At the end of your life, images of your children, wife and loved ones will flash to you, not bank statements and piles of money. I’m not saying don’t try to be successful, I’m saying don’t let the endless pursuit of fame and fortune blind you from uncovering your true purpose in life beyond the game of Monopoly that we all enjoy playing so much. Don’t be afraid to dig deep into your subconscious mind…there’s an infinite universe inside your mind.

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You must do the thing you think you cannot do--Eleanor Roosevelt - Thoughts by Brian Cimins

You must do the thing you think you cannot do–Eleanor Roosevelt

Our ultimate challenge or QUEST in life is the challenge and conquer our fears and come to the ultimate realization how powerful we truly are. Living in fear or displaying anger, jealously or resentment or with a guilty conscious (or subsconscious) is not living your life to it’s fullest potential. Living in a horrible relationship for fear of “facing the world with failure of divorce” is much worse than the actual work it takes to fix and face the REAL issues. Many actions, like infidelity or secretive relationships are symptoms of a super unhealthy relationship, to the core. Doing the right thing when no one is looking is one thing everyone should aspire to attain. When you live in freedom from only doing good things and live a “cleaner life” and true to the ones you love, you are “enlightened” simply because nothing is weighing you down or holding you back, especially within the subsconscious mind.

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