Song of the Year Award

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Hey there, rock star,

Ever felt like the “grass was greener” on the other side?  

(Heads up: this post gets PERSONAL.  Read on ONLY if you want to get to know each other a little better.)


You may already know how much I LOVE making music, reflecting, and sharing a message through melody, even when that message is about something as simple as (or as complicated as) romance.

Which is why I’m THRILLED TO SHARE my news with you! 

I was recently awarded the RUNNER UP PLACEMENT in the international Song of the Year competition.  

As one of their “top writers,” with “competitive music that received extremely high scores,” they’ve honored me with a personalized placemen...

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It might only be your un-birthday  today, my friend, but the gift below is still meant for you.  

You may know it’s a very special birthday in my home city of Erie, PA.

In fact, Congress made today official in the state of Pennsylvania:

It’s #AJO Day, the birthday of Alyssa J. O’neill, and when I first heard her touching story, this song came tumbling out of my heart:  

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To pay it forward and share Alyssa’s ongoing mission to help those who suffer with epilepsy, I’m giving this song away, to download and use or share however you like.

(To download: right-click the screen (on a PC) and “save as”.   More detailed instructions found here in step 3.)

If m...

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So it’s tonight, my friend!

My TV debut on Armstrong Television!

Right now I’m a mix of (healthy, happy) jitters to perform for you, and (TOTAL) excitement to GIVE AWAY my free gifts to EVERYONE in the live TV studio audience!

Will you be there? I hope we can chat tonight, or catch up very soon.

(Pssst. . . you can have Lisa Bower ask me anything you’d like during the interview portion, by submitting a question right here!)

Flyer for Dirty Dog Live


  Meanwhile, could you help me spread the news?

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  Share the love 

  (and FREEBIES!) 

  with your friends.

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Sharing my music and message on TV is one of my dreams come true. . .

I can’t sa...

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Epic News!

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So, angel,

I’ve missed you while finding myself (again).

Does this happen to you, too?

As each new project manifests into our lives and passions, we gain more and more clarity and excitement about the world and our purpose in it.

As a multi-passionate, (and a human in general) I guess I “find myself” anew pretty often, and very soon I’m finding myself on TV!  :)

But before I dive into the news. . . ever been to a luau?

 Carla and Ashley Hula Dancers2

Since our recent hula dancing gig at the Presque Isle Yacht Club, Ashley and I have become a little obsessed with all things luau.

The music, the food, and definitely the “lei’d” back vibe! 😉 Somebody take me to Hawaii!

Here’s a peak at what else I’ve been scramb...

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WORLD record holder – CONGRATS, Shimmy Mob Team Erie PA!

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Got some BIG news for you!

We’re 2 days away from CLOSING registration on the world’s largest flash mob event, and I wouldn’t DREAM of having all this fun without including YOU!

We shimmy for a cause very close to my heart: Erie’s shelter from domestic abuse, SafeNet Inc.

It’s my last chance to fill you in and to ask you personally – could you take a quick 2 minutes to register as a “Donation Only” participant?  (It’s the big orange button on the right – just register for Pennsylvania – Erie, PA!

As a donor, you’ll be acknowledged for your generosity on my website, and in the program at our BIG live event.  No dancing required!

And if you DO want to shimmy, register as a “Dancer” (...

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It’s tough, my friend.

Choosing a winner when all the entries are so deserving!

As you know, I believe blogging can change the world!

Stories motivate and influence people, and I personally enjoy blogs that spread the love and inspire me every day.

And I would LOVE to read YOUR story.  Your thoughts and tips, or advice or _____.

(Fill in the blank – your heart is the limit!)

Well, we knew when we began that we could only have 3 scholarship winners. . .

I think you can expect great things from these future bloggers and I’m ECSTATIC to welcome them into my upcoming class:

Blogging Bash Online Course with Carlaquarius!  (Click to tweet!)


(Registration is LIVE!)

And it’s not too late f...

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I have to spill it!

I’ve gone and done something and I can’t wait to tell you what!

If you have a story to tell (and don’t we all have a story?) but you’re not reaching those who want to hear it, you might as well be talking to your cat, right?

But your cat’s already heard your stories, and cats aren’t known for spreading the word,  even when they’ve heard about something good.  So I guess you’d need to get a parrot. . .

Or a blog.

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My cat, “Monkey.”  She’s not the best listener.

Cats are brats! 😉 (Click to tweet!)

Your blog works for you 24/7, sharing your message anytime, day or night, with those who are interested in what you’re saying.

Your readers can ...

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Hi, friends,

Yes we did.

We tied one on.  And you can see the whole thing!

**Warning:  you cannot laugh quietly when hanging out with “The Scarf Lady”, so if you’re in a place where you have to stifle, you may want to save this video for later!

MINDFUL MAVEN FEB thumbnail Scarf Lady play

As you’ll see, Janet Kassir is a glowing source of positive energy and scarf-tying expertise, using her talents to empower all around her.  For these reasons and more, she is my choice for February 2014’s “Mindful Maven” here at

And because she ALWAYS over delivers, you’ll have access below to her free PDF.

Now my favorite parts of this interview involve the spilling of some “wine” and some overall shenanigans...

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Angels!  My BIGGEST GIVEAWAY YET is found in this post.

But first, I must tell you. . .

  (Click to tweet!) 

Yes, that would be REALLY fun, but. . .

Basically, it would be a short-lived little party for one.  And I’d have to come back down to Earth at some point, right?  :)

Plus, it wouldn’t give me skills for my blog & biz that could last a lifetime.

And that’s what makes me happier than flying unicorns right now!

I’m throwing a real party – with like minded and INCREDIBLE blog rockstars in the making – who WILL learn blog & biz skills that last!

Most importantly. . . I’m GIVING AWAY  3  SCHOLARSHIPS!

See the GIVEAWAY details below, my stellar friend. 

But hurry, to WIN a free ...

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To Love Oneself is the Beginning..      Click to tweet!) 

As Valentine’s Day approaches, remember:  true love begins with loving yourself.

Take time to do something wonderful for YOU, 

on or around this Valentine’s Day.  

Start a gratitude journal, read the book that’s been calling your name,  take the class,

wear the heels. . . your heart is the limit, and you deserve to be romanced by YOU.

And I’ve got something for you, too.

If you’ve been wanting to give yourself the gift of belly dance, this will help!

Share this blog post using the share buttons below,

on or before 2-14-14, and receive $10 in BELLY BUCKS!

Use your bucks toward any of our upcoming classes/workshops through NEXT year!

Spring / Summer...

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