Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Reality TV with a Purpose! Charles Mattocks Talks About Creating REVERSED.

Over the years on my blog I've tried to be a living example of the methods I teach, proving that Hustle.Believe.Receive. really does work. I've shown it to be true in my life, over and over again, working hard and manifesting my dreams.  But even I get tired of my story, and I think sometimes it's good for all of us to have examples of people who are living by the same principles I teach and achieving great success. The hope is that these stories continue to inspire your journey, and that you take from them lessons you can apply in your own life. Oprah says "Surround yourself with people who will only bring you higher." This is advice I've tried hard to follow with great results. People who are on a mission to achieve their dream are the kind of people I want in my circle. 

One such person is Charles Mattocks, aka The Poor Chef.  Charles is on a mission to change the way we think about Diabetes and effect change on a global scale. He is the producer, creator and host of the new Reality TV show Reversed.  Charles got his start in show-business as a late teen moving from New York to LA to follow his dream of being an actor and rapper. Music and show business run in his blood as the nephew of the Legendary Bob Marley.  But Charles has always had to work hard, hustle for his success at each stage of his journey as his dream matured over time. He made a name for himself as a celebrity chef on his TV show The Poor Chef, and has used that recognition to affect change as an advocate for Diabetes, a cause close to his heart. 

I spoke to Charles today and asked him to tell us his story....

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Inside the Mind of an Athlete. Part 2: Lavasier Tuinei

Inside the Mind of an Athlete: Part 2, is all about the hustle, overcoming adversity and never giving up. I wanted to share this story because it's an unbelievable example of what is possible when you are committed to your dream, put the work in and don't take "no" for an answer. It proves that you can overcome "bad luck" and any other obstacle that comes your way if you are truly committed to living your dream.

This is the story of Lavasier Tuinei, former Oregon Duck, and Rose Bowl MVP.  I chose "LT," as he's commonly known by friends and family, because his journey has been far from a bed of roses (pun intended), yet he's remained focused on his goal and committed to his dream. As a kid growing up in Indiana, the son of an NFL player you'd think he would have been born with a football in his hand, but in fact basketball was his passion. His parents divorced when LT was very young, and his mother wasn't at all interested in her son playing football, encouraging his love for basketball instead. But when he was eight years old he went to live with his father, and held a football for the first time.

Sarah: When did you discover your love of football? 
LT:  (I can hear the excitement and nostalgia in his voice). The first time I touched that football.  I didn't want to put it down, I took it everywhere with me. I wanted to be just like my dad, who was playing for the Chicago Bears at the time. I asked him to teach me how to play and he gave me a choice. He said "go to sleep tonight and set your alarm for 5:00 AM, if you still want to learn how to play in the morning, come wake me up and I'll train you." The next morning I woke him up at 5:00 AM and we trained for two hours before school every morning he was home through high school.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Inside the Mind of an Athlete. 4 Oregon Football Players: Their Lessons Can Change Your Life.

What can a football player teach you about achieving your dream and finding success? A lot. Over the next four weeks I will interview and share, four inspiring stories of Oregon football players who prove that anything is possible, for anyone. Four unique stories, four stages of the journey, one common dream, united by a common brotherhood. Each is on a mission to fulfill their ultimate dream. What is their common key to success?  The answer to that question, and what they have taught me could change your life, the way it did mine.

Living his dream.. Derrick Malone Jr. 
This series will feature players with one common background, they are all alumni of the University of Oregon football program, but their stories couldn't be more different.  My goal is to tell their stories from a new lenses. This is not just another football story, it’s the truth behind how they create their future, and manifested their dream.  But most importantly it is proof that “regular people” can use the same tools (visualization, prayer/meditation, mantras, belief, and hustle) to create the life of their dreams, the same way these athletes have. It’s to show you that athletes are not “super-human,” they simply apply a common formula, one I have learned and applied to my own life, to also achieve my dream. And one I've been sharing on this blog for the past few years, and coach in my Success Coaching practice.  I want to motivate and inspire you to apply these same methods to live your dream. The stories are fresh, have a new perspective and FINALLY something positive about football players!

I have chronicled four different athletes in four different stages of the same dream, to show you that this is a life long journey and that success is not achieved overnight. Also to show you that even successful people, who've lived their "dream," also face defeat and seemingly insurmountable adversity. It's what they do to overcome this adversity, that makes them great, and their stories so inspiring.

Inside the Mind of an Athlete: Part 1: Oregon's Derrick Malone Jr.

*This is the first story in a 5 part series titled "Inside the Mind of an Athlete". Check the link to learn more about the series and see who else will be featured in upcoming articles. 

I chose to feature Derrick as Part 1 of this series because I've always chosen to associate myself with players who have a similar positive mindset. Ones that are focused on their goals, determined to stay grounded through the process of fame and success, and who are constantly looking for ways to grow and become better.

Derrick is known for his contagious smile and upbeat personality
Derrick Malone Jr. embodies these qualities. As the star starting linebacker for the Oregon Ducks Derrick has always impressed me with his positive attitude, uplifting social media posts, and general demeanor, so I was thrilled when he agreed to let me interview him for this piece. I wanted to know if what I've learned so far about the law of attraction and the connection I've made with it and athletes was true for him as well. I wanted to see if he lives his life by these principles without even realizing it. I have to say I got goosebumps with many of his answers, seeing once again how the simple formula Hustle.Believe.Receive. really does apply.

Thursday, April 3, 2014


Time to get what I want from this life.
Time to reflect, to redirect intention, replenish ambition create drive.
Time to reinvent.
Time to push on through, past the pain to the results.
Time to hustle, time to grind.
Time to shine.

If what you see outside your window is not a view you like,
Change it.
If the reflection in the mirror is not one that draws a smile of self-pride,
Change it.
What holds you down?
Knocks the wind out of you?
Drains your power, towers above you?
Change it.
If the thoughts in your head haunt you, discourage and cage you,
Change them.
If what surrounds you drowns you,
Change it.
This life is my life.
This life is my choice.
The results are the aftermath of my decisions.
Traded in my broke life, for a life in progress.
Traded in my old attitude for a new mind-set.
Traded the aftermath for RESULTS.
Traded disappointment for gratitude.
I Decided to shine. 

Author Bio:
Sarah Centrella is a Success Coach for athletes and anyone with a dream. She is also an author an motivational speaker.  Follow her on Twitter for motivation and inspiration, and sign up to be a Member of her blog for free success coaching classes.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Ready for Love.

So in January of this year I made a new vision board. One focused on finding love. I've always had love represented on my board, but after reading The Soulmate Secret I was ready to break old habits and learn a how to attract the right man.

I believe strongly that everything happens for a reason, and that truth has lead my life in a positive and beautiful direction the past five years. It's also helped me to weather any storm and given me confidence that my dreams are manifesting even if at the moment that is sometimes difficult to see. So when the show came to me about doing a piece on dating I knew it was not only a manifestation of my dream to share my story with the world, but also part of the "find me a man" vibe I'd released into the universe a few months ago.

I'm the first to admit that dating has been difficult for me. In fact it's totally sucked! I'd never dated before age 35 and it was all a bit of a train wreck to say the least! I went out with guys I shouldn't have, because I knew I wouldn't be interested, but I honestly didn't know how to handle it or what to do. It was two years of trial and error, learning what type of guy I was interested in and learning how to set limits and boundaries and respect myself. It was probably a lot like being in college for most people, going through all of that for the very first time. All those heartbreaks, stupid mistakes, bad decisions, you name it. My kids are with me full time, so on the two weekends a month they were gone, I couldn't handle being home without them so I'd meet someone for a drink or dinner, or coffee or whatever even if I wasn't interested, sometimes just because that was the first person I'd have talked to all day. I've been blogging through all this time, so feel free to read those old blogs and see some of that cringe worthy pain first hand, back in the 2009/10 years! It wasn't pretty. And I knew I needed and was open to whatever advise or help in that area I could get, so that's what my reasoning was for doing the show. It was a manifestation on both fronts.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Steve Harvey's Dating Advice

So today was a pretty epic day... to say the least! I had my national television talk show debut on the Steve Harvey Show. I woke up this morning with that all too familiar knot in the pit of my stomach, the one that says "you are about to stand naked in front of the whole world, now's a good time to freak out!" And I mean metaphorically naked of course, like the dream we had as kids giving a speech in front of our class naked, only this was in front of millions of people and I was totally (as is my norm) emotionally raw and exposed.

But it wasn't long before the messages started pouring in on my facebook pages, twitter and all the other media, and texts from people around the world, most I don't know, supporting me and my dream. See I've had a dream for a few years now to share my story with the world on a talk show or reality show.  Although this episode was on a topic that is very relevant to me (dating), and not my story, it was still a huge manifestation of that dream, and I had a blast being part of it all. It was my first experience with all of that, a live audience, camera's out in a public place, hair and make-up and it was exactly what I'd always envisioned it to be.  It's absolutely what I see in my long-term future and will continue to work towards.  Plus it got me a meeting with OWN/Harpo producers so I have nothing but gratitude for the entire experience, it was a dream come true.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Hustle. Are You All In?

What to know how you get from where you're at right now, to that moment when you're living your dream? It's called HUSTLE and commitment! I was coaching one of my VIP Member clients the other day and she mentioned her husband always comes back with the same response any time she talks about making a vision board or changing her life plan... "How?" Is all he wants to know. How are you going to do that?

Hustle is the how.  Commitment is the when. 

Those are the big questions we face when we are starting out. We look at our current circumstances, the reality of our "now" and say, how the hell am I going to achieve that end result? And when will it get here? It seems so impossible and overwhelming.  So unattainable.  And we focus on that for a while, and then we start to get depressed, and convince ourselves that it's crazy to have set goals/dreams so out of our actual reach, and we slowly resign to the "truth" we believe, which is that we can't really do it, so why bother trying.

I will be the first to raise my hand and say I've used this exact thought process throughout my life when it came to dieting and working out.  You look at yourself in the mirror, or in a picture that someone with no-photo-taking-skills took of you, and say "oh my god! I need to make a change!" So you put a picture on your wall of a perfectly fit person and you tell yourself every day that you are that perfectly fit person. And then you tell your girlfriend that you intend to become that perfectly fit person while eating a bag of chips and drinking a margarita. And she looks at you and says... "Oh realllllly? How?"  And you look at yourself and then at the picture, and you say... "Damnit, you're right. That is ridiculous. What the hell, let's have another drink!"

Monday, March 10, 2014

Vision Board Success: 4 Steps to Manifesting your Dream Life.

The point of a vision board is not to manifest a new car, or an expensive handbag, it’s to intentionally design your entire dream life.  To create a LIFE PLAN. To reconstruct your life from the ground up, like an architect remodels an old building. You map out each area, room by room, creating a blueprint for a whole new masterpiece.  That’s what makes a vision board magical, because it’s the physical representation of the life you’ve carefully and thoughtfully redesigned.  You have the power to create your destiny; these four simple steps will help you do exactly that.

Step 1: The Audacity to Dream.

Learning how to dream can be surprisingly difficult for most of us in the beginning. It goes against our very nature, it feels foolish and ridiculous at first, but it’s a critical first step to success. A great way to get this process started is to create an extensive, all inclusive bucket list. This is essentially a list of everything you would like to do, or experience in your lifetime. I love this exercise because it forces you to visually walk through your life and imagine what it could be.  Resist at all costs, the urge to be “realistic”. This is a dream list, it’s not bound by your current situation, it’s not an action plan that you need to budget for, it is free from all those constraints.  If it helps, call it a “fantasy list”, or your “what if” list. On this list, all things are possible; there are no boundaries, no limits, no expiration dates.  

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Single Mom's Club... If Only.

I just finished watching both of Oprah's Lifeclass's on Single moms, and though I was disappointed I wasn't one of those chosen to be in the audience for the show, I was so grateful to her for doing it. The first show blew me away... all these mom's in one room verbalizing the exact thing's I've been feeling and experiencing for the last five years. It was honest to god the first time I've heard other woman say those things, and I cried watching it, because for the first time EVER I didn't feel alone. I know it sounds crazy but unless you are a *single mom, there is just no way for you to relate to what we face on a daily basis. This is not "poor me" it's just the reality we live in. I was married with three kids for almost nine years, so I believe I can speak from both sides of the coin. And trust me when I say; doing it alone and unmarried is not even in the same league, as doing it married or with a partner.

It was the first time I'd heard other woman say they deal with judgment from friends, family and the world at large for parenting alone. I swear I thought it was just me! And the first time I heard women cry because they are constantly beating themselves up about every little thing, and dealing with the intense isolation that makes you think you are losing your mind. And I heard Oprah say... Forgive yourself, because you are allowed to make a mistake. That one knocked the wind out of me. Because for whatever reason, that one is huge!  You really feel like you are not afforded the opportunity to make mistakes as a single mom.  Maybe because we have a different relationship with our kids, one where the line between parent and child is very blurred, and where the children are very aware of what goes on in their mom's life, mostly because mom has no one to talk to on a daily basis but her kids. So decisions that would normally not involve children, or ones where they would normally be unaware of, now are a joint family decision. And when you fail there is no covering it up. There is no way that your kids aren't involved in watching that failure, and sharing in that disappointment. The buffer zone does not exist. So we hold ourselves to this ridiculous standard where to shield our kids from our mistakes we go the extra mile to try not to make them, all the while making them of course, but just submerged in total self-loathing when we do. There is no one to say "it's okay, you did the best you could, everything will be fine." And because of that you never forgive yourself, you never stop questioning every little decision.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Little Dreamer.

Author Bio:
Sarah Centrella is a Success Coach for athletes and anyone with a dream. She is also an author an motivational speaker.  Follow her on Twitter for motivation and inspiration, and sign up to be a Member of her blog for free success coaching classes.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Living My Dream.

Tomorrow will quite possibly be the biggest day of my life (aside from the day my babies came into the world of course), but epic non the less. And it's impossible to try and do justice to the flood of emotions I'm feeling, with words on a page, but I will try.

If you've followed my story, than you know that I'm a chick on a mission to PROVE that the law of attraction (as I know it) works, and that anything is possible for ANYONE. And you also know how much I'm totally obsessed with Oprah. I credit her for giving me the tools that changed my life, and I've been out to prove those tools can work for anyone, using myself as a Genny-pig. As you know that decision has been life altering for me, and continues to be on a daily basis and I see more and more of my dreams becoming a reality. You've seen me struggle; and work, and fall down, and get back up, and want to quit, and fight through the defeat to try again. And you've seen it WORK. You KNOW it works, I know you do.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

4 Easy Steps to Get Out of a Funk.

Three months ago I was struggling.  I'd come off my most "successful" year ever, had manifested an entire vision board and a whole new tax bracket, yet felt so stuck and uninspired. Crazy I know, but true. I began to think negatively and even started questioning my dreams, vision and purpose. It seemed like the spark had left and I wasn't sure how to bring it back, or even if I could. Half of me knew exactly what to do, and wanted to punch the other half of me in the face for being such a lame-ass. But when you get in a negative place you start feeding off of it, and that self-pity starts to feel comforting, and even if you know how to extinguish it, you think... I will; tomorrow.

When January 1st rolled around I knew it was time to kick that dark cloud to the curb, even if it was going to take renewed energy and way more effort then if I'd never strayed in the first place. So here's exactly what I did to try and get myself out of my funk and back to my happy place.

1. I made a concrete decision that I was going to change my attitude, turn things around, get back to my dream.

2. To accomplish that I recognized I needed help. Motivation and inspiration aren't something we are born with and naturally have every day, sometimes we gotta create and cultivate it. I also knew I needed support.
  • For inspiration: I began listening to Joel Osteen's sermons on YouTube (and I'm not even religious). But his "I Am" speech shook me when I heard it on Oprah's LifeClass, and I instantly recognized how far I'd fallen off my path. I made a commitment to listen to a different one every day for ten days, and focus that day on whatever his topic was. I felt like a new woman after day two!
  • For support: I challenged my life long bestie to take this next step in our journey with me, and do the 10 day Joel meditation marathon. By day three and four we were on fire! So inspired and excited and shocked at how we'd ever gotten so off track in the first place. We compared notes and aha moments and encouraged each others progress. All of this is so much more fun when you have a support system! (That's why I started my coaching calls, for those of you who don't have a bestie like mine!)
  • For motivation: I decided it was time to redo my vision boards. I have two main boards that I've used over the past few years and they needed a make-over! I spent days focusing on the new version of my dream, one I could get fired up for again, one that scared me again, and then I looked for the perfect pictures to represent that life for my new boards. It's crazy how much joy that exersize brings and how much I love looking at those pretty boards. I was feeling strong, empowered and focused again, in a way I hadn't in a long time.   

Monday, February 24, 2014

I'm a Single Mom; Not a Sterotype.

It took me a long time to accept, and figure out what the label single mom, meant for me after my husband left. I knew what it meant to be a "wife" and a "mother", but I had no idea how to be a “single mom.”  And to my shock, I realized quickly that the perception of a single mom is totally different than that of a married mom.

Suddenly it was like I was no longer part of the "mom" club, somehow overnight I'd become less of a parent and a less qualified mother.  But my married mom friends would say things like "Oh I totally understand, my husband travels all the time and never helps around the house, I'm basically a single mom too." And I'd think; I pray you are never in my shoes, because you'd not last a day. The two are in no way comparable.   Slowly they'd stop calling because they couldn't relate to me anymore, we were no longer the same. I was on my own, in more ways than one.

And when I'd meet friends and mom's who never knew me when I was married, I was still not "one of them," because even though I'd been married eight years, it was somehow no longer relevant. I  felt like the girl on the outside who "just doesn't get what it's like to be married with kids." Being a single mom is more isolating than anyone can imagine. The isolation is deep and intense, and no one gets it, or understands, and so you just move forward... alone.  And that's not self-pity talking, that is cold reality, and one that takes a lot of time to adjust to.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Law of Attraction Coaching That WORKS!

For the last three years I've wanted to transition the message I believe so passionately in and write about on this blog, into a more formalized plan for teaching what I've learned.  As a single mom with a full time "real job/career" and a crazy life to juggle it's been increasingly difficult to provide individualized responses and coaching to everyone who writes and messages me, at no cost as I've done the past three years. At a certain point you just know there must be a better, more efficient way to help anyone who's interested in learning these tools, and I did, I was just afraid to make the commitment and take the leap of faith.

But I'm following my own advice and telling fear to suck it. It's the right time to make this transition, and I'm super excited about it. I've put a lot of thought into how best to do this so it's affordable to anyone who wants to participate (that's always been my main concern) but also compensates me a little for the time it takes to prepare the material etc. And I think I've found a win win! I've also focused on putting programs together that encourage on-going support, feedback, participation and accountability.  Those are critical components for success, and my dream is to get all of you on your own path to success as quickly as possible.

I'm super excited to announce two awesome coaching programs for anyone who needs advice, tips, tools and encouragement on how to apply the Law of Attraction to recreate their life.

We will be discussing topics like:
  • How to get started with using the Law of Attraction
  • How to believe
  • Mantras, and affirmations
  • The importance of the Hustle.
  • Vision boards.
  • Bucket Lists.
  • Everything happens for a reason.
  • How to dream.
  • Focusing on the big picture.
  • How this applies to your career, your relationships, parenting and family life
  • And much much more. 
The First Program:
  • This is a free weekly call available to anyone who's a subscribed member.
  • *Calls are Monday mornings from 8:30-9:00AM PST
  • Subscribers will get the dial-in info emailed directly to their inbox, and a follow up with the recording if they missed it live. 
  • You'll be able to submit questions or topics for discussion on the call by replying to the invite. 
  • The goal it to make this a quick high impact call to start your week off right. I'll give you a "take-away" at the end of the call to focus on for that week. 
  • I'll be looking for stories and examples of how that week went for you, so be sure to email those to me before the next weeks call. 
  •  All Members will also get my periodic motivational tips, quotes and inspiration, via email as well as invites to the calls. So be sure to sign up!