Manifest Your Dreams & Desires

Manifest Your Dreams & Desires

Manifesting My Dreams

Do you know that you posses the power to Manifest your dreams??!! Yes, you do! You really, really do!

          When you truly believe in your dreams, focus on what you desire, get clear about EXACTLY what you want and have faith during the processes of allowing it to manifest, you can have those things.

          One of the most important things to remember when it comes to Manifesting your dreams is believing. When I say believing, I mean really believing –  without a shadow of a doubt – that your dreams, those things you want to do and have to share light and love with the world, will come to fruition! And not only that they will simply manifest, but they will manifest in a magnificent way to add Joy to the World and love in your community and circle of influence.

          Personal Affirmation from my own life —> I love the story of Joshua in the Bible. When Joshua needed to defeat his enemies in a battle to get closer to seeing the Promise Land, he knew he had to be bold, he had to be courageous and so he prayed a very powerful prayer that he had faith God would deliver on. Joshua knew that once the sun went down it would be difficult for him to see and defeat his enemies. It was at that time that Joshua prayed to God to allow the sun to stand still in the sky long enough to allow him to see and defeat his enemies. Joshua’s faith moved God to literally stop the sun in the sky when it should have gone down and thus allowed Joshua to defeat the enemy and win the battle! I believe that same power that Joshua used to command the sun to stand still in the sky while he defeated his enemies………lives in ME!!!!!!!!!!!

          This same power assures me that when I get clear on what I am requesting of God, and believe without doubting, I will see my dreams come to fruition. Not only will I see those dreams and desires come to fruition, but I know God will take what I ask for and MULTIPLY it!

          The cool thing is that I’ve seen it happen sooooooo many times in my own life that I’m certain of it without even having to look anywhere else for confirmation! Can I get an Amen?!?!?!?

          When I was just 2 years old, my parents gave me my first toy doctor’s kit for Christmas, I’ve always said I wanted to be a doctor and truly believed, no matter what, that I would be a doctor “when I grow up” lol. My dream became a reality when, at just 26 years old, I become a doctor!!

          Not only did that dream of becoming a doctor manifest for me, but the vision of owning my very own medical practice manifested earlier than I ever thought possible!

           Additionally, I discovered that my true purpose in life is to Uplift, Encourage and Inspire. Not only do I do this via treating patients as a doctor, teaching and encouraging other entrepreneurs through being an entrepreneur myself, but I now reach and encourage people all over the country via my Leadership Speaking and all over the world through this blogging platform….Look at God!

          I believe now, more than ever, in the Power of Manifesting my Dreams! I’ve seen it happen in my own life too many times to count and I’ve seen in happen for others in mighty ways!

Dr Carmen April Speaker          Dr. Carmen April is an entrepreneur and community leader recognized as a 2014 Nashville Emerging Young Leader Award Winner, a 2013 Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under Forty Award Recipient and is a 2014 Graduate of the New Leaders Council Institute – Nashville Chapter.  Dr. April is available for speaking engagements on Leadership and Life Leadership for College Students and Young Professionals.

You can follow her daily #Leadership insights on Twitter @DrCarmenApril

Fantasize!

Fantasize!

Fantasize

          When I was a kid, I fantasized all the time about what I would be when I grew up, I fantasized that my baby dolls were members of my family and we would go on amazing adventures together, and about going on trips to Paris, London and imaginary places such as Portebello Road as in one of my favorite movies, Bed Knobs and Broomsticks!!!

          **Note: I always fantasized about being a doctor when I “grew up” and treated my stuffed animals….and my younger brother and sister (LOL)…..like my patients! This is one of the many dreams I fantasized about as a child that came true!!! 🙂

          When we talk about manifesting things in our lives, it’s important that we get in the right mindset and on the right energy vibration through positive thinking to attract those things we want into our lives. A really important component of manifesting your dreams and desires is imagining them and feeling them happening at the PRESENT time…as if they were so, right now! A great way to do this is to FANTASIZE about those dreams and desires and imagine them happening in your present reality!

          I recently got engaged to my totally awesome fiance, Lionel! For so long I have prayed for my husband every day (since I was 20 years old), but it wasn’t until I got very, very clear about about the true desires of my heart and started imagining myself being married, that my fiance showed up into my life and soon after asked me to be his wife!!! ***Note: Our love story gives me butterflies every time I think about it and I will share that soon in another post 🙂

          Note that I said that I imagined myself BEING MARRIED, not dating, not “playing house”, not having a friend to hang out with, not a man to be an emotional space and time filler, but having a HUSBAND and being MARRIED. In my mind, I imagined, fantasized and dreamed of myself as the perfect wife to my husband before I even knew who he was. You see – my audacious faith attracted him into my life. My positive vibes of LOVE on a consistent basis attracted him into my life. My daily affirmation of “My Dreams and Desires are met today” attracted him into my life! Not only did my fiance show up, but he showed up as every desire of my heart that I specifically wrote down in letter to God prior to the beginning of our relationship!

          Always dreamed of taking a trip to Paris?? Purchase a poster of the Eiffel Tower and place it on your fridge or wall in your home. Imagine that you are there standing right in front of the Eiffel Tower. Imagine the sounds of people speaking French in the background, the smell of fresh croissants floating down the street from the corner cafe. Get the picture?? Fantasize. Fantasize. Fantasize about it until your vision becomes reality! (Can you tell that this is one of the trips I’m working on manifesting one day soon? lol)

Fantasize as much as you need to in order to conjure up the feeling of having what you want right now!

Dr Carmen April Speaker          Dr. Carmen April is an entrepreneur and community leader recognized as 2014 Nashville Emerging Leader Award (NELA) Winner, a 2013 Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under Forty Award Recipient and is a 2014 Graduate of the New Leaders Council Institute – Nashville Chapter.  Dr. April is available for speaking engagements on Leadership and Life Leadership for College Students and Young Professionals.

You can follow her daily #Leadership insights on Twitter @DrCarmenApril

Eat. Pray. Dream. in Puerto Rico

Eat. Pray. DREAM. In Puerto Rico

Dr Carmen April Pray Dream

            I recently took an impromptu trip to one of the most fabulous places I’ve ever been – San Juan, Puerto Rico!! Puerto Rico is pure Paradise! The island, the people, the food, the music, the air, the ocean, the beaches, everything there is beautiful!!

           At the end of 2014, as I was preparing to develop my “Theme for 2015”, I declared that I would go someplace out of the country that I’ve never been before. I’ve long desired to visit Puerto Rico (for the past 10+) years but between school, residency, and starting my own medical practice I simply could not find the time to take the trip. However, I needed a vacation and was determined to take it one way or another!!

            I was talking with a good friend one day and mentioned to her that I wanted to vacation in a place I’ve never visited before. When she told me she could use a vacation too we both agreed on Puerto Rico and it was GAME ON lol! It’s was less than a month’s time from when I bought my plane ticket and booked the hotel till’ I had my feet in the sand on the beach in San Juan!

See, those are my feet in the sand (lol)……….

Toes in Sand Puerto Rico

           This was such an awesome vacation because there was no over-thinking it. There was no agenda, no itinerary. We didn’t decide what we would do or where we would go each day until the morning of. I had no intention of packing so much into my vacation that I needed a vacation from my vacation once I got back to Nashville!

The whole purpose of this vacation was to relax my mind, body, and soul………

Dr Carmen April Ritz Carlton SpaI also spent an entire day at the Ritz Carlton spa relaxing, meditating and dreaming 🙂

I declared this trip to be an Eat. Pray. DREAM. Vacation

           I’ve been practicing Mindfulness Meditation for about a year now and it has changed my life! Purposefully taking the time out each and every day to clear my mind of all the clutter and chatter has brought more peace and serenity into my life than I’ve ever had. Water and the sounds of the ocean and the beach are extremely calming to me as well. I use an iPhone app called “Calm” when I’m doing my Mindfulness Meditation and it allows me to set a timer within the app and listen to sounds of the ocean, rain drops falling on leaves, etc. I simply focus on being calm and happy and feeling Love within my being. This is the 1st part of my meditation and I aim for at least 20-30 minutes of this per day.

          The 2nd part of my meditation is to draw into my psyche those core desires of my heart. I literally DREAM – creating images and scenes in my mind of those things I desire most in my life!

I’ve said it here on my blog before and I’ll say it again THOUGHTS BECOME THINGS!!!!!!

I repeat: Thoughts Become Things!

            Those things we consistently hold as images in our minds become our reality!! This applies to both positive and negative images/thoughts so be very careful of the things you allow to take up residence in your mind!

             The 3rd part of my daily Mindfulness Meditation involves GRATITUDE! Gratitude is a very special key that unlocks the door to unlimited blessings in our lives! The more we are grateful for the things we currently have and enjoy, the more things, opportunities and experiences The Creator gives us to be grateful for! This part of the meditation is actually something I do during a set time AND continuously throughout the day, thanking God for everything from the water I use to brush my teeth when I first get up in the morning, to my feet that get me everywhere I need to go, to being grateful for all of the important people in my life. I literally say “Thank you Lord for _______ (fill in the black) and concentrate on the feeling of gratitude for whatever it is.

So on this trip to Puerto Rico, my plan was to:

Eat great food

Pray

Dream

            Every morning I would lay in the bed listening to the sounds of the ocean outside my window and thank God for the ocean and the water and the beach and the people on the beach and the sun and the clouds and the comfortable hotel I was staying in and the ability to live and move and have my being……….

Dr Carmen April Puerto Rico

             I would get up and get dressed and head outside to the hotel patio overlooking the ocean and let the sounds of the ocean clear my mind of any chatter. I would thank God for life and LOVE and I would DREAM! I literally closed my eyes and day-dreamed about things and opportunities I clearly wanted to manifest in my life. There are things I have been praying about for a long time and fulling trusting God to bring to pass in my life. I was determined to use this opportunity in one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to get very clear about those things and manifest them into existence!

           Raise your virtual hand if you were a chronic “day-dreamer” growing up? I WAS!!!! Were you ever told in school to stop day-dreaming in class and pay attention to the teacher? I’m guilty again lol

            I’ve always been a dreamer, but didn’t realize the enormous power of literally taking the time to intentionally dream until a couple of years ago. This came about through a self-assessment when I realized that every good thing I’ve ever dreamed about and really desired to have in my life, I have obtained or achieved! My parents were right when they told me as a young girl that I can do anything I put my mind to. As a kid I believed it (good thing I did), but as an adult I really realize the pure power in that statement!!!!

            My life as changed in immeasurable ways since this Eat. Pray. DREAM. Vacation and I will talk more about some of those things in more detail in an upcoming blog post. What I will say is that the MAIN thing I intended to manifest through my daily meditations on this trip came to fruition!!

            So, this is just the first of many Eat. Pray. DREAM. trips for me!! There are ideas brewing in my head on how to include others in on these adventures in the future. I’ve had quite a few people asking me to start hosting and teaching workshops on the subjects of Mindfulness Meditation and Manifesting desires.  It’s simply an idea and vision in my head right now, but I’ve been thinking about it for a while so it’s bound to become reality sooner than later lol! I know how much this daily Mindfulness Meditation practice as helped me and how this Eat. Pray. DREAM. trip changed my life and I would love to share that knowledge with others!

Until next time……Eat. Pray. DREAM!

Dr Carmen April Speaker          Dr. Carmen April is an entrepreneur and community leader recognized as a 2014 Nashville Emerging Leader Award (NELA) Winner, a 2013 Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under Forty Award Recipient and is a 2014 Graduate of the New Leaders Council Institute – Nashville Chapter.  Dr. April is available for speaking engagements on Leadership & Life Leadership for College Students and Young Professionals.

You can follow her daily #Leadership insights on Twitter @DrCarmenApril

Live Your Dreams

Live Your Dreams

Live Your Dreams

          Life is too short to waste it living someone else’s dream or even worse, having amazing dreams of your own that you’re too afraid to go after. Holding on to dreams and being afraid to pursue them is like someone wrapping a $10 Million gift for you, placing it under the Christmas Tree and you deciding to leave it there, unopened, forever!

I’m sure you’re thinking, “Who would do that?”

Well, people do it all the time!

          Just imagine: The giver of the gift would not be happy in that situation because the special gift that they picked out just for you is going unopened and unused & the receiver of the gift will never experience the joy of finding and having the precious gift! Analogy –>> God/Creator of the Universe is the gift-giver and you are the recipient.

          There is a special gift that the world needs and only YOU have it! Don’t deprive the Universe of the special gifts it needs…those that reside within you and only you! Discover them, chase after them, share them, love them, use them to help other people and give Thanks to The Creator for them 🙂

          Dr. Carmen AprilDr. Carmen April is an entrepreneur and community leader recognized as a 2014 Nashville Emerging Leader (NELA) Award Winner, a 2013 Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under Forty Award Recipient and is a 2014 Graduate of the New Leaders Council Institute – Nashville Chapter.  Dr. April is available for speaking engagements on Leadership and Life Leadership for College Students and Young Professionals.

You can follow her daily #Leadership insights on Twitter @DrCarmenApril

Stop Procrastinating

Stop Procrastinating

Stop ProcrastinationThere’s no time like the present!

          It’s so easy to make procrastination a habit. You do it once and things turn out fine, you do it twice and things still turn out fine……..or so you think! Making a habit of procrastination could most certainly cause you to miss out on opportunities you have been waiting for and praying for. This is not to say that the opportunity may not come around again. It probably will if it’s really meant for you to have it….but it may also take some additional time because you were not in position to receive the blessing/opportunity when it was ready for you!

Learn to plan ahead, make a schedule and create a timeline. Start before you’re ready!

Dr. Carmen April          Dr. Carmen April is an entrepreneur and community leader recognized as a 2014 Nashville Emerging Leader Award (NELA) Winner, a 2013 Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under Forty Award Recipient and is a 2014 Graduate of the New Leaders Council Institute – Nashville Chapter.  Dr. April is available for speaking engagements on Leadership and Life Leadership for College Students and Young Professionals.

You can follow her daily #Leadership insights on Twitter @DrCarmenApril

Start Before You’re Ready!

Start Before You’re Ready!

Start Before You're Ready

            Truth is…….you may never feel 100% “ready” when it comes to major life events – choosing a college to attend, starting a business, deciding to get married and/or starting a family, moving to a new city, etc. However, often times we have to Pray & meditate and then take a leap of Faith when it comes to making these decisions. Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will! Countless dreams and desires go unrealized because people doubt themselves too much to even take the first step.

           So, make plans and, by all means, do your due diligence. Remember that you may not ever feel 100% “ready”, but start anyways! There’s always room for stuff to be smoothed out later 🙂

Dr. Carmen April          Dr. Carmen April is an entrepreneur and community leader recognized as a 2014 Nashville Emerging Leader Award (NELA) Winner, a 2013 Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under Forty Award Recipient and is a 2014 Graduate of the New Leaders Council Institute – Nashville Chapter.  Dr. April is available for speaking engagements on Leadership and Life Leadership for College Students and Young Professionals.

You can follow her daily #Leadership insights on Twitter @DrCarmenApril

Take a Leap of Faith

Take a Leap of Faith

Take a Leap of Faith

I love this quote so much I can just bathe in it……..I mean, just literally BATHE in it!

          I’m a dreamer and always have been. I’m a risk-taker. I’m an entrepreneur. This type of personality has put me in many-a-position to rely on my Faith in God and be patient as He works my dreams and desires out for my best good.

          Taking a leap of faith essentially means that we cannot clearly see how it will work out in the present moment….only that we are certain it will work out because of our Faith in the Eternal Spirit and knowing that He ALWAYS works things out for our good!

          These leaps of Faith strengthen us. They make us better. They make us bolder. They strengthen our witness to others about the Power of having Faith. They mature us so that the next time we have to take a leap of faith for ourselves, we know that we things will work out and it will all work together for our good.

Dr. Carmen April          Dr. Carmen April is an entrepreneur and community leader recognized as a 2014 Nashville Emerging Leader Award (NELA) Winner, a 2013 Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under Forty Award Recipient and is a 2014 Graduate of the New Leaders Council Institute – Nashville Chapter.  Dr. April is available for speaking engagements on Leadership and Life Leadership for College Students and Young Professionals.

You can follow her daily #Leadership insights on Twitter @DrCarmenApril