Thursday, February 19, 2015

Not just the ordinary Resolutions for 2015


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On December 31, 2014, I had an incredible day with my Auntie and I treated her to manis and pedis for her birthday.  Crazy day for a birthday, right?  Anyway, I was very pre-occupied with my resolutions and completing them before the end of the day.

Just as I was finishing my pedicure, and prior to writing my 2015 resolutions, I read an article by my friend, Patrick Mulford on Linked-In, entitled, "Rebelutions: The Best Bad Tips for a Better 2015."  It inspired me to be a bit different with my resolutions this year.

Here is the order in which my resolutions came to my little crazy mind:

1.  Zipline as much as possible
   Why?  You might ask.  Because ziplining is friggin' awesome.  Whether you do it in New Hampshire, Costa Rica, or Hawaii.  Lucky for me, within 100 miles of Los Angeles, there are three zipline courses, but I have to travel at least 75 miles to get there.  :(

2.  52 readings in 52 weeks
   This is my plan.  Either psychic or mediumship readings.  I need the practice, especially for the current book I'm writing about my first 18 months as a medium.  I have, as of right now, performed 5 readings, so I'm a little behind, but it's all good.

3.  26 massages or acupuncture treatments
   Because everyone needs this.  Well, okay, I need this.  I have three down, and look forward to every single massage or acupuncture treatment to come.  This is an incredible way to relax.  I've been hearing so much lately about how stressed people are at their jobs, including myself.  Treat yourself!

4.  To Fall in Love
   I don't really think this needs much explaining.  I am enjoying my single life AND would love to share my life with someone in the future.

5.  Travel 50,000 miles (could be Bali, Iceland, Aus/NZ)
   I mean, don't we all want to travel?  I will definitely go home many times this year to New England to spend time with my awesome niece and nephew, not to mention the rest of my family.  I would, however, love to take some great trips around the world.

6.  Start Italian Citizenship
   When I secure a spare $5000 Euros, I look forward to paying an incredibly reputable Italian attorney to obtain not only my 92-year old grandmother's Italian citizenship, but also my fathers and my own.  Should I start a GoFundme?  Just kidding.

7.  Feel intuition everywhere
   I want to constantly pick up on what's happening around me intuitively, speak to more babies in the womb, feel more deceased loved ones, etc...

8.  Debt Free by end of year
   Need I say more?

9.  Complete Book 2 (on mediumship)
  This book will chronicle my last 18-20 months as a developing medium.  There is never a dull moment and I have learned so many goodies that I just HAVE to share with the world.  Perhaps it will help just one person?  This time around, I will not be self-publishing.

10.  Pacific Coast Highway (at least once)
   If you have never done this trip either north or south, you are truly missing out on one of the most inspirational and beautiful coasts I have ever seen.  This is an absolute must for your lifetime.  Trust me!

11.  Substantial amount of money to Charity
  The more money I earn, the more money I can give away.  How much do you give away?  Could you do more?

12.  12 speaking engagements
   I want to actually participate and/or be the keynote for 12 speaking engagements.  Some will be paid, some will be unpaid.  I have two scheduled for the next two months AND I'm looking for more opportunities.  I am actually most excited about this - aside from the Ziplining, of course.

13.  Listen more
   This will be the most challenging for me.  As an HR person and a human being, I definitely want and need to listen more to the wonderfulness around me, to what other's believe.  This is all in my quest to learn more, be better, and do better.  Will you join me?

Well...there you have it.  My 13 New Years Resolutions.  What are yours?


FINAL THOUGHTS:
1)  Resolutions can be fun.  They don't have to be a disappointment to you at the end of the year.  They can be fun.
2)  I have enlisted the services of a Brand Consultant for my life, my book, my Social, and my SethEliot brand.  Get ready for some changes!
3) "Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve." -- Napoleon Hill


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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

August 26th, 2014 - One of the best days of my life - Part Deux




Where was I??

Oh yeah, so, I was having dinner with James Van Praagh (JVP) when the server comes over to me and says, the Long Island Medium is dining in the next room.  I said, "I'm sorry, did you just that Theresa Caputo is in the house?"

I immediately told JVP, who was still sitting next to me.  (swoon).  He seemed pleasantry surprised and added that he had been wanting to get with her people and collaborate on a project together.  A few minutes later, he got up and advised the table he was going to see The Long Island Medium.  I whispered to him, "Please take me with you!?"

He leaned over quietly and said, "Trust me!  I have a good feeling!"

I was bummed.  I'm not gonna lie.  For some reason, I started sweating profusely.  I just knew that something big was about to happen.  Naturally, I texted a few close friends of mine who were equally as in love with her as I was/am.  Resisting every urge I had, I did not post anything to social media as I wanted to respect her privacy and the privacy of JVP. 

I decided to go to the bathroom, because I had had a few drinks after a very long and amazing day.  As I passed by the room where the Long Island Medium was, I saw her, Larry, and JVP chit-chatting and laughing.  As I was in the stall, I had a day dream about Larry walking into the men's bathroom and what I would say to him if he did.  Next thing I knew, someone walked in and I heard him clear his throat.  It was Larry!  Um...now what?

I started to wash my hands, and continued to wash my hands, while I thought of something brilliant to say to him.  He must have thought I was crazy.  I was literally washing my hands for about three minutes.   Drying my hands, I finally mustered up enough hutzpah to say, "I didn't think you guys traveled to Los Angeles."  Larry was gracious, smiled, and in typical Larry format, he said, "Oh yeah, we've been traveling all over lately and Theresa and I love it here in Santa Monica."  He continued the conversation for about two minutes until another person walked into the bathroom.  Toward the end, I introduced myself and said it was a pleasure.  He was so generous and sweet.

Once I collected myself and genuinely surrendered to the amazing moment and day, as if meeting Larry wasn't enough, twenty minutes later, all of a sudden, a familiar voice with a severe Long Island accent approached out table and exclaimed, "Well...isn't this a beautiful crowd!?"  Literally, I thought I was in a dream.  I turned to my right and um...Theresa Caputo, the Long Island Medium, herself, was there in my absolute favorite white tasseled shirt.  Oh my god.

When introduced, she actually gave me a huge hug (Hug #1) and said how nice it was to meet me.  Theresa (as she asked me to call her) was gracious and greeted every single person at our table of eight individuals.  A class act.  It was a bit tight in our area, so I actually started talking to Larry and her manager, Joshua and his wife.  We had a wonderful conversation about them wanting to purchase a house in Santa Monica, but only on the beach.  Even her manager was very nice, and genuinely interested when he found out I was also a developing medium.  I hope to meet him again in the future.

About five minutes later, in the complete surreal-ness of this dinner, this day, and this situation in which I now found myself, JVP, Theresa, and I were speaking as if we had been friends for years.  It was definitely a triad and not just a dual conversation of which I was an outsider.  I was in like Flynn, baby.  It was beyond anything I had ever imagined.

Both JVP and Theresa had books coming out the following month - September.  When the topic came up that she insisted I purchase her new book, I advised her that I had already pre-ordered it.  She looked at me, said how cute that was and gave me Hug #2.   Through our conversations, she and Larry told me they really love Santa Monica and they are definitely going to purchase a place there.  We talked about the kids, life, the future, and so much more.  (Who am I??)

It was about fifteen minutes later, after gossiping between us three mediums, Larry came back over and said, "You've been chatting like school girls for the past twenty minutes, can we at least go outside already??"  

When we went outside of the restaurant, I was still sweating, mind you.  My friend, Kelley, kept asking me if I wanted a picture with her.  Being in Los Angeles for about nine years, I like to think of myself as above pictures with any celebrity.   Anyway...Kelley asked Theresa, right in front of me, if she would take a picture with me.  Theresa was gracious and said, "Sure!"  I said, "No, it's okay!"

Theresa looked at me and in the most amazing Long Island accent, "You don't wanna picture wit' me?"  Um...great, I just offended one of my mentors.  Doh!

I quickly said, "Of course, I want a picture with you.  I just normally don't do that!"

She hugged me close (Hug #3) and I reiterated, "I don't normally like to take pictures!"  The next moment, we captured the below picture where I was drunk with happiness and out of this world contentment.  After the picture, she held onto me tightly and said, "Neither do I!"  It was the sweetest and most sincere moments of our clearly blossoming relationship.  She didn't have to say that.  I was flabbergasted and so unbelievably happy.

The next moment, Kelley, told Theresa that I was a developing medium.  Thanks, Kelley!  Theresa was so genuinely thrilled and happy for me.  We spoke about this for a few minutes and she advised that, clearly, I was in good hands with JVP.  After a few more minutes of discussing mundane things with Theresa Caputo like about how she had recently discovered books on CD and listens to them in her car.  I responded, "Don't you love it?  I listen to your book in my car!"  She and I both laughed at this.  She was a hoot, man!

Me:  Do you get recognized a lot...because you are kind of a big deal??

Theresa:  "In New York, I'm nuthin', but here, everywhere we go, we get free nuts!  (Best statement of the day!).  She began to explain that when she walked down 3rd Street Promenade (Santa Monica), people stopped her all the time...and mostly the vendors stopped her and, in exchange for a picture, they give her free nuts.  "Who am I to refuse free nuts??" - I thought to myself, you truly are an amazing lady.

Larry got antsy and was definitely ready to go.  He literally had to pull her away from me!

Theresa:  "It was so lovely meeting you! Good luck to you in everything and enjoy the journey!  Oh and one more thing, I would LOVE to know what you think of my book!"

Me:  "Um...how exactly do you want me to get in touch with you after I finish your book?"  I literally thought Theresa Caputo was about to give me her email address!!

Theresa:  "He has my information! (pointing to her manager).  Tell him to give you my contact information."  (too late, he had already left)

Me:  "Okay...It was great meeting you too!"  Good luck with the book!"

When I walked away, I could not even explain the elation that went through my body.  It felt as if I belonged there.  I deserved this life.  I was sooo close to the life I wanted.  I literally couldn't sleep for days!!

I loved every minute of that day...with JVP and with my new friend, Theresa.

The entire night was a bit foggy, I'll admit.  I was definitely alive, but in shock.  I should have pinched myself various times throughout the day.  Then, at dinner, I still cannot believe I spoke with Theresa for more than thirty minutes.

Something shifted in me that day, because after that day, my life has changed forever.  I hope I reconnect with Theresa in the very near future.  She was a true lady and an incredible class act.  I look forward to spending more time with her and James Van Praagh.

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FINAL THOUGHTS:

1)  You never know when you might happen!  You must just end up chatting with JVP and Long Island Medium at any time.
2)  I allowed myself a few weeks to be down and sad.  This week, something has shifted and the opportunities are limitless.
3)  "At some point, you just have to let go of what you thought should happen and live in what is happening!"  That's been my mantra this week.


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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

August 26, 2014 - One of the best days of my life...Part One.



Yes, you are right.  That is James Van Praagh.  Can you believe it?  I still can hardly believe it.

A good friend mine introduced me to a good friend of his.  This young lady, Kelley, just happened to work directly for James Van Praagh (JVP or James) as his Life Manager.  It seems that she was recruiting for his new blog: The Daily Awakening, and I was the perfect addition.  Kelley and I hit it off quick quickly.  So much so, in fact, that she invited me to work with her as a production assistant at James' next photo shoot.  The date was set for August, 26, 2014 and I was there, no question.

The day of the shoot finally came around.  I was "Beyond" excited.  JVP used to have a show called, Beyond.  LOL.  Anyway, I was my usual self and extremely helpful with everyone.  I quickly became the savior of the day for this and everyone's friends within the first hour or two.  James and I even hit it off too.  Mind you, he still had no idea about me or what I did.  

It was about two hours in when a lull happened.  One of his stylists who I had befriended earlier, was very much insistent that James ask what I did for a living.  Naturally, I told him that during the day I was an HR Consultant.  "And at night...?"  

"I am a developing medium."  I was proud but also really scared of just having "come out" to JVP, someone who is one of the most well-known mediums of all time.  

He was intrigued.  "Are you sitting in a circle?"

"What do you mean, a circle? - I asked hesitantly knowing I might regret it later.

"You are a developing medium and you are not in a development circle? - exclaimed JVP.

"No, sadly, I'm not!" - Doh!  This was not going to be good, I thought.

"Well, I don't want you to be one of those mediums who doesn't know what they're doing!  So, I'll mentor you myself if I must.

(awkward silence) - I was in disbelief.

"What are you doing next week?" - asked JVP.

"I actually don't have anything planned!"

"Well...I am giving a 3-day course with myself and a good friend of mine from the Arthur Findlay College (aka Hogwarts) in the United Kingdom.  You have to be there.  And, because of all your wonderful help today, just tell them I sent you and I'll comp you."

Mustering up some strength, "Wow!  Yeah, I wouldn't miss it for the world.  Thank you so much!!"

And so started the most amazing day of 2014.  Throughout the day, we continued to grow closer and closer.  He learned about me and I him.  It was glorious!  It was incredible.  I felt so close but yet so far from what I want to do full time in my life.  Twenty feet from stardom, anyone?  

Later that afternoon, we went to Malibu to take some fantastic and outstanding photos by the sea.  This particular day, the surf was between 15 and 20 feet tall.  Every huge wave crashing into the next.  It was beyond anything I had ever experienced in Southern California.  I was in heaven, literally, here on Earth.  It was, honestly, beyond words.

As if this beautiful scene wasn't enough and my heart wasn't full of enough happiness, contentment, and elation, JVP invited a few of us to dinner.  Not just any dinner and at not just any restaurant.  We were going to Boa Steakhouse in Santa Monica overlooking the ocean.  I had never been but always heard that it was one of the best restaurants.  Was I still dreaming?

At dinner, he requested that I sit next to him, which was just surreal for me.  We started conversing about the mediumship, the work, the upcoming course, and my experiences thus far.  Sitting next to JVP, one of the highlights of my life, I had no idea that my evening was going to a whole other level. 

Dinner was amazing!   JVP encouraged me to be the best medium I can be.  He shared personal stuff with me and also told me he was quite impressed by the man in front of him given my many accomplishments.  I was on cloud nine the entirety of the evening.

As we were finishing up dinner, the server (who had clearly noticed with whom I was sitting), informed me that the Long Island Medium was in the room next door.

"I'm sorry.  Did you just say that Theresa Caputo is in the house?  Seriously?"

To Be Continued...


FINAL THOUGHTS:

1.  You never know when the best day of your life is about to happen.
2.  I hope that 2015 is the best year for anyone and everyone reading this blog.
3.  Thank you for all of the outpouring and encouragement for me to write again.  It feels good to be back in the saddle again.
4.  If you read this far, then I'm glad.  I've giving away one free mediumship reading in the month of February.  If interested or if you know of someone that may be interested, send me an email at sethsantoro@mac.com.

“We have all been placed on this earth to discover our own path, and we will never be happy if we live someone else's idea of life.” ― James Van Praagh




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