Author Archive for Janie L

What if we were to use our imagination to ignite the song in our heart?

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Albert Einstein

Imagination is more important than knowledge. ~ EinsteinI used to wonder what Einstein meant when he said, Imagination is more important than knowledge. I was a pretty bright kid and got good grades in school, but I was also the kid that would stare endlessly out the window of my classroom, my imagination running wild. It wasn’t until I became a teacher and taught for many years that I began to realize what Einstein had meant. And then I wondered why we all had to wait so long to figure it out for ourselves. If only we were taught the power of this simple truth early in life, then amazing things would start happening for us in our youth, rather than later on in years.

What we think about, we bring about. So what are the thoughts running through your mind today? What have you been imagining? What do you find yourself daydreaming about? Here is something you can do to allow your imagination to go to work for you.

  • Think of something you would really like to see happen in your life!
  • Find time each and every day to live out this dream in your imagination. Act as if your dream has already come true and feel its feelings as though they were real.
  • Keep a daily gratitude journal and write down 3 things you are grateful for. Then write 3 dreams you would like to see come true and allow yourself to feel gratitude for them as if they have already happened!

I believe imagination brings our dreams to life!

May you listen carefully to the song in your heart today! 🙂

Watch this video of ‘Just Imagine’ by Janie Lidey & Wood Newton

What if we could laugh while we’re cryin’ ~ live while we’re dyin’ ~ smile when we’re mad ~ be happy when we’re sad?

Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.
James Dean

Dream as if you'll live forever...When I moved to Alaska thirty years ago, most of my family was either in California or Massachusetts so in order to stay in touch, we spent a lot of time on the phone. I remember sharing the good and the bad with my little sister Carol over time and for some reason we would always end our conversation with, “But thank God we have our health.”

One day we were sharing stories about how she had to have open-heart surgery due to a birth defect they didn’t find until later in life and I had to have cranial surgery for a depressed skull fracture I sustained after putting a ski through my head while down hill skiing.

When we finished our conversation with our typical, “But thank God we have our health,” we suddenly laughed until we cried because we clearly did not have our health at that moment!  And that was when we realized that the reason we always survived the difficult times in our lives was that we were totally willing to laugh through them.

There is a man named Norman Cousins who after years of prolonged pain from a serious illness, claims to have cured himself with a self-invented regimen of laughter and vitamins. In his 1979 book Anatomy of an Illness, Cousins describes how watching comedic movies helped him recover.

What are some of the things that are troubling you today? What could you do to help you laugh while you’re cryin’?

  • Watch a movie that you know gets you laughing.
  • Call on a friend or family member who always seems to crack you up.

Listen to ‘Laugh While You’re Cryin’ by Janie Lidey


What if we all had an angel sitting on our shoulder each day?

Angels have no philosophy but love.
Terri Guillemets

Angel on my shoulder...I remember going through a really rough period in my life and having my big sister Kris tell me not to worry because she would be sitting on my shoulder all day. It was during a time when a lot of women wore big shoulder pads and I would tell Kris that I’d be sure to wear some really thick ones for the day so she would be extra cozy. I believe we all have angels watching over us but I think we sometimes forget that many of our angels are right here on earth with us ~ ready to catch us if we fall.

What kinds of angels do you have in your life? And who might think of YOU as their angel? How could you spread your wings and be that angel that someone needed today?

  • While getting ready for your day, try and think of someone in your life who could use an angel today.
  • Find a way to reach out to that person ~ even if all you have time for is a positive thought or prayer for them.
  • Remember that you can be an angel for someone, even if you don’t know them. What if your kind words or smile made the difference between someone feeling lost and all alone or feeling like there was a connection ~ a web of kindness that we all are part of.

I believe that in our darkest hour, our angels are always there to bring us to the light. May you feel the presence of your angels today.

Listen to ‘Somethin’ About An Angel’ by Janie Lidey & Matt Wilder


What if we were to choose kindness as our theme for today?

I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way
to show compassion then it will start a chain reaction of the same.
Rachel Joy Scott

I have this theory...Rachel Joy Scott was just a teenager when her life was violently taken from her by two boys who went into Columbine High School in Colorado back in 1999 and took the lives of thirteen people. When Rachel’s diaries were later read, this is one of the things that she had written: “If one person could go out of their way to show compassion, then it would start a chain reaction of the same. People would never know how far a little kindness could go.”

After this horrific event, Rachel’s family started a program called, “Rachel’s Challenge”. Their mission has been to spread a chain reaction of kindness and compassion around the world.

What could you do to start a chain reaction of kindness in your world today? What could you do to make a difference in one person’s life?

  • Think about something kind that someone did for you at some point in your life and how it made you feel.
  • Choose someone you come across in your day today and just treat them with a little extra kindness than usual. Sometimes it is as simple as asking someone how their day has been so far or telling them how much you enjoy being around them…

I believe that kindness can carve the most direct path to peace, love and happiness! May you spread the chain of kindness in your community today.

Listen to ‘There Will Be Peace’ by Janie Lidey & Matt Wilder


What if we were to leap with faith toward the life of our dreams?

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now!
J.W. Von Goethe

Whatever you can dream...After teaching music in Alaska for 26 years, I came home one day and told my husband I wanted to shift out of my role as teacher in one classroom and make the world my classroom. I was passionate about raising the vibration of love on our planet by sharing my stories and songs on a global level.

Rather than panic and tell me not to quit my day job, he went out and bought me a beautiful painting of a mountain goat leaping from one sheer cliff to another, surely to fall to his death were he to not make the other side. At the bottom of the painting it simply said, ‘FAITH’. So I took the leap of faith and retired early from teaching so that I could go out into the world and share my music & my message.

We don’t always get that kind of support from our families when we want to follow our passion but we can start with our own faith and begin taking little leaps toward our dreams. What kinds of steps could you begin taking today?

  • Decide that your dream is important!
  • Create a dream board and paint the picture of your dream using lots of colors and images that help you feel it as though it were already real.
  • Take a step every day toward making your dream a reality, even if it is a baby step, When you begin something, a myriad of things come your way that you might never have dreamed would happen!

I believe that when we lose our fear and take a leap of faith toward something we’d really like to do, it brings us closer to our true calling!

May you Leap with Faith Today! 🙂

Listen to ‘Leap of Faith’ by Janie Lidey & Matt Wilder