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Hello! I’ve been a schmuck for forty plus years now. My accomplishments in this arena include one failed marriage and an uncanny ability to rack up the credit card debt. In an effort to grow into the life of my dreams, I’ve spent over ten years on a spiritual path to becoming a more forgiving, nonjudgmental, and purpose-filled person.
My early career was spent trying on many different hats. I left high school for college, enrolling in the journalism program at Ohio State University, before deciding it wasn’t quite the right fit for me. I then worked in the hospitality industry and ran my own residential cleaning business, called Clean by Kirstie. Managing this business helped me to overcome some of my shy introvert tendencies, and I learned a lot about the responsibility and self-discipline required to oversee a successful venture.
My spiritual journey started at this time in my life. The catalyst for it was a book my then mother-in-law pointed me towards, entitled A Course in Miracles. It teaches true forgiveness, a concept that sounds great on paper, but is not so easy when attempting to put into practice. In order to help myself with this, I became a learning sponge, reading and striving to apply spiritual ideas from many different books, such as The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, The Places That Scare You by Pema Chodron, and The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. I officially became a self-help book junkie!
The events of 9/11 were a wake-up call for me. I realized I felt stuck in a line of work that no longer fulfilled me. I didn’t want to waste anymore of my precious time. That’s when I re-enrolled in college, graduating with a B.A. in International Relations. As the granddaughter of an immigrant, I was hoping to find work helping immigrants obtain housing and English language skills. Like many of us schmucks, I simply couldn’t find a job in my field. I ended up working in a call center. After a layoff, I moved on to a few other customer services positions before my final job as a team lead in quality assurance.
While in my last position, I went through a painful divorce. Thanks to my work in applying lessons of forgiveness to the situation, we were able to come out the other side as friendly acquaintances, rather than bitter enemies. This success gleaned from a failure firmed up my faith in the power of forgiveness to positively alter lives.
I also finally figured out my own life purpose during this period. In a moment of inspiration one day, it hit me that none of the self-help books I’d come across conveyed the nitty-gritty, terrifyingly hilarious roller coaster ride that would ensue when a normal Jane like myself tried to become enlightened. I’d read a lot of material that taught the basics of the craft, and even some with specific exercises, but none of it expressed what it was actually like on a day-to-day basis to go from a regular ego-driven schmuck to a Being of Light and Love.
So, I got busy writing just such a book. It is a work in progress entitled Stumbling Towards Enlightenment. The idea for this blog came when I realized others may also be struggling with putting enlightenment ideas into action in everyday situations. My hope is that through the articles, comments, and Spotlight Projects of the Month posted on this website, we can all help each other learn and grow into a life that honors each of our Soul’s goals.
“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”- Dalai Lama
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I was born in Wheeling, WV, and grew up in St. Clairsville, OH. At an early age, I discovered a passion for the written word. It was around this same time that my family finally figured out who the squirrel was that was taking all of the pens and pencils in the house!
At 17 years of age I had a triple dose of local success. I won a prom poetry contest sponsored by my high school, was published in the World’s Most Treasured Poems, and had an editorial detailing the plight of autoworkers published in both The Times Leader and Wheeling Intelligencer.
After high school, I moved to Central Ohio and attended The Ohio State University.
Through a series of mishaps, misgivings, mayhem and shenanigans and while pulling an all-nighter listening to Thin Lizzy and typing, I self-published my first book, Roadtripping the Dream in December 2012.
In early 2014, I was accepted as a contributing author for the book, 365 Days of Angel Prayers, a multi-author book of daily divine readings by Cathleen O’Connor, Phd. and Elizabeth Harper. It went into print in December of 2014.
I am currently completing my second book, The Lady Player’s Manual: How to Win at Love and Life.
You can find my unique brand of Random Sagittarian Bluntness and links to my books and happenings on my Facebook fan page, Writings by Trina Noelle.
“A woman is a great novel, don’t let yourself be thumbed by an illiterate.” – E. Jean Carroll