Life without excitement is like champagne without bubbles, it has lost its appeal and attraction. Would we drink flat champagne? Of course not! So why do we think that sometimes we have to live a life without excitement?

In the various stages of our life we are attracted and enthralled by different things, and our excitement changes as well. The simple things, which are so exciting for a young child, become bolder and usually more costly with increasing age. But one fact remains the same: we feel that we can conquer the world, and that there are no limitations. Everything seems possible; we are riding the waves of life feeling the wind in our hair and the energy flowing through us. It is like a drug and we want more. Do you remember your first date? The excitement of getting ready, your beating heart and you couldn’t think of anything else? Yes, at that moment you drank bubbly champagne and enjoyed every moment of it.

There is never a reason to drink flat champagne, we are always worth a good bubbly. And if you find yourself asking the question why the world became so bland or why you became so blasé, then it is time to lighten up and bring some spice into your life.  Do something you have never done but always wanted to do. A cruise? Riding a horse? Buying a sports car? Taking dance lessons to become the dancer you always wanted to be? Let your imagination fly, feel the excitement, and soar like an eagle. Excitement is what keeps us young and going strong.

Excitement can be laced with fear and doubts, but the thrill of being excited is worth the trepidations. Excitement is contagious, we like to be around people ready to embrace life’s many opportunities and challenges, and just listening to them gives birth to our own excitement. I fondly remember a recent get together with friends during which they enthusiastically talked about the safari they had planned. My love and passion for Africa started stirring, and I found myself googling safari possibilities, imagining myself in Africa and it was like taking a short mini trip. Yes, reality had to set in a little later, but the excitement of those moments cannot be replaced and I still cherish them.

So, what are you waiting for? Pop the cork and enjoy your bubbly! Live and enjoy the moment and some excitement regularly.

Silvia Coggin, CPC
Founder and Author of NotJustCooking.com


That’s Nonsense

How many times do we hear “that’s nonsense” in our lives? And how many times does it stop our creative juices and make us conform?

I believe “that’s nonsense” should give birth to more creativity because it only shows the limited imagination and closed mind of the one who makes this declaration. It is only the ones who believe in “the impossible – nonsense for some” who are ready for incredible discoveries and out-of-the-box thinking.

When Galileo Galilei announced heliocentrisme, it was rejected, and I am sure many scientists of his time classified it as “nonsense”. How could it be? It was absurd. And we know now that he was right.

In modern times, Steve Job was seen as a hippie, and many looked at his vision as “nonsense”. But he manifested a changed world and created Apple. He realized his dream and didn’t pay attention to the nonsense proclaimers. Blackberry leads the pack of losers. And that’s what we all should do. Our dreams can be small or big, there are no limits, except the ones you establish or allow others to insert into your belief system.

I love this quote from Dr. Seuss: “I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cell”.

Often, “that’s nonsense” just means you have met someone with a limited mind, a person who is boxed in and cannot see beyond. Trust your dreams, intuition and creativity, and as long as you nurture them with the lifeblood of your confidence and faith, they will manifest.

“That’s Nonsense” is just an opinion and as long as you don’t accept it as a judgment and verdict, it is just words. It only limits the person who believes that other people know more. Of course there is a lot of nonsense that is based on ignorance and conspiracy theories. When confronted with them, I just listen without judgment or comment. We all have the freedom to think and be who we want to be, but we also have the freedom to walk away when something doesn’t feel good.

Silvia Coggin, CPC
Author and Founder of NotJustCooking.com


DreamingGrowing up in postwar Germany there wasn’t much space for dreaming because the reality of surviving took first place in people’s minds. I learned quickly that if I want to keep my dreams alive, I would have to hide them within. I have always been a dreamer but have also kept myself firmly rooted in reality.

As a child I was able to visualize things in my mind, making my life more colorful. When I read my books, I lived in them and became the heroine. One of my dreams was to have a dog, but it was out of the question for economic reasons. So I took a stick and a ball, named the ball, and it became my pet. I walked controlling the ball – my puppy – with the stick, and I had fun talking to my little friend and visualizing it being alive and playing with me. I learned quite young that I could enhance my life by creating interesting games in my mind and with my two dolls.

Later, during my many years of metaphysical studies, I realized that dreaming is a major part of living the life we desire. First we dream about changes, things we want to change, tweak or include into our lives. We make the dream more and more vivid by adding color, music, energy and anything else we desire. The dream becomes so real that we can see, smell and touch it. Dreaming is fun, very gratifying, and empowering. And when our dream has received enough energy, it has the power to manifest and to bring what we have longed for.

Dreaming is a journey and I cannot imagine my life without it. It helped me through difficult times. I would go to that special place in my mind, work on my dream, polish it, expand it, and better survive the storms of life. Sometimes I traveled multiple journeys at the same time with different dreams, each with new goals and destinations.

But there are also dreams that wither and die. They haven’t received the energy required to develop and grow, most likely because their purpose is not sufficiently relevant. Dreams are living things so we can keep them alive or let them fade away.

Dreaming is healthy because it helps us cope and thrive. Dreams keep us focused on our goals and moving in the right direction. They are powerful but also so fragile. When I decided in my youth to keep them hidden, it was because I had learned the hard way that harsh words can destroy a dream like a hurricane levels a home.

Let’s be dreamers for it is the dreamers who change the world!

Silvia Coggin, CPC
Author and Founder of NotJustCooking.com

Feeling Joy and Happiness

Feeling Joy and HappinessThe potential for joy and happiness resides within all of us. When we are with positive people it is easier to feel the joy and the pleasure from being with them. So we might think that it is people who bring us joy. In reality, the joy was always within us but we were able to feel it by being with them. So yes, they allow us to feel our joy and happiness and we feel in harmony.

The key to more constant joy and happiness is to maintain harmonic feelings, no matter what. To do that we can create a peaceful place in our mind where we consciously go to whenever necessary or desired. From this personal retreat we have access to the joy and happiness within us, and we can weather the storms in our lives. This haven of peace, of love and wellbeing is the same place we find when we meditate. It is where we can regenerate, rejuvenate and restore balance and harmony within us. It is also where we can heal; mentally as well as physically, and where miracles can happen.

This peaceful place looks different for each of us. You will know you have found it when you feel the peace and love it brings. Just clearing the mind of all the clutter will lead you to it, and it will quickly become your safe place. Like a homing pigeon you go there every time you want to or need to. It is always waiting for you.

So, do people bring us joy and happiness? Yes, in a way they do because they allow us to shine and to be ourselves. We feel loved and we love. Please remember though, joy is always within us. We have an unlimited potential to feel happy.

There are a lot of unhappy people in the world, and you might wonder if they feel any joy. I believe they have the same potential within them; they just never stop long enough to remove all the negativity and toxic beliefs they have accumulated. But let’s not judge whether they are right or wrong, it doesn’t matter. The longer the burden of unhappiness is carried, the heavier it gets, and the faster joy and happiness will continue to fade. But they never disappear and remain always within.

Wishing you a great journey to your happy place?

Silvia Coggin, CPC
Author and Founder of NotJustCooking.com



PatienceWhat better way to practice patience than with a little puppy full of energy and a zest for life? Just watching him brings joy to my heart, and I feel it is a privilege to teach him and to introduce him to the different aspects of his life. But at the same time, I feel I am learning from him. I am the teacher and the pupil, and I love every moment of it.

I enjoy teaching Romeo the basic commands I consider essential for his safety and for our comfortable cohabitation. With love I repeat and repeat day after day, and am so proud when he “gets” it. And then I love to enhance his understanding every day. I do not feel impatient, my heart is filled with love, and I enjoy being with my little sweetie. I know that one day he will understand what I want from him, and I also know that he only wants to please. So we both enjoy this journey and we make it as much fun as we can. We celebrate every success, no matter how big or small.

But I ask myself why am I not as patient with the people in my life? I love them as much! I really do not have an answer, but I have decided that I will apply the same patience to everyone and everything in my life. I’ll avoid judgments and will appreciate every moment spent with loved ones. A great lesson from my little Romeo.

As we age we need more patience. Some friends don’t hear so well, others don’t understand as easily. A patient and kind attitude can make a real difference. And let’s not forget to be patient with ourselves. Getting older we might not be able to do all the things we used to, but we are still as lovable as ever.

Little Romeo made me aware of what patience means to me.  It is a loving acceptance of whatever happens and not being defined by what is happening but by who we are.

Silvia Coggin, CPC
Author and Founder of NotJustCooking.com




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