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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Free Aries April 2015 Horoscope

While you may be having some issues concerning travel, cultures, relocating, shipping, and/or transportation, you are also enjoying quite a bit of financial and professional success. You are a natural leader, you have an excellent sense of your own moral compass and what is right and wrong regardless of what others say is the rules of society. Throughout all of it, you are still having fun, so chances are that you maybe kind of like these dramas and battles because it gives you something to hone your intellectual skills on.

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Free Taurus April 2015 Horoscope

You are beginning to experience some financial challenges. It does not have to be a lack of money, but could instead involve something like a debate over whether to work on commissions or for salaries, or it could be a “mine” versus “ours” mindset that is beginning to surface. The good news is that you are also able to funnel plenty of money into your home and household budget and you are evaluating your spiritual approach to money and making sure that you are acting in a way that supports your emotional well-being.

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Free Gemini April 2015 Horoscope

After a couple of months of amazing social energy, you are ready to focus on your career and how best to move forward while still maintaining your sense of mental health and inner peace. You want to like the work you do and feel that it is ethical and somehow serves a meaningful purpose. You still have social skills, but you are not as interested in just goofing off right now. Your partner or a rival is beginning to get grumpy towards you. You are trying to be pleasant and diplomatic, but there is more animosity brewing.

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Free Cancer April 2015 Horoscope

You have been enjoying a great deal of professional success lately. A partner or rival has disagreed with you throughout the process, but you have done quite well for yourself nevertheless. You end this season of professional good fortune by setting new professional goals or by taking on a new position. As your attention begins drifting towards social and cultural topics, you find that there are those that cannot be trusted and you are torn between what you know to be true and what you intuitively believe ought to be true. You could also encounter a decent amount of emotional burnout as a result. It might be a good idea to start planning for a little vacation in the near future.

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Free Leo April 2015 Horoscope

You are feeling rather extroverted this month. You are able to take on leadership roles, negotiate excellent financial deals, and you are in the mood to socialize and to participate in clubs, committees, and networking activities. You are an amazing team player and you could find you are enjoying meeting new people within various academic, media, political, cultural, religious, and/or travel related organizations. This is an excellent month for mixing business with pleasure and befriending those that you conduct business with.

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Free Virgo April 2015 Horoscope

You are in the mood to focus on bigger things and concepts, like politics, religion, legal matters, mass media, global awareness, etc. You might decide to go back to school, travel, relocate, get involved in politics, etc. Most of the time, these activities are really fun and enlightening, but with expanding your knowledge, you do find out that what you intuitively feel is the truth and what the gatekeepers of knowledge claim is the truth do not always match. This will naturally cause you some grief, but that will not stop you from exploring these topics and broadening your horizons anyway.

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Free Libra April 2015 Horoscope

You and a partner or rival agree to a fresh start and mean it. Or you find a new partner or fun rivalry that brings some joy into your life. Your professional, financial, residential, and social lives are all doing great. The only area where you are really struggling is in the political, legal, cultural, religious, media, and/or academic areas of your life. You could be debating the idea of relocating or you could be sick and tired of listening to people arguing about these subjects. Luckily, when you get people in one-on-one situations and sometimes in select group settings, you can still have fun, learn something new, and maybe help them to see that an open mind can be a good thing.

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Free Scorpio April 2015 Horoscope

You have a partner or a competitor that is unhappy with your professional goals, leadership style, boss, or reputation. Luckily, the two of you can spend plenty of time together focusing on the things that you both like and what brings joy into your life. You are still going to focus on your professional and financial goals. But you are making sure to spend quality time with your partner or to find common ground to help you work things out with a competitor. There is a bit of a financial tug-of-war beginning to brew, so you might want to keep an eye on that just to make sure that your personal goals do not get sidetracked.

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Free Sagittarius April 2015 Horoscope

Despite the fact that you and a partner or rival are engaged in some head to head disagreements this month, the two of you have plenty of opportunities to negotiate, compromise, settle disputes, and find some fun common ground between you. You have some battles here and there at work but mostly you are working on your financial and professional goals in a smart and tenacious manner that helps you to keep moving forward even when occasional dramas do surface. Overall, you are happy and productive and finding ways to work through any interpersonal issues that arise.

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Free Capricorn April 2015 Horoscope

During most of this month, you are in the mood to play, goof off, go on vacation, schedule some romantic date nights, attend local gatherings, take your children to the playground, etc. You find plenty of time to make these lovely activities into a reality. Then as the month begins to end, you start feeling a need to become more productive and to get back to work. You do not appear to have any trouble balancing both aspects of your life.

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Free Aquarius April 2015 Horoscope

You spend most of this month trying to heal, fix, mend, and otherwise improve your residence and/or your relationships with your parents or roommates. At times, your spouse, best friend, business partner, or a rival or competitor is annoyed with what is going on or they are trying to sabotage your efforts. They seem to be blowing things out of proportion. You are financially able to afford whatever improvements you are trying to make and for the most part, these changes are bringing more peace, harmony, and forgiveness into your home and private life.

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Free Pisces April 2015 Horoscope

This is the third month in a row that you have enjoyed financial and professional blessings. You are still social and able to get along with all kinds of different people. And yes, you still cannot blend your financial and social activities. However, this month, you are beginning to think about your home life, residential matters, and/or private life. Some things at home need your attention and it can distract you from professional goals. You are quite productive at home and at work, but sometimes your mind is on one when it should be on the other.

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Sunday, March 01, 2015

Rebelling Against Adulthood - Looking Up Newsletter

March 1st, 2015
Looking Up Newsletter

Hello everyone,

It's raining here today and I am feeling like the children in Dr. Suess's "Cat in the Hat" story.

take care,
Skye Thomas


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March 2015 Monthly Horoscopes

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Who is Skye Thomas?

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Quote of the Week:

Once you get people laughing they are listening and you can tell them almost anything. – Herbert Gardner

There is not a more mean, stupid, dastardly, pitiful, selfish, spiteful, envious, ungrateful animal than the Public. It is the greatest of cowards, for it is afraid of itself. - William Hazlitt

Until I was thirteen, I thought my name was shut up. - Joe Namath



Feature Article of the Week:


Growing Younger

I am finished with being a grown up. I want to play more. I want to eat ice-cream at the beach. I want to be more concerned about my toe polish than my bank account. I want to wear bright colors that remind me of crayons and finger paints. I want to laugh until I snort and honk like a goose. I want to sing in the grocery store and skip on my way out to the car. I want to grow younger as I age and I don’t want to have to make excuses or be made to apologize for my actions.

I want to feel that sense of gleefulness when we decide to go to the park. I want to get excited when they announce new Saturday morning cartoon shows next fall. I want to buy new sandals in every color and goofy sunglasses to match. I want to lie on my side, roll down a hill of grass and wildflowers, and not think once about grass stains or dirty smudges.

I want to love as if my heart has never been broken. I want to give 100% without hesitating because it might not work out. I want to run into old lovers and laugh for the joy of seeing an old friend. I want to make love like it is still new forbidden territory. I want to kiss with a giggle in my heart and a twinkle in my eye.

I want to go back to school and learn fun new things, like how to dance and sing. I want to learn about movies and ancient civilizations and hummingbirds and how to say, “I love you” in three different languages. I want to lose myself in books and not worry about book reports, homework, tests, or honor roll. I want to sit in the front row fascinated by a smart and enthusiastic teacher. I want to connect the dots and color outside of the lines.

I want to build towers with blocks just to knock them down and watch them fall. I want to make trails and paths with dominos and then gently tap that first one so the others will fall down one at a time. I want to dress my cat in doll clothes, put him in an Easter basket, and drive him around on my bicycle in that basket swinging on the handlebars like when I was eight years old. I want to roller skate and play hopscotch.

I want to believe with all my heart that I could be an astronaut, a dancer, a rock star, or a racecar driver if I just set my mind to it. I want a clean slate and all options still open. I want to feel that hunger to aspire to something great. I want to feel like I was put on this planet for a very special reason. I want to assume that the world wants my gift as much as I want to give it.

I want to trust strangers without giving it a second thought. I want to believe that adults actually have all of the answers and our best interests at heart. I want to feel safe and protected simply because my dad locked the front door before saying “goodnight.” I want to feel the invincibility and cockiness of youth. I want to believe in people’s potential despite their choices. I want to assume that I can talk my way out of anything.

I want a do-over with my first driving lesson, my first serious boyfriend, my first pregnancy, and my first job. I promise this time I will be braver, more honest, smarter, and I won’t take anything for granted. I want to feel the rush of all those firsts again. I want to take more pictures this time.

I want to nap in the sunshine and make whistles from wide pieces of grass. I want to catch ladybugs and fireflies. I want to tell ghost stories and suspect that they might come true. I want to run with grass stained bare feet. I want to get lost in make-believe and forget to go home for lunch.

I want to learn how to do cartwheels, backwards somersaults, and handsprings. I want to fall down with gusto and wear my wounds with pride. I want to climb trees and hold my breath as the tree sways with the wind. I want to play Dodge Ball and Four-Square and Duck Duck Goose.

I want to go to birthday parties with balloons and streamers. I want to look forward to growing another year older and tease my peers for being younger than me. I want to receive frivolous toys and funny new hats instead of kitchen appliances and useful tools. I want to spend weeks creating the perfect Halloween costume and I want to believe in Santa Clause, the Tooth Fairy, and Peter Pan.

I want to play Pong, Ms Pacman, and Donkey Kong. I want to recite riddles and puns. I want to know all the words to all those songs. I want to play pool and ping-pong, croquet, and badminton. I want to reread the Hobbit and Huckleberry Finn. I want to watch Batman, Underdog, and the Little Rascals.

Today I want to grow younger rather than wiser. I want to play hooky, no bosses, no chores, and no bills. I want to pull the kids out of school and run off to the zoo. I want to play at the park and rhyme like Seuss. I want to say, “Yes” to donuts and “No, thank you” to lima beans. I want to find a rainbow and chase a leprechaun. I want to teach my children the fine art of puddle jumping and leapfrog. I want to chase butterflies and make cookies. I want to see life as my playground. I want to believe in magic and love at first sight. Fearless and brave I want to shout, “Gimme more!”


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Friday, February 20, 2015

Free Aries Horoscope March 2015

As a handful of planets move through Aries this month, you are in the mood for adventures and for following your bliss. At the same time, you have some excellent events happening in your professional life. You do not appear to have any trouble juggling work and playtime activities. You seem to be able to schedule both in a way that offers you the best of both worlds. You do have some financial struggles involving paying for the playtime activities. It looks like you could easily blow your budget if you are not paying attention.

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Free Taurus Horoscope March 2015

Over the last couple of months, you have had to deal with some romantic, financial, and/or trust related issues involving friends, committees, teams, professional associations, and/or Internet entities. You were able to socialize and enjoy these groups of people, but not mix financial or romantic aspects of your life with them. Now, you are given an opportunity to work through various romantic, financial, emotional, and/or spiritual trust issues you might have. This is a good time for evaluating your views and looking for ways to heal so that these issues do not hold you back in the future.

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Free Gemini Horoscope March 2015

All three of your people oriented sectors are lit up with positive energy at various points this month and they are often working together. You and a partner are able to socialize with friends and family. You are also able to negotiate excellent business deals, persuade others to see your point of view, and you can bond with all kinds of different people. And yet somehow with all of this lovely social energy going on you manage to complete a big project at home and launch a new one at work. Just be careful when mixing these social relationships with any kind of romantic or financial activities.

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Free Cancer Horoscope March 2015

Your professional life is still bursting with all kinds of positive energy and excellent opportunities for leadership and advancement. However, your partner or an adversary is still unhappy with what is happening in your career. They may be upset that you are spending so much time focusing on climbing the Ladder of Success, they could be jealous, or they could feel that you are doing it all wrong. Either way, you are still having a great time and managing to find your way without too much trouble. You do need to be careful when conducting financial transactions online or within social or group context though. Things could end up costing you personally a lot more than you expected.

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Free Leo Horoscope March 2015

As much as you love learning new things, traveling, and broadening your horizons, by mid-month your focus is moving back towards work and your financial and professional goals. You have some excellent opportunities to begin making progress in this direction by either taking on a leadership role in which you come across as kind but firm, or you find a way to talk your boss or a high profile client into seeing things from your perspective. Either way, you are happy about the way you are able to work your way up the Ladder of Success without having to be mean or vindictive.

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Free Virgo Horoscope March 2015

Despite ongoing financial, romantic, and/or trust issues making it difficult for you to have fun, you still have a lot of positive energy helping you to bring more romantic and financial security into your home and private life. Maybe it is because of these trust issues that you are in the mood to create more security. Regardless, you have a lot of skills, motivation, and ideas to help you figure out how to create the life that you want despite the lack of playtime funds and/or romantic compatibility in your life at the moment.

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Free Libra Horoscope March 2015

Social partnerships, business partnerships, and romantic partnerships are all receiving a lot of positive attention this month. You may be involved in a number of partnerships or just one really important one, but either way you are enjoying and succeeding at social, business, and romantic activities within those partnerships. You or someone in your social circles or local community could also find a way to turn a rival or competitor into an ally.

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Free Scorpio Horoscope March 2015

You are still in the midst of a very productive and positive time when you can work hard towards accomplishing your financial, professional, leadership, and fitness related goals. Towards the end of this month, a partner begins to complain about how much you are focusing on your career, but the two of you are able to negotiate and work things out between you. Despite the fact that your budget still cannot handle all of the fun and playtime spending that you would like to enjoy, you are able to create some lovely moments and launch some fun new projects. Do not let it be said that something like money could hold a Scorpio back when their mind is set on having fun.

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Free Sagittarius Horoscope March 2015

You are getting a lot done around the house and you are also highly productive at work. However, you are still finding plenty of time to focus on your hobbies, playtime activities, and having fun. If you can afford the time off, you might want to consider traveling now because your “fun” and “travel” sectors are getting along extremely well.

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Free Capricorn Horoscope March 2015

You are able to work on your residential, retirement, and home related topics this month. You can also put some time into bringing more love, forgiveness, and/or peace of mind into relationships involving your parents, houseguests, and/or roommates. Once your private life seems to be in a better place, you will be ready to begin focusing on your hobbies, vacations, and playtime activities.

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Free Aquarius Horoscope March 2015

You are quite social, entertaining, and persuasive this month. You are getting along wonderfully with friends, family, colleagues, partners, and even your rivals like you. You are able to conduct profitable business meetings and to get your point across with ease. Towards the end of the month, you are beginning to switch your focus towards your home and private life. Your household budget is in good shape, but something or someone in your home is annoying one of your partners or rivals.

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Free Pisces Horoscope March 2015

You are still blessed with some good luck blending your financial and professional activities. You are beginning to also find that you are in a more social mood too. You are still getting along wonderfully with friends and colleagues. And now you are also beginning to enjoy spending time with neighbors, extended family, and those in your local community as well. This is a good time for bargain hunting and sales negotiations. You are able to come across as a smart and fair negotiator.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Making Space in Your Life for Love - Looking Up Newsletter

February 1st, 2015
Looking Up Newsletter

Hello everyone,

I apologize for not getting this sent out yesterday. Grad school is kicking my butt. ;)

take care,
Skye Thomas


Tomorrow's Edge
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This Month's News of Interest:


February 2015 Monthly Horoscopes

The new February horoscopes were posted to the website a couple of weeks ago. Here are the links...



If the new horoscopes do not show up, please click on the “refresh” button within your browser.





The free (generic) annual astrological overviews have been posted to the website...






Books by Skye Thomas





Who is Skye Thomas?

Skye Thomas is the CEO of Tomorrow's Edge, an Internet leader in inspiring leaps of faith. Her books, articles, and astrological forecasts have inspired people of all ages and faiths to recommit themselves to the pursuit of happiness. To read more of her articles, previews of her books, and her astrology forecasts, go to www.TomorrowsEdge.net. To read more about Skye and to read archives of this free weekly newsletter, go to www.SkyeThomas.com.



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Quote of the Week:

You think because you understand ‘one’, you must understand ‘two’, because one and one make two. But you must also understand ‘and’. – Ancient Sufi saying

Marriage is our last, best chance to grow up. - Joseph Barth

You have to walk carefully in the beginning of love; the running across fields into your lover's arms can only come later when you're sure they won't laugh if you trip. - Jonathan Carroll



Feature Article of the Week:


The Freedom to Fall

So you want a soulmate do you? Okay not necessarily something that big and cosmic but “happily ever after” would suffice just fine. Maybe you have somewhat of an idea the type of person you are looking for and you want to place your order with the cosmos, “One true love meant for me and only me; please and thank you.” Let me ask you this: Are you ready? Are you worthy? Do you have the freedom to fall madly head over heels in love? Have you made a space for that one true love to fit so beautifully nested into your life? Don’t be foolish and assume that everything will naturally fall into place once they show up. Come on now, you know better than that. Life doesn’t play that way.

The rules of manifesting dictate that you have to make room for that which you want to attract into your life. You know that two things cannot occupy the same space. When we want new clothes, we have to first clear out the old ones from our closets as part of letting the universe know that we are making ready a space for that new wardrobe. Nature abhors a vacuum; something will come to fill that space. The closet never stays empty for very long, does it?

So have you made a space for your beloved? Are you single and free? Free to fall does not just mean that you are technically not dating or married. You can be married to your job, your hobbies, your workout routine, your children, your pets, your church, your parents, or the memories of someone you are no longer intimate with. You can have these things in your life and walk within balance knowing that they are not the one true love that feeds the space in your soul that only a romantic partner can fill. However, when you replace the love of “happily ever after” with your career or with parenting, then you have given your beloved’s special place away to another. You are married in essence to that which has taken the place of a strong romantic bond.

Are you married or involved with someone else while calling your soulmate to you? Perhaps you want your new love to rescue you from your current situation. Perhaps you feel too vulnerable and afraid to be single until the right one comes along. Perhaps you are simply selfish and do not want to do without someone in your life. Whatever the reason, you want to create a new love before leaving the failed relationship.

It’s no good. You are telling the universe that you do not trust it to provide you with real love. You are also telling the universe that you are not strong enough to hold up your end of a relationship. If you cannot show integrity towards the one you are ending with, then how are you supposed to be honest with the new one? If you are not strong enough to be single and walk alone until the right one comes along, then you do not deserve your soulmate’s presence. Soulmates are not magical healers and fixers of life. They are your twin soul. They are you in a second body. If you are not strong enough to wait for that one, then you cannot have that one.

“Okay,” you say, “then just give me a really nice person that I can happily spend the rest of my life with. You are right, I’m not all that strong and I’m not really able to be alone for any length of time. So, just give me a very nice person that’s not quite a soulmate.” Relationships created in desperation, need, and greed are rarely successful. What you have just told the world is that you are desperate and anyone will do. And that is what you will get, anyone – not The One. You must be romantically unattached when you begin your search for love. It’s karma, it’s trust, it’s morals, it’s only fair.

And what of your overall worthiness – are you worthy? This is not a beat yourself up question. Imagine that special person is alive and real flesh and blood person out in the world searching this very moment for “happily ever after” just like you are. Are you the kind of person that you would spend time searching for? If the person meant for you were indeed your perfect match, what would they look like? How would they behave? How would they feel and respond? Look into the mirror my friend; are you what you are looking for? Until the person you see in the mirror is worthy of your love and attention, then you will not recognize your twin soul. For they share your essence. Become the type of person that you would want to find and in doing so you will become the kind of person that your rightful partner wishes to find. Now you will be able to recognize each other and accept each other. Trust me; there is nothing worse than finding your soulmate when you are both screwed up and dysfunctional. The experience will be intense and ugly, rather than intense and beautiful.

If you want to call a magical cosmic kind of love into your life, then you must look at what your life is right now. Is it inviting and warm? Would it nurture or challenge true love’s growth? Are you ready, really ready? Is the space in your heart, in your life, in your bed where only one’s most treasured beloved belongs cleared out and available for them to lay their weary head once they do find you? My father used to tell me that he had pockets sewn all over his heart and each of us had a special pocket in which nobody else could fill. Is the “happily ever after” pocket of your heart big enough and ready? Is there space for real love in your life? Are you free to fall?


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Thursday, January 01, 2015

Getting Back Up On That Horse Again - Looking Up Newsletter

January 1st, 2015
Looking Up Newsletter

Hello everyone,

As we begin the New Year, I wanted to inspire you to reconsider some of your old dreams and goals that may have been cast aside along the way as grown up things like parenting, paying bills, bad economies, and such have caused us all to make compromises. Maybe it is time to give it another try?

take care,
Skye Thomas


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This Month's News of Interest:


January 2015 Monthly Horoscopes

The new January horoscopes were posted to the website a couple of weeks ago. Here are the links...



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The free (generic) annual astrological overviews have been posted to the website...






Books by Skye Thomas





Who is Skye Thomas?

Skye Thomas is the CEO of Tomorrow's Edge, an Internet leader in inspiring leaps of faith. Her books, articles, and astrological forecasts have inspired people of all ages and faiths to recommit themselves to the pursuit of happiness. To read more of her articles, previews of her books, and her astrology forecasts, go to www.TomorrowsEdge.net. To read more about Skye and to read archives of this free weekly newsletter, go to www.SkyeThomas.com.



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Quote of the Week:

I really wish I was less of a thinking man and more of a fool not afraid of rejection. – Billy Joel

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. – Theodore Roosevelt

If I were dropped out of a plane into the ocean and told the nearest land was 1,000 miles away, I'd still swim. And I'd despise the one who gave up. - Abraham Maslow


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Getting Back Up On That Horse Again

Sometimes, for whatever reason, we give up and quit. Sometimes, we run out of resources or start-up capital. Sometimes, our children, parents, friends, and loved ones need us during their time of crisis and we gladly put our dreams aside to rush to their aid. Sometimes, we are simply burned out and no longer feel motivated to take action despite still seeing the validity of the objective. Sometimes, we do not have the skills, education, or credentials that we need. Sometimes, we simply cannot do it alone and help is nowhere in sight. Sometimes, political powers make it very difficult for us to accomplish our goals because our aspirations conflict with their ideology. Sometimes, our competitors succeed at sabotaging our efforts. And sometimes, we feel as if we do not have the strength to pick ourselves up one more time to keep moving forward, so we decide to just stay down for a while as we catch our breath and regroup. We suspect that someday, somehow we will get back up on that horse again, despite feeling that right now, in this moment, we just cannot go on anymore.

This article is not about how to solve the problems and remove the roadblocks that cause you to want to give up and quit. This is about giving yourself permission to get back up, dust yourself off, and make another go at it. All too often, once we give up and quit, we assign the “loser” and “failure” labels to ourselves and then assume that role in society. It is a noble place in society, the person who gave it a good try and failed. We get to hold our head up as one of those people who had the nerve to at least try compared to those who never do. And we can smugly tell others who follow in our footsteps where to watch out for pitfalls and why they too should expect to fail. Thus telling ourselves that we are also using our hard earned wisdom to assist others and to ease others from landing as hard as we did when we made our own face-plant. Yes, there is the nagging sense that we are indeed losers and failures, but there are enough small benefits that it is not so uncomfortable that we actually have to take action and move away from having tried and failed. After all, there is no shame in trying your best and then failing. Right?

For all the comfort we get from our peers and dear old Mom telling us that we are still lovable even when we fail, losing still haunts us. Life is never stagnant. At some point, circumstances change. Sometimes, they change in our favor and sometimes they don’t. When things get worse, we shrug it off and reconfirm our choice to give up and quit. But when things get better, when competitors leave the market, when political ideologies change, when creative new ideas come to us, when new technologies make it easier for us to wear more hats and not have to hire help, when it looks like our old dreams and goals become more do-able, then what? Then we wrestle with the concept, “Do I try again? Do I take another chance? Do I put myself through all of that again? Am I willing to risk it one more time? Now what?”

At this point, the question is, “Do I dare to hope? Or do I surrender to my fears that things will probably fall apart again?” It is easy to weigh the pros and cons, play around with statistics and probability analyses, and to fantasize success while also visualizing failure. This is all good and well. One should never make big decisions lightly or without all of the relevant facts on hand.

Sometimes, making the decision is easy. You dreamt of being a rock star when you were a teenager. Now, with home recording equipment and the Internet, it is possible to launch your music career and self-promote as an unsigned independent artist. However, you are older, wiser, and no longer see that dream as anything more than a youthful fancy. You no longer have the desire to work that hard or to put your spouse and children through the uncertain financial future of being a musician. Therefore, even though you may enjoy dabbling and playing around with such things, you decide to keep your “real job.”

It can also play out the other way, and saying yes to resurrecting your dream is easy. You wanted to start your own business. You created an excellent well thought out business plan, ironed out all of the details, analyzed the market’s likely response to your goods and services, and you had the expertise, confidence, and tenacity to make great things happen. However, you could not raise the start-up capital. No matter how brilliant your business proposal and no matter how enthusiastic your sales pitch, you could not find an investor who believed in both you and your dream. Then along comes an old friend from high school you have not seen in years and not only do they have the ability to finance your idea, they are excited at the opportunity to co-create it with you. Therefore, it is easy to say yes and give it another try.

But what about when favorable circumstances are not overwhelmingly favorable, but just “more favorable”? Or when your competition leaves the company, but that does not guarantee you the next job promotion? Or when creative new ideas might work, but are not guaranteed to work? Or when you have acquired enough new knowledge to know what you did wrong last time, but not much more than that? Or when some wave of “change is in the air” washes over you and you just feel motivated again? Or when nothing at all has changed other than you feel deeply called to try again because the dream haunts you and will not let you quit with peace of mind? Then what? How do you give yourself permission to hope again when the hard concrete evidence validating the logic behind rekindled hope does not exist?

To this I give you three questions to ponder. One or more may apply in your personal situation.

1) Let’s say that accomplishing your goal brings good into the world. For example, you are going to become a teacher, write music, run for office, cure Cancer, or some other dream that is not completely self-oriented, like “I am going to lose 20 pounds before my next birthday.” Your goal is in a service-to-others industry. In your own way, you are trying to make the world a better place.

Ask yourself, “If I work really hard struggling for years to bring my little gifts to the world, and it only helps two people, was it worth it?”

This question was posed to me by a well-meaning acquaintance years ago. I was going through a tough time. I wanted to write my little books and articles and to give my little speeches around the country to help others learn how to be happy. However, it seemed that no matter how hard I tried to help my own friends and family, they kept reverting back to negative self-destructive behaviors that kept them from living the life of ease and joy that they could so easily have had if they would just heed my well-intentioned advice. My question to this wise person I knew was, “Are you sure the world even wants to be happy? Maybe I’m just wasting my time trying to force something on people that is not really in their nature?” Without a “market” to sell “happiness” to, how could I possibly succeed? He then asked me, “If you spend the rest of your life writing your books and traveling all over the world giving speeches. And your words reach millions of people, but in the end, only two people are truly moved, only two people are able to really “get it” and apply what you are teaching, you only have a profoundly positive life-changing effect on two people. If that happens, then was your lifetime of hard work and effort all for naught?” And so, throughout the hard times, whenever I was tempted to give up and quit, I would remember those “two people” and for them I would carry on.

Consider how this line of questioning might apply to your own dream and ask yourself that same question.

2) Ask yourself this question, “Who else would you be?”

Is this a dream that holds a piece of your soul? Are you at the very core of your being a musician, artist, writer, singer, leader, civil rights advocate, politician, chef, doctor, etc.? For some people, a dream is just a dream. For others, it is about becoming who they already were. Look at someone like Oprah, she majored in journalism and wanted to become “Mary Tyler Moore”. She did not necessarily have the goal of succeeding at the level that she did, but at the core of who she is – is the personality that needed to educate, inspire, uplift, and entertain people. She simply became who she already was. The same is true for me; I was always a wordsmith who meant well when offering unsolicited advice to anyone who would listen. At times when life required that I put my dream on the backburner for a while, I missed being the kind of person who goes after this kind of a dream despite the odds. I missed “being” that person more than I missed the actual writing, speech giving, or any other part of the actual “doing.” And so, it may be with you. Are you able to spend the rest of your life NOT being who and what you really are? Can you say no to a music career because deep down it is fun, but not really something that haunts you and owns you? Does the music call to you, never leaving you alone, always screaming to be birthed through you? Then, who else would you be?

3) If I could promise you that you would only fail two more times and that on the third attempt, you would achieve everything your heart desires and more. If I had a crystal ball and could promise you this without question, would you do it? Would you put yourself through two more failures in order to get to that “third times a charm” place in the universe?

I often hear from aspiring writers who are feeling quite discouraged because they have been turned down by a handful of perspective publishers. They need to ask themselves, “What is the average number of rejection letters the average unknown writer receives before a publisher finally says yes to them?” I remember at one time hearing that it was something like 27, and telling myself, “Okay, well I need to hurry up and blow through the first 26 rejections so I can get to that 27th one who will say yes.” Of course, we all want to be one of the lucky ones who receives a “yes” sooner than what normally happens for the average writer. However, if you go into the whole process prepared and emotionally steeled for 26 rejection letters, it makes it a lot easier than if you go into it saying, “I applied to three and got rejected all three times, so I must not be any good at writing.”

Mulling over these questions does not guarantee you success as you contemplate once again giving hope a chance, but if you are on the edge and thinking that you just might take one more leap of faith, they can help you to remember why you wanted to fly in the first place.


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