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On the red-eye back to Boston, the plane began to descend. I felt it drop down as my mind drifted back to consciousness. A movie began to play in my head. It spanned the six weeks prior to what is now known as our BTS adventure.
In the buffet line on June 27, 2015, at the last day of Train the Trainer, Patty Aubery, the President of the Jack Canfield Training Group, walked up to me and asked if I was going to bring a team of teens to Breakthrough to Success again this year.
In 2014, inspired by Jack Canfield and his Success Principles and my vision to bring it to young people across the US, I founded the Pathways to Success for Youth Project. In an effort to train a team of young people to support me and my vision, I brought a team of 7 to BTS in August, 2014. It was an amazing experience.
I had no plan to bring a team in August, 2015. I had already decided that the summer of 2015 was dedicated to finishing my next book. But Patty's question prompted thoughts to rapidly flash through my head. "That is 6 weeks away. It would be so awesome! We could pull it off. But it would be so much work! It's so expensive to travel with a team. We would need to raise lots of money. It would take a lot of time. What about my book?" And then another voice spoke in my head. A powerful voice that spoke firmly and clearly. "This is a powerful opportunity. You must do this. Say yes."
"I wasn't planning on it, but with some help, I can certainly pull it off. Yes, I'll bring a team!" I answered.
As the plane continued it's descent, my thoughts flashed from that conversation with Patty, to my phone call to Mikayla. "I've been offered an opportunity and I'm feeling like I need to go for it. Will you help me put together a team to attend BTS this August?" I asked. She confirmed that she was committed to helping me. We brainstormed a to do list on the phone and set a time to meet when I got home.
The movie scenes continued to flash in my head: surveying the existing team for potential candidates, fundraising ideas and events, creating our indiegogo page, the parent orientation, permission slips and the paperwork party, endless emails and fundraising posts to social media ... right up to the morning when the team gathered in my driveway to begin the journey Arizona and share our first night in Scottsdale before BTS began.
In just six weeks, Mikayla and I had pulled together an amazing team of people. The Universe was certainly part of the process. The right people said yes and organized their lives, their schedules, their finances and their mindsets. Lots of people donated scholarship tickets, travel vouchers, money and volunteer support to help offset the cost of the trip. We fully trusted and embraced the Universe's help to put together the perfect team that would mesh and connect to serve the greater good and the larger vision for the project. And the results were amazing!
Ultimately the team consisted of me, Mikalya, seven teenagers and five adults who knew me, my work, understood my vision and had the skills, talent and experiences that would help expand the capacity of the team as we moved forward to bring the Jack's work into the classroom.
As the plane continued to descend, I looked down at my iPad and noticed a Facebook notification from Nichole, one of the team members. I began to read what she had posted:
"So ... we are about an hour away from landing in Boston after possibly THE most uplifting, enlightening, insightful, empowering and magic filled week of my life. My heart is so full of gratitude and love and happiness!! Breakthrough to Success training was so incredibly inspiring and eye opening. Jack Canfield is a master teacher of our time and I feel so blessed to have been able to learn from him. I am excited to share his heart centered teachings with all those I can because this work is important. This work is what will change the world ..."
"Please turn off all portable electronic devices and stow them in preparation for landing," the flight attendant instructed. We landed and an amazing and enlightened but very sleepy team deplaned, loaded onto the shuttle and headed home.
This morning I finally had a chance to finish reading Nichole's post. Here's what she had to say about this amazing team as we all went through this transformational experience:
Thank you so so much again for this opportunity. Thank you for being a source and center of love and a fountain of Canfield Magic! It is divine work and I look forward to nurturing this work with you and with this group. I am so grateful to have crossed paths. Thank you!
Wow girl! You are a POWER HOUSE. A gift to EVERYONE around you. An angel on earth and an AMAZING young woman! I am so grateful and blessed to have had this week with you. I can't wait to watch this magic amplify like crazy after this past week's experience. Namastè.
What a beautiful, gentle, loving nurturing, STRONG, kind soul. I am so blessed by your presence in my life. Thank you for everything. You are an Angel. Namastè.
What a big, beautiful light you shine. Strong, determined, focused and ALWAYS smiling! I am going to miss that smile! You are the sunrise of life girl! A glorious gift! I love you and can't wait to see you again!
You are myth and magic to me! You have such an amazing swirl of energy in your being. It feels like a swirling milky way of starlight, adventure, love, moon light, sunlight, music, dreams and ACTION! How awe-inspiring! Thank you for the important role you play in this game of life and I can not wait for more adventures with you. I love you so so much!!!
We didn't get much time, but you have such a beautiful, peaceful, strong energy. I look forward to a weekly check in and am so happy to have met you this week! Keep up the beautiful work you are doing, it's so important! Love and light.
Haha you make my heart so happy! You have such a gift for connecting with others and stirring up such goodness and happiness in others. Thank you for the constant smiles and laughter and for lifting up those around you with your gifts. Bellisimo!
What a sweet, strong, powerful soul ... don't be afraid of that power. It is a glorious magical part of you that we all love and admire. You have such great things to do here. And you have an awesome support sytem that you have surrounded yourself with! Thank you for sharing in this magic!
You're on your way to life a really cool life! Thanks for sharing in this week. You have a strong, consistent, lovely and beautiful energy. I can't wait to see what you go on to create with all of this! You are a painter of dreams! You are a beautiful part of an amazing team! Thank you!
Thank you for being such a powerfully warm and loving soul. You have a beautiful way of supporting and binding together a group with the warmth and intense love in your heart. It really was a magical week and I'm so happy to have shared it with you. Keep on loving and growing and helping others feel safe and secure. Everybody needs someone to be that for them. It's a beautiful gift! Thank you for doing this for others.
SUNSHINE! Something else we all need! Thank you for being a constant source of joy and light. There is a beautiful honest quality you have the ability to convey with just a look. Its pretty awesome how you share your magic and how easily you share that uplift and strong energy. Keep it up little sunflower! Love you! Thank you!
I just love you! My heart swells just thinking about you. Thank you for that (I am literally tearing up as I write this! So few have that affect on me!) DANG! You touch my heart so deeply with the way you gently, soulfully, purposefully, honestly and purely connect with others. You see the light in them and you connect with that. It is one of the truly most beautiful things I have ever been so humbly blessed to witness. Thank you for being here and being with this circle. We all need you so badly. Thank you for helping me feel so deeply.
You have such a genuine loving kindness about you when we boil down the celebrity! The celebrity is an important and BIG piece of who you are and integral part of the work you have to do here. So don't lose it! But I truly love what's behind it! Thank you for making others find there own courage by being so fearless. I'm so happy to have connected with you this week.
This isn't the first time we've all been together, and it's not the last. What an awesome adventure we are on! So much to share and learn from each other! I am so greatly blessed.
I love you!
As I read what Nichole wrote about each one of our team members, my heart swelled with love and gratitude for her ability to capture the essence of each member in such a beautiful way.
I still don't have the words to express the full essence of the love shared and the connections and transformations that happened this week. I have not yet cried all the joyful tears I have to cry. I am sure the words will come as the full experience gets integrated into myself, my life and my work as we look ahead to taking the next steps towards our powerful vision. But for now, I hope you have enjoyed getting to know my team a little bit better and are more connected to the essence of their BTS experience and our vision for the future.
Perhaps you'd like to follow us. With love and connection like this and with our mission to bring Jack's powerful work to youth across the country, we're bound to change the world. That's a pretty big deal and we're just the team to do it. We'd love to have you join us!
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Pathways to Success for Youth Team
Patty Aubery, Trisha Jacobson, Jack Canfield, Mikayla Cerney
Marissa Maitland, Molly Mullins, Marianna Robinson, Grace Remillard, Jack Canfield, Trish Jacobson, Mikayla Cerney, Meg Perrin & Faith Jacobson
Jackie DiFonzo, Olivia Belanger, Kelly Sharp, Marianna Robinson, Chance Bousquet, Meg Perrin, Lea Thelemarck being interviewed by Patty Aubery, President of The Canfield Training Group
Team members not shown: Nichole Tomacelli, Jen Collard, Whitney Pray, Drea Kasianchuk, Chelsea Latham