A Decision I Made

You may find this hard to believe, but I have not thrown up (vomited) in over 26 years! All sorts of flues and colds and sicknesses have traveled throughout my home, around my friends, and family…but I have managed to steer clear of bowing to the Ivory Throne. Even when I have partaken in too much to drink, I stop short of throwing up. I have four daughters, and I was never nauseated, nor did I throw up at any time during those pregnancies. Before I got pregnant, I knew I would feel awesome and not have morning sickness. It was never a question or option. I’m sure you are wondering how this can be. Your inner cynic is shaking its head in pure disbelief. I assure you that I am telling you the honest truth!

You see, I made a decision at the tender age of 17: I do not like to throw up, so therefore I will no longer do it. I made this declaration because when I had thrown up, it was anything but graceful. It came out my nose and burned my throat. It left me gasping and the smell and taste made me heave even more. I would rather do almost anything other than feel nauseated and actually go through the motions of throwing up.

I know this doesn’t seem like the most uplifting post I have written…
but stay with me…
there is a point here.

A couple years ago, the flu slowly and painfully swept through my household. One by one each child and my husband had a 12 hour bout of throwing up. I was confident that I was going to get through that season unscathed as I always did. At some point I found myself kneeling before the throne spitting into the bowl. You know how it works; right before you blow, your salivary glands become hyperactive and you continue spitting in evil anticipation of the actual act. So I found myself spitting and feeling that unmistakable feeling. I was thinking over and over, “Oh no, I’m going to throw up, Oh God, I don’t want to throw up!”

In mid spit, I realized what I was thinking. My thoughts were all about what I didn’t want to happen, instead of what I wanted to happen. I instantly changed my thoughts to, “I will eliminate this bug in other ways. I am healthy. I feel great. I can stand up and I am fine.” In a matter of seconds, the spits went away and I did not throw up! This is the honest truth! Someone asked me recently, “Don’t you think you would throw up if you ate something bad?” That is a great question. All I can say is maybe I just don’t attract bad food since I don’t throw up. It is all very strange, I know…but it is true. That is the power of intention, the power of conviction, and the power of believing and knowing.

Is there something you have made a decision about that is similar to my decision? Is there something that you are 100% sure about, even though you may not understand how or why it follows your commands? Maybe you can eat whatever you want and you never gain weight…because you believe that it is so. Maybe you sleep like a baby every night because you know that is how it is. Maybe you always get the front parking spot because you believe you will.

Take Action: This week and moving forward, let’s make a bold decision, a declaration, and an intention. Let’s believe it in our core and not let doubt creep in. Let’s see what we can change by believing and having faith in our decision!

Because Together is Better,


  1. I love how you clarify the power of intention in a very practical way! Message received loud and clear!!! 🙂

  2. I have been working with this for a long time. Yet I still find myself forgetting at times. thanks for the graphic reminder!!

  3. I made the decision not to be a victim. When I observe myself falling into the trap of “woe is me” I remind myself that this is a victim mentality and find a more positive way to look at my situation.

    • Deserie, I love that you made that decision! So many people love to throw themselves a Pity Party. I write and speak a lot about moving from being a Victim to a Victor. That is much more attractive! -Deanna

  4. I love this. I think this is a powerful example of mind over matter and mind-body love! 🙂

  5. Here’s to setting the best of intentions for our one precious life!

  6. I know what you mean. I chose to live when I could have died!

  7. This is all true. I have made my decision since my dad past away. Thank you for this

  8. So important to not let doubt creep in!

  9. Very interesting post. It’s amazing that you have gone that long and can really suppress it with intentionality. When I was pregnant with my kiddos I wish I could have suppressed the ever flowing throw ups. Lol.

    • Veronica, I know many women who can’t believe I never felt or got sick while pregnant. I just knew that I would feel fabulous…it’s in the knowing! -Deanna

  10. The power of positive thinking is amazing. Reminds me of the quote: We must become the change we want to see. –
    Mahatma Gandhi

  11. It’s amazing how powerful our minds are. If we believe something, it can really happen. Very inspiring!

  12. Jim Striegel says:

    I think a lot of people would like to believe they won’t gain weight no matter what they eat…me included!

  13. Traci Henegar says:

    I like to see the power of believing in what we can control works!

  14. Stephanie Clopton says:

    This is a very inspirational post and I will work on letting my power of mind and faith get me through.

  15. Marjory Johnson says:

    You have a very powerful mind!…Very inspiring.

  16. That’s very interesting. It’s amazing how your mind plays a big role in what happens and what doesn’t happen.

  17. Deanna, I like how you pointed out the importance of declaring our intentions in the form of what we want to create. I find so much more power in sending those intentions out to the universe. And what we don’t want just seems to take care of itself. Thanks for inspiration!

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