My Journey to Success
Or … ‘How I became a successful, internationally recognized psychic medium, with my own TV programs, sell-out stage shows and seminars all over the world.’
Imagine not knowing what you wanted to do with your life. You are in your twenties and your dad says, ‘What are you going to do with your life?’
Yes, that was me. I had no idea. Being a typical Gemini, I changed my mind like most people change their undies! I was always looking for the next job or the next place to be. I didn’t know what I wanted, but I did know that I loved helping people and that I wanted to make a difference. But when you are in your 20s, you don’t know what that looks like.
I would get random intuitive hits on things that wouldn’t make sense, and it threw me for six later when they would be right. It would be random, and I couldn’t control it, but it was normal as I’d been doing it since I was a child. You would’ve thought I’d get used to it, but here I am many years later and I’m STILL not used to it! When these hits would come, I couldn’t make sense of anything, and sometimes they went before I could consciously understand or even grasp the concept of what was happening. It was only when a friend of mine said: ‘You have a gift, you can use it. Let me help you,’ that I realised I should at least attempt to understand it.
My grandmother was a well-known psychic medium in the UK. One day, she sat me down, tapping her finger on the table – as she did when she wanted to get her point across – and said, ‘If I see my own death, I’m stopping.’
She had insisted that she needed to read for me.
‘You will continue with my work. You are going to be famous and will live in America.’
I think I almost laughed at her, because I could never imagine living in another country and not seeing my family as often as I did. But she was right… she was always right!
After this reading, life continued as normal and I would still have these hits on things that would happen, and, like many people, I never took them seriously. But the more I would share my ‘feelings’, the more they were correct. I started to get calls, asking for readings. ‘I don’t do readings,’ I used to say to myself when I hung up the phone, but obviously people wanted me to do them because they kept returning because everything I said to them always happened.
And then came the dead people. Yep, they were alive for me. Totally freaked me out sometimes. I remember my grandmother coming to me in a dream saying: ‘Lisa, you are pregnant.’ I didn’t believe her and then a few days later I was at some friends’ house and we were all having a good time when I suddenly blurted out, ‘Someone in this room is pregnant.’ Little did I think it was me! Eight months later the little bundle of joy called Charlie came into the world, and that was when I had to grow up and take life seriously.
Being a mother was the hardest but the most rewarding job I have ever done, but at that time, when Charlie was a baby, I still had no idea what to do with my life and everything that I did was just a ‘job’. There was no calling, no career and on top of it all when Charlie was nine months old, I became a single mum. Panic took over. I searched for the right job that would give me everything that I needed, and I still couldn’t find it. When I did lose my regular job, you can image the state I was in. I remember crying in the office as the boss told me that I didn’t have a job. I begged him to keep me on so that I could support my son, but with a stern face, he said that he couldn’t.
Driving home was hard and I had no idea what I was going to do. I’d been playing around with my so-called ‘readings’ but never really took them seriously, even though I had a waiting list of readings for months. This was actually one of life hardest lessons for me, especially when I was trying to be responsible. I didn’t know what was going to happen. I started to look again for work.
It was a friend of mine who said, ‘Why are you looking? You can do your readings.’ I must have looked confused because he went on to say, ‘People’s lives are important to them. They will invest and take the time off that they need to get their life together. You are a valuable commodity for some people.’ I’d never thought about it in that way, and he was right. This was coming from a skeptical financial advisor who didn’t believe what I did but saw the value and how it changed people’s lives. So, I stopped the search. I stopped looking for the perfect job, the perfect house and the perfect life, realising that I had everything that I needed at that moment and that it was all going to be okay!
Faith played an important part and I just surrendered to Spirit. It sounds easy, but it wasn’t. It was so hard trying to manage and juggle life, but in some way, I was starting to enjoy everything that I had worked hard for. It was quite amazing. It was at this moment that the life-changing call came. Someone wanted a reading, but not only that, they were famous! To me they were like any normal person, with the same life stuff that everyday people deal with. I decided to make an exception and take the two-hour train ride to London and give them a reading. It was the day before I turned 30.
Reading for them wasn’t very exciting. Sure, I was sitting in a beautiful home with an amazing person, but it was still just another reading where I was hoping to help someone make some life changes and decisions. I had no idea how that connection would change my life. We connected with each other via Messenger and I would help him. One day he called me and said, ‘Why don’t you come to LA. You would love LA and LA would love you.’ I spoke to my boyfriend at the time, and he said sure why not. Let’s take three months off and go and explore.
I would never have done anything like that if it weren’t for him. I’m quite a homebody. I like to live in my little world and I’m extremely private. But, I took the leap of faith and we packed our bags and headed for the big City of Angels!
It took a while to get established, finding an apartment and a school for Charlie. Even though it was temporary, I still had to keep a regular flow to our life – especially with a child. I was blessed to meet Merv Griffin, an established late-night chat show host whose best friend was Ronald Reagan, and who knew just about everyone. Such an adorable man, and I owe a lot of my life to him because he came in and ROCKED my world.
With his help we created Life Among the Dead. I remember the first day of shooting, I was so nervous. The crew were all seasoned professionals and lived life on a TV set, but for me this was new. On my first day, I forgot that I had a microphone on and when I went to the bathroom, I forgot to take it off and it fell down the toilet! I was so embarrassed, but as always, Rob was super sweet and said, ‘Hey it happens all the time.’ It was then that I relaxed and started to enjoy what I was doing. I made friends for life on that show, and I am grateful to everyone who worked on it.
It was hard to juggle working some 18-hour days and being a mum, but I did it. My career took off and I shot to fame, but my family and personal life went downhill. I had always tried to balance the two, but I was failing miserably. My family lived on the other side of the world and my marriage was crumbling. But, with a brave face, I continued to tour and be out in public. I struggled being away from Charlie and before I knew it, I found myself being a single mum again. Even though it was my choice, it was still hard.
I needed balance and it was because of that, I hard to learn the word ‘no’ and set boundaries. When you are only coming home to change suitcases, it’s hard. I maintained a strong relationship with Charlie, which was important for me, yet I battled with my own personal relationship, always seeking something or forcing the relationship I was in to be right. I should have listened to myself and let life take charge and surrender to Spirit’s plan, but I was tired. Tired of being on my own, tired of helping everyone but myself and tired of being judged.
I needed to change.
LA was and has been wonderful to me, but I needed to get out of the rat-race, come back to reality, find life and become a mother again and focus on what was important for me: my child and my work. It was so hard. I drove for three days straight, across the US and I cried most of the way. I had just left what had felt like home. Home, a word I hadn’t used in a very long time. I was sad to be leaving somewhere that had my heart.
Within three months, our whole house was packed into a truck to start the journey across country from LA to a little village in Western New York called Lily Dale. Charlie, my dad and my two dogs left 73-degree heat and arrived three days later to 20-degree cold and two feet of snow! I was as happy as I could be. It was truly amazing. I was so blessed to be away and back to reality. I was home.
No-one really knew the struggle that I went through to feel established in this tiny little hamlet. I felt like the odd person, even though it was a village full of mediums, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that I HAD to be there. Over time, I met people and I started to socialise and life was back to being amazing. Naturally, there are always struggles but there is always the silver lining that comes.
Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine that I would surrender to the Divine and allow Spirit to lead the way. Never did I ever think that I would be living in the country with three dogs and two teenage children and my boyfriend. But Spirit had a plan, and I just allowed them to be the conductor of my life. It’s certainly a juggling act, and I have to find balance, but I am blessed.
I have a career that I love.
I have Lily Dale, and it’s just beautiful.
I have a partner who grounds me and tells me to take off my ‘.com’ hat and be Lisa and join him on the sofa but ‘bring me a beer too’.
I have a (step) daughter who is dramatic and ALWAYS needs her hair straightening and makes me laugh as she practices her dance around the house.
I have an 18-year-old boy who ‘borrows’ the car at every given opportunity to go to MMA and get beaten up by kids bigger than him for pure enjoyment.
I have three crazy dogs that are always happy to see me.
I have a life that I could never have even imagined. I am happy. I am blessed, and I am loved.
We all have a story. It’s about how we navigate through and find balance, happiness and love. It’s about loving life and bringing love to your life.
Join me on the GOLD COAST in October and I’ll help you start your own JOURNEY TO SUCCESS