I was referred by a good friend of mine to see Carmel. Like so many others, I was a huge skeptic prior to our meeting. My first meeting with Carmel was in the winter of 2010 and I remember soon into the reading her saying ‘your grandfather is here’. Instantly I thought ‘yeah right, what a typical thing to say’. Then her next words turned me into a believer; ‘he says he understands why you refused to go to his funeral’. No one other than my immediate family could have known that. I was the only one that didn’t attend. She also said that the man that I was currently with, I would marry and have three children with, first being a boy. I was a little shocked by this, as I had just started dating Jackson and those thoughts had not yet entered my mind. Well here I am, two and a half years later, engaged and planning my wedding with Jackson and pregnant with our first child…a boy. Carmel was not only accurate with the prediction of my future, but truly opened my eyes to the world that is beyond this one where we all meet again. I have seen her again since our first meeting and have connected with others who have passed. Here’s how I see it now, we spend our lives afraid of death and what will come at that point; then when we get there and it’s a pretty great place, that’s when we may realize how minuscule our issues were on earth probably wishing we would have stopped and enjoyed the journey a bit more than we did. After seeing Carmel and having that understanding of there being an afterlife, gave me the opportunity to change how I live and look at things here. I now do my best to see life’s challenges as lessons, enjoy every interaction and every bite of food and actually take the time to stop and smell the flowers.