The host of the show Tajci (pronounced TIE-chi) shares the passion and the intention behind “Waking Up In America”: inspiring you to wake up from living someone else’s dream and start living the life you are created for.

Season 2 – EP 1
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Inspiring you to awaken to a life you are created for

Do you dream of doing something great in your life, something that will leave a mark after you are gone?

Do you wish to ​live the life you are ​made for, and be remembered for your uniqueness and authenticity?

I hope you are saying: “yes!” because that’s what ​we ​are ​all ​called to do.

​T​he world is counting on you.

Our fast-paced, exhausting and demanding world can put us into an overload mode where ​we just want to ‘check out.’

Sometimes we break down, other times we find ways to function on auto pilot. Many of us tend to distract ourselves with work, shopping, social media, smart phones, alcohol, or drugs.

We try different jobs and careers with the hope that we will become successful, loved and powerful enough to change the world we complain about. Instead of feeling accomplished, we feel ​like ​we aren’t getting anywhere​ – only spinning our wheels and wasting our lives.

​That’s when we need to pause, take a breath, and try something completely different.

There are countless stories of people who have made ​drastic changes in their lives because they felt lost or unfulfilled. People who have found a new sense of purpose along the way to discovering who they were meant to be.

I love exploring ​those stories and finding the ‘waking up moments’ in their lives, because I’ve been there myself.  Twice in my life, everything seemed to be beautiful, but I was miserable, lonely, and exhausted. Particularly because everyone else was telling me that I ‘should be happy’.

The first ​big ​shift in my life ​came ​when I left my successful career behind and came over to America. I was 21, a superstar in my home country of Croatia, celebrated and adored by millions, and yet I was lost inside. In a moment of courage, I found the strength to start over completely.

‘The land of the free and the home of the brave’ gave me the ability to discover who I was and stop pleasing the expectations of my fans and managers. I was able to find my own freedom for a while.

But a few years later, I got stuck in what I thought was The American Dream.

I did everything ‘right’​ -​ I ​got married, had kids, had faith​. The truth was, I was fighting depression, anxiety, and my husband.

I thought of leaving everything behind again, switching continents and starting over.  But I  realized ​that doing that earlier ​hadn’t solved my problems​. (Plus​ if I kept it up, I’d ​eventually ​run out of continents).​​ Repeating the same pattern would only yield the same results.

The only other solution was to stay and try to make a change in the one place in the world where I actually could: within​ myself.​

Of course, it wasn’t as clear-cut as moving out and getting a new place. The process would ​take​ many months, even years. Just like ​it does to ​set up a new home, put up​ pictures​,​ ​throw out ​old clutter, and adapt to a new environment after a move.

It all starts with an intention​ – that moment of clarity that each of us can experience.​

For many years, I toured with my music all over America, meeting others who had made the similar change in their lives. I explored their stories, and I featured them on my show Waking Up In America.

Each story is different and unique, but what they all have in common is a sense of purpose and connection.

All these people had the courage and the intention to commit to shifting a belief, a perspective, or an attitude. They found the strength to face something that had been holding them back for too long, preventing them from being who they are meant to be.

Some ‘waking up moments’ are hard – illness, addiction, divorce​, death – but some are gentle. Like caring for an aging parent, or feeling a firm and steady inward pull toward a new beginning. And​ this is not a once-in-a-lifetime thing.  We need to constantly be tuning into our inner selves, finding ways to change and adapt as we grow and expand within the flow of life itself. Our unique gifts are best able to create ripples of positive change in the world when we live an awakened life.

So look around for the ​inspiration that will trigger your ‘waking up moment’ – I’m sure you’ll find it. Sometimes we realize it has been there all along, it just takes seeing the world through new eyes in order to recognize it.

What I know for sure is that when you are ready for it, when you open up your heart and say ‘Yes”, you’ll see that it’s always been there waiting for you.

Read related blog: “Waking Up From Someone Else’s Dream and Living the Life You Were Created For”

Featured Song

“Keep Your Head Up”
Words and Lyrics by Tajci and Scott Mulvahill
(c) 2013 Tajko Music, BMI

Watch music video on YouTube
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Our Team

This episode was created and directed in partnership with
Stanley D. Williams, PhD.
Executive Producer, Director and Script & Story Consultant

Amber Lilyestrom
Branding Coach. Life Strategist. Photographer. at Brand Love Coaching, LLC
Location manager:
Kathy Carlton – Property Manager
Vandalia Cottages, Boyd Mill Avenue, Franklin, TN
Special thanks to Ashlyn Hines

Fran Harmon – Realtor
Location Scout


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  • I always look forward to your Waking Up In America emails/ links. This one tonight really uplifted me. That always do, Tajci, but this one touched me deeply. May I post this link on my FB page? Thank you and I hope you and your family are loving your new home and new surroundings. Love to you always,
    Ann Prosek, Snellville, GA

  • Thanks, Tajci, for continuing to follow your dream every day! I had the privilege of hosting you three times at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Manitowoc, WI, and folks still talk of the great inspiration you are. 🙂 Your weekly shows are greatly anticipated and it is heart-warming to see you sharing your many gifts and talents to make our world a better place!!! Blessings on you and your family!
    Ann Lensmire, Manitowoc, WI

  • I have listen to your music both in concert and on tape over the last two decades. As a Vietnam combat veteran diagnosed with PTSD with its depression and anxiety I relate to you now even more closely. Than you! I look forward to our meeting at concert on March 28th!

  • If there’s one thing that America could use, it’s a daily dose of “Waking Up”! Thanks for your message, your music, and your friendship! Cincinnati misses you (Neil & me especially) but it’s wonderful to have you in our home through your show! Blessings to you, Matthew and the boys; you’re in our hearts always!