Do you wake up inspired and enthused to create? Or do you find yourself fighting through fears, frustrations and exhaustive apathy?
After 31 years dodging a pervasive apathy for creative expression by filling my calendar to the brim with work, parties and vacations, I discovered a creative passion inside me I never knew existed, and frankly- it saved my life. I've yet to find anything as satisfying as being inspired; it's what gives my life meaning for me. It's a feeling that wants to shout, "This is who I am and why I'm here! I have a reason to be alive!"
As. . . Read More >>
Happiness is an interesting paradox. You can’t buy it, but it isn’t free.
So what’s the deal?
I've found that happiness hinges on a work-trade agreement. If we do the work, we receive the #1 generator to power a happy, fulfilling life. It’s like pulling the ecstasy card in a tarot reading (as I recently found out)- you get it all!
For all that are willing to do it, the reward for this work-trade agreement is Self-Love. The concept of self-love gets tossed around casually, but when we cultivate genuine self-love astounding things begin to happen!
1. We gain the courage to live free. . . Read More >>
Be | Comfortable With The Uncomfortable
"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us." - Helen Keller
Unless you are cocooned snuggly inside your comfort zone and take no chances or risks whatsoever, life is going to have turbulence. In fact the more we have the courage to face the darkness inside ourselves, and strip away the layers of illusion we insulate inside to feel safe, the more our external lives are going to shift to mirror our internal growth. Change can be really. . . Read More >>
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Modern life is indeed a very fast paced and complex existence. Between creating careers that support the lifestyles we women desire and the fulfillment we crave, staying fit, and balancing family, all the while cultivating meaningful present-time friendships, manifesting a loving partnership, and getting a handle on what it means to be a woman on the planet - it’s easy to lose sight of the very Ordinary Magic that’s abundant on our beautiful planet and living within us.
A week ago, I led an intimate group of openhearted women to Cabo San Lucas for. . . Read More >>
When my journey of self-discovery began, I sort of assumed that one day I would arrive at a state of consciousness, and then I would be a peaceful, happy person. This couldn’t have been further from the truth.
What I’ve discovered from nearly 7 years of very focused spiritual work is that consciousness is not a destination; it’s the result of living each day with consistent intention. Consistent intention, simply put, allows us to know the best version of ourselves. It allows us to heal and cultivate inner kindness that translates at outer kindness, and when the waters get choppy, we. . . Read More >>
Uh, no. Leopards don't change their spots but people can and do change. What your story is today does not need to be your story tomorrow. From my own spiritual evolution and assisting others with their personal transformations, I’ve had the opportunity to observe what differentiates people who successfully transform their lives from those who stay stuck.
The following three steps are essential for dynamic growth and personal change.
1. THE SINCERE DESIRE
Every human has four endowments- self-awareness, conscience, independent free will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change. –Stephen R. Covey
You must get honest. . . Read More >>
Last night in my dream I met a man with an accent who shared with me his life’s greatest revelation. He said,
“What often appears to be the lightest, brightest, most brilliant thing is actually dark on the inside.” Since we were on the astral plane his words instantly formed into images before my eyes.
When he said “lightest,” a grandiose golden castle appeared in front of me; as he said “brightest,” a bigger, more luminous castle emerged next to it; his word “brilliant” induced an even larger, more dazzling castle just beside the other two with weeping willow like white-golden light. . . Read More >>
If you’re above the age of… say of six, then chances are you are well versed in life’s ability to throw a swift curve ball at the worst possible moment. Perhaps you’ve discovered what I have: at times those curve balls oddly resemble cruise missiles. When something blows up in your life and compromises your work, your love, and your beautiful plans, it’s common to want to immediately go into disaster control. And while what I'm about to share may feel counter-intuitive, in many cases, it's the best thing you can do.
Doing nothing allows you time to process whatever emotions are coming. . . Read More >>
Create | Space for Inspiration
To point out busy is the new normal is nothing new. Everyone from my retired 70 year old dad to my 2 year old nephew seems to have schedules packed (golf and play albeit for the aforementioned) to the gills. And while being busy does offer a certain level of satisfaction, this contiguous planning and execution of life, ices us out of the very thing that delivers genuine, heart thumping, meaning fulfillment: inspiration.
I always wanted to be a Type A, early rising, list carrying, immaculate car kind of person, but the only lists I ever wrote ended up crumbled in the bottom. . . Read More >>
My perspective was forever changed the day I came home to discover an eight week old puppy yelping excitedly in the backyard.
“Surprise,” Jamison said in his slight southern drawl.
I wasn’t exactly what one would call a dog person… but there was something about the way this pup wiggled his rubbery black nose and looked up at me with a pair of eyes so sweet I’m convinced they could stop wars, that made me want to be his mama.
Disco (he came to me in my dream and asked that we call him Disco, but that’s another story) and I quickly. . . Read More >>
"If you had just a minute to breathe and they granted you one final wish
Would you ask for something like another chance?" -Traffic
Life is a journey with many twists and turns, switchbacks and cliffs. And even though we can intellectualize that there will be ups and downs, why is the idea of falling or failing (as some people see it) so terrifying?
Because of competition we internalize being “right,” doing things “right” as the basis of our self worth, and the very reason why anyone else would want to be with us. But to be perfectly right and do everything perfectly. . . Read More >>
When you are deeply intertwined in a romantic relationship the lines between the couple you once were and the couple you dreamt of being, blur into the present, making it difficult to see the realities of your health as a couple.
I know this because I spent years in a relationship that had run it’s course, reminiscing about the loved-up beginning and fooling myself with visions of grandeur for our future, when the only thing I was really doing was wasting my time not being happy.
You may rationalize that you'll get back to where you were; after all, you've invested so. . . Read More >>