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Chasing the Fire! Fearlessly channel your Passions to make an impact & a living.

L I V E  Facebook Master Class from 9/23/17 Watch it here. Keep watching until the end for some special announcements and a bonus.

a few words of preparation to claim the power of summer & ROCK your fall

Here are some ways to gather all the inspiration from the Summer and go into Fall with a plan. Summer is so filling.  It fills us up with yummy foods, time in nature, and lots of activities.  Above is a picture of me on a recent camping trip. I wanted to be in the beautiful outdoors for the Great American Eclipse 2017.  It did not disappoint. I was in the Methow Valley part of Washington State.  It felt like I was nestled in the lap of Gaia. It's a lush valley surrounded by high mountains.  The drive to this amazing valley took me through the gorgeous North Cascade mountains.  Here's a picture of the high peaks. Taking time away to rest, renew, and re-energize also reminded me of  3 things.   I am so in love with going to do and see amazing things. I feel so charged by this.   I am part of a larger picture that I need to claim.  I belong and I have power.   I stay at home too much. :/ What energizes you the most about summer? I did a personal tarot spread as the eclipse was commencing.  It is a super powerful message for me to remember as I move into what's next.  It provided an affirmation and tools for me and my BIG work. It encouraged me to use my voice more to bring in the truth and light to those that are ready to join me in taking action toward their BIG work.  It reminded me of what can hold me back and what sets me free. I used a combo of the Thoth deck and the Animal Spirit deck.  Here's a pic of the spread on my picnic table. So, I have returned and I'm so ready to flow [...]

healing our shadow & stepping into real power

Our Shadow side comes forward to allow us to heal deeply. I have seen the best, most loving, most vulnerable and the absolute worst, hateful, and fearful people this week.  These past few weeks, between the lunar eclipse on the Full Moon (August 7, 2017) and the upcoming Great American Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017 have really exposed our shadow side here in the US.  And not in just what the goings on in our world, but also as individuals within our own space and person. What shadow has been peeking through lately?  Has it been showing up as frustration, anger, fear, isolation, or avoidance behaviors with yourself or others. Shadow is coming up now because it is ready to be healed. You might be feeling a finality and/or a total intolerance for behaviors or patterns that normally you’d just let go by. This is healing. Enough is enough.  You are now ready to say, “What can I do?”  “What needs to change for me and those close to me?” “How do I move forward with more courage, love, and compassion?” These are awesome questions.  ALWAYS.  They are really crying out to be worked with now. This is what an eclipse does.  It is a catalyst and exposer.  It shows us what isn’t working and collapses it. Healing shadow is deep and tough work.  Dude, I know.  We like to keep that shiz buried and we don’t even want to acknowledge how it shows up in our selves.  It’s shows up in our negative self-talk, our greed, our anger, our ignorance, and in our avoidance. We pretend we didn’t hear that comment. We avoid that tough conversation with our neighbor about them ignoring the boundaries and rules of our community. We allow things to happen that are not in [...]

just a dust bunny? Or something more?

I love words. I especially love the exploration of words of a different language. What other people call things is intriguing to me. Do you all have this fascination as well? Comment below with your favorite word or phrase from another language. Dust bunnies. You know those little bits of yuck...hair, dust, skin flakes (yikes!) and goodness knows what else, gathering under beds and in dark corners. What a constant nuisance. Can't someone event a dust bunny buster?  Or declare a no gathering zone? I'd love it. Spring is just about here, so Spring Cleaning is on my mind. I am going to dig in and prep and enliven my home for the coming of the light and beauty that the newness Spring brings. There will be dusting, vacuuming, scrubbing, cleaning....and then clearing, smudging, and blessing the energy of the house. Yes, sage will be involved, as well as salt, fire, and water. So, what do you think they call dust bunnies in other places? Here's some info from Wikipedia: In Danish they are called "nullermænd" ("nuller-" from the verb "nulre", meaning to move something between one's fingers, and "-mænd" meaning "men") In Finnish they are called "villakoira" (meaning: wool dog) after the language's nickname for the actual dog breed poodle In French they are called "moutons" (meaning: sheep) In German they are called "Wollmäuse" (meaning: wool mice) In Hungarian they are called "porcica" (meaning: dust cat) In Norwegian they are called "hybelkaniner" (meaning: "lodging bunnies") In Polish they are called "koty" (meaning: cats) In Portuguese they are called "cotão". The Scots word is "oose" In Spanish they are called "pelusa". In Swedish they are called "dammråttor" (meaning: dust rats). Cats, bunnies, rats, sheep...seems like everyone knows of these little guys. Not sure if I understand the Danish 'moving men'...unless [...]

join the FEAR fan club?!?!

{originally published in Sibyl Magazine- for the spirit and soul of a woman October 2016} My stomach starts turning back flips.  My mind starts playing that old familiar track.  It’s on a loop.  Sometimes even get that bitter burst of adrenaline in my mouth and the racing heart.  I get lost in the story.  I drop right down into that dark chasm of chaos, defeat, and despair.  Where nothing works out and there’s only one solution and it ends in horror. What’s the cause of all this?  Fear. And why, exactly, am I in the Fear Fan Club?!?  Am I crazy?  Let me tell you why FEAR is one of our greatest teachers. It’s a signal to me that I’m out of my comfort zone or out of balance.  Being able to know that I am in either one of these places is good information for me to consider and take inspired action on.  If I’m out of my comfort zone, am I heading to where I want to go?  Or am I going in the wrong direction?  The signs of fear that are coming up are telling me to pay attention-- I’m heading into unfamiliar territory.  Good to know.  But maybe it is a place I want to go to—I just never been there before.  If fear is coming up because I’m out of balance, then I can realign myself with what is really true.  Somehow I’ve gone off track.  I’ve lost trust, love, and my inner knowing somewhere and I need to reconnect. Fear is information from your Being that some sort of action needs to be taken.  It might be to run away from that charging bear or to take direct steps to release you from the stranglehold that fear can have on you.  Fear is a [...]

top 12 energy zapping ways of a boss lady

We all have habits, practices and systems that we fall back on when we get stressed, frustrated or overwhelmed. Hopefully, most of them contribute to bringing us in to balance and health so that we are ready to tackle the next project, but truthfully...many of them just mask the problem.  As boss ladies who want to not only be successful, but also be healthy, strong and passionate for all the other things we dream of doing in our lives and in our biz we need a foundation that reflects our passion, power and purpose.  It should be a foundation that allows you to master your best asset-YOU! Here are the top energy zappers that many boss ladies fall victim to: Over-giving of your time and energy. Not establishing boundaries for you and for your biz.  What's okay, what's not? How much time and when?  How much money? Who to let in? Not honoring these set boundaries.  You have to practice.  No compromises. Not connecting to your inner source (force) for guidance support.  Your energy system, your essence, your intuition and your truth. Not having a ridiculous self-care routine.  Healthy foods, good sleep, relaxation, body and energy care (reiki, meditation, massage, chakra exercises, etc.) Using food, caffeine, drugs, alcohol, shopping, binge TV watching and other not-so-healthy indulgences or addictions to supposedly replenish and return to balance. Feeling overly responsible for others work, process or efforts. Continuing to use practices, systems or products that aren't in alignment with your inner essence, truth and knowing (your inner drop) OR sustainable. Not having a clear image of the passion and purpose of your biz and your role in it. Sacrificing your energy when you know will suffer from it. Ie. Using yourself too much, instead of finding other solutions. Not having a lusciously full [...]

a pinch of this

{previously published in Sibyl Magazine  (for the Spirit & Soul of Women) May 2016} Sometimes in the act of creating our lives it looks like a big chaotic mess. Other times we feel that our actions on what we add and what we take out are very deliberate. And then there are those times where you feel like nothing is happening. I read tarot cards for others and for myself for personal development and insight. It’s super interesting for me to look at what yearly cycle I’m in (according to the numerology of the Major Arcana). It can be helpful in learning how to navigate and plan as I go through the year. Last year was a Chariot year and this year is an Adjustment year for me. Chariot years are all about movement while keeping your calm center. That was definitely true for me. I took lots of actions to expand my growth and potential both personally and in my business. This year is an Adjustment year-it’s about bringing in all that you activated the previous year in practical real ways in your daily life. All while coming back to balance and integrating the new skills and ways of being. This can come down to the subtle, as in how I think about things, how I communicate or in concrete ways as in what habits to release and which ones to nourish.   The Adjustment year is one of fine tuning. A pinch of this- a bit more of that or just take that out. The sometimes overwhelming chaos of the Chariot year is coming into wholeness and form. I can see what it is all distilling down to and what actions to take to fully realize the new insights, actions and learning.   This mix (creation) of your [...]

what to do when nothing looks rosy

Have you been feeling it too? It’s like all the light has dimmed in my little world and it is making me cranky and feeling down. Argh! Is it because Mercury (and like a jillion other planets-read more about the astrology here) are in retrograde this month? Is it the extra anxiety around putting myself out there and desiring to go BIGGER? Is it the sudden death of a friend? Is it the extra sensitivity I’m feeling…seemingly around all the most vulnerable and delicate parts of myself? It is like I’m just tired of all the wanting and nothing coming in… (the little drop inside just asked me, “is this true?” I answer, “NO, just discouraged a bit.”) No, No and NO! It is not true. I don’t desire to continue to play small and not put myself out there. I know that all the internal questioning and integration of what’s going on both in the world and in me will help me grow stronger. (Retrogrades are a time to look internally and get insight.) How do I know this? Because, Dear One, I am an active participant in creating my luscious life. No matter how beat up, discouraged, cranky and disappointed I feel right now, I know that I have tools to help me learn from the challenges that are coming up. The jumble and chaos of life can try to throw you off your game. I say there is always a lesson from the chaos and when you don’t let it dismantle your strength, courage and spirit you can see clearly what is going on externally and not have it crush you. Your strong center and personal energy is your super power. When I feel like nothing is working, nothing is going my way, when I make a [...]

Sacred sites. Sacred Work. Sacred Soul.

I'm writing this just a few days before I embark on what I believe will be the trip of lifetime. I'm going to visit the sacred sites of Egypt.  <gasp!> On a beautiful private boat drifting down the Nile with other like minded spiritual travelers.  The boat is gorgeous.  I already feel the magic and beauty of the trip. 2015 was a year I initiated many things in my life and my business.  Many of them HUGE!  Like this trip.  I have taken LEAPS that I would have previously talked myself out of.  I'd of let those awful little gremlins in my head take over.  I'd of let the worry, fear, overwhelm, lack of funds, lack of worth feelings make the choices for me.  NO more! I've dreams, desires & ways of being in the world that I'm willing to experience discomfort for in the process of making them happen. I want to be the kind of person that says, "Hell yes! I'm going on a luxurious trip to Egypt!" or "Yes, I want to invest in training or programs to help me better serve my clients and myself." or "Yes, I'll do my daily practices today because I know they will allow me to be the person I wish to be." These are parts of the new me...or the person I'm becoming.  What choices will I make to LEAP to the next part of my life?  What do I need to heal?  What do I need to toss? You know that saying "Feel the fear and do it anyway!"  I'm doing that. This what I help others to do.  This is what I do.  I reach.  I plan. I heal.  I want more. Blessings & light,  di P.S.  Drop me line to set up a time to chat about [...]

this boss lady made unwise choices

Cranky. Snappy. Mean. Depressed. Angry. Emotions I was choosing to let run the show. Did I have 'good' reasons for choosing these emotions? Possibly.  Did I feel I had choice back then?  Absolutely NOT! I was the boss lady of a busy restaurant.  With all the staff issues, long hours, long weeks, instant drama & over-indulgent habits & patterns that typically go hand in hand with this biz. I managed to pull out more appropriate emotions & behaviors most of the time.  I found the energy I needed from somewhere deep down to show up & get the job done.  But even that source began to get harder & harder to tap.  It was running dry from the constant use & no replenishment.  So the 'bad' stuff crept up more often...and  I used more excuses & indulgences to cope with it. Sounds a bit manic, doesn't it? Looking back it was.  I was. BUT I've so much compassion & love for that person.  She did her best at the time, she taught me a ton & she was 'good' at the job. But as you can see...I didn't FEEL good.  I was tired, stressed, achy beyond my years, no energy & no way to refill my well- to dig out- to get back on top of it.  To be me. One of my big A-Ha's around this issue of choosing to act on emotions like this is that I began to hear myself tell myself excuses for the bad behavior towards others or myself.  For example, if I was cranky with someone I would hear myself say, 'You did that because you're not feeling well.'  Or 'I haven't eaten yet, so I have a right to act like that."  Or 'I haven't had a day off in 10 days, so [...]