In my last note to you, I shared that I had started a new position and made some changes in my day job. Those changes were big and full of huge learning opportunities--on the job, personally, and it has really got me thinking. It got me thinking about what I want my life to be. It got me thinking about where my life was going and where I had been putting it on hold...waiting for the BIG dream and the things I want to just happen. I saw that I was on a path-- a path that didn't want to be on. I saw that I was a path to do the 9-to-5 forever and that is not what I want. I realized, really realized, how I was not showing up for what I want my life to be, what I want to do, and how I want to live. Things don't just happen. YOU have to make them happen. You have to show up. I know you have been following me awhile and you know how always talk about doing your BIG work and doing the big scary thing...about doing the thing that scares you AND that makes you excited-- BOTH at the same time. WELL NOW IT IS TIME FOR ME TO START WALKING MY TALK. SO the BIG announcement! My loves have always been food, animals, nature, trees, discovery, adventure, travel, and cooking. I also know that things are the amazing ways to reconnect to yourself, to drop into yourself, to remember who you are and what you love. To feel alive in your body when you dig into the earth, when you take a bite from a tender leaf right in the garden, when you experience where your food comes from and all the people and [...]
This year, 2018, has brought a bunch of changes for me. I have made decisions and moves that I hadn't even considered at the end of last year. I have been challenged and uprooted a bit by these changes. AND I'm still feeling, considering, and throwing around ideas and plans for even more changes. To no one's surprise...I'm in a 'Wheel of Fortune' year. [ If you're curious about what cycle of growth for the year you're in shown by the wisdom of tarot--you can find out by scheduling a session with me. It is one of my favorite tools to use to get a perspective on where you're at and why what's going on is going on.] Right now. My mind is awash with the dreams and schemes AND then it falls into the fear, the 'what-ifs', and 'how is that gonna work'. Argh! Since May I have been immersed in my new job [y'all know I have 'day job' as well, right?] I am managing people in a whole new environment and learning new duties and responsibilities. That's has been a handful. Along with the many challenges of raising up the standards of service and responsibility of the crew there was the added tragedy of one of staff members (and friend) passing away by suicide. It hit the staff really hard, of course. The impact of having this tragedy with a staff so new and the stresses of our work already has made me really show up as a leader. And in ways that I wouldn't have been in the past. With compassion and with strength. There are so many threads of information that fed into these moments that supported me and showed me the path for me to follow. One of the most spectacular is that at [...]
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 [...]
Have you lost your pride? Now I have you thinking of it one way...but what if I mean it a totally different way? What if I was talking about your tribe, your peeps, your fam, your gal pals? How close are they lately? How much do you support each other? How much do you BUILD each other up? And in what ways? Do you have each others' backs? Would you go into the hunt with them? Are they the kin that can hold space for you in the ickiest of times? Why am I talking about hunting, peeps and pride? Have you noticed my BOSS Lady friend? The lioness has been a companion of mine in my healing work and in my personal growth work for quite some time. She is the ultimate protector, hunter, loyal, fierce, smart, nurturing matriarch. She is the BOSS of the PRIDE (a group of lions). I love to tap into that feeling, that image, that vibration when I need a boost of courage and strength to reach for more, to overcome fear and to feel the strength to keep going. She rules the pride with a fierce yet loving strength. That's how I view all of you in this Pride. This Pride full of woman bosses, mothers, creators and dreamers who are reaching, healing, growing and creating more for their life and business. Women embodying this lioness. Fierce, loyal, strong, loving, nurturing and courageous hunters. I hope (with all my heart) that I can inspire and support you to be that lioness. To have power, passion and purpose in your life. When you have these things--all the other stuff falls more easily into place. You know the answers. You know your boundaries. You know the decision that is in alignment with you and where [...]
When you want to help people and you know you can give them insight, tools or healing that can improve their lives in awesome ways, then it becomes a challenge to know when it is appropriate to share this. As a boss lady...hopefully the lines are more clear. BUT sometimes there's the potential for you (well, me...let's be honest) to want to just give it all away. I was in a real quandary the other day... I had a meeting set up to do a no cost discovery session over Skype. I looked over the challenges and needs my boss lady friend was having and through some intuitive work with the Tarot cards I came up with some really great information and ways she could start to get some clarity and the best tools for her to start to get some relief with. Awesome! So ready to share it and to offer my continued assistance as she did this big work for her and her business. BUT we didn't get to connect to that day. I won't lie. I was disappointed. Let down. And although I understand why the connection didn't happen...I wanted to send all the insights and tools and everything in an email to her anyway. I wanted to send it to her because it was super relevant, super clear and super valuable. It would have given her ideas on how to approach those challenges and why they are up for her right now. Would it be okay just to send it, maybe it could still have the same effect for her...? BUT is this a smart way for me honor the services of my business, to value my self, to value my energy, to value my work...or am I just giving it a way? Duh, it would [...]
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 [...]
Hello dear ones! On this blustery Samhain (pronounced sau-win) I thought I'd share a wee couple of poems I recently scribbled. ------------- a shout from the wind and all the leaves jump from the tree and run across the lawn to safe harbor at every nook they can put themselves. --------------- the trees celebrate the close of the season with a burst of confetti before retiring for the long winter's rest. -------------- Now I'm off to sit in the front of the fire & enjoy All Hallows' Eve. Hope you do too!
I love those days. Have you ever had a day where you did so many things that are at the top of your fave list that you kinda feel a bit surreal--- like floating on a fluffy cloud where tiny little snacks and tasty beverages were served? Well, I wasn't on that cloud, but if that had happened it wouldn't have surprised me in the least. I recently had a day like that. A day filled with all the new things that I dream of having more of in my life. A day that soon I hope will be just another normal ol' day for me. A day that I am starting to create one drop at a time. This is one thing I am realizing (before I get to my frickin' awesome day) that IT (whatever your or my 'IT' might be) doesn't happen over night or even next week most of the time. It takes time and consistent effort every little day...to get that BIG day or that shift to happen. That is why I am always saying one drop at a time. If every day I am putting some effort in action or thought towards what I want in my life it makes a drop. Sometimes a tiny drop. Sometimes a bigger drop. BUT a drop. And drops start little ripples that spread out and initiate other things, other drops and other ripples. They grow and grow and pretty soon you have little waves of change and growth. So my awesome day didn't just happen. I made it happen. Some of it took years of study and work. Some of it was able to happen through people, connections and community. Some of it happened because I said, "YES." (actually all of it) Interesting how not saying this [...]