Contracting to Expand

Dia de los Muertos

We are born into this world via a contraction. Throughout our lives, we continue to experience contractions in order to expand and grow. It’s easy to look back after one of these contractions and say, “Oh, now I see why I needed to go through that,” but in the moment, it totally blows. I’ve dubbed these recent months ‘The Summer of My Discontent,’ which I think is pretty clever 😉 It’s so much easier to talk about being discontent when … Keep reading…

Journey to Shine begins tomorrow!

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Tomorrow I embark on a twelve week online e-retreat with a wonderful group of souls. If you would like to be more present and mindful in your life, release feelings of fear, blame or shame and cultivate self-love in order to shine as brightly as you were created to, then join us! I would love you to be part of this experience. You can preview the Journey to Shine e-retreat outline here! And please watch my video invitation to you: … Keep reading…

Journey to Shine: reflections from my first e-retreat

Journey to Shine e-retreat

From January to March this year, I hosted my first online retreat, ‘Journey to Shine.’ Fourteen women from four countries shared a journey of connection and transformation via the wonders of technology (namely Facebook, email, Youtube and Skype). As you know, it was the first event of this kind I had hosted and therefore it was uncharted territory for me. While I had written most of the content in advance, I had no idea how it would resonate with people … Keep reading…

Burn it Down to Light it Up: A Ritual of Rebirth

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Ever want to tear down something you created and start something entirely new? A blog you wrote, a house you built, a painting you did, a photo you took, a child you birthed… kidding. My creative fire is burning, burning, but I feel stuck. I feel trapped in my own creation, cornered by judgement and expectation (of my own making). I’ve thought about starting another blog. But why would I need to do that? I already have one. When I … Keep reading…

2015: The Year of Expansion

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My friend Laurie just published a beautiful post in which she named her word for the year. Rather than make a resolution or several, she selects a word to set the tone for the year. Hers for 2015 is ‘savor’. I think that is a wonderful word. It got me thinking about what mine is and I have decided that 2015 will be the year of ‘expansion.’ I feel the energy of that word coursing through me right now as … Keep reading…

The Power of No

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This will be title of my second book, if I ever finish the first one. I’ll get to cash in on Eckhart Tolle’s Amazon searches and make a mint! But seriously, with ‘the silly season’ upon us I have been thinking a lot about the power of that little word, ‘no’. Anyone else have trouble with this word? I sure have. It has plagued me with its miniscule elusiveness and my inability to utter it when I want to. No. … Keep reading…

Announcing My Online E-retreat in January!

Journey to Shine E-Retreat

Hello friends, family, subscribers and random Google searchers. I am grateful you are ALL here. When we started this journey almost three years ago, I didn’t really know what it was I was looking for in my life, I just knew it was something very different to what I’d been doing. A year previously, I’d sat in a wooden boat on the Ganges River in Varanasi to celebrate my 30th birthday and when I was encouraged to ask the ‘Mother … Keep reading…

Allowing Abundance

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I’ve been thinking about abundance lately; about what it actually means, what my relationship is to it and how I can align myself with an attitude of it. A-bun-dance (noun) a very large quantity of something. When I reflect on my own journey with abundance, I can see the shifts I’ve made in my attitude to money and possessions and in my relationship with myself. For most of my life I have operated out of the idea of lack. Growing … Keep reading…

The importance of Showing Up

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I’ve got it!! I’ve finally got it!! After all my searching and asking and experimenting, I have discovered the most important practice in the universe: Showing Up. That’s it. It’s really that simple. Okay, I didn’t say it was easy. Not at all. Far from it, but it is simple. Just. Show. Up. Showing Up has been a theme for me of late. I became acutely aware of Showing Up when I committed to a daily meditation practice, which was … Keep reading…

Transitions are tricky

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You’d think I’d be good at them by now. A flight-attendant who zig-zagged the globe for a decade; a drunk who got sober; a writer who decided to start. A traveler who left home to do it forever… But transitions are always tricky… I recently experienced a huge inner transition. I’ve tried to explain, express and write about it because it’s been huge for me, this one. Overwhelmingly positive, life affirming, empowering. I’ve been filled with more clarity and love. … Keep reading…