Category Archive for "Organic Tools"

The Fear of Public Speaking and What It Really Boiled Down To

I realized recently that I don’t get scared speaking anymore. Not when I’m interviewing someone big or important, nor when I’m teaching my essential oil workshops. I used to get out of my mind scared: butterflies, tightness, heart racing, the constant urge to pee my pants (no joke), and crazy thoughts of all kind of madness that could ensue, which usually involved images of people with pitchforks. But without all those emotions and thoughts getting in the way I’ve found I actually have a strength and passion for teaching, presenting, and speaking. (If you had asked me that five years ago I would swallowed my tongue just thinking about it.) I’ve spoken to some pretty amazing people in my life, people I admire or had a mild crush on – Steven Tyler (!!), Ricki Lake, Dr. Peter Gray – all with various amounts of nerves and confidence leading up to…

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10 Songs I Can’t Get Enough Of

I’m not all serious and deep, you know. Actually lately, I’ve been mostly irreverent and marauding. Right now I’ve got this tiny little love affair happening with something called a “flow wand”. I’ll let you Google it. It’s magical. Literally. Almost. Anytime I’m “flow wandering” I simply must have music going. Without music you have no flow. Kinda like life. I’ve been asked by several people lately what I’ve been listening to and where I find new music, so I thought, “Hey, I’m way behind in blogging. I could totally do a blog post on this.” Thus here we are. FYI, I tend to find songs I love on Pandora. (If you’re not familiar with it, you can type in a song you’ve heard somewhere – I catch some of the lyrics and Google them to find the name – to create a “station” that plays similar songs. It’s fascinating.)…

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21 Secrets Art Journaling Starts Tomorrow!

This is just a quick little note to let you know that the 21 Secrets Art Journaling workshop, facilitated by the lovely Connie Hozvicka of Dirty Footprints Studio is starting tomorrow, April 1st. 21 gorgeous art journalers (me included!) offering 21 different workshops. I’ve seen the finished product and I can only say one thing: Yes please. This is the 5th year of this workshop, which should tell you something of its awesomeness. I’m still pretty flustered and honored and overwhelmed to be a part of this. And I’m looking forward to playing in it over the next several months. Seriously just click this link and check it out. (*Totally affiliate links! Thanks for the support!)

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21 Secrets is Starting Soon!

I have a habit of saying Yes before I have the opportunity to say No…I don’t mean this in a bad way, like saying yes to things I authentically don’t want to do. (I don’t do that shit.) I mean I say “Yes” to big things that I would otherwise talk myself out of if I “think about it” first. Quite frankly, I had about a million reasons to say no to Connie when she asked me to be her Wild Card in this spring’s 21 Secrets crew. But I listened to my inner guidance that said “Hurry up and commit” and I went for it. And it was a challenge. I played for months with exactly what I wanted to say and how I wanted to say it, especially since the whole topic was how to use art journaling when you’re in that place of processing and inner growth…

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Introducing: The Library, A Conscious Living E-Bundle

what if you had a magic bag for personal growth? I’m talking about something you could reach your hand into and pull out just the right message and reminder that would guide you through the end of a bad week… That would align your spirit with the Truth you carry in your heart… That could serve as a quiet space to slip into with a cup o’ warmth and a blanket of self-love… welcome to the library, my friend. This is what I’ve found most helpful in my life. Having a stockpile of notes tucked into my pocket in the form of my favorite voices, resonating words, and helpful practices. I stick my well-loved audios on my iPhone and listen as I drive or clean. I delve into meaningful prompts before I start my day. I use them as my touchstone to keep me aligned with what I know is…

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Heeding the Siren and Letting Everything Go (big changes for 2014)

We are not enlightened by what we speak, but rather what speaks to us. Yet we pass truth around, instead of letting it pass through us. These were the words I wrote over a year ago, words that went ringing in my ears, setting into motion a train that’s only now pulling into station, that last sentence like the line of cars being pulled along, showing itself to me again and again. I want to try – possibly unsuccessfully – to explain how it’s changed me and what that means for this space. Be patient, please…and be gentle… —— We watch as wisdom flashes across our screen – a quote, a message, a reminder, a graphic – some ancient knowledge speaking to us, jolting us awake from our day-to-day shuffle, but we fail to let it permeate us, to sink in through muscle and bone, to the marrow of our…

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Win a Copy of Digging Into 2014!

Do you know what’s not so awesome about Facebook? They have this fun little algorithm that makes it difficult for certain things to get SEEN. Case in point? My giveaway on Facebook has gone out to nearly 10,000 but has less traction than a photo of a Yoga snowflake. So thanks for that Facebook. Because of it, I extended the entry deadline, so more people who want a chance to win, can have it. #yay What is Digging Into 2014? It’s a process of tuning in to Spirit Of NOT playing games with the Ego To understand the past year, what it was for, what it was trying to teach you, so you can stop experiencing it again and again And to create your world from your heart, not your head (cuz we all know how THAT turns out) You can read all about it here. And you can enter…

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Let’s stop living the same year over and over, yes?

We’ve all had those years… …the ones that seem to play on repeat… …the ones that whoosh by before we’ve even had the opportunity to say “Happy New Year”… …the ones that leave us dizzy, maybe disillusioned, almost always exhausted and disappointed… Let’s break that cycle, shall we? It’s not as hard as you think. In fact, Life tends to do most of the hard work. Your part of the deal? listen in. create with intention. realign yourself. and then get out of your own way. Today I’m setting loose into the world a brand new e-guide: Digging Into 2014: Discovering Your Guiding Word. The process is one of both closure for the path behind you, and guidance for the path ahead. It’s NOT like other ego-based processes out there where it’s all about “what you want to get out of life” and “let’s kick life’s butt to make it…

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The only blog post in which I can talk about Rocky Horror Picture Show and the Ego in one breath (okay, maybe two)

This little piece of fringe culture has been on my Bucket List for like, 87 years. Literally. Or it was on my Bucket List. Because we went recently and it was beyond epic. We sat out in the cold. We threw rice. We yelled profanities. And Justin even did the Time Warp (happily he has no rhythm, which made it that much better). This weekend I’m getting my nose re-pierced. Something I’ve been wanting to do for nearly a flipping decade since I took my last one out. Next spring I’m doing something so beyond epic that it makes me giddy and terror-stricken 4 months in advance. (I’m going to fly a glider plane. Yes, Mom. A GLIDER plane!) These are just a few of the 31 things I wanted to do in the past 49.5 weeks.  (The whole – mostly unfinished lol – list is here.) Last year I…

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Self-Discovery Beyond Words: Art Journaling with the Pros

I really thought Connie might be crazy when she contacted me to join the 21 Secrets art journaling crew for 2014*. I mean, I’m not exactly well-versed or professional. I don’t know techniques, and I have no artistic tips to share. I’m not even consistent in my own practice. And thankfully she wasn’t looking for that. Instead she invited me to be the “wild card”, to share my process, how I use art journaling as part of my Digging Deep, my spiritual inner work, and my processing of Life in general. And I said yes before I could say no, before the intimidation factor of working beside these beautiful women told me to crawl into a creative hole and die. It was a beautiful step for me, owning that I am in fact an artist; that I do love to express our inner work through color and texture and images….

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