The Magic of Joy

Uncategorized Jun 13, 2024
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Creating the Space for Self Love is Essential

Uncategorized Jan 14, 2024

To say my Self-Love journey has been a bit bumpy is an understatement.  In my teens, I went through the throws of an eating disorder with binging and purging in order to create the "perfect body," so just maybe I could be good enough to love.  I searched for love through the acceptance of others-whether that be in intimate relationships, friendships, or mentors.  I strived to be exactly what anyone needed in order to be loved and accepted.  I worked tirelessly through my adulthood to achieve status in my ranking and title, hoping that would be enough to prove my worth.  

My Self-Love looks VERY different today...Thank Goodness!  With several loving mentors-therapists, friends, bosses, family, and spiritual counselors, I have found the love I had been searching for my entire life, a deep connection with self and spirit, and a full knowing that my worth lies within my Spiritual Gifts and Life Purpose.  

My Mission in life is to help other...

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Beyond Resentment: The Unexpected Gifts of Forgiveness

Uncategorized Dec 28, 2023

Forgiveness is a sneaky bastard.  You think you have emotionally, mentally, and spiritually worked through all the anger and resentments you have been holding for decades and then WHAM…another layer of healing and releasing smack you across the face with a 2x4.  

I am sitting here writing this with eyes still tearing up and now a pain in my lower back that just won’t quit.  It also feels like a boulder has been placed on my back out of nowhere…WTF.  At least I am aware enough that more releasing needs to happen…obviously!  

So, let me take you a couple of weeks back when I chose to attend one of the Money Mindset sessions my Business Coach was holding.  I have been through these sessions before, so I was hesitant to attend another one, but something was telling me it was really important to be there.  The session was great, as always.  During that session, she had us write a list of people we needed to...

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How I Turned My Dream into My Reality: 5 Valuable Lessons Learned

Uncategorized Nov 05, 2023
 

On November 11, 2019, shy of 3 months after my father’s death, I was “brightsided” by this clear Vision of what my future, and more specifically, my Purpose, is meant to be.

I was driving back from a fundraiser Gala, listening to the book The Year of Saying Yes by Hannah Doyle. It was just a fun book I had been listening to when a point in the book offered me my lightbulb moment. I am meant to create a retreat center for women. I was giddy with excitement. My mind began racing to all the ways I could make this happen. I was fueled with adrenaline as my ideas just kept flowing. I called my youngest sister and yammered her ear off about all these thoughts and plans of making it happen while I was on my two-hour journey home from the Gala. I then proceeded to inform my husband all about it once I returned home. I couldn’t get enough of it-talking about it, dreaming about it, and longing for my dream to come to fruition.

From November through February, I began...

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Mother Earth and Women: An Unbreakable Bond of Creation and Resilience

I captured this photograph through the windshield of our car during our return from an enchanting weekend family expedition to Watkins Glen State Park in New York. (Rest assured, my husband was at the wheel!) Its allure was immediate, prompting me to share my discovery with my husband, who clarified that the tree had been deliberately pruned to accommodate the power lines. A sense of sadness washed over me as I contemplated the human impact on the gifts offered by Mother Earth.

However, upon deeper reflection, I realized that there was no cause for sorrow. Instead, this served as a testament to Mother Earth's resilience. My heart lightened, and a wave of tranquility enveloped me. Almost immediately, my thoughts began weaving connections and drawing parallels between Women and this Tree. Such associations come as no surprise to me, as I consistently find parallels between Mother Earth and women, recognizing our roles as extraordinary creators of life, you...

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Lessons from my Boudoir Photoshoot

Uncategorized May 13, 2023

I felt a range of emotions since I booked my session.  I went through denial that it was happening at all.  Literally ignoring all of the emails pumping me up and prepping me.  About one month out from the shoot, I started searching on Pinterest for ideas.  I began getting a little excited and a little scared.  I began ordering different outfits.  When they came in, I just put them aside, knowing that I would have to try them on at some point.  I finally created the space-emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and physically-to try on the lingerie.  It had been YEARS since I bought any type of sexy underwear.  I had come to realize that my sensual and sexual part of me has been stuffed down and inhibited for years by none other than myself.  

My experience breaks up into three sections of learning: 

Passion

I had been taught throughout most of my life to fear my passion.  I have always felt intensely.  I am a...

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My Self Love Journey

There were so many times I look back and see how much I didn't love myself. 

I have this harsh inner critic that tells me I will never be good enough.  Good enough for what?...for anything.  This is a belief that was embedded at a very young age.  I love my parents and grandparents, and there were many moments where I felt, and believed, their love was conditional.  They gave me so many wonderful memories, and the harsh words and behaviors stuck around for a very long time. 

When I made good grades, I was praised with words and money.  When I made a B, my grandmother told me how angry and disappointed she was in me with words I would never speak to my children, and a lashing I would never wish upon anyone. 

When I was "too large" at the tender age of 11, I was brought to Weight Watchers, where I would weigh in weekly in front of other women twice my age.  I began noticing the difference in my body compared to others.  I...

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Fitting in While Standing Out

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out”~Dr. Seuss

Let's talk about this amazingly beautiful paradox where we all want to fit in and want to be unique in this world.  

Did you know that standing out actually helps you fit in?!  Follow me here.  When we are authentic, we stand out in the crowd we are amongst.  This might be the crowd of our family, friends, colleagues, co-workers, etc.  When we allow our true self to shine through, it leads us to find the groups where we do fit in, which is a need.  

Psychologist William Glasser discusses one of the basic human needs as to “feel a sense of belonging”.  In the hierarchy of needs, love and belonging is the 3rd basic need after physiological and safety needs.  Cognitive behavioral compassion theory recognizes that mammals survive in community.  What happens when we have such an ingrained human need, as well as the need to know we are uniquely made? ...

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That Moment You Realize You Belong

Uncategorized Aug 05, 2022

Have you ever felt like Mirabel in the movie "Encanto"?  All the parents out there will know what movie I am talking about, and even some who are not parents, but Disney lovers.  The premise of the movie is all about a family who has all these magical powers, except for one-Mirabel.  There are so many amazing messages in this movie, and I am going to focus on one of the many that hit home for me in my journey.  The movie begins with Mirabel singing to the local children about her family and all of their powers and duties to the family and their community.  The children keep asking Mirabel about her powers, which she avoids because she does not possess any of these "gifts".  Throughout the movie, she often feels like a burden and that she does not fit in, but she also recognizes that she has an important part in the family.  She intuitively knows she has a bigger purpose, is not sure what exactly that purpose is, and she...

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5 Tips to Creating a Powerful Female Community

"If you want to go fast, you go alone.  If you want to go far, we go together". 

These words came from my Rise to Power Ride Cycle instructor at 5:15 this morning, who may have gotten it from a variety of people since nobody truly knows where this quote originated.  

I had been thinking about what I wanted to write for my next blog article and it hit me right then and there.  Community and Connection.  Through the past few weeks, I had started and stopped writing so many blog articles.  None of them seemed to adequately explain what I have been noticing, thinking, and experiencing in my life.  There was some self criticism in this process that I "should" be able to bang this stuff out, yet as I write this today, I know it was just the process I needed to come to this perfect topic.  

There are countless articles with studies showing that every successful woman has a community of successful women behind her, cheering her on...

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