a solstice with soul

Sunday, December 7, 2014

 
 
 
 
loves!

i am so delighted to be co-hosting an incredible workshop on the solstice.

please, especially during this busy holiday season, treat yourself to an afternoon of deep relaxation and powerful intention-setting.

~ kael

p.s. you can register through junction 9 here

lady loves

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


lady love blog series

in the work i have been doing over the last couple of years, i see women marginalizing themselves in a myriad of ways. i see women feeling intimidated and unworthy and never, ever enough. and i see that so many of us have lost touch with the very important fact that we are each unique and powerful; that those things that come so innately, so naturally to each of us are truly our gifts, blessings, and offerings.

and so my great, big, from the bottom of my heart, hope with this project is that it will create an open and honest conversation about who we are as women; not just a glossy look at the five minutes of our day that went according to plan, not just us presenting who we think the world expects to see, but a real and authentic glimpse into how hard we all work and how we don't always get it right but how unique and beautiful and perfectly imperfect we all are regardless.

most of you know that my life has been profoundly shaped by my "failures" and i want to continue to push that envelope; for all of you to be able to share and witness the honesty and authenticity of other women and know that you are not alone and that we all stumble.

and, most importantly, to all of my lady loves, your depths and your beauty shake me to my very bones. i bow in reverence to the beauty that you are and to the audacious heart that you embody.



today you all get to meet a girl that i am deeply inspired by.

i "met" andrea on instagram and immediately felt drawn to her. 

she is genuine and generous and has a deep and steady strength that i am not even sure she fully comprehends. and she continually schools me in what true authenticity and honesty is; reminding me just how beautiful it is to show up time and again as your beautiful, raw, real self.

without further ado, miss mclaren.

tell me a bit about who you are? 

i am 32, married for almost 7 years, mom for nearly 4 years. i am someone who is honest, hopeful and broken in. i am critical and compassionate. i am self-aware and i carry a lot of self-hate which i am forging into self-love, slowly but successfully. i believe in people and i am passionate about community. i like the outdoors. i am grateful for my imperfections and i am okay with life not making sense. 

what do you do? 

i am a mother, wife, apartment caretaker and civil servant.

no, but really, beyond the title, what do you do? 

i cook, i clean, i drink booze, i change light bulbs and repair smashed windows. i fold laundry and wash sticky glue-stick fingers. i vacuum hallways, rake leaves and push snow. i answer phones and direct people to the right city departments. i help people find their way on public transit. i help people make sense of their property tax information. i tell people what time free swim is at their community pool. i refrain from striking my child during temper tantrums. i bend pipe cleaners into crowns. i eat out. i walk a lot. i write letters. i watch the bachelor. i listen to people. 

when you look around at your life, is this what you expected? are you surprised by it? if so, by what and why?

there was a time when i was stunned by the massive discrepancies between what i thought my life would be and what it actually was. at this point i try to not have too many expectations. if anything, i expect life to be hard and confusing and beautiful. i’ve grown with my life and adapted. 
i am constantly surprised by life. by how much beauty can force its way into your path and also by how hard things can get. over the years, i have often found myself thinking: “how much worse can it get?” (i’ve been through a lot of difficult stuff) and i am always surprised by precisely how much harder it can get. i am surprised by my resilience and faith in myself. by going through deep, deep water i have become a very strong swimmer. i have also let go of the idea that life is supposed to be easy or fair, or that surviving a tally of challenging ordeals means that i am owed an easy time eventually. life doesn’t work that way and it took me a while to get that through my head and heart. i’ve also become a firm believer in the power of my attitude. i don’t wonder how much worse life can get anymore. i focus on finding the good stuff, even on the shitty days. there is always something to be grateful for. always.

what would most people be surprised to find out about you?

i am pretty open with my thoughts and feelings, and tend to be an over-sharer – so i don’t know if there’s that much left to shock anyone. 

i have struggled deeply with my role as a mother and also with my role as a wife, and the idea of marriage in general. 

i like rap music a lot. i turned down a date with the GZA once. (biggest mistake of my life, haha). 

travelling freaks me out.

what has been the peak experience{s} in your life thus far? why? how did it change you?

my journey into motherhood has absolutely changed me at my core. embracing my depression and giving it the respect, attention and care that it requires changed my life dramatically. choosing to come back to my marriage after an 8-month separation changed me deeply. all of these experiences happened in a 2-year span. speaking generally, before that period of time i was wishy-washy, selfish, small-minded and very clueless as to who i was or who i wanted to be. i had a lot of self-pity and shame. 
these experiences brought me into a valuable and life-altering conversation with myself about who i was and who i wanted to be, and was i willing to do the work it would take to become that person. these experiences brought me to a place where i was able to see that the first step to becoming the person i wanted to be was to begin loving myself.

what are you passionate about? curious about?

i am passionate about community and people. 

i am curious about other places in the world because i haven’t travelled much. i wonder about how people in other places in the world approach the idea of community and togetherness.

what are the qualities that truly matter to you? which ones do you fully embody? which ones are missing or needing to be more fully expressed?

forgiveness, patience, loyalty, humour, kindness and humility.

i think i have a good handle on forgiveness and humour. i am ferociously loyal.

i have work to do when it comes to patience.

if you could sit down with a woman you greatly admire, what one question would you ask?

there are so many incredible women that i admire, but at the moment i think i would love to sit down with cheryl strayed the most. i just finished her book tiny, beautiful things and i want to talk to her about everything ever, but if i could only ask her one question, it would be: "what is the most important thing to remember when it comes to motherhood?"

do you have a dream, a wish or a “to-do” that you are currently resisting? if yes, and you feel ready to share, what is it? why do you think the resistance is there?


honestly, no. i believe that i am right where i need to be right now. i do have other things that i want to achieve in my life, and i believe i will succeed at those things when i decide to put the time, commitment and work into them.

you are at your best when you are ___________?

fed. 

when you are in that space of being your best, the exact thing you are doing, most often, is ___________?

listening.

and, last but not least, y'all know i love a beautiful string of words so, please, share a quote that moves and shakes you.

when we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. the friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.
~ henri nouwen







bone broth

Tuesday, November 18, 2014



hello loves!

if you haven't heard about bone broth and all of its spectacular qualities yet, well, today is your lucky day!

bone broth is a tasty, comforting, nutrient dense, cup of mega-goodness. i'm so in love with it it has even replaced my breakfast smoothie! i mean, really, that is all you need to know.

but, if that hasn't sold you on it, here are some facts:

- it helps to seal and heal a leaky gut, promoting healthy digestion and absorption of food

- bone broth contains high amounts of calcium, phosphorous and magnesium, all of which contribute to strong healthy bones

- bone broth is also loaded up with gelatin and collagen, vital for  healthy hair, skin and nails

- the high concentrations of glucosamine, collagen and proline in bone broth are vital for healthy connective tissue in the body
{in my, ahem, professional opinion, bone broth is a must for anyone with achey joints}

- glycine, also available in high quantities in bone broth, is vital for the liver. and our liver is vital for detoxing the body. glycine is also known to promote a sense of calm.

- bone broth is also a handy inflammation and infection fighter

- and, if all of that has not convinced you, bone broth is dead easy and wildly affordable to make.

if you get on the google you can read even more about it, but those are kind of the heavy hitting facts that got me on the broth train a little over a year ago.

alright my dears, lets get to "how to make" segment of the blog.



you will need the following:

- one organic or free range chicken carcass or, if you can find them, a couple of chicken necks and backs...bonus points if you can also find and add a few chicken feet!
{i will often buy an organic whole chicken for about $25 and have roast chicken the first night, pull the left over meat to make a pasta dish the second night, and then make a massive pot of bone broth the next night...i drink the broth just plain, but also use it for soups, rice, sauces, etc. so from one chicken you are easily getting up to five meals.}

- two onions

- four cloves of garlic

- a big chunk of fresh ginger, sliced

- about a cup of sliced fresh turmeric
{you all know about how incredible turmeric is right?}

- a big bunch of fresh parsley

- one whole lemon

- one bunch of thai basil

- a palm full of peppercorns

- a palm full of sea salt

- a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar

- a large stock pot

*i definitely like my bone broth to have more of a "pho" flavour, thus the ginger and thai basil. but feel free to adjust the seasonings to fit your own tastebuds/what you have on hand.

then simply throw the whole lot into your pot and fill almost to the top with water. bring the broth to a boil on medium heat and then reduce it to low to simmer for eight to twenty-four hours. that part is key! your broth needs to simmer a good long time to get all of the nutrients out of the bones themselves.

once the simmer time is up, strain the broth into one or a several storage containers. i usually strain it right into a massive jar i have and just keep it in the fridge, as it doesn't last us more than a week, but you may want to store some in the freezer.

that's it! super simple, super good for you.





lady loves

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


lady love blog series

in the work i have been doing over the last couple of years, i see women marginalizing themselves in a myriad of ways. i see women feeling intimidated and unworthy and never, ever enough. and i see that so many of us have lost touch with the very important fact that we are each unique and powerful; that those things that come so innately, so naturally to each of us are truly our gifts, blessings, and offerings.

and so my great, big, from the bottom of my heart, hope with this project is that it will create an open and honest conversation about who we are as women; not just a glossy look at the five minutes of our day that went according to plan, not just us presenting who we think the world expects to see, but a real and authentic glimpse into how hard we all work and how we don't always get it right but how unique and beautiful and perfectly imperfect we all are regardless.

most of you know that my life has been profoundly shaped by my "failures" and i want to continue to push that envelope; for all of you to be able to share and witness the honesty and authenticity of other women and know that you are not alone and that we all stumble.

and, most importantly, to all of my lady loves, your depths and your beauty shake me to my very bones. i bow in reverence to the beauty that you are and to the audacious heart that you embody.



another lady love today!

and may i just say that i straight up adore sharing these women with you all? because i do.

today's lady is jessica and, as i have been with all you beauties, i was just fascinated when i read her words.

she is so grounded and rooted into her own being, but also completely expansive. and i found it so amazing to watch how she is constantly connecting the dots and building on her existing foundations.

i dig her and i suspect you all will too.

enjoy!




tell me a bit about who you are?  

i carry a sense of calm, and am extremely introspective. i have a creative pulse that is always driving me towards adventure and new experiences.  i am constantly seeking to cultivate real connections. i am crazy in love (and a newlywed). i can be messy and emotional, but i always strive for a sense of peace. 

what do you do?  

engineer and photographer

no, but really, beyond the title, what do you do? 

i am a creative problem solver. i spent most of my life applying this skill to math problems. now i am much more interested in people and relationships, and how to apply my creativity and problem solving skills in a way that can serve others. 

i capture people’s stories.  i try to document truth. often Ii may not even know what that truth is, but can simply bear witness to real people, having real moments, and the story will be told.   

when you look around at your life, is this what you expected?  are you surprised by it? if so, by what and why? 

in a lot of ways my life is NOT AT ALL what i expected. i spent 5 years of school working towards the “dream job” i now have as an engineer for a corporate company and find myself more passionate about wedding photography. 
  
but at the end of the day i feel like i am where i belong. 

i have always been a person who never settles, who always drives to seek more out of life.  it is not surprising at all that i got to the goal i had previously set only to find my passions have changed and i need to work towards a new one.   

i think the most surprising thing, truly, is the richness of relationships i have in my life.  the love i found with my husband, with the tribe of woman that i am honoured to be a part of that uplift and support each other, and how photography has lead me into forming connections with so many brilliant and inspiring strangers i wouldn’t have met otherwise. 

what would most people be surprised to find out about you? 

i relay calmness but am often internally frazzled!  (i most definitely misplaced something in my bag, have no idea where my car keys are, have unmatched socks because i haven’t done laundry in a month, most likely have gone way too long without showering, and found a food stain from lunch on my shirt).   
though i am sure the people who truly know me are not at all surprised by any of that.  

what has been the peak experience(s) in your life thus far? why? how did it change you? 

working at a camp in northern minnesota; when i was 21 i spent a summer in the woods with about 30 other young adults as counselors at an outdoor youth ministry camp.  my future husband and many of my most cherished friendships would come from that group.  that summer taught me to value nature, living simply, rooting relationships in faith, and above all, making decisions outside of fear. when i walked away from that summer, i had a renewed sense of confidence and self awareness, and i made a lot of significant changes in my life.

what are you passionate about? curious about? 

i am passionate about people. i am passionate about being a storyteller and documenting truths. i am passionate about travel and adventure. i am passionate about pursuing answers; give me something complex and let me unravel it.   

i am curious as to whether there is a way to combine my two unique talents and my love for serving into a dream job?  like, could i do water treatment projects and use my photography to share the stories and lives it was affecting, simultaneously helping and giving a voice?  hmmm…

what are the qualities that truly matter to you? which ones do you fully embody? which ones are missing or needing to be more fully expressed? 

i am drawn to people who live fully and authentically.  for me, i seem to always have an existential sense of purpose and mission, and it provides a constant drive and a lot of self expression. (unfortunately, it also tends to make me ignore things that i don’t find purposeful, like doing the dishes…oops)  

i am drawn towards vulnerability. people who are not afraid to expose their souls and loudly proclaim they are human, flaws and scars and all. this is something i am striving to express. 

also, i really want to live simply. but it is harder than it sounds. actually a lot of stuff is made to make life simpler, so living simply requires a dedication to doing things the hard way. i am constantly battling the urge to buy into modern conveniences and to live a life that is more stripped down.  

if you could sit down with a woman you greatly admire, what one question would you ask? 

i am a romantic at heart, and i spend so much time with couples in love, digging into their beautiful stories.  more than meeting a famous person and hearing about their successes, i would definitely want to sit down with my ancestors and ask about their young love, and life and passions. perhaps dig up the images from their past that made their hearts sing.  (oh this is sounding like a project in the making!)  

do you have a dream, a wish or a “to-do” that you are currently resisting? if yes, and you feel ready to share it, what is it? why do you think the resistance is there? 

full time photography.  WHOA. right now it just feels so big. because i am a problem solver i tend to want to have all the variables in front of me, but because i am a creative i long for adventures. i am stuck in a space of simultaneously craving and resisting the unknown.    

you are at your best when you are:  

traveling.

when you are in that space of being your best, the exact thing you are doing, most often is: 

writing, reflecting, drinking coffee, observing, creating, just simply being.  

and, last but not least, you know i love a beautiful string of words so, please, share a quote that moves and shakes you. 

we lit a fire under ourselves when we got to talking…and if it weren’t for that, we’d still be sitting at home; floating, and not swimming. 
~our wild abandon


if you want to check out/be inspired by some more of jessica's work, you can head on over to light and love stories. and, trust me, it is definitely worth a look.



in love

Monday, November 10, 2014



if i know what love is,
it is because of you
~hermann hesse










congratulations ashley and brendon!

what a difference a {almost} year makes

Tuesday, November 4, 2014



almost a year ago, i took a course where i was asked to take a book and black out every single word and sentence that didn't light me up, that didn't make me feel like my heart was overflowing. then i was instructed to take all of the words that remained and trust the sacredness of the message.

when i pulled all of my remaining words and read their message, i legit ugly cried. it was everything that i believed, that i wanted to believe, and that i wanted to be...but all seemed too beautiful to be possible.

i stumbled on the words in my journal today and am truly just stunned that, not quite a year later, i am living them.

that they are my reality.

and that i don't, not even for a second, look at any of them and think, "oh that would be lovely, but it'll probably never be me...those are qualities for 'other' people, people that are/have more...".

{ok, my glorious career as an artist all around the world isn't quite there...yet.}

have a read.

maybe do the exercise yourself.

and remember that thoughts really do become things.

beautiful wild animal, a whole masterpiece inside.
a glorious career as an artist all around the world.
the difference.
i have always kept the stars delighted.
and so i lived my own.
my life depended on it.
living soul.
imagine.
extraordinary memory.
delightful amazement.
living soul.
remember, living soul.
at last i found my voice.
living soul.
life.
my place.
live light.
and i was proud.
laughing gently, lost in thought.
treasure, imagine, find out more.
wander all over the place, laughing.
believe.
discover the reason.
love.
feel, know, beautiful worth.
lovely, full of laughter.
leave you in peace.
understand life.
natural memories paint forgiveness.
each day i learned something new. out of the blue.
understand, i cared so much.
giant trees, as big as churches.
sleep deep in the earth.
feel.
stirring towards the sun, grow in peace.
something you have to do every day.
make a special effort. 
gradually i begin to build up a picture.
beautiful, stumbled upon secrets.
thank, matter, believe, love, worthwhile.
absolutely unique and nowhere to be found. 
the only one of its kind on all the millions and millions of stars.
learn more.
something miraculous is going to appear.
sanctuary. beauty. mysterious.
she showed herself, so beautiful, to the sun. lovely to behold.
softly let the tigers come.
light.
deep down. 
love her in the morning.
slowly, steadily.
feeling the verge of tears.
goodbye.
goodbye.
forgive me.
i love you.
be happy.
so beautiful.
go.
~kael klassen 
{the almost one year ago version of her}





monthly forecast

Saturday, November 1, 2014





this month's forecast has me buzzing.

because, fun fact, i l.o.v.e. the unknown.

i really do!

the unknown is free of expectation and boundaries. the unknown kicks me right out of my logical, intellectual, conditioned mind and straight into the steady wisdom and expansive freedom of my heart. and the unknown always makes us grow...always.

go ahead and have a read below.

and, as always, many thanks to lena at the power path for sharing her incredible talents with all of us.

The main theme for November is “THE UNKNOWN”

The Unknown is what you cannot see, hear, feel, know, second- guess, expect or control. There is no instruction manual and nothing familiar. The comfort zone is being eroded much like being in a swimming pool where all of a sudden the sides of the pool disappear and you find yourself in a vast body of water with no edges in sight. You will either sink or swim and this is the nature of this month. Fear will cause you to sink. The willingness to be in a new experience will keep you afloat.

The UNKNOWN is like the dark. The creative mind goes wild without the reality check of the seen world. This can create the possibility for great delusion, fear, and physical, mental and emotional discomfort. On the other hand, when there is no reference point, the creativity is boundless and it can be much easier to think outside the box and eliminate limiting thoughts and beliefs as well as old patterns.

I recently had the experience of witnessing in myself how I give my power away to beliefs that were created around past experiences. If I experienced something in the past, the result of that experience became defined in my mind as a belief. If I go to repeat that experience, the mind has already defined the outcome based on the past and what it believes to be true. The discipline for me was to not believe old definitions of the mind but rather to use my creativity to imagine and make room for something different and more expansive.

Thinking outside the box and bringing in your imagination can be freeing but tricky at the same time. You need to have some reference points and reality checks so you don’t simply fall into the void and get lost in your own delusions. Community will be important this month especially being with people who are on the same page as you are. If you are not in the right environment, workspace, relationship or community, it will become painfully obvious. If you are not able to make the changes you need to, don’t be surprised if spirit arranges it for you.

This could be a difficult month to navigate especially for those that do not have a good internal reference point and compass of their own spiritual practice. Whether it is participating in an organized religion or following a personal spiritual practice, it will exceptionally important to rely on it this month to guide you.

The time brings tremendous possibilities to recreate just about everything in your life. When you are dealing with the UNKNOWN, you can either hide in fear and wait for the night to be over, or you can explore the possibilities by opening your eyes, making friends with the shadows and using your other intuitive senses to “see” in the dark.

Darkness is the perfect canvas for the imagination and we all know that imagination is one of the building blocks of manifesting. The exciting thing about this month is that we have the perfect opportunity to break through that membrane that represents a limited physical reality and expand ourselves into a larger container. We will need to move our security point from being defined externally to our internal knowing and sense of ourselves.

Your heart is the best compass you have and it always knows deep down inside what you truly want, who you truly are and what makes you happy. Trust your heart not your mind this month and beware of the mind trying to masquerade as the heart. At no other time has it been this imperative that you keep “don’t know mind”.

One of the biggest lessons and challenges for some of you will be to let go, really let go, of the need to know, the need to be right and the need to control. These three needs are needs of the mind and will derail you from the true power available this month. Watch the stories your mind tells you in the attempt to understand this great dissolving of the known container. There is a fine line between delusion and reality. The reality this month is the great UNKNOWN. Delusion is just another expression of “the need to know” creating a new story that you can get attached to that may or may not manifest.

You may witness those around you dealing with the UNKNOWN in different ways. Some will have a difficult time of it especially if their shadow has to do with their self-worth. Some will become almost manic in their creative new stories, some will withdraw in deep fear, and others will be able to walk that tightrope, keeping their eyes open, trusting their instincts, doing their daily practices and honoring the path of the heart.

This month supports the healing of our deepest fears. When the shadow surfaces, as it will for all of us, the discipline will be to starve it of any power by facing it with a “don’t know mind” and humbly turning the whole process over to spirit. This is allowing the heart to lead instead of the mind. The heart can face the UNKNOWN with way more wisdom than the mind can.

How can you make the most of this month?

Turn your fears into delighted anticipation of a great surprise that is supportive and satisfying beyond your wildest imagination.

Release the past, forgive the past, and dissolve old beliefs and patterns.

Drop the need to know, the need to control, the need to be right.

Trust the heart, be creative, and dream big! The sky is the limit.

Be excited and inspired rather than fearful.

Face the unknown with confidence and a willingness to have everything turn out well. Watch Martyrdom. You are never the victim.

Get help when you need it. Your support people will be your best reference point when you feel lost.

Rely on your spiritual practice whatever that may be. Do something daily.

Be compassionate around others who are having a difficult time without matching them. Make a separation. Don’t be afraid to say no to what does not feel right.

Trust spirit and the larger order of things. Anchor the belief that it will all turn out OK.

How the month shows up

YOU PERSONALLY

Working with the unknown this month will have many faces. You may experience the surfacing of parts of your shadow that were unknown to you before. This is a good thing as what comes to the surface can also be more easily eliminated. You may revisit childhood fears recognizing that they have no power over you. You may gain a deeper understanding of what is yours and what belongs to someone else.

Another face of the Unknown is the opportunity to redefine and recreate yourself. This is tricky as the tendency for some of you can turn to the extreme, and you will need to be conscious of that. Remember that the body does not do well with extremes and a gradual process of change is sometimes easier.

Some of you may feel that you are at a crossroads where you need to make a choice. This choice may be internal such as around a belief or pattern that no longer serves, or it may be external, causing you to leave a job or a relationship or other environment. If your life is too static, you may find yourself making a choice or decision that will bring you into the unknown. If you get locked up in fear, spirit may give you a little help. If this happens do not feel victimized by it but see it as the change you created.

RELATIONSHIPS

Relationships are a container for learning, growth and karmic lessons. Beware of rash decisions and always give the benefit of the doubt this month. Trust the heart and “keep don’t know mind” whenever you feel confusion about the unknown quality of whatever may be happening in your relationships.

It is a good month to step into new ways of being in relationship. Working on your self worth, self esteem and ability to have what you want will manifest in these new relationship containers. Observe where you give your power away to old beliefs based on past experiences and work on eliminating and dissolving those old patterns.

Watch for paranoia around your relationships when the quality of the Unknown is present. This is where you need to trust your heart and to trust that whatever is the right thing will happen. If others around you are acting out, you may not be able to fix it. Relax.

ENVIRONMENT

Make sure your environment somehow expresses ways that you are recreating and redefining yourself. Be very aware of how symbolic your environment is to how you are dealing with your life right now. Pay attention to it daily, as it is your reference point in this time of the unknown. Bring beauty in, eliminate clutter, and make changes that support your movement forward. Make sure that your personal environment feels like a sanctuary and incudes comfort and security. These are important when everything else may feel like uncontrolled chaos and confusion. You need to have a nest where you can re ground and reset yourself when you need to.

On a larger scale, the greater environment will also be acting “outside the box”. We may see anomalies in weather or planetary events. Things that have never happened before may bring up fearful responses and the attempt to understand, control or be right. The positive approach is to be delighted and excited, awed and empowered by these new developments. After all, the planet is very creative and we are in the Unknown.

HEALTH/PHYSICAL BODY

One of the lessons to be learned here is that the body is a highly adaptable, creative and responsive organism and it will respond just as powerfully to fear, as it will to positivity, optimism and a belief that anything is possible. Be very observant of what instruction through your beliefs you are giving your body every day. Refining your instructions could be your focus of change and recreating yourself for the month.

Our minds LOVE to define everything! We especially love to define physical conditions and diseases. This is our addiction to “the need to know”. Beware of definitions and diagnoses. Worrying about the safety and survival of the body is one of the surest and fastest paths to fear. If you “think” you have something going on or may possibly in the future have something going on, turn this thought into a “don’t know” attitude and allow for the unknown to be a positive container for your health and well being instead of a breeding ground for fear.

Challenges this month may be around kidneys (as they are related to fear), digestion and skin rashes. Remember that when there is a challenge it also presents itself as an opportunity for healing and getting beyond what the symptoms represent.

This is a good month to get some acupuncture, energy work and shamanic healing.

BUSINESS/PARTNERSHIPS/PROJECTS

Just when you think you have it figured out, spirit will throw a monkey wrench into your carefully planned and well-organized project. This does not mean it is a negative or challenging thing so watch that you don’t react negatively or fearfully. Throwing aspects of a project or business structure into the unknown can be very positive as it may force you to think outside the box and be a little more creative with your solutions. Of course this may lead to a restructuring or redefining of goals and values but that can also be a positive outcome. Watch that you don’t get too extreme or fall into a delusional place.

The UNKNOWN climate this month can breed great excitement, inspiration and enthusiasm. It is a great month to start something new. Just make sure you are not using old ideas and beliefs about how it should be done. Keep “don’t know mind” about the details while at the same time “knowing” in your heart through your own level of excitement and inspiration that you are on the right track.

There are aspects this month that make it a good time to examine your resources and move beyond your limiting beliefs about those resources. It is an excellent month for manifesting as long as you can eliminate any negative, victimized and limited thinking.

DATES AND TIME FRAMES

November 1-7: This is an important time to anchor and ground yourself in good meaningful practices that make sense. It is a time to strengthen your inner container of support that builds internal reference points giving the external ones permission to dissolve as we move into this theme of the UNKNOWN. It could be as simple as saying a prayer every day or bringing in the support of the directions and your allies. Make sure to include giving whatever is Unknown over to the higher intelligence of spirit.

This time frame is also one that comes with possible disturbed sleep, non-specific fears and anxiety, and feeling ungrounded and chaotic and unable to focus. You may need to take several breaks during each day just to breathe deeply and remind yourself of who you are.

If you are struggling with your self worth this week just know that something is up, some shadow that has been lurking around the edges has surfaced for a reason. Get some help to clear it. You don’t need to know what it is. It may be so old that there is no longer a context for it in this life.

November 6: Full Moon is Thursday, November 6 at 3:23 PM Mountain Standard Time (MST). How can you make your container bigger and stay practical at the same time?

What you do here on this full moon will carry you forward. So take advantage and set new patterns in any way you can. Do some clearing of anything that feels old and fearful. Become more aware of your resources especially the physical ones and take some time to be in great gratitude for what you do have and honor how those resources support you. Be creative in how you can take your present resources and use them to expand that container. Be open to the unknown resources that are just around the corner that may manifest in your reality if you allow them to.

Watch for that shadow side that threatens to come up and obliterate your positivity. Embrace it and turn it into power through humor. Be with friends on this day as your community is a great support during these times.

November 8-15: This is a tricky time frame that can be fraught with suspicion, delusion, confusion, doubt, obsession, fear, anxiety, and possibly even panic. More than ever it is important to have your practices and your support in place. Just about anything can trigger the shadow and you will definitely find yourself groping in the dark to get some grip on reality.

The question is, what is real? Be careful not to weave a story that makes the personality feel better. This is about moving beyond the need to know and building your trust in spirit. As much as you are able to, stay away from negative situations and people who are not dealing well with the unknown. Those of you in the healing and helping professions may be swamped with crisis situations as people in need are trying to make sense out of life.

On the positive side this is truly a time when you can shatter and dissolve old parts of you that have been holding you back for a very long time. Focus on humor and fun and do something every day that brings you joy and inspiration. It’s a great time to take a risk and start something new and exciting provided your heart leads you into it.

November 16-23: We are clawing our way up through the quicksand of the unknown and some things are beginning to make sense. The only feedback you will have is your own experience when you try something new. This is a time to be proactive and focused and determined to keep yourself moving forward into the unknown. Even though it is dark and you can’t see, you can trust your inner intuition that you are being guided in the right direction. There is a light at the other end of the tunnel.

This is a time when creativity is important and thinking outside the box is crucial. Beware of the personality trying to yank you back into old patterns and the comfort of what is familiar. You don’t want familiar. Instead you want to be excited and anticipate a new surprise, something positive and different that will bring you joy and satisfaction beyond your wildest imagination.

Watch for synchronicity and be aware that creativity begins with the unknown and filters up through the subconscious into an actual manifestation. Witness the process with awe and gratitude. Be creative!

November 22: New Moon is Saturday, November 22 at 5:32 AM Mountain Standard Time (MST). This is a reset. The time can be confusing and you may not have a great grip on what your reality is. Take some time this day to go back to basics and review the last few weeks. What is working, what is not working, what did you intend to do but have not done yet, what feels incomplete or completely disorganized, what are you afraid of, what needs to end and what do you want to begin. Honor this new moon with a focus on self and your own personal growth.

November 24-30: The energy lightens up here as pieces begin to fall into place. This is a time to celebrate new beginnings, important endings, and to continue working with being comfortable with that “don’t know mind”. There is great power to be harnessed from the understanding that you have the ability and everything you need to create, recreate and program the unknown and uncharted territories that are part of this great transition.

Share your inspirations. This time frame can put many beautiful new things into motion from relationships to projects to dreams that you never thought you could manifest. There is a higher frequency available now that carries a promise of more light, more confidence and more personal power. You just need to welcome it in.

jump in sweethearts, it's going to be good.

lady loves

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


lady love blog series

in the work i have been doing over the last couple of years, i see women marginalizing themselves in a myriad of ways. i see women feeling intimidated and unworthy and never, ever enough. and i see that so many of us have lost touch with the very important fact that we are each unique and powerful; that those things that come so innately, so naturally to each of us are truly our gifts, blessings, and offerings.

and so my great, big, from the bottom of my heart, hope with this project is that it will create an open and honest conversation about who we are as women; not just a glossy look at the five minutes of our day that went according to plan, not just us presenting who we think the world expects to see, but a real and authentic glimpse into how hard we all work and how we don't always get it right but how unique and beautiful and perfectly imperfect we all are regardless.

most of you know that my life has been profoundly shaped by my "failures" and i want to continue to push that envelope; for all of you to be able to share and witness the honesty and authenticity of other women and know that you are not alone and that we all stumble.

and, most importantly, to all of my lady loves, your depths and your beauty shake me to my very bones. i bow in reverence to the beauty that you are and to the audacious heart that you embody.


hello sweethearts!

we had some technical internet glitches {code: the wifi up and quit}, but all is back to normal and i am delighted to be sharing another phenomenal human being with you today.

when i opened heather's reply to my call for honest, authentic women, i was moved.

she is so real. and beautifully vulnerable. and i could  feel her energy, the charge and the comfort of it, as i read...her anguish, her joy, her easy-going kindness.

you'll see, but in the simplicity and honesty of her answers i felt closeness...like she was right there with me.

i have not yet had the pleasure of meeting heather in person, but i would put my money on the fact that she is all heart. and i really dig that.

ok. i could go on and on, but i want you to see for yourself.

enjoy!

tell me a bit about who you are?

good question. that’s exactly what i’m trying to figure out. i guess that’s the answer... i’m a young woman (29) trying to listen to my heart/spirit/soul/ intuition (whatever you may call it) with the goal of learning who i am, and what i want.

what do you do? 

that’s easier.
i’m a registered nurse. what i do, primarily, is provide parents with knowledge and support; enabling them to make informed decisions as they care for their families. 

i’m a mother. i talk to my child, play with my child, care for and nurture him. i try my best to teach him my values, and to treat him like a person. i struggle with finding the balance in encouraging him to live wild and free, while being respectful and disciplined. 

i’m a wife. what do i do? i love him. i help him be the person that he wants to be by supporting and encouraging him, and talking him through things. when i say ‘i support and encourage’ , it doesn’t mean unending praise and confidence boosting. i’m real with him. i think that’s important.
no... imperative.

when you look around at your life, is this what you expected? are you surprised by it? if so, by what and why? 

it’s not exactly what i expected. actually straight up NO. it’s not what i expected. i am in the roles that i expected to be in, but i don’t feel the way i expected to feel. i used to be under the illusion that once i acquired A, B, and C that life would be magical, oh so happy and perfect, happily ever after, the end. 

well...i have acquired A, B, and C and while it is wonderful, (please don’t get me wrong, i love it all, and am so grateful for all i have), it’s still freaking hard!

life with it’s many joys also has many challenges, some devastating. i’ve learned that this will never end. life has misery in it, it’s part of the story. but the silver lining in it all (as i see it) is that with misery or challenge, comes the chance to grow. this may not make the pain worth while, but at least there is still something good. 

so, i was surprised to learn it will never be smooth sailing, pleased to learn i can make some good come from it, and relieved that i learned this in my 20’s rather than in my 80’s. 

What would most people be surprised to find out about you?

when you think i am SO worried, i’m only a little worried. when i’m SO worried, you won’t know it.

i’m a worrier, a fretter... it’s true. but i’ve noticed that i come across as way more worried than i am. i guess because i vocalize it and am animated. guess i could tone that down a little. here’s the thing...when something’s really wrong, i keep it quiet. pretty backwards right? i’ll work on that.

What has been the peak experience in your life thus far? why? how did it change you? !

someone hurt me really badly once. my whole world seemed to crash down in an instant. i felt powerless as everything changed against my will. the pain overwhelmed me. it tore everything down. it changed me. 

recovering from this experience has challenged me in many ways, but most importantly it has challenged me to see the world differently and to see myself differently. 

i’m more forgiving, i’m more compassionate, and i’m more open minded now. even though i hate the experience that i had, and i wish it hadn’t happened, i’m better because of it. i’ve grown. i don’t think the experience changed me. i think that i changed myself after my experience. i own that, i’m proud of that. 

What are you passionate about? 

mommas and babies. i’ve always known this. as a kid my best friend and i performed c-sections on each other in the sandbox with our play dough knife and for five years i was a labor and delivery nurse. 

secret? my eyes filled with tears at every delivery. it doesn’t get old. 

now i teach prenatal classes and do home visits for moms and their new babies. i adore this too. it’s a privilege and a pleasure to be a part of a family’s oh so special experience.

what are the qualities that truly matter to you? which ones do you fully embody? which ones are missing or needing to be more fully expressed?

compassion, generosity, transparency, loyalty, courage, dependability, tolerance. 

compassion is my strength.

courage: this is what i am working on. fear is natural, it’s there to protect us. but i’ve learned that it cannot always protect us. if there isn’t real, known danger...then fear just stops us from being alive, and prevents our growth. i want to accept fear when i am in danger, and learn to overcome it when i am not in danger. 

i want to live wild and free, to me this means living fully, enjoying what life has to offer without being debilitated by irrational fears and “what if’s”. 

if you could sit down with a woman you greatly admire, what one question would you ask? 

if i sat down with kael klassen i would ask, “want a coffee? i’d love to hear your story.” 
{i would reply with "heck yes i do and how long do you have?". also, this coffee date WILL happen.}

do you have a dream, a wish or a “to-do” that you are currently resisting? if yes, and you feel ready to share, what is it? why do you think the resistance is there?

turning my hobby, taking pictures, into my career. 

i’m resisting for a few reasons:
- pure and simple financial reasons
- i like my current job
- and i’m concerned that i would miss my hobby

you are at your best when you are?

fed.

no really, i have blood sugar issues.

i’m at my best when i’m taking good care of myself and when i’m taking time to make real connections with people.

when you are in that space of being your best, the exact thing you are doing, most often, is? 

connecting, alert, aware, and mindful of what living is, who i want to be, and what i need to do.

And, last but not least, you know i love a beautiful string of words so, please, share a quote that moves and shakes you.

be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away, all the same, knowing she has wings.
~ victor hugo

in closing here is my selfie. innately me, as requested.

i was bound and determined to use my camera and take a really nice, thoughtfully set up, portrait of myself. truth be told i was actually looking forward to this and decided it would be “me time”. i decided i would wait for a day this week when my hair was done. the end of the week arrived...hair still in a messy bun. 

ok, that’s fine. it’s supposed to be innately me. a messy bun drooping off my crown is obviously that. 

camera out and ready. this is still going to be great, i assured myself. 

snap snap. ok, that is so not what i pictured. 

snap snap. still no. 

cue toddler crying and pulling at my leg, “i want up pease mommy”. 

(this goes on and on)

ok, that’s fine, i’ll just take the picture while i hold him. i’m a mom. innately me right?

(picks toddler up)

what!?! my battery is dead.

screw it. where’s my iphone? 


messy bun wearing, whiny toddler holding, cheesy iphone selfie. 

that is innately me. 

p.s. he has ketchup on his nose.






lady loves

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


lady love blog series

in the work i have been doing over the last couple of years, i see women marginalizing themselves in a myriad of ways. i see women feeling intimidated and unworthy and never, ever enough. and i see that so many of us have lost touch with the very important fact that we are each unique and powerful; that those things that come so innately, so naturally to each of us are truly our gifts, blessings, and offerings.

and so my great, big, from the bottom of my heart, hope with this project is that it will create an open and honest conversation about who we are as women; not just a glossy look at the five minutes of our day that went according to plan, not just us presenting who we think the world expects to see, but a real and authentic glimpse into how hard we all work and how we don't always get it right but how unique and beautiful and perfectly imperfect we all are regardless.

most of you know that my life has been profoundly shaped by my "failures" and i want to continue to push that envelope; for all of you to be able to share and witness the honesty and authenticity of other women and know that you are not alone and that we all stumble.

and, most importantly, to all of my lady loves, your depths and your beauty shake me to my very bones. i bow in reverence to the beauty that you are and to the audacious heart that you embody.




my very first lady love is sharon covert.

i "met" sharon through an online course last January and have continued to witness her beauty through her stunning photos on instagram.

still, when i opened her reply to my questionnaire it was like being punched in the heart. i'm not even kidding. i could just feel her in her words and images; her beauty, her rawness, her her-ness. 

when it comes to sharon i just keep coming back to the word beauty. 

she creates beauty. she captures beauty. she is here to leave beauty in her wake.

i am so delighted to share a glimpse of her here today.


tell me a bit about who you are? what do you do?

i am a 39 year old mother of 2, and an artist.

no, but really, beyond the title, what do you do?

beyond the title of being a mother and photographer and doing everything that they entail, i dedicate time to myself each day to discovering who i am as a person and accepting that it’s okay to do that. i have multitasking in my own chaotic way down to a science and have come to accept that taking the time to reflect upon and answer these questions is perfectly okay. the world won’t end if i don’t answer that phone call right now or fold the clothes that have piled up on the end of my daughter’s bed.

when you look around at your life, is this what you expected? are you surprised by it? if so, by what and why?

there are many things i did not expect in life, but really when you think about it… that’s life. i’ve only recently learned to let go of the things i have no control over and to embrace the things i can do. it’s a learning process!




what would most people be surprised to find out about you? 

up until a few years ago i was a piano teacher. i was classically trained and sadly it seems more and more these days classical music is a dying art. most children prefer to learn pop and rock music now. i thoroughly enjoyed working with children and watching them grow through music. i have a love/hate relationship with my piano and music. i can leave it for months at a time and then just like that i’ll be at it every free moment i can. about a little over a year ago i had a treble clef tattooed on my right wrist, a bass clef on my left and  piano keys on my left forearm. music will always be a part of me, but it was never something i wanted to share with others. i played for myself. it has always been personal.

one more personal thing that only the smallest handful of people know about me is i've come to love classical and flamenco guitar. many early mornings you can hear paco de lucia, christopher parkening, or andrew york softly playing while i sip my morning tea. there is something so alluring and enticing about flamenco music. i'm very thankful for being introduced to it.

what has been the peak experience{s} in your life thus far? why? how did it change you?

being a mother has definitely changed me to the core. realizing the differences between my son (almost 17yrs) and daughter (8yrs) and that they each require a different set of parenting skills and techniques is challenging. what works for one does not for the other. they are completely unique and individual.

traveling to vietnam and adopting my daughter in 2007 was most definitely life altering. i’m not sure there’s anything in the world that could prepare you enough for an experience like that.

as a mother i have suffered loss in various ways over the last 11 years of my life, and it wasn’t until 2012 that i realized i had essentially lost myself in the process. 2012 was an eye opening year and i have continued on the path to my true self ever since coming to the realization that i can be both a mother and myself at the same time without having to choose one over the other.


what are you passionate about? curious about?

i am passionate about creating art to express myself and my inner most feelings. photography has become so much more than documenting life. it’s a way for me to tell you, the viewer, how i feel. it’s a way for me to show you what i see in others as well. i’ve been awakened to so much beauty in the simplest forms all around me. i see it even in the darkest of places. the shadows hold the most beautiful stories.

i’m definitely curious as to where this photography journey is taking me. i never thought it would involve art journals and painting, poems and love letters, nature and self portraits. if you asked me 7 years ago when i set out to become a photographer where i thought i would be today the answer would be taking portraits and lifestyle sessions for others. now i dream of art shows and exhibits, my images hung on walls and being published, and thoughts of acceptance that it’s okay if it ends up just being for me.

what are the qualities that truly matter to you? which ones do you fully embody? which ones are missing or needing to be more fully expressed?

being true to yourself and compassionate are qualities i value deeply. these are things i struggle with from time to time, but never want to lose sight of. i try every day to show or express these qualities to my children. my son recently joked with me that he has the curse of feeling bad for everything like i do. he doesn’t have the heart to smoosh a small bug in the house! i reminded him that although it can feel like a curse at times, it is in fact a gift and shows he is human and has a heart.

if you could sit down with a woman you greatly admire, what one question would you ask?
{bonus points if you share who the woman is}

if i had the chance to sit down with one woman and ask one question it would be my grandmother who passed away when i was pregnant with my son in 1997. my question would be very simple, but I know the answer would be very detailed. who are you as a person? as a child and young adult i didn’t have the ability to think beyond the fact that she was my grandmother and a mother. i didn’t get to know her as a person and i’d love to hear her story.

do you have a dream, a wish or a “to-do” that you are currently resisting? If yes, and you feel ready to share, what is it? why do you think the resistance is there?

i suppose i partly answered this in another question above. at this point in time i have desires of submitting my art and portfolio to various places in hopes of publication of some sort. i have multiple tabs open on my computer each day with various calls for entries. the fear of being rejected is always there. the fear of not being good enough or not being understood. i have definitely put myself out there as an artist more in 2014 than I have in all of my years doing this. my wish is to continue doing this on a much larger scale.



you are at your best when you are ___________?

i am at my best when i am alone with myself. i definitely need time each day to myself to reconnect and recharge. sometimes a lonely, quiet day can help me free my mind and become inspired to create something. i’m definitely an introvert, so alone time gives me what i need to be my best when i am with others.

when you are in that space of being your best, the exact thing you are doing, most often, is ___________? 

most often i am either reading something inspiring, writing or creating. there’s that moment, that spark that ignites and fills me with power and strength…and courage.


And, last but not least, you know i love a beautiful string of words so, please, share a quote that moves and shakes you.

oh how i love powerful quotes! the ones that make you scream “yes! that’s exactly it!”. i have pages of quotes saved to post with images of mine that help get my message across. some quotes move me so much that i paint them and journal them. i suppose to keep in line with this theme and interview i’ll leave you with this.

“the only way that we can live, is if we grow. the only way that we can grow is if we change. the only way that we can change is if we learn. the only way we can learn is if we are exposed. and the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. do it. throw yourself.”
― c. joybell c.


this interview and these self portraits are me doing exactly that. throwing myself!

be brave.



wow, right?

if you need more of sharon's beauty in your life, and i feel like we all do, you can find her at:

www.sharoncovert.com

https://www.facebook.com/sharoncovertphotography

instagram @thecovertlens

***the gorgeous photos above are all courtesy of sharon***

{monthly forecast} love

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

sweethearts!

i am back! and big changes are afoot!

but, for now, i'm starting small and sharing someone else's amazing body of work.

i was actually laughing out loud and saying "oh my goodness, yes" and shaking my head in disbelief as i read through this month's forecast. and, apparently i'm a keener, because i have already been working through/with so much of it in the last two weeks already.

anyway, this month's forecast is "the three-legged stool" and, even though it sounds as though there could be some intense craziness showing up, i am super excited for it.

here's the full forecast from lena at the power path:

"The main theme for October is “THE THREE-LEGGED STOOL”.
October is a balancing act. The image is of watching a circus act from a place of terror and excitement and then feeling both relieved and exhilarated when the act is successfully completed. This month pushes the edge of everything, forcing expansion, new strategies for balance and a necessary letting go of what really does not work. It is an exciting, terrifying, exhilarating month with the challenge of extreme panic and fear as well as the opportunity to experience the ecstatic state of higher frequencies like never before. It is truly a circus that we are both witness to and performers in.

There are two eclipses this month as well as some interesting astrological aspects that support the month to be one of the most eccentric, creative, surprising and unpredictable we have had in a long time.

I could have explored many themes this month: Balancing act, radical shift, intensity, surprise, expansion, risk, edge, terror, chaos, power, balance, unpredictable, unstable, revolution/evolution, eccentric, new alignment.. But decided on the three legged stool” because it is an image that to me best describes the situation we find ourselves in this month.

A three-legged stool is unstable but stable at the same time. Its stability depends on the user. If you use a three-legged stool, which can be a great support when you need something to sit on, you need to be sitting straight and balanced. If you lean too far in either direction you will fall off. It requires attention to how you are sitting, with your back straight, as well as the awareness of where you have placed the stool, hopefully on stable ground. And your feet have to be firmly planted on the ground. There will be times this month where your stool may actually feel like a one legged-stool requiring even more presence, attention and inner stability and balance.

So the three-legged stool (sometimes a one-legged stool) is a metaphor for the times. We have everything we need to support our lives and to midwife our transformation. We just need to trust our seemingly unstable environment, and pay attention to how we are navigating our lives every day. We need to be in our personal power, connected to the integrity of our hearts and striving for a new balance. We need to release our old stories and become more comfortable with the mystery of the unknown. We need to shift our platforms of security from exterior systems to interior ones. In other words, trust more in our talents, inner wisdom, personal beliefs and the higher self of spirit rather than the money in the bank, corporate jobs, or the roof over our heads. We need to allow inspiration and a new higher frequency to guide us as we keep a “don’t know mind”.

How does one stay neutral and balanced in the midst of such unpredictability and chaos? How does one stay firmly planted on that three-legged or one-legged stool in the middle of a windstorm or hurricane? (Mp3 is a definite help here)

1. Know who you are and don’t get swayed by another’s fear, beliefs, judgments or expectations.
2. Don’t take things personally.
3. Always move yourself to the place of enthusiasm and excitement when you feel the terror coming on. There is a fine line between terror and excitement. Terror will always throw you into a lower frequency whereas excitement will keep you moving in the right direction with the right attitude.
4. Keep a “don’t know mind” and listen to your heart.
5. Tell the truth no matter what.
6. Trust in spirit and your own higher self and inner voice.
7. Allow yourself to feel joy.
8. Never blame others. Take that chip off your shoulder once and for all.
9. Forgive, forgive, and forgive.
10. Slow down and finish what you started before jumping into the next inspired task.
11. Be eccentric rather than “normal”.
12. Think creatively whenever possible.

How the month shows up

YOU PERSONALLY

This is a highly creative and eccentric month. Push the envelope of your expression in the world. Try new things. Take a risk. Say YES to something you have been contemplating but have been too afraid to commit to. Instead of becoming small and retreating back into limitation, prioritize when you feel the chaos of having too much on your plate.

There is an opportunity here to express more authentically and to find a new alignment and a new balance in your life. This is also a month where you can tap into a reservoir of personal power that you did not realize you had. The mantra should be “anything is possible”. You just need to allow it by keeping yourself as free as possible from the “old story” of limitation and victimization. The roof literally comes off the building allowing you to move into a new space, a higher floor, and an expanded view of your world that includes more light, joy and possibility.

What will get in the way of that?

The need to know, the need to be right, arrogance, impatience, martyrdom, attachment to your “position”, fear, and mistrust of life working out just right. Watch the need to tell others how to navigate their three or one-legged stool and instead learn to manage your own balance and alignment. It is a great month for personal growth. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you find that the usual methods of support you have relied on are not providing what you need, try something new and radical.

RELATIONSHIPS

Relationships are ready for some fun, eccentricity and spontaneity. The task this month is to use the influences to dissolve the mistrust and conditional expectations that keep intimacy at bay and create barriers to love and joy and true support. Finding your balance in relationships requires telling the truth no matter what and not taking the projections of others personally.

Relationships will be affected by the eccentric personality of the month and can be fed by the creative aspect. Remember that as you expect others to accept your new way of being, you must also be in acceptance of others. If your partner chooses to die their hair green, accept it and rejoice in their creative expression instead of being horrified.

If you have children, they will be acting out. There is a lot of fire and solar energy this month that will quicken anger and aggressive reactions. Allow lots of room for expression while holding strong boundaries. Always give a choice and accept expressions that are eccentric as long as they are not dangerous or damaging. This goes for adults too!

ENVIRONMENT

Quirky weather and other phenomena, unexpected and unpredictable, are just a few of the environmental expressions we may be faced with. The three-legged (or one-legged) stool here is about being extremely flexible and spontaneous in your plans. Eccentricity hits the environment as it does everything else this month. Look for radical changes in temperatures, sudden storms and unpredictable changes in weather predictions. In fact nothing is predictable any more. When something happens that is unprecedented, the mind always tries to rationalize it or deny its occurrence. “This NEVER happens here”…..”It must be because”….. Remember that nature is highly creative and reflective of our own process of pushing the edge of the envelope of our comfort level. So be prepared for anything and everything this month.

On a fun note, may be delighted by reports of eccentric activity on the planet involving animals, humans and nature.

In terms of your personal environment, continue to weed and clear out what is no longer “you” (even if it is a family heirloom). Bring some creativity into your space: color, art, beauty, sound. Be a little risky and eccentric. Have some fun.

HEALTH/PHYSICAL BODY

Balance, balance, balance. Find a rhythm that works for you in your own personal self-care. Be ruthless and disciplined about taking time for yourself especially when you feel overwhelmed. Listen to your own inner wisdom regarding what you need. Humor is an all-important emotion this month as it will lubricate the path to truth telling and raise you up out of shame, despair and depression. Always find something to laugh about regarding any adverse situation concerning your health and well-being.

There will be lots and lots of energy available this month and you can easy burn out unless you have balance. The adrenals will need support. Watch liver heat as the solar energy this month stimulates and triggers impatience and aggression. Make sure to get PLENTY of exercise of the kind that makes you sweat. You will need this outlet for the possible build up of energy that otherwise will keep you sleepless at night.

Balancing your three-legged stool demands that you create a good structure around your self-care that you can commit to.

BUSINESS/PARTNERSHIPS/PROJECTS

Think big and think out of the box. Dream beyond what you think is possible as it may actually be possible. One of the lessons this month is to learn to stretch so you become comfortable in the reality that is just a dream and not manifest as well as keeping your anchor in the reality that you are used to. Learn to keep a foot in both worlds, the seen and the unseen. This is the place of power and will keep you from getting too attached to what you see manifest as you build your trust in the belief that it can always change. The unseen world is where ideas and dreams and creativity come from. The more you are able to navigate and trust that world, the more you will see your dreams manifest.

The challenge will be to get rebalanced as quickly as possible if something happens in your business or project that throws you off center. You may feel at times like your three-legged stool is a one-legged stool and that you are about to fall off the edge. Instead of going into terror, take a swan dive into the unknown and trust spirit that it will all end up OK. This is a great month to change it up and bring some newness into any project, business or partnership. So have fun, play a little and definitely bring humor into the mix.

 DATES AND TIME FRAMES

October 1-7: The “heat” is on! You feel energized, inspired, a little like you want to jump out of your skin, and maybe having a hard time trying to figure out where to put and focus all this energy. Make a list of the things you HAVE to do as well as the things you WANT to do. Of the things you HAVE to do, identify what you can delegate. Prioritize the rest. Of the things you WANT to do, what is the most important and exciting and attainable thing you can start doing now?

Your three-legged stool this week is about learning to organize chaos and how to structure your time so you balance the HAVE TO’s with the WANT TO’s in a way that does not keep you enslaved to the HAVE TO’s. Even if you do not get all of your responsibilities done in one day, cut them off at a reasonable time so you have some space to do a little of what you really want to do.

It will be super important in this time to have a creative and physical outlet for energy. Sometimes when you are over-amped and without an outlet, that energy turns inward causing you to feel the opposite of energized. So if you are feeling depleted, you may actually need to go out and exercise.

 October 8: Full Moon with a total Lunar Eclipse is Wednesday, October 8th at 4:51 AM MDT (mountain daylight time). This is truly an intense and possibly highly emotional time that will trigger and push everything to the edge and beyond. Instead of retreating or freezing up in fear and terror, go out and become part of the storm. Harness the tremendous energy that has the potential to feed your creativity and dreams in ways you could never have imagined.

Stay away from drama that is not yours, as there will be some out there that react to this level of energy by projecting it into negativity and fear. Keep your frequency high (This month’s Mp3 is helpful) and always turn your focus towards the truth of what works for you. This full moon and eclipse triggers a two week time frame of revolutionary intensity that can either propel you into radical transformation or have you falling off the three-legged stool. Your ability to pay attention, and to stay focused and present while also allowing yourself to grab the power of the storm, will be key to staying firmly on the stool.

October 8-15: In the aftermath of the Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse, this time frame is about finding a new balance. Be disciplined about continuing to move yourself away from old patterns of security and comfort, and towards a new alignment. Look for the excitement of the risk and explore the threads of your creative ideas and inspirations while managing your daily life through the discipline of your routines and practices.

You will know you are on the right track when a creative idea or inspiration won’t leave you alone, and you notice that the universe begins to align all kinds of support around it. Keep aligning with new and different energies by doing some new things, connecting with new people, changing something in your environment and always pushing for just a bit more creativity and eccentricity.

October 16-23: This time frame is a bit of a yo-yo with its ups and downs and possible surprises and unpredictable events. Be prepared for anything and everything. This does not mean sitting back, hiding and waiting for the other shoe to drop. It means being proactive and passionate about everything in your life but with the flexibility, lack of judgment and neutrality that allows for spontaneity and a possible radical change of plans.

This is also the time to put into action some of what is beginning to manifest around what you WANT to do rather than what you HAVE to do. It is a highly creative and spontaneous time frame that supports eccentric expression and risk taking. Sometimes it is easier to see what you don’t want than what you do want. Weed out what you don’t want and the new desires will become clearer.

October 23: New Moon with a partial Solar Eclipse is Thursday, October 23 at 3:56 PM MDT (mountain daylight time). This is the second eclipse of the month and serves as a bookend to the most highly eccentric aspect of the month. Take some time today to just breathe. It’s as if you have just witnessed the most radical circus act and your adrenalin is settling back to normal. If there is any way to take a bit of a retreat here just to honor yourself and your authentic self with gratitude and awareness of your many talents, do it.

It could just be that you give yourself an hour to be in contemplation or you leave work early to take a walk.

This new moon is a reset point where you get to decide who you are and what you are up to, what you WANT to do and how you are going to express and support it. The energy of the eclipse period as well as this new moon will feed these inner realizations with much power and help carry this new alignment forward.

October 24-31: Busy, busy, busy. Now that you have learned to somewhat stabilize your three-legged stool, and the universe has opened some opportunities around what you said you wanted, it’s time to get to work to sort and organize and focus and actually do what you said you wanted to do. Watch for procrastination as a defense around “what you think you don’t know how to do so you put it off”. There is a steep learning curve that comes with the new territories in your life and it requires patience, discipline and keeping a “don’t know mind”. Baby steps are good.

Some of you may feel like you did on your first day of school; excited, somewhat terrified and not sure whether to run forward into the playground or back into the security of your known environment. It’s too late to turn back and you would not want to anyway.

So get to work, make it fun, be eccentric, stay present, keep expressing and creating and remember to keep your balance. If it feels like too much go back to the list of HAVE to and WANT to. Prioritize, delegate, eliminate. Make sure you end up with way more WANT to than HAVE to."


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