Author Archives: Anne Wondra

A writer’s story

I’m not sure how many of you know this about me, but I am a writer beyond my blog. Besides the occasional blessing of writing for Bella Grace, and the baby book I have published, I have fourteen finished manuscripts just waiting in the wings. Yup. Fourteen! Picture books, a middle grade novel, and three-fourths […]

via 3.12.17 … And Then I Met Wendy — this quotable life

The Virtue of Joy

The capacity to take pleasure in life is no less a virtue than any other.  Joy is not as simple as it appears.  There are those who, whether out of fear or judgment, so habitually resist the feeling that after a while they lose the knack of being pleased altogether.  Others, mistaking mastery for pleasure, prefer conquest to delight and never really taste the spoils of their efforts.  There is an art to enjoying life, to feeling desire and receiving what comes, to savoring every detail, down to the finest points, of each taste, sensation, or moment that happens by will or by chance to appear.  The experience requires a subtle courage.  Delight, jubilance, elation can throw you off  balance, upsetting the established order of the day ….  And because almost all forms of joy are fleeting, pleasure must eventually lead to loss, no matter how small–a loss that brings with it the certain knowledge that everything passes. – Susan Griffin, The Book of the Courtesans

Joy and pleasure, radiance; virtues worthy of exploring, expanding, owning.

Marianne Williamson once wrote that it was our light we feared more than our darkness.  We need to connect and play and shine our light more.

Here’s to enjoying our feminine virtues of joy, pleasure, sensuality, beauty, brilliance, and daring.


 

 

2016 was a ‘9’ (Endings) year

2017 is a ‘1’ (New Beginnings) year.

Celebrity passings and personal endings–we can all name a few.  In 2017, the energy shifts to one of New Chapters and fresh starts.  I’m welcoming that energy of positive expectation.

I suggest Planning Tools that support this incoming energy of positive expectation, ones that uplift our spirits, and help us feel our way into our heart’s desires, dreams, wish lists, and bucket lists.  Leonie Dawson has two of them–one for ‘life’ and one for ‘biz’–available in digital and hard copy formats.

In a week or so (Saturday, January 7), I’ll be leading a ‘Goals Gotta Go’ workshop at  Happy Me! 2017 in Delafield.  There I’ll feature some Planning Tools that are especially helpful for those who know Goals just don’t work for them…  (which is many of us here)

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There are other tools too.  Find one that fits and fuels your spirit and life.  I can help with that, if you want.

Other resources on my radar:  Abraham-Hicks messages and meditations as soothing and reassuring mind medicine;  Christiane Northrup, M.D.’s new book, Making Life Easy: A Simple Guide to a Divinely Inspired Life;  And a creative sister, collaborator, muse or group who gets me to do this with together.  I want to be such a being like that for you.  A witness to our life–and sharing our thoughts ‘out loud’–inspires and empowers our living our heart’s desires.

And finally, I’ll share this inspiration from Goddess Leonie about a ‘festival of letting go’ of 2016 and making a miraculous 2017:

Hola gorgeous soul!

As this year is SO VERY NEARLY OVER… I want to wish you the most heartfelt, soulful best for 2017.

I know that this year has been a hard one for so many people.

I wish I had something wise + comforting to say right now, but all I can say is:

2016 sucked GIANT PANDA BALLS!!!

For me it’s been a year of punches that haven’t let up, over + over + over again.

And I’ve stood up again + again + again…

I’ve been broken open by it. And just plain broken by it.

I’ve been exhausted by it. And have been frustrated by it.

And now I get to let it go.

All of it.

The hard. The ugly. The brutal.

The heartbreaking.

And the good that was in there, hiding its light in the darkness. I get to let that go too.

Join me in a festival of letting go.

Let’s go free into this new year that’s coming.

We’re stronger for having experienced this year, even if the experience was unwelcome.

We know what we will + won’t accept.

We are clearer. Wiser. Better equipped.

We know our resilience now.

We know our coping skills.

So, dearest soul, hand-on-heart I wish for you a 2017 that is light + ease-filled.

A year that lets you breathe.

That contains healing for your soul + nurturing for your mind + body.

Let’s make 2017 miraculous.

(Leonie Dawson, creative goddess-author of 2017 Amazing Life & Biz Planners )

Blessings, beautiful ones.  I look forward to our co-creating together in 2017.  We are all growing, becoming more aligned with our soul.

– Anne

 

Going inward

A lot of good comes of silence… alone with our thoughts, feelings, emotions.  Quiet time, personal retreat, centering.  In all the noise out there, I had to go inward with the events of the past few days…reading, writing, letting emotions run through.  I want to be only with my people, those in alignment with my own energies.  I have no desire to be in those other energies right now.

My reading has been delightfully perfect and insightful, though … bringing sparkling clarity that comes out of contrast.  This was deep contrast bringing powerful clarity … re-aligning with my core; all of who I am and love and breath filling a sacred space in me. — and, of course, perfect words showed up to help.  (The Universe has such a sense of humor and just the most-precise way to reach me.)

For anything to grow, space is needed.  If we wish to get more from life, sometimes it is necessary to do less instead of trying to cram more things in. – Sue and Simon Lilly

You have no idea what’s been unleashed.  Pussies were never meant to be leashed;  cat-persons know this.

This book–and the work of my entire life–is promoting a new type of activism.  …  It is based not in anger and indignation, but in joy and pleasure.  It’s an activism that is undertaken by women, for women.  It’s about taking other women higher in order to take ourselves higher.  It incorporates spirituality, social justice, radiant turn-on, and reverence for nature.  …   This revolution is here to take the world to a new level of turn-on.  – Regena Thomashauer

Our sacred core is pleasure, joy, and radiance. Oh yes…

My experience of the slave life and the situation with my employer made me realize that true power is very different from the power I had learned about in my political science classes in school.  I now know that to be powerful means to be true to who you are, rather than the domination of others.  – Mira Kelley

It’s My Pleasure…

… ancient, female-based religions viewed pleasure-seeking as an act of worship. … Pleasure is an ancient sacred path. … Pleasure is a path of hope and optimism, belief in love and, yes, romance!  It’s a path that leads to happy endings and true love, but it’s up to each of us to create it. … But ultimately the journey is yours to take and create.  And the pleasure will be yours too.  – Maria Rodale and Maya Rodale

Joy, Pleasure, and Radiance 2017.

In the midst of this came my word for 2017: RADIANCE…   as in Awaken your Radiance, Lit from Within, Let your Sun shine; know you are the Sun.  Unleash your Radiance … we aren’t meant to be leashed.   Our sensuality is sacred, pleasure is our divine power; self-recovery is a sacred journey I know well, and light a path through.

I am loving Tuesday afternoons here; incredible conversations, women, and Mama Gena’s book.  There will be more of these.  (Info HERE, if you want to be part of them now.)

So much is coming together.  I’m grateful, love it, and feel excited…and also honoring what my spirit needs.  Hope you are too.  Blessings and love, and take really good care of you.  – Anne

 

 

 

 

 

Exploring our divinity…

our worth, and waaaayyyy more …

This content is deep and spiritual. It will stir dynamic exchanges, touch souls, and shift power centers, and awaken that light and passion of a goddess you are born to embody and be.

And this leadership, sensual-spiritual-feminine-soul scholarship and support resources, and well-seasoned, deepened, life empowering passionate presence of this course….And  twenty-some hours of live, in-person conversing together around a woman’s worth, well-being, who we really are, and where and how and what we desire to shine our radiance in service of.

That’s a lot, hugely valuable to a woman ready and willing to explore and own her soul, her life, her divinity, her brilliance and light, to see and reclaim her extraordinary worth and show up confidently aware and powerful wherever she walks this earth.

Sister goddesses, this is one powerful adventure you’re invited into–a life’s work of its author, and add to generously as this course continues.  This is a goddess-growing, soul-activating, powerful course.

Investment:
Classes are $20 each.  (Will meet 9 times, about 2 hours each.)

See our Calendar for course dates and more details.

Anything’s possible.  You are of goddess origins.  Pleasure is your birthright. Your soul is aware and awakening.  You are radiant, brilliant light… power pulsates and takes form through you…

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Daring to be Ourselves

Hello goddesses,

Our words for today are ‘Daring’ and ‘Courage’ because it takes courage and daring to be OURSELVES.  It’s so much easier and safer to play-act being someone else.  To be truly who we are, though, is to risk ridicule.  Words meant to hurt, dishonor, shame.

Why am I afraid to tell you who I am?  Because … you may not like who I am, and that’s all I have.  – John Powell, S.J.

If our mask is being made fun of, we can laugh along with the joker; it’s only a costume, after all.  When there is no mask, we are vulnerable to feel our deeper spirit’s wounding…our real spirit of self-worth, acceptance…and believe that our real SELF is not good enough, that we are not good, or enough. … When we ARE very much, both good, and enough.

Self-discovery is a Sacred Path.

It takes COURAGE and DARING to confidently travel our personal path and discover–and recover– our own style, beauty, gifts, grace, and greatness.  …  to live without the mask and costume of someone else.

Our Fall Book Study Series is a powerful one and begins next week Tuesday and Thursday.  Our guiding resource book, P***y: a Reclamation, may take Courage and Daring for some to read also.  Is it worth it?  I think it is; you decide, though.

Join me if you’re feeling a little Daring and Courageous… and maybe Curious.

If you’re like me, you have more than one book going at a time.  Alongside this one, for instance, I’ve got Renee Starr’s You Are Woman, You Are Divine. I love how one sheds light on another.  Here are three more interesting complementary-reading possibilities you might like also:

Daring to Be Yourself by Alexandra Stoddard

A Woman’s Worth by Marianne Williamson

The Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd

Get IN on this Awesomeness TODAY!  Be a little daring.  This is going to be so good and fun.  Details are on this Calendar or here.  Welcome.

A lot of this is deep and personal stuff… religion, spirituality, self-esteem, and full ownership and awareness of one’s life, body, and soul. And loving our self and  being our true self.  It all takes a certain amount of Daring and Courage…that we will help each other with.

For some, perhaps a group is not a comfortable venue–or group times don’t fit right now.  That’s why I also provide individual private-study Personal Packages.  If that feels better, a free 30-minute, no-obligation discovery session gets us started.

These are Expansive Times — of expanding our understanding of all that it means to LIVE–bodily and spiritually–in this Lifetime EXACTLY as who we are…and that our path definitely includes Pleasure by design.

Still have questions, contact me.

Looking forward to these delightfully daring gatherings. – Anne

 

Grow Your Life!

SA2016-ALTAffiliateGraphics2016_FB-copyThe Shining Biz & Life Academy is the ultimate, complete + wildly generous program to transform your business, life, creativity and soul!

Created by best-selling author, multi-million dollar CEO and finalist for Australian Business Woman of the Year, Leonie Dawson has dedicated her life to helping other women create their own kind of soul-centered success.

The Academy is her proven, popular and powerful training resource that’s helped thousands of women since 2010.

It’s wildly generous & unlike anything else out there on the market!

Used by entrepreneurs, artists, mamas, creatives, coaches, teachers and women of all ages, the Shining Academy is filled with over 100 courses to help you create your shining biz and life!

Bonuses galore! As an Academy member, you’ll receive access to the Shining Discount Center where you’ll receive huge savings ($2,000!) on a range of essential tools and services to help your business bloom. Plus, as an extra special bonus, you’ll snag the complete 2017 Shining Year product collection delivered to your door (valued at up to $150)!

As a member of the Academy, you’ll receive powerful business training to help you start + grow your dream business rapidly & happily. You’ll receive audio meditations to soothe your soul. Illustrated workbooks to create clarity & intention around difficult decisions. E-courses to supercharge your creativity, become a marketing maven & wrangle your fears. Tips to get your house de-cluttered & your inner world in order. Cleanses to bring your body into health & radiance. Everything you need to live, work, play & create like the beautiful, bright-shining soul you were born to be.

SA2016-SidebarAd-copyAll at an incredibly generous price.

Over the last six years, over thousands of women have used the Academy with the most amazing results. It’s the best and most complete biz education library out there!

 

 

 

Spirit-goddess card readings

If you see me having coffee somewhere in my travels, my cards are close by.  It’s how I work and travel.

I love how the perfect card drops and offers beautiful guidance your spirit needs. Whatever concern or indecision prompted your call or curiosity, you will receive insightful perspective…in the cards and in conversation that flows from it.

It’s what I do:  I help others follow their dreams; and in the process, I live mine.

My beautiful goddesses, it is my pleasure to offer and include these card readings in your membership.   Because that frees you to call me when you need to talk and find peace or insight about something.  It’s like calling AAA for roadside service when your rental car keys are locked in the car; your membership is golden.

Life keeps moving, evolving; and we certainly need another perspective sometimes.  Our nature is to process these happenings through words…writing, conversing, seeking deeper wisdom.  My nature is being a delightful spirit goddess partner in your dream-following and creating.

A lovely exchange and partnering, wouldn’t you agree.

Talk to you soon.    – Anne

 

 

 

The Wise Woman

… you know her…The Wise WomanDivinity and Creativity, embracing our essence …

In her concluding words of Big Magic, author Elizabeth Gilbert leaves us with thoughtful words about this work we do:

Creativity is sacred, and it is not sacred.

What we make matters enormously, and it doesn’t matter at all.

We toil alone, and we are accompanied by spirits.

We are terrified, and we are brave.  Art is a crushing chore and a wonderful privilege.

Only when we are at our most playful can divinity finally get serious with us.

Make space for all these paradoxes to be equally true inside your soul, and I promise–you can make anything.

So please calm down now and get back to work, okay?

The treasures that are hidden inside you are hoping you will say yes.

(Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic)

Our lives are sacred work… and all those paradoxes that go with it… We are blessed and blessing, human and divine, art and soul…wise women.  Look in a mirror, deep in those eyes…and smile.  – Anne

Summer Beach Group 2016

IMAGINE MONDAY MORNINGS for reading, writing, and meaningful conversing with women like yourself who are changing and growing, in all kinds of ways …

SUMMER is a perfect time … and the setting is heavenly!

The inspiration came over coffee one morning at a favorite beach-side coffee shop…four years ago…  And every year since, women have gathered by the water; and deeper words and wisdom have been shared.  It’s a beautiful thing.

2016 will be our 5th Annual Summer Beach Group Series.  This summer, we’ll be revisiting Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert.  Specifics can be found here.

If this beckons, join me this summer, at the beach (or by phone) Mondays for some Big Magic personal conversing and connecting.  Here’s a print-and-share card to invite a friend.

It’s a good time to check your calendar and save the dates.  – Anne