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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

 

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

 

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

Permission

Hello beautiful ones.  Happy Monday.

Our Tuesday night ‘Big Magic’ book group / Goddess call this week is on Permission.  Who’s permission do you need to follow your dream?  to create?  to speak?  write? to believe in Big Magic within and around you?  I’m looking forward to an inspiring and uplifting time.  You’ll want to read ‘Big Magic’  Part III – Permission ahead of time.

No worries if you haven’t joined us on the first two; each part has plenty to engage and restore our creative corners, critics, and concerns.  Creative living beyond fear the cover says.   There are always wise words to be shared–both from our author and each one of us on the call.

Welcome.  We meet by phone, Tuesday nights at 8:10 pm (Central).  Our book is a backdrop to whatever wants to find its voice.

If you’re a member, you already have your call-in details.  If you’d like a guest pass for this series, ask me by email or message.

Anne

 

6-week ‘Big Magic’ Series

big magicIt’s only right to start a new year with a new book, and one that inspires the heart and soul of writers and creatives like us!  So, my beautiful goddess friends, starting Tuesday evening, January 12, we’ll be talking about Big Magic in our weekly goddess calls.

I was gifted with a copy over the holidays and am so enjoying it…

Alongside Big Magic, I read and finished Julia Cameron’s Walking In THIS World, also.  Between the two of them, there is rich, wonderful material to feed an artist’s or writer’s or musician’s–or any other creative’s–spirit and work.  It takes courage to say yes to a gift, a calling and do what we do…which is the first section we’ll talking about in Big Magic.

These community calls connect us to each other; the books fuel our spirits and minds.  There is something so good about sharing this weekly time together, in real-time conversations.  The book is a backdrop, a starting place; the rest falls into place.  It is magical sometimes…

Calls start at 8:10 pm. (Central).   Hope you can make it!

Looking forward to Tuesday night’s call.  Big Magic is in the air.

PS  Tuesday night goddess calls are included in your Everyday Goddess Community membership.

Anne

What seems Real

A story of a young girl’s first experience of a 3D movie:

What she saw scared her, sending her bucket of popcorn and giant beverage flying as she screamed and fled terrified, out of the theater.  She reacted with all the intensity of her young self because it felt real, as if it was real–instead of an illusion created by a different pair of glasses she was wearing…

It felt real!  It was real enough that it tapped into her fears–just as it was intended to.  It was a spontaneous, powerful reaction.

Our minds and vision are extremely powerful features we come with.  What we see and feel and perceive–through whatever lenses we are looking through–causes us to react-even when it’s only an illusion... not real…

What if, instead of Fear lenses, we put those lenses to much higher use:

What if lenses are LOVE lenses?  Or desire?  Or delight? Or wonderful feel-good lenses, instead, that tapped our creating and passion? What if we surrounded ourselves with breathtaking beauty?  And what if we could also generate powerful reactions of that corresponding kind! …

We can… This is an important concept …  that perhaps we are all more significant creators of what we see and experience than we thought?

What we SEE has such an impact.  The lenses we look through make whatever we see, look and feel real … and we respond as if it IS real


There is much we are still learning about ourselves creators, as souls, as embodied spirits, living a physical life experience.

Religion and science are sisters in their revelations to us.  Indeed, science was once a ‘branch’ of religion…  and they’ve had their differences.  As time evolves, however, they are growing closer again.  Spirituality is evolving; Science is evolving; WE are evolving.  Our souls are expanding… bringing new god / goddess questions with them.  And there are callings inside each of us, that we’re born with… coming to life.


Spiritual awakenings have side-affects.  Like a moth outgrowing its cocoon….There is no fitting back in where you grew out of…  Wings are a different experience….


I have been through this process … and continue its amazing journey.  … and lighten the way for others.

For now, I’ll leave you with a beautiful gift…  (Listen, take notes, and bring them along next month…  This is powerful and wonderful journey fuel…)

Blessings and much love.  I am here … for you and with you…  – Anne


Some things work; others, not as planned

Hello Goddesses,  Some things we plan work; others, not so much… It’s all good…  all catalysts for creative flow and opportunity to grow.

When something doesn’t work as envisioned, something else opens in its place… something unscheduled, and now available to engage in, experience…

Tuesday afternoons …time wa already set aside for a ‘Goddesses Never Age’ series.  For whatever reasons, Tuesday afternoons had no sign-ups…leaving a block of open time …. and in its place today, an urgent message from a humane society I volunteer at in need of extra help this afternoon.  …

Logically, this has little to do with my work … and yet, apparently, this is where I’m needed in this afternoon’s opening.  Heading out in a few…

This evening’s our PHONE group will meet as planned. Register if you haven’t done so.  Message me for a copy of the reading / topic schedule if you’d like one.  Whatever place you start is perfect.  It’s a good read.

All good… enjoy those unplanned blessings, unscheduled openings…  – Anne

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