Treasure Maps are Vision Boards with Ooomph

Vision boards?

Treasure maps?

What’s the difference besides semantics?

Well, technically, not much. Both feature images, mementos and ephemera personal to you, which evoke deep feelings, and manifest your deepest desires through visualization.

You can use a cork / pin board or poster board; glue or tape work well. Images, inspirational quotes, and mementos - anything that brings up happy memories or inspires an ‘up’ feeling has a place on your board. If it motivates you, it deserves a place on your board. If it makes you smile - add it. If it motivates you to get your arse in gear - add it!

Now, you might have noticed I teach multiple Treasure Mapping Workshops during the year: Prosperity, Love and Building Your Business (aka GirlBoss Your Life) and this might cause you to question if multiple maps / boards dedicated to specific topics work better? Or, if you can make one all-encompassing board for all the life areas you want to ramp up?

That - like so much else - is up to you. I will say smaller dedicated maps / boards work best when linked together and I will show you how to link them during the workshop.

Also, during the workshop, we’ll meditate on your heart’s desire to infuse your energy into your map, activating it to act as a homing beacon for manifestation. And, I’ll teach you how to keep the map - and you - charged (and re-charged) when life gets you down!

Is this class only for those seeking new love?

NOPE! Not at All! Come join us if you’re searching for Mr. or Ms. Right. Come out to play if you’ve married 5 months and want to keep those hot newlywed fires burning or married 5 years and want to fan that spark into a bonfire. I’ll help each participant craft a custom map and custom meditation to fit their needs.

I’m offering a Love Manifestation Treasure Mapping Workshop at Soul Journey in Butler, NJ on June 18th at 7pm. The investment in self is $35 and you can call the shop at 973.838.6564 or visit http://www.souljourney.com/LoveVisionBoardWorkshop.htm to register online.

2019

Sometimes the best words are not our own, but ones we borrow.

Neil Gaiman is quoted often at the New Year, for this stellar quote, yet I’m often sad because people leave the best part out. I LOVE when Neil gets excited about the Mistake Making. About the inherent trying and failing and dusting off to try again. So, I hope he indulges me, and my posting his quote in it’s entirety:

MY NEW YEAR WISH

POSTED BY NEIL GAIMAN 
A decade ago, I wrote:
May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.

And almost half a decade ago I said,
...I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you'll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you'll make something that didn't exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind.


And for this year, my wish for each of us is small and very simple.
And it's this.
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.


So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.

Ah, Neil Gaiman. A man who makes things up in stellar fashion, and, whose every written word is such poetry I do wonder if He has ever made a mistake? But then, I think, Yes, yes he must have. He must edit and rewrite and bicker with his wife and maybe he even gets cross with his kids and his editor and friends. And then he seems far too human and I shut down that way of thinking and turn to Neverwhere or Coraline and revel in his perfections.

Come on friends, let’s go fuck up and make mistakes in 2019. Let’s truly Disturb the Universe. Yours, Mine and Ours… Neil says it’s cool. And, if Neil says we can than that’s all the go ahead I need.

I found Neil Gaiman’s full quote here. For more of his amazingness please visit this site!!

Happy Nearly New Year

And since it’s been nearly a year since I’ve written a year, I’ll also say “Wowza! What a year it’s been!”

I’m not one for empty promises, you all know that by now. I’m not one for platitudes or outrageous promises or as the great Col. Potter would say ‘Horse Hockey!’ Nope. I’m going to give it to you straight. No chaser - just chug it and and let’s rock on.

2018 was eventful for everyone, on a micro and macro scales.

Personally, I kept my family and myself alive for another 12 months (Hail & Ho!), stayed true to the promise I made myself this time last year to whip my own arse into shape and completed my first half-marathon in over 6 years in November. I expanded my photography business and my intuitive tarot business grew by leaps and bounds; all other businesses stayed true on course and I’m looking forward to Girlbossing like there’s no tomorrow in 2019! And shedding the last of the baby weight ~ stellar since the baby isn’t a baby anymore. And lacing up for at least one more half. Exciting things are coming so please stay tuned here and on the social sites. I’ll drop a line here more often, too. 8-)

Being REAL Doesn't Make Being Nasty Acceptable

The alternate title for this post is "When you can't say anything nice, keep your damn mouth shut".  

It seems to me there is a lot of truth telling (and yelling) going on these days. Everyone is in a great big rush to 'tell the truth' 'speak their truth' and generally make sure their opinion is heard. All of this is fine - provided it is done in a civil, considerate way. 

Lately, I have witnessed a whole lot of nasty, ugly, snide, snarky, condescending 'truth telling' and, it puts me in mind of my Mother and Marty Crane. My Mother (sage woman she is) always said "If you can't say something nice, be quiet. If you feel you have to say something that isn't nice: reconsider." Marty Crane, fictional sage, would say "Shut your Yap" or perhaps "Shut your big bazoo." Listen to my Mom or to Marty but for the love of all that is holy... zip it. 

At this moment in time the very last thing the world needs is your nasty, uncalled for, typically unsolicited advice masquerading under a thin veneer of 'truth.'

You may think you're a wild, fierce warrior ~ You are not. 

You may think you're woke - You are not. 

I offer this challenge - if You're all that and right, too why not speak with compassion, kindness and calm? 

I offer this additional challenge - say nothing offer an olive branch and simply smile; then walk away. 

I'm going to offer a third challenge - If you can't say it nicely shut your yap and keep walking. 

Be a port of kindness, even if you turn the air blue muttering WTF over and over from the quiet of your own car. Be kind. It's in dangerously short supply and it take a very big, very aware, very courageous wild warrior to offer kindness. 

Mindful Monday: Your Morning Brew

Coffee or tea? Which is your morning brew?  

Mine is coffee. Nothing against a cuppa tea- but this girl prefers a nice strong cup to start her day. And, my morning brew is one of those places where I walk my talk. It’s my daily moment to gather my thoughts and my plan for the day ~ mindful of the energy the ingredients bring to the party.

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Coffee. Yes, of course your humble am jolt of caffeine brings energy! But if you think that energy stops at the caffeine content you’re missing out. Coffee has long been prized for its ability to disperse negative thoughts, aid overcoming internal blockages while providing peace of mind and grounding. So, you want to know how to rev that up some?

Add some cinnamon. I personally just sprinkle some into the coffee grounds before setting the pot to brew. It adds a sweet, spicy smell and brings some energy for protection, luck and success. Sit back and enjoy that nice morning coffee smell while you take a few deep breaths, get your blood flowing or as I do – take a nice quiet moment to collect your thoughts.

Once the coffee is brewed just pour into your preferred vessel, dress it up as you wish and enjoy. I, myself, have a collection of mugs and add a splash of cream. While enjoying my brew, I contemplate affirmations and review my bullet journal. It’s a simple, effective and a fun way to begin a day. 

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Mindful Monday: Pumpkins Power

Pumpkins! Pumpkins! Pumpkins!

Pumpkins are said to bring protection, luck and prosperity. Carve faces and place them on your doorstep to prevent wandering spirits from entering your home. Eat pumpkin seeds to increase prosperity and fertility.

 

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Want to ramp up the power of the pumpkin? Add ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg to increase your work toward success, abundance and bringing projects to fruition. Need to remove negativity from your life? Pumpkins are a key ingredient in banishing work. 

Perhaps the best part? Pumpkins are ubiquitous with Autumn. From jack o' lanterns at Halloween to the star of the dessert table on Thanksgiving you can seamlessly weave them into your holiday to grant a pleasant, joyful gathering. Join our Holiday Drama workshop at 7pm on Nov. 15th to learn more about how you can use this Autumn staple to ramp up the protection, love, luck, courage and success!

It's Still a Thrill

Call me a geek. Or a nerd. The thrill is still there. And, when I see an article I've written published I'm both a geek and a nerd because the thrill is huge. I mean, I even call my mom. 

One of the most personal essays I've ever written and shared is in the October issue of Inner Realm Magazine (page 32). I'm thrilled and a little nervous. I mean, I'm laying my soul bare and offering the truth: this entrepreneur life isn't for the faint of heart. It's messy and nerve-wracking and when it all comes together super sweet. 

Back in August I had a wake up call that brought forth the need of a new plan. And, I decided to share the nuts and bolts of the plan in my Moon Tide workshop. You give me two hours on October 28th and I'll give you the master blueprint to manifesting the life you only dare to dream. I will teach you how to harmonize with La Luna and Il Mare. Too often we work opposed to natural forces which surround us, but, when we surrender, when we trust and when we work with the manifestation is truly a joy. A fluid dance - so like the tides - powerful, rhythmic, seductive and - reliable. 

 

To join me on October 28th please email tarot_pixie@yahoo.com. Cost of the workshop is $45 pre-paid (you save $10) or hold your space with a $15 deposit ($40 due at class).  

Thankful Thursday: Manifesto

In 2010 I, like many of my colleagues was struggling, mightily. No one on our team (or our counter part team) was even remotely fulfilled. The team leader in the UK sent what I later learned what the Holstee Manifesto around by email.

I was captivated by the first line: "This is your LIFE. Do what you love and do it often." I fiddled with the format so it fit on letter sized paper and hit print. 


I hung it opposite my desk - funny thing, no one else could see it, unless they were in my chair. I should have stayed late that night, in those days we were all 'fighting' for our jobs. If you weren't staying late and arriving early (preferably both) you were seen as a blight. I learned to hate the phrase "re-orginization" or "re-org" as we called in in short order. It was brutal. I left as close to on time as I ever did that night.  

I thought about that phrase "do what you love and do it often" while I was at the gym, running in place on a treadmill. I thought about it on the forty minute train ride home. I thought about it in the shower, while I fed the chinchillas and finally when I sat down to revamp my resume. 

My Life. 

The third line of the Holster Manifesto is "IF YOU DON'T LIKE YOUR JOB, QUIT." I revised my resume that night and began job hunting in earnest. Within a week I was looking into what it would take to become a coach (and to hire a coach of my own). I was on my way. I wasn't entirely sure where I was headed but I knew I was in the right direction. 

Sitting behind that desk, reading the manifesto over and over and over was a unique comfort ~ I was touched by the words and took them to heart. I don't know if I'd say the manifesto was magic ~ but ~ there was times reading it inspired the actions that led to things which were, magical. Like the night in October when I kept rationalizing bailing on a blind date. I sat at my desk, email open, ready to cancel when this kernel of wisdom caught my eye: "Life is about the people you meet, and the things you create with them so go out and start creating." 

Just a bit more than two years later I left that office to begin my maternity leave. The dreaded 're-org' still loomed large. I knew I was never coming back, so I took the manifesto and tucked it under my friend's keyboard. She had noticed it a few times, and always chuckled reading it. 

Next week I'll blow out birthday candles ~ a year from now I'll blow out milestone birthday candles.  I'm feeling the urge to create again. The urge to move, to dance to shift. To celebrate I ordered a new copy of the manifesto ~ even though I know every word ~ to hang in my new office. My partner is a wicked cool guy I met on a blind date one night in October...

*This post is in no way, shape or form sponsored. If you want your own copy of the Holstee Manifesto you can find it here.