All the Gifts are for YOU

Hello beautiful people! For some time, I have been wanting to share a selection of my favorite makers, creators and healers with you. Now that the holidays are coming, I thought that I would share them all in one place. And many of them have created special discount codes just for followers of my blog! That was totally unexpected! I’m not an affiliate of any of these wonderful people, I just adore their work!

Consider these gifts for yourself and for anyone in your life. The links are a feast for your eyes and hearts! Please share widely!

And before you jump into the delightful rabbit hole below, remember you can buy The Amazing Adventures of Selma Calderón on IndieBound and Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

If you’re new to my book, check out The Huffington Post Article or information about how 5% of all net proceeds go to Teaching for Change here. Definitely check out their Social Justice Books site for ideas too. Or you can listen to this radio interview (skip the two minute intro) or watch my documentary about my time at Drop Out on Orcas Writer’s Residency. I made a silly trailer too about working on the sequel at Drop Out:

And if you are doing some big dreaming for 2020, do check out my Design a Life & Live It sessions on my Work with Me page.


Everything below has a wonderful sprinkle (or gallon) of magic, so here goes:

Simple Wealth Original Jewelry For The Modern Free Spirit.

I discovered these amazing pieces made from recycled materials and fell in love with her bracelets, earrings and rings. Below I’m wearing her gorgeous labyrinth earrings.  And guess what – use the code MAGIC15 for 15% off! Thanks Lizzie

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Noah’s Garden Creations

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see me beaming with my latest earrings made from flowers from one of my favorite places in the world – Toro Canyon. There are creations from all kinds of places and now ornaments and cutting boards! Check out Kathy’s creations – her earnings are helping her pay for her special ed teacher certification!

Inspired Inspiration Deck by The Collage Cafe

This deck has traveled around the country with me and is my faithful friend at home. When I need inspiration with a great question and meaningful quote to take me through the day or the week, I turn to this beautiful deck which is filled with super cool ART by Lindy Stockton.  And we are THE ONLY ONES to get a $5 off code with INSPIRE. Woot!

Mystic Oracle Deck by Lindsay Pera and Sarah Love Hannah McCoy

Looking for a magical deck which can lift you into a new perspective? This deck opens up a portal to a new understanding of your surroundings. I have used this deck to help calm me during stressful times, as a little extra guidance when I’m discerning and truly to bring insights into my current situation. Stay tuned for a 10% off code from Sarah! And do check out the rest of Sarah’s offerings on her site. Or you can sign up on her site and get a 10% off code.

The 2020 Mystics Almanac 

Lindsay and Sarah were co-leads for two masterminds in which I was fortunate to participate. I have watched both women do their larger work in the world with grace and generosity. This almanac includes Astro insights from the very talented Vanessa Cuoto, as well as numerology from Kari Samuels and Akashic Records from Priscilla Stephan. And, the almanac utilizes the cards from the deck above. There’s a video from Lindsay where you can learn more.

Terra Gold Plus – CBD Products

Shelly Stone and her husband own this highly ethical company and even recently lowered their prices when they gained savings from their suppliers. My two favorite products are their patches and their balms. They also have a helpful CBD buying guide.

Pura Luna Apothecary for Medicinal Teas and More

Owners and marrieds Ashe and Chris (photo by My World Productions) have created a sense of community at Pura Luna  Apothecary that is like no other. I found a home away from home there which has been so nourishing. I recommend Ashe’s medicinal teas for all kinds of needs. She’s a skilled and certified herbalist who makes custom blends as well. She reminds me that they are not always created for taste, but for function! Explore their online store for more inspiring and healing resources.

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Scafuri Bakery Italian Cookies

This was one of my two go-to bakeries when I lived in Chicago for twelve years. Founded in 1904, these recipes are old school and delicious. My favorite cookies are the Cuccidati (fig cookies) and the Pignoli (Gluten Free Pine Nut Cookies). My mouth is watering as I write this! And lucky for all of us, they ship cookies online! If you live in Chicago, head on over to Taylor Street and go to town! Their doughnuts are amazing too.

GLOWING SEASON — Molly Costello Art & Design

Speaking of Chicago, I’ve been following Molly Costello on Instagram for a while and I’m so intrigued by the images in her Glowing Season calendar. She was just voted “Best Indie Crafter” according to the Chicago Reader poll. $2 from every calendar will be donated to the Chicago Community Bond Fund. You may enjoy exploring her Etsy shop for prints too.

2020 – Myron Fowler Calendar “Navajo Mylo” on Instagram

Photography by Mylo Fowler is some of the most stunning imagery I have ever seen. He sells prints, teaches workshops and does humanitarian work by bringing light and power to homes across Navajoland. The link for the calendar, which benefits this important work, is included above. And do check him out on Instagram for a feast of beauty.

Studio Sauvageau Handmade Bags

I discovered River Jaguar’s bags during a trip to Ojai and love her creative spirit. Plus they are washable and so thoughtful — pockets in the right places, strong zippers and snaps. Check out her online shop!

One-on-One Regenerative Grief (and Joy) Sessions with Donna Helete

I’ve experienced a level of healing with Donna that has transformed my life. Her website says “let grief rewild you.” I call her my Grief and Joy Coach because she has transformed my relationship to grief and sorrow and as a result, I feel more joy and gratitude daily. She is the most empathetic witness, insightful coach and comes to the table with years of training in the area of grief. And most of all, she walks the talk because she has had a number of life experiences which deepen her knowledge. You can learn more on her site. Her sessions are sliding scale $60-100 per hour and her email is donnahelete@gmail.com. And we meet via video!

Mariah is brilliant. Working with her revolutionized my parenting and opened up pathways to communication in my marriage like never before. I spent more than a year in two masterminds (with a very small group of entrepreneurs) with Mariah. I watched her build this beautiful course and I had the honor of enrolling in her Family Foundations course. Here’s the testimony I wrote which you’ll see on her site: “Mariah carries a deep wisdom and with that comes the kind of compassionate witness we all need. I am a better mother, wife, friend and person after circling with Mariah.” Her course starts in February but she offers payment plans if you enroll before the end of 2019.

There are many other amazing entrepreneurs like B. Yellowtail, whom I follow or Nite Owl Ink whose t-shirt I’m wearing in the Noah’s Garden Creations photo above. (You will love his designs!) And if your furry family member needs a denim jacket like our South below, check out Flowerchild 93013.

I’m also deeply connected with more amazing entrepreneurs. Currently I’m enrolled in Ho’omalamalama Brown’s #Walk_Inn_Beauty mastermind and truly enjoying it. She is amazing and offers a ton of free resources on her WholelisticFit.com site. You might also like to join us for the last few days of November for our daily live plank 5-minute burst sessions. They are free and you can join here.

 

Oh and check out two of my favorite books: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz and Zahrah the Windseeker by Nnedi Okarafor-Mbachu

 

I hope you feel like your swimming in magic gifts! Please share this post widely so that more people can see the beauty of these amazing humans!

 

Let’s Do this: #88WriterlyDays + #88MysticAthleteDays

Greetings friends! I hope this moment finds you content.  And if not, may these words and the video below bring some joy to your heart!

Today I’m starting #88WriterlyDays — working everyday for 25 minutes on the sequel to The Amazing Adventures of Selma Calderon. And, many of you know about the Mystic Athlete way of life which I have had fun creating. I’m also launching #88MysticAthleteDays with a commitment to 25 minutes of movement per day.

And just to make it all a bit more magical, I’ve added #88DaysofEverydayMagic. Why? Well, that’s an invitation to notice the beautiful bits of life and the synchronicities that signal all of the good coming your way. It’s also a chance to create your own plan for the next 88 days or whatever works for you.

Want to nap more? Make a plan for three times per week. How about three distraction-free meals per week? Or maybe once a week, you’ll pick a home project and knock if off the list. By late November, we will celebrate! You can follow my writerly adventures on Instagram here and my Mystic Athlete adventures here.

In the video I mentioned, the documentary I created from my awesome writer’s retreat on Orcas Island. You can watch it here. I also mentioned that I am obsessed with the podcast of 88 Cups of Tea. It helps me to stay super motivated to keep writing. I also recently chose to become a patron of her platform. Finally, my experience with the work of Ho’omalamalama Brown and her Walk Inn Beauty mastermind has helped me to create 48 ideas for working on my book during the next 88 days.

Also, I promised to share some of the inspiring folks who keep me moving. Here they are:

@hoomalamalama

@getfitwithsarai

@joshzitomer

@iamchrissyking

@iamlshauntay

@stephgadreau

@themirnavator

May the next 88 days be filled with magic and grace! And no matter when you read this, the invitation stands. Join me, quietly or share it with friends, family or the world! If you choose the latter, let me know!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oranges and Aluminum Foil – A Poem for the Unraveling

Oranges and Aluminum Foil

A poem for the unraveling

By Rebecca Villarreal

#viewsmyown

For the full impact and a lot of HOPE, listen to this poem here.

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They call him

while deviants touch

the breasts of incarcerated innocents

at the border

between freedom and extraterrestrial accusations

Marketers analyze the product ecosystem:

Appoint them to kill the bees

so food becomes a novelty

and the Mafiosos of Monsanto

can reinvent what passes for a dinner plate

Whisper sweet nothings

into the ears of white supremacists

as they burn black churches

and chanters attack

“the others” now roaming the dome

Ignore planet earth agreements

Frack until there is no coming back

Add a portable portion of shock, awe

and a nation of shame

There are days when we remember human dignity

and also know the network

of he who shall not be named

was always working in the wings

Now though he hangs a shingle

on a wrought iron fence

These crags in human consciousness

were always there

Now they stand on a platform

of the make greats

of the again that never was

So how do we raise our heads

to a new day

Admit to the turning away

well before the up in arms of today

the share button

the scroll down to a new recipe

Let us turn toward the suffering

Flash floods insist upon it

Tectonic plates tell us

to drop, seek cover and hold on

we drown in buckets

of hopelessness and pills

to appease the gnomes standing on our chests

weighing down the divine feminine

but wait

We hoist our hearts up

Dig in our heels

with tendrils, roots from the mighty Oak

They call us global citizens

with our left hands outstretched

far beyond the crown

What they do not know is that

the pus oozing from the wound

is cleaning out

the raucous infection of disaffection

the empathy empire rises

She shall be named

in the face of your mother

daughter, sister, friend

She is here

Hands clasped in hands

Winning on the steps

of that swampy land chosen

at the power center

She has been plugged into the truth

of winning gold medals, CEO spots

and her microphone starts at the heart

the winning comes in the loving

in the little free libraries filled with food

in the children of Kampala

calling for climate change

in the tiny houses for the bedless

in the healing

because we are healing

We are healing

We are healing

We are winning

We have won.

Join Me on June 23 for a Magical Fictional Characters Writing Workshop – from anywhere in the world!

Join me for 2 1/2 hours on Sunday, June 23 via video to PLAY AND WRITE. It will be light. It will be magical. It will be fun. We’ll use our six senses – that’s right, your intuition and gut as well – to write one or more characters who want to come to life for you.

You can register by sending an email with your name to rebeccainspiresnow@gmail.com and sending $44 payment via PayPal or Venmo.

Watch a short video I made about the doors opening for my workshop:

Here are the details:

WHAT: Magical Fictional Characters Workshop – Your characters don’t have to be influenced by magic, but our experience together will tap into the everyday magic that all of us can access. It’s a chance to use any senses available to you: sight, smell, taste, touch, hearing and intuition to craft characters who leap off of the page and meet you at the dinner table. You may choose one character based on a grandmother or someone you just met or on your imagination. You may walk away with a rough idea for a short story or even a book. Or you may have a project that just needs some focused love or a character who needs more dimension. All of these situations, and more, are reason enough to join me.

WHEN: Sunday, June 23 from 10am-12:30pm ET/1:00pm-3:30pm PT — check out this time zone converter to find the time from anywhere in the world.

HOW: Via zoom.us  If you haven’t used Zoom before, it’s free. You can check out tutorials here.

COST: $44 sent to me via PayPal or Venmo – If you prefer Zelle or another way to pay, email me at rebeccainspiresnow@gmail.com

REGISTER: Send an email to me at rebeccainspiresnow@gmail.com and send $44 payment via Venmo or PayPal

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Class size is being kept to under 20 people so if you’re thinking about it, go for it. You will get a recording of the workshop sent to you via email for future reference.

WHO: Rebecca Villarreal is Author of The Amazing Adventures of Selma Calderon, A Globetrotting Magical Mystery of Courage, Food and Friendship. With more than 30 years of writing experience, she is published in literary outlets around the world including the Paterson Literary Review and Gargoyle, among others. In addition, she’s been featured in the Huffington Post, Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune. Rebecca has taught writing workshops to public school teachers and students. She has also performed on stage, TV and radio. Check out her author site at rebeccavillarreal.com.

Here’s what people who work with me and read my writing say:

“You are such a natural…so engaging. I loved it! You never cease to inspire me. Your voice is so needed in this world. I’m so glad you’re not afraid to use it!”

–Stacey Aaronson

“You will be swept away in a magical tale about the curious Selma Calderon and her adventures with her best friend Hurley, her guardian Guadey, and household pet Uli. Selma will inspire you to dream and believe in magic. Rebecca Villarreal creates a world where anything is possible-both good and bad-and how patience, understanding, love, and belief in oneself can truly be transformative. I would recommend this book to anyone of any age. Selma is a good role model for young people and not so young people- she teaches us to approach life with an open mind and with gusto. You’ll experience life in Chicago as if you are actually there plus visit exotic locations. Truly a character driven story that will make you wait in anticipation to turn the next page for Selma’s next adventure.”

–John C. Kazmierczak

Read more amazon reviews here or the Huffington Post piece here.

Listen to my radio interview or check out my documentary from my time at Drop Out on Orcas, a writer’s residency.

Please join me or share with a friend!

#cucalacas

 

Here are the easy things and here are the hard things

I have been writing to you all morning — through discomfort and grace. I made it to church and I often don’t make it to church.

I love being in community.

I do not like being squished shoulder to shoulder with people like on airplanes.

I love the choral music.

I can never keep track of where we are in the service.

I feel unabashedly loved by God and I am finally starting to understand Christ love in my heart.

I still believe in other paths to faith and love learning about and asking for support from Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, art, learning and wisdom as well as Ganesh, remover of obstacles.

I believe in human rights which include trans rights and gay marriage as well as a women’s right to choose and control her own body.

I am friends with people who disagree with me on all of the above.

I feel pretty out of place sometimes sitting at church with mostly older wealthy white people.

I fail at listening to the readings and the gospel and forget what they are about immediately after they are shared.

I’m good at finding that sweet spot in the sermon which gives me something to hold as I exit.

I always need to use the bathroom partway through the service.

I get super bored, even during the good parts.

I stand up and sit down at the wrong times, every time.

I question why I go at all if I can’t be consistent.

I love, love, love getting down on my knees to pray after communion.

I almost always want to cry from joy and sorrow.

I am overwhelmed by the love of the Holy Spirit which I feel in community, in the music, in the readings that I can never remember.

I try to go to fellowship coffee hour and talk to people and then feel awkward and uncomfortable and pull an Irish goodbye.

And still, I love this church community. It is welcoming, well-organized and steeped in love and service.

I am sharing this because of the “yes, and” of life.

People will disappoint and hurt you. People will abandon you.

People will love you unconditionally.

Do you need people? Is it worth risking your heart?

Yes and….

Faith is messy.

Prayers are not guaranteed or warrantied.

The unseen is not visible and tangible and it is open to a level of doubt that belies its magic.

Community can be uncomfortable.

It is easier to believe.

It is easier not to believe.

You have nothing in common with the people who disagree with you.

You have everything in common with the people who disagree with you.

Do you need people? It is worth risking your heart?

Yes and…

Rage is holy.

Forgiveness is holy and hard.

Love is easy and impossibly difficult.

Hearts break.

Hearts mend.

I am very close to NOT hitting publish on this blog post.

Do we need people? It is worth risking our hearts?

Yes and…

If you feel like giving up and giving in today, remember this:

I love you.

You have everything you need inside of you.

EVERYTHING.

And that is divine.

You don’t have to believe what I believe. I don’t have to believe what you believe. And when in doubt, you can also call on Alvin or nature or whatever brings you comfort. Just, again, know that you are loved.

How to be loved

Today I want to give thanks to the lineage of women who came before me. They are cheering me on because I am free. And I am bowing in deep gratitude to mother earth.

And today is HARD for a majority of people who have experienced loss, abuse, neglect and trauma.

If you count yourself among them, take a rest today. Allow yourself to dream deeply into a mama bear hug because you are loved far and wide. And you have everything you need inside of you.

Sanctuary

From Tosha Silver’s “The Wild Offering Oracle Deck”

At the top and bottom of this post are photos from my 50th birthday party. It was the kind of chill, loving gathering that fulfilled all of my wishes. And for that I am forever grateful to the loving people in my life who made it possible.

In a birthday conversations with my close friend, Morocco B. Assouline of Coalesce Creative Consultants, he asked me what’s next for how I’m going to be in the world and the answers are in the video.

I also think you might be interested in a talk I gave recently called, “Transforming Trauma into Joy: How to Show up in the Face of Grief.” There’s an adapted form of the speech on my new Resources page. And remember this piece of advice from my other birthday conversation with my good friend Amheric Miguel Hall:

Be good to yourself.

Be good to yourself.

Be good to yourself.

And from me: Have a beautiful day! You are loved here, there and everywhere!

 

 

 

Your secret is safe with me

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Your secret is safe with me

In the dark of your wake up

here is what the whispers want you to know:

Everything you need is inside of you

We are here for you

The divine runs through you

Your freedom grows when you rest

[from the ridicule of your own harsh judgement]

You are exactly where you need to be

The pain holds hands with joy

skipping you into sovereignty

You are royal

Pretend this is true until it runs through you pulsing with every breath

Until your mind releases the anxiety of a life of doing

Keep trusting

Keep believing

You are loved

Every moment of every day

And we are cheering you on

For this day is another with breath in your lungs

Above dirt

Meet us at the water’s edge

Stick your toes in

Race the waves

Rest

Joy + Pastries + Poems!

Hello and Happy Mardi Gras!

Here’s a sweet 3-minute video with some love and below that, POETRY!

And below that, MEDITATION!

And below that, a longer video about how I rung in my new year on March 1, 2019 and how you can start fresh whenever you want. There are some helpful nuggets in there about grief as well.

LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU!

Earthworm Magic

You can listen to this poem here.

Let go

of the let down

Let go

of what you thought you wanted

who she is

who he is

who you are

Let the broken-hearted brokenness

sink into the earth

compost the

I am alone

I have to control it

I can handle it

Let the earthworms have it

Let it get dark, moist and messy

underground

There are seeds

waiting to grow

You don’t know what they will bring

Kale confusion

Lettuce lovelorn

Tomato truth

This is the upside down of surrender

So scary to move away from what we know

even when all the knowing

so far has made a soup of solitary sadness behind your everyday

Let go

There is a vast green rolling hill

Walk toward it

Then pick up the pace

Feel the sun on your hair

That breeze has gone in your nostrils

Now your lungs know a new breath

Up, up, up the hill until you reach that tree

You’ll know it when you see it

The roots have a little clubhouse entry

Go ahead and rest inside

The moss is soft and just right

Take a nap

Heal your heart

When you wake

You have a chance to let go again

Wiggle your toes

Remember the breeze

Trust your heart with this new moment

Look

Seeds are sprouting

Guess the Direction of Your Heart

You can listen to this poem here.

Guess the direction of your heart

go ahead

it is North

straight into the unknown

for it’s in the stars

where confusion spirals into mythic battles

Perseus severs Medusa’s head

it’s all snakes and despair

until you hop the moon

to Gemini

and the twins ride the rainbow

straight into your broken pieces

mending them again

so the empty missing

is filled with

hamburgers

shakes

fries

and that sweet song of longing

reaching for the hand

lids down

leaping

Go ahead

it’s worth it

you’ll bounce back

like playground dodgeball

straight between the eyes

bonking your intuition

into submission

it’s called love, baby

And here is the link to the #40KindsofKindness meditation.

Finally, if you have had a rough start to the year, I am sharing how I rung in my New Year on March 1 in this video.

Rebecca’s Resources: Health, Play and Opulent Order

**This blog post is full of resources. Scroll past the context of my journey if you want to immediately access the tools.**

The Mystic Athlete Journey

My beloved readers, here’s another chance to dig into some recent resources which I have enjoyed. They are aiding my 2019 focus on Health and Play.  Many of you have read about my Mystic Athlete approach to life, including the manifesto. If you aren’t familiar, check out my new page here.

This approach has assisted in a level of daily happiness and contentment that is completely new to me. To that end, I created a Mystic Athlete Wheel to help manifest the life I want. Every couple of months, I check in with the wheel and color code whether I was able to act upon those intentions and goals. I’m still working on my draft 2019 wheel, but here is last year’s wheel. Almost every single element came into being during 2018.

Core Desired Feelings

A key element of my success has also been to use Danielle LaPorte’s Desire Map approach which helps me focus on my Core Desired Feelings on a daily basis. Quite simply, I choose how I want to feel every day and focus on that. Here’s a link to her library of Core Desired Feelings if you are interested and want some inspiration. She also has a free graphic maker here which is a fun way to keep those feelings front a center.

The most pivotal element of the process is to select how you want to feel. You don’t have to be there already. For example, soon after I gave birth to my son, I was tired all of the time. And I was sick and tired of hearing myself say that I was tired. So that year, I selected “energized” and guess what, I ran a half marathon that year.

This year my Core Desired Feelings are:

Vibrant – This speaks to my health focus this year. I have healed many sports injuries and other ailments and I am chomping at the bit to get back to many of the physical activities which I enjoy.

Devoted – I chose this so that I can really zero in on my faith and the millions of things that I want to learn.

Prosperous – I have learned to look at my money containers (bank accounts, bills, loose change) regularly and call in a level of financial and material abundance that supports me and my family in a way that is comfortable and lends itself to the lifestyle that we desire. Often this requires pooling resources – meaning fixing things, getting creative and using what we have to build want we want. I learned this approach from Lindsay Pera.

Joyous – I have developed anxiety more over the past two years than ever before in my life. Part of it is hormonal due to perimenopause, part is environmental (juggling so much on my plate), part runs in my family and part is because I am an empath and have the capacity to feel the emotions of others which at times can be debilitating if I do not block them out. My partial remedy is selecting this feeling to guide my days. See the photo at the top of this post? That is my seventh day of sickness. I spent the previous six days in bed and in the photo I had a headache and severe congestion. Do I look like it? No, I look joyous. It was my first day back to work and I decided to get dressed in that beautiful hand-me-down sweater (see pooling resources above) that my friend gave me from her amazing mom who passed away two years earlier. That day was also the birthday of one of my best friends. I decided to celebrate with joy because he is one of the greatest gifts in my life.

Sovereign – This is simply a more powerful way of stating that I am free.  Freedom is a core value for me and I want to appreciate it every day. Sometimes though, my level of responsibility at work and in my family makes me feel hemmed in, like I don’t have choices about how I spend my time. BUT I DO. And when I am orderly, organized and disciplined, I am free. I have more time and even small moments of spaciousness to take the dog on a short walk, to stretch and do my cool new foot exercises or even to sip lemon water. Cherishing and illuminating these moments truly lifts me.

NOTE: I tested these feelings during the last months of the year, like a new pair of shoes. I changed a few and kept the rest. I encourage you to take some words out for a test drive for a week and see how it feels to write them daily and/or post them in your home or have them saved as wallpaper on your phone or computer–thanks to that groovy graphic maker.

Resources

  1. The Healing Power of Naps and Rest

“Gardener” is also a key word for me in 2019. I am planting a real garden and also using the metaphor in other elements of my life. Finally, my word of the year is YIELD. Evacuating four times in four months last year due to natural disaster as well as navigating a large workload and some personal issues including my own anxiety has taught me the power of slowing down. Sometimes the best action to take is inaction. Sometimes a nap, which seems like you are not doing anything, is the best most powerful decision to make because naps and sleep are healing. I have had so much inspiration from The Nap Ministry, particularly their Instagram account. Two of my favorite recent posts are below. 

2. Taking Action with Your Genes and Your Hormones 

Dr. Sara Gottfried is a Harvard- and MIT-educated physican-scientist and certified yoga instructor. Her book Younger focuses on the area of epigenetics and how you can impact your own gene pool as it relates to Alzheimer’s, longevity, weight and more.  Her book The Hormone Cure has been revelatory for me because I was able to learn which supplements (through a simple test) support my heightened cortisol levels as well as a decline in Estrogen. As per my usual, I binged every podcast where she was interviewed and learned a ton in addition to reading the sections of her books that interest me. I encourage you to do the same.

3. Physical Alignment starts with your FEET

I have been on a pretty intense health journey with my feet from bone spur surgery for an old running (and wearing the wrong shoes) injury to daily painful plantar fasciitis. In less than two weeks of doing the foot exercises recommended by Katy Bowman of Nutritious Movement, my mobility is back and my pain has almost completely vanished. If you have back pain, shoulder or neck pain — anything mechanical, I urge you to check out her book Simple Steps to Foot Pain Relief: The New Science of Healthy Feet or check out her other books about movement. Her podcast Move Your DNA can be found her on Stitcher or here on iTunes. She is FUNNY too! Episodes 98 and 99 – “It’s all about the Base” parts 1 and 2 were game changers for me. A huge shout-out for this resource goes to my Cranio-Sacral therapist, Caitlin Lyon. She has transformed my life. She does long-distance work too!

3. Spiritual Alignment through your Closet

“Wait, what? Are you going to tell me that my spirit will be aligned if I dress better?” Actually, I’m here to share a powerful TED talk thanks to a friend and colleague who saw it live. It used to be titled, “Change Your Pants, Change Your Life.” But now it seems to be renamed “Dressing for Confidence and Joy,” by Stasia Savasuk which focuses on inside out congruence. I have had a post-it on my fridge with the word “congruence” for nine months. Trust me, this video is worth your time:

4. The Power of Play

I had the pleasure of meeting Gary Ware of Breakthrough Play last year at The World Domination Summit. Gary is an expert on play and how it can help you experience the life you want at home and at work and to solve problems differently. I had a virtual play break with him over video about six months ago and it has positively impacted my work and personal life. I truly enjoyed this interview on The Power and Potential Podcast. You can also listen on Spotify and iTunes – it is episode #8. One of the most powerful takeaways from the interview was the idea of creating a PLAY LIST – not music, but things that you play. I realized while helping my son with a Mesopotamian weaving project (yarn and cardboard) that I loved touching the yarn and seeing a project completed. So I picked up a loom and started making a hat. I don’t know what I am doing and I love doing it. I also began brainstorming a play list with one of my best friends and it includes dancing, singing, gardening, boogie boarding, basketball and more. [Shameless plug: My greatest play role model is South the Chihuahua – follow him on IG here.] What might be on your list? You may also enjoy this 7-minute Play meditation which I created to get you in the frame of mind to remember what you enjoy playing if you don’t have a list that springs to mind immediately.

5. Order is Opulent

This year as I began drafting my Mystic Athlete Wheel, the following phrase came forth and felt really good: ORDER IS OPULENT. So many people feel like material wealth is out of their reach, and for now, it may be. But order in your life, is within your reach. You read about the links that I made between order and discipline creating spaciousness for freedom. I have made a concerted effort over the last year to get my home in order, thanks in large part to my husband who is naturally wired this way. (Read 90% of the credit goes to him.) I have found is that I can learn from the way he keeps things in their place. I know this may sound elementary to a portion of my readers, however, I also know that there’s a huge population of people with junk drawers, messy closets, overflowing mail and papers and stacks of books they no longer want or need. With a focus on my health and play, I need order in my life — and that includes digital order of my files and photos. So my intention is to schedule time to address my closet, my drawers and so on. Many folks know about Marie Kondo and I just started watching her new show on Netflix last night. There is a lot for any of us to learn in that department. The two planners which I am currently using to help me prioritize and move forward this year are The Desire Map Weekly Planner and the High Performance Planner.

Bottom line: When I have order in my life, I don’t squander time and energy. Time is a precious resource. When I have increased free time, I feel rich, affluent, opulent!

I may keep you posted on how this kind of order is supporting my daily life and my dreams.  And speaking of dreams, I have made a big decision related to the sequel to The Amazing Adventures of Selma Calderon: A Globetrotting Magical Mystery of Courage, Food and Friendship.  I am publishing the book in 2020. My original intention was to have it ready for you this calendar year. However in deep reflection and with the help of one of my best friends, I was able to narrow my focus to Health and Play. (I really enjoy capitalizing those two words!) I have granted my hard-driving action-oriented self permission to continue transcribing my notebooks, writing the missing sections and editing my book this year delivering the final product in your hands during the following year. This is all part of my SOVEREIGNTY which I outlined above.

If you are digging these resources and my approach to life and you are looking for support in the form of two 90-minute sessions – meaning no long-term commitment, check out my WORK WITH ME page.

With that I bid you, phew and adieu! I am sending you love as you continue your journey into the year.

Clean the Lint Screen of Your Heart

Hello there,

Do you like cleaning the lint screen in the dryer? I love it. It is liking wiping the slate clean every single time. I recorded the Broadcast from the Beach below for you and though I don’t talk about lint, it is a journey in starting fresh.

Grab a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate or a glass of something delicious — even water, and join me for 10 minutes as we explore:

  1. How to release the hard stuff from the past year. I used a powerful tool from Maya Shaw Gale.
  2. A concrete way to release grief from your body. I also found this helpful article about grief and the physical body by from What’s Your Grief by two mental health professionals.
  3. How to find the gifts in the trials and thoughts on rewiring the brain to encourage you to be more kind, gentle and forgiving of yourself.
  4. Picking a theme or word and figuring out how you would like to feel in 2019. I reference Danielle LaPorte’s Desire Map approach of selecting your Core Desired Feelings. There is also a free graphic maker which allows you to create a printable version as well as wallpaper for your phone and computer.

I hope this video helps you say goodbye to what no longer serves you and provides comfort and love as you move into next year. If you would like additional support, there are some free meditations and poems on my Soundcloud page.

May you wrap up 2018 with the knowledge that you are divinely directed and protected.  Trust in the journey! The world needs you!