Some Thoughts About Fear From a Super Bok-Bok Chicken

Did you see the size of that chicken?

No really!  Did you?

Probably not, but I am the chicken.  The super big bok bok chicken that is bopping around a big field with no reason or purpose, squawking away at things I need to get done, but am putting off and procrastinating.

So why does this happen?  How can I go from being super confident and productive to being a bok bok super chicken?

One word:

FEAR

Yep.

I said it.

I’ll say it again.

FEAR

I freaking hate it when I get fearful cause really, most of the time whatever I am afraid of usually isn’t even anything real like gun to my head or a lion chasing me.  Seriously!

Fear paralyzes me.  Fear distracts me.  Fear turns me into a big fat bok bok chicken who scurries away and doesn’t get the things that need to get done, done….and I can be really good at being a chicken.

So mm…how do I deal with my fear? How do I feel my fear and still get shit done?

Well, first of all, I acknowledge it.  I say “Hello, Fear.  How are you today? I hope you are doing fine.” Then I offer it a cup of tea.

Then, I let myself feel it.  Like really feel it in my skin and bones.  I let it hang out a while.  I know that people will say that fear should be banished, but I don’t think it does.  I believe we need to give ourselves permission to feel it and let it be. It’s part of who we are. Eventually, using love, kindness and dream energized action, I ask it to leave once it’s sat down and had it’s cup of tea.

The next part of dealing with fear involves action.  Dream energized action. I move forward and get to work.  I get into dream energized action. I start doing stuff that is inspired by my dream created life. Some of the things I do are small things.  Some are more monumental. The point is that I get into action and I do something!! It may seem forced at first, but eventually the fear lessens and  dissipates like fog does in the sun. I always feel so good when that happens and I swear, it gets easier each time to move forward and get shit done despite feeling fear.

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Jump into dream energized action!

For me, my dream energized action takes different shapes. Sometimes that means spending an hour or two writing a blog or working on my book.  Last week, despite a shitload of fear and many bok bok super chicken moments, I wrote a bunch of emails to people I wanted to interview for my latest article.  Other times, I reach out and ask for help and support in one of the forums I belong to.

The point is, it’s ok to have fear and  be a bok bok chicken for a moment.  Fear shows up in all of our lives, it hangs around and keeps us from getting shit done.  If you allow it to just chill for time with a bit of permission,  it will leave once you’ve chosen to jump into dream inspired action.

So if you are feeling like a super bok bok chicken, don’t fret!  It’s only temporary!  Find something, even ONE thing that you can work on today with dream energized action.






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Jump Up & Shine!: An Interview with Petra Monaco

One of the best things I love about my life and business is that I meet some of the most amazing women from one of the business forums I belong to.  One of these women is Petra Monaco.  She’s a life coach and the creator of Jump Up and Shine, her latest program to help anyone blast through whatever may be holding them back and start living a life of their own creation.

On Saturday, Petra and I talked about what’s been blocking my path to greater success with my business.  In just one half hour session, she gave me some very good simple ideas to use everyday to help me achieve both my personal and business goals.  I have to say that she’s a great coach and recommend her and her programs to anyone that wants to have more success and happiness in their life.  So without further adieu, let’s hear what Petra has to say!

What is Jump Up and Shine?

Jump Up and Shine my new coaching program that will help you to

  • Stop struggling with life and get clear on what you want and why
  • Harness your personal power clearing what is getting in the way
  • Open and explore your self-care regimen and define your support
  • Get ready to take action, step into your greatness and shine

What is your background?

I have a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. I have always loved the idea of owning a business and when my son was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, I knew that entrepreneurial ship was on the horizon for me.

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Petra Monaco, Life Coach and Creator of Jump Up and Shine!

What inspired you to create Jump Up and Shine?

Jump Up and Shine is based on my own experience on how I define what I want in life, why I want it and then clear the road blocks to get there. I include self-care and support system, because the reality is we can’t always do it alone.

How did you get into life coaching?

Years ago I watched the TV Show “Starting Over” and I was inspired to do this but had put it off as I was dealing with my son’s health and other personal challenges such as divorce and single parenting. I began work as a therapist and continued to engage in self-growth and my own personal development and through various instances noticed that I was no longer aligned with my job. I remembered life coaching as an option and delved in.

What is being a coach like?

It is absolutely exciting to watch someone get on the road of going after their dream and achieving them. I get to be a cheerleader, mentor, guide and support system for women who believe that they can achieve their dreams just need some help.

What sort of services do you offer your clients?

I offer my Jump Up & Shine program which is a 1:1 program but also additional 1:1 coaching with Discovery Sessions and Transformation Sessions.

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Jump Up and Shine!

What do you hope your clients feel after a coaching session?

I want my clients to feel like they are participating in an energetic party that is filled with laughter and excitement.

What is your favorite/best client story?

I have one client who used the word eventually pretty much in most of our conversations. One day I challenged her to not use this word any more. She was able to transform her thinking and create her website noting that the word eventually actually held her back.

How can my readers find you?

I can be found at www.petramonaco.com or they can connect with me on Facebook

Do you have anything else you’d like to share with my readers?

I am also a social media manager at Unusual Bits, another business of mine in which I help small business manage their social media. And I am an Artist at Hippie’s Creations in which I sell my crochet, wood burnings and wood paintings.

Petra Monaco –
Author &Life Coach www.petramonaco.com
Artist  www.hippiescreations.com
Creative Manager www.unusualbits.com

Find Time to Relax

Finding peace. Feeling relaxed.

No matter what we do or how crazy our hectic lives are, whether we work in a normal job or from home for ourselves, finding time to relax and unwind is vitally important to avoid burn out.  Burn out is a real thing and it sucks.

Relaxing and unwinding can be as easy as just unplugging yourself from all electronic devices such as the computer and cell phone.  It can also mean spending some time in nature. I’m not saying take a 5 mile hike, but just spend 5 -10 minutes outside, in your back yard or go to a park. Other things  can do to relax is to listen to some music or read a book. You can spend time working on one of your hobbies too. Finding ways to relax and wind down are personal so there really isn’t one way or the ‘right way’ to do it.  You just gotta do what works for you.

Since I work from home, I set aside a bit of time everyday to unplug and unwind.  I know you are probably thinking, “why do you need to relax?”  Well, believe it or not, working from home while it does have some of the best benefits, can also be very stressful.  For one, I don’t have a boss which is great, but because I don’t have a boss telling me what to do all day, I have to tell myself what to do.  I have to motivate myself and get shit done.  Some days, there are so many things to do like updating websites, writing blogs and other things, that I get overwhelmed and I’ll work for 10 hours and not even realize it.  Oh and if something comes up like a crashed email server, I have to fix it.

I wear many hats.  Did you know that I am the IT department, the marketing department, the creative developer, the CFO, the president, the writer, the editor and the list goes on and on.  And believe it or not, since I started working for myself, I’ve realized that I have to take time out of everyday and unplug from my business.  I time my hours worked, turn off my computer, set my cell phone to vibrate and tune out my business for a little while every day otherwise I turn into a completely crazy person and I get sick. I don’t know about you, but I do not like being sick so everyday once my work is done, I go and do something fun like listen to music, watch a movie, do some yoga or read a book.

The reason I do this is because I’ve learned that my health and well being depends on it.  When I don’t take time out to relax and unwind, I end up burning out and crashing which is never a good thing.  Burn out totally sucks and can lead to a variety of issues like high blood pressure, illnesses like colds and a bunch of other no-so-fun things.

So that’s my message today.  Find a bit of time to relax.  Unplug.  Find some peace. Be well cause you don’t want to burn out!

 

Soulful Energies: An Interview with Ruby Toad

Lately, I’ve been talking and writing about listening to your heart and staying in touch with your soul.  I suppose that since I’ve been on this kick, the universe has been bringing people into my life who are on a similar journey like mine.  One of those precious souls is Ruby Toad.  She’s the owner and creator of Soulful Energies and she very graciously let me interview her.

Soulful Energies:  An Interview With Ruby Toad

 

What is Soulful Energies?

Ruby Toad Soulful Energies is a breathing space. It’s a place to step out of the chaos and rush of daily life and rediscover your divine inner nature. It’s about finding your own voice, heart and truth by creating stillness and ease in your day to day life.

What is your background?

I’m a gifted intuitive and empath and have been my whole life. I didn’t understand this when I was a child which lead to a great deal of confusion! Imagine being a child and knowing adults are hurting inside but having them tell you they are fine, or imagine seeing spirits and not knowing what they are. I spent a great deal of time wandering around our farm, connecting with nature and animals trying to figure out what was wrong with me. My search for understanding lead me on an interesting journey. I became a Reiki Master, a Certified Crystal Healer and am a Modern Mystic. I’ve done intuitive readings, healings, meditation classes, various workshops and speaking engagements and am currently doing yoga teacher training. I’m a lifelong learner! All of this is wrapped up into my life coaching service now. One big beautiful bundle of skills and knowledge for my clients to draw from.

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What inspired you to create Soulful Energies?

It’s a funny story. I was doing my thing; lots of learning, inner seeking and personal journey sort of stuff. I have of course always shared my knowledge with my friends and those random strangers that always appear in my life at the right time to benefit from whatever words I have to offer. Friends also make great guinea pigs when you need to practice your reiki or crystal healing! It was when three different friends, in the same week, lectured me about not sharing my skills more and not valuing how much my healing helps people and asked why I was hiding in my basement when I should be sharing my gifts with the world that I started thinking about creating my own business. It was a good kick in the ass to get going so to speak!

What is your goal with Soulful Energies?

My basic goal is to help people find some peace. Whether that’s through letting go of past trauma, helping them discover who they really are and what makes them happy, giving them permission and confidence to lead a life that fills them up or helping them reconnect with and chase their dreams, my role is to help them find the ease and grace to get there.

My big big goal is to bring spirituality back into daily life. People have this idea that spirituality has to be time consuming and woo-woo or it’s only for special occasions. Spirituality can be simple and practical and is a powerful tool for dealing with daily challenges and struggles. It’s also as unique as the person tapping into it and that’s the magic of it.

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Who is your ideal client?

My ideal client is curious, open minded and ready to create change in their life!

 

What sort of services do you offer your clients?

In essence, I offer life coaching and spiritual mentoring, mostly around healing, personal growth and moving through transition. And, all of my skills and knowledge are available to my coaching clients as needed. They get intuitive readings, distance healing, crystal work and personalized guidance for re- connecting with their divine inner nature all wrapped up with face to face, soul-deep conversations and coaching. Think straight talk, playful exploration, thoughtful reflection and giant leaps forward with the occasional ass kicking if needed.

What is your favorite/best client story?

My favorite client story would be having an elderly client of a very old school generation tell me how her life has changed since working with me. She has a lot on her plate so to speak, and just by sharing simple and practical tools with her she has seen a huge shift in her perspective and her ability to manage. Like she said “life is still crazy, but I have the tools now to help myself. I didn’t have those before.” She has hope now and confidence in herself. Seeing her go from always putting everyone else first and feeling guilty for doing anything for herself, to setting healthy boundaries, making her self-care a priority and being able to better manage the demands of her daily life makes my heart warm and fuzzy.

Where can my readers find out more about you and Soulful Energies?

Come on over to Ruby Toad Soulful Energies! It’s my online home and my hope is that you feel a sense of ease and calm as you spend time there.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with my readers?

I’d love to connect with you all! If you’d like tips on meditation, living with ease and grace, spirituality and random love filled notes from me, please join my mailing list.   Right now I am offering a free copy of my lovely new ebook, 5 Tips for Reconnecting with Yourself just for joining my mailing list.  It’s about simple, practical and powerful practices you can use every day to tap out of the chaos, find breathing room and get back to your divine inner self.

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Ruby Toad, Creator and Owner of Soulful Energies

5 Things You Can Do Right Now To Find Your Calm

For the past few weeks, my life has flown into a frenzy of homework, writing, website building, and a bunch of other stuff.  I’m busy, but it’s a good sort of busy.  Because I am a freelance writer, I set my schedule and work it accordingly.  Now that doesn’t mean that I don’t get stressed or freak out cause I do more often than I would like, but I have a series of things that I do to calm myself down, find my focus and destress.

If you are feeling stressed or over taxed, busy and that you life is going crazy all around you, here are some things you can do right now to help you find your calm.

5 Things You Can Do Right Now To Find Your Calm

1. Take 10 Deep Breaths

Right now.  No matter where you are, you can stop what you are doing, close your eyes and take 10 very deep breaths.  Stuck in traffic?  10 deep breaths.  Working on a project and your mind is going numb?  10 deep breaths.  Kids driving you crazy?  10 deep breaths.

2. Stop What You Are Doing and Do Something Else

If you are working on a project and you start to feel like you aren’t getting anywhere with it, just set it aside and work on something else like another project.  I do this all the time when I am writing and feel I am not getting anywhere with it.

3. Get up and Stretch or Move Around

If you work at a desk like most people, this one is really good.  All you really need to do is stand up, walk around a bit, reach your hands over your head and stretch.  If you like you can also go for a walk, maybe down the hall or outside for a minute.

4.  3 Minute Meditation

A 3 minute meditation is just that:  3 minutes of sitting or standing still and breathing.  You can listen to music or a guided meditation if you like, but you don’t have to.  Meditation quiets the mind which helps to quiet everything around us if we let it.

5. Drink a Glass of Water

When you are feeling stressed, drinking a glass of water helps.  I don’t know the how or the why of how this works, but I always feel calmer after I drink a glass of water.

Joyful Parenting: An Interview with Christine Marion-Jolicoeur

Peace.  Calm.  Joy.  Are they elusive or are they attainable no matter what sort of life you live? What about if you have kids?

Recently, I had the pleasure of talking to my friend, Christine, about finding joy, calm and peace as a parent amidst the rigors of our modern lives and her program, Joyful You, for mothers.

Let’s see what Christine has to say!

What is Joyful You?

Joyful You is coaching + e-courses that help busy mums find easy ways to bring joy into their parenting and everyday life, so they can raise healthy, connected kids.

Tell us a little bit about yourself. What is your background?

I’m a coach, writer and joyful mum of two amazing boys. I studied sociology, psychology and social work in university and have been doing social work as my day job for the past 10+ years. I may be an Amazon #1 bestselling author, published in Huffington Post and elephant journal, but being a mum is the best and hardest job I’ve ever had.

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Joyful parents are something that I believe everyone wishes they had or were. How did you come up with this concept? What is a Joyful Parent to you?

After I had my kids I felt really anxious and overwhelmed. Some days I was absolutely consumed by the mummy guilt. I realized I wasn’t showing up for them the way that I wanted to and that I needed to be a strong, positive role model first, before I could teach them all of the skills and qualities I wanted for them. So I did a lot of self-development work, invested in myself and made the decision to focus on joy (which is the opposite of all of those icky things I was feeling at the time.)

In my house, Joyful Parenting means mindfulness + gratitude + fun and parenting on purpose means making conscious choices, focusing on kindness and setting healthy boundaries.

What inspired you to write your e-course and start coaching women in Joyful Parenting?

I started Joyful You as a way to share what I’ve learned with other mums, because I remember what it was like to feel lost and confused. I remember crying all the time. I remember loving my kids so much and trying so hard to be a perfect parent. I remember the sleepless nights and the foggy days and feeling like it would never get better. I remember looking everywhere for answers and ending up being even more overwhelmed than before. I remember how it felt to ask for help. I remember how it felt to have someone listen to me and support me. And I remember how that changed everything.

What has been your best experience or story about Joyful Parenting? (can be your own or from a client)

One of my favourite moments was when a mum sent me a picture of her smiling baby. I loved seeing how proud she was of her family and knowing that the work we were doing together would have an impact of that sweet little face too. Best.Feeling.Ever.

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What can your clients get in your Joyful Parenting Courses and Coaching?

All of my coaching packages and e-courses focus on helping mums get really clear about their goals and priorities + build their confidence and skills. They learn new healthy habits, how to set boundaries and how to communicate with their partner and kids. And in the end, mums feel more self-aware and mindful and the whole family is more connected.

What do you hope Joyful Parenting can do for others?

Joyful You is all about helping mums let go of the guilt and anxiety so they can see how amazing they are and how their imperfections make them the perfect parent for their kids. We’re all a work in progress and sometimes you need a coach or an e-course to teach you new ways of thinking that will take you to that next level.

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Do you have a website?

My website is Joyful You.

Do you have a blog or anything else that you would like to share with my readers?

My blog is Joyful Parenting.

And I have two free gifts for your readers…

The Joyful Parenting ebook: your 6 step guide to confidence, clarity + connection with your kids when you need it most and the Joyful You ebook: recharge, reconnect + remember who you are in just 5 minutes! You can find them here: Joyful Parenting Free Gifts

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Christine, creator of Joyful You

Listen to Your Heart

Listen to your heart.  What a cliche!  It’s even a song title and lyric!  And anyway..who does that?

The older I get, the more I realize how important listening to your heart is.

Listen to your heart.

You’re probably wondering what the heck I am talking about. I wonder about it too, but since I’ve started listening to my heart, purposely seeking out things that make me feel good, inspire and motivate me, life seems to be easier, more joyful and pleasant.

Listening to your heart means paying attention and raising awareness to what you feel when you are thinking about doing something or when you are doing something, anything really. It’s that little voice in your head that tells you to go ahead and move forward and continue with something.  It’s that feeling you get in your gut that you can’t always explain when you find yourself faced with a challenge or in a situation.

When we are engaged and working on things or around people that make us feel good, it’s that feeling of joy and happiness that we experience. The opposite is true too like when we are doing something or surrounded by people that do not make us feel good or happy.

Listening to your heart is all about paying attention.  It’s like tuning in to your own personal radio station that’s set to a frequency that belongs to you, and you alone.  It’s an energy, a force that we all have.  It comes from within us and is always ever present.  Sadly, most of us have been taught not to tune in or to listen to it.

I never used to listen to my heart in the past. I was brought up not to trust it because someone always knew what was best for me.  How dare I think or believe that I might know what’s best for me.

For the past few years, I’ve been learning to listen to my heart.  Lately, it’s the only thing I listen to and as a result, my life is calmer, happier and more joyful. I find that the more I listen to my heart, the brighter the world looks and feels.  I find that I am attracting so many amazing things to my life like a course to help my business.  I am also finding myself surrounded by people who not only make me feel good and inspire me, but who are also on the same path as me.

So listen to your heart. It will not let you down.

Wild Motherhood: An Interview With Morgan Nichols

Last week, I had the pleasure of interviewing one of the many amazing women from one of the business groups I’m in.  Her name is Morgan Nichols, creator and owner of Wild Motherhood.

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Morgan and her son

When I first heard of Wild Motherhood I was intrigued even though I am not a mother myself, I think I’d like to be a wild mother! Wild Motherhood sounded like fun to me so I interviewed her to learn more about Wild Motherhood.

What is Wild Motherhood?

Wild mothering is about bringing all of us alive, including our lives as mothers. It’s about integration and wholeness, fun, sacred-ness and discovery. The part of you that is wild and free; the spiritual seeker; the creative explorer: all of them deserve to be heard and lived. Wild motherhood is about being in touch with your emotions and not making any of your feelings – or anything about yourself – wrong. Stepping out of limited boxes and dialoguing with your guilt. Saying, ‘I’m going to carve out some time for me, and nurture myself’, knowing that this is as essential as caring for your family. And sharing that with your family: being you. It’s about creating your own definitions of what a great family life looks like, your own ideas of ‘a good mother’. Plugging into our natural self and into all the excitement and enthusiasm that is there already. It can look like: connecting with nature, dancing wildly around the kitchen, making messy sculptures and paintings, telling the truth, writing and journaling, making up songs with your children – the possibilities are limitless! You can read the Wild Mother Manifesto here – a printable poster is coming soon.

What is your background?

I have a background in counseling, psychology and working with women, both one-to-one and in group settings. I’ve always written fiction, poetry, and a bit more recently non-fiction too. I love music, singing, nature and 5 Rhythms dance, yoga and meditation. Having my son, now 7, has been a huge part of my spiritual and creative journey. I’ve been on my own with my son since he was nearly 2, and that is also something I like to share and write about – being a single mother is such a blessing in many ways despite all the challenges.

How did you get started with Wild Motherhood?

It started with the idea to interview inspiring ‘mother mentors’ – mothers who are active creatively and spiritually – and write a book based on that. For several years I have been running writing workshops and groups for mothers, and love using the tool of reflective and creative writing to help mothers investigate their inner worlds. To see them use the group as a safe place to explore and be more honest than they’ve perhaps ever been. The concept of wild motherhood came as I searched for a book title. Then I started my blog and decided to offer coaching services to mothers, to help them get in touch with their creativity and soul-life in the midst of their busy mama lives.

What inspired you to write your ebook/blog/courses about Wild Motherhood?

I was fascinated by seeing how mothers around me managed to keep their fires lit even when they were exhausted, overwhelmed, and utterly consumed by motherhood so much of the time. There was always a spark that just wouldn’t go out! And I realised I was one of those mothers too 🙂 So, the book was about getting inspiration, tips and hints to share with the wider world of mothers out there, and also processing my own journey. I trawled through all my old journals – painful sometimes! – to find gems from my own experience of earlier mothering. My academic background means that I have a natural bent towards research – digging to find out more just because I want to know! I was inspired to develop the coming Wild Motherhood E-Course when I realised that I could reach a lot more women than just in my small workshop groups – I love the idea of mothers all over the world using the tools I’ve developed to expand their connection and commitment to themselves.

What has been your best experience or story about Wild Motherhood?

I coached a single mother of two recently, who used to come to my writing groups for mums. She had been feeling blocked and stuck with her writing and wanted to move forward. She gave me this feedback: “The mentoring course was so affirming: Morgan’s gentle support and guidance helped me to begin to value myself as an individual on my own creative path, rather than just being a mum, as well as giving me lots of inspiring ideas and valuable pointers based on where my interests lay at the time. It has really widened my perspective on myself and my capabilities, and was great fun trying out the new ideas and suggestions, particularly because Morgan was so responsive to my developing personal needs and motivations over the whole course, which made the overall experience very empowering.”

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Wild Motherhood is all about staying connected as a mother

Creativity and Motherhood. What a combination! I can see how these two topics sort of go hand in hand from my own upbringing by an artist mother who tended to do her own thing when it came to motherhood. What does creativity and Motherhood mean to you?

For me, creativity is part of the way I am. I’ve always been one to dance to my own drum. And being a mother was no different – as one friend who’s known me my entire life commented, ‘I was worried you wouldn’t be organised or practical enough to manage being a mom, but you are so good at it – you just do it in your way, and you’re very laid back.’ (Ha! If she could see me on some days…). And I don’t believe creativity is limited to ‘art’. It’s a way of being that is open to new possibilities, that is present in the moment, allowing life to flow through you. Whether that is in how you approach tricky discipline issues with your child, or planning meals, or meeting the different needs of your family in a way that everyone feels heard. I also believe being a mother has made me more creative in some ways – as I explore in my book, the desire for creativity is often greater when we have less time, because it forces us to focus and make the most of what we have. We can also become bolder, as mothers: I’ve done things I was scared to do before – like learn to play an instrument and sing for an audience, and running my own workshops.

Who do you believe can benefit from Wild Motherhood?

Mothers who feel their souls calling out for more space, but struggle to make that happen for themselves – whether that’s through meditation or other practices. Mothers who long to express themselves creatively – those who are just starting out, and those who want to get back to a path that’s been sidelined during the early mothering years. Mothers at any stage who want to be real and tell it like it is, without judgment. Who want to reclaim the parts of them that have felt a little lost or silenced in the relentlessness of caring for small beings, and who would like to be more authentic and alive with their children too. Mothers who want to be able to accept themselves more in all their imperfections, to have greater self-compassion and ditch the guilt. To be held in a safe supportive space where they can grow, learn and expand their potential.

What do you hope Wild Motherhood can do for others?

I hope that wild mothering can help women to be kinder to themselves, to feel more radiantly alive, and to connect up the dots of their lives. I hope they can get in touch with their feelings and needs, express these to others in their lives, and create structures that support them to regularly dive into their deeper, wilder selves.

Do you have a website or blog or anything else that you would like to share with my readers?

My website is Wild Motherhood – you can find my blog on there too. I’m giving away a free E-book, ‘Creative Fuel for Wild Mothers’, to new subscribers. You can read the Wild Mother Manifesto here,  a printable poster is coming soon, my Wild Motherhood E-Course is coming out in the autumn, and I will also have a monthly subscription coaching group for mamas who want to take it further.

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5 AM Dream Created Life

It’s 5 AM.  5 AM on a Sunday morning and I should probably be in bed, sleeping in.  I’m not however.  I’m awake, well rested and felt like writing a blog so I’m writing.  I love that.

I’ll probably take a nap later after I’ve gone out and run some errands. Who knows.  It’s nice though, to have this kind of freedom.  The freedom to do what I want when I want.  Living like this IS a Dream created life.

I remember a time when getting up or being up this early in the morning meant rushing around after being forced awake by an alarm.  I’d be rushed around, showering, getting ready, hunting for car keys, grabbing something to do for breakfast before hitting the road to go to work.

I do not miss those days.

Now getting up this early means spending that extra time in bed to just lie there warm and cosy,  or spending time petting and cuddling with the cats.  Other times it’s means spending an hour or longer picking out and cooking breakfast.  Most days it means getting up and getting to work which for me is writing and there is no rush, no panic.  Just me and my freedom.

It is a dream created life.

 

Visionary Art Journaling: An Interview with Maria Greene

Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with one of my lovely  friends, Maria Greene,  who is currently offering an e-course on Visionary Art Journaling.  I had no idea what that was so I decided to interview her about it.

Turns out it’s a pretty cool way to get in touch with your inner self though art.

Here’s what she had to say.

Q: I’m curious about Visionary Art Journaling. What is it exactly?

Intuitive, or visionary art journaling is to take a subject, it can be visual or music, or any other object that speaks to your senses. Then you try to define the sensation or inspiration the object invokes in you, and express that via art. It invites endless exploration and is a great way to get unstuck in your art practice.

Art from an art journal
Art from an art journal

Q: What is your background?

I have been involved with art since I was a kid, but my longest career has been as a fiction writer.  Basically, art and writing come from the same source, so the leap from one to the other is not that great, or foreign. I got really serious about pursuing my art in 2003. I also worked as a psychic reader / medium for twenty years (part time) and I understand the workings of intuition, something we all were born with, but rarely develop.

Q: How did you get started with Visionary Art Journaling?

Visionary art journaling is an idea I have been working on for quite a while. I used to offer Soul Collage classes locally where I guided students to make a piece of art solely based on their intuition. Everyone created great art, so even the most timid wanna-be artist  bridged the gap from the “empty canvas” to a layered mixed media piece. It was a sense of great accomplishment and satisfaction for them, and for me. Everyone had fun in the process! The Visionary Art Journaling e-course is basically an extension of what I have taught before, but with more depth since it’s a six week course.

An example of art made through visionary art journaling
Another example of art from a journal

Q: What is a good early story about your experience with Visionary Art Journaling?

A good early story: Mostly women attend the local events, diving into the various girly papers and occasional glitter, but I had this one man, a dentist, who threw himself wholeheartedly into the process and made amazing art. He also came back to the next workshop I taught.

Q: What has Visionary Art Journaling done for you in your life? What has been your best experience with it so far?

Art journaling in general has given me an outlet to express myself daily via art.  I also use it to try new art techniques. It also helps me get clear of what really matters in my life as I get silent and listen within. Basically, life is all about awareness, and the more aware we are in the moment, the more alive we are.  When I first started art journaling in 2009, I made messes on the pages, and wondered if I had gone mad. In a way it is very different from, say, painting on canvas. You express more of your ups and downs rather than an idea or a motif. Art journaling is great therapy in fact.

Q: What makes Visionary Art Journaling unique and stand apart from other journaling techniques?

Visionary art journaling is unique because you start from within and let the moment guide you.  As I make this kind of art I sometimes get deep insights about my current situation, or solutions to problems going on. The art might not be pretty but it anchors what I’m feeling at depth. Normally, we choose an art subject to explore as a visual, but intuitive art is more about expressing “what feels right” or feelings. It can be very abstract but deeply personal.

Q: Why should someone try Visionary Art Journaling?

Anyone who wants to have a deeper yet practical connection to their intuition should try the Visionary Art Journaling e-course and get some tools to use in everyday life. I say intuition gives you a chance to make better choices in life, so if art can open up that door, it’s a good way to grow and explore.

Another example of art from a journal
Another example of art from a journal

Q: What inspired you to create your course on Visionary Art Journaling? What do you hope people will learn from your course?

My e-course pretty much grew out of my past art explorations as a painter and mixed media artist, and the hands-on Soul Collage classes I taught. My intent and goal for the e-course is to help people connect with their own intuition and free their creativity from the constraint of tradition. I can show people tools to keep that connection open, and then it’s for them to practice to get a stronger sense of their inner self.

Q: Do you have a website or blog or anything else that you would like to share with my readers?

Readers can check out my art blog at Greene Earth Originals

To get more information about the e-course, click this link: Visionary Art Journaling

The course starts on June 15 and is $75, but it being offered at $60 until June 5th so don’t miss out!