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reconciling our quest for perfection.

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“The very thought of perfection is stifling and impractical. If unmanaged it holds us hostage, keeping us from fulfilling our ultimate dreams”. ~Tara Correll

Perfect:  Conforming. Absolutely the description or definition of an ideal.  Excellent or complete beyond practical or theoretical improvement. Entirely without any flaws, defects, or shortcomings.  Accurate, exact or correct in every detail.  

It's simple. Perfection = Boring.

There’s joy in organic creation, it’s the soul rendering its fullest expression.

Perfectionism can be debilitating because it lacks the component of soul and true intent.  The word quietly evokes thoughts of, “it may not be good enough (or) what if this or I am not well received by others”.  Truth is - there is that chance; we work so hard seeking approval by attempting to meld into the status quo or from the fear to individualize.

The true answer lies in, “what is the purpose of my motivation, or “the why” of it.” As in: why should you care what people think? That question alone unearths truths.

Note to readers - This is about evaluating perspective in support of what you desire and how you express it – there’s far too much talent that goes unrealized in the name of perfection. It all goes back to our fear of failure.

We all exist from our own unique place of perspective. Define yourself by your vision, not your environment.

Reflection: Who sets the bar? If we are working at our optimum level and to the best of our ability, is that not personal mastery?

Embrace mastery: if you’re giving your all to a project, task, or your art, settle into its completion – release and let go.  Could it have been better? In some way perhaps, there’s always room for improvement or modification.

“Your life is your art. The fact that you’re living, breathing and have the opportunity to thrive is testament to that, don’t wait to unveil your creation – whatever it is. We are all evolutionary works in progress”.

Upcoming Events + Workshops:

Saturday, November 30th: East West Bookshop, 12 – 5 p.m. Intuitive consultations.

Sunday, December 1st: East West Bookshop, 1 – 5 p.m. Psychic Fair.

Friday, December 6th: The Susan Harmon Hour, 12-1 p.m. 1150 KKNW.

Saturday, December 7th: Yoga Life Queen Anne. Workshop, 1-3 p.m. Living Your Life’s Path - Finding Your Soul’s Purpose.

* The holidays are upon us. Give the gift of intuitive coaching and energy work – gift certificates available for everyone on your list! Contact me, here.

a tribute to courage :: the measure of man

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Honoring the life of native Hawaiian surfer Eddie Aikau.

 

The late Eddie Aikau was a big wave, professional surfer who perished at sea in March 1978.  Whether you are a fan of surfing or not, his story honors and represents where the velocity of bold courage can take you in life.  Watch this ESPN documentary series 30 for 30: “Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau.” 

*Visit my events page – here. For November and December upcoming schedule!

There’s a fine art to stealing.

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“Art is theft.” ~ Pablo Picasso

Introducing my new favorite read:                                                       

STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST by AUSTIN KLEON.

In this thoughtful + humorous book, Austin explores the questions:

* Do you view the world through the lens of an artist?                                  

* Do you know how to unlock creativity?                                                       

* Is imitation flattery? 

Emulation vs. Imitation and the theory of “fake it till you make it”.  

My story: Many years ago before speaking at a large corporate event, I experience unprecedented fear. On one particular day it was announced that there would be nearly one thousand attendees, I nearly lost it. A strategy that helped me push through was pretending to be Oprah. Of course I don’t look, sound, nor was I trying actually channel Oprah, it was more summoning her presence and courage. This act allowed me to achieve my personal best through the art of authentic recreation, enabling me to tackle an unimaginable task.

Emulation is not necessarily “ripping off” an original. You have your own voice, thoughts and perspective. You can slice, dice and add your special sauce to whatever already exists; it just has to reflect your personal expression and true voice – it’s walking that fine line. 

“Good artists copy, great artists steal.” ~ Steve Jobs

Austin introduces other topics that bring this concept full circle such as:

* Why side projects and hobbies are important.                                             

* Write the book you want to read.                                                                 

* Why being boring is useful.                                                                          

* Don’t wait till you know who you are to get started.

Read this book. I promise it will change how you preconceive and approach your life – that in itself is artistry.

One thing’s for certain: YOU WILL figure-it-out!

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 A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” ~ George Bernard Shaw.

That’s right, mistakes can be useful. “Fail fast”, says Melody Biringer founder of *   The Crave Company   . Melody has built many successful businesses on the concept of “failing fast”. From a business perspective this theory eliminates time lost launching and creating ventures that were never likely to succeed.  The result saves you precious time and money. 

How does this translate to all corners of our lives?

From the way we conceptualize business, to beginning romantic alliances, the pieces sometimes were never meant to fall into place. Our inherent belief system is ingrained and interconnected in the way we approach most everything.

WHY?

For fear of relinquishing the familiar. When we detach ourselves from familiarity that’s not best serving us, or take the road less travelled, magic will happen. It gives us opportunity to see things with fresh eyes.

Q +A:

* What is familiar and not working in your life that you need to “fail fast” at permanently?

* What’s the lesson you’ve come to realize that’s been repeated time and again that hasn’t served you? How has it improved and have you made peace with it?

This is a time for illuminating areas of our lives that need shedding or total elimination, as if to say “pssst…. hey you, shed baby, shed”!  Go back through your history and connect the dots; think elimination, transformation and regeneration meant to encourage heart-centered expansion.

Repurpose the idea as metaphysical movement; an emotional and spiritual cleanse creating space for you to succeed!

Remember: You are a gift to this world; deserving of living in your fullest expression and in true alignment.

*Check out  The Crave Company . Connecting + promoting gutsy female entrepreneurs and their businesses!

Join me next Wednesday at East West Bookshop for my workshop at 7:00 p.m. More on my events page, here.

3 things worth fighting for.

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“If you just get out of your own way… It is amazing what will come to you.” – Laird Hamilton

Lesson 1:

Have the desire to be great: “Greatness always comes at a cost, but with rewards.” If it resonates lean in, plan ahead.  Be prepared and ready to receive what comes in the name of greatness. 

Lesson 2:

Live life with heart: “Have the heart of a lion." Courage is not for wimps, it’s not for pros, it’s for warriors who desire and envision more for their lives. If it resonates in your heart, be passionately relentless. Design a clear vision and mission…go for it!

Lesson 3:

Commit to not always playing it safe: “Stay limber in life." Have the desire to expand beyond your normal. Start by asking “what do I stand for?” How will this make a difference for myself and the collective? 

Final thoughts: Sometimes life can use a little tweaking.                    

Tweak your heart + your intellect. 

Never stop fighting to thrive.

Mark your calendars for these exciting upcoming events.

Your story: Choosing to release attachment.

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Each of us has been put on earth with the ability to do something well. We cheat ourselves and the world if we don't use that ability as best we can. - George Allen, Sr.

“Choice, not chance, determines you destiny.” – Aristotle

Letting go of the same old; same balancing act, same ole’ dialogue, same thoughts and choices produce more of the same results and keep us stymied from making inroads that allow us to align with our essential selves, our destiny.

In embracing the inward and outward ebb and flow of life, finding peace in conflict and strife; we learn to know spiritual symmetry. It’s there we learn to nourish the inner and outer soul. Through this process we settle into our truth, we maintain a clear mind and open heart, where truth acts as our beacon.

In lucid incite we can draw from and shepherd in wisdom. 

Until we learn, we’ll be tested over and over again - the challenge is finding peace and ease in deep discord. “It’s not the load that breaks you down. It is the way you carry it." - Lou Holtz

Be in training mode; positively perpetuate and maintain wholeness and completeness. Be pliable, be ready, to protect what’s divinely yours – at all times.

What part of your story are you willing to let go of?           

Liberation requires settling into a virtuous cycle: Initially that in itself may cause nothing short of discomfort. That discomfort has the potentiality to manifest into nothing less than the alchemy of the soul. Deconstructing the part that no longer serves us requires a place of adjustment, but can change the trajectory of your story. 

Come visit me this weekend at the 2013 Pacific Northwest Healing Touch Regional Conference! More info here.

Thinking outside your circle :: The practice of inclusion.

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Are you unknowingly occlusive? 

Do you feel at times outside the circle, or on the outskirts of inclusion? 

To live within the circle is to know the spiral of unending connectivity that is available to you; that sense of completion that equates to what home, family and belonging really means. 

Inclusion as an art form invites love and rootedness; it serves as a chariot and conductor to the heart. 

What are you doing in your daily life to invite inclusion?

It takes at the very least, knowing your tribe to solidify what’s described here - think circle as in, continuum.  It’s open, inviting, and non-discriminatory; in essence a revolving door that to function, must be reciprocal. Inclusion evokes the feeling of personal value and instigates the act of generosity.

It’s about stepping outside of our personal comfort zone at times and stretching the heart and soul.

Inclusion most of the time is not about convenience; but translates quietly as “welcome my heart is open, to enter, yours must be too”.

The result of inclusion: You are not alone.

I'll be at East West Books this Saturday 12-5pm offering intuitive readings! Click here to go to their site for more information!

visioning a life of wellness ::

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If a man carefully examines his thoughts he will be surprised to find how much he lives in the future. His well being is always ahead. Such a creature is probably immortal.  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never Give Up! ~ Diana Nyad, endurance swimmer.

Why it’s never too late. 

Your path to bottom up, inside out wellness is necessary for longevity and increase in good health.  Research shows that it’s the small but positive, incremental changes and habits formed that aid in overall sustainability. The key is to do what you can, by releasing rigidity and expectation. No one thing works forever. As we change, our physical and mental well-being does as well. It’s important to acknowledge that we must stand the test of time, while feeling our most optimum. This takes nothing less than focus, lasting commitment and is all within your reach.

Here is a check list in no particular order:

* Allow time to sleep and nap - Interrupted nighttime sleep can lead to increased appetite and ultimate weight gain, especially around the abdomen. Whenever possible, try napping between the hours of 1 and 4 - anywhere from 20 to 90 minutes tops. You’ll be happier and will function more efficiently.

* Participate in individual or group meditation and think positively.  Meditation and prayer reduces stress – the culprit for spikes in cortisol (the fight or flight hormone) and cause for increased blood sugar and weight gain. Your body is truly your temple.

* Physical activity rules!  Move it - always and anyway you can!  Breathe in life force!

* Keep your favorite friends and family close - nothing is more grounding than a support system. If you don't have one, build one!

* Laugh and laugh often - happiness is a state of mind.

* Increase mental agility + creative well-being – Play an instrument, pursue artistic pastime or play games. The idea is to keep the mind pliable. 

* Healthy diet + supplements = healthy body. Simply make smart choices and moderate.

* When needed, broaden your network of health care providers and your approach to changes in your health. Research and ask around; see what works for other people that you trust.

* Research alternative healing modalities – Reiki, shiatsu massage, acupuncture and other forms of effective energy and body work are worth investigating for overall health and well-being.

There’s nothing to fear; it’s never too late to start.

September 14th, I'm offering readings at East West Books. Visit here for more information. I also offer individual coaching from my studio on Queen Anne.

What it’s like to be relentlessly you.

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re-creation, free will + initiative.

"The butterfly becomes only when it’s entirely ready" -Chinese Proverb

"It takes courage to push yourself to places that you have never been before… to test your limits… to break through barriers. And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom" -Anais Nin 

Two years ago I received a ukulele for my birthday. The idea was inspired while attending my family reunion on Oahu, July 2011. I returned ready to learn to play an instrument that would allow me to further connect to my roots and heritage. The goal (yes, I’m a goal oriented person) was to competently play alongside my family by next reunion time.

So on that birthday when my husband presented me with a gift, I knew exactly what it was by its shape, I got a sick and sinking feeling as in, “this is just one more thing I’m going to half-ass in my life”.  Please understand I was extremely grateful and really touched, but I’ve been known to have too many balls in the air. I’d also made a recent decision to narrow my scope of interest to three things at a time, more about mastering quality not quantity.

Fast forward to last week, I exercised my right to free will, that ukulele had been calling to me.

I was in a space of desiring art-based pastimes outside of the gym or yoga studio that would center me, offer encouragement and not be so goal oriented; more joy for joy’s sake, not built so much on expectation.  I searched for a reputable teacher and took my first lesson.

Last Sunday I learned six chords and actually played the ukulele – that was not the goal, it just happened. 

We are capable of creating creation and love all the time. Activate that for yourself. What is it that you can create?  Focus on love and creation, start there. 

Actively participating in your life is a choice, free will doesn’t mean free ride. Free will is about the responsibility of making our heart centered dreams a reality. Like playing an instrument, life is about mastering one chord at a time…..

Creation comes outward through spirit, thought and love from within and relentless belief in yourself.

We want to hear about your brilliance.

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“Behold the beauty of the lotus jewel flower within - behold the beauty of life.”

Getting “right” with our gifts is a true way of honoring ourselves. Being fully present and in union with self is a form of personal devotion.

Our gifts brought to this life offer us license to shine, developing oneself from the ground up sets that stage. The act of “dimming down” to accommodate those around us and their feelings of inadequacy is not only doing a disservice to ourselves, but to them.

This life is not ours to squander.  

With your life, all things are possible. Take a moment to reflect on these questions: 

 

* What makes you brilliant?

* What differentiates you from the crowd? 

* What do you desire most in terms of personal fulfillment and happiness? 

* How will your desire benefit not only yourself, but others?

* Describe how accomplishing your desire(s) will allow you to feel? 

* How can you repurpose your fear, and make it work for you? 

* Identify past fear or feelings of inadequacy that have stopped you in your tracks and “muscle” through them: make special note of your experience and how it feels to be on the other side.   

 

 

Are you ready to take center stage in your life?

 

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