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Wednesday
Aug082018

In Celebration of 18 Years… Announcing Intuitive Coaching

Dear Ones,

Ever since my mom died almost 2 years ago, life for me has been different in so many ways, it’s hard to explain. But I’ll try. I was her caregiver for 3 ½ years before her transition and having that privilege helped me to understand that there are so many things happening in non-ordinary reality that we can’t begin to comprehend. Witnessing her struggle to release her Earthly body and listening to her engage with ancestors and angels from another dimension was a holy experience indeed. With help from one of my mentors, I served as Mom’s death doula and performed energy healing work on her behalf before, during and after her death. It was some of the most sacred and profound work of my life.

It was soon after facilitating her first celebration of life, that I dubbed the White Rose Ceremony, that I realized that the focus of my book needed to be about bringing people together in community through the power of ritual and celebration. I’ve been working on that book diligently for the past few months which is why I’ve been a little quiet lately.

The first year after she died, I was in deep grief. This past year, the fog has lifted and instead I’ve been examining my life thoroughly as I imagine many people do once both of their parents are dead. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about my life, my family, my values, and my priorities. I’ve got a great marriage, an amazing child, and loving family and friends. But the one question I keep coming back to, especially as I walk in the woods talking out loud to my Mom and Dad, is “How can I best serve others?”

This month, I’m celebrating 18 years in business!

I am humbled and grateful beyond belief that I’ve had the privilege of working with hundreds of people around the country as their coach and have touched thousands of people through speaking, training, retreats, online classes, and more. Since 2000, my work has changed and evolved as I’ve grown both personally and professionally. My work as a life and business coach has always had a spiritual bent because I am a believer that we are all children of God, that we are all connected, and that love is our divine birthright.

  
So today I'm delighted to introduce my intuitive coaching sessions!

It’s a natural evolution of my work in the world and is a great option for people who don’t need the long-term support and accountability that traditional coaching offers but are looking for a short-term perspective on a problem or issue they are struggling with.
 

With my intuitive coaching services, you sign up for just one session and get insight, resources and direction to help you move ahead with a problem you are facing. If you need support with relationship issues, business decisions, big life transitions, parenting struggles, communication challenges and more, this might be perfect for you! It’s quick, easy and yields positive results fast.

In celebration of 18 years, I’m offering it at a super affordable price in the month of August. You can read all about it here and sign up if it speaks to you.

Once I finish the first draft of my book, I hope to be in more regular communication with you. But in the meantime, if you want to stay in touch, come join me over on Facebook because that’s where I hang out online.

Thank you for being a part of my community and celebrating with me!

Elizabeth

P.S. In the past few months that I’ve been offering intuitive coaching sessions to my beta testers, the results have been quite profound for some of them. My favorite response was from a client who said “it was like a 3-D experience with multiple layers of meaning tying my past, present, and future together.” Whoa.

P.P.S. Of course, I’m still available for more “traditional” life and business coaching and for anyone signing up for a 3 month package this month, I’ll offer an 18% discount in honor of my 18 years! 
Tuesday
Feb062018

5 Ways to Practice Self-Love this Month

 

 

My 7-year old daughter has been asking me about Cupid lately. She doesn't understand exactly what he is. A cherub? A saint? An angel? And why does he shoot arrows at people?

Cupid, according to classical mythology, is a god and is the son of the goddess Venus and helps us to celebrate desire, affection and erotic love. Since Riley is only in first grade, I'm going to focus my explanations about him on the love and affection part for now.

Which is a great segue for what I want to talk to you about this month! Being a great partner, friend, parent, and business person starts by giving love and affection to yourself. You’ve heard the saying you can’t give from an empty well… well, it’s true!

Many of my coaching clients hire me to help them grow their businesses, but usually one of the first things we end up working on is shoring up their self-love (or self-care) strategies. Because sadly, those things often get put by the wayside when we get busy with entrepreneurship, family life, community service, and all the other ways we walk in the world.

Here are five ways that you can practice self-love in the month of February...

1. Write Morning Pages. Julia Cameron made this exercise popular in her creativity book "The Artist's Way" and one of my clients recently reminded me about it. The concept is simple. Upon waking each morning, take a few minutes and write three longhand stream of consciousness pages in your journal before you begin your day. It’s a great way to clear the cobwebs and start the day fresh!

2. Meditate. You've heard it before but I'll say it again. Meditation is good for the mind, body and spirit. When you can sit quietly and let your thoughts drift on by, it is a wonderful way to release the tension and stress from your experience. If you've never meditated, start with five or ten minutes. There are even some cool meditation apps to help get you started. If you can meditate in outdoors in nature, that’s even better. Or find a church, temple or other sacred space to sit quietly. (For my Houston readers, my favorite place to meditate is the Rothko Chapel)

3. Build an Altar. An altar can be a sacred space for you to pray, meditate and give thanks. Here’s a quick article from Mind Body Green on how to build a simple home altar. Since my mom died almost a year and a half ago, I am very aware that I have a lot of ancestors on the other side. I recently created an ancestral altar where I can sit and visit for a few minutes every day with them and pray for their wisdom and guidance. This simple practice feels very loving and life affirming to me.

4. MELT. I recently learned about the MELT Method, and it feels fantastic when you do it. MELT is a wellness method that helps to hydrate the fascia in your body. After just two weeks of doing it, I am feeling stronger, more balanced, less inflamed and my brain feels clearer!

5. Schedule those Health Check Ups. Some people do this every January, but if you've gotten to February and still haven't made your doctor’s appointments, now is the time. Pull out your calendar and start calling your family doctor, your OB/GYN, your dentist, your eye doctor and anybody else that you regularly need a check up with. If you do wellness appointments to support your overall health like chiropractic, acupuncture and massage, this is a great time to get back on track!

Bonus tip: surround yourself with loved ones this month! Call a girlfriend that you haven't seen in a while and schedule lunch. Visit a relative that you adore but may not often get to see. Plan a date night with your sweetie. Schedule a special parent-child fun day. It is the month of love, after all, so you might as well enjoy it!

What’s your favorite self-love/self-care strategy? Let me know!

Happy LOVE Month!

Elizabeth

Wednesday
Dec272017

Bye-Bye 2017...Hello 2018!

I love the week between Christmas and New Year's? Do you? It's one of my favorite weeks of the year as things slow down…we experience the pause between the frenzy of the holidays…and we prepare to release the old year and embrace a brand new one!

It’s a wonderful time to review your year – celebrate the highlights, learn from the lowlights and then say “bye-bye” and leave it all in the dust as the clock strikes midnight and you get to start all over again. 2017 turned out to be a challenging year for many, much like 2016. It’s time to press the reset button.

The New Year brings with it a blank slate, a sense of "anything's possible" and lots of hope and anticipation about the future. It feels fresh and new and squeaky clean!

Here are a few questions that I invite you to consider as we embark on the New Year. You may want to pull out your journal and write down your observations, or print this out and discuss with your partner, children or best friend.

 

2017 in Review

What did you accomplish this year?

What challenged you this year?

What did you learn about yourself?

What are you ready to let go of?

What do you wish to bring forward into the New Year?

 

Looking Ahead to 2018

What is your theme for the New Year?

What specific goals do you have?

How would you like to FEEL in 2018?

What new experiences would you like to have?

What do you want to be celebrating on Dec 31, 2018?

 

Happy New Year! May 2018 bring abundant blessings to you and yours!

Elizabeth

P.S. If you are a professional woman in the Houston area and are looking for support in inviting abundant blessings into your life and revitalizing your business and your life, I invite you to join me for my annual Vision Board Retreat on Friday, January 12th!