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Holiday Gift Guide 2018

Season’s Greetings!

It’s that time of year again… Holiday gift giving can be really fun but it can also be stressful if you’re not sure quite sure what to get your relative/friend/client. This is my fourth year for creating a holiday gift guide just for you. If you want to see previous year's recommendations, scroll to the bottom of the article! 

This year, I’m recommending 2 personal development experts, 2 inspirational gift art websites and, for those of you who know me well, books! (I *always* recommend books!)  As life seems to speed up, people appreciate less “stuff” and more “support”.  I’ve got some ideas that may make a big difference for you or someone you want to give extra support and love to!


The two personal development experiences I’d like to share with you are:

1.  Intuitive Coaching Session. Yes, forgive me the indulgence, but this offer is with yours truly. Since publicly offering my intuitive coaching services several months ago, I’ve helped people with a wide variety of issues: career transition, starting a new business,  generating financial abundance, helping children cope with grief and anxiety, marriage issues, relocation decisions and more.  What’s coming through is nothing short of remarkable… loved ones who have crossed over are sending messages, I’ve been able to help people reconnect with family heirlooms they had forgotten they had in their possession and healing is occurring on multiple levels. I’m in awe and so are my clients! I still have these sessions on my website at the introductory price (about half of a traditional coaching session) so snag one for you or a loved one before the price goes up in January!
2. Medical Intuitive Session. I read Rob Breszny’s Freewill Astrology Horoscopes each week for fun and one day, he mentioned having great success with Megan Caper, a medical intuitive that he’d worked with. I’ve struggled with health challenges for years and something about this recommendation resonated in my body with a whole hearted YES! I started off with one session but ended up doing a series. We worked on several issues, but the big one that has had lasting impact on my confidence (and proof that Megan is the real deal) is that my skin is clear for the first time in decades. I have struggled with adult acne my entire life. I’ve tried modifying my diet, skin care regimens, herbal supplementation and dermatology prescribed drugs. I’ve spent thousands of dollars over the years and I’ve worn way too much make up to cover up the unsightly blemishes. With Megan’s intuitive wisdom and amazing abilities, she helped to balance my system so that my acne is 90% gone! If you’ve got a stubborn medical issue, give Megan a call. She’s great! (And tell her I sent you!)


These two inspirational art websites are some of my favorite places for more unique greeting cards, inspirational sayings and small gifts:

1.  Applied Insight – I found this site through one of my favorite artists, Mary Anne Radmacher. I first discovered her when I lived in Asheville more than 15 years ago and even gave my husband a piece of her art as a wedding gift. I adore her style, her lettering and her inspirational sayings and within the past year, I became Facebook friends with her and was reminded of how much I adore her work. But when I started exploring this site, I realized they carry a variety of unique artists and I just know you’re going to love it!

2.  Emily McDowell Studios – Chances are good you’ve seen her stuff. Funny, irreverent and often with the perfect card for those difficult occasions (What do you send to a friend who’s found out she has cancer? Emily’s got the perfect cards!) She uses a bit of profanity (appropriately placed, IMHO) so if that’s not your thing, you might want to skip this one. 


The three books I’m recommending this year are all by people that I know personally – how fun is that?!

1.  Calm the Chaos Journal: A Daily Practice for a More Peaceful Life is my new favorite journal! My coaching client Nicola Ries Taggart is a life & leadership coach and she’s created a simple but effective tool to help you review your current day and mindfully set intentions for the following day. It takes 5 minutes to fill out each evening and is a great way to keep the pulse on how you’re doing with your self-care. Her journal is being carried by Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters or you can order online. Bonus: I love the fact that the dates are left blank and you fill in your own – so if you skip a few days or even a week, you simply write in the next date and keep going. No guilt for all those empty pages of missed days.  

2.  If you have a friend who is curious about the possible messages we can glean from our encounters with animals, look no further than Sarah Seidelmann’s The Book of Beasties: Your A-Z Guide to the Illuminating Wisdom of Spirit Animals.  I’ve done several coaching sessions with Sarah this year and I love how she weaves her life perspective as a former doctor, Martha Beck trained life coach and shamanic practitioner into her work. She’s a hilarious writer (I’ve read all of her other books, too! Swimming with Elephants, her memoir, is my favorite) and helps us to see the magic that is all around us if we simply pause and take time to look and listen.

3.  If you have a loved one who is into natural health and healing, you’ll love herbalist Melanie St. Ours’ The Simple Guide to Natural Health: From Apple Cider Vinegar tonics to Coconut Oil Body Balm, 150+ Home Remedies for Health and Healing. I worked with Melanie to support my health and healing for two years. She’s an expert in her field and has a gentle way of introducing you to seemingly “new” ideas that really help you get back to the basics. I imagine many of these suggestions were part of our grandmother and great-grandmother’s healing tool boxes but have been lost through the generations. This is a lovely gift to give someone!


So there you go! My seven gift recommendations for 2018 Holiday Gift Giving. But if you’re still craving more ideas, please check out my lists from previous years. You might just find the *perfect* gift you’ve been looking for. And if so, let me know about it, OK?!

In 2015, I suggested experiential gifts, books and more.

In 2016, I suggested sensory gifts and more books.

In 2017, I suggested artistic gifts and more books.

Holiday Blessings to you and yours! XO

P.S. For Houston area readers, if you’re looking to give yourself a gift of retreat, I hope you’ll consider joining me either Dec 7th for the New Year, New You Business Planning Retreat OR Jan 11th for the 2019 Vision Board Workshop!





Are you ready to “Take the plunge”?

Earlier this year, I’m grateful that I had the opportunity to spend five days in Grand Cayman with my beloved husband. It is a colorful island with friendly people, amazing food and a peaceful, relaxing vibe that you experience as soon as you step off the plane. It was a wonderful place to get refreshed and renewed.

One of the highlights of a visit to Grand Cayman is going to Stingray Alley. We took a charter with Captain Martins and it was truly a unique experience. A little unnerving at first, dozens of stingrays swarmed our group when they saw we had food for them. Our tour guides assured us they were harmless, and in time we were petting them, hugging them and even kissing them! It was exhilarating to be so close to wild animals like that and to witness their beauty and grace.

At our final stop, the boat operators allowed people to jump off the second story of the boat into the clear blue crystal water below. As soon as I saw other people jumping, I got in line. Eric raised his eyebrows at me and asked “You sure?” And I said “Why not?” He shook his head no thanks, so I put my camera in his hands and off I went. 

I crawled over the rail, got my footing, and hesitated for just a few seconds. I took a big breath as I realized it was a long way down! But I had come this far. All I needed to do was let go and jump.

Wheeeeeeee! It was both scary and exhilarating!

But as you can see by the smile on my face when I resurfaced, I was filled with pure joy and a sense of accomplishment. I’m so glad that I took the risk.

I took the plunge. Literally. Into the turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean Sea.

I also took the plunge when I invested a chunk of money six months ago to hire a developmental editor to help me get the first draft of my book about rituals and celebrations completed. I was struggling doing it on my own and having weekly accountability has made all the difference for me. The progress is slow but it’s steady. I was recently interviewed by Dr. Sarah Seidelmann about my personal divorce rituals that appear in the book. You can watch the 15 minute interview here

And again I took the plunge a few weeks ago when I formally announced my intuitive coaching offer. It’s different from the traditional coaching that I’ve been doing for almost two decades, but it’s deep and powerful work. Several new clients signed up immediately, and over the past few weeks, we’ve laughed and cried together as they’ve experienced profound "A-Ha's" and received powerful messages to help them get unstuck. I’m so happy to share this work and help my clients to heal and grow!

So my question to you is this…

Where do YOU need to take the plunge in your life?

Perhaps it is time to….

  • Create a new product for your business 
  • Say no to a commitment because it no longer feels good
  • Ask someone out on a date
  • Engage in a difficult conversation with a friend or loved one 
  • Pursue a new path for a health issue you have been dealing with 
  • Go back to school to get trained in a new field 
  • Begin a spiritual practice that feels right to you
  • Quit your job and open a business 
  • Leave an unhealthy relationship because it is toxic to your well-being
  • Sell your house to downsize or upsize 
  • Commit to writing the book that has been bubbling in your brain for years

What are you ready to take the plunge for?

Please let me know. I’d love to celebrate with you and cheer you on!



P.S. And if you know you need to “take the plunge” but are feeling tentative or unsure, I’d love to invite you to consider booking an intuitive coaching session to help you get unstuck.




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!


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!