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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! 

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!