Monthly Archives: October 2016

Your only job is to breathe and not resist.

For many years, I tried to keep my life tidy, clean and tended to judge others who had drama… or perhaps, more accurately, complexity. I can see now that being above drama was the way I tried to manage my life, keep it simple and pared down because I wasn’t sure I was capable of managing the mess of a real, full, life.

Sometimes it feels like the failures (even the tiny ones) will destroy me, so it’s easier to say no than to say yes. But if you want to say yes to joy you also have to say yes to uncertainty. If you want to say yes to pleasure, you also have to say yes to risk. It’s like Brene Brown says, “You can’t selectively numb emotion. When we numb the painful emotions, we also numb the positive ones.” Saying yes to aliveness and joy might also mean saying yes to the discomfort of vulnerability, rejection, loss and all of the other things we prefer to avoid.

Anyway, every once in a while I realize that I’m living a life I never envisioned for myself – 44 years old, divorced, several boyfriends, 2 children, my own business… you get the picture. So apparently even when you try with all your might to keep things simple and tidy it doesn’t work out that way! Life is messy and full and I’m learning that that’s okay.

I consult with a whole stable of intuitives and they give me a curious kind of faith, of trust in how my life is unfolding. “It’s all been mapped,” Kelly said. “It was mapped before you got here. You can’t mess this up. There is no way for you to be off your path. Your only job is to breathe and not resist.”

And I think there are two camps of people – those who are horrified by this, by the idea that their free will has been compromised – and those in Camp B (like myself) who feel utterly relieved by this news.

“Your only job is to breathe and not resist.”

I practiced this in line at Target yesterday. There was an older woman behind me and a new line opened up. We both looked to see if the other was going to jump to that line. “Whenever I switch lines,” I said, “I end up in an even slower line. I’m going to stay put.” She laughed and agreed, staying in her spot behind me.

Then I told her that grocery lines were where I practice calming myself down and trusting that I’m exactly where I need to be, even if it’s slow, and I try to remember that there’s no real hurry. That I don’t need to resist what’s actually happening.

And I’m telling you this because I used to think that being in the slowest line was a kind of small failure- of falling behind, of wasting time, of doing it wrong somehow. And this is my way of saying to myself: I’m always in the perfect line. Fast, slow, no matter. I can’t mess this up. It was already mapped. Here I am.


P.S. We are going back to Bali again this May 8th-14th, 2017!

And made a delicious little video describing what’s in store for you!
If you are feeling that little tug on your heart, please join us. It’s an amazing place to open up and connect in deep and beautiful ways with yourself, the land of Bali and your new sister friends you will make when you arrive. It’s SO good!

You can see the video on our home page here.


Bundle of Creative Magic!

Ready for a huge burst of creative inspiration?

I’ve gathered some of the most inspiring people I know to bring you a collection of e-courses + e-books that will get you unstuck, stir your creative passion and create a beautiful shift in your life.

Below you will find courses in growing a creative business, creating a soulful community, create a thriving relationship + so much more! I am thrilled that these wise women have joined me in offering you this bundle of love and inspiration.

Just $97 gets you access to 10 different
e-books and

Note: Once you purchase the bundle, the e-books + courses are available whenever you want them. Do them one at a time, at your own pace!

Sale ends at midnight on Friday, October 13th, 2016

Elevate the Ordinary (Self-guided photo course)

Photography is about marveling at the ordinary moments that make up our lives. From breakfast to bedtime, rumpled sheets to crinkled smiles, crumpled candy bar wrappers to footprints in fresh mud, you’ll learn how to elevate the ordinary . . . into something extraordinary.

Join Andrea for this 6-week self-guided adventure. Take your photography to the next level — as you sink deeper into your miraculously ‘ordinary’ life. Anyone with a camera (point and shoots are totally welcome) is invited to participate!

Andrea Scher is an artist, online workshop teacher + big believer in the transformative power of creativity. Through her e-courses Superhero Photo and Mondo Beyondo, Andrea inspires us all to live authentic, colorful and creative lives. Best known as the author of the award-winning blog Superhero Journal, she is passionate about the sweet spot where creativity and personal growth intersect. She is also a co-author of the book Expressive Photography.

Daring Adventures in Paint E-course

Daring Adventures in Paint: This 6 week E-course is not just about painting, it’s about being daring in art and life! What you do on the canvas mirrors the bold steps you take in your life! This course is for anyone who wants to strengthen their creative muscles, be inspired on a daily basis, and step into their own brilliance and find their magic.

You can find more details about the course here.

Mati Rose McDonough paints in her art studio in sunny Berkeley, CA where she regularly encounters lucky elephants, talking birds and a mysterious girl who always wears feathers in her hair. When she’s not covered in paint you can find her biking on her mint green bike, drinking tea and searching for treasures to share with you. Mati illustrates children’s books like her popular ee cummings’ book i carry your heart and has had her art published on shirts, games, cards, dresses and even couches! Mati Rose is the author of the book Daring Adventures in Paint.

Studio Diaries

Studio Diaries is my way of inviting you inside my studio to give you an intimate look at my creative process, introduce you to some of my favorite, creative friends, share my latest fascinations and offer a vast array of valuable, inspirational content.

Each Studio Diary focuses on a monthly theme designed to support you on your creative path. The fresh monthly videos, written content, interviews, exclusive podcasts and monthly playlists will ensure that every month is full of new creative inspiration. For this bundle sale, you will get to choose two diaries – a $48 value.

Flora Bowley is an artist, author, and gentle guide whose soulful approach to the creative process has transformed thousands of lives. Blending over twenty years of professional painting experience with her background as a yoga instructor, healer, and lifelong truth seeker, Flora’s intimate in-person workshops and popular online courses have empowered a global network of brave painters, while creating a new holistic movement in the intuitive art world. She is the author of two books about this unique way of creating: Brave Intuitive Painting and her newest – Creative Revolution.

Your Most Courageous Self E-book + The Shift Plan

You get 2 incredible offerings from Kate!

1. Your Most Courageous Self E-book: Tired of doubting yourself or hesitating to take action? Learn what Your Most Courageous Self most desires, how fear holds her back, and how to create an action plan for making bold moves and moving forward.

2. The Shift Plan: Get out of confusion and clarify exactly what you want to shift in 5 pivotal areas of your life: growth, romance, friendship, career, and money.

Kate Swoboda (a.k.a. Kate Courageous) is the author of the Courageous Living Program, founder of the Courageous Living Coach Certification, and creator of, where she defines courage as: feeling afraid, diving in anyway, and transforming. Her approach combines straight-shooting, pragmatic wisdom with playfully poking at self-imposed limitations of who you are and what’s truly possible for you. Her first book with publisher New Harbinger will be on shelves in 2017.

Photo Meditations: Infusing Your Images with Soul

Photo Meditations: Infusing Your Images with Soul helps to open your eyes to not only the world around you but also to the possibilities of using your photography as an intimate form of creative self expression. By the end of the course you’ll have a better idea of how to make images that mean something to you and will know how to add more of YOU to your photographs. Don’t be surprised if you start taking your camera with you every time you leave the house!

The course runs for 25 consecutive days, kicking off the moment you sign-up. Each day you’ll receive a lesson straight into your in-box and on the last day you’ll receive a gorgeous 116 page ebook of the entire course. You’ll also be madly in love with your camera(s)!

Susannah Conway is the author of This I Know: Notes on Unraveling the Heart (Globe Pequot Press). A photographer, writer and teacher, her classes have been enjoyed by thousands of people from over 50 countries around the world. Co-author of Instant Love: How to Make Magic and Memories with Polaroids (Chronicle Books), Susannah helps others reconnect to their true selves, using creativity as the key to open the door. You can read more about her shenanigans on her blog at

Let Your Selfie Shine E-book + Seminar

The Let your Selfie Shine E-Book is a guidebook for helping you shine and step into your visability in your blog or business. So many of us are putting off ‘get a photo shoot’ into our someday to-do list, when everything is perfect…sound familiar? In this E-Book you’ll be invited to step into your story, your truth, your magic, here and now.

Vivienne shares her favorite activities to help you get amazing head shots and photos for your blog and business that will help you step boldly into your visibility and let you shine. Explore the activities in the E-Book and join Vivienne for a 1 hour live seminar to explore the activities live!

Vivienne McMaster is a photographer, workshop leader and positive body image advocate from Vancouver, Canada. She who helps folks around the world see themselves with compassion through their own camera lens. Her photographs have been seen in such places as and The Huffington Post. The camera and self-portraiture helped her heal her own negative body image and she’s now on a mission share these tools and help folks choose compassion over critique, one photo at a time. You can see more about her at

The Right-Brain Business Plan Home Study Course

The Right-Brain Business Plan Home Study (Lite): In our flagship self-study program, based on my best-selling book, you’ll finally get your business plan done and you’ll have fun doing it! Perfect for creative business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs who cringe at the traditional way of doing business. You’ll clarify your big vision, identify your perfect customers, set your moola goals, and develop an action plan for success, all with a right-brain visual flair, of course.

You can find more about the course here (please note that the monthly group calls are not included in this lite version and you’ll need the RBBP book to get the most out of the experience). Valued at $147

Jennifer Lee is the founder of Artizen Coaching and the author of Building Your Business the Right-Brain Way and the bestseller The Right-Brain Business Plan, which has helped tens of thousands of entrepreneurs around the world launch their creative businesses. After spending 10 years climbing the corporate ladder and getting tired of living her dream “on-the-side,” she took the leap to pursue her passions full-time. Jennifer is a certified coach, certified yoga instructor, and certified Expressive Arts Facilitator, and she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

30 days of Grace: Rituals Practices and Lessons on Loving Yourself

30 Days of Grace: Rituals, Practices, and Lessons on Loving Yourself and Your Life Blissfully Whole. $97 value.

Journey with me through the art and practice of self love and dream manifestation. For 30 days we will go on a ‘cleanse’ of that which does not serve us, while bringing in the clarity and exquisite care for our beings. This class is a self-guided study where you go at your own pace for 30 days. However, you will still be able to join and interact with our private group. After you purchase, you will receive a PDF of this course with links and passwords to the videos for a lifetime. This is a wonderful and enriching gift you can give to yourself, an epic act of self-care.

Alena Hennessy is the author of 3 books on painting and creativity, along with a facilitator of the art-making process as a pathway to fulfill the spirit. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines and publications, including Dwell, The Washington Post,Spirituality & Health, Redbook, and Natural Health magazine. Alena is also a flower essence practitioner, along with being a Reiki master and energy healer. Through grace and intuitive guideposts, she calls the beautiful town of Asheville, NC her home. As a facilitator, her intention is that each participant leave a little more transformed, content, and open to wild possibility. Learn more at

Honoring Community with Wolf: A PDF e-Course for Building Strong Relations

Examine how you walk in the world and gather with others to build upon dreams, collaborate, love and celebrate. This self-study course covers building community, sustaining community, healing your sense of belonging, honoring your need to belong, and discovering what kind of community benefits you as an individual. Also included is a section on the importance of belonging, of honoring alone time, and re-culturing for inclusivity, as well as allowing time in relationships for stepping back from existing communities to allow for needed change. Take a good look at your needs for being alone (without thinking of yourself as a Lone Wolf) and right nourishment so that you can show up strong in community when you choose to.

Pixie Lighthorse mothers the nurture-deficient world by sharing Earth Medicine theory and skills. Her educational programs are inspired by her indigenous lineage and the divine feminine. Her work restoring bonds between people and nature resulted in her first book, Prayers of Honoring, to inspire unapologetic dialogue with Spirit, prayer trauma and address historic spiritual woundings.

The 10 Agreements: Build the Foundation for a Thriving Relationship

Why do some relationships thrive and others suffer? The answer is simpler than you may think. Relationships that thrive have a strong foundational set of agreements. In this 10 video self-paced program Justin and Juna Milano will walk singles and couples through the 10 most essential agreements to a thriving partnership. By getting grounded in the core ingredients for a healthy relationship, you will undoubtedly attract the partner of your dreams and have the skills necessary to take your relationship to the next level. Plus you will be able to see the miracles that occur for other couples when they integrate these agreements into their relationship.

Juna Mustad is a relationship coach, an intuitive, a group facilitator, and a somatic experiencing practitioner. She has a geeky-huge passion for sharing the infinite gems of emotional intelligence and conscious relationship skills. In addition, she leads workshops and retreats in the U.S. and Asia. Juna and her husband have shot over 100 free relationship videos, sharing the highs and lows of their personal journey into marriage on To learn more about Juna visit

I wish people would pay me to hold their hand on airplanes.

This is a recent email exchange between me and my writing teacher/friend/co-workshop leader Laurie Wagner:

Dear Laurie,

Here is a list of things I wish people would pay me for!

I wish people would pay me to hold their hand on airplanes.
I wish people would pay me to find faces in their food.
I wish people would pay me to doll them up and take their picture.
I wish people would pay me to throw things out of their closet.
I wish people would pay me to play with their dog.
I wish people would pay me to find sea glass on the beach.
I wish people would pay me to cry on their couch.
I wish people would pay me to take a walk with them and point out what’s beautiful.


Laurie: I love this game! Here’s mine:

I wish people would pay me to come over and let me make them soup.
I wish people would pay me to come to my house and lay quietly on my couch.
I wish people would pay me to play with their hair.
I wish people would pay me to draw them a bath and light a few candles.
I wish people would pay me to make music compilations for them.
I wish people would pay me to tell them the doggone truth about everything!
I wish people would pay me to point out how the light is changing
I wish people would pay me to shop for textiles with them.
I wish people would pay me to rip paper with them.
I wish people would pay me to learn how to make guacamole.

Why am I sharing this with you?

These are bread crumbs. Little points of light. Things that light us up. Things that bring us joy. Things that give us clues about who we are and where we are going.

Want to try?

What do you wish people would pay you for?
Set a timer for 3-5 minutes and see what comes out. Go ahead and share a few below.
P.S. This is one exercise Laurie and I will be doing this weekend at our workshop in Oakland/Alameda. There are still a few spots if you’d like to join us! Just click here for more info.