Declaration of You Blog Tour: Intention + Giveaway!


This post is in celebration of the brand new book: The Declaration of You! by Michelle Ward and Jessica Swift. I’m so honored to have been interviewed for the book (you can see my chapter by getting + get a preview of the book here). Here are some thoughts about intention, something near and dear to my heart. May the manifesting begin!

How often do you set intentions, and how do you determine what it needs to be?

If you know anything about me, you know that I love creating Mondo Beyondo lists. These lists are all about stretching yourself into new territory. It is your list of the most outrageously wonderful things you can imagine creating for yourself. It’s where you write: Live in Sevilla, Spain for 3 months, meet Alanis Morrisette and perform in a flashmob. It’s where you capture the dreams that you didn’t know you had (and don’t know how you will achieve) but they are dreams that make you feel a bit giddy just thinking about.

I use the Mondo Beyondo list as a way to expand my sense of what’s possible. If I am stretching myself into a place beyond what’s comfortable or what I think is “possible” then I am reaching into a new place in my heart. Also, not everything on the list has to be outrageous… Mondo Beyondo dreams also look like this: Heal my marriage, experience self-love, cultivate new friendships + find my tribe.

I usually remember to do a Mondo Beyondo list on my birthday or on New Year’s Day, but it would be a great practice to do each month or each quarter. Public transportation is a great place to do Mondo Beyondo lists.

Have you experienced something happening to you that you attribute to directly setting it as an intention?

So many things! The time I met Ben Harper on a bus in San Francisco is one of my favorite manifesting stories.

Why do we feel uneasy in setting intentions?

It’s natural to feel a bit uneasy when setting intentions. It leaves us a bit vulnerable. We’ve just declared something we want -something that means a lot to us- and we don’t know if we will actually get it!

For some of us, we learned it was safer to not desire things because the pain of rejection or feeling disappointed had us feel unloved. I remember being afraid to tell my parents what I wanted for my birthday as a child because I was afraid they would forget or decide that I was asking for too much. I couldn’t bear the thought of the disappointment so I chose practical things instead. Or I’d say, “I don’t need anything. Whatever you think…”

I think it’s still a leap of faith for me to “put it out there” and declare what I want in a powerful way. There’s still that voice that shows up and says, “Fat chance, that’ll never happen” or “Who do you think you are?”

I think it’s important to WRITE THE LISTS ANYWAY.

And keep them private if they feel too vulnerable. Sometimes I make a list and put it under my bed. They are my private little deal with the Universe anyway.

 What’s your personal declaration around intention?

I believe that my intentions are a powerful declaration both to myself and to the Universe. Speaking them out loud (to myself or to someone else) sets something in motion, a kind of wave of energy that I have to be ready to ride. It will usually require something of me — courage and a willingness to be vulnerable. If my intentions are aligned with my spirit however, this momentum can only take me to new places of growth, joy and fulfillment. I trust my intentions to carry me exactly where I need to go.


The Declaration of You! will be published by North Light Craft Books this summer, with readers getting all the permission they’ve craved to step passionately into their lives, discover how they and their gifts are unique and uncover what they are meant to do! This post is part of The Declaration of You’s BlogLovin’ Tour, which I’m thrilled to participate in alongside over 100 other creative bloggers. Learn more — and join us! – by clicking here.

P.S. Leave a comment about something you are currently manifesting and you could win a copy of the Declaration of You!

UPDATE: The winner of the Declaration of You is Amy (Badgroove Amy) I will email you today! Congratulations!


  1. Megan c
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    I am currently manifesting a family move to southern France.

  2. Posted June 16, 2013 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    What a timely post! I am currently manifesting a new career for me, making art coz it makes me happy. Will definitely look up this book. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Margo
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    I want to teach yoga! (I’m headed out the door for my graduation ceremony for yoga teacher training so am getting closer but it still feels big to write it down ?

  4. Sharon
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    I want to write! And really be able to improve my photography!

  5. Indigo
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    I started a list, 45 for 45 (45 dreams, wishes and things to to for my 45th year). I only got to 34 and forgot all about it. Just found it. FOUR of those things? Done!!! LOVE how that works! I made sure to finish that list. But couldn’t come up with no. 45. In a flash of brilliance it came to me. 45. Surprise Me! Wine and food and friends in fabulous places seem to be all over my list. Mondo Beyondo changed my perspective forever! Thank you! xoxo

  6. Bri
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    I am currently manifesting a full time career in art. I would love to have what I do match up with what I am passionate about.

  7. Nancy Guillery
    Posted June 17, 2013 at 1:42 am | Permalink

    After completing my Montreal, Canada to NYC run, I am now manifesting completing and publishing a fiction book about running and the strength of human character(a strength that is present in all of us, but often hidden deep inside)

  8. Posted June 17, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    I would really like to learn how to shoot well in manual mode with my camera. And learn photoshop well. I’m a photoshop hack at the moment.

  9. Posted June 17, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    I am manifesting a long weekend getaway for just my husband and me. We have an amazing 2-year old boy with special needs that keep us hopping pretty much nonstop. As much as we’ll miss our little guy if we’re able to make this happen, we’re really looking forward to having some time and space to just nurture ourselves and our relationship.

  10. SarahWT
    Posted June 17, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    I am manifesting connections with quirky, fun-loving, like-minded peeps in my new neighborhood!

  11. Posted June 17, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    I am currently manifesting a career combining my interests in yoga and DIY. I am excited now to write my own Mondo Beyondo list!

  12. Carla
    Posted June 17, 2013 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    I am currently manifesting a happy, peaceful, beautiful, uncluttered home.

  13. Posted June 17, 2013 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    i am manifesting a new job in a sustainable company!

  14. Posted June 17, 2013 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    My 72nd birthday is coming up and my outlandish manifestation is to get a Prison Break tattoo shirt! Sending my list to my children & grandchildren! :/))

  15. Kate
    Posted June 17, 2013 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    I had a list of things I wanted to learn: Arabic, Hebrew, knitting, and playing guitar. I have managed to do all three in two years! Going to enjoy those for a bit and see how I feel about guitar!

  16. Desiree
    Posted June 18, 2013 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    I am working on manifesting “home” in all areas of my life. Also, a peace-filled mind and a very healthy bank account ?

  17. erin
    Posted June 18, 2013 at 2:07 am | Permalink

    I am manifesting creativity and flow in my life these days, to create momentum and contentment!

  18. justin
    Posted June 18, 2013 at 2:40 am | Permalink

    I am manifesting courage…to move through the fear and be the best me I can!

  19. Posted June 18, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    I am currently manifesting my Mondo Beyondo dream to have my own online creative business! It is so much fun, so exciting, and so overwhelming too! I am beginning to get much more clarity on what my mission is and what I want my business to “look like.” ?

  20. Posted June 18, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    I’m manifesting two Mondo Beyondo dreams, a new position at work and an eCourse!! ?

  21. Posted June 18, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    I am currently working on myself and moving towards re-inventing my mindset and career path.

  22. Posted June 18, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    my intention for manifesting…release shame and scarcity and ground faith. trust the magic, as you advise. xo

  23. Posted June 18, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    I want to be a long distance runner (again). Having a baby, a difficult recovery and added weight has put me far from the days when I ran marathons. Now, I’d just be happy to run 3-5 miles on a regular basis.

  24. Posted June 18, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    I am currently a big bubbly pot of manifesting!

    1. I am in process of manifesting a new purpose in my job

    2. I am always looking to manifest a more creative me

    3. I am REALLY working towards manifesting a healthier me…and I have the evil blisters to prove it!

  25. Amanda
    Posted June 18, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    I am 6 months into mat leave with only 6 left now until i have to return to an unfulfilling job i dislike. Right now I’m manifesting a new career path, my art, full time. I want to be living proof to my daughter that you CAN live your bliss.

  26. Amie
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 5:47 am | Permalink

    I am currently manifesting my new virtual life…feeling involved, networking and meeting people while living a little isolated!!!

  27. Leslie
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    I am nurturing my multifaceted wellbeing by honoring my empathy and humanity as I train to become an oncologist, remembering the vast, sacred, beautiful connections we all share. <3