The magic of showing up for yourself

This past weekend,  I hosted a group of women at my place for a workshop on releasing the past and creating your future. I knew some of the people who were coming but I didn’t know all of them. So, it was hard to know how these women might be similar or if they would all be completely different. The bottom line is: it didn’t matter! It never does. We all want the same thing: to be seen, to be heard and to not be judged for being who we are, living the way we do and loving what (or who) we do. And when we can just show up as our authentic (true/real) selves, the magic begins! I watched strangers become acquainted at the beginning of the day…nervous to share their stories and worried about showing their emotions. But by the end of the day, people were exchanging contact information – all in the spirit of supporting each other. They were interested in a follow up get together (a few months down the road) – just to see how everyone is doing. To be a witness to this kind of connection is really quite spectacular! I am pretty sure this is what Earth was created for, and I suspect the angels were watching over our little group and beaming with pride. I know I was. “I do believe in an everyday sort of magic – the inexplicable connectedness we sometimes experience with places, people, works of art and the like, the eerie appropriateness of moments of synchronicity, the whispered voice, the hidden presence, when we think we are...

What does true love look like?

It’s that time of year…when everyone’s thinking about love! Valentine’s Day is today, and you certainly see evidence of that in stores everywhere. But flowers and candy have little to do with real love. Sure, they are nice to receive as a show of affection – and yet, it often leaves the receiver yearning for something more. I think this something more that we crave is true connection. That connection can be with a spouse, romantic partner, friend, or family, and you’ll know when it happens by how you feel. Last week, I was having a Skype conversation with a couple of coaching friends. We all have busy lives and live in different places, so we make a point of catching up once a month on a video call. It’s a special friendship and a unique bond. We’ve known that for awhile. But last week, it went to a whole new level that none of us saw coming! Being life coaches, we are very supportive of each other- AND we also call each other out on our bs (excuses and such). During our call, one of us (unknowingly) said something that triggered a shameful response in another. The conversation went on…until she had the courage to say “Hey, when you said that, this is how I felt.”, and it was discussed in an open, honest, caring manner. Neither comment was meant to make the other person feel bad, and that was (silently) understood between all of us. The third person said they watched in awe as a space was created for the two to share this dialogue. It was extremely...

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