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What’s Your Soul’s Purpose?

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I had a conversation with a recently retired client last week. She and I were discussing her options now that she has retired and had lots of free time. I mischievously asked her, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Her response? “I have no idea.”

I find this to be an increasing concern among my clients. Many of my clients have careers and are quite successful, but they are also very unhappy and unfulfilled. They view their job as a paycheck, not a Soul’s Purpose.

I get it. Up until 2012, I felt the same way. I had been a professor for nearly 2 decades and

A colleague challenged me to write a book about our relationships with food, our bodies, and ourselves – my area of expertise. I thought, “Maybe that’s it! Maybe that will finally fulfill me!”

Six months later, I had a book proposal written, 3 chapters under my belt, and an interested agent. Then I ran into a bit of a snag: writer’s block. For 3 months, I couldn’t write a word. Keep in mind that this book was based on nearly 20 years of my own research, so you’d think I’d have had plenty to say… Yet, every time I sat down at my computer, nothing came out.

Frustrated, I reached out to a friend of mine who had just finished her own book. She recommended I contact her book coach to see if she had any ideas. Desperate, I reached out to Lisa Tener.

She asked if she could lead me through a guided meditation to speak with my writing muse (aka Inner Goddess/Inner Diva/Intuition/Inner Guidance System). A big believer in meditation, although it had never occurred to me to meditate on my book, I jumped at the chance. What happened during that guided meditation changed my life. I was told by my Inner Goddess that I had writer’s block because I was writing the wrong book for the wrong people. Say what? I argued with her. I explained that this book was based on 20 years of my life’s work and research; it couldn’t be the “wrong book.” She was insistent. She told me I was to write a book for women about reconnecting with their Inner Goddess and finding and achieving their Soul’s Calling. That as I wrote the book, I would heal, and as women read the book, they would heal. She told me I needed to create a tribe of women for women. Women who would support each other; lift each other up; help each other through life’s ups and downs.

I sat with this for a week, second guessing myself, and then I dove in headfirst. I wrote that book, created that tribe, and now spend my days living my Soul’s Purpose and helping other women find and live theirs. Do I still work with body image? Absolutely. But in a different way. I help women heal instead of researching them in a lab. I help them learn to call on their own strengths instead of relying on what other people tell them they “should” be doing. I help them learn to love, accept and appreciate themselves for who they are, not for someone else’s definition of who they “should” be.

If you want help, if this post calls to you, I hope you’ll join our Sacred Circle. This month we are working on helping each other find and live our Sacred Soul’s Purpose. We are finding our passions, exploring what we always wanted to do but never dreamed was possible. We are living our truth. You can too.




It’s Time to Call Back Your Power

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Goddesses, it is time to call back our power.

I was talking to a client of mine yesterday. We were doing inner mean girl/self-love healing affirmation work. I asked her if she was standing in her power. She said, “No, I don't know that I have any power.”

Oh my sweet Goddess, you have all the power, so much more than you know. You've just been giving it away to everyone else in an effort to [fill in the blank: please them, not shine too brightly, not appear too boastful, not draw too much attention to yourself, make sure you don't offend anyone …]

It is time to call back your power.


A Goddess is a power-full woman.


A Queen is a power-full woman.


Remember this line from our Queen's Code: A Queen does not give away her power, nor does she take power away from others. A Queen acts from a place of empowerment – empowering herself and others.


Last week we asked the question: What would it take for you to be Queen of Your Own Life? As I was reflecting upon my answers, I decided it was time to make a commitment to myself, a manifesto if you will. This manifesto is more than just a code or creed to me; it's a reminder of what Queens do and do not do.  If it serves you, I encourage you to use it as a model to write your own.


The Queen's Manifesto:

My body is a sacred vessel of the Divine, and within it lies my power. I am a container for all that is creative, nurturing, and sensual. I pulsate with radiant life force energy.


As Queen and Goddess of My Own Life,

I do not need or seek your approval, for all the acknowledgement I need lies within me.


I am confident, in myself and my life's work. I feel safe and secure, knowing full well that as a power-full woman I can take care of myself. Universe will provide for all of my wants and needs. All I have to do is ask for what I want and then let go, trusting I will get what I need in due time.


I am a Divine Creatrix, balanced in both masculine and feminine sides of myself. I am one with all, yet wholly and completely myself. I use my powers to bring joy and love upon those I allow into my life. I give my love freely with no expectation or conditions, to those worthy of receiving it, and I share my gifts, my light with the world.


This is the premise upon which I live my life, as Queen, Goddess, and Divine Priestess of my Life. I am sacred. I am holy. I am me.


Everyday GODDESS: Sara Wiseman

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sarawiseman headshotSara Wiseman is a spiritual teacher, intuitive and author of six insightful books on spirituality and intuition. She is the founder of Intuition University, hosts the popular radio show Ask Sara, and is a top contributor to DailyOM, VividLife, InspireMeToday, Aspire Magazine and more.

What does being an Everyday Goddess mean to you?

This life is a miracle, and to be an Everyday Goddess is to live this truth in all the ways we can —mind, body and soul. That means being fully ourselves, in all the authentic, quirky, flawed and amazing ways we are. It means living fully in our bodies, exactly as they are right this minute, with full appreciation. And it means living our dreams now—not waiting for later, but creating lives of passion and meaning, every single day.


At what age did you awaken to the presence of the Divine Feminine and would you describe it as a sudden awakening or a gentle unfolding?

I think I’ve always understood myself this way. As a child I was highly intuitive, yet I also was a bit of a tomboy—I had freedom to roam around and explore perhaps more than most girls my age, and this built confidence and the awareness of “me being able to take care of me” at any time. My parents allowed me to explore my own quirky interests, which even as young child were all centered around spirituality and mystic experiences. And, that said: I never quite fit in with others, so I became myself instead. I highly recommend this approach!


What roles in your life had to transform in order for you to live authentically?

As happens for many women, I had to sacrifice almost everything in order to step into my true adult self: a near death experience, the death of my father, divorce after 18 years of marriage and three children, loss of job… a giant chaotic clearing that happened all at once. The Universe is always asking us to expand to our highest self, and if we are stuck, the Universe will “nudge” us to make these transformative changes. It’s hard when it happens, but when you get through it you understand why.


What have been some of the greatest inner gifts you’ve experienced since stepping into your feminine power?

My intuition and my spirituality. During the dark chaos mentioned above, I just kept surrendering down to the Divine, and the more I surrendered, the more transparent I became. My intuition opened fully, and I had a spiritual awakening that changed everything. Many people, not just women, are having this kind of experience now. The gift of spiritual intuition, which is utterly Divine Feminine, allowed me to live my life in a way that finally felt like “me”. Like coming home.

Can you share some of your favorite sacred feminine rituals?

Well, I’m still a mom with kids at home—so that’s a lot of feminine service! My practice is very busy too, so that’s more service to others, which love. Yet still, I live a fairly contemplative life—I do sacred practice every day: intuitive practices, journaling, meditation, body awareness, being in nature. As an example of a softer ritual: I sit out under the trees in all weather, and simply listen. As an example of a more mystic ritual: I head outside whenever there’s a full moon, and hold wonder for this life.


Is there a particular Goddess that you are intimately drawn to and why?

I am not sure of the name of this Goddess, but I would call her Goddess of the Trees. In Celtic tradition, trees were considered sacred beings; I adore this view and it resonates deeply with me. Trees are the ultimate Divine Feminine; they are deeply rooted, yet they also lean toward the Light. They nurture and harbor all creatures who come to them. They are patient in their spot, and they weather changes with grace.


Is there a personal message that you would like to share with women?  

Don’t be afraid to be yourself, even if it’s not “mainstream” or “what everyone else is doing”. Get quirky! Be you! We are each unique, and the Goddess shows up in different ways for each of us. Let go of fear, tap into your own innate intuition, live as a sacred being having an earth experience, and step into your own truth. Don’t waste another minute— become a woman who lives exactly as herself, in all the ways this can be. You are Divine!

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Finding Me

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full moon over water at nightI was helping a client with self-esteem and self-trust issues last week. At one point I asked her, “Do you love yourself?” Her response? “I don’t know.”

I feel her pain. I’ve been there. Quite recently, in fact.

If you had asked me if I loved myself in 2012, I would have said, “Yes, of course!”

But I was wrong. You see, I thought that if I had high self-esteem, that meant that I loved myself.

What I came to realize when everything fell apart for me in 2013 is that my “high self-esteem” was a façade, a warped reflection, a mask covering my deep self-loathing and resentment. And that I really did not love, honor, or value myself at all…

You see, 2013 made me realize that I had ignored my self-love tree for so long that it had virtually withered away.  I had to start over. But how do you do that? How do you learn to love yourself again – unconditionally – when self-love has been absent in your life for so long?

The first step for me was finding myself again because somewhere along the way I had lost myself. Lost the connection I had to who I knew I was at my core, to my Soul’s Purpose in this life. I was so busy ‘doing’ my life that life had passed me by. I was 40-years-old, yet felt utterly lost and alone – more so than I ever had in my life. I knew something had to change, but what?

It was time to dig deep, reconnect the girl I once was with the woman I had become. But I was scared because I wasn’t sure I’d like the answer. Trusty purple pen in hand, I got out my journal and asked myself:

Who am I? In the core of my be-ing?

If someone else were to describe me, how would they answer the following questions?

  • What is she like?
  • What does she like to do?
  • What does she dream of?
  • If she could be or do anything what would it be?


Then I made myself go back and answer those questions for myself.

  • What am I like?
  • What do I like to do?
  • What do I dream of?
  • If I could be or do anything what would it be? What would I do?


What shook me to my Core was the realization that those answers didn’t match up – at all. The “me” I presented to the world was vastly different than the “me” I knew I was at my Core, the “me” I really wanted to be.

So I embarked on a journey, a journey to find the real me. A journey to act based on what I knew the real me wanted to do. I turned a few heads. The old me – the people pleasing, “Yes woman” me – was gone. My coworkers were confused. Why was I not agreeing to take everything on my plate now? Why was I saying “no” all of a sudden? My friends thought I had grown two heads and sprouted wings, and I lost some of them in the process. But then, if they couldn’t accept the real me, then they were not true friends anyway.

But you know what? I feel more grounded than I ever have before. Yes, there are days where my inner Superwoman still challenges me for saying no. When my inner mean girl questions every decision I make and tells me I can’t do “it” – whatever “it” is.

But deep in my soul, I know the real me. I found myself again. And this time, I am not letting her go.