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Everyday GODDESS: Kelly Schaefer

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A skilled, “multi-tasking” mother of four, and Registered Nurse, Kelly Schaefer is the owner of Task Complete, a full service Lifestyle Management company. In business today, she upholds a mission of giving families and busy professionals reliable and compassionate assistance so they can meet the demands of everyday life. As CEO and Lifestyle Management coach, it is her purpose to help you manage the minutia of day to day living to live an abundant life, full out and in joy.

What does being an Everyday Goddess mean to you?

To me, being an Everyday Goddess means living a full life! As a mother I have witnessed so many other women and mothers in general who restrict themselves of living and enjoying life by giving over all their time to their friends, family and society, saving none for themselves. Being an Everyday Goddess means living a life on your own terms, enjoying the beauty that life and living has to offer and acknowledging that we are that powerful, and we can have it all. We are truly meant to live and enjoy what our life has to offer and not just live through it.

 

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?

Holy wow! I want to say I was smacked upside the head just a few years ago. I was living my life by what society says a mother and woman should do, but inside I felt as if “I” was slowly slipping away. All the fire and humor and passion for life was slowly being replaced with “tasks” and “need to dos”. My business was taking over my life and I began losing the joy I used to see in the world, replaced with worry and fear as to whether or not I would be “successful”. What I have learned is that I am and always have been all of these things, and it is THAT which makes us a Goddess. All the bumps and bruises and inner truth and desire all balled up into one perfect feminine.

 

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

I needed to start focusing on what I really wanted. That was a well-balanced life full of love, joy, and of course fun! I stopped listening to other people who told me that in order for my family to be happy I needed to always be there. And in order for my business to thrive I had to have strict hours of operation and let go of all my household responsibilities. But these were things that brought me joy.

I also needed to learn to let go off the strong masculine I had lived in for decades. That masculine served me well for a very long time, but now was a time for growing, changing and evolving into a well-balanced Goddess, using both my innate feminine and masculine energies symbiotically.

 

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

I get to be more of me. I speak up when I need something, I have learned to ask for help and accept it! I have learned that things around me don’t always have to be “perfect”.  I learned that I can be powerful, successful, a mother and a lover all at once, all while embracing my feminine and allowing myself to be open and to receive and not just always use my masculine to get what I need or want. It brings within an inner calm. It creates a space in your life where you actually stop and enjoy and witness all the beauty and abundance around you instead of always forcing forward for the next big accomplishment.

 

Can you share some of your favorite sacred feminine rituals?

I love beautiful things! Anything that makes me feel abundant! Fresh flowers and candles in my working space. Taking the time to exercise my body and mind on a regular basis. And the #1 way is dancing!! Something happens to me and spirit works through me when I dance, no holding back, just fluid body to the beat of the music.

 

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

I have 2 actually! It’s so typical to my duality! Athena for her courage, strength, wisdom and belief in justice. And of course Aphrodite for she is the embodiment of beauty and love and for me represents abundance and experiencing daily pleasures. Pleasures of beautiful flowers in a garden or on your desk. Beauty in the clothes we feel most Goddess in. Being purely open and feminine.

 

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

No matter where you are in life at this moment, you have the power to change it and live a life full love and joy. All you need to do is decide, gain support from others around you and open yourself to receive the richest life imaginable. A life by your own design.

 

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Everyday GODDESS: Jan Deelstra

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Women’s Empowerment Coach and Transformational Author, Jan Deelstra is the author of Blessings in the Mire: A True Story of Miracles & Recollections; Escaping the Chrysalis: Introduction to Gestalt Techniques for Self-Esteem Transformation; Shadows Attached: Mad Woman Poetry; Chasing Rabbits & I Am…: The Art of Attainment; Inspiring Words For Reflection; The Flying Game and coming soon, Infinite Pie. Her life’s calling is helping others find their wings, connecting everyday life to spirituality.

What does being an Everyday Goddess mean to you?

Being an Everyday Goddess means to courageously follow my authentic calling as a transformational author and women’s empowerment coach, consciously leading by example while supporting others’ unfolding wings. It carries a responsibility of being continuously in the awakening process, of honing self-awareness, and of continuing to evolve even in the grip of those who would love to hold captive, the status quo. It implies a constant connection to Mother Earth and to the Universal Source of Creation, and it necessitates an aura of expansion, compassion, cooperation, nonjudment and support for all others, and receptivity to the allowance of energy circulation, while remaining true to my ‘self’. It means embracing the ‘whole’ of beingness –learning to step fully into the light, and to love every facet of who I am as I encourage others to do the same.

 

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?

Although my mother was in and out of my life by the time I was around the age of five or six, she was highly intuitive and taught me to be in touch with my intuition, so the seeds to my awakening to the presence of the Divine Feminine, if not innate via DNA, were planted early. But the sprouts were severed following the death of my brother/best friend in 1977. He was 22, and I was 24. His birth was 2 years and 2 days after mine, and we grew up close. He died of what the Medical Examiner determined to be, “unknown, natural causes.” He died in his sleep, like an infant succumbs to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). In this case, it was SADS –Sudden Adult Death Syndrome, something that occurs not infrequently. To lose a close loved-one, confidant, and the one sibling who had been with me through the dark and the light, was unforgiveable. With no reason for such profound loss, I abandoned all belief in a higher power and disowned my former spirituality. “If there was a God or Higher Power,” I reasoned, “my brother would not have been taken for ‘no reason’.”  My slate of beliefs was wiped clean with one fast swipe by the hand of Death. And as blessings are known to surface and blossom from seeds of despair, it was the place where I began to question everything, and to learn so much about my spirit and spirituality. It was my ‘ground zero.’  And it was the foundation for all I am today.

 

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

Because my father died suddenly when I was only 18 months old, leaving my mother pregnant and with three children she was ill-equipped to support,  my childhood was a duct taped tapestry of fragments pieced together from slivers of several foster homes. I was a child of the fifties, with no consistent male role model outside of black and white television programs where “Father Knows Best.” Having no father, I learned to be ultra-aware of how others operated and take what I could get from a soup of examples. In the end, I let go of a lot of traditional patriarchal values and beliefs in order to learn to own my voice, and to trust myself, as indeed, I quickly learned that I was the only one I could consistently depend on. I was shy, awkward, and terribly curious about life, so I had to learn to own my small voice, and to own my power. That strength came in handy when I became a Teamster truck driver in order to support my three young children following a divorce when I was twenty-three. Somehow I kept my feminine spirit even as I learned to change tires on semi-tractors, and double-clutch the big rigs, and mastered ‘heavy-highway’ equipment. I had to learn to trust myself explicitly when traditional male truckers and their curious and/or insecure loves and wives showed up to take a look at this ‘Mother Trucker’ –this woman who had dared infiltrate the status quo. The bigger truth was that I wasn’t there to get a man. I was there because I had three youngsters to feed, and working in a traditional role as truck driver was the only way I could figure –having no education, how to support my babies on my own. But I consciously clung to my feminine principles throughout the evolution of owning my power, even when laboring physically in the ‘good-old-boy’ arena.

 

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

I am so blessed and lucky! Stepping into my feminine power gave me the inspiration to forgive –myself included, and the courage to trust myself, first and foremost to have my own best answers. It gave me the pluck to drive trucks, to open my first business, to return to school, to teach assertiveness training and self-sufficiency skills, to become a gestalt group facilitator for women while working for the Department of Human Services, to write a dozen self-development books, and to ultimately step into the divine light as a women’s empowerment coach. Most profoundly, stepping into my feminine power was the sacred force which got me through the darkest tunnel as I entered and came out on the other side of the death of my son; it is this divine feminine source which resides within, that allows me to find the blessings in the mire of any event, regardless of how nefarious. It is the force and source of self-forgiveness, and of the emerging growth of my wings.

Can you share some of your favorite sacred feminine rituals?

My divine feminine toolkit overflows with goddess rituals! From being practiced in the ancient energy art of Feng Shui –which I apply to every area of my environments including my bookshelves, to reading goddess and angel tarot, to living my life by the moon cycles, to writing the books, to smudging, and to keeping the journals, sacred feminine rituals are woven through my life. My mother was a card reader, but only for herself. It never seemed odd to me to communicate with loved ones who have passed over, or to read the messages of the cards before starting out on my day, or to celebrate the seasons and give offering in gratitude. Whether burning healing incense or freeing the energy in a prosperity candle, decorating my various altars with intention, casting spells, clearing spaces, or setting new moon goals, goddess rituals are an integral part of my life that is carried down the line through my daughter and granddaughters.

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

Although I feel a kinship with the Buddhist Goddess Kuan Shih Yin, best known as Quan Yin, Goddess of Mercy and Companion, and with Rhiannon (whom my granddaughter is named after) I am mostly drawn to the divine goddess essence. In 1994 I opened Ruby Luna’s Angel Emporium, a small gift shop dedicated to all things goddess and angelic. Books, statues, table-top, wall-art, jewelry, gossamer clothing, music and meditation, ritual wares, and oh-so-much-more were offered; the goddess energy was palpable in that store. Everyday Goddesses gathered from around the globe to practice rituals, share secrets and wares, and to bask in the goddess energies.  I was the neighborhood “Angel Lady” to those who didn't yet realize that I was, and still am, a practicing goddess.

 

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

My life calling is to share a personal message with women, and that is, you have one purpose while on this Earth: That is to learn to love every facet of who you are. This self-love and forgiveness radiates outward into the ethers and feeds the Universe a serving of divine love that returns to feed and heal the globe and her inhabitants. It is the transformational empowering message that is woven into all my books, in my online courses, in the live group gatherings, and in all of my various levels of women’s empowerment coaching services.  Forgive yourself daily. You are worthy. Shine your brilliant light.  ♥

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Everyday GODDESS: Gina Hussar

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gina hussarGina Hussar is a Brand Stylist and Mind Mastery Expert. A former fashion magazine editor, she combines her love of aesthetics and writing with spiritual discovery to help her clients connect and convert! She is a joy junkie, bliss enthusiast, best-selling author and mom of 3 awesome kiddos!

What does being an Everyday Goddess mean to you?

Being am everyday goddess means that you know who you are, you love who you are. You’ve BEEN somewhere and its given you a deep, rich, colorful story to own and to share. Everyday goddesses balance the blessings and opportunities of life with grace and gratitude. We allow ourselves to be led by joy, knowing that when joy comes first, love, wealth, health and abundance are never far behind. And we lift and support other women with a sister-like loyalty!

 

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?

It was VERY sudden for me. I think it was always there, just under the surface, whispering to me to let it out. But it took a rock bottom for me to finally fling the door open and I was in the my mid 30’s at the time. Sometimes you have to hit the floor before those whispers become screams you can no longer ignore. NOW it continues to unfold beautifully and gracefully and I am loving the ongoing journey of self discovery!

 

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

I had to connect with my spirit as a RULE. It had to become a part of my life. I learned that leading by spirit can completely change every area of your life. Spirit became my most lucrative business strategy. But most importantly I had to get responsible. SO often we are miserable because we haven’t accepted our power. That’s all responsibility is—power! People think of the word “responsibility” and it feels heavy. But it shouldn’t! It should feel empowering! Being responsible means that YOU get to hold the magic wand and make things happen. That was a huge shift for me, in business, in my marriage, my friendships, everywhere!

 

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

I have learned to process everything in a way that serves me. No more ego storytelling, only truth. I am always looking for the miracle or the message underneath every challenge. You have to dig deep sometimes but its always there. And I always choose the fastest path to peace. Nothing, not even the last word, not even being right, not even being heard, is more important to me than joy and peace.

Can you share some of your favorite sacred feminine rituals?

I am a big believer that sacred feminine rituals do not have to be anything grandiose. For me, a sacred feminine ritual is anything that makes you feel amazing. That can be a deep meditation by candlelight or a night on the couch with a glass of wine and Oprah. =) I do try to keep a manifestation journal every single day and that is incredibly powerful. I am amazed at what I have been able to attract (and really specific things too!) just be committing to one minute a day of putting the law of attraction in order. One minute a day of focused, positive energy streaming out into the universe. Sounds woo woo, totally works.

I also always check in with myself (at least three times a day) to make sure I am staying in peace. I cannot even put into words how that has changed my life. When YOU can stay in peace no matter what, everyone around you gets inspired to do the same.

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

Honestly? I love them all. There are energies to all of them that we could all tap into and embody when we need them. That’s the beauty of it. We have all of these gorgeous, juicy, feminine powers that we can unleash every day, all day, as we need them to work for us.

 

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

Get responsible. Have an honest conversation with yourself about where YOU can get empowered. Pay attention to what upsets you. It’s a strong message of something you need to change, face or take charge of. And the good news is that you have everything you need to do just that!

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“Feminine intuition” – James Faust

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“One of your particular gifts is your feminine intuition. Do not limit yourselves. Femininity is part of the God-given divinity within each of you. It is your incomparable power and influence to do good. You can, through your supernal gifts, bless the lives of children, women, and men. Be proud of your womanhood. Enhance it. Use it to serve others.”

 

~ James E. Faust

“The wisdom of the feminine …” – Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

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“The wisdom of the feminine is so important, because the feminine understands the dynamics of relationship, how to listen and be receptive. Feminine consciousness is more attuned to the life of the body, and so knows the rhythms that belong to the cycles of life, rather than the systems imposed by will that are presently strangling our world. The feminine is more instinctively and naturally attuned to life, its patterns and powers. And feminine consciousness is less dominated by reason, more open to the mystery of the symbolic inner world. The feminine is vital in this work of awakening.”

 

~ Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Everyday GODDESS: Lisa Michaels

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Lisa Michaels 2013Lisa Michaels, trains modern day priestesses and creation coaches to awaken their inner goddess. Her teachings catalyse a dynamic increase in intuition, powerful feminine leadership, and conscious creation abilities. As a celebrated elemental wisdom teacher and author, Lisa was chosen by the leading publisher Hay House as a mover & shaker. Her products, programs, and trainings have helped thousands of people worldwide, strengthen their sacred life purpose, access divine wisdom, and create heart-centered success.

What does being an Everyday Goddess mean to you?

It means I’ve gone through the levels of initiation from Priestess, to High Priestess, until the Goddess within awakened. The Goddess within assists me in connecting to the elemental forces of creation in my life and business. This sacred sources assists me with my teachings, creating products, aligning with grace in my life, and coaching my clients.

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 began feeling a deep call for the voice of the Divine Feminine at 31. My connection has magically unfolding in profound ways over the years and I’ve assisted many others to awaken to their inner priestess and the sacred path of the Goddess.  

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

In order to live authentically I have needed to allow my priestess connection to the Goddess to be front and center in my life. Anytime I’ve felt I couldn’t show up with this part of myself it has weakened my capacity to consciously create.

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

Life feels richer in every way with the connection to my feminine power. My intuition, inner guidance, comfort with myself, happiness, and accessing my creation capacity have all increased dramatically. Not to mention I’ve finally worked through my old feelings with masculine imbalance and have a beautiful life and business creative relationship with my husband. We’ve been together for over 14 years.

Can you share some of your favorite sacred feminine rituals?

I connect with the Goddess at the start of each day and call her into all that I do. I love honoring the Wheel of the Year and working with the moon. Creating ceremonies with those in my priestess, high priestess, and creation goddess groups enriches me tremendously.

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

On a trip to Egypt in 1996, I awakened to a relationship with the Goddess Isis. She is mistress of the elements and works with the energies of creation. I consistently connect and work with her daily.

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

Enlivening the archetype of the priestess within, strengthens your ability to call forth and run your Goddess energy and profoundly awaken your inner gifts. Connecting to the forces of nature– Earth, Water, Air, Fire, and Spirit– improves your creation abilities and your capacity to align with grace in your life and business.

 

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Everyday GODDESS: Alice Chan

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Dr. Alice ChanDr. Alice Chan is passionate about living fearlessly from her authentic self and inspiring others to do the same. She writes and talks about living consciously, not letting limiting beliefs keep us hiding and playing small. She’s the author of REACH Your Dreams: Five Steps To Be a Conscious Creator in Your Life. She’s a featured inspirational leader on Huffington Post with “a record of leading by example and laying the foundation for our collective greatness.”

 

What does being an Everyday Goddess mean to you? 

Being an Everyday Goddess means knowing how to leverage the full range of power and gifts I’ve been given to create and serve in this life. This includes knowing when to tap into my feminine power to vision, intuit and receive, and when to run my masculine energy to analyze, strategize and take action. It means owning and being comfortable with all parts of me, from the confident leader in public to the vulnerable girl in private—and every aspect in between. 

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 was in my late 30s when I realized that the feminine side of me was under-developed, even if I didn’t quite put it in those terms. Up until that time, I had spent my life developing the masculine side of me, especially my intellect, as well as my analytical and “doing” abilities, partly in response to society and partly because deep down I felt I had to prove myself worthy. And the way to do so was to get tons of education and collect achievements. Yet, I was grossly unhappy, and something deep within told me there must be a better way to live, that it was time to learn how to surrender—which is the essence of feminine power. What started off as an inner stirring I couldn’t understand turned into a persistent quest to know what it meant to surrender. Then, a near-death experience following a near-fatal car accident raised the intensity of my desire to know and live more from my feminine side, balancing out the decades of running my masculine energy. 

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

As I alluded to above, I had to learn what it means to surrender, which has been a multi-year process that’s still unfolding as I learn more through experience. One of the first major things I felt I had to do was to quit the job I had in the midst of a historic recession—talk about surrender, right? With that, I also finally accepted the Divine assignment to write a book that was mine to do, which I resisted for a few years. From having been a life-long planner with a very high need for control, I said “yes” to leaving my job and writing a book without a fully laid out plan of what would happen in the long term. I simply allowed myself to live in faith that all I needed to know was the next step to take and the next one after that. Living that way requires listening very closely to Divine Guidance and having an intimate connection with my fearless authentic self, not my fearful, controlling ego.

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

One of the most amazing gifts I recognize is how much inner wisdom and knowing I already have. It took me only 3 months to birth my book, while holding down a consulting practice. It is, by far, the most enjoyable experience I’ve had in my entire life! The words simply poured out of me, as I allowed myself to be a channel for heart-based wisdom that came from a higher place, filtered through my life experiences and my writing voice. Nearly two years after I’ve birthed this book, I’m still learning from some of the wisdom that came through me in that book.

Besides wisdom, I’m discovering more and more how much love there is within me when I don’t block it. Whenever I’m able to tune into this love, there’s no room for fear, and I make better decisions that honor my authenticity and integrity and wiser choices that defy logic.

Can you share some of your favorite sacred feminine rituals?

As part of my daily spiritual practice, I journal. Part of my daily journaling routine is to converse with Love, which I use synonymously with God and the Universe, because all these labels mean the same thing. Love just connects to my heart more. I simply pose the question, “Love, what do I need to know today?” If there’s something important happening on a particular day, I’ll add, “especially around X,” “X” being that important event. It really is a daily listening exercise, being fully in my receptive feminine side.

In addition to my daily journaling, I also have a New Year’s Eve routine that I hold sacred. My friends all know that I don’t make plans on that day because I want to allow as much time as it takes for me to go through this routine. It involves two guided meditations that are really extended listening exercises. On New Year’s Eve 2010, I was told in no uncertain terms to write my book—which I promptly did in the first quarter of 2011.

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

No, can’t say there is…

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

Running our feminine power doesn’t require us to reject our masculine side. The two halves of us are equally important and valuable, and we have both because they serve different purposes. I’ve learned that the best way to live is to tune in frequently to listen for Divine Guidance and the wisdom of our inner wise self, and to be ready to engage our masculine energy to take inspired action.

 

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