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Modern Day Goddess: Kim TurcotteKim Turcotte, Online Business Strategist and Implementation Expert, is committed to providing top-quality, easy-to-understand and easy-to-implement products, programs and services that support coaches, healers, authors and other service-focused individuals to grow their online business.  Kim’s goal is to empower you so you can empower others by teaching you how to effortlessly move from Inspiration to Implementation.

What does being an Everyday Goddess mean to you?

Being an everyday goddess means owning who you really are, all parts, light, dark and in between.  Loving yourself for every thing you’ve ever done, every thought you’ve ever thought and knowing that it all made you who you are today! We are not perfect, and that’s ok, we know enough to be gentle with ourselves when we make a mistake or feel bad about an experience.  We own it, take from it the lesson it is meant to show us and we move on and use the experience to become a better, stronger, more confident woman.

Being an everyday goddess is about putting yourself first.  Not in a selfish way, but in a selfless way.  If you don’t take care of YOU, you can’t take care of anyone else.  So Everyday Goddesses indulge in sacred rituals to nourish our mind, body and spirit.

Everyday Goddesses are always moving forward, we have a dream and we are constantly taking steps, even if they are baby steps to make that dream come true.

I guess if I had to sum it up into one sentence, I’d say an Everyday Goddess is an advocate for herself and for everyone she loves, she is strong, loving, kind, healthy and wise! 

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 27 when a very close friend of mine was killed in a car accident.  I remember sitting at his funeral thinking, “if that was me, could I say I lived a happy life?”  The answer was such a loud resounding no, that it caused me to question everything.  That was the very first opening for me, over the next couple of years, as I purged things from my life that no longer served me, I began to feel like there was still something I was missing.  I started exploring different spiritual paths and stumbled onto a copy of the Charge of the Goddess by Doreen Valiente and that’s when things really cracked open. As I read the words, I realized, that’s the life I want to live.  I want to feel that power, love and beauty all the time.  I guess I was about 30 when that happened and I call that year my year of freedom, it was the time where I really got to know me, love me and choose a life I wanted, instead of living a life others wanted for me.  

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

Well, I mentioned in the last question that I purged things from my life and made choices that allowed me to live a life I wanted, instead of a life others thought I should be living.  This meant that I left a 9 year marriage, he was a very nice man, but just not the right man for me.  I also left my job.  My whole family worked for the railroad, mother, father, sister, aunt, cousins and of course I worked there too.  The job didn’t fulfill me and I left my job and took time to just be me.  I waitressed and did some consulting, I had plenty of time to explore life and get to know who I was and what I really wanted.

I will say that as I got further away from that original opening/awakening, I started to slide back into old habits.  I went back to corporate America, even though I really didn’t want to, I promised myself that it would only be for a little while, just until we could save enough money to buy a house.  Well, as many of us has experienced, a little while often turns into a long while when the money starts to flow in.  In 2008, I was burnt out, miserable and almost completely disconnected from myself again.  By this time I was married to my soul mate, who was very supportive and so when I woke up on my birthday in June of 2008 and told him I needed to quit my job and start my own business, he just smiled and said, “I know you can do it!”.

I think of that time in 2008 as my re-awakening.  I now have a successful business doing work I love, I am married to my best friend and life is pretty damn good!  Through all the ups and downs, the energy of the Goddess has always been there supporting me and giving me the strength to move forward when I felt scared or stuck and to celebrate with me when I felt joyous.

Life is great when you allow yourself to live life on your own terms, surrounded by people who allow you to be who you are and love you for it!

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

I believe in magic!  It might sound childish or even silly, but as I stepped into my own feminine power, things just started happening.  Mostly little things that many would call coincidences, but I see them as magical gifts from the Divine.  I think the greatest gift is knowing that no matter what happens, it is all for a reason and everything will work out.  I have learned that even the deepest hurts and darkest tragedies hold amazing treasures if we are willing to open ourselves up to their gifts.  This full belief in life and the power of the universe that resides in me and around me is the greatest gift of all.

Can you share some of your favorite sacred feminine rituals?

Oh gosh, I have so many!!!  I think the ability to harness the energy of the elements and shift the energy of a space by creating a sacred circle is probably the most profound for me.  Whenever I am feeling scattered, anxious or plain old bumming, I call on the elements to help me cleanse my energy and the energy of my space and then I purposefully focus on connecting with my Inner Goddess.  I draw the energy of the divine feminine down, through me and in an instant, I feel whole again.  This is a technique I use all the time, whether I have a relationship challenge or I am stuck on a project in my business.  It is an amazing gift to be able to shift things so simply by tapping into my own sacred power.

I also like to shower in a candlelit bathroom with the window open, incense burning and my favorite Amethyst crystal between my feet.  It is a great way for me to clear away nervous or stressful energy and ground myself.  As the water flows, I imagine it washing away my stress, once I feel cleansed, I draw up the energy from the amethyst and bring that soft, gentle loving energy into my being.  It’s a great way to prepare for sleep after a long stressful day! 

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

O Goddess!  Do I have to pick just one?  There are actually five Goddesses I work with on a regular basis.  I think of them as my own support system.  They each bring a different archetypal energy to the mix that allows for a well-rounded system of support in all aspects of my life.

Here they are:

Morgan LeFay – Sister of King Arthur, in so many stories about the King Arthur legend, Morgan LeFay is cast as the evil villain who leads to the demise of Arthur and Camelot, however, I never saw her that way.  As a young girl, I was fascinated by the King Arthur legend, and I always felt like Morgan got a raw deal.  As I grew up and found Miriam Zimmer Bradley’s Mists of Avalon, I felt like I finally found the truth of who Morgan LeFay really was.  She is my go to Goddess for Healing, Alchemy and all aspects of mystical learning.  She is the high priestess that enlightens my path!

Brigid – The Irish Goddess  who is also a catholic saint (Saint Birgitte).  I don’t really remember when I learned about her, but it was one of those things that as soon as I read her story and felt her power, I absolutely resonated with her.  I feel like I am a living aspect of her energy.  I call on her when I need to feel my own sacred power and to move through obstacles that I have created for myself.  I also see her has a strong, powerful healer and often work with Morgan LeFay and Brigid together if I am sick or a loved one is sick.

Diana – Diana represents unabashed and unapologetic freedom.  She is independent and can take care of herself.  She can take a lover or not, she is one with nature and when she sets her mark on what she wants, she reaches it.  I often call on the energy of the Goddess Diana when I have forgotten how to be my own advocate or when I am working on something and feel distracted. Her energy allows me to focus and come back to center, honoring what I really want and who I really am.

Mary Magdelene – I was raised catholic and similar to my feelings with Morgan LeFay, I always felt like the story of Mary Magdelene was missing some important information.  I felt like she got a raw deal.  A few years ago, I read an amazing book called the Magdelene Manuscripts by Tom Kenyon and felt like after reading that book, I had learned the REAL story of this amazing woman/Goddess.  To me Mary Magdelene is all about compassion and deep, deep love.  I call on her when I need to be more gentle with myself or in my relationship.  She is strong, yet very feminine.  She is wise woman, here to teach about spirit and unconditional love.

The Morrigan – The story of how The Morrigan came into my life is the perfect example of how the Universe supports us and provides us exactly what we need when we need it, even if we don’t know we need it.  Several years ago at Christmas, I had asked my husband for a statue of Brigid for my altar.  I had it all picked out and was so excited to open it Christmas morning.  Well, as you can probably guess, I didn’t get the statue of Brigid.  I got a statue of The Morrigan instead.  My husband had done to buy the Brigid statue, but saw The Morrigan and mistakenly thought that it was Morgan LeFay.  He was so excited to find a “Morgan LeFay” statue for me that he bought it instead of the Brigid statue.  Well, at first I cried, I really had my heart set on the Brigid statue, but as I took a step back, I realized that perhaps I needed The Morrigan in my life at that moment and embraced the gift I had been given.  The Morrigan is a dark, powerful Goddess.  She represents transformation and is often depicted on the battle field.  I feel her energy as similar to the goddess Kali only a little more compassionate.  Her energy comes to you when you need to banish those things that no longer serve you.  Her energy can be harsh, but also compassionate.  I find it interesting that I got the Morrigan statue at Christmas and it was that June that I decided to leave my corporate job.  She came into my life to facilitate a difficult, but necessary transition and to her I am grateful! 

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

Yes, it is a simple one. Embrace who you are, allow your true wants and needs to surface and be met.  We are so conditioned to think that if we do what we want and be who we want to be and are meant to be that we are selfish.  It is just the opposite, when we truly step into our own power, we automatically enable those around us to step into theirs.  That’s when life really gets interesting!

 

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