#FridayFeels Visualization as a Tool for Positivity

Did you know that you can use the powerful technique of visualization to create more positivity in your life? It’s a simple and easy to implement tool that can move you from default-thinking about “worst case scenario” and allow yourself the possibility of something better… something brighter… something more beautiful for yourself and your life […]

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#FridayFeels So Positive!

People often ask me, “Michelle, how are you always so happy & positive? I want to be more like that, but ____.” The thing is, I’m not ALWAYS super happy, because, you know, I’m not a robot. I’m not Pollyanna either. But, I have cultivated a practice of looking for the Light, and finding the […]

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Thoughts on Healing in the Aftermath

True Confession: Last night, I handled my heartbreak in the most awesomely adult way possible. I curled up on the bed in a fortress made of stuffed toy animals and just sat with my sad feelings for a while. Inside my soft, safe, quiet space I cried for the victims of yet another senseless terror […]

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#MondayMantra Release

This weekend I gathered with family to say final goodbyes to an aunt, an uncle, and a cousin. It was a beautiful day and perfect weather for a scattering at sea; the water was calm, peaceful, glass-like as the ocean gathered in their ashes. The flower petals swirled above them in a fluid dance before […]

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Qualified to Coach

One of the things I enjoy the most about being an entrepreneur is the seemingly magical ability to create a career that I love. After decades of working for others, always learning & growing, testing & changing, and leaping faithfully into new ventures of my own, as a Life Coach I am grateful to be […]

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#MondayMantra Savor Every Slice

This #MondayMantra #solareclipse2017 edition features my sweetheart and I taking in the Magic of the total eclipse today in gorgeous Grey Rocks Reservoir, Wyoming. We had a couple of days available for an adventure, so we took it! This mantra is a reminder to make and enjoy your opportunities: “I savor every slice of life.” […]

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#MondayMantra Power for Good

In a time when hatred, bigotry, ignorance and fear are grabbing the world's attention, YOU and I have the power to stand up for truth, kindness, beauty, unity, and love. We have the power to let our friends and family members who are affected by racism, sexism, homophobia or any other injustice know that we […]

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Shedding My Cocoon

Friends, I am writing to you to share some changes I am making in my life and my business that I am excited about, even though there is also some sadness and a little bit of fear around them. Like a caterpillar making the transition to a butterfly, it involves leaving behind part of me […]

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#FridayFeels Sunny

This #fridayfeels warm, sunny, and silly! Got to spend the morning at the Living Desert exhibit and yes, I feed and got kissed by this giraffe. The desert is hot AF and kicked my ass, but I had a great time with my sweetheart.* *Not pictured. #theblessingsbutterfly #iambeingboss #randr #desert #wildlife #giraffe #conservation

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#MondayMantra On Facing Disappointment

Sometimes, people disappoint you. Sometimes, you disappoint other people- or even Yourself. An important key to healing is to allow the uncomfortable feelings, and learn the lessons that are presented in the situation without falling down into a pit of negativity. Instead of choosing blame or shame, try choosing to see one thing that you […]

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#FridayFeels Breathe in Peace

If you haven't heard it yet, and even if you have- let this be a sign to you from the universe and beyond: Great job! You did it! You have much to be proud of! Focus on the good things. You've done good work. You've faced fears and moved forward anyway. You've peeled away another […]

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Home Office: Eat Easy

Feelin' Just Peachy, thank you very much! Easy foods that fuel my hustle today for breakfast: Peaches-n-Cream Smoothie + Peaches-n-Cream Overnight Oats. I like to use vanilla almond milk for my liquid in both of these recipes. So good! Of all the many great things about working from home and owning my own businesses (making […]

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Celebrate With Me!

Do you ever find yourself more than halfway through the year and realize that you’ve got some pretty cool things to celebrate? Let me encourage you right now to pause and celebrate some of the awesome things that have already happened for you in 2017! Please feel free to share some of your wins with […]

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[How I Became The Blessings Butterfly, Prequel] Dirty Laundry: My Early Childhood Trauma and How It Led to All Those Bad Decisions

Loves, I’ll tell you right now that this is not an easy post to write, and you 100% do not have to read any further. My “backstory” has some gross, ugly parts to it, and maybe yours does too.The shit I’m about to share here is highly sensitive and may be painful and/or triggering, so […]

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#FridayFeels Expanding 

When you begin to listen to the voice inside of you- your soul, your inner wisdom, your deepest and highest self- you will find that it creates both a challenge & an opportunity.  The Challenge is whether or not to ignore the calling inside of you, to play it safe, to maintain the status quo […]

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#FridayFeels So Chill

This vacation week has been the perfect balance of Business + Pleasure, Friends + Lovers, Activities + Relaxing. 2 more days here in beautiful #Charlotte #NC to enjoy her summer thunderstorms, southern hospitality, fireflies, sweet tea, BBQ… and long, lazy mornings sleeping in late and cuddling with my sweetheart.  I’m thankful for the life I […]

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Did You Get My Message? -Everything 

You are both the Student and the Teacher at the exact same time. Every interaction, every encounter, every person and every creature has a message and a lesson for you– and you have a message and a lesson to share as well.  Today, be open to receive and share the most important message: You Are […]

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#MondayMantra

Blessings are all around us. What are you doing to create space in your life for all of the goodness? Hint: Let Go of whatever is holding you down or holding you back from living your best life. You deserve good things!  Start your mindset off on the shiny path with this mantra: “I make […]

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#FridayFeels Feel to Heal

Happy Friday! The past couple weeks have been filled with intense lessons and some powerful growth.  Learning to lean in to your hard feelings and listen for their message can lead you to some important soul-healing.  This is Positivity in action, not just masking the pain with a smile and hiding from the hurts. Love […]

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#FridayFeels The Gloom & The Bloom

This past week has been a tough one for so many people. Whether you are reeling from the global terrors being inflicted on the innocent, or struggling with interpersonal challenges, office politics, or facing your own demons- it seems like everyone I know has been feeling overwhelmed this week in one way or another. Me […]

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Memorial Day Mantra

Memorial Day is one of 3 annual events set aside for Americans to honor our military service members, along with Veterans Day and Armed Forces Day. Today holds the somber distinction of remembering the men and women who lost their lives while in service, of honoring the fallen on the fields of battle. It’s not […]

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#FridayFeels Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem = Seize the Day Today is what you have. Today! You have an amazing day in front of you, what will you do with it? How will you spend your precious time, who will you tell that you love them, how many people will be blessed by your smile?  What challenges will you […]

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You may or may not be a Mother. (Hint: Giving birth is not the only qualification.) You may or may not always have a positive relationship with the woman, or women, who play/played the role of Mother in your own life. (Hint: Humans are notoriously flawed and complex beings.) You may be missing your Mom, […]

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#FridayFeels Majestic Journey

It’s Friday, and I’m in Norway. (Norway! I am still giddy saying that.) I’ve been able to travel around the world, always awestruck by the incredible sights and natural wonders. This tour of the fjords, though- I haven’t been able to wrap my head around how utterly, stunningly beautiful it is.  As we were sailing […]

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Just Let That Sh!t Go

We all experience the so-called “negative” emotions such as Sadness, Anger, and Fear throughout our lives as a result of experiencing unpleasant circumstances or even traumatic events. It’s OK to feel these, and it’s important to express them in healthy ways. It’s when we avoid feeling them and resist expressing them that we develop Emotional […]

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Focus On What Makes You Happy

  What if, each day, you made the conscious choice to focus on what makes you happy? By directing your thoughts, your intentions, your energy towards the positive pursuit of your own happiness, you will create a powerful shift that ignites your spirit and fills your life with Light and Joy! Take the time to […]

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#FridayFeels Lucky

So this morning, St. Patrick’s Day, I am facing one of my fears and sitting in the waiting room at the doctors office. Dermatologist, to be exact. Seems that having pale white & freckled Irish skin (or Welsh, or English, depending on which branch of Dad’s family tree I’m following) and growing up in sunny […]

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My Plea on International Women’s Day

Today, March 8, is a day celebrated for more than a century now as International Women’s Day. In it’s earliest iteration, it was founded as “International Working Women’s Day” and was actually linked back to the American Socialist Party.  To be crystal clear, I am NOT a Socialist.  But I most definitely am a Woman, […]

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#MondayMantra – Happy

Even on your most challenging days, you deserve to feel happy, even if only for a moment. Cultivate happiness in your life by doing something each day that makes you smile, so that on the hard days you have plenty to pull from. Recall a fond memory. Engage your senses. Dance like a total weirdo. […]

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Giving Up To Gain

For the past several years, I stopped attending church services altogether in favor of ditching religion and religiosity for a deeper, more authentic, hands-on, dirt-under-my-nails, faith-without-borders spiritual quest of healing and enlightenment. I chose to shrug off what had come to feel like confinement and faking it, and just figure out how to connect with […]

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#MondayMantra I Welcome a Life of Abundance

Today, I invite you to shift your mindset to one that more readily welcomes abundance. This powerful mantra starts with a fun visualization practice: Begin to picture yourself on a golden path laid out before you. Surround your path with rich, vivid colors: flowers and trees, a lovely stream, beautiful birds singing, gorgeous rainbows in […]

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#FridayFeels- Honor the Struggles 

Gentle Reminder: Please do not minimize or dismiss the struggles or pain that another person has faced. 💜 You and I may never share the same scars or past hurts, we may never fully understand what the other has felt, but it doesn’t make it any less real.  Be generous as you extend grace and […]

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#FridayFeels My Pledge 

I am a peaceful warrior, and This is my Pledge: I will Resist the Hate. I will spread Love. I will live to Encourage, Empower, and Inspire. ❤ I believe that we are all created to live in peace, safety, and freedom- beginning with love for self and extending that to each other.  I don’t […]

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Tears in the Texaco

This morning, a complete stranger made me cry in the Texaco parking lot. I had just finished getting my car quick-washed and was getting ready to merge into the exit lane, just waiting for a little more space to open up.  My latte was just the right temperature.  I had just cleared some space in […]

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Sending Love is Always Worthwhile. ❤🦋

You might not have all of the answers when facing life’s hard questions. You will not always know the perfect thing to say when someone you care about is grieving. You are going to find yourself in situations sometimes when you feel utterly powerless to make a difference, but trust me, dear one, there is […]

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This Is Why I March

I was very honored to march today with 749,000 brothers and sisters in Los Angeles, California as part of the Women’s March- and it was magnificent! It was one of over 600 sister marches to the Women’s March on Washington, and the energy was incredibly Peaceful, exuberant, powerful, funny, and moving. Now, I understand that […]

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#FridayFeels: Diversity, Not Division

Today is an historic moment in the world. It is the day that America demonstrates the peaceful transition from one executive Administration to another as we willingly hand over control from President Barak Obama to President Donald Trump. I am not a Republican. I am not a Democrat. I am, first and foremost, a strong, […]

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I March in Love

I’m excited and honored to take part in the Women’s March Los Angeles this Saturday, a sister march in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington.   The event in our nation’s capitol is expected to have nearly a quarter MILLION participants. There are sister marches scheduled to take place in hundreds upon hundreds of […]

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Fresh Start

How is this first week of 2017 treating you so far?  I so love the fresh-start energy of this time of year. Making plans for the year ahead, scheduling vacations, dreaming big-ass dreams… that’s my jam. I’ve got a clean slate and endless possibilities! Maybe you’re easing back in to your office routine, or getting started […]

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#FridayFeels Shine

You are a Light, so that others can see: Love Beauty  Courage  Strength  Peace  Kindness  Grace Compassion  Gratitude  Equality Do not be afraid to shine! The darkness is only broken by Light. Would you like to join my private email list? It’s where I share awesomeness with my tribe of wild & beautiful butterfly souls. […]

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#FridayFeels Free/Festive

I do love so many things about this time of year: Winter Solstice, My Birthday, Christmas, Holiday Lights, and all of the celebration and reverence for the different sacred holidays.  I love the festive feeling in the air and the excitement of finding special little gifts to give away. I love seeing the best in people, […]

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#FridayFeels No Complaints, Virgin Islands, Soggy Dollar Bar, The Blessings Butterfly

#FridayFeels No Complaints 

I’m so thankful for the life I live!  It’s been a long and winding path so far, filled with lots of painful experiences and unexpected blessings. I’m choosing gratitude and savoring this life each and every day! (Days like this make it pretty easy.) Would you like to join my private email list? It’s where […]

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#FridayFeels Vacation Vibes

Last year around this time, my hottie boyfriend and I took off on a fabulous Caribbean cruise to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Jamaica and Haiti. We convinced three other couples to join us for the adventure, and it was an incredible time!  In fact, we loved it so much that we booked another cruise before we […]

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Pray for Peace, then practice living peacefully.

#MondayMantra Practice Peace

Mantra: Pray for Peace, then Practice Living Peacefully. Creating a more peaceful world will always begin with you. Ask yourself if your words and actions are helping to create more peace in your relationships, or if they are not. Start with yourself. If your words and actions are not creating more peaceful relationships, what are […]

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#FridayFeels Celebratory 

Hey there, Gorgeous! Your life is absolutely worth celebrating every single day. You’re a warrior, a trailblazer, an angel, a rockstar and a goddess. You lead and inspire the people in your life just by being your authentic self. Celebrate your accomplishments & Celebrate YOU! Would you like to join my private email list? It’s […]

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#MondayMantra I Am Creating A Beautiful Life

Mantra: I Am Creating A Beautiful Life The work that we do each day to actively, intentionally shift our mindset from negative, doom-and-gloom, worst case scenario to a more positive, bright-and-shiny, best possible outcome is powerful and scientifically proven to create new neural pathways in our brains. It is true that what we think about […]

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#FridayFeels Thankful

Sleeping in. Fluffy pillows. Brunch. Leftovers. Naps. Family stories.  Relaxing at Grandma’s house instead of hassling the Black Friday shopping crowd, and thankful to be sitting beside my love today. What are you thankful for? Would you like to join my private email list? It’s where I share awesomeness with my tribe of wild & […]

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Practice Graceful Self Love for the Holidays

Whatever “Thanksgiving” means to you, whatever feelings, emotions, memories it brings up, however you celebrate the year end holidays or don’t… I invite you to spend some quiet time nurturing yourself and your soul.  Remind yourself that you matter, despite how anyone around you may try to make you feel otherwise.❤️ Treat your body to […]

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What Do We Do Now? Heal and Rebuild 

In the wake of any disaster, whether natural or man made, the most immediate need is the lifesaving work of the first responder. Assess the situation, bring relief, create safety.  Rebuilding and healing for individuals and communities comes later.   [Disaster Strikes] During the national election results on Tuesday November 8, I was a complete […]

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#FridayFeels Sad, But Hopeful

If you are feeling sad today, like so many of us are- know that it’s OK. You are allowed to feel what you feel, and though I wish everyone would honor and respect your feelings- they won’t, so you have to. Feelings are primal. They are common to all, but show up in us individually […]

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Proud Mama Moment

Y’all, I just love my son so damn much! In 29 years he’s never really asked for “stuff” for birthdays or Christmas gifts. Maybe it’s because we were SO POOR and scraping to get by for so many years. Maybe it’s because he’s just a beautiful human despite all the odds stacked against him. All […]

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#FridayFaves: Healing Your Trauma Through Meditation, Featuring Rachel John of Soul BEing

Sometimes you come across a person who exudes such compassion, kindness, peacefulness and genuine love for others that it makes you pause and wonder: How did they get to this place?  Such is the case with my friend Rachel.  She and I connected online through an exercise challenge; she lives in Wales, I am in […]

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#MondayMantra: Dare to Risk – Positive Energy Shift

Do you realize that you have the power to change your life? Yes- you totally do! You do not have to stay stuck in negativity.  You can create a powerful mindset shift that will lead you to a more positive, powerful, and joyful life. Whenever fear and doubt start clouding your thoughts and drawing you […]

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That Was Delicious, But Now My Gut Hates Me

Hello Loves! After a wonderful long weekend in New Orleans eating ALL the delicious things (and more than a few adult beverages) my body is BEGGING me for a detox & reset. As you might know, I am about halfway through my 30 Day Challenge and it is going great!  However, I had planned my […]

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#MondayMantra Open to Receive 

“I am open to receive” What do you want to have more of in your life? Love, joy, confidence, acceptance, inspiration? Money, power, status, success? Adventure, excitement, challenge?  It’s all available to you, gift-wrapped and personalized, ready and waiting to be delivered to you. But Lovely, it’s not enough just to want it, not enough […]

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#FridayFeels : Find Your Calm in the Chaos 

Is your sense of calm easily upset by external factors, or have you learned how to achieve inner peace when the world around you feels chaotic? We have immense energy flowing through our body and mind at every moment of the day, and it can be overwhelming at times- especially when coupled with the energetic […]

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#MondayMantra: I Allow Things to be Easy

Lately I’ve been thinking about how often  we tend to make a task or project or process far more difficult than it needs to be. Do you ever get frustrated when:  You find yourself waiting in a long line and the person at the front is placing an unnecessarily complex order? Or… The person carrying […]

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September 30 Day Challenge

HAPPY SEPTEMBER! Lazy days of summer are coming to an end (okay I am honestly NOT great at being lazy) and you feel the energy around you shifting.  What is one positive, healthy thing you can challenge yourself with over the next 30 days? If you need a teensy bit of inspiration & encouragement, you […]

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#MondayMantra I Am Choosing to be Joyful

Did you know that you have tremendous power to make choices and changes in your own life? It’s true!   Our minds are incredibly powerful and give us the ability to shape how we perceive and respond to our daily circumstances.  Regardless of what type of person you consider yourself to be, we all get […]

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Body-Positive Fitness, My Top 5 Tips, & Why I Created The Cocoon

For the past couple of years, I have been wanting- no, longing to- create a series of fitness videos for people living in bigger bodies, with a crazy twist: I don’t want you to lose a bunch of weight (unless that is something YOU want for yourself).  Instead, I wanted to simply love, support, and […]

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#MondayMantra I Am Not Giving Up!

No life is immune to facing tough experiences and hard days. It’s the stuff that strips away our bullshit and allows us to refocus on what truly matters: Love. Kindness. Caring. Strength of Character. Honesty. Compassion. Trust. It’s okay to acknowledge that some days are harder than others, and if you are having a particularly […]

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#FridayFeels : Badass

Hey there, Badass- You pushed yourself harder and farther this week. You stepped out and you stepped UP. You showed up for yourself and did the work, went all in, and freed yourself to become visible in all of your magically glorious & sparkly self. You know what? The world needs you to keep doing […]

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#FridayFeels: Relaxing, Refreshing, Rejuvenating 

TGIF, AMIRITE?! Take in today’s energy to relax, refresh, and rejuvenate. Recharge your soul.  Radiate that positive energy to attract positive energy and be a blessing to everyone who comes in contact with you!  Visit my Facebook page for a collection of positive, uplifting and inspirational videos from my Live Mini-Meditations if you need a […]

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The Blessings Butterfly is Going LIVE Next Week!

I’m going LIVE next week! What?! At the beginning of 2016, I settled on the word TRANSFORMATION as my word of the year. Let me tell you, it has been an amazing focal point for me!  This one little word is having such an impact on me and has been a catalyst in spurring me […]

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Please Stop Killing Each Other.

Can we all please just STOP with the constant killing each other? Bad cops killing citizens, Bad citizens killing cops, and round and round we go. Bad citizens killing innocent citizens in mass shootings. People being profiled & violently targeted for their skin color, religious beliefs or sexual identity. Terrorist militants killing innocent civilians. ENOUGH […]

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5 Minutes to a Healthier You!

Healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes. In my program The Cocoon, I challenge the notion that bigger, fatter, or less flexible bodies are not as good as smaller, thinner, or more bendy bodies! FACT: You are Beautiful already, exactly as you are.  Now let me help you believe it and see for yourself! […]

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Solstice Love Fest: Change Your Thoughts to Change Your Life!

Happy Solstice, Loves! Here in the Northern Hemisphere it is the first day of summer, and being a Southern California girl, for me that means pure magic and l-o-v-e. ❤️ The warmer weather naturally makes me want to wear fewer (and lighter) clothes. Bare arms! Fluttery skirts! Swimwear! Booty shorts! …Okay, that last one stays […]

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Friday Faves: Michael Powell Photography 

I’m always amazed by the incredibly gifted people in my world. Today I want to give a shout out to multi-talented photographer, musician and dear friend, Michael Powell. Holla! Michael and I became friends years ago when he was playing guitar in a mutual friend’s band (more on Josie and her current band Eye the […]

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Transformation Tip: Clear Your Clutter

One of my patterns that I am trying to change for the better is that of collecting (and keeping!) clutter. Not only will clearing away and releasing clutter physically transform the space it occupies, but it transforms us by relieving added stress and creating a sense of calm and tranquility. I have seemingly always had […]

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Enter to Win + Flash Sale!

Yesterday I shared my exciting news that Frisky Fish Essentials has curated a special TRANSFORMATION Trio set for some lucky Blessings Butterfly fans (enter below for your chance to win). Each 3-piece set includes one rollerball bottle each of these wonderful, locally hand-blended scents: Uncensored, Supernatural, and Fly. Today I get to share that Frisky […]

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Big Announcement Time!

I don’t want to brag (okay- YES I DO) but I have some pretty AH-MA-ZING friends!  One of them is Alana, and she is the beauty AND brains behind Frisky Fish Essentials, a fabulous line of custom & hand-blended essential oils that are all-around wonderful. I’ve been blessed to be friends with her for many […]

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#FridayFeels Sad, but It’s Okay

Life’s journey has many twists & turns, peaks & valleys, sparkles & shadows. Some days are filled with sadness and tough moments, and it is OK to feel them. It’s normal. It’s necessary. To feel all things, even the unpleasant, even the painful, this is what makes it possible for us to truly relate to […]

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#FridayFeels Fat vs Sugar

Did you know that a healthy diet should include plenty of “good” fats every day? It’s true!  The real enemy is sugar… it’s sneaky, hiding in plain sight. But YOU have the power- read your food labels, pay attention to what you eat, and teach yourself to make the choices that are truly best for […]

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Can Certain Foods Help Reduce Pain?

It’s no big secret that the foods we consume regularly will have an effect on our overall health. And while it’s true that some foods are obviously not helpful in supporting our bodies, there is just a LOT of information out there on the interwebs, bookshelves, and tv talk show circuit that is conflicting and […]

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Free Download: My Meal Plan Guide

My Meal Plan Guide is ridiculously simple and has helped me to actually be MORE creative with the foods I choose to eat. It’s just a basic guideline, not a strict regimen (because let’s be honest, that just doesn’t work for me). If you would like a free copy of My Meal Plan Guide along […]

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Emotional Eating & Your Inner Superhero

Friends, emotional eating (from feeling fearful, sad, angry, or whatever overwhelming thing we are feeling) is something that can be managed and overcome when we learn how to access the tools we need. It definitely takes practice and lots of support to “retrain our brain” but it is TOTALLY doable!  I’ve been actively at work […]

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FLASH SALE- Get a Lifetime Membership to The Cocoon for just $75! This Weekend ONLY!

Opening Session for The Cocoon – Empowered Transformation begins March 30!  Right now I am offering the limited time option to join as a Lifetime Member with a one-time-only payment of just $75!  (Regularly $120) ***Click Here to Register Now*** This special FLASH SALE is only available this weekend, March 19 & 20.  Don’t miss […]

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#FridayFeels Calm & Relaxed

Maybe it’s because I have a 7 day break from my part time office job, which means I get to stay home-sweet-home and create exciting new content for all of MY wonderful projects… Maybe it’s knowing I get a much needed break from soul crushing traffic… Maybe it’s getting to enjoy precious extra cuddle time […]

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Registration is OPEN for Session 1!

Session 1 of The Cocoon – Empowered Transformation begins on Wednesday March 30! If you’ve already registered, YAY!  You’ll be receiving additional information directly from The Blessings Butterfly throughout the session(s). Registration is now open for all who wish to participate in our first 4-Week Session (begins 3/30). All programs delivered completely online. Lifetime Membership […]

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#FridayFeels Empowered 

Earlier this week I wrote about struggling with discouragement and how important it is to reach out to your “cheer squad” when you need a boost. In doing so, I realized that empowerment comes from within AND from outside- by continually investing in positive, affirming relationships with ourselves and our closest friends. Here’s to all […]

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When an Encourager Gets Discouraged

I’ve always been a natural cheerleader- minus the gymnastic skills and ability to do those Russian splits. Upbeat personality? Check. Big… um, lungs? Check. Contagious enthusiasm, team spirit, and a passing love of sports? Check, check, and check! Failed to make the high school drill team, cheer & song squads? Sadly, yes, check. I KNOW.  […]

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You’ve Got This

You know that great idea you have that you’ve been tinkering with, wondering if it’s even worth pursuing?  The one that sounds amazing, but crazy and out of reach? Yeah, that one. You should totally go for it. Give it a shot! All great ideas start somewhere. This is your somewhere… You’ve got this!   

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#MondayMantra I Make Great Choices

Removing the mental blocks that we face is important to moving forward. Sometimes it feels scary to try something new, and that’s when the internal critic starts trash-talking us, pointing to past failures or creating fear-based scenarios.  ENOUGH already! Empower yourself today by introducing this mantra:  “I will decide what works best for me. I […]

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#FridayFeels Amazing

Has anyone told you today that you are amazing? Because my dear- you are. Some days we feel anything but amazing, but that doesn’t diminish the fact that we are- every single one of us- AMAZING.  I hope you aren’t feeling less-than today. If you are, please know that this world needs YOU and is […]

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One Size Does NOT Fit All

I’ve officially opened pre-ordering for my exciting new program, The Cocoon – Empowered Transformation. We are in the process of creating brand new content for a revolutionary health & wellness program, and are currently taking pre-orders with NO obligation and NO money down. This all-new fitness program is designed for those of us with average, […]

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#MondayMantra I Am Worthy & Deserving of Good Things

Monday Mantra: I am Worthy and Deserving of Good Things If you have ever struggled with feeling unworthy of having good things happen to you, or if you feel uneasy enjoying good things in your life, let today be the day that you begin to change your story. It does not make you selfish. It […]

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#FridayFeels: Adventurous!

If you’re anything like me, the day before a big trip feels almost overwhelming with energy… Last minute checklists, frantic shopping for that one thing (what am I missing? Where’s my list?)… Prepping your home/pets/office for your time away… It can be a little nutso, and instead of being in-the-moment you might become frazzled. Total […]

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#MondayMantra – I am Healthy & Whole!

Monday Mantra: I Am Healthy & I Am Whole! Pictured here is an incredibly lovely little girl named Caro (Carol). I met her years ago on my first visit to Kenya, when I was doing missionary & humanitarian work with Tumaini International. I will be sharing more about her in my next blog post this […]

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Friday Feels: How To Be A Good Person

Today I’m reminded of the mantras of Blessing #4: I Am A Good Person- If you would like to, you can get The Blessings Butterfly and The Blessings Butterfly Companion Guide on your Kindle or Kindle app for your smartphone today on Amazon (click here to purchase). A portion of my proceeds are donated to […]

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Monday Mantra: I See Beauty

In a world where far too often there is tremendous pain, brutality, and the ugliness of senseless violence- it is ever more important to look for and find Beauty in our daily lives.  Just as Light overcomes Darkness, so does True Beauty overcome Ugliness. See Beauty, Be Beauty. Image courtesy of Michael Powell Photography “I […]

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A Little Nourishment

Mantra: I like to eat, so I choose nourishing meals that satisfy me! Here’s a tasty little something I whipped up in the kitchen that makes a nice light meal or a hearty side dish: Brussels Sprouts & Bacon. It was filling, sweet, crunchy, savory, easy-peasy and super satisfying. I don’t really measure stuff, I […]

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Where is Your Strength?

People often ask me how I “stay so strong” during the challenging times in my life. For those I’ve shared my story with (or even just some of the grisly parts), they are amazed at my strength and positive attitude. I love hearing that! What kills me though is when the conversation turns to their […]

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A Love Letter to My Body

Earlier this morning, a lovely meme (Artwork credited to Emily Balivet) popped up in my news feed that made me immediately take notice. It was from a challenge originally posted in the (amazing) Wild Woman Sisterhood‘s Facebook page and it looked like this: I am Intrigued. This idea of loving my body still feels very […]

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Thank You

Thank you to my lovely readers for participating in the 31 Days of Blessings that just concluded yesterday.  I’d like to invite you to visit my page on Facebook to share your own blessings and encouragements, and let me know if there is anything you’d like me to send prayers, blessings, or healing thoughts for […]

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Limited Time Only: First 7 Free!

FIRST 7 FREE: I have been sharing the first seven of the 31 daily blessings from my book, The Blessings Butterfly, along with my personal commentary ABSOLUTELY FREE here and on our Facebook page. I hope you are enjoying it! It’s been getting pretty great feedback and people who have bought the book have been […]

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The Third Blessing: Strength

Blessing #3: I am Strong As I have reached this point in my life-journey, I am simply amazed at the various and difficult circumstances I’ve gone through in 5 decades. I have survived bullying, incest, sexual abuse, homelessness, domestic violence, stalking, drug addiction, alcoholism, two broken engagements, and more. So much loss, pain, and heartache. […]

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The First Blessing: Love

Blessing #1: I am Loved What would your life look like if you realized that, no matter what, you are totally, deeply, beautifully, unconditionally loved? What would change? What would feel different? Wouldn’t all of your other relationships suddenly be so much richer, so much more balanced? Wouldn’t you have an increased capacity to give […]

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#31Days

The Blessings Butterfly book release is on target for September 1, all systems go, stoked and looking forward! YAY! To coincide with the release of the eBook on Amazon, we are going to launch with #31Days of “inspired chatter” on our Facebook fan page beginning on September 1, 2015. Each day from 9/1-10/1, members will […]

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Flow

Wouldn’t it be lovely if we could just go with our natural flow every day, unfettered and unflustered by the ‘interruptions’ and changes to our comfortable routines? I think it’s incredibly important to recognize that our lives have different rhythms and patterns throughout, and upon recognizing that- simply allow ourselves to be okay with it. […]

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The Burden of Father’s Day

It’s Father’s Day here in the US, and along with days like this that celebrate a parent can often come mixed emotions and some weird feelings. Especially if your father has passed on. Especially if you never knew your father. Especially if your relationship with the man was/is strained, challenging, complicated. Even if your relationship […]

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MAGIC MIRROR

MAGIC MIRROR: What is one positive thing about yourself that you know to be absolutely True? One thing I’ve learned is that when we are struggling (also known as growing) we tend to tell ourselves all kinds of stories about ourselves that actually have little to do with the Truth (“I’m not ____ enough” “Nobody […]

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Thoughts on Faith

BACON? Nope. It’s a beautiful section of marbled stonework inside of St. Mark’s Basilica, Piazza San Marco, Venice Italy. I found myself weirdly, simultaneously awestruck & kinda grossed out by the mind-boggling level of artistry and over-the-top display of riches throughout the sacred site. Reverent & Judgemental, Humbled & Indignant, Leaning in breathlessly & achingly […]

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Inspiration: Doing Hard Things

#MondayMantra I can do hard things. Sometimes, usually when I am trying something new or stretching myself in some kind of way- I forget just how many hard things I’ve already done and that I am on the other side of now. It’s a powerful thing to be able to pause and briefly look back […]

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ASPIRE Magazine- Inspired Living Giveaway

Women supporting women! I love it! That’s why I’m thrilled to be a part of Season 7 of the #InspiredLivingGiveway to bring you, and women around the world, the free supportive resources to:  <3 create a success mindset <3 heal your wounded heart <3 transform your precious relationships <3 tap into your creativity <3 write […]

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Inspiration: 3rd Time’s a Charm

OMG, it’s still there! And it’s really beautiful. And it’s totally distracting, lol! I must look down at my ring 1000x a day. I love it though and Here’s the thing: SHOCKER- I’ve been engaged twice before. Never married, just engaged to be. The first engagement was to my baby daddy and it was a […]

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