Are You a Spiritual Creative? Part I

Many of the people I work with, play with, and are friends with are what I call “Spiritual Creatives.” This includes artists, healers, counselors, coaches, and transformational entrepreneurs of all kinds. Spiritual Creatives are idealists who would also like to be realists, who seek to live soul-powered, inspired lives, serve the higher good, and make a decent living at the same time.

Perhaps you are a Spiritual Creative yourself.

If you recognize yourself in this, you have probably been on a path of personal and spiritual development and awakening for a number of years. You doubtless have many gifts to give the world, and those gifts are knocking at the door, wanting to be let out.

You may have a deep sense that you were born for a purpose, even if you’re not quite sure what that is. You know you want to make a difference, to help others, to make the world a better place. You may believe you have some role to play in the historic shift of consciousness taking place at this time. I believe you do too!

I have always felt poignantly the gap between the potential within each of us and what does or does not get actualized.

That gap is particularly painful when it comes to Spiritual Creatives, who have so much to give, and whose gifts are so badly needed by the world at this time. And yet we may be the very folks who  have the hardest  time getting our gifts out into the world.

I include myself in this category and, as a late bloomer, I am finally letting my light shine out from under that bushel. Why this is I will go into more in my next post.

Are You Ready to Bloom?

In the course of my travels, I speak to many women about my work as a “midlife blooming” coach and teacher. Often they’ll sigh with recognition, and will say wistfully, “Oh, I could use that!”

Then they tell me a bit about their story. Each story is different, but they also tend to form patterns,  fitting into one of several scenarios that I realize many of us are confronted with past the age of 40.

Is one of these your story too?

  • Your children have grown and left home, leaving a vacuum where your sense of purpose used to be.
  • Your marriage has ended, and you’re wondering if there’s life after divorce.
  • You lost your “secure” employment and don’t know where to turn, or who to be.
  • You’re stressed and bored at your job and hope there’s more to life.
  • You’re facing retirement and dread the emptiness.
  • You’ve had a brush with illness, and are feeling a renewed commitment to how to use your precious time.
  • You’ve put everyone else’s needs ahead of your own and you’re questioning if it’s too late to live YOUR life, to put YOUR work out into the world.
  • You had a vision once to create something beautiful and meaningful with your life, and that vision is haunting you now.

Whatever the reason, if you’re like the women I speak to, you’re feeling adrift and wondering where your purpose and joy have gone, and how to find them. You know you’re capable of SO much more – but what exactly that looks like may be eluding you. . . .  Continue reading

Late Bloomer or Midlife Bloomer?

Who is a late bloomer? A midlife bloomer?

I am both, for I only started fully blooming in the second half of life. As a result,  I am passionate about helping other women bloom later in life. Because really, there is no age limit to what I mean by blooming

My concept of late blooming has changed over the years. I no longer think of it merely as a chronological delay according to the expected “norm.” Not only are there many people whose “normal” follows a different pattern, but the patterns are changing in our society as a whole. Adolescence is extended, marriages happen later, women have their first babies in their forties! What is normal now?

My definition of late blooming has changed, as I said. Now what I mean is the feeling that there is something inside us that wants to bloom but hasn’t yet; the desire  to give birth to something, to bring something forth from our soul that we’ve not yet been able to birth. . . . Continue reading

Overcomers, Inc. is published!

C1_OvercomersIncbooksmWhat an exciting day Thursday was! Our long-awaited book, Overcomers, Inc.: True Stories of Hope, Courage, and Inspiration was launched, was celebrated, and went to #1 on Amazon in three categories.

I’ve never been part of a book launch before, and this is my first time published. I feel extremely fortunate to have found my way to this magical  book and I’m proud to be associated with a product of such quality and power.

When I decided to participate, I initially felt vulnerable about sharing my story, but I knew I had to do it. The first part of this remarkable journey for me involved figuring out how to express what I wanted to communicate, how to craft it into a form, and how to compress it into a few pages. That in itself was a rich, complex, and growthful experience and would have been enough of a reward.

But then, after months of anticipation and wondering, I received a copy of this beautiful book and got to experience the real reward: discovering the amazing group of human beings I’d been traveling alongside. . . .  Continue reading