Monthly Archives: May 2015

Trust the Magic



For weeks I’ve been driving by a wooded area (located in the middle of a small farming town…population 30,000) on my way to a consulting job. What raised my curiosity about this wooded area is that a man is living there in a tent with a campfire. I must admit that I’ve been intrigued as to the story behind this situation. So earlier this week I decided that I would stop by on Friday and drop him off a surprise gift…a chocolate birthday cake and some painted word rocks (my favorite art abandonment project). Who doesn’t like cake?!?

When I arrived he was in the middle of making himself some breakfast over his camp fire. As I walk towards him, he stood up in shock that someone was coming to speak to him. Did I mention it was 6:45am? I told him that I travel for work and that I’ve been driving by here every day and thought that I would drop him off a random gift. He smiled and introduced himself. “My name is Kurtis, but people call me “Hollywood”.

Without even asking, he told me his story. He has recently been released from prison with basically nothing…an old vehicle and this piece of land in the middle of town. As a result of his circumstances he has decided to put his trust in god that everything will work out. The city has been pestering him about the tent, so he moves it every few days in order to meet the city guidelines. He asked my opinion about the city and I told him “You have to do what you have to do!”.   He is a proud man who has started his own scrap business from nothing with the goal of building a small wooded cabin in the future. Here is a man that has faced his own failures, is now planting seeds, and creating a new life. As I walked away he said “Have a blessed day!”

P.S. The art abandonment word rocks I left for him…”Trust the Magic”

Robin Rosenstiel

Explorer of Uncharted Territory

Seeker of Truth

Bodacious Dragon Slayer

Message from the Universe

Tuesday 5am:

I awoke in a hotel room still feeling exhausted and depleted. As I was lying in bed I was feeling vulnerable (as I really didn’t know what to do next), I made the following statement:

Dear Universe – what is my next step?

I then proceeded to get out of bed, take a shower and read my email. Within my email box was the following message:

Allow yourself to receive – you can set an intention and allow yourself to be delighted by the fullness of The Universe.

So there it was…the answer to my question. I knew that!!! How could I so easily forget everything I have learned over the years? I found it fascinating that when I spiraled out of control and fell back into my old story of GO-GO-GO it quickly slipped into my old story of GIVE-GIVE-GIVE and there I was exhausted and depleted because I forgot to fill myself up and receive. How often do you get caught up in the messiness of life and forget to receive?

So I set my intention: Be vulnerable and ask for help every day. And determined what action to take: Allow myself to receive.

Tuesday 6:30am:

iris-blogI walked out of the hotel (on my way to the office) and there in the lobby garden a flower called to me. I walked over to the flower and observe it.  Her name is IRIS and she was offering her medicine to me…the paintbrush to the soul…


I smiled and laughed and said THANKS UNIVERSE!

Since I sent my intention on Tuesday and took action, every day I have been blessed with receiving. As of today, I feel refreshed and renewed.

Based on my own lessons learned over the past few weeks, I invite you to really notice:

What story stops you from receiving from the Universe?

How do you feel when you receive a gift from the Universe?


Robin Rosenstiel

Explorer of Uncharted Territory

Seeker of Truth

Bodacious Dragon Slayer

A Pause for Reflection

restApril has been a month where I spent a lot of time in an old story. I didn’t even realize I was in the old story and spinning out of control until I literally “hit the wall”. And there I was suddenly feeling mentally overwhelmed and physically exhausted. I was struggling to get out of bed, I was struggling to think and everything I did sent both my body and my mind into a state of overwhelm. As I spent the entirety of last Saturday lying on a sofa with 2 cats watching movies (as that is all my body would allow), I pondered the question “How did I get to this state?”

The story:

Last September I signed up for Martha Beck Life Coach Training. It has been one of the best investments I’ve ever made in myself and through this training process I’ve uncovered “a day in my ideal life” – a life outside the constraints of Corporate America, a life filled with adventure as a successful entrepreneur. This vision really motivated me to take action towards creating this new life. So in February, I started to move towards creating this new life. As I work diligently towards creating my new life, I became very excited and full of energy. With all of this excitement and energy of the vision, I took additional classes, coached people, created and hosted workshops, developed web sites and newsletters, attend a conference, and closed down an apartment in order to consolidate to one space. Now are you ready for the kicker…I was doing all of this while traveling full time for my corporate job. Seriously, even as I type this I’m thinking “Really!?! What were you thinking???”

Oh that’s right,

  • I established an overly aggressive and unrealistic time line for myself (even though I’m a gifted project manager and know unrealistic when I see it);
  • I decided that I can juggle multiple balls in the air at the same time and not let any of them drop;
  • I canceled all activities involving self-care as my sudden list of “to do’s” was just a “temporary” thing and would only take a few weeks;
  • And the final chapter of this story…I was determined that I could do it all by myself;

And just before I crashed I received a message from the Universe via the form of an email:


Rewrite your story of stuckness and overwhelm and get back to the basics of creative self-care.

And then on Monday, I received 2 additional messages from the Universe:

  • Via a friend – “Robin – ask for help if you don’t know how to do something.”
  • Via another email – “Watch for the “hot spots” that overwhelm you. What small moves can you make to stop that overwhelm in its tracks?”

My old story…I call her “Super Robin”…able to complete everything in an unrealistic amount of time without asking for help.

This week I’ve been spending a lot of time with my “Super Robin” self.  I saw this as an opportunity to acknowledge this old story, ask why it is here, and what lessons it has to teach me.  Instead of getting angry and shaming and blaming this story, I have learned to show it compassionate and love. It is a good story, just one that no longer serves me.  Starting in May,  I’ve decided it is time to start a new story, a story full of self-care, going with the flow, and asking for and accepting help.


Robin Rosenstiel

Explorer of Uncharted Territory

Seeker of Truth

Bodacious Dragon Slayer