Monthly Archives: May 2016

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“A person’s life purpose is nothing more than to rediscover, through the detours of art, or love, or passionate work, those one or two images in the presence of which their heart first opened”
~Albert Camus

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Kent Emporium
Community Open House May 2016

Thanks to everyone who attended the Kent Emporium event.  It was full of heart opening “awe” inspiring moments.  Below are a few pictures.

 

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People standing in line at the food truck called “Take It Or Leave It” inspired by the Kent Emporium…

Be Inspired Art Day

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A community of people relaxing outside, listening to the music, tasting samples of the food, and having…

heart felt conversations.

This weekend…I hope you do something that makes your heart soar!

 

 

 


Living An Unschooled Life

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“The day I broke up with Normal… was the first day of my magical life.”

~Author Unknown


Let’s face it…when I walked away from my “normal” life in 2007 I didn’t know what to expect.  I ended up living in Canada for 1.5 years and then England for 1 year.  During my time abroad, I became curious about alternative healing methods.  I started dabbling by reading books and taking workshops.  When I returned to the US in 2010, I moved back into my old 1926 building and started to remodel it.  I didn’t know where I was going with it…but I just had the urge to do it.

Fast forward to 2016…and here I am…these days my live is anything but normal.  I don’t live in a house with a white picket fence but an old 1926 hardware store that was converted to a bar in the 1970’s and restored and remodeled into a new creative space.  I don’t have a typical 9-5 job but instead I coach and mentor people and businesses in exploring what isn’t working, discovering the underlying issues, and then creating a more soulful solution by listening to their hearts.  I don’t go on vacations with the goal of sipping mojito’s poolside at the all inclusive hotel (even though some times I think that might be the smarter solution) but to the wild places (jungles, mountains, oceans to experience alternative forms of culture and healing).

People who attend my events are always intrigued with my place.  I know it has drove my family crazy over the years, but then again, I followed my heart and I just didn’t see myself living in a house with a white picket fence.

So what does this all mean?

Several years ago I started offering a free “Be Inspired Art Afternoon” for Adults.  I was feeling uninspired and thought that maybe an afternoon of play would provide me with the answers and the direction I was looking for.  At first my friends questioned my thought process, but as good friends do, they participated.  As a result I watched my friends explore and discover new passions (painting, cooking, mixology, wood carving, soap making, conversations, leisure, etc.).  For myself, I discovered that I wanted to create a school…not just another overly structured rigid school where you sit in chairs and learn via books and lectures, but an

Unschooled School for the Gypsy Soul

What is the “Unschooled School for the Gypsy Soul”?  It is about browsing the the world, seeking out things that look intriguing.  Looking closer at what interests you.  And then delving into what you get excited and passionate about.  A perfect example of this is the story behind the event I’m hosting on Saturday.  Dave started to attend my “Be Inspired Art Afternoons”.  He started with drawing and then coloring and then for one event he showed up with food.  He decided his art form for the event was food.  From there he started to cook for all of the events and found himself so passionate about food, he decided to buy an old run down food truck.  He spent a winter restoring the food truck and started testing it out last summer via winery events, parties, and Friday roadside lunches.  By making time for the event every month…for making time for play…Dave discovered…

Excitement in exploring new activities
Joy is discovering a unique talent
Passion in creating a new business filled with soul

The purpose of this “unschool” is to offer workshops and events that give you space to play and explore new activities, to discover what is calling you, and to create from the heart.  Below are some of the unschooled workshops that will be offered:
* Be Inspired Art Afternoon
* Chakradance (dance meditation)
* Paint and Pours
* Plant Medicine
* Energy Healing
* Biodynamics
* Shamanism
* Adventures to foreign lands

Rumor has it the weather is going to perfect on Saturday.  So if you are in the area Saturday afternoon, please stop by.  Who knows…maybe you will inspired.

Fun and Frivolous

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“I believe much trouble would be saved if we opened our hearts more.”

~Chief Joseph


A friend of mine, that I have been coaching, told me about her big break through this week.  She stated:

“I’m tired of my serious persona!”

She has decided that she is tried of being so serious all of the time and has decided to start sprinkling fun and frivolous into her life.  How awesome is that!

Funny thing…our conversation reminded me of how I’ve been sprinkling fun and frivolous into my professional life for the past 5 years.  From group quote boards…to pink safety boots…to comic book superpowers, I’ve been turning Corporate America from a place of being serious to a place of having fun.  My latest sprinkling consists of “mood nail polish” and “red shoes” in preparation for a week long North America Strategic Meeting next week which I will be leading…as I’m a firm believer that people are more productive at work when…

Work = Play

Below is a poem to inspire you on your own personal quest to sprinkle more fun and frivolous into your own life.


WHEN I AM AN OLD WOMAN I SHALL WEAR PURPLE
~Jenny Joseph

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people’s gardens And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

 

Crazy Stories

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“It’s just my essential self…RELAX!”

~Bethany Bilbrey


I’ve Been…

I’ve been “shushed”…because I told the truth.
I’ve been reprimanded…because I laughed to loud.
I’ve been yelled at…because I had too much fun.
I’ve been told I haven’t suffered in life…because I was too happy.
I’ve been told to keep my voice down…because I’m too passionate.
I’ve been told to stop creating…because I was creating a new life on my own terms.

What crazy stories have people told you?
What crazy emotions come out in other people when you are simply being your “essential” self?”
Did you know that this is their baggage and their stories and not yours?