Monthly Archives: September 2016

A Torch In The Dark


“Ask yourself if what you’re doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.”



For those who are not aware of it yet, on Friday 9/30, we are having our 2nd new moon in September. This new moon is called…


New Moon’s are all about releasing and letting go of what no longer serves us so that something new can emerge. On a New Moon, it is often a good time to go within and spend some time clearing through your subconscious mind. The New Moon often represents the planting of a seed (a new idea, a new job, a new venture, etc.). In farmer terms, the New Moon is similar to pulling weeds and preparing the plant bed, so that you can plant new seeds. Friday’s Black New Moon “kicks it up a notch” and

represents a time of great awakening and clarity.

I did some research this week and discovered that Black Moon’s are extremely powerful and often indicate a sharp turning point in a cycle. WOW…I don’t know about you, but that pretty much explains my week.

I found myself reflecting on my own harvest over the past 7 years. I asked myself the tough questions around health, diet, work, friends, family, love, giving, receiving, letting go, finances, etc. I asked myself…

  • Where in my life am I being nourished?
  • Where in my life am I not being nourished and why?
  • What gets left on the compost pile?
  • What seeds to I want to keep?
  • What gets combined with other things to create something new?
  • What do I want to create next?

As I asked myself the tough questions and responded with gut wrenching honesty, I found my emotions shifting and rotating around:

  • fear around letting go of what no longer serves me
  • grief and sorrow around the endings
  • gratitude for seeing my own unique genius shine brightly
  • excitement and creativity around new beginnings

Through the questions, answers, and emotions, I decided to stop avoiding and resisting and finally make the tough decisions. I decided to give myself permission to step into the unknown without a plan as I trust that everything will turn out OK.

Are you reflecting on your own harvest?

Where are you avoiding making a decision in your life? If you could trust that everything would turn out OK, would you make the decision?

Send me an email…I would love to hear how you are embracing this Black New Moon and this time of year.

My Quirks And So Called Flaws


“Sometimes, you need to step outside, get some fresh air, & remind yourself of who you are & who you want to be.”

WOW – spending last week in Portland was a much needed retreat for me. Going on an adventure in Portland reconnected me to my personal style, my gifts and talents, my life experiences and my unique genius.

As Todd, Corey, Dave, and I strolled through the streets of Portland we stopped at a jewelry store and as I read the window Dave said…

This pretty much sums it up…this is YOU!


My quirks and so called flaws:

“You’re the woman who laughs a little too loud at the fancy restaurant, the one who leaves love notes on napkins, who talks her way out of speeding tickets, and watches strangers kiss. 

You shirk responsibility, stay up too late, and sleep in your socks. 

You’re the one they wonder about in the office, the one who knows the closet martini bar, the best used book store, and how to say “you ain’t seen nothing yet” in seven languages, and if you’re not…”

~Betsy & Iya

Everything is true about me except the “seven languages”. I need to start working on that as it has seriously been on my list of “things to do” for years…guess it is time to start.

What is one new thing you can do for yourself today that your future self will thank you for?

 A year from now, you’ll be so glad you started today.



“It’s crazy how music can connect souls.”

Thanks everyone for attending the Kent Community Event last Saturday night.  The weather, the food, the music, and the fire combined with the community turned out to be truly magical event.  I have attached a small music sample of Mike performing an awesome guitar solo (next time I will try to remember to film an entire song).

During the Saturday event, multiple people mentioned that they took a few minutes and went inside the Kent Emporium and sat at the bar alone.

What is it about the Kent Emporium that attracts people to step inside the yellow door and sit at the bar?

Even the musicians (above) are waiting with anticipation as to when they will get the opportunity to play indoors this fall.

And one of the biggest things I got out of this celebration was…

the importance and power of authentic connection with others.

Stay tuned for the next Dinner and Music Event inside the Kent Emporium this Fall.  In the meantime, enjoy your Labor Day weekend by connecting with others!