Today, I travelled all around town dropping off candles to friends. First, the morning was in Bexley. I met a Lindsey of Find Where You Fit at Cherbourg Bakery- a gluten free haven of baked goods. I had tea.
Next, I went over to Canal Winchester to Columbus Candle Company and picked up 50 lbs of soy wax. Derrick was super nice.
After that, Tonnisha and I met up at Piada and chatted about her upcoming wellness event. I gave her a candle too.
The last stop of the day was at the Nest co-working space in Westerville where I met up with Kerry Me to the Moon another amazing lady friend. I gave her a candle.
Now, I am at my son’s school in Bexley.
Tomorrow, I am meeting up with a friend in Grandview at Stauff’s.
Sunday, I have a reiki client appointment scheduled and in the afternoon a reiki session with a group of wonderful ladies.
Thanks so much!
My trauma was lodged in my body. Through my yoga practice, through receiving reiki every month for at least 2 years and through my friend’s acupuncture needle that released stagnant anxiety was I able to move past the pain that my mind wanted to forget but my body wouldn’t let me. I got help and reached out to people. Oh and of course my amazing therapist too- a must for healing and processing. Mantra for today: I am cultivating a beautiful life and I am protecting myself too.
I’ve been listening to Brene Brown on audible I’m finding new reasons to love all the time but here is some content from her new book Dare to Lead that just does it for me today.
We will do almost anything to avoid the feeling of being vulnerable if we let our ego be in control of our lives. Because all it really cares about are gold stars, admiration from others, self-protection and outside validation. But if we let our heart take the lead we start to live a different kind of life. One where our soul emerges. Jim Hollis, Jungian Analyst, has this quote that Brene cites in Dare to Lead and it goes like this:
“Ego is that thin wafer of consciousness floating on an iridescent ocean we call the soul. We are not here to fit in, be well balanced…we are here to be different, eccentric, perhaps strange. Perhaps merely to add our small piece, add our clunky, chunky selves to the great mosaic of being. As the gods intended, to be more and more ourselves.”
This is so beautiful, isn’t it? Let me know your thoughts on being vulnerable, Brene Brown and if you have read Dare to Lead.
Pink Moon Essentials
Thanksgiving just happened. I am tired, my kid is sick and I hear that darn voice in my head saying, “do more, Natalie!”. I really don’t like that voice.
So today instead of wallowing in my stuff, I went to a yoga class. I ran to @thespacecolumbus (which is runnable from my house) through the snow, and through the mud. It was hard to breathe because it was so cold outside- my nose was running and I was grumpy.
Then I arrived at the studio and Josie inspired the heck out of me by making me work, made me move my body in ways that I usually don’t and clear out the yucky stuff from my aura, my subtle body, my physical body and my emotional body. She helped me get grounded. So if you are in a funk today, go move your body, go dig in and do something outside even though it is super cold. Go say hi to the trees, go walk your dog, go do it.
Sending you so much love because I am with you sister.
My friend Patti and I had a great idea. We would hold an event around the idea of people getting together to talk about ways that we can support one another and share tools for communicating with others in a loving way.
The only thing though is no one showed up. I told my email list about it. I told my instagram community about it many times. Patti and I even talked about it via FB Live video. But no one came.
Patti and I had a wonderful time though. She and I shared family stories and laughed and laughed. We told each other our own tools for managing stress during the holidays. Some things we learned:
Visualizations are helpful tools in the world of energy. Do you protect your energy?
When you are in a room of people who do not “feel” good, are you weary? Any empaths out there understand what I am saying?
If you are like me, you need to feel safe in a space with a lot of people. Too many different personalities and “noise” can prevent you from staying centered.
When I don’t feel like the room has “good” energy I pay attention to my breath and take 3 cleansing breaths letting all that sh*%t go.
When I am surrounded by overwhelm, I imagine a grounding chord that starts from the base of my spine and goes to the middle of the Earth. This chord grounds me into the Earth so that I don’t get carried away by others’ energy and drama. I am grounded, I am safe.
Imagine if you can, a golden light energy surrounding you and forming a protective barrier. Assure yourself that life is “ok” right here, right now, in this moment. How does that feel?
Have a strong energetic boundary with others is a form of self-care and protecting yourself. So remember, when you feel like others are “taking” your energy, stop and imagine a golden protective barrier of light around you, preventing anyone or thing from getting in.
Many people have asked me, “what is reiki all about?” There is some uncertainty around energy work in general. My goal with this blog post is to help make it a bit clearer.
People ask me all the time, “what is reiki?”
::It is the power of touch.::
:: It is a spiritual prayer.::
:: It is intention setting.::
:: Reiki is the process of focusing on your intention and letting go of that which doesn’t serve your highest good.::
:: Reiki is for you, the healer and empath who is worn out/stressed out.::
:: Reiki energy helps reconnect with the body and give clarity. ::
I had tons of help, thank goodness. Rachel Kerr of the Beauty Boost helped me tons. She gave me tips and tricks with the planning. She gave me suggestions on how to communicate the event with specific copy (she is a pro).
Beth Menduni helped me with copy too.
Yasmine Robles helped me with the flyer design.
Briena Sash owner of the Wellness Stock Shop gave me amazing suggestions about the value of the self-care event and how much I should be posting about it on FB and Insta.
Melissa and Danielle of Haven Collective gave me some very valuable marketing ideas.
Selah Davenport of Free the Girls inspired me to incorporate a raffle to benefit this amazing organization.
Then came the day of the event
Rachel Kerr, of the Beauty Boost gave the attendees a relaxing and rejuvenating yoga flow experience.
Tessa Olson of Renewal Acupuncture gave the most relaxing acupuncture. To top it off, the attendees received some high vibe reiki energy work from yours truly.:)
Seriously, it takes a village to pull off an event.
Before the actual day, I was so worried that no one would come, that no one would want to come. I started planning for this event in May and it was a full time obsession until the last weekend in July when the event happened.
But you know what? It sold out! And more people wanted to come than we could fit in the space so we had to turn some people away. It was a success by all accounts.
I did not organize this event to make a profit. Instead, I did this to prove to myself that I could do it. I did this to provide a safe space for community to come together and promote self-care, yoga, acupuncture, reiki, meditation, tarot, and inner peace. I did this to raise money and bras for Free the Girls (we raised around $50 and donated some 30+ bras!!!!).
And that brings me to the people who attended. Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart. The women (and 1 guy) who came were full of positive energy, kindness and love.
I want to hear from you. What event are you working on right now? Do you want to collaborate?