Own Your 18

Recently, I had the opportunity to host a workshop with three life coach colleagues. We formed a support group of sorts just over two years ago at the start of 2016. We affectionately named our group My Sweet Sixteen…..ha! It was a mastermind group of like-minded woman supporting and holding each other up as well as being accountable to each other for moving forward in our lives. The first year we saw each other on regular basis, but due to schedules last year was much less.

We always knew one day we would come together as a group. We didn’t know how it would look, we just knew in our hearts it would happen. Last November we got together for dinner and a quick check-in of what was going on since we saw each other last. What happened next was four women talking non-stop, trying to fit everything in….LOL. So many ideas were flying around the table and somehow, before we left, had a plan to kick off the new year with an Own Your ’18 workshop.

It came together relatively easy, which lead us to believe it was meant to happen. We didn’t have much time to plan with the holidays thrown in for good measure, but whenever we met, we made great use of our time. Everyone had tasks to accomplish while we held each other up in support and assistance if needed.

A week before the event it was sold out….holy cow! All woman and one brave man. The day of the event, everything came together as people started filling the space. We had three walk-ins we hadn’t expected, but planned for extras just in case.

We hoped the participants would create clear and focused intentions for the year, discover their word as a visual reminder, feel motivated to draft an action plan, learn to incorporate reflective practices, commit to following their path with courage, love and power and leave with inspired energy to own their year.

The day was a wonderful reminder of my own path and helping women connect to their hearts. The best part of any workshop is when people share their stories and hearts. Making new friends and connecting with each other is another wonderful outcome. They are so many people that want to share their gifts and talents but don’t know where to begin.

Small baby steps to your dreams will add up before you know it. There’s time to make this year the best year yet. Listen to your heart, commit, stand in your power and prepare to leap. Ready, set….FLY! Own Your 18.



Nothing in particular

I wanted to call you tonight just to say hi and to check in, and umm…. lets see, it’s been extremely cold since the first of the year; with only a day or two of mild weather. Today though, it snowed three or four inches and when I got home I needed to shovel. It was twinkly and sparkly like in northern Wisconsin and reminded me of when we used to go to the snowmobile races. It was really fluffy so shoveling wasn’t too bad. You know I don’t mind shoveling the snow when it’s not windy and blowing. Its been a few hours and I just peeked out the front door and the driveway was all snowy white again……drat….I hate when that happens.

I’ve been thinking about a new car lately too. I know you’ve been kinda pushing me to buy a new one for some time now. I admit, I’ve been procrastinating, since big purchases always delay me making fast decisions. I know you wanted to help me find the perfect vehicle to keep me safe so you don’t have to worry. I promise it’ll be four wheel drive again, and I’ll try to keep my speed down….haha.

Someone stopped me at work today and mentioned they heard your name on the radio over the weekend. The radio host seemed to know you well and talked about all the great stories you told. He had mentioned he was at your service so I must have met him, even though I can’t remember in this moment; I think she mentioned his name was Wayne. Oh, how I wish I heard that broadcast.

You know someone asks about how Mom or I are doing almost every day. I’m never quite sure how to answer that since it hasn’t felt real…..well, until today that is. Today it feels real, and I want to climb into bed for the winter and wait until spring. I know that’s not what you would want, so I won’t.

Daddy, I’m really missing you today. I just wanted to hear your voice and to talk to you about nothing in particular……..one more time.


PS….Andrew and Hannah bought me the sweetest and most thoughtful necklace for Christmas this year. It has your initials and birthdate engraved on the back. You’d love it.

On the Grid

As a young girl my Mom used to take me, my brothers and sister to the yearly rock, crystal and gem show at a local church in the area. All four kids liked to explore, wander and pick out our favorite colored gems, rocks or crystals. I’m pretty sure mine were always sparkly in nature. Over the past couple years my interest has been growing in regard to crystals and their healing properties.

Last week, a friend had mentioned an upcoming class she would be taking on crystals in the area and I immediately looked into signing up. After reading about the contents and outcomes, I signed up as well. The name alone intrigued me, Crystal Grid. It was about setting intentions for the New Year.

Upon entering the event we grabbed a yoga mat and a place on the floor. The instructor starting placing items in from our mats. First a candle, 3×5 card, a pen and a small journal. As we all settled in the class began. She took us on a short meditation and on a journey of walking on a path along a river’s edge. There was a raft waiting and along the banks of the river where dozens of boxes were along the shoreline that represented your past. Each box carried something you wanted to let go of like doubt and fear.

As we each gathered our own boxes and loaded them on our own raft, we were letting go of what didn’t serve us any longer. Once we let go of those things, it was time to cast a new light on the possibilities for the New Year. To reinforce and set our intentions we would also build a crystal grid.

The instructor presented us with bag that included a paper grid and several crystals. One by one she named each crystal and its healing properties. The crystals included; Clear Quartz to amplify the energy of the other stones, Amazonite for new beginnings, hopes and dreams, Citrine to manifest your dreams, increase positivity and abundance and Tiger’s Eye for finding personal power, motivation of goals and creativity.

Each woman created their own grid on what felt right in her heart. Everyone was focused on their own crystal grid and intentions for the year. What an amazing afternoon spent learning something new, building a beautiful crystal grid and connecting with new friends. I’d say my on the grid day was special and memorable. I’m excited to learn more about the healing power of crystals…..stay tuned.


The Perfect End

Gosh, it’s hard to believe another year has flown by. Seems like just yesterday when 2017 was being ushered in, but now just like that….POOF, it’s gone.

This past weekend I spent in the city celebrating with four of my girlfriends. We had plans that kept us busy doing one thing or another. The weather was unseasonably cold, which made it a bit difficult to move about the city with ease.

New Year’s Eve we had plans of dining out at a trendy restaurant, then would head back to our hotel for new year festivities that included drinks, music, dancing and fireworks.

Our rooms were located on the lakeside of the building, but with the tall skyscrapers in view, we pre-determined we wouldn’t be able to see the fireworks from our rooms.

After we returned from a wonderful meal, the hotel was alive with activity, groups of people celebrating, laughing, dancing and having a great time. The crowd was made up all all ages and it was so mobbed, we decided to wait until it got closer to midnight before coming back down.

Towards midnight, we raised our glasses, counted down, and toasted to the new year and our continued blessings and friendships. As we started to head out the door to join the crowd eighteen floors below, on a whim, I suggested to make sure we couldn’t see the fireworks from our bedrooms.

Oh my gosh……we stepped into one of the rooms and had the absolute perfect view of the fireworks display. It was beautiful and sparkly, right in front of us. I don’t think we could have had a better view from anywhere else. It was bitter cold outside, but we were cozy and comfortable, watching the magic of the moment. Oh, how lucky and blessed we felt.

As I reflect on the past year, it was significant in so many ways. I’m grateful for the experiences I had, the people I met, the places I went and the love and friendship I shared with many. It was the perfect end to 2017. Wishing you and yours a remarkable, shiny new year filled with adventure, wonder and peace.