What is your Bow & Arrow?

As we begin a new year I reflect on the below picture taken of me this past summer. It was taken in France at a Chateau built in the 12th century and the group of us were shooting sparkling arrows into a moat. I’ve loved this picture ever since I saw it and now I feel it sums up what 2017 was for me and the symbolism I see behind it as we head into 2018.

The Arrow: The sparkling arrow represents my purpose, my fire, my passion for deep connections and being of service through mental, emotional, and spiritual support with life coaching and energy healing.  It’s what I want more of in my life and I feel in such alignment by being a support system and intuitive guide to those who are ready to elevate areas of their life. 

If you had in front of you a sparkling arrow that represented your purpose and passion in life, what would it be?

The Bow: The bow itself is the equipment. It’s all the education, wisdom, experiences, intuition, support team, and all of the other tools I’ve learned and collected over my lifetime. The bow is what helps launch my fire and purpose into the world. It gives the arrow the confidence, courage, and strength to be launched forward with energy, focus, and drive behind it. 

What are all of the tools you have that help guide your arrow?

Drawing the Bow: Drawing back the bow is in my hands. I have control over which direction I want to send my thoughts, teachings, feelings, and service. It’s my piece in the creation of my life. My personal power comes from owning this part of the process.

In what ways can you actively create the direction you want to send your purpose and passion?

The Magic: I love that I’m wearing my Harry Potter Ravenclaw sweater as I’ve identified most with eccentric Professor Trelawney, who’s intuitive and knowledgable. She’s a little quirky, but she’s powerful with her visions and heart. The part we don’t have control over is the magic of the universe and how it will unfold the direction we choose to start aiming our arrows. The magic is where we have done all that we can do, we’ve put ourselves and our passions out there, and we wait to find out the feedback. If the feedback isn’t to our liking, we go back and shoot another arrow. Maybe our stance could have been tweaked, or maybe a different bow is needed. Perhaps the feeling you possessed in that direction wasn’t as strong as sending it in another direction. The magic is always reflecting back at us when we’ve hit the bullseye and when we need to make a few adjustments  to make sure we are on the target. 

This has been 2017 for me. Understanding and owning more of my empathic, intuitive, highly sensitive side of myself and all the ways it can serve and support others. It’s been about further lighting passions for service and raising consciousness to new levels. It’s been pulling that arrow back and having to track back through some uncomfortable feelings and stories in life that are no longer supporting me with where I want to go and feeling them fully so that I can release them in a big way. It’s recalibrating myself, my bow, and my arrow so that they can come more fully into alignment to hit the bullseye or at least come pretty close to it. 

And I feel 2018 is where I begin to shoot more of those arrows out into my newsletters, conversations, teachings, reiki sessions, and sharing my healing energy with more awakened souls. 

As we launch into a new year, in what directions are you wanting to send your passion? 

Where do you want your arrows to go? 

What tools have you collected to help send your brilliance out into your sphere of influence? 

How may you be holding yourself back from letting that arrow go and trusting it will land exactly where it’s meant to land?

Tomorrow I’m starting a month-long service based project. It’s my gift to you heart centered, service minded souls who also want to feel supported and guided in the targets you have for yourself. Or maybe you’ve put yourself out there and are working through the self doubt that accompanies us when we’ve stepped more fully into our purpose. If this resonates at all with you I highly encourage you to grab a call with me. I’m ready and equipped with numerous tools, a listening ear, and so much love and encouragement for your journey this year. I’m only opening this People First Project up to 30 people. You can find more information below or by clicking here.

I’m stoked to see what unfolds for you this year and would be honored to be a part of it’s unfolding. 

Shine Brightly,

Laura

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2017 Reflection on Rebellion

As we head into the end of the year I can’t help but reflect back on 2017 and see what unfolded. I remember so clearly the start of the year. I was bound and determined to do things differently. I was ready to learn lessons and move forward with a vision I’ve been holding for myself for a long time. 

In January I realized I wanted my theme for the year to be rebellion. I can’t say I’ve ever really identified with what I view as a rebel, but I wanted to try it on. Now keep in mind my version of rebellion for myself was to follow my intuition more. Sadly, following our intuition does seem to be a form a rebellion from what I’ve seen. How can we trust this unseen force that lives within us? Even though we may have story after story of the times things went well when we did listen to it, it’s still tough to always listen to it. 

So 2017 started out with me taking a leap and signing up for a free 30 minute coaching call with a coach that was a teacher in the Integrative Wellness Academy training I took for my coaching certification. I had a hunch that I would really connect with her and that maybe someone would see what I’m capable of and hold that space for me to step into it. I had been feeling that going to the level I wanted to go to would require more support and to seek out guidance from those that are where I want to be. That 30 minute call was amazing and I wanted to keep working with her in some way, shape or form. 

My next rebellious act was signing up for a three day retreat she offered for soul based entrepreneurs in Portland, OR. The cost was more than I had spent before on a three day retreat but I felt called and wanted to see where it could lead me. That retreat cracked me open to whole new possibilities. I realized how small I’ve been keeping myself and that I am built for the big vision I have for myself and others. 

This led to so many personal breakthroughs and realizations about a consistent theme of patterns that had shown up throughout my life. I felt ready to break those patterns and feel I have made leaps and bounds in transforming these old stories. 

I continued to listen to my intuition that was backed up by a numerous amount of signs. I took a huge leap and left my job in post production in September and am in the process of seeing how this next adventure will unfold. 

The next rebellious act was to sign up for a year long training with this same coach and I’ve already been floored and blown away by the information and experiences I’m receiving. I literally have been feeling myself change from the inside out. 

I have no idea what is going to unfold from this process. I have hopes and dreams but I also want to stay open to what the universe wants to surprise me with. I’m feeling more focused and clear on my purpose. This year though has been one of deep inner reflection. I felt I have been turning inward so much more than I usually do. I’ve needed to dig deeper than before and I have a feeling I’m only at the beginning of this magical journey that is unfolding. Has it been an easy year? Not necessarily. Is this work fun? Not always. Is doing this work worth it? I believe it is. 

My rebellion theme this year took me in a direction I wasn’t fully expecting. I had a hunch some big changes were going to happen though. 

As you reflect on this past year what themes come to mind? In what areas did you follow your intuition and it went well? In what areas did you not listen to your intuition and it did not go as you had hoped? What would rebellion in your life look like? 

Namaste,

Laura

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The Power of Your Smile

When I was in second grade my classroom was at the end of the main long hallway of classes in our elementary school. Every morning I’d have to walk by all of the kindergarten, first & second grade teachers. I remember passing by teachers as they stood outside their classroom and smile at them. I later found out that many of those teachers made a point to tell my mom that they purposefully always made sure they were around in the hallway to see me walk by because my smile always brightened their day. This has been a theme that has played out many many times in my life. How my one smile could brighten a room and cheer up someone’s day. 

This memory came to mind recently as I was reflecting on some of my first memories of helping people. Even though I may not have helped them in a major significant way I feel it was a beautiful reminder as to the simplicity of brightening someone’s day. That it really doesn’t take much of ourselves to show and extend kindness to others. I know that sometimes I forget this and will get in my own head and be having a bad day and not wanting to connect with anyone so my head is down or I completely avoid eye contact. It is those days I probably most need to bring a smile to my face or maybe be on the lookout for a smile towards me. 

I’ve been practicing giving more of my smiles away lately and it really begins to stir up more joy and makes smiling contagious. It’s funny how we can forget the power of our smile. 

There is a lake near where I live that has a huge nice walking path around it and because we’ve been treated with some really nice weather lately (I still can’t believe it’s been in the 60’s in November in Missouri!) and I’ve been finding so many people wanting to make that connection of a smile as we walk past each other. It feels like a simple yet powerful gesture. I love the surprised faces of some when I smile at them unexpected, and others I can feel their sadness and how being seen and acknowledged just reminded them of their innate worth. 

As we head full steam ahead into the holiday season let’s gift others with our smiles more often. If you aren’t in a place to lift up others in this way then be on the lookout for someone to smile at you. This can be a season of utter joy and happiness for some and for others a time of loneliness and missing friends and family. This one simple act that takes nothing away from us can have a ripple effect that we may never know about from that one smile. I’d like to leave you this week with a cute little poem from Russell H. Conwell:

Smiling is infectious
You catch it like the flu
When someone smiled at me today
I started smiling too
I passed around the corner and someone saw my grin
When he smiled I realized I’d passed it on to him
I thought about that smile
Then I realized it’s worth
A single smile just like mine
Could travel round the earth
So, if you feel a smile begin
Don’t leave it undetected
Let’s start an epidemic quick
And get the world infected!

Namaste,

Laura

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