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Things You Don’t Know About Me ~ Finding Purpose in Being


I mentioned to my Facebook friends who were interested that I would share a bit about my journey around purpose and the way that’s evolved through the various forms of work I’ve explored. Like many of you who feel confused or even tormented by this idea of purpose and life path, or who have been searching endlessly to find that cosmic answer that hits you over the head with clarity, I’ve been right there with you in what seemed like endless cycles of searching. But searching keeps us wanting more, whereas presence and listening will bring us home.

The concept of life purpose is a tricky one, as I do believe we each have something unique and perhaps key to our evolution that we choose to come into form to express and further our creative evolution. However, I feel that this dimension can tweak things in a way that makes us want to finite how that expression could be experienced, since we live in a way that wants definitive answers and ultimate results. Beyond this realm we simply have an essence that propels us and here that turns into a drive.

Perhaps that drive plays into some of why we feel confusion, as we try to squeeze our uniqueness into categories, funnel what could be flowing and amorphous, and then condition one another to do the same once that becomes a collective agreement as to the way things should be done. We buy into what success means and ultimately what that needs to look like. We even buy into what happiness is and disregard what makes US feel good.

The concept of life purpose and all the hype around it is a culprit to this in saying that you have this one absolute mission and you must hone in on that now, although I’m not knocking any of the support out there in wanting to help with this. I think explorations into your feelings, passions, unhealthy patterns, and things that make you tick are very helpful, but to limit all of that into a specific feels counterproductive to creative life force energy that looks for any channel of expression. It simply wants out. Doesn’t care how, but if it doesn’t get out that’s where we create challenges.

There doesn’t feel to be one answer in how you live who you are. How incredibly limiting to a limitless being that would be if you had only one choice and then were made to feel wrong or guilty if you don’t do it right. Where’s the purpose in that? We forget our song when we come into birth, so each little tickle to your heart is a way of remembering.

Purpose feels to be about what moves you and what you do that gives your life meaning, value, and enrichment to yourself and others. It’s about how you spend your time well, what feeds you, and feels important. And this can take varying forms of applying the unique gifts and qualities you have in perhaps one, but likely several varying ways that provide these things. And these can evolve over time along with you. It can be through an actual job/work, in your family and personal life, through volunteer work, passions and side projects, or all of these.

It can be how you do you as well as you can in every waking moment of life and in every encounter, experience, choice, action, expression, and connection you make.

Look at what you’re willing to put in as effort, as everything will take effort of some sort no matter if you love it or not. To say your purpose just happens is false. You have to make the choice and follow through. Although when you align yourself with what naturally feels good, it is easier since you aren’t using energy to balance out things. Yet, every day and moment is a choice and while alignment does create greater flow and opportunities, you still have to take action or do the work. Purpose doesn’t hand things on a silver platter. It’s rising to the occasion of what calls to you.

If painting calls to you, you still have to paint.

If making music calls, you still have to practice your instrument, write the music, and perform.

If it’s writing, well you have to write.

If it’s being a doctor, you’ll still have to get your degree and show up every day at your best.

If it’s being a receptionist, you’ll have to take that job interview and express your personality and social skills with every person you interface with.

If it’s being a mom or dad, you still have to show up and be ready to challenge yourself to love more unconditionally each day.

And guess what? You might do all of these, but you’ll still have to create the time, commit to each expression, and choose to be present with how they all want to channel through you in your own unique way. That’s the beauty of it. You can find your own way of satisfying how you spend your time well – your purpose.

If you look at the things that come naturally to you, that make you smile in your heart, feel good, and are what you loved as a child, let that be your gauge and guiding force without trying to figure out how that needs to look or compare it to what everyone else around you is doing or how they are labeling things, not pressure yourself to hurry up or belittle yourself that you’re so far behind and should be further by now. According to what? That’s an answer you give yourself if you aren’t being present with each moment.

You have to be willing to be more vulnerable and not care what others think, pay attention to the times you get lost in something and lose track of time – which indicates being in the zone, ask yourself what you’re passionate about and how in any way that is part of your life or can be incorporated – not only as a “job” – and then understand that action creates momentum and fuels passion.

That all said, it’s not necessarily that the job you’re doing is wrong, but perhaps it’s an unhealthy work environment, or your approach, judgments, and process of handling it aren’t healthy, you’re out of alignment with your perspective and response to things, your life isn’t balanced so triggers are being created, you aren’t embracing and being grateful for the aspects of the work you do that you shine in and enjoy, you aren’t engaging your passions in some way, which would then make your life more meaningful and fulfilling no matter where you find yourself.

Chances are, what ever work you’re currently doing, you do have a propensity for it and skills, or there are elements to it that you truly do enjoy and shine in. Perhaps it’s the part of you that knows how to motivate a team towards goals, your ability to listen and problem solve, a joy for numbers and details, you’re a great organizer, an awesome leader, have exceptional customer service skills, love interfacing with people, really enjoy the innovative aspects you get to incorporate in idea exploration, you’re incredible with your hands, love building things, are amazing at comforting others, etc.

So, yes, not all of your job might be fun, but those parts are where you excel and get lost. Focus there. And if you need to express other gifts and passions, see how either you can incorporate them or are overlooking them, or can do them in another way in your life. I guarantee when you do these things you will be in the flow and more choices will show up and you’ll know exactly what to choose or do next because you aren’t waiting to have that one thing happen to you. You are engaging your essence now and that creates alignment in any situation you’re in or for new ones to present themselves in form or idea to take action on next. It’s a step-by-step process, but can be fulfilling in each moment if you are being present and creating a balanced way of approaching and expressing your life.

Be mindful if you’re in an unhealthy situation, but weed out everything before saying you’re simply not doing your purpose. There’s likely a lot you’re overlooking because you’e caught up in an idea and also being bombarded by confusing signals you haven’t taken reign of yet. There may be skills you can utilize to make it better or right. You may need to just respect yourself more or stand up to something. You maybe just need to switch companies, rather than the job itself. In some cases you might want to shift gears of how you express that gift and go a completely different direction, but in the meantime, make the most of what you have, as you don’t have to suffer while making that shift. And if you take the actions within your job now, you’ll find how that creates opportunities and openings, not to mention greater peace and fulfillment immediately.

Recently I was triggered to review all the different things I’ve done and explored on my journey of work/life path that a lot of people don’t realize I’ve done, as they only see me now. This is likely the case for many of you and this is what prompted sharing a more revealing insight on my journey, including that spectrum I went through and what I’ve discovered about purpose and alignment for myself, which could be helpful in some way for you.

I thought I would list out everything that I could remember having explored, placing them in categories so that not only would you see what I actually did, but seriously took steps toward and spent time feeling out. All of this was in effort to “find myself” and my “purpose.” I likely at the time appeared to be scattered, fickle, non-committal, foolish, or even crazy. Yet, it’s in the journey of all of this that I’ve been able to finally find peace and see it from a bigger picture perspective I couldn’t see then while caught up in it all.

And while some of these things will seem so opposite or odd in terms of what I do now, I can say with all honesty that any of these things could easily have been continued, if I knew then, what I know now, as each of them DID in fact express some of the gifts and things I enjoyed and excelled in. Some, even, were already tapping into my North Node in Capricorn, which is a focus now for me, as our North Nodes do speak to that infamous “life purpose.” In fact, I was on that path immediately when I was a junior in high school getting accepted already into FIDM with this drive of wanting to get on with life already and out of school because I had a vision of my career. Choices, however, created a detour to unfold each petal for greater understanding of this whole picture playing out.

It was all a journey of learning, but truly the reasons at the heart of why I left these positions or didn’t pursue them was because of my unhealthy approach to the jobs – as in I didn’t have balance in my life and was an extremist at the time so I overworked myself to the point of burn out and didn’t have boundaries resulting in affecting my health and well being. I didn’t know how to speak up for myself, I was afraid to make the wrong decision in terms of choosing the wrong life path (not understanding how a choice simply would lead to more choices just on a different trajectory), I was put off by the processes and commitment I had to make to it, I hadn’t worked through some of my fears and didn’t see these as opportunities at the time like I did later, and the list goes on.

Yet ALL of these things I DID enjoy on some level when I allowed myself to just be in that moment of the aspects that I got lost in and made me shine.

Here is the list I came up with.

Jobs I Had:

  • Hostess at a Restaurant – twice (First at Olive Garden when I was 16 and later at Il Fornaio becoming a lead hostess)
  • Claims Processor & Promoted to Small Claims Medical Examiner – Worker’s Compensation Insurance
  • Loss Control Secretary – Overseeing 5 Field Reps in Worker’s Compensation Insurance (Different company than above jobs)
  • Makeup Artist – Department store makeup lines
  • Receptionist/Secretary/Personal Assistant/Asst. Office Manager – Investment Firm
  • Custom Art Business – Paintings/Murals/Logos/Faux Painting/Art & Writing for a start-up Children’s Show (my first entrepreneurial business)
  • Modeling/Extra Work – Fashion shows/Promo Modeling/Ads/Videos/Dance Shows – here’s my blog post on that: Discovering My “Harmony Zone” of Health & Vitality
  • Photographer’s Assistant – Worked with a school photographer setting up equipment, the space & handling/organizing kids Kindergarten – High School
  • Reiki Master Teacher – Offered sessions & training
  • Tarot & Animal Readings
  • Author – Wrote & self-published a book – working on a second
  • Sacred Tattoo Designer
  • Artist – Custom and original work
  • Crystal Jewelry & Healing Tools Creator
  • Retreat Leader
  • Workshop Teacher
  • Sound Healer
  • Procured & Sold Crystals
  • Intuitive Guidance Coach
  • Currently manage rental properties

Degrees/Training/Certifications I Got:

  • AA in Merchandise Marketing
  • Medical Billing Certification
  • Makeup Artist Certification
  • Acting Classes
  • Reiki Master Teacher Certification
  • Metaphysical Training

Promotions/Job Offers/Opportunities I Rejected After Interviewing For:

  • Claims Examiner – Worker’s Compensation Insurance
  • Jewelry Designer for a Jewelry Shop
  • Flight Attendant School
  • Jobs in Women’s Retail Clothing
  • Art Teacher through an Art School

Paths I Seriously Considered/Took Steps Toward/Spent Time Exploring & Feeling Into:

  • Fashion Designer – was my first passion before I settled on Merchandise Marketing
  • Buyer for Department Store/Fashion Coordinator
  • Personal Trainer
  • Horse Assistant at Ranch
  • Custom Meal Service/Catering
  • Cleaning Business
  • Personal Assistant
  • Retreat Center – Almost bought land & started
  • Animal Acupuncturist – Specializing in rabbits

Volunteer Work:

  • Rabbit Rescue

I’m not sure if I’m missing anything else, but I think this gives you enough of an idea of how varied and extensive my explorations were and how much I was searching for things right under my nose. In some way, I utilize all of these skills and gifts still to this day in my work and personal life. They just have translated differently based on the new choices I’m making and aligning with in each moment.

Again, truly any of these things, if approached with a healthy perspective, could have been more than what they turned out to be. And yet, they still all DID help me to learn about myself and the things I enjoyed and excelled in.

It’s only now that I have learned about and created balance in my life, that I can see it all for what it is and understand how each piece spoke to a part of me and can even be traced to my Astrological placements and the skills I came into this life with that can be utilized in productive or nonproductive ways depending on my perspective.

There is opportunity in every moment to be living your “purpose.” It’s up to you how you choose to express that, but know that in fact there is no one right way.

At the end of the day or the end of your life, the question to ask yourself is, did I live my life well?

Addressing Some Misunderstandings About Rabbits


Although it’s not Easter, this is an informative, short article from National Geographic that touches on some of the misunderstandings around rabbits that are not isolated to just one time of the year.

“It takes a patient person to become friends with these silent and subtle animals,” says Margo DeMello, president of the House Rabbit Society.

Here’s the article link:

Here’s Why Easter Is Bad For Bunnies

To Live


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We often take for granted the things right before our eyes and even the things we’ve experienced in feeling because we are focused on achieving or racing against time. And quickly the incredible moments, people, and experiences disappear without our acknowledgement and without truly receiving what they have to share that can enrich our lives.

When you wake in the morning or before you go to bed perhaps you can reflect on those things and leave the rest for a few minutes, as it will still be there when you’re done, however the rest may not.

And along your day try raising your eyes to the sky, turning to your left or right to really see who and what’s besides you, or pay attention to your footsteps and how you are walking through life on your way to the next to-do on your list.

What are you missing today?

Your child’s desire for a hug or to know you more?

Your partner’s need for you to see or hear them?

Your animal companion’s pain they’ve taken on to help relieve your stress and get you to pay attention to what you’re neglecting?

How beautifully unassuming someone or something looks because they are unaware of their light shining through?

How nature has miracles to give you each day to help inspire and guide?

How incredible you are but never noticed the richness of what makes you you?

How amazing it is that you are breathing and have a choice every moment as to how you want to experience it and what you can do right now to make a difference?

Please don’t walk through life without ever knowing what it means to be living.

2018 Workshop Reminders


Just a brief update, as my day is full. For anyone continuing to have interest in the Reiki workshop opportunities this Summer, this is a reminder that I won’t be offering this every year and this is the only chance right now. I’m very much moved in other directions, but due to an alignment of inspired nudge and the interest you’ve shared I created two opportunities. So far only the Reiki 1 & 2 Workshop will be happening, as I have the needed amount of students to make it a go. If you do in fact have intention to join, please let me know and don’t forget that the way to confirm that will be to register at the link below.

The discounts are offered until May 5th for Reiki 1 & 2 and July 4th for Reiki 3 Master Teacher. There are also deadlines on the final registration as well, which can be found in the link.

As of currently, Reiki 3 won’t be happening unless you let me know.

Also, if you’re coming from out of town, Summer is very busy, so if you need lodging you may want to look into that. This has been confirmed by one of the students who is coming in, that the options are getting limited.

A couple more updates:

I’ve revisited the max amount of students and am now limiting it to a max of 6, including any review students. If you have taken Reiki 1 & 2 with another teacher and want to review, get a refresh, or learn another teacher’s perspective, you can also contact me to see how we can meet your needs. This is the time to take advantage, if you have in fact felt drawn to a class with me, as my teaching window in this format is closing.

Weather permitting, we may hold the workshops outside on our deck, or at least some portion of it. If I have time, I may be able to offer a vegan snack or dessert to accompany the workshop.

Normally, I’m happy to hang out more after workshops, but I do have something scheduled the evening after June’s workshop that I wasn’t aware of, so we will need to start prompt and conclude timely. We’ll, of course, still have plenty of time to enjoy the flow of the energy that always uniquely channels for each workshop.

Here is the link again, to register:

Summer 2018 Reiki Workshops

And lastly, the November 11/11 workshop co-facilitated with Laura Bruno looks to be definitely on. We are finalizing all the juicy details for a very special gathering and will be announcing that shortly – perhaps in May – and you’ll be able to pre-register and figure out plans with enough time beforehand.

 

Bundates – Fun Bunny Updates & Stuff


A few sweet updates I thought I’d share to keep up the Astrid Chronicles and document her bunny garden progress. This morning finds us with 52 of the 72 seeds I planted late Saturday afternoon/early evening sprouting away in just under 5 days already. Astrid discovered them yesterday on the floor, as I move them to different spots throughout the day, and tried to get at them, chewing the little revolving plastic window at top of the mini greenhouse. She did manage to get it off, but I stopped her in time and told her to wait until they’re big plants so she can enjoy them more.

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She’s SO smart and knows how to get into anything, including gated off areas we have downstairs so we didn’t have to bunny proof the room. And, she relishes in delight to show me just how smart she is, as each time I come up with a new way to keep her from opening the gate, she finds her way through it. She will actually wait for me to discover her and then springs in the air with glee and as I laugh, she darts around the room and then leaves and dashes part way up the stairs where she stops and waits again. Once I leave the room, she goes back and does it again. She’s discovered it’s a fun game to play with mom.

Needless to say, I decided to just go ahead and bunny proof the room, as the gate bothered me, so now she has full reign of the area and perhaps was her plan all along, as the Queen that she is. 😉

Anyway, it’s been exciting to watch the sprouts literally sprouting before my eyes, as every day more and more appear and even within a couple of hours. Plants are incredible! And I know these will be incredible delicacies for Astrid once they’re big enough to plant in my Garden Tower. Likely some of the outdoor bunnies will enjoy them too. So, I’ll have to think on that. Perhaps provide them their own plants on the lower level of the Tower so that they can have some too and tell them that those are theirs and the rest are for Astrid. We’ll see.

It will be another couple weeks before I get that going, especially since this morning we woke to a couple inches of Spring snow. I was excited yesterday to see that my daffodils already had yellow buds formed, but as you can see they are covered in snow this morning. It will likely melt off by end of today or tomorrow, but sure is pretty!

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Nature is amazing! And that includes her children like Astrid.

She continues to reveal more and more of her magickal self and abilities. I keep noticing how much she reminds me of Nestor too, which feels like another full circle experience for me and very healing and special. Her fur continues to reveal amazing and ever-evolving symbols, just like Nestor’s did too. Currently she’s sporting a half Chakana symbol, as you can see in this photo of her coming out of her second castle tunnel to commune with her Faery friend.

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She really loves her big sleigh bed that sits next to my desk and enjoys the afternoon sun there. I received a beautiful Swarovski crystal octagon prism for my birthday that hangs from my sliding glass door and creates rainbow light from the sun. It just so happens to fall on Astrid now and then too. Or is it that Astrid knows just the precise location, like a grid worker, to be in the line of its light and energy? OR, is something being revealed to me in this alignment? I love how it falls on her ears – telepathy connected.

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She often sleeps in this bed as I write, keeping one eye open with awareness even though she is away in Dreamland. This is the way she reaches my Pisces subconscious. She keeps a stream of telepathic energy flowing between us and channels of communication wide so she can send me thoughts to assist with my writing. We are a team and together our work is more potent than if done alone.

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Just as in life, cocreating and community is where powerful change is. 

She’s such a dear and wise helper and our bond exponentially increases by the day. We are inseparable and we understand each other clearly.

I love our snuggle time and I love our play time. She makes me laugh out loud and my voice fluctuations of her name let her know it’s time to play. She’ll flip her ears, twist her head quick, and take the ready stance when I add a tone of excitement to my voice.

And other times it’s the love voice that beckons her to come to me for a snuggle and kisses.

Then there’s the treat voice that calls her name, as I send her thoughts of goodies she’s about to get, and she comes running.

And of course there’s a more stern “Astrid” voice maybe followed with a “no” if she’s about to do something naughty. This one doesn’t happen that much, as she really is a good and smart bunny.

In general, though, there’s a huge difference from how she was in the start.

I’m happy to share that there is no more charging anytime you approach her. She only does this if she’s under something or in her tunnel and someone tries to put their hand there, which makes sense. Hey! No one wants to be cornered or bothered when they’re trying to be alone.

I try to let people know how she likes to be touched, which is on top of the head and stroking along her back, which also avoids the element of surprise. Often people want to put their hands under her nose and mouth and she doesn’t like that. Rabbits can’t see directly in front of them, so it’s also startling. Every bunny is different, and can have different moments of being okay with things and then not. But she’s doing amazing with no more defensiveness and the only grunts I hear are when I get her her favorite foods and treats, if I’m not doing it fast enough. She sounds like a little piglet grunting in anticipation and delight.

But another huge difference is how she sleeps.

When I first brought her home she would always remain on alert and just sleep in a ball on all fours or lay down stretched out, but not on her side. I wondered when she would get into that relaxed bunny sleep, which indicates feeling safe. Sometimes I’d see her start to fall asleep and almost get there, but then wake herself up when she realized.

And now, we have this.

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She would never have done this in the beginning. Throwing herself on her side and sleeping vulnerably is a huge trust and comfort thing, which makes me so happy. I love when she throws herself at my feet when I’m at my desk and goes to sleep. Those little silver dipped paws and tummy are precious!

She keeps me on my toes too, and makes sure I’m keeping up with my writing. I’ll often find her sitting in my cozy chair in my office – Queens like their thrones! She’ll nudge my feet and ankles and makes sure to wake us in the morning by racing around the master bedroom to rise for her greens feeding time!

Sometimes she’ll hang with the cats – the three of them in a row – as long as everyone remains at least a foot or two apart. Boundaries are a must! She also keeps the cats amused watching her race around the room.

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She keeps a tidy realm here in Wonderland and sees to the happiness of all the beings that dwell here. It’s working, as everyone who walks into the room says things like, “this room makes me so happy,” or “this room makes me smile,” and most share that it inspires them in one way or another or definitely has the inner child vibe. We actually had four kids over recently with their parents and they of course went crazy over my room, which was a great sign of the innocence I’ve managed to reclaim and recreate here. That was a goal for me, to make this my inner child sanctum where all of my dreams could come alive – a world of pure imagination, as Willy Wonka says.

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And that makes Astrid happy too, as she loves her room – spending the majority of her day in it. And the cats pretty much don’t come into it. They try occasionally to eat some of her hay on the top of her castle, but that’s as far as they get. They hardly come downstairs in general. Sweet Pea actually won’t come down unless her dad does. Both of the cats feel it’s safe if dad goes down, and then they follow. It’s pretty hilarious how much Astrid has established herself. And it’s only fair that she should have her own space too, as we know cats think everything belongs to them. 😉

Astrid is doing so good inside and out, and her health is testament to that. Monday I took her to her vet check up. This was the welcome sign for her – I thought it ironic with the cat on it.

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We go to regular vet check ups every 6 months and sometimes 3 months to stay on top of any irregularities that could show up in her teeth. This is a must for bunnies since their teeth not only continually grow, but if not caught in time it can create huge challenges, or even be fatal with complications. I’m so grateful we have such a proactive vet who knows her bunny stuff and is just as sweet as angels come. She’s amazing!

And, so far so good. Astrid has continued getting clean and excellent bills of health. Marcy at SaveABunny had also said she never had issues as long as she was with them either.

We’ve been monitoring one tooth since the beginning but it’s doing well and no changes since the start. Sometimes a small irregularity is simply due to the way they chew so you just need to make sure it’s always maintained by your bunny or else will need maintenance. She’s doing well consistently maintaining it. We’re now keeping an eye on one other tooth where the gum is slightly protruding. She’s has no signs of problems, or issues in any way, and the gum and tooth is healthy, but the vet is staying on top of it to make sure it doesn’t turn into anything.

I love how gentle she is with Astrid and in general, she just has the softest energy about her, but not in any push over kind of way, as she has a strong presence, it’s just a gentle power. This vet has actually seen all of my bunnies (minus my first bunny Twinkie whom I had when I was in my teens) this to include Nestor, Joy, Cosmo, and now Astrid. So that also is pretty special given how much I’ve moved around. And this also makes Astrid number 5 – my fav magickal number.

Astrid did great and we’ll be back in 3 months to see how it’s all shaping up while I continue watching her for any slight changes. That’s simply a daily part of having a bunny…staying on top of knowing every little nuance since they can hide things well.

And that leads me to another Bundate – Bunny Update – from SaveABunny, actually.

You remember the white bunny, Big Sur (who to me is Zephyr) that I didn’t adopt. I mentioned getting a brief update from Marcy, but she had mentioned that she told his new mom to contact me directly. I hadn’t heard anything until yesterday morning and this was the beautiful news:

Hi Tania,

Marcy asked me to reach out to you and let you know that I formally adopted Big Sur. I know you had donated to help much with his care while he was at SaveABunny – thank you. In October we (my partner Ryon, my 10 year old daughter Dyllan and I) wanted to help out so we decided to foster Big Sur (we already had adopted 4 rabbits previously) Well months went by and we just couldn’t fathom the idea of bringing him back. So we totally foster failed. We love him so much words cannot express. He is such a special loving soul and we are so lucky to have him in our lives. Thank you for all your help and love. He found his forever home ❤️

~Lisa

PS – I’m also an adoption coordinator at SaveABunny…I’ve always felt a draw to him since he first arrived.

And here was my reply:

Hi Lisa!! I saw your message first thing this morning and it made me smile so big. I had to wait until I could respond more in fullness to you, but I first wanted to say how VERY grateful I am that you took time to write to me about him. I have wondered so much how he has been doing, as like you had been so drawn to him and felt that love and connection. I was very challenged with my decision as to who to adopt when I did arrive there, but felt in my heart he was telling me to take Deja Vu – who is now Astrid – and that he was going to be fine, needed that time to heal, and everything would end up perfectly. I am SO happy beyond words to know you have him with you and that he is in the perfect home and you are all sharing so much love between you. It confirms what I had felt and it also speaks so much of the bond you both have and why everything turned out as it did. I am so grateful for all of the work you do for SaveABunny, giving so many homes to rabbits in need, and now loving Big Sur so dearly. And you are so welcome for the help with him. It meant a lot to me to be able to do that. I’m so glad you foster failed! 😉 I’m glad to know you are the adoption coordinator…I can’t remember now as it was nearly a year ago I had first contacted about Big Sur, but we may have spoken via email. Marcy and SaveABunny mean a lot to me and Astrid is definitely my perfect partner. I couldn’t love her more and our connection has deepened so much since last June. She’s my second adoption from SaveABunny and likely there will be more at some point. So it’s good to know you! Thank you again! ❤ Love and hugs to you

I love happy endings, don’t you? They lead to great new beginnings!

Seeding Possibilities & Cultivating Well-Being


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Did you know that playing, being silly, laughing, and approaching life with curiosity are incredibly supportive and boosting to your overall well-being, quality of life, creative energy, and your immune system? When you keep that connection to your inner child alive, you experience the benefits of a healthy, low to no stress, and constantly wondrous way of experiencing life, rather than living in continuous fret and fear. Other ways to create better quality of life, experience more balance and harmony, as well as enhanced presence, perception, and intuitive and creative abilities are spending more time in nature, communing with the natural world in any form, as well as being willing to challenge yourself to embrace change more by aligning your vibration with things rather than fighting them.

Spring is a wonderful opportunity to explore where you feel called to plant new seeds in any area of your life and commit to cultivating it. Sometimes if you literally do this, it will stream into your life in ways you can’t imagine.

By literal I mean plant actually seeds or nurture a cherished plant or animal with the intention that it signifies something in your life you also want to blossom. Then watch this trickle out into more enthusiasm and energy pouring into the actual thing you do want to manifest. If you can devote even just a little of your love and attention to something and see the results, you understand how this process can be duplicated in the rest of your life as well. It doesn’t have to be an overnight thing, but you will see the benefits simply by committing to it.

I was a bit overwhelmed, to say the least, when I discovered the nudge to write this new book of mine and that it ended up developing into much more than I originally thought it would be. Yet, with continued commitment and nurturing of the process that presented itself to me, it’s become a wondrous journey of enjoyment, self growth, and creative enhancement that fuels passion in my life and opened up so many new doors of potentials unraveling. All, simply by deciding to nurture that seed within me that was stirring like a Cosmic cauldron of possibility.

And with Spring here, I’m doing the other thing I shared with you, as in literally planting seeds – 72 to be exact – that will have twofold purpose of nurturing Astrid’s needs, but also symbolically representing the plethora of new ideas brewing within me to manifest. I decided to grow organic baby plants for her all by seed this time, since my bulbs I planted in Autumn did so well. Crossing finger, toes, and wings this success rate continues! 😉

I recently saw an exciting discovery of sprouting from the five daffodil bulbs I planted last year when our house was in renovation. I planted them on the Full Moon, in fact, which was an intention for planting my garden of life with hopes of my dreams to blossom. And, they have been and are continuing to. When I planted them, a very healthy earthworm revealed herself in the soil where I dug their rooting ground, and I knew this was a sign that all would be well and supported because of my willingness to plant the seeds and care for them. Then Winter came and went and with Spring thaw they started sprouting.

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I later planted several variety of irises – all of these bulbs gifted to me by special Faery, Laura from her garden. Apparently the irises will come later she told me and within a month or so I should see them too! Soon we’ll have lovely blooms and surprise colors lining the entry to our home! And my own garden of dreams will be mirroring this blooming.

And that leads to the baby plants intended for Astrid. I’ve started all the bunny goodness in this mini greenhouse indoors and have a seedling heat mat under it too.

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Normally, in California I just directly planted the seeds in my Garden Tower or in the ground, but here with the difference in weather, am needing to begin indoors and then can transplant into my Garden Tower outside my office sliding door that has the perfect Southwest exposure.

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I’m growing her two kinds of Romaine, cilantro, dill, sage, oregano, arugula, sweet basil, lemon balm, endive, dandelion, and a variety of wildflowers.

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I do everything by faery intuition and am organic in my processes so it’s always a lovely surprise to see what unfolds. Yet, I see the mirroring reflection of the creative projects I am cultivating step-by-step in my life as well.

I love the action of seeding intention in literal ways, as other things percolate and evolve.

And action puts creative energy into motion and exponentially grows the possibilities.

Add in love to cultivate and nurture it and you’ll eventually find yourself smelling the roses in your garden of blossoms that manifest.

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And speaking of new doors and closing old ones. Yesterday, I sent out a newsletter announcing it to be my last, as I am feeling led to close my Constant Contact account to focus elsewhere. I also announced that I’ll eventually have a new website and likely new email address, which could look like this blog evolving into new paths of sharing, or a separate website to replace my two others of http://www.taniamarie.com and http://www.spiritualskin.com.

So for now, that means really that this blog site is the best way to keep updated and receive inspiration, especially if you’re not on any social media platforms, where I also share. It’s also the best way to contact me if you don’t have my email, or if in the event my email gets changed, as I foresee.

These won’t happen immediately since it’s still in percolation, although you never know when since I’m someone who once I get the idea to do something and the nudge it needs to be done now, doesn’t linger.

I am constantly guided to fully close the old doors, so that my energy isn’t still lingering around in anything and can fully be propelling me in the forward momentum of the seeds I’ve planted.

Wishing you an expansive Spring of possibilities!

I hope you find nature to be a companion in your life more regularly in any small way possible and I wish you much joy as you follow dream seeding with action and a sprinkle of love to water it into life.

Summer 2018 Reiki Workshops


The weather is already warming up here (in the 60’s since Easter), although could snow at a moment’s notice. That’s what I love about mountain life, is the quick changes that take place, mirroring my preferred process. Immersing yourself in nature brings about peace within a person and creates the perfect backdrop and nurturing for Reiki and cultivating an amazing awareness of your own inner self and essence, while providing the channel for accessing your own guidance system.

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We are so busy with “stuff” we fill our lives with that we forget to slow down and enjoy the peace of nature.

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As mentioned, I am creating two days of Reiki workshops this Summer to help you tune into the nature of you, slow down and step out of life’s madness, while being supported by the beautiful energy of Lake Tahoe and our Forest Portal.

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These will be the only opportunities to learn Reiki with me this year. So if it has been speaking to you, 2018 might be the time of profound change you’ve been wanting in your life.

These will be group workshops for locals to the surrounding areas or anyone wanting to travel and enjoy Lake Tahoe’s beauty and magick, while receiving your certification. You could make a weekend of it and use the other day to integrate in nature and allow the natural world to nurture you.

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After great deliberation, I’m going to be offering my usual Reiki 1 & 2 Accelerated workshop and a Reiki 3 Master Teacher workshop, as I still feel that the people called to me are ready for bigger leaps and I want to provide the most tools I can to support that. So rather than break up Reiki 1 & 2 into two days, this will provide the needed elements in a fully packed day. It also feels more supportive to any potential travel attendees.

There will be a minimum requirement for the workshops, since I’m only offering this once this year, they are a lot of work to put together and time to put aside, as well as provides a good energy mix for the workshop. So, it is important to yourself and the others, that you make a commitment, and embrace the responsibility of the path you have chosen for the highest good of all concerned.

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A lot of people expressed interest, but in the end commitment speaks louder, so there will also be registration deadlines and pre-registration discounts to assist. All of this can be found below.

If for some reason the minimum requirement is not met, anyone who has pre-registered will receive a full refund.

There will also be a limited max of spaces available, as I want to ensure everyone gets the attention needed, and are comfortable in the space I have to offer.

So, if you’re ready to commit to a positive, life-changing experience, you can register below.

*** Please make sure to read the details, which are ALL included here, as to the guidelines of what your commitment involves. ***

 

OPPORTUNITY #1

Reiki 1 & 2 Accelerated Workshop: Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 9 am – 6 pm

Minimum required attendees – 2 / Maximum spaces available – 6

This workshop will be taught at the onset of Summer (just after the Solstice of the 21st) in Stateline, NV at Lake Tahoe at a private residence called the Forest Portal – details and address will be provided to registrants before the time of workshop.

Past students of mine are welcome to join for free review, given there are enough new registrants to meet the required attendee minimum for teaching this workshop. Please let me know of your interest, as I will have a limited amount of room for review students.

Class Description, Reiki I:

In Reiki Level I, you’ll learn about the history, principles, ethics and practice of Reiki. You’ll experience Reiki, receive an attunement and start a 21-day energetic cleanse. You’ll learn scanning, Reiki lineage, hand positions for giving in-person, hands-on treatments to others and yourself and more. This class can help you begin the journey of creating more harmony and peace in your daily life and in your interaction with people to help center you more in compassion.

Class Description, Reiki II:

Reiki Level II is where you learn to support any intention, person, animal or global cause from a distance and can choose to “send” Reiki towards creating peaceful, harmonious and graceful outcomes. Plus, be able to lend your support to any cause or intent even when you are unable to physically be present. In Reiki Level II, you’ll learn three Reiki Symbols to deepen your work and use of Reiki, and you’ll receive a second attunement. You’ll learn how to send Reiki through space and time, heal the past, empower the future, embrace the present, support mental and emotional balance and more. Reiki II cultivates a deeper awareness of your inner voice and intuition.

Pre-registration Discount Price for Combined Reiki 1 & 2 – $400 (save $100)

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Pre-registration deadline to receive discount is May 5th

Registration Price for Combined Reiki 1 & 2 – $500

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Final deadline to register at full price is June 9th

*** If for some reason you have to cancel, cancellations will need to be done on or before June 9th. If done by this date you will receive a full refund. If however, you cancel after the 9th of June, refunds are not available, but I will provide you a full credit to apply to a future workshop. Again, this is due to the amount of work, time, and preparation that goes into this. I thank you for your understanding.

 

OPPORTUNITY #2

Reiki 3 Master Teacher Workshop: Saturday, August 25, 2018 from 9 am – 6 pm

Minimum required attendees – 2 / Maximum spaces available – 6

This workshop will be taught in the energy of the Full Moon (which will be in the early morning of the next day – 26th) in Stateline, NV at Lake Tahoe at a private residence called the Forest Portal – details and address will be provided to registrants before the time of workshop.

Past students of mine are welcome to join for free review, given there are enough new registrants to meet the required attendee minimum for teaching this workshop. Please let me know of your interest, as I will have a limited amount of room for review students.

Class Description, Reiki III:

Reiki Level III Master Teacher Class involves learning 3 Reiki Master Symbols including Tibetan, Anthakarana and Usui Master Symbols, Violet Breath, Hui Yin exercise, healing attunement instruction, receiving a third attunement, learning advanced techniques, and more. You will also be given instruction on how to give attunements for all levels and how to teach them as well. You learn what it means to be a teacher, while helping to nurture more confidence, commitment and responsibility to your service.

Pre-registration Discount Price for Reiki 3 – $550 (save $100)

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Pre-registration deadline to receive discount is July 4th

Registration Price for Reiki 3 – $650

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Final deadline to register at full price is August 11th

*** If for some reason you have to cancel, cancellations will need to be done on or before August 11th. If done by this date you will receive a full refund. If however, you cancel after the 11th of August, refunds are not available, but I will provide you a full credit to apply to a future workshop. Again, this is due to the amount of work, time, and preparation that goes into this. I thank you for your understanding.

 

OPPORTUNITY #3

Reiki 1, 2 & 3 Discounts – For anyone who wants to take all three levels and is ready to commit to the full journey

Pre-registration Discount Price for all 3 Levels – $950 (save an extra $50 off for a total of $200 in savings)

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Pre-registration deadline to receive discount is May 5th

Registration Price for all 3 Levels – $1000 (you still save $150 off regular price)

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Final deadline to register at full price is June 9th

*** If for some reason you have to cancel, cancellations will need to be done on or before June 9th. If done by this date you will receive a full refund. If however, you cancel after the 9th of June, refunds are not available, but I will provide you a full credit to apply to a future workshop. Again, this is due to the amount of work, time, and preparation that goes into this. I thank you for your understanding.

 

ABOUT REIKI:

This offering is provided with intention to support you to help yourself and to learn how to provide an optimal healing opportunity for other people and animals towards compassionate goals, intentions and worldwide healing and change. Reiki is a perfect antidote to stress relief, more peace, clarity and overall well being that can transform and help support your chosen path in life. As a very powerful aid to personal growth, Reiki works on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level. Reiki can also help to empower your goals and intentions, and more efficiently come from a heart-based place in attaining desired, harmonious results for the highest good. It is a complimentary treatment to any and all other treatment modalities, improves their effectiveness and benefits and helps to stimulate the body’s own natural healing abilities. It is not meant to replace professional medical advice and Reiki practitioners do not diagnose or prescribe medication. You will be learning the Usui System of Natural Healing.

April 2018 Energy Update with Lee Harris


April’s Energy Update from Lee Harris speaks to purpose on a whole other level than what you thought you’d be doing, which involves reinvention and identity change. This can involve your career, lifestyle, or way of relating and can potentially bring grief up this month with the shifts taking place and that are needed to go to the next phase of your life. Be willing to get curious with yourself and what your feelings are around change. Where you feel sadness inside or outside of yourself is where action is needed.

 

Inside the Faery Kitchen ~ Creating Harmony of Heart & Home


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I’m always cooking up a storm in my life, whether it be through my creative projects, new ideas, challenging myself, or literally in the kitchen. “Creating life as a work of art” is my motto carried out through every level of living. And one of my loves is creating inspiring vegan dishes in the kitchen and hosting a Faery feast!

In the past this was isolated to doing it mostly for myself, as I lived a life of solitude in many ways, but with balance pervading my life, I have enjoyed extending my passions into a love of creating for and hosting others.

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I love being challenged to find new culinary inspiration, love decorating and nurturing our home, and making others feel like queens and kings if I can when they step into our home.

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This deepens the gratitde I have for our new home that allows me to be the Faery I am in all the ways I love to be, whether nurtured by the Forest for my work and well being, or nurturing others who pass through this Forest Portal.

And that’s exactly what I was up to this past weekend…creating a warm welcome for a dinner party we hosted.

These photos are a peek inside the Faery kitchen and what I was brewing with love and magick.

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Dinner was a twist on a recipe a friend/chef gave me years ago that I tweaked of ginger chickpea fritters that had yummy flavors of green onion, ginger, chipotle peppers, cumin, mango juice etc… either coated in crushed macadamia or walnut, done in the pan with veggie broth over half red quinoa and half herbed pine nut couscous with side simmered broccolini and mango, and topped with Thai peanut sauce (this was my fav) with blends of coconut milk, lime juice, mint, apple cider vinegar, and more. I then garnished it all with mint leaves on top and served with a simple side salad of spring herbs, avocado, and grape tomatoes.

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I then completed the dinner with a special pineapple upside down cake extravaganza mandala with homemade coconut whipped cream.

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Cooking is where I experience, very literally, how the process is the fun. Sometimes it’s simple and quick and other times very involved. So there’s definitely a timing factor involved, and planning ahead with more complex things, but there’s also the spontaneity of the moment in following inspiration and intuition.

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This happens much faster when I’m pulling together something just for us at home with what ever I have on hand. But in the case of a dinner party or event, there’s definitely the element of surprise mixed with calculation…making it a balanced experience of both sides of the brain being used.

My favorite thing is to find and blend unusual and complimentary flavors in a burst of yummy explosion in your mouth.

Faery alchemy!

In the end, if I find myself with a smile on my face, I know I’ve followed my heart and am exactly where I need to be.

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And for everyone who has been asking me to put together a cookbook of my own creations over the last several years, I’ll just say that there is one coming in the near future. So stay tuned…..

An Easter Message from Astrid


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Mirror…mirror…Astrid sends bunny kisses and wishes everyone a Hoppy Easter filled with peace, love, and joy!

Astrid says, “Rabbits are not Easter toys and DO NOT make good Easter gifts. We need a commitment for life to all of our special needs and are not low maintenance. Although we love children, we really need sensitive care so please educate yourself about us and if you feel you can meet our needs, please adopt from a rescue or shelter. We are the third most euthanized animals and likely the most misunderstood.

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