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Celebrating Your Internal Light on Winter Solstice

Congratulations! You made it! You’ve reached the longest night of the year – Winter Solstice.  

In a matter of hours, the days will begin to get longer, and little by little, you will see the outer light return.

Really and truly, no matter how dark or cold it appears, the days will begin lengthening.shine_energy_5-300x225

But right now, we are celebrating the alchemical light glowing inside you.

The fact that you are reading this means you have what it takes.  Your internal strength and fierce determination have pulled you all the way through experiences you may not have known you would survive.

You are, as Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes of Women who Run with the Wolves says, “S.S. – Still Standing!”

And I am blessed to be here with you.

May you see the light that is you reflected in the eyes of the people you love, so it will shine more brightly in the sharing.  And may you go forward with a space of gratitude, knowing you have more than enough courage and more than enough heart to inspire all those you touch through your journeys.

With Blessings of Alchemy and Great Love,

Christy

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Finding Creative Solutions – How To Turn A Disability Into An Asset (Part One)

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True confession: I have a challenge with time.  I’m pretty sure I was born without the wiring in my brain that allows people to gracefully keep track of it.  This particular form of organization utterly baffles me, and is guaranteed to be the major point of contention in any quarrel with my husband, who seems to have both an internal clock and compass that keeps him in the right place at the right time, always. Which I do not. Sigh.

Did I mention I’m geographically dyslexic?

For reals.

Yes, I assure you there is such a thing, but I digress.

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What Not To Say: A Tip For Husbands

For every man who wants to keep their relationship with their significant other during the holiday: A Public Service Announcement.what-not-to-say-248x300

Yes, I’m serious.

For today’s tale from the sofa (counseling sofa, that is), I’m sharing a tale of gift giving gone wrong.
Sometime you don’t need coaching on the perfect words TO say, it’s altogether to do with what NOT to say.

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Twice-Exceptionality: How to Ensure You Never Reach Your Potential

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Twice-exceptionality is a dubious distinction that runs through at least four generations of my family.  I promise you it sounds cooler than it is.

A person who is both measurably gifted AND who has one (or more) physical, emotional, sensory, behavioral or learning disabilities is “2E”  – exceptional in two different areas.  It’s rather like encompassing both ends of the spectrum simultaneously.

It’s awesome to be one of roughly 2 – 5% of the population who experiences life through the highly capable zone. Not so much to be within the 7 – 10% of the population with clinical disabilities.

Overlap these two sets of numbers and you will find we are talking about a tiny percentage of the population (perhaps less than one percent) with set of challenges that has only recently been recognized.

Welcome to my world.

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How I Stopped Hyperventilating and Started Breathing with Grace

How To Calm Anxiety

I know, I know. You’ve heard a gazillion times that we need to focus on what Yoga and meditation. Woman silhouette.we want. The principle of attraction, what we focus on will come about, and like attracts like…yada yada.

Makes all the sense in the world when we’re in a reasonably calm place.  For me, the trick is to learn how to do this once I’ve already started hyperventilating!

Just in case I’m not the only one who needs this info, here’s the story of how an anxiety attack on the way to the dentist taught me to calm the **** down and do better next time.

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Announcing The Heart of Alchemy Academy

Oh Joy!!  Maybe, like me, you have thought there should be a school for adults with a passion for learning real-life transformational tools. A place that doesn’t require joining a specific religion or spiritual tradition. A structure that would safely guide people in exploring, exercising and gathering proven techniques to help create powerful shifts in their lives and the world around them.

Years before anyone had heard of Harry Potter, I wished for a school for adults very much like Hogwarts, one which could be accessed online. A place where we could satisfy our curiosity by deep diving into strategies and techniques that don’t require magic wands or incantations, but which have the power to increase magical, fulfilling, transformational experiences in our lives.
I decided to create the thing I wished to see.
A Virtual Academy for Alchemical Studies.

I am utterly delighted to share my first course offering with you! There is limited enrollment beginning October 1st for…..drumroll please…..

30 Days of Creating a Life that Works:
A Course in Holding Sacred Space for your Truest Self to Shine

Are you exhausted from taking care of everyone else without having time and space for yourself?
Do you feel like you’ve lost your inner spark?
Do you have intuitions that you aren’t sure what to do with?
Are you tired of feeling like you don’t fit in and being told you’re “too sensitive?”
Are you scared you’re losing your chance to live the life you want?

Now you’re ready to learn how to:

Believe in yourself.
Feel healthier, stronger and more beautiful.
Show up in the world in the way you are intended to.
Connect with your deepest gifts, the ones that have always been with you but you haven’t known how to access.
Shine again!

30 Days of Creating a Life that Works:
A Course in Holding Sacred Space for your Truest Self to Shine

I’ll help you connect to your brightest, truest self by opening the channels of communication inside your own heart and mind. I’ll teach you to expand this internal sacred space to create safer, more nurturing environments in your outer world. You’ll learn to start trusting your inner wisdom, find the support you crave and take powerful action so you can feel alive again.

Want to know more? Click me! 

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The Top 10 Things New Dads Need to Know

You Are So Much More Than a Sperm Donor:

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1. Becoming a good lover takes time. So does becoming a good father. Donating sperm may have been easy, but fatherhood can be a lot more rewarding. Be patient with yourself and enjoy the process.

2. Diaper duty earns big points. So does feeding, rocking, and bathing your baby. Any hands-on fathering will be a big help to your partner and your baby.

3. Your wife will be herself again. Yes, she is probably on duty 24 hours a day with baby on the brain. No, she probably isn’t much fun right now. But life will return to normal as the three of you adjust to your new situation, and the alchemy of your presence can help this process tremendously.

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The Joy Diet

books-joy-dietThe Joy Diet changed my life.

8 years ago, I felt lonely and unsatisfied as a caregiver. I was homeschooling my 5 year old while chasing after my toddler and caring for my elderly grandfather at home. My days were filled by tending to the bodily functions of other people (and rarely my own). Although I loved my family fiercely, I knew something needed to change.

With no time to read, but desperately seeking help, I downloaded an MP3 of The Joy Diet: 10 Daily Practices for a Happier Life by Oprah columnist Martha Beck. Within 30 minutes, I knew I had hit gold. It turns out that the original meaning of the word “diet” had nothing to do with food, and everything to do with the way we live our lives. In her typical down-to-earth, unassuming style, Martha delivered on the book’s promise to help me add 10 simple behaviors to my way of living and thinking to enhance my life. Her action points were so remarkably do-able, even on my fully packed schedule that even I could follow through.

The ten “ingredients” of The Joy Diet will challenge and delight you. Martha recommends working through the practices in order, making sure each one feels like second nature before moving on to the next. Just one step a week is all it takes. The first assignment, “doing nothing” for 15 minutes a day, is tougher than it looks! By the time you integrate the next action steps, creating and absorbing a daily moment of truth and exploring one of your heart’s desires, you will be well on your way to creating a life you actually enjoy. And if you want to expand your enjoyment of life beyond what you thought was possible, add in the final seven ingredients: creativity, risk, treats, play, laughter, connection and feasting.

Sounds easy, right? After all, you’re “just” tuning into your deepest truth and learning how to be good to yourself with play-filled steps. Yet it is impossible to incorporate these life ingredients without transforming long-standing patterns of thought and action. While The Joy Diet is technically a diet for the spirit, I found myself feeling healthier and losing weight as I filled myself up ecologically from the inside out. So whenever anyone asks me if The Joy Diet will help them lose weight, I say “it certainly may, but that’s just a side benefit!”

I longed for one thing when I finished the book – something to remind me of each day’s steps and provide space to write down notes about my journey. Customized journal pages just for The Joy Diet.

Well, they didn’t exist – not yet. My family commented that I should approach Martha (did I mention she’s Oprah’s life coach?) to propose the creation of such a thing. Me? Are you kidding? Who am I to do such a thing? I hardly thought that was in the realm of possibility. But I did create a template for my own personal Joy Diet Journal Pages to assist me in my journey. Two years later, on a delightful radio interview with Martha Beck, I asked if official Joy Diet Journal Pages had been developed. Imagine my surprise when she said “No,” and suggested I contribute my personal template to the Team. Here was the exact opportunity I couldn’t imagine how to manifest not so long ago. The ability to collaborate with Martha Beck and share a life enhancing tool with other people embarking on The Joy Diet.

Interested? Read (or listen to!) The Joy Diet: 10 Daily Practices for a Happier Life, then send me a note or a post to this blog with your email address and I will enthusiastically sent the Joy Diet Journal Pages to you! I am looking forward to hearing from you to find out how The Joy Diet has empowered your life.