How To Have a Wildly Authentic Summer Vacation

Jul 11, 2019

Dear Imaginative Woman,

My ideal vacation is sitting in a beautiful spot and reading books for days.

I don't like to do too much driving or activity. I love a full-immersion rest.

My husband, however, loves vacations full of activity. He wants to learn, explore, and be on a full-immersion adventure.

For years, I've done vacations with my husband as big adventures, because once he starts talking about the things we can see in the world, I don't want to miss out on any of it!

We've seen humpback whales breaching off the Pacific Coast. We've walked through castles in Spain, and we've explored the mountains of southern India.

We've done a lot of incredible things, and it's been amazing.

 

Yet, all these years, I've had a soul craving for uninterrupted time on a lounge chair with a book and a cup of tea.

I've wanted to be surrounded by flowers and the sound of ocean waves.

And finally, this summer, I decided to make it happen.

A few...

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How Shame Made Me Hide My True Self

Jun 27, 2019

Dear Imaginative Woman,

When I worked at my office job, I didn't find much space for being my True Self. 

This was because my main interests were in personal development, the healing journey, philosophy, magic, and mysticism, and I was a database manager.

I had opted into a career where, for the most part, I wasn't able to talk about my interests to the people I was surrounded by 40+ hours a week.

I was in a technical, logical community, when what I craved was magic.

Every day as I stepped into my cubicle I would fold up my True Self, tucking away my interests and passions, so I could try to fit into my career.

Today, I want to share a story with you about one of the moments I tucked my True Self away and why I believe your True Self is the key to freedom.

 

One of my big interests at the time was Reiki.

I had completed a Reiki Practitioner training, and I loved it. I loved the feeling of energy flowing through my hands, and I loved how that energy...

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A Scaredy Cat Goes On An Adventure

Jun 20, 2019

Dear Imaginative Woman,

Last week I wrapped up my series on how I came to decide to quit my Dull Gray Cubicle job.

I wanted to dive into this decision in a deep way to illuminate just how important reconnecting to your true self is on this journey.

I wasn't able to figure out what I wanted to do instead of my DGC job until I felt at least a tiny bit like myself again.

It was then that I was able to make decisions from a place of authenticity, which is why I've now become a writer and a personal development teacher.

If I had continued to be disconnected, my hunch is I would have continued making inauthentic decisions and recreating my Dull Gray Cubicle job over and over again.

I believe practicing Connection is the key to making fulfilling career choices.

But here's the other great thing about Connection - it not only helps with your career, it can also help you create a whole wonderful life.

Today, I want to share a story with you I told last week in my...

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How I Decided To Break Free From My Dull Gray Cubicle Job

Jun 13, 2019

Dear Imaginative Woman,

If you’re new here, welcome! For the past few weeks I’ve been telling you the story about how I decided to break free from my Dull Gray Cubicle job.

You can read all the posts in the series here:

Ok, on with the last installment...


 

In doing weekly Artist Dates my soul started to come alive.

I began to feel like me again.

This was great, but here's the truth.

 

It wasn’t a sure thing this would be a lasting change.

I mean, just because it felt good while I was doing The Artist's Way didn't mean I was going to keep it up forever.

At anytime I could stop doing Artist Dates and go back to how things were...

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How I Created Change By Sitting Still

Jun 06, 2019

Dear Imaginative Woman,

If you’re new here, welcome! For the past few weeks I’ve been telling you the story about how I decided to break free from my Dull Gray Cubicle job.

You can read all the posts in the series here:

Ok, on with the next installment...


 

I didn’t immediately jump ship and run away from my job, even though I really wanted to after my moment of awakening.

 

I did know things needed to change, but I still couldn't see how the change could happen.

I still wasn’t ready to make the BIG decision. You know, the big decision to say I was for sure going to change careers.

Honestly, I was...

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Two Books That Changed Everything For Me

May 30, 2019

Dear Imaginative Woman,

If you’re new here, welcome! For the next few weeks I’ll be telling you the story about how I decided to break free from my Dull Gray Cubicle job.

You can read all the posts in the series here:

Ok, on with the next installment...


 

I know society says there’s supposed to be an age when you stop reading Children's Literature and you only read Grownup Literature, but this age has never come for me.

 

In my world, a good story is a good story no matter what age group it's intended for.

This is how I found myself, a few years into my Dull Gray Cubicle job, reading The...

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When Magic Happened In My Dull Gray Cubicle

May 23, 2019

Dear Imaginative Woman,

If you’re new here, welcome! For the next few weeks I’ll be telling you the story about how I decided to break free from my Dull Gray Cubicle job.

You can read all the posts in the series here:

Ok, on with the next installment...


 

Last week I told you how my cubicle job, which was 100% perfect for me when I took it, became a trap for my body, mind, and soul.

This week, I want to tell you a story about a little magic that happened when I was feeling disconnected and desperate in my DGC (Dull Gray Cubicle) job.

When I was working in my cubicle, I had a bff colleague. Her name is Gina, and she is an...

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How The Perfect Job Became A Trap

May 16, 2019

Dear Imaginative Woman,

If you’re new here, welcome! For the next few weeks I’ll be telling you the story about how I decided to break free from my Dull Gray Cubicle job.

You can read all the posts in the series here:

Ok, on with the next installment...


 

Last week I told you how amazing it was when I got my second cubicle job. I told you how I was physically and emotionally burnt out at the time, and how that job came to me at the right moment.

It offered me the time and space to recover from a couple auto-immune system disorders, and it gave me the opportunity to talk to grownups all day instead of 3-4 year old kiddos. This...

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Why I Took a Dull Gray Cubicle Job

May 09, 2019

Dear Imaginative Woman,

If you’re new here, welcome! For the next few weeks I’ll be telling you the story about how I decided to break free from my Dull Gray Cubicle job.

You can read all the posts in the series here:

Ok, on with the first installment...


I took my second Dull Gray Cubicle (DGC) job when I was 28.

My first one was a short, 3 week stint at a mutual fund company when I was 20. It was only 3 weeks because I gave my 2 weeks notice almost immediately, when I realized I totally hated working in a cubicle and that I would never, ever, ever do such a thing to myself again!

I love 20 year old Emma. She had her...

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The Art of Peaceful Persistence

Apr 14, 2019

Dear Imaginative Woman,

Over the past couple months I've been telling you about the steps I'm taking to become more Wildly Authentic in my life.

First, I came back to myself.

Then, I established a new life goal to never do more than I can do in peace.

Now, this month, I've been doing even more to cultivate a feeling of peace in my life.

 

Here's why peace feels extra important to me right now: 

Last month, I crossed a bunch of things off my to-do list. This was AMAZING. I definitely felt like I was not doing more than I could do in peace, but then a kind of funny thing happened.

I have three projects I'm working on. I'm creating the first online course for The School of Wild Authenticity. I'm writing a children's novel, and I'm running the Women Who Run With the Wolves Online Book Club.

In order to never do more than I can do in peace, I take a few tiny steps per week on each project. I write a little bit. I do a little bit of course planning. I read a passage from...

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