066: Raise Your Vibration, Susan Chu: Crystals, Feng Shui and Changing Careers

“Fear has a tendency to hold us back… and when we free ourselves from our own prison then… we notice a lot more about opportunities, about door openings — we can actually walk across to the other side.” ~Susan Chu

 

Susan Chu is a holistic practitioner who works with people to move past fear, take better care of themselves, and find their passion for a more authentically aligned life. She uses crystals, feng shui and mindfulness for magical results in a totally grounded way.

I LOVE how she calls the impostor voice your “inner saboteur!”

Be sure to check out her Crystals for Your Health Facebook Group — it’s excellent for learning how to work with crystals!

Connect with Susan

Website
Crystal Mentorship Program
Crystals for Your Health Facebook Group
Facebook

Connect with Andrea

Website
Facebook
Instagram

Podcast Envy: Podcast Launch, Craft & Coaching Services
Chicago Women’s Creative Collective

Links and Resources

The Creative Impostor Magic page! Get a special gift from Andrea here.

Power Your Story — Created by my high school student podcast mentees!!!

Support The Creative Impostor

Andrea’s Patreon Page — where you can support the show, get cool gifts from me and can become an active participant in the creative community!

Free Audio Book & 30 day trial membership with Audible.com — support The Creative Impostor when you sign up!

About Susan

I’m Susan M. Chu. One of my biggest passions in life is living a feng shui life.

I was in corporate America for about 20 years, in the banking industry. I excelled in my jobs and made excellent money. But, somewhere along the way, I lost my feng shui values. I stopped living the feng shui life. Over time…

  • I was struggling, financially
  • My career stalled
  • I was in a dead end relationship
  • My health was deteriorating
  • And I couldn’t manifest any magical opportunities anymore

I was a total mess. I had hit my rock bottom. I took a long, hard look at myself and what came next was a total shocker to me. I quit my very cushy job. I didn’t quite bounce right back up, but when I did, I had rediscovered the magic in feng shui living. I have an unshakeable deep peace within myself; my inner child could not stop laughing when I rediscovered the feng shui way; I manifested so many helpful people that I can’t even recognize my life from when I quit my job; and I finally attained a quiet mind.

I stopped passing judgement on myself. The saboteur within me got a new job. Whenever I step off the feng shui path, it will lead me back.

There are a lot of people who accept life as being difficult. There are a lot of people who are conditioned to believe that you should struggle through life. I disagree. For me, life is about attaining inner peace and conquering life challenges. What I see is many people trying to find some semblance of peace in a very chaotic world.

It is so wonderful to sing to my favorite songs and not hear “Please, don’t sing. You can’t sing. from within me.

My clients include a wide variety of professionals: entrepreneurs, artists, expectant moms, corporate professionals, etc…. What they all have in common is they want to change their life, believe the Universe will work with them, and are ready to do whatever it takes. Our work together helps them attract the right relationships (mentors, teachers, and partners); inspires passion for their careers; and enlightens them to love their lives. It can do the same for you.

If you are ready to step into that life and commit to loving your life, I’d love to schedule a complimentary 15 minute call. Please email me at: info@susanmchu.com.

Feng shui living is a way of life. It embraces synchronicity with Heaven, peace within ourselves (man), and harmony with our environment (Earth). Many centuries of feng shui wisdom flows through me. I am here to share everything I know to transform your struggles into opportunities and to help you reach your dreams.

www.SusanMChu.com


This episode was mixed by Edwin R. Ruiz of Mondo Machine.
The Creative Impostor theme music was created by JoVia Armstrong.


I’d LOVE to hear from you!

If you’re listening in Apple Podcasts, PLEASE subscribe and leave a review. It’s how Apple decides which shows people find when they are searching for specific topics like this one.

063: Go on a Joyride, Aimee DuFresne, writer, traveler, joy catalyst

“It’s about being happy, it’s about living your life- not anyone else’s life. But it’s the life that YOU want to live, the life that makes you happy, that makes you share with the world what it is that you want to share.” ~Aimee DuFresne

Trust the unfolding…

Do you ever find yourself dangling the proverbial carrot in front of yourself? “I’ll be happy when I…” or “If only I could just…” or “I’ll take a break once I…”

Aimee DuFresne is no stranger to this trap, but through decluttering (inside and out), focusing on joy and doubling down on self-care and travel, she’s found a way to spring that trap and live an unconventional life.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • Aimee’s big “Joy Ride” and what it’s all about
  • Her adventures on her book tour that brought her to the west coast, and her time house sitting
  • What self-care really means (not just the buzz-word version) and some of Aimee’s favorite practices
  • How Aimee balances EVERYTHING out in her life
  • The day that her life completely changed
  • How the impostor voice shows up for Aimee especially around entrepreneurship and being an author
  • Aimee’s view on success

Aimee’s top life tip: Trust the unfolding.

“This is really exciting, but does it give me freedom?” ~Aimee DuFresne

Connect with Aimee

Website
Twitter
Facebook

Connect with Andrea

Website
Facebook
Instagram

Podcast Envy: Podcast Launch, Craft & Coaching Services
Chicago Women’s Creative Collective

Links and Resources

The Creative Impostor Magic page! Get a special gift from Andrea here.

Power Your Story — Created by my high school student podcast mentees!!!

Support The Creative Impostor

Andrea’s Patreon Page — where you can support the show, get cool gifts from me and can become an active participant in the creative community!

Free Audio Book & 30 day trial membership with Audible.com — support The Creative Impostor when you sign up!

About Aimee DuFresne

Aimee DuFresne is a Joy Catalyst and soul-shifting creator, writer, traveler, and latte-lover. She is the proud author of Keep Going: From Grief to Growth, a memoir about love, loss, living in the moment and the power of perseverance. With no home base, she travels the world with her wine consultant hubster, house and petsitting while working on writing projects, including her next books.


This episode was mixed by Edwin R. Ruiz of Mondo Machine.
The Creative Impostor theme music was created by JoVia Armstrong.


I’d LOVE to hear from you!

If you’re listening in Apple Podcasts, PLEASE subscribe and leave a review. It’s how Apple decides which shows people find when they are searching for specific topics like this one.

061: You are not alone, a tribute to my cat Tytania, and the power of community

“She has always been, among other things, a teacher to me… I learned a lot about patience, I learned a lot about meeting someone where they are… and also she taught me how to have unconditional love for her even when she was peeing on everything and wanted nothing to do with me.” ~Andrea Klunder

Grief, isolation, and the power of community in times of transition…

My muse, Tytania.

Climbing on top of me while practicing a yoga inversion…

Recording podcasts with me in my closet…

Working from home with me…

Ready to go play music with me…

Saying good-bye is never easy. I never knew it would be this hard.

Resources & Links

The Creative Impostor Magic page! Get a special gift from Andrea here.

The NEW podcast about the craft of podcasting Podcast Envy!!!

Power Your Story — Created by my high school student podcast mentees!!!

Connect with Andrea

Website
Facebook
Instagram

Podcast Envy: Podcast Launch, Craft & Coaching Services
Chicago Women’s Creative Collective

Support the Creative Impostor

Andrea’s Patreon Page — where you can support the show, get cool gifts from me and can become an active participant in the creative community!

Free Audio Book & 30 day trial membership with Audible.com — support The Creative Impostor when you sign up!


This episode was NOT mixed by Edwin R. Ruiz of Mondo Machine.
The Creative Impostor theme music was created by JoVia Armstrong.


I’d LOVE to hear from you!

If you’re listening in Apple Podcasts, PLEASE subscribe and leave a review. It’s how Apple decides which shows people find when they are searching for specific topics like this one.

060: Reduce the friction, David Kadavy, writer, producer of Love Your Work podcast

“If you’re brave enough to follow your curiosity, then that place that you end up will often be a place that nobody else has been.” ~David Kadavy

Here’s what I tried, here’s what happened, here’s where it might be wrong.

I’ve been binging David Kadavy’s podcast, Love Your Work, ever since I discovered him on Jennifer Gardner’s podcast, RoamHowl. And then I read his new book The Heart to Start AND now it’s available as an audio book on Audible.

David’s work is the gift that keeps on giving — and yet, I haven’t paid for any of it. Yet. And that’s one thing we talk about in this episode — the challenge of being a content creator, following your curiosity and figuring out how to make a living doing it WITHOUT selling some kind of $1000+ online course.

Get The Heart to Start for Kindle here, or the audio version on Audible here!*

We also talk about:

  • How David got from Nebraska to Silcon Valley to Chicago and now Colombia — where he’s discovered how to reduce the friction of daily life, variable weather and decision making in order to optimize creative productivity
  • Creating what you like to consume
  • Creative routines, efficiency and the mix of neuroscience research and self-study he employed to come up with his process
  • Crowdsourcing the editing of his new book “The Heart to Start” and the process by which he tested his ideas via his blog on Medium to help get over any feelings of self-doubt
  • Why it’s important to allow ideas the time and space to incubate by disconnecting from your work
  • PODCASTING – David’s inspiration and why audio over video
  • Asking for money — where, when and how
  • How posturing as an “expert” can trigger David’s own impostor feelings and how Seth Godin’s advice — reframe what you have to offer from a place of generosity — is the remedy for that!

*Bonus! Affiliate links — support The Creative Impostor at the same time as getting this awesome content.

“Audio is even more intimate than video is… your voice becomes the voice in their head.” ~David Kadavy, on the power of podcasting

Connect with David

Website
Twitter 
Facebook
Love Your Work Podcast
David’s Patreon (where he humbly asks for financial support based on the value you receive from his work)

Connect with Andrea

Website
Facebook
Instagram

Podcast Envy: Podcast Launch, Craft & Coaching Services
Chicago Women’s Creative Collective

Links and Resources

The Heart to Start for Kindle or the audio version on Audible*

Predictably Irrational (mentioned in the episode)

NEW! 2018 Creative Collective Studio Memberships available in Chicago AND globally

The Creative Impostor Magic page! Get a special gift from Andrea here.

Power Your Story — Created by my high school student podcast mentees!!!

Support The Creative Impostor

Andrea’s Patreon Page — where you can support the show, get cool gifts from me and can become an active participant in the creative community!

Free Audio Book & 30 day trial membership with Audible.com — support The Creative Impostor when you sign up!

About David Kadavy

I’m David Kadavy. I’m author of The Heart to Start and Design for Hackers: Reverse-Engineering Beauty (which debuted in the top 20 on all of Amazon). I also host a podcast called Love Your Work (iTunes), where I’ve interviewed entrepreneurs and creators such as Jason Fried, Dan Ariely, James Altucher, Ryan Holiday, Laura Roeder, Noah Kagan, and many more.

I used to be a product designer in Silicon Valley, but I’ve since doubled down on my love for writing, after accidentally becoming an author. My writing has been featured in Observer, The Huffington Post, Inc.com, Quartz, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Upworthy, and Lifehacker. I currently do most of my writing and thought experimentation on Medium, and I’m very active on Twitter, and have a Facebook Page.

I worked with behavioral scientist Dan Ariely to reinvent Google Calendar. The company we worked on, Timeful, was bought by Google, and many of those features are now in Google Calendar.

I currently live in Medellín, Colombia, which I chose as my home base after extended stays in many places around the world. I’m originally from Omaha, Nebraska, and have also lived in San Francisco; Chicago; San Jose; Kearney, Nebraska; Ames, Iowa; and I’ve done month-or-longer stints in many other places.


This episode was mixed by Edwin R. Ruiz of Mondo Machine.
The Creative Impostor theme music was created by JoVia Armstrong.


I’d LOVE to hear from you!

If you’re listening in Apple Podcasts, PLEASE subscribe and leave a review. It’s how Apple decides which shows people find when they are searching for specific topics like this one.

054: Trust the nudges you’re getting, Samantha Mant, Naturopath, The Holistic Branch

“When it does feel vulnerable, that’s an indicator that it’s something that you really desire.” ~Samantha Mant

We have so much more insight into our own bodies and what works for us than anyone else…

Have you ever gotten health or healing advice from a doctor or other practitioner and felt like they just weren’t listening to you or believing you?

What if you could get high level intuitive health advice from a hip holistic healer with a strong clinical naturopathic background and hot pink (blue or purple) hair depending on the day?

What if she could guide you to get in touch with your own body’s natural cycles and biorhythms?

What if your treatment recommendations included food, herbs, flower essences and essential oils?

Today I’m bringing you a conversation with Australian naturopath, Samantha Mant. Working with Samantha is like learning about yourself through the kind advice and insight of a good friend who is super smart and wise. In fact, she’s so good at listening, that I talked about myself WAY too much in this interview and probably should have paid her for a consultation!

“Healing is a journey and I get to hold space for people, and I feel really honored.” ~Samantha Mant

Resources & Links

Tea by the Cauldron – FREE consultation with Samantha to develop a healing plan for you.

Are you curious about what working one-on-one with a Naturopath-Witch entails? Wondering exactly how she mixes her own brand of holistic medicine & Witch flavour together to help people manifest the results they seek?

Pull up a virtual chair and have Tea by the Cauldron!

Flower Essences & Essential Oils

Australian – busch fuschia – throat chakra, communication; dog rose – increases confidence in yourself; Five Corners – increases joy, love, acceptance ; Little Flannel Flower – tap into inner child, making creativity more playful

Bach Flowers – Rock Water – expression & flexibility , Wild Rose – apathy , Aspen – fear of the unknown, Pine – taking creative risks

Essential Oils – Citrus esp Wild or Sweet Orange, Lemon or Lime

The Season of You: Self-Care Holiday Gift Bundle* – digital gifts including meditation, prompts, recipes, a scavenger hunt and more from some of my creative colleagues! Perfect for women who do “too much” — you or someone else you love.

Sounds True* is my go-to resource for guided meditations, self-care resources, tools, trainings, books, and music for meditation and yoga. They also produce one of all-time favorite podcasts, Insights from the Edge, and I look forward to their annual holiday sale to stock up on my listening & reading for the year! That sale is NOW through December 22, 2017.* 

Items in my cart (and recommendations) include: 

Zoo Zen and Yoga Bug book bundle (for children’s yoga)

Awakening Through Sound with Chloe Goodchilde (audio training)

Self-Compassion Step-by-Step with Kristin Neff (audio training)

Room to Breathe with Sharon Salzbergy (guided meditation & home retreat)

Music as Medicine with Nawang Khechog (music Tibetan flute & Native American rhythms)

and ANYTHING by Pema Chodron

*This is an affiliate link, meaning that if you order one (or more) The Creative Impostor will get a thank you bonus from the creators. You support me, I support them, they support you!

NEW! 2018 Creative Collective Studio Memberships available in Chicago AND globally.

You do NOT have to do this alone.

The Creative Impostor Magic page! Get a special gift from Andrea here.

Power Your Story — Created by my high school student podcast mentees!!! Their Thanksgiving Special episode comes out Wednesday 11/22! Subscribe in your favorite podcast app to be the first to get it.

“I actually think if you don’t have that [impostor] feeling, then you’re not doing the right thing.”~Samantha Mant

Connect with Samantha

The Holistic Branch Website
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

Connect with Andrea

Website
Facebook
Instagram

Podcast Envy: Podcast Launch, Craft & Coaching Services
Chicago Women’s Creative Collective

Support the Creative Impostor

Andrea’s Patreon Page — where you can support the show, get cool gifts from me and can become an active participant in the creative community!

Free Audio Book & 30 day trial membership with Audible.com (support The Creative Impostor when you sign up!)

About Samantha Mant

“I’m a self-proclaimed witch, I’m a naturopath, I’m a feminist, I’m a vegan — I kind of tick all the internet’s taboo boxes.” ~Samantha Mant

The Holistic Branch is run by Samantha Mant, a Naturopath & Intuitive Healer, with 17 years experience.

She is also a Writer, Witch, and facilitator of a Facebook community (The Holistic Branch Cauldron) open to all who walk a magickal healing path.

Samantha is on a soul-powered mission to help cultivate a world in which every person trusts their intuition to heal themselves, honour their body and support their own healing journey.


This episode was mixed by Edwin R. Ruiz of Mondo Machine.
The Creative Impostor theme music was created by JoVia Armstrong.


I’d LOVE to hear from you!

If you’re listening in Apple Podcasts, PLEASE subscribe and leave a review. It’s how Apple decides which shows people find when they are searching for specific topics like this one.

052: Discover your magic, Tonya Gonzalez, Tarot Life Coach, Woo Woo Witchcraft

“Women are ready to speak their voices, raise their voices, lift their voices because we’ve been quiet for too long. We are ready stop the destruction of the world. We’re ready to heal these conversations around money and finances. We’re ready to heal these conversations about having your period. It is a part of our life. Please deal with it… look at it, understand it. It’s not going away.” ~Tonya Gonzalez

Take off the impostor mask, show your true self…

I’ve been following Tonya Gonzalez on social media for a while — connected by a mutual friend, both in life and in spirit, we are definitely fans of each other’s crafts!

Tonya calls herself a tarot life coach, using her psychic gifts, tarot cards, crystals, essential oils, incantations and spells to support her coaching practice and clients. In this episode, she tells the incredible story of how she went from bussing and waiting tables at a restaurant in Key West, to being voted the #3 psychic in the world on a hit reality TV show in Kiev, Ukraine.

Tonya even does a LIVE tarot reading for me about money — a perfect segue to her new book, “The Little Book of Woo Woo: Prayers, Incantations & Spells for Loot, Love & Life.”

“Prayer really works. Prayer heals. Prayer is a salve. Prayer has been my teacher and my guidance through every adventure I’ve had. Prayer has been how I’ve traveled all over the world.” ~Tonya Gonzalez

Resources & Links

“The Little Book of Woo Woo”

Tonya’s program “Divine With Me” Tarot Lessons + Intuition Development + Spiritual Practice.

“The School of Bewitchery” Membership, Mastermind & Mentoring.

Learn to “Use Your Magic”. DIY Lessons, Rituals & Spells for Everyday Magic!

The Creative Impostor Magic page! Get a special gift from Andrea here.

Power Your Story — Created by my high school student podcast mentees!!!

“I believe that all women are brujas and witches… we are the reincarnated women that were burned at the stake… we remember being burned for our power. That’s why it is so important to empower ourselves. That’s why Mama Earth is awakening now because she’s done with the impostor of the patriarchy running things because before it was the Goddess.”~Tonya Gonzalez

Connect with Tonya

TarotLifeCoach.com
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

Connect with Andrea

Website
Facebook
Instagram

Podcast Envy: Podcast Launch, Craft & Coaching Services
Chicago Women’s Creative Collective

Support the Creative Impostor

Andrea’s Patreon Page — where you can support the show, get cool gifts from me and can become an active participant in the creative community!

Free Audio Book & 30 day trial membership with Audible.com (support The Creative Impostor when you sign up!)

About Tonya Gonzalez

“I went from coffee shop in 2009 when I first came out with my brand… to TV star in Europe in three years.” ~Tonya Gonzalez

With over two decades of study, Tonya Gonzalez brings you her gifts of clairvoyance, mediumship, energy healing and crystal therapy. All with her beloved Tarot and oracle cards, intuitive gifts & divine guidance.

Tonya has been voted #3 Psychic in the World. She is a Tarot Expert, International Bestselling Author, Spiritual Teacher and Priestess.

She is growing the Woo Woo Witchcraft brand & products, teaching in “The School of Bewitchery” and developing an Oracle & Tarot Decks. Tonya offers confidential, intuitive life and spiritual counseling.

She currently lives in central Mexico with her husband, Artist & Tarot Deck Co-Creator, Guillermo Gonzalez, her daughter, Miana Melendez and their four cats.


This episode was mixed by Edwin R. Ruiz of Mondo Machine.
The Creative Impostor theme music was created by JoVia Armstrong.


I’d LOVE to hear from you!

If you’re listening in Apple Podcasts, PLEASE subscribe and leave a review. It’s how Apple decides which shows people find when they are searching for specific topics like this one.

043: Have your ice cream first, Ruth Humphreys

“If I start the day with my inner child playful activities, I’m a lot more productive, I’ve been able to entertain my inner child so I can later on get on with the ‘work’ and also I’m more joyful and then other things come from that as well.” ~Ruth Humphreys

Just hit “play” and start your day…

What did you LOVE to do as a child? Something that you could do all day and it would be as if time stood still…

Ruth Humphreys, former librarian, is a storyteller for children and a coach for grown-ups who want to find their playful mission in life through connection with your inner child. This phrase, inner child, typically would make me roll my eyes, but in this case, I’m inspired and energized by Ruth’s imaginative approach to re-discovering wonder!

“When children are playing, they’re processing emotions — they’re processing what’s going on… and as adults we’re the same… it’s very therapeutic.” ~Ruth Humphreys

Connect with Ruth

On the Web
Wonder Led Leaders Circle on FB

Ruth on Facebook
Instagram

Ruth’s Ice Cream Video 

Ruth’s Inner Child Morning Music Playlist

Connect with Andrea

Facebook
Instagram
Chicago Women’s Creative Collective

Resources & Links

The Creative Impostor Magic page! Get a special gift from Andrea here.

Support the Creative Impostor

Andrea’s Patreon Page — where you can support the show, get cool gifts from me and can become an active participant in the creative community!

Free Audio Book & 30 day trial membership with Audible.com (support The Creative Impostor when you sign up!)

“We come into this world knowing who we are and what we’ve come here to do.” ~Ruth Humphreys, on the time in our life BEFORE impostor feelings begin to set in

About Ruth

Ruth Humphreys is a storyteller, inner child Wonder Shop leader and facilitator of play, curiosity and courage for kids and inner kids.

The Wonder Led Leaders Circle is a safe and nurturing space to help us connect with and listen to our inner child. The inner child which loves to play, has so much wisdom to impart and is hidden under the adult bit.

This circle is a playful and sacred space to share what you loved to do as a child and explore joyful and magical ways to find the essence of these activities to nurture and bring more of what lights you up into your life.

We share playful suggestions, reminders to look at the world in the eyes of wonder and support each other in being courageous in our creativity”

“When we play, we relax, so the more playful we can be, the more we can relax.” ~Ruth Humphreys


This episode was mixed by Edwin R. Ruiz of Mondo Machine.
The Creative Impostor theme music was created by JoVia Armstrong.


I’d LOVE to hear from you!

If you’re listening in Apple Podcasts, PLEASE subscribe and leave a review. It’s how Apple decides which shows people find when they are searching for specific topics like this one.

034: Step into your power with tarot, Charlotte Elea of Dream Intuition

“The power that I am craving, the leadership that I am craving externally to me — I am not going to find that in somebody else. I need to find that within myself.” ~Charlotte Elea, on intuitive leadership (and politics)

Remove the intimidation for yourself and transform it into an opportunity to play…

Charlotte Elea has been my tarot muse since January of 2017. Her playful approach to using tarot and oracle cards, as well as dreams and meditation, to learn to hear and trust your own intuition has really taken my practice, my teaching and my creative work in a new direction. It’s fun AND it’s deep.

Resources & Links…

Charlotte’s Exclusive Daily Tarot Package for The Creative Impostor Community! – Includes e-course, your own tarot deck in the mail AND a 30min intuitive session with Charlotte. Get the details & book here.

Isabelle Rizo’s Singularity Circle (where Charlotte and I met) – learn how use your story to step into visionary leadership and get the 5 day storytelling challenge. Tell Isabelle I sent you.

Podcast Envy Learn 5 ways to grow your reach with podcasting and maybe even launch your own podcast.

Andrea’s Patreon Page — where you can support the show, get cool gifts from me and can become an active participant in the creative community!

Free Audio Book & 30 day trial membership with Audible.com (support The Creative Impostor when you sign up!)

Andrea’s Facebook Group – The Creative Impostor

Chicago Offline Community – Chicago Women’s Creative Collective

“The Impostor says, ‘Who am I to do this?’ And then my radical, embodied, authentic, Self says, “Who AREN’T you to do this? You HAVE to do this. This is the time.” ~Charlotte Elea

Charlotte Elea

Intuitive Counselor & Self-Discovery Coach

I guide my clients toward developing their intuitive strengths and listening to their inner wisdom, through tools of intuitive discovery like Tarot, dreams, writing, guided meditation, symbols, archetypes and totems. I am most passionate about facilitating inquiries, connections and discoveries that alchemize growth, healing and transformation, and I am a skilled catalyst for creating breakthroughs of the highest self. I offer sacred group circles and individual intuitive sessions, working from a foundation in psychology, alchemy, counseling principles, symbolism, Jungian archetypes and earth-based spirituality. I have been reading Tarot and analyzing dreams for myself and others for over sixteen years. Learn more about Charlotte…


This episode was mixed by Edwin R. Ruiz of Mondo Machine.
The Creative Impostor theme music was created by JoVia Armstrong.


I’d LOVE to hear from you!

If you’re listening in iTunes, PLEASE leave a review. It’s how iTunes decides which shows people find when they are searching for specific topics like this one.

029: New Year Alternatives (resolution-free!)

“It’s safe and OK for you to relax and take in that all those things that happened, they’re over and you don’t have to be stuck there. ” ~from How to Wrap Up Loose Ends of 2016 and Start the New Year Fresh! By Tapas Fleming, Founder TAT®

I declare that I DISLIKE New Year’s resolutions.

And I dislike the pervasive marketing message “New Year, New You” even MORE! What was wrong with the OLD me???

What I DO like is opportunities to be reflective, fresh starts, setting intentions and creating visions.

I like getting really quiet and listening to my own inner wisdom guide voice, taking a deep breath and taking a step in a new direction.

I have some favorite New Year rituals that have replaced resolutions (that never really seem to stick anyway). And because one of the themes of The Creative Impostor is community, I decided to crowdsource some new new year rituals and exercises share with you and shake things up for 2017.

My Favorite Ritual: Gratitude 108

 

  1. Take a sheet of paper or your journal and number it from 1 to 108.
    Or better yet, get a preprinted sheet here (because it takes a long time to write 108 numbers)!
  2. Write down (without stopping) 108 things for which you are grateful. It’s just like a mad-lib full of nouns: could be people, places, things, ideas, experiences — just keep writing until you reach 108. If you get stuck, just think of any small thing that has touched you in the year. And when you reach the end, sit quietly, take a few deep breaths and notice how you feel.

 

How to Wrap Up Loose Ends
& Start the New Year Fresh!
Recommended by Ellen Katz from Episode 010

 

Ellen Katz, psychotherapist, musician, teacher and healer who was featured waaaaay back on episode 10 of The Creative Impostor recommends the following ritual from Tapas Fleming, Founder of TAT, a technique based in acupressure. 

  1. Begin with TAT pose (pictured): Lightly place the thumb and ring finger just above the upper, inner corner of each eye and the middle finger just between and above the level of your eyebrows. Place your other hand centered at the base of the head with the thumb just above the hairline.
  2. And then say the following out loud:

This is on behalf of all who’d like to benefit.

I love and accept you just the way you are right now.

I know and understand that things happened that led up to your being the way you are right now.

It’s safe and OK for you to relax and take in that all those things that happened.

They’re over and you don’t have to be stuck there.

You don’t have to keep your energy or attention focused there.

Thanks for everything you did for me.

I invite you to join me in the here and now, to relax and live a happy life.

I forgive everyone who hurt me related to this and wish you love, happiness and peace.

I apologize to everyone I hurt related to this and wish you love, happiness and peace.

3. Select and write down whatever you’d love to be, have or do in the coming year and say this out loud 3 times to yourself while holding the same TAT position.

 

Heart Quest Meditation
Featuring Lysa Black from Episode 028

 

I know sometimes that when I think about “what we want to manifest” in the New Year, it can get a little foggy or there are so many things competing for my mind’s attention — or I realize the thing I want isn’t really the thing I want.

To connect with your heart’s deepest desire, check out the Heart Quest Meditation from heart healer Lysa Black!

In this 34 minute guided meditation, Lysa will help you:

  1. Call forward your most powerful lesson of the year ending
  2. Clear the energy, experiences, people of the past 
  3. Ground into the heart to find keeper of sacred desires. 

Lysa’s voice is so soothing and gentle you can’t help but melt into a deeper awareness about what it is you truly want in the new year.

Sacred Intention Challenge (starts January 3rd)
Featuring Charlotte Elea

Another way to get very clear on what you want in the new year is to set intentions.

Charlotte Elea is a member of a creative entrepreneurial mastermind I’m a part of called the Singularity Circle (helmed by Isabelle Rizo from Episode 026). Charlotte is an intuitive counselor and self-discovery coach who uses tarot, among other things to guide you toward developing your own intuitive strengths.

Charlotte specifies that an Intention is NOT a resolution and it is not a plan!

The difference is…

Resolutions are guided by surface level, ego-driven desires. Plans are driven by our busy, get-it-done cognitive brains. Intentions align your highest self with the potential of what you can manifest. Intentions tap into your soul’s desire to grow and evolve.

Charlotte is offering a FREE 6-day challenge for YOU that starts January 3rd that will walk you through the steps to create an intention that aligns your body, mind, heart, soul and spirit. You’ll create your intention from the inside out, diving deep to discover what you truly desire to manifest, so that you can begin taking aligned actions towards creating an amazing 2017. You’ll need your own Tarot deck so check out Charlotte’s list of recommendations! 

 

Reschedule Your New Year Resolutions!
Featuring Ruth Humphreys

 

Ruth Humprhreys — storyteller, presenter & coach of Magic Carpet Storytelling for Children and your INNER CHILD based in the UK— suggests that maybe January isn’t the right time at all for New Year’s Resolutions! Ruth writes on her blog…

Instead of starting New Years in January, consider starting these in March or April, do it at the same time as it feels natural to do spring cleaning. The Spring equinox would be good time to take advantage of the new energy.

If you feel you can wait until autumn or  even better want to give your Spring Equinox resolutions a boost, another good time to make ‘New year’s resolutions’ is actually the beginning of September. The association of the beginning of the new term for school or university means that this time brings a new energy years after we have left the classroom.

Ruth does recommend to make January “Joyous January” and find simple, inexpensive ways to “treat yourself in January to start the new year how you wish it go on.”

So however you decide to enjoy the holiday, be kind to yourself, consider who, what and how you’d like to be — don’t set yourself up for failure and disappointment!

And do check out all these wonderful visionaries featured in this episode!

Resources, Links & more!

Sponsored Partners

This episode is sponsored by Betsy Bash, a social media agency who can help make you the talk of the town (in a good way!)

betsy-bash-logo-copyCEO Lauren Ramsey is generously offering FREE 30min strategy consultations (for a limited time) for listeners of The Creative Impostor Podcast.

Book your call with Lauren here!

 


This episode was mixed by Edwin R. Ruiz of Mondo Machine.
The Creative Impostor theme music was created by JoVia Armstrong.


I’d love to hear from you!

If you’re listening in iTunes, PLEASE leave a review. It’s how iTunes decides which shows people find when they are searching for specific topics like this one.