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INSPIRATION & GROWTH 12 Steps to Health & Happiness, Part 1 A Tree in the Storm Are You Connecting? First Impressions are Intuitive Create Your Own Sunshine The Dark Fairy He Never Saw The Dragon The Transition

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COACHING AND BUSINESS TOOLS How to Make Good Decisions Every Time


FEED YOUR SPIRIT Now That’s Entertainment


PUBLISHERS Natalie Rivera Joeel A. Rivera, M.Ed.

EDITOR Lisa Cedrone

CONTRIBUTORS Rena Greenberg, Arielle Giordano, Linda Commito, Kate Pennell, Owen Waters, Terez Hartmann, Monica Canducci, Jo Mooy, Gregg Sanderson, Mary Boutieller,

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12 Steps to Health & Happiness, Part 1


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By Rena Greenberg At a young age, I got sick, and I don’t mean slightly ill—I was literally facing death. As I desperately clung to life, I set a goal for myself that I have never turned back on: to find health and live my best life. Over the decades that have followed, I’ve been on a conscious journey towards seeking well-being—mental, physical, and emotional health. Through a lot of trial and error, I have come up with 12 steps that are essential toward that end. In addition to using my own life experience, I’ve had the pleasure of working with more than 100,000 people, and I’ve also learned from their ups and downs in the quest for health and happiness. From all of this experience, a general theme has emerged: Life is a constant series of choices that ultimately boil down to one decision to be made in every moment. Are we choosing life/health/love/goodness or are we selecting, either overtly or by default, pain/negativity/fear/evil? These are the 12 steps that I have developed over time to help you live your best life. The goal is not perfection but getting closer and closer to living a life where you are most connected to your authentic self, comfortable and happy in your own skin, feeling fully alive, and saying yes to life! Part 1 of this article outlines the first six steps to make the choice easier. The next six steps will appear in the November, 2019 issue. 5

1. LIFT YOUR VIBRATION We are made up of energy and highly sensitive to it. Often, we forget this basic fact of life. Our moods generally are not arbitrary. Either we are being uplifted by our choices in thought, word, and action or we are being brought down. We are either surrounding ourselves with positive energy or we are putting ourselves in an environment where the vibration low. Vibrations are “catchy,” as we tend to be porous to some degree. Notice that when you are in the midst of an ecstatic crowd of sports fans or at a rock concert or even in the company of someone who just had a great life fortune (such as birthing a new baby, falling in love, or winning the lottery) you automatically find yourself feeling uplifted. By the same token, when you are around a negative, depressed person (who may even be you!), you can’t help but begin to feel tired, worn out, and possibly even hopeless. Step one is making a conscious decision to lift your own vibration with your choice of thoughts, words, and actions.

2. PRACTICE AWARENESS, SELF-REFLECTION, AND HONESTY How can we lift our vibration when we don’t even know that it’s down? How can we improve our life when we are unaware of our own energy and its impact on the people around us? It takes great humility to look at ourselves honestly. It is not necessary to ruthlessly berate ourselves, but it is essential that we assess our own strengths and weaknesses with honesty and courage. If you don’t admit that you are carrying within yourself a chunk of anger, resentment, hatred or envy, how can you possibly release it? Criticizing yourself for small flaws such as saying or doing the wrong thing isn’t going to create the kind of lasting change that can transform your life. However, observing yourself with honesty—without condemnation—can prove to be incredibly helpful in producing such a transformation. Here’s why: If your goal is to live your best life, you need to see what’s holding you back. Perhaps you turn people off because your energy is invasive or offensive. Maybe you have the habit of isolating yourself or, towards the opposite extreme, spreading yourself out to thin. It’s possible that you are expending too much of your


precious life force energy talking or running around. Or, alternately, you may be clamping down your creativity by wasting oodles of time in front of the television or on your computer. Without awareness, you have absolutely no control over your life and your destiny. It’s easy to want to avoid awareness because you don’t want to feel bad about yourself. Realize, on the other hand, that you have the power to change what is in your awareness. One of the keys in this step is noticing your own identifications. Do you identify yourself as someone who is lazy, weak-willed or strong-willed? Do these labels serve you? For example, if your goal is to be at a healthy weight, but your self-talk insists that you hate to plan ahead, cook, and prepare healthy meals, how is that useful to you? If you want to succeed in reaching your goal, you must drop that identity the way you would drop an old, worn out piece of clothing and realize it’s just a story you’ve adopted about yourself. Character traits can seem like they are carved in stone but, in reality, most of them are just habitual tendencies. With motivation, you can shape your character by reclaiming your lost inner resources and remembering that you are so much more than you think you are. Who you are is not lazy, hopeless, unhappy, obsessive, angry, anxious or poor, but those adjectives may describe your behavior and your life circumstances in the moment. Shed old, unwanted identities by deciding to do so. Remember that even though those character traits may exist, each one is only part of the story and you are so much more. Reclaim your life and start heading towards your best possible outcome or destiny.


So many people choose to give their deepest love to animals. This is not surprising because the beautiful gift that many of our pets give us is the experience of absolute, unconditional love. Pets seem to respond to our highest, best selves, and never reflect back to us parts of ourselves that we wish to disown or ignore. We can receive this same wonderful gift when we open our hearts to other people. It also provides the opportunity to witness repressed parts of ourselves based on our own reactions to them, and incredible love then comes back to us. What’s interesting is that this love doesn’t

always get returned from the one to whom we are directing our affection—but it does always come back, in one way or another. Just the act of being open and approaching life with a pure, open heart, invites beauty and goodness into your life. When you are strong enough to let go of calculated measures about who you give your adoration to and in what amount, you are able to connect to the unconditional love that is deep within all of us. This leads to greater happiness, regardless of the outcome of any single relationship you may be in pursuit of in the physical world.

“Love cures people—both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.” —Karl A. Menninger

4. RELEASE AND FORGIVE DAILY What prevents us from maintaining an open heart and giving the love at our core freely is the constant insults we shower on ourselves. The more we analyze life, the more we come to see that it isn’t fair; often we cannot understand why things happen as they do. This realization and acceptance is one of the keys to happiness. We want to be loved and appreciated, and we want our mistakes overlooked. How can we ensure that our mistakes will be overlooked? We can’t, but we can begin to forgive the mistakes of others. Often, this can very challenging because the analytical mind tells us that the other person’s behavior is unforgivable. We tell ourselves that we would never do what the other person did. While this may be true, we often overlook the fact that we have done other things, either now or in the past, that were equally hurtful to someone else. It’s so easy to judge and condemn others, but it can be quite humbling to realize that the forgiveness we are being asked to give is in reality the forgiveness that we ourselves are seeking. To release is to gain freedom. Try working with this affirmation:

“I forgive you. I release you, I set you free, and I am free.” Make it a daily practice to let go of everything that is bugging you. If that seems difficult or even impossible, imagine the passage of time happening, in this moment.

Ask yourself, “How long does this event warrant me carrying it around with resentment and hostility?” Clear all your fear, anger, hurt, shame, and guilt by letting it wash off you, just as you rinse the dirt off your body on a daily basis in the shower, or dust off the furniture in your home. Since there is no distinct amount of time that is beneficial to carry around pain, the quicker you can let it go the healthier you will be. Fear, anger, and resentment create aging, illness, and disease. It doesn’t matter if these emotions are understandable based on your life circumstances. What matters is simply that you are carrying them and they are weighing you down (often literally). You can let them go, just by deciding to do. Remind yourself that, “Nothing means what I think it does,” and, “This too shall pass.” In the big picture of your life, remember constantly all the goodness and love that are directed your way and let that overshadow the disappointments. And stop looking for a cause. There never is any one cause or single person to blame. People treat you in less than loving ways because of their own emotional pain, fear, and anxiety. Give them the gift of forgiveness and open your heart to receive all the redemption that is here for you.

5. EXERCISE One of the most obvious ways to improve our health and stay youthful is to exercise. Physical exercise is not optional—it’s necessary for peak mental, physical, and emotional health. The key is making exercise part of our daily routine. We have to make it a habit. We don’t ask ourselves daily whether we feel like bathing or brushing our teeth, do we? When it comes to physical activity, chances are you expend too much

energy trying to decide whether you feel like exercising or not. Honestly, if your goal is to be healthy and happy, then exercise must be a part of your routine, even if sleeping in another hour feels more desirable in the moment. Here’s the great news. Like any other habit you acquire, once you start incorporating movement into your daily routine, you will crave it and look forward to it. It won’t feel right to skip it. The other terrific news is that exercise really can be fun. It may not be exciting every time, but in the big picture of your life, you can begin to look forward to movement in anticipation of reducing stress and releasing pent up feelings of physical and emotional constriction. There is such a variety of activities to choose from! Also, give yourself plan A and plan B. Find something you like to do. Perhaps it’s a sport you used to enjoy such as tennis, swimming, bicycling, or hiking. Make a commitment to move your body daily and you will see a great upswing in your health, energy, mood, and stamina.


What a detour dieting is! If your goal is health and happiness, I can only encourage you, no matter how long dieting and deprivation has been a lifestyle and an identity for you, to shed it. That’s right, just let it go. Most people who diet are not at a healthy weight, nor are they likely to have a healthy state of mind. Not being on a diet, however, doesn’t mean eating whatever we want whenever we want, until our taste for food changes. Once that happens, we really can eat whatever we want, whenever we want, because at that point, we will actually crave healthy food.

When you select healthy food consistently, by choice, you just don’t even want the junk anymore. It starts to look extremely unappealing. That’s the gift that awaits you! Freedom is being completely turned off to harmful, toxic, processed foods that suck the life force right out of you. You may recognize these foods because you see them on commercials, being touted by beautiful, thin, seemingly happy people. These people are drinking soda or beer, eating fast food, junk food and fried food, and seem to be no worse for it. Welcome to the world of mass hypnosis! Processed junk food; greasy, oily food; and sugar in all forms make you sick in body, mind, and spirit, over time. You didn’t develop bad eating habits overnight, and that’s why it takes time to get out of an unhealthy lifestyle which is comprised of unhealthy habits like eating when you are not hungry or stuffing your problems with food. The basic rules of healthy eating are: Eat only when you are physically hungry; eat only real, whole, clean, unprocessed food, from the earth; plan ahead. It’s eat to live, not live to eat! Every food has a vibration that either uplifts you or brings you down. It’s not about calories or points. Some of the foods with the lowest number of points or calories are just as toxic to your body as a 500-calorie hot fudge sundae or plate of barbecued ribs. Think health, energy and vitality! Choose your food wisely based on asking yourself, “How will this food sustain me and nourish me over time?” “Will this food satisfy me or will it cause me to crave more sugar, in one form or another, either immediately or long-term?” Make decisions about what you are going to eat with consciousness, mindfulness, and awareness.

Love Life, Live Happy, Live Healthy with Rena Greenberg Rena Greenberg, a Hay House author, can be reached at Her weight loss and gastric bypass hypnosis success has been featured in 150-plus news stories including USA Today, Woman’s World, The Doctor’s, CNN, Good Morning America and Nightline. PBS stations nationally aired Rena’s show, “Easy Willpower,” in August 2015. Her wellness program is sponsored in 75 hospitals and 100-plus corporations. She conducts hypnotherapy sessions with people all over the world on Skype.


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A Tree in the Storm

Life’s challenges can help us strengthen our spiritual roots and expand our consciousness. By Arielle Giordano Storms happen, and often we can find a tree in the midst of it all that remains strong. It does not waiver or resist in its beingness and consciousness. The wind and rain whirl and twirl around the tree, and it loses branches and limbs, but the storm serves a purpose by showing the tree its weaknesses. The energy of the tree is grounded down in its roots and, in time, the roots become storm-resistant, and the tree evolves and becomes stronger. Life brings opportunities and challenges that are difficult. The difficulties put pressure on us—just as a storm

challenges the tree—but this force can help us to go deeper into our own beingness. The pressure can be used in a productive way to keep our hearts open, rather than to make us react, defend, or get angry. When we follow the truth in our hearts, we see our life and ourselves in a different way, and this vision offers a new perspective. It is like having a new lens to look through—and you are not only seeing differently, you are also thinking differently. The result is attaining a higher level of consciousness that can help you strengthen your own essence. Recently, I was engaged in a “he said-she said” argument. Both of us

pointed the finger at each other and, of course, wanted to be right. I said I was not going to tolerate his actions, and he said I badgered him. I closed my heart and was angry. My personal wants and needs for my husband to “be different” pushed me to remain in my negative thoughts and feelings. But as soon as I got a glimpse of the truth in my heart, a shift happened; I opened up, and I began to know and see differently. When we release personal desires, emotions, self-will, and actions we have the opportunity to strengthen our spiritual roots, planting the seeds for a happy future in higher consciousness.

Dancing from the Inside Out with Arielle Giordano Transformational Life Coach Award-Winning Author & Speaker, Professional Dancer. Arielle’s Award-Winning book for Best Self-Help Award: Dancing With Your Story From The Inside is available on Her professional career includes the Lead Faculty Area Chairperson and Professor for the College of Humanities, History and the Arts at the University of Phoenix. She is a published co-author of Transform Your Life Books 1 & 2 and author for Tampa Bay Wellness, Conscious Shift & Transformation magazine. She has published her 4th book, an Instructor’s Manual for Barlow Abnormal Psychology 4th ed. and authored Psychology, A Journey 3rd.ed. Study Guide published by Nelson Education, Toronto, ON. She has also studied philosophy at the College of Integrated Philosophy with John DeRuiter for twenty years. Arielle has been a featured guest on radio and television, in newspapers, and the media across the US and Canada. She is a certified Essentrics Stretch and Dance Instructor. Arielle offers coaching sessions, classes and workshops and a free 30-minute Consultation. Websites:, Email:



Are You Connecting?

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Is the smart phone really so smart that we allow it to prioritize who is most deserving of our attention? By Linda Commito Have you seen the television commercial where a man is interviewing kids and asks them, “Is it better to do two things at once or one?” Kids answer with a resounding, “Two!” This cell phone provider would have you believe that surfing and talking are better than doing just one at a time. But is that true? When others are more concerned with grabbing their ringing cell phone than finishing their conversation with you, or they leave you hanging in midsentence to see who just texted them, it’s hard to feel valued. How about when you’re talking to someone on the phone and you know they’re surfing the Internet at the same time? Are you as apt to have a meaningful conversation when you’re aware that another distraction could disrupt it at any moment? Is the smart phone really so smart that we allow it to prioritize who is most deserving of our attention? In a tech-driven world where we connect more quickly and over greater distances, why are so many people feeling less connected, more separate and lonely? We may be convinced that we’re more “connected” than ever, but our hearts are saying otherwise. We’re sending lots of messages, but they don’t always convey the most important one: “I care about you!” My hairstylist has a sign in his salon window: “You matter!” As soon as you walk in the door you know by his greeting that you do. As a client, you get to sit in the only barber’s chair and be truly listened to about what’s going on in your life, what’s important to you. He always has people waiting for appointments, and I suspect that it’s his gift of presence and engagement that keeps people coming back. Why is it such a rare and remarkable experience? I grew up in the environment of my dad’s variety store, where people from all walks of life came in daily for coffee, conversation, and connection. It was a

friendly gathering place, a tradition that my family kept going for over 50 years. There were no cell phones then. People talked to each other. Today, we see couples or group of friends out to dinner texting rather than conversing. A friend’s daughter chooses not to go out at night because she feels she can touch base with more friends by being online. What are we afraid of missing? The other day a friend noticed a mom with her six-year-old daughter out for dinner. The daughter sat and ate in silence while her mom spent the entire time surfing the Internet. Another friend of mine, Transformation Coaching author and spiritual teacher Jo Mooy, once wrote about witnessing a three-year-old girl at a festival trying to get her dad to look at her drawing, but he was too busy surfing online and talking. Would these children have said it was better to do two things at once, when they were obviously not part of the equation? It reminds me of Harry Chapin’s song Cat’s in the Cradle, a poignant story of a father and son who miss important moments throughout each other’s lives saying, “We’ll get together then...” But “then” never comes. Will we be feeling the same remorse years from now, when we’re thinking about our children, parents, or friends whose lives we missed out on? How are you experiencing personal connections these days? When was the last time you had a conversation and weren’t doing something else? Now don’t get me wrong. I love today’s instant access to music, videos, terabytes of information, and the ability to communicate with friends across the miles, but nothing can take the place of being in the presence of someone I love—to listen to them and to let them know, “I care about you. You matter.” In the end, these are the moments, the quality connections that we’ll remember. Let’s make them good ones!

Love is the New Currency with Linda Commito Linda Commito, author, speaker, entrepreneur, consultant and teacher, is passionate about her vision to leave this world a kinder, more compassionate and interconnected place. Her award-winning book of inspirational stories, Love is the New Currency, demonstrates how we can each make a positive difference in the lives of others through simple acts of love and kindness. Visit for more information and/or to sign up for an uplifting monthly newsletter. Read about everyday acts of kindness on Linda believes that in order to inspire a kinder world the place to start is with children. She volunteered at a Title One elementary school, working with over 500 students, to create and facilitate “Kindness Starts with Me,» a program which includes a website ( and a book for children.


How to Make Good Decisions Every Time


Regardless of which decisions we make, we can create wins for ourselves. By Kate Maria Pennell The common view of decisions is that there is a “right” and “wrong” way to go. Therefore, there has to be a right and a wrong decision. We then load our decision making process with stress and fear, which commonly shows up as procrastination/over thinking before the decision, and worry and second-guessing afterwards. This can create a phenomenal amount of inner (negative) chatter and costs us highly in regards to our energy and peace. Thank goodness there is another way!


“We’re afraid that the wrong decision will deprive us of something—money, friends, lovers, status, or whatever the right decision is supposed to bring us.” Renowned psychologist and author Susan Jeffers presents us with a “No-Lose” model—the idea that whichever path we choose has things to offer us for our good. I dare you to pause and think about that for a moment: regardless of which decisions we make, we can create wins for ourselves. I’ll be honest, it took me some time to ruminate on that one. When I dared to believe that it was possible, the weight that lifted off me was incredible. The points of the model are as follows:

1. “I can’t lose—regardless of the outcome of the decision I make.”

gives me.” That combined with the belief that you can handle anything is a powerful place to start! Yet both of these beliefs are the opposite of what most of us have been taught to embrace. How many times did our parents, caregivers, and teachers tell us to “be careful” or spell out the dire consequences of not getting something right? The real consequence is the fact that if we internalize these beliefs they will drive our actions, causing us to make our decisions from a place of fear. I wonder if a truly positive outcome can come about from a negative decision-making process. How different would it be for us to truly believe that we can handle anything? And that the world is a place not of scarcity but of opportunity?

2. Do your homework and make connections.

Talk to people who know about the situation you want to step into. Use the power of intention to create what you want. No one is asking you to kiss your brains goodbye and just believe everything will be lovely. We live in an age where connections and information are at our fingertips. Brian Pennie has succeeded in interviewing some of the most successful people in his country. How? By asking, he emailed them!

“If you don’t ask, the answer will always be no.”

The No-Lose model starts us off with His attitude is that if we don’t try, we this belief: “The world is a place for opportu- don’t know, and we certainly won’t create nity, and I look forward to the ­opportunities the life we want. It’s only our fear that holds for learning and growing that either path us back from trying.


If we reach out to someone on LinkedIn, for example, they may say no or ignore us. So what, there are other people willing to answer our questions about what they do and how they got there. When we are i­nformed, we can weigh the information and opinions, we can evaluate something and hold it up against our situation to compare it. Consider your options intelligently and in an informed way. Greg McKeown’s Essentialism practice of making one well-considered decision, so that you don’t need to make a hundred others, happens right here.

3. Establish your priorities.

When we have our vision clear before us, when we are in touch with what we want and who we want to be, we can ensure our decisions are in alignment. As a coach, this is why I spend time with clients asking about their “why.” Our “why” acts as a magnet drawing us toward our goals. When everything looks less peachy, it is also what keeps us going. When we understand what it is about our goals and dreams that is important to us, we have our reason to act on them—our why.

Knowing who we want to be and what we want enables us to make a decision from that standpoint. For example, recently I was wondering whether to start ­publishing

my creative writing. As a creative coach who supports others as they expand their creative comfort zone, it made perfect sense to me to do the same for myself.

4. Trust your intuition.

It may sound crazy to trust our intuition but sometimes our inner selves know what we want and our rational mind (ego) rejects it. Sometimes it isn’t a case of making a decision. Rather it’s releasing a decision you have been connecting together in the background, and then choosing to agree with it.

Our subconcious mind loves to make connections. As information and ideas float around in the quantum space of our minds they collide and cohede, sparking and gathering momentum. The material of our decisions is often already aligned before our conscious mind is brought into play. These decisions are sometimes rejected by our conscious mind (ego), as they do not line up with the story we have been living to so far. The good news is that we can write on our own pages and decide our story.

5. The last point is: Lighten up!

We can learn to trust ourselves, and we can find benefits in every path we take. I take my decision and then walk the path, looking for what that path has for me. Looking back doesn’t serve me—that moment has gone, and I could miss out on what is right there in front of me.

We empower ourselves when we take responsibility for our decisions, and if things turn out other than how we thought they would, we can learn and move on. We can course-correct and create new opportunities for ourselves. Change your perspective and you can change your life. These are not difficult things to implement. However, they can go a long way to reduce feelings of mental stress and overload. They help create effective habits and environments that, in turn, help you to achieve what you want to see. Author’s Note: You can find out more about the No-Lose model in Susan Jeffer’s book Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway. It is well worth a read.

Permission to Launch with Kate Pennell

Kate Pennell, English and slightly geekish, is a coach and dream catalyst who lives in Spain with three kids, various furry creatures and a patient husband. She loves nature, creativity and seeing people discover what truly makes them come alive. Kate provides the people she works with permission to launch and helps them begin to fly as they were made to. She teaches, encourages and connects with fellow travellers across our global village. Find out more at



First Impressions are Intuitive

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When we meet people, we receive insights about the nature of their consciousness, such as their true emotional state. By Owen K Waters Whenever you step firmly into heart-centered consciousness, your awareness immediately becomes more connected to your inner source of intuition. Through intuition, you become aware of information about people, places, and events that springs from the essence of those people, places, and events. This information is not delivered through the outside senses, although it may unfold within you at the same time that you receive sensory information. While visual information relates only to the sense of sight, intuitive information includes much more. It includes all sensory information—sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste—and, in addition to that, the thoughts, feelings and memories that are relevant to the situation. First impressions are much more than visual; they are intuitive as well. When you are about to meet a person for the first time and you are approaching them, you will receive a

visual impression and your consciousness will also receive impressions about the nature of their consciousness, such as their true emotional state. That intuitive stream of information will come into your awareness alongside the visual stream and—if you are aware that it exists—you can add the intuitive information to your conscious impression of the person. Everyone receives this intuitive information stream unconsciously, but, for it to arrive in your conscious mind, you have to: 1) Be aware that it exists. 2) Be open to receiving it. The more you practice having openness to intuitive information, the more this ability will develop. Most people are not aware of their mental and emotional transmissions. In a crowd of people, these transmissions add together and there is as much mental noise as there is physical noise. As you become more in tune with your inner senses, you will find that, on some occasions, it’s better not

to access your intuitive information for a time, just to give yourself some peace from the volume of mental noise. At night, when you travel out-of-body in the spirit realms, communication is different than when you are awake in your physical body. The natural method of communication in your spirit body is to exchange information with others via thought. In the spirit world, people naturally know when to open for a communication and when to close down their thought transmissions again. There, you sense when a person “opens” to you and sends a mental greeting, or when they are “closed” and not ­offering any communication. The reception of such inner information is automatic, but the conscious mind misses this information feed when it is focused entirely upon the external world. Be more aware of your own intuitive information. Be open to it. Then, it will flow right into your conscious mind along with the visual information that your conscious mind is receiving.

Spiritual Dynamics with Owen K. Waters Owen is a cofounder of the Spiritual Dynamics Academy, where a where a free spiritual growth newsletter awaits you at: He is an international spiritual teacher who has helped hundreds of thousands of spiritual seekers to understand better the nature of their spiritual potential. Owen’s life has been focused upon gaining spiritual insights through extensive research and the development of his inner vision. For the past 12 years, he has written a spiritual metaphysics newsletter which empowers people to discover their own new vistas of inspiration, love and creativity. Spiritual seekers enjoy his writings for their insight and clarity.


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Create Your Own Sunshine



What if the storms of life are actually invitations to experience a higher and more consistent level of peace, joy, and freedom than you have ever tasted before? By Terez Hartmann Hurricane season is just coming to an end in “The Sunshine State,” and over the past two months, I started to wonder if we accidentally stepped into a portal that transported all of Florida to Seattle. Has the weather been influencing our mood or is our mood influencing the weather? Though this is an interesting brain-twister to contemplate, I soon realized that the most important questions to ask myself are: “How can I feel better now?” and “How can I create my own sunshine?” With this, below are some of the answers, insights, and processes I discovered that have (and are) helping me continue to create my own sunshine. While there is no one-sizefits-all formula for every individual or unique experience, it is my hope that these ideas serve as catalysts to help you find your OWN path to connecting with YOUR sunshine state.


First of all, if you are reading this article right now, know that you have already taken a step toward creating your own sunshine, and that congratulations are in order! Choosing to do whatever it takes to shift your focus when storms have been the order of the day really is one of


the most challenging things a human can do, so even being able to feel good for 5 minutes more a day really is a feat worth celebrating. Though I am always a proponent of ease and flow, when “negative” momentum has had the opportunity to really build to a category 5 storm level, it truly does take some effort to slow the wheel of funkiness down and start choosing a new direction. Think about it this way: You fell hard and managed to get a pretty big gash on your leg. You treat your wound and put a bandage on it to help it heal, but only a few days later you manage to rub your leg up against something and…Ouch! It hurts again, and colorful metaphors ensue. Has life turned against you and all hell, fire, and brimstone rained down upon your immortal soul? Uh, no. You just have a boo-boo that is still fresh, so when you rub up against it early on in the healing process, it still smarts a little; that’s all. End result: If you don’t get back to bliss in five seconds flat or maintain your new feel-good groove for as long as you would like, it really is both okay and normal. Give yourself a break, know that you are moving forward and that with each passing day, as you continue to make the courageous choice of doing the best you can to look for the light, the sun will shine again for you. What can you do to be kind and good to yourself right now?


While it is wonderful to celebrate the sunshine in whatever form it comes, there is a difference between celebrating it and clinging to it. At the same time, you cannot call the sun to you by cursing the rain.

There is always a purpose for the rain and storms of life, whether you recognize it in the moment or not, so the sooner you stop resisting the rain and decide to embrace it, the sooner you get to open yourself up to the gifts it has to share with you, including the sun that lays waiting for you behind the clouds. One of the greatest endowments of extended periods of rain or pain is that it helps you to recognize patterns of resistance, to reach a point that compels you to make new decisions, and to resolve that you are going

to find a way to feel good—no matter what. We humans have been reaching for greater and greater levels of personal freedom since the moment we opened our primordial eyes, so it is no accident that life continues to challenge us to stop basing our sense of happiness and self-worth on what happens “out there,” but to once and for all, live and love unconditionally… …For to be able to find that still, clear place within your own being that can and will sustain you through everything, without needing anyone or anything to validate you ever again, is truly the ultimate experience of personal freedom. And when you no longer need the sun to shine for you, have you noticed that this is when it does? Here comes the sun! What ideas or things can you focus upon that give you a sense of peace and well-being right now?

become apparent to let you know you are on the right track, and feel-good ideas begin wafting in. After sustaining this for a day or two, you also notice subtle changes in the world around you, that loose ends are starting to get tied and things are starting to move again. Rather than just chalk it up to luck, congratulate yourself for knowing that YOU did that, and milk every little victory every way you can!


Now that you’ve started to treat yourself with gentle loving care and focus upon the things that consistently raise your spirits, glimmers of light are starting to peek out! First they come in the form of happier, lighter feelings. Next, fun little “signs”

Take note of each sparkle of light as you notice it (note any and every good thing that happens for you) and keep a list of some kind each day. Reread it before bedtime and/or when you awaken the next day to remind yourself that you have already started creating positive momentum, and continue to add to this list daily. The more sunshine you find, the more the sun will continue to shine!

What glimmers of light did I experience today?


What if the storms of life are actually invitations to experience a higher and more consistent level of peace, joy, and freedom than you have ever tasted before? What if you, I, and all who are ready are actually being set up to embrace a whole new way of living and being that has the power to transform much of the world as we know it in remarkable ways? What if creating your own sunshine and connecting with a light without end really IS your true destiny after all?

Let the sun shine; let the sunshine in.

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ALLOWING YOUR SUCCESS with Terez “Firewoman” Hartmann

Terez “Firewoman” Hartmann,“Your catalyst for all things Fab-YOU-lous,” is the author of Allowing Your Success!, a proud contributing author of Transform Your Life! book one and two, a professional Keynote Speaker/Workshop Facilitator, Singer-Songwriter/Recording Artist, “Allowing Adventures!” & “Savor Vacation” Facilitator, and true ­Renaissance Woman, and Visionary. She keeps her fire lit by embracing and promoting a lifestyle of “Allowing,” and by using creative expression to elevate and ignite the human spirit, a passion that she shares with her husband, soul-mate and creative partner of over 15 years, John Victor Hartmann. Together they share “Allowing TRUE LOVE” workshops and experiences designed to help others attract, allow, and maintain extraordinary relationships, and create custom jingles and voice-overs in their studio, THE Creativity Express. Visit:


The Dark Fairy

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I love fairy tales because they often hide treasures of wisdom and secrets leading to the realization of our true Self. This is the reason why I open the doors of inspiration to fairy tales, too. “The Dark Fairy” is about the power of intentions, words, and beliefs. It’s amazing how any process can be interfered or supported by our intentions, words, and beliefs, and it’s even more amazing to notice how much a change in our attitude can produce miracles. “The Dark Fairy” is also about the miracle of transformation. It is one of the tales I published in my book The Faerie Code—A Guide to the Faerie Dimension and its Gifts, which is about the secret language of Fairies, which is the same language spoken and understood by the unconscious side of our mind. Whether you believe in the existence of Fairies or not, it doesn’t matter. May this tale inspire you and support you in your journey of transformation.

By Monica Canducci “They say Fairies are impalpable and sensitive beings who prefer to live in the woods—wherever there is vegetation they can take care of—because one of their functions is to follow all the delicate processes of generation and regeneration of plants, flowers, and trees. Fairies love to share their dances and their games with other Spirits of Nature that inhabit the Earth and the other Elements. In general, they are attracted to everything that is enjoyable and light, including thoughts, while they shun sad and dark atmospheres that weigh them down by removing their light and vitality. These Fairies that preside over vegetation are generally born during full Moon nights. When a ray of moonlight meets a drop of dew, it forms a cloud of opalescent steam that gets thicker until it becomes a sort of tiny flock, a soft and bright cocoon made of the most beautiful dreams— from which, with the first sunray, a new Fairy arises surrounded by her bright halo. One night, in the woods, just as the Moon was feeding the white cocoon with its rays—a cocoon in which a little Fairy was being created, constantly watched by the other Spirits of Nature—a huge black cloud, which completely obscured the Moon and its light, passed in the sky. It was not a cloud made of rain, lightning, and storm. It was a terrible cloud that, passing through the cities of ­humans, 24

had become saturated with anger, gas, and frenzy, with grudges and deafening noises, with the most dense and heavy emotions, and with violent thoughts. In two words, it was pure poison. At the passage of the cloud obscuring the Moon, the cocoon immediately began to shake, contract, and shrink, and its light began to weaken. In vain, Faeries, Elves, Gnomes, and Sprites tried to do all they could around the Fairy’s embryo. Such a thing had never happened before and nobody knew what to do. They could only wait for dawn. When dawn came, the cocoon, which was now like a lump of dry cobwebs, broke with the first sunray. ­Everyone held their breath, but when they saw the creature striving to come out of the cocoon, they couldn’t restrain a collective moan of horror. It was a shapeless and disturbing being, without defined contours, a dark Fairy— dense, wrinkled, and creased as they had never seen before—with her face and body marked by even darker furrows, that made her look like a withered fruit. Struck dumb by astonishment and fear, the creatures of the wood quickly stepped back, moving away from the newborn being. The Fairy sensed the cold and the distance, and became even more shapeless and dried. “She’s just ugly with those wrinkles,” murmured an Azure Fairy. And a few other furrows immediately appeared on the face of the Dark Fairy. “She’s so dark... And dense,” echoed another Fairy. And the poor Dark Fairy became darker and denser, and frowned. “She looks so awkward and too contorted to be a Fairy...” said a Gnome. And the Dark Fairy felt her legs becoming crooked, so she fell to the ground. She had just been born and could not understand what was happening to her, but it certainly wasn’t pleasant. “Moreover, look, she has no light, and plants will wither to her touch,” a Green Fairy shouted, alarming the entire community of the Woods. “And the seeds will not sprout,” another concluded. The Dark Fairy, who was confused, looked around as her gaze grew grimmer and grimmer and dimmer and dimmer. “A Fairy with this look can only be evil or bring bad luck,” quietly whispered a Gnome, but not quietly enough. The Dark Fairy turned her gaze to him and a large acorn fell from the oak above, hitting the Gnome right on his head. At that point there was a stampede. While some Gnomes helped the imprudent unlucky one, Fairies and Sprites gave themselves up to unpleasant remarks. “She does bring bad luck,” one said. “She herself is a misfortune for our community,” said someone else, and so on. The Dark Fairy felt pain everywhere as her body kept on withering and a pain in her chest grew ­stronger

and stronger. Her body was getting more and more ­shriveled up and her gaze was growing dimmer and dimmer, until a salty liquid started to flow from her eyes and down her face. Then something broke in her and with a scream that froze those present, she took a jump and staggered to the woods. As she passed by a stream, her instinct suggested she should look at what was frightening those who were supposed to welcome her, but, upon seeing her, the Undines stepped back and so did the Waters. This was too much for the little Dark Fairy who, with a scornful and resigned grunt, disappeared into the darker corner of the Wood that the Sun never reached. A sensitive-hearted Elf had been watching the incidents that had caused all that panic in the Wood, a panic that, as you may know, isn’t very suitable for Faerie Beings. The Elves, creatures who love the company of Fairies, are fortunately very quick in seizing the essence of events and in finding solutions. The Elf had noticed that the little Dark Fairy had worsened after her birth, as if she was influenced by the fears and expectations of her troubled companions. And for sure, the influence of that cloud had caused that strange phenomenon. The Elf then went looking for the Fairy, certain he could remedy the situation, and found her in the cold and dark corner of the Wood, where only poisonous mushrooms grew. The Elf was not afraid of the Dark Fairy because he had a light heart, light like the Air, and Air cannot be injured, so he approached her—and began to blow small light whirls around her, light just like him, trying to tickle her or make her smile at least. But the Dark Fairy almost ignored him and turned away with a grunt. Then the Elf flew and picked up a sweet drop of nectar from the nearest flower and offered it to the Fairy, slipping it through the rotting leaves that were covering her. The Dark Fairy got even more irritated, and in order to drive the intruder away, she tried to hit him—and in this way was fully smeared with the nectar that, against her will, she tasted. All that sweetness

seemed to calm down her torment, and finally the Dark Fairy fell asleep. Meanwhile, the Elf had gathered an assembly and expounded a plan that convinced all the Spirits of Nature inhabiting the Woods. All of them were sorry for letting fear overwhelm them and for abandoning a member of their community in need—so they agreed to help the little Dark Fairy whom they, unknowingly, had probably transformed into a monster. Fairies, Gnomes, Elves, and Sprites worked all day to thin out the plants that hindered the passage of light in the place where the Dark Fairy had taken refuge. At sunset, they transported a great amount of scented and colorful petals to the place where the Dark Fairy lay, and without disturbing the little one (still stubbornly crouched and hidden), replaced the rotten leaves hiding her with the flowers. Then they watched her all night and, while the moonlight was filtering through the branches and the leaves were gently caressing her, they sang for her. “You are such a beautiful Fairy...” said an Elf. “...bright and light...” added a Fairy. “...You are sensitive and pliant...” someone sang. “...kind and elegant...” concluded someone else. And so all together the Faerie Beings of the Wood eulogized the little Fairy throughout the night, sending her warm words and thoughts from the depths of their hearts, full of love and tenderness. Sunrise came, and the Fairy woke up with a strange tickle in her chest. The pain was a distant memory, perhaps just a bad dream. Something in her had changed and by stretching, she felt her body transformed, flexible, and light. The Salamanders of the first sunrays warmed her, while she was timidly peeping out among the most beautiful colors she had ever seen. Before the community of the Wood, which had watched over her all night, a beautiful Lilac and Purple Fairy appeared. She was bright, hesitant, and astonished (at least as much as they were) by such a miracle of transformation, achieved by the power of love and trust, transmitted by all those hearts gathered together.” Photo Credit: Unsplash/Andrei Lasc

Monica Canducci is an author, speaker, artist, and performer who loves to work as a healing facilitator, movement coach, and teacher in the fields of self-development and spiritual awareness. Monica is unstoppably committed to connecting dots and “making the invisible seen” by exploring the relationships between thoughts, emotions, words, the world of archetypes, and the human body structure. She loves helping people discover their hidden resources and express their true self, in order to achieve healing and self-realization through personal ­transformation. ­E-mail Monica at


He Never Saw The Dragon


The actions of the hero change the outcome—and that’s how heroes are anointed. By Jo Mooy Heroes do the extraordinary while engaging in the ordinary. A hero gives himself to something that’s bigger than himself. He sacrifices himself by saving a person or saving an ideal. Or, the hero sees a bad situation, one that tests human consciousness, then reacts spontaneously to fix it. The actions of the hero change the outcome—and that’s how ­heroes are anointed. A young man woke up one morning, following the same ritual patterns he always followed. The tedium of the routine was a bit like sleepwalking. He did it easily and mechanically. The alarm rings. Push the over-sized dog off the bed, shower, breakfast, then go off to school. It was a normal beginning. Nothing exciting was going to happen. Nothing was expected of him other than to show up. The morning began like any other ordinary day in suburbia. Until it wasn’t. And on that ordinary morning, a new hero was anointed. He left the house at the usual time. Turning down Newman Springs Road he saw the protesters. They were waving placards and posters as they chanted and yelled. They blocked the sidewalk with inflammatory posters that accused anyone entering the clinic of murder or genocide. They presented as a hostile wall of anger. He was familiar with the protesters, for he’d seen them in front of the building every day. But on that ordinary morning as he came to the red light, his

eyes wandered to the parking lot. He saw a young woman standing next to her car. She looked terrified and unsure as she stared at the protesters. The light turned green and he drove on. For the next few blocks, the frightened young woman and the protesters flashed through his mind. He came to a driveway, turned the car around and drove back to the woman. He pulled into the parking lot where she was still standing. He went to her and said, “You shouldn’t be treated like this. Let me walk you inside.” She asked him, “What about them?” She meant the protesters. “I’ll deal with them!” he told her. When they got inside he asked her if she’d like him to wait for her so he could walk her back to her car. She told him she’d be fine. As he left the building, he took the brunt of the screams and yells with a shrug. When I heard this story, I knew I had to speak with him personally. I needed to hear his side of what happened. After a few phone calls and texts we set a time to talk. Knowing that many of these events often turned violent, I asked him if he was aware of that. He said yes. I asked him if he was afraid. He said, “No, I’m a big dude.” I’d forgotten that the young man I saw in my mind’s eye as a 10-year-old had grown to 6 feet 4 inches and 210 pounds. I laughed at his answer, because his physical size was truly intimidating. “How did it make you feel helping her?” I asked. Without a moment to think about his answer, he replied, “Everyone has a right to protest, but no one has a

right to harass another person’s decision.” Then he clarified, “She was just going in for a regular appointment—you know, the stuff they do in those clinics.” Apparently he knew more of her story than he’d related to me in his clipped sentences. Finally I asked, “Why did you do this?” The simplicity of his reply was stunning. “It was the right thing to do,” he said. Parents wonder if they’ve raised their children with the right values to live by. They worry if they taught them well—did they give them the right moral tools to make it in a world gone mad? I answered those questions for them—His parents had raised a spectacular guy.

Carl Jung once described a hero. He said, “He is no hero who never met the dragon. Or, if he saw it, declared afterwards that he saw nothing.” His replies in that conversation and his actions that day told me he was extraordinary. On that ordinary morning in New Jersey, an ordinary hero stepped up and ushered a frightened young woman through an angry mob, to her ordinary appointment. That 17-year-old young man was a hero though he never saw the dragon!

Conscious Living with Jo Mooy

Jo Mooy has studied with many spiritual traditions over the past 40 years. The wide diversity of this ­training allows her to develop spiritual seminars and retreats that explore inspirational concepts, give purpose and guidance to students, and present esoteric teachings in an understandable manner. Along with Patricia ­Cockerill, she has guided the Women’s Meditation Circle since January 2006 where it has been honored for five years in a row as the “Favorite Meditation” group in Sarasota, FL, by Natural Awakenings Magazine. Teaching and using Sound as a retreat healing practice, Jo was certified as a Sound Healer through Jonathan Goldman’s Sound Healing Association. She writes and publishes a monthly internationally distributed e-newsletter called Spiritual Connections and is a staff writer for Spirit of Maat magazine in Sedona. For more information go to or email


Now That’s Entertainment

If you were God, what would you do to pass time in eternity? By Gregg Sanderson

nipresent, and any “omni” you can think of. Now go back in whatever would pass for time, to the Let’s talk about God—not the old guy sit- First of Forever. ting on the throne, but the Infinite Power that There you are: all knowing with nothing to created the Universe. know; all loving with nothing to love, all power with I don’t believe in the bearded bloke. Think nothing to drive. Let the eons go by and... of what we call God as a Creative Power of IntelThere you are: all knowing with nothing to ligence, Love, and Life. It is infinite, through dimen- know; all loving with nothing to love, all power with sions beyond our ken. Picture yourself as that. nothing to drive. Let more eons go by and... Think of yourself, not in any human form, There you are: all knowing with nothing to but as a power and energy everywhere and ev- know; all loving with nothing to love, all power with erywhen. You are omnipotent, omniscient, om- nothing to drive. Let still more eons go by and... 28

Well, you get the idea. It’s boredom on a scale beyond imagination! What’s a Deity to do? What would YOU do? I know! Let’s make stuff. All you have to do is make atoms and molecules and slow down the vibration. Lookey there. Now we have rocks. Isn’t that interesting! It’s interesting enough to keep you entertained for an eon or two. You make rocks and put them together into planets and stars and such. It’s fun, but no matter how many fancy rocks you make, they’re still rocks...and eventually boring. What now? Life is an unused part of yourself, so add life to the mix. Make plants, fish, bugs, and animals on the rocks and planets. Of course, you are every one of them—everywhere at once— because it’s all made out of you. You experience life through everything you create. That’s what infinite is all about. Now it gets interesting as all the creations interact based on their instincts, and it can keep you amused for a long time...Almost an eon until you get bored with it. The next addition is people with free will. They aren’t guided by instinct, but make conscious choices. That’s nice and interesting, but boredom looms on the horizon. The only emotion that exists is love, so everybody is nice and loving to everybody else all the time. What a bore. It would be like a dull sitcom without a laugh track. After too many ages of La Dee Dah, you get an idea to assure the elimination of boredom for all time. You invent a game with many ways to win and even more ways to lose. Enter Righteousness. Make being right a mental imperative, and you’ll have action. The people must prove they’re right or make others wrong. “La Dee Dah” morphs to “Shape You Up” and your amusement options grow exponentially.

Underneath it all, the love is still there, and the game is to bring it out again. Think of the variety of experiences you can have while the people try to find their way back to love. Each is certain happiness requires righteousness and will go to great lengths to prove it.

Different opinions and values threaten righteousness in a variety of ways, and you get to feel brand new emotions. All the aspects of fear are now part of your infinite experience. You get to feel everything from stark terror through anxiety and humiliation to guilt. Now you have pointless drama between individuals, tribes, and nations. They divide into groups by any criteria they decide are “right.” Some popular ones are skin color, gender, belief system, and favorite sports team. You can experience divorce, war, politics, Wild West shootouts, and lawyers. People think their way is right, everybody else is wrong, and it’s up to them to shape up the world. Spread all this to the endless multitude of planets, and you’ll never be bored again. Now THAT’S entertainment!

Happiness is BS with Gregg Sanderson

Gregg Sanderson is author of Spirit With A Smile, The World According To BOB. He is a licensed practitioner in the Centers for Spiritual Living, and a Certified Trainer for Infinite Possibilities. His earlier books were, What Ever Happened To Happily Ever After? and Split Happens—Easing The Pain Of Divorce. His latest project is the New Thought Global Network, where subscribers can enjoy the best in New Thought presentations from anywhere at any time. You can see it at


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The Transition



By Mary Boutieller I am writing this article when my heart is heavy. I know I could put off writing it, but feel somehow compelled to put my thoughts down on “paper.” This past week, my dear stepfather passed away. I had gotten very close to him over the years since my mom passed away, and I am riding the waves of up and down emotions—my brain processing it one way and my heart another. I spent most of the last two months at his side, keeping him company and talking about nothing in particular; and now I marvel at the lessons he taught me—about life, about compassion, about staying in it when your impulse is to give up. One of the beautiful lessons I received during this process was to accept what is, not what I wanted it to be. This was very challenging for me. I wanted to feed him when he didn’t want to eat. I wanted to draw out some profound life lesson when he really wanted to watch television or just rest. I had to accept his truth and his journey. In many ways, he was a simple, uncomplicated man living his life, even as it was drawing to an end. I learned that I had to let go—really let go. I am a fixer, and 22 years as a paramedic made it even harder to not try to fix him. There was no fixing, but the urge to “do something more” was almost overwhelming. To sit by his side, to get him a cool drink or make him comfortable, that was all I could really do. And I had to learn (again) that not everything has to be fixed. Some things are perfect and purposeful just the way they are. I also had to fight the urge to bring him to someone/someplace else with more expertise—a hospital, a doctor, etc. This urge came from my fears—that I didn’t know enough, that someone else might do a better job, that this was too hard for me, that death is a scary thing to watch and accept and be okay with. In this country, we have “medicalized” the process of dying so much that somehow the

controlled environment of the hospital seems easier/better than the comfort of home. Yet I knew better. I knew in my heart that he was where he wanted to be, and that the process of dying was natural, and that it was me who was uncomfortable, not him. There were so many more lessons—about impermanence, about love, about sacrifice, about acceptance; lessons that ran through me as I went through this process with him. I’m sure more will surface in the days to come. I gained a new respect and admiration for all the caretakers and loved ones and friends who stand by and bear witness to the process of illness and death. I fell in love with the staff at Hospice who came to my aid over and over again. I appreciated, as always, my husband, my sister and the rest of my family for standing by me, helping where they could, and allowing me to put everything else on hold so that I could do what I had to do. I was reminded once again of the invaluable lesson of simple kindnesses—the many hugs, the waffles, the pants hemmed, the breakfasts shared, the chores done, the space and understanding to be in it, the unspoken words, the sweet little things that somehow made it all a little bit easier. And lest you think this is all rather depressing and sad, I want to say that it was also a very powerful time for me. To have this opportunity, to not push it away, showed me some things about myself. It demanded that I sit and contemplate all of my emotions and thoughts and desires and, through it, I feel like I am a better person. Life is really pretty amazing. I am reminded of the image of a beautiful maple tree—from small bud to big green leaf—to shades of yellow and red as it begins its release from the tree back to the earth. It is in transition and it’s pretty spectacular. So are we. So, with an open heart, I am grateful to my stepdad for the lessons he taught me. May they remind me to spread kindness, to let go of grievances, and to remain willing to experience this life one phenomenal day at a time.

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The Yoga of Life with Mary Boutieller Mary Boutieller is a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance. She has been teaching yoga since 2005. Her work experience includes 22 years as a firefighter/paramedic and 10 years as a Licensed Massage Therapist. Mary’s knowledge and experience give her a well-rounded understanding of anatomy, alignment, health and movement in the body. She is passionate about the benefits of yoga and the ability to heal at all levels through awareness, compassion, and a willingness to explore. She can be reached at:


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Transformation Coaching Magazine October 2019  

In this exciting issue, we will focus on the 12 steps to health and happiness, the dark fairy, and creating your own sunshine. We will also...

Transformation Coaching Magazine October 2019  

In this exciting issue, we will focus on the 12 steps to health and happiness, the dark fairy, and creating your own sunshine. We will also...