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“I’m terrified.”
“I’m just so depressed.”
“I’m legitimately about to have a meltdown.”
“Who knew how many Americans hated women?”
“Shaking and feeling nauseated.”
“I’m having a complete nervous breakdown.”
“How will I look my daughter in the eyes tomorrow morning?”
“How did this happen? I’m afraid for the country.”

These were just some of the many comments on my Facebook feed as the voting results started coming in. In one of the most historic elections in history, many will be broken-hearted, and some will be filled with fear. Despite all of this, in order to truly change the collective consciousness of the world, we need to remember these 3 things:

  1. We must have compassion for those with whom we disagree. Compassion for those who voted for the other candidate, to compassion for the other candidate themselves. What motivates them to think the way they do? What innocent human needs are they trying to satisfy? What has manifested in their own personal history to lead them to think and behave the way they do? When have we desired to satisfy that same need? All beings are deserving of compassion.
  2. We must show others what love looks like. Show your children what love looks like while you explain the results of the election. Bad-mouthing the other candidate or the people of this country only spreads more hate. Show the masculine in our lives the love of the feminine…the feminine energy that is nurturing and fierce, but nurturing and fierce to their benefit, not their detriment. Show the masculine the value of the feminine by loving it, not by fighting it… so that it may be bathed in the waters of nurturing connection. The only way to dismantle the fear of the feminine is by reminding the masculine of the value of it’s loving properties in real time.
  3. We must stay committed to our personal practice. We must be responsible for the vibration we put into the world. We can’t hate the hate–darkness is only dispelled by light, and hate is only dispelled by love. We can only change the world by changing ourselves. We must heal in ourselves what we hate in others. Do not wish for others to change, but commit to deepening the change in yourself.

Take space the next few days…space to question the origin of your thoughts. Space to evaluate the impact of your words. Space to act out of intention instead of reaction. Are you acting from love or fear? If you want more love in the world, there is only one way to get it…you must be an act of love yourself.

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Kerrie Woodhouse is a mother to twins, and she used to do a whole lot of what she calls: Very Serious Things. But a few years ago she says she came to her senses and remembered that life is supposed to be fun. For Kerrie, creative expression is fun. So she creates something with paint and words every day… and then..she posts it on Instagram. Kerrie has just published her first book, Finding Grace. It’s is an illustrated book for adults that explores the meaning of grace and its power to help us find acceptance of what we do not have in our lives in order to begin to find the joy in what we do have.
Finding Grace is  dedicated to Kerrie’s dear friend who was bravely battling breast cancer at around the time I started drawing the whimsical little girls that now appear in the book.
Kerrie says that While drawing these girls and spending time with her friend during her treatment for breast cancer she spent a lot of time contemplating grace. As such, in her book, she’s included quotations about grace that she found meaningful, along with her own thoughts on this most admirable quality.

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In this episode you’ll hear:

-How Kerrie became an artist after being an accountant and university lecturer (with a PhD in Financial Accounting!)
-The struggle that she experienced with identity after taking a career break, and what got her through it
-The special friendship that came from mothering and art, and how it inspired her to write a book
-How this book has helped her with the grieving process
-How she prioritizes art in her mom life
-Her suggestion for making creative time a priority in your day

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Kerrie Woodhouse
Kerrie on Instagram
Kerrie’s Book: Finding Grace: The Path to Acceptance

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#100daysproject: Elle Luna
The Creativity Cure, by Carrie Barron
Episode #22 Soul Work Sheet

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Maria Emmerich is a National and International Best Selling author of “The Ketogenic Cookbook“. She’s also authored 8 other books including several cookbooks and 3 nutritional guide books including “Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism”  Her newest book is called “Quick and Easy Ketogenic Cooking”. Maria lives in Wisconsin with her husband and their two children, and today, she shares her family’s adoption story with us.

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In this episode you’ll hear:

-How Maria knew that adoption was what she was meant to do
-A major setback that she and her husband experienced soon after starting the adoption process
-How the community supported Maria and her husband, and how the setback ultimately led her to her current career success
-What fears she had throughout the process, and what fears she still has
-How Maria grew/changed through the adoption process
-What her mother said to her when she was down that completely changed her perspective
-How she first bonded with the boys
-The one question that she really wishes other people would quit asking
-What resource help her the most while going through the process
-Something that a friend told her that helped Maria see the adoption process as a blessing instead of feeling sad about not going through pregnancy
-How mothering is different from what she thought it would be
-How her family keep a tie to Ethiopia
-How they talk about adoption to their children
-Her advice for anyone going through the adoption process
-What she learned about herself through this process
-What Maria wants all mothers to know

Show Notes:

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Maria’s Websites:
mariamindbodyhealth.com
keto-adapted.com

Maria’s Latest Book: (Which I own and LOVE)

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Link to the gratitude quote from Maria’s Soul Work Action Step

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How do those mothers who have created a career from scratch, doing what they love, make it happen? How does the career fit into their role as mother? How do they handle the financial pressure? When do they feel vulnerable? Those are some of the things I talk about with today’s guest-artist and mother, Kelly Rae Roberts.

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-why Kelly Rae calls herself a “possibilitarian”
-how she transitioned from a social work career to full-time artist
-her views on what to do when artistic inspiration hits
-why she had to detox from the thought-process of always producing
-what she did with the intense “mom-guilt” that showed up after giving birth
-how they transitioned to her husband staying at home with their son
-her go-to parenting resources
-how her “Wear Your Joy” project changed her life
-what she wants all mothers to know

Show Notes:
KellyRaeRoberts.com
Wear Your Joy Project
Taking Flight: Inspiration & Techniques to give your creative spirit wings: Free first chapter on the web!
Flying Lessons: Let’s Make Your Creative Biz Soar is a beautifully designed, highly interactive (261 pages!) ebook.
Brave Girl Symposium
Raising Cane
Brene´ Brown, The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting Audio Program

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One of the hardest parts of mothering can be feeling that our dreams and desires for OUR lives need to be put on hold until the children are grown. Today I speak with Martha Nieset, a mama who decided to take one of her life-long dreams OFF the shelf and turn it into a reality.

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-the logistics of how Martha spent 5 months in Nicaragua with her son
-how her son handled the highs and lows of the experience
-what the experience taught her about self-care
-her advice to any mother with a burning desire to travel

Show Notes:

Martha’s Website: Nicaragua Immersion
Martha on Facebook
Martha’s Travel Summit
Soul Work Sheet 19

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