Free Soul Clarity Message + 1/2 Off Soul Clarity Cards!

Happy November! It’s that time again where I’ll pull one Soul Clarity Card for each person who leaves a comment below!

I do this on the first day of every month, and it’s always so much fun to offer these messages straight from my soul to yours.

Before we start the messages, I wanted to share this week’s Soulful Life Sanctuary shop special! (Each week, one soulful product/service is at least 1/2 off! Specials include intuitive/angel readings, soulful ecourses & ebooks, guided meditations, healing sessions, and soulful gifts!)

Weekly Special: 50% Off the Soul Clarity Cards!

Soul Clarity Cards

The Soul Clarity Card deck includes 48 cards to help you get clarity on what your soul wants you to know. They come wrapped up in an organza bag and include an amethyst gemstone (which helps you connect with your soul).

My soul speaks to me in concise phrases, and so I created these cards with that in mind.

Each card contains a guided action for you to consider – something to help you live soulfully and mindfully.

I believe that the answers are always within us, but sometimes our light gets covered up by life – all of the to-dos and the shoulds and work and errands and hurt and anger and all sorts of gunk. And it can be hard to sift through all of that and find our way home – back to our soul. These cards are a tool to help you on your journey back home.

Each card contains words that your soul needs you to hear. And whichever card you choose will be exactly the one you need in that exact moment. That’s just how it works!

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They normally sell for $17.95 per deck, and if you order them between now and November 11th they are just $8.95!

They make wonderful holiday gifts, so this is a perfect time to stock up!

Click here to order your deck(s)!

And now, it’s time for your free message!

Here’s how it works: I’ll pull one card for anyone who leaves a comment at the end of the post by 11:59 pm pst today (11/1/14)! If your comment is posted before then, I promise I will pull a card for you. Each month when I open this up, I receive hundreds of requests, so please be patient with me. (If you happen to miss this deadline, please know that I’ll do it again on 12/1.)

All you have to write is “Yes, please!” or something similar. Please don’t feel that you need to share what you are looking to heal or what you would like guidance for. You are more than welcome to, but it’s not necessary. I know that this can be very personal, and your soul and the universe already know what you need. (If you are reading this via a reader or email, please click here to be taken to the post.)

A technical tip for you: To be able to find your comment and not receive a barrage of emails by subscribing to comments, you can go to the comments page and do a search for your name. (On a PC, you press the “control” button + the “f” button.) This makes it super easy to scroll to your name and your reading. :)

Big hug to each of you.

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P.S. – Remember that the Soul Clarity Cards are 1/2 off this week only! Be sure to stock up for the holidays by clicking here!

Making Better Use of My Energy

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Today was an interesting day.

For months, I would look at the calendar and my stomach would sink. For months, I knew that I had to do something that I didn’t want to do – something that needed to be done.

And while I won’t get into the specifics of what that something was, I will say that I did it.

And all of the worrying beforehand and stories that played out in my mind about how it was all going to play out didn’t come to pass. Not even close. 

I have lost sleep over this. I have cried about this. I have gotten angry about this. I have felt anxious about this. All before it even happened.

I had worked myself up into a complete tizzy over this thing that I needed to do.

And when I actually did it, it was easy. It went smoothly. Everything was fine. Absolutely fine. No friction. No feathers ruffled. No hurt feelings or resentments or anything even close.

So basically, I feel a little bit silly now for wasting so much of my precious energy on this moment.

I started looking at other times in my life when I followed a similar pattern and found that this was pretty typical for me.

Before my husband and I started our business, we taught middle school for a semester. We quickly realized that our dreams of working for ourselves were ready to be brought to life, and we dreaded telling the kids that we were leaving so soon. While we became close with many of them, our souls were speaking so loudly to us and saying that it was time to take our leap of faith. I made myself sick thinking about telling them. I felt like I was abandoning them and that they would be devastated. What actually happened was that we told them (expecting tears and sorrow), and within five minutes whey were asking if that meant it was a free day and wanted to see if they could play computer games.

I was surprised at how well they took it, and I realized that I wasted so much energy worrying about something that never came to be. Fearing how upset they would be was something that I had made up in my mind – a story I told myself that had no basis of truth. A story that I had believed – even though it wasn’t real.

There are also times when I would expend tons of energy worrying about something that actually did end up with the outcome I worried about – such as having a root canal or being in a car accident or getting sick or getting divorced or losing a loved one.

But I’m realizing more and more that worrying is powerlessness at its best. Worrying didn’t change the outcome of any of the examples above. The outcome was going to happen exactly how it was meant to, regardless of how much energy I put into worrying about it beforehand.

What a wake-up call that is for me. If the outcome is going to be the same, then wouldn’t I rather be happy and positive and joyful and grateful leading up to whatever it is that I’m afraid of? At least then I would be enjoying my days beforehand, regardless of how the actual day that I had been worrying about went.

I am so tired of making up these stories in my mind. I am so tired of creating outcomes that rarely come to pass. I am so tired of working myself into such a tight knot because I’m positive that I know how something is going to turn out, when in reality I have absolutely no idea and never will until I’m actually in the situation.

And today’s situation helped me see how all of this energy that I expended could have been put toward more positive, uplifting, healing things. And that’s where I want it to go from now on.

So while I’m not sure if this is something that I’ll be able to change overnight, I am going to be much more conscious of it. I’m going to start noticing the stories that I’m telling myself and the worries that I’m fretting over and the thoughts that are circling in my mind about an upcoming situation that I’m fearing. And I’m going to give myself permission to breathe, to trust, and to do my best to stay in the present moment. This is where life lives – not somewhere in the future. And if I can focus on being grateful right here in this moment, then the rest just tends to work itself out. And on the rare times that the outcome isn’t what I had hoped for, at least I wasn’t completely miserable leading up to it.

It’s definitely worth thinking about. I am just not okay with giving away my precious energy to worrying about what may or may not come to be. I would much rather focus on joy and love and gratitude in this exact moment.

That feels much, much better. :)



P.S. – A new post is up at my new A Year of Silence blog! I would love for you to read them. This project officially begins on January 1st. You can learn more about it here:

christine weekly special copyP.P.S. – One of my dearest friends, Christine Callahan Oke, is offering Laser-Focused Empowerment Sessions for just $29.95 (normally $97) this week only in the Soulful Life Sanctuary!

During your session, Christine will help you move forward in a chosen area of your life. Her practical, real-life wisdom and positive perspective will inspire you to step into your power and embrace life.

This special goes through the 29th, so be sure to order your discounted session before then! Click here to learn more.

Leaping into Silence

background for silence1 copyIf we’ve been connected for a while here on Soul Speak, you may have noticed a shift in me over the last year. I’ve been doing much less and reflecting much more. I’ve been listening to my soul more often and have been doing my best to take my ego out of the driver’s seat. I’ve been taking better care of my tired body by resting and disconnecting from the outside world as much as possible.

I’ve been remembering how important self care and self love truly are. And I’ve given myself permission to offer this care and love to myself in whatever way I most needed. It’s been such a healing journey of growth and going within.

For several years now, I’ve been very present and very visible in the online world. I wanted to reach as many people as I could in order to support them however I could. For as long as I can remember, I always wanted to write loving words that helped others. But in 2010, this dream was rocket fueled by a beautiful experience that cracked open my entire world. Four years ago, an old friend who had recently died began communicating with me. I was a complete skeptic and didn’t believe this was possible. (Until then, I had spent most of my life on the left side of my brain – focusing on logic and proof.)

Thankfully, he was persistent and our conversations continued over the course of several years. (We even wrote a book together, which I am  hoping to finish and release soon.)

One of the messages that he shared with me was that it was time for me to embrace my life and help others embrace theirs – joyfully. I took this responsibility very seriously and put my own needs aside in order to fulfill what I saw as my soul’s mission. I didn’t want to let him (or the universe) down.

I thought I was doing everything right. I was sharing a loving message with others and helping them embrace their lives. I was pushing past my fear by saying yes to every opportunity that came my way. I was reaching out and connecting with others constantly. I was helping others see the beautiful soul that I saw when I looked at them. I was inspiring others to reconnect with their own inner light and embrace each day.

But eventually, all of this connecting and pushing and not taking care of myself in the process got the best of me. And I got tired. Really, really tired. And I ended up on the couch. My body had had enough of pushing and simply wasn’t able to get up. This was such a wake-up call for me.

During all of this DOing, I forgot to breathe. I forgot to trust in myself and in the universe enough to remember that I didn’t have to push so hard. I forgot that loving myself and easing up on myself must come before anything else. I forgot to implement into my own life everything that I had been teaching to others for years.

I kept hearing a whisper from within say that I needed a year of silence to reconnect with my soul. I’ve heard this same whisper for years, which I quickly pushed aside. Or I moved it to the “Wouldn’t it be nice?” part of my brain where fantasies spent their time.

Eventually these whispers would start again, and my heart would begin to consider that maybe it would be possible to do this. But my brain immediately would list why it wasn’t a good idea. I make a living talking to people – connecting with people – guiding people (which I love). How in the world could I do this while being silent? So I would shut it down and ignore it and try to continue living exactly how I was. But this message was persistent. And it started getting louder and louder until finally I realized that it wasn’t going to go away. I have been connecting with my soul for long enough to know when to pay attention, and so I decided to give it a go and see what happens.

So I’m taking a leap and declaring to the world that I will be honoring silence for the next 12 months starting on January 1, 2015.

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I have no idea what will happen during this time. I have no idea what I will learn or will experience. But I do know that this is part of my journey to get back to me. I know that I can’t keep up this fast, noisy pace. I know that my insides are screaming for quiet and solitude. And I know that in giving myself this time, I will have so much more to give to others moving forward. My cup will be full. And I can’t wait to feel vibrant and joyful and all filled up again.

Throughout this journey, I’ll be blogging here on Soul Speak and also on my new website: – keeping you in the loop about what I’m experiencing and learning. And I would love for you to join me in whatever way feels right within your own soul. I realize that not everyone will be able to (or will even want to) be silent for an entire year. But maybe this experiment will inspire you to embrace quiet and stillness in other ways.

blog2If you would like to read the first post on my new A Year of Silence blog, please click here.

(You can also read the About page to learn more about what I’m planning.)

We are all so deserving of a life that nourishes us. It’s my hope that my journey of silence will inspire you to look within your heart and give yourself permission to live the life that you most desire. You’re so worthy of that.

I hope you’ll take this journey with me in whatever ways feels most right for you! Here’s to stillness and solitude and expansion and leaping into silence!





A Quiet Strength

truthI received an unsolicited email from someone yesterday that prompted me to write this post. In the message, a woman that I don’t know said that she had just watched my video for the Soulful Life Sanctuary. She said that my speaking voice didn’t match the voice that she imagined that I would have. She said that she had perceived me to be a “strong, dynamic, heart-ful, and powerful woman” and went onto say that she knew for a fact that my soft speaking voice wasn’t my “true, authentic voice.”


At first, I was completely taken aback. I was pretty livid, actually. (I am human, after all.) Thankfully though, because of the love bubble that I’ve created, it’s very rare for me to receive emails such as these. And I knew that this email wasn’t meant to offend – it was coming from a place of wanting to help and be of service. And, I know that there is a gift in everything that happens to us – even those experiences that don’t feel so great at first.

There are a couple of gifts that this email brought. First, I am on the cusp of moving even more toward my authentic self – becoming even more quiet so that I can get in touch with my soul in deeper ways. And this contrast helped me anchor this longing even more. Second, it was the perfect catalyst for me to start a conversation around this notion of power and authenticity, which I’ve wanted to have here for quite some time.

So here’s what I know for sure:

Power comes in all forms. Authenticity shows up in many different ways. And assuming that someone hasn’t fully stepped into their authentic power simply because they are soft spoken is such a huge misconception.

I’m not sure where or how this myth got started (and I don’t even really care, to be honest), but it’s become pretty mainstream in our world to think that in order to be powerful and successful, we must be loud and hard and masculine (whether we’re men or women).

And I am here to say that this is just not true. I am a powerful woman. I have a vast amount of inner strength. And in my quietness, I am connected to the universe – the ultimate source of power.

I have loads of marketing experience. I know how I’m “supposed” to act if I’m going to be “successful” in this online world. And yet, I love myself enough to know that this seemingly calculated method of sharing my message isn’t for me. I just couldn’t bring myself to do something that didn’t feel authentic. And thankfully, I have evidence that when we show up as ourselves, we are supported in such loving ways.

For years now, I have shared from my own authentic, soft-spoken space of strength. I have created a successful life where I have followed my heart and stayed true to my soul. I feel very blessed that thousands of you are able to hear my words – soft as they may be (not just sonically but also energetically). I know that that those who are looking for someone to inspire them through a more outgoing and boisterous approach simply aren’t my tribe. Because I will never be that type of person – it’s just not who I am.

I have never been a loud person. I have always had a quiet voice and demeanor. I don’t say a lot, but when I do speak it’s because I think what I’m saying matters and is important and deserves to be heard.

There is such strength in softness and quietness and in not feeling the need to shout in order to be heard.

Yes, you can be powerful by getting in people’s faces and being domineering and shouting and using fear-based tactics in order to get others to submit to you.

But you can also be powerful by exuding a quiet confidence and showing up as your true self in the world so that others will feel your strength and will automatically be attracted to it – much like a magnet.

I love my voice. I love it because it’s a direct expression of my soul. It is my authentic self.

I do my best to share my most authentic self with the world because I feel that it gives each of us permission to do the same. It’s not always easy, and it definitely takes a leap of faith and a whole lot of bravery to show up from this space. But I will continue doing exactly that because it’s so important.

We all come in all shapes and sizes. And we also come with vastly different personalities – some loud, some quiet, some thoughtful, some playful.

Here’s what’s true: 

When we are brave enough to share our true authentic self with the world, we make room for miracles. When we remember that we’re all different and that it’s okay to not look like someone else or talk like someone else or share like someone else – it’s actually preferable that you are in your own lane doing your own thing following your own heart. Because that’s where the true magic lies.

If you are naturally loud, be loud. If you are naturally quiet, be quiet. Whatever you naturally are is exactly perfect. Because it’s YOU. And nothing could be more perfect than that.

I’ll continue to share in the only way I know how – softly and quietly and soulfully. And I trust that those who are meant to hear my voice will hear it.

And I hope that you’ll continue to show up exactly as you are as well.

Thank you, as always, for being such a loving community that makes it so easy for me to show up as myself. I’m so grateful for you all.




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Soulful Shout Out – Introducing Jerri Eddington!


I absolutely love the Soulful Shout Out series here on Soul Speak! I get to highlight and introduce you to beautiful people and their wonderful offerings!


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday, I am happy to introduce you to my friend, Jerri Eddington!

Jerri joined my Soul Shakers’ mastermind community early this year and the Soulful Life Sanctuary soon after, and so we’ve gotten to know each other quite well! I am inspired by her huge heart, her honesty, and her ability to bring her dreams to life.

Jerri has been on quite a journey, which she shares more about in our interview below. She went from being a middle school principal to retiring to then following her heart and becoming an energy healer and soul coach who specializes in helping others transform their limiting beliefs and unlock their true potential.

She has put together an amazing free gift package for you plus is part of a wonderful new book that is just coming out! We’ll talk more about these offerings soon, but first – let me introduce her!

Welcome to Soul Speak, Jerri! I know that your life now looks completely different than it did just a few years ago. You’ve had such a soul-seeking journey of going from a school principal to retiring and then moving into the energy work that you currently do. I would love for you to share how this journey took place.

I have been setting intentions all my life, even before I knew what it was called. The first time was when I was eight and “knew” I was going to be a teacher. Another time was my first trip to Sedona, Arizona, in 1988. This trip occurred after a year of heartache. My sister died, my mom died six months later, my husband lost his job, and I was dealing with depression. Being in the healing energy of the red rocks in Sedona, I “knew” I would help others heal someday. I set an intention to retire in Arizona. I didn’t want to live in Sedona, but I wanted to live close. I told my husband, Bob, about my plan. We started our annual trips to Arizona the next year, and I retired 20 years later.

Two years into retirement I started taking energy-healing classes. My original intent was to just take it for my own use. In my first LifeLine training I met my friend Gretchen, who asked if I wanted to go through the certification process with her. At the end of the training I opened my Energy Connections practice.

At first, I was very content having a small practice. I live in an active adult community, and I enjoyed being retired! Gretchen and I continued to take more trainings together. I started getting messages to expand my practice and to quit playing small. I ignored those messages! I thought I had fulfilled my Soul’s purpose after working in an inner-city environment for 30 years.

Last summer it all shifted for me. I became a certified Soul Coach® with Denise Linn. During this training I realized if I was going to help others connect with their inner wisdom, I needed to listen to my own inner guidance! I came home and redid my vision board with a focus on expanding my practice using the power of social networking. I had only been on Facebook for two years. I joined LinkedIn because one of the Soul Coaches from my class invited me. I have added several networking sites since. Today I am writing about being empowered through social networking.

Helping others in transition is something that you’re amazing at! I know that many people reading this are currently going through a life transition, and I would love for you to offer one helpful piece of advice for how they can honor where they are and move through it as gracefully as possible.

I learned that transition is a process. William Bridges’ book Managing Transitions really helped me to understand the process. He talks about three stages: 1. Endings, Letting Go 2. The Neutral Zone and 3. New Beginnings. The process is an individual one, which varies from person to person. I also learned that one can be in The Neutral Zone for a long time. I also believe it is important to have support in a safe and loving environment like the Soul Shakers’ Community.

So many of us (myself included) have gotten into the habit of pushing ourselves harder and harder and exhausting ourselves in the process. I know that you’ve been through this yourself, and I wanted to see if you could share three things that you do to honor and take care of yourself .

Thank you for asking this question. I have implemented many forms of self-care over the years.

  1. I take a 20- to 30-minute spa bath every day. I add essential oils and Dead Sea salt. My spa has light therapy that goes through the chakra colors or I can stop on a color if some area needs more attention. It also has an extra heater. I play relaxing music and light candles. This was my retirement gift to myself, and it helps me to stay grounded and focused.
  2. I plan one day each week to spend with my friend. We go to lunch, movies, massages, or some type of event. This is critical when I am working on multiple projects because it gives me something to look forward to.
  3. I plan a date night with my hubby once a week and twice whenever possible. It gets us both away from our businesses and gives us time to connect without all the distractions. We plan vacations together and separately. It has worked well. Next year we will celebrate our 30th anniversary.


0_0_0_0_285_393_csupload_65423676I’m so happy that you’re offering your How to Thrive in the Midst of Change audio series as a free gift! Thank you! Please tell us all about the goodness that it includes!

I am so excited to be offering this 6-part audio series! It goes along with our “Transitions and Transformation” home-study program that we are putting the finishing touches on. Each audio is around 10 minutes long. My friend and business partner, Gretchen Hogg, is the narrator for the audio series.

This is a content-packed series that can be downloaded for easy access. Here are the topics:

  • Audio 1: Change: What’s it Really All About
  • Audio 2: What’s Your Style When it Comes to Change?
  • Audio 3: Position for a Transition During Change
  • Audio 4: Bouncing Back from Change
  • Audio 5: Becoming the Best You
  • Audio 6: Helping Others Navigate the Course of Change

In these audios you will discover:

  • Three phases of the change process
  • How different personality types deal with change differently
  • How to navigate through the challenging transitional phase of change
  • How to be resilient in the face of change over and over again
  • 5 tips that will help you become your best self and thrive during change
  • How to help others cope with the difficulties of change

Click here to receive Jerri’s How to Thrive in the Midst of Change audio series for free!



paperbackstanding2_693x872Congratulations on being part of the upcoming eBook Empowered Women of Social Media: 44 Women found their Voices using the Power of Social Networking! I would love for you to share more about it with all of us!

Thank you so much! It has been an amazing journey. In 2010 Carla Wynn Hall created the Women’s Empowerment Network (WEN) – a Facebook group to help her deal with her divorce. Today her group has around 26,000 members. Carla decided she wanted to create a book for women to tell their stories and share how social media helped them. Our group has cancer survivors, domestic violence survivors, and many who have overcome difficult situations. We have over 40 endorsers supporting us. We have women from six countries and 23 states. We are going to have an International Kindle Book launch on October 5th, and our book can be downloaded for $.99 that day only. My chapter is called “Positive Energy Connections Allowed Me to Let My Soul Shine!” It is about the change process I went through after I retired and relocated to Arizona. You can check out our website to learn more about the authors.

Click here to learn more about this special book!

What’s next on the horizon for you?

I am preparing to write an educational book. My dissertation, “A Model For A Comprehensive Conflict Resolution/Peer Mediation Program In An Urban Middle School” was written in 2002. A few months ago, I received a very clear intuitive message to turn my dissertation into a book. Honestly, this was not even on my radar – I thought I had put the educational part of me away! The next thing I did was to connect with my social media groups. I explained that I wanted to write a book to help staff members train students to become peer mediators. I asked for title suggestions. Later I had people vote on the top three titles. My new book will be called: “Work It Out Together! A Step-by-Step Guide to Implement a Peer Mediation Program.”

What does your soul want you to know?

The biggest message I have received from my soul recently is that I must embrace all parts of who I am! When I was in the education world, my focus was on education. After I retired, I shifted my focus to energy/healing work and put my educational self away. A few months ago I realized my purpose is to blend both worlds!

Is there anything else you would like to share?

Thank you so much, Jodi, for allowing me to share a little of my story with your community. I am so grateful.

I would love to connect with others from your community in these places:

Thank you, Jerri, for sharing your heart with us!

Please spread the love and share this post on Facebook and Twitter!

Big hug,
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