My Inspirations List: My list of what’s inspired me in 2019.
WEEKLY ORACLE CARD READING
Everyone asks me what books I’ve read and loved, what’s inspired me, who I love learning from and what I recommend. While this short list is very personal, and some of it may appeal to you and some not, I thought this year I will compile a list of inspirations that I am grateful for! On this list will be everything from random people I met to books I’ve savored, and teachers that have impacted me.
Maybe you might be attracted to one or two on my list which would be great. And, I genuinely hope you add your own list to mine. Wouldn’t that be cool to have a whole bunch of us add to it?
When I’m truly inspired I am overwhelmed with gratitude. Yet inspiration for me isn’t just the ra-ra-wow feeling you get from being “on top of things,” or open to “new exciting things” which are important but also, who or what could open me up, reveal what is most vulnerable, and show me the dark tunnel where the work beckons me to make real and profound changes without promising when I get to come out, or that I’m guaranteed anything other than the journey.
So to keep this list short I am only going to talk about my five #1s in each of my chosen categories.
1. My #1 Catalyst for Change and Teacher (in every way)
One woman is tops in this category for me this year. Ruth King has been my torchlight for the journey inward. Her words have brought me to open a door that can’t be closed for me personally anymore. Her candor, compassion, and hilarious personality is something magical to behold. When she speaks, she tells it like it is and I listen, and listen some more, and go back and do it again.
I hope you might be open to reading these books, watching her videos and diving into getting to know and understand her work, and her year-long training program (which, in my humble opinion, are essential for these times) and discovering more from this wise and wonderful wisdom teacher.
Oh, and be prepared to unpack some harsh truths, cuz you won’t come out the same way you went in! One thing she taught me was I better be okay with making mistakes because I will, but I have to keep showing up anyway!
Oh, and FYI me sharing this does not imply I am “a-wokened” in any way shape or form. The way I see it, I have a couple of eyelashes open so far and more coming but I am on it!
Ruth King, is the author of Mindful of Race: Healing Racism From the Inside Out, and Healing Rage: Women Making Inner Peace Possible. Most importantly, she facilitates The Mindful of Race Training which is a year-long program that begins with a 4 and ½ day amazing intensive, to support waking us up to our habits and potential. She also has a really cool Oracle Card deck Emotional Wisdom cards. Check her out www.ruthking.net
2. My #1 Random Stranger Moment for 2019
Spirit puts people in our lives for a moment and that moment can be exactly what you needed. I recently posted a video of a jewelry designer that I bumped into in a mall. Her name is Veronica Ciandre of iSOLA. I walk and pray, (yep in malls too) and that day I prayed for guidance to go where I’m called, where I might help in any way. Veronica prayed that morning and asked, “Who will you send my way today?” I saw the back of her standing in the middle of a crowded mall and felt a zap of electricity! I introduced myself and she knew me already, so it wasn’t so weird LOL! It was a very cool encounter and for us both Spirit designed!
She creates gorgeous healing jewelry that she calls “a line of modern sacred jewellery that is also a series of multidimensional meditation tools to wear, hold, ground, cleanse, focus and heal”. Connect with her on Instagram at @iloveisola.
3. My #1 Musical Inspiration for 2019
This is what makes me want to sing and sing and sing some more. Most of you know I had another life as a singer-songwriter. I still write and record music and miss it when I can’t. I’m not that interested in canned pop music, and sometimes I get discouraged when I try to find music to inspire me. My taste is varied. What can I say? I listen to Joni Mitchell, Nine Inch Nails, Rising Appalachia, Carrie Underwood and Lizzo in a row! (soooo personal and subjective!!) BUT omg I have discovered the coolest musical destination online and I hope you will check it out at: www.playingforchange.com
“Playing For Change is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music. The idea for this project came from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people.”
4. My #1 Fiction Novel for 2019 (tied between 2!)
Can I be upfront and say I have read this book three times all the way through and read the last chapter maybe six times? I LOVE this book so much. It’s called Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik and it’s loosely based on the tale of Rumpelstiltskin. Not only is it a wonderful fantasy novel, clearly my favorite genre, but also a deep and meaningful look at the complexities of our differences and the ways in which we may come together.
My other #1 Fiction Novel for 2019 … tied with Spinning Silver is The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker. So beautifully written and devastating in its underlying message of hope in spite of what appears to be insurmountable differences. Not saying more than this book broke my heart open wider and wider again!
5. My #1 Up and Coming Mind Body Spirit Guide to watch (now and in the future!)
Well! You can see her with me in this week’s Oracle Card video. Uniquely gifted Ayesha Ophelia is the founder of the Girlfriend Manifesto, a brilliant coach, Oracle Deck creatrix and spirited change agent. She also is the inspiration and image for the Goddess Aphrodite, in my non-traditional Oracle Card deck, Goddess Power. Keep an eye out for her offerings. High integrity and juicy heart and soul goes into everything she does. She loves social media! Find out how to connect on her site at www.thegirlfriendmanifesto.com.
Ok, now it’s your turn. What are your 5 best inspirations this year? I know it’s hard to pick 5!!! Let’s share the love. In the end, that’s what it’s all about.
P.S. One more thing. We have had more queries this year about one topic that was so surprising. My clothes! So you like my clothes here is where I shop: www.FreePeople.com, www.Camilla.com, and Ava Love on Etsy!