The Angels Told Me to Do It

KyleThis past March I had an angel reading with my friend Kyle Gray (whom I’d met earlier at a gig in Germany and instantly fallen in love with).

In his absolutely adorable Scottish accent, Kyle told me some things I already knew and some things that were complete eye-openers.

Kyle and I had only spent about an hour together prior to the reading, so he knew very little about me. What’s so fun about readings like this: when the person is good, like Kyle, they mention specific, accurate things about you that there’s no way they could know—other than getting that information from other dimensions.

So there we were on Skype. Me in Boulder, Kyle in Glasgow. We’re coming to the end of the session. I’m feeling all warm and tingly and connected. Kyle is being adorable and insightful.

Just before we wrap up, Kyle pauses and looks out of the corner of his eye for a moment. Then he tells me that the angels want me to do something with Feng Shui—perhaps offer a kit or a product around Feng Shui for prosperity?

My jaw drops. There’s no way Kyle could know that I had actually studied Feng Shui and had a thriving consulting business working with people in their homes and offices when I lived in New York City.

Those freaking angels. I tell yah.

So to test the waters, I created a bonus for The Money Love Course (which will be updated, made more fabulous, and relaunched in 2015) called Feng Shui for Prosperity. And wouldn’t you know it? The session was one of the most popular, most implemented, and most commented on of the entire course.

I knew the angels and I were on to something for two reasons:

  1. People loved the content and were getting amazing results.
  2. I absolutely loved putting the session together. It was super fun, easy, and energizing.

That’s the sweet spot: serving in a way that feels good.

Between the angels, participants’ enthusiasm, and my joy surrounding the topic, we decided to turn that bonus into a full course to help you create more prosperity starting where you live.

I’m so thrilled to give you:

Feng Shui for Financial Freedom: Make Your Space a Money Magnet

You can access the course immediately by clicking here. It’s all online with a video and a guidebook that you can follow along with at your own pace.

The angels and I would like to support you in making room for riches. This course is our offering to you to do just that.

Enjoy!

Here’s to your abundance!

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Two Money Blocks in Your Home and How to Fix Them

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I don’t talk much about the fact that I used to have a professional Feng Shui consulting business, but I did.

Helping people arrange their space to support fulfilling their dreams is something I adore doing. I stopped offering consultations to the public because I didn’t love the business model of trading hours for dollars. So for the past several years I’ve just consulted here and there for family and friends for fun.

Recently, though, I realized that I’ve been sitting on all of this Feng Shui knowledge and it’s time to share it because it can really help people.

There are two specific things that a lot of people have going on in their homes and offices that, from a Feng Shui perspective, are energetic blocks to money.

Since I can’t come to your house to check out your space (as much as I’d like to), I shot a video so you can learn what the two most common Feng Shui money blocks are— and how to fix them, because I can’t imagine just telling you the problems without the solutions!

Click on the image below to access the video.

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Spread the wealth:

twitter_standingTwo money blocks in your home & how to fix ’em per @katenorthrup. (Click to Tweet!)

 

Over to you:

I’d love to hear how you shift your space to clear up these money blocks. Leave a comment below—Feng Shui success stories are my favorite!

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Let them do their thing and you do yours.

Screen Shot 2014-12-12 at 7.36.53 AMI’ve recently become obsessed with Buti Yoga. I literally cannot get enough. (If you haven’t tried it yet, get ready to sweat your buns off and tap into your womanpower all at the same time. If you’ve never done hip circles while holding Warrior II, you don’t know what you’re missing.)

There’s one teacher whose sequencing is kind of intricate. As I started going to her class more often I noticed myself tracking the movements that we’d done on one side of the body rather than being in the flow of the class.

I’d begin to tally all the things we did on the right and start to worry that she was going to forget her sequencing and not come back around to have us do those same movements on the left. My monkey mind was off to the races about the importance of symmetry and preventing injury and wondering how she was keeping track of all of this fast-paced movement and if she even was or if she was just making it up as she went along.

The first class I noticed myself doing that she came back to the left by the end of class and, praise the lord, we ended class having done the same movements on the left as we had on the right. And I’m pretty sure my obsessing about whether or not she would remember didn’t make a hill of beans of difference.

Mentally Micro-Managing

A couple of days later I was out for lunch with another girlfriend. An adorable server told us he’d prepare a table for us. I watched him doing his thing and it seemed like he was doing something other than getting our table ready. When another server asked if we’d been helped I told her that the guy had said he was going to set up a table for us but that he didn’t appear to be doing that.

Moments later he waved us over and I realized while I’d been judging him for not doing what he said he was going to, he’d been preparing a sweet little spot for us at the counter overlooking the open kitchen.

I think I’m not alone in spending too much time worrying about other people doing what they’re supposed to be doing.

Ever since the day in yoga that I realized I was mentally micromanaging the sequencing I’ve been practicing surrender. I’m letting the teacher do her thing. And I’m doing mine. (For the record, I’m not yet good at this. But I’m showing up and catching myself more which is all I can ask of myself.)

I’m there to practice. She’s there to teach.

Same thing at the restaurant. I was there to eat lunch. He was there to serve it. He didn’t need me halfway talking to my friend and halfway wondering if he was going to set up our table like he’d said.

twitter_standingWhen we stop worrying about others doing their thing, we get to be more present for doing our thing. (Click to Tweet.)

Each day in yoga when I notice myself wondering (or worrying) about the sequencing I come back to my body. I feel the sweat dripping down my back or the heat building in my thighs.

During that hour, my job is to practice. Her job is to teach.

The truth is, even if we do one extra hip circle on our right than on our left, the world will remain in balance. These are small potatoes in the grand scheme of things.

Releasing my need to mentally control what others are or are not doing is a practice in and of itself. Remembering what I’m there to do instead of obsessing about what they’re there to do really helps.

Over to you:

What helps you surrender when you find yourself trying to control situations that are not up to you to control? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please leave a comment below!


 

Feng-Shui-Logo_Sunflower1P.S. Feng Shui for Financial Freedom will be here for the holidays. This digital course will teach you how to make your space a money magnet. Want to be sure to be the first to know when the doors are open? Click HERE.

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What to Do When the People You Love Drive You Bananas

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We’re now in the sandwich space between Thanksgiving (in the US) and Christmas. Opportunities abound to spend time with loved ones. And opportunities abound for those very same ones we love to push our buttons.

Unless you’re living on another planet where feathers never get ruffled by other people, especially the ones you share genetic material with, this season is rife with chances to choose how you respond to said ruffled feathers.

There are times when someone pisses you off and you must say something in that moment. You’re telling your family about something exciting that happened to you at work and suddenly your sister interrupts you to complain about how her boss never acknowledges her for her ideas. A kind but firm reminder that you were in the middle of a story may be in order.

Then there are other times. Your dad starts doing that thing he always does that he’s been doing since you were a kid, that thing you hate. You’ve asked him to stop doing it several times in the past. Every time you bring it up it’s painful—you feel like your heart is undergoing a dissection on the dining room table. And yet here he is doing it again.

Three Simple Questions

These are those times when it’s really helpful to ask yourself three simple questions that a girlfriend shared with me a while back.

Here’s how it works:

A scenario arises when someone does or says something that doesn’t feel good to you. You feel an emotion rise to the surface. Your cheeks get hot and your tongue stings with choice words for that person.

Before you speak, ask yourself:

  1. Does it need to be said?
  2. Does it need to be said by me?
  3. Does it need to be said right now?

If all three of the answers are not yes, consider taking a deep breath instead of blurting something out.

I believe in transformation. In fact, I live for it. People can change and they do every day.

But the truth is, certain people do certain things that drive us nuts, and they may never stop doing them.

I’ve realized of late that there comes a moment when I’ve said what I’ve needed to say once, twice, or even ten times—and I’m done.

twitter_standingAt some point, you have to release the seductive idea that you can change another person. (Tweet it.)

I’m not advocating that you pretend things are okay when they aren’t. I’m not advocating that you stuff your feelings. I’m not advocating that you tolerate abuse of any kind.

I’m simply suggesting surrender. Surrender to another person’s soul journey. Surrender to their need to be who they are and do what they need to do. Surrender to the fact that there may be nothing you can do or say to change them. Surrender to letting them be.

We find peace when we let go and let others find their way.

We find serenity when we accept the things (and people) we cannot change.

This holiday season and beyond, may we all give the people in our lives the space to be who they are, no matter who we might like them to be instead.

May we say only the things we need to say, right now, and may we say them with love.

And when we decide not to say anything at all, may we relish knowing that every soul has his or her own journey and the only one we’re in control of is our own.

Over to you:

Do you have any techniques that help you determine when to say what’s on your mind and when not to? What’s been your experience with surrendering your desire to change other people? I’d love to hear from you, so leave a comment below!

 

Looking for great holiday gift ideas?

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Feng-Shui-Logo_Sunflower1And for the person on your list who has absolutely everything, Feng Shui for Financial Freedom is going to be available very soon. Get on the list here to be the first to know when the course is open for enrollment. Because, seriously, there’s no one on your list who couldn’t use a bit more abundance.

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On feeling what we’re feeling and the inherent movement of emotion

Last week I was feeling blue. I couldn’t pinpoint a problem exactly, but I knew I didn’t feel the way I wanted to feel.

Perhaps it’s the seasonal shift and the fact that the sun is setting in Portland, Maine, around 4:15 pm these days. Maybe it’s the slowing down I’ve been doing lately. Doing less allows things to rise to the surface that I’ve previously not wanted to let myself feel—hence my busyness to avoid feeling them.

I was feeling those things.

Some people find melancholy romantic and somehow bittersweetly satisfying. I am not one of those people.

Usually, I would push on through the depression and pretend it wasn’t happening. What I did this time instead was acknowledge it.

I told Mike I was feeling depressed. I took an afternoon nap on the love seat in his office. (His suggestion. I married a good one.)

I told my mom I was feeling depressed. We booked an afternoon of foot soaks and reflexology.

I let myself experience what it felt like to be depressed and not know why and not know how to fix it. And instead of getting busy, I got quiet.

After a few days of waking up in a funky fog, I awoke feeling bright and alive instead. I hadn’t had any major emotional breakthroughs. I hadn’t had a huge realization of any kind.

I’d just let the feelings do their thing.

I used to have seasonal depressions that would hang around for a couple of months. (Upping my vitamin D levels, exercising regularly, and having writing as a creative outlet have helped a lot.)

This one only lasted a couple of days. Why? I Because let it be what it was.

twitter_standingFeelings are meant to move. That’s why they’re also called emotions. (Tweet it!)

It’s called an emotion for a reason. Six of the seven letters in the word are about movement.

When we let our feelings be in their true nature without resisting, avoiding, or pushing them down, they tend to move.

The fear is that if we fully acknowledge a feeling that doesn’t feel good, we’ll dive so deeply that we’ll never stop feeling that way.

In fact, the exact opposite is true.

The deeper we dive into feeling a certain way, the sooner we feel a different way.

How do we actually feel what we’re feeling?

  • See what physical sensations you’re experiencing when you feel certain emotions. What does depression feel like in your body? What does anxiety feel like? Where in your body do you feel an emotion?
  • Get curious about the feeling itself. Sit down and literally feel.

Life is dull when lived in a narrow band of mediocre highs and ho-hum lows. Things get zingy when we’re willing to go to both ends of the spectrum.

twitter_standingThe deeper we feel things, the faster there’s a new thing to feel. (Tweet it!)

Whatever feeling comes knocking at your door, notice it. Let it in. Make space for it.

What we resist persists. Instead, welcome the emotion and you’ll give it space to move, which is exactly what it wants to do.

Over to you:

How do you give your feelings space to be what they are? What do you notice when you resist versus embrace your emotions? Leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you!


P.S. Two things you need to know about:

1. Feng Shui for Financial Freedom: I’m launching a new program soon! It’s called Feng Shui for Financial Freedom. I’m combining my life-long love of all things home related with what I know about organizing energy to attract abundance. I’ll give you everything you need to know (complete with an 8-step action guidebook) to make room for riches in time for the holidays. Get on the list to be one of the first to know about it by clicking HERE.

 

Be-Cause-Affiliate-Badge2. Be Cause: Group Coaching Program: You know who helped me learn to sit with uncomfortable emotions? Chela Davison. Believe it or not she actually helped me to maybe not “like” sitting with uncomfortable emotions, but at least to be open to it. If you want to live fully Chela Davison is the coach you want.

She has created a 12-week group-coaching program called Be Cause: for seekers, leaders and change-makers.

This program is designed for anyone seeking to do their best work in the world. Whether it’s inner work or outer results, this is perfect for you if you have a cause, business, project, or even an idea stirring that wants to fully emerge – all in alignment with who you really are. The magic happens between group video sessions, practices crafted specifically for you and community for accountability and support. The collective wisdom combined with Chela’s insight and masterful practice design brings you what you need to step into what’s next.

You will be heard and met where you are and also nudged forward with relevant, thoughtful probing and action steps. You should be prepared to show up – for yourself and others. You will dance between accountability and fluidity – keeping your commitment to your own growth (and whatever action/being is associated with that) while also being open to necessary shifts in direction or focus.

Registration for January opens November 24th. Groups are small. Get your seat. Click HERE.

 

 

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8 signs that you’re addicted to busyness

(This is part one of a multi-part series on doing less. Get on the list to get the next installment right in your inbox.) It’s recently come to my attention that I have a habit of, or perhaps even an addiction to, proving my worth through constant activity. This habit has been on my radar…Continue Reading

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