A lovely friend of mine asked me this morning, "Are you doing anything for the super blue blood moon?! Should I be doing something?" And I'm so glad she asked. It got me focused with 48 hours to spare. 😹Read More
I realized this past month that I've been picking and choosing which of my ideas to develop and share based on whether or not I feel they have the potential to be that "big ticket item" that creates a magical breakthrough and catapults me to the next level in Business™.
At some point in the past years, I absorbed the belief that with just one more effort, one more class, one more Aha! moment, I'd create something that would blow the doors to my business wide open, I'd magically attract all the new customers I needed, and all would be well.
And, I know this hope/belief is easy to absorb in the entrepreneurial world. It's far sexier to advertise "Breakthrough!" than "Slow'n'Steady Progress."
In the process of holding out for my own breakthrough, I set aside a lot of smaller jewelry offerings and intuitive creations that I pre-judged wouldn't be welcomed in a huge way. Or even a moderate way! And now I realize that withholding any creative idea is the same as denying someone the medicine they truly need.
Because why would the idea be channeled to me in the first place, if it wasn't needed by someone in the material world?
So now I'm approaching my offerings, and creations, and my entire structure with new eyes. For the first time in years, I'm excited to sit down and free-form create, and then share what I'm developing! Because whether it reaches one person, or 5, or 100, they need what I'm doing, and I'm here to help.
It's a huge relief, giving myself permission to work on things for the sake of seeing the creation through to completion, instead of for the sake of whether or not it will "sell."
And, in a good way, it feels a little rebellious... entrepreneurs are, after all, supposed to chase that Big Ticket Dream. So I'm giving myself permission to STOP chasing, for the rest of the year, or maybe longer. Right now I'm focusing on being the best I can be, for the people who need me.
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It's funny for a jewelry designer to admit, but I wasn't much of a jewelry wearer in my past. I have always had pieces I love, and carried with me, but the general concept of wearing multiple pieces on a daily basis never really sunk in... until last year. That's when I learned just how potent jewelry can be for focusing and setting intentions.
I still remember one of the pivotal moments that changed my mind, and the way I now set intentions. I’d found a stash of silver Spiral charms and a flash of inspiration washed through me… I could see it perfectly in my mind’s eye: a Manifestation Bracelet.
I’d never woven a bracelet like this before. When it was finished, I felt a moment of self-doubt. Could a bracelet actually help me manifest something tangible? Was I crazy to believe jewelry could be that powerful? So I conducted a test.
I wore the bracelet all the next day, with the specific intention to manifest something 1) edible and 2) free. As the hours progressed, the doubt did return, but feeling the bracelet on my wrist and seeing the specifically selected stones and charms reminded me of my intention. I flowed through the doubt and re-anchored in trust.
Dinnertime rolled around, and sure enough, by the time the meal was complete our table of four people had been gifted a free aperitif and a complimentary meal.
I love to cook, so we don’t eat out often — free food and drinks at a restaurant is faroutside my wheelhouse. I was stunned at the power of my intention, supported by the bracelet I had woven just that morning. It really worked!
When I shared this exact story on Facebook the next day (intending only to share my amazement) I was inundated with requests from people wanting a manifestation bracelet of their own. They recognized the power of a wearable talisman, hand-created to support their unique needs and energy. So not only did I, Kittie, become a regular jewelry wearer, but the Talismana Jewelry collection was also born!
Nowadays, I wear at least one piece of jewelry throughout the day -- maybe more! It depends on my mood when I wake up, whether or not I'm going out and about, and most importantly, what I desire to energize and grow within my life. More than beautiful decorations, my jewelry serves to empower me, and my dreams as I help them grow to fruition. I love knowing I have a physical reminder of my efforts, and this love is why I continue creating jewelry every week.
Let me preface this by saying: I am a huge fan of making lists.
To do lists. Pro/Con lists. Task lists with subtasks. Journals, day planners, moleskines. I love them all.
There’s nothing as satisfying as getting organized in a way that lets me see all the moving pieces at a glance.
However, there is such a thing as list exhaustion. And I’ve suffered from it. Many times.
When a decision first lands in your lap, the urge to map out the Pros and Cons is instinctual and positive! Getting it all out of your head into a neutral space is a great way to alleviate mental pressure.
But eventually, that decision needs to get made, and no amount of list making will change the fact that it must be made based on the currently available knowledge, with the potential for a less-than-ideal outcome.
In other words, when we make a decision, there’s always a chance that it will be the wrong decision. And no Pro/Con list can save us from that.
When the initial rush of organization passes, and the mind moves onto the, “Ok seriously, it’s time to decide” phase of the process, it’s so tempting to keep making lists in an effort to minimize foreseeable risks or complications. And yet… making those lists, analyzing over and over, is just keeping us stuck in our heads.
Getting stuck in our heads is a great way to play it safe. It gives us all the excuses in the world to not take action until we know it will work out in our best favor.
It’s an endless loop of self-serving logic that feels good because it’s protecting us.
But to make a truly balanced and well-informed decision, we must exit that logic loop and enter into a more intuitive place within ourselves. Every decision has, at its core, either a desire or a fear. We must consult our emotional guidance to understand the heart of the decision. This is the perfect time to perform a gut check. What do I feel to be true? What about this decision scares me? And is it a rational fear, or my imagination acting out?
Every decision, big or small, cannot be settled by logic alone. Logic is a valuable tool; it helps us understand what does, and does not, work as far as our available resources go (e.g. money, time, help, etc). But no amount of logic can answer the core emotional question that exists at the heart of every practical decision.
Once we understand the emotional issue at the heart of the decision, it becomes much easier to move forward and make a clear decision - even if we only take baby steps! - using the logical points we’ve already outlined.
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