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Get the lowdown and dirty on ‘Creative Soul Sisters’ from all over the globe. Doing their thing and rockin’ their tribe…Inspiring us all to know better, do better, love more and work with passion.

Our Sacred & Sexy Interview this week is with Sarah Schwab from Milwaukee, USA. 

Sarah s the Founder and President of Content Creation Coach. She helps small businesses and entrepreneurs to create consistent, compelling content they need to market their business online. She believes in the power of self-expression and creativity to transform her clients’ businesses and lives. She has created hundreds of blog articles, produced videos, teleseminars, webinars, e-books, and more.

  1. When and how did you get into this work?

A life-long ambition of mine, I launched my business in 2013. I love creative work and marketing, so that’s what I started with. But it took the first year of working with different clients on different projects to really figure out my “sweet spot.” I tell people that Content Creation is at the intersection of entrepreneurship and creativity, and that’s where I want to be!

  1. What are the ups and downs to your work?

Everything is up and down when you own a business and work for yourself. You have to be willing to take risks, which means sometimes things work out and sometimes they don’t. I’ve had amazing clients that light up my day, and terrible clients who made me cry. I worked really hard on projects that ended up flopping, and I soared when people told me the impact that my work had on them. And then there’s the ups and downs of the money. Revenue isn’t consistent. Sometimes there’s an influx and sometimes it’s really slow, and you have to be able to weather those challenges. But, to be honest, I thrive on the ups and downs of my business. It keeps me feeling alive and on my toes.

  1. What or who still lights you up in your life or what are you inspired by?

I have two categories of people who light up my life. One is other entrepreneurs who really “get it.” They are my tribe and they understand how I work and are often dealing with similar challenges. I have a handful of mentors and peers I can turn to anytime about my business. I need that support and they always make me smile.

Secondly, my family and my kids light up my life. We love each other unconditionally. I love watching them grow and growing together. And it’s important that I have things that light me up outside my business so I can stay balanced.

  1. What are your other passions in life?

Travel and doing new things. I love trying something or going somewhere I’ve never been. It stretches me, takes me outside my comfort zone. Some people aren’t wired like that, but I love it. It energizes me. I believe that if you aren’t growing, you are dying. Growing isn’t always easy, but it’s what life is all about.

  1. What was a big struggle for you in your career and how did you overcome it?

The biggest struggle in my work-life is balancing work and family. Having kids changed my life and my career dramatically. I left one job because of it. I postponed my business because of it. And managing my career and business goals while still being a loving mom continues to be a struggle. I wouldn’t say that I have “overcome” it – I’m not sure that’s possible. But I have created different solutions along the way for the different stages of the journey. And I recently started a new phase (we hired an Au Pair!) to carry us forward.

  1. Can you tell us something sacred about you that people might not ordinarily know?

I am a dancer at heart. Dance is a passion of mine, and is something that needs to be part of my life. For years, I took dance classes – nearly majored in choreography in college. I even followed my favorite dance professor to Italy for a month of dancing by the Mediterranean, which was one of the highlights of my life. I continued taking dance classes until the birth of my second child. Now, I having been in a “real” dance studio for over 10 years. But I keep it in my life by going to dance performances, watching dance shows, and taking Zumba classes. At least it’s something!

  1. What advice or guidance can you give others who need some aspiring words of encouragement right now?

Get back up and keep going. Everyone falls down sometimes. And those who dream the biggest, fall down the most. The key is to keep getting back up. It’s like one of my favorite quotes: “I get up. I fall down. But meanwhile, I keep dancing!”

Sarah’s business can be found here: www.contentcreationcoach.com

***** Thank you Sarah, I love how your work and tribe light you up so much.. and especially your quote on how if we are not growing, we are dying.. This is so true.. Life / work becomes stagnant when we are not growing and creating.

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Get the lowdown and dirty on ‘Creative Soul Sisters’ from all over the globe. Doing their thing and rockin’ their tribe…Inspiring us all to know better, do better, love more and work with passion.

Our Sacred & Sexy Interview this week is with UK fashion designer Helen Woollams..

This week is a very special feature. I went to interview an up and coming designer in her studio in Bedfordshire. (See the stunning pics below the interview).

Helen is an award winning designer who has over 15 years experience. Her collections have been featured in many publications including Vogue.  She launched Hellavagirl in 2011 and continues to produce three collections a year under the label as well as continuing to work as a freelance designer.

Hellavagirl is an independent womenswear label founded by designer Helen Woollams. After graduating from London College of Fashion with a highly accredited final collection Featured in Vogue and shown at LFW 05′.. She has recently been gracing some of the larger catwalks, Oxford and London to name a few and will be at Paris Fashion Week this October.

 

  1. When and how did you get into this work?

I went to a fashion show with my mum and it made me cry –  this was my first stand out memory. As I wanted to be the designer, my passion was born then. I ALWAYS loved fashion and dressing up, so I did a foundation in art then a degree in fashion after wanting to be a designer for 15 years.

  1. What are the ups and downs to your work?

The Ups –  the vibrancy and energy of the shows, getting to do what I love and getting to be creative day. Having complete creative licence with what I’m doing with control is one of the best things about working for myself.

The Downs are – every day struggles with money. Financially being restricted to what you can do and achieve. Creatively you are generally doubting yourself all the time-  this can be a down time too.

3.  What or who still lights you up in your life or what are you inspired by?

My partner- because he is continutally supportive of my ideas. I wouldn’t be here without him. I’m also totally inspired by every day things and I always try to make time to do things and go places that inpsire me.

Lots of fashion designers light me up inside –  I’m in awe of Alexander MacQeen. He is a genius (this is an obvious answer).  I recently went to see the exhibition Savage Beauty. There was such attention to detail, it’s insane and something I aspire to.

  1. What are your other passions in life?

I love to go to festivals, I love music and all art… I love lots of things. Dressing up, having with friends and generally being creative in all that I do.

  1. What was a big struggle for you in your career and how did you overcome it?

To be able to do my own thing was a long term struggle, as it is for most artists. I worked freelance for others for a long time. I wanted to be in control of my creativity. This has slowly come from starting the business on my own. And people always push you to be commercial and I don’t want to be commercial. Although you have to find the balance between earning money and creating your dreams.. That’s the struggle, but it’s worth it.

  1. Can you tell us something sacred about you that people might not ordinarily know?

Overcoming confidence issues in work and in myself was a huge thing for me. I had a lot of self doubt.  You can push through it, as a motion… It’s a process. I still have to do it now all the time. There are always new layers to push through. That’s part of being an artist.

  1. What advice or guidance can you give others who need some aspiring words of encouragement right now?

To trust your feelings, to push through the tough times – to go with what you think is right. Try to look at things with fresh eyes –  always. Sometimes you need to have a break, so take a break and come back to the issue or whatever it is…. It’s then that the magic can happen and your dreams can really become reality. I’m living proof of that.

You can find Hellavagirl here: www.hellavagirl.com

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Get the lowdown and dirty on ‘Creative Soul Sisters’ from all over the globe! Doing their thing and rockin’ their tribe…Inspiring us all to know better, do better, love more and work with passion.

Our Sacred & Sexy Interview this week is with Helen Courtney from the UK…

Helen Courtney is the founder of Evolving You, a Self-Realisation expert and the author of the book ‘The Silent Sufferer’. Today, Helen is happy in love, life and her career.

Through her consultation business and training academy, Helen connects people to their ability to self-heal by sharing wisdom of the mind/body connection and empowering healing techniques, so that they can successfully overcome their own challenges. Earlier this year Helen’s work was recognised when she won ‘Healer of the Year’ in the Health and Happiness magazine awards, as well as winning in the Author/Blogger category at the Women Inspiring Women Awards in Birmingham

1)When and how did you get into this work? 

I was introduced to alternative medicine at the age of 11, when my mother started working at the UK’s first Homeopathic college. The college and clinic whetted my appetite for complimentary therapies, however it was many years later in 1998 that I embarked upon my quest to learn about the interconnection between mind, body and spirit in regards to health, wellbeing and happiness. I attended workshops, talks and read numerous books before completing formal training in energy medicine, Educational Kinesiology, Touch for Health, Transpersonal Hypnotherapy and Seichem. Initially, I used these healing modalities for my own personal growth, but having experienced the benefits first-hand, I had a desire to share the wisdom I had discovered. So in 2012, I set-up Evolving You to educate people on the inter-relationship between our mind’s subconscious belief system, our emotional body and physical health, in order to help others achieve health, happiness and success.

2)What are the ups and downs to your work?

The definite ‘ups’ are having the opportunity to do what I love, to share my story in order to inspire others and to help others on their personal journey of self-realisation in every aspect of their life including relationships, career, health and wealth.

I suppose the down-side would be that I can sometimes get emotionally affected by the challenges my clients and students face. However, as an empath I am able to connect with my clients on a deeper level, so its more of a blessing really.

3) What or who still lights you up in your life or what are you inspired by?

Life itself lights me up! How exciting that our planet has such a diverse range of people to connect with and so many stunning places to explore. There is so much knowledge to be gained, skills that we can develop if we choose and opportunities on offer. There is simply too much to explore in one lifetime, but I’m doing my best! People inspire me; I am continuously amazed by human resilience, the wisdom of the soul and the evolution of communities.

4) What are your other passions in life?

Thats easy – my family, friends and pets! All bring me opportunities to learn and evolve as a person, create wonderful memories and ignite my heart with love, joy and happiness.

5) What was a big struggle for you in your career and how did you overcome it?

Being a one-man band! When starting a new business its difficult to manage the various aspects of the business including website design, marketing and book-keeping to name just a few. After all, these may not be our person skills and learning these skills can take us away from what we love. Funds can be limited initially, so its not always possible to pay an expert to undertake these on your behalf. Therefore, one solution is to trade skills where you can. Another, is to write a list of the ‘need to have’s’ in order to grow your business, in favour of the ‘nice to have’s’. Then put a percentage of your income aside to pay for the trades which will help you most.

6) Can you tell us something sacred about you that people might not ordinarily know?

Oh this is a difficult one. I had a budgerigar called Joey when I was four years old. I taught him to dance to the theme tune of Top of the Pops, eat toast crumbs from my finger for breakfast and he would walk around the house when he was too old to fly.

7) What advice or guidance can you give others who need some aspiring words of encouragement right now?

The simplest guidance I can gift anyone is the Serenity Prayer. I invite people to write this on a piece of paper and place it where it can be seen each morning, for example next to the bed, on the inside of the wardrobe or on the bathroom mirror. Every morning read the statement out-loud three times to relinquish the need for control, aid personal responsibility and help the process of letting go.

“Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;

the courage to change the things I can;

and the wisdom the know the difference.’ 

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Beautiful and brave words of wisdom here Helen, from a lady who has been there.. I also love the Serenity Prayer, it’s really powerful .

You can check out Helens work here: www.evolvingyou.co.uk

 

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Get the lowdown and dirty on fabulous ‘Creative Soul Sisters’ from all over the globe! Doing their thing and rockin’ their tribe…Inspiring us all to know better, do better, love more and work with passion.

Our Sacred & Sexy Interview this week is with Shari Mallinson from Vancouver, Canada..

Shari was inspired at a young age by her mother and aunt’s creativity and sold her first work at the age of nine. Little did she know this would lead to a life-long, passion-filled, obsession. She’s since gone on to show and sell her work throughout Canada, Mexico, United States, Australia and various other destinations.

As an artist; illustrator, painter and designer she does her best to use her abilities to express the intimacy of her work; to detail and capture feeling. She’s a creative blend of introvert and extrovert; animated yet thoughtful. Quiet gardener and voracious book reader vs. sparkly shoe owner and closet, pajama-clad, Vegas showgirl.

She currently works as a professional day dreamer and artist somewhere on the west coast of beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia to stay close to her co-weirdo/super hero husband, menagerie of furry kids, home with organic garden and her art studio. 
 
1. When and how did you get into this work?
When I was in grade 4 I started an art business based on my love of art. I created illustrations of quirky kids on skateboards and sold them. I then branched out into more pop culture driven political work. My business became so popular I hired two extra kids to make deliveries and take payments. I continued creating and selling my art part-time until 5 years ago when I quit my corporate job to follow my dream full-time. 

2.What are the ups and downs to your work?
The ups of my work is getting to do what I love, where I want, while making others happy and at the same time contributing partial proceeds from the sale of my work, via micro loans, to war torn and poverty stricken areas helping to enable others to fulfil their dreams.  Keeping inspired on a daily basis can sometimes be a challenge but I have power playlists, music, my dogs, my husband and the beauty I surround myself with to tap into when I’m running a bit short.

3.What or who still lights you up in your life or what are you inspired by? 
There is so much inspiration to draw from everything! If I had to choose I’d say the absolute and unapologetic beauty of nature’s flora and fauna, other artists and their boundless creativity, clients and their spectacular ideas and of course my husband with his sense of humor, support and utmost determination.
 
4.What are your other passions in life?
I adore the theater and did a bit of stage and TV acting when I was a kid. I also love gardening. I have a huge organic garden filled with veggies, flowers, birds, butterflies and bees. I also have a voracious appetite for learning. I’m a trained plant based chef, have certifications in sports and plant based nutrition and am currently finishing my plant based certification from Cornell University.
 
5.What was a big struggle for you in your career and how did you overcome it? 
My biggest struggle was continuing to pursue my dream. There was never any question I wanted to be an artist and create but, at times, I allowed others to have me second-guessing my direction, passions and even, who I really am. It was difficult, at times, and because of the stress my health suffered but once I started listening to my inner guide and strength things fell into place and my mind and body became aligned with my true purpose.
 
6.Can you tell us something sacred about you that people might not ordinarily know?
I’ve struggled with chronic depression since I was three. This means that some days I have to work extra hard to draw inspiration, roll out of bed and put those two feet firmly on the ground.  I use tools such as nutrition, focusing on the now, “I am” journaling, full body meditation, and calling back my power to help regulate and keep myself healthy and aligned.

7.What advice or guidance can you give others who need some aspiring words of encouragement right now?
Be kind to yourself and don’t feel guilty about self-care. Your mental, physical and spiritual health are your foundation of power and with a healthy foundation you can move the world. —
Thanks for your inspiration and honesty shared Shari… I love how you have been able to adapt your multi-passionate entrepreneurship into your art and life and make a living from it.. It’s what we are all trying to achieve…
You can find Shari here…http://www.sharimallinson.com

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Get the lowdown and dirty on fabulous ‘Creative Soul Sisters’ from all over the globe! Doing their thing and rockin’ their tribe…Inspiring us all to know better, do better, love more and work with passion.

Our Sacred & Sexy Interview this week is with Gina Nicole Rossi from California…

Gina Nicole Rossi is a Feng Shui Practitioner, Angel Intuitive, and Intuitive Counselor.  She thrives on interpersonal communications of universal love, and has a deep passion to help others live their best life now.  After overcoming her own personal challenges in the areas of health, career and relationships, she has dedicated her life to help others do the same.

 

  1.   When and how did you get into this work?

 

When I was 27, I became very ill. I had various doctors advise me of medicines, surgeries, and procedures as treatments. I chose a holistic route instead, one that included Feng Shui. My healing magically unfolded when I incorporated this method.  I was enthralled, and I knew that I wanted to learn this art so that I could share it with people who needed it the most.

  1.   What are the ups and downs to your work?

 

Of course this work ebbs and flows. When it flows, I give infinite gratitude. When it ebbs, I trust and continue to give gratitude for what I have. The challenge has been to really learn the balance and relationship of the two, the reward is knowing that it works everytime!

  1.   What or who still lights you up in your life or what are you inspired by?

 

HANDS DOWN my biggest inspiration is my Archangel team, and I sing that proudly. They inspire me every single day. It is their inspiration and guidance that has brought me to where I am personally, professionally, emotionally, and even physically.

  1.   What are your other passions in life?

 

I am blessed to be living my passion. My “other” passions support that path; meditation, yoga, aura soma, laughter, connecting people, and travel!

  1.   What was a big struggle for you in your career and how did you overcome it?

 

The biggest struggle I have had is not knowing how to authentically love myself. I have been stuck in the mind set where I could not acknowledge my heart’s desires, where I criticized myself worse than my own enemy. The way I talked to my body, financial situation, and other people had a snowball effect. It brought me more to be worried about, and showed up in my emotions, my outcomes, and in my health, and in my career. That being said, I am grateful for that challenging time. It enabled me to empathize with the empty, yearning feeling, even if only minimal at times. It inspired me to be on the journey of constant self-love that I am now able to share with you.

 

  1.   Can you tell us something sacred about you that people might not ordinarily know?

 

I struggle and THAT is sacred, because it helps me to grow strong.  Even after manifesting new things and people I am grateful for, I still learn because it is new! I have a team I count on for help, I am in constant self-care, and I continue to learn and grow each day.

 

  1.   What advice or guidance can you give others who need some aspiring words of encouragement right now?

 

There is an abundance of tools and communities for you. Some things may work for you, and some may not, but just BE ACTIONABLE AND START. When I needed help most, I knew I had to put myself first. As much as I didn’t want to spend money, I also knew that if I wanted to change, I had to be a visionary and not act out of fear of money.

Also, if you are asking for guidance, don’t forget to take a key step most miss …LISTEN. Don’t force, or seek, just surrender and accept the answers being given to you. —

See her beautiful website and work here: www.ginanicole.net

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Get the lowdown and dirty on fabulous ‘Creative Soul Sisters’ from all over the globe! Doing their thing and rockin’ their tribe…Inspiring us all to know better, do better, love more and work with passion.

Our Sacred & Sexy Interview this week is with Diane Michel  from Nashville, Tennessee.. 

Diane is a Success Coach and famous Singer/Songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee with a belief that every woman deserves her fairy tale ending. She left the corporate world behind, as a high level Business Consultant, to pursue a life of enchantment and inspired living. She built a successful National and International Television Concert Series that centers around original songs that inspire the human heart. She works closely with women to help them tap into their divine calling and follow their dreams so that they may live a life of purpose, balance, and inner peace….sprinkled with a touch of magic.

 

  • When and how did you get into this work?

 

About 5 weeks ago, I made the decision to take a high-level Coaching course of my own. Almost immediately, insight and creativity flowed. Within the first week of the course, I had a serious epiphany that this was a direction I wanted my life to take (Success Coach) and so I went with it. It felt like a very natural next step for me. Within 4 weeks, I attracted my first high end client. This was evidence that I made a great decision to open this new chapter of my life.

 

  • What are the ups and downs to your work?

 

The ups of being an entrepreneur are a great sense of freedom to live my life by design; to do inspired work; to enjoy the benefits that freedom allows. The challenges are learning to free myself from the need to defend my chosen lifestyle to those in more regimented professions; to be mindful always that my success depends more on my relaxed state of being and balance in order to attract opportunity to me, as opposed to chasing it.

 

  • What or who still lights you up in your life or what are you inspired by?

 

I am inspired by enchantment; The feeling of hope; magic….endless possibilities. I believe that we have not even begun to tap into our potential, or the potential opportunity that is all around us. I love to awaken people to that mindset and see it transform their thinking.

 

  • What are your other passions in life?

 

I am passionate about music. I have been in the songwriting profession in Nashville for almost all of my adult life and it is an incredible honor to write and create here with such gifted musicians. I believe music reaches us at a soul level and can do wonders when it comes to healing, enlightening us, or helping us feel understood.

 

  • What was a big struggle for you in your career and how did you overcome it?

 

The biggest struggle I faced was following my heart, no matter the cost. I allowed people, for years, to influence my decisions. My body turned on me by manifesting those inner lies in the form of illnesses and surgeries. Once I drew a line in the sand and said “enough!”, and allowed myself permission to walk in my own divine calling, my body got well and has remained well. I now take a firm stand when it comes to listening to my heart, even in the face of adversaries or struggle, and I feel incredibly strong and aligned inside.

 

  • Can you tell us something sacred about you that people might not ordinarily know?

 

I have an extremely close walk with Jesus Christ. I have spent many years studying God’s promises and His word. For me, life is a dance and God is my leading man. He has His part in directing my steps; my part is to choose to follow Him, even if it scares me. I have learned that courage is not the absence of fear, but a choice to follow, despite the fear. God is always faithful to hold me in His arms, protectively and lovingly, and it is an exhilarating dance with Him through life.

 

  • What advice or guidance can you give others who need some aspiring words of encouragement right now?

 

Trust your heart and get the high level Coaching you need to objectively make some sense of how to navigate your life. Don’t let one more year get away from you in cowaring to someone else’s ideas of how you should live your life. Your soul knows what you are divinely wired for. Be true to yourself and trust that. This is the only rightful path to happiness, in my opinion. ~~~

 

This is beautiful Diane, thank you… I love how you are not afraid to share about the love of Jesus in your life… And that you were so brave to jump ship from a career path that didn’t serve you anymore…

You can find Diane here:   www.fairytaleendingcoach.com

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Get the lowdown and dirty on fabulous ‘Creative Soul Sisters’ from all over the globe! Doing their thing and rockin’ their tribe…Inspiring us all to know better, do better, love more and work with passion.

Our Sacred & Sexy Interview this week is with Sarah Magdalena Love from Germany…

Sarah Magdalena Love is a web designer, small business mentor and holistic life coach on a mission to spread self-love and help women to live a more authentic and joyful life of pleasure and ease. Her coaching approach is very heart-centred yet practical and results driven. Sarah currently lives in Berlin with her little dog Orlando and blogs over at SarahMagdalenaLove.com When she isn`t working, she is probably eating vegan ice cream or reading books to Orlando on a pile of soft cushions by candle light.

When and how did you get into this work?

I started blogging as a freelancer when I was 19 and over the past decade things grew organically – I gained experience working for online marketing agencies, did an MA in Creative Media and eventually realised that I want to create an awesome one-women-show that makes a real difference in people`s life.

What are the ups and downs to your work?

Staying motivated when you work from home can be hard sometimes, but I would not want to swap my yoga pants for business suits. I love my freedom, the fact that I can travel spontaneously and that at the end of the day, I only have to make myself proud.

What or who still lights you up in your life or what are you inspired by?

I am inspired by the women in my life who are living their dream and are building more ethical businesses, who are challenging the way things are done and who are authentic, loving and brave against all odds.

What are your other passions in life?

I love vegan food and I blog about it even if it technically has nothing to do with my business – I think its great for potential clients to be able to connect with you on a deeper level, to see what you care about beyond business. Running and yoga are also passions, I try to exercise every day and it makes a huge difference to my mood and wellbeing.

What was a big struggle for you in your career and how did you overcome it?

Self-doubt can become a massive block – you start to wonder who you are to do this work, why you think you can make the impossible happen. But I guess you have to remember that perfection isn`t actually attractive, someone out there needs to hear exactly what you have to say and that can keep you going a long way.

Can you tell us something sacred about you that people might not ordinarily know?

I meditate before I meet with clients and I always, always try to make business decisions based on what my heart is telling me rather than what my bank account thinks would be most lucrative – this approach has served me well over the years. I really believe being spiritually grounded is a key to a purposeful, happy life.

What advice or guidance can you give others who need some aspiring words of encouragement right now?

Do it! Do it before you`re ready, run as fast as you can towards your dream, take care of your mind and your body, find running buddies and don`t take yourself too serious. It`s meant to be fun!

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Thank you Sarah, I have loved connecting with you and reading your blog! It is really varied and relevant. I especially like this one : 6 Self Care Tools for Depression.

I have had depression twice and luckily recovered both times, the first with medication and the second with much therapy and time away from life and work…

You can read more about Sarah and her blogs here.

Are you interested in getting Coaching for your Creative Career or Business?

Contact me HERE for a FREE clarity call!

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Get the lowdown and dirty on fabulous ‘Creative Soul Sisters’ from all over the globe! Doing their thing and rockin’ their tribe…Inspiring us all to know better, do better, love more and work with passion.

Our Sacred & Sexy Interview this week is with April Adams Pertuis from the USA…

April Adams Pertuis is a writer, video producer, and media specialist. She is in the business of storytelling. Her philosophy is “everyone has a story” and she’ll ask the right questions until she gets to the Core of what that story is. You can find her over at LIGHTbeamers, where she blogs about people, things, events that shine a LIGHT and make the world a brighter place. When she’s not spinning her ideas into stories, April chases her two kids, enjoys date nights with her husband, and dreams of her next vacation to quiet beaches where there is always a lot of LIGHT.

1.When and how did you get into this work?

I’ve been working in media/journalism/video production my entire adult life. But it really wasn’t until this past year that really started to call myself a “writer”. Launching LIGHTbeamers has ignited a passion in me, and unleashed a madwoman on a mission.

2.What are the ups and downs to your work?

My work is all freelance-based, so I have learned to juggle the up and down nature of the work. It’s a “feast or famine” world — so when the work is available, I have to just dive in 110%, and enjoy the downtime when the famine arrives. Writing has helped me fill in the gaps and continue sparking my creativity even when the paychecks aren’t rolling in. But it does require a lot of self-motivation.

3.What or who still lights you up in your life or what are you inspired by?

My family really fuels me. My husband is a business & leadership development coach, so he’s a very good cheerleader and motivator. My kids inspire me because I want to teach them to go after their dreams, to create them on their own. I want to show them that being your own boss is the best way to creating personal freedom. I also want to show them that being kind and compassionate towards others wins every.single.time in life.

4.What are your other passions in life?

I enjoy things that allow me to be part of a Community. I really thrive off other people’s good energy! I love reading — so I belong to book clubs. I enjoy exercise (well, enjoy isn’t the word, but I embrace the health benefits) — so I work out with buddies. I am on a Spiritual journey — so I actively engage in groups within my church.

5.What was a big struggle for you in your career and how did you overcome it?

I really had to learn to dream big bold dreams, to not set small goals. The bigger the goals I have set, the bigger life I have led. I am still working on bad habits (self-doubt, fear). I am a work in progress. But hands down, every time I’ve dreamed big — the rewards have also been big!! It’s a lesson I repeat to myself anytime I start to feel small.

6.Can you tell us something sacred about you that people might not ordinarily know?

Wow! That is such an interesting question. Not one answered easily! People see me as a very positive person. But the truth of the matter is I struggle with the yin-yang of life just like everyone else. There are days that Fear and Doubt rule my world. I have to work very hard on those days to shut the door on those internal conversations raging in my head. The only thing that makes sense to me on those days is to tell myself to focus on what I can control, which always brings me back to positive, action-taking thoughts. I shovel myself out of the mud and move on. I don’t like to admit I was stuck in the mud — but I know we all have those days. It’s a reminder that we all have similar struggles and no one’s struggles are more/less important than our own. Standing in your mud is standing in your truth, and that’s important to acknowledge.

7.What advice or guidance can you give others who need some inspiring words of encouragement right now?

Always seek the positive, reject the negative. It’s such a simple lesson, but if you actively seek ways to lift your spirits, think positive thoughts, be a positive influence for others — the payoff is so big. The clarity with which you can see is amazing. Opportunities abound in the world of positive minded people. When your shrouded in doubt, fear, overwhelm, and negative thoughts… you’re nothing more than just stuck in the mud. Instead of looking inward, look outward. There is always something you can find to be grateful for and appreciate. Give thanks for it! Sitting in a place of gratitude will do wonders to put you back into a positive mindset within minutes. I fully believe that shining your own light will not only ignite a fire in you, but will in turn shine it for others, too. It’s a glorious chain reaction.

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Thank you April. I have loved reading your blog, so bright and inspiring. Keep beaming. You can connect and beam light with April here:

 

Blog: LIGHTbeamers.com

Facebook: facebook.com/LIGHTbeamers

Twitter: twitter.com/LIGHTbeamers

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Get the lowdown and dirty on fabulous ‘Creative Soul Sisters’ from all over the globe! Doing their thing and rockin’ their tribe…Inspiring us all to know better, do better, love more and work with passion.

Our Sacred & Sexy Interview this week is with Kerry Burki  from Arizona…

Kerry Burki is an extroverted dreamer who has in the past struggled to find her way and her confidence. She loves sharing what has helped her create the life she has always wanted! She has been teaching yoga, meditation and working with creatives since 2004.

 

1.When and how did you get into this work?

I decided to combine my experience teaching yoga classes with my work as a blog editor and started creating content online to share with people who need to relax and learn to love themselves.

2.What are the ups and downs to your work?

I have really enjoyed finding my voice and I just love helping people. I am an extrovert so sometimes it is hard to spend so much time behind a computer. I LOVE live events!

3.What or who still lights you up in your life or what are you inspired by?

My husband lights me up for is constant support of my dreams. He keeps me going and his positive outlook on life truly inspires me.

4.What are your other passions in life?

I love visiting new cities and going on hikes with my family. Getting a new point of view always helps me move forward!

5.What was a big struggle for you in your career and how did you overcome it?

Confidence. I would tell myself that I am not a professional or a success because I wasn’t making a ton of money. I realized that it was just me telling myself that and I made it seem true by believing it. I started to change my thoughts and taking action to move my dreams forward. That is when things really started to happen.

6.Can you tell us something sacred about you that people might not ordinarily know?

I have a Bachelors Degree in Religious Studies. I am truly fascinated by all things related to religion and spirituality. I do tend to keep my views and practices more private though. As an extrovert, I am always sharing so it is nice to have something that is not on social media.

7.What advice or guidance can you give others who need some inspiring words of encouragement right now?

When you wake up in the morning give your knees a nice hug into your chest. While giving them a squeeze, start saying nice things to yourself like “I love myself,” “I am beautiful” and “I accept myself.” Finish your day this way too.

Thanks Kerry!

Kerry Burki shares tips and tools for relaxing, loving, breathing and creating through her ebooks, ecourses and her website: www.kerryburki.com

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Get the lowdown and dirty on fabulous ‘Creative Soul Sisters’ from all over the globe! Doing their thing and rockin’ their tribe…Inspiring us all to know better, do better, love more and work with passion.

Our Sacred & Sexy Interview this week is with Artist Blaze Schwaller from the USA…

Blaze has always been an artist, and the joy of painting really lights her inner fire.

After running her own tattoo studio and art gallery for seven years, she realized that the aspect of that work she loved best was the stories that people shared with her. She loved connecting with everyone and understanding why they wanted to get a tattoo.  What was their purpose?  Why did they love a particular image or concept?  How could she make it beautiful and capture a depth of meaning for them that felt true?

She became an interpreter for others’ visions, and there was magic in it! After an injury lead her to leave the tattoo industry, she found that the magic of humanity’s hopes and dreams still burned in her heart. The magic of each person’s inner voice called to her strongly, and she wanted to be the bridge for those emotions, aspirations and shared experiences through her paintings. She now is the artist behind Blaze Brightly! – a place where people can order custom portraits of themselves or their pets.  Her paintings honor her subjects as the unique, beautiful and powerful creatures they are – just by being themselves!

                                                                  

  1. When and how did you get into this profession / work / job?

I wanted to be a painter at 18, when my best friend put a paint brush in my hand for the first time.  After putting myself through art school, I ended up getting into tattooing because I wasn’t sure how to get into galleries.  I also felt like I needed the direction of others in order to create.  I spent the next decade tattooing portraits of people and animals, and even opened my own studio for 7 years!

But when I tore a tendon in my left hand, I couldn’t stretch skin anymore.  I sold my studio, and focused on healing my body.  Soon I really missed working with everyone, and I broke out the pencil and paper again.  And then the paint box.

It occurred to me that the thing I loved most was connecting with others and helping them realize how awesome they are.  I could see in their heads what they wanted to create, and I could be the hand that drew it up for them.

So I re-invented myself as a painter, and began to offer empowering portraits to people to help them see how perfect they actually are, just for being themselves.

  1. What are the ups and downs to your work?

The people I get to work with are the best, for sure!  Seeing a look of joy on someone’s face when they get their painting is the best, or hearing about it, if I worked from afar.

Capturing a likeness is difficult, and I try to get a few eyes on the paintings throughout the process to help me make the corrections necessary to keep it accurate.  There are ups and downs hourly while working on a piece – but it’s such a great feeling when it gets completed and comes to life!

I think the down side can be isolation and living in my art-cave for too long.  It’s easy to get sucked in for a day at a time and forget to eat until I’ve turned into an angry food-monster.  Easily remedied, though!

  1. What or who still lights you up in your life or what are you inspired by?

I’m inspired by people who face their lives with complete honesty and declare to the world, “This is what I want to do.”

I meet people every day who blow me away with their kindness, dedication to a cause, or ability to face and surmount terrible circumstances.  People are so incredible.

I am truly thankful for my husband, Derek, my parrot, Nacho, my cat Mabel, and my snake Timmy.  They keep me laughing, comforted, and excited to tackle each day with fresh eyes.

  1. What are your other passions in life?

Chocolate.  I love chocolate chip muffins so much!

Playing with animals and talking to wildlife.  I have been attempting to befriend our local crows lately while gardening.  They’re coming around.

I love to read and learn about nature, psychology, and business.

  1. What was a big struggle for you in your career and how did you overcome it?

The fear of starting up at all was huge.  I was afraid of failing.  I was afraid of not being as good as the best people in the industry and making a fool of myself.  I didn’t know how to reach people and share my work.  Everything was new and overwhelming.

I overcame it by taking one step at a time, and realizing that even the amazing people I was comparing myself to started somewhere small, just like me.  I decided the best thing I could do was to focus on my passion and love for what I create, and let that love propel me forward to reach the people who could relate to what I was saying.

Being able to focus on what I could offer instead of what I didn’t know how to do yet gave my heart a huge boost and made me less afraid to talk to people and share my dream of painting portraits.  Turns out – they like it!  And I LOVE it!

  1. Can you tell us something sacred about you that people might not ordinarily know?

I have an uncanny ability to “see” images when people are trying to describe what they are thinking– like I am able to see what they are projecting from their heart or mind.

It’s been invaluable in being able to translate complicated ideas into the simple and gorgeous image they had inside them.

When it happens, it feels like true communication, without the burden of words.  I just “know.”

  1. What advice or guidance can you give others who need some inspiring words of encouragement right now?

Hang in there and follow your heart!  Sometimes bad things happen to us and we can’t understand why or what we should do next.  It’s happened to me, and it happens to all of us.

If we take the time to heal and listen to our inner voice, the direction we need to move in will reveal itself.  There is so much greatness waiting for you to come claim it!  Don’t be afraid to try something new.  Even “failures” lead to successes.

Here is Blaze’s website:  http://www.blazebrightly.com

Check it out –  her portraits are really something else…

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Get the lowdown and dirty on fabulous ‘Creative Soul Sisters’ from all over the globe! Doing their thing and rockin’ their tribe…Inspiring us all to know better, do better, love more and work with passion.

 

Our Sacred & Sexy Interview this week is with Grace Kelly…

Grace Kelly is a success coach for women entrepreneurs. She helps women increase their confidence & their earning power to create stylish lives & businesses they love.

Formally a French Teacher in London, Grace left her salary behind and started an international coaching business.

After successfully growing her business to 6-figures in 6 months, she went on to generate almost a quarter of a million pounds in revenues before the end of her second year in business.

Her wildly popular blog, CityGirl Confidence™, was selected by Forbes as one of the top 100 Best Websites for Women, and her expertise has been featured in The Sunday Times, Soul and Spirit and Good Housekeeping.

Offering private coaching programs & Stylish Business Intensives in destination locations around the world, Grace’s clients- who range from new business owners to coaches & service based professionals, often achieve much greater clarity, confidence and momentum in business after working with her.

 

1. When and how did you get into this work?

I got into coaching April 2013 after leaving my day job as a teacher the year before. I’d always had a deep desire to help people and had been surrounded by entrepreneurs and personal development whilst living in London.

2. What are the ups and downs to your work?
Ups- You can set your own schedule, salary and lifestyle, you’re totally free and your own boss.
Downs- Sometimes you’re the hardest boss to work for since it’s your business, company and objectives that need met!

3. What or who still lights you up in your life or what are you inspired by?
I’m still very lit up about learning, teaching and coaching others and mostly I’m inspired by those that are doing this. I’m a huge fan of Joel Osteen and watch his inspiring sermons regularly , I also love John Demartini’s work.
4. What are your other passions in life?
I’m passionate about style, wine and socialising , I love a good party and any excuse to celebrate, living in Italy suits me well.
I’m also really into Kundalini yoga and find the use of meditations and breath work very grounding.

5. What was a big struggle for you in your career and how did you overcome it?
The biggest struggle for me was burning out as a school teacher, I would wake up exhausted most days and often find myself ill and taking time off work.
The point came when I realised that my job and lack of joy there was what was making me ill and so I made the brave and risky decision of leaving my day job once and for all even when I didn’t know what else I could do to earn money.

6. Can you tell us something sacred about you that people might not ordinarily know?
I’m constantly talking to God, Angels and Spirit.
First thing I do on awakening is thank God for the best night’s sleep and ask spirit to organise my thoughts , my mind and my choices for the day ahead!
I’ll think about situations and say “Please handle that” usually finding that the problem has been resolved without me having to do anything about it!

7. What advice or guidance can you give others who need some aspiring words of encouragement right now?
Lighten up and remember that no matter how big the problem a solution is already at hand, if you’ll quiet your mind, create some time for joy or fun or engage in something that allows you to “switch off” like a great book or movie you might just find that the answers and solution seek you out!

 

Thank you gorgeous Grace!

You can find Grace at www.citygirlconfidence.com

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Get the lowdown and dirty on fabulous ‘Creative Soul Sisters’ from all over the globe! Doing their thing and rockin’ their tribe…Inspiring us all to know better, do better, love more and work with passion.

 

Our Sacred & Sexy Interview this week is with Gaia Rose:…. Over to you:

I’m a Spiritual Life Coach, Counsellor and Teacher, helping to awaken, empower & heal women’s hearts & souls in more ways than one.

 I’m also the author of ‘The Blossoming Rose – Healing Words for a Woman’s Heart’ and the children’s poem ‘You Can Be Anything’. I’m a motivational speaker & a Reiki Master Teacher.

1. When and how did you get into this work?

I’ve given help, guidance, & healing to others since I was a little girl. I was always the one everyone came to when they wanted advice or a shoulder to cry on, but the real depth of my own inner healing was 10 years ago (2005) after my big brother passed away. That bought out many things within me – so I began writing songs, which then got me into writing poems etc. which I found enormously therapeutic. I also started to explore my spiritual self, which began awakening my heart in ways that I’d never felt before, & I just ‘knew’ helping others through their own struggles/healing was something I wanted to pursue…Something I needed to pursue…I just knew it was my purpose.

2. What are the ups and downs to your work?
The downs would be that I can’t help everyone, even those that may say they want help are actually sometimes not ready, & I have to respect & accept that. I’ve realised over the years no matter how hard you want to help another or try to, unless they are truly ready & are prepared to take full responsibility for their healing, their journey, & their choices, there’s nothing I can do…That’s definitely the hardest part.

On the up side it is an incredibly rewarding feeling when you can see, physically & emotionally, the great impact that the work I do has on my clients. Knowing that I have been able to assist them in their journey in the many ways I do, whether it’s helping them break through fears, re-gaining self-worth, or just feeling empowered in the woman that they are, is all so beautiful & very humbling for me to see. Every time a client’s heart is healed, a part of mine is healed also. I also tell them that they may think I am the one helping them, but they are helping me too.

3. What or who still lights you up in your life or what are you inspired by?
My kids always light me up! They are my little heart beats that keep my heart beating strong. Helping others inspires me, I am enormously passionate about that (if you haven’t guessed already!) it literally lights me up from the inside out! I’m inspired by living! Through all of my own heart aches, I love life & see so much beauty around. Another of my inspirations is my big brother Mike, in honour of his memory and his 26 short years on this earth, I use that to keep pushing me forward at times I feel like giving up.
My husband also inspires me through his love & support. That’s been a huge strength in helping me get to where I am. Lastly a woman who I’ve always been inspired by in many ways is Iyanla Vanzant, an incredible straight talking, passionate, down-to-earth spiritual life coach who has helped me over the years in many ways to stay true to the woman I am.

 

4. What are your other passions in life?
Writing, whether it’s a book or just journaling. That helps me in almost everything! Playing guitar, travelling, VW campervans & motorbikes!

5. What was a big struggle for you in your career and how did you overcome it?
The biggest struggle I found in my career (but overcame) was charging a higher price to reflect the value I offer. I know this is something many people can struggle with. When I first began my business I would charge very little & make a lot of allowances, allowing lengthy time in the sessions, going on for much longer than they should, & sometimes giving freebies too, but I learnt that the more you honour your own self-worth & the services you provide, the more others will honour it too. I’m not saying that this is the case for everyone, but in my personal experience it was. I found when my prices were lower that I would attract many people who were also lacking self-worth & respect for themselves & others, they were not taking their healing journey seriously, would let me down on many appointments or not show up at all, & would use sessions with me as an ‘escape’ rather than as a tool which will help them to carry on their healing out of the session. As I said, not all of my clients were this way but a huge number was, much more than was not. As a coach & a teacher, I don’t want to waste anyone’s money or time, but I don’t want mine wasted either. My business went through a big change, as well as the changes within myself, I started looking around at all the time & cost which me & my husband had put into creating my business, looking at exactly what I offer, where I offer it, & my own personal experiences etc., my own self- worth & self-respect was growing, & I realised that me, my services, & my time, was very valuable, which helped me to see that I needed to be charging more & was actually well within my right. I still like to help people where I can, those who may be having money struggles, but I feel now that as my price is valuing myself & my services much more than it was, this allows me firstly to give so much more to my clients, enabling much better results, & also helps me to make those few ‘allowances’ without feeling I’m putting myself out of pocket or being taking advantage of.
It can be hard to talk about money in such a beautiful heart centred business where you’re helping others, but the fact of the matter is we all have to earn a living.

6. Can you tell us something sacred about you that people might not ordinarily know?
I met Her Majesty the Queen in a private meeting at Buckingham Palace where I collected the George Medal of Honour on behalf of my big brother Mike; A fireman who died in the line of duty. A moment that will forever fill me with huge pride.

7. What advice or guidance can you give others who need some aspiring words of encouragement right now?
Always believe in yourself! ~ If you don’t, start making the necessary steps until you do.
Question everything, find your own answers ~ If it feels right to you, then it’s right, if it doesn’t feel right to you, then it’s not right.
Don’t lose yourself in somebody else ~ We can at times get carried away & listen to the energy of others. DON’T!
Really look into your thoughts, challenge them, question them, & become ‘awake’ to them ~ Are they on your side, urging you forward & telling you ‘you can do this!’ or are they against you, holding you back & talking you out of succeeding into becoming the woman you know you can be?
Know that you have all the power inside to do anything you put your mind to ~ It’s just a thought away.
Many of us want quick fixes & usually are looking outside to fulfill this, but all changes, healing, & growth, starts from within you! ~ You just have to tap into your power & awaken it…

 

We love this –  thank you Gaia!

For more info on Gaia Rose, please see: www.gaiarose.co.uk
Twitter – @Gaia__Rose

 

PS – Gaia’s book ‘The Blossoming Rose’  is out now and available to buy on her website. The investment is £12.99 and she will send you a signed copy if you mention Sacred & Sexy. Enjoy!

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Get the lowdown and dirty on fabulous ‘Creative Soul Sisters’ from all over the globe! Doing their thing and rockin’ their tribe…Inspiring us all to know better, do better, love more and work with passion.

 

Our Sacred & Sexy Interview this week is with Chelsea Parsons from Well and Happy…. Over to you:

I’m the owner and creator of Well and Happy… Good food and Positive vibes. With 90% of our serotonin receptors found in our stomachs, it makes sense that eating well contributes to our level of happiness – meaning good food and positive vibes go hand in hand.

 

1. When and how did you get into this career?

My journey to this point all started with my Mum. She became sick with cancer quite a few years ago now and healing disease with food was an area we explored together. Devastatingly, my Mum passed away in 2010, but I’ve certainly continued learning and growing in the healthy food realm. I’ve studied Kinesiology, Nutrition and Flower Remedies and actively do a lot of research and furthered my knowledge. My own body though, has certainly been my main source of learning, as this way of eating and living has absolutely cured a number of ailments for me.

I then started dabbling in replacing processed ingredients with natural plant-based ingredients and was truly amazed at what you could create. My creations quickly became my passion and have now evolved into my brand and my work and I absolutely love it.

2. What are the ups and downs to your work?

The ups are definitely the people that make up the ‘health’ industry. Every single person I’ve met from health bloggers, to health entrepreneurs have been beyond lovely. It’s the most warm and welcoming industry and there is no competition – everyone’s super supportive and collaborative – because for us all – it’s a lifestyle!
The downs… well I’m struggling! But its probably that I eat too much… always tasting new recipes and trying new creations… its all plant based goodness – but I still often don’t take note of how much I’m actually eating sometimes… there are worse things 😉

3. What or who still lights you up in your life or what are you inspired by?

Every time I doubt myself, struggle or get scared of taking gigantic leaps… I think of and am inspired by my Mum. I think of how life is too short, I think of how inspiring she was and I think of how I want to continue to make her proud… then any doubts or struggles I had pretty quickly seem massively tiny.
The ‘health’ community are also a massive source of inspiration and the collaborative nature means we all inspire each other on a regular basis.

4. What are your other passions in life?

Yoga is a huge passion of mine. It keeps me grounded and sane when things are crazy.
I also love hanging out with my two boys… Rob and Bernie. Taking Bernie on long walks out in nature or down by the sea is a really perfect day!

5. What was a big struggle for you in your career and how did you overcome it?
Taking a leap of faith from a full time, well paid high level career into a position of being self-employed and starting a business from scratch. It took a lot of constant bigger picture reminders and reality checks to ensure I remembered why I embarked on this journey in the first place.
I also chose to look at fear differently. Fear is just adrenaline and we can take control of that adrenaline by channelling it differently… see it and use it as fuel to power forward with your dreams!

6. Can you tell us something sacred about you that people might not ordinarily know?
I’ve studied crystal healing and regularly use crystals to support and guide me. I always charge my crystals outside under the full moon and feel amazingly connected to the powerful energy they possess.

7. What advice or guidance can you give others who need some aspiring words of encouragement right now?
Life is too damn short not to live the life of your dreams. Decide each day that your day will be amazing… then watch the magic unfold!

 

Thank you Chelsea! If you want more of what Chelsea’s got then you can find her here:

http://www.wellandhappy.co.uk/

PS –  Her yummy food recipes are AMAZING. Check them out!

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