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Once in a Blue Moon Circle

Once in a Blue Moon Circle

The second moon circle for October is going to be a very special occasion because it will be not only a full moon but a blue moon. When a month has two full moons, the first is called a Harvest moon and the second is called a blue moon.   The last time there was a full blue moon on Halloween was in 1944!

Moon circles date back many centuries. And they’re still going strong. To this day, women in over one hundred countries gather each full moon to manifest transformation.

This special blue moon is also a full moon in Taurus, which will bring an abundance of transformational energy. For this moon circle, think about doing a deep clean in the areas of love, finance, and pleasure. Reflect on things that are no longer serving you in these areas, and prepare to release them. This is the time to seek grounding or closure within your personal relationships and to finalize financial loose ends. Positive transformation is the goal.

For our once-in-a-blue-moon circle, consider bringing items that represent the following elements:

  • Earth—wholeness, prosperity, plant and animal life—bring crystals, herbs, rocks, or other earthly matter.
  • Fire—courage, willpower, protection—bring anything that represents the colors of fire—orange, yellow, and red items—or something you’re passionate about or that creates a spark in you.
  • Air—communication, self-awareness, ideas—bring essential oils, feathers, bell, wand, or something else that you feel represents a new beginning.
  • Water—calming, cleansing, healing—bring a seashell, rainwater, gemstones, images, or anything representative of the ocean.

We hold a sacred ceremony and bring our light to the circle each month to represent someone or something that is important to us and for which we wish to create positive transformation.

Come join the once-in-a-blue-moon circle on Saturday, October 31 from 2-4pm.

 

 

Jenn Gulbrand is Visionista, Women’s Empowerment Advocate, Wellness Warrior, Intuitive Business & Mindset Coach and Energy Healer. She empowers women, in life’s transitions, to connect with their soul purpose and manifest freedom, flow and transformation to elevate in their personal and professional lives. She believes there are BIG universal energy shifts occurring and that women are being called to step up and serve the world through heart-centered businesses. Three years ago, she created SheBreathes Balance & Wellness Studio, and Empowerment, Education and Advocacy initiative – dedicated to the renewal of women in body, mind and spirit. As the Director of SheBreathes, and now the Founder of WeBreathe Wellness Retreat Center, she holds space for growth & Healing.  Jenn recently left the company she founded 21 years ago to put 100% of her energy into her light work. She is deeply humbled and honored to serve others to help raise the collective vibration.

Remote Working and You

Remote Working and You

With so many of us working remotely these days, it’s more important than ever to maintain our wellbeing. Isolation, longer-than-average work hours, and a blending of our work/life roles can throw our mental and physical wellbeing off-balance. It can be difficult to juggle work and home life when they’re both happening in the same space. Now that we can’t get away from it, it’s imperative to prioritize our wellness.

Working from home does have a lot of benefits—increased flexibility, the absence of annoying commutes, the constant kitchen availability (good and bad!) and top of the list, the wardrobe (sweatpants!)—the downside is that many people are finding their workday never really ends the way it did when they worked outside their homes. Step back and take a look at your current life situation. Are you working from home or are you living where you work?

Like me, you may start out with the best intentions on Monday, determined to make time for yoga, a facial, and maybe a social event with a friend that week, but next thing you know, it’s Friday afternoon, you’re exhausted, and all you want to do is unplug, lay on the couch, drink some wine, and binge Netflix. And that’s not a bad thing to do. That’s self-care too. But if that’s the only self-care you’re doing per week, it’s not enough!

To combat some of the pitfalls of the remote work life and keep your mental and physical wellbeing in check during these difficult days, here are five things you can do to keep YOU a priority:

  1. If you’re able to, consider leaving the house a couple of times a week and working from a collaborative co-working space like the one offered at The WeBreathe Wellness Center. There’s nothing like a change of scenery to improve your concentration, and getting out of the house forces you to shower and get dressed in actual clothes. Sometimes you need that nudge when you’re working from home.
  2. Use a planner to schedule weekly rituals to help you maintain your self-care and stick to them. Maybe it’s yoga on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, virtually or in studio. The important thing it to make sure you do it because you’re important!
  3. Use the same planner to schedule other self-care practices you want to incorporate or get back into, such as meditation, painting, massage, etc.
  4. Try adding one social event to your planner per week or every two weeks at the very least. Working from home can be isolating so getting out and around other humans regularly really helps. Whether you attend a monthly drum circle, a writing workshop, a healthy eating workshop, or a healing SPA Service, add it to your planner and stick to it!
  5. It’s always good to have a weekly YOU night. On this night, do whatever you feel like doing. Maybe it’s getting takeout and watching a movie. Maybe it’s curling up in your favorite spot and reading that book you’ve been meaning to get to. Maybe it’s a spa night—a bubble bath, face mask, a couple candles and a glass of wine. The point is, it’s your night, so you do you! And don’t stress if you can’t do it on the same night each week. Just make a point to do it once a week.

The pressures of this blended work/home life can be overwhelming, and it can feel impossible to make time for you. But there are seven days in every week. Fit YOU in there!

 

Sue Franco is a freelance writer and editor specializing in website content, blogs, marketing materials, and other informational content.

 

Finding Beauty in the Pause

Finding Beauty in the Pause

The world is in a serious fight or flight mode as we experience the unfolding of this pandemic spread of the coronavirus. Panic ensues as we sit in our living rooms surrounded by what little hand sanitizer and cleansing wipes we could collect before they vanished. Eyes glued to CNN, waiting for our government leaders to make the next move. It’s like an intense game of chess. Sadly, we  know how completely unprepared  our healthcare system is for what is to come.

With each passing hour, things seem to be changing as more states go on lock down mandating people who are not “essential” to stay at home. Our heads are pounding with concerns about not having enough food or toilet paper. We race to the stores to find the shelves empty of even the basics which only heightens our anxiety of not being able to provide for our loved ones. Thoughts of scarcity quickly hijack our minds where thoughts of positivity and abundance should be living.

We talk quietly with our partner so our children don’t hear us … 

What if we can’t get the medical care we need if any of us get sick?

How will we pay our mortgage and keep up with the bills?  So many of us have had to close our businesses cutting off our only source of income for our families.

FEAR is seeping in…even those who practice positive psychology and mindfulness are on the breaking point.

I have been staying calm in the chaos for weeks. It wasn’t until yesterday, that I began to fall victim to  anxiety and the feeling of my chest beginning to tighten up. As I sat down to face my own emotions, I stopped and reminded myself to take a gentle pause, to breathe, to notice and to reflect on what I was feeling in that very moment.

I began to ask myself…

How can I be fully present and stay completely awake during this time?

How can I use positive mindset to reframe my negative thoughts and emotions?

Why did this Virus decide to appear now and what is it here to teach us?

So many of us who are empaths, light workers and intuitive healers have been feeling this life-changing energy shift coming for some time. And, I can say with a great deal of certainty, that I believe that this Virus is here for a reason. 

As a society, we have been suffering for far too long. We race around in our “busy” lives trying to do more, be more, earn more, always focusing on what we don’t have, rather than being grateful for what we do.

Perhaps the Virus is here as a much needed wake-up call?

To make us slow down and shake us to our core.

To show us that our current way of living and being is really what is making us all so sick.

Perhaps the Virus is here because it’s time to change the conversation?

To force us to stop, notice and reflect on what is truly important. To make more meaningful connections with one another.

To remind us how to be fully present and really listen.

Perhaps the Virus is here to reveal a better way to coexist with one another?

To force us to blow up old, ugly patterns of hate, bigotry, greed, impatience, and cruelty that have been lurking under the surface for far too long.

To urge us to replace those behavior with new ones?

To help us evolve and become a better world full of love and compassion?

I mean, how hard is it really to share the last package of toilet paper on the shelves with someone whose hands are empty? Or to call and check in on people who may be isolated and living alone? To reach out to a complete stranger with a gentle kindness and a smile?

I believe we are being asked to consider what it would be like to truly live in love and acceptance of one another.

To celebrate our individuality, our diversity, our freedoms?

To recognize the endless possibilities that exist when we choose to come together as one?

I believe in divine timing. This is about growth and expansion. I believe the Virus is offering us an opportunity. Perhaps it is here to help inspire us to find a new heart-centered way of being.

The world needs healing, The time is now. 

We are being called to rise up together and embrace one another with our collective wisdom, grace and compassion.  

As we welcome our new reality, this rebirth, I encourage you to find beauty in the pause.

Breathe, Rest, Read, Reflect, Play, Meditate, Connect and Re-Imagine what we want our world to be and be deeply grateful for the opportunity we’re being given to redesign it.

I believe, that together, we can find our way forward.

Jenn Gulbrand is a Woman’s Empowerment Ambassador, Wellnesspreneur, Intuitive Biz & Mindset Coach & Healer. She empowers women, in life’s transitions, to connect with their soul purpose and manifest freedom, flow and transformation to elevate in their personal and professional lives. She believes there are BIG universal energy shifts occurring and that women are being called to step up and serve the world through heart-centered businesses. Three years ago, she created SheBreathes Balance & Wellness Studio, and Empowerment, Education and Advocacy initiative – dedicated to the renewal of women in body, mind and spirit. As the Director of SheBreathes, she holds  space for women on the rise to practice self-care, engage in enriching educational programs, experience community, and be fully supported in their growth and healing. Jenn recently left the company she founded 21 years ago to put 100% of her energy into her light work. She is deeply humbled and honored to serve others and embrace positive change in the world.

Fill Your Workshop

Fill Your Workshop

SheBreathes Balance and Wellness workshops are a great way to get you in front of an engaged audience to share your expertise. These events can help you build your brand, spread awareness about your company and what you do. Your event helps you establish connections between you and your customers or community.

It’s up to each of the SheBreathes workshop leaders to build and attract their own audience to their event.  You have the unique advantage of inviting your own followers as well as encouraging the SheBreathes community to join the session.

But, as we all know too well, empty chairs can be a real bummer.

Here are 6 crazy simple things you can do to make sure that you have the audience you deserve for your next workshop, class, or other event.

1: Create a Flyer

Create a bold headline that clearly addresses the big problem you are offering to solve for the attendees. Include everything folks will need to know including: date, time, place, cost and how to register. Provide your phone number, email address, and website.

Make sure you are using your business branding (your logo, your colors, any taglines).  You will also want to use at least one image that will easily communicate what the event is about.

The simple action of boiling down the details of your event onto a concise one-page flyer will help you communicate the main thrust of the event to your audience.

Bring your flyer to spaces where your intended audience may frequent: Networking events, local coffee shops, local libraries, co-working spaces, and yoga studios.

2: Attend Other Networking Events

When you go to events, instead of handing out your business card, give people one of your flyers. it is a nice way to offer value to the conversation. You might say something like: “Yes, I have a card, but here, I’d love to offer you an invitation to my upcoming workshop.”

It will be to your benefit to attend as many events as possible during the few weeks prior to your workshop so that you will be able to reach lots more people.

3: Email Your List

This goes without saying – share program details with your current list. It’s helpful to create a branded third-party email (for example using MailChimp or Constant Contact) so that you can include your business branding and other links (to your website, a video or webinar, a helpful download, etc). If you have a good size list that’s great, if not, this will still supplement your networking efforts.

Consider creating a segmented list for this event so that you can communicate ore directly with your intended audience.

4: Call Prospects

Yup, if you know me at all, you know that talking on the phone is not where I experience the most ease in my job. But, here I am suggesting that if you are committed to having folks show up for your workshop, picking up the phone and having a chat will be a powerful tool for you.

Choose the most likely prospects you haven’t worked with yet. Maybe they weren’t ready for private sessions. With a shorter workshop, people can get a lot of information and support from you at a group rate. You might reach out to say something like, “I’m holding an event next month and I immediately thought of you. I know you’ve been thinking about working together, but I thought this would be an easy way for you to get some great value and a feeling for what it’s like to work together.”

You may decide to make special offer to some of your current contacts that they can bring a friend for half price. Or, perhaps, you offer them a bonus gift book, a free session, a report, etc).

5: Create Strategic Alliances

If you expect educational events to play a part in your marketing strategy, finding the right partner can be exactly what you need to take your events to the next level.

Check out complementary businesses and explore possible event partnerships. For example, if you’re a chocolatier and there’s a great wine shop down the street, consider co-hosting a red wine and chocolate tasting. Or, if you’re a job coach, consider co-presenting a seminar with a wardrobe consultant.

Partner up with them to reach out to their lists. Keep in mind,  this is an opportunity for them to add value to their community, too.  They might send out an email to their list with details to encourage registration. You may decide to offer an incentive for every person who registers as a result of the partner’s help.

You may even decide to reach out to current clients and colleagues to ask them to make referrals. Call or email them with a personal appeal to ask them to suggest two or three other folks they know who could benefit from your event content.

6: Use Your Digital Platforms

Make sure that you have a webpage, a Facebook event, registration page, or some other Landing Page that offers all the details about your event. It’s even better if you are able to capture registrant information directly from your online registration page.

Share the link to the information/registration page on ALL of your digital platforms. You won’t want to be spammy, but you will want the event to show up pretty much everywhere your audience consumes their media.  If you share on Facebook, post it on your business page first, and then share it via your personal Facebook profile.  Be sure to share it on any of the appropriate groups that you belong to, as well. Similarly, share it on LinkedIn from your personal profile, but also pop in to share it on any of the groups that you participate in. If it is appropriate to your brand, share it on Instagram, Twitter, Alignable, Google My Business, etc.  Think of all of the cyber-places that your audience spends time on and see what you can come up with to share.

I have found that it may be appropriate for you to send individualized, private messages through LinkedIn if the event calls for that type of communication. Folks seem to respond to these messages more than they do to emails.  Give it a try.

Bonus Tip: Go Old-School – Send Mail

Want to stand out?

Send a personalized letter or invitation directly into someone’s mailbox.

Paper.

Personalized.

Pretty.

Give it a try.

Miscarriage and Loss Remembered

Miscarriage and Loss Remembered

November 2, 2018 marks the 17th year anniversary of the morning I lost my twin boys, Enzo & Maxx, as a result of their pre-mature birth. For reasons, still unknown today, I went into labor 20 weeks into my pregnancy. That was a very dark day.  With my husband by my side, we tragically suffered 18 hours of labor knowing our boy’s lungs were not well formed enough to breathe on their own. We had already had 3 previous miscarriages 14-16 weeks into our pregnancies but this time we had flown thru the first trimester with flying colors and all signs pointed to parenthood. We sat in stillness that morning reflecting on the fact that the nursery at home was waiting in anticipation… with its’ John Lennon IMAGINE inspired theme designed with hope for our future together. Sadly, our boys would not be returning home from the hospital with us that day and our hearts were broken.

Miscarriage is defined as an unsuccessful outcome of something planned; failure, nonfulfillment, mismanagement.

Let’s be real.  Miscarriage is a word that makes people shudder.  It implies that something was “mis-managed” and leaves any woman who suffered this devastating loss, feeling shame and self-loathing. Questions and uncertainty ring in her mind about what she could or should have done differently.

In the days that followed, I was left empty, void, and forever wounded. I couldn’t understand what I had done wrong. I did what most do when faced with tragedy. I grieved. I suffered a deluge of ridiculous responses like “things happen for a reason” and “it’s God’s will” and “you can try again” all the while stifling my impulse to scream at the top of my lungs with a battle cry.  I wept when I held other people’s babies and avoided any interactions with mothers-to-be. I dug deep.  I carried on.  It was not easy.

The following June, my husband and I traveled to Moscow, Russia to adopt our beautiful miracle of a daughter, who is truly the light of our lives. In the months and years to come, I dove back into my work, focused on being the best, most attentive helicopter Mom I could be, and directed my energy to the support and healing of others so I could eventually heal myself. Becoming a family through adoption was the best choice I ever made and I don’t regret one minute of that decision. My daughter is now 17 and maturing into one rock solid human.  I am proud of her every day. But the fact remains that one child does not replace another.

I have known many beautiful warrior women over the years who lost a child before it was born and suffered in silence. I want to raise awareness that the emptiness never leaves your heart. Women don’t only lose a baby when they deliver prematurely or “miscarry” – – they often lose their self-esteem and struggle to return to intimacy with their partner/spouse. Women who suffer miscarriage or loss during birth feel isolated, alone, and afraid to talk about their experience because it carries with it so much shame.

I choose to share my story, all these years later, because women are rising up, now more than ever before, and speaking their truth. We the female need to bond together to heal the planet one woman at a time. Let’s change the conversation and more importantly the stigma that surrounds “miscarriage” and honor all the mothers who have lost their children before they had the opportunity to watch them grow.

I am deeply blessed in that I was able to take our losses and turn them into love by becoming a mother to my daughter and later creating a sacred space for women to gather and lift one another up in healing. Rise up sisters and love on another. For it is your light that will turn the tide and create a more peaceful world in honor of Mother Earth.

Jennifer Gulbrand is a self-proclaimed Warrior Goddess and creator of SheBreathes Balance & Wellness Studio in Walpole, Mass., where all women are invited to breathe in balance, be inspired, and feel supported.

 

SheBreathes Sisters Last Memorable Books

SheBreathes Sisters Last Memorable Books

Do you often wonder what others are reading and why? I do. I am always interested in finding out what other people read and how it connects with their life. When a new title comes across my path, I am curious “what is that book about?” Often, it opens my eyes to a topic I haven’t thought about exploring before.

I love books! So, it was fascinating to read all the Game Changers’ interviews and learn about the last memorable books they recommend and why. I created this list to share with our tribe and I hope you find a title that inspires you or discover one that will raise you up. Enjoy!

The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman – I loved the ancient magic and story of sisterhood ~Sonya Highfield

The Success Principles by Jack Canfield.  It changed my life, helped me to find my purpose and changed the direction my life is heading! ~Elizabeth Phillips

How to Not Hate Your Husband After Kids. My marriage is so important and I wanted to learn strategies to be my best self for my spouse. ~Becky Bast

After the Locusts. Very encouraging book. ~Angela Callahan

The Great Alone.  This book was epic to many facets to this story.  The descriptions of the Alaskan Wilderness are so vivid, you almost feel like you are there.  Beauty, love, redemption, PTSD, patience, loyalty and the everlasting bonds of family and friends. ~Laurie Mills

The Untethered Soul. It was written in such a way as to remind me again how vast and unlimited I AM. ~Signe Nelson Ayochok

Getting Unstuck by Pema Chodron: It wasn’t about what I thought it would be about! It helped me to “learn to stay”, as she calls it. To be more present both in and out of meditation, and to let go of judgment. ~Devon Grilly

The last memorable book I read was Food: What the Heck Should I Eat? by Dr. Mark Hyman. While this may not be the inspiring book you were expecting me to call out, the entire time I was reading I kept thinking “Finally!” Dr. Hyman does an incredible job of debunking many of the lies and myths about food circulating the internet and health magazines. This book is the perfect balance of research backed facts and easy to read surprising information. I’ve had clients share some pretty crazy nutrition concepts they’ve both read and followed over the years. This book is everything I’ve ever wanted to convey to set the record straight about what you should eat or avoid for optimal health. ~Maggie Dion

Breakfast with Buddha, profoundness in simplicity. ~Beth McLacklan

There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer. I like Wayne Dyer’s writing style and the easy way he explains potentially complicated subjects. This book is a great reminder that we are spiritual beings having a physical experience. When we shift our perspective to a spiritual one, we are able to apply the wisdom that is coming from our higher self which speaks to us through gut feelings, hunches, and intuitive insights. ~Susan Kapatoes

The Universe Has Your Back, Gabrielle Bernstein – she speaks to me, this book is about creating your own life, we are always guided, our vibration attracts what we bring, surrender and be an instrument of love. Very inspiring! ~Heidi Wilde

The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer – I loved it because it focuses on how to live life in the present without clinging to “stories” of the past or fears of the future that prevent us from enjoying our lives and fully experiencing the world authentically through our 5 senses. ~Jenny Eden Berk

A Mind of Your Own by Kelly Brogan, MD. She has an amazing holistic insight into how medicine and prescription drugs have changed all our health, but especially women’s health.  I refer to her book daily in my practice as a way to help others take control of their emotional and physical health by making small lifestyles changes on a regular basis. ~Tina Rose

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain. His candor and love for his profession and the people that came into his life were impactful. It was a bittersweet recent read as I got a glimpse into the life of a man who I hope has found peace. ~Vivien Roman-Hampton

A memoir on Coco Chanel, love her sense of style and she was her own authentic self. ~Karen Carter

Undoctored – Because I’m trying to reverse my health issues. ~Lauren Bortolami Robbins

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown! The title says it all. We need to let go and be present in acceptance of ourselves; as we are! It’s a book you can re-read over and over- and you will find something new that resonates with every reading. ~Mariana Sanford Maynard

The Woman In the Window. Strength. ~Nancy Safran

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. It is a   scary world we live in now. I wish this book can be taught in middle school so children can realize that bullying can cause lasting damage and can change a person’s life. ~Kelly Hathaway

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert was wonderful. I love that it discusses creating to create, not necessarily to make money or because you have a particular expectation. We’re all creative in our own way! Unleash that magic. ~Rachel Kaczynski

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – the main characters grew up in very trying times and in poverty, however, did not look at life that way and found joy and success despite these circumstances. ~Mary Dealy

The Separation by Tova Mirvis. It’s a memoir about how the author not only left her husband but her life of Orthodox Judaism. ~Beth Knaus

All Nicholas Sparks books are my favorites – love the escape, the drama, the passion, and that you never know what the ending will bring. ~Julia Peneda

Evolve Your Brain, Joe Dispenza. This is not an easy read as it is very scientific but due to a severe accident I experienced in October of 2017 and my continuing recovery, I was studying the brain to body connection and how I could assist my recovery in ways outside the norm. It’s all about creating new neuronal connections and with my background as a physician, I even found it hard to read. BUT, the information is invaluable. On a lighter note, I am reading John Holland’s Bridging Two Realms which is about assisting the layperson on how to see the connections with their loved ones in spirit. As I teach workshops on the subject, I love learning anything possible so I can help others. ~Dr. Cathy Ripley Greene

Entangled in Darkness, Seeking the Light. It’s about transformation/healing. ~D’Anne Olsen

The Energy Bus – a major dose of positivity!  Very inspiring, especially in a negative world. ~Therese Nicklas

Ahab’s Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund.  The prose in this book is so descriptive. The author describes every experience in such detail that we can truly experience what she is telling us. This book is a wonderful reminder to take note of even the tiniest details in our everyday life. ~Susan Finn

Love, Anthony. I have an autistic son, and this book displayed a deeper meaning of autism in a beautiful way. ~Kristen Cillo

The Dalai Lama’s Cat by David Michie. Well, I love cats. And I love spirituality and am especially intrigued by Buddhism. Put them together and it’s peanut butter jelly time! ~Elvia Roe

The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Ruben.  A huge light bulb went on for me once I better understood myself as an Obliger, one who would always commit to meeting the expectations of others, often sacrificing the commitment or expectations for myself.  This allowed me to pause and ask my true intentions and goals. ~Carrie Vinson

Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff. I was surprised that I absolutely loved it! It took my surprise how much I learned reading it. ~Maria Salomão-Schmidt

Attached. A true game changer when it comes to the ways in which we grow up and form attachment styles. There are 3. Highly recommend this book. ~Brooke Snyder

Telma Sullivan is a Career Development Coach and Librarian of SheBreathes Balance & Wellness Studio.