Why I’m closing up shop

Be True To You Notebook via Liv Lane

Holy wow. The path of least resistance really does exist. And mine has an art shop with a sign in the window: closed till further notice.

That’s right, friends; I’m closing the Etsy shop that has been my labor of love for the past five years. This would have sounded like failure to me five years ago; today, it sounds like freedom.

I still LOVE creating in my studio, but my worklife has shifted in ways I couldn’t have imagined back then. In 2010, I kept my intuitive skills under wraps and tightly sealed with duct tape. Calling myself an artist was scary, but calling myself an intuitive was out of the question. To have thought one day people would be booking sessions with me months in advance? Ridiculous!

I realize now that I needed that experience – of honoring the artist in me and letting words and art flow through me each day – to begin accepting and revealing the other messages coming through. It’s no coincidence that during the first two years of trying to make it as an artist, I started seeing more, hearing more, feeling more, receiving more.

While creating the art came easy, the business of being an artist did not.

I’d spend hours prepping booths for art fairs and events only to make half of what I paid to be there. I was thrilled when stores would ask to display my wares, but dreaded restocking their product each month only to receive a tiny commission check. I kept selling out of my necklaces online, but hated making them (I even hired an assistant to do it for me).

Eventually, as I gained the courage to publicly offer the intuitive and inspirational work that felt almost effortless for me, I began to scale back on the elements of my art biz that felt so hard. I stopped making things I didn’t like making. I stopped displaying my wares at stores and events. I stopped making art that I thought others would like, and settled on a sweet and simple style that I liked.

Art became my side business, not my main business, and a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. And that worked for quite a while.

This is my year to FEEL GOOD in every way. via LivLane.comAs 2014 came to a close, I chose a new word of the year to be my guiding light in 2015: serenity. I committed to being present enough in my life to notice when something doesn’t feel good and do what it takes to shift into what does feel good. As I looked at all of the goodness on my plate for this year, one thing kept nagging at me: would the logistics of keeping my Etsy shop running feel more like a burden than a blessing?

I shut it down for a week over the holidays, intending to re-open in early January. But one week turned into two, and two turned into six, and not having the pressure of shipping and restocking cards and gifts felt so good. All I missed was creating the art. So I turned the divinely-inspired guidance I email weekly to subscribers into free printable art. No shipping, no strings, and a beautiful response.

It became crystal clear: I can be an artist without an art shop. Hello, path of least resistance. 

Path of least resistance quote, via LivLane.com

So here’s the deal. I have re-opened the shop for just a few days. I announced this first to my newsletter subscribers yesterday, and they nearly (and awesomely) cleared me out! So I’ve added a few popular items in very limited quantities – and a couple of new ones (like the journal above) that I literally forgot I had created! Shop to your heart’s content; the store will close Sunday (unless it sells out before) and use the coupon code DIVINE at checkout to get 20% off your order.

I suspect that I’ll occasionally – maybe twice a year? – host a surprise pop-up shop of cards and gifts, but we’ll see what happens. I am so grateful to all who have embraced me on this creative adventure and helped me honor and delight my inner artist. Thank you for being so awesome.

Note: For free weekly printable art and updates on my work, subscribe to Divine Interventions here.

I set my intention. Why isn’t it working!?

3 reasons your intentions aren't working for you. Blog post from Liv Lane.

This month, my inbox has been a dreamcatcher, loaded with “holy wow!” emails from clients about dreams coming true before their eyes. New opportunities, renewed energy, amazing serendipity. So exciting!

But in addition to the dreams-coming-true emails, I’ve received plenty of why-isn’t-it-working notes, too. Not surprisingly, it’s come up in Project Light Year, where participants are looking back at past vision boards or written intentions and wondering why everything they envisioned hasn’t happened.

In all the years I’ve played with the power of intention, I’ve found three main stumbling blocks that can easily throw the best of intentions off course. Do any of these ring a bell?

1. Forgetting (or refusing) to let it go. 

An intention is like a contract with the Universe; it’s not a prayer request or a daunting goal, but an agreement to co-create a personal vision fueled by desire and divinity. I love helping clients get clear on what they really want, recognize how they want to feel as a result, describe it in a sentence (or two) that’s precise, passionate and set in the present-tense (I am vs. I will), and then let it go.

That’s right. Let. It. Go.

Those dreams-coming-true emails I’ve received lately are all from women who envisioned some kind of wonderful but managed to let go of how it would come to them. For detail-oriented planners, this feels like absolute torture – until it magically works. Rather than doing everything possible to make that vision come to fruition, from obsessing over details to networking like crazy, you leap in when synchronicities appear or when you feel motivated by faith vs. fear, inspiration over desperation.

One email I received last week came from a freelance marketer who’d had an intuitive reading with me a few weeks prior; she had been super worried about moving into the new year with no solid client leads. Drumming up business in six short weeks sounded impossible. We dug into her true desires, she allowed herself to dream bigger, and she set her sights – and intentions – on manifesting work she loves and that is good for the world. The hardest part was after we hung up.

In her recent email she wrote, “At first, I was still terrified and a bit skeptical.  Simply having faith and not placing pressure on myself to do everything possible to get new clients was going to be a HUGE stretch for me. I had to listen to your recording for several days and say some prayers that this really could be possible to enter the New Year with new projects and ones that I would feel good about. Something you said in the call really stuck with me and I found myself repeating it: ‘Expect Miracles. You can either look at the next 6 weeks as this stressful thing with a dead end or a finish line, or embrace it as an exciting adventure and one to really look forward to.’  I chose the route of faith over fear. I also did something I’ve never done: took 10 days off to celebrate Christmas and do things that I enjoy — I wasn’t consumed with ‘I need to get clients!!'”

Can you guess what happened after that restful break and brave choice to let go of the details? New clients started calling “out of the blue,” and she had the clarity and peace of mind to say YES to the ones that matched her vision, even asking for more compensation and getting it. She let go of the details, took inspired action when the situation called for it, and – in a matter of weeks – she went from an empty calendar to one that’s filled with planning star-studded events and charity fundraisers – better than she could have imagined.

2. Your timing is off. 

In addition to letting go of how goodness will transpire for you, it’s important not to dictate when. Your desired timing may not line up with divine timing. Immediate gratification is great fun, but so is having the planets align to deliver bliss at the perfect time, in the perfect place, and with the perfect people – even if it takes longer than you’d originally hoped. It’s true: good things do come to those who wait.

Though many of us create vision boards at the start of each year, it may take longer for the intentions behind the images and words to actualize in our lives. I’m blown away by some of my boards from eight or nine years ago, featuring things that are now part of my daily life that I’d all but forgotten about (the ultimate in letting go, I suppose!). Somehow, it feels more magical when something we’ve committed to co-creating appears within a desired timeline. But when it doesn’t, we have a tendency to unravel, assuming that our intention setting didn’t work. And that leads us into our third stumbling block.

3. Shifting your energy from creating to reacting. 

Notice the subtle difference in those two words – creating and reacting? Rearrange one letter and you move from the driver’s seat to the back seat. Like words are made of letters, we are all made of energy – and a little rearranging can create a seismic shift in our vibration and the messages we’re sending to the Universe. When you dare to trust in your ability to co-create something good, you raise your vibration to be in tune with all that possible. Doubt puts you out of sync with the Universe, while faith allows room for synchronicity to appear (so-called coincidences and surprise opportunities divinely choreographed to inspire your next step).

If you want to co-create an inspired and abundant life, you must stay focused on the positive vibrations of your visions. Along the way, things you don’t like might happen. You can view them as synchronistic diversions moving you closer to your intended path or lament over the stumbling blocks you assume are keeping you from bliss. In that choice, can you feel the energy shift from creation to reaction?

To jump back and forth – in a state of trust one day and tortured the next – is exhausting for you and creates strains in your collaboration with the Universe. Can you imagine working on a project with a partner who curses you for messing things up and loudly complains to his friends, only to have him show up the next day acting like everything’s fine and assuming you’ve kept everything in motion? It’s a sure-fire way to turn cooperative momentum into all-out mayhem.

So, if the dream job or the true love or the financial abundance you’ve envisioned hasn’t shown up, pay attention to the consistent vibration of your thoughts, continually working to recalibrate from desperation to inspiration. If your head space doesn’t match your heart space, expect turbulence more than miracles.

Deepak Chopra quote on intention and the higher self

Deepak Chopra says, “Intention is much more powerful when it comes from a place of contentment than if it arises from a sense of lack or need. Stay centered and refuse to be influenced by other people’s doubts or criticisms. Your higher self knows that everything is all right and will be all right, even without knowing the timing or the details of what will happen.”

Armed with these reminders, how will you clarify and create what you desire in 2015? May it be filled with magic and meaning – and plenty of positive momentum.

(Pssst! If you need some help staying inspired this year, last chance to join us for Project Light Year – registration ends this weekend!)

from skeptic to advocate: an inspiring year in the life of my childhood bestie

When you let go of the when and how, magic arrives in the here and now. | LivLane.com

If you’ve ever doubted the power of intention, ever scoffed at the value of making a vision board or selecting a “word of the year,” you’re not alone.

Sarah Rudell Beach questioned it all, too – until she did something really brave. She let go. And I can’t wait for you to hear what happened next!

Sarah’s the thinking woman’s guide to mindfulness over at Left Brain Buddha and a revered high school teacher, and I’m thrilled that she’s our newest contributor to Project Light Year 2015. A year ago, she was just getting started as a Project Light Year participant – and she arrived with a bagfull of doubt. She loved the idea of spending a whole year focused on personal growth with a virtual tribe of kindreds, but she was hesitant about some of the subject matter. Intention? Angels? Really?

I wasn’t surprised. Sarah was my first best friend. She was super-smart even at five, when we first met – a planner, a problem solver, a pragmatic playmate (her Barbie dolls all had successful careers and 401Ks). These traits have served her well over the years. But they didn’t leave much room for magic and mystery.

Liv & Sarah - January 2015

Liv & Sarah – January 2015

Last January, as the Project Light Year tribe dove into cultivating the power of intention and conspiring with the universe to co-create awesomeness in our lives, Sarah did something really brave. She jumped right in. Rather than bristle at how woo-woo that all sounded, she decided to take a chance and just try it. She set her intentions. She made a vision board. She opened up. And she couldn’t believe what transpired.

Last week, as part of our kick-off to another magical year, I interviewed Sarah about her leap from lingering doubt to dramatic developments in paving her path to deeper joy. It was meant just for Project Light Year participants, but we’ve decided to share it with all of you today, in hopes you feel inspired to let go a little bit, to trust yourself a little more, to experience magic and mystery like never before.

To download the 23-minute interview with Sarah, just click here.  Or to listen online, click here

We’re just getting started in Project Light Year 2015. There’s still time to set doubt aside and make 2015 the year you light up your life. Find all the details here.

holiday greetings from the other side: 6 heaven-sent signs to watch for

6 ways your loved ones may be visiting from the other side

To kick off the holidays, we had a family movie night on Sunday. We dimmed the lights, I lit the five votive candles that spell out P-E-A-C-E on the mantel, and we all snuggled up for the A Muppet Christmas Carol. A few minutes into the movie, one of the candles blew out. A few minutes later, another. Usually, those votives last a few hours. But by the time the 85-minute movie was over, only the “P” remained lit.

“Hmmm, I’m guessing Papa wants us to know he’s watching, too,” I told the boys.

After the kids were in bed, the house was quiet; Brad sat down to write out some holiday cards for his staff and I sat down at the laptop. Suddenly, a sound in the living room startled us: it was the Beatles, singing “Love Me Do.” Just then, the “P” candle on the mantel went out.

Brad laughed, opened his arms wide as if about to give someone a hug, and said, “Ahhh. Hi, Pete!” In the three years since my dad died, the Beatles – one of my dad’s fave groups (we even sang Hey Jude at his memorial service) – have randomly begun playing on our iPod’s docking station, oftentimes in the middle of the night, so many times we’ve lost count. There’s no telling what song will play. But the candle trick that night made this serenade extra impressive, and we took that music as a direct message from my dad: “Love, love me do. You know I love you. I’ll always be true. So pleeeeeeeease…love me do.” We do, Dad, we do.

Even though I talk to spirits and angels for a living, trusting what I hear from my own loved ones is still difficult. If I’m busy or distracted, I don’t always notice them. And sometimes, I wonder if I’m just imagining what I want to hear if I’m missing my dad, grandparents or others. So to get these little earthly signs is so reassuring.

Your loved ones on the Other Side are likely doing the same for you, going out of their way to let you know they’re around. I’ve had so many readings lately during which parents, grandparents, siblings and friends have come through to let their people here know that the signs they’re seeing are really from them, just to let them know they’re loved and not alone.

We can explain these things away, or we can trust that flutter of our hearts when something odd or serendipitous happens that feels Heaven-sent. Notice how you FEEL when these things happen; if you get the chills, your heart leaps, you get teary-eyed or spooked (not their intended outcome, by the way!), acknowledge your loved ones so they know it’s working and that you want to continue feeling blessed by their presence. So, what should you watch for?

Here are 6 common ways your loved ones may be trying to reach you…  

Playing with electricity. The spirits of our loved ones are all energy, all vibration. So manipulating the energetic properties of electricity seems to be a fairly easy way for them to send us a message: the lights flicker, a device randomly turns on or off, a machine works without being plugged in, etc.

Sending signals. Another way they play with energy is by intercepting or playing with a communication signal. For instance, you hear static on the radio, a song or message you both loved plays at an unexpected place or time, the door bell rings repeatedly (with no one at the door), or your cell phone does something wild (I’ve had multiple people tell me they’ve received silent voice mails from a deceased loved one’s number shortly after their passing).

Hanging out in nature. Spirits seem to love working with messengers who have the gift of flight: birds (especially those that stand out, like bright red cardinals), butterflies and dragonflies are most common. But anything in nature that had/has special significance for you can be sent to signify you’re not alone. Years ago, I had a reading with my friend Suzanne, and my grandpa told me to watch for “strange birds” as a sign he was around. The next day, I saw a PEACOCK strutting through my office parking lot! I’ll never forget it!

Making magic. When they can, our loved ones delight in orchestrating little bits of synchronicity for us. It’s those impossible-to-plan moments when we say, “I know _________ had something to do with this!” For instance, check out the gift I got from my Nana last month! 

Sending earth angels. When our loved ones can’t get through to us, they sometimes send someone else into our lives to be a blessing or unknowingly deliver a message. This story, when “George M” watched over us, is a fun example. 

Visiting in dreams. When a loved one who’s crossed over appears in a dream, and you vividly recall it after waking, trust that you’ve had a heavenly visitor. When we sleep, we separate from the limitations of our mind, and don’t question or doubt a visitor from another dimension.

These reassuring messages from the Great Beyond come when we least expect it. If you’re watching out your window or staring at your candles longing for some kind of communication, you actually make it harder for them to get through. There’s a difference in our own energy when we’re desperate and down; in that emotional state, we tend to question or totally miss the positive energetic engagement our loved ones are attempting to establish with us. The greatest gift you can give yourself and them is to live fully, to enjoy earthly pleasures and pastimes, while trusting that your loved ones are standing by, visiting often, and dropping heavenly hints whenever the time is right.

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Want to learn more about connecting with the Great Beyond? It’s a big theme during Project Light Year, and I’m amazed by the number of participants who have said this exploration has truly changed their lives. The early bird discount ends Friday; click here for details. 

the courage to shine is full of crap

"As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same." - Marianne Williamson (from a post on finding the courage to shine)

The one thing people often say to me that never ceases to surprise me is this: “You are so brave.” It takes my breath away every time they say it. I look behind me, to see if they’re talking to someone else. I laugh out loud at the absurdity of it. Because the truth is I rarely feel brave.

I feel scared just like everybody else. There are plenty of days when I have toe-curling fears about scarcity and credibility and purpose and love and keeping up with those freaking Joneses, too. It’s just that I know in my bones, and recognize it much faster than I used to, that those fears do nothing but steal my shot at living a joyful life.

When I chose NOT to drive off a bridge in 2003, as I’d fantasized about a thousand times during my journey through postpartum depression, I did not feel brave. I didn’t feel like a courageous mama soldiering on to create more light; I felt like a coward who couldn’t pull the trigger and had bills to pay, so I stuck around, focusing on surviving (but certainly not thriving).

When I left corporate life in 2007, and even threw myself an “independence day party,” I did not feel courageous. It felt like a necessity; like my soul was shriveling up and needed room to breathe, and that there was something more waiting for me – I just didn’t know what it was. Our financial advisor told me leaving would be risky, and she was totally right (we wound up in DEEP debt). But I left anyway, knees knocking, because I had experienced a whole bunch of signs from the universe that felt more wise and soul-stirring than any spreadsheet. Some people would call that irresponsible, others might call it blind faith. It was not a smooth transition, but it delivered me to joy.

When I had a second baby the next year, I was petrified. But I’d had a moment of clarity – a brief flash of faith – nine months before. I prayed, I talked to the angels and I set my intention, saying that if a calm, quiet, happy baby was available to come into our lives the following spring, I could make myself ready for that. I later wrote in my journal – like hours later – that I was already regretting that move, fearful it would actually come to fruition. And it did. I learned four weeks later that I was four weeks pregnant. I was scared shitless of repeating the traumatic birth and downward spiral of 2003. But there was no turning back – and Tru was born at the end of April; the calmest, quietest, happiest baby ever.

When I declared myself an artist in 2010, I wanted to throw up. I knew artists who would spent weeks on one painting and made thousands of dollars on each piece; I did not feel like a peer to them, but a wannabe, a faker. I remember showing my first mixed media collage, one that I was going to put up FOR SALE, to my family – my parents (art lovers) and my brother (an artist by trade) – and feeling like I couldn’t breathe. They were kind and supportive about it, and it gave me just enough faith in myself to move forward.

When my intuitive gifts began to intensify, and when healers and mediums started telling me I was one of them, I resisted it like crazy. When that didn’t work, I tried to contain it, keeping it to myself and only using it on special occasions (like quietly working with the angels on manifesting really big stuff in my life). When that didn’t work and I started blurting out things I “shouldn’t” have known or seeing dead people in my baby’s room, I told a few friends – who all looked at me like I’d just told them the sky was blue. My intuition was old news to them; they just wanted to know when I was going to tell the rest of the world. Ugh. It took years to choose faith over fear (fear of what people would think, fear that I wasn’t good enough, fear that I’d fall flat on my face) and let my intuition become my way of living (in all ways). None of it felt courageous; it all felt scary.

These stories from my past keep popping up for me, reminding me that whenever I’ve been in the middle of a scary situation – a big decision, a daring move, an uncomfortable conversation – it felt so much bigger than it really was. You have these stories, too.

This may sound silly to some of you (and gross – sorry in advance!). But a year ago, I was in knots about Tru’s inability to poop on the potty. His autism and the developmental delays that come with it made potty training a nightmare. At five years old, he was pooping in his pants or on the floor reguarly. I attended workshops, talked with his therapists, read everything I could about it and no one had a solution. And we felt like we were on a deadline; he couldn’t start kindergarten the next fall if he didn’t know how to use the bathroom. I cried about this. I felt defeated by it. I felt it draining me of my joy. Try cleaning up a big kid’s messes multiple times a day, and you might, too. Eventually, I chose to step back and see each accident as an isolated incident, easy to manage and move on – and trusting it would not go on forever.

And then one day, Brad sat with Tru in the bathroom, encouraging him to relax – as he had many times before – and something clicked. Tru pooped on the potty. Glory, glory, hallelujah!!!! This huge weight was lifted, and all of the previous tension and angst seemed, well, unnecessary. I felt a little silly for having spent so much energy worrying about it. And today, a year later, I barely remember how awful it felt; I have a cognitive memory of it, but not a visceral one. And it serves, now, as a lesson for me about facing the shit I don’t want and knowing the old adage “this too shall pass” is really true. The hard things that feel insurmountable and almost inhumane miraculously pass. We somehow move through grief, we somehow heal relationships (or let go of their hold on us), we somehow survive the big decisions we make. And looking back on them, they look a lot like courage even if we didn’t feel it at the time.

Today, I know my fear is just a bully. When I give it power, it beats me down. When I notice it nagging me, taunting me, I remind myself that there is a light in me, a faith in me, that can cut through the darkness if I let it, if I choose it. The courage to shine is not about waiting to do something until we feel brave enough; it’s about choosing to trust even when we’re scared.

If this resonates with you, consider it an invitation. This post features part of the class email that Project Light Year participants received yesterday, as we wrap up 12 amazing months together. Talk about courage! These women have made incredible changes, lifted each other up, witnessed miracles, created holy wow abundance and so much more. It’s been so good, that I’m doing it again. Registration for Project Light Year 2015 launches today with an awesome early bird sale; click here for details on the class and to get $70 off! Woohoooo!

where angels go for a good time

New York City rooftop terrance ... all to myself!

I should be on a plane headed home from New York City; instead, I’ve spent the day here. All by myself in a rooftop haven overlooking Manhattan – just me, the blue sky, and the city below. I’m pretty sure this is where angels go to have a good time.

Brad gave me the gift of a long weekend here with my dear friend Lori Portka as a 40th birthday present. At the time, we had no idea the timing would coincide with our launch of Infinite Purpose. Our time here has been filled with little miracles, and so much excitement as people kept signing up and connecting with one another. We are so, so grateful.

This morning, when I checked on my flight status, the airline recommended I change my flight because it would likely be cancelled due to the snow storm in Minneapolis. They would change it for free, but not cover my night in New York. The room we’d been staying in was already booked for tonight, and to book another would have cost a small fortune. I chose not to panic, and asked the angels to help coordinate whatever was meant to be.

My dear hubby jumped into action while getting the kids ready for school back home. He called his parents, who quickly found me another hotel using loyalty points – awesome! And then the nice man at the front desk suggested I store my luggage with him and spend the morning in their VIP lounge. When the elevator doors opened to the 33rd floor, I gasped. It opened out to this glorious rooftop terrace, which I had to myself for as long as I wanted. What!?

Had I flipped out at the news of my flights being cancelled, I’m not sure the same thing would have happened. I believe – and see proof time and time again – that when I allow a situation to unfold as it’s meant to, rather than try to control every little detail, magic happens – and the view’s amazing.

the real reason taylor swift is breaking records (light the way, girl)

The real reason Taylor Swift is breaking records - #1989

You guys, I am obsessed with the new Taylor Swift album, 1989. It’s so good! And I’m not the only one who thinks so. After her bold and brilliant move from country to pop, music industry execs say she’s about to become the first artist ever to top one million sales in the first week for three albums. At the ripe old age of 24. Wow.

Yes, she’s a great songwriter. Yes, she’s got a round-the-clock publicity and promotion machine behind her. Yes, she’s a strong role model for young girls (and, heck, 40-year-old moms, too). But I believe the real reason this superstar is on top of the world again is this: Taylor Swift is seriously tuned in to her intuition. 

I could tell as soon as I heard the album: she sounds like a young woman who is crystal-clear about where she’s been, what she’s learned and how to tell her stories in ways that move people – literally and figuratively. She gets the power of keeping it real, singing From the beats to the hooks to her subtle giggle on the mega-hit “Shake It Off,” Taylor didn’t miss a detail – and that’s the sign of intuition at work. It trumps convention, it overshadows the “right” way to do anything, it offers inspiration that feels like rocket fuel, and it empowers us to trust our inner guidance even when everyone else says not to.

Sure enough, when I opened up the insert from Taylor’s CD, her thank-you note to family, friends and fans confirmed it. “For the last few years, I’ve woken up every day not wanting, but needing to write a new style of music,” she writes in her foreword. “I needed to change the way I told my stories and the way they sounded…it was a good thing to follow this gut feeling.”

She reiterated this in an interview with the Montreal Gazette last month: “I had this constant intuition and gut feeling and inspiration coming at me saying: ‘Make this album this way, make this album different from everything you’ve done before.’ So creatively I just followed that intuition and made the album the way I wanted to make it.”

That’s no small feat, completely switching genres when you’re a superstar singer. Management and radio stations and concert promoters freak the freak out when you threaten to rock the boat. Think of the pressure! You have to sense, deep down, that such a bold move will be totally worth the leap of faith. Taylor’s record label worried about offending all the country radio stations who’ve supported her work over the years, and asked her to please include three country songs on 1989. But Taylor’s intuition was unshakeable; she politely declined because she knew that she had to make a clean break.

Shake It Off lyrics by Taylor Swift

Our intuition is like a song playing over and over in our minds, the beat pulsing through our veins, the words pumping us up. So it’s no surprise someone like Taylor Swift can FEEL that music. She’s made all kinds of unconventional decisions for this album release that serve others – from inviting hundreds of fans to secret listening parties at her homes to donating all the proceeds from her latest hit (Welcome to New York) to NYC public schools – and, like a boomerang, these intuitively-guided  choices have not only touched others but bolstered her own success.

Taylor Swift’s on fire not only because she makes cool tunes, but because she’s the poster girl for following your heart. I vote that we all follow in her footsteps…we’ll make the moves up as we go. 

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Speaking of intuition, I’m soooo glad Lori and I listened to ours and said YES to launching Infinite Purpose next week. The response has been awesome, with people around the world signing up, sending sweet notes of celebration and sharing it with others. We are so excited! Join us here.

the moment before your life changes (it’s here)

rocks of lake superior

I’m announcing something big today with my dear friend Lori Portka. So exciting!! And it has me thinking about the moment in this photograph, a little over two years ago on the rocky shore of Lake Superior, when I knew my life was about to change. 

My intuitive abilities had been a closely-guarded secret most of my life, but the presence of spirits and angels had intensified ever since my dad’s death the previous fall. It was growing harder to keep everything I saw and heard under wraps. Within hours of arriving on the North Shore for a long weekend with dear artist friends, including Lori, they’d convinced me to do intuitive readings for each of them. One by one, each woman sat with me on the rocks and cried as angels, guides and loved ones on the Other Side came through. I could see healing happening before my eyes. And something clicked for me.

Though I’d done under-the-radar readings before, this was the first time I really understood their power – and that I’d been given those abilities for a reason. For years, I’d been inspired by the words Oprah Winfrey had once said were her daily prayer: “Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, and what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than myself. Use me until you use me up.

It’s what I wanted too – for the powers that be to use me up, to use my life.  But did it have to be so unconventional!? I was terrified – of being ridiculed and rejected, of not being good enough at it, and not knowing how to move forward. So, I went out on the rocks alone to talk to God. “Okay, I get it,” I said to the unending horizon. “You’re using me. I’m grateful. I’m also scared. So, if I’m going to do this, I need instructions. Please, pretty please, show me how and when and where to use what you’ve given me.”  

Inifinite Purpose class with Liv Lane and Lori PortkaLooking back, I can see that’s exactly what I’ve been given (so grateful!): a clear path to follow and dear ones to help squelch my fears. It’s been a heart-bursting journey, and I’m buzzing with excitement for what comes next: an inspired program for purpose-seekers and meaning-makers: Infinite Purpose: 8 Weeks of Conscious Creation.

Spirit has provided detailed instructions for this event, right down to announcing it TODAY – (yep, on a Saturday) and, to my total delight, co-leading it with Lori. Squeeeeal! We begin November 8th and you’ll find all the delicious details on how it came to be and what it entails over here.

That moment before your life changes? It’s here, friends. 

a letter to my 30s: the calm after the storm

Liv Lane in 2004; the difference of a decade

Dear 30s,

This is our last day together. While many friends have fretted lately over leaving you behind, I have felt downright euphoric. Ready for a clean slate, a fresh start. Ready to ditch a decade that frequently felt like an uphill climb.

But the closer I’ve come to this milestone birthday, the clearer I see what a gift you’ve been to me. 

Ten years ago, I wasn’t much in the mood for celebrating. We don’t even have any photos of my 30th birthday; I’d all but disappeared by then. I’d dyed my hair brunette, mastered the almost-believable happy face, and let numbness take over. That felt so much better than panic, so much easier than heartache, more respectable than driving off a bridge. So I stayed there, comfortably numb. Sleepwalking into a new decade. I was on the verge of a breakthrough, though, close to realizing I didn’t have to exist like that forever. Undiagnosed postpartum depression and PTSD had deadened me, and I needed to work my way out.

Looking back, that arduous journey and all the soul-stretching challenges that came after were neither bad luck or punishing blows. The hardships and hurdles were like force-fed doses of truth serum. With every new challenge, I would feel the serum trickling down my throat, through my chest and into my belly – twisting through me like a tornado. As it churned, building steam, it would latch on to my untruths – my fears, my masks, my resentments, my pain – and spit them out like they weighed nothing. It would pepper me with questions about who I was without all that debris, and dare me to find light in the eye of the storm. And when I did, the truth would scoop me up and cradle me, blanketing me in purpose and singing lullabies of possibility.

The tornadoes of my 30s didn’t throw me off course; they carried me to my path. Turns out you gave me the best gift a girl could ask for. 

With gratitude and awe, Liv

can we connect in the next two weeks? (lots to look forward to!)

By having something to look forward to, you bring happiness into your life before the event actually takes place. - Gretchen Rubin #inspiration

You know how awesome it feels when you’ve survived a punishing round of the flu and suddenly, miraculously, you feel like a human being again? That’s how it feels to ease back into regular life, after weeks of visting Nana in hospice, juggling real life and end-of-life, and another week of crazed prep to celebrate her life with beloved family and friends. I’m relishing the normalcy of bedtime stories and play dates, carpools and clean counters. And a return to the work I love, with a rush of goodness to keep me on my toes these next couple of weeks.

I’m hoping you can be part of it in some way! Here’s what’s happening… 

Rachel Awes, Lori Portka, Liv Lane, Carissa Paige - art sale on September 20, 2014ART SALE! In what’s truly a stroke of perfect timing, I’m about to dive into a long weekend with dear artist friends Lori Portka from New York, Rachel Awes from across the river in St. Paul, and Carissa Paige from Florida. I soooo need this! And on Saturday afternoon, we’re hosting an art sale at Rachel’s awesome-blossomg house! Can you come?? All the details are here on Rachel’s web site.

Art of Choosing Beauty ecourse with Liv LaneCHOOSING BEAUTY! I had to postpone my only-time-this-year teaching of The Art of Choosing Beauty: 4 Weeks to Happiness – so the online class is now kicking off this coming Monday, September 22nd. So you still have time to sign up and join us for this powerful class and community next week! And – BIG NEWS – since I’ve had no time to promote this class and just want as many bright lights as possible to benefit from it, I’m extending the early bird pricing (a 40% savings!!) to EVERYONE. Bam! Beautiful! (Details here!)

Community Resilience InstituteTHRIVING CONFERENCE! Next Thursday and Friday (Sept 25-26), I’ll be at Cornell College in Iowa to speak and lead a half-day workshop at the Thriving Communities, Thriving Lives national conference, inspiring educators and community leaders to experience the power of igniting their innate sparks (the passions, talents and gifts that light them up from the inside out) – and helping youth do the same. Register here.

Presence Summit at Minnesota Arboretum - Oct 5, 2014PRESENCE : SUMMIT! On October 5th, I’m excited to speak at a new event in Minneapolis called Presence : Summit, designed to “open your eyes to a new level of Living!” There are only TWO DAYS left to buy tickets, and guess what?? I have a special code to get you in for $50 off. Woot! Get full details here and when you purchase your ticket (by Sept 19!), enter the code liv914 (it is case sensitive) and please come say hi!

And then, friends, comes the biggest event of all. I turn the big 4-0. I told you my calendar’s packed with gobs of goodness! Hope you can be part of it in some way. xo