here’s who i’m spending 2014 with (squeal!!!)

Christmas star ornament

Merry-making is at full tilt around here. Our boys are so excited – love watching them delight in the magic of it all! But gosh, isn’t it shocking to realize 2013 is almost over?

I love the week between Christmas and New Year’s because I intentionally review my year and plan ahead for the next one. It’s so powerful. I’m already buzzing with excitement for 2014 because, for the first time, I’m leading a YEAR-LONG program designed to help brave hearts like you soulfully create your brightest year yet – and be in community with each other, exploring and sharing and adding light to your lives. Project Light Year is going to be amazing.

Project Light Year with Liv Lane and 8 "dream team" contributorsAnd today, my heart is so incredibly full as I get to introduce you to 8 amazing contributors; a virtual dream team of teachers and visionaries, intuitively and artfully helping women create their best lives. And they can teach it because they have lived it; every single one of these women has transformed her life to do what she loves, to grow from grief and hardship, to live with great purpose. Ready to meet them? Drum roll, please…

Lori Portka: Lori is pure light; she is a brilliant artist whose vibrant paintings honor the beauty of life, cultivating “happiness through art.” Her inspiring work around the art of gratitude will play a huge role in Project Light Year; if you don’t know her yet, you will fall in love with her pronto. Promise.

Susannah Conway:  Susannah is an awesome photographer and author who’s led thousands of women around the world through her soulful online classes, dedicated to leveraging creativity and self-reflection for deep healing. Totally pinching myself over her being here.

Leigh Hopkins: After two decades of working in public education reform, Leigh realized her amazing intuitive gifts could be leveraged for another kind of reform: helping women achieve a greater sense of well-being and connection to their intuitive wisdom. As founder and director of Viva Institute, Leigh is a beacon of light for so many; can’t wait for her to help participants step deeper into their inner knowing!

Kelly Rae Roberts: If you’ve stepped into a gift shop in the last several years, chances are you’ve seen Kelly Rae’s life-affirming work, given that she’s one of the most successful licensed artists on the planet. She’s a girl with a deep, giving soul; her art shows it…but I also know it. Her being here is such a gift.

Laurel Bleadon-Maffei: If it weren’t for Laurel, Project Light Year might not even exist! During an intuitive reading with her, I received guidance to bring this idea back to life – the one I’d sketched out but put on hold. I was instantly energized to finish what I’d started – and I knew Laurel had to be part of it. The messages she receives and shares from angels and spirits are beautiful (no wonder over 60,000 people have followed her on Facebook!).

Rachel Awes: Rachel is like a walking rainbow. A gifted psychologist and soulful artist, her work lifts up people from their most vulnerable places and illuminates goodness in all of our journeys. Her words are like silk on your skin and her joy is contagious. Can’t wait for the ways in which she’ll color our year together!

Michelle Stimpson: Michelle is a one-of-a-kind life coach, guiding women through positive change for over a decade with tremendous success. I’ve never met someone with more integrity and with such passion for living life to the fullest. And the ways she manifests magic in her life is so awe-inspiring; prepare to be wowed!

Carissa Paige: I have maintained for years that Carissa is a real-life fairy, feathers and glitter tucked in her knapsack along with her paintbrushes. The way her intuition and dream life lead her through art-making and storytelling mesmerizes me, and her courageous heart inspires me. So thrilled she’ll be sprinkling her fairy dust on all of us throughout 2014!

See what I mean?? Total dream team. If you’re ready to join us for 12 months of magic-making, soul-deepening, intention-creating, spirit-guiding, purpose-finding content and connection, then click here for Project Light Year. Can’t wait to shine bright with you, all year long.

Going Back To School: My Gift To Me

Inspirational Message from Artsyville

from fabulous Aimee Dolich of Artsyville

I never graduated from college. I knew in my bones, at age 18, that I needed real world experience more than a college classroom to set me on my path. Two weeks before I was supposed to show up at St. Olaf, I landed a job as a news writer… and it truly changed the course of my life.

I am a huge advocate for education and, eventually, did go to night school to try to earn my degree. For most people, I think college is critical. But for me, the “real world” – perfect opportunities I just couldn’t pass up – kept calling me away from the traditional classroom. Maybe that’s why I gravitate to unconventional learning even now.

When I started to dream of launching my own business, I also began to gift myself with new learning opportunities. Each year, I have committed myself to an intensive course in something my soul felt it needed. It’s the best school ever; I choose all my courses and none of them include algebra!

2006: I spent many weekends in an intensive class on developing  and embracing my intuitive gifts. I really learned to listen to and follow my heart.

2007: I went to Vegas for an amazingly transformative Hay House I Can Do It!conference with my mom and friends, attending workshops on everything from angels to past life regression. Knocked my socks off.

2008: I had a second baby – that was enough of a learning curve for me that year! 🙂

2009: My schedule was full of e-courses and webinars on business and blogging.

2010: Kelly Rae Roberts’ Flying Lessons e-course rocked my world and gave me the confidence to launch my art career.

2011: In addition to taking multiple e-courses {Superhero Photography with Andrea Scher was particularly good!}, I literally went back to the classroom for Rich Chicks’ Gray Market Income class {which kicks off again next week}. It gave me the financial know-how and business acumen to create products that highlight my unique expertise – starting with my How To Build a Blog You Truly Love ecourse.

As I look back, every class has been a game changer in my personal and professional life. And now, it’s so incredibly rewarding to see all the light bulbs turning on for the people taking my class. Gives me goosebumps to know that what I’ve learned is now benefiting others so profoundly. Wow. Wow. Wow. {Registration closes Jan 20th, by the way}

This year, 2012, I’m sooo excited to be a contributor to Kelly Rae Roberts’ and Beth Nicholls’ Hello Soul, Hello Business e-course for creative entrepreneurs – which kicks off on Monday! I’ll be following along with every lesson, soaking up all the goodness in that virtual classroom for the next nine weeks.

So, what will YOU intentionally set out to learn this year? How? Where? When? I’d love to know – and to hear of any classes you’ve taken that you super-duper loved…