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Self-approval

Trust your desire.

January 15, 2019

What is your inner pace? Your rhythm? Your flow? Do you zip around through your day, spinning way too many plates, kind of getting off on how many you can keep in the air? I know I can do that. We all get so many points for being busy. Or acting busy. It’s as if […]

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A reminder that ritual is real.

December 18, 2018

Here’s what I do on the daily: coffee, stretch, music, dance, light candles, and pray at my altar. That’s the morning ritual. It’s how I do. I don’t know about you, but I do not wake up a ray of sunshine. I need to move things through. Every day. (And then some.) Being a woman […]

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We received an unexpected letter …

December 11, 2018

Not long ago, an unexpected letter came in to The School of Womanly Arts and it took our breath away. We asked Mary Jo if we could share her story with other women, and she generously agreed. Here it is: At five and perhaps earlier, I somehow began to believe I wasn’t okay. I believed […]

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What is that quiet voice asking you to do with this life of yours?

November 6, 2018

The single most profound change that I am noticing amongst women, today, is a more overtly shared experience of something that happened to me, as a child. ​​​​​​​ And continues to happen to me now, as an adult. And, if you are reading this note, I am certain it happens both to you, and for […]

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How much no is in your yes?

October 23, 2018

How often do you agree to do something, that you do not really, really want to do? Kiss them. Agree to help out. Stay at the party later. Go to the movie they picked. Listen to their problems. Work late. Again. Do you find your desire to please other people is an even stronger pull […]

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The three requirements for fulfilling a long-held desire

September 25, 2018

Hope is such a bitch. Sometimes she is just a walk in the park. Things are easy, things are breezy. And sometimes it’s not easy. And there is no breeze. It’s just dust and tumbleweeds. And it feels like you are the last one standing. She will test you and work you and twist you […]

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Things not going so good? Here’s what I do to get what I want.

September 10, 2018

Losses happen. Slumps happen. Fear creeps in. We get tired. Bored. Angry. Disheartened. Discouraged. Disempowered. Old. Older. And when we trip, or are tripped, when we tumble or get truly and deeply trounced, we can forget the real raw sacred truth of it all. That we are each a force of nature, indivisible from her […]

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Sometimes Mama Gena herself goes off the rails …

September 4, 2018

It is so easy for a woman to lose her way. A trip through the morning headlines can ignite grief, frustration, despair. A glance in the mirror can trigger disapproval which can be hard to shake. A day flooded with tasks, both surmountable and insurmountable, can suck some serious wind from anyone’s sails. And let’s […]

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I am not fine. I am not okay. How are you?

August 28, 2018

I think the most miserable times I have ever experienced in my life have been when things were “fine.” Boyfriend is fine. Business is fine. Life is just fine. Similarly, I am not okay with okay. Family is okay. Apartment is okay. Work is going okay. Okay drains my life force and Fine makes my […]

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I didn’t want to run a company.

August 14, 2018

I want to tell you a story. I have been running my own business for over 20 years. As is the case with many women leaders, I did not start out wanting to run my own company. In fact, that was the last thing I wanted to do. What I had was a dream, and […]

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