Today I wanted to share a list of books, coaches, and experiences that I had this year that utterly and completely saved me. I want to share these things with you so that you can access them if you need them.
This list is in no particular order, really, so no one resource is more important than the other. I do have to say that the theme that does tie them all together is the fact that each of these resources made me feel like I was part of something bigger, and not alone. Loneliness is something I have always felt since I am so much different than everyone I am around, but having access to all of these things made me feel the comfort and warmth of belonging.
So without further ado, here is my list.
- The book Love Warrior, by Glennon Doyle Melton. This book seriously changed my life so profoundly and honestly did more good for me than all the therapy I have ever had. Glennon writes with an open + honest heart.
- The Untame the Wild Soul Woman podcast + Untame Yourself Facebook group, by Elizabeth DiAlto. Elizabeth’s insights are basically amazing and wonderful and she has helped me along my journey SO FREAKIN’ MUCH. The podcast and FB group are FREE so join in on this fun!!
- The book Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. This book taught me a lot of courage, and even helped me throw away old fashioned ideas of what is right and normal. I listened to this one on audiobook, which Elizabeth actually reads. So moving.
- Being a part of Becca Piastrelli’s The Dabblist Collective Sisterhood. In April I joined the Sisterhood, which is a monthly membership program that includes a monthly guidebook, video conference call, and Facebook group of like-minded women who are focused on divine femininity and working/creating with our hands. This group has held me so much in my growth and has really given me a sisterhood to confide in.
- Being a part of another group of ladies who all did the Live More Weigh Less program together. This group of ladies has been such a source of strength and comfort for me the past 2 years and we just keep getting closer! I have shared so much joy and sorrow with them that I will forever be in their debt for holding me so closely and tightly during my year.
- Business/Life Coaching with Liz Nead. I met Liz Nead when I was at a conference in Mason City this year, and her passion and spark caught my attention. She has been a huge source of strength and inspiration for me in the past 5 or so months.
- Spirituality coaching with Lauren Wardell of Vitality Coaching: I have been friends with Lauren for about 5 years and I have seen her blossom on her spiritual journey. Her work and intuition on being an empath and creating energetic boundaries has helped me this year IMMENSELY and I have been lucky enough to have some 1 on 1 calls with her on my own energetic shit. She is incredibly intuitive and anyone would benefit from 1 on 1 coaching with her.
- Taking the Lucky Bitch Money Bootcamp course with Denise Duffield-Thomas. Lauren Wardell actually recommended to me that I take the Lucky Bitch Money Bootcamp, and I am so thankful for that! This course has not only helped me financially, but spiritually as well. I have learned even more about myself and my pre-programmed beliefs that I have been able to let go of. I haven’t even been through the whole course, technically, but this course has already changed my life in so many ways.
- The book Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola-Estes. I listened to this as an audiobook, and while the audiobook is abridged, the true joy is listening to Dr. Pinkola-Estes telling the stories. She is a true storyteller, and everything about her voice and the way she shares the myths about the Wild Woman is enchanting. This book really stirred up my own inner Wild Woman, which is a huge reason why this year has been so incredibly wonderful for me.
- The book Playing Big by Tara Mohr. I listened to this one on audiobook too, and it is also read by the author. The biggest ahas I took from this book were from the chapter on the two types of fear: pahad and yurah. Pahad is irrational fear, and yurah is simply the fear of being in a larger space than normal. When you can distinguish between the two, you can move forward in confidence (yurah) or you can give yourself a pep talk and move into logic (pahad). Tara also has a whole chapter devoted to actual small steps you can take to play big and stop selling yourself short, such as stop using the word “just” and also not using intonation all the time. I love this book so much because of the soul-stirring nature as well as the down-to-earth advice she gives.
- Developing my intuition through journaling and writing poetry was also a huge lifesaver for me this year. In the thick of my lowest depression, I decided to start writing down whatever I felt and thought, no matter how bad it was. I let go of self-judgement and just let out the venom onto paper.
- Honoring my intuition by pursuing any intuitive hit I got (even talking to random people at the Barnes and Noble in Jordan Creek Mall) further allowed me to develop my intuition because just like inspiration (as you will read in Big Magic), the more you use something, the more it comes to you.
- Since my husband hasn’t been able to go on adventures with me for a while, I had to make a decision: stop adventuring altogether or just go on adventures alone. I chose the latter and even though it wasn’t the same experience, I did get to do some fun things. I did something I’ve been dying to do for a long time, which was visit Clear Lake. The time I spent by the lake affected me in a profound way, and I don’t think I can even describe it correctly. I guess the closest thing emotions would be comfort, clarity, and resolve.
- And last but certainly not least, my best friend Alicia. Without this girl in my life, I would seriously go crazy. She never judges me and always knows how to make me feel better. Love you to the moon and back girl!
So there you have it! If you are ready to start your own spiritiual journey, I really think that these resources will help you along your way. I have been on this path for about 5 years and I think this year has been my biggest year of growth yet. The best part about growing spiritually is that your path is your own and there is no right or wrong answer. If you are committed to growth, you can take as much time as you need!
Sending you lots of love-La Rae