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Have You Lost Your Joy?

I’ve been feeling disconnected from my joy the last couple of days. I hate that feeling of disconnect. Do you know what I mean? Joy, for me, is like sitting by a gentle stream, amongst the trees and feeling God’s presence inside and around me. I love that feeling. It’s a feeling of acceptance and love. It’s a “knowingness” that I’m not alone and that no matter what shows up in my life, I know that it will be okay. Well, I haven’t been feeling that way lately.

I took a walk this morning with my pups and was reminded why I felt so disconnected from my joy. I haven’t been staying present. I have a lot going on in my life right now. For the next six weekends, I’m only home one of them. I have a contractor who’s in and out of my home due to Hurricane Irma. Yes, we had damage up here in the mountains of Georgia. That in itself is enough to stifle joy, but there are much bigger things happening. My daughter is getting married in November. I have an Enlightened Mom event in Dallas in two weeks. Plus, I’m helping put on a 5K run and festival for our local CASA organization to help abused or neglected kids in foster care. And…I just started hosting a new radio show. Whew! I could find myself sliding down a dark rabbit hole after just writing this. But what I am reminded of after this morning’s walk is that it is projecting into the future and not staying present that saps my joy.

By |October 10th, 2017|0 Comments|

Your Mom & Your Money Issues

My late hubby Steve passed away ten years ago from a massive heart attack. I know it was due to stress. And I know his stress was due to always worrying about money. Even when he brought home nearly a million dollars a year after taxes, he always worried.

After Steve passed, I found myself cleaning out files of old paperwork. I’ll never forget the day I came across a custom astrology reading Steve had purchased years prior to his death. As I sat down in the middle of the closet to take it in, I was in shock to see a passage that said, “Will most likely have money issues related to early childhood issues with the mother.”

OMG! I couldn’t believe what I was reading. This aha came right after I had written my book, The Enlightened Mom. The book is based on moms loving themselves unconditionally and opening up to receive God’s unlimited abundance, simply for who they were created to be. In other words, no longer performing for love and approval from God, society, or their families, and setting an example for their loved ones to stop performing. But what hit me in that moment, after reading Steve’s astrology chart, was just how much our moms affect our ability to receive money with grace and ease.

By |September 20th, 2017|2 Comments|

Screw You Irma!

As I sat curled up under the covers with my hubby Monday night with Irma whipping angrily at my north Georgia home, tearing away shingles from our roof and blowing so hard that water dripped from the corners of our windows, there was this underlying feeling deep in my bones that shouted, “Screw you Irma!”

By |September 13th, 2017|0 Comments|

Are You Letting Love In?

Do you allow yourself to be loved? I know that seems like a silly question, but you may be surprised that you don’t actually allow love in.

Saying YES to love means that you feel nurtured by the people around you, and by God and the Universe. When you allow love in, you feel connected. You feel as if you belong. You feel enough.

There are many reasons we don’t allow love in. Here are the ones I’ve noticed the most from coaching people over the last 20 years. They are based in the following four core false beliefs…

  1. It’s Better to Give than to Receive

Do you find yourself giving to everyone else at the expense of yourself? If so, you probably live by the belief that it is better to give than to receive. The problem with living by this belief is that you quickly come from an empty cup and then there is nothing to give at all.

Life is meant to be a flow of giving AND receiving. Receiving can look like many things. If you ask for what you want, you are taking a stand for receiving love. Getting a massage is also an act of receiving, and so is setting boundaries with your friends and loved ones. Following your passions is a big act of receiving love. There are too many to mention here. The key is to know that it is up to YOU to give yourself permission to receive love, knowing that as you do, you have more love to give to others.

By |August 16th, 2017|0 Comments|

Are You Playing Without Guilt?

Are you playing without guilt? I’m talking about really playing, where you don’t have mind chatter saying, “Well, I REALLY need to be doing _____,” or “I’m going to get so behind if I take this time for myself.”

We women have a tendency to put playtime last on our list. And when we do play, we’re usually buried in guilt.

And most of us learned it from our mommas.

For many women, as soon as they become mothers, their natural instinct says, “I must protect my babies.” So moms tend to quit having fun. They put on their responsibility hats and place themselves on the backburner. As little girls, we watch our moms and learn to believe that THIS is how women are supposed to be. So we perpetuate the cycle as we grow up, shutting ourselves down to truly having fun.

But did you know that being playful is one of the greatest ways to feel connected, protected and loved? 

By |April 26th, 2017|0 Comments|

Tired of Complaining?

How many times a day do you hear yourself or someone else griping about their life? Negativity spews on the phone, at work, with your family members and friends, on social media, and on the radio and television. We can’t seem to get away from it. And we wonder why we don’t have world peace.

It’s so easy to complain about life. We women tend to bond in this kind of negativity. We build great friendships dissecting what’s wrong in our lives.

Can you imagine what the world would sound like or feel like if everyone made a commitment to stop complaining and shifted into acceptance?

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Now you may be thinking, “Well, Terri, I don’t believe that I should accept the fact that my boss won’t give me a raise and I’ve been driving my rump into the ground. That just isn’t fair. I have a LOT to complain about.”

I get it. However, complaining is not the path to your raise. Acceptance is.

By |April 19th, 2017|0 Comments|

Do You Feel Adored?

Do you feel adored? Dictionary.com describes the word “adore” as the following: “To regard with the utmost esteem, love and respect; honor.” Does your daily life mirror this to you? Is this how you regard yourself? If you don’t, it’s time you did.

When you think about adoring yourself, what feelings come up? Do you have a pit in your stomach that says, “I can’t adore myself. That’s wrong”?

If you have any negative emotions towards the thought of adoring yourself, you are setting yourself up for a life that is hard and where you constantly feel you have to prove yourself. 

By |March 30th, 2017|0 Comments|

Spring into Something New!

Woo hoo! It’s spring! Let the birthing begin!

Now you may be reading this and think to yourself, “Terri, I am way beyond my birthing years. What in the heck are you talking about?” Or maybe you haven’t yet begun. Thankfully, that’s not what I’m talking about.

What are you ready to give birth to in your life? What are you ready to create?

By |March 22nd, 2017|0 Comments|

I have to vent. I don’t do that much here in this blog, but I want to share my thoughts about a topic that I feel is absolutely a must to discuss.

As some of you may have seen my video last week on Facebook, I am currently training as a dancer for the upcoming charity benefit for Enotah CASA called Dancing with the North Georgia Stars. I love this volunteer organization and how they are the safe-havens for so many kids in the foster-care system.

One of the jobs I agreed to as a dancer was to raise funds by selling ads and sponsorships. This is one aspect of the competition. I have actually loved being out in my community meeting some incredible people. I’ve made new friendships and have had some wonderful conversations. What I feel frustrated by, however, are the people who tell me to come by the next day for an ad, at a given time, and then when I get there they are nowhere to be found. And these are business people!

By |March 8th, 2017|10 Comments|

I Am Enough

“I am enough.” Can you say those words and really KNOW them at your core? Do you know that you are acceptable and lovable just by being you?

It’s easy to answer this question with a yes. That’s your conscious mind speaking. But your subconscious mind might be telling you something else.

I work with a lot of women and I hear them proclaim that they are enough, that they deserve to be seen, heard and valued, and that they deserve all the Universe has to offer. But when you look at their daily lives, you can tell they don’t truly believe these things at all. 

By |February 23rd, 2017|2 Comments|