The Two Biggest Fears I Had to Face to Grow My Business

 
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Seven years ago I started my business with a true desire to help people.

Struggling with chronic physical pain led me to yoga and my love for yoga led me to teach.

As I healed my body, mind and spirit, my desire to share spiritual teachings and to help others was so strong.

I knew I wanted to make myself available to more people, but two very common fears held me back:

1. The fear of visibility

2. The discomfort of selling my offerings + asking for money

To follow my life's work and heart's calling I knew I needed to get comfortable teaching, speaking, and sharing my work both in person and online.

I also knew I needed to heal my relationship to money and learn about sales and marketing to actually make a profitable and sustainable business.

And if I didn't, I knew I would need to always have side jobs to pay my bills, that would take precious time away from helping people and making the impact I really wanted to make.

Can you relate?

So, seven years ago, I chose to go for it. To learn everything I didn't know... to try and try again... to face my fears and make it happen.

And I'm so glad I did. I'm now running a thriving business I built from the ground up.

I absolutely love the work I do and most importantly, I'm proud that I didn't run away from the places that were unfamiliar or scary.

Instead I honored my soul's calling to grow.

...Are you ready to...

...Step into greater visibility + reach more people with your story + work...

...Earn more money sharing your soul gifts...

...Develop and share your offerings online + in person... ?

If so, I'd love for you to join me in this new Free Masterclass...

5 Shifts to Elevate Your Voice, Impact + Income

Here's what you'll learn:

  • How to rewire core beliefs around money to step into true prosperity and abundance

  • Why sharing your voice and gifts is imperative at this time and how to overcome the fear of being seen and heard

  • How I guide my clients to earn money through their sacred work, doubling or tripling their income while doing work they love

  • The secret to online marketing + the key strategy my team and I have used to grow our reach and impact consistently for the last 5+ years

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If you've started a business with a true desire to give back, contribute, make the world a better place in some way or form, I want to support you...

...to reach the people you're truly meant to reach...

...to earn enough money so that you don't have to juggle multiple jobs, taking precious time away from your sacred work...

...to feel confident in sharing yourself online + in person ...(to write those talks, workshops, instagram posts and show up with comfort + ease on online videos + classes) ...

Learn all of this + more in the new free masterclass.

Sign up Here.

Love,

Meredith

 

087 | The Way of Tea, Meditation & Liberation with Baelyn Elspeth

 
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How often have you created a whole conversation in your mind ~ a conversation that hasn’t even happened?

In this episode, Baelyn and I talk about the craziness of the mind. In particular, the fear, the illusions and projections we create that so often lead to separation.

To move from a thought to an action, the nature of the mind can create such a drain of our energy. That’s why Baelyn begins every morning with meditation and tea ceremony.

In this week’s episode we talk about Cha Dao, or The Way of Tea, a way of being ~ slowing down, finding clarity and intention while living with devotion, discipline and focus.

We discuss what it takes to cut through the chatter of the mind and remember true stillness. Baelyn also shares how she navigates work relationships, sisterhood and vulnerability. This conversation is truly full of so many gems… we hope you enjoy tuning in!

“Tea is a plant teacher, a spirit of Nature, manifested through this Leaf and awakened by hot water. Used in ceremony, it is a dance between the elements, a sensory exploration of presence, where everything is connected by space.” ~ Baelyn

In this episode we discussed:

  • Why Baelyn chooses to create offerings in collaboration

  • How Baelyn came to be on a spiritual path 

  • How tea found her (and not the other way around)

  • Her greatest insights and lessons from tea + silent meditation

  • Baelyn’s morning practice 

  • How Baelyn navigates the “stories” we create about other women (and how to handle jealousy and comparison in sisterhood) 

  • How to  create a space of healing and intimacy when you’re triggered

  • The truth about fear and how to navigate it

  • Baelyn’s upcoming Warrior Priestess trainings

Stay in Touch with Baelyn


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Baelyn Elspeth grew up in Los Angeles studying dance from the time she was 4. This affinity with movement provided a doorway into her relationship with spirit, health and the body. She has since journeyed into deeper connections with Self through studying Yoga, Tea and Meditation. She is under the lineage and instruction of the Tea Sage Hut Center in Taiwan and works with Tea as a daily practice to cultivate stillness and presence.

Over the years, her path has evolved toward deepening her relationship to Mother Earth and the Sacred Feminine. Holding space with song and rhythm have also become key elements in her offerings. Whether serving traditional Tea Ceremonies, or holding ritual space through sound and drum, for her, all these paths are ways of being a vessel for spirit and consciousness.

Currently Baelyn travels and devotes her time to sharing and facilitating sacred spaces for communities all around the world, bringing the medicine of Tea and Ceremony wherever she goes. She primarily focuses on collaborative efforts and so along side the offerings of other practitioners, she holds retreats, workshops, and is a council member of the annual women’s gathering Spirit Weavers. She also curates and nurtures a permanent home for Tea, Ceremony, and the Sacred Arts at AY^AM in Playa Del Rey, CA and Santa Fe, NM.

 

086 | Relationships, Co-dependency & a Life Remade with Leah Morris

 
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Have you ever wondered why empaths and narcissists are often so attracted to each other? Or what it means when people talk about co-dependency?

In this conversation today with Leah Morris we dive into the topic of relationships - especially the kinds of unhealthy patterns so many of us can fall into. We discuss what they are, how to avoid them, and also how to attract the kind of love that is deep, true and long-lasting…

In this episode we discussed:

  • Leah’s journey after divorce and what it really meant to fall in love again - with relationships, career, life, and self

  • Co-dependency - what it is, how to know if you’re co-dependent

  • Leah’s experience of stepping into healthier relationships

  • Why narcissists end up with highly sensitive and empathic people

  • The power of language and a simple tool we can use to shift how we communicate with more confidence and authenticity

  • How to step OUT of a victim mindset

  • How Leah shifted her relationship to money from scarcity to abundance on her journey as an entrepreneur


Stay in touch with Leah


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Leah Morris is a Relationship Transition Coach, founder of Life Remade, published writer, and speaker. She helps people to authentically  process their feelings, thoughts, and emotions in order to give them a deeper understanding of themselves and others. 

Her 1:1 work consists of 3 main areas: relationship trauma recovery, communication skills enhancement, and  empowered personal development.

She specializes in helping her clients gain a solid sense of Self Worth, develop unshakable intuitive Confidence, and heal after emotional Heartbreak so they can find the deep and meaningful connections that they’ve been yearning for.

From Leah: “Through my personal journey, I've experienced what brokenness feels like. It's dark and small. I lived a life of being "powerless," placing my self-worth in anything but myself, wanting others to love me more than I was loving me, giving up my whole life to play a supporting role in everyone else's... just to have it all fall apart. When I finally woke up, I found myself feeling exhausted, alone, and purposeless. It's here where I’ve gained insights that have allowed me to step into my own power, to trust myself so much that my actions reflect my truth, to know the value of deeply listening to my inner voice and finding connection with others, and to not let my fears lead my life.

When we lose touch with our instincts, everything else doesn't seem to make much sense. Through my creativity and innovative perspective, I help guide you to discover new ways to redirect you toward YOUR dreams. My ability to focus on you, read between the lines, ask the right questions and offer sincere advice and feedback comes from an insatiable curiosity and commitment to your personal development. I know how it feels to finally come out of the dark, and it's my life's passion to get you there too.”

 

085 | Sacred Social Leadership with Meg Berryman

 
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Meg is a mother, teacher, healer, podcaster and social scientist that empowers women to step into sacred, social leadership.  This conversation was full with wisdom on how to show up and embrace a world that can often feel overwhelming. In this episode we talk about how to simultaneously take care of ourselves and give back at a time that is asking for all of us to be leaders.

In this interview we discussed:

  • What sacred, social leadership is

  • Why we are all change-makers / influencers

  • Why the spiritual/personal growth communities are perfectly placed to be a leading part of social change 

  • Why we are scared of leadership and why we count ourselves out of social leadership spaces

  • How to serve without burning out 

  • Meg’s devotion to addressing climate change

  • Why stepping up and giving voice to our journeys is so important for social change 

  • Why your voids are your medicine 

  • Meg’s upcoming course on parenting and leadership

Stay in Touch with Meg:


Meg Berryman is a coach, facilitator and teacher with a passion for awakening sacred social leaders. She brings together her 10+ years in social change, her masters degrees in gender and public health/behaviour change and her experience as a yoga teacher, coach and leadership facilitator to create incredible learning experiences for socially conscious women seeking wellbeing, connection and contribution. She is a mother of two girls, and lives in Central Victoria, Australia on a property she is regenerating with her husband and many rescue animals.

 

Your Attitude is Not the Dream-Killer, Isolation is

 
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I recently came across this TED talk and completely agreed: ISOLATION is the dream-killer, not your attitude. 

There's only so much we can do or so far we can go when we're doing it all by ourselves…

In this talk, Barbara Sher explains how humans are wired to be problem-solvers, and soon as we get together with a group of people (especially a group we don't know beforehand) to share our dreams and obstacles, everyone else in the room will start brainstorming and offering resources on how to make it happen. 

I just arrived  back from co-leading an incredible group of kind and brilliant women in San Francisco for our Sacred Business Immersion this weekend...

In one of our workshops we created one of these "success" groups that Barbara talks about.  I had never led something like this before, so didn't know what would happen - but immediately the miracles started occuring... women walked away with connections for where to lead retreats, collaborations for events they wished to lead, leads on homes in new states to live, a full itinerary for their next trip, a cafe to offer tarot sessions, and the list goes on...

Collaborations were made, resources were shared... it was magic to see what happened.

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A few more insights that are alive in my heart after this weekend:

✨Creating beauty is a valid contribution in the world

✨Your desires are sacred, and non-attachment is equally important

✨Self-healing // filling your own cup prepares you for your greatest contribution

✨Rest is radical in our fast-paced world

✨Getting ALL of you on board to move ahead with a creative project is not only wise but necessary

✨The ways we self-destruct or treat our own bodies poorly - is a direct reflection of what’s happening to Mother Earth. When we shift that relationship, our greater collective relationship with Her can also heal.

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We laughed, shed tears, opened to receive messages to the heart of our work.

We used tools for emotional healing, vision-mapped the year ahead, and shared resources to mastermind each other’s dreams.

I'm arriving home feeling incredibly full and grateful <3 

At the moment I don't have more of these special events on the calendar, however we have a brand new podcast episode for you and I'm back to teaching my regular weekly yoga classes:

Monday nights ~ Yin Restorative with Live Sound Healing in Petaluma at The Luma Center - 7:15 pm

and 

Sunday mornings ~ Sadhana Flow in Sebastopol at The dhyana Center - 9:15 am

Learn more about all in-person offerings here.

Hope to connect more with you soon.

With love,

Meredith

 

084 | The Bliss Method with Lee Noto

 
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I left this conversation with Lee Noto so energized!

Her story of burning out after hustling her way to the top is all too common… I feel her story and message are deeply needed at a time where so many of us still struggle with pushing beyond our limits.

May this conversation remind you to slow down and integrate the power of the feminine into your life…

In this episode we covered:

  • Lee’s story of how facial paralysis and cystic breakouts led her to her healing journey

  • The Bliss Method - What it is, how to use it and how to habituate bliss as a way of being

  • Simple and powerful practices to allow bliss into our day

  • The power of play

  • The fear Lee has faced this year and an inside-look into her life as a business owner

Stay in Touch with Lee:


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Lee Noto is an Intimacy Coach & Bliss Expert. She works with ambitious, high-powered women at the top of their game go from burnout to bliss so that they can regain their sense of self without compromising their success.

At the height of her success, fueled by hustle, she found herself in a state of complete and utter burnout, confronted by cystic breakouts, full-body hives, and facial paralysis. This wakeup call led her to mastermind her own journey to bliss using a set of practices that are now the cornerstone of her signature transformational system called The Bliss Method. 

She now coaches clients one-on-one and leads workshops and talks around the world. Lee incorporates aspects of Eastern and Western modalities, such as: neuroscience, psychology, Tantric philosophy, various meditative practices, Reiki, and more. She has studied with numerous teachers on subjects including conscious & sacred sexuality, meditation, breath work, and transformational change work. Her unique approach allows her to create a safe space for clients to step into their power and create a bliss-filled life. 

Learn more about the work Lee does by visiting leenoto.com

 

083 | Creativity, Art & Learning to Trust with Devon Walz

 
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Announcement: We have a new free masterclass available for you! Learn how our clients elevate their voice, impact & income in their spiritual business: http://bit.ly/rwl-masterclass - We’ll show you a step-by-step game plan to elevate your voice, impact and income even if you consider yourself a highly sensitive person and are afraid of visibility, sharing your voice or being seen...

I recently heard Elizabeth Gilbert speak on the topic of creativity … and since then I’ve been thinking A LOT about how creativity supports us in feeling healthier and more alive. The universe is constantly creating (think about the plants, stars, asteroids, really the whole universe is constantly shifting, changing, growing, evolving and being creative) so when WE are being creative, it’s like we are aligning with the natural laws of the universe. It’s turning out to be an incredible antidote to depression, grief, illness and anxiety, among other ailments.

It was so fun to dive into this topic with artist Devon Walz talk about the rich topic of creativity on this week’s episode…

In this episode we discussed:

  • How Devon stays focused, motivated and continually inspired in the creative process

  • Her story of moving through depression, undergoing a lot of healing and learning how to do art and business in a way that works for her as a result

  • The role of trust and intuition in the creative process + life in general!

  • Staying committed to personal truth while building a business in our masculine, fast-paced society

  • The role that emotional work + self-care continues to play in art and business

  • The main blocks holding back creatives and visionaries from doing their work

  • Why we need artists + visionaries to be doing their work in the world and the role they're playing for all of us

  • How art aids in shifting the consciousness

  • How Devon faces her fears in the realm of creativity + entrepreneurship

Stay in Touch with Devon:


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Devon Walz is a professional artist, muralist,  mentor and dreamer.

She believes that creativity and beauty are powerful medicine for us all and sees her own art as the most essential way to know herself. Through her colorful and etheric-feeling abstract paintings, she explore the ways that emotion, energy and form collide. 

Devon mentors developing creatives along their path and helps them to realize their most honest expression. Her approach is one that combines practical strategy, emotional healing and deep love. 

In addition to mentorship and online courses, she hosts 1-on-1 painting weekends (for artists and non-artists alike) to make a mess, break out of perfectionism and discover their soul’s language in her Southern California art studio.

Her work has been licensed by companies big and small, and is held by collectors around the globe. 


 

082 | Infuse the Sacred into Your Business with Anastasia Holland & Meredith Rom

 
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I’m excited to announce a new collaboration with Anastasia Holland ~ a two-day in person Sacred Business Immersion in San Francisco September 14th + 15th this Fall. Learn more at http://anastasiaholland.com/immersion

This episode is a glimpse at the online masterclass Anastasia and I led to announce our in person retreat weekend in SF.

We hope to see you soon in San Francisco… Learn more and join us at http://anastasiaholland.com/immersion

SECRETS TO AMPLIFY ALIGNMENT + IMPACT IN YOUR SACRED BUSINESS

In this episode you’ll learn how to:

  • Expand your creative potential to own your worth + release limiting beliefs around money

  • Step into more confidence in using your voice + sharing your message

  • Harness the power of pleasure, femininity and sisterhood to grow your audience

  • Reconnect to divine inspiration to design your business in alignment with your values

  • You’ll Also Get An Insider’s Look into our Upcoming In Person Sacred Business Immersion

    With Love,
    Meredith

 

081 | A Gift for Female Entrepreneurs with Meredith Rom

 
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I’ve been doing this work for a long time now and last week I was doing a client review of what’s happened in the last year for my past clients in the world of feminine entrepreneurship… I was happily surprised to discover that many of them have been able to 

  • Increase their income to $3-10k per month in their spiritually centered business

  • Use their voice with confidence to share their message

  • Help more people and make a bigger impact because they finally have the time and freedom to focus on it!

I’ve been so busy helping THEM grow their dream businesses that I haven’t taken the time to share with YOU how you can earn more money and finally put yourself out there to do the work your heart has been calling out for you to do.

For that, I apologize.

All the time I’m hearing from women that they're struggling to get by in their business, that they deeply feel they have a calling, a sacred mission to fulfill, but are having to work multiple jobs and burning out trying to make it all work…

…A phone call with someone who lacks the confidence to put herself out there and share her message.

…A Facebook message from someone who is afraid to raise her prices because she’s afraid no one will sign up.

…A DM from a sister who’s been spending her time growing her instagram following but behind-the-scenes is not earning anywhere near the kind of income she would like to make.

The truth is, you CAN earn more money AND live life on your own terms (with a flexible schedule, time for family, self-care, and spiritual practices)… It’s just that I haven’t been focusing on helping YOU with those kinds of results.

I’ve been waking up to the fact that if ANYONE in the world is meant to be earning more money, it is spiritual, heart-centered women like you.

That’s where we need more power. More femininity in leadership. More women owning and earning their worth.

And you know what?

When you are owning the true value of what you have to offer, you will actually have more TIME to focus on spreading your sacred work, your voice, your message, your soul gifts in such a bigger way…

So many more people will benefit from what you have to share.

So even though earning great money is part of it, underneath that, I really want you to make the impact your soul came here to make.

To break through the fears.

The self-doubts.

The limiting beliefs.

The old stories saying you can’t.

It’s time to honor your voice. Your soul callings.

No more hiding.

I know I’ve been offering value to you through the podcast, and I’ll keep doing that, but I’m realizing it’s not the same as taking you by the hand to make the shifts I think you would really love to see in your life.

No more.

I’ve opened up some time in the next week to speak to a select number of committed women about how they can increase their impact and income without letting go of their spiritual and feminine values.

There’s no charge for this and it’s totally free.

But it’s not for everyone.

Here are the kinds of women I can help:

  • Feminine entrepreneurs who have an existing business and want to grow their work online

  • Those who are committed, show up and take action

  • Those who have a deep soul desire to make a positive impact through their work

  • Those who are willing to step outside their comfort zone to grow

If you’re tired of playing small in your business and you’re ready to start seeing results, then I’m making the time to show you how to get there.

Click here to book your session.

With love,

Meredith

PS: This podcast is going out to thousands of people today. Spaces WILL fill up fast (and there’s only one of me)!

Click here now and book your session before they fill up!

 

One of the Best Business Decisions I Ever Made

 
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Flash back to 5 years ago I was about eight months in to running my coaching business, and in a lot of ways I felt lost, trying to figure it out as I went.

Although I had a handful of clients and yoga teaching gigs, I was struggling to make ends meet and had no idea how to take my business to the next level.

I had put many of my life-long dreams on the back-burner (like writing my book) while I focused on getting all the foundational pieces of my business working.

But I knew there were people out there doing it. Thriving. Successful. And doing it in a way that was in complete alignment with their values of freedom & femininity.

I wanted that.

So I decided to take a leap, and signed up for a weekend in-person event in Sonoma with two women coaches I looked up to.

During the course of that weekend I mapped out my first official online course launch, I began to believe in my ability to actually write my book, and I connected with a network of powerful women (many who I went on to collaborate with on my podcast).

There is something SO MAGICAL that happens when you are surrounded with kind, loving, and ambitious women who see your greatness.

...When you tap into a new field of consciousness...

You are amplified into a whole new level of being.

Something about being in that atmosphere changed me.

I started believing in myself.

I was surrounded by inspiring women who were making it work. Women who were thriving. Women who were making a positive difference in the world.

Women who stood in their power, who knew their boundaries, and who were successful doing work they loved.

Just months after leaving that miraculous event...

  • I opened enrollment for my online course Vision and surpassed my wildest dreams with my first ever 5-figure launch

  • I hired a book editor/writing coach (on referral from a woman I met at the event) and was committed to following through on my dream of publishing my book

  • I signed a contract with a publisher to release my book to the world

Not only did that weekend give me the time and space to reconnect with my wildest dreams, but it actually opened me to a whole network of women who believed in me, wanted to help, and were able to connect me to the people and places I needed for my next steps...

Just imagine what an in person event like this could do for you...

...meeting incredible women ready to uplift and elevate your dreams...

...receiving cosmic wisdom in a group psychic session with my friend Anastasia...

...getting crystal clear on your dreams and visions for the year ahead...

...releasing deep rooted fears/limiting beliefs that are holding you back from owning your worth...

...having the time, space and support to design your dream schedule + with flexibility, femininity and freedom...

...leaving with new business relationships and opportunities for collaboration...

So today, Anastasia Holland and I have a special invitation for you...

Enrollment is now open for our in-person weekend event this September: Learn more and sign up here

In the comments, I’d love to hear, what have been some of the best business investments you’ve ever made?

Hope to see you in SF this Fall!
With love,

Meredith

 

Honoring Mary Magdalene's Feast Day

 
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You may or may not know but three years ago today Pope Francis declared this day as a Feast day for Mary Magdalene, honoring her role in Jesus’ life as “The Apostle of the Apostles.”

Many of you may only know of her as she was named by the Catholic Church long ago - as a prostitute or whore.

But the truth is she was Jesus’ beloved. She was his wife.

Mary was an absolute equal to Jesus in his ministry.

There came a time, in the first few centuries that the Bible was changed, and stories of powerful women were taken out of it.

And the Church didn’t want people to think that Jesus was human - that he had a beloved, instead they wanted to portray him as this divine being that could only be accessed through the Church.

That way they could keep the power. So any stories depicting Jesus as a partner, a beloved, a lover and husband to Mary, were removed.

They didn’t want you to think you could access the divine directly through your body.

Or that sexuality and love was not separate from the divine.

They wanted to be in control.

And a sure way to take away someone’s power, is to repress and shame them as a sexual being.

Sexuality is power. And it is not separate from the divine.

Mary is coming back to many now, midwifing a new paradigm where the divine feminine co-exists in unity with the divine masculine. She is reminding us to take back our own power - to access the divine from within ourselves, to lead and help others remember.

Do you feel a connection to her?

If so, you are probably here as one the many being called forth to restore balance in society.To restore balance of the sacred feminine.

Over the last few years as I’ve formed a relationship with her, and I’ve received messages such as:

  • Now is the time to share our voices. It is safe. It is our responsibility to speak up, teach and lead, and carry forth the teachings we feel called to share. We have incredible privilege to do this, especially because so many were repressed and not able to carry forth their message in the centuries before us

  • As we show up to lead, we heal the suppression and fear from a whole lineage of women who were attacked or stoned for being powerful. When we show up to lead, we not only heal our own fears, but we heal this whole lineage who came before us

  • Our bodies are temples. Our sexuality is sacred. It is a way to access the divine through our body

  • Sisterhood (a safe, encouraging community) is absolutely essential in the healing of our fears of leading and being seen

  • Fully feeling our feelings (especially our pain) is a direct pathway to God/Source/Love and our deepest truth

  • To forgive is one of the most powerful things we can do. But we cannot forgive without first fully feeling our pain, grief and hurt. Then forgiveness becomes a natural emanation from the heart

Today at 12 pm PST I’ll be going Live in the Rising Women Leaders FB Group to share more about her and answer questions.

Click here to join us.

I'm also including some of the podcasts we devoted to spreading her truth and message, find them below.

With love, 
Meredith

016 | Mysteries of Mary Magdalene with Faye Wylder

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046 | Channeling Mary Magdalene with Mercedes Kirkel

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059 | In Honor of Mary Magdalene with Meredith Rom

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056 | Angel Guides, Motherhood and the Modern Magdalene with Lisa Devine

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080 | Your Story Medicine & Writing a New Narrative with Jumakae

 
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I love connecting with women supporting others to come into the power of their voice, and this week’s podcast guest, Jumakae is one of those women. We go deep into talking about what we’ve witnessed supporting women to break free from old stories and limiting beliefs and what happens when a woman begins to see her challenges and difficulties as a source of empowerment to activate and inspire others.

This conversation is rich with insight on the power of storytelling, public speaking, releasing trauma and owning the power of our voice. I hope you enjoy it!

In this episode we discussed:

  • Jumakae’s story from working on a rape crisis hotline to being fired/freed to start a new path of helping others write a new story for their lives

  • Surviving Saturn return

  • Storytelling as Liberation 

  • Dealing with 'imposter syndrome' and inner critic voices when it comes to sharing yourself in the world

  • What pole dancing taught Jumakae about healing and empowering herself

  • Releasing trauma from the body

  • The initiations of entrepreneurship

  • The connection between the throat and sacral chakra 

  • The ancestral healing that happens when we share our voices and stories

  • The personal responsibility we must take in sharing our stories to empower others

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June Marisa Kaewsith, also known as "Jumakae," is a professional artist, wellness consultant, and storytelling coach. As an artist, she has conducted spoken word workshops and mural projects with various youth groups, and has facilitated theater skits with community members addressing local issues from workers' rights to environmental justice. As a keynote speaker, she has motivated crowds through her original poetry in high schools, college campuses, and various nonprofit groups throughout California. Clients who have sought her as a storytelling coach are change agents who have gone on to tell their stories on large stages in front of thousands of people, entrepreneurs pitching project proposals and product launches to board rooms for a handful of investors and funders, and individuals or artists seeking confidence in their ability to speak authentically and perform their work publicly.

Through her additional practice as a wellness consultant (DBA "Green Tara Guidance"), she is a 200 hr registered yoga teacher trained to work with survivors of sexual trauma through Peace Over Violence and a transformational life coach (which she rephrases as

"life doula") with a professional certification from Leadership That Works. With her passion for the arts and somatic learning, she holds self-care and storytelling workshops for organizations and individuals to become more comfortable with their mind and body.

On her leisure time, she creates meditation candles and natural skin care products with her mother inspired by Thai traditional herbalism and plants indigenous to Tonvga land known today as Long Beach, California, where she currently resides.

 

079 | Transform Fear & Rise into Leadership with Meredith Rom

 
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I realize many of you who may just be finding the Rising Women Leaders podcast may not know my story of how I came to start this podcast and do this work, so today I get to share with you! This episode is from when I was interviewed by Meg Berryman, host of the Beyond Being Well podcast. Meg holds beautiful space for me to share my deepest truths ~ what I believe in, what I feel I’m here for, and how I help women rise in the world of feminine leadership.

In this episode we discussed:

  • The kind of world I envision and how my work supports that larger vision

  • My story: listening to my intuition + cultivating courage to move from NYC to CA then travel to India alone at 22

  • What leadership means to me

  • How to take courageous steps to transform fear

  • Rewiring core beliefs + healing with EFT (Tapping) 

  • Facets of self-love & self-care and how they will support your business

  • The journey of writing + publishing my first book, Just Be: A Search for Self-Love in India 

  • 3 tips to take the pressure off when it comes to birthing your big dream

  • 12 qualities of the Queen and how we can use this archetype to uplevel our life and business

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Meg Berryman is a coach, yoga teacher + social change catalyst who awakens sacred, social leaders. A teacher of feminine mysteries, Meg empowers women to journey from wellness, to wholeness and beyond - encouraging each women to develop a powerful vision of the world she wants to live in, so she can align her energy and actions and find purpose in the every day. She is a mama of two girls and lives with her husband on her property outside Melbourne, Australia. You can follow her work at @megjberryman on instagram. 

 

078 | Sustainable Success: Embodying Spiritual Practice in Business with Nikki Silvestri

 
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It was such an honor to sit down to speak with Nikki Silvestri of Soil & Shadow this week. From her life as a speaker to CEO and mom, I was inspired to learn about Nikki’s life behind-the-scenes of her business.

Nikki shares what it looks like for her to embody her spiritual practice in her day-to-day activities, as well as what it took to get to where she is now: To have a family, thriving business, and career as a public speaker and change-maker with an environmental, social and economic impact.

Nikki didn’t hesitate to share all of herself in this episode - from what she learned burning-out in the non-profit world, to having challenges with fertility when she was ready to have a baby, to working through her own limiting beliefs around financial success. Nikki shares how she rose above her challenges to create a sustainable and thriving business with a triple bottom line ~ one that is here to see success in terms of planet, people and profits, and how she is helping other companies to do the same.

In this episode we discussed:

  • Nikki’s journey of becoming an entrepreneur and starting her business, “Soil & Shadow”

  • Behind the scenes, what it looks like for Nikki to be a Mother & CEO

  • Climate change, carbon emissions, and sustainable soil and agriculture practices that can reduce the amount of carbon in our atmosphere

  • How Earth’s ecosystems mirror our personal relationships

  • Nikki’s journey with moving beyond limiting beliefs to do empowering work that is good for people, the planet AND drives profits

  • How Nikki embodies her spiritual practice in her business

  • Nikki’s challenges with fertility and having her son as well as what needed to shift in her life

  • Nikki’s journey with being seen, improvising and becoming a keynote public speaker

  • Behind Nikki’s decision to continue running her own business (rather than working for someone else) when becoming a mother

  • Nikki’s upcoming projects including Diversity & Inclusion initiatives in the workplace

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Nikki Silvestri is the Founder and CEO of Soil and Shadow, a project development firm designing economic and environmental strategies with human left in.

As the Co-Founder of Live Real and former Executive Director of People's Grocery and Green for All, Nikki has built and strengthened social equity for underrepresented populations in food systems, social services, public health, climate solutions, and economic development. A nationally recognized thought leader, her many honors include being named one of The Root's 100 Most Influential African Americans.

Nikki is a Faculty Member at the Food Business School (she co-designed and taught one of their inaugural courses, "Ethical Leadership in Food Business"). She is the Board Co-Chair of the Business Alliance of Local Living Economies (BALLE), and is an advisory board member of TendLab, a boutique firm unlocking the power of parenthood at work. She is the recipient of numerous awards including ELLE Magazine's "Gold" Award and OxFam America's "Act Local, Think Global" Award.

Nikki began her work in social change through the foster care system in Southern California, where she directed Foster Youth Empowerment Workshops. She has a master's degree in African American Studies from UCLA, and is originally from Los Angeles. She currently lives in Oakland, with her husband and son.

Reclaim Your Voice

 
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My deepest wound has become my greatest empowerment. 

When I was 13 years old I shut down my voice. In a moment of deep self-consciousness presenting in front of my class, I couldn’t find my breath, my chest began to constrict and I struggled my way through the rest of my presentation. I made a decision in that moment to stop speaking up, being seen or sharing my voice in a public way. It was just too dangerous. And for 10 years, that is exactly what I did. Being seen, heard or sharing my voice in public became my deepest fear, one that I would go to great lengths to avoid. Even just introducing myself in a small group or class would have my heart pounding and my chest constricting at the thought of it.

Luckily when I was 22, my deep love for yoga and how it transformed my relationship to my body was enough for me to want to overcome this fear. Through pranayama, voice exercises, and allowing my body to become a vessel for the teachings I knew I was here to share, I overcame my fear one step at a time.

I believe the obstacles we are presented with are here to lead us into our greatest empowerment. It’s like our soul chose to know what it is like to feel disempowered because we have a great soul mission to know and reclaim the opposite.

Tantra embraces life as a paradox. There is no shaming the dark. In tantra, “life is not a problem to be fixed, but rather a gift to be embraced.” ~ (Sianna Sherman) All of it.

I now see the difficulties and obstacles we face in our life as a divine opportunity to grow. To transform. To expand. To know what it feels like to be healed, loved and empowered.

If there is anywhere in your life where you are feeling disempowered right now - in your finances… in your relationship… with your voice… Know that your soul came here to experience the exact opposite, and you are on the right path.

The obstacle is here for you to grow. Your soul is creating the grounds for you to deeply know in every cell of your being what it is to be empowered in this.

Last night after teaching yoga and singing with the harmonium, I had a student come up to me to let me know she had always dreamed of finding a class like mine. That something in my teaching, in my presence, and in my voice deeply touched her.

I now know today what it is like to feel this empowerment, and using my voice as a teacher and leader is of the greatest service to the people I am here to serve and has also been the journey of my soul’s highest growth.

In April I will be gathering with a group of women over 5 weeks to reclaim their voice, to know this deep empowerment, and to use their story and message to uplift and awaken others. I will be sharing all the teachings and practices that helped me stand in the role as the teacher and leader I am today. We will create a safe and nurturing environment for each woman to explore her fears and turn them into her own greatest empowerment.

So where are you feeling disempowered? And what soul growth could your soul be leading you to?

If you feel called to learn more about my series, join me for a voice activation women’s circle on April 5th. We’ll uncover unresolved memories, open the voice through song, and create a ritual (with the help of Mary Magdalene) for you to more fully step into your voice as a healer, teacher and leader. 

 

077 | Giving Purpose to Your Money with Lara-Rose Duong

 
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As an entrepreneur I have had to “look under the hood” when it comes to my own relationship to money. It took time to learn how to charge my worth, receive and accept money in my life, and actually educate myself on all the things I didn’t know.

The truth is, once you heal the old stories you've been carrying around money, it feels really awesome to earn it, to save it, and to spend it on things you love. I feel super proud of how far I've come in this area of my life and so grateful to see money as just another form of how I can nurture, give and receive. 

It was an honor to welcome Lara-Rose to the Rising Women Leaders podcast to share her own money story, and how we can take a step back and consider how our choices with money will affect all those who come after us. She offers her wisdom on how you can live with intention and how coming into alignment with your relationship to money will truly affect all areas of your life.

In this episode we discussed:

  • Prosperity & legacy ~ discovering how you wish to be remembered and what you want to leave behind

  • Lara’s money story and how she navigated her own debt, wealth & money management

  • How to free ourselves from our family money stories

  • Why “shutting everything down” can actually be the most productive decision you make for your business

  • Lara’s journey of taking a leap into entrepreneurship

  • Facing our fears, merging all parts of ourselves to be whole & honoring our soul’s calling

  • Your true value & why it is so much more than what’s reflected in your bank account

  • Living with intention & why giving purpose to your money is important

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LRD is a spiritual advisor to individuals of exceptional wealth. Together, they explore legacy, spirituality, prosperity and all the pieces of the life pie with the sole focus of defining and experience success on their own terms. All the while, letting love drive our prosperous actions. 

 

076 | Kundalini Awakening & The Feminine Christ

 
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It’s been three years since I last had my dear friend Karen Prosen on the Rising Women Leaders podcast, and so much has happened!

I’ve walked by Karen’s side as I’ve watched her life dismantle and rebuild from the ground up. From break-up, loss, a kundalini crisis and awakening to traveling the world and aligning with her soul’s work, there is so much we cover in this intimate conversation.

Karen is one of the most pure, devotional people I know, and I am so excited to introduce you to her and her work today.

To listen to Karen’s last episode on the show, click here.

In this episode we discussed:

  • Kali Ma ~ How the power of destruction can give birth to your most aligned life

  • Kundalini awakening ~ Karen’s story, what it is, why it happens and how to support yourself through it

  • Celibacy & desire ~ Why Karen decided to make a year-long vow of celibacy and sobriety and how it impacted her life

  • The voice of the womb ~ How Karen connected to this inner voice and how it supported her through her hardest times

  • Mary Magdalene & Jesus ~ What these ascended masters are here to teach us and how we can connect to their unconditional love

  • The Feminine Christ ~ What it is and how we can embody this divine energy in our life and leadership

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Karen Prosen is a womxn’s witness, a Daughter of Devotion and an artist. She guides rising fem leaders into self-initiation and remembrance with her many offerings in person and online. Trained as a Clinical Mental Health Therapist with emphasis on social justice, somatics, mindfulness and trauma healing, she serves as a student first and foremost. 

Karen supports womxn to treat their bodies as temples, become living vessels and pour their magic forth on the pilgrimage of leadership, love and liberation. She believes that life is a gift, and even so, no one should ever have to do it alone.

 

3 Questions to Ask Yourself When You’re Feeling Depressed

 
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It was this week three years ago I treated myself to my first week-long yoga retreat in Costa Rica.

The retreat was lovely - I ate delicious food, practiced yoga with my teacher, and had wonderful conversations with great people.

But there was one night, near the end of the trip where I started feeling depressed. I felt really off, like something was missing. When I tuned in to feel the feeling it felt like this deep unknown hole of sadness inside of me and I had no idea what it was about.

Everything on the surface was great. I was in a beautiful tropical location. I was surrounded by loving people. I just didn’t know what it was.

Then, the next day in my yoga practice, I had a realization, “I haven’t been sharing my gifts!” A week had passed without writing a blog post, or leading a group coaching call, connecting with a client, giving a speech, singing or teaching a yoga class.

I realized the sadness that was setting in was simply a sign showing me it was time to be of service, and share my gifts.

Depression and sadness have been a real teacher for me - as a watery Pisces (my birthday is this Thursday!) - I feel a lot, and I’m sure many of you can relate.

And now I know when I start to feel this way, I can at least first ask myself, “How can I connect more deeply to my community and be of service?”

Over time I’ve discovered it’s that place of authentic sharing, space-holding and teaching, that I feel most ALIVE, JOYFUL and present in the moment.

I believe that for those of us that have a deep soul calling to be teachers, healers and space-holders in this life, we are going to start to feel pretty miserable if we are not fulfilling that mission.

Do you feel like you have a soul contract to help and uplift others? If so, jumping in and saying YES to that mission is going to deeply impact your sense of well-being.

So the next time you are feeling sad, try asking yourself these simple questions:

1. How can I share my gifts?

Find small ways to give back, right now.

  • Is there a friend in need?

  • A way you can start that healing practice?

  • Someone you can be a coach or a guide to right now?

Sometimes we feel like we need to have it “all together” before we can start helping people.

And it’s not the case! You don’t need the perfect website. Or social media brand. Or the big email list. You can start helping people right now!

The world needs you! And the truth is:

You only need to be one small step ahead of the person you are helping.

So how can you put yourself out there? Teach that class or workshop? or reach out to someone in need? It may not look the way you thought it would at first, but the simple act of giving will bring so much joy and meaning to your life.

2. Am I balancing “input” with “output”?

While going to retreats and trainings are great (and taking time off is pretty essential to reconnect with your creative flow) if you are only signing up for trainings, courses and retreats without sharing or putting anything out into the world, it can start to feel pretty imbalanced.

I call this balancing your “input” with “output.”

How much information are you consuming on a daily basis? How many online trainings or retreats did you sign up for in the last year? And how often were you releasing content, and digesting that information into something that could be of service in the world?

I’m careful now to not take on too much “input” so I can always be in balance with how much I am releasing “output,” or creatively sharing with others.

3. What fears am I ready to face?

It’s through doing the work, that you are going to gain confidence, and it’s the work that is going to fill the void you may be feeling from not fully sharing your gifts.

And often we need to take a step before we feel ready. To take authentic action. To pick up the phone. To have the conversation. To put the workshop on the calendar. To practice the free consultation. To teach the yoga class. To have the art show. To give the speech. To write the post. To share your story….

So today I encourage you to face the fears. To put yourself out there. To help someone in need. Because the truth is, everyone benefits when we ask the simple question, “How can I be of service today?”

Want to join the conversation? In the comments I’d love to hear: How will you share your gifts this coming month?

Warmly,
Meredith

 

075 | Owning Your Personal Power with Alexandra Roxo

 
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*Note* This episode has some explicit language so be mindful if you have little ones around!

I’ve been loving Alexandra Roxo’s raw, real & personal stories on instagram and am so excited to have her on the podcast to share with you today!

I was curious to hear about Alexandra’s journey finding the spiritual path, what tantra means to her, how she supports women through her work, what fears she’s been facing and especially her advice on being the most REAL and authentic version of YOU, despite the fear of what others may think of it.

Get ready to step into and OWN your personal power in 2019…

In this episode we discussed:

  • What Alexandra’s “wake up” moment was and how she found herself on a spiritual path

  • Alexandra’s reflections on her recent trip to India

  • The different forms of Tantra and what it was like to study with the Dalai Lama

  • The fears Alexandra has faced in the last year

  • How to navigate being your whole (sensual, flirty, fun, out-there) self - even when you know your family is reading your newsletters!

  • Friend detoxing - and how to compassionately create more space to find your soul family

  • Stepping into and owning your personal power

  • Alexandra’s upcoming book being published with Sounds True

  • Alexandra’s collaboration with Ruby Warrington, Moon Club

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Alexandra Roxo is a transformational mentor, healer, writer, and artist who is extremely passionate about empowering women.  Her writing on personal growth and female empowerment, the divine feminine resurgence, moon ritual, and modern spirituality can be read on Girl Boss.com. Teen Vogue, Mind Body Green, and Playboy. She has been featured in many publications for her deep, sensual, and raw approach to healing and transformation, and has also been named a "modern spiritual leader" by Well + Good.  

She was called to find a way to share her spiritual work with women in places in the world where there is less access to workshops and classes and retreats so together with Ruby Warrington she created the online community Moon Club, which consists of hundreds of women worldwide who attend monthly online rituals, empowerment talks, and are guided by in journey and breathwork practices.

Alexandra has been called to help women find their voices, release limiting beliefs imposed by society, and come home to their true nature for as long as she can remember.  She currently works with clients one on one and in groups, empowering and guiding them on their spiritual paths, leading events and retreats across the world, and writing daily empowering messages online. She has helped and inspired thousands of women to radically claim themselves and lead more passionate and conscious lives and it brings her great joy!

Prior to that she directed documentaries, a web show, and a feature film, wrote plays and created art along the same topics of what it means to be modern woman and what spiritual awakening feels like,  which have been viewed by millions of people and featured in international press.

Her first spiritual mentorship began when she met her first teacher at age 12 whom she studied with annually until his passing in 2015.  She began studying yoga and meditation at age 19 when she lived and studied with monastics abroad.  Through her studies at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she earned a BFA she learned how to use theatre, embodiment work, breathwork, movement, and storytelling for healing and personal transformation. She went on to study shamanic journey practice, sacred intimacy work, Earth based spiritual practice, Reiki, and plant medicine ceremonial traditions with many teachers around the world. Her 15 years of meditation practice and moon ritual is what inspired her to create Moon Club as a place to gather for deep sharing and deep practice relating to the internal spiritual journey.

She is working on her first book with the publisher Sounds True, out in early 2020 and will be leading retreats in 2019 at 1440 Multiversity, Kripalu Center, and Maha Rose Mexico and enjoying life between NYC and LA!

 

074 | Yoga, Psychology & Permission to Be You with Ashley Turner

 
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What an honor it is to welcome Ashley Turner to the Rising Women Leaders podcast!

Ashley didn’t shy away from any of the questions I asked, including several personal questions — how her wounds of being rejected in college became her medicine & opportunity to teach, what she’s currently learning & how she’s growing in her relationship, the inherent vulnerability of leadership, what she does when she feels triggered by comparing herself to other women, and how she’s navigated her own blind spots around the conversation of white supremacy. We covered everything from trauma healing, the rise of the feminine, priestess work, love and activism in this conversation…it is rich with insight & wisdom for you.

In this episode we discussed:

  • How Ashley found yoga and decided to become a teacher 

  • What being a Priestess looks like in Ashley’s life

  • The rise of the feminine & what’s happening right now in the collective consciousness

  • How Ashley blends psychology into her yoga & mindfulness work 

  • Finding your authentic voice in a saturated field of work

  • Her practices and tools for healing trauma 

  • Her journey of educating herself in the world of race & activism

  • The vulnerability of leadership and being a public figure

  • Love & relationships, what we can learn from our soul contracts


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Elevating personal growth as a lifestyle, Ashley Turner  is a yoga/meditation teacher, Licensed Marriage + Family Therapist (#98598), facilitator, writer and Priestess.

Ashley Turner is an acclaimed yoga–meditation instructor, Licensed Psychotherapist, writer, Priestess and facilitator.

She is the founder of Yoga Psyche Soul, an innovative Yoga Psychology training program for teachers, clinicians and dedicated students fusing yoga, depth psychology, mindfulness and neuroscience. She is the creator of 10 best-selling yoga DVDs and co-author of Aroma Yoga.

Ashley has graced such lists as:

  • 100 Women in Wellness to Watch’ ~ MindBodyGreen

  • 100 Most Influential Yoga Teachers in the US – Sonima

  • Top 100 Psychotherapy Blogs – FeedSpot

Known for her charisma, depth and ability to turn complex theories into accessible, real-life tools, Ashley is a sought after speaker, facilitator and presenter at conferences and events worldwide.

She works with therapy and coaching clients via Skype and leads transformative events to power points around the globe. Ashley lives by the ocean in Venice Beach, CA.