BLOOM: Intuitive Life & Painting Mini Day Retreat

Are you craving a little oasis of calm in the midst of life’s hustle and bustle? Yearning for a space where you can tune into your inner wisdom and let your creative spirit soar?

Well, guess what? I’ve got just the thing for you!

Join Kristen Fagan and me for BLOOM: Intuitive Life & Painting Mini Day Retreat at a private location nestled in the heart of Scottsdale on Saturday, May 4th, from 10am to 2pm.

Picture this: gentle movements to melt away stress, guided visualizations to connect you with the radiant energy of flowers, and the joy of expressing yourself through painting. Yep, it’s all happening!

First up, we’ll kick things off with some oh-so-soothing movement to help you unwind and let go of any tension.

Then, get ready to embark on a journey of self-discovery as you dive deep into a guided visualization to uncover the flower energy that’s just waiting to bloom within you. Kristen and I will be there every step of the way to help you explore the significance of your chosen flower, set intentions for the upcoming New Moon on May 8th, and guide you through the creation of a beautiful flower-focused self-portrait.

And hey, we’ve got your taste buds covered too! Indulge in a scrumptious light lunch catered by the fabulous folks at Postinos, complete with refreshing cocktails and mocktails adorned with edible flowers. Talk about a feast for the senses!

But wait, there’s more! As a special treat, you’ll leave our retreat with a personalized ritual to honor the enchanting Flower Moon on May 23rd, ensuring that the magic of our day together continues to blossom and grow.

Ready to join us? Snag your spot now at our Early Bird price of just $122 (because who doesn’t love a sweet deal?). After April 28th, tickets will be $144, so don’t wait too long to reserve your spot in this magical journey of self-exploration and creativity. (Limited to 8 spots)

Come on, let’s bloom together – sign up here!

Magical Tips For When You Are In Pain

Last week on social media, I shared that I was looking for a chiropractor or massage therapist to help with a pinched nerve. I want to share a little backstory so you will understand how these tips helped me on our spring break trip to California.

After finishing a 6-week fitness challenge, I woke up with a pinched nerve in my shoulder. The following week, I had a massage scheduled and it made the pain spread down my arm to my fingers.

At The Garland Hotel

I have a low tolerance for pain. I was crabby and annoyed at everyone. We were leaving for an amazing spring break trip and the night before I got sick. I spent most of the trip on Dayquil and Advil trying to alleviate feeling miserable the whole time.

My usual practice of yoga and meditation was thrown out the window so I had to improvise.

I did get 5 minutes to meditate here at the Self-Realization Center

Below are the magical tips I used while being in pain and I hope they help you in the future:

Simon celebrating 16 at Legoland

Tip 1: Tapping or Emotional Freedom Technique

While in lines at amusement parks and getting ready in hotels, I would start by tapping on my karate chop point (the pinky side of my hand) and mentally saying 3 times:

“Even though I am in pain, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.”

Usually, I tap all the other points but most days that is all I had time for or what I was comfortable doing in public. Lol!

I like to exhale after saying each statement and the process allowed me a moment of relaxation and a feeling of release.

I did this at least 20 times on this week-long trip.

You can learn more about how to EFT this in this post and this IG reel.

Isaak was excited to sit on the Friends couch

Tip 2: Forgiveness Exercise

When things go wrong, I tend to go negative at first. I was beating myself up for pushing myself too hard at the end of the challenge. I was upset that I got the massage. I was being really nasty to myself in my head and vocally to my husband. Ugh. I hate when I get like this.

I realized if I wanted to enjoy the trip, I NEEDED to forgive myself. So I used the Hawaiian Ho’oponopono Prayer which goes like this:

  • I forgive you.
  • Thank you.
  • I’m sorry.
  • I love you.

Then I added another layer and said:

  • I forgive you for what happened
  • I’m sorry for the part I played. 
  • Thank you for the lesson.
  • I’m sending you love and release you to enjoy your trip. 

I had to do this a couple of times when I cycled back to being stuck in the past and blaming myself.

This is often used for others who have hurt or wronged you but when I find myself needing to forgive myself for past actions this prayer is so helpful. It can create an immediate shift.

Hanging in Central Perk

Tip 3: Super Relaxation Meditation

The pain in my arm was causing me to be tense all over my body so when I had the opportunity to lay down in the hotel room I enjoyed doing this body scan meditation.

I simply start with bringing my awareness to the crown of my head and moving down to each body part ending with my toes.

It helps me shift from feeling tense and stressed to relaxed. Sometimes I feel super relaxed after and other times I feeling smaller shift but I ALWAYS feel better.

You can try this meditation guided by me here and then you’ll be able to do it on your own anywhere and anytime in the future.

Me trying to enjoy the moment

These 3 tips allowed me to have a magical trip!

Because I do the work of tending to my vibration regularly, magical things happen to me whether I am in pain or feeling good.

One little miracle that happened I share below:

GPS Changing Route

Driving up from San Diego to Hollywood, I decided to take my family to see the nursing home, where my Dad’s best friend lived, in San Pedro. We visited him every summer for about 8 years when I was growing up and used to stay at the Vagabond Inn.

Little Sisters of the Poor Nursing Home

Once we arrived, I realized I wouldn’t be able to figure out where the hotel was but took them by the nursing home and then to a lovely lunch overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Lunch at Terranea

On our way back to the freeway, our GPS rerouted us onto a side street. I was so confused and then as we were driving down the road, I thought: “OMG! What if this takes me by the Vagabond Inn?!” Sure enough, we got to the end of the street and we were right next to it. That is a small miracle that almost brought me to tears!

The Vagabond Inn!

Special little moments happened on the whole trip.

Simon just finished reading Frankenstein!

Capturing Memories

I knew I wanted to capture memories of being back at places that have brought us so much joy.

I asked the boys to recreate some photos that we had taken at Legoland 10 and 7 years prior. Their positive energy helped me feel so much gratitude for my sweet family.

The 3 tips above are lessons in my online Apprenticeship and Certification program and will also be in my next book which I started working on. If you want more personalized attention, you can also book a private session with me.

I love us!

I hope they help you in the future!

Ways To Celebrate The Autumn Equinox

The Autumn Equinox is on Saturday, September 23rd! I just love getting aligned with the energy of this season.

Ways to Celebrate the Autumn Equinox.

You can do these over the weekend or over the next few months.

  • Declutter and shift decor by changing your pillows, artwork, plates, dishtowels, and more.


  • Enjoy some fall food over the next week to start tapping into the grounding energy of fall like apples, pumpkins, or any root vegetables.
  • Take a soothing bath or shower and tend to yourself after with body oils, a face mask, perfume, and any of your favorite self-care goodies.
  • Do some yoga poses and twists to clear out summer and bring in fall energy. You might like to try this short practice.
  • Seasonal tarot or oracle card reading. Ask your guides and your intuition, “What do I need to know this season?” or “How do I best approach this season?”
  • Reflect back on your summer, the lessons you learned, and the memories you made. Are you making any changes in your life that you want to bring into fall? What do you want your autumn season to look like?

What are some of your favorite ways to celebrate the Autumn Season?

Enjoy the blessings of autumn!

Create a Fall and Halloween Altar

Ooh! I just love this time of year and this is the perfect time to gather some Halloween decorations and autumn-related supplies to place on your altar. If you like, you can clear off your whole altar and start fresh. Otherwise, move your altar items around to accommodate your autumn-themed pieces.

Create a Fall and Halloween Altar

  • Changing the candles to orange, black, or purple.
  • Adding small pumpkins and gourds or jack-o-lanterns.
  • Placing crystals that are orange and black and brown like carnelian, citrine, black tourmaline, smoky quartz, and tiger’s eye.
  • Adding scented candles or grounding essential oils to your diffuser like Cedarwood or Pumpkin Spice.
  • Burning loose incense like Mugwort.
  • Pulling tarot or oracle cards related to the season to display and meditate on.

Have fun with this!

You want this to be a place you will sit in front of and feel connected to the season.

I love to start with fall items, then add Halloween items, and then take those away and add ore fall items starting November 1st.

An Autumn Playlist

When we change from summer to fall, I love to change just about everything in my home and life, including the music I listen to.

I created an Autumn Playlist last year to listen to under the Full Harvest Moon and my whole family loved listening to it all season.

It is also perfect for just chilling out, taking a bath, gathering with friends, or spending time at your altar. Enjoy!

  • Autumn In New York – Billie Holiday
  • Harvest Moon – Neil Young
  • Autumn Town Leaves – Iron and Wine
  • Undone – The Sweater Song – Weezer
  • My Cosmic Autumn Rebellion – The Flaming Lips
  • Seasons (Autumn): I. Allegro – Vivaldi
  • Autumn Leaves – Nat King Cole
  • We Fell In Love In October – Girl in Red
  • Autumn Sweater – Yo La Tengo
  • Autumn Leaves – Ed Sheeran
  • Autumn Almanac – The Kinks
  • Autumn Serenade – John Coltrane 
  • Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground – The White Stripes
  • Harvest Fair – Summer Salt
  • Ramble On – Led Zeppelin
  • Sweater Weather – The Neighborhood

You can find this playlist on Apple Music here: Autumn Playlist.

My husband, Matt, created a Halloween playlist I think you might like. Check it out here: Halloween Playlist.

Reach out or comment with any other songs you think would be a perfect addition!

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