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Greetings & Happy Earth Day everyone,

I wanted to give you all an update!! I am so excited to share that my coaching business is officially launched and the website is LIVE. While this blog is still in existence, a whole big adventure has taken place and all of the content that you find here, can now be found at my NEW website, http://www.uplift2uplevel.com

In addition to my blog, you can get information about Discovery Sessions and sign up for updates from me.  I look forward to hearing from you over at U2U!  Please feel free to reach out and connect with me at laura@uplift2uplevel.com

Lots of Love,

~ Laura

Website Update

Be Peace to Experience Peace

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Ever have those moments where you just know you’re out of alignment with your ‘North Star,’ your values and you feel totally “out of sync” with yourself and life?

I’ve been feeling this way, navigating some shadow energy, that yuck in the muck energy i’d like to believe no longer exists in the cracks and crevices of my inner being.  But alas, I am a human being in process and thus, I decided it was time to take a look at ME in order to gain awareness around what’s been happening in my relationships with others. I chose to ask a powerful question: How have I been showing up to create experiences that are challenging, uncomfortable and out of alignment with my commitment to BE Peace, co~create Peace and experience Peace in the world?

As I sweat and meditated in a Bikram yoga class on Sunday morning I realized that I have been taking things personally, buying into the old ‘i’m bad, i’m wrong’ stories, doubting myself, feeling insecure and being super defensive in my communication with a few people whom I love very much and are very close to me. Then I had an AHA moment! Check out my vlog below to hear about the clarity that came through!

Looking forward to hearing from you and reading and responding to your comments! You can also tweet me at @uplift2uplevel, which is the twitter “home” for Flourishing Now. Give thanks!!

I am one of the One Billion Rising

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Greetings community! I’m writing to share about an event that I co~created with a group of incredible women here in Buffalo, NY on V-day (Valentine’s day) in support f Eve Ensler’s V-day, #OneBillionRising movement and an end to violence against Women, Girls and all beings Universally.

Let me back track a little bit… i’ve been wanting to organize an event in support of V-day for years. It’s been on my rotating calendar of things I want to do but keep putting off because life was feeling so full.

When I found myself on an email chain reaching out to bring together organizers for a One Billion Rising event here in Buffalo with other women I knew locally and some I hadn’t yet met, I was thrilled. I’d finally be getting active and doing something in support of a cause that I feel empoweringly passionate about. A cause that is real and ready for global transformation.

The organization process was touch and go, women were overwhelmed with their already busy schedules, some got sick, had jobs, children and other priorities and responsibilities that seemed to cause the process to feel at times like it was moving at a snails pace. As people were joining our OBR and Facebook events daily, there was uncertainty about our event, thoughts about ditching it and joining other events locally… I wasn’t having it!! I knew it would be super amazing and powerful to hold our event in a public area, rain or shine, and put a stake in the ground for our stand for peace, safety and surety for all beings everywhere.

A core group of us got together, nailed out the details and voila.. the energy picked up and this ball of co~creative juicy empowered excitement energy and anticipation grew larger than us as we got closer and closer to V-day!

And the result of saying YES, showing up and taking a STAND evolved into this glorious, uplifting, empowering, fun, engaging, educational community event, in the rain, 35 degrees, in Buffalo, NY, 60+ people, music, dancing, singing and co~creating a collective vision of the world WE are committed to experiencing in our lives and for the generations to come! How does it get any better than that?!

Below is a video that I recorded right before I headed out to join my SiSTARS and other community members down on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo, NY

I’d love to hear where you were, what you were doing on V-day 2013?! Prior to reading this post were you aware of Eve Ensler’s V-day & One Billion Rising worldwide movement to end violence against women and girls?

What stand can you take today to support peace, freedom, safety and surety for all beings everywhere?

Here are a few videos and some pictures from the Buffalo NY Dances with One Billion Rising event:

 

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Giving thanks that you took the time to check~in. Go ahead and post a comment… I know you want to, don’t you?!!! And I know I want to receive, read and reflect your brilliance here at Flourishingnow. :)

Navigating the Funk

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Feeling Funky?  Have the Monday blues?  Having a moment of feeling ‘unsure’ about where you’re going with your business? You’re not alone.

If you’re feeling like you’re in a motivational or inspirational rut – it happens. Often times this can lead to you not wanting to “show up” either emotionally or otherwise in your personal or professional lives.  While taking a personal day may be necessary, there may be other people or priorities that need your attention.

We’ve all been there. The holidays are over, and maybe you’re feeling a little funky and struggling with getting back into your groove. Everyone has those times when motivation and energy can be low, especially when you’re juggling many things at once .

Check out my latest vlog post discussing how I was feeling this past Monday and how I was able to take care of and empower myself to show up when I really wasn’t feeling it.

When you’re feeling funky, how do you allow yourself to be vulnerable and accept who you are, where you are, and what you are waking up to bring forth into the world each day?

What are your tricks to get movin’ and groovin’ when you just want to hide in bed all day?  Tweet me at @iflourish2, comment in the blog, or better yet send me a video response!!

Peace, Love & Highly Bless,

- Laura

A Reflection On What Is Possible

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Life is in constant motion.. even when we rest at night dreams swirl and my body wakes in the morning with the undeniable knowing that i’ve been on some great adventures through the night. Sometimes i’m frustrated that I don’t remember my dreams so clearly like my twin sistar Sarah.

This morning i’m thinking about the new year and all of the incredible celebrations from 2012, my trip this past week to the Bay area, Santa Cruz and the beautiful serene Costa Noa off off HWY 1, 30 minutes north.

I’m thinking about brief visits with dear friends, unbounded gratitude, sweet California sunshine, the smell of the earth, pines and eucalyptus trees (which for this Buffalo native, is a welcome scent in mid January), the beach, 20 ft waves and west coast cliffs. Realizing that i’ve formed a new relationship to an experience i’ve had many many times in the past. The experience of visiting a place I hold so dear in my heart, a place I first feel in love with at the young age of 16 and have wanted to live in ever since. Having an opportunity to show up in new ways, thankful for another opportunity to visit, knowing that soon come, I will return and perhaps for longer and longer stays.

I’m thinking about calculated risks that scared me tense and caused me to wonder if i’d made the best decision, simply to find that once I allowed myself space and time to be with the discomfort, I had truly given myself the greatest gift.

I’m thinking about a group of incredible women I met as a result of taking what felt like a huge risk as I chose to join Sage Lavine’s 8 month Entrepreneurial Leadership training program. And how incredible it’s been to get to know Sage and these women, and for each of us to stand with and for our greatest transformation and evolution as we powerfully step forward claiming our worth and our contribution to the world.

I think of the heart expanding YES I felt when I first heard about the program, and the price tag.. it was waaaay more then I ever imagined I would be investing in myself at this time. A part of me wanted to pull out midway, you know, to ‘save some money.’ Looking back, oh how glad I am that I stuck with it. It was a stretch, stretching me in a good way, stretching me to have the ability to hold the level of energy i’m here to hold and share with the world.

Then I think about these incredible women who I journeyed with in this program, and their powerful and humbling reflections and acknowledgments about my own journey and what they’ve witnessed in me over these last 8 months. And i’m aware of this deep sense of gratitude and also this question within, ‘Do they really mean it? Are they just stroking my confidence because that’s what they think they should do?’ And perhaps the biggest question of all, ‘Can it be? Is it true, these beautiful, loving, supportive words they’ve shared with me?’

As I bring awareness to these thoughts, I realize how deep that old voice goes and how persistent it can be at times. The shadow, which does it’s best at times to cover the light, trying to get me to second guess myself, others, to lack trust in my own knowing and the expression of those around me who have nothing to gain by their empowered reflections.


How many of you can relate to the experience of receiving beautiful acknowledgements and compliments only to deflect, ignore or push them away because you didn’t BELIEVE them yourself?

What is possible, when in the face of self doubt, fear and a lack of trust you open up, humble yourself, give thanks and RECEIVE these beautiful sentiments (without immediately reflecting them back at the person giving them to you)?

Who do you need to be to allow yourself to be stretched beyond your comfort zone, to stay with the discomfort as you step more fully into your purpose and potentials, because what’s on the other side is so frickin’ delicious you can’t even imagine how good it tastes until you get there?

It’s a blessing to be aware of all of the voices, to know it’s ways and to lovingly remind my whole self that life is innately good.. love is all around me and yes, I am that I am. Giving thanks that even in the face of self doubt & fear I can now embrace myself in this new empowering way.

Trusting, knowing, being, receiving

2012 year in review

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Yes, without a doubt.. 2012 has been quite a year.  This year will absolutely be remembered as a year of great transformation and the experience of crossing a significant threshold in my own souls journey and evolution.  

 
This year has been filled with major transformation, expansion of my heart, mind, body and soul, facing and embracing challenges, the highs and lows, discomfort and self doubt ranging from slight to severe, increasing my capacity to love myself more fully and wholly especially when my actions or reactions weren’t so lovable, I made the greatest financial investment in my own development of personal and professional skills and capacities in 2012 than ever before, I also simultaneously increased my ability to receive more money and celebrated my highest earning month yet in November, I developed my first business, embraced celebration as a way to acknowledge myself, uplift & uplevel my experience and started showing up in life in brand new ways in all of my relations.
 
Many times during this last year it felt like I was in a push and pull type of relationship with the energies of 2012.  I’d have an awakening and then fear would rise up and do it’s best to keep me in the same old comfortable (but, not really) place or ways of relating to life.  I chose to put a stake in the ground for my own inner growth and development and for showing up in ways that will allow me to be my greatest contribution in and to the world.  Giving so much thanks for all of the people, places, energies and awakenings that brought me here to December 31st 2012 with so many wonderful things to celebrate and reflect upon!
 
As I sat this morning writing out a list of what worked and what didn’t go so well or didn’t serve me in 2012. I was amazed at how much longer the list of celebrations were.  Here are some of the experiences that come to heart & mind (in no particular order) as I reflect on 2012:
Crossing a threshold in my souls journey. A key part of me is breaking open to birth a new reality!  

Sage Lavine’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Training program

New friendships and relationships worldwide with incredible evolutionary international beings

Feminine Power experience peace and release

 
Access Consciousness tools & clearing statements to clear out and release what was never mine to begin with, without going into story.

Launched the Femme Entrepreneur Uplift 2 Uplevel group in Buffalo NY to support local Femmepreneurs on their entrepreneurial journeys

Created & launched the Calling All Creatives workshop – my first solo workshop which I held 4 times before the new year.  It was uplifting for all!

Raising, connecting, clarifying, healing and evolving with my incredibly amazing teenage Daughter

 
Transforming my relationship with my Daughter and standing with and for her through her first heartbreak, break-up, getting back together.. you know, navigating relations :)

Launched my first company iFlourish Consulting and celebrated our 1st year in business!

Sacred time with my divine Goddess accountability partners Georgette & Adilah

Co~creating a 4 part Goddess Forum series with Sarah & Eliza

 
Co~creating the Rise-Up Cafe for the Infringement festival with Karima Amin & Sophia Roberts.. oh, what an inspiring and uplifting event!

Evolving my relationship to Men & sexuality and empowering myself in this area in new ways

Opening my heart to Love once again.. I have a boyfriend for the first time in almost 7 years!!  It’s not perfect for each of us and even so, we’re giving it a sacred attempt, facing fears, communicating and nurturing our connection 

Old structures and systems I created for personal and business are falling away leaving space for new systems.. an email crash created more space for having awareness to zen my email process and buy a new computer!!  

Bringing in my first assistants and building the iFlourish team (they’re awesome!)

Launched my first website for iFlourish Consulting

The sense and experience of heightened intuition, empathic & intuitive gifts

Heightened awareness of how things are coming together in my life and noticing how small steps truly become quantum leaps :)

Innate sense of oneness.. it’s real and true

Stepping into my leadership in new empowering ways and being received & acknowledged as a leader in my community

Owning my stuff and taking responsibility for how i’m showing up to co~create what I am experiencing and attracting into my life

Loving myself fully and wholly in ways that went far beyond what I thought was possible!!  Whooooohoooo!!

Beginning to speak publicly and lead solo workshops that created an uplift, connection and expansion of potentials and possibilities for all

Signing my first one on one coaching clients!!

Evolving into the experience of being excited and eager to start my day when I wake

 
Waking in the morning saying ‘Thank you, Thank you, Thank you… I love you’ while embracing myself

Sharing a home with my elder Parents and sharing a kaleidoscope of experiences with them, creating more connection and a deeper bond :)

Connecting with Linda Abrams to notice, allow and clear some deep old energies that no longer serve

Reconnecting with and engaging in regular Guinean West African dance classes

My first solo dance performance as an adult performing a West African Sabar~Belly Dance fusion to a Viviene N’dour track

Allowing, embracing and moving through discomfort, doubt, fear and other shadow energies to a place of empowerment

More focus on self care and self nurturing

Launching my entrepreneurial journey on a next level

The knowing that I’m becoming an expert at what I do.. I have a system.. there is a flow.. I’m good at this

The feeling that comes with doubling and tripling my income

Affiliate partnerships & programs.. building this into my business model in 2013

Stretching.. oh yes.. Stretching my inner being to expand my capacity to receive more of what I desire

New friends.. LOTS of new amazingly awesome incredibly brilliant and wonderful human beings in my life!!

Expanding, Knowing, Being

I started practicing Bikram yoga

Knowing when to let go

Maintaining my dignity

Compassion and humility for self and others

Being comfortable and feeling empowered in myself in my 30′s

Friendship and the importance of creating space to share sacred time with those I love

Being present for my daughter and family 

Recognizing that there are Angels by my side, Spirit Guides, Ancestors guiding, protecting, surrounding, uplifting, inspiring me

 
Realizing that I don’t have to multi-task and that when I choose to, how engaging in this behavior doesn’t actually serve me or others
 
Clearly it’s truly been an incredible year.  And I feel that there are many other things to celebrate.  Through the ups and downs and all around… I am truly blessed and giving thanks for what i’ve moved through and all i’ve gained by showing up even in the face of great discomfort, fear and doubt.  
 
As I sit here on the first day of this new year 2013, I am curious about what wonderment, magic, miracles and experiences await me.  I am open to receive what I need and desire with grace, ease, patience and peace filled and surrounded with love and light.  
 
Giving thanks for the opportunity to connect with you here.  May you and yours receive the highest blessings and an abundance of all good, beautiful and blessed things in 2013 and beyond.
 
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