Last fall I was scrolling my newsfeed on Facebook and serendipity had a little fun with my life – you see, I was drunk. I actually rarely drink and even more rarely get drunk so drunk scrolling on Facebook was very unusual. Even more unusual was the message I sent to a friend telling her how happy and relaxed she looked in all of the recent photos she had posted. This is a friend that gets real squirmy when you fire her a compliment – not in a “gawd, stop trying to be so humble when you’re so arrogant” kind of way… she REALLY is that humble and I REALLY check myself before I deliver her a compliment because I don’t want to make her uncomfortable.
So… I told her this and she said “Dude, we have to go for dinner because you won’t believe why I’m so happy and relaxed”.. so we did. And she told me that she had an Energy Healer come and clear her house and then also had a treatment on her body and that I just HAD to contact her!! I have lots of friends that are just as hippy dippy as me and this friend is NOT one of them – so it made me take note!
Fast forward a couple of months and I finally reached out to Lisa from Nine of Water….
She has helped me Release so much garbage from my body and my soul…. months, years, probably lifetimes of guilt and shame. All of the things that I knew deep down I was capable of becoming – I am becoming. She has helped me remove fear and doubt. She has helped me learn to trust my intuition and guard my heart without having to lose my “heart on my sleeve” sincerity. I am stronger, smarter, more confident…. all of this was in my soul to become and she helped and encouraged and it’s all happening people! It’s not all sunshine and rainbows and unicorn poop…. she gets real and helps you with the little piles of shit you covered up in the corners of your soul… if we want to be free we gotta clean that stuff up lovies!
Our Release Retreats are always about our own personal journeys.. we share our own stories and the tools we have used to achieve self-love and surrender to the beauty of our lives. So, it was kind of a no brainer when we asked Lisa to be a part of our day! We did a quick little question and answer and here is what Lisa had to say:
Why did you agree to be a special guest at our Retreat?
“Because I LOVE love!!! I am ignited when women come together to encourage, support and acknowledge each other. I know that this will be nothing short of that.”
Initially, what “drew” you to us and the Retreat?
“The timing of the event. 2015 is all about self care!”
What part of our Retreat is the most exciting to you?
“Coming together to shed and dissolve the layers of resentment, pain or guilt. Super excited to infuse and integrate forgiveness, safety and support. My mouth salivates thinking about the tasty delicious exercises that we will all take part in!!”
My mouth salivates too when I think of the delicious day we are about to serve some women of Central Alberta! I am so excited and so honoured that our little tribe of women is going to empower another group to create more love and more good in the world!
If you would like to schedule an appointment with Lisa
before the Retreat (which I actually strongly encourage you to do) – you can check out her website
and give her a call. I think there would be some real value in identifying some issues before the Retreat so we can really dig deep and RELEASE once and for all!
A gazillion years ago, like, when I was in the first grade, I met and fell in love with this sweet little blonde with the sweetest blue eyes – and I have never stopped. We have shared love and loss and love and loss. We have cried together, bitched together and lord knows we have laughed ALOT. Through it all our love for each other has remained without conditions. She is my sista from another mista for sure! I have said many times over the last 10 years that I could feel it in my bones that she and I were destined to do something amazing together and the Release Retreat is only the beginning!
Marriann and I are super excited to have Allison McKee facilitate a brief Desire Map workshop at the Retreat on May 2nd …. This is what Alli had to say about her journey and about our Retreat:
“I am Allison McKee. Wife and mother of three. A previous non-athlete who rejoiced when Grade 10 Physical-Education was over, could graduate with all requirements and never had to wear a gym strip or smell a locker room again.
Today, I am Allison McKee. Wife and mother of three. AND Owner/Operator of six year old Body Integral Fitness, Health and Wellness in Claresholm, AB. A gym and studio where I also work as Personal Trainer, Nutrition Consultant, Group Exercise Instructor, Lifestyle and Wellness Coach, Speaker, Presenter and Desire Map Facilitator. I wear a gym strip as my daily wardrobe and the smell of locker room means the smell of challenge and success. I ran the Boston Marathon and many other marathons, half marathons and shorter distance races. I have competed in triathlon and duathlon. I have led teams of Spartan athletes to finishes in multiple Spartan Obstacle Races.
I don’t subscribe to methods that will have my clients’ bikini ready in 30 days. Or to get rock hard abs in 15 days. Or even to lose weight by removing these 5 foods. My goal is to empower and inspire and motivate my clients to lead healthy lifestyles that will inevitably spill over into all other areas of their lives. I believe that when you FEEL fantastic about your physical vehicle, there is positively no stopping what you can do in other life areas.
Getting really clear on how you want to FEEL in ALL areas of your life is one of the most effective strategies for goal setting that you can employ. When you have clarity on how you want to FEEL, it will affect all the decisions and choices that you make. From the groceries you buy to the art on your walls. From the relationships you entertain to the business decisions you make. Knowing how you want to FEEL will enable you to set goals with soul. It is a fact that you are never truly chasing the goal that you have set but in are in fact chasing the feeling that comes as a result of having accomplished that goal. Getting crystal clear on how you want to FEEL is the most potent form of clarity you can have.
I am so excited to come and speak and work with you at the Release Retreat. There is nothing more empowering and moving than a group of woman in a metamorphosis. I will bring to you The Desire Map. The theory behind the Desire Map is to discover how you want to FEEL in all areas of your life. We often tell ourselves that we will FEEL happy, excited, successful, beautiful and all kinds of other feelings when we achieve our goals. However, the key is to discover how you want to FEEL first and then to set your goals from that space. Knowing how you want to FEEL is the most potent form of clarity you can have in your life. Knowing how you want to FEEL will help you release all of the things you thought you needed to be, do and have that don’t line up with YOUR Core Desired Feelings. Let’s Release old feelings, patterns and beliefs and learn how to set some goals with soul!”
If you’re ready to work with Allison at the “Release Retreat” you can find out more juicy details and register here….
All of the seeds you have been planting, all of the hard work you have been doing for your personal growth… it’s working, it’s helping, keep pushing… and come let us help with the final push on May 2nd. Namaste.
Most of my story starts when I’m 9 and some little asshole that lived across the street from me told my friend that he would totally be my boyfriend if only I wasn’t so “chubby”. I’m sure that seeds about my weight and my body had been planted long before that but this is my first REAL concrete memory of how my body and what others thought of it was going to affect my life. I dream of going back to that moment and marching over to the arrogant little bastard and bopping him square in the mouth with my “chubby” little hand…. but I don’t … and I spend quite a bit of the rest of my life shrinking for fear my size might be too much.
As I have said many times before, I was actually quite “imaginary” fat for most of my life – that is until I had children – oh, and then one of them was diagnosed with a chronic degenerative, life-threatening illness… then I got “real” size 20, thighs chafing together, fat. I hated my body. I had disagreements with my body for most of my adult life – but I must say this is the first time that I flat out loathed it.
Then came this little Company called “Goodbye My Muffintop Inc.” and it saved me…. saved me from so much further heartache I don’t know what I would have done. It made me realize that even on the other side of an over 60lbs. weight loss…. nothing was going to change until I stared those demons down and burned them up for all eternity. It made me realize that very few of those demons had anything to do with my weight or my body and the real problem was all the “tap dancing” I did to please other people. I was afraid that being my most authentic self would be “too big”. I let this fear affect my confidence tremendously and using my body image issues was a very convenient way to justify doing this.
So, what was a girl to do when she didn’t really feel any better after losing 60 pounds? I wrote, and I wrote, and I wrote… through my whole journey of coming to terms with how my body is and how it’s likely going to stay, how my daughter’s diagnosis broke my heart so bad that I chose to numb it all out binging on food and cigarettes, how NOTHING, not a single GOD-DAMN thing is going to change until you decide to change it… And out of all of that writing came a little Guidebook for a special day – “Release Retreat – 21 steps to loving yourself.
We did it! We had this Retreat and it was phenomenal. It was so raw and engaging for all those that participated – there were so many times that I stopped and listened and breathed it all in and I was so proud to be a part of something that was helping other women get to the blissful freedom that only self-acceptance can bring!
Now we are so excited to bring a BIGGER, BETTER, more thought Provoking “Release Retreat – Part Deux!”…. we took all of our guests reviews and rolled it into a new Retreat….
Our favourite Guest Speaker The Psychic Cowgirl is phenomenal and we are so proud that she is anxious to participate in our Release Retreat – Part Deux. The main goal for our guests is that they leave first, with am amazing inspired feeling and secondly, that they feel like they have many extra tools in their arsenal to continue on the journey to self-love and self-confidence!
We will cover topics such as forgiveness, healing within to increase confidence, strength and clarity… many of these discussions end in exercises that include meditations and tips to take home with you.
We believe very strongly in the healing benefits of yoga (mind and body) and will introduce 2 yoga styles to the Retreat – both classes will work for an experienced yogi or a beginner yogi. If you have enjoyed our Muffintalks throughout the summer you will be happy to know that the ILLUMINATING Alaynne West will guide us through our Sunday morning session!
Even better? Our Registration is ON SALE – RIGHT MEOW! Register before October 10 to Save $30.00!! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions at all! We really are so looking forward to seeing all of you and sharing this phenomenal information with you!
A couple of weeks ago we talked about “Truth” at Muffin Talk and how stepping into our truth (living authentically) can be a tricky business… It’s probably been the toughest step for me in my “Release Revolution”…. What has been difficult for me to wrap my brain around is that it is okay for truth to change. For whatever reason, I was brought up thinking that anyone that changes their truth a lot is a flake, mis-directed, not ambitious… now I see very clearly that the “Truth” is that this couldn’t be farther from the “Truth”!
Many of us have to adjust our truth frequently because we are so desperately searching for a place to “belong” – our culture dictates that there is nothing more important than “fitting in” – and many of us scramble and hustle to do this well. We buy the right jeans and purses, we go to the right places, we eat the right things, we kick our asses at the right boot camps…. we hide our shame in the pantry or the bottom of a wine glass, we stuff our closets to hide the mess, we tap-dance for people that we quite frankly don’t really like.
I have a secret….
About the truth….
Jeans and purses and wine and crackers won’t make you love yourself more…. or anyone else love you more for that matter. Your soul wants you desperately to find your purpose…. to find your TRUTH … and if you take a minute to STOP the hustle? You just mind find it!
In Junior and High School my best friend and I LOVED to write poetry… we dabbled in dark junkie language a la Nikki Sixx (’cause you know… we could totally identify in small town Southern Alberta). I miss poetry and I haven’t attempted a single verse in almost 20 years. I read this poem I wrote at Muffin Talk and it felt GOOD. It felt like the TRUTH.
Truth is beauty.
Truth is forgiving.
Truth ebbs and flows and changes like every breath of everyday.
Truth is never the same…. Somewhere in the middle lies the truth.
Truth is nature is malleable, flexible, stunning and real…. we marvel at the metamorphosis.
Truth in our lives?
It’s hard to change
The truth is;
we drink too much
we eat too much
we hate too much
we hurt too much… because we can’t handle the truth.
The truth is…It feels too hard to find the truth, it feels too raw, too exposed, too shameful…
But it’s harder living a lie.
Your TRUTH is who you are at your core… your fundamental being… some people won’t like it… but if you get there – it won’t matter. You’ll be home.
For those of you who know me – you won’t be surprised that the the idea for The Release Retreat was born from the inspiration of a daily horoscope. I read it towards the end of last winter and it basically said “it’s time to tap into your soul and share that with the world…” At first, I didn’t really know what to make of this because I didn’t feel like anything I was doing was very inspiring; I was digging deeper in my yoga practice, I was working hard to heal my broken heart, I was doing everything in my power to listen to my body – to what it needed…. My life had become quite simple. And then the “aha” came… my life was simple and I was so bursting with contentment about that – we get this “live an extraordinary life” message stuffed down our throats everywhere we turn that so many of us just fill it all up with our careers, activities – the glorification of busy – that we forget that what’s really extraordinary (and I daresay the exception to the rule these days) is really savouring our lives.
I fired up the laptop and started typing furiously about creating a day for women to finally “Release” themselves from what was holding them back from achieving this level of peace and calm in their lives. I typed what I wanted the day to feel like, how I wanted to feel, how I wanted our guests to feel. Quickly, without giving it a second thought I sent the outline to people that I knew would never criticize me for not making the Retreat happen but who I admired and wanted to create some accountability for this goal – and who I also knew would celebrate with me what a dream come true it would be….
…and it was…
There were times when someone was sharing their deepest emotions – really baring their souls – and I kind of froze the moment – I could feel that they were really letting go of something that had been holding them back and I was so proud and honoured that something we had facilitated was making this happen.
Like…. a lot.
We listened and learned. We had “aha” moments and “F*@k them” moments and sinking into deep, deep gratitude moments…. it really was a gorgeous day.
Shannon Laackman, The Psychic Cowgirl was on hand to guide us through meditations, to “cut the cord” on relationships or circumstances in relationships that have been holding us back…. she lead us through a beautiful and powerful chakra balancing… her bright and sizzly energy was JUST what we needed to keep us engaged!
The reviews were so touching and sincere…. My favourite comment of the day was someone saying;
“it was like an all day coffee date with your best friend…”
I am bursting with excitement about what comes next – how we grow. Thank you Marriann for your amazing partnership, thank you to The Bra Lounge for believing in our message AND Thank you all of you beautiful souls who trusted us and so willingly shared with us….. There are no words for the level of my gratitude… I love you all. Thank you for helping us see how truly right the path is that we are on. Namaste.