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15 minutes | Feb 26, 2022
Learning To Relax....An Introduction
19 minutes | Apr 2, 2019
The Art of Ease
Happy Spring! This has been one whirlwind of change, upleveling, evolving for us all, hasn't it?Moving through deep transitions in my personal life, with my business and even my health, has brought much to share...I promise to make it in small, digestible bites for you! Each segment has to do with diving into the Inner space of Be-Coming...Becoming the very best versions of ourSelves so we can be the most effective change agents and leaders.First of all is moving from the Doingness, the constant need to be moving, busy, acting and thinking "there's so much to do!" to a relaxed state of Trust, Naturalness and Allowing.Listen in to see where we go today with this deep topic, that alone could take hours to unpack, but we'll make do with a short amount of space/time.Why not take a moment for you and make a cup of tea, or stare out the window or sit outside soakng up the sun while you listen?
8 minutes | Dec 27, 2018
Topsy Turvy Times
13 minutes | May 18, 2018
Lessons from My Garden
I’m a gardener. A cook. A traveler. A spiritual guide. A paradigm-shifter. A conscious connector and conversationalist.Like many of us, it’s difficult to say I’m anything else besides a mother, an entrepreneur, a leadership trainer. We tend to limit ourSelves to our job title or what our role is at home. Like many of us, it’s been a learning opportunity to say I’m anything else besides a mother, an entrepreneur, a leadership trainer. Go to my website to read more: www.deborahleeann.com
9 minutes | Dec 20, 2017
It's all About Magic ~ Let's Create Some!
I love Magic. Magick. Magik. All forms of it. All stories about it. All songs too! During the Holiday Season, we talk about the Magic of gift-giving. The Magic of Believing. The Magic of Joy and Miracles and Beauty and Health and Well Wishes.And, I'm here, saying Magic is a year-round thing. It's with us all the time. It's IN each of us. So let's remember to Tune in. Turn on. And, Turn It Up. It's in every one of us. Happy December from us all at DeborahLeeAnn.com and Authentic Leadership Academy and Consulting!
20 minutes | Nov 29, 2017
Dialogue vs Debate - Authentic Communications
It's the holiday season (perhaps you’ve noticed?) with lots of events on the calendar providing us with lots of opportunities to be with "other-minded" people. Whether family, neighbors, co-workers or even circles of friends, we are more and more learning the contentiousness that conversations can become. How can we view these opportunities as a place to SHINE?Speaking our truth amongst like-minded folks is great for validation and massaging of our ego.Speaking our truth amid “others” can be scary. Isolating. Possibly life-threatening (or so it feels!)Is the alternative not engaging? Walking away and not saying anything? Unfriending on social media? Getting another drink or hitting the buffet table to "deal with it” by numbing or stuffing it?Or, possibly, responding and engaging. Asking for clarification. Learning where someone else stands and why they feel that way. Asking if they ever wondered if _____________ was possible? Or thought about it this way (state another view here)?Each time I leave a racial awareness, social justice, diversity type of training or workshop I learn new techniques to continue the dialogue. Share more authentically. Listen more deeply. Broaden my views and add to my confidence.It doesn’t mean it’s not scary. I still over-think and wonder if that post on LinkedIn has put me in a box with potential clients or friends. No one responded or engaged with me. Crickets.Yet it was my truth. It’s my way of showing up. Sharing me and who I am with the marketplace. And, I believe it will attract the ideal clients who want to work with someone with my values as well as my experience and expertise.Some additional ideas for Dialogue? After exploring and agreeing that there are differences in views or beliefs, ask if there is interest in finding common ground as well.Remember to model being a bridge-builder, one who is calmly (even if passionately) wanting to learn from the other, create relationship and keep the door open to further dialogue.This is a way to collaborate, come together and explore solutions and not be the “owner” of the truth. There are many paths to it. How can we walk together and find new solutions, together? Nothing risked, nothing gained. Join me in not being a silent partner in systemic racism, sexism, classism, and all the other barriers to humanism. © 2017 Deborah LeeAnn Morley www.DeborahLeeAnn.com Authentic Leadership Academy & Consulting
15 minutes | Nov 15, 2017
#MEtoo Movement for Good
#MEtoo.It’s become so common that no one is surprised anymore. We all just nod our heads in some type of secret solidarity.Yet, why are we sharing from a place of shame? Or Guilt? Or Embarrassment? Or, even, with a sense of thinking we are responsible, in some awful way?It’s time to stop the avoiding and clean up the shame, and start healing.This open door will never swing shut again. More and more sexual assaults, inappropriate behavior, rapes kept under wraps are now seeing the light of day. The media posts new stories daily and we aren’t even bothering to read them. (Or, maybe that’s me, this is not new!)What if…What if we took this new-found solidarity, commonality across all women of different cultures, colors and class, and used it to fuel our Light? What would happen if we were sharing with glee something beautiful that happened from sharing and healing to becoming more empowered, conscious and ready to tell our truth?I’d love to discover what could happen when we realized that this totally inappropriate treatment we’ve all received was just a catalyst for igniting our realization of our value, our worth, our strength?As we glue together the pieces where we previously thought we were broken, we heal the parts and are even more beautiful, more complex and more resilient. The term Wabi-Sabi applies here…the Japanese believe in the beauty of impermanence and imperfection. When a piece of art or pottery is broken, they often fill the cracks with gold. Creating a more beautiful piece and honoring the imperfection. Let’s shift into this type of #MEtoo. Let’s shift into the beauty of what we are now from the healing, growing and expansion into a more stunning piece of art? What if we shined our light through those cracks?© 2017 Deborah LeeAnn www.DeborahLeeAnn.com Authentic Leadership Academy & Consulting
15 minutes | Nov 8, 2017
Returning Home and Turning On the Light
What am I speaking on, ranting on, sharing about or wanting to shine with today? I'm ready to open my heart and share what can be the most useful, most valuable to those who are listening. Do I start by blessing you? Or by blessing me? Blessing my wisdom, channel to Source, inspired words and the messaging reaches the audience with just what they are ready to hear and allow?Is it my gift to share in this way?Or is video blogging better, where I"m speaking to you more directly?Either way, I'm not sure. When I start second-guessing, the flow becomes constricted.OK, so Grounding. Centering. Breathing mySelf back Home.Today, I am speaking my truth. Sharing from my heart, soul, and inspiration.Opening up to be the brightest Lightworker I can be. Or a Whitelighter. If you ever watched the old TV show, Charmed, you would understand the Whitelighter role. It's the guardian angel who helps heal, guide and support the ones doing good magic in the world. Whitelighters also protect and nurture them for their intended destiny. You see, that's where I like to play. In the support of each of you stepping more fully into your power. Into your roles of change agent. Into the next highest, brilliant source of Good you are here to share.Today's leaders need Whitelighters. We all do.It's a universal feeling, don't you think? To bask in the security of being watched over, guided and loved with no conditions. Reminded of who we are as we get off track and forget and held during times of illness or trauma.It's time we recognize we are not here to do our great work ALONE. We are much stronger, powerful, magical, effective and brilliant when we come together in unity. But first, we need to come home. Do our inner work. Tune in, turn on and turn up our Essence. From this place we can SHINE. We can SHARE. We can co-create. We can serve. We can live, love, lead with Authenticity, Grace and Power.So today is about Coming Home. Returning to our own Selves. Regenerating, renewing, remembering the power of "I am." Then, help others. Then, allow support in. Only then, give. From here, receive. Allow, Be guided. Inspired. Co-create. Then we can go on out and do our Great Work.© 2017 Deborah LeeAnn www.DeborahLeeAnn.com Authentic Leadership Academy & Consulting
19 minutes | Nov 1, 2017
FEAR and Vulnerability
Continuing with the theme of FEAR this week, I’m curious…When are you most afraid - Sharing vulnerably yourself? Or being with someone else who is sharing vulnerably?Let’s define Vulnerability:vul·ner·a·bil·i·tynounnoun: vulnerability; plural noun: vulnerabilities1.the quality or state of being exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally.It’s been a difficult or trying week for me.Monday was the anniversary of my wedding.Tomorrow is the anniversary of signing the divorce papers.Tomorrow night is the Farewell Party for my ex and his wife as they prepare to move out of the county, to a destination where our daughters will spend considerable time.I told a former lover I couldn’t speak to him now as I am still processing our relationship ending.And, I got the news that my application was not accepted to a co-working collaborative.So, I’ve been sitting with all of the heaviness. The spiritual by-passing (the feeling that I SHOULD be) feeling grateful for what all HAS transpired and lessons learned. And, the emotions of grief, hurt, upset and more have washed over me. Yes, Grief has cycles and I’ve been riding them!The difference this week, is that I’ve reached out. Talked and cried and shared and asked for support. Given myself extreme self-care.Why is that so difficult for us as powerful, independent, brilliant women?For me? It’s a “not wanting to bother anyone” or “I don’t want to be a burden” or “who wants to talk to a whiner, a soppy mess of a friend?”Yet, when I asked for support to attend the party? All 3 women responded “Yes! Of course!” When I cried a bit when my trainer asked me how I was doing on the metabolic challenge cleanse this week, she was lovely and understanding why I was not following the diet to a “T”. When my business coach asked what I thought I could do this week, and I answered honestly, she was compassionate yet firm, my plan was do-able.When my daughter asked me how I was, I was honest. Not angry. Just sad. Not talking bad about anyone. Accepting that they are who they are and we are not in alignment anymore. I even can feel the excitement of what might be coming next for me through the pain and loss of this time. I had another ding this morning. And, felt into and B E Y O N D the pain and saw the echoing of old stories and patterns - now releasing. Now bowing to what is emerging. And, making way, stepping aside. It’s such a different feeling. The gratitude for the pain. The awareness of being in the present with all that IS and all that is on its way. The most difficult part? Has been the weirdness of sharing with others. The fear of showing up less than, broken, messy and VULNERABLE. I don’t like asking for help. As much as I coach others on Receiving…it’s not that easy for me to Allow in the support and love I SO crave. Need. Want. So, on this All Saints Day/All Souls Day/Post Samhain/Halloween day, sandwiched between two very significant dates for me, I have called in the Magic of connection. Community, support, sharing, giving, receiving. Receiving even when I don’t ask for it. Even without reciprocation expected. And, gratitude shows up. Appreciation. And FEAR becomes fear…and disappears. Poof! Ahhh…this feels so much better!© 2017 Deborah LeeAnn, Authentic Leadership Academy & Consulting
22 minutes | Oct 26, 2017
Courageous Authenticity - What are you afraid of?
What is your deepest fear?In honor of Halloween and Dia de los Muertos next week, let’s talk about fear.Funny how lots of people like scary movies. We can laugh at the ridiculousness of the plots and know that it’s not real.Yet, when scary stuff comes up for us, we literally cringe. Hide. Run away or freeze.For most of us, Fear runs our life. We are so afraid of what we don't want to happen, we are literally closing off what we do want.It’s where we let old stories, and often younger versions of ourselves, take the driver’s seat. Where we step aside, literally, giving our power away. I run. I hide. And, I freeze.I veg watching Netflix. Drinking wine. Or through sex.I get super busy. Or, stop doing anything at all in a state of depression-like coma.All in resistance to what wants to be expressed or experienced or let in.What am I SO afraid of? Who am I so afraid of Be-Coming?And when I recognize it, how do I use that energy to fuel my momentum versus let it suck me back into the same-old, stuffy, suffocating space of who I used to be. Let’s move into the next iteration of Courageous Authenticity. Where we don’t run from our Fear, or Hide from it, or even manage it. We welcome it, transform the energy of it and utilize it.Nothing in life is wasted. All forms of energy are valuable.What is holding you back? Where are you stopping your SHINE from radiating from you? Who do you want to show up as and how does she want to BE in the world?Chances are, it’s exactly what you need and want that calls you forward. It's more powerful than Fear. Ready? I’m here with you…remember it’s a journey.© 2017 Deborah LeeAnn ~ Authentic Leadership Academy & Consulting
16 minutes | Oct 18, 2017
The New Moon and Authentic Leadership
What does the New Moon have to do with Authentic Leadership?This week I define Authenticity and Authentic Leadership. What is important about this practice of conscious leadership, especially during this time of change and chaos?It’s rare and takes courage. It’s collective and co-creative and collaborative. We are all learning to be more of our self, our highest and best versions of ourSelf. And, to do so we need to do our inner work.Monthly, we are guided by the phases of the moon to do the deeper work of releasing and listening to see what is coming through us, what wants to become “real” from our visions, dreams and goals.The new moon is a darker night, feels more magical and mysterious. These nights bring forth the fertile soil to plant new seeds, ideas, initiatives, or patterns of behavior. I like to take the time to write out, speak or share with another, what I’m releasing and what I’m bringing forth. The beauty of burning this (whether a stick, a log, or the piece of paper your wrote out your thoughts on) allows you to see the visual of the concept changing form.Other ways besides a fire ceremony are to iterally give away old items, clear time on the calendar, or clean up your finances, all of which provide new space for what you are bringing forth. Making the space for what is coming into our lives both energetically and physically.What are you bringing forth? Who are you calling into your life? What types of support or community do you want or need?What new moon rituals do you practice? The recording begins with a cry from my cat, Salem. He's a constant reminder for me of grounding and being fully present. Enjoy!For more ideas (or for a community to practice with) connect with me, I’ve got guided meditations and curriculum to share each month from Unify Global Sisterhood and The TreeSisters. ©2017 DeborahLeeAnn.com Authentic Leadership Academy & Consulting
26 minutes | Oct 11, 2017
Letting Go Authentically and Consciously
It's harvest time for many but not for me. Autumn is my "spring cleaning" time. Letting Go to Live More Fully is one of my mantras and I’m typically singing it as I welcome this time of year.I'm finding myself tossing old items, giving away piles of clothing and linens, cleaning out toiletries, (how does that drawer get so cluttered?) and generally, cleaning house.Culling from my freezer and pantry too. Getting off of mailing and email lists. Aligning my bank accounts. And, reviewing/assessing/releasing relationships. This one is the hardest.This brings me to my topic for today. When we consciously make the decision to walk away from a person who has been a big part of our life, it's a big deal. So is standing up and asking for things to change. And, additionally, being willing, AND READY, to leave if they don't.So, here is that time of year. Mastermind circles ending. My first Authentic Leadership Academy coming to a close, the realization that the romantic relationship I'm in is no longer where I'm flourishing and happy.With all of this "letting go" comes a sense of clarity. Freedom. More space to BE. And, the fear of being “alone” is also present.Many of my friends, clients and colleagues are coupled. If you are one, you may not understand what I'm going through, It's been one hell of a decade since my divorce, and I thought I was done healing.Maybe we are never done. Just like we are never complete. Here's to seeing where this takes me and how I'll grow in the process!“Landslide” cover and full Sweet Letting Go playlist on Spotify by desiremap ((Danielle LaPorte)©2017 www.DeborahLeeAnn.com Authentic Leadership Academy & Consulting“Landslide” cover and full Sweet Letting Go playlist on Spotify by desiremap (Danielle LaPorte)
26 minutes | Oct 4, 2017
Authentic Community - Stepping into a Higher Version of Me
Last week I attended The Leadership Circle™ Summit. It was way more than a training opportunity. Or a vacation. Or a conference with like-minded hearts, minds and souls.Last week was my own Axial experience."Axial" in that it was a pivotal moment when I could see all of who I have been coming together for this particular group of people, with that specific location, and those unique speakers and leaders. I knew it was going to be life-changing…just wish I knew how much was going to shift for me and those around me.We had speakers from NASA to Harvard, experts from Google and MIT, Tai Chi Masters and international journalists and beekeepers who all shared their authentic selves and messages.I was literally in heaven!Beautiful conscious deep conversations…moments of transformative learning … tears and laughter of intimate sharing.So many memories! Lots of new people that I was initially feeling disconnected or separate from have now become new friends, colleagues, connections and potential partners.Then the re-entry. A term many of us at the Summit used to describe our returning to our Real Life. It’s been a rough one, personally, professionally and on a spiritual level too.At this time of continued heartbreak, chaos, low confidence or trust in our nation’s leadership and the mixed messages from our media, it’s time for us to find this Summit within. And, from that strength of inner knowing, groundedness in our Truth and Wisdom, share and act from Compassion and Love in our circles, families and communities.I felt my own wings and heart expand and grow last week…not just my mind.There was a deep knowing that I am perfectly perched, ready to take off and soar with my message.It’s time to take a stand. Rooted in our physical self and connected to our divine self. Guided by our Passion/Purpose and Pleasure.My new mantra for the next 100 days is:I am a powerful creatrix who easily receives outrageous prosperity creating beauty and excellence all around me, simply by being my authentic embodied self.What is yours?©️ 2017 DeborahLeeAnn.com Authentic Leadership Academy & Consulting
20 minutes | Sep 20, 2017
What's calling you forward?
The Fall Equinox is upon us.Its time to take an assessment, an honest look at where we are. Where we want to be. Who we are. Who we are Be-Coming.What needs to end? Begin?What do we want more of? Desire less of?The Autumnal Equinox is a great lesson in Nature of balance. Light and dark. The changing into a new season. The continuing of the cycle of seasons.As the leaves fall, it reminds me that I need to clean out, let go, release. The old patterns that are not serving. The foods that don’t make me feel good. The people or clothing that no longer “fit”. It’s also a wonderful time to review the abundance of what we have created this year. The fruits of our harvest. Sharing in thanks-giving and community. So what do you want to stop doing?Start doing?Stop being?Start BEing?A great place to take stock is in your surroundings. Your bank account. Your circle of closest friends and those you spend the most time with.Are they reflective of you in your Highest and Best?If not…who would be in that Circle?Maybe it’s time to create or join a group that reflect You back to YOU. In all your glorious imperfect Perfection and Beauty.There are Moon Circles. Masterminds. Power Networking groups. Collaborative business meet ups. Conscious Leaders convergences and conferences. Coffee connections and social activist breakfast clubs. What are you looking to be more of? What support calls you forward into the next up-leveling of YOU?Lots will be generating underground in the coming months as I revamp in my 2018 offerings. Share what you are looking for, chances are I know a group that just might be a great fit.Or, let’s co-create something together. I’m all about manifesting and generating what you want to dream into being!©️2017 www.DeborahLeeAnn.com #SHINE Authentic Leadership Academy
11 minutes | Sep 13, 2017
Cultivating our Character in the New Axial Era
Did you know we are in the New Axial Era? A pivotal time when converging thoughts/philosophies/cultures/religions are driving us to an evolution of humanity?The first one occurred in the first millennium BCE. The phrase originated with the German psychiatrist and philosopher Karl Jaspers, who noted that during this period there was a shift—or a turn, as if on an axis—away from more predominantly localized concerns and toward transcendence. (love this, as I'm all about Transcendence and Transformation...)More info is here: https://www.britannica.com/list/the-axial-age-5-fast-factsWe are on the wave of a New Axial Era. A pivot point.The importance of Character and its role in Education, Leadership, and Community is not a new concept. However, it 's been lost amidst our reverence for Science and Technology, Math and Engineering.We’ve left philosophy and religion to pick up the education and development of Character (what makes you uniquely you) as now it’s time to drive the forging of discovering and developing our Character Strengths with areas of Passion and to fuel and create change.That is shifting now. Media and the millennials are driving forward the merging of personal passions with innovation to create an impact on the world. And we all need to get on board.AND, today is Character Day 2017!When I first heard about it from change agent, Karen Hoffman, Founder of Gateway to Dreams, (just to name one of her entrepreneurial pursuits) I thought, "Oh, this is cool. Segues nicely with my work, happy to be a part of it." However, in the weeks leading up to it as an Ambassador and Facilitator of this global event occurring in hundreds of countries and all 50 states on the same day, I’ve gotten more excited.Blending beautiful video imagery with both local and global discussions and interaction can be illuminating for all involved and can truly ignite the fires of creativity and community change we are ready for.Find an event near you or at least watch the movies at http://www.letitripple.org/character-day/And as always, SHINE on with YOUR unique Character Strengths and Passion! How can you use them in Creating the Change YOU want to see?©️Copyright 2017 DeborahLeeAnn.com and Authentic Leadership Academy & Consulting
23 minutes | Sep 6, 2017
Integrity - BEing All In
Are you too open?Operating more from outside influences (people’s expectations, society’s norms, cultural or religious practices?) or from your own Inner Guidance System?When we “go with the flow” sometimes we are not checking in to see if it’s our Flow. Our own wisdom. Our own soul’s whispering of where our heart is desiring to go.This is what I call Living Outside of Ourself. I know it well. It is how I spent the first 50 years of my life.Even when I felt strongly about something and shared my view in a conversation or heated discussion, I could feel persuaded to move/shift/turn away from it by listening to another’s well-reasoned explanation or perspective.It felt wishy-washy. I wasn’t sure where I stood sometimes. I could see the world through so many other’s eyes, I wasn’t confident in what I was really seeing.Sometimes that is a good thing.Anything at ALL times, is not a good thing.I listened to all the gurus, teachers, experts, and wise ones and would shift and slip away from my own Truth. This was good in some ways. Just not in ALL ways. How do you determine what is right for you? Where you stand? What your Inner Wise One is saying versus when to listen and learn from others?Where do you stand in Integrity? Wholeness? Self-Alignment?That’s the topic today. Let’s see where this takes us…As always, I welcome your comments, suggestions, questions and conversation.Join us in the Facebook Group SHINE Challenge or message me at deborah@DeborahLeeAnn.comMuch love and gratitude for you being here with me on this Journey!©️2017 SHINE Principle www.DeborahLeeAnn.com
15 minutes | Aug 30, 2017
Leading, Loving and Living with Radiance and Vibrancy
How much do you SHINE? And, where?Are you SHINING in some places in your life but not others? Are you aware of how you operate differently with different people? In different scenarios? In different roles?It was easier for me to SHINE when at work for many years. My career offered me a place to be smart, witty, strategic, a people connector and a brilliant problem-solver. All strengths of mine. When I was with clients I felt the most comfortable and engaged and fulfilled. I know now why that is, I enjoy helping them see different ways of operating their businesses, open to new ways of leading, learn about how they are getting in their own way and how to navigate differently.I am a manifesting maven when it comes to supporting others in creating their dreams.Not so much when it comes to my own.Yet, the more I dip into, deepen in, or fully dive into my own dreams, I’m not feeling as magical. Not as powerful. Not that brilliant. I know this is true for many of us. We love to support others, advocate for them, argue for their cause and open doors for them all while seeing them at their highest and best, especially when they forget. Think of how we parent!And, then turn it around. Do we support ourself? Advocate for ourself? Argue for our own cause/value/mission/dream? Open doors and receive? See ourSelf at our Highest and best? This is the direction I’m heading into today. While also exploring what creates that Radiant Health and Vibrant Energy that we all desire. Share with me any thoughts you have in the Facebook Group, The SHINE Challenge. We’re all in this together. And, we all SHINE a bit brighter when one of us shares their brilliance!©️Copyright 2017 Deborah LeeAnn #SHINE Challenge www.DeborahLeeAnn.com
19 minutes | Aug 23, 2017
SHINE - Post-Eclipse Shifts and Awarenesses
So, where were YOU during the Great American Eclipse?Whether you experienced Totality or not, I’m certain the experience was meaningful. Some enjoyed the science of it, others the photography challenges of capturing the beauty, others were deep in spiritual ceremony and ritual. Everyone was moved in some way, even if they ran outside into the street to capture it for only a moment during a break from work.For such a momentous occasion, I did something quite unlike me. I was with a party of revelers - some of whom popped their first beer (artisan brand that it was) at 7:15 am. This well-orchestrated event was planned months ago and I appreciated not having to make any arrangements and just show up.So Show Up I did.We were at a large multi-leveled outdoor space an hour outside of town, with all breakfast and barbecue lunch and refreshments included. A variety of outdoor games and oversized Jenga and Chess boards entertained many. Seating arrangements varied from couches, to tables and chairs, to picnic tables and benches, plus indoor dining areas all filled with groups in conversation and live music. There was a constant and steady buzz that surrounded me. I felt like an observer of it all.I watched myself pull away to find space and journal. I noticed when I got up to change seating arrangements or moved into different circles of conversation. I enjoyed sipping coffee and water and beer as the day wore on and relaxing. It felt like being on vacation. By myself. I enjoyed moving when I felt like it, enjoying my body's grace and strength and sitting and feeling the breeze when it wafted over me on occasion. I listened to my body when it asked for more water, please! or it's time to get something to eat, or only one bite of the Moon Pie, methinks.As the day wore on, I noticed how I searched out certain people to speak with and later realized I only once learned someone’s name. Yet, we exchanged deep, almost intimate details about our lives. It was not a day of light conversation.It was also interesting to note that I spent most of the day in the company of men. Two different couples, a group of young people with 3 guys and one gal, an older gentleman and his son who was close to my age, and the very handsome and interesting friend of a friend who came in town to visit for the event. An all around different kind of day for me; one who normally stays home and shies away from these types of party events. And, the best part? I got to SHINE. I played with it all day. It was fun, fascinating and easy. AND, so freeing to not feel I needed to play a role, entertain anyone, be anything other than who I am. Wow!The moon tried to cover the sun for those 2 1/2 minutes, and the sun still made beautiful light flares and rings around it. Almost hugging that which tried to eclipse it. Surrounding it and shining anyway. Reminding me and all of us that we are still Light, even when there are obstacles (real or imaginary) that are trying to dim our Light.What looks or feels differently to you now? What has shifted for you? I'd love to hear! Share with me in the The SHINE Challenge Facebook Group.SHINE on! It’s our reason for living. It’s also our Purpose. And Passion. And Pleasure. © Copyright 2017 Deborah LeeAnn :: Authentic Life Radio
21 minutes | Aug 16, 2017
Wake Up White Women!
What to say?What to do?How to be with People of Color?I’m stuck. Truly. For one who is rarely short on words, I’m a bag of emotions.And, not sure if I want to blame it on the mixed messages of our country’s leaders or Mercury Retrograde or centuries of history where white privilege has been the norm or the fact that my antennae are hyper focused on receiving messages that are beyond and out of alignment with what I see with my eyes…Whiteness. White privilege. White women. White culture. We are so IN in, it’s hard to imagine NOT being in it. Yet we share this world, this country, our communities, our neighborhoods, sometimes even our families with those who do not identify as white.Waking up is painful. It’s easier to go back to sleep. Yet, we can’t sleep this nightmare away. It’s our responsibility to at least acknowledge this isn’t right. It can’t continue. I disagree. This feels wrong.And I am not just talking about the horrific events last weekend and the lack of accountability by our top government officials to denounce it in a way, apologize in a way, unify in a way, that I had hoped he would.I am speaking of all ways. Always. Speaking up. Standing up. Moving beyond our fear. Showing up. Not agreeing. Or, not standing by in silence. No more hiding. Leaders do not hide. They do their work. They SHINE their most brilliantly when the times get dark. And, I’m learning, that SHINING is not always easy. Or pretty!Listen in and let me know what resonates. What doesn’t. It’s time to practice opening up and sharing in a more vulnerable way. I’d love to witness that from you. More info on SHINE Principle at http://DeborahLeeAnn.com/ShineJoin the SHINE Challenge on FB here: http://bit.ly/2i5dDQETil our next time together, SHINE your light with love, compassion and authenticity!
31 minutes | Aug 9, 2017
Simple Pleasures - The Art of Simplicity
I wanted to write about Play. The Art of Play. Authentic Play for us adult people.It felt so beyond my day-to-day experience I was afraid it would come across as inauthentic.So, starting simply, as I remind my clients, I looked at my morning practices. This morning in particular, it included saying good morning to the sunrise and sky, then moving into daily routine of cat care, kitchen cleanup, walking recycling out to the dumpster, making and eating breakfast (today eaten outside in the sun on my back stoop) and checking out the garden.My garden walk is getting to be more about appreciating the bounty and beauty than noticing what needs to be cleared or worry about the overgrowth of weeds in areas.Setting up the sprinkler in 3 different places to get the back, side and front yards is the Simple Pleasure that made me smile. Ta-Da! Found my topic for today.Listening to the water spray and it’s intensity as it winds back to the original spot is soothing. Great background for meditation…which I’ll complete before recording. What are your Simple Pleasures? Remember the magazine Real Simple? I loved it for many years. The feel of the paper, the odd oversized shape, the beautiful photos and well written articles that spoke my language. Even though I didn’t practice what they wrote about, I longed for “that life.”Little by little, that magazine has been the foundation for this life of mine today. That and the book, Simple Abundance by Sarah BanBreathnach, were life-changing for me as I dreamed this life into being.We are doing that all the time. Dreaming our one and only precious life (this time around, anyway) into BEing.So, how are you practicing Simplicity and enjoying Simple Pleasures? Simple, yet elegant tasty meals? Simple, yet meaningful gatherings with friends? Simple and sacred moments for yourSelf? For me, it’s a cup of coffee, staring at the big oak tree or sky and ruminating about my day before heading into planning or meditation or creating this podcast/newsletter.This is an essential piece of the puzzle for me to SHINE. It’s also a basic principle for the work I do in Authentic Leadership. We are all meant to be living on Purpose, with Passion and experiencing Pleasure. I actually think it may be the other way around. Beginning with Pleasure. What makes your heart sing? Do more of that. Really. We would all love you more. And you would be more in love with yourSelf, your Life.To learn more about The SHINE Principle, visit http://DeborahLeeAnn.com/Shine or connect with me at deborah@DeborahLeeAnn.com© 2017 Deborah LeeAnn All Rights Reserved#SHINE
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