Bitch Slap 2016. Why it Happened.

2016 was the year the planet got bitch slapped. I don’t know about you, but this year I’m going to do whatever I can to avoid finding myself on the receiving end.

What Is a Universal Bitch Slap?

A Universal bitch slap happens when you try to shut down your inner intelligence and ignore all the signs you’re given. Here’s an example of one. All in the same week, you lose your job; your significant other breaks up with you; you break your finger; your car breaks down in the rain in an area with no cell reception; you get kicked out of your apartment; and your cat throws up inside your sneaker, which you don’t notice until you put on the sneaker. The slapping (aka your inner wisdom doing its best to get you to open your eyes to the signs) gets harder and harder until you fall down on your sweet ass so hard it knocks the wind out of you and have no other choice but to die or make a change. It doesn’t have to be like that. You can avoid a Universal bitch slap.

How to Avoid a Universal Bitch Slap:

Teach yourself to listen to your inner wisdom again. When you were a baby, you were awesome at it. Feeling hungry? Scream waaaaaaahhhhhhh and someone will come and feed you. Shit yourself? Scream waaaaaaahhhhhhh and someone will come and wipe your sweet ass clean and change your diaper. More than likely, as you grew up, your all knowing inner intelligence got shut down so many times, it got quieter and quieter until you couldn’t hear it anymore.

So start small at first. When you’re at the grocery store, and you can’t decide between the almond milk or the coconut milk, get silent. Focus on your breath and ask yourself, “Do I want almond milk or coconut milk?” Without putting any thought into it, just pick one.

Another way to ignite your inner genius is to think back to a time when you can remember hearing the voice. It still counts whether you listened to it or not.

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I’m drowning in the emotion ocean

Happy New Year!!!! Life feels like it’s moving so fast these days. I remember when I was just a wee little pumpkin and adults would tell me that time moves much faster when you’re older. I didn’t get it then, but holy moly do I get it now.

Let’s crush 2017 together. If you thrive when you receive support from a sparkly unicorn (me) and you love structure and guidance, Rock Your Year is a three week course (starting on Monday) I’m offering that gives you everything you need to create your most magical year yet. Learn more and sign up >>> HERE.

You will declare an intention that you want to manifest in 2017, create an action plan to implement it and receive all the tools and support required to achieve it.

Since the year turned from 2016 to 2017, I figuratively felt the earth shaking ferociously under my feet so hard that I fell on my sweet ass a couple of times. Moments later I saw in the distance a tidal wave that was threatening to crash down on me. I felt paralyzed and considered just standing there allowing the wave to sweep me away, but today was not the day I was going to drown in the emotion ocean.

Instead I hanged ten on my surfboard and rode the wave of all the feels all the way to shore. Cowabunga dudes!!!!!

How to feel all the feels (an excerpt from my book The Sweet Ass Self-Help Book: A Practical Guide to Turn Your Life From Sh*t to Sparkles)

As humans we experience all kinds of feelings, yet some of them are considered wrong by society. Anger, sadness, fear, anxiety, grief and hopelessness are just some of them, and many of us have been told things like, “don’t cry,” “you’re over emotional,” or “just get over it already.” There are many ways to hide your true feelings from being shown. Drinking Continue reading

5 Ways to Rock Your Year for Real This Time

Do you want to have the most magical and amazing year ever? Are you ready rock some goals and take a gander into something amazing and fulfilling?
 
It takes focus, action, perseverance, support and a little magic. It might not always be rainbows and unicorns, but I know you have what it takes.
 
If you thrive when you receive support from a sparkly unicorn and you love structure and guidance, Rock Your Year is a three week course (starting on Monday) I’m offering that gives you everything you need to create your most magical year yet. Learn more and sign up here >>> http://www.taraleighlovesyou.com/adventures/rockyouryear
 
You will declare an intention that you want to manifest in 2017, create an action plan to implement it and receive all the tools and support required to achieve it.
 
In the mean time, check out these five ways to have the most epic year yet.
 
1. Look at your previous year
 
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Finding hidden magic

At the Berkshire Mountain Writers Retreat this year that was co-led by me, Ryan Montbleau and Suzanne Boothby, so much magic occurred. Here’s a little glimpse of a special moment we shared.

One man who was planning on attending the retreat had to back out at the last minute. His best friend’s father passed tragically in a motorcycle accident and he was asked to provide the music for the wake and funeral.

We wanted to do something special for him so he knew we were thinking of him.

This was the result. I hope that this video brings you hope, peace, love, ease and grace to start the new year.

Cue the Majesty by the amazing Ryan Montbleau.

 

The magic in me sees the magic in you,

My Monkey Isn’t Very Funky Right Now

Hello from the other side…of a funk. Last week I was looking at all my photos and realized that lately I allowed my light to dim a little.

There are so many horrible, scary and incredibly sad things happening in the world and I wondered if little ol’ me could make a difference. For a moment I felt hopeless.

Closing the curtains to the outside world, (figuratively and literally) I immersed myself in my work and stopped taking care of myself. Some days I didn’t brush my teeth or eat until it was dark out. Other days I wouldn’t leave the couch. I often skipped yoga and my daily walk into town to bring my hubster his lunch. Continue reading

The Festival Lover’s Gift Guide

Hey folks! My name is Cari and I’ve teamed up with Taraleigh to bring you a holiday gift guide like no other. This is me and my husband and that is our booth behind me. We run Hooked Productions and if you’ve been to a festival in the last 16 years you may have seen us or our booth somewhere along the way.  

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I’ve spent most of my adult life designing our clothing line and selling it at music festival. It gives my family the chance to travel and live life in the sunshine(most of the time) with music and friends while meeting a lot of really amazing people. I’m a huge fan of so many of my vendor friends that I’ve put together a festival lover gift guide just for you.

One of my favorite things to do at festivals besides see music, is check out all the cool artists and crafters that set up booths. I pick up all sorts of things for gifts during the summer to give to people at Christmas, but a lot of those people have online shops as well.

So here are a few folks that do rad things that make great gifts. You’ll also be supporting the artists and makers in the music festival scene.
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Flex your love muscle and shift your life from sh*t to sparkles

“The constitution only guarantees the American people the right to the pursuit of happiness. You have to catch it yourself.”

~Benjamin Franklin

I was pacing around my not so big house in Bernie Sanders home state of Vermont the night of the 2016 presidential election. Results were pouring in and I drizzled crazy glue into my eyes and pressed them against the flatscreen television in my living room. Ok, I didn’t actually do that, but even though I had never been that interested in politics before, I was so obsessed with what was happening, it felt like my eyes were going to be permanently attached to the television for all eternity.

The man who was elected to be the President of the United States, spewed outwardly racist and sexist remarks, threatened to deport people that followed a religion he obviously doesn’t know much about, bragged about not paying taxes, bullied his opponents and was caught in so many lies I don’t even know how to count that high to get votes. How did this happen, how did we get here and what do we do now?

It’s a freakin crazy planet we call home. This world is a crazy place and has been way before this man became our President. Bad things have been happening all over the world all along. Right now, someone is raping, pillaging, lying, cheating or stealing. People are getting sick and some are taking their last breaths here on earth. It’s easy to get stuck in the whirlwind of fear and have it take the reins over your thoughts.

BUT…The world has always always been a beautiful place. Good things are happening all across the planet at any given moment. Your focus might be drawn to what’s wrong with people today, but realize that right now, people are committing all kinds of acts of kindness. Millions of miracles are happening. For example people being conceived and born as you are reading these words.

I have fallen prey to thinking everyone is bad and out to steal from me, lie to me, hate on me, exclude me and take advantage of me. My ego and my deep dark fears have told me many things like that, but they are not where the truth lies. The truth hangs out in my heart. Whenever I get caught up in victim hood, I always ask my heart what’s up and the answer is always the same.

Love, love, love and then love a little more.

I know it ain’t always easy, but the more you flex your love muscle, the stronger it will get. The stronger it gets the more your world will shift from shit to sparkles.

Speaking of shit…here’s a parody video of Justin Bieber’s Love Yourself written to my ex-lover dairy. Feel free to share <3

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Attention Live Music Adventurers! Cyber Monday Special just for you.

My heart is breaking from all the sadness and fear that has been going on in the world lately that I have been craving community even more than usual. Without my loving friends and family I honestly feel that I would feel hopeless for our future. A couple of weeks ago, the weekend following the election, I led a writers retreat with singer/songwriter Ryan Montbleau and best selling author extraordinaire Suzanne Boothby.

This retreat was special for so many reasons, but the one that stands out the most for me was that we created a judgement free space that allowed everyone to be radically vulnerable and real. The support that was given was above and beyond anything that I have experienced in the real world. Sometimes life  isn’t full of rainbows and unicorns and bad shit goes down. Stories and songs about all of those hard times were bravely shared at the retreat including serious topics such as rape, abuse, heartbreak and suicide.

That’s the magic right there.

If you feel alone and like no one really gets you, it’s probably because you are simply a magical unicorn navigating a sometimes dark world. You are not the only one! There are people out there that are waiting to embrace and celebrate your weirdness because they are just as weird as you. Your tribe is awaiting you at one of my Rock Your Life Retreats and/or Adventures.

Does the thought of hanging out with other soul seeking, wild and whacky live music fans in some of the most beautiful spots in the world sound like a hell yes to you? Or maybe even a whispering yes?

I’ve got a super special Cyber Monday Week offer coming in hot at you. Check out this video.

Let’s talk! Send me a message HERE and let me know you’re interested. Everyone who reaches out and sends me a message this week and decides to join me (even after this week) gets a free pair of fun socks sent to your door and a free one on one magical manifesting unicorn coaching session with me (Facetime/Skype or phone).

Want to learn more about the retreat and adventures happening this winter? You’re in luck!

The Sweet Ass Retreat (An intimate retreat for ladies with private yoga taught by me, epic dinners, meditation, smoothies, chocolate, wine, tea, aromatherapy and a special house concert just for us with one of my favorite people in the world. Limited to 6. January 23-25th in Burlington, VT)

Rock Your Life Retreat Peru (A plant medicine adventure including a trip to Machu Picchu, one on ones with a shaman and me, private yoga, all lodging, transportation once in Cusco and most meals. Feb 16-March 2nd)

Rock Your Life Costa Freakin Rica Adventure (A trip of epic proportions for live music adventurerers. Including surfing lessons, zip lining excursion, hikes, waterfalls, sunrises, yoga, meditation and private intimate concerts by the one and only Ryan Montbleau each night. All lodging, workshops, concerts, excursions, breakfasts and dinners included. Montezuma, Costa Rica March 13-18th)

See you somewhere in the world!

The magic in me sees the magic in you,

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Love Heals: Raise the Vibration of the World with Taraleigh and Oteil

Many people have told Oteil Burbridge and I that having a conversation with us is healing. It’s like an instant vibration raiser for everyone involved.

What if together we co-led a monthly call where in order for people to gain access, they donated to a cause of our choice?

What if this month we donated money to cover the legal fees of those put in jail for peacefully protesting at Standing Rock?

It was an obvious yes for the both of us and we would like to invite you to join us on our first call happening this Friday (November 4th) at 12pm est.


Donate HERE to receive the call in number. If you can’t attend live, you will receive an email with a recording shortly after.

Please share this post and this donation link with all your friends.
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A rainbow fart from a lactose intolerant unicorn who just ate fondue for dinner.

It’s been a moment since I last posted because I fell off my unicorn onto my sweet ass and landed smack in the middle of the village of Sucksville. I was lost on the intersection of PityParty Place and StuckInaRut Blvd and couldn’t find my map.  I looked down at my feet and saw I was wearing red ruby boots. Out of nowhere a beautiful good witch in a bubble appeared and told me that I had the power to go home to Magic and Miracletown all along. She was right, I did so I went home. True story.

The times in my life when I’ve felt the most lost/sad/disconnected/stuck was when I took myself too seriously. When my to-do list became a list of chores I dreaded and I just couldn’t seem to find the time to relax and have fun.

As a hard working citizen of America I thought that if I worked hard I would be successful and if I was successful I would be happy.

I prided myself on having Continue reading