When I have conversations with people about joining Rock Your Life Mentorship (my 6 month virtual coaching program for live music fans) some of them are really afraid to invest the money into themselves because they think they’ve never done it before and/or don’t see the value in doing so.
The truth is as music fans we are constantly investing time, energy and money into ourselves by purchasing tickets to shows and festivals, buying downloads of the epic shows we’ve attended, booking hotel rooms for multi-night runs, purchasing plane tickets to see our favorite bands in faraway lands etc.
We choose to invest in that way because we are putting our energy into something that we love that makes us feel really good. Shows are the places where we feel free to be our freaky selves and where we blow off steam and let loose while getting lost in a jam. Going to a really great show can keep us going in our daily lives for awhile until our batteries empty abruptly when we get a dose of “reality” if our “reality” isn’t in alignment with who we truly are.
If you added up all the money you’ve spent on live music experiences you would see that you are already a master in investing in yourself. If you look back you may have also noticed that even when you didn’t think you had the money for that NYE run five years ago, you somehow made it happen and the money appeared some how. It always does when you REALLY want to do something.
What if you could feel a little bit of that awesome feeling you feel at a really great show on a daily basis? What if you took off the mask of who you think you’re supposed to be and just started being you in all your magical glory? If you can feel amazing at a festival you can feel amazing anywhere. The festival lives within you and when you start to take baby steps towards rocking your life, life starts to feel like one big festival.
People often ask me what I do for “work” and one of the things I do that makes my heart sing is that I lead a virtual coaching program for live music fans called Rock Your Life Mentorship.
The mentorship provides so many amazing things for its participants (like community, accountability, the tools to manifest all the concert tickets you desire) and one of my favorite parts is when we get to connect with the mentors on the phone. Those calls are always magical because the people I pick are heart and soul centered, open and honest and ready to answer any questions that are brought to them by the participants. Even though some of them might be your idols that you put up on pedestals they are just like us. Sometimes they can’t get out of bed, sometimes they feel like their worlds are crashing down on them and sometimes they are afraid to step on the stage and play the first note.
We’ve gotten to talk to Oteil Burbridge from the Allman Brother’s Band and Dead and Company, Zach Deputy, Mike Rempel from Lotus, Eli Winderman from Dopapod, Matt Butler from Everyone Orchestra, Brock Butler from Perpetual Groove, Bill Carbone from Max Creek, Ryan Monbleau, Al Smith from American Babies and others.
Rock Your Life Mentorship is starting in November and our first mentor is photographer Jay Blakesberg. If you love live music and have seen photos from shows and festivals, chances are most of the really great ones came from Jay. He’s photographed everyone from the Grateful Dead to Paul Simon to Dave Matthews and everyone in between. His newest book (which I’m featured in) is called Hippie Chick: a Tale of Love, Devotion and Surrender.
This weekend I learned it’s time to stop pretending that I’m not a powerful leader. Even though I have been leading programs, retreats and day long events for awhile now, I felt as though I was wearing a leader mask because admitting that I was actually a leader was petrifying. I co-led a retreat for the people who participated in my Rock Your Life Mentorship that felt called for an in person experience. We met at a house that we rented on Lake Erie in a town that none of us had ever been to.
All weekend long those beautiful folks who were in attendance expressed their thanks to me for bringing them all together, for creating a magical safe space for them to explore their true authentic selves and for allowing others to take the lead and shine their lights too. At first I was Continue reading →
Many people come up to me and ask me how I’m happy and positive ALL the time. My answer is, “I’m not.”
Even though I am a sparkly unicorn, I’m also a human being. As a human being it’s impossible to be happy and positive ALL the time. Being happy all the time is like music without the rest symbol. It wouldn’t exist. The rest is just as important to the music as the notes.
Sadness is just as important to life as the happiness.
Festivals have their ups and downs too. At Grand Point North this year I witnessed Marco Benevento choosing to literally Continue reading →
I was at a rest area in upstate NY on my way to MayFest when I ran into a beautiful being. She stopped me and said something like, “Hi Taraleigh. I’m a huge fan of yours and I love your videos. They have really meant a lot to me and helped me to shift my life. Thank you.”
At first I felt a little embarrassed because I’m not cool enough to have a fan. Then it occurred to me that it’s not weird at all. I put everything that I learn out there into the world even though I have no idea how anyone is perceiving it or if anyone is even listening. Little signs like this are are messages to keep on doing what I’m doing. If even one person watches or reads something I put out there and it shifts something in them it’s worth a million hours of my time.
With that being said, I’m going to start recording weekly videos that give you a glimpse into my whacky world called Tuesdays with Taraleigh. This week I will give you a Magical Unicorn Card Reading. Who knows what next week has in store. Maybe I’ll bring you on a walk. Maybe I’ll teach you how to cook something. Maybe I’ll tell you a story. Without further ado, here’s this week’s video.
Let me know how his card resonated with you by leaving a comment below.
The awesome in me sees and bows to the awesome in you,
Everyone was put on this earth to shine their lovelights, but for some reason so many of us allow our lights to be dimmed for one reason or another. It’s so much easier to place blame on someone for dimming your lovelight instead of taking responsibility for it.
“It’s my boss’s fault. I get in trouble every time I shine too much so I turn my lovelight down.”
“It’s my husband’s fault. He’s constantly telling me why I’m inadequate and I start to believe him so I turn my lovelight down.”
“It’s my best friend’s fault. She passive aggressively makes comments about the awesome choices I’ve made in my life so in order to not make her feel bad about herself I turn my lovelight down.”
“It’s the winter’s fault. I don’t like the cold and the dark so I turn my lovelight down til summer.”
“It’s the rock in my front yard’s fault. Every time I go outside it looks down on me so I turn my lovelight down.”
We can place the blame on everyone and everything, but the truth is we are the only ones who have control over our lovelight switches and dimmers. It doesn’t matter what anyone else says or does to you. You are in control, not them. If someone is dimming your love light, you’re allowing it to happen.Continue reading →
I woke up and rolled over to grab my cell phone. I checked my emails. I mindlessly scrolled through my Facebook feed. Eventually I rolled out of bed and made my way to my computer. I would start working right away still in a sleepy fog. I would half ass work all morning. I would realize what time it was and jump up while in a major computer haze, run around my house like a maniac trying to get everything together for lunch, brush my teeth (because I forgot to earlier,) pee (holy moly I had to go so bad,) realize I don’t have time to shower, make lunch or walk into town to meet my husband for lunch so I drive and buy lunch and I stink.
I totally fell off my unicorn!
Sound familiar in your own personal way?
I started a morning routine and it shifted my morning in a major way. I decided I was going to party!
John Lennon was one of the most famous dreamers of our time. Dreaming is awesome and important, but problems arise when we become all dreams and no action. I was so guilty of this. I was an epic dreamer. I got high speaking about all the great ideas I had, the things I was going to do, and all the fabulous places I was going to travel. When it came to actually doing something about making those dreams become a reality, I got scared and and it paralyzed me. When obstacles pop up (which they always do if you’ve got big dreams), I came up with a million and one excuses (none of which were my fault) about why that dream didn’t pan out and then quickly schemed up a new and exciting dream to talk about. All dreams and no action.
I experienced a false sense of joy and satisfaction because it wasn’t real. I was living in a fantasy world.
By being a dreamer with no action, I also experienced harsh feelings of failure and often felt lost in the world. It was much easier to float above the clouds and start dreaming again. If you are like me and are a badass rebel, you will more than likely Continue reading →