I got chased by a wild hyena at MAYfest

This weekend was a time I have been looking forward to and afraid of for months. MAYfest (music, art and yoga) was happening and I was presenting three times! I was scheduled to do two lectures on my book The Sweet Ass Self-Help Book and a Live Music Blindfolded Chakra Balancing Dance Class.

I was so excited because this was my first time as a presenter at a festival.

I was scared because this was my first time as a presenter at a festival.

Fear and excitement are basically the same things. The only difference is there is breath in excitement.

I remember the first time I ever did a workshop for people. It was a Sugar Blues talk at a health food store that I had worked for at the time. The night before I threw up. I prayed that no one would show up. But people did and I spoke to them and I didn’t die. It was a miracle! This time I was normal person nervous which even though it can be very uncomfortable, is something I’m extremely grateful for. If I wasn’t afraid of anything I would hang out in tiger cages and jump out of planes without a parachute. Thank goodness I feel afraid of things or I would not be here writing these words. The fear that I felt did feel the same physically as if I was being chased by a wild hyena. I felt it and asked myself, “If I do this lecture and dance class is my life in danger?” The answer was obviously a no and so even though I felt the fear and every cell of my body was yelling, “Run!!!” I decided that I should feel the fear and do the classes anyway.

A couple of hours before my first lecture I was deciding if I should sit in my cabin and go over what I wanted to say and freak out a little or if I should go to Marti Nikko and DJ Drez’s yoga class. I chose Continue reading

Tuesdays with Taraleigh: Card 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,


Are you a weirdo like me?

I am a self-declared weirdo. In elementary school I desperately wanted to be one of the cool kids even though I had a belief that I was too weird to be accepted by them. I saw how they had this tribe-hood and I wanted in. It seemed from the outside that they were never lonely because they had all these people that were a part of their group. I was never invited to be a member of that group and never tried to form my own group. I was lonely…until high school.

Somehow a group of high schoolers who were as weird as me disguised as super smart kids who were at the top of the class, cheerleaders, sports stars, dancers, leads in the school musicals, singers, burnouts, artists and rebels all came together to form a tribe. We would meet before school for breakfast and wear bagels around our necks all day. We hung out after school and on the weekends. We went on vacations to the Jersey Shore together. We went on camping trips. We had sleepover parties. It was awesome!!!! Those beautiful souls were my first taste of being in a tribe.

As an adult I have found my tribe again. Because of the unconditional love I feel from my tribe I find myself making braver and braver choices in my life. I show them all the parts of me even my shadow side which makes them love me even more. They love the whole me, not just the pretty parts. I feel safe to share what’s true for me. I give support and I receive it. With my tribe by my side I know I can do anything I put my heart into because I have their unconditional support.

If you haven’t found your tribe yet, here are some tips on how to attract your unicorns (aka tribe)

Tips to attract your unicorns (aka tribe) 

  • Set the intention to be a part of a tribe Put it out there and be sure you are clear with your intentions. The Universe always has your back so state your yearning to be a part of the perfect tribe for you.

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