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10 Must Read Inspirational Books - thru August 2018

If you know me, you are aware that I'm an avid reader. In fact, it is August 2018, and I've already found the time to enjoy 90 books for the year. https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/2930413-kristina Less than 1% of my time is spent in front of the television as it holds ZERO interest for me.

Below is a list of my most recent favorite inspiring books. They have helped me stay my path towards spiritual enlightenment as well as my path to career growth. Enjoy! Please share your thoughts on these books or others you think I would love!


1. Rise Sister Rise - Rebecca Campbell
Rise Sister Rise
2. Light is the New Black - Rebecca Campbell
Light is the New Black
3. Soul Shifts: Transformative Wisdom for Creating a Life of Authentic Awakening, Emotional Freedom, and Practical Spirituality - Barbara De Angeles
Soul Shifts

4. The Basics of Mysticism, Defining the Six Facets of Spiritual Development - Mischa Alyea
Basics of Mysticism

5. The Warrior Goddess Way, Claiming the Woman you are Dest…

Playground Mommies or Daddies

Things do not always go according to our dream.Back when I was pregnant, I dreamed of the day when I would take my little girl to the playground. She would play with the other children while I would become fast friends with the other moms bonding over parenthood responsibilities. Ha! Yeah, Right!

Fellow moms rarely glace up from their phones to watch their children at play, let alone have an in person conversation. Half the time, I’m even given the side eye. Like I don’t notice the unusual twist of your neck or your eyeballs bugging out at the side of your eyes trying to get a good look at me. Now…dads on the other hand seem to like conversation and bonding over parenting. As a generalization, they seem to enjoy watching their kids at play rather than looking at their phone.
Don’t get me wrong, I have an addition to my phone as well, but I’m too darn afraid my two year old will take off running in the opposite direction to look down at my phone longer than it takes me to attempt to cap…

Friday Funnies

Oh, the difficulty and drama of Friday mornings. Having to wake up early when all you really want to do is lie in bed and daydream. A toddler who wants to stay home to play rather than get dressed for daycare.

This Friday morning was no different. Mommy lounging a little longer in bed while my two year old was eating her breakfast and watching her morning shows. Suddenly I heard a bit of giggling. Giggling from a two year can never be good! I jumped out of bed to find my child gleefully slathering on a thick layer of hand soap across her face, in her hair, down her arms and legs. I'm already running late from my longer bout of lounging and now I need to give her a bath. Lovely. Just so you know, it takes A LOT of scrubbing to get all that soap and subsequent bubbles off.

We finally get in the car and are almost to daycare when I hear the Velcro on her shoes. Great, now she is taking off her shoes and won't want to put them back on. No problem...she is almost her daycare's …

Lionsgate 8/8/18

Lion's Gate is here! What exactly is this in astrological terms, you ask?

Lion's Gate portal opening occurs annually during the astrological sign of Leo, i.e. the name lion.  Each year on August 8, the portal known as Lion's Gate opens. This event is a cosmic alignment between the planet Earth, the star Sirius, and the Galactic Center. To be exact, Sirius, the brightest star we can see from Earth, lines up directly with the pyramids in Giza. In ancient time, the Nile river rose in response to this event signifying abundance. This alignment allows an influx of cosmic energy flow between the physical and spiritual realms. When all three shift into alignment, a period of awakening and accelerated ascension begins.

The number eight represent balance between the material and immaterial worlds. This is a time for solar plexus work to regain our balance, confidence, and energy. Release your over-stressed self!

Take this to time reflect on big things such as relationships, career …

Be the Hot Pink in a Sea of Black

Talk to almost anyone about me, and you will hear that I always seem to walk to the beat of my own drum. I do my own thing whether that includes spontaneously moving for a new job, showing up for an accountants interview with purple hair or choosing to have a child on my own.

Years ago, I was that gal who wore bright pinks and yellows to my stodgy professional job. Just before an important interview, I freshened up the purple in my hair, so it wouldn't look too faded. Why wear matching earrings, right? 

Eventually life got heavy, so I found it easier to conform to the "norms" laid out before me. My wake up call came when I decided to do the single mommy by choice thing. Out came the bright clothes, mismatched earrings, and bright lipsticks. I flung that door wide open and stepped back into the light of my true self. I am filled with such genuine happiness and joy of living my best and true life.

As long as you are mindful and harm nobody, be yourself. Don't let anybody …

Lost in the Struggle

As I begin another work work, I take this time to reflect and remember my gratitude.

Many years ago, I started along my path towards "self". What is my purpose? Is my purpose to work to pay bills and eventually die without leaving a legacy? I sure hope not. My road has had many twists, turns, and road blocks along the way, and I constantly remind myself that I'm still evolving but am already a totally different person than I was back then.

As a child growing up in the United States Midwest, I was raised Catholic. I rebelled against the thought of going to church or taking any religion classes. For this, I was thankful for a public school education. Even though I refused so much of this religious education, some lessons seeped through regardless.

As a young adult I moved far from that life in the Midwest to sunny Southern California where there is no "normal". Even with so much open to me, I floated through my 20's completely lost. I didn't feel a purpo…