|Happy May, Soul Fam!|
Welcome to the fifth month of the year which, aside from signaling that flip flop weather is around the corner for most of us, holds a much deeper significance in numerology. Wiser and more intuitive people than yours truly have believed for centuries that the number “5” represents good fortune, curiosity, change, and freedom. An opportunity to pivot and release the “shackles of should.”
Nothing feels truer to me as we (cautiously) emerge from a global pandemic with a greater understanding of what matters most to us – individually and collectively. I invite each one of you to sit with what this means for you. Across all facets of your life: relationships, family, work, finances, physical/mental/emotional health, etc. How and where do you have the opportunity to pivot, to embrace change, to create freedom? If not now, then when?
We’re right there with you. Cue Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’” for a little musical prelude to how we’re embracing the magic of “5” at Soulbbatical this month:
My Soul Sister Laurie Arron has stepped into the business as Partner and Chief Wing Woman. She’s the Gayle to my Oprah (and so much more). I spent a glorious week of connection and creation at her home in Texas on my way from LA back to Chicago. We can’t wait to share with this community our juicy plans to inspire, lead, transform, and impact.
Rebel Souls podcast is moving to a new home at Soulfire Productions! It’s a beautiful match in more than name alone. The plan is to relaunch with even more badassery for you next month (June). In the meantime, thank you for bearing with us through a little transitional turbulence, e.g., fewer episodes in April and May.
And, yes, even this newsletter is a-changin’. As with everything we do, it’s a work-in-progress, listen-to-those-we-love, and FITFO-as-we-go situation. (If you don’t know what it means to FITFO, here’s a little refresher from last month.) I can’t spill all the beans just yet, but I can tell you that you’ll be getting more love in smaller doses. Soul Fuel and then some. How’s that for a teaser?
And that’s only the beginning. Read on, fuel up, and pivot like a mofo this month. I can already see the tips of your gorgeous wings poking out of that cocoon!
WHO OR WHAT IS INTRIGUING ME AT THE MOMENT
|The smell of rebellion is in the air – and on the screen(s). We’ve just finalized a Soulbbatical feature film treatment pitch deck to share with some friendlies in and around the movie biz. Yep, for reals (or reels if you’re feeling punny).|
We’re calling it Rebel Souls. It’s a fictional adaptation of my book that taps into the post-pandemic cultural zeitgeist – the reality that more of us are feeling unfulfilled, burned out, and stuck than ever before. The characters come to terms with the challenges and disappointments of living the life they’re “supposed” to and learn the bravery of living life on their own terms. Imagine a modern day Eat, Pray, Love or Wild. We’re coming for you, Reese Witherspoon!
This is by no means a done deal – or even a sure thing – but it’s what we’re calling a sexy side project. A “why the hell not” shot in the dark because we’ve gotten a few nudges from the Universe. Sometimes placing a handful of small bets is all it takes (hint hint).
And could it be a coincidence that a new show called Rebel – starring Katey Sagal (one of my faves) as a kickass Erin Brockovich-inspired character – debuted on ABC last month? And that the show title is in an almost identical graffiti font to Soulbbatical? Nope. No coincidences in this life. (But you already knew that.)
Grab your popcorn and watch this space, my friends. (Oh, and feel free to drop me an email if you know anyone in our extended Soul Fam who’s shopping for book-to-movie projects.)
WHAT’S GOT MY ORANGE HIGHLIGHTER IN OVERDRIVE
|Confession: I used to love getting lost in fiction, especially anything by Gabriel Garcia Marquez or Jhumpa Lahiri, but that flame flickered when I fell headlong down the personal development rabbit hole four-ish years ago. I became obsessed with any and all non-fiction that could potentially illuminate my soul journey (or business). I started reading for purpose, not pleasure. I literally forgot that reading can be fun AND fiction can be just as thought-provoking as non-fiction. (Insert face palm here.)|
Enter a 34-hour solo drive from LA to Chicago last month and a few unexpected recos from my well-read friend and book coach, Patti M. Hall. The journey quickly became an audiobook binge-o-rama featuring, you guessed it, fiction first. Specifically, a Matt Haig lovefest.
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig now has a permanent place on my all-time favorite books list — and I suspect I’ll be recording a solo podcast inspired by the book very soon. I’m cutting and pasting the book’s description here because I can’t do a better job than this gem: “Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?” The only thing I have to add is READ IT NOW (and carve out space to reflect on your own life’s possibilities).
I also just finished Haig’s How to Stop Time and pre-ordered his upcoming book called The Comfort Book. Seems I’m headed down a new rabbit hole. 😉
I’m curious, what did you used to love that might have (inadvertently) gotten buried in the back closet of your life? How can you reconnect with it?
WHO/WHAT/WHERE IS GIVING ME ROCKET FUEL
|Please tell me I’m not the only one who binged the whole season of Get Organized with The Home Edit on Netflix in less than a week. I don’t have an organizational bone in my body but, damn, I love to dream about opening my closets to awesome versus avalanche.|
To be honest, even more than their colorful approach to life, I love The Home Edit philosophy. In their words, “Our goal from the very beginning was to change the way people think about organizing. It doesn’t have to be a chore, it’s actually a form of self-care.” A form of self-care! Hell Yes. I’d go so far as to say that it’s soul care or, better yet, soul liberation.
That’s exactly how I feel after dedicating this past week to a full-on, spring cleaning-inspired home purge and re-organization. While it started with stuff, I pretty quickly realized that these physical purges are a gateway to the metaphorical as well. Releasing books and bags and bikes I’d clung to for far too long led to confronting equally long-held beliefs that are no longer serving me (or the mission of Soulbbatical). I finally let go of the last of my wedding photos (and the belief that I’m a failure at marriage); a love poem embossed on leather from an ex-flame (and the belief that I’ll be alone for the rest of my life); and a ridiculous amount of way-too-small clothing that made me feel bad about myself every time I walked into my closet (and the belief that I’m not beautiful if I can’t fit into an old size 8 dress). Good riddance.
Call it what you want – self-care, soul care, a soul enema. The process is invaluable. I feel free, spacious, and liberated from the static that was (unknowingly) clogging my channels. Who wants to join me?!
Shout out to the fab team at Chicago Organized Home (run by my friend Pam Sherman) for guiding me through the purge gently yet insistently, and making my closets and drawers look like I was on an episode of The Home Edit. (The pic in the header here is my new Zen Den with books organized by color! #lifegoals)
P.S. More spring cleaning tips from The Home Edit here if you’ve caught rainbow re-org fever, too!
P.P.S. My badass friend and sustainability expert Ashlee Piper – who just made her second appearance on The Today Show in a week! (#mediagoals) – reminds us not to donate indiscriminately. Many donation centers are completely overwhelmed because of the pandemic so our charity risks going directly into landfills instead of loving homes. She encourages us to be discerning with our donations – and to call ahead to ensure they can accept what we have to give. While some of my goods went to Salvation Army, the majority of my nice clothing, shoes/boots, accessories, bags, etc. went to Wings, in support of domestic violence survivors. They welcomed the donations with open arms. Win-win.
PODCAST EPISODES, VIDEOS, OR WORDS OF WISDOM
FROM MY TRIBE
|We may be working on a few changes to Rebel Souls behind the scenes, but we’re still serving up incredible fucking guests. In fact, two of my favorite episodes dropped in April:|
Nick Onken Rebelling FOR Living Your Fullest Expression – Aside from the fact that I’m obsessed with his custom hats, and finally have space in my closet for one (!), there is so much depth to this guy. He’s not only a celebrity photographer, he’s also a creative alchemist and spiritual gangster. He encourages each of us to follow our white rabbit on the journey to our truth. Have a listen to find out what that means.
Lindsay Stein Rebelling FOR Bravery – This is a reunion with a Soul Sister who left the world of journalism to make a bigger, bolder impact in the not-for-profit space. She’s now CEO of the life-changing organization Today, I’m Brave. We talk about how each of us can unlock our bravery – as children, humans, and leaders. The stories alone are gold. This conversation is off the charts on the goosebumps scale.
Stay tuned for May episodes with Chris Tuff, Bestselling Author of The Millennial Whisperer and upcoming Save Your Asks, and Mark Silverman, Leadership Coach and Author of Only 10s 2.0 (the book I’ve referenced on many occasions in this newsletter and on the podcast!).
I’m here for each and every one of you. Shoot me an email and let me know what lit your soul on fire, what shifted your perspective for the weeks or months ahead, and/or how I can support you in any way. And, if you’ve read Soulbbatical or listened to Rebel Souls, I’d be so grateful for a review on Amazon, Goodreads, or your favorite pod platform. Reviews are a vote of confidence that encourage kindred souls to make the leap!
And don’t be shy. If you love what you’re reading in this newsletter, please share it with friends, family, clients, and colleagues who need a little more Soul Fuel in their lives. I mean, in this day and age, don’t we all?
Stay safe and soul-full my friends. I appreciate you all. Sending loads of rebel love your way.
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