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How To Make An Epic Gratitude List

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I love this time of year, especially being in the coaching and personal development world.

Over the next two days and beyond, we’ll receive a veritable smorgasbord (ha! I kill me!) of posts on gratitude, love, appreciation and giving thanks.

I say, bring it on!

It’s time to double down on the gratitude – especially this year.

And it’s the perfect time of the year to start, or renew, a gratitude practice.

Now, I’d bet a milkshake that you already have a bunch of gratitude tools in your toolkit.  (Indeed, I realized today that this is our second article on gratitude in less than two months.)

I’d like to add to that by giving you one of my all-time favorites.  (And it’s something I’ve never shared before.)

I call it – The Epic Gratitude List.

Its origins are in a practice an old friend taught me many years ago, called The List of 100.  (You can steal this too.)

The List of 100 is a list of one hundred things you’d like to be / do / have / experience in the coming year.

Some are big.  Some are small.  Some are really 3-year and 10-year goals.  The point is not to do all of them (though you will many of them, especially if you print your list off and tape it to the wall, like I do), but to list them all and put down what you really want.

So we’ll get back to that a little later (though if you want to start your List of 100, by all means go for it)… for now, you can see where this is going.

The Epic Gratitude List is a list of 100 people, situations, experiences and things you’re grateful for right now.

Some are big.  Some are small.  It really doesn’t matter.

What DOES matter is that you get them down, because the goal of this is to create a tangible, physical representation of the abundance you already have.

So what makes The Epic Gratitude List really special?

The length, for one. Sure you may be checking in with gratitude every day… or making a list of 5 or 10 things…

… but how often do you make a list of ONE HUNDRED THINGS you’re grateful for?

Answer: probably not very often.

The point here is to dig deep – go past the usual stuff you give thanks for every day, and really notice the good things all around you. And how many good things you have.

Another point of The Epic Gratitude List is evidence.

Have you ever noticed that when you’re feeling like sh*t, it’s really hard to make the gratitude list?

I mean, here it is supposed to be this high-vibe tool and all… and it is. But when you’re in the thick of it, you may have noticed that gratitude can be really hard to access.

That’s when you pull out The Epic Gratitude List and look at the facts.

The “squishymind” – as my husband puts it – has a really hard time arguing with the facts on the ground. Which means it’s really, really handy to have the right kinds of lists (those with evidence of awesomeness) at your disposal.

So over the next couple of days, when we’re all swimming in the sea of gratitude… I invite you to make an Epic Gratitude List. Not just for now, but for the days where you’re not. (Not swimming in the sea of gratitude, that is.)

And if you really want to go the distance – I invite you to blow past 100 and go all the way to 1000!

One more thing about this practice – and it’s really the only “rule,” per se…

Make your Epic Gratitude List fast.

This is not the time for overthinking. This is the time for gratitude momentum. Plus, it’s always fascinating to see the order in which it comes out. And what we forget. (No judgment, just fascinating and you can always add more later.)

To inspire you, I’ve included my own Epic Gratitude List for this year. I made it in about 40 minutes.

To your health, wealth, joy and LOVE this Thanksgiving. I am grateful for you!

Elizabeth’s Epic Gratitude List, 2016

  1. Leland, the love of my life.
  2. Brigit, our bright arrow and the other love of my life.
  3. The ridiculously epic amount of relationship work that both Leland and I have done this year, and all that has transpired as a result. (This is something I’ve been quiet about but will share more later.)
  4. My immediate family – J, H, A, M, L, M, J, and…
  5. Leland’s immediate family – H, M, J, G, B, and…
  6. Michele, Michelle, Nancy, Shannon, Jolanta, Kris, Melissa – the core 7-Figure Goddess team of this past year.
  7. Sarah, Tim, AJ and Maya – team for what’s coming next!
  8. Jim and Cyndi Padilla, for enrollment support and deep friendship. Jim, I love you.
  9. All of the strategists on our enrollment team, past and present.  Denise, Cindi, Debbie, Nachhi, etc etc etc
  10. Joni, John L, Greg and Francine – our legal and finance team
  11. The women of the Desire Mastermind, past and present
  12. The women (and cool guys!) of Goddess Business School and Platinum Program Secrets, past and present
  13. The women – and yes cool guys too! – of the Feminine Magic® trainings that have allowed me to develop this work
  14. The women and men of our 7-Figure Goddess circle
  15. The women and men of our extraordinary 7-Figure Goddess doTERRA team
  16. Bernadette Doyle, for helping me see what’s possible
  17. Justin Livingston, for his marketing genius, love and who he BE
  18. American Express! Good golly, I frickin’ love Amex and how easy they make everything
  19. Chase Bank. They have been incredibly helpful to me and their client care, even when you call the call center, feels local. An impressive feat.
  20. All the other financial institutions I use, including Direct Pay and our local credit union
  21. Kiyla Fenell, my mommy she-ro and the classiest essential oils leader ever
  22. Rachael Jayne Groover, for such grace, class and amazing work in the world
  23. Susan Peirce Thompson, for Bright Line Eating
  24. Jeff Walker and what he created
  25. Jennifer Longmore, for who she BE and all she has taught me
  26. Women & men of the LEAP and the Rockstar 100 – Vanessa, Pamela, Amy, Darla, Shelley, Kristin ST, and everyone I’m forgetting in this list-making whirlwind
  27. Elayne Kalila Doughty, Ariel Spillsbury and the women of the 13 Moon Mystery School
  28. Mitch Horowitz, for all he does to raise the standards and image of esoteric work (a true friend on the path)
  29. David Neagle, for who he BE and all that he has taught me
  30. Tony Pennells and Makaylah Rogers, for all they are doing to change money consciousness on the planet
  31. doTERRA Essential Oils, for being such a commitment to the health of the planet
  32. Athena Perrakis and Sage Goddess, for leading the way raising the standards and caliber of magical supplies – and of course all the cool stuff 🙂
  33. Being so present in Brigit’s life – being able to spend so much time with her at this stage
  34. Jesse & Sharla, and all in the Leaders for Conscious Entrepreneurship
  35. Gary Salyer, for his mad phat ninja NLP skills
  36. Linda, Scott, Julia, Christy and all the PDX crüe
  37. Scott and SARK for all of their support & FB love this year!
  38. For all our partners, for spreading the word about our work this year
  39. Denise DT – for all of the partner support, friendship and late-nite messaging!
  40. The Akashic Records and to the Recordkeepers for all of their guidance
  41. Doreen, Delores, Dion, Maud, Moina, Annie, Florence, Pixie, Mary K and all the women magicians and priestesses of the Western Esoteric tradition who came before me (yeah, ok, so this is a big one)
  42. Neuro-Linguistic programming and all of its influence on my life and Feminine Magic®
  43. Amy Brucker, Carolin Hauser and past GBS clients (they may or may not know who they are) who inspire me to be the best Feminine Leader possible
  44. That I get to do what I do. Hello, amazingness-still-need-to-pinch-myself.
  45. Carey Peters, for being a friend through it all
  46. Wald & Ruth Ann, my early Tarot teachers. To Wald for a middle-of-the-night emergency phone call last year that changed everything.
  47. The Entelechy Girls and my old school spiritual family
  48. Always having an abundance of money in the bank account
  49. The knowledge of how to create an abundance of money or anything else, regardless of what is going on
  50. The amazingness of how the community around me has shown up during the post-election craziness
  51. All those fighting for what’s right, everywhere
  52. Cutting all ties with those who are not as I thought they were; who I am as a result
  53. The iPhone, Macbook Air and all of the other technology that makes life easy
  54. Uber!! Love me the Uber.
  55. For all the basics: our homes, running water, lights, electricity, etc. May I never take any of that for granted
  56. Really good manicures 🙂
  57. The immense amount of personal freedom I enjoy
  58. Lee Milteer – another sister on the magical path and a true role model
  59. Baeth Davis, for not letting me cop out on myself
  60. For 3 altars and everything on them and the ease of access to such high-quality magical tools. (The me of 20 years ago wouldn’t know what to do with herself)
  61. The Portland Airport. The Port of Portland is truly the BEST.
  62. The outdoors, nature, the sun on my face and yes the rain as well
  63. Long walks in Macleay Park
  64. The Oregon Coast, especially Cannon Beach and the Surfsand Inn
  65. Laguna Beach – Rich German I’m coming to hang out with you!!
  66. The Science of Getting Rich – this book has changed my life so many times
  67. The myriad of slow cookers in my kitchen (a guilty pleasure, guys – you have no idea how obsessed I am with my slow cooker)
  68. The remarkable nannies, teachers and caretakers who have enriched Brigit’s life this year
  69. Roasted Brussels sprouts, which may be entirely responsible for my 25-lb weight loss
  70. Morning walks with my two loves
  71. Date nights
  72. Half-million dollar launches – and the knowledge to reach $1m and beyond in a single launch next year
  73. Pink Sakura Gelly Roll pens, Levenger paper
  74. The Celtic Holidays channel on Pandora
  75. Lee’s Vision Quest – what an incredible experience!
  76. The ability to work from home and all of the amazing freedoms it provides
  77. Sedona, AZ – here’s to spending even more time there
  78. The Core Manifesting Process (the manifesting process at the heart of our Feminine Magic® trainings), and all that it has empowered me to create
  79. Snuggle time with my man
  80. Snuggle time with the Girl
  81. Leland / Elizabeth / Brigit / all-three-together
  82. Coloring time with the Girl; the adult coloring craze
  83. Saturday morning Mommy / Brigit breakfasts
  84. Watching Brigit develop language
  85. Helping Brigit create her first altar
  86. A morning ritual that really works
  87. All of the parenting joys, lessons and experiences of the year
  88. The way that magic has worked its way into public consciousness – again, unimaginable to my 24-year old self (DR. STRANGE the movie, anyone?)
  89. Benedict Cumberbatch (hey, while I’m at it 🙂 )
  90. The essential oils in the diffuser right now (Wild Orange and Frankincense); plus the vast collection scattered all over the house
  91. Really, really high quality food in ample supply
  92. Oregon farmers markets (see above)
  93. Custom-made clothing on Etsy
  94. Clients and friends who have been with me since the start of my business or even before, who have watched me evolve and grow
  95. Bee, Kat, and old friends from way, way back
  96. New York City, and all the years I spent there
  97. The New York City magical community and all it taught me (and still teaches me)
  98. Mark Waid, for who he BE and all he taught me
  99. Hillary Clinton, for all that she is
  100. Donald Trump, for so clearly illuminating what needs to be healed
  101. Universal Law – all the ways it empowers us and all that it demands of us
  102. All of those out there working on behalf of others who do not have the conscious awareness (yet) of how powerful they really are
  103. For the ability to ask and then have it be given
  104. Yes, for the lavender Michael Kors handbag that ended the search for the perfect handbag 🙂
  105. My trusty Plantronics telephone and headset
  106. $5 million in revenue in 7 years (!!!)

And the list goes on and on….

For more ways to express your gratitude, see Gratitude Practices of A 7-Figure Businesswoman.

Feeling Like A Fraud? Read This…

Up early working on a new program. Well, it’s actually a program I did 3 years ago – the Feminine Magic® Master Class. We’re doing a reboot with a new title and updated content.

Some of you may remember this program – we offered it at right around this time of year. (3 years ago, we were right in the thick of it.)

What you probably don’t know is how much of a NERVOUS WRECK I was about offering it. I was sure I didn’t know what I was talking about. “OMG what if I get it wrong? What if I don’t know BOO about these Laws after all? What if I don’t know BOO about magic? I’ll be outed as a fraud! The elders will smote me down with thunderbolts!”

I was paralyzed writing the sales page. I remember calling up Julia in a panic and she talked me off the ledge (as well as clarified what the lead should be – thanks again for that, lady 😉 ).

And then… nonetheless…

People went GA-GA over the program. Listened to it over and over again, posted breakthrough after breakthrough in the Facebook group, and started manifesting their Desires left and right.

Re-reading & re-listening now, there is more I want to add and some important changes I wish to make for clarity. It’s also time to get the information into the hands of a lot more people.

But the core of it? Still right on the money.

So. Couple things…

1. Your thoughts, feelings and perceptions are not truth. Ever, ever, ever.

They represent what you currently *believe* is possible in any given moment. And in any given moment, an infinite number of alternative possibilities exist simultaneously. Soooo ironic that I missed this when I was teaching about it! (It’s covered in class 2 of the program.) Ah, but so human, too.

The “what if I’m a fraud?” running commentary was complete crap. And had I let it take me out, I would have cut short the countless miracles that came as a result of that program – including mine.

2. Your energy matters more than anything.

Despite the “fraud” story on endless loop in my head, I said, “F*ck this, this is my purpose, I am doing it anyway.” Then I laced up the priestess platforms every night and gave it 1000%.

There was a transmission in those classes that was far more powerful than any of the content – and the content is pretty dang powerful. (I should say “there IS a transmission” because you can still hear it in the recordings.)

THAT is what really mattered, and impacted our peeps the most.

3. No amount of success changes your human-ness.

I’ve heard that Johnny Carson would get nervous before his monologue right until the curtain came up… and that this went on until his last show.

Every person who you think has it all together has their moments of being a nervous wreck, especially when they are about to do something that cuts to the core of who they Are. Hell, I could barely get out of bed for the 3 months that I was launching Goddess Business School® for the first time. Why? Because I outed myself as priestess, that’s why. Very loudly and publicly. In 2010.

Remember, your thoughts, feelings and perceptions are not truth. Instead of putting someone else on a pedestal, pour that energy into ANOTHER part of your human-ness, which is – you have everything you need, within you and with Her (or Him, or Source, or Spirit, or the Infinite Creative Life Force, or whatever you call it) to BE who you are meant to be.

So what are you holding back on? What are YOU not saying, doing or launching because of the running commentary?

None of it is true, and there are ways around it, and ways to release the story once and for all, so you can experience the growth and expansion you are wired for, while changing everything and everyone you touch along the way.

I know “your people are waiting for you” is an industry cliché.

But you know what? Cliché only become clichés when there’s truth to them. 🙂

If you’re curious about the Feminine Magic® Master Class, you can get it here:

http://www.femininemagicmasterclass.com/

(And yes – I admit it! That sales page STILL makes me cringe!)

Bring it…

Gave a consultation to the coolest woman today…

She has been coaching since the early 80’s after doing a 2-year full time coach training in London – this is pre-Thomas Leonard days. Has been teaching on Universal Law for longer than some modern teachers have been on the planet. Lives the principles in a way that would fry the synapses of most of us. For years.

I have always been a big nerd for magical history, and lineage.  Felt like I was talking with someone tapped into the energy that has been trying to make its way forward for some time. And also aware of just how far forward these ideas have come.

5 years ago, I was told by the Goddess, “Your whole big point here is to bring magic to the mainstream.” Well, the new mainstream is already here and there is a whole ARMY of people out there, many of them heart-centered entrepreneurial women, who are doing just that, whether they know it or not.

There was a time when I was triggered by this, big time. “But… but… *I* want to be the Goddess!”

Now I’m just excited.

In our little insulated world here in the coaching / marketing “fishbowl,” it’s easy to believe that everyone and their mom knows this stuff. That “it’s all been done” or there are “too many” people teaching the same old thing.

I say, not so. There is a TON of consciousness out there that needs changing. If we want to create that ripple effect we all keep talking about, we all have to step up to the frickin’ plate.

And that means – know your stuff. Study. (And by that I mean, implement and create a new experience.) Question. Make a commitment that you’re not going to just pay lip service to “becoming who you really are” but that you’ll do the challenging, gratifying work of shedding the layers and coming from Essence.

We are all being asked to be the best teachers and best models we can possibly be. #‎bringit

Meanwhile, on that new mainstream thing, this article is pretty interesting.

My Top 5 Money Breakthrough Books Of 2014

So before we get too whipped up in the woo-hoo that is 2015… got one more end-of-year wrap-up for you.

I’ll be straight up as always: I haven’t had a ton of space for reading this year.  (Be it baby, business or Feminine Magic®, I’ve been in full-on immersion mode of one kind or another all year long.)

But I did read some money books.  Some really, really good money books.

In my business school for conscious women entrepreneurs  we focus on the money.  A lot.  The whole name of our game is income breakthroughs.  Because highly awakened, conscious women with money will change the world.

As with all good things, income breakthroughs start with relationship: paying attention, getting to know and learning as much as you can about the object of your dizzying affection.  In this case, your money.

So getting some money reading in is a good thing and we had some gems this past year.   Without further ado, here are my top 5 favorite money books for 2014.

(Note: not all of these were published in 2014; in fact, one of them is creakyold.  Good reads are timeless, are they not?)

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1. Profit First, Mike Michalowicz

Holy freakin’ sh*t – if there is one book on this list that will change your life, this is it.

Okay, so ALL of these books can change your life.  But this one is especially mission critical for entrepreneurs who are struggling with the fact that it’s so easy to make money (yes, really) and yet so frickin’ hard to keep money.

Just about every successful woman entrepreneur I know has had to deal with the feast-or-famine rollercoaster.  This book presents a clear, simple, no-nonsense solution that goes to work immediately.  Mike makes some bold promises, such as to deliver a simple system to transform any business from a cash-eating monster to a money-making machine and a way to turn a profit on your very next deposit and the power to guarantee that profitability.  And then he keeps them – in a simple, elegant, anyone-can-do-it way.

Best of all, Mike is a guy who’s been there.  Every entrepreneur who has ever felt shame around her money situation will be heartened by his personal story of cash crash and redemption.  He gets it, he really gets it.  And he’s gonna love you back to financial wholeness.

If you’re running your own business, this one is not optional.

2. Money: Master The Game, Tony Robbins

Another gamechanger.   Tony has worked a slew of money miracles in this book, not the least of which being, oh, I don’t know, convincing the best financial minds on the planet to dole out real-world investment action plans that are actually workable and about as near-foolproof as you can get.  Talk about leveling the playing field.

Aside from its practicality, what I love most about this book is the heart and intention with which it was created.  Tony wrote it because we desperately need a better way, and despite a ton of promises, our government has yet to step up to the plate to provide it.  So he wrote this 600-page breezy read (!) that lays a path to financial freedom that anyone can follow.

Then he donated all his royalties to charity.  In advance.

This is what personal mastery, power and influence are for.  Us new feminine money models can learn a thing or two about a thing or two from Tony’s example.

3. The Law of Divine Compensation, Marianne Williamson

We all know that our current paradigms of money and wealth aren’t working.  The question is, what does?

Enter Marianne, with this simple, elegant book of metaphysical teachings applied to wealth, or as she puts it, “a guide to spiritual principles that pave the way to material abundance.”

Metaphysical teaching, applied to wealth or anything else, is a lifelong study.  At the end of the day, the principles are simple but not obvious.  This book is a perfect primer and full of Goddess Winks – those transmissions direct from the Divine that you need to hear in the moment, the moment that you hear them.

4. You Too, Can Be Prosperous, Robert A Russell

This is one of those metaphysical classics you’ve probably never heard of.  It’s the one I had in my back pocket on walks with my daughter, at the beginning of the year when we were re-launching The Essentials Training.

The launch of Essentials was a huge financial risk, because we’d set aside all of our other winning programs to focus on it.  Indeed, almost none of the revenue from Goddess Business School® in 2014 came from ANY of the programs that comprised the bulk of our revenue in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

So I needed something that was going to keep my head on straight and aligned with the Truth-with-a-capital-T: that there are Laws, and we can lean into those Laws, and when we act according to Law, we can expect specific outcomes, every time, without fail.

While this is not the only text out there that will serve this purpose for you, it’s a good one.  For us, it directly lead to  exceeding our revenue for yet another year in a row, from what were essentially all-new income streams.  For that it earns a place on the list.

5. Sacred Success: A Course In Financial Miracles, Barbara Stanny

A brilliant concept whose time has truly come, this book is a step-by-step primer on how to claim your power as a woman by taking control of your finances and creating true wealth and freedom, in alignment with those metaphysical principles and Laws again. The work is up to you, but with this powerhouse of a book at your side, you’ll have a path to follow.

BONUS: One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life, Mitch Horowitz

Not a money book per se, but as this will be the only book roundup for 2014, I had to mention it.

I met Mitch after his first book came out (Occult America).  I instantly recognized him as a kindred spirit – someone who has devoted his life to legitimizing the esoteric ideas that have become the foundation of modern Western cultural thinking.  (Note: the man is the longtime EIC of Tarcher/Penguin  arguably the best and most respected publisher of transformational books out there.)

Here he presents a meticulously researched, fair and downright fun history of the one simple idea that has shaped us the most: thoughts are things.

If you’re a teacher of prosperity consciousness, magic, manifestation, Universal Law or New Thought, you need to read Mitch’s book.  Because you need to get schooled in where sh*t actually comes from if you’re going to be passing the torch.  And did I mention that it’s a fun read?

Also not-to-be-missed is Mitch’s Facebook page, where you can find pictures of him sporting the best damn collection of classic rock T-shirts ever.  And me, gushing.

Finally, a special shout-out…

To our client Kate Large, whose Game Of Life Workbook hit the charts this year.   In mid-2013, Kate left a voicemail : “Elizabeth, Florence told me I’m supposed to call you.”  Thus began the launch of her workbook based on Florence Scovel Shinn’s prosperity manual, with accompanying online course.  It’s a true co-creation with not only Spirit, but Florence herself, and brings this important work to an all-new audience.  I still feel way blessed that we were a part of it.

Go here to find out more about the workbook and Kate’s course.  (The course may be closed – get on the waiting list – but you can find the workbook on Amazon.)  Or here to check out the rest of Kate’s work.

And there we have it – prosperity classics new and old, to dig into in the new year.  May 2015 bring wealth for all.

Love and magic,

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Dear 2014…

Dear 2014,

Wow, what a year you were.  You lit me up, and you kicked my ass in a major way.  Here are my favorite things that I’m celebrating about you, and the two BIG learnings of the year.

1. On the personal side, hands down the biggest celebration is the Goddess Girl Child known as Brigit Aurelia.  She is happy.  She is healthy.  She is snuggly.  She is freaking smart and beautiful.  We spent an extraordinary amount of time with her, that I would not trade for anything.  Ultimately she is secure in knowing our love for her.

2. Also on the personal side, Leland and I grew in major ways through our care for Brigit and our second year of navigating this crazy thing called parenthood.  Leland, I love you so much and I am so proud of us.

3. On the business side, hands down the biggest celebration is our Essentials Training program.  We rebooted, relaunched and served the hell out of nearly 100 women, many of whom tell us it’s the best training they’ve ever been in and it’s where they FINALLY started making the money they deserve.  We also relaunched Get Clients In 30 Days and served nearly 400 women in that program.

4. The community in Essentials is the most connected and rock solid of any I’ve ever facilitated.  I’ve hit my stride in bringing women together and it only goes up from here.

5. My coaching is also at an all-time high level of mastery.  I think back to even 1 year ago (let alone 3 years ago) and it’s like night and day.

6. Speaking of coaching, I mentored a frickin’ coaching team.  It’s the most challenging thing I’ve done in business so far.  I made huge mistakes and on a scale of 1 to 10, I’d say my mastery level here is about a 5.  But I’m celebrating the sh*t out of it, because the lessons were priceless and I know that ultimately, our team is what makes Goddess Business School® great.  Also, all of our coaches this year ROCKED and our clients are getting served like few are delivering in this industry.

7. Last year I set a clear intention to call in more community and it’s happening.  Deepening relationships with my Portland posse, entrepreneurial community, kick-ass team and mentors.

8. I’ve taken my priestess practice and Feminine Magic® practices to the next level.  This has been happening in private and I have not yet brought forward all that has been unfolding, but it is potent and is changing me in some amazing ways, not the least of which is an acceptance of a new lineage and a new level of integrity and accountability.

9. The biggest lesson of the year: everything you Desire is on the other side of letting go.  Surrendering.  Releasing. Holding on to what’s not working keeps you in a holding pattern and blocks your miracle.  As a teacher I know this, but this was the year to imprint it on a visceral, cellular level.

10. The other biggest lesson of the year: everything you Desire is on the other side of a decision.  Delaying your decisions keeps you in a holding pattern and blocks your miracle.  As a teacher I know this, but this was the year to imprint it on a visceral, cellular level.  Never again.

2014, ultimately, you were a year of growth and I love you for that most of all.   It is with the deepest gratitude that I celebrate, complete and release you.  And so it is.

Love and magic,
Elizabeth