It’s Time to Spread My Wings

Become what you're meant to be

Have you ever been stuck in an old story, an old vision of yourself? Maybe it’s a story that was comfortable or held significance for you, so you held on tight to that vision even if it was limiting or outdated.

That’s where I’ve been for awhile now.

In 2011 I started The Brighter Side of Life. When I did that, I was finally stepping consciously onto my own path and sharing my authentic voice with the world. It marked a huge shift in my life. I decided I’d no longer downplay my positivity out of concern that it wasn’t the common perspective, and I’d stop letting fear hold me back from writing.

I stepped up to what I felt called to do, and haven’t looked back since. Well, until a year ago.

You see, last spring I started a new blog. Actually, it’s a website and blog for my coaching business. But I haven’t really put it “out there” to everyone yet. It’s not that I’ve been hiding it, but for some reason I hadn’t felt really ready to announce it.

And now I realize why.

For a couple of decades I felt lost, disheartened and stuck. I didn’t know how to fix it. It was painful and I felt empty. Then four years ago I worked with a life coach who helped me dig deep, uncover my purpose and find my path, and that changed the course of my life. Which is incredible and I’m so grateful, but even so…

I’ve been stuck in the old story of me. There’s strange comfort in sticking with what you know, even if it means stalling your own growth. And I haven’t been ready to say goodbye to the “old me.”

And so, I’ve been holding onto this site. It’s so near and dear to my heart and it marks what feels like the real start of my journey. I guess I haven’t been ready to close the book on it and officially start a new one.

I’ve been trembling at the edge of something important, and rather than leaping and knowing I’ll find my wings, I keep looking back at the beautiful things just behind me.

Do I know what the path ahead of me will bring? No.

Am I scared? Yes. But I’m excited too. So here it is. I’m taking the leap and spreading my wings.

I’ve done my best to show up openly, honestly and vulnerably here since I started this blog, so now it’s time to share the more recent steps along my path.

Last year I officially started my business, Your Inspired Life. I’m a life coach, though I prefer to call myself a personal empowerment coach. I empower women to find their spark, recognize how amazing they are and step into a life they love.

I find that too often women put themselves on the back burner in favour of putting everything else – career, family, hectic schedule, life – first. Then one day they wake up and realize they’re unfulfilled, and they want more for the next chapter of their life. That’s where I step in to help.

I continue to blog over at my new site, sharing my vulnerability and positive perspective with the world just as I’ve always done here. Join me!

So there it is. I’m now owning where I’m at on my journey. It’s time for me to focus on Your Inspired Life and close the cover on The Brighter Side of Life. I’d love to continue the journey with you. If you’d like to subscribe to my new blog, you can do that here.

If you’ve been reading my posts for awhile now, I can’t thank you enough. Your comments, perspective and positive energy mean so much to me. And if you’re new to the site, thank you so much for visiting! I hope the posts uplift or inspire you in some way.

Hop on over to my new blog! Can’t wait to see you there.

I wish you much joy on your journey, and the courage to spread your own wings.


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Christmas Magic

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I love Christmas, always have. Christmas movies, decorations, time with family and friends, excitement in children’s eyes and a sense of magic in the air.

My mom is a Christmas nut. She inspired my love of the season when I was little girl. Her beautiful decorations always put us in the spirit. Each November during the Toronto Santa Claus Parade, we would decorate our Christmas tree, drink hot chocolate and watch the parade on TV.

My mom, sister and I spent hours each December working on a huge Christmas puzzle. Of course, my dad or brother would invariably sneak a piece of the puzzle so that we’d be searching frantically at the end for the last piece – drove us crazy – only to plunk it into the puzzle at the last second and triumphantly say, “There! I finished it!”

When I was little, it was tradition that my grandfather would lobby my parents to let us open “just one present” on Christmas Eve. Grandpa was a gentle, quiet man and he didn’t speak up often – so when he did, everyone listened.

I remember breathtaking evenings where big snowflakes floated down, sparkling under the street lights, and the world seemed at peace.

Christmas feels different now though. Rushed. A bit overwhelming. And very commercial. To be honest, it takes effort for me to feel that same Christmas spirit. Thankfully, our two young boys help keep the excitement of the season alive. Their enthusiasm is contagious.

I’ve been thinking lately about holiday overwhelm. The last number of years I’ve been pulled right into it. This year, though, I’ve made a conscious decision. I’m going to enjoy the holidays and relax as much as possible.

I’ve still got lots to do and I easily get wrapped up (excuse the pun) in a flurry of ToDos. But this season I’m taking time to breathe and look around at all I have to be grateful for. Family, friends, a cozy home, sparkling Christmas lights, good food, clean water, great neighbours, a sweet kitty cat, and well… life. 

And maybe, just maybe, I can bring back the Christmas magic that I remember from childhood. Because really, the magic is never gone, it’s just that sometimes I forget to see it.

Whatever holiday you celebrate, may it be filled with laughter, beautiful moments and a love that expands your heart.

How about you – do you feel the magic of the season? If not, how will you try to recapture it?

Thanks so much to Patience Brewster for inspiring this post. She’s an artist and designer of beautiful and whimsical Christmas and holiday ornaments.

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On 9/11, What Will You Focus On?

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It’s easy to get caught up in a swirl of negativity and fear when world events remind us of our fragility. But though we can’t control those events, we can choose what to focus on. So at this time, and especially on 9/11, I’m consciously choosing to focus on the beautiful aspects of humanity. Will you join me?

As I posted last September 11…

We are one – all of us.  We’re in this world together.  It’s in our power (and isn’t it our responsibility?) to create positive change for ourselves, the people we love, even the people we don’t know… not to mention those in generations to come.

Today in particular, may we honour all those affected by the tragic events of September 11, 2001 by focusing our energies on peace and love.  What we focus on expands, so let’s focus on bringing more peace and love to the world.

~ with love from Christine

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Slow Down. Exhale. Connect.

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A few years ago I didn’t give much thought to living soulfully.

What does that mean, anyway?

For me, living soulfully means living a wholehearted life, one where I do my best to accept all of myself – the good stuff and the imperfections – and find the good in others. It means following my inner wisdom, knowing it steers me powerfully in the best direction when I allow it to. It means embracing life and appreciating the moment. It means being grateful for all the twists and turns of life and the beautiful lessons along the way. And it means connecting with like-minded souls and supporting each other along our journey.

A few years ago I wouldn’t have imagined myself writing openly about spirituality or intuition, or the fact that I believe we’re all connected and part of something much bigger than ourselves. But that is what I’m doing, and it is what I believe.

So when my dear friend Jodi Chapman honoured me with the opportunity to become a Soul Guide for her beautiful new community, the Soulful Life Sanctuary, I didn’t hesitate! I immediately knew I wanted to be involved.

If you’re ready to slow down, exhale, live authentically and connect with others on a similar path, read the interview with Jodi below. Faces - Soulful Life Sanctuary 300

Jodi is a bestselling author, an award-winning blogger, and an inspirational community builder. She wears her heart on her sleeve and tends to attract others into her life who do the same. It’s her heart’s desire to help others reconnect with their soul and plug back into their life.

Welcome, Jodi! I’m so excited to introduce you to everyone! For those who are meeting you for the first time, can you tell us a bit about yourself?
If you’re just meeting me for the first time, I would love to start by saying hello. I’m grateful that our paths have crossed, and I look forward to being on this journey together!

I live with my heart on my sleeve. I’m sensitive, loving, sappy, authentic, and soulful. I’m an inspirational writer. I found my voice just a few years ago when I connected with my soul, and we’ve been non-stop ever since – writing books, blogs, columns, and ecourses! It fills me up to connect with others authentically and lovingly, which is why I love creating communities and sites that allow for this deep interaction.

I live in southern Oregon with my super loving, always supportive, best friend/ husband/ soulmate, Dan Teck. We share our lives with three sweet cats: Biddle, Buncom, and Elsie.

You’ve just created the Soulful Life Sanctuary, and I would love for you to share more about it with us!
I would love to! It’s been a dream of mine for quite awhile now, and I’m so excited that it’s here! The Soulful Life Sanctuary is a sacred community where we lift each other up and support each other in listening to our soul’s whispers. It’s a gathering of like-minded friends and a collection of soulful tools and resources to help you along your journey. You’ll be supported every step of the way by me, plus a dozen Soul Guides and a loving community. It’s a place where we can slow down, share authentically, reconnect with our soul, and open our hearts to others who are on a similar journey.

What inspired you to create the Sanctuary?
I created the sanctuary for a few reasons: to give each of us a sacred community where our hearts could share openly and expand with others who are on a similar journey, to create a loving space where we could slow down from all of the DOing and simply BE, and to bring together soulful tools to help each of us along our journey.

I have found in my own life that it’s sometimes easier to disconnect from our true voice – our soul, our purpose, the deeper meaning of life – than it is to stay connected. Life gets so busy, we’re all driven by our to-do lists, and DOing sometimes seems to be given more priority than BEing.

This is something that I’ve struggled with throughout my life, actually. I’ve accomplished some really great things through doing and pushing and achieving. And I’m so grateful for that. But I found that all of these achievements didn’t mean anything to me if I lost my connection to my soul and to the universe and to what’s truly important in my life. If I wasn’t present, grounded, or connected, I wasn’t able to enjoy these accomplishments. They felt hollow to me, and I couldn’t feel grateful for them.

On the other hand, I found that when I was connected with my soul, to others, and to the universe, I could appreciate everything that happened in my life much more easily.

It’s my intention that the Soulful Life Sanctuary will be a space for all of us to go when we’re ready to reconnect with our soul, connect with each other from an authentic space, and breathe a collective exhale.

Can you tell us about what’s included in the Soulful Life Sanctuary?
I would be happy to! The Soulful Life Sanctuary includes a supportive community, a virtual classroom/retreat center, and a set of tools/resources to help you live your most radiant, authentic, soulful life! Here’s a taste of what’s included:

  • Unlimited Sanctuary Access for 12 Months + Discounted Price for Life! – You’ll be able to pick and choose from a huge “buffet” of soulful offerings—from ecourses and live classes to blogs and forums…and so much more! Plus, you’ll be grandfathered in at the super-low earlybird price for as long as you stay a member, regardless of future price increases!
  • Sacred Spaces and Soul Guides – Over a dozen virtual “rooms” focused on soulful topics such as Spirituality, Wellness, Abundance, Soulful Parenting, Self Love and Relationships, and much more—led by the Soul Guides.
  • Ecourses – You’ll have instant access to ALL of my ecourses—including the popular “Coming Back to Life” course and many others (eight available immediately, with at least three more being added within the year)—on topics including soulful journaling, relationships, soulful business tips, gratitude, manifestation, daily spiritual practice, and much more!
  • Live and Archived Classes – You’ll get free access to online classes on a wide variety of topics—ranging from intuitive readings to life coaching and nutrition. You can attend live or through an archive, which you can access at any time during your membership. You can even apply to teach your own class!
  • Private Facebook Community – As a member, you’ll have access to the sanctuary’s private Facebook community, which is a safe space for you to connect with the other members and also myself and the Soul Guides.
  • Your Own Personalized Page – You’ll be able to create a personal page where you can upload photos, share about yourself, see your latest activities, and read and respond to comments that other members have left for you.
  • Soulful Blogs – As a sanctuary member, you can share your soulful wisdom through your blog, and you can also be inspired by reading others’ blogs! It’s a great way for us to connect and learn from each other.
  • Sanctuary Shop – You’ll have access to a wide variety of soulful gifts and services—all from sanctuary members. You can also apply to have your products/services listed in the shop, where you’ll be able to reach thousands with your own soulful offerings!
  • Optional Monthly Skype Sessions and Facebook Parties – As a sanctuary Member, you’ll also have the option to be part of the Soul Shakers’ community, which includes monthly Skype sessions (in groups of 9 or fewer), as well as a private forum where we can connect more deeply and support each other in reaching our dreams authentically and soulfully!

More than anything else, though, the Soulful Life Sanctuary is a sacred space where you can slow down, listen to your soul’s whispers, and connect with that deepest part of yourself and others! It’s a place where you can reconnect with that beautiful light that shines within you and share it with the world. It’s a place where you can come home to your true self.


Jodi, I saw that you’re offering a special discount for everyone who joins the sanctuary in June! Please tell us about that!
It’s true! The sanctuary opens on July 1st, and I wanted to kick it off early with a special discount for everyone who signed up now! So I’m offering $100 off the regular price all month long! You’ll receive over $1300 in goodies when you join + over $2000 in bonus gifts if you’re one of the first 50 to sign up. It’s pretty amazing, and I know that your soul will be so full when you dive into all that’s included! I can’t wait to see you inside!

This sounds so wonderful! Where can everyone go to learn more about the sanctuary and sign up?
You will find all of the details here:

Jodi, thank you so much for sharing all of this with us! The Soulful Life Sanctuary is going to be such a beautiful community of like-minded souls – all coming together to grow and support each other on this spiritual journey. It’s such a privilege to be part of it!

I’m one of twelve Soul Guides in the sanctuary, where I’ll be offering soulful life coaching guidance. I hope you’ll join us there! As Jodi mentioned, the Sanctuary includes many amazing tools and resources as well as the supportive community itself. If you’re interested, the price is only $147 for a limited time. Find out more here.*

*This is an affiliate link. Know that I would not recommend anything I didn’t wholeheartedly believe in. Jodi and the Soulful Life Sanctuary are awesome!

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3 Simple Tools for Dealing With Stress: Video

There are times in life when we can’t seem to get our heads above water, when things feel stressful, frustrating and out of balance. I’ve been there. But even though we can’t control what happens around us, we can take some simple steps to feel more calm and centered in the storm.

In this video I talk about three straightforward, empowering things we can do when we’re in the midst of stress and frustration.


I wish you a peaceful rest of the week!

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When You Reach the Fork in the Road

I find it helps to unplug every now and then. I allow myself to just breathe and see where impulse takes me.  I recently took some time away with my family, and it was a wonderful, needed rest. It felt amazing to slow down and spend quality time in the moment with loved ones.

Now that I’m back, I’m full-swing into many things including Marie Forleo’s B-School which started last week. I’m loving every minute of it.

Since I’m a bit time crunched right now, I’ve decided to re-post one of my favourite posts, one that resonated with a lot of readers.  Enjoy!

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Are you feeling stuck?  Are you at the fork in the road and don’t know which path to take?

Glad you stopped by – you didn’t stumble across this post by accident.

I’ve been feeling stuck lately myself.  With several distractions in my life over the past while, I’ve been in survival mode.  Nothing particularly urgent has been going on, just lots of things and people requiring my attention at the same time… not the least of which are my two active little boys.

I’ve been stretched thin, something we all face from time to time.

So I haven’t been able to devote nearly as much time to writing as I’d like.  And I haven’t been feeling particularly creative.  Both of these things frustrate me.  I feel as if I’m not taking care of my own needs.

A problem-solver by nature, I naturally want to force it.  To make myself be creative.

Hah.  Doesn’t work so well.

And when I overextend myself for too long or try to force myself into a decision, I lose touch with my inner wisdom, the compass that guides me well when I listen faithfully to it.

Many of us, consciously or subconsciously, try to control our own lives.  Maybe it makes us feel “safer” or more ambitious or productive.  For whatever reason, we push forward, often making decisions in haste without taking the time to listen.

To listen to what we really, truly want.

So this is when I remind myself – and now, you – of this:

You don’t need to have everything figured out right now.

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Choices should not be made with the rational brain alone, and it’s much easier to make decisions when you’re feeling calm and centered.

So when you’re facing that fork in the road, just BREATHE.  Close your eyes and breathe. And listen to your inner wisdom.  It’s there, but you’ll need to find a bit of quiet in order to hear it.

Then, take a step forward, even the smallest of steps.  The answers will come.

I love the Martin Luther King Jr. quote, “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase.  Just take the first step.”

We’ll never know what the future will bring.  For now we have this moment, and this moment alone.  Breathe, take a step forward and believe in yourself.  The rest will fall into place.

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Dance in the Rain

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We can easily find reasons to take life seriously, but we can also make the conscious choice to live more lightheartedly – to love a little more and stress a little less. And that’s what I’m doing right now.

I’m spending a couple of weeks offline (for the most part) to enjoy quality time with family.  It’s time to be silly, dance in the rain and giggle helplessly.  It’s time to allow myself to breathe and live in the moment.  Because that’s what life is all about – the beauty of the moment.

Wishing you many moments of joy and silliness!

~ Christine

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Happy Heart Day!

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Hi everyone!  Happy Heart Day!

Today may you be reminded of how amazing you are, how important you are in this world, and just how loved you are – because you are all of those things. And may your heart feel extra happy.

With love and gratitude,

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What’s Your Good Life?

This morning I watched a short and inspiring video from Jonathan Fields of Good Life Project. In it he asks 29 change-makers a single question: what does it mean to you to live a good life?


What I love about this is that it boils everything in life down to a simple and fundamental question.  It focuses our thoughts on the bigger picture of what we really want our lives to be about.  And once we figure out what that is, we can intentionally allow it to guide our actions and our choices.  That way we are consciously living in alignment with what we want at our core: a good life.

Which led me to ask myself: what does it mean to me to live a good life? 

For me it’s living authentically and doing what I love, and hopefully inspiring others to do the same.  It’s helping people see the good in themselves and others.  It’s connecting with people who want to make the world a brighter place.

So now I invite you to ask yourself the same question: what’s your good life? 

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Allow Joy

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We’re two weeks into the year, and to be honest, I’ve been really out of sorts lately.  It’s not a matter of post-holiday letdown – I think it’s new year overwhelm.

I don’t tend to make new year’s resolutions, but I do like to look ahead at things I want to change or incorporate into my life.  Since my schedule felt pretty tight last year, I’ve been trying to prioritize the things I want to do this year so that I feel more balanced and stay healthy.  But somehow I seem to keep coming short of time.

So I went out and bought one of those 3-month dry-erase calendars and started mapping things out and seeing where everything could fit.  And then I realized: it doesn’t all fit.

And then I wanted to just curl up into a ball.  There’s so much I want to do, so much that’s important to me, but how do I do it all?  When? 

Since I have two young boys that need and deserve my attention, curling up into a ball wasn’t really an option.  So instead I became unintentionally short-tempered, frustrated and emotional.  (Sorry, boys)!

Then this morning I saw a Facebook post with a picture of a man smiling and being silly.  His expression looked familiar yet almost foreign.  And I realized: that used to be me.  (Not the man part, but the silly, smiling part).

And then it hit me: I had stopped allowing joy.  Me, the person who passionately wrote a free guide called 5 Keys to a Joy-filled Life, had lost sight of joy.

This stopped me in my tracks.

So here I am, ready – so ready – to reconnect with joy.  To smile more and laugh more.  To have fun again.  And as joy comes from within, it’s time for me to start my practice of joy again.

If you can relate to how I’ve been feeling, here’s a short version of the 5 keys that I talk about in my guide:

Live in the Moment
Focus on the present moment instead of on where you’ve been or where you’re headed. Really notice what’s happening around you.  This way you don’t miss out on the great “small stuff”: light shining beautifully through the trees, the opportunity to lend a helping hand or the chance to really listen to someone.

Practice Gratitude
Practicing daily gratitude can change your life.  Really.  Acknowledging how fortunate you are and being specific about why you’re grateful – even for the tiniest good thing – helps take your focus off what may be frustrating or upsetting, and attracts more good into your life.  A gratitude journal is a great way to practice gratitude.  Write down one thing each day (or more, if you feel inspired) you’re grateful for.  Then when you’re having a tough day you have something positive to look back on that can help shift your mood.

Embrace Your Awesomeness
You are amazing, right now, exactly as you are.  Yes, you.  Hard to believe, I know, if your inner critic (or monkey mind as it’s sometimes called) constantly fires nasty messages at you.  So, a fun exercise you can do is make a Personal Awesome List (“I am awesome because…”) where you list your amazing qualities (kind, funny, trustworthy, creative, helpful, etc.).  Fill up as much of a page as you can, and read it often.

Rekindle Your Childlike Wonder
Kids are amazing.  They see life as a playground and imagine the most incredible scenarios.  And they don’t filter things out as “impossible.”  We can learn so much from that.

“A grownup is a child with layers on.” ~ Woody Harrelson

Try taking some time to peel back the heavy, burdensome layers you carry, and allow yourself to imagine what you’d like to do or try if there were no limits.  When you were a child, what were activities you loved, that you could do for hours without even realizing it?  Maybe you can incorporate the “flavor” of those activities into your life now.

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Seize the Day
Sometimes we get stuck in the monotony of the same-old, same-old.  To experience joy we need to get out of autopilot.  It’s time to shake things up a bit.  Time to add some fun and adventure back into life.  There are lots of simple ways to do this, which include:

Do things differently: Even driving a different route to work could result in something interesting and unexpected happening.

Embrace everyday adventures: Let your heart guide you instead of always listening to practicality.  Instead of saying “no” to a fun chance to step out of your norm, say “yes!”

Embrace silliness: We often take life – and ourselves – too seriously.  Balance it out by lightening things up a bit. Think of a fun, odd and out-of-the-ordinary thing you can try this week. Maybe serenade someone or do a happy dance down the sidewalk!  Let your imagination run wild with thepossibilities. It may feel weird, but it’ll definitely help you feel alive.  Have FUN with it!

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Though I still haven’t figured out how to prioritize everything, I know I’ll sort it out.  In the meantime, a top priority is to allow joy!


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