Category Archives: Dreams

I Walk The Line

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HelloOooo Beautiful Mermaidens!

It’s been ages since I’ve written or posted here. For a variety of reasons I had to step away & breathe a bit to gain a new perspective. It’s been on my heart to write again and this quote seems to be the perfect addition to sharing more of why I stepped away..

To me, walking the line has involved doing what’s right, most importantly following my intuition & inner guidance. Unfortunately that never quite looks the way I think it should or would like it to. Perhaps you can relate?

Three years ago, I left Hawaii, my dolphins, my dream life as I knew it to rebrand and grow the company in a new direction. The swims and retreats had been fulfilling as a magical alchemical vessel for women’s transformation into their dream life and spiritual awakenings to take place. I’d witnessed it in myself & countless clientele. Although women would come to me seeking change and growth, I was still feeling challenged in getting the deeper message of what I offered out into the world & to be seen for more than just a ‘mermaid swim’.  I started helping women through consulting/coaching sessions where I became a mirror support for them to awaken their inner knowing by pursuing their heart’s dreams & desires.

It’s funny how life happens with all it’s twists, turns & segues. Over the last 8 years I poured my heart & soul into this company every step of the way into how it has evolved through the years. I had a zillion ideas of where I wanted & planned to go next.  Now, at this point I can honestly say I have no idea what will actually happen.

I’m writing this partly for myself, but mainly for the women I’ve worked with whose lives I was blessed to see change & perhaps even for the women who I’ve yet to work with in the future who are craving a soul awakening experience to rekindle their dreams to life. .. Also for those women who are going through something similar, needing to know they are not alone. Although I’ll admit to thinking about giving up a zillion & a half times, questioning what the heck I’m doing – I can absolutely vouch for my steadfast determination to keep going no matter what!

I took passion & a dream, built a company that evolved through the years and succeeded in ways I never imagined which have grown me along with the failures. I’ve since stepped away, which is sometimes necessary. Change happens & life turning out far different than planned is ok. In my past experience I know that something far better is always in store!

But I digress, back to my original post.. . 8 months ago I was tired. I had undergone familial tragedies & needed space to grieve the loss of people, places, ideas, things, & even the loss of who I used to be. Sending newsletters became a chore rather than a motivation to inspire & let’s face it you can’t inspire when you are burnt out.

Being a human is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do.. especially returning to both the suffering & joys of the human world after life in the islands. Dreaming, playing & being a real life mermaid, tapped into the magic while communing with wild whales & dolphins was & will remain one of the highlights & greatest chapters of my life. I love working with kids, but kids are like dolphins – they are our teachers in play.. it’s adults that need ‘remembering’ the wonder & magic of life, ultimately who we really are.  This is my greatest passion to awaken women to their brilliance through the calling of the sea.

With that said, I have no idea what’s next.. . I do know that my passions are the same, as they still continue to burn inside of me! I know the magic of what I created is real. Whether my company will grow in a new way or something entirely different blossoms.. I am comforted in knowing there has been a reason, season & gift of greater good for it all.

Here’s a piece of my heart from me to you in all it’s grammatical imperfection. (I can at times be known as the queen of run ons & hereby decided to post as is without an edit.)  I hope that wherever you are in life, you find the courage to go on, be the youest of yous & allow that next adventure to surface!

Thank you for your love, support & overall being a part of my path. I still plan to continue taking time & space to just ‘be’, allowing whatever is meant to be to grow & bloom in it’s own due time.

Until then my friends, stay sparkly!*

xx

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Earth Day Everyday! ooOoOoooo

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Happy Earth Day, or as we mermaids like to call it – Planet Ocean Day!

Wouldn’t it be great if we all lived in harmony with our beautiful planet everyday? It’s an ideal worth growing towards and certainly the dolphins and whales can be our greatest teachers in restoring value within ourselves and outwards towards others.

Remember that when you are happy and free, the world benefits!

Something I still see so much in the world is people who are set in robot autopilot, just going through the motions to get through each day. In life there can be settling and there can also be trials that must be gone through to get to the other side of where you want to go. The only way to really know where you are is to ask yourself.

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” – Steve Jobs

“The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little.” – Thomas Merton

Some great questions to ask yourself are:

What do you love?

What brings you the greatest joy?

What sets your heart afire?

When do you find yourself feeling free or where time stands still?

What do you believe in?

What are you passionate about changing in the world?

“Every day, people settle for less than they deserve. They are only partially living or at best living a partial life. Every human being has the potential for greatness.” Bo Bennett

One of my greatest passions is creating space for women to reawaken the inspiration that is often blocked as a result of ‘always-on’ living.  This is the core of all our packages, whether retreats,events or consulting. Here at Dana Mermaid we believe in changing the world by reconnecting women to their genius through the calling of the ocean.

Have a fintastical weekend and I hope you do something each day that makes your heart sing with happiness!

Xoxo

Spring Has Sprung!

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Spring has sprung & it’s officially the season of blooming. What new dreams or visions will you be leaping into to make real in your everyday life?

The ocean is our best teacher when it comes to change and going with the flow, as no two moments are ever the same. This is true within our own lives on land as well. The challenge is that with land, change is much harder to notice in the moments that pass us by.

Like flowers blooming, we must continually grow into the new ideals our hearts have in store. A never ending job this out with the old and in with the gold!*  As the seasons change, so must we!

What new is waiting for YOU? There is so much good in the flow of life and it’s essential to tap into willingness to shed the old versions of ourselves as we continuously grow into the infinite good awaiting us!

Awaken the beautiful pearl within – that source where you are perfect and radiant with all the joy and bliss you need! Like a treasure hunt it must be uncovered to illuminate as you grow.

The mermaid is symbolic to every woman embracing a full life; fun feminine & free empowered by the sea as a vessel to transformation.

“Someone told me there’s a girl out there with love in her eyes and flowers in her hair.” – Led Zeppelin

This Spring I want to offer you a place to dive in and be supported to create a life that makes your heart sing!

I’ve opened up three spaces for the Ocean Power Hour which includes a full hour via Skype or phone to really dive into your hearts’ calling by creating both a lifestyle & career ideal with impact! This also includes a fun mermaid reading and every women I’ve worked with has left empowered with their unique talents to branch into their next level of work with greater passion & purpose.

Email us to book your Ocean Power Hour session today!

“In less than an hour, I came out with new focus for my business, something I have been trying to put my finger on for months and just haven’t been able to pull together until now.” Jennifer Nassi, www.jennifernassi.com

Stay Sparkly!

xx

March – Mermaids & Magic

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Can you believe it’s already March?? In like a lion and out like a lamb. It’s four leaf clover time – that season where there’s a kind of magic in the air and to remember that possibilities are everywhere if you just look for them and are open.

I believe we are all on the same path of awakening our spirits to greater love, joy and possibility – we just have our own unique paths to get there. So wherever you find yourself on the journey, then just be that. Be more of YOU* right where you are and don’t be surprised if you encounter a marvelous surprise around that next corner!

“Time is a friend – perhaps the best one we shall ever have. … Time is a ship that carries us out on its own tides and at last to haven on shore. Time is a now – and there is only now. Memories look backward. Hope looks ahead. But there is in reality only now.” – Margery Wilson, 1956

Light up your life and above all feel beautiful!* Remember it’s Springtime so add some spring to your step by infusing your life with color. There are great tidings awaiting you and dreams to create that are stirring in your soul. Don’t let your dreams be dreams, go forth and dazzle the world simply by being you and being happy!

“Good luck is shining right above you. All you’ve got to do is believe.” – Unknown

Click here to watch this video from the beginnings of my development of Dana Mermaid, LLC to find out more about how I started. My vision began in extending love for the sea by creating tails for ocean awareness and inspiration to both kids and adults inspiring everyone to follow their hearts and impact our Planet Ocean in a bigger way! This has since evolved into my deeper passion of spiritual awakenings through the calling of the ocean and empowering women to find their voice, inner beauty and value to awaken their inner siren and change the world! oOoOoOoOoo

One of my favorite passions is working with women to reconnect to their passion and purpose and break free of limitation! If you are ready to know your value, feel beautiful and do what makes your heart sing to impact the world in a bigger way, then let’s play!

Dive in to our creative consulting packages to find out more about working together by emailing Team Mermaid today!

Stay Sparkly!

XX

Happy Hearts Day!*

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Happy February and happy all things heart! Just splashing by to drop you a note to smile and enjoy whatever love life brings your way! There are opportunities everyday to tap into the magic of life and beauty all around and within us. Like water it is always best to go with the flow of change and growing which is not always easy in day to day life. The best ways to reconnect to our heart is really to stop and smell the roses! Slow down enjoy each moment and share some smiles to help others remember the joy, freedom and infinite possibility that is available to all!

“Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.” – Lord Byron

This is also a great time of year to rekindle your childlike wonder where the essence of true love lives, without limitation. Remember your inner mermaid and that spark of femininity who calls out to you to delight in the beauties of life’s magic.

Whether you fall in love with yourself, share love with others in need or enjoy your romantic love story I wish you the happiest of heart days with extra sparkles on top!*


One of my favorite passions is working with women entrepreneurs to tap into their hearts calling and get their dream out into the world in a bigger way! If you are ready to know your value, feel beautiful, reconnect to your passion and purpose by doing what makes your heart sing, let’s change the world together one splash at a time!

Dive in to our creative consulting packages to find out more about working together by emailing Team Mermaid today!

Stay sparkly,

xx

Happy Sweet 16!

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Happy New Year, Twenty sweet 16!

What will you make of your one little life?

How will you serve the world in a bigger way?

How will you let your own light shine brighter in joy?

What decisions will lift you and others up with that invisible crown you wear? 

What will you do today to make for a better tomorrow? 

What is your superpower, zone of genius, that thing you do best that the world needs?

How can you be most useful, happy and free?

Let’s all make this year sizzle, sparkle, dazzle and glow with YOUR brilliance that the world is waiting for!

Love, prosper & most of all, sparkle on!*

xx

Magic, Wonder & Festive Season!

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May the magic and wonder of the Holiday Season stay with you throughout the coming year ~

Festive season is upon us! Truly a time for festivities, giving back, waking up to the wonder within and all around us in this amazing world we live. An opportunity to turn against the hustle and bustle and slow down to listen to our hearts, share blessings and smiles because isn’t that what life is all about?

Every day is a time for heart opening, singing, gladness, peace, magic, love and light to experience more of the wonderment and merriness that life has to offer. Winter holds space for letting go of the old and dreaming into the new, a time for twinkling lights and songs and gift giving. These moments are with us always inside our hearts and all around and now is when cultures unite in tradition so no matter what you celebrate this season, make space for the magic and lift your heart to the light.

What joy will you be celebrating this season? What traditions open your heart and lift your spirits?

“You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.” – Desiderata by Max Ehrmann c.1920

Blessings from my heart to yours for a magical, wonder filled Holiday!

Sparkle on this season and always ~

xx

The Hula Hoop Girl

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While traveling through Southern California, I caught up with Caroline Sanchez, who is literally known as, The Hula Hoop Girl. When she’s not busy teaching hoop dancing and healing the world, you can catch her at sunrise and sunset doing her ‘hoop girl thang’ at one of my favorite So Cal beaches, Windansea in La Jolla!

Seriously though, she is more than just a dancer with a hula hoop. I got the chance to meet her and see her in action at a friend’s birthday party I was photographing and in the few moments we spoke, I heard more of her story, background and watched her in action. Truly this lady is a powerhouse with both passion, purpose and an entire journey behind every step. She’s on fire to empower women and bring healing to caregivers in the nursing community and hospice.

Women have power to change the world and girls now, more than ever need strong and feminine role models with voices. This is why I created the podcast platform, Lady Leaders Radio for the everyday leading lady, featuring women who are breaking through barriers and defying the odds to live their dreams and make a real difference.

In this interview I truly believe you’ll be inspired with Caroline’s passion, purpose and vision to empower women and raise the bar for healing through hospice and community.

Go to our Podcast page to hear the interview and you can also listen on Soundcloud!

Enjoy!

xx

Who Inspires You?

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Who inspires you in everyday life and why?

I’ve been personally reminiscing on this and wanted to share with you. Like waves in the sea we are all connected and I believe it’s the everyday heroes and sheros who weave a bit more magic into life’s tapestry.

“You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean.” – Alan Watts

I remember a dance teacher I had growing up who believed in me and lived her own life as a professional dancer with such passion and perseverance. Another English teacher in middle school brought out my talent for reading, writing and the art of drama even at times when I doubted myself. Their impact on me was profound.

A pivotal turning point in my life was in the year 2000 when I really begin to put into practice the spiritual principles that had been presented to me after years of truth seeking. As the saying goes, that when the student is ready the teacher appears. This person revolutionized my life with concepts of freedom that went against anything I had previously seen or heard in all my seeking and living. (Which although I was merely 21, I had been around more than one block in search of happiness on my journey of life.)

Over time I met people who have truly blessed my life and who I feel honored to know. I spent many years working with developmentally disabled adults and one in particular, a man named Kid Steele with Down Syndrome was one of my best teachers in the art of happiness. He has far surpassed the age of life that many downs live until and I dare say he may outlive us all with his open heart and playful spirit!

When I first began my years on the dolphin boat in Hawaii, I was crew, a guide and safety swimmer. Many people would come out desiring a connection in the open ocean with wild dolphins, but who had physical disabilities or fears to ‘swim’ through. One lady in particular I will never forget. I don’t remember her name and have no idea where she is now, but her spirit of pure joy left a mark. She was a woman paralyzed from the waist down, with no self pity, or qualms even with her complete need to rely on others as her guide and life support in the water. She was totally at ease. She was out an entire week with us with everyday different in the sea and experiencing a swim with dolphins. She shared stories of her world travels, being in Thailand during a Tsunami and having to rely on others to carry her to safety and through it all she remained humble, at peace and joy filled. She was physically paralyzed but did not let that stop her – her spirit was free and the world her oyster.

These are the everyday heroes, the ones who continue to shine their light after life takes it’s left turns. There are too many stories to add into this space, so I will leave you with these and open space for you to add on your own.

The ocean, dolphins and whales have been my greatest source of inspiration and continue to teach so much. The message of the sea is one that will continue to be marveled at, because truly no matter where we live, water is our home.

The best really is yet to come and there’s no telling what life will bring, no matter what adversity, there is always a greater light to behold. The mer magic is within us all!

Sparkle on!

xx

 

Lights, Camera, Stars!

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Just imagine if life was a runway and everyday you had the opportunity to walk the world’s stage with your own personal style!

In fact, we each have our own runways and everyone looks a bit unique. How will you live your life differently if you viewed your day from this perspective?

Fall is a season of harvest and it can also be a good time to allow your life and heart to do the work of shining for you.

“That quiet place inside of her was getting louder and louder.” ~ Anonymous

Isn’t it true that the happier you are the more joy you bring to others? 

What lights you up inside or sets your soul afire?

Let’s live like this quote from Paul Simon – “Today I’ve got nothing to do today but smile.”

Lifestyle is truly a life lived in style and it’s unique to each of us. What is your style? Your groove, that thang that no one else has? Light it up, babes and set the world afire! 

Oh – and Happy Fall!! I’m so looking forward to those changing leaves, pumpkin spices, hot cider, warm sweaters and so much more!

Want to expand into your dream life – find out how you can work with me here!

Sparkle On!

xx