Category Archives: Soul Awakening

Sailing on

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When you know, you know.  What a crazy, wild ride this journey of life is! If you’ve been following along my journey – first of all, thank you! Secondly, you’ll know that I let things with Dana Mermaid rest awhile as I took time to decide what direction I wanted to move into. My heart had grown tired of a lot of what I was doing.  I was still passionate about a message of inspiring women to reconnect to their brilliance & live their dreams through the calling of the ocean. I held a vision to leave behind retreats, write a book, start speaking more and hold custom events.

Although my passion is still very much alive, it recently became crystal clear to me that I’m done with what was and did all I could with my company. With all my heart and soul I was able to inspire families, kids and women to pursue a life and work that made their hearts sing! This along with the experiences I’ve had is more than enough to know that I left my mark (or “fluke print” in whale lingo) and it has all been worthwhile.

For now, I’ll be keeping my website up and still using social media under Dana mermaid until I decide my next steps. I may even still keep up with the occasional blog post. We shall see! This company is complete, but I am still very much alive and have great hope to continue sharing the inspirational experiences in a new way.

My heart is grateful and I’m looking forward to seeing what new creations the future holds.

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Just Breathe

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JUST BREATHE, JUST BE, AND THEREIN YOU’LL FIND THE KEY. 

Isn’t this the truth plan and simple? Realistically not easy in any way. There’s always such a process to everything in life. Knowledge is nice, awareness opens the door and then there’s the messy and uncomfortable journey through experience to get to the other side of realization. What am I talking about, you ask? Well, I’m not even sure really.. just sort of free writing at the moment as my intuition is guiding me back into writing. Where it will lead I have no idea. Unedited, messy, free flow, with run on sentences galore!!

There’s so many rules in life and business.. rules that lead to getting something or pleasing someone and you just can’t do that and be happy.  So here’s the deal. Fear… that lovely yet cringe worthy word that we all have, know and experience at some point or for many of us at all points of life. And yet it comes out in different ways for each of us. I’ve taken countless people of all walks of life into the open ocean to face their fears of the sea and what’s in it. For me, I’m more comfortable in the ocean than on land so I don’t relate to their fears in that sense.. but I do understand and know what fear is like. For me land sharks (humans) are to be more feared that real sharks in the sea. Let’s face it people can be selfish and mean no matter where you turn. Yet, if you look carefully (sometimes it takes effort) and keep putting good out, you will find the good because the Universe and all of us are inherently good. But I digress.. the ultimate of all fears are those voices in our heads that come out in fear of what people think, need for status, attention, security all stemming from a zillion catrillion old ideas that become this system of how we base our lives. No wonder so many people are unhappy and stuck in routine robotic lives where their souls are suffering dreaming of dreams that seemingly died long ago.. .

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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 ~

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Happy Thanksgiving, Realness & All That Jazz!

IMG_5513“Once you are real you can’t become unreal again. It lasts for always.” – Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit. (photo by Cat Malovic)

It’s officially a time of colder weather (yay!!), changing seasons, dead leaves dropping and a time to prepare for the harvest of new growth and blossoming to abundance. As always the ocean remains a constant teacher for the life cycle of change and renewal with the mermaid symbolizing the embodied feminine essence and connection we have to all life on land – sea & mind – heart.

Oftentimes life plays out as battlefield and watching the engulfment is challenging. Life must be lived through and like any good fairy tale, the same is true in life that you can’t skip over getting lost in the woods or the tragedy that occurs .. it all must be lived and experienced to gain the freedom at the end. Thank goodness for grace that brings the good in the world to the surface. It sometimes is overwhelming to watch destruction, pain and heartache in the lives of those around us and worldwide, without a way to stop it.

There is poverty, sickness, selfishness and pain.. . AND never forget the power of life’s ultimate magic, miracles and possibility. With all life being interconnected, the more that you wake up to the truth of that light and good within you, the brighter that light of truth will shine to attract others to overcome shadows and darkness that manifest in so many ways.

This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for every experience that has brought me closer to my heart and the women I’ve been honored to work with along the way who have reconnected to their passion, purpose, awakened their spirit & transformed their lives into the realms of possibility. I’m grateful for the good in the world, for the grace that overcomes all obstacles and that come what may – miracles, abundance and beauty are the truths that prevail indefinitely. What’s even greater is that regardless of whatever you believe, think or feel, nothing will ever change the fact of those depths of realness & love within our very beings. Like a deep dive into the refreshing ocean waters, I hope you push forward to clear away your own blocks or illusions, look for realness, & discover an experience of true freedom and joy.

Blessings & love,

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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!

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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!

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