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Earth Day Everyday! ooOoOoooo


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!


Make Way For Your Grandest Dreams!

Ladies, how often do you feel burnt out in planning your work or home life, maybe even reading all those How-To’s?

Is time spent in nature, meditation, or spa days a part of your lifestyle or are those saved up luxuries for when you have more _________?

Do you add that style, flair & sparkle to your day by dressing up just for the fun of it?

Do you feel heart sing with everyday adventures?

Are you full of joy, peace & freedom to do what you want whether you are at work, alone or with family & friends?

Life certainly has its ups and downs, pain and darkness, yet there is a light within us full of infinite abundance waiting to be tapped. Much like the sea, our hearts hold all the magic, beauty and answers of life’s greatest happiness!

We all want to feel beautiful, amazing, loved and have the ability to inspire others along the way ~ for after all life is meant to be lived in it’s absolute fullest expression! 

Awakening your mermaid soul is like tapping the goldmine of life within! Living your brilliance is possible no matter where you live or what you presently do. Every moment is a moment to begin anew.

Hear how the message of the ocean will empower your life to awaken your soul to create the life of your dreams! Join me Saturday, August 8th at the legendary Valley Ho resort in Old Town Scottsdale, AZ. Pre-register for $45 ~

Get all the de’tails and grab your seat HERE! 

I’m so looking forward to talking dreams with you in person!


Live Your Dreams Workshop


“One day she noticed something new in her reflection. Something that had a light all its own.” ~ Anonymous

It’s so easy to feel dried out in the stress & hustle of life on land. I’m pretty sure the whole world can use an entire dip in the sea to tap back into the magic & possibility – where dreams come true! For that reason, I’ve specifically created a workshop that I’ll be traveling with to inspire and connect women to dream living no matter what present circumstance.

For all the Wild Wild West ladies living in the desert town of Scottsdale AZ, are you feeling thirsty for some serious ocean inspiration? I’ll be passing through the area Saturday, August 8th & launching my NEW live workshop, Live Your Dreams! 

Do you long for deeper connection to your spirit in the midst of business & daily routine?

Are you ready to quit floundering around & make your dreams reality by tapping into the magic of life?

Join me & an intimate gathering of other women diving into messages of the sea while sharing transformational experience.

Awaken your mermaid soul to greater joy, freedom & brilliance no matter your present circumstance!

We’ll be launching Fish Out of Water on Saturday, August 8th at the legendary Valley Ho resort in Old Town Scottsdale. Be there or be square! Register at the link below. oO

Get all the de’tails for this live workshop and claim your spot HERE! 

Did I mention I can’t wait to meet you all in person and talk dreams!?

Until then, keep sparkling & get dreamin!! oOoOoOoOOo


Do NOT feed the fears. I repeat.. .


I’m going to be the first to admit that I’ve been spending waaaaay too much time on land. Case of the gills gone dry. And suddenly it’s occurred to me that I’ve slipped into that scary place of land logic where the ugly monster fears live! Ok, but seriously it’s true and so easy to do. Unintentional rhyming, but I’m going with it. Luckily I still am close to the sea and spot dolphins all the time!! Sometimes in giving up the good for the great, there are compromises we must make on the path to greater leadership and dream living. The good news is, we live in an abundant world, and it always works out in the end. Getting uncomfortable is actually a GOOD thing in that case, as it means letting go of old habits that are done. Every single day becomes an opportunity to discover, uncover & discard more blocks to let the NEW light or life in!

So here’s the deal, 2 words = people pleasing… aka = no bueno. This stuff can get down to the core and really weasel it’s way into decision making of all sorts, small or big. Settling happens in many ways and it really takes a lot of discipline to grow out of old stories and limiting blocks that keep us stuck. For example personally, when I left Hawaii a year ago to follow my intuition I knew I was expanding into the next level of greatness and had some temporary letting go to do.. but to all else it looked like moving backward. I found myself recently thinking about all these left turns that happened, etc. etc…. , but the truth is those were by product blessings from an intuition I followed that is leading me to my next chapter and every last left turn has been necessary to inner growth! Perception is not always fact, thank goodness for that!

How willing are you to make joy your priority? You know that bucket list you may have of things that make your heart sing? Do you have a list of what your every day looks like? Have you compared the two? If you don’t start doing even small things that bring you joy which are probably outside your comfort zone every day.. then how will that bucket list ever come to life? At some point you realize that it’s time to make HAPPY a priority and that no one else will do it for you.

There’s a saying going around these days on social media about how when you stop caring you become happier, or something like that. I think it’s super important to specify that is not the same as apathy. It’s important to still care about the world, each other and making a difference as that’s how change happens. It’s also important to not care what others think.

This is true courage to move forward despite opinions or perception & to continue following the call of your heart. Doing what you love while retaining care for the value of the world and all life is altruism in action. That is what will bring you on the moving escalator towards real and meaningful joy which opens up all the channels of abundance.

One of my childhood heroines was Joan of Arc who listened and trusted her intuition in the midst of battle and then being burned at the stake. Although we don’t need to get burned.. what I admire is her absolute trust in her intuition no matter what. She cared about her mission enough to continue onward despite her own questioning and the questioning of others.

That is absolute 200% courage as far as I’m concerned. There is always something more to face and be rid of as we continue growing on this path of life. Once our brilliance is unearthed within our hearts, we have to keep that light shining by shaking off and letting go of the stories and belief systems that block us.

It’s always an inner journey and one that shapes our outside world. Be willing to go through the fire and miracles will happen that will rock your socks off! That’s a Dana Mermaid guarantee. I can’t wait to see what happens in life next and for those that are on the path of dream living, please share in the comments below – I’d love to hear what you are up to in facing and moving through fears to get to that next level of joy!


What makes your soul come alive?


Are you in love with your life & making a real difference in the world?

We don’t need to run a country to make change ~ every connection we have with another person creates impact. Even our moments spent alone send energy out into the world.

The happier we are, the more we help the world! So what lights your fire, stirs your soul to life, makes you come alive & helps your heart sing?

It’s so easy to get caught up in thinking or trying to figure everything out & then finding yourself stuck, stressed or settling somewhere in life. The ocean is the most refreshing avenue of all & is a catalyst in personal transformation!

In any life change or taking a leap of faith we must first begin with a vision or desire. The longer you think about the “how”, the longer you can easily stay stuck or spinning in circles. I’ve found the ocean is in itself a world of fun, magic & freedom. Our hearts are precisely the same!


Every answer we need is within & most oftentimes is just hidden by our own fears or ideas that need to be washed away. The first step on any dream living journey is to ask yourself “What do I want?” If what your heart really wants doesn’t match up to your actual living experience, then the most powerful step of all is to get to your “No More!” No more of __________ or being fully DONE with staying in any situation that is less than what your heart desires.

The challenges on the path of following your heart are far less than any you face when you allow your heart to suffocate. 

I’ve taken major leaps of faith along my own journey to live the life of my dreams & continue to leap even further! Why?? Because I know what a life is like spent suffering and not putting my heart first. The time we are giving will continue on whatever we choose, and choosing heart happiness first is what really creates change.

Every moment is an opportunity to build anew.Life is so much more than physical and mental, our spirits must come first. Our hearts are constantly growing & so must we to live our happy no matter what!

What is YOUR happy??

Stay tuned for some new audio from my own experiences in trailblazing a path and how you can achieve anything with a little bit of faith & a whole lot of passion!

I’m opening up a new mentorship program for women where you can work with me 1-1 for 30 days to get the full support you need to breakthrough to the next level of living your dreams! Mastermind with a real mermaid to clear away what blocks your guidance within – Contact Team Mermaid to apply! 

Splash over to read more testimonials from mentorship programs!

“Dana helped me regain clarity, focus, and know the next steps to take so I can better serve my clients and my purpose. Connecting with Dana was exactly what I needed to get back to my vision and all the advice she gave me has made an ocean of difference.” Bobbie Jo Horkman, www.kapa-kai.com

Luck of the Irish

I’ve not yet been to Ireland, but It’s definitely on my list of places still to visit! With legends of magical fairytales and hearts full of love including many mermaid stories as well, Ireland’s folklore is hard to resist. The Irish term for mermaid is Merrow, meaning half woman and half fish typically appearing with green hair. So with Saint Patrick’s Day this week, let’s get into the spirit by dancing, wearing green and above all believing in the magic of life!


Life is such a funny little journey, with so many adventures woven into the grand tapestry. It has been a year since I set sail to begin a new chapter! My soul was ready for change and I am still in the midst of change continuing to live a life of a traveling mer gypsy!

The thing about traveling before setting roots is that life’s subtle changes become much more apparent. It’s easy to take for granted certain material securities when we are settled into a way of life that works without realizing that we are always changing and growing. Without acknowledging our own growth we can sometimes become stagnant and settle into a life that isn’t happy, spending days pretending it is out of fear of change. I see this everywhere in the world and the ocean has always been a place for many as a cleansing and refreshing vacation.



Cleaning out our hearts and minds is just as important, if not more so than cleaning our homes. Life continues on and nature is our surest teacher in that, the ocean most especially and it is up to us to be in line with our heart’s growth. Green stands for growth and we must continue growing into our most brilliant Selves no matter what! One of the biggest problems I see in the world is settling and forgetting our value, who we really are and our connection to this Planet Ocean. True happiness is so much greater than our physical surroundings and far better than superficial joys. It’s true the pains of admitting life may not be the way we want or having to go through any life change is challenging, but isn’t the overall pain of staying stuck in a life of unhappiness worse? Life is on life’s side, which means that no matter the temporary hardship, any step you take towards a life of love, freedom and happiness, the Universe will meet you the rest of the way. There’s been so many times in my own life I’ve had to take these leaps of faith and each time thinking surely I will never have to do that again! Ha! The Universe laughs. I don’t think there ever will be a time we get “there”, every moment we live involves both pain and joy which is a part of being human. The wonderful gift is that we are over 70% water, which officially mermaidifies and connects us to the ocean no matter where we live. The sea as our greatest teacher embodies the ebb and flow and consistant refreshing of the old to emerge renewed as our intrinsic life source. So the message this month is to splash onward towards your happy! Perhaps your passion has changed as your heart does and it’s time to adjust your sails again and find new light, new love, and renewed life within to shine your gifts into the world in an even brighter and bolder way. Sail onward, dear mermaids and hope to see you on the high seas of life!


Tis the Season to *Sparkle*



The Holiday Season brings out all that’s magical in life. Love, happiness, joy, beauty, magic, wonder, kindness and peace. When we are in touch with our hearts, the true meaning of Christmas or any Holiday you celebrate comes through. There is no need to join in the hustle of consumerism or stress. Life is so precious and every moment makes for our tomorrow to unfold. Dolphins are our biggest teachers in conscious living. Being conscious breathers they never completely go to sleep or they would die. For us this lesson can be to be conscious in each and every present moment all the while we are awake, including buying gifts and sharing kindness with others during this season of gifting. Certainly no one is perfect, not even mermaids! Finding compassion in the midst of land chaos can sometimes be quite difficult. There is no greater cure for the heart than sharing love with others. Giving a smile to those looking down, buying a coffee for someone in line behind you, holding doors open, feeding the homeless, gifting presents as a Christmas Angel, donating money or time for those in need, making blankets for anyone stuck in the cold, surprising friends with thoughtful gifts from the heart. These all will bring joy to light up other’s spirits and will most certainly bring deep heartfelt gratitude to you as well.  Wherever you find yourself this Holiday Season I wish you the most merriest festivities of all. Cheers to happiness, love and peace with a very sparkly New Year!*





Fall in love with life

Quit your job, book a trip, take a chance and above all fall in love with life so life can fully and completely love you back. In this day and age, we are in a society where it’s becoming a necessity to step up and put joy first. Over two thirds of Americans are prescribed anti-depressants, divorce rates are increasing, and therapists have one of the highest job securities on the market. Why is this? With social standards that teach goals and productivity, and material gain for value, happiness slowly slides away and is replaced by status. With the zillion “How to’s” out there, it becomes hard for entrepreneurs to decipher the way to sustain happiness while building a career. There is no “How to” when it comes to happiness and there is ultimately nothing you need to be set free to live the life of your dreams. You have everything you need within. Like a beautiful high grade Tahitian pearl, your heart is unique and pure and knows everything you need to be happy. One of the best decisions I ever made was 14 years ago after everything I owned was stolen, my friend bought me a backpack and I purchased a bikini and a round trip ticket to Hawaii. With dolphin dreams and a desire to be free I stayed and used the return flight a year later for vacation. I had no way of knowing what transformative and amazing adventures lay before me, yet I knew that it was the one thing that felt completely and totally right. I have no idea what chapters are yet to come, but I do know that my core mission is to carry the lessons I’ve learned and experienced to shine out into the world and inspire others. Part of the beauty lies in knowing that inner joy and freedom is carried with me no matter where I go.

“Being happy never goes out of style.” – Lilly Pulitzer

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Remember who YOU are


In order to have relationships, we must first empty our minds to become teachable.  In guiding women or kids on retreats into the sea, I always encourage respect and openness to learn as we are entering a new and magical world.  Much like the sea, if we embody this teaching in our lives on land with each other and with ourselves, the journey into the heart can become a new and fun adventure.  I recently completed a heel challenge where I got to wear heels every day for a week no matter where I was going – it was actually quite fun! I was interested to see the different remarks from people I shared this with.  To me, life under the sea or on land can be an ultimate playground – life is meant to be fun filled and shared with others.  I no longer seek validation or approval from others and dressing up is simply that – for fun! This freedom is all encompassing and a large part of what happens for women on our retreats.  So, when many people where stricken with horror at the thought of my wearing heels, I didn’t take notice for myself – however I did think of children playing dress up.  For example, if adults told children to never wear heels and expressed the pain of doing so,  then what would have once been a fun playtime idea would now become tainted with their negative opinions.  Sadly this happens way too much in this world and children grow up with limiting stories and fears that end up blocking happiness.  Of course, I also received comments of pure stoke and joy to celebrate my venture for what it was as being a new and fun adventure. Now that, my friends is awesome!! Can you just imagine how great this world would be and how amazing you would feel if everyone celebrated each other without judging or tearing each other down out of their limiting fears?  Oh my mermaid goodness, that is precisely a very large part of our mermaid mission! So here’s a mermaid tip from me, the sea and the dolphins swimming all the way to you –

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Dare To Be Different


Have you ever felt a bit too “Real” for this world? Realness is a quality sorely lacking in society and being called “the real deal” myself, it’s sometimes tricky to mix in the material world. To me, realness is being tapped in to the true meaning of life, seeing past the ideas that having things or becoming successful can ever bring true bliss. In order to truly succeed in life, you must be tapped in to what’s real, enabling you to then enjoy this material world on a much deeper level and in every possible way.

“Life is short, break the rules. Forgive quickly, kiss slowly. Love truly.” – Mark Twain

How in love with life and career are you? If you had all the money in the world to be living your dreams, what would you be doing differently? Ask yourself, is it really money that’s stopping you? Oftentimes there are other blocks that prevent us from happiness and offering our gifts fully to the world.

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