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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!


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!


Break Free to Brilliance


Some view setbacks as failures. Ditch those limited belief systems! On the path of dream living, sometimes what appears as moving backwards is actually bringing you closer to where you are meant to be. People will always have judgements. Stay centered in joy and in alignment with your values. Giving up the good makes way for the great, and all good/great things take time! Getting comfortable with uncomfort is key and will open doors where none where seen before.

The saying, “New level, new devil” is spot on! Where in your life are you expanding? When you make the decision to no longer settle in any area of your life, there is a time of discomfort of letting go of certain people, places and things. This period really clears out the cobwebs, so to speak to make room for your heart to shine even brighter and the channels of your intuition to open up allowing in greater abundance.

Sometimes what is comfortable can keep you stuck in old patterns of disfunction that block you from living out your greatest joy. Being uncomfortable can be painful, but eventually it will become your greatest asset, bearer of treasure & good tidings!

I’m currently in my own new level of expansion, going through some more fires of clearing and releasing more limiting stories to expand into where my heart wants to grow next! No matter how many times I’ve been here before, it’s still scary and uncomfortable, and I’m moving forward anyway!

I urge you to take the leap into your dreams, be willing to get a little crazy and give up whatever is blocking you from greatness. Surrender that which is holding you back from real joy and prosperity, trust in the process and mostly, believe in your heart’s purpose.

We are made to be joyful expressions of the power of life. Live like the sea, in vast abundance!


Be the Change

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Have you ever met someone and later learned their story which inspired you deeper towards the power of the human spirit? This month we dedicate our newsletter to Carmen Leolani White, a beautiful bright light and courageous girl who absolutely loved dolphins, mermaids and fairies! Her time on earth ended far too soon, and yet her spirit and legacy lives on through the work of her family and friends who have put together Team Carmen. They are raising money to continue the Leukemia and Lymphoma society’s funding of the breakthrough development of therapies that have already saved and continue to save thousands of lives. If you are considering donating to a cause this year, please consider donating in Carmen’s honor and/or pass this link on to those who may want to help as well. I just donated and if you feel inspired, please join in and let’s create a link of light for those in need!

As Mahatma Gandhi quoted, let us all be the change we wish to see in the world.

It’s a New Year and a new opportunity to pay it forward and add some love to another child’s life and their family! Here is the link where you can help: Team Carmen Donation Link. I know Carmen’s spirit will be dancing with dolphins, mermaids and fairy dust, being overjoyed with how her life continues to make a difference with each prayer and donation to help.


The dolphins are some of our greatest teachers in how they live and relate to one another. We are all united and when we spread joy, we open up space within our own hearts for more healing and happiness. Wishing you all a joy filled January and may you remember the magic of the sea is swimming all around you in life!

Much Love & Sea *Sparkles*


Tradition, Sparkles & all that shimmers!*


The Holidays are a time of celebration and tradition. Families, friends and cultures from all over the world share their love in timeless traditions new and old. Some can be spiritual while others are material. What are your traditions as we get ready to ring in a new year? For myself, in looking back on the past year I accomplished an amazing amount in the midst of massive life change, and yet much of my intentions also did not materialize. I am a firm believer in listening to intuition, creating visions and being willing to release them, having faith in a greater good and higher purpose so that when what I intend doesn’t take place, I know that something greater will come. There are lessons hidden within all, both celebratory and otherwise. 2014 became a year of personal growth, new direction, rebranding, rejuvenation, forgiveness, miracles and presence with pivotal family moments woven in.

For the Holiday Festivites, coming from European and Scandinavian descent, my Grandmother would cook up a delicious meal every year. This was the first year, that I cooked her meals from scratch, from Norwegian meatballs to sweet soup and lefse. Although my Grandparents’ physical presence are no longer here, the legacy of tradition and spirit is left behind. Growing up I always wanted to break free of tradition, but now I see more clearly that life includes challenges and suffering and every chance to bring a bit of love, joy and luxury into the lives of loved ones is an opportunity to see God’s grace.

My prayer is for everyone in the world to find peace with themselves and to reach into the heart of life to embrace old traditions and even start new ones. To spread joy, laughter and love by waking up to a life full of contentment. Light a candle, look back on what was left behind, release what no longer serves you, discover what you need has been within you all along, and find your readiness to shine bright into 2015.

*** I’ve decided to start the New Year with a continued personal break and will be accepting applications for private coaching clients and Elite Excursion retreats in Spring 2015. If you’d like an opportunity to work with me one-on-one to revolutionize your life and career, we will have limited spaces available next Spring and I look forward to being a part of your journey to shine brighter in the world!* Email Team Mermaid at Bookings@DanaMermaid.com and until then stay inspired with us on social media and cheers to the magic of Newness!*

Cheers to you, darlings and to a very *sparkly* New Year!