I am very emotional this morning as I write this blog. Not out of anything negative, only out of pure joy and gratitude. Why? Because I am leaving Portugal soon…I will be back. Yet this morning as I was journaling I had this huge wave of emotion come through. Portugal has been a beautiful surprise one after another since I stepped into this country 71 days ago. I have been guided, supported, loved, encouraged, expanded, healed and more through my experiences here. It has been such a positive experience like a warm embrace of something very familiar and a place I will always call home. I have travelled and lived many places and Portugal is my favourite.
Now I want to share with you my biggest surprise and my most amazing blessing here. That is my experience with the masculine. I have made the most amazing male friends here. They all have the biggest hearts, they have been the most generous, have had the kindest words, they have expressed the most thoughtful actions and have been my biggest teachers in this lifetime so far. Now that is a lot to say!
I am truly, truly blessed to have all of these men in my life! They have opened my heart and increased my understanding and awareness of what was required for me to grow and learn. They also held the space with love, understanding and support as Leona is being Leona. This is a huge feat in itself. I am so grateful for all of them. I am sure that if I sat here and named them one by one that they would be embarrassed and say “Leona, no problem. It is only normal to be like this.” They have literally opened the doors for me to heal.
What I also realized is that none of this would have showed up if I had not been ready to RECEIVE this. It is because of all of the years of inner work. All of the years of “failing” at relationships. All of the years of peeling back layers of my mask. All of the years of building up “Am I worthy?” All of this has prepared me to receive the beautiful gifts that the masculine has bestowed upon me. I have come back to my love. My beautiful masculine, here in Portugal. This is where my union happened. I will always be so grateful for the men that stepped forward on my journey to provide me with their gifts to make this all a reality.
My Amazing Knights in Portugal! Actually…my Amazing Kings of Portugal!
I am so tempted to name them one by one. Yet they know who they are. They all have my heart…forever and always.
Every corner that I turn more magic unfolds in the streets of Portugal.
I have been here 3 weeks and each day more miracles unfold to receive.
It was never in my awareness to venture to Portugal until about a year ago. Than the signs started to come to me that I needed to create one of my retreats here. So the journey began. The Universe brought me beautiful connections from Portugal and the energies began to connect and conspire in the background, calling me to be in Portugal. Little did I know at the time, that my plans would go to the wayside for the bigger ones that the Universe had in store for me. Oh what wondrous ways the Universe works...especially when you trust and let go of control.
There has been so much that has unfolded and so much more to come, that I have decided to create a whole vlog/blog dedicated to this journey with the intention of sharing not only the magic of Portugal but also the people, experiences, the love, the awareness, the energy and so much more. So your journey will be enriched and assist you in your growth.
Stay connected and I will share this page soon. I am honoured to be on this journey with you.
Always with love. Leona
Time to get even more connected! There are crazy energies happening on the planet and I am here to lead you in love and with love!
Whether this makes logical sense to you or not does not matter. What matters is you are here. Which also means your higher self lead you hear to receive a message. Only you know what that message is.
I can only lead you to your heart and to remember to love yourself!
Your heart is the gateway to all of the answers and to your spiritual evolution!
Connect today. Unravel the gifts you have inside. Experience your magic and power and manifest a completely beautiful and loving experience.
I am always here for you on this journey.
Much love always,
Regardless of what you desire to create in your life, Self-Confidence is key!
We all know this yet why do we struggle with such a critical key component?
Could it be that at every turn we are challenged with mind-sets that keep us small? Or that keep us in a place of judgement because we are not abiding by the rules of society?
It very well could be. And so I ask you this? Do you really care what others think of you?
I am sure you do. We all do. Since we were born we relied on the acceptance of another person. An encouraging smile as we did something that pleased our parents, reinforcing the behaviour pattern over and over again until it became a pattern and a belief.
Nothing wrong with those beliefs until you want to change something in your life. Like a new job, a new relationship, more money, better health....the list could go on and on.
So we reach out to others and we invest in programs so we can break through those limiting beliefs. Than we may obtain some success and usually it is short term or unsustainable. Why is that? Because we lack the one key to Success! Self-Confidence. It is the first thing that your sub-conscious will challenge and judge as you are trying to expand and grow.
It also tends to be the last thing we invest in!
Building our Self-Confidence. Building our relationship with ourself. Expanding our Self-Love.
Hmmm...well I say it is time to stop that cycle and invest in yourself today.
Take time out for you.
Do something you love?
Have the most amazing day! Sending you love and light where ever you are in the world,
Your Self-Love Expert and Relationship Coach
So I am going to start blogging about my experiences. The journey will be titled "And so this happened..." A few days ago I was invited to meet at the park by the #Eiffel Tower. You know that place in #Paris where millions visit? Not my favourite place during the day because being an "empath and healer" I tend to pick up on #energy
So this happened...
We came upon a group of young people. Each being from a different part of our beautiful planet. The young man was playing on his guitar. He was playing one of my favourite songs by #Nahko. Tears were rolling down my face. It reminded me of my sons. And in that moment my heart opened so wide to receive the #love that was coming thru.
So of course we all started to talk. Well...it turns out they were actually calling us in all day!
The young women were needed to connect with empowered women in Paris to support them on their journey. We cried. We hugged and hugged and hugged. We sat in disbelief for a moment and then in awe and gratitude. One women even had her alias as "Leona" on facebook.
Then another moment.
It turns out the young man is a healer and light worker like me.
You could feel our energies merge and flow and charge each other. It was so powerful! The Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine experiencing the # oneness!
It lasted forever...as I will feel that in my heart always.
Needless to say we found another part of our soul family in the park that day as the Eiffel Tower watched over us.
Always in awe and gratitude of my life the more I "allow and receive"
Much love and light
I have a question for you. Are you ready to be part of something bigger than you?
Here I am sharing with you "The Raw Truth Of What It Has Taken Me!"
Believing in dreams. Courage. Strength. Determination. Most importantly Self-Love.
I know it is not always easy, yet I believe you have what it takes to make your dreams come true!
Thank you for taking the time to listen.
My intention is that with sharing my journey it will help you.
Much love always, Leona
Have you ever thought about what shame is and how it could be affecting your life by limiting your self-worth?
Shame is a tactic that has been used for centuries as a way to protect and control tribe members. In ancient times, tribes lived in enclosures known as pales. As long as members stayed in the enclosed area, they were protected. But once members stepped “beyond the pale,” the tribe would no longer protect them, and would wound them through abandonment, betrayal, or shame. Many religious leaders control their communities through shame.
In much the same way, shame is used by families. It is passed down from generation to generation and most of us carry shame around for a long time before we even realize it. Shame can originate from something big, such as sexual abuse. But, it can also originate from something seemingly small, such as a passing comment.
And, many families have implied rules that are unspoken. As a child you probably learned about these rules for the first time when you crossed a line that you never knew existed and were subsequently shamed. The well-studied alcoholic family system is a great example of this.
The truth is virtually no one can live past the age of 12 without having been shamed about something. If you have ever felt ashamed of your social status, your body size, or your age it is likely that shame originated from your family. Living with shame can deeply hurt your sense of self-worth. In fact, it can effect your life on many levels, including your health.
What Happens When You Carry Around Your Shame?
When you are shamed as a child, that shame becomes internalized into a lack of self-worth. Unlike guilt, which is the feeling of doing something wrong, shame is the feeling of being something wrong. It is that voice that says “I am not good enough.”
You end up believing that you are flawed and unworthy of the connection you so desperately seek. This often causes an insatiable need for approval from others and a need to feel like you belong.
Bonding from a place of shame can make you physically and emotionally ill. For one thing, bonding with others over the parts of yourself that you feel ashamed of puts you in victimhood. If you bond while in victim-mode, you will tend to bond with other victims who validate how much you’ve suffered and how hard it must have been for you. After a while, these relationships backfire leading to deeper feelings of self-hatred and even self-abuse.
Boys who have been shamed tend to act out in anger. Girls tend to turn their shame inward, becoming more introverted. Narcissists often have shame at the core of their self-inflated behavior and will deflect their shame by devaluing or attacking others. Another pattern that shame can induce is avoidance. In addition, many violent behaviors can have shame as a root cause.
How Shame Affects Your Health
Aside from that queasy feeling in your stomach or that knee-jerk reaction that makes you want to hide, shame can be at the core of many physical and emotional illnesses, including
• Eating disorders
• Perfectionism and other compulsive behaviors
• Chronic pain
• Digestive issues
• Social phobias.
A study by Jean M. Lamont, a researcher at Bucknell University, showed that women who have felt body-shame tend to experience more infections and symptoms, and experience lower levels of health in general.
Another study showed that feelings of shame increased pro-inflammatory cytokines, a marker for inflammation and disease. The people who felt the most shame had the highest elevation of cytokine activity.
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Much love and light always, Leona
Self doubt is a powerful force. It sneeks in ever so slowly and crumbles your foundation of self confidence and self assurance. It starts to seep into every area of your life leaving you dazed and confused. Until one day you are questioning every aspect of your life. Questioning who you are and why are you here? Have you been wasting your time. Have you lost your credibility? What are you passionate about? You go into the darkest aspects of yourselves and others around you. You doubt every decision ever made. Oh it is sneeky. It starts with the small things and then works its way into everything. Until you are sitting in the middle of a dark space and have absolutely no idea what to do.
Then, there is a glimmer of light. Something you can’t put words around. A memory of a time of when there was only love. When an action made a difference. A remembrance of why you are here. Why your impact on this planet is so important. It doesn’t matter what you are doing. It matters the love that you are. The energy of self doubt is such a low vibration of course nothing moves around you. It is like molasses. Slow and sticky. Pulling you into the depths of goo and yuck. Just as you are about to get pulled in forever and lost. There is that flicker you can reach for. The mind has a choice. Reach for it or be pulled forever into the abyss.
There I was at the moment of what is the point? I don’t care anymore. Having thoughts of fuck it. I don’t want to do or be anything for anyone else anymore. Uh I have no passion for anything. No interests. No desires. No love. Just blah! I went to bed with these feelings. I had a night full of the strangest dreams. The next morning I looked at myself in the mirror and see this lack lustre person with static hair. Yuck. Who is she? I see her eyes. Her beautiful glowing green eyes. Maybe she is there? I reach for my phone and see a notice on FB. A dear friend is engaged! I am so happy for her. I check out the guy. I look at their photos. She deserves the best after everything in her life. Then the light. I remember when I helped her. We worked together. She was ready to give up. She was in that sticky place. She had no idea what to do yet she was trying everything. Reaching for every glimmer of light. Then I saw it. The banner on her facebook. It said “Just love yourself”
Remember the courage it took to say yes to you Leona. The courage it took to say yes to come back to Paris and your husband regardless of the odds. Regardless of the naysayers. Regardless of everything. No money. No idea. No papers. No job. No light. You reached for something you knew. Love. Love that you had for what you had invested in in the first place. Before all the self doubt. Before a time of challenges.
I can't give up. They want me to give up. They want me to be powerless and not make a change on this planet and to give up on my mission. They planted self doubt to take me out. To take me off course, to distract me from my mission. Bastards! That is right. That is not very loving yet necessary. I am tired of the bullshit trying to take me off course. I am better than this. I am love. There is no room for self doubt. Just because I can not see the how doesn’t mean I should give up. When I start believing the road will become clear again. Everything will open up. I have just planted all of the seeds and now everything is ready to sprout. I just need to do some weeding and watering. I need to get my shit together again. Make a list. Get into a routine. Have my coffees and lunches. I would love to be on books and stages and platforms and all that will come. As soon as I step back into my purpose. Nice try Self Doubt. You can kiss my butt! I am back. This is my passion. Love. Love Love love and I will share it with the world and I will change the planet. I will assist others who are lost.
Loving me first so I can help others!
Do you believe in the power of love? Do you believe in the power of our children? Do you believe that if our children loved themselves more that they could make our world a better place? I do.
Most of you know that I am all about love. I believe in the power of self -love first because without loving yourself first and loving yourself completely, how do you have the capacity to love anything or anyone else? It is just not possible.
You could fake it until you make it and your journey will be an interesting one. That is what I was taught and learned from the closest around me, as that is what they learned. Put on a happy face. Always be polite. Always be your best in public. Never lie, cheat, steal or commit adultery. (Just to name a few!) Always keep it together no matter what! Then when no one is looking have a break down, melt down, freak out, what ever. But never let anyone know or witness this act of weakness. They will chew you up and spit you out! Harsh yet true. I am sure many of you can relate. Or perhaps you are not ready to look at this aspect of yourself.
Well, I am here to change that journey! To shift the planet! And to empower our children! They are our future and they require the tools to clean up this mess and to create a world that is full of more Peace, Love, Joy, Health, Abundance and Prosperity! All of the things that we are all entitled to experience on this planet. Every single one of us!
So how do we do this? Through Love. Easy enough to say yet it is quite a journey. I have the tools to make this happen and I cannot do it alone. I have been afraid to share it with the world because I don’t know how to make it happen by myself. I have thought about it over and over again for years. I have lost sleep. I have cried many, many tears. I have gone into battle with others. I have been to the dark side and I have won! I am ready to share with the world. Yet, I need your help. I don’t know how to get this out to the world. I envision the entire world of children participating and bringing their parents and community with them.
Will you help me?
I created a powerful 30 day program that can be integrated into any school system, anywhere in the world. I have tested it and have only experienced success!
I am looking for “Love Ambassadors” and schools that will assist in getting this program out there! I require a team to translate into every language. A team to train the teachers! A team to implement the program! I require a team to make this vision become our planets reality! I can’t do this alone. Will you help me? Please contact me and I will share more. I don’t have all the answers yet what I do have is love, passion, wisdom, experience and a whole lot of heart to help the children of our planet build a better place to raise a better place to BE!
With always love and lights, Leona
You can contact me through my website at www.AwakenTheBeauty.com or send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
LOVE is it really that complicated? I can say from my own experience, yes it is. Why? Because the journey is all about unravelling it, studying it, experiencing it so we can really understand it and change at a cellular level. All this so we can arrive at our destination. LOVE. Divine Love. Love without judgement or boundaries. Love without hurt or fear. Love without parameters. Love that is free. Free to flow. Free to ride the ebbs and flows of our experiences. Love only becomes complicated when we go into our heads about it. Only when we start to say it “should” look like this or that. Or it “should” feel like this. Or it “should” be a certain way. Or if I don’t have this or that than it can’t be love or it “should” be love. This kind of love has so much heaviness about it. That is okay. I understand why not. So we can unravel it and experience it. My experience is that I never gave myself that freedom to experience freely. It had a lot of judgement around “how” I should experience love and “how” it should show up. Than when I understood I required to surrender to it. Learn how to flow with it. Become a master at riding the surf. Then when I had an inner standing of my journey. Not only embracing the “light” and the “dark”, the “feminine aspects” and the “masculine aspects” yet also integrating and come into union with all of it. I mean ALL of it. That I completely KNOW what LOVE is.
Now this journey takes courage, determination, authenticity, trust and faith. I had two out of five. Than I gathered the others through my journey of love. Self Love. You may have been thinking that I was talking about love for others. Well that is part of it. Yet knowing that all of them are me and I am them. Accepting all of them, the bad, the good, the dark and the light. Integrating all of that into the now. There is the POWER of this journey! I have an inner standing of complete acceptance of all of it. The entire journey. All of it are the secret ingredients into the person I Am at this moment and I love her. She is amazing! She is tenacious, determined, courageous, trusting, authentic, raw, loving, powerfully vulnerable, wise beyond her physical years, kind and generous. She cries, she laughs, she gets angry, she is happy, she is grateful, she is abundant, she is scared, she is fearless, she is loving, she is determined, she is trustful, she comes from her heart, she is me! I love her.
My journey of experiences and life long education has allowed me to BE a Self Love Expert. My desire is for everyone to BE a Self Love Expert. What do I do? I Guide you to BE your Unique Expression of the ONE. I hold a loving and safe space for the unravelling to take place easily and effortlessly. I hold you accountable on your journey while empowering you with beautiful, loving and powerful tools. I hold you. I listen to you. I see you. I love you! So if this resonates with you on your journey, I invite you to say YES. Say YES to have a journey with me whether it be through a program, a workshop, a Divine Beauty Experience or a one on one Energy Session. I invite you to say yes to you! I love you. See you soon!
Much love and light always,
Your Self Love Expert and Guide Back To Your Heart.