So I was thinking about authors … and books … and dedications.

To Jake … for keeping the light on every night.
To my children … you hold my heart.
To Mom and Dad. You believed in me even when there was doubt.
To you … from me.

This led to a question …

If books have dedications, why not new businesses?

I poured my whole heart into creating One Voice Can … and there is someone who absolutely was its inspiration. And … (without going totally drama-queen on you) I truly believe my new business might not even exist were it not for her.

So I’m doing it … I’m dedicating One Voice Can.

For Jenna. Your gift has given me a new life. And now you may heal.

Why this dedication? (aka, the back story)

Jenna is my 19-year old daughter. She is the very best thing I have ever done in my whole life. Five years ago she was diagnosed with kidney disease. Her prognosis was uncertain. The particulars of her “disease” were rare. The doctor informed us, “Things could go either way. Spontaneous remission or kidney failure.” Jenna can manifest results in her life with remarkable ease and grace, and she simply never bought into this kidney disease thing. She always knew she was okay.

I, on the other hand, was devastated.

This news stopped me in my tracks and brought me humbly (and quickly) to my knees. Everything in my life was suddenly turned upside down. I was a mess. For three days I cried. Then I worried. Then I bargained with the Universe. Finally I looked inward to try to find meaning in the insanity of it all.

And what I found knocked me straight to my knees again.

I found I had lost my way. I found I was so far off the true path of my heart that I couldn’t even remember where the path was. And in that moment I knew. I just knew, deep down in my gut, that (through her diagnosis) Jenna, my amazing, wise, old-soul child, was giving me a gift. Without her diagnosis I would probably have continued to wander further and further from my heart. But now, what else could I do? I had to own this.

And so, at that very moment, I dedicated myself to finding (and then living from) the place that was fully, authentically, unapologetically, me. As much as this didn’t make logical sense, I intuitively knew, beyond a doubt, that this was what I had to do to help Jenna heal.

So, here I am. After all these years, finally releasing the business of my heart … dedicating it to Jenna and her amazing gift to me.

The journey from there to here has been a long one. I am an introvert, happy to be in shadows. But the Universe obviously had other ideas about that. So I had to learn to be bold and brave and, frankly, willing to shine. I had to walk through a mountain of fear. And now, here I am. The dream of my heart  has come true and Jenna’s gift to me has been honored.

Oh, and by the way, that kidney “disease” thing? It’s officially in remission.

What would your business dedication say? I’d love to join you in celebrating your gorgeous business over on my Facebook page.

I get that question a lot.

“Can you make me a mandala to help me sell my book?”
“Can you make a mandala for the bottom of a swimming pool?”
“Can you make a mandala room divider?”

I love the way my mandalas spark this question. But, my favorite request (times a squillian) went like this:

My kid (just before leaving for college):  “Hey Mom … can you make me a mandala with your name and dad’s name combined?”

Me: “Sure honey. I can do that. What are you going to do with it?”

My kid: “I’m going to have it tattooed on my back. I want to carry you and Dad with me wherever I go, forever and ever.”

Well, after I finished counting my blessings for having the best kid in the Universe, I started to design a mandala. Turns out the “Joe & Michelle” mandala was just too detailed to be tattooed (without it turning into a big blob of blobbiness).

So I created this mandala out of our initials: J & M.Mand_J-and-M_mod_400px

And now, every time I catch a glimpse of this … my heart gets happy. I mean … creating something you love as a way for your kid to hold you close, forever and ever? Ahhhhh-mazing!

What wild and crazy thing would you do with a mandala? I’d love to hear about it. The conversation happens on my Facebook page. Join us and share your voice.  Have a mandala idea of your own? Want to explore creating it? I would love that. Just contact me here.

On Leaving the Nest

by Michelle

Every year a pair of doves nest right outside our door. Last spring there were two babes in the nest. After just a few short weeks it was time to fly. Babe one obviously got it right away. “Time to fly. I got this. I just leap, spread my wings and fly.” So she spread […]

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