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Summer of Courage 2017

Oh my goodness!

I have been planning Summer 2017 opportunities for you, and I’m SO EXCITED to share them with you now.

As a little life update from me, I’ve decided to move to a part-time teaching contract with the university so that I can G R O W Sol + Heart! I’m incredibly excited to have more time and energy to devote to all of you (while continue to teach Communication classes part-time – which, conveniently, I also love). So, life is good! Here’s what I have in store for you so far!

If you’re ready for a SUMMER OF COURAGE 2017 – all of these opportunities are in service of helping you live, love, and lead with an open heart.

Here are some of the ways we can work (+ play) together this summer:

  • Beyond Your Fear – a (free) 3 Day Mini-Course (via email) to help you get beyond your fear and be more visible with your work in the world! Sign up for this free course HERE today. (Investment = your time & energy – but it’s a free offer.)​​​​​​​
  • Open-Hearted Changemakers Facebook Group – a (free) Facebook group for those of you wishing to build even more community with other open-hearted changemakers and creatives. Join us in conversations and coaching support around living, loving, and leading with open hearts.
  • Courage Circle – Online Group Coaching for building courage in community! In community with others, receive small group coaching to help you grow your courage. The Courage Circle always features a theme and a book to read along the way. This summer, we have two sessions:
    • Session 1: The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks is will help you learn how self-sabotage and “upper limits” may be holding you back, as well as how to tap into your “zone of genius” in an even stronger way. The first session starts June 11.
    • Session 2: The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein will help us release blocks we may be experiencing to happiness, clear direction, and security. The second session starts in July (date TBD). (Investment for each session = $147/session – more info on how to sign up coming soon!)
  • The Courage to Be Seen – a 6 Week Online Coaching Program to help you grow courage to share your work with the world. Discover and clarify what’s holding you back, and then find your roadmap, overcome fear, and manifest your most courageous, amazing life growing your creative project or business endeavor. (Investment = $297 – more info on how to sign up coming soon!) )
  • 1:1 Coaching – This is the highest level of coaching support I offer currently, as it’s your chance to receive 1:1 personalized coaching. I have 4 spaces opening up for new clients in June. Apply for a free Spark Session HERE to learn how 1:1 Coaching could support you! (Investment = $225/month or $650 for a 3 month package.)
  • And more… I’m having so much fun creating ways to support you – and I’m super passionate about my mission to serve you to live a brilliant life, so that you can use your gifts to make the world a kinder, more loving, and more peaceful place – so stay tuned for more ways to grow together soon. Oh, and please tell me if you have ideas!

Here’s an action step you can take today:

If you’re thinking, “Gosh, I really wish Solveig would help me with ______”  – then PLEASE email me at solandheart@gmail.com and tell me what opportunities I could create for you that would really help you in your life. What can I write, teach, and coach about that would help you the most? I want to know, love! I care enormously about your thoughts and desires – and want Sol + Heart to be one of your go-to resources for living, loving, and leading with an open heart. So, if you have an idea for how I can support you, let me know.

Open-Hearted Life Coaching

Big news, loves! I have four new openings for one-on-one (1:1) clients starting this month! 

If you’re wishing to feel more clarity, confidence, or courage in your life right now, let’s chat! (Apply HERE.)

As the seasons change, we often become more aware of what’s working in our lives, and what’s not.

We may find that there are pieces and parts of our lives that we’d like to make even more wonderful.

I work with big-hearted creatives and changemakers (that’s you!) who want to live, love, and lead with open hearts.

Here are the kinds of reasons you might decide to hire me as an Open-Hearted Life, Love, and Leadership Coach: 

  • Your creativity is buried underneath a 9-5 (or 6 or 7 pm) that’s got you running – and missing out on time to follow your passion.
  • You are ready to commit to a project that’s been on the back burner – and you know you need someone on your team to have accountability and strategy sessions to grow your dream with confidence.
  • You are a passionate changemaker who is burnt out…and you know you need to make some changes to keep yourself healthy and happy.
  • You’re ready to feel more love in your life – and you’re wanting to explore how you can do that in an authentic way (whether you’re single or partnered – through friendships, romance, and self-growth).
  • Your business or creative endeavor is starting to *grow* and you recognize you’re going to have to get over those fears and step into more courage in your life.
  • You’re in a leadership role and you could use support growing those leadership skills – specifically around how you take care of yourself in the best ways while having a lot of responsibility and how you communicate with others.

Through 1:1 coaching with me, you have personalized support. Clients work with me between 3-6 months minimum – which means you have me on your team to help you find the mindset, strategy, and follow through to make things happen in your life.

So, if you need support with living, loving, and leading with an open heart (in other words – with courage and kindness), I’d love to be on your team.

If you’d like to explore the possibility of coaching more, apply HERE for a free Spark Session with me! Once you fill out an application, I’ll contact you to schedule our 30 minute free call/Skype session to explore how we could work together, how coaching can support you, and if we’re the right match.

Oh – and here’s an example of my coaching clients’ experiences with 1:1 coaching:

“Having Solveig as my life coach has been an amazing experience. Talking with her always gives me new insights into my life, new perspectives regarding my self and new ways to share my authentic soul with the world. I have grown so much with her help, support and guidance. Working with her makes me feel as if I have my own personal cheerleader in this game of life.”  – Hope Wallace, hopewallace.com

So if you’re trying to decide if the time is right, check in with yourself. Ask yourself – “Am I cool with living in the status quo? Are things good?” If your answer is YES – that’s beautiful. Enjoy your life, and I love being here alongside you! If your answer is any version of, “Ehhh…I suspect it could be better,” – then consider how personalized coaching might make life even happier, more vibrant, more full of goodness for you.

“I love you,” she said – and she meant it

This one’s for you, girlfriend:

“I love you.” 

When is the last time you said that…

to your body? 

It seems like such a simple statement, right? But when it comes to our bodies, it can also be loaded.

You know. You’re a savvy human…

You know you’re supposed  to love your body.

You know you’re supposed to treat her with care, to do all you can to be good to her…

And yet, sometimes you falter.

You get overly busy and start skipping your workouts.

You eat crummy food that makes you feel sluggish and bloated

You go on autopilot and don’t really slow down to listen to what your body needs…

Or maybe, you’re doing all the right stuff.

You’re eating right, you’re moving your body, getting enough rest, and yet you just can’t stop that critical voice inside you from telling you how much more you could be doing – if you really were “good enough.”

I know this, because I’ve been there. I know when I’m making wise, healthy choices for my body, and I know when I’m not. I know when I’m honoring and cherishing my body, and when my inner critic starts to go wild in telling me all the ways I could do more.

I also watched the documentary Embrace recently – an Australian film about women’s body image throughout the world, and was reminded of all the complexities involved in loving your body. In an effort to support my sisters, I coordinated a showing of the film at a movie theatre in Anchorage, Alaska, and it SOLD OUT. Nearly 200 seats were sold – and women raved about the power of the film – how much they related to the challenges associated with loving our bodies in a society that insists we must do more if we are ever to be allowed to love ourselves. (P.S. If you haven’t seen the film – it’s worth watching.)

Most of us – we get it.

We get that there are some seriously effed up ways that women have been socialized to relate to our bodies.

And still…

We need reminders to love ourselves.

We thrive in community and sisterhood to help us remember how to love ourselves and not tear ourselves down.

We benefit from coaches and guides who help us stay accountable to ourselves and our desires.

Last summer, my friend Blaze Bell (the fantastic health coach) and I co-created a 4 week online course called Radiance – focused on helping you feel connected and joyful in your body. We created the course to help you feel more connection with others, your body, and to explore the joy that comes with body love and positivity.

The course was such a success, that we decided we wanted to do it again!  We know you could benefit from a month of body love – and we can’t wait to be your body love coaches and guides.

If you want to learn more about our four week online body love course – Radiance – click HERE to get more info. Sign up by Friday, March 3 if you’d like to join us!

And in the meantime, go find a mirror – pause – and gaze at glorious YOU. No matter what you look like, what your habits have been lately, or how much more you know you could be doing – and say, “I love you” to your body – and mean it. No matter what, you are worthy of loving your body. Or, put another way: Your body is worth of loving. If it feels weird, do it anyway. And then try it again tomorrow. And the next day.

​​​​​​​Oh, and if you have any questions about the course, please email me and I’d love to chat more about it with you – and help you figure out whether it’s right for you.

An Open-Hearted 2017

Over the past few weeks, I’ve seen so many posts on social media about being “over” 2016. I understand the sentiment. Even outside of current events and beloved celebrity deaths, it seems the year was not an easy one for many of us.

As most of us tend to do at the new year, I find myself reflecting on the events of the past year, and envisioning 2017. I’ve been asking myself a variety of questions, including:

How do I want to feel in 2017?
What do I want to do in 2017?
How will I contribute in meaningful ways in 2017?

Perhaps these questions are useful for you, as well. I encourage you to be introspective and self-reflective, to think about where you’ve been and where you’re going personally and professionally in the upcoming year.

What intentions are you setting for the new year?
What are you envisioning will make your life even better this year?

In addition to whatever is already on your mind, I’d love to make a few suggestions:

  • Let’s commit to releasing negativity and cynicism, and figuring out how to let go of what has not been serving us over the past year. (Sure, where there is lightness, there is also darkness – but it’s probably not helping you much to dwell in the dark.)
  • Let’s figure out how we want to feel – and commit to our visions for a kinder, more loving future.
  • Let’s begin 2017 with open minds and hearts.

A more beautiful, peaceful world is possible if we are able to forgive ourselves our shortcomings and weaknesses, release our judgments about others, and continue to choose love.

This is the beginning of choosing to live an open-hearted life – being open to joy, open to delight, open to the things that hurt (because they are part of life, too), forgiving ourselves and others along the way, being authentic, kind, and courageous. 

Happy 2017!

 

WHOLE <3

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Hello loves,

The great challenge of working as a coach is acknowledging how much you understand about life, and how much you are still trying to figure out. 

This weekend there was a full moon in Pisces – highlighting wounds and emotions that help us see where we need to grow. I spoke with many of you who were feeling emotions in strong ways, and I was feeling them, too.

What was I feeling?

I was feeling sadness that my last romantic relationship didn’t work out.

Yesterday, I was walking around the farmer’s market, and I watched a lot of seemingly happy couples choosing what to buy for their week ahead. I recall how happy I felt to be doing the same thing, just a year ago.

I have spent the majority of my adult life as a single person. I had a long-term boyfriend until I was almost 25, and then for ten years – I was single.

At certain times, this was fun. I would occasionally go out with a guy for a couple of months, but for the most part, nothing stuck. I was on my own. I was independent, and could do whatever I wanted to do, even though I was deep down hoping for a partner.

I watched my friends meet, date, and marry their partners. I watched some of my friends meet, date, marry, and have kids. And then I watched some of my friends meet, date, marry, have kids —and divorce. Through all this, I was still single.

I tried every kind of dating scenario you can imagine. Blind dates, set ups, I went out to bars, I volunteered for causes I cared about, I tried E-Harmony, Match, OkCupid, Tinder (and a few others I can’t recall)… all in the name of finding love.

I collected a number of good stories, but not a partner.

I felt I’d tried everything one could try to “put themselves out there.”

Finally, in a very organic way, I met a fellow who I began to think would be my future husband. I really thought this was my happy ending to my long, long, seemingly never-resolved love story. We dated (and eventually moved in together) for a year and a half. I was so happy and hopeful about our relationship and what it could mean in my life.

But it didn’t work out.

So now, at 37, I find myself single again. I find myself again wishing for partnership, struck by the happy couples at the farmer’s market even just this weekend.

Partnership is what I’m longing for these days. I know it’s worth being honest and vulnerable about that, so you know where I’m coming from.

But even with this longing, I know that I am still whole.

I feel strong, and equipped with a lot of wisdom regarding what I do and do not want in my future romantic relationships. I also know I do not need a romantic relationship to live a happy, fulfilled, successful life full of love. I know how to feel loved and whole, inside or outside a romantic relationship.

One can desire romantic relationship, but approach that desire from a place of wholeness. 

So often I see people who feel incomplete, miserable, unsuccessful, broken, or incredibly frustrated because of their love lives. I see people who jump from one romantic relationship to the next, without truly giving themselves time to heal and figure out what they want. I see people re-creating patterns that lead them to feel lonely, unhappy, or embittered inside or outside their relationships. I see people desperately trying to find someone to “complete” them.

Approaching our romantic lives from a place of wholeness is incredibly valuable.

When we approach our desire from a place of wholeness, we are not looking for someone to “complete” us – we, in fact, do not need another person to make us feel “okay,” or “successful,” or anything else…

We approach romantic relationships, therefore, from a place of strength, self-awareness, and openness, and we are able to create healthy, loving, happy relationships if we want them.

It’s okay to desire a partner. It’s okay to desire romantic love.

What’s important is that you know you are whole. You are love, loved, and loving. You will be a wonderful, healthy, loving, kind partner to whomever is lucky enough to be with you now or in the future.

Do you know and trust this about yourself? Do you feel whole? 

Feeling whole isn’t always easy.

Being willing to examine one’s life in this way is not for the faint of heart.

My exploration and fascination with love is what brings me to my latest coaching offer.

I know I’m not alone. There are other people out there who have been caught in the complexities of love and the desire for feeling love – and could use support.

I have figured out how to feel whole and complete, while still being open to love. I consider this being what Brene Brown calls being “wholehearted,” the recognition that you are worthy of love and belonging – and all of the wonderful ways you can live a courageous, vulnerable, connected life. I call this Open-Hearted Love; the kind of love that you are ready and willing to give and receive, but the kind of love that you can give and receive with or without a partner in your life.

So, I am focusing on my 1-to-1 coaching for big-hearted changemakers and creatives who want to feel more wholehearted, open-hearted love, and WHOLE.

If you are in a place where you find yourself single and wishing to feel more love in your life, 1-to-1 coaching would be perfect for you.

Together, we will explore what’s going on for YOU.

1-to-1 coaching is personalized, but some of the things we could explore together are:

  •  identifying what you really want (in life + love)
  •  noticing limiting beliefs you might hold
  •  working through blocks to love you might experience
  •  feeling happier and healthier (in life + love)
  •  listening to your inner wisdom
  •  feeling more confident and courageous
  •  communicating your desires
  •  attracting more love to your life
  •  FEELING MORE LOVE

If you are interested in learning more, apply for a Spark Session here to learn more about how 1-to-1 coaching will support you to feel more love in your life, and to feel more whole.

In the meantime, know we are in this together. Wherever you find yourself in life + love, know that I am sending you so much love + strength – to know you are deserving of a beautiful life and love that lights you up.

 

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