Onward, Upward, and Forward!

A New Page

So, I want to tell you the story of a woman (OK, spoiler, it’s me) who has lived an “interesting” life. If by interesting you mean she’s not gone for more than 3 straight years her whole life without a major life event occurring (moves – so many moves, loss of loved ones, births, illnesses, illnesses of loved ones, changes of jobs, marriages, divorce, new education and graduations, buying houses and selling houses, redesigning houses, starting overs and endings, etc.). Maybe you’re like that too. If so – welcome my soul-friend! If not, you may still find something here that resonates.   

In all of this change, and transformation, and learning about life I’ve, you know, learned a lot about life, and also learned how much more there is to learn. I find that exciting! I just hope I can do it without all of the outside “help” I’ve had in the past. 🙂 I’ve spent a lot of time feeling like I’m being reborn, or getting ready to be reborn, or almost over where I’m at now – you know – on the cusp. As I look back I think that has been accurate, and I’m not sure if I just move through things quickly or if I’m on the “20 Cities in 10 Days” life itinerary.

No matter – what I’m really here for is to make the most of whatever I have, and to love life. And then to offer that back in the best way I know to support and help others. I have no set expectations of how that needs to look. Up to now I’ve been an interior designer, a Reiki master, a professional organizer, a life coach, and lots of other things too. These will continue to be and/or inform my offerings. I think the difference will be in how I share them. I’ve been primarily a life coach for the last 6 years and I adore it, but it’s time for me to let that evolve into new coaching paths and approaches (really very exciting!).

The beauty of right now is that I can feel the urge to be reborn, and I’ve been aware through it all without major outward changes forcing my hand or distracting me. Wow!! It’s quite a thrill, let me tell you. So, I’ve been here and present; but I’ve also had to learn how to sit with it, and wait, and be open, and be patient, and have faith, have faith, have faith. It’s really very lovely (when it isn’t terrifying!). So, I’m riding this evolution in my life, and of course in my business too, because I can’t separate one from the other.

I’ve been waiting until I was SURE and DONE and CLEAR until I told you what I was up to (except in the vaguest of ways), but it turns out that may be a bit yet. And also it may look from the outside like itty-bitty steps. Or like I disappeared. Or went mad. I’m not actually sure yet exactly what will happen – there are some moving pieces I’m waiting on. And I have lots of ideas – so many ideas! Right now I’m riding the wave. Be sure that you will be the first to know about any changes here and I hope you will LOVE them. I’m really excited! Expect yelling from the rooftops…someday. We’ll get there – have faith. And thank you so much for being my client and reading my posts and emails. You are truly the BEST!  

Lots of Love,

Cheryl 

PS Did I mention I’m really excited??  And also I wanted to let you know there will still be new blog posts, and emails, and free content as things are brewing behind the scenes. And I’m quite easy to find on Instagram most days too! And if you have any questions or want to share anything – just send me a message at cheryl@theintrepidgoddess.com and I’ll get back to you. <3

Grandma Crawford’s Oatmeal Bars with Browned Butter Frosting

Sunflowers in the Kitchen, by Cheryl

 

Soooo…

When you start to write a blog post and spend all morning on it and it turns out to be, like, a book or something, and then you really need to get going because you have your tax appointment today – then you share your beloved Grandma’s Cookie recipe – because seriously – it’s freaking awesome! And also you’re out of time…

This is a simple but delicious treat! I’ve shared it all over the US because it’s always a hit. I often don’t add anything extra – with the browned butter frosting it’s fabulous alone. I love it best with pecans, but walnuts are good too. My sister always adds chocolate chips, and sometimes I add raisons – which is very yummy too!

Grandma Crawford’s Oatmeal Bars with Browned Butter Frosting

 Ingredients:

  • 2 sticks of Butter (1/2 cup each stick)
  • 2 cups of Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1-1/2 cups Flour
  • 3 cups Oatmeal
  • Extras – Raisins, nuts, or chocolate chips as you desire.

(Note: The original recipe just has the ingredients and says bake in a moderate oven – but this is what I do…)

Instructions:

Cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs. I add vanilla here too. Mix the dried ingredients together and then stir into the sugar mixture. Stir in any extras you want, like nuts. Lightly grease a jelly roll pan and press the mixture in with a buttered spoon or buttered fingers – it’s pretty sticky. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 – 25 minutes or until done. It’s a bit tricky to tell, but it will be golden brown and not wet looking (I hope that helps…:)). Frost while warm, but not hot.

Frosting:

While the bar cookies bake make the frosting with 5 Tbsp of Butter – browned and cooled a bit, 1-1/2 cups of Powdered Sugar, and 1 tsp of Vanilla. Add milk as needed to make a spreading consistency. You will be frosting the cookies while they’re warm so don’t make it too thin as it will melt some.

These are chewy, comforting deliciousness and a great favorite of our family! I hope you enjoy it too!

From my family to yours –

Lots of Love,

Cheryl

Happy Sunday! (Week 3 of the Blogging Love Challenge)

Three Pink Roses, by Cheryl

 

I’m still here after 3 weeks of blogging daily for my Blogging Love Challenge – Woot!

This week my goal was to make sure I engaged in my favorite rituals and made time for the things I really want to do – even with extra activities planned. How much would it take to throw me off? And what could I let go of if I needed to? I learned (again) that things happen and you make it work out the best way you can – and that is how it “should be” because, indeed, that is how it happened!

So, I ended up using two re-posts this week (though my intention was to only use one each week). You know what? I really enjoyed revisiting my old posts and had fun sharing them with you again! I also missed posting Saturday’s post on Saturday….I posted it today. And the world is still revolving! I was quite sick and I just needed to stay in bed and not move at all. So, I did. Also this week I tackled a big project I’d been putting off due to this challenge – I just jumped in and got it going. That made me really happy and has worked out perfectly! Overall, this week I’ve learned to chill out and live life the way I want to – regardless of how long my list is – it will all go just fine. I had a great week and so much fun writing posts for you. Only 9 days left of this challenge. Amazing!

Here are the posts for the past week:

Monday, February 18thDrawing Oracle Cards for a New Week (with 2 Spreads) was about how you can begin a new week (or anything really…) with some personal wisdom from your Higher Self to guide you. It includes two oracle/tarot spreads to use  – one very basic, and one that I created using the concept of planetary energies for each day of the week. Fun! And I am always amazed at the insights I gain.

Tuesday, February 19th: Those Voices in My Head is a re-post (a fave of mine because I adore this concept) about the mean voices that talk to you, and can even stop you from doing what you want and need to do, and how to deal with them with firmness and kindness.

Wednesday, February 20th: Rearrangements – When Things Need to Move shares my approach to starting big home projects and then keeping them in line with what you truly want to achieve. The process includes making an intuitive collage (something that won’t really surprise those of you who know me!) to find clear insight.

Thursday, February 21st: How Do You Want to Show Up Today? shares a really quick practice I use and my experience with it one cold, bleak Winter’s day. This is a re-post, and one I really enjoyed rediscovering – I hope you enjoy it too!

Friday, February 22nd: Choose a Goddess (for Goddess Friday) allows you to play a game with me by choosing a number and finding the corresponding Goddess to see what she has shared with me to pass on to you. Or you can read about all three Goddesses and see what feels right for you. Fun!

Saturday, February 23rd: The Sweet Wisdom of Brian Andreas includes some links to Brian’s new web home (he is no longer with Story People) and some of his amazing poems. He is the BEST! Many of you already know this…but if you haven’t read his work you are in for a delicious surprise.

Did I mention there are just 9 more days?? Lol! I’m excited and sad both about that. I will write up the final round up of posts on Tuesday, March 5th. I sure hope you keep reading – I’ve really loved hearing what you think, and learning your stories and your favorite practices, and your beautiful wisdom. It has all been a such a gift to me – Thank you!!

Wishing you a Happy New Week (and also end of February!) 

Love to you,

Cheryl

PS The comments aren’t currently turned on here at the TIG Blog, but you can always contact me at cheryl@theintrepidgoddess.com , or you can direct message me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you!!!

 

The Sunday Check In (Week 1)

Pink Geranium, by Cheryl

Week One of my 30 Days of Blogging Love Challenge is done!! Wahoo!

Today (and each Sunday) I’ll be sharing how things are going and what came up for me, and also providing links to all of my posts for the previous week in case you want to check them out!

What has gone really well for me is the process of adding images. I pre-selected a group of my photos and edited them so they’re ready to use and – wow! – that saves a lot of time. And then each day I just decide which one to use and pop it in. I wish I had used this process a long time ago! This month I’m calling Flowery Feb – because of my craving for flowers this time of year most images are photos of flowers I’ve known and loved.

I also had a lot of fun deciding the type of topics I wanted to write about. I have a couple of files, a drawer, and a box full of blog post ideas and partially written posts, so there’s no lack of ideas for posts. But I wanted to explore what I love to write about, and also what my readers enjoy reading. So I’m writing about certain things on certain days with a re-post option for any day I feel I can’t keep up or, like last week, when I was sick.  Having a theme for each day of the week makes things easier too. I surprisingly find that I’m not digging into my vast piles of post ideas, but just writing about what comes up now. That’s really my favorite way to do it!

So, yeah, there has been a bit of resistance. Some days I don’t really want to write a post! Some days I feel a bit stressed about it. But once I get started I’m (mostly) loving it. The main problem then is keeping up with everything else in life. I took this on expressly to see how much I could write and still keep everything else on task. It’s so easy for me to focus on one thing to the exclusion of others and my goal here is to learn ways NOT to do that! So, that’s a work in progress…

So far, so good, and only 23 more days to go! I’m truly enjoying this and I like seeing what I come up with for each theme. I also like looking back at old blog posts for ones to share again. I’m a bit amazed at myself – in a good way! I’ve got this cheerleader in my head saying “You go Cheryl”. I like that girl!

Post links:

Day 1: Blogging Love and New Moon Oracle Card Spread – which is about this challenge and also shares my New Moon oracle card spread. But you could also use that at the beginning of a month or a week instead.

Day 2: Seven Things About Me (right now) – I haven’t shared much about myself on this blog for a while, so I offered 7 random things about me right now that you might like to know!

Day 3: The Sacred Art of Puttering – So, this is about the way puttering, as a delicious form of play, can make your life more fun, lovely, and yes, sacred.

Day 4: My Design Manifesto –  As an Interior Designer I have my own ideas about what good design is – and that is mostly that it’s personal to each of us! In this re-post you can read about my design manifesto.

Day 5: Hestia, Goddess of the Sacred Home Fires – This is my first Goddess Fridays post (which will continue through this 30 Day Challenge) with one of my faves – the warm and welcome Hestia. She’s so much more than a domestic goddess – though that would be enough. I feel she has something to share with us that would make our modem world much more wonderful.

Day 6: Saturday with Marcus Aurelius – Each Saturday I’ll be sharing the writings of a favorite author, songwriter, or poet. This week I shared some of my favorite quotes by the Stoic and Emperor Philosopher Marcus Aurelius.

I sincerely hope you enjoy something in these posts! And I’d really appreciate any feedback you’d like to share. Knowing what you enjoy reading about allows me to craft a helpful and entertaining blog. Write to me at cheryl@theintrepidgoddess.com. I’d love to hear from you!!

Hoping your Sunday is fabulous!!

Hugs,

Cheryl

My Design Manifesto

Home love, (at my previous house) by Cheryl

Note: SO, you get sick on Day 4 of your 30 Day Blogging Love challenge – what do you do? Here is a re-post from 2015 about interior design and my personal Design Manifesto. Enjoy!

When you tell someone you’re an interior designer, they have an idea of what that means. There are plenty of design shows, and blogs, and magazines, after all. We all know what a designer does, right?

Hmmm…not so much, maybe. Because we’re all different, we designers, and we mostly don’t design for cable TV programs. 🙂 Also, “good” design is a bit subjective. What’s “good” to me could be “bad” to someone else – and that is actually what I love about design! It’s personal. And it should be personal, whether it’s for a business or your home. The point of design, of any kind, is to create personalized solutions for people.

Interior design isn’t about a space being pretty, or “cool”, or “in-style” or striking – though it may be one, or several, of those things. Design is about creating an environment that feels like something to you, something you want to experience. It could be passion, peace, comfort, excitement, warmth, belonging, relaxation, harmony, etc. As an interior designer I don’t sell furniture, or window treatments, or tell you how your home should look. I enable you to love the places you spend your time in by helping you to access the deep longings you have, and fulfill those needs and wants in your environment.

For those who wonder…..Here’s my Design Manifesto:

  • If you really LOVE it (really love it, as in you chose it, or if you didn’t, you adore it anyway) then I love it for you too (even if my aesthetic is very different than yours).
  • Good design feels good to you.
  • Good design functions well for your needs and life.
  • Good design supports you in your best life and expression of yourself.
  • It doesn’t need to cost a lot or be a certain brand name.
  • Good design is adaptable and flexible.
  • Good design showcases your life – what you love, do, feel, desire.
  • It also enhances your life.
  • You are the ultimate designer – it’s about your innate ability to make the best choices for you. Yes, you may want help to interpret it all, but it is your home, office, family, etc.
  • There are no real rules. Or, if you like, rules are meant to be broken when they don’t serve your design inspiration.
  • Ceilings absolutely deserve love too! Let’s stop ignoring them!
  • Color, texture, light, and other design elements, are also elements of healing.
  • “Every room needs some black” just means that contrast and depth are important considerations in an environment, just as in life.

I could, of course, go on! But mostly what I believe is that design isn’t magic, it isn’t tricky, or only found in those “to the trade only” showrooms. It’s about you – your family, your life, your work, your loves and desires. Simple.

Lots of Love,

Cheryl

7 Things About Me {right now}

Flowery Feb by Cheryl

I don’t write much about myself here unless it’s related to a practice I want to share. I usually save that for Instagram, but maybe it’s time to share more here too. So below you’ll find 7 things about me right now – off the cuff and unedited!

1)  Flowers – I CRAVE flowers in February! I still enjoy the snow, that glorious white and blue color scheme, the brightness of sun with nothing to shade it, the clarity and super-chilled air. But I need flowers too! So, many of my post images will be flowers this month (digging deep into my old photos). I’m calling it Flowery Feb

2)  Well, you probably know I’m blogging for 30 days but I haven’t shared the main reason for doing this. It’s about making major changes – especially in my business – by listening to myself and allowing myself to do things I love in the way that works best for me. You can be your own worst boss, trust me! You begin with joy and a good balance, but along the way you could get lost. You want to do what everyone says to do – what successful others do (hoping it will rub off?), and you really want be there for everyone, and also to be awesome! Fine, but when you wake up one morning and want to just chuck it all in the trash, then you know it’s not exactly working for you. So, this is a recalibration, and a test, and a checking in. And me being me – for better, or even better.

3)  I began exercising 6 days a week recently – and I’m really pretty into it! I’m mixing free weights with yoga and some sort of movement – like biking, walking, or dance. The variety is key to longevity for me. It’s been a while since I was this dedicated…like a looong while. So, if you hear moaning in the background – well, that’s just me getting in shape.

4)  I’m madly in love…I can’t deny it! And the subject is our girl Gracie. If you’re on Instagram with me you’ve probably seen her – our lovely, calico kitty. She’s almost 2 years old now and still just as much of a minx as ever! She is my loyal office assistant, paper eater, stalker, goofy girl, lap cat, and full of so much energy and fun. When we lost Mulligan I didn’t want another cat, I was too sad, and there are definitely pluses to not having a pet. But my sweet husband finally got me to the shelter to look at the cats, and of course that only ends one way! I’m very, very grateful every day. Even when she eats my stuff.

5)  I spent the last few weeks of January sorting things out. Wow! That always makes me feel better! How about you? I mean, I put it off and put it off, and then it’s fabulous! Well, it’s also quite hard sometimes, but the release is so worth it. In my sorting I found some oracle and tarot decks I no longer want. I’ll be sharing these on Instagram soon because I’d love to give them to someone who would like them. Look for that in a few days!

6)  I have painting to do and it seems the weather refuses to cooperate. I’m just going to have to suck it up! It’s interior painting – so I would like to have the windows open for safety (even with low VOC paints you should have ventilation). This just points out the wisdom of one of my firm design rules – get the painting done BEFORE you move in. Because afterward it is going to be 10 times more annoying and difficult, so you will put it off for 2 years, or so (or maybe that’s just me…it’s my rule after all). But I’m going to get it done. I said it here – you’re holding me to it! Thank you!!

7)  I’m so happy it is February!! The days are noticeably longer. I don’t like to will away time, and I don’t hate Winter, but by February I’m thinking of Spring. And I can see it from here! It seems strange to begin a year in the middle of Winter, or Summer. Maybe it really begins with the first Spring flower that peeks out of the soil, or the first day you can go to work and come home in daylight, or perhaps when you can actually feel the sun warm on your shoulders. Of course my “New Year’s Day” would be quite specific to where I live and the weather there. It would change each year. Chaos! But I think I will still declare my own first day of a new year (and of Spring) with flowers and warmth. And I can still celebrate the traditional one – the more celebrating the better I say! Right now, I will be joyful that I have a fireplace, and lots of candles, and warm food because an ice storm is coming. I’ll be staying inside soaking up all the cozy Winter offers me.

Well, there we go!! That wasn’t so bad! I’d love to learn more about you and how you are today too. Drop me a line at cheryl@theintrepidgoddess.com or post your 7 Things About You on Instagram.

And speaking of new years – Happy Chinese New Year!

Love,

Cheryl