Create a New Relationship with Mercury in Retrograde

by Laura West

Computer problemsDid you hear? Mercury is in retrograde… again!

I finally got curious about this phenomenon and did a bit of research.

Mercury is the planet that is about communication, technology, travel and things going out into the world (like program launches, etc.)

It often seems like Mercury goes retrograde all the time. In fact, it happens 3 – 4 times a year.

Interestingly, it doesn’t actually go retrograde (reversing direction), it just looks like that to us here on earth, in relation to the sun and how many times Mercury laps us in its orbit. More about this in a great article from Allure magazine.

That being said, I do believe in energetics. There is something in the energy of when Mercury in Retrograde. Things do seem to be slower and have the easy tendency to get tangled.

Maybe it happens other times of the year and we just notice it because we can blame poor ol’ Mercury. And perhaps there’s something to the energy.

Either way, we can’t control Mercury, but we can control how we relate to this phenomenon.

I believe in the natural rhythms around us, the tides, the phases of the moon and the power of solar flares. There are many ways nature’s rhythms show up in our lives.

We have a choice. We can fall victim to the energetic shifts, or we can be proactive and work with these natural energetic waves.

Here’s my recommendation for how to be when Mercury is doing its retrograde thing:

What if you looked at it as an opportunity?

It’s a time to slow down and be thoughtful in your decisions. It’s actually easier to do in the summertime (here in the Northern Hemisphere) … it’s a natural time to power down on vacations and time off.

It’s a time to draw on your patience and not rush other people and processes. Don’t push to get something done or for someone to make a big decision. Let it unfold.

What if it’s a time to take a break and reflect? Sit on the beach or on the lake and do a check in with your life and business.

What if this is a call for exquisite self-care? Time to take care of you with early morning walks and visits to the river (my favorite when in town and my absolute favorite is an early morning walk on the beach!)

Perhaps it’s a time to let go and forgive. Instead of forging ahead, take stock and see what needs to be let go. Is it an old service or product in your business or is it a relationship that is no longer serving you both or perhaps it’s being willing to let go of an old grudge that is keeping you both trapped in a disempowering relationship?

If you are feeling the effects of Mercury in retrograde than how about using that as a signal that it’s time to meditate and take more time outs?

I don’t think you have to not plan to do anything significant during Mercury’s retrograde, I think a more empowering dance with mercury is to use this as a time to reflect, pause, be intentional and heal.

That actually sounds way more powerful than falling victim.

I look forward to hearing how you reframe this in the next few weeks.

Celebrating Your Entrepreneurial Freedoms

by Laura West

FreedomFor my U.S. community… and for all entrepreneurs who value freedom and independence.

Happy Independence Day!

Today is a reminder to value your entrepreneurial freedoms:

  • Freedom to choose to be an entrepreneur and have your own business.
  • Freedom to create an environment that supports your expansion.
  • Freedom to choose your schedule and honor that flexibility is one of the reasons you started your business.
  • Freedom to speak out and share your voice, your opinion, your philosophy.
  • Freedom to say NO more frequently and YES more fully!
  • Freedom to bring in your unique creativity to express your knowledge, wisdom and point of view.
  • Freedom to create a business that brings you the financial success you desire to fund your dreams.
  • Freedom to say no to control and command type of relationships and instead choose collaboration and communion.
  • Freedom to take an idea and make it a reality without needing someone else’s permission.
  • Freedom to embrace healthy responsibility for your ideas and impact.
  • Freedom to choose your priorities at different times in your life.
  • Freedom to change your mind.
  • Freedom to decide the form for how to express your wisdom, knowledge and expertise – writing, video, speaking, doodling, art, books…
  • Freedom to embrace your Unique Beautiful Genius and share your work with humor, boldness, sacredness, reverence, fun, polished… whichever way is your Authentic Marketing Style.
  • Freedom to choose your ideal clients who you love working with and love working with you!
  • Freedom to choose your money goals – whatever works for you, not what someone said you should make, but what works for you and your life.
  • Freedom to work with your natural rhythm.
  • Freedom to enjoy your work!
  • Freedom to choose meaningful work.
  • Freedom to choose to create positive ripples in the world.
  • Freedom to have fun in your business and lead with joy!

Take this off your Vision Board and join us!




I have heard from so many of you that you have the Creative Business Retreat by-the-Sea on your Vision Board, or maybe it’s on your Bucket List.

Isn’t it time to take it off your Vision Board and just say YES?

YES to rejuvenating your business

YES to rejuvenating YOU

YES to individualized focus on where you want to take your business and how to get there

YES to attending a retreat that is nurturing to your soul and your business’s soul

YES to stepping into your Creative Thought Leadership in your community and your niche

YES to giving yourself the gift of a community of like committed and wise women who can support your success and vision 

YES to an amazing experience on the oceanfront, with walks on the beach, time for journaling and interesting conversation, healthy delightful food, and experiential play that will shift your clarity, courage, creativity, and confidence!

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