{Marketing Magic} doubt vortex, lily pads and courage

Welcome to a fresh new week of possibilities! What are you creating this week?

I hope you are enjoying some outdoor time this summer. I’m enjoying starting my mornings by working on the deck before the southern sun has it’s way with us!

My creativity is in rhythm with the summer abundance flow. All the greenery, gorgeous flowers (the daylilies are poppin’ now!) and lots of savoring.

I’m excited to share that the Creative Business Retreat by-the-Sea is filled up! I experienced many synchronicities with this retreat. I kept seeing one of my clients already there. I even kept saying she was coming and we hadn’t even talked about it. I just saw her there so strongly. Needless to say she IS coming! That was just ONE of the magical ways people said yes to the retreat. (btw, you can get on the waitlist for the next retreat HERE!)

I love it when you can see the universe supporting you in flow!

And…sometimes it isn’t always like that. Read this week’s article to hear how I was caught in the Doubt Vortex for a few days last week and what I did to get out!

I hope it helps you to recognize when you’re caught in the Doubt Vortex and how to shift to a more resourceful place.

Wishing you a week filled with big flow, easy expansion, and actions aligned with your soul!


How to get out of the Doubt Vortex

Last week I was caught in the Doubt Vortex for a couple of days. Not in a big way but in a much more subtle way that was hard for me to realize.

Those of you who know enneagram, I am a 9 who can digress over to the unhealthy 6 and start worrying and ruminating. I don’t do it as much any more but it shows up when I’m making big moves.

And literally I am moving.

I’m planning my move to the ocean in August. I’m super excited about this next chapter in my life. And…I found myself unconsciously going into my old default energy of ruminating and worrying.

I was going through my week with these thoughts running underneath…What if the movers cost 5 figures? What if the movers don’t show and I have it all planned out. The moving company reviews are full of reviews about movers not showing! What if they steal stuff?

It was unconscious and yet powerful. I was caught in what I call the Doubt Vortex and as I was thinking about hiring a moving company. I started wondering…if they can move from storage unit and my dad’s house to my new house 4 states away and then to another storage unit. (logical mind, says of course they can! But, this isn’t a logical process)

Then friends start sharing their moving company woes.

I kept going deeper into the spiral in the Doubt Vortex. For me, it’s wasn’t a full blown anxiety attack, it was more subtle. And that underlying anxiety was casting shade on my day. A tightness in my stomach seemingly “for no reason.”

Yesterday I realized the cause of this unidentified angst.

That I was worrying about the unknown.

It was time to shift my energy.

It starts with recognizing the behavior and the belief with curiousity. For me it was…Oh…look at that! I’m in the Doubt Vortex with my concerns about the unknown… about hiring movers.

Step two is to acknowledge the impact it’s having on you. Wow. This sucks. It’s totally tainting my joy and making it hard to enjoy anything else. Its making me irritable and grumpy.

Step three is to bring in the Nurturing Parent – that part of you who can face reality with kindness. (Just say No to the Critical Parent who said I should already have this figured out – what’s wrong with me already!). My Nurturing Parent talks to me with compassion.

When I’m doing some brave act and taking a risk I compare it to crossing a pond. In order to get to the other side, you have to step on a lily pad. Only once you step on a lily pad will the next pad light up and it will be obvious which way you need to step to get across.

So my NP reminds me that I’m feeling anxious because I just don’t know the facts. I don’t know the process. Nothing is wrong. I just don’t know.

My Nurturing Parent reminds me that the antidote to all this anxiety is my courage and curiosity. To courageous step on the first Lily Pad – take one miro-action.

The next step will become clear and it will “light up! But only once I’ve moved forward.”

Today I’m courageously and curiously calling two moving companies to find out how it works and get an estimate. I am breathing easier already.

I’ve taken back my power. I can feel the energy loosening up and I’m feeling more resourceful.

In fact, I’m back to being excited about this next chapter in my life!

Questions for your Reflection Time:

  • How does the Doubt Vortex show up for you in your life and business?
  • Do you end up spending so much time ruminating and worrying in the Doubt Vortex that you never move forward with your big idea or dreams?
  • What is the price you pay for this?
  • What if you brought your Nurturing Parent into the discussion? What would she say to you right now?
  • What’s that first Lily Pad step you could courageously take?
  • Where could you be curious?

Let me know how your reflection questions go! I would love to hear about your process.


Are you ready to shift those limiting beliefs, align your energy and open up your Field of Potentiality for greater, richer, more sustainable success?

The core focus of our work together starts with alignment.

Imagine creating alignment of your energy, power and focus so that you are wide open to the field of possibilities and flow is a daily way of life, rather than feeling pressure to constantly be hustling for results.

From this place you are so much more potent and so much more is possible with ease and joy!

What’s possible when you clear your blocks and limiting beliefs…you create with the Universal Abundance Current supporting you. I know…that sounds pretty woo. Actually, it’s full on woo-woo! But it’s true and surprisingly practical. It’s what makes the practical stick.

You can believe in attraction principles but if you are still holding beliefs and energy that hold you back from speaking your message and passion fully, sharing your truth, being visible and actually making great money…then all the positive thinking won’t really work…or it’s working a very low level.

So much more is possible for you.

Believe me, I’m a huge Law of Attraction fan and have been for decades. I’ve always done well in my business….but I’ve also always had bigger dreams of changing more people’s lives and making an even bigger difference. Of making bigger money so I can fund my dreams of travel, a beautiful house by the water and knowing I’m going into retirement years (whatever THAT means) with loads of options instead of limited possibilities. The more I clear my disempowering beliefs, calm my nervous system and align my image of being a woman who lives by the water (for example)…well, that’s what I’m stepping into at the end of the summer!

The opportunities, the synchronicities, the ideas and the inner power and courage to create opens up!

If you are ready to immerse in shifting your field of energy – inside and out and creating the business and life of your dreams..let’s talk about working together!

I have an opening for one private client in July. This could be you!

This is about allowing your Souls Work. Stop listening to all the “shoulds & hustle” messages . Let’s be more discerning about your marketing strategies and business model.

Let’s start with how to calm your nervous system so you are in alignment with your thoughts, choices and actions for a more fuller success…and let’s face it…it’s way more fun too!

Together we can liberate your voice, power, and mission so you can grow a business that provides you the freedom you desire, meaningful work and the income to fund your dreams.

I specialize in working with passionate ripple makers, who are good at their work, and want to change more lives without creating a maddening marketing machine, but know you’re playing small and can’t quite figure out their way around that!

Reach out and we will set up a time to talk about your Soul Work, your Infinite Field, shifting the blocks and let’s dive into what’s possible! (just send me an email!)


Opportunities to Connect, Create & Grow with Laura

June

Thursday, June 17
2pm ET
Interview Series and Podcast guest Mastering Your Money Mindset Series

Want to join us for a conversation about Money & Business? Dr. Davia Shepherd is interviewing me as part of her Mastering Your Money Mindset series. I can’t wait to share more on Thursday, 6/17, at 2pm ET!
Register here!

Friday, June 18
Get It Done Day! Virtual Retreat
Come join us! My clients LOVE this!
Get Stuff done that matters – together! Only available through the Studio monthly membership here. A highly affordable, creativity + practical monthly membership where you get quarterly Get it Done Days! Let’s get stuff done that matters – together!

October

October 20-23
Creative Retreat by-the-Sea 
– Want to get on the waitlist?
Virginia Beach, VA – oceanfront beach house

The Creative Business Retreat by-the-Sea is back! This will be a place to rejuvenate the soul and spirit of you and your business! We are all filled Up for this experience! You can add your name to the waitlist for the next retreat here.

{Marketing Magic} Law of Attraction is Only Half the Story

Welcome to a fresh new week of possibilities and opportunities to work, play, rest and create!

Last Friday I took my first step in slowly emerging from the “nest” of the last year. I hosted a Pop Up Café for Soul-preneurs. I’ve been hosting these pop ups for years throughout Atlanta and in places where I travel. It’s always so fun to connect with creative, conscious business owners – sometimes familiar faces and often people I’ve only met on facebook or virtually – like my assistant Tiffany! It was so great to see her in 3-D!

We enjoyed sitting outside and immediately dove into rich conversation together.. The thirst for in person together and meaningful conversation is palpable. I’ll have more of these this summer, especially before I move off toward ocean sunrise’s in my relocation!

Speaking of ocean sunrises…I only have 1 spot left in the Creative Business Retreat by-the-Sea in October. Here you get play, create and rejuvenate the soul of your business…and you! Let me know if you want to talk about coming this year!

Also, I hope you enjoy today’s article about going beyond Law of Attraction. I’ve been working for years with clients not only on their marketing and business strategies but also on liberating that new empowering image who is finally free to share her voice and her message. It’s that stuff underneath blocking your most free and powerful self that keeps Law of Attraction in a small box of attracting ideal parking spaces. (we love that and so much more is possible!).

Wishing you a week filled with big flow, easy expansion, and actions aligned with your soul!


Law of Attraction is Only Half the Story

I’ve been a huge Law of Attraction fan for decades. It started when I ran across a book about Edgar Cayce. There was the Edgar Cayce Center down the street from where I lived in my 20’s along the oceanfront in Virginia Beach, which always intrigued me.

Edgar Cayce could fall asleep with a book under his pillow and he woke up knowing the whole content in the book including which page the information was on. Whaaat? He was a medical intuitive who could channel what was going on with a patient and provide help and relief. It opened my eyes to a greater potential for human beings.

Then I found the book Psycho-Cybernetics and I was fascinated by the idea that there was more to being successful than just hard work. That what we THOUGHT about ourselves and our goals mattered. It wasn’t simply that hard work pays off. (We all have seen examples of how that just isn’t so – I know some really struggling hard workers!)

Then in the 90’s I was introduced to Abraham-Hicks. I was enthralled. I joined the CD of the week club! My first membership program. (Oh, wait, that’s not true! In my teens I always joined those Get 10 cassette tape for $1 clubs! I digress.)

Abraham-Hicks changed my life. I immersed into Law of Attraction teachings. I always believed in possibilities and yet I struggled with my own beliefs about myself. I was super shy in high school and had a soft voice so I often felt invisible. I worked hard (there it is again!) on overcoming my shyness and fear of saying the wrong thing.

Law of Attraction principles – thoughts become things, visualize success, vision boards, setting intentions are integrated into my life and business. In fact, I was so passionate about LOA that I incorporated it into my coaching business. I created beautiful index cards for Intentions and Daily Giggle Goals. I created notepads for JoyFlow Sightings, just to share a few!

Those products are still a part of my business today.

What I realized through the years is that we can visualize, dream board, pray, ritualize all we want but if there are core beliefs that you don’t deserve success, success will ruin your family life, you aren’t good enough or you are afraid of being seen, or you can’t really charge THAT kind of money…well then, you’ll only get so far in your success.

Law of Attraction is like icing on the cake. The cake…is YOU. Your deeper beliefs, thoughts and feelings about yourself, your worth and sharing your voice.

When you combine the positive dreaming of attraction principles, with clear inner energy alignment and creative productivity(aligned action!)….you will truly be living INTO the success you’ve always dreamed of.


Are you ready to shift those limiting beliefs, align your energy and open up your Field of Potentiality for greater, richer, more sustainable success?

The core focus of our work together starts with alignment.

Imagine creating alignment of your energy, power and focus so that you are wide open to the field of possibilities and flow is a daily way of life, rather than feeling pressure to constantly be hustling for results.

From this place you are so much more potent and so much more is possible with ease and joy!

What’s possible when you clear your blocks and limiting beliefs…you create with the Universal Abundance Current supporting you. I know…that sounds pretty woo. Actually, it’s full on woo-woo! But it’s true and surprisingly practical. It’s what makes the practical stick.

You can believe in attraction principles but if you are still holding beliefs and energy that hold you back from speaking your message and passion fully, sharing your truth, being visible and actually making great money…then all the positive thinking won’t really work…or it’s working a very low level.

So much more is possible for you.

Believe me, I’m a huge Law of Attraction fan and have been for decades. I’ve always done well in my business….but I’ve also always had bigger dreams of changing more people’s lives and making an even bigger difference. Of making bigger money so I can fund my dreams of travel, a beautiful house by the water and knowing I’m going into retirement years (whatever THAT means) with loads of options instead of limited possibilities. The more I clear my disempowering beliefs, calm my nervous system and align my image of being a woman who lives by the water (for example)…well, that’s what I’m stepping into at the end of the summer!

The opportunities, the synchronicities, the ideas and the inner power and courage to create opens up!

If you are ready to immerse in shifting your field of energy – inside and out and creating the business and life of your dreams..let’s talk about working together!

I have an opening for one private client in July. This could be you!

This is about allowing your Souls Work. Stop listening to all the “shoulds & hustle” messages . Let’s be more discerning about your marketing strategies and business model.

Let’s start with how to calm your nervous system so you are in alignment with your thoughts, choices and actions for a more fuller success…and let’s face it…it’s way more fun too!

Together we can liberate your voice, power, and mission so you can grow a business that provides you the freedom you desire, meaningful work and the income to fund your dreams.

I specialize in working with passionate ripple makers, who are good at their work, and want to change more lives without creating a maddening marketing machine, but know you’re playing small and can’t quite figure out their way around that!

Reach out and we will set up a time to talk about your Soul Work, your Infinite Field, shifting the blocks and let’s dive into what’s possible! (just send me an email!)


Client Love: George Herrick
Soul Deep Living, Author of Stone Warrior

“I have had the good fortune to work with Laura West for several years on several Passion Projects and in the Joyful Business Studio. Whether working on a short-term goal or on a bigger picture such as my business, Laura can hold the energy, vision and focus powerfully. At the same time, she is adept at guiding me like a Sherpa through whatever pitfalls, crags and wrong turns life brings as I climb to the peak of my dreams.

While expertly guiding me, Laura is also a compassionate witness to my process. She has the patience to listen to my frustrations, mental and emotional blocks, and self-judgments without ever losing sight of the work we are doing and why we are doing it. She has an uncanny ability to help me find the gold in my real or imagined limitations so I can learn and grow from them.

Laura gently but firmly prods me to embrace my own creative abilities, expand them, and lift them up in service to others. Her creativity is never limited to how to do something, but always includes why to do it, when is the best timing, who it may benefit and what else can be done to follow-up or complete the original goal. Her thinking is panoramic and detailed at the same time.

I can’t speak highly enough of Laura, her insights, her creativity, her down-to-Earth practicality and her compassionate and clear-headed wisdom. She has been a great gift for me, my life and my business.”


Opportunities to Connect, Create & Grow with Laura

June

Friday, June 18
Get It Done Day! Virtual Retreat
Come join us! My clients LOVE this!
Get Stuff done that matters – together! Only available through the Studio monthly membership here. A highly affordable, creativity + practical monthly membership where you get quarterly Get it Done Days! Let’s get stuff done that matters – together!

October

October 20-23
Creative Retreat by-the-Sea
Virginia Beach, VA – oceanfront beach house

The Creative Business Retreat by-the-Sea is back! This will be a place to rejuvenate the soul and spirit of you and your business! You can check out the details here.

If you are interested, let’s have a conversation and I’ll fill you in on the rest! Since it’s an intimate group setting, registration is only by interview to make sure this is a right fit for you and everyone participating.

Read the information, bask in the photos and stories of amazing clarity, transformation, new projects birthed, mindsets shifted… and then reach out and set up a conversation with me to talk retreat possibilities!

Only 1 spots left! Want to talk about the details and see what’s possible?

{Marketing Magic} Letting Go to Move Forward

Welcome to a fresh new week and month!

Can you believe it’s April already? It feels like 2021 drank a Red Bull as the calendar is speeds along. Actually, while the calendar zips along, it feels like the rest of us are like horses waiting to run the derby…so close to freedom!

Can you feel that expansion energy calling you too? That desire to be free, to be at choice to go where you want, when you want and how you want…or not.

I’m feeling it for sure. I’ve been living in a small town with my Dad since my mom passed early last year. I thought it was going to be for the summer and well, again, the calendar is zipping by! It’s been incredibly special to spend this time with my dad and I can feel the call.

The next chapter of my life is calling to be written.

My Future Self – she definitely lives the Salt Life, near the ocean, around water. I’ve planned a visit to my home town of Virginia Beach to check out what’s possible and see how it would feel to come back creating anew. I have a couple of other places in mind I want to check out but that place still has a strong pull for me.

What I know is that to move forward you have to let go of where you are now. To write the new chapter, you have to finish this chapter and be satisfied with it so you can move into a new world of possibilities.

Today’s message is about letting go to move forward.

I hope you enjoy and that it inspires you to let go and start a new chapter in your business or your life!

May you have a beautiful, and creative week of much ripple making success!


Letting Go To Move Forward

You can’t move forward while hanging onto the side.

We know this logically, right? It’s physically impossible to walk forward without leaving the spot where you were standing.

And yet, when it comes to making big decisions, saying yes to big Passion Projects – we can forget this. We try to stretch into the new thing, while having a death grip on where we are at…waiting for that guarantee that we will succeed in the new project before we let go.

There is no guarantee.

There is no guarantee that it will work out. That you’ll be happier. That you’ll be successful.

There is a risk and we have to find that deep inner well of courage to loosen the grip.

You have a vision, for that new business, new program or big life adventure but you can’t always see the whole path for how to get there. Rarely will you see each step to take along the way before you take them.

Not until you take a step forward will the next stepping stone become clear.

Last week I was working with a client during his Creative Business Retreat. He has a successful consulting business in an area where he has decades of expertise. But he’s not feeling alive, engaged, and certainly not like the adventurous self he knows is inside of him bursting to get out.

He has been holding onto a dream of a coaching and retreat business for leaders for a few years. He wants to take men into the wild for a fly fishing adventure accompanied by reflection, real conversation while creating an experience where they can figure out what’s missing in their own lives so they can feel fully alive again.

Visioning the new business venture is powerful, but it’s not enough to move you through the inertia.

Identifying what you need to let go of is an important part of the process of moving into the new.

Sometimes there are real pieces that you will let go.

I’m looking at moving to a place by the ocean. In reality, I am letting go of my Atlanta hometown where my kids grew up. I am moving further away from my two sons. That is reality.

The bigger part of letting go is identifying the stories we make up about the reality.

Like that my boys will forget me if I move further away. Or that I am somehow a “bad mom” for moving away. (Meanwhile, they are cheering me on and are excited to have a place by the water to visit!)

This applies to business, too.

If you want to write a book, then you have to let go of the old image you have of yourself as someone who plays within a certain playing field – not shining too brightly, you don’t have anything unique to say or who am I to write a book?

You have to let go of “I want to write a book” and step into “I am writing a book.” It sounds obvious and yet this identify shift is profound.

As you identify what you need to let go of then you can start feeding the expansion. This is where all the visioning, Energy JAMs, and taking baby steps comes into play.

What is your next Passion Project? What do you need to let go of to embrace this fully?

Then let’s start feeding the Expansion!


Join me in the Joyful Business Studio this week!

This is a soulful community of Ripple-Maker business owners who want to grow their business in a soul-nourishing way.

In this creative (and oh-so-affordable) membership program you’ll receive:

  • Connection to an A-mazing community (think: friendships, support, collaborations),
  • Monthly Workshop on marketing/money/money/mojo
  • Monthly Inspiration Call – filled with coaching, creativity and tapping into the Universal Abundance Current

If you are tired of the “hustle-grind-formula pressure model” then you’ll love this elixir of business smarts + creativity + joy + spirituality + integrity + realness!

Wednesday we have our monthly workshop. It’s all about how to Simplify and Amplify. I know you don’t want to be a full time marketing guru and you want your marketing to be simple and impactful. I’ll share with you how to do that!

When you join us now –you can get in on this Wednesday’s workshop AND you get TWO Bonus Guided Meditations:

  • Feel Your Power Meditation
  • Universal Abundance Current Journey

These are powerful meditations to help you align your energy. And you get more of these in the Studio each month!

Check it out and join us for the next workshop: Joyful Business Studio

I hope to see you in the Studio this week!


Opportunities to Create & Grow with Laura

April

Wednesday, April 7
Joyful Business Studio
This month’s workshop: Simplify. Amplify.

Join me in the studio for this month’s workshop on Simplify. Amplify. You’ll get to learn how to apply this to your business and leave our zoom gathering with a plan for your business! This is an amazing supportive community! You can join the monthly membership program here.

Thursday, April 8
Joyful Business Sandbox:
Unlock Your Creativity in your Business!

Special workshop for clients only. I love giving surprise opportunities!

May

Creating from Flow
We start May 10th!
This is a special five month program for Big Ripple Makers (that’s YOU)! The theme of this Flow program is about attracting and receiving abundance. You’ll create a Passion Project to expand your business while cultivating Flow to open up your intuition and deep creativity. Group coaching, Sangha Circle masterminds, Soul Work Happy Hours, Flow Immersions and more! Details coming soon!

Doors opening soon for the 2nd Creating from Flow program. Watch for details.

Email me if you are curious and want to be on the wait list!

 

Coach and Profit Gift Giveaway
Details coming soon! I’m creating something wonderful for you and your business for this giveaway!

October

October 20-23
Creative Retreat by-the-Sea
Virginia Beach, VA – oceanfront beach house
The Creative Business Retreat by-the-Sea is back! This will be a place to fill up your soul and spirit of you and your business! I already have half of the spots spoken for in this small intimate retreat. If you want to be on the notification list then just reply to this email and I’ll share the details with you soon!


PS: Soul Nourishing Affirmation:

I am a woman who is guiding by her Wild Creative Heart!