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Gathering 2018: The Voice

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It is Day 2 of the Mountain Gypsies' Gathering 2018, and as I'm sure you've seen by now, I'm speaking this weekend. The name of my talk is Finding My Voice, and this song popped into my head as I was writing my speech, providing me with much inspiration. Never one to ignore the Capital-V VOICE, I'd love to share it with you all, and I'd love to know what you think of it after you've heard it.

Please enjoy The Voice, beautifully sung by Eimear Quinn (Songwriters: Brendan Graham
The Voice lyrics © Peermusic Publishing). This song was the 1996 Eurovision contest winner. There have been various covers of it since, but the impact of the original performance by Ms. Quinn cannot be disputed.






Want more? This video of the winning performance introduces you to Eimear Quinn and the backing musicians, plus, seeing it performed live is just amazing. I'm impressed by he…

Gathering 2018 is almost here!

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We are now entering the final lead-up to Mountain Gypsies' Gathering 2018, and I'm so excited! 
I can't wait to be back in the mountains of Tennessee, enjoying the quiet and beautiful surroundings of the Roan Mountain State Park. Come join us in Roan Mountain, TN this coming weekend—June 29th through July 1st—for a unique event featuring speakers, workshops, and so much more!

I will be a speaker at the event, and below is the ad our host Cat Young made for my appearance. I love what she did with it!


Why don't I introduce myself the way I've introduced other speakers? I have a background in using my voice from the time I was a child. I've been a singer, voice actor, radio show co-host, and trainer, and in one of my former jobs, I trained machine learning algorithms to understand language.

And yet, I'm not sure I ever realized until recently just how much the vo…

Fortune Cookie Friday: A Clean Conscience

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Hi everyone! A little housekeeping before we get to this week's fortune: there will not be a Fortune Cookie Friday next week due to my travel plans. Instead, I hope to be able to make an update or two from the Mountain Gypsies' Gathering 2018, either on my Facebook page or here. I hope you'll tune in for some updates instead of a fortune next weekend. :)
Ok, now that that's out of the way, let's look at our fortune for this week:

A clean conscience is a good pillow. I love that I got this one this week, because the other day I was fretting about something that was making me mad, and it was getting pretty late at night. I didn't want to go bed angry, so I just... LET IT GO!

I slept great, too!

You see, while I believe having angry feelings may be normal, it does not need to take up my brain space or my soul space beyond the initial moments in which I have that feeli…

The Buck and Us

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Tonight the local wildlife gave me a good reminder to put down the phone and enjoy events as they happen without having to document them with photos or video. I decided to write about it, instead, after the fact. So there I was, washing produce at the kitchen sink, when something caught the corner of my eye. I looked up, and was startled to see a young buck staring right at me through the kitchen window!


I managed to not suddenly move or shriek, despite the fact that he really did give me a good fright. I stage-whispered to my husband, "Fred! OMG there's a deer outside the window! He just walked down the walkway and is right here!"

Fred came over swiftly and silently—I'm still not quite sure how he managed that and didn't scare off the deer—and put his arm around me while we watched the buck and he watched us. Eventually he went around the corner, while we followed…

Fortune Cookie Friday: Change of Scenery

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Hello everyone! Today's fortune was sent in by a reader:


Life is like a dogsled team. If you ain't the lead dog, the scenery never changes.
I'm going to start by saying this: If you're content with life and are happy with your role, job, what-have-you, then read no further. Congratulations on being fulfilled with what you have! Contentment is something I hope all of my readers will have, and if you are happy, then I am happy for you! This fortune may not be as interesting to you. :)

It's worded so aggressively, too, which—I'll admit—makes me cringe a little. Sayings like this may give the impression that the only valid place to be is in the front of the pack, and I don't think that's the case at all. I have a lot of thoughts about leadership and roles and contentment and influencing from within instead of from in the front, but I think that's also anoth…

Gathering 2018: Introducing Dana Wingerd

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The Mountain Gypsies' Gathering 2018 gets closer every week, and just like I have in previous posts, my goal this week is to introduce you to another awesome person you'll see there.

Introducing Dana Wingerd!


I first met Dana at a paranormal convention she ran for 7 years: Phenomenology. Dana's journey began as a paranormal investigator because ever since she was a child, she could see spirits. Her journey includes undergoing an exorcism, being healed spiritually, and coming back to God. Dana has trained with the Mountain Gypsies and has certificates as a Reiki Master and Mountain Magic Healer.  She also started her own business with her daughter, Julia: Like Mother Like Daughter—Shining Light on the Darkness.

Dana will be speaking at the Gathering (entitled Breaking the Religious Chains: True Love), and she and Julia will have a table where you…

Fortune Cookie Friday: Have a Vision—Be Demanding

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Time for another fortune already? Alrighty, then! Let's get down to it. I love this one!  Have a vision. Be demanding.
This is a GREAT follow-up to last week's fortune isn't it? In that one, we discussed having a plan for success and putting that plan into motion.

Part of the success formula is having a vision in the first place. But how do you create that vision? What if you're feeling stuck or uncreative?

Inspiration sometimes hits us when we least expect it. Or we get a glimmer of an idea and then need a little push to get the ball rolling. I often use a notebook and start doodling. Sort of my own version of a storyboard. Or I use a vision board to inspire myself—a board where I put images, notes to myself, etc., to start to put a plan into action.

But that second part is ALSO important, and this is the part that I adore: "Be demanding."

What does this mean to …

Monday Dance Party: Because I'm Happy!

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Good Monday, b.e.e. gang! I hope this week is going to be awesome for you!

To celebrate Monday, let's all be Happy and clap along!



Thank you to Pharrell Williams for making that song and the really fun video. It always makes me feel happy!

"Because I'm happy...."(Yeah, it's stuck in my head, too.) 
I hope this helps kickstart your week on a positive note! Want more? There's a behind-the-scenes clip for the making of the video. Looks like everyone had a great time!

Have a FANTASTIC week! 💛🐝

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Fortune Cookie Friday: Bide Your Time

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Hello fortune lovers! I hope you have had a most excellent week!

Here is today's fortune:


Bide your time, for success is near.
This one has me scratching my head a tiny bit. Is it saying to just cool my heels and wait for success to show up? I mean, to bide your time means to wait, but I've never been good at that. :) Let's explore this concept a little more.

Imagine the following scenario:

You really want to launch a new business. You develop a product, and then put it up on the internet to sell it. Do you then sit back and wait to see if it'll sell?

NOPE!
You're going to market it, right? You're going to place ads, tell everyone you know, maybe hold an open house or pass out flyers or business cards.

That said, there is value in patiently following the steps you need in order to be successful, and not shortcutting on any of the stages or materials.

I've read …