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Stacey Curnow #AspireMag

Interview with Stacey Curnow, Purpose and Success Coach

Aspire Magazine is honored to introduce you to Stacey Curnow. Stacey is a purpose and success coach who recently left behind a 20-year career in nurse-midwifery – helping women give birth to babies – to help women (and some very cool men) give birth to their BIG dreams. She published a best-selling children’s book, Ravenna, and is currently writing Pain Body Proof, a book that expands on a concept first articulated by Eckhart Tolle in his book A New Earth. She is the Featured Life Purpose expert for … [Read More...]

Wisdom & Self Growth

Joy Spotting and the Art of Happiness

Joy Spotting - Shann Vander Leek

“Most days I find happiness right under my feet in the tiny wonders of creation.” - Shann Vander Leek For years I chased happiness thinking it was an outside job. I would find happiness when I earned my first promotion, closed a big account or landed a 6 figure job. I would be happy when I received accolades from my peers about my performance, or when I published my first book. I would be worthy of happiness when… There was always a catch. As a woman who used to be super serious, self-critical and overflowing with Catholic guilt, I had no idea how to find happiness in the present moment. I was so busy trying to bury my past and prove myself for the future, that I rarely ever found time to receive the miracles and magic that danced all around me. The … [Read More...]

Health & Wellness

10 Healthy Mini Changes You Can Make to Your Diet Today


Sometimes it’s the little things that count. Here are some small changes you may consider adding one at a time to your current routine. Play with them, see where they fit in, and decide whether they make a difference. When a change gives you more energy or gets you feeling a little better, note it and stick to it and it will just become part of your life — kind of like brushing your teeth. Drink 8 glasses of water a day. Staying hydrated keeps your energy level high all day! It can also play a big role in weight loss and disease prevention. Most of us walk around dehydrated. Figure out a fun way to drink water — add lemon or lime, find a cool glass and straw that you love, fill a colorful pitcher or to-go containers – so you always have water near by.  Tell … [Read More...]


I Wanna Hold Your Hand: Adventures in Love & Marriage

Linda and Michael  Bard (C)

“In a world of strangers, we are friends; In a time of conservatism, we are dreamers; In an age of uncertainty, we are in love.” I wrote those idealistic and hope-filled words for the front of our wedding invitation in 1982. This past summer, on June 6th, 2014, my husband Michael and I celebrated our 32nd anniversary! And it’s because of his heart, his creativity, and his way of seeing life that I am blessed to say, all three of those statements are still so true today. But from the many responses I got on Facebook and in person (we celebrated with a three week road trip up and down the West coast – from Oregon to California), it became apparent that our 30+ years of togetherness was often viewed, both enviously and incredulously, as a Herculean … [Read More...]

Career & Business

5 Ways to Stay Happy No Matter What is Going on in Your Holistic Business

Heart clouds happiness

“Don’t put the key to happiness in someone else’s pocket.” ~ Author Unknown He talked about his first year in business how he was not making enough money to live and so he used his credit cards to tide him over until his business started making money.  We shared about how many people would have quit 6 months into this kind of stressful situation.  He said with a smile that he knew that if he kept going, he was going to be successful, he had faith.  He is now planning on moving back to Ethiopia because he knows with the money he has saved he will have many opportunities and he can also make a difference in his country. Recently I was getting a ride to the Seattle, WA airport by a car service and the man that was driving me was the owner of the car service.  He … [Read More...]