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Summer Love Notes is the Love Child of Debra Smouse. She set out to celebrate summer, honor creatives of all types, and connect folks with other fabulous folks.

Summer Love Notes included Four Summer Love Challenges: Challenge #1 | Challenge #2 | Challenge #3 | Challenge #4.

2015 Contributors Include:

Amy Tingle

amytingle_bioAmy Tingle, is the co-founder of Food for the Soul Train with her partner, Maya Stein. Food for the Soul Train is a mobile creativity company based in Nutley, NJ. Their mission? To bring creativity to communities everywhere via their vintage caravan, nicknamed MAUDE (Mobile Art Unit Designed for Everyone).

Amy and Maya design creative and collaborative environments, online and in person, which help children and adults to build self-confidence, harness their imaginations, practice problem-solving, and bridge differences through the joy of self-discovery.

They are passionate about playful investigation; summer camp for girls is just one of their many offerings. A spring cycling and creativity retreat for adults is another. They dream up – and try to carry out – as many creative projects as they can fit into a year!

Amy is also, among many things, a human being, the mother of two teenage boys, a visual artist (her most recent work includes a series of collages born during The 2015 100-Day Project), and a lover of words, magic, kindness, and a ninja poetess.

Connect with Food for the Soul Train and Amy online as well as on social media.

Amy for Summer Love Notes: Summer Camp by Amy Tingle

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Becca Rowan

Becca Rowan is a writer and author of the book Life In General, a collection of personal, inspirational essays about becca_rowan_biothe way women at mid-life experience family, home, work, and all aspects of “Life In General”. She is also a musician, and performs as a pianist and as a member of Classical Bells, a professional handbell ensemble.

Born and raised in southeastern Michigan, she currently lives in Northville (a suburb of Detroit) with her husband of 38 years and their two pampered Shih Tzus, Magic and Molly Mei.

Purchase Becca’s Book, Life in General, from Amazon or Barnes & Noble. You can also request a signed copy directly from Becca by visiting here.

Want to read more of Becca’s Writing? Visit her website BeccaRowan.Com connect on social media (links below) and find her over on GoodReads.

Becca for Summer Love Notes: That Beautiful Season by Becca Rowan |Summer Street Lights by Becca Rowan

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Bill Hughlett

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Bill Hughlett is a CFO by profession and photographer by passion.

His award-winning work has been featured in Alaska Airlines Magazine, shown in Washington galleries, and graces many homes and offices around the country.

Together, Bill and his wife, Kayce Stevens Hughlett, create unique workshops that incorporate photography and writing with deep listening and personal awareness.

Their dream is to travel the world offering their gifts to others.

Witness more of Bill’s Work at www.h3images.com.

Bill for Summer Love Notes:  If The Seas Catch Fire… | The Wise Choice…  | In Every Dream

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Blaze Lazarony

blazelazaronybioBlaze Lazarony is a Transformational Business Strategist, Founder of Blaze A Brilliant Path, Best-Selling Author & Speaker. For 20 years, Blaze held high-level positions in Fortune 500 companies, including Macy’s, Inc. She thought she was her job title until she was diagnosed with cancer, she chose to leave that world behind.
Today her passion is leading the charge for conscious women entrepreneurs to stand in their brilliant value by helping them design custom-fit businesses and live soul-based lives that light them up!

She is also a sought after speaker, and a co-author of four books, including 25 Brilliant Business Mentors and Their Top Tips to Catapult You to Success.

To learn more about Blaze & her work in the world, visit her website: BlazeABrilliantPath.com – and connect with Blaze on Social Media (links below)

Are you a conscious women entrepreneur who is ready to transform your challenges into golden light, tap into a heat source that empowers you (not scares you), and take inspired action to stand in your value, then you’re ready for… Lightning: A Stroke of Brilliance, a new offering for Summer 2015.

Blaze for Summer Love Notes: Love Poems to Summer

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Briana Saussy

Briiana_Saussy_BiophotoI am a writer, teacher and counselor dedicated to the sacred arts.

I serve soulful seekers. My clients and students wish to cultivate right relationship; to themselves, to each other, to their daily lives and habits, and to the world and they know that working with and through the sacred arts will help them do exactly that.

I stand for truth, beauty, and love, the knowledge of our elders, and the potential for wisdom and a good life that every single one of us possesses. I stand for calling a spade a spade in a way that is useful and helpful. I stand for people, creatures, places, and ideas that have gone unseen, unheard, and unappreciated for far too long. I act in service to the sacred heart and I know that blessings are found within the places that feel most damaged and broken.

I believe that every single one of us possesses not only the right answer, but also the right question, and that it is just a matter of calling it up from the soul and remembering it once more. You can learn more about my work by subscribing to my monthly lunar letter.

Ready to live your most magical life? Please join me for a year of Spinning Gold, listen to a good story, do some deep sea diving, and make some magic with our beautiful community.

Briana for Summer Love Notes: Finding the Sacred in the Small by Briana Saussy

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Cami Flake

Cami_Flake_BioI’m Cami Lenox Flake: open-minded, openhearted lover of beauty in all forms and proud mama to my sweet little boy who fills me up every day with his curiosity, his humor, and his unbridled enthusiasm.

I am a freelance videographer, a lifestyle photographer, and a visual storyteller. My work is about movement, light, color… and heart felt connections. I believe photography is about letting go of the rules and being open to the beauty in front of you.

You can find me online at www.camiflakephotography.com and in Mill Valley November 7th-8th, 2015, co-hosting Eat, Play, Sleep, a delicious weekend of pampering and play, with the lovely Sue Ann Gleason of Chocolate for Breakfast and Conscious Bites Nutrition.

Cami for Summer Love Notes: A Single Summer Day

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Christa Gallopoulous

Christa_G_bioChrista Gallopoulos is usually found with a camera, paintbrush or pen in hand, taking in the beauty of this world and transmitting it back out through words and images- on Facebook and Instagram among other places!

The author of “All Better Bye and Bye“, to be published in 2016, she is an inspirational writer, artist, speaker and mentor, encouraging people to dive into the sacred act of transforming their lives and celebrating the joy of living fully and well. You can find more of her work at www.christagallopoulos.com

Art & Words from Christa for Summer Love Notes: The Frog Prince  | Livingston  |The Tunnel

Additional Art Contributed by Christa: That June Day…  |When Wonderful Things  | That long anticipated…  | Rest Is Not Idleness…  | “Summer is

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Christine Mason Miller

ChristineMasonMiller_bioChristine Mason Miller is a writer and artist who lives in Santa Barbara, California.

A second, revised edition of her 2008 self-published book Ordinary Sparkling Moments is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

The latest offering from Wild Roots, Sacred Wings is right around the corner…

You can follow her adventures right here: christinemasonmiller.com

Christine for Summer Love Note: Sliding Into Joy by Christine Mason Miller

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Debra Smouse

debrasmouse200x300 I’m Debra Smouse, a self-admitted Tarnished Southern Belle. I can help you detangle all your clutter, fall in love with yourself and your life, and unleash your inner sex kitten.

My truth? In order to live life the way you were meant to, you must fall in love with the day-to-day activity of living.

I spend my days writing and working with people who want to change the world, beginning with themselves.

Want to bring your dreams into your reality? Snag my FREE EBook You Can Achieve Your Dreams: There’s Still Time in 2015

A life coach and writer, me and my Gypsy Soul have stopped their constant roaming and have settled down in Dayton, OH where I share life’s adventures with the Man of My Dreams.

Debra For Summer Love Notes: Welcome | Because Golf Connects Me | The Smell of Rain on Hot Concrete | Digging in the Earth |Coffee: A Love Story | Because My First Love Was Travel | A Leap of Faith for Love | The Joy of Meeting an Airplane Named Chuckie | Farewell to Summer Love Notes

Recipes from Debra: Potato Salad with Homemade Mayo | Because Tomatoes and Corn Say “Summer”

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Dianna Woolley

( dianna_woolley_bioArtist living in Walla Walla, WA)

Housemates:
Husband Extraordinaire: Steve
Studio Assistant:Riley, West Highland Terrier

Studio time goal: daily practice

Dianna: After four successful one woman shows in the Walla Walla area is seeking national representation for exhibiting and/or ongoing gallery relationship

Work produced prior to the weekend in Whidbey Island may be viewed at DiannaWoolley.Com

Noteworthy:

2015 – “Best in Show Award” – Pendleton Arts Center, Pendleton, OR, annual regional event.

Woodward Canyon Winery has chosen one of her pieces as the label for a spring 2016 wine

Dianna’s for Summer Love Notes:  Taste of Summertime Art Play | Chance Encounters

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Elizabeth Stone

elizabethstoneElizabeth Stone is an author focused on all things love.

Elizabeth’s work has been has been featured on YourTango, DigitalRomance, Fox News Magazine, Madame Noire and many more.

She is author of four books, including “How to Get a Boyfriend: Your Foolproof Guide to Attracting Your Dream Relationship” and “Make Your Man Stay Forever: Your Foolproof Guide to Lasting Love” all available on Amazon now.

Obsessed with getting you results in your relationships? Let Elizabeth share some guidance with a free copy of her book, Why Men Lose Interest and daily (almost) email series.

After 10 interesting and often hilarious years of navigating the dating world, she has settled down with her feisty husband and unruly dog.

Elizabeth for Summer Love Notes:  Why Your Summer Mindset Is Attractive Year Round

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Erica Jones

erica_jones_bioErica Jones is a holistic health advocate and natural and organic beauty guru who is passionate about toxic free skin care. She is the creator of truebeautyyou.com, a website dedicated to natural and organic beauty strategies for a gorgeous complexion.

She is also the co-founder of Designer Health Centers, a virtual health consultancy serving executives and entrepreneurs all over the world.

You can connect with Erica at her website at www.truebeautyyou.com.

If you’re interested in free natural and organic skin care strategies check out her one-page Quick Guide to Essential Oils for Radiant Skin.

Erica for Summer Love Notes: Cucumber Watermelon Refresher

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Evelyn Lauer

evelynlauerheadshotEvelyn A. Lauer is a writer and teacher who lives in Chicago. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Texas State University.

Her poems and essays have appeared in several publications, including. Huffington Post, Education Week, MaMa Mia Australia, Sentence, Denver Syntax, and Releasing the Words: Writers on Writing.

She’s also appeared on Huffington Post Live and Al Jazeera America.

More of her work can be read at www.evelynalauer.com or http://www.huffingtonpost.com/evelyn-lauer/.

She has recently completed her first book, a memoir about her twenty-year on-and-off-again relationship with Will. She posts updates about this project on social media.

Evelyn for Summer Love Notes: The Tease of Love

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Jennette Nielsen

jn_bioJennette Nielsen is a Pacific Northwest-based honey drenched Maker, Mama, and Medicine Woman, steeped in mellow magic. She is a wild seeker, sacred gatherer and magic forager who loves to tend her honeybees, sew, sling clay, craft herbal potions, dance and sing.

She’s the visionary behind Make-to-Mend, Smashing Rubbish and Cauldron & Hive – three creative expressions of her passion for healing, transformation, beauty and the divine feminine.

Fueled by the belief that the practice and act of Making is a catalyst for Mending and unfurling personal growth, Jennette hopes every woman will thread their needle with soul sinew and stitch their own wild and free nature into their mending, marveling at their own beauty all the while.

To learn more about Jennette, check out the short film on her in the series ArtMaker SoulShaker here or visit her website here or find her on instagram to follow her travels, adventures and vagabond wanderings.

one sentence offering: Join us in Ojai October 9-14 for our last Wild Roots Sacred Wings gathering of 2015 with our merry magical coven of misfit ladybirds.

Jennette for Summer Love Notes: The Dog Days of Summer

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Katrina Kittle

KatrinaKittleBioKatrina is a novelist, with four books for adults and one novel for tweens, her most recent titles being The Kindness of Strangers and The Blessings of the Animals—all redemptive stories that deal with issues of social justice.

Katrina teaches creative writing workshops from the third grade to retirement communities, focusing on craft and motivation (and is especially good at jumpstarting stalled writers).

In the Dayton-Cincinnati area, she teaches regularly for Word’s Worth Writing Connections and online through OnLiten (www.onliten.com ). She also offers manuscript consultations through Write Sisters Consulting. Katrina has always loved telling stories in any medium, and because of her extensive background in dance and theatre, she is a firm believer in both honoring an apprenticeship and caring about craft.

She lives near Dayton, Ohio with her wonderful fella, and their sweet beagle and odd cat; has a thing for goats, gardening, and going barefoot; and is totally addicted to coffee, pedicures, and movies. You can find out more at www.katrinakittle.com

Katrina for Summer Love Notes:  The Scent of Summer (and Basil Pesto)

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Kayce Stevens Hughlett

kayce_bioKayce Stevens Hughlett: author, life muse, ponderer extraordinaire, speaker, joy monger, soulstroller.

I prefer to read novels in the summer and non-fiction/memoirs in winter.
I prefer writing with a fountain pen over computer keyboards.
I prefer summer in Seattle over winter almost anywhere.
I prefer Paris over Rome. Big dogs over small. Fluffy cats over sleek.

I abhor that the world is filled with suffering, and I know affliction has helped create the individual I am today.

I thrive on new experiences, adore reading, blogging, and movies ranging from romantic to contemplative.

One of my favorite authors, Anne Lamott, calls laughter “carbonated holiness” and I couldn’t agree more. Belly laughs are manna from heaven and there is nothing better than a well-timed temper tantrum.

Play time with friends and family is sacred, as is quiet space and solitude.

Take your soul for a stroll and visit me online connect on social media as well as Goodreads.

Exciting news! My debut novel, BLUE is releasing on September 10, 2015. I invite you to celebrate this fulfillment of a dream that I never imagined while reading Nancy Drew books on hot summer days.  Available now for pre-order through Amazon, BQB Publishing, and Independent BookSellers. Release date: September 10, 2015

Kayce for Summer Love Notes: Summer’s Day

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Kira Elliot

Kira_Elliot_BioHi, my name is Kira. I am a writer, artist and non-profit community developer living in the Detroit area.

I teach creative writing and mindfulness workshops and retreats.

I am an AWA Affiliate, certified to lead workshops in the AWA method as described in Writing Alone & With Others by Pat Schneider, Oxford University Press.

My purpose is to help make the world more compassionate and open by helping others open their hearts and trust themselves by sharing tools of creative writing and mindfulness.

Connect with me on the web.

Are you ready to begin writing your own stories from the heart? Check out my FREE Open Hearted Writing Practice E-Course.

Kira for Summer Love Notes: The Innocence of Rocks by Kira Elliot

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Maya Stein

Maya Stein is a Ninja poet, writing guide, and creative adventuress currently living in Northern New Jersey, in her maya_bioright brain, and online at www.mayastein.com.

Maya is the co-founder of Food for the Soul Train with her partner, Any Tingle. Food for the Soul Train is a mobile creativity company based in Nutley, NJ. Their mission? To bring creativity to communities everywhere via their vintage caravan, nicknamed MAUDE (Mobile Art Unit Designed for Everyone).

She is a writer who believes that creativity doesn’t need to happen in isolation. A bike-riding enthusiast who doesn’t know very much about bicycles. A dabbler of photography and lip-synch videos. A middle child. A Taurus. A decent juggler. A lover of nuance and small gestures. A creature of both habit and spontaneity. An INFP. A perennial 12-year-old. A seeker of hidden places and mystery. A reluctant housekeeper.

Maya has been a freelance writer and editor for more than 15 years. She began a weekly poetry practice in 2005 (“10-line Tuesdays”) and my poems now reach more than 1,000 people each week. Maya has self-published four books and have just completed her fifth, selected poems from my her, “One Paragraph at a Time.”

“At the heart of it all, I remain curious, engaged, and hopeful about the world around me, and continue to discover new ways to be a part of it and to share my experiences through writing, photography, and other outlets. I love leading a life of creative investigation – even with all the uncertainties it comes with – because it helps me connect with and support others who are driven by similar instincts. And I never stop forgetting how lucky I am.”

Connect with Maya online, at Food for the Soul Train and on social media.

Maya for Summer Love Notes: how to celebrate August

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Writer, book reviewer, voice actor, dog-lover, and bathtub mermaid, Melissa can be found at her her website (MissMeliss.com) or her book blog (Bibliotica).

You can also listen to her podcast, “Bathtub Mermaid: Tales from the Tub” at Bathtub Mermaid or on iTunes.

 

Melissa for Summer Love Notes: The Summer Smile Ten Dollars Can Buy | Mermaid Child

Recipes from Melissa: Summer Spinach Pizza 

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Penny Luker

pennylukerbiophotoHi. My name is Penny Luker and I am a writer and a ‘learner’ artist. I used to work as a head teacher of a small school in Cheshire and later for the Open University as an associate lecturer in child studies.

I am passionate about writing and enjoy writing poetry, short stories and novels. You can find my blog at www.pennyluker.wordpress.com

I have just finished a one year, level 2, diploma in fine art and design at Mid-Cheshire College and aim to go back and do a Foundation Stage art course next year.

I also play the piano and ukulele (badly) but I love both playing and listening to music.

The Truth Finder is my most recent book and can be purchased from Amazon. (If you live in the UK | If you live in the US)

The brilliant cover was painted by my artist brother-in-law Graham Luker.

Connect with me in a variety of spaces on the web.

Penny for Summer Love Notes: Summer Flowers

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Rachel Kain

Rachel is an IT professional and writer. She’s really great at her day job, and likes it, too, but longs to become a racheljkainbiofull-time writer—with a house on Mullett Lake.

She’s a lifelong resident of Michigan and currently lives in suburban Detroit with her husband, sons, and dogs.

Rachel is a singer and actress and can be seen performing in plays, musicals, and concerts throughout the year. She’s dabbled with assistant directing as well.

Aside from writing and performing, Rachel’s other passion is fitness. She enjoys strength training, running, and is also known to Zumba now and again. She and a fellow writer, mom, and fitness enthusiast are building a fitness and health website for women—with the goal of smashing myths and stereotypes and celebrating common sense and moderation as the path to health and fitness.

You can find more of her writing here.

Rachel for Summer Love Notes: My Summer Home

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Reese Ryan

ReeseRyanBioReese Ryan is an author of multicultural romance novels and women’s fiction. She serves as the current president of her local Romance Writers of America chapter.

Reese writes sexy, contemporary fiction filled with colorful characters and sinfully-sweet romance. She secretly enjoys torturing her heroines with family and career drama, reformed bad boys, revealed secrets, and the occasional identity crisis, but always rewards them with a happily ever after.

When she isn’t writing or working in her garden, Reese designs handmade jewelry and creates handmade and hand-embellished journals for her shop, Sinfully Sweet Handmade.

Reese for Summer Love Notes: For the Love of Gardening 

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Rochelle Bilow

rochelle_bilow_bioRochelle is an associate web editor for Bon Appétit magazine, where she writes about seasonal eating, cooking with local ingredients, and how to be more efficient (and have more fun!) in the kitchen.

When she’s not writing, she’s managing Bon Appéit’s Instagram account at @bonappetitmag and Tweeting at @bonappetit.

Before joining BA, Rochelle worked as the Experts Editor at YourTango.com; prior to that, she lived and cooked on a small farm in Central New York.

The Call of the Farm, her first book, a memoir of food, farming, and love, was published in 2014.

Connect with Rochelle on her personal Twitter and Instagram accounts (below) and read more at RochelleBilow.com.

You may purchase her book, The Call of the Farm, wherever books and ebooks are sold.

Rochelle’s Recipes for Summer Love Notes: Blistered Tomato Gratin | Shaved Cabbage, Kohlrabi and Carrot Slaw

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Sharon Richards

Sharon_Richards_bioSharon Richards is a self-described Spiritual Travel Advisor. Her many years of travel throughout the globe: Paris, India, Canada, Africa, Costa Rica, Western and Eastern Europe, have contributed to her ability to navigate and engage in various countries with a sense of ease and anticipation. She is a pilgrim at heart and loves to explore new terrains, landscapes, language and culture.

Raising three delightful, now ‘young adults’ continues to be a journey of passionate engagement and learning.

She enjoys exploring living life on the edge, spirituality, meditation, writing, cooking, dates with her husband of 28 years, yoga, walking her canine companion, biking, exploring neighborhoods in her hometown, Seattle, WA and celebrating life as often as possible.

Sharon received her B.Ed. from the University of British Columbia. She is honored to hold dual citizenship with the U.S. and Canada.

You can often find her writing on her blog as well as pondering and planning upcoming SoulStrolling™ adventures with Kayce S. Hughlett.

Do you dream of visiting Paris in a non-frantic, slower paced way? Is your heart longing to stroll by the Seine? If yes, then consider joining us on our SoulStrolling à Paris, October 17 -24, 2015 adventure.

Sharon for Summer Love Notes: Beethoven, Water and Seals

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Sue Ann Gleason

sue_ann_gleason_bioSue Ann Gleason is food lover, food writer, food-based healer and champion for women who want to lead a more delicious, fully expressed life. She has been featured in Oprah and Runner’s World magazines and numerous online publications.

When not working with private clients or delivering online programs, Sue Ann can be found sampling exotic chocolates or building broccoli forests in her mashed potatoes.

You can connect with Sue Ann in a number of places. Delicious freebies await you!

Her Eat Your Way Gorgeous online adventure has two rounds this summer. Join one or both (for the same cost)

Sue Ann for Summer Love Notes: 12 Reasons to Visit Your Local Farmers Market

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Tea Silvestre

Tea bioTea Silvestre is all about The Story. Telling them, listening to them and figuring out what they mean.

She’s also the author of “Attract and Feed a Hungry Crowd: How Thinking Like a Chef Can Help You Build a Solid Business.”

She teaches workshops in brand storytelling and mentors creative solopreneurs, coaches, and authors on the art of building a heart-centered business.

Food and stories. Two crucial elements that help us build relationships that matter. If you’ve got a small business and you’d like it to grow, there’s no better way than to share stories with folks over a meal. Come learn more this August in Portland.

Tea for Summer Love Notes: Fairies, Root Beer, and Love by Tea Silvestre

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Theresa Reed

theresareed200x300Theresa Reed (alias: The Tarot Lady) is an intuitive Tarot reader, astrologist, teacher, mentor & yogi with over twenty five years of professional experience, industry street cred for miles, and thousands of clients in her digital rolodex.

She’s devoted to helping people make better decisions & lead happier lives — using Tarot as an instigational tool for confident, bold & emotionally-intelligent action — in life, in love & in business.

She is also a business mentor with a mission to help spiritual + metaphysical business owners get their sh*t together, build strong + profitable empires, and experience the freedom they want + deserve. Because running your own business is HOT — and even mystics gots to pay the bills.

She’s also the creator of Creative Coupling, a guidebook for entrepreneurs and the people that love them

You can find all the goods and deets at her online hub: The Tarot Lady or follow her on Twitter @thetarotlady

Theresa for Summer Love Notes: Summertime Blues and Books

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