BLESSED 40 DAY e-workshop: Starts Jan 8th, 2017

book club meets 40-Day e-workshop,
kinda like Sunday School for grown-ups.

instead of having one more book to read
or place to be on a sacred Sunday,
delivered to your in-box,
for you to ponder when you can,
will be insight + practices from texts,
of an everyday spiritual sort,
to help uncover what it takes to be blessed +
ensure your story becomes the best yet.



  • yogis seeking svadhyaya,
  • beyond-surface-chit-chat types, craving depth + meaningful connection,
  • wondering-what-to-do-with-their-lives types, longing for clarity,
  • those-who-know-what-they-want, but need courage + encouragement to deliver it,
  • hopeful-achiever-types with a challenge, resolution, intention, they’re serious about accomplishing
  • anyone interested in cultivating faith, hope, confidence, energy, and courage to deliver whatever our heart desires.


SUNDAY, JAN 8 through SUNDAY, FEB 19, 2017
that’s 6-weeks, or 4o-ish days, because well, 40 days… 40 nights…clearly, 40 is statistically, spiritually significant.


each week, you’ll receive 3-4 video-snippets of me sharing a-ha’s from a carefully curated collection of life-enhancing books such as:

  • The Artist’s Way, a spiritual path to higher creativity,
  • A New Earth, Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose,
  • Big Magic, Rising Strong, The Art of Possibility (+ whole lot more)
  • Memoirs that capture the heart of humanity,
  • and my own stories for even more reality.

a variety of superpower-cultivating practices such as:

  • shifting perspective in the blink of an eye,
  • acceptance, maybe even forgiveness, in any circumstance,
  • morning pages,
  • artist’s dates,
  • meditating,
  • noticing (and capturing) moments
  • holding each other accountable for the holy grail: moving our bodies.

instant connection with like-minded soul-seekers

a course container that makes it easy to encourage each other

a weekly “confession & a cookie” Q&A where you can ask me anything. i’ll tape my perspective in an audio recording for you to listen at your leisure.

if i could give you a cookie, i would. instead, i’ll share my favorite healthy cookbooks and recipes.


a pair of “i am blessed” socks, a reminder to stay grounded, focused and empowered to continue doing all you can to be blessed.


COST:  $99


Questions??? email me at

Why do this with me??? click here and here

Thank you and remember, doing stuff like this is always better when we’re together.



bossypants on a bra, beauty and more

i’m trying to keep my summertime reading light.
light, meaning semi-un-educational-or-spiritual.
i walked right on by this section
and went straight for the celebrity/artist/autobiographies.
probably not the lightest i could’ve gone, but they’re what i’m craving, so there you go.

Composed, by Roseanne Cash made me cry. many times. not the lightness i was after, but message after message that will stay with me forever. she beautifully captures a difficult love for her father, along with a desperate quest to find her own voice and container for creativity despite not wanting to follow in his celebrity footsteps. all kinds of a-ha’s in this one. a spiritual keeper, despite my best efforts.

Now, I wouldn’t call Bossypants, by Tina Fey necessarily “spiritual,” although she does deliver her share of a-ha’s. more crudely delivered than typical texts of choice…but, if you’re looking for reality with levity, she nails it.

in the spirit of summertime lightness, fingers crossed even the fellah’s will find the funny in these…

on her battle with guilt over not breast-feeding…
“when people say you really, really must do something…it means you really don’t have to. no one ever says, ‘you really, really must deliver the baby during labor.’ when it’s true, it doesn’t need to be said.”

on what a wise friend told her about fashion…
“don’t wear what fashion designers tell you to wear. wear what they wear. most designers, no matter what they throw on the runway, favor simple, flattering pieces for themselves.”

her most important rule of beauty…
“who cares?”

on career advice for young women…
“people will try to trick you that you are in competition with other women. don’t be fooled. you’re in competition with everyone. and… wear a bra. even if you think you don’t need it, because, you know what? you’re never going to regret it.”

in the chapter titled, what turning 40 means to me?
“i need to take my pants off when i get home from work. i didn’t used to have to do that. but now i do.”
(that’s the whole chapter. those two sentences.)

i hope at least one of these brought even the slightest grin.

if you happen to be craving something deeper, i am loving Oprah and Deepak’s 21-Day meditation on Grace and Gratitude. Even though it’s Day 11, they keep the last five days up. you can still jump in and get plenty of goodness.

i challenged myself to capture what each day’s message means to me, then share it on facebook/instagram. i was nervous to do it, but as we know… those nerves (aka: resistance) are simply a sign that this is something that means a lot to me.

i’ve been giving it a go…here, here, here and here.

if you’re craving more energy, lightness, kindness for yourself and those around you, i encourage you to give it a go too. because that’s how i’m feeling these days. apparently, this grace and gratitude thing works.

checkout counter wisdom



“how”s your day going?” asked Amy, as she was ringing up my groceries at Trader Joe’s.

i said, “great, how’s yours?”

she said, “really, really good, like over-the-top good because i got so much done before coming to work today.”

i asked her if she makes a to-do list online casino before she goes to bed, so she wakes up raring to go (because this tactic has been on my mind) and she said, no… her to-do process is this:

she tears the cover off greeting cards people have given her, writes her to do list on the back, then every time she crosses off an item, she sends light to the person who gave it to her.

today, she had used a card from her dad.
her list was extra long.
so she had sent him extra love.
this is why she felt so good today.

jaw dropped.

give gratitude.
grace responds.
life lessons are all around you.
just ask.
love her.

Page 1 of 6712345...102030...Last »
© Copyright Denese Russell: Writings | created by: IZUMI STUDIOS