You're creative. Off-the-beaten path (or not).
Marching (or, more likely, dancing) to the beat of your own drum.
You know you've got inner wisdom (even if you don't always take the time to tune in to listen).
You're up for adventure, and are all about some tasty food.
Money might be on your mind,
or maybe you're wanting support for living a more mindful
and deeply meaningful life.
Perhaps it's a combination of both that's brought you here.
Either way, I bet we have a lot to talk about.
Now, my turn:
I’m Sharron, and I adore creating safe spaces where people can heal hard stuff.
Not in a therapy kind of way, but in a garden-tending kind of way. (Yes, I'm a gardener, too).
One of the doorways into this kind of healing is through looking at money.
But not in the way that almost everyone on the planet talks about money.
More in a "we're going on an adventure to a place that seems dark and scary but oh, the treasures we're going to find along the way" kind of way.
(Yes, I love adventures, and have had many - all over the planet).
Another doorway into this kind of healing is through looking at what I like to call "Big Life Changes."
You know, like when you realize your marriage needs to end.
Or your Dad's dying.
Or you just can't wait any longer to get started on that book of poems. Because it's time. Now.
These places are so rich and fertile, like birth and death. Like composting soil.
There's so much growth, depth, and meaning that can come from looking at them closely together. For real.
As for me and my story, I'm a hummingbird, as Elizabeth Gilbert describes so well in this talk:
So, if you're ready for some new perspective on life, money, and everything . . .
If you're longing from some one-on-one mentoring from someone who's traveled many many roads, who's got loads of compassion, humor, and insight to share . . .
Get in touch and let's see how we can do some good soul-gardening together.
The Official Bio:
Sharron Mendel Swain, MA, is a Money + Mindful Living Mentor who loves helping creatives and do-gooders cultivate peace in their lives and in the world. In her work, she weaves together insights and practices from years of mindfulness practice, changemaking, and conscious money work. Mama to two growing boys, she works at Trader Joe's, adores Waldorf education, and tends to her Alabama garden. Her dharma name, given by Thich Nhat Hanh, is "Compassionate Vow of the Heart." Sometimes, you can find her blogging at sharronswain.com.
Once upon a time, when her heart was broken and she was stepping into a new and unknown future, she wrote a book of poems and essays called "traveling at the speed of baby steps: poems on divorcing with dignity." You're welcome to read it here.
What others have said about the book:
- "I feel inspired to love 'what is,' including the difficult places."
- "It is wonderfully honest and open, and ultimately uplifting."
- "A song, a journey, rich, beautiful, deep, heartfelt, ebb, and flow."
- "The impact on me is AWE. Plain and simple!"
- "I was moved to tears by your words, your open-heartedness in sharing your journey toward healing and new wholeness. I felt my own heart tremendously moved - touched to the core."
- "It is beautiful. I feel calm. There are many times throughout my reading that I wanted to share these words with people that I love. This one, perfect for you, Mom. Oh, and this one should be read by my friend Laura. And another by my friend Christopher. So many experiences I have touched that I just haven't ever met words for . . .So Mom, Laura, Christopher, I know what you are feeling - I can feel it / know it energetically. Here are words to demonstrate, to describe. I know what you are feeling. I am with you."
- "I found it to be very moving, wise, and compassionate."
- "It is something that can speak to someone on multiple levels, whether they are going through a divorce, some sort of separation, or loss, or starting to deal with self-worth, self-esteem issues. There is a lot of wisdom in the book about being at peace with oneself and how to do that."
- "I feel overjoyed that two people can decide to act with such dignity and love, and actually go through with it. I am honored as a reader that you are sharing your story with such searing honesty."