You first:


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).

Snap peas from my garden.

Snap peas from my garden.

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).

Here we were, certain that the very rudimentary map for a then-undeveloped forest reserve, was enough to guide us through the dense cloud forest. Right before we ended up spending an unplanned night in an abandoned cabin we found in the forest. Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, Costa Rica, Fall, 1992.

Here we were, certain that the very rudimentary map for a then-undeveloped forest reserve, was enough to guide us through the dense cloud forest. Right before we ended up spending an unplanned night in an abandoned cabin we found in the forest. Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, Costa Rica, Fall, 1992.


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:

Hummingbirds spend their lives doing it very differently: they move from tree to tree, from flower to flower, from field to field, trying this, trying that. And two things happen. They create incredibly rich, complex lives for themselves. And they also end up cross-pollinating the world.

That is the service that you do if you are a hummingbird person. Because you bring an idea from here to over here where you learn something else and you weave it in and then you take it here to the next thing you do so that your perspective ends up keeping the entire culture aerated and mixed up and open to the new and fresh, and if that is how you are constructed by your divine maker then that is how we need you to be.
— Elizabeth Gilbert

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 Tutor + Peace Cultivator who loves helping creatives and do-gooders feel way less scared about money. 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.

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