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My Broken-Open Heart

by shannvanderleek on January 11, 2017

Enjoy My Broken-Open Heart from my courageous friend and warrior goddess, Lisa C. Adams. My heart was broken recently. Though painful, it’s also been a miraculous alchemical process of healing, insights, and blessings. Several months ago, “D” asked me to leave my wonderful life to make a new one with him. I joyously picked up […]


Dancing on The Emotional Edge with Crystal Andrus Morrisette

by shannvanderleek on December 27, 2015

Every month I have the honor of spotlighting a book that I think will resonate with the women who gather here for sacred feminine exploration. This month it’s my pleasure to share a behind the scenes interview with my Sagittarian sister, Crystal Andrus Morrisette. In the 80s, Melody Beattie rocked the world with the idea of Codependency. […]

An Open Letter of Gratitude to Judy Blume

by shannvanderleek on September 4, 2014

Dear Judy, I have been meaning to write you this letter for quite some time. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret has been front of mind as I mother my young daughter through her first years of adolescence. Thank you for making the choice to courageously pioneer a voice for young girls in the throes of puberty. You helped […]

Surrender to the Undertow of Transformation

by shannvanderleek on June 2, 2013

  Good Harbor Beach – Lake Michigan Every summer we spend lots of weekends on the shores of Lake Michigan. My husband and I remind our young daughter to be mindful of the often present and powerful undertow. We tell her to look for the ripples on the top of  the water. Should she ever […]