divine_feminine_spotlightlisa-listerSASSY SHE, Lisa Lister


Welcome to the first Divine Feminine Spotlight of 2014! 

The intention of The Divine Feminine Spotlight is to share transformational stories of women who have learned to walk in beauty, with the strength, courage, and pleasure of claiming their feminine sovereignty.

Today it’s my pleasure to introduce you to the mistress of SASSY and my new friend, Lisa Lister. 

Lisa describes herself as a writer. A woman. A witch. And a a called girl – who experiences life, moment to moment. She fully owns her SHE Power, her divine sovereignty, femininity and bad ass-ery. Her call or SASSY SHE Power, is to write a new story. 
One in which we connect with the power of our menstrual cycle – come into relationship with our beautiful bodies (no matter what shape or form we are in), and stake our claim in the world by telling our deepest, heart-thumping truth, no matter how messy and imperfect that might look and feel.


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Lisa Lister is in the Divine Feminine Spotlight

Here is a brief synopsis of our Divine Feminine Spotlight interview. Please make time to listen in to experience the full energetic connection of our transformational conversation. Lisa is an AMAZING woman!

Share a personal transformation you experienced in the last 12 months that altered your life. 

Amazing Question. I’m grateful to be here. Thank you!

I have to say, I don’t normally do these types of interviews very often and it was this question that made this beautiful gut-wrenching YES come up inside me.

It’s been truly transformational for me in lots of ways. I got married to a big hot Viking man and committed my heart to his and that was tuly transformation in itself. My mumma, my dad and my auntie all left their bodies in the space of 6 weeks. And it was hard…

My mumma had been poorly for a little while and it had been expected. My husband and I cared for her and it was beautiful to be with her through that process. It was hard and painful but it was very beautiful. My pops left his body and that was unexpected to me and sad. They went together. For me there’s this really beautiful knowing that they signed up together for birthing me into the world. Almost as if they realized that their soul work was done. This was their work. They birthed me. I’m here. And I’m in my power. And it’s taken til now to even BEGIN to know what that may feel or look like.

And then to lose my auntie to the same disease, pulmonary fibrosis which took them both very quickly and to watch them die within six weeks of each other. They were the feminine matriarch’s in my life. It’s been interesting to see how the patriarchs had to step up. They’re not used to it. 

Personally it’s been a real insight for me to step up and claim my own voice and my own power in this lifetime and to seek my mumma love from the Great Mumma, a much bigger power than I’ve ever experienced before. This is the transformation and I’m still in it! 

The space that’s been left is now open to receive. There’s lots of cracks and broken pieces. One of my favorite goddesses is Akhilandeshvari. She is the goddess of never-not-broken. She encapsulates those moments when we’re cracked, when were on the floor and broken open. My husband and I do this word for the year thing and our word for last year was Transformation and we were like shit, really?! We’re not doing a word this year! This year we’ve decided we’re going to be open to receive.  

How do you relate to your body, sexuality and power?

My body and I didn’t have the very best relationship for a long time, until I discovered Yoga about 3 years ago. We didn’t get on my body and I. I’m in a bountiful body and I love it now, but at the time I didn’t know how to navigate being in this bigger girl body.

I discovered yoga and I was scared to go to a yoga class and I’ve been working in self-esteem and self-development for years! I had this demon in me that was like, “Fat girls don’t do Yoga.” I turned up anyway and luckily found an amazing class where I was brought to my knees (literally) as my body came into relationship with my heart and my soul. There was this relationship that began with my heart and my body and and we came into communion together. It was a complete discovery of ME.  

Yoga was a complete game-changer for me. Life change. I learned to start owning taking up space. I realized that it’s okay to take up space in Yoga class and in life. Me and my body are cool with each other now. We date on a regular basis. I love being in this body now. I don’t need to be a size ten or zero to be of purpose. All women deserve to be feeling good in their bodies. 

What are your favorite sacred feminine rituals?

This is my favorite language ever! Bathing in a beautiful bath or swimming in a wide open sea. Completely surrendering. Anything water related. I’m a Scorpio so anything water related works for me.

My best ideas come in the shower. I just love a bath and to connect with myself fully.   

I love sitting in front of an altar. I love journaling. Words are my magic. That’s where I’m most at home when I’m journalling and sharing my story through words. Sharing whatever comes through me. I love to sit in front of an altar, light a candle, and call on SHE. That’s how I’m lead. I write every day. The water and the words are where I connect with my own sacred SHE. 

How else do you embody being a sovereign feminine Goddess?

I love that! I think for me it’s this claiming of my voice. This trust in the Divine, trust in SHE. Knowing that I am here as a vessel to share and be her messenger in this lifetime. I spent many years looking up to authors thinking WOW, you girls have really got it.  What is it that you’ve got? And now I see it, It was actually the trust they had in themselves to share their stories. I cut myself the slack of being the best writer, because I’m absolutely not. But I am the best person at being me. I am the best person to share my story — a unique story to me in a way that nobody else can. When I claim that, when I claim my voice and my lineage as a women.

I love sharing the SHE stories that have been censored in a way that debases us as women.  In this last 2000 years it’s been very hard for women to share our stories. I think for me sovereignty has come from claiming my authentic voice. To turn up just as I am. Not super shiny. Not a cookie cutter version of so-called perfection. To show up just as I am in this bountiful body and in this messy imperfect grief. Do I still show up when I’m grieving? Yeah I do. I share where I’m at right now. In the beautiful moments that I share with my husband. In the need to talk to women about these big taboos that shouldn’t be a taboo. Talking about a menstrual cycle is not a taboo! This is a woman’s magic, her power and we’re taught that this is dirty and oh…

What was your inspiration for the Sassy SHE?

Cool! Five years ago I was in Paris with a girlfriend on New Year’s Eve. We were both broken up from long relationships and we had no money, so we both maxed out our credit cards and went to Paris and lived this completely decadent couple of day!

On New Year’s Eve we went to the Eiffel Tower and sat underneath sharing a little ritual between girlfriends, where we write love letters to the universe. We thought, if we’re going to to write a love letter to the universe, let’s do it under this beacon of awesomeness! So it’s New Year’s Eve and everybody else is getting drunk and me my friend, with our notebooks, writing letters to the Universe about the year ahead and how we would show up in the world. So we did that gave the letters a smooch with our best pink lipstick and then went inside to enjoy our evening. We kissed a few boys and ate a few macaroons. Ha Ha Ha!

The next day I was called write in my journal. SASSY became it! I love playing around with alliteration. All of a sudden I knew it was SASSY and that these letters stood for:

Spiritual – Authentic – Sensual – Sensational – You 

These were all of the elements that represented what I wanted to be in my power.  If they were aligned, I would be unstoppable. I’d be the mistress of my destiny. I decided to give this a go. We lived it, my girlfriends and I. It pretty much changed our lives. So from that moment on we were looking to see if we were in SASSY alignment. Now when I see the Eiffel tower, it’s a beacon. With it’s strong, solid, know itself stature. It sparkles. Look at me shining my light out into the world. From that time. SASSY been a mastery for gutsy girls who are willing to know themselves. To know that everything they need is inside of them. This is how you become the mistress of your destiny. You know. You’ve got the answers.

The SASSY SHE came after my mumma died. The space is cleared.  I am fully embodying SASSY. I know if we listen to our bellies we will not be lead astray. This knowing comes when you have faith in SHE. 

Tell us how our community can connect with you and claim your Sassy She mail

Visit www.Sassyology.com for some of my lovely offerings. Come play! I’m on Facebook and everywhere!  

If you enjoyed our conversation today, you may wish to explore more of our featured Goddesses who’ve shared their wisdom in Divine Feminine Spotlight series.  

P.S. I’m so honored to BE one of the 12 speakers interviewed for The Dream BIGGER Extravaganza where I’ll be sharing: Letting Go – Heal Your Past & Open Your Heart. Learn more HERE.



About Shann Vander Leek

Shann Vander Leek

Shann Vander Leek is a Transformation Goddess, Award Winning Podcaster, Best Selling Author, Producer, Podcast Coach and Media Expert. Shann is the founder of True Balance International, LLC, Transformation Goddess, Podcast Bath Media Services, and co-creator of Anxiety Slayer.

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  • Shann Jan 22, 2014, 10:54 am

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful story with us. You always make me smile.
    So much love,

    • Lisa Jan 29, 2014, 4:39 pm

      I am so grateful for you inviting me to come play in the spotlight, Miss Shann x

  • McKella Jan 22, 2014, 12:34 pm

    What an amazing interview! I especially love what Lisa said about learning to be in her body and that it’s ok to take up space. I think that’s something women often struggle with, taking up space and learning to own our presence on this planet. Lisa’s an inspiration!

    • Lisa Jan 29, 2014, 4:41 pm

      Yes McKella – let’s all start taking up space and own our awesomeness – oh yeah!

  • Linda Joy Jan 24, 2014, 10:27 am

    Lisa, just love your acronym for SASSY…
    Spiritual – Authentic – Sensual – Sensational – You
    I’m claiming that sacred energy for myself too!
    Here’s to a world where all women are SASSY

    • Lisa Jan 29, 2014, 4:42 pm

      Lovely Linda – I LOVE the idea o’ a SASSY world – lets make that happen!

      Let the SASSYfication begin!

  • Elle Jan 24, 2014, 3:10 pm

    Just loved the descriptor ‘called girl’. Adorable. I applaud every mistress of her destiny. Go girls.

    • Lisa Jan 29, 2014, 4:44 pm

      All hail the ‘called girl’ – SHE wants us to do her awesome work, all we’ve got to do is listen. Even when SHE does give 4am booty calls. That’s not just me is it? Please say it’s not!

  • Karen Jolly Jan 27, 2014, 11:04 pm

    I really enjoyed this and that you found Yoga to connect you to your body! And that you take your body on dates…absolutely beautiful! I hope you will continue to share your story as it is so empowering and inspiring for women, especially in this world of advertising that rules and dominates so many as to what a woman is to be, look like etc. It is such a gift to come back to who we are as women and fill that space together -starting with our own bodies. Thank you! xo

    • Lisa Jan 29, 2014, 4:48 pm

      Ahh, thank you Karen!
      Yep, yoga has pretty much been the game-changer for me in this bountiful body – yep, sharing my story and helping other women to share theirs is the work o’ SHE – best job ever.

  • shannvanderleek Jan 29, 2014, 9:07 am

    Thank you for your loving and supportive comments. I’m so glad you enjoyed our interview! Lisa has been away at a Yoga retreat and will respond to your comments when she returns. So much love, Shann