The Perfect Storm by Shann Vander Leek
My friend Jennifer Mizel graces us with her brilliant writing for our Summer Writing Series featuring several of the women who will be stepping into circle with me for the Goddess Talk Sessions Global Event next month. You are welcome to step into circle with us by signing up at the bottom of this post.


It had been a great kick-off to Summer…
the meteorologists were saying it’s a quiet start to hurricane season, with “below-normal” activity and just a few storms out in front.

Then, suddenly, a new weather report comes through…and it’s clear, the atmospheric conditions are about to change.

The call you wished you would receive…
The call you hoped you would never receive…
The higher call you don’t know how to receive…

Without warning, the wind pattern shifts, the landscape lets out a rumble and you realize, you too, are about to be uprooted…a transformational storm is about to hit.

There are a few ways to take action:

    • Duck and cover.

Go into hiding, pretend it’s normal; it’s all good…you’ll just ignore the conditions outside.

    • Hang on for dear life.

Clinging to every little limb…reaching for the nearest branch or muddy tree root, using all your life force to resist the rapidly changing conditions as the storm engulfs you in its grip.

    • Surrender and Let Go.

Allow the wind to blow, the tide to take you, fascinate upon the ground as it crumbles beneath your feet…realize, that in this moment, you can make a choice, to save your reserves, recognize you are along for the ride and let yourself go with the flow.

When the storms of life are howling and are threatening to sweep you off your feet…
To a new city, a new lover, a new medical emergency… it can bring up oh-so-much…
The fear, the resistance, and the desire for each and every thing to always, remain the same.

Every fiber of your being might put up a fight and say…
Oh No. I’m not quite ready for THIS THING JUST YET.

Why, I’ve barely just recuperated from last season’s storms… I simply must have a bit more time, I’m on my way to fabulous, and I just need one more moment to remain undisturbed.

I recently had my own summer storm to contend with, in the form of getting the call that I never wanted to get…that my 91 year old father had fully fractured his hip.

I resisted, I fought, I dared to say “this isn’t fair.”
I shook my fists at the sky as the storm began…knowing quite well the reality of what lay ahead.

This can’t happen now! I don’t have the stamina! I’ve not caught my breath!
I’ve yet to rebuild my own foundation …dammit! I simply MUST get back to business!

I kicked, I screamed, I got really pissy,
at the Universe…or the nearest resident Doctor.
I found myself screaming, sobbing, over and over… I cannot do this…
To God. To the Goddess. Or to my nearest allies, who were calling from hundreds of miles away.

And then I gave it all up and I let go…

I chose to stop seeing my situation as a catastrophe, or cataclysmic event.
I chose to start viewing it as an opportunity, instead of a chore.
I chose to understand that “this,” is where the Universe was asking me to show up, in service.
I chose to see that this, too, is sacred, and trust, that everything is exactly as it should be.

And in letting go, I got strong.

I began to witness the strength in surrender and to understand when you are the center of the cyclone, there truly is calm in the eye of the storm.

That, this, in fact, was the Perfect Storm.
And I began to feel the sacredness of this moment in time.

Transformational tidal waves are not-negotiable facts of life, but having weathered quite a few, in just a few short years, I’ve some reflections from the other side…and trust me…you always get to the other side.

When the barometric pressure starts to fall, and life is forcing you to surrender control to the higher domain, here are seven ways to keep centered in the eye of the storm:

               1. Accept it.

Accept the storm as a fact of life. Accept that it is coming. Accept when it has hit. Accept that you are in it. The less effort you put into resisting, the more energy you’ll have for when and where your energy will be needed most.

              2. Remember your flotation devices.

Know the things – and people – you need around you that will help you stay afloat. A few hints here…staying fed is probably the bottom line, be okay with the fact that not everyone in your intimate circle will “get” what is going on…and you are going to drop some balls in the day-to-day of your everyday life.

              3. Get elemental.

Seek the everlasting and eternal forces outside yourself…big bodies of water, large passing clouds, a burning flame, the earth, the air…these things are your biggest allies and sources for renewal when you are being pulled by forces outside of your control.

             4. Be willing to get naked.

Know that tropical storms, or any initiation, will strip you down.
That’s okay…ideal conditions for a hurricane are usually pretty balmy, it’s best to be wearing as little as possible.

             5. Dress well. Dress Sexy.

Again…it’s hot, it’s sticky, and you will likely get wet.
Plus, a sexy dress is easy to toss on and can be quite distracting to the eye when your own eyes are swollen shut and puffy.

             6. Ask questions, ask for Divine help and be willing to receive it.

Continually ask, “How can “this” situation show up with more magic, grace and ease?” Be alert and give a bow to the amazing ways in which this arrives. And… be willing to receive it.

             7. Above all, remember this is Sacred.

This, my love, is the ritual du jour. No doubt about it, you have entered into a sacred circle of ceremony and YOU are the Priestess in power. See each, and every person that crosses your path as a member of your tribe, taking part in a very sacred ritual. Acknowledge them as such, and remember you are holding the sacred container for them to do this work alongside you.

Remember, that not all of life can be easy, but those hard moments can be filled with magic, ease and the Goddess of Grace.

This is the Art of the Initiation, and the sacred opportunity we find in our own transformational storms.

Yes, this too, can be beautiful.
And, in this, You, can be beautiful, too.

About Jennifer Mizel

Jennifer Mizel
Jennifer is a transformational mentor and Modern Day Medicine Woman supporting coaches, healers and visionaries to Ignite the Beauty of their Soul. A direct conduit to the field of the Akashic Record, Jennifer utilizes this Divine Channel along with her expertise in energetic healing and holistic nutrition to bring her clients into vibrational alignment with all they are called to be.

You can read her Offerings from the Soul and learn about her transformational experiences at

 is one of 16 sovereign goddesses who will be featured in the much anticipated Goddess Talk Sessions Global EventA divinely feminine gathering for women who want to learn to walk in beauty. Step into the circle with us by entering your name and email address in the form below and get one of my most popular guided meditations for choosing to circle up.


About Shann Vander Leek

Shann Vander Leek

Shann is a Transformational Leader, Award-Winning Podcaster, Best-Selling Author, Voice Over Talent, Podcast Coach, and Producer. She lives in the village of Suttons Bay, Michigan with her beloved husband and mouthy old cat. This Goddess Shines!

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  • Pamela Thompson Aug 14, 2015, 8:21 pm

    A powerful post! Thanks for sharing your wisdom Jennifer & Thank you Shann!

    • Jennifer Aug 14, 2015, 11:41 pm

      Pamela, thank you so much for reading.

  • Debra Oakland Aug 18, 2015, 7:31 pm

    Great article Jennifer. After we go through the stormy winds of life it’s time to relax, let go and embrace the sacredness and magic of life, and all the abundance she has to offer. I always say know when to swim and when to float! Thank you Shann for sharing!

    • Jennifer Aug 20, 2015, 10:02 am

      Thank you for reading, Debra!
      It is indeed the storms that keep us humble and remind us to enjoy the solace and beauty of the float! XoX

  • Manisha Aug 22, 2015, 9:47 pm

    Jennifer~ As always, a deep bow to you and your way of moving through ‘obstacles’ with grace while always sharing a deeper lesson. So grateful to know you and be touched by your wisdom.. xoxo