What is Shine School?

Take a minute to fill in this blank:

Even when my life is pretty good, I still feel _____________.

The blank is for whatever is giving you the most grief in your life right now.

What goes in your blank?

Maybe it’s overwhelm, anger, or hopelessness.

Maybe it’s chaos, a case of the blahs, or something for which you can’t find the word.

Whatever the feeling or the word, the result is likely the same: your life isn’t what you want it to be.

If you’re ready to excavate the bullshit from your life, connect with your authentic self,* and make room to grow your light, keep reading. Shine School might be just what you’re looking for. That you’re reading this suggests Shine School might have been looking for you, too.

Let’s come back to the words we filled in the blank with. What these words have in common is what they do for us: they keep us from accessing our authentic selves and living in our truth.

Living an authentic life aligned with our core values is key to slicing through some of the grime polluting our shine.

But how do we do that?

Have you ever heard the advice, write the book you want to read?

This program is the book I’ve always wanted to read. Or at least, the course I’ve always wanted to take, and the community I’ve always wanted to build.

Shine School is the program I needed, and since the world wasn’t providing it for me, I had to invent it myself.

Let me be honest: I am so dang excited to share it with you.

You have no idea what a big deal it is for me to write that, because excitement is a new thing for me.

I haven’t been this excited about anything in a really long time, because the emotion giving me the most grief, the one I’d fill in the above blank with, is numb.

Even when my life was pretty good, I still felt numb.

My go-to coping mechanism for years was to deaden myself to all the bad stuff. But, since a person can’t go selectively numb, the good stuff got the axe along with the bad.

Going numb is throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

Since I love babies and really am not fond of baths, this whole equation wasn't working out for me.

The good news for me is that I am no longer numb, and some of those good emotions are coming back to me. In Shine School, I’m sharing the lessons I learned and the tools I used to get those good emotions back.

Are you still wondering if this program is for you?

Consider if any of the following questions ring true for you.

Have you been treating your life like it's a fixer-upper that will never be good enough?

Have you ever seen an old photo or video of yourself and felt surprised that you ever looked like that or said those things?

Do you ever feel like you’re living a parallel life to the one you’re supposed to be living?

Do you feel like a faded copy of who you used to be?

Do you “know” what you should be doing, but can’t get to the part where you “feel” like you want to feel? Intellectually, you get it, but you can’t quite feel it or do it?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, Shine School welcomes you.

There is no need to live your life like it’s a busted-up house, a holey pair of jeans, or something that exists elsewhere, in some universe you can’t access.

Shine School wants you to live your best life and do your best work, now.

So, how does the program work?

It’s part study group, part boot camp; it’s theory + pratice.

More specifically, we’ll study together for two months, and apply what we learn to our lives as we go.

The lessons will be provided via video, blog posts, and worksheets. Participants will apply the concepts we are learning to their lives, engage in strategy sessions with their cohort, and develop practices of mindfulness and self-reflection to sustain the positive vibes created by our good work. All of us will support each other with empathy and wisdom in a private social media group.

The tl;dr version of what I just wrote:

(research + woo* + action) x community

=
no more crappy fill-in-the-blanks and lives lived a whole lot brighter

Registration begins in January.  Shine School goes through February and March. Sign up now for first dibs to early bird registration, bonuses, and future updates about the program.

*If you want to learn more about why I’m using the term authentic self--which a few months ago would have given me the heebee jeebees--a blog post is coming soon.

*The woo I’m referring to here is not crystals and sage burning, but rather it is the metaphor, the thing that helps us leap literal knowledge to lived truth. Our dip into the woo will include material from spiritual traditions, stories, poems, songs, and other stuff. And if you’re into crystals and sage, you do you.