(Originally posted on August 21, 2017, this post has been updated since its first publication due to an overwhelmingly positive response. If you are here because you want to jump into The Hell Yes Academy Portal, scroll to the bottom donation button and jump in!)
I lost my mojo in Milan, Italy the very first night I arrive in Europe on my three-month long journey away from home. For weeks I planned every detail, mapping out my trip with a modest budget and planning my experiment of traveling and creating a life that I Iove doing travel writing, content creating and teaching my Hell Yes Academy students.
I arrived in Milan after a long day of travel. I left Oakland, California, flew to Gatwick, London and then to flew to Milan. It was late and I was in a foreign city ready to be in my AirBnB. Instead of following my host's instructions, I took the advice of a local vendor at the juice shop that I stopped at to get change, and I got onto a public bus.
It was the wrong bus. And while I was on the bus, my wallet was stolen. My wallet which was carefully zipped into the top of my backpack which was on my body. In this wallet was cash, my bank cards, credit cards, passport, driver's license and other carefully selected valuable things I wanted to travel with.
When I realized intuitively that the bus was wrong I got off and got into a cab and that's when I realized my wallet was gone. Suddenly I had no proof of who I was, no cash or access to it, everything was gone - instantly.
The weeks that followed have been a series of ups and downs as I have been navigating the tricky job of replacing the most urgent things, and creatively working around new plans to accommodate for the things that I cannot replace until I return home. There have been moments when I have felt what it feels like to have nothing, this juxtaposed with the luxury of hosted stays as I barter for these experiences in exchange for writing about them.
In every moment, there is an invitation to take a deep breath. My first response in the cab, after a few shallow breaths, was a really big deep breath. In every moment, there is an invitation to let go and surrender. As I began to instantly recount every item in the stolen wallet, I was proud of the fact that I was able to let go of these physical things, it was a total surrender in that moment.
The feeling of having nothing suddenly is a great teacher.
My most recent lesson came this weekend when I was paying for my lunch in Paris, my ATM was charged, and it was declined. I learned later that the temporary ATM card which the bank assured me would be reliable until I return to the States was closed two days earlier. There I was in that moment with not enough cash, no way to pay, and no way to help myself out of the situation.
Every day I speak with someone I adore who wants to participate in The Hell Yes Academy, and make a shift in their life or start creating a more heart-forward life with a brand or project they love, but they cannot "afford" it. Every single day. Some of them have been actively manifesting this since the academy began in January.
I've been reflecting on what it means to "afford" something; especially as I type this with only 1.60 euros to my name until my new ATM card arrives. I've had a series of experiences the last few weeks where I literally could not "afford" even basic things. This, coupled with the luxurious hosted stays I am writing about, has created incredible contrast for me to see the world with new eyes.
I dislike turning people away. I dislike putting a monetary value on my MUST. I dislike hustling for my dharma. I dislike that a human limitation of "affording" sometimes keeps us from our heart and spirit work.
Today is a special day; the sun, and moon and earth will align creating incredibly powerful cosmic energy. If you've read anything about the eclipse today then you know it is a time of letting go of things that don't serve you, and stepping into manifesting the things you really want. TODAY.
I've decided to manifest a portal for today only. A portal into The Hell Yes Academy. In this portal you will find me, and many other courageous spirits designing and living a heart-based life. In this portal you will find support, tools, resources, and sacred space to feel permission to live authentically. Whether you are looking to make a shift personally or with your brand/life, inside this portal is the place you will want to be.
For today only (I've extended the deadline to indefinite since this post was originally published*), when you jump into this portal you get to set YOUR investment price for The Hell Yes Academy. The value of this academy experience is priceless. The asking price is $500/month or $1200. Today you get to set YOUR price, and I will accept anything you offer. Today you CAN afford it.
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Why? Because I want you in. Why? Because I'm manifesting a space to share my wisdom and dharma with you TODAY on the day of the eclipse. Why? Because even as I type with limited resources at this moment, I know that we are not limited by human conditions, especially if we are manifesting heart and spirit work. That's why.
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*The response to this post was overwhelming, and I am still crying and processing all of the donations and intentions to join me in beginning in October! THANK YOU! Because it is clear to me that so many of you are interested in joining me for what YOU can invest, I am leaving the portal doors open forever. Please jump in with me. Set a clear intention to invest in your heart, the life you want to live, surrounding yourself with other like-minded heart-forward spirits, and in ME...your coach, muse and biggest fan!