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I’ve been in the void for a year. If I’m honest, it’s probably been closer to a year and a half.
I am only now emerging, and this wound is starting to scar - which is why I feel right finally putting these words down.
There was the void right before my ex husband and I decided to split.
There was the void right before I moved to Miami from NYC after becoming a single mom.
There was the void in the time right before I quit my job and start my business.
On this particular occasion, this void settled squarely in my business.
It was my longest one to date.
At the same time, I have been living the most beautiful, loving, and magical time of...
My name is Gabriela, and I am a bruja.
It is one of the truest things about me. I have known this about myself since I was a little girl.
People have their own misconceptions and assumptions about what this word means. People who know me intimately are often also afraid for others' misconceptions and the assumptions when I say it out loud, when I claim it.
The truth is, I'm tired of tip-toeing around it. As someone committed to helping women live their truth, it's time for me to own it fully and say it out loud. I know it starts in spaces like these.
That word "Bruja" to me, encompasses my connection to my divinity, a claiming of my spirituality on my terms and those of my lineage, a way of living and communing with the divine that is my Caribbean roots, that is my grandmothers and their villages of support, that owns the gifts we didn't dare speak of outside of the home, and the ones I am still discovering within myself.
Altars. Feng Shui. Vision Boards. Sacred Objects. Sacred Spaces.
Everything physical around us, also has energy.
I've also been a pen and paper girl since I kept diaries as a young teen. Something in me has always known that when I write things down, there is power in that action.
When I launched my business in 2014, I knew intuitively that my trusted pen and paper would be how I would go about setting intentions and organizing it all.
I became the queen of the giant post-its. As a strategist, I was mapping out business plans, marketing strategies and content plans in massive post its for my clients for years (many still live in their walls years later!)
I always found comfort in...
All this week, I've been feeling a heaviness that didn't start to lift until I named it.
Everyone in our home has had Omicron over the past two weeks. We are all finally negative and all cases were thankfully mild. Like many of us, all this comes after weeks of altered or cancelled holiday festivities and postponed gatherings with family and friends. Another year of not having events that used to be pillars of our family ties and seasonal traditions.
Despite the negative tests this week, there's an uneasiness that isn't leaving.
There's a collective heaviness that this environment is bringing us, and I think it's important that we name it and move through it together.
This is real. It's here.
We're coming up on two years of living in a global pandemic environment, and so many of us are carrying with us and learning to move through so much that never have before:
Every year I choose a word to guide my experience. Something I wish to cultivate for the year. I had been wondering for weeks what it would be for 2022. It came to me suddenly and I just knew.
Here's what it means to me: I am ready to go deep and all-in - with my relationships, with my passions, with my projects, with my community, with my clients, with my own spiritual work, growth and self care.
In 2022, I want to be fully present with everything I do.
I want to cut down multi-tasking and screen-time to a minimum.
I want to make things with my hands.
I want to make the time to read and write more, listen to music and take walks.
I want to sit with my friends without distractions.
I want to spend very present time with my partner, my son and our family.
I've recently been going through another layer of healing around money, and it has been absolutely profound.
When you become an entrepreneur after being employed for your entire adult life - one of the most impactful changes is that suddenly every penny is up to you in this very direct way.
When I was sitting in my cubicle or office for 12 years in my many jobs in consulting, HR, communications and advertising, I could have had a bad week, a slow week, a frankly kind of lazy week. Nevertheless, my paycheck would arrive just as it had on the weeks I kicked ass at my job.
As an entrepreneur, suddenly, you need to plan for financial consistency and build it into your business. No one will do it for you. You could make zero dollars or all the dollars. It's all directed by your energy, your drive, your plan and your execution.
And if you have any mindset or energetic hangups about money - which most of us do - your business suddenly becomes an opportunity for personal...
Reclaiming Our Personal Power
Over the past few weeks we’ve heard so much about The Great Resignation, as millions of people across industries and levels have quit their jobs.
It feels like the collective has turned the volume all the way up, on something I’ve been seeing the past seven years in my work:
There is a kind of deep satisfaction that only happens when you walk out of a job that you can no longer stand.
You reclaim your power over your own life.
Suddenly you see possibilities you did not see, you are willing to take risks you didn't think you could, you are TIRED of what you've put up with in the past and you say "no more."
After a year and a half of the strain of this pandemic, we've seen a massive collective shift in our perspective, our priorities, our possibilities. We're looking at our old jobs and so...
In the Summer of 2011, I was living in NYC and getting divorced, after 7 years of marriage.
I had baby who had just turned one. I had been with his father for 11 years. I was 30 years old, living in Brooklyn with a new job in Manhattan. I was terrified and lost.
A few months after, I was terrified and lost plus, I was looking forward to start dating.
When you haven't been single since the 1990's and you've never seen an online dating site - the dating world can seem incredibly intimidating.
I had no idea what I was doing when it comes to dating. I later learned, no one really does. It's not something you figure out with your head alone.
It would be nine years later - mid-pandemic on a first date that was mostly masked and socially distant - that I would reconnect with a friend and have that bloom into the committed partnership I have today. The one I had always wanted.
There is a moment when your vision is set, the plan is created, the strategy is clear and it's time to take action.
This tends to also be the time when suddenly the house must be cleaned, the Netflix show is just getting good, and everyone else really seems to need you.
It's also the time when you start analyzing the plan over and over again, wondering if you've made the right call, and whether you need to start from scratch.
As we expand to big dreams and new ideas, there is an inevitable contraction. I've noticed the place where it happens most often is during the actual doing of the thing.
It's often hard to anticipate that these things will happen, and yet the doubts and excuses tend to sneak up on us.
It's the reason we keep pushing down what matters to us in the list of priorities. It's the reason we keep postponing our goals, quarter after quarter. Year after year.
And it's not inevitable.
Here are the four elements that...
Recently, I taught a Masterclass for the Las Comadres community.
I founded Las Comadres in the Fall of 2018, out of a deep desire to create a space where womxn knew they could show up fully as themselves, and know that they are supported.
Today, the mission lives on with Jaime Nolan as the lead.
I taught a one hour Masterclass on How to Run an Intuitive Business.
Usually, these recordings are exclusive to active members of the community. And it was just so powerful that we decided to share the recording with the broader community.
Masterclass: How to Run an Intuitive Business
Grab your headphones and enjoy this one as you work today.