So I wanted to clarify a few things about this review coming from a more current perspective. When I found Leon**spoiler alert** ***Edited May 2014***
So I wanted to clarify a few things about this review coming from a more current perspective. When I found Leonie's site back in fall of 2010 I had just graduated from college, just moved to start my first job, and was feeling pretty disconnected and trying to "find myself". At that time Leonie's site was marketed as the Goddess Circle, a place where women could come together and support each other while we worked on lessons that covered a variety of lessons, home decoration, healthy living, artistic expression, or starting a business. It was fun and a bit woo-woo. Now it has become something that feels a lot less genuine and I cannot in good conscious recommend her services. I feel they are now way over priced (when I joined her site it was $99, now it is $500 for the same content).
I discovered Leonie's Goddess Circle about a year ago and instantly fell in love with the turquoise mermaid magic that is her site. There is so much wisdom in just her blog, let alone her amazing lessons and classes. After a few months I decided to purchase a membership to the circle, and it was the best $99 I ever spent. Hands down. I have learned so much about my own spirituality and how to be a creative goddess, and I owe so much of that to Goddess Leonie. Her classes, meditation, artwork, and writing are all beautiful and inspirational. I am in total love.
73 Lessons Every Goddess Must Know is a lovely collection of some of Leonie's best work. There are sections on creativity, motherhood, self confidence, and spirituality all peppered with beautiful photography and artwork. My only wish is that this book was in full color. I would have paid double for that :)
If you guys are interested in checking out her stuff, here are some links to some of my favorite stuff. AND if you decide to buy something, please use the links below and I'll get a commission! How totally awesome is that! Please check it out!
The 2012 Creating Your Goddess Year Workbook
The 2012 Creating your Goddess Year workbook, planner & calendar is an incredibly popular & useful tool to help you plan out & make happen your most incredible year yet. Over the last three years, thousands of women have used this workbook with the most amazing results. It’s the best planning tool available to help you make your year more inspiring than ever. It’s filled with over 100 pages of worksheets & a printable calendar to help you dream, manifest, set your intentions, plan & cultivate your amazing new year. The workbook has been lovingly handwritten & rainbow illustrated… perfect for you to print out, soak up the rainbow colours of & get thoroughly inspired by! You’ll get clarity on what you need 2012 to be. What you want to create during it. And most importantly, how to make it happen.
This is one of the best things ever, if you only get one thing, make it this. It's only $9.99!
The Goddess Circle is an online sacred space with e-courses, meditations & kits to help you discover the creative, wise, joyful Goddess in you! There are three e-courses you can enrol in to be a part of this amazing experience. The Radiant Goddess e-course: a 21 day journey to discovering the radiant goddess in you. This e-course comes with nutrition and movement plans, meditations, a recipe plan & soulful goddess projects to help you shine all over: mind, body and spirit! The Creative Goddess e-course: a six week path to discover the creative goddess inside you with sacred creativity, meditations & projects. The Creating your Goddess Haven e-course: six weeks to create a home that inspires you with spirited interior design, divine decluttering & magical space-clearing. With each e-course, you’ll receive meditations, videos, guidance and projects. You also get access to a private online message board for you to share your journey with other Goddesses on the journey! Over the last five years, Goddess Leonie has helped over a thousand women over the last five years discover the Goddess inside them.
The mermaid chair was the first book I read by Sue Monk Kidd, being attracted to her books after seeing the movie of The Secret Life of Bees. While IThe mermaid chair was the first book I read by Sue Monk Kidd, being attracted to her books after seeing the movie of The Secret Life of Bees. While I really enjoyed the movie, my first step into her books was sadly disappointing.
I found the plot of The Mermaid Chair to have great themes, but poor execution. It's a story about how relationships can fizzle out after a while and the temptation to find that spark in someone new. It's also about how the sense of duty and propriety can prevent a person from choosing their own happiness. But at the same time The Mermaid Chair is also about how people can have a life changing experience with a person even though they only know them for a short while and that meaningful relationships don't have to happen over twenty years. I just didn't like how these themes were displayed. There is very little room for the reader to draw their own conclusions, for the author will spell out each and every (obvious) symbolic meaning.
The biggest problem was my inability to care about the characters. On one hand I can totally understand Jessie and the choices that she made, having been there myself, but in reading her thoughts all I could think was that she was selfish and shallow. I didn't feel any sense of empathy towards her and couldn't bring myself to understand why she felt the way she did about her husband. I also didn't believe her "love" with Whit. It was definitely more of a case of lust and using a lover to hide from depression than true romantic love.
(view spoiler)[I want to make it clear that I didn't mind the affair, I can actually completely understand why she did that and her emotions behind it. I just didn't like how it seemed like she was fooling herself by calling it love. I wish she has at least cared enough about her husband to let him go first. He seemed like a honest man and didn't deserve her betrayal. Why are we all so afraid to admit our unhappiness to the people we care about before we do something that will end up hurting them way more than just telling the truth? (hide spoiler)]
Whit was probably the best character. I could really identify with the choices he made in going to the monastery and his inner conflict trying to decide to stay or go, both from the monastery and his relationship with Jessie. I like the theme of taking that cave time to heal from something bad, but then also realizing when it is time to come out of the cave and begin to create a new path in life. The religious aspects and events that can totally shake the foundation of your faith and make you question everything you've always believed to be true was very interesting and well handled.
Overall I really liked the themes in The Mermaid Chair, and some of the setting and imagery was very nice, but the deliverance of the themes in general fell flat and unemotional. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more