Category Archive: Holistic Coaching

My New Logo!

I AM THRILLED to show you my new logo! 

It was created by Nicky Ovitt, who was absolutely AMAZING to work with.  Kaleidoscope Spirit is a pretty difficult image and idea to condense, but she found it and I am so grateful!

Nicky really took the time to find out what mattered to me, what my business meant.  There was a lot more soul searching that went on in our process than I imagined would be necessary.  Looking at myself from the outside isn’t usually how I go about living.

This is actually one of the coolest parts about owning your own business.  There’s a lot of digging around in my morals and how I want to interact with the world that needs to find it’s voice.  I am realizing that committing to my blog each day is also a part of this journey.  It’s like opening up to a lover on some levels.

Does having and inner and outer version of yourself make you uncomfortable?  It still gets me sometimes.  My inner rave and grunge girl still bare their teeth at crappy marketing!  But in order to grow my business, it’s important to step outside myself and ask “am I delivering a message that other people can hear?”

Answer?  It’s a work in progress!!!

If you want to connect with Nicky, check out her website here: www.nickyovitt.com. I absolutely loved working with her!

A Kaleidoscope Spirit ~

The first kaleidoscope I was shown was in 1975. 

My Mom was on a bowling team and every time she bowled I got dropped off at the bowling alley’s daycare.  I hated it there.  All the kids seemed to know what to do: play, scream, color, be with each other.  And no one was moving slow enough to tell me how to join in.  I would just wait it out, eat some Saltines and hope that someone would talk to me.

One day after picking me up, she stopped to talk with one of her friends.  Hanging out while listening to adults is pretty standard fare for first-borns.  And that day, surrounded by the moving red pattern of the thick bowling alley carpet didn’t seem like it was going to be different.

Until my Mom’s friend gave me a kaleidoscope to look through.

I held it up to my eye and became transfixed.  Sharp silver stars, dark blues and greens and just a little bit of purple changed their hues as I swung my body around catching the bright light over the shoe dispensary and then to the mild light over the alleys.  My belly became warm and my imagination started seeing not just these beautiful shapes, but all of the little beings who would want to live inside of this tube.

“Kim, you can turn it, too,” my Mom’s friend’s voice had a real smile inside of it and I looked up.

It turned, too?

Looking back inside at the stars and foil shapes, I slowly twisted the kaleidoscope.

Sun Inspiration by Kristen Holmberg

Oranges and yellows seemed to fall into place over the first show of colors.  Only they didn’t even line up the same.  My whole world slowed down, as I fell into a spell watching the colors breathe, sparkle and change.  Always falling in a new way.  Always stunning.

This experience is the main reason I named my company Kaleidoscope Spirit.

When I look back at my life, even the painful parts pulse with light.  Love and love lost all shine with their own truth and  I know what has happened to me, what happens to all of us, is an illuminated forest whose map we couldn’t read right away.

Through my work in unraveling myself, releasing pain and committing to living my divinity, I have found that working with my young response to that kaleidoscope actually encapsulates how I see the world.

If we can look back at the past and see that it formed who we are and helped in creating the amazing spirits that we are – can we look at the future this way?

Can we look at this very moment in this way?  Excited by beauty, letting the past complete it’s turn and look forward to the next configuration of energy around us.

To this day, when I look through a kaleidoscope (I own 3) I will shriek at each new layout and try and hold it steady so that I can show my husband that specific moment.

This is what I strive for each day in my life now.  This is what I am here to share with the world.

Today, try and look at your life as a Kaleidoscope Spirit.  Not just a trippy, cool chick from a Beatle’s song who everyone wants to party with.  A Kaleidoscope Spirit looks for the beauty in each moment.  And when some moments are painful, or too much to bear, remember that you are surrounded by beauty.  Look around you to the trees, the stars and this living Earth, let them engage your heart and settle your mind.

Love and clean bowling shoes,

Kim

Waking up the Writer ~ Celebrating the End of my 30’s

In 30 days I’ll be 40!  It’s here.  I can’t believe it.  My Mom doesn’t want to believe it.  It’s one of those markers that means different things to different people, but somehow we all have our say about what 40 “is”.

I’ve been running through ideas to challenge myself with the number 40 starting in the New Year.

this image is from a google search and may be “unhype” is the artist?

40 Days of Blogging Inspirational Photos

Try 40 New Things that Scare Me in 2013

40 Days of Yoga (followed by 40 days of Kim not doing yoga)

40 Ways to Find Your Fortune After Forty

You know, just trying to find away to celebrate the big 4-0.

So while most of this has been going on in my head, I realized that the best way for me to deal with flushing it out is to WRITE.

And lo and behold, I just found a way to celebrate the end of my 30’s –

<insert electronic background music, preferably “Father Figure” by George Michaels>

A 30 Day Blog Challenge.  Does anything say “celebration” more than committing to shackle myself publically to my blog every day of December 2012?  Actually, no.

Writing defined a huge part of who I was when I was younger.  Between the ages of 11 and 22 I wrote journal after journal and story after story.  Poems peeked out of my heart in high school and college that helped me unravel who I was.  I took a semester off of college to write.  And since those 60 pages of personal philosophy roared out of me…crickets.

I always get ideas for things to write and jot them down, keep folders on my computer and even have a book idea I am writing with a friend.  It’s just…writing stopped feeling like something I needed to do.

However, daily writing and expression are knocking on my heart lately.  “Turn within”, they say.  “Your Writer is waking up”.

Challenging myself with daily blogging is like brewing a fresh pot of coffee for the Writer in me.  My office got cleaned out to prepare for my in-laws in October, but now I see my office was being prepared for the Writer to have a place to go when she finally rolls out of her bed, out of her 18 year slumber.

I’m going to be sharing the Animal Medicines I call in for grounding and opening my chakras, how to stand tall while searching through your family roots and the art of bright, magical living!

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