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Bliss Balls & Golden Gugelhupfs

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These bliss balls or energy balls are the perfect treat when you are craving something sweet but want to stay on the healthy road. The little delights will keep everyone happy, since they are FREE of refined sugar, lactose and gluten and you can even get your kids involved to help make them. Now that Christmas time is just around the corner,  I love making big batches and pack them into beautiful boxes or sackets, gifting all my family and friends. As a nice and thoughtful alternative to all the common sugar and butter loaded christmas cookies, I also like to press the mixture into little silicone moulds, little gugelhupfts (bundt cakes) in my case, coat them with raw chocolate powder and sprinkle with some edible gold stars, et voilà in no time you have the perfect little christmas gift. I often serve these little gugelhupfs and bliss balls with fresh fruit salad as a desert for one of the christmas dinners.

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They are made with dates, which are still full of natural sugars,  so make sure you are still eating these as a treat, but unlike refined sugar, dates are rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber . They contain oil, calcium, sulfur, iron, patassium phosphorous, manganese, copper and magnesium which are all supporting your health and wellbeing. They are also a great pre- or post workout snack as they provide muscle development.

Makes around 30 balls depending on size.

 Ingredients

  • 200g regular dates or approx. 20 Medjool dates
  • 100g almonds
  • 100g hazelnuts
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional for extra nutrients)
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds (optional for extra nutrients)
  • 3 tablespoons raw cacao powder  
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil – melted
  • Coating: desiccated coconut, chopped pistachios, freeze dried rasperries and raw chocoalte powder for rolling 

Directions

1. Process the almonds and hazelnuts in a food processor until coarsly chopped, the mix should be slightly chunky to help hold the balls together. Place in a big bowl.
2. Blend dates with a little water until you have a smooth date paste.
3. Add the rest of the ingeredients, process again and add into the bowl with the chopped nuts and mix. 
4. If the mixture is too dry add alittle water or some more coconut oil.
5. Once mix starts to come together, shape mixture into balls, or press into silicon moulds.
6. For bliss balls: Roll in the desiccated coconut, chopped pistachios, freezedried rasperries or raw chocoalte powder.
7. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to let them firm up.
    For the gugelhupfs: once they are firm, take them out of the moulds, dip them into raw chocolate powder and sprinkle with gold stars.
8. Enjoy & indulge!
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The gugelhupf silicone moulds are from Betty Bossy and can be ordererd HERE
as well as the edible gold star sprinkle which you find HERE.
With Love,
Christina
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What to do with all the Pumpkins?

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No fall without pumpkins! This vegetable introduces its season like no other. As soon as pumpkins are ripe (you can recognize a ripe pumpkin by its hollow sound when knocking on it ) I know fall has definitely arrived. Fall without pumpkins is like Christmas without Christmas trees. But, did you know that pumpkins used to be a poor man’s food and were used to feed animals? Luckily it’s status has rised over time, because pumpkins not only taste delicious, they are well packed with a number of precious nourtrients such as potassium, calcium, zinc and vitamins A, C, D and E.

The diversity in species is incredibly rich, there are over 800 different types of pumpkins, some of them are edible some are decorative gourds.

Below I share my favorite two ways to cook and bake them.

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As you can see on this picture, they also make perfect pouffs for your living room, as my daughter discovered when she was a baby.

When it comes to recipes I love keeping it simple because most often I don’t have a lot of time to spend hours in the kitchen. These two pumpkin ideas might not look like much, but they are absolutely delicious and very fast to make, so rather belonging to the category “healthy fast food”.

For oven baked pumpkins I prefer the little orange Hokkaido, which you can see on the picture above. Simply cut into pieces, leave the hard skin on ( it will soften when baked) sprinkle with some olive oil, herbs de provence and sea salt and backe it for about 30 minutes. Accompanied by a big green salad with apples, figs, grapes, avocados and nuts… et voilà, you have a perfect fall plate in no time.

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But no fall without a pumkin soup. My favorite type for soups is the butternut. This long, pearshaped friend has just a few seeds and therefore offers a lot more pulp than its other colleagues. It has a slight buttery aroma and provides a rich, creamy consistency when cooked and blended.

The following recipe is so fast and simple, you need no more than 15 minutes.

 

BUTTERNUT PUMPKIN SOUP

     INGREDIENTS:

     ♥ 1 butternut pumpkin, chopped and skin removed

     ♥ 1 tsp. coconut oil

     ♥ fresh ginger, diced

     ♥ 1/2 onion, diced

     ♥ 1-2 clove of garlic diced

     ♥ 3-4 cups of water

     ♥ coconut milk

     ♥ staranis

     ♥ salt, pepper and nutmeg to taste (lime juice optional)

     DIRECTIONS: 

     1. Place coconut oil in a large pot and sauté onion, garlic and ginger

     2. Add chopped pumpkin and staranis and cover with water

     3. Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minute

     4. Blend until smooth

     5. Add coconut milk, salt, pepper and nutmeg and serve.  

The pumpkin brings the sweetness, the coconut milk the creaminess and if you like it a little more fresh, add a dash of lime juice at the end.

Another little extra I discovered recently is to add a piece of fresh rosemarry on top. It serves beautifully for decorative purposes but at the same time it’s aroma will give an extra experience for your tastebudds, blending in perfectly with the earthy taste of the pumpkin. 

 

What else do you need for a cozy fall day?  Maybe a pair of warm socks, a cup of tea and lots of candles will make it even more perfect . Enjoy! ♥

Have a wonderful day, as always I am happy to read your comments, please share your thoughts and feedbacks below.

With Love,
Christina
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Easy, healthy, raw mousse au chocolat

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This mousse au chocolate is a treat I make every week for my whole family and often as a desert for dinner parties. It’s super easy and simple, it only requires 5 ingredients and it’s made in less than 5 minutes. It doesn’t contain any refined sugar, dairy or other nasties that aren’t good for you. So it’s totally guilt-free, raw and super healthy. Since it’s so healthy I even have it for breakfast some times!

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Inspired by Green and how this color benefits you.

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On January 1st we celebrated our daughter’s 5 th birtday. One of the gifts she got from her godfather was a package of cress seads. In different cultures it is a tradition to grow cress for the new year, as a symbolic act to celebrate new beginnings. I thought it is a wonderful ritual to do with the whole family, one that I would like to repeat every year. To plant the seeds for new dreams and watch them grow! Children love to watch the growing process, how the seeds grow into sprouts, and in the end we can even eat them. We put a little Mikey Mouse figure in the middle of the plate, Mikey Mouse’ s trees grew more and more until one day he dispeared in the jungle.

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Watching the seeds grow reminded me of the time it takes for our dreams to grow. With every desire you have, you are already given the seed to create its manifestation. Whatever you want to create, is already within you, and it’s only a matter of time, patience, trust and believe until you bring it into form and reality. It takes time! It takes the time for the seed to mature. It takes time for the sprout to grow into a certain direction. It takes time to have the experince of growing itself. So often we get dicouraged when things don’t happen the way we wished for, but we forget that this is just part of the growing process. In these moments we need to remember that we are still in the process of growing that dream. Don’t put a deadline on your dreams, instead trust that it’s going to happen when the sprout has grown enough. In the meantime you need to water it and nurture it, so it can continue to grow. In other words, keep vizualising your desire and pretend it already happened until it’s real. Meditate on what you want to manifest as often as possible. Write it into your journal, create a vison board, create a collage of images associated with your desires and hang it up somewhere where you can see it all the time. That way you are reprogramming your subconscious mind. I love to create folders on Pinterest to connect with my desires. You can follow my Pinterst boards here.

The green sprouds also inspired me to talk a little about the COLOR GREEN, it’s meaning  and how this color benefits you. As always I am trying to capture the theme through images of the little things and moments in my life. I felt a true boost of energy from including more green in my life during these grey winter days.

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MEANING OF THE COLOR GREEN:

The color green stands for the color of balance, harmony, hope, vitality, healing, stability, growth, spring, renewal and nature. It helps to renew and restore depleted energy. If we look at it from a color psychology perspective, it is the great balancer of the heart and the emotions. It creates equilibrium between the head and the heart.

Green is connected to the Heart Chakra. Chakras are energy centers and vortexes throughout our body. They manage the flow of our energy for different aspects of our life, such as our emotional life, physical health, relationship dynamics, career and success, creative flow, spiritual connection, and our overall sense of wellbeing.

THE HEART CHAKRA

The Heart Chakra which is located in the center of our chest holds the energetics and frequency of love. If the Heart Chakra is open and healthy it provides the ability to give, share and receive love, to nurture ourselves and others unconditionally. The heart Chakra loves to contribute to society. If I would describe the heart Chakra as a person it would be a charity worker, a good parent, a helpful neighbor, or a good host. It is generous and loves to share. The heart Chakra is associated with the color green, the Heart Chakra and Nature/Mother Earth are clearly connected. For the body’s ecosystem it ‘s the lungs, the breath, the respiratory system that provides circulation within our body, it renews and restores depleted energy and brings nourishment, movement, regeneration and supports the blood to be strong, healthy and flowing. The lungs of mother Earth are the trees, the jungle, the rainforest and its veins are the river streams. It is the sanctuary far off from the stresses of modern living, restoring us back to a sense of well being. This Chakra also relates to prosperity and abundance, finance and material wealth. The Heart Chakra is the home-base of our spirit, because it feels home in the high frequency of love. To heal or maintain the health of the Heart Chakra it is crucial to find and do the things we love and spend as much time with these things as possible. Things that open our heart, so that gradually our whole life and every aspect in our life is an expression of love.

ACTIVITIES THAT SUPPORT THE HEALTH OF YOUR HEART CHAKRA:

Spending time in nature, loving, expressing gratitude, giving, volunteering, abundantly receiving, nurturing, caring for another, caring for yourself, intimacy, romance. Include as much greens as possible in your diet. Indulge in green smoothies and green juices made from fresh, raw fruits and green leafy vegatables. The greens help you alkalize your body and and are packed full of nutrients.

HOW THE COLOR GREEN BENEFITS YOU:

Wearing, meditating on, or surrounding yourself with this color opens the heart, connects you to your true nature and rejuvenates the spirit. It helps you relax, feel peaceful and creates a sense of stability, healing and expansion.

I hope this post inspires you to freshen up your life with some greens to give these grey winter days (if you live in the northern hemisphere) a kick, or maybe it motivates you to plant a seed for a new dream. Whatever that dream might be for you. Whether it’s finding and creating a new home, meeting your soul mate, growing a family, transforming your health, body and wellbeing, finding your dream job, bringing a heart-felt project to life, creating a business you love, manifesting new levels of success, finding love, passion, purpose and balance, whathever that dream of yours is, I hope you keep nurturing and following it.

And if along the way you feel stuck, overwhelmed, confused and alone and long for guidance and support on your journey, but you don’t know where to start, let’ s have a chat and see how I can best serve you. I am here to hold your hand and guide you to get out of confusion and overwhlem and into clarity and inspired action.

 

Have a wonderful week,

as always I am happy to read your comments and feedback!
with lots of love, beauty, creativity & magic,
Christina

 

 

 

December Magic

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Christmas is not just a season, it’s a feeling!

This is what Christmas means to me, captured in images….

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Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year, but it seems that for most people it’s getting a little crazy and overwhelming with all the parties, events and gifts. December can be such a special time and there are many ways to truly feel the spirit and magic of Christmas. Specially with kids, this time connects us deeply with all the memories and family traditions we experienced as a child during christmas. I want to pass these traditions on to my children and help them experience the magical feeling of this season. I always remind myself that we have only a few short years where my children really “believe” in traditions like Santa Clause and Christ Child ( “Samichlaus” and “Christkind” as we call them in Switzerland). I love to do little things and rituals to make this time a very special one for them, which will stay in their sweet childhood memory.

I decided for myself that the hustle and stress of December won’t catch me, and that I will make it the most beautiful month of the year. So how do I do that? I consciously slow down for little moments, where I bake and have cookie days with my girls, decorate, craft, make gifts, beautiful walks in nature, sing and play Christmas songs on the piano, light lots of candles, drink warming tea, slurp on hot chocolate, smell the aroma of oranges and cinamon, enjoy a hot bath with candles, hang up stars and white angel wings everywhere in my home, make christmas cards, enjoy a bowl of warming soup, write a wish list to Christchind, open the advent calendar with my girls every day and read them christmas tales, wrap presents, use lots of sparkle gold and glimmer, decorate the Christmas tree with my husband on the night of the 23rd when the girls are sleeping, plan a relaxed christmas eve dinner with a beautifully set table in white and gold with antique dishes and silverware from my great-grandmother, listen to Christmas CDs, go to the Opera and watch a ballett, visit Christmas markets, buy rosted chestnuts, spoil myself with a cashmere sweather, go to a bath with hot springs to relax, watch Christmas movies with my kids, waiting for the first snow to come…

It doesn’t even matter if I do all these things or not, but it’s the thougt of it, that gives me that magical feeling of christmas. Do you want to join me and enjoy this season fully, with all our senses? Shall we ?

Enjoy!

I would love to hear how you are enjoying this magical time, please leave me comment in the comment section below. Share your ideas, thoughts, insights and feedback.

Have a wonderful week, follow your bliss!

Thank you for being here, sending you lots of love and magic,

Christina

Join me on a Vision Quest

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“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves”  C.G. Jung

Last week I took a week off from the computer, devoting my time to my family and my home. I tried to stay as much techno-free as possible. Instead of traveling and getting away from it all, as we usually would do during a school vacation, we decided that it was time to declutter our whole home, especially our home-office space. Some time ago I declared our home office neded to go through a major transformation. Lately I didn’t feel  inspired to work there anymore. No wonder, now I know why. Basically, during this whole week I threw away stacks of my past. Ahhhhh, can you imagine how liberating this feels? Energeticaly, all this clutter was blocking me and subconsciously impacting my energy around work, business, and structures. Ha, now I feel so organized, tidy  and seriously in charge of everything.

Remember my inner Miss Shadow? (If you’re new to this community, you can read all about her here: )

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Oh, she was so pleased with me when I showed her my new office space! :-) Now my new home office looks exactly how I envisioned it for so long. But before it could look the way it looks now, it had to go through lots of releasing, shedding and letting go. Just as we need to do if we want to grow into the next version of who we want to be.

I can only recommend to declutter regularly, and let go of everything that doesn’t serve you anymore, and everything that just steals your energy. I know, it can sometimes feel extremely overwhelming, like: “where do I even begin? “ But the decluttering journey doesn’t have to be that big of a process and it doesn’t have to be as time-consuming and painful as it may feel first. You can start with just 10-15 minutes of decluttering a drawer, a desk, a cupboard or a closet, your wallet, your handbag, whatever feels messy and doesn’t feel in alignment with who you want to be.

This week I invite you to set the timer for 10 minutes to declutter your space. Let’s do this together. Ready? Let’s go!

Share your insights and feelings below in the comment section after you decluttered your chosen space. I would love to hear about your experience.

 

 Nü Icon the Movie

Just as with our homes, we hold the capacity to transform our whole life, if we have a clear vision of how we want it to look like. Do you have a clear vision for your life and future? Or do you sometimes wish a magical fairy would tell you what your vision is supposed to look like, or what your unique path and life’s purpose really is?

I would like to introduce you to Laura Hollick’s nü Icon Movie. I am one of the Nü Icon’s featured in the movie and I feel so honored to be part of this experience.

As you already may know, this summer I traveled to Canada to be part of Laura Hollick’s creative intensive where we filmed part of “nü Icon the Movie”.

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 The nü Icon Movie is a interactive movie that guides you on a Vision Quest to discover your Iconic Essence. It is truly like nothing I’ve ever seen before. It is pure inspiration!

 I’d like to invite you to be part of this wildly creative nü Icon Movie experience. It’s free. Check it out…

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The nü Icon Movie is a free virtual experience that starts on the nü moon, October 23rd.

Sign up for this transformational experience!

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p.s. Your Iconic Essence is the core of who you are. When you connect with it, you clarify your unique path, purpose and vision for your life.

JOIN ME FOR MY NEXT SOUL ART WORKSHOP

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This is a beautiful chance for you to dedicate a day to yourself, to connect with and nurture your soul, your dreams and your authentic self . You will be guided in a circle of likeminded spirits to open up your creative channels to receive clarity for your  visions and future self. It’s going to be lots of fun.

THE BENEFITS OF PRACTICING SOUL ART:

  • Free flowing creativity
  • Unleashing the inner Artist
  • Unique artistic expression
  • Finding & claiming your uniqueness and originality
  • Uncovering hidden dreams and desires
  • Courage to go for your dreams
  • Clarity of purpose and life path
  • Profound insight
  • Crystal clear visions for the future
  • Expanded consciousness
  • Increased sense of joy and love
  • Being inspired!
  • Owning your power as an artist and creative leader
  • Uninhibited expression
  • Deep connection with intuition and spirit
  • Personal empowerment
  • Life expansion
  • Inner peace
  • Spiritual grounding and healing
  • Healing and aligning  and harmonizing the energetic body (Chakras)
  • Beauty embodiment
  • Releasing deep stubborn issue, old patterns and limiting believe systems
  • Confidence to stand in your power
  • Being able to recognize opportunities
  • Increased sense of health & wellness
  • Glowing and radiating because your spirit is shining through
  • Feeling attractive
  • Deep fulfillment
  • Claiming your uniqueness
  • Recognizing your talents
  • Trust in life

Here are the infos for the workshop:

Date & Time: October 18  2014, Starting at 11 am-16 pm (you might want to plan a little extra time to chat, have tea and finish up)

Loction: Badstrasse 26, Studio Magie der Kosmetik, 5400 Baden, Switzerland

NOTE: depending on the size of the group I will change location. I found a beautiful Yoga Studio in Baden last week (the one you see on the flyer) where I plan to lead all my future Soul Art workshops. I will keep you posted!

Price: CHF 150.-

Registration: Please fill in the contact form below to reserve your spot. Please note: the spots are limited to a max. of  10 people. Once I received your reservation I will send  you all the booking details.

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PRIVATE MENTORING & CLARITY SESSIONS

If you live on the other side of the world looking for guidance, and or  you would love to work 1-on-1 with me, I offer private mentoring and clarity sessions for creative soul-seekers like you, who are ready to step into their full power  and potential to create a life they love. My service includes different coaching packages. Custom-made support, advice, intuitive guidance and strategies  to manifest your dreams. Together we will unleash your highest potential, get the obstacles out of your way and map out a plan that is in perfect alignment with your highest vision. You will leave the session with crystal clarity about your next steps in life, ready to leap towards your dream.You let me know what your intentions are and what results you want to receive, and I will map out a magical plan how to get there

See what people say about the clarity mentoring sessions:

Jessica“After enjoying an AbunDance Mentoring Session with Christina Szegedi Lienert yesterday, I’m inspired to share my reflection of this amazing woman…Christina’s embodied artistry inspires my soul’s desire to experience its fullest expression. Her dancing grace and flowing power make me want to jump up and move into my dreams. Her visual artwork whispers to me of the magic and whimsy that is here for us to enjoy in each moment. To be with her, is to connect with the heart of a loving Mama, the spirit of a forest fairy, and the soul of a transformative artist. In the space she creates, we can hear our own wise voice that calls us forward into our brightest potential.” Jessica Chilton, MA, NCC , Expressive Arts Therapist at www.SparkCreativeWellness.com,  Transformational Leader of  www.ShineExpansive.com

IMG_9692[1]“I had the privilege of receiving a Mentoring coaching session with Christina. She is authentic, honest, incredibly perceptive, highly intuitive mixed with her high intelligence and the ability to dissect and understand all the parts of you that are wanting clarity makes her a dream mentor to work with. She is like a compassionate present detective helping and guiding you to get crystal clear clarity then supporting you to ground your insights and then keeping you on track to manifest your dreams when you trip over a rock along your journey. Christina is brilliant, authentic and loving and she has helped me move forward in leaps and bounds when I was feeling tired and stuck. “Sunne Bernt, Australia, http://www.sunwellbeing.com.au/

 

Thalia“If I had only two words to describe my time with Christina they would be, Bliss & Delight! Her presence is so refreshing and soothing. Immediately, upon beginning our session my worries melted away, and her incredibly natural and healing presence caused me to tingle from head to toe. Her intuitive insights were powerful, and with what seemed like very little effort she was able to reflect back to me the places I was stuck, and share some practical solutions for moving into a more self-nurturing and supportive lifestyle. I am so grateful for her generous spirit, abundance heart, and her magical voice that seemed to repair my soul. Thank you, Christina!” Thalia Barrett, USAwww.thaliathemuse.com

yoshi_photo“My heart expanded and beats in excitement from the clarity that arrived from my session with Christina. As I continue on my path in life, constantly pulled towards my expanding dreams, there are people that I meet, courses, sessions that I am naturally drawn to because they resonate with the energy of where I am and what I need to take the next step. Christina’s call was exactly that. Her energy is pure, her clarity undeniable, and the flowing, joy-filled nature of the call makes the journey of exploring the next step so enjoyable while at the same time so clear. The interactive nature of it is perfect. Beyond writing down the elements of the exercises you’ll find you’ll want to write down the gems of wisdom that come through during the call in the margin!

I highly recommend a session with Christina to help you move closer to the life that you dream of as well. There are people who are here at this time to help guide the way, and help illuminate your own light; Christina is one of those people and I’m honoured to have aligned paths with her and her guidance.” Yoshi Arima, Canada,  www.heartofyoshi.com

IMG_9691[1]“I connected with Christina Szegedi during an extremely chaotic situation in my life.  First of all she helped me to ground myself in the beginning of the session so that we could move on in a clear way. Then she gave me some concrete advice in how I could deal with my situation energetically which was very helpful for me. Christina also guided me through a visualization that feels life changing for me. After my session with Christina I dealt with my situation in an empowered way which was very liberating for me. I love Christina’s creative expression and I find it very inspiring for my own creative expression. Being guided by Christina is like being in her warm embrace of her Unique Creativity, Strong Intuition and Spiritual Wisdom. I strongly recommend Christina Szegedi to whoever feels drawn to her. She has a Calm, Creative and Light way of dealing even with difficult issues. ”    Cintra Krän, Sweden

Janine“I just had the most amazing session with you lovely lady – feeling so blessed that the universe crossed our paths. I feel so excited and energised and like anything is possible and I mean ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. I want to dance and write at the same time. I feel so significant and supported. Thank you Christina, I can’t wait till our next session”, Janine Farrow, Australia

 

Come over here to read more  and have a look at the different coaching packages that I offer.

 

CUSTOMMADE PAINTINGS

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You would like to have a painting in your home with your favorite colors, symbols, quotes or mantras to inspire you daily? Or a gift for your loved ones? I am offering custom-made one-of a kind paintings in all different sizes and shapes made just for you. Send me an email with your ideas, desires and your wishlist and I will get in touch with you. Shipping worldwide.

 

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Thank you for being here, follow your bliss,

share your ideas, thoughts, insights and feedback and leave me a comment.

Have a wonderful week, sending you lots of love,

Christina

 

 

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