My birthday was last week and it was absolutely incredible. Amazing presents, 3 flower deliveries, pre-birthday dinners and gifts, a number of Starbucks gift cards, an apple pie (my favorite!) lots of cards, tons of Facebook wishes, a birthday trip (see below), etc. But I have to say the best was this card from my cousin, Beth. We grew up together in Iowa. We started ballet and tap classes when I was 3 and she was 4 and we danced together for many years. I love her like a sister. Every year she sends me a special birthday card, usually one with a picture of us in one of our dancing costumes on the front of the card along with a clever limerick inside. This year, she really out-did herself. The front cover of the card is the front cover of my new book and the sentiment inside is this:
A book called The Journey To Happy,
Is effective and sweet, but not sappy.
If you buy it online
From Amazon Prime
It will help you to stop feeling crappy!
Is that the cutest thing ever? On top of that, my family took me on a special trip. In December, my sister in law and brother in law (who live in LA) each called and asked to take me someplace special for my birthday. We talked about Palm Springs and some other places and then I remembered that my sister and brother in law go to Carlsbad, California a lot to a resort that is right on the ocean.
That’s what we decided to do and then my brother and sister in law from Oklahoma decided to go. We were there from Thursday through Sunday, hanging out at the beach, eating, drinking, laughing, talking, hot tubbing, going to the meditation gardens at the Self Realization Fellowship, walking on the beach, eating, drinking, talking, laughing, watching the sunset and eating and drinking and talking and laughing. Did I say there was a lot of eating and drinking and talking and laughing?
The night before the trip, 3 of my goddess girlfriends (who are also Sedona Soul Adventures practitioners) took me for shopping and an amazing dinner at Enchantment. I thought we were all shopping together and that they were going to gift me with one of my choices. Instead, all 3 of them were going through the racks of clothes, saying “this would look great on you!”, “try this one!” They ended up getting me a dress and a top that I would have never even tried on, but they’re fabulous and I love them! It was so much fun to have 3 personal shoppers who know me so well.
Then we went to fabulous Enchantment for dinner and as we were deciding what wine to order, suddenly a bottle of champagne appeared with a card from another of my goddess friends (who lives out of town) who knew we would be there! None of us knew that was coming, it was such a beautiful surprise.
I feel so blessed to have this amount of love and connection in my life and I am so grateful every day. When I think of where I was 18 years ago, it’s pretty stunning to me. I actually came to Sedona right before my birthday in January, 1999. I was at such a low point in my life. I talk about it in my book, every single area of my life was a mess. If someone would have shown me a video of where things are 18 years later, I don’t think I would have been able to comprehend that, much less believe it.
And it’s all because of Sedona. This place saved my life. It re-birthed me. How could I know that doing one session would completely change my life? And that three years later, I would start helping other people do the same thing.
We’re at the beginning of a new year. We’re at a time of new beginnings. Are you ready to have your life be different? It’s so amazing to me how quickly things can turn around, especially when the energy shifts. I was just talking about that with a woman who came here last week to do a retreat. She said before she did her Soul Adventure she felt totally lost and confused and frustrated, and now she’s feeling like she completely knows her life purpose and she’s in the process of living it and has the tools with which to do it. It’s absolutely astounding what can happen in 3-4 days.
My birthday wish for you is that your life transforms in some way this year. That something that has been difficult or challenging for you or has been hurting you gets handled or somehow taken care of. I know that doesn’t happen in a vacuum – you can’t just keep on doing the same thing over and over again and expect something to change. As Einstein said, that’s insanity. You have to do something different and I promise you, a Sedona Soul Adventures retreat could make that happen for you.
Please do something. Please connect with us. Don’t be in the same place at this same time next year.
Contact us and speak to an Angel Guide. They’ll connect with you (or both of you if it’s a couple) in deep conversation to determine exactly where you are and where you want to be; then they’ll custom design the perfect retreat that will bring you the life or the relationship you’re craving.
Click here and one of our Angel Guides will call you. Or if you’d prefer, call us toll free at 1-877-204-3664 (US and Canada). For our friends outside the US and Canada call 01 928-204-5988 or click here and one of our Angel Guides will call you.
Wishing you a week filled with wishes come true,
Debra Stangl / Founder
Sedona Soul Adventures – Transforming Lives One Soul At A Time
Michael says he treated himself to a Soul Adventure for his 40th birthday, and had an “awakening” and found his “authentic self”
“A friend of mine had done a Sedona Soul Adventures retreat about a year and a half ago and she kept talking about it and all of the positive things which she got out of it. I had never done anything like this before but decided to treat myself to a trip as a 40th Birthday present. I really did not know what to expect other than to approach everything with an open mind and to be highly aware. Well… my trip was amazing and one which I would describe as an awakening. I really felt that I began to get in touch with my authentic self and I have come home with so many tools and techniques to use to grow much further. The healers are wonderful as they make you feel very comfortable and relaxed. For anyone who feels truly ready to look into yourself and is ready to make some permanent positive life changes, then I would recommend a trip to Sedona thru Sedona Soul Adventures. Thank you, Debra, for the work that you are doing out there!”
Michael M., Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Solstice at Machu Picchu — Come with me to Machu Picchu and Peru June 17-30!
Can you imagine doing ceremony at Machu Picchu on the Solstice? Does even looking at that picture stir something inside you? If so, I want to invite you to listen to that stirring. It’s telling you something. It’s nudging you. It’s trying to get your attention. Maybe you’re supposed to come here with me in June.
This is a photo of me with our incredible shaman and guide, Jorge Luis Delgado on the Solstice two years ago. I believe that Jorge is one of the most important spiritual teachers on the planet right now, and if you spend two weeks with him, I think you’ll agree with me. Absorbing his teachings and being in his presence are absolutely life changing.
Every year this trip becomes more amazing. This will be my 11th trip to Peru and each time it’s as though it’s brand new. Exploring, connecting with the energy, being with other like minded seekers, it’s simply the trip of a lifetime.
If Peru is calling you, it may be time to heed the call. Is this the year you give yourself the gift of Peru?
For all the information on this amazing trip (our incredible Itinerary, the all-inclusive pricing, photos, etc.) – Click here.
“The Sedona Soul Adventures Peru Trip was AMAZING! It is my second Sedona Soul Sacred Travel trip (my first was Egypt) and it, like the first, was life changing. The magic of Machu Picchu, the peacefulness of Lake Titicaca, the energy of the Apu mountain spirits is not something you can read about – it must be experienced! We had the privilege of being in the presence of Jorge Luis Delgado, our Peruvian Shaman and Chacaruna (bridge person – messenger of light) who is an extraordinary guide, teacher and spiritual Master. I have been on my spiritual journey for approximately 10 years now, and I have learned and experienced many things, but Jorge had an incredible way of saying thing in such simple powerful ways, it was like I was learning them again for the first time. I experienced with him the power of oral tradition – that it isn’t just the words that he spoke, but it was the energy and intention he imbued into his words that is the specialness of oral tradition. It is that energy which touches you and teaches you. He reaches you heart to heart, rather than from your mind. He led me on a Pilgrimage to my Inner Sun that deepened my commitment to a higher level of consciousness, that increased my understanding of the Cosmos and its wonder, and that fueled my desire to shine brightly in the world. I will be forever grateful for this trip and the positive impact it had on my life.”
Suzanne West, Calgary, Alberta Canada
If you have questions about any aspect of the journey, please contact me at:
Debra@SedonaSoulAdventures.com – I love talking about Peru!