Magic, Miracles, and Mosquitoes in the Amazon, Oh My!


Magic, Miracles, and Mosquitoes in the Amazon – Oh My!

Iquitos-MapIs visiting the Amazon and going to Machu Picchu on your bucket list?  I highly recommend that you bump it up and go sooner than later. You need stamina for this kind of trip.  And it’s too good to wait. 

I had the great honor and blessing to spend 15 days in The Amazon jungle, living on site with the shaman and his family, alongside 7 other American friends as we seek out the wisdom and healing of the Ayahuasca medicine.  Afterward we spent 6 days touring around Cuzco, the neighboring cities, and finally making it to Machu Picchu.



MachuPichuIt was an incredible trip in so many ways.  It has been a few weeks since I got back and I am still struggling for words to describe and capture the full extent of the journey.  Partly because all the pieces are still coming together.  Perhaps that is one of the many messages that I am receiving:  Life and her lessons continue to show themselves to me, long after the event is over.  My job is to look, listen, and take in.  

I will break the highlights into different links, so that you can click on to whatever topic that interest you the most.  I have some beautiful pictures of the trip; the Ayahuasca process and her impact on us; and what 3 things I learned from The Amazon that might help you with your business and love life.  


As always I look forward to hearing your reactions and comments.  

Please leave me a note below and share what calls to you from the Amazon or the Ayahuasca Experience.


Now, That’s HOT!






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Female Leaders: Are You Too “Mothering”?

One of my clients shared a feedback that she got recently: “You are too mothering.” She was annoyed and insulted by it. Of course it was said to her by a male colleague, who is single and has no kid. She felt completely unseen and unappreciated for it.

(By the way, Men, by chance you are reading this: If you ever say this to a woman, especially one who is a mother, you must be prepared for a fight, and know that this comment will sting for a long time, no matter how right you might be.)

What are the qualities of “mothering”?

As a mother, myself, I would define it as:

- Caring, loving, dedicating of ourselves

- Being responsible 24/7: doing chores, all the grunt work, what ever it takes to be there for…

- Protecting, providing, serving

So when does a leader (or a mother) become too mothering?

- She starts to believe that the org can’t do without her, so she takes on too much. She becomes the martyr.

- She can’t stand the thought that her people might FAIL, so she tries to overly protect. She becomes the saint.

- She exhausts herself. She is an emotional wreck. She forgets her own needs, wants, and boundaries. She becomes a victim.

The combination of Victim, Martyr and Saint is like the iceberg to the Titanic, for female executives.

So LADIES!!! You get to keep your “mothering” qualities. That is how women lead. That is what makes us great. Because we are willing to care deeply, that we would do anything to serve. And we are creative, nimble, and a great juggler of many balls. We are a success story.

BUT you don’t get to carry a cross, or nail yourself on the cross, or even ascend into heaven while you are leading your organization.

We need you healthy, whole, trusting, confident, and having clear boundaries and judgments. So that you can be the great leader that we know you are.

I salute you.