Monthly Missive: April

Whew. April was…intense. Anyone else feel that? A month full of epiphanies and turbulence that culminated in a week of being sick as a dog (okay, three days of being sick as a dog with a few days of general ickiness on either side). I think it may have been an upper limit thing, which means awesomeness is on the horizon. Either way, I’m feeling better now, enough to type this up! So, without further ado, here’s your goodies for April:

(Psst! I’ll be drawing a winner for the Find Your Strongest Life book tonight, so why don’t you go enter while there’s still time?)

Take Back Your Creativity

The good words just keep flowin’ in about TBYC! It’s enough to make my heart all a-flutter. Here’s some recent things people have said:

I finished reading the Take Back Your Creativity course and I think that it offers so many tools for the creative person who wants to thrive in their creativity. I really love that you have included so many tools and alternatives. … I think you did a great job with this! Many people can and will be the better for your course! Wonderful, wonderful work! – Donna

And then! There’s this amazingfabulouswonderful video from Scylliane Mohan:

Take Back Your Creativity: Video testimonial from Michelle Nickolaisen on Vimeo.

Your interest piqued? Then why don’t you go take a peek? (See what I did there?)

Link Love

Less than usual this time, as I got super behind on my readin’ after SXSW and ended up hitting “mark all as read” quite a bit. But there’s still diamonds to be shared!


Be grateful. The rest will follow.” Sandi, as always, brings the inspiration supernova to the table.

The Goddess Project makes my heart happy.

You know what else makes my heart happy & my eyes tear up a little? Bolivia enshrines natural world’s rights with equal status for Mother Earth, that’s what. See also: Breaking News: Earth Has Rights!

How Childhood Sexual Abuse Made Me a Better Coach

the cave, the ringmaster, and the loch


A mysterious red button – do you push it?


Slashers Unite!

I just discovered this blog the Hairy Edge & it is fabulous. Here’s my favorites so far: Swallowing Vomit: Say What You Mean, & Dreams Are Sexy, Goals Are Work: Part 1 & Part 2

I love the idea of zillion-sum.

Fear: Examining the Evidence

“Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself. I am large. I contain multitudes.”
- Walt Whitman

two articles with the same theme that both make me go “yes!”: living in contradictions (on purpose) & you’re a mess of contradictions. how very beautiful.

the most courageous choice you’ll ever make & inherent goodness and the playground of acceptance


Uncanny Ways to Free Creativity

How to be More Creative by Being a Slasher

Inside the Mind of an Unrepentant Slasher

move through the creative gap (all the way to the power of awesome)


Peter Thiel: We’re in a Bubble and It’s Not the Internet. It’s Higher Education.

Me Around the Blogosphere

At CustomerLove: Be you. Everyone else is taken.

& Belinda, from Goddess You, featured me as a goddess guest in her interview series! She also had some kind words to say about Take Back Your Creativity: “I am reviewing Michelle’s ebook “Take Back Your Creativity” and wow!! It’s amazing and a must have!!! I loved it so much that l wanted to interview Michelle…”

What’s Rockin’ My Socks

As I mentioned earlier, I was pretty sick last week. I tried a bunch of things to help – here’s what did the trick for me:

  • elderberry cough syrup with vitamin c, zinc, and echinacea
  • ginger-lemon-honey water – chop up fresh ginger, pour boiling water over it, add a squirt of lemon, and add a spoonful of honey. It’s kind of naturally fizzy, which is sort of a weird sensation, but it actually doesn’t taste bad.
  • tea tree oil + boiling water = tea tree steam
  • gargling with sea salt water
  • oil of oregano

These were, of course, on top of “normal” medicine (Mucinex & Nyquil/Dayquil) but I didn’t start to see any marked improvement until after I started the regimen of “dammit, I am not going to be sick any more”.

I’m working through the Right Brain Business Plan book with other Goddess Circle members & it’s a lot of fun – I am SO enjoying the exercises! My favorite so far has been the values cards, which I scanned and uploaded to Pinterest. My values lined up almost perfectly into pairs, so I did a series of double sided cards. My favorites are artistry/aesthetics, imagination/whimsy, & alignment/integrity. (Gee, do you think that says anything about me? Anything at all?)

And the last lovely thing I want to share with you is that Goddess Leonie just launched her Business Goddess course. Goddess Circle members got a sneak peek, and so I can already tell you that it is fabulamazing and chock-full of goodness. If you want a gentle, uplifting business course that isn’t all “CRUSH YOUR COMPETITORS” and “DO IT THIS WAY OR YOU WILL DIIIE” (and uh, really, who does want that?) I would highly highly recommend it, with an exclamation point to boot. You can buy the Business Goddess course for $79 or you can enroll in the Goddess Circle & get an amazing community + access to everything Leonie has made & will make for only $20 more. Your choice.


I’m writing this on Saturday so I can schedule it for Monday without having to worry about it on Sunday. Which is not only a switch-off Sunday but is Matt & I’s second wedding anniversary! He has a scavenger hunt planned, which I’m pretty excited about. No lie. (And very, very glad that I’m feeling better for.)

I hope that if you had a turbulent April, things have settled down some, and that at least you had some epiphanies to help balance it out. Also, happy Walpurgis or Beltaine if you celebrate either of those!

  • Sandi Amorim

    Happy Anniversary and thanks for the kind words!
    This post totally made me smile, so chockful of goodness and whimsy (love that word and may have to start using regularly!)

    p.s. only 31 sleeps till WDS!!!

  • Tessa Zeng

    Thanks so much for the shoutout, Michelle! So excited that your TBYC is doing well. Thanks for the kind words about my book, real updates on that delay soon! April has been crazy indeed…those sick remedies look stellar too, haha. Here’s to hoping I *won’t* need to refer back to them :)

  • Michelle

    Here’s to hoping you won’t! Matt has it now, so my experimenting with remedies is doing us some good ;) Can’t wait to see you at WDS, good luck with your book!

  • Michelle

    Thank you sweet pea! I KNOW, I am SO excited for WDS! Cannot wait, I am going to be at my super-excited-est. :D