Taking you from Solo to SOULo!
“You were created as a unique individual with a special purpose to fulfill. Deep inside you know what that purpose is and that it is the worthiest thing you can do in your life.” Goddess of Being, Intuition Guidance Cards
Going it alone as a Solo Goddess (single woman or woman who is in a relationship but feels single – or wishes she was!) in this day and age is not what it’s cracked up to be. It also isn’t easy. We have to sink or swim. Sink meaning maybe weaken or be a victim or poor me type. Swim meaning be a bit tougher than we perhaps normally would or would like to, having to make decisions alone and constantly being on the receiving end of ‘why aren’t you married or have a boyfriend? You’re attractive, intelligent, smart…’ – maybe that’s why!
There seems to be more and more of us women doing it Solo without a mate by our side, never mind Soul mate.
Things are harder financially and otherwise as a Solo Goddess, we have to do twice as much work in the home especially if we’re sole entrepreneurs. We have to be cleaner, cook, shopper, handyman, washerwoman, hostess (if there is time left over!), secretary (to ourselves), CEO, kids Taxi and gardener. Did I leave anything out??
Our partnered friends tend to forget that we don’t have someone to bounce ideas, thoughts, worries, joys, plans, dreams, etc. off on a daily basis. What does that do to us I wonder? I remember a dear friend of mine saying that when you’re in love and have that person by your side, you can move mountains that you couldn’t even consider climbing on your own let alone moving.
There seems always to be an outnumbering of women to men, wherever I’ve been in the world, have you found that too?
Solo Goddess may also be in a relationship but dysfunctional so she feels single or alone.
If this resonates with you, fear not! Don’t go to the nearest cliff and contemplate jumping. We, as Solo Goddesses have also learnt to keep our femininity and sexuality intact, keep a sense of humour, never give up hope, nourish and care for our friends and loved ones, and multi task even more than usual.
Never give up hope is the one that resonates most with me. As a friend’s mother used to say, for every pot in the cupboard there is a lid. So whilst I wait for my lid to come along in the shape of a White Knight (though I think not on a white steed but maybe a short-legged donkey) I keep powering on with the things I feel I am called to do, those things we do from sheer passion and love which also serve others.
We all are unique. And smart and brilliant and powerful beyond belief. Problem is, do we really believe it?
Well you better! We all have something special we’re here to do, a purpose that no one else can do in our unique way reaching the ones we will reach and using the words we will use. We must have faith and trust in that and bucket loads of belief in ourselves.
You might not yet know what your purpose is – it took me most of my life to find mine and I’m now 57 – but find it you will. And it’ll be something you’re passionate about, love doing and that you’re really good at. And it’ll probably be something that never even occurred to you that this is your purpose. And it may even change once you embark towards it.
You see, we all see ourselves very differently to how others see us – usually worse or more negatively. And we don’t necessarily know that we are good at doing something in particular because how would we? We just do it and think so does everyone else.
The most important thing is to decide to do something and then do it. Procrastination or not making a decision is far worse than making the wrong decision. And anyway, there are no wrong decision in the big picture.
What helped me was taking time out from work for a year in a very different place, giving myself time to spend on something I loved – my painting. I found that I could hear my intuition more, that voice telling us what to do for our own highest good. I found that people came out of the woodwork suddenly to support and help me along my path.
I was lead and guided by something much bigger than me – and still am – since 18 years now. Sometimes I lose the plot totally and wonder what it’s all about. Other times I’m so in the flow that things just happen effortlessly and with great synchronisity and stunning serendipity.
Staying aligned on a path isn’t easy on your own, even when you’re a Goddess! But listen up to what your inner voice is saying and you will be taken on a journey you never would have dreamed of.
I have a belief about there being so many Solo Goddesses out there (at least I know I’m not alone!) and that is it’s our time, women’s time – Solo or otherwise. In low places and high. Very importantly in high – government positions, CEO’s of financial institutions, senior governmental positons and so on.
I believe with our time as women will also come peace with little or no war. After all we know that violence never was or will be, the answer. We women are generally speaking more spiritually advanced than men and are here to guide them to heal and make our earth whole again. Men will be there to support us in our roles as nourishers, carers and creators of a new world which is already here.
And so Solo Goddesses take up your positions and get ready for the changes which are upon us, we have a lot of work to do together. We’re living in exciting times where the new paradigm is collaboration NOT competition. We are here to contribute to that and make a difference, each and all of us in our own way.
There is a purpose and higher reason to there being so many Solo Goddesses at this time. For us to serve for the greater good of humanity requires that perhaps for part or much of our journey we need to tread this path Solo, holding up our own strength and lifting up those below us, making sure our wings stay spread.
And along the way may our Soul Mates turn up when we least expect it and you will be transformed from Solo To SOULo! Always keep hope and above all, honour YOU and believe in your very beautiful and capable self.
With my love and blessings
Passionate Artist and Solo Goddess Mentor
I work with Solo Women committed to make positive change to become SOULo Goddesses. To continually grow in their lives, women who know they want to go further and deserve better, women who may be lacking the umph, confidence or self-belief to go it alone but are dedicated one way or another to GET THERE. I will take you from Solo to SOULo!
One day a while back I was sitting thinking about how I could tell my story, my story being the journey that began more than 10 years ago with the paintings that created the Sacred Feminine series that then became the (GoddessGuides) Intuition Guidance card deck and on to where I am now, in a not so boring way!
The story begins atop a little Spanish mountain village in my art studio, then went on after creating a dozen paintings for my exhibition in Nerja, Andalusia 2004 and then, with the vision by my very dear friend Michele Claiborne who ‘saw’ me creating the Intuition Guidance card deck from my paintings!
And there was born the Goddess Story! And it’s not finished yet…
So here, without further ado, is the fairytale story of how I followed the signs, guidance, my instincts and passions:
A Goddess Story
Ms Glen Ladegaard
“Once upon a time in a very far away warm land, high up in a rural mountain village, there was a Little Goddess. And this Little Goddess had moved from another very far away warm land to have time to find herself, to work on and tease out her creative pursuits. This she did very well and at the same time, had fun and met some wonderfully interesting people, not to mention getting to know a lot of the local bars and their lovely wines with tapas!
After many years, inspiration, some encouragement and not to mention a little stress (as she had an exhibition looming with no new work to put into it) she found that suddenly, she had created a series of Goddess like images which she decided to call The Sacred Feminine. The exhibition went splendidly and The Sacred Feminine very well received, though few sold. Little did the Little Goddess know that The Universe had other plans for her and her Sacred Feminine paintings. Oh yes they did! A very Divine plan as it turned out.
Some years later, the Little Goddess was divinely and earthly inspired to write some intuitive guiding messages for each of the Goddess paintings. Twenty four paintings and messages later – not to mention many years, a body of intuition cards with powerful and guiding messages was born! The Little Goddess was quite astounded by their accuracy when she used them with other Gods and Goddesses. She was even more astounded as most of the ideas and big vision for these intuition cards, which were to become a compelling self-help tool, had come from many varied others. In fact, the Little Goddess whilst one day giving an induction to a group of other Goddesses, realised that it was almost as though she had been ‘used’ – in the nicest possible way, of course – as a coordinator, a conduit by something or someone much, much bigger than herself.
Thus was born the Intuition Guidance Card concept.
The Little Goddess toiled and worked and market tested the cards for aeons across many distant lands. At times the work seemed too much, the possibilities too overwhelming for one little Goddess and she thought she would just leave it, not continue with the budding of the intuition cards. This would be much easier. But, she realised very quickly, this was simply not an option. When she thought about not growing them to what she knew she was destined to, she felt very sad.
And so she toiled on.
The assistance and ideas seemed to keep coming from many directions. Finally, one day after witnessing the significant encouragement to listen to their inner wisdom of a group of Goddesses working with the cards, the Little Goddess knew what she must do. She had been entrusted with something Divinely powerful and meaningful, to spread to as many as would be open to hear and allow their inner voice and intuition to guide them.
So she crossed a great ocean of water back to that other distant warm land from whence she had come where she then proceeded to launch in earnest her inner voice work amongst its peoples. And the people became happier, more confident, more loving, more balanced and fulfilled in their daily lives. Those that had lost their confidence and self esteem, were jubilant on discovering it again, whilst some just needed to boost it. The people realised how very important it was to awaken and listen to their Selves.
The Little Goddess was very happy. Help and support of all kinds kept being sent to her (and still is) from the ‘Powers That Be’. She realised that when you let go, stop pushing and trying so hard and just relax, be yourself, go with the flow and collaborate with others, all was and is laid in your path. And so she continues with the new paradigm of believing absolutely that when she does what she’s called to do, she is looked after and the ‘Powers That Be’ are actually her biggest collaborators.
And so they/we all are living happily ever after.”
Glen is a passionate artist of female nudes and ceramics, as well as a Personal Growth Mentor for “Women Who Have Everything but still feel Something Is Missing”. She uses the Intuition Guidance Cards as a powerful tool and fast track to your Intuition.
The Road to Sticciano – My Tuscan Story
About 20 odd years ago when I became fed up with the corporate jungle in Sydney, I took off for southern Spain to stay for a year…which turned into 15. On a whim one day I heard about a woman who did pottery classes out in the campo (bush to us Aussies) and so I thought I’d give it a shot. Little did I know that this would become a lifelong addiction!
Since then I’ve worked out of many studios and had many tutors but it’s only been in the last 18 months that I’ve finally been able to build a dedicated workshop complete with wheel, kiln and everything else that goes with it. The learning curve went from a gentle one to an exceedingly steep one. All good, keeps the grey cells going – along with sleepless nights thinking of glazes and blending them and ‘what if’ on this or that clay body, etc. You get the idea.
So I thought, I need to fast forward this a tad at my st(age) in life. Enter Italy. I won’t go into detail about how I ended up at Sticciano, a stunning Agri Turismo deep in the stunning Tuscan countryside because that’s another story on its own. But end up there I did and for a wonderful 5 weeks during March/April 2017.
The ‘Sticciano Tuscan Collection’ of Japanese Tea Bowls you see now were created there and most lovingly carried by hand through Italy, Spain, Germany, Denmark and back here to Noosa. Probably some of the most well-travelled Tea Bowls around!
These are totally unique, as indeed are most ceramic pieces anywhere, and I cannot replicate them due to may various reasons. I can – and have begun – however, to recreate using some of the same principles since I returned home a month ago.
The ‘Sticciano Tuscan Collection’ were created from stoneware and fired in gas reduction and salt kilns. They were painted first with coloured slip on the greenware (pre any firing) and then with glaze after the first bisque firing. A second glaze firing resulted in what you see here.
You can use them for coffee, tea, nut bowls – whatever you like! People collect these and in Europe and ceramic artists swap with each other. My tutor, Terry Davis (a very accomplished UK potter living in Tuscany) has a cupboard full and when you go there for coffee, you get to choose which Teal Bowl you want.
Love and blessings
Glen (0459 343 828)
My passion for travel I blame on (or should I say am inspired by) my father! And I’ve told him that too. When he sees pictures of me in various corners of the world he just smiles and says to his girlfriend (of an impressive 83, ten years younger than his even more impressive 93) “I wonder where she got that from?”
For as long as I can remember I’ve had the ‘travel bug’. And before that when I wasn’t old enough to decide, Dad did. He was a ‘nomad’, as was his father when folks back then didn’t even travel, at least not very far, far being places like Turkey from Denmark when they barely had cars.
So it was inevitable that I would get that insatiable thirst and restless feet syndrome. I know that many of my buddies are similar. Travel broadens our horizons and puts us in touch with different types of people, cultures, architecture, landscape, animals and a myriad of other things. It challenges us, pushes us beyond our self imposed limits.
It makes us live a REAL life instead of a virtual one. For me, I’ve come to realise (only over the last years) that I need travel – it feeds and nourishes my soul, it fulfills my sense of adventure, exploring and getting new experiences.
My other passion is Mentor Coaching – supporting, encouraging, inspiring and boosting you during one2one mentoring sessions or group workshops. How lucky am I – because I can do this on the hop too!
Love and blessings Glen
PS: Keep an open mind – “things are never what they seem” (they’re usually heaps better).