shine your light

i love working with creative dreamers, helping them get their dreams all sparkly shiny, helping them move the obstacles out of the way and get at more of the juiciness of living their dreams.  since a big part of stepping more fully into your dreams is about shining your light and sharing your dreams with more people – i am going to feature my clients here once in a while.


LeeAnn: photo by Jennifer Loeber

our first feature is with leeann.  she is an active participant in creating dreams come true so you may already know her and you may already know some of her story.  she has been making amazing progress with her dreams, reaching for the stars while being practical and realistic and taking care of what needs to be taken care of.

i was so happy when leeann signed up for coaching with me.  i am in love with her dream of moving to scotland and working with herbs and cooking and creativity and art.  and she has the sweetest energy.  i’ve known her online for many years, and i got to meet her a few years ago when i was in new york and she is a pure delight!  so being able to talk with her about her dreams and help get them more sparkly shiny was also a pure delight.

and so here is leeann’s story along with some of her amazing photographs:

what was going on for you when you signed up for your session?  what is it that made you decide to go for it?


 I was definitely feeling stuck when I decided to do the session.  I was spinning my wheels and being really outside of myself…watching and comparing myself and my situation and progress to other people in my life. I had started to get very critical of my progress. I also had a lot of past demons surfacing in regards to the relationships in my life (I was afraid of sharing my interests with people close to me for fear they would steal my dreams…).  I’d started to let money and financial concerns take over and the creative aspects of my life were struggling. I was worried about when and if I’d be going back to Scotland…I wanted to do a “Lion’s Share” Knitting Circle but afraid no one would want to come…I was feeling isolated an alone in my dreams.

It was sort of like being at the eye of a storm.

did you have any doubts or uncertainties about booking the session?  if so, what were they?

The only concern I had was whether or not I should spend the money since I was letting money rule my life! I might have been a little nervous about what I’d uncover, but I’ve come so far in the process, that I feel my instincts have already clued me into a lot.

what was the biggest thing you got out of the session?

I came out of it with a much lighter heart and a big smile on my face. I felt all the possibilities rather than the obstacles…there was joy in the process. It helped me look at things from a new, healthier, lighter perspective. Talking about things out loud helps so much! I got back to dreaming big.

what has changed for you since?

Since the session I have committed to, and set a date for my first “Lion’s Share” gathering…and the guest list keeps growing.  I have put a deposit down for a workshop on Iona and found a heavenly (self catering) place to stay in Edinburgh…and a friend is joining me so I will get to share Edinburgh with her and bring the Lion’s Share with me! Dinner parties in Edinburgh??? As well as hitting the town at night! I’ve been working really hard at being open and honest with my friends and sharing my joys and dreams and in turn I feel like everything is opening up and I feel supported and love supporting their dreams.

what feels possible now?


Being in Scotland feels possible as well as turning The Lion’s Share into a company that will nurture me and create community. When I had turned my attention away from my dream of living in Scotland for “safer” more domestic options…Scottish things kept throwing themselves in my path and as soon as I returned to that road, everything started to fall into place effortlessly…and it really showed me how far I’ve come. Again…dreaming big :)

where are you seeing yourself in one year?

About to finish my last year of apprenticeship and with a solid plan for returning to Scotland for an extended period of time.

anything else you want to share?

I’ve been thinking, on and off, for a while now that I might want to become a life coach some day.  Or at least get trained to be one. I think it would go along really nicely with what I’ve been creating with The Lion’s Share.

Never underestimate the power of dreams and always follow them :)

green bean casserole

green bean casserole

mixing up ice cream

mixing up ice cream







awww yah. thanks for sharing your story + photos leeann.  also – i think you’ll make an amazing coach and i want to say – yah! go for it!

you can get to know leeann on her wonderful blog or check out her website.

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  1. Lee Ann Monat on September 28, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Thank you so much Andrea!

    I just wanted to add that the photo of me was taken by a photographer who works in my office at TV Guide Magazine: Jennifer Loeber. She helped me out with at impromptu photo session the other day!

  2. creativedreamincubator on September 28, 2010 at 8:51 am

    thank you lee ann!

    i added jennifer’s name… it’s so important that artists be recognized for their work and she did a great job on this photo!

  3. Lindsey on September 28, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Wonderful article. I know Lee Ann personally and she is a lovely person. Her positive energy is absolutely contagious. I am confident that she will one day reach her goals and will continue to encourage others to dream big. She is a delight and would absolutely allow her to coach and guide me in my life journey.

  4. Flora on September 28, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Hello Lea Ann – here’s another Scottish thing being thrown your way! ME! LOL

    I am in Scotland. I’m a writer and knitter so am up for joining your The Lion’s Share knitting circle over here! I also lived overseas for many years and have just come home to Scotland a few years ago.

    Let me know if I can do anything in Scotland for you – happy to help a kindred spirit x Email me at flora [at]

  5. knoxy on September 28, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    You are both made of awesome. Completely and totally wonderful. <3

  6. Helen on September 28, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Love this LOVE it!! LeeAnn if I don’t catch you in New York I will meet you for dinner in Scotland in a couple of years, deal? Your food looks scrummy and I think we could both use a trip to the Lock Fyne restaurant (the one at Clachan north of Glasgow) for the views as well as the nosh. (it’s on the way to Iona…) Dreaming right along with you :-)

  7. Rhiannon on September 29, 2010 at 4:52 am

    Hi Andrea and LeeAnn – Lovely to read the article ! I missed meeting LeeAnn last time she was in Scotland but hope we’ll manage to meet this time for some photography , knitting and eating :)

  8. Lee Ann Monat on September 29, 2010 at 7:32 am

    Thank You all for the wonderful Comments! Lindsey and Knoxy HUGS! Flora, I’m going to e-mail you now :), Helen, give me a shout and we’ll meet up some day! And it will be so nice to finally meet you, Rhiannon!

  9. jane on October 7, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    You are both totally awesome – your dreams, the reality you are bringing into the world – well hell it is just your total shininess!!! Love this Andrea and LeeAnn!

  10. Meg (angelmouse) on October 10, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Oh, this is super fabulous, darlings! I’m so happy to read another story of awesomeness blooming.
    You and your dreams rock, Lee Ann! :)

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