What can turn dark times, like during CANcer, to JOY?

When I was going through chemo treatments, I was also freshly uprooted from my beautiful Kodiak Island nature paradise home, to live in a noisy city, for a whole dark Alaska winter, during Covid, without my circle of close friends, without beloved doggies, near-broke, in the middle of a business sabbatical and not actually sure at that time how I was going to MAKE money, and often feeling like shit.

Everything in my life was uncertain. Challenging. Each a big challenge in itself.

How did I then, manage to feel OKAY during this time, even find JOY? And start turning things around?

One key was that I decided I CAN.
(That’s also the time that I decided to start writing cancer as “CANcer.”)

Easier said than done when your mind tells you otherwise though, right?

I know!

And that’s eXACTLY where the magic is at.

Catching those mind stories that tell you “You can’t.”

And transforming + healing them, one by one, into “Yes you CAN!”

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How to get out of FEAR and worry (CANcer or otherwise!) into inner peace and JOY.

This week I had the wonderful opportunity to be guest on Evey Rosenbloom's CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY podcast, and we spoke about my CANcer journey, her own healing journey, and how we both got out of fear and worry into wellness and JOY!

It was a wonderful conversation full of powerful wisdom nuggets, for ALL of you who are going through hard times - CANcer or otherwise. 

Are you giving yourself PERMISSION TO JOY? 

Do you WANT to create more JOY in your life and THRIVE?

Come tune into this podcast episode and get inspired!

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What you have to do FIRST to attract dream clients

What do you have to do FIRST in business to get dream clients? 
Hint: it's NOT social media. It's NOT getting a website. It's BRAND STRATEGY.

Watch this call for priceless brand strategy inspiration to learn how to get a clear brand, and attract dream clients: SAVING lots of time + money, as you gear up to GETTING PAID.


In my over 20 years of experience as brand designer and entrepreneur, I’ve seen many people spend a ton of money on marketing and websites, yet not attracting regular clients. Or attracting the WRONG kind of clients. 

When that continues over a longer period of time, that’s a lot of missed income. And a lot of missed clients. That can get frustrating. And expensive. 

(Tally up even just one month of not being fully booked with clients. It can get staggering!)

The reason for this problem is often simple:

People often spend a ton of money and time on marketing and design and websites BEFORE...

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How ART and PLAY helps you find your most magical wisdom and sparks your GENIUS

Often forgotten by grown-ups, ART and PLAY helps us not only to feel better, but also to tap into our inner genius, and spark our dream lives! Health, wealth, even abundance!

Join me for an inspiring conversation with psychic medium, author, and Intuitive Art Academy founder Rachel Archelaus, as we talk about magic, sparkles, and using creativity to truly live our most joyful and abundant dream lives. This is an extra fun conversation where we also got powerful, colorful, and bright messages from spirit. 

Watch this conversation to spark your dream business, dream health, and also your dream life!

Mike drop inspirations from this conversation:

The more we sit and don't play, the more we can get stuck in our minds, and the more we may also build-up resistance.
(To dare to do what we really want to do and live our sparkle lives!)


All those inner voices... "don't be too loud," "this is crazy," "you have to make money..." are just voices. (Are you ready to see through them...

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Nourishing your body + mind + soul: thrive - through CANcer and life

Tune in for a very important conversation with a very special guest: how we can thrive, through CANcer and life: by nourishing our body + mind + soul.

I spoke with medium, spirit messages coach and business strategist Lois Warnock, who was a very important mentor and supporter for me on my own CANcer healing journey.

During that time, I met with her regularly to get reassurance and learn, supported by spirit, how to best take care of myself on my healing journey, and get well.

A lot had to do with inner healing, inner self-talk, and with nourishing my body, mind and soul. Compassion! Self-love!

In this conversation, we discuss about a chapter in my book "Permission to Sparkle:" how to NOURISH YOUR SOUL - to create anything you want, including your dream business - while feeling good.

Indeed: I managed to feel better, and thrive, already during my cancer healing journey. We can influence our feelings, and that actually contributes to getting well!

Lois Warnock...

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How CANcer patients can THRIVE

A dear friend just asked me what it means to me to thrive as cancer patient.

And then he asked me an even better question: what I think is the GREATEST BARRIER TO thriving as cancer patient.

I didn’t even realize that’s not obvious! But I guess it’s not for everyone!

How I see thriving, in the context of my personal CANcer journey (from breast cancer  stage 4 that had already metastasized into my lungs, to none present:)

I did really well with the whole challenge, mentally, emotionally, and physically. Against all odds - already while in treatments.

I started thriving in the middle of my harshest chemos:

Instead of wild side effects and getting weaker, I walked away with the blood lab numbers of a healthy person. I stunned my doctor! She said most people take a dip!

Me celebrating my last day of heavy chemos.

What happened? How did I start to thrive?

It all started on the inside.

With my thoughts and emotions and attitude.

When realized I was...

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Why JOY has to be a key ingredient in business and in life

I had a leadership conversation with CBS featured JOY BUSINESS coach M. Shannon Hernandez, discussing a chapter of my book : "Where are you giving your power away?"

Watch to get a glimpse into my book "Permission To Sparkle," to harness your inner superpowers, to walk strong, WITH JOY, in business and life!


"What if JOY was the only business plan you needed?"

"JOY was a KEY for me to heal."

"Joy is a radical act of self-care!"

"You can always find pockets of joy, whatever challenge you're in."

My question to all of this, of course, is...like my book title says:

Are you giving yourself "Permission To Sparkle?"

Or what is your mind saying, as to why you can NOT have that? Why it's NOT possible? All those are mind stories to catch. You CAN(cer)tainly set yourself free.

Get my book "Permission To Sparkle" here on amazon


M. Shannon Hernandez is ALL ABOUT THAT JOY in life and biz. She is specifically known around the globe for...

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Words I chose to heal CANcer

I recently got the title “cancer warrior” awarded in a group for my contributions and my powerful story of going from breast cancer stage 3 to zero present.

While I was honored, and understand that the title is meant in an empowering way, it brought up an important topic for me that I want to share:

I do NOT use words like “cancer warrior”, survivor, “kicking cancer’s butt,” or other other war-like lingo.

I choose words like THRIVING. And SPARKLING. And living with JOY.

Here’s why:

I found that words affect my wellbeing.

Words evoke emotions. And different emotions create different responses in our body.

If a word scares us, (like “chemo”) our body sends “danger and defense” signals and can cramp up. When we’re relaxed, we allow our immune system to be strong and support us.

There’s an interesting experiment about the effect of words by Masaru Emoto who took photographs of water crystals: when...

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How to manifest all your desires by NOT being high-vibe

As author of the book "Permission to Sparkle," and as CANcer THRIVER (from stage 4 to all gone) - I love inspiring and empowering people that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.

In this call, I'm having a conversation with Mindvalley consultant, Intuitive Writing & Manifesting coach, Energy Practitioner and Creative Copywriting Expert Shantini Rajah, and we're talking about an important chapter of my book:


That too is important to be powerful leaders and to live empowered lives!

In this powerful call we talked about things like

  • How giving yourself "Permission to NOT Sparkle" can help you access your TRUE sparkle!
  • How NOT always smiling can actually help us be healthy, happy, empowered lives
  • How it can actually be unhealthy to bottle up emotions
  • How our body can be a powerful tool to learn, embrace difficult emotions, and then access our true authentic manifesting powers from there (Shantini shared a wonderful tool to do it!)

We also mentioned additional wisdom...

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A mindset hack to do well in radiation: reframe it

I had wonderful doctors who were kind and helpful and had great strategies and tools for my healing. What they didn’t directly support me with is mindset and emotional support, and how to internally deal with it.

I did that on my own. (With support of additional mentors and spirit support.)

My mindset and how I navigated my emotions has been a HUGE part for me to help me with healing - actually my foundation. It helped me do well with treatments, have pretty gentle side effects, and support my immune system (hint: being afraid doesn’t - feeling calm does.)

It’s so fascinating, depending on how we feel, whether we’re afraid or calm, and what we expect … we can have a stressful experience, or one that supports our healing.

One of the things that always helped me is to find a reframe and choose feelgood words for myself that feel like wellness.

So instead of being scared or expect or talk about burns and the like, I ended up thinking of it like a...

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