When you feel good there’s no room for overwhelm

When you feel good there’s no room for overwhelm

The best things happen when we are not attached to the outcome and allow us to be guided in ways that feel good. When you feel good then there is no room for overwhelm, stress or other little inconveniences.

On this last day of the year, reflect on your experiences not just for the year but those of your lifetime. Everything you’ve lived through and experiences has been your initiation to fulfilling your purpose. Take in those little moments you felt the overwhelm and the moments you felt good. Acknowledge the difference and take some notes on how to move through it in the future.

Don’t forget to take time to rest and allow yourself to take it all in so you can give honor to those moments that made you grow in ways you’ve never imagined.

During your resting period, take a moment to yourself with your favorite drink and write out your intention as clear and detailed as possible. Keep it close by where you can read it and reflect on it and stay focused on moving towards your goal. Really acknowledge on how you want to feel and decide who you need to be in order to achieve that feeling.

But as you do to stay in the flow and ensure that you have times of getting out in nature so you can stay grounded. If you are feeling overwhelmed or too fragmented take that as your cue to stop and step away.

Sometimes the best clarity comes to you when you take the time to nurture yourself. And maybe that’s in a form of a new adventure. Where you kind of make a plan of where to go and what to do but you’re not restricting yourself and instead give yourself the flexibility to allow intuition to guide you.

On Moving on instinct

On Moving on instinct

Something that I absolutely believe in is to believe your intuition and move on instinct. 

We all have gut reactions to situations and people and it took me years to honor that and actually listen to what it was telling me. 

It’s that inner knowing of when to remove yourself from something, someone or somewhere. 

It’s the wisdom on when to go within to reflect and ask yourself the hard questions about life. 

It’s the physical reaction when someone enters the room or the feelings that emerge at any given moment. 

Far too often we seek the answers outside ourselves when in reality we need to go within. This will allow the hidden pieces to emerge that you’ve so carefully bundled up in the corner of your heart. It will guide you on how to embody your own self-care and nurture you and bring healing into your being. 

For too many years I had ignored my instincts until my son was born – and yes in some way I believe he came to me on purpose. So that I could learn to trust my intuition and fully believe in me and stop seeking the validation and support elsewhere. 

Funny how events and people can bring that clarity to you. 

What do you need to do to trust yourself more and your own intuition?  

September is the month I landed on Earth

September is the month I landed on Earth

My birthday is this month and I like to celebrate all month long. I kicked it off with the Blue Ridge Rock Festival (you can read the post here) and turning 44, well I only do this like once a lifetime.

I am sure there’ll be more shenanigans to be had by me and the people in my world and I am excited.

And every year in August (it’s the anniversary month for my son’s diagnosis) and then September, I am reminded how life short is and that we owe it to ourselves to make things happen.

And so I am giving away a few things that could change YOUR life.

It will change your life if you are willing to do the work and be present when things are going haywire. Because that’s how things happen, you make a change and chaos ensue. But if you stick with it all, you will come out on the other side.

The Freebies:

Rebel Shine Book: 6 of you will receive the PDF version of my latest book published in May. A guide to help you rise above from what is holding you back, so you can have the best year, every year.

Calm Yourself Colorful: Calm yourself colorful with 30 Mandala Style Designs, perfect to relieve stress and help you relax while creating beautiful images. This is for 6 of you that want to embrace mindful meditation.

Rebel Shine Bootcamp: 12 of you will walk away with the course designed to guide you to have the best year, every year!

Rebels Academy: Another 12 dreamers and creatives will receive access to this course to help you get started in your business journey.

45-Min Goal & Action Plan Session: There is you and me on a zoom call where we will hash out your goals and create an action plan for you to make it happen. I am giving away 6 of these babies.

5-Minutes to Freedom: Email coaching requires a 6 weeks commitment where you can get personal and unlimited support. This is for ONE person.

90 Days of 1:1 Coaching with Me: This is the big one, the prizes of all prizes where ONE of you will receive 90-Days of coaching with moi! The winner will be chosen at random. No more excuses of making things happen and finally step outside of your comfort zone.

Not free but…

Rebel Spark Collective: For the entire month you can experience Rebel Spark Collectives (Monthly normally $47 + Annual Membership normally $467) for 30 days for $4.40 OR get access to the 3 Months VIP for $275 (normally $397)! Go check it out here! 

The Rules:

If you want to join the giveaway, you must be signed up to the list and like my Facebook page, Petra Monaco.

Share the post I’ve pinned to the top of my professional page and explain why now!

When you write it out, you share it with the universe asking for what you want! And you are declaring to the world, you are ready for a life you’ve only been dreaming about.

The Giveaway starts today and ends on September 29th, 2018! Winners will be announced in an email and on my Facebook Page on Monday, October 1st, 2018

What are you waiting for?

Growing up in Foster Care gave me the skills to be the woman I am today

Growing up in Foster Care gave me the skills to be the woman I am today

Growing up in Foster Care gave me the skills to be the kind of woman I not only needed to be, but I wanted to be.
Foster care isn’t glorious and often I feel like I am one of the lucky ones.. having only been in 3 different homes growing up.

But I didn’t walk away unscathed.

  • Emotional Abuse from my foster parents
  • Sexual Abuse from friends of the bio family
  • Physical Abuse from various sources

Being forced to talk about problems when at 6, 7 or 8 didn’t know what that even meant but being yelled at nonetheless that if I don’t talk about my problem I am going to be a screw up.

Being told that you will be worthless, an alcoholic and amount to absolutely nothing didn’t do me any favors – except that I vowed myself to be and do better.

At 15 when I had to repeat a grade, preferred running away and getting drunk than being in school and after disappearing for 3 weeks one of the residential counselor’s pulled me aside and told me “Petra, you’re not stupid”.

Listen, I am blonde and blue eyed and back then it was the equation of being stupid. And given my life, how was I supposed to believe anything different?!

And then

  • I graduated high school at 15 on top of my class
  • Became a mom at 17 to one of the coolest dudes
  • Moved to the US at 18 because why not
  • Married at 18 it was right for the moment
  • Became a mom again at 24 another coold dude
  • Had a DUI at 26 – experienced my first awakening shift
  • Earned a Bachelor’s because I am good at accounting
  • Opened my first business during this time
  • Was raped at 27 because he was an asshole
  • Became a mom again at 28 – to a warrior incarnate
  • Earned my Master’s because I wanted to save the world

I was always fighting the voices from my foster parents and trying to hang on the words from the residential counselor.
I always believed there is and was something better for me out there but shit I couldn’t make heads or tails of it.

Every exeperience, every single moment helped me get closer to me.

I’ve tried to mold myself into someone I wasn’t for as long as I can remember to fit it, to be liked, to be loved and to be validated.
Some experiences have shaped me more than others and I don’t regret a single one of them.

That doesn’t mean I didn’t hurt or that I struggled to trust or even believe in the goodness of humanity.

It wasn’t until I started respecting myself, loving myself, and validating myself that whatever need to leave was out the door and whatever was meant to stay, hung around.

I am not afraid of action on the ideas that come to me. I am not afraid to do what is required of me in just about any given situation. I am not afraid to learn and grow and continue to heal the pieces that show me are still a bit cracked.

And I am not afraid to be me every single moment of the day.
You can choose to use your story to stay where you are. You can choose to not do a damn thing about anything.
You can choose to be freaking miserable.


You can choose to give yourself permission to follow that idea you had.
You can choose to let go of the old stories and create new ones, maybe even better ones.
You can choose to be who you have always been by opening the door and allow the world to see you.

Your experiences make you, they don’t break you!

2018 Rebel Shine Summit is a hit with anyone ready to embrace their Inner Rebel

2018 Rebel Shine Summit is a hit with anyone ready to embrace their Inner Rebel

If you would have told me 3 years ago that I would put a Summit together, I would have looked at you like you are crazy. I am an introvert and this can make it challenging for me when too much peopling is involved, but I decided that this would not stop me achieving my mission!

So at the beginning of the year, I had this idea to interview people for a project and then it literally fell into the thought of “Why not put a Summit together?”

Technology doesn’t scare me and I have some good things in place, the only thing I needed was speakers, oh and setting a date for the summit.

And before I knew it, I had a date set in place and posted on Facebook that I was looking for speakers and within 3 days, I kid you not, I had 23 speakers lined up – booked and speaker agreements signed!

Let me tell you that whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, putting a summit together is no small feat and from my research on the interwebs, most recommend a 3 months strategy. But if you know me, then you know I take action on the ideas that excite me to no end.

What attracted my speakers to the Summit?

If I had to guess it’s the message of it all:

It’s time to rise above from what is holding you back and embrace your inner Rebel!

2018 Rebel Shine Summit

Now that everyone was scheduled, the interviews were rolling out one by one, sometimes three in a day. I didn’t get much else done because the moment everyone was booked, I got sick. Go figure, right?

Anyway, I did the important things in my business and then focused on taking care of myself. By the time January 30th, came around I had 25 speakers for the Summit and everyone was interviewed.

And I am so excited to share this with you for Free!

Why do you want to join the Summit?

Because it is your Time to Embrace your Inner Rebel!

The topics covered on this summit are

Your best year
Own your power
Unleash yourself
Elevate your life
Attitude of Gratitude
Back to Basics
Evaluate your Life

And if you read the first letter of each topic down, you will see that it says “YOU RISE ABOVE” because to me that is what embracing your inner rebel means. It’s saying no to conformity and saying yes to doing life – and business – the way you are being called to do it.

It’s time to squish the doubts and fears and for once in your life put yourself first. Gone are the days where everyone comes before you – and no we are not discounting being a partner or a mom.

But let me ask you:

  • When is it your time?
  • When is it your time to follow your ideas and unleash them in the world? When is it your time to take care of you?
  • When is it your time to take care of you?
  • When is it your time you say no to frustration and overwhelm?
  • When is it your time to elevate your life and own your power?

For 12 Days you will be able to listen and watch 2 interviews per day – 3 on Day 8!

We start on February 12th and end on February 23rd, 2018!

It is time you embrace your Inner Rebel


Don’t wait for opportunities, create them!

Don’t wait for opportunities, create them!

You don’t have to wait for opportunities to come to you, you can create them! There’s nothing in this life that says, you can’t do whatever you want to do, have the life you want to have and be the person you want to be.

Only you can decide that!

And every moment is an opportunity to make a new decision, to choose differently.

Life doesn’t change in the comfort zone but it happens the moment you’re willing to push yourself, to do things differently and start putting yourself out there.

Creating opportunities comes from knowing what you want, where you want to go and create a plan to make it happen. It also requires you to have the mindset and openness to handle whatever may come your way.

Creating opportunities

is the willingness to have an adventurous spirit and to step into the unknown. That career, the relationship and the life your after is to not adhere to a list of ideals and expectations but rather have that open mind to see what could happen.

is following your own ideas as they come to you and use your imagination to see where they will lead you. And something that will totally help you is having the self-knowledge of your own skills, values, strength, weakness and the things that light you up.

is using initiative and refuse to have your life just pass you by. It’s digging deep for your courage and stop accepting what is. Because you do not have to accept what you’ve been taught to be the truth. Your truth can and ought to be different!

is being resilient and know that the life you want to create isn’t going to happen overnight, but having your wants identified and a plan to make them happen and keep taking consistent action is what will lead you to the result you want

is being flexible because life will throw you some curveballs and things come up. And when that happens, being flexible allows you to adjust course as needed and recognize what you can or cannot control.

So are you going to keep waiting for opportunities or are you going to start creating your own?

Receive the support and guidance to help you rise above the bs excuses then join Rebel Shine.

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