Gay-friendly small businesses in NEPA, I want you

I got the packets of information from my field organizer of Equality Pennsylvania to canvass small biz owners that just want good business here in “The Diamond City” and surrounding areas.

We in Northeast Pennsylvania don’t often talk about it…and it’s really dismal. Other states and municipalities are in support of genuine love by adopting really sexy non-discrimination protections, so why can’t we?

No fear, the road to non-discrimination is happening, firefly!

But your support is needed.

Being raised here in Pennsylvania, I adore the trees, countryside escapes and diverse foods from various lands across the sea. The one thing I don’t like is how people can be discriminated against because of their sexual orientation or gender identity in my home state.

Sixteen states and Washington, DC – including every state in the Northeast – have enacted policies to end discrimination against LGBT people. But Pennsylvania is trailing our neighbors with no statewide law.

- EqualityPA.org

To be honest, I kinda feel ugly calling PA my home state because no true home of mine would allow such discrimination but it does currently, and I and other advocates from Equality Pennsylvania are here to change this by urging amazing people to support Pennsylvania Non-discrimination Act (HB300 / SB300) and so it is with great honor to be looking for local small businesses that believe in equality! 

Starting April 17, 2014, I will be meeting, chatting, listening and volunteering my time to network with small biz owners that want to help support LGBT individuals by signing on their support for a statewide law that protects LGBT people from discrimination at work and in our communities.

Additionally I will be publishing a LGBT friendly resource list of these small businesses that commit to creating an inclusive and safe space for any person regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. The list will be on here as well as on Foursquare in order to showcase small biz love that’s in support of non-discrimination, but also encourage positive social media lovins.

Know as a business owner, you don’t have to take part in my blog/Foursquare list if you don’t want to, and this directory is completely independent and not affiliated with Equality PA. (I just know how hard it is to get your business known online so I want to help you out with social media exposure.)  But I really encourage you to sign the “Small Business Support Letter” from Equality PA which you will get when we meet one-on-one. Contact me today to get started and make some history! It will be super easy and one way to let your customers and clients know you do good business.

As a good host, I take pride in my clients, friends and family to feel welcomed in my home. Knowing it is safe and secure away from fear, evil and bigotry. I honestly want you to feel love when you are around me. And with all the feedback so far, I think I nail it perfectly with getting you to feel authentic love.

(If not, then we need to be friends and help each other out.)

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My first rock and gem show turns insta-perfect

Meet Russell, a 38-foot long T-Rex photoI haven’t written anything in such a long time.

I sorry.

Last week was a whirlwind of energy and I avoided  my pre-assigned to-do list because one thing after the other came at me in a bizarre impromptu sort of way. I was totally going with the flow to heed my intuition’s advice. Rest. Relax. Rest. Relax. Repeat. It certainly has prepared me for what’s to come – full moon eclipse – it’s happening this week!

So because I am a tad behind in letting you know about my life, I will quickly update you:

My birthday – I turned 23-years-old. This is actually the first time I felt literally older. Other years were so blasé. I kindly received and accepted many Facebook wishes and gifts! Yup! This year proved to be the year, I would receive the most gifts. I even got a Gap gift card from a past inamorato. (That sent me for a loop but I accepted it with grace and ease.)

Chakra Rhythm class – The second module of my certification began. We are focusing on our root chakras and working our way up. Mostly that’s been self-driven and hermit like but still something I must do before bed along with keeping up with my Color Club playtime.

Herkimer diamonds are a boy’s best friend –  My birthstone appreciation class at Thrive was dry. No one showed up and I am left to freshen up the atmosphere with these crystal classes, something a little more magical needs to occur instead of a visual escape. At least that’s what my boss would like anyhow.

Private meditation session - Mid-week brought me to working privately with a firefly in need of some meditation. I improvised there and added the Herkimer class into our 90 minute session. She was absolutely grateful and I know she was meant to connect with the crystal anyhow!

Small business networking – I met up with Francesca from BEST Holistic Wellness and we talked loads about biz stuff. Then I went to my Equality Pennsylvania planning meeting where I will be canvassing small businesses around town to gain support of non-discrimination with LGBTQ individuals.

A birthday present – One of the gifts I received was an ayurvedic massage from Thrive Wellness Center. This is the bravest thing I did since skinny dipping in the river last year. Oh when it comes to getting naked, I am still accepting my body and such so to connect more deeply and profoundly with the experience and my chakras I smiled and accepted the treatment. I am so grateful I did too! Taking the time to release all that tension in my neck and shoulders is what I needed! The energy has been blocked in the area for so long and it just felt good to release. My dosha is vatta but I am very close to balancing all three.

My first gem show – I took to the road with a few of the  mineralogical society members this past weekend and we immersed ourselves in with crystals, fossils and high-priced gemstones. I was in awe with how much I’ve seen and who I connected my energy with! My favorite encounters were with the Busse family from the show, Prospectors and then an Instagram follower! Yeah baby, it was surreal to be meeting someone from the inter-webs. She actually spotted me and inquired about us following each other on there! It was so funny and I did a mini color reading for her and her lovely friend! I am so grateful to have exchanged energy with the Busse family (I bought a lovely Idaho opal ring) and performed some color blessings for two fireflies! Bliss that’s all I can say!

So as you can see, my week was jammed with lots of vibrant manifestation. In case you missed it on Facebook, here are some pictures from my gem show rendezvous…

Until the next post, love light and color!

Dallas coffee shop brews stress-less support group in NEPA with local meditation coach

Whether you are an avid coffee drinker or new-age tea-sipper in Northeast Pennsylvania, stress is bound to grind your gears but you aren’t alone.

Yulia Carron, small-business owner and lifetime coffee-enthusiast at European Coffee House has joined forces with certified meditation instructor, Bernard Charles to host a monthly support group starting on April 23, 2014 at 6pm to curb the region’s stress.

The hour-long program will focus on stress management techniques through proper breath awareness and a guided visual meditation that’s specialized for mindful relaxation.

“My overall goal in becoming a spiritual leader in my hometown was to offer a way for people to experience natural peace. Sometimes I felt like people here didn’t smile out in public because they were super-stressed or not feeling well. But when I got Yulia’s email about working together, I intuitively knew this would create more happy souls ” says the 23-year-old meditation coach who also provides psychic color readings.

According to HelpGuide.org, an online resource to resolve health challenges, managing stress is all about “…taking charge of your thoughts, emotions and schedule…” Not so easy if you feel overwhelmed, but the website confirms,”Until you accept responsibility for the role you play in creating or maintaining it, your stress level will remain outside your control.”

Feeling stressed? Group meetings are held at the cozy Europe-inspired café located across from Twin Stacks Center along Memorial Highway. To learn more about the event or reserve your spot, please call Yulia at 570-550-3251

Cost to attend is $10

European Coffee House is open 7 days a week and offers comfortable ambiance, commitment to quality and European-style cuisine. http://www.eurocafehouse.com/