Storm Arcana

Intuitive Visionary Coach & Founder of Arcana Academy

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Is Perfectionism Sterilizing Your Success?

“Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it’s often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis.” ~Brené Brown

I used to think perfection was something to strive for, and I tried to obtain it at all costs, only to be disappointed with my efforts at every turn. My desire to always accomplish 100 percent stemmed from a feeling of unworthiness that had been taught to me in my youth. My perceived defect only enhanced a deep desire to please my parents and teachers, to prove that I belonged, that I mattered. No matter how hard I tried to achieve perfection, I always failed. Obsessed with superheroes and gods, I didn’t want to admit I was human. Some days, I still don’t.

However, thanks to my coaches—and teachers like Brown—I now

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Reclaim & Reframe: Telling Better Stories, Living Better Lives

Even though I’ve helped thousands of people nurture their intuition and develop confidence in their decision-making abilities for over a decade, I know what it’s like to struggle with doubt and be paralyzed by fear.

Quite some time ago, I had a longing in my life for meaning. I craved spiritual harmony. I yearned for a divine truth.

It was so painful because I felt alienated from the religious structures in which I was raised. The traditional rituals and observances that I inherited did not serve me. In fact, they specifically stated that they did not belong to me. I was not welcome.

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🔥Burn Your Old Story🔥

Are you ready to let go of your old struggles and negative patterns? Are there any habits that are no longer serving you or challenges you’d like to release? I invite you to write them all down in a letter. Be as specific as you’d like. Truly inventory what you no longer want. At the end of your letter, write a releasing intention like this one:

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You Are Amazing!

Getting in touch with my Wizard Zen© in Iquitos, Peru. 

I haven’t publicly shared this yet, but I recently joined a business academy and today’s challenge is to share something amazing about myself. In person, I love to talk about myself until the cows come home, but on social media, I usually don’t like to share amazing things about myself. I tend to let photos or inspirational quotes speak for me. Or if I’m really inspired I’ll write an essay, but I can’t even tell you how many times those things get revised due to my perfectionist nature. But here goes…

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The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

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This book got my attention in October of last year, and I only shared one image.  I was looking through my Flickr set today and found the rest of the photographs that made me feel like a young boy again.  I think you will like them as well, dear reader.  Enjoy!  Above, Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) gives Princess Leia (Carrie Fischer) a lift.

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Model Muse: The Joy Of Jolie, The Passion of Pitt

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I am an avid fan of models, dolls and those in between.  In this new feature (which will appear every now and then as the Muse strikes) I take a look at models in whom I find inspiration.  I have always had a special place in my heart for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt as the two of them are simply amazing actors and I love to keep up with their work on and off the movie screen.  In July of 2005, W magazine and photographer Steven Klein featured Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in a portfolio entitled, “Domestic Bliss.”  Though they are from a few years ago, the results are quite amazing and I thought they deserved another look.  Allow me to share my favorite three images from that shoot with you, dear reader.

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Mantis by Adam Hughes

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Former Avenger, Celestial Madonna, and current member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, the telepath/martial artist Mantis has a complicated history and Adam Hughes certainly knows how to depict this Marvel Comics heroine in her most sexy and serene aspects.

Sacred Superhero Bookshelves

Superhero Bookshelf by STORM (stormantic)

STORM presents two Sacred Superhero Bookshelves, comic book collaged pieces of art furniture featuring the X-Men!

The first bookshelf is completely made of wood, collaged with archival matte medium, painted with acrylic paints, and sealed with two coats of clear acrylic.  Dimensions: 18 inches across, 35 1/2 inches tall and 9 1/2 inches deep.  Each shelf is 10 inches tall.

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Living the Lyrics: Woyaya by Book of Love & Love and Longing by stellastarr*

I’ve been home for a few hours after performing this evening at The Out Far Bazaar at SupperClubSF.  Swankety Swank and an awesome crew of many of our featured designers were featured in A Swankety Swank Fashion Faerie Tale penned by Yours Truly!  I got to perform two lip syncs to start the show and then I narrated in between fierce fashion runway moments by some of the most innovative handcrafted clothing artists in the Bay Area!  Everyone who modeled brought their best runway character for the fairy tale, bursting with creative energy as they worked the catwalk!  Many folks who saw the performance asked me to reveal the names and bands of the songs to which I performed and I thought this would make a great Living the Lyrics post.  I also think it would be fun to share the fairy tale that I wrote up for the event, even though it might lose something in translation from live performance to blog post.  The songs alone are worth sharing.  I will post the script and music relatively soon (hopefully with some pictures–mayhap a video?).
For now, here are the two songs I performed back to back last night.
The Book of Love song has been a favorite of mine for years.  In fact, Book of Love is in the deepest core of my heart thanks to encountering “Boy” and “I Touch Roses” during adolescence.  I learned about them the same year that I found Classic X-Men #3 on a comics spinner rack in a Kroger grocery store.  They are my favorite band ever.  No matter how bad a mood I am in, they make me smile.  Without fail.
The stellastarr* song is much more recent, perhaps it came to my notice a year and a half ago.  I wanted to perform in dandy circus ringmaster drag, so it was important that the songs feature male vocalists.I first heard a stellastarr* song last year when I worked at the Wak Shack Salon and we let our musical enjoyment be dictated by the whims of Pandora.  So, I guess that this shows that sometimes that can work out okay.  I like the Love and Longing song because I think it speaks of heartache and loss, but also to the nature of compromise within a relationship.  It’s hopeful in a strangely passive way.  Your mileage may vary.

Woyaya by Book of Love

Play song from iLike.com

We are going, heaven knows where we are going,
but we know within.
and we will get there, heaven knows how we will get there,
but know we will.
yes we will get there, heaven knows how we will get there,
but know we will.

It will be hard we know
And the road will be muddy and rough,
But we’ll get there, heaven knows how we will get there,
but we know we will.
woyaya,woyaya,woyaya,woyaya,woyaya,woyaya,woyaya,woyaya

We are going, heaven knows where we are going,
but we know within
and we will get there, heaven knows how we will get there,
but know we will.

It will be hard we know
And the road will be muddy and rough,
But we’ll get there, heaven knows how we will get there,
but we know we will.
woyaya,woyaya,woyaya,woyaya,woyaya,woyaya,woyaya,woyaya
woyayadiyaya, woyaya,woyayadiyaya,woyaya, woyaydiyaya,woyaya,woyayadiyaya.

Love and Longing by stellastarr*

Goodnight,
Tomorrow morning isn’t far.
I will be interesting
When you’re alone and feeling bored.
I watched a city cry,
I thought I lost you in the fall.
I thought of everything…
I cannot lose you anymore.

So won’t you stay?
I’m drowning in the rain.
Darling say the words
And I will stay.
I’m drowning in the rain.
Darling say the words
And I will…

Stay the night.
I’m just the trouble that you need,
I’m just a year away
From when the future swallows me.
And when you’re left behind
It takes a lifetime to be seen.
’cause something happened here,
Somehow we’re younger in our dreams.

So won’t you stay?
I’m drowning in the rain.
Darling say the words
And I will stay.
I’m drowning in the rain.
Darling say the words

And I will stay.

You’re different
And all the rest are the same
Oh, you’re different
And all the rest are the same
Stay the same.

Now something happened here
It’s not a worthless cause
And I said so I can,
So I can stay…I’m drowning in the rain.

Darling say the words
And I will stay.
I’m drowning in the rain.
Darling say the words
And I will stay.

So, whatcha think?  Did you like the songs?  Are you already familiar with Book of Love and want to share your secret love for them?  Know other stellastarr* songs that you think are totally more awesome than Love and Longing?  Holla at me in the comments!

Living the Lyrics: “Rules for Living” by Blondie

Oh, Debbie Harry.  I keep finding new reasons to love you.  This song has been haunting me ever since I learned about it (full disclosure insists I must reveal that this was only last month).  I love the parts about “maybe we believed there was anger in the storm” and her “dream of Egypt.”  Those parts really spoke to me, but the whole song speaks to a natural cycle of life and love, of god-like immortality and human expression.  Brilliantly poetic pagan witchcraft.  You’ve been here before and you’ll be here again.  Play this on repeat.  You’ll thank me later.

Rules for Living

In another life
When the gods were crazy
And the measurement of time
Were the ending seasons
And maybe we believed
There was anger in the storm

Sometimes the sky reminds me

And if you think that’s wild
There’s my dream of Egypt
And the colour of the Nile
You’re a Roman Soldier
It’s small world after all
But it’s older than you think

Sometimes your eyes remind me
Don’t know why
I’ll wait a lifetime ’til you find me
There are times

Mmmm I’ve been this way before
Mmmm and I’ll come this way again
So many things remind me
So many things inside me

Sometimes your eyes remind me
Don’t know why
I’ll wait a lifetime till you find me
There are times

Mmmm I’ve been this way before
Mmmm and I’ll come this way again
So many things remind me
So many things inside me

In another life
When the gods were crazy
And complaining all the time
And the people look at me
The volcano wants a bribe
And I’m still afraid of fire

Sometimes your eyes remind me
Don’t know why
I’ll wait a lifetime till you find me
There are times

Mmmm I’ve been this way before
Mmmm and I’ll come this way again
So many things remind me
So many things inside me

Mmmm I’ve been this way before
Mmmm I’ll come this way again
So many things remind me
So many things inside me

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