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Decision-Making: A Rich, Emotional Tapestry


Here we are at the tail-end of January and it seems like the perfect time to check in with you. January is traditionally a month of ‘new-ness’ and changes. We make resolutions and plant seeds for growth. So, my loves, what I’m wondering is, how’s that all going for you? So many of us pine for a fresh start and know we need to make changes, but don’t know where to begin. We may have trouble deciding what to tackle first and how to sort of re-pattern our lives so to speak. Where’s that clarity when you need it?!?


Well, recently I sent a survey to some clients asking what their greatest challenge was regarding decision-making. WOW! I was gifted with such honest and insightful feedback that really got me thinking about how much angst and emotional turmoil is involved with this subject  — ‘tis a rich tapestry, indeed!

Believe me, when I say, I really get where you’re at! I truly understand how it feels to struggle with a decision because you’re able to see all the angles, and see a myriad of possibilities before you…how to pick the “right” one? And how can you stay true to your decision if someone else decides to chime in with their reservations or expectations. Or even more anxiety provoking is the idea that your decision or process of decision-making might upset others or be subjected to judgment and scrutiny. GAH! I know, it’s enough to send you running. And let’s not even broach the subject of ‘follow-through’…

You might be asking yourself, “what’s wrong with me? So-and-so just does whatever they feel like, and damn the consequences.” “ I wish I could be more like {fill-in-the-blank}  – they seem to  make up their minds so easily and quickly and stick to their guns no matter what anyone says to them.” “Why am I so wishy-washy?” “It’s just that I can really see the value of all these considerations!!”

Well, you know what? I’m here to tell you that there’s nothing wrong with valuing  different points of view, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong about needing to take your time to feel your way into a decision, or changing your mind on a dime,  AND there’s nothing wrong with making strong, spontaneous decisions. There is no absolute, single, correct way to make choices – what matters most is doing what’s right for you.  Period.  And that means honoring your own process. You have your own way of navigating the world that’s unique and brilliant and special. And I know –I know — I can feel some of you protesting right now because, well, easier said than done, right? It can be a very uncomfortable process that leaves you feeling bunged and frustrated. I hear you. There’s a lot of mixed emotions wrapped up in this, I know.

Some of us may feel responsible for others’ expectations; we don’t want to let anybody down or disappoint anyone. You may be someone who feels others’ emotional energy and the idea of upsetting anyone or creating any kind of emotional wave is just unbearable – you want to crawl under a rock. Some of you might be questioning your judgment because you’ve made some “bad” decisions in the past that you think were either “too hasty” or “too emotional” and you’re afraid of repeating the same “mistake”, and being stuck with the consequences with no chance for doing it over again the “right” way. *sigh* It’s just exhausting isn’t it.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

Did you know that we are not all ‘wired’ to approach decision making in the same way?

Did you know that some of us are simply designed to be more open-minded and easily influenced by others’ thoughts, opinions, and expectations? And there are others who know what they know and aren’t swayed or bothered by outside influences and may be more rigid in their beliefs.

Some of you need to be able to experiment and explore different options – giving yourself permission to make “mistakes” along the way, because that’s how you learn what is and isn’t correct for you. And that’s okay – truly!

This does not make you “less than” or “deficient” in any way. And I understand the trap of comparing yourself to someone else and wanting an easier time of it, an easier process. I can’t stop you from wanting what’s on the other side of the fence where the grass seems greener. What I can help you with is showing you how you’re wired to navigate the world in a way that allows you to grow to love and honor yourself, warts and all, as they say. 🙂  No apologies. It is possible, I promise you.

Sound good? Interested in a consultation?  Well then, I invite you to reach out to me. The consultation is free. It’s my gift to you.

Sending you lots of love and blessings!


Free 30-Minute Consultations Now Available for You!


You will now be able to sign up for a either a complimentary 30-minute coaching or Human Design consultation — Your choice!

Simply go to https://yourfreedombydesign.wordpress.com, complete the request form, and I’ll reach out to you to schedule your consult. It’s that easy!

If you’d prefer, you can also email me at: alchemyartsmsj@gmail.com

Have an amazing day everyone and know that I’m so excited to speak with you!

Wishing you Love and Peace,
Madeleine St.Jacques

Sensitivity and Openness in Human Design *Video*


What would it take for you to feel more comfortable and confident in the world. Are you “sensitive”? An empath, perhaps? Are you the parent of a highly-sensitive child? I’ve got a video for you today – a first for “Freedom by Design” and a new medium for me to be sure! It’s a topic I’ve been thinking a LOT about lately that I’m looking to explore in a class I’m developing. For those that struggle with sensitivity, for those who feel deeply affected by others’ energies and perhaps feel at times like they’re at the mercy of whatever life decides to throw at you — let’s talk about how to reframe these experiences positively through Human Design! And let’s connect you to a place of peace, power, and strength!

So, I’m inviting you to watch this brief video and  I’m wondering if you’d be open to sharing or privately emailing me your ideas, concerns, or questions about this topic?


Warmly and with Love,
Madeleine St.Jacques

Your Way is Your Way: Bridging the Gap


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It is said that we all deserve to be abundant, joyful.

What happens when these holy grails are not showing up in our lives?

How can we be ok with not being ok?

Such times are a perfect, real-life example of how understanding your Human Design can bring you clarity, can gift you with ease and acceptance, and free you to be more compassionate with yourself. And in times of doubt or hardship, these are prized commodities, yes?

When we look at the ebb and flow of our lives through the lens of Human Design, what we see is that each one of us is unique – we all experience the world quite differently; so comparing ourselves to those who are doing well and questioning, “Why can’t I just…” or “they’ve done it, so why didn’t it work for me?” does us SUCH a disservice. It undermines OUR way of being in the world. We’re so hungry for change and success sometimes that we want to leap into action – we follow someone else’s recipe for success because maybe deep down we don’t trust our own, or we don’t think we have the right ingredients, so to speak.

The simple truth is, we have everything we need – always — . We just need a reminder that it’s there, and sometimes we need someone to help bridge the gap for us.

Understanding your Human Design chart, and your personal blueprint will remind you that we’re not all designed to leap into action; that it’s not correct for some of us to make spontaneous decisions; that we’re not all designed to be worker bees and there’s nothing wrong with our work ethic, thank you very much; Some of us are wired for synchronicity and are able to trust our intuition; others need to take the long-way-round and bump up against things in life in order to find purpose.


Whatever it is you find yourself bumping up against in your life at the moment, know this, please; your way is your way – it is unique, it is valuable, and you are wise. There is a part of you that knows, period. We all have access to it – the Universe, Source, etc.,  wants us to have this knowledge, to be happy, to be at ease, to be successful, to wake up with purpose, no matter what form that may take on any given day.


Your way is your way, and it’s brilliantly designed for you.

Questions?  Comments?  I’d love to hear your thoughts. Don’t have your chart yet? Send me an email and I’ll get it to you straight away.

Take good care of yourself,


New Services & Resources for You!


I have some fresh offerings for you 🙂 Please check out my expanded Services, and updated ResourcesFAQs, and Press pages! There’s also a Goodreads/Book resources widget for you to explore 🙂  Please enjoy and I welcome your comments and feedback. ~Madeleine

Disarming Our Fears


Two offerings for you this morning. The first, an amazing piece from “The Shamanic Poet” titled, Resistance.

The second, a weekly affirmation and song from my mentor, Karen Curry.
Both plucked a very deep chord within me, for sure. And I so love and appreciate how both of these pieces offer us practical wisdom to disarm and deflate our fears and challenges 🙂

Resistance | The Shamanic Poet
“Excuses will show up on the path –  any path – your fear of spiders, your sense that you don’t count, are alone, aren’t spiritual, can’t do the things others do. Name your own fears. Fear is just a feeling and all feelings  are mere phantoms but the pain is real when you slap yourself. Allow the hand print on your cheek and gaze at it until it dissipates. When  you create an excuse, then catch it in your palm, you receive a glimpse of the shining soul that lives within.”

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From Karen Curry | Human Design for Everyone

“This week we speak from the soul with the Gate 8 expressing in the sun (starting on Wednesday). So, how about a special song this week…just for YOU…

Our Affirmation: My contribution to humanity is important. I commit myself to making my contribution by expressing my authenticity to its fullest extent. The world needs me to play the role I intended to play and the greatest contribution I make is to share my Light, my Love, Myself with the world. I never hold back. I radiate. I am a crucial part of the Light of the Wholeness of Mankind.”


Inspirations Abound: Video; Family Coach Training; Shared Insights


I have a mixed tapestry of offerings for you to enjoy today.

1) First, a video/animation about Human Design that was made for the HD Contest for the Human Design Festival 2013 in Ibiza entitled: ” What is Human Design ? “

credits: Jemima Flewitt, Oliver Jackson, Richard Flewitt and Joy Jackson

2) Want to empower parents with the skills for creating strong, healthy families? On March 18, 2013, my teacher and mentor, Karen Curry will be facilitating  a  Family Coach Certification Training program.  This is a powerful way for you to help parents raise vibrant, resilient children.  You have the option of attending live –OR, you can attend the  four-day training via video.  Click here to learn more!

3) Excerpt from a recent post from Karen Curry; this was such an inspiration for me today and struck a deep chord of resonance within me:

I asked my vibrant client why she thought her life worked so well and how it was that she mastered the Projector strategy.  Her reply was simple.

 “I had great parents who taught me that I was too precious to waste my time and energy with people who don’t recognize what I have to bring and the power of who I am.”

Good parents.

When Human Design was first discovered, the founder of the Human Design System, Ra Uru Hu, revealed that Human Design is actually for our children.  But to help the children, we have to start with ourselves first.

The time is now to make a powerful, positive difference in the lives of our own children and the children of the world.

Can you imagine how different the world will be when all children are raised by parents who know how to support the unfoldment of each magnificent soul that is born on this planet.  Parents who accept their children for who they truly are, support their strengths, teach them how to interface with the world in an authentic and powerful way…

Family Coaching (and a Free Resource Kit for You!)


My friend and mentor, Karen Curry, is offering her leading-edge Family Coach Certification Training program starting on March 18, 2013. This work has been life-changing for me, so I’m really excited to share this with you!
Learn More, Here

This program not only includes leading-edge training for you to successfully help parents raise empowered, capable and resilient children and young adults, but also gives you the tools and support to help you create a successful business (if you so desire 😉

If you are as passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of children, their families, and the world as I am, please don’t miss this opportunity : )

PS: Click here to claim your free “Roadmap to Success” resource kit.  Enjoy!


Breakfast with Joseph Campbell: Or…what happened when I asked what my Spirit was calling for…


It has been years since I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing Joseph Campbell. He was a mainstay — a staple — a vital nutrient to me at one time in my life — my twenties, as I recall. He really held a lantern for me then as I walked through my “dark forest”. He fell away, I suppose, at the perfect moment…a moment of divine timing when I was being asked to carry-my-own-damn-torch-thank-you-very-much- and was presented with the choice to light my own way. It would take a considerable amount of time before I could even begin to trust in or even recognize my own ‘light’; that I was equipped with my very own ‘generator’ or power source.

Yesterday, Joseph Campbell was delivered to me, again…miraculously…in one of those juicy serendipitous moments. And what beautiful timing as I (along with the rest of humanity) am being asked — dared, almost, to enter into this new phase of who I really am. A time when we’re being asked to release the old “you” — and who we thought we were…and we’re being invited let go of our stories. Some of us have heard these phrases so many times, that they’ve almost lost their impact and import. Somewhere along the way, they became part of our spiritual vocabulary and got added to our daily list of personal improvement directives! So important to keep doing “the work” . Recently, though, I am hearing certain things as if for the first time and I am LOVING it…the freshness…really allowing the resonance of truth to move through me. It’s sooooo exciting and precious and reminds me what it was like when I first began my spiritual quest in earnest, when I was first being cracked open — my mind blown on a daily basis…It’s a feeling I’ve missed, like a best friend who has moved away.

Today, phrases like “get real about what you truly desire. now. in this moment” and “don’t hold on to anything that doesn’t serve you” have taken on a whole, new, fresh meaning.

Today, I began my day wondering, “what is the day asking of me…what is my Spirit calling for?”  And even though the “to do” list of my 3D, mundane, Earth bound life is long, I made the choice to have breakfast with my old friend, Joseph Campbell, and savored his words in a new and fresh way while sipping my lemon balm tea.

Here are some of the quotes that called to me. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Lots of love,

“You are the Hero of your own Story.”

“The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure ”

“Follow your inner heart and the world moves in and helps.

“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”

“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come. -”



“…It is Glorious to Be Here…”


“I see myself in perfect health. I see myself in absolute prosperity. I see myself invigorated with life, appreciating, again, this physical life experience which I wanted so very much as I decided to be a physical Being. It is glorious to be here, a physical Being, making decisions with my physical brain but accessing the power of the Universe through the power of the Law of Attraction.”
— Abraham
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This is my new favorite quote. When I read it just moments ago for the first time, it hit me. hard. Felt it deeply in my heart and my solar plexus. Particularly the “it is glorious to be here” piece. This is my goal from now on. This is the awareness that I want and need to carry close to my heart — that no matter what, “it is glorious to be here”. Glorious. glo·ri·ous adjective
1.delightful; wonderful; completely enjoyable: to have a glorious time at the circus.
2.conferring glory: a glorious victory.
3.full of glory; entitled to great renown: England is glorious in her poetry.
4.brilliantly beautiful or magnificent; splendid: a glorious summer day.
5.Archaic. blissfully drunk.
Because, if I’m being completely honest with myself, this state of being is not a neighborhood I hang out in most of the time. Content? Yes. Joyful? Definitely have moments of joy throughout my day. But what I’m noticing lately is just how much I push up against in my day to day life. It expresses itself in different ways of course. Most of the time I manage to make light of whatever it is that’s stuck in my craw at the moment. And I’ve been blessed with a fantastic sense of humor which has been a true ally over the years. But this resistance I feel – this ever present drive that wishes for something else…something other than what’s right in front of me. now. in this moment. is something I would love to transform. When I reflect on my own personal Human Design, there are of course explanations for this. But what I’m aiming for is acceptance. To be able to just breathe it all in and say, calmly and compassionately to myself: “it’s all ok…you’re exactly where you need to be. right now. The time for fighting and warriorhood is over. Breathe it all in. And smile.”

What tools do you use to accept the present moment? How do you deal with resistance? I’d love to hear about it. : )