‘Live Your Light’



Beautiful. Soulful. Magical. Inspiring. Connection. Radiant. Powerful.

These are the words I would use to describe the experience of hosting Live Your Light: A Summer Solstice Sisterhood Soiree on June 23 at The Cedar Room.

This event was something I have been dreaming up since the very start of my business in 2014. To be in the most gorgeous room in the city of Charleston, light streaming through the windows, over 70 inspired women devoted to making their own lives and the world around them the best it can be, with a flower crown by Petaloso perched on my head, I almost couldn’t believe it was really happening!

Leading up to the event, I had envisioned the scenario countless times — how it would feel to be in the room, what the decor and energy would be like, who would be there, what I would say, and what the experience would demonstrate to women about their own power, brilliance and wisdom.

And yet standing there, amidst the makings of my own little wonderland, the line between reality and what I had envisioned was blurring.

Afterward, so many women reached out to me and said they had a SERIOUS case of FOMO (fear of missing out) after seeing all the social media coverage and photos from the event!

Here are eight reasons WHY that’s the case, AND how to avoid the FOMO and join us to celebrate the Fall Equinox on September 21 for even more magic!

  • There was shopping.


Barracuda Moon Jewelry, Ensemble Consignment Boutique, Sacred Circle Herbal, and HMS Logbook (all local women-owned businesses) set up shop and put their goodies on display for the attendees. Each of these women entrepreneurs embodied a soulful approach to a purpose-driven business that serves others and the world, and allows each of them to have a life that is truly fulfilling, free, and in flow.  

  1. There were flower crowns.  

Thanks to the generosity of Lori DeNicola, owner of Petaloso, we also had a flower crown bar for all our attendees to get creative, connect with the beauty of nature through flowers, and customize their own beautiful masterpiece to wear throughout the event.

With each seasonal event I host, my intention is to help women reconnect with the beauty of the season, and use their creativity to reconnect them with their inherent feminine nature and genius.

As women, we are so interconnected to each other and to mother nature, the seasons, and the flow of all of life. So often, though, in our modern-day fast paced world, we can forget this and view our feminine superpowers as inconveniences, hindrances to our success, or weakness.

But at these soulful sisterhood gatherings, we can come home to the truth that we are powerful, whole, and perfect just as we are.

  1. There were snacks … and bubbly!

Mercantile and Mash provided a gorgeous spread of healthy Mediterranean-inspired snacks, in addition to scrumptious mini tartlets to satisfy our sweet tooth. Champagne was also available, as well as some non-alcoholic drink options.

  1. The goodie bags were incredible.

Stocked with self-care goodies from Old Whaling Company, Trish McEvoy Cosmetics, Boob-eez, Charleston Community Yoga, Katie Ashley, doTERRA essential oils {Katie Daehler}, Verde, Candlefish, + more, these goodie bags were no joke.

  1. The circle + ritual were transformational

Have you ever experienced a sisterhood circle before? If not, you are missing out on so much magic! It’s kind of like having a massage for your soul — you feel relaxed, safe, held, nourished, and full of all the best vibes.  

I kicked things off by sharing a bit about why sisterhood is important, the origins of the ritual of circle that women across cultures have been practicing for centuries, and why it’s such an important part of women’s leadership and overall success in life and business today.

I also shared what it means to “live your light” and have an impact on the world while simultaneously feeling sexy, soulful, and successful, without having to sacrifice your desires or your authentic expression.  

My dear friend and special guest Cortney Ostrosky (www.cortneyostrosky.com) spoke about the power of boundary setting to avoid burnout when pursuing our missions in the world and making a difference. She also gave out some great journal prompts and had everyone share their responses with a partner, and led a gorgeous guided light amplification meditation.

  1. West Elm sponsored the decor

Floor pillows, poufs, gold lanterns galore, and so much more. When West Elm is part of the equation, everything is gorgeous!

  1.  There were over 70 visionary women in the room

It was such an honor and privilege to see the Cedar Room filled with over 70 women who are devoted to living their light, being the change, and making the world a better place.

This kind of energy is powerful and palpable, and brings with it so much joy, beauty, and authentic connection.

Many of these women were entrepreneurs, and many were not. Some of these women were between careers, or dreaming of starting their own business or changing career paths. Others were doing work that they love, serving others, or working for a company or nonprofit organization that does great work in our local or global community.

Either way, all of the women who gathered to celebrate the Solstice with us were truly light-workers in their own right, with a creative vision to create an impact on the world around them.

  1.  The evening benefitted Women for Women International

On their website, Women for Women International shares that their mission is as follows:

In countries affected by conflict and war, Women for Women International supports the most marginalized women to earn and save money, improve health and well-being, influence decisions in their home and community, and connect to networks for support. By utilizing skills, knowledge, and resources, she is able to create sustainable change for herself, her family, and community.” – www.womenforwomen.org.

Prior to the event, I had been sponsoring a sister through Women for Women for over a year, and love the work that this organization does for women as the pillars of their societies in countries affected by conflict. Often times, women are the only ones left in these communities, and are therefore the bedrock of bringing their families and countries back to life after such dark times.

A portion of the proceeds from the event were donated toward Women for Women to support the organization in educating and training their participants in countries including Iraq, Afghanistan, Southern Sudan, Boznia & Herzogovina, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kosovo, Nigeria, and Rwanda.

But don’t get TOO upset that you missed all the epic-ness of Live Your Light: A Summer Solstice Sisterhood Soiree!

You’re invited to join us again for Fall Into Flow: A Fall Equinox Soul-ebration of Abundance on Thursday September 21 from 7 – 10 pm at The Cedar Room. So save the date + grab your tickets before August 15 for an early bird discount here (www.emilycassel.com/sisterhoodevents).

Photo credit: Stephanie Maratea


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