Your Charmed Life

Your Charmed Life

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Hello, brave explorers who’ve discovered a brand new blog —

Thanks for joining me here at the outset for “Your Charmed Life.” This blog has been a long time coming and the timing is so perfect: Inauguration Day! I watched the ceremony on a big, outdoor screen in an enthusiastic crowd on 125th Street, Harlem, New York City. This is definitely a day of new beginnings, and I couldn’t be launching this blog at a better time. I so believe that is my home on the web because nothing is as fascinating, enticing, fulfilling, and thrilling to me as the quest for meaning, the search for God.

To introduce myself, I’m a writer and speaker and spiritual-life coach. My books include Creating a Charmed Life: Sensible, Spiritual Secrets Every Busy Woman Should Know, and Fit from Within: 101 Simple Secrets to Change Your Body & Your Life. I believe that life is supposed to be magical and meaningful and amazing — tough sometimes, but magical and meaningful and amazing just the same.


My academic background is in comparative religions because I love all the ways the Great Mystery finds to reach us. I love the phrase that theologian Marcus Bach coined, “vagabond in the wonderful world of spirit.” That’s somewhat how I see myself. My mother was Protestant, my father Catholic, and the woman who lived with us to take care of me — my first spiritual teacher, I now see — was in Unity with a background in Christian Science, Rosicruciansim, and lots of Emerson.

Paths that have enriched my journey include Unity, Religious Science, and New Thought; Quakerism, Catholicism, and mysticism in general; Eastern traditions including yoga, Vedic philosophy, Buddhism, and the exquisite reverence for life of Jainism; theosophy (I worked in the library of Theosophical Society in America in my early twenties and later in their publishing house, Quest Books), Kaballah, and probably most of all the lovely synthesis of practical spirituality of the 12 Step programs. It’s all in me, and it’s all good.


The emphasis of this blog is to model for you and coach you toward creating and living a charmed life of your very own (or a more charmed life if you’re already living one). I define that as a life that sparkles. You know how it is when you’re really little and you’re close to certain that you saw the fairies under the toadstools? In a charmed life, that kind of wonder doesn’t go away, no matter what your age. There’s synchronicity, serendipity, and surging delight, even as you perform the tasks of daily life and deal with roadblocks and detours.

This blog will cover all sort of aspects of charmed living. I have an acronym that helps explain it:

C – compassion
H – health
A – adventure
R – reverence
M – magnanimity
E – equnimity
D – delight


Many blog entries will be simply sharing with you how I live my charmed life and what I learn from that. I do plan to make Tuesdays kind of special and use that day for giving you useful tips for health, happiness, spirituality, efficiency, all sorts of thing. Those will be “Tuesday’s Top 10 Tips.” Since this is a Tuesday, I’ll post those later this evening and invite you to come back to check them out.

If you’d like to know more about my work or about me, please stop in at my site,, or listen to my radio show “A Charmed Life” on Creative Health and Spirit Radio — past shows are archived so you can pick topics that appeal to you. And of course we can be blog buddies here. I’ll be posting a minimum of five times a week, so please come by regularly and get a daily dose of charmed living. You deserve nothing less.

All good things to you,
— Victor

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Carolyn Wheeler

posted January 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm

Congratulations on your new blog. I hope it brings you and your readers much joy. I am praying for our new President.
Do let me know when next you are in Kansas City. Lunch at Eden’s Alley might be fun!
Warmest regards,
Carolyn Wheeler

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Tom Martin

posted January 20, 2009 at 5:34 pm

Victoria —
What a wonderful day this is! First, the U.S. welcomes a new and inspiring leader, and now I learn that I’ll have access to your blog every day. I’m excited!

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Paula Rosmanitz

posted January 20, 2009 at 5:34 pm

Best wishes Victoria on this your inaugural day! I look forward to many wonderful readings and occasional participation here. Thanks for all you do. Here’s to the start of a great adventure!
Paula from St Louis MO

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posted January 20, 2009 at 5:34 pm

All best wishes with your new blog and what a fitting day to begin. There is so much excitement and optimism in the air here in NYC and all over the country, I expect. As a long-time reader of your work and former coaching client, I can attest to what an inspiration you are. Cheers!

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Jenny Schroedel

posted January 20, 2009 at 5:43 pm

Dear Victoria,
What joy to see you have a blog now on Beliefnet. You have been such an inspiration to me on my own journey. I love the humility, humor and insight that comes through your words. I have memorized huge portions of “Shelter for the Spirit,” as it changed my life! I will checking back here for more morsels for my journey.
Bless you!

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Linda Parker

posted January 20, 2009 at 5:48 pm

I’ve added your blog to my list of favorites! By the way I love the
acronym you’ve come up with for the word charmed — all things to be reminded of and to focus on for a better life.
Thanks so much for sharing your insights — you are one of my spiritual teachers — and best wishes for you and your blog,

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Starr in Atlanta

posted January 20, 2009 at 6:00 pm

Congratulations, Victoria!!
Each day, I choose one of your books and read a passage. Your new blog will be a wonderful addition to my daily ritual.
You are such an inspiration to me.
Enjoy the rest of this very exciting day,

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patrice karst

posted January 20, 2009 at 6:21 pm

Dear Victoria,
Congrats on this delightful new blog! You are so special because in the self- help world it is a rare treat to find someone that truly seems to ” walk the talk”. You are one of them!
Many Blessings to you and to all of your readers on this day that I pray may lead us all “Back to the Garden!”
Patrice Karst
Author of God Made Easy, The Single Mother’s Survival Guide, The Invisible String, The Smile That Went Around the World.

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Your Name

posted January 20, 2009 at 7:08 pm

I have been following you and your wonderful light of inspiration for over 5 years, and I am now in my mid twenties. It brings me much joy to see you continually taking on new medium for spreading your healthy advice and experience. You are one of the few authors that I feel really does “live” by thier word. This will be a blog/site I will visit often and truly look foreward to your authentic and spiritual spunkiness.

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Your Name

posted January 20, 2009 at 7:13 pm

I’m so excited to see your new blog, as I can’t get enough of your writing, whether in books or on the computer screen!
Congratulations on your new blog! I look forward to checking in soon.

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posted January 20, 2009 at 7:17 pm

Congratulations on your new blog! I love your writing and am inspired by it, so I’ll be checking in regularly.

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Ann Adams

posted January 20, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Congratulations on your new blog Victoria! I look forward to reading your words of wisdom on a daily basis.
Best Wishes!

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Liz in KC

posted January 20, 2009 at 9:11 pm

Congratulations on the blog! I feel like you’re right back here in KC when I get to hear what you’re up to and your amazing words of wisdom. You’re such an inspiration! I’ll check in often.

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Your Name

posted January 20, 2009 at 10:09 pm

Hi Virginia!
Congratulations on your blog! It’s so great to have a way to check in with you. I’m adding this to “my favorites” so I can stay tuned in on a regular basis. I loved your Top 10 Tips and will check in again next week for more words of wisdom and inspiration.
It’s always nice to be reminded of our spiritual nature and the reason we exist in the first place. Thank you for sharing your experiences and insights and for being a guiding light.
Hope to see you one day in the near future.

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Erin Reese

posted January 21, 2009 at 2:10 am

Congratulations, Victoria.
You are a heroine in my world. I love what you do and the class and grace with which you do it. We are lucky to have you on the blogwaves and in print.
I pray that you are filled with joy and real happiness and beauty. I’ll never forget the way you taught us to enjoy, really enjoy, a Godiva chocolate. It is the little things. You are loved.
Erin Reese
San Francisco, CA
Mumbai, India

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Your Name

posted January 21, 2009 at 10:54 am

Dear Victoria~
Congratulations on your new blog. I’ve been a HUGE fan for many years! I love your pure vision of living and simple straight foward advice. “Shelter for the Spirit” has become my absolute favorite gift to give.
I have truly appreciated your Monday Minutes… I am sure that I will be a regular visitor to your blog.
Thank You for all that you do and give,

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Janice Hunter

posted January 21, 2009 at 11:12 am

Great to see your writing radiating out like sunbeams! I recently unsubscribed from most of the blogs in my blog feed but I’ve just added this one. Yours were the simple words of praise that encouraged me to send my writing out into the world all those years ago, and everything you’ve written over the years has inspired me and left me wanting more. I’m sure this new venture will bring you even more grateful readers and loyal friends. Enjoy yourself! Best wishes, Janice in Scotland

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Letitia Suk

posted January 21, 2009 at 11:58 am

I am thrilled to see that another one of your dreams has come true with the start of this blog! You are such an inspiration to me and countless others to dream big and expect the best.
Many blessings to you!

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Brigit Hazewinkel

posted January 21, 2009 at 1:04 pm

Victoria, Congratulations on your new Blog!I’ve added it to my ‘favorites’. You are a gifted writer.
Best wishes,
Brigit from the Netherlands

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posted January 21, 2009 at 9:47 pm

Congratulations on the new blog! I have been a fan of your books for several years and have looked forward to receiving the Charmed Monday Minute each week…and now I will be a regular visitor to your blog! Keep up the great work…your words are calming, centering, and inspirational to me and, no doubt, to countless others!

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posted January 23, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Congratulations on your new blog Victoria. I look forward to reading your wonderful pearls of wisdom!
All the best,

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posted January 30, 2009 at 11:55 am

well, i just stumbled onto your blog today… and I am *charmed* 😉
I have always believed that our lives ARE charmed and all we have to do to enjoy it is to notice. I’ve subscribed to your blog and am so happy that you are here!
Blessings! Cully

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