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Thanksgiving magic: Create what you want in life

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Thanksgiving is usually a time when we think about what we’re grateful for—blessings, successes, people we love, and more.

There’s magic in doing this: what we focus on expands, so when we focus on what we love about our lives, we bring more of those blessings into our lives.

And you can take the magic further: you can use gratitude to create what you want in life.

Creative Witchery magical tip

Here’s how: Give gratitude for what you truly desire (but which hasn’t yet appeared in your life). This may seem counterintuitive (how can you be grateful for what you don’t have yet?), but here’s why it works.

  • When you’re grateful for what you want to create, that focuses your mind on it. You begin to feel that it’s possible. You visualize it.
  • When you focus on what you want to create, you open to all the ways it can come into being. You start to experience serendipity: Opportunities, support, and ideas appear. People mention things or offer to help (especially if you share what you want!). Focusing on what you want brings more of it into your life.
  • Gratitude amplifies this. When you feel gratitude, you’re in a positive state that magnetizes even more positive things (and people and opportunities) to you.


Let’s do it!

  1. Think of what you want to create in your life.
  2. Imagine it’s already here. Imagine it arrived in an easy, flowing, fun way. See what that’s like. Feel what it’s like to have it. See and feel all the ways that your life is richer for having what you want to create.
  3. Give thanks for it. Give thanks to the Universe for all the support that allowed you to receive what you want in a way that was easy, flowing, and fun. Give thanks to yourself for all the ways you worked (and played) to bring it into being.
  4. Now, as you go about your day, continue to give thanks. Stay in a state of gratitude and joy.
  5. In this state, notice the openings and opportunities that appear. Act on them. Keep giving thanks, stay in this state, and stay in action.


Joy, love, and magic to you—


TWP_7358P.S. I’m grateful for you, my community, my clients, my colleagues and friends. I’m grateful for your commitment to yourselves, your strength and vulnerability, and the magic you work in your lives.

P.P.S. Here’s what I’m grateful for in advance: Creating a circle of community where members can get ongoing weekly advice to do their creative work. Launching new programs to help people find and free their real selves—and unleash their creativity. Bringing together a sisterhood of powerful women to learn the magic of creating what they want in life. Finishing another draft of my collection of stories about tea.

Why you need to be a WITCH

Why you need to be a WITCH

You have a dream, and you want do something big in the world. But maybe you don’t know what to do and you worry about making a mistake, so you don’t do much. Or maybe you keep your big dream hidden (you’re afraid people will think you’re ridiculous), so it never seems quite real.

This is why you need to be a witch.

A witch? What do you mean, you ask. An old, bent woman with a wart on her nose and green skin, plotting to eat young children? An evil, vindictive woman running amok in the community, cursing her neighbors and destroying the crops? An old crone who casts spells to get what she wants?

witch with broom

Think about those witches, I answer. Ugly. Selfish. Undesirable. Old. Mean. Crazy. Uncontrolled. Devious. Evil. Alone. And, in the end, punished and burned at the stake.

Deep down, is that what scares you? Do the voices in your head say, “You’re selfish. The children will suffer!,” “You should have started this years ago,” “You can’t do that and have a normal life. You’ll have to give up too much,” “No one will want to be with you,” or “You’re crazy to think people want your writing/art/coaching/healing process! Maybe you have some talent, but get real—you can’t really make it!”

Here’s the thing: As long as you’re hostage to those fears… you will be a fraction of the Real You. Less joyful, less magnetic, less fulfilled. Less alive. And, as long as you’re keep your dream hidden inside because you worry what other people will think, your dream will stay just that—a hazy vision in your head.

The Creative Witch burns through those fears with her passion and determination. Cuts through them with the insight of her mind. Flows through them with the sweetness of her love. Grounds them deep in her body, knowing that She is so much more than her fears.



Yes, there are those who will call her a witch—and everything negative that goes with that word. The Creative Witch knows that on the other side of every insult is her power. She knows: When the fears and projections don’t stop you, the Real You can emerge… and lead you to the life you want.

She’ll look the name-callers and the naysayers in the face and then stride past them to dive into her deep, raw, messy work… and come out on the other side with shattering art that moves people to tears. She can be wild or fierce or surrender all control… because that’s the message from her soul. She’ll bend down to call softly to child, then hold it close. She’s quiet enough to let the insight bubble up, and confident enough to let love guide her. She will dance, thrum, drum, move to the ecstatic beat of her heart. She changes herself, and she changes the world.

She’s wild. Insightful. Transformational. Creative. Holy. Ecstatic. Real.

And she is YOU… if you will let yourself be Her.


Play with this: What do you really want?

Get real. What do you really want? And what’s stopping you?

Free write for five minutes without stopping, controlling, or editing what comes out.

Now look at what you’ve written. What do you need to do? What change do you need to make? What action will you take?


We lost. We are shocked. And we will rise. (A manifesto for myself and my allies)

Election night, I felt shock and disbelief.

The day after the election, I felt real personal vulnerability—but also a strength and resolve I hadn’t felt in a long time. I know so many of us are afraid for our safety, for people we love, for our democracy and for the planet, and feel regret at not having done enough to prevent Trump’s election.

For me, a sense of safety and support was smashed when we lost. I am a person of color, Asian American, daughter of immigrants, bisexual, religiously nontraditional (Wiccan), and have a mother with a disability. Trump has explicitly scapegoated, threatened, or mocked people like me and those I love.

For myself, I wondered, if Trump starts a trade war with China that becomes real war, would I be seen as the enemy? Beaten up in the streets for looking Chinese—even though I’m actually Taiwanese American? Rounded up and put in an internment camp like the Japanese Americans during World War II? A part of me was looking at every Trump voter, wondering, “Is this what you support? You voted for this man after hearing his hate, racism, and venom.” And a part of me was looking at every white person, wondering, “If this happened, would you have my back?”

But here’s what I also know: I am strong, and I will not give up this country. (more)


originally published in The Huffington Post

How Harry Potter helped me ditch my workaholism—and start playing

I didn’t have fun for five years.

In my early 30s, I was building a writing and editing business, doggedly pushing myself to write fiction, and determined to build a real estate business for passive income.

These were serious goals, and I was prepared to dedicate all my energy to them. Added to that, I was with a man who didn’t believe in leisure time. He wouldn’t go to the beach for a day—or a bed-and-breakfast for the weekend—but he would fly across the country for self-growth workshops and real estate seminars.http://emmelinechang.com/2016/11/how-harry-potter-helped-me-ditch-my-workaholism-and-start-playing/?preview=true

I didn’t mind. My life had always centered on work. College at Princeton, grad school at Columbia, building a writing career and a comfortable life as a freelance writer… I’d pursued my goals with a fierce, unbending work ethic. And in my early 30s, I was even more ready to put aside “childish” fun and do the “adult” work of making my dreams come true.

When the relationship ended after five years, it was winter. (more)


originally published in The Huffington Post

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