Brooke Goedecke - Mining for Soul
Brooke Goedecke is the inspiring and soul-filled girl boss behind Mining for Soul - a female owned and run business that sells high quality affirmation candles with the intention of bringing peace of mind by silencing our inner critic with empowering affirmations. (Um, love!!) From Brooke’s choice to focus more on getting to know the real her - grew Mining for Soul, deeper connections, a greater understanding of who she is, and so much more.
As Brooke was mining for her inner soul, she realized that as she shared her story and journey towards living a more authentic soul led life, she could connect with others who are also on that journey.
It’s truly incredible what comes from following our intuition and choosing to trust it. Brooke is following what lights her up (both literally and figuratively!) and it’s been wonderful to connect with her.
We are all on our own healing journeys - and the choice to share and encourage one another along this journey to discovering our truth, inner power, and the hidden gems buried deep within our soul is a gift. This is exactly what Brooke is doing with Mining for Soul, and I can’t wait for you guys to hear about her joy, inspiration, passion and so much more.
I'd love it if you'd introduce yourself, what you do, and what you're working on.
My name is Brooke Goedecke and I’m the owner of Mining for Soul. Mining for Soul is an online space devoted to exploring our inner world so we may discover more beauty within in order to better understand our unique value to this world and to feel better within.
I write articles on Mining for Soul in relation to mindset, affirmations and self love. In addition to blogging I create intentional home goods in the form of affirmation candles and crystal infused room sprays. These products were created with the intention of helping create a calming grounding energy to your home, which in turn helps create the same energy within yourself.
How did you get started?
A friend showed me how to make container candles four years ago and I immediately fell in love with the process. It brought back my creative witchy side that had been starved since my teen years.
I started a candle shop a couple of years after, but began feeling stuck in my path. I wanted to create a product that fell in line with my passions for exploring my inner world along with law of attraction, meditation, self love and affirmations.
One day my intuition came through with a more cohesive product to help merge my two interests together, affirmation candles. And so I created a line of high quality, non-toxic, and eco-friendly candles that feature powerful affirmations to help boost self confidence and self love while dissolving that inner critic that loves to speak up.
What inspired the work that you're doing?
Like I mentioned above, the work I’d been doing on myself in the form of law of attraction, meditation, self love and affirmations is what inspired the work I do today. I went from a place of self loathing to one of self compassion and love.
In EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) one phrase is used over and over, “I deeply love and accept myself.” I remember early on it felt really uncomfortable and silly to say these words to myself. We put a lot of importance in this society to tell those we love how we feel, but we easily forget to tell the most important person, ourselves.
Learning how to love myself and feel compassion for when I don’t feel lovable has been important work in my life and has inspired me to share my work with others who are on similar journeys.
The affirmations I feature on my candles are ones that have personally aided me on my journey. Affirmations that allow me to feel like I can accomplish anything I want to in this life. I want others to feel inspired to do similar.
What is your biggest passion? Do you feel like you're living your passion and purpose?
My biggest passion is to learn unconditional happiness. How to feel it in everyday life and help others along the same path.
Last year my biggest lessons learned were that future events coming true don’t equate to lasting happiness. I’d been repeating patterns most my life where I would throw all my happiness onto my future. I’m sure others can relate to this. That feeling that when we have the perfect job, house, marriage, body etc that we’ll feel complete and happy. What happens is we get those things, we’re happy for a spell and over time it becomes normal and we start feeling unhappy again.
I’m still learning what unconditional happiness is all about and how to believe that I can be happy each day no matter what occurs in the outer world. My ego mind is currently resisting this idea that I can be happy no matter what, but my intuition knows it’s possible.
For now I’m reading books on the subject to soak in the information. What I’ve learned is self growth can’t be forced and held to a self-imposed timeline. Barring extreme scenarios, it takes time to alter our mindset. It’s okay that it takes time. That’s what we’re here for, to learn, experience and grow.
What is your joy blueprint? What lights you up, brings you joy, and makes you feel the most alive?
Nature lights me up the most, specifically water and the woods. I grew up on a small island in Washington State and had access to beaches and quiet woods on a daily basis. That’s stayed with me even as I now live in the city and one day I hope to return to a home that is surrounded by trees and has water nearby. Nothing like getting into the woods or seeing vista views to remind us of how big this world is and how small we really are.
How do you live intentionally? Are there tools/resources/practices that you rely on to help you stay mindful and grounded?
Over the years I’ve learned of so many helpful tools to help me practice mindfulness. My mindfulness toolbox is quite full at this point. Some days it’s doing EFT, other days I write, set future goals, read and take a salt bath. I smudge my home to cleanse energy and I use crystals
to help raise my energy vibrations. Right this moment I’m using one of my affirmation candles in order to stay present and open in my answers to this interview.
Lately though I’ve been allowing my intuition to lead me more to what I need in the moment. I don’t have a morning routine set or a list of daily actions to tick off the list. Instead I feel what I need in the moment and do that thing. This month my practice looks a lot more like practicing presence by drawing and playing with watercolors, writing, reading, breath work and salt baths.
What would your younger self think about what you're doing now?
I often say that if my 20-something younger self could see me now she’d roll her eyes at the word “affirmations” and go back to her whiskey ginger drink. She was very closed off to spiritual growth. This just goes to show how much we can evolve even in our own lifetimes. A decade ago I had no clue this is what I’d be doing and I’m sure that in a decade’s time I’ll be doing things that I can’t even imagine today. That’s the fun in life, it’s forever evolving and expanding in ways we don’t expect.
Do you have a go-to mantra or affirmation?
My favorite manta came to me in meditation a couple years ago.
“There’s enough time to do what you want.”
I use this mantra in times of overwhelm or when I’m feeling impatient for my goals and dreams to manifest in the physical plane. It reminds me to take a breath and know that I’ll get all that’s important done in due time.
For affirmations I have several I love and feature on my candles that have helped me out immensely. Currently though I have a new favorite,
“I am complete.”
This mantra is helping me to realize that in each moment I am complete no matter what. The future is always yet to be experienced so unless I can feel complete in the present moment I’ll never feel complete and I’ll always feel like I’m waiting for the future to magically show up and make me feel better.
What is your biggest dream?
My biggest dream is to live a happy life of ease and presence led by my intuition. A life where I can make choices and not feel limited by what I can accomplish.
Also books, I’d love to write and publish books (both fiction and non). I’ve had this fun little dream of being a female writer in the 20s. I love the female writers of the 1920s and realized that soon I too can be a writer of the 2020s. Sure it’s one hundred years apart, but it sounds just as good to me.
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