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As my business continued to evolve, my personal life also experienced some highs and lows. In 2004, we were blessed with the healthy birth of our son, Jack. While I thoroughly enjoyed the pure bliss of our two children, I began to experience feelings of emptiness and sadness. Soon, I was diagnosed with clinical depression. I don’t know why, in fact, I may never know the reason. I believe it was a combination of factors. Regardless, my soul was in a painful space of grey-disconnection from everything that I loved and that loved me for almost two years.

At the time of my depression, I was a stay-at-home mom. I assumed my sadness was related to missing my family in Canada and core friendships from my past. It seemed an especially dark winter in Minnesota. I was hormonally charged as a result from nursing my newborn. I was still grieving the divorce of my parents, the temporary loss of my nursing career and the identity that went with it.

In that space of pure despair, I prayed that the sunshine would reclaim the darkness in my heart. The vision of Intentional Serenity came to me through audible words. “Teena, what do you wish to achieve in your lifetime, why are you here?” Almost as a reflex, my soul spoke loudly. “I desire to bring authentic friendship and community to the world, my neighborhood, my church and into my circles of friendships.” I simply wanted to create the community of loving support that I longed for personally; a desire to make a meaningful imprint during my time in this world; to hold the space for all of us to dream again. It felt important to support other women and children and more importantly, humanity. I wanted to dream big again and not simply go through the motions of living and breathing. I chose to be deliberate about living, while creating the connections and courage to pursue that path. I began writing my own intentions first on paper. I shared them with a dear friend who thought that they were not realistic. That stalled my pursuit for a short period of time, but the calling simply became stronger. The message spoken to my heart was, “Teena, if you want to change your life to do that which you were born to do, you must surround yourself with these positive and encouraging messages and people.”

At this point, I took my original intention list and transferred them onto iron-on-fabric and ironed them into my clothing, created mouse pads for my computer, taped them in my shower and covered my homes walls with positive and meaningful messages. My home became one big SELF-HELP environment.

The adventure of this self-healing project grew quickly. I was then lead to present my dream and concepts to Oprah Winfrey and QVC in West Chester Pennsylvania after hearing about “Oprah’s search for the next big idea.” That was what took an idea in my heart to a business plan and calling. Since that time, Intentional Serenity has been creating clothing, providing workshops, retreats and holding the space for major life transformation for those called to our community. This community includes women, children, couples and recently men. I grew up thinking that I did not belong because I was a big dreamer. However, I soon discovered at the age of 32, that what I really needed to create was a community of other big dreamers.

I am finally home in my heart and in the world with the realization I was created for service. While recognizing my genetic predisposition to depression, I understand my prevention lies in honoring my soul’s purpose. I am connected to humanity by serving those around me knowing all is well in my world.

Blessings and prosperity to you!

Teena Dietz

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