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A Wave of Inspiration

The ocean of abundance is calling you!

The ocean is a world of abundance and knowledge that is just waiting for us to dive in and has so much to teach us if we just listen. I feel so much more like me again when I swim in the sea and am so blessed to witness women awaken to their true essence from ocean retreats with me.

In cultures worldwide and throughout the centuries it is well known that if anything is wrong with you, you always go to the sea. The ocean is cleansing and healing and is one of the fastest ways to wash away what no longer serves you or blocks the authentic you. Essentially, the ocean washes off all of the land shtuff.

If I’m away from the sea for too long, I become stressed, sad and sometimes even sick. Literally, my gills and scales go dry and I need to get back into the sea to get back to “me” asap! We are all from the ocean and eventually will end up back in the sea which is why I believe it is so imperative to reconnect to our ocean home to restore the balance and health of life on land and undersea.

I am on a mermaid mission to save the world one mermaid tail swim at a time! When you tap back into your value as the sea star you are, you awaken to a world of abundance that’s been waiting for you to claim, or “the world is your oyster!”

As an artist, dreamer, and creator, envisioning the magic comes easy for me.  Structure, focus and discipline, is what I’ve had to embrace and continue to learn. Without a balance of both masculine and feminine or land and sea we will not be able to create the big impact that’s needed. We must have balance.

By healing the separation from land to sea & mind to heart, we have that innate balance in life when we can truly share our unique talents with the world and also be supported with success. The key to a balanced life is essentially breath. The word “Ha” in Hawaiian, means breath. Hawaiians traditionally greet each other nose to nose, honoring the breath of life or “mana” (power, life force) within.

Breath is an essential part of free diving, and I believe ultimately in life. When you focus on breath, relaxation sets in and eventually the clear answers will surface for your next indicated steps. The dolphins are conscious breathers and again have so much to teach us about how to live. They reflect back to us who we authentically are and lead us to find that much like the ocean, when you dive in, all the answers are inside. So it’s time to make a splash, dive in and discover the beautiful pearl within!


On my path as a mermaidpreneur, I’ve evolved through many different stages to get to where I am today and am still continuing to learn and grow to reach new levels of amazingness. When we let go of who we think we are and expand into who we are meant to be, the path unfolds for us.

I’ve been so blessed to have real “on the job” experience, from lifeguarding, swim instructing, crewing as a first mate and captaining on boats with my 100 ton US Coast Guard Captain’s license, safety swimming for thousands of people of all ages, swim levels and even disabilities, dabbling in underwater video and photography with ManaKaiPhoto.com, becoming a marine mammal naturalist, whale and dolphin rescue, participating in whale and dolphin research, free diving, surfing, and creating hand made mermaid tails, to becoming the founder of a company with a big vision to save the seas while empowering and inspiring women and kids worldwide.

I’ve gone from spending every day out on and under the sea with my whale and dolphin friends for over 12 years straight to growing my land legs to carry the message of the sea as a mermaidpreneur over the last 4 years! This is my fishy task that I put all my heart and soul into and rejoice when I have my much-needed time back in the salty sea with my dolphin and whale friends where I really shine!

My team and I are creating a Sea Sister Academy where girls and women can become ocean ambassadors and sea stars to be true voices for the ocean! Stay tuned for that mer ~ magical program to be swimming your way very soOn!

We’re busy adding sparkle & mermaid magic to all our retreats and looking forward to sharing the sea with you soon!

Dance Your Dreams to Success

Dance is one of the best ways to express your heart and soul, and have fun ~ besides swimming with dolphins of course! Being an entrepreneur is also a dance. The key is to live from our hearts and let our logical mind take a back seat. In dance, it’s passion that fuels the performance. You can be a great dancer, but without passion you’ll never really create that shazaam impact.

The same can be said in life and your career. When you’re first learning to dance, you have to think about the steps and rhythm, feeling somewhat robotic maybe even making mistakes. Then somehow you tap into the rhythm and the dance dances you. This is the magic space, where you really stand out and shine. In surfing it’s known as the sweet spot, when you become one with your board and glide the slide of the wave.

When you can dance with your career, you have fun and allow everything to fall into place naturally. The mermaid is connected to the sea of life, allowing the ocean to support her, has fun and is tapped into magic and rhythm. She is calling to you to reconnect and listen to that still voice within that has all your answers.

There are three essential keys to create the most impact in your career.

1. Passion

2. Persistence

3. Structure

There is a reason why the majority of people in the world are stuck in jobs they don’t like. It is not always easy to do what you love in this society, as it truly is going against the grain and involves continuous letting go of limited belief systems and what others might think. When you take the leap to dive in fully and repeatedly say yes to your dreams and yes to you, you are not only adding to your happiness but you are changing the world by inspiring those around you. For me, as a mermaidpreneur, I’m changing the world one mermaid tail swim at a time! The universe is a big fan of dream supporting and one person truly can make a difference!

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

Harriet Tubman

So what are you waiting for? Dive in to your heart, swim into a sea of possibility and set your spirit free!

Life is short. If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now.


“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

Nelson Mandela


Last week, I flew to Vancouver Canada to speak about mermaiding at a Hay House “I Can Do It” event with sea sisters Doreen Virtue and Susan Knight. Nothing like a little spontaneous traveling to polish up my mermaid scales while having fun and inspiring thousands along the way! It’s so much fun to share my passion, empowering others to raise their value and make a big flukeprint in the world by reconnecting to the sea!

I want to introduce you all to Malia, my lovely mermaid assistant who has recently joined the Dana Mermaid, Sea Sister team!

We’re busy adding sparkle to the mermaid magic and looking forward to sharing the sea with you all soon!

Sending you waves of ocean inspiration and aloha from the dolphins and whales here in Hawaii. Stay tuned for the launch of my private guided whale swimming retreat for September of 2013!

I’ll see you in the sea!


What do dreams know of boundaries?

Have you ever been charmed before? I mean really bedazzled, by sweet talking glamorousness? I know I have. Whether men, women, employers, or employees, it can at times be so easy to be charmed by someone’s presence. Most often though once charmed, the appeal doesn’t last. Finding those people and experiences whose sincerity are rooted deep, truly are diamonds in the rough. Image is a lot in today’s society, however it’s the follow through that adds fuel to the fire.

Here are three keys I’ve found that are imperative to success and happiness.

  1. Quality & proper foundation. Without laying the groundwork properly your dreams will fall apart. It’s so important to add quality time to research, plan and structure your vision. Much like building a home, you want a stable foundation so it will last a lifetime. Quality is the secret to any success.
  2. Sincerity. You must have a sincere desire to truly be of real service with your passion or purpose, or your dreams will fizzle out. You must want your vision with all of your Being, holding nothing back and having no ulterior motives. When you can honestly say you are sincere and authentic in all you do, the universe can then fully conspire to help you by moving mountains to achieve your vision.
  3. Trust you intuition. Being willing to listen to that still, small voice within is challenging, especially when the mind can be full of so many amazing ideas and suggestions! The willingness to trust your heart and follow your intuitive knowing will guide you to every answer you need. Miraculous solutions will appear to what was once thought unsolvable. Your intuition will also guide you to awaken your senses to sincerity in others and experiences that are aligned with your life calling.

“Everyone has oceans to fly, if they have the heart to do it. Is it reckless? Maybe. But what do dreams know of boundaries?” ~ Amelia Earhart


In case you’re wondering, the ocean here in Hawaii is as alive as ever! With over 32 species of toothed whale and dolphins that live here year round in 100 ft. water visibility, Kona truly is a mermaid heaven!

The Humpback Whales have been singing up a storm this season and are just starting their migration back to Alaska. There is so much the whales and dolphins can teach us, are you ready to dive in and listen?

Sea you in the sea!*

Aloha! oO

Lessons to learn in any situation

In life, I’ve found that there is always something we can learn in any situation. The key is to be honest, open minded, and willing to see it! There are two sides to every coin and as Napoleon Hill states, “Every adversity carries within it the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.”

Being willing to face and let go of what no longer serves us or change and grow to the next level, doesn’t mean we have to like it but it does mean we’ve made the decision to see something in a NEW way. This always takes courage. In my own experience, it’s so much easier to focus on the negative aspects. The positive aspects take work! Take a look for yourself and see how keen you are to be centered on positivity, success, and happiness all the time. Ask yourself how much time you spend seeing the good in life, others, and especially yourself? Complaining, worry, and fear can somehow become comfortable and seem to be the “norm” in the world. To “want” to be successful, and taking the road to your happy destiny, now that takes true courage and perseverance.

“Do not follow where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you find yourself with one foot in the door of success, and one foot still in limited beliefs and fear, what would it take for you to truly let go?

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
~ Marianne Williamson

One of the many gifts our ocean gives us is to cleanse us of ailments. Whether physical or emotional, the sea is known to wash away what no longer serves you and is so healing. In Hawaiian culture, this is called a Hi’i'wai. One of the best parts of what I do is watching people’s authentic selves appear after a swim in the sea with dolphins. Worry and fear are washed away as joy and bliss emerge. Fun is essentially our natural state and the dolphins are truly our teachers in bliss!

The Humpback Whales are still here and in full swing this season! Whale song echoes throughout the sea here in Kona and serenade us with their song. Being around the whales and dolphins feeds my soul as a mermaidpreneur and re-energizes my purpose to spread the ocean & mermaid magic worldwide! The sea is calling; it’s time for you to dive in and answer! Discover YOUR true purpose in life and find out the depths of support and abundance that await you! The sea truly will set you free!

Remember I currently have a super special sea sister bonus to gift you 3 nights of lodging here in Kona when you book an Awaken Your Inner Siren VIP 2-day package with me by February 28th! You will still have 6 months to use your booking, so if you feel the sea calling to your inner siren, then take the plunge and dive in! A world of magic awaits you! Today is the last day to get your discount of $4500 for 3 nights and 2 days to swim with dolphins by private boat, full car service, massage, most meals, professional make up artist and mermaid photo shoot and celebration at the Four Seasons to send you off in true style! The rewards are infinite! Be sure to grab your space if this is calling YOU by starting the application process here: www.DanaMermaid.com/vip

Sea you in the sea!*

Aloha! oO

Trailblazing as a Mermaidpreneur

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.  So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain

As a captain and navigator on the high seas, I know the importance of charting a course and recognizing the signs of nature to reach a destination. Charting a course and tuning in to the world around you are also imperative within our selves to reach our destined vision on land. To start, you must be willing to create space for dreamtime, the magic place where you can allow yourself to close your eyes and go within to your heart. Ask yourself what is it you want? What is your definite purpose in life? When you get clear on your desired destination, then you can move into the success plan or charting your course. Get on paper exactly how you plan to succeed in your vision. Next step is to actualize it by putting your plan into immediate action! Before you know it, Ahoy, Land Ho!

“A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner.” ~ English Proverb

As with navigating the seas, charting a course within is full of twists and turns, you will encounter storms that will challenge you as you move through them and you will find out exactly what you are made of.  There are three main keys to successfully reach your destination, confidence and belief in yourself, what you are doing, and what you want to do. Without self-confidence and belief in your expertise you may falter.  When you truly believe in your self and know you will succeed on your clear mission, then you will not fail.  Along with faith in your self, you must also have deep faith in a power greater than you that guides your intuition. Meditation and prayer are essential to deepening this connection.

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Generations of Creativity

Tis the season to be mer magical and merry! Time to let your light shine bright! As this year wraps up, it’s an opportunity to reflect, celebrate, and share love with family, friends and all whose lives we touch! The New Year brings abundance and possibility for change, growth, and magic in renewing our heart’s declarations!

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” ~ Walt Disney

When I was a little girl I would look for Rudolph’s red nose up in the sky every Christmas Eve on the way home from my grandma’s house and truly believed in Santa Claus. My mom and I would run around the neighborhood late at night, leaving gifts on the doorsteps for neighbors to wake up to in the morning, then I would leave my list out with milk and cookies for Santa with some carrots and sugar cubes for the reindeer. Now as an adult I find that over 90% of the world is asleep to the magic that lives in this world within us!

Kids are still so connected to this magic and live from their hearts, which is why I have always loved working with children! If you find yourself doubting magic and miracles and are too stuck in “reality”, then challenge your beliefs! You may find a new reality full of magic and possibility that’s been waiting for you all along! One of the gifts my childhood Christmases gave me is that by declaring our wants and needs to the Divine power that created us and by having faith we will be taken care of, we can give to others and live in the magic of Christmastime all year long!

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Finding Courage in the Face of Fear

Finding Courage in the Face of Fear

This month I want to talk about courage.  Recently I had the blessings and privilege to share some magic of the sea with a dear friend of mine who is normally petrified of anything in the ocean! She braved her fears, flew to Hawaii, donned a mask and snorkel for the first time ever and allowed me to guide her in the sea to swim with wild dolphins. She even braved a mermaid ocean swim in a tail without a mask!

She was astonished how something that was once so terrifying had become the most amazing thing she’d experienced in her entire life!

There is something so magical and empowering when we walk or swim through our fears and reconnect to the sea, which is our ultimate life source.

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.  The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” 
~ Nelson Mandela

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Balance and Abundance

So, the lesson here is one of balance and abundance. Our hearts speak quietly to us all the time and when we listen, the magic happens. The heart always tells us what we need, even if it doesn’t make sense to our logical minds, we must listen! That is our soul’s voice and the universe will always take care of us. This I know to be true from countless personal experiences. If Ashlee hadn’t listened to her heart’s desire to go on this trip and take that leap of faith to dive in to this personal investment, she would have missed out on the experience of a lifetime to give her mind, body, and spirit the gift of relaxation and connection with whales who are the record keepers of the sea!

Too many times I see people investing time and money into their work, but leaving self-care by the wayside. When we are in the flow of life, we must be balanced. This is where the heart lives and this is where our creator lives. In this flow of balance in life is when the magic happens and the abundance flows.

I urge you to go within and listen to your heart, ask it what you need and follow it’s guidance! Trust that your heart has all the answers you need and when you make a big leap to invest in a heart desire, your whole life and career will benefit!

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