We had the good fortune of connecting with Maxine Dillon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maxine, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I believe you can not live a creatively fulfilling life without risk. When you align and take action with what truly feels inspirational it may feel simultaneously exhilarating and terrifying. I remember this feeling when I decided to leave my career in fashion and start my energy healing practice. It felt like I was jumping off a cliff with only my inner knowing guiding me towards the safety net that would catch me below. Trusting the inspiration to build a new career made the risk feel expansive, like I was pushing up against my creative edge. My mind thought of risk as danger and possible loss but my heart knew the risk would bring reward.
What should our readers know about your business?
I created my healing practice Blue Star Guidance as a refuge for creative professionals. I’m passionate about supporting artists and creatives because of my life experiences as a designer. I spent 15 years in the fashion industry and although I loved designing I was in a constant state of stress. I thought I loved the fast paced fashion calendar, the demand to create non stop “hits”, and the reward of prestige for a job well done. It was so normal to be stressed that I didn’t realize how deeply I felt it. My addiction to stress kept me going while subtly underneath my body was talking to me through chronic pain, anxiety, and fatigue. These symptoms eventually guided me on a path of healing.
I worked with many holistic practitioners throughout the years and eventually tried energy healing. What I learned about myself through energy healing was the importance of feeling my emotions for my overall health. My emotional body was what needed healing the most. I had cut myself off from my feelings so I could perform at optimal level in my career. I am proud of myself for eventually listening to my body and leaving fashion behind so I could create a healthier lifestyle and be of service to others.
The transition from designer to healing practitioner was a risk because I spent my entire adult life building my fashion career. I was making good money as a designer and I did not know how to start a healing practice. Despite what looked like a bad idea on paper I decided to trust my intuition and the multitude of synchronistic signs that were pointing me towards a career shift. What I learned is when you say yes to what your inspiration is guiding you towards incredible gifts emerge. I received lots of support along the way. Some were magical happenings seemingly out of nowhere and others I sought out based on what I needed. Anything is possible with the right support and with support comes growth. Being on a healing journey doesn’t mean all your problems go away. As you heal you change your relationship to your struggles. It was challenging to learn a new way of working. It felt like I had to recalibrate everything within myself to work without stress and judgement as my motivation. It’s been 5 years and I still feel it sometimes, intense energy that wants to push me to do MORE. Luckily I have tools now to notice the conditioning within me and make more conscious choices.
My journey inspired me to design a process that supports creative professionals in making this same kind of career shift. Through all of the lessons, mistakes, and successes I landed on foundational pieces of the journey that really helped me get clear on my new vision. The outcome is a 9-month creative healing process called You Are a Healer. I choose this name because I believe that all artists are healers. The work you create holds a very unique healing vibration that radiates from within it and connects with your audience. Your audience is who you are meant to inspire and be of service to with your work. When we approach art through a healing lens it connects the artist with their own innate inner healer and often gives a sense of deeper purpose. All of my clients are highly intuitive sensitive people and I find they want to help others. Your art is sacred healing medicine and our current industries care mostly about art as a commodity. Corporate creative industries expect constant production for sales profits. This can really drain the joy out of what you love most, creating beauty.
If you are reading this and feel stuck in a similar pattern of creative burn out please reach out to me! I would be honored to support you in saying yes to your own inspirational guidance and build a way of working in alignment with your creative energy. I offer a free one hour Clarity Session where we’ll get clear on your needs and how You Are a Healer group process can support you. You can schedule a Clarity Session on my website bluestarguidance.com T
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Favorite places to visit
Day time trips & Lunch
Grab a coffee at Unincorporated Coffee in Altadena. Delicious espresso drinks and pour overs. In the summer time they have homemade lemonade with a shot of espresso! It’s really delicious.
Then head to Descanso Gardens in La Canada. They have a gorgeous Rose Garden, Oak Tree Forest and lovely outdoor cafe.
Try Teamorrow in South Pasadena if you like Boba Tea. I recommend the Matcha Hokkaido Milk Tea and the Taro Milk Tea.
Then head to Huntington Gardens in San Marino. There are desert plants, a jungle garden with waterfalls, a rose garden, a Japanese garden with bonsai, a Chinese garden that is breathtaking, a large library with various collections of ancient books, an art gallery, and tea house.
Favorite Breakfast/Lunch Cafe
Amara Kitchen in Highland Park – Everything is gluten free and delicious! The best gluten free baked goods I’ve had. The paleo pancakes with fruit are so good. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve ordered here.
After lunch go shopping for vintage on Figueroa St. My favorite is Avalon Vintage on North Ave. 56 right off of Figueroa.
Figueroa St. has great restaurants, shops, venues, record store, and a remodeled restaurant/bowling alley called Highland Park Bowl.
Nighttime fun and Food – Little Tokyo
Go to the MOCA Geffen on North Central Ave. Special exhibitions are free on Thursdays from 5-8pm. Afterwards walk around Little Tokyo, enjoy dinner and treats.
Try Hama Sushi on 1st ST. It’s one of my favorite sushi spots. It’s tiny and usually has a line so go early.
Daikokuya Ramen – Big bowls of delicious Ramen with your choice of meat and veggies.
Dessert – Somi Somi – Fish shaped waffles with your choice of filling. Try taro! I love taro ice cream.
If you are looking for spiritual experiences and workshops that will connect you with healing and magic check out these locations:
The Spirit House Collective @spirithousecollective
The Moon Sanctuary @the.moon.sanctuary
Sacred Light @wearesacredlight
Sound Bath by Allison Bagg @abagg
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to thank these incredible people who showed me valuable love, guidance, and support throughout my journey.
Victoria Sainsbury Carter of Sacred Oak Healing
The teaching staff at The Lionheart Institute
Julie Migneault and Jonathan Bessone of Thriving Healers
Aja Daashuur founder of The Spirit House Collective
Sasha Sheldon of @soul.healing.work
My wonderful clients who have trusted me and supported my work.
Photo of Maxine by Sasha Sheldon @soul.healing.work You Are a Healer image by Allison Bagg @abagg