What is Skirting the Rules?

Skirting the Rules is a new way of being that unlocks the power of your intuitive intelligence. Through the inspirational stories of female change agents who will be your muses, and a remarkable tool that identifies your own unique energy blueprint—the Skirting Compass—we help you become aware of which resources you may be underutilizing so you can more effectively reach your goals. Skirting the Rules is about letting your heart guide you as much as your mind, and finding the possible within the impossible.

The 12 Muses

It all started with a spark of inspiration when co-founder Deborah Burns first stumbled upon these 12 maverick women during a fated trip to London’s National Portrait Gallery. These novelists, playwrights, painters, musicians, abolitionists, and activists ushered in great social change despite the wildly restrictive rules of 18th century Europe and became her muses. Deborah became obsessed with the commonalities these particular women shared that allowed them to succeed despite humble beginnings and limited rights. Through their life stories you’ll see how each accessed her own intuitive intelligence to get ahead. By discovering where each muse falls on The Skirting Compass, you can let their defining traits and life lessons help you see how to sidestep challenges and outdated rules to live a life on your own terms.

The Skirting Compass

Like any GPS system, The Skirting Compass teaches you how to figure out where you are and where you want to go. It does this by uncovering the areas where you are maximizing your energy and where you may be facing blocks. It’s about finding clarity and creating what you want more authentically, without trying to force anything. You’ll understand how to best use your time and energy and tap into your intuitive intelligence so you can gracefully skirt around obstacles to achieve your goals as our 18th century muses were able to do.

The Four Points

Let us introduce you to the four points on The Skirting Compass. MIND in the North represents your thinking, rational self. BODY in the South is where you experience emotions, sensations, and instinct—that gut feeling that points you in the right direction. DO in the East represents the action energy that helps you get ‘er done. BE in the West is all about your ability to let go and exist in the present moment, opening yourself up to inspiration.

The Quadrants

The areas where these points intersect make up the QUADRANTS that illustrate your unique energy blueprint, or how you make use of the four abilities—optimizing to achieving to envisioning to creating—to approach life.

Let’s break it down in more detail

Northeast: The Optimizers

A combo of Mind and DO, the optimizers are skilled at assessing what resources you actually have, getting organized, delegating and accomplishing the task at hand.

“Let’s make a plan!”

Muses of the Northeast


Northwest: The Envisioners

A combo of Mind and Be, the envisioners see the blueprint of the building or spot patterns today to anticipate the future and envision what is possible.

“What’s our vision?”

Muses of the Northwest


Southeast: The Achievers

A combo of Do and Body, the achievers make things happen rain or shine. Send them out the door and they come back in through the window.

“Let’s get it done!”

Muses of the Southeast


Southwest: The Creators

A combo of Be and Body are the creators. The SW is the zone of ideas, inspiration and intuition, and unfortunately, the one that has been undervalued in our society because it is so intangible. This is the source of all original thinking, and the creative force behind the natural world.

“What’s our big idea?”

Muses of the Southwest


Are You Ready to Skirt the Rules?

Take the quiz to find out where you fall on the compass to start making decisions that better align with your mind, body, and heart.