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Keep Showing UP!

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I just watched this video  of Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love, talking about success & creativity and what it is we all have in us to succeed.  I found this revitalizing to me and I hope that it does the same for you and whatever creative processes you go through to “Keep Showing UP!”

Elizabeth Gilbert on Nurturing Creativity!

To me it showed that no matter what you want to be or who you want to be – you have it within you to be that person!

Artist – Author – Poet – Painter – Mom – Salesperson – Grandmother – whatever it is you want to be – Give it ALL you have to give!  Open yourself up and allow yourself to be who you want to be!

I doubt Ms. Gilbert will ever see this blog but I want her to know that she has inspired me – Today!  That she has allowed me to see who I am and the way I want to share with others.  I have a wonderful mentor in Renee Preis who has consistently shared with me that in Showing UP – putting myself out there in front of people and just being myself,  people will find value in me & what I have to share with them.

So – as said by the blogger “Our Own Sweet Time” –

“… tonight, I’m sitting here, toasting Elizabeth Gilbert. Belatedly.  Girl, you are good.   And I am grateful.  And I am, as well, discovering for the umpteenth time that sometimes people, experiences, love…and stories…arrive at just the perfect moment.”

(Thank you for saying it so well – Own Sweet Time!)

& to Ms. Gilbert – Ole!

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Moms with Sick Children Get Day of Pampering

Moms with Sick Children Get a Day of Pampering

This was, for me, a day of amazement, vision, love, hugs and so much more.  I was thrilled when Patricia Burkhardt Mitchell, owner of the Sincerely Yours Salon in Phoenix, Arizona invited me to be a part of the day she has set aside every year for the last four years – the day following Mother’s Day.  She takes her salon, stylists, massage therapist, manicurists and makeup artists, and so many more to descend on Phoenix Children’s Hospital to pamper those moms who are day in and day out at their children’s sides who are ill and confined to the hospital for a myriad of reasons!  It was also captured on film through the artists at Brett Noe Productions.

This blog post is not to “promote a specific company or person” but rather to acknowledge and thank those that helped put this all together.  2 years ago my grandson was in Phoenix Children’s Hospital for more than a week and was diagnosed with a form of epilepsy and so I know personally how trying that time can be on parents & grandparents and how hard the nurses and doctors and staff all work to help heal these little ones.

I was able to experience life and the willingness to persevere through each one of the moms and the little girls who came down to be pampered.

This is Kimmie – she’s four years old and suffering from a form of cancer.  She wanted hair, but when Char McCreadie sprinkled magic sparkling fairy dust on her hands and cheeks – she giggled like the little girl she is. – Talk about tears…from all of us including mom!

And then there was this young beautiful girl who turned 16 that very day and we gathered around and sang Happy Birthday to her while she was having her hair done…

Celebrating 16th Birthday at the hospital...

It was so humbling to see how these moms and children face each day with life-changing illnesses.  The love and hope and giving was beyond what I ever expected to see.  To hear one mom say “after 3 weeks here at the hospital, today I feel like a real person”…and another “I can’t believe that someone would care enough to come down here and do this for us…for me…I feel pretty again”.

Each of these moms and grandmothers and aunts and guardians are giving everything they have to give to their little ones and to be able to give back even a little was an honor & day I will never forget!

Thank you Sincerely Yours Salon for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful experience!

My Husband – My Hero – My Teacher

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I married my husband almost 17 years ago and when we met he was just starting his teaching profession.  He was working day & night to prove to himself and those kids in his class that he was worthy to be their teacher and that he had something for them to learn every day and 17 years later he is still doing exactly the same thing.

Our school in South Phoenix, AZ, is a very small private school in a very low-income part of the city.  Although we have seen our neighborhood grow and in many ways prosper, the truth of the matter is that when it comes to education here it is still sadly lacking.  We have about 50-60 students each year and we work on the old school-house principle.  We have K4-1st grade in 1 class and 2nd-4th grade in another, and my husband teaches 5th-8th grade all subjects. (Yup – he’s very smart! – all our teachers are very gifted.)

I love to see his kids come in to his class from the public school system at 5th, 7th or even 8th grade who can’t read or write their own names and leave with purpose, discipline, motivation and the ability to learn and become more than they ever thought they could be. Not every child who comes in to the school goes on to achieve “greatness” – that would be me telling more than a “tall tale”.  But I have seen children learn to read and how to socialize with kids & adults – re-purpose their goals and ultimately their futures with tools that have been gladly given to them.

Yes, we charge a tuition – a free education can be had at the public school, and the Arizona Charter School system leaves so much to be desired that we decided years ago that if the parents cared enough to pay even the lowest of tuitions they would care enough to back their children in all they wanted to do with their lives.  We’ve seen children come out of our neighborhood (27 years in the love of educating children) and go on to full scholarships: become doctors, lawyers, international baccalaureate members, scientists and excel in film as well as many other realms of creative and caring avenues.

So, when I say that my husband is my hero and my teacher – I really mean that – He teaches me every day how to open my heart to one more person – to see beyond what that person is wearing, the color of their skin, or the accent in their voice. He shows me that even in a little neighborhood in South Phoenix, AZ, our little school, in love, compassion and education can make a HUGE difference!

Networking – Building Relationships – Building Community

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You JUST found out you are UNEMPLOYED – Oh My Gosh – What do I do now???

What? – You get out there and you find places where people gather – Go online & find free networking events – Talk to people in the stores, in the bank lines, in the unemployment line – you NEVER know where your next opportunity is going to come from!

Take this time to look (not back) forward – See what it is you really want to do – and then MAKE IT HAPPEN!

Don’t sit for one minute thinking “oh pity me” – It will get you nowhere, but … drum roll please … unemployed.

Do you love to write – to cook – to introduce people to one another – Do you love finances – or management! – Are there free classes you can take that will help you with your social media so people can see the value in what you are and who you are?

There are so many things waiting for you – you just have to lift your head, kick back those shoulders, and stand proud!

Nobody ever moved ahead with their head down and buried in the sand…

Good Monday Morning!

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Happy Monday Morning to everyone! I am so excited about this new phase of my life. I am so excited about now having the time to help enhance the lives of people I touch by helping them reach their goals.

It’s the mission statement for Melaleuca, the Health & Wellness company and one that I embrace completely and totally.

There are so many people today who need to bridge the gap from paycheck to paycheck – from house closing to house closing – from car sale to car sale – and moms who want to stay home and yet help the family budget! I have partnered with a company that can help bridge all those gaps & goals – I want to help you! and share with you! how with this specialized U.S. manufacturer of almost 400 consumable products, we can reach out and help those you know to do the same!

I see “Buy American” all the time – with my company – that statement says it all. We have the science, the manufacturing, the shipping & the customer service (more than 3400+ people) all working here in the U.S. to bring the best, safest, greenest (yes – green) products for your health & home!

Check it out – http://www.distinctinspirations.advancingwithus.com – learn more today!

To blog or not to blog?

Is that the question? – So many people say you have to blog to get your message out there to the masses. But do we have to do everything to get people to understand where you’re coming from? Why you want to help people? Why you want people to know they can trust what you say?

It’s all so much sometimes, that I feel I’ll explode – I want to show people that what I do is wonderful – for them, for their homes & families & for the planet – so many articles and companies are out there all saying the same thing.

So, how do I show people that I am someone they can trust? How do I show them that my company is different? My mind runs in a thousand different directions all at the same time – I know they say it can’t be done – but dog-gone-it – that’s exactly what happens to me, and THEN…the freeze! Where do I start? What method of communication do I use to get out there in front of people?

Facebook, Twitter, Blogging – all designed to introduce myself to you. But, how can you know me without experiencing me? My thoughts, my feelings, my loves & my pains. – Oh – Do I want you to know all that? I don’t know – Does it take “knowing me” to get you to see what my passions are? I don’t know, but I’m committed to learning! But, where does learning stop & implementation begin?

Renee Preis (www.reneepreis.com) showed me that sometimes I have to step back from what I’m doing in my head, put it on paper and see where to go from the learning to the passion to the earning.

Time slips away so quickly – it is like I look at the clock and it is 4a.m. and the next time I stop & look up its 7a.m. – where did that 3 hours go? Did it help advance my goals? Was it time spent in productivity? I don’t play games or go to the millions of different sites that scream out – HERE – Waste your time and money here – I can teach you what you need to know to make a million $$ in the next 48 hours…OMG – there are 1000’s of those mind-sucking websites.

So, I ask – To blog or not to blog? If I do this every morning for the next 7 days – just throw my thoughts down in this blog…maybe I will be able to see what people are looking for? – what are you looking for?

And, the biggest question – How may I help you!

Today – I want you to know I’m here FOR you!

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I want you to know that no matter what is going on in your life right this very minute that it CAN be overcome; that we don’t have to live lives of despair and loneliness.  We are here for each other – we’re not left alone in the middle of a desert without water to drink.

We are all a part of what we call humanity and when we use the word “humane” it should mean more than just humanitarian, well, who even knows what that is?

But to be humane means to be:

There is so much more to what we share with people on the surface of our lives and to think that by standing up for what we believe and being willing & able to withstand persecution for that belief…That is to live by faith.  Pick just one word from this list and watch it grow! – Here is the list of words that comes from “compassionate”.

  • Sympathetic
  • Concerned
  • Kindhearted
  • Empathetic
  • Considerate

And the same is to be said for every word!  Even one of the smallest words in the English language; the word “The” – I never realized this before my Sunday School teacher brought it up a couple of weeks ago –

The:

  • Indicating one as distinct from another
  • Indicating shared experience
  • Indicating period of time

So, in this period of time we call Today, regardless of when that day is that you read this letter, there is someone here for you. You are NOT alone.  This is a favorite song of mine from years ago…but it always comes to remembrance when I’m feeling alone.  It’s a song that most have heard of, but I love it more today then yesterday.

I am weak, but Thou art strong;
Jesus, keep me from all wrong;
I’ll be satisfied as long
As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.

  • Refrain:
    Just a closer walk with Thee,
    Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
    Daily walking close to Thee,
    Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.

Through this world of toil and snares,
If I falter, Lord, who cares?
Who with me my burden shares?
None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee.

When my feeble life is o’er,
Time for me will be no more;
Guide me gently, safely o’er
To Thy kingdom shore, to Thy shore.

 

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