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My Heart Lives HERE

Yesterday was the start of the CEO Changemaker business mastermind where each woman is taking on one main business or brand goal, as well as one cause to land inside of by the end of our time together.

To give for two hours inside the group, then ceremoniously give the first 20% from this particular program, as I have from others, but this time to the organization I went to Greece with in November in support of the refugee crisis is reflection-worthy (reflection: part of the topic in today’s first training).

Friends and family have asked why not give or do (more) work locally, why go so far away and my answer is always the truth — I do give and serve locally and I also go where my heart takes me…

I’m on her ride, more than she’s on mine…”my ride or die”, as the kids these days say. ;)

I believe our hearts (ability to raise money and desire to go to other places and give) are large enough to affect a global family in a unique way. Call that a social entrepreneur, changemaker or spiritual activist (another one of today’s topics), but call on what moves you most.

The truth is, just like with most things that mean anything, you don’t end up choosing. Your heart chooses for you.

You are chosen — the work chooses you.

It’s true — vital — that, as Americans, we get more interested in US (the U.S.) and what we can do at home *and* doing work wearing our World Citizen badges is also key, if we are so called.

At the end of the day, if it’s in service to humanity, we are doing what is right by the heart. Did you know she (the heart) lives right in the middle of this beautiful thing? ~> 🌍  <~

Listen to what breaks your heart most these days, what articles you linger on and do it — give in whatever way you can…in time, money, in helping to mobilize or gather others, it’s all valuable and it all counts.

That’s what happened to me a few years ago. My heart…she knew, she told me (and kept telling me) and so I went and it goes just like that…

Sending you love today, lady changemaker. May you do just that ~ may you change the world through that big heart of yours and through your ever-expanding and expansive business…

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life!

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p.s. If you’d like to follow along with us for the next six months, there’s still time to join us (though the group is full, we are opening up the possibility for you to receive our training recording and workbook from each month!). You will be forever changed, I can assure you of that. Join us. Here’s to creating meaning and finding happiness.

Meaning Leads to Happiness (a little bit about my talk at Allegheny College)

Last week, we spoke all day, in friendship and (in) love…

First, a breakfast with a new friend. Then, answering questions on video for an hour, followed by a lunch with both Allegheny faculty and students asking questions (laughter, empowerment through the lens of philosophy and I even snuck in the story of how Josh and I met to Josh’s surprise).

After a walk in the snow to quickly watch the Tibetan monks on campus working inside one of their mandalas (so beautiful), we did our respective talks, coming back together at the end to close it out with final thoughts which felt as light and breezy as they were serious and important.

The Q&A was one of our favorite parts, followed by a reception and breakout sessions which lasted until 7pm.

Josh and I have talked about writing a “He Said, She Said” type book for a long time, but instead the universe gifted us with the opportunity to do these “She Said, He Said” talks about doing what you love (what you want shows up in unique clothing (couture/one-of-a-kind), watch for it). But it was more than that…isn’t everything ‘more than’?

It was a display of Josh’s and my friendship. Nietzsche, who faculty brought up quite a bit yesterday, said it’s not a lack of love that breaks up marriages, but a lack of friendship. Agree?

It was a display of taking what we do and find creativity in and continuing to make giving from that energy or those businesses/entities a must; taking giving donations **to being the donation** and getting on planes and getting hands dirty, while getting so tired from answering questions that you can’t wait to do it again…

It was a display of respect for my partner, for romantic partnership and what it can mean in 2017, not just for the world, but for one guy we love more than anything: Nolan.

It was a display for how much one can give and give and be, simultaneously, filled back up and up.

It was a display of the power of story told from two distinct perspectives, but that, at the end of the day, have the same beating heart.

…a display for the respect for life and lives who need what you have to say, but get more from feeling how much you actually live it, than from what you are telling them…

This was all part of what was shared yesterday — pause at what’s expected of you, question the thinking and **feel** instead…see things not just for what they seem, but for what they ARE bringing you in terms of meaning, aliveness and quality relationships (p.s. when you experience closed doors or perceived problems/ challenges, know that you’re simply being asked to study solution — getting into this practice and, ultimately, being known as solution or solution-oriented will do more for your life and professional experience than most anything.)

Unless, of course, you ask yourself to always find meaning. That’ll do a lot, too.

You’ll find happiness.

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life!

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How to Explain Your Multi-Passionate Ways

They are each my people, equally, though in the world of love and loving there really is no equal and there is no balance, this is what I’ve come to find out, there’s only a well that replenishes itself as needed, so you can continue to give of and express your true self to who and what’s most important to you.

These are cards I gave Nolan and Josh a couple weeks ago. They stared at me extra long this morning, so I could share this ~

You don’t have to choose between your purpose and your purpose.

You don’t have to choose between your passion and your passion. 

You don’t have to choose.

You can love up on a family and do amazing work in the world, outside of them.

If you have kids and are also someone creating a movement in the world through what we call your business, service or passion project, I know that each of them are important to you and that both make you feel on-purpose…it’s ok, be honest and live that life ~ yours.

Both are mine, without a doubt: growing a conscious, loving family and marriage and being there emotionally for a growing-way-too-fast Nolan is a 10+.

And (not or) growing something outside of him and outside of US as a unit (that only supports our growth as a unit) is also a 10+. When we realize this last one — this last purpose — is truly about growing oneself, we’ve touched upon the ultimate success.

I get that each side fuels you in unique ways, so don’t choose!

It’s also ok to stop making the conversation about what’s more important.

For you, they’re both ‘more important’ to your path of meaning.

They are both, and it is ALL, your thing; your multi-purpose and multi-passionate thing…

I know what your next question is (it was mine 11 years ago), you will have time to do it all — to love up on all parts of the fully expressed you — because time will rise to meet your rising.

Sending you love, Creative Heroine!

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life!

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p.s. Infuse more meaning into your business and brand and follow along with the CEO Changemaker Mastermind group for the next six months (all the valuable resources for $97 per month vs. $697 per month)! Let us know if you’d like more information. Until then, cheering on your multi-passionate ways…

When My Heart Broke (And Business Grew)

Your beauty is one-of-a-kind, your love is one-of-a-kind, your success is one-of-a-kind AND because your heartbreak, your grief, your divorce, your city/state/country/home move, your sickness, your j-o-b to entrepreneur switch, your health scare, your care-giving of family members and your post-partum journey are one-of-a-kind, your comeback will be as well! 

One-of-a-kind.

This will your brand, your revenue and family will get its directive from…

And let’s make no mistake. Many of us are “coming back” right now  –  in other words, I see you and I feel you (To get the strategies, soul and brand honesty tips in the first complimentary share and give fest of 2017 on February 9th REGISTER HERE).

We all deserve a comeback.

In fact, we deserve and will have many, many comeback success stories throughout our lives.

As Creative Heroines — women who move from problem to solution in hopes of expressing who they really are– our very creativity, that which points to an innate resilience, ability to plan (as well as be spontaneous and intuitive) and our ability to ask for and receive support (as well as fold in generosity into our business model) guarantees that we come back and reinvent ourselves, time and time again… 

What I’ve Witnessed

Over the last 15 years at MGI, I’ve witnessed women re-invent themselves via their personal brands, through the revenue in their businesses, through the life and joy their children give them, as well as through their marriages or bodies, the list is long.

It’s time to re-invent ourselves through ourselves. 

Today we are being asked or invited to do that, in no uncertain terms. JOIN US on February 9th for a complimentary training that will blow your socks off, REGISTER HERE

Though my work as a Success and Brand Coach is multiple-pronged, for example, supporting clients to get clear on their sweet spot, their authentic brand, with revenue strategies, with signature processes, in the launching of programs and, overall, keeping their vibe high to attract what they want, over the last nine months or so, I’ve spoken to more friends and clients, both in the U.S. and abroad, than I ever have about what they’ve been going through…in other words, the who, what, when, where, how of their comeback!

…coming back to business and life after heartbreak, coming back after divorce, coming back after a baby, coming back after losing someone you deeply love, coming back after a health scare, coming back after a move, coming back after quitting a j-o-b you were doing on the side trying to get your business up and running, coming back after care-giving, coming back after just simply not feeling it, either for your business, or LIFE…

Whatever your “come back” story is or what you’re coming back from (and it will BE a success story)…

  • Coming back stronger is what you’re about! Again, it’s as “but of course” and innate as your creativity is (your creativity, which I know is way up there on your superpower list of abilities is not just for the lucky few, it is something all of us ladies, all of us Creative Heroines have that helps us thrive, not just survive)…
  • Coming back to make more money in total alignment is what you’re about!
  • Coming back to do online business or within structures or processes that feel right is what you’re about!
  • Coming back to a business and brand that holds you by telling your story and that holds your honesty (and therefore, more sincere and genuine engagement) is what you’re about!

So, let’s do it, let’s honestly, sincerely and more fully discuss this and give you, in two hours more than you have maybe allowed yourself to receive yet in 2017:

Designing Your Couture Comeback:
Strategy, Soul and Brand Honesty in 2017

Date: Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Time: 11am Pacific / 2pm Eastern / 7pm London / 8pm Amsterdam

Length of the Training/Epic Give Fest: 2 hours

The worksheet that will support you in this training will come to those who REGISTER (+ recording will be up for 48 hours only, so we encourage you to show up LIVE). Beyond the coaching and great programs and masterminds we are known for, I’m happy to say that one of the deliverables we are known for are the well-curated workbooks and worksheets. Register to receive yours and get the goods on the LIVE training!

Remember, what we take the time to design, designs us. 

Let’s design your couture or signature comeback in business, brand, with self and in relationships, the way we will need to do everything best this year — together.

We will cover off on specific how-tos within the above four categories where you will come back stronger and more in alignment, more confident, more honest and with more heart, therefore, leading to feeling more peace and success in your life, as a result. Of course, since this will be your couture comeback, the information given will best be filtered through your values, your goals and where you are in your business and personal development. In short, YOU are the blueprint!

And…you will leave the Designing Your Couture Comeback:
Strategy, Soul and Brand Honesty in 2017 with:

  • A 90-day Review of Your Comeback Areas
  • Feeling Heard and Understood (I see your multi-passionate, multi-dimensional and multi-purpose ways, creative and Renaissance woman!)
  • Knowing My Own Story of Coming Back (I am you, you are me)
  • Hearing from My Husband Around How Your Partner Can Support Your Comeback (we will have a worksheet for your partner to review, if he (and you, both) so choose.
  • Feeling Renewed Clarity of Your Vision
  • An Understanding of What Leadership in Business and Branding Is and Isn’t in 2017
  • Being Anointed a Creative Heroine
  • A Curiosity and/or Excitement Around Getting Better Known by Infusing Service & Generosity into Your Business Model
  • What the Number 1 Strategy is That Works for Driven, Yet Soulful Women Like Us
  • Feeling Like You’ve Cleared Space to Become a Magnet to Magic, Ease and Joy…
  • You will also learn more about My Next Group, the CEO Changemaker Mastermind which includes a focus on all of the above….

So, see you there LIVE, resilient human. Don’t forget to REGISTER to receive the call-in details HERE and mark February 9th at 11am Pacific/2pm Eastern/7pm London/8pm Amsterdam in your calendar now. It will be not just what you need, but what we all need…

Talk to you soon, Creative Heroine and Couture Creation.

Until then, and, as always, enjoy your business, enjoy your life!

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p.s. As I mentioned, the recording will only be available for 48 hours. Plan to show up LIVE on February 9th now and let’s be comeback sisters, almost in the flesh. :-) . Let’s design your couture comeback Thursday, February 9th at 11am Pacific, REGISTER here.