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So(ul) Rich (and our new mastermind)

When we get our hands dirty in service, near or far, supporting others who have not paid us a penny for that support, we get so(ul) rich.

Moving from donating money to (also/or) giving of our time is a unique experience and opportunity, and, as I realized recently supporting the refugees in a camp in Greece, an expression of a deeper engagement ~ a re-engagement ~ in life (and what it means in this day and age to do business and *give* from that business and the deeper part of ourselves).

In truth, energetically, from this active brand of generosity, comes the more physical or tangible prosperity you also want.

As I work on MGI’s next business mastermind, The CEO Soul Circle, whose intention it is to support the growth of your authentic brand and business revenue, while you also start or grow a cause close to your heart (a service trip together at the end of our six months will act as the so(ul) rich celebration), I’m sitting (sans the red dress ;)) in gratitude for following the nudge to create what is most needed.

Just as we can be moms AND moguls, grieve AND experience joy, have a healthy family AND our own healthy body, we can build financially-successful businesses AND also greatly fill our soul and purpose bank accounts. It needn’t always be about more for ourselves. It can be about more for all of us.

Message us¬†if you’re interested in hearing more about our new mastermind starting in February. Right now, I’ve planned for the group to be small and a few spots are saved for current clients, but I’d love to make sure those who have followed my journey here, get the chance to see if it’s for them.

I can tell you this: it’s for you, the you who knows that folding greater generosity into her business model and baking it into her bottom line, is her business.

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life!

Life is good,

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p.s. This new CEO Soul Circle mastermind is a business and brand mastermind group, however, different than other programs and groups out there right now, we also have infused the all-important piece of service — helping you either start or grow a cause close to your heart (and brand). Kindly email us for more info and we will happily send you the power PDF on it. xo!

Two Words All Businesses Need

 

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Instead of focusing solely on growing your business to get, focus on growing it so you can give.
Enjoy your business, enjoy your life!
Life is good,

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p.s. Short and sweet. Two words all brands and marketers like us also need. :)

Expectations for the Modern Day Woman

Photo taken two weeks ago working with Syrian refugees in Greece.

Social justice + sacred activism + being extra human(itarian)…

Take away the fancy labels that may or may not have connected with you in the past, and realize that TODAY, this is you.

It’s us.

Those with a fire in our belly and activated voices, those, not just with ideas, but newfound energy to go anywhere it’s needed, emotionally or physically, knowing that, guided by the soul’s voice, we know exactly what to say, to whom and who, with joined hands and a fierce devotion, to create a solid, loud and consistent safety net around.

Those of us with voices (all of us, young and old) and those with platforms, need not only see ourselves in the light of these three ways of being in the world (social justice + sacred activism + bring extra human(itarian)), but begin to infuse more of the specifics of these elements into our programs, walking others through and waking them up to how they, too, can do more from their experience of feeling more than they have in a long, long time.

I went to a local ladies pow-wow with Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg yesterday (thank you again, Francine) and it was further confirmation of the responsibility to see that our care, concern and feelings of anger, fear or frustration are expressed in how we take responsibility for how we keep war, separation, fear and inequality alive in our homes, thoughts and daily actions, as well as in what we financially support, tolerate and, of course, how we do business.

Bye, bye to time business as usual.

I can’t wait to share more about my process delving further into these topics and infusing more of these ways of being in the world into my groups and programs.

In thanks giving for the energy to support, not only an actively female-friendly society, but an everyone-friendly world and doing it alongside you.

Life is good,

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REFUGEE SUPPORT STORY, Day 5: Today was a day for the women, for the fierce mamas

Their husbands and eldest sons were invited to watch the ’92 Barcelona team play, so the ladies had camp to themselves today.

It was a BIG day for the men and boys, too.

Can you imagine being a soccer-loving kid here and, after everything you’ve experienced recently, you’re given a day playing big-deal soccer and then after, watch a pro team play, all the while, wearing new soccer cleats? Get out.

Today, after seeing the guys leave on buses, we said hi to the women leaving the Female Friendly Space who just had knitting class. This was the same space I came to and quickly joined in on 10 minutes of a yoga and dance class yesterday.

There’s a lot weighing on these minds, but whenever we passed each other over the last five days, they would always find a way to weave in a huge smile (gorgeous women, gorgeous smiles, fierce mamas).

I worked in the women’s boutique most the day organizing clothes that came in, so next week when I’m not here, it’s easier for ladies to find clothes that keep them warm, and, hopefully, also make them feel beautiful.

We want them to feel beautiful and honored — (see Day 3’s share about dignity).

To close out the week, late this afternoon, I, myself, felt honored to visit families off campus about 40 kilometers away who had delivered babies days before.

They were happy to have us visit, bring some groceries and introduce their babies to us (when you have a baby here, you deliver in the hospital, then live in an apartment for the first couple months).

I’m grateful my cousin Shannon, a fierce mama to many, made this afternoon happen. She’s doing an outstanding job here.

We had coffee at one of the homes, and I sat on the floor talking to the family, where the children, once again, translated for us.

The topics were, of course, how many babies I had (all were shocked I only had one), where I lived and where I was “from-from” (they would always point to their skin and face and ask which always made me smile).

I filled with more gratitude that equal to being loved by family.

And, this week could be described as exactly that — familial, in unique and unexpected ways familiar, and full of feeling, all kinds of them.

It’s a small world after all and, though we may sometimes forget or be distracted by what we look like, no matter who we are and where we live, we all have the same ones — feelings.

Love from the road,

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