Life

Walked from SF to D.C.! (STORY)

Imagine walking from San Francisco to Washington D.C. in support of something you strongly believe in?

Over the last few months, in meditation and beyond, I’ve asked that I be shown, in no uncertain terms, where I need to be and what I need to do in service of greater peace, equality and in love and protection of those who need it most in the world right now.

That voice or voices, you can call it many things, one of them being intuition, guided me to Greece to help where I could at the refugee camp, guided me to begin creating the model for action support groups that we’ll host in LA at our home, it’s what moved Josh and I both, as creatives, to begin speaking at colleges (first talk together will be this March back East) all around creating your own career path (being in charge of your own success — no glass ceilings) and, lastly, generally, this connection or trust — you can call it my own surrender experiment — also guided me to get more involved at the local level with causes that align with my values. I spoke to the ACLU last night and they will be in attendance for Josh’s and my first group here.

I share tonight because it’s incredible what happens, and in such a short amount of time, when we are committed and devoted to doing all it takes, no matter what, in support of what we believe.

As most magical things come these days, in an email last week I received a message from hospice, where I volunteer as a companion, telling me that they had found my first ongoing hospice assignment (they place you with whomever lives in closest driving distance to you).

I hadn’t been placed with one person yet last year, but instead, had been bouncing around visiting different families who needed someone, who lived about an hour or so away. All wonderful. Again, when you go where you’re needed, you’re promised many xxl heart opening experiences, as a result.

Going where I’m being asked to go “in no uncertain terms” and, hands down, every time this last year, in service work, family, friendship or my brand and coaching business, it’s exactly where I’ve needed to be. In no uncertain terms, yet as simple as a smile, maybe my Mom’s name, or with the flash of a number eight, I’ve gotten that confirmation.

I continued to read about my first official assignment tonight, all about the woman I have the privilege to befriend for the remaining days of her life and I couldn’t believe my eyes (well, I could because magical things happen all the time, why? Because I expect them to, I’m eagerly waiting for them)…

She’s a goddess, a 96-year-old woman who raised seven children as a single mom, worked in civil rights and walked from S.F. to D.C. to take a stand against nuclear war.

It said she *was* a writer (once a writer, *always* a writer — it’s not always about being able to put pen to paper, but about a way of looking at, and continuing to feel the world).

The note from the director at hospice also mentioned she was eager to talk about her life and loved, loved, loved engaging in stimulating conversation.

{my phone rang as I was typing this post, here’s what just happened…}

It was my new friend’s daughter. We spoke for 20 minutes all about her beautiful mom and my first visit tomorrow, about her fun and playful personality, what to expect, what she might like etc.

Her daughter said she was a very funny lady (too smart for her own good), loves poetry, wants to listen to Ted Talks or podcasts with me and that an easy in tomorrow might be dogs (easy, I told her, I have photos of Holland at the ready).

I asked her if there was anything I could bring her tomorrow and, another intuitive hunch gone right…tomorrow is her BIRTHDAY, her daughter said, so maybe something colorful like balloons?

She loves her birthday, she continued. Ok, we will talk about that tomorrow, I said, I also love birthdays and I love my birthday.

Her daughter told me she had written “97” on the cover of her January calendar when she first got it. It had been the only thing she wrote on it.

I shared with her that she might not believe it, but that when I first contacted her to set up a day for me to come, something in me said, ask if you can come Thursday, so I mentioned Thursday. (I knew that I could have probably said next week, but I felt I needed to go sooner than that, Thursday, specifically, even though it would not be the easiest for me, necessarily).

We laughed at first at the serendipity (life magic) and then, I could hear her holding back tears. It’s a lot to handle losing someone. That’s what I was thinking and feeling inside, but all I said was, I know, I know…

Once she spoke again, she said, one thing I wanted to do with her before the stroke, which she was excited about, was color…maybe you can color with her? I have an empty coloring book, I told her, we will fill up as much as she wants and has energy for.

Great, that’s wonderful, she said.

I will color with her, my kindred spirit, I thought to myself…

And, I’ll show up and up and up, like her balloons.

And just like that, from one moment to the next, I get to create and be a part of a birthday party tomorrow for a friend (who almost shares a birthday with my own Mom — by three days) and who had it written in her stars, too, that we’d meet, a woman who believed strongly in something, in seven children and in a cause called peace, in humor and in words that move people to love and feel light…

I get to sit in for her daughter tomorrow. I get to love a mom, as if she were my mom. And do it week, after week…

Here’s the thing. What we believe we will receive, we receive…

And what we support, supports us.

This assignment — life — is so beautiful and interesting and filled with opportunities to seize the day that some nights I feel I could fall over in observance of it all.

I really think I might tonight, but before I do, I have a mini birthday party to plan!

Happy birthday and thank you, beauty, all 97 years young of you. I can’t wait to meet you on the day you were born, it is, in no uncertain terms, exaaaactly where I need to be tomorrow.

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life!

Life is good,

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p.s. If you’re craving to get more involved and go where you’re most needed, let me know…I want to help you!

Have a Fling with…(and new training coming!)

Thou shall be more precise in her thoughts and thinking. Welcome to one of many Creative Heroine commandments.

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Thoughts become real, living things. If you get something you don’t want in your life, a feeling or an outcome, the thoughts you’ve had on repeat, for many of us, by default, are guaranteeing that outcome. As many have said, with thoughts, you’re putting in your order to the universe to what’s yours.

You will get what you think about most (predominant thought), over and over again.

Worry or Wisdom

Light or Lament

Life or Dying

But, say thank you, even when you don’t get what you want (and, of course, also always when you do), because it’s a sign that someone/something *is* listening.

And now that you know, really know, or have been reminded of it all over again, next time, make sure to revise the order, getting more specific, asking for all the sides you want, making sure it’s organic, triple-checking to see if it’s gluten free etc. ~ don’t skimp. Go all the way.

Have a fling with the universe. Give it your high vibe. Give it the coquette over-the-shoulder look that says ‘I know I’m worth it, so, show me what you got…I know something amazing is going to happen today and I can’t wait to find out what it is.”

The energy you’re carrying around with you is looking for its romancer, its match, its partner. Give it something really flipping good to play with.

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life!

Life is good,

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p.s. My first new free training of 2017 is around the corner, be on the lookout via my newsletter or on my Facebook page.

You Don’t Have to Be the Best to… (and another one of my favorite sculptures)

Sculpture by Creative Heroine Paige Bradley

You don’t have to be the best mother to be the best mother to your child.You don’t have to be the best at relationships to be the best date with solution and understanding the partner you’ve chosen, and whose chosen you, has ever had.

You don’t have to be the best at helping others live better lives to actually be doing that ~ helping others live better lives ~ who, as a result, feel their best or feel the best they’ve felt in weeks/months/years.

You don’t have to be the best in championing for worthy causes to be the best you making a you-sized dent in your chosen part of a movement, in your part of the world.

You don’t have to be the best, but you might have to be ~

Present.

Committed.

Attentive.

A better listener than a talker, yet also always inching towards being a more loving, more responsible, more honest and more courageous communicator than the day before; a connector of those words to actions.

Resolve to being.

That may just be it.

Resolve to being.

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life!

Life is good,

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p.s. If you need to hear it another way — You don’t have to be the best to be so GOOD.

What Breaks Your Heart Most (+ 2017 p.s. message)

You’ll have enough. In fact, you’ll have more *and* enough…

The more you continue growing your business in 2017 allowing yourself to be motivated by philanthropy (self-serving ~> soul-serving), you’ll find an emotional currency and purpose-driven energy, that’s almost impossible to match.

With that greater purpose and unique energy, the money that rolls in, won’t stop. Giving or, let’s say, energy genuinely going out, is energy that comes in… it’s love and it’s law. Love law. (Love that law).

But, the first domino, especially today, is the ‘getting hands dirty/being more supremely involved’ domino. 2017 asked us loooong ago to step.it.up.

If you’re your own boss and even if you’re not, get a plan together for how this will happen.

You are a philanthropist.

A human for humans, a humanitarian.

You are both the woman who is known for forgiving (no time for drama when you’re here to change the way we all live, for the better) and the business woman known for her giving.

There are many, many causes already started (or those who need a woman just like you to start them), aligned with your business/movement/brand.

There’s no shortage.

These causes are looking for hands (yours) to bring, lift, write and carry, and hearts and ears (also yours) to sit alongside to listen…to be with those who don’t feel loved, a part of, or listened to.

Having experienced it first-hand this year in Greece at the Filippiada refugee camp and via hospice locally in Los Angeles the last six months, I can tell you these ongoing direct experiences, have completely transformed everything I think/do/say and, most what I work towards and will be supporting others to do more of, alongside building their brands. And, it’s the same thing.

All of it, everything you do or don’t do, either grows or builds you and this entity we call your personal brand ~ or it doesn’t. When you consistently build, or help others grow, you meet next level, “external” revenue growth.

In short, your brand is most powerful when you’re either heard/seen having grown yourself or when you’re heard giving from it and telling *those* stories…

I know you feel it as deeply as I do because I’ve had countless courageous conversations with many women about all of the above…let’s ride that wave of genuine emotion and be that feminine force, the enriched echo of creativity, purpose and service.

There may problems and challenges around us and around the globe, but, part of the solution(s) lie in using our genius, creativity and ability to create something, seemingly out of “nothing”. When we do this, we’ve begun to realize our true potential as entrepreneurs and human beings.

The way many of us have been doing business no longer feels in exact alignment with what the world actually needs. Continue sending money to your chosen organizations, and also consider folding in the getting hands, hearts and ears involved on-the-ground piece. Having a direct experience with what moves you will move the world.

You’re here to move the world.

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life!

Life is good,

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p.s. The CEO Soul Circle (business) mastermind: Uniting Creativity, Purpose and Service for Meaningful Leadership (MMSS 2.0) opens its doors mid-February.

If you’d like to learn more about CEO Soul Circle, our next business mastermind group (+ service trip) starting in February, email us back and we’ll send you the PDF on it!

Here’s hoping our collective 2017 is filled to overflow with hope, peace and the spirit of generosity. We are all so much better with all three.