[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] My favorite holiday memory

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My favorite holiday memory…

Friday five-minute writing prompt

Take out a fresh sheet of paper. Natalie Goldberg uses a “fast-writing” pen. I suggest using your favorite writing instrument and an unlined piece of colored paper for fun. I use a fountain pen with purple ink. Some folks opt to use their computer. If that is your preferred method to write, then just open a new word document on your computer and go for it. The point is to keep your fingers moving for five minutes and not stop. I want you to experience how much writing can be accomplished in a short period.

If you get stuck, just repeat the writing prompt – My favorite holiday memory… or any other phrase that is comfortable for you. Do not stop to edit, correct spelling, look up a better word, or rearrange a sentence. Do not question what comes up in the five minutes: this doesn’t make sense, where did that come from, or what a crazy notion. This is a timed writing exercise so be sure to set the timer on your watch, phone, microwave, computer, or kitchen stove. Whether you use an egg timer, a No. 2 pencil and a spiral notebook, your iPad, or even your iPhone, the theory is the same. Keep your hand and fingers moving and have fun taking dictation from your unconscious self. Make a list, hum a tune, write a poem, or create a short, short story. This is your time to explore and experiment.

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Up your visibility factor

invisible womanDo you sometimes feel as if you are a Ghost in your life…in your business?

Do you feel you must be invisible because you are so often ignored, overlooked and not heard? 

Do you ever feel as if you are you a shadow…less than what you could be? Merely a replica and not an original? Not three-dimensional? 

While it may seem an ideal philosophy to float above the chaos of everyday life without having it affect you…how is that really living your best life…and how is that making the difference you were born to make in the world with your business

Thornton Wilder’s Our Town has a bittersweet realization for the character of Emily who laments that life should be lived every minute and the living don’t realize just how precious life is. 

We have all the time we need…it is happening right now in the Present Moment. Just as long as you are prepared to Be All In Right Now! Get dirty, messy even, break eggs to make an omelet, dig in the soil and get dirt under your fingernails to plant the seeds which in turn grow…either physically or symbolically representing you taking action…into your best life…your successful business.

The action you take right now…big or small…is you showing up and shining in your own life!  Your action is tangible evidence – a visible sign that you have transformed your vision into reality…something you can see, feel, touch, smell or taste. 

And I’ve created a Holiday Visibility Fundamentals & Essentials Special Offer to assist you in taking that action. It contains a look at your profile, a review of your lead magnet and a Visibility Breakthrough Session to create your 2018 Visibility Campaign & Calendar!

I realize that sometimes the world spins so fast that it is necessary to make adjustments to catch up. Those stress triggers in your life from losing a job, making a major move or being diagnosed with a catastrophic illness present huge challenges…just one occurrence has the potential to throw you into a perpetual tailspin. 

When faced with my second breast cancer diagnosis after our second major move and second job change, I dug deep to learn to be the Featured Player in my life…instead of the playing all the parts of the invisible supporting cast.

Living in a constant state of overwhelm is not something I’d choose for anyone.  You can create your own strategies to help you cope with the big stuff and all the little stuff along the way. 

In Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the Ghosts of Past, Present, and Future deliver life-altering messages, which allow Scrooge to go from being an observer of life to full participation while there was still time to significantly alter his life path. 

You cannot be an impartial observer in your own life. Journaling, however, puts those observation skills to good use helping you gain valuable perspective on how you can take action and move forward.

You are not invisible.

You matter! Your story matters and no one is qualified to tell your story the way you are. You have something valuable to contribute to the world.

We’re waiting…

Powerfully combine What you know with Who you know

I’m sure you’ve heard that it’s often not what you know but who you know. Of course, you know how important it is to get out there and spread the word about your message. I count myself among the lucky ones because I am fortunate enough to have friends who help prepare for an event, coach me on content and delivery, and then be my support system to strategize about next steps. Today I am celebrating being a part of a wonderful co-author book and inviting you to share all the inspiration and love we have poured into it. The Grandmother Legacies is a beautiful collection of moving stories. Each author has shared powerful and purposeful stories. This book is a testament to the power of legacy. Each of us has an amazing legacy to leave in this world. As you read this book full of loving and impactful legacies, you will be touched, moved and empowered. So read each chapter and then pick up your pen and choose to leave your own legacy.

Your success is determined by what you know AND who you know. My friendly advice is to be confident in not only what you know…to also recognize that you are not in this alone…to acknowledge the tremendous impact of those who support you in sharing your clear, concise and compelling message with the world.

I’m sending a huge THANK YOU and lots of love to my friend, cheerleader and my Mentor, Rebecca Hall Gruyter

Rebecca and I have known each other for almost a decade now and I’ve been a witness to her beautiful journey. We are both committed to empowering women to be visible, vibrant and successful on this challenging roller coaster ride we call life. Today she is an international best-selling author, compiler of the International Best Selling multi-author book Come Out of Hiding and SHINE and Bloom Where You are Planted and SHINE Network Director for VoiceAmerica’s Women’s Channel (both Radio & TV), as well as a sought after speaker, visibility expert, and CEO of RHG Media Productions. It hasn’t always been that way. She knew she wanted to make a difference in the world, but wasn’t sure how she could do that while hiding in plain sight. The Women’s Empowerment Series concept was birthed at a retreat we attended. We expressed our longing to live our purpose. I’ve benefited over and over from the series as a speaker on the stage and as a participant in the room. As a direct result of my relationship with Rebecca, I have opened myself up to new opportunities and had some incredible experiences. All because Rebecca nudged me to consider how I could have a bigger impact. It’s because of that purposeful nudging that I can say I am also an International Best-Selling author as one of the co-authors of The Grandmother Legacies. (Click here to get your copy.

Do you have someone who lifts you up?

How do you lift up others?

Tell someone that they shine today.

You’ll be glad you did.

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Just Believe…

 

“It’s silly, but I believe…”

Little Suzie says those words in Miracle on 34th Street when Santa asks her to have faith in him. Are there times you question something, yet want it to be true so badly your whole body is on pins and needles? I know it’s true for me. So, I want to just believe along with Suzie and keep on believing.

What do you believe? Do you believe in the power of the unique circumstances taking place in households around the world? One shining example of generosity and love makes glad the hearts of children of all ages around the world because there are caring folks who create magic and make dreams come true. If only that sense of cooperation and compassion were the norm throughout the rest of year. We have an opportunity to infuse a new spirit into all our relationships whether they are business colleagues, co-workers, casual acquaintances, good friends, a grocery clerk, a coffee barista, or your family.  

  • I believe is a wonderful way to assert a fresh approach to outside the box thinking…develop some new affirmations or rearrange the order your assert your present list for a new mindset (giving your brain a set of fresh operating instructions).
  • Be compassionate with yourself…remember you deserve patience and understanding too…today and every day just as you are patient and understanding with others.
  • Ask for help. Cooperation only happens when we allow others to participate and collaborate. Receiving is a blessing as well as giving.
  • Dream out loud…creating what we want to happen begins when we give voice to that dream out loud and declare our intentions.
  • Living in the present moment gives a perspective on the past and a front row seat of the future. 

Tell me…What do you believe? Hop over to my Facebook page and share.

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[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] I rise up unafraid

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I rise up unafraid…

Friday five-minute writing prompt

Take out a fresh sheet of paper. Natalie Goldberg uses a “fast-writing” pen. I suggest using your favorite writing instrument and an unlined piece of colored paper for fun. I use a fountain pen with purple ink. Some folks opt to use their computer. If that is your preferred method to write, then just open a new word document on your computer and go for it. The point is to keep your fingers moving for five minutes and not stop. I want you to experience how much writing can be accomplished in a short period.

If you get stuck, just repeat the writing prompt – I rise up unafraid… or any other phrase that is comfortable for you. Do not stop to edit, correct spelling, look up a better word, or rearrange a sentence. Do not question what comes up in the five minutes: this doesn’t make sense, where did that come from, or what a crazy notion. This is a timed writing exercise so be sure to set the timer on your watch, phone, microwave, computer, or kitchen stove. Whether you use an egg timer, a No. 2 pencil and a spiral notebook, your iPad, or even your iPhone, the theory is the same. Keep your hand and fingers moving and have fun taking dictation from your unconscious self. Make a list, hum a tune, write a poem, or create a short, short story. This is your time to explore and experiment.

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Unleash your grateful heart

While standing in line at the checkout recently, I observed stern-faced Pilgrims, red-suited Santas, and dewy-winged angels fought for shelf space along with leftover Halloween candy.  I shook my head to see these seasons blurred together. I realize this is the time of the year when the shoppers are out in full force looking for bargains. And the retailers are fighting fiercely to have us spend our dollars with them. I understand the economics, but I’m frustrated too.

I’d like to experience only one cherished holiday at a time. 

There is one season I will celebrate all year long and that is the season of giving thanks. Being grateful for everyone and everything in my life…of course, my health, my family, being able to do work that I love and help the wonderful people in my life with my gifts. I’m privileged to have learned what is important to me and I’m on a mission to encourage everyone I meet not to wait until they have a health crisis to take care of themselves. My health crisis certainly was my wake-up call. I don’t want you to have to wait until then to wake up to the glorious life you are not living!

 “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” Meister Eckhart

I heartily agree with the sentiment of that quote. I invite you to have a grateful heart for the blue in the sky, the breath in your body, the smile of a child, the tea in your cup, the love in your life, the faith in your soul, and the dreams of yet to be.

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[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] Where does the time go?

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Where does the time go…

Friday five-minute writing prompt

Take out a fresh sheet of paper. Natalie Goldberg uses a “fast-writing” pen. I suggest using your favorite writing instrument and an unlined piece of colored paper for fun. I use a fountain pen with purple ink. Some folks opt to use their computer. If that is your preferred method to write, then just open a new word document on your computer and go for it. The point is to keep your fingers moving for five minutes and not stop. I want you to experience how much writing can be accomplished in a short period.

If you get stuck, just repeat the writing prompt – Where does the time go… or any other phrase that is comfortable for you. Do not stop to edit, correct spelling, look up a better word, or rearrange a sentence. Do not question what comes up in the five minutes: this doesn’t make sense, where did that come from, or what a crazy notion. This is a timed writing exercise so be sure to set the timer on your watch, phone, microwave, computer, or kitchen stove. Whether you use an egg timer, a No. 2 pencil and a spiral notebook, your iPad, or even your iPhone, the theory is the same. Keep your hand and fingers moving and have fun taking dictation from your unconscious self. Make a list, hum a tune, write a poem, or create a short, short story. This is your time to explore and experiment.

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[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] My heart wants me to know

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My heart wants me to know…

Friday five-minute writing prompt

Take out a fresh sheet of paper. Natalie Goldberg uses a “fast-writing” pen. I suggest using your favorite writing instrument and an unlined piece of colored paper for fun. I use a fountain pen with purple ink. Some folks opt to use their computer. If that is your preferred method to write, then just open a new word document on your computer and go for it. The point is to keep your fingers moving for five minutes and not stop. I want you to experience how much writing can be accomplished in a short period.

If you get stuck, just repeat the writing prompt – My heart wants me to know… or any other phrase that is comfortable for you. Do not stop to edit, correct spelling, look up a better word, or rearrange a sentence. Do not question what comes up in the five minutes: this doesn’t make sense, where did that come from, or what a crazy notion. This is a timed writing exercise so be sure to set the timer on your watch, phone, microwave, computer, or kitchen stove. Whether you use an egg timer, a No. 2 pencil and a spiral notebook, your iPad, or even your iPhone, the theory is the same. Keep your hand and fingers moving and have fun taking dictation from your unconscious self. Make a list, hum a tune, write a poem, or create a short, short story. This is your time to explore and experiment.

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Who inspires you?

Meurer girls

Meurer girls

November invites us to celebrate National Inspirational Role Models Month. 

Who inspires you? 

Inspiration comes to us with new ideas we are exposed to, the things we see in the media, concepts and plot twists from our favorite authors. Perhaps we are inspired when we watch larger than life heroines take on challenges and save the day. Or, when we worship…logic and life intersect when spirit and faith combined. And if we are lucky, the people who inspire us are also the people we love…our family.

They are our link to our past, our present, and our future. Our roadmap of how to be strong and compassionate.

Grandmothers who survived losing husbands and the deaths of children. Great Aunts who succeeded in carving out lives for themselves despite the fact society frowned on women invading men’s business sanctuary. Sisters and cousins who maintained a deep strong bond of not only kinship but also friendship.

When I was growing up we lived with my Grandma Emma. She seldom traveled farther than the several hundred yards to the church for Mass and the backyard to hang up laundry. But she did venture out for one specific activity that I can picture so clearly. I can even smell the bacon lingering in the air for the old-fashioned German Potato Salad she prepared for the occasion.

Grandma, her sisters (the Meurer girls in the picture above:  Lena, Emma, Gertie, Madie, and Martha), their daughters (our mothers), and their daughters (my generation of cousins) got together for what they called Cousin’s Club. It was a ladies lunch with the best china, followed by card games with lots of lively conversation, ending up with caramel colored coffee and lovely sweet confections (did I mention these ladies loved to bake?…and bake they did!).

I attribute my affection for my cousins to the time we spent observing our elders having fun with each other.

Do you have an inspirational story? Care to share? Hop over to my Facebook page and introduce me to who inspires you!

 

[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] Wondering about…

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Wondering about…

Friday five-minute writing prompt

Take out a fresh sheet of paper. Natalie Goldberg uses a “fast-writing” pen. I suggest using your favorite writing instrument and an unlined piece of colored paper for fun. I use a fountain pen with purple ink. Some folks opt to use their computer. If that is your preferred method to write, then just open a new word document on your computer and go for it. The point is to keep your fingers moving for five minutes and not stop. I want you to experience how much writing can be accomplished in a short period.

If you get stuck, just repeat the writing prompt – Wondering about… or any other phrase that is comfortable for you. Do not stop to edit, correct spelling, look up a better word, or rearrange a sentence. Do not question what comes up in the five minutes: this doesn’t make sense, where did that come from, or what a crazy notion. This is a timed writing exercise so be sure to set the timer on your watch, phone, microwave, computer, or kitchen stove. Whether you use an egg timer, a No. 2 pencil and a spiral notebook, your iPad, or even your iPhone, the theory is the same. Keep your hand and fingers moving and have fun taking dictation from your unconscious self. Make a list, hum a tune, write a poem, or create a short, short story. This is your time to explore and experiment.

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