Your dreams lead to an independent you…

Dreams and independence…

What do your dreams have to do with an independent you?

Everything!

If you fail to dream about the things you want to do, you will end up never doing what you want to do.

And you won’t know what to pursue in order to achieve the kind of excitement and joy on this little girl’s face. Imagine having that kind of thrill upon launching into your day…every day! Imagine…approaching life with self-confidence and enthusiasm knowing you are the architect of your life!

How do you keep track of what you want to accomplish and how you will make things happen? What is your favorite method to capture everything from flights of fancy wondering how they positioned such a great car on a mountain peak to your  brilliant business plan, from what you’ll do next weekend to a fabulous vacation destination next year, or __________________ (you fill in the blank).

The first thing I do is make a list. Surprised? Of course, I’m going to suggest that you write it down. From the biggest dream to the smallest wisp of an idea, to achieve it…you first have to describe that dream. Plot it out with as much detail as you can so that it is as real as anything else in your life.

Writing it down is excellent advice.

But don’t take just my word for it. Here are some numbers to help you decide. Statistics from Tom Corley’s RichHabits.net blog recently revealed:

  • 67% of the wealthy write down their goals vs. 17% for the poor  
  • 81% of the wealthy maintain a to-do list vs. 19% of the poor
  • 80% of wealthy are focused on accomplishing some single goal vs. 12% of the poor do this

Now…what about you? Let’s hear about those dreams of yours!

photo credit:  Dreamstime.com

 

I admit it…I’m guilty

Yes, I admit it. I am guilty. I am a willing accomplice in grand theft!

No I’m not robbing banks, or pulling off jewelry heists, I’m talking about the precious minutes I waste every day when I allow procrastination to steal my valuable resources.

I suspect I am not alone.

I have a deadline looming and avoid the computer by channel surfing, reading e-mail, or even cleaning. It doesn’t matter about the actual activity; I’m listening to the voice in my head telling me to wait.

Wait for inspiration. Wait until I’ve had a good night’s sleep. Wait for a full moon. Anything else before I choose to start the high priority task that deserves and needs my limited resources of precious time and energy instead of something I could easily do at another time (or if it really needed to be done – delegate it to someone else!).

You know what I mean. Saying “Yes” to a project or program and at the time being excited at the prospect of a new adventure, a new experience. Then, all of a sudden, it’s the first meeting of the program, or the project’s due date (which seemed so far in the distant future) is surprisingly near. It’s hard to dodge those comfortable crutches to evade the present moment when the world seems to be asking too much of us.

Many of us have procrastinated to some degree or another by putting off activities that were planned or scheduled, for activities that are of lesser importance. This behavior often involves feelings of guilt, inadequacy, and ultimately,  stresses us out.

There is no magic wand, fairy dust to sprinkle or potion to drink to change behavior. However, there is magic in the  power to plan, prioritize, and reward yourself with play.

  •  Plan – Write it down – Take a piece of paper and do a brain dump of everything you need to accomplish and create a timeline of your key result areas or goals (specific, measurable, action based, realistic and timely)
  • Prioritize – Break large tasks up into incremental steps. Calendar exactly when you will do each task, how long you anticipate spending on that task and use a timer.
  • Reward Yourself – Celebrate your accomplishments: take a walk or a bike ride and get out in nature, sink into a bubble bath, get reacquainted with your favorite novelist (or find out whether you prefer mysteries to historical novels), make an appointment for a massage…you get the idea. Scheduling a treat for yourself and the anticipation of your reward will urge you to complete your task so you can PLAY!

“The perfect day consists of 8 hours of rest, 8 hours of work, and 8 hours of play.” Benjamin Franklin

Easy summertime living?

daisy dreamingDo you know that Gershwin tune from Porgy and Bess? It makes me want to grab a fishing pole and run barefoot down to the river abandoning all the e-mails demanding answers, escaping whatever needs editing, or paying attention to various projects lined up to be completed. Just retreat from it all.

When I was about 12, my older brother and I went to Farmer’s Union Youth Camp for a whole week. The only time in our childhood we had a camp experience.  Through the generosity of our neighbor on the next farm, who was president of the local chapter of the Farmer’s Union at the time, we had five days of sleep away camp without parents or little brother and sisters. I remember hiking up steep trails around Whitewater State Park, sleeping in bunk beds, eating with 100 other kids and enjoying a very liberating experience among peers rather than being George and Florence’s oldest boy and oldest girl. We even made crafts and sang silly songs around a campfire. (My mother had those plaster-of-paris apples and bananas we painted hanging in the kitchen for a long, long time.) At the end of the week we put on a show! We performed skits and other various forms of bad entertainment for each other.

I hope you can reach back into your memories to find a summer experience to bring you a smile or two.  I may just go pick up some paint and a ceramic bit of fruit and recreate one of my favorite experiences. What about you?

Here’s a small mid-summer suggestion to help you achieve your own easy living…Take a Break!

Don’t let the summer pass you by without indulging in at least an ice cream treat, a walk around the block, or even getting your feet wet!. Your stress level will go down and your productivity will go up after you give yourself permission to have fun with a mini summer vacation. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

[Free Training] Your heart holds your future…

Your future is in your own heart…physically, emotionally and professionally.

Are you heartsick because you know what it is you want to bring forth into the world and are struggling?

Physically…because, let’s face it, without a healthy heart no one can function at full capacity. Heart disease killed more than one in every four women last year; however, there is more than one way to suffer the dis-ease of being heartsick.  

Emotionally…because without a strong connection to our feelings, a key ingredient is lacking in everything do. As if you are living in a grey scale world instead of brilliant color.

Professionally…because if you don’t know your own heart and your dreams for the future, your business can’t move forward.

How do you unleash what is in your heart?

That’s easy. Start writing things down. Keep a notebook by your bed and record your dreams and/or solutions to problems you’ve unraveled while you were sleeping. Carry paper and pencil with you everywhere and jot down random thoughts, insights, inspirations, and flashes of brilliance. For those who are deeply attached to electronic devices, tap the mental downloads into your phone or computer. Or, use your smart phone’s  tape recorder and capture your ideas on the go.

How do your dreams become real?

Keep dreaming BIG, but start small. Breaking down what you want to accomplish into small chunks allows you to have immediate success. And what happens when you are successful? You have immediate gratification and are inspired to go on to the next step to reach that goal, then the next, another, and another, and so on. For example, you don’t call everyone in your phone book on the same day to invite them to your next event. You break it down into small bits; five to seven calls or devote half an hour to making calls at a specific time.

sunrise purple flowersHow do you know you can do this?

As part of my daily writing ritual, I also read inspirational material. Several years ago, I added a wonderful quote below to my collection.

 

Your haunting visions of a full life are real. They will come true. You can count on it. You can put your hope in it. You will not be disappointed. Why? Because God, who fashioned your dream, is the generator of your hope. –John Kerivan 

That quote helps me take the leap to do the next scary thing…whatever it is, be it writing an article, posting to my blog, attending a networking event, or showing up to do speaking engagement. Whatever your belief system, you must be emotionally engaged to share your passion for your business. That is where you find your drive to continue. That is the spark that allows you connect with others and draws them to you.

My vision is to support women to be able to embody their story…to unleash their impact on the world, and to be a resource as they rewrite their legacy.

That is what is in my heart.

Your future is in your own heart.

Are you listening?

What is your heart telling you?

Please hop over to my Facebook page and share what your heart is telling you.

Photo credit:  Dreamstime.com.

 

 

 

 

Reach out to an independent you…

Dreams and independence…

What do your dreams have to do with an independent you?

Everything!

If you fail to dream about the things you want to do, you will end up never doing what you want to do.

And you won’t know what to pursue in order to achieve the kind of excitement and joy on this little girl’s face. Imagine having that kind of thrill upon launching into your day…every day! Imagine…approaching life with self-confidence and enthusiasm knowing you are the architect of your life!

How do you keep track of what you want to accomplish and how you will make things happen? What is your favorite method to capture everything from flights of fancy wondering how they positioned such a great car on a mountain peak to your  brilliant business plan, from what you’ll do next weekend to a fabulous vacation destination next year, or __________________ (you fill in the blank).

The first thing I do is make a list. Surprised? Of course, I’m going to suggest that you write it down. From the biggest dream to the smallest whisp of an idea, to achieve it…you first have to describe that dream. Plot it out with as much detail as you can so that it is as real as anything else in your life.

Writing it down is excellent advice.

But don’t take just my word for it. Here are some numbers to help you decide. Statistics from Tom Corley’s RichHabits.net blog revealed:

  • 67% of the wealthy write down their goals vs. 17% for the poor  
  • 81% of the wealthy maintain a to-do list vs. 19% of the poor
  • 80% of wealthy are focused on accomplishing some single goal vs. 12% of the poor do this

Now…what about you? Let’s hear about those dreams of yours!

photo credit:  Dreamstime.com

 

Your dreams support an independent you…

Dreams and independence…

What do your dreams have to do with an independent you?

Everything!

If you fail to dream about the things you want to do, you will end up never doing what you want to do.

And you won’t know what to pursue in order to achieve the kind of excitement and joy on this little girl’s face. Imagine having that kind of thrill upon launching into your day…every day! Imagine…approaching life with self-confidence and enthusiasm knowing you are the architect of your life!

How do you keep track of what you want to accomplish and how you will make things happen? What is your favorite method to capture everything from flights of fancy wondering how they positioned such a great car on a mountain peak to your  brilliant business plan, from what you’ll do next weekend to a fabulous vacation destination next year, or __________________ (you fill in the blank).

The first thing I do is make a list. Surprised? Of course, I’m going to suggest that you write it down. From the biggest dream to the smallest whisp of an idea, to achieve it…you first have to describe that dream. Plot it out with as much detail as you can so that it is as real as anything else in your life.

Writing it down is excellent advice.

But don’t take just my word for it. Here are some numbers to help you decide. Statistics from Tom Corley’s RichHabits.net blog revealed:

  • 67% of the wealthy write down their goals vs. 17% for the poor  
  • 81% of the wealthy maintain a to-do list vs. 19% of the poor
  • 80% of wealthy are focused on accomplishing some single goal vs. 12% of the poor do this

Now…what about you? Let’s hear about those dreams of yours!

 

Your future is in your own heart

Your future is in your own heart…physically, emotionally and professionally.

Are you heartsick because you know what it is you want to bring forth into the world and are struggling?

Physically…because, let’s face it, without a healthy heart no one can function at full capacity. Heart disease killed more than one in every four women last year; however, there is more than one way to suffer the dis-ease of being heartsick.  

Emotionally…because without a strong connection to our feelings, a key ingredient is lacking in everything do. As if you are living in a grey scale world instead of brilliant color.

Professionally…because if you don’t know your own heart and your dreams for the future, your business can’t move forward.

How do you unleash what is in your heart?

That’s easy. Start writing things down. Keep a notebook by your bed and record your dreams and/or solutions to problems you’ve unraveled while you were sleeping. Carry paper and pencil with you everywhere and jot down random thoughts, insights, inspirations, and flashes of brilliance. For those who are deeply attached to electronic devices, tap the mental downloads into your phone or computer. Or, use a tape recorder and capture your ideas on the go.

How do your dreams become real?

Keep dreaming BIG, but start small. Breaking down what you want to accomplish into small chunks allows you to have immediate success. And what happens when you are successful? You have immediate gratification and are inspired to go on to the next step to reach that goal, then the next, another, and another, and so on. For example, you don’t call everyone in your phone book on the same day to invite them to your next event. You break it down into small bits; five to seven calls or devote half an hour to making calls at a specific time.

How do you know you can do this?

As part of my daily writing ritual, I also read inspirational material. Several years ago, I added a wonderful quote below to my collection.

Your haunting visions of a full life are real. They will come true. You can count on it. You can put your hope in it. You will not be disappointed. Why? Because God, who fashioned your dream, is the generator of your hope. –John Kerivan 

That quote helps me take the leap to do the next scary thing…whatever it is, be it writing an article, posting to my blog, attending a networking event, or showing up to do speaking engagement. Whatever your belief system, you must be emotionally engaged to share your passion for your business. That is where you find your drive to continue. That is the spark that allows you connect with others and draws them to you.

My vision as the founder of The Unleashed Homemakertm is to help women in transition uncover what it is they want to unleash from, what they want to grab on to, and to be a resource as they create their own happily ever after.

That is what is in my heart.

Your future is in your own heart.

Are you listening?

What is your heart telling you?

Please hop over to my Facebook page and share what your heart is telling you.

 

 

 

 

I’m guilty…

Yes, I am admitting my guilt. I am a willing accomplice in grand theft!

No I’m not robbing banks, or pulling off jewelry heists, I’m talking about the precious minutes I waste every day when I allow procrastination to steal my valuable resources. I suspect I am not alone.

I have a deadline looming and avoid the computer by channel surfing, reading e-mail, or even cleaning. It doesn’t matter about the actual activity; I’m listening to the voice in my head telling me to wait.

Wait for inspiration. Wait until I’ve had a good night’s sleep. Wait for a full moon. Anything else before I choose to start the high priority task that deserves and needs my limited resources of precious time and energy instead of something I could easily do at another time (or if it really needed to be done – delegate it to someone else!).

You know what I mean. Saying “Yes” to a project or program and at the time being excited at the prospect of a new adventure, a new experience. Then, all of a sudden, it’s the first meeting of the program, or the project’s due date (which seemed so far in the distant future) is surprisingly near. It’s hard to dodge those comfortable crutches to evade the present moment when the world seems to be asking too much of us.

Many of us have procrastinated to some degree or another by putting off activities that were planned or scheduled, for activities that are of lesser importance. This behavior often involves feelings such as guilt, inadequacy, and stress.

There is no magic wand, fairy dust to sprinkle or potion to drink to change our behavior. However, there is magic in your power to plan, prioritize, and play.

1. Plan

Write it down – Take a piece of paper and do a brain dump of everything you need to accomplish and create a timeline of your key result areas or goals (specific, measurable, action based, realistic and timely)

.
2. Prioritize –

Break large tasks up into incremental steps. Calendar exactly when you will do each task, how long you anticipate spending on that task and use a timer.

 

3. Reward Yourself

Celebrate your accomplishments: take a walk or a bike ride and get out in nature, sink into a bubble bath, get reacquainted with your favorite novelist (or find out whether you prefer mysteries to historical novels), make an appointment for a massage…you get the idea. Scheduling a treat for yourself and the anticipation of your reward will urge you to complete your task so you can PLAY!


 

 

“The perfect day consists of 8 hours of rest, 8 hours of work, and 8 hours of play.” Benjamin Franklin

Let’s talk about you and me…

You and me…and tapping into your creativity.

Every great invention was once the germ of an idea…a spark of creativity that was nurtured, adjusted, groomed, and cultivated until it blossomed into reality.


"Bronze Hearts" a painting by Mary E. Knippel

You may think you are not creative, but I believe it’s part of our DNA just the way breathing is something we have to do. The label “creativity” intimidates me. I think it intimidates a lot of us. I know I was for a long time. I wouldn’t let myself be labeled an “artist” because I couldn’t imagine ever having anything of mine hanging in a museum. Doing something because I enjoyed working with my hands just didn’t seem important enough.

After my breast cancer experiences, I have another perspective. A much more different perspective. Tapping into my creativity had a profound impact on my healing process. I am passionate about encouraging others not to wait until they have a health crisis to take care of themselves and discovering  the healing benefits of creative expression.  I am convinced that tapping into your creativity will have an impact on your outlook on life as well.

No matter what your career path, avenue of expertise, or personal passion, creativity is our expression of who we are in the world.

This week The Unleashed Homemaker is talking about creativity and specifically Your Creative Brilliance throughout the Bay Area. I’d love to have you join me at one – or all – of these venues: (click on the link at the top of the page at http://theunleashedhomemaker.com  for more information)

June 11, 11:30 – [$47 Tele-series] Three Master Keys to Unleash Your creative Brilliance

June 11, 2-4 p.m. – [Free] [workshop] Coaxing Creativity Workshop, sponsored by the California Writers Club/Peninsula-San Francisco Branch at the San Mateo County Fair [Free]

June 12, 5:30-8:30 p.m. – [$30/$40 door] [speaker] Pink Passport Society “Your Legacy and Unleashing Your Creative Brilliance

June 16, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. [Free] [speaker] The Connection Between Productivity and Creativity and the Importance of Play.

 

Clarity + Confidence = Momentum = Success

Ready to rock ‘n roll in 2012? Are you crystal clear about your message and solidly confident you are reaching your clients and customers? Your communication about your business rests in your intimate understanding of who you serve, what you provide, how you deliver, when you interact, where you do business and why you are passionate about your business. No one can answer those questions for you. You are the only one who has those insights.

Recently, I had a session with my coach,  Sasha Sabbeth, the Entrepreneur Soul Coach. She is the originator of the formula:  

Clarity + Confidence = Momentum = Success.

Working with a coach helps you reduce the chatter in your head and help you bring focus about what to listen to and what to disregard. When you have a clear vision for your business our creativity blossoms, your productivity soars and your business thrives. As Solo-preneurs it is important to remember that just because we are an individually owned business, we can still create a “team” to support us in transforming our plans, hopes and dreams into reality. There are a lot of moving parts and puzzle pieces necessary to keep our business running. If you have clarity about your message and confidently provide quality goods and services your clients and customers need, you create momentum to put you in the forefront of your industry to achieve well deserved success.

Does your mood dictate your writing? Or, how to conjure your muse and increase productivity…

It is a cold dreary day today and I’d rather be snuggled under a comforter watching Fred Astaire dance his way into Ginger Rogers’ heart than sitting here wondering what my readers will stop to read. What do you do when faced with such a quandary? Take a 90-minute lunch break and watch an old black and white film? Steel yourself to just plow through whatever the task is at hand? Skip out of work altogether and go to a matinee telling yourself you’ll make it up on the weekend? After all, you are your own boss for a reason. (Only partly joking there.)

So, let’s figure out why the procrastination is going on. Are you afraid of a new challenge? Or, bored with the same outcome and routine. Are you trying to fill a 2-hour time slot with an 8-hour agenda? What do you want to have for an end result? Writing an entire newsletter in one sitting can be done if you have been creating the content throughout the month and simply cutting and pasting links to accompany an intro sentence or two. However, creating a whole newsletter in one chunk is not a good idea. What about a compromise? Do the short list in front of you and watch a favorite scene from your movie collection. Sometimes allowing the down time is the best option. You are motivated to get you work done and the reward is sweeter knowing you have accomplished your To Do list for the day.

Creative solutions increase productivity. Pause for a little playtime and invite the muse to approach your current challenge sideways instead of tackling it head on. You’ll be surprised what solutions float to the surface of your consciousness.

 

Follow the sun – Coaxing Creativity Tuesday Tip Aug. 8, 2011

Follow the sun, get in some summer fun and experience the beauty of everything August. Have a picnic in the park, build a campfire at sunset and roast marshmallows, go swing on a swing set, or feed the animals at the zoo. Whatever has been keeping you inside, give yourself permission to head outside and follow the sun this week. You may find a new way to de-stress, increase productivity and boost your creativity! I’m going to go to the beach and stick my toes in the warm sand and generate some new ideas for my writing!

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