Your purpose is the labor of your heart…

 

How are you doing with your 2017 resolutions? It’s Labor Day Weekend, we are saying goodbye to the summer, and pondering the last quarter of the year. Many folks are fretting about what goals they will strive for in 2018 when the current year has lots of room for success. Have you taken the time to reflect on the past year’s events up to this point? What needs attention, requires you to make changes, or decisions to guide you in living a life unleashed and being on purpose.

I know that people will only change when the behaviors that they have been using stops getting them the results that they want. The discomfort of the past must be great enough for the person to want to change the future. When we set our goals for the future and aim to be more on purpose with who we want to be, we need to see and feel the past as uncomfortable.

For me, living on purpose means to break my silence, rewrite my story from my perspective as only I can and telling my truth.

Nobody can tell my story but me. 

Nobody can tell YOUR story but YOU!

The truth is that you can rewrite the stories and unleash your true purpose in this life. You can ransom the gift you are to the world. 

The seeds of serving and seeing each other are planted within us. I believe that you do not labor when you are living your life on purpose and serve from your heart. I see us all having the same dream. We are all citizens in action every day to make the world a better place for all of us regardless of race, creed, color, age or religion. 

Every story is connected to the heartbeat of the world. We are each connected to one another on purpose from the heart.

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Holding on to secrets and lies…

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-climbing-to-success-image12779921It’s time to tell the truth. How often do your secrets and lies stop you?

What secrets and what lies?

You know, the stories you hold on to…the ones you tell yourself that stop you from being who you know deep in your heart you were born to be…Your strong, confident, powerful and shining self.

Of course, those stories are just whispers in the dark…never anything big. And they certainly don’t hurt anyone…except you. The truth about the secrets and lies that you tell yourself is that they are not the truth. Stop and pause the next time you hear yourself saying something like:

  • It doesn’t matter what I think
  • My voice is never heard
  • I might as well be invisible

Instead of blending into the background once again and keeping silent, speak up for yourself and take action.

Yes, this could be uncomfortable.

No, let’s face it, this will be uncomfortable or you would have done something by now.

Consider this…your life is not a fairy tale no matter how much you wish it were filled with butterflies and rainbows. Nor is it a melodrama where you are tied to railroad tracks with a freight train rumbling towards you. Both scenarios may be how you feel at times given your daily stress and anxiety, but they are not your life.

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-images-hand-scissors-cutting-rope-image18142874You can choose to unleash from the old stories holding you back.

Every journey begins with one single step…one decision to travel in a new direction. Make a simple shift today to step into your new self.

Where to start? How to begin?

  • Write it down – make a list of what you want to change
  • Set a date on the calendar to meditate on who you want your new self to be
  • Reach out for guidance and support
  • Read for inspiration and encouragement
  • Give thanks for the life you have and the blessing you are to the world

I’ve been a journalist for over 30 years, and I believe a good one. But telling other people’s stories didn’t help me cope when I was diagnosed with breast cancer…twice. I’ve changed my story about my words not being enough to influence anyone.

My mission is to help you be visible, vibrant and prosperous. I offer complimentary Unleash Your Story Worth Writing Consultations if you’d like to explore your impact on the world further.

That’s the truth as I see it. Please let me know how this message impacted you by hopping over to my Facebook Page.

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Writing your hurt story

sunrise success

 

I recently had a fabulous coaching session with an amazing new client. What she shared with me and what I want to share with you are perhaps universal fears when you think about sitting down to write…

  • you don’t know enough
  • you won’t know what to say when you do decide to write
  • your flaws will be exposed when you share…discrediting your message

The good news is you can put those fears to rest…

You have the stuff when you tap into your head and your heart to connect with your readers because…

You know plenty! The fact that you are concerned that you have enough to say speaks to your passion to share information of value…to educate, inform, uplift and transform…you want to make a difference in the lives of your audience. 

You will know what to say when you decide to write. Think about a shy child who is excited to share a discovery of an amazing thing…it could be a mud puddle to splash in, or a giant cloud shaped like an elephant…she’s so fascinated by the news she wants to share that she forgets she’s the child who is afraid to speak in public.

Your passion is just like that little one’s enthusiasm, and you can’t wait to share something amazing with your audience. 

Your message has a better chance to be heard because you expose your own flaws… in your admission of feelings of vulnerability…insecurity…shortcomings allows your audience to establish a connection…to feel what you feel…identify with you…and dare I say to see a reflection of them.

Your flaws make you human. Your audience wants to build a relationship with another human being in this world of amazing technology there continues to be a great need for old-fashioned human contact.

Writing has been a way for me to connect my head and my heart and sharing my truth ever since I started confiding in my journal as a pre-teen. And when the inner critic chatter starts in…just remember we are in excellent company…

“Each time I write a book, every time I face that yellow pad, the challenge is so great. I have written eleven books, but each time I think, ‘Uh oh, they’re going to find out now. I’ve run a game on everybody and they’re going to find me out.” Maya Angelou

The words on the page open doors and reveal paths to travel beyond your dreams into worlds of wonder.

Now that we’ve talked about the fears of what to say, who will listen, and sharing your truth…what will you share?

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Be on purpose from your heart…

 

prescott-children-and-pets-copyHere we are another new year and another chance to celebrate National Be On-Purpose Month.

Have you taken the time to reflect on the past year’s events or your life until this point? Perhaps you set some goals for the upcoming year based on these reflections. These goals all require changes to take place…decisions to guide you in living a life unleashed and being on purpose.

I know that people will only change when the behaviors that they have been using stops getting them the results that they want. The discomfort of the past, must be great enough for the person to want to change the future. When we set our goals for the future and aim to be more on purpose with who we want to be, we need to see and feel the past as uncomfortable.

Often, living on purpose leads to breaking your silence, unleashing from what is holding you back, being uncomfortable, and telling your truth. 

The world is changing around you every minute. Many things we accepted as “the truth” in the ’50’s is no longer deemed appropriate by the law, common sense and human decency. The children in the picture above grew up in small town America praying for the children of the world every day and regularly contributed their milk money to ransom Pagan Babies. 

The truth is that you can rewrite the stories and unleash your true purpose in this life. You can ransom the gift you are to the world. 

The seeds of “serving” and “seeing” each other are planted within us. And because of that instruction and inspiration, I see us all having the same dream. We are all citizens in action every day to make the world a better place for all of us regardless of race, creed, color, age or religion. 

We are all family…serving each other on purpose from the heart.

[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] It is hard to believe

 

notebook and penIt is hard to believe…

Friday five-minute writing prompt

Take out a fresh sheet of paper. Natalie Goldberg uses a “fast-writing” pen. Use 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. However, I believe the pen in hand allows for a stronger connection to hear what your subconscious has to say. Whatever your choice, during this time release your inhibitions 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 you can accomplish in a short period.

If you get stuck, just repeat the writing prompt –  It is hard to believe...
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. In this timed writing exercise, you may choose whatever amount of time you want to spend writing, and set the timer (on your watch, phone, microwave, computer, or kitchen stove) then just write without any distraction from watching the clock.. Whether you use an egg timer, a No. 2 pencil and spiral notebook, your iPad, or even your iPhone, the theory is the same. Keep your fingers moving and enjoy the process of taking dictation from your unconscious self. Make a list, hum a tune, write a poem, or create a short, short story. During this timed writing exercise, give yourself permission to explore and experiment.

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[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] What I know for sure…

 

notebook and penWhat I know for sure…

Friday five-minute writing prompt

Take out a fresh sheet of paper. Natalie Goldberg uses a “fast-writing” pen. Use 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. However, I believe the pen in hand allows for a stronger connection to hear what your subconscious has to say. Whatever your choice, during this time release your inhibitions 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 you can accomplish in a short period.

If you get stuck, just repeat the writing prompt –  What I know for sure...
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. In this timed writing exercise, you may choose whatever amount of time you want to spend writing, and set the timer (on your watch, phone, microwave, computer, or kitchen stove) then just write without any distraction from watching the clock.. Whether you use an egg timer, a No. 2 pencil and spiral notebook, your iPad, or even your iPhone, the theory is the same. Keep your fingers moving and enjoy the process of taking dictation from your unconscious self. Make a list, hum a tune, write a poem, or create a short, short story. During this timed writing exercise, give yourself permission to explore and experiment.

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The Truth About Your legacy…

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image14496244Happy “What will your legacy be?” Month. Let’s talk about Living Your Legacy. Yes, I did mean to say Living Your Legacy because I think what we do in everyday life is just as important as anything we will leave behind.

What is important to you right now? How do you spend your time? What are you passionate about? That is the Legacy You Live! I’m passionate about everyone giving themselves permission to explore their creativity. Writing is how I tap into my creativity on a daily basis. I start my day with a pot of tea, my journal along with my favorite fountain pen, and a collection of inspirational reading material. Perhaps writing isn’t the first thing you want to do in the morning. If you find writing before you go to bed helps relax you, then that’s when you should write. Maybe grabbing a sandwich and your journal is your lunch routine. Great! Do whatever works for you!

Some folks find letter writing to be their favorite way to journal. Even unsent messages. Anne Frank addressed her thoughts to “Dear Kitty,” you could do the same. That was her story. Tell Your Story. Tell your true story. Don’t worry that you need a new program for your computer, or a fancy leather bound journal to record your thoughts. A notebook from the drug store and any old pen works just fine, or even loose sheets from the printer and No. 2 pencil – just get comfortable and write.

Worried you won’t know what to say? Wondering how long you should write?

OK, here’s a couple of suggestions to help you get started.

1. Choose a time and block out an appointment with yourself on the calendar for about 15 minutes (you may want to increase it later but for right now you will be amazed how much you can write in 15 minutes).

2. Decide if you are going to write on the computer, or have a long-hand experience for these conversations on paper.

3. Take 15 minutes and change your life. When your appointment time arrives, set a timer for 15 minutes, record the date and the time of day, perhaps where you are sitting. This bit of ritual is a way to signal your whole body that you are about to start journal writing. You could also start with writing a favorite quote or a short piece of poetry. This is your jump start, or priming the creative pump. 

Now…Just write! 

 

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[Free training] Writing strategy with heart

 

heart hands

I recently had a fabulous coaching session with an amazing new client. What she shared with me and what I want to share with you are perhaps universal fears when you think about sitting down to write…

  • you don’t know enough
  • you won’t know what to say when you do decide to write
  • your flaws will be exposed when you share…discrediting your message

The good news is you can put those fears to rest…

You have the stuff when you tap into your head and your heart to connect with your readers because…

You know plenty! The fact that you are concerned that you have enough to say speaks to your passion to share information of value…to educate, inform, uplift and transform…you want to make a difference in the lives of your audience. 

You will know what to say when you decide to write. Think about a shy child who is excited to share a discovery of an amazing thing…it could be a mud puddle to splash in, or a giant cloud shaped like an elephant…she’s so fascinated by the news she wants to share that she forgets she’s the child who is afraid to speak in public.

Your passion is just like that little one’s enthusiasm and you can’t wait to share something amazing with your audience. 

Your message has a better chance to be heard because of you exposing your own flaws… in your admission of feelings of vulnerability…insecurity…shortcomings allows your audience to establish a connection…to feel what you feel…identify with you…and dare I say to see a reflection of them.

Your flaws make you human. Your audience wants to build a relationship with another human being in this world of amazing technology there continues to be a great need for old-fashioned human contact.

Writing has been a way for me to connect my head and my heart and sharing my truth ever since I started confiding in my journal as a pre-teen.

The words on the page open doors and reveal paths to travel beyond your dreams into worlds of wonder.

Now that we’ve talked about the fears of what to say, who will listen, and sharing your truth…hop over to my Facebook page and tell us what will you share?

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[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] What I believe to be true…

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image13221972What I believe to be true…

Friday five-minute writing prompt.

Right this minute, without hesitation or careful consideration, write for five minutes about the first thing that pops into your head after you read the phrase:   What I believe to be true...

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 of time.

If you get stuck, just repeat the writing prompt – What I believe to be true… 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 spiral notebook, your iPad, or even your iPhone, the theory is the same. Keep your hand and/or 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. 

Let the words flow!

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[Free Training] Writing with your heart…

 

heart hands

I recently had a fabulous coaching session with an amazing new client. What she shared with me and what I want to share with you are perhaps universal fears when you think about sitting down to write…

  • you don’t know enough
  • you won’t know what to say when you do decide to write
  • your flaws will be exposed when you share…discrediting your message

The good news is you can put those fears to rest…

You have the stuff when you tap into your head and your heart to connect with your readers because…

You know plenty! The fact that you are concerned that you have enough to say speaks to your passion to share information of value…to educate, inform, uplift and transform…you want to make a difference in the lives of your audience. 

You will know what to say when you decide to write. Think about a shy child who is excited to share a discovery of an amazing thing…it could be a mud puddle to splash in, or a giant cloud shaped like an elephant…she’s so fascinated by the news she wants to share that she forgets she’s the child who is afraid to speak in public.

Your passion is just like that little one’s enthusiasm and you can’t wait to share something amazing with your audience. 

Your message has a better chance to be heard because of you exposing your own flaws… in your admission of feelings of vulnerability…insecurity…shortcomings allows your audience to establish a connection…to feel what you feel…identify with you…and dare I say to see a reflection of them.

Your flaws make you human. Your audience wants to build a relationship with another human being in this world of amazing technology there continues to be a great need for old-fashioned human contact.

Writing has been a way for me to connect my head and my heart and sharing my truth ever since I started confiding in my journal as a pre-teen. And we are in excellent company…

“Each time I write a book, every time I face that yellow pad, the challenge is so great. I have written eleven books, but each time I think, ‘Uh oh, they’re going to find out now. I’ve run a game on everybody and they’re going to find me out.” Maya Angelou

The words on the page open doors and reveal paths to travel beyond your dreams into worlds of wonder.

Now that we’ve talked about the fears of what to say, who will listen, and sharing your truth…what will you share?

 

 

 

Your authenticity…

 

you hold the keyAuthenticity…a big word for truth. 

I woke up this morning with the instructions to “be authentic” today.  Let me ask you…are you reliable and trustworthy as you go about your daily life? 

Yes! Great! Others can count on you to do what you promise! 

Now that we’ve established you wouldn’t let anyone else down…are you being realistic in the intentions you bend and amend, or how you let yourself down…in self-care and recognizing how far you’ve come to reach your goals instead of beating yourself up for not meeting those invisible benchmarks? 

I recently had a wonderful conversation with a very dear friend who has been reading my blogs and Facebook posts. She was anxious to hear juicy behind the scenes details of all the happenings in my life…new clients on the other side of the continent, clients repeating my on-line writing series, and the latest on my speaker’s journey.  It was so good to hear her voice and, of course, when she asked how I was doing my immediate response was pretty automatic. 

“I’m doing fine.” 

What I wanted to say was: 

  • I’m in a constant struggle between what I want to accomplish and what my procrastination allows me to actually deliver.
  • I’m sick and tired of taking two steps forward and three steps backwards keeping up with all the plans I’d made to achieve my business goals.
  • I anxiously want to deliver my message and connect with those I know I’m here to serve. 

Does that sound familiar? 

Below the surface things are a little different.

After all, you and I are only human and have flaws…feeling tired or frustrated…wanting to know that what you are doing matters. 

Deep down, your authenticity is what makes you the best person to deliver your products and services to your clients and customers. Your authenticity is the key to building your relationship with those who need you. Just as the farmer plants seeds and waits for them to blossom before there is a harvest, your job to show up, be patient, and treat everyone (including yourself) with integrity and respect so that those who need your expertise can find you when the time is right. 

Whatever you do to be authentic…keep doing it…I promise you that you are authentic. And go easy on yourself. Curl up with a good book, grab a short snooze, sink into a bubble bath, or take a walk in nature to recharge. It’s hard work being authentic, but so worth it.   

I’d love to hear what you got out of this article. Hop over to my Facebook page and let me know what being authentic means to you. Thank you for sharing!

Secrets and lies…

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-climbing-to-success-image12779921It’s time to tell the truth. How often do your secrets and lies stop you?

What secrets and what lies?

You know, the stories you hold on to…the ones you tell yourself that stop you from being who you know deep in your heart you were born to be…Your strong, confident, powerful and shining self.

Of course, those stories are just whispers in the dark…never anything big. And they certainly don’t hurt anyone…except you. The truth about the secrets and lies that you tell yourself is that they are not the truth. Stop and pause the next time you hear yourself saying something like:

  • It doesn’t matter what I think
  • My voice is never heard
  • I might as well be invisible

Instead of blending into the background once again and keeping silent, speak up for yourself and take action.

Yes, this could be uncomfortable.

No, let’s face it, this will be uncomfortable or you would have done something by now.

Consider this…your life is not a fairy tale no matter how much you wish it were filled with butterflies and rainbows. Nor is it a melodrama where you are tied to railroad tracks with a freight train rumbling towards you. Both scenarios may be how you feel at times given your daily stress and anxiety, but they are not your life.

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-images-hand-scissors-cutting-rope-image18142874You can choose to unleash from the old stories holding you back.

Every journey begins with one single step…one decision to travel in a new direction. Make a simple shift today to step into your new self.

Where to start? How to begin?

  • Write it down – make a list of what you want to change
  • Set a date on the calendar to meditate on who you want your new self to be
  • Reach out for guidance and support
  • Read for inspiration and encouragement
  • Give thanks for the life you have and the blessing you are to the world

I’ve been a journalist for over 30 years, and I believe a good one. But telling other people’s stories didn’t help me cope when I was diagnosed with breast cancer…twice. I’ve changed my story about my words not being enough to influence anyone. Now my mission is to help other women find their voice. I offer complimentary Unleash Consultations if you’d like to explore unleashing your voice.

That’s the truth as I see it. Please let me know how this message impacted you by hopping over to my Facebook Page.

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