Who Do You Believe You Are? You Are Probably Right! #Financial Freedom

Really, how are you doing? I am seeing blue skies, nothing but blue skies from now on, and I am not talking about the law of attraction, which I do believe, but I also believe there is so much more within each of you! Why do you always feel like, no matter what, you can always do better?

Yes, it is Memorial Day, and you could be dead! This is a day to honor those who died in service to our country, and with the recent situation, there are a lot more who should be honored today, but I digress.

Yes, I do mean the fact that you are alive is something you can be positive about. And, while we control that in certain areas of self care, there is also “the luck of the draw” throughout your total lifespan. Keep it up! It is nothing to discount. Believe you are alive for a reason…

Today, you have so much information available to you through so many sources that was never available in the past. You can change your life by making up your mind and re-educating yourself through the internet if nothing else/ Believe you are smart…

But here is where I offer a warning of sorts. Most of your problems are in your mind. Really. I am not saying you are mentally ill. Far from it. With all of the input you receive today from all sources, people included, your brain can be suffering from overload. Too much information is overwhelming. But you can also sort out your problems in your mind. Find a way to quiet your mind. This is the beginning of mindfulness. Take the time to be quiet and see what comes to you through your quiet mind. Believe you are ok…

Maybe now your mind is a little quieter. Keep it that way. STOP seeing, reading, listening to the NEWS. Most of it is about politicians and political messes and political malfeasance, and most of it is not even true! But “people” like hearing, seeing, and reading about it. Why? It just makes you feel angry, upset, depressed, etc. Believe you will know what you need to know…

Yes, there are problems in the world that might affect you: unemployment, hunger, homelessness, health, etc. But spend your time to breathe, to think through it (mindfulness can help), and to find the resources that can help YOU. They are out there. Believe you can find the help you need…

Dr. Seuss had wisdom and he shared it. “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer the You.” You were born with everything you need to succeed. It is just that too many people in too many parts of your life have shared things with you that have you feeling less than perfect today. ONLY YOU can change that one step at a time. Believe YOU are a powerful being…

EMPOWER Excellence empowering YOU! #Financial Freedom

How can you EMPOWER your own Excellence?

The folks who meet with life success and then tell the world it was because of the hard work they did, really confuse me. They may not work harder, they may not even be smarter than most of us. They took their past and used the magic by thinking, speaking, and acting how they wanted their life to be. But they tell everyone it was hard work, and they leave part of the impression that has affected all of us in our past that hard work is the path to success. And so it goes, the processs of hard work repeats itself. To do otherwise really is magic , the magic of letting go of their past, the magic of being receptive, the magic of acceptance. Try the magic and think, speak, and act as if all the things you want have become all of the things you have.

When I began Empower Excellence, “money” was the theme. Today, it is different, the focus is on the individual, the focus is on YOU! Money is a tool, that is all it is, and it is a necessary tool for most parts of life. Within Empower Excellence, I do not have a philosophy, it is my role to help YOU find a philosophy YOU can live with to be who you want to be. I have learned that I have come to a strong spiritual personal doctrine, but it is not mine to just give to anyone else. It is my role to help YOU develop a personal doctrine particular to you no matter what it is. This happens by developing with you a set of practices to keep your mind, body, and spirit engaged in a way that you are comfortable. I have learned over the years that physical actions have a mental and spiritual effect.

So how do YOU start, and where do I start with working with YOU? I start with YOU. It is my turn to listen intently to your mental conversation (your thoughts), your emotional conversation (your feelings), and your physical conversation (your needs and more). The question becomes HOW DO YOU WANT TO EVOLVE? And you may not know the HOW yet, and that is why we start with helping you find YOUR WHY.

That is where you start…

The Power of Letting Go! #Financial Freedom

Letting Go Lets YOU GO!

RED is the color of passion, danger, and more. RED is my color of choice to talk about LETTING GO!

Letting go requires mastery but it is the natural course. Government and self-government becomes too intrusive, and rebellion is a natural choice, but we really should let Nature do the work. It is very hard to learn the art of “non-doing”. Self control and control can be good if we are “allowing”, but think of the trees as they grow they do not interfere with Nature. It is hard to embrace change, but if we think of living in the flow of life and trusting in the Universe, but living is soft and yielding while death is rigid and stiff. Going against the stream wears you out, it is like fighting against yourself.

As we learn our strengths, we discover that our usefulness is not uselessness. We stop functioning on outcomes and focus on the moment and not on the prize. We also learn to let go of excesses. We learn what we truly need while we also learn that possessions become prison cells. To live in moderation is to be on the path to peace and the Tao. We are in the flow, and we have learned to float…

What Do You Do When You Know Your Why? #Financial Freedom

Well, You Could Hope That Your WHY Will Happen! Not!

Hope is a good thing to think and feel and believe, but it needs action as well, not just words! So what action can you take to begin to realize your WHY or WHYs?

Well, yellow roses are a symbol of hope! Send yourself roses, making sure that they are yellow? Nope! Let’s get real. You have capital even if you do not have a lot of money!

What am I talking about?

It is time to look at yourself really well! Think about these possessions you have whether you ever think about it or not: Experiences, Education, Knowledge, Intuition, Insight, Skills, and More!

I think you need to take some more time. You took the time to sort out your values and then your WHYs. Now is the time to figure out what you bring to the table that has value in the world of money! Come on, you can do this!

You know you really have something of value when you can take the list of possessions you have that we just listed and go to your mirror and tell the person that is your reflection just what you have to offer right here and right now! Mirror talking is the ultimate test!

What is Your Ideal Life, Your WHY With Money? #Financial Freedom

Beach Glass is Like Life…What You Start With May not Be What You wind Up With!

Beach Glass? Really? What does Beach Glass have to do with Money or Life? A lot. With your life, it started with sex. Let’s be honest. You had nothing in this material life to do with it. You may have had a role metaphysically, but that is not what we are talking about right here and right now! Beach Glass started with sand! Hell of a start! You ended up with a life, the Beach Glass ended up washed up and ashore with no control in the matter.

But you and I do have some say so in our lives as we enter the world and begin to live life. Unfortunately, just like Beach Glass, for a very long time, we do not have control over our lives. It is not until we are mature and aware that we begin to take control of parts of our lives. We eventually discover our values–good or bad. We begin to create a life we believe is what we want, and money, my dear, is always involved no matter what your choices.

Money plays a role in life: do you want to retire some day? Do you want an education? Do you have support from family and friends? Are you resilient? Are you filled with joy? Do you want a career or a different career? What will your legacy be?

All of the above and more can be considered in your “ideal life”. This is your WHY. And you can have many WHYs. And your WHY can change. Your WHY is related to what you value in money, in feelings, in who you are or want to be. And so much of your WHY is related to feelings: mental, physical, social, spiritual, and, of course, financial.

Take some time, take a lot of time, to sit, to think, to meditate, to feel what your values are, what you want to be, and what your WHY is. Remember you can have a number of WHYs reflecting how you feel in each area of your life. You are unlimited if you allow yourself to be. Few take the time to think through the most important values and WHYs of their lives… WHY not be different and live your life the way you want it to be. The first step is to listen to YOU and define your values, define your WHY!

Hope is the bridge from the problem to the solution… #Empower Connect Share

We have talked a lot about hope right now for many reasons. HOPE is always in my life, and it was in my life when I created Empower Excellence for work with women on money relationships. It was in my life when Professional Women’s Connection was offered to me as West Side Professional Women’s Connection in 2013; it was the hope to make it more effective to benefit more women in their professional networking needs. It was definitely hope that guided me into the formation and perilous journey of Ageless Women of Wisdom. Hope has been with me and remains with me during this pandemic of Covid 19. In each case the “problem” was unique, and the solutions were not known.

In this time of Covid 19, there are multiple worlds of problems: health primarily, financial, socialization, anxiety, mental depression, isolation, and many more that rise to the surface when time becomes a commodity that we seldom have. The isolation, the concern, the change of patterns of life all pose a different problem for each person. And HOPE is there if we have become accustomed to knowing what it is all about before the pandemic hit. Otherwise, we may find ourselves stumbling through new schedules–our own and other family members. More than that, there are emergency needs in the area of health, money, and isolation. Many of us are also still actively employed while being placed in a remote employment situation which can be very disruptive in light of all of the other changes occurring.

As I enter my own fourth week of “shelter at home, which was easier as I work from home as the owner of my own business and programs, I found myself feeling very blessed with an additional gift of time as scheduled events and meetings were slowly cancelled. It gave me time to work through the cancellation of a major Ageless Women of Wisdom retreat which was to occur on May 27th. There were the presenters, the venue, the advertising, the caterer, and potential attendees. The Universe made it very clear, not just for me, that it was time for the world to stop. It was time to have everyone take time to find their own path through this as everything changed.

It has been a time to notice that every part of our world is changing. Just the past evening into the overnight the weather was thunder, lightening, wind, and total disruption of sleep in my location which lasted all night. While I went to bed calm and peaceful, that soon ended. My newer sleep patterns of 9 hours of sleep were totally disrupted, followed by sun in the early morning, warmer temperatures, and now in the late afternoon falling temperatures and high winds. Not unusual in Ohio, but those of us who are more aware of climate change and the total disruption of world patterns right now, it is as if the Universe is washing the Earth and spin drying it all in one day. There is a cleansing happening. There is a return to human kindness. There is a return to keeping the home fires tended with regard to family, friends, and ourselves. And, yes, for many there is fear, downright total fear.

The problem may be considered total uncertainty in many parts of our lives except for one belief and emotion: faith. And a clear tool of faith is HOPE. While it may not be recognizable right now, the Universe and consciousness are totally organized even in these uncertain times. Part of that organization is HOPE in all things. For every problem there is always a solution, and the bridge to that solution is HOPE. Yes, it is true that each person’s path is unique, and the Universe provides the solutions in a time that is unique for each, everything happens at the right time for each of us.

If faith and its tool HOPE have not been an active part of each of our lives, I believe we are being given the time to be still, to listen to the voice within us which, when given the chance, does speak to us to recognize the problem or problems and gives us some ideas of how to resolve the problems. If we listen, we will feel HOPE, the bridge to the solutions we need. But it is faith that will let us be silent enough, calm enough, to listen to what is our internal wisdom. It is then that we will feel HOPE rise up as we begin to find what we each need in this time of pandemic!

Activate Hope… #empower excellence

You always have a choice…hope or despair. Activating hope is different than “wishing”. But hope can build strength slowly for the power of hope is within us every day. So how do we activate hope?

Hope is a healthy choice. Understand the truth that you are here by choice and your thoughts can be in alignment with that truth. Get into that truth even if you do not believe it. Think about what is right in your life. And many people do not always know what is right in their life. They just do not stop and think about their dream, their bliss, and then do not know what to hope for. Stop and think about what is possible for you. Take the time to do this. Begin to activate hope just by stopping and thinking. Just begin! Take a step or two into a direction and find what are options for you. The steps may be right or they may be wrong. But something will activate your hope if you just take action!

Action will activate hope…just do something!

Journaling for Joy!

Joy in the Ordinary

Empowering excellence includes many things:  breathing, meditating, sleeping, eating, and more including journaling.  Why “journaling”?  

Not only do they tell how people lived and what normal everyday concerns were.  But it also allows us to channel our rage, our anger, our fears, and more in a safe way.  Venting is healthy emotionally and physically.  This is what Pinterest and Facebook are all about:  sharing and venting.  So take a look at how journaling is good for you and for your money!

Think of sitting down and escaping your reality.  Think of it as a snapshot of you in time.  Think of it as therapy without a fee.  Think of it as writing your story, knowing that you can make yourself a hero or heroine at any time.  Think of it as being the victim of any number of bad things that may happen to you.  

All of this can help you sleep better.  Take all of those crazy nighttime thoughts that keep you awake and put them down on paper and then close the book on them as you put yourself to sleep.  Or in the morning, get your brain clean for a productive day with words of encouragement only you can provide!

You can awaken your creativity, too.   Write, write, write; get those thoughts out.  Write long journal entries or short–it is all up to you.  You can also vent with kindness or with anger getting the feelings out.  

You can organize your life.  Your journal can put down thoughts you have in the shower, in the car, while you pretend to listen to someone else.  Be positive, be negative ONLY here, and smile, cry, share all of your emotions.  

And you can journal about your dreams of what the money you know is coming to you can do to change any and all of these feelings.  Work through your money emotions; you can, you know.  Capture those dreams in the morning, and seed those dreams in the evening.  Journaling is what you make it!

Journaling for Joy!

Joy in the Ordinary

Empowering excellence includes many things:  breathing, meditating, sleeping, eating, and more including journaling.  Why “journaling”?  

Not only do they tell how people lived and what normal everyday concerns were.  But it also allows us to channel our rage, our anger, our fears, and more in a safe way.  Venting is healthy emotionally and physically.  This is what Pinterest and Facebook are all about:  sharing and venting.  So take a look at how journaling is good for you and for your money!

Think of sitting down and escaping your reality.  Think of it as a snapshot of you in time.  Think of it as therapy without a fee.  Think of it as writing your story, knowing that you can make yourself a hero or heroine at any time.  Think of it as being the victim of any number of bad things that may happen to you.  

All of this can help you sleep better.  Take all of those crazy nighttime thoughts that keep you awake and put them down on paper and then close the book on them as you put yourself to sleep.  Or in the morning, get your brain clean for a productive day with words of encouragement only you can provide!

You can awaken your creativity, too.   Write, write, write; get those thoughts out.  Write long journal entries or short–it is all up to you.  You can also vent with kindness or with anger getting the feelings out.  

You can organize your life.  Your journal can put down thoughts you have in the shower, in the car, while you pretend to listen to someone else.  Be positive, be negative ONLY here, and smile, cry, share all of your emotions.  

And you can journal about your dreams of what the money you know is coming to you can do to change any and all of these feelings.  Work through your money emotions; you can, you know.  Capture those dreams in the morning, and seed those dreams in the evening.  Journaling is what you make it!