Energy to Set the World on Fire…#Ageless Women of Wisdom #Jan Litterst #Financial Freedom #Joy

This year I will set the world on fire! It did not happen overnight as anyone who knows me or my blog realizes. Fire for me is a good thing: I have set the intention to physically do the firewalk at Common Ground in Oberlin, Ohio, and that is something because I am very guarded, but I know I am ready spiritually, mentally, and physically! But, on the other hand, moving forward, I have realized and come to understand my fear of fire. I watched as a three-year old my birthday cake go up in flames because the whirly bird centerpiece wa snot removed when the candles were lit! All in the past along with the fear of having my face in water… but that is for another time to share!

This today is all about energy. It does not just come all at once, God forbid that or the world would have been destroyed by now. I probably started my energy journey about 20 years ago. It seems that I have been immersed in it since then in my personal and professional life. The bottom line is that each of us, you and I have the ability to find and direct our personal energy, but ti does take work. But there are guides to tap into to create our own personal brand of energy.

In an article by Deanna Michalopoulos in Yoga Journal entitled “ready, aim, fire”, talking about “The Five Koshas”, on the journey to joy, to financial freedom, to good energy, the five koshas can serve as a roadmap to the bliss and love and joy at the core of internal you. Think of nesting dolls for that is what the koshas act as on your energy journey. They represent your physical body, your life force body, your mental body, your wisdom body, and your bliss body. There are levels of your current status on each of the kosha stages. You can be too active or not active at all. There is a lot to learn in this body of study, but I am using it as a point of reference over two decades to arrive at where I am at today: ready to set the world on fire–ready, aim, fire literally. The final level of kosha is “bliss” and then “pure consciousness”.

The beginning of 2020 was focused on reviewing where I am on this journey. January saw a total review with “all” physical body experts, literally appointments with everyone who would only look at the state of my physical body, and there has been a clean bill of health! February was a review of my life force, or spiritual body, and my mental body. It was a month of being tested on many levels including the loss of a very good friend unexpectedly and the imprint on my psyche of having my control taken away from me by being chosen for jury duty. On top of all of that Mercury Retrograde went into action. To gain back control of my life, yesterday was spent cooking by design for the coming week, cleaning my home, laundering the linens, and not thinking because I had been thinking all month. A good night’s sleep had me awakening this morning with my mental and spiritual capacities back in check and ENERGIZED!

Now, as March approaches, and the launch of the inaugural retreat for AGELESS WOMEN OF WISDOM, I am declaring that “I am a Women of Wisdom” because I am, and a whole month of thinking and planning for the retreat this coming May led to this post-meditation declaration about a week ago. As I said earlier, energy does not just happen. But it all began more than two decades ago. I followed my WHY to learn all I needed to learn for many years, and then I began to leave behind the modes of my learning to move to the next level. In the early 90’s I left more than a decade in public service, politics and government to transition into financial services in banking and financial planning. In 2011 I left the financial services industry because my WHY was screaming at me in such a garbled voice that I was unsure of where I was going. But I had to follow the path unfolding for me: the path to financial freedom for women. Yes, women, money, and freedom. Empower Excellence, Professional Women’s Connection, and AGELESS WOMEN OF WISDOM are all wrapped up in money, women, and freedom!

Everything is now in place to “ready, aim, fire” and it is all dependent upon the energy of my body, my life force, my mind, and my wisdom. But more than anything, I am ready to set the world on fire. “Finding and Listening to Our Voices” is the first retreat and it has resulted from conversation groups sharing the topics that would make a difference for them in 2020. It is now up to me to light the match and prepare the world in small steps for a path to empowerment, connection, and the sharing of the wisdom of women. There is so much to happen…

Begin with Your Self Mastery

Since the beginning of the year, there has been a lot of discussion here regarding a Legacy, and there is a reason for that.  Money is a part of our lives from day one, whether we know it or not.  We work hard to make a living, we have dreams, and we have hopes for others we care for.  Legacy allows all of that to happen whether with intention or helter-skelter.  I prefer as a Money Energy Healer and Coach to make it intentional.  If you are of the “helter-skelter” variety, you must have your energy in alignment with what you want for now and for the future.  And I believe I could learn a lot from you as well, so please share in the comments, seriously.

And to get to know ourselves and what we want is a beginning step:  let’s call it self mastery.  The above graphic displays how our mind and heart sometimes rule internal and external conversations.  Unfortunately, our intuition, or soul for me, is left out of the conversation when it really contains all we need to solve any problem if we would give our soul the space and time and quiet to really learn from ourselves.  That is self-mastery.

POWERFUL ENERGY…Mind, Body, Spirit–A Legacy


For years, I have written about ENERGY, but I do not think that I have ever, not once, defined the word!  But the day has come as I continue to write about a Family Legacy with Financial Wellness.  There is no way to create that legacy without ENERGY, Money Energy to be specific.  And we will be writing about that as time goes on.  

ENERGY has many definitions, but let’s use this:  strength and vitality required for sustained physical or mental activity.  It can be synonymous with many words, but for simplicity here are a few:  vitality, vigor, life, verve, and spark!  

There have been many influences in my work on Money ENERGY, but in the NOW, no one has had more of a profound effect than Deepak Chopra.  I must share the credit for my journey with Money ENERGY with many, but Deepak definitely!  

ENERGY is with us from the time of conception.  Let’s focus a little more on youthful ENERGY.  At the same time it is important to look at the quality of your ENERGY.  Keep in mind that childhood energy is always within no matter your age.  That may surprise you.  It may not seem that way, but it is the quality of the ENERGY that changes when it is not at the level we would like.  When we are told that we look “young”, that refers to the biological or physical state of who we are.  We are usually happy when we are told “you look so young”, and that has a lot to do with the fact that we want to remain young to be able to experience everything we want to experience in life.  I intend to live to at least 104, so that means I have at least one third of my life left.  I have a lot I want to experience.  But to be “young” is not only physical, it is also mental, emotional, and spiritual.  

Every living being with cells has their energy begin with the processing of energy in every cell every moment.  The physical energy has to do with growth, the mental with how we think and process thoughts, the mental and emotional come with development, and spiritual is there always, always has been there.  The processing of youthful energy is ageless and happens through bodily processes such as breathing and more.  ENERGY comes in, energy goes out.  Breathing, eating, digesting, healing are bodily processes involving the creation of ENERGY.  

Different people have different needs at any particular moment of their lives…ENERGY is in the NOW.  Quality also differs from moment to moment, but, when optimized, it is a restful alertness.  Know that ENERGY is constantly renewed as cells live in the moment.  ENERGY can be increased many ways including meditation which is simply a technique.  When used in combination with self care including food, ENERGY can become complete without limits adding to our wholeness, our joy, our creativity, our freshness, and our alertness.  ENERGY!

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Think Big, Start Small

Buterfly Monarch Ohio Caterpillar

It would be great to be able to talk to creatures in nature to see what they are really thinking.  Just look at the photo above, taken by me at a local nature spot close by.  Two caterpillars, one large and one small, or is it just the perspective of the photograph?  And do either of the caterpillars know what is in store for them in their coming days?  I surely do not know…

But, in comparison to what they may become as a butterfly, they may be thinking fairly small right now.  And, if they knew what their future was, they might be overwhelmed by the gap of where they are to where they are going.  Not knowing is a wonderful thing sometimes–it allows you to take one step at a time to get where you are going.  Martin Luther King, Jr. said “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”  

Relating that quote to money is really appropriate…we have talked about dreams, your dreams, and we have talked about identifying capabilities, your capabilities, and it is now time to really form that dream in your mind, body, and spirit.  It is time to live the dream every day, taking the small steps within your capabilities to reach it .  Think big, start small!

Staying out of the political realm of the Golden Globes last night, but really looking at the presentation of Oprah Winfrey (I doubt that I need to use her last name), but Oprah Winfrey brought hope to the stage last night and with the media reports this morning–she spoke to everyone last night, and everyone knows she started small, but she had a dream; and now that dream may create a transformation in this country as she thinks big–possible political run–but she started ever so small!  She started small in the realm of money, and today she literally could do anything she wants to do.  But, she has kept her mind, body, and spirit remembering her start and her energy that she used to tae her one step at a time!  

Think big!  Start small!


Be Whole, and Be Well!

Happy Butterfly New Year

We have Friday, Saturday, and Sunday before the New Year kicks in, and I want to wish you Wholeness in the New Year.  I am a strong believer of the mind, body, spirit connection, and it has me baffled right now.  I spent a good part of the last 6 months ill with one respiratory situation after another, and I thought I had it figured out; but I was wrong.  After about 3 weeks of wellness, including a trip to the dentist for an exam, teeth cleaning, and a general exam with my traditional doctor and blood work, I have pretty well lost my voice as of yesterday.  And I have a blazing cold that began yesterday morning.  I, the nonbeliever of pharmaceutical drugs, is taking a one-a-day decongestant–strong, and it is helping with the congestion but not with the voice! I am turning it over to God, and maybe he will let me know what is really going on…

In the meantime, as we approach 2018, wholeness is wellness in all parts of our lives:  career, social, financial, physical, and community.  Being well does not live in a vacuum!  It is more than eating healthy, which I do.  It is more than working out, I have lost 14 pounds over the past year with walking; and I am waiting for the temperature to warm for that and for my physical wellness to return so that I can once again be a part of Silver Sneakers without contaminating everyone else.  But take the community involvement, and the career fulfillment; add those to financial wellness, and you should be on your way to being well on a holistic level!

And I want to take a moment to discuss “financial wellness”.  Everything to have everyone better aware of their money situation is good; but our traditional financial institutions have fallen into the habit of offering “Financial Wellness” which is primarily product driven.  After all of my years in constituent services, banking, and financial planning, the need is far deeper than that.

And that deeper level has everything to do with understanding how each of us as an individual makes personal money decisions.  I have found that working on the personal money relationship empowers folks to understand “their” personal money relationship and then to go on to choose the best decisions for them!  Festering financial problems, which employees hesitate to discuss in a group setting in their workplaces where the financial institutions offer their “free” programs can cause loss of sleep, lower self esteem and reduced productivity.  Several years ago, COSE (Council of Smaller Enterprises) included my thought sin an article they did on this topic:  “managing money issues “frees up people’s spirits and gives them more energy.”  The rest comes easier!


Miracles Often Fight Intellect…


It is not always easy to be a person with an intellect.  Yes, it is a blessing to have a strong intellect, but it is not always easy.  Many of us have been brought up in an intellectual background, for example, a Catholic education, where you accepted what was taught.  You were not taught to feel what was taught, and miracles are all about feeling.  Feeling is all about the heart, and, while we are taught that money is all about math, this is not entirely true.  Money is about the head and the heart and the soul..and trust, which can be labeled faith.  When too much logic plays into the area of money, the heart and the soul are proven wrong many times.  Faith is not about math; it is about belief.  

Begin to believe in the miracles–big and small in your life–and be grateful for them, and begin to see what happens with your money relationship–it begins to soften, it begins to allow the little nuances to wiggle their way into your life…the smiles, the happiness, the little allowances that make a difference.  Take the money in your life a little less seriously, but serious enough, to allow the room for the belief in the everyday miracles that do happen…

Sometimes all it takes to lighten the money load is to put aside the issues, smile, rest, take a nap, relax, and let the Universe do a little bit of the heavy lifting to sort it all out…the morning sun sometimes delivers surprises that you might feel are miracles! 

Rent Here on Earth…Really!


Every morning, I read a daily thought from my friend and author Tama Kieves.  This morning, the topic really hit home, and I want to share with you the concept:  “Praise and money may pay your bills, but not your rent here on Earth.  The landlord wants more from you and you know it.”  

Don’t just go through the motions.  Invite joy and adventure into your life.

Yes, you need to take care of the basics, but life is so much more than the basics.  Feel your Mind, Feed Your Body, Feed Your Spirit.  Empower yourself to be as excellent as you are meant to be.  This is a time when the energy is strong for healing.  Grab the energies and run with it.  Run as fast as you can!

Now, begin to dream…the next step…


Making the decision to find joy, tranquility, and peace with money was also the signal to find joy, peace, and tranquility in all areas of your life.  If you try to separate them from each other, it will be like a dog chasing its tail.  Do not try to segregate, just start living your life, and that includes your mind, body, and spirit.  But it is a perfect day to start “living” your dream.  As you proceed throughout the day, with each daily activity, start living as if you were where you want to be.   Find the joy in each activity, think about what you would like that part of your day to be now in this moment.  Your mind will start receiving those messages, your body will respond in kind slowly, and your spirit will begin to soar when you start seeing small changes.  This is all energy and the energy regenerates and keeps the progress going.  It is time to start dreaming in small ways so that you re ready when you reach for the big dreams!