Motivation Mojo & My Butterfly…

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Motivation is funny and strange!  The above piece of art is an original of mine which began as a flower and became a butterfly.  In my work with money, the butterfly is always in my mind, body, heart and soul!  It is my mission, it is TRANSFORMATION!  It is all about the colors, the chakras, and my mojo.  Really, once I have tuned into The Universe aka God, as long as I stay out of my own way (thank you, Keith Jordan, for that wisdom many years ago), The Universe knows where we are going according to my chosen mission, and it works with me to keep moving ahead!  

Yes, it is motivation, but it is also mojo, the indescribable momentum within my soul, that keeps the path clear for the most part.  My motivation to attend a soft opening of the local, only one in Ohio, Bottle and Bottega, opened by my friend Vicki Prete and her spouse Scott in northern Ohio, was to support Vicki as I have never considered myself to be artistic in any way.  Creative, yes, artistic, NO!  But I went for my reason alone.  This had been a creative work of love for Vicki for months–I needed to be there to support her!  And, yes it sparked my butterfly.  

So, why is the butterfly a symbol of balance and inspiration.  If you have ever checked out my Pinterest boards, they are pretty much lately only butterfly pins; and butterflies are truly a work of art of Nature.  You do not see butterflies with abstract patterns–they are balanced and yet each is an individual of its own species.  They are an inspiration.  They are the perfect examples of TRANFORMATION.  They are powerful, but their lives are very short.  They came to do what they come to do and are gone!  No nonsense here!  Even Deepak Chopra has stated in a recent meditation that ” Motivation comes from Inspiration”.  And my famous mantra is the question “Is it fear or love?” questions motivation as a driving force in life…

So, why the butterfly, now?  

This piece of art, and it is, hangs outside of my Empower Excellence office all alone until I create another.  It is a reminder of how far I have come in this my sixth year of business, and it is the motivation of where I am now going.  It is exciting in and of itself, and it gives me chills to know that all the work I have done is only the beginning…



No Joy! No Mojo? Or Is It “Nojo” And What Does It Have To Do With Money?

Joy Ride

Are you full of joy today?  Or is there NO JOY today?  

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It really is up to you today!

And that is just for today, but, what if you take day after day when you are bored and frustrated, full of bitterness?

Do you play the victim?

Are you “stuck”?

Do you feel obliged because of family commitments, obligations?

Are you resentful?

Are you full of resentment?

Are you living life asleep?

This all takes me back to the 1990’s when I discovered “THE ENERGY OF MONEY” by Maria Nemeth.  As a financial planner and former bank manager, I was surrounded by financial issues.  Literally, I was surrounded both in my professional and personal life.  I had been a single parent since my boys were 4 and 8.  I felt all of the above emotions.  I felt I had mortgaged my future for my children.  It was my choice once the choice for a divorce was made by their father.  Responsibility was my strong suit while it was his weak suit!  This was the beginning of what I am doing today.  Money takes on our energy, our mojo.  If there is no joy in our personal life, our money has no joy, just responsibility.  The mojo disappears in all parts of our lives.  Until …

You make the decision to change it.

Going back to the concept by Marshall Goldsmith of Mojo, “What We Bring” to an activity is our professional mojo.  Motivation, Knowledge, Ability, Confidence, and Authenticity can be brought to the table.  Our personal mojo is affected by the activity and “What We Receive”.  It is all give and take in all parts of our life, including our money relationship.  We can receive Happiness, Reward, Meaning, Learning, and Gratitude.

Of course, life variables such as health, wealth, our relationships, happiness, and meaning are already present or absent and they are part of what we do bring to an activity; but those variables can change by what we bring in any moment.

Unless, of course, there is inertia…

Great Mojo With Money!


Isn’t it great when you have sunshine outside!

But it is even greater when it is cloudy outside and you can feel the sunshine in your heart!

Shadows disappear everywhere in your life!

and while I hate to say it, money can cast shadows or make sunshine appear…it all depends where your money mojo is!

Once again:  “mojo” is the positive spirit toward what we are doing now that starts from the inside and radiates to the outside (Marshall Goldsmith).

So, it is time to have great mojo everywhere in your life including with your money.  I like to keep things simple:

  • ACHIEVEMENT:  what did we give and what did we get in the “achievement”?  BOTH ARE IMPORTANT.
  • REPUTATION:  it is important what people think of us, not because we live our lives for others, but, if we are reckless in our behavior, behavior becomes our habits, habits become what people know us for.  Negative reputation can drag us down…try it and see!
  • ACCEPTANCE OF WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE HAVE in all areas of our lives, including money!

And the Money Mojo Shall Return!

Dreams Chasing

So how does the money mojo return if it has disappeared?  Or what if you feel like you never had money mojo?  First of all, there are only four signs to watch for as you work on your mojo:  

  • Are you moving forward?
  • Are you making progress?
  • Are you achieving goals?
  • Are you clearing hurdles?


Money Mojo…More Happiness in Your Life!

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as far back as i can remember, i wanted to be happy, and that was never measured in dollars!

it took years in government and volunteer work before i really changed that approach.

going into banking and financial planning did change that to a certain degree

and that kind of is part of the reason i left banking and financial planning

i was always looking for a way to help people, and i learned that many people needed help with their money relationships.  banks and brokerages say they are interested in helping people, but their primary goal is to earn money for their shareholders.  i understand that but it is not my way of living my life.  i wanted to help people!

today i do help people with their money relationships, and some of that is getting your mojo with money or getting your mojo with money back no matter how you lost it!  mojo is great because for me it is being in the flow, or on a roll, or in the zone with money…it feels so good not to be stressing about money, and it has little to do with how little or how much money you or I have.  

so, let’s get our mojo with money back.  let’s love what we are doing and showing it to the world.