What Would I Do if I Was Being Truly COURAGEOUS?


Money often times requires decisions; decisions are often times hard to make!  And, when, those decisions are in regard to something you want for you, they may be harder to make as we have been raised to think of others.  That is a valid and admirable trait, and it avoids being labeled as “selfish”, but “selfish” is a necessary trait for self-preservation in all parts of our lives.  It is self care, and self care is necessary for health in mind, body, and spirit.

So, what would you do if you were being truly courageous?  You might be surprised at the answer; and, whatever the answer might be, I am willing to bet that it involves money!  And sometimes the answer can be a very small thing in your life that if changed would make a really big difference.  I see this all of the time.  Folks want to do something that they really want to do but they put it off because of a lot of things including money.  A married spouse wants to take a separate vacation just to have their own space and time but they are fearful of what their spouse might think, they are fearful of spending money on themselves, they are fearful of being by themselves.  Who knows what might come of that in pure quiet time and meditative thinking when the only person you have to be concerned about is you!  

Other times, true courage is needed to make a change in career–and money also plays a big part in that part of your life.  As is often said, the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t know!  You may hate what you do, but you do it because others depend on you for support, others feel secure in your security, and more times than not, in making a career change, folks hear a lot of feedback that questions their even thinking of making a change.  I often see this when someone wants to move to a different part of the country–does not matter their age.  Families of seniors often are the loudest critics of seeing their parents move to a climate that they prefer.  

Fear is what this is called, and it is fear not only for you but for those you care for.  It is always easier to just go along to get along, but is it really?  There is a time that being courageous can be healthy for you in mind, body, and spirit.  You may find that even thinking about it makes you happy, and that should tell you that you are on the right path.  Go the next step, talk about it with someone you trust.  It is amazing when clients begin to work with me in a supportive role with their money and their pending decisions that they begin to relax, they begin to look at all of the variables, including financial, in order to come to a decision to take the next step.  And that is powerful!  It is also courageous.  Do they always take a flying leap?  No, but they have examined their options, and they feel courageous in doing that, no matter what the outcome.  

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Is Your Bowl Empty?

Oberlin Empty Bowls Transformed

The photo with this blog is the latest Oberlin work of art for me…it is the only Oberlin work of art to date for me, but it spoke loud and strong to me, and it soon became a part of my logo with the muted colors of my branding logo and the metalwork butterfly given to me long ago as a gift as I began my business, Empower Excellence.  It is truly a sign of transformation for me…

This means so much to me in the world of money relationships.  

The “Empty Bowls” Holiday Brass & Organ Spectacular takes place annually in Oberlin as a fundraiser for Oberlin Community Services.  In this, its 9th year, it raises awareness and funds to support this charitable organization that feeds families, heats, homes, and provides help for those in need in Oberlin and its surrounding communities.

With a festive concert performed by musicians of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music’s brass, percussion, organ, and vocal studios, joined by the Oberlin Choristers Dulcis Musica and Jubilate Musica, this is one of the largest sing alongs of the year.  All of the musicians donate their time.  At the conclusion of the concert, handcrafted bowls made my members of the Oberlin Pottery Co-Op are sold.  The Co-op begins their work in August.  This is truly a community effort to take care of all who are needing in Oberlin!  

So, among 500-700 attendees, I joined in with the group to see, admire, and choose the bowl that spoke to me for my donation to Oberlin Community Services.  That is the bowl in the photo.  It is so symbolic for me of the hope that Oberlin is to all who reside here.  It is the hope of acceptance and caring one for all.  The butterfly is the symbol of hope and transformation from the caterpillar.  It is the thought of the caterpillar never to lose hope because you never know what tomorrow will bring.  

As a chrysalis, all appears to be dark and limiting.  Options are unknown.  It is what it is, it must appear.  Patience and faith are the only things the caterpillar has while it waits for its life to transform and evolve into the beautiful butterfly.  Just like the caterpillar, when the moment is right, everything changes.  Everything is different:  the butterfly emerges as a beautiful creature with wings, the hope is apparent!  

We, too, can experience faith and patience when our money relationship is not what we dream it should or could be.  Not knowing what tomorrow can bring is not always a good feeling; it can elicit worry and fear.  But, everything can change in a moment–the moment of transformation, whether as a butterfly or with your money relationship and situation.