Being Thankful for the Enlightenment…

vibrations-goldThanksgiving was a great day for family, friends, and the local police department in Oberlin.  Thanksgiving evening the upper respiratory experience returned after abating for a few days.  The cough syrup experience resulted in being escorted the last several blocks home from Beachwood by the Oberlin Police Department.  It will take an act of God for me to take cough syrup ever again.  Two days earlier, I had an od experience by doubling up on the dosage by accident.  I will regain my health and keep it, that is the promise to myself.

Moving on, Friday, Saturday and Sunday were definitely “sick” days, but they were also the days of returning to health.  

About a year ago, the first of four episodes of this muck hit me and took away my voice for a month.  Soul searching led me to find what was happening since I do not get sick, or didn’t get sick for years.  I left an association with a business acquaintance at that time following 3 years of working with them.  It was time.  It was also the time when the Oberlin move began to materialize and several opportunities to add cash flow appeared.  I was off and running until June when I began to implement the plans and had already moved to Oberlin.  I jumped in and episode number 2 of the muck hit!  But I ignored it and kept up the crazy pace of beginning two new ventures:  Pampered Chef and Norwex.  I also became an active volunteer in the Oberlin Business Partnership.  Three months later, episode 3 hit; I dropped the Oberlin Business Partnership.  My voice came back.  The focus was on Pampered Chef and Norwex to get them grounded. My core business was being ignored, and I fully intend to get back into it, which I began to do.  I was not happy because I thought I should be able to handle everything.  I always could, but I had forgotten that the move to Oberlin was to grow Empower Excellence the way I envisioned it originally.  I created the concept document, and episode 4 hit!

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The concept document promised clarification and it is being clarified as of this week.  This is still my mission, but there is a big explanation of the roles that Pampered Chef and Norwex will play.

When I left corporate America in 2012 for good, I made the promise to myself and to my clients that I would not sell product and I would not represent a company:  I would represent my clients in their best interest.  Somehow I stuck to it with Empower Excellence and my coaching, and I threw it away when it came to the rest of the concept.  And the Universe made sure that I went back to my intention and mission.  As the progression into Pampered Chef and Norwex took place, the muck episodes recurred while both of my holistic doctors reassured me that there was nothing physically wrong.  Then I got it!  

So now, I still am following The Empower Excellence Model of Personal Sustainability, but I am removing myself from the direct involvement in Norwex and Pampered Chef.  When needed by my clients, for employment opportunities especially, I will refer them to my spline managers in both Norwex and Pampered Chef.  I am now phasing out of both entities.  Sure, I personally love both products, but they are not my full-time passion.  The Empower Excellence financial transition is my mission and passion, and it is what I will focus on moving forward.  

Once you enter the path of evolution and empowerment, stepping away from that path can bring changes in vibration, and that happened.  It has affected my health, and I am aware enough that it took the Major Muck #4 to stop me long enough to realize what I had done, and only I could change it…and change it, I did. 

The Empower Excellence Experience is…

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This has been long in coming, and it may still change.  But, this is a succinct presentation of what I do with my company Empower Excellence, LLC.  I know it will still need explanation, but I wanted to share it with everyone today because it represents my work towards Personal Sustainability…your comments and questions are so very welcome…

Spending Time with Gratitude!

Enlightened Gratitude

So many folks think that Personal Sustainability is all about the Power of Attraction or Abundance.  While that is a part of Personal Sustainability, it is not what I am focusing on with my Personal Sustainability work.  In fact, the focus is on our relationship with money and how that affects our Personal Sustainability.  The main areas begin with the money relationship and spread out to the energy and the power of the mind, body, and spirit.  But to get there, the money relationship needs to be explored and eventually understood before any significant change in any part of our lives can occur.  

The fundamentals of money — saving and spending– are a part of the money relationship; but, once again, that is not my focus.  My focus with a Personal Sustainability slant is being comfortable with making decisions about money, no matter how much or how little you have.  There could be volumes written about this, but most people only want to get more and how to do that.  Not my thing.  My thing is the energy and the power of money.  And money does have energy, just as you do; and money has power inasmuch as it allows you to become Personally Sustainable in your mind, your body, and your spirit.  

I am often asked how do I decide what to write about daily, and that is an interesting question.  Today, and on many days when I am experiencing positive energy and power from meditation and nature–I have already walked 1.5 miles in nature this morning, I allow the words to flow.  There may be an inspiration as today’s is from a favorite spiritual leader, Michael Bernard Beckwith.  There may be an emotion or feeling that is yelling to be shared.  But the most powerful are when I am hearing the main idea in my head over and over.  That is what I am writing about today:  Gratitude.

Without defining “enlightened” which could be a whole book by itself, I want to talk about “gratitude”.  And gratitude is personal.  I can just wake up feeling grateful.  I can feel grateful when I get home safe at night with a dashboard indicator light popping on during my freeway drive.  I can be thankful seeing a whole yard of the most beautiful golden yellow leaves that have fallen with the windy days we have had .  I can be thankful when Trader Joe’s has the couscous I need for a special dish.  It does not have to be big, and it does not have to be major.  It is the little things that warm my heart and my soul and sometimes bring me to tears.Liam's Candle 10 31 2017

The above photo is of  simple candle given to me by my 3+year old grandson, Liam, after giving me a piece of chocolate cake with this candle lit in it and singing happy birthday to me on my recent birthday!  He told me to take my candle home…Yes, that gives me goosebumps I am so grateful not only for the candle but for the thoughtfulness and love this small child has!  These are small things that are oh so big and so heartwarming.  That candle is on my desk where I work, and I cannot look at it without the feeling of thankfulness for small blessings.

As we continue on the Personal Sustainability path, gratitude and thankfulness will appear frequently.  This is an energizing attitude, emotion, and feeling that is necessary to become Sustainable, Personal and Universally.  

The Root of the Concern…

Butterfly Listening

The butterflies are back even if only in the graphic of the roots of a tree.  Butterflies are important to me in many respects as they are a symbol of transformation.  They have a short lifespan, but they maximize their time on Earth.  They begin as caterpillars, not really knowing the glory that will be theirs before their lifespan is finished.  They go through what seems to me to be a “dark” period as they begin their metamorphosis.  In the end, they find themselves with wings and the ability to take flight.  Personal Sustainability reflects these changes as we all find ourselves somewhat grounded as children, much like the caterpillar, never knowing what we have the potential to become–to sprout wings and take flight.  As an individual, we each find our wings as we mature, and it is up to us to do what we need to do to become personally sustainable and building upon that to build sustainable families and communities.  We need strong roots like the tree, but we begin as a tiny sapling close to the ground depending upon the right food and the right natural ingredients–sunlight, soil, and water–to grow.  Kept in the dark, nourished with chemicals instead of pure water, and given chemicals to make us grow faster rather than nurturing foods, as a plant or tree, we are not going to reach our pure potential…All of nature is interconnected, butterflies, trees, and more.  Moreover, we are all connected to Nature, and it is up to us to make sure that the relationship is healthy… I think butterflies are great roots for that relationship in the ground or in the air! 


“I’m sad as hell and I’ not going to fake it anymore”  These are the first words of a new book by Woody Tasch.  It was his first book SLOW MONEY…that led to my total involvement in the local, healthy, organic, sustainable food movement.  His new book SOIL/2017:  NOTES TOWARDS THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF NURTURE CAPITAL was released about two weeks ago.  In Woody’s own words, “Of Earthworms, Billionaires, AHA! Moments, Mythic Implications, and the Considerable Virtues of Bringing Our Money Back Down to Earth (Not All of It, of Course, but Enough to Matter)” is what this new work is all about.

“This is a call to farms.  A call to all who plant, grow, harvest, eat, hug, argue, clink, put up, squirrel away, fritter away, layaway, and otherwise regret that civility and community went that-a-way.  A call to gather our wits–one farm at a time, one town at a time, one county at a time, one watershed at a time, one refusal to argue about politics at a time, one sleeve rolled up at a time.”

“Just why is it anyway, that the economy keeps growing, military spending keeps exploding, drug prices keep soaring, the stock market keeps lifting off, but the strength of our marriages, the health of our kids, the vitality of our Main Streets, and the fertility of our soil keep going down?”

These are Woody’s words, and, yes, I have met him, talked with him, dined with him, and learned so much and became aware of my passion about healthy food from him… These words reflect what I believe is the foundation of Personal Sustainability, and that is why I am sharing them with you this morning…  If it gets one person to think about the quality of our soil upon which we build our lives, then I will be smiling….


Organic vegetables on a stand at a farmers market

Let’s Talk About the Selfish Basics!

Owl Evening Worrying

No matter where you are on your path, make sure that the basics needed for a sustainable life are included in your plan.  Sleep is one of the greatest healers, and we many times carry with us the stigma from our parents about sleep issues.  I know as a child I was always told that I sleep too much.  So I went around with not enough sleep, not quite as sharp as I was told I could be by teachers.  No one ever addressed the sleep problem without being told by my parents that I sleep too much!  I believed that for many years, and upon my beginning work with a holistic, intuitive doctor, I was suddenly told that I was sleep deprived.  Of course, after many years of being a single parent, burning the candles at both ends and in the middle building a life for all of us, I was sleep deprived with fatigued adrenals.  Then I began to listen to my body and soon learned that I function best on 8-10 hours of sleep.  I feel fantastic with my sleep routine.  I do try to minimize that when necessary but I can feel it within the day.  Some say that it is a selfish way to live, sleeping away a third of the day, but OMG can I tell the difference.  I guard my sleep in all ways:  caffeine intake, exercise routine, meals, and scheduling activities.  I wish I could be happy with 6 hours of sleep, but it will never work for me!  I do not lay awake 99% of the time.  I hit the pillow, go into meditation and sleep.  It is a foundation for Personal Sustainability in all ways.  When I sleep appropriately for me, I stay in a positive place with my money relationship, my eating habits, my cleaning habits, my successful Personal Sustainability practice housed in The Empower Excellence Experience.  Take the time to analyze your sleep habits and how they affect your total life.  You could be in for sweet dreams!

As a Participant in Life, Be the Light


So you are back, and on a Friday!  You have accepted to RSVP to life, and now you are building your Personal Sustainability from the ground up.  You know when Maslow created his Pyramid of Needs he started with the basics of food, clothing, and shelter.  Very wise since there have been those I have experienced who started at the very top of the pyramid to focus on their spiritual growth first.  That may appear wise, but it was those same people who found themselves homeless with very little resources.  Begin at the beginning, and that is where we are heading, but in the meantime consider that you can be the light reflecting a spiritual path.  Life is a transition continually, and I have surely found that my spiritual growth has been a light in the dark many times as I have moved on down the road.  So be drawn to your own spiritual light and to others who may need your light and find that they may very well add to your light and to your journey in this transition called Life.  Thanks for RSVPing.

Simplicity is Found in Nature!

Magic and Nature

Every once n a while, as we talk about money and personal sustainability, I like to mention that a great money relationship can be built at very low cost.  How?  By learning to be in nature.   It is a magical trip even if it is into your backyard.  It is amazing what has been provided for our benefit and our enjoyment wherever nature is found.  You can find healthy solutions in physical participation in nature as simple as walking and more.  There is so much more to enjoy, and the enjoyment is very personal:  everyone has their own path in nature to take.  Please, take a moment today to see the miracle of nature all around us, and then take another moment to be grateful for whatever appears as magic for you!  There is no cost other than a moment of time very well spent!

Personally Sustainable? Show me!

Organic Produce

Let’s start with food!  Everyone needs to eat.  What we choose to eat is up to us.  Money 💰 helps determine how we think about food.  Right or wrong, it plays a part!  It is not up to me to tell you what is right for you.  It is up to me to share what I have learned over the years.  

One reason to pick the best food I can is to become and stay healthy.  Just like everything in our lives–money, religion,food–family plays its part.  My mother and father were from “farming” cultures.  Poland and Ireland.  Heavy foods that stretched.  Both were from dysfunctional homes.  Food was not a priority to be healthy.  Meals were just meals.  I did not learn to cook until I taught myself.  Enough said.  At the age of 24, I had an emergency gall bladder removal.  The history was repeated with one of my siblings.  That began healthier eating.  But food became an obsession with a colonoscopy episode many years later.  I do not want to get into the medical practices in the United States, other than to say that food should be our medicine, not medicine our food.  Step by step, I eat organic as much as possible. I believe that my body is the only home I will ever have, and it is mine to care for.

I will not eat chicken.  I went through hypnosis to remove soda from my life.  I rarely drink alcohol.  I filter all my water.  I do not eat wheat products regularly.  I do not use the microwave; do not even have one.  I buy organic through the local IGA, the Oberlin Farmer’s Market, Heinen’s, Trader Joe’s, picking and choosing as I go.  The only meat  🍖 I eat comes from Trader Joe’s.  It is not cheap, but it is the highest quality for the money.  And, as this is important–upon the advice of my holistic practitioner, I eat only between 9 and 16 ounces per week.  Figure that out to be 2-3 ounces per 7 main meals.  I no longer crave meat.  I no longer crave sugar.  I eat what I view as needed by my body, and my body knows what it needs since I have removed most processed products, all GMO produce and products, sugars, from my daily eating.  Enough about what I do.

What do you do to be personally sustainable with food, the fuel you need to live?

I do want to close with the thought that how we treat our bodies reflects the state of our self esteem.  How do we value our self worth?  This is where money comes into play.  Think:  you can spend the money to eat healthy now OR you can spend more money on health-related issues in the future.  

Stay tuned for more on how to eat healthy without going broke!

When You Have Joy…You Have it All!


Fall is spectacular!  I love fall!  The temperatures, usually, are more moderate.  It is my season being a Scorpio!  As I sit here in my home business office, I see beautiful trees glistening in the 72 degree temperatures.  Leaves are beginning to fall.  Everything is happening the way nature intends it to happen.  I am overwhelmed with business matters, but all is good.  And it brings to mind that one of the most important things to maintain to be personally sustainable is to have joy; it frees the mind to feel joy.  It is energizing in the truest sense.  And energy is the foundation of everything!  Build your foundation on finding your joy.  Once you do, it is contagious and moves into all parts of your life, and then it moves on to everyone you are in contact with, it is the truest manifestation of love.  Have a great weekend, and find your joy in every little thing.  Oops, there goes another golden leaf by my window!