Why Volunteering is Important

Why Volunteering is Important

Volunteering is something we were all encouraged to do in high school and college to beef up our college applications or resumes. Your church may have volunteer opportunities and maybe you are in other organizations that offer time to volunteer. There are so many things in life that pull our time that often volunteering can fall to the bottom of the to-do list, but there are important social and health reasons to volunteer.

Creates Connection with Others

Despite all of the online connections that are available at our fingertips, people are lonelier now than ever before. An AARP study reported that one in three adults age 45 or older categorized as lonely. Online connections are great for maintaining existing relationships, but they are not very useful in making new ones. The act of working alongside someone in a volunteer cause helps develop strong bonds. It is also beneficial for strengthening familial bonds by sharing your values with one another. Volunteering is also a great way to teach children about the importance of giving back. Children who volunteer with their parents are more likely to grow up and volunteer in their lives.

Increases Longevity

It is well documented that people who volunteer are happier and healthier later in life than those who do not. It has been noted that in later life volunteering is more beneficial than diet and exercise for longevity. Volunteers remain physically and mentally functional for longer. It is especially true for those who have been volunteering their whole lives.

Provides a Sense of Purpose

The nature of volunteering is that you are working without getting paid. For some reason this provides a sense of purpose for those who choose to volunteer in their lives. It is not well understood why this happens, but a theory is that when you volunteer you are choosing to do so with a cause that is very important to you, so it gives you the opportunity to put your time into things that you are passionate about in your life.

Volunteering is not only important for organizations and communities who need people willing to donate their time. It is also a great activity to enhance real life connections and relationships and keep you healthier longer in your life.

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Business Success Begins with You

Business Success Begins with You

The Success of Your Business Begins with You

How do you know if you are moving in the right direction to reach the level of success you desire in your business? In order to be successful, you must first define what success means to you. This comes from your ‘why’? Why are you doing what you do? What keeps you moving forward when things get tough; when you don’t make that sale you were counting on; when you aren’t sure you have enough money to cover your bills; when you question if you were crazy for starting your own business?

What does success mean to you?

To everyone, success is different. It is up to you to determine what success means for you individually – no one else can decide that for you. To one person success may be defined by the amount of money earned; to another, it may have to do with the time spent with family or the number of lives that are changes.

So many people look at success with the idea that it should come easily and when it doesn’t they get frustrated, upset and give up. They then tell themselves stories like they aren’t cut out for it, they don’t have the right luck, they weren’t destined for success, they weren’t meant to be wealthy, and so on…and when they see others with success they become envious and sometimes even spiteful. You have access to success; you have the ability to do great things with your life.  Success begins with a desire and a will followed by action. It is your individual responsibility to take action and take the steps necessary to create your success.

Here are four questions to ask yourself to determine whether or not you are on the right path to reach your desired success:  

What are your daily activities?

The choices you make every day, every hour, every minute, impact the results you receive. Do you plan ahead? Do you have a routine for continual growth? How do you begin and end your day? Do you envision the outcome? Your actions will either move you toward or away from building the business you dream of.  

What is your internal dialogue saying to you?

Be consciously aware of the verbiage that plays within your mind. Does your self talk tell you can do it or that you can’t? Do you mentally beat up yourself when things don’t work out or when you don’t complete your goals? Do you tell yourself you are a failure? What you say to yourself will either grow your business or destruct it.

Do you see the opportunities around you?

It’s easy to become closed off and focused on what you want and how you want something to happen. What you want and what really happens often do not correlate. Are you open to letting things unfold and develop in a way that you never thought of? Do you keep your mind open to inviting the possibility of new opportunities? Chance are, you will find when things work out different than what you anticipated, it turns out much better than you planned.

What is your Failure Exit plan?

No matter what stage you are at in your business, you will face moments when you ­­­feel like a failure and you want to quit. What is your plan for exiting that feeling of failure and turning it around into hope and confidence? How will you keep yourself pushing forward? Do you have a process you follow to keep you focused? Do you have a close friend or colleague who will encourage you when you feel discouraged? Develop your plan now, before are ready to quit.  

You have what it takes to create the success you dream of. Now is the time to access your power to make it happen!

Catherine M. White
Business Coach & Consultant | Accelerated Results 365 Founder
(206) 422-4450


Catherine M. White

Catherine M. White, founder of Accelerated Results 365, is an author, speaker and innovator. She works with high performance clients to strategically develop effective business processes for continued high level success using her signature system, P.O.W.E.R.R., designed specifically for visionaries, and entrepreneurs. This program leads to authoritative breakthroughs by creating innovative tools that enable businesses to catapult past the competition.

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Why It’s Important to Trust Your Hired Team

Why It’s Important to Trust Your Hired Team

When you reach the point in your business that you need to bring on employees or hire out projects to other professionals the biggest hurdle is finding people you can trust. Many business owners will stall their growth because they never find the right people or they have one bad experience and do not want to dip their toe back into the hiring pool. So, why is it so important to find people who you trust? 

They are Working on Your Business

When you hire an employee or another business to perform a job you are handing over a piece of the brand you have built. You are giving another person responsibility that can affect your business positively or negatively. You need to have a trusting relationship rather quickly to get the most out of the work. If you do not trust your hires you won’t want to hand projects over, which means you are still doing all the work. 

They See Behind the Scenes 

New team members are often privy to the backend of your business. Strategy, intellectual property, financials are shared so the team member can do their job effectively. Since a lot of behind the scenes business information is sensitive, you want to make sure you are hiring trustworthy individuals/professionals who understand professional discretion. It is also a good idea to have NDA’s created and signed if that makes sense for your business. 

They Need to be Receptive to Feedback and Input

Working with a team member or a hired professional has to be a two-way street with a lot of communication. You are hiring for a job or project and the person you are working with needs to be open to your feedback and willing to listen and understand your business needs. This type of communication comes from a relationship built on trust and great communication. If you do not build trust with the people you are hiring you will never believe they care about your thoughts, needs, and concerns. Alternatively, if you have open communication with a lot of trust you can look forward to a long-term relationship that will benefit your business for the long haul. 

Even though finding the right people for your business can be challenging, there is a lot of benefit to seeking out the right people and building trust. They can help grow your business faster than you can on your own and free your time to focus on the aspects of your business that only you as the owner and CEO can attend too. 

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50 More Amazing Journal Prompts

50 More Amazing Journal Prompts

We wanted to share 50 more thought provoking journal prompts to help you get started or dive deeper into your journaling practice!

1. What are your top 5 values in life?

2. What are your best character traits?

3. What is something nobody knows about you? Why have you kept it a secret?

4. Write about an important person in your life who you are grateful for. What do you admire about this person, why have they had such an impact on your life, and what would you like to tell them?

5. What is your biggest fear, and what about it makes you feel scared?

6. What makes you feel fulfilled?

7. When something good or bad happens, who is the first person you want to tell, and why?

8. Discuss 5 things you wish others knew about you.

9. What quote or saying inspires you when you need it most?

10. Look at yourself in the mirror and then write out 3-5 physical traits you love about yourself, and why.

11. What do you want people to remember most about you when you’re gone?

12. What inspires you?

13. Who is your mentor, why do you look up to him/her, and what has he/she taught you?

14. What is your 5-year plan? Map out all of the things you need to do to reach your goals.

15. Do you have any unhealthy habits that are holding you back from your goals? How can you overcome them?

16. What is the best parenting advice you’ve ever received?

17. What shocked you most about motherhood?

18. Describe your biggest achievement as a mom. How did it make you feel?

19. When your kids look back on their childhood, what 3 things do you hope they remember most?

20. Write a letter to your pre-mom self telling her all the things you wish she knew.

21. How has your mom shaped you as a mother?

22. What are your favorite family traditions?

23. Discuss a time you felt you failed a mother. If you could have a do-over, what would you change about the situation?

24. Describe 5+ things about your child(ren) that make you proud.

25. List the 5 people you spend the most time with, why, and how they’re affecting you — your behaviors, your thoughts, your life.

26. List the top 5 people you admire, and why.

27. Who is your favorite person in all the world and why?

28. What is your favorite song/musical piece and why?

29. List your top 5 favorite books/movies, and why.

30. If you didn’t have to worry about money or people’s opinions, what would you do with your life?

31. How do you spend your time? On a weekday? On a weekend?

32. What is a book you wish someone would write?

33. What is the next thing you want to learn? And to what degree?

34. Define the following: Success. Wisdom. Love. Faith. Truth. Courage. Joy

35. List all the things you think you SHOULD do, that you don’t want to do.

36. Or the opposite: what you SHOULD NOT do, that you do. Why?

37. If your house burned to the ground, what are the top 1–3 things you would want to save? (not including people — assume your family is outside already)

38. What do you need today?

39. What time of day are you most productive? Why do you think that is?

40. What has been inspiring you lately?

41. What have you always wanted to do, but haven’t gotten around to it? What is stopping you?

42. What was the last scary decision you made? What did it feel like? Do you think you made the right choice?

43. What’s the last good habit you developed? How did you do it?

44. Write as if you’re seeing someone in your life for the very first time.

45. Write to, or about the last person you kissed.

46. Listen to an old song and write the emotions that come forth.

47. Consider what you would change in your life, write a letter to your younger self based on those things.

48. Write a stranger’s story.

49. Make a ‘happy moments’ list and write a scene from one of those times.

50. Write about a conversation you’re longing to have.

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I Get So Emotional!

I Get So Emotional!

Emotions are the spice of life; they are so fun and can really make you feel alive! What happens though when the emotions or feelings we are experiencing are overwhelming and seem like they are taking over our lives, even to the point where we are not able to think clearly or function at our best, or worse the emotions are in the drivers seat of our life.

Here are a few ideas that can help you see what is happening a little more clearly and give you tips that can help you use your emotions to your advantage.

It is perfectly fine and even encouraged to seek help from your doctor if your emotions are continually spiking out of control and you are not able to calm yourself to a place where you can work with your emotions and feelings.

When emotions run high, logic runs low. If you are in a situation that is troubling, or you are triggered by something that creates stress or strong feelings, these moments can spin your emotions out of control.

  • There are many grounding techniques that can calm your body down from the stress of the situation or circumstance. Research grounding techniques and find one that works for you, this will help you be prepared for these moments ahead of time.
  • Breathing is the first place to start. Breath in slowly and hold if for a few seconds and visualize the stress leaving your body as you exhale. Repeat several times. Sometimes, it takes a few minutes of focused breathing to calm you down, but it works amazingly.
  • Once your body is calmer, you can activate your mind better so it can go to work for you. Focus your thoughts and use logic to get going forward again. Think it through in a best-case scenario, and sometimes it helps to think about the situation as if you were on the outside looking in. Remember that your focused thoughts influence your decisions and feelings which propel you into your actions and results.

Of course, emotions are a part of life. We need our feelings to help us heal from things and experience all the ups and downs of life. Often it is our feelings that help propel us forward. However, unchecked and overwhelming feelings that spin out of control and raise the stress in our body can do harm and even do the opposite of helping us. If we do not use them in a positive way, they can deture us from achieving what we want. Focus your thoughts, feel what you feel to heal and then get back up and get going using your miracle mind.


Rae Ann Hall


Rae Ann Hall is the founder of Forward Principles. She is an author, speaker, and a mindset/results coach. Having had success in the business world as well as overcoming major adversities in her personal life, she brings an authentic message with a lot of heart and passion. She teaches actionable ways to get past difficulties, getting you results and motivating you to get after your dreams. Her own experiences of bringing her pain into purpose, inspires others to do the same.

Her honor is coaching people and encouraging them by providing practical tools and Forward Principles to get inspired and motivated. She helps people discover ways they can put action toward their goals through her "Result Cycle" Process. It is a thrill for her to see her clients push past limiting beliefs by tapping into their inner strength, and living their life on purpose with passion.

With Guest Authors: 
Dani Green - Dani Green
Catherine White - Accelerated Results 365
Diana Ruiz - Diana E Ruiz

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