So How Do We Plant Seeds of Love, Joy, Peace and Hope?

So How Do We Plant Seeds of Love, Joy, Peace and Hope?

I’m often asked for practical ways in which to “walk the W.O.L.K.,” ways in which to share words and deeds of loving kindness.

HOW DO WE PLANT SEEDS OF LOVE, JOY, PEACE and HOPE?

We are surrounded by a mistaken belief that the really important stuff goes “viral.” Not so!

In the Bible Jesus shared several stories about seeds. He tells about the sower who scattered seeds in four different types of soil (Matthew 13:1-23). He tells about the Kingdom of Heaven being like a mustard seed (Matthew 13:31-32). He talks about faith the size of a mustard seed moving mountains (Matthew 17:20-24)!

Seeds.

ONE WORD, ONE DEED

This month I’ve gotten to know my neighbor, a young boy who rides a scooter and delights in racing me on my trike. We have a minute together on the street when we laugh and race from his house to my house.It’s a small moment of laughter, a small seed of love, joy, peace and hope shared in the middle of a sunny afternoon.

One young boy, one small moment, one delightful opportunity to “walk the W.O.L.K.”

INSIST ON LOVE. INSIST ON KINDNESS. INSIST ON LOVING KINDNESS.

We’re in this together, friends! Together we can be transforming examples of God’s saving grace. Together our words of loving kindness can inspire, motivate, and bring about meaningful change.

Yep, together!

Preview YouTube video WOLK: Say It with Flowers!

Watch Video Below and Meet Deanna!

Speaker | Writer | Author
www.FruitOfMySpirit.com

about

Deanna Nowadnick

Before my father died, he reminded me that Mom had asked me to write a book. At the time the boys were in college, and the notion of writing was unfathomable. Writers write books. By the time my boys were adults, I’d run out of excuses. I was also at that age when I could pause and reflect.

Fruit of My Spirit: Reframing Life in God’s Grace was my first publishing endeavor. My second was Signs in Life: Finding Direction in Our Travels with God. Both are collections of stories that tell of God’s love and faithfulness. Both tell of His remarkable grace and mercy.

When not writing, I serve as the Client Service Coordinator for The Planner’s Edge, an investment advisory firm in Washington state. I’m active in my church, serving on the Leadership Team and gathering with a wonderful group of ladies to study and giggle over lattes and chocolate. On my desk is a rock with the words “Choose Joy!” etched in it. It’s my inspiration for each day. As an author, it is my hope that my own words might share that joy we find together as children of God.

With Him, it can be so.

Join Our Community of Amazing Women

Be the first to know about upcoming events, new shows and stories!

Are you REALLY ready to be an entrepreneur?

Are you REALLY ready to be an entrepreneur?

What attracted you to becoming an entrepreneur? If you’re like most of us, you wanted to have control of your time, your money, and ultimately your life by doing something that you’re passionate about and truly enjoy doing. Although entrepreneurship has many great benefits, it takes work and time to build a business that many people aren’t properly prepared for. Here are five tips to help you properly prepare yourself and your business for success.

1. Be realistic about what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Many people have the misconception that when they own their own business they will have time and money to do what they want when they want and when they find that it takes more time and effort building their own business than what they were spending at their full-time job, they quit. Owning a business comes with a trade-off. In the early stages of your business, you will put in a lot of work and many hours. If you have a viable business and you build it correctly, you can grow it to a level that allows you to have time freedom and the money you desire.

2. Make sure you have the proper licensing and permits. Even if you are a one-person show you should have a business license. Be familiar with the various business structures (Sole-Proprietorship, LLC or S-Corporation are designed for small businesses) and decide which works best for you. I recommend speaking with a trusted CPA and/or Business Attorney to help choose the best fit.

3. Study and get to know your market. Do some research to find out if the product or service you have to sell is something people will want or need to buy. Many people make the mistake of starting a business based off of what they want rather than what the market wants and then wonder why their business isn’t growing. Remember, it’s not about you it’s about your prospective customers. If you do your research before you jump into the market you will save yourself a lot of frustration and headache AND a lot of money.

4. Have a written plan. Take some time to map out your goals, estimate the costs of running your business, the strategies you will use to build it, and how you will keep yourself in the game through the difficulties that will arise. Having a plan will provide you with direction to keep you focused on your goals and help you overcome both the expected and unexpected challenges.

5. Treat your business like a business and not a hobby. When you are in business for yourself and you have no boss to be accountable to, it’s really easy to become distracted, especially if you live in a place like Seattle where it rains a lot and it’s a nice sunny day and you want to take your boat out. Keep in mind, when you aren’t working, you aren’t getting paid (at least not in the early stages of your business).

Catherine M. White
Business Coach & Consultant | Accelerated Results 365 Founder
www.acceleratedresults365.com
www.lifeleadersinternational.com
(206) 422-4450

about

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.

Join Our Community of Amazing Women

Be the first to know about upcoming events, new shows and stories!

My Two-Year Old Grandson and an Evening with Alexa

My Two-Year Old Grandson and an Evening with Alexa

I love my two-year old grandsons. Not long ago I was getting preparing to read Enzo a bedtime story. He shrugged off suggestion after suggestion. No Cat in the Hat. No Digger Dozer Dumper. Finally I realized, he was asking for Alexa.

ALEXA, REALLY?

“Grandma’s here to read, Enzo, and you’re asking for Alexa.” Yep, Alexa.

“Alexa, read Cat in the Hat.” “I’m sorry. Cat in the Hat is not in your library.”

“Alexa, read Digger Dozer Dumper.” “I’m sorry. Digger Dozer Dumper is not in your library.”

“Alexa, play lullabies” “I have five.”

Enzo looked at me, all smiles. In minutes he was asleep, knowing he’d outsmarted his grandma.

HOW DO WE INTERACT WITH GOD?

Enzo is surrounded by people who love him, talk to him, play and walk with him. I’m not concerned about his socialization, but it did make me wonder about our own interactions with God. Any times when we slip into “command” mode? “God, what’s the forecast?” “God, play a pretty tune today.” “God, how long until…?”

I flinch, because the underlying, not-so-subtle tone is “God, do it.” Not something I would have EVER said to Dad and certainly not something God should EVER hear from me.

GOD IS WITH US IN EVERY WAY.

I love that lullabies were at the ready for Enzo. I love that God will be with him in every way. He’s there for you and me, too, not because He’s told to be, not because He’s programmed to be, but because He loves us and wants to be.

And our WOLK with God includes words of both loving kindness and great gratitude.

Preview YouTube video WOLK: My Two-Year Old Grandson and Alexa

Watch Video Below and Meet Deanna!

Speaker | Writer | Author
www.FruitOfMySpirit.com

about

Deanna Nowadnick

Before my father died, he reminded me that Mom had asked me to write a book. At the time the boys were in college, and the notion of writing was unfathomable. Writers write books. By the time my boys were adults, I’d run out of excuses. I was also at that age when I could pause and reflect.

Fruit of My Spirit: Reframing Life in God’s Grace was my first publishing endeavor. My second was Signs in Life: Finding Direction in Our Travels with God. Both are collections of stories that tell of God’s love and faithfulness. Both tell of His remarkable grace and mercy.

When not writing, I serve as the Client Service Coordinator for The Planner’s Edge, an investment advisory firm in Washington state. I’m active in my church, serving on the Leadership Team and gathering with a wonderful group of ladies to study and giggle over lattes and chocolate. On my desk is a rock with the words “Choose Joy!” etched in it. It’s my inspiration for each day. As an author, it is my hope that my own words might share that joy we find together as children of God.

With Him, it can be so.

Join Our Community of Amazing Women

Be the first to know about upcoming events, new shows and stories!

Why You Need to Keep Your Website Current Even is Business is Booming

Why You Need to Keep Your Website Current Even is Business is Booming

It is difficult to think about building or updating your website when your business is booming. You are so busy you are turning away clients! Why do you need to worry about having a professionally designed website? Well, if you think about your website as the hub of your marketing and messaging efforts there are some GREAT reasons to spend the time NOW to get your website professionally designed or updated so you can continue on your path of success.

You Have the Budge

Right now you are rocking your business, with a steady stream of clients comes a steady stream of income. This is the perfect time to invest in your website. A professionally designed, revenue-generating website is an investment and many business owners wait until they are desperate for business to take a critical look at what needs to be done and then they are shocked by the price tag. By hiring the right web designer when you have room in your budget you can hire based on what you need and NOT based on who is the cheapest. 

Marketing Results Are Not Instant 

Your website and any other marketing activities you participate in are not going to give you overnight results. Everything you do in the marketing of your business is planting a seed that will yield results down the road. If you wait until you need clients to consider a new or revamped site you are already late. By investing while you are busy you are planting the seeds and then down the road when you need it your state-of-the-art site is working for you.

You are Prepared When Business Changes

Whether you have a drop-in business at some point or you are ready to scale and grow your website and marketing should be prepped and ready for those changes. As we mentioned before results do not come overnight, so if you need more clients for whatever reason you want to be ready with an amazing website that is ready to bring in revenue. 

People Want to Work with Successful People

Your website is truly the hub of all your marketing activities and the first point of contact for many potential customers. It is where you want all traffic to land so that you can showcase your work and expertise. If you have an amazing social media presence and then they land on a subpar website it is a bit of a disappointment. Potential clients do not know you are slammed with business when they first land on your website and a website that is lacking can convey a message that is less than successful. Even if you cannot serve these clients now, you want them to leave with an amazing impression so that they want to be on your client roster. For other businesses, you could be who they are aspiring to hire and by conveying your success it will make them want to work with you all the more. 

It can be very easy to put your website on the backburner when you are busy, there is so much client work and seemingly more important things to be done. Your website should never be a low priority as it is the virtual storefront of our business and for many the first impression they receive. Make sure you are conveying your offerings and your success so that the client stream continues to flow. 

about

Danielle LaFleur

Danielle is a serial entrepreneur and has been creating and running businesses for over 20 years. She currently operates Easy As Pie Design, a website design firm and Build Your Mastermind, a business consulting agency.

Danielle has been featured in over 30 publications, worked with National Geographic in over 50+ countries, and has created a process for extracting an ROI from an ROE in training and development which is currently being used in over 100+ corporations.

Danielle encourages all of those that work with her to deep dive into their values, maximize those natural talents and skills, and create the life they have always dreamed of. She is a full believer that when you align yourself with who you are meant to be, there is an opportunity around every corner.

Join Our Community of Amazing Women

Be the first to know about upcoming events, new shows and stories!

Cleaning up the Emotional Moldy Oldies of our Minds

Cleaning up the Emotional Moldy Oldies of our Minds

Our thought-life can be like a radio station that repeats the same tunes over and over, and when we have a hurtful or painful experience, it can cause us to ruminate or think of the past situation again and again, like a broken record. Have you ever had a disagreement with someone and after it was over you couldn’t get all the things you “should” have said out of your mind? I call this group of recycled stressful thoughts and the emotions they create “Moldy Oldies.” Moldy Oldies are different than those songs we remember that make us smile—they are painfully powerful. When these thoughts are directed toward ourselves they can actually cause depression and when they are directed toward another, can cause anger. These types of thoughts have been linked with general anxiety, post-traumatic stress, binge drinking, eating disorders, and self-injurious behavior and depression. Paying attention to what we are thinking about is critical to our health and happiness.

Our thoughts tend to travel in groups that center around a memory of a bad situation, in essence forming the “lyrics” to the Moldy Oldie. It becomes part of the landscape of our minds and pretty soon, that song is stuck in our head – stuck in our subconscious mind. A nasty little habit of our subconscious mind is it wants to hang on to painful events and emotions relentlessly in an effort to help us avoid similar pain in the future.

A client of mine had a favorite song that reminded her of her partner – the love of her life. It was their song. Eventually, the two had a bitter break-up, and that song became a reminder of anger and resentment.  A few years passed by and she soon found someone new. She was in the middle of a date with him one evening when this old song played through the sound system at their favorite restaurant. She hadn’t heard it for a very long time but that didn’t matter – out of nowhere she began to cry uncontrollably.  She and I worked together on all of the old “triggers” associated with their relationship and within a few sessions she no longer felt the old twinge. Each one of the reminders became a non issue.  She was freed up to move forward in her personal life in a way that felt good. No more outbursts!

Letting go of a Moldy Oldies

You try it.  Think of something that bothers you from an old relationship. Maybe seeing or thinking of that person with someone new, or maybe there is a memory makes you cringe for whatever reason. Maybe it is a thought of wishing it were like it used to be or wondering how you tolerated mistreatment for so long. All of these types of thoughts/emotions can leave us feeling heavy and in the past. We want to be present. The present moment is where ALL the magic happens in life.

Take the following steps to free yourself from Moldy Oldies.

Stop what you are doing. Making a moment creates a space for something new to happen. 

Acknowledge how you are feeling. Most times we barrel ahead in life because thinking about it hurts too much.  A funny thing happens when we do this. Our emotions get louder, they need our attention. They are trying to tell us something hurts, something is wrong. Take a moment and honor how you feel. Listen to yourself. Name the emotion. Be gentle.

Breathe in deeply a few times. This helps create a relaxation response.

Repeat “I am open to relaxing about it” three times.  Offering something as simple as this mantra helps your brain associate something positive with the old uncomfortable or painful thought.  Studies show that your brain will hang onto a positive thought if it is offered. In some instances this may be the very first time you have offered a new supportive idea into the playback tape of your mind in this area.  Words and emotions are very tightly knit and you’ll find that offering this mantra will introduce a lighter emotion as well.

Try it a few times and if you are persistent you will be able to update your Moldy Oldy with a newer cooler emotional tune. You’ll know you’ve been successful if you feel better about it or better yet if you wonder why you were so upset about it in the first place.

Your body enjoys lighter emotional fare. Feeling emotionally lighter increases circulation, metabolism, energy and youthful vitality so don’t stop there choose another. It’s important to have a something simple to use in the spur of the moment. Going through this process will help you commit it to memory. You are worth it!

Reducing stress from old relationships is one of the most important things you can do for your health and business. It’s never too soon to heal your heart.

Grief Recovery Method® Specialist
www.DianaERuiz.com

about

Diana E. Ruiz, M.A.

Diana E. Ruiz MA helps women entrepreneurs resolve deep losses in life and relationships through practical steps so they can feel good in their skin again and experience their true brilliance in life and business. “The work Diana does is personally freeing and liberating…the added bonus? I am on fire in my business!” Rae Anne Hall – CEO Forward Principles – Diana is an Author, Grief Recovery Method Specialist®, Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioner

Join Our Community of Amazing Women

Be the first to know about upcoming events, new shows and stories!

Pin It on Pinterest