Do You Love Your Mirror?

Do You Love Your Mirror?

Do You Love Your Mirror?

The simple act of looking in the mirror is something we do everyday. The last thing you see before you go off to work, into a meeting, before bedtime or out for a walk. Do you love what you see when you look in the mirror? What we think and feel about ourselves in that moment is often overlooked because we are so busy, however it is one of the most impactful acts for our health. The strong emotions we have about our body and ourselves is with us 24/7.  If we are enthralled about how we look this is good news however if we feel discouraged, disgusted, or embarrassed among other things. As I mentioned in my last article Cleaning Up the Moldy Oldies of Our Emotional Minds these repeating downer thoughts can cause many health issues. You can read it HERE.

I don’t know about you but when I look in the mirror consciously and for a longer period of time it is either in a full length mirror when I am assessing an outfit or looking closely at the skin on my face  – and this act can spiral into feelings of disappointment and frustration or confidence depending on my mood. Truthfully though the former is where I land.

These moments of looking in the mirror are powerful opportunities to show compassion to ourselves. Lord knows we can all use more of that. These are the most powerfully healing emotions we can show ourselves. Studies show that compassion towards others or ourselves increases our body’s healing response and opens the rejuvenating flow of circulation.

But there is another interesting and surprising reason our loving action can benefit us so powerfully.  

Water and Love Connection

In my book “Healing Your Life with Water” I share that we are all made up of 70-80% water. This water fuels our natural rejuvenation this is one of the reasons it is important to stay hydrated.  But did you know that your emotions and thoughts have an effect on your “body of water”?

It astounded me when I learned this.  Masaru Emoto, author of several bestselling books, details his amazing experiments with photographs that show how the vibrations of thought/emotion can affect water.

Emoto wrote “You Fool” on one bottle and “I love you” on another then froze them.  In a cold environment he chipped a few ice crystal off of each and looked at them under the microscope.  

The crystals from the bottle of water that had “You Fool Written on it looked deformed, and the crystals in the bottle on which “I Love You” were written formed the most beautiful crystals he had seen to date. 

Please go to Masuro Emoto’s website to see all the beautiful colored photographs of these water crystals. His book The Hidden Messages in Water is filled with beautiful photography as well as the results of his research.

Of all the emotions written on the bottles, the water crystals with loving words and intentions created  the most beautiful crystals.

But that makes sense – we know how we feel when someone shows sincere love and gratitude—we bubble up inside, get a flush, or experience a wave of good feelings. This creates a strong inner rejuvenating flow within our own body of water.

Mind & Body of Water Connection

We are made up of 70-80% percent water, and evidently, our water “responds” in a way to what we think and feel. What are we telling our body of water consistently? When we look into the mirror, do we feel love, gratitude, admiration? Ha! Most of us mostly see our failings, fat, wrinkles, and any number of imperfections. 

Love Your Water

Try something different when you look into the mirror. If all you can see are the imperfections, look at yourself as a Body of Water instead…yes, a body of H2O. Compliment your water molecules if you can’t find anything else nice to think, feel, or say. Thank your water for playing such a big part in your health, for keeping all of your functions running smoothly and for rejuvenating you. Your water is listening and will shimmer. 

Loving Self Talk

It might not be so easy to just start thinking wonderful things about yourself out of the gate. I’ll share an exercise with you that will help lower the barriers to self-love and raise compassion. 

Do a quick assessment by asking yourself this question: On a scale from 1-10, how much does it bother me to look in the mirror? Be honest. Write it down because we will do a quick exercise to help lower that number. I know some days are better than others however overall would you say that the good days and bad days are even – 50/50? Or is it more 60/40 or 80/20?

Whatever it is we can all benefit from a bit more self-love. Lets give your mind, body and water connection a rejuvenating treat by repeating a mantra I created specifically for you today. It will help your mind and body relax emotionally and physically about receiving self-love.  If you already have a healthy love for yourself this will serve to deepen it. I’ve also included a downloadable printout. Ready?

Mirror Love Mantra

I created this Mantra by borrowing from a relaxation method I developed called “The Miracle Relax Mantra” TM.  It has worked wonders for many of my clients helping them to create emotional balance within themselves and within their relationships.  It will help create a relaxed response within your “body of water”. 

Download the mantra I have provided and repeat this Mirror Love Mantra while looking in the mirror or imagining looking in the mirror on your worst day. Go ahead and download it now.

After repeating it hopefully you feel a bit lighter. This is good, healing and rejuvenating! If you feel the same repeat it again when you are in a space with no distractions and with an intention to release anything that is opposite of self-love and self-compassion for your highest good.  Releasing stressful emotions about yourself frees up your circulation and confidence. All of this serves to uncover beauty that is within you always. We were all born with perfect purity and love – that part of us is always there. This will help you tap back into it.

Print the Mirror Love Mantra up and pin it near your mirror. After a week of repeating it notice how you feel in your own skin, notice any changes in your interactions with others and self-talk, notice your energy levels and if healthy choices become easier. Journal any changes.

Your body is thirsty for loving words and adoring thoughts from YOU. WATER you waiting for?

Diana E. Ruiz

Diana E. Ruiz

Grief Recovery Method® Specialist


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


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Doing Life Together: Do Life and Pain Have to Be Synonymous?

Doing Life Together: Do Life and Pain Have to Be Synonymous?

Do Life and Pain Have to Be Synonymous?

I am reading Charles Swindoll’s book, Esther: A Women of Strength & Dignity. He opens Chapter Four with the sentence: Life and pain are synonymous. I closed the book.

I hate pain. I do everything I can to avoid it, to relieve it, to make sure it doesn’t return. And hearing that life and pain are synonymous means it can’t be avoided, may not be relieved in every circumstance, and just might return when I least expect it ~ no matter what I do.

No matter what we do. In the last month, I’ve watched a dear friend lose her hair to chemo. Another is separated from her husband and getting a divorce. Another is recovering from a major heart attack. My mother-in-law is learning a new normal after the death of my father-in-law, her constant companion for 71 years.

While I sit at my desk, feeling a little achy from a bike ride, a little tired from an early morning run to the airport, a little inconvenienced by a rescheduled meeting, I think about “doing life together.” I think about the beauty of a sunny summer day and the dark clouds of cancer. I look again at my husband’s anniversary card celebrating our 38 years together, knowing another marriage just ended in separation, another in death. While my knee groans from a short bike ride, I wonder how I’d feel if my heart had taken me to the emergency room.

I love that I have so many wonderful women in my life, wise women, women who make me laugh and make me think, women who support and encourage me, women who challenge me. All of us doing life together. One day, one moment, one coffee break, one prayer at a time. Because life and pain are synonymous, but together we can do it. Together. 

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Deanna Nowadnick

Deanna Nowadnick

Speaker | Writer | Author


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.


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5 Fun Things to Do With Your Adult Children

5 Fun Things to Do With Your Adult Children

5 Fun Things to Do With Your Adult Children

When your kids were little it was easy to spend time together! Family activities are plentiful for children living at home and it is easy to carve out family time. Once your kids are grown and out of your home it can be harder to find the time and the activities that create connection and are enjoyable for everyone. Here is a list of fun things to do with your adult children.

Things to do with your adult children

If you are searching for some things to do with your adult children, then you’re at the right place. Before you dive straight at the points, you should understand your children have now grown-up, and maybe their behavior and attitude towards you would not be the same as before.

Even though they are your children, but you shouldn’t be surprised if things don’t go according to you. There can be many incidents like you may experience alterations in their likes and dislikes. Or, you never know the things which you plan to do with your adult children are totally out of their box of interest. Thus, you need to be prepared for both good and bad reactions.  Here is a list of fun things to do with your adult children.

Take A Class Together

There are classes for everything! From cooking, the arts, beer and wine making you can really find anything in class form. A class is a great way to learn something together while spending quality time with your child.

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Are you and your child both passionate about an issue or organization? If so, volunteering is a great way to spend time together while helping others. Creating a monthly volunteering day will keep you on each other’s calendars and allow you to carve out time to contribute to a cause you are passionate about.

Do Something Scary

 If you like adrenaline chances are your kid does as well! Find an extreme experience to do together! Not only will it be thrilling, but it is a bonding experience to face a fear together!

Wine Tasting

 A wine tasting trip is an amazing place to connect, the goal of wine tasting is to savor each sip and determine what you like and do not like. So, there is a lot of built in conversation in chatting about wine. Wine tasting is also more of a slow-paced activity, so you can enjoy a leisurely day of catching up while you learn about wine.

Game or Concert

 If you share interests in sports or music a game or concert is a great way to spend time together. You are both enjoying something you love, while spending time together. On the other hand, if your child is really into a team or band and you are not familiar, it is a good chance to learn more about them and what they love.

No matter what activity you choose the idea is to spend time together and catch up on each other’s lives. The activity is just a reason to get together, it is the conversation and connection that matter the most.

5 Fun Things to Do With Your Adult Children
Karen Rae

Karen Rae

Owner, Fave Lifestyles


Karen Rae

I was becoming an empty nester, a woman of a more interesting age and in transition. Sound familiar? I was at that place where we question our purpose, value, and worth and what in the world are we going to do with the rest of our lives.

I noticed women have a huge hunger to belong to a community of women where they can feel safe, share openly from their heart and have other women to do life with! This is why I created my Fave Lifestyles.

Fave is for the woman who wants to call Fave her community of women who support, uplift, and make her feel better about herself. I want to create a place where we help her answer life's questions and just do life together!

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Slow and Steady Creates Accelerated Results

Slow and Steady Creates Accelerated Results

Slow and Steady Creates Accelerated Results

Are you in a rush to build a successful business or do you take the time to steadily grow? There are dangers in growing too quickly that can become costly to your business. 

Do you remember Aesop’s fable of the Tortoise and the Hare?  The hare thought he was a big shot because he could move and do things much faster than the tortoise. After listening to much bragging from the hare, the tortoise challenged the hare to a race. The hare knew he could easily win so he accepted the challenge. Part way through the race the hare decided to stop and take a nap, knowing that he was already far ahead of the tortoise, he was confident he had plenty of time to rest and still win the race. 

While the hare was napping, the tortoise continued with his slow and steady crawl. Before long he had caught up to and passed the hare and ended up winning the race. 

Are you like the hare or the tortoise? Do you race to get quick results or sales and then hit burn out and stop, rest, and then hit is hard again – making many mistakes along the way? Or do you take the slow and steady approach, making sure you are working efficiently and effectively – making sure you have the appropriate structures in place? It’s easy to get confused in thinking that achieving accelerated results in your business means getting to the end quicker when reaching accelerated results is really about taking the time to be properly prepared and work wisely along the way. 

Have you ever driven over a speed bump, dismissing the traffic signs that instruct you to drive at 15 mph, and instead you continue through at 25 mph? If you were to continually do this you would damage your vehicle, creating a need for costly repairs. 

When you speed through the steps in building your business, likewise, you will find yourself making costly mistakes. These mistakes will slow down your business rather than accelerate the process. 

Here are some things you will want to have in place in order to achieve accelerated results in your business.

  1. A cash flow budget – create a budget to plan how the money flows in and out of the business so you are able to make wise decisions with how the money is spent before it’s spent. Without a plan, it’s easy to get distracted by unnecessary expenses. 
  2. A financial tracking system – consistently track your income and expenses. This allows you to always know where the money is going so you can gauge if the money is being used efficiently. 
  3. A workable pace – don’t get caught up in the rush of making quick money. When you are in a hurry, you become desperate – and desperation destroys a sale quicker than just about anything. 
  4. A backup plan – every business faces ebbs and flows. Financial setbacks are a major destroyer of small businesses. Have a backup plan for keeping the business and yourself afloat financially during the down times. 
  5. A mentor or coach – prepare yourself for emotional challenges before they arise. Everyone faces moments of discouragement in their business. A mentor or coach will walk you through those moments and keep you in the race. 

While it may seem contradictory, the quick way of getting accelerated results in your business is by working at a slow and steady pace, making sure you have the proper procedures in place. Racing to the finish line creates problems that will slow down your progress.

Remember the tortoise who won the race – and build your business at a slow and steady pace. 

 Catherine M. White

Catherine M. White

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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Marketing Acronyms You Need to Know

Marketing Acronyms You Need to Know

Marketing Acronyms You Need to Know

When you are working with a web designer and a marketing company you will hear a lot of acronyms. All this jargon can be confusing, so we created a short list of important acronyms and meanings so that you can be informed about what everyone is talking about during the course of your project. 

CTA-Call to Action

A call to action (CTA) on your website is an invitation to take the next step. A simple CTA is something such as, “contact us for more information,” is ok but generally, you want something more enticing. You want to make an offer that is worth taking the next step in the sales process. 

CLV-Customer Lifetime Value

 The customer lifetime value or CLV is the projected revenue you can expect from a customer over the lifetime of their relationship with your company. This information helps determine the return on investment of your marketing expenditure compared to how many clients are gained from your internet marketing efforts. 

KPI-Key Performance Indicators

 A key performance indicator or KPI is a measurement that has been deemed important to your campaign. All internet marketing will give you different measurements of success that may or may not line up with your goals. A KPI is a measurement that you deem as the success metric. For example, you may run a Facebook ad that drives traffic to your website. If all you want is traffic, then you can measure that alone. But if what you want are newsletter opt-ins you can compare the traffic and how much of that converted to an opt-in to measure success and refine your messaging. Good KPIs give you a deeper understanding of your results and ROI. 

PPC-Pay Per Click

Pay-per-click or PPC advertising is a popular form of paid internet advertising that focuses on Google AdWords. When using PPC your ad is displayed on Google when a potential client searches for your product or service and you are charged when they click through to the ad landing page. 

SEO-Search Engine Optimization 

 Search engine optimization or SEO is another internet marketing tactic focused on Google. In this case, you are using keywords to improve your ranking on google. SEO is vitally important to website success, so make sure your web design company has an understanding of this tactic. 

UX-User Experience 

User experience or UX is the practice of making websites as easy and user-friendly as possible. UX encompasses things like the site architecture, loading speed and how the site interacts with your other online platforms like social media. User experience is crucially important to retaining website users because when your site is complicated or does not function properly you lose people quickly and often for good.

When working with your web designer don’t be afraid to ask questions when you hear a term you are not familiar with. There is a lot of jargon that is second nature to web designers and internet marketers but sounds like gibberish to others. Knowing the important terms will allow you to make better decisions and understand your results. 

marketing acronyms you need to know


Danielle LaFleur

Danielle has over 27+ years in Marketing, IT, and Network design, development, and workforce leadership training. She is the owner of Gray Lux, Inc. She understands the real needs every small businesses has in creating value online and in-person with their clients.

She is dedicated to creating successes for her team and her clients.

Danielle has helped hundreds of small businesses maximize extra revenue streams, 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.


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