Let’s All Take a Deep Breath

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With this highly-charged election season coming to a quick close, here’s what I know for sure:

Regardless of the outcome, each and every one of us can trust that this benevolent Universe we live in is always conspiring for our highest good, moving us forward at this time in our individual, collective and national evolution. We are invited to live into the truth that we are here and designed to chart these very waters of change and paradigm shifts by tapping into awareness, trust and transformational thoughts and behaviors.We are the creative forces in our own lives. We are are meant to be here. We are capable. We are blessed.

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Announcing! Rumblstrips Expands its Level of Service

“Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground.
There’s no greater investment.” ~Stephen Covey

Rumblstrips has turned a corner. From a start-up experiment a little over a year-and-a-half ago, to a legitimate online business with potential for growth, we’ve covered a lot of ground and are ready to take it to the next level in every way.

Toward that end it is imperative that Rumblstrips is prepared for the long-term with a solid monetization plan in place to fund its future. The costs to run the business to date have been shouldered personally. But, Rumblstrips, like any other business, needs to stand on its own legs financially in order to continuing evolving and serving.

So today, we announce the first step in the process of building a healthy business by welcoming a new partnership with the independent multi-media publishing company, Sounds True. [Affiliate]

They are veterans in the personal growth marketplace, offering products from a wide variety of experts in the industry at reasonable prices. They are a reputable, conscious company comprised of like-minded thinkers aligned well the Rumblstrips Mission and Purpose.

What does it mean for you?

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Tips and Tools for Giving Your Overworked Brain a Break

“I need to be good to myself, creatively, and refill my own creative well
before I can be any less than a brain-dead zombie.”
~Mary Kole

It starts with each of us individually. Setting some personal boundaries and putting our own oxygen mask on first will create a chain reaction that will have a positive impact on those around us as the ripple effect is set in motion.

Here are a few ideas for giving your brain a chance to restore and rejuvenate on a daily basis:

  • Set your personal and work email address up so they don’t feed through the same email provider on your devices. That way you can still receive personal ecopy-of-unplug-9-22-2016mails without being distracted by work email during non-working hours.
  • Stop checking emails first thing in the morning and right before you go to bed. Establish “working” hours that are reasonable for your work situation and add them to your email signature, if necessary, to set expectations.
  • If you need to check in while on vacation, schedule a time once daily and state that in your out-of-office message. Then stick to it.
  • If you need to work on weekends, establish a timeframe and stick to
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Giving My Epiphany a Window of Opportunity

“We need to work against that culture of always being busy and develop
more realistic expectations of what our brains and bodies can handle.”
~Ruth Wolever

A couple of short vacations over the summer months opened my eyes to the importance – no, the necessity – of resting my brain while experiencing a change in environment and routine, i.e., taking a vacation.

giving-my-epiphany-a-window-of-opportunityA recent bike ride through a beautiful, golden valley in Colorado provided the perfect backdrop for my epiphany.

After just a few days (mostly) disconnected from my laptop and connected to outdoor activities, I began to feel my shoulders drop, my mind open up, my worldview expand and creative energy building.

I heard the voice inside speaking very clearly. What both my body and mind want and need is time for rejuvenation.

Being a soloprenuer of this young business adds an additional layer of challenge in taking time off. There’s always work to be done. And, having grown up on a Midwestern farm where work was required 7-days and 52 weeks a year, work has been part of my routine since I was 8 years old. I know how to work. It’s not working that’s harder for me.… Read the rest


Duality: Can Authenticity and Career Co-exist?

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all the others.”
~Brian Buffini

Some people are lucky, they know their life’s calling early on–or so it appears on this side of the not so green grass. From an early age, I’ve had multiple callings, loud sirens usually leading me in opposite directions. After decades of practice, I learned to keep my vocations (or voices) separate, neat, and tidy in their respective “boxes”. Or so I thought.

two headed coinThe current duo at odds has been the real estate broker and the Kundalini yoga teacher. The Realtor and yoga teacher have strong opinions about one another, some not so pleasant. Kundalini is not a gym class kind of yoga experience. It is a spiritually based practice (of course all yoga is, just not always taught that way). The Realtor fears her clients won’t take her seriously if they see her Kundalini side, especially decked out in white clothing, chanting, sitting on a sheep skin, and sporting a white turban. Fine (I think), keep this pair in their separate boxes. 

Recently starting at a new real estate office, the owner suggested that I attend the company’s annual convention in … Read the rest


Finding Hope and Renewal in the Face of Tragedy

A Tale of Survival

hand holdng orbIn the spirit of hope – of healing – of renewal – and of embracing those struggling with loss, I would like to share what I wrote of my own struggle to survive the loss of one of my sons in a mass killing a number of years ago.

I originally posted this blog two years ago, after the killings in Tucson, Arizona. It felt appropriate to share it again now.

Towards the end of President Obama’s moving tribute to those killed in an earlier massacre, he said: “Our hearts are broken by their sudden passing. Our hearts are broken – and yet, our hearts also have reason for fullness. ………Sudden loss causes us to look backward – but it also forces us to look forward, to reflect on the present and the future, on the manner in which we live our lives and nurture our relationships with those who are still with us.”

Sometime after my personal tragedy, I was in a writing class where we were asked to respond to the question: “Where do you go when you feel there is a discrepancy between life as it should be and life as it is? … Read the rest


Planning Your Summer? How About Your LIFE?

“Live Your Life on Purpose.”

Summertime is here!

Believe it or not, the beginning of summer is the time of year, bar none, when we do most of our long-term planning, even though that detailed planning is for only a month or two in advance.

We start by identifying the emotion-driven goals we want to experience, strategize how to accomplish them, and then get into action so our summer objectives become our reality.

It’s a great formula that has us as the powerful catalyst for what we want.

Now how about your life and all the different aspects of it?

woman on road w suitcaseAre you planning with all the fervor that you plan your summertime activities; looking at possibilities, contemplating details, covering bases, and designing your plan of action? When you do, life opens up and you really do get more of what you want. Give it a try.

Where are you going?

Acknowledge your heart’s desire, that dream you’ve tucked away or something you would do if you really gave yourself permission. You will be better able to understand what is calling you forward and what happiness and success look like to you.

How will you get there?

What are your … Read the rest


Stand Tall— It’s Good for You

You can tell a lot by someone’s body language.”
~Harvey Wolter

The way humans’ express victory or celebration is universal: we throw our arms up to the sky; we leap into the air; pump our fist or do a happy dance. Body language can tell us a lot about other states of mind, too. If someone is curled into themselves, head in hands, slumped—it doesn’t take an intuitive to see the person is sad, depressed, feeling powerless.

According to Harvard social psychologist Amy Cuddy, this physical expression of a mental state can also work in the other direction. Cuddy’s research has established that simply adopting a posture can induce a predictable emotional state; our bodies can change our thoughts and feelings. Standing tall, with your arms raised in victory, causes a spike in important hormones that make you feel more powerful and comfortable. Adopting a powerful posture for even 2 minutes can begin to re-wire your brain; fake it ‘til you make it turns out to have scientific justification.

amy cuddyAs Ms. Cuddy points out, this is a great way to prepare for a stressful situation—like a job interview, or a speech— where you want to feel confident and in … Read the rest


Follow the Thread to Find Your Purpose

“The two most important days in your life are
the day you were born and the day you find out why.”
~Mark Twain

To understand your true purpose, take the time to determine what would truly fulfill your passions.

Remember

A good place to start is to remember the games you most liked to play as a child.

  • What tasks did you enjoy?
  • What roles did you choose both among your friends and in your imagination?
  • What got you excited before all the filters and restrictions were imposed?

If reincarnation is a part of your philosophy, exploring your past lives will reveal lifetimes when you were expressing your purpose. You can even explore and learn from those lifetimes when you failed to find or pursue your purpose.

Know yourself

  • time and money no objectWhat is your true nature?
  • What are your cherished values?
  • How do you best function, and what is the highest use of that functionality?

Ask yourself the well-worn question about what you would do if time and money were no object. This time add the caveat of what you would do if you had to spend all your time away from the house except to sleep, and it can’t be anything … Read the rest


Permission to Stop: Your Gateway to Freedom & Fulfillment

“I was dead, then alive. Weeping then laughing.
The power of love came into me and I became fierce like a lion,
Then tender like the evening star.”

~Rumi

At the beginning of 2012 I was sat with a wonderful and inspiring group of entrepreneurs in a mastermind meeting, all of us eagerly helping each other with the launch of our new businesses.

I’d wanted to run my own business for years and was deeply frustrated that I was still only doing the work I truly loved on the side of my corporate career. As much as I ached to bring my business to life, I had a familiar frustration and anxiety bubbling inside me. I was worn out from trying to formulate my ideas, continually going round in circles.

I was stuck. Again.

The rest of my life was on hold… I was approaching my 40th year, still single and living once more at my mum’s to focus on my business, side-lining my passion for adventure and travel and other things I loved, branding fun as frivolous and instead immersing myself in a multitude of personal development and business courses. It was a painful place to be, although I … Read the rest


On the Quest for Purpose

“Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself
and know that everything in this life has a purpose.”

~   Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Finding true purpose is a challenge that plagues most people throughout their lives. Well…that is being kind, perhaps, because there are plenty who really never give it a thought and just walk through life doing what is acceptable or necessary. They don’t inquire, step out of line, make waves, take a chance, or dance like nobody is watching. They keep their heads down, and don’t take risks.

Is this you? I don’t think so.

You, on the other hand, are more aware and curious. You suspect there is something missing and desire more out of your life than the status quo. You have that nagging sense about something that needs to be discovered. Something more, something deeper.

Your friends and family may consider you successful because you have chosen a suitable career. Yet, in the quiet moments of your life, you ponder the lingering question about whether this is really the correct path that leads to fulfilling the goals and higher purpose that were a part of the deal your soul promised when incarnating into this lifetime.… Read the rest


Be a Part of the Solution

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
~Martin Luther King Jr.

When you hear the term “Human Trafficking” do you think,
‘this is a third world problem’?

Think again.

This is a global issue. In the United States the top 20 cities are: Houston, El Paso, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Charlotte, Miami, Las Vegas, New York, Long Island, New Orleans, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Phoenix, Richmond, San Diego, San Francisco, St. Louis, Seattle and Tampa.

avg age of entryWhat these numbers are telling us that this is our problem in our own back yard.

If you find this hard to believe just Google it. There are many stories about parents dealing with the horror of having their teenage child being caught up in a reality that might be difficult for us to imagine.  Just last year the FBI made history* by arresting over 150 people and rescuing 149 children coast to coast.

Here’s the bad news: Human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar business. And, we are all participating in it. It’s been extremely difficult not to. From our clothes to our home decor to our phones to our jewelry to the coffee we drink in the morning, we have all become a part … Read the rest


Duality: Can Authenticity and Career Co-exist?

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all the others.”
~Brian Buffini

Some people are lucky, they know their life’s calling early on–or so it appears on this side of the not so green grass. From an early age, I’ve had multiple callings, loud sirens usually leading me in opposite directions. After decades of practice, I learned to keep my vocations (or voices) separate, neat, and tidy in their respective “boxes”. Or so I thought.

coin w 2 headsThe current duo at odds has been the real estate broker and the Kundalini yoga teacher. The Realtor and yoga teacher have strong opinions about one another, some not so pleasant. Kundalini is not a gym class kind of yoga experience. It is a spiritually based practice (of course all yoga is, just not always taught that way). The Realtor fears her clients won’t take her seriously if they see her Kundalini side, especially decked out in white clothing, chanting, sitting on a sheep skin, and sporting a white turban. Fine (I think), keep this pair in their separate boxes. 

Recently starting at a new real estate office, the owner suggested that I attend the company’s annual convention in … Read the rest


Inspiration … Found in an Unlikely Place!

“If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable,
you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.”

~Robert Fritz

I’ve been spending the last eight weeks on the opposite side of the country basking in the Florida sunshine rather than rusting in the Seattle rain at home. It’s glorious. It’s also amazing how quickly a new external environment can spark a very fresh internal query and conversation. This isn’t the first time I’ve done this; years ago I left Chicago to move to Hawaii where everything in those new surroundings also proved to be the catalyst of rapid change and positive growth.

footprints on the beachAs I wander the beach I find myself again taking a curious look at myself to honestly evaluate how I got to where I am now, and then put my stake in the ground for something more that leads to even higher levels of happiness and fulfillment. Just like on the beaches in Hawaii, I am again finding inspiration, this time on the Gulf of Mexico.

In order to find inspiration, we have to hustle for self-awareness asking courageous questions to understand the status quo and stories we … Read the rest


Luminary for Emergence: News For the Soul

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Honoring oneself through self-care can create space for creativity or intuition to come through freely in an otherwise stressful cluttered world. In the February Luminary for Emergence radio show on News for the Soul, Suzanne Ragan Lentz explores how deep self-care accesses intuition.

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Coming Back to Center: 5 Helpful Steps

“In the very center of your being, life begins in silence and in joy.”
~Debasish Mridha

cen·ter: ˈsen(t)er: a point, pivot, axis, etc., around which anything rotates or revolves

The Holidays have come and gone and the New Year has begun. For many of us that means coming back to center and to ourselves. So how exactly does one get back to center? My first response is slowly and gently. If you have ever noticed pushing does not help. And rushing as if you’re life is an emergency also does not work.

in the center of your beingSo what does work? This will probably not sound sexy but slow, small repeatable steps actually get us to our goal in the most reliable manner with our beings intact. If you’re anything like me, this will probably feel counter-intuitive. I often like to move ahead quickly with noticeable gains.

The problem with this is that it’s not sustainable over the long haul. It’s okay for short-term gains but if what your interested in is in long-term goals that won’t stress out your entire being then small, doable baby steps is what you want to do every day from your center point.

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Create Your Day Anew!

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Create Your Day Anew

An 8 minute meditation that will fit into any busy schedule and put you in the right frame of mind to get your day running smoothly! The introduction audio is short and you’ll only need to listen to it once. Then, listen to the meditation every morning and you’ll begin to notice the difference in your day. Really!


Changing Lives One Brownie at a Time

The Greystone Story

This video debunks the perception that the world is going down the tubes. There is good everywhere. We are surrounded by positive energy and we are love. Watch for it, pay attention to it and it will grow. It’s guaranteed.

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If Mindfulness Makes You Uncomfortable, It’s Working

“Mindfulness is a state of being fully present, aware of oneself and other people,
and sensitive to one’s reactions to stressful situations.”

~William W. George

I recently had a conversation with a client named Claire, who was giving mindfulness a try with a meditation app. But she was frustrated that it wasn’t helping her feel more relaxed — instead, she was actually a bit more agitated.

tension is whoBecoming truly mindful and aware means that we are also able to see, name and more fully experience things when we are angry, sad, jealous, anxious, vulnerable or lonely. I told Claire two stories about leaders as a better way of understanding mindfulness.

The first is about a leader named Randy, who is working on elevating himself as a leader. He wants to take time to be more strategic in his role and build more visibility for himself and his team, but he admits that he hasn’t made much progress.

Then there’s Natalie, who is working on becoming a more patient leader. Over the course of the past year, she received feedback that her hard-changing style rubs others the wrong way. The tone of the feedback suggested that if she didn’t make some measurable … Read the rest


The Empowerment Expedition

“It is true to say that the secret of a winning formula is
the ability to accept that there is a vast area of unexploited potential
beyond what you currently perceive to be your maximum.”

~Steve Backley

 

It was the summer of 2002, in the midst of an extremely challenging time in my life, when I found myself standing in front of that clichéd little sign on my refrigerator, yellowed by the years, which read “When one door closes, another opens”.

I remember thinking how easy it was to champion that overused Alexander Graham Bell quote when all was going well and yet now that life’s circumstances took me in an unforeseen direction, where all aspects of familiarity and perceived safety were challenged, it was a very different story. I read and re-read it, looking for resonance, courage and hope.

Just a few months earlier, much to my shock, I was downsized out of a job that held a large part of my identity and it shook me to my core. As a life-long devotee of positive psychology and always steeped in personal development, I found myself disoriented and in the grips of my negative assumptions and … Read the rest