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My greatest desire is to serve, honor, and inspire as many women as I can to step into self-leadership, cultivate bounce-back resilience, and create a lives that they love and don't need to escape from. My Resilience Coaching promotes an inward-to-outward approach to bypass toxic success traps and build balanced success habits and patterns that help my clients align their thoughts, feelings, actio
ns, and results with their deepest Core Values. I believe Heart-Centered happiness comes from using their highest priorities as a compass to guide them.
Tell me, what's one thing that instantly made you smile today?
A Powerful New Year’s Clarity Question: What’s Your “Word of the Year”? (& Why does it matter?)
My personal experience with Burnout came from making the mistake of not understanding what it meant to “BE first, then DO”.
I jumped into each day head-first, striving for success and fulfillment through high achievement.
Now I know the importance of starting each day intentionally deciding who I want to BE while I DO what I do—the energy I choose to align with no matter what is happening around me. My core values are to Joyfully Serve and Show Love.
Doing + Doing = Toxic Success (Burnout)
Being + Doing = Balanced Success (Fulfillment)
Since 2012, instead of resolutions, I’ve picked words to guide me throughout the year—touchstones to ensure that my actions were inspired from the BE level.
In 2024 the word I’ve chosen is “Pivot”.
If you’re ready to take a look at what YOU want in 2024, and want me to share a proven practice designed to help you gain clarity and focus, then Drop me a “YES” in comments and I’ll send you a DM
Just for Today… One Day at a Time…Focused and Present, I intend to bring the best of who I am to greet the gift of this day. ❤️🎁🎄
We never know what others are is navigating — even those closest to us. Today, to the best of my ability, I choose kindness❤️
Own your light, soul-sister! And Let it shine! The world needs your light✨ ✨✨
Sharing this Wisdom nugget and inviting you to ponder with me…So often we yearn to cut the learning curve for those we love and care for. And yet, it’s essential to accept that often the experiences themselves, however painful, are meant to teach us what we need to learn.
I’m dedicated to Cultivating spaces where Unconditional acceptance + Unwavering support + Soulful Strategies can begin to heal what divides us—from ourselves and from one another.
We Are Family—daily OM
Every person we meet, see, hear, or read about is a member of our family. We are truly not alone.
When it comes to our families, we sometimes see only our differences. We see the way our parents cling to ideas we don’t believe, or act in ways we try not to copy. We see how practical one of our siblings is and wonder how we can be from the same gene pool. Similarly, within the human family we see how different we are from each other, in ways ranging from gender and race to geographical location and religious beliefs. It is almost as if we think we are a different species sometimes. But the truth is, in our personal families as well as the human family, we really are the same.
A single mother of four living in Africa looks up at the same stars and moon that shine down on an elderly Frenchman in Paris. A Tibetan monk living in India, a newborn infant in China, and a young couple saying their marriage vows in Indiana all breathe the same air, by the same process. We have all been hurt and we have all cried. Each one of us knows how it feels to love someone dearly. No matter what our political views are, we all love to laugh. Regardless of how much or how little money we have, our hearts pump blood through our bodies in the same way. With all this in common, it is clear we are each individual members of the same family. We are human.
Acknowledging how close we all are, instead of clinging to what separates us, enables us to feel less alone in the world. Every person we meet, see, hear, or read about is a member of our family. We are truly not alone. We also begin to see that we are perfectly capable of understanding and relating to people who, on the surface, may seem very different from us. This awareness prevents us from disconnecting from people on the other side of the tracks, and the other side of the world. We begin to understand that we must treat all people for what they are — family.
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Donna Ashworth is one of my favorite authors. This really speaks to me, as it describes the journey that is the hardest and yet the most necessary for us as heart-centered, purpose-driven women…
Over and over I see it in myself and the amazing women I get to love and lead every day.
The tendency to push full steam ahead—and if something hurts or isn’t working as planned or coming together fast enough, it must mean we just aren’t working hard enough to make “it” happen. It must mean we just need to double-down.
But say whaaaaaat?!?
I need to pause, slow down, or STOP?!? That seems like the absolute worst. idea. ever.
I need to SIT with “it”?! To BE with “it”?!
You may relate to what I used to think: “Ahhh hell no. You don’t know me at all. I don’t quit—plus if I don’t make things happen they won’t get done.”
Yes, I 100% used to think that. But now I know that what was driving me so hard for so long was unspoken grief and sadness—unacknowledged trauma, unimaginable helplessness, and unprocessed pain.
Because if I slowed down, the anxiety and overwhelm and pressure might catch up with me.
Now I know that you can’t outrun pain from your past—whether it’s from yesterday, from last year, or from all the way back in childhood.
Because Pain is the Pathway to Purpose!
Now I know that to STOP…to FEEL…is the only way to HEAL.
So…Here’s a toast to us, we are brave, we are strong, and we thrive in community.
If this resonates, please reply with a comment! If this really resonates, please reach out personally. I can’t wait for what is in store for the future of our Synergy Success community.
Rest is often the best way to show ourselves the TLC we deserve.
Ahhhh! A wonderful follow-up to the art of holding space for each other.💕
Beautiful description of what being “heart-centered” means in relationships 💕
What a great message from today's "Daily OM" on Judging Others!
To acknowledge that we have judged and why, is the first step to a path of compassion.
Though it is human to evaluate people we encounter based on first impressions, the conclusions we come to are seldom unaffected by our own fears and our own preconceptions. Additionally, our judgments are frequently incomplete. For example, wealth can seem like proof that an individual is spoiled, and poverty can be seen as a signifier of laziness — neither of which may be true. At the heart of the tendency to categorize and criticize, we often find insecurity. Overcoming our need to set ourselves apart from what we fear is a matter of understanding the root of judgment and then reaffirming our commitment to tolerance.
When we catch ourselves thinking or behaving judgmentally, we should ask ourselves where these judgments come from. Traits we hope we do not possess can instigate our criticism when we see them in others because passing judgment distances us from those traits. Once we regain our center, we can reinforce our open-mindedness by putting our feelings into words. To acknowledge to ourselves that we have judged, and that we have identified the root of our judgments, is the first step to a path of compassion. Recognizing that we limit our awareness by assessing others critically can make moving past our initial impressions much easier. Judgments seldom leave room for alternate possibilities.
Mother Teresa said, “If you judge people, you don’t have time to love them.” If we are quick to pass judgment on others, we forget that they, like us, are human beings. As we seldom know what roads people have traveled before a shared encounter or why they have come into our lives, we should always give those we meet the gift of an open heart. Doing so allows us to replace fear-based criticism with appreciation because we can then focus wholeheartedly on the spark of good that burns in all human souls.
Love this — ￼don’t you?
Almost 3 years ago a soul sister gave me a clay pot with a little elephant plant—it grew so tall I've had to re-pot it twice. This happened gradually, over much time.
This prompted Today's Meaningful Morning Journal Reflections:
It’s easy to forget how much we’ve grown, when gains are slow and 1 step forward is met with 2 steps back.
It’s easy to forget that it ALL counts… Every micro-commitment, small choice, and baby step in the direction of our highest self. Every U-turn, each time we “begin again”, that counts too! (because we don’t start over—we continue from the place where we got lost in our shadows & rubber-banded back into old coping cycles).
Forward is Forward. Slow Progress is still Progress. “Onward and Upward” is the Heart-Centered Heroine’s favorite phrase.
Until one day, we get a glimpse of something that puts our evolution in perspective…
We find ourselves shoulder to shoulder with who we used to be, behavior we used to tolerate, what we used to believe, and where we used to live—in cramped quarters that promised safety but shackled us to comfortable misery.
Honor the smallness of the container that once held you. Honor the container in which you now live, move and breathe. Honor the ways you’re still growing and just imagine the possibilities now that your roots are deep and you’re reaching for the sun! ”
When there seems like there is no final endpoint, no period to mark the ending, how do we begin again-start anew? There is something within us and beyond us, that knows what to do, how to navigate.
When there are no clear directions of how to proceed, we can recognize our courage as we trust our intuition and allow it to help us to find our way through the unknown and uncharted territory. Step by step, day by day we will begin to find ways to think, feel, and act that are aligned with where we are in this moment and where we are going.
We may be asking ourselves when, how, and where to begin? My personal and professional experiences have taught me to:
• Begin where you are.
• Start slow and gain momentum.
• Rest, self-care, determination, and perseverance will help you to keep going when the road gets bumpy.
• No one knows what you need like you do, trust your intuition.
As you begin anew on the unclear path, others may be taking their own route or charting the same path differently- we are individuals each navigating situations in our own way and that is a-okay. Stay in your own lane and focus on what is real, true, and right for you as you begin anew.
“No person, place, thing, or situation has power over me…
I call my power back now”
Place hands on Solar Plexus & invite the power and protection of Spirit to fill you up with radiant pure energy
Sit in the gap. Acknowledge you have 2 choices. To become whole, healed and complete requires active, conscious decision-making on behalf of the peaceful badass you’re becoming.
It’s not a race, it’s a journey up the Map of Consciousness, one frequency at a time, from the lower level shadows of our Conditioned, reactive self (fear, stress patterns, surviving in coping cycles)
to the higher level strengths of our Authentic, responsive self (love, creative problem solving, thriving in restorative behaviors)
We’ve got what it takes to Rise! 🌞☀️💪
Having a Trusted Fellow Traveler is such Powerful Soul Medicine! ❤️
Happy Last First Day Dani! 🎉❤️🐕🦺🏐
WOW! Our Wintergreen “Serenity Soul-Care Retreat” was an absolute joy from start to finish with amazing sisters from this year’s Amplify Mastermind group.
Over the past 12 years this transformative mid-year power pause away from everyday stresses and daily responsibilities has become an essential way for us as heart-centered women avoid burn out; to rest, refresh and reconnect in the highest way.
Because in order to serve, we need a reserve...a reservoir of resilience to draw from when the pressures of life test us.
Feeling both honored and blessed to be used in this way as an instrument of peace, healing, and love, receiving the same abundantly in return.
May you be as happy as a dog with a stick today! 😎🐕🦺
A quick reminder that YES, You are all these things and more! ❤️
And it’s a wrap! Feeling honored to be invited to share “Emerging Resilient” sessions with this exceptional group of Heart-centered, Purpose-driven Head Start Directors from all over Va who nurture the most vulnerable among us—our at risk children & families. May we all look for ways and use our gifts to inspire each other—When you get, give. When you learn, teach! (Maya Angelou) Burn Bright without Burning Out.
Most people only recite the first part, but I feel the rest of the prayer is most meaningful for us to embrace! 🥰🙏🏻❤️
The Serenity Prayer (full version) God grant me the serenity To accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; And wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world As it is, not as I would have it; Trusting that He will make all things right If I surrender to His Will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life And supremely happy with Him Forever and ever in the next. Amen
“We immediately become more effective when we decide to change ourselves rather than asking things to change for us.”
“How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really matters most.” —Stephen Covey
Hey there—As you read this, I invite you to take a moment’s pause for a long, deep breath. Put a hand on your heart, and ask “What do you need right now?” The first thing that pops up is often something superficial—so ask once more: What do you really, really need right now?” Whatever you hear, let your next actions be in alignment with that. Love yourself forward as you care for others. ❤️❤️❤️
We’ll hello!! Love this!! ❤️
Oh yes you are! 😉
Anyone who knows me, knows my special connection with Cardinals! Seeing this brought a smile this morning—We can hold hope alongside grief and hopelessness as we process yet another school shooting in Nashville. Please post something that warms your heart today!
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