Thinking about summer almost always brings up the thought of vacationing. When I was a child we lived on the East Coast of the U.S. We always took our vacation on Cape Cod. I have special memories of deep pine forests, ice cream cones, long bike trails and hot sandy beaches that warmed my toes. As I embraced the business world, the lines of vacation became more blurred. During some years time became less available for long summer strolls on the beach. At the same time the need for rejuvenation and rest was greater. I have always needed to slow down so I can hear my natural rhythm so that I can begin to hear myself and what I really need. This, for me, is the finest gift of a staycation; a truly relaxing vacation.
Today with the world moving at such a quick pace, many of my friends and colleagues are reevaluating what they need in a vacation/staycation. For many this needs to be a block of time set aside for rejuvenation, contemplation and renewal. That is not to say that the traditional vacation luxury needs to go. However, many people are being financially frugal or working more than they have in the past. So what’s a woman to do?
What would be your version of an ideal staycation or vacation?
I would love to know!
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One of the most important things we women need is financial independence. Many of us have chosen to create sustainable businesses that support our values. Over the last five years I’ve had hundreds of conversations with women who have pointed out that they have had to change or adapt their business to become more relevant or to adapt to new market needs.
The face of business is changing. Relevance is an essential theme to business. One of my all time favorite things to do is to evaluate a business based on the following criteria:
Does It meet a specific market need
Is it financially sustainable
Does the woman founder/director believe fully in her business
I truly believe that when we line up our lives with the essence with why we are here, success becomes easily accessible. However, we still need to have an expertise, passion and diligence in the work we do.
Did you ever consider changing the work you do? Or, designing or re-designing your business to include something you do well or have a strong interest in. Stagnation is a great killer. Never fear change when you have a strong niggling or calling to do something differently.
Are you getting new ideas?
Is something unique or different calling you?
Are you learning new skills that could be applied in new ways?
Are you ready to innovate, contribute or change something?
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After many conversations with women –to get a better sense for what most of us need most today to be fulfilled, to contribute, to shine and to make a difference in this world ( which women really love to do)……it has become very clear to us that:
- We all have a very special reason that we are here in this world
- When we know this reason and incorporate it into our every day—our life comes alive and we contribute at a much higher level and are much happier doing so.
- We also become more excited about our life because it –all of a sudden has a deeper meaning
- We can measure our day and life against something greater than us and OUR needs (narcissism is becoming passé).
- Life becomes VERY interesting.
In the research for the book the ability for women to make a meaningful contribution to the world she lives in showed up consistently –as a high value for women. When we are giving, caring and overlooking the needs of “the whole”- all- we are most happy.
For these reasons we have designed our new tele- course Divine Destiny- Live Your Calling: Come Alive! We have created a very simple 2 session process to guide you to really know why you are here and how to really start living and contributing NOW. The world really needs you!
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Sometimes we slip into playing and living in a much smaller and safer way than we are really here and capable of living. The key to moving beyond this place is to get conscious and to begin to really live the life we most desire. For many of us this desire may feel distant or faraway or perhaps we have been there but lost our way and need to regroup. We often get cues or hints in or daily life that gets us thinking – am I happy , is this life really working for me? Some of us freeze like Bambi in headlights when we hear these messages and stay small- as change can be uncertain and staying where we are seems safer. Some of us reach overwhelm and question our whole life, its meaning and purpose. We all get a moment of pause that allows us to question how we are really living life.
When we are being called forward to live more consciously we usually:
- Get a niggling feeling that something is not right…that we are not fulfilled
- Experience a reoccurring sense that there is more to life than the way I am now living.
- Or get another sign in a way we are used to receiving information
Always listen to these cues because they provide invaluable opportunities and subtle openings for change and lasting success.
Recently I realized that I had a lot on my plate and that my priorities and my ability to accomplish what I needed to accomplish while still loving my life was becoming a challenge. I had one of those niggling feeling that something was not right. I had to stop- slow down – listen – take the bull by the horns and re-prioritize my days based on what I truly desired most- that aligned with what I value most.
So where does getting VERY clear on our desires enter into the picture?
What we desire is central to designing a life of success and meaning. When you understand your deepest desire (and have tested it to see if it is linked with your highest reason for being here -your destiny) your life will take on a new rich meaning- fulfillment will be central to your every day. You then know that you are on the path to a life well lived.
Let’s get practical here is the road-map I have used to anchor my deepest desires and values in my day and to measure- daily- how I am doing:
- First be clear about your dream- what do you really want to accomplish (be it in your life or a given month- the art here is clarity about what you want!
- Next, take small measurable steps to build more of this dream into your day (find a teacher or mentor who has already accomplished it, research about it – to build understanding. Do whatever you can to make it real.
- See yourself already there- picture yourself living or accomplishing this great desire ( it really helps to take the distance and blocks away). As you become more comfortable and familiar with the desire it slowly becomes a part of your world.
- Notice coincidences and synchronicities….these are gold dust. Every day here are signs, messages and intuitive knowledge available to us. We must be proactive and invite this wisdom in and use it.
- Close each day with a review of what was wonderful about the day and aligned your day actually was with your greatest desires and values. We are living in an era where great consciousness is needed. Be very conscious and very intentional.
These days that we are living in are absolutely amazing. We have many choices available to us each day. Live life fully. It is your choice.
Let me know if I can be of help. I am committed to your success- your success from the inside out!
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Spring brings with it the opportunity for new beginnings. If you think about it, we are close to the half year point. Do remember - we are the ones steering our ship and creating our life and designing our destiny. Where do you want to go next with your life and business? I personally like to take a look at what has been working and what needs to change right about now in the yearly cycle. I believe that to live consciously we need to tune in – and look closely at how things in our life are going and make adjustments now. In May and June - I stop and ask myself a few questions and then sit and journal my thoughts, feelings and whatever comes to mind. This is a very simple way to listen and live from the inside out and to move life in the direction of our greatest desires.
I usually start with a few simple questions. If this sounds interesting try these out:
v Are you waking up truly enjoying most days-ready to get the day started?
v What needs to change now to get you there?
v At year end what changes will you be celebrating? Email me these if you wish – happy to hold the vision with you!
I ask these questions for both my business and my personal life…and when I follow my own advice about the changes I need I usually end the year with a big smile. Try it and let me know if this works for you J.
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“You are a human magnet and you are constantly attracting to you people whose characters harmonize with your own.” -Napoleon Hill
Empowered successful and alive women create their lives from their imagination. They attract the exact right people and the exact right experiences at the right time.
As women move into positions of greater success and influence we learn that within our imagination we hold the power to recreate our lives and manifest far more than we believe on a day-to-day basis. The art of manifesting success includes one’s ability to clearly define a desired outcome or way of being and to believe and work towards this on a daily basis.
Setting a clear intention is the first step in designing the life that you desire. Never be afraid to think big and design this new reality to include things that both feel good and provide you with opportunities for growth. This will lead you to influence and success from the inside out. Many of us have been taught to define success from the achievements and belongings that we accumulate.
What if we start by looking at what we value most, the essence or and feeling that our success gives us as a starting place to redefine success. As I have always said… success is an inside job. It’s a great time to expand your vision and to begin to see the world in a whole new way by redefining success in terms that suit the way that you want to live. Give it a try…
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“The true man sings gladly in the bright day, sings, loudly of May – fair-aspected season.”
-John Matthews, “From the Isles of Dream”
Beltane in the Celtic calendar marks the season of summer. The darkness turns to light, playfulness abounds and the world becomes green. In Britain and Ireland, May 1st is May Day – a day when the may pole is gleefully danced around and celebration is in the air. Having lived in England for many years and being born of Irish blood, this holiday lives alive in my soul. The day also remains alive in many parts of Ireland and England.
For each of us it is an opportunity for our life to reach full expression – a time when we can invite joy and lightness in to our life. We have long awaited the dawn to welcome summer. The time is now. To the Celts, the brightness of the day signified the Celtic God, Bel, known as “Shining One”. Caitlin Matthews in her book, “Celtic spirit” refers to Bel as “the bright-faced splendor of green summer whose glad arising spreads a shiny honey of golden light over the waiting earth. It is hard to witness this sunrise without feeling a part of it.”
What opportunities, possibilities or new beginnings can you create in your life in this very special season of Beltane?
~ Maureen Simon
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