Do you know how stressful the word “no” is? They've documented it:
“If I were to put you into an fMRI scanner—a huge donut-shaped magnet that can take a video of the neural changes happening in your brain—and flash the word “NO” for less than one second, you’d see a sudden release of dozens of stress-producing hormones and neurotransmitters. These chemicals immediately interrupt the normal functioning of your brain, impairing logic, reason, language processing, and communication.
In fact, just seeing a list of negative words for a few seconds will make a highly anxious or depressed person feel worse, and the more you ruminate on them, the more you can actually damage key structures that regulate your memory, feelings, and emotions. You’ll disrupt your sleep, your appetite, and your ability to experience long-term happiness and satisfaction” 
A friend of mine has the habit of saying, “Say yes to to the no.” She explained that this is the way you can move through life without resistance and tightness- and after reading this study, I'm saying yes to this new phrase. Here's how it works: Continue reading →
You know that the Keys to Unlock Your Potential are those precious little beauties called Questions. The right questions open you up like a treasure chest and unleash your best self, and the “wrong” questions will assume you're a victim, like, “why did this happen to me?”
So let's use questions proactively. Let's find the best questions we can possibly ask.
How can I make this my best week ever? Continue reading →
Ah, the familiar tinge of jealousy.
Here’s how I define it in my life: jealousy arises for me when I see something that I want, but don’t think I can have (for whatever reason.) For me, jealousy is not wishing the other person didn’t have it (I can’t recall the last time I actually felt that) but simply wishing that I could have the same thing, and thinking that I can’t.
I see something that I want and I think I can’t have it, or shouldn’t.
There’s a subtle message here. Continue reading →
We all have hidden treasure chests of potential inside us. I believe we feel it and connect with it when we see others living their potential, and we feel that familiar tug of inspiration or jealousy.
Many of us have no idea how to access or unlock that potential. We seek books, programs, resolutions, goals… all trying to figure out how to get the magic formula to make it work. Continue reading →
This year, I'm focusing more on my Creative Spiritual business, because it's time to make a difference in the world in a way that aligns with my soul's purpose. I realized I had an excellent tool in my toolbox that I'd forgotten about-John Demartini's book, “How To Make One Hell Of A Profit and Still Get In To Heaven“. In it, like a surprise gift, he included this 10-item “Formula for Business Explosion.” Of course, I had to share this with you- for all you Creative Spiritual Women who are also business owners, entrepreneurs, and CEOs.
– Know your business purpose and objectives.
– Organize your financial house.
– Focus on high priorities.
– Fill your mind with what you’d love and allow no idle time.
– Know your costs, set your fees, and stick to them.
– Continually raise your standards and fees.
– Organize your place of business so it’s clean, efficient, and beautiful.
– Throw away anything that doesn’t serve your priorities, and throw away anything you wear that doesn’t make you feel like a multimillionaire.
– Put your heart into your business.
– Treat your business with love.
DeMartini, John (2004-03-01). How To Make One Hell Of A Profit and Still Get In To Heaven (pp. 146-147). Hay House.
I particularly love “throw away anything you wear that doesn't make you feel like a multimillionaire.” This isn't something I'd thought of in relation to my business, but it makes sense to me right now. Which ones resonate with you?
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[Note: You can download the accompanying worksheet at the end of this post. Fill it out only if you're serious about finding and living your purpose.]
Our life's purpose is woven into our DNA. We're wired to do exactly what would make us come alive, support us, and help the world.
We're also navigating life with a net of fears thrown over us, obstructing our view and making it more difficult to walk around in the world, let alone running joyfully into the tasks of our purpose.
But if you look closely, you can see breadcrumbs in your life that lead you back to your purpose. Continue reading →
I was on the phone yesterday with my dear friend Sally and she had to go because she had a scheduled phone call. But it was one of those conversations where we were on a roll, just bouncing ideas off each other in rapid succession, coming up with all sorts of fun things to do.
Sally hung up, because she was already late for her call, and I was vibrating with the energy of our thoughts, and she calls me back, delaying her call even more, just to tell me that I should do a CSW tee-shirt, that it would go great with my book and people would want them. I had 10 minutes so I said to her, “Okay, I’ll create one right now.” and before she was off her phone call, I had it created and launched in a slouchy, Parisian-street-cafe style that I love.
So I shared it on Facebook thinking, “Sure, one person will probably buy it.”
And then it blew up. We tipped the campaign, and more shirts flew off the virtual shelves.
So I thought, okay, wow, lots of other Creative Spiritual Women actually want this shirt.
That’s why I’m telling you about it- I only shared it on FB and Twitter and I don't want you to miss out. There are 6 days left to buy. (I launched this through TeeSpring, which has a deadline before they print all the shirts and send them out.) So after Wednesday, they're gone.
Click here to order yours (and one for a friend, because you give the best gifts that no one else has :)
I'm really, really excited. Things have been rolling behind-the-scenes (when other people say that online I roll my eyes, like, “oh aren't YOU important”, so feel free to do the same) and I'm releasing A New Book.
Here's the thing.
It will be your Secret Weapon. Continue reading →
Here's a question I'm going to ponder tonight, and, I hope, every hour for the rest of my life. You're welcome to ponder it, too. Let me know what you come up with.
What can I do right now to make the world a better place?
PS: Here's a great video to put things into perspective, too.