May your day be filled with love. May you rest if that is what you need. I pray your environment is filled with positivity, creativity and endless opportunities for you to show up as your authentic self.
“No matter how strong or strong-willed you are, you cannot live a stressful, maxed-out life without that pace eventually biting you in the butt. It is necessary to take breaks, set parameters, and be kind to yourself if you want to continue making an impact in your little corner of the world.” ― Cynthia Mendenhall, author
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Join me this Friday, November 3rd at Central Piedmont Community College as I present, “Peace by Design, The Power of the Pivot”
I along with nine other amazing speakers will take the stage to talk about how we overcame numerous obstacles in our personal and professional lives AND we will provide the blueprint on how you can do it too.
I am sharing 3 Strategies from my Peace by Design process.
- Identify areas of overwhelm, stress and low energy
- Get Smart & Create Peace Goals
- Become the change that you desire to see
Peace by Design is the process of intentionally sharing your vulnerabilities to ease stress while gaining clarity and confidence.
****This event will serve as the official launch of my Peace by Design Coaching & Consulting Program****
This is an event that you don’t want to miss. I hope to see you there, your invitation is below.
You are invited!
On Friday, November 3, 2023, Charlotte’s premiere public speaking coaching platform, Your Signature Talk, is hosting its inaugural event entitled, The Power of Voice. This cutting-edge event will host professional speakers who will be presenting on a variety of topics that will educate, inspire, and empower each of its attendees.
The Power of Voice will cover topics including personal and business finance management, health and well-being, the power of our habits, peaceful and motivated living and more. The event is from 8:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tate Theater at Central Piedmont Community College, located at 1201 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204.
One ticket includes general admission to the event, networking with speakers and fellow attendees, giveaways from each speaker, and lunch.
This motivational event is ideal for aspiring thought leaders, coaches, and entrepreneurs who:
- Are interested in transformative leadership development.
- Are ready to share their message and be seen.
- Have a story, book, or business to promote.
This small investment could provide a tremendous growth opportunity and make a profound impact on your personal and professional development. You can expect to leave feeling refreshed, invigorated, and ready to take your business to the next level.
For more information about the speaker line-up and to purchase your tickets, please visit: http://www.thepowerofvoicecharlotte.com
💫 Last week was full of insight for me. With the constant going, pushing and striving to do more, be more, create more and get booked more, I hit a wall.
I found myself way past exhaustion. I could barely hold my head up.
After a much need coaching session (yes, coaches need coaching too), I took time to identify what was challenging me, and then I made a plan to improve those things.
I realized that I had not taken any time to celebrate my accomplishments before moving to the next “thing” on my list. The constant pushing and striving caught up to me and left me feeling totally and completely spent.
In need of a rapid improvement plan, I left my house, hair undone, natural face with a t-shirt and shorts on, and I found a swing.
I swung until my heart was content, tension released, and contentment filled my spirit.
I know it sounds simple, but sometimes that is all you need to change the energy and momentum around you.
From this experience, I learned that just like I schedule those 4:45am treadmill sessions, I need to schedule celebration sessions too.
(Let me warn you ahead of time. The audio within this video is LOUD. In addition to humming, you will also hear the sound of traffic passing by. If you are in a quiet setting, proceed with caution!)
So what am I celebrating?
💫 Completing Professional and Executive Coaching Training Intensive through the CaPP Institute
💫 Completing Equity in Contracting Training through CPCC
💫 Acceptance into the Women’s Entrepreneurship Program at
eCornell University and completing my first course with a perfect score.
💫 Becoming a member of ForbesBLK
💫 Acceptance into the 2023-24 Milestone Circles Program at the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
💫 Gaining two new coaching clients
After taking a moment to reflect, I realize that I have a lot to celebrate (I am sure that I left something off of my list).
Celebrations are important.
If you have a hard time celebrating your achievements, you are not alone, but just like I hit a brick wall last week from overwhelm and exhaustion, you can too.
Let’s hold one another accountable for showing up as our best self by taking important moments to celebrate.
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Make Peace A Priority,
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According to the June 2015 Forbes article entitled, Can A Creative Person Survive Corporate Life, a creative person can survive in a corporate environment by taking the following five actions:
- Decide what you want
- Make a plan to get what you decided you want.
- Look at the ways your current situation can help you get what you want.
- Practice self-awareness.
- Speak your truth
I believe in today’s corporate climate, an intentional practice of number four, self-awareness is one that must be done on a consistent, and continuous basis.
As a creative in corporate, I fully realize that my adherence to timelines is sometimes variable. I begin with the greatest of intentions to complete a task on time but find myself off kilter when urgent requests arise or when something happens to redirect my focus. When this occurs, I am fully aware that it takes me a while to find my way back to the original focal point.
So what am I doing to correct this?
In total transparency, this is a current situation that I struggle with. I have recently started using new tools to help with time management and productivity, but it all boils down to the type of projects that drive your creativity and knowing when you’ve done enough creating to move forward to next steps.
If you are a creative struggling in your current work environment, ask yourself, “what do I want?”
Is it time to move forward to something new or will you take the necessary steps to make improvements in your current work environment? As a creative, it is totally up to you.
As you move through this week, be gentle with yourself and know that your creativity is not an impediment to your success, it is a gift. Value it, but make sure your protect it.
Make Peace a Priority,
You were created to live each day with purpose.
Peaceful Co-Working Lifestyle happening Sunday, July 30th at 4:00pm
“I welcome opportunities to shine. I will tap into my magic and show up in irresistible ways personally and professionally.”
The magic that was available to you as a child is still available to you as an adult.
You likely were raised to believe that all things were possible to you as a child and that you could be, have, or do anything that your heart desired.
Somewhere between adolesence and adulthood, perspectives begin to change.
Everything that once felt like a miracle, begins to feel like a challenge to overcome, or an unreachable goal. As an adult you’ve some how forgotten the magic that you have, and the miracle that is you.
No matter how old you are, the magic still exists. Personally and Professionally, you have the ability to make magic happen in your life.
Ask yourself the following questions to help you tap into your magic:
What can you do to make deeper connections at work and in your social settings?
Are you scheduling networking opportunities with colleagues and engagement appointments with associates to build commaradere?
Does your schedule allow time for you to feel relaxed and at ease, instead of feeling hurried and anxious?
If you are disappointed with the answers to these questions, it is time to make a change.
Start by making a list of opportunities to connect. Brunch, after work activities or weekend Food Truck events are a few ideas to help you get started.
Next, decide who you want to connect with. Are there at least three work colleagues that you would like to get to know better?
Do you want to build your relationships with a few of your associates? After you have worked out those details, now comes the most challenging part.
You have to make time in your schedule to build those connections.
Get inspired to unlock your magic by viewing this short video:
Peace, Love & Reciprocity,
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Visit https://originsofpeace.com/product/create-empowerment-session/ to get started!
Affirmation: I am intentionally making time for self-care this summer. I will soak up the sun, release compressed emotions and spend quality time with people who make me feel good.
It is possible to enjoy summer to the fullest while maintaining a full work schedule.
You can have a productive summer and find time to recharge by managing your time between summer-fine goals and your professional aspirations.
Manage your time and prioritize self-care so that you can actively and intentionally take care of yourself. Preparing for work the night before, beginning your day earlier and being productive at work allows you to not feel guilty for clocking out as soon as your shift ends, in order to still enjoy the day.
One very important thing that you can do to ensure you have time for self-care this summer is to put yourself first. Prioritize things that are important to you and be sure to make room for those things. If beach trips are important, plan them. If fitness is important, make time for it. If romance is a priority, make room for it.
Be consistent with things that are important to you and keep them close!
Enjoy this short video where I list some of the resources that I am utilizing this summer to manage self-care and create more balance.
If you find it challenging to manage work-life and summer-fine goals, email email@example.com and allow us to help you create a time management plan.
Remember: Commitment is what turns a promise into reality. Commit to your own personal self-care.
If the definition of worrying is using your imagination to create something you don’t want, what is the definition of manifesting?
It is extremely easy to waste time worry about things that you do not want in your life. Troubled relationships, career challenges and financial setbacks are just a few issues that can have your thoughts wondering aimlessly out of control.
Several years ago, as I experienced several major crises simultaneously, I often worried if I would survive it all.
First there was the divorce. It was hard and I was stressed. How would I survive, how would it affect my daughter, how would dating and relationships look for me afterwards and how would others perceive my choice? That 12 months of required separation in the state of NC was difficult.
I worried myself to the point of being unhealthy. I was stressed, consistently anxious, not sleeping well, over-weight and extremely unhappy with myself. Just when I thought things were about to get better, the cancer diagnosis appeared.
The week of my divorce hearing, I took time off of work to spring clean my home. I was ready for new beginnings and a fresh start. I wanted so badly to cleanse myself of the constant turmoil and self-imposed worrying. I had my first mammogram, which lead to a callback and subsequently to the diagnosis.
Up until the point of getting married, I was fairly consistent with my physical and nutritional health. Marriage added a level of stress in my life that I wasn’t fully prepared for.
How could this be?
On my last day of radiation treatment, I lost my job and the constant worry continued.
What now & What next?
I share part of my story today because this week marks my 8-year survival story!
I am surviving and thriving. 8 years post-divorce & post-cancer
My journey hasn’t been the easiest, and there have definitely been a few setbacks. What I’ve learned along the way is to focus my time, energy and attention toward the things that I actually want for my life.
I am spending less time focused on things that do not bring me peace, joy or purpose. This involves understanding and owning my values and taking intentional action to reset my personal expectations. It takes discipline to train your mind to focus on manifesting and not worrying.
Many of the traditional methods that are talked about for stress reduction and developing discipline actually work if you work them to your advantage.
Journaling is great for getting your thoughts and concerns out of your head and down on paper so that you can create a strategy to effectively manage your challenges. I recently saw a post on Instagram that says, “If you avoid conflict to keep the peace, you start a war inside yourself. I couldn’t agree more”. Get those thoughts out of your mind and create peace within!
Exercising is a great way to re-direct your energy and improve your ability to do everyday activities. Imagine the heightened sense of awareness you can generate from a little physical movement.
Understanding earth’s elements are a non-traditional method of dealing with stress and redirecting your thoughts from worry to manifest. The elements are air, water, fire, earth and space. Find the element that speaks to you intently. I personally feel most relaxed by varying bodies of water. The crashing sound of ocean waves, or the stillness of a calming lake are both great at helping me to relax and find peace.
For my present and future, I am manifesting an everyday life that is filled with reciprocal love, amazing opportunities, genuine friendships, harmonious family interactions and all the blessings that God has planned and purposed for me.
On June 2, 2015, I had surgery to remove the cancer tumors from my body and on June 4, 2018, I re-entered the workforce with new skills and a highly viable career path. Origins of Peace exist today because of the multiple challenges that I experienced in 2015.
Dating and relationships in this survivor era offer the biggest area of opportunity for me. I’ve come close to manifesting the relationship that I desire, but nothing has panned out completely as of yet. Stay tuned for future posts to see how that plays out. I am hopeful.
What am I manifesting for this area of my life?
A love that is never selfish, always of service, and precisely on purpose.
From My Mouth to God’s ears
My definition for manifesting is to demonstrate the things that I desire in life prior to actually obtaining them. This is easier said than done, but it is possible, and I am actively doing it.
As I celebrate 8 years of surviving and thriving, I choose to demonstrate good health, love and understanding, progressiveness and forward thinking, spiritual fortitude, and all the desires of my heart while God continues to add blessing upon blessing to my life.
My prayer is that you will change the narrative that you repeat to yourself. May your thoughts of worry turn to offerings of praise and gratitude.
Peace & Blessings to you!
If you are ready to create a strategy of manifestation for your life, let’s work together. Schedule a complimentary consultation today by clicking here.
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Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you were judged based on a version of you that existed long ago?
If so, were you bothered by it?
As a continuously evolving individual, there are so many different versions of you that will exists, over the span of your life.
I’ve found myself in that situation, and I can truthfully say that it didn’t feel good at all.
As a youth, I dealt with so many insecurities which often left me feeling inadequate, unsure of myself and isolated in a huge world.
These feelings caused me to retreat in certain situations, and to avoid settings that felt uncomfortable.
As a forward-thinking adult, therapy and self-reflection played a huge part in my process of becoming whole.
When others decide to judge you, based on who they knew you to be, during your impressionable years, it can trigger a setback and cause feelings of inadequacy to become more profound. You can also simply acknowledge what was said, glean any lessons that you need to take with you, and continue to move forward.
This week, I challenge you to move forward and celebrate yourself for making progress.
The level of value placed on the thoughts and opinions that others have about you, is totally up to you.
If you decide not to allow those opinions to weigh too heavily on your mind, don’t.
We all know those people who like to remind you of your past or who they think you are in their mind, and it can be a detractor from your progress.
Don’t allow it to be.
If you are doing the best that you can at this moment in life, keeping going. If you are placing too much value on the thoughts and opinions of others, stop doing that.
The purpose that God has placed in you, can’t be measured by another human being. Your purpose is God given.
Place people in the categories where they belong in your life and keep this scripture close to your heart….
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
Before you were born, I set you apart….. -Jeremiah 1:5
“You can’t find peace in a place that you do not trust. Trust yourself.”