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In This Issue…
a guide to what we bring you this month
By Ginny Robertson, Publisher
I’m grateful to our contributing writers this month who inspire, guide and encourage you to be the best version of yourself in your mind, body, spirit and business.
Thank you also to our cover artist, Michelle Lisenbee, for the use of her mixed-media piece, Threshold. Be sure to read her story.
Laura Di Franco shares her 30-year journey of authentic healing.
Andrea Hylen writes about how she listened to, cultivated, and now trusts her intuition.
Sylvia Henderson, the Idea Implementation Expert, gives great tips for growing your business using simple math steps. And for those of you who are visual learners, check out her video on the same page.
Jewel Machlan continues her series on ways to remove back tension and in this issue she focuses on “Tech Neck.”
Our environmental expert, Dr. Beverly Ausmus Ramsey, writes about the undervalued dandelion.
Chrisa T. S. shares how you can use public speaking to build your network, foster relationships, get new business and get job offers.
We welcome new contributor Julia Coplan, who writes about how she found freedom through embracing the quirky little girl inside. Be sure to check out her inspiring poem as well.
Carol Burbank shares ideas on how to lead effectively in troubled times.
In her monthly Manifesting Clients Tip, Kathryn Yarborough tells us how to stop getting distracted and be more intentional about attracting clients.
In my monthly An On Purpose Woman…column, I write about authenticity.
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5 In This Issue...
8 Intuition: Cultivating and Trusting Your Inner Voice
14 Using New Math to Grow Your Business
18 Authentic Healing - 10 Life-
Changing Lessons from My 30-Year Journey
Laura Di Franco
26 How Public Speaking Might Be Great For Your Business
32 Tech Neck Syndrome – Do You Have It? More Quick Ways to Relieve Back Tension Every Day
40 Dandelions: Our Celestial Weeds Beverly Ausmus Ramsey, PhD Ecology
49 My Year Living Un-Edited Julia Coplan
54 Business Directory
58 Real-Feel Leadership: Moving Past Fear Into Teamwork
62 Create an Intention to Attract Clients: Monthly Manifesting Clients Tip
68 My Story
(Our cover artist)
72 An On Purpose Woman is…Authentic
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Cultivating and Trusting Your Inner Voice
By Andrea Hylen
“It’s time to move.” Those words, communicated to me in a feeling, stopped me in my tracks. I asked, out loud, to no one in particular, “Am I moving?”
I had been living in a house with seven people for ten months. Everything about it was fantastic! I loved the people, the activities, community living, sharing a huge kitchen, and loving my bedroom. I hadn’t really thought about moving.
The day I first heard the words, I was clearing things out of one of the bathrooms; old toiletries in a bathroom cabinet I rarely used. As soon as my hand touched the facial cleanser, I felt a ripple of energy go through my body, and I heard the words, "It's time to move." The feeling and the words were subtle, barely a whisper and yet, I was familiar with the way my Higher Self communicates with me.
When I asked the questions, "Am I moving? Are we all moving together?" No answer. An hour later, I was in my bedroom going through some papers when I had the same sensation. A ripple of energy running from my hand, up my arm, and through my body. I heard another whisper, "It's time to move."
I asked questions in meditation several times over the next week, continuing the conversation with myself by asking, “Are we all moving? Are we moving together or separately? If I don’t live here, where will I live? Where do I want to live?” My intuition was on radio silence. The only piece of information was that same feeling that I would be moving. So, I paused and reflected on what actions I would be taking if I knew that I was going to move. I knew I would go through all of my physical possessions. Everything I had in my bedroom, in the house and in my small storage unit in Los Angeles. I would want to de-clutter before moving to a new location. And that is exactly what I did. For the next month, I went through everything I owned. I got rid of 14 boxes of stuff, eight bags of clothes and recycled three boxes of paper.
By the middle of April, the next piece of information arrived. The owner of the house was selling the house, and we would all have to move when the lease expired at the beginning of June. My intuition had guided me to take action in preparation. I was ready. There were numerous conversations as a household. In the end, we all dispersed: four people stayed in Los Angeles, two people moved to New York while my intuition directed me to live on the road for a year and stay with Heal My Voice Authors and Board Members. The guidance was to have conversations, to live life, to finish three online projects and to collect ideas and wisdom, for the next step. I wanted to remember the beginning of Heal My Voice, where we started, and reflect on what was next.
When I announced my intention to friends and family, the response came back with words like gypsy, nomad and free spirit. There was excitement, envy, fear, and judgment in their eyes. What was I doing now? To some, it looked like I was a wanderlust who was lost in an adventure with no goals, no purpose. It couldn't be further from the truth. I was living in flow as a daily practice, open to where I would be led next — trusting that I would be guided.
People asked questions, and they wanted answers. Where are you going? How long will you be there? What are you going to do? At first, I had no idea. I was listening and waiting. One day, I thought about my friend, Lucky Sweeny, and wondered about the possibility of staying with her for five days in Santa Barbara. I had a class to attend in San Francisco in a few weeks and wanted to stay on the West Coast for that. A few hours later, Lucky called me unexpectedly. She had been thinking about me and wanted to check in. I asked if I could stay with her June 1-5. She said yes and how the timing was perfect. And that is how it began. I had breakfast with my daughter, Hannah then boarded a train in Burbank and took one step.
Five years later, I am still living house-free and living in the mystery of what is next. After living with Heal My Voice authors and family and friends, during the first year, I have now expanded to a membership with Trusted Housesitters, a free exchange of housing and office space for pet sitting. This gives me the space to write and coach on Zoom and explore creativity. Living with friends and family is my connection and community.
What’s next? All will be revealed when it is time.
I'll leave you with a few questions to explore:
*How do you receive guidance from your intuition?
*What practices do you use to create empty space?
*Write about a time when you experienced guidance from your intuition.
Next month, I will share some ideas on Empowerment: Community, Support, and a New Normal.
1. Listen. Create space to listen. Meditate, walk in nature, drive or cook your meals in silence. Your intuition requires empty, silent space.
2. Pay attention. When you get a feeling, a knowing, or when you hear words or feel a ripple of energy, acknowledge your intuition by asking questions or writing down the insight.
3. Action. Take baby steps before you have the whole picture. Everything will be revealed in time. What’s the next step?
4. Receive. Intuition will bring connections, gifts, surprises. Let people help you.you.
Keys of Cultivating Intuition
Andrea Hylen: Author of Heal My Voice: An Evolutionary Woman’s Journey. Creator of The Writing Incubator, online writing community. www.andreahylen.com
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Grow Your Business
By Sylvia Henderson
How can you grow your business from mildly successful to awesome?
I know. It’s not quite the good-to-great flow of Jim Collins’ book by the same name. Yet the idea of growing your business to a new level of success is usually what you want as a business owner or entrepreneur.
Remember the math classes you had back in your K12 classes? Every generation experiences what educators call the “new math”. So here’s a new take on new math for stepping up your business results.
My new math for you involves four simple operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. No calculus or differential equations. I found advanced math very challenging so I like to keep things simple. Here’s how my math stacks up for your business results.
1. The first order of operation is addition. Step-up your business by adding a new service or product. If that doesn’t appeal to you, then ADD VALUE to what you already offer.
2. The second order of operation is subtraction. Create operational efficiencies and better organization by releasing – ie, subtracting – what is not essential to your mission or serving you, your company, and your clients.
3. The third order of operation is multiplication. Develop systems for replicating and duplicating your business and service delivery processes to make expansion and growth consistent, procedural, and manageable. When you have documented processes you can grow exponentially. You can bring on people to relieve you from working IN your business to working more ON your business as its rainmaker.
4. The fourth order of operation is division. Divide responsibilities and delegate for expertise to those in your company who can focus, niche, and do things better than you can as a generalist. Your business will grow when you only the things that only you can – and should – do as the company leader.
Apply these new-math ideas to your business and grow from mildly successful to awesome.
Let me help you apply this new math so you can go figure, and transform your ideas to action.
BONUS: Watch the video message for “Use These Simple Steps For Growing Your Business”
Sylvia Henderson is known as the Idea Implementation Expert. She is the creator of Idea MindTeam™ group programs for entrepreneurs and organizations to move ideas to action. Connect at SylviaHenderson.com.
10 Life-Changing Lessons from my
By Laura Di Franco
I chose healing as a career at sixteen and began my journey when a physical therapist spoke at my career center in high school. That was the day I decided that helping people heal was what I’d do. What I’ve learned in the last thirty years on this path is that healing is so much more than helping others; in fact, it has a lot more to do with what you heal in yourself.
Somewhere along the line, I started understanding the term authentic healing and what that meant in my life. The authentic part was about being true to myself, my soul and my joy. And what felt like true healing happened in the moments I was unapologetic about that.
From that overflowing space, I’ve been able to help the people I serve. When I began to learn the lessons of awareness, self-love, acceptance, worth and joy and created a discipline around those practices, the real healing began; for me and for everyone I touched.
Here are the 10 most important lessons I’ve learned over my thirty-year career and journey as a facilitator of authentic healing:
1. You were born, so you’re worthy.
No thing, circumstance, person or event can make you feel your true worth in this world. You’re worthy because you think you’re worthy. And when I realized this, everything changed. I no longer had to prove myself. I could just be myself.
2. Your intuition is the language of your soul.
Learn that language first. Every answer to every question I ever want to know can be accessed by looking within. When I learned this, I began choosing with a different kind of soul-nourishing awareness. And everything changed. I could trust the messages I got, over and above all the rules and should’s I’d learned in my lifetime.
3. Loving yourself is required.
Healing won’t ever take place if you don’t learn to fully love who you are with every single imperfection. Start there. It will change everything. When I began loving myself unconditionally and practicing massive self-compassion, the world began feeling a whole lot better. And I was able to love others more fully too. That love is the energy required for authentic healing.
4. You’re perfect and whole as is.
There’s nothing you need to do to be more whole than you are. You don’t need to be fixed. Every dark piece of you is part of your whole, perfect self. When you realize this, you’ll start to expend much less energy trying to banish those pieces, and you’ll just start loving all of you. That will change everything. When I embraced the mistakes, failures and dark parts of me, I could belong in the world. My worth stopped relying on my perfection.
5. Your mindset is key.
Your thoughts will heal, or not. Choose good ones. Make this a daily practice. Master your mindset, and you’ll have a key to healing. Once I mastered my mindset, magical things began to manifest, and are still manifesting.
6. Your purpose is joy.
And knowing your purpose will help heal almost everything you thought needed healing. Authentic healing is about the unapologetic pursuit of joy. What’s yours? When I started thinking, doing and being what I love, life started to expand into a magical universe where I was a powerful co-creator. You’re here to feel joy.
7. Your purpose-driven fear is a compass.
You’ll need to learn how to read that compass and point yourself in the direction of the soul-driven things it’s asking you to move toward. When you know this kind of fear and use it as fuel your life becomes more joyful and the parts that need healing fall away in the wake of your passion. I love remembering that my fear of not-good-enough is boring. I have lives to change!
8. You’ll change a life with your story.
Words heal; you and the receiver. Share your story. Be brave. Change someone’s life. The day a stranger reached out to me and let me know my words helped her heal was the day I realized I’d never go back to being afraid to share myself and my story out loud.
9. Pain is an opportunity for healing.
Every physical or mental/emotional pain you have is an opportunity for more awareness. With more awareness, you get a choice to think, believe or act differently. Awareness is feeling. And feeling is true healing. When I was truly able to embrace the despair and loneliness, I felt I had a path to understanding that it was fully up to me to feel something new, different and healthier. That pain was the path to the joy.
10. Speaking up can heal you.
The voice you never had a chance to truly express as a child can be the way you heal as an adult. Find a way to express it, even when you’re afraid. As I stand on stages and write blogs and books for the world to read, I know, without a doubt, that the telling heals me and it heals those who receive the vibration of my words. This is how we change the world; one brave word at a time.
I’d love to help you on your healing journey. I invite you to connect with me on Facebook or my website to explore what authentic healing means for you.
Laura Di Franco, MPT won’t let you settle for a mediocre life. Your health, wealth and happiness is one Brave Healing book, poem, workshop, strategy session or moment away. With almost three decades of expertise in holistic physical therapy, six published books and a third-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, Laura’s energy and method are contagious and unlike anything you’re experienced. Check out her website www.BraveHealer.com , her newest book, Brave Healing, a Guide for Your Journey on Amazon, her badass programs at www.LauraDiFranco.com and free Facebook group for healers www.facebook.com/groups/1375571059231845/
Might Be Great For Your Business
By Chrisa T.S.
Public speaking leads to wealth. It will help you build your network, foster relationships, get new business, and get job offers.
Is public speaking your biggest fear?
I hear you! You are not alone. The average person ranks the fear of public speaking (also known as glossophobia) higher than the fear of death. The truth is, this fear could be hurting your professional and personal life.
You may have been here before: You feel nervous, your palms sweat, your stomach ties itself into knots. You don’t want to do it.
But, speaking can help you promote ideas and move people to action. To do any of these things well requires a fair amount of standing in front of an audience and delivering a pitch, an idea, or a body of work. And sometimes the only thing that stands between you and your audience is fear.
Fear of public speaking is the most common of all phobias. It's a form of performance anxiety in which a person becomes very concerned that they will look visibly anxious, maybe even have a panic attack while speaking. Over time, people try to protect themselves by either avoiding public speaking or by struggling against the anxiety. But that makes the fear even more chronic and disruptive. It doesn't have to be that way.
I wasn’t comfortable speaking in front of large audiences. Heavily aware of my thick Greek accent — I moved from Greece to Baltimore just a few years ago — I never believed I could be an effective speaker in America. But I’ve never walked away from a challenge, realizing early on that invisibility is a fate worse than failure.
We all will have to speak in public. Whether we are giving a formal presentation to an audience, pitching to a customer, or simply asking our boss for a promotion, speaking skills are essential to getting ahead in business and in life.
Communicating your ideas clearly and openly is an essential component of success across several domains. Being a good public speaker can help you advance your career, grow your business, and form strong collaborations.
Public speaking has allowed me to take my business to an entirely new level, granting access to people and places I never had before. If you can influence your customers and your potential customers by speaking, what might that mean to your bottom line and the growth of your company?
Taking a proactive approach to developing public speaking skills can boost your confidence quickly. As your speaking confidence multiplies, you will become less anxious. Consider taking baby steps with your speaking. Go to networking events that are more human and down to earth where you can comfortably practice. The On Purpose Woman Community Connections Over Coffee meetings would be a great place to start. I highly recommend the online Connections Thru Conversation meetings too.
Whatever you choose to do, the important thing is to be open to trying, even if you fail. Keep in mind that every speaker has been where you are. Be connected to the higher purpose of your business. Get clear on what you want to bring to the world and let that lead you during your speeches. I believe with all my heart that you can do it.
Chrisa T.S is a hypnotherapist who loves to guide and witness your transformation. Join her at https://mailchi.mp/9c8cf378223d/goal-getter-mindset-method and find your true purpose in life. Find her at her free Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/highachieversinnercircle/.
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Tech Neck Syndrome
Do you have it?
More Quick Ways to
Relieve Back Tension Every Day
by Jewell Machlan
Tech neck. Text neck. Facebook posture. Bad smartphone posture.
It's official. We're spending 2 to 4 hours a day (or even more) on our phones and other devices, and this is causing not only temporary muscle tension, headaches, neck, jaw and back pain, but an actual injury to the cervical spine.
Tech neck syndrome is an overuse syndrome involving the head, neck, and shoulders.
The official name is Forward Head Position (FHP).
Your head, which weighs 10 to 12 pounds, is designed to balance on the top of your spine. Constantly tipping your head forward to text, type or read pulls it out of balance and strains the supporting muscles of your neck and upper back, and can cause your head to feel up to 49 pounds heavier (according to Dr. Kenneth Hansraj in Surgical Technology International). This, in turn, shifts your center of gravity and your upper back hunches back to compensate. And then, to compensate for this upper body shift, the hips and pelvis tilt forward.
Are you wondering if you have this common syndrome?
· Do you have muscle tension in your neck, shoulders, or back?
· Do you experience stress or tension headaches?
· Do you have back, shoulder, neck, arm or wrist pain?
· Do you have any jaw problems?
· How about fatigue or low overall energy?
· Do you have a limited range of motion in your neck?
These may seem bad enough, but Forward Head Position can lead to permanent damage to your cervical vertebrae or discs as well as irreversible arthritic degeneration.
Don't wreck your neck!
If you suspect that you have FHP, now is the time to make some changes. Don't assume that if "it's not too bad yet" you have nothing to worry about. Taking corrective action early enough can reverse the problem and prevent permanent damage.
Keep your head UP!
· Bring your device UP to eye level, and support your arm with the other hand, a table top, an armrest, etc.
· Or use a tablet holder, a pillow, or another tool to bring your device up.
· Keep your neck straight – don't tilt your head – and use your eyes to look down.
Listen to your body
· Hold your device properly: keep your wrists straight and don't grip tightly.
· Pay attention to what your body is telling you. If you experience pain, immediately stop using your device. Just put it down. When the pain is completely gone, you may pick it up again, but do it differently this time.
TIP: Exercise. Keeping your back strong and flexible will help your body better tolerate and recover from muscle tension.
Cut your time
· Limit the amount of time you use a handheld device. If you have, use a separate keyboard for your tablet. Be sure to use good keyboarding posture.
· Take a break at least every ten minutes. Put your phone down and move your head, arms, back and shoulders for a few minutes before picking it back up. A "winning" or "open" position is a great way to release muscles that have been hunched forward for too long. Throw your arms up, arch your back and stretch.
Restore your neck
· Apply moist heat at the end of the day to reduce muscle spasms and decrease pain.
· Stretch your neck. You can do this multiple times each day – even at stoplights. Relax your shoulders and tilt your head to the right, allowing it to stretch for at least 10 seconds. You can add slight pressure by placing your right hand on the left side of your head and just adding a little weight – do not press down! Do this on both sides, at least three times. Then straighten your head, look ahead, and turn slowly to the right as far as you can, keeping your chin parallel to the ground. Try to look behind you. Do this on both sides, at least three times.
Invest in your neck
· Manufacturers are aware of the tech neck epidemic and are rapidly creating products that support good posture when using tablets, phones, and other devices.
· You can buy glasses that reflect 90 degrees, so you can keep your head up and read a device on your lap or the table in front of you.
· There are covers, stands, neck straps, pillows, and other tools that will raise your device to eye level.
· There are bed stands, so you can read while lying on your back in bed.
Consider investing in one of these tools to promote a healthy neck and decrease your likelihood of FHP.
TIP: IF changing your posture, stretching, and reducing the time you spend on your device are not enough to relieve your FHP, consider making an appointment with a chiropractor or a Rolf Method practitioner. We may be able to reverse the damage done to your neck and spine.
Jewell Machlan's goal is for everyone to enjoy their bodies! She focuses on helping her clients experience freedom of movement and relief from chronic pain or stiffness through the Rolf method. She is a licensed and nationally certified massage therapist with over 1000 hours of training in her specialty and sees clients in Gaithersburg. email@example.com www.atlength.org 240-246-7747
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Michelle Lisenbee emailed telling me she wanted to attend the Columbia Connections Over Coffee gathering. As I often do with women who contact me, I looked her up on Facebook to get a sense of who she is. This helps me start the connection and welcoming process before a woman shows up at one of my events. In doing that, I discovered Michelle’s art and reached out to see if we could use one of her pieces for our cover. She said yes and here we are! Be sure to check out her story on page 66.
The dandelion is the only flower that represents the three celestial bodies of the sun, moon, and stars. The yellow flower resembles the sun, the puffball resembles the moon, and the dispersing seeds resemble the stars.
Taraxacum is a huge, northern hemisphere, circumpolar genus of flowering plants generally known as dandelions from French dent-de-lion or ‘lion’s tooth. The two most common species are Eurasian and have been introduced across North America. They now spread as wildflowers (weeds) throughout the temperate lands. They are entirely edible, including leaves, flowers, seeds, and roots.
We believe that dandelions evolved in southern Russia about 30 million years ago. Dandelions have been used as human food and medicine for recorded history. They are mentioned in Chinese medicine, and in Egyptian, Greek and Roman writings of both food and medicine. Dandelions were endemic to North America, as well, and are part of Native American food and medicine from Alaska to the Appalachians. These species were supplemented by those brought by European settlers for planting as food and medicine.
Dandelions secrete latex (natural rubber) when tissues are cut. These are produced in tiny quantities. The Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology (IMS) in Germany has developed a cultivar suitable for commercial production of natural rubber.
Human Food and Medicine
As a food, the new leaves are great for adding to salads or in warmed dishes with spinach and other greens. As a child, we used these almost daily, and in the mild winters of Southern Appalachia, routinely made “Beans and Greens” using rehydrated pinto beans, spinach, and dandelion greens. Sometimes we added venison or chicken, and always added rosemary and basil. Soaking the leaves and roots in salt water for a few minutes helped to reduce the bitterness of the plant.
The flowers can be added to salads, but most often are used in teas and to make dandelion wine [See recipe on the nest page].
The flower is usually eaten before turning to seed heads which are edible but tasteless, and the texture is not pleasing. The more mature roots are better for eating than the young ones. Do not worry about killing the dandelions; even tiny portions of the root will regrow and restore the plants. The roots are good sliced and added to stir-fries. Dandelion roots also make wonderful coffee. See this link for other hints and ideas.
From a nutritional standpoint, dandelions contain abundant vitamins and minerals, including vitamins C, A, and K. They are a great source of calcium, potassium, iron, and manganese. The flowers contain a high level of polyphenols. They are antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and angiogenic.
The plant is a diuretic that helps the kidneys clear out waste, salt, and excess water by increasing urine. The European Commission approved the internal use of dandelion root for disturbances in the GI tract. The European Scientific Cooperative in Phototherapy discusses its value for the restoration of hepatic and biliary functions.
The leaves boast more beta carotene than carrots, meaning they are great for healthy eyes!
The greens also provide 535% of the recommended daily value of vitamin K.
Some studies have shown that dandelion root tea may induce leukemia cells to die. Researchers reported that the tea didn’t send the same ‘kill’ message to healthy cells.
Animal studies indicate that dandelion root and leaf manages cholesterol levels.
Research also shows that dandelion extract boosts immune function and fights off pathogens.
Dandelions Role in the Ecosystem
The taproot redistributes minerals and nutrients from deeper strata of soil to the more shallow. Dandelions attract pollinators such as bees and adult butterflies and feed butterfly and moth larvae. The seeds feed some birds, as well.
Conflicts with Agroindustry
Lawn care firms and agrobusiness in general attempts to eliminate dandelions as a noxious weed or for aesthetics. Some jurisdictions in the U.S. classify dandelions as noxious or invasive, allowing herbicide application to eliminate as many as possible. Not only is this a waste of an abundant and beneficial plant, but many herbicides also have an active ingredient classified as glyphosate, which can disrupt the physiology of mammals. Glyphosate and accompanying formulations are also associated with disruptions of pollinators such as bees, as well as butterflies and moths. In my opinion, these products should never be used on your lawn, your gardens or in your business.
Our Celestial Weeds
by Beverly Ausmus Ramsey, PhD Ecology
Beverly Ramsey, PhD, recently retired from 50 years of scientific research. She remains a professor in Environmental Sciences at APUS. She is sharing with us what she has learned from her traditional Native American rearing and her scientific research. DrBeverlyARamsey@gmail.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
My Kitchen Version by Beverly Ausmus Ramsey
3 qt dandelion flowers (yellow petals only, no green)
1 gal purified, non-chlorinated water
1 pkg wine yeast
1 lb raisins (golden and dark)
Pulp of one apple
Clump of elderberries if available.
1 pint commercial orange or apple juice (ok if it contains sugar)
2 cups natural raw or brown sugar
6-8 whole cloves
1 oz diced fresh ginger
1 oz grated nutmeg
1. Pour boiling water over petals, then cover and steep 3 days
2. Mix into petals the juices, apple pulp and raisins, berries
3. Reheat to barely boiling until colors begin to show, remove from heat
4. Mix yeast in recommended water until well mixed and aromatic
5. Add sugar, yeast, nutmeg, ginger, cloves into flower juice mixture. Keep warm but not boiling.
6. Cool when all sugar has dissolved.
7. Pour into jug or crock covered by porous cotton cloth or cheese cloth secured by a rubber band. Ferment for 2 weeks. Check to see if bubbling has stopped. It may take longer.
8. Strain or filter into sterile bottles. Sterilize bottles using hydrogen peroxide and then just air-dry upside down in drainer.
9. Double check fermentation has exhausted by slipping deflated balloon on bottled and monitoring. Do not cork/close until bubbling has stopped.
10. Cork or screwcap and let rest 6 months in cool, dark area before consuming.
My Year Living Un-Edited
By Julia Coplan
Julia Coplan, an intuitive artist, uses dance, photography and writing to move through the extreme isolation of mental turmoil by connecting with her body, inner guidance and higher consciousness to remember that we are never truly alone. As a guide with Love YOUniversity ™, she guides healers, coaches and artists in becoming irresistible to love, money, purpose and joy through awakening. www.LoveYOUniversity.com email@example.com
One year ago, I made a commitment to live un-edited. Most of my life I’ve been the quirky girl, the one who is not like the others. For many years I turned down the volume on the parts of myself that I wanted to hide. I tried avoiding attention at all costs. What I’ve learned in the last year is that the parts of myself I was trying to silence are the very parts that I needed the most. That I needed to embrace the quirky little girl inside and allow her to be exactly as she is. And through her freedom, I have found mine.
And so, one year ago, I set out to document this journey on my blog – Living Un-Edited. At the time, I wanted to follow conventional blogging advice and have plenty of pre-loaded content ready before launching. So, I began with many posts ready in the queue. What I came to find was, these pre-written entries didn’t feel fresh anymore. They were a snapshot of an earlier time, an earlier me.
Though it can be a more nerve-wracking process (and one that requires more trust), I’ve found that my posts are more real when shared in real time, as they happen. They give a window into what I’m experiencing now. Because many of us are walking similar paths in our collective awakening journey – right now. My desire for sharing through the blog is to reach out and connect with others on the journey so that we all feel a little less alone.
Often, I have no idea what I’m going to write before I sit down with pen and paper – which can be a little panic-inducing. What if there is nothing to share this week? Through experience I have found, there is always something.
Recently, I went outside to get some inspiration before writing, and what I found when I simply stood in the grass became a story for the blog. What I’ve written may sound like I’ve taken poetic license, but what I share below is a literal telling of what I experienced on a recent morning, in such a seemingly mundane setting as the courtyard of my building.
Over the past year, there have been many days when I go to post an entry and find myself wondering... “Is it only meaningful to me?” “Will people get it?”
The poem I share on the next page is a reminder that the simplest of things can be the most powerful.
Just Behind Me
Slipping off my shoes,
I step onto a bed
of soft grass.
Cool dew surprises me,
seeping into my skin,
awakening my feet
to the earth energy below.
It flows up my legs,
the strumming that’s always there.
Though ever present,
with the usual layers
of socks and shoes in between
it’s harder to sense.
Closing my eyes,
I lean into a gentle breeze.
The sun warm on my face.
I feel it,
bright even behind closed lids,
and sway with the wind.
Spring birds chirp in the distance.
I open my eyes to see what surrounds me.
Bare trees –
the winter has past,
though no sign of spring shows
on their branches yet.
Still, they are beautiful.
Something urges me to turn around,
to find out what is behind me.
I’m struck with the beauty
of cherry blossoms all around.
These are not short trees –
these are a taller variety,
with gentle white blooms
soaring high into the sky.
Have these trees been here,
just behind me the whole time,
yet I never noticed them?
Have my eyes been closed?
Maybe – and that is ok.
It was seeing the stark difference today
that grabbed my attention so.
From bare trees to full blossoms.
Had I always known
their beauty was right there,
I may not have stopped to relish in it.
In the soft breeze,
the petals dance
and fall to the earth
like a spring snow.
I’m in the center
with beauty all around,
and this is my reminder.
That it’s always here for me.
Always waiting for me.
All I need to do is turn around.
The beauty waiting, just behind me.
Poem and Photo by Julia Coplan
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by Carol Burbank
I was riding in an Uber the other day, the driver and I sharing our worries about the world, and he said, right before he dropped me off, “We all say the same things, but what do we do about it?” I felt my stomach drop.
The brutal events in our daily news sometimes make it hard to imagine what leaders can do to make a difference. We are inundated with loss, violence, hatred, retribution, conspiracies, and all the emotions and puzzles that haunt the events polarizing us. It’s important to give ourselves time to grieve, but it’s just as important to use that grief to build leadership strategies for the heart and soul of our communities.
The question isn’t when, anymore, it’s how. How do we transcend trauma to bridge the differences between us? How can we embody our core values to benefit our communities? And how will we create a leadership legacy marked by resilience and love?
It helps to remember that leadership in troubled times has three layers:
· the surface where we assess, persuade and connect
· the layer of action, where we take responsibility and move forward with our commitments
· the deepest layer, where faith and values give us energy and focus
All three layers are needed for effective leadership, that is, to help us achieve the real-feel of warmth and possibility that motivates teams to embrace hope, and step towards healthy change. Real-feel is usually how we describe the weather. It may feel colder or warmer than the literal temperature, but we rarely dress for the actual temperature. We choose our jackets based on real-feel, and the same goes for our leaders.
Navigating these choices helps us navigate the world’s complexities. There’s nothing that combats fear more than real-feel connection. Real-feel is the glue that binds us together, the feeling part of leadership that helps us trust the future. Born in the creative friction between our deepest beliefs, our actions, and our performance of leadership, real-feel is the way we choose what’s important, and how to live.
Roy Bennett writes “Great leaders create more leaders, not followers.” It’s one of those truisms that has real-feel, when leadership comes from the right place. There’s a lot of talk about greatness in the United States today. There’s a lot of talk about fake news, lies, and fabrications, too. But isn’t it remarkable, when you meet someone with integrity, you feel immediately that what they say is real? You know you can trust them, and stand up in your own principles as part of their team.
When the weather is uneven and the future unclear, it’s time to develop real-feel radar, as followers and leaders. It’s time for being and becoming to connect with action and awareness, here and now.
Trust is the highest form of human motivation. It brings out the very best in people.
Carol Burbank is a writing/life coach and leadership specialist, founder of Storyweaving Coaching and Consulting and the Storyweaving Retreat Center. www.storyweaving.com
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To manifest clients consistently, I recommend that you create an intention that reminds you that you want to attract clients. I know it sounds sort of silly, but life takes over and many people forget what they really want.
For example, one of my favorite and most effective intentions is: It’s my intention to attract one or more new or returning clients this week who signs up to work with me.
When I remind myself of this intention, I almost always attract a new or returning client.
Depending on your business, you may want to attract one new client every week, several new clients every day, one every month, or something else. Whatever the flow of your business, make an intention to attract the clients you want and then remind yourself of your intention daily.
If you do, several things can happen:
1. Your desire to attract clients will stay front of mind.
One of the biggest challenges heart-based, on purpose women entrepreneurs face is dealing with life’s distractions. Children get sick. Parents need help. Courses on how to attract clients on Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn beckon. Exercise or meditation practices call to you. Dinner needs to be prepared.
And each time one of life’s distractions shows up, it takes your attention away from your business. The less attention you give your business, the less likely it is that it will grow.
Reminding yourself daily of your intention to attract clients can bring your focus and energy back to your business and keep you client ready.
2. You will remain client ready.
Being ‘client ready’ means you are ready to have a conversation with a prospective client and sign up her (or him). It means you have a system for your new client(s) to pay you and you are prepared for a client to say YES to your offer.
When life takes over and days become weeks and weeks become months and, maybe even, months become years in between new clients, you may not have everything ready for a new client. If you’re not client ready, instead of wanting to enroll a new client when you have a conversation with a potential new client, it may feel easier to refer that person to a colleague. And that’s not good for your business!
But if you’re client ready, energetically you’ll welcome new clients and sign them up!
3. Energetically, you’ll have a sign across your forehead that says ‘Welcome’ to your ideal clients.
When you remind yourself daily of your intention to attract a new or returning client, you send out a magnetic vibration that pulls your ideal clients to you. Your potential clients will see your emails and open them. Your social media posts will show up in their feeds. Those potential clients who are ready to work with you will reach out to you. They’ll start showing up in your life.
And woohoo... after a conversation... you’ll have new clients!
4. Your actions will align with your intention.
If you remind yourself daily of your intention to attract new clients and make attracting clients a priority, then what you need to do will become clear to you. And you’ll do it!
You’ll get inspirations for new ways to promote your business (if you need them). You’ll feel motivated to go to a local networking event. You’ll decide to place an ad in the On Purpose Woman Magazine if that’s right for you. You'll show up for an online Connections Thru Conversation gathering. Or you’ll try something else that's calling to you.
Your actions will align with your intention and, as a result, your ideal clients will be able to find you. Your new or returning clients will sign up to work with you and your business will grow and become all you want it to be!
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As a child, I loved all kinds of artistic expression. I painted, made stretchy potholders on my toy loom, drew pictures, made little “dioramas” and loved to read and write. I especially enjoyed creating things that made people happy or touched them in some way. I never really thought of myself as an “artist” though, and as I grew older, I channeled my creativity and compassion into becoming a nurse and massage therapist.
As a nurse, I worked in the hospital some, but most of my 30+ year career has been in family practice office nursing. I’ve loved the chance this kind of nursing has given me to develop long-term relationships with patients over the years.
I learned to perform a basic back massage while in nursing school. While working the evening shift at the hospital, I often found the “bedtime back rub” was my patients’ favorite part of the day. Seeing firsthand the power of positive touch with people who were scared or in pain spurred me to obtain my massage license, and I’ve been doing that work intermittently for over 15 years now as well.
Although I never completely stopped creating, it was not a large part of my daily life until 2008, when a friend encouraged me to try mixed media collage art, which I’d never even heard of. This versatile art form reignited my artful passion in a big way. A spare bedroom in our 120-year-old home soon became my art studio, and I spend as much time there as I am able, playing with paper and paint.
I’ve found that the combination of art and medical experience has allowed me a unique perspective. My highly textured artwork combines images, colors, and words in ways that offer the compassion and timeless wisdom I need to hear myself. I am so grateful that others have found it meaningful as well over the years. I find inspiration and see beauty everywhere; especially in nature, my love of God and the people who surround me. It is my heart’s desire to inspire others to connect deeply….with their Source, the earth, each other and their beautiful souls because I truly believe it is through connection that healing happens.
I'll be showing and selling my artwork at the Art Asylum in Savage Mill on June 2nd.
You can find me and a link to my Etsy shop here: www.michellelisenbee.com
Ginny Robertson is the Founder of the On Purpose Woman Community, a global movement that connects women around the world to their gifts, their purpose and each other. She is also a speaker and the Publisher/Editor of On Purpose Woman Magazine. www.OnPurposeWomanComunity.com
One of the greatest ways to love yourself is to live authentically. Your life should be an extension of your most basic values. Who you are needs to be able to show up…everywhere.
The only thing you have to give to your world is your uniqueness. To deprive the world of the real you serves no one. Living an authentic life takes great courage. You must be clear on your values and stand up for them when they are threatened.
Have you ever been around someone who told a joke that clearly violated your values? Maybe it was about race, religion, sexual orientation or gender. You felt very uncomfortable. What, if anything, did you do?
What about gossip? Do you some-
times participate to fit in? How do you feel after a gossip fest? Do you ever hear that little voice that says “this doesn’t feel right?” That’s your authentic self speaking. Listen to her.
When you are living authentically, you don’t do things to fit in. You believe that who you are needs to be out there in the world; not some watered-down version of yourself that may make others more comfortable.
Living authentically requires courageous choices every day, and your ability to make choices is linked to your self-worth. You do not have to accept the world as it exists because you can reshape, reclaim and re-create the world the way you want. But, to do that, you must know your authentic needs and wants so you can make the necessary choices to honor them.
Your authentic needs and wants are encoded in your dreams, in the memories of your deepest longings. Keep shoveling away at all of the crap that has piled up around them, and you will uncover purpose, peace, and pleasure.
At the heart of being authentic is to know that your choices - and, from now on, only yours – must be the ones that come first, For at the end of the day, or at the end of a life, all you truly have is yourself and love. And, if you love your self – truly, madly and deeply – all you have is all you’ll ever need.
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by Ginny Robertson
On Purpose Woman Magazine is for women and by women. I am proud to be a part of it. Our voices matter. Our businesses matter. Our leadership matters. And what we care about matters.
Thank you for your part. This magazine exists because of women like you who read it, write for it, advertise in it, contribute in any way to it, and share it with their friends.
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