More than One Way to Skin a Cat: Adventures in Creative Thinking

By My Gorgeous friend Gita Curniffe from Quantum Change Consulting

As I like to say “The same level of thinking that created the problem, is not the same level of thinking at which you can find a solution”

How many times have you caught yourself saying that there could be no other solution to a problem – and that that problem leads to a dead end? How many times have you felt stumped knowing that the problem laying before you is one you cannot solve. No leads. No options. No solutions.

Did it feel like you had exhausted all possible options and yet are still before the mountain – large, unconquerable, and impregnable? When encountering such enormous problems, you may feel like you’re hammering against a steel mountain. The pressure of having to solve such a problem may be overwhelming.

But rejoice! There might be some hope yet!

With some creative problem-solving techniques you may be able to look at your problem in a different light. And that light might just be the end of the tunnel that leads to possible solutions.

First of all, in the light of creative problem-solving, you must be open-minded to the fact that there may be more than just one solution to the problem. And, you must be open to the fact that there may be solutions to problems you thought were unsolvable.

Now, with this optimistic mindset, we can try to be a little bit more creative in solving our problems.

Number one; maybe the reason we cannot solve our problems is that we have not really taken a hard look at what the problem is. Here, trying to understanding the problem and having a concrete understanding of its workings is integral solving the problem. If you know how it works, what the problem is, then you have a better foundation towards solving the problem.

Not trying to make the simple statement of what problem is. Try to identify the participating entities and what their relationships with one another are. Take note of the things you stand to gain any stand to lose from the current problem. Now you have a simple statement of what the problem is.

Number two; try to take note of all of the constraints and assumptions you have the words of problem. Sometimes it is these assumptions that obstruct our view of possible solutions. You have to identify which assumptions are valid, in which assumptions need to be addressed.

Number three; try to solve the problem by parts. Solve it going from general view towards the more detailed parts of the problem. This is called the top-down approach. Write down the question, and then come up with a one-sentence solution to that from them. The solution should be a general statement of what will solve the problem. From here you can develop the solution further, and increase its complexity little by little.

Number four; although it helps to have critical thinking aboard as you solve a problem, you must also keep a creative, analytical voice at the back of your head. When someone comes up with a prospective solution, tried to think how you could make that solution work. Try to be creative. At the same time, look for chinks in the armor of that solution.

Number five; it pays to remember that there may be more than just one solution being developed at one time. Try to keep track of all the solutions and their developments. Remember, there may be more than just one solution to the problem.

Number six; remember that old adage,” two heads are better than one.” That one is truer than it sounds. Always be open to new ideas. You can only benefit from listening to all the ideas each person has. This is especially true when the person you’re talking to has had experience solving problems similar to yours.

You don’t have to be a gung-ho, solo hero to solve the problem. If you can organize collective thought on the subject, it would be much better.

Number seven; be patient. As long as you persevere, there is always a chance that a solution will present itself. Remember that no one was able to create an invention the first time around.

Creative thinking exercises can also help you in your quest be a more creative problems solver.

Here is one example.

Take a piece of paper and write any word that comes to mind at the center. Now look at that word then write the first two words that come to your mind. This can go on until you can build a tree of related words. This helps you build analogical skills, and fortify your creative processes.

So, next time you see a problem you think you can not solve, think again. The solution might just be staring you right in the face. All it takes is just a little creative thinking, some planning, and a whole lot of work.

 
Gita Curniffe  Quantum Change Consulting LLC
www.quantumchangeconsulting.com
email: info@quantumchangeconsulting.com
contact no: 720 508 0330

Director of Professional & Personal Development.
At the helm of the practice is experienced consultant, Ms. Gita Curniffe. Gita will be leveraging her professional expertise as a qualified Intervention and Change Management coach for the benefit of individual and corporate clients. Gita possesses specific expertise in Management Consulting, Coaching, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Advanced Emotional Freedom Therapy techniques.

Furthermore, Gita is a certified practitioner in Fire Walking, Prosci Change Management, Timeline Therapy and Accredited Matrix Reimprinting. Gita’s talent combined with unique experiences and commitment provides a solid foundation for Quantum Change and will be leveraged to assist clients to achieve individual and business goals.

Gita’s experience in the corporate arena spans over a decade with specific expertise in change management intervention, project management, business and project co-ordinating whilst working for renowned and esteemed organizations including KPMG for over 6 years.

Gita is a consummate professional with great intra-personal and inter-personal skills to effect change in others. Her expertise and training programme has equipped her with an abundance of easy to apply and extremely effective ways to lead and manage even the most complex change management projects.

 

What to expect from an astrological reading (and why I understand if you’re skeptical!) With Jennifer Shelton

Last Friday I was interviewed for an upcoming telesummit. The interviewer had an astrological reading done in the past (not by me), and she said that what I do sounds very different than what she got. She asked what a person should look for in picking an astrologer.  So, here are a few suggestions and frequently asked questions.

1 – Know the astrologer’s specialty.

Not all astrologers do the same thing. Many focus on predictions – what going to be happening in your life in the next few weeks to months. Some focus on events and will help you to pick the best day to get married or have surgery.  There are those who look at relationships (synastry) and how compatible you are with partners (romantic, business, etc). You can often tell, by reading an astrologer’s website, where her focus lies.

My specialty: I focus on how all your different parts can harmonize. I start with your North Node (or, life purpose) and then, look to the rest of your chart – the planets, houses and aspects – to determine how they can work together towards this purpose. This is quite different from many astrologers, who will see various aspects of a chart as contradicting each other. I’ve often read that my Capricorn moon is “too cold” and that I should cultivate more compassion. My approach is that I have a Capricorn moon for a reason. I look at my whole chart to figure out what role it serves. So, instead of telling people to change basic parts of their personality, I explain how their parts can work in unison. (Think, well-oiled machine.)

2 – Why are horoscopes often wrong?

I find that chart readings, describing a person’s personality, are rarely wrong. But, when most people ask this question, they are referring to predictions, like the kind you see in the paper, or online. For one, these are not based on your unique birth chart. They are generic for all Aquarians, or Scorpios, or Tauruses. An Aquarian with a Scorpio rising sign, and the sun in the fourth house, is going to have a different forecast than an Aquarian with a Pisces rising sign and the sun in the 10th house.  Some people say that if you read the horoscope for your sun sign AND for your rising sign, it’s more accurate. I avoid generic daily/weekly horoscopes all together. (Except for the joke ones in The Onion. Those are hilarious!)

Also, astrological predictions are much like weather predictions. If there’s a 60% chance of rain, you may get wet, or nothing may happen. A thunderstorm might be benign, or lightening may strike a tree in your yard. It’s very hard to be specific with these kinds of forecasts. But, sometimes, it is good to know whether or not you need an overcoat or umbrella, just in case!

My approach:  I do include predictions in my readings but they are always based on the client’s individual chart. Also, my view is that if you understand all the parts of yourself well, you’ll be able to handle anything that happens in life.

3 – Much of this is now online for free. What’s the point of hiring someone to read my chart for me?

Depending on how complicated your chart is, you may be able to use online sources to do a reading for yourself. But, using my cake analogy (I compare a chart to a layered cake), the online sources will tell you the properties of each ingredient in your cake but not how they interact when cooked together.

You know that plain cocoa tastes nasty but when mixed with sugar and butter, it’s quite tasty. Same goes for cinnamon. Or, flour. An Aquarian sun with a Capricorn moon (that’s me!) is going to be very different than a Scorpio sun with a Capricorn moon. And, then, there’s the rising sign and the houses of the chart…they all combine to make you unique. A live person can see and understand those combinations.

4 – Is any of this stuff real? What do you say to skeptics?

I’m as skeptical as the next person! In fact, that’s why a lot of my clients like me. I have NO IDEA how astrology works, and that fascinates me even more. I’ve read articles trying to explain it, and nothing makes sense to me. But, when I had my first real reading (from a coworker), I was amazed at how accurately my chart depicted all my personality’s nooks and crannies. Then, I started reading the charts of acquaintances, friends and family. I never came across a chart that wasn’t accurate. The REAL TEST, though, was when I read the chart of a stranger. I mean, I already knew the personalities of the other people, and wondered if I wasn’t subconsciously skewing the reading to fit. But, so far, so good.

I did once have a person email me and say, “This does sound like me, but I’m really good with kids and am surprised that didn’t show up in my reading.” Well, it was there but wasn’t a prominent part of her chart, so I didn’t bring it up.  If there is something specific you are looking for, definitely let the astrologer know. Which leads to question number five…

5 – How can I get the most out of a reading?

It helps if you tell the astrologer the kinds of things you are concerned about. I know some people avoid doing this because they are skeptical and don’t want to “feed” info to the astrologer. With my readings, I do an overview of a person’s personality and life purpose first, and then, I will specifically focus on questions and how they fit into the big picture. There is so much information in an astrological chart that you could study it for years and not find everything. Your questions help the astrologer to pick out the stuff that is most relevant to you.

Also, my personal intuition works in such a way that I often “read” a person based on the questions she asks. As a child, in school, I’d hear kids ask questions and know exactly why they didn’t understand something. In hearing your questions, I know better how to focus on your chart. In fact, I may intuitively pick up a concern that wasn’t expressed directly in your question.

6 – What’s the best way to get a reading – over the phone or in writing?

I type out my clients’ readings. There are certain parts of a chart that LEAP out at me, and that are extremely important. I want to make sure those are covered and that my clients understand them well.  I am a “big picture” kind of person (my Jupiter is conjunct my ascendant!), and want to portray that big picture before diving into details. When I first started this, I read charts over the phone, but noticed people would get caught up on a sentence or phrase, without waiting for context. The written chart allows you to read the entire interpretation – repeatedly. (My readings tend to be 5-6 typed pages.)

7 – But, there are benefits to talking to your astrologer on the phone.

This is good for getting into details. I always want my clients to have an idea of the “big picture” first (with the written reading) but I love doing follow-ups on the phone!

My clients use the phone follow-up in different ways. Some have questions about a specific project, or a job change, or a life change, and want to know if it’s a good idea, or the best approach to dealing with it. Some people use the phone sessions as a form of therapy. I listen, often pick up patterns, and give suggestions for coping, based on their astrological chart. Some schedule these on an “as needed” basis, and others book several in advance, meeting once a week, or every two weeks (I do give discounts if a person buys sessions in bulk). Also, with these phone sessions, I am able to use my intuition (mentioned in number 5) in combination with the astrological chart.

Jennifer has been in the field of education for over twenty years, always with a focus on human rights. She is the founder of the website, FemCentral, the Virtual Institute for Women, where she works as editor, writer, and webmaster. She also teaches history, part-time, at the college, middle and high school levels.

A few years ago, she discovered an unexpected gift for astrology. She writes original astrology articles for FemCentral and provides a variety of astrological services, including individual readings and group classes.

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Decoding Your Wild Wisdom With Tracie Nichols

This Week’s #WOW is Soul Truth Expert Tracie Nichols. She is an alchemist for the earth. I first met Tracie via a mutual friend – as we both write for Its All About Yes Ezine (the online magazine for women in business). Tracie is a total earth mother and a champion of all women. Her gifts which she shares so generously, serve as a reminder to us all to listen to the wisdom of nature. It’s very apt that Tracie is the featured #WOW on 12-12-12

Tell me a little about you, your lifestyle and what you are passionate about.

I’m a woman dancing gleefully into my crone years, spending my life intuitively communicating with the unseen world. I’m particularly connected with the energies of the earth, or Gaia (after the Greek goddess who was the Great Mother of All).

No matter what I’m doing I love laughter – just ask my (amazing, wonderful, rockin’) clients. I’m passionate about LIFE – the amazing, vibrant force that animates us all – and doing everything I can to help every being thrive.

I have a master’s degree that gives me the tools to help people make significant life changes. My intuitive senses have been developed over nearly 25 years. (People tell me my intuitive guidance is clear, accurate, and helpful. How cool is that!?) My sacred partnership with the earth grounds me, keeps me present, and keeps things real.

I’m lucky enough to be Mom to 3 fascinating children and married to a very cool Renaissance man. We live in a (very small!) 250 year old farm house with Elrond, the magical cat. Someday we plan to live in an off-the-grid completely sustainable home. Little known fact? I LOVE fresh raspberries! I mean passionately. I once told a friend that sun-warmed raspberries, fresh from the cane, were better than sex.

So tell me about your business, who is Tracie Nichols?

I’m a change-maker and advocate for women and the earth. My business is all about serving both, usually at the same time.

I serve women by helping them unearth and live their raw, glorious Soul Truth. Part of that process involves helping them recover their intuitive relationship with the planet, the most potent source of feminine energy available. Part of it involves using my intuition to “listen” to their Soul Truth and help them develop ways of living that truth out loud (usually with lots of laughter)!

I serve the earth by listening to her and sharing her wisdom, her stories, with anyone who will listen (usually on my blog and social media) and by helping people come home again to their intuitive relationship with the planet. When we do this we tend to consider the well being of all life when making choices, so everybody wins.

What inspired you to make the decision to create your own business?

I was inspired to create my own business by the messy collision of needing to be home for my children with receiving a sacred mandate from Gaia to share her story, and my passionate belief that we were losing something essential with each woman who remained silent rather than sharing her unique wisdom. And, since I was one of those women being more silent than seen, I decided I needed to walk my talk, as they say.

Has there always been a burning desire inside you to create this, or did your business evolve from your original idea?

Having my own business was never really a dream of mine. I took a winding road to get to where I am now. In the beginning I was so unsure of myself I kept trying to legitimize my intuitive work by wrapping it up in more conventional packaging. I started as a massage therapist and an aromatherapist (still am) specializing in working with women survivors of trauma and abuse. Amazing work, but not what I knew I needed to be doing. Things kept evolving and I kept becoming more transparent about my mandate from Gaia and my conviction that women’s voices are essential to our global thriving.

What did/do you find to be the most challenging part of your business?

Bookkeeping and boundaries. Financials flummox me and numbers are so NOT my strength. In terms of boundaries, I love what I do so much that I have a hard time stopping. I can always find just one more thing… I’m guilty of working through weekends and holidays at times. Which, of course, just isn’t healthy. So I’m cultivating balance. And re-framing bookkeeping as play with numbers until I hire a VA (part of the 2013 plan).

What have you learned about yourself during the process of setting up your business?

I’ve learned that I am NOT detail oriented. Despite having been so in several jobs. When it comes to managing the enormous quantity of details involved in setting up and running my business…yikes! I need to bring extra energy and attention to detailed processes.

I’ve also learned that I can over think and over write something until it’s mind-boggling, complex, and hideously boring. I’m getting better at trusting my first thoughts.

Also, I’ve learned that I’m courageous as hell, a really good public speaker, a solid and compassionate class facilitator and I can work totally silly hours and still be in love with what I do.

What advice would you give someone considering starting their own business?

Know yourself – really well. Be willing to see the best, the worst and everything between. Especially know how you sabotage yourself and how you motivate yourself. Be clear about your resources, of all kinds. Have a support network resilient enough to handle weeping, raging, glee, questioning, frustration, giddiness, wild success and the occasional abject failure. It also helps if some of them can deliver meals on occasion. Have regular meetings with your inner wisdom. Consider forming an advisory board. I have human colleagues I call on, as well as a more-than-human advisory board.

What products and services do you provide?

I serve through Soul-Truthing sessions, Leadership Mentoring, classes and gatherings (virtual and in person), public speaking and nearly daily blog posts. You can find all of that at tracienichols.com (http://tracienichols.com). By the way, I LOVE when a lively conversation springs up under a post.

One of my favorite pages on my site is “Gifts for You”! (http://www.tracienichols.com/gifts-for-you/) where folks can find audio and PDF versions of meditations Gaia shared with me. Anyone who takes the plunge and subscribes to my newsletter receives “Alchemy from the Earth,” a collection of messages and suggested practices from Gaia.

I have also developed the “Decoding Your Wild Wisdom Guidebook” (http://www.tracienichols.com/tools-for-you/) a guide to unlocking the timeless understanding coded into your body of how to navigate mystery, chaos, transformation and evolution. And the “With Love, From Your Element” email program (http://www.tracienichols.com/with-love-from-your-element/) – connecting people with their home element. Helping them stay grounded, present, focused and clear.

What is the greatest success story for your business?

The greatest success story for my business isn’t my story. It’s the stories clients tell about how their lives have changed. How they feel so much more alive and happy. How they feel like they’re finally living the truth of who they are. I LOVE my clients. I’m inspired by them every day. That’s the big, shiny success story of my business; all of the fierce, radiant women standing up and being heard, now.

The ways you can hook up with Tracie:

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ecoaudient (personal page)

https://www.facebook.com/alchemyfortheearth (fan page)

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/tracietnichols

Website:

http://tracienichols.com

Attention Attention We All Want It

How much attention do you get? I mean in your interactions with others, do you get their undivided attention, where they are just focused on you and not distracted by their smartphone or something equally interesting that they are looking out of the window. When my now infamous bro was visiting last week it was hard not to notice the amount of attention my son gave him. You see, my boy has this amazing gift of making someone feel like they are the best thing since sliced bread. He just has this knack of giving you his total attention and becomes  totally engrossed in the conversation, is thoughtful and engaging, not bad qualities for a 6 year old. As all behaviour is learnt, I thought I’d do a little study and watch how he interacts with others. It seems this behaviour is reserved for newbies, people he’s not overly familar with as he used the same strategy with a friend of my husband’s who we don’t see very often. We had one of those teacher/parent things recently and she had made the same observation.
I was reminded of my son as I queued for coffee before one of this week’s meetings. There was a couple before me and the chap behind the counter was giving them his full attention, engaging in conversation and they were laughing at whatever it was he said. A thought crossed my mind, a feeling of impatience, maybe it was because I was wearing shoes, that were really just designed for sitting down. I started to think “OK mate, enough already , get a move on” but I checked myself , dismissed that thought. What was my problem, I was early for my meeting so had plently of time, my client hadn’t arrived. Surely just waiting a few minutes was no big deal, I gave myself an internal slap. Then it was my turn. What did I want. What I got was his full attention, broad smile and easy manner. So the banter began. Did I want cream on my mocha ? Oh go on then. For anyone in business it was a really smooth upsell.
So being present in the moment is a gift, not being distracted by thoughts of yesterday or tomorrow, that’s why it comes so easily for children as they totally live in the moment. As adults we loose this, well some of us do, we get rare moments. Where does you attention go? Are you engaged fully in your life and the people you share it with?

Is Your Life really in your hands ?

This weeks #WOW is Art of The Feminine Presence  and Hand Analyst Lori Latimer, I’ve been wanting to get my hands read for years now. Hand anaysis has been around for many years. Its a combination of ancient palmistry, the latest scientific data and current advances in human psychology and philosophy. 

Your fingerprints reveal your Life Purpose (your area of greatest potential and fulfillment) and your Life Lesson (your ‘shadow’ self seeking conscious awareness in order for your Life Purpose to manifest).

When Lori Revealed the school I was in ( School Of Peace) and my gifts and life purpose I was a bit shocked , as i’m not the quietest person. So peace and me would never really be put together. Once lori explained it was finding  inner peace it all made sense, with my life experiences wanting peace was always something I was seeking and I’ve found it and my inner world is one of peace.

 Finding out that My life purpose is The Creative Unique Master of Success with A Spiritual/Inspirational Message . I also have gifts of Inspirational Communicator & gifted Healer plus a line of genius ( which I knew anyways I always knew I was a genius just nice to get the validation) . So thankfully I’m on track with my purpose and wasn’t meant to be a plumber or I’d be goosed. Lori also works with women to empower them to reach their full potential, find their purpose and discover their feminine essence.

 

Tell me a little about you , your lifestyle and what you are passionate about? I love my life! Really, I’m very blessed and happy. I have two grown sons, who are 28 and 22, and two adorable little grandsons. The oldest is almost 5 and the baby just turned one. I’ve been divorced for about 4 years, and I can honestly say that I’m happier than I’ve ever been in my life. I’ve worked as a paralegal in family law the better part of 20 years but am transitioning out of that. I love to travel, meet new people, and visit places I’ve only dreamed about.

So tell me about your business, what is Scientific Hand Analysis and The Art of Feminine Presence all about? I’m passionate about empowering women, helping them find their purpose and their feminine essence to become happy, healthy, and fulfilled in their lives.

I tell people that Hand Analysis is like palmistry kicked up a notch! I take your handprints and decode your fingerprint patterns (they don’t change over the course of your life). I combine the fingerprint patterns with the lines and other markings in your hands and then do my analysis. I take the results of that, along with your unique potential talents and challenges that are indicated in your hands, and use my intuitive abilities to put it all together to reveal your Life Purpose. It seems like everyone’s talking about Life Purpose these days, but your Life Purpose is really hiding right in your own hands! Your hands are like a map. I decode the map and give it to you – then it’s up to you whether you follow it or not. That’s what makes this different from fortunetelling.

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30 Days to an Organized Home Leading to a Happier, Calmer, Better Life

Just Knowing that I was interviewing this week’s #WOW Efficiency Expert and Best Selling Author Evelyn Cucchiara got me into action. I had a good old clear out this week. Evelyn’s system is so easy to follow and she makes it a breeze. I’m not exactly a clutter nutter but seem to create areas of gatherings in my home. You know where you leave just one thing on a worktop or flat surface and you come back 10 minutes later and there’s a party going on with lots of other unrelated items sharing the space. The difference it makes energetically removing clutter and donating unwanted stuff is huge. It makes the energy flow more freely through the house plus we can find things easily when they have a home.

Tell me a little about you , your lifestyle and what you are passionate about? Well, I’m an author, teacher, business owner and mom – but the order of importance changes depending on the day! My life is filled with obligations, my goal in life is to try and streamline the obligations so my family and I have time for fun. Memories are made from the fun times, not the work times. I’m passionate about teaching – weather it’s teaching people how to streamline their lives and be more efficient or teaching preschoolers art – I do it all!

So tell me about your business, what is allEvelyn.com all about? AllEvelyn.com sprung up from my desire to combine all that I do under one heading. For many years I’ve owned a preschool art studio. That’s what my education background is about – I have my masters degree in Art Education. Recently I’ve expanded what I teach and who I teach it to by writing a book entitled “30 Days to an Organized Home”. The jump from one to another is not as far fetched as you might think. It’s all about teaching. Years ago in my art teaching career, I discovered that Continue reading

Free Your Inner Artist In A Spiral of Creativity

When you read this week’s #WOW Paula Swenson interview you can’t help but to imagine how exciting it would be to have created a life and business where you have the freedom to choose where you live. Which enable you to built a successful business doing what you love and sharing your gifts with the world.  To express yourself creatively whatever the medium is so vital for your soul. Paula shares her gifts with her clients by helping them uncover hidden ideas and championing them in creating a life that is more USE-FULL and JOY-FULL.

Tell me a little about you, your lifestyle and what you are passionate about? First and foremost I’m an artist who works with both images and words. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t involved in creative expression of some sort. I’m also semi-nomadic and tend to see borders (and boundaries of all types) as an invitation. Travel both exercises my creativity and feeds it, so it works out pretty well!  I’m passionate about creativity and imagination – I believe they are magnificent renewable resources that can save our world — and travel, which I feel helps us understand our world and each other better.  Fortunately I’m married to my very best friend and his passions fit together with mine, so together we have traveled in 17 countries and lived in 8 (including the United States where we both come from). We’re currently based in Tunisia. Traveling and living abroad have convinced me that creativity of all kinds, not just artistic creativity, is a critical tool to survive and thrive as we wander into our future.

So tell me about your business, what is Creative Spirals all about? Creative Spirals is about falling in love with your life.  We live in an amazing world, and at our core we are each amazing beings.  I believe the most important creative act is to Continue reading

DO YOU WANT MORE HEALTH, A CLEAR MIND AND VITALITY?

I am very pleased to be interviewing this weeks #WOW Stacy Mobley as I’ve learned so much from reading her replies and no doubt you will too, I have to admit, growing up in the country surrounded by farms, with both sets of grandparents living off the land and having cows, chickens you name it. I used to hold the belief that people who didn’t drink milk or have any dairy product were just neurotic. For me dairy works for my body.

It wasn’t until my nephew was born and he suffered from extreme eczema, where my sister had to cover him head to toe in emollient and special bandages. The daily routine of keeping his skin calm was very difficult and he was in so much pain, bless him ( sweetest kid you’d ever meet as never once did he complain). There wasn’t very much known about dairy intolerance at that time, so of course it was quiet a battle for her to get any information to ease his suffering or just to feed him and meet his nutritional needs.

Having a dairy free diet was much more difficult then as almost everything contained either egg or milk. When I had my own son several years later and once I switched from breast to cows milk, he also started experiencing severe pain, he didn’t have the skin outbreaks. He would just cripple up in pain with his stomach where he’s body just totally rejected the milk. Needless to say my beliefs were well and truly changed as with anyone with a food allergy will tell you its quiet challenging so having someone like Stacy guide you along is such a blessing.

Tell me a little about you, your lifestyle and what you are passionate about? My name is Stacy Mobley, a 4th year Naturopathic Medical Student who loves to travel, medicine and health, learn new things and teach.  I’m a Georgia Peach baking in the desert.    I believe that an empowered individual is a productive and powerful light in this world.  We are all created for a reason with a purpose, never second guess this.

I am passionate about helping busy entrepreneurs stay vibrant, energetic, healthy, clear minded and ready to impact the world in a big way.  I do this by providing support and accountability to claiming health on your terms.

In the coming months, I will begin accepting new patients in my medical practice.  It will not be your typical doctor’s visit, prepare to be educated, challenged, and excel in your life on your terms!

Use the information below to stay connected and learn more!

http://www.dairyfreenow.com 

Twitter: @dairyfreenow

Email: stacy@dairyfreenow.com

So tell me about your business, who is DairyFreeNow all about?  Dairyfreenow.com is a business dedicated to educating and supporting individuals who want to learn about going dairy -free for any period of time.  I provide support via accountability, information, and FAQ related to going dairy free.  The principles can be applied to any almost any food allergy.

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3 signs that you may be giving your Power Away and How to get it back

  1. Everything that happens in your life that you don’t want is someone else’s fault –  be it your parents, teachers , old boss, an ex or whoever or what ever, if you are holding on to the hurt you are giving your power to the past and allowing it to influence your present. When we blame others we are putting the responsibility of our feelings on them.
  2. You are people pleasing, putting everyone else needs first, not feeling worthy of their love or that they will accept you for who you are. Hiding your feelings and putting on a show that everything is great when inside you are falling apart. Not being true to YOU
  3. Not believing in yourself or accepting yourself. How you feel about yourself is an indicator of how much power you hold. Feel great about yourself warts and all = standing in your power. Feel C.R.A.P about yourself is an indication that you are giving your power away.

 

How to get it back Having boundaries in place , not walls. Having healthy boundaries comes from feeling good about ourselves “No One Can Make You Feel Bad About Yourself Without Your Permission” what thoughts came into your head when you read that sentence…………… taking responsibility for our own feelings and reactions, we can master our Ability to Respond rather react to others.

Once we have awareness of our feelings, our triggers we are in a much more powerful place. We realise we have a choice in how we feel and it up to us to decide if we want to feel good or bad.

Those who respond with anger ( something I work really hard on, as at times I’ll react without thinking when its someone I really care about, hits a sore point in me & bang I’m off, exploding over something minor, I could easily blame my parents as its a learned behaviour but in that moment its my choice) don’t want to feel the pain in their bodies so they externalise it and direct it at someone else.

The signs can be rubbing the chest or neck which is a self soothing mechanism that we do to ease the pain. Having an awareness of our behaviour and triggers helps us recognise when we are not been true to ourselves.

 

Lesson in Life

A wise man sat in the audience and cracked a joke. Everybody laughs like crazy. After a moment, he cracks the same joke again. This time, less people laughed. He cracked the same joke again and again. When there was no laughter in the crowd He smiled and said: You can’t laugh at the same joke again and again, but why do you keep crying over the same thing over and over again ?

Release Your Icon – What is your style saying about you ?

 Today I have the great pleasure of interviewing an inspirational young lady who’s mantra is ‘Release Your Icon’,  This week’s #WOW is Author and London fashion stylist, Fellow Entrepreneur Tanesha Westcarr. Tanesha embodies creating a business around your passions and life’s purpose . She has taken her unique gifts and created a successful brand around them. She changes her clients lives by helping them make the best first impressions, attract and keep the right life partners, renew their confidence and dress for success.  I’ve had the privilege of hearing Tanesha speak , I not only took away some amazing fashion tips (I was straight down the shops and buying some skinny belts to make me look slimmer round the waist ) but also valuable thought provoking lessons on life and how others perceive us and make judgements based on how we present ourselves.

Tell me a little about you, your lifestyle and what you are passionate about? My name is Tanesha Westcarr, I am a fashion stylist, author, brand and Icon Specialist. I would describe myself as determined, optimistic and fun with a love for my family, athletics and netball.

I am extremely passionate about enabling people to stand out as the best at what they do, to unleash their greatness, raise their standards and improve their strategies so they can get greater results with balance in their personal, social and business life.

No two days are the same for me and I am normally moving at high speed. One day could be a fashion styling job, then on to a consultation with a business executive on their brand image and identity and end with a speech at a university, where I’ll empower women in business on how to make a great first impression.

So tell me about your business, who is Tanesha Westcarr all about? We love and enjoy helping people to fulfill their potential and become a better, brighter and more bankable version of themselves, one of the ways we do this is by improving their personal and professional image.

What lead you to making the decision of creating your own business? I realized that I could do the same job that I was doing for someone else, for myself – as long as I was committed to learning, improving my skillset and managing my time, I knew that I could make a whole lot more income with a lot more control if I started my own company. I decided to add a system to my skill and provided the service that my target audience wanted. Initially that was in the fashion styling field then in expanded. People always want to look, feel and be better; I help them to do just that.

Styling Stripped Bare: Dynamic Strategies to a Stylish New You

Has there always been a burning desire inside you to create this or did it your business evolve from your original idea? As a very creative person and entrepreneur, I sometimes feel like I have too many ideas. I always knew I was going to own my own businesses and that it would have something to do with improving people’s lives, I didn’t know how it was going to materialize in the beginning. My business came as a result of simply solving a problem for others that I could easily do for myself. It started with compliments from people on my confidence in the way I spoke and how I presented myself – dressed and matched different clothes together. Then I decided to help other people achieve greater results with a higher level of confidence and style.

What did/do you find to be the most challenging part of your business?  Paperwork, seriously all the little things take care of the big things. Though I have a PA there are still little things that need to be taken care of that only I can do. So sometimes I just have to set some time to get the key paperwork out of the way.

What have you learned about yourself during the process of setting up your business? I am a great multi –tasker, incredibly determined and I am not afraid of temporary failure for long term success.

What advice would you give someone considering starting their own business?Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will anything that is a substantial and long term success. Give yourself time to develop into the person you want to be so you can have the business you desire. You must commit to learning, as you will never know everything in your field. Learn to take calculated risks and don’t be afraid to stand out. My mantra is standing out is not your problem, it’s your solution so shine. Lastly perseverance, discipline and optimism are key to enduring the road of success. Don’t ever stop until you reach your goal, and when you reach that goal surpass it and dream again.

What products and services do you provide? I have a whole host of styling and shopping services to improve your personal and corporate image. http://stylingsays.com

I also provide private consultancy services for business owners, executives, celebrities and media personalities to improve their potential, make them even more bankable and help them release their Icon. http://taneshawestcarr.com

What is the greatest success story for your business? I have had many highlights from writing my book Styling Stripped Bare, partnering and running catwalk shows with the Ideal Home Show with an attendance of 60,000+ people, styling at London Fashion Week to winning numerous awards andbeing invited to 10 Downing Street to meet former Prime Minister Gordon Brown. But the greatest success story came from a 17 year old girl that literally had no confidence when she first came to me, she had been bullied on social media and had a really rough start in life but by the end of just one session she was able to see and say that she is beautiful and deserved the best in life. She continues to grow in confidence every day.

Thank you so much Tanesha , you are an inspiration to me and so many others. If you would like to get Tanesha’s Book or sign up for her style tips go to http://stylingsays.com

Next week I’ll be interviewing Dr lara Fernadez who along with her husband Johnny are soulmates on a mission to help single spiritual women, create a life they truly love with the love of their life by their side.