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Rise Up! Newsletter

January 2014

In This Issue:

Quote of the Month:

"If I am NOT for myself, who will be for me? If I am ONLY for myself, who am I? If not now, when?"


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Message From Bobbie:

I have loved this quote for a very long time. In simple terms, it asks life’s most important questions: can I make a stand for what I define as my true and essential self? Can I clearly and courageously be “for myself”?

To do that, I must first hear and express that inner voice that calls me to my own truth; I must make a bold statement of who I am and what that inner calling asks of me. If I am NOT “for myself,” there is no place for supporters to meet me. If I am not confident and empowered in who I am, I can’t ask for what I want.

Hillel then throws us a curve ball. He says if I am “only for myself,” I actually limit my potential. Who am I if I don’t live for a higher purpose, for something greater than myself? The “me” that is part of a larger community blossoms when put to use.

We all want to be our best selves, be of help to others and to have the support of those we respect and care for.

I, Bobbie, want to be a fully expressed woman. I want to serve, and in turn, I am willing to be served. I have learned that I am able to reach both deeply within and beyond myself into a co-created community. I believe that the world is calling all of us to live on parallel tracks: one within ourselves, aligned with our personal inner calling, and one with the world as participant and contributor. In this way, I am “for myself” but not “only for myself.” I am the circle and the circle is I.

2014 is the year to find, understand and express what I call our Life Purpose. As I thought out this year’s newsletters, I debated the use of that term because it can sound like just another elusive goal, job or test. But Life Purpose best defines what we all hear in our heart of hearts, in rare moments when our true self calls us forth.

Featured Journal Entry:

Life Purpose

By her thirty-fifth birthday, Deanna had already lived a life most people would applaud. A consultant, fundraiser and strategic mentor, she had pursued meaningful endeavors from helping inner city schools to developing hospital community services.

“I was deeply committed to so many important projects that I thought my Life Purpose was clear: to help people and communities create their dreams, and in turn make a better life for everyone,” said Deanna. But after our Rise Up! session, she realized she never asked herself these essential questions: “Am I living from the call of my inner voice? Am I stating what that voice calls me to be? I am in a position to help communities that I work with, but am I clear about what contributes to me? If not, I am cheating my own destiny.”

Each of us is born as a unique expression of a higher being. Great Spirit, Source, the Universe, Quantum Physics, Allah, God - whatever word suits your belief system, this is the call of your deepest personal energy. At Rise Up!, participants tell me they know exactly what I mean. Many have heard that call when they were very young. “Yes! That’s the eternal, internal hum,” they say. Others exclaim, “It’s the voice within my inner voice!” or “It’s the still, small voice within.” Or, “I’ve heard it since I was a kid, it says to me ‘no worries, baby, this is who you are really meant to be!’”

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Featured Exercise:

  1. Between now and the February Newsletter (approximately four weeks from now) BE AN ARTIST! Not because you have the same inner voice as Deanna, but because art helps us unlock the right brain and let go of “have to.”
  2. Find the art form most appealing to you or try a new one - no one will judge. Paint, dance, write a song, listen to music you don’t usually listen to, and allow that activity to take over your whole self.
  3. In other words, paint outside the lines. Do something you wouldn’t normally do. If you like watercolors, use oils instead. Dance ballet? Try hip-hop. Prefer prose? Write poetry.

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About Bobbie

In 2011, on a beautiful ranch in Santa Ynez, California, Bobbie created her "Rise Up!" movement as a means of empowering women to create the lives, relationships and careers that they were meant to have. It was named after Bobbie's ability to find possibility and opportunity in the midst of change and even crisis. Through one-on-one sessions and group workshops that she has done since 2008 Bobbie has helped participants reach their own epiphanies. Read more...



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