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Rise Up! Newsletter

October 2014

In This Issue:

Quote of the Month:

"The beauty is that, through disappointment you can gain clarity, and with clarity comes conviction and true originality."

~Conan O’Brien

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Message From Bobbie:

Courage was the gift of the September harvest. The work of 2014: creating a garden of our inner lives, digging, seeding, watering, excavating the past, throwing out the rocks that keep gardens from growing, all take courage. Courage is much more than a test; courage is a process of facing the “disappointments” of daily life; of using those “disappointments” to remind us we have the courage to “gain clarity” about who we are and what we are capable of doing. The gift of clarity is the “conviction” that our personal vision will bring us our “true originality.” When we live the purpose of our lives with courage we face life as it is. The more we live life as it is, the clearer we become about who we are and what we are capable of doing and being. The more we use “disappointments” as a bridge to our “true originality” the more we realize COURAGE is the ordinary, extraordinary!

Life Purpose is the GIFT of actively listening with courage to that Inner Call which leads us to our True Self. In October we realize the Call is the voice of our own singular possibility; that it often takes disappointments and unusual challenges for us to realize our courage is a quality we have earned with the lives we’ve led and the choices we have made. It takes courage to quiet the external noise that takes us out of ourselves, and it takes courage to listen to what we know is the truth within us and apply that truth to our Life Purpose.

Featured Journal Entry:

Courage is the ordinary, extraordinary!

Celine, reminiscing about her Rise Up! workshop tells this story: “My group was amazing and so brave that at first all I could do was be in awe! Through workshop processes we examined our personal pasts to find a history of courage we could pull on now to transform our own lives. One woman was a domestic abuse survivor whose courage effected change in her entire community. Another woman almost lost her daughter to bullying in an anti-LGBT town and school system; she helped change everyone’s attitudes with the courage of her commitment to compassion. A third woman courageously faced a personal history of drug abuse to fight for the rights of mother’s who were incarcerated.”

Celine shakes her head and laughs: “Me? I felt like a wimp! I was at Rise Up! to try and change careers so I can better support my family financially. Courage? My personal history seemed simple and actually easy compared to the stories of lives much more difficult and, by the way, more successful than mine! BUT, my Rise Up! group wouldn’t buy it! One woman said, ‘the lives of ordinary women, even here in America, make walking on a bed of coals seem like a cakewalk!’ That was the spark I needed to start reviewing the extraordinary in my ordinary life and discover a rich history of personal courage, daily challenges that I had faced and conquered but had taken for granted until right then!”

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Featured Exercise:

Start by taking our standard three deep inhales, exhales to get centered and calm. Reviewing the past always requires a certain CALM.

  1. Think about this: At Rise Up! personal courage is so overblown in movies, stories, sports analysis everyday that we forget we have all had to use courage to face what we think of as the ordinary challenges of our lives. UNTIL we review all the times, and all the challenges that have demanded we use personal courage we take this SUPER VALUABLE quality for granted.
  2. List three times in your life where you had to use courage. Don’t limit the definition of courage, or limit your own experiences. It takes emotional courage to face the truth of our lives; it takes physical courage to dance, sing, jump hurdles, climb a mountain or repel from one; race, fight fires, put your body at risk; it takes spiritual strength, courage, to meditate, join AA, pray, do-the-right-thing when no one else is! JUST REMEMBER!

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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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