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Liz is a statuesque woman, unusually intelligent, well educated and highly sophisticated. She says now of herself, “Excuses! My family was good at them: not enough money, men, good-women, relationships, right job, opportunities, success, whatever! It was always ‘someone else’ who ruined life for them. I hated that blame game. I heard their lack of initiative and acceptance of LOSS; it sounded like excuse making and whining! So baby, I pushed back against the family legacy; against lack of a good education in the rural South where I was raised; against the ‘machine,’ whatever the hell that was, and lack of opportunity. Read More…

Ten Principles for Being Human: How to Turn Every Experience into Opportunity

A CEO client said to me: “Ok, now is the time for the secret sauce. I know you have some! Ego, central command, and authority I worked to maintain won’t help me here! HUMBLED, I’m happy to get whatever advice and counsel you can give me so pour it on!” Read More…

START; Flamboyantly; NO Exceptions!

Cole joined a Rise Up! men’s group to get his ‘Mojo’ back. “Mojo? That’s when I am at my best; fully engaged with a plan, using my reliable high-energy in all its reliable forms: mind-body-emotions-spirit. Mojo means I’m in the zone; in my True Self. But with my energy down, as it’s been since my sister passed away and my partner-relationship ended, I haven’t been fired up, had inspiration and insight to start anew! Is the ‘magic’ gone forever?” Read More…

Arriving

Holly is over six feet tall, an elegant presence in our Rise Up group: confident and serenely composed. But it’s her vulnerable humor that makes her story memorable. “Change? Transformation? Words that scare others who want small lives empower me! BUT, they say, ‘bigger they are, harder they fall’ and I spent the Rise Up! year falling all over myself. At my size that’s a dangerous thing for everyone in the way!” Read More…

The Beginning of Gratitude

Carli is a beacon of love and generosity. “It never occurred to me I needed a Rise Up! Workshop to understand my path and myself until my sister asked me to attend a weekend with her. I already had a BIG purpose. My mom died young when I was just thirteen. My Purpose was clear: ‘provide the love mom couldn’t; stir up the party, cook, gather family, pay attention to everyone and add MORE of whatever anyone wanted.’ Read More…

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. Read More…

Harvest Courage

Yvette tells us she has seen it all, been through it all, and has the t-shirt to prove it.

‘When you go through hell keep walking,’that’s what my shirt would say, except ‘keep running!’ was more accurate. Walking would never have gotten me through. Show me a barrier and I could show you how to knock it down even if I came up bruised and exhausted; nothing stopped me! I wanted more than anything to live my Life Purpose and I heard that inner voice since college.”

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Mindful of the Entire Experience

If you took up July’s challenge to be calm and centered and stay in the question, then likely you experienced the entire tug, drag, drop, and tension of uncertainty that comes up for all us; as it did for my friend, Marie. Read More…

Aware and Alive in Each Question

Vicky is a funny, dedicated, ball of energy; by her own defintion she’s a “go-getter!” “I came to the Rise Up! workshop! to “go get” a new LIFE PURPOSE! With my kids in college, and my work responsibilities and projects up and running, and the next gen ready to take over, I came to explore my inner voice! I’m in my early fifties, ‘it’s about time,’ for a new direction. Read More…

Patterns and Destiny

“Aimee tells us at the beginning of a Rise Up! session: “I hate that feeling I get of ‘how the hell did I get HERE?’ Sometimes it feels like I am back at square one in my life; ‘repeating the same behavior, expecting different results.’ Read More…