The Path of Personal Evolution – An essential guide to creating an empowered life.

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What is the meaning of Personal Evolution?  What area do you focus on and how often?  Many of us want to live more deeply, more connected and feel more empowered, yet the road to development can be confusing without the proper road map.  This session will give you an easy to follow breakdown of some areas where you can begin and let you assess what level you are.  There is even great prompts to help get you moving in areas that include:

  • Faith & Spirituality
  • Nutrition & Wellness
  • Career & Business
  • Plus so much more!

Grab a note pad or your journal and get ready.  Once you complete the lesson, you will find that its conclusion is only the beginning for you.  Blessings to you and your goals… may you have an abundant and memorable evolution!

About Marilen Crump:


Marilen Crump is a graduate of Sweet Briar  College  in  Virginia  and  is  the  owner  of  ArtInspired  (est.  2000) which  provides  self‐development  in  areas  of  Art,  Movement,  Wellness  and  Inspiration.ArtInspired  has  partnered  with  Todd  Health & Wellness and Harvest of Health to create the PERSONAL  EVOLUTION  GUILD  ™,  A  New  Way  to  Engage,  Innovate  and  Strategize Improvements in Your Life. Marilen is a polymath in the  areas of ballroom dancing, photography, public speaking, vocalist,  poetry  and  other  artistic  pursuits.She  finds  great  satisfaction  in  collaboration,  coaching  and  spending  quality  time  with  her  husband Ken and their five children.



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Clarity as Easy as Breathing – Soulful Energy Empowerment; Learn 3 steps to Capsule of Calm

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When you are asked: “Hey, how’s your day going?”  What’s your typical answer?  When was the last time you really said “hello” to yourself or checked in to assess your energy?  Personal empowerment embodies all aspects of our body, soul and mind, which as human beings, we may take for granted. Regardless of where you are in your life, whatever decade you are living, there are moments you may not be feeling empowered, strong, or connected in a meaningful way to your life. The pace of daily living may or may not change. My BAC2 Method ™ is designed

  • to teach you to raise your awareness,
  • feel more empowered
  • be a more effective decision

It’s all about the “pause”, and pressing the “refresh” button on your internal “health-o-meter”.  The intention of this session is to offer you a simple course correction by creating a new feeling of wellness in your body, allow the mind to calm so you can hear the wisdom of your Soul, regardless of your circumstance.  This class is experiential, practical and fun. Come along, and join me.

You know you are Special and You are a Blessing!

About Alissa R. Okrent:

Alissa Okrent, Souls-Compass

Alissa Okrent is a Holistic Wellness Practitioner and a Board Certified Guiding Mindful Change Coach with more than a decade of experience.  She has followed her passion, supporting her clients in achieving their stress management, health and wellness goals. She works with both individuals and corporate groups, helping them to be more mindful in daily tasks to maximize their life enjoyment, productivity and success.

“To know by experience” is her theme, one she learned earlier in her career as an Outward Bound participant. “Breathe through changes in their lives” is one of her guiding mantras she instills in her practice along with compassion, non-judgment, and by providing a safe haven to enable that personal exploration in her clients.

Benefits of working with you?

She developed The Capsule of Calm, a simple process for feeling calm, clear and focused in the midst of life’s challenges and transitions. Alissa focuses on your human experience, leveraging her intuitive skills and extensive background in professional fitness to mentor you in developing realistic strategies to achieve your personal goals.


Alissa R. Okrent


I am offering a complimentary 20 minute discovery phone session. During our time, you will learn one of your Soul Languages, your mission energy signature. I became a practitioner of this paradigm, because I found this insight transformed my life. This is one of the many tools I use when helping individuals feel more connected to who they are, raise self-awareness and truly experience a sense of inner peace and calmness. I look forward to sharing this information with you!
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Resilience Power for Business and Life

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Are you the Orchestrator of Your own Fate?When Obstacles, Stress, & Other Threats Loom do you have the right tools to endure?

If hardship, disappointment or unexpected changes strike how well will you prevail?

Get Rewired! Access what you need by arming yourself with resilience tactics to keep you afloat and thriving in any situation. With Resilience Power, you’ll discover how to better handle your life, career, relationship and business ups and downs with more ease and valuable tools and resources.

Resilience won’t make your challenges go away — but can give you the ability to see past them. Develop the skills and attitudes to grow your resilience to bolster you even in the unexpected, find enjoyment in life and better handle your stress.

No matter how much you plan or how proactive you are, life is often unpredictable. How you handle the challenges makes all the difference. Find out how to choose what serves you best.

  • What is Resilience?
  • Resilience Hijackers
  • Optimism Vs. Reality
  • Plan for Success
  • The Search for Meaning
  • Mind Power
  • How Successful Businesses & People Thrive in Any Situation
  • Build Up Your Resilience for Life

About Dr. Jo Anne White:

Dr. Jo Anne White, the Success Doc

International Bestselling and Award Winning Author, Certified Professional Coach and Speaker, Dr. Jo Anne White is living her dream of helping others live their dreams and thrive.

She’s CEO/ Founder of the Power Your Life Network and the Power U Online University: Guiding individuals, families, businesses and professionals to grow and succeed.

Dedicated to excellence and service, Jo Anne enhanced her client support as a lead generation expert, image and branding specialist and Energy Healer.

“We can manifest our gifts and talents to fulfill our desires and pressing goals, and make a difference in other’s lives,” Jo Anne said.

She’s also the Executive Director and Host of the popular Power Your Life TV & Radio Shows, and CEO/President of Dr. Jo Anne White Consulting Services, LLC.

Featured online and in national and international media outlets: (, Good Housekeeping, More, WebMD), Jo Anne’s appeared frequently on Radio and Television Networks as NBC, CBS, FOX, and Voice America.

Dr. White authored and co-authored numerous books including: Amazon International Bestsellers Keys to Conscious Business Growth, Bully Free, More Heaven: Because Every Child Is Special (Mom’s Choice Award for Excellence), Mastering the Art of Success, JOY, and The Self Architect.


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1, Unlimited Access: State-of-the-Art Online E-Marketing System: Includes: Resources, Tools & Support to Help you get laser-focused on your career & business Fundamentals that build multimillion dollar businesses: Lead generation tools, webinars, group coaching, resource library & more!                                        Regular Price: ($197 per month: Powerful You Rate $80.)

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#perspectiveshift – Change Your Perspective to Change Your Life

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Presented by Frances B. Holinda, MBA-HCM, CPC

In this session you will learn how to manage life’s everyday challenges as well as the inevitable curveballs, by changing our point of view, or our perspective.

  • The three steps of #perspectiveshift
    • Recognize
    • Refocus
    • Rewire
  • The Four-to-One Formula
  • Rewiring our brain
  • Learning to embrace the unexpected
  • It’s not what happens to you, it’s what you do about it
  • Getting back on track
    • Re-evaluate your priorities
    • Avoid playing the blame game
    • Revisit your vision for the life you want to create
    • Recommit to your goals and priorities
  • Look for the opportunity the unexpected provides

About Frances Holinda:

Frances B. Holinda, MBA-HCM, CPC is the Owner and Life /Personal Coach at Perspectives Personal Coaching. Prior to starting her own coaching business, Frances had a twenty five year career in medical billing and consulting as the Owner and President of Physicians Resource Network Inc.  She now devotes her professional life to personal coaching and consulting.

Certified through the International Coach Certification Academy (ICCA), Frances is a self-described “Perspectives Coach” helping clients “shift” their perspective to better manage life’s daily challenges and curveballs with greater ease and less stress. Frances coaches her clients to reach their goals, get “unstuck” and find purpose with her #perspectiveshift (recognize, refocus, rewire) approach.

Additionally, Frances is a BBM Global Network radio talk-show host with a weekly show entitled #perspectiveshift, a VIP member of the NAPW, as well as a published author (Change Agents in High Heels). Frances holds a Master’s degree in Healthcare Management from the University of Phoenix as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from Monmouth University.

Frances B. Holinda, MBA-HCM, CPC
“Change Your Perspective to Change Your Life”

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Flipping the Cosmic Switch – The Magic Behind Authentic Leadership

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As women continue to redefine success, there’s a powerful desire to make a big impact professionally and to change the rules about how we operate at work. Whether it’s finding work that truly fits you or upleveling your current business or career, you deserve to love what you do and create success on your own terms, without having to give up your life in the process.

If you’re having challenges building your business or are attracting more victim-types than motivated potential clients; if you’re finding it hard to connect with your tribe or feel that the entire process is more drudgery than joy, it’s time to take a deep and honest look at who you are and how you’re leading.

Most of us would rather be liked then risk exposing who we really are.  We’re more in our heads than in our hearts.  We want to be the one with the magic pill and promise things we can’t deliver.  We’re often more concerned about clinching a client than making sure they get results.  And we want everything NOW.

The real magic lies in authentic leadership.  Authentic leaders:

  • Know who they are and show their real selves
  • Lead with their hearts, not just their head
  • Are focused on transformational results
  • Are in it for the long-haul, no matter what

Learn how to flip the magic switch so you can be who you are and do what you came here to do, powerfully and authentically.

About Lisa Winston:

Through alignment with true essence, Lisa Winston, Authenticity & ReAlignment Coach, facilitates transformation in people’s personal lives and conscious businesses.  She believes that building a solid inner foundation, which includes alignment with one’s core love essence and a deeper connection to one’s inner wisdom, as well as living from an unshakeable, unapologetic knowing and love of one’s self, is the way to a life of joy, purpose and prosperity. Thirty years of traumatic life experiences finally awakened her inner fire and propelled her into her life’s mission.  She knows first-hand that everyone has access to the power within to rise above circumstances and thrive.  She now has the honor and joy of assisting others along their journey back to Spirit and self, as well as aligning with their unique passion and purpose.  Her Awaken Your Core Fire Programs are changing lives.  Lisa is a best-selling author, teacher, artist, vocalist, mentor and mom.

Lisa Winston
Authenticity & Re-Alignment Coach

Two special offerings to meet you right where you are:

If you’re feeling a restlessness, urgency or just a feeling it’s time to do something, your Soul is calling you back to your-self.  To become all you came here to be.  That feels big and scary.

First of all, you’re not sure what you want, why you want it or how in the world to even get started.   Then, the strangely overwhelming and intangible fear creeps in, paralyzing you.  Keeping you in confusion and holding you back.

That’s where I come in (I LOVE this part)!  It’s my greatest honor and joy to offer you a complimentary 30 – 45 minute Clarity call to go deep and get some answers.  Through intuition and life experience, I will help you get clear on your what and why.  You’ll also walk away with an easy, actionable next step.

Book your call with me here

I look forward to sharing a beautiful and powerful heart-centered connection with you.

If you’re a Powerful You! Member who is looking for a coach and you feel drawn to working with me, I’m offering a total of $1600 off of my year-long, private VIP coaching program through the month of June.  That’s $100 per month off of my regular coaching fees and $400 off of your deposit.  I’m in the process of taking my last few clients for the year, so if you feel a nudge or a knowing, please call me asap to book a qualifying call.    You can schedule by clicking here.


  1. The When Resistance Hits Guidesheet
  2. The Grounding and Centering Meditation
  3. The Love Expansion Meditation
  4. The Let Go and Find Peace Meditation

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The Fastest Way to Beat Analysis-Paralysis

A couple of Sundays ago I had a bike accident.

And I counted myself very lucky…

I took a spill at one of those big bad turns descending Panoramic Highway (at -8% grade)…

… someone dropped a ball-throwing-dog-stick contraptions lying horizontally across the road, which caught my wheel and caused the accident.

I walked away with damages that surprised my riding peeps:

Three finger scratches (guess it’s the cyclist equivalent of paper cuts,) one bruised nail, one bruised elbow, one bruised bum and (worst damage is…) a HOLE in my Strava climbing challenge shorts! (They don’t make those anymore!)

I was told if I grabbed onto the break real hard instead of going along with the fall, I could have flipped (and very likely resulted in a broken collar bone.)

It could totally be a broken bones kind of situation, or worse. I walked around with immense gratitude for the next few days.

Here’s what happened right after the crash:

We were in the middle of a mountain descent. Couldn’t even call an Uber because there’s almost no reception.

The only way to get out is to keep descending, around more of those big bad turns at even steeper grade. 

Like Maverick-preneurship, descending is very much a head game.

You’ve to be confident that you can complete the task at hand, before you can perform the task and get to see the evidence that you can actually do it.


The more white-knuckle and tiptoe-y you’re about it, the less likely you’ll succeed (with flair.)

I could have held on to the break for dear life for the rest of the ride but I chose not to.

I finished the rest of the descent at a respectable pace.

That’s not the end of it.

It’s very common to feel spooked going down these big bad turns after a crash. The “shakiness” could go on for weeks.

The adrenaline might have brought me home, but as it worn off after a good night’s sleep that’s when the “recovery” begins…

… the “recovery” of getting over the fears and doubts during a descent.

I could’ve easily stayed off the bike for a few days and “rest.”

Yet the thought of “can I do this again” would have eaten me up.

The unsettled feeling caused by anticipation of the act and the permutations the mind serves up can only be banished by taking action.

Analysis-paralysis gets your mind going in a dozen different directions by anticipating two dozens outcomes. Taking action gives you one outcome… now you can move on.

I got back on the bike the next day, climbed a mountain just so I could descend… to get over the anticipation-induced fear and doubt by getting pass the anticipation to the action.

The next day I went up the mountain again. As I approached the start of the descent where the accident happened, I literally had acid reflux.

It all stopped when I actually started the descent. My monkey mind had to stop (it knew better that if it kept churning the lack of focus would kill us all!) Skills and instinct kicked in, and it’s like hmm… riding a bike.

When I “pushed” myself pass that point of “anticipation” to the “doing” – the fear had no more grip on me.

Instead of letting the monkey mind play out a dozen scenarios in which shit could happen, the only thing to do when you get to the point of “doing” is to let the confidence that you CAN do it lead… so shit doesn’t happen.

The next day, I rode down the same descent (It’s like Groundhog Day…)

Two days later, I rode a different descent in a 23mph crosswind. It was hairy and spooky – even to the very skilled cyclists. (Being small in size makes it even more challenging for me.)

Nope, couldn’t call Uber… no reception in the middle of a mountain!

To get home, I had to be confident that I could do it. Let go of the fears, the doubts and the break… cross the line to get from “anticipation” to “action.”

Knowing that a warm shower awaits at the other end.


I posted about the accident on my FB page with a few pics.

Cyclist friends jumped in to ask if I’m ok… if I broke my teeth etc. They know the potential damage caused by taking a spill on a -8% big bad turn.

A few non-cyclist friends gave the post a like, and one actually commented on my husband’s purple jersey.

That’s fine, I don’t expect anyone not in the game to understand the game.

Likewise, there shouldn’t be judgment between you and your non-maverick-preneur friends/family. Don’t let them judge you, and don’t let yourself judge them just because they choose a different path.

It’s like… my friends don’t like to cycle, fine! I may not hang with them as much but I don’t call them losers.

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About Ling

Intuitive Brainiac | Creativity Mentor | Copywriting Alchemist. Through her unique blend of Business + Marketing coaching/consulting with a Mindset + Psychic Twist, she helps the maverick-preneurs uncover, articulate & transform their WHY into content that connects, resonates and converts – by way of an intuitive yet rigorous iterative process born out of her Harvard Design School training and 10 years experience in the online marketing industry.

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Inspire You NOW! How to Find Your Calling and Become Unstoppable!

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In this powerful presentation, you will discover key ways to master your mindset around your life, career and/or business that can massively impact your success. I believe that often the biggest obstacle in the way of success for most people lies in their thoughts, beliefs and resulting actions or lack of actions. How you think about yourself and the world effects how you show up in your daily life. Whether it’s a dream of starting a business, a dream of having a family, a desire to make a career change or to experience things on your “bucket list”; your mindset determines if, when and how you live your life and what you attract.

Over the years, I’ve worked with many high level executives that are clearly big thinkers about their careers and the organizations they serve. However, they are not always big thinkers when it comes to their lives as a whole. This presentation will invite you to think BIGGER about WHO you are and what you do.

I. Why Am I Here?

  • A. You are NOT your job or your business!
  • B. The Roles We Play
  • C. The Essence of You
  • D. The Litmus Test

II.Mastering your Mindset for Success

  • A. What you say matters!
  • B. How are you showing up?
  • C. Your Energy Impacts Your Results

III. Building a VISION – Building a LIFE

  • A. Your Unique Purpose
  • B. Your Highest Values & Priorities
  • C. Your Stage in Life
  • D. Take Conscious Action to Create Your Legacy

About Christine Suva:

Christine Suva has spent a lifetime exploring her insatiable passion for personal and professional development!  She’s a Certified Professional Life & Career Coach, Engaging Speaker, Trainer, Consultant, two time Amazon #1 International Best Selling Author and interviewed for television and radio.  As Founder and President of THRIVE Coach Services, Inc., she is deeply committed to helping others find passion, purpose and success in their lives!  Her business is the culmination of over 20 years’ experience guiding thousands across the country to achieve career and personal goals as an Outplacement Consultant and Wellness Professional in the education, healthcare, corporate, and community settings.

Her clients are often in a place of reinvention, looking to start a business or are in career transition.  Christine’s approach is holistic, comprehensive and involves mastering the mindset for success.  She’s personally used all of the tools and strategies she shares to reinvent her own life and career multiple times. Her most popular programs are her Career Mindset Mastery Series and Inspire You Now programs.

Chris feels deep gratitude for being called to her highest purpose in her work and enjoys helping others discover, develop and live out their highest calling over the course of their lives!

Christine Suva


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Say Yes to Yourself!

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Double Your Confidence to Have Better Relationships, More Time, and Greater Success in Your Life.

As women continue to redefine success, there’s a powerful desire to make a big impact professionally and to change the rules about how we operate at work. Whether it’s finding work that truly fits you or upleveling your current business or career, you deserve to love what you do and create success on your own terms, without having to give up your life in the process.


If you had a magic wand and could change one aspect of you life, what would that be? Would it be a relationship, your professional success, your level of self-confidence, or happiness in life? What if you already had the power to do that – not just in one area of your life but all the areas of your life?

Find out in this seminar where you will:

  • – Learn how to assess where you are in your life and what got you there
  • – Determine which area of your life you want to succeed at
  • – Discover the secret to achieving the success you desire
  • – Establish how to increase your level of self-confidence and empowerment to create your ideal emotional, physical, financial, and social life.


About Sujata Uppal:

Fueled by a desire to free herself from the limitations set for women by her culture, Sujata Uppal left her native country, India, at the age of 21 to pursue a Master’s Degree in Sociology. Sujata’s core belief is that we, as women, have an innate inner power that gives us the strength and fortitude to aspire to what we want and to stand up for ourselves and the causes that we care about.

Sujata has spent her life educating, engaging, and empowering women to break past limitations and achieve their highest potential. She has been involved in many women’s organizations, led workshops on self-esteem, and mentored women in all stages of their lives to help them become their own best advocates – both personally and professionally.

In addition to her Master’s in Sociology, Sujata holds three professional coaching certifications: Life Coach, Divorce Recovery Coach, and Singles Relationship Coach. After a difficult divorce that ended her twenty-five year marriage, Sujata launched Transition AIDE to bring Awareness, Insight, Direction, and Empowerment to women making changes in their lives, whether by chance or by choice. She specializes in guiding women to make empowering, strategic decisions during divorce, self-empowerment for women juggling multiple priorities, and personal leadership for all women who want to experience self-growth.

Sujata Uppal
Transition AIDE
Office Phone: 561.228.1058


30-Minute INSTANT CONFIDENCE Session to help you One-On-One to do the following:

  • – Figure out what is holding you back from the success you desire.
  • – Figure out the CLEAR PATH to help get you from where you are to where you want to be.
  • – Create your personal CODE of CONFIDENCE

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Feel Good Now

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In this webinar, Sue Urda shares…

– The practices and mindset techniques that have kept her on track
even through one of the most challenging years of her life.
– How to keep from spiraling down when bad things happen.
– How to stay positive and moving forward no matter what.
– How to feel good in the midst of the muck.
These simple, yet profound strategies will help you to feel
more grateful, alive, and at peace.

Never underestimate the power of feeling good!

About Sue Urda: Sue Urda is your Feel Good Guidess. She is an Award-Winning and #1 Bestselling Author, Speaker, Inspirer, and Co-Founder of Powerful You! Women’s Network and Powerful You! Publishing. Sue is a two-time honoree on INC Magazine’s list of the 500 Fastest-Growing Private Companies. Having started 3 companies since 1989, Sue knows the challenges and joys businesses face, and she is committed to helping entrepreneurs and all women thrive, get connected, share their stories, and feel good. Sue loves assisting individuals in their own pursuit of success, purposeful-living and freedom, and her mission is to connect women to each other, their visions & themselves for true fulfillment.

My two books are titled “Powerful Intentions Everyday Gratitude” Book I and Book II. Each book provides simple insights and inspiration, mindset molding, and vibration raising in the form of a daily reading. They assist individuals to set intentions, live on purpose, judge less, and enjoy life more.

Sue Urda


100 Transformational Days to Create a Life of Joy, Grace, and Ease

Join Sue Urda, your Feel Good Guidess, on a journey of transformation that will change your life — if you let it!

You will explore and learn:

  • – The power of choice
  • – Personal growth through everyday challenges
  • – Stop fighting and follow the natural flow of life
  • – Be present even when your mind is cluttered
  • – Gain clarity to move forward
  • – Live into your true life purpose
  • – Shed limiting beliefs that hold you back
  • – Self-acceptance, self-love and empowerment
  • – Positive use of your emotions and intuition
  • – Live in simplicity, grace and ease

This video series is based on Sue’s award-winning, Powerful Intentions ~ Everyday Gratitude. It’s a transformational book that sets you on a 100-day journey to the center of YOU! This book provides the tools for you to become the conscious creator of your life, instead of just being a passenger on the journey.

*This series contains 100 videos that are approximately 4-7 minutes each. Watch them one each day or several at a time. Watch them in order or choose the topic that resonates with you on a particular day. As you watch and implement some of the practices and lessons you’ll see shifts in your mood, vibration, interactions, relationships, and all aspects of your life.

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FREE GIFT: Bonus Gift: 7-Day Transformational Video Series for a Life of Joy, Grace and Ease. With each day’s video, you’ll become more aware of the thoughts you are thinking, more conscious of what’s going on around you, and you’ll find it increasingly “ease-ire” to experience moments of joy, grace and ease as you move through your day. This is your 7-day jumpstart for feeling really, really good.


Generalizations, Clumping, and Judgment

We are all OneAs humans we tend to group things. Our brains systematically categorize, rate, and even judge whatever or whoever is in front of us at any given moment – assessing the situation for danger or safety, acceptance or rejection, and where we go from here.

Within a matter of seconds, and sometimes even a split second, we clump people and things based on our past experiences and observances – and then we act accordingly.

Usually Our Brains Serve Us

In a surprisingly short time, we make decisions as to whether or not to move forward or retreat. We quickly determine if someone will be our friend or rival, confidante or enemy, collaborator or competitor. And within moments, our prejudices, fears, insecurities and judgments weigh in and our lives take a turn on a dime – unfortunately often based on misconceptions and generalizations.

Why Are We So Quick to Judge?

I recently found myself observing someone make a very harsh statement and rush to judgment about another individual based solely on his nationality. He said something like, “You gotta watch out for those _________.” (Fill in the blank with whatever nationality comes to mind.) He continued, “I don’t trust them as far as I can throw them. I know they’re not all like that but you can’t be too careful.”

I was in disbelief and disgust and I made a comment to the effect that we can’t judge everyone based on their culture or on our experiences with other individuals. I was met with, “Well, I can.”

The Past Does Not Equal the Future

This phrase is a quote from Anthony Robbins, and it can be extended to making snap judgments and generalizations. Just because we have a certain experience with one person, it doesn’t extrapolate to all people of the same nationality, gender, class, size, sexuality… the list goes on. One person does not define a whole group of people.

When we set such limiting beliefs for ourselves, we are limiting our experiences in this world. By not getting to know others as individuals, we set ourselves up for relationships that are not only less interesting, but ones that keep us confined to our ‘comfort zone’, and so we limit our overall growth as individuals.

We Are Each Unique and We are More Alike than We Are Different

Encountering situations with people like I mentioned above has opened my own eyes to my own prejudices and preconceived notions. Even though I think I am open-hearted and loving, and I aspire to see people at the soul level, I know I have been guilty of clumping and generalizing too. I can look back and see how this way of thinking has limited my life experiences.

I am willing to open myself to the possibility that I can free my mind of judgment while still maintaining a discerning mindset. As a perfectly flawed woman, I am open to see the flaws of others as individuals and forgive them along the way if they have judged me – perhaps unfairly clumping me into a group to which I don’t really belong.

We Are All One

These words haunt me a little bit right now, because I don’t want to admit that I am one with the individual I wrote about earlier who was so harsh a judge based on close-minded, bigoted thinking, and yet, I know it is the truth. We ARE all one and we ARE more alike than we are different.

At the same time, we are all unique and singular individuals. I celebrate our similarities and our differences. I know we are all brought together in this life experience for a reason that may be beyond our current grasp of understanding. And I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we can all be clumped into a singular category as children of God. I take comfort in this knowing, and I strive to open myself to all that is.

I Invite You to Dwell in this Knowing and Openness too

With lots of soul love for you, Sue


About the Author: Sue Urda is the Feel Good Guidess. She is an Award-winning, Amazon #1 Bestselling Author, Speaker, Inspirer and Co-Founder of Powerful You! Women’s Network and Powerful You! Publishing. She was named twice on the Inc. Magazine list of the 500 Fastest-Growing Private Companies. Sue is a thought leader who envisions a world full of people connected to their ‘feel-good’, and she’s here to help them do it. Sue’s vision is to contribute to a global consciousness of women helping women succeed in business and in life and to open them to truth of who they

Endings = Beginnings

New Year

Endings = Beginnings

I’m not usually one to make black and white statements. I believe in unlimited shades of gray, multiple facets, and the many different perspectives there are to view things. I have found though that there are a few things that are simply as they are—absolutes, if you will.

One of the absolutes I have found to be true in every instance of my life is that…

Endings = Beginnings

I have found no exceptions to this. For example:

  • When physical life ends, our spiritual life begins (continues).
  • When a relationship ends, loneliness and/or an opening begins.
  • When a job ends, a new job, retirement, or unemployment begins.
  • When one thought ends, another thought (or the space between thoughts) begins.
  • When a breath in ends, an exhale begins.

Really, the list goes on and on…

Sometimes an ending feels like a dead end, a brick wall, or a finale.  Sometimes it feels that there will be nothing else to take its place, and we often don’t want anything in its place. Sometimes it really does feel final.

And then, there are times that the beginning, the new thing, is a really welcome distraction from what has ended. Sometimes we don’t even know how we lived without this new thing for so long, and we sometimes forget the thing that ended or we simply don’t miss it very much. More often than not though, there’s a mix of both – a sense of loss and a sense of what’s new or next.

The New Year is upon us…

We have the perfect opening to review what has happened and what we’ve created in the past 365 days. We also have the opportunity to release or end those things that are no longer working for us.

As you look around you’ll see people who are happily purging, trashing, and letting go—lightening their loads. They look happy, peaceful, and unburdened.

You’ll also see people planning, preparing, and already geared up for the year ahead. Their excitement is contagious and their enthusiasm and drive light the way for not only them but also for others in their midst.

Are you ready for the ending and the beginning that December 31st at midnight holds?

There’s no right or wrong way to approach it – releasing or preparing provide the same opening for you. Ending something or starting something… it’s all about movement, momentum, and living. It’s all about you, baby! Always has been, always will be.

No matter what you choose, what you do, or where this year takes you, I wish you an awesome and fulfilling 2016!

About the Author: Sue Urda is the Feel Good Guidess. She is an Award-winning, Amazon #1 Bestselling Author, Speaker, Inspirer and Co-Founder of Powerful You! Women’s Network and Powerful You! Publishing. She was named twice on the Inc. Magazine list of the 500 Fastest-Growing Private Companies. Sue is a thought leader who envisions a world full of people connected to their ‘feel-good’, and she’s here to help them do it. Sue’s vision is to contribute to a global consciousness of women helping women succeed in business and in life and to open them to truth of who they


A new partnership…

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Most of us have been touched by cancer in one way or another. Either personally, a loved one or maybe a close friend. Cancer and the different treatments change people in many ways including the sensitivity of their skin, hair, eyes and their sense of smell. Products they used in the past may no longer work for them or the products might actually hurt or possibly give a burning sensation. Our partnership with Survivor Glam Squad – Making Over Cancer gives their clients the opportunity to learn about and use products that are safe and will not hurt them.

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Personal Power Is Yours

Many people shy away from the power word. In their minds, they conjure up the image of a bully or a business takeover, a victim and a victor. Power over others is not true personal power. Instead, it can cover-up feeling powerless.

Personal power doesn’t impose its will on others. It’s about standing up to you, knowing your own worth and recognizing your gifts.  With personal power, you don’t brag or swagger. You feel good about you, despite the human flaws and foolish mistakes that you’ve made along the way. And more often than not, you can laugh at those mistakes and at yourself.  Self Appreciation  is the first valuable step to achieve personal power.

Know what you’re good at and develop a sense of personal pride and self-dignity. Valuing you and the wondrous miracle that you are, with all your emotions, a vast intellect, a body and mind that can self-regulate and heal is essential. Recognize the limitless potential inside you and your innate ability for growth, expansion and transformation.

I was a guest on a radio program and spoke about the many ways that we can practice self-appreciation. Treat yourself with the same respect you generate to others. So often, we demand the impossible of ourselves and build up an idea of perfection that’s impossible to reach. When we don’t meet our high expectations, we feel that we’ve failed. Realize that’s not failure at all. Would we do the same for a friend or a young child? Not really. Instead, we would encourage and cheer them on.

Honor you by taking personal time and caring for you on all levels: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Find activities and people that give you a sense of pleasure;  add more meaning and value to your life.  Be surrounded by people and situations that support and nurture you and be sure to do the same for them.

Self-appreciation doesn’t give you license to neglect others or be selfish. Living responsibly is about making a contribution, large or small. When we are empowered, we can be generous with our power and share it with others in service, kindness and compassion.  When you do, you release a bounty of appreciation and community for you and others.



What Do You Do When You’re Not Inspired?

lightbulb_MPreview (1)Many people sit around waiting for inspiration to strike; they’re looking for inspiration on any number of things, like creating a business plan, writing a book or a letter, or deciding what to make for dinner. They sit and wait for the right mood, the right moment, the right idea. Little do they realize that sitting around and waiting for inspiration is really a waste of time.

Inspiration is Not Necessary to Take Action

There are plenty of people who will tell you not to do anything that is uninspired – that you will end up with an inferior, boring or ‘wrong’ result. There are still more who will tell you that inspiration doesn’t matter at all – just put your nose to the grindstone and do what’s in front of you, or what you’re told and live your life according to your family or societal rules. Of course, both camps think they’re right. Personally, I fall on both sides of this line.

I believe that inspired action is the best kind to take. This involves following your heart, listening to the still, small voice inside and tapping into your gifts and your strengths. I believe that if everyone did this, the world would be a much more inspiring and amazing place to live.

I also know that inspiration is sometimes elusive and it isn’t always loud enough for us to hear.  I also know that it can be evoked or ‘found’ through taking some sort of action, any action at all, and then being open to what shows up. Simple movement in any direction can guide you to the next steps, either by telling you what not to do, or exactly what feels right for you.

Take a Step (any step). Assess. Redirect as Necessary.

Following these three simple steps will get your ‘mojo’ going. It will help you make informed and even inspired decisions. Remember, a thing in motion is easier to stay in motion. Start your journey to inspiration today by taking action – any action at all. As you move in action, I am pretty sure inspiration will come!

Now, that’s Powerful!

Want some inspiration? Attend a Powerful You! Women’s Network meeting and get inspired by our amazing

Wishing you Inspiration! ~ xo, Sue


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About the Author:  Sue Urda is an Author, Speaker, Inspirer and Co-Founder of Powerful You! Women’s Network, She was named twice on Inc. Magazines list of the 500 Fastest-Growing Private Companies and is the author of three books, Powerful Intentions Everyday Gratitude, Women Living Consciously and Empowering Transformations for Women. Sue’s vision is to contribute to a global consciousness of women helping women succeed in business and in life and to open them to truth of who they are.

Using Your Brain for (a) Change

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Using Brain Dominance insights for personal clarity, better communication and more business success

Right brained, left brained or somewhere in the middle? What are you? And, also important what are your clients, your friends, your family and those you would like to have a better relationship with? Why do you relate to some people and just don’t “get” others? Why can’t you communicate with your teenager? How might you be more successful in your business?

Knowing someone’s brain dominance gives you vital clues to who they are and how you might better communicate with them, relate to them and have a deeper relationship with them – personally or on a business level. Armed with this information just makes life easier.

Insights, experiential exercises and spontaneous writing prompts will form a guide for the all the people already in your life and the ones you want to attract.

Mind Mapping

About Carol Walkner
Carol Walkner has been a sales and marketing executive, writer and teacher for over 40 years. She is a trained and accomplished public speaker, workshop leader and group facilitator. As a right brained entrepreneur, Carol is a successful business owner, a Reiki practitioner and an expert at re-inventing herself.

Her business articles have appeared regularly in trade journals since the 1980’s. She is an award winning poet and her poetry and stories have appeared in magazines, journals and online publications.

Walkner has a journalism degree, a master’s degree in Expressive Arts Therapy and is certified by Women Writing for a Change to conduct writing circles. For the past 10 years, she has been facilitating grief writing circles, write to heal circles for hospice nurses and legacy circles for our wise elders to record their stories for their families.

Carol is one of the authors in Empowering Transformations for Women and Women Living Consciously.

Walkner’s book, Getting There…From Here, came out in August 2015. Using the experiential exercises within the book, she leads workshops and private guidance sessions for individuals, entrepreneurs and business people seeking growth and transformation.

She is a good friend, nature lover, deeply caring, seriously fun and trustworthy person to know. Right now she divides her time between the Jersey Shore and Long Beach California where she spends time with her grandchildren.


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Complimentary (better than FREE but use either word) 45 minute consultation – either Reiki or reinvention coaching session – worth $75. If I do a coaching session with someone I will also send them one of my books – worth $27.95.

Reiki is energy balancing, each person is very different.

Coaching would be for people in transition, perplexed about their life’s direction to give them clarity, and vision to create the life they desire. I have action oriented, creative strategies to help people take their business to the next level. Always asking what else is possible!

A Short Path to Change – Substantial Change Made Easy

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Substantial and lasting change does not have to be challenging – it can in fact be “A Short Path to Change”. Life can be easy and in flow and you can truly create the life you may have never even dared to dream of. Jenny’s book offers thirty simple tools to release limiting behaviors, patterns and beliefs. In addition, there are several easy tools that allow us to fall in love with ourselves, allowing us to recognize and utilize our unlimited potential. Jenny has used these tools to heal herself and as an alternative healing practitioner to heal others. She uses these tools to inspire others to create lasting change in every area of their lives.

In this session Jenny will share some of the experiences on her own healing journey. She will teach some quick exercises such as gratitude, an introduction to the chakra system (our inner diagnostic system), and the easiest tool to put forgiveness and self-forgiveness into action – all lead to tapping into the unlimited potential we all have. Jenny will teach you how to tap into these unlimited powers and deep emotions within a few minutes time – allowing you to feel connected to your unlimited nature

About Jenny Mannion
Jenny Mannion graduated from Penn State University with a BA in psychology and was always interested in how the mind worked and in helping others. She began her own transformation through healing herself of several chronic dis-eases in three weeks. Since healing, Jenny has become an alternative healing practitioner, mind/body mentor and inspires people to connect with their inner power to create the life they desire. Jenny has witnessed clients in her own practice heal from depression, cancer, MS and many other chronic dis-ease and come out not only healthy but creating a life they never dreamed of. It is Jenny’s passion to help others tap into their own inner powers to transform their lives. Jenny is originally from New York City and now lives in upstate New York with her two children.


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Gutsy Gals Guide to Confidence ~ Go From Best Kept Secret to Rock Star Status!

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Do you struggle with success?

Many people spend their entire lives paralyzed by doubts and fears, afraid of the possibility of failure and criticism. They see glimpses of their true potential in moments of brief success, but those moments of excitement and possibility quickly fade as fears and self-doubts creep back in.

Imagine what your life would be like if you had no fears of failure…if you knew, beyond the shadow of a doubt that you could accomplish whatever you set out to do.

Imagine what your life would be like with complete confidence.

Confident people have faith in themselves and their abilities, but when you lack confidence, you feel stuck and unable to obtain what you want for your life. Life becomes a series of ordeals to manage, and instead of moving forward, you feel like you are just getting by.

However, confidence changes everything. With confidence you can achieve your life’s purpose. And the best part is, you already have a deep wellspring of confidence living within you. You just need a few tools to tap into it

On this call you’ll discover:

-How to create a fertile garden for you budding confidence
-How to eliminate your doubts and fears
-4 ways to deeply increase your confidence
-Emotional Energy – Identify what makes you feel confident

Life is full of potential pitfalls, but with confidence, you can sail through these problems and come out on top every time.

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Roe is the creator of ‘Gutsy Gals Get More’ a global training &development company for service-based women professionals/entrepreneurs.Her programs have the unique ability to uplevel your mindset, unleash your brilliance,& create clear boundaries for increased productivity, profits and freedom in your business and life.

She is a Money, Marketing & Soul Certified Coach with the International Women in Coaching, 2-time best-selling author, popular professional speaker, and successful entrepreneur who broke several glass ceilings for years as a top exec on Wall St—all while being married, raising children, taking care of herself and having fun.

“My mission is to help women be strong, powerful, feminine, and authentic—to get out of their own way, speak up, know their worth so they can attract ideal clients (who love them) and turn their passions into profits”


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Thoughts on The Four Agreements


The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

To say that the book was life changing for me is an understatement. In no way am I professing agreement with the personal & spiritual beliefs of Ruiz, yet, neither am I judging his beliefs. For me, his personal beliefs are irrelevant to what I learned, after all, the underlying premise of his Toltec wisdom stems from love, joy, peace and serenity, what could be wrong with that?  What I do know is if you read this book with your own personal faith and beliefs in perspective, the content of the actual “Four Agreements” can be truly eye opening and yes, life changing!

Along with my Christian beliefs, my core values and my own personal mantra of being true to my word, I believe these four simple agreements can be easily adhered to no matter what your spiritual beliefs are. So much so, that I always recommend this book as a guide for my clients at some point in their personal journey. I am pleased to say that for most of my clients, it has been life changing for them also.

  • Be Impeccable With Your Word – Words have power. It’s really simple; say what you mean and mean what you say. If you say something that is not in line with your beliefs to please someone else or for acceptance, you are not being impeccable with your word. Just as important, words are so powerful that they will carry on for generations, for better, or for worse. If you say something to someone, especially a child, be impeccable with your words; they have power. Words carry energy and can shift the way the other person, as well as yourself, views life, themselves as a person, their faith and their worth. Be impeccable with your word; it is the basis for integrity and without this consistent agreement, you will be in conflict with other virtues such as trust, respect and loyalty.
  • Don’t Make Assumptions  –  There is no fine line here; it is either a fact or it is not. I guess, I think, I believe, I thought, are all the beginnings of an assumption. To eliminate drama from your life, eliminate making assumptions. Ask questions, wait for answers, make your decisions based on what is, not what you think it is, or what you think the person is thinking or feeling. Ask questions, it will eliminate the need to make assumptions. With this one simple agreement, you will be happy to learn that not all things are what you think they are when you finally learn the truth about what is.
  • Don’t Take Anything Personally – One of the simplest, yet most complex of the Agreements. If you choose to see things as they are, it will be easier to see that not all things are about you. Choose to release the need to think so and you will be liberated to know, most things that you’ve taken personally in the past, actually have nothing to do with you! When you find yourself in this situation; step back, see things for what they are, face your truth or the truth about the circumstances and see if there is truly any reason for you to take any of it personally. It’s a choice, only you can decide, it’s powerful and it’s liberating!
  • Always Do Your Best – One of the greatest gifts I learned from this Agreement is that   “your best” shifts just as you do. If you believe you are “this”, then recognize that “this” will change and shift from minute to minute as you and your circumstances evolve. When you learn this simple agreement and shift your thinking to apply this concept to your own truth, you immediately stop beating yourself up. If your inner voice sounds something like this, “I am not this”, “I don’t have that”, “I failed”, “I am not good enough for that” or “I could never qualify”, you probably have not been very fair to yourself and your potential. When you start recognizing, with optimum truth and integrity; “I did the best I could today with what I have available to me, based on the conditions of my life and my health in this very moment”,everything changes!  It is amazing how life can be when you see it for what it truly is. When you accept and acknowledge that life at this very moment has no attachment to expectations from others and especially to your past, you are free to excel and do your very best! It’s all about right now, this very moment. Are you doing your best in this very moment?  If your truthful answer is yes, that’s all that matters! Go, get it!

shining your light + not playing small :: what mark will you leave on the world?

How will I be remembered?

It’s a question I’ve pondered many times this year and analyzed, when a close friend died tragically over a decade ago. About a month prior to her death, we were on the phone, at the time she was working through “stuff”, I listened. I had no idea it was the last time we’d ever speak again.  Before saying goodbye, I’ll never forget Dana’s last three words of gratitude for our friendship were, “you inspire me”. That was it. About a month later, I got the devastating news.

This year was tough, the sudden loss of my Grandmother in March- she was “my moon + my stars”, nearly losing our son three days before his high school graduation, due to a freak accident – a clip to the side, while playing flag football, then death of my Aunt in July. I made the decision to take time to go inward… to catch my breath. With memorial services, a family reunion and Shane leaving for college in just over a month, this was the perfect time to self- reflect, re-frame my life and take stock of priorities.

See No Color and my coaching practice, was close to launch, I had worked tirelessly preparing, but was this the right thing, at the right time?

Many of my friends, family and acquaintances had lived through similar circumstances over the last two years.  I wasn’t alone in the myriad of experiences and obstacles that challenge our faith: divorce, finances, jobs, illness, death, or simply just feeling “stuck”.  I accepted quiet solitude and the knowing that I could access family and the dearest of friends, by simply “being” with people and basking in their presence. Life seemed to just “show up” for me in the most unexpected ways, offering renewed confidence, in the life I’d created and a sense of belonging. The idea that adverse circumstances and situations often times are the impetus of reframing our existence is a powerful one.

     During times of personal crisis, it begs the question…

What innate gifts do I possess? How plentiful are my emotional reserves, will I be remembered, am I significant?  When you are conscious in this life, are aware that there is no time to waste, are willing and ready to receive by bravely letting go of fear + realizing your inherent gifts: LIFE PRESENTS ITSELF. 

Shine on baby.

A quote from author and minister Marianne Williamson, from A Return To Love.  Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world .  There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Putting All Your Eggs in One Basket

ASue Urda, Powerful You!s long as I can remember, I have opted for putting all of my eggs in one basket. I simply decided what I wanted and went for it; and nine times out of ten, I got it! I was never a fan of second and third choices either, unless it involved ice cream flavors or pizza toppings. I learned at an early age that I almost always got what I set out for, and even though I witnessed others who this didn’t always work for, I couldn’t see any reason for me to change my way of getting what I wanted.

Some people used to tell me I was lucky and that no matter what I always came up smelling like a rose… I remember smiling at them and knowing they were right.  Then, as I moved further along in life and got into my late twenties and early thirties, my experiences began to change a bit. My dad passed and our business went bankrupt, and I spent many lean years trying to regain the magic I had known in my youth. Where was my Midas touch? Where was the luck I took for granted? Why were things harder and harder to attain?

Back Up Plans and Settling

Looking at my rocky road, I started to second guess my strategy. I heard lots of people saying things like “Life is hard”, “You can’t have everything” and “You’ve got to take the bad with the good”. On some level I started to believe them, because it seemed that this was what was happening to me. Little did I know I had it backwards.

Thank Goodness for Wake Up Calls

Then, right before my fortieth birthday when things seemed pretty bleak, I attended a Tony Robbins seminar that set off a string of events for me. I started to look more closely at my thought patterns and beliefs.  What I realized is that I had started to buy into many negative, widely-held beliefs that I was hearing. I had let go of my own powerful beliefs of ease and fulfillment that had guided me in my youth. I had stopped believing in the magical powers of my mind.

When I realized that it wasI knew I could get my ‘mojo’ back. I practiced affirmations and set new goals. I focused daily on my vision and desires, and I let go of the negativity of others. What I found then and still know to be true is that putting all my eggs in one basket works for me. I keep my vision alive and in front of me and keep the fires of my positivity well stoked. I move forward courageously towards my desires and I surround myself with people who support my dreams. As long as I do all this, I don’t need a back-up plan or a second choice. All I need is my belief in my personal power and the world is my oyster. It’s your oyster too!

Now, that’s Powerful!

Want to meet some women who will support your dreams? Attend a Powerful You! meeting and connect with our amazing members.

Wishing you Inspiration and a Full Basket!


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About the Author:  Sue Urda is an Author, Speaker, Inspirer and Co-Founder of Powerful You! Women’s Network, She was named twice on Inc. Magazines list of the 500 Fastest-Growing Private Companies and is the author of three books, Powerful Intentions Everyday Gratitude, Women Living Consciously and Empowering Transformations for Women. Sue’s vision is to contribute to a global consciousness of women helping women succeed in business and in life and to open them to truth of who they are.

the certainty of where you’re from :: the foundation of where you’re going

:: on sustainability, interdependence + not being your own island.

“You don’t know where you’re going, until you know where you’re from.”  Aunt Wendy, Bailey-Wilson ‘Ohana (family) Reunion.

“I am because we are.” Translation: The African word, Ubuntu.

In Western European culture for the most part, we are groomed to go out into the world, with the intent of staking our claim. We are told that once we’re of a certain age, we should pursue higher education, seek a high paying career, move away from family and be the pioneers of our personal success. The idea that it’s critical for growth, maturity and the harnessing of autonomy is in part, true. At times, the downside of this ideal is the degradation of emotional stability and severing of the core foundation that a family may have intended to build.

I know firsthand, how that scenario can play out. I left home at seventeen, moved back home at eighteen and married at nineteen. Divorced at twenty-one, I moved away from my family in Alaska, back to my birth state of Washington. Prior to my move, my parents were also struggling with divorce; I felt there was no emotional space for me, so I made the decision that moving would be my best option, my only option.

In the first few years of “my independence”, many times I struggled and lost my footing; encountered loneliness and uncertainty, financial hardship, personal crisis and craved emotional nourishment, all in the name of independence and success. Without guidance or mentoring, I mastered the ability to think quickly on my feet. As a graduate of the University of Street Smarts, I mastered the skill of making slapstick decisions as a survivalist would in the wild, based on dire need, not on my heart’s desire. Many may argue that it was character building; in reflection as a woman and as a parent, I call bullshit. To the friends that offered me payday loans, fed me, offered temporary transportation and helped cover my rent, thank you. I have never forgotten you.

The notion that I was on a voyage of personal success, emotionally sound, with a fine-tuned navigational system was a lie: truth was, I was drowning. I lacked spiritual strength, a stable foundation and a sense of myself; I had not a clue as to who I was.

A pivotal experience.

Last summer, my family and I joined one hundred of my relatives for our family reunion on the island of O’ahu, in the town of Laie. At the time, it was exactly what I needed. There is a unique pulse to the Hawaiian culture, as with many indigenous tribes; a reverence for elders, an honoring of ancestry and a collective bonding that I’d never before experienced. For the first time, I felt a part of something much larger than myself. Metaphorically I grew roots; I had a clearer vision of my future, through the stories of my past.

In this world of technology, it’s far too easy to sequester ourselves as if we’re off basking on our own island. We’re not impervious in our desire and need for connection, or our longing for a sense of belonging.

Interdependence takes the willingness to go beyond ourselves, as we are a continuum of one another. Our emotional strength and social survival rely upon it. Only then will we as individuals thrive.

Who are you?

If uncertain, I strongly urge you to explore where you’re from. Everything you’ve thought to be true of yourself may just fall away. That cathartic experience quite possibly, could reinterpret the course of your life.