Saturday, February 21, 2009

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

ee cummings

Thursday, October 09, 2008

When Paul Newman died, I read this story from the last interview Barbara Walters had with him in fall 2007.

Just had to share it because I'm known for telling people how old I feel, not how old I am chronologically. I used to swap ages with my brother, and then he got older than I wanted to be.

Enjoy your day! I am!

Late in the interview, when Walters asked Newman for his thoughts on longevity and mortality, he related a story about his mother.

"My mother on her death bed said, 'Paul, you have to excuse me, I've been lying all these years, I'm not 83, I'm 87.'" Newman told Walters. "And when we took her back to Cleveland, to be buried next to my father, her sister was there.

"And I said, 'You know, mother said that she had been lying all these years, and that she wasn't 83, that she was 87.'

"And her sister said, 'Baloney, she was 93."

Monday, September 29, 2008

Busy or Running?

It's pretty obvious to everyone around me that I'm busy. I've been putting in a lot of hours with my clients. I've been busy exploring ideas to expand my business.

Lately, I've even been telling people about how I'm burning the candles at both ends and taking almost all weekend to recover from the stress. And, when I have a lot of things scheduled on my weekends, it's even worse because I don't have any "down" time to relax.

These statements do NOT describe how I prefer to live my life!

Last night I asked myself, "Why?" to clarify why I'm doing what I'm doing.

If you're not familiar with the 5 Why's Exercise - here's my version
  • Ask yourself a question.
  • Whatever the answer is, ask Why again
  • Whatever that answer is, ask Why again
  • When your insides say "AHA!" - that's when you ask "okay, that's interesting. So, what am I going to do now?"

Here's my condensed conversation from last night

Why are you staying so busy? Because I don't want to be at home

Why don't you want to be at home? Because it's quiet and I don't know what to do with myself without a TV

Why did you give up your TV? Because TV had become a crutch to escape my life

Why do you want to escape your life? Because I'm unhappy

Why are you unhappy? Because my current life does not match what I wanted for myself

ah... so what am I going to do about it?

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Vision for Catalyst for Success

This month I have been participating in the Ladies Who Launch intensive incubator. The four-week program is designed for you and 9 women to work on a project you bring to the incubator. The result is a push towards your future.

Here's the vision I created for my business as a result of this month's activities....

Entrepreneur magazine has just published its profile of ultra-successful Lucinda Naia with Catalyst for Success. She continues to expand her vision on how to make a difference for individuals and businesses throughout the world. Catalyst for Success remains dedicated to solving business process issues, maximizing client loyalty, and improving employee relationships. The company has grown to incorporate three divisions: SOAR Consulting, HeartSparks, and BizSparks.

SOAR Consulting provides consulting services to solve business process issues, create dynamic work environments for employees, and maximize client loyalty. Consulting services include business assessments, in-person and tele-conference seminars, and motivational speaking. HeartSparks offers inspirational and motivational products for individuals. Current designs include Beachy, Set sail, heartfull, baby blessed, family moon, and hope blooms. BizSparks offers business-related products including CD’s, DVD’s, and self-study training. There are natural cross-over activities between the three divisions, and that was the focus of the Entrepreneur profile.

This summer Catalyst for Success announces the opening of its ceramic production facility in Guatemala. Valley adventurer Lucinda Naia established the facility with two goals in mind. She wanted to provide employment opportunities for women in Guatemala and create extraordinary inspirational/motivational coffee mugs. “What better way to create a natural extension of the delicious Guatemalan coffee sold in boutique plantations throughout Guatemala,” Lucinda explained.

“After succeeding in corporate America, I was yearning to find ways to live with more passion and still succeed financially,” Lucinda explained. Income generated from SOAR Consulting created an opportunity for investment in a new industry within a developing country. Creating unique coffee mugs that also contribute to financial independence for Guatemalan women is a natural evolution of the SOAR principles under which Catalyst for Success operates:

  • Success is All About Relationships
  • Only Have Today
  • Always Imagine More
  • Ready to Rise

Lucinda went on to explain the genesis of the unique products she creates. “While working in a challenging environment, I met some girlfriends to paint pottery. One friend Mary suggested I put something inside the coffee mug, and that suggestion sparked everything.”

Lucinda created the Beachy mug to remind herself to be beachy with a light-hearted, happy go lucky attitude instead of bitchy with a “why me?” victim attitude at work. At first, she didn’t realize the potential of what she had created. “Several people commented on the mug and how great it looked, but I didn’t really think much beyond my joy with the individual mug,” Lucinda said.

While participating in a Ladies Who Launch incubator, Lucinda realized she had a rare opportunity. She could continue to live as she had been living OR she could pursue her passion as a vibrant, creative, heart-centered adventurer. She chose to live in keeping with the SOAR principles!

Today Lucinda splits her time between Arizona and Guatemala. Her children are global citizens of the world, and they look forward to the time they spend in both countries. Lucinda is happily involved with a guy who loves her and celebrates her success.

In the last two years, HeartSparks created a distinctive niche for Guatemalan souvenirs, inspirational mugs, and a patented innovation. Orders for her exceptional mugs are increasing, and she’s close to signing a license agreement with a major manufacturer for her patented coffee mug innovation.

“The United States is the largest consumer of coffee in the world, and consumes one-fifth of the world’s coffee. I’m just glad I found a unique way to tap into that consumption and contribute to an improved life for families in Guatemala. Everyone benefits, and I feel blessed.”

“Although my Spanish still needs some more practice, I’m thrilled to escape the heat in Phoenix for the lush natural beauty in Guatemala. Enjoying a more relaxed life in Guatemala allows me to create more opportunities when I return to Phoenix. It truly is the best of both worlds!”

If you're interested in more information about the Phoenix/Scottsdale incubator, you can see the calendar of events by clicking here. You can also click on the Meetup badge next to this post....

Friday, August 22, 2008

Friday Fun: Funny e-cards

A friend of mine told me about this website Some E-Cards

Of course, my sense of humor around dating might not necessarily match yours.... feel free to find fun e-cards that fit your life and share....

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Value of Respect by Bernie Mac

Like many other people, it was a surprise to hear Bernie Mac died this weekend. As I was reading a Chicago Tribune article on his life, I saw this quote.....

"If you let people put tags on you, you'll never be able to remove them," he said. "You've got to make people respect you. Respect is bigger than dollars and cents."

I wish every teenager in America (or anyone for that matter) could understand the importance of living with respect.

Each morning you CHOOSE who you're going to be....

Choose to respect yourself and live YOUR life!

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Taking Risks (aka Living Your Life)

Have you ever taken a risk - either at work or in love?

Looked beyond where you are today & leaped forward
without knowing what might happen next?

Do you even think about how you make decisions?

Friends know that sometimes I think WAY too much! Over-thinking and over-analyzing have stifled some fantastic opportunities for me.

Just for today - do something spontaneously!

Take a risk.... Live your life....
Forget about the consequences and just set sail....