Gratitude Grows

Over the years, I have learned to use gratitude to help get me though all the ‘shit-storms’ in life.  To ride through the chaos.

To get past all the self-doubting moments that tend to pop up here & there.  Gratitude is my attitude adjustment, my energy shift.  I’ve even inspired my 6 year old daughter to start a gratitude journal (and especially encourage her to write in it when she is having a ‘moment’).  I simply adore going in & reading her heartwarming entries.

But, I was recently reminded that choosing this perspective was not always so easy for me. (As shared on Huffington Post)

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Recently, I came across an essay that I wrote in my high school creative writing class called “Thankful for What.” It was an ode to our family Thanksgiving dinner and rife full of sarcasm, too-cool-for-school anecdotes, and some good ole teenage angst. I cringed a bit as I read it. You see, I was a bit of a little ingrate back then. Blame it on the hormones. Or, perhaps years of Catholic school and protective parents finally manifesting into rebellion as I slowly tip-toed towards adulthood. (Incidentally, sorry Mom and Dad. I love you!)

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I am Zen Rebel. (Coming Soon!)

Zen Rebel is spirituality with room to make mistakes. It’s about being human. Not perfect. It’s striving to be of service and live a good life, but accepting yourself exactly where you are and with what you have in each and every moment. It’s letting go of your past mistakes and, as a matter of fact, embracing them because they are part of you. It’s about growth and exploration and diving fully into the person you are meant to be.

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Coming Soon!!!! :)

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Try a little Zen with your Type-A

Life is really about balance. Yin and yang.Type-A Zen

But, I know what it’s like to be crazy whack out of balance.

I’ve been there with the 60+ hour work-weeks and then going to the gym 6 or 7 times a week. I’ve scaled the mammoth mountains and at the top said in one breath, “OK, that was awesome, now where is the next even higher & scarier mountain to scale?” I’ve also experienced the sleepless nights, stomach ulcers, high-stress, and unsettled feelings of longing for more to accompany my life achievements.

It was no way to live.

In recent years, I’ve found a new way to live. To thrive. To enjoy life. But, to also find stillness and connect with my truth. All while still honor my high-ambition, high-achieving DNA.

Type-A Zen was born. When people hear the title of my forthcoming book, Type-A Zen, they usually have one of two reactions:

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Are you Type-A?

Type-A Zen

Are you highly driven and ambitious? An over-acheiver? Do you have perfectionist tendencies? Do some of your friends call you a litte crazy? You are probably Type-A. And, I would love to hear from you.

I am currently doing a little more research for my forthcoming book, Type-A Zen, and your feedback can help shape the book. I might even contact you to use some of your story in the book.

I know you are super-busy, so feel free to answer as many (or as few) of the questions as possible. I appreciate any input. xx

Click here to take the survey!

Much love  & gratitude.

xx,

Dawn

 

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Wake up! And set your soul on fire….

“Who is the real girl?” he asked.

“Huh? I’m trying to tell you,” I replied, a little confused by the question. “I’m a mother and a wife, and I run a small tech business that has grown really fast these past couple of years, and ….”

“No, no, no. Who is the real girl, though? And, why are you here today?”

At first, I felt myself getting a tiny bit annoyed. Wasn’t he listening? But, that annoyance quickly turned into humbled reverence. I gulped as I realized my uncertainty on exactly how to answer that simple question. I mean, I thought I knew who I was. But, did I really anymore? Lost inside my roles of mother, wife and CEO (to name a few), was I really tapped in to my truth and higher purpose? It was in that holy instant that I felt an awakening stir inside of me. Who was the real girl??

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Change is in the Air. How to Navigate with Love.

I recently posted on my Facebook and Instagram that I had taken a short hiatus from writing (due to some big changes going down).

I was finally sitting down to write – (hooray!) But, wouldn’t it figure that I had encountered a serious case of writer’s block?? I’m usually pretty good at working through such blockages, but was just feeling blah and super un-inspired that night.  I decided to put it out there in social land to see if any of my readers had a topic that they were itching to read more about. It’s the old “when you’re feeling helpless, help someone” — a powerful gesture that never fails to shift the energy.
My readers are rockstars and did not fail to deliver.  One suggested that I write about change – not necessarily the specific changes I’m going through at the moment — just navigating change in general.  (She also confided that she was going through some big changes of her own – so we were on the same wavelength).  Another shared that whenever writer’s block happens to her, she actually writes something she needs for her own healing. (She went on to say that she had a block last for 6 years (wow!)  FInally, she wrote an article to help heal her 12 year-old self and it actually helped heal a lot of other people too.

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Run Your Day Like a BOSS!

 

Do you run your day or does your day run you? If you’re like most people, time slips away. In this overly techy world, distractions are constantly coming at us. It’s almost impossible to stay focused and tackle our endless to-do list. Learn how to work smarter, not harder, and get more done. If you missed the live Run Your Day Like a boss! event, no worries. You can still get access to the recording below!  I share my best tips on how I run multiple businesses & still make family, fun & self-care a priority.

In this session, you will learn:

  • A unique and highly-effective goal setting system
  • How to stay uber motivated and connected to your passion
  • To virtually eliminate distractions
  • Cultivate intense mindfulness
  • And, create a rockin’ accountability system to keep you on task
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Bad days. Nobody is immune to them. I, for one, am no stranger to stressful situations in life. As an entrepreneur who has navigated the ups and downs of the business world whilst raising a young family, I have felt both the ecstatic rewards and the “oh my god, this is so hard!” of my reality.

During the tough times, the “type A” in me wants to control the outcome and is not satisfied with anything less than perfection. But the “zen” in me says, “Chill out, lady!” Luckily, she mostly calls the shots these days. She realizes that each struggle is an opportunity to learn and to grow fully into who we’re meant to be. Each disappointment is a life test. We’re constantly being asked, “How bad do you really want this?” Instead of allowing feelings of defeat to set in, we must allow the subtle guidance of the Universe to lead the way. Instead of resisting and controlling, we must go with the flow.

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The Power of Breathe: Pranayama Conscious Breathing

After a few weeks off (more on that soon – busy bee) I’m excited to share a new Mindful Monday with you today.  In this episode, I share a simple yet powerful technique that you can access anytime and anywhere that is going to allow you to step fully into your power.  Our breathe is something that we often take for granted, but it is literally our life force.  Without our next breathe, we cease to exist.  We’re never really taught how to breathe, though.  (Because it’s so natural, right?) But, focused breathe can get us through tough times, it can take us from stress to calm, it can help us become more focused, grounded, centered, happy. All good things, right?  And, it’s easier than you think. Check out the video to learn some easy breathe work and mantra to elevate your mind, body, and spirit.  These are the same breathing techniques used in yoga and meditation, but they are super beneficial in everyday life.

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Business & LIfe Coaching for Ambitious Women EntrepreneursWhen I first took the scary plunge of quitting my job and starting my own company back in 2008, I recall not really knowing exactly what I was doing. I mean, I had tons of experience in sales & marketing, but the whole rest of how-to-run-a-business was all brand spanking new to me. I had passion and heart and let it lead the way. But, I had a lot to figure out. And, I took my sweet time looking over the edge of that cliff before I finally dove in.  I was about to take a serious crash course in business and life.

Although surrounded by a great network of supportive friends and family, we didn’t always talk in great detail about my business ventures. Totally understandable. It’s not that exciting of a topic to someone on the outside.  Still, I craved a posse that would not only take interest in business conversation, but totally “get” me on that level.  I needed some peeps that I could open up to about my fears as well as share my successes.  I desired support, understanding, and to be heard.

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