Empowering Her Summit 6/17/2010

Empowering Her Summit

Learn strategies for leading a well balanced life and discover resources for becoming a more effective leader.

  • Find your balance in an Out of Balance World with Barbara Tessari.
  • Learn How to Look Like a Million Bucks without Breaking the Bank with Suzie Galvez.
  • Engage in Physical Fitness for Fiscal Success: How Taking off the Pounds Can Make Your Wallet Fat with Whitney Martin

On June 17, 2010 The Empowering Her Summit will be in Richmond Virginia. http://www.empoweringher.com


Together We Can Achieve the Extraordinary

Unique Girls Getaway!

Ladies May is the perfect time to Enhance, Indulge & Enlighten with a unique girls getaway in beautiful Plymouth Massachusetts! There will be a wine tasting, psychic medium night, yoga for everyone class, belly dancing class, hypnosis, feng shui tips, door prizes, mini women’s expo and more. Check out Natural Body Works but hurry the deposit for the event is due Saturday April 24, 2010. Gather the females in your life and have some fun. Gentlemen pass this on to your lady friends.

It’s time to relax and have some fun! 


Together We Can Achieve the Extraordinary

When life throws you a curve ball.

Life doesn’t always go our way, and sometimes that is a great thing. When I think back over my life to all the times I had a plan to accomplish something and it didn’t work out, I have to laugh and be thankful. Why am I laughing and thankful you ask? Well, because what ends up happening in place of what I wanted is usually better than I could have planned. Notice I said better not easier.

For example; recently I was diagnosed with a medical condition that forces me to restrict my physical activity significantly for several weeks. That’s a pretty big curve ball when you consider what my schedule was, but I will not bore you with those details here. I could have thrown myself a pity party and bemoaned all the parts of my life that would be adversely affected by the restrictions. Instead though, I chose to see it as a blessing in disguise. Now all those projects that I put off; because they required me to sit and focus; can get done, because I can’t do any of that routine that kept me so busy. That’s not at all the way I planned to get these projects done. In my mind I was going to somehow take a day here and there to focus on these things and eventually they would have been done sometime before 2011. Now those things will be done by the end of March 2010, how cool is that!

So, what do you do when life throws you a curve ball? You hit it out of the park of course. I would love to hear your curve ball stories so please feel free to share.

To your ultra life.

Jeanné Giddens, Ultra Life Coaching

Valentine’s Day and the greatest gift of all.

What is the greatest gift of all? Why it’s love of course. Some might say that the greatest love is the love that a person has for a spouse or partner. Others might argue that it is the love that a parent has for a child. I think that Whitney Houston was right, the greatest love of all is the love that one has for oneself.

Think about it for a minute. If you don’t love yourself you are probably miserable. Since misery loves company, chances are you are making everyone around you miserable too. Now that you are surrounded by miserable people you can blame them for your bad feelings.  So not loving yourself can have a negative effect on people around you. Let’s start over. So there you are not loving yourself and probably dwelling on everything that is wrong in your life. You are in a hole so deep that you feel that there is no getting out. One step forward and two steps back, so not only are you going no where but you are actually going backwards. Soon you’re thinking there is no sense in trying. So, not loving yourself can cause you to give up on all of your hopes, dreams, desires and possibly your life.

OK, enough, I think you get the point. If you recognize this way of thinking and acting in yourself the good news is that just that recognition is a great first step. Nothing can change if you don’t have a clue that something needs to change. The next step of course is doing something about it.

There are a number of things you can do to help yourself, from positive self talk to talking to someone positive. Try different things to find what will be most helpful to you. Remember, as things change, your needs might change; so don’t be discouraged if the thing that was working for you today, does not work for you tomorrow. Here are some things to consider trying. Community support groups, live or on-line; self help books or audio tapes/Cd’s; life coaching;  therapy.  

Happy Valentine’s day and remember to give yourself the greatest gift of all; Love.

To your Ultra Life!

Jeanné Giddens, Ultra Life Coaching

Taking risks creates opportunities to have amazing experiences.

Every so often a movie comes along that is filled with wonderful life lessons. The most recent one that I have seen is The Blind Side, starring Sandra Bullock, Quinton Aaron and Tim McGraw; along with a fantastic supporting cast. If you haven’t seen it yet I highly recommend that you do. It is the story of current Baltimore Ravens pro football player Michael Oher and the Tuohy Family who took him in while he was in high school.

One of the themes that I want to focus on from this inspiring story is the idea of taking risks. Many risks were taken by all of the characters in the movie. Don’t worry I’m not going to give away anything to spoil the movie. My hope is that you will be able to find examples in your own life that will encourage you to either begin or continue to take risks that will help lead you to the life you want.

Now before you say “but I am not a risk taker, I live a very safe risk free life and that’s the way I like it.” Here are a few questions to give you an idea of what I am talking about. Have you ever tried out for a sports team or play. Have you ever applied for a job. Have you ever had a first day at anything? Pretty common safe risks right. Well that’s only half of the risk.

When it comes to sports the risk doesn’t end with making the team. The player takes a risk every time they step on the court/field/course etc. In the arts the risk doesn’t end with winning the part or having a single performance. The artist is taking a risk every moment they are on stage or in the “spotlight”. At work the risk doesn’t end with getting the job or being awarded the contract. You still have to perform the duties or fulfill the contract obligations. Does it get easier after your first day? Yes, but you still have to show up after that.

Taking risks creates opportunities to have amazing experiences. I know that my life would not be the same today if I had not put myself out there in a variety of ways. Thankfully though I tried out for all the sports I played in high school and college, I applied for and worked at various jobs, I pursued business ventures and different career directions.

What about you? What risks have you taken up till now? What risks will you take to reach your ultra life goals?

Looking forward to your answers and comments.

Jeanné Giddens, Ultra Life Coaching

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Well here it is, 2010 and many of you are ringing in the new year by drinking champagne and watching Dick Clark’s Rockin New Years Eve. Some of you will be thinking about your new years resolution and some of you won’t because you believe they don’t work. The truth is that you are both right.

Resolutions only work for those who work the resolution. Same with goals, affirmations, “diets” etc. The key to getting what you want in your life is finding what works for you. Most of us are not born knowing what works, instead we have to try different things. Sometimes it is a combinatin of things that work best for us in one area of our lives and something else that works in other areas. The point is that you have to be willing to try different things to get the desired result.

Take a look into your past and find something that you accomplished. Now retrace your steps. Start with what you were thinking when you first set your sights on your plan all the way through to when you made it all happen. Now look at your behaviors. What did you do to organize yourself to act on your thoughts?    

Figuring out what has worked for you in the past is as important as knowing what hasn’t worked for you in the past. Keep an open mind and know that things change. What has worked in the past might need tweaking and what hasn’t worked in the past might suddenly work. If you have given it an honest shot, trust your gut. 

Once again take a look into your past at something that didn’t work out. Then look at your thoughts and behaviors associated with that time. What contributed to that unsuccessful attempt?

Enjoy the night and be safe. Feel free to leave your comments and questions.

Jeanné Giddens, Ultra life Coaching

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