“Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.” - Veronica A. Shoffstall
Fralisa and I as we closed out the celebration
Meditation session with Esther...relaxing.
Our day started off with, Spiritual Life Coach, Esther Alley teaching the women the power of meditation and connecting to their divine source. It is through this connection we are able to tap into our higher self, where the self-love really begins. The women had an opportunity to experience three different types of mediation styles because often we think of mediation as just sitting and being silent. The one that stood out the most was guided meditation because if really helps maintain focus.
The women working on their "Just Say Yay" project.
Next, was "JUST SAY YAY!!" with Creative Life and Retreat Coach, Kelly Morrison, Kelly walked the women through an art exercise that helped them acknowledge who they are and the gifts they bring to the world. I really enjoyed seeing the women get into their inner child and self-expression with the use of crayons, markers and power words. This activity was really introspective and impactful to many.
Photographer Sonja Morgan...captured the event and did a mini-photoshoot with each lady. Awesome!
Getting in front of a camera and feeling confident is not an easy for many women. When you have an amazing woman behind the camera cheering you on, it becomes easier. You forget someone is looking at you through this little hole. LOL
Sonja helped every woman feel comfortable and beautiful as each she stepped in front of the camera for her spotlight moment.
Belly Dancer's, Shelly and Nona, really rocked the house showing women that belly dance is a wonderful way to reconnect with your body and YOUR sexy. At the end of their session the ladies were able to do a 5-minute choreography. It was so much fun shimmying our hearts out!
Finally, we ended our day with a SOUL TRAIN DANCE LINE and reminder that we are ALL beautiful AND that a Madly In Love With Me celebration is in order EVERYDAY!!!
Thank you to all the ladies who chose to share YOUR day with us!!!
Happy New Year!!! Can you believe it is 2013? I hope your holidays were amazing! I wanted to take a moment and share one of the things I enjoy doing the most every year, DREAM BOARDS.
Dream boards have been instrumental in my life over the past 5 years. Something happens energetically when we put our goals down on paper. As a teen my father always told me to write my goals down but I never understood the power of that lesson. I don't even think he knew the power of what he was teaching me.
Today I ask , "What do you want to manifest in 2013?" Peace? New Career? New Customers? New Body? Health? Relationships? YOU MUST BE SPECIFIC.
What you THINK about, YOU BRING ABOUT.
Here's how to do it!
Get yourself a bunch of magazine, print pictures from online, cut out words and quotes that touch and INspire you. Once you have pulled your photos and words, review and narrow them down to the ones that really
resonate with you. Here are some other tools you can have on hand to make this process creative and fun:
- Glitter, Glitter Pens
- Scrapbook background sheets, Construction paper
- Stickers, Glue sticks
- Markers, Colored Pencils, Chalk, Paints
You can organize these pictures/words on a poster board, foam board or in one of my favorite places, A VISION JOURNAL. I make my own Vision/Dream Journals. Buy an 8.5 x 11 journal from somewhere like Barnes and Nobles or use a scrapbook. You can glue your words and pictures throughout the journal. Then use the journal over the year to document your year's journey. HAVE FUN!
Feel free to share your vision boards with me on Facebook.
As entrepreneurs that are out to change the world, many of us work from home offices so we can juggle work and manage our homes. When you are your own boss, it’s easy to stuck in a pattern of waking up and making the 10-foot commute to your home office without bothering to change out of your pajamas. What does it matter, no one else will see you, right? I’m here to tell you why it matters.
The bottom line is this: You will feel better about yourself and be more productive if you have a shower, put on some nice clothes, and do your hair and makeup. For many of us who work from home, we face similar challenges like isolation, depression, and accountability. While this seemingly insignificant change won’t eradicate all your problems immediately, feeling better about yourself will make a significant difference to your success in the long run.
So do yourself a favor! Treat yourself to breakfast, a shower, put on some nice clothes, and make yourself up. Because at the end of the day, when you look good, you feel good, which will enable you to do good in the world. Now go get dressed girl!! :-)
So... this has been on my mind for AWHILE! So today after being called Dorothy one more time, I just decided to share it. Many of you may be saying, girl you are crazy, but that's ok. lol
In America, we tend to want to shorten peoples names instead of Susan, we say Suzie, Joseph, we say Joe and instead of DOROTHYINEZ, we say "Dorothy" without even asking if they mind. I have found as I have tried these past few month to "correct" people that is is VERY UNCOMFORTABLE to do but it must be done because it's apart of my branding, just like Minister of Beauty™. In fact, several women who also have difficult names told me it doesn't even matter to them anymore because they are used to it. USED TO IT??? REALLY? Why do we have to get used to be called anything but our name. If someone decided to call you _______________(you fill it in) would you just go with that too?
For 40+ years I was called Inez, which I love! But when I was called to start a business to serve women, I felt God inspired me to use my first and middle name TOGETHER, Not Dorothy, Not Inez, DorothyInez. My close friends and family call me Inez of course and that's ok.
I believe our names are divinely given to us. Most parents take the time to specially choose your name, they think long and hard some even have arguments about it. I think it is a disrespect to that person to call them anything other than their given name without their permission. I know NONE of you meant ANY disrespect, but I am just making a point. I often feel bad for immigrant Americans who come up with "American" names because no one want to try to pronounce their given name. It breaks my heart that Min Joo has to be "Helen" because we refuse to TRY to pronounce her name or Mary Susan has to just be Mary because it takes too long to say her full name.
Our names have meaning and I bet if you looked up yours, you would find that in some way you are living into that name because you have been called it for however many years. My name is Dorothy (Gift of God) and Inez (With A Pure Heart) that is who I am called to be to EVERY woman who works with me. Each time you say my name, I am reminded of my purpose and calling. It may seem long but its pretty easy to say once you get it. :-)
I encourage you the next time you meet someone to ask what they like to be called don't just assume Suzanne wants to be called Suzy. She just doesn't have the courage to correct you. I can testify that it is so hard to do.
Here's a video also explaining my logo AND name. I hope you understand where I am coming from. So please No more DOROTHY'S I share this with you in ♥
DorothyInez, Minister of Beauty
I have been thinking about what to to write this week. When I asked for topic ideas, someone suggested, "Follow the Yellow Brick Road." Really??? All my life I have battled Wizard of Oz jokes because of my name. So to write an email associated with Oz is a bit uncomfortable BUT me being the self-development addict that I am, I took on the challenge of looking at the "Yellow Brick Road" in a different way. So here goes...tell me what you think.
As we all know, Dorothy, spends a majority of the movie trying to get home. Everywhere she went, they would say, "Follow the yellow brick road." What is the yellow brick road? To Dorothy, following the yellow brick road was her way home, her way to happiness and the ones she loved.
Along this yellow brick road Dorothy finds some amazing friends while constantly battling the roadblocks set forth by the Wicked Witch West. Despite all her fears, Dorothy remained focused and determined to make it to OZ because "there's no place like home."
THEN...when she gets to OZ, the good witch, Glenda tells her she had the power to get home all along. Scarecrow asks, "Why didn't you tell her?" Glenda responds, "If I told her she wouldn't have believed me. She had to learn it for herself." Then Tinman asks, "What have you learned Dorothy?", and she replies, "It wasn't enough to want to see Uncle Henry and Auntie Em. If I ever go looking for my hearts desire again I won't go looking any further than my own backyard. Cause if its isn't there, I never lost it to begin with." Scarecrow says, "But that's so easy. I should have thought of it for you." Then Glenda says no she had to find out for herself.
So what can we learn from Dorothy's journey? The first thing that comes to my mind is FOCUS. Stay focused on what you want and where you see yourself going. If you watched Oprah interview Tony Robbins and walk across HOT COALS, the other night you saw that keeping her head up and focused she was able to make the walk across fire. What is YOUR focus? Do you get distracted easily? What small shift can you make that would keep you on track?
The next thing that touches me is that the Scarecrow asked, "Why didn't you tell her?" and Glenda said, "Because she wouldn't have believed me." Wow....how many times has someone tried to help you avoid the pain or told you that you could do something but YOU didn't believe them? So instead of taking the advice you when ahead with that bad relationship or you didn't go for your dream because FEAR had you believing you couldn't do it. It took being hurt or losing your job for you to realize I SHOULD HAVE LISTENED. Most of us have to learn from our mistakes and most of all WE HAVE TO BELIEVE in ourselves. We must believe we are worth being treated right, getting paid for what we bring to a client and living a life WE LOVE.
Lastly, Dorothy discovered BELIEF. A belief that could only come from within. She believed the only way home was that journey to OZ and nothing was going to stop her! Definitely not a Wicked Witch! No one can make YOU believe but what someone CAN do is INSPIRE you to believe, that's what I think her three friends did along the way. "Home" already existed within Dorothy she just had to be willing and open to find it. How open are you to following the "yellow brick road" to a new you, career or life? What negative beliefs about who you are and what you can achieve are holding you back from living YOUR most beautiful life?
When Dorothy said, "There's no place like home," she was right. I have learned real living comes from knowing and loving me for all that I am and all that I am not. For all that I am not, I challenge myself to keep growing into all that I know I am called to BE. I challenge you to discover what's inside your home. What gifts and talents do you have INSIDE that could be shared with the world? Enlist the help of friends, family or even a coach that will stand with you and belief in all that you are and all that you could be because its right there in your own backyard.