Posts Tagged ‘wealth’

033 Turning Your Hobby Into a Career with Jessie Brown

Have you ever wished that you could dedicate more time to your hobbies? Or even, have you fantasized about leaving your day job to fully dedicate yourself to your hobby? For many of us, that dream lingers in our mind but our fears hold us back from actually taking the leap. For beekeeper Jessie Brown, leaving her job provided the space she needed to discover an interest in beekeeping. That interest has blossomed into a full-fledged business, Brown’s Downtown Bees, that provides her with the flexibility to care for her business while raising two children.

Jessie has been keeping bees for 10 years and has a small business, Brown’s Downtown Bees. She is the President of the NM Beekeepers Association and currently serves on the Boards of the Western Apicultural Society and the American Beekeeping Federation. Today I talk with Jessie about her decision to leave her career in the film industry to start a family and begin her beekeeping business, how she balances life as a mother and business-owner, and challenges she has faced as a woman in a predominantly male field.

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What You’ll Discover in This Episode

  • Tips for beekeeping in your neighborhood

  • How Jessie was able to set herself apart and succeed in a male dominated field, where her skills and knowledge were questioned or doubted

  • Finding the motivation to turn your hobby into a full-fledged career

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More About Jessie

Jessie’s initial motivation for leaving her work was not to pursue beekeeping, and she actually loved her job. Before beekeeping Jessie worked as a makeup artist on film sets; gratifying but wearing work. Jessie observed the lifestyles of those in her field, and she recognized that her plans for motherhood simply did not match up with the lifestyle that the film industry demanded. With difficulty, Jessie decided to leave the film world to nurture her plans of motherhood. Though she wasn’t sure what she would be doing career-wise at that point, she did know that she “had to make an immediate change if I wanted to become a parent.” She knew that she she wanted to create a career that would allow her the flexibility to raise her children.

An opportunity came along when she attended a horticulture course and was fascinated by the beekeeping component of the class. Today, Jessie finds beekeeping to be a perfect counter to motherhood. Beekeeping allows her to work from home. She can watch her children, while still finding escape in her work. She explains that working with bees is soothing and healing; “you have to force yourself to calm down when you’re in a hive.”

This lifestyle never would have came about if Jessie hadn’t taken a risk to leave her job. Just as importantly, it wouldn’t have happened if she hadn’t been determined to create a career with the sort of flexibility that she was desiring.

Jessie’s sense of happiness comes from her personal view on success. She explains that she “feels happiness when I lay down the groundwork for something that can grow.” This means that she is able to see community success as personal success, rather than seeking to get ahead of the rest. Similarly, her escape is volunteer work with beekeeping nonprofits. By viewing selflessness as selfishness, Jessie is constantly finding joy in her work, volunteering, and family.

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030 Achieving Greater Health and Wealth by Overcoming Subconscious Blocks with Elaine Lopez-Bogard

Sometimes in our lives we find ourselves reaching a ceiling, or stuck on a mental block. We intuitively know that we could be achieving more, but there is something deep down inside that is keeping us from getting there. According to Kinesiologist Elaine Lopez-Bogard, it may be that we are unable to access this mental block in our conscious mind. Instead, she suggests, we ought to be approaching the solution by bypassing our conscious mind and accessing our subconscious through body work.

Elaine Lopez-Bogard is an Albuquerque-based Kinesiologist, Reflexologist, and certified Natural Health Professional. Elaine received her certification as a Reflexologist from the New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts in Santa Fe and in 2014, she received certification as a Holistic Kinesiology. Elaine brings her expertise in aromatherapy and combines the therapeutic benefits of essential oils with reflexology and kinesiology to promote the natural healing process. Currently she has a private practice where she works with clients to help restore and maintain their body’s natural balance and encourage healing through reflexology, kinesiology and aromatherapy. Today I talk with Elaine about Kinesiology, healing from within, and how to use mind-body connection to achieve greater health and wealth.

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What You’ll Discover in This Episode:

  • How Kinesiology works and how it can help you
  • Signs that you may have a mental block that is preventing you from achieving more, and what you can do about it
  • What you can do on a day-to-day basis to overcome anxieties or subconscious blocks that are holding you back

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More About Elaine

Elaine’s interest in alternative medicine came from a personal experience. Prior to seeking out a certification at the NM Academy of Healing Arts, she was working as a web and graphic designer. In this position Elaine spent hours at a desk behind a computer, where she felt as though “it was sucking the life out of me.” In addition to feeling unhappy, she was experiencing a handful of health concerns, including migraines, stomach problems, and issues with her lungs. She says that “there was a point in my life when doctors didn’t know what was wrong with me,” and she thought “I had to live like this.”

Luckily Elaine had friends who worked in alternative medicine, and she was able to get treatment from them. After seeing incredible results in a very short time, Elaine was so inspired that she decided to make a career change. She says that going to the NM Academy of Healing Arts for an open house was a pivotal moment in her decision. At the open house, she introduced herself to the Reflexology program director and asked if there would be any interest in trading classes for Elaine’s website design skills. The director looked to her and said “just yesterday we decided that we need to hire a web person. This is perfect timing.”

Since receiving her Reflexology certification from the NM Academy of Healing Arts, Elaine has expanded her education and practice to include components of kinesiology and aromatherapy. Today Elaine maintains a private practice that focuses on helping clients to overcome physical and mental blocks to progress in their lives. She finds that this work is particularly helpful for entrepreneurs, who often try to ‘think their way’ our of imbalances or career barriers. She explains to these individuals that, “in our subconscious mind we have these limiting believes that don’t allow us to reach out full potential.” For those clients, Elaine’s work can be especially beneficial as she can help “bypass the conscious mind, go directly to the subconscious to find out exactly what is going on.” She explains, “when subconscious mind agrees with conscious mind, that’s when the magic happens. That’s where real shifts can happen, in health and in wealth.”

Describe one personal habit that contributes to your well-being:

Gratitude.

What advice would you give to your 25 or 30 year old self?

Listen to myself more. Love myself more.

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018 Trusting Your Inner Voice with Julia Cameron

Many of us yearn for a creative outlet, but we just don’t know where to start. Perhaps we’ve tried drawing classes or attempted to journal but it just won’t stick. Or we will have an idea for a creative project and won’t get around to doing it. You’re not alone. Even world-renowned artist and bestselling author Julia Cameron experiencing this distress, and today she shares some of her secrets to accessing creativity and coming into your authentic self!

Julia is author of bestsellers The Artist’s Way, Finding Water, The Vein of GoldWalking in this World and The Right to Write, which are taught in universities, churches, human potential centers and even in tiny clusters deep in the jungles of Panama. Julia also has extensive film and theater credits, which include such diverse work as Miami Vice and the prize-winning romantic comedy God’s Will, which she both wrote and directed. She is recognized as the founder of a new human potential movement that has enabled millions to realize their creative dreams. Today I speak with Julia about her creative process, listening to your inner voice, and achieving what you want through perseverance, discipline and authenticity.

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What You’ll Discover in This Episode

  • Three actions you can take every day to start accessing your inner creative self
  • How to schedule creative time into your day, even with children
  • Tips to help you overcome a creative ‘hump’ and begin using creative thought, in your daily life, hobbies or business

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More About Julia

Julia’s passion for creative expression began at a young age. When she attended college at Georgetown University, she felt called to write poetry and sought to be an English Major. In the 1960’s a literary career was not a traditional path for women, and Julia was met with barriers and discouragement again and again. When she wasn’t allowed to study English at the College of Arts and Sciences she started a women’s lib chapter at Georgetown. This movement ultimately led to Julia, along with seven other women, to be the first female graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences in 1970.

This perseverance has been both a conscious and unconscious theme throughout Julia’s life and career. There have been many obstacles Julia has had to overcome throughout her career as a woman writer and artist, but she admits that the discipline is something innate within her; she can’t help it. She also can’t help from writing; she finds that she is irritable and on edge when she is not in the midst of a creative project.

I caught Julia at one of those ‘difficult places’ when she isn’t quite sure what the next project will be. While it is not a comfortable state, it is a crucial time in Julia’s creative process. When she has no projects on the forefront she dedicates herself to ‘prayer through writing.’ She writes to her muse seeking out help, in the form of her ritual morning journal writing, or morning pages, and listens to see what that response is. Julia finds that she is often resistant to whatever it is that comes up. She will allow herself procrastinate on acting, dwelling in anxiety for a few more days before doing what she knows she must and listening to her inner voice, an experience I think we can all relate to.

Julia’s most recent projects include a play and the completion of her newest book, It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again: Creativity at Midlife and Beyond, co-written with Emma Lively. This book introduces a fourth creative ritual into those described in previous books (morning pages, artist’s date, and weekly walk), that of memoir writing. While aimed at an audience in the retirement stage of life, the tools Julia describes can be used at any age.

What super power did you discover you had only to realize it was there all the time?

Perseverance.

What advice would you give to your 25 or 30 year old self?

Start writing morning pages.

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Julia Cameron’s Website

A List of Julia’s Books

A List of Emma Lively’s Books

Julia Cameron’s New Book, It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again: Creativity at Midlife and Beyond

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011: Mindfulness to Achieve Financial and Spiritual Wealth with Leisa Peterson

Mindfulness to Achieve Financial and Spiritual Wealth

As entrepreneurs we all inevitably have financial gain in the forefront of ours minds. Money is a major player in our decisions and choices as we move our businesses forward, whether we’d like to admit it or not. But as we move toward financial goals, many of us find our sense of spiritual wellbeing to be sacrificed. Isn’t it a contradiction to seek out material success when we also want to follow the spiritual advice that emphasizes a simplistic, non-materialistic lifestyle? Or is it possible to have them both?

 

Today I speak with Mindful Wealth Coach Leisa Peterson about just that. Leisa is self-made millionaire, a mom, wife, transformational business coach, educator and retreat facilitator. In her business WealthClinic, she specializes in coaching entrepreneurs who are ready to take their profits to a new level while at the same time creating greater joy, fulfillment, and inner prosperity for themselves. Leisa blogs about money and mindfulness for the Huffington Post, has a top-chart podcast on iTunes and is currently writing a book called Breaking Free of Scarcity Mindset: How to overcome not enough to create a business of plenty.
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What You’ll Discover in This Episode:

  • Why it is that when we pursue our passion we don’t necessarily make money, and how to work around this
  • Suggestions for financial steps to take to lead to a successful business
  • How you can be mindful in spending and handling money
  • How you can both have financial success and spiritual abundance

 

  More About Leisa

Leisa achieved a goal that many of us dream of: she was a self-made millionaire by her mid-thirties. She has always been a go-getter, never content to wait around for success to come to her. However, when she reached her financial goals there was no sigh of relief or sense of celebration. Instead, all she felt was a need to hold onto her money and a fear of losing it. This experience revealed to her that part of her motivation to attain wealth came from a desire to find self-worth. It was then that Leisa realized that she needed to change her mindset, focus on her relationship with herself, and make a career change.   Prior to starting WealthClinic, Leisa worked in finance for twenty-two years. Following a family tragedy in 1999 she turned toward spiritual guidance through meditation and mindfulness. As her spiritual practice deepened, she began to look at the way that we as a society interact with money in so many negative ways. We hoard it, we make dumb decisions with it, and we sacrifice our joy and relationships for it. As she reflected on her own relationships around money, she began to see that if mindfulness could be applied to our feelings around money, then perhaps we could shed those negative impulses and pursue our financial goals in a healthy, mindful way.

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Today Leisa works from her heart and uses her intuition to make genuine connections with her clients. She works with established and new entrepreneurs alike, and helps them to align their personal beliefs with their financial goals to get more out of their lives and businesses. Leisa comes from the perspective that we can’t just fix one part of our lives, we need to seek out balance in every area in order to have fulfillment. She works with her clients to find their strengths, weaknesses, and make a plan to bring them all into alignment.

 

Leisa’s personal journey includes a deep relationship with self, something she realized she needed to develop if she were to help others. Self-acceptance is a huge part of the self-work that Leisa has undergone, and she emphasizes the importance of self-acceptance to her clients in her consulting work. Without self-acceptance we are constantly in a state of self-doubt and life with a scarcity mentality: fearful that we will lose what we have instead of enjoying our lives. When we live mindfully and with self-acceptance, Leisa explains, we can find wealth in every facet of our lives.

 

Describe one personal habit that contributes to your well-being:

Noticing when I’m in resistance to something.

What super power did you discover you had only to realize it was there all the time?

Empathy

What advice would you give to your 25 or 30 year old self?

Practice self-love and acceptance.

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WealthClinic.com
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