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July 2023

Have you ever found yourself juggling multiple responsibilities, constantly striving to be everywhere and do everything? I know that feeling all too well. For years, I immersed myself in countless commitments, proudly wearing the label of a high achiever. But deep down, I realized that this lifestyle was neither sustainable nor fulfilling.

We often get caught up in the busyness of life, constantly pursuing external achievements and seeking recognition. But true fulfillment comes from aligning our time with what truly matters to us. It’s about embracing a life of purpose and creating a harmonious balance between our personal
and professional aspirations.

It was only when I took a step back and began a journey of self-discovery that I started to understand the driving force and the underlying motivations behind my actions. I discovered that my need to be and to feel successful had led me astray. I was sacrificing my time and energy without truly prioritizing what mattered most to me.

Now, let me share something personal with you.

The past month has been an incredibly challenging time for my family. My son, Michael, unexpectedly had brain surgery, and it turned our world upside down.

It all started with persistent headaches that led him to the doctor’s office, where an MRI was ordered. Memorial Day became a turning point when we received the MRI results—a brain tumor the size of a baseball connected to his brain stem! It felt like a surreal nightmare. We found ourselves speechless as we were transferred to the ICU, and just two days later, Michael underwent surgery. Emotionally, it has been a rollercoaster, but we have focused on the basics—taking care of Michael, seeking help, and doing our best to take care of ourselves while staying present amidst the uncertainty. We have leaned on our faith, reaching out to our loved ones for support, and remaining strong in the face of adversity.
I am immensely grateful for the incredible support we have received from our family and our friends. The way they have rallied around us is nothing short of a blessing. And I must say, my son’s strength has been truly inspiring. Even as he was wheeled off to surgery, he declared, “I’m not gonna let this thing beat me!” He is making remarkable progress in his recovery, and we celebrate each small victory and every sign of improvement.

It’s during unexpected challenges that we are reminded of the
importance of balancing what truly matters.

It was during this struggle that I realized I needed to practice what I teach and pull back on some commitments. I needed to ask my clients to reschedule speaking engagements or to turn an in-person engagement into a virtual engagement. 

Guess what I learned?

I was met with an outpouring of grace, flexibility, understanding, and compassion. Can you imagine if I hadn’t mustered the courage to ask? I would have forced myself to leave my son in the ICU, traveled out of state, and would’ve been a complete hot mess while trying to deliver a keynote! Thank God I had the wisdom to ask for what I needed and to act on what mattered most to me: my family.  As they say, you never know until you ask.  What do you want and haven’t asked?

Putting first things first means making conscious choices and filtering opportunities through the lens of our deepest priorities. For me, it’s about cherishing quality time with my family and sharing the message of empowerment through my speaking engagements. By aligning my decisions with these values, I’m creating a life filled with purpose and fulfillment.

Now, I want to invite you to take a moment for yourself. Step back, reflect, and identify what holds the utmost importance in your life. Ask yourself if your current time investments align with your core values and aspirations.  And if you’re looking for a tool to help you do that, check out the Empowering You Planner.

Remember, time is a precious asset that can never be reclaimed once it’s spent. So, let’s choose wisely and invest our time in what truly matters. Let’s embrace a life that reflects our passions, values, and the relationships that bring us joy.

Join me on this transformative journey of prioritizing what matters most. Together, let’s build lives that are truly worth living.


Third Quarter Empowering You Planner Now Available!

Hey there, Friend.  How’s your year going so far? Do you still have a goal that hasn’t moved as far along as you’d hoped?  Are you living a life based on what’s most important to you?

Take charge of your time and focus on what truly matters to you with the Empowering You Quarterly Planner! This transformative tool is designed to help you align your schedule with your deepest values and aspirations.


Here’s how the planner empowers you:

  1. Clarity and Focus: Reflect on your core values and aspirations to gain clarity and focus your energy on what truly matters.
  2. Goal Setting and Planning: Set meaningful goals for each quarter and break them down into actionable steps for a strategic roadmap to success.
  3. Prioritization and Time Management: Identify priorities aligned with your values and goals, allowing you to invest your time wisely and avoid busyness without purpose.
  4. Mindfulness and Reflection: Cultivate self-awareness through mindfulness exercises and reflection prompts, ensuring your actions align with your aspirations.
  5. Progress Tracking and Celebration: Monitor your progress, celebrate milestones, and track your growth and accomplishments along the way.

As we reach the year’s halfway point, it’s an opportune moment to pause, gather your thoughts, and gain clarity. With a clear vision and a well-crafted plan, you’ll navigate your way to the finish line and accomplish your goals. You’ve got this, and I’m here to support you every step of the way! 

Don’t let time slip away. Embrace a life of purpose and fulfillment by prioritizing what matters most with the Empowering You Quarterly Planner.

Prioritize. Empower. Succeed.

To learn more, visit our website or contact our sales team. Invest in your success, and let this tool guide you toward a future filled with growth, achievement, and personal fulfillment.

Shh… if you ask our sales team nicely, you just may get a surprise discount!


Closing Thoughts

As we enter the month of July, let’s embrace the freedom that comes from prioritizing what matters most. May this journey empower you to live a life that aligns with your deepest values and aspirations, and may it bring you the joy, fulfillment, and peace of mind that you deserve.

Thank you for being part of this incredible community. Your presence and engagement enrich the conversations and inspire growth for all of us. Together, let’s support and uplift one another as we embrace the freedom to live our best lives.

Wishing you a month filled with abundant blessings, meaningful connections, and the joy that comes from living in alignment with what truly matters.

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