Are You A Pusher?

 There are powers inside of you which, if you could discover and use, would make of you everything you ever dreamed or imagined you could become.” Orison Swett Marsden

OOooo Are You A Pusher?

In the fast pace world we live in, it’s easy to forget how important it is to step outside of our circle of family, friends, and colleagues to mentor kids and young people who are more vulnerable to falling through the cracks. Continue Reading →

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Design Your Own Belief System

“Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.” Carl Sagan

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Being bombarded by a plethora of information 24/7, don’t you sometimes wonder if you have the power to design your own belief system?

The truth is that you do!

It’s your birthright to question and think for yourself.

If you want to be an authentically caring and connected citizen of the world, then it’s important that you take the time to pause, reflect, allow yourself to live in a state of ‘not knowing’, and not jump to conclusions based on what experts in any given field tell you.

The video below, The Devils In The Detail, does a masterful job of explaining why it’s critical to question authority.

NOW IT’S YOUR TURN. I’d love to hear how you work at designing your own belief system. xo – Fran

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Write Your Own Story

Research shows that even extremely successful women struggle with self-doubt in the work place.

In an article I recently read, Barbara Stanny, the author of Secrets of Six Figure Women, shares how many of the thousands of  women she interviewed struggle with fear and feeling like a fraud.

“I was struck by how often they made the same observation. In the world of work, men walk in feeling entitled, sure everyone knows it and tend to take bigger risks. Women, on the other hand,  feel flawed, sure everyone sees it, and tend to hold back.”  Forbes Magazine

Her words got me thinking about my dear friend Susan who dreamed of owning a high-end women’s clothing boutique from the time she was old enough to hobble around in her mother’s high heels.

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But Susan was born into a family where advanced degrees were the norm. Since she was a people pleaser rather than a risk taker she took the traditional route of going to an Ivy League school, getting a law degree and working ridiculously long hours so that she could become a partner in a prestigious law firm.

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The Power of Connecting Face To Face

Listen to Fran read the story, The Power of Connecting Face To Face, by clicking on HERE.

Power of Connecting Face to Face

Anthony Riley singing on street corner in Center City Philadelphia

I was rushing out of my apartment to get to a meeting when I heard someone singing.

Something about the tone, beauty – and most of all heart in this voice- lured me across the street.

It took me less than 2 minutes to become a fan of Anthony Riley, a young man, who sets up his music box and container of CDs at the corner of a busy street in center city Philadelphia.

Anthony is not only extremely talented – he’s smart.

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What Do You Want?

What Do You Want?

Connecting With Others Offers A Sense of Well-Being

 What do you want?

Do you spend time thinking about it?

There’s nothing wrong in wanting an abundance of money and materialistic things. But it becomes problematic when you think that financial success or a job with status will bring you happiness.

It’s problematic when you follow the formula that our culture has brainwashed most of us into believing -  that getting excellent grades, attending a good college, acquiring a well paying job, buying the house and cars, getting married, etc. – BELIEVING that if if you just do this (which takes a Herculean sustained effort), that you will be assured to live the life of your dreams.

That is rarely the case.

Because the truth is this.

We want something much more.

We want to be happy.

We want to be loved.

We want to experience joy and rapture.

We want to be connected – to ourselves, others, community, nature, and spirit.

We want kindness and generosity.

We want to make meaning out of our lives.

We want to feel that our presence on this earth will be remembered by others after we’re no longer around.

We want to dream. And we want to live our dreams.

And as or more importantly, we want to open to possibilities. So many of us have lost the tools for imagining.

We want to feel empowered.

We want inner peace and well-being.

We want guidance.

We want to get off the treadmill of constantly searching and looking for what it is that is going to enable us to live with a sense of excitement, discovery, and richness.

We want to get unstuck and stop asking ‘Is this all there is to life?’

If some of what I’ve written has hit a chord with you, I have a suggestion.

Take a pen and paper and reflect – just a few minutes each day- on what it is you want. Whatever comes to your mind, write it down. It doesn’t matter what it is. But make sure your daily list includes at least 5 things.

Do this for 2 weeks and then spend time going over your list. It can offer you some good insight into yourself.

After you’ve done this practice for a few days, I’d love to hear from you what you’re discovering about yourself!

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