Monday, September 1, 2014
Because I have spent the past few months organizing the material I have learned from John Maxwell, as well as really put my mind on how to better understand and use my personal strengths, I think there will be a focus of these things at this retreat.
I have a staff of about 50 at MMPT. I love to hear people there explaining why they are going to need to delegate something to someone else, because it is not in their strength zone. And believe me, it is not "excusey". It is seriously because when one is working in their are a of giftedness, they are energized. Brian, at my office, is a "learner"/ "Input". He LOVES to find information and categorize it, then disseminate it to the appropriate people. I am "Communication/ "maximizer". So, I like to take all those mounds of information, make them even better, with pictures or art projects, or put it all in a cute binder with a custom sticker on the front, then teach it to people. So, he and I pair up for our leadership meetings on Thursday mornings. Because we have learned to use our gifts, neither of us feels fatigued by our input to the process. I would be DRAINED if I had to look all the information up. And he would present it just as he found it on the internet, vs "cutifying" it or adding a ton of real-life examples to the material. I am also the one who can very naturally stand in front of the group and present the material.
I have the opportunity to work with two businesses in September who I'll be presenting this strengths information to! I have also worked with one of my blog readers, who was in the midst of a career change, to find and work her strengths to put her in a position for a totally new venture and a potentially big, big payoff.
So, two things...
One: I am having my next art retreat October 3-5. I am going to do it a little differently this year. I can house about 10 people. I am opening up my home to the first 10 who are interested. The cost to stay with me and likely have breakfast made for us be Todd the Bod will be $250. This is the cost for room and board. I have some great friends who will make sure we are heavy in the snack department, and I'm sure the art room in my home will be booming every night after the event at my studio. I'll have a few surprises set up for those who choose to stay at my hacienda. Little projects for those who do choose to stay with me. I tried to be fair, since, clearly if someone is coming from out of town, they have to have a place to stay anyway! This way, there's a little perk! (Plus you get to meet Lizzie and Twilight Sparkles! ha) I will have projects planned which we will do primarily at the MoJoy Studio, but we might come back to the homestead for a project or two over the weekend. We WILL be infusing the weekend with some personal growth activities, as self-awareness is a beautiful thing. DOn't think you will be put on the spot to share! I do most of the talking/ teaching/ sharing, but if you are a "Communication/ woo", feel free to dive on in! (JENNIFER P!) We'll be going out to eat together at a local restaurant for both Friday and Saturday nights, ( unless we choose to order in!) and we'll order lunch as a group for lunch on Saturday. Check in will be later afternoon Friday and we'll dismiss the crew on Sunday noonish.
The cost of the actual retreat is $200. This will be to cover the cost of the materials. If you are LOCAL and want to join in on the fun but prefer to stay at your own house, the cost of the retreat will be $200 total. If needing a place to stay, add the $250 to the total. We'll be painting, journaling, making jewelry, inspiring each other, and laughing our heads off! So, contact your bestie, and plan to join us for the weekend retreat. I KNOW it will be something you won't forget for a long, long time.
So, if you've ever thought you'd really like to do a MoJoy Art Retreat and haven't pulled the trigger... this is it! I really want to have a big group. It's funner that way. We might even partner up and have some team projects! Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the list.
As for Number Two: Well... that is a project I am working on to do some life coaching over the phone. I want to give people the opportunity to experience growth, and having a "facilitator" can really amplify that process. I would like for you to also take your strengths test prior to the call, as I think that is very telling and very helpful when coaching a client. If you are interested, contact me at
email@example.com for more details. If you are finding yourself stuck in relationships, financially, in health, not reaching out to friends and family, spiritually, whatever.... I think I can help you. Dottie, if you are reading this, I'd love for you to reply with a testimonial.
So that's it. I have two things brewing. And I am fired up about both of them!!
I want to have a full retreat roster this year! COME ON!! I know you want to!! What are you waiting for?! This is the year you do something for yourself! And you have four weeks to get it planned and in action!
I'm fired up. Hope you are too. Thanks for coming along on this journey with me.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
I like this one. I like it a lot. So many people think that change has to be totally radical. (I know I sort of think that way about diet and health, admittedly!) But, really, if you want to see a shift in your life, just start small. I am doing some personal coaching now, and I have tried to show people that if you will spend more time looking at the good things and a little less time even giving energy toward the "other" things, your life will begin an upward climb. I remember years ago, I decided to really look at who I was hanging out with. John Maxwell's Law of Environment says I am the average of the five people with whom I spend most of my time. Who was that and what was it saying about me?! I needed to make sure that the quality of folks I was hanging with was in alignment with the quality of life I wanted to have. I started adding some good people to my pile!
I also absolutely love in his book, Today Matters, that John teaches that THINKING is one of 12 things that he feels can be added daily to totally change your life. I was not setting aside quality thinking time. I dedicated a chair in my cottage to just that. I also now have one in my MoJoy studio. I am toting around a little notebook almost all the time now to capture my thoughts, as I have found that I don't give myself quite the credit I deserve when it comes to good ideas and thoughts. I also keep a file on my phone for capturing ideas and not letting them just slip through my fingers. I am also becoming a better thinker by using my time in the car more wisely. I have some podcasts and CDs by some of my favorite thinkers that have become my go-to audio in my car. So becoming a conscious and more consistent thinker is another thing that is good that I am adding to my pile.
What good things are you adding to your pile right now?! Please share. I'd love to know. How is your pile of good things growing?!
Monday, August 25, 2014
A few areas in which I am taking a big ol step out of my comfort zone.... I will start a mastermind group on September 9 which will meet every Tuesday morning at 9:00, last for one and a half hours, and will go one for about 6 weeks. I was originally going to hold it for 10 weeks, but I think I am going to try my first one over a shorter period of time. If you are local, get in touch with me if you think you'd like to be a part of a mastermind group.
I have accepted two new speaking engagements. One will be a 1/2 day workshop for an energy company. And one will be a two hour inspirational gig to fire up some employees to maximize an upcoming busy season! In both cases, I'll be discussing company culture, helping establish values, look at employees' strengths, and help establish a positive mindset for all involved.
I am also doing some personal life coaching, which I didn't know how I'd like, but I am LOVING IT! It is so rewarding to help someone figure out their own answers, which are always found within, by asking good questions. As it turns out, I just really, really LOVE people. I doubt that's any new news to any of you Mojoy regulars, though.
Last thing... I am getting geared up for my upcoming fall retreat. I am definitely planning to have some personal retreat info included with the art projects. I am also thinking of opening it up for a much larger crew. If you are out of towners, my home will be available for you to stay in. If you are local, there will be a cheaper option if you choose to just partake in the activities of the days! It will be the first weekend of October. (Yes, Cherry, that means I am out on the Canton trip... but I do not have another available weekend!!) If you are interested in being a part of the retreat, send me an email. I'll keep your contact, so I can send you more details as they arise to help you make up your mind. firstname.lastname@example.org
That all being said.... let's remember, I am a physical therapist! So, any of this coaching, speaking, training... well that is ALL new to me. And very exciting! But outside of my comfort zone, nonetheless. Are you doing anything to expand YOUR horizons?! If not, get on it!! If so, drop me a line and tell me about it!!
Sunday, August 24, 2014
So, one of my favorite "thinkers" is Paul Marinelli. I just love the way he thinks! And I find that the more I listen to him, his teachings, his live calls, the more I start to think like him. It's amazing how growth occurs when we just attune our minds and hearts to let it occur.
I just loaded some of the gazillion quotes that were on my phone for this blog. This one, well, this one reminds me of something Paul has taught me. We all have ideas. And they come to us from God. Where else would an idea come from?! He is the ultimate creator, after all.
If you get the inkling tomorrow or this week that someone has been placed on your heart or in your mind and you should do something to make a difference in that person's life, you should act on it! And just feel how your energy increases. You are living the life you are called to lead.
Stay tuned tomorrow for another quote. I think we'll just make it a quote week. Whatcha think? And please tell me how you interpret the quotes. We are all inspired differently.
Give me some of your examples as they present themselves!!
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
This is the book table, at which I spent a fortune!
This is one of the day's agendas while I was at the live event. Now THAT is a full day!!
He is also signing 15,000 of his newest book coming out in October, called, "Good Leaders ask Great Questions". The first opportunity to own this book will be at our L2 Simulcast being hosted in West Monroe. If you are interested, go check out our FB page, L2 Simulcast Northeast Louisiana. On there, there will be eventually, details of the event, and if you order your ticket before September 15, you can save $20.
And to further prove i believe that.... there were about 800 people at this event. We had assigned seating. And would you just look up there at where my seat was!! I was front row JOE! As the speakers spoke, they scanned the room and made direct eye contact with me. What can I say? "And he will direct your path"! He directed mine right up to that front row, yo!
Friday, August 15, 2014
I am going to let you all in on a little more of the JMT action! It is very important to Paul Martinelli, the JMT pres that the ENERGY of the room is high and inviting. Soooo... this is how the alumni of the team welcome the newbies.
Below is our mentorship team, circling the area we would be in for the next three days to pray over and around it. This was inspired by the book The Circle Maker.
So... what would your one quote be?! Get in the game!