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iStock_000004638277XSmallWe’ve been so busy enjoying these first beautiful days of Fall and then it hit us.   Yikes!  Fall!  Already!  There are only 90 days left of this year!  Where has 2009 gone and oh, by the way, where are we with all our goals and resolutions?  Hmmmm. Yep, we admit it, we might have lost our focus.  And what about you?   For many of us this has been a year of just hanging on.   Right or wrong, we’ve been a little hesitant to stretch too far out of our comfort zone, take too many risks.

Here’s a thought… since we do have 90 days left, let’s just pick ourselves and that list of goals up, dust them off, and get going.   Take another look at that list.  Do your goals still feel right?  Maybe some need to be tweaked or removed altogether?   But, here’s the point…instead of thinking “too late for this year” and crawling back under the covers, why not think about what you can still create?  Now…while it’s still 2009.

Ask yourself “What one thing can I do right now?”   Start with something small and then DO IT.   Then ask the question again and you’re on your way.  It really is easy and it really does start with taking the first step!

Here’s another great idea.  Start getting your ducks in a row now and make 2010 your breakthrough year.   

Register for the  Life on Purpose Retreat.   We guarantee you’ll get those duckies lined up and paddling into high gear.

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Don’t you just love those two words!  Makes you giggle just to say them.  Our upcoming Flourish event is all about being “tickled pink”, “in the pink” and all things pink & girlie – pampering, playing, indulging, shopping, eating, drinking, girlfriends, chatting, and laughing.  We’ve got it all put together into one fabulously fun afternoon in Portland’s South Waterfront at the beautiful Rilassi Coffee House.    Tickled Pink is for women of all ages who are ready to carve out a little bit of me time and get their PINK on.   Hope you can join us!

Here’s an invitation with more details or go to the Flourish website and sign up.

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“Sometime in your life, you will go on a journey.  It will be the longest journey you have ever taken.  It is the journey to find yourself.” Katherine Sharp

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If you are anything like me, you probably always thought that only a few special people were artistic or creative and no matter how hard you tried, you weren’t ever going to be one of “them”.   Personally, I always thought creative and artistic were interchangeable.  I only thought of being creative in the artistic sense.    I have dabbled in all manner of artistic/creative pursuits (water color painting, photography, pottery to name a few).  I always started with high hopes that this time my hidden artist would emerge, but after a short time, I gave up in dismay convinced that there was no hope for me.  I just wasn’t a creative person.

Well, who knew then how wrong I was!  Creative thinking has little to do with your ability to paint a perfect still life.  In fact there has been a lot of research done on creativity lately and it appears that our capacity for creativity – our brainpower – is much greater than we could ever imagine.    Apparently we have ALL been gifted with a birthright of unlimited creative potential.   The key is to recognize our own potential and then figure out how to tap into the well.

Creativity comes from an open mind, an ability to look at things from a different perspective, and from a willingness to take risks and experience failure.  Creative thinking occurs when we challenge our long held assumptions and realize there is often more than one right answer.   Next time you are faced with a problem, consider asking yourself “How would I look at this situation if I was six years old?”  You’ll get the most amazing insight and sometimes…just the right answer.

ingrid Would you like to learn more about finding or re-kindling your own creativity?   Our Flourish Salon on Thursday evening, July 16th, with guest presenter Ingrid Kincaid is called “Creativity, the Play that Pays”.  If you’re in Portland, come join us for an evening of fun, creative inspiration and coloring outside of the lines.

Ready to read more about boosting your creativity?  Check out these interesting sites… Creativity For Life, Word Juxtapoz, Creativity Portal

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We all love a good story, especially a classic love story.  Recently we found one that gave us goosebumps!  Now we can’t wait to share “Eloquent Nude” with all our Flourish friends on May 17th!

Here is an excerpt from the Oregonian review of this Emmy award winning film…eloquent

“Maybe you’ve seen her, the woman in the black-and-white photograph: the curve of her arms, the angle of her leg, the way the shadow catches the hollow of her collarbone. It’s hard not to feel the intensity with which the photographer has fixed his lens on her; it’s harder still not to hope that just once in your life, you will know what it’s like for someone to look at you like that.

You saw her fixed to a gallery wall. You saw her frozen on a glossy art-book plate. You saw her, studied her, knew her –all without ever knowing her name.

“Nude” is all the title says.

Today, the woman in the photograph is 92, approaching the end of her life. The man who took it –one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century, her lover, husband, creative partner –died years ago of Parkinson’s, after their slow and painful coming apart.

And it’s sad to look at that image and know all this. But it’s also incredibly touching to look at that image and know all this. One of the bittersweet things about photography is the way that it records what is both present and gone. By the time we press the shutter, the moment we are trying to preserve has already slipped away from us. And yet, a photograph promises a kind of forever –proof that it is possible to transcend the rules of time.

A moment captured 71 years ago –a love, a life –is gone.
That’s one way to think about it.
Another way:
A moment captured 71 years ago is still happening.
Can you fall in love at first sight? …. “

To read more about this amazing story visit  images

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“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.” ~Albert Schweitzer

So, what has science learned about what makes us happy? More than you might think…and a few surprising things that don’t really ring our inner chimes. Turns out, that for all the lovely things it allows us to buy, money really doesn’t make us happier. Youth? Not so much!

Want to know exactly what does make us happy? It’s time to explore the Science of Happiness. It’s caused a revolution in psychotherapy. It’s the topic of the most popular course ever offered at Harvard. And it can transform how you feel about your job. Positive psychology often referred to as “happiness studies”- offers proven evidence of what makes some people happier than others. Ellen Raim has become an expert on the science of happiness and shares her knowledge with us. Ellen will speak to us about happiness in general, happiness at work and offer concrete advice on what actions we can take to make change. Come to this talk and leave thinking differently about yourself, your colleagues, your work and maybe even your life.

Meet Our Expert:

Ellen began her career more than 20 years ago as a labor and employment attorney for one of the largest law firms in thecorragio_ellen_0001-webcrop country. She has held senior roles inside large organizations, including several years as head of worldwide staffing for Intel where she designed and deployed people strategies to complement the company’s strategic direction.  As an Organizational Development consultant, her work has included large scale change management, improving innovation practices, business strategy and building employee engagement. Ellen has a B.A. in Economics from Brown University; a M.A. in Organizational Design from Seattle University and a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law.

Join us for this fun and inspiring Flourish salon event!

Date:  Sunday, April 19, 2009 ~ 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location:  Rilassi Coffee House ~ 3580 S River Parkway, Portland OR  97239

Cost:  $25 includes brunch and presentation.

REGISTER TODAY or learn more about all our Flourish events at the Flourish website

P.S. If you loved the theme song from the Partridge Family as much as we did, you will get a kick out this video of Diane Lane and Elizabeth Perkins singing the Come On Get Happy song!

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Curious about Laughter Yoga?  We were to, so Flourish set out to learn more and share it with our Flourish members at our February Salon featuring Laughter Yoga with Portland’s laughter yoga guru, Andrea Crisp.

Talk about a giggled-filled afternoon.  We laughed so hard our abs hurt, our faces were tired and we felt soooo good when we were done!  We highly recommend Laughter Yoga.  It’s great for stress release, a fab workout and it just makes you feel wonderful.  Professional photographer Pauline Zonneveld captured these laughing moments.

Want to try Laughter Yoga for yourself?  Get more info or sign up for a class at www.portlandlaughteryoga.com.

All together now ….. Ha Ha Ho Ho Ho…..

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151We recently caught up with Katie Johnson, the whirlwind behind Kix by Katie. We were looking for the inside scoop.  Here’s what she shared…

Who is your hero?
My husband, Wes, without a doubt!  He believes in me!  He’s always so solid and grounded and has a wonderful ability to see through all of the clutter I can sometimes bring into my life and say – “here take my hand this is the way to go”  and I know he’s right.  Then he says “okay, there you go” and lets me fly off again all confident and secure that he will be there again when I need him.  That’s the best feeling ever!

What is your favorite quote and why?
“If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time!”
It reminds me that to keep moving forward and making progress in anything you have to have something you’re aiming for, a goal.  You don’t have to know every step, or the exact path, but you do have to know where you want to end up.  That way you’re more aware of and more apt to act on opportunities, on a daily basis, that will lead you in the general direction of your goal.


If you were a pair of shoes what kind would you be and why?

I would be a stilletto for sure!  Red sole and heel with leopard print on top.  A peep or semi pointy toe but definitely a sling or open back so I would  need to wear my Kix By Katie!  They would be made from the softest most delicious smelling leather.  and according to my husband cost A LOT!    Why?    It just makes me feel fabulous!

What keeps you flourishing?
They say it takes a village to raise a child, well, it takes a village to raise a business as well!  and most importantly to do it in a way that you are proud of and lets you stay balanced.  I feel like I have a village of smart and fascinating people around me all adding their unique talents to help me flourish.  My God, children, husband, parents, siblings, friends and of course my business associates each play an important role.  Keeping them all close to me and paying attention to them keeps me grounded and focused on what is really important at that moment.  I need that to keep growing in the right direction.  I can’t thank you all enough for that!

I can’t wait to…
Go to my first Trade Show in Las Vegas this weekend!  I am visioning so many new retail accounts that I will have to redo our whole “Where To Buy” Page and group it alphabetically by states!

Thank you Katie.  You are an inspiration to all of us.  Keep on flourishing!


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