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Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach is a wonderful book I’ve had for many years and I still take if off the shelf every now and then because there are so many beautiful kernels of wisdom and inspiration.   Just this week, I picked it up and  randomly opened it to the page for February 12 … Once Upon a Time You Trusted Yourself. I was so touched all over again that I wanted to share this idea with you.

“Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live.”
– Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“Today, try to find a picture of yourself when you were about ten … travel back in time … age ten was probably the last time you trusted your instincts … Try to contact the girl you once were.  She’s all grown up now.  She’s your authentic self and she’s waiting to remind you how beautiful, accomplished and extraordinary you really are.”

In preparing for our upcoming Life on Purpose Retreat our team was looking for just the right image of a woman filled with purpose and inspiration.   It wasn’t as easy as it should have been, but we finally chose this beautiful photograph.  We felt the power and saw the beauty.   Looking closer, we realized it wasn’t a woman, but a girl.  At that age when we were still so sure of our own power, before we gave it away or hid it.   At Flourish we’re out to reclaim that power for ourselves once again.  Fearless, feisty, fabulous, flourishing.  Come join us!

“Perhaps loving something is the only starting place there is for making your life your own.”  Alice Koller

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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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The Pink Phoenix Story …

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You may have seen the Pink Phoenix Dragon Boat Team during the Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat Races.  In fact, you probably couldn’t help but notice them – they’re the team wearing pink life jackets.  You see, this team is made up entirely of breast cancer survivors.

Their name, Pink Phoenix, is taken from the pink ribbons worn by breast cancer survivors and from the mythical bird that consumes itself in fire and rises from its own ashes-a triumphant symbol of rebirth and renewal of human spirit, not unlike the renewed commitment to life after surviving cancer or any life threatening disease.

Interestingly, the team was not founded by a breast cancer survivor, but by an avid dragon boat paddler, Dorothy Atwood, who was inspired by a team of blind paddlers.  Founded in November 1996, with help from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the first team had 25 members.

None of the women had ever paddled before. They ranged in age from 29 to mid 60s and they were in different stages of physical fitness.  This didn’t stop Dorothy. Her desire to share the sport she loved so much had her out several times a week from February through the end of summer teaching and training this new team.

The team has grown from those first 25 members to more than 80! Pink Phoenix has raced in Rose Festival every year since. In fact, the team has raced in venues around the world.

Watch this video of the Pinks in action!   Our own Flourish member Deandra Ellerbe is a proud member of the Pinks.  These are all truly flourishing women.  Go girls!  We’ll be down on the Willamette cheering you to victory.

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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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Let your voice be on the the thousands of women joining together for this amazing and inspiring event!

On Thursday, March 5, 2009, A POWERFUL NOISE Live will appear in 450 movie theatres across the United States. This one-night event will feature the acclaimed documentary followed by a town hall discussion with panelists including Madeline Albright, Natalie Portman, Christie Turlington and Dr. Helene Gayle to be broadcast live from New York City to each theatre.

Meet Hahn, Nada and Jacqueline – A Powerful Noise takes you inside the lives of these photo_hanh12three remarkable women to witness their daily challenges and their significant victories over poverty and oppression. Their stories are personal yet illustrate larger issues affecting millions of marginalized women worldwide. A Powerful Noise is a meditation on the inherent potential of women to change the world.

A POWERFUL NOISE Live begins at 7:30pmET/6:30pmCT
5:30pmMT/8pmPT(taped).

Together we can all begin to Flourish!

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We believe that flourishing is about being fabulous and having fun at every age, about finding new adventures and sharing them with your women friends.   Well, we recently discovered a group of women who are doing all that and more.  We just had to share their story.

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Meet Sisters on The Fly.  These women know how to live life with gusto!

We were at the Portland Fly Fishing Show (Don’t ask, it was Valentine’s Day and we were humoring our honey.) and as we wandered with glazed over eyes between the displays of fly tying do-dahs and over the top rods and reels, there suddenly appeared a colorful vision of fun and female feistiness.  Of course, they reeled us right in!  There in the middle of the show, three women had created their own campground, complete with 1950’s vintage trailers, homey decor, flowers – the works.  They were having a ball, so of course, we just had to go over and find out who these lovely ladies were.

Turns out they are part of a group of over 1000 women from all over the US who love the outdoors, love to travel and love to spend time with like-minded women.  mvc-007f

Sisters on the Fly’s motto is “we have more fun than anyone”.  The ladies saddle up their Cowgirl Caravan of customized vintage trailers and drive from  adventure to adventure.  These adventures are primarily centered around fly fishing but a quick look at their events calendar and you’ll see all kinds of  fun  opportunities for outdoor socializing and hangin’ with the girlfriends   Almost makes us want to learn how to fly fish – almost.

Flourish sends out a big “You Go Girls!” to the Sisters and we’re hoping to see your trailer caravan on the road soon.

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