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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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“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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Can it be that laughter really is the best medicine?

Everyone’s been raving about Laughter Yoga so we just have to try it too.  Even Oprah’s team is in on this laugh.  

So how does Laughter Yoga work?  It starts with a few chuckles, grows into giggles and then launches into genuine belly laughs – and when you mix in some yogic breathing and stretches, it becomes Laughter Yoga.

We thought it sounded  like a fun way to reduce stress, improve circulation, lower blood pressure and we’re told it can even tone your abs, so we sought out Portland’s leading Laughter Yogi to show us how.

Meet our expert…Andrea Crisp is leading the Laughter Yoga movement in the Northwest.  laughteryoga31smallShe is a certified Laughter Yoga Leader & Teacher and the founder of Portland Laughter Yoga and Awakenings Laughter Club.  She is also a certified health counselor and graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

Join us for a giggle-filled afternoon as we learn all about this health phenomenon that is sweeping the world.  All that and a great brunch and champagne too!

REGISTER TODAY!

Flourish February Salon

DATE: Sunday, February 8, 2009
TIME: 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
LOCATION: West Side (directions upon registration)
COST: $25.00 ~ includes a yummy brunch & presentation
LINE UP:  12:30 p.m. – Brunch and connecting
1:30 p.m. – Laughter Yoga Presentation

To learn more visit us at www.Flourish-PDX.com

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Ring in the New Year with Gratitude!

“You cannot bring anything new into your life until you are grateful for
what you have now.”  Dr. Michael Beckworth

Rebecca Shapiro, an amazing woman and the inspiration that fuels the wonderful Portland Ladies Who Launch incubator, shared this exercise for Ringing in the New Year.   I decided to try it this year instead of my old goal list and (maybe it was the champagne – a very important part of the process!) but I was amazed when I really took time to look at all that I had actually accomplished and how many amazing people have supported me on this journey.  I raise a toast to you and wish you all a prosperous and peaceful 2009!

Treat yourself to something special and give Rebecca’s exercise below a try.  Enjoy!

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Here’s a fun little exercise to get you in the gratitude mood so you
can make room for more things to be grateful for this coming year!

1. Go splurge on a bottle of Veuve Clicquot. Chill.

2. Grab some paper and slip away for 20-30 mins. I know! Just do it.
Try the bathtub if you must.

3. While sipping champagne, write down 5 things that you’re pleased
with that you accomplished this year. These are things that you’re
proud of, excited about, happy that they happened to you. You can
write down more than 5 things if you like.

4. While sipping a little more champagne, write down 5 things that you
did to take care of yourself that stuck. Meaning, you know they’re a
part of your routine now. They could be morning walks, monthly
massages, girl’s night out, bellydancing classes.

5. While helping yourself to another glass of champagne, write down 5
things that you did to invest in your business. For instance,
attending workshops, hiring a copywriter, printing biz cards, meeting
with a financial planner, going back to school.

I bet you’re feeling pretty good by now and I promise it’s not the
champagne. It’s because you took time out to reflect on all the
amazing, wonderful things that came into your life. You deserve that
good feeling because you made it happen so roll around in it for a
while!

So here’s the trick to bringing more of what you want into your life:
once you give thanks for what you already have, SHARE it with others:

1. Find a new way to improve someone’s day.

2. Promote the great people out there and keep doing it.

3. Learn from brilliant people and share what you learn.

4. Work on interesting projects that matter to you and empower others
to participate.

5. Discover your passions and share them openly.

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