Posts Tagged ‘women in Portland’

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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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!


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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jayne2 We recently sat down with Jayne to find out what keeps her flourishing.  Here’s what she had to say…

Who is your hero?
My hero is most definitely my beloved Max.  Max was my seven year old son who passed away from leukemia.  He was incredibly brave, strong and courageous.
We called him our brave warrior and that he was.  Even when he was very sick, he made us laugh, was quietly patient and kind, seldom complaining. He wasn’t worried about himself, he cared about others and how he could reach out to them.  He has changed my life forever.  Every day, I try to live my life in a way that would make him proud. I strive to incorporate all of his
wonderful characteristics into my approach to life.

2. What is your favorite quote?
I have a few favorite quotes but these two I look at every day:
“A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future.  You must
break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the
unfamiliar and the unknown”–Denis Waitley
As someone who has a hard time taking risks and stepping outside the box,
this quote is a good reminder that I need to be comfortable with feeling
uncomfortable.  Feeling uncomfortable is a sign that I’m pushing outside of
my box, growing and challenging myself.  Someone once said to me:  It’s not
about playing it safe….that’s my new motto.
“Life turns out best for those who make the best out of the way life turns
out”-author unknown.  I see this everyday as I leave the house.

3.  If you were a pair of shoes, what kind would you be and why?
I would like to be a pair of stylish, fashionable leather boots with a
great, bold design that would turn heads.  To me, leather boots are
practical, durable and able to weather the toughest storms. Yet they can be
very stylish, stand out in a crowd and say I’m bold and unique.

4.  What keeps you flourishing?
Spending quality time with my family and close friends keeps me flourishing.
I love to be connected with those I care about. I enjoy laughing hard and
I’m my brother’s best audience.  He has always made me gut laugh over the
years. I also enjoy exercising and eating well.  When I take good care of
myself, I have so much more to give to others.

5.  I can’t wait to…..
See our non-profit, Max’s Blue Butterfly, blossom with great success so we
can help  fund research to help fight childhood cancers (and hopefully find
a cure someday).  To me, that would be the best gift of all.

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She’s met Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama (seriously!), climbed Annapurna, studied painting at Rajneesh’s ashram in Poona, rode an elephant through a herd of rhinos.  For many years she was a world traveler, but Luna now calls Portland home.    A successful artist turned financial advisor with Edward Jones, she is also on the Board of the Equity Foundation and supports the outstanding work of Project Pooch and Living Yoga – Luna is a unique and truly inspiring woman.

We asked Luna what keeps her flourishing…

What is your favorite age and why? The year I turned 40 and gave birth, at home, to my delightful boy Hunter.  Many of the doctors I encountered in the process of getting pregnant (through insemination) and preparing for birth seemed convinced that I was too old (too old to get pregnant, to have a home birth, to do things without pain meds), but I listened to myself instead of them.  Hah!

Who is your hero? My heroine is my stepmom, Oralee Stiles.  She is the most accepting human being I have ever known.  Her approach to life is to be curious about differences and to embrace the beauty that each person has within them.  Oralee is a visionary and a nurturer.  I have learned how liberating it is to have someone in my life who takes the time to know me, celebrate with me, cry with me and marvel at the complexity and simplicity of life.  Oralee is a blossom of a woman and I  can only hope that I age as gracefully as she has.

What is your favorite quote? “The Jump is so frightening between what I easily am and what I may become.  Because of all I may become, I will close my eyes and leap.”  MaryAnn Radmacker

What keeps you flourishing? My garden…digging in the dirt is grounding, calming and satisfying.  Spending time with family and friends.  Traveling and learning about people, cultures and languages that are different from myself.  Playing games with my son.  Studying Hebrew and being humbled by the sheer challenge of it.  Having Shabbat dinners with people I love, lighting candles and saying prayers, knowing that all around the world other Jews are doing the same thing.

If you were a pair of shoes, what kind would you be and why? I’d be a pair of elegant, comfortable black boots that add sass to a short skirt and class to a nice pair of jeans.  Boots have a way of bringing a bit of funk to a classic outfit and that would describe me…professional yet imbued with a creative flair.

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