Inspired by my friend Jeanne Treloar's (www.witchwords.com) Gratitude blog posts I decided to do one of my own. I am grateful, SO grateful for my Sizzling Sisters!! This is my private Mastermind Group that started only about 18months ago. Here we all were independantly going about our business, doing our own thing when we all got together to start Masterminding. Some of us knew one another but some were complete strangers. We started meeting at my house. I was so nervous when Toni-Louise and I started this group. Was my house nice enough? Would these amazing business women accept me with all my flaws, kids and chaotic life. The first meeting I cleaned the house spotlessly, made cakes and had everything looking beautiful. As best I could anyway, after the morning school rush!!
I needn't have worried. These ladies are the most beautiful, kind, accepting people. We all very quickly realised that we speak each others language. We all come from a place of purpose, heart and soul. We are all intuitive and very much about helping others in all we do. We were all at different stages of business, some more experienced than others. Since getting together each of our businesses have taken off in a big way. We are all living lives of purpose and passion. Don't get me wrong, it's not all perfect for each of us, there's been many struggles along the way. The one thing we can be sure of though is that we have the support and love of one another to help us through every obstacle that comes our way.
We share knowledge, resources, promotion, tears, hugs, experience, advice and alot of laughs as well. It's been the best part of my business by far, getting to know these girls and allowing each other to share our journeys.
I've grown to love each and everyone and have the utmost respect for them. And one thing I soon realised……they don't give a hoot about the state of my house!!!!! It's whats inside that matters!!!
This is just a very quick note to say Hi and ThankYou all for the wonderful support you've given me this year. The Red Hot Community has grown so fast and it's been an absolute privilege getting to know you all and having you in my life.
2011 has been a year of massive personal growth for many of us as we've all cranked it up a notch and really stepped into our Greatness. So many of you have been doing amazing things in business and in life and you have much to celebrate and be proud of.
I know for myself the personal growth I've enjoyed as I've surrounded myself with inspirational, like minded people has been amazing. Some days I sit back and reflect on how far I've come and am truly humbled with gratitude. I know many of you also feel the same.
I wanted to take this opportunity to thankyou for your support and encouragement. I love to hear from you so please shoot me an email or jump on my Facebook page to send me your thoughts.
Thanks also for your patience as I've sent out many a promotional broadcast. Please let me know if this gets too much or how you would like things to be done differently. For me it's a fine line between being excited and wanting to tell you all of something great without harrassing you with too much information. Bear with me on this and together we can try to achieve the right balance.
I look forward to 2012 and continuing this wonderful journey with you. Thanks again for being a part of The Red Hot Community and for allowing a part of me into your life.
I used to have a comfort zone
where I knew I wouldn't fail.
The same four walls and busywork
were really more like jail.
I longed so much to do the things I'd never done before,
But stayed inside my comfort zone and paced the same old floor.
I said it didn't matter that I wasn't doing much.
I said I didn't care for things like commission checks and such.
I claimed to be so busy with the things inside the zone,
But deep inside I longed for something special of my own.
I couldn't let my life go by just watching others win.
I held my breath; I stepped outside and let the change begin.
I took a step and with new strength I'd never felt before,
I kissed my comfort zone goodbye and closed and locked the door.
If you're in a comfort zone,
afraid to venture out,
Remember that all winners were at one time filled with doubt.
A step or two and words of praise can make your dreams come true.
Reach for your future with a smile; success is there for you!
Wow!! On Friday we had one of our brilliant Mastermind Meetings. I can't begin to tell you how amazing this meeting was. We had a room full of gorgeous people all there with the purpose to connect with one another and learn from our guest speaker Carren Smith. The room was alive with the most amazing energy and everyone left feeling overwhelmed with gratitude for what they got out of this meeting. Carren is incredible! She shared her story of being a victim of the Bali Bombings. What a story!!! Carren's partner had committed suicide which sent her into a pit of despair, blame and intense depression. She decided to go to Bali with her two girlfriends but while there she planned to take her own life. They arrived and went to the Sari club for some fun. In the blink of an eye her life changed forever.
Her two girlfriends were killed instantly and Carren sustained massive head injuries. Her story is one of survival against all odds. She miraculously got herself back to Australia to receive life saving treatment. Her recovery was long and painful but she realised how much she did want to live and that her life was spared for a reason. Carren now teaches thousands of people how they too can find their purpose, passion and present it to the world. She runs workshops to teach them 'The Art of Public Speaking'. These are sell out events and we were privileged enough on Friday to have her speak to us and give us business skills to immediately take our businesses to a place many of us have only ever dreamed of.
We were all so encouraged as we each shared from the heart and realised that we are far from alone. With a group of like minded business people we each have the support to overcome the many obstacles that may come our way. With the right support, knowledge and passion, the sky is the limit. Many of us had had rather discouraging weeks, months or years. Many that entered the room Friday had practically dragged themselves there. However they left with their head held high and a rising belief that they really can and will reach their goals.
I want to thank Carren for giving us this opportunity and for all those that came on Friday for turning my discouragement into a feeling of elation and victory. I know without a doubt that I'm on the right path and it's with the most tremendous joy that I can inspire and help others along the way.
I’ve got to tell you how wonderful it is to be a part of a Mastermind Group. I have to share this excitement with you.
Toni-Louise and I formed our firstMastermind group2 months ago and its been going from strength to strength. We have connected with the most amazing group of like minded women. We are all in business and share similar thoughts, struggles, victories, fears and joys. We laugh and cry as each of us shares from our heart. We all have very different backgrounds and businesses, but what we have in common is the desire to connect, encourage, support and inspire one another.
Today we had the most amazing meeting. We’re all busy women, but we took two hours out of our week to come together and it was incredible. So much is happening with each of us and to be able to share it with one another and have the support and inspiration from such a high powered group of women is more than money can buy.
We left feeling elated and spurred on to continue to achieve greatness not only in our business but in our lives. For many of us, our loved ones don’t fully understand what we are doing in business and our friends certainly try but it's absolutely essential to be a part of a group that knows what you’re going through and is there to support you in every way.
I highly recommend you all get connected to a group such as this. Ours happened because we saw a need and we fulfilled it. We were all crying out for such a thing and we have been so blessed by it. Toni-Louise and I are all about connection, support, encouragement and creating knowledge. This groups allows for all of this and more.
Thankyou to all who are a part of this. You ladies rock!!
Watch this space because some incredible things are going to come from this…….
Toni-Louise and I were sailing along nicely last week when out of the blue came a massive challenge for us and our business.
We'll share more details with you soon, but for now I would love to share with you the lessons that we've learned.
It's been a rollercoaster of emotions as we've dipped into despair then just as quickly yanked out by some valuable, wonderful, supportive friends and fellow business women. We allowed ourselves a moment to feel the subtle breath of failure trying to engulf us. He brings with him all his mates like fear, confusion, despondency and doubt. We do not welcome these ugly fiends. They are not our friends and it is our practice to keep them well away.
For a brief moment though they arrived and they tried to hang around. Sometimes as much as you tell them to go though, they stay. Its only when those around you come in with their loving arms and stern voices and tell them to flee that they do. And then you realise for yourself that YOU can also tell them to go!! YOU can decide if they stay or not. We decided very quickly that we would surround ourselves in love, joy, peace and hope. And thats when the magic happened.
Through the wonderful women that have been here for us this week (and there have been many) we have picked ourselves up, dusted ourselves off, rolled up our sleeves and decided with ferocious gusto that we are going to turn this adversity into an opportunity. We can even go so far as to say we are grateful for this event to occurr to spur us forward and renew our passion and vision. Out of trials comes strength and with strength come greatness.
We feel so blessed to have so much support from so many and we've realised how many are as excited for our future as we are.
Thankyou for coming on this journey with us. We are honoured and privileged to be here and we enter everyday with the most outstanding gratitude.