Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Life Empowerment Tips III


I am so excited.

This series is going very strong and is always so well received, especially from my email subscribers.

I've really enjoyed hearing everything you have had to share about applying these techniques to your life.  So many life changes and lots of positive growth going on out there :)

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The G.R.O.W. Method

I discovered Sarah Liddle, a coach for Life Coaches, not too long ago.  She is cute as a button and has so much wisdom to share. She does not hold back and is not afraid to share tidbits that most would charge for.

A couple of months ago, she shared a little strategy called the G.R.O.W. method. This method is the perfect little "sit down and get focused" process, for anyone who feels stuck, or may find themselves at a standstill.

I love this.  It reminds me of the Personal Insight Tarot Reading I created years ago.  It's quite powerful because it elevates your awareness and assists you in taking responsibility.

Go get yourself a pen and some paper. Let's get started:
  • G (goal) - First you must establish your goal or desired outcome.  Get specific and don't be afraid to dream big.
  • R (reality) - Second, you must be honest and real about what is going on in your life, right now.  What's working?  What's not working? Are you settling?
  • O (options) - Thirdly, make a list of your options.  Get real clear about this.  Don't overlook anything.  Consider all of the possibilities present in your life right now.
  • W (way forward) - Finally, what action can you take right now, today, to move you toward your desired outcome?  Remember, it's the simple, daily actions that will keep you on track.  Slow and steady.

My final recommendation:  Revisit this process once a week.  It will help you stay the course and is great for navigating life's "rough spots".

I can't wait to hear how the  G.R.O.W. Method works out for you!  

Drop me a line, or share your progress in the comments below :)

Good Luck!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Monday, November 16, 2015

A Personal Note From Latrelle: No Excuses November!

Happy November to you!

How are you?

Look at how beautiful the tree outside my porch is this year.

It's a joy being able to watch its leaves change colors every year.


First of all. I want to send a huge THANKS! and *Hugs* to everyone who sent well wishes our way.

Ken and I are getting our bearings after the unexpected loss of his father. October was full of weekly visits to his father's house to help Ken's brother settle his estate, and we won't see the end for another five months.

It's been an interesting pace to adapt to.


I was going to write you a little note about the unfinished projects staring me in the face. About how it's been an unusual year, making things a little more difficult.

Then I saw the light.

Really, have any of us ever NOT had an unusual year? Haha!

So, with that revelation I am using this post, to hold myself accountable.

The idea of sharing these projects with you is what gets me "jazzed" about them the most.

So! No excuses.

Keep an eye on your inbox. I will be looking for beta testers for my new, mini power-course and will be sharing a very special gift with you, just in time for the holidays.


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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

October Review

What a crazy month!

October flew right by.  I didn't really even get much of a chance to enjoy it, with life changing on a dime right as it began.

Thankfully, my creative energy came back about midway through.

Here's a recap, in case you missed anything!

Harvey House Of Northwest Ohio 

A portfolio of flyers I have have created to help raise funds to establish a shelter for the homeless LGBT youths in Northwest Ohio.

Harvey House will accept anyone, and will accept anyone under the age of 18, without an adult companion, which makes them unique.

Learn more about the latest passion in my life and see some of my handy work ;-)


Life Empowerment Tips II

The second in my new series, created first, for email subscribers.

Learn why desire is not a dirty word and how it can actually be a very powerful guide for where you should be focusing your energy.  It can help you create the life of your dreams.

Great insight from one of my favorite coaches, Jeneth Blackert.


A New Day Job!

This has been the year of the "do over".  

I have embraced it wholeheartedly, always doing what I can, when I can.

This great new job is part of this new state of allowing.  I couldn't be happier.


Kitty Scrapbook

Adding sweet, little Pewter to our home has been one of the most stressful things I have had to deal with this year.

Yes!  Almost as stressful as breaking and healing my ankle. Almost! ;-)

But, OMG!  It has been BEYOND worth it :)


OK!  Pretty short this month - Hope you enjoyed getting caught up on October 2015.

Love and hugs,

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Natural Wellness Options

It's that time of year!

Cold and flu season is here and it's not going anywhere.

This time of year, I up my vitamin C, zinc, lysine and reach into my cupboard of Natural Wellness remedies for whatever else may come my way.  (I also get a flu shot, since I work with kids. Remember, it all works together to keep us healthy and well.)


As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I am back on Pinterest.

It's great for sharing information that I think is really important, without having to take the time to create a blog entry.

I have a whole board dedicated to Natural Wellness options for whatever may be ailing you.


We also decided to up our health game, in general, but the onset of cold and flu season really spurred us on.

Ken and I have always loved including juices with our immune boosting arsenal.   Now we can make what we want, how we want it and keep all kinds of cash in our pockets.  


Just wanted to send some great information and tools your way.

Be well and take good care of yourself.


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Brilliant Blogging : The Highlights

During my self sustaining epiphone, I also decided that it was time to finally conduct a four week class for my Brilliant Bloggers who wanted a little more accountability.

I drummed up a few people who were interested and we all dove in.

I had an idea of how I thought things would go, and for the most part, that's the way things went.


Well,first of all, scheduling the bulk of this class to take place during a Mercury Retrograde was interesting.

I knew, no matter what, that life would get in the way and most of my students wouldn't get their blog up and running.

Then, life got in the way, for me, as well, and the class ended up running six weeks, with no one having an account with at least two posts up.

I'll admit, there was a small part of me that was disappointed, but I knew what was going on in everyone's lives and wasn't surprised.


This class really seems to work best when I let my students go at their own pace, making myself available for questions when needed.

I am a proud, beaming teacher.  Please check these out.  I am just thrilled:

Meiring's Farm and Deb's Wacky World

(And, of course, my original student who I helped face to face - my mother, Lynn's Lore.)

But, I did design it to be a resource with weekly actions steps, or "homework" that complement each module, so that if someone wants to get up and running quickly, they can.


I asked the students why they thought they did not have their blogs up, after an additional two weeks.

It's not uncommon, when beta testing for free to not have the same enthusiasm or dedication as when we pay for something.

Everyone admitted that, really, this had little to do with it, and that it was simply bad timing.

I also noticed, that even though I preach repeatedly that it doesn't have to be perfect, that this is something that will grow over time, you just have to start throwing it all up there - everyone was stuck because they either: a) didn't want to pick the wrong blogging platform b) stuck on a name for their blog or c) wanted their first blog post to be perfect.

These are all things that I can easily address, a couple of which I hadn't even thought of as being mental blocks.

As a result, I call this first round a success, due to the amount of knowledge I gained.


So, as I said, the exciting thing is that I learned a lot from this first class.

I learned how to better accommodate my students.  I learned more about what limitations will present themselves.  I learned that what I preach to all my students is true: everyone means well, but, life can get in the way to the point that you have to even set aside a short four week program.

I also learned that this is something I truly love doing.  I lose track of time and get so excited when it's time to help out my Brilliant Bloggers.

This class ain't goin' nowhere ;-D


I have decided to stay at the introductory price for just a little bit longer.

I am nowhere near ready to market it and I don't even have the sales page finished. So anyone who wants access for life, for this one time cost - now's the time to jump in!

Go on!  Start your own Brilliant Blogging journey!


P.S.  Not real comfortable trying out something you know nothing about?  Click on "more info" above, to learn more and check out what my students, and some established bloggers, have to say - below.  

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Kitty Scrapbook

So, now that Ken and I are only one cat away from officially being crazy cat people, I find myself living in a completely different world than when we only had two cats.

Adding a kitten to our little family has been, frustrating and life changing.

Grieving the absence of old rituals, watching Buddy and Zizzy drift apart, getting used to not being able to skip a day cleaning up the litter area (and no more cheap litter), not being able to keep the bedroom door open because Pewter keeps marking his territory in this one last spot, and THE FLEAS! OMG! 

But it has been so worth it because this kitten was not/is not ferral, and needed to be inside.

They have their moments when they all hang out.  It makes Pewter really happy, Buddy tolerates it (he's been physically sensitive since a bowel blockage due to flea stress - poor guy) and Zizzy is very clear about her personal space because she does not like Pewter's playfulness.

But, how can you not love watching a kitten grow and learn his environment?  

It's so frickin' cute!


Poor guy.  Poor cats, in general, but especially Buddy.

I had no idea they had fleas.  They weren't scratching  They don't go outside.  Then I remembered how my previous cat reacted to getting fleas from the basement in that old house we lived in and we bathed all three cats.

Then, we bathed them again, because it didn't seem to work.

Then, Buddy just kept getting sicker and sicker, so I ended up at the animal emergency at 1 AM.

He stayed for two days.  They cleaned up some especially bad bites and cleared a bowel blockage, due to flea stress.

The flea situation didn't get any better, so we bathed them all a third time and took them to my mom and dad's so we could flea bomb the apartment. (That same night, Ken's father passed away.)


Our home has been turned upside down, as only a little kitten can do.  My lovely sacred space on my porch slowly crashed to the ground, bit by bit as Pewter got bigger and bigger.  

I set up my plant stand on the porch to save my plants and it stayed up, regardless of how windy it got, all Summer. Then we got our weather change from Hurricane Joaquin.

I won't even try to compare what I deal with in Northwest Ohio to what my friends on the eastern and southern coasts contend with, but, without fail, this weather pattern also affects our weather too.  Generally, we go from nice 70 degree weather to cold, rain and lot of wind.  This year was no different, and I came home the other day to this:

Needless to say, I had no problem ditching my futon after this (a flea casualty, along with some chairs that have needed to go, anyway.)


It's been quite the couple of months with the kitty crew.  Now we're focusing on chilling out some behaviors.

Zizzy has taken to being a big bully, since Pewter and Buddy got along so well at the beginning.  It's normal, just like Pewter marking his territory.  It's just part of being a cat and having your living dynamic change.

We're using some homeopathic remedies to try and keep the peace.  I really miss seeing Buddy and Zizzy snuggling up together.  That's probably been the hardest thing for me to deal with.

But!  Winter is coming, so we'll see.  Maybe the weather will force them back together ;-)

All right.  That's the chaos-that-is-my-home update.

I'd love to hear about your experiences with adding new pets to your home.

Share away, in the comments below.


Monday, October 26, 2015

A New Day Job!

So, as I mentioned last week, after I decided to freelance all of my job skills, and declared myself "Self Employed" - Everything! started to change.

My attitude.  How I viewed the world.  How I saw my future.  How I viewed my injury and how I felt it would only help my situation.

I knew I could not go back to what I was doing before.  And, since I was unable to work for several months, I did what I could and worked on my vibration and what I was allowing into my life.

Right from the beginning I saw this new path as a big "Do Over" and I have stayed with that perspective this whole year.


So, I have an online buddy named Reba Linker.  She wrote this great book and turned it into a class.  I, along with several other ladies, stepped up to help her beta test the course.  Then, this happened:

Seriously!  No leg pulling going on here.  This is what really happened.

After months of trying to find something I could physically handle, close to home and on the bus line, I decided to check out - again.  And everything started falling into place.

I found several jobs I could do, and applied for the two that were closest to home.  I got a call from each job within hours of emailing my resume.  But, I knew in my heart which one was truly mine and wrote the best cover letter I have ever written, basically telling my new, soon to be boss, that this was my job and no one would be better qualified ;-)

Then, the money that came to me - WOW!  That was amazing.  A little envelope filled with cold, hard cash ;)  The Universe in action combined with me finally understanding what is involved with genuinely allowing your greater good.


Really.  This job couldn't be more perfect for me.

I work with a community outreach program that provides scholarships to good schools, then the kids come to the center after school and I help them do their homework and study, so they can keep their scholarships.

I am making and will make more than I ever would have made at the behavior school.  And this program is only going to keep growing.  So, as I get "steadier on my feet" there will be more for me to do.  (They also provide GED assistance to adults and will soon be launching a job training program, as well.)

I am loving it.  It's everything I loved about working in education and none of the public ed politics and headaches.


I think the hardest adjustment for me has been getting up and working on my stuff first, then going to work.

For the last four years, coming home from work and having my biz and blog to look forward to has been how I coped with the extreme stress of that job.

It was how I relaxed and released my day.  By doing my purpose driven work after my crazy work days, I was better able to justify staying at that job.

Now, I have been given the gift of being able to get up and focus on my dreams first.  Plus!  I'm really only with my kiddos for 3 hours max, and I'm just helping them get their homework finished so they can keep their scholarships.  No extreme behaviors, just normal fifth grader "I've been in school all day!  You want me to keep working!?!" stuff ;-D

So even the day job I go to after taking advantage of this gift doesn't even get close to the amount of stress I had to decompress from, for the last 10 years.

All I ever have to decompress from is physical pain.  And, eventually, that won't be as extreme either.


So, that's where I'm at right now.

It's amazing how quickly your life can change, once you get a grip on your attitude.  Even though I thought I was doing pretty good, once those missing pieces came about, everything fell into place.

Change your attitude and your perspective will change.

Love and Hugs,

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Life Empowerment Tips II

This is the second post in a new series I am sharing first, in my monthly email newsletter. Sign up to be the first to know about beta testing my classes, inside look photos, special gifts, memes and more.

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Desire Is How Your Consciousness Guides You

This was a tough idea for me to embrace when it was first presented to me by Jeneth Blackert.  I had spent a great deal of time ignoring my desires, setting them aside because I thought they were a distraction from the real issues in my life that needed to be addressed.  But, this couldn't be further from the truth.  

Your desires are a roadmap, telling you which direction you need to be headed.
Reaching for 
your desires is just as important as reaching for your goals.  Your desires are indicators as to what you need in order to move forward on your path.

For instance, think about what you are struggling with in your life right now.

How is it affecting your life?
What would you like instead?
How much longer are you willing to live like this?
Be honest and take some time to contemplate your desires.
Can you see how the things you desire can show you what's really at the heart of the matter?

Desiring more freedom? Then, where in your life are you locking yourself in a box? What action can you take to get you closer to stepping outside that box?

Desiring more money? Where in your life are you blocking financial prosperity?  What action can you take to start opening up to your prosperity?

Your desires represent what is missing.  And when you acknowledge what you desire, you will be guided towards the next steps you should take.

Got an idea for your next step?  I'd love to hear how it works out for you!  Send me a message or share in the comments below :)

Good Luck!

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