It is my privilege to introduce you to Reigning Grace Ranch – I found them recently on Twitter and was immediately drawn to them and their mission, and soon had a day set up to bring my son out for a visit. What we found was both fun and profound, exciting and easy-going, something really special.
Husband and wife team Christopher and Amanda Moore are truly inspirational, living their purpose each and every day. They founded the ranch in 2009, and in just a few years grew from 2 purchased horses to taking care of 32 rescued horses. They began a program in which volunteer mentors work with in-need children who have a variety of mental, emotional, physical and functional needs, “the horses choose the children” Amanda told us on the tour.
Here, children find acceptance while riding and learning to care for the horses Amanda calls “magnificent angels”.
The ranch is currently in great need of volunteers to accommodate the many children applying for their programs. All funds used to improve the grounds, feed and provide veterinary care to the rescued horses are provided through private donations.
For more information about the ranch, to volunteer or sponsor a horse please visit their site, ReigningGraceRanch.org.
What do you bring to work with you each day? I pack my laptop bag, sometimes I’ll pack a lunch. Not going anywhere without the keys or my cell phone. Now that it’s a chilly 80 degrees here in Arizona, I’ll bring a sweater into the office. But there’s one intangible, crucial item that I do forget some days. I forget to bring my passion to work. Sounds funny, but it can make the greatest impact on your morale, productivity and if you’re an entrepreneur like I am, it makes all the difference with my team.
I recently facilitated a workshop on bringing your passion to work for the staff at Gammage Auditorium. We talked about how many people believe that we should feel inspired by work, that the work itself should create the passion. But that’s not true at all, we have to bring that passion with us. Think about when you’re first in love – you can’t sleep, you might not remember to eat, you want to tell everyone about that special person and be with that person as much as possible. What the person thinks and feels becomes the priority. Now, think about when the honeymoon is over – it happens in every relationship. You see little “quirks” that become major annoyances. You can’t believe that they don’t agree with you on some major opinions. You don’t feel quite the same need to be with them every moment of every day and the cracks begin to show. At this point you start wonder if you’ll always be together, and you decide if there is more good than bad, or maybe you decide to just see how it goes before moving on…
Our work is a lot like falling in love – when we begin a job or start a new business venture we’re excited to get started, meet new people, learn new things. Typically, this is something to celebrate. We want to tell everyone about our work, we feel energized and charged by our contribution and creation. Until some time goes by, and the one annoying co-worker is going on about their Friday night plans. AGAIN. And that client that’s always placing late orders asks you to pull some ridiculous strings. And the cracks begin to show, you feel drained, and you wonder how much longer you can do it… It’s then that it’s most important to tap into your passion, your drive, your curiosity and desire to contribute.
To get you moving in that direction (or business owners, this is a fun exercise to do with your team) answer the following questions. Try to answer in one word:
If I won an award at a talent show, it would be for ______________
I’ve never really shared this, but people might be surprised to find out that I love ______________
If I could do anything in my time off, I’d be ______________
My friends always call me when they need ______________
I lose all sense of time when I ______________
When I was a kid, all I wanted to do was ______________
Choose the most important of those words – typically it is a passion or something that we’re curious and enthusiastic about. Which one could you not live without? What is the feeling you get from that activity, that passion, that hobby?
Now, think about what aspects of your work incorporate the skills needed for that activity, that passion or that hobby – look for opportunities to engage in that kind of work each day, even if just for a few minutes. Be intentional about the passion you bring to work, just like you wouldn’t forget your laptop, your cell phone or your lunch. Try to be just as conscious about finding opportunities for what you LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!
What makes you feel passionate at work? How do you reverse a rough patch? Share your strategies in the comments
Today was one of those beautiful days that will stand out in my mind for a long time to come – not just because of the weather and heavenly surroundings – but also because I couldn’t believe that I got to do this amazing natural light photo shoot for work. It was a day of sunlight, laughter and ease, and it didn’t feel one bit like work.
I met up with three of the most wonderful ladies I know, my super talented assistant Dani Cutler, Yvonne Rosales of Enlighten Studio and Nancy Miller of Posh Creative.
How fortunate am I to have found these lovely, gifted and creative women? Not only did they make me look good, they had me genuinely laughing and smiling all afternoon (which becomes surprisingly difficult after a while). They only met each other for the first time today, but you’d think they’d been working together for years.
I can’t wait for our new programs in 2014, or to show you the lovely photos we took today for those programs. In the meantime, check out the video for a little preview of what’s to come!
Update – the photos are amazing! Thanks ladies!
“You should be ashamed of yourself.”
“Not good enough!”
“Who do you think you are?”
Has anyone ever spoken to you this way? Your parents? Your spouse? Your boss? Or maybe it’s your own voice inside your head saying these things… I’ve felt guilty many times, and I have been manipulated by being made to feel guilty. Guilt can also be disguised as lack of confidence, resentment and feeling responsible for things outside of our control. My guilt comes from owning 2 businesses, raising two small children and providing care to my aging dad. There never seems to be enough time and I always wish I could do more.
How much of your life is fueled by a sense of obligation and guilt? That you aren’t doing enough, or well enough? Or somehow should have been able to change a particular outcome? There are actions we are motivated to take solely to avoid feeling bad about ourselves, and feeling guilty is rarely a good reason to do something. Guilt can have devastating consequences, from changing the course of your life, to causing fear, regret and serious depression.
Say Goodbye to Guilt for Good Through Awareness, Acknowledgment and Action
You have to become aware that you’re feeling guilty. This was difficult for me because I wasn’t always aware of my sense of guilt – I either tried to stuff it, because, well, it’s a yucky feeling, or because I didn’t recognize it. My feelings of guilt often masquerade as resentment. What does your guilt look like and how do you express it? Are you ignoring your feelings of guilt instead of dealing with them?
Acknowledging the source of your guilt can have a powerful and transformative effect on your life. When we allow ourselves to have awareness of the things that are making us feel guilty, we can then recognize if we are responsible for the situation, and if we have control of the situation. If you are responsible and you can control the situation, you are empowered to effect change and resolve your guilt. If you aren’t responsible, you can release your feelings of guilt.
And here’s the best part- when you are aware of your guilt, and you acknowledge when you’re responsible and have control, you can take action. This last step is key in resolving your guilt. When you’ve done something that makes you feel bad about yourself, it usually isn’t fun or easy to resolve. But having a clearing conversation with someone you’ve hurt, whether or not they forgive you, makes it easier to forgive yourself and release your feelings of guilt.
Guilt isn’t always a bad thing – if we recognize guilt as something more than a negative emotion, as a tool that allows us to recognize when we are being manipulated by the people around us, or that we’ve acted in a way that we need to be responsible for, we can clean up our crap as we go Guilt doesn’t have to rule your life. By being aware of when you are operating in guilt, acknowledging that which you are responsible for and taking action when appropriate, you can say goodbye to guilt.
Say Goodbye to Guilt for Good Through Awareness, Acknowledgment and Action
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My assistant Dani and I had a blast on a recent behind-the-scenes tour of the Lion King at Gammage Auditorium in Tempe – Gammage brings the best of Broadway and beyond here to Arizona. We were lucky enough to check out the massive stage, incredible orchestra pit full of flutes (14 different flutes, in fact!), a giant xylaphone and much more, as well as the hundreds of costumes, set items and an interview with the actor who plays Scar, Patrick R. Brown. Check out our video and then head over to asugammage.com for your tickets