These blogs are meant to share the triumphs and challenges of living the entrepreneur lifestyle. Some of these post may only be a couple of lines. Some post may just be a profound thought I had for the day or a quote from a book I'm currently reading. Or it could be a picture of a beautiful place I was able to visit. I just really felt drawn to share some of my experiences as an entrepreneur.
We all put on this face to the world that we are succeeding in glorious ways, and we are. But maybe not in the way that the world believes. This is my way to connect with those of you out there with the spirit, tenacity, resilience, and ambition to keep pursuing your dreams. To keep sharing that "thing" that you feel you have been called to share. And to give those who are not entrepreneurs some incite into what it's like to be an entrepreneur. Being an entrepreneur is not for the faint of heart, it takes a strong, courageous person to keep going at times.
Entrepreneurship is not just about the freedom of expression, creativity, and wealth creation. It is more about "changing the world" in my opinion. It is the burning desire to create something that will bring happiness, fulfillment, and unimaginable success to everyone. When we show our passion to help people get what they want, the freedom and wealth will come as a result.
My hope is that as I share my experiences with you, you will be inspired and encouraged to keep pursuing your dreams and aspirations.
Keep creating a world where compassion, understanding, and success abound!! Together we reveal what a wonderful universe we all live in.
First, I’d like to say that I’m in no way trying to minimize all that is happening globally with #COVID19, just to change our focus even if it’s just for a moment. Let’s put some smiles on our faces and the faces of others.
I know that I cannot be the only one who is finding what is good about all this. My first epiphany was when I went to the grocery store about 2 weeks after all this started, and shelves were empty. I became very emotional as I was in the bread aisle and I realized how ungrateful I had been and how much I had taken it for granted that I could always go to the store and have the expectation of being able to buy whatever I wanted or needed for myself and my family.
Then as time has passed, I have found other things that are good about all this. Maybe you have some experiences to share also.
Have you ever considered that maybe our universe and our world was on a trajectory of extinction? And this is the universe’s way of getting us to stop for a minute and reset?
Was given to us for the purpose of re-evaluating things globally?
Was it places upon us to get us to see how precious each person is and how precious each moment is?
Or to see that things that benefit us every day that we just quickly pass by and don’t even give a thought to.
Maybe it’s to help us to see how we are all connected as one and how we need that connection with each other to thrive and grow. #weareallinthistogether
I’d invite you to post a comment or a picture of something that you have been able to find that is bringing you some joy and peace through all of this. Let’s change the energy to more love and gratitude and share with each other what’s good in our lives at this moment.
And don't forget to share this with other's maybe you will be the reason that someone found some joy today.
We would all agree that #COVID19 is tragic on so many levels with the loss of life and the loss of economic stability, but I still believe that there is a lot of good coming of this situation.
It is my belief and hope that as a society we will come out of this with more loving and grateful spirits. Many lessons are being taught to us right now, and I believe those who recognize them and embrace them will come out of this with much greater ease than those who are only angry.
My hope is that as a society we will become more appreciative of each other and see the value that everyone has to offer. I would also, hope that those who have lost their own sense of value will regain an appreciation for themselves as they increase their appreciation of those around them.
It has always been my vision that we become a world that works together to help each other achieve our goals and dreams. And that we understand how precious each and every person is (I'll be the first to admit, I need to work on this as well and I do, daily. We need to understand and realize there is enough available for everyone to have whatever it is they want, because we don't all want the same thing.
We are all connected and when we hurt any individual we hurt ourselves and society as a whole. It has been my mission for years to work to create a universe with great love, and to be LOVE myself.(Read that again, not to be loved, but to be LOVE)
Call me a dreamer if you'd like, I'm OK with that. If we all work together we can achieve whatever it is that we want.
Just some thoughts on #COVID19 and all that is happening around the globe.
I'm really wondering if anyone might feel the same about this, leave me a comment below if you would like to share.
I feel as if this could be a universal re-set
I would like you to consider a few things
None of this is to minimize that loss of life and the loss of income that many are experiencing. It's not to downplay the sadness and grief and fear that we are experiencing. That's all natural and unavoidable, but we don't have to stay in that mindset.
Let's start a trajectory of thinking positively and changing our energy towards what's good in all of this. We cannot find the solution while focusing on the problems. Let's stop pushing against #COVID19 and move towards a positive, healthy, and loving energy. The sooner we shift our energies and perspectives the sooner we can get back to work and our many freedoms that we so easily take for granted.
Has anyone else experienced any epiphanies as I did while walking through the grocery store or while getting a chance to just sit in silence and ponder all that is happening?
Please share below, and let's all be kind and respectful towards each other. You can disagree and still be respectful and loving. #weareallinthistogether
Ever notice how one person can embrace a rainy day and another frowns upon it. One person may see a rainy day as a wonderful day to stay in bed with one's partner and just "cuddle" and listen to the rain beating down on the roof. Maybe laying there talking about past fun memories or making plans for more memorable days to come. They are simply embracing what is and choosing to be happy in the moment.
Yet, another person can see it as just another gloomy day of no sunshine and being stuck inside the house wishing to be somewhere else. Spending countless amounts of energy complaining about the rain.
Being in business for yourself can be much like the weather. One day it's storming and the next day the sun is shining radiantly. We all have the choice of either embracing the storms with open arms and having countless energy to create something wonderful during those storms or complaining and focusing on the storms until we are in complete and total exhaustion.
Find something good in those stormy days and create a life full of energy and happiness. Understand that you really are the creator of your own happiness. The moment that you take full responsibility for your own happiness, everything changes.
Started another 3 day fast. Monday was fairly easy, hopefully if you are trying out fasting you will too find that the more you get into fasting as a way of life the easier it becomes. You will find also if you keep very busy like I did on Monday working, running errands, gym etc. it becomes easier to stick to your fast. I did cheat and have my coffee with my sugary creamer again. I forgot to set the coffee pot up for 1 on Sunday night and did not have my green tea made for the morning. So, in failing to prepare you will find it more difficult to keep to your fasting going.
I started taking new vitamins in the week prior to my fast in an attempt to make sure I am still getting all the nutrients I need. They seem to be working well, helping to keep my energy up. I chose these because they are all organic with NO ADDITIVES. I do not buy any supplements without a great deal of research for two reasons. I want to be sure that I am getting what the label says I am getting and I do not want to put crap in my body unnecessarily. They may cost a little more, but do they really cost more when they aren't loaded with a bunch of crap? I have placed the link below for you to go check them out and make your own assessment. (There is also a men's version, and my partner seems be having good results with his too)
I went to the gym Monday, spent 15 minutes on the elliptical and then 30 minutes in the sauna and topped it off with a 10 minute cold shower. I’ll be writing more about why I do those things in upcoming blogs, so that if you are interested in trying those out you can do a little research on your own to further your knowing. Exercise is one of the ways that you may find, as I have, helps to combat the insomnia that can come from fasting. I also took a magnesium supplement both Sunday night and Monday night, because if you are deficient in this supplement then you can also experience some insomnia.
I had some leg cramping Monday night and was waking up thirsty. I thought that could mean that I was a little potassium deficient. I did a little research and found, that calf cramps at night and being thirsty can be signs of potassium deficiency. So, Tuesday morning I put some of my potassium powder in a glass of water. (This did prevent me from having the calf cramps and thirst Tuesday night)
Tuesday was much more challenging, I was struggling with hunger the entire morning and felt a little foggy headed, groggy, and a little irritable. So, because of the increasing irritability and just feeling of non-well-being I went back to my “reference book” Dr. Fung’s Guide to Fasting just to see if I need to change up what I’m doing and go ahead and break my fast for the day. I found that he says that his patients report that the 2nd day of fasting is the hardest and once you get beyond that it’s fairly easy. He suggests that if you are going to go beyond the 2 day mark into a 3 day that you may as well do a 5 or 7 day fast. However, he warns that should not be done without medical supervision. So, I decided to break the fast at 42 hours (which was around 2pm) and I am going to try one of his other fasting plans, because it seems as though I can still get quite a bit of benefit from 36 hour or 42 hour fast.
So, just go easy and yourself and find what works. I did not lose any weight from this fast, sadly, but I did find that my meal portions overall are less because I get full faster. Hopefully you will find that as well and will benefit from the calorie reduction.
Share your results below, if you would like, Deb
I have dealt with 10+ years of chronic pain from 2 car accidents I was involved in, which were 2 years apart almost to the exact date!! How does that happen?? Both of which resulted in "permanent" back and neck injuries.
I'd been on and off pain medicine for years. I have never liked putting these chemicals in my body. I did not like what they do to me cognitively!! And after years of taking them I had to continue to up the dosages and/or go to stronger pain medicine's and muscle relaxers. None of which worked effectively. So, now I was still in debilitating pain and experiencing all the side effects from the medicines.
About 3 years ago I was given a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia which I refused to believe and buy into. I knew I had structural issues that were contributing to my chronic pain and migraines. Then about a year ago they pain and migraines became debilitating. I was challenged to say the least in keeping up with my entrepreneurial dream. The pain was ruining my relationships, my social life, and my business dreams!!
For many years I have researched and studied nutrition and fitness. I've been in a gym since I could sign my own contract!! I've always believed the body has an amazing ability to heal itself and so I am continuously searching for holistic remedies.
As a result of my search for a remedy to my pain and to healing my back I found Near Infared Light Therapy. I read about the many benefits of NIR Therapy and BAM!!! One of the benefits was for pain control, but not only does it control pain it has many other healing properties.
So, I added it to my long list of "therapies" I was doing for my body pain. It works!! You can start your red light therapy on a shoe string budget with the purchase of the bulb. The bulb below emits to proper wave length and wattage needed according to the research to get the healing results. Then all you need is a clamp lamp to put your bulb in. There are many to choose from on Amazon.
So, I had only planned to do my 72 hour fast once a month, but after a little bit of thought. I decided to add a 24-36 hour fast in for the 3 weeks that I am not doing the 72 hour fast. My thought process behind this was that it would make the 72 hour fast a little easier each month, because I'm fasting regularly then. Maybe this fasting hack will work for you also.
I made one attempt on Monday, but I was doing some manual labor that day so I only made it to about 4 pm. Then decided because of the body stress I just wanted to eat!! However, it was still around a 20 hour fast. Not a total loss. :-) I will try again next week, I told myself. Rather than entering into a state of resistance and the resulting stress I just became easy about things. Beating myself up over this failed attempt would not be, being nice to me!! I'm sure that everyone can relate to that. So, be nice to yourself. You deserve it!!
Well, I didn't wait until next week. I thought through my schedule for the week and picked what I thought would be the best day for me to try again. Why wait until next week, right?
When thinking through your schedule you want to pick days that you won't have the temptation to eat. As an example, if there's a particular day of the week that you are involved in some sort of social activity then that's probably going to make sticking to your fast a little more difficult. You also, don't want to pick a day that you will be sitting around thinking about eating all day ending up breaking your fast out of boredom.
Attempt 2: This time I am happy to report that I did not cheat with the coffee. YAY ME!!! I started my day with unsweetened green tea and sipped on tea and water again throughout the day.
This was quite an emotionally stressful day, because of things going on in my life. But I was determined to make this a 24 hr fast, especially since I had started my day off with no coffee. Try to be stronger than your environment and don't let outside stress defeat you. Find a success early in the day, like I did with the coffee. In this way you will be your own cheerleader!
Another tip is to do a little planning to make sure you have your unsweetened green tea already prepared. If you have others in your home that drink coffee, only make half a pot. This little hack helped me avoid the temptation, because the coffee I made was designated for my partner.
I was also blessed with a migraine on this day, but I didn't let that stop me. I was a little hungry and tired with my fasting on Wednesday, but I went with it. I made it until 5 pm which was around a 23 hr fast!! Ultimately I am working towards a 36 hour fast. So, I will not be eating for a full day. It looks like this: last meal at
6 pm on Monday and next meal around 8 am give or take on Tuesday morning. That meal will likely be 2 eggs and 1 slice of Ezekiel bread. Both of these are packed with protein!!
If you will celebrate what you may view as little successes (they are not little) you will be encouraged to keep working towards your goal.
Weight-loss report: I maintained my previous weight loss through the week and have lost another 2 lbs!!! Plus I feel full of energy and I have a clarity that is opening up my mind to more creativity. One more bonus is the boost in confidence that comes from accomplishing something that most people will never even attempt!!
Share your fasting hacks that keep you on track in the comment section, below. Lovingly, Deb
So, I'd thought I would share my experience with my first 72 hour fast this year.
If this is something that you are interested in trying out. I've done a good bit of research and I found one of the best resources is a book by Dr. Jason Fung called The Complete Guide to Fasting. Dr. Fung goes into the many benefits of fasting and gives you guides to different fasting plans and tells you exactly how your body can benefit from fasting. I liked that he went into detail with the bodies reactions at each time interval. That helped me to decide on the interval of fasting that I thought would most fit into my schedule and that I would get the most benefits from.
Just a little background information about Dr. Fung, he discovered fasting because he was trying to find a cure for Diabetes and has had patients that are now off of their insulin for good!! So, go check him out.
I have chosen to do the 72 hour fast every month starting on the first Sunday night of each month. It's a little easier if you start it in the evening after your dinner. Dr. Fung's book has a chart of different fasting plans and which meal to start at to accomplish your goal whether it's 24 hrs or 72 hrs. He also talks about who should not fast and gives some safety guidelines. But as always check with your doctor before starting any kind of fast to make sure you are healthy enough.
Day 1 I stayed hungry the entire day. I drank lots of water and am still drinking lots of water. I have to confess though, I did have my morning coffee with creamer :-/ coffee helps with satiety. Being this is my first fast of the year I decided to give myself a little break and little extra help with the coffee. I could have just had black coffee it's the creamer that is the issue. Next month I plan to nix the coffee and just drink unsweetened tea and water on my fast.
Day 2 I woke up with a little bit of hunger, but nothing to terribly nagging at me. But I did start to get a little lightheaded and so I opted for 1 cup of organic bone broth (NO MSG or other additives). The lightheartedness can be a sign of lack of sodium in your body. This is one hack that Dr. Fung talks about in his book and he explains why. You also have the option of a bone broth fast if this is an easier way for you to start out.
I had my coffee again this morning, and yes with my creamer. In the early afternoon I became very hungry again. I am drinking lots of water to try to bring some satiety to my day. Another good source to help with the hunger is unsweetened green tea. I don't incorporate a lot of sugar in my regular diet, matter of fact, I tend to avoid the white poison. So, this is an easy one for me.
I really didn't expect to be hungry at this point (34hrs). Because as I recall with my fasting last year my hunger was gone. But I recently had back surgery that went badly the first time and was in the hospital for a week on intravenous steroids every eight hours to control my pain. But not to worry at the end of that week I had the surgery again and I am happy to report I am doing fantastic!! The best decision I ever made.
I was a little bit distracted by the hunger as I would be with my chronic pain. But I am so encouraged by my strength and want to make it for the entire 72 hours this time.
I was a little bit hesitant to do any activity such as working out of going to the sauna. But I did go to my dance lessons today also and I am happy to report did great. I really didn't feel any fatigue from my fasting and did not lightheaded.
Day 3 I was determined to complete my fast and I did. I had my coffee with creamer again today (Yikes), I know it's cheating.
I didn't sleep a wink last night!! This is not something that I even expected would happen. Then I did a little research today and found that it is quite common. So, some hacks to avoid this are to keep up your physical activity, and if needed use some Melatonin. Just don't over do it, because Melatonin can leave you groggy the next day.
Another thing I have experienced with my past fasting attempts was hair loss. In doing a little research I found that hair loss comes from lack of protein. So, what I am doing to prevent the hair loss increasing my protein intake with protein shakes after my fast. I will keep you posted on this. I use Bodytech's protein, I find it to have good flavor without that gritty texture. More importantly it is a time-released protein blend which helps eliminate the waste that occurs with other protein drinks. The body can only absorb a certain amount of protein within a short time period. I also, like to put my protein mix in a sugar free Almond Milk with some ice cubes and it's just like a chocolate shake, YUM!!
I almost forgot!! Along with all the health benefits of fasting comes an extra perk of weight loss. This fast rewarded me with a 6 lb weight loss!! Now will it stay off or will it come back after resuming normal eating. I will keep you posted, stay tuned!!
I wrote this many, many years ago. If I had to guess it would have been in the late 80's early 90's. I was quite astonished when I ran across it because of the title. I hope this moves you too.
All is brilliant
Bright as the sun
Time has stopped
Forever has begun
O'er all the earth
Not a soul is hear
For nothing is living
To speak even a word
Blood dries crimson
On shattered bones
From all of mankind
Not a single hero
None will wipe up the river
of tears at ground zero
Nameste, Coach Deb
I'm no expert writer, but I'm passionate and write from my heart.
Stay tuned because there are more of these to come. They've been locked away in a drawer for years. Something has moved me now to start sharing them with world.
Success Trainer Deb
Just a girl with big dreams of helping people succeed beyond their wildest dreams.