Had the distinct pleasure of speaking at a colleague's book signing this weekend on the merits of food, friends and a good cleanse. It was a day of nutritional empowerment to kick off the New Year...the perfect elixir as we all detox delightful holiday treats! When Scott duPont, author of Do These Things or You Will Die...5 Secrets to a Long, Healthy & Energetic Life, invited me to give testimony on the power of alkalinity, cleansing and intelligent nutrition as a survivor/thriver team, we gladly accepted. What I love about Scott is the way he authentically lives and shares his passion for healthy living. We were instructed on the importance of clean nutrition through his powerful presentation and then invited for a green tea visit with his family after a spin in his new electric car! Our supercharged cells were buzzing with knowledge as we preserved the air in our environmentally clean riding machine!
The community clearly craved this key information on how to improve their groove around health and nutrition by packing this lovely community bookstore that had hosted big names like Garrison Keillor in the recent past. I shared what we knew to be true through nutrition, yoga, meaningful work and a positive attitude to elevate quality of life for all regardless of challenge. Our national health trends are alarming but that didn't stop us from disarming the myths that often hold us back from realizing the secrets of how to live a long, healthy and energetic life! Congratulations Scott on your newest book and thanks Rollins College for bringing frat brothers together for a cool post Christmas connection!
Tom Zapcic, Scott duPont, DonnaLyn Giegerich
Wellness & Wild Possibilities Book Signing @ Mendham Books, NJ
Sometimes serendipity exceeds expectation! Such was the case at the 55th ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition where we connected with worldclass science, research and physician talent in early December. These leaders were committed to elevating medical innovation through their cutting edge work on display for four days in the heart of Nola.
Over 18,000 attendees merged their time, tenacity, passion and purposeful work to celebrate possibilties at the premier oncology event of the year. Luckily, we were along for the ride as patient advocates and symbols of what's possible for others thru a tumultuous medical journey. Sure, we enjoyed Tom's birthday on Bourbon St, alongside the arts, culture and fun that the city serves up 24-7 but we also dialed up our learning around esoteric terms like flow cytometry, blackswan research, CRAB criteria and cellular/molecular sensitivity testing. The stadium lectures were like rock concerts for a cure and the posters in the exhibition halls reminded me it was time to learn another foreign language stat. At the end of the day, I found zen at a local yoga studio to download the brain opening experience and eeked out a 3K run to support the International Myeloma Foundation where our running mantra was "no patient left behind". We are surely gunning for more time in our deep community of committed stakeholders and are grateful to our new friends around the world that beaded up with us in the French Quarter.
UAMS Dr Barlogie & fans
This October we celebrated our final event in our Fall Power Panelist 2013 season featuring Women in Wellness in the medical, business, fitness and lifeleader space. Our second year of sold out programming and meaningful networking at the Red Bank Woman's Club is yielding great dividends for all in a warm and welcoming venue where history is often crafted. New and returning attendees, clients and friends, meet and greet several times a year to learn and share what they know to be true in business and life. One of our passionate panelists was channelling her inner "actress" as she described with humor and authenticity how she became a wellness professional. The other three panelist doctors concurred that today's patient and practicioner have to team up to be well aligned to design and deliver a wellness plan best suited in a world of rich and variant options. One of my longtime business colleagues queried how we launch & sustain such invigorating programming empowering others. Our response was threefold: emotional energy, a daring plan and collaborative confidence...peppered, of course, with some super "channelling" and lots of fun. See you in 2014!
We now live in a "credibility" economy, where who we are matters more than what we produce. So what's your reputation ranking? Do folks view you as a leader, a lurk, a saint or a j*rk? Maybe somewhere in between, depending on the kind of day you're having??
One of the great honors of coaching and consulting with so many diverse leaders around the country has led me to surmise the following:
1.) Leaders master self efficacy. They truly believe that they can effectively redirect their efforts and overcome challenge with inner fortitude and a supportive inner circle of trusted advisors. Call it self confidence, resiliency or an over the top positive attitude but be sure it yields great results. No matter how one frames their challenges, it usually culminates in an overriding sense of "we can figure this out." Researchers Everly & Flynn(2005) coined the phrase "PFA" for psychological first aid. Turns out the most effective leaders are highly proficient at developing a powerful "inner circle" of advisors that help them manage acute stress & the possible need for ongoing mental health support. The best leaders provide encouragement and support for others but are also equally aware of their imperative need to "refill their wells" to continue to lead by example. There is no band aid brand to great leadership. Invest in the best first aid kit that crafts lasting success for you and your teams at home and at work.
Just returned from DC sharing what I know to be true as a presenting speaker for the Yoga Alliance's national business conference entitled Mind.Body.Business. I was invited to present on How to Build an Abundant Business Plan to encourage emerging yoga studio owners, sole practicioners, on-boarding industry newbies and existing veterans how best to transition their plans in the spirit of passion and profit. Not an easy goal for many, but well worth the "lean in" to properly position one's brand in the marketspace. Had the honor to meet and greet so many conference peopleleaders as a speaker, coach, consultant and colleague to inform each other's purposeful work. Met some interesting vendors, as well, like bodyworker Gina Schatz at ginaschatz.com. We mused on getting over "shiny object syndrome" in midlife and compared notes on crafting our best efforts around formulating "meaning over money" to serve our higher purposes. So many folks I coach with share the challenge of vascillating amidst competing interests, shifting priorities and multiple life lessons here in midsteam.... trying to orchestrate that fluid exit/entry, that deeper down dive into a better way of working... or wandering around what might be possible for them in the context of a larger life.
Celebrating Life at the Yoga Alliance Business Conference, Washington, DC Ag 2013
This much I know is true! Three themes keep reappearing through my coaching work empowering coastal businessleaders back to business post Sandy. As a business consultant for the Small Business Development Center (funded by the SBA) at Brookdale, I've had the honor of working with some resilient entrepreneurs lately.
Lesson One: Cream always rises to the top. Through all the chaos and heartbreak, these people keep powering through change. Some call it resilience, others coin it hardiness. At the end of the day, its been amazing to watch focused fighters get back to what they do best... whether its design a dessert, craft a coiffure or retail an outrageous deliverable.
Lesson Two: Good guys DO win. You might not read about it on the front page of the news but it's happening and I'm grateful to see it here for the well deserving.
Lesson Three: Nothing replaces great relationships. John Maxwell will tell you talent is never enough and Malcolm Gladwell will direct you to put in your ten thousand hours of training. Heed both but stay connected. Restricting your reach and curbing your curiosity is always limiting. I've watched businesses blossom and networking groups grow that embrace an abundant mindset instead of shrinking due to territorialism and limited learning. The real changemakers master all three lessons to storm the doors wide open for more success. Thanks Sandy!
A wise sage once said "you dont age until your regrets outnumber your dreams". How's your ratio? One of the great honors in coaching high potential and seasoned leaders is supporting them as they craft and deliver their dreams. Some want to improve their groove in how they show up in the world, others want to lead more effectively and some want to learn how to be more passionate at the podium. Others want to strategically grow their businesses, expand their lives or simply redirect their efforts in the spirit of a life better lived. There's a growing countercultural movement gaining momentum around slowing down. So if being a workaholic is holding you back from being your best in business or life, it may be time to retrain your brain. Maybe its time to craft a calmer way of being by connecting with your inner tortoise. Feel free to join our community of life and businessleaders at facebook.com/YogaOnTheLakeSummerSeries every Saturday this summer. You may actually pause long enough to envision those dreams that will keep you unregrettably young!
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Sometimes in life, you just get lucky. So very grateful to one of my wonderful yoga students for a serendipitous invitation to her family's lovely home to join them for Wanderlust 2013. Wanderlust is an amazing outdoor yogafestival(the largest of its kind in the US by the way) that's held in several locations around the country to celebrate life, yoga, sustainability and community. We didn't hesitate to say "Yes!" and we're so glad we did as the Stratton mountain backdrop was delightful! We danced, sang, hiked, did yoga, ate great food, sipped organic wine and mingled with wellness seekers along the east coast for a full day. The festival runs four full days and I bet every one of those days is magical..We were jazzed and so very grateful to get one fabulous fourteen hour day to celebrate all the things that matter most: self care, silence, relationships, nature and new places in big, wide open spaces to break from the work we create and share in the world... Namaste!
Excited to be invited to attend the St Jude/Fed Ex PGA tournament this summer by our special friend and trusted tour guide Ethan. St Jude Children's Research Hospital is an amazing place fueled by $1.8 million dollars daily to support children battling catastrophic disease. The facility, off campus housing, gardens and guided day tour really helped us get our minds around this huge paradigm powering positive outcomes for the kids. Managing two adult killer cancers at once was challenging enough, but framed within the context of these kids... well, as I speak about at my engagements, perspective really is pivotal in adjusting our lens around life. Beale St did not disappoint, nor did the duck parade at The Peabody. Fireworks, minor league baseball, ribs at Rendevous and a rockin riverwalk to work it all off topped our daring adventure in Memphis. We loved learning that Elvis was a meditator while touring Graceland. I'll definitely circle back to musical Memphis if I can find a fabulous little yoga studio in this vibrant city with a warm, welcoming heart.