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Conscious Business Practice – When Client’s Don’t Pay.

I felt the need to write about this as if felt heavy on the forefront of my mind.

Entrepreneurs and small businesses have a gift in their trade which is usually why it’s their trade in the first place.   They have a service to offer that enhances the lives and businesses around them.

I am that entrepreneur.  I have that experience and expertise.  I love helping people and creating opportunity for them.  But a friend of mine, working in a similar industry, was faced with a problem that I recognized is one that should be addressed. What about when people don’t pay? Or avoid paying?  Or skimp, trying to just pay the bare minimum?

Well, for me, I’m a heart centered business woman with a dedication to empowerment and conscious development.  Does this mean that I should be content with people committing to payment and then disappearing suddenly when the bill arrives?  I have a life as well.  I am a single mom with three kids to take care of.  Don’t mess with my kids.  Hell.  NO.

But wait – I’m a conscious, aware, loving, forgiving…..

……individual that deserves to be treated with a reciprocated                                                                                                                                                respect for my skills, my care, services and humanity.

So where’s the balance? Well, from where I sit, you /we have a few options.

First of all, hold love in your heart for that person.  START THERE.   I know you may be distracted at how pissed you are that it’s going down like this, but this is your chance to practice what you preach.

Start with love.    Remember that they too, are human.  Have you ever been unable to pay a bill?  I’ve been there.  When you have every utility company state-wide calling to remind you that your gas money belongs to them, it’s hard not to go into a place of panic and anger for your feelings of poverty.

Feel Your Abundance & Share It With Them.   Remember why you started working with them.  They requested your services to make their life / business better.  (…looks like they still need you)  You can now help yourself AND them.  Close your eyes and consider the beauty and joy in your life.   Feel your own abundance – regardless of your non-paying frustration – and then imagine the same for them. Imagine their finances straightening out and them experiencing that peace that comes with knowing YOU CAN pay what you owe.

Decide What the Need is.   Now is the time for you to kick in your intuition, self-respect, and clarity.  Each situation is different and will require various responses.   For certain clients, it will be just what they need  to be reminded and strictly held to contract and agreement.  Some are going through serious hardship and it will be best to forgive the debt, knowing it’s your good juju and to their loving blessing.  The ones who truly need a forgiven debt will likely be that much committed to you in the future.  The ones you choose to collect from, may not see the necessity now, but will learn and hopefully grown in the process. Respect your trade.   Remember that not paying for *your* services is no different from a client leaving a restaurant without paying.  Both are technically stealing.  But this is conscious business.  Some people will need to be held to strict accountability and some will need abounding grace.  ALL NEED LOVE.

Keep love as the motivation behind all your words and actions and your heart will lead you toward the right response for the moment.

Has this ever happened to you?   How did you respond?  Let me know in the comments below!

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Have a miraculous day.  It’s yours for the taking.

3 Points for LIVING YOUR PASSION that will ENRICH and INSPIRE you.

3 Points for LIVING YOUR PASSION that will ENRICH and INSPIRE you.

You’ve probably watched and read plenty of information already about manifesting what you want into your life and setting intentions to create abundance. Maybe you are excitedly experiencing the success of it all but maybe you are in the doubting frustrated crowd that have ‘been there – tried that’ to no avail.

I’ve been on both sides. One feels incredible and the other one just sucks, to be honest. (and that’s usually the time when negative people show their faces to further fuel that doubt)

So… What’s the deal?? Why does it work for some and not others?

There are a couple things to consider. We will start with the most common ones.

1. As you set your intention, choose your words wisely.
So often, we write down a list or think in our mind of how we would like our lives, relationships, careers or how to change our circumstances, but we unknowingly focus only on what we want to change rather that the change we would like to see occur. Maybe you are in a bad relationship and you are ready to be treated with love and respect. It will not help at all so simply say “I want a better relationship”. Yes, it’s true, but it speaks from the perspective of lack and wanting. Rather – recognize the problem and move on to the next point.

2. Get emotionally involved and speak with gratitude.
You’ve recognized that there is a problem but it just seems to cycle and continue. Why? You have only given the problem a name and wished for more. Instead, close your eyes. Imagine the way you would like to be treated. Imagine the words you’d like to hear, the touch you would like to feel, the feelings you would like to experience. Smile, even if you don’t believe it. And really imagine a partner treating you with the deepest amount of love and respect. *(Now, this can be hard for some because they, on some level, do not feel they are deserving of such love and respect. If that’s so, then there is a deeper lesson here and I’m happy to talk to you and walk with you as you learn to more deeply love yourself. Love from another reflects the love we have for ourselves.)
Now that you feel the reality of those words, the touch and the experiences… hold deep gratitude in your heart for them. Say thank you. Be proud that your see your worth and are ready to receive more love into your life. And then,

3. BE your gratitude and intention.
Yes. BE IT. We can keep going with the relationship analogy, but this applies to anything you choose to bring more of in your life. In your relationships where you want more love and respect, BE love. BE respect to both your partner and yourself. (and if there is abuse, be love and respect to both of you, even if that means loving enough to leave.)
With your career, BE that person. BE the success. Proclaim and be the professional, the musician, the healer, the entrepreneur, the confident one!
Want more respect? Be respectful. Want to be more appreciated? Show more appreciation.
With money … No joke – BE the MONEY. It doesn’t have to always make sense; have fun with it! Smile and acknowledge that life has the power to be as limiting or magical as we create it to be.

I call these ‘Complimentary Actions of Intention.’

Recognize the change or thing you are ready for. Close your eyes and feel the existence of it emotionally. And then, really live in that state of being.

The key is to locate the desired emotion at the root of your intention or what you are looking to manifest and attract into your life. When you are able to separate this process from simply a method of manifestation and into a deep spiritual practice, then you will begin to see the beauty in it and how you can grow in the most beautiful and humbling ways.

I start my day by sitting quietly, closing my eyes and going through my list of intentions. It goes a little like this and sets a wonderful foundation for your meditation and practice of intention.

Today, I desire: Peace. Love. Respect. Abundance. Health. Patience. Closeness.
Today I am thankful for: Peace. Love. Respect. Abundance. Health. Patience. Closeness.
Today I will BE: Peace. Love. Respect. Abundance. Health. Patience. Closeness.

Saying each intention slowly and really picturing the desire, the thankfulness and the BEING of each emotion, allows what matches that frequency into your path. At the start of my work day, I know I want to be productive and successful but not neglect my health, relationships, home or children. I will do my best in these things when I am present and BEING my desires.

Look at is as a personal prayer; a way to begin your day with foreshadowed accomplishment and grace.

You are worth receiving all the love, beauty and abundance there is to experience. So start with yourself.

As Gandhi said, “BE the change you want to see in the world.” You want your reality to change?

It starts with you.

Namaste,

Navae
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DIVE IN TO BLISS. #desireandbe

LADIES! What if you could make MORE of your LIFE?

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I regularly meet with the most amazing people who are energized and ready to really live and do what they love.

But they are STUCK.

We often FEEL stuck, because we are so busy trying to please everyone around us as if our martyrdom is our ‘gift’ to mankind (or just our family) … But in the end, the best gift you can leave with humanity is to love and respect yourself enough to be true to your dreams, desires and gifts.  I’m not talking about ego crazy self-indulgence here – but good old fashioned self respect and worth. We live in a society that esteems us based on our appearance, accomplishments and self sacrifice. I know, as a mother, that it’s all too easy to give and give, thinking I’m performing my humble service – when in reality, when I do that, I’m only giving them a burnt out woman.

It’s time for a paradigm shift, friends! WHAT IF, that spirit of universal motherhood in all of us, was calling us to a life of divine bliss, compassion and incredible fulfillment? I believe it is, wholly and loud, ready to rock your reality!

LADIES. We’ve spent far too long trying to be what everyone else wants us to be. It’s time for CHANGE. Now, I don’t know your background or what you have been through. But I have lived. I’ve done what people told me was the ‘RIGHT THING TO DO’ and I’ve ‘rebelled’ against those things too. I’ve been treated like people’s property with no RESPECT for my body or my voice. I married young, created beautiful children, loved what I made but forgot how to LOVE myself. I forgot my PASSIONS. I neglected my CREATIVITY. It wasn’t long before my downward spiral led me to a darkness that left me feeling alone, empty and rejected. But then, as it always does, THE LIGHT RETURNED and I learned what it truly meant to LOVE myself. To DEMAND THE BEST and to be fully present IN THE BEAUTY OF LIFE. The future was mine to CREATE. INSPIRATION was IGNITED and my fired BURNED. I received love, laughter, healing and FREEDOM from my past. It was time to LIVE AGAIN…. But for the first time. This JOY born in me is contagious. And I have every INTENTION to spread it.

ARE YOU READY?

LET’S DO THIS THING.

TAKE BACK YOUR LIFE.

DIVE IN TO DESIRE.

FOLLOW YOUR BLISS.

*For those who are ready to live fully and dive in to bliss, I invite you to join us for the “Dive In to Bliss” Course to beginning Feb. 5, 2014. It is a 6 week, online introduction into empowerment for the dormant or unsatisfied sould with a desire for MORE in life. Please email with interest and I look forward to igniting your year!
navae@solomonartistry.com

Travel Light, Be the Light

1514431_10202289448071125_276460936_nIt’s New Years again.  Hashtags like #resolution & #dietfail get to claim their place on the trending belt, while hopes, dreams and goals, flirted with for a few weeks, are predictably set on a shelf for the rest of the year and revisited around Christmas. (at best)

Why is that??  Well, let’s back it up a little bit here.  Every year, December rolls around with all the hustle and bustle that we all know is coming.  Some have a nostalgic association with the busy holiday while others remain proudly unaffiliated.  But with all the lights, giving and family gatherings, we seem to subconsciously (or consciously) begin to take an assessment of our lives, whether it be family, finances, relationship, careers…  Then the bitterness sets in.

It reminds me of what I went through a while back.  I had just divorced and  was living in less than desirable conditions with my 3 children.  We had just decorated our beautiful Christmas tree and were sitting in the glow of the golden lights, as I quickly transformed in to the scroogiest version of myself.  Suddenly, I felt so overwhelmed with anger toward everyone.  I was angry at my upbringing, my failed marriage, my drifting dreams, my abuse, feeling forgotten by my family … and all this pain became the justification for my constant partying and searching for whatever would ease the pain of betrayal and self loathing.

But then…  as it tends to happen…  just as I was content to swim in my self pity, life beckoned me to awaken and see the truth.  I betrayed MYSELF.

I was angry at the abuse, rejection and betrayal that other people had inflicted on me and forgotten to see that the biggest betrayal of them all, was to let them determine who I AM and what I deserve.

~ I swear, this is going somewhere wonderful, so keep with me here … your heart will thank you! ~

In the time of the year where the days are longest and the darkness feels maddening …  light whispers of it’s return and we are inspired to live again.  The year shifts and we are given an opportunity to renew, be healthy, love, succeed …. and just try.  But the fear of the darkness, judgement, failure and rejection stunt our attempts, leaving us frustrated and discouraged at what we have chosen to believe as ‘lack of self discipline’, ‘weakness’ or ….’it’s just the way I am’.

It’s time to answer the call of the light and FEEL LIGHT.  BE LIGHT.  Stop living in the fear of not pleasing the people around you and please yourself!  I’m not asking that we all become immersed in our ego’s, but for goodness sake, stop playing the martyr by sacrificing yourself to your jobs and family; and then proceeding to resent them for your limitations!  You are only limited by your beliefs.

What if the New Year came with *internal* resolutions?  We are so quick to set external goals and get pissed at the external circumstances that get in our way.  But internal?  That’s all yours, friend. You are the owner of your heart, soul and mind.   The inward change is what creates outward results.   By recognizing that you have the power to place yourself in healthy situations, to set boundaries, to learn self respect and self love …  these are the resolutions that create change.

Life is too short to sit around abusing yourself for what you haven’t done yet.  You want change?  You want to grow and follow what makes you feel alive!  YOU CAN.  You are the only one in your way.  So step aside and find yourself in gratitude for the beauty and allow it to multiply.  What we focus on determines our direction and what we will experience.  The lies and baggage we carry on our shoulders, slow us down and limit us from living the possibilities out there waiting for us!  Let them go.  Be the master of your heart and choose to love yourself unconditionally.

Don’t let other’s determine your destiny… rather, forge your road and travel it well.  Leave behind the heavy burden of resentment, fear and anger …. Travel light.  BE the light.  Be YOU…. and resolutions will follow.

#desireandbe

*as it can be in life, if this journey of change and self empowerment is calling you but feels too enormous to tackle alone, I’m here to coach you through it.  Empowerment life coaching and Creative Strategy: Desire first and be in touch…  I’m just an email away  navae@solomonartistry.com http://www.navaeinspired.com

Come now, let’s be Unreasonable…

You know that secret box you keep under the bed and hope to holy heaven that no one ever finds? Or maybe it’s not a physical box, but you know you have one in your mind. For some it contains little messages, written to self, that proclaim the deep desire to learn to sing. (yikes!) Or move to Italy. (mmmm….) What about letting your sexy wild side out in bed? (spicy!) Or do something noble like sell your business and commit to an orphanage in Mexico or China?

All of the above and alike are desires that people everywhere all over the globe have tucked away secretly but are too afraid to really pursue. Why? Because everyone has a reason they can’t! Fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of loneliness…

In this short but sweet post, I have a favor to ask of you.

Get out that box and look through it. Finger through the photos in your mind, of the places you desperately want to travel to. Imagine what it would feel like to be surrounded by the people that inspire you. See yourself doing what it is you always wished you could do, but dismissed, because of lack of money, support, courage or drive … and awaken the passion. Just see how it feels and swim in it. How does your spirit feel? Are you smiling?

Be unreasonable. Think outside the box and imagine a reality that’s more colorful and full of more possibilities. And for heaven’s sake – don’t get caught up in “that could never happen” !! All I asked of you was to entertain the imagery and to involve your senses.

I can’t say if we have one life or more, but what I do know is that a life lived without passion is a waste of life. There are so many possibilities out there but so many people get hung up on the most limiting question: HOW? Really?? So many creative and innovative individuals and we let ourselves get short stopped by that damn three letter word.

What if we change the question? You want to change your life? I can help you. Step one and two: Change your thinking and change the questions. Begin to ask yourself, “What is possible that I’ve never allowed to be possible?” Don’t try to answer it… Just ask… You’d be surprised at the inspiration that will follow.

I hope you allow for unreasonable ideas to flow into your incredible mind today. Allow your imagination to be enlightened and match those desperate desires inside of you.

If that overwhelms you, that’s ok. This can be a rough process, but that’s why I’m here to help. Feel free to contact me and I’ll be happy to creatively coach you through the next steps. I don’t want to see anyone limited in their dreams and aspirations.

Be Unreasonable. Dare to dream. Dare to be.

Yours Truly,
http://www.navaeinspired.com

Are You Smiling?

Just checking.

Are you smiling?   Have you laughed today?

Whether this is the start, middle or end of your week, I swear you have something to smile about.  If you can’t find that *something*, then darlin, something is WAY off track.

Today, I was recalling when my beautiful grandma, ridden with various illnesses, was slowly dying, in worlds of pain and had just had her leg removed due to diabetes.  Counter to what I expected, she not only had a  smile on her lips, but it was also in her eyes.

The Christmas season brings up these memories for me and can be emotional for me because my family always poured themselves into the festive winter holiday.  In our home, there were always grandparents, aunt’s and uncles …  with cousins always scheming to see who would sleep over just to keep the party going.  Predictably found in the kitchen, usually warming more coffee and tamales, we all knew my wonderfully strong grandmother as a foundational woman in our family.  She was our bond and our glue.   Unfortunately, her death was the awakening in us all that we could no longer lean on HER strength for OUR happiness.

But I remember standing there, next to her bed, post op – admiring the space that once held her warrior leg and I thought to myself…   She is my hero.  This woman had taught me endless lessons in my life and now she was leaving.  Heart wrenching as it was to watch her go, there remained the gift she gave and this was her smile.

In the face of rejection, she smiled.

Watching her family taken by poverty, abuse, neglect, drugs and alcohol – This miracle of a woman still had her smile.

I realize now the secret to her road of bliss.

Gratitude.  Gratitude in the wake of chaos is what leaves your heart at peace and ultimately grows a smile that reaches to not only your lips but also to your eyes.

No matter your place or pain, there continues to be beauty all around.  Life, love and abundance waits to be experienced but it only increases as you see and appreciate it.

I have my ups and downs, but I know what I desire.  I desire to love and live more. To see the miracles and be them.

Please don’t get distracted by the pain that comes and goes. Instead place your focus on what you want to grow and remain!  You have the chance to create your life to be a miracle that spreads inspiration like wild-fire to the world around you.   What will you do with that?  Choose the course of your day.  Choose YOUR smile. It’s starts with now.

Desire and be.  Life is waiting.