Your Better Yes

Every choice is a decision to do one thing and not the other thing(s).

When I chose to retire from my corporate career, I chose undefined freedom over structured employment. When a client chose to run in the New York City marathon, she sacrificed a lot of time that could have been spent doing other things to prepare. And she finished the marathon!

What I love about her story is that she didn’t seriously prepare to run until several months before the marathon. She works full-time and wasn’t sure that she could get herself back in shape in time. She’d been hiding behind complacency and faulty self-perception (I don’t LOOK like a marathoner so I can’t BE a marathoner… even though she’d run marathons in the past.).

She let that shxt go!

It was her slowest and most difficult marathon. She pushed through severe cramps, shooting arch pain and I’m sure a desire to quit with every pounding step. But she didn’t.

I don’t ascribe to the Never Quit mantra. I believe in quitting things and people that have become toxic or no longer serve you. Quitting on myself? Never! And that’s what my client’s marathon represents: A woman who made a decision to not quit on herself! She chose her Better Yes. Not the easiest. Not even the most (seemingly) logical.

Her Better Yes.

This is the courage, grit, and resolve I help clients tap into and create a midlife they’ve only dreamed about.

Choose Your Better Yes.

#LetThatShxtGo! #ItsYourTime #MidlifeManifest

P.S. If you’re ready to say Yes to You, here are three ways I can help:

  1. Join The Midlife Manifest Group and connect with other women who are in midlife transition. This is my Facebook community where successful retire-to-thrive women learn how to get more ‘who I am’ clarity, stop living hijacked lives, and live in purpose with passion. Click here to join.
  2. Sign up for the Midlife Manifest Sistermind. I just kicked off my transformation that sticks program. If you’d like to learn what you need to do to make serious life changes in 2019, reply to this email with ‘I’m Ready’ in the subject line.

Work with my team and me privately. If you’d like to work directly with my team and me to help you live a more passionate and FREE life, simply reply to this message and put “Private” in the subject line. Tell me a little about your life and what you’d like to work on together and I’ll get you all the details!

What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid? (3-minute Read)

Hello Beautiful!

What would you do if you weren’t afraid?

I asked this question in my Midlife Manifest facebook group (join here) and got some really interesting answers. What’s most interesting is that I know every desire could be achieved by the woman who shared it.

Every. One.

As I’ve shared before, there’s real fear and F.E.A.R. (false evidence appearing real).

What if you fail? What if you look stupid? What will people say? What if you waste money? What if it hurts?

What if you do, they do, you do, it does?

What if you don’t, they don’t, you don’t, it doesn’t?

The image above is me three years ago embarking on a voyage (voyage not cruise) from New York City to the UK on The Queen Mary 2 ocean liner (ocean liner not ship). It was a voyage I took with my coach to learn how to lead amazing retreats and the big bonus for me was that we’d be going to Downton Abbey filming locations. The Queen Mary 2, a city unto itself, was my home for five days and truly an experience of a lifetime. Three big takeaways:

  • The voyage was in November and we hit a major storm that shook that 79,300 ton people-mover like it was a tug boat! I was so end-in-mind focused on the What (retreat training/Downton Abbey) that I didn’t think much about the How (the actual journey). That was a good thing! Because I would have ‘f.e.a.r.ed’ myself out of a ‘gift that keeps on giving’ journey. There were hundreds of multi-timer voyagers on the trip who took it all in stride and NOBODY DIED (ain’t gonna lie that I didn’t consider that titanic possibility LOL).
  • Every YES I gift myself exponentially expands my vision for living this second half in purpose and passion. I did visit the Downton Abbey locations…including dining with Jessica Fellowes (author of the show’s companion books) at the phenomenal Clivedon House, the hotel Duchess Meghan’s mom stayed the night before the royal wedding. I had high tea at the London Ritz (the presentation, the scones, OMG!!), and made new connections to incredible women, I may have never met otherwise.
  • I made a huge dollar investment (several thousand) to go on that coaching retreat and THAT’s what my fear was based in: was I crazy to spend that much money?? When I was going through the potential danger of the real storm…something I hadn’t even considered, I had to laugh. This is life! No matter how careful or how crazy we’re being, storms will come. I’d rather be in the midst of accomplishment than in complacency.

I will ALWAYS choose to walk fearLESSly towards realizing my dreams because I know NOTHING is wasted. I worked hard to earn this rewired retirement life. That doesn’t mean I feel no fear, it means I feel less fear…just enough ‘less’ to take a step. The lessons and the blessings come in ways that continue to stun and amaze me. “And I wouldn’t take nothing for this journey.” (Maya Angelou)

So again, I ask: What would you do if you weren’t afraid? I’d LOVE for you to send me your responses. And for a longer conversation, you can schedule a life strategy session here.

#MidlifeManifestSistermind #TheRewiredRetiredLife

P.S. Ready to start working your post-career plan or retired and need a new plan? Join the Midlife Manifest facebook group, here, where there’s ongoing opportunity to learn, grow, and rock your best life!

Rockin’ The Radio

Hello Beautiful!

I’m rockin’ the airwaves today and would LOVE for you to join me! I’ll be on Tapping Queen Keisha Dixon’s What About Me? show. See her invite below.

Annndddd…to honor Love Month and my love for YOU, I’m dropping short Self-Love Bombs everyday starting tomorrow. So check your inbox for a quick audio message to jumpstart your day and/or click here to join Midlife Manifest, my free facebook group for more connection and tips on how to fully revel in this best half of your life!

From Keisha: “Join me on, this Sunday at 2pm CST/3pm EST as my guest C René Washington, Master LifeCoach and Mindset Maven drops gold nuggets on how to Manifest In Midlife.

C René Washington motto is: Let That Shxt Go — and I seriously can’t wait to talk about it!

This show promises to be full of all the life and wisdom that is C René Washington.”

#MidlifeManifestSistermind #TheRewiredRetiredLife

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