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 http://www.wjmsradio.com/whataboutme, 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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Oops! Corrected Link: Dream Manifested (3.5 Minute Read)

Hello Beautiful!

Before you read, listen to a short message from me, here.

Six years ago, I left my 28-yr corporate career, two years before official retirement because I was operating on fumes. Yes, the company had changed, but that was distracting me from a bigger truth.

I had changed.

My next chapter was nudging and pulling me and my ignoring it to do the ‘right thing’ (staying) was only accomplishing my dragging myself through slow death.

Death of spirit. Delayed dreams.

“There are truths we face and truths we ignore.” ~ Michelle Obama 

And since I experienced a TIA (mini-stroke) several years earlier that I know was stress induced, I was possibly teasing actual death.

So, I left…with no plan other than living free. 

Fast forward to today. I’m a master certified life coach, retreat leader, and creator of the Midlife Manifest Sistermind . This past weekend, I became a motivational speaker, launching the Self-Love Explosion Tour…Where Power and Passion Meet! with three other fabulous life-changers!

When I left my company, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I only knew what I had to leave. My main concern was making sure I could eat and keep a roof over my head. Now, I know that financial planning is only one piece of your life plan post-career. It would have been great to go through a process that uncovered and connected me to my Who, What, and How at this stage of life. If you’re like me, it’s murky because most of us have been focused on other people’s priorities/problems, paying little or no attention to our own. So you flounder or you keep suppressing and ignoring YOU. Or you travel and shop yourself out, wondering if there isn’t something more. There is.

I could have saved myself a whole lot of time if I’d been smart like one of my clients, who hired me when her youngest child was a high school senior, to create her next chapter plan. Since then she’s started two successful businesses. Or another smart client who’s on a three year plan to walk into her dream of running a charity. Or another client who retired and we worked out a plan for her to draw strong boundaries around her time and dip her toe in some opportunities to see how they fit before fully committing. 

Nope! I bolted on fumes and figured it out on the back-end. I’ve had loads of fun and although, it’s worked out beyond my imagination, I knew there had to be an easier path. So I created it. That’s the mission of the Midlife Manifest Sistermind: showing women how to create and implement your set-me-free plan to living life on your terms.

Dream manifested.

Confusion. Tears. Wanting to give up. Meeting amazing people. Awesome collaborations. Witnessing women step into their power and passion. A wonderful mixed bag. Not easy. Absolutely necessary.

What life do you want to create? What are you waiting on?

It’s your time. I’M LOOKING FOR TEN WOMEN TO JOIN ME!

Set your vision. Get your mind right. Take action.

#MidlifeManifestSistermind #TheRewiredRetiredLife

P.S. Whenever you’re ready, here are three ways I can help you get (and keep) that life you say you want:

  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. Get yourself in my signature program for women who are done with hoping and are ready to take action. If you’d like to learn exactly what you need to do to make serious life changes in 2019 and GO ON THE CELEBRATION RETREAT TO PORTUGAL, let’s talk! Schedule a life strategy session here.
  3. Attend a LIVE event.  The Self-Love Explosion Tour...Where Power and Passion Meet! I, and three other motivational movers and shakers, will be dishing ‘get your life’ self-love bombs during a not-to-be-missed event! Check this link to find out when we’re coming to a city near you (it will be updated as new cities are scheduled).

Mindset and Vision

“I reflected on how an employment situation can provide income, yet not wealth stability or freedom. That comes largely from mindset and vision.”

Hello Beautiful!

That quote is from Mavis Jaye, a wise and wonderful member of my Midlife Manifest facebook group and the Midlife Manifest Sistermind. She’s on the receiving end of the ridiculousness that is the government shutdown and in spite of the kraziness, is choosing to glean wisdom from it.

I’m praying that calm, collected, and caring heads will prevail to return people to work asap! And this is a good time for all of us (unless you’re dealing with basic survival) to set a vision for our lives…one that is not dependent upon or impacted by the whims and delusions of foolish leaders, bosses, family members, friends, or perfect strangers. That’s the mindset piece. Because shxt is always happening.

No matter our best efforts, we can’t control everything that happens to us. We can only control our reaction to it. Helping women do this is my zone of genius.

A circumstance prompts what you think and prompts what you feel which prompts what you do. That space between the circumstance and the thought is where your choices start. Choose well.

Set your vision. Take action. Get your mind right.

#MidlifeManifestSistermind #TheRewiredRetiredLife

P.S. Whenever you’re ready, here are three ways I can help you get (and keep) that life you say you want:

  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. Get yourself in my signature program for women who are done with hoping and are ready to take action. If you’d like to learn exactly what you need to make serious life changes in 2019, reply to this email with ‘I’m Ready!’ in the subject line and I’ll get you all the details.
  3. Attend a LIVE event.  The Self-Love Explosion Tour...Where Passion and Power Meet, kicks off January 26th in Sacramento, CA!! Me, and three other motivational movers and shakers will be dishing ‘get your life’ self-love bombs during a not-to-be-missed event! Share with anyone you know in that area. Click here for info and tickets.

Special Time-Sensitive Notification

ATTENTION MANIFESTERS: Today’s the day the “What About Me” broadcast is being taken over by the hosts of the Self-Love Explosion Tour: Where Passion Meets Power!! Join host Keisha Dixon for the excitement as she interviews Lynnis Woods-Mullins; Dravon James and Me at 2pm CST/3pm EST on http://www.wjmsradio.com/whataboutme. Listen LIVE!

SHARING IS CARING: FORWARD TO YOUR BESTIES!

#MidlifeManifestSistermind #TheRewiredRetiredLife


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New Year/New Life (2-minute Read)

Hello Beautiful!

Get still and envision how amazing your life would be six months from now if you quit dreaming about it and wishing for it, and began creating it. Can you see it? Great! Now, do it.

#LetThatShxtGo!

My vision: To help women who can either see the light at the end of their career tunnel and want to proactively prep for a retired life on their terms OR are in retirement and need a serious reset. You need clarity, a plan, and accountability…and let’s throw in some fun too!

This is my 2019 focus. Anybody not down for that, unsubscribe. I turn 60 in August and part of my plan for an EPIC year of celebrating is graduating 16 women from the Midlife Manifest Sistermind and taking them to Portugal with me in September.

#MidlifeManifestSistermind #TheRewiredRetiredLife

P.S. Whenever you’re ready, here are three ways I can help you get (and keep) that life you say you want:

  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. Get yourself in my signature program for women who are done with hoping and are ready to take action. If you’d like to learn exactly what you need to make serious life changes in 2019, reply to this email with ‘I’m Ready!’ in the subject line and I’ll get you all the details.
  3. Attend a LIVE event.  The Self-Love Explosion Tour...Where Passion and Power Meet, kicks off January 26th in Sacramento, CA!! Me, and three other motivational movers and shakers will be dishing ‘get your life’ self-love bombs during a not-to-be-missed event! Share with anyone you know in that area. Click here for info and tickets.

Midlife Manifest Fifties Wisdom Week 14: Ah-mazing Can Be Your Normal Too!

Hello Beautiful!

In my quest to share what I’ve learned during these nine years of fifties, I’m realizing that I use the word ‘amazing’ frequently. I’m blessedly in a continuous loop of experiences that are worthy of that term.

a·maz·ing, adjective: causing great surprise or sudden wonder.

As I’ve stated before, turning 50 was about arriving at a destination that would put me on a ‘rest of my life’ easy street. NOPE!

Instead, expecting my fifties to be amazing me led me on a journey of  choices and decisions that manifested that reality…the best kind of self-fulfilling prophecy. 

Not magic. Not luck. Choices. I’m ALL IN invested in living an Ah-mazing life! What does this investment mindset manifest?

Letting ShXt Go!: Nothing can come in to a blocked, clogged space. I continuously purge what no longer serves me from my physical and head spaces to stay aware and open to receiving what does.

Laughter: Healthy laughter is a proven life extender. Most of my laughter comes not from comedians, but from small and big experience moments with people I love…deep belly-aching laughter. 

Love: My faith in God and Christ, Myself, My man, my family, my friends, my work…I have no obligated relationships. Blood doesn’t give you permission to hijack my life. I invest the time to keep my relationships deep and strong and the dollars to keep my business successful and highly impactful (I hire coaches too!).

Live: Living well for me encompasses consistently investing in above and in my physical health. Regular checkups and a ‘keep this body moving’ commitment. A heart condition, mini-stroke, torn meniscus in both knees, ankle swelling, and fibromyalgia are not excuses for me to cave to inertia. They’re reasons for me to eat and move for life! And because I know and own who I am, I invest in accountability by hiring a personal trainer and taking the (dance, barre, yoga,etc.) classes.

Legacy: The work I do changes lives…for the better. I choose to own and use my gifts for coaching and teaching to show women how to leverage and maximize their gifts for a life of freedom, passion, and higher level contribution. I want my nieces to see the full possibility of their lives through the way I live mine. And though my circle may be relatively small in this big ole world, I want my footprint to be large in it!

Yes, my life is Ah-mazing because I purpose it to be.

You can do the same. Check your investment mindset. Invest in your Ah-mazing.

P.S. If you’re ready to start your Ah-mazing journey, I’d love to help. Here are your options:

  • If you’re serious about your change happening NOW, YOU HAVE ONE WEEK to join The Midlife Manifest Sistermind, click here to get on my calendar to get full details.
  • Did you miss my 1-hour live event, Let That ShxT Go, Reclaim Your Life, & Thrive? What??!! You have until midnight tonight to fix that and watch the replay. Click here
  • Still exploring? Join my free facebook group, The Midlife Manifest here

Midlife Manifest Fifties Wisdom Week 13: Becoming

I was blessed to be in the audience for (my forever) First Lady Michelle Obama’s  Brooklyn stop on her Becoming book tour. If you admire her, I don’t have to tell you how incredibly amazing she is in all aspects of womanhood and as a human being. If you don’t then we probably have very little in common.

My biggest takeaways from her talk and her book:

  • Yes! I Am Becoming…for as long as I choose to be. There’s no age limit on growth, change, and manifesting what I want.
  • I define me. I don’t live under the weight of other people’s limitations.
  • A requirement of living my best life is having ride-or-die girlfriends.

Her message is very validating for the way I CHOOSE to live my life. If part or all of above is aspirational for you, then you may need a life coach. I say ‘may’ because coaching…at least MY coaching…is for women Ready to Act on their aspirations. 

Through everything challenge, road block, and underestimation…

She persisted.

So do I. So can you.

It’s a decision.

Get Your Life.

P.S. If you’re ready to start your BECOMING journey, I’d love to help. Here are three options:

  • If you’re serious about change happening NOW, put yourself on my calendar to talk life strategy by clicking here, ConnectWithRene.com
  • Still exploring? Join my free facebook group, The Midlife Manifest here or…
  • Subscribe to this weekly blog, crenecoach.com

 

Midlife Manifest Fifties Wisdom Week 12: The Upside of Quitting

Hello Beautiful!

I’m on a year-long celebratory trek to 60 and sharing the fifties wisdom I’ve gained. This week marks the sixth anniversary of ditching my golden corporate handcuffs and manifesting an amazing life that at the time, I couldn’t fully envision. I only knew there was more for me to do and be and I had to push through fear of the unknown to claim it.

I have not one millisecond of regret.

It’s been a revelatory six years! Shedding the layers of years of conformity to a boxed way of living that became harder and harder to maintain wasn’t easy. It was necessary. Life-saving and life-affirming. I now walk in my purpose and passion of helping women live in theirs.

It’s true: where’s there’s a will and commitment, there’s a way.

My biggest lesson: Stop trying to figure out stuff alone. There’s no glory in unnecessary grind. Let THAT shxt go! Now, I honestly assess my gap and my ability to close it.  If my closing it isn’t my lane or costs me too much time, I hire the best person to help me close it. It saves stress and time and NOTHING is more valuable to me than my time except my faith.

To note my ‘reclaim my life’ anniversary, I’m re-sharing my first blog, The Upside of Quitting. Click here to read it.

We’re in the accumulation season. Enjoy! And prioritize. Who, What, and Where do you want to be this time next year? Is shopping or shifting your higher priority? Just a little post-Thanksgiving food for thought.

Get Your Life.

P.S. If you’re ready to make a major life shift, I’d love to help. Here are three options:

  • If you’re serious about change happening NOW, put yourself on my calendar to talk life strategy by clicking here, ConnectWithRene.com
  • Still exploring? Join my free facebook group, The Midlife Manifest here or…
  • Subscribe to this weekly blog, crenecoach.com