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The Secrets of Six-Figure Women: How To Overcome An Under-Earning Personality & Bank Account!

The only thing worse for your life than money problems are health problems, and the stress caused by money problems can certainly cause health problems, so maybe there isn’t anything worse…(except maybe run-on sentences lol!)

I’ve picked up this terrific book that was recommended at a recent health convention:  SECRETS OF SIX-FIGURE WOMEN:  SURPRISING STRATEGIES TO UP YOUR EARNINGS AND CHANGE YOUR LIFE by Barbara Stanny.

Dr. Christiane Northrup & me

The chapter that really grabbed me, like a pit bull to my ankles, (ouch!) was the chapter on under-earners. As she mentioned that we practice “reverse snobbery”, I got goose bumps.  I’ve talked with friends, especially my “pious” and poor friends.  Many seem to have a disdain for money, yet are often complaining that they don’t have any. That was me!

It reminds me of a question I heard, “How long would your girlfriend be around if you were always putting her down, didn’t value her?”   Not very long.

Line Dubois & me

Did I mention how proud under-earners can be?  We revel in our ability to make do with less.

This type of thinking is a major obstacle to Abundance or accumulating any kind of wealth.

And in Barbara Stanny’s book, many of the six-figure women were originally under-earners!  So, we are keeping good company!

It’s never too late to change!

The thing that changed us was an immediate challenge.  My challenge is to live my advancing years as a dream come true, rather than a nightmare!  I want my place in the sun and I want to be in a position to care for my family.  I want to be there for my parents as they age and I want it to be as pleasurable an experience as possible for all of us.

Donna Zucchi & me

The other part of this that is important is that we must rise to the occasion by stretching ourselves and doing what doesn’t seem natural or comfortable.  Up until now, there was no way I could see myself as an internet marketer, let alone becoming an expert and helping others!  Anything having to do with technology and computers seemed greek to me.

Internet marketing is still a big challenge on a daily basis for me.  It would be easy to walk away.  But I can also see it as the answer to my problems, so I step up to it just about every day, even weekends.

I’ve also had to rethink my image of myself and how friends might think less of me for entering this field.  OK, 2 minutes on that and then FULL SPEED AHEAD.

Cathy Ngo & me

How often did you hear yourself saying, “I stopped because it just didn’t feel right.”  The important part of this to remember is, if something makes me feel uncomfortable and doesn’t fee natural, that’s not a reason to stop.  In fact, it may mean I SHOULD go forward.

Becoming a new person is an uncomfortable process and by definition, is not going to feel “right” or natural.

A Melancholy Happiness: Happiness Homework #5

Ok the good thing that happened recently was I made it home safely. Hurricane Irene tore up & down the east coast and I arrived home last night to my home unscathed. I passed a number of roads that were closed, holes in bridges and trees down.

Little by little the news is coming to me of calamities which befell others, but not me. A friend of my sister’s outside of Albany stepped out to evacuate her house and was swept away and drowned. Extreme sports enthusiasts went white water rafting on my normally quiet swimming hole and had to be rescued after one died.

My home is pristine in its quietness this evening. The cicadas are in concert, punctuated by a vehicle cruising by in the distance from time to time, or the distant soothing clatter of the train passing. I almost hate to go to sleep. It’s so hypnotically wonderful, this nighttime moment.

The town lights glitter from the other side of the river like a string of beads tossed there. The reflected colors of my tifffany lamp look back at me from far away, reflected in the glass of the window.

There an African beaded necklace hangs on the wall, rich in patterned colors. There, the face of the Buddha. The plants are crowding out of the corner and threaten to take over this room. The dog sleeps on his bed. All is natural, peaceful and embracing.

My sincerest gratitude for all the perils that paraded by me, to one side and the other, and those that paraded around my family.

My condolences to those who were not so fortunate.

It’s a melancholy happiness which I experience with tonight’s happiness homework. I can learn that happiness may come in many shapes and sizes and feelings of intensity. I can learn to embrace them all.

the church bells ring.

thank you

Good night

What?! Happiness homework? What’s that? Assignment #1

At the USANA convention in Salt Lake City yesterday, Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage, did a training and gave us a homework assignment. We choose one of 5 things. I choose journaling. We have to do our choice every day for 21 days. Today is day 1.

Celebrating with the Japan team

Journaling in this context means writing about a positive experience that happened recently, perhaps in the previous 24 hours.

This morning is easy. I just completed the 5 K run to raise money for the Children’s Hunger Fund (CHF). It happens every year at the USANA convention and its a blast. I don’t normally run for exercise. Just once a year at this event. I wasn’t sure I was going to run this year, on account of having a lot of stiffness in my spine because of lyme.

So I started out racewalking & quickly began running & ran to the end.

It’s hard to describe the ecstatic energy this event delivers every year. I run the entire event with a big grin on my face. Everyone is out there to support CHF, which spends 99 cents of every dollar feeding children around the world & in the US.

With Olympic gold medalist Derek Parra, CHF founder & president Dave Philips & team member Donna Zucchi at last years run.

With Olympic gold medalist Derek Parra, CHF founder & president Dave Philips & team member Donna Zucchi at last years run.

Since USANA has partnered with CHF, USANA Associates have assisted in building an orphanage in Ggaba, Uganda, and in funding several orphan homes. In addition, Dr. Wentz, founder of USANA, has personally funded the building of two Wentz Medical Centres—one in Uganda and one in Cambodia—which treat infections, malaria, malnutrition, and much more.

So we are really REALLY proud of this partnership & this morning over 2,000 of us came out to run and raise money and have a great time! Because whatever I’ve learned being around USANA, is, if it’s worth doing, it’s gotta be FUN & HEALTHY!!

With Dr. Wentz in 2008

So after we finish our personal race, everyone makes a gauntlet for the rest of the runners to run through. It’s a hand slapping, cheering gauntlet to the finish line. Everyone is screaming, smiling and laughing. Everyone is sweaty and smelly and hugging.

CEO Dave Wentz is there and beginners all together. I get to see all my buddies from our trek to Mt Everest Base Camp last year.

I’ll be high for the rest of the day over this. Except there is more to come!


Well, we did it!

The Benefit Party for my daughter, Catherine Galasso, came off without a hitch and a good time was had by all!  And we raised our goal of $2500 towards her matching grant of $10,000.  The day after the party, contributions continued and we were up to to $3000! 🙂

Catherine is receiving a $10000 matching grant from the San Francisco Foundation.  The grant, and it’s match, will provide $20000 towards Catherine’s new production, “Bring on the Lumiere!” which will premiere at the ODC Theater in San Francisco.  The theater is another sponsor of the production and Catherine has been artist in residence there since 2009.

I’m very excited for her.  It was a beautiful evening of dinner and entertainment.  The Lumiere Brothers, about whom the production is about, invented the first film camera.  Catherine showed some of their early films, beautiful vignettes of life in the early 1900’s.  She then showed clips from her earlier productions and talked about her work.  Cath is inspired by stories, biographies of eccentric personalities, which she embellishes artfully with dance, theater and film.  Check out her website:

I’ll keep you posted as the money is raised.  We’re half way there!

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The Dream Machine Revs UP

It’s night.  It’s quiet.  I’m in one of my favorite places.  The tipi.  I arrived on the land after dark and the sky was one of the most beautiful I’ve ever known.  I should have guessed it would be special.  I saw a rainbow on the way up.  And then a bear.

Home away from home–tipi in the Catskills.

What did I say?  A rainbow, a bear, and the night sky lighted by more stars than I’ve ever seen before all within the same few hours?

What kind of blessing is this?

I’m glad I thought to bring my winter jacket.  It was 90 degrees all week, but I just thought as I was leaving, “Bring the jacket.”  I have both a sweater and the jacket on and it’s quite comfortable.  I have a pile of blankets on top of 2 sleeping bags.  It’s chilly, which is why the night sky is so clear, exposing every star ever made.

I was just saying to my friends, “I want to go to Africa, to safari, and see the wild animals.”  Then a few minutes later, I’m in my car and a bear runs across the road in front of me.

How’s that for a quick response from the Universe?

I stopped the car and peered into the woods where the bear had gone.  He stood there and turned to look at me.  We studied each other.  I began to think maybe I’d better move along, in case he decided to come back.  But we just looked until he turned and began to step slowly deeper into the woods.  When I could no longer see him, I drove on.

The view looking up

11 years I’ve been coming here and I’ve never seen that bear before.  I’m taking it as a sign.  Things will be happening faster now.  The Dream Machine is picking up speed.  More about this later.  Good night.  I won’t be able to post this until tomorrow.  No internet in the tipi.

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