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Stepping Into the Unknown

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roadI have been out of the loop for a number of months now but still active online. I’m still creating Udemy online training courses and have a podcast on iTunes called Purpose For Your Life (although I took a summer sabbatical).
I was dealing with some health challenges and didn’t feel a lot of energy to continue with what I was doing in my Online Success business.
But I’ve had a dream for a long time now of helping women realize the potential they have within them and encourage them to succeed in their lives, both personally and professionally. I’ve revamped my website at carolbremner.com to reflect that desire. The other part of my dream that doesn’t want to go away is to have a physical location where women can come together to brainstorm, encourage, train, consult, help one another to get to a higher level.
Yesterday my daughter, Melanie, and I went to see a location in downtown Galt (Cambridge) that seems like the perfect place. In fact, I came home and registered the domain WomenHelpingWomenSucceed.ca (sorry, nothing there yet) and plan to go and get that business name Women Helping Women Succeed (if I can). We are planning to have training and consulting available from the two of us and from any other female members who wish to do so. The facility can be open days, evenings, and weekends as needed.
I decided that in order to confirm to me that leasing this location is the right step to take, I wanted to first have ten founding members to join me and be willing to commit to pay $100 a month for at least three months, so I sent a number of emails out to people as well as posting on a few Facebook groups. The response has been overwhelmingly positive and has made me feel so proud of the people in my world.
As we get going, there will also be the ability for women to drop in whenever they like and pay a very low fee (probably whatever they feel they can afford, since I want to encourage low income women who want to raise their standard of living to also attend). We could start as early as the end of October, that gives us time to furnish the place.
Benefits of membership will include the following: mailbox address, wireless Internet, ability to conduct either large or small group meetings/trainings/consulting, shared office space, companionship, accountability and brainstorming between members, and of course coffee, tea, and maybe even some snacksSmile. And the best thing of all – seeing women grow and fill the potential God has given them.
All of the above to say that if you, or someone you know, is interested in becoming a founding member, I would love to have you join us. I’m also planning to set-up a Patreon page for anyone who wants to be involved but lives too far away to be a physical member and will keep you posted about that.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read this and I’d appreciate your prayers as we feel our way forward.
Have a great day,
Carol
 
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Crawling Toward My Dreams

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babySome days I make such small steps it seems like I’m crawling. Especially these days when my time is taken up with helping family and taking care of my own home and my health. But the important thing is that I’m going forward and when I fall down I pick myself up and start moving again.

I’ve missed doing my podcasts lately, but I haven’t given up and I do plan to get going with it again as soon as my life allows it.

One thing I have done is put together a lot of the productivity tools and tips I use online and created a new course. I’ve added it to the Udemy platform and if you think it might be helpful to you, I’ve created 50 coupons so you can take the course for much less. Click here and if you need a coupon code it’s: MYPEOPLE.

Have a great rest of the summer, take a little step forward every day, and watch for my next podcast. I appreciate you!

Carol

 

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Summer Absence

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If you’ve been waiting for my weekly podcast, I’m sorry I haven’t done it for the past two weeks and probably will be another week before I get back to it. I started the podcast in February and am still motivated to continue. But once summer arrived, it seemed my family have needed my time and attention.

That’s the great thing about working on my own schedule. I can take the grandkids out for a swim or an outing. I can help out with things when one of my kids needs me. And if my husband wants to go for a bike ride in the middle of the day, I can do that too. In fact, here I am on the Cadillac for seniors (or at least this senior since my balance has gone the way of my youth).

I was stressing and trying to get my podcast done somehow, but it will be rushed and likely not very good. Instead, I’m going to enjoy the rest of my week and encourage you to do the same. I’ll get another podcast out as soon as I’m able to.

One thing I’ve realized is our work will always be there waiting for us, but the people we love may not be. Take the time while you can.

Wishing you a summer full of good memories,
Carol

 

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Trusting the GPS

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city streetAfter years of getting lost every time we visited a new city, we finally bought a GPS. For those of you who’ve used one for years, you’re wondering what the big deal is, but it is a big deal to give up your choice and trust someone or something else.

We still managed to get a bit lost the closer we got to our destination, but every time Lady GPS was there to guide us out and get us on our way again. By the time we got to Charlotte, we were beginning to trust her.

But on the way home, for the first hour or so, Lady GPS took us on side roads and through small towns instead of on the main highway. The view was much prettier and we should have relaxed and enjoyed the scenery, but instead we started to stress that we were lost. It wasn’t until we connected to the main highway that we began to trust our little Lady again. She brought us safely home, with no loss of time. If only we’d trusted what we paid for, instead of worrying because we couldn’t see the end of the journey.

How often are we like that in life? We ask for guidance, pray for it, even pay for it, but when the direction doesn’t seem to fit our ideas, we begin to worry. Then we either stop entirely and try to find our own way instead, or lose the enjoyment of the journey because it’s taking us outside of our comfort zone.

What if we learned to trust our internal GPS and were willing to take a different route than we would have chosen on our own? How much joy are we missing out on when we refuse to take a risk?

Learning to live in the moment,
Carol

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My Podcast Experience So Far

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online radio microphoneFor the past two years, I’ve wanted to start a podcast. But the process seemed way too intimidating. I took three different podcast courses and still was intimidated. Finally I decided enough was enough and at the beginning of 2017 I started my podcast – Purpose For Your Life. And guess what – I love doing it!

I decided to work with what I could do instead of waiting until the podcast was perfect. That means even though most podcasts have intro and outro music or a professional introduction, mine doesn’t. But something is better than nothing. I can’t use most of the capability of the Audacity program, but I’ve learned it well enough to do minor audio editing. Getting the podcast out became more important than whether I’ve repeated the word ‘so’ three times or not. In the future I’ll probably make the podcast more professional, for now I’m satisfied that every week my message is getting out there.

I did pay to have my audio files on the Libsyn platform, but for only $5 they not only host the files, they also send my podcast to iTunes every time I record a new episode. If you have a WordPress website, Libsyn even has a plugin that adds the recording to your site as well. That came in really handy when I was travelling for two weeks. I was able to schedule my podcast episodes to go out two separate Mondays, just as though I was at home. Bet you couldn’t even tell I was away, could you?

Have you got things you’ve always wanted to do but the excuses keep you from achieving your goal? Why not forget about getting it perfect and focus on getting it done? People need what you know, don’t hold back and let them down.

Start sharing your story,
Carol

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