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The Power of Volunteering

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I think this verse about sums up how I feel with regard to people, no matter what their background or circumstances:

1st Peter 4:10 – God has given each of you some special abilities; be sure to use them to help each other, passing on to others God’s many kinds of blessings.

As a result, I’ve begun to make friends with people that I may not have had in my life and am realizing how special each of them is. I may be offering my time and some of my finances, but those I serve have also become a real blessing to me.

These are the causes that I volunteer with and are dear to my heart:

Dismas – a community for ex-offenders to realize how much God loves them. We meet monthly at a local church for games, a meal, and a time of singing and fellowship together.

I also go monthly to a Dismas meeting within Grand Valley Women’s Prison and have come to know and love each of those dear ladies. We all make mistakes, they are paying for theirs and regret their choices. One day they will be released and re-building their self-esteem and healing their brokenness starts here.

nightlight – Imagine how it would feel to have no family, no friends, no money, and no community? Sometimes not even a home. Nightlight exists to help solve this relational poverty. We meet three nights a week, play games, do puzzles or color, have coffee and snacks at no charge and gladly give the gift of friendship and conversation to all who walk through the door. I volunteer there once a week, serve coffee, and have the privilege of  watching people blossom simply because someone cares.

Makers – Women Creating Together: I and some other special ladies get together at the nightlight location every Wednesday afternoon. Crafting and community are healing broken ladies and helping us realize how important we really are.

Volunteering has the power to take you out of yourself and your problems, to enrich your life, and to make you feel needed and useful.

Do you volunteer? I’d love to hear your experiences. Please comment below.

Have a great day,
Carol

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Beginning 2018 With a Plan

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If you’ve been following my journey this past year, I knew I wanted to do something more purposeful and that could help women to improve their lives financially. I also knew it should have something to do with virtual work, since the women would usually not be able to find or keep traditional jobs because of challenges with health, age, family responsibilities, or background. Volunteering at a local women’s prison and with a prison aftercare program have both strengthened that desire in me. So far, my path looks like this photo:

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What I want to do seems so high and impossible to get to. But I have been making progress and thought you might like to see my steps so far.

  • My goal is to start an incubator to help women grow an income virtually. It will offer companionship, accountability, brainstorming, training as needed, and job leads.
  • I’ve got two other ladies on board with me to do whatever is needed and have registered a business name and domain names.
  • There will be a non-profit side of it and a for profit, so I need to register the non-profit (no experience with that at all) and do all the data needed for that.
  • The incubator will have an online membership component for women outside of the area and a physical location in my downtown area, close to transportation – that place still needs to be found, although there are a couple of possibilities. I’ll need computers, chairs, and desks for the offline location. Plus some cozy furniture for our times just being together.
  • We have an idea of the services and training we can offer and what will set us apart.
  • Our two needs now are to find out what services and content topics marketers and business people may need, and to connect with those people who will need our services and content.

I’m excited, although I realize it’s a long term vision and I may have to climb a lot higher than I ever have before. I’d love your feedback and advice as we move forward.

Have a great 2018,
Carol

 

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Practical Help To Change Your World

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I’ve been feeling down about the fact that I get so many ideas and want to do so many things, but I constantly seem to put the brakes on myself. I found this video on Youtube and have watched it a few times now. Great advice that I found very helpful and think you will too. Plus, Mel Robbins is very entertaining to learn from.

Please join with me in 2018 to stop hitting the snooze button or the emergency brake and get out of our routines and into the life we were meant to live.

All the best for these last weeks of 2017. And please let me know how you are stepping out, it will be a big encouragement to me.
Carol

 

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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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