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The Gold Standard: Do you have it?

Hello Everyone!

First off I want to restore my integrity with you as it has been a minute since I have written a blog article. You may be counting with baited breath on these little inspiring nuggets and I haven’t delivered them in a while. I also missed writing them too, but was not really inspired to say anything exciting or interesting. This happens sometimes. An rather than deliver lackluster content, I chose to give it a rest.

Either way I am here to serve you with a yummy topic that i was just inspired by this morning. The Golden Standard of customer service: Do you have it?

Is your communication creating a valuable impact, or tiny explosions with a bigger mess?

This week I realized that getting on Facebook nowadays seems like entering a minefield. I have to watch where I step and what direction I go in. I have been overwhelmed by the constant conversations going back-and-forth and I’ve had moments where I just want to shut it all down and not look at all. And someone brought to my attention that for our own well-being sometimes we may need to do that. But as much time as we take for ourselves for healing and peace these problems will not go away. We need to face them and where we stand in them no matter what.

The difference between The Time is Now, and The Time Will Come

After many years of working on myself, and practicing being aware of what holds me back versus what propels me forward, I have begun to pick up on patterns that become all too familiar. These patterns are the things I’ve become comfortable with that either inhibit my growth, or if i become aware of it, it supports me in seeing where I can make a new track towards a new destination in my life.

One of the biggest lessons I have learned and continue to learn is the ability to distinguish when urgency is needed (get off your ass and do it now!) or when knowing the time may not be now for me (let go and let God). There is a balance of when these two energies come into play, and a resounding internal calling as to which one is appropriate for the scenario presented to you. When we are out of alignment with this internal voice, which also can be considered as the bigger energetic vibration that connects all things, we can make choices that will steer us off track. This by no means is the wrong track, though most people’s minds are accustomed to thinking so. This is just a track that will perpetuate a state of ungroundedness, of confusion, or not feeling confident about who we are or where we are going. We all know this feeling. The question is how do you tell the difference and how can you distinguish the right choice for yourself?

Are you checking in with your soul when you do business?

As we gear up for our next leadership program, and I am interviewing students and seeing what they consider to be important in order to evolve themselves in the industry, it never ceases to surprise me what most of their answers are. To most it occurs that as long as their skills are up to par, and they just keep learning from the best about how to market effectively, they are in good shape. I will not downplay those 2 things as being important, however they are just details on top of a core root and foundation most are either unaware of or conveniently ignore. It’s not the WHAT you do, and it’s not even the HOW you do it. It’s WHY you are doing it, and because of that it’s who you are committed to being on the journey to living that out.

No one can tell you how to survive Wonderland, you just have to fall…

When I was younger, and still today, one of my favorite stories of all time was the Annotated Alice in Wonderland. I still have the book with its cover eroding away from the numerous times I’ve leafed through it desperately looking for a quote or admiring the illustrated prints by John Tenniel. I even had the opportunity to be in the play in 8th grade. We only had 10 kids in my class so I had to play 2 parts. At first I so desperately wanted to play Alice since she was the lead, but my English teacher laughed at me and said “Danielle, there are parts in this play way more suited for you.” I ended up getting cast as the White Queen and The Queen of Hearts.

What Are You Pretending Not to Know? Stop Bullshitting Yourself

I was cleaning out some serious clutter in my house these past few weeks and I unearthed a hand written sign that came from one of my old transformative leadership trainings I took years ago. It was a 10 foot horizontal sign that said in huge font: What Are You Pretending Not To Know?!

Why Are You So Offended? It’s not about YOU!

I love taking a long hard look at how conflict transpires: a disagreement between myself and someone else; a miscommunication on a post or comment thread on social media; the garbage a producer and editor will release on a “reality” tv show; conflict in any form between two friends; people with opposing views; something as big as two countries with cultural differences and seemingly opposing beliefs.

Selfies are BORING

I was filtering through some people on Instagram who are following me, and I decided to do a branding experiment.  I wanted to check out what people’s profiles were like and as and notice which ones served as interesting to me, and which completely didn’t hold my interest at all.

“Bad” Feelings Make “Good” Art

Last week I did a periscope addressing the fact that we as a human race have found a socially acceptable addiction that keeps us at an even kilter if not numb to our extreme emotional existence. While drugs (prescription and non), alcohol, sex, and any obvious compulsive habit, legal or not is considered a “bad” remedy to nullify our intense human perceptions and reactions…There is one that is 100% acceptable and even promoted.

Is the term “Professional Artist” an oxymoron?

As most of you know, I have been an artist as long as I can remember. I’ve been drawing, painting, and highly engaged in art since kindergarten. I have always danced to my own tune, had a different idea on how things should happen, hear things differently from others, and have seen things differently from others. I always dressed differently, and had no filter on my mouth. When I was young, if teachers didn’t understand my way of learning, they labeled me as a problem child, or dunce, giving me terrible grades and presenting me as a clown or daydreamer to the rest of the class. But teachers who did get who I was and the special way I learned often would be able to find ways for me to excel. I wouldn’t just excel but I would get the best grades in the class.

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