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10 Step Guide for a Rockin’ New Year

The word TRANSITION means the passage from one form, state, style, or place to another = CHANGE!  Some of you are cringing thinking about change, but others are thinking – BRING IT ON!  How many transitions are you experiencing right now?  

From holiday over-eating to New Year reckonings about weight?  From worrying about money to wondering what else you could do to increase your income?  From working in a job that you’ve outgrown to wondering what else you could be doing? From leaving the workforce to enter the world of retirement and not knowing how to adjust? Transitions are everywhere at any time and can be perceived as negative or positive.  I prefer the latter and have some thoughts to consider.

T – Trust your instincts.  Rather than be caught off guard when things change, take the high road and note what your gut is telling you about what it going on. Keep in mind the change you are experiencing might be just what you have been secretly wanting!

R – Reset your eating and exercise program.  Have you been stuck and know you want to get healthier but not sure how to make the first move? I’m sure you have dealt with this before, so reflect on what helped you be successful in the past and recreate those steps.

A – Adjust your thinking from I CAN’T  to  I CAN.  See yourself healthy, happy and whole.  Send time every day imagining yourself being your best and being grateful for all that you are and have.  Hang up pictures to visually represent what your goals look like so you can start living in that body even before you get there.

N – Notice what you need right now. Go outside right now for a walk.  Yes – right now!  By yourself!  Take a notepad and pen along because great ideas are sure to surface while you are walking and you may want to write them down before you lose them.  Focus as you walk on what you really need right now to move forward thru this transition. This will be your starting point.

S – Set goals in alignment with your values to create the life you love.  Have you ever taken the time to really ask yourself what you want? Yes, you know what your parents want for you, what your kids want, what your partner wants, and what you “should” want.  But what do you really want?  Write down 3 dreams you have for a more complete life and post it where you can ponder it.

I – Integrate all your skills into a single focus.  By now you have probably acquired a lot of great life and work skills that make you the fantastic talented person you are.  During this transition, you might find that it is time to put them all to good use and see what emerges.  Write down a list of everything you are great at – write until you can’t think of anything else – at least 30 things.

T – Train yourself for new skills.  After I had acquired all the skills I thought I needed in life, I opened up myself to what might be next for me – the key – being open to possibilities.  What showed up for me was “wellness coaching”, or some people call it “life coaching”.  When I was searching for “what’s next for me”, a friend coached me and after just 2 sessions, I had a new direction, a plan, and I was on my way again.  I loved the experience so much, I was trained to be a coach as well as a coach trainer.

I – Invite new opportunities.  When I was transitioning out of the workforce and into my own independent wellness business, I needed to figure out how to earn money while still doing the work I am passionate about.  Because I remained open to new ideas, I was presented with a way to help people get healthy as well as make the income I needed.  The key was to stay open to new ideas and give them a chance to see if they could work for you.

O – Own up to what is best for you. Not sure what direction to take as you transition?  Your guide should be how you “feel” about what you decide to do.  As they say, if it feels right – do it!

N – Now is the time to reinvent yourself.  I wrote a whole chapter on this in the book Wise Women Speak – Choosing Stepping Stones Along the Path.  My gift to you is a free download of this chapter by clicking here.   http://carolebert.com/meet-carol/free-ebook/

Enjoy the process of your transition.  Remember, it’s about the journey not the destination.  And above all make it fun!

Carol

 

Looking for a tax deduction before the end of the year?

As the year is beginning to end and tax time looms large in the near future, I just wanted to share the tax benefit of owning your own business in case you want to join our team with Dr. Christiane Northrup.

You can deduct the following:

All your start-up costs – for us it ranges from $300-$700

Business expenses like product give-aways, promotion, supplies, travel

*Also contact your tax professional for more possible deductions

 

Here’s what Sandy Botkin CPA, former IRS tax attorney says:

“Every north American taxpayer who works a full-time job and does not have a side business is probably overpaying taxes to the tune of $3000 to $9000 a year.”

So what do you think?  Is the time right for you to join us?  Please email back and we can set up a time to discuss this opportunity.  Would love to have you be a part of Dr. Northrup’s global wellness movement!

Just to refresh your memory, here are all the benefits of joining our WellPro wellness team who works in conjunction with Team Northrup.

  1. Exclusive access to WellPro International Wellness Coaching Certification* a clear and practical system to develop your coaching skills to apply directly to your Wellness Business (Priceless)
  2. The Igniting Prosperity Training – An 8-module online (self paced) course that will give you everything you need to know to activate your new wellness business. ($1500 value)
  3. Weekly WellPRO International Business Support – A weekly call with Dr. Karen Wolfe, Dr. Deb Kern and featured team leaders offering business coaching, updates and group trainings. ($500 value)
  4. Turn-Key Business System – Your own professional business management system. It’s like having a personal assistant for real time reports, progress charts & graphs, recognition and client support. (Priceless -Imagine hiring an assistant for these items!)
  5. The WellPRO International Business Workbook – Get started right with your blueprint for sustainable success. ($200 value)
  6. Exclusive membership in our WellPRO International and Team Northrup Facebook communities to connect with our incredible team, get your questions answered, and stay up-to-date on new announcements. (Priceless)
  7. The Sugar Buster Program – A Step by Step weight-loss/lifestyle program without deprivation and starvation. Learn how to increase your energy, improve your immune health, and achieve lasting lifestyle change. Shopping list, email support, recipes, stress reduction, exercise, meditation, low glycemic cooking, self-care tips and resources to continue on with your healthy lifestyle.
  8. Exclusive use of Clear The Way Program – An online program that guides your clients as they follow a specific nutritional protocol to enhance their digestion and support their body’s detoxification.
  9. A personalized, signed copy of Dr. Karen Wolfe’s book Is Your Lifestyle Killing You? + audiobook Medicine from the Inside Out ($50 value)
  10. The e-book of Create the Body Your Soul Desires: The Friendship Solution to Weight, Energy and Sexuality by Dr. Karen Wolfe and Deborah Kern. At last a soulful guide to the weight issue that is long overdue. This book puts you back in the driver seat of your life. It is a guidebook for you to live a conscious and fulfilling life. ($25 value)
  11. 21 Day Online Mentor Mastermind Program – Go step by step to build your business with Dr. Karen’s simple daily action strategy. ($1000 value)
  12. Online Media Center where you get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes peek at how the top wellness business builders in have grown their wellness businesses ($500 value)
  13. Unlimited access to our training call archives with new sessions being added weekly. ($1000 value)
  14. A free ticket to next the annual international conference when you join with the WellPRO Entrepreneurial business pack. ($450 value)
  15. Your own customizable, personal online nutrition store and customer website free for a year including your own fully integrated shopping cart. ($1540 value)
  16. A cutting edge and completely customizable business HUB with professional presentation tools, team management software, calendar, tax tracking software, and more. ($240 value)
  17. You’ll be part of The WellPRO International team, an extensive, international community of like-minded professionals dedicated to wellness in conjunction with Dr. Christiane Northrup. (Priceless)
  18. Access to the leading, highest quality nutritional products in the world from USANA Health Sciences at a 20% discount (Priceless – you can’t put a price tag on your health)
  19. Access to In-Person Mastermind Gatherings – Connect, get inspired and gather as a community of like-hearted wellness professionals. (priceless)
  20. A proven, duplicable system for growing residual income in your wellness business and improve your financial and physical health. (Priceless)

 

So what do you think about joining before December 31?  As Penny Northrup Kirk (Dr. Northrup’s sister) says:  What would your life be like in 5 years if you continue doing what you are doing right now?  Isn’t it time to take action toward creating the life you are meant to live?

Let’s talk!  When is a good time for a call before Christmas.  Let me know by clicking below.

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Be well on your wellness journey.

Thanks.  Carol

Keeping Your Loved One Alive and Well

Have you imagined what life would be like if your spouse died?  It’s only recently that I have pondered that occurrence.  I’ve been lucky enough to be married to the same man for 49 years (I still don’t believe that could be possible) but recently I have been worried about his health and what it would be like if he were not here.  Does that resonate with you?

My husband is obese, has Diabetes and is non-compliant when it comes to checking his blood sugars and following a Diabetic Diet.  And his A1C is over 8, and that really scares me.  He’s already been thru open heart surgery to fix four blockages, a stent put in two years later, and now is experiencing shortness of breath.  So back for more tests and another possible surgery. Things are happening that have me worried and I am starting to feel afraid that I could lose him.

The most frustrating part is that I know what he needs to do to improve his chances of living longer and healthier but I can’t get him to do it.  I’m sure it hasn’t been easy for him living with “Nurse Wellness” since he’s addicted to junk food and doesn’t want to change from pizza and hamburgers to whatever I have concocted that is super healthy and not loaded with sugar and grease. A definite dilemma, but it doesn’t mean that I give up trying to change him, despite knowing you can’t change anyone but yourself.

I will admit I have had to get sneaky over the years trying to trick him into adopting healthier eating habits.  For example, when I started my own wellness business with a focus on nutrition, I really learned the facts about using “food as medicine” so I was very motivated toward helping him lose weight, bring down those blood sugars and maybe get off of the many drugs he was on.  

One of the programs I had at my disposal was called a Sugar Cleanse and it was part of a weight loss program, so I thought this would be perfect for him. It consisted of replacing meals with shakes for 5 days, taking vitamins twice a day, eating nutrition bars in between meals and after 5 days he could lose 5 pounds.  But how to get him to do it?

Step one.  I knew that he had loved having milk shakes as a treat, so I suggested he might like to try one of my nutrition shakes.  And guess what – he liked it!  Step one was accomplished and he was willing to drink a shake every morning for breakfast.  

Step 2.  Getting him to take the vitamins.  He was already taking medications for his Diabetes, so what’s a few more pills?  I told him they had been giving me more energy, I felt better and was sleeping better so he decided to give them a try.  So I added them to his pill box and he took them all together without flinching.  Just a few more pills – no big deal.

Step 3.  Getting him to do the 5-day Sugar Cleanse.  Since I hadn’t tried it myself, I wanted to know what it was like so I could better support my customers about what to expect. I also knew that it helps with weight loss and blood sugar control so I asked him to do it with me and he said YES!  And he agreed to check his blood sugars during the 5 days to see if it was working.  NOTE:  I believe that even tho he originally seemed to be resistant to changing his lifestyle toward more healthy living, he really did want to get healthier but didn’t know how to proceed.  Sometimes when something comes along that sounds like it could work and is non-threatening, people jump on board.  Timing is everything!

And so the experiment began.  Day one his blood sugar was 180, and by day 5, it was 90.  He was thrilled!  And guess what – he lost 11 pounds over 5 days to my 5. Yes, men seem to lose weight faster than women – not fair!  Now he was on a roll and stayed on a modified version of the program for the next 6 months, lost over 40 pounds, got off of his blood pressure and cholesterol med and one of his Diabetes meds.  And felt a whole lot better and became a believer in eating “low glycemic” foods for weight and blood sugar control.  So being sneaky and trying to trick him into making some healthy lifestyle changes may not seem fair, but a girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do.  And in this case it worked.

But now for the rest of the story.  I wish I could say that there is a happy ending and he stayed super healthy for the rest of his days.  But truth be told, this plan worked for several years but gradually his food addiction sneaked back in with his old habits and he gained all his weight back and finally ended up taking insulin for his Diabetes.

So here we are again, back at the beginning.  However, this time we’re older and now I’m  worried that his life could be in jeopardy.  But my nature is not to give up.  Especially when I know the results he had before were spectacular and life saving.  I am also armed with success stories from other clients who use this program and are healthier and extremely grateful to have found something that works, when all the meds in the world have not helped.  Even one man was able to drop his A1C from 8 to 5 and resolved his Diabetic Neuropathy!  And again I am amazed at the power of “food as medicine”.

So rather than giving into the fear of the “inevitable” with my husband, I prefer to take the high road and become the “trickster” again and try to work my magic once more.  After all, he is worth it and the path of healthcare with all those drugs and procedures should be the “path less traveled”.  Wellness is the way to true health and longevity.

Do you have a spouse or partner who has health issues you wish you could change and how are you handling it?  Please share your stories.

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What does it mean to accept the inevitable? I’ve been pondering this lately as I’m getting older, (not that there’s anything wrong with that), but things are changing that I have no control over. For example I can’t jump around in Jazzercise like I used to. I have to step in place because my knees will bother me if I don’t. I find that I need a little rest time in my day so that I can keep going on into the evening with activities. I find that I’m more assertive than I used to be – yes, I’m a bit mouthy – and don’t really care about the consequences.

In other words things are changing and I actually now understand my mother’s aging process much better since I’m going through some of the things that she used to go through.

Here’s Mom!

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The bottom line is it’s my job to accept my age changes rather than complain and resist. It’s just the way it is

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Now I know this isn’t easy and for sure it hasn’t been for me. I remember when I used to run for fitness but after several years it was causing me a lot of back pain. So I had to stop running and just do walking. And of course that caused me to be depressed because I thought I’ll never be as healthy as I want to be from just walking. And yet I have found that walking is a great fitness activity for me now.

So I have accepted that but I will admit that when you’re going through any kind of a change acceptance might not come right away. But if you give it some time and also appreciate the fact that this may be just a normal thing for you then you can finally make peace with it and accept it.

What are you going through right now that is challenging you?

Here are my tips to help you with acceptance of anything that might be changing for you that you are starting to resist.
A – Allow the change to come into being instead of fighting it

C – Communicate your feelings with family or friends so you don’t bottle things up

C – Create new opportunities that will achieve the same benefit you’ve been looking for only do it differently

E – Eliminate negative feelings that arise and focus on how can you shift and move forward with your life

P – Pretend all is as it should be and relax into these changes to allow your body and mind to relax

T – Train yourself to keep moving forward instead of yielding to depression, regret, anger

A – Allow time to accept the changes and let your mind go through the stages of grief and loss

N – Notice when you have shifted into accepting your new reality and celebrate your progress

C – Collaborate with others going through a similar situation and get ideas on how they’re dealing with it

E – Enjoy the process of change as another wonderful thing about being alive

 

And finally, I love this reminder from one of my support groups – “When I got busy I got better”

So I got busy writing this blog and now I feel better!

If you need some support around acceptance, contact me for a quick laser coaching session to give you a boost.

 

Be well.

Carol

If you are CREATIVE  like me, clutter stays cluttered and causes muttering about the clutter and never gets resolved.

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So what’s that all about?  My perception is that cluttering results from being blessed – or cursed – with being a person who is VISUAL.  You need to have everything in view so you can find it.  OUT OF SIGHT AND OUT OF MIND is your motto.  Can you relate?  So how do you manage that?

Let’s  apply this issue to a 12 Step Program of which I am very familiar and has helped me greatly in the past with issues out of my control.

  1. Admit you are powerless over clutter, its becoming a barrier to managing your life and business successfully and causes  you a great deal of unnecessary stress.
  2. Believe that a force greater than you can bring clutter under control if you just turn it over to the clutter gods for support.
  3. Make a commitment to getting regular cluttering done by committing it to your calendar.
  4. Search within yourself to discover why cluttering is happening in the first place and address that
  5. Admit to yourself and others that just because it appears to be a problem, it is actually related to what kind of person you are and reflects the nature of a creative mind
  6. Be willing to admit to yourself and others that just because you have the gift of creativity doesn’t mean you can’t control the clutter in your life.
  7. Ask the clutter gods of the universe to support your efforts in managing the clutter in a positive way.
  8. Make a list of all the people (include yourself) and projects you have disappointed because of not being more organized and efficient due to excess clutter
  9. Share those truths with those affected and make amends
  10. Continue to monitor your clutter daily and course correct promptly to avoid it paralyzing you
  11. Set your intention daily using visualization on what it looks and feels like to live a clutter-free lifestyle
  12. Share the message and lessons learned with others challenged by this issue.

Now you don’t have to do all of these steps right away.  This is a major lifestyle change and thrives on doing one step at a time and moving on when you start seeing and “feeling” results.

Need some coaching support around this issue?  Contact me for a laser coaching session.

carol@carolebert.com

Begin living clutter free!

Carol

Network or Die!

Did you know that “people need people” and in some cases when people don’t have human contact they can die?  Newborns denied physical contact with other humans can actually die from this lack of contact, even when provided with proper nutrition and shelter.  Older people who lack social contacts may be at increased risk of death if acute symptoms develop, because there is less of a network of confidantes to prompt medical attention.

So how does this relate to my wellness business?  Here’s my take on the importance of networking with others.

There are times when I just don’t want to be around people and want to hole-up at home and not see anyone.  For me that is a sign that my wellness business is losing ground – and could be at “death’s door”.  After all, independent business owners who don’t get out there and meet people,  don’t have any customers.  And then what kind of business would I have?

Working for yourself  is certainly different  than having a job working for a boss and being around lots of people all day.  There are always opportunities to make connections,  be seen and known and create new opportunities.  But when you work for yourself,  it is up to you to make those connections happen.

I’m just giving you a reality check in case you are about to embark on starting a business of your own and want to find out how to grow your business and avoid the “kiss of death” that happens to 50% of new businesses.

NETWORKING rules as a business builder and here’s why:

N – new connections are made with new people who may need your services
E – enjoyment happens when you learn about people’s hopes and dreams
T – trust develops when you connect with people on a regular basis
W – wonderful conversations often lead to friendships
O – opportunities arise to find even more people whom you can serve
R – rewards come from being able to help someone improve their life
K – kindred spirits show up the more people you meet
I – intimate conversations can lead to deeper relationships
N – notice what happens  when you give the gift of listening to another person
G – great things occur when great people get together

So if you are going into business for yourself, networking with people on a regular basis is critical – but pays off with great rewards.  And it is fun “getting to know you”.  James Taylor will tell you all about it!

So go out a meet someone!  If you are struggling with reaching out, connect with me and I’ll give you a complimentary laser coaching session to get you started.

Let’s get connected!

Carol

 

3 Cravings you must have in the New Year

3 Cravings you must have in the New Year

  1. Craving to meet new like-minded people and expand your circle of friends
  2. Craving to make a difference in other people’s lives
  3. Craving to get healthier yourself

Now if that sounds like something you can commit to, and you don’t mind taking the time and energy to make that happen, then you are in the right place right now.  Of course if this is not your desire, you may stop reading now, but I do wish you a very happy and healthy new year!

For the rest of you, want to learn more?  Read on.

As I ended my career in the corporate world and branched out on my own,  I realized I still had more to offer and craved these 3 things.  I never saw myself retired so I knew I had to create a new path for myself that would still be fulfilling personally but would also allow me to continue making a difference in the health and wellness of others.  The path I chose fell into place because I was OPEN TO POSSIBILITIES  and was WILLING TO TAKE CALCULATED RISKS.

If you are at such a crossroads as this, then I have 8-STEPS  that moved me forward into a place of new challenges, renewed energy, exciting possibilities, more relationships and support than at any other time in my life, more fun and travel, better health (I thought I was super healthy, but found out I could do even better) and even opened a path to financial security (that was a bonus!)  Believe me this was a welcome surprise to me at this time in my career and I felt rejuvenated and ready to tackle a NEW BEGINNING in life.  So are you ready for a new beginning this NEW YEAR  too?

Click below to request a FREE download of my 8-STEP PLAN FOR A NEW BEGINNING.

My New Year GIFT TO YOU!

carol@carolebert.com

Then  connect with me for a FREE CONSULT to discuss your thoughts.

carol@carolebert.com

Remember, making a commitment to one other person means you have taken the best first step toward making a change in your life.  Welcome to my world!!

 

Be Well!

Carol

 

SHIFT Happens

There’s a shift going on.  Can you tell?

Warm to cold.

Light to dark.

And most recently, beautiful fall days have descended into rainy dreary November 

How does this effect you?  Take it in stride?  Or resist it all the way? I always try to put a positive twist on things so here are tips to approach all these changes.

S – Settle into it and “go with the flow”

H – Honor the changes as the natural rhythm of the universe

I – Investigate any resistance and make peace with the cause

F – Feel the energy of the transition and the new refreshing energy that comes with it

T – Treasure this universal flow as a gift

So how will you proceed with this annual shift of the seasons?

I would love to invite you to hear a recorded call from Dr. Christiane Northrup that will enlighten and inspire you as you face the transitions  going on.

Embracing Transitions: The power of making a change

In general, the vast majority of people on this planet resist change. For many, change brings on anxiety and a fight or flight response. And for the outliers and early adopters, who drive innovation – they see change as an opportunity. The good news is resistance is dynamic. Whether we are running from or toward ‘CHANGE’ – it ignites an inner power and heightens our awareness for interacting with the world. Transitions can be transformative.

Astrologically, since 2012, Saturn has been in Scorpio clearing the playing field for what no longer works, our shadow side emerged in order to be healed with lots of endings,  particularly in relationships. This year Venus has danced with Mars 3 times, with the finale on November 2nd.  All in the service to make us whole, teach us to stop projecting our power onto others and ultimately take responsibility for our experience. These are the attributes that can make a transition a transformation, whether you’re an empty-nester, ending or just beginning a relationship, embarking on a new venture, retiring from a job or finding yourself in menopause.

Please join Dr. Christiane Northrup and her sister Penny Northrup Kirk to hear more about CHANGE as opportunity and how you can more easily trust the process!

 

Click here and request the link to this call.

http://carolebert.com/connect-with-carol/

Be well as you make transitions!

Carol

Burn Baby Burn

It’s fall, foliage is starting to die off, dry leaves  are in piles everywhere – and instead of feeling down,  it brings me joy!
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I Iove gathering it all up and burning it on a beautiful fall day.  Great exercise, great smells and fills my need to have a fire and burn something until it is all gone and back to nature.
Metaphorically speaking, it’s another way of looking at getting rid of something that I need to let go of that no longer serves me so I can welcome in what’s next.  In this case – Winter.  A season I am never ready for each year but when the hint of the first snow fall is upon us, I get very excited and just can’t wait.

 

So what are you still hanging  on to that is not serving you? Is it time to let that flame die out and allow yourself to be open for the next great thing coming for you?  When you release what you no longer need, you make space for something new.

 

I would love to hear what you are willing  let go of and the hint you have of what is coming next.  Click here and tell me all about it!
And if you need some coaching around that, let me know that too!

Finally – the truth about what causes chronic disease

What if everything you knew about the cause of chronic disease got turned on its head and was no longer true.
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How would that make you feel?  Frustrated that you had been spreading mis-information (unknowingly) all these years? Disappointed that revered health institutions you have been trained to trust have let you down? Wondering why when this information first came out it took years to finally be embraced?
Well that’s life and no matter how maddening it may seem, change is inevitable and it does take time to work its way thru all the systems we operate under.  But it is never too late to get re-educated about the latest news about the REAL cause of chronic disease.  I’m inviting you to a great webinar you will definitely want to listen to.
Yes YOU are invited!
 “Inflammation 101 – Is Your Lifestyle Aging You?”

 

Presented by Dr. Karen Wolfe

Thursday, October 15th, 2015
6:00PM- 7:30PM (Pacific)
7:00PM- 8:30PM (Mountain)
8:00PM- 9:30PM (Central)
9:00PM- 10:30PM (Eastern)

After this webinar you will be able to:

1. Understand exactly what inflammation is.
2. Discuss how inflammation is linked to chronic illness.
3. List the main pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory forces and how inflammation affects heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.
4. List the lifestyle factors that reduce inflammation

Dr. Karen Wolfe, was trained as a medical doctor in Australia. She is an author, an international speaker and Holistic Health Coach with The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She is extremely knowledgeable in the SCIENCE BEHIND SUGAR ADDICTION, INSULIN RESISTANCE, INFLAMMATION, and the RESET PROGRAM.

Register now by emailing me here.

http://carolebert.com/connect-with-carol/