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A Thanksgiving Poem: Grateful for 2021 and Hopeful for 2022 and Beyond

The best thing about 2021 is that it wasn’t 2020.

Yes, we are still dealing with COVID, and have lost some along the way.

Yes, we still live in a divided country and there are many living with divided families.

True, not enough progress has been made to course-correct on very critical issues at a critical flashpoint. We still have systemic racism, a gender wage gap, a lack of diversity in top leadership, and worsening weather impacts of global warming.

Yet, in 2021, I had more hope than ever that we might see these things corrected in my lifetime, or at least my kids’ lifetimes.

Why? The C3 community!

I spent the year doubling the people and impact of a community of conscious leadership warriors who are battle-proven at making the world a better place, and are committed to collaborating to accelerate conscious changes where a lot of the power lies – at the corporate executive level.

Not only does change seem more possible, but I feel relieved that these amazing people are “on it” and we got each others’ backs!

We’re ready, or at least getting there!

I have been so amazingly supported and it has made a world of difference in my outlook of the future. My core team, C3 co-manager, Lawrence Henderson, and my virtual assistant, Cynthia Harder, is fortified. And, the team is expanding as our capacity to do even more expands.

Did you know that an expectation of a positive outcome is necessary for your motivation brain centers to activate? Do you also know how much more possible a positive outcome seems when you have a team that is helping you build a community of people with a similar mission?

As a result of being so well supported and so hopeful, we embarked on a brand new adventure to host the Consciousness Conference and present the first Conscious Leadership award. We started something really special that has tremendous potential to assemble the best and brightest minds in conscious leadership to offer a menu of solutions for the challenges of the past we are still not through, the challenges of the pandemic and political climate of today, and the unknown of tomorrow.

I was so unmotivated by goals after 2020. Goals felt heavy, but possibilities pulled me forward. And, when 2021 threw some new challenges, it was having Lawrence and Cynthia on my team that helped me re-engage and persevere.

Because of the amazing support of my core team, the enthusiasm of the community, and the talent and passion of ancillary members of my team, we exponentially expanded our capacity to accelerate the conscious leadership movement AND I enjoyed working with many repeat clients helping them realign their careers to new priorities, stronger values, and improved lifestyles while meeting and working with some of the most impressive, conscious innovators and leaders to maximize their impact and influence by crafting compelling brands and consulting to them on powerful proactive campaign strategies and tactics.

Cynthia Harder is not my first virtual assistant, but she is the most experienced virtual assistant I have engaged. She has been with me now for two years as of September (close to beating Angela’s record of 2.5 years 😊). With my previous assistants, I knew I was a pit stop on their way to realizing a different dream, and I loved being a stepping stone for them. I’d like to think that they went on to be successful, fulfilled professionals in part because of our time together and learning from my work with my clients how to promote their value and qualify their employers. However, training and developing talent takes time. If I hadn’t had Cynthia, a smart, resourceful, self-managing, caring professional who takes immense pride in doing her job well, who embraces my clients and cares about their successes, too, and who is organized, persistent and adaptable, I hate to think about how 2020 and 2021 would have been. We have this system that works like a machine whether I have my hand on the controls or not. When the challenges of teaching a virtual class, parenting through virtual at-home learning, overwhelm from successive dismal world events, discouraging event sales, and learning my mom has cancer arose, I was able to take my hands off of the controls of my business and hand them to Cynthia for a while. Besides the ability to do this, there’s the knowing that I can do this and everything will keep going that lifts some heavy burdens from my mind and makes it that much easier for me to bounce back and pick up where I left off, if not a bit further ahead than I was. I am so thankful for Cynthia! I wish everyone had a Cynthia!

Lawrence and I reminisced about the first LinkedIn exchange we had back in May of 2020. I was looking to connect with and collaborate with like-missioned disruptors. Lawrence was my first or second outreach, and his response was perfect – he also was pretty tired of the competition and looking to collaborate. It was like we were speaking the same leadership language. Within the first 20 minutes of our first conversation, we felt our collective energies rise. (I give him the credit for that, considering he is certified in Energy Leadership from iPEC). The co-creation began instantly. We haven’t stopped since. Because he is who he is, co-creation continued rather than stalling when the above challenges arose. He’s got me. I’ve got him. It’s a beautiful thing! I am so grateful Lawrence responded to my LinkedIn message. His belief in me and his appreciation for me help me see myself as the powerful force of creation that I am and keep me wanting to create more.

Co-creation was one of the best things that came out of 2020, and it was a theme that carried over into 2021, and, I expect, will be how I will do it all from now on. I realized that co-creation is the key to fulfilling the big vision. I have a library of creative ideas, such as books, movies, songs, and events, that blossomed through the pandemic, and 2022 is going to be about leveraging co-creation to take these ideas from concept through commercial launch. Finding aligned co-creators isn’t easy. (Branding helps!) Knowing now what is possible when you do find aligned co-creators has sparked a new enthusiasm and motivation. My theme for 2022 is… Diversify and Expand.

  • In April, I will be instructing again for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy helping 6th through 12th graders manage their newly funded businesses.
  • The core team will continue to grow and empower the C3 community to give emerging leaders a stage and offer new opportunities to be a part of the legacy.
  • We have already started planning the next ConCon (in person).
  • I will continue to develop my résumé and LinkedIn writing team to support the leads with which I am entrusted from my network, and continue working with executive leadership on building a brand and a legacy of their own.
  • With a team beside me to support all of that, I will integrate stalled and new creative endeavors for which I am excited to engage co-creators, such as my book, For the Highest Good: How Conscious Corporate Leaders of Today Can Save Tomorrow, as well as an album of songs, mostly unfinished, reflecting reality as I see it is and how I see it could be, and a screenplay for a comedy that came to me one Friday night this month.
  • And, the band is getting back together! Harpers Ferry is back at the Bridgeport Ribhouse on March 13, 2022. It’s been a long time since we rock and rolled. Come rock with us if you can.

Though in my house we are not back to our pre-2020 activities yet, we have been enjoying reconnecting with friends and family, getting back to some of our passions, like music, and even discovering new ones, like my girls’ new love of softball.

Though we had been hit hard by some losses and scared we may suffer more still, we are entering the holiday season knowing that my mom’s cancer prognosis is good and the prospect of celebrating with her is so much better. We are very hopeful we will have many more Christmases and New Years with her.

Of course, I am thankful every day for my amazing clients and referral partners. I am humbled every time someone trusts me with their career fate or the career fate of their clients/friends/family. I take it very earnestly. I know how many people benefit from the right leader being in the right role and company with the skills of influence and the mission of impact.

Without further adieu, my traditional Thanksgiving poem:

We made it through the rough
Exhausted and shrunken
Discouraged and dismayed

To find the waters still rippling
Gurgling with grief
Yet moving out to open seas

Mixing in fresh with salty
Curdling in foam
Seeking a current

The destination seemed impossible
I was witness to ripples
And I joined them

Ripples became waves upon the shore
Some were ready
High on the mountain

Others ignore the signs
Washed away on the beach
Just in time, a hand above grabbed

Every terrace has a hand
Ready to lift
Ready to climb

Until we all see the horizon and rest

Something in the Way She Moves

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Karen Huller is the creator of the Corporate Consciousness Ripple Blueprint and author of Laser-sharp Career Focus: Pinpoint your Purpose and Passion in 30 Days. She founded Epic Careering, a leadership and career development firm specializing in executive branding and conscious culture, in 2006. 

While the bulk of her 20 years of professional experience has been within the recruiting and employment industry, her publications, presentations, and coaching also draw from experience in personal development, performance, broadcasting, marketing, and sales. Her solutions incorporate breakthroughs in neuroscience, human performance optimization, bioenergetics, and psychology to help leaders accelerate rapport, expand influence, and elevate engagement and productivity while also looking out for the sustainability of the business and the planet.

Mrs. Huller was one of the first LinkedIn trainers and is known widely for her ability to identify and develop new trends. She is a Certified Professional Résumé Writer, Certified Career Transition Consultant, and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist with a Bachelor of Art in Communication Studies and Theater from Ursinus College and a minor in Creative Writing. Her blog was recognized as a top 100 career blog worldwide by Feedspot. 

She was an Adjunct Professor in Cabrini University’s Communications Department and an Adjunct Professor of Career Management and Professional Development at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business  She is an Instructor for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA) where some of her students won the 2018 national YEA competition, were named Ernst & Young’s America’s Next Top Young Entrepreneurs, and won the 2019 People’s Choice Award. 

She is board secretary for the Upper Merion Community Center and just finished serving as Vice President of the Gulph Elementary PTC, for which she received recognition as a Public Education Partner and Promoter from the Upper Merion Area Education Association. She lives in King of Prussia with her husband, two daughters, and many pets, furry, feathered, and scaly.

A Thanksgiving Poem From My Heart to Yours

The world slowed down
Probably for too long.
But while we were still,
Back down to basics,
We found presence
Amidst the panic.

Moments compelled reflection
Inspired astonishment
In it while observing it
So deeply in my feelings
While also somehow
Outside my body.

The leaves slowly grew in
At times fought hard to stay
Coming down attached
And the rest fell away
As the darkness arrives
Earlier each day.

Harvests are done.
Nature rests.
Our ramp back up
Slows back down.
For a twinkle or two
Welcoming some magic.

Familiar faces and voices
With new dreams.
Companies leveling up.
Students sent off
From stability
Into uncertainty.

Culmination of years
Of wisdom and proof
Birthed the blueprint
Intent on good guys (and gals)
Owning light and darkness
To inspire ripples.

Keeping the trinity
Of health paramount.
Balancing these boundaries
For me, for you.
All the coping strategies
Some days, not enough.

We made it so far,
Well, not everyone.
All of us mourning
Some more than others.
Is it real or ambiguous?
Compassion is in fashion.

Thanks for the hindsight, 2020,
And to all who have been on this journey
Through life, work, parenting,
Making the world a better place,
Making tomorrow a better time,
And finding peace within.

Counting Crows – A Long December (Official Video)

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Karen Huller is the creator of the Corporate Consciousness Ripple Blueprint and author of Laser-sharp Career Focus: Pinpoint your Purpose and Passion in 30 Days. She founded Epic Careering, a leadership and career development firm specializing in executive branding and conscious culture, in 2006. 

While the bulk of her 20 years of professional experience has been within the recruiting and employment industry, her publications, presentations, and coaching also draw from experience in personal development, performance, broadcasting, marketing, and sales. Her solutions incorporate breakthroughs in neuroscience, human performance optimization, bioenergetics, and psychology to help leaders accelerate rapport, expand influence, and elevate engagement and productivity while also looking out for the sustainability of the business and the planet.

Mrs. Huller was one of the first LinkedIn trainers and is known widely for her ability to identify and develop new trends. She is a Certified Professional Résumé Writer, Certified Career Transition Consultant, and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist with a Bachelor of Art in Communication Studies and Theater from Ursinus College and a minor in Creative Writing. Her blog was recognized as a top 100 career blog worldwide by Feedspot. 

She was an Adjunct Professor in Cabrini University’s Communications Department and an Adjunct Professor of Career Management and Professional Development at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business  She is an Instructor for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA) where some of her students won the 2018 national YEA competition, were named Ernst & Young’s America’s Next Top Young Entrepreneurs, and won the 2019 People’s Choice Award. 

She is board secretary for the Upper Merion Community Center and just finished serving as Vice President of the Gulph Elementary PTC, for which she received recognition as a Public Education Partner and Promoter from the Upper Merion Area Education Association. She lives in King of Prussia with her husband, two daughters, and many pets, furry, feathered, and scaly.

My Best Year Yet: The Top 3 People, Authors and Coaches Who Made It So

Art4theglryofGod by Sharon of Flickr

 

2016 has truly been a spectacular year for my personal and my professional life. I definitely give praise to God, especially because the family members whose health had caused grave concerns in the past all seem to have made tremendous recoveries.

As I reflect on this year, I want to give praise to the mentors, coaches, teachers, and authors who have been the most influential to my best year in business yet.

Before I do that, though, I would like to pass on the utmost gratitude to all of my clients from previous years, this year, and certainly the ones who fall in both categories and allow me to make ongoing contributions to their career. It is only because you are there to allow my gifts to help you that I can fulfill my purpose. As a fan of words, I do not feel like I could ever adequately express just how grateful I am for you.

Now that has been said, I need to acknowledge the people who have enabled me to make increasingly greater contributions to my clients through their wisdom and teachings.

 

THE PEOPLE

Firstly, thank you Ford Myers. From my first few months in business through now being considered a fellow veteran of the industry, I want to thank you for the contribution you made to me, such as letting me borrow your Ultimate Career Guide through writing the foreword to my new book. You helped me build a strong foundation from which I could build my own solid business and reputation. And, thanks to the professional that you are, the industry as a whole in our region has been able to make a greater impact in the lives of corporate professionals. I very much appreciate the times that we were able to sit down and talk philosophy and pragmatism. I hope we will be able to do more of that in 2017.

Ed Samuel, thank you for introducing me to CCI Consulting. You have changed my perception of the quality possible in outplacement programs. You put a tremendous amount of time and energy into your service to others, and as a result, thousands have been able to make their own great contributions. When it is your time to finally slow down, I hope that you will be fully satisfied, joyfully floating on the ripples that reverberate back-and-forth through the pools of professionals who have been impacted by your effort, wisdom, and passion.

Lisa DeLuca, if there is anyone out there who questions the dedication of undergrad career services, I will point them to you to see the optimal example of the positive impact that is possible when career services establishes itself as a progressive partner firmly integrated into an effective preparatory undergrad curriculum. But that’s just who you have been for academia in general, LeBow, and its students. For me, having been self-employed for nine years prior to joining the adjunct faculty, I was encouraged by your patience, compassion, and guidance as I embarked on my own new career adventure. And, I have been impressed with your trust in my experience and how much you and LeBow value that. It has given my confidence and my credibility a boost that has enabled me to reach and help so many more people in 2016.

 

THE BOOKS

These are some books that created a shift in the momentum of my business this year.

The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

Not only did I read more this year because of the practices that I adopted from this book, but I also grew at an exponential pace. This book and the Facebook community are directly attributable to my growth. I urge you to join a community and read this book, but especially without hesitation because the author is currently fighting cancer. I fully expect that he will recover and come back stronger than ever, but don’t miss your chance to get to know him.

The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss

Though I listened to the free audiobook available on YouTube, I recommend that you get the printed copy. I struggled to take notes at the pace that I could listen, and that is about the pace that he delivers the goods. Because of this book not only do I focus more of my time on the things that I enjoy and do best, but I also have been able to help my clients do more in less time. Both are critical when you are working and you begin to transition as well as when you are not working and need income.

Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

I learned and teach a lot from this book and because of it I can be more accountable as a coach. In turn, I help my clients achieve better results. I can better understand their tendencies around forming good habits, and help them create an environment that is more conducive to long-lasting positive change that will help them achieve professional as well as personal goals now and in the future.

 

THE COURSES

Since reading The Millionaire Mindset in 2012, I have allocated 10% of my revenue toward education and training, and because of The Miracle Morning, have been more regimented than ever about investing 10% of my time to these pursuits. With more revenue than any other year that I’ve been in the business, I have made a record investment in my own professional development. Here are the courses and coaches that made 2016 my best year yet.

Winning the Game of Money, John Assaraf

It was actually years ago that I invested in this program, and I did go fully through it, and it did make an impact, but I had two babies at home. Unless you’ve been there, it is challenging to describe how the needs of two little humans can fracture your focus. I will never regret my decision to work from home with my kids, but if I could change anything about that time in my life it would have been to be more at peace with that life decision and not feel as pressured to keep a certain pace with my business. Feeling ready to refocus with my oldest attending a full day of school, I repeated this course in the spring this year, which was exactly when the shift occurred.

I enjoyed a very steady pipeline of great clients, was invited to participate in or speak at great events, and was offered unprecedented opportunities to partner with organizations I respected. In the past 10 years of being in business, especially when my children were babies, revenue was so unpredictable it was very challenging to make plans, like committing to family vacations. This is the first year we were able to do that, and my husband and I even went on a romantic getaway of our own. While self employment offers freedom to manage your own schedule and choose who you work with, it is not really freedom unless you have the resources, time, and money to do what you wish. I got my first taste of that freedom this year, and I thank John Assaraf and this program for that. If you are on my mailing list, then you have been informed of this program before. If you are not on my mailing list, please join to stay informed of influential resources like this as I discover them.

Consciousness Engineering, Vishen Lakhiani

I have been a member of MindValley for many years now, and have had it to thank for new spiritual awakenings and awareness. In 2016 the founder, Vishen Lakhiani, a curator of consciousness courses, started his own series. He interviews thought leaders covering a variety of different realms of life, learning, and spirituality. Each interview is like a system upgrade download, intended to level up your systems for living that enable you to progress and grow at an exponential pace. This means that the 10% of my time that I have been dedicating to my own professional development has actually produced exponential results.

However, what I see is being the most beneficial components of this course to my clientele have been the inspiration that he and his coaching cohorts are to me, helping me to find a vision of my own future in which I am making a contribution to millions, and some of the stories are just every day people who either experienced extraordinary events, or who experienced ordinary events and created something extraordinary from the experience. The more I expose myself to these real-life stories, the greater the gravitational pull of my hope is, which makes me more excited to get out of bed in the morning, and pushes me to complete a milestone before I rest my head for the night. Anytime I have a commute of 45 minutes or more, I listen to this program. I do not think I can count on both of my hands and toes how many times I have cited this course to my clients, especially when they start to doubt if their dreams are possible. I have come to see belief as a critical ingredient to epic success, but it does not always come easily. Consistent reinforcement is necessary sometimes to generate the kind of belief that turns what is possible into what is probable. That is the major contribution that this course has had on me and my clients in 2016.

Journaling Mastery, Derek Rydall

Because of The Miracle Morning, journaling, aka scribing, has been a part of my routine. I have always been a fan of journaling. Many of the books that I read have journaling components, and, though it takes that much longer to complete these books, they tend to have the greatest impact on my self-awareness and, therefore, the actions that I take toward my vision. I do not know if this 30-day course is still available for individual purchase, but I can tell you that it inspired me to create my own 30-day journaling guide, which is available as of this Wednesday: Laser-sharp Career Focus: Discover your Purpose and Passion in 30 Days.

It wasn’t just the format that was inspired by Derek, however. As the world’s leading expert on the Law of Emergence, based on his teachings I changed my paradigm and the model that I used to help my clients discover their purpose and passion from one that is less about receiving input and more about guiding them further inward to help them acknowledge what is already within them and wanting to emerge. It changed the whole process from one of pushing to allowing oneself to be pulled, which requires a lot less motivation, a force that most of us cannot sustain long enough to overcome challenges and create our dreams.

 

Next week I will share with you what is on deck for 2017. I have a full library of books, courses and events that will help me continue my personal and professional growth sprint and enable me to assist you even better in yours.

 

Have a happy, healthy, prosperous new year!

 

17 Academically and Scientifically Proven Benefits of Practicing Gratitude Regularly

Gratitude by Sheila Craan of flickr

Gratitude by Sheila Craan of flickr

 

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It is not about presents; it is about togetherness. It is the perfect kick-off to start reflecting on our past and planning our future. What science has proven time and time again is that if we want a brighter, happier, and healthier 2017, giving thanks is best done on a daily basis, not an annual basis. It improves mental and physical health. Even when practiced by individuals, the impacts reach far into families and communities.

Here is a list of the SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN benefits of being a thanksgiving practitioner, meaning having a regular regimen around practicing gratitude, such as including it in your meditation, prayer, or journaling.

  • Stronger immune systems and lower blood pressure
  • Higher levels of positive emotions
  • More joy, optimism, and happiness
  • Acting with more generosity and compassion
  • Feeling less lonely and isolated
  • Better sleep (even for chronic pain sufferers)
  • Less depression
  • Stronger relationships, including marriages
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Higher likeliness to help others (aka pro-social behavior)
  • Better handling of adversity / greater resilience
  • Lower violence
  • Fewer complaints
  • Less sickness
  • More exercise (an average of 1.5 hours more per week)
  • Lower need for material possessions
  • More energy, alertness, and enthusiasm

 

Below is a non-exhaustive list including some of the studies done on gratitude, validating that many have deemed gratitude worthy of great investments of time and money.

Harvard Medical School

Greater Good Science Center, University of California, Berkeley

2006 study in the journal Psychological Science

2010 study in the journal Psychological Science

University of California, Davis & University of Miami

Department of Psychology, George Mason University, Western New York Veterans Administration Hospital, University at Buffalo, SUNY & University of Alabama at Birmingham

 

100 Things to Make You Smile When Life Doesn’t Look Like We Want It To

 

 

One Hundred by Mark Paz

One Hundred by Mark Paz

 

For my 100th LinkedIn post, I want to take a page from my daughter’s preschool and kindergarten classes. They use the hundredth day of school not only to celebrate a milestone I never even thought to celebrate, but to teach kids about the number 100. It is a pretty significant number, as numbers go.

I decided, inspired by the hundredth day of school (that we are now actually celebrating having come to an end), that I wanted to use my hundredth post to expand an exercise that my daughters and I have started to do to turn our attitude into gratitude. It is a way to quickly recover when our complaining turns into a negative tailspin. I’ll have them or they’ll have me make a list of things for which we are grateful. In regard to effectiveness, this makes us feel better 100% of the time.

I started this list with ten things that I feel could apply to anyone anywhere in the world at any given moment. However, I ask you to contribute comments with the things that you can always turn to make you feel grateful and happy, even when the world around you does not seem so happy. The exercise of doing so, I guarantee, will lift your spirits. You can also be certain that as others read your contributions, you will be raising the level of happiness in others.

Recommendation: the worse you feel the more items you add. Keep adding items until you feel better.

1. You can improve your health right now just by moving.

2. It does not rain every day everywhere.

3. The biggest, scariest creatures lived a long, long time ago.

4. Satellites make it easy to see anywhere in the world.

5. It is rare that the sky is not interesting to gaze upon.

6. Seeds represent infinite possibility.

7. When life was invented, I was invented to be a self-sustaining cycle of endings and new beginnings.

8. Each of us had a mom and a dad, whether we know them or not, they brought us into this world and made possible whatever we wanted to be possible.

9. We are one of the few animals that can laugh.

10. There is music… Sweet music.