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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.

Celebrating 11 Years

Thank You by Andrew Bowden of Flickr

Ten years is usually the big milestone, and it was, but 11 is my lucky number and the year that I had been most excited to reach – a second decade in business to celebrate.

Rather, what is more worthy of celebration are the people I have met, engaged, helped, supported and been supported by. Also, the challenges I have overcome and the self-limiting beliefs that I have busted are worthy of celebrating.

I was very busy with business, grading, and preparing for my first destination girls’ trip (a celebration of the year my high school friends and I turn 40) on my anniversary, that I forgot to acknowledge it on the actual day, June 1st, prior to leaving.

But I arrived before my friends in Hilton Head, SC, and as I lie in a lounge chair over looking palm trees and the warm, gentle, loving ocean, I was overwhelmed with gratitude.

  • I had hardly enough time to pack or sleep because my clients, mentors, and partners have been referring so many leads to me, and because now more clients engage me to work one-on-one with them throughout their campaign, a much larger investment, and more prospective clients are asking to speak with references.
  • I am so grateful for the myriad of former clients who are thrilled to share their story and genuinely want more people to have a happy ending/new beginning just like them.
  • I am grateful that I can spend money on a jaunt without worry that the well will run dry and I will soon regret spending that money, both because I have a full pipeline and because I have busted the belief that I am un-deserving, that the world is a place of cruel limits and lack, and that just when things are finally going well, tragedy will strike.

These beliefs kept me from fully spreading my wings, and while my wings are still not as fully expansive as they can become, they are FAR wider than ever before.

  • I trust in God and the Universe.
  • I know that I am deserving of success, happiness and wealth, and the world is abundant in resources and possibility, as long as I am resourceful and open to possibility.

My 40s and this second decade of business are looking to be my most exciting and adventurous years yet, and I have had quite an exciting and adventurous life so far. But, again, it is not about the years, it is about the people.

  • I first have to thank my husband, without whom I could not have been able to stay in business this long, and most definitely would not have been able to be home with my daughters.
  • I want to thank my parents. Even though I probably would have started a business without their blessing, I was both surprised and relieved to gain their support from the beginning through now.
  • Thank you my former BNI referral partners with whom I still keep in touch and some who still refer clients eight years later. You helped me hone my public speaking and networking skills, and supported my business during the most critical time in a business’s life and at a time when it was critical for me to have a strong business as I ventured into motherhood.
  • Thank you to the hundreds of LinkedIn Workshop for Jobseekers attendees. It was your feedback that enabled me to develop a much stronger curriculum.
  • Thank you to the people in the dozens of organizations who engaged me to speak. I found a new passion in public speaking and, now that my kids are older, see this as a primary platform going forward.
  • Thank you to my first clients who took a chance on a young, but ambitious and knowledgeable résumé writer and career coach who probably seemed like a baby to you.
  • Thank you to the clients who gave me a shot as a work-at-home mom. I was so scared of being perceived as unreliable that I was uber stressed all the time about keeping a regular schedule with my babies. I did not have a lot of time to work one-on-one with clients as I breastfed every three hours for 45 minutes. Though I was more diligent than ever with my schedule, if ever there was a snafu (baby won’t nap, explosive diaper incidents, illness, etc.) you were more patient and understanding than I could have imagined. Your patronage was so appreciated. You kept my business going.
  • Thank you to the clients who helped me test and launch new products and services. Helping you overcome your challenges was a reason to develop solutions that would help so many more.
  • Thank you to my interns and assistants. My management and mentoring experience before I started my business was minimal, but while I created new opportunities for you to grow, you also gave me the opportunity to see what kind of contributor I could be.
  • To my virtual experimental teams, who allowed me to test out new tools and processes while we learned along side each other, we may not have had the outcome we intended, but I can say that a lot was learned, and none of us were afraid to fail. For that we should be proud and I thank you. I will try again with new insights that will help future teams achieve more success.
  • To my former mastermind community, thank you for the virtually magic synchronicity that was created. Again, we may not have created a permanent group, but the momentum gained during that time had a permanent, compounding effect on my business. Thank you.
  • Thank you to all my clients who were willing to be vulnerable and honest with me, and trusted that I had your back and would be compassionate in my stand for your optimal outcome. You should be so proud of how you expanded your comfort zones, increased your life skill level and confidence, and grew empowered to create a future that makes the life you want possible. You ROCK in a very EPIC way.
  • To all the vendors who have helped me with marketing, graphic design, editing, transcription, sales funnels, and more, thank you.
  • A HUGE thanks to my current assistant, Angela, who has been with me two years supporting the most growth the business has ever experienced. Without your efforts, I could never have focused my time and attention on what really mattered, our clients and major strategic initiatives.
  • Of course, I thank my kids. To be honest, they seemed like an impediment to business a lot of the time. This might sound awful, but I used to feel immense pressure to compete with emerging coaches who had no tethers and could attend all the cool events and who started to “take” all the great speaking engagements. It took a while to grow in my own confidence, to see that I am a uniquely gifted coach, that my audience was not being “taken” by someone else, and that I am a FORCE of nature. That last one is something I learned from my kids, from overcoming the challenges that parenthood presented while conquering product development, plus business development, plus client delivery. I can now instill in other moms that it CAN be done.

 

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