Dr. Lisa Van Allen’s story was really fun to listen to as she shared her winding road that led from a conservative church upbringing, a marriage she left after it became abusive, and then growing into the woman she is today, a highly successful business owner and coach.
Lisa says she lives at the intersection of business strategy, psychology and spirituality, in her thought leadership. With tools that break through belief barriers you didn’t even know you had, Dr. Lisa helps you clear the path to do the work you were designed to do. She knows all about breaking through barriers as she shares her six dollar story and how this was the beginning of her experience of moving from a oblivion to a scarcity mindset and then to a belief in her own abundance.
During the oblivion phase she was taken care of and provided for like many women and then after her divorce she realized she had to provide for herself and knew nothing about how to run a business and bring in money.
As a result of her process she developed a mantra for herself that says, “I have more than enough.” Listen to the interview to hear about how she developed this mindset.
Dr. Lisa Van Allen is the ‘Biz Doctor’, a clinical psychologist and certified professional life & business coach with over twenty years’ experience. Dr. Lisa is an inspirational speaker and the award-winning author of Your Belief Quotient: 7 Beliefs that Sabotage or Support Your Success.
You can connect with Lisa: VanAllenCoaching.com
I have a love affair with circles.
It’s important to get it deep in your soul that you need to run your business the woman’s way.
This includes both being in circles with your tribe and bringing circle energy into all of your business activities.
Women need to see the whole picture. It is the most powerful way to begin to create a business plan, a new project, or solve a problem.
Circles are wholistic by their very nature. A circle can include all the parts and show how they work together.
Every new idea of project begins with a circle for me. I draw it on paper and inside the circle is my:
Solutions to possible problems
Your circle is also where your own wise and wild woman lives. She is right there in the center, right in your womb. She’s the one who always knows and takes you to your quiet space of clarity.
If you aren’t living in circle vibration it is very hard to connect with her and hear her wisdom. Without her wisdom you will struggle, make poor choices, not see past your scarcity mindset and can feel very alone.
All those issues live outside your circle, and if you try to make decisions from that place it will feel stressful- like being in a box.
What does circle energy mean to you?
How does being part of a circle help you to stay on track?
What kind of circle is missing from your life?
Join me for a free experience of circle energy.
If you are in the right mindset you can create this even on a phone call.
Join me in listening to this fun interview with Téa Silvestre Godfrey. Like me, Téa loves stories and in fact she says she is all about stories, telling them, listening to them, and figuring out what they mean.
She began with her own story of being the eldest of six children and her job was to do loads of laundry when she was only eleven, because her mom was constantly pregnant. She made this job more fun by pretending she was running a laundromat.
This was one of many make believe businesses she owned, so it was no surprise that she ended up as an entrepreneur, running a marketing company after 20 years working in the marketing industry.
She’s also the author of “Attract and Feed a Hungry Crowd: How Thinking Like a Chef Can Help You Build a Solid Business,” and the “Tarotic Story Prompts Deck for Business Storytellers.” Her writing is often seen on some of the biggest blogs on the Internet, including Copyblogger, Problogger and MarketingProfs.
She shared how the Tarotic Story Prompts Deck came about. She started a story circle as an experiment and gave people prompts to help them develop their story-telling skills. Eventually the prompts, then written on index cards, were turned into this wonderful deck.
Téa says she loves helping people express themselves and be more creative. Doing this keeps her from being bored with her business. “It’s all about helping people with creativity and building relationships.”
Téa’s wisdom for you is to slow down. Before making any decision think about what you are doing from at least three different perspectives. Ask enough questions to help you make sure.
You can find Téa at StoryBistro.com
I tend to not live my life around astrology but I do tune in to the energies and sometimes it is a real wake-up call.
Mercury retrograde comes along every so often and there is usually a big kafuffle about it and sometimes I think people blame that phenomenon for their problems.
I am all for personal responsibility and good communication, so if anything goes astray it is because I have not been mindful and sharp.
There are those situations where communication devices break down and even then it’s how we deal with it. This is the point.
Mercury has to do with communication on all levels so retreagrade means backwards or challenges. It can be a good time to avoid anything to do with contracts, agreements, etc but if you have to operate in that world during this time, it is a reminder to slow down, tune in, and make sure you focus on stellar communication.
Well, I learned this the hard way. I forgot we were in this retrograde time and hurredly send out an important communication that actually included a signed agreement form. Thanks to the stars, I got instant feedback that I had missed the warm fuzzy part.
I am all about relationships and I value that above about everything else so I was pounding my head when I realized I had operated too fast, from a “get it done,” mindset, and overlooked the deepest piece about the communication.
I am sharing this because it was such a reminder to always, ALWAYS operate from my values. Being an overly mental person myself, I can get caught in my Aquarius airyness and miss the feeling part. My Pisces rising sign and Cancer Moon are feeling the sadness now and yet, I know I can go back and do the part I missed.
That’s the learning I wanted to share today.
What are your values and how do you want to operate in your business, regardless of astrology?
Today is also autumn equinox and this is also reminder of the balance between dark and light. The darkness was that deep grief I had about slipping up. I had to go into my shadow and face it.
The light part is the knowing that no matter what, there is always growth and potential for healing.
The clematis in this photo was planted in my garden last spring. It struggled all summer with the heat and leaves began dying in July. We wondered if it would make it.
Then today I saw this one bloom, the first one of the whole season. Not only is it not dead, but it is so alive and putting out beauty and potential for the future.
I will have a long and fruitful relationship with this plant.
So never give up on something that seems to be dead if you feel the energy is still there. It might just need your love and time to gestate.
How has this sharing made you more aware of how you operate?
How can you step into your relationships even more fully?
What can you do to plant the seeds for potential?
I’d love to hear your comments and always love emails from you.
Why is it that at 10PM on Wednesday night I decide to re-organize my whole office and move all the furniture around?
I felt a bit of Crazy Woman but for months and months I have wanted to shift my desk and could not figure out how to do it in this space and make everything work.
So at 9:45 the light bulb thing happened and I got it.
I could see where everything would go and I had to do it right then.
I dragged my hubby in to help me and we did a major overhaul with my super heavy furniture.
These days any kind of moving like this means dealing with electrical wires and cords everywhere. So, there was that too. ( Plus sweeping:)
I should have been in bed! I knew that but it was too late for that. I was on a roll.
But shazam! It worked and its done. I am sitting here now looking the right direction and my whole office feels more in the flow.
I love it, and even though everything isn’t put away yet, it is already giving me a new fresh perspective.
I had a moment of trying to figure out where to put my printer and then I realized it fits perfectly into a small cubby in my desk. I had never seen that before. It is a perfect fit and it slides out when I need it.
I had my desks in the old set-up for so many years and kept trying to make it work.
Until this morning, I didn’t realize fully what a difference this change will make in supporting my prosperity, work-flow, overall energy, and ease.
I love feng shui and now I am facing the child and creativity area where there is a cluster of happy photos of my child when he was little. So I get to look up at his sweet smile and it reminds me of my own free child and the creativity inside of me.
Yesterday I was facing a wall with my white board and all it did was fill my head with information that depleted my energy. I tried hanging a large photo of a waterfall on the white board but it never worked.
Now the white board is on the wall next to me and I can turn and use it as needed.
My prosperity corner is behind me, at my back, taking care of me and my abundance.
Perspective is so powerful and it can change things in an instant.
What is going on in your life or business that is calling you to shift your perspective? It can be a small adjustment or a larger one, but seeing things from a new vantage point is so empowering.
Where are you feeling stuck? It might just mean seeing things in a different way.
It could be with your office, your marketing, or your goals.
You might think you “should” do things a certain way or make something work when it feels wrong.
Stepping into a new perspective is like the sun coming through the clouds.
Answer these questions and then contact me to set up a free chat.
I would love to talk with you.
I can offer a fresh perspective of sunshine on your issue.
- Where do you feel stuck?
- How do you keep operating in a way that’s not working?
- How would like it to be different?
Set up your free call with me.