[FUEL] The Year of Floaty Downstream Action

By Dawn Shuler A few months ago, I had a business breakdown. I felt like I had been pushing, pushing, pushing. My inner well was depleted. A couple of weeks before that, I uncharacteristically cancelled a coaching client and essentially took the day off. The next two weekends, I was going to do some administrative work and bookkeeping to get caught up, and I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. Then, during a a supposed “work” day, I just couldn’t bring myself to do anything. I stared and stared at my computer, and nothing was happening. So, I took myself to my favorite red chair in the living room, lit candles, opened the windows, no music on, and I just listened to the wind chimes gently blow on the front porch. I wasn’t unhappy, just unmotivated. 🙂 Well, that’s not entirely true. It was more than just being unmotivated.
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[FUEL] Let go, let go, let go

By Dawn Shuler Whether it’s physical stuff, relationships, or old beliefs, sometimes it seems as if our lives are a repetitive process of let go of this, let go of that, let go of this other thing. It’s actually not a repeat of the same thing. It’s a peeling back of the layers of the onion. Each time you peel back one layer, reach one level of the game, there’s another level, another layer to conquer. Remember those racing video games in arcades? You do the dirt bike race, and you win! Yay! Then, the next course is in the Alps, and you come in second. Yay for you! Now onto the next course… And so it goes. You see the course in front of you, but that particular finish line is all you see. You don’t see the next course with its finish line flag, and the one after
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Coloring In Style

Are you ready to play, expand your creativity, and find some peace in your day?  Let me introduce you to Coloring in Style!           You know how popular coloring books are these days.  Heck, you can’t walk into any store and NOT see coloring books.  I bet Home Depot even has coloring books! Yeah, it’s a thing, a trend. Maybe it will last.  Maybe it won’t.  I think coloring books aren’t just a flash-in-the-pan, though.  They’re so popular and ever-present because there is an increasing need for peace, meditation, beauty, creativity, and self-expression. I’m proud to announce that I’m one of the artists in the collaborative new coloring book, Coloring in Style.  What makes this coloring book different from others is that because there are 10 different artists, you can really expand your creativity and playfulness.  While Coloring in Style is a collaboration between 10 artists, only
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What are the moments that are just waiting for you to notice?

I’m so excited to announce that I have finally published Find Your Moments, a collection of stunning photographs, each capturing the beauty of life that is all around us, some in surprising flashes. Each photo is accompanied by its special story as well as a Find Your Moments Tool to help you find meaning – in anything – every day. This book – and this movement – was inspired one day by a trip to Burnside Bridge, the famous “monument” at the Antietam Battlefield.  As I was taking pictures on a beautiful fall day in October, I was struck by the beauty of the crunchy leaves on the wooden bridge, along with the flowing water of Antietam Creek and the trees in the background.   It was a moment I wanted to capture – not just in my camera but in my soul.  There was beauty, quiet, peace, and the
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[FUEL] Are you working an outdated vision?

By Dawn Shuler I’ve stated for years that I don’t do five-year business plans, not detailed ones, anyway. When I started my business back in 2002, I wrote a business plan that projected five years out, but not with specifics about exactly what I’d be doing to reach those revenue goals, other than just work x number of hours at x hourly rate. Things have changed a bit for me. 🙂 Actually, that’s the point, Back in 2002, all I could see five years ahead was that I would be doing the same thing as what I started out doing, just with more clients and regularly raising my fees. Well, that didn’t take into account my practice taking off, becoming Chief Operating Officer of a virtual training company, and launching a second company. All that happened within three years after I started my business. Since then, it seems as if
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[FUEL] Peace, Commitment, and Empowerment

By Dawn Shuler These three words have come up over and over for me this week, and while they may seem like individual and distinct concepts, they are intertwined with each other as well as to me and my business. Let’s start with peace. When I think about my top values, peace or peaceful has never reared its head. It’s not that I didn’t want to feel peaceful; it’s just never felt crucial. Lately, though, especially in the early morning when I have some me time, I’ve noticed this wonderful feeling in my body, in my core. I breathe better, bigger, fuller, deeper. I put a name to this feeling, and I found it was “peace.” I realized I had been missing that feeling. Sure, life has been hectic, and there’s a lot going on, but I was surprised to realize how important peace was needed. Onto commitment. I’m searching
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Unfinished Quilts Extravaganza of 2016

I’ve made a joke, and even a marketing point, of the fact that I have many, many unfinished quilts.  Well, due to a few events over the weekend, I decided to inventory my stash, and I was a bit shocked at what I found out. I’m having issues at how long some of these have been around. All in all, I have 10 unfinished quilt projects; that means that there are 10 quilts that I have started and are somewhere in the process. (Yes, I have finished a few quilts, and I’m very proud of them.  I just haven’t finished them all.) I’m also experiencing extreme sadness, and I’m not exactly sure why. Is it all these possibilities that didn’t get fulfilled? Is it the fear that I’ve lost some mad quilting skills? Is it the in-my-face knowledge of how much time has passed and how different things are (even
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[FUEL] Create a Business that Works for You and that You Love

By Dawn Shuler You hear how you should do this and you should do that. Heck, as a business coach, even I tell you what to do! (One note about that… I always follow any suggestion or recommendation with “You have to do what works for you.”) Models, formulas, strategies, tools, worksheets, and the like are fabulous for helping you navigate the waters of business, but they’re not meant to be so sacred that you can’t deviate from them and follow your heart’s wisdom. If you’re making decisions in your business that are based from your heart and passion for what you want in your business, then you are on your way to creating a business you love. But if you’re making decisions – or not taking action – out of fear or lack, then your business will probably not end up being one you love. How do you know
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[FUEL] Top 10 Ways to Be More Present in Your Life

By Dawn Shuler As a small business owner, mother, and wife, I’m a busy gal. And as a creative entrepreneur, I have enough ideas to keep me going 24/7 for years to come. And I like to paint, draw, quilt, cross-stitch, write, run, hike… Unfortunately in some ways, though, I seem to be wired to work, work, work, and play after. “I’ll do such and such AFTER I do my work.” Guess when that happens? Yep … never! I never get ALL my work done. What I noticed was that I would get to the proverbial end of regular business hours, and I felt frenetic and panicked and stressed. “Oh, no! I can’t quit now! Look at all this there is to do! I’ll have to work tonight after dinner and after the kids go to bed!” or a plaintive, wailing, “Everything I didn’t get done today will have to
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What art has taught me about business

I’ve always loved creating with my hands, and I’ve been doing quilting and cross-stitch for over twenty years.  Over the last couple of years ago, I dared to venture into other art forms:  drawing, sketching, Zentangle, painting, coloring.  I don’t really have that whole “Oh, but I’m not artistic,” as I’ve seen for years the variety of artistic talent.  I mean, c’mon, a painting with a line that sells for thousands? Anyone can be creative with that model as inspiration. The art I create is within my realm, meaning it’s going to look like certain things, and it’s not going to look like others.  And I’m okay with that.  This wasn’t one of the lessons I needed to learn, although I recognize that it can be important lesson for others. So, in my exploration of art and creativity, here are some things I’ve learned… It can be good to have
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