Happy Valentine’s Day! Love YOURSELF with This…

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Hey Glowers!

I wanted to send some love and light (and Internet roses!) to you today to let you know that I’m thinking of you and I appreciate your support you’ve given me and my platform. And I also wanted to remind you to love YOURSELF today. You are so amazing and gorgeous and full of ambition! And you don’t need a holiday to celebrate those things. You should be celebrating yourself every day!

Celebrate how hard you’ve worked on yourself and your business. Celebrate how you’ve stuck to your new year’s resolutions so far and that you haven’t fallen off this month – and that YOU WON’T! And to keep you on track for the rest of the year, I’ve launched #GoandGlowAcademy!

The Go and Glow Academy is an online education portal with courses, information products and services to help you build your brand, market your services and grow into the highest version of yourself with personal development strategies. The first product in the Go and Glow Academy is an audio course + (35 page!) workbook companion,(#GoandGlowAudioCourse) and it has 15 modules (15 hours!) of marketing, branding, implementation and personal growth activities, resources and research that will be helpful and very much needed if you’re building your business and/or at least thinking about building one. And I’ve got a few special introductory offers that I wanted to give you since it’s the day for sharing love and giving gifts!

I’ve also added some fun products to the SHOP, so you can give the gift of business and personal development to your bestie for V-DAY! Hey, whoever said that today was just a romantic holiday? 🙂

I hope you enjoy your weekend and I especially hope you’re surrounded by love and laughter and positive people.

GO AND GLOW!

XO, Natasha Cole

5 Things I’m Thankful For on this Thanksgiving Holiday

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Hey Glowers!

Happy Thanksgiving! I’m actually a day late posting this, so it’s the day after Thanksgiving, but there’s a reason why I’m thankful that I’m posting this a day late. I wanted to share with you the top 5 things I’m thankful for and I wanted to challenge you to write down the top 5 things you’re thankful for. I tend to practice gratitude everyday, but I still think it’s healthy to share it with your loved ones…with the other Glowers in the world.

#5: I’m thankful for the experiences I’ve had this year and for the courage to take risks and try the things I’ve always wanted to try. I’ve been able to launch my platform, be in a few movies and TV shows and start my entrepreneurial journey. I’ve had quite a few challenging experiences that have made me question my decisions and have allowed for so much reflection. So, I’m thankful for the challenging moments as well as all of my growth opportunities.

#4: I’m thankful for having an extended family of awesome in-laws-to-be. I’m engaged to someone who has an amazing family and who has made the ‘Welcome to the Family’ transition so warm and so loving. They came from out of town to visit us for Thanksgiving and I’m thankful that we were able to eat together, laugh together, play fun games together and just fellowship together. I had a ‘no social media’ policy for myself when I was around them (for most of the day yesterday) because I really wanted to be in the moment and show them that I appreciated them flying here to be with us. So, I’m thankful that the reason I’m a day late with this blog post is because I had family to spend time with instead.

#3: I’m thankful to be healthy. This year I started running and eating healthier and I feel like a million bucks. I didn’t make a New Year’s Resolution or anything, I just started cutting out a lot of sugars and eating more green leafy stuff. And I started running in the mornings to get some clarity and direction for my life, and I ended up losing some weight and feeling great! So, I’m thankful that this year has been a healthier one for me.

#2:  I’m thankful for having returned from living in China and having amazing, supportive family, friends and a partner here in Atlanta to help me transition back into living here. When you live abroad for a while you realize that everyone’s life goes on without you and everyone has a family to raise and a career ladder to climb or a business to build, so you can only hope that when you return back to the states your family and friends can carve out a little time for you. It’s nice when you can have dinner with friends and they want to know about your experiences and you can catch up where you left off. So I’m grateful for the relationships I still have and for my family who has been there through it all.

 

#1: I’m thankful for The Go and Glow Project. I’ve been able to connect with so many inspiring and motivating women with my project. I’ve been able to interview some people who have inspired me to go after my dreams. I’ve been able to create the possibilities for my dreams. And I’ve received emails from women and men who are inspired by my project to go after their dreams! So, helping people has been one of my top priorities this year and I’m thankful to God for my helping spirit.

Now, what are you thankful for? Let me know in the comments!

Until the next blog post, Go and Glow!

One Special Way to Say Thank You and I’m Thinking of You

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Hey, Glowers!

Today’s essentials for my arsenal includes:

1. A 314-page special edition O Magazine book called Dream Big.

2. My journal.

3. My personalized Thank You notes that I’m writing to a few people today.

When I was little, a friend of our family bought me my first personalized stationery set, to which my grandparents then taught me about the importance of hand-writing ‘thank you’s’ and ‘thinking of you’ cards to people I’m grateful for. That stationery set and life lesson were 2 of the greatest gifts I’ve ever received.

And my close friends, family and even a few favorite former coworkers probably have about 5 of these kinds of cards from me over the years (that’s how many sets I’ve had! Ha!)

I like to sit down and let God use me to write to people I’m thinking about and grateful for and let them know. No special holiday is needed. Gratitude is my attitude.

So who are you gonna write to today? Or who can you encourage? I challenge you to spread some love and light today and hand-write a personal letter or card to that person you’re grateful for and thinking about. Appreciation and edification is a beautiful thing.

Until the next post, GO and GLOW!

xo, Natasha Cole

Podcast Episode 001: 8 Questions to Keep You Aligned with Your Purpose

Hi, Glowers! This is the first Go and Glow Podcast episode. In this episode, I discuss how being uninspired in my career led me to travel and live abroad and experience life in an extraordinary, more meaningful way. If you’re feeling uninspired, unmotivated and you can’t seem to figure out how to live a more powerful, purposeful life – listen to this podcast and write down and reflect on the 8 questions I ask myself and my coaching clients.

1. What’s great about your life this week?

2. How have you grown this week?

3. How did you serve yourself this week?

4. How did you serve others this week?

5. Who and what are you grateful for?

6. Who’s grateful for you?

7. What did you learn this week?

8. How would you rate your life this week, using a scale of 1-10?

Develop a routine of asking yourself these questions every week and jotting down the answers in a journal. Hire a Life Coach, mentor or assign someone to be your accountability partner and start that project you’ve been wanting to start. Get out of the monotonous routine of going to work everyday and then going home to watch reality TV. Start living on purpose. Start serving others. Start serving yourself. Figure out what it is you want to spend your extra time doing so that you can turn that passion into a profit with a purpose!

Go and Glow!

xo, Natasha Cole

How to Make Your Environment More Vibrant

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vibrantHey Glowers! If you’ve been anxious lately about going to work and being in the same monotonous, dreary environment, here are 5 quick tips to make your day more vibrant:

1. Meditate for 15-30 minutes every morning. Go in a quiet room or closet in your house and start your day by gifting yourself with some stillness.

2. Go for a quick run or workout. Go get your adrenaline pumping and stimulate your senses. When you work out or run first thing in the morning (as opposed to when you get off) you energize yourself and you’re more likely to go to work with a positive attitude and clear ideas, which communicates success to your colleagues and manager.

3. Eat a healthy breakfast. We’re all guilty of running out of the house some mornings without eating breakfast, but the fact that you’re already running late and you haven’t had a nutritious meal can set off the chaos (attracted from the outside) that will come when you haven’t balanced yourself from the inside.

4. Wear a vibrant, colorful dress or shirt/tie. We know that colors represent our moods, so wear something bright to enhance the mood of not just yourself, but the whole office.

5. Give a compliment. When you’re generous and kind with your words, you can change the whole alchemy of the office. Make a habit of complimenting someone in your office for an entire week. They can be different people, or the same person. People love it when others edify them. So, speak respectfully to someone as well as about them. Acknowledge them for something they did that was helpful to you or to the staff. Acknowledge someone for cleaning out the fridge at work, or when they wear a beautiful dress. Make people feel important and helpful.

Remember to always spread love and light, especially in environments you’ll have to be in permanently. You want to create and foster a peaceful space for yourself and your colleagues. Productivity is doubled when you have happy, vibrant people working together!

Until the next blog post, Go and Glow!

xo, Natasha Cole

I Need You

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I need you

Hi, Glowers!

There are times in our lives when we will need to enlist other people to help us through our journeys. Most of us have plans to inspire and lead and grow ourselves and our brands, and we simply cannot do that alone. We may think that we appear to be small or weak to others when we ask for help, but in actuality, we empower other people when we allow them to assist us in bringing our dreams to life.

Think about how proud your mom and aunts are to call you their daughter/son or niece/nephew when you accomplish something big in your life. Now, imagine how it must feel if they were a major contribution to your success. Imagine how proud they must feel if they drove you to your piano lessons as a kid – and now you’ve put out an album on iTunes. Imagine if they lent you money to start your first t-shirt line – and now they can buy your t-shirts out of the local Target. Imagine if they helped you paint and put in new floors of your first brick and mortar business – and now you’ve got franchises all over the city!

Your family and friends can celebrate and bask in the accomplishments with you! They have a proud feeling of accomplishment that they can share with you. They have invested in you and they believed in you. And sometimes you aren’t able to repay them in monetary ways or with time equivalency, and that’s ok. The result of you being a successful product of your family and friend’s gracious and generous contributions is a currency greater than money and time.

If you’ve ever read Napoleon Hill’s book, ‘Think and Grow Rich‘, you know that you need a Mastermind, or a team of people to contribute to your success. You need a team of people to meet with every week to ideate with you. You need these people to leverage knowledge, skill sets and talents that you may not have to advance your ideas. You need minds, creativity, resources and money other than your own.

So, my request is for you to go out and enlist someone to help you with your cause. Choose at least 4 people to build a Mastermind with. Consider these 4 people your Board of Directors. Devise a schedule to meet with all of these people together on the same day every week and create an agenda. Delegate tasks. Hold people accountable. Cultivate an environment of sharing. And most of all, be open to receive the love and support people will want to give you.

It takes a team of people to build something great.

And it takes a really POWERFUL person to say “I need you.”

Until the next blog post, GO AND GLOW!

xo, Natasha

The Necklace

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necklaceHi, Glowers!

Have you ever read the short story, The Necklace, by French writer, Guy de Maupassant? If not, you must! I read this story about 10 years ago and it has impacted the way I think about appreciating what I have and being present and grateful in the moment for what is.

If you’ve found yourself always living in the past and constantly thinking about what you should’ve done with your life, or living in the future and imagining how awesome you’re going to be if you could just do that one thing, one day – then you will relate to The Necklace.

The story is set in Paris. The main character, Mathilde Loisel, is beautiful and charming but has taken to a pessimistic outlook on life, blaming her lackluster social status on being born into a poor family and marrying a man of average means. She’s never happy with what she has. She sits around her home and wishes she had velvet drapes and royal linens and fine China to serve her guests, who she imagines in her head to be rich and famous. She yearns for status and nobility. She complains to her hard-working husband that what he provides for her isn’t enough.

One day her husband comes home excited that they’ve been invited to a gala among the noble and elite and he thinks this will make his wife happy. To his surprise, she is saddened by the notion of not having anything respectable to wear. He offers to use the money he had saved to buy a hunting rifle in exchange to buy her a beautiful dress. He buys her the dress, and yet again – she is not happy. She does not have any jewels to wear. So, he suggests wearing flowers. But of course that isn’t enough for her.

Per his suggestion, she asks her dear and wealthy friend, Madame Forestier, if she can borrow a necklace for the event. Her friend obliges. Mathilde is ecstatic! She has the complete wardrobe fitting for a woman of status. She and her husband attend the party and she dances all night and networks with the most amazing people. For just a short moment she had forgotten about her real life. She had morphed into the woman she was in her fantasies. She was graceful and respected and admired.

The night ended with her husband sleeping in another room while she danced and laughed. When it was time to go he cloaked her in a shabby wrap to keep her warm, but she was embarrased because it was an indicator to others of their poverty. For that reason, she ran outside to quickly jump in a taxi with him.

When they arrived home, she took off the wrap and the beautiful diamond necklace was missing from her neck! She panicked. Her husband went back out and traced all of their footsteps but didn’t find the necklace. For an entire week, they scoured the city looking for it – but to no avail. They knew they had to replace the necklace so they visited jewelers around the city looking for a close match. They found a necklace that was priced at 36,000 francs ($40,000 today). Mathilde returned the replacement necklace to her friend hoping she wouldn’t open the jewelry case and notice the change. Madame Forestier was annoyed that she kept it for longer than promised; however, she never opened the case in front of Mathilde.

For 10 years the Loisels worked multiple jobs to pay off the debt from the loans and interest of the necklace. They had to move out of their home into a smaller apartment. Mathilde had to do all of the heavy work around the house since they dismissed the servants. Because of the hardship and manual labor, Mathilde’s extraordinary beauty had faded and she appeared to look old and irrevocably damaged. She was no longer the beautiful and charming woman she had once been.

One day she was walking in the park and she saw her dear friend, Madame Forestier. She had not seen her in 10 years. Mathilde walked up to her to say hello. Her friend was startled by her appearance and didn’t recognize her. Mathilde had to tell her who she was. Her friend was appaulled. She didn’t understand why her beauty had drastically changed and why she was so wretched and old.

Mathilde decided to tell her the truth about the necklace. She decided to confess her dishonesty. She explained that because she had to pay for the replacement necklace her life took a turn for the worst. Mathilde recounts how terrible the last 10 years of her life had been paying back the enormous debt on the expensive diamond necklace.

 

{Spoiler Alert: don’t read below if you plan to read the story for yourself}

It was then that Madame Forestier grabbed her dear friend’s hand and said, “My poor, poor Mathilde. That necklace was a fake. It was only worth 500 francs!” ($555).

The necklace was costume jewelry. It meant nothing to her. In fact, she never opened the case when it was returned because it was worthless.

Ahhh! Can you believe that? The anguish. The hard, manual labor. The life Mathilde once had (which she thought was not good enough) was gone. The power of deception and wanting to appear wealthy became the demise of her life. There are several instances of irony of not appreciating the decent life that she had and the appearance of being wealthy when she was actually wearing a fake diamond necklace. And the fact that her best friend was regarded as a wealthy person, when in fact, she had managed to live a life of deceit with fake jewelry that appeared real.

I think we can all learn a lesson here. We can see how by not appreciating your life and by not being grateful you can manifest the very things you didn’t want in your life.

My request is that you take 5 minutes each day and write down 5 things you’re grateful for. Just make a gratitude journal or notebook and everyday jot down the 5 things you appreciate, including people, experiences, blessings, things and feelings. Acknowledge what you have in that very moment –  for that day –  that gave you some peace.

 

 

 

Let the Light In to Let the Light Out

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lightHi, Glowers!

How do you handle being stressed? How does your day occur for you when things aren’t going your way? Do you tend to become loud and unpleasant with people? Do you darken other people’s day when yours isn’t full of light? Have you found yourself having a string of bad things to continue to happen in that day, or maybe even the whole week following one unfavorable circumstance after another?

Well, consider taking in some LIGHT. The more light you take in affords you more light to give out.

What is the “LIGHT” I’m referring to?

The light is the source that ignites your joy.

For some, it’s God or prayer. For others, it’s yoga, meditation, affirmations or chanting.

Light can be positive quotes, books and personal development strategies. Light can come from your Life Coach, therapist, or mentor. Maybe you consume light from your favorite spiritual podcasts or from your pastor’s daily e-newsletters. I know we all get those emails from Joel Osteen that seems to speak to us and cheer us up everyday. Or perhaps your light comes from The Go and Glow Project (shameless plug).

If we consume negative energy, it zaps our vitality, our strength and our health and wellness. It literally makes us look and feel older and sluggish.

In the laws of karma, we emit energy (thoughts, feelings and vibrations) and if we emit negative energy – it will be magnetized right back to us. And, the same goes for positive energy.

So, as a personal rule, we have to be mindful of any toxic people, behavior, activities and environments that contribute negatively to our energy. And if we come in contact with those circumstances we have to combat them by aligning ourselves with people and things that ignite our lights and feed us positive energy.

So, identify your LIGHT source. Identify who or what is your candle, your sun, your fire.

Once you have done that – you’ll know how to get to it when your day is going bad. You’ll have that person or thing on speed dial or at arm’s reach. You’ll make that conscious decision to turn your day around and not dwell in negative and destructive thoughts.

More importantly, you’ll know how to let that light in so that ultimately, YOU can be the LIGHT for someone else.

I wish you love and light in your life today and always.

Until the next blog post, GO AND GLOW!

xo, Natasha

P. S. Don’t forget to share this post on Facebook or Twitter if you know someone who would find it useful. Also, comment below if you’d like to share the ways you let light into your life and how you shine it on others.