Don’t Ignore God’s Assignment for You

Hey Glowers!

Today I had an appointment with a client who I’m so proud of. She’s creating a brand to empower the youth. She hired me to do her marketing collateral and she shared a lot of her journey with me for the past 2 months that I was grateful she shared with me. Of all the setbacks, disappointments and no’s she got from people while organizing this event, she kept going and was determined to see her project to the finish line because of her assignment from God. Today is her inaugural event in her hometown and she’ll be teaching young girls about AIDS awareness and prevention, proper nutrition and life skills. She said that there was no one in her small hometown who had ever had a big event like this and she wanted to reach out to them and show the girls that she cares. Now imagine how blessed those girls are going to be to receive information and love from her!

I got inspired by that because I’m also working on my #GoandGlowKidsandTeens platform and I understand that as much as I love working with women, I also have to continue to reach back to our young girls and empower them. Mentoring and teaching kids has always been a HUGE part of my existence, and I know it’s one of those things that’s innate for me. But with all of the other components of my marketing and branding business and with the podcast and the blog – I’ve somehow managed to ignore what I think will probably be one of the most important and urgent assignments from God for me – to speak wisdom, love and truth into the kids.

Working with my client and seeing how relentless she was to make this event happen today because of her mission to carry out God’s assignment really made me want to share that with you … and hopefully inspire you to not forget or ignore your assignment from God for your life.

god's assignment for you

So, what is it? Have you already shared it with me? Have you ever thought about what it is? We have several assignments from God, but what is that ONE that HE wants to use you for to impact the world? What are you letting get in the way of not getting done? Relationships? Social life? Married life? Motherhood? Work? That bomb salary and paid vacation? I hope not. I shared this on Facebook about letting that job get in the way of your assignment:

Today I’m blogging about God promising you way more than a matched 401k, a $100,000 salary and a week’s vacation to Hawaii. You have to learn to not get comfortable with that raise or promotion or the paid vacations, and you have to really figure out what’s going to make YOU happy and how you can impact the world with your own business. You have amazing ideas. You have opinions that matter. And what you have to offer the world will make a difference. You have to believe that and be convicted of it. You deserve an abundant life. Don’t get too comfortable and too proud of yourself. Know that you could be making 10x the amount you’re making now doing something that comes from your heart. And you could be making 10x the impact on people who could benefit from your gifts. So don’t forget to work on your own business while you’re working for someone else. God gave YOU an assignment. Don’t ignore it.

Signed,

The Girl Who’s Working on Her Assignment from God with The Go and Glow Project.

I just felt compelled to share that during working hours with my personal friends and family because a lot of them may sit at work and scroll Facebook, bored, wishing they didn’t have to do that meaningless job. And a lot of them may have amazing, purposeful, good-paying jobs but just not purposeful for what they want to do from their own hearts. So, I’m sharing the status with you with the intention to get you to think about your assignment and be aware of what you’re here to do on this Earth. And beg you to realize how urgent it is to start on it … NOW!

GO AND GLOW!

Natasha
Chief Glow-Getter
www.GoandGlowProject.com
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Podcast Episode 006: Traveling with Reporter Melissa Hellmann

Hey Glowers,

Today’s podcast episode is an interview with San Francisco based reporter and journalist, Melissa Hellmann, who reports on news, arts, culture, health, education, politics and design, and who has traveled to over 20 countries! Melissa is a former colleague of mine from when I lived and worked in Shanghai, and at the time of this interview she’s living in Hong Kong and interning for TIME Asia and reporting on Hong Kong-China relations and international affairs.

In our interview, she talks about the cool stories she’s worked on, some awesome backpacking-in-India tales and other traveling experiences, and the importance of chasing her dreams and having the courage to change careers to work in her passion. A great quote from Melissa in regards to working on her craft and interning before she had her dream job was, “I didn’t want to spend my entire day doing something that I wasn’t especially interested in, so I needed to have a few hours in the day to do something I was really proud of.” And a great jewel about not giving up after she made some mistakes was, “You have to fail to realize what you’re capable of doing better.”

To read some of the stories she’s covered and to follow her travel adventures, go to www.MelissaHellmann.com.

And to subscribe to my blog, watch Go and Glow TV or to book me for a branding consultation for your business, go to www.GoandGlowProject.com or email me at GoandGlowProject@gmail.com.

Until  the next podcast, Go and Glow!

Finding Beauty in Nature

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Hey Glowers,

Today, on my morning run, I ran past at least 10 of the most beautiful red/auburn-leaved trees. And at each one that I ran past I stopped to take a photo because they looked like screensavers and really made the neighborhood look gorgeous. The last tree in this photo had a sunray beaming next to it, which I didn’t notice until after I took it and walked back into the house and went through all of them. I know that this has to be a metaphor for a few things: 


1. When you start to find the beauty in life and become grateful for everything, the Universe conspires to give you more things to be grateful for. 


2. Your journey will reveal to you everything you need to know about yourself through people, through losses, through experiences, through love, and through nature – if you just pay attention. 


3. There’s always God’s light at the end of a dark tunnel.

Enjoy today and go find your sunray! 

Go and Glow!

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

Goddess Rising

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Goddess RisingHi, Glowers! Or should I say Goddesses!

When I use to teach literature, I was in love with Greek mythology and the narratives of art, love, culture, war, passion, temptation, betrayal and the lessons in all of them. One of the most significant pieces of Greek literature (and my favorite) that happens to embody all of those themes in one story is The Odyssey by Homer. The Odyssey is about a man, Odysseus, who has to leave his family and his kingdom behind to fight in the Trojan War. And on his journey there and back, he encounters many obstacles and experiences that reveal his character, his strengths, his leadership, his weaknesses, his pride and his wit. Along his odyssey, we’re introduced to several gods, muses, creatures and goddesses who contribute to his revelations about himself.

After having read and taught this epic poem countless times, I grew to appreciate the themes of Greek literature and the roles of the goddesses. And I often found myself comparing my character, my strengths, my leadership, my weaknesses, my pride, my gifts, and my wit to that of Odysseus and obviously to the goddesses. I wanted to understand myself through these immortals. I was allured by the charm and the grace of the goddesses. I began to have revelations about myself through these stories and other epic tales in history. I wanted to know how far back could I transport myself into different historical time periods as a Greek goddess, an African queen, and a British royal. (Perhaps I’ll write a blog post about the latter two another time.)

So, I began to research the archetypes of a few Greek goddesses. Some questions I had for myself when I researched the archetypes were:

1. Who are you in the face of adversity?

2. What do you have to give to the world?

3. How do you nurture your relationships?

4. What’s your personal code of ethics?

5. Are you a peaceful person and do you leave people with a feeling of peace?

6. Are you artistic and creative?

7. Are you a powerful force in leadership settings? Does it come natural for you to lead others?

Those questions all had relevance to the themes of the narratives each of the goddesses appeared in. Once I was able to answer those questions I could identify more authentically with other powerful women – mortals and immortals. It was cool to read about other female warriors who had the same fortitude and ambition for life like me.

Knowing your personality type can help you to improve your personal relationship with yourself as well as with others, help you to understand your strengths and how to use them in your career, and how to harness your power, your beauty and your importance…as a woman…and as a Goddess Rising.

So, below is a list of goddesses with short descriptions about them, and I am challenging you to do a little research on the Goddess archetype that is a reflection of you. First, answer the 7 questions above, and then begin your research. Note that these goddesses have been curated from different Greek stories, not necessarily from The Odyssey.

1. Nike – Goddess of victory.

2. Eos – Goddess of the dawn who  brought hope to a brand new day.

3. Aphrodite – Goddess of love and beauty.

4. Athena – Goddess of war, wisdom, poetry and art.

5. Artemis – Goddess of hunting, nature, and birth.

6. Atalanta – Goddess of competition, adventure, and was an amazing runner!

7. Demeter – Goddess of harvesting, growing and preserving.

8. Dike – Goddess of moral justice.

9. Eirene – Goddess of peace.

10. Hera – Goddess of marriage.

11. Hygeia – Goddess of cleanliness, hygiene and good health.

So, what did you think? Leave some comments below and tell me which goddess are you and how her story resonates with your life?

I hope you were able to find this activity meaningful, and more importantly – I hope it can serve as a resource for your journey to empowerment and self-actualization.

Until the next blog post, 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

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.