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BLACK FRIDAY – CYBER MONDAY TO A SMART START

Posted by Donna Vail on November 25, 2016  /   Posted in Academics, Conscious Parenting, Learn More, Live More, Love More, Work Life Balance

BLACK FRIDAY – CYBER MONDAY SMART START SPECIAL!

It’s that time of year again when we wrap up our Thanksgiving and start looking to the holidays then the New Year. I know you’re going to be busy with the holidays coming up but while you’re busy with that, thoughts will be flowing about getting a strong start back into the New Year. Making changes that will give you more power. Switch it up so you’re not so overwhelmed. Glad to have the distractions of the holiday but know you’ll have to face the everyday ordinary struggles and challenges. I think of it as doing surgery on yourself. That’s way too painful. And, so is trying to see just what’s stopping you or letting go of what’s no longer serving you.

How do I know? Because I’ve had to do and continuously do a lot of work with my own share of mentors. In fact, I always have a mentor I am working with to help me build the life I truly want to build. They help me see the pot holes in the road, face what I avoid, navigate what’s stopping me and show me the way that’s simpler and more graceful.

Experiencing an outgrowth, I realize how important it is for moms to have the support they need. We’re doing the toughest and most important job in the world. Unfortunately, we don’t always have the support we need. That’s why I’ve put together New Year – Smart Start Coaching. It’s more than 75% off! I’ve kept you in mind knowing that you’ll be busy during the holidays so I’m setting you up with an audio program to keep you thinking in the direction you want to go and then getting into the coaching sessions first thing in January. Click here all the details where you can learn more.

Hurry! This offer ends Monday, November 28th, midnight CST.

Don’t forget, this makes a great gift for mom! I’m making 2017 about giving moms what I wish I would have had when my children were little. Look forward to sharing the journey and time together.

If you have questions, send me an email at donna@donnavailinternational.com

Here’s to your success and joy!

Peace and love,

Gratitude Expands This Thanksgiving

Posted by Donna Vail on November 23, 2016  /   Posted in Inspiration, Live More, My Life

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you and to give thanks continuously and because all things have contributed to your advancement you should include all things in your gratitude.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Gratitude is a continual practice but what happens this week, during Thanksgiving holiday, is an expansion when our families and friends all come together to celebrate.

Sometimes it can be challenging to be grateful when we’re faced with what we don’t feel so grateful, however, we must count it all as on the way and a blessing because it all contributes to our individual and collective advancements.

We can experience what we claim to be pitfalls, stress, “bad things,” or so much that seems to limit us or be in our way but I bid you, take a closer examination. As it turns out, it was all helping you be on your way.

  • When we get delayed and run late stressing, it may be preventing us from something far worse or be in perfect timing because where we’re headed for our appointment, well, they’re running late too. So when you get there, you’re actually in perfect timing. (I love when this synchronicity happens and then I don’t have to sit and wait as long. It feels good, like you’re all magically connected in time.)
  • When you get called out on your work it turns out the challenge helped you learn and be even better than ever before. Now you’re making more progress than you first anticipated. (This happened to me when I went in front of a group of entrepreneurs with my goal plan. They flipped my plan saying it would be more advantageous for me to begin with what I had at the end first. I panicked but then I found how to do it in a much easier way. And I got help as well, double win!)
  • When you schedule out everything yet you still can’t seem to find flow and end up more stressed than ever, it turns out it was a calling for more people to pitch in and help, which now means you’re never doing it alone again. (This is how we keep life moving in a big family on an everyday basis. Teamwork and delegation.)
  • A child who challenges you on all fronts of your parenting helps you become more loving and present to honoring others, now causing you to learn how to have deeper richer relationships. (This is my toughest child who really calls me out but has caused me to grow the most. I am grateful to tears for this child.)
  • A health challenge that has you in more weak spots than you’re comfortable with but then you realize, getting ill gave you the healing you needed to be better, stronger, and sharper than ever. (I’ve been through several health challenges. I know it’s not fun but it raises you up in ways you may have never tried to step up to otherwise.)
  • Having to learn something that you never wanted to but have had to take time away from what you want to do now helps you have more security and understanding so you can be more responsible, experiencing better results. (This can be technology, money, relationships…for me, it’s touched on them all!)

Just as Ralph Waldo Emerson says, all things have contributed to your advancement, so we must practice gratitude for it all. Grateful for it all as on the way instead of in the way. These challenges I’m experiencing are growing me to the greater heights I want to live, so instead of stressing and hating it, I must practice gratitude.

I am here to inspire you to dive deeper in your gratitude this holiday and every day from here on out. See all things as contributing to your advancement, even when it doesn’t feel like it. Count it all love. Count it all joy.

What has been a challenge lately that you haven’t expressed gratitude for? Even if you can’t see how what’s happening in contributing to your advancement, count it a blessing. “Thank you for this delay.” “Thank you for this challenge, it’s growing me.” “Thank you for this lesson, I have learned and am a better person now.”

Let your gratitude expand on this holiday as well as everyday. We are here to love and be loved. We are here to live in joy.

I am grateful for you dear reader. For all of my clients, mentors, friends, family, and supporters whether near or far, from this age or another. You enrich my life by the lessons that come, the calling to share and lead, but most of all the trust you’ve put in me. My prayer is always to be more grateful and to aspire to all that life is calling. Let us enjoy the journey together.

 

 

How to Increase Focus and Let Go of What’s Stopping You

Posted by Donna Vail on September 13, 2016  /   Posted in Conscious Parenting, Entrepreneurship, Live More, Work Life Balance

How to Increase Focus and Let Go of What’s Stopping You

At the end of the day are you feeling stressed, burned out, out of focus or exhausted, barely able to finish out the high demands of the end of the day? Is it hard to wake up in the morning, when you don’t even feel rested, knowing the demands of the day will press you once again? That’s because you’re either/and/or trying to do too much, you’re overbooked, on sensory overload and multi-tasking.

Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Parents are carrying a heavy load with taking care of the basic necessities, work, parenting, homeschooling, and life. This is something most people are challenged by. Unless we’ve been taught how to manage effectively, the challenges arise so we can navigate better. It’s not about you being good enough or smart enough, a lot of it is about how we’re wired, our environment and navigating in a respectful way. Respectful to others  but first to ourselves.

Our brains can only manage so much however with our great technology and innovations making it easier to be plugged in 24/7. Thus, it becomes easier to get run down, have unreal expectations and feel defeated. Before we even realize it we’re reaching for more. We’ve become addicted to multiple stimuli and the adrenaline rush experienced every time we get stimulated by our devices or multi-tasking or split-attention. Our adrenaline bank is not for day to day over-stimulation, it’s for emergencies, and to keep you safe for a quick response when needed.

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LOCAL CLASSES: LIVING WISDOM HOMESCHOOL CENTER

Posted by Donna Vail on August 20, 2016  /   Posted in Academics, Donna Recommends, Learn More

Local Classes: Living Wisdom Homeschool Center

You’re not meant to do it all or homeschool your children alone. Even when I began homeschooling in 1995, while it was still underground and socially unacceptable, there was a small group of homeschoolers I found to help me with my own homeschool. Fortunately, over the years, more resources and opportunities have come available. It’s very important to be connected to others and received the guidance you need to provide the education you truly desire for your children.

Over the years through my own deep dive studies, taking specialized training, and receiving the guidance of mentors, I have a specific vision, beliefs, and method for educating a child as a whole. It honors the child in living his natural born life purpose as well as the family as a whole. Recently, I’ve had the great honor to meet the people who share like education and living philosophies, so we’ve connected to create something especially wonderful in the Dallas/Fort Worth area; Living Wisdom Homeschool Center.

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ARE YOU DOING ENOUGH FOR YOUR CHILD’S EDUCATION?

Posted by Donna Vail on March 22, 2016  /   Posted in Academics, Learn More

Are You Doing Enough for Your Child’s Education?

We are living in a world where we feel like we’re not enough and fearful our children won’t learn enough to be smart enough and successful enough. Gone are the days when we went to school where you attended not only core classes but also classes on botany, ceramics and creative writing then geting out in the afternoon to ride your bike all over creation with your friends. Now we can’t seem to pack enough into a child’s day with high demands in school, piles of homework and the multiple extra-curricular events, classes and programs. Creativity, reflection and thought have no time or space in this new way of education. Even the in-school art classes are high demand and deadline oriented putting great strains on creativity.

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PARENTING, HOMESCHOOLING AND WEIGHT LOSS

Posted by Donna Vail on January 21, 2016  /   Posted in Audio, Conscious Parenting, Lifestyle, Media, My Life

Parenting, Homeschooling and Weight Loss

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I went through a period of time in my life when my health wasn’t so well and I was over weight. I got so stressed about how much weight I had gained, I stopped getting on the scale when I reached the 200 pound mark. I know I gained some after that.

Thankfully I met a very vibrant and gracious woman who told me I should meet the man who helped her cure her breast cancer. I knew that if he helped her with something as serious and advanced as cancer, he could easily help me with weight, allergies and nagging health issues. I was also concerned because I had high blood pressure during the birth of my second child and now pregnant with my third; I wanted to have an uncomplicated home birth.

During my first trimester I met with Verne Varona and he got me on track immediately. In fact now when I look at this picture, I’m amazed because that was just a year after meeting Verne. My little Lauren was born in March 1998, after having met Verne in the September prior and this picture is in following August 1998. I didn’t use any fad diets, drinks, or pills and did it while raising my first two children, pregnant, homeschooling, being a housewife and all of life demands. The biggest key was having Verne’s expert guidance, accountability and support. Everyone should have someone to help guide them through the process.

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