How to Break Through Blocks and Succeed

Do you need help breaking through blocks such as fear? Do you need help creating and sticking to a success plan? Have you started and stalled several times? Maybe you need a success coach to help you break through these blocks, create a viable plan and to help hold you accountable to this plan so you can achieve ultimate success and joy in your life.

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Get The Adventures of Isabelle of Xamayca Book I is HERE!

EARLY PRAISE FOR “The Adventures of Isabelle Book I”

“This is a great book! Nicole Cutts has opened a new world for us. We are introduced to Xamayca, an unusual land of mystery and adventure – and apparent magic. You will like and care about Princess Isabelle – and her family. You will want to know more about Isabelle and where her journeys take her. I look forward to the next adventure!” –Flash 78

“While this genre isn’t my usual favorite, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Dr. Cutts is a good writer and the story was well-crafted and compelling. It is especially helpful for young women (and old ones, like me!) to be exposed to strong females who overcome adversity and find their inner strength. Dr. Cutts is a dynamic professional whose life coaching and Vision Quest retreats have helped many people on their own heroic quests. “The Adventures of Isabelle” complement her work and can help all of us find our own callings. I look forward to Books II and III!” –Maria Olsen, Esq. Author

“Tired of the old male dominated fairy tale? Here’s a new tale for the ages. Princess Isabelle sets off on an adventure (my fave word after cake) to see if there is more to life than what’s at the castle.” –An Unconventional Librarian

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Book I of the Adventures of Isabelle is here! If you have been following this chronicle you know that I have been working on books I and II for some time now. It’s been an exciting and at times arduous journey but the book is finally here!

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Coping with Disappointment and Loss


In light of our recent elections many Americans (my clients and myself included) have been processing our grief and disappointment and I want to offer something that may help folks cope and even thrive through this time and beyond. While I have many political and socio-cultural opinions I am not an expert in those areas so I’ve decided to stay in my wheelhouse as I approach offering help to those around who may either be suffering or just challenged with coping with disappointment, loss and the resultant grief.

As a psychologist, success coach and organizational consultant I favor simple and elegant solutions like the use of the “Serenity Prayer” and the exercise below. That being said these solutions are not necessarily “easy” real growth never is. So here goes…

God/Goddess (Higher Power), Grant me the SERENITY to ACCEPT the things I can’t, the COURAGE to CHANGE the things I can and the WISDOM to know the difference.

  1. List the things you can’t change i.e. other’s attitudes or opinions, the outcome of elections and contests.
  2. List the things you can change or better yet DO i.e. change your attitude, volunteer, work for social justice, love someone, forgive, get to work!
  3. DO the things you CAN (Maybe not all of them but you can do something)!
  4. Keep praying for acceptance, courage and wisdom to discern the difference between 1 and 2.
  5. STOP wasting your energy complaining or just being mad. That leaches the energy you NEED to DO something and it helps no one. That being said you can benefit from speaking about how you feel but that is different than complaining.
  6. Take a look at my video above that may help too. Please note the definition of real success according to the mission of Vision Quest Retreats must include bringing something of value to the world and others. It does NOT mean success just for you so you can think you are great…LOL.

I hope the above helped,

Nicole

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Western Caribbean Getaway

I hope you enjoy my travelogue!

Written 10/10/16 in Ship’s Library aboard the Norwegian Getaway (at sea).

I really wasn’t sure that we would even get to go on this trip. With Hurricane Matthew and Tropical Storm Nicole threatening the Caribbean Ocean, Atlantic Ocean and the South Eastern coast of the U.S. it seemed inevitable that our Friday morning flight to Miami would never take off. After a few stressful months of work I was more than ready for a holiday. I had also been desperately searching my schedule for an open week in which I could get away and do a final review/edit of my manuscript of Book II of The Adventures of Isabelle: Journey to Orphalese. That opening had not come up until now. I had conducted a women’s writing retreat to the Chesapeake Bay at the end of September but as a facilitator I had not had time for my own writing.

After anxiously watching the weather and obsessively checking Flight Tracker for the past three days by Thursday night it seemed that our plane was actually going to take off and head to Miami Friday morning. I had a speaking gig Thursday afternoon and didn’t dare to start packing until after 10 that night. By the time I headed down to D.C. it was almost midnight.

Bags packed and passport in hand we headed out for National (I never call it Reagan) around 8:30 Friday morning. Still not daring to believe it after the hurricane had closed all FL airports just the day before I more than half expected to reach the airport and find that our flight had been cancelled. I don’t think I breathed a sigh of relief until well after we were airborne. After two nights in Miami we were to board a ship that would take us on a cruise of the Western Caribbean; Honduras, Belize, Costa Maya and Cozumel. Splendidly all places I have never been before!

The white sun shone in a hot blue sky as our taxi raced down the freeway to the little apartment on South Beach which we would call home for two days and two sultry nights. As we drove past the colorful art deco buildings lining Ocean Drive it was clear that Hurricane Matthew had not touched one frond on the head of the palm trees that swayed above our heads in the humid air. I felt very grateful for this but at the same time wondered at it hitting Haiti, a country that can ill afford another disaster. I was reminded of how blessed my life is and acutely aware that I should take none of this for granted (link to Haitian relief fund).

Our time in Miami was a lovely time to go on the beach and swim in the warm water, take walks, people watch and have dinner with my cousin on Lincoln Rd at one of my favorite Cuban restaurants; Havana 1957.

We boarded the ship yesterday around 1:00 in the afternoon in preparation for our 4:00 departure. We spent the day getting oriented to this gargantuan vessel with its million eateries, bars and entertainment. Really it’s too much. I quickly realized I’d be spending a great deal of my time trying to avoid the crush of humanity and seeking out peaceful spots from which to actually enjoy moving through this gorgeous ocean. This brings me to my current situation on this couch in the ship’s library looking out this large window watching the cobalt sea drift by as the ship gently rocks from side to side. I’m sleepy after waking early this morning for “sunrise yoga” at 8:00 in the gym but I’m determined to make a start on a “final” edit of my manuscript. My two writing goals for this trip are A) review/edit the first 100 pages of my manuscript and B) keep up with my travel blog.

DAY 2: ROATAN, HONDURAS

10/11/16 Ship’s Library 7:15 p.m.

I’m not sure we weren’t drugged last night! It was a beautiful day at sea, just relaxing and sunning that culminated in a couple’s massage that evening in the ship’s spa. We stumbled out of the spa then ate a ton of food at the buffet then returned to our state room. There we lay down and there was talk of a nap. I awoke around 3:00 a.m. in the morning, went out on the balcony and admired the amazing clouds in the sky before going back in and back to sleep. I awoke groggily again after 8:00 a.m. to find us approaching Roatan an island about 40 miles from the mainland of Honduras. We entered the port around 10:00. Low hanging clouds hung over low lying lush green hills ringing the port with its crystal clear water like glass. After coffee and a lovely breakfast we went ashore for our planned excursion; a tour of the island via bus, a stop at the iguana farm then on to the beach. The rain started as we left the parking area and entered the little town which looked much like any Caribbean seaside town if not a bit more bedraggled.

As the bus splashed through the streets our guide pointed out mundane sights like the bank and the airport and the energy plant. Believe it or not I still found it of interest. It was just kind of nice to be seeing a new place. The iguana farm was pretty much what you would expect, but because it was rainy the large scaly creatures stayed up in the trees. I always enjoy wildlife so it was cool to me. After this we drove to the beach at the Las Palmas “resort” where there was a restaurant and bar at the end of a series of wooden walkways. A typical seaside eatery serving semi local fare. A nice touch here where the hummingbird feeders around which buzzed the amazing little emerald and gold creatures.  After a quick lunch; half a grouper sandwich I went for a swim.

The day was still overcast but no longer raining. The water was very calm and a bit chilly as I entered it. I dove into the quite shallow water and swam out to a little lone mangrove tree to examine its roots. Tiny tiger fish swam around it and under the floating blue wooden sunbed that was anchored to the tree. Not much to see here. I kept swimming out past the rock ringed fish enclosure. The bottom was now covered in all manner of interesting coral and the fish were more interesting. The water was deeper here but still only about 15 feet. Bright blue parrot fish swam among the coral and rocks along with other sizable fish. I was a long way from the shore now and the water was only a bit deeper. Suddenly I encountered a drop off into murky bright blue water. The visibility wasn’t great but it was clear enough to realize how deep the bottom now went. Seeing such a deep bottom and not being able to see too far out ahead of me I decided it was time to turn back. It was a lovely long way back and I enjoyed cutting easily through the calm water stretching my arms as far ahead of me as I could and keeping up a steady strong kick to give my arms a break. It was good exercise and I was breathing hard as I walked up out of the water onto the beach.

After another quick trip out into the blue and back it was time to go so we boarded the bus that took us back through the humid streets to the port. After boarding and changing into dryer clothes we went back out to walk around the town. We had lunch at a little rundown local place on the water’s edge. Our server, an older man named Wellington made us feel very welcome and wasn’t shy to express his gratitude for tourists. The lunch was nice; cracked conch in garlic sauce with onions and grouper prepared pretty much the same way but with sides of rice and peas and pieces of fried green plantain. I tried their local banana soda which was bright orange and tasted an awful lot like Kola Champagne. Wellington agreed but pointed out that Kola Champagne isn’t banana flavored. Indeed I could read “Hecho en Honduras” printed right on the side of the bottle. Oh well there is enough room in the world for two yummy tropical sodas that taste an awful lot alike.

After this we walked back toward the ship and walked around the little souvenir shops ringing the harbor in the shadow of our behemoth of a ship. We stopped at a little coffee stand serving Honduran coffee and I got a double espresso. We sipped our coffee on the water’s edge admiring the quiet harbor and dark green mountains before boarding the ship for the evening and the overnight journey to Belize. We dock early and will be on a long tour so I plan to make it an early night after a bit of time editing here in the library.

DAY 3: BELIZE

10/12/16 Aboard Ship 8:30 p.m. Belize and Cozumel

Today was a long hot day in Belize. We awoke around 6:45, had a hasty breakfast and coffee then headed ashore for our excursion to the Mayan ruins of Lamanai. The ship can’t dock at Belize City so we boarded tenders for the 20 minute boat ride to the shore. The sky was slightly overcast as we boarded a bus to take us along the Northern Highway to Tower Hill. Here we boarded a river boat to take us to the ruins. The hour trip took us past mangroves and many little creeks. The sun stayed behind the clouds and the air was not yet hot as we took this lovely ride south. We saw very little fauna save for one iguana, about four bats and a few jacanas walking atop the broad lily pads. We did see an interesting epiphyte or air borne cactus that wrapped its plump light green arms around the trees earning its name; snake cactus a.k.a. devil’s cactus.

The sun had made her full appearance as we docked at the small rickety pier at Lamanai and the day was hot and unbelievably humid! Following our guide along a gravel path on the forest floor we made our way to the first site a small pyramid to the Maya Sun God also known as the Mask Temple. Huffing and puffing and sweating not just a little bit we climbed the steep steps on the pyramid’s face to the top. From here we looked down the three story face that we had just climbed and into the trees. After climbing down we stood sweating in the shade while our guide Adrian told us the history of this particular pyramid, how it had been built and rebuilt over the centuries. Visiting the following pyramids would follow the same protocol. After traversing through the forest we came to the second temple of the day which stood three times the height of the Maya Sun God. It was aptly named the High Temple and when I looked at its steep face had no intention of climbing it. However after being challenged by my partner I had to. To reach the top one did not climb the face but instead took several long flights of wooden stairs built around the back part of the edifice. This was some relief but not much! After catching my breath at the top of the stairs I followed him to the top of the pyramid climbing up the steep uneven rocky steps. From the top the panorama was pretty amazing. To the left we would see the river up which we had come and to the right nothing but lush trees and land. The view and the sheer drop off reminded me of a pivotal scene in Journey to Orphalese (that I can’t tell you about).

Last we visited the largest temple at Lamanai, the Jaguar Temple. It was lovely but after the first two temples I was quite content to admire it from the shade of the trees while our guide told us of its history. After this, exhausted and drenched in sweat we walked about eight mins back to the starting area. A quick visit to the sparse museum then back to the boat for a fast forty minute ride back to the palapa where we had begun the river boat tour. The wind on our wet bodies felt delicious and the sound of the boat cutting through the water and the motion threatened to lull me to sleep.

Back at the palapa we were treated to a Belizian lunch of chicken, rice and peas cooked in coconut milk and coleslaw. It was delicious and I ate too much. The bus ride back was hotter than the ride there I was sticky and uncomfortable. This however did not stop me from taking a little nap. After this back at the pier we joined the line to board a tender to return us to the ship. After this 20 min ride which seemed interminable in the hot crowded boat we made it back to the ship where I practically ran to our stateroom to undress and take a lovely shower. Recovered, I’m enjoying the rocking of the boat while I write this while my partner is gently snoring away.

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Upcoming Event: Writer’s “Beach” Retreat by the Pool (Potomac, MD)

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I’m excited to tell you that author Maria Leonard Olsen and I as well as our retreat participants had such a fabulous time on our sold out “Writer’s Beach Retreat Spring 2016” that we want to do it again! A powerful group of women showed up and magic happened. Positive comments and demand for more have come pouring in so to continue the amazing work that began that weekend we are doing a day-long mini retreat poolside in Potomac, MD!

Do you want to hear what participants are saying? Check out some of their comments below…

Sometime God sends miracles. I saw many of them this past weekend. The connections, the love, the food, the talent, the love, the healing tears, the laughter. Our voices. ALL OF US. —Daynna Dixon

IMG_2921Thank you so much Nicole Cutts and Maria Leonard Olsen for creating life moments that heal, affirm and celebrate our stories! –Carol Binta, Author of Civilized Blacks

Rejuvenation! A weekend full of love, authenticity and breakthrough. 2016 Beach Retreat with Vision Quest Retreats is just what the doctor ordered, Literally. Thank you Dr. Nicole Cutts and Maria Leonard Olsen for your vision and coaching.—Spirit Dixon

Writer’s Beach Retreat 2016: Talk about a wealth of information. The workshops, information, tips, and advice Nicole and Maria gifted to us were priceless. We also had a workshop led by Pam our social media maven. Truly an awesome and invaluable experience. I’ve already begun to apply things I’ve learned. —Anonymous

Vision Quest Retreats “Writer’s Beach Retreat” provided an excellent opportunity to tap IMG_2916into and explore the writer I’ve always wanted to be. The retreat led by Dr. Nicole Cutts and Maria Olsen provided the right balance of workshops and one-on-one sessions to educate and arm each individual participant with their own actionable items to move forth to their next level of being a writer or advancing their existing projects. Nicole and Maria were very knowledgeable and encouraging with each participant. They also provided a perfect setting to relax, focus, be deliciously nourished, and have fun. I definitely recommend this retreat and their services to assist anyone in their writing efforts. —Kathryn C. Boxill Satisfied Customer & Writer

composite fr KathrynThe VQR Writer’s Beach Retreat was superb! I gained a wealth of information about writing, and engaged in wonderful dialogue with a group of phenomenal women writers. This retreat was more than just a weekend of writing and obtaining informational resources. It was packed with motivational and inspirational messages, sisterhood, and healing. Vision Quest has inspired me to become the writer that I have always wanted to be. Thank you Dr. Nicole Cutts and Maria Olsen for your enthusiasm, hospitality, and valuable insight and coaching during the retreat. I am looking forward to another writer’s workshop. —Anonymous Participant

 

REGISTER FOR THE WRITER’S “BEACH” RETREAT BY THE POOL!

Join this women’s day-long poolside mini retreat to reconnect with and strengthen your writing muscles in a peaceful supportive atmosphere.

Do you crave a peaceful creative space to focus on your writing? Would you like to get the support of published experienced like minded women and inspiration to support your writing? If so join us for this relaxing and rejuvenating day poolside in a private home in Potomac, MD…

On this retreat published authors and a success coach will guide you through writing exercises and share tips to help improve and SELL your writing. You will also get a chance to share and get feedback on your latest writing projects in this supportive creative environment.

  • Carve out this quiet time to concentrate on your writing.
  • Improve your writing skills along with tips on publishing, marketing & selling your books
  • Receive feedback & inspiration from like-minded talented women who are living their visions of success.
  • Rejuvenate with healthy food, yoga, & relaxation in nature.
  • Create accountability partnerships to help you advance your writing projects.

Registration: $97.00 EARLY BIRD PRICING: $87.00 (Discounts available for returning retreat attendees)

Meet the Facilitators!

Nicole Cutts is the author of The Adventures of Isabelle Book I a fantasy adventureGleaner Headshot heroine’s quest novel. She is also a clinical psychologist, success coach and master facilitator. Her passion is helping women unite with their passion through their life’s work. Read more about Nicole HERE

MariaOlsenMaria Leonard Olsen is a Bethesda-based attorney and writer.  Her first book, “Mommy, Why’s Your Skin So Brown?” is a consciousness-raising children’s book about biracial children.  Her second children’s book, “Healing for Hallie,” was published this spring by Mirror Publishing.  Her adult nonfiction book, “Not the Cleaver Family–How the Typical American Family Has Changed,” is in production by Tate Publishing.  Maria graduated from Boston College and the University of Virginia School of Law.  She practices civil litigation part time.  Her writing has been published by The Washington Post, the Washingtonian, Washington for Women, Parenting Magazine, Babytalk, among others.   She has presented at the Washington independent Review of Books, and numerous book fairs and diversity festivals.  You can learn more about Maria HERE

For More Info: Maria Leonard Olsen 301.520.6548 or Nicole Cutts 202.669.5777

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POWER! Do You Fear it or Embrace it?

It is often quoted,

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson

Storm superheroI don’t know about you but I certainly relate to this quote. I have often felt that that I am somehow ambivalent about my power. Wanting to take it up yet sometimes fearing and even rejecting it.  I continue to work daily to rid myself of this ambivalence and to take up and use my power but often still find myself held back. I’ve been meditating on this notion of power and my attitude toward it for some time and as I figure I can’t be alone in this quest I’ve decided to share my thoughts on this problem and some possible solutions with you and hope to get your comments and feedback.

When I started musing on this the logical first question was WHAT IS POWER (in the context of personal power)? Because of my ambivalence the next question that came up for me was WHY DO WE DENY OUR POWER? There are many reasons for this, mostly driven by fear. I went on to think about things that DRAIN and LEACH our power and finally with an eye toward a solution I contemplated how we get and then maintain this power. I’ve captured my answers, thus far to these questions below in bullet form and would really love your comments (especially as this post is a stub for a larger article that I’m working on).

Power is…005 Forest Scene

  • Energy needed to live our Vision of Success
  • Energy needed to take care of ones self and well- being
  • Energy used to protect Self and to set boundaries around anything not in accordance with self-love and that stands in the way of living your Vision
  • Self-love borne out of the knowledge of who we TRULY are.
  • Responsibility to determine our own happiness and attitude and to not be a victim

Why we deny and/or give our power away…

  • Fear of it-There are many sources of this but a common fear is that we will be unloved or rejected if we are powerful. This may be especially germane to women due to gender role expectations
  • Doubt- We may doubt our ability to do what we need to do to succeed at living our Vision
  • Don’t want responsibility-We may be lazy and fear the responsibility and work that comes with using our power
  • Fear of failure

Things that leach/drain our power…

  • Being in relationships with negative people and people who do not affirm us and our visions
  • Tired messages about who should be powerful i.e.  not  women
  • Addictions
  • Abuse by others
  • Anger/Resentment and holding on to the past
  • Worry
  • Psychological illnesses like depression and anxiety

We get our Power by…

  • Being connected and in relationship to our Higher Power (I personally do this well in nature).
  • Affirming people –being in relationship with positive people who affirm us and our Vision of Success
  • Prayer/meditation-asking for it and being willing to be guided by the Source of all Power

We Cultivate and Maintain our Power by…

  • Continually strengthening our relationship with a Higher Power
  • Sharing our power, gifts and talents with others
  • Staying in communion with positive people

Marvel-Women-marvel-superheroines-4795826-400-587So, these are my thoughts on power. I’d love your comments and feedback. What does power mean to you? If you are ambivalent about it, why? In what ways do you give it away and what leaches it? Where do you get your power and how do you maintain it?

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Small Business Sponsors of Cross Generational Readings

Thank so much to our Small Business Sponsors like Norah Clair Aesthetics our FIRST Small Business Sponsor of the Cross Generational Reading Project! Small Business Sponsors support this project by buying books for young women who volunteer their time for this community service project thus defraying some of our costs for this  effort!

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What is the Cross Generational Reading Project? Vision Quest Retreats presents cross generational readings and book discussions of The Adventures of Isabelle Book I: The Embryo Goddess and the Morpho in which young women and older women and all ages in between meet in senior centers and homes to learn from and support one another.

Benefits: These events provide a unique opportunity for elders and young people (especially women and girls) to enjoy and learn from one another. Because of the literacy component they also provide learning for the young and intellectual stimulation for the elders. The life events and challenges presented Give The Adventures of Isabelle w Almitra smallin the story of Princess Isabelle of Xamayca are used to spark discussion of the real life challenges and joys of those in the group. Both the elders and the young have an opportunity to share their stories (experience, strength and hope) and we all learn from this sharing. Learn More…

 

 


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WHAT WILL YOUR LEGACY BE? Being Your Own Heroine

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I created the following success coaching exercise a few months back while working with a young success coaching client who had come to me to improve her self esteem and increase her ability to NOT be affected so much by the opinions of others. A beautiful, creative and talented high school student yet she felt unattractive and did not believe in her abilities. The written journal exercise, which I also did, seemed to work pretty well so I thought I would share it here. I thought it appropriate for Women’s History Month (you will get why when you read the suggested steps below).

Step 1: Reflect on Women You Admire and create a list of at least 5.

Step 2: Reflect on and write down the attributes they have that you admire.

Step 3: If you can, pick your favorite of this list. Reflect on and write down just a few notes about the legacy that she left the world or is currently building.famous women collage 4

Step 4: What challenges did she overcome in her life and how?

Step 5: What challenges have you overcome? What challenges do you currently face?

Step 6: Reflect on and write down a few of your best attributes.

Step 7: Write a brief paragraph on the legacy that you wish to leave the world. What will history say about you and the work you have done?

Step 8: Step back and read what you have written and reflect on what comes up for you.

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Benefits of Cross Generational Reading & Book Discussions on Channel 9 WUSA DC

I have been working on a series of cross generational reading and book discussions using my heroine’s quest adventure cosmic fairytale The Adventures of Isabelle Book I. On March 10 I had the pleasure of discussing these events on WUSA Channel 9’s morning show “Great Day Washington” along with one of our participants a senior from Ballou STAY High School in Southeast, DC. Please check out the segment below.

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What are Cross Generational Reading Events:

These events provide a unique opportunity for elders and young people (especially women and girls) to enjoy and learn from one another. Because of the literacy component they also provide learning for the young and intellectual stimulation for the elders. The life events and challenges presented in the story of Princess Isabelle of Xamayca are used to spark discussion of the real life challenges and joys of those in the group. Both the elders and the young have an opportunity to share their stories (experience, strength and hope) and we all learn from this sharing.Nicole and Lilian June 2015 smaller2

More Benefits of Cross-Generational Activities

1) Increased creativity given that creativity relies on a number of different and divergent perspectives being brought to bear onto a situation or problem.  A diverse cross-generational group has the potential to come up with more perspectives.

2) Improved knowledge sharing. Since different generations possess unique knowledge and skills. There is also a built in mentor structure available to be used if harnessed effectively.

3) Better solutions to life challenges in the long run, as long as we are able to listen to the diverse views. Having divergent perspectives and increased creativity leads to the ability to generate better solutions to the problems life throws our way.

4) Increased pleasure and fun through the opportunity for all parties to be of service to one another.

5) Increased self-esteem and confidence that comes from taking the risk of putting oneself out there and using one’s voice.

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