A Woman’s Vision Conference March 22-23 in Springfield, VA!

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I’m honored to be speaking at “A Woman’s Vision” March 22-23 in Springfield, VA! I would love it if you could join me for this inspirational event!

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Speaking at The Life Balance Conference in Atlanta in 2012

REGISTER HERE!

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Every woman seeking direction and clarity in her life, career or work. This conference will aid in cultivating your vision, providing the tools needed to achieve your goals in 2014 and beyond!

Visit A Woman’s Vision Facebook page to learn more.

If you are pursuing your Vision on the Heroine’s Quest join our tribe at the Vision Quest Retreats facebook page.

If you are a Woman Business Owner come play with us every Wed. at Women Owned Business Wednesdays; a 24 Hr Happy Hour where you meet cool people and win cool stuff!

Wishing you much success on the quest!
Nicole

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Welcome to the Vision Quest Chronicles from Nicole Cutts


If you are a woman pursuing your Vision on the Heroine’s Quest join our tribe at the Vision Quest Retreats face book page

If you are a Woman Business Owner come play with us every Wed. at Women Owned Business Wednesdays; a 24 Hr Happy Hour where you meet cool people and win cool stuff!

I hope you enjoy the blog and vlog posts below and leave some comments.

Much Continued Success & Well Being, xxoo Nicole

Nicole Cutts, Ph.D., CEO Cutts Consulting, LLC & Founder Vision Quest Retreats

 

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#WOBW Fieldtrip to Cheryl A. Lofton & Assoc. Tailor Shop

Lofton in front of shopAfter meeting Ms. Lofton via Facebook I had the distinct pleasure of taking a field trip to her shop located at 719 T. St., NW Washington DC.

Cheryl A. Lofton & Assoc. is right down the block from the historic Howard Theatre. I love to learn more about businesses and meet entrepreneurs, that’s true, BUT I was also drawn to her shop by a VERY generous offer. After seeing my headshot in which I wear a tailored shirt she offered to make a tailored shirt just for me! Wow!

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Which of these lucky fabrics will become a shirt?

We had a great time. Cheryl is fun, stylish, funny and kinda brash (in a good way). She clearly runs a great business (she also has a shoe repair shop located right next door). We chatted, hitting it off pretty quickly. After spending a good hour just getting to know one another she took the million measurements it seems one needs to make a shirt. She also showed me the fabrics and what she had in mind. I picked out some cool color combos with her help.I’m so excited because in a few weeks I will have a shirt made just for me!

 

Don’t worry, Lofton shopyou know I will be modeling the finished product! While we wait on that learn more about Cheryl and Cheryl A. Lofton & Assoc. by checking out our Women Owned Business Conversation with her HERE

Cheryl’s Bio: Cheryl A. Lofton is a Third Generation Tailoress. A native Washingtonian, she is a graduate of Howard University. With over 30 years experience, Cheryl began sewing at 12 years of age under the tutelage of her Grandfather, the late J.C. Lofton a self taught

Master Tailor and the first African American tailor to run a business in downtown Washington DC. At 18 years of age, Cheryl began managing one of the two family tailoring shops. There, she provided excellent alterations and custom tailoring services to many of Washington DC’s elite. Recognizing the few number of women patrons that visited the tailor shop, Cheryl began her quest to encourage women to have a personal tailor as well as to educate them about proper fitting garments. She is passionate about making sure that women’s alterations are performed with excellence and every curve in mind. Cheryl is currently the owner of Cheryl A. Lofton and Associates and like her Grandfather continues to provide custom tailoring and alteration services to the Washington Metropolitan area’s best dressed women and men. Visit her website at www.cheryllofton.com

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If you are pursuing your Vision on the Heroine’s Quest join our tribe at the Vision Quest Retreats facebook page.

If you are a Woman Business Owner come play with us every Wed. at Women Owned Business Wednesdays; a 24 Hr Happy Hour where you meet cool people and win cool stuff!

Wishing you much success on the quest!
Nicole

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F.U.N. The 5-Point Plan.

Are you bored? Getting stale? Tired of the same old “same Ol’?” Do you do the same thing every week i.e. go to work, go to gym, come home, eat, watch TV, sleep? BORING!? I know I was…so I have devised a 5-point plan to change all that. If you are interested read on. (WARNING MANY “F” BOMBS WILL BE DROPPED IN THIS POST!!!)

Nick hot tub corrected croppedOf late I’ve been droopy, down, and a touch distressed. What was wrong? I have everything a girl could want. Friends, family, a good career, my own digs and wheels. I eat. I sleep in doors so what was I down about? I own my own business so I can pretty much do what I want but life had become stale. After a touch of self examination I realized I wasn’t really having any F’ing FUN! So I devised the following VERY SIMPLE  5-point plan with the objective of having more F.U.N.

1) FROLIC: Yep get out there and play! Nature is a great place to do this. Take a walk, go skiing, build a yurt. Do something that gets you out in fresh air and sunshine. Some people call it ecotherapy. I call it common sense! We need to move to get air and sunshine, get the endorphins going, boost that serotonin! If nature isn’t your thing go dancing!

2) FACE FEARS: Do one thing each day that scares you. Do something big and scary that you have always wanted to do. Take a risk. Try a new food even! Anything to shake it up. Ideas include (but are not limited to) apply for that job, call that guy or gal, take a trip, eat alone, learn a new sport, buy a house!

3) FIND FUN FRIENDS: Meet new people, or have some real fun with your old ones. Again this is taking a risk. Introduce yourself to a new person at work or at play. Some of these folks might also be good to FROLIC with, who knows?

4) FEEL: This can mean being in the moment. Pay attention! There is good stuff all around you. Feel joy for what you have. Make a gratitude list each day. I suggest writing down 3 good things you do each day and 5 things for which you are grateful. Stop every now and again and feel what it’s like to be alive. Point 4 is also a great place to develop your spirituality, but this can also be done on any other point.

5) FAN YOUR FLAME: Find passion in your work. If you are doing work you love then that’s half your fun quotient right there. Vision Quest Retreats was built on the belief that there should be joy in your work. It’s your gift to the world. If you can access the passion and purpose in what you do then you will have fun doing it. Khalil Gibran wrote a great poem that explains what I mean. It’s called “On Work” and it’s one of my favorite inspiring written works. In it he says. “Work is love made visible.
And if you cannot work with love but only with
distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of
the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.”

There you have it. Wash, rinse, repeat! Of course there could be a ton more points to this plan. I’m sure you can think of some. What are they? Get out there have some F.U.N. and drop me a line and let me know how you are doing. If you share some fun ideas I will post them on our Facebook Page.

 

 

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Success Coaching Exercise for Year’s End & Beginning


Happy New Year!

This year I tweaked last year’s end of year/new year inventory, which you will see below.  I like to take some time out around the end of the year to take stock and plan for next year. This year I was blessed to do this during my Writing Retreat to Martha’s Vineyard.  (to see year’s past View my 2011 New Year’s Eve Message from Key Largo   and 2012 Happy New Year Success Coaching Exercise)

Happy New Year Success Coaching Exercise to try:

1) Take some quiet time to reflect on the past year. Journal about it; make a list of highlights and gains (this can be on any level). Make a list of losses. Take some time to feel the feelings that go with all of the above. Make note of  what you learned from these experiences.

2) Look at your goals from last year and assess how you did (remember to be compassionate with yourself) noticing where you might have been unrealistic and where you could have done more.

3) Make a list of what you want to focus on and/or manifest this year. This can include your goals and/or may be the behaviors and thoughts you want to continue from last year.

4) On a separate piece of paper make a list of things you want to or are ready to let go of. Get rid of the paper and the contents. You may want to put it in your G*ddess/God box, burn, bury or flush this list with a prayer to help you to release them (keeping the environment in mind).

5) Create an action plan with a timeline to address what you want to accomplish in the New Year.

If you would like some help taking the action plan further feel free to drop me a line or check out Success Coaching

Happy New Year and Much Continued Success & Well Being,

Nicole

P.S. If you are a woman pursuing your Vision on the Heroine’s Quest join our tribe at the Vision Quest Retreats face book page

If you are a Woman Business Owner come play with us every Wed. at Women Owned Business Wednesdays; a 24 Hr Happy Hour where you meet cool people and win cool stuff!

 

 

 

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Writing & Reflection Retreat-Winter Solstice 2013


After attending a memorial service in Rhode Island to honor my friend Jen (a.k.a. Pirate Jenny) I took a little time in Martha’s Vineyard to rest, reflect and do some writing on Book II of the Adventures of Isabelle. These videos and stills are from the photographic safaris I took. I hope you enjoy them and I invite you to share any reflections you may have from this time of the year as we let go of the old and welcome the new.

I arrived on the soltice. After docking in Vineyard Haven and dropping my bags I was hungry for lunch.  Clam Chowder at the Net Result . Christmas shopping on Main St., Vineyard Haven. Dropped gifts back at the house then headed off for Lucy Vincent Beach, Chillmark. It was an unseasonably warm and sunny day.Red rock hand smallburning tree small

 

 

 

 

 

I took time to really focus on the beauty, be in the moment and just breathe. Something about this skate egg and the reflection of the water on the rocks held me captive.

On the second day after writing all morning I headed first to Aquinnah. The day was chilly and fog hung over everything. The fog was so thick I could not see the ocean from the road alongside the Gay Head Light house.

I drove from Aquinnah to Edgartown stopping to take pictures along the way. The fog persisted and a light mist fell on everything shrouding the lanscape in quiet solitude. After about 40 mins I arrived in Edgartown to find it all done up for Christmas.

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I walked around town then took the road to the light house stopping in the Fields Hotel to warm up by the fire place before walking out across the dunes to the light house which wore a cheerful wreath and Christmas lights for the season.

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Close to sunset and dinner time I made my way back to Vineyard Haven stopping in Oak bluffs to take some pictures/video of the ocean and the colorful ginger bread houses that can be found there. There was also a lone little Christmas tree lit up and floating out in the lagoon.

xmas tree vineyard havenAs the sun was setting I made my way back to Vineyard Haven. Not able to resist I picked up clam chowder again from the Net Result before heading home. Passing along Main St. I enjoyed the Christmas decorations and the smell of pine in the air from all the wreaths and trees. This tree (to the right) was my favorite tree.

After this couple of days of rest and reflection I boarded the ferry for Woods Hole the next day then made the long trek home. Just in time for a wonderful Christmas Eve and Day with family and friends. Grateful for my life and all the many blessings.

Wishing you much success, well being and happiness in the New Year!

Nicole

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Natural Splendor Meditation-Autumn into Winter 2013

Before the hybernation of white winters in my part of the world Mother Nature puts on one last spectacular show of brilliant color. This treat brings the blessings of Fall. This slide show is my attempt to capture just a small piece of Her beauty. Photos taken on the property of the Airlie Center in Warrenton, VA while there to lead a diversity workshop at the all staff retreat for the National Park Conservation Association.

If you are a woman or man pursuing your Vision on the Heroine’s Quest join our tribe at the Vision Quest Retreats facebook page.

To learn more about my organizational development services check out Cutts Consulting’s facebook page

Wishing you much success on the quest!
Nicole

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Guided Meditation: Rainbow Light for Purification and Centering

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The Date From Hell-Radio Show

WHAT’S YOUR WORST/FUNNIEST BAD DATE STORY?
We Want to Hear It! We have all had them..that “Date From Hell” that you will never forget (but wish you could).
Not Alone but LonelyCall in tomorrow to the Sheila Alexander-Reid Live Show 202.588.0893 OR email

Dr.Cutts@VisionQuestRetreats.com with a synopsis (no more than two paragraphs) of one of your worst and hopefully funniest dating stories and we may read it On Air this Tuesday 4/9/13 on WPFW 89.3 FM (Don’t worry you can remain anonymous!)

Tune in Tomorrow (4/9/13) from 1-2 pm est or listen online at www.wpfw.org to hear the horror stories and get some tips to increase the chances of creating a successful relationship
PASS THIS ON!

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Is This Holding You Back?

Sandberg Quote in Time

Success vs. Popularity
Sandberg learned one of the key lessons in her book during her time in business school (Harvard, again), and not in a good way. After her first year, she won a fellowship. The guys who won all talked about it. But Sandberg sensed it was better to keep quiet. “Female accomplishments,” she writes, “come at a cost.” And that cost is people declining to click on the Like button.

Sandberg often refers to a 2003 experiment that found that students considered a successful entrepreneur in a case study more likable when her name was changed to a man’s. “The data says clearly, clearly, clearly that success and likability are positively correlated for men and negatively correlated for women,” (Time March 18, 2013)

Very sad right now upon receiving this confirmation for something I have long suspected, but before I throw a pity party for myself and others I wanted to check in with you. Do you find the above to be true and if so how do you combat this? What do you do to support other women’s success and how do you cope with a lack of support for your success?

If you don’t agree with the above please share your experience also.

I like what Camille Mirshokrai, Director, Leadership Development, Accenture had to say “You can’t be a leader today without being a steward to other women.”

If you are a woman pursuing your Vision on the Heroine’s Quest join our tribe at the Vision Quest Retreats face book page

If you are a Woman Business Owner come play with us every Wed. at Women Owned Business Wednesdays; a 24 Hr Happy Hour where you meet cool people and win cool stuff!

Much Continued Success & Well Being,

xxoo Nicole

Nicole Cutts, Ph.D., CEO Cutts Consulting, LLC & Founder Vision Quest Retreats

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Access the Power of Passion and Purpose to Fuel Your Vision’s Success

Dr. Nicole Cutts Executive & Success Coach explains how passion for what you do is the fuel that will take your vision or career to the next level. Viewers are guided through a success coaching exercise to help them clarify and achieve their Vision of Success.Take The Purpose Inventory:

Write your answers to the following questions.

1) What is driving you to do the work you do or are seeking i.e. security, the meaning you find in your work, fear, a need to succeed? Ask yourself which forces you are choosing as motivators.

2) Have you made or are you willing to make service the foundation of your work? Why or why not? What does being of service mean to you? 

3)Does the work you are doing or seeking contribute to the world in a positive way? How do you envision this work contributing to the world?

4) Are you really willing to allow yourself to be guided by a deeper purpose?  If so why and if not, why not?

5) Describe how the work you are doing or seeking expresses your unique talents?If not describe what talents are not being expressed.

6) Do you love your work/career and does it bring you joy? If so how, and if not why not?

7) What do you value most about the nature of your work/career or the work/career that you are seeking?

8) Think about a time when you felt most happy, vibrant and alive in your career.  What was it about that time that made it a “peak experience”?  What can you do to get more of what you loved from this past experience?

NEXT STEPS: Once you have the answers to the above tune in next week for next steps…

If you are a woman passionate about living her vision learn more about the Woman’s Vision webinar taking place Jan. 25 (9-3 est ) at www.awomansvision.com

Much Continued Success & Well Being,

Nicole

P.S. If you are a woman pursuing your Vision on the Heroine’s Quest join our tribe at the Vision Quest Retreats face book page

If you are a Woman Business Owner come play with us every Wed. at Women Owned Business Wednesdays; a 24 Hr Happy Hour where you meet cool people and win cool stuff!

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