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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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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.
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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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
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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“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
I 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).
* 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
Abuse by others
Anger/Resentment and holding on to the past
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
So, 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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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.
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.
I hope you are having an awesome 2016 so far and are making progress on your goals. For many years my goal was to publish my book The Adventures of Isabelle Book I and last year I did it! With my busy schedule I don’t think I could have ever finished the book without all the fabulous writing retreats I took. This year I want to share this experience with other writers. If you have ever thought of writing a book or are in the process and could use some time, space and inspiration to do so, READ ON…!
JOIN this women’s weekend retreat to free yourself from distractions, and reconnect with and strengthen your writing muscles.
Do you dream of getting away from it all, heading to the beach for some inspiration and quiet creative time to write? If so join us for this relaxing and rejuvenating experience by the Chesapeake Bay.
On this retreat published authors and a success coach will guide you through helpful writing exercises and teach you skills to help improve and SELL your writing. Join others in a supportive creative environment for this special event. Spring is a great time to awaken and strengthen the connection with your writing muse!
Carve out this quiet time to concentrate on your writing.
Learn best practices around publishing, marketing & selling your books.
Receive feedback & inspiration from likeminded talented people who are living their visions of success.
Rejuvenate with healthy meals, yoga, meditation & relaxation.
Receive individual attention to help improve your writing & editing skills.
For More Info Contact the Facilitators: Maria Leonard Olsen, Esq. 301.520.6548 or Nicole Cutts, Ph.D. 202.669.5777
Meet the Facilitators!
Nicole Cutts is the author of The Adventures of Isabelle Book I a fantasy adventure 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
Maria 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,” will be 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