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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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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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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Are You Ready for an Exciting Journey?

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!

Order your copy today and be entered in a drawing for tickets to the VIP Book Launch & Birthday Bash taking place Saturday May 30th in Potomac, MD!

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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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How YOU can Help? It’s easy! Just click this link GIVE THE ADVENTURES OF ISABELLE and *purchase as many books as you like. Note (when purchasing) if you want to include a special note to the young lady who will receive the book.

 

 

 

Benefits of Being a Small Business Sponsor: Shout outs and links on this blog, Twitter, Instagram and on our various Facebook pages as well as a spot on our Women Owned Business Wednesday Facebook page, for Women Business Owners. (Of course all this in addition to knowing you are supporting women.)

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Our Goal? 100 books!

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.

Are you interested in bringing a Cross Generational Reading event to your organization? Please contact us at 202-669-5777 or Dr.Cutts@CuttsConsulting.com

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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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Upcoming Writer’s Beach Retreat! Spring 2016

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Howdy!

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…!

Fellow author Maria Leonard Olsen and I are hosting a Writer’s Beach Retreat and we hope you can join us!

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 upstairs writing areaquiet 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.

Dates: April 29-May 1, 2016

Location: Fairhaven, Maryland  (See location pics at Cottage by the Bay)

Register Today: EARLY BIRD SPECIAL $139.00 (Regular Price $179.00 after March 25) Day Only Option for $60.00

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 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,” 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

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How to Handle Haters & Jealousy…

It’s hard to handle jealousy of your success and your own jealousy of others. Sometimes this is in your own family. Listen below to learn how to handle haters…

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