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The Effects of Good Lighting in Daily Life With Rhiannon Rodriguez-Betts

The Effects of Good Lighting in Daily Life With Rhiannon Rodriguez-Betts

October 12, 2021

Rhiannon Rodriguez-Betts is one of the most talented lighting directors that there is around. As a multi-specialist, Rhiannon is equally comfortable building a stage, setting up equipment, sending out rigging points or setting up artist hospitality. A multipotentialite and a creative genius, she sheds some light on the vital mindset of following your passions and sustaining joy and energy in a demanding industry.

Key points covered in this episode:

✔️ The importance of enjoying what you do. Rhiannon shares that the nature of her job can be highly stressful, but she lives by the idea of why work in the entertainment industry if you don't find it entertaining? 

✔️ Find possibilities in the mundane of daily life. "We uncover something else to do with our time besides being upset and finding entertainment in whatever it is that we're doing."

✔️ To handle different and difficult personalities at work can be very challenging for Rhiannon over the years. Still, she considers opportunities to grow and figure out how to communicate with fellow people. It is essential to listen to what it is that they're saying and hopefully not react poorly.

 ✔️Why not get into this exciting profession? There is an international alliance of theatrical and stage employees all over the United States and Canada. You can connect with a local one nearby, see if they accept applications, and give them a shot. There are lots of opportunities all over the world as well to try. 

 ✔️Show up in the world with your spiritual integrity, your authority, and quit playing small. Be a lighthouse and shine your light from the inside out. 

Rhiannon Rodriguez-Betts is regarded as one of the most sought-after lighting directors and stage crew members in the city of Portland. She takes an artistic approach each time she designs a show with strong attention to the details laid out by each artist. Rhiannon's artistry can be seen at all of Portland's major concert facilities, including the Roseland Theater, Crystal Ballroom, and sporting events at the Moda Center. As a multi-specialist, Rhiannon is equally as comfortable building a stage, setting up equipment, sending out rigging points or setting up artist hospitality as a lighting director. 

Rhiannon has a solid commitment to her community and often answers calls to activism. One such answer brought her to serve a term as President of her union International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 28; another saw her serving in the Oregon Employment Department Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Benefit Workgroup. She is dedicated to assisting others wherever she can.

Connect with Rhiannon

FB: https://www.facebook.com/goddessoflighting

IG: https://www.instagram.com/goddessoflighting/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rhiannonlight

Mentioned Resources:

https://iatse.net/

https://www.iatse28.org/

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Paul Lisnek talks about Personal Legacy and Vision

Paul Lisnek talks about Personal Legacy and Vision

October 5, 2021

Paul Lisnek recalls that one wise piece of advice from his guidance counselor during his sophomore year that steered him to become the nationally recognized television commentator, author, speaker, corporate trainer, trial consultant and lawyer that he is today. 

Join us in an inspiring episode of Someone Gets Me as Paul shares how he's come full circle in his journey by following his passions, his mindset of always saying yes to his inner calling and maximizing time and resources to create a legacy. 

Key points covered in this episode:

✔️  If Paul didn't turn to the communications building that day in his sophomore years, he'd indeed become an accountant doing taxes. His advice for those who are in their 20s, pursue your passion because you only get one shot in this life. But for those who are in their 40s and 50s – stop looking back regretting it. It's never too late to do something else then and pursue your dream. 

 

✔️ If you said "yes" to something and it didn't feel right, you could say "no, thank you" later. Paul proves that as we grow through life, saying YES is vital because you can always change your mind. But if you get used to turning down every new chance or opportunity, you will never know where it's going to take you. 

 

✔️ A café named after Paul in his college at the University of Illinois serves as an inspiration and support for students who dream of blazing new paths like Paul.

 

✔️ Paul Lisnek has shown authenticity in his long career by melding his gifts and passions: politics and entertainment. Respected in both worlds, he ensures to give back with his wisdom, time and resources.

 

Paul Lisnek is the multi-Emmy, Telly, Cablefax and Communicator Award winning political analyst for WGN-TV and anchor of WGN-TV Political Report seen every Sunday morning. Paul also hosts the podcast for WGN Radio called "Paul Lisnek Behind the Curtain," which can be heard anywhere podcasts are offered. He hosts "Broadway In Chicago Backstage," featuring the casts and creative of all the major shows opening in Chicago including Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen and the Upcoming Pre-Broadway premiere of "Paradise Square." He anchors Newsmakers for the Comcast Network as well. Paul is the author of 14 books, including his latest mystery series titles: "Assume Guilt" and "Assume Treason," the 2021 Winner of the Indie Book Award for Finalist, Best Mystery. 

 

The Museum of Broadcast Communication in Chicago is home to the Paul M Lisnek Gallery, a permanent exhibit honoring Paul's long career in TV and Radio and presents some of his extensive TV and film memorabilia collection.

 

Listen to Paul Lisnek Behind The Curtain:

https://wgnradio.com/wgn-plus/paul-lisnek-behind-the-curtain/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/PaulLisnek

IG: https://www.instagram.com/paul_lisnek/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-lisnek-3374015/

 

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Consciously Creating Your Life with Kristy Peloquin

Consciously Creating Your Life with Kristy Peloquin

September 28, 2021

Get ready to sit back and enjoy a fantastic conversation with a woman who's a gifted professor and poet. She is intelligent, creative, and creatively imaginative and runs a nonprofit organization to serve other people to overcome life's hardships with the beauty of words and literature. 

Join me in another awe-inspiring Someone Gets Me podcast and discover how to consciously create the life of your dreams from this amazingly cool lady from Texas – Kristy Peloquin! 

Key points covered in this episode:

✔️ For Kristy, poetry is her knee-jerk reaction to the world. Listen to her story of how she found herself in pain growing up in a very repressive environment & having a breakdown in a job incongruent to what truly resonated in her soul. "I graduated with a degree in poetry directly into the Great Recession and could not find a job. Society was telling me a lot about how my degree was worthless."

✔️ You can blaze your unique creative career path. Understand that pieces of your past that may be incongruent to your true passions can bring value and connectedness into new positions you set your mind on. As a gifted person, take something that doesn't exist in the world, an abstract concept, or an idea, and make something new.

✔️ It takes conscious effort to listen to your intuition. Kristy shares why you should intentionally recognize and trust that thing you hear, that gut instinct. “It's like tuning into a radio station you haven't heard in a while, and it's so amazing when you do; you get lit up inside. But it's easy to hit the dial and go back into a different mode.”

✔️ The "G" word and you.  If you're an adult and you were labeled as "gifted," and yet you're not calling yourself that anymore for whatever reason, Kristy shares that it's a great question to ask. "Connect with that definition of yourself, and inquire what would that mean for you? Look into that different part of yourself that needs to come into the light now."

✔️ We must honor all of our weirdness, curiosity, and the things that make us beautiful human beings.  Having some room to be challenged, being your authentic self, or having some authenticity about who you are, including the weird parts, can be a great way to connect with the people in your life, even in your work sphere.

✔️ Keep exploring, finding those things, asking the questions, and trying to meet new people. Societal messaging surrounding being creative is pretty awful. Those in the creative community need to discover podcasts like this or resources and find your tribe of people because you need that support. We're up against old programming that doesn't value what we're about.

About Kristy Peloquin 

Kristy is the founder of Class Libre, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing humanities education and experiential learning beyond the traditional classroom. 

After earning her MFA in poetry and creative writing from Texas State University, she worked for the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission (THGC) as their first-ever staff member. She assisted commissioners in establishing April as Holocaust Awareness and Remembrance month in Texas and oversaw the creation and development of several key educational programs across the state.

Kristy served as Adjunct Assistant Professor of English with Austin Community College for over eight years, during which time she was nominated multiple times for awards in teaching, published several works, and even began a second master's degree in public administration. In addition, Kristy also created curriculum for and led therapeutic creative writing programs for a grief and loss counseling center. In 2019, Kristy joined Pop-Up Birthday, where she is currently the executive director.

Kristy writes poetry as a way of trying to suss out meaning from her life experiences and the experiences of others. Her work explores the line between real and unreal, moments when reality morphs into the surreal. Reoccurring themes in her work include spiritual confusion, trauma, memory, the physical body, and the natural world. Her work has been previously published in The Berkeley Poetry Review, Palimpsest: The Yale Literary and Arts Magazine, Sphere Magazine, Right Hand Pointing, and Midway Journal, among others. Her book "Adrift: A Collection of Poems" was published in 2018.

Connect with Kristy on their website: www.classlibre.org

FB Business Page: https://www.facebook.com/classlibre

FB Personal Page: https://www.facebook.com/kristy.peloquin1

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/kristy-peloquin

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Meeting Yourself Again for the First Time with China Forbes

Meeting Yourself Again for the First Time with China Forbes

September 21, 2021

It's another awe-inspiring episode from the Someone Gets Me podcast as I share the screen with China Forbes, the lead singer, and songwriter of the band Pink Martini. A gifted multi-potentialite, China's exceptional talents, coupled with her rich life experience, is truly a story worth telling (and made into a movie!)

Tune in as she shares her journey of what it's like pursuing many passions, enrolling at Harvard University, where she juggled visual arts, acting and singing, and even finishing as cum laude. China's life shows us how music is a source of hope, how it takes courage to focus on giving your gifts to the world, and the importance of accepting that the good and the bad things in life don't last forever.

Key points covered in this episode:

✔️ A musical genius making beauty from sadness. China's unusual childhood, her mother and father, divorcing when she was five, and the many struggles after that are depicted in a movie her sister made called Infinitely Polar Bear, starring Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana. Such was the backdrop as China grew up and made it through with the help of art, music, and her eternal optimism for life.

✔️ She is releasing the song "Rise," which she wrote for her Pink Martini bandmate, Derek Rieth. "I just felt like my words did not succeed in helping him, but I felt that they could help someone else who was struggling with suicidal thoughts. I've been sitting on it for six years, but it's now coming out; I do believe that this song will help many people."

✔️ There is still more to be done by the singing sensation, and she has this to say to fellow creatives: "You need not care what anyone thinks. It would be best if you dedicated time every day to do your craft. Trust that no one else is you and don't compare yourself to others, and you need to get the focus off of yourself because self-consciousness is paralyzing. Ask yourself, how do I give my gifts to the world?"

✔️ China recently co-written Pink Martini's two latest hits, including "The Lemonade Song," approaching 2 million streams on Spotify alone. This soaring anthem of orchestral pop, written on either side of a breakup, celebrates the strength we all have to persevere and survive and learn to love our lives. It describes each individual's Full Circle: the power each of us has to steer our lives in the direction we want to go, a direction that will end up back where we started, but as a different person each time we come around.

China Forbes was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she graduated cum laude from Harvard and was awarded the Jonathan Levy Prize for acting. She appeared in New York regional theatre and Off-Broadway productions, earning her Equity card alongside future stars of stage and screen such as Norm Lewis, Peter Jacobson, and Rainn Wilson.

Soon after college China formed and sang with her first band. They regularly performed at NYC clubs CBGB's Gallery, Mercury Lounge, and Brownies. Her first solo album Love Handle was released in 1995, and she was chosen to sing "Ordinary Girl," the theme song to the TV show Clueless.

 

In 1995, she was plucked from New York City by Harvard classmate Thomas Lauderdale to sing with Pink Martini. She has written many of Pink Martini's most beloved songs with Lauderdale, including "Sympathique," "Lilly," "Clementine," "Let's Never Stop Falling in Love," "Over the Valley," and "A Snowglobe Christmas," which can be heard on Pink Martini's holiday album Joy to the World. Her original song "Hey Eugene" is the title track of Pink Martini's third album, and many of her songs can also be heard on television and in film. She sang "Qué Será Será" over the opening and closing credits of Jane Campion's film In the Cut. Her original song "The Northern Line" appears at the end of sister Maya Forbes' directorial debut Infinitely Polar Bear, released in 2015 by Sony Pictures Classics.

 

With Pink Martini, Forbes has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Later with Jools Holland. She has performed songs in over twenty languages. China has sung duets with Michael Feinstein, Jimmy Scott, Georges Moustaki, Henri Salvador, Saori Yuki, Faith Prince, Carol Channing, and Rufus Wainwright, among others. She has performed in venues from Carnegie Hall to Red Rocks, the Sydney Opera House to the Grand Rex in Paris. She released her second solo album '78 on Heinz Records in 2008, a collection of autobiographical folk-rock songs.

She has recently co-written Pink Martini's two latest hits, including "The Lemonade Song," approaching 2 million streams on Spotify.

Listen to China sing LIVE and visit  http://pinkmartini.com/ for the concert, live stream, and tour updates.

 Follow her on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5oqp4UKhk2VEHkokCCCW4Y?si=bpyfk80dTyiIDx32Ca8XuA&dl_branch=1

IG: https://www.instagram.com/chinaforbes/?hl=en

FB: https://www.facebook.com/chinaforbes

Lemonade song: https://youtu.be/mJNMagxeTrU

Full Circle link: https://youtu.be/slI5oydKyoY

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Service Leadership with Shireen Janti

Service Leadership with Shireen Janti

September 14, 2021

A true servant leader stands up for those who may not have a strong enough voice to stand up for themselves. In an inspiring episode with Shireen Janti, Sr. Director of MusiCares and a licensed counselor for 30 years, we talk about what it means to be gifted, overcome addiction and recovery, being a person of service, and becoming a true leader with boundaries. 

 

Key points covered in this episode:

 

✔️  We all struggle in some way internally. As a woman in recovery from alcoholism and addiction and 32 years sober, Shireen shares how putting out her story has helped many men and women win in life. "Being a leader is not only having the courage to share my story, regardless of what it may sound or look like, irrespective of what you may think or judge me about me. Learning how to be a leader is being secure and strong with your decisions, even if you're unsure. But it feels right; you do it anyway. And then there may be a lesson in that."

 

 ✔️ MusiCares tirelessly work as "The Red Cross for the music community." Everyone affiliated with music faces economic and mental challenges due to the coronavirus crisis. "Many people aren't necessarily alcoholics or addicts, but they started drinking more or taking three prescription pills more, or it's gotten out of control where they need help to get back into alignment with themselves. We are there for them."

 

✔️ There are ways that you can serve others without getting lost. Take care of your boundaries because you don't want to get stressed and burned out because that doesn't work. You teach people how to treat you, and you get the behavior you tolerate, so learn how to say NO and be OK with that.

 

✔️'Who am I, and what do I stand for?' Sometimes we need to be asked to really think that through and remember we all are worthy and that we all matter, regardless of where we came from, what we've done, and what mistakes we made. 

 

Shireen Janti has been a force in the field of Chemical Dependency for over 32 years. Her credentials include obtaining her (LAADC) Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, (CRPS) Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist, and her certification as a Professional Life Coach. 

 

Shireen joined the MusiCares team in 2004, which is the charitable arm of the Recording Academy, otherwise known as the GRAMMYS. She started in the role of an Addiction Recovery Specialist. With hard work, commitment, and tenacity, she moved up the ranks into the title of Senior Director, which she proudly holds today. Shireen manages and facilitates all facets and services that MusiCares provides, including health and human services, addiction recovery assessment, referral, and case management. 

 

Shireen has received awards such as the "Gratitude for Giving"-Sierra Tucson 2010, "Distinguished Service In the Field Of Recovery"-Promises Foundation Miriam's House Polo in the Palisades 2016, the "Visionary Award" at the CCAPP Convention 2016, and the WAAT Woman's Association of Addiction Treatment (Victoria Smart) Award in 2019.

 

Connect with Shireen on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shireen-janti-51435737/

 and visit their website at musicares.org

 

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Gifted Multi-Potentialities with Andrea Whitt

Gifted Multi-Potentialities with Andrea Whitt

September 7, 2021

Are you stuck in a rut or have so many dreams you don't know how to get started doing? In this insightful conversation with Andrea Whitt, she shares what it's like marrying her greatest passions into a fulfilled life. 

As an international touring and recording music artist, painter, and fashion designer, she lets us in how you too can get over a creative rut, develop a daily discipline, and sustain enthusiasm for the many things you want to do 24/7!

Key points covered in this episode:

✔️  Your gut will always lead you in the best direction. This is how Andrea Whitt made decisions in her life, which led her to become one of the world's very few and brilliant pedal steel guitar players. 

✔️  Find ways to stretch and challenge yourself regularly. Not doing this is the biggest reason why you find yourself in a creative rut. There's a whole menu of things to get excited about that will light a new fire and help keep you going. 

✔️ You're different, but you're "cool different"! I'm sure you made choices that others questioned as strange and impractical. We all might be a little different, but we're "cool different"! It is never wrong to follow what your intuition or your gut will say while others choose to override their purpose and passion with their mind.

Andrea Whitt is an international touring and recording artist. She performs on viola, fiddle, and pedal steel guitar, plays alongside Italian artist Zucchero, performs with 'Acid Americana' duo Katie & Andrea, and toured with Shania Twain. 

Andrea recorded on Grammy award-winning albums and has performed and recorded with dozens of other musicians, including Kamasi Washington, Kendrick Lamar, Deep Purple, Stevie Wonder, and Phil Lesh.

She started Bohemian Bunnie, born from her passion for art, style, and music. Painting since the age of two and hoarding clothes since before she can remember, Bohemian Bunnie celebrates the intertwining of all of the arts. With Andrea's international touring schedule, Bohemian Bunnie has become a creative journey overseas and has been acclaimed in media and publications such as E! News, Brit + Co, and Marie Claire Taiwan.

bohobunnie.com

Follow her on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bohobunnie/

and YouTube: https://m.youtube.com/user/andreawhitt

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6 Quick Ways to Reset Your Brain

6 Quick Ways to Reset Your Brain

August 31, 2021

Do you get cattywampus and disharmonized during the day, decision fatigue, or experience the brain doesn't seem to work the way you want it to?

In this episode, glean six easy ways to reset, get going so you feel better, and come back around with vigor and joy. I cover the ones that I most recommend that I find extremely useful for the people I work with and use them myself. 

Key points covered in this episode:

✔️  Humming throughout the day, especially if you're in a traffic jam or there's a lot of stress, will help remind the nervous system it's going to be OK. It can be any song or made-up tune; it doesn't matter. The humming vibration helps unify the vagus nerve, calm the system, and get everybody back in gear again. 

✔️ Stop, close your eyes, take your hands off the keyboard. Just give yourself a couple of minutes reprieve, breathing, closing your eyes, and visually decreasing the stimulus. We remind our nervous system in our biology to rest and keep going. 

✔️ Progressive relaxation means you squeeze a muscle group, and you relax it. Doing so gets the bad blood pumping and the interstitial fluid moving. We remind ourselves that a relaxed state and a tense state in our body have permission to relax, let go, and release. 

✔️ Just breathe. Most people are breathing a little bit from the top of their chest instead of their belly, while most people hold their breath a lot, resulting in being in pain physically and emotionally.

✔️Count backwards from ten to one slowly with each exhale. When you open your eyes, you become calmer, and your brain processes better. Creativity gets better, and most importantly, my physiology and my neurology become more harmonized.

✔️ Move your body. When we cross our centerline, natural movement and simple exercises remind our right and left hemispheres of our brain to come together and cooperate and communicate.

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The Genius of Roger “Hurricane” Wilson

The Genius of Roger “Hurricane” Wilson

August 24, 2021

In this episode, I am pleased to share the screen with one of the most impactful guitar players who has molded hundreds to love and excel in the craft. Meet Roger "Hurricane" Wilson; the more you get to know him, the more you understand why he has an accurate moniker for his fantastic career and how his passion and purpose continue in all these decades. 

Key points covered in this episode:

✔️ Roger shares his journey of first picking up the guitar at age 9 and started learning note by note, falling hard for rock and roll, and he never looked back.

✔️ He shares one unforgettable remark from a young student that stuck to him. The critical thing was to "have some fun." With music and everything else in life, something more amazing comes out when we're letting ourselves enjoy our gifts.

✔️ From teaching, building the chops to learning to write the songs and figuring out where the history comes from, Roger had his share of being discouraged from"doing this musician thing."

✔️ Roger shares how the fame and rockstar lifestyle can go to a person's head many times, but he stood by the belief that humility is the best virtue and there's always going to be somebody better who can come along. "There's nothing wrong with being proud of what you do and everything; just don't let it get to your head." 

✔️ His moniker "Hurricane" was him getting in and out of joints and gigs fast as a passionate musician. "I love playing guitar, and I don't care if anybody is listening or not."

✔️ At age 68, there's more to be done by the Hurricane. "Think about what you're going to leave behind — that's more about it now than anything else." 

 

Roger "Hurricane" Wilson has been playing guitar since 1963 and performing professionally since 1972 in his own band, as a solo artist at home, and on the road. From 1973 to 1985, he owned and operated the brick-and-mortar location of the Roger Wilson Guitar Studio in Atlanta, Georgia, which still operates online today. It was during this time that he taught hundreds of students basic and advanced guitar styles. He has also worked as a radio DJ, music journalist, and broadcaster. In addition, he has been a judge for the  International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, as well as being a 2015 Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame Inductee. To date, he has released over 25 albums and toured over a million miles. Wilson started playing professionally in 1972, and he has jammed with Les Paul, Hubert Sumlin, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert Collins, Roy Buchanan, Savoy Brown, Magic Slim, Michael Burks, and Charlie Musselwhite. He has also shared the stage with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Little Milton, John Mayall, Marcia Ball, Delbert McClinton, Taj Mahal, Leon Russell, and Edgar Winter.

 

Visit Roger’s website: www.hurricanwilson.com 

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Freedom to Create - Creativity is Essential for Evolution with Dianne A. Allen

Freedom to Create - Creativity is Essential for Evolution with Dianne A. Allen

August 17, 2021

When I was in third grade, I designed an art project differently from what my teacher wanted. She told me that I am not creative. I believed her because she was an authority figure. Many years down the road, I lived buying into that lie and missed out on many things. Until one day, my client, a musician, said, "whoa, hold on a second here. You're really creative!" and pointed out what he could see. Then I remembered that remark from my teacher, realizing that it did not do me any good and how it stunted me on one level for a long time. 

 

Is there someone similar in your life who bogged you down? This episode will remind you why creativity is innate in all of us and how it is a human drive necessary for our personal evolution. While we are still breathing air, all of us are here on this planet to CREATE. 

Key points covered in this episode:

✔️ Whether it's conceiving music, art, or children and turning thoughts and words into action — every single day is all part of our innate yearning and ability to make and produce. If we give ourselves more freedom, we could create much better solutions for the challenges of this world. 

 

✔️ Go into the deep and inner places inside of you and bring your creativity forward — take courage to pursue your gifts and allow what's within to emerge as a beautiful fountain of light and greatness that will benefit the world. 

 

✔️ Creative people need to pay attention to burnout, overwhelm, and inner turmoil. These are what I call the "staticky things." 

 

Make it a priority to set time for creative rest and downtime, so you have a way to nurture and fill up your inner resources, and you're giving from your overflow.

 

✔️  Release yourself from the addiction to the outcome and permit yourself to flow toward the grander vision because as we grow, we invite everyone around us to grow, too. 

 

✔️ How often do you take action to pursue expansion physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, and spiritually? The rewards are like no other when you commit to your personal development.

 

✔️ Say YES to healing the wounds so that you can experience freedom. 

 When you accept all aspects of yourself and choose to heal the wounds — you will experience freedom and move forward into your expanded evolution and be the beneficial presence on this planet that you are meant to be. 

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How to Connect with Dianne A. Allen

You have a vision inside to create something bigger than you. What you need is a community and a mentor. The 6-month Visionary Leader Program will move you forward. You will grow, transform and connect. https://msdianneallen.com/

Join our Facebook Group Someone Gets Me

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Why Normal Is Not Healthy by Dianne A. Allen

Why Normal Is Not Healthy by Dianne A. Allen

August 10, 2021

The word "normal" showed up in the English language because of the Industrial Revolution, when it was all about standardizing things for mass production. We were sold the idea and the belief that progress meant systematizing products, services, and even people. In 2021, I believe that humanity has used up the values of "normal" and "standard" and has proven to be invalid in many ways over the last many years.

 

In this episode, understand why this continuing culture remains a big issue. Not speaking against the definition of normal that society accepts will continue to harbor divisiveness, hate, and judgment.

 

Key points covered in this episode:

 

✔️ Working in the mental health, addiction, personal development, and mentoring world for 40 years — I have seen how giftedness is misunderstood and how gifted children who receive negative attitudes from society suffer throughout their lives.

 

✔️ Standardized testing has shown nothing of great value in the last decades in correlation to a student's true giftedness or future career outcomes. The problem is we have tried to standardize humans like we standardize machines, and humans are not machines.  

 

✔️  Trying to be normal is not healthy.  Forcing yourself to fit into the norm or inside the box because it's not healthy, and it's not how humans are made.

 

✔️  We live in a culture that only talks about what's wrong. We don't talk about what's good or what's right or what people's gifts are, or how to use them.

 

✔️  Never apply the word normal to any human being because no one is a machine. We are real, authentic, and unique beings. I advocate for geeky gifted people who don't fit into the mold and the creative geniuses trying to translate big visions into this human world.

 

✔️ Unity is not sameness — unity is coming together. We can be very diverse and still unite. It's time we start treating each other with respect, coming out of our fighting corners, and realizing that everyone has value.

 

✔️  Your diversity is needed, desired, and the perfect, authentic gift that only you can bring to the world. Stop playing small and being a best-kept secret. 

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How to Connect with Dianne A. Allen

You have a vision inside to create something bigger than you. What you need is a community and a mentor. The 6-month Visionary Leader Program will move you forward. You will grow, transform and connect. https://msdianneallen.com/

Join our Facebook Group Someone Gets Me

Follow Dianne’s Facebook Page: Dianne A. Allen

Email contact: dianne@visionsapplied.com

Dianne’s Mentoring Services: msdianneallen.com

Website: www.visionsapplied.com

Be sure to take a second and subscribe to the show and share it with anyone you think will benefit. Until next time, remember the world needs your special gift, so let your light shine!

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