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When the “Pick-Up-Sticks” Game Becomes Real


Have you ever played the game of “Pick-Up-Sticks?” It is a game that tests your mental and physical skill and is played by taking a bundle of sticks and laying them in a disarrayed pile. You then try to pull one stick out at a time without moving the other ones around it. Your turn ends if you pull out a stick and disrupt the ones near it. The player who has picked-up the most sticks at the end wins. Recently, I have felt like my life was a real-life game of “Pick-Up-Sticks.” During the last few months, I have walked side-by-side with my husband who had heart surgery to replace his aortic valve and repair his aortic artery.  Major heart surgery has been a life-changing event for both of us. Questions about life, contribution, health, money, value, and worth have been tossed up into the air and fallen down around us all jumbled up, just like the game, “Pick-up-Sticks.” It has been confusing to sort through all of the sticks, so to speak. I have been amazed at how much recovery was involved with this surgery; follow-up doctor appointments, cardiac rehabilitation, monitoring the medication, etc. All of this on top of maintaining schedules for our busy teen and pre-teen, my Crossroads work, my husband’s lack-of-work, bills and more bills, extended family, and the list goes on. Honestly, I was overwhelmed. Sometimes when I am overwhelmed I turn to the art of learning. True to my nature (according to StrengthsFinder 2.0), one of my strengths is “Learner.” It is one way that I better understand people and the world around me.  When I learn something new, I achieve a new perspective and when I achieve a new perspective, I can make better decisions. It’s a ripple effect. So in the months following my husband’s surgery, I embarked on a new program to help me pick-up those sticks and put into perspective a new way of working, living, and making money. I would like to share it with you. I invite you to join me in my new coaching program designed especially for women in business. If you are feeling like you are living in your own real-life “Pick-up-Sticks” game, frustrated because you want to do more and think that you can’t because of your financial situation, it is time to step into a new paradigm around your work, your money, and your life. The eight-week coaching program includes how to: 

  • Discover your money paradigm with an assessment called Sacred Money Archetypes® to reveal the most profitable actions you can take to align your purpose and your passion, and free your limitations and beliefs around money.

  • Pinpoint blind spots and brainstorm opportunities for empowering your financial decisions and your personal growth.

  • Empower your voice when discussing money in any situation – at home or at work.

This is personal and professional coaching. It is a journey to gain new perspective, take action that will help you to succeed at a new level, and gain confidence about your contributions. Are you ready to take the leap and tackle that real life “Pick-Up-Sticks” game? I did. Let’s change your paradigm so you can step into something new in your life and work too.

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