Match Up the Top Ten With Their Company

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How familiar are you with powerful women? Can you name the top ten in business?

Here they are, Listed below. Can you match them up with the company they run? Click on the companies to see if you match.

  1. Ginni Rometty
  2. Mary Batta
  3. Indra Nooyi
  4. Marillyn Hewson
  5. Ellen Kullman
  6. Meg Whitman
  7. Irene Rosenfeld
  8. Pat Woertz
  9. Abigail Johnson
  10. Sheryl Sandberg

Interview with Mickey Mikeworth on Monetary Identity: Prosperity from the Inside Out

This is an interview with Mickey Mikeworth, who teaches the Rich Chicks’ six class series Monetary Identity, which starts October 1, 2014. Interviewer is Sharon Leah

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Mickey Mikeworth

Mickey Mikeworth

 

What is monetary identity?

It is about your relationship to your resources and how to use those resources in a way that fits your fully-explored belief system.

 How did you identify Monetary Identity as an element in a persons financial makeup? 

Usually when I see someone hit a wall of why are they not moving up the financial ladder is when most people naturally look at their Monetary Identity. A new skill set is needed for people who have worked to their natural potential and yet these people feel lost like “this is all there is?”  People can intuitively feel that the internal picture in their mind is not matching the feelings that are in their hearts and their present life, but they just cannot add it all up in a way that makes sense. Creative problem solving is one way to look at it but it is far more complex- it is aligning resources in a way that will create a symphony, not a cacophony of grating sound.

If it is part of who a person is- how can learning about it make a difference in your workshops?

Rich Chicks is a prosperity-based education company and believes that education should reach every part of your brain. Our brains grow from experience and have to be trained to accept new information about old ideas and then to manage the difference between the two with positive action.

Our workshops are designed to work with people on multiple levels and to build on small pieces of growth. Monetary Identity helps give participants action plans that will work at the particular learning level that they are currently at. Monetary Identity is a class that our students may re-take every few years because they are now ready to access a new part of the message. They are now ready to manage the actions needed to grow and process information within the unique framework of their OWN core values.  It is a difficult task and one that many put off because it is REAL WORK to commit to your own identity. I have never met someone who could do that work without a guide.

 Can you give me an example of how understanding MI has changed lives?

I think the largest part of is understanding the wide spectrum of their resources that are NOT being used that is the biggest light bulb. Most people do not know how to create a life that has a bell ringing WIN (doing things that create happiness) on a daily basis. They feel a win is really only fate or chance when all the bells can ring. It is not about chance or fate–you can create a life where the happy bells to go off every day.

People hit many stages of Monetary Identity. From the day that someone figures out that BIG GIRLS do not fix a broken hemline or their car with duct tape, to a sales person who knows they cannot drive a rust bucket if they want to be thought of as TOP SALES materials, to a CEO who knows that time spent in the community working as a layperson is not negotiable if you want to be a great leader.

From our members that have taken this class I would say ONE thing that each person has in common is that they have nothing in common.  Everyone is there to get the insight that is fortheir own special needs and no one but them can know the answer.

Here are just a few from the last class:

  • One person figured out why she was constantly floundering as a business owner. She needed partnership to feel connected and without feeling connected and part of something BIGGER she was left feeling like a kid that was sent to their room to color but had no colors or inspiration.
  • Another person figured out that she was constantly shopping or running ONE MORE ERRAND while dragging the kids home from school and trying to get a meal on the table and what that cost her in sanity and parenting time. She got a plan and tossed a HUGE list out the window and sat down to dinner FIRST.
  • One person figured out that if they worked from home one day a week all the laundry would get done, she could pop a quality meal in the oven, rest her brain, save on gas, be home with NO KIDS, and she could go and play that night with loved ones with no guilt and do it 52 times a year.
  • Finding out that a having a job that pays REALLY-REALLY well is not a crime, but feeling like you had to hide it from your friends who make you feel like “YOU HAVE IT SO GOOD and I do not” was the real crime.  Time to get a new posse.

And old ideas about wealth need to be reviewed. The ten types of capital Monetary Identity teaches help people realize how little of the wealth they already have is actually used or even thought of as a resource. It is like eating carrots your whole life and thinking that was ALL the vegetables on the planet.  Living well is not hard if you are willing to honor yourself and the importance of taking care of yourself.

Thanks for chatting with me, Mickey–see you in October!

 

Parking Lot Philosophy

starsky blogI walked out to the parking lot last night after the second Rich Chicks’ Monetary Identity class, the one on values. Even though here in Minnesota we are still in the midst of an unpredictable winter, it felt really good to be outside. The air smelled of melting snow and I could feel my feet getting wet from standing in a shallow puddle that was as big as the parking lot. I lingered a bit and looked up at the nearly black sky, where millions of tiny icy diamonds twinkled.

A melty winter night in a parking lot seems such a small thing in the Big Picture, like those teeny studs of ice in the sky, but it felt especially wondrous to me. To be here at this time, on this planet, connecting with other people from very diverse backgrounds and experiences; hearing their thoughts and plans is quite exceptional. Listening is one of the greatest gifts you can give or get, and there was a lot of that going on.   

 I think knowing what is really important to me by continuing to clarify my values in a deep way helps me to enjoy life more. I do know what I want and need. I expect life to be interesting and fun. You can define “interesting” in a number of ways, and sometimes what you thought you wanted comes to you in a very interesting way. So how about your values—do you know what is really, really important to you? How are you honoring your values?

Twinkle, twinkle-Karen

Last Elf posting for 2012: Ebony’s Story

Our second family’s (Ebony) story is lower in this email.

The ELF Story

For those of you who are new to Project Elf, I want to give you some insight into ALL the different people and things that have to assemble to make this production happen. This year my estimate is that around 95 people worked on this project in some way.

This was our 7th year of the “crazy full house makeover” and the 12th year I have hosted this project. We still see many of the families that we served over the years because we all sort of fall in love with them and want to check in and see how life is going. I am proud of every one of these parents for raising great kids, and they all do.

The concept of this amazing GIFT is about aligning resources differently. Taking what one person is not using and gifting to another who needs it. Project Elf is based on gifting in a way that is purposeful, coordinated, and staged to perfection. And it is always perfect!

Our combined GIFT to these families is about $7,000-$10,000 in value to each family in recycled, handmade, and new items and about $4000 of volunteered time, not to mention storage units, gas money, delivery trucks, gift cards and a meal at the mall and wrist bands to ride all day (thank you Crave!). Had we paid the volunteers for their services for JUST delivery day we would have had a labor cost of about $1,600.

The vast majority of those who donate to this project are individuals who are moved by the project and have enlisted their friends and families to participate. That included gathering friends from church, and a work group, making cake plates, sewing quilts, driving to Hudson for a high chair, driving across the state to pick up a sewing machine, making a meal to leave for the family, bringing lunch to our hungry volunteers, painting a picture for these people to hang on their walls, gathering wallets and filling them with gift cards for the families, gathering quarters for laundry machines, sending in bus cards, having a family gather and gift kitchen items, giving a free hair cut, buying bed pillows for every child, sending cleaning products and laundry soap, or concentrating on one special area like make-up or accessories.

We also have support from small business owners that contribute, like Officenters who donated all the stockings and filled them to the brim with goodies and sent some very cool furniture. Three new beds came from Easy Rest, PC Doodle manages the computer needs and gifted a home PC and some jamming speakers, Crave restaurant gave the generous multi-course meals for the families and the MOA wristbands for every child, and to the various small businesses that make various cash and in-kind donations.

Many people are shocked that these families often have five people in a single bedroom. There is a rental shortage in the twin cities for the third year and the average market rent for a 2 bedroom low profile rental is about $1,200 a month. The cost to wash and dry a load of laundry is $6.

The homes Elf services are homes that are nearly devoid of resources. So something as simple as buying spatulas and measuring cups has to wait until there is enough in the budget to sustain the family. For the families coming out of a shelter 75-95% of their income goes to keep a roof over their heads. In this case, the monthly income of one of our participants this year- her family of 5 has a monthly income of $931. Her subsidized rent is $700 of that monthly income. She has a roommate that pays the other $600 of the rent with a total monthly rental of $1,100 a month plus utilities.

You can see that in order to buy the items that we gift would require an immense amount of time to create enough additional resources to supply an entire houseful of basic needs. One benefit of arranging resources in this manner is that families get all of your items through ELF as a gift and they can start to build a foundation. Whereas when you gift items to a thrift store-based donation system these families would have to purchase those items from the store.

Funny story- on this delivery: One volunteer teen noticed things she had gifted a few months ago being used in the home of the people we were serving. It brought home the message of how MUCH she had to offer by just sending her cast-offs to another young girl who would LOVE her cute stuff. And she did have cute stuff and that girl LOVED her cute stuff. I love her cute stuff too.

The immense amount of STUFF we bring is often the first time they have ever had a home where “it all adds up”. We create a foundation of strength and offer to help them keep it if they have to move, by raising cash for a moving truck. In project Elf we fill cupboards with food, drawers with socks, closets with clothes and coats, fill bedrooms with beds, sheets, blankets, provide cooking utensils, art on the walls, a design to the house, dishes, cookware, flatware, storage containers, furniture, rugs, lamps, décor, toys, books, medicine cabinets, cleaning supplies, and every teeny thing we can think of. All you have to do is look around your house and see how much it takes to make a house complete.

We needed every one of the 95 people to add to this project!

So for those of you who are hooked on this project, we always need cash to buy items that did not come in and that were not on the list, Home depot gift cards for building materials, bus cards, and people who can act as gatherers. For those of you who are shopaholics, clearance bin sifters, garage sale divas, or thrifters, you can start right now gathering for a new home that we will serve next year. I call for items every November.

All of the donations that did not work out on this year’s design go to the 5 back-up families that are also waiting for our gifts. The need is great and you cannot gift too many socks, back packs, cleaning supplies, diapers, personal care items, or small toys. I also host a year round closet that serves these families while they are IN the shelter.

Thank you for all that you do and for the great things we accomplished together.

Mickey Mikeworth
Founder, Rich Chicks Project Elf
President, Mikeworth Consulting

Ebony’s story

This is the next morning. Ebony talks at the speed of light- so imagine words falling out of her mouth at a pace that makes you want to catch your breath. She is as excited and bright as a kid- she is a kid- she is 23.
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I am so excited I do not know where to start other than it is beautiful and LOVE everything! I have not stopped cooking or eating. ( big laugh)

It so much more than just a bed, we have a bigger outlook on life. I want to cry to relieve my happy feeling being so BIG. (Exhale) I am so happy I don’t know what I have to cry about- but this is sooo cool. I did this for my kids but I had no idea so much would be about ME! ( big laugh)

I do not know how one day can be so impactful. The fancy food at Crave (Crave West End, a partner in the Elf story) and the rides in the park were awesome and tried new stuff and loved it. . We had so much fun it was like being someone famous. I felt so “in” like I should have worn sunglasses and been signing autographs.

My kids are enthralled with their room. They did not stay in that room when it was the other way now they do not leave it. They have a place to play and it is so peaceful and bright. I love the flowers.

When we got home I covered the girl’s eyes and just let them walk into the room. They just saw magic. My nieces felt the magic. And then the girls saw the dolls in the vintage bassinette.. We were ALL in awe.

I have never imagined a room so put together and with so many treasures. I love it and want to explore every little thing in that room. The flower shop sign made me giggle it was all so pulled together. The vintage vibe was so cool, and made it more fun.

The ART blew me away- the kids love their room but I love having things be about ME sometimes.This place certainly has more of ME in it. ( big laugh)

The dishes are so cute and the table – we are going to have a fairy breakfast or something. I want to put cereal in those bowls and sit on my comfy couch( that is the same couch but now that it is covered it feels more cushy.) Or maybe a big bowl of ice cream and watch late night TV. Those bowls just make you want to hold them.

I was impressed by the unique ways you manage storage in our teeny place and how the whole place looks bigger. I feel like we have more space.

Everything was thoughtful; I do not know HOW all those elves made every little thing so perfect. The extra blankets stuffed inside big pillow covers to make floor pillows was brilliant. I would never have thought of that. I am going to keep that idea for the rest of my life because I have a lot of nieces and nephews and I need to keep a lot of blankets around and they always look messy.

We never understood how to organize a house or make a place for things. I love that everything has a special place. That is totally new for me. ( big laugh) I may have to have some lessons. I know those elves hated my “garbage bags of clothes stuffed in the closet method”. I am glad about the shelf to sort stuff. I just had no idea what to do with the stuff we had and now we have extra space. I am willing to learn.

There is so many goodies and so many delightful things – and I keep finding them! It is like getting more of the gift every day. The girls came out with clothes I have never seen, I mean lots of clothes I have never seen! It is a surprise in every way. I loved the hotel folded towels. I told the kids to use other towels and not ruin the pretty ones.

The mall was fun. I love the fact we will have pictures to remember the day. I was glad I had a phone that takes pictures. We ate like rock stars. I did not want to leave, but the kids wanted to ride the rides. I have never had such a long lunch in my life. We sat there for like 2 hours!

I could not have imagined this experience would turn out like this. I am blessed, silly, and just want to sit in here for a week and not let anyone in. Just bake and eat. Thanks you to everyone who made this happen. It is so blessed.

I can’t wait to meet some of these people in real life. Mickey tells me all the names of people, those dishes came from so and so, this person dropped of your pans, the art was painted by this lady. I feel like they are my friends too. ( big laugh) I like that.

Thank you for everything . I am tickled, enchanted, and excited. I took out every pan to enjoy it. This is more stuff that I LOVE than I can ever remember.

Tell us how this project went for you–all of it?

I came from a BIG family and when my mom died things just changed and it was never the same. Life without a mom when you are young is sad but when you are a mom is just extra-hard. We are all close and all, but you learn habits in your mind like you just always settle for what was not broken, smile when something was new, and just try to keep getting by. My dad had his hands full and we mostly live in the cities.

I chose to go the shelter because I wanted to actually BUILD my life and not rely on family to let us crash on their couch. They would have kept my mind in the same pattern and I needed skills and I needed to rely on myself. I am 23 and I have 2 kids that need me.

I wanted to REALLY make it on my own. It is definitely part of my story for when I am a successful person and so is all the weight I lost. I used to be a fat girl not any more! I am going to be running this spring.

Life in the shelter is awful and kicks you down further that you thought possible. The food is awful, you have so many ignorant rules and you feel you want to escape but you have nowhere to go. You cannot even know yourself because nothing is solid. There is no peace and no justice, you fear for your kids every second, some of those people are REALLY bad people and you feel them. I just had to keep going. I said every day I can’t wait to eat something that was made with love. That will stay with me forever.

In the shelter, Ms Toni the advocate, offered us a chance to go to Mickey’s classes and those two would make us laugh, help us plan a life, feed us real food, and it gave me more than hope, it gave me a chance to think about being myself for the first time. Not someone’s sister, mom, or coworker. A lesson on how to be ME and how to think differently, they challenged me and gave me some hard talking too. Having a personal support system changed my direction in life to a place that is more powerful. Through this education experience and knowing these women I felt noticed and looked after. They just kept hooking me up to the next thing and solving problems.

I would get ideas from Mickey that were so far out of my minds reach- here is an example:She texted me one morning at 6:30 am and says:“I think you should go to Paris- for real”

HA! I texted back – “LOL with what money?”

Instant reply back : “You leave that money part to me, I can figure that out. Just make a point to get your passport. You will love the food and it will inspire you.” Who thinks like that?

I am on welfare with two babies and I should go to Paris because I like the food? ( big laugh) She is crazy. But now I have Paris on my list and it feels possible. AND TA DA!

I got a job i really like in a French restaurant! They have been training me to do all sorts of stuff.

Mickey says to me when I got the job:“Try everything on the menu with an open mind. Don’t look at what is in it, just TRY IT and then make your decision.” I used to be scared to try new stuff, now I found out I like steak tartar and snails. ( big laugh) Snail are so good. ( she lights up) I get them at 1/2 price and no limit to how many I can order on my shift.

All that stuff prepared me for this new life I am making. At the Crave restaurant for Project Elf I tried all sorts of new foods and LOVED everything that came to our table. I had some food literacy and I did not feel out of place or stupid. I felt complete and proud of all the good work I have been doing. Working and getting ready for school. It feels so good to have a group of people that can help you get on your way.

I am still in transition and there are many rules and stupidity, but for the most part I am doing a great job. I know I am a role model for my nieces and nephews and my kids and I definitely take that seriously. But I also know I have my own mark to leave on this world.

I am thankful so many people are willing to reach out. I feel your love and it makes me keep going.

It is breathtaking if I think too long on it. Thanks for everyone’s support.

Your future success story,

Ebony

Project Elf 2012

Do you want to participate in adopting a family this holiday? Do you have items that you can donate, or volunteer time to help out? Maybe you are willing to send the 2012 elf list to friends who love this type of gifting ? Yes? Then welcome to Rich Chicks’ Project ELF 2012! 

 Project Elf, in cooperation with PICA (Parents in Community Action) is adopting two families who are coming out of a homeless shelter and rebuilding their lives. It takes ELF Central (that’s us) about 6 weeks to prepare for the ELF event, collecting what is needed by the families, coordinating transportation and volunteers. Everything is delivered in secret by volunteer elves on Christmas Eve. It is an INSANE and totally fun project. 

Here’s how it all goes down: We make plans for the families to go off and have a great day on the 24th. (Our partner Crave West End is a great help here!) Then our team of volunteers swoop in and in 6 hours totally transform the families’ living space, taking their nearly empty apartment (remember, they just moved from a homeless shelter) and move in furniture, set up beds, fill cupboards with supplies, grant Christmas wishes, and make what was a bare space a new fabulous home for them to start their lives over in. They just come home and “Santa” must have come while they were out!

 Please partner with us to create two very special Holiday Stories. I invite you to become an ELF yourself by donating any of the items on this list or doing hands-on delivery and set up of items the day of December 24. New and gently used items are BOTH a great fit for this project.

 Mickey Mikeworth, Head ELF  info@richchicks.org

Crave and Thanksgiving

CRAVE Restaurants and local community service organizations, such as Rich Chicks are partnering to provide an exciting opportunity for working families. Again this Thanksgiving, the owners and staff of CRAVE  are serving  a complimentary Thanksgiving dinner to those who might be going through difficult times. This is a great meal on Thanksgiving at an outstanding restaurant.  Read more about Crave and their other generous community involvement events

 CALL TO MAKE A RESERVATION: 952.933.6500  All reservations must be made at least one week before the holiday.

When you call, let Crave know:

  • How many are in the family, and the number of adults/children
  • Time slot you want to attend
  • *reservations are first come first serve

 Thanksgiving Day: November 22, 2012
 CRAVE will be serving 500 guests in two shifts:

 11:00am-1:00pm (250 people) and

1:00pm-3:00pm (250 people)

  Location:  CRAVE in the Shops at West End

 1603 West End Blvd.

St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Project Elf 2012

Our favorite project of the year is BACK!  Are you in?

Project Elf is a Holiday surprise to families that have recently moved out of the homeless shelter.  We pull together a team of Elves to gather supplies and gifts and then sneak (with the families permission) into their house on Christmas Eve and make a very special holiday delivery. This is no small process because often we are moving in furniture, hanging curtains, setting up beds, filling closets with new outfits, stuffing stockings, and filling  cupboards.  Our Elf team has just six hours to get everything done and get out of the house before the family returns. It is a magical experience for the family to come home to a BIG surprise while they were out Christmas Eve day.

We need your help before the actual day to gather items from friends and family. The actual day (December 24) we need a crew to load, unload, set up, clean and organize, and people to manage the delivery stuff as it gets assembled. LET US KNOW WHAT ELF PART YOU WANT TO PLAY! We will keep you updated with a weekly ELF Update as the gathering happens. Contact info@richchicks.org

The Families

The families we are helping are clients of PICA’s Project Secure. You can read about PICA and its programs here.

The Power of No

Does your automatic “yes” mechanism kick in when someone asks you to do something? Once the word is out it’s pretty hard to back off and say no. Besides, you don’t want to look like a jerk, do you? The same thing is true of choices we make about our spending–do you say yes when you should say no to something you are buying? If you are a chronic yes’er, it’s not too late to change.

Start by saying no intentionally three times per day. Start small–say no to plastic bags at the grocery store. The more you practice, the easier it will be. Own the age-old slogan, “just say no.”

It is so important to say “No” these days. Until we learn to say “No” we continue to be stressed and overwhelmed with too much to do in not enough time. That causes our own priorities like health, quality time with family or yourself to suffer.

No wonder kids go through a phase where their favorite word is “No”. That’s because No is a power word. It gives a definite sense of self. And this means that saying “No” is also an ideal opportunity to rediscover your sense of who you are! Say no to that cute skirt or shoes that are on sale–especially if they don’t match anything else you have!

So, whether you learn to say “No” more often, or just learn to say “Yes” on your terms, release yourself from the burden of pleasing others and give yourself more time and freedom to do what matters to you. So let’s get started! the_power_of_no to get a worksheet on the Power of No (and Yes)

Best of the day to you,

Karen

Shifting Your Prosperity Paradigm

Paradigm shifts are transformative changes in thinking. It’s a mental revolution, one that doesn’t just happen-it’s driven by some agent of change.

Think about how you listen to music now, compared to years ago. Someone invented a new way of delivering sound-the iPod and the music industry changed overnight. Maybe you have an eBook reader of some type. Someone changed the way we read books. These are just a couple of examples of societal paradigm shifts.

Personal paradigms are your stories about what is true in your life-your collection of beliefs around major life areas, like finances. The story you believe is the one you live every day. So what’s your money story? Think you don’t have enough, that it’s hard to get? Think you have to work hard to get it? Think you will always be one of the 99%, no matter what you do or how hard you work? That’s your prosperity/money paradigm-that money is scarce. What if that isn’t true?

What if you became your own change agent-and started believing in your own power of prosperity? What if you had the solid confidence of knowing that the power you need to create your own richness isn’t “out there,” but right here, inside yourself? What if you started to think and believe that there is plenty in the universe for everyone, including you? Not just pretend to believe, but really believe-in the same way you now believe the opposite.

Your internal paradigm about money and prosperity in your life was formed over time. In order for a person to believe differently, she either must be engaged in a powerful experience that suddenly persuades her otherwise, or her belief is transformed slowly over time.

It all starts with knowing what you want–but you already knew that, right? Think of the things you would like to have in your life…the miracles you’d love to see. Once you have them vividly in your mind, fill an entire page with a list of statements that describe how you would LIKE to feel about drawing those things into your life. What would you really want to know, for sure? What would you like to rely on? What evidence would you like to see?

Then begin to create your own prosperity paradigm shift, a deeply intentional, internal belief-stage progression that goes like this:

  1. I don’t believe there is prosperity for me
  2. I doubt there is prosperity for me
  3. There might prosperity for me
  4. I would like to believe there is prosperity for me (crucial turning point)
  5. I am seeing more and more reasons to believe that there is prosperity for me
  6. I believe in prosperity for me

Pay attention to the shifts that happen in your consciousness, as you process the next new step towards belief. Journal, dream, talk to a friend. Being in tune to the various stages of the journey increases the momentum at which crucial changes occur.

Tell me about your paradigm shifts–I’d love to hear them.   Karen

Got Fun? It’s Cheap and Healthy

One of the best ways to improve your life is to have more fun. Learning to take time to have fun is hard sometimes. In this busy world, there are always a million things you think you have to get done–NOW! What if fun was a priority in your life–so important that you put it on your calendar? That’s right, schedule some spontaneous fun.

Your Inner Child
Now’s the time to let your inner child become your outer child.
The health benefits of adding to your fun quotient are well-documented and with a little planning, surprisingly cheap. What is fun for you? Create your inner child fun list of things you already love to do and things you would llike to try.
In Case Your Funometer is on Empty…
There are lots of ways to add fun, so if you can’t think of fun stuff because you’re out of practice,  here’s 30 fun things to do and Simple Dollar has over 100 things to do during a money-free weekend. Not all of them are my idea of fun, but maybe I need to broaden my funometer criteria.
Buy a Good Joke Book and Share It
No kidding–telling jokes is fun and silly–be sure you get your silly on as often as possible. It’s easy to forget how much fun silly is! There are lots of joke books out there–grab one and just open a page and read a joke out loud–even if it makes you groan! Kids love jokes too and there are lots of kid joke books too.
So, got fun? Located your silly spot? Learned a new elephant or knock-knock joke? Got that kite out and ready? Great–I’m so proud of you!
Karen