Deepen relationships with your family, friends, co-workers & community
Tap into new inspiration & cultivate your creativity
Gain greater self-acceptance, self-love & compassion for others
Share your unique gifts with the world
Open to the deepest truths of your soul
Live with less rigidity and more grace, ease & flow
Use Your Blueprint to Transform Your Mind, Body, Heart & Soul
What if you had a blueprint or roadmap — a soul-map — for understanding who you are and finding compassion for those around you? A time-tested system that integrates your whole being and can be applied to every area of your life?
And what if this map could connect you to your innate wisdom, resulting in truly authentic relationships and a deep sense of living “on purpose”?
This map is the Enneagram, a powerful personality typing system. The word Enneagram comes from the Greek words ennea (nine) and grammos (a written symbol), and the nine-pointed Enneagram symbol represents nine distinct strategies for relating to the self, others and the world. The Enneagram helps us to see our patterns of thinking, feeling and acting and our motivation or worldview. When we “see” these personality patterns, this helps us with our personal development and is very helpful in connecting with others. Working with the Enneagram sheds light on the fears, desires, and motivations that fuel your worldview and behavioral patterns — often unconsciously.
It is both a gateway to your inner wisdom and a source of illumination for those “stubborn patterns” that undermine your ability to access wholeness, true intimacy and fulfillment of your life’s purpose.
When we understand it in depth, the Enneagram reveals the inherent strengths and gifts that each type can bring to the world. And it not only shows us nine ways we leave presence — ways we forget who we really are — it also illuminates nine pathways back to our essential nature.
If you want a greater connection with your unique gifts, as well as more self-acceptance, self-love, and compassion for others, you will want to explore the Enneagram Transformation Process.
Contact Charlene if you wish to discover your blueprint and find out if you are a peacemaker, reformer, helper, achiever, individualist, investigator, loyalist, enthusiast, or challenger type.
Vitamin E is the collective name for a group of fat-soluble compounds found in many foods such as almonds, spinach, sweet potato, avocado, wheat germ and sunflower seeds. Vitamin E is also available as a dietary supplement. In the body, it acts as an antioxidant, helping to protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals.
Free radicals are highly reactive substances formed when our bodies convert the food we eat into energy and from exposure to environmental factors like cigarette smoke and ultraviolet light. Free radicals cause cellular damage by attacking the body’s cell membranes, proteins, and DNA. Scientists say every cell in your body is bombarded daily by up to a million DNA assaults that can damage the cell’s genetic code and create “a typo” that compromises the cell’s function and causes cellular aging which Increases the risk of cancer.
Vitamin E works with other antioxidants such as Vitamin C and selenium to help protect the body from damage caused by these free radicals. Vitamin E is one of the most important antioxidant vitamins. People who take 400 to 800 IU of Vitamin E daily are far less likely to experience premature aging of the arteries and the immune system. But does the form of Vitamin E make a difference? Yes, it does.
There are three types of Vitamin E supplements on the market.
Synthetic Vitamin E (dl alpha tocopherols) is made from petroleum chemicals and block the effects of natural Vitamin E in your food.
Natural source isolates Vitamin E (d alpha tocopherols) where some of the tocopherols are missing. These are poorly absorbed and units not absorbed become toxic to the body.
Whole food Vitamin E (d alpha tocopherols, mixed tocopherols, and tocotrienols) include all units found in nature and is best absorbed. Contains all eight members of the Vitamin E family. The label needs to read “d-alpha tocopherol concentrate and mixed tocopherols concentrate.” This means it contains the whole Vitamin E family.
If a Vitamin E supplement label reads d-alpha-tocopherol, you’re getting the real thing. If it’s synthetic, the label will read dl-alpha-tocopherol so the “dl” could be interpreted as meaning “delivers less.”
Optimal levels of Vitamin E are essential to protect cell membranes and tissues, including the DNA, from oxidation. All aging and many disease processes are associated with altered or abnormal cell membrane structure. Therefore, maintaining healthful function in these membranes can be considered one of the most important aspects of health. Vitamin E slows the aging process of every cell by blocking free radical damage. If free radicals damage the cells, enzymes can’t function and the cell’s energy sources become crippled.
Vitamin E is indispensable for good health, helping to lower the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Vitamin E is involved in immune function and cell signaling, regulation of gene expression, and other metabolic processes. Vitamin E increases blood flow, reduces coagulation of blood and reduces the risk of clot formation, reduces oxidation of LDL cholesterol, and protects the lungs from pollution damage. Vitamin E protects blood cells, the nervous system, and skeletal muscles, and it may help prevent cataracts.
Optimal Vitamin E during pregnancy can reduce the risk of pregnancy complications, including pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure)and reduce damaged cells in the developing fetus.
Athletes need a lot more of all antioxidants, including E, because exercise produces more free radicals. Vitamin E can ease aches and pains and shorten the duration of muscle soreness following exercise. There are so many benefits of Vitamin E and these are just some highlights.
Affirmations are simple, positive statements that state your specific desired outcome in the present tense. Affirmations set your intention. They contain action words usually ending in “ing” and elicit emotion with feeling words. They need to be brief and totally affirming what you desire, not what you don’t want. Many start with the words “I am.”
Why do we need affirmations?
Our mind has both the conscious and subconscious aspects to it. “The subconscious is the part of your mind that is the power center. It does not recognize time or space only vibrations. The subconscious mind has no ability to reject a thought. It accepts everything that is impressed upon it. It is totally deductive. It never sleeps, it is always on duty recording everything. The subconscious cannot tell the difference between that which is real and that which is imagined. This is where your habitual behavioral patterns and beliefs are held. These patterns will continue to express themselves without any conscious assistance until they are replaced with new patterns or beliefs.” (excerpt from The 30 Laws of Flow)
Whether you are conscious of it or not, you are always using affirmations… but usually not ones that will bring you what you want. The challenge is that these thoughts are usually not the positive kind. You process about 60-70 thousand thoughts in a day. Of those thoughts about 90% are the same thoughts and beliefs you had the day before.
“Your subconscious mind is full of those habitual behavioral patterns or scripts that can act as filters to your experiences. What you don’t realize is that your subconscious mind runs the habit programming 95% of the time. It is running the show. So you are creating your life mostly from your subconscious programming. It is like an internal map or blueprint that has to match the outside world. If you are not cultivating new patterns, the old ones run automatically (even without your awareness).” (excerpt from The 30 Laws of Flow)
Here is where affirmations come in. Using affirmations for success is an excellent way to stop living by default and take back your power. They help eliminate negative and limiting beliefs and habitual behavioral patterns. They transform your comfort zone from a limited one to a more expanded one where anything is possible.
Affirmations are reminders to your mind to stay focused on what you desire. They also are a way to deal with that negative self-talk that points out all your fears, insecurities, and general feelings of inadequacy and unworthiness. Instead of listening to negative self-talk you are consciously choosing to reprogram the subconscious with more positive, productive thoughts. Instead of being defeated by limiting beliefs and habitual behavioral patterns, you are opening your mind to new possibilities.
How to create affirmations
Take the time to get clarity on exactly what you want and, most importantly, why you want it. The statements you use need to be meaningful and resonate with you. Using the present tense, envision yourself already living and feeling what you are affirming, see your successful life in vivid detail. Use action words and words that trigger positive emotions in you.
How to use affirmations
When you read affirmations, really feel the meaning of each word. Let it speak to you deeply and intimately. Say each line multiple times until it feels solid in your heart. If it helps, add some physical movement. Repeat the words with emphasis and deep meaning to bring faster and larger results. Repeating affirmations for success helps to reprogram the subconscious mind.
The best time your subconscious mind receives your affirmations or images is early morning and before going to sleep. Making time for meditation throughout the day is another good way to reprogram your subconscious mind.
Samples of affirmations for success
I am successful in my business and I am enjoying my success.
By creating success for myself I am creating success and opportunities for others.
I am grateful for all the abundance flowing into my life.
I attract brilliant mentors who graciously share their wisdom and guidance.
I am successfully living up to my full potential.
I am making the world a better place by being a positive, powerful influence.
My work is a great contribution to others, and I am richly rewarded for it.
When it comes to choosing which vitamins to take, it is pretty confusing out there. Our first choice is where we buy our vitamins. We can go to the drug store, the health food store, buying clubs like Costco or through direct sales/internet where they are delivered to our homes. After we make that choice, there are dozens of the same type of vitamins to choose from. What criteria should we use? Most people think price. But when it comes to quality, the price is not the standard to go by.
Most people do not realize that there are three main ways of manufacturing vitamins on the market. So to the untrained eye, these vitamins all look the same except for the price point. So here are some pointers to help you choose more wisely.
Typically if you are shopping in a drug store or some buying clubs, you are going to find the synthetic type (test tube type) of vitamins.
Features of Synthetic Vitamins:
Use man-made, inorganic substances, chemically derived, often petroleum-based products.
Chemical, high-heat or high-pressure processing destroys active ingredients & enzymes
Very poor dissolve-ability
Very poor bio-availability
Do not build long-term health
May act as a stimulant (temporarily feel ‘better’)
May have negative side effects in some people
Unrecognized by body, not found in nature, ‘unnatural’ to self
When vitamins are made synthetically, it costs very little and that is passed along to the consumer. But when you think about it, are you really saving money when the money you just spent is not being utilized in your body? To me that is a waste of money.
If you are shopping in a typical health food store and some direct sales companies, you are going to find natural isolates using the extraction method.
Features of Extracted Vitamins:
Isolated nutrient; no co-factors present; poorly balanced formula
‘Natural’ sourced – only a small portion must be natural, according to government labeling regulations
May contain questionable fillers, binders, etc.
Processing methods questionable; active ingredients & enzymes often destroyed
Often poor dissolve-ability
Often poor to fair bio-availability
Better than synthetics, but do not build true long-term health
Portions recognizable by the body but have to steal co-factors from your body for true absorption; so gives to you and steals from you.
When you are buying the extracted version, it is a toss-up whether you are getting ahead or not as it depends on how much your body needs to “spend” in order to get the extracted vitamin metabolized. So the potential for losing money is there if your body does not have adequate stores of nutrients to help with the processing of the extracted version.
If you are shopping for some direct sales companies or getting your vitamins from a practitioner of some kind, then you are probably getting whole food, nutrient dense concentrates.
Features of Whole Food, Nutrient Dense Concentrates (Alive Vitamins):
Nature’s balance; high potency; nature’s co-factors present
High quality, pure, organically sourced raw materials
Low heat or no heat, low-pressure processing ensures active ingredients and high enzymatic activity
No harsh binders, fillers
No refined sugar, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, colours, flavours
Ideal, effective dissolve-ability, available when & where needed
Ideal, effective bio-availability, easily utilized by cells
Body recognizes as ‘belonging to self’ or ‘natural’, highly usable
Builds long-term health by supporting body’s innate wisdom
When you compare whole food concentrates with real food, you see that you save money while being nourished. For example, one of my Vitamin C tablets costs me 22 cents and it is equal to my buying 7 and a half oranges. My body feels the difference when I nourish it properly which is my biggest saving. Since the food values have decreased due to food becoming a business and the soils being depleted, my body loves the whole food nutrient dense concentrates to supplement what I am missing from my diet.
Bottom line; when it comes to choosing your vitamins, you get what you pay for. If you are interested in exploring this further, I have a list of scientific questions that will help you confirm whether or not you are getting your money’s worth when buying vitamins. Contact me by emailing Charlene@CharleneDay.com and I will send you this list.
I’d love to hear from you or answer any questions.
“Breakthroughs happen when limiting thoughts and behaviors are challenged.” Fabienne Fredrickson
I was recently at a Brian Biro Breakthrough Leadership event in Atlanta. Brian took us through an experiential process to become better leaders and break through any limitations. His one-of-a-kind presentation ignited the energy and true leadership potential in everybody there.
All of us there were looking for a fresh, new and exciting vision of leadership. His program Breakthrough Leadership taught every participant how to shape the future, energize the team, build effective relationships, drive results, and model personal excellence, integrity, and accountability.
It was powerful and challenged us to breakthrough to a new level of leadership.
The Breakthrough Leadership principles we learned from several speakers that day were:
Shape the future
Commit to your purpose
Energize and engage your team – ignite “E” Power in your team (Energy)
Build people and build teams with powerful essentials – recognition, acknowledgment, and appreciation
Model personal responsibility, integrity and humility
Be fully present, which is the key to building people, trust, and balance
Become a master of questions
Decide you will control your mind
Decide to change yourself and what kind of person you want to be
Learn how to manage every situation with positivity
Accept the responsibility of leadership, think big
Embrace that we must give the activity levels necessary for success
Create a plan and simply go
Brian gave us some vision keys. Feel free to add them to your existing affirmations.
What I focus on is what I create.
I am a truly positive Pygmalion.
I live with abundant E-power.
I am a world class buddy thanker.
I am fully present.
I am a master asker.
I am a full out breakthrough team player.
I make a genuine difference and impact others.
So what I personally took away from the event is the reminder to be present every day and every moment. It is a challenge with all the distractions that we are faced with daily. So every reminder is good. I was reminded we create our future and to keep our eyes on our goals daily. Again, it is so easy to get distracted with current reality and take our eyes off the prize. I also am going to step up my game around my energy as I have been letting limiting thoughts take over and eroding my energy levels. On that note, I am going to remain conscious of my thoughts and watch for any that are not serving me this year. I am choosing for this to be a breakthrough year in my business as I attract and coach more leaders to break through anything that is holding them back.
Vitamin D is known as the “sunshine vitamin,” and has many wonderful benefits. There are two forms of Vitamin D: Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3. Both offer benefits, yet only D3 is more readily absorbed and utilized by the human body while D2 is more than 50 times more toxic than D3.
Vitamin D is obtained naturally from two sources: sunlight and dietary consumption. Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) is the form of Vitamin D produced in the skin and consumed in the diet. Vitamin D3, is the most biologically active form of Vitamin D found in humans and animals. When sunlight hits the skin, it converts cholesterol into an active form of Vitamin D3. This form is involved in a multitude of biological processes and is crucial for promoting calcium absorption in the bones.
What we currently know about the many roles and benefits of Vitamin D may still be the tip of the iceberg, but we know enough to state with confidence that D deficiency is a major contributor to our current epidemic of chronic diseases. For instance the winter flu season may be the result of our reduced exposure to sunlight and resulting lack of Vitamin D.
Vitamin D deficiency is a factor in all of the following conditions: chronic infections, tiredness, psoriasis, sweaty head, chronic kidney disease, crankiness, muscle weakness, reduced endurance, chronic pain, bone pain, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, cancer, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, depression, diabetes, inflammation, musculoskeletal disorders, neurological problems, autoimmune diseases, lupus, multiple sclerosis, Sjogren’s Syndrome, ankylosing spondylitis, metabolic syndrome, migraine headaches, cervical dysplasia, thyroiditis, Crohn’s disease, Grave’s disease, osteoporosis, mental depression, polycystic ovary syndrome, epilepsy, the management of Type 2 diabetes, women’s health issues, and the prevention of cancer and Type 1 diabetes. Vitamin D appears to modulate neurotransmitter/neurologic and immune function as well. Vitamin D may even reduce the severity and frequency of infectious diseases, for instance constant respiratory problems in children.
Vitamin D deficiency is epidemic in the developed world, particularly among people of color, people in the northern hemispheres (because the sunlight is too weak) and people over 50. Vitamin D requirements are highly individual, and the amount that your body needs may depend on numerous factors, including the color of your skin, your location, and how much sunshine you’re exposed to on a regular basis.
Additionally, we now know the previously defined upper limit for safe intake of Vitamin D was set far too low, and the physiologic requirement is significantly higher than previously believed. While many nutrition scientists advise that adults take 5000 IU of Vitamin D3 daily, others suggest up to 10,000 IU of Vitamin D3 daily is safe for most adults. Based on the most recent research, the current recommendation is 35 IUs of Vitamin D per pound of body weight. The only way to know for sure though is to get your blood level tested.
Food is not a significant source of Vitamin D. For instance, I don’t recommend orange juice, breakfast cereals or milk that is fortified with Vitamin D. They’re not appropriate foods and most use Vitamin D2 that is not very biologically active.
Vitamin D supplements are often the best source for many people suffering from Vitamin D insufficiency. It’s easy and removes the guesswork. While most Vitamin D supplements offer Vitamin D3, check to make sure that it isn’t Vitamin D2. Shaklee Vita D3 is derived from lamb’s wool and found to be the purest and safest of all natural sources. Make sure to choose a company that manufactures their supplements according to pharmaceutical standards.
What does it take to be a great entrepreneurial leader?
First of all your background doesn’t matter, your family rank or status won’t help you. Race, creed, age, color or gender doesn’t give you an advantage either. Neither does your education, the degrees that you’ve accumulated or even your past resume. This is a whole other kind of development. One you can’t learn in school and you probably didn’t learn by watching those around you.
Listening to Darren Daily, I was inspired to write up this list.
To be a great entrepreneurial leader means:
not being afraid of risk, to step forward, to be counted and accountable.
being an achiever who needs to take back control.
owning up to your responsibility and deciding to invent your fate.
having bold visions and audacious goals.
being a striver, always pushing for more.
having relentless drive and courage, persistently and consistently taking obsessive action.
not believing in luck, making your own luck.
setting your own sail, ignoring the herd, charting your own course.
not being subject to circumstance, bound by fate or resolved to the status quo.
stepping out in front to break new ground, navigating the uncharted waters, and adventuring into places most have not been, and will never see or experience.
being a change maker, pushing the human race forward.
fighting for progress, fighting the good fight for our collective future.
maybe being labeled as a misfit, a rebel, or a troublemaker.
seeing things and most importantly doing things differently.
being crazy, hard working believers, others call insane, maybe even nuts.
having the ability to get people on board and add to the vision.
being flexible, adaptable, open to feedback, and the ability to learn.
seeking to break rules of conformity and shake the status quo by the shoulders.
not being happy with ‘’good enough’’, good enough is not good enough.
being willing to do the hard, arduous work of forging your own character, challenging every choice, daily.
defying your nature and the automatic habits of your currently installed imprinting.
This is challenging and most won’t do the hard work necessary long enough to succeed. Those who do, become that one percent, the entrepreneurial leaders of tomorrow. Are you up for the challenge?