by Darlene Gudrie Butts | Mar 8, 2019
Happy International Women’s Day!
For me, I could not be the woman I am without all of the amazing, strong and determined women who came before me, including my grandmother and my mother. I am strong and determined, I can vote, get any education I want and be whomever I please because of them.
In my life today, I am constantly inspired by the “Gudrie girls” who, whether they were married into the family or born into it, epitomize what it means to be loving, caring, and independent women. My daughters, Kalina and Livi, make me proud every day because of their strong beliefs in justice and equality for all and their consistent action to ensure it happens. And, I am surrounded by the best group of friends a woman could ask for who constantly raise the bar on what it means to be a kind, generous, and kick-ass woman.
I also would not be who I am and where I am without two very special men. My father raised his six daughters to believe they could do anything and his insistence on post-secondary education was a gift for us all. And my husband, Ron, epitomizes this years slogan, #BalanceforBetter as he supports me in every way possible to go after my dream while taking over most of the “traditionally female” (I hope that phrase one day has no meaning) roles in our household. There has always been equality in our relationship and I am grateful for him every day!
Balance can be reached in every aspect of our society if we work together, respect each other, value each other and, most importantly, value ourselves. Whether you are a stay-at-home mom, part-time employee, CEO of a company or head of a country, we all have an important role in making the world a better place for everyone!
Take a moment today and celebrate the woman in your life who have loved, supported, and celebrated you and helped you become the person you are today!
by Darlene Gudrie Butts | Jan 2, 2019
It’s a fresh and exciting New Year!!!
I wish for you a year filled with joy, love, prosperity and fulfillment!
I’m curious…did you set any New Year’s resolutions?
A couple of years ago I gave up resolutions and now set intentions for the new year. It may seem like semantics but I always felt that resolutions were pass or fail. Intentions are ongoing. No judgement. No feeling like a loser by January 5th. No panic on day one of “ I really agreed to give up sugar for the YEAR?!?!?”
But, to set my intentions I had to get very clear on what I wanted my year to look like including what I wanted to create, experience, and share with the world.
Do you have a vision for 2019?
Over the past year and a half I have been struggling with a health challenge that affected my brain function. In the fall of 2017 I couldn’t even write a sentence. I have been working really hard to return to good health and regain what I lost. In that period of time, my highly organized life turned into drawers stuffed with miscellaneous items, unfiled paperwork, more lost than found things, and a sense of being totally overwhelmed by it all.
One of my intentions that I set for 2019 is to get organized again. Everything is so out of whack I was worried it would take me all year. Then, the Universe sent me an angel. Yesterday, just a few hours after setting that intention, I turned on Netflix and at the top of the menu was “Tidying Up” a show featuring organizational expert and author of “The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up”, Marie Kondo. I read her book last year but just didn’t get it. Watching the stories in this series (yes, I binged-watched the whole thing) gave me a huge “aha” and a strategy to get my house, office, and life back on track.
I don’t believe in coincidences.
Intentions are powerful.
So, ask yourself…
What’s most important to you this year? What do you intend to create, experience and share with the world?
Then, intend it.
I didn’t put it on a vision board, write it down, post it online, or say it out loud.
I just put my attention, energy, and belief on that thought and POOF…magic happened.
You can do all of the things above if it helps you, but attention, energy, and belief are the powerful ingredients to creating what you want.
You have a blank slate. You decide what you fill it with.
Aren’t you excited???
Just like Dorothy of the Wizard of Oz, you have always had the power to create the amazing life you want and deserve.
Know that I am always here to help you on your journey!
Happy New Year!!!
by Darlene Gudrie Butts | Jul 11, 2018
In the past, I struggled with achieving big goals. I became overwhelmed or distracted and then lost hope.
After researching mindset for almost ten years, I have finally figured out a system that works, regardless if the goal is small or HUGE! I have manifested money in minutes and I have met the perfect person in the most unusual circumstances who has helped me achieve a goal.
To me it is magic!
So, if you are ready to make things happen, here is what you need to do:
- Get clear about what you want to happen. If you do not have clarity, your focus shifts from option to option and you never get close to achieving your goals. If you want more money, decide exactly the amount. If you want a particular job, write down every detail including location, salary, company culture, hours, flexibility, responsibility and benefits. If you want to lose weight, decide the weight you want to be.
- Decide that you are going to achieve this no matter what. It amazes me the number of people who set a goal without any real intention. I want to lose 10 pounds is clarity. I am going to lose 10 pounds this year is a decision.
- Hold a vision of your success. Whether mentally or on a vision board, create a vision of you succeeding. Hold that vision and trust it over reality. Until you can see success, you will not achieve it. Create a detailed picture that feels authentic, real, and yours.
- Believe. Fall madly in love with your vision and have faith it is yours. No matter what is happening, believe it is coming and be grateful it is yours. Faith is the most powerful force for achieving a dream.
- Take action. Take relentless, consistent, I-will-succeed-or-die-trying kind of action to make it happen. You don’t need to know all of the steps to take. You just need to take the next logical step. Do all you can in this moment and miracles will start to occur.
These steps will help you achieve your goals and create the life you have dreamed of. Each step is important and must be taken to achieve results.
Try it and make your dreams come true!
by Darlene Gudrie Butts | May 11, 2018
I have been working so hard over the past couple of months on my program I was starting to feel burnt out. Have you ever felt like that…gas gauge is on empty?
After dealing with a health challenge last fall, I take burn out seriously and decided it was time for a break.
I wanted to go to High Park in Toronto to see the cherry blossoms, but that would have basically killed a full day. So, I instead went to the Kariya Park Japanese gardens where I made an amazing discovery about nature and life!
There was one tree, only one, that was fully bloomed. Everyone in the park stopped to take pictures, hang out underneath, marvel at its beauty, and shared all about it on social media. The hundreds of other trees didn’t get a lot of attention.
I thought two things:
One, the tree that stood tall, showed all of its own unique glory, and went full-out was the tree that got attention. I realized that is what is true for people as well. Those people we want pictures with and marvel at and share about on social media are the ones that are confident, authentic, living full-out and sharing their own unique glory.
Secondly, that tree didn’t worry about whether it was too flashy, too bold, too unique, too loud, too beautiful, or that it may be hurting the other trees by shining so bright. It just sought to be its own best version. The results didn’t matter because a tree doesn’t care about what anyone thinks. It just is. Could you imagine if we took on that attitude? We just sought to be our own best version without attachment to outcome?
Next time you start thinking about dimming your light to make others feel more comfortable, think about this tree and bloom to your highest potential because that is what you are put on earth to do!
If you need help, set up a free 30-minute Clarity Call with me here and let’s get you blooming!