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Reduce Your Fear of Public Speaking - Fred Miller Says it Like It Is

Each month I do an interview on how people use their strengths to overcome significant challenges.  This month, we investigated how character strengths can help you to overcome one of most people's greatest fears, Public speaking.  Some people fear public speaking more than dying! So says Fred E. Miller, author of his just published book, "No Sweat Public Speaking."  

When I interview speakers, I look for their strengths.  My guess was that Fred’s top strength was his ability to put people at ease and his sense of humor.  He took the strengths test and found his top strength actually was integrity and authenticity.  This strength shows up in his straight-talk, down to earth style. 

Indeed, I have watched a couple of the speakers he has coached.  They were enthusiastic, clear, entertaining, and definitely looked calm, -- as if they had no sweat.  When I asked Fred about his secret formula for reducing speaking fear, he said “My clients have their sweat glands surgically removed.”  Needless to say, he was teasing.  For good practical tips, just listen to the replay in the in the conference calls.

 

OvercomeYour Fears: "No Sweat Public Speaking."

One of the biggest challenges you may face in your life is public speaking. You need to share your ideas with others for an idea to take hold. This may occur with a few friends or colleagues, in a business setting, or at a public speaking event. Survey after survey shows that more people fear public speaking than any other fear. Statistically it affects 75% of all the people. Many ideas lay dormant because of this fear. It holds back many careers.

On April 19th, I will be interviewing one of my colleagues, Fred E. Miller, on how you can make public speaking, "No Sweat." Fred E. Miller is a speaker, author and coach. He has just published his book, No Sweat Public Speaking. Come join us on April 19th to hear how he uses his strengths of solid know- how, practical ingenuity, and humor to put you at ease.  The Dial in number is 760-569-9000, Access code 308311#.

Warm Regards,

Dr. Alice

Accomplish Your Goals

Life Tree News
Creating Prosperity with Harmony
Alice G. Vlietstra, Ph.D.

January, 2011

Let Your Strengths Help You Accomplish Your Goals

In This Issue:

1.  Welcome 
2.  Discover Your Core
3.  Align with Your Strengths
4.  Practical Steps
5.  Announcements

1. Welcome

January is a time for honoring our higher aspirations for the new year. Often,
we make resolutions, only to find that they fall by the wayside.  This year,
consider aligning your resolutions and intentions with your character strengths.
Research suggests that when you line up your activities with your character strengths, you are more likely to achieve your goals. Even more, you may find yourself a lot happier. The following are three tips to help you.

2.  Discover Your Core

Each person has character strengths that are at the core of who they are.
You can tell when you are in your strengths when you find yourself "in the flow,"
enthusiastic, and become deeply absorbed in what you are doing. Character strengths are deeply held, and are at the core of your being. They are so central to your identity that suppressing or ignoring any of these strengths seems unnatural and very difficult. 

When you do not honor your strengths, you feel diminished. It takes energy from you. For example if you have strengths of integrity and authenticity, not speaking your truth makes you feel less than who you really are. When you honor your strengths, you are more productive, and excited about new challenges.

One way to discover your strengths is to take the VIA Signature Strength Survey at (no cost)  www.authentichappiness.org.  It will give you a description of your top five character strengths.  Then take a moment to reflect on how they have shown up in your life. You will discover that they have helped you to rise to the occasion to meet your challenges.

3.. Align Your Activities with Your Strengths

When you work on your intentions this year, consider aligning your activities and goals with your strengths. It brings in the power of three kinds of relationships: (1) Your relationship with yourself, (2) Your relationship with your significant others, (marriage or life partner, and family), and (3) Your relationship with the larger whole (e.g. work, community).  When you know your strengths and align your activities in each area with your strengths, each area can help to empower you to accomplish your goals.  It also simplifies your life. Instead of seeing each sphere of life separately, you can see them all as ways to express your genuine core.

 First, your strengths help you to feel much more accepting and happier with yourself, This enhances your self confidence in achieving your goals. Second, your strengths shifts you to a more positive outlook which helps you to collaborate and bring in the strengths of others.  Finally, honoring your strengths helps you see how your efforts contribute to the greater good. This gives a deep sense of gratification.

For example, I have strengths of purpose, perspective,and optimism.  Coming from a developmental perspective, I enjoy pulling together information to size up the next developmental step to share with others.  As soon as others see the picture, they naturally jump in because the want to contribute their strengths too. This leads to strength-based co-creativity in honoring our higher intentions in serving the greater good. In the process, we energize our productivity, create meaningful relationships, and accomplish our goals.  

4. Practical Steps

Here are a few practical steps on what you can do. First, align your goals and
activities with your character strengths.  Plan to stick to your intention or
resolution for at least 6-12 weeks, so you can get a good start at establishing
the habits you want. Next, break down your big goals into several smaller, short-term goals that are easier to do. Then, use the power of your strengths to design activities to help you to follow through. As you go along, be sure to celebrate your successes.     

Suppose you want to lose weight.  First, you are more than a number on the scale, or a label as "overweight."  You also have qualities of spirit.  When you honor your character strengths, it helps you to capture this spirit. You become more accepting of yourself.

Rather than focusing on food alone, you also can bring in the power of your
relationships with others. For example, I have a client who used her strength of
"to love and be loved" to effectively handle overeating at family functions. 
Instead of heaping up piles of food on her plate, she chose to give love. 
She greeted family, talked with them, and found ways serve them. This kept her
mind off of food.

She also began to include more vegetables in her diet, and served more vegetables at family meals. This tapped into her deeper sense of purpose by encouraging healthier eating. Consciously aligning her goals with her strengths not only helped her to lose weight, it enhanced her relationships.

This year, consider aligning your activities and goals with your character strengths.  In addition to helping you accomplish your goals, it will enhance your well being.    

5. Announcements

Join us for our Teleseminar on January 18, 2011 from
9:00-9:30 CST.  Phone number 760-569-9000, access code 308311#

Playback Number (760) 569-9999 Access Code 308311.

Warm Regards,

Dr. Alice

Reference: Linley, P. A. Nielsen, K. M. Gillett, R. Biswas-Diener, R. (2010) Using
signature strengths in pursuit of goals.  International Coaching Psychology Review. 5(1). 6-15.

Copyright 2011 Alice G. Vlietstra, All rights reserved.

 

 

 

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The Strengths of Change

Lifetree News
Creating Prosperity with Harmony
Alice G. Vlietstra, Ph.D.
February, 2010

The Strengths of Change

In This Issue:

1.  Welcome
2.  The Faces of America
3.  Connecting with Strengths
4.  Shifting Your Perspective

1. Welcome

Have you been experiencing the challenges of change? Last month we referred to it as, "The Blessed Unrest." Paul Hawken uses this phrase to describe the
actions of millions of people who are creating a better world. Concerned and
aware, individuals are acting independently, following no one leader, set of
beliefs, or centralized organization. Their impact has been largely hidden,
yet it is becoming a significant source of change.

Actually, the "Blessed Unrest" is not new.  It is at the foundation of our
country and is the basis for expansion and growth. This e-newsletter looks at
the strengths that have been feeding it and how you can apply them to your life.

2. The Faces of America

One way to appreciate the "Blessed Unrest" is to look at history.  When we
understand our history, we better understand ourselves. PBS is currently
showing a series called "Faces of America," developed  by Dr. Henry Louis
Gates Jr. In this series, Dr. Gates explores the ancestry of twelve
celebrities to help us better understand our roots.

Why examine your history? First, America is largely a melting pot. Coming to
the United States as immigrants, many of us have lost touch with our roots.
When we get in touch with our roots, we see ourselves as more connected, not
only with our ancestors, but also globally. It helps us to find our place,
to better understand the impact of world events, and our purpose today. 
Second, history, unexamined, repeats itself. By understanding our past, and
the factors that influenced it, we can choose to create a new path. 
We can look at our lives and create a new story.

Our ancestors left their homeland and families to build a new life in a
foreign land. Why? Religious oppression, poverty, hardship, and war were a
few of the reasons. America brought hope for a new life, equality, freedom,
and a place to express their dreams. It brought with it many trials and
tribulations. Not to be defeated, the unrest led to the development of
strengths of character.

For example, this month, in the USA, we celebrated the birthdays of two
presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, as well as St. Valentine.
George Washington led the American Revolution to gain independence from the
oppression of England; Abraham Lincoln led us through the Civil War toward
greater equality. In celebrating these holidays we honor character strengths
of leadership, courage, and justice in our Presidents. With Valentine's Day
we honor the character strength of love. These virtues continue to inspire
our activities today.

3. Connect with Your Strengths

As I watched the PBS series, I could not help but see how character strengths
connected the family members across the generations. Chef Mario Batali described his Italian mother who made exquisite ravioli with "calves brains, sausage, and Swiss chard." Not quite my taste, but it certainly gave inspiration for the great chef. Yo-Yo Ma, a cellist, was inpsired by the passion of his father,
a violinist. All are connected through the character strength of an appreciation
of beauty and excellence. They honored their parents through the generations
through this strength. Giving and sharing their passions and strengths helped
them reach new levels of success.

Now, think about your own ancestors, what strengths did they exhibit? 
You can continue to be actively connected with them by honoring their
strengths?  Not sure of your strengths?  Take the brief strengths test at
www.authentichappiness.org. It will help you identify the character
strengths you use most frequently.

4. Shifting Your Perspective

As you watch these historical series and reflect on your own roots, there
is a bittersweet element to it. While it is incredibly moving to get in
touch with our past, it also has a sad undertone that reminds us of our
limited time on this planet. We can also see the hard work put in by our
ancestors, and the pain and difficulty in their lives, the fruits of their
work in our lives that they did not get to enjoy.

By contrast, if when you look at history with an appreciation of strengths
and contributions of our ancestors, the picture becomes different. Our
awareness of universal character strengths and virtues has helped us to
move beyond the limitations of place and time to see our history from
the perspective of the evolution of mankind.  You can see the patterns
of pain and stress, the times of “Blessed Unrest,” and how new solutions
evolved to promote the well being of all.  We all have some aspects of
these strengths, so everyone gets to contribute. What I find is most
fascinating is that the actions everyone are significant.  

Take a moment to get in touch with your passions.  Do they reflect a
deeper, more universal strength? Did you see them expressed in your
family?  How did these strengths help your family overcome their
challenges in life?  Can you honor them by using them in your life? 
Strengths bless our unrest. Through these strengths you can contribute
to a better world in a way that goes beyond place and time. They can
give you much joy and happiness.

Warm Regards,


Dr. Alice

Resources:

Hawken, Paul.  The Blessed Unrest. NY: Penguin, 2007

Peterson, C. &  Seligman, M. Character Strengths and Virtues:
A Handbook and Classification. New York:  Oxford Press, 2004.

Authentic Happiness Website – www.authentichappiness.org

Public Broadcasting Station -  www.pbs.org/wnet/facesofamerica

 

 

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Beyond 9-11

Successful Relating
Fulfillment through Connection and Community
Alice G. Vlietstra, Ph.D.

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1. Welcome
2. Real Learning
3. Adversity Fuels Greatness
4. Your Inner Strengths
5. Announcements

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1. Welcome
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Welcome. September brings the memory of  the 9/11 attacks.  It was September 11, 2001, that I set my intentions for promoting the positive, which led to this e-newsletter.  After viewing many of the replays on TV in 2001, I finally shut it off.  I no longer could be a passive viewer.  As with many Americans, I began to question and take action instead.  

Today, I have become increasingly aware that each of us has a significant power for creating peace, one moment at a time, in our daily actions with each other.  Rather than being passive viewers following the demands of the TV, it is much more gratifying to act as whole human beings, using our creative energies to build the community and eco-systems we need.  This e-newsletter explores this shift, and the central role of values in the learning it requires.

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 Today, with the concerns for safety, the strains on our ecological systems, we are facing challenges that cannot be solved in old ways. We need people who are awake, aware, engaged, and ready to take a hard look at what works and what does not. 

This need is marked by an increasing focus on real learning.  An important aspect of this learning is an awareness of our values.   In his latest book, Weapons of Mass Instruction, John Gatto writes that people who have a real education do not organize their learning around the accumulation of information, but around their values.  The first step, he believes, is recognizing our values, our ancestry, culture and place, as well as those of the surrounding community and the different cultures of the world. 

You can see this orientation in many educated leaders today.  John Gatto supports his position, by investigating the values that are influencing education. Caroline Myss 's audio CD's "The Sacred Contract of America" urges us to honor the values of our Founding Forefathers. She gives a fascinating account of American history from the perspective our evolution as a people. David Korten (2009) inspires us to move to our higher values in his book,  Agenda for a New Economy.  Finally, Peterson and Seligman (2004), in their book,  Character Strengths and Virtues , unite us by identifying the values common to most  cultures.  All have a strength-based community building effect.

 This kind of learning is not just about memorizing facts, but one of getting in touch the inner strengths that bring out the best of ourselves.     

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3.  Adversity Fuels Greatness
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We all have heard the saying "Greatness is born out of adversity."  Unfortunately, this is not always true.  When under pressure, emotions climb.  Adversity can bring out our courage, brilliance and strength, OR it can make us ugly beasts, fight, and run for cover.  When we are clear about our values, it helps us to take actions to hold things together, for the best interest of all, so that we come out stronger on the other side. Our values bring forth a higher calling. They help us become disciplined enough to stay committed and rise to the occasion to ride the challenge through. Every great country, business, family and person became that way because of pressure.  It brings out the best in us, but only if we can maintain our sanity.

Today, we can no longer see ourselves as independent individuals, families, businesses, and countries. We need to learn to work together as a planet in order to survive. The 9/11 Attacks officially marked a beginning of this higher evolution. We need to move beyond war to find solutions for peace.

From a psychological perspective, I believe one of psychology's great contributions is the identification of the character strengths to help us stay sane.  Each person family, business, and institution carries special aspects of these strengths, a unique signature. This helps us to be unique, while connected, and to see how our daily actions contribute to the whole.  You can gain a brief over view of these strengths going to the Authentic Happiness website (www.authentichappiness.org) and taking the brief strengths test.

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One way to identify you values is reflect on the stories that are most important to you.  Stories help you discover the hidden factors that influence your life.  They also help you to appreciate your ancestry.  Many families have cherished old stories, told and retold at family gatherings.  These stories encourage us to talk about what is important.  When you take time to reflect on these stories, look for the hidden factors that helped you and others rise to the occasion, face your challenges and come through.  These are the character strengths and values important to you.  As you become clear about these values, you will become more centered within yourself and clearer how your daily acts can make a difference.     

For example, I come from a family where we have the character strength of a "love of learning."  My paternal grandfather, an immigrant from Scandinavia had only an eighth grade education. Because of his love for learning, he developed the first school bus in his locale, a horse drawn sleigh.  His son, my father, with his love for learning, became a country school teacher.

My father was especially touched one day in his rural classroom when a little girl fainted, too weak to concentrate.  She told him, "It was not her turn to eat breakfast that day." Inside her lunch pail was only a cold potato.  He shared his lunch with her, and began to learn about nutrition.  He subsequently went to Michigan State University where he became a teacher in the agricultural sciences and encouraged the members of our family and many of the community farmers to seek a higher education.  It was his life-
long mission to promote the growth and development of people.
 
Michigan State University was chartered as the nation's first land grant institution, designed to provide practical information for the betterment of mankind.  It was supported by an Act signed by President Abraham Lincoln.  Now, who would have guessed that a country school girl was connected to famous President?   It happens through our values. It is through the values acted upon in our lives that we become significant and bring out the best of our selves and others.

Let this 9/11 be a moment to honor the values that give meaning to your life.

Warm Regards,

Dr. Alice

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5.  Announcements
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1. Tuesday, September 15, 7:00-9:00 PM.  Join us for a demonstration of the power of releasing old patterns and identifying your strengths. It will be held at the monthly open house of "A Gathering Place." 12131 Dorsett Road, Ste. 101.

2. Monday, September 21, 7:00 PM CDT we will be having a complementary telesminar: "From Stress to Success."  Learn how your actions every day can create a shift on three levels: Cultural, Relational, and Personal. Just Click this Link:
http://www.instantTeleseminar.com/?eventid=9062832

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Successful Relating

Asking - A Mindset

Successful Relating:
Fulfillment through Connection and Community
Alice Vlietstra, Ph.D.  Editor                                                                                                  June - July, 2008

Asking - A Mindset

In this issue:
1. Welcome
2. Asking - A Matter of Perspective
3. Let's Make a Deal
4. The Collaborative Mindset
5. Announcements

1. Welcome

 Welcome to Successful Relating, a free e-newsletter for tips on relationship success. In June, in Saint Louis, we hosted a workshop, "Celebrating Men,
Satisfying Women," led by a great presenter, Pete Farmer.  In this workshop, we, as women, had an opportunity to discover the differences in how men and women think. 

After a day of learning about the differences, a panel of four men came in for an hour to answer our questions. One woman said, "If I had not seen it, I would not have believed it."   Yes, it was really true. The differences were real and it gave
us a whole new view of our relationships with men. Most important, it was one
in which women could ask, and men were glad to provide.

This whole topic has brought up so many juicy issues that I have decided
to put two e-newsletters into one, so this is for June and July.    
      
2. Asking - A Matter of Perspective

In the last e-newsletter we discovered from the work of Babcock and Laschever
(2003) that frequently, women don't ask.  As a consequence, women often feel under appreciated, overburdened, and bring in less income than they would like. Even more, we discovered that not asking can lead to a pattern that is detrimental to our relationships. It is far better to ask, than to become frizzled and frazzled, put ourselves in a stew.

Asking may be a matter of perspective.  The workshop by Pax Programs,
"Celebrating Men, Satisfying Women,"  transforms women's relationships with
men by presenting the differences in point of view.  Pax Programs also has workshops that help men understand women. Instead of being adversaries, accepting the differences leads to trust, collaboration and partnership.

For example, the women discovered that when requests are made to men in a way that is clear, specific and to the point, it is much easier for the men to
understand and respond to what the women want.  In fact, this is something men are glad to provide.  It also reflects relationships of equality.

3.  Let's Make a Deal 

Workshops such as these help us move beyond old patterns of relating that
are governed by roles, to ones that honor the perspectives of individuals as well
as relationship needs.  The partnering orientation that results, is not only important for personal relationships but for business as well. It requires negotiation and the ability to make a deal.   

Perspective-taking is important for successful negotiation. In May, The
Economist reported research looking at the difference between perspective-taking and emotional empathy in working out successful deals. Most people believe t hat appreciating the other is important, but do not distinguish between
perspective-taking and empathy. They are not the same. 

Perspective-taking is the cognitive power to consider the world from someone else's viewpoint.  Empathy is the power to connect with them emotionally. Results showed that even when one negotiator had perspective-taking abilities, it produced a better overall outcome for both sides, than did empathy alone. In fact, a large amount of empathy could even impair people's ability to make a deal.

Author, Dr. Galinsky says "You want to understand what the other person's
interests are, but you do not want to sacrifice your own interests. This is the
essence of equality in partnering.    

4. A Collaborative Mindset 

A critical aspect of asking successfully is a win-win mindset that collaborates on
strengths. Positive emotion broadens our attention and builds upon the past.
When we are happy we are much more likely to share resources to include the needs of others. This is contrasted with adverserial win-lose approaches based on  scarcity and emotions such as anger and fear.

Changing one's mindset is more than gaining new information.  It also helps
in clearing old patterns, preparing for new actions, and overcoming hesitation.
To facilitate this process, I have set up a workshop for women, "Secrets to
Wealth and Wisdom: Asking for What You Want." See the announcement below.

5.  Announcements

 For Women:  Secrets to Wealth and Wisdom: Asking For What You Want.   August 16, 2-5 PM. It will be held at "A Gathering Place," 12131 Dorsett Road, Ste 101, in Maryland Heights, MO. 63043. Email me for a flyer if you have not already received one.

I will be on vacation the next two weeks.  I wish you a happy Fourth of July.

To Your Relationship Success,

Dr. Alice 

Resources:

Babcock, Linda and Laschever, Sara.  Women Don't Ask, Princeton N. J.: 
Princeton University Press, 2003.

Galinsky, Adam  Inside a Deal. The Economist, May, 2008.

Armstrong, Alison: Pax Program Workshops  "Celebrating Men, Satisfying Women," and "Understanding Women."  See www.understandingmen.com.


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The Lost Child

Successful Relating
Fulfillment through Connection and Community
Alice G. Vlietstra, Ph.D., Editor

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December 2007

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In This Issue:
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1.  Welcome
2.  The Lost Child 
3.  Renewed Hope
4.  Announcements

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1.  Welcome
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Welcome. This is the holiday season, the time for celebrating, renewal,
and hope.  When you look over this last year, what has touched you the
most? Did you get what you wanted? Or, would you have liked more to happen? 
How has this affected your intentions for next year?
 
What I received was different than what I had expected, even better. This can
also happen to you. Let me share my story.

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The Lost Child
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It was December 2002, and I was in Central Missouri, doing yet another investigation for an inmate on death row.  As an expert witness in human development, I had been asked to testify on the early childhood factors that impacted the development of his personality.

Was this person a monster, an evil person?  Or, was there another story?  As I saw all too frequently, there was another story, one of a lost child – a child that had fallen between the cracks of a busy, fragmented world.

The pattern was similar to many I had seen previously; poverty, broken family, school problems, shame, blame, and guilt. As in the rest of my investigations, the crime had been committed by age 18.  The child's most basic need, to be connected and significant, had not been met.  Instead, it had been replaced
with fear, anger, drugs, and crime. 

The choice now was death or life in prison. And, he was not the only one. The prison business is one of the fastest growing in the country.

I was concerned. Must it be this way?  No. We have enough information to do more for our children. It was then that I decided to shift gears, and use my background in human development and psychology to touch the hearts and minds of the community to effect a positive impact for change. 

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3.  Renewed Hope
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Over the last five years I reinvented my career.  I sought out advanced techniques to better access the early developmental emotional states and patterns. Then I delved in positive psychology, the study of character strength and virtue, and
in the skills needed for successful, healthy relationships. Finally, it all came together with a deeper understanding of the law of attraction. 

This year, my story is different.  Again, I was asked to serve as an expert witness
in Central Missouri, -- this time to reunite a child with the biological parent.

In the courtroom, faces were grim and pinched, grievances had been expressed, and the air was tense. An infant had been placed in alternative care and local groups had voiced concerns.  Children in foster care had died.  Immediate
placement of a child was not always better than the child remaining with the parent.

This time I was most grateful to be able to speak to the character strengths, virtues, and developmental assets present in the family -- generosity, perseverance, spirituality, and to me, the most powerful, forgiveness. 

The judge ruled in favor of including an evaluation of not only potential problems,
but also of the developmental assets, virtues and strengths in the home. This ignited a broader, more positive approach. The child was reunited with the biological parent.  

What touched me most deeply about this story was the power of the community to work together for good.  Once they were made aware of the bigger picture, their perspective shifted; instead of making complaints they focused on working together as a community in the best interest of the child.     

Our children are our hope for the future. Often, the voice of the child is hidden,
both within ourselves and within the children in our lives. Once it is honored
and expressed,and our higher ideals are acknowledged, the negative can be transcended.
 
We can build a new future. I hope you include this renewal in your intentions for next year.  Thank you for being my very best gift, the gift of being YOU.

Warm Regards,

Dr. Alice
 

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5.  Announcements
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Women, would you like to experience more flexibility in your life, more peace at
home, and true wealth?  Then come join me for our workshop on Saturday afternoon, January 19th, 2008. 

“For Women:  Secrets to Wealth and Peace”

Call me at 314-729-2855 or visit:  www.creatingrelationshipsthatwork.com

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