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Episode 10Bonus Episode23rd November 2022 • Lift As You Climb • Isabel Alexander
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Thanksgiving = Thanks + Giving

Giving = Generosity + Sharing

Sharing = Lifting + Climbing

Climbing = Capable + Empowered

Empowered = Creation + Expansion

Expansion = Growth + Opportunity

Opportunity = Abundance + Gratitude

Gratitude is not limited to specific dates, events, or traditions.

Gratitude works 365 and 7/24.

Gratitude is diverse and inclusive.

Gratitude is for all to show and receive.

Gratitude is recession and inflation proof.

Gratitude is a currency that always increases value and impact.

Everyday is Thanksgiving when you practice Gratitude.

I am grateful to reshare a remastered version of Episode 10 of an interview with Gratitude Guru, Michele Bailey and inspiring ideas from best-selling book, The Curreny of Gratitude. Premiered April 2021 and even more relevant today!

About the Host:

 

Isabel Alexander

Your Next Business Strategist and Transformation Catalyst

 

Dynamic, a self-made entrepreneur who overcame obstacles with an unrelenting positive nature, a farm girl work ethic, and a conscious choice to thrive rather than survive, Isabel Alexander (Banerjee) cultivated an award-winning, $10+ million global chemical business and grew it from dining room table to international boardrooms.

Isabel’s strengths include the ability to initiate and nurture strategic relationships, a love of lifelong learning and talents for helping others maximize their potential. An inspiring speaker within both industry and community, she is a driving force behind those with the courage to follow her example of thriving against the odds.

With 50+ years of business experience across diverse industries, Isabel is respected as an advisor, a coach, a mentor, and a role model. She believes in sharing collective wisdom and empowering others to economic independence.

 

Founder:

Lift As You Climb Movement (www.facebook.com/groups/liftasyouclimbmovement)

and

Chief Encore Officer, The Encore Catalyst (www.theencorecatalyst.com) – an accelerator for feminine wisdom, influence, and impact.

also

Author & Speaker ‘Who Am I Now? – Feminine Wisdom Unmasked Uncensored’ (www.IsabelBanerjee.com)

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/isabelalexanderbanerjee/

 

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​ Isabel: Welcome everybody.

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This is a particularly happy day for me because this is the first time.

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You are witnessing the first time that I am interviewing a guest

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on the Lift As You Climb podcast.

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Up to this point, you've just listened to Moi, and now it's time to expand

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what we're doing here in the universe, and start to share with you some very,

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very special relationships I have with women who also Lift As They Climb.

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Today I am interviewing a dear friend, a long time mentor, inspiration cheerleader

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of mine, and her name is Michele Bailey.

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That's Michele with one L.

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Make sure you spell that right when you Google her.

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She is the founder, CEO, and inspiration of multiple organizations,

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enterprises, and those details are going to be shared in the show notes.

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We're not gonna take up a lot of time to tell you about those

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businesses, but I can tell you that two of my favorite ones are Blazing.

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THE Agency, and the other is My Big Idea.

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Michele, if I didn't quite get Blazing's moniker correct you can fix that up.

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So welcome today, Michele.

Michele:

Thank you Isabel.

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I am so delighted to be here, with my dear friend of many, many years.

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Yes!

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Yay!...

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The reason Michele and I met in the beginning was about being an entrepreneur.

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The first introduction to Michele was when another badass femmepreneur...

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put her arm around my neck, and took me to a WPO Women President's

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Organization meeting, and that was when I first met Michele in Toronto, Canada.

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Mmm....

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Years ago...

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and yesterday I realized it was the 32nd anniversary of me

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becoming an entrepreneur, and starting my first all me business.

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Michele, I think you probably have a few years on me...

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in terms of owning the entrepreneur title.

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Correct?

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When did you start your first business?

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26 years ago, Isabel, for me.

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26 years...

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And look how young we are!

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By the way, the podcast right now, of course you're probably listening

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to us on your favorite podcast app...

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But it's also soon going to be on its own YouTube channel.

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So you'd be able to check how cute Michele and I are...

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And that 26 and 32 years of entrepreneurship have

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only enhanced our glow.

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So today, Michele...

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I was so grateful, and I am using that word purposely for all of you...

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The word gratitude is the theme, the anchor, for this episode.

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It is only appropriate that Michele should be the guest, because today we

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are celebrating the launch of her new book about gratitude in the world.

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By the time this episode airs...

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Her book will be available internationally.

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I believe.

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Michele?....

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So why don't I have you tell us about the book, and where

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people will find out about it.

Michele:

The book is called The Currency of Gratitude.

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It is being published by Forbes Books.

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It will be available on amazon.com starting April 13th after they

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launch it in Times Square.

Isabel:

Oh really?

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I didn't know that.

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That's so cool.

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Darn, if it wasn't 2021...

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We'd be off to New York to celebrate it right there in Times Square.

Michele:

Absolutely Isabel...

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That's the one thing we can't do, but it will be in Times Square on the Jumbotron.

Isabel:

Oh, I am so excited.

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What time of the day?

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Do you know yet?

Michele:

I don't know yet.

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Okay...

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So I will be sure when we have that information we'll

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add it to the show notes.

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Well, I guess by that time it will have been a fait accompli...

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But maybe we can find it on YouTube and rewatch it.

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. We've established that you're an entrepreneur, a serial entrepreneur,

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which is another reason I'm grateful for you in my life because you spoke on my

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first Global Serial Entrepreneur Summit.

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Now we've established that you're an author...

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I happen to know this isn't your first rodeo in writing

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a book, or publishing a book.

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How many books have you written, Michele?

Michele:

This is my second book.

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The Currency of Gratitude is my second book.

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The first book was called, It's Not All About You...

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It's about the company you keep.

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I actually wrote that book, Isabel, because so many women were asking me for

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coffee dates, lunch date, wine dates.

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They wanted to get into my mind as an entrepreneur and find

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out all kinds of tid bits...

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So I launched that book because I didn't have a tremendous amount of time to do

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all these dates, so I just would give people the book and tell them, read it.

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It has lots of entrepreneurial hints and hacks for you to live by.

Isabel:

That was brilliant and that was very generous of you, because

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then they could take it away and at any time you could be with them,

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because there was that resource book.

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I still have my copy, I treasure it.

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I have repurposed many books in my lifetime, but I will never repurpose that

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one because it serves as a reminder to me constantly that I really am the product of

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the women that I spend the most time with.

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And to be very wise and careful about where I put that time and

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also how I reciprocate with others.

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So thank you.

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So I'd love to know, do you recall an age as a child that you were

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aware of the word gratitude?

Michele:

Isabel, I believe I became aware of gratitude in a very big way

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when I lived in Manchester, New Hampshire between the ages of three to 12.

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My parents were extremely gracious.

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My father was a medical doctor and working all the time, and we lived in

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this big house on North Bay Street.

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So what my mother did...Is offer the home to exchange students from Nigeria.

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She brought her parents to live with us.

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She opened up her home and heart to people who needed a little bit of

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extra, extra help, extra guidance.

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So I started to see how graciousness and gratitude started to play out.

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Then I've always been an artist.

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I would go to my room in the evening and with a pen and ink,

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I would draw handmade cards.

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And then I would sell these cards in bunches...

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3 and 5...

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With matching envelopes...

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Door to door to my neighbors, so they too could write gratitude notes, or thank

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you notes to other people done by moi...

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a young artist.

Isabel:

I love that story.

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This reveals that you were an entrepreneur and also generating the

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currency of gratitude as a child.

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It just went from there.

Michele:

You know what Isabel, it absolutely did.

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So it started there and then we moved so many times.

Michele:

We moved multiple times, and what I found is in different places

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we moved, whether it be different countries or different states,

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making new friends trying to fit in.

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I became very grateful for people who allowed me into their life because I

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was the newbie trying to make friends, especially through high school.

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I was in 5 different high schools.

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Very hard to fit in...

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In three different countries...

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Yeah, so I really had to hone a sense of graciousness, and kindness, and generosity

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to people who allowed me to join their cliques because I was an outsider.

Isabel:

You could have gone the complete opposite and withdrawn or been bitter,

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but fortunately you're you, and you recognized that the way to find your

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own happiness, was to continue to improve on that skill of sharing your

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graciousness, and your gratefulness.

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I know and anyone who knows you personally I know will support me in this statement:

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It's contagious, when we are with you Michele.

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It's contagious to want to be more generous, more

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appreciative, more grateful.

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I hope that in a very significant way, the release of your book will cause a

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gratitude explosion around the world.

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I truly, truly hope that...

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I couldn't think of a better time in history, although history always

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provides us a reason to make that choice, to be grateful or miserable.

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So thank you.

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I'm putting that in my arsenal.

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Is there a presale of your book?

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Just for my own knowledge.

Michele:

Yes, pre-sale, you can order, go ahead and order on Amazon.

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Forbes has it up, so feel free to pre-order.

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When we do the actual virtual launch on April 29th, we will

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have bundled packages with audio.

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The My Big Idea Planner, we will have gratitude cards and the book

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that you can bundle together.

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We are doing a promotion on April 20.

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When we do the virtual launch, it will be our friend, you know her well, Christine

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McGee on April 29th at 1:00 PM Eastern.

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I have already saved that date on my calendar and I'll be

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sharing it with the audience and with our entrepreneurial circle because

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I don't wanna miss a good party.

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I know you always have a good party and what an opportunity, and you just Thank

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you for giving me this segue because I wanted to ask at the end of the show,

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would you come back another day on the podcast and talk about my big idea?

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With me.

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I just feel this is a time also where it would be so important to people

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to understand that concept of having a big idea, setting the goals and

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the process that you created, that I have used multiple times in my life.

Michele:

Absolutely Isabel, and you've already taken the program several times

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and I would love to share how to get a personal and professional work life blend.

Michele:

We're already working on My Big Idea 3.0.

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We're including the COVID fatigue and what has shown up, or not shown

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up for people throughout COVID.

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Diversity and inclusion in both our personal and professional lives and ESG.

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Let's bring it all together, and let's address the issues that people need to

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talk about, whether it's recognizing it in themselves, but moving forward because

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we have to have a more inclusive and grateful world, as we come out of 2020.

Isabel:

That is so important.

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And the timing again, absolutely perfect.

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Thank you for doing that.

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This is news to me, and I'm excited to hear about this.

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All right, so I'm gonna fess up cuz I'm gonna guess I may not

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be the only person listening.

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What's ESG?

Michele:

Environmental Sustainability...

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Sustainability Goal!...

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Yes.

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I don't get full marks, but I get part marks for remembering.

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Right, okay.

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Which is very important everybody out there...

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Because I'm a farm girl at heart, and always will be.

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So environmental sustainability started for me as a child.

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Okay.

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That's really, really exciting to know about that and it's so

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cool because what we are talking about in the current Summit is...

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How, we as entrepreneurs, femmepreneurs...

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Take the lessons that we learn through difficult,

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unscheduled, inconvenient times...

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Of which there always will be in history.

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The current one happens to be called a pandemic, and how we take the

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lessons that we learn and then we...

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Transform, improve, innovate our businesses.

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What I'm hearing is you recognize there was an opportunity to up level

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the My Big Idea reach because of this.

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Is that right?

Michele:

Absolutely Isabel, because in the My Big Idea Program...

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We asked usually 10 questions per section, but they are simple but profound.

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For instance, through this pandemic...

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Who showed up for you, that you least expected?...

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and...

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Who didn't show up for you, that you expected.

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What value have you relied on through this pandemic?

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What new habit have you created, that you will still have when this is over?

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Different questions like that to make you reflect and really think

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about your life moving forward.

Isabel:

I love those questions, and with your permission, I'd like to include

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those in the show notes because...

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That's a good thought starter, and that's a good, get off your ass,

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and change your own world...

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Way to begin, right?

Michele:

Absolutely.

Isabel:

Coincidentally...

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About two episodes ago, or maybe three, on this podcast...

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I did an episode about one whole life.

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And I spoke about our dear friend and mentor Marg Hachey's revelation...

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That she shared to me that as women, as femmepreneurs, entrepreneurs...

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We don't have one professional life, and one personal life, that in fact...

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We have one whole life.

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I said that work-life-balance is BS, because it's my experience, my

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opinion that if everything is in balance, nothing is moving, nothing

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is changing, nothing is growing.

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There has to be movement, and give and take.

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So when you first expressed the term work life blend.

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I went...

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Yeah...

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Okay, that I can buy into.

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It's a blend, and each day I'm in charge of the recipe, right?

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How much of the professional part I put in, how much of the personal

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part I put in, and I'm the cook.

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Thank you.

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Thank you for that.

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All right.

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Going back to...

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The Currency of Gratitude...

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Concept...

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Was there any particular moment in your business career that you

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remember the catalyst, let's say...

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For you to start to incorporate that practice of gratitude in your

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business and with your clients?

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Cause I know, because of our relationship, that you do a

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lot of gratitude work with your major clients and their teams.

Michele:

Well actually, gratitude for me was second nature, it is second nature.

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About four years ago, my managing partner, Eric Marshall...

Michele:

I went to him and I said, I've been asked to open a woman's summit with

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a five minute speech on my passion.

Michele:

And he looked at me and said, What are you speaking on?

Michele:

I said, personal, professional goal setting for work life blend.

Michele:

He looked at me and said Michele...

Michele:

That's your process.

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That's not your passion.

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This very cynical man looked at me and...

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I said, what do you mean that's not my passion?

Michele:

He said, no, that's your process.

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Your passion is gratitude...

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Everything about you is about being grateful.

Michele:

And he walked off.

Isabel:

Yay, Eric!

Michele:

And then I sat down, and I thought about it, and I thought...

Michele:

He's absolutely right.

Michele:

It is about gratitude, because gratitude opens up so many doors for us.

Michele:

It's a gift that keeps on giving.

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It's a gift we give out, that comes back to us threefold, in whatever

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way gratitude shows up for people.

Michele:

And I'm not just talking about a note, I'm not talking about a lovely email.

Michele:

I'm not talking about a phone call.

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I'm talking about all the ways gratitude shows up and you don't expect it...

Michele:

An unexpected, sincere smile from a stranger...

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Someone walks by you, especially if it's a woman and says...

Michele:

Darn it, you look awesome!

Michele:

Yeah.

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It's someone who buys you a coffee, whether it's in the coffee line,

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drive through, or someone who just shows up and puts a cup on your desk.

Michele:

Things like making a call to someone that you know is struggling...

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And just being there to listen to whatever it is they wanna say.

Michele:

Sometimes it's just letting silence do the lifting.

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It's just a really, really great hug...

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Where people know you care.

Michele:

There's so many ways, gratitude, kindness, empathy, show up.

Michele:

Figure out what works for you with the person you're with.

Isabel:

I hear you, and I walk in your shoes in that area.

Isabel:

It's something that not every day, certainly am I as good

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at doing that consistently.

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And I want to do better.

Isabel:

I know you work with large brands and major corporations in your

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advertising/branding business...

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Your digital marketing business.

Isabel:

How do you convey to a CEO, or a manager in a larger organization...

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That they can recoup the investment, so to speak...

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To make that currency in their business.

Michele:

Well, that's actually why I wrote The Currency of Gratitude.

Michele:

I teach people how small gestures create big business results.

Michele:

I like to teach them by starting with example.

Michele:

I ask...

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It doesn't matter if it's the CEO, it's a VP level manager, whoever...

Michele:

The people I work with are the people that have entrusted us in their care.

Michele:

I often ask if we can meet for a coffee or lunch.

Michele:

I take the time, and often they say to me, I don't have any time.

Michele:

I said you're gonna have to eat, how about I bring lunch?

Michele:

And all I do when I'm meeting with them is say...

Michele:

I'm here to get to know you as a person.

Michele:

We're not here to talk about business, unless you wanna talk about business.

Michele:

That's not why I'm here.

Michele:

I'm here to tell you that I appreciate what you do...

Michele:

The work you give us, you've got awesome people...

Michele:

We love working with them, but I'm just wanting to get to know you as

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a person, and how I might be able to help you in whatever way I can.

Michele:

Isabel, this takes people aback...

Michele:

They kinda look at me and cross their arms.

Michele:

Like...

Michele:

You just wanna talk?

Michele:

Yes, and I'm doing that through this last year with the pandemic.

Michele:

Zoom...

Michele:

I have virtual lunches.

Michele:

Make sure you have your lunch.

Michele:

I have my lunch.

Michele:

We talk about everything but business.

Michele:

I have to tell you, I cannot get off the phone with my clients

Michele:

until we book the next one.

Michele:

They want the next one booked, because it's just fun.

Michele:

We're just sharing ideas, strategies, talking openly.

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Talking vulnerably, being vulnerable, being transparent.

Michele:

I often again lead by example...

Michele:

A client might say to me, so how are you doing Michele?...

Michele:

and I might say...

Michele:

This has been a really hard week for me...

Michele:

I'm really struggling.

Michele:

I'm really struggling to be positive, and I know I need

Michele:

to be positive for my team...

Michele:

But I'm having a really hard time.

Michele:

So I find myself doing, and then they'll look at me and go, Wow.

Michele:

Then let me share with you my week and then it becomes open,

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honest, vulnerable, and real.

Michele:

Right now we don't have time for the superficial, cuz we are all

Michele:

struggling differently in our own way.

Michele:

And I tell people when I have energy.

Michele:

It is my job to pay it forward, and give energy to somebody else.

Michele:

Just like if you have energy, Isabel...

Michele:

You need to pay it forward, because we need to keep lifting each other up...

Michele:

Lift As We Climb.

Michele:

We need to do that to one another.

Isabel:

Thank you.

Isabel:

You know...

Isabel:

Just thinking...

Isabel:

Energy isn't pie...

Isabel:

There isn't a limited number of slices, right?

Isabel:

Energy is unlimited, and continues to expand.

Isabel:

How brilliant to think...

Isabel:

We're not trying to sell ourselves, but we are giving of ourselves...

Isabel:

To that other relationship, by being human, and really caring about them.

Isabel:

The old masculine style of salesmanship...

Isabel:

This is a far better, a more enduring, sustainable way

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of building a relationship.

Isabel:

We know the person...

Isabel:

What their goals are, their struggles are, and figure out what we have

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to offer, how that will support them to accomplish what they want

Isabel:

for their own personal satisfaction.

Michele:

You know what?

Michele:

When you're vulnerable and open...

Michele:

It comes back to you Isabel, you know that...

Michele:

We've been in many places together.

Isabel:

Yes, absolutely.

Isabel:

As I often kid people...

Isabel:

I'm willing to be the person that'll sit in my underwear in the room...

Isabel:

Be vulnerable, and awkward...

Isabel:

So that everybody else can let down their armor...

Isabel:

And let's find the solution.

Isabel:

Let's figure this out.

Isabel:

but then again, you taught me a few things about good underwear...

Isabel:

So that's great.

Isabel:

Okay, so where do you go from here?

Isabel:

What are the other ways that this message, which is more than a message, really,

Isabel:

it's a culture that we could spread...

Isabel:

One at a time...

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multiples of us at a time.

Isabel:

This new awareness of how gratitude is good business.

Michele:

Isabel, I would love to start a gratitude movement.

Isabel:

Yes!

Michele:

I would love to teach people how simple it is to

Michele:

recognize another individual.

Michele:

If you start following me on all my social channels...

Michele:

My Big Idea Facebook...

Michele:

Instagram This Is My Big Idea...

Michele:

and LinkedIn My Big Idea.

Michele:

You are going to see how we are trying to dial up the conversation

Michele:

and show people how easy it can be.

Michele:

I undertook this...

Michele:

How can I say this?...

Michele:

It almost wasn't an option for me not to write this book because they had heard

Michele:

that I teach a very simple but powerful way of how to acknowledge people in your

Michele:

life through the My Big Idea Program.

Michele:

They approached me and they said, the business world needs to get this.

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What can you do?

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Can you write this book?

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So I thought about it, and Isabel, what I did is...

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There's Placing gratitude at the center of your personal

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brand, is the first chapter.

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Creating brand ambassadors in your own corporation.

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How do you do that?

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Gratitude and winning business.

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Gratitude as a means of retaining clients and customers.

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Gratitude and self care.

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Gratitude in times of crisis.

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And then...

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Making gratitude a habit.

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Those are the chapters of the book.

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I think I've transcended all the areas and show...

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Using real business cases, ones that are out there, and ones that

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I've employed in my own business...

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That drive the message home.

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At the end of each chapter, I have reflection questions.

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Simple...

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Write right in the book, but this will help you on your gratitude journey.

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This is making gratitude outward facing.

Isabel:

I love this, Michele.

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I love it on all levels.

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I love that...

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As you said...

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gratitude can be a very small, no cost, way of reaching out and touching

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somebody deeply, personally, impactfully.

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You can start small and build.

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I love that it involves everyone, so it's inclusive and I think there's like this

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sort of exponential effect that happens.

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It's like a catalytic reaction.

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The more someone else grateful, the more that creates...

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It just continues to ripple out and I love that...

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This is a way that our teams can get behind and involved in our

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companies, and feeling incredible pride in the brand that they work for.

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Just so many ways of looking at the opportunities that gratitude creates

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for us, and creates for others.

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I'm a hundred percent behind your movement.

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It's definitely needed.

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We've had a really good opportunity in this past lockdown withdrawal...

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To reflect on what's most important in our lives...

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What we miss the most.

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To think of different ways to do things.

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This is so timely.

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Thank you.

Michele:

You're so welcome.

Isabel:

All right...

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I know...

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From experience and imagination...

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That I could talk to you for days and days and days...

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And we would never run out of ideas.

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So I'm gonna say...

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Please, let's get our calendars out another time, and make

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a date to do this again.

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I'm inviting our audience to comment and send us suggestions

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that you'd like to hear Michele and I explore deeper, because that

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is part of Lift As You Climb....

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We are all learning.

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We are women under construction, women in progress...

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But we are very happy to share what we learn as we go...

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and we'll come back together.

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But before you leave us today...

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There's a lot out there in the media about you, Michele Bailey...

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But is there maybe something that might not be on Google,

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that you could share about you?

Michele:

Well Isabel...

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considering that I own a digital advertising agency...

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What people might not know about me is I'm an old fashioned analog girl.

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I love pictures.

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I love memories.

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I love creating memories for people.

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So I print out photographs...

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And I create scrapbooks...

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Stickers...

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All of that.

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I have done over 57 scrapbooks.

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I give them to friends for special occasions where I've traveled with them.

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So if people say...

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What's Antarctic like?, What's Chile like?...

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I just pull out the scrapbooks.

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It's not about looking perfect.

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It's about capturing the memories of the country, and all the

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energy that goes around it.

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So in five minutes, people can look at these scrapbooks.

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People ask me over and over again...

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I want one of these.

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I need one of these.

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I said, but you do digital books all the time.

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No, I want one of these.

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You know what?...

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I create scrapbooks.

Isabel:

I'd say that's an example of sensory gratitude . Thank you, Michele.

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All right, everyone out there in podcast and YouTube land, I hope

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that you have enjoyed this time with Michele as much as I have.

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She definitely is gratitude, deep, deep, deep in my soul, and

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continues to lift me, every day, by how she shows up in the world.

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A sincere, flawed, awesome individual...

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And she is not afraid to show it.

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I encourage you to be who you really are too.

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Michele, Thank you!

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Get out there and make some more people grateful!

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Yay!

Michele:

In closing, Isabel.

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I wanna thank you for everything you're doing, especially for women,

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especially for women entrepreneurs.

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We have to stop being crabs in a bucket.

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We can't pull another down when they get to the top of the bucket.

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We need to Lift as we Climb so we can change the world together.

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Thanks, Isabel, for including me in your world.

Isabel:

Thank you Michele.

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Well said.

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Actually, I think we should give them some homework Michele.

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How about we get everybody out there writing some thank you

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cards, and gratitude notes?

Michele:

I would love it.

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You could put your assignment for the week to write two gratitude cards a week,

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for four weeks, read them directly to somebody through Zoom or in person...

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And watch the magic that transforms.

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Go for it.

Isabel:

Awesome.

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Okay.

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There's gonna be a gratitude explosion now in the world.

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All right, everybody do your homework.

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I'll talk to you soon.