Joy Ignites Freedom

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Joy Ignites Freedom

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”

– Thich Nhat Hanh

Imagine the sound of screeching brakes.

Think of that sound inside my brain this past week as I began to realize that I had overfilled my plate both professionally and personally. Commitments were starting to not be met, causing me stress and allowed a cold to take over in my body because wasn't paying enough attention to my well being.

You might remember just a few weeks back how I had shared the semi-sabbatical I had taken this summer and the relief it had given me to stop and take a breath over the course of the summer. Well suddenly it was becoming a very distant memory.

Opportunities had begun to come at a fast pace, including finding myself volunteering for an organization where suddenly they had dubbed me their Communications Director! What?!

The worst part was that I was allowing the accumulation of to do’s to happen by continuing to say yes to too many things.

Ever have that happen to you?

You find yourself, with the best of good intentions, saying yes too often without thinking things through. Then boom, before you know it you have over committed and unknowingly started to suck away your joy with those commitments.

Well, you might be saying about now, where is the Joy Igniting Freedom that you talked about in the subject line of this Victory Letter?

For me this past week that joy began to once again unfold once I put on the brakes and focused in on what I needed to do to clean up this situation, so I could get back into a joyful flow. I had to stop and reassess the things I had committed to, get the help where I needed it (delegation) and give myself the needed time to evaluate my best moves forward.

Joy Ignites Freedom is a formula that comes from getting really clear on the big picture as well as all it will take to get you there, allowing you to fully enjoy today in the process.

Joy Ignites Freedom when you are clear enough to realize you have overfilled your plate and begin to take action to remedy the situation.

Joy Ignites Freedom when you realize the person, place or thing that you thought you couldn’t live without - you can – especially if it is causing you, ongoing stress.

Recently I saw an interview with Rita Moreno (think the original West Side Story) who is still a very active actress at 87 years young. You know what, not only does she not look like she is 87, but her energy levels are off the charts. When she was asked how she retained her beauty and abundant energy she shared that it happened because she lives such a happy life.

Yep, that joy piece.

We can tend to say, “I will be happy when ____________ (fill in the blank )

That blank can be when… I have more money, the kids are grown, I lose 10 pounds, the house is paid for, I retire, or my business is a success. The list can go on and on.

What if we thought joy first and let that ignite the freedom you long to have now instead of always waiting for it to happen? That’s where giving yourself time to focus in on what matters most comes into play. Give yourself joy today while pacing yourself towards making it even more joyful for tomorrow.

No podcast this week due the stinky cold that is now on the mend. The podcast will be back next week with a guest I am excited to share with you!

Make it a great week ahead – find that joy and see if you can catch yourself smiling more often than not!


To Your Success and Victories,
- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus, Business Growth Coach
cheri@businessvictories.com • 303-652-1718 • @victorygirl

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Food for Thought

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Food for Thought

“Cooking is one of the most primitive things we can do for ourselves.” - Chef Bai

What if you had a habit that was keeping you from having the optimum health and mental clarity to do and be your best? Would you do something about it or try to pretend it’s just the way it has to be?

I think we could agree that each of us picks up big and little food habits along our journey in life that aren’t always the best option. What you may not realize is how the food habit is affecting not only your overall health but also your ability to fully concentrate on the things in your life and business that matter most to you.

Food after all is fuel, and we all know what happens when we don’t have enough or the right fuel…we run out of energy.

This week as I write this to you I am about to embark on a 14-Day challenge to eat only plant-based foods. Honestly, it is kind of freaking me out but something I am committed to doing. Even though I gave up eating all meat except for fish nearly a year ago the thought of stopping eating eggs and my beloved cheeses is a really big challenge for me.

My mom in her time on the planet used to give up any food or drink that she felt she had grown too dependent on every year during the Catholic 40-day season of Lent. This included chocolate, tea, coffee, wine, etc. And she would do it without fail. Her ability to always do this no matter what really impressed me. So, I can do just 14 days… right?

For this week’s podcast I share a conversation with my daughter, Bailey Ruskus, who is known to many as Chef Bai. She is leading the charge for this 14-Day challenge and shares some really compelling reasons to give this idea a go.

In our rich conversation she shares going from being a classically trained French Chef and all the meat and butter that came with that lifestyle to veganism as a way of life. She did it without sacrificing flavor as her plant based food is absolutely delicious!

Join the conversation in the podcast above and perhaps even the 14-day challenge if you choose. There is no cost except for your time and some courage. The good news is that you may just improve a habit or two along the way.

At the very least pay attention to the food you are putting in your body this week and the habits you have around this critical sustaining source in your life. The best news of all is that food doesn’t have to taste bad to be good for us!


Have an awesome week ahead and I will report in next week to let you know how I am doing on this challenge and would love to do it along with you! ;)

To Your Success and Victories,
- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus, Business Growth Coach
cheri@businessvictories.com • 303-652-1718 • @victorygirl

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Thinking Out Loud

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Thinking Out Loud

Right in front of me is the opportunity

To put into action,

What I can clearly see,

Filling my senses and being,

With light and clarity.

- Cheri Ruskus, Victory One Moment At A Time

Hope that you had an awesome long weekend as we begin to wrap up the summer of 2019. I say begin because I am just not quite ready to let it go. How about you?

Where does this Tuesday after Labor Day have you sitting in your mind’s eye? Are you ready for the fall season ahead? Are you ready to head towards the last quarter of the year with energy in your heart and clarity in your mind?

This summer I was really blessed to be able to take a step back to thoroughly focus on and enjoy my currents clients. I chose not to do much marketing except for Instagram (because I love being on the platform) and I also chose not teach any live workshops.


My top daily work day goals were to get my clients where they needed to go, ride my bike, play with my pooch, and spend as much time as possible each day in my beloved garden. It really was a summer I will not soon forget.


In other words, I put my focus on personal growth as opposed to only business growth. A sabbatical of sorts to pay attention to my personal life while still keep things rolling along in my business life. This is something I highly recommend you give a try in order to help get rid of any extra noise that may not be serving you. Perhaps if not for a season – for a few weeks at the very least.


It cleared my mind of those darn shoulda’s, woulda’s and coulda’s and got me thinking about what I really want most not only in my business but in my life in general.


One thing I am excited to tell you is that after a summer of sending the Victory Letter only 2 times a month I am back to sending it weekly starting this week (along with a weekly podcast) with the next one coming out again on Sunday. Then each Sunday thereafter.


Here is what I discovered, by sending it only bi-weekly - it took me out of my flow and made it harder to write. Proving that less is not always more.


Flow and habit can make us tick the best. If you wait too long to do anything or don’t keep a particular muscle strong it can get harder to activate. I found this to be true with my writing and creating content.


In the month ahead, I am looking forward to sharing tools to help you engage in and embrace the mastermind principle of Concentration. This principle is based all around the good habits we create for ourselves.


More than ever before as a species we are so distracted by so many things. And one of the greatest distractions is all that we have going on in our head at one time. I don’t know about yours, but my mind can get busier than Grand Central Station some days if I don't watch my mindset.


In today’s podcast I am going to be sharing with you the importance of Thinking Out Loud. Along with it some tips in getting rid of the thoughts that aren’t serving you, also known as worries. Getting them out of your head by talking them out to those who can actually help you. This is really the basic principle behind the theory of the mastermind. Two or minds coming together for the betterment of all concerned.


What would change in your business and your life if you became more look proactive versus always reactive. Join me on the podcast to discover more.


Are you ready to get back into the groove of the season by focusing on the importance of concentrating on what matters most?

Ready, set, let’s go!

To Your Success and Victories,
- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus, Business Growth Coach
cheri@businessvictories.com • 303-652-1718 • @victorygirl

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Calm Waters

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Calm Waters

Stay Calm and Carry On

Last Monday the word calm entered my head to use as the Daily Word that I create every morning on Instagram (@victorygirl).

So that you understand further, last summer I started using the Daily Word as a way of finding an important focus for the day. Then I started sharing it on my Instagram Story each day with thoughts around the word along with some of the nature photos that I love taking.

On Monday, I laughed when the word calm came out of me because after all it was Monday morning and I had more on my to do list over the next couple of days then I knew I could possibly get done.

In addition to on-boarding several new clients and serving current clients, I was beginning in earnest my planning for the last quarter of the year. Then there was my personal life that had so much going on that I didn’t know how I could even fit in my work life.

As I looked at that word calm I began to think about how I could enjoy the process of all of what was about to happen for me in that week ahead. My son and his girlfriend were arriving in two days on my birthday. My birthday that had somewhere along the way I had decided to make dinner for 11 people. Add to that we were a week out from my daughter and her fiancé arriving for an Engagement party we are hosting.

Oh yes, then there is my garden which I am totally obsessed with at this part of the summer because it is this live and growing thing that needs so much of my attention. Especially because I want it to be just right for these social events that are unfolding.

All good stuff right? Now the goal was to get it all done and enjoy the process with calm as my motto in order to enjoy achieving these rather audacious goals.

I began the process by further breaking out the word calm and having this word and the acronym it spells out to be my guiding light:

C – Clarity, have complete clarity on what must be done and what would just be nice to get done if time availed itself.

A – Attitude, to really watch my own self talk and be the encourager of calm when I found myself starting to wonk out over wanting things to be perfect.

L – Love, yes love seems to fit in everywhere doesn’t it. Letting go of what can't get done can allow love to flow much more easily.

M – Meditation, make calm and the process of taking deep breaths and meditation in the morning and mini meditations all day the medicine for not getting stressed.

Okay so you want to know how I did in making my birthday week one where calm was the game winner for me? Check it out on this week’s podcast! It’s short and sweet I promise.

Calm as you go!


To Your Success and Victories,
- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus, Business Growth Coach
cheri@businessvictories.com • 303-652-1718 • @victorygirl

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Uphill Climb

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Uphill Climb

“Success is won by the person who understands how to use their own power of thought.” – Napoleon Hill

There I was a two week ago Saturday on my bike in the beautiful Yampa Valley just outside of the Steamboat Springs, Colorado city limits.  I had already biked about 10 fairly easy miles when ahead of me I saw it…the climb that I knew was coming…

 Has that ever happened to you where you know there is no going back - only forward and the climb (no matter what it is) has to be carefully constructed in your mind to get all the moving parts to happen as you plan.

 

In my case the moving parts were my body and my new bike - who I fondly have named Cherry. There were five components I thought of as I cycled those miles up that mountain to bring me to success, knowing that climbs in our lives come in all shapes and sizes.

 

1.     Preparation and a game plan.

2.     Removing all other distractions, knowing that mind over matter always is best.

3.     Belief in the vision of getting to the top being imperative.

4.     Feeling the pain and doing it anyway.

5.     Trust - including a team around you that you can count on.

 

Join me in this week’s podcast as I “climb” higher into this topic. I will also be talking about the subject that comes up in my work quite a bit around when do you call a business a business and not a hobby, or a life and money suck. Some of what I have to share may just surprise you!  Let’s climb together!

 

Here’s to an awesome month of August my favorite month of the year!

To Your Success and Victories,
- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus, Business Growth Coach
cheri@businessvictories.com • 303-652-1718 • @victorygirl

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A Matter of Taste

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A Matter of Taste

“You eat with your own mouth”

– Josephine Leanza

Each of us are the same in that we are human, yet different in so many ways. Different in our good qualities and then again different in what some might consider not so great qualities. Our uniqueness lies somewhere between the two.

The judgement that can come from looking at another’s life without really knowing their true-life story, or the road it took to get them where they are seems to be plaguing us these days. Resulting in keeping many from being the best that they can be. I think it’s important to talk about.

This month as we focus on the mastermind principle of our Unique Personality it leads me to ask this question...

How can you stay unique if you are trying to just conform to what you and others think you are “supposed” to be?

Last weekend I facilitated a table at a large women’s empowerment event. My task was to ask each woman at my table of 10 to articulate the story that she needed to share about a critical incident that had happened in her life. From there, the values that carried her through and what had happened within her head and her heart because of it.

Then finally what was the commitment she had already made in her life or wanted to make in her life because of the story so that she could empower her life and also touch the lives of others in a meaningful way.

Some pretty powerful stories were shared that moved me deeply and reminded me that there is a lot that goes on for each of us beneath the surface of our skin. I see this in my role as a Coach all the time. The sheer weight of self-doubt and fear of judgement from others can either empower us to make a difference in the lives of others or pull us down to not even fully live our own life.

While I was driving home from the event my mind wandered back a few months when I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days in San Diego with a coaching colleague turned dear friend, Dr. Gloria Miele. One night as we dined over some yummy sushi we talked about the different taste in food we each had, her loving spicy foods and me not so much.

Gloria shared with me the profound words of her Grandmother Josephine Leanza who said, “You eat with your own mouth.” Those words stuck deeply with me and I thought it was an important topic to share more on.

So today I have the honor to share with you a podcast that Dr. Gloria and I just recorded taking our roles as not only women who have lived on the road of life for quite a few years but as Coaches. Gloria also has the rich experience of having been a Clinical Psychologist. Together we explored this topic deeper which I am calling – A Matter of Taste. I hope that you enjoy.

Here’s to your own special taste.


To Your Success and Victories,
- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus, Business Growth Coach
cheri@businessvictories.com • 303-652-1718 • @victorygirl

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Come as you are

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Come as you are

Within each personality lies a unique individual spark that allows you to come as are…

As I write this week’s letter we are wrapping up the long 4th of July weekend. Hope you had as many smiles as I was fortunate enough to share with friends new and old.

This month we are taking a look into the Mastermind principle of Your Unique Personality and honoring the elements within each of us that lets our special spark shine – if we allow it to come to the surface.

Amid these thoughts of shining I have two special things to share with you today…

First, the marriage engagement of my daughter Bailey last week to her boyfriend Steve. As a parent, loving your children seems to come full circle when they find someone to love them, honor their special spark and create a life together that brings additional joy to their lives. I am so looking forward to the 2020 nuptials and watching their lives together unfold in their special and unique way.

Second, is the launch this Tuesday, July 9th of my son Travis’s first book, The Rock Balancers Guide: Discover the Mindful Art of Balance. This beautiful book contains both words of wisdom about balance and life as well as pictures of his beautiful art created through rock balancing over the last 5 years.

You can get your copy here.

It seemed appropriate to share with you this week once again my very first podcast (we are at episode #70 now) that I did with Travis 3 years ago. We called it, The Spark for the Future and I hope that you enjoy the thoughts shared around letting your spark shine as Travis shares his journey as an artist. See link above.

As you move into the week ahead ask the question - How do you allow yourself to come as you are by letting your special gifts and spark shine brightly?

To Your Success and Victories,
- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus, Business Growth Coach
cheri@businessvictories.com • 303-652-1718 • @victorygirl

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Creativity to Profitability

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Creativity to Profitability

“Harmonize with that moment that is in front of you.” – Michael Singer

With the summer solstice right behind us and the summer before us … what is your plan for tapping into the creative juices of summer?

June seems to always put me into creative overload which I believe is a good thing. This is the month each year that brings on my favorite time of year… summer. Flowers are in bloom everywhere and it smells so sweet from their fragrances when I walk out my door.

BTW…Thanks to all of you who sent sweet notes about the Victory Letter now coming every other week in honor of the 18th Anniversary of this letter. I tried to get back to as many of you as possible and if I somehow missed you know it meant a lot to me.

Now back to creativity as I can hear some of you say… “Creativity? I have no time for that I need to be making money.” Trust me I hear this quite often and am here to share with you today 3 reasons why creativity is so important to the profitability of your business.

1. Using your imagination leads to innovation and innovation is important to long term business success.

What is your latest innovation?

2. Creativity used on a regular basis within your business gives you a competitive advantage making you and your brand unique and interesting.

When do you create?


3. Being in creative flow is fun and studies show that when you and the team around you are having fun… you will be more profitable.

What do you consider creative fun in your business?

Want to know more on this topic? Listen to this week’s podcast above where I really break it down a whole lot more.

Remember that the treasures within you are your greatest treasure because you take them with you where ever you go. In other words, creativity is an inside job.


To Your Success and Victories,
- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus, Business Growth Coach
cheri@businessvictories.com • 303-652-1718 • @victorygirl

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How the program works: we meet twice every month via phone/skype to discuss your pain points along with custom solutions to resolve them. I’ll provide simple homework for you and your team to execute in order to achieve the complex results you desire. This is for committed entrepreneurs only and space is extremely limited. Let’s partner up!

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Consistently Consistent

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Consistently Consistent

“Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.”  – Mary Oliver

 Who would have imagined all those years ago when I set out to write my very first Victory Letter that I would still be writing these words of inspiration to you all these years later. This week marks the 18th year!

If you can bear with me, this week’s letter is a tad longer than usual to mark this occasion and it seemed like a good time to make some changes.

So many letters (936 approx.) and so many life events later what I know to be true is the importance today, as when I started, of taking a closer look at life’s lessons and allow them to inspire us. To use the crevices of our minds to imagine and create words that weren’t there before. To look for the victories in our lives both big and small.

To stretch yourself to create even when you might not feel like it in the moment. To be consistent in your work so that you can remain in the flow of creativity.

When I began writing this letter we had just experienced the downfall that came with the Dot Com bust of 2001 soon followed by the unthinkable events of 9/11. I needed to write the words as much as my readers needed to read them. The bond was quick and real.

Since that time, I have written two books from the contents and stayed connected with so many special people (yourself included) through the words, thoughts and ideas of this letter.


Here is what I have found about consistency, writing, fully committing to creating on a regular basis, and what I believe to be the most important message for today’s momentous occasion…


A lot of our best stuff lies beneath the surface. In our fast-paced lives with the need for instant gratification we can lose out on the juicy elements within us that take time and ongoing focused effort.


While you think you may have given something your all, when you dig a little deeper or even wait out something to its fruition some pretty amazing things can almost magically happen. In fact, Elizabeth Gilbert in her book Big Magic believes it is magic.


Another example of this happened about a week ago while I was still in California. My husband texted me a picture (today’s picture) of a yellow Iris that was growing in our driveway. Maybe not miraculous in itself (even though I think all flowers are miracles) the fact is that in the 26 years we have lived in this house that Iris has never bloomed.


The purple Iris’s near it bloomed but never a yellow one. I believe this flower was just waiting below the surface to come to life when it was the right time. The right time was that day.


What is lying beneath your surface that consistency would allow you to further bloom?  


What is something you have been dreaming about but not doing anything about or staying focused long enough on to make it happen?


You could argue that the yellow iris didn’t need me to bloom, heck I wasn’t even in Colorado when it bloomed. But by hanging around on this property, enjoying, and creating all the other realms of our home when this beauty did arrive it was just a wonderful bonus.


With consistency we also need to learn to be flexible. Not so long ago I changed the mailing of the Victory Letter from Monday to Sundays. The idea was to allow those who wanted to get a jump start by getting the inspiration a bit earlier than the busyness of Monday to do so. This change has been well received and so that change will remain.


By an unexpected turn of events I also started recording this letter with extra goodies as part of my ongoing podcast. Sometimes it’s just me and sometimes I bring on a guest. If you haven’t taken a listen make today the day because I share a lot more about this journey and the power of consistency.  Take a listen above.


With today’s words I have been playing with the idea of sending this letter every other week as opposed to weekly. As time has marched on I realize that your inbox is fuller than it used to be, and my hope is that you will make the time to read each one when these letters do arrive less often. Or, perhaps you will miss the weekly reminder to be inspired? I would love your feedback about this change.


Please keep in mind that I have also begun to post daily inspirations on Instagram @VictoryGirl. In my Instagram stories each day for the past 6 months or so I have been throwing out a daily word to ponder along with some thoughts or question to go along with it. 


My time on Instagram allows me to also share my photography which has become another creative muscle I love to stretch. If you haven’t followed me on Instagram yet … please do and watch for my smiling face at the top of your feed waiting to inspire you.


On this auspicious 18th anniversary of bringing an idea to life I celebrate our travels together in whatever form they have taken. Here’s to us! 


To Your Success and Victories,
- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus, Business Growth Coach
cheri@businessvictories.com • 303-652-1718 • @victorygirl

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How the program works: we meet twice every month via phone/skype to discuss your pain points along with custom solutions to resolve them. I’ll provide simple homework for you and your team to execute in order to achieve the complex results you desire. This is for committed entrepreneurs only and space is extremely limited. Let’s partner up!

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Breaking open the silence

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Breaking open the silence

“Thank you for showing up, bringing curiosity, and letting silence answer the questions words never could.”  
- Melissa Reid

The words from today’s quote really jumped off the Instagram post I read them from. This woman, Melissa Reid, who I don’t know, led a trek of people including Mandy Moore (who I do follow) to the Everest Base Camp.

This quote were her words of thanks to her travel companions. They were wise enough not to try to go for the Summit with so many others, some of whom lost their lives.

Her words got me to thinking about what a wonderful tool silence can be. Silence allows listening and listening allows you to discover so much more about yourself, about others, and your surroundings.

With that said, it also made me stop and once again ponder about the current leadership crisis the United States is experiencing. How much better would it be if leaders on “both sides of the aisle” let go of the endless name calling, blaming, and ongoing power trip tug of war.

Just imagine if they took the time to truly listen to what we (the people they are supposed to be leading) really want and need.  

It’s hard to believe that there is anyone out there that isn’t feeling unheard because leaders seem to stop listening when it’s all about the need to “win.” The result, too many people are talking, and not enough people are listening.

As I put in another week watching my grandpuppy while my daughter is off seeing the world I indeed felt the importance in the silence around me. Through the silence I could actually hear myself so much more clearly. Getting past the noise of life when we can’t even hear our own minds true thoughts after a while.

So here come 4 burning questions for you to ponder this week…

1.    Who or what are you are actually leading? 

2.    Do you stop and take the time to fully listen to yourself and others?  

3.    When working alongside a customer, staff member or anyone in the course of your business can you find a nice silence together? A time when you are in flow with what you are achieving - together?

4.    Do you feel the need to fill in so much of the silence that you find yourself stressed out and not getting the things you need done, done?

I have been lucky to watch some amazing sunsets since I have been here in San Diego and taken so many pictures of them. The one I chose for today’s Victory Letter was truly an amazing experience. I kept thinking about the phrase 1,000 points of light, along with the quote from the late George H.W. Bush, "a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky."

As I watched the sun streaming through the clouds and fading sunbeams hitting the water in so many different places it filled me with such peace inside. No words were spoken yet I was filled up so much inside. As if the universe was talking directly to me and reminding me that at the end of the day (literally and figuratively) we live on such a beautiful and amazing planet.

Are you in with me to focus on breaking the silence by listening more, caring more and giving an extra gleam of light to someone who could use it in the week ahead? I love the thought of focusing on lifting each other up.

Remember in the process, in a world that can sometimes get way too noisy some silence can really make all the difference in making us as opposed to breaking us.

Join me in todays podcast above where I share this and a little more...


To Your Success and Victories,
- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus, Business Growth Coach
cheri@businessvictories.com • 303-652-1718 • @victorygirl

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