Monthly Archives: November 2014

Step Out & Step Up Your Business: 2014 American Diabetes Association Walk

Volunteering is an important part of my life.  I started volunteering at a young age.  My first gig was with the San Antonio Whitte Museum as junior chaperone for the Night with Egyptian Mummies sleepover.  Since then I’ve broaden my scope of volunteer activities to include animal shelters, camp for mentally challenged children and hospitals.

QM Healthy SelfieAs an entrepreneur, my volunteer spirit remains alive although my free time has significantly decreased. Being a health coach and personal training trainer for Q Movements, I’ve started using my business as a vehicle to promote my services while donating my time for significant causes.

Q Movements is a strong advocate for the American Diabetes Association.  I currently serve on the Por Tu Familia committee that provides culturally specific designed programs that are created for families in the Latino community with diabetes, those at risk for developing diabetes and those wanting to learn more about diabetes.

QM Susie & ADA Walk As a Latina health & fitness profession, it’s meaningful and logical to align my business with reputable and worthy non-profit organizations. Last Saturday I volunteered my services at the 2014 Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes.  I provided the warm up & stretch session for the over two thousand enthusiastic walkers.  I had a great time, met inspiring individuals and promoted my business.

I would encourage other entrepreneurs to seek opportunities to donate your business services to organizations with special meaning for you.

Check out my video highlights from the event at http://youtu.be/XMDxqW_RQhc

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Destination Meditation: Quick Tips for Starting Meditation Today!

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Could you use some relaxation in your life? How about increasing your creativity? What about decreasing your stress and increasing your focus? Then you’ll really want to explore and experience meditation for yourself.

I’m a meditator and a strong believer in the benefits of meditation.  I started meditating over two years ago.   It was during a time of major change in my personal and professional life.  Since then I’ve started a new relationship and a new business.  There’s no doubt my meditation practice enhanced my overall focus, clarity and awareness.  I do my best to meditate twice a day for at least twenty minutes each time. However as an entrepreneur, establishing and expanding my business is demanding and can make it a challenge on some days to find the time. 

 

As a health coach & personal trainer for my business Q Movements,  I was excited about integrating meditation in to my coaching philosophy.  It’s a service I was confident would not only generate interest but would also benefit my clients in both mind and body.  Because there are many forms of meditation, I  encourage individuals to explore and learn about meditation  and discover the method they feel works best for their needs and lifestyle.  I found Success Through Stillness by Russell Simmons is a perfect resource for learning about the basics and benefits of meditation.  I personally like to mix up my meditations.  Some days mindfulness meditation works for me and other days I enjoy Transcendental meditation.  However for my clients, I typically focus on mindfulness and guided visualization meditations.

Ready to get your meditation on and don’t know where to begin?  Here are a few quick and easy tips that worked for me when I started meditating.

  1. Start small.  I recommend starting with small time increments.  Five minutes once a day for a couple weeks is a good start. Then you can increase in five minute increments when you feel ready.  When I first started meditating, I couldn’t sit still for five seconds much less five minutes.  It might feel awkward at first because it’s new to you but don’t give up. It will get easier the more you do it.  Consistency is key.
  2. Create your space.  Create a special space for your meditation experience.   A scented                    candle or soothing music works great.  Make it your own and inviting so it’s something you will look forward to daily.  If space is  limited, then try using a closet, bathroom or your car.  I know it sounds crazy but it works! I’m always cold so I personalize my space with a special blanket.  I wrap my legs with a small blanket that’s covered with personal pictures that invoke feelings of happiness, success and love.  It’s what my eyes see first before and after a relaxing meditation.
  3. Relax.  Sounds redundant but a helpful reminder to be easy and give yourself time to get comfortable with the experience.  Simple passive stretches and slow deep breathing helps me to prepare both my body and mind for relaxation.

Meditation is an amazing source of creativity, energy and power.  It continues to be a strong foundation for my life and business.   Make a commitment to explore and practice meditation.

Use my quick & easy tips and feel free to reach out to me with questions about meditation at www.qmovements.com.  Remember be patient, open minded and prepared for the transformation you’re about to experience.

Namaste