Pet Women Weekly – Do you have a mind like water?

Dear Pet Lover,

Do you have a mind like water?


In karate, there is something called “mind like water” – which implies being in perfect readiness.

David Allen in his fine book, “Getting Things Done” describes this process like this:

“Imagine throwing a pebble into a still pond. How does the water respond? The answer is, totally appropriately to the force and mass of the input; then it returns to calm. It doesn’t overeat or underreact.”

Allen goes on to say a bit later, “Anything that causes you to overreact or underreact can control you, and often does. Responding inappropriately to your email, your staff, your projects, your unread magazines, your thoughts about what you need to do, your children, or your boss will lead to less effective results than you’d like. Most people give either more or less attention to things than they deserve, simply because they don’t operate with a “mind like water.”

(David Allen, Penguin books p11)

This to me is a fabulous reminder to be in the present – as I suggest every day to those on my 5:15 AM accountability call – when we are present – our minds can be more like water.  Ready to receive appropriately what comes our way. Also – using our mind to know that we will react in a right manner is also key, which we have been discussing since the first of the year.

Today I give you a call to make your “mind like water” as you move into your day and week.

It doesn’t matter if it’s March, or November – the same principles work – it’s how we think, being present and planning or reflecting, or allowing.

As we begin this third month of this year – it’s a great time to work on getting our “mind like water” so we can accept and respond to all the forces coming our way.

 Use this! Adore you!

Blessings, Shawna




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Are you attending?   We are!

TUESDAY – March 21st, 2017 5-7pm – There will be a MEMBERS ONLY meetup (directions to come via email invite).

THURSDAY – March 23rd, 2017 6-8pm – A reception will be open to everyone. Located at the Vista Cay by Millenium in the Media Room (this is directly to the left of the lobby entrance). Shuttle line 7 will pick you up and drop you off by the fountain at circle. Emails with all details will be going out, so keep an eye out for these.

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Our very own Pet Industry Woman of the Year – Dani McVety, DVM 

will be speaking at the APPA Professional Women’s Network Breakfast.
Friday, March 24 | 8:00 AM – 8:45 AM
Room W209

Congrats and let’s be there and show our support for Dani!

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Monday Mindset – Start your week off well! Are you living in the moment?


Dear Pet Lover,

Can you learn to relax to better your health?

What is your intention for the week?

Ask yourself…


What good has worrying ever done?

Can you let it go this week??

A favorite Mind-Setting Quote:

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past,

worry about the future, or anticipate troubles,

but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”

~Buddha (Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C.)

If you’ve considered giving yourself the gift of coaching –

Now is the time! I have a few coaching slots open which could be perfect for you if you’re ready!

Call me to discuss your goals and how working with a coach can catapult your results! 503-970-5774

I look forward to serving you!

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Pet Women Weekly – Be an Island if You Like

Dear Pet Lover,

Islanders Sometimes Get Burned –

Whenever I think of the islands – I think tropical – hot, sunny – places I get burned easily. Being a redhead that even happens on overcast days!

However – as the rest of the posts this month promote – doing it alone is something you don’t have to do – and from everything I read, learn and experience you DON’T HAVE TO!

 You can be an island if you want to, or a lone ranger it’s sometimes called, if you want to stay the shape and capacity you are currently at.

 What if however, you want to grow, expand, excel?

 Then you need peeps. Peeps that understand your vision, peeps who can do what you can’t or don’t want to.

 So far, I’ve suggested you decide to collaborate – and consider using Virtual Assistance – and also that you know what you want that VA to do for you.

What I haven’t yet suggested is that you take a long look, now that the year is underway, at all you have to do, all you’ve agreed to do, all that spills over on you first.

With this list and knowledge, you might understand that being an island is only a tiny spot in a very large and ever expanding sea of possibilities.

So, be an island if you wish -or get on board with your own best options and start building a team. It’s not only smart, it’s a lot more fun!

A big shout out to our team (Amazingly talented every person) – VA’s right there too!



Monday Mindset: Start your week off well! Can you admit it – you are talented?

Dear Pet Lover

What are you thinking?

What is your intention for the week?

Ask yourself…

1. When you look in the mirror this week – what will you say to the person looking back? 

2. Can you see the talent there?


A Favorite Mind-Setting Quote:

“A man’s true wealth is the good he does in the world. Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. But you are eternity and you are the mirror.”

 ~Kahlil Gibran (Lebanese born American philosophical Essayist, Novelist and Poet. 1883-1931)


Now is the time that you may be thinking you want a better year in 2017.

Business coaching can do that for you if you’re ready and committed.


I look forward to serving you!


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