I am often asked what makes me a human Pineapple so I decided to write a book to explain why I am a Pineapple & why I invite you to join me in being a Pineapple. I believe we all have a story behind our story. So I asked myself does the Pineapple Poem have a story behind it. Does I silly poem have a powerful Message to teach us? Can looking up and really seeing people change the world? This book is little, easy to read, a gift book, A simple message that can make a significant difference. Will you join me in being a Pineapple? #PineapplePrinciple #MotivationalSpeaker #BetheException
Going the Extra Mile
When was the last time you really went the extra mile? Our national organization just had an auction and we were invited to donate biddable items as well as bid ourselves at the event; I did both. First, I started by donating two gifts, then I kept my eye on two items I was interested in and ultimately bid on, and won, both. One of the items I won was a retreat hosted by a woman named Marilyn Sherman who went beyond the extra mile for me.
Not only did Marilyn open her home, her mind, and her heart to create a safe space for us, she also created a place for us to listen, learn, share, speak, and trust all while knowing she had our best interests at heart to help me grow my business. With her, we were challenged, pushed, encouraged, and loved. It was an amazing experience. We spent time digging into how to take our business to the next level and spent lots of time laughing. We also shared with each other what we’re working on personally and professionally because we all recognized we have a common goal that requires us to come together to serve our audiences.
After the three-day retreat, we exchanged a few calls and texts right away to celebrate the books read on the way home and the winning journals we started once home. We then set up a check in call via Zoom to see where we were at on our timeline for the goals we set out to accomplish. Then, while I was on the road for a speaking event three weeks after the retreat, in the time between then and our check in call, my husband told me I had a package waiting at home from Marilyn; it was a book.
What I didn’t know then was this book would bring me to tears. It included our welcome, moments shared together, our goals, our vision, and our goodbye to the special retreat time. In this instance, Marilyn chose to go the extra mile. She spent not only her time, but her own money too, ensuring we would never forget all that we did at the retreat, what she taught us, what we shared, and how we learned. She dated it and included thirty four pages of photos and words from early morning workouts to late night TED talks. She captured each moment and sent it with love and encouragement to show us that she believed in us. She truly went the extra mile. I’m not sure she understands the depth of what the book means to me and how incredibly special it makes me feel.
This week, I encourage you to go the extra mile for someone in your life; make them feel invaluable to you and unable to imagine what life would be like without you there. You never know what going the extra mile for someone might do to change their life
What does living your exceptional life look like to you?
When was the last time you went the extra mile for someone?
When was the last time you showed someone how important they are to you?
What could you do professionally or personally this week to go the extra mile for someone?
My 4th book is a gratitude Journal with my take on it. Being Grateful is wonderful but it is all about you and what you get out of life so I love to encourage people to be Grateful first and then to be Generous. Not just what did you get today but what did you give today. Who did you serve, not just who served you? I believe when we go from gratitude to generosity is when we go from a good life to a great life. Do you want to know how to go from a Great life to a Grand life? #MotivationalSpeaker #PineapplePrinciple #InspirationalSpeaker #GoodtoGreattoGrand #LivebyChoice
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Be the Exception
Exotic Dancer…Please don’t judge anyone…You don’t know their story!
Why do people always think it’s okay to make fun of this profession by joking about and belittling it? I’m not certain why it bothers me so much, but it does. It seems whether on TV or in real life the mention of “stripper” turns into the butt of a bad joke with lots of laughs. From what I’ve observed, it’s usually someone who believes they are above those who work in that profession thus they can mock them to feel even better about themselves.
In the past, I met a woman in passing who described herself as an exotic dancer. Then, she elaborated on the judgement she feels from so many when she tells others her profession. It broke my heart to hear how people have treated her, especially when they just met her, and though a recent incident bothered me too, this encounter with her bothered me the most.
During my last round of book edits, someone reviewing my book told me I should remove the full story about meeting this exotic dancer in case a teenager read my book one day. I found that suggestion unnecessary and uninformed as teens are more exposed to and less judgmental than most adults on this topic. If we as a collective take our judgements and continue to tell a single, sanitized story, it leaves no room to question or see the other side of the fence. However, if we take our judgements, misunderstandings, and questions, and turn them into wonder by being curious about how they found themselves on this path, we can create opportunities to realize the similarities between one another rather than driving a wedge between ourselves by focusing on what’s different.
In my life, I’ve known many exotic dancers. Some have gone into that profession to put themselves through school, to raise their kids after the father walked away, and some simply because their dream was to become a professional dancer, and this was as close as they could get. Why do we feel it’s okay to judge, make fun of, and stereotype these women without knowing their stories?
This week, I encourage you to speak up and be the voice for those who are being mocked, ignored, or taken advantage of. If you hear yourself or someone else make a negative remark, or crack a joke about someone’s profession, stop, question why this is happening, and make a conscious decision to make a positive remark instead – everyone should be respected regardless of their profession.
What does living your exceptional life look like to you?
Have you made fun of this profession or another you disagree with? Why?
When was the last time you spoke up for someone who was being put down for their work, choices, or the place they’re at in life?
Do you make snap judgments about others or wait until you learn their story before deciding?