Monday, February 6, 2017

Escape the Bootstrap Trap

Last year, I attended one of the most fantastic training events for social change makers that I’ve ever attended.
 
It blew my mind.

I say that because it made me consider something I had not and it is this:

Funding my business from my personal savings (or credit card) is actually a trap!   I suddenly realized that "bootstrapping" creates a downward spiral… as the money goes, the worry sets in... followed by a sense of scarcity....   

And so it goes.

This transformational training was led by Jenny Kassan, one of the leading social funding attorneys in the country and herself a social entrepreneur.  
Jenny KassanJenny is offering a complimentary webinar THIS WEDENESDAYIf you are worried about how to get your social enterprise or solopreneur business off the ground financially, this is one you won't want to miss.

Join Jenny this Wednesday at her FREE live webinar:

Escape the Bootstrap Trap!
How to Fund Your Business Without Maxing Out Your Credit Cards or Draining Your Personal Savings
Date and Time: Wednesday February 8, 2017 at 5pm Pacific  http://escape.bootstraptrap.com
 
You’ll be so glad you did.  And you’ll thank me for introducing you to Jenny Kassan, one of my favorite people.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Get inspired. Stay inspired. #Resist


Here's the thing--we need to BE STRATEGIC with our energies because overwhelm and cynicism can lead to despair, and indeed this is the objective of the rapid-fire executive actions coming our way. Shock and awe.

First, recognize that we are in a marathon, not a sprint and we need to develop our personal capacities to act quickly, strategically and with passion & force.  

Here is what I am doing personally so I can go the long haul: 
(1) Extreme self-care.  This means maintaining a sense of humor, tending to mental health and my physical, spiritual, emotional energies.  (Sometimes I need to go on a media diet and get off Facebook to regroup); Connecting with others rather than staying isolated--including marching for strength, solidarity and community;
(2) Focus on my work to make a difference in one main thing--in my case climate change solutions including solar energy, soil, & community resilience;
(3) Take regular political action on items I care about--the most effective of these is to CALL elected officials on the phone a couple of times a week to encourage, support or weigh in;  
(4) Reach out.  Offer support and encouragement to those whose #resist work inspires me;
(5) Kindness--Conduct random (ideally anonymous) acts of kindness;
(6) Deliver my message. My message is this:
Get inspired. Do what you need to do to stay inspired. Act from deep LOVE.  You are on the right side of history.  Spring is coming.

Peace,

Denise,  aka Earthlover
P.S. Here is a great video from Cory Booker that may help: 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Why I March...

Today was joyful, peaceful, powerful... electric and spectacular! (In Napa, we even cheered and sent love to the loud guy with a Trump flag driving by.) We are not protesters. We are marchers who rise up and stand for what we love and value: dignity, justice for all, and Earth herself.

This is who we are.

Why do we march? It is not complicated as some would have you believe.

We march for justice for all
We march as a STAND for love over fear.
We march as a stand for our values (especially in the face of those who desecrate those values).: most immediately womens' rights... and because women's rights are human rights.
We march to gain strength and courage from each other as we take this stand--for the rights and dignity of all diverse peoples and for preserving the life-giving capacities of our planet home. 

We know that we are on the right side of history, buoyed by all the women who have marched before us.   There is a dark winter ahead no doubt.  But love is rising and is indeed already here. The seeds of what will come are waiting for us.  We are just beginning... you have no idea how determined, courageous and passionate we are.

Spring is coming.


#womensmarch #whyimarch 







Monday, January 2, 2017

View From the Sun

Welcome to the EarthLover blog.  Here you will find art that celebrates the beauty, creativity and sacredness of Planet Earth.

50% of the proceeds of any original art featured on this site will go toward organizations and initiatives that help renew, restore and reimagine humanity's relationship with our living planet.  (the remainder will be used to purchase more art supplies, so the art keeps going as long as I do).

This one is called View from the Sun.... Check back from time to time as there is more to come.  

-- Denise Rushing  aka EarthLover


  --  Original Painting, Mixed Media,  24x24 in.

 

Friday, December 2, 2016

A Simple Mantra.

People keep asking: what can one person do about Climate Change? My simple mantra is this: Soil. Sun. Sacred.
SOIL: building a living soil sequesters carbon
SUN: The sun must become our primary source of energy.
And SACRED Earth means honor nature--shop less love more.
So what can one person do? Make compost, support ecological agriculture, save energy, install solar... love Earth more than stuff. You would be surprised how much we can accomplish together and how joyful it can be.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Musings From the Permaculture Garden

Nature teaches us: "The Problem is an Opportunity" Okay so give me every idea you can think of for how we turn this horrific and massive problem into an opportunity. I'll start.

This is a very real real opportunity to

--shine a light on how the Tea Party actually governs. For real.

--take a firm stand for what we love

--build local connections and community to meet unmet needs

--grieve our losses

--engage in extreme self-care

--expose the obstructionist agenda for what it really is

--see the populist right confront the corporatist right

--cultivate compassion as we reach out and help those who will inevitably be left behind

--love each other

--tell stories and cultivate compassion

--strengthen grassroots actions on climate

--show up en masse to defend the sacred

--live our purpose. We are here for a reason.

Other opportunities? Anyone?

Sunday, November 6, 2016

The Antidote to Fear...

There is a reason that FDR said “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”     He said this because, as we have witnessed in these past weeks, fear creates its own reality.  Above all, it creates more fear— a self-fulfilling prophecy.

In the words of Jesus of Nazareth: "Fear is useless.  What is needed is trust”  (some translations say “what is needed is faith.”)

What does fear feel like?  And how do we know we are in its grip?  And once we know, how do we turn it around?

CLUE 1: Fear is held in the body.

Whenever I listen to the godawful media worry or imagine the possible outcomes in the election I feel it in the pit of my stomach.  That the feeling. FEAR.

THAT is what fear feels like, at least for me.

CLUE 2: What I imagine.

When I am afraid I worry and imagine the worst
I am more easily manipulated
I obsess over polls
I work on the wrong things, I stall  or I get cynical or even give up

The Antidote: ACTION
For me, the best antidote to fear is action.  Action empowers--especially action based in insight and compassion.  Do what is mine to do.  Reach out and love.  Get outside.  Love Earth, our community, our place.  Love people who are not like me… who themselves are terrified.  Make a point to take very good care of myself.

Faith moves mountains… so let’s move a few.  Time to VOTE and then let's get to work on renewing and restoring our communities and our beautiful life-giving planet.