New Year Opportunities ahoy

How to make a New Year’s Resolution you WANT to keep all year long?

Do you know?

  • People are more likely to keep a resolution made at New Year than at other times of the year
  • Resolutions that stick are those that come from the mind, the heart, and the gut

Therefore


The time is NOW for a simple AND deep activity to create a meaningful, do-able, and helpful New Year’s Resolution.   That’s what this series of short videos does for you.

Click here to get the free video series.

Why New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Stick

Here are two reasons for the numerous well-intentioned yet short-lived resolutions

Founded on our Mis-Conceptions, not our Reality

You and I and every human being finds it easier to identify the speck in our friend’s eye than to notice the beam in our own.  We are not great mirrors of ourselves.  We are taught to move forward, to be active, to make progress
and not necessarily to pause, step back, and assess our situation.

self misconception

Many of our resolutions are set from where we hope our life really is.  Oh-oh.  That gap is no fun to admit or review. 

From the Head, not the Heart

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” – Ben Franklin

If your alarm goes off at 5:00 am, your mind tells your body that’s it’s time to get up.  Your body wants to forget.

On the other hand, when your sick child coughs with choking sounds at any time of the night, you are likely to bounce out of bed.  Your heart is involved.  And that generates ACTION.

It’s easy to make (very positive) resolutions centered on our behaviors – our eating style, our exercise habits, our listening practices
 These are often intelligent and helpful thoughts.  We are proposing a process that involves your mind, heart, and gut to come up with a resolution that really fits and helps YOU.

Setting a New Year’s Resolution that Sticks: The Pizza Plan

The Pizza Plan introduces a simple process for engaging your intellect, your emotions, and your gut reactions into creating a resolution that fits your life now and helps you grow as you desire.

It involves 4 simple actions steps.  There is a short video for each.

  • Identify the facets of your life that are most important to you NOW
  • Identify your satisfaction level in each of these
  • Observe your gut reaction and understand the corresponding emotional signals
  • Focus on a constructive belief to reinforce for the upcoming season

Try it for free and benefit from your resolution all year long.

Father and son spending time together

Give the Gift of Time

The holidays are just around the corner.  Will you celebrate with loved ones?  I hope you can.

For the lovers among you, scroll down to the end of this post for your gift. 🙂

For the parents among you, why not make this an opportunity to teach your children about leadership by letting them take the lead with you!!

You offer your time. The children choose how to spend it.

Children (of all ages) spell love: T.I.M.E.

Children (of all ages) spell love: T.I.M.E.

Time as a present to offer

Money cannot buy time.  Not when it comes to time spent with kids.

Play-together-time often misses the Christmas list…AND yet, it’s the gift kids crave.

How does one “give” time?  How can one make it feel like a present?

That’s why we created these Gift Certificates.  Personalize with your child’s name and you signature, et voilà!  You have a valuable stocking stuffer you and your children will cherish.

Click here to download Gift Certificates.

Kids and Parents Learn Through Play

Play teaches children how to overcome boredom, to set and follow rules, to win and lose with respect.  Those are leadership skills!

Let kids direct the play (that’s your gift). You’ll discover them WHILE helping your child learn to thrive….even with challenging team members (you?).

You thought your daughter was impatient? She spends œ hour dressing and undressing a doll! That will stretch the fortitude of many adults.

One Mom’s Story

The first year I offered these gifts to my sons they all invited me to play their favorite video game. “Oh, no! Wrong gift!” I thought.

These shared screen times taught me so much.  This time was “extra video time” for the children and since the intent was to share a moment together, they willingly spent 30 minutes teaching me why they like this particular game, what makes it exciting, and how to win.

I observed their skills (or lack of) in anticipation, in strategizing, in concentration, and more.

And the following week when they struggled with homework, we applied ideas from the game to help concentration. “Let’s create levels.  When you finish your first math problem, you reach level 2!”

The next year, I gave each child two gifts of time. One could be used for games on screens. The other was for something else of their choice.  One child wanted to learn more about his bank statement.  Another wanted to go shopping.

I kept doing this for years, even when our eldest was in high school.  He asked for a visit to the ophthalmologist to see about contact lenses!

You Don’t Feel Like It

Screen games or doll dressing isn’t your cup of tea? Is homework theirs?

Look to the bigger picture.  Model leadership and balance long term gains with short term costs.

You’re creating memories, proving their importance, and connecting on their level!  You’ll be amazed how that encourages them to seek to connect on issues of importance to you
like picking up their bags and coats in the front hallway.  Seriously.

The Children Don’t Feel Like It

Kids might act like they don’t want to play with you.

“Children often resist love when they need it the most.”

“Children often resist love when they need it the most,” assert Dr. Scott Turansky and nurse Joan Miller, authors of Parenting is Heart Work. Be creative and kindly insistent. They might be testing the sincerity of your offer.

If the kids don’t want to play, consider admiring them for 15 minutes. No words. No judgement.  Simply seeking to understand them in their environment.

Say “Thank You”

That magic word for all ages concludes your time together on a positive note.

The Biggest Kid of Them All

How about playing with your spouse……! We’ve got a gift certificate for them too!

Gift Certificate for couple's romance
Gift Certificate for couple's romance

To receive Gift Certificates click here.

Photo by Caroline Hernandez on Unsplash.com

African girls and boys choir singing

Sing Your Heart Out

Today’s Gift on the Joy. Peace. Love. @ Home advent calendar for parents

Original Gospel-Jazz Songs
by Ruth Naomi Floyd

How to receive this gift?  Take the fun quiz on the Parent Advent Calendar today and you will receive the download link.

Ruth Naomi Floyd offers us music to soothe the soul … and to surprise us.

Through Christmas day you can download six of her original compositions of Gospel Jazz.  The link is on the Parent Advent Calendar behind door 24.

Gospel & Jazz?

When I think of jazz I conjure up images of African-Americans in New Orleans and then Parisian night clubs.  Yet Ruth brings us jazz tunes with lyrics inspired by the Bible.

It’s an unexpected union. And it’s beautiful.

Ruth Naomi Floyd fine arts photo
Also a fine arts photographer, Ruth combines surprising juxtapositions in song as well as in images.

Beautiful Unexpecteds

Tomorrow we celebrate Christmas.  Another unexpected juxtaposition.  According to Christian theology, Christmas celebrates when God comes to earth in the form of Jesus, God’s Son in flesh and blood.  Why would an all powerful god debase himself so much as to become a human
and a helpless baby at that?!  It is unexpected, to say the least.  And to those who believe, it is beautiful.

Our hope in sharing this music is to encourage you and me to invite in the unexpected and to allow ourselves to be challenged and comforted by its beauty.

  • In the way we view our children – seeking (hunting down) their positive qualities and then building on them
  • In the way we view ourselves – allowing imperfection. We grow THANKS to mistakes
  • In the way we view our parenting – full of hope and purpose

BON COURAGE!

And as we introspect, let’s SING!

Music is Good for your Health

Our brain, heart, lungs, and emotions all benefit from listening to music, and even more from singing.

Ruth Naomi Floyd singing.
Ruth in full health. Photo by George Wells

Benefits of listening to music

Studies show that listening to music makes people happier, less stressed, less sensitive to pain, better performers in sports and in school, and helps with recall.

What?  With recall!

I wonder if it helps children with temporary memory loss remember to clean their room, to stop fighting with their brother/sister, and more!

That’s what we are banking on with these fun tunes to motivate children.  Enjoy!

Benefits of singing

Here’s how Stacy Horn, the author of Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing With Others recaps the benefits of singing together.

What researchers are beginning to discover is that singing is like an infusion of the perfect tranquilizer, the kind that both soothes your nerves and elevates your spirits.

The elation may come from endorphins, a hormone released by singing, which is associated with feelings of pleasure.  Or it might be from oxytocin, another hormone released during singing, which has been found to alleviate anxiety and stress. Oxytocin also enhances feelings of trust and bonding, which may explain why still more studies have found that singing lessens feelings of depression and loneliness.

It turns out you don’t even have to be a good singer to reap the rewards.

So gather around for some Christmas caroling “en famille.”

Need the lyrics?  Look them up here.

Dad and daughter cuddling and smililng

Spell “love” T.I.M.E.

Today’s Gift on the Joy. Peace. Love. @ Home advent calendar for parents

Gift Certificates to offer to your children and your spouse – “My Time, Your Way”
by Denise Dampierre of SoSooper

How to receive this gift?  Take the fun quiz on the Parent Advent Calendar today and you could be the lucky one to win the draw.

Time as a present to offer

Money cannot buy time.  Not when it comes to time spent with kids.

Play-together-time often misses the Christmas list…AND yet, it’s the gift kids crave.

How does one “give” time?  How can one make it feel like a present?

That’s why we created these Gift Certificates.  Personalize with your child’s name and you signature, et voilà!  You have a valuable stocking stuffer you and your children will cherish.

Click here to download Gift Certificates.

Kids and Parents Learn Through Play

Play teaches children how to overcome boredom, to follow rules, to win and lose well.

Let kids direct the play (that’s your gift). You’ll discover them WHILE helping your child learn life-skills.

You thought your daughter was impatient? She spends Âœ hour dressing and undressing a doll! That’ll stretch the fortitude of many adults.

One Mom’s Story

The first year I offered these gifts to my sons they all invited me to play their favorite video game.  “Oh, no! Wrong gift!” I thought.

These shared screen times taught me so much.  This time was “extra video time” for the children and since the intent was to share a moment together, they willingly spent 30 minutes teaching me why they like this particular game, what makes it exciting, and how to win.

I observed their skills (or lack of) in anticipation, in strategizing, in concentration, and more.

And the following week when they struggled with homework, we applied ideas from the game to help concentration.  “Let’s create levels.  When you finish your first math problem, you reach level 2!”

The next year, I gave each child two gifts of time. One could be used for games on screens. The other was for something else of their choice.  One child wanted to learn more about his bank statement.  Another wanted to go shopping.

I kept doing this for years, even when our eldest was in high school.  He asked for a visit to the ophthalmologist to see about contact lenses!

You Don’t Feel Like It

Screen games or doll dressing isn’t your cup of tea? Is homework theirs?

Look to the bigger picture.  You’re creating memories, proving their importance, and connecting on their level!  You’ll be amazed how that encourages them to seek to connect on issues of importance to you
like picking up their bags and coats in the front hallway.  Seriously.

The Children Don’t Feel Like It

Kids might act like they don’t want to play with you.

“Children often resist love when they need it the most,”

assert Dr. Scott Turansky and nurse Joan Miller, authors of Parenting is Heart Work. Be creative and kindly insistent. They might be testing the sincerity of your offer.

If the kids don’t want to play, consider admiring them for 15 minutes. No words. No judgement.  Simply seeking to understand them in their environment.

Say “Thank You”

That magic word for all ages concludes your time together on a positive note.

The Biggest Kid of Them All

How about playing with your spouse……! We’ve got a gift certificate for them too!

Gift Certificate for couple's romance
Gift Certificate for couple's romance

To receive Gift Certificates click here.

Photo by Caroline Hernandez on Unsplash.com

Child in front of Christmas presents

Co + Work = Joy. Peace. Love. @ Home chez vous

Il Ă©tait une fois des entrepreneures parisiennes qui ont rĂȘvĂ© de vous offrir un calendrier de l’avent pour vous, les parents.  Et cette petite germe a poussĂ©…

et nous vous offrons 1000€ de cadeaux (!!) Ă  travers un calendrier de l’avent interactive et en ligne.  

(Vous pouvez vous y inscrire sur le calendrier en français or the one in English.)

Voici notre histoire…

Tout a commencé avec Mona

Quand cette escape gratuit de co-working a ouvert en Novembre, j’ai saisi l’opportunitĂ© de travailler dans ce cadre fĂ©minin et dynamique.

Un grand MERCI à tous les sponsors : My Little Paris, AXA Insurance, Estée Lauder, and Nike qui nous ont accueilli dans leurs locaux du 1er Novembre au 31 Décembre 2017.

Que peut-on faire dans un espace de co-working qu’on ne peut pas faire Ă  la maison tout seul ?

CO et WORK!

Cinq minutes aprĂšs avoir franchi la porte d’entrĂ©e, je me suis prĂ©sentĂ© Ă  la femme assise Ă  ma table. A vrai dire, elle y Ă©tait installĂ©e confortablement et, avec le sourire, je lui ai dĂ©rangĂ© pour lui ai demandĂ© si je pouvais me joindre Ă  elle. Je me suis fixĂ© un objectif : rencontrer cinq nouvelles personnes tous les jours.  J’ai dĂ©couvert des femmes passionnĂ©es travaillant sur des projets captivants.

Quel projet captivant pourrais-je construire pour partager ma passion : que les familles puissent rester soudées malgré les crises de colÚre, la désobéissance des enfants et les frustrations de la vie quotidienne ?

Un “CO” project!

Il fallait une raison d’ĂȘtre

En tant que coach parental formĂ© aux principes adlĂ©riens, j’enseigne les principes d’appartenance et de contribution Ă  une communautĂ© avec un sens, une raison d’ĂȘtre.

Donc quel but pour notre collaboration potentielle?

A cette pĂ©riode de l’annĂ©e, NoĂ«l me semblait une Ă©vidence. Et pourtant, les Français critiquĂ© son cĂŽtĂ© trop commercial.

Cependant nous nous retrouvons autour du sens de NoĂ«l : la joie, la paix et l’amour.

Nous, les parents, nous sommes ceux qui Les parents amĂšnent la joie et la paix Ă  la maison.

Voilà!  Joy. Peace. Love. @ Home

 

Plus fort ensemble

EnthousiasmĂ© par l’idĂ©e, j’ai dĂ©couvert un magnifique calendrier de l’avent en ligne crĂ©Ă© par Dot.vu. Jetez-y un coup d’Ɠil. Une pĂ©riode d’essaie sur le site m’a permis de tester le service et de le prĂ©senter aux collaborateurs potentiels.  Le service de Dot.vu est top : Tom m’a proposĂ© un guide personnalisĂ© de 30 minutes afin de comprendre le fonctionnement du logiciel et Pedro rĂ©pond Ă  mes nombreuses requĂȘtes de maniĂšre efficace et professionnelle.

EnthousiasmĂ©s par cette outil, 15 entrepreneurs ont dĂ©cidĂ© de m’y rejoindre.

C’est un plaisir de vous les prĂ©senter.

(Pour connaĂźtre les cadeaux, rendez-vous tous les jours sur Joy. Peace. Love. @ Home)

Denise Dampierre, fondatrice de SoSooper

En savoir un peu plus sur moi : DiplĂŽmĂ©e d’un MBA de Harvard et mĂšre de 4 garçons, je dĂ©crirai les premiĂšres annĂ©es de la parentalitĂ© comme la gestion de l’Ă©nergie.  Faire se dĂ©penser les garçons; et prĂ©server la mienne. Ensuite, nous nous concentrions sur “la crĂ©ation de souvenirs positives” et la crĂ©ation d’une culture de famille oĂč tout le monde prospĂšre. Ma passion: aider Ă  Ă©lever la prochaine gĂ©nĂ©ration d’hommes et de femmes remplis de joie, travaillant pour la paix, et sachant aimer.

Adrien Bracon, Coiffeur Ă  Domicile

FormĂ© chez Jean-Marc Manniatis, Adrien coiffe mes cheveux depuis des annĂ©es.  Lors de ses visites, nous transformons notre salon en salon de coiffure. Au lieu de trimbaler quatre enfants au salon de coiffure et d’attendre que chaque enfant passe, nous passions ce temps Ă  se blottir chez nous pendant qu’Adrien coiffait toute la famille. Il est si talentueux, je lui laisse carte blanche concernant ma coiffure.

Alice Lamotte

MĂšre de quatre enfants, Alice et moi nous sommes rencontrĂ©s grĂące Ă  la Discipline Positive.  Nous recherchions toutes les deux une formation pour construire des maisons coopĂ©ratives et respectueuses … d’abord chez nous puis au-delĂ . Alice regorge d’énergie. Elle allie santĂ© physique et bien-ĂȘtre socio-Ă©motionnel dans son coaching Gym & Talk. 

Beija-Flore

J’ai eu connaissance de BĂ©atrice Cornet Vernet via Femmepreneurs,, un rĂ©seau de femmes entrepreneurs dans l’Ouest de Paris. Je suis tombĂ©e amoureuse de ses accessoires en tissu Liberty. BĂ©atrice Ă©tait parmis les premiĂšres Ă  participer Ă  notre aventure sans s’ĂȘtre rencontrĂ© face-Ă -face!

Chantal Bourges

J’ai rencontrĂ© Chantal lors d’une confĂ©rence internationale de Discipline Positive.  Nous Ă©tions “roommates” ce qui permet de bien se connaĂźtre. MĂšre de cinq enfants, Chantal a siĂ©gĂ© au conseil d’administration des Associations de Discipline Positive France et International. Elle encadre et forme les parents et les enseignants localement et internationalement.

Elli Photography

J’ai rencontrĂ© Elli Loannou Ă  Mona.  Egalement une Anglophone (Elli est originaire d’Australie), elle adhĂ©rait aussi Ă  l’aspect «CO» du coworking. Elle est installĂ©e en tant que photographe de mode  et est formĂ©e aux photos analogiques. Cela signifie qu’elle saisit L’ instant (pensez aux enfants). Elli a Ă©tĂ© enchantĂ©e par notre projet collaboratif; “Je choisis de travailler avec cette communautĂ© ! » a-t-elle dit.

English Dream Cakes

En tant que membre du groupe Facebook Anglopreneurs, j’ai, un jour, Ă©tĂ© captivĂ©e par une photo de gĂąteaux dĂ©corĂ©s de maniĂšre dĂ©licate et magique. Le message est venu et est parti. L’image est restĂ©e. Et c’est une JOIE d’Ă©changer avec l’Ă©quipe mĂšre-fille Cheryl et Dew. Elles mĂ©lange la douceur avec le professionnel. Incorpore la crĂ©ativitĂ© et Ă©tale la gĂ©nĂ©rositĂ© abondamment. Le tout servi avec un dĂ©licieux sourire.

Feminicity

Amanda Wigby et moi avons appris Ă  nous apprĂ©cier les uns les autres grĂące Ă  … du «feedback» ! constructifs. Nous nous sommes mises au dĂ©fi de surmonter les diffĂ©rences qu’il y a souvent entre notre «Talk» (les services que nous fournissons) et notre «Walk» (comment nous exprimons notre expertise dans la vie quotidienne). Authentique, ouverte d’esprit et visionnaire, Coach Amanda nous aide, vous et moi, Ă  remplacer le comportement «je devrais» par l’action sur nos prioritĂ©s personnelles.

Light On

Un groupe d’Ă©tudiantes de l’ISCOM qui m’aide dans les coulisses de ce projet. Corriger mon français, donner leurs avis, faire du design, rester actif sur les rĂ©seaux sociaux et m’encourager. C’est en sachant qu’elles assurent mes arriĂšres que j’ai osĂ© m’aventurer sur ce projet. Merci Ă  AnaĂŻs Kisasondi, Ă  Camille Meunier-Sirven, Ă  Rose Rapp, Ă  Elodie Schwinn et Ă  Laura Wieczorek.

Ludocatix

Virginie Chabert s’associe Ă©galement Ă  nous grĂące à Femmepreneurs. Virginie crĂ©Ă© des produits qui aident les enfants Ă  devenir plus responsables. L’un de nos posts les plus populaires sur le blog SoSooper Ă©tait un tableau de responsabilitĂ©s qui attribuait les taches de la maison aux enfants. Ludocatix remplace ces tableaux fait-maison par des beaux outils qui permettent aux parents de crĂ©er des routines positives avec leurs enfants.

Maman NYC Ă  Paris

Mon premier jour chez Mona, avant de me mettre au travail, je me suis arrĂȘtĂ© au cafĂ© Maman qui se situe dans le coworking. J’ai Ă©tĂ© chaudement accueilli par Antoine et son Ă©quipe. Ils servent le cafĂ© et le thĂ© avec le sourire, et de nombreux dĂ©lices salĂ©s et sucrĂ©s (sourire y compris aussi). Quoi de mieux pour garder nos collĂšgues motivĂ©s toute la journĂ©e.  Qu’est ce un coworking sans un cafĂ© ? Juste un espace…

My Little Paris

C’est l’Ă©quipe de My Little Paris qui nous accueil Ă  Mona.  My Little Paris a dĂ©marrĂ© avec cinq femmes qui se sont associĂ©es pour dĂ©nicher des produits qui reflĂ©taient le flair parisien. Elles les enveloppaient magnifiquement dans des “box” et les envoyaient aux mamans, aux papas et aux enfants…sur trois continents!  Avec My Little Paris, vous pouvez ĂȘtre un parent ET rester au top du chic.

Poke Bar

C’est grĂące Ă  nos enfants que j’ai rencontrĂ© Elodie Macquet. Également mĂšre de garçons, Elodie est une entrepreneuse en sĂ©rie. Elle et sa voisine Isabelle ont ouvert Poke Bar en Mars, apportant le soleil d’HawaĂŻ aux tables parisiennes. Leur restaurant, juste Ă  cĂŽtĂ© de la place de l’OpĂ©ra, sert des bols pokĂ©, frais, sur place et Ă  emporter. Nos garçons adolescents se sont rĂ©galĂ©s avec un repas, sain, lĂ©ger ET nourrissant.

Ruth Naomi Floyd

Ruth et moi avons appris Ă  nous connaĂźtre grĂące Ă  une erreur de ma part.  Elle a chantĂ© du gospel mis en musique de jazz pour un Ă©vĂ©nement que j’ai organisĂ© … elle est arrivĂ©e Ă  Paris un jour plus tĂŽt que j’avais prĂ©vu ! Aucune chambre d’hĂŽtel n’était disponible, elle est alors venue Ă  la maison. Nous nous sommes rĂ©unis autour d’un dĂźner familiale (avec tout le bruit de 4 garçons Ă  table).  Multi-talentueuse, Ruth est Ă©galement photographe des beaux-arts et s’occupe avec compassion et respect de personnes affectĂ©es par le VIH.

TooFruit

Our children’s classmates stem from an entrepreneurial vibe!  It’s through our son that we met Katell Perrot just as she was launching TooFruit.  We tasted her enthusiasm as she introduced us to blueberry lotions and pineapple creams especially developed for children’s skin.  These organic potions deliciously cleanse and nourish kids from head to toe.

(Une ParenthĂšse Bougie)

Encore grĂące Ă  Femmepreneurs j’ai virtuellement rencontrĂ© ValĂ©rie Nicol. NoĂ«l c’est la saison des bougies et ValĂ©rie a choisi ses bougies pour leur cĂŽtĂ© magique qui s’adapte Ă  toutes les humeurs. Quand j’ai mentionnĂ© le thĂšme du calendrier, elle s’est exclamĂ©e: «J’ai pile ce qu’il faut ! C’est tout nouveau dans notre catalogue pour la saison ! ???? “

Villa Manon

Une autre rencontre grĂące Ă  nos enfants.  Mary Holmes Smith a participĂ© Ă  des ateliers Discipline Positive que je menais. Maintenant, c’est moi qui prend ses cours!  Je me rend rĂ©guliĂšrement Ă  son studio pour des cours de Pilates et de Yoga. Lorsque nous rentrons dans son atelier, un souffle de sĂ©rĂ©nitĂ© nous envahit, parfumĂ© au gingembre et au citron. Il parait que cela favorise les Ă©tirements et le renfort musculaire.

Vincent Cassigneul

C’est un ancien camarade de classe de mon mari qui vit Ă  Toulouse. La photographie est sa passion et en tant que pĂšre de quatre filles, il s’est entrainĂ© sur de jolis mannequins. Lors d’une sortie en pĂ©niche sur la Seine j’ai Ă©tĂ© impressionnĂ©e par l’oeil vif que possĂšde Vincent. Il reussi Ă  capturer des moments dont nous ne profitons pas assez.  

Wine Contacts

J’ai rencontrĂ© Mary Kirk Bonnet grĂące Ă  nos fils respectifs. Franco-amĂ©ricaine, Mary dĂ©tient le prestigieux titre de «Sommelier-Conseil». Elle a sublimĂ© nos dĂźners avec des sĂ©lections de vignobles d’exception. Nos amis s’extasient toujours sur l’expĂ©rience chaleureuse et dĂ©licieuse que nous avons vĂ©cue au cours de la dĂ©gustation de vins entre amis chez nous.

 

Merci

Un grand merci Ă  vous tous qui me faites confiance dans ce projet. Je remercie tout particuliĂšrmement celles que je n’ai pas encore rencontrĂ© et qui ont, quand mĂȘme, contribuĂ©es Ă  l’aventure parce qu’ils sont passionnĂ©es et croient dans le sens de notre projet commun:

Joy. Peace. Love. @ Home

et

Enthousiasme. Passion. Cooperation. @ Work !

Joy. Peace. Love. @ Home et Enthousiasme. Passion. Cooperation. @ Work. 🙂 Click to Tweet

 

Cover Photo by Andrew Neel on Unsplash

Child in front of Christmas presents

Co + Work for your Joy. Peace. Love. @ Home

How the seed of an idea took root and blossomed into a collaborative project for YOU.

Parisian entrepreneurs are offering parents 1000€ of gifts through an interactive, online Parents’ Advent Calendar.

(There is still time to sign up in English…ou en français)

 

It Began at Mona

When this free co-working space for women opened in November, I jumped at the opportunity to work with dynamic, feminine company.

A BIG thanks to the sponsors – My Little Paris, AXA Insurance, EstĂ©e Lauder, and Nike – who bring us this welcoming space from November 1 through December 31, 2017.

What can one do in a co-working space that one cannot be done at home all alone?

CO as well as WORK!

Five minutes into walking through the front door I introduced myself to the woman sitting at my table.  Well, really, she was happily sitting there first and I smilingly intruded, asking if I might join.  I set an objective to meet five new people every day and discovered passionate women engaged in fascinating projects.

What enticing project could I build to share my passion for strong families that stay connected even during the tantrums AND the disobedience AND the frustrations of daily life?

A “CO” project!

A Meaningful Purpose

As a parenting coach trained in Adlerian principles, I espouse the principles of belonging to and contributing to a community with a purpose larger than oneself.

Which purpose?

At this time of year, Christmas seemed obvious.  And yet French friends have lamented the commercialized spirit.

The underlying spirit of the season is Joy. Peace. Love. 

We parents raise the joy-bringer and peace-makers of tomorrow through the love they experience at home!

We are raising the joy-bringer and peace-makers of tomorrow! Click to Tweet

Voilà!  Joy. Peace. Love. @ Home

 

Stronger Together

Enthused by the idea, I discovered an amazing online interactive Advent Calender by Dot.vu.  Check it out.  Their 15 day free trial allowed me to test the idea with potential collaborators.  Their service is top notch.  Tom invited me for a 30 minute Google Hangout personalized guide and Pedro answered my (numerous) queries efficiently and professionally.

Enthused by the purpose and the tool, 15 entrepreneurs joined in.

It is a delight to introduce them to you.  Today you meet the people.

(Every day of advent you’ll discover the gifts they each share.)

Denise Dampierre, founder of SoSooper

A bit about me:  As a Harvard MBA and the mother of 4 boys in 6 years, I’ll describe the early years of parenting as the energy-management business:  expend the boys’; conserve mine.  Now, we focus on making empowering memories and creating a family culture where everyone thrives.  My passion: to help raise the next generation of joy-filled, peace-making, and loving men and women.

Adrien Bracon, Coiffeur Ă  Domicile

Adrien has styled my hair for decades.  Trained at Jean-Marc Manniatis, the Haute Coiffure, Adrien now brings his talent “chez vous.”  Phew! Instead of lugging four tots to the hairdresser and waiting out their turn, we could spend that time snuggling at home while Adrien styled the whole family.  He is so talented, I give him “carte blanche” on my head.

Alice Lamotte

Mothers of four children flock together, especially when we seek ways for families to THRIVE (vs. survive).  Alice and I met through Positive Discipline where we both sought training to build respect-filled and cooperative homes
first “chez nous” then beyond.  Alice abounds in energy.  She combines physical health with socio-emotional well-being in her Gym & Talk coaching.

Beija-Flore

Béatrice Cornet Vernet and I connected through Femmepreneurs, a network of women entrepreneurs in the west of Paris.  I fell in love with her Liberty fabric accessories.  Béatrice and I have not yet met face-to-face (!) AND she graciously agreed to join in our adventure even during this busy time of Christmas fairs every weekend.

Chantal Bourges

Chantal and I were roommates at an international Positive Discipline conference.  You get to appreciate someone when you see them with tousled-hair and sleepy-eyed.  The mother of FIVE children, Chantal sat on the board of the French and US Positive Discipline associations.  She coaches and trains parents and teachers locally and internationally.

Elli Photography

Elli Ioannou and I met at Mona.  As another Anglophone (Elli hails from Australia) she too felt at ease with the “CO” aspect of coworking.  She is established as a fashion photographer trained in analog photos.  That means, she catches the moment (think kids).  Elli got excited about our collaborative project; ”I choose to work with this community!”

English Dream Cakes

As a member of the Facebook group Anglopreneurs, I saw a post of ravishingly dreamily decorated cakes.  The post came and went.  The image remained.  And what a joy it has been to exchange with mother-daughter team Cheryl and Dew.  They combine genteel with professional.  Stir in creativity and cover with generosity.  All served with a delicious smile.

Feminicity

Amanda Wigby and I learned to appreciate each other through constructive feedback.  We challenged each other to overcome a discrepancy between our “Talk” (the services we provide) and our “Walk” (how we express our expertise in everyday life).  Authentic, open, and visionary, Amanda helps you and me replace “I should” behavior with acting on our personal priorities.

Light On

A group of students at ISCOM are helping me with the backstage of this project.  The correct my French, give feedback, do design work, stay active on social media, and cheer me on.  It’s thanks to knowing they are covering my back that I dared to venture on this project.  Thanks, to Anaïs Kisasondi, Camille Meunier-Sirven, Rose Rapp, Elodie Schwinn, and Laura Wieczorek.

Ludocatix

Virginie Chabert also comes to us through Femmepreneurs.  Virginie creates products that help children grow in responsibility.  One of our most popular downloads on SoSooper was a chore chart for kids to want to help with chores.  Ludocatix replaces my cut-and-paste routine charts with positive-parenting-inspired tools that children and parents build together.

Maman NYC Ă  Paris

I shared about my first day at Mona.  Before settling down to work, I paused at the Maman cafĂ© located on the premises to be warmly greeted by Antoine and his team.  They smilingly serve coffee, tea, and especially yummy delights (both savory and sweet) to keep us coworkers energized during the day.  A coworking without coffee & cooking?  Just a space


My Little Paris

It’s the My Little Paris team that greets us so warmly at Mona.  The company launched with five women teaming to sniff out trends and deals which reflect Parisian flair.  They wrapped these up beautifully in boxes, and send them out to moms, dads, and tots too…on three continents!  I love how My Little Paris makes it easy to remain chic when we parents have little energy and time to spare.

Poke Bar

Our children introduced me to Elodie Macquet.  Also a mother of boys, Elodie is a serial entrepreneur.  She and her neighbor Isabelle opened Poke Bar in March, bringing Hawaii sunshine to Parisian tables.  Their restaurant, just off place de l’OpĂ©ra, serves fresh poke bowls on the spot and to go.  Our teen boys delighted on their tasty, healthy, light, AND filling meal.

Ruth Naomi Floyd

Ruth and I came to know each other through my mistake.  In Paris to sing gospel lyrics set to jazz music for an event I organized
she arrived a day earlier than I expected!!  No room at the hotel, she came to our home and partook in our noisy, home-fare dinner.  Joy!  Multi-talented, Ruth is also a fine-arts photographer and compassionately cares for people affected by HIV and AIDS.

TooFruit

Our children’s classmates stem from an entrepreneurial vibe!  It’s through our son that we met Katell Perrot just as she was launching TooFruit.  We tasted her enthusiasm as she introduced us to blueberry lotions and pineapple creams especially developed for children’s skin.  These organic potions deliciously cleanse and nourish kids from head to toe.

(Une ParenthĂšse Bougie)

Femmepreneurs came through again to introduce ValĂ©rie Nicol
virtually.  ‘Tis the season of candlelight and ValĂ©rie specially selects her candles for mood magic.  When I mentioned the theme, she exclaimed, “I’ve got just the candle for the occasion.  It’s even new to the catalog ????”

Villa Manon

Another through-our-children meeting with Mary Holmes Smith.  She participated in a Positive Discipline class with other parents and we stayed connected.  Now I frequent her studio where she leads Pilates and yoga classes.  It’s a breathe of rejuvenation to enter her serene, ginger-lemon scented atelier for stretching and strengthening.

Vincent Cassigneul

A classmate of my husband living in Toulouse, Vincent and I meet at reunions.  Photography is his hobby and as the father of four girls, he’s had practice with models.  On a boat party recently, Vincent impressed me with his eye.  He captured moments that many of us miss.  While we focused on the obvious, Vincent sought out pearls. Thanks.

Wine Contacts

Our sons’ brought Mary Kirk Bonnet and I together.  A Franco-American, Mary holds the prestigious “Sommelier-Conseil” title.  She has graced our dinner parties with choice selections from favorite vineyards.  Our friends still rave about the insightful, warm, and delightful time we shared during the private wine-tasting Mary led in our home.  Thanks.

 

Thank You

A big thanks to all of you who trusted in me and in this project  and chose to work together.  And a special thanks to those I have not yet met who jumped in this collaborative effort because they have a passion and believe in our combined purpose:

Joy. Peace. Love. @ Home

and

Thrill. Passion. Cooperation. @ Work !

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