Posted by Hillary on Nov 26, 2012 in Welcome
The scenes that come to mind as I’ve engaged in money conversations across two decades are the moments when the “veil lifts in the room.” The air is lighter. The person (or people) feel a vibration, a sensation, a scent of freedom. Sometimes a tear wells up – for both of us. A sense washes over the room that says, “You are an agent, ready to wield your power and insight. This is your life.” The big gulp of a throat clogged with tension might be present too…but the moment a person looks at their financial picture, they are poised for movement. I can’t plan these moments. But, I.love.them!
As a financial being myself (i.e., one who uses, distributes, dances, stresses, and facilitates the flow of money in the marketplace), I don’t know how to take away the shame. The weighty cloud overshadows brillance for so many folks who’d like to just.get.one.step.ahead. Money and morality walk in lock step…and there’s no room for breathing. Shame and guilt steals from brainstorming.
Yes, it’s true. I don’t know how to take away the shame, but I do know how to create the space where glimmers of goodness are invited to seep into the financial conversations. One of my core hopes is that people (men, women, partnered couples, organizations, non-profits, and various businesses) will begin to LOOK.
So, as this year comes to an end and darkness continues to visit the northern hemisphere for winter solstice, I invite you to walk, to ask, and to look into your financial situation – no matter how dark it feels. I offer a “jump start” – 1.5 hours of money coaching that includes a two page (post-meeting) written assessment. This assessment is crafted (by me) as an anchor and guideline for your next steps. It includes suggestions, resonating wonderings, and gifts of praise as I think WITH you about your financial situation.
It’s not easy out there…so I invite you to not be alone. Let the veil lift, one-inch-at-a-time. I am offering a special promotion through 12.31.2012, check it out HERE under Excela Services!
Grateful to be in this work. Hillary
Posted by Hillary on Oct 20, 2012 in Welcome
Observing the Dynamic Pattern!
For years the observation theory, put forth by the field of quantum physics, has fascinated me. It is mind boggling to contemplate the theory that an electron acts like a particle if observed and a wave with out observation. I admittedly do NOT understand all the science behind the well documented outcome. After reading many, many articles my mind circles around the idea that this could…NO, i will say, this appears & feels deeply true:
Observation affects reality.
For something to “make sense,” and have elements of “truth,” there needs to be a thread of connection to my life. The observation theory strongly connnects to what I have experienced personally, with clients, and with organizations across a couple decades of money-focused, currency related conversations. When I say “currency,” I mean something given and taken, with commonplace acceptance and representative societal value.
My internal resonation says, YES, to the theory that the pattern of an observed electron changes. If I substitute the word electron for the word money, I also say, YES, to the idea that the observation of money changes its pattern too; money’s energy, money’s short-term course, and money’s long-term trajectory are all affected. I would also add, change occurs through intentional observation. Primarily, I have experienced the most pronounced shifts when a person or organization commits to a period of focused time to gain understanding, to look, and to ask those deep questions (mostly fear-based questions)…of their past, their present, and their future related to complex money patterns and varied financial dynamics.
Observing one’s life in the money realms, just like one does of a freshly-birthed baby, a jaw dropping act of kindness, a beautiful sunset, or a vintage bottle of wine…IS. LIFE. CHANGING.
If IT.IS.TIME. to apply the observation “theory” to your financial landscape, set up an Excela consultation (firstname.lastname@example.org)! I’d be delighted to work with you…as we affect your reality, just.by.intentionally.observing.
Grateful to be in this work, one.detail.at.a.time…Hillary
Posted by Hillary on Jun 1, 2012 in Welcome
Caminar is one of the spanish words meaning “to walk.”
I have been walking with people in life for decades. I love to walk. To take in the sights, sounds, and ground beneath my feet.
I’ve realized I intentionally set a walking pace in many areas of life. The step-by-step momentum happens whether I am physically “covering terrain” with a walking partner OR “walking” with a client in a coaching capacity specifically focused toward: money, finances, career transitions, goal tracking, and business thought. I am drawn to the human rhythm of the walk because it welcomes a new way of seeing the details of the world one step at a time.
Just like breathing, I believe walking is necessary for life to be lived. To commit to the pace of a walk is to say, “I invite the nuggets of everyday existence to emerge by intentionally committing to a rhythm that allows particularities and specifics to be noticed.” A natural extension of the word “commit” is to pledge or bind oneself to a particular course (source: google definition of commit). Walking represents a commitment to covering a path, moving toward something for some particular reason, and stepping through life.
I am aware, as I write, that not everyone can physically walk with their feet. The step-by-step, walking action, will look different to people with out the use of their legs…a whole reality that will be missing from my writing and consciousness because I experience life on foot.
As I think about integrating my love of walking and my professional experience in counseling and accounting through my Excela consultations, I am inspired to roll out my first Signature Excela Service.
Walk with Hillary: Seven connection points to highlight the Financial Specifics along your life Path. This signature service is limited to 10 people across an (8) to (10) week period of time.
We will schedule (3) face-to-face meetings, you will be invited to write (2) essays about your financial money path specific to an emerging theme in your life, read (1) book that connects to your financial journey in some way (you suggest it and I read with you)…& the last connection point?…I will create a summary of our time at the end, an archive or shall we say “walking stick/road map” of sorts to serve as a written guide for your continued journey.
**Email me for rates and more details about the walking path: email@example.com**
I look forward to taking in the ground beneath our feet as we notice new and perhaps resurrect “old” details of your life, again, and again. Let’s walk, track, and look together!
Posted by Hillary on Apr 8, 2012 in Welcome
The words Ebb & Flow remind me of nature. Nature is dynamic. Always moving. Forever changing.
- And so it is with people
- And so it is with the tidelands
- And so it is with the entrepreneur
The past 15 years, I have worked alongside the entrepreneur/owner (founder) in the capacity of coach, operations director, accounting associate, and chief financial officer. My other hats include property manager, real estate investor, business owner, and hopeful bartender (to name just a few).
Today, I remember a piece of my life path. And when I reflect, I realize that as my job description has become more elusive, my life has invited deeper richness and creativity.
In fact, the more my life journey emerges from my daily work, the harder it is to answer, “Did you work today?” I hear myself saying, “Ahhh, yes I think so, but what did I do?
The time passes, milestones get checked off, and ALL the while I am growing, learning, changing and innovating. The lack of a specific job description culminating in the inability to say in three sentences or less what I DO for a living has opened me up to SEE opportunities appear before my eyes. Each day represents another series of moments that could collide to change the very course of what I think I “DO.”
I’ve come to realize one very important aspect of an entrepreneur’s journey and of my Excela work: I live to ignite and fan the seed of entrepreneurial imagination while honoring the ebb and flow, dynamic nature of such an existence. My work is really about seeing and catalyzing energy. My work lies in the sweet spot and intersection of tracking, measurement, and goal setting while being open to shifts and turns that are invited by a stoked imagination.
As Mark Twain said, ” You can’t depend on your eyes, when your imagination is out of focus.” Ebb and flow are two companions that invite seeing with your imagination – so that the measurement and tracking is meaningful.
Are you accepting and seeing the dynamic, imaginative nature of your entrepreneurial journey? Ebb and Flow will remind you to do so.
Posted by Hillary on Jan 1, 2012 in Welcome
I’ve been thinking about momentum.
- How does it get created?
- What is it?
- Does it have anything to do with the guidance of money?
These questions emerge from my own wonderings & awe around the power of forward motion toward a vision. The stream (or trickle) of money, how it is guided, and where it eventually moves all impact my movement toward the vision(s) of where I want to be in three, five, ten, twenty years.
It is an interesting concept to twirl around. The idea of Momentum. Energy Set in Motion. It is a fascinating concept when mixed with Money. Money & Momentum. I like the ring of these two words together. The combo of these two words feel life-giving because my life has been steeped in years of traditional business concepts/experiences, budgeting conversations, tax (& taxing!) meetings, which generally equate to a non-life giving experience. Words like stuckness, fear, anxiety, and paralysis flood my mind too quickly.
More often than not momentum walks out the door when financial analysis increases.
But what if Money & Momentum went together, well. What if you could be the impetus (the driving force) to guide a physical object (like money) toward the place you’d like to be in three, five, ten years? What if momentum worked with you as you committed to movement not stagnation?
I finished out the 2011 year reading Dream. Save. Do. I highly recommend this e-book as a frame & tool for financial guidance. It is about traveling. Did I lose you, connecting travel & finances? Let me say it again. The book is about traveling and I highly recommend it as a financial guidance tool. Here’s why. It is helpful & necessary to tap into an adventurous metaphor (like traveling) to accomplish money goals. Betsy & Warren (the authors and my inspiring friends) write about amassing cash from the perspective of their personal travel goals; however, they continually tap into the deeper and broadly applicable human desire of DREAMING. Victor Hugo sums up the essence of their experiences:
“There is nothing like a dream to create the future.”
I believe all of life is a traveling journey. So whether you are ACTUALLY packing a suitcase for a far away adventure or staying put and amassing cash for a totally different goal, it is all about focus and action in the daily walk of life (i.e., intentional momentum, step-by-step).
Use Dream. Save. Do. as your “walking stick” to anchor you when the path gets rocky. It will be a good guide. Also, combine your reading with an Excela Service to get support and receive a catalytic start. Take the first step. It’s the best place to start.
Onward as you walk into 2012~ Hillary
Posted by Hillary on Oct 31, 2011 in Welcome
Follow the money.
I’ve heard this phrase many times. Money flows in channels of personal interests, power, networks, deficits, and excess. Its channeling brings up anxiety, longing, hope, joy, ambivalence, stuckness, and release. Sometimes the medium of money is thought about ALL the time. Sometimes it is never considered openly and directly. Money is a medium that is attached to the pull and sway of energy within peoples’ lives. I speak from personal experience as I push into creative realities that introduce the questions of whether I will guide money or control money to quell inner anxiety as I seek to take dominance over it.
The guidance of money opens me up. Guidance expands my thinking & helps me tilt my head a little higher, shoulders back, with upward anticipation of being an agent of money’s flow. A course of direction seems to appear readily with an open bodily stance towards money.
The controlling over money flexes me forward. Squelches my heart cavity and tenses up my shoulders. My eyes gaze downward mirroring and instilling my contorted bodily position. The options seem narrow and each choice is racked with tension.
Surprisingly, these physical reactions are generally not linked directly to a specific number or bottom line of what I have or don’t have. Instead, my responses seem to be based on an inner experience and outward positioning, the bodily tilt that I feel between lack and abundance.
So, when I am with clients in complex money conversations, I look for ways to instill energy for hatching new possibilities. I watch for people to stand or sit upright, shifting away from a negative persona and position of lack, as they look more directly and intently at their options while imagining new solutions. On the tactical, practical side, I bring nuggets from the business world about the “game of money” to understand why money works for some and not for others. There is a bigger context to consider and like many industries, the game has its own language and its own culture.
Yes, pay attention to your body AND your money stream; how do they relate to your tensions and your releases as you seek to look beyond the day-to-day to a vision for guiding your money stream across time? There is movement in everybody’s money situations. From my experience, analyzing the course of the stream, whether it’s a trickling drop or a full-stream-ahead flow, helps to carve a new path one decision at a time.
Follow the money, Yes. But, more importantly pay attention to money streams as it relates to your bodily energy. The conversation between the two currencies matter as you seek to be an agent of guidance.
Questions to Ponder:
What happens in your body when you think about money? Are you aware of your physical response? Would you characterize it as more open or closed? And how does that inform your larger awareness or even actions where money is concerned?
Posted by Hillary on Sep 30, 2011 in Welcome
We observe and act within our world through many senses: color, sight, taste, touch, intuition, gut-responses, fluctuations in bodily temperature, and serendipitous moments. There are many ways to learn, to grow, and to “know” what the next step might be throughout the journey of a life. Do you apply these senses to your money realm? Do you track patterns, wonder about your past thoughts and your future dreams, move into the weight of anxiety and stuckness with exploration, and reflect upon how you are presently dealing with and guiding money?
If you’d like to start exploring, questioning, and tracking the details of your life in the money realms my newest Excela Service may be just the nugget for you! The Skype Journey is a good jumping in point to hear yourself reflect verbally and in writing with me around your money details. We will “meet” via Skype for three one-hour sessions across three consecutive months to discuss your written reflections. I invite you to carve 180 minutes out of your life for intentionally thinking about your money journey (where you’ve been, where you are now, and where you are going). Throughout our three month journey you might want to track something specific, budget for something amazing, or spend on something incredible. We will start wherever you are stuck and go from there. Click on the “Book Now Button” to the right and begin your journey with energy & motion!
- There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting. Buddha
- You just have to keep on doing what you do. It’s the lesson I get from my husband; he just says, Keep going. Start by starting. Meryl Streep
- Stuckness shouldn’t be avoided. It’s the physic predecessor of all real understanding. Robert M. Pirsig
Posted by Hillary on Jun 20, 2011 in Welcome
It’s what I’ve been offering for a long time and now I have words to speak about it.
ENERGY. Energy Mixed with Money. It’s the cocktail that consistently delivers in each of my coaching, consulting, and strategy sessions with clients.
A 1.5 hour brainstorm blitz is being added to my services. I liken it to a tequila popper or a deep ocean dive. To get the fizzing effect of the popper or the amazing 100 feet-under-water views, focused energy aiming toward the bottom of the glass or the ocean floor is a must. Sometimes money conversations need to occur across a longer period of time; which is why I will continue to offer Excela Three-Pack, but at other times life needs a quick infusion of brainstrorming, creativity, and strategy.
Book the Brainstorm Blitz: email firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy 1.5 hours of pure infusiveness to help you think through money stuckness. Come away with a written – one page summary of action steps for forward momentum and increased consciousness.
What people are saying about Excela services.
My Excela experience was incredible. Hillary’s energy, probing questions and wise feedback led me to unpack both my stressors around finances and strategies for the future, Dr.Lynne Speaker, Pastor, and International Trainer
Excela has been worth every dime. I was struck most by Hillary’s ability to see, and name my peculiar approach to tracking numbers and details. I left my time with her equipped with numerous ways to approach keeping track of two businesses. I intend to consult with her in the future as each of these continue to grow. Deb Musician and Therapist
Working with Hillary was so refreshing! In a world where most people are trying to sell you something, Hillary’s only intent is to help you get to where you want to go financially. Not only does she have a firm grasp on financials but her insights on issues and opportunities are incredible. Andrea A Multitude of Things
Posted by Hillary on Mar 8, 2011 in Welcome
Details expose and highlight the larger threads, themes, patterns, and landscape of one’s life. Whether it’s a button on a coat that totally completes the outfit, a designer belt buckle that captures your unique personality, or a fancy drink beautifully appointed in a martini glass…the details matter.
…In outfits, drink presentation, and money-flow…a picture is created with the details.
But. It’s so hard to dig into money details, especially alone. To pause. To See. To rise above the fear and to think strategically about the larger picture that is created across time.
Attend Money and Mimosas for Women to explore the dynamics of money in your life. (Lunch is provided)
Where: 200 1st Ave West, #400, Seattle, WA 98119.Directions HERE
Posted by Hillary on Dec 13, 2010 in Welcome
Excela is on PAGE 325
Life Details Matter.
Numbers + Life Details = Money Matters.
PAY ATTENTION to Exclusive Offers: First 20 people to book an Excela three-pack in 2010 receive…
1) CRAVE Seattle 2) 50% off First-time Excela Three Pack. Click HERE for deets!
Why. Because. 20 is the first two digits of the year. 10 is the total of my page number = 10 (3+2+5).
2010 Matters. Crazy, Meaning-Making Calculation? Welcome to my process.
What Andrea says about Excela’s 2010 Services!
Working with Hillary was so refreshing! In a world where most people are trying to sell you something, Hillary’s only intent is to help you get to where you want to go financially. Not only does she have a firm grasp on financials but her insights on issues and opportunities are incredible.