Posted by Hillary on Nov 22, 2010 in Welcome
Let it Snow!
Today it’s snowing in Seattle.
A few weeks ago there were some fall colors remaining before the wind blew into town.
The seasons have shifted. The weather elements have changed. Rain has turned to snow. Water is now frozen crystals falling from the sky. I am craving different things – warm soup, fluffy blankets, fireside chats, and a slower pace.
Lately, I have wondered about ever shifting weather elements and seasons: wind, water, fire, moon cycles, and today, snow! We are people effected by these external changes.
This year – 2010, I have heard many money stories during Excel~a consulting sessions. Some stories speak to the hard realities of people doing their best to use an ever changing medium (money) to find some stability in the ebb and flow of life’s seasons. Other people enjoy a wavy money ride as they feel the shifting movement of money’s flow, capturing the energy for innovative ideas and wide-open thoughts.
I purposefully use the term, “money elements” because it beckons me into an expansive, wondering place. The term leans into anticipated seasonal shifts and welcomes inevitable change. From my experience, fear dissipates in expansive places.
The anticipated seasonal shifts arrive in various ways. Sometimes flooding occurs - when windfalls of money hit life shores from employment bonuses, booming business, and estate settlements. Guiding a flooding force produces different realities and challenges than living with unending financial desperation. And then there’s freezing. When the paralyzing reality of a foreclosed house or a frozen bank account temporarily ceases external ideals of success and hope. Other times, blue money skies are bright and paired with whirling, creative action, forging new marketplace opportunities.
All of these examples are attached to people in my mind’s eye. The peoples’ stories remind me that money’s varying elements and seasons need to be talked about, remembered, and noticed. Otherwise, myopic vision sets in and seasonal shifts are blurry and unexplored. Sometimes a frozen bank account is instilled with fluid activity. Sometimes a business closes its doors.
The winds of change are always blowing.
SO, as I watch the big snowflakes outside my office window, what feels important and true today is to realize that money is dynamic, it has seasons, and it does flow and shift across time. Similar to the change from vibrant color to white snow.
As 2010 closes out, I invite you to roll with the shifts, to pause, to wonder, and to reflect across time on your many money stories. What do they tell you? In the pause, I invite you to be counter cultural during this busy holiday time. Not to judge yourself harshly, but instead to realize you are human, malleable, and ever learning. May seasonal shifts – however subtle or drastic - invite you into an expansive quest to learn about the elements of money. What are you learning?
Posted by Hillary on Sep 1, 2010 in Welcome
10 Women, 10 Drinks with a Twist of Financial Savvy!
What: 10 Mimosas with 10 Women!
When: Oct. 2nd OR Oct. 9th ~ Join for one or both
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Where: First West Building, Lower Queen Anne, 200 1st Ave WEST #400, Seattle, WA, 98119 (Directions and Parking)
Who: Excela’s Money Guide and Financial Coach, Hillary Augustine, MA, MAC
What People are Saying:
“Money and Mimosas” was a blast! Where can woman get together to talk about the heart issues behind money, our fears, our concerns, our goals? Hillary provided a beautiful space that felt safe enough to speak about the topic of money. Not only was it fun with the ladies, sipping on Mimosas, but it was a great time to meet others and share in our similar experiences. I hope to be a part of the next “Money and Mimosas!” - Talitha, Mental Health Therapist
“Money & Mimosas” was wonderful! Hillary is a very personable speaker with an infectious personality…She’s fun to listen to and watch because one can tell that she is passionate about the subject of money. It would be great to meet again. The combination of education with the focus on how to create a healthy relationship with money is a great resource. – Racheal, Professional Bookkeeping Services
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Posted by Hillary on May 3, 2010 in Welcome
Be 1 of 10 women – Sign up TODAY!
Posted by Hillary on Apr 14, 2010 in Welcome
Welcome to My Website!
For bottom-line folks, Click “Who is Excel~a?” for credentials and “Excel~a Services” for services and deliverables offered to individuals and companies.
I hope you invest in your financial consciousness and reflect upon your entrepreneurial journey along the way!
I’m grateful you’re here to explore these pages. Within this web space you’ll undoubtedly experience a mix of many things: curiosity and inspiration, business and art, accounting and entrepreneurialism…
*Explore the pages * Explore my words * Explore the way I think about working with you* Let’s talk!
Posted by Hillary on Apr 1, 2010 in Welcome
Bring YOUR 2009 Box of "financial stuff!"
Excelerator Group, Monday, April 12th!
Time: 12:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Location: First West Building, 200 1st Ave West, #400, Seattle, WA 98119
Click HERE for registering & payment.
YOU bring the BOX. Excela brings the LUNCH!
This turbo-charged 2.5-hour luncheon workshop will occur with a maximum of (10) folks. The workshop is designed to help YOU as an individual, solo~preneur, or business owner push through organizational blocks while getting tax tips and various strategies. You bring your 2009 BOX of “financial stuff” for this time of blitz-organizing and education. The goal: to leave feeling “a burden lifted” while having practical tools for tax preparation.
Imagine the luncheon as an intense ”gym class” for your financial health. The group is a collaborative-private process. Meaning, group energy is shared while your financial info is kept private!
Posted by Hillary on Mar 19, 2010 in Welcome
~ Join me on 3.26.2010 for Sips & Snacks from 4:30 -6:30 p.m. Wine, apps, and a signature cocktail will be served in my inspirational meeting space http://www.imexcela.com/excelas-conferencing-space/ . Email me if you’d like to come email@example.com. I look forward to meeting you!
For Future Updates: email me and you will be added to my e-updates…
Posted by Hillary on Mar 11, 2010 in Welcome
Podcast: Play in new window
Live Podcast of the 3.12.2010 Show!
Excel~a Media Announcement! Tune in tomorrow morning from 9-10am PST as I am the featured guest on the Femme Finance™ radio program. You can hear the show in Seattle live on AM1150 or via live stream wherever you and your computer may roam at www.imthankful.com/radio Enjoy the show!
Posted by Hillary on Nov 29, 2009 in Welcome
—-> Excel~a Reflects on the recent panel, luncheon discussion hosted at my office around the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldside. Go to www.overlake.org for another opportunity to hear the author Nicholas Kristof Lecture on Dec. 7th, 2009.
Also, click on the following names to read the reflective writings that emerged from the recent luncheon discussion~
Kit Bakke’s Writing, RENEGADEconversations by Ronna Detrick and Hillary’s Writing (that’s ME)!
Posted by Hillary on Nov 2, 2009 in Welcome
—> Excel~a Invites YOU to an Open House – 11.15.09 – There are significant moments in the life of a business: filing for the articles of incorporation, opening up a bank account, printing business cards, buying a printer, crafting a logo, sitting with the first client, AND settling into a NEW office space.
Excel~a is inviting and celebrating her new office move on 11.15.09 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Come see her downtown, artistically decorated Lower Queen Anne office space. Plus, check out an all inclusive, rentable conferencing space (click Rentable Conferencing~Venue Space). There will be food, there will be drink – wine and beer from Two Beers Brewery, and there will be spontaneous conversation! RSVP to Hillary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see you soon~
Coming soon…online reservation calendar for this space —>
A boutique, all inclusive conferencing space!
Posted by Hillary on Oct 22, 2009 in Welcome
—> Excel~a Shouts Out about a local, women’s lunch discussion: Friday, 11.20.09 from 11:30 – 1:30 in my lower Queen Anne office space. Seating is limited to the first 20 women who RSVP – email Hillary: email@example.com for directions and to reserve a spot.
The luncheon discussion will focus on the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Read Bill Gates, Sr. review of the book for a pre-taste.
Three local, women will be panelist during the lunch discussion. Here’s the line-up ladies:
- Ronna Detrick Miller ~ blog coach extraordinaire – Check out her site – need I say more? Ronna’s website: RENEGADEconversations
- Kit Bakke ~ author, writer, activist – Click HERE for an article about Kit. Check out her site – again, need I say more? Kit Bakke’s website
- Jessica Annis ~ local, passionate woman. I met her at the lunch discussion of Half the Sky…hosted last Thursday on 10.15.09. She is doing amazing work through the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. I caught a taste of her work and pizzaz in our brief, lunch encounter and want more…trust me, you will want to hear more from this woman too! O.k., I’ll stop saying more…
**O.K., one more awesome item, food for the luncheon will be provided by Sea Breeze Farm. A suggested $20 donation will requested for lunch.**