Archive for February, 2010

Client Profile: Ginny Hutchinson/Better Because

February 12, 2010

In June 2008 we took a magical trek to the Himalaya in India in the form of a Leadership Journey to India.  This unique adventure is an integration of our leadership journey curriculum embedded in a 10 day trek to the base of Nanda Devi — the highest mountain in India (to see a video/slideshow of our journey visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjktxnz3rbA)

As a result of the journey, one of our participants (Ginny Hutchinson, on far left) decided to begin a transition from successful Chief Marketing Officer to starting a positive media company.  Within one year of her return from India she has started a company, published a book, and filmed the Dali Lama.  She is off and running!

Ginny has been an inspiration to me and many others with her enthusiasm and her positive attitude, not to mention her courage to leave the safety of the known and to plunge into her dream with fearless energy.

Her vision with Better Because is two-fold: Spreading joy to make the world a better place; Helping educate children in need throughout the world.

I want to salute Ginny and her business partner Cathy Haffner on their accomplishments, and to point you toward their book “Better Because of You.”  Many people find it to be an energizing read, a great gift, and good way to get grounded in a positive attitude.  Below Ginny says a little more about her book and how to find it.

Bravo Ginny and Cathy!


Better Because of You shares true-to-life stories, thought-provoking quotations, and life strategies that can help readers do small things each day to make a big difference in their lives.  This fun book is essential reading for anyone looking for simple insights on leading a happier life – and it makes a special gift for special people you value.

Available at: Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Better-Because-You-Cathy-Haffner/dp/0982519109/), Nordstrom Gift Department, University Book Store, or local book store everywhere …just ask.

Check it out:    www.BetterBecause.com <http://www.betterbecause.com/>

If you want to contact Ginny you can reach her at ginny@ginnyhutchinson.com or 206.696.3243.

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Surrender to Destiny

February 11, 2010

Have you read the inspiring true story of Greg Mortenson’s journey from dirtbag mountaineer to builder of schools in remote parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan? If you haven’t, I recommend that you give his books a read (first “Three Cups of Tea,” then read “Stones Into Schools”).

From my perspective, his story is one of being in the flow of his life, of paying attention to what emerges, and of following his heart and his instincts when opportunities presented themselves. Mind you, these “opportunities” came in form of unplanned, unwanted, and uncomfortable events.  Yet he surrenders, again and again, to what feels right, to the next thing he sees to do.  He often doesn’t know exactly where he is going, he just knows the next step.

It would be easy to say he simply let’s his destiny unfold, but I think it is more accurate to say he keeps being a fierce stand for the possibilities that his destiny has presented to him.  This process takes courage — as in the courage to know who we really are.  It takes conviction — as in being unstoppable in the face of circumstances.  It requires us to look beyond our own comfort and desires — as in true impact and deep fulfillment always come when serving others rather than our own personal preferences.

What is your destiny?  Why are you here?  What is the contribution you see that you are here to make?  How is that aligned with what you find most fulfilling?  If you surrender to the gifts you have, and the callings you feel, where will that lead you?  Are you willing to let go enough to allow this path to unfold?