WomanUp Conference Buffalo, NY

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Buffalo, are you ready to Woman Up?
This week on The Night Shift with Susan Dintino, Tuesday, 9/20 7:00 PM Eastern time  we will hear about this amazing conference and all the ways my special guest Joan Graci is working towards women of all ages finding passion and power in the workplace. Ms. Graci is the President of  APA Solutions, the presenting sponsor of WomanUp, and explains why she is dedicated to bringing this event to Western New York on Tuesday, September 27, at the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum. WomanUp will feature a live interview with one of WNY’s most successful and impactful woman, Kim Pegula.
Woman Up focuses on educating and motivating women, working and nonworking, of all generations. Our conference is inclusive of all women that are interested in universal insights that empower in the areas of professional development, business relationships, and health and wellness.
“Western New York has some of the most prominent women and organizations, but the reality is we don’t have an event in the area that brings all women’s initiatives together under one roof. With the overarching goal of empowerment, we look to unite, share best practices, develop skills, and Woman Up.” – Joan Graci
I am proud to say I will be taking part in this event teaching a workshop on Reducing Stress Through Meditation

Ms. Graci will also talk about her non profit organization Be Your Own Hero which helps students decide what the best career path may be for them. A career coach with a zest for everything she does, Ms. Graci will have tips that will assist you in your job journey. If you have wondered about changing careers, finding a job full of purpose that makes you literally want to jump out of bed and go to work tune in!


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NEVER ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN TO YOU!

We’re all influenced by those around us and by what is occurring in our lives. Something as simple as the weather can affect how we feel. A cloudy, rainy day can take an otherwise cheerful person and transform them into a gloomy Gus of sorts. Being stuck in traffic can alter one’s mood from that of excitement for what begins as a day filled with great anticipation to one of frustration and agitation. Moods can be uplifted or crushed by outside circumstances and once that occurs it can be very difficult to regain the positive mind frame we originally had.

We’ve all witnessed, or even experienced, how others influence who we are and the way in which we behave. A rather timid individual can be persuaded to participate in a risky endeavor at the encouragement of another. Bungee jumping, riding a motorcycle, or traveling to a foreign country can prove advantageous as it enables the other party to become more adventurous and therefore expand their life experiences. Trying new foods, undergoing a fashion makeover, or studying a new culture can all help to bring a shy person out of their shell and into a more diverse world.

We’ve also witnessed how other’s personalities have been affected by those around them. My friend, Joe, was very self-conscious. Unhappy with the fact that he was missing many of life’s joys by isolating, Joe made the decision to befriend people who were the exact opposite of him – outgoing and gregarious. In doing so, their confidence rubbed off on him and he found himself becoming more of the person he had always hoped he would be. And while these examples all seem to be beneficial to those involved, there are instances when the opposite can be true.

I’d venture to say that we’ve all be subjected to people who are poor role models and even poorer examples of the kind of person we aspire to be. After Sharon’s divorce in 2012, she began dating a younger man who was heavily into partying and the bar scene. Only an occasional social drinker, Sharon soon found herself drinking excessively in order to keep up with her new-found cohorts. Eventually, she lost her driving privileges due to a DUI as well as the respect of her family and former friends. Her life went into a downward spiral: she lost everything she had worked so hard to achieve. But most of all, she lost herself.

People often succumb to the bad behaviors of others. Your brother-in-law makes a nasty remark about you and you counter with one equally as offensive. Your boss hires her daughter as the new office manager. Resentment is high as the employees all ban together to make her work experience an unpleasant one. Pressure to participate in a behavior you find repugnant is intense. Do you concede or maintain your principles of treating everyone with dignity and respect?

Our world is filled with those who are poor role models. It’s easy to get swept up in the drama and feel pressured to relinquish our values. One who has high levels of moral integrity must never allow themselves to behave in an corrupt manner. One who is trustworthy can never lie or cheat or steal due to the coercion of those who engage in such unsavory acts simply because everyone does it.

Never ever allow anyone to bring you down to their level. One must always maintain their standards of integrity in order to be happy with who they are. If you do not approve of or like a behavior in another, such as arrogance, selfishness or rudeness, why would you want to embrace that as a part of your lifestyle? In doing so, you become exactly what you dislike in others and thereby lose all respect for yourself. When I was about ten years old, the group of girls I played with would all get together after school and go over to Nancy’s house. We’d sit at the dining room table and choose one person to make fun of. One by one, we’d all say unkind things about her. This was not how I was raised, I thought. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. But in an effort to fit in, I went along with the others. I allowed them to change who I was: a kind and thoughtful child. I hated myself and thankfully this activity was short-lived. But I learned an important lesson that has served me well for my entire life: and that is to always be true to myself and never allow anyone to change who I am.
I now refuse to allow anyone or anything to change me in any way. I carefully weigh all that enters my life from people to experiences and make individual determinations as to how I will allow them to influence me.

Before being swayed by another person’s attitudes or actions, ask yourself the following questions:
1. Is this in alignment with my basic values and moral principles?
2. What possible consequences would I or others face should I engage in this behavior?
3. How will I feel about myself during and after the event?
4. How will I be viewed by others?*

Never engage in any activity that causes you to:
a. violate your personal principles and values, creating inner turmoil and conflict.
b. feel embarrassed or ashamed during or afterwards, regardless of whether or not anyone else is aware of what’s transpired.
c. become unhappy and angry with yourself.
d. lose self-respect.

Never ever allow another person to change who you are. Always maintain your principles and values. You are the one who will ultimately pay the price or reap the rewards. Be smart; be self-loving.

* It is a common belief today that one must not concern themselves with what others think about them. I am not one who subscribes to this modern-day philosophy. I do believe other people’s opinions of us can be useful as they help us to understand how others see us. Perhaps they recognize something in us that we are not aware of, either unintentionally or because we’re in denial. Once realized, we can have a better understanding of ourselves and an opportunity to correct an inappropriate behavior.
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Mercury in Retrograde…Full Moon Eclipse…Wow!

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Mercury went retrograde on August 30th and will remain so until September 22nd. What exactly does this mean? Literally Mercury is not moving backwards but because it is the planet closest to the sun’s its orbit is much shorter than the Earth’s. About 3 or 4 times a year Mercury speeds up and passes the Earth. If you were star gazing it would appear that this planet is moving backwards and ancient astrologers thought just that so coined it as Mercury retrograde. Knowing exactly what it means is not as important as knowing what it means for you. There is a belief that the planets and their movements effect us here on Earth. “As above so below” so to speak. When things are moving a bit different in space it causes us to feel different here on Earth. Consequently you will often here people bemoan the fact of Mercury being in retrograde and it can be blamed on a multitude of things such as electrical disturbances, problems with miscommunication and basically wreaking havoc on areas of our lives where we count on stability. This Mercury retrograde is in Virgo so it is calling on us to slow down and inspect our lives. What has worked in the past we should consider keeping? What has not they we should consider losing? Do we hear a calling of the soul that is guiding us to try something new whether in where we live, what we do, or the people we are with?

In addition on September 16th we have a full moon, known as the Harvest Moon, in the astrological sign Pisces. Pisces is all about our intuition and relying on our abilities that are outside our physical senses. A water sign, Pisces reminds us to be fluid and keep our options open. It also will be a lunar eclipse when the Moon passes directly behind the Earth into its shadow. This eclipse will be focusing on the truth. Whatever you have been avoiding may be revealed in this energy. You may feel angry, frustrated, or just out of sorts but all this is for the good if you recognize what this is trying to tell you. It is all about coming out of the shadow and facing the light.

What can we do to get through this time? Meditation for one. A great time to sit in quiet contemplation. If you are new to meditation try a guided meditation CD.  Take a walk outside at night and allow yourself to be lightened by the full moon. Journaling is a powerful tool as well. If you find yourself feeling angry or frustrated put pen to paper and ask yourself Why am I angry? then without censoring just answer the question. Once you have done this take a moment to sit with it. Is there a truth here you have not acknowledged before? Is there a correction to made? Something to release?

We will be talking about all this on The Night Shift, Tuesday, 9/13 at 7:00 PM Eastern time. I also will be doing mini readings in the chat room to see if we can get some insights that way. Kick off these astrological events with me!

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