Welcome to the Soul Sisters Blog!

We’re three sisters on a mission to empower and inspire women everywhere to pursue their passions and achieve their dreams. Our story is probably not unlike your own; a tug at the heartstring, a feeling of wanting more from life, a desire to fulfill a divine purpose. It was these relentless yearnings that inspired the concept of Soulspring Groups.

When our souls open up (and they tend to quite often) we’ve got to share! We invite you to read our thoughts (and occasional rants) on women, empowerment, passion, destiny and life! Feel free to share your comments; we love to hear your thoughts (and rants) too! And, become an official follower! It's always fun to see the company we're keeping!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

You’re in Control: 7 “Empower Points” for Decision Making

What to eat for breakfast, what time to go to bed, should you go to that social event or not?  We’re faced with a million choices throughout the course of the day and unless confronted with an especially tough decision, rarely give them a second thought.

There’s power in choice and decision-making however; it’s one of the few areas of our lives that is within our control.

“Your money, or your life?”
“You or me?”
“Happiness or success?”
“Paper or plastic?” 

While we may not always like our options, the final choice is up to us, and when we realize the responsibility we have in our own lives based on our decisions, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. 

When it comes to making empowered choices, we offer these 7 “Empower Points”:

1. There are 2 ways to live – floundering and drifting or making conscious decisions.  The choice is yours.

2. Making a “right” decision will lead to less stress and a path to move forward in life.

3. The ultimate goal in life is to look at our wants, determine our opportunities, and try and make the best choices by weighing the costs.

4. Take the time for self-reflection.  This will often reveal where different choices need to be made in your life.

5. Before taking on a big decision make sure your goals and values are crystal clear…these will point you in the right direction.

6. Don’t let a BIG decision scare you.  Feel free to break a decision into smaller decisions and from there steps that feel more attainable.

7. There will always be people who question your priorities, disagree with your decisions, and get mad when you don’t follow their lead.  Don’t base your decisions on the need to please others.

Sister of Soul

Soulspiration of the Week:
"We make our choices; then our choices make us.”  ~Unknown

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Life Lessons from Dads to Daughters

It’s Father’s Day and of course our thoughts turn to that of our Dad.  We’ve been posing questions to the followers of our Facebook page all week, “What’s the biggest life lesson you learned from your dad?”

We received some great answers from the women in our community.  They mentioned traits like respect, honesty, integrity, loyalty, sociability, and hard work.
One loyal fan shared an important life lesson her dad taught the family on the topic of perspective.  You see, her dad was in the septic system business and they had a “potty pumper” parked in their driveway the entire 30 years of his career.  She shared that he always used to say, “It’s all in how you look at it.  To some it’s S#!$$, but it’s my bread and butter!”  The phrase “S#!$$ happens” had an entirely different meaning in their family!

Yes, dads hold a special place in the hearts of their daughters.  I know for us we’ve learned many valuable lessons from our Dad too!  Here are just a few...

Friends are all around you: Yep, Dad doesn’t know a stranger.  Everybody is somebody and there are no exclusive or private clubs in Dad’s world.  His philosophy is clearly an “all-inclusive” one.  Dad can find a friend in the most unlikely of places and as a result can find the best place to grab a burger, the must-see point of interest, and the back door entrance reserved for those few people “in-the-know”, no matter where he is.  Yes, all this because he struck up a conversation with an unlikely stranger.  Some might call it luck, but we know it’s more.  When you reach out to people and are genuine and sincere, they’ll do anything to return the favor.

Do what’s right: Difficult or easy, expensive or cheap, long or quick.  None of this matters because Dad’s first consideration in any decision is always, “what’s right?”  Taking a stand for what’s right doesn’t always come easy.  It requires strength and fortitude to have a differing opinion from your boss, from the other members of a jury, from the status quo.  Not to say Dad was always right, or that he never changed his mind.  Still, if Dad believed it was right, even the underdog of underdogs had his support and allegiance.

Work hard: Dad didn’t believe in wasting time complaining or in slacking off.  Nothing was ever done half-way.  Anything worth doing was worth doing right the first time, and you gave it your best and enjoyed the doing as much as having it done.  That’s why Dad always whistles while he works, and others are drawn to work at his side.  He makes even the most mundane chores fun and as a result time flies.

Just ask: Dad’s not afraid to hear “no”.  It’s just a two-letter word after all.  If he’s got an inkling to take a different trail, try it a different way, or get up close and personal (you know, beyond the sign that says, “No Admittance Beyond this Point”) he just asks.  I’m sure he’s heard “no” many times, but mostly people give him points for having the guts to inquire, and how can you say “no” to that?!  He’s helped us cross many a thing off our bucket lists, all because he wasn’t afraid to ask (even if we were).

If you asked our brothers what lessons they’ve learned from Dad, you’ll probably get a different set of answers.  We see dads and daughters as having a unique kind of relationship; different (although just as important) as the unique relationship daughters have with their moms.  Yes, dads play an important role in the lives of their daughters, and while as a result our lives are impacted 365 days a year, it’s on Father’s Day that we say thanks.

The Soul Sisters

Soulspiration of the Week:"Dad...A son's first hero, a daugther's first love." ~Unknown

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Same Old Routine? Get Yourself Out of that Rut

Routines are convenient and have their uses, but sticking to the same-old-same-old, day in and day out, can make life boring, drain your energy and squelch creativity and inspiration!

Don’t let yourself get stuck in a rut…You’ve got too much living to do! That’s why we’ve compiled this simple 6 Day All-Intensive Routine Breaking Program to free you from the tedious, dull, and mundane! By next weekend you’ll feel more alive, energized, creative, and inspired, we guarantee it! Even more important however is the fact that you’ll have a lot of fun while doing it!

6 Day All-Intensive Routine Breaking Program

Monday: Even a simple change can spark creativity! What could you do differently today to change up your usual routine? Today keep it simple; change up your reading habits, your typical eats, your usual route, your workout, etc…

Tuesday: Today your task it to “rearrange”! What you change-up is your choice; rearrange the living room furniture, the top of your desk at work, the drawers in the kitchen, or the seating arrangement at the dinner table.

Wednesday: Review your “morning ritual”. How you start the day sets the tone for the rest of your day. A healthy breakfast, some prayer or journaling time, uplifting music instead of the morning news, might be all it takes to make your day extra great! Punching up your morning could change your life!

Thursday: Review your “evening ritual”. How you end the day is powerful. Be purposeful as you go through your evening and pay attention to what feels right to you; a few yoga poses or some light stretching, tea on the deck, relaxing in the tub, or reading in bed. Whatever brings your day to a proper close is the new routine for you!

Friday: Hang out with a new crowd and experience new ideas, new insights and new points of view! Hey, that sounds like a Souslpring Group! This is the perfect opportunity to join a group or start one of your own!

Saturday: Try a new hobby or recipe, switch sides of the bed, or plan an adventurous outing…the goal today is to spend your Saturday in a new way. Dedicate today to all things NEW!

Sister of Soul

Soulspiration of the Week:
“As long as habit and routine dictate the pattern of living, new dimensions of the soul will not emerge.” ~Henry Van Dyke

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Top 10 Quotations to Inspire Empowered Choices

We all know them (or maybe you're the guilty party); those people who are self-proclaimed “indecisive”.  They are the last to choose from the menu at a restaurant, try on 3 differnt outfits before deciding on the perfect one, and choosing the right toothpaste could easily suck up a good twenty minutes of their time.

Being “indecisive” is a personality trait that is often taken pretty lightly, while the contrary is actually true.  Choices are powerful!  With each decision we exert some level of control, and while we may not always like our choices, the final decision is up to us.  We think that's pretty empowering!

Yes, the decisions we make and our daily choices are very important.  Even the smallest of choices are what pave our paths to the future.  So how can we inspire you to step into your power of choice?

Well, who doesn't love a good quotation?  Time and again we find it's a simple quote that draws the most attention on our Facebook page!  We love those short little nuggets of wisdom, and we've actually amassed quite a collection!  Below we share our top ten favorite quotations to inspire you to choose...and choose wisely!


Sister of Soul

1. “In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

2. "Don't get your directions from someone who's never been where you want to go." ~Unknown

3. “…to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there.” ~Kofi Annan

4. “I discovered I always have choices and sometimes it's only a choice of attitude.” ~Unknown

5. “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” ~Joanne Kathleen Rowling

6. “There are always two choices. Two paths to take. One is easy. And its only reward is that it's easy.” ~Unknown

7. “When you have to make a choice and don't make it, that is in itself a choice.” ~William James

8. “When making a decision, focus on what feels “shackles off” versus “shackles on." ~Martha Beck

9. “It is the big choices we make that set our direction. It is the smallest choices we make that get us to the destination.” ~Shad Helmstetter, Ph.D

10. “You are your choices.” ~Seneca

Soulspiration of the Week:
“When emotions are locked up in your heart, they can find release through words.” ~Simran Khurana