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Friday Feature – Saci McDonald Energy Kinesiologist

Today’s Feature Friday is Saci McDonald, an energy kinesiologist who helps people balance and heal their body.

I’ve known Saci for a few years now and she’s an amazing woman. Some of you know that I trained in energy kinesiology and have seen people to help them heal through these practices. Saci was a student and teacher along side me along my journey learning these practices.

I was inspired to feature Saci today for a very specific reason. A few days ago Miles suffered a mild concussion while playing at his friends house. He didn’t black out or experience nausea but he did slam his head pretty hard and saw the white flash when his head hit the thinly padded garage floor. I did take him to the doctor to get checked out and as normal concussion protocol goes, we were told to monitor him, keep him resting and to rest his brain. For a 10 year old this is nearly impossible but when you don’t feel well it’s easier. The day after the injury we weren’t so sure how mild the concussion was but he did try to go to school which ended in a communication from his teacher to come pick him up by 10:30am.

Today we kept him home to “rest” his brain and we had a lovely day together enjoying each others company. I received a call from Saci in the early afternoon and when I told her what happened to Miles she immediately told me to bring him over. She thought he was going to need a heavy dose of arnica or something else to help his body heal from this trauma.

Well, she put him on the table and started working on him. She muscle tested him and found that he needed a physical balance to his neck muscles (he suffered whiplash when he fell). She thought he may need a cranial or jaw correction but he didn’t. He needed an emotional clearing from the trauma and an energetic correction to his governing meridian. When it was all over, it took about 30 minutes in total, she asked him how he was feeling. His response was priceless. He said, “it’s amazing how that works! I feel better and my head doesn’t hurt anymore”.

Truly amazing. I’m so grateful for having knowledge of this type of healing modality and that I know someone who is so masterful as a practitioner. She was excellent with him and made him feel comfortable and safe. The only downfall from this is that he’s feeling so good I’m finding it hard to keep him calm! He needs to take it easy over the next day or so but when you’re feeling “fine” that’s hard to do!

Saci, we are so happy to know you and be blessed by your knowledge and training. You are a gift to the healing community!

If you’ve been injured and you’re not getting better or you’re stuck in an area of your life, I HIGHLY suggest you schedule a session with her! AND, if you’re interested in learning how to do this for yourself or for others,  she teaches classes where you can participate and see first hand the incredible gift of energy kinesiology.

You can visit Saci’s website here: www.sacimcdonald.com.

Feature Friday – Tribe Maker Media

Today’s Feature Friday is Tribe Maker Media, an internet marketing company who creates your digital network, bringing you and your business to the people who matter to you most.

I’ve photographed Giovanna, the mind behind this business, several times. She is a heart-based woman who truly wants what’s best for you and your business in the online world. She is constantly learning what’s new in the industry so she can bring cutting edge information to the table. She’s a vegan, a home chef and is the president of our BNI chapter this year.

In her words…

How many years have you been in business and how did you get started in the industry?

I started my marketing career in radio. I loved the creativity of radio. I had the chance to write and voice ads for my clients. I loved working on special events and seasonal programs that allowed even the smallest businesses who had great goods and services to have a voice on the air. That felt more meaningful to me. Then, one of my very best radio clients moved on to another company. We got along well, had a lot of creative fun and success together and about six months later, he asked if I would be interested in coming to work with him. I jumped at the chance. The data available for online clients to make decisions and prove that you moved the needle in a digital marketing environment was quite different from the stale statistical data of radio. I was hooked on the data, the proof and ability to measure the data.  

When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was young I wanted to be a diplomat because I admired people who were multi-lingual. Being able to speak several languages, I thought I could talk to anyone.

What is your favorite part of your job/career?

I love being a hero and cheerleader for my clients. They have something of value to offer the world and I make sure the world knows about them. I love helping them connect with their best potential clients, partners and vendors…their tribe. Some of my most satisfying work has been helping clients to recover from a Google penalty.

What services /products do you offer/provide?

Tribe Maker Media helps small business owners be more visible on the internet. I do this through a combination of Search Engine Optimization and Paid Search. I like to start with an SEO audit to determine our starting point.

What sets your company apart from your competitors?

I help my clients to define the aspects of their business that make them unique from THEIR competition, create a content marketing plan that reflects their authentic voice, and work a sound link development plan that improves their rankings.



I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know Giovanna and if you have SEO needs, she’s knows her stuff!

Happy Friday!!

 

Turning 13…

A little over a year ago we went to a birthday party for a friend’s son who was turning 13. The people invited were close friends and family that had been influential in this boys life over the years. During the party we took some time to share memories and thoughts about him and his becoming a young man, a teenager. It was incredibly touching and special and sparked an idea that has been brewing ever since.

What if all of those words that were shared by the important people in his life were compiled with images into a beautiful book. Something that could be held and read and re-read over time. So now, over a year later, I find myself on the journey of my oldest transitioning from a boy to a teenager turning 13. It’s an emotional time for so many reasons. Watching my baby grow up, becoming a young man, hormones raging at times and of course the eye roll or giant “sigh” when I’ve said something incredibly stupid…like “can I help you with that?”.

Remembering my idea, I asked all of the people who have been important role models, his youth pastor that recently moved away, his nanny/babysitter, family and friends to contribute something they might offer as encouragement or advice as Mason enters this new phase of life. Almost everyone I reached out to send something back. I was overwhelmed both with the willingness of others to participate and their thoughtful words. This is truly something to be treasured forever.

I found myself wanting to include a page for each of his grandparents that have passed. My sister sent the perfect words that my mother would have shared from one of my mother’s favorite books, Jonathan Livingston Seagull. “To fly as fast as thought to anywhere that is, you must begin by knowing that you have already arrived.” Matt found a Bible verse to be included from his father from Proverbs, his dad’s favorite section. “Grandchildren are a crown of the aged, and parents are the pride of their children”. Proverb 17:6.  And I found a Bible verse “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. –Romans 12:2 and a quote from Buddha…”To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.” to be included on a page from my father.

There are numerous other entries that have sage advice and good humor…too much to share in this post. 37 entries actually, including one’s from Matt and I and his brother. This book is an amazing compilation that I hope can bring a feeling of safety to Mason in times of doubt. I wrote to him at the front of the book that as he walks this unfamiliar path, he should know that it is well-worn and marked by all of the people who have gone on this journey before him. That this book can serve as a guide when he feels lost or confused and that it can point him in the right direction. That the words in the pages were written with love to help him find his way on this adventure called life.

He’s been reading it slowly, page by page as he goes to sleep at night. It was funny, the first night he opened it on his birthday, he read the entries from Matt and I and Miles and then flipped through the rest of the book, looking at who had contributed and all of the photographs. When he got to the end, he closed the book and said that he needed to go to bed…right then. He crawled out of our bed and into his own and promptly fell asleep. It was almost like it was emotional overload. But he’s a deep child, always has been. These words inside this book are not lost on him. I know that over time he’ll continue to read and re-read the words of advice and guidance and love.

From the deepest part of my heart I thank everyone who was a part of this gift for Mason. I read everyone’s words and am so touched by your love for my son. Brings tears to my eyes. 37 entries and close to 400 images later, an incredible book was created that is and will be well-loved!

I do know however that I’m less than three years away from having to do this again or at least a version of this for Miles! He said he knows his is coming so if I’m smart I’ll start putting it together now!

Here are some photographs of the book. The front and back cover and a couple of inside pages to give you an idea of how it turned out.

My IF Table…a journey for a year.

Over a year ago I participated in an IF Table through my church. It was definitely a God thing as I was considering putting my name on the list to participate and when I called to discuss it, I was told I was ON the list and I had been assigned to a table.

What is an IF Table?

It’s 6 women of faith, coming together to share a meal and answer 4 questions about God and life. The questions are provided by the If Gathering website each month with a guide for how to facilitate the meals.

It was an incredible experience and I loved getting to know the women at my table. It was funny as I was the oldest woman at the table with the oldest children. That was a first. Over the course of our year together three of the women became pregnant and of those three, two had their babies. It was the first time I was the “older” mom in a group. I kind of had to do a reset of my mindset for this new experience.

When I attended the IF Gathering Conference this past February, we were guided to change the format of the ‘Table’ a bit. Jennie Allen prompted us to not only ask women of faith to participate in our tables but to ask our neighbors, our friend, anyone. She believes that opening the Table up to all women would allow the direction of Jesus and discipleship to be something tangible.

As I sat in my seat over the weekend at the If Conference I prayed about women and who I might ask to join my table should I decide to lead. Interestingly enough, over those 3 days a name would pop into my mind and I would write it down. I wasn’t filtering in any way and allowed God to be at work through me. On the last day I looked at my notebook and there were 5 names on the list.

I came home and told Matt about it and he thought it would be unlikely that all 5 women would participate but I mustered up the courage to ask them one by one. I called with a personal invitation to participate to be a part of my If Table for the year. Each woman listened and asked questions and in the end agreed. My heart was and is full from this experience.

We had our first ‘Table’ just over a week ago. It was pretty amazing how we all came together and shared a meal and a bit about our lives. Everyone knew me and some knew each other a bit and some met for the first time. We each answered the 4 questions, one by one, sharing, laughing and even crying at times from the authenticity everyone brought to the table.

We have committed to coming together once a month for a year. We know that we may not be able to attend all 12 meals but the intention is there and as long as two of us can make it, the Table will happen.

I feel deeply blessed to be on this journey with these women. I’m not quite sure what God has in store for me or for them but I know that this was bigger than me. There is something at work here. I can’t wait to raise a glass at the last table, a year from now, to see the changes in myself and the women around me. 

If you’re interested in the concept of an If Table you can visit the IF Gathering website to learn more.