Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Art of War.
I love Asian culture, art, food and I especially love Asian foreign films. I also find the book 'The Art of War" very intriguing as it applies to character and leadership development. Here are a few excerpts that may inspire you or provide advice and encouragement as you prepare for 2010.
Be: Swift as the wind; Gentle as a forest; fierce as fire; firm as a mountain. BUT!!! Remember a hot cup of tea and a little solitude can bring calm and focus and allow you to listen to the voice within. Stay Strong.

Monday, November 23, 2009

A message from the president of Direct Selling Live.
Hi Community,

The wait is finally over. DirectSellingLive announces its 1st Annual Women of Power - The POWER 30. The list of the 30 Most Powerful, Most Influential People In Direct Selling.

When you visit the Women of Power - The POWER 30 page you will be be able to watch the Women of Power video, view the Women of Power photo album with links to the honorees web pages and down load the commemorative 12 page eBook with descriptions of the 30 women on the POWER 30.

For over 100 years Network Marketing/Direct Selling has touched the lives of 100’s of millions of people around the world through the sale of products and services, offering a way for individuals to better their lives financially through global business partnerships. During that time 10’s of millions of distributors have come and gone and the majority of those distributors have been women. Even today almost 80% of all distributors are women.

The direct selling industry, and especially us men, owe a “HUGE” debt of gratitude to the women who have made our industry possible, for direct selling has been built on the beautiful and strong shoulders of women.

Globally it has been women who have bought, sold, and used more products and built more businesses. However, when you look around the executive boardrooms, it is men who are most often at the helm of direct selling companies and because of this it has been men who have received most of the recognition.

DirectSellingLive.com’s 1st Annual Women of Power - The Power 30 looks to recognize and say “Thank You” to the millions of women who over the past 100+ years are responsible for bringing direct selling to where we are today and to those who are in a position to lead us into the future.


Ladies it is with profound gratitude and thanks that I say.....”We celebrate you!”

Enjoy the 1st Annual Women of Power - The Power 30!


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Dear Soul Purpose community,
It is with tremendous pride, joy, enthusiasm and honor that I share this terrific news with each of you this evening. Although I am beaming with pride it is really a tribute to the power of the vision of Soul Purpose. A vision that the most seasoned professionals, those whose responsibility it is to recognize potential and professional integrity recognize. Let us take care now to make sure that we recognize and embrace it as well. In this season of thanksgiving let us show our gratitude by manifesting the power of this potential.
Soul Purpose entrepreneurs, in less than 2 years we making headlines, we are being recognized for our potential. Let’s share these products and share this empowering opportunity, we are indeed the ones we’ve been waiting for.
Much love,
Nadine Thompson
Founder and CEO Soul Purpose Lifestyle company

PS
I would like to end by quoting my husband, “it’s a good month to be Nadine”.

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

More people are discovering the Soul Purpose line, check out our products on this new travel blog. http://ping.fm/8runY

Saturday, October 24, 2009

I am honored and excited beyond belief to wake up this morning to such great news. I not only made the list of the top 50 most influential people in the direct sales industry but I ranked at 22. The second ranked African american and the only one on the list who owns her own business. This is a great day!!!!!
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Friday, September 18, 2009

I had a wonderful experience yesterday on the Youngevity Conference call and this morning I will be on , 10:15 to 10:30 CST.
Radio station is 102.3fm in Chicago

Listen online at www.wyca1023.com click on listen live.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 9, 2009
CONTACT:
Nadine Thompson
603-778-4900
nadinethompson@soulpurpose.com

SOUL PURPOSE LIFESTYLE COMPANY ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH ASHLEY STEWART AND URBAN BRANDS
Companies Offer "Divas Night Out" In Special Customer Appreciation Event


Nadine Thompson, Founder and CEO,
Soul Purpose Lifestyle Company
Exeter, NH (BlackNews.com) - Soul Purpose Lifestyle Company CEO and Founder Nadine A. Thompson announced today that the company has entered into a unique partnership with Ashley Stewart--Great Women of Style (a division of Urban Brands) by offering "Divas Night Out," a special in-store customer appreciation event Thursday, September 10 from 6 to 9 pm.
The event is open to the public and will take place at select stores throughout the country. Guests will be treated to music, refreshments, exclusive product discounts and pampering by Soul Purpose Lifestyle entrepreneurs. The pampering includes "loving hands" treatments with Soul Purpose scrubs, polishes, custards and butters. Those attending will also receive cosmetic touch ups using Youngevity® award winning mineral makeup featuring the line's enhanced shades for women of color.
"We are so excited to partner with Urban Brands and Ashley Stewart for this special event," said Thompson. "This is the first time Urban Brands has partnered with a direct selling company. This event will provide Ashley Stewart customers added value by experiencing the Soul Purpose brand in a relaxed, fun environment."
Ashley Stewart features plus size clothing for sizes 12 to 26 and has stores in over 200 locations throughout urban areas from New York to Los Angeles. The brand includes an eclectic mix of fashion forward, sexy and inspirational clothing and accessories that offers customers head-to-toe outfits from trendy sportswear to lingerie and outerwear. Urban Brands focuses on the urban, multi-cultural woman and is known for developing an intimate understanding of urban America to meet the apparel and accessory needs of budget savvy, style-conscious women.
To find an Ashley Stewart store participating in "Divas Night Out," visit www.nadinethompson.com
Soul Purpose Lifestyle Company is a direct selling company based in Exeter, New Hampshire. A division of Youngevity® Life Sciences, the company offers high quality nutritional supplements, nature-based treatments for everyday bath and beauty care, aromatherapy preparations, home accents and motivational products. To learn more, visit www.soulpurpose.com

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Monday, September 7, 2009

I just returned home from seeing the movie Julie Julia, what a wonderful and delightful movie. It made feel re-energized to work on my blog and to continue my passion for cooking. I love to cook and I love to garden, I love my children and I love Soul Purpose!!! Life is sweet!!! We all have so much to be grateful for and having good relationships are key to our sustainablitly. Do something that you love doing this week.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

I absolutely love Sunday mornings. I love waking up to a day that I can do whatever I choose, I love watching Sunday morning on CBS; breakfast always tastes great on Sundays and my garden always looks its best on Sundays. Happy Sunday to you!!!!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

In order to fly you need resisitance!!!
this has been a tremendous day and weeked thus far. We took my daughter to school today as she begins her 10th grade year; I miss her already. Life is so filled with bitter-sweet experiences that it is good to remember that "this too, will pass". But most important remember that challenges aren't always what they appear and at the heart of it all "In order to fly you need resistance".

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Just finished a fabulous weekend in Baltimore. I feel blessed and fulfilled! The Soul Purpose business school was amazing.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

A sunday evening quote from the Talmud to reflect on.

Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world's grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.


...be the change you want to see.
much love,
Nadine
A quote for Sunday morning: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Howard Thurman

Saturday, July 18, 2009

My inspiration this evening from the powerful SP eevent in Dallas. We are sometimes disappointed when we hear the word "no" to a question; but consider this reframe that "No" stands for a new opportunity.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

A friend shared this article today. It references my journey at Soul Purpose.
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Friday, June 26, 2009

Very sad news about Michael Jackson; may he rest in peace. A reminder that tomorrow is not promised!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Weary but grateful!!!!

I am back at home, thank God, with my family, my pets and in my own bed after 12 weeks on the road. It has been a wonderful last 3 months being out there in the Soul Purpose community. Our community is blessed with such warm, tremendously powerful souls; I feel blessed to be in the water with all of you. Now, that I am back at home, I intend to post a few blog entries about my journey, the Meditarranean cruise culminating with 2 powerful days with the folks at the Black Enterprise magazine event in Detroit Michigan.
First, things first, some much needed sleep tonight and then some creative blogging in days to come.
much love and sweet dreams,
Nadine

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

All About the Love!

Another beautiful gift from our friends at Hidden Beach Records. Please enjoy and feel free to share!


CHANGE IS NOW: Stevie Wonder - All About The Love Again
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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Back home!!!!

Traveling can be fun and exciing and it is great to see new places, meet new people and even spend time with loved ones that we care for and don't get to see often anymore because we all live so far part. I was so happy to be in Toronto caring for my 84 year old dad and spending time with my older brother. It was great to be in St. Louis with the Soul Purpose Entrepreneurs, they were great. But it is so good to be home in my own bed!!!!!
Other than a terrible cold with flu like symptoms, i remain positive and grateful.
Until tomorrow, sleep well and be well.
Nadine

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A Notion of Hope

It is so important to have a sense of hope; even when things look bleak. Even though you are pretty damn sure that things will not turn out the way you want it to; you are still energized and motivated by the notion of hope.
Hope that there is still some possibility that things will turn out alright.

Let's hang on to this notion of hope instead of dispair or fear.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Love of God, love of neighbor, love of self. thought for Sunday evening.

God is a merciful God. He loves each and everyone of us. God forgives; we see it is written over and over in Christian text and scripture.
Can it be that simple? Can it be really that simple, that if we can simply begin (and simple here is so ironic) with forgiving ourselves we then might feel worthy and then be healed and in turn deserving of the mercy, bounty and blessings that God and the universe has to offer?
Today, for some reason it became so crystal clear to me that most of our pathology, mental illness, dis-ease and depression stems from our inability to forgive our selves and our inability to turn over those things of which we have no control to a higher power.
LET HIS WILL BE DONE!!!!!
If we are to live fully in this world and truly love our neighbor as we love ourselves, we first have to forgive our selves and then fully accept and love ourselves, flawed and all. Once we have accomplished this we can then forgive our neighbors and those we live in community with and for those whom we trouble forgiving we have to remember that God's will shall be done and therefore turn it over to him to deal with. this frees us up to love.
Believing that the journey isn't over until its over and in this life time there is an opportunity for healing, renewal and insight.
What a concept - we must forgive ourselves first and we can be forgiven as it has been promised and then freed up to live up to our life's purpose.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Soul Purpose is soarng!!!!

This is an awesome time for the Soul Purpose Community!
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate each and every one of you for an amazing February 2009. We doubled our sales over January and had an extraordinary month, with great recruiting numbers and title promotions. I just received the final numbers today and they are tremendous. We could not have asked for better.I also received an early report on the promotions of our new Diamond Executives and our newest Double Diamond. Yes, we have a new Double Diamond Executive: Ms. Angelia Williams from Dallas TX!
This is a preliminary list, but I am so excited I wanted to share the good news with the entire community.
Congratulations to our newest shining stars:
Our new Double Diamond Executive:·
Angelia Williams
Our new Diamond Executives:·
Armetria Charles· Lisa Harper· Brandy Israel · Sarah Israel · Kenyatta Johnson· Salimisha Logan· Kimberly McCormick Jones· April Robinson· Joan Sherwood
There’s more!!!A Million Dollar March!
In less than a year of sales of the Soul Purpose product line (which included a strategic phased in launch of products over the last 10 months), we are less than $20k away from selling $1 million dollars worth of Soul Purpose products! YES!!!!!! We are $20K away from our first million dollars in sales, in less than 1 year! We have been blessed as a community. Who would have thought we would have our first Million Dollar March before we achieved a full 12 months of sales? My goal is that by March 2010 we will achieve 1 million dollars per month in sales and celebrate a different type of Million Dollar March.We have been steady and consistent in our growth - a hopeful indication of things to come. Consistency is the key to success in this industry. I want to encourage everyone to stay positive, stay focused, stay determined and stay on purpose.Finally, we would not be accomplishing what we have without the leadership of our Diamond Executives. We must continue to honor those entrepreneurs who have been leading the way in the Soul Purpose Community. They continue to motivate and inspire all of us!
Double Diamond Executives
1. Antonia Coleman Brown2. Tara EllerbeDiamond Executives3. Anita Barnes4. Cynthia Barnum5. Terri Jackson Carson6. Cheryl Cormier7. Tanya Fussell8. Josi Hopkins9. Peggy Riggins10. Pamela Robinson11. Tanya Walters12. Chiezda Washington13. Angelia Williams14. Shaune Williams

Congratulations to all of you!!!!!!We are an amazing community with an amazing future ahead of us. These results and what we are currently experiencing is nothing short of extraordinary. With a country in the midst of a recession the Soul Purpose Community is demonstrating what hard work, focus, determination and living a “life of purpose” can accomplish.
Bravo and much love,
Nadine Abraham Thompson
Founder and CEO Soul Purpose Lifestyle Company

Monday, February 23, 2009

Yeah for SlumDog!!!!!!!! The journey continues....

I absolutely love the movie Slum Dog millionaire, it is probably in my top 3 movies ever, I love it.
The movie moves me on so many levels, I identify with the characters, the culture but most important the underdog. I am such a believer in God's Will and God's ability to align the Universe to bring you what you need when you need it. You just need to be able to recognize and seize the opportunities when they arise. This movie is soooo much about that. It is about resilience, passion, love, innocence, courage, tenacity, ambition, truth, and the fact that confidence in oneself and a commitment to truth often wins out in he end. I love it!!!!!!!
There is a point near the end of the movie when the host of the show tries to trick Jamal into selecting the wrong answer, he is jealous of Jamal's success and popularity, he is baffled by this slum dog's ability to answer the questions and actually makes his life hell rather than lifting him up and supporting him. I felt an ache in my stomach and my eyes welled up with tears; that reminded me of me and my ex-partner Daniel Wolf. Rather than celebrate my success he started to do everything to destroy me and the company. It destroyed us both, I couldn't understand it and wondered why someone wouldn't help the under-dog and help themselves in the process. Why would you want someone to fail, why couldn't we both succeed.
In the end I believe the underdog and for everyone actually you have your own unique journey that God has given you and he has prepared you for success, he has given you everything that you need. Unique only to your life, your experience and your triumphs.
At Soul Purpose i already feel like a millionaire, rich in community!!!!!!
If you have not seen Slum Dog Millionaire please do, it will make you feel good if nothing else.
Much love and appreciate your life today,
Nadine

Here is a synopsis of the story.
Slumdog Millionaire is the story of Jamal Malik (Patel), an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India¹s "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?"But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much? Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika (Pinto), the girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to one of the game show¹s questions.Each chapter of Jamal¹s increasingly layered story reveals where he learned the answers to the show¹s seemingly impossible quizzes. But one question remains a mystery: what is this young man with no apparent desire for riches really doing on the game show?When the new day dawns and Jamal returns to answer the final question, the Inspector and sixty million viewers are about to find out.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Crisis and Opportunity

Last week I had the tremendous honor of attending the Black Enterprise Magazine Women of Power Summit in Orlando; it was FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!
The workshops were perfect in that they addressed current issues affecting African American women today: economic issues, finances, career, and most important redefining yourself in these difficult financial times.
I had the honor of participating in many ways, I did a panel discussion, a few radio interviews and filmed an episode of The Black Enterprise Business Report on redefining ones-self in difficult times. My panel was very cathartic because it gave me a chance to talk about my experiences of the last 18 months. It was called surviving the "F" bomb, recovering from a failure. We were able to talk about achieving success and then having a set back. How do you deal and cope and bounce back. Some of the key points was to view failure as an event in your life not a definition of your person; to not internalize it but view it and learn from it; see it as an opportunity in your life to learn, grow and change direction; ask the honest question of what was your role and responsibility in the crisis and how could you avoid those pitfalls later.
In closing I spoke about the fact that the Chinese character for crisis and opportunity is the same. They mean the same thing and and are mirror images of each other. Crisis presents an opportunity and opportunity can create crisis of some form or the other which is usually that scary word called change.
I think that this Chinese character is truly empowering in every sense of the word. There are many discussions of the real interpretation but the notion is empowering or it can give you a little hope that when you experience a crisis in your life it can sometimes also be an opportunity for you to grow, learn and move forward in ways you never imagined. And when you have an opportunity presented in your life be prepared for the crisis that change brings with it. Embrace it, be prepared for it and be grateful for unexpected blessings in your life but remember that nothing worth having comes with out a little hard work.
Remember, however, some bad events and crisis are just bad events and it may only be our faith, hope and resilience that can help us to survive. The opportunity maybe our ability to "stand up" in the face of adversity. I hope your faith and hope carries you through.
Happy Sunday morning!
Much love,
Nadine

Here are is an actual intrepretation of the Chinese character.

The symbols for crisis in Chinese are made up of these two words:
They are pronounced wei1 ji1.
wei means "danger; peril".
And ji means "opportunity; crucial point"
So literally wei plus ji equals "danger" plus "oportunity".
However in reality, a crisis is still a dangerous state of affairs - regardless of the language.
Crisis wei ji still means "a situation that has reached an extremely difficult or dangerous point". However, a dangerous situation can become an opportunity if wei ji becomes zhuan3 ji1.
Zhuan ji means "turn for the better". Zhuan means "turn into". So zhuan ji means "turn into opportunity".
In this sense, the Chinese symbol crisis can mean "opportunity" in a time of "danger".
wei ji is commonly used as in
wei1 ji1 gan3 meaning "sense of crisis" and
wei1 ji1 si4 fu2 meaning "beset with danger; danger lurking in every direction".

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Las Vegas

I have been on the road travelling for work and working very hard. I am tired and exhausted and to some extent a little scared of being tired.
Las Veas was awaesome, it was a tremendous celebration of one year in business for Soul Purpose. My God we are so blessed and we have so much to be grateful for. The event at Youngevity exceeded all of my expectations, that community of Younevity distributors were the kindest, most welcoming group of people that I have ever encountered and I felt that our partenership had been blessed.
Our Soul Purpose entrepreneurs were a site to behold and beautiful in everyway possible. They were enthusiastic, beaming, passionate, energetic and a shining example of what this industry is all about. I was so proud to be Nadine and be a part of Soul Purpose. I was happy and optimistic and feeling good about the future.
I don't want to analyze it or say much more but I was so proud and grateful for the blessing of Soul Purpose.
With much love,
Nadine

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

leading

To be a leader takes incredible courage, I really believe it is an annointing or a calling. some of us are born to follow and that is fine, some of us are servant leaders which is a humble calling and an extraordinary challenge and some of us are called to lead and that can be rewarding but isolating and lonely at times. Surround yourself with people who you can trust whether you are following or leading. I pray that you find your purpose.
I read something today that was truly inspiring to me. I am thinking and reflecting on it but it is in line with my favorite poem/prayer. The Hopi Indian prayer called We are the ones we've been waiting for. This is the last stanza of a poem written by the late June Jordan.

sing sweetly and quietly, listen to the voice inside you. Lead on because you are ONE you've been waiting for.
much love,
Nadine

June Jordan (1939 -2002 ) African-American poet
Source: poem for South African women by June Jordan
(last stanzas)


And who will join this standing up and the ones who stood without sweet company will sing and sing back into the mountains and if necessary even under the sea:
we are the ones we have been waiting for.
Here is the poem in its entirety
Poem for South African Women
Our own shadows disappear as the feet of thousands by the tens of thousands pound the fallow land into new dust that rising like a marvelous pollen will be fertile even as the first woman whispering imagination to the trees around her made for righteous fruit from such deliberate defense of life as no other still will claim inferior to any other safety in the world
The whispers too they intimate to the inmost ear of every spirit now aroused they carousing in ferocious affirmation of all peaceable and loving amplitude sound a certainly unbounded heat from a baptismal smoke where yes there will be fire
And the babies cease alarm as mothers raising arms and heart high as the stars so far unseen nevertheless hurl into the universe a moving force irreversible as light years traveling to the open eye
And who will join this standing up and the ones who stood without sweet company will sing and sing back into the mountains and if necessary even under the sea:
we are the ones we have been waiting for.
Written by June Jordan (1936 - 2002)

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Audacity on Sunday Morning!

I have been away from my blogs for a little while. I must say sometimes a little shy about wearing my heart on my sleeve or sharing what I am really feeling for fear of that someone will take offense and right something nasty that will hurt and make a sensitive issue more painful than it needs to be. Oh Boy!!!!

I don't know if I ever mentioned that I love Sunday mornings! Two of my favorite shows also happen on Sunday; 60 Minutes and Sunday Morning on CBS. Of course I am up and watching Sunday morning and feeling very happy and contented. My puppy Louie is laying right beside me looking content, loved and loving. Pets are a blessing.

This morning however, I woke up and found the words to describe some very complex thoughts and feelings that I have been feeling forthe last 2 weeks. In the last 15 months, I lost my company that I built from my basement for the past 12 years and I lost my good friend and business partner in the process as well. It has been privately painful and more complex than words can imagine. But this morning I woke up with the words to describe these events but only from a business perspective. I often get asked what happened and I struggle to seperate the emotional from the professional. I was motivated to write it down after seeing an inspiring piece about another female CEO on Sunday Morning on CBS. It is so important to seperate the two and understand the complexity of things.
So here is the professional synopsis:
I created my first company in the basement of my home 12 years ago. After achieving tremendous success and about to reach for the next level growth my business/finance partner and his new business associates thought that if a social worker could do this then a white business man with a background in marketing could do 4 times better. In this society before Barak Obama who wouldn't believe that claim? It made good business sense because slick marketing execs have felt with their MBAs that they understand people better than the people who work intimately with individuals and their complexities. By the way many of those slick marketing outfits are now out of business because they sold so many companies a bill of goods that had no sustainabilty. People have to come first before inflated profits. But remember the audacity of a "Community Organizer" to think he could organize a nation to be the President of the United States. What audacity!!!! How could a social worker think she could build a business built on developing personal potential, self care and empowerment? What audacity!!!!!
Fifteen months after I was removed from the helm of my company and replaced with the traditional white male model of doing business they lost over 1 million dollars per month in sales and declared bankruptcy last week.

What do we learn from this experieince?
Have the audacity to believe in yourself and walk way from those who do not believe in you.
Can a woman more specifically a black woman have the audacity to believe that she knows how to market to women who look like her? Yes!
Can women run successful businesses? Yes!
Does it hurt like hell that some of the women (who looked like me) actually said, "we could do better, remember she is just a socail worker". Yes
Is it also true that the majority of women stood behind me and were supportive, respectful and understanding? Yes!
Do I praise God for the majority that believed and the minority who didn't and therefore taught me even more about human behaviour? Yes!
I am still learning and growing and processing? Yes!
I am now building my own new company and building on my experience? Yes!
I am now achieving my Soul Purpose!

What is your Soul Purpose????

Happy Sunday morning,
Much love,
Nadine

Thursday, January 22, 2009

How are you today?

Just wondering how are you today? Are you okay? Have you taken a few minutes to just pause, breathe or simply close your eyes for a moment? If you have not please do, do it for you, for your peace and serenity.
It has been a full day for me, working on my email, working on Soul Purpose and watching my new addiction CNN and thinking and planning the work ahead. I continue to be inspired by President Obama and his steadfast work ethic and ability to hit the ground running doing whatever needs to be done to get the job done correctly. I am inspired to do even more and work a little harder.
In the midst of the hard work however we have to take the time out to care for our selves, our souls and our spirits. I just finished watching a show on Public Television called Basic Black. They interviewed Elizabeth Alexander who was the poet who read at the Inauguration. I didn't really make much note of the poem at the inauguration but when I read the words online today they really resonated with me. I will leave them with you this evening to reflect on. Until!!!!
Much love,
Nadine
Here is Miss Alexander’s poem. It is called Praise Song For The Day.
PRAISE SONG FOR THE DAY: A POEM FOR BARACK OBAMA’S PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION
Each day we go about our business,walking past each other, catching each other’seyes or not, about to speak or speaking.
All about us is noise. All about us isnoise and bramble, thorn and din, eachone of our ancestors on our tongues.
Someone is stitching up a hem, darninga hole in a uniform, patching a tire,repairing the things in need of repair.
Someone is trying to make music somewhere,with a pair of wooden spoons on an oil drum,with cello, boom box, harmonica, voice.
A woman and her son wait for the bus.A farmer considers the changing sky.A teacher says, Take out your pencils. Begin.
We encounter each other in words, wordsspiny or smooth, whispered or declaimed,words to consider, reconsider.
We cross dirt roads and highways that markthe will of some one and then others, who saidI need to see what’s on the other side.
I know there’s something better down the road.We need to find a place where we are safe.We walk into that which we cannot yet see.
Say it plain: that many have died for this day.Sing the names of the dead who brought us here,who laid the train tracks, raised the bridges,
picked the cotton and the lettuce, builtbrick by brick the glittering edificesthey would then keep clean and work inside of.
Praise song for struggle, praise song for the day.Praise song for every hand-lettered sign,the figuring-it-out at kitchen tables.
Some live by love thy neighbor as thyself,others by first do no harm or take no morethan you need. What if the mightiest word is love?
Love beyond marital, filial, national,love that casts a widening pool of light,love with no need to pre-empt grievance.
In today’s sharp sparkle, this winter air,any thing can be made, any sentence begun.On the brink, on the brim, on the cusp,
praise song for walking forward in that light.
©Elizabeth Alexander 2009, All Rights Reserved.

Monday, January 19, 2009

On my way to DC for the Inauguration

Dear friends,
Today is an exciting day. First I want to give thanks to all of you for the positive messages and the outpouring of support. I continue to be very grateful and appreciative, thank you.
My husband Rev. Robert H. Thompson served on President Elect Obama's prayer committee throughout the campaign so 2 weeks ago they called and said they had 2 tickets for the Inauguration for us. We were thrilled. I have been less thrilled over the past few days about all of that walking and standing out in the cold with millions of people but I felt pulled nevertheless to witness history. Last night I booked my ticket and will be joining my husband in DC this evening. I am very excited and I feel very grateful for the opportunity.
I will be carrying my children and Soul Purpose with me in my heart.
Also please keep our sister Valerie Battiest in your prayers. She was at the event and her husband suffered a massive heart attack while in DC at the hotel. I am going to try to connect with her while there.
Let's keep each other lifted up,
with much love,
Nadine

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Heartfelt Gratitude!!!

Happy Sunday morning to everyone and our beloved community.
I have been enjoying this morning, listening and looking at my favorite TV show Sunday Morning on CBS. It is a wonderful documentary type show and then all of the shows like Meet the Press etc who are discussing the up coming Inauguration. This is an exciting time to be alive, we are in the midst of history!!!!!!
I am writing this blog entry this morning because I woke up feeling full, full, full of gratitude with all of the responses to my blog posts. People have been generous, thoughtful, sweet, forgiving and positive. I am so grateful for your kind words etc. It is difficult to respond to everyone but I have read every one of your responses.
Today I feel more positive, more optimistic, more enthusiastic and more hopeful than I ever have. I feel great about President Elect Obama and positive about the potential of Soul Purpose.
Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for your support. Please keep writing and blogging, your words are encouraging.
Much love,
Nadine

Saturday, January 17, 2009

One door closes and another opens!

On Thursday night I had a wonderful experience in New York City. My friend Terrie Williams hosted a program at the Symphony Space regarding depression in the black community based around her book Black Pain. It was a phenomenal event and the outpouring of emotions and testimonies were life changing. It was an evening to remember.
On the way home from the airport yesterday I received a call from a dear friend telling me that Warm Spirit had closed its doors. I felt like the wind had been knocked out of me. I felt a myriad of emotions from sadness to relief to tragedy to loss to relief again. It has been a tremendous last 12 years of my life, building upon a dream and a vision of empowerment. I believed that the dream was possible and I worked tirelessly and sacrificed so much to make it a reality. In 2006/2007 we were at the top of our game and poised for greatness. Even though my journey as the leader of Warm Spirit ended I privately had hoped that God would preserve my legacy and the dreams of so many of many sisters and brothers. Through a lot of prayer, meditation, though and insight I was blessed with the opportunity to create Soul Purpose. Ironically I am continuing on with my own calling; with my "soul purpose in life".
I am so sorry about the end of Warm Spirit and most of all I am disappointed on behalf of all of the individuals who signed up for a reason and for a purpose. I am sad for all of those who believed and felt that this was an opportunity to make a change in their lives. I am sorry for all of those who invested their time, their money and their resources and were disappointed yesterday. This is tragic and a blow to the industry and I hope that people will continue on in pursuit of their dreams, their compelling vision and their purpose. If you are part of the Warm Spirit community and looking for a home and a place to continue the entrepreneurial journey please know that Soul Purpose welcomes you with open arms. We are continuing on without malice or bad feelings just an honest desire to change our lives and circumstances. I believe that when God closes one door he opens another.
with much love,
Nadine

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Broken Open...Looking at your life through a lense of gratitude.

I was watching Oprah today while working quietly on my lap top. It has been a great show full of great information about sacred and spiritual journeys. I am overwhelmed with feelings and emotions after watching the show today, it was a gift from God.
Here are a few things that I took from the show today and I would love to share with you. if you are in a different time zone and have a moment to watch today's episode, I encourage you to curl up with a cup of tea and watch it.
I am so grateful to all of those individuals who responded to my blog entries in the past few days. I have wept silently with gratitude. Please keep sharing your stories with me and with this community. It is so uplifting!!!!
Here are my notes from the show today. I plan to write some more entries on some of these themes but for now, I just want to share and be grateful. Please excuse the typos. I was typing quickly and trying catch everything.
  1. Spirituality is the essence of everything.
  2. It is important to grieve your losses. Otherwise you just cover it over with a scar and thet pain and grief festers inside.
  3. Grief can/will trigger a spiritual awakening if you are open to it and open to truly experiencing the pain and resultant growth.
  4. Hospice care can be extraordinarily helpful for people who have lost a love one.
  5. The spiritual path is using your self in service.
  6. when you have experienced a dark night and you have been helped by someone else in the midst of it. The you have a genuine authentic desire to give back. That is a blessing.
  7. When service comes from that open, honest vulnerable heart there is nothing else like it.
  8. Being still helps you to tap into your best self.
  9. spirituality has to be practiced.
  10. Stop, take a breath and be still in side. Meditation and contemplation.
  11. In seeking a spiritual path do one of 3 things; Be in nature; connect with the arts; connect with ritual
  12. It is in moments of serenity and stillness that we experience some much larger, transcendent, cosmic than we are.
  13. Meditation can be key; Carve out one minute a day and go into the stillness. Increase it by a minute a month. This gives you an opportunity to listen to your inner voice, your intuition and guidance on how to make decisions.
  14. Breathe.
  15. Look for the message in every problem. Problems come our way.
  16. Instead of fighting them ask them, "what are you here to teach me, what's your message".
  17. The world is rich with messages if you approach problems as your friend.
  18. Find like minded friends who are sharing your spiritual path because sharing your spiritual path helps.
  19. The bible says where 2 or 3 are gathered "I am there". Find friends and support, this helps.
  20. Pay attention to your life; it is speaking to you all the time.
  21. Each of us are powerful energy fields/ forces, drawing into our lives what we need to grow ourselves up and out and closer to spirit.
  22. There is nothing happening out of order with you. Everything is there, every experience you has a message for growth. pay attention to your life, it is speaking to you.
  23. Get clear and still, your soul is full and has so much to teach you, this will help you tap into your best life.
  24. Everyone has the ability to be spiritual to be well authentic beings. When they they wake up they wake to the ir soul and have the opportunity to bump into love, compassion, beauty, real peace and real joy. That begins to be where they live their lives from.
  25. Real authentic beings, that have a tremendous amount of meaning in their lives.
  26. You begin to notice what you have in life that you are grateful for. When you begin to look at life through a lense of gratitude you don't see as many obstacles, hinderances or challenges, you begin to see opportunity, possiblities, potential. You become more open.
  27. You become an open vehicle for more inspiration, wisdom and guidance coming from the spiritual part of your being.
  28. Through spirituality individuals are waking up to a dimension of their being or their soul.
  29. Looking at life through the lense of gratitude is key to our perspective.

With much love and gratitude,

Nadine

Sunday, January 11, 2009

It was good!!!!!! "Soul Purpose is Good"

On my spiritual journey I try to reflect on things that can advance my growth. Today I was on the plane on my journey back from the Soul Purpose jump off event in New York, I was reflecting on what a wonderful event it was. The faces of the women and men were just beautiful and thoughtful and positive. I felt honored to be in their presence. I felt light and warm and comfortable and un-complicated.
In my devotional book the readings for this week are about loving thy neighbor, sabbath and appreciating the things that are good in your life. It is a reflection on the belief that when God created differents elements of the earth he paused and said "It was Good". My devotional encourages us to pause and reflect on the things that are good in our lives; to appreciate them and be grateful for them.
I believe that Soul Purpose is a good thing. I believe that our Soul Purpose community is a good community; I believe that our vision and mission are good ones.
I pray for God's blessings on this community, that it will continue to be a good things.
there are a few passages of scripture on the bottom of this post to reflect on.
What is good in your life? What are you grateful for?
Much love,
Nadine

Genesis 1
The Beginning 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
2 Now the earth was [a] formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
3 And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
6 And God said, "Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water." 7 So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. 8 God called the expanse "sky." And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.
9 And God said, "Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear." And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground "land," and the gathered waters he called "seas." And God saw that it was good.
31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

My only comment on this topic of Warm Spirit

I created my blog to have a place that I can post an update of the things going on with me and document my continuing journey particularly with Soul Purpose. If you look at my postings you will notice that I do not comment negatively about anyone or any organization but I speak the truth as it relates to me. I have tried and maybe it is was foolish not to speak about Warm Spirit ; because the pain is still there for me but I know that what ever I may say can easily be misconstrued and twisted. So speaking about Warm Spirit can be a dangerous thing.
My feelings about my ex business partner and the lack of integrity he displayed in between him and I is not a fight for the general public. I have read however, some comments from a few Warm Spirit consultants, that have finally even through their negativity, shined some light as to why people continued on with Warm Spirit even after I left. I want to take a moment to clear up any misconceptions and then close the book on this discussion; for me at least.
Please note that after today, I will remove any anonymous posts to my blog. I am visible and willing to sign my name to my posts and stand behind them and I believe if you post you should be able to hide behind anonymous.
A few things:

  1. When I left Warm Spirit, I did not and have not yet released a statement to the consultants. Daniel released a statement with his side of the story within days. He shut off my access to say anything and promised me a financial deal if I kept my mouth closed and did not communicate with the field. I received nothing by the way.
  2. I was also threatened with a law suit if I were to communicate with the consultants.
  3. When I left Warm Spirit we were operating at a profit and doing better then we ever have in history. Our sales were well over 1 million dollars per month and the community was growing and prosperous.
  4. We had just won the Black Enterprise Emerging Company of the year award and were nominated for other awards thereafter. This was a company on the verge of doing extraordinary things.
  5. In order to grow and take the company to the next level, it was important that we seek new capital and investors as we began that process.
  6. In that process Daniel announced that he no longer wanted to invest in Warm Spirit and wanted to sell the company.
  7. I agreed to raise the capital to purchase it. I was excited about becoming the majority owner.
  8. In the midst of the negotiations when I asked Daniel to put my equity stake in writing so I would confirm what percentage was mine on paper and what percentage me and the investors were purchasing. He made the announcement that he would no longer give me my equity stake that he had promised and we had a verbal agreement and understanding on.
  9. Daniel re-neighed on our agreement and wanted me to purchase the company 100% from him.
  10. After that blow to me and my family and the investors, we sent him an offer letter for 8 million dollars for the company.
  11. One week later he refused it and said we should go our separate ways. He did not intend to ever give me my equity stake.
  12. The team decided to keep WS intact, not sell it to me but grow the sales and sell it to a bigger purchaser.
  13. This guaranteed a job for the corporate team for the next 2 years and financial rewards if this plan worked.
  14. Many were betting on the fact that the consultants would blindly stay on with Daniel and his money. Believe the hype that somehow this was Nadine's fault and that CEOs come and go and they could grow the company and sell it. They had hoped that no one would wake up and say, she is not just the CEO we thought this was her company. Why would she walk away from her own company? How could she be fired from her own company? Why haven't we heard from her?
  15. In January 2007, they then sued me for starting my own company and started a legal war that would cost me so much that I would not have the capital to start my own company and therefore compete with them. Even though it was an illegitimate lawsuit it was a preemptive strike to prevent me from moving forward with a new venture.
  16. Although my name was slandered and my reputation was put at risk, I still kept my mouth closed, hinted when I could at the reality, invested all of my savings in a lawsuit and trying to start my own company.
  17. My lawyer advised me to stay quiet and allow the truth to come out in court.
  18. When the time came to go to court and I provided my evidence and Daniel had none. His lawyers called and dropped the lawsuit. Because they had no case against me other than to destroy me financially.
  19. At this point my only communications have been carefully measured on my website and my blog and the posts are still there as public record.
  20. The performance of Daniel's new team and the shrinking sales, spoke for themselves.
  21. Char manipulated even more to get control and become President. She finally got her wish and the company sales drop over 70% of where they were when I was running the company.
  22. I understand that Char has now left Warm Spirit.
  23. To date after building Warm Spirit from my basement, leaving my young children weekend after weekend to go to events etc, developing over 300 products, building a brand. I was ironically reduced to the position of just the CEO rather than a partner and Co-founder and fired.
  24. I was not fired because I was not doing a good job I was fired because Daniel did not want to give me any equity in the company that I built. That was the injustice and cause of my anger and pain.
  25. Yes, Daniel financed the company but I invested financially as well by working for very low wages and delaying any financial gain until the company grew and could be sold or the assets be redistributed.
  26. Daniel should receive a return on an investment but not by denying me mine.
  27. I lost all of my sweat equity, regular equity, everything. It was a devastating blow.
  28. Interesting fact about race and people and why you can't make this a black or white issue.
  29. This is not a black thing, or white thing or Jewish thing. It is a personal integrity thing.
  30. Daniel never apologized to me neither did Char.
  31. So we are not here today because of some fight between Daniel and Nadine. Daniel will tell you we have never fought. We are here today because of Daniel's lack of integrity and his unwillingness to keep his word. I created and built Warm Spirit and Daniel financed the business. We were a team and a good team for a long time. It was my fault to believe in friendship and not force the equity to be put in writing. I tried but I was not forceful enough. That was my failing as a CEO. I should never have believed in combining friendship with business. I gambled on friendship and trust and lost 12 years of sweat and sacrifice.
  32. I also lost a dear friend and someone that I loved.
  33. Yes, this lack of force and passivity was my fault and an invaluable lesson that I hope other women will learn from.
  34. I walked away without a severance package, lost sick and vacation time and had to fight in court to get a percentage of my sick benefits. In the end I was treated like an employee not the woman who had built the business.
  35. Next mistake: I made the huge mistake of believing that the consultants would understand what happened and stand up for the injustice and force Daniel to do the right thing. They knew I built this for them and would understand that a sister would not walk away from her baby after all of this. I was wrong when it came to the leaders, because their only concern was keeping going and their checks. They believed that Mitch would make them rich and that CEOs come and go. None of them seemed to care that Nadine had lost her company, not her job.
  36. I did not want people to leave Warm Spirit but to say to Daniel that unless he does the right thing by this woman we will not sell another jar of cream. I thought that they would demonstrate forceful empowerment as a group and bring about change. But no one said a word, they just moved on and it hurt tremendously.
  37. The consultants had the power to change the situation and force Daniel to do the right thing. Like me, they were not forceful enough and he won.
  38. We lost; we lost as a community the possibility to make histroy with a house built by powerful African American sisters.
  39. The blessing: I was hurt by the leaders for not standing behind me and it caused me grief and pain. I had to finally wake up one day and realize that I was to blame here again and most important I was overlooking the thousands of people who came with me, who believed in me and saw the truth without it being spelled out for them. I had not been grateful enough for my blessings.
  40. I was then able to celebrate those who were in the water with me and that is a powerful blessing.
  41. People can make their own decisions and I am moving on and will not mention this again. In my interviews I talk about the pain of betrayal, the lessons people learn as business women and how difficult it could be for women, for blacks and for anyone starting a business.
  42. Truth is you can grow a company to 2 million dollars a month in sales, you can recruit over 30,000 sisters, create over 200 products, develop a brand that has national recognition and value and still have people strip it away from you and belittle your efforts and accomplishments by saying, "she was just a social worker, we can do better without her". And when they're proven wrong and the sales drop by over 70% and the company is being sold right out from under them, they still justify their point of view. This is confusing!
  43. This has been draining yet empowering and I do not intend to comment on WS ever again on my blog. Truthfully it is too painful for me.
  44. For those who choose to stay after hearing my side of the story that is their choice, their freedom and part of their empowerment. The choice to do what they think is best for themselves. I respect that. And truth be told it was a long hard road to making peace with that and learning to accept these facts.
  45. I am moving on with my Soul Purpose!

Nadine

Happy 2009. A toast to hope, Peace and empowerment.

http://www.soulpurpose.com/

Thursday, January 8, 2009

One step closer to your Soul Purpose!

In 2008, I committed to gratitude and 2009 my theme will be change and hope. 2009 has been shaping up quite nicely. I am struggling to get to the gym but hopeful that I can get in a rhythm soon. My hope is to continue my journey of self improvement and good health practices in this New Year. Making better foof choices is also on the list, but I'm hopeful. :)

2009 is also shaping up nicely for Soul Purpose Lifestyle Company, we have new product announcements, a new enhanced compensation plan, a cruise to the Meditarraean in March and a conference in Las Vegas. Our community is taking shape quite nicely and I am grateful for our accomplishments thus far.
This month my story has been featured in the January 2009 article of Sister2Sister magazine and the responses have been awesome. I am grateful to Jaime Foster Brown and her team at S2S.
This weekend I will be traveling to New York to speak at a Soul Purpose event at the Ripley Studio in New York. I look forward to a wondeful afternoon and evening with the Soul purpose community as we ring in the New Year and celebrate our past and future accomplishments.
Have a blessed day and I hope that you are one step closer to your soul purpose today.
Best,
Nadine

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

A New Year and a New Opportunity

Happy New Year to everyone,
I am filled with overwhelming feelings of hope for this New Year. My prayer is that I will and you will feel hope, joy, peace and prosperity in our lives this year. The world is pregnant with feelings of hope with our new president and we are all hoping for relief from a very draining past 12 months.
This year began with close friends and family, lots of rest, great food and wine and a celebration of the good things in our lives that I am grateful for.
My daughter had a difficult transition back to school this term and it was very painful and draining driving her back. I had to keep telling myself that parenting is not easy and if I can hang in there with this, the reward will be great. Boy it was not easy.
I wish everyone all the best as you embark upon the New Year and I wish you peace and clam when you need it and joy in those un-expected moments.
Much love,
Nadine