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