A Childhood AuditI heard the term “Childhood Audit” while listening to the great Jim Rohn and it struck a cord with me. I am a longtime student of personal development which has allowed me to accept the success that I have today and will help me to enjoy future successes as well. I would say that I live with a prosperity mindset. Others are not so lucky…. I grew up in a family that lived with a scarcity mindset, we had alot of love and laughter but also alot of struggles. Dad was a drinker and a cheater, a blue collar worker that was satisfied with the status quo while Mom was a loyal, hardworking stay at home mom with frugal ways and a lack of confidence in herself, also satisfied with the status quo. When they eventually divorced things truly did get scarce, only allowed a half a glass of milk, generic gifts arriving on our doorstep at Xmas (donations from strangers) could have had me accepting the scarcity mindset of my parents as well as acceptance of the status quo. However, that would not be the case!
When I look back now and perform a childhood audit, I realize that it was the conversation I had with myself that set a path for me very different from my parents. I would tell myself when the yelling got far too loud for my little ears that I didn’t like the way it sounded or the way it made me feel, vowing to never be with a man that made me feel this way. When boys tried to push me further than I was ready to go, I would say “NO” telling myself that I am worth more than just a “freebie” moment in the dark. How did I know that I was meant to be so much more and to do great things in the world? I am not sure but I do know that I have been married to a wonderful man, nothing like my father for almost 25 years! I have told both of my grown children since they were very small that they are beautiful and instead of always telling them ” I am proud of you!” I asked them the question “Aren’t you proud of yourself?” I still talk to myself and sometimes even say aloud “Sherry Eichberger, you are Badass!”
In summary, no matter what kind of childhood you may have had, do an audit, then start telling yourself how awesome you are, that you are special and meant to do great things with your life! You have greatness within you! Don’t look for outside approval, at the end of the day you only have yourself and are responsible for every choice you make and don’t make. Your best thinking has got you where you are today, so to grow past this point you must grow your mind and continue to work on yourself so that you will be able to accept all the prosperity coming your way. If you do not do this you will self sabbotage and end up back where you started often with a scarcity mindset! What are you saying to yourself?
Love and Joy, Sherry
Well, I was waiting in the Dentist office last week with a major toothache and dug into my purse pulled out my “Beauty” bag and started laying the contents out on the chair. My husband was watching me with curiousity and said “what in the heck are you doing?” I said I want to show my friends all I need, want and feel comfortable carrying in my purse to help me look fresh, feel good and be healthy on a daily basis. So I snapped a picture with my phone while other patients stared at me puzzled. Here is that photo….the contents of my Beauty Bag are:
Mini Combat Balm- for cuts, scratches, burns…anything you would put neosporin on.
Combat Ready Lip Balm-When I want my lips to heal and when I need to kick somebody’s ass!
W3ll People Paganist-My power piece! Lip balm for my sexy side.
W3ll People Nudist #1 & #4 when I want a little color in my lips.
Tsi-La- Kesu perfume, a mysterious and provocative blend of 100% pure plant essences.Yes. I am mysterious and provocative. Perfect perfume for me! All in my Fuz bag made from factory felt scraps~!
Well, that’s all I need….what’s in your Beauty Bag?
I like to call my knitting skills “Wabi Sabi” because when I drop a stitch I keep going..when my finished product is mishapin, crooked, and goes from wide to narrow I don’t fret! There is beauty in imperfection. That is the Japanese principle of wabi-sabi which values cracks and scratches over a shiny facade. Leonard Koren, author of a book on wabi-sabi, give this advice: “Pare down to the essence, but don’t remove the poetry. Keep things clean and unencumbered but don’t sterilize.” I love that! My mom used to say, “Sherry you really don’t like tedious tasks do you?” Nope! My husband says,”so you can do things in half the time that I can but when I do it, the job is done perfectly!” So? I have no use for perfection…there is too much living to do, too many things to marvel at, places to go. Don’t get me wrong, I admire people that are really good, experts maybe, at what they do whether at work or play, it’s just not me! I am perfectly, unperfectly wabi-sabi and proud of it. What about you? I probably mispelled a word in this post….not worried.. you will figure it out.
I challenge you to take this Buy Local Quiz and see where your dollars are going. Are they staying in your city? Going to China? India? or an unknown abyss? When we buy local (within 100 miles of our homestead)the money we spend stays in our city and boosts the economy which means more jobs, a happier city, less crime and poverty. This mini quiz is meant to make you think about where you are shopping and how it might affect your environment. I hope after taking this quiz you will be more conscience of the restaurants you eat at, where you buy your toiletries, gifts etc. Here are my top 10 favorite Local businesses in Houston.
1.One Green Street
2.Michaels Cookie Jar
3.Supple Skin Boutique
4.Mark McDaniel Accounting
9.Queen of Hair
and now….the quiz :0)
1. When was the last time you shopped local?
2. What was the name of the Local Business?
3. What did you buy?
4. How many times in the last 30 days have you patronized a local business?
5. List 3 local businesses that you patronized in the last 30 days.
I believe that the greatest most successful companies in the world are able to define their “Culture” the core values that they live and work by on a daily basis. The core values that not only affect the business owner and employees but their customers, vendors, and the whole community at large. In most businesses this is not associated with the bottom line but for us it is!! We believe that how you work and play, and how you treat people will affect your bottom line, either in a positive or a negative way. I decided today to share our Core Values here at One Green Street with our blog followers. Please read, absorb and hold us accountable at every turn.
1 Amaze Customers
2.Embrace Change & Drive Change
3.Create Fun(Smile & Laugh)
4.Pursue Growth & Learning (Read & Listen)
5.Build Open Honest Relationships w/ Communication
6.Build a positive team & family spirit
7.Be passionate & determined
9.Be adventurous,creative & open minded
10.Enhance/Support our community
I am a big fan of up cycling. We carry items in our Full Circle Fashion area that are up cycled and people always ask me “what does up cycling mean?” I tell them that when something is up cycled it means that the integrity of the original item is kept intact; however the item is embellished, to make it more current, fun, and interesting. Everything Old is New again, the saying goes and with up cycling that certainly is true. I was thinking….what if we could up cycle our lives? Stay true to your self but embellish your life so that you are more current, fun and interesting? I challenge all of you to do that in 2011, make some positive changes to yourself, your wardrobe, and your habits. That hat you love in the window but it just isn’t “YOU”, that glitter nail polish or eye shadow you’re admiring from afar but say “I am too old for glitter.” Get that glitter mama!!!!! Guys, your not a zip down the front sweater guy or never used that gel/mouse stuff, your just not comfortable, it’s not “YOU.” Gel that hair dude!!!!!!!!!! Have fun this year, take risks, step out of your comfort zone, life is too damn short not to! Here comes the plug…wait for it…..One Green Street is full of one of a kind unique finds for both men and women, why not stop by and let me help you up cycle your life this year! I would be happy to make suggestions and share my thoughts and ideas with you…it’s a safe zone here…I promise! Happy NEW (they call it NEW for a reason) Year to all my dear OGS Friends and Family.
The Chico Bag company has shared some great ways to reduce holiday waste and I thought I would pass them on to you!
-Use linens rather than disposable table settings
-Use LED holiday lights to reduce energy usage by 90%
-Buy local, organic foods for your holiday feast
-Use a live tree or houseplant rather than a cut tree
-Send holiday greetings electronically rather than cards
-Use reusable shopping bags to wrap gifts!
There you have it…make a Merry difference this year!
I am very confused these days. There are so many “Green” groups out there, Green Mom’s groups, Green Building groups, and so on….It just dawned on me that most of my customers are not “Greenies” but your average person either curious or wanting to dip their toe in the pool at One Green Street. That leaves me to wonder, “Where are all my greenies?” Maybe I am crazy to think that if you are a member of a group that stands for Eco-Friendly living that you would consider shopping at an Eco-Friendly retail store. I wonder where they all are? Target, Macy’s, Kohl’s? I make it my mission to carry a wide variety of items and to keep my prices competitive with other retail stores, so why are the “Greenies” choosing to shop elsewhere? If we truly want to change the condition of our planet and improve our overall health and well being we need to vote with our dollars accordingly. Do I seem frustrated? I care about our community and the health of it’s citizens but I can only do so much for so long. Most everyone will need to buy a gift this holiday season, why not be thoughtful while spending your hard earned money and patronize a local business trying to make a difference?