"Goal Setting" vs. "Divine Intervention"

“Goal Setting vs. Divine Intervention”

I do a lot of research - reading, listening to pod casts and You Tube watching -  about successful people and what their secret is that  has helped catapult their careers to the level of success that it has. Spiritualist or Realist? Hmmm, that is a toss up.  Because of the business that I am in and so passionate about, I am most drawn to the Spiritualist philosophies when it comes to living your life purpose and "Letting Go" of what doesn't move you or flow properly.  "Do what makes you happy and watch your life turn into an abundant dream come true."

On the other end of the spectrum the Realist will set long-term and short-term goals,  get up at 4:30am and work until the wee hours of the evening. “Hard work pays off and it's not always going to be easy or fun.”  I've heard some successful Spiritual Leaders say they never set goals. Goals get in the way of your life purpose.
Confused? Me too.

Most recently my son Gabe and I committed to running in a 200 mile relay (Reach the Beach) with my cousin Lori and 9 other people over a 24 hour time frame.  "What were we thinking?!" that's beside the point. When I started training for the relay I set goals for myself to run a certain amount of miles per week. I found that I can run a lot longer, faster and further than I ever could as a result.  In this case goal setting worked for me even though it is not always fun and can be very difficult to achieve.

In business, I noticed that I was bogging myself down with un-enjoyable tasks that were taking away from my spirit and making my business “not fun”.   My boyfriend reminded me that when he was struggling with finding the perfect employment opportunity that would align with what makes him happy, I helped him to "Let go and ask the Universe for what he really wanted." He thought it was silly, but he trusted me and was willing to try anything.  As soon as he did he landed the PERFECT JOB! Divine intervention.

I think it's evident that both goal setting and believing in divine intervention are helpful as proven in both scenarios. I don't feel we have to commit to one or the other.  I definitely feel that a combination of an open mind, hard work, doing what you love and having fun while your doing it are all components of success in personal and work life.

So, set those Goals and Ask the Universe for what you really want and believe you deserve. And in your spare time, send us some loving, cheer-leading thoughts when we’re running our tails off to “Reach The Beach” this coming Fall!

Julie Casey-Fortier

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My Mom - Quiet Warrior

I was 13 yrs. old and it was the end of my 8th grade year at Dover Jr. High School in Dover, Nh.  Believe it or not, in those days, we had what was called an "Eighth Grade Prom".  All of the girls would get dressed up in cute dresses and the boys would wear suits and ties.  It was a very exciting time and I remember being so excited to go.  My mother and I shopped for a dress that would be perfect for the occasion.  I found the most beautiful ivory lace and silk dress that, to me, was "The Dress".  Unfortunately "The Dress" was a little pricey and my mom could not afford it.  Of course I understood and we kept looking.  We didn't have any luck locating another dress that would suffice so we went home with a plan to try again tomorrow.  The next day I rushed home with new positive intentions to find another, more affordable "The Dress" with my mother.  I ran upstairs and went in my closet to grab something before we advanced on our quest and hanging right there in front of me, I kid you not, glowing in magical wonder, was "The Dress"! Now "My Dress!" I screeched with joy and ran to find my mother.  "Mom, Thank-You, Thank-You, Thank-You, I can't believe you bought this for me!" She just grinned and looked at me with her loving eyes and said "I'm so glad your happy." I have no idea what my mom had to go without because she bought me that dress.  As a child, we don't think about those things and as a loving mother she didn't want me to.  My mom has 6 children and I cannot fathom how she was able to make each and every one of us feel special in our own little ways.  She was creative, kind, loving and always available. You knew that if you called she would pick up the phone. Her life was not easy,  but her kids always, always, always came first.  I honestly could write a book about my mom, she's one of strongest woman I know.  She is a quiet warrior in her own right, the mother of 6, the grandmother of 20, great-grandmother of 3 and 1 on the way!  I am so grateful for my mom, more than words could ever express.
So, as we continue into May and reflect on our moms, my hope for everyone this Mother's Day is to remember the "The Little Things". 
I would like to say "Happy Mother's Day" to all of the hardworking, loving, caring devoted mother's out there and leave you with one of my favorite quotes,
"Sometimes The Smallest Things Take up The Most Room In our Hearts." Winnie The Pooh.

Julie Fortier

 

EAST MEETS WEST - SKINCARE and OVERALL BALANCE

As a Skincare Specialist - Medically trained, Licensed- Esthetician and Now  certified Healing Arts professional , I have come to the conclusion that there are many avenues to roam when seeking out the perfect treatment when dealing with skincare concerns and conditions as well as internal imbalances.  

Over the past 18 years of my career I have worked in so many types of environments - small day spas, large full service salon/spas, sole proprietorship offering basic skincare, destination spas and medical spas - Although these settings are all very different, those who come to visit all tend to have one thing in common.  They are seeking a relaxing experience generally with answers to the following questions:
1. Can you make me look younger?    2. What can you do to stop my face from breaking out?   3. Can you make my complexion look better?

Of course there are exceptions as well as those who are completely content with the appearance of their skin and just want a relaxing, clarifying experience. What I find is that most visitors may also be feeling out of sync internally and once they feel safe and comforted it's difficult to explain why one releases emotions, fears and current life struggles.
 
As a Medical skincare specialist I have seen major improvements in diminishing age-spots and wrinkles with more aggressive treatments such as IPL (Intense Pulse Light), TCA Peels, Microdermabrasion, Dermaplaning and Skin Tightening with Infra-Red light.  These treatments create mini-trauma to skincells which in turn causes a healing effect that actually stimulates collagen and removes dry dead cells from the surface causing an overall rejuvenation and clarification.  

Throughout my training as an Intuitive Reiki Healer and my passion to understand ancient Ayurvedic practices, my journey has come full circle.  Being able to offer Botanical - Organic skincare treatments and perfectly formulated products - taking an all-natural approach to skin, body and soul enhancements truly heightens me and my clients in ways indescribable.  

Two completely different ways of looking at Skincare, however, I beleive there is room for both. When you visit Serene Solutions you will get a completely different type of skincare experience. Together we will explore your individual concerns and discover exactly what is the root cause of your imbalances.  Incorporating advanced modalities for more effective results of the overall appearance of your skin in addition to soulful-healing energy  properly channeled with the help of natural crystals, stones and/or botanicals - the treatment turns into something so much more than you could ever imagine!
Western Modalities + Eastern Philosophies = Serene Solutions - Organic Skincare and Healing Arts.  
Thank you for taking the time to read my Blog - my passion - my life purpose.

Julie Fortier

 Chakra Clearing East Meets West Facial Treatment 

Chakra Clearing East Meets West Facial Treatment 

Sometimes It Takes a Village!

We're dedicating our first Blog to all who helped us get Serene Solutions off the ground so quickly and who have been supporting and cheering us on these past few months.  It certainly takes a village, even for a small business like ours, and we are so unbelievably grateful and humbled by all of the love and support.
From the moment we decided to move forward with this crazy dream to make a difference and follow our Life Purpose, our family and friends have been stepping up continuously to help in any way they can.  
THANK YOU KEITH  BENNETT for dropping everything, every time we needed your help moving furniture, putting something together or placing wall hangings just right.
THANK YOU DAD, JOE AND JIM for coming to our rescue when we needed electrical work done to pass the town inspection.
THANK YOU KAREN BROWN for taking such beautiful photos, allowing us to launch our web-site much sooner than later.
THANK YOU MOIRA ABRAM-HALE for putting our web-site together so quickly and really understanding what we wanted and making it look so amazing.
THANK YOU MATT GUNN for allowing Jennifer to borrow your truck whenever we needed to move larger furniture, such a huge help.
THANK YOU ELIZABETH BENNETT for taking time out of your weekends to help me with Marketing and Networking efforts - Not an easy task ;-)
THANK YOU TO MY SISTERS JANA AND JESSICA for always researching and giving us ideas and business advice - not sure what we do without you.
Of course to our biggest Fan, who never misses an event and is always there for us with the pride and loving support - THANK YOU MOM!
THANK YOU TO THE REST OF OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS who have been asking how they can be of assistance and stopping by to help in any way then can. We love you all so much and know we could not have done this without you, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!

Stay Tuned for our First News Letter launching February 1st with upcoming Valentine’s Day Specials and Self-Enrichment Events you won’t want to miss.

Peace and Love,  
Julie Casey-Fortier and Jennifer Casey

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