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Women ~ Life ~ Work: Women Entrepreneurs & Creative Cloud Bursts

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Topaz Lotus Living: Women Entrepreneurs

Have you ever had a creative cloud burst or a fireworks display of ideas bursting in your brain?

It may not happen often, however, when it does, enjoy the ride and keep coming back to your business plan.

Do your new ideas fit with your business vision, mission and values?

How will you finance your new idea?

Have you done any market research for your new idea?

Most of all, have fun with it!


hippie love & peace for generations,


eco business & life coach for wise women

coaching to set your heart & business on fire and soothe your soul!

Topaz Lotus Living: El Corazon in Loreto Bay

I want to do a big Canadian shout out for El Corazon, ‘Mexican Heart, Global Soul’, an amazing coffee/espresso bar in Loreto Bay and owned/managed by Jennifer (from Vancouver), and Paola (a Mexican citizen).

Firstly, the coffee drinks are amazing, the fresh squeezed juice is very refreshing and healthy and the atmosphere is friendly, funky and upscale. We have yet to sample the food and now have to wait until after New Years Day for this treat.

Not surprisingly, Jen & Paola hired an experienced Vancouver barista, Kailie, however, imagine our surprise when it turns out Kailie was also in class with one of our daughters at Langara. It truly is a small world with one global soul.

El Corazon is closed on Sunday, and opens at 8 am other days. The cafe serves breakfast and light lunches featuring fresh local ingredients. Signature beverages include the range of coffee drinks of course, as well as fresh squeezed juices and healthy smoothies. I hear the ‘green monster’ smoothie is one of the most popular and I love the fresh juice mix of carrot, beet, apple, ginger and cucumber.

For the Loreto Bay locals or if you are driving down the Baja, make it a priority to stop by El Corazon!

in peace & mindfulness,



Women ~ Health ~ Life: An Inspirational Quote & Poem by Mary Oliver

Enjoy this beautiful poem and words of wisdom by wise woman Mary Oliver
what do you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

The Summer Day


Who made the world?

Who made the swan, and the black bear?

Who made the grasshopper?

This grasshopper, I mean–

the one who has flung herself out of the grass,

the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,

who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down,

who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.

Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.

Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.


I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.

I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down

into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,

how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,

which is what I have been doing all day.

Tell me, what else should I have done?

Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?


~ Mary Oliver ~


(New and Selected Poems, Volume I)


In peace and mindfulness



Zoey Ryan BSc., PCC
life ~ leadership ~ executive coach for women

Leadership & life coaching to set your heart on fire & soothe your soul!

Women | Life | Natural Health: Life Lessons & The Meaning of Wisdom

My life lesson at the moment is about what it really, deeply means to exhibit and embody wisdom!

I know that some folks seem to be born wise, some women develop wisdom with age and very ancient women seem to exude wisdom.

In my life, whether in my family or in my work, my “wisdom learning” currently is about learning to “refrain” and learning to “contain”.

My life pattern has been to be vocal, passionate & opinionated.

In my wisdom, I see this pattern as containing seeds of aggression and lots of ‘ego’.

So, as I am training for elder hood, I am learning to be still, be quiet, simplify!

Enjoy your day beautiful friends …

In peace & mindfulness,



Zoey Ryan BSc., PCC
life ~ leadership ~ executive coach for women

Leadership & life coaching to set your heart on fire & soothe your soul


Women | Health | Life: Women in Leadership

I offer you these words of wisdom about women and success from a courageous woman leader, Anita Roddick. Anita founded ‘The Body Shop’ with a friend and grew this business through passion and the purpose of women helping women, sustainability and reducing violence towards women. The original Body Shop ads were provocative, edgy and effective.

I was honoured to be able to experience Anita’s charisma first hand, when she visited Vancouver.

Anita passed on a few years ago and she remains a powerful role model for me in women and leadership.

Anita’s words of wisdom …

To succeed you have to believe in something with such a passion that it becomes a reality.’

Enjoy these words of wisdom and your day!

In peace & mindfulness…



Zoey Ryan BSc., PCC
life ~ leadership ~ executive coach for women

Life coaching to set your heart on fire and soothe your soul


Women | Life | Work: Heart Centered Leadership

What is ‘leadership’ and what kind of a leader are you? Here are some words of wisdom from  two skilled and experienced women leaders and organizational development specialists!


“Great leaders are conscious guardians of both personal and organizational vision and values. This guardianship becomes part of who they are, and guides all they do.”

From ‘Legacy Leadership: The Leader’s Guide to Lasting Greatness’ by Jeannine Sandstrom and Lee Smith

This quote can also apply to being a leader in your family if you substitute the word ‘family’ for ‘organization’.

In peace & mindfulness,






Zoey Ryan BSc, PCC
life ~ leadership ~ executive coach for women

Coaching to set your heart on fire & soothe your soul


Women | Life | Wisdom: Words to Live Your Life By

Words of wisdom for the day ~ heart centered thoughts & life tips from wise women…

Enjoy your day!

In peace & mindfulness,



Life, Leadership & Executive Coach for Women

Coaching to set your heart on fire & soothe your soul!


Women | Health | Life: Inspirational Quote of the Day!

InSpiriational Quote & Life Tip of the Day to help you live a life in balance!


Live fully
Create happiness
Imagine peace
Seek truth
Laugh often
Hope more
Inspire change!

From a wall poster !

Enjoy your glorious day dear friends and feel free to pass this on.




Women | Life | Work: Words of Wisdom for Women – Leadership Mistakes


I seem to be reading about leadership everywhere these days, and I love it!

I had a wonderful surprise with starting Steve Farber’s new book, which I down loaded on my ipad and started reading yesterday.  I don’t want to say much more, other than ‘do the same’ as I may spoil your surprise.  What I resonated with, in addition to the words, was a sense of Steve’s presence and the personal touch that made the experience of reading the book exceptional for me.

This morning on LinkedIn, one of the articles (from Forbes) was entitled “New Leaders: To Make Your Mark, Do Nothing” and it spurred my thinking to the area of ‘mistakes’ or ‘do overs’.

As a leader, I have made tons of mistakes and experience many OS!Moments!  One of my main mistake and the biggest thing I would like to ‘do over’, is to “do nothing” in an organization for about 6 months or longer.  This would give me a chance to get a sense of the culture, the people, the informal rules, the energy of the system, so to speak.  It would also clearly say that my personality, my energy is only a small part of the whole system and would speak to a collaborative leadership style.

I wonder too, if due to the gender divide and the history of an imbalance in women, success and power relative to our male counterparts, women are more afraid than men to make mistakes in leadership and err on safety?  Does being safe as a leader mean being stagnant as an organization?

I would love to hear from women leader’s as to what your main ‘mistake’/’do over’ would be!  Please share!  From our sharing, we can learn, grow and support each other!

in peace & mindfulness



Topaz Lotus Life & Leadership Coaching for Women

wisdom coaching to set your heart on fire and soothe your soul


Women | Work | Leadership: Words of Wisdom for Women Leaders

Women’s Leadership Tip

Continuing the discuss of the ‘being’ and ‘doing’ of women’s leadership…

Leadership can and should be crazy, magic, awful and wonderful, just like life!

‘What the double hockey sticks’ you may be thinking!

In life, coaches know that the messiness and hard parts are often the ‘gateways’ to amazing personal, spiritual and professional growth!

It is the same with leadership.

Steve Farber, extreme leadership guru and author of ‘Radical Leap: re-energized’ was a keynote speaker at the International Coach Federation Conference I attended in Las Vegas recently. Steve talks about the ‘OS!M’ and this does not refer to open source! He refers to the interplay of love and fear and encourages leaders to experience an ‘oh s#*t!moment’ frequently.

In my experience in coaching and in leadership, these moments are frequent and scary and authentic and real and edgy and if one stays mindful with the process, can catalyze transformation, personally and organizationally!

So, play around with OS!M this week in life and work.

Read more on Steve’s website, click on ‘Pursue the OS!M’

In peace & mindfulness



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