Monday, May 24, 2010

Live Your Best Life - Now!

I'm very excited to kick off the Red Shoes Movement with an invitation to Live Your Best Life - Now! - a Women's Retreat in June that will be led by Umo Udo with Teena Dietz.

I met Umo through the NMF LeaderImpact program and was impressed with her compassion and ability to help people take ownership of their lives. She is an ordained Presbyterian minister and serves as the Director of Spiritual Care at Catholic Charities. She is a certified professional coach and a trainer on topics related to Intercultural Effectiveness and Spirituality. She describes herself as a very resilient woman who likes to help others tap into their resiliency. Her personal mission is not only to help women create their best life, but to create and live their best life now, because - as she says, "The present moment is what we have."


So what is this retreat all about?
This retreat is about helping a woman think about her current state of life, creating what she wants, and setting up accountability.  What makes this retreat exceptional is that it helps a woman follow through on her plan by creating a system of accountability.  It's easy to get excited after a weekend getaway, but then what?  This is where Umo comes in.

What makes her retreat special?
Umo's retreats are guided with what she calls the 7 C's:  Cleanse, Clarify, Claim, Create, Challenge, Commit, and Celebrate

Cleansing is about looking for those obstacles in women's lives that prevent them from moving forward. Then she focuses on helping women find their unique core values.  She centers many activities on drawing out and defining vision, purpose, and dreams.  Finally, Creating (yes, with a big C) is about getting into the nitty-gritty of vision and what it is women want to create in their lives. She emphasizes that a vision or dream doesn't have to be about material things; it's about a woman's unique definition of success. The key is to be intentional with her vision.
Umo's favorite part about doing these kinds of retreats is witnessing people's harmony. "It's amazing how they are transformed in under 48 hours," she says. "It gives me joy because I know that this is the beginnning of their journey."

What's the skinny on this retreat? How do I sign up?
The retreat will be held June 25 - 27, 2010 at the Villa Maria Retreat Center, located near Red Wing, MN - about 90 minutes from the Twin Cities. It begins at 4:00pm on Friday and concludes Sunday at 2:30pm.

Cost is $350.00 for early bird registration by Monday, May 31, 2010. Regular registration is $375.00. This includes the retreat experience, accommodations, linens, meals, and refreshments.

Special Offer!! The first five registrants will receive two sessions of personal coaching after the retreat. This is a $200.00 value.

Please call Umo at 612-414-9539 or email her at  for more information and to register. Or ask me, and I'll email you a brochure.

Do you have any red shoes?
"Not yet. I'm still looking for the ones that say, 'This is it.'"

Umo, I know exactly what you mean.  You may not have found your red shoes yet, but their spirit has certainly found you! Good luck with your retreat!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Welcome to Red Shoes Movement

Welcome to Red Shoes Movement - a movement to celebrate all the goodness happening in the world that embraces empowerment, positivity, and passion.

Please let us know what your up to and how you or someone you know is promoting these values.

And I'll do the same!