Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Valerie Sheppard

Wow, it sure has been awhile since I've kept up! Would it serve me to say that I've been trapped in one of those bubble wrap thingys and someone finally popped me out of it?

I have a lot of catching up to do here at the SE blog!

This week, Jennifer and I had on guest Valerie Sheppard. She was so wonderful and I know I definitely walked away from that call with more Happy and more How To! Applying my dears, now that's the hard part. But before I go into our interview....

Today's little yummies that we discussed on air!

Not Exactly *yummy* is the news about armadillos. notes this week that Leprosy can be contracted through armadillos! The more than likely source being to handle the raw meat. Um, no offense to you Arma Afficianados but Ew.

So if you've decided to pass on the armadillo, you may also want to scoot past the imported pork. Apparently China believes that their little piggies should NOT wee wee wee all the way home but should be rather gruff and on steroids. You can check out the article here.

And for the joyousness of life itself, another article on Myths of Caffiene. Find out what diseases your heavenly cup o' joe might be fending off for you!


Valerie Sheppard is an accomplished speaker/presenter who has been entertaining and educating audiences for more than 3 decades. As a working actor and member of the Screen Actor’s Guild, she uses performance to connect with the audience and share messages in meaningful ways. Valerie has studied adult learning principles, is certified by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business to teach at the University level, and has taught in collegiate and corporate universities. She has shared wisdom on personal leadership, living a vibrant life, leading high-performance teams, marketing and business strategy leadership, spiritual aspects of leadership, and more.

Today we spoke with Valerie about learning how to be true to ourselves in order to live a more fulfilling life....a life void of acting out the robot in a script!

Valerie had her stint in Pod America, as many of us do. She eventually found that it was unfulfilling for her, only instead of just *thinking* about it, she did something about it. We wondered how it was that she was able to make that decision. One thing she told us was that you can shift gears in a moment, ask yourself...Is this really me? Is this making me feel joyful, peaceful and loving? Or am I feeling something else?

Valerie stresses that the most important relationship we have is the one that we hold with ourselves. Yes, that sounds selfish. But that's what we're socialized to believe. Check out Valerie's article on this subject Here.

She says that the outer world has no choice but to mirror what we put out there. If we don't think very highly of ourselves, what will we attract?

In situations where we find ourselves feeling unfulfilled or negative, we should ask ourselves, Why am I doing this again? What makes me happy, feel whole, feel purposful, feel loved and am I open to the good coming to me? Am I constricted? If yes, that means I am blocked from giving AND receiving (GASP!).

Jennifer and I just loved our conversation with Valerie and wish the show was longer!!

What you CAN do though is go to her website at

See you next week!