Crafting the Future

It is the neatest thing to be able to pursue a DREAM and craft my future. I am super grateful for the privilege – THANK YOU GOD! It is a true blessing.

So today, I want to share more of my story and the things that drive me to keep reaching the highest heights. Conveniently there was a fun meeting with my Peninsula Women’s Network Power Group where I was invited to give my talk describing my business:


I appreciate Yvonne for facilitating and taking notes. Here’s her synopsis of our 60 second presentations. Check out what we discussed!

Connectors Power Group November 15, 2017

  • Marissa Colon
    Working on employee handbook, needs referrals for home security, *New deterrent: video doorbell /// Something new about her: an offer on a house in Toano but will continue to come to this group. Hooray!
  • Marilen Crump
    Looking for people who are going to make something happen in 2018, and she is “the prod” based on the person’s goals and needs. /// Something new: She used to be a background dancer for Paulina Rubio. She did live performances in the background. No wonder she has a ballroom.
  • Paula Wallace
    Independent agent looking for more referrals for her business.  She recommends that people look over their policies and shop around yearly for prescription policies and Medicare Advantage. /// Something new: Paula has a degree in medical technology and was a supervisor in medical laboratories. She is turning 65 years old and will be looking for a personal trainer.
  • Yvonne Ortega
    Looking for speaking engagements. She is also looking for clients who want speaking and writing coaching—both individual and group. /// Something new: Yvonne grew up in the Midwest, walked a mile to school regardless of snow and ice, walked more than a mile daily over Christmas vacation to go ice skating in the afternoon and tobogganing daily after dinner. Now she’s a hot house plant.
  • Jolynn Jones
    She sells essential oils and does a monthly educational session. She will do a session on emotions and essentials on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 at 6:45 pm at ARTINSPIRED. /// Something new: She has been a background dancer and teaches dancing but not four hours a night. She and Marilen need to dance for us!



Conscious Connections

 I am now conscious of who and how I’m connected.

It is a part of being human that we are networked into a social structure. We are born to a family and as we grow we become connected to those who have interacted with us.

More and more I try to be aware of how those connections affect me.
What am I drawing into my community?
How do I fit into the equation?

As with anything, I try not to dwell on things too long before I start creating a pathway. This past summer I recognized that I was feeling the pull to embrace the larger world. I had been content with running ARTINSPIRED our the little corner called Hampton Roads. My twins had just turned 2 and had their own little agendas that didn’t always center around me. My arms felt less tied and my find started to fixate on bigger possibilities of service.

I was invited by Cara Rich, President of the Peninsula Women’s Network to serve on their board this past July. I accepted and knew it was time to start getting more involved in the network compared to just being a casual member that only showed up to one or two things a year. So I jumped in and haven’t looked back.

Then most recently one of our PWN members and now one of my lovely friends, Lindie Yardley invited me to come to her BNI Executive Chapter meeting in Hampton. I was thinking – I really didn’t have time but I would give it a try and attend. I found it filled with really admirable business leaders with warm hearts. And it was certainly a plus that Lindie was at the helm. I made the commitment and was officially inducted into the group yesterday (see photos here).

Here are a few other ways that 2017 has been a year of connections:

  • One of my mentoring clients is by her nature a CONNECTOR – Jackie Condict is even writing a book called “The Art of Connecting through GRACE”
  • I have been coaching a budding entrepreneur that lives in Singapore – Marielle Say who owns The Sorter Girls – A Productivity Company. We connected through an online group for entrepreneurs.
  • I’ve build a couple of new Facebook Groups mainly my CREATIVES AND DREAMERS group that I absolutely love and use to connect other warm-hearted souls.
  • I traveled to Las Vegas to build on my business goals and met really inspirational people at MONETIZE Your MISSION that I will be connected to within a program that helps us craft our signature products. Thank you to Lisa Sasevich and her team!

I look forward to more brilliant and blessed connections! After all … “The Right Connections Provide Strength for Your Dreams” 😉

~ Marilen Crump