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LOGONo matter who you are, you will face obstacles and problems. Perhaps you have fallen into a rough patch in your life. Perhaps you have a goal, but it seems like you cannot make progress. Either way, the problems that lay between you and where you want to be can seem insurmountable, which is why it is important that we all receive a dose of inspiration in our lives. Moving And Other Matters (MAOM), inspirational leaders of Cheshire, will be sponsoring their first annual Driving Forward Seminar to do just that.

The Seminar will take place on July 14th and 21st, back to back Sundays, and is designed to be suitable for people from all walks of life. Each runs from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm. The first will be held at CoCo Keys in Waterbury, CT, and will feature Melissa Flynn, founder of MAOM, and guest speaker Ken Brown, an educator and advocate for justice and human rights. The guest speaker of the second, held at the Omni Hotel in New Haven, CT, will be Walt Hampton, motivational speaker and leadership trainer, whose goal is to help people achieve lives that are both successful and meaningful. Will Dunlop, writing & editorial intern of MAOM, will act as MC at both.

The talks of all the speakers are intended to inspire people to overcome the obstacles in their life. Each speaker will share meaningful insights into what gets in our way and how we can deal with these issues. The seminar will also feature vendor tables, and attendees may find it a good place to network, a truly multi-layered experience. Melissa Flynn has designed this seminar to embody her belief that “it is never too late to get your life back on track” and as a place to bring people together.

We hope you will all join us for a night of inspiration and connecting with people. And if that’s not enough, there will be a raffle at the end of the seminar, the prizes being a Flat screen TV and a BluRay player. You must be present to claim the prize.

Tickets for Driving Forward may be purchased at: https://July2013.ticketbud.com/maomdfs
for July 14, 2013, and July 21, 2013.

A PORTION OF THE PROCEEDS WILL GO TO FUNDING THE PEORA TYSON CANCER RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP FUND, (established to help a deserving student study oncology) in honor of Melissa’s mother, who died of cancer on Feb 28, 1996.

Melissa also started this fund because she studied science in college (Molecular and Cell Biology), and she always felt that our country needed more women in science and math; Melissa wants to help to encourage that idea.

Get your tickets now. Just go to https://july2013.ticketbud.com/maomdfs. Then share the link with your friends, family and groups. And encourage them to share with others.

Please feel free to send a note, if you have any questions.
movingontoinspre@gmail.com

And if you have a book or business that you would like to promote/sell, we still have a few vendor tables available. Just ask and the form can be sent to you.

Also, there is always room for more sponsors. Three sponsorship levels are show on the event page. For the lower levels, please email with questions.

Questions and comments about the scholarship fund can be directed to our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/PeoraTysonCancerResearchScholarshipFund

See you all soon.

MOVERS AND SHAKERS

Launch Issue

Launch Issue

By Melissa Flynn

Moving And Other Matters (MAOM), inspirational leaders of Cheshire, have long been working on our upcoming Driving Forward Seminars, scheduled for July 2013. (https://july2013.ticketbud.com/maomdfs) However, while we wait for summer to come, we realize that there is so much more we could be doing to interact with the community. Keeping in line with the idea of increasing our network, we at MAOM are proud to present our first monthly company newsletter, Movers and Shakers.

Movers and Shakers (MAS) was designed to provide you with a more intimate view into the workings of MAOM. In the first issue, we have concentrated an introducing the company, recapping what we’ve done recently, and advertising upcoming events. Yet, despite the factual focus, all the articles (and articles in future issues) were infused with the philosophy of Melissa Flynn and the company, designed not only to inform the reader of what we’re up to, but also as a medium for sharing our inspirational messages. Most pieces contained within were written by Melissa Flynn, with some very noteworthy exceptions. Will Dunlop, writing & editorial intern, runs a column in which he applies lessons from Melissa to solve real life problems, showing you just how easy it is to benefit from her practices. Kelly Schmidt, Vice President of Operations, has a small section in which she will share her own original sayings. We are sure you will find them inspiring, speaking to your inner musings about life and goals, and sometimes even entertaining.

And the other exception is one that you, prospective reader, might find particularly interesting—MAOM is offering a Guest Spotlight column for anyone who would like to contribute to the newsletter. We accept opinion articles, letters to the editor, and other works. We at MAOM feel your work will help enrich our newsletter, but we also offer this opportunity as an extension of our company’s policy to help people—writers, in this case—share their work and thereby achieve their goals. The official guidelines for submissions are included in this first issue of MAS, and the Guest Spotlight was a short story by Connecticut writer Robin Swetz.

To receive a copy of our April or May newsletter, send your contact information (name, address, and email) to movingontoinspire@gmail.com or fax it to (203) 303-7225. Or you may call our office at (203) 707-3918 and give it to a representative.

You can also like our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Movers-And-Shakers-newsletter/565923096771753?ref=hl

After you like our page, feel free to share a note.

And as we move on, let’s all remember to say an extra prayer for those affected by the events in Boston, MA.

NEW VIEWS. OR ARE THEY?

Cute boots, huh?

Cute boots, huh?

Explaining the meaning of life...

Explaining the meaning of life…

By Melissa Flynn

It’s 2013 and I’m still moving on. What about you?

Whatever you are doing, please tell me that you didn’t make New Year’s resolutions. Please tell me that you didn’t write down that you wanted to lose weight and dump that loser.

Instead let’s all make a list of life goals. Then every year, I want you all to review and revise those goals. It’s all about retrospection and redesign.

Recently, I did one of my “Moving On” workshops at a local church. I preached the same thing to them—forget resolutions and concentrate on the bigger picture.

My sister Halima has an interesting idea of rebooting that I also shared with the group. At the beginning of each year, she cleans the house, stocks up on all supplies and toiletries, and even backs up her computer. It’s all a bit more than I want to do, but I like the idea. Feel free to read more about her ideas on her blog. (halimaflynn.blogspot.com)

I think we can all agree that it doesn’t hurt to reboot, reorganize or re-evaluate our lives—especially for those times when we feel like we are hitting a wall. It’s like that saying that I have repeated to my son over and over. “If you keep doing something and it isn’t working, then try something different.”

Sometimes when we try to move on, no matter what we do it does not work. That means it is time to re-evaluate—revise your course of action.

I explained my notion of retrospection to the church group. But I also added that we must all pull together and help one another. As I talked, I saw a smile and a nod, here and there. Being presumptuous, as I tend to be, I took those expressions and body language to mean that they agreed and understood.

My talk continued, as it usually does, with me going on and on about my trials and tribulations. I decided to move on from my mess and reach out to help others. (FYI: Helping others helps you. Helping you helps others.) And as many do, I struggle along the way. No matter how great my determination, life doesn’t always work out as planned. I conjure up inspiration wherever I can: a Psalm, a MLK Jr. Speech, The Presidential Inauguration, and maybe even a glance from my mother’s picture in my office.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley

These and many other words, help me maintain my balance. The world needs more beacons of hope and inspiration—people who are willing and able to spread the word that it is never too late to get your life on track. I have decided to be such a person. So if you need a bit of inspiration for any cause, send me a note: movingontoinspire@gmail.com.

If you have a group who needs inspiration, send me a note. If you need a coach to keep you on track, send me a note. Even if you just want to say hi, send me a note.

We all find ways to cope with what life throws at us. Sometimes those coping mechanisms are not very healthy. I can give you some tips to find healthier ones. And in the meantime, I want you all to do two things for me.

 Make a list of goals
 Then get up every day and work towards those goals

And at the end, it is not important whether or not you complete those goals. What are most important are the journey and the people you meet along the way.

To reiterate, forget the making of New Year’s resolutions. According to the definition, resolutions could look a lot like goals. That I can agree with; just don’t wait until January 1st to try and push yourself towards succeeding within the next twelve months. Sit down and set some short and long-term goals for your life. Then be realistic about the things you need to do in order to reach those goals.

And in order to stay focused, I want you all to copy these things down and repeat them regularly.

 I AM SOMEBODY
 WE ARE ALL SOMEBODY
 WE HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER, THAT’S HOW COMMUNITIES GROW
 I WILL IDENTIFY MY FEARS
 I WILL OVERCOME MY FEARS
 I WILL STAY FOCUSED
 I WILL BE A LEADER
 I WILL BE AN EXAMPLE FOR ALL CHILDREN
 I WILL HELP MY NEIGHBORS

As I put this down on paper for you, I was remembering a couple of things: that movie “Pay It Forward” and Ann Curry’s 26 acts of kindness campaign.

So let’s move on and make the most of our time.