My WHY for my Power Pivot - Focusing on my social vision, mission and activism.
Those of you who know me know that I am continuing to - FUN-size my business. And to answer the question most people ask…NO I am not ‘retiring.’ I am making a Power Pivot. I am REFIRING! I am fired up and refocusing my time, energy, skills and expertise on my evolving passion, which will become part of my legacy.
A few years ago I received an intuitive message from the innate intelligence of my business that although I have made great positive impact in the world through my work with my clients, training and speaking, that it was time to step up to making an even greater impact in the world. And, of course, the universe delivered in divine timing the way for me to make that happen.
Now instead of my work being about helping others bring forward their creation (their business and/or or social mission), I’m helping bring forward Chill Center, Inc. and its programs as part of my own creative vision – my social activism passion project.
My social mission, passion and legacy is expressed through being deeply engaged with one of my best friends Laura Hansen, in bringing more compassion to the Sacramento region where we live, and in doing so bringing more compassion to the world. I am a Compassion in Action Strategic Board Advisor and Compassion Ambassador for Chill Center Inc., a 501 (c) (3) educational organization. This role allows me to bring my systems and processes design, development, implementation and documentation expertise to co-create new programs including Compassion in Action Community Gatherings online (and in-person again when the time is right), Compassion Ambassador Training, Compassionate Business Certification Program, Peace Pole Gardens Project, and much more.
It’s a very exciting time because of being part of the positive impact a dedicated group of volunteers can make. It’s also fun and enlivening because it’s an environment where I can bring all of me to the table: my business acumen from the corporate world, my business owner savvy, my Business Intuitive and energetics skills, and my knowledge of Personality Dynamics. And…I’m also learning a lot and meeting amazing people along the way.
If you are interested in what it’s about and perhaps volunteering to bring more compassion to your own community check us out. Details and links below.
Chill Center, Inc. AKA Chill Sacramento is an educational nonprofit dedicated to personal and community well-being. The training and practice that helps a person find their strength, their voice and their leadership is the same training and practice that helps a neighborhood be healthy, safe and equitable. And, we have a variety of personal development and community well-being programs such as the Compassion Ambassador and Life Mechanics programs. We’re in communities, schools and businesses.
Vision:Healthy, safe and equitable communities in which all residents feel that they belong and participate as volunteers, artists, activists, leaders, neighbors and friends. www.chillsacramento.org
Mission: To give individuals and communities the tools and connections to resources they seek for making decisions that serve their individual and collective good – including perspectives and practices for personal wellness and development, cultural understanding and celebration, volunteer resiliency, servant leadership and neighborhood economic activation.
Sacramento joined the International Compassionate Cities Initiative on July 25, 2017. Sacramento City Council passed a resolution drafted by Compassionate Capital Region. Through this resolution, Sacramento joined the Charter for Compassion with over 200 cities in near to 50 countries participating worldwide.
Key programs that are volunteer focused:
Compassionate Capital Region (CCR) is a resource for building caring communities at the grassroots level in collaboration with city and county government in the seven counties of Sacramento, Yolo, Sutter, Placer, El Dorado, Yuba and Nevada. www.compassionatecapreg.org
Compassionate Sacramento offers Compassion Ambassador Training for adults and youth who can then go on to serve a neighborhood, school, organization or group. District Compassion Ambassadors each serve the residents of one of Sacramento’s eight City Council districts. They help cultivate relationships between stakeholders, inspire collective action for the greater good, and advocate for equity in all environments.www.compassionatesacramento.org
Our Foundational Philosophies and Practices
Peace Within Us. Peace Between Us.
Chill Sacramento is a vision shared by many: a safe, neutral space where you can discover and explore yourself, find common ground with others, and learn how to participate in creating communities of belonging.
We are realizing this vision through educational activities that focus on sharing perspectives and practices for personal wellness and development, cultural understanding and celebration, volunteer resiliency, social innovation and servant leadership.
Joyful Work is a foundational element and practice of Chill Center, Inc.:When we do work we love and we know makes a difference, we feel joy and fulfillment. Joyful work is a core value and practice of Chill Center, Inc. We believe each individual act has value when it connects to the larger shared vision and contributes to creating a world of caring communities. As we work together we do so with openness and discovery, acknowledging everyone’s unique contributions and inspiring each other as we go.
People often ask me what Compassion means: Compassion is when you feel the motivated to relieve the suffering of others – it can be as simple as smiling at someone or opening a door for someone, it can be an encouraging word, or being engaged in programs or projects help people or groups of people to improve equity and well- being in your community.
Compassion is good for our world and good for our physical and mental health and can actually speed up recovery from disease. Studies show it can lengthen our lifespan. Neuroscience shows that it activates the “pleasure centers” of the brain and even reduces anxiety and depression.
When we experience compassion by 1) giving compassion, 2) receiving compassion, or 3) even just witnessing it.
More about the Compassion in Action movement
Due to the work of a dedicated team of Social Activists, Sacramento is one of the official Compassionate Cities in California AND in September the California State Senate passed to Resolution 18 titled “Compassionate California.” The Resolution unanimously passed both the State Senate and Assembly.
Building a compassionate city takes work in three key areas: one -- Personal accountability for the current social conditions and policies, two -- supporting and joining in to raise the voices of the community to influence policy change and three – work with elected officials to change policy.
Compassionate Capital Region is advancing these 3 key areas is by
Creating safe space to share and listen to each other’s stories of their experience.
Supporting and mentoring grassroots leaders to keep their strength up and their voices strong.
Providing sanctuary for youth to find a way to be okay with their feelings and engage in art projects to express their vision of the world they wish to live in.
And, by establishing and strengthening connections between elected officials and the communities they serve.
Other region-wide initiatives include the Peace Pole Gardens Project and the Compassion in Action Art Day for Youth. Both use art to change hearts and minds and to create sanctuaries of peace and creativity.
FOR IMPACT (Non-profit) Resources:
I prefer to call these organizations For Impact because it more effectively expresses what they are about. Non-profit is a tax category, and although important, doesn't fully represent the impact these organizations make locally, regionally and globally.
If you want to figure what kind of For Impact volunteer opportunities are out there, here are a few resources:
www.teamgiving.org is a local to the Sacramento, California region For Impact organization that matches volunteers with For Impact volunteer opportunities.
www.taprootfoundation.org is an U.S. national organization that matches volunteers with professional pro-bono volunteer opportunities. They are connectors that help nonprofits and social change organizations solve critical challenges in their communities with the support of skilled volunteers sharing their expertise pro bono.
Building the world you want to live in requires you to actively create that world. I hope you’ll join me in your own unique way.
See my RESOURCES page for lots of complimentary resources for your business, For Impact or social change organization, or your personal vision and activities. NO email or sign up required - just download whatever appeals to you!
Board Strategic Advisor & Compassion Ambassador, Chill Sacramento www.ChillSacramento.org Peace Within Us. Peace Between Us.
501(c)3 educational nonprofit
Susan Rueppel, Ph.D., Chief Intuition Officer®and Destiny Doula is an international Business Intuitive, author, speaker and trainer who helps entrepreneurs, business owners and corporate professionals use intuition to grow their business. She assists clients in expanding their vision, gaining clarity, focus and confidence – by providing specific strategies and a prioritized path forward. Clients receive immediate, intuitive answers for tangible re$ults in business. Susan works online internationally offering private Intuitive Business and Social Mission Accelerator Services, group programs, training and mentoring.