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"Don't you long for something different to happen, something so exciting
 and new it carries you along with it like a great tide, something that lets
 your life blaze and burn so the whole world can see it?" 
Did you catch the acronym in the subject line? Feeling Excited And Ready is the best definition of F.E.A.R. I've heard. Don't you love the feeling of it? It's so opposite of how we usually view fear and just leaves us open to whatever might come.
Whether you are in the middle of planning for the holidays, or wondering what might happen on 12-12-12 or 12-21-12 or just plain looking forward to a new year, let's head into all of it feeling excited and ready. Let's have some fear! Let's tingle with anticipation and wonder and just allow all of our good to come.
I'm Feeling very Excited And Ready because in this issue I am spilling the beans on what's happening during our first Well-Being Weekend on January 19 and 20. This is a series I've developed which launches in January and is tailor-made to inspire you and help you feel good. January's theme is Health, Wealth and Feeling Good! Read on to discover the variety of 45-minute talks from many of the members of our Trusted Professionals Directory, and then give yourself or a friend a holiday gift by taking advantage of the early-bird ticket rate.
And in case you missed it, I've included the holiday offers from many of our Trusted Professionals that I sent a few weeks ago. This is another opportunity for you to give a unique gift to yourself ... and to sprinkle a healthy dose of F.E.A.R. to others.
With gratitude,
p.s. The next Inspired Success Circle is this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Living Well Physical Therapy. See below for more details.
p.s.s. There's still time to order Pay It Forward kits for gifts or stocking stuffers. Just go to the website to order. 




January's Theme: Health, Wealth and Feeling Good!


January 19 and 20, 2013

Libertyville Civic Center, 135 W. Church St.


Saturday, January 19

8:45  Welcome / Invocation 

9:00   Ann Brown McCullough: 13 Ways to Bring Spirit to Your Days in 2013

We have said goodbye to 2012 with all of the energetic shifts and changing dimensions of our life experiences. As we enter 2013 it is now time for us to embrace the magic of this New Year by creating our own spiritual practices. This fun and interactive workshop will give you the tools to experience 13 different paths to begin to fully connect with your spirit every day!  

10:00  Megan Walls: Managing Yourself from the Inside Out

There are two inner resources that we all possess to better manage our busy lives and life's transitions.  In this workshop you will identify your values and strengths, which leads to increased confidence, clarity when making decisions and taking action, greater connection to self and others, and the courage to live authentically. We can only control and manage ourselves and many of us forget we have the resources right inside to help us! 

11:00  Susi Roos: Slashing Cancer Risks Through Empowered, Conscious Living

The presence or possibility of cancer typically evokes feelings of fear, vulnerability and helplessness.  This presentation will empower you to make informed daily choices regarding your bodies, home and lives that can greatly boost health, energy and immune function while dropping your cancer risk by >50%.


11:45  Lunch (On Your Own)


1:00  Karen Cowperthwaite: What if Releasing Weight Wasn't About the Food At All?

If you are someone who feels too much (a person who senses tension, feels empathy for others and situations affecting others) then you know this can contribute to your emotional overwhelm.  You may also have had trouble with food, have unusual fluctuations with your weight; lose weight when you fall in love, gain weight when dieting, etc.  These are really just pounds of false protection and by discovering how to release the extra pounds and the emotional weight you have carried around, you can free yourself to have a healthy relationship with your body, your weight and food.

2:00  Faith Curtis: Resilience and Vulnerability:Opposing Concepts or Divine Interconnection?

We will explore the contrast between two archetypes: the Warrior and the Divine Feminine and determine which archetype resonates most with you. What is the gift present in each and what is their effectiveness in creating well-being, resilience and groundedness?  Are there protective devices you use and are they working for you? Learn how you can strengthen your resilience through the experience of vulnerability.

3:00  Joan Coletto: The Consciousness of Wealth 

When we understand our role in creating our lives and set intentions around our desires, we are equipped to live from a place of sufficiency and a sense of well-being is experienced. The creative process (what we plant grows, what we think manifests...) will be explored with the emphasis on wealth/abundance (material & non-material).  Meditation/visioning, intention setting, ritual and affirmations will be explored.  You will be led through a meditation/visioning process to get a sense of what wealth/abundance/success means to you. From this process you will set an intention and begin to shift your consciousness and open up to receive 

 4:00  Linda Meseck: Heart Centered Living: Insight from Animals on Living in the Now

Animals live in the present moment.  They live heart centered lives.  We can learn to live this way by applying some of the wisdom and techniques the animals have shared. This workshop will relay the guidance from animals, some given in their dying moments, as to how to live our lives as humans and live from the heart.  Animals are a great reminder that living from the heart rather than from the head is where true joy and happiness may be found.   

4:45  Closing


Sunday, January 20

1:45   Welcome

2:00   Rosemary Hurwitz: New Year, New You: How to Have Better Relationships

Knowing ourselves and deepening our self-awareness is an essential component to good emotional health.  Practicing living at the high end of who we are called to be within our personality is key to our growth and self-mastery. This talk centers around the Enneagram and its nine personality types and the "well-being" map. 

3:00   Christine Sonnen: Getting Past the Past

To have Health and Wealth you must go beyond feeling good about yourself and life and be passionate and driven to move forward and not let the past hold you back. In this workshop we will reflect on the elements in your past (or even your current life) that you are still holding onto. These could include grief, anger, regret, rejection or a missed opportunity. We will then discuss how to easily release these elements and move on. Demonstrations of the techniques will be given.

4:00   Susan Wisehart: Tapping Into the New Year with Soul

Go beyond the usual New Year's resolutions and envision your Soul's purpose for   your life in your work, finances, health, relationships, and spirituality.  Take a group guided journey in holographic reality (where all potentials exist) to experience your ideal future Self. Learn and practice a very simple technique (WHEE-Whole Health Effortlessly & Easily)) for clearing the unconscious barriers, patterns, and limiting beliefs that sabotage the expression of your highest potential. 

4:45   Closing


Entire Weekend (Both Days) just $69.00 

  (save 25% over both days purchased individually)

Saturday Only  $60.00

Sunday Only     $30.00


Early-Bird Savings!

Purchase your ticket by December 22 and pay just $59.00!

Save an extra $10.00 over regular weekend rate; Sunday is free!


Click here to purchase your tickets Well-Being Weekend

If you wish to pay by check, please email me at Sue Opeka




Listed below are special holiday offers from more than half of the professionals in the directory. It's their way of saying thank you for your continued support and business. Whether you take advantage of these offers for yourself or as a gift for someone special, you will be continuing to support the important work they do. Click here to view the entire directory and learn more about them - Directory. And be sure to mention The Present Moment when you contact these folks!


Sandra Guassi: Readings and Energy work

All readings - Angel, Akashic Records, Past Life, Numerology - are just $68.50, a savings of 10%. This also applies to the purchase of a gift certificate for this work. Offer is good from now until December 31st. Find Sandra's contact info by clicking here Sandra


Rosemary Hurwitz: Enneagram Consultations: Connecting Personality to Spirit

20% off the standard fee if purchasing 2 or more sessions - $40.00 for a written reading, $80.00 for a phone or personal consultation (written reading included in the consult) Both sessions can be used by a single individual or by two individuals within a family to assist in developing cohesion. Expires April, 2013. Click here to learn more about the Enneagram and to contact Rosemary Rosemary


Chris Moses: A Special Healing Gift

A three-session package for just $200.00, a savings of $40. Payable in advance and can be applied to any type of session - spiritual counseling, medicine wheel readings or shamanic healing. Call to discuss your needs and let Chris help you enter this upcoming auspicious year with healing and inspiration. Click here to learn more about Chris and view her contact information Chris


Audrey Lewis: Celebrate your own "Present Moment"

This is your chance to celebrate you with a 45-minute energy session consisting of your choice of modalities for just $45.00. Or choose a 30-minute combination foot soak, neck, head and hand energy massage followed by a foot scrub and ending with a foot massage for just $30.00. Purchases must be made by December 25, 2012 and appointments booked by February 14, 2013. Must mention The Present Moment at time of purchase. Click here to view Audrey's profile and contact information Audrey


Elizabeth Romo: Total Well-Being Package

This package includes a private 30-minute intuitive reading followed by a 30-minute energy session for just $80.00 (a $10.00 savings). Purchase must be made by December 31, 2012 and used by June 1, 2013. Click here to learn more about Elizabeth's services and contact information Elizabeth


Megan Walls: Discover Your Personal Strengths

Are you reaching your highest potential? Are you using your unique talents to achieve your highest goals? In this 75-minute coaching session, Megan will help you identify and develop your top five strengths using the Strength Finders Assessment Tool. This is an ideal gift for someone in transition, couples seeking greater connection, teens approaching high school or college, and young adults entering the work force. $175 for the session and book, Strength Finders 2.0 (a value of $225). Expires six months from the time of purchase. Click here to learn more about Megan Megan


Linda Meseck: Jolly Jingle (think dog tags)

This offer includes one 30-minute animal communication session and energy work for $40, a savings of $10.00. Sessions can be performed remotely or in person if location is within 10 miles of Libertyville. Energy work benefits the body, mind and spirit and most animals truly enjoy an energy session. Offer period is from December 1, 2012 through January 31, 2013. Click her for Linda's contact information Linda


Christine Sonnen: Getting Ready for the Shift Holiday Package

Experience healing and consciousness to help yourself and those around you. New clients receive a 20% discount on an initial private session booked now through December 31, 2012. Receive a 25% discount when you book three sessions. Quantum Healing Hypnosis (3-4 hours), regularly $350, is now just $280. A private healing session (60/45 minutes), regularly $120/90 will now be $96/72. Healing sessions can address any issue affecting your health, well-being, relationships, career, or personal development. Click her to view Christine's page and learn more about the private sessions she offers Christine


Rebecca Hill: Gifts of Hope and Positive Feelings

Intuitive readings for new beginnings, awareness, empowerment, and vision. Book a single session and receive 10% off. Book 2 or more sessions of your choice and receive 20% off the total price if paid in advance. Savings is valid through March 15, 2013. Sessions include email, phone and in-person readings, intuitive mentoring, clearing and blessing your home or business, and sessions for couples. I will also travel to you if you have a group of 3 or more people for group or private readings. Travel time may apply. Click here to for Rebecca's contact information Rebecca


Ann Brown: Mystic Heart Healing Package

Package includes four one-hour sessions: Intuitive Angel Tarot Reading, Reiki and Touch of Angels session, private yoga or therapeutic movement session, and an integration and synopsis of the three previous sessions. Cost is just $200.00 and also includes a customized basket of healing products created especially for you from Full Bloomed Lotus boutique in Wilmette. Find Ann's contact information here Ann


Susan Wisehart: Past Life Regression CD

Susan will offer a free Past Life Regression CD or Soul Visioning CD (companion CD to her book of the same title) for any service scheduled in December or January (new clients only). Susan's services integrate traditional and non-traditional methods over a variety of offerings. This offer is good for December and January only and prices vary according to the service requested. Click here to view Susan's services and to learn more Susan


Karen Cowperthwaite: Weight Release is yours in 2013!

If choosing to commit to a healthier lifestyle is your goal, one-on-one coaching for weight release may be for you. Weight Loss for People Who Feel Too Much (TM) focuses on the keys to weight loss for sensitive people. Sign up for a weight-release coaching package to begin between December 1, 2012 and January 7, 2013 and receive two free gifts that support your weight release (a $30 value). To find out more click here Karen 


And here's a special place you should know about! Since closing my store I've been looking for places that can offer my customers many of the products I carried. Not only does Evolve have a wonderful product mix, the energy in the space is amazing. 

It's definitely worth a trip to Crystal Lake! 



54 North Williams St. 
Crystal Lake, IL 60014 
Phone: 815-444-9905 
Email Address:
Website: Evolve4Peace


Evolve is a shop that offers unique items to restore balance and health in the mind, body and spirit. We have pieces from many cultures around the world as well as from over 25 local artists.  Evolve is a peaceful oasis that many come to visit from near and far to find nurturing tools and reminders  to restore the soul to a place of peace, abundance and lovingkindness. We also hold events, workshops and sessions to educate and uplift you in alternative and holistic wellness.


When two or more people coordinate in a spirit of harmony and 
work toward a definite objective or purpose, they place 
themselves in position, through the alliance, to absorb power 
directly from the great storehouse of Infinite Intelligence. 
Napoleon Hill 
Author of the classic Think and Grow Rich 


The mission of The Present Moment is to bring inspiration to both individuals and the community. One of the ways I do this is by running a number of groups with the intention of helping people move forward towards excellence in any endeavor, personal or professional.


ISC Inspired Success Circles

"Where two or more are gathered, grace rushes in with twinkling eyes. Your dream deserves a stimulating network of people who each bring different gifts, experience, and resources to the table." ~Tama Kieves


Calling all artists, entrepreneurs, visionaries, career-changers, and freedom junkies! There is another way to work and live. Join us to support and champion each other in creating and wildly succeeding in our life's work!


Based on Tama Kieves' best-selling book Inspired & Unstoppable: Wildly Succeeding in Your Life's Work!, Inspired Success Circles are for people who are discovering their passion and authentic desires, and for those who are already doing what they love or expressing their creativity but want to take that success to the next level. If you want to gather with others to discuss how to follow your true desire or calling and take inspired action to move forward, then this group is for you.


The process is fun and simple and involves using Tama's book as the basis for the discussion. Groups will meet at the following locations and times. No reservations are necessary - just drop in! The cost of a meeting is $10.00 and you can attend as many meetings as you'd like during the month. New locations will be added in the coming months.


Living Well Physical Therapy

1880 West Winchester Rd.



Thursday, December  6   6:30 p.m.



54 N. Williams St.

Crystal Lake


Tuesday, December 11   7:00 p.m.


Center for Wellness

700 N. Lake St.(in the Century 21 building)



No gathering in December 




Next session begins in January on Wednesday evenings

 at 6:30 p.m.

Dates: January 9 and 23, February 6


Pivot Teams are essentially mini-Mastermind groups, where people come together for just three meetings to brainstorm and grow an idea or discuss an issue. These are especially helpful for people who want access to a group of peers for a short period of time, and can then move forward with their idea. Click here to learn more and download an application.  Pivot Teams 



Forming now!  Momentum Groups (TM)


As a private practitioner, solo professional or small business owner do you ever feel somewhat alone and a little bit confused on what to do next? Are you reliant on yourself for ideas and do you feel you waste time trying to figure things out by yourself? Now you don't have to walk this journey alone. I am forming Mastermind groups, now called Momentum Groups (TM) to help you move beyond your own limited view of what's possible. Imagine having 4-5 people you meet with twice a month for the purpose of problem-solving, brainstorming, encouraging, and motivating each other. By becoming a member of one of these groups, you get to hang out with others who are all working to reach a common goal: to have a profitable, rewarding and fun business that feeds your soul and helps others as well.


One group is already full but others are still forming. If you are interested in learning more about these groups, please send an email to me at Sue Opeka and I will send you additional information and an application.


The Present Moment offers you two opportunities to get involved and live inspired. The first is through our Pay It Forward Kindness Program for Girls.
This program is loosely based on ideas drawn from Catherine Ryan Hyde's best-selling book, Pay It Forward. In our program, girls receive three charms and a card for recording their experiences. I ask them to look for opportunities to perform three acts of kindness to other girls. Each time they do, they give one of the charms to the recipient of their action, and ask that person to perform their own act of kindness and pass along the charm. This is a great activity for Girl Scout groups, church groups, sports teams, and any other group, as well as for individuals. Pay It Forward kits are available for $3.00 each. Click this link to find out how to participate. KindnessProgram
The second way for you to live inspired and bring inspiration to others is by conducting your own Inspiration Experiment. Try this...go about your day intending to inspire at least one person. (Inspire means "to influence, move or guide as if by divine inspiration.") You may like it so much that you make it a daily ritual. Remember, if you do something for 21 days in a row it becomes a habit. Wouldn't this be a great habit for all of us to adopt? I'd love to hear your stories of how you inspired someone or how you are feeling as you consciously test this out. You can email me at Sue Opeka. There is a Face Book page called "The Inspiration Experiment" where I post your stories - with your permission and anonymously, of course - and you can post there as well. Just go to The Inspiration Experiment on Facebook to read the stories of what others have already done. And don't forget to like us once you're there! If you'd like to read the full story of how The Inspiration Experiment came to be, just click here. Thoughts From Sue 
The Present Moment  GreenOaks, Illinois 60048