Our Story Creates Identity And Connection

Storytelling is the way we build our identity as human beings. And the weavers of those stories come in the form of traditional archetypes.

Ultimately the memories we choose to tell form carefully placed scene of our story; which then inform our life purpose.

We are what we share and we only share if we care –

So, it’s simply inappropriate to brush off our experiences as dull or insignificant. How we choose to connect to our stories is what makes an interesting meaningful story arc.

What we choose to say and share is extremely important, whether its last weeks school graduation as a meaningful event, the birth of a child or the death of a loved one as a turning point, it doesn’t matter what the event, but rather it’s the essence, the emotion, the spirit that’s expressed about the moment that really matters.

Finding a genuine, formative moment in your story is always going to be a powerful and valuable contribution to your reader or audience. Our stories are what teach us and guide us toward our humanity.

Do you have a story that needs to be shared?

WHY we need STORY

animals-avian-beach-760984We long for connection with all that is curious and creative.

We are creatures who belong to each other for reasons beyond analysis, for it is our heart’s desire and our life’s dream to fulfill a worthy story.

We ache with a need to connect and create or sadly the other is we become numb and silently indifferent.

Yet it is the never-ending and renewed STORY that is forever wanting to grow through us… I urge you, dear storytellers of our time, to be at one with its magical forces. For in truth there is nothing but Story, it is what teaches us and what sustains us as human beings. STORY informs our purpose, but more importantly, it gives humanity its Soul.

– Elizabeth Ellames

Do you have a story wanting to grow through you?

Learning from a Master

As a Business Culture and Story-Based Branding Consultant, my role is to help people or businesses gain clarity about the ‘real deal’ value and message of their brand; the STORY and the PURPOSE.

These are the four topics I cover in my signature branding process –

  • The CULTURE of your brand invites your audience to engage and quickly becomes a place or experience that makes them feel like they belong.
  • The ESSENCE of your brand is a perfected backstory; an experience that people relate to and want to share with others.
  • The SPIRIT of your brand is the genuine ‘life force’ that you bring to it; the ‘magic elixir’ that people connect to that makes them feel alive.
  • The VALUE of your brand is your ability to be of service, and how that adds value to the lives of others.

But today I want to share this interesting documentary about one of my hero’s; Walt Disney. Walt was indeed a genius when it came to branding and that was because he was super clear around his values and vision. Enjoy and learn from a master of his craft … and a real innovation “tech wiz” as well. 

Featuring interviews with various Disney Legends and Historians, Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow looks at the various technologies Walt Disney used and developed over the course of his life. From creating the first sync sound animation in 1928 to his unrealized dream of E.P.C.O.T., an experimental city that passed on with him in 1966, this film shows Walt Disney as the futurist he truly was.

The Value Of Connecting Face To Face

“We succeed when we help others succeed” this is the Unite Your Light WOMEN motto and actually is one of my motto’s in life. 

Thursday 8th of Dec 2016 was our first event at The Lion Hotel – And I am delighted to say it showed signs of being a very valuable meet up for women who want to shine a light on their story, their strengths, their success and their spirit. #UniteYourLightWOMEN Thank you to all who attended and I look forward to allowing our heartfelt intentions to grow into wonderful and valuable ventures. Elizabeth Ellames

If you choose to come along to our next event… here are a series of backstory questions that could really add depth and value to your brand and pitch.

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These simple questions are to be asked and answered quickly:

Who am I –

  • Where was I born?
  • Where do I come from?
  • Who is my family?
  • What is my background/my family identity?
  • What am I grateful for?
  • What and who have made me who I am?

What’s my experience –

  • What am I inspired and motivated by?
  • What am I passionate about?
  • What work have I done?
  • What have I had to overcome, and what are my triumphs?

How do I add value –

  • What am I good at?
  • What are my special skills?
  • Why do people love me, and what do I do to maintain that?
  • What has made me unique and exceptional?
  • What kind of attitude do I have?
  • What can I do for others?
  • What makes me successful that is not about my technical or professional experience?

Being real matters and “Your Story” creates your value.

So, learn to be comfortable with sharing your story and values, because that’s what people connect to and also what they share.

Elizabeth Ellames – Tel: 040 330 9696

  www.livingattributes.com

Does life really change?

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What I LOVED to play as a child… 

When I was with others.

  • I loved, loved, loved going to the Movies.
  • I loved creating characters and stories for my playmates that we could play out together, which had invisible or sometimes visible glamorous costumes (when they were available.)
  • I loved listening to stories that my Nana would share with me from her childhood, while we made seasonal fare – like Pasty Slice or Green Tomato Pickles.
  • I loved playing all my mums “singles” on my little record player and pretending to be a Go-Go dancer with my friends in our lounge room on a Saturday afternoon.
  • I loved watching Disneyland in my freshly washed PJ’s on a Sunday night. Just out of the bath, hair washed and already for the school week ahead.

When I was on my own.

  •  I Loved Drawing
  •  I Loved Baking
  •  I Loved Playing with my dolls and pets.
  •  I Loved thinking up “Ideas” of what I could be when I grew up.

When I was about 5 years old I asked my Nana “what do you call a person who makes women beautiful”. Out of the mouths of babes!

How divinely ordered our life is, clearly it was always my mission in life to reveal the True Beauty of women, to empower women so they can share their creativity and gift with the world so they can share their Story; their True Value, their Life Purpose. 

Can you recall any desires or feelings of memorable moments from your childhood?

What did you LOVE to play as a child? Chances are it’s still the same…

(and yes the black and white photo is me)

Letʼs talk money.

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MONEY…

  • Maybe you want it real bad.
  • Maybe youʼre scared because you donʼt have enough of it.
  • Maybe it dictates how you feel each and every day.

And maybe, you’re giving it way too much power!!!

What if, as a real deal entrepreneur or visionary you can create an entirely new relationship with money.

One that is based in Love, Giving, Service, And Trust; because these are the energies that will allow you to thrive. For example, think about money like a personal relationship.

If you were always scared, holding back, and waiting for something better to occur, how long do you think that relationship would last?

Or what if you didnʼt like it that much and said things like “Itʼs not that important to me,” how long do you think that person would stick around? You got it….not long!

So the question is always: “How do I create a better relationship with money?” And for me that answer is simple, because itʼs the same formula to change anything:

1) First acknowledge that you need to change (it always starts with awareness and taking personal responsibility). You canʼt do anything differently until you embrace where youʼre at.

2) Find a mentor/teacher/guide who you trust, respect, and can learn from…and then stop at nothing to be with them. Why try to struggle and figure it out on your own when there are so many people who can help you get to where you want to go faster and with more ease.

3) Shift your consciousness and things will change naturally, organically, and on their own… because consciousness creates your reality.

So, since you have found your way to me to be your guide in this moment, let me start by giving you some real concrete tools to create a powerful and new relationship with money.

To start, let me ask you this question:

What happens when you decide to give away more love?

Thatʼs right, you get more love! When you walk around with the intention to share your love, people feel it and return it with their own energy and attention….right?

So if you have been holding onto your money So Tightly and not investing in the resources, training, tools, or guidance that will help you create more money, how on earth do you expect your paradigm to change.

Because let me bold: it wont !

When the energy of trust comes into the equation. Because you will think to yourself: “How on earth could I give away my last remaining dollars when I donʼt know where or how it will come back to me?”

You must trust my friend….trust!

Yes, it will feel scary. Yes, you will doubt. Yes, people will try to convince you to play safe and hold back (”you can get that for free somewhere else”) and KNOW that you will get exactly what you need when you decide to say YES and follow your heart.

And because I can hear the critics barking already, let me be clear. Iʼm not saying that you should give away all of your money just to practice letting money flow.

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What I AM saying is that if you want to make more money, itʼs important to learn the tools and knowledge that will help you do it. If deep in your soul, you know that a person, event, training, coach, or whatever, will help you get to the next level, then you must move mountains to make it happen.

Thatʼs when you let the money flow.

So to put this into action today, allow yourself to “invest” in something that you believe will help you progress, grow, and evolve.

Maybe youʼve been wanting to learn something new – register for it.

Maybe youʼve been wanting to hire that coach – do it.

Maybe youʼve been looking to make that move into a better office, go get it.

What is that thing you want or need to do?… take that inspired action and make it real today.

  • DREAM IT
  • CREATE IT
  • FEEL IT
  • LIVE IT

Show the universe that you are ready by taking that bold step forward to let money flow in your life.

And above all else, TRUST that you will be taken care of because you deserve to have a life of joy, fulfillment, and purpose.

Know yourself, discover your purpose is my motto in life… because when you know yourself, you Trust yourself.

So if you need more clarity around your personal brand and purpose, take that next step and contact me.

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Elizabeth Ellames

Email. elizabeth.ellames@ozemail.com.au

Mobile. 040 330 9696