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Hand, Hoof and Heart: So Much in Six Months! by Erin Chimberoff

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Welcome back to Erin Chimberoff of Hand, Hoof and Heart! She's been making great progress on developing her business as you'll discover. Great job Erin!

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It has been about 6 months since I finished working with Lisa as a Penniless Philanthropy Partner. In those 6 months a lot has happened! One of the bigger things going on in my life happens to be my philanthropy project that I agreed to do when I agreed to be a Penniless Philanthropy Partner. When I first thought about this project, I had my heart set on something that wasn’t quite falling together like I had hoped. I was actually kind of nervous that I wouldn’t find the right fit for this project.

However, In August I started speaking with a local school, for children with special needs, about offering an equestrian program. The school was already looking to start a number of different clubs for the upcoming year that would meet once a month. As we continued to talk, I realized this would be my perfect philanthropy project! For this first semester, I have had 5 meetings with my 8 equestrian club members. We have been learning about horses from when they were drawn on cave walls to where they are now.

Our first four meetings were in the classroom. I brought in tons of equestrian equipment including pictures, videos, and different horse related crafts. Putting together each meetings lesson plan has actually helped me implement more of a structure when teaching out at the barn. The most exciting part about running this equestrian club are the days the club members get to come to the barn and experience everything we have talked about during meetings.

Thursday, November 20th, was our second to last meeting of the semester and the clubs’ first visit to the stables. This was also my first big event that I had EVER put together for the barn and for Hand, Hoof and Heart. I had been preparing for this day for almost two months in advance and it was everything that I could have hoped for. The club members and their parents got a tour of the barn, met all of our horses, got to practice using the different grooming tools, started the first half of our final craft and EVERYONE got to ride! All of this success was thanks to being a Penniless Philanthropy Partner, 3 volunteers, Jenn Buck and 3 of our sweetest horses. I honestly wouldn’t have had the confidence or organizational skills to pull this event off without having worked with Lisa.

Our second day at the barn is scheduled for Thursday, December 18th and I cannot wait for my club members to come back. Some of my members are also looking at signing up for private lessons each week! Before beginning this project, I remember thinking to myself, “Is this going to be too much for me?” I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to put together a classroom lesson plan that would really engage and educate all of my kids that have all different kinds of special needs. I won’t say it hasn’t been a challenge because it has been the greatest challenge of my life so far. It has also guaranteed my equestrian club a spot for next semester and has opened so many doors for Hand, Hoof and Heart to become a part of the community.

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Free Rein Project Pays it Forward, by Kim Cardeccia

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Kim Cardeccia, Hidden Promise LLC, shares her "pay it forward project" here. What a pleasure to hear of this good work - I got goose bumps! I hope you do too. Thank you Kim, keep up the great work.

 

HiddenPromiseslogoonlyLisa explained to me that the Penniless Philanthropy project was steeped in a framework of “pay it forward.” She would help me with my business, and in exchange she would ask that I agree to pay the sentiment of generosity and opportunity forward in some way that spoke to my heart. I decided that I would call my method of contribution “free rein” and let my imagination run a little with what this program would look like.

 

Then, all of a sudden the answer was incredibly obvious. I had been contacted almost a year previously be a lady who had stage 4 cancer. She was interested in learning about horses and had seen an ad for a workshop I was facilitating called “equine inspired mindfulness.” She came out and had her free introductory meeting, after which we scheduled an appointment for her.

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Why My Dreams Thrive, by Erin Chimberoff

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It is once again my distinct pleasure to introduce you to my recent Penniless Philanthropy partner, Erin Chimberoff. It is an honor to work with her, as well as the previous PP partners and the partners yet to come. Erin is dedicated and passionate about her vision and goals - I know she'll go far.

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I am going to start my post with this: My experience being a Penniless Philanthropy partner is and will continue to be the reason why my dream thrives. I never saw myself to be one that would create my own path. Having my own business never seemed like a reality to me, unless I went to school for business.

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What's Stopping You? by Stacey Sheley

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Stacey Sheley shares her trials and tribulations in a very inspiring and motivating way. Thanks for sharing Stacey - glad you are a Penniless Philanthropy partner!

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My journey began in 2009 to start an equine therapy business. I had $1000, a website, genius writing skill, a bit of a business plan, grit up the wazoo, no clients, no horses, no facility, no backing financial or otherwise.

 

I came across Lisa Derby Oden’s offer of Penniless Philanthropy and was stoked. She helped me modify and refine my business plan, gave me a lot to think about and work on. In return I was to seek out some other person to help in a pay it forward manor.

 

While working with the business plan my own doors began to open. My horse returned from her lease and an off track thoroughbred a beautiful stubborn mustang mare came into my life. I was boarding and giving lessons at a great facility in a great location. A young lady came to me asking for help starting her equine massage business. She just wanted to be around the horses and practice on mine until she got going.

 

Fantastic, here is my Penniless Philanthropy person! I love the pay it forward idea. It is a fantastic and loving gentle way to help someone. Me being an optimist I naively thought, “Who wouldn’t want this?” Well, it turns out that a lot of people don’t want this. They know they need this but the heartbreaking thing is that four-letter word: fear.

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Thank Goodness for Penniless Philanthropy and Lisa Derby Oden! - by Kim Cardeccia

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Thanks to Kim Cardeccia for authoring this post about what it's like to participate in Blue Ribbon Consulting's Penniless Philanthropy program. Kim, thank you so much for your interest and your work! I truly enjoy this program and work, and am so pleased that I have this opportunity to give back to the horse industry.

I am so glad that I applied for the Penniless Philanthropy program. Working with Lisa and participating in this program has made a big difference in my business.

  

I was excited, and to be honest, a bit scared to start the program. I was embarrassed about my lack of business know how, and the lack of money that I was bringing in. All my anxious energy was for naught, however. Lisa did a fabulous job, time and time again, I might add, of reassuring me that it was ok, and it was going to get better. She let me know that the numbers of my business, for example, did nothing more than tell a story. They weren’t a reflection of the quality of my services, or more importantly, my ability to learn.

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My Experience (So Far) as a Penniless Philanthropy Partner, by Kimberly Cardeccia

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HiddenPromiseslogoonlyI was so excited when I got an email from Lisa letting me know she had chosen my business for her next Penniless Philanthropy project. I had a feeling being involved with this project would allow me to continue doing work that I love. Because, to be quite honest, if I didn’t start actually functioning as a business ~ making a profit ~ I would have to give up.

 

 

We scheduled our first phone meeting for a few days later, and I grew equally excited and nervous. I was apprehensive about how Lisa would react to my lack of knowledge and business practices that were certainly needing help. A part of me worried that she would regret her decision. I really had to work through embarrassment and resistance about reporting the facts about what and how I was attempting to run my business. In hindsight, it’s almost funny how scared I was. Lisa’s compassion and humor, combined with her knowledge and professionalism made a very safe environment for this highly sensitive and emotional person!

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Transform Your Horse Business

Posted by Lisa Derby Oden
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Kims photoI’d like to introduce you to Kimberly Cardeccia, a Licensed Professional counselor who has been involved with horses for over 30 years. She has operated her counseling practice since 2001, following 10 years as an elementary physical education teacher. She combines her professional skills with her passion for horses in order to help individuals surpass the mental and emotional blocks that continue to limit their experience of life. Kim’s unique style of compassionate guidance emphasizes communication and safety (both physical and emotional) in her work with people and horses. She combines her training and expertise into holistic methods to help clients heal their mind and body connection. This affords individuals the ability to tap into their inner strength, enabling them to better direct their lives and reach their goals.

Kim is the Penniless Philanthropy partner chosen in July 2013. She is very passionate about the work that she is doing and is looking for the tools and techniques of converting her offerings into a business that will support her. She developed a couple workshops and identified who her target audience is prior to our work. Her situation is not unlike so many others in the horse industry that struggle to get beyond break-even (or perhaps even losing money) to positive and supporting revenue generation. Kim and I would both like to share part of the process with you as she works to transform her business.

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Meet Melissa Hamlett, Unbridled Potential LLC

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FFL UnbridledPotential Revised2I’d like to introduce you to Melissa Hamlett. I’ve been working with her in a coaching capacity since February as part of my Penniless Philanthropy program. Melissa has tons of energy and a very clear vision of what she wants to accomplish. She also has identified key start-up milestones to take her where she wants to go to get her business off the ground.

Melissa formed Unbridled Potential, LLC in December 2011. She has been a clinical social worker for over ten years in her community, has had horses all her life, and has been volunteering for close to two years at the closest therapeutic riding program. Even at that, it is over an hour away! Incredibly, she has been working on building her own business for the past 6 years. Melissa shares, “I’ve been doing this slowly, researching the field, networking with others, working with a NH Small Business Development consultant, among other things. I am a member of PATH International and an instructor in training. My program will be the first PATH International center in northern New Hampshire.”

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Penniless Philanthropy Update - Open Door Equine Makes New Connections

Posted by Lisa Derby Oden
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Stacey Sheley has been working hard this past month in more than one way. Stacey began her new job and is working 35 hours a week as well as developing Open Door Equine. She has been working other jobs as she builds her business, and this is a great strategy. "I had $1000 when I moved, and by hard work, ingenuity and good help of others along the way, I've been able to move step by step towards my dream." In the past she has done waitressing to help pay the bills as she built the foundation for her business. She was excited to recently accept a position as an instructional assistant to help teachers and kids throughout the day at a school for kids with special needs and severe disabilities. This dovetails with her work in the therapeutic riding realm.

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Open Door Equine, Inc. Chosen as Penniless Philanthropy Project

Posted by Lisa Derby Oden
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I’m really excited about the Penniless Philanthropy project that I announced last December. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, and it took me while to think about it, how to offer it, the logistics, the details. And now that I’ve implemented the project I can’t be happier! Some aspects are still a work in progress – for example, starting this section of my blog so that you can follow the progress of the project and learn about how the clients pay it forward when we’re done the work we’ve agreed upon in the beginning.

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