Drive. Align. Shift. Spirit Driving Institute Blog by Leila Johnson

17Apr/14Off

I Am Blessed, Not Obsessed, with Victory

I had a fabulous time last night! Sometime last month I was invited to speak at the last service of the Lenten season for the Grant Chapel African American Episcopal Church in Albuquerque. It was my spiritual coming out party of sorts since this was the first time I spoke under my newly acquired title, Rev. Leila Johnson, M. Div.

So, onto the title of the post. My topic was Victory. I created a custom presentation for the event called "I Am Blessed, Not Obsessed, with Victory". It was all about realizing that victory is a state of mind that we should all embrace in order to lead successful lives. Also, victory involves helping others by using your gifts. I gave examples from my life, quoted some bible passages, and left the congregation with some takeaways that they can apply to their life.

The response was phenomenal. I really felt divinely inspired. Plus, it was a great honor to sit in the pulpit in the pastor's chair. I was thrilled because my husband, daughter, mom, mother-in-law, and father-in-law were there and it was the first time that they had heard me speak on a topic like that.

I felt so at peace and humbled afterward. My Spirit was definitely driving the entire day today. It's a feeling that I can't quite explain, but want to replicate at every opportunity. I look forward to being able to speak again very soon. In fact, I added the retitled version of this presentation to my Speaking page: "I Am Blessed, Not Obsessed, with Success". Contact me if you're interested in having me speak at your event.

21Mar/14Off

Continuing the Journey

I have had a wonderful year of self-reflection. In looking back on my career, I have always made some type of career transition in the Spring. It's appropriate that I am writing this on the first full day of the season (our meteorologists made sure to clarify that Spring officially started at 11a MDT yesterday!).

Recently I purchased the book Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 3.0. It has changed the way I look at myself. For the past 10+ years, I have primarily seen myself as the co-owner of Data-Scribe. Now, there's nothing wrong with this. It's just that my professional identity has BEEN this instead of having it be a PART of it. This book has helped me to define myself in a new way. You can see some of this reflected in my LinkedIn profile. For instance, I've added this blog and my food blog to my current positions and I've rebranded myself as an information professional, which ties in all of my skills. (NOTE: Feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn as I am eager to grow my network!)

27Jan/14Off

I Did It – Received My Masters of Divinity!

What a fabulous way for me to start 2014. I turned in my Master's thesis in November and heard back this month that I passed with flying colors! I now hold my Master of Divinity and am an ordained reverend through Wisdom of the Heart Church.

This accomplishment holds a very special place in my heart because I have been working on it off and on for 3 years and wrote my thesis about my daughter. It is titled, "Sharing Spiritual and Religious Beliefs with Your Preschool Child" and includes a nice library of research showing how parents of different religions and spiritual backgrounds share their beliefs. I weaved in my family story and the ways that my husband and I help our daughter to explore her world.

What a wonderful journey it's been. I have learned so much about myself and my place in the Universe. If anyone is interested in taking a similar journey, I highly recommend attending the University of Metaphysical Sciences.

I feel re-energized now and have relaunched my Spirit Driving Institute Website. You'll see some new Drive. Align. Shift. services for couples. I look forward to working with you and your partner to support you in your health & wellness, career, and spiritual journeys.

21Oct/11Off

One-Year Anniversary of Driving to Success

I'm excited to say that today marks one year since Driving to Success: Let Your Spirit Take the Wheel was published! It's been a wonderful year. While I'm not making any best seller lists, I'm happy with the community I've created and the feedback I've received from those who have read the book. :)

Have you read Driving to Success? Do you know someone else who would like it? Well, you can still buy it online. It's almost time to think about presents for the holiday season and New Year's Resolutions. Driving to Success would give you (or your friends and family) a great jump start on both!

As a thank you, if you buy the book from my Web site, use coupon code 2011DTS to get 20% off. Hurry because this coupon expires on October 31, 2011.

Thanks to everyone for their support over this past year!

21Oct/10Off

Driving to Success has arrived!

The paperback has dropped, as they say in the music industry. You can now order Driving to Success: Let Your Spirit Take the Wheel. I'm so excited that this day has arrived. I chose this day because falls during Fall Car Care Month and it is my 10-year dreadlock anniversary, which happens to be the same number of years that I've been working on the book. Coincidence?

On a serious note, Driving to Success isn't just about me. There's a lot of practical advice for those in high school, college, thirtysomethings, fortysomethings, fiftysomethings, and beyond. I hope that you will take this opportunity to learn more about yourself and how you can have real success in your life by purchasing the book.

In the coming weeks, I'll include updates as the book becomes available in more places (online and off). Also, I'll let you know how you can help us with this process.

Thanks again for coming along on this journey. I hope you will continue and I wish you much success!

4Oct/10Off

Driving to Success Book Launch Celebration on October 21st

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Rio Rancho, New Mexico (October 4, 2010) - Leila Johnson, co-owner of Data-Scribe® and founder of Spirit Driving Institute, has written a book called Driving to Success: Let Your Spirit Take the Wheel. The paperback version will be released on October 21st, 2010 to coincide with National Car Care Month.  At 6:30p MDT, Leila will be interviewed by Dr. Monique Hunt during the Paperback Book Launch Celebration Webinar. Participants will be able to answer questions on Leila's "Vehicle Check-up" to see where they are in their professional and spiritual paths.

Driving to Success uses a driving theme to explain how entrepreneurs and professionals can be successful by taking different paths in their professional lives.  It is a guidebook for those redefining the answer to "What do you want to be when you grow up?". Johnson notes, "After taking many paths in my professional life, I thought it was time to share my journey and provide some practical spiritual and professional advice."

Each person is their own vehicle. Leila discusses how your professional path can take a different turn depending on whether your Personality or Spirit is driving. For those who can’t wait until October 21st, you will be thrilled to know that the book is currently available as an e-book.

For more details on Driving to Success: Let Your Spirit Take the Wheel and the paperback book launch celebration, visit http://www.spiritdriving.com.

ABOUT Leila Johnson: Leila Johnson's book, Driving to Success: Let Your Spirit Take the Wheel, is a guidebook for entrepreneurs and professionals redefining the answer to "What do you want to be when you grow up?". Since 2003, Leila has co-owned and managed their full-service, award-winning Web and communications firm, VelaMira, Inc. dba Data-Scribe® with her husband. As part of her journey on the road of life, Leila has earned her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and in the Metaphysical Sciences. Prior to starting her business, Leila worked as a call center coach, curriculum developer, and trainer in the financial and insurance industries. Leila's site is http://www.spiritdriving.com.

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1Oct/10Off

Countdown to paperback book launch!

It's just 20 days away! I can't believe it. After 10 years of writing, rewriting, revising, second-guessing, and "noodling", Driving to Success: Let Your Spirit Take the Wheel will be a physical, tangible book that I can hold in my hands. It's almost surreal. I can't wait to share it with you.

Don't forget to sign up for the book launch Webinar during the evening of October 21st. It's free and you could win a copy of the book!

I'll continue to post updates on the blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

Thanks to everyone for coming along on the journey!

15Jun/10Off

Tuesday Tweet to Win Driving to Success

Want to win a free copy of the e-book edition of Driving to Success? Today, June 15, 2010, you have a chance to win by participating in the Tuesday Tweet to Win event. Here's what you have to do to qualify:

  1. Follow me on Twitter: @spiritdriving
  2. Retweet the following: RT I want to win the @spiritdriving e-book Driving to Success http://ht.ly/1Yzhy #drivingtosuccess
  3. Reply to me via Twitter with your answer to this question: What celebrity or other influential person best exemplifies the Spirit Driving concept? Make sure your tweet includes @spiritdriving and #drivingtosuccess.

Aren't sure what the Spirit Driving concept is? Here's a quick hit list:

  • You're authentic to who you are instead of living someone else's dream.
  • You keep an eye on your GPS and enjoy the journey on the road of your professional life.
  • You understand that Money is just one of your possible Success Drivers.
  • You believe that you have a Destination (Mission) to reach through your professional life.
  • You regularly Turn on Your Signals to recognize your role in the Universe.
  • You shift Gears, when appropriate, based on the Signs you receive from the Universe.
  • You aren't afraid of making occasional U-Turns.

I'll select the best or most unique response as the winner after 5p MDT today.

Good luck!

Leila

20May/10Off

Driving to Success on Sale at Lulu.com

And we're live! Read a sample chapter and purchase Driving to Success: Let Your Spirit Take the Wheel.

Don't forget to signup for your free bonus gifts and for the Webinar this evening.

Keep an eye on the blog for interviews from some of the Spirit Driving Institute book launch partners and other activities throughout the day.