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Cynthia’s Journey

This former human resource manager searched for work for nearly a decade. Now in her 60s, Cynthia is ready to launch her own business and pitch her own products on Youtube. She wants to look her best in her new on0camera role. After years of self-discovery, Cynthia learned she needed to let go of who she was to become the person she is now.

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Cynthia’s Dramatic Transition With Dr. Lori

· Dr. Lori Greenwald helped to reinstate my self-esteem. ·

How Cynthia Got Her Groove Back.

Dr. Lori helped to reinstate my self-esteem.

Cynthia Washburn had her big reveal today on Better Connecticut. This unemployed human resource manager wanted Dr. Lori’s help to launch a new career and transition into a new phase in her life. Cynthia will soon be pitching her own products on YouTube and wanted Dr. Lori’s help to look and feel her best in front of the camera. After dozens of medical aesthetic and vein procedures, Cynthia’s got her groove back, thanks to Dr. Lori. Greenwald.

Cynthia had it all done, as far as aesthetic medical procedures go.  Dr. Lori Greenwald’s Vanishing Veins and Vivesse Med Spa gave her the five-star treatment and we had a lot of fun doing it.  🙂  However, by no means do you need all these procedures to look and feel your best. Our practitioners start with your biggest concerns first and address your needs with a plan that is comfortable and affordable for you.

Cynthia started off with IPL photorejuvenation therapy, then she had a series of PRP facials with plasma growth factors and microneedling. Cynthia also had  Kybella for the submental fat underneath her chin, Juvashape to tighten the skin on her neck, Botox, Fillers  and sclerotherapy to treat her spider veins in her legs. She also had several hydrafacials, chemical peels and started a new skin care regiment!

 Watch Cynthia’s journey from beginning to end.

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Cynthia’s Competing Themes

· Overseas Communication Delays Impacting Cynthia's Business. ·

I feel like my life has two competing themes right now: Everything All at Once versus Patience is a Virtue. Between moving out of my house and hurtling back into a 40-hour a week schedule, I’ve been straight out. But, I’m forced to have the patience of a saint as I wait for the next step of my business. I’m supposed to get the first samples of my Bunnuku toothbrush by Friday but I’m not so sure that’s going to happen. The communication delay with the manufacturing company in China is really frustrating : I send an email (middle of the night in China) and they respond (middle of the night in Middletown). So there’s a day and half lag time before I get an update. I’m forced to wait and it’s backing up my marketing plans to approach stores like Stop and Shop and Whole Foods. I can’t record my video for YouTube because I need my product in hand- so that’s on hold, too. I just need to be patient; something I’m not so good at. I just heard from my Business Coach Kim Kasparian this week so I need to update her on the delays. I’m glad she’s just checking in on me because it keeps me on task.

I realize just how brave I am with this business venture when I compare myself to my classmates and where they are at this stage of their lives. After catching up with them at my 45th Reunion, it’s obvious most of them are in retirement mode, while I’m sort of in overdrive, consumed with reinventing myself. When I told them about Bunnuku, they were really taken aback: “Toothbrushes, really?” I got that a lot. But when I explained the biodegradable aspect, they understood the appeal and told me they were happy for me. I explained that once I get the business off the ground, I will also be easing into retirement. My plan is to meet up with my brother Glenn and sister-in-law Sharon in Florida by October.  Definitely one of the ‘bennies” of having a website business: you can do it while you’re constantly on the move!

The End Of An Era.

· Cynthia moves out of her house ·

CYNTHIA’S BIG MOVE

It’s happening..it’s happening. I’m in the final stages of the Big Move! It hasn’t felt “real” until last week when my brother Glenn and his wife Sharon showed up for the final push of packing. They rolled in with their RV from Florida, swooping in to help me finish up some of the boxes before the movers showed up this week to take a shipment into storage. Their timing was incredible! I had a week to go before the movers showed up and I was still knee-deep in boxes and bubble wrap before they came. I really fell like the stars are aligning in my favor now – a far cry from how things were going over the past few years.

My sister-in-law Sharon is great because she can make practical decisions on what to keep and what to toss. It’s kind of crazy how many wine glasses I’ve accumulated over the years – that’s for sure. But I guess that’s what happens when you live in the same house your entire life. The packing process has taken a lot longer than I expected because we’re packing for my own personal “RV” –the one I will retire in – and for long-term storage. While I have a ways to go before I end up trailing Sharon and Glenn across the country in my own RV, it definitely feels like I’m moving into the next phase of my life. I’m just amazed at how fast a clip things are going!

I can tell Glenn is floored by how much I’ve accomplished in the past few months. He saw me back in January before I started the treatments with Dr. Lori when my Bunnuku business was in the conceptual stage. When I showed him my “before pictures the other day, he told me I looked a decade younger now. Even though I knew that, it means so much more coming from one of my older brothers. It’s so great to have him here for all of the encouragement! It makes me realize just how much I miss him and how far I’ve really come!

Aunt Cindy, The Lifeline.

· Cynthia says her neices are the children she never had ·

Aunt Cindy, The Lifeline.

 

Cynthia’s Niece Allison Sends A Video Greeting From The West Coast!

Aunt Cindy, My Best Friend.

The way Jillian Washburn tells it, her Aunt Cindy was the only person who kept her sane during her teenage years “when my parents were driving me nuts! She never judged and there was a lot to judge.”

Even though Jillian and her older sister Allison live some 3-thousand miles away in Bend, Oregon, Jillian considers her aunt her best friend: “I can’t count the times I called her just to listen and laugh.”

“She has the greatest sense of humor and she’s really fun,” according to Allison. Allison and Jillian’s Dad is Cynthia’s brother. It’s been four years since they last saw their aunt.” During that time, Allison had her second daughter, two-year old Hadley; her older daughter Ayla just turned six. “My daughters are missing out on an amazing lady,” Allison said.
Jillian’s 14-year old son Evan knows just how amazing Aunt Cindy is. She took the two of them to Alaska in 2009 when Evan was six. “She took us salmon fishing, which was – and still is- Evan’s greatest passion!” The trip meant a great deal to Jillian, as well, since she was a single mom and could never have afforded it: “She paid for and invited us both when I was a lost young mom and I had no visions of being able to take him anywhere anytime soon.” She says her aunt was obsessed with the bald eagles during the trip: “She couldn’t keep her eyes or her camera off the bald eagles. Evan caught his first huge fish and she was off filming eagles! It’s one of our numerous inside jokes.”

It’s been rough on the sisters hearing about how much difficulty their fun-loving aunt has endured in the past few years. “I know Aunt Cindy has had a lot of ups and downs lately after she lost her job. She’s worked all sorts of odd jobs to make ends meet. It’s been tough especially as a single lady,” says Allison. “I feel awful that the whole weight of the world was on her shoulders especially when my grandma was sick,” Jillian remembers, “She was there  every single day and  then took on the responsibility of the family home. I can’t imagine how hard that time was and how lost she felt.”

Going through all of the upheaval in the past ten years without her West Coast nieces nearby has been grueling for Cynthia. “They’re like my daughters. I don’t have children of my own but I have them. I call Allison my Gorgeous” and Jillian my Beautiful.”  Her other niece Vicki–my Adorable–is a close friend’s daughter and lives in Connecticut. Cynthia is in constant contact with her. Vicki considers “Cioci” –aunt in Polish – a lifeline too, naming her a bridesmaid in her wedding two years ago. “Since as young as I can remember, Cioci has been playing under tables with me. I knew she’d be spunky enough to pull it off.” Vicki says it took a little bit of convincing on her part, but Cynthia finally signed on and was “the perfect bridesmaid.”

The West Coast nieces don’t have the regular interaction that Vicki has with their aunt, but they still feel incredibly close to her. Jillian considers Cynthia “the glue that always held my Dad and I together.” Allison tries to talk to her on the phone at least once a month. She says she’s noticed a big change in her aunt’s self-esteem and outlook recently, “There’s a spark in her voice that I haven’t heard in a long time.” Allison chalks it up to all the treatments she’s received as a Transitions winner, “She’s super excited about the transformation.” The sisters hope this is the beginning of Cynthia’s luck changing. They’re both thrilled she’s pursuing her own business venture with Bunnuku. “She sounds excited again! Kudos to her to find something she’s passionate about,” says Allison, “ I can hear her smile when we talk!”

Jillian longs to hear her aunt’s infectious laugh in person: “I remember her making up these silly rabbit stories for Evan and him just laughing…you couldn’t control the two of them. She was always game for a pillow fight! She truly is one of the funniest people I know.” Jillian’s wish is to see her aunt soon, “I continually offer her a room hoping she comes and stays forever – or even a week. I don’t care we just want to see her!”

Notes From My 45th High School Reunion.

· Cynthia Washburn's notes from her 45th high school reunion. ·

Notes From My 45th High School Reunion.

Talk about a blast from the past. This weekend, I was in it, knee-deep and loving every minute of it.

The last high school reunion I attended was my 10th! A lot has changed since then for me and my friends but what a joy it was to reconnect with people from my past and talk with them in the present! Yes, we all have changed. No question. But as I looked around the room, at so many faces, my mind morphed the faces of today into the faces of the past. I didn’t want to make this just about me because it was about all of us! We all were sharing a moment in time where the past became the present and all those memories from so long ago, came flooding back in an instant.

I wasn’t, by any stretch of the imagination, a popular kid. I wasn’t connected to any one group but I was fortunate–in that–I was able connect with everyone, in some small way, that allowed me to get to know so many of my classmates. I laughed and smiled so much Saturday night that my jaw was beginning to hurt. What a lucky woman I am to have these people in my life once again.

So many memories. How I remember the pep rallies, when the entire Gymnasium would erupt into pandemonium. The light blotted out from the clouds of confetti and streamers, the deafening sound of cheering and stomping of our feet on the wooden bleachers. We were so proud to cheer on our teams!

Breakfast at the local diner.

Sometime, I would meet up with my friends and slip-out to breakfast at the local diner. One particular morning,  we were in that diner with the Jukebox cranking out the songs of the day, laughing and having a great time; then, the door opened! In walked our vice-principal! Whoa! Talk about a deer caught in headlights! The entire room froze in fear. He sat at the counter ordered a coffee and in a booming voice said, “Anyone from Woodrow Wilson High still in this room by the time I finish my coffee is suspended!” We all ran for the door like a buffalo stampede. Doors slammed, engines started, cars peeled out of the parking lot and we were back in the school library panting after the sprint from the school parking lot. Ha! Made it that time. Whew! We were not bad kids, we were mischievous, testing the limits as do most kids.

As adults, we still are testing our limits. Many of us starting new lives in retirement, in business, ever-changing, ever morphing. But still the kids of 1972. Forever those kids of 1972.

For me, this journey begins again as I continue towards my path of owning my own business! My transition is two-fold; reinventing myself at 62 and rebuilding my self-esteem, thanks to Dr. Lori Greenwald.

As I look forward to tomorrow, I have learned to live for today!

My memories from this weekend were so wonderful and personal.These memories, and so many more,  flooded back to me. At the end of the nigh, we gathered for a group photo and one voice, joined by many, sang out our school chant.

“We are the Wild Cats! The mighty, mighty Wild Cats! Every where we go, people want to know, who we are? So we tell them! We are the Wild Cats! The mighty, mighty Wild Cats!”

With that, our evening ended, having renewed friendships, updated contacts, elated hearts and promises of meeting before and again at our 50th. We are The Wild Cats! Woodrow Wilson High School Class of 1972! There’s a part of me that is still that kid, now more hopeful than ever about my future!

Thanks Dr. Lori Greenwald for your role in my journey to tomorrow.

 

More Transitions For Cynthia

· Sold! Cynthia is moving out of her Middletown home and moving towards her future! ·

 

Transitions is empowering me– not to just change my appearance–but to change my life! Thank-you Dr. Lori Greenwald. You are my angel here on Earth. 🙂

My house sold! I’m moving out but moving on with my future thanks to Dr. Lori Greenwald! Transitions is empowering me– not to just change my appearance– but to change my life! Thank-you Dr. Lori. 🙂

Going, going, gone! I’ve been trying for months to sell my house and it finally happened! It’s all part of my overall plan to work for myself and travel the country. A house is just four walls that has been holding me back. I want freedom to live where I want to and have my office travel with me.

It’s really kind of overwhelming – all of this change that’s coming my way! Starting my new business, undergoing my physical transformation, and now moving out of my home! Yup…on top of all this transition, I just sealed the deal to sell my home. I need to move out in a month! It’s great news – but honestly, I can’t get over the timing. Don’t they say everything happens in threes? Fortunately, I’ve been packing and purging since I put it on the market in October. I plan to move in with friends while I solidify plans with my business. And then, once Bunnuku is up and running, I’m going to travel around the country with my brother and sister-in-law in their small motor home.

I’m embracing the change because it’s really out of character for me. My typical approach is to think about change and then procrastinate, but the self-confidence I’ve gained from the improvements in my looks is helping me break out of my old pattern. I really credit Dr. Lori Greenwald of Vanishing Veins and Vivesse Med Spa with this overhaul in my attitude – not just in my outward appearance. I feel like if a complete stranger believes in me and my success, then I need to believe in myself.

So for now, I’m putting the packing on the fast track: I’ve been working with two consignment stores to get rid of my furniture; I’ve been sending my books to Amazon to get those sold; and I’ve reserved space in a storage facility down the street. I’ll tell you what’s given me the hardest time: the family heirlooms. I’m the only girl in my family so I’ve wound up with all of my relatives’ china and tchotchkes. It’s been an emotional torture session trying to figure out what to keep and what to give away – I’ve had to make some tough decisions. But it’s really empowering because I’ve wanted to make these changes and now I feel like I have the strength to move forward and transition into this next phase of my life.

Let’s Get Physical

Let’s Get Physical

Okay, try not to think of that Olivia Newton-John song, although, I have to admit, that song is now stuck in my head.

Let’s get physical, physical…

However, this blog is not about that song but rather my new mission, to get into shape.

Since March, I’ve logged at least half an hour every day doing some kind of exercise – usually the elliptical and weights. I try to make it to the gym, which is only about a quarter of a mile from my house, but when I can’t get to Club 24, I do floor exercises at home. I just feel that Dr. Lori is making such a huge investment in how my face looks – the least I can do is invest in how my body looks! I want to make sure I look my absolute best for the big reveal on Better Connecticut at the end of May. I also have another motivation: my 45th high school reunion. I just received a notice in the mail that it’s going to be held on May 6th so that also pushed me into gear to lose weight. The timing with all of these treatments couldn’t be better! I get to show up at my reunion feeling – and looking – 10 years younger than my age thanks to Dr. Lori, Amanda, and the amazing staff at Vivesse MedSpa.

Right now, I’m feeling really good about myself because the commitment to my exercise routine is paying off. Even though the scale says I’ve only lost four pounds, I can tell I’ve lost inches. My body feels tighter and I dropped a dress size! I’ve been really dedicated to the daily work out routine for the last month because I haven’t worked at my job at the equipment rental company since January. That’s when the business really slows down. I start working fulltime again this month, so that will be the true test for me. My plan is to start getting up at 5:30 in the morning to work out before I need to show up at my job. We’ll see how that goes. I just feel like that will set me up for success better than trying to workout after my job. It just doesn’t seem possible to get to the gym after a 10-hour day. I guess you really have to know yourself to be successful at a workout routine!

I’ve also tried to be more disciplined about my diet. I’m eating way more fish than I’ve ever had before because it’s so much lower in calories. I’m also making sure I eat more fruits and vegetables with every meal instead of bread and pasta. I’m a big fan of smoothies now- they take away the urge to eat cookies (I’m sort of a self-proclaimed cookie monster!). The bottom line is I’m just trying to be good to myself…and honestly, I think it’s really paying off.

And just so you know, I don’t listen to Olive Newton-John when I am out walking. I prefer Train, Adele, Maroon 5 to get my blood pumping.

Hello? Oh man, now that song is stuck in my head.

 

Watch Cynthia’s Transition At Four Weeks!

· WARNING! What you are about to see is very cool! ·

Cynthia Washburn’s Transition with Dr. Lori Greenwald’s Vanishing Veins and Vivesse Med Spa  is still on-going but you can see by this video just how much her skin tone has changed in four weeks! Her complextion is  much brighter; a lot of her sun spots are gone and the overall tone and texture is more youthful and vibrant! Cynthia has already undergone a series of PRP Facials, Kybella double chin treatment (which is still in progress) VI Peels, HydraFacials, IPL light therapy and is using only our finest and most effective skin care products including SkinMedica and Environ. She has also had a series of spider vein treatments by Dr. Greenwald as well. Cynthia has not had any Botox of Fillers yet but will in the next few weeks. Then, you will see a much more dramatic impact in her appearance. We love Cynthia for who she is but want to help boost her self-esteem for her new career as a business owner and on-camera spokesperson! Go Cynthia! Be sure to check in next week and to see cancer survivor Judi’s Kirkpatrick’s transformation at 4 weeks!

I Want To Invest In Myself Like Dr. Lori Greenwald Is Investing In Me.

· New Design. New Game Plan. ·

I Want To Invest In Myself Like Dr. Lori Greenwald Is Investing In Me.

I know what Dr. Lori Greenwald would say; You need to do it for yourself. 

I know and I understand but there is a part of me, that wants to be successful for her too.

She’s investing so much time and money in me that quite honestly, I don’t want to let her down. There is a lot of pressure when it comes to starting your own business and I am starting to feel the heat now.

This is where my awesome business coach comes in…

New Game Plan. New Direction. 

Cynthia with her business coach Kim Kasparian of Success Genie of Milford.

That first consultation with Kim really helped motivate me to map out a business plan for Bunnuku. I spent hours the following weekend filling out the Business Plan Guide she emailed me. One of the things I quickly realized by going over all the questions is that I need to get some help financing the business. Up to this point, I’ve been selling stocks from my retirement portfolio to cover costs for website design, packaging, logo creation, you name it. I’m really hoping Kim can help me figure out a way to get some working capital – maybe a loan – because I realize there are risks associated with starting a business and I need to be prepared for the roadblocks.

One of the sections in the business guide deals with “knowing your competition.” It just so happens I recently learned there’s already a company selling all-natural toothbrushes but I had no idea how big it was! Initially, this intimidated me, but I’m actually encouraged on some level because it means there’s a market out there; I feel like this other company blazed the trail, opened the doors, and now it will be easier for me to get in on the action.

Kim helped me to realize just how critical a marketing plan is to launch a new product. I’m planning to get the toothbrushes on Amazon first to build some capital and then I’ll start approaching stores. When these toothbrushes land on store shelves, they really need to stand out. So I’ve decided to redesign the original packaging, which was going to be an all-natural shade of brown – kind of drab. I’ve been concerned it would not grab anyone’s attention so I met with the graphics designer the other day to brainstorm for a new, eye-catching look. We decided to make the packages white with an opening so consumers can actually see the wooden handle and the shape of the brush. My thought is white will be cleaner and sharper. I realize you have to think like this if you want your product to stand out. People will be able to see how much sturdier these brushes are than the run-of-the-mill plastic kind.

I have to say the work I’m doing with Kim and Success Genie is focusing me on being successful. I feel that I owe that to myself and to Dr. Lori Greenwald for all that she is doing for me. I need to show Dr. Lori that I can finish my goal and invest in myself the way that she and her staff have invested in me.

Blueprint To Build A Business

BLUEPRINT TO BUILD A BUSINESS

As a Human Resources manager in manufacturing for 15 years, Cynthia is grounded in the corporate culture. Now that she’s going into business for herself, she needs to make a mental shift, according to her business coach Kim Kasparian. “It’s a mindset. She’s going from an employee to a business owner. We need to help her feel the weight of the undertaking.” In the first two-hour assessment session, Cynthia admits it was overwhelming, “ It’s a lot to take in. It felt like Kim was trying to scare me out of this.” But that’s a critical part of the process for Kim and husband Angelus Perez, the other half of Success Genie. The team focuses a lot on the “why” at first so they can help their clients with the “how.”

Business 101

The first action step toward starting your own business is to write down a vision and a mission statement. “Once it’s on paper, it’s real,” says Kim. To help Cynthia with that, Kim sent her a 10-page Business Plan Guide to fill out. There are some basic questions about “what you do” and “whom you will serve,” but there are also some very specific sections that require projected sales goals. “It’s critical that people have a simple plan on how money comes back to you in the next 90-days,” says Kim. She takes a hard-line on this, and for that reason, that first consultation can definitely feel like tough love. But by creating this strategy at the outset, it helps lay the foundation for the business. It’s also at the core of one of Success Genie’s fundamental rules: be a good steward of your money. “People need to set their intentions in the beginning,” Kim says, because it helps to set them up for success.

The Business Plan Guide also asks people to identify strengths and limitations for their new business, as well as an organizational structure. She encourages her clients to go through the exercise of filling out all of the sections as best they can. “Angelus and I make notes and then we will help guide them to completion.”

The Success Genie team defines the basic formula for success with four areas of focus: mindset, managing, money and marketing. “People need to be strong marketers!” Kim stresses. For that reason, the guide has a section that asks about what the target sales market will be and “who will buy your product and why?” With that in mind, people can then create a marketing strategy identifying if they need mailing materials and brochures as well as how they’ll use a web presence and social media to boost their sales. Kim admits this can seem overwhelming but Success Genie helps people “scale” this within their resources.

If you want to pursue starting your own business, Kim and Angelus recommend two books to focus your mindset: Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki and The E Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber.