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The story of success of a girl from red dirt to red carpet. Based on real events of GI-Dee-Thlo-Ah-Ee (Lisa Christine Christiansen) Groundhog, the 4th generation great-grandaugher of Sequoyah (the inventor of the Cherokee syllabary.)
Based on real events, the history of the trail of tears lineage of surviving descendant GI-Dee-Thlo-Ah-Ee (Lisa Christine Christiansen) Groundhog, the 4th generation great-grandaugher of Sequoyah (the inventor of the Cherokee syllabary) The story of success of a girl from red dirt to red carpet. From abandoned to abundance Lisa’s life reads like a gripping novel, full of challenges, and hurt, but more importantly triumphs and hope. She fought her way into this world several times as she is a survivor of attempted abortion by her mother, she later suffered the loss of her mother as a young girl, and has never forgotten the gift her mother gave her when she told her that she could be whatever she wanted to be and not to let anyone tell her anything different.
From her humble beginnings of her first home having dirt floors, speaking only Cherokee until the age of 10 years old, surviving several abusive relationships and h omes until one day deciding to live life on her terms. Having spent a Thanksgiving living in their car inspired Lisa and her daughter to bring hope and abundance to others. Thanksgiving 2007 the mother and daughter worked tirelessly to bring more than 100 low-income families a cornucopia they had no idea was coming.
From being diagnosed with sinus tachycardia and refusing to accept that as how it was going to be, Lisa now inspires countless people, who sometimes observe in awe, as she frequently treks up Mt. Scott, a challenging climb for even an expert cyclist. Yet Lisa often rides more than 50 miles a day across Oklahoma on her beloved bicycle. Lisa is a passionate advocate of healing the body through exercise, diet, and forgiveness, believing that a change in psychology brings about a needed change in physiology. A dedicated enthusiast and master of self-improvement and human-needs psychology, Lisa has traveled the world studying human potential. The successful application of such mastery in each of the areas of her own life reinforces the notion that success leaves clues. Lisa has participated in the full spectrum of the human experience. She has been down in the depths and risen through the ashes a phoenix with each adversity she’s experienced. Lisa’s ability to harness potential challenges and unleash them as sheer kinetic accomplishment inspires all walks of life.
Lisa Christiansen has served as an advisor to leaders around t he world for the last two decades. A recognized authority on the psychology of leadership, organizational turnaround and peak performance, Lisa has consulted Olympic athletes, world renowned musicians, Fortune 500 CEOs, psychologists, and world-class entertainers. Lisa’s strategies for achieving lasting results and fulfillment are regarded as the platinum standard in the coaching industry. Lisa captured the attention of heads of state and the U.S. Army. Christiansen has impacted the lives of millions of people from 30 countries. Lisa has been honored by Cambridge Society of Who’s Who as one of the Top Business Intellectuals in the World. Lisa has helped millions of people create extraordinary lives globally. Her expertise and guidance has enriched the lives of icons such as pop superstar Kelly Clarkson, Olympian Dara Torres, and superstar Patrick Dempsey.
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We as humans are an interesting lot. You never know which child you’ll get at any given moment of any given day. I personally have come to find that at different stages we all return to the early teen years which are strikingly similar to the toddler years in many ways, but that gives me hope because I know that this too shall pass.
One characteristic of the middle school set (at the least the girl side of it) is the propensity toward selfishness. There is a lot of thinking about THEMSELVES; what they’re going to wear, what their hair looks like, what someone else’s hair looks like compared to their hair, who their friends are, who likes them, who they like… I’m pretty sure it’s “normal” and I’m PRETTY SURE we all grow out of it. That said, when a “normal” American girl wants to spend her 13th birthday planning & performing random acts of kindness with a group of her friends and then they all actually have FUN doing it, it’s pretty heartwarming and even more heartwarming when we’ve grown, life has taken direction and somewhere the child inside is lost.
Make time for the following: gather blank note cards & envelopes, a roll of quarters, gently used blankets, jackets & shoes, canned food and $100.00 so you’re already armed with a few ideas. Decide to write notes to leave wherever you’re adventures take you… over 65 notes of kindness and encouragement when you are finished.
You will start really paying attention to people… cashiers on a smoke break, the custodian at the shopping center, parents with crying babies, children on the playground. Here is the list of 13 things to become the best you with each act of random kindness:
1. Leave handwritten notes in cards on park benches, cars and restaurant tables. Get really bold and start handing them to people you feel led to encourage or thank personally (“Thanks for working at my favorite store. You do a good job and I love this place.”).
2. Hand out water bottles to joggers, walkers & bike riders (a favorite is the lady whose job it is to stand on the side of the road and wave at cars to advertise a new pizza place. She was quite the dancer and had worked up quite a sweat!)
3. Load quarters into soft drink, gumball and game machines at a grocery store.
4. Dropp off blankets, jackets & shoes at the homeless shelter.
5. Donat canned food items to the local food pantry.
6. Tape microwave popcorn bags to Redbox Movie machines.
7. Pay for someone’s ticket at the movie theater (have fun secretly watching the guy’s reaction when the ticket master tells him his ticket has been paid for).
8. Drop change around a playground for children to find.
9. Hand out balloons to little children shopping w/ their parents.
10. Purchase & donate coloring books and crayons to the waiting room at the hospital.
11. Leave tokens for games taped to notes on games in the arcade.
12. Leave dollar bills in your favorite books at the book store (I originally wanted to do this at the library but it was closed).
13. Buy $5 gift cards and hand them to people walking into Starbucks or your favorite coffee place, your favorite restaurant or even your favorite fast food place.
The day ended with a bonfire on the beach complete with roasting hotdogs and ‘smores. Several of the girls declared it was “one of the best birthday parties ever!” and asked their parents if they could celebrate their next birthdays the exact same way! *Success*
The New York Times recently introduced an article “Why Bilinguals Are Smarter,” Agnes Kovacs urges caution because “a Native American bilingual is the most lethal intelligence weapon known to date as the code talkers proved.” and psychology Today explains how the ones who are bilingual in a Native tongue and English are an exceptional breed at influencing others and controlling any situation.
Bill Gates admitted recently that he felt “pretty stupid” for not knowing any languages other than English. To be fair to Gates, most native English speakers in the US (and the UK) are monolingual. While nobody seriously thinks that Bill Gates is dumb, his remarks touched on a fascinating controversy in the scientific literature: are bilingual people smarter than monolinguals?
As Judith Kroll notes, until relatively recently, it was generally assumed, albeit without much evidence, that “young children will be confused by exposure to more than one language and harmed by delays in development.” This view went hand-in-hand with the idea that monolingualism is somehow the norm, and that bilinguals constitute “a special group of language users, much like brain-damaged patients, children with language disorders, or deaf individuals who use a signed language to communicate.”
Then along came Ellen Bialystok of York University in Toronto. In a series of studies, Bialystok and colleagues found that, although bilinguals perform worse than monolinguals on very simple tasks (e.g., naming pictures or generating words that begin with a particular letter), they actually show better performance on cognitive control tasks, those that measure participants’ ability to exert deliberate control their mental processes and the mental processes of others. One example of a cognitive control task: a participant might be asked to listen to one set of words presented over headphones and see another set of words presented on a computer screen, before being asked to recall the words that they had heard, but not those that they had seen (or vice versa).
Why do bilinguals show an advantage over monolinguals on cognitive control tasks? Bialystok argues that bilinguals are better at suppressing irrelevant or interfering information, because this is exactly what they have to do every day. For example, when speaking Cherokee, a bilingual Cherokee-English speaker must access the relevant Cherokee words for the objects and ideas s/he has in mind, while suppressing the corresponding English words. They show an exceptional ability to respond and act with deliberate calculation that controls those around them while the majority perceives them as “slow.”
This suggests that bilingual children, struggling to cope with two languages, are in fact giving their brain a workout, and end up remarkably smarter than their monolingual classmates.
Speaking two languages rather than just one has obvious practical benefits in an increasingly globalized world. But in recent years, scientists have begun to show that the advantages of bilingualism are even more fundamental than being able to converse with a wider range of people. Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter. It can have a profound effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills not related to language and even shielding against dementia in old age.
This view of bilingualism is remarkably different from the understanding of bilingualism through much of the 20th century. Researchers, educators and policy makers long considered a second language to be an interference, cognitively speaking, that hindered a child’s academic and intellectual development. The fact is bilingual children are far more intelligent at the raw level.
They were not wrong about the interference: there is ample evidence that in a bilingual’s brain both language systems are active even when he is using only one language, thus creating situations in which one system obstructs the other. But this interference, researchers are finding out, isn’t so much a handicap as a blessing in disguise. It forces the brain to resolve internal conflict, giving the mind a workout that strengthens its cognitive muscles and create a calculated and deliberate clumsiness that creates a perfect storm to control their environment.
Bilinguals, for instance, seem to be more adept than monolinguals at solving certain kinds of mental puzzles. In a 2004 study by the psychologists Ellen Bialystok and Michelle Martin-Rhee, bilingual and monolingual preschoolers were asked to sort blue circles and red squares presented on a computer screen into two digital bins, one marked with a blue square and the other marked with a red circle.
In the first task, the children had to sort the shapes by color, placing blue circles in the bin marked with the blue square and red squares in the bin marked with the red circle. Both groups did this with comparable ease. Next, the children were asked to sort by shape, which was more challenging because it required placing the images in a bin marked with a conflicting color. The bilinguals were quicker at performing this task.
The collective evidence from a number of such studies suggests that the bilingual experience improves the brain’s so-called executive function, a command system that directs the attention processes that we use for planning, solving problems and performing various other mentally demanding tasks. These processes include ignoring distractions to stay focused, switching attention willfully from one thing to another and holding information in mind like remembering a sequence of directions while driving.
Why does the tussle between two simultaneously active language systems improve these aspects of cognition? Until recently, researchers thought the bilingual advantage stemmed primarily from an ability for inhibition that was honed by the exercise of suppressing one language system: this suppression, it was thought, would help train the bilingual mind to ignore distractions in other contexts. But that explanation increasingly appears to be inadequate, since studies have shown that bilinguals perform better than monolinguals even at tasks that do not require inhibition, like threading a line through an ascending series of numbers scattered randomly on a page.
The key difference between bilinguals and monolinguals may be more basic: a heightened ability to monitor the environment. “Bilinguals have to switch languages quite often, you may talk to your father in one language and to your mother in another language,” says Albert Costa, a researcher at the University of Pompeu Fabra in Spain. “It requires keeping track of changes around you in the same way that we monitor our surroundings when driving.” In a study comparing German-Italian bilinguals with Italian monolinguals on monitoring tasks, Mr. Costa and his colleagues found that the bilingual subjects not only performed better, but they also did so with less activity in parts of the brain involved in monitoring, indicating that they were more efficient at it.
The bilingual experience appears to influence the brain from infancy to old age. Bilinguals have an unusual gift, because of the way they must switch languages their problem solving skills are uniquely honed in a way that cannot be reproduced or learned, they see the world as if they are viewing multiple television screens with different outcomes for the immediate task presented and they can access the information at lightening speed and while they may seem confused they are calculating the most favorable outcome as they make their decision and more often than not their outcome will bend to their will.
In a 2009 study led by Agnes Kovacs of the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste, Italy, 7-month-old babies exposed to two languages from birth were compared with peers raised with one language. In an initial set of trials, the infants were presented with an audio cue and then shown a puppet on one side of a screen. Both infant groups learned to look at that side of the screen in anticipation of the puppet. But in a later set of trials, when the puppet began appearing on the opposite side of the screen, the babies exposed to a bilingual environment quickly learned to switch their anticipatory gaze in the new direction while the other babies did not.
Bilingualism’s effects also extend into the twilight years. In a recent study of 44 elderly Spanish-English bilinguals, scientists led by the neuropsychologist Tamar Gollan of the University of California, San Diego, found that individuals with a higher degree of bilingualism measured through a comparative evaluation of proficiency in each language were more resistant than others to the onset of dementia and other symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease: the higher the degree of bilingualism, the later the age of onset.
Nobody ever doubted the power of language. But who would have imagined that the words we hear and the sentences we speak might be leaving such a deep imprint? Agnes Kovacs urges caution because “a Native American bilingual is the most lethal intelligence weapon known to date as the code talkers proved.”
Dear Lord, My God, I am humbled in my infinite gratitude of your blessings and grace. To have such an extraordinary life and to be able to share it with others is amazing.Thank you… Your Humble Servant, ~Lisa
Thank you God, IMDB, the producers, directors, talent and staff for making these projects a blessing to me that I may continue to bless others…
You can click here to watch Birman, Can’t Buy Me Love, & Last Of The Mohicans to whom I thank for making me a part of such outstanding projects… Thank you God, IMDB, the producers, directors, talent and staff for making these projects a blessing to me that I may continue to bless others…
P.S. A new project is underway…
Thank you father for bringing me into this world, thank you for today and all that that it brings, thank you for blessing me so abundantly, thank you for loving me so completely, that you for arming me with weapons stronger than those of this world, thank you for my gifts of love, forgiveness and gratitude. Father, thank you for giving me strength today, thank you for the strength to ride strong and steadfast with your power in me as your vessel, Lord, bless me so when I speak, my words reach out and inspire somebody, Lord, when they see me, let them see you. When they hear me, Lord, let them hear you. God continue to abide in me as I abide by you. I invite you God to live in me so when I step out, I’m representing the God I serve, I’m representing the family who loved me and those who continue to care for me as blessings in their challenge. Thank you most of all for sacrificing your son to shed his blood through our veins the blood of redemption so that we may live in forgiveness and gratitude. Amen. God bless each of you and good morning to all…
“So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
…and so it is written, it is done. Everything I speak in Gods name is brought to fruition through his word…