for Us - Gardens, Rivers, and Power-Plants

Be a jovial brook who knows its purpose is to become a  powerful waterway and connect continents.

Be a garden that attracts eyes and butterflies. Be an inviting space for visitors and conversations.

Listen attentively and learn languages. There are so many: your guardian angel's, your financial advisor's, and that of the opposite sex.

Interpret for others who don't understand. Don't overexplain for wisdom emerges in silence.

Watch clouds, trees, and birds. They carry messages. Accidentally dropped words do too. Pay attention.

Ignore nothing. Notice colors and shades. Paint in colors for moods. Paint in black and white for contrast. 

Paint in words to empower.

Share your voice humbly, yet confidently. Be proud of your achievements. Serve more.

Own your mistakes and find humor in your frustrations. The world needs more laughter. Be the source of laughter. Never ridicule.

Build houses, sandcastles, and people. Your home will be where your people are. That's also where you'll play.

Honor your sexuality. It is your power-plant. It is your most powerful plant, Garden.

Relax and make love. Fall in love. Experiment: surrender AND rule.

Trust and be ready to be betrayed. Things happen.

Forgive and ask for forgiveness. Be ready to not be forgiven. It's not about you.

Don't complain about rainy days. Somewhere, someone is dying from thirst.

Fast to cleanse your body and mind. Build endurance, and trust: the rewards are worth it.

Stay youthful, yet don't be afraid to die. You won't disappear. Energies don't disappear. They change states.

You are energy, and so are your words. 

Flow with your words, or don't -- once born, they'll have their own life. You are a separate matter. 

Know that you matter.

/Ilze Be, 2020/


Ilze Be speeking

I'm Ilze Be, and I have been a life coach for over 25 years, helping people with big dreams make them come true. I’ve coached stage artists, pageant show contestants, translators and interpreters, executive managers, and business owners. 

A Latvian-born American, I have cooperated with European partners to create valuable experiences for my clients in Denmark, Italy, France, Monaco, and the United Kingdom. 

A highlight of these collaborations was working in Copenhagen at the time the city had the status of Cultural Capital of Europe. I planned and implemented a project to integrate the preservation of the environment with the fashion business. 

Another professional success was when I organized the tour of one of Latvia’s most renowned choreographers, Agris Danilevics, to Italy, Monaco, and France. This tour brought about the exchange of choreographic experience, and the digitization of the dance studio business.

A founder of the creative studio SSS&M in the mid-1990s, I went on to start the translation company DODAM, property management company 2 Roosters, and my coaching and training practice ILZE BE LLC. 

Trained in language, fine and performance arts, and business and marketing, I have the expertise to conjure unforgettable moments to transform my clients’ lives.

The young Ilze Be read a lot of books, and I had two dreams – to marry and live happily ever after, and to see the iron curtain fall and borders open for travel. Although I have traveled extensively, the Universe had different lessons planned for my family life. These experiences have transformed me, and made me most insightful and understanding when it comes to relationships.

I value life, and every moment of it. I love good humor, and can laugh about the frustrations I’ve had in my life. I even won a best humorous speech competition in 2019!

Currently, I live in North Carolina, United States, where I have found friends and soulmates in two local Toastmasters’ clubs, one of which I am president. An introvert by nature, I enjoy lots of “me time” walking in nature, and painting. I am married to my third husband, Louis, and am the mother of two adult children, and loving grandmother to Olivers and Kortnija.

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