The Notable Woman Book Club is here!

The Notable Woman Book Club is here!

I’m excited to announce the first pick for The Notable Woman Book Club – Untamed by Glennon Doyle.

I’ve wanted to launch a book club for Notable Women for years now. I love to read, you love to read, it’s a match made in heaven. But it was always so time-consuming on top of everything else that I wasn’t really managing. It got pushed to the side over and over again. But now, I finally do have the time, and I can’t wait to get started.

Picking our first book is also really challenging, but since this book came out during the pandemic and all the normal exciting book events have been canceled, I think it’ll be fun for us to gather to discuss. (Virtually gather, of course.)

What’s Untamed about?

There is a voice of longing inside each woman. We strive so mightily to be good: good partners, daughters, mothers, employees, and friends. We hope all this striving will make us feel alive. Instead, it leaves us feeling weary, stuck, overwhelmed, and underwhelmed. We look at our lives and wonder: Wasn’t it all supposed to be more beautiful than this? We quickly silence that question, telling ourselves to be grateful, hiding our discontent–even from ourselves.

And who is Glennon Doyle?

Glennon Doyle is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Love Warrior, an Oprah’s Book Club selection, as well as the New York Times bestseller Carry On, Warrior. An activist, speaker, and thought leader, she is also the founder and president of Together Rising, an all-women led nonprofit organization that has revolutionized grassroots philanthropy–raising over $20 million for women, families, and children in crisis, with a most frequent donation of just $25. Glennon was named among OWN Network’s SuperSoul 100 inaugural group as one of 100 “awakened leaders who are using their voices and talent to elevate humanity.” She lives in Florida with her wife and three children.

What are people saying about this book?

Untamed will liberate women–emotionally, spiritually, and physically. It is phenomenal.”–Elizabeth Gilbert, author of City of Girls and Eat Pray Love

“Some books shake you by the shoulder while others steal your heart. In Untamed, Glennon does both at the exact same time.”–Brené Brown

“This memoir is so packed with incredible insight about what it means to be a woman today, what it means to be ‘good, ‘ and what women will do in order to be loved. I swear I highlighted something in EVERY chapter.”–Reese Witherspoon

We’ll be discussing this book in The Society of Notable Women. You can request to join here.

I recommend you buy the book from Bookshop and support a local indie bookstore. Or you can get this book from your local library! Lastly, you could get it on Amazon.

Looking forward to chatting books with you!

You Can Learn New Skills: Adult Homeschooling

You Can Learn New Skills: Adult Homeschooling

Maybe you’ve seen posts from your friends who are working from home AND attempting to home school their kids. Heck, maybe this is you, working and homeschooling at the same time! (I hear you, me too!)

Because we’re in a pandemic meets quarantine meets shelter in place, this is a weirdly unique time in history. It’s hard to figure out what to do with ourselves when we can’t do all the things we normally do to fill our time. And if you’re like me and have finished cleaning everything, purging and organizing everything, and made it through your Netflix queue – maybe it’s time to take your time back into your own hands and do something crazy like learning new skills or homeschooling yourself! (wink, wink)

I know, I know – another Zoom meeting?!?! (it’s actually not, I promise) – but hear me out here.

You can learn new skills right now, from home!

You could learn cooking techniques, mixology, writing, music production, singing, or gardening from Masterclass right from your couch. Or maybe you want to improve some skills to take your work life up another level. You could learn new skills like digital advertising, graphic design, analytics, basic coding, data analysis, the secrets of Excel spreadsheets, and so much more from experts on Udemy. And if you’re a creative like myself, Creative Live can help you in every aspect of your creativity, from improving your photography and design skills, to dealing with those pesky “poor starving artist” money issues.

The best part is Masterclass, Udemy, and Creative Live have all been building robust learning platforms well before the masses worked from home so they have HUGE libraries of affordable courses many of which will deliver a recognized certification (or prepare you to get certified) in the most in demand skills on the market today. And unlike your son’s poor teacher, they haven’t had half a second to build out a robust learning platform. They’ve spent a lot of time and invested a lot of money into getting it right which means you have an even better online learning experience while you learn new skills.

So whether it’s for personal or professional development, you should not let this opportunity to improve at your own pace, from your own place, and at ridiculously affordable rates pass you by. What a way to make use of this curious resource you’ve been given – the gift of time.

Here are some of the stellar classes you can take to learn new skills today.

Creativity:

Anna Wintour, Creativity and Leadership

Judy Blume and Margaret Atwood, On Writing

Jodie Foster, Filmmaking

Shonda Rhimes, Screenwriting

Personal Development:

RuPaul, Self Expression & Authenticity

Fire Starter Sessions Video Workshop with Danielle LaPorte

How to be Bold, Resilient & Better Than Ever with Tabatha Coffey

How to Break the Habit of Self-Doubt and Build Real Confidence with Mel Robbins

Homemaking:

Alice Waters, Home Cooking

Gabriela Camara, Mexican Cooking

Lynette Marrero & Ryan Chetiyawardana, Mixology

Upskilling:

Become Google Analytics Certified to Advance Your Career, Attract Clients & Improve Your Marketing with Daragh Walsh

Copywriting secrets – How to write copy that sells with Len Smith and Sean Kaye

Microsoft Excel for Project Management with Joseph Phillips

Building a Personal Brand with Gary Vaynerchuk

Driving Traffic to Your Online Business with Neil Patel

Robin Roberts, Effective and Authentic Communication

Changing Careers:

Social Media Marketing – Complete Certificate

Kelly Wearstler, Interior Design

Become a Design Thinking Facilitator with Lee-Sean Huang

If writing a book in quarantine is one of the things on your list, you can always check out this summit talk with publisher Alexa Bigwarfe Dalton or this Notable Woman Live with coach Chandra Brooks, where we talk about her book Black, Brown, and Political.

I’ve taken nearly all of these classes (I’m a class junkie) but right now I’m all in on the “Gangster Gardener’s” Masterclass, the one and only Ron Finley, so I can start growing my own food. Finley was cited and then had a warrant issued for his arrest for creating gardens on a curbside dirt strip. But he fought back, got the laws changed, and taught others to do the same.

I hope you find something in this list that lights you up and helps you create a new world the way you want to see it.

STOP Self-Sabotage Summit

STOP Self-Sabotage Summit

Do you have brilliant ideas, life changing, world changing ideas, but… you twiddle your thumbs.

You think about how things can be different, and maybe even pay for that coach or thousand dollar program and then… don’t follow through.

Self-sabotage.

You might have never heard the word before or you might be a card carrying member for the “Self-Sabotagers Anonymous” Club.

Heck, you might even be the president!

There’s no time like the present to battle your self-sabotage so come to the:

STOP SELF-SABOTAGE SUMMIT!

There are 5 amazing speakers:
• Chou Hallegra
• Shannon MacFarlane
• Kathryn Mussell
• Naomi Gottlieb-Miller
• Rosemarie Wilson

Who are going to knock your socks off!

HOW TO WATCH

Please join us by clicking on the link below, which will take you to the summit videos in the Society for Notable Women Facebook group. (You must join the group to see the videos.)

How to Swap Sabotage for Success with Rosemarie Wilson

What’s your version of Self-Sabotage? Are you enjoying it?

No?

What do you want in its place?

Are you wearing your self-sabotage like a badge of honour? Are you secretly proud of it?

No?

Ok, well what do you want in its place?

Join me for this session on ‘How to Swap Sabotage for Success’

We’re all successful in our own right at different things

In this session I’ll focus on:

  • What might be detracting you and getting in the way of you being more of a success
  • What’s stopping you from enjoying and celebrating your successes
  • What you can also do when things aren’t necessarily going your way
  • How can you nurture your mindset to help you on this journey & swap self-sabotage for your version of success.

I’ll guide you through to help you find your answers.

Making Friends with Grief: How Stuffing it Bites You in the Ass with Shannon MacFarlane

Self sabotage often comes from a place of doubt and your own ability to see your worthiness. When you add grief on top of that, and it could be grief from any kind of loss, it’s tempting to stuff away the grief, tamp it down, and walk over it so it doesn’t come back. That grief is going to spring up when you least expect it (with power boosts from your self doubt and feelings of unworthiness) and take a huge bite out of your butt cheeks.

Making friends with your grief doesn’t mean that you love what has happened in your life. It doesn’t mean that the losses you have experienced haven’t impacted you. It means that you accept them, you learn from them, and you soften. You become sea glass instead of a shard.

Blasting through Barriers to Happiness: Conquering your Excuses and Self-Sabotages with Kathryn Mussell

We all have acknowledged reasons why we’re the exception to the rule, or why we aren’t allowed to be happy, healthy, wealthy and successful. This talk is to help you identify, recognize, admit and declare your acknowledged (and maybe some unacknowledged) excuses and self-sabotaging behaviors around why you’re not allowed to have exactly what you desire.

We all have acknowledged reasons why we’re the exception to the rule, or why we aren’t allowed to be happy, healthy, wealthy and successful. This talk is to help you identify, recognize, admit and declare your acknowledged (and maybe some unacknowledged) excuses and self-sabotaging behaviors around why you’re not allowed to have exactly what you desire.

When Self-Sabotage Looks Like Perfectionism with Naomi Gottlieb-Miller

If you’re inclined to be a little more on the perfectionist side of things, often you’ll use “not ideal” or “not exactly what I want” as excuses to avoid self-care.

I’ll share a few ideas on why you need to stop that line of thinking and how to do it!

How neglecting your emotional wellness will sabotage your business and your relationships with Chou Hallegra

Things we don’t pay attention to can become barriers to our personal growth, healing and success. Our emotional wellness affects every area of our lives and not taking care of your emotions will have a negative impact on your business, your health, and your relationships. Come learn how to take your blinders off and start prioritizing your emotional wellness so you can win in everything you do!

The best questions to ask yourself if you want to avoid burnout

The best questions to ask yourself if you want to avoid burnout

Today’s post is a guest post from one of my faves and burnout expert, Mikayla Colthirst-Reid.

You’ve been there before (or maybe you’re there right now).

A calendar filled with things to keep you occupied.

A intense fear of being perceived as “lazy”, “unproductive” or “boring”.

A belief that being “busy” is a badge of honour.

And an all too familiar knowledge of what it’s like to crash and burnout over and over again.

Burnout is a common problem for high-achieving entrepreneurial and career-driven women. In fact, 43% of American women have admitted that their stress levels have steadily increased over the last 5 years (nearly a quarter of women reported their stress levels to be at an 8,9, or 10 on a 10-point scale).

The good news is that if you catch it in time, can prevent burnout from completely derailing your life.

Here are seven questions to ask yourself if you want to avoid (or bounce back from) burnout:

1.  When is the last time I said “no” to something?

Learning to say “no” is essential to protecting yourself from burnout. If you’ve been saying yes a lot lately, that could be the reason why you’re feeling overwhelmed, overworked and on the verge of a meltdown. Ask yourself if the things that you’ve been saying yes to (or things that you haven’t been saying no to) are really priorities for you. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to make a difference, and serve your friends, family, clients, and colleagues powerfully. But neglecting your own need for reprieve is a surefire way to spiral into burnout before you know what hit you.

Do a quick check-in with yourself every week to make sure your activities or promised commitments are in alignment with your priorities and capacity. The ‘Overwhelmed to in-control’ workbook is a great tool to help with this process!

2.  Have I exercised today?

We all know that even a little bit of exercise improves your mood, energy levels and overall sense of well-being. I know that if I miss my workout, I’m more likely to lack energy, patience and less positive overall. When you don’t feel great, it’s easy to hit snooze for an extra 30 minutes and forgo the gym. But when you don’t move your body, it’s easier to let those negative self-critical thoughts creep in, thoughts that contribute to even more anxiety and stress about all the things you’re failing to do.

If you haven’t gotten any exercise lately and you feel yourself on the verge of burnout, go work out! Take a brisk walk. Do 10 squats, do some burpees (even though noone likes burpees!), do 10 or 15 pushups. A little bit is better than nothing at all. Check out this list of amazing apps for quick workouts on the go! Whatever your blood-pumping activity you choose, get it done and you’ll instantly feel better.

3.  How much sleep have I gotten lately?

Sleep is important for more than just the usual rest and recharge. A lack of sleep can actually impact the way you recall memories and feelings about your own life and the world in general. According to sleep specialist Robert Stickgold, when you’re sleep deprived, you recall more negative experiences and feelings than positive ones.

For example: Let’s say that yesterday you had 10 feel-good experiences and 10 things that made you feel angry, anxious, sad or stressed. If you got three hours less sleep than is optimal for function (research suggests at least 7 hours for most people). You’re more likely to remember the 10 bad things and blow them up, all the while minimising (or completely disregarding) the 10 good things that happened.

Seeing life through this negative lense is bound to have an adverse effect on your self-esteem, confidence and resilience which, when combined with an insane schedule, are all perfect ingredients for a bad case of burnout  It’s time to catch some zzz’s!

Try working a relaxing ritual into your bedtime routine like cutting off screen time, sipping a cup of your favorite herbal tea or settling in a half hour early with a good book.

4.  What are the things in my calendar over the next 7 days that are essential?

Take a look at what’s on your plate for the next week or so. If you’re starting to feel overworked and dangerously close to burnout, it’s important to figure out what is essential and cut the rest. Once you’ve eliminated or deferred the inessentials, pull away from the chaos to rest, retreat and just take some time out.

Even a day, a half day or a couple of hours to yourself can work wonders.

Changing your environment and usual routine is powerful, so if whatever’s in your calendar isn’t life or death, rearrange things and spend time getting your mind right instead.

5.  Who can I talk to about this?

At the end of your rope? Don’t keep it to yourself.

For many people under pressure and feeling the weight of their commitments mounting, It seems counterintuitive to admit what seems like defeat when you’re about to hit your capacity (which is why you’re probably at this point in the first place).

If you’re a busy, professional women, you’re obviously working hard and striving to be successful in your career or business. It’s hard to admit that you’re burnt out and can’t handle things so you bottle it up instead.  But as Tony Robbins says, “if you stay in your head, you’re dead”.

Don’t keep things in your head, get them off your chest either by reaching out to someone or keeping a journal to express and process your inner challenges.

6.  Have I been celebrating my wins?

When I first stepped into the world of health coaching, I would constantly work and work and work without stopping to celebrate whenever I had done something awesome. Whenever I started to burnout or feel discouraged, my business coach would get me to write down a list of all the people that I helped that week, or all the people that said that because of talking to me they accomplished something.

It might sound strange, but that exercise was extremely effective.

Here I was thinking I was just spinning my wheels and not actually making progress or making a real difference in peoples’ lives, but looking at the facts helped me to put things into perspective.

I was helping people, I was moving forward and I was gaining huge momentum.

Not celebrating your wins is a sure-fire fast-track road to burnout city. When you feel like you’re about to implode from stress, stop and honestly consider the last time you celebrated something great that you did.

Can’t remember?

Get out your pen and paper and start making that list of wins!

7.  What is one small thing I can do today for self-care?

The smallest things that you do to take care of yourself are important. Set a date with yourself. Make yourself a cup of tea. Go for a walk for 20 minutes. Instead of staying up late to finish that blog post or that project, take half an hour, get in bed early and read a book. Because that half an hour that you take to do that will make you way more productive tomorrow and the next day and the next day.

You’ll probably just earn that time and money back through productivity anyway.

Adding more self-care into your day, even just one small thing, can release you from the death-grip of burnout in no time.

Burnout is something we all want to avoid but it’s often our own mindset and habits that take us there. Next time you feel the impending doom of burnout, pause and quickly run through these questions. By reflecting and course-correcting, you’ll be sure to keep burnout at bay. Use my free ‘Overwhelmed to In Control’ workbook to get a handle on your burnout for good (in 5 days or less!).

Mikayla Colthirst-Reid is the boss of Naturally Whole. For more Mikayla, check out her site or listen to her podcast episode on The Notable Woman here

 

 

 

Happy New Year!: A Look at My New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year!: A Look at My New Year’s Resolutions

I love New Year’s resolutions! I know a lot of people think they’re a waste of time, and for a lot of people, they might be. But for me, I’ve been nothing but happy with taking the time to define my year. Many of my resolutions stay the same every year because it’s almost as if I’m defining my life standards, in addition to setting the bar higher. For me, it works best to do both.

I also choose a word or phrase to define the year and then organize my resolutions for the year by category. For the year 2015, my word was “adventure.” I chose that word because I was pregnant with my son. I was experiencing pregnancy, having a baby, becoming a Mom, and then actually caring for a newborn. And let me tell you, what an adventure it was! For 2016, I chose the word “fearless.” I wanted to spend less time thinking about what everyone else was thinking and instead just living and loving my own life.

Read on to see what I am focusing on in 2017!

My “Word” of the Year

I always choose a word of the year, but this year, a phrase is what kept coming to me. That phrase is “lead with love.” That’s what I’m going to focus my entire year on. I plan to focus on that in my work, personal, and passion project lives. For me, leading with love means caring for people above all else, loving yourself and showing others how they can care for themselves too, and taking the initiative to do great things.

This year, I’m letting the phrase “lead with love” tie into one of my overall New Year’s resolutions – to lessen the suffering of others. I make this a goal every year,  whether it’s donating to someone who needs the money or volunteering my time to a worthwhile project. I think that leading with love is going to help me lessen the suffering of others in 2017.

Health Resolutions

I am going to do my morning exercises every day, something I incorporated this year with regularity. I definitely want this to be a key part of my 2017. It centers me, reduces my anxiety, and lets me excel in all aspects of my life. I do a personally created blend of yoga, squats, weights, Pilates, Betsy Wetzig exercises (a class I took in college), plus planking. I am going to incorporate Tabata exercises 3 times a week. I am hoping Tabata exercises will get me the cardio I desperately need.

I also want to walk an hour a day, outside my commute and around the office walking. Walking has always helped me think, plus getting outside provides me balance, especially in the middle of the day. My hope is this walking can be incorporated in my walking my sweet dog Bronte and taking a brisk walk during my lunch.

Several of my health resolutions revolve around food. For the past 2 years, I have made our pizza instead of ordering it, and I would like to continue that practice. I’ve tried to make our bread and rolls as well, but haven’t gotten in a good routine for that and want to get better in 2017. I also want to pack my lunch every day for work and drink my coffee at home or bring it with me. This helps me both health wise, but also financially. Ordering food and coffee out gets pricey!

I also want to make my own sweets instead of buying sweets either out from a bakery or eating processed foods. I have a huge sweet tooth, which is obviously not great for my health. I am going to work this year to incorporate healthy sweet recipes from my friend and super health coach Shelly Robinson. Gosh, I love this woman, and her recipes are scrumptious. I want to rock her fudge out all year long.

Financial Resolutions

Every year I create a budget, and every year, it becomes more of a guideline. Not. This. Year. I am making my budget, and I am following it. Obviously since that’s failed so horribly, I am going to be reading Tapping into Wealth by Margaret Lynch to help get me in the correct money mindset. I will also be saving money according to my budget. This is my money year! Totally.

Personal Habits

I have a horrible habit. It’s really terrible, and I can barely type the words.

Breathe, I can do this…

I’m late. All the time.

It’s genetic, I swear. My father is late for everything. Everything! People tell my family a different time so we’ll show up at whatever the event is on time.

But no more, for me, anyway! This is the year of Cristin being on time for everything!

Spiritual Resolutions

As a part of my morning routine, I have done a micro meditation and a visualization exercise, and both really work for me. I want to continue to incorporate them into 2017 and to grow them to be even more useful for me.

Education Resolutions

Every year, I pledge to read 52 books, and I always do, but not in 2016. It’s the first year I have not hit my goal. However, in 2016, I won in other ways, including: writing daily, listening to podcasts, and experiencing new music, something that’s really important to me. I also always try to watch 12 movies a year, and never, ever do, and this year I watched 3 times as many! So even though I didn’t hit my book goal, I did pretty darn good on my resolutions. I’m keeping all of these for 2017, but I’m also going to try and watch theatrical recordings (since I can’t really get out to plays anymore), read 25 plays, and watch 3 dance production recordings (again, no outside time for Mama).

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There you have my New Year’s resolutions for 2017! What are yours? Let me know in the comments.

The Best of The Notable Woman: 2016

The Best of The Notable Woman: 2016

“The Best of The Notable Woman: 2016” is my look back at everything I loved about this year. In all fairness, it’s been a pretty short year. Though in gestation for a very long time (like an elephant pregnancy, I’m telling you!), The Notable Woman is barely 4 months old. I love me some year in review / round-up posts so I thought you might too. Here are my favorite quotes, book recommendations, tips, habits, and more!

Top 5 Book Recommendations

The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall
Recommended by Tia Shearer Bassett
You can find it in The Notable Woman Podcast, Episode 1
Summary from Amazon:

A thrillingly original novel published in thirty-three countries to worldwide acclaim, The New York Times Magazine called The Raw Shark Texts a genre-founding work of fiction.

Eric Sanderson wakes up in a house he doesn’t recognize, unable to remember anything of his life. All he has left are his diary entries recalling Clio, a perfect love who died under mysterious circumstances, and a house that may contain the secrets to Eric’s prior life. But there may be more to this story, or it may be a different story altogether. With the help of allies found on the fringes of society, Eric embarks on an edge-of-your-seat journey to uncover the truth about himself and to escape the predatory forces that threaten to consume him. Moving with the pace of a superb thriller, The Raw Shark Texts has sparked the imaginations of readers around the world and is one of the most talked-about novels in years.

Tia recommends it for anyone who loves a good novel.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
Recommended by Reverend Lorraine Peterson
You can find it in The Notable Woman Podcast, Episode 3
Summary from Amazon:

“One of the most extraordinary works of fantasy, for adults or children, published so far this century.”—Time magazine, on the Fairyland series

Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn’t . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland. September is already making new friends, including a book-loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday.

With exquisite illustrations by acclaimed artist Ana Juan, Fairyland lives up to the sensation it created when author Catherynne M. Valente first posted it online. For readers of all ages who love the charm of Alice in Wonderland and the soul of The Golden Compass, here is a reading experience unto itself: unforgettable, and so very beautiful.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making is a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Fiction title for 2011.

Lorraine suggests it no matter your age; it’s a great book for adults too!

The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle by Steven Pressfield
Recommended by Boom Shikha
You can find it in The Notable Woman Podcast, Episode 4
Summary from Amazon:

Internationally best-selling author of Last of the Amazons, Gates of Fire and Tides of War, Steven Pressfield delivers a guide to inspire and support those who struggle to express their creativity. Pressfield believes that “resistance” is the greatest enemy, and he offers many unique and helpful ways to overcome it.

Boom suggests it for those struggling to find life’s purpose.

Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan
Recommended by Victoria Ng
You can find it in The Notable Woman Podcast, Episode 6
Summary from Amazon:

“Funny and scary … an utterly believable critique of society. A+”—THE WASHINGTON POST

“The best graphic novel I’ve ever read.”—STEPHEN KING

“This year’s best movie is a comic book.”—“ALL THINGS CONSIDERED,” NPR

“A seriously funny, nuanced fable…. Grade A.”—ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

Y: THE LAST MAN, winner of three Eisner Awards and one of the most critically acclaimed, best-selling comic books series of the last decade, is that rare example of a page-turner that is at once humorous, socially relevant and endlessly surprising.

Written by Brian K. Vaughan (Lost, PRIDE OF BAGHDAD, EX MACHINA) and with art by Pia Guerra, this is the saga of Yorick Brown—the only human survivor of a planet-wide plague that instantly kills every mammal possessing a Y chromosome. Accompanied by a mysterious government agent, a brilliant young geneticist and his pet monkey, Ampersand, Yorick travels the world in search of his lost love and the answer to why he’s the last man on earth. Collecting issues #1-5.

Victoria suggests this graphic novel for a great read, whether or not it’s your first graphic novel or not.

Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie
Recommended by Laura Macauley
You can find it in The Notable Woman Podcast, Episode 8
Summary from Amazon:

The incredible story of the man behind TOMS Shoes and One for One, the revolutionary business model that marries fun, profit, and social good.

“A creative and open-hearted business model for our times.”—The Wall Street Journal

Why this book is for you:

  • You’re ready to make a difference in the world—through your own start-up business, a nonprofit organization, or a new project that you create within your current job.
  • You want to love your work, work for what you love, and have a positive impact on the world—all at the same time.
  • You’re inspired by charity: water, method, and FEED Projects and want to learn how these organizations got their start.
  • You’re curious about how someone who never made a pair of shoes, attended fashion school, or worked in retail created one of the fastest-growing footwear companies in the world by giving shoes away.
  • You’re looking for a new model of success to share with your children, students, co-workers, and members of your community.

You’re ready to start something that matters.

Laura suggests it for those who are looking at what’s next for them in their life.

Habits to Pick Up in 2017

Micro meditation from Boom’s episode The Notable Woman Podcast, Episode 4

Like the idea of meditation but scared of sitting in silence thinking about your to do list for 30 minutes? Don’t worry! You don’t have to start there. In her episode on meditation, Boom suggested micro meditation as a good place to start when developing a meditation practice. 2, 5, 10 minutes a day is where you can begin! It’s much easier to start a practice when it just feels like you’re dating (2 minutes) instead of marrying it (30 minutes, ack!).

Tia’s tip about stress from The Notable Woman Podcast, Episode 1

Tia brought up an interesting thought about stress, which is that we choose stress. We don’t actually need to stress. We just feel like we have to, when in fact, we can just continue on as we were. Tia believes she picked this habit up from her family, but realized she could stop it from spreading to her son if she chose right now to not choose stress.

This tip really resonated with me because I can clearly see it myself. Since Tia shared this nugget o’wisdom with me, I have been NOT choosing stress, and I feel so much better about everything from work to Mom life.

Top 5 Quotes

“What I think is that God is right there holding us up, and strengthening us, and weeping with us, and helping us to face unspeakable heartache.”
-Reverend Lorraine Peterson on God and hardship

“I would want anyone who’s listening to be proud of who you are. Accept that where you are is where you need to be right now. And that’s totally okay.”
-Victoria Ng on loving who you are right now

Definitely put your intentions out there and good things will follow.”
-Yanran Carpenter on manifesting your dreams

“You have to make a decision that you want your life to be better. And then you just take one small step, and another small step, and another one, and it’s just doing that over and over again to help build up to the goals you want to reach.”
-Shelly Robinson on getting to a better place with your health

“So every time you go on self sabotaging or self loathing activities, thinking all negative stuff, then pull out that piece of paper and read all the positive things you wrote about yourself, and that helps to get your mind from negative to positive instantly.”
-Susan “Suz” Adhikari

The Best Free Resources

Boom’s Group – The Millionaire Hippie – Money and meditation, what could be better? 🙂

Shelly’s Group – Healthy Mama Hustle – Health support for Mamas who run their own businesses or side hustles

Julie’s Group – Nest Egg Chick – Personal finance tips

From Rosemarie – A Guide to Building Your Self Confidence – Free guide / workbook

From Mikayla – 5 Day Guide to Crushing Burnout – Mikayla’s tips on how to say goodbye to overwhelm and control your own time

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That’s it for me! I’m looking forward to doing this again next year!

XOXO,
Cristin

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