Stella Orange - The Surprising truth about finding your edge...

What if you were exactly who you were supposed to be? 

And, what if, instead of trying to hide those parts of you you aren't so proud of, you actually let them shine?

In a market place where everyone is trying to set themselves apart, it might surprise you that the parts you're attempting to keep hidden may actually be your secret sauce.

According to this weeks inspiring woman, Stella Orange, relaxing into your space and owning who you are, are actually the keys to your success.

Stella Orange owns and operates a marketing company that teaches other business owners how to write and convey their messages effectively.  

In this interview, Stella explores her journey, beginning as a self-taught copywriter and infusing her quirkiness into a business model she now reaps the benefits of.

Her turning point came when she finally began to acknowledge  and accept that this was who she was and the realization that this was actually her edge. The clients she attracted were drawn to her off beat and relate-able perspective,. They didn't want the polished school taught copy, they wanted her imaginative and personable touch.

Stella is lovely as she brings so many wonderful insights and perspectives to this interview, as well as some pretty profound tips around leaning into your writing. I promise you will be nodding your head with understanding and recognition as you watch and listen to our interview.

 Plus, as a special gift for our listeners you can receive her free guide: They won't pay you gourmet prices if your copy screams fast food at  stellaorange.com/mikki

The inspired woman project : stella orange

Stella Orange is the founder and creative director of StellaOrange.com, a company that helps people spread the word about their good work. As a copywriting teacher, Stella shows her students how to nail their moneymaking message and find their writing voice so they move their audiences to action with a quirky, human touch. Stella’s clients include self-employed professionals and one-person businesses seeking to develop clarity, confidence and sales through the written and spoken word. She is the creator and leader of the Shut Up And Write Club, a community for lifestyle business founders on a mission to improve their copywriting results. Stella is based in Buffalo, New York.

Find out about upcoming writing labs and events at www.stellaorange.com.

To receive your free guide: "They won't pay you gourmet prices if your copy screams fast food." :  stellaorange.com/mikki

Kristie Kennedy - Change your mind-set

This week on the Inspired Woman Project, we are speaking with Kristie Kennedy, a Licensed Image Enhancement Consultant and Certified Women’s Worth and Wellness Expert.  Kristie’s passion is to empower women, providing them with the tools to be confident and keep a positivity within their mindset.

For so many women, explains Kristie, the theme she sees come up over and over is the “fear of the unknown. The mind is sharp, it wants to keep you safe.” But this, continues Kristie, limits you, and keeps you from your greatness. By listening closely to the words her clients use, she can pick up the emotion and underlying mindset that is contributing to the issues at hand.

Your mindset is the foundation for everything that happens in your life.  It’s a collection of all your beliefs, behaviors, feelings, emotions and attitudes. Your confidence, sense of personal responsibility and beliefs shape the way you view the world. When you are seeing the world with positivity, you are no longer allowing yourself to be a victim, you determine your own success or failure.

So how does one change their mindset?

According to Kristie, it begins with recognizing that every day is a new day. Read or listen to positive affirmations, and write down at least one thing you want to conquer. This builds momentum which leads to action and ultimately shifts your mindset.

Kristie shares an optimism in this interview that is undeniable as she discusses the transitions she has faced in her own life and the possibility she sees for transforming the lives of other women. Enjoy!

the inspired woman project: kristie kennedy

Kristie Kennedy is a Licensed Image Enhancement Consultant, Certified Women’s Worth and Wellness Expert, who provides confidence and clarity coaching to female leaders, executives and business owners who are exhausted from being the world’s best kept secret, ready to claim center stage as the leading lady of their own life, powerfully shift in mind and magnificently shine.

She is skilled in four areas of personal development: mindset mastery, massive momentum, magnetic messaging and potential maximization.  Ms. Kennedy has a passion for helping leaders who have reached a plateau with the ability to turn their can'ts into cans and their dreams into plans. Her life is a testament that you can shift from mediocrity to magnificence one bold action step at a time. www.kristiekennedy.com

 

Joanne Ameya Cohen - Finding your truest self...

In our fast-paced, achievement based world, many people, particularly women, have lost touch with who they really are. We have been conditioned since childhood by our parents our culture and our society to fit in and do what we're supposed to.

But this one size fits all idea doesn't work. Eventually we can find ourselves with adverse physical or emotional manifestations arising from the denial of our truest selves.

 Joanne Ameya Cohen, our guest this week on the Inspired Woman Project, is passionate around helping women remember and come back to the beauty that is their truest self.  Employing numerous sacred moon and earth wisdom modalities, Joanne supports her sisters to face their inner terrain and heal themselves.

 As a child Jo-Ann struggled with the desire to be seen and heard in a big way. Yet, following her parents divorce, she began to echo her mother's style, becoming a go-getter and an achiever, suppressing herself in order to fit in and gain recognition. At the same time, Joanne began to suffer from various feminine health issues, symptoms she came to realize much later of her self-imposed repression.

When Joanne eventually embarked on her journey of self discovery and in particular, the study of flower essences, she commenced a healing of body, mind and spirit, watching as her physical ailments began to disappear. She learned to live in accordance with the moon cycle, and take care of herself with the ways of ancient woman wisdom.

She digs in deep with her clients and community, reminding them that they are not alone. That so many of us share the same stories and that transformation is both possible and attainable.

Joanne is so present and beautiful as she shares her story and her passion for aligning the feminine with in us all. I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did!

the inspired woman project: Joanne Ameya Cohen

Joanne Ameya is shifting the current paradigms in Women's Health and Feminine Leadership.  Through her background as a Certified Flower Essence Therapist, Plant Spirit Medicine Practitioner, Women’s Wisdom Guide, and Shamanic Practitioner, Ameya supports women to Remember their truth, beauty, heart, and power.
 
She is most passionate about helping women to let go of past pains and hurts in order to reclaim their Wild Feminine Hearts.  Anchoring this in wisdom traditions, women are invited to coax out their radiance and are set off on a path of Remembrance.
 
Joanne Ameya founded the Woman Rising School for Flower Essences and Shamanic Studies, she co-facilitates an online Women’s Mystery School called Priestesses of the Moon and co-hosts Wild Sacred Women Retreats.

 For more information, visit http://joanneameyacohen.com/



 

Taylor Miller - Making the Change...

Changing one’s career is often a decision that can make us feel vulnerable and even a bit fearful as it stretches us outside of our comfort zone. And, if you are like Taylor Miller, this week’s guest on the Inspired Woman Project, and your prior career was one in which you loved, navigating to the new one can be all the more daunting.

For 30 years, Taylor worked as an actress, most notably as Nina Cortland from All My Children. She loved the work she did and hadn’t really thought that anything else could replace it. Yet, at a certain point, the door on acting simply closed and Taylor had to struggle with the question of what do I do now. It wasn’t graceful or easy and she admits that her process between the old door and the new was awful, as she sorted through feelings of anger and frustration.

When the shift finally came, Taylor turned her attention to holistic medicine and nutrition, a topic she had first become acquainted with while helping her son resolve his own childhood health issues. At 52, noticing her own issues of fatigue and decline, she passionately delved into this world, and ultimately realized the gratification in coaching others to heal themselves with food. Today she specializes in guiding peri-menopausal, menopausal and post menopausal women into the next segment of their journey. Working to uncover old ideas and changing their eating and lifestyle choices.

Taylor is so vibrant and honest in this interview as she shares her wildly divergent path and her deep understanding of how change works.

the inspired woman project: taylor miller

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Taylor Miller is known to many Baby Boomers for her role as Nina Cortlandt on ABC’s All My Children. She left her successful soap opera career to raise a family.
During her acting and voice over career, which spanned three decades, her young son was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. With the help of an alternative doctor and changing the food he was eating, he is now 25 and symptom free.
 
Taylor could clearly see the power of food. When her own health and energy failed as she turned 50, food was again brought to the forefront. Having had the experience of her son’s healing; she searched for a way to feel vibrant and alive as an aging woman. 

Passionate about her own journey with food, from sugar addict, to hypoglycemic to actually to being at peace with food, Taylor shares her experience and expertise with private clients as well as leading an Awareness and Habit Change Workshop designed to Reset Hormones and thus Lose Belly Fat. 

Taylor works with private clients to lead them to Live, Love, and Change their lives. 

Her mission is to help middle aged women to get off the dieting merry go round, improve their lifestyle and learn how to eat for their bodies, so they can make peace with food. 

If you would like to contact Taylor, please go to www.TaylorMillerHHC.com.

Stacie Thomas - Don't wait for permission...

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”
— Steve Jobs

This week on the Inspired Woman Project, we are speaking with Stacie Thomas, make-up artist and owner of Artistry by Stacie. An entrepreneur who has carved out her own pathway and is determining her own definition of success.

Stacie began her journey by choosing beauty school over college, following her passion and in the process, recognizing that she had a gift. For many years she worked for corporations, developing and documenting her skills on the side. Eventually, without the full support of family and friends, she embarked out on her own. She worked steadily, and decided that following her passion and making money did not have to be an either/or decision. She could choose a new path that combined them both.

“Sometimes you have to be the first person to do it,” says Stacie. “You don’t have to wait for others to give you permission or let other people define your happiness or success, it’s different for everyone.” For Stacie, being in the moment and getting out her head makes all the difference. When she is stuck, she turns to nature for both motivation and inspiration, shifting into a place where she can just allow it to flow.

Stacie shares some great advice in this interview on how to create what you want without limits or the need for permission. And she reminds us that we are all indisputably beautiful, each of us, in our own way.

the inspired woman project: stacie thomas

Stacie Thomas is a Makeup Artist and Licensed Cosmetologist serving the Seattle- Bellevue Metro area. She specializes in on-location events, lessons, photoshoots, films, and weddings.

Having studied at the Gary Manuel Aveda Institute, Stacie quickly found herself drawn more to color theory and facial structure, as seen in naming lipstick shades off her classmate’s faces. Stacie remains committed to the craft through continuing education, workshops, assisting veteran artists, and collaborations with fellow creatives. Her years of experience includes: photoshoots, cosmetics sales from Bobbi Brown to MAC, fashion shows, weddings, the music video Time Is on Your Side by Stadiumx, and growing. Above all Stacie enjoys instructing women on putting their best face forward with custom tailored techniques and top quality products to create a well composed look.

Stacie’s style of makeup can be described as glowing, sculpted, and timeless.

To find out more: http://www.artistrybystacie.com

Gina Mazzella Fresquez - Shifting Perspective...

Too often we hold onto assumptions of the way things are supposed to be, without realizing that these thoughts are not serving us. We feel stressed and overwhelmed or even a little lost because we believe that we must conform to be happy.

We forget that if we simply allow ourselves to step back and view our situation from another perspective, from a place of what we truly want, we can create something completely different for ourselves. We can open to the possibility of another way of accomplishing our goals or living our lives on our own terms.

Gina Fresquez is our guest this week on the Inspired Woman Project, and she has made this belief a fundamental concept in her coaching and her life. As a coach, she now primarily works with people who are usually holding down a full time job and are looking to develop a side business or project. Not everyone is comfortable making the giant leap into the unknown, and Gina supports those people to know that it is OK to “take the stairs.” To create the steps to transition that feels true for each individual. “People tell you it is either/or,” says Gina, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Not everyone wants to sky dive, and you don’t have to. The destination is the same. The main thing is allow yourself the freedom to access what you truly want and to allow yourself to proceed from that perspective. No matter what that looks like.

Gina Fresquez shares her story, her insights and her beliefs on finding balance on the way. She reminds us to get clear on how we want to feel and what we truly want, and is standing by to support the shift in perspectives that may be holding us back.

the inspired woman project: gina mazzella fresquez

 As a Freedom Catalyst, Confidence Coach and founder of the Women's Side Hustle Society, Gina is on a mission to empower stressed and busy working women who are building their business on the side while working a full time job create an exit strategy to achieve the freedom they desire and execute the process with less stress and more ease and grace. 

 

To find out more: gina-louise.com/

Tracey Warren - The tools to connect...

It is a different world than the one most of us grew up in. We all seem to suffer from a shorter attention span, and we have been told that in order to be a successful business we must move at the lightning fast pace of the digital world or become obsolete. In fact many businesses have moved into the realm of only communicating and marketing this way.

 But have we really changed that much? Do we honestly value the next best thing or the person of the hour over simple human connection? Is it possible to integrate these concepts so that we can build real relationships and meaning?

For Tracey Warren, owner of thesocialplayground.com and this week’s guest on the Inspired Woman Project, it is important for us to remember that social media is simply one of our many tools, not the end-game. Like the telephone or email, it is a way to communicate and connect. “Ultimately people want to do business with people,” says Tracey.  Social Media is great for keeping the conversation going after the initial connection, but in many ways the old standards of business still apply. Tracey encourages us to pick up the phone, meet for coffee or send a hand written note. These extra touches are important to building a real foundation in a relationship and encourage trust and meaning. They also make you unforgettable.

In this interview, Tracey shares her story of discovering and utilizing her greatest strengths. She encourages us to be different and authentic and reminds us to have the courage to be ourselves. Doing business hasn’t really changed that much; people respond to being seen and heard and valued, social media just gives us the opportunity to make it happen quicker.

inspired woman project: tracey warren

Have you ever wondered “Can all this social media stuff really make a difference to your bottom line?” Tracey Warren’s answer is an absolute YES!  

Tracey is a social media superhero, able to establish reputations online, create communities and build relationships. And she wants to change the way we use social media to market our businesses. She believes that one of the worst things to be on social media is forgettable. She wants to improve the way we as entrepreneurs show up to be seen and heard, so we are not just memorable but unforgettable. Tracey is known for her tell like it is style for this both funny and full of humor. 

There is no mistaking however the innovative and creative ways Tracey creates communities for her clients. Communities that allows them to focus on building relationships offline, so they can make more money. 

To find out more: thesocialplayground.com

 

 

Erin Loman-Jeck - The Power of Surrender...

This week on the Inspired Woman Project we are speaking with Erin Loman-Jeck, a strategic business coach and the CEO of the Transformational Speaker Agency. Within this interview it becomes immediately apparent why Erin is such a sought after speaker and mentor as she combines practical advice with an alignment to one's knowing. Right from the start she acknowledges the uneasiness of her path as she shares an amazing story of her surrender within that.

 For five years Erin had been involved in the speaking industry presenting her message to many an audience, unaware that she had mastered a skill sought out by others. Approached over and over by speakers who were struggling to do what she did, she began to have an inkling that she was standing in a powerful space and needed to teach other amazing speakers how to get their message out. Although she was comfortable giving large talks to big audiences, she was somewhat intimidated by an industry she didn't yet completely understand.

Erin recalls the moment she surrendered to her new path in a powerful story where she stood at the top of a zip line, getting ready to jump. She knew she had to leave her limiting stories behind and stand proudly in her knowing, to surrender in that moment to this new path. She took a deep breath and jumped, crying the whole way, surrendering physically, emotionally and spiritually to what lay ahead.

 It is from this place that Erin conceived and birthed the Transformational Speaker Agency, where she endeavors to help professional men and women get clear on their message and share it with the world.

 Erin shares so much in this interview, specifically the elements necessary in the creation of one’s signature or "legacy" talk and the methods she employs almost daily to center herself and stay true to her heart. I know you will love listening to Erin as you receive many an insight and hang on her every word.

the inspired Woman project: erin loman-jeck

Erin Loman-Jeck is a Business Success Coach and the CEO of the Transformational Speakers Agency. Erin's specialty is business coaching for service-based businesses, women entrepreneurs in soul based businesses, and anyone who wants to work on multiple streams of income based on their expertise. 

 Erin gives her clients honest feedback that results in them attaining their goals and desires. After years of running a successful business coaching company and speaking career, Erin decided it was time to share her knowledge with other transformational speakers.  Erin's mission is to facilitate a shift in the world's paradigms, so she launched her agency to empower other experts to share their transformational messages with audiences around the world. She helps speakers, Get Noticed. Get Booked. Get Paid. to make an impact on the planet. 

To find out more, visit her at: www.transformationalspeakers.comand www.erinlomanjeck.com

Michelle Mazur - Speaking Up...

How do you put your message out into the world in a way that connects and excites the people you were meant to work with?

And then, how do you get paid to do it? 

 According to, this week’s inspiring woman, Michelle Mazur, a communication rebel and speech writing doula, it is by creating a talk that spreads your message and your reputation.

 A lot of people, particularly women, find themselves trapped in speaking for free. Michelle, believes this is part mindset and part positioning. 

 By first understanding the value of what you've created, you are more able to stand in your power and understand your unique experience and expertise. Next, is what Michelle refers to as the unfair speaking advantage. "The way to get paid to speak is by being the only person to do what you do on stage."

  According to Michelle, positioning yourself requires three main concepts:

1. Allowing your personality to shine through

2. Sharing your unique viewpoints and

3. Identifying the vision or transformation you want to hold for your audience.

 In this interview, Michelle expands on these three ideas and shares her story of her awkward and somewhat bumpy beginnings in public speaking. She is both funny and relate-able in her sharing. I hope you gain as much insight as I did!

 

the inspired woman proect: Michelle Mazur

Michelle Mazur, Ph.D. helps speakers and entrepreneurs create speaking as profit-center for their business by building a speech like a product that positions them as the go-to expert in their field.

She is the CEO of Communication Rebel and the author of Speak Up for Your Business. The speakers she works with have gone on to book speaking gigs around the world, double their speaking fees, and speak in front of world leaders and First Ladies. Her rebel yell has appeared in Fast Company, Entrepreneur, PR Daily, and She Owns It. She lives in Seattle, WA with her adoring husband, 2 obsessive felines, and a huge collection of Duran Duran memorabilia.

You can discover your Unfair Speaking Advantage at: www.drmichellemazur.com/advantage

Tanya Beaubrun - A Different Approach...

As more and more people become disillusioned with a system of healthcare that seems to cater to the pharmaceutical companies, there is a growing interest in a more integrative approach. A form of care that places the patient at the center and addresses not only the physical ailments, but takes into consideration one’s emotional, mental, spiritual and environmental influences.

 This week on the Inspired Woman Project, we are speaking with Tanya Beaubrun, a Family Physician and a Certified Wellness & Lifestyle Empowerment Coach. Tanya combines traditional medicine with alternative modalities enabling and empowering her patients to become an active participant in their healing process.

 Although Tanya began her career as a traditional doctor, she eventually felt the calling for a different way of treating her patients. She began to explore a number of “alternative” modalities and now practices by using emotional components to diagnose physical ailments, allowing her intuition and her scientific background to lead her in her patient’s care. According to Tanya, this type of attention allows her to care for her patients as a whole person, rather than merely to treat them.

   In many ways Tanya feels that she has been transformed by this practice, changing not only the lives of her patients but herself in the process. She displays such a deep knowing and faith in this interview, presenting our listeners a side to medicine that is both heartfelt and beautiful. I hope you gain as much warmth and insight from her as I did.

the inspired woman project: tanya Beaubrun

Dr. Tanya Beaubrun is a Family Physician, Certified Wellness & Lifestyle Empowerment Coach, wife, mother, and a passionate lover of life.  She has dedicated her career to helping people feel their best in their bodies so they can live happy, healthy and free lives.

Her dream is to start a movement geared towards empowering women to lead full, vibrant and authentic lives by teaching them how to care for themselves, respect the choices they make and remain attuned to what they can do to heal their lives. 

She advocates a holistic approach to well-being, incorporating mind, body, spirit practices so people can connect more deeply to themselves and their truth.


A graduate of the University of the West Indies, she has spent the past 23 years in Private Practice, using a holistic approach to health and advocating for the heart and soul to be brought back into the practice of Medicine. She holds an Integrative Health Coaching Certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), and recently certified under Gabrielle Bernstein’s Level 1 and 2 Spirit Junkie Master Class. She is currently enrolled in the MMI’s Fellowship Program in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine.

In addition to her work, she feels her most important role has been as a wife and mother of 3.  

She lives her message of optimum health and wellness by eating clean, and enjoys running, yoga and barre exercises. 

Jordana Jaffe - Create your Community...

There is a fundamental concept that in order to create and advance one’s business, you have to network. Once upon a time, this meant attending a social event with a fistful of business cards, meeting and charming as many people as you could. For the shy, tired or introverted, this could be incredibly stressful.

 Luckily, according to this week’s Inspired Woman, Jordana Jaffe, the rules have changed.  “Social media used to be the side dish, but now it can be the entrée,” says Jordana. Social media has become a powerful tool not only for creating community but for entrepreneurs to promote their platform, their vision and their business.

Jordana has built her business around helping other entrepreneurs create and utilize their Facebook groups as a pivotal strategy for advancing one’s platform, connecting with their peers and creating a community that supports one another.

 Jordana illuminates in this interview the 3 main fears that arise for most people when beginning to put themselves out there in Social media. She is pragmatic and compassionate of the ways in which to confront those fears, and sensitive to the ways in which to honor ourselves in the process. 

the inspired woman project: Jordana Jaffe

Jordana Jaffe teaches women entrepreneurs who are introverts or homebodies how to create a super engaged Facebook group and successfully participate in other groups so that you can get clients and grow your online community while staying at home in your cozy pjs. 

To find out more about her:

website: www.jordanajaffe.com

 facebook:  bit.ly/youaremagical

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Yasmin Vorajee - Its About Time...

Balancing a small business with small children is an issue that tends to come up for many women entrepreneurs at one time or another. The push/pull to blend our meaningful work with the needs of our families and the desire to be present with our children can often lead to feelings of frustration and guilt.

This week’s guest on the Inspired Woman Project, Yasmin Vorajee has tapped into this very theme, having created a business that tackles the balancing act of time.

Yasmin initially spent 12 years on the corporate track. When she suddenly found herself out of a job due to the global recession, she realized that she had actually been presented with an opportunity to fulfill her dream of self-employment.  Although this enfolded quite organically and she was doing work she believed in, she was also faced with the dilemma of her time. With a toddler and another child on the way, Yasmin found herself repeatedly distracted and frustrated that she couldn't commit the time she wanted to do both.

It was then that she remembered that in her corporate life whenever she would take a half day, she found herself intensely focused and managed to do an enormous amount of work in a very short period of time. The question then arose, Why then not employ the same strategy as an entrepreneur?  By creating a structure and a system that was highly focused she could create flexibility in the rest of her life. She honed her work schedule down to 3 hours a day, and discovered a life she could love.

Now, Yasmin supports other entrepreneurs to focus their energy and time on what is really important for their particular business. Getting clear on their meaningful work and the details of what actually needs to be done, and giving her clients big results from their tiny time.

The inspired woman project: Yasmin Vorajee

Yasmin Vorajee is a former Vice President of Leadership Development and after a highly successful corporate career spanning 12 years, she decided to start her own company where she now works with small business owners, who have expertise in their field and industry, to turn their knowledge into lucrative online courses, group programs and premium packages so they can stop trading time for money.

Yasmin is a highly sought after coach, trainer and speaker and she is the creator of the Tiny Time Big Results philosophy which encourages businesses to focus on purpose, profit, productivity and the importance of play.

Yasmin has featured in the Sunday Independent, the Irish Independent, the Irish Times and the Huffington Post as well as local and regional media. She also featured in the Global Women and Leadership Summit in 2013 alongside Cherie Blair, Marianne Williamson and John Gray (author of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus).

Yasmin is from Lancashire, England and now lives in the Republic of Ireland with her farmer husband and their two young children. 

If you'd like to know about how I can help you, please book your complimentary Strategy Call here!

Website: www.yasminvorajee.com

Join me on Facebook: yasmin.vorajee / Tiny Time, BIG Results with Yasmin Vorajee  

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LinkedIn: http://ie.linkedin.com/pub/yasmin-vorajee-chartered-mcipd/16/304/710

Trine Jensen - There are no rules...

 There are so many ways in which one becomes an entrepreneur. And yet most of us believe that it begins with one’s passion and eventually leads us to an income and a way to sustain our lifestyle.

 For Trine Jensen, a relationship and sex healer, and this week’s guest on the Inspired Woman Project, her path was actually quite the opposite.

 When Trine started down her path as an entrepreneur she left what many would have said was a perfect life. She was married to a handsome man with a child and a house on the hill overlooking the ocean. On the outside she had everything she had ever wanted. In fact, this exterior container was her dream come true, and yet she remembers feeling mostly unhappy. For awhile she blamed it on her husband, but after her divorce , Trine finally started to uncover and examine her unhappiness and acknowledge it as her own. And like with what so often happens when we shift, her internal growth took off.

 Next, Trine looked at her life and how she could provide an income for herself while still being present and available as a mom to her small child. She  decided that in order to make the amount of money she needed for the amount of time she was willing to allow, she would need to work for herself.

She went through many transitions in this, first by using her skills as a reiki master, and the inclusion of a massage therapy practice. Eventually she trained to be a Pilates instructor and for 10 years built up a business in progressive Pilates and rehab which included 3 studios in Los Angeles.  Next she turned her attention to business coaching, but eventually began to miss the connection and healing aspect she had been a part of for so long.

 When finally, her truth stood before her in a way she could no longer deny she turned her attention to relationship coaching especially as it pertains to the body. The body component had always been present for her and yet it was something she mostly took for granted, never recognizing it as the gift she now understands it to be. Her knowledge of how the body interacts with the mind and her own self work to uncover her desires made this her undeniable path.

 In this interview, Trine Jensen shows us that sometimes the journey as an entrepreneur can begin in the middle and actually lead you to your passion. There are no rules. She also shares with our listeners a stroking practice to wake up our senses and discover the physical pleasure within our own body.

I hope you enjoy!

THE INSPIRED WOMAN PROJECT: Trine Jensen

Trine is a sex and relationship healer, erotica artist and coach. She received her Master’s degree from Pepperdine University’s Business School in Organization Development, which combines Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology and Economics. She also holds a BFA in Theatre from New World School of the Arts. Trine worked as a modern dancer, actor and Reiki master for many years before opening three successful Pilates studios in Los Angeles.

Today, Trine teaches women to trust and follow their deepest desires to create fun, fulfilling and lasting relationships. She is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and member of the International Coach Federation, and utilizes a number of healing modalities in her work, including the Sensual Stroking Practice, Reiki, and Trance Dance. She also teaches the Max Meditation System™ and performs Life-Activations through her certifications with the Modern Mystery School.

To find out more about Trine Jensen, visit her website: www.trinejensen.com

Pamela Langord - Finding her voice...

What do you do when your entire world is shifting around you? Your identity is unraveling, and the major pieces of what once defined who you are, are no longer true.

Ultimately you have a choice. You can choose to struggle and fear and deny OR you can choose to let go, accept and transform.

For Pamela Langord, of Ridgetop Virtual Solutions and this week’s guest on the Inspired Woman Project, this was the situation and eventually the choice she faced; leaving both her job and her marriage in the same year. Ultimately Pamela was able to dig down deep within and discover a truer version of herself.  

In her work and in her life, Pamela had learned to be really comfortable playing it small. She was there to support her employer and her husband and she was good at it. Stuffing things down and protecting herself became her norm, and when she finally had enough of both, she had to find her voice and let herself be seen. It took a tremendous amount of courage and vulnerability, but it finally allowed her to forge her own path, by her own set of rules.

Pamela Langord displays an incredible resiliency and a deep belief in herself that shines through as she shares her story and her eventual entry into entrepreneurship. Her strength and fortitude on her path are remarkable.

THE INSPIRED WOMAN PROJECT: Pamela Langord

Pam is a technology driven virtual assistant and online business manager who has spent the last 25 years as the “Can Do Kid”, “behind the scenes Buddha” for a variety of businesses both online and brick and mortar. She’s a self-professed technology tamer and systems wrangler who works primarily with big creatives, soul driven coaches and wellness professionals.

Her personal mission is to beat down the cyber gremlins and time suckers of the virtual world to enable her clients to spend more time working in their business of helping others rather than on it. Her personal belief is that technology should enhance not hamper.

To find out more, visit her at: www.ridgetopvirtualsolutions.com/

Josefa Lan - Revising Beliefs...

This week on the Inspired Woman Project we are speaking with Josefa Lan, an Intuitive Life Coach who shares her strong desire to support people to get clear on who they are and who they are not. Through an extensive path of self-discovery, Josefa learned to reevaluate the beliefs she had grown up with, realizing that it was actually her choice to keep or hold onto what was true for her. This created a monumental shift for her and set her on the path she walks so compassionately today.

No one grows up in a perfect family.

Despite the idealized portrayals we see in the movies and on television, most parents are not perfect, and childhoods are often replete with one problem or another. Josefa Lan knows this better than most, as she was born and raised in a religious cult, riddled with dysfunction. For Josefa, who never felt fully aligned with the expected set of beliefs of her family, she began her early life believing that she was broken. Today, working with clients, Josefa recognizes that in some ways we all grow up in dysfunction. We all have family beliefs and structures that need to be reevaluated. As an intuitive and empathetic guide, Josefa champions others to differentiate those beliefs, and discover the value in who they really are. 

Josefa Lan has so much to offer in this interview as she touches on so many elements of self realization. I know you will enjoy her as much as I did!

The inspired woman project: Josefa Lan

Josefa Lan is an intuitive life coach who helps her clients to dig deep, get real, and let the outside chatter fall away, so they can learn to trust their own truth, heal their past wounds, and reclaim their power. Her work as a coach came about from years spent in an attempt to heal her own past and reclaim her life as her own. Although painful and trying at times, she will be the first to tell you that healing the inside is worth all the effort because it also changes everything on the outside.

Her style is all intuition, compassion, and humor with a heavy dose of grounded realism. She believes that allowing ourselves the opportunity to be vulnerable and fully seen in our own truth is the most freeing experience we can have as human beings. Her greatest joy comes from helping her clients shine a light inside so that they can clearly see that every single thing about them deserves unconditional love and happiness. Josefa also serves as a co-facilitator of GIRLS WEEKEND FOR YOUR SOUL™, a 3 day retreat created specifically for women desiring to gain a deeper connection inside and out and also laugh, play, and have a lot of fun in the process. 

To find out more: www.josefalan.com/

Christine Egan - Redefining Healthy...

What does it mean to be healthy?

Perhaps a better question might be, what does it feel like to be healthy?

Often the emphasis is on the external; getting enough exercise and eating “right.” Of course these factors are important, but one element that’s missing is how do we feel while we are getting healthy. Are we overwhelmed and stressed? Or are we engaging with ease?

This week on the Inspired Woman Project, we are speaking with Christine Egan, an author, a speaker and a health coach who is endeavoring to change the way we think about being healthy. There is a prevalent line of thinking says Christine, that “I’ll be healthy when…” But what are we waiting for? Health is not about a checklist of the current social dictates, it is individual and totally different for everyone. Christine believes that good health is really about nourishing yourself. “You can find health in your relationships, walking in nature or even just giving yourself that 5 minute pause button”, says Christine. “I want to give women the permission that whatever their definition of health is,is totally fine.”

Christine Egan is so inspiring in this interview as she really dives into the whole issue of health and our ideology around that. She shares her story of “living healthy” and a simultaneous diagnosis of cancer, and how the experience deepened her understanding of what real health looks like. I am confident that you will be captivated by Christine and perhaps encouraged to redefine what it means to be healthy.

THE INSPIRED WOMAN PROJECT: Christine Egan

Christine Egan is a healthy living advocate and author of The Healthy Girl’s Guide to Breast Cancer. She ran a half-marathon after ending 33 radiation treatments, and a full marathon to celebrate her remission.

Today she leads the #RedefiningHealthy movement -- teaching women how to feel healthy in their bodies now, not after losing 15 pounds, finishing cancer treatments, or quitting their dead-end job.

Christine has appeared on Fox News, as well as in Yoga Journal and Live Happy Magazine. She has also given talks for Saucony and New Balance. Christine lives on Long Island, NY with her husband and three children.

She can be found at www.Redefining-Healthy.com

Ida Butwin - Guided by your Values...

What are your 3 highest goals? Now compare them to your values.

Are you in alignment?

These are the questions Ida Butwin, a productivity coach for mom entrepreneurs and a mother of 3, begins with when talking to new clients. They are pivotal questions that make one really look at their life and begin to prioritize what is important to them. For instance, says Ida, “if you value family time and you’re giving them an hour a day and you’re giving your business 8 hours, there’s an imbalance.”

As a stay at home mom, Ida knows the conflict that can arise of wanting more. More time, more balance and more engagement with the world. She first stepped into entrepreneurship with a local business that focuses on using Legos for educational play. This sustained her for a while, but eventually she reached a creative impasse.

It was when Ida discovered the online coaching world that she really got excited. All around her were other mom entrepreneurs struggling to be both an enterprising businessperson and a “good” mom. She knew there had to be a better way, and decided in a moment of clarity to create a business that empowered and helped other mompreneurs find the balance they so desperately desired.

Today, Ida is still a stay at home mom, with 2 businesses and a fervent aspiration to maintain and live her life according to her core values. She has clear boundaries that help her maintain when she should work and when she is present with her family. She is cognizant that she must be flexible with her plans and that her schedule is not always within her control. Her family will always come first as this is of her highest value, but being able to adapt to a new plan for herself and her work at a moment’s notice is essential.

Ida Butwin is highly relatable in this interview. In the sharing of her story to the expression of her values, there is a familiar resonance for many moms. She has found a way to strike a balance for herself, her family and her businesses, and she is excited to share it with others.

The Inspired Woman Project:: Ida Butwin

Ida Butwin is a sought-after productivity coach, she's been featured on iTunes New and Noteworthy Podcasts such as Love is a Verb, as well as in the Elephant Journal and other online publications. Ida believes you do not have to be a 24/7 entrepreneur or sacrifice family time or self-care to be successful. Join her super supportive Facebook group Hustle Redefined for Mom Entrepreneurs.

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Dina Washington - Defining Success...

Each week on the Inspired Woman Project we ask the question, "what is your personal definition of success?"And although every person answers it differently, most of our guests relate it to how they feel at the end of the day.  This week, Dina Washington extrapolates on that idea and sums it up with this simple but powerful  statement:  "Success used to be measured by accumulation, now its about what you experience," 

For Dina Washington, an author, artist and  soul passion coach, being in alignment with ones truth and igniting ones passion on a daily basis is the ultimate expression of her "success." That she gets to guide others to connect to their own passion and truth is like the frosting on the cake.

Within her work, Dina encourages her clients to "follow the bread crumbs of passion."  Sometimes it is a simple shift in perspective to discover our life's passions and sometimes they are so buried that we have no idea how to begin. Dina believes that simply beginning with whatever ignites a spark within will lead you on your path. It could be a song, a flower or even the color on someone's sweater that catches your eye. It is the continual noticing and allowing of that spark that will lead you to what lights up your heart.

Dina Washington has an eloquence and passion that seeps out in this interview right from the start. I know you will enjoy listening and watching her as she shares her story, her work and her tips on bringing passion and alignment into one's life.

 

The inspired woman project: dina washington

Dina Washington is a Life Coach, VO Artist and Author who is dedicated to bringing connection, calm and grounded presence into the lives of others. She is the author of With or Without You, a book for men who are absent from their children’s lives.

Dina was born in San Francisco, CA and currently lives in Maui, HI where she has learned a touch of Hula and fell in love with the sport of OC-6, Outrigger Canoeing. She makes a point of watching beautiful sunsets where ever she may be in the world.

Dina is currently coaching clients and working on her fiction novel debut which explores values of today and how we can live a meaningful and fulfilling life. 

To find out more about Dina: http://dw5pcoach.com/

 

Steph Ritz - Let Yourself be Seen...

This week on the Inspired Woman Project we are speaking with Steph Ritz, an author and coach who educates and guides her clients to hone their abilities as writers by tapping in to their authentic selves.“It is so scary to really be seen,” says  Steph, but once we do, it’s like you’ve been “handed a key to unlock what’s in your heart.”

So many of us hide ourselves because we are afraid that the truth of who we are will not be acceptable; that if people knew about our imperfections or past mistakes, they wouldn’t approve. Yet, being human is to sometimes be insecure and awkward and to make mistakes. Not only do your mistakes make you human, but they give you a wealth of experiences and perspectives to draw on especially when helping others. By realizing how to love all the parts of ourselves, we can learn to work through our fears, get vulnerable, and eventually tap into the infinite possibilities of our lives and our business.

For most of her life, Steph Ritz remained in hiding, never really acknowledging or even allowing her true self to emerge. She had given everything to everyone else, and there was a level of fear she had to battle before she could step into the person she is now; full of love for herself and her purpose.

In this interview Steph explores her path with a vulnerability that is deep and brave, showing us how amazing life can be when you let yourself be seen and heard and loved.

The inspired Woman Project: Steph Ritz

Steph Ritz is a sought after writing coach and retreat facilitator who knows how to voice your passions in a way that resonates with your audience. She guides you to use your authentic voice in a marketing context so your writing converts readers into buyers.

Over the past 12 years, Steph has represented internationally acclaimed artists, authors, marketers, educators, coaches, and corporations. She has a deep passion for turning what you’re saying into what you meant to say so your words can transform your community. Her strength lies in empowering you to translate the pivotal moments of your journey into tangible solutions for your audience.  

To learn more about her: www.stephritz.com

Katya Sarmiento - Recognize your Gifts...

Everyone has a unique gift, something that is distinctively you, and incredibly useful to those around you. Often this may be something that is seemingly ordinary as it is so much of who you are and how you experience the world, but to others it is an amazing talent or skill. Most people never even recognize their gift, as they often don’t realize it for what it is.

And then sometimes they do.

This week on the Inspired Woman Project we are talking with Katya Sarmiento, the founder and owner of ReachAndMakeMillions. By combining her love of coaching with her love of technology, she was able to utilize her strengths and her unique gifts to create a business she loves.

Katya recalls the moment when it all clicked into place and she recognized her gift for what it is. She was in a mastery level coaching program and was helping most of her classmates with their technological difficulties. For Kaya, technology had always been something that came easy, something she actually enjoyed. For her classmates it was a struggle. One day, one of her friends asked for computer help and insisted on paying her. Although she resisted at first, the idea took hold that she could combine her love of coaching with her love of technology, and her business was born.

Katya shares so much in this interview about the twists and turns along her path and what she does now that keeps her grounded and aligned in her truth. I hope you enjoy her as much as I did!

 

THE INSPIRED WOMAN PROJECT INTERVIEW:  Katya Sarmiento

I am Katya Sarmiento and I work with holistic entrepreneurs and coaches who are committed to making a bigger impact and a bigger income. Coaches who know that the only way to do this is by working SMARTER, not harder.

I am a business coach that specializes in technology.

I teach business strategy and tech integration to coaches who don’t want to go through years and years of trial & error and trying to figure this shit out on their own - but still want to enjoy the benefits of growing their business, having more time, having CONSISTENT results, and making more millions ;)

Having started a business at 8 years old... What? Doesn’t this Big Biz Tycoon game count?

In all seriousness, having started ReachAndMakeMillions.com at 18 years old - I dropped out of college, quit my full-time job, and made it my mission to make sure every holistic entrepreneur and coach I meet gets to live a joyful, abundant, and freedom-focused life because of their thriving online business.

I’ve taught and supported hundreds of coaches world-wide on how to find their niche, get clear on their message, build an audience, create a website that works, write copy that converts, build a list of loyal fans, market and sell authentically, set up systems, hire a dream team, and more.

I have personally grown ReachAndMakeMillions by 185% in the last year alone and continue to spend hours researching, learning, and implementing business strategies and new technology - so that YOU don’t have to spend the time, money, and energy doing so.