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  • Last year, I had the fortune of being invited to participate as a co-author of the now #1 international best-selling book, The Pay it Forward Series: Notes to My Younger Self; the brain-child of Kezia Luckett. Kezia is the Conscious Creator, Founder, and Trailblazer behind Women of Contribution. When she first approached me about participating in the book, I had no idea the impact it was going to make on my life. #Entrepreneur #How #DebbieCromack #Leave9to5 #Empowerment #Books My Inner Journey – Healing Through Writing

    Last year, I had the fortune of being invited to participate as a co-author of the now #1 international best-selling book, The Pay it Forward Series: Notes to My Younger Self; the brain-child of Kezia Luckett. Kezia is the Conscious Creator, Founder, and Trailblazer behind Women of Contribution. When she first approached me about participating in the book, I had no idea the impact it was going to make on my life.

     

    Last year, I had the fortune of being invited to participate as a co-author of the now #1 international best-selling book, The Pay it Forward Series: Notes to My Younger Self; the brain-child of Kezia Luckett. Kezia is the Conscious Creator, Founder, and Trailblazer behind Women of Contribution. When she first approached me about participating in the book, I had no idea the impact it was going to make on my life. #Entrepreneur #How #DebbieCromack #Leave9to5 #Empowerment #Book

     

    The book is a collection of powerful stories shared by 18 women. Each of us were asked to share a pivotal moment in our lives, how that moment impacted the course of our lives, and how we conquered the challenges of that moment to thrive in our lives. Doing so, we knew we’d be opening old wounds and revisiting painful memories. Some of us had never even shared our stories…with anyone. So, there was moments of hesitation as to whether or not we should reveal something so personal and private. And every one of us decided that we should…for the main reason that sharing our story may help another person in this world have hope that they can overcome whatever their own life situation is and thrive as well.

    As part of the process, we had a coaching session with Kezia to really draw out the heart of our message. Though I had healed, forgiven, and moved on, the session with Kezia allowed me to gain deeper insight and a fresh perspective that I then poured into my chapter of the book. Reliving life experiences through memories and knowing how much I have grown and learned intensified my healing and reignited my passion for the work I do with the women I help.

     

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    Going through the process of writing down painful moments of my life and being able to release them again was both powerful and cleansing. I believe it helped me to more deeply connect with the women who come into my path who I am meant to help and to serve.

    Not only did I grow as a person, but I grew my sisterhood. Bonds were formed as this amazing group of women went from being strangers to being book-sisters and friends. We touched each other lives. We shared, cried, cheered, and supported one another so lovingly.

    Our lives are forever changed through participating in this incredible opportunity of co-authoring the book. And our collective reach of changing lives has had a ripple-effect we may never truly know the impact of. But together, our mission was strong…Women of Contribution paying it forward to impact 1 billion lives.

    It is such an honor to be connected with these phenomenal women and to be able to say that I am one on the first Ambassadors for the Women of Contribution. I am so grateful for having had this opportunity presented to me and to be part of something so life-changing and magical.

    Know this…your story is powerful.

    And sharing your story can give someone else hope…maybe even save their life.

     

    Come out of the shadows and shine your light…YOU can impact the world.

     

    Be empowered,

    P.S. You can get our book, The Pay it Forward Series: Notes to My Younger Self, HERE.

     

  • Learn how to develop a positive mindset using the ThinkUp app. The life you desire is within reach. Make it your reality by retraining your mindset. #Mindsest #Positive #Affirmations #Success #Entrepreneur #DebbieCromack #Leave9to5 How to Develop a Positive Mindset

    I know there are things about mindset work that some people think is quite “woowoo.” Things like manifesting, the law of attraction, EFT tapping, etc. They tend to think that if it’s not something tangible, it’s woowoo.

     

    Learn how to develop a positive mindset using the ThinkUp app. #Mindsest #Positive #Affirmations #Entrepreneur #DebbieCromack

     

    Take someone’s desire to lose weight. They may hire a nutrition coach or get a personal trainer and start eating healthier and incorporating exercise into their daily routine. Then, they typically start to lose weight. They can see and feel the tangible results of their effort.

    With mindset work, results may not come as quickly as someone expects or in the form they anticipate. They may try manifesting and spend a week really manifesting hard for something specific. And each day, nothing happens. They’re not SEEING or FEELING the results of their effort. This is often when they give up and chalk it up as “woowoo.”

    Be patient my dear friend. 😊 And look to science for concrete evidence of the powerful, positive impact of mindset work. Improving your mindset takes time, repetition, and dedication. In order to truly change your mindset to the point where you change your life, have to commit to doing mindset work every day. You must make it a habit that becomes part of your daily routine, just like brushing your teeth and taking a shower.

    We used to think that our beliefs are formed through our youth and then they are set and basically “wired.” Science has uncovered that our minds are able to be rewired at any age. The key, however, is that we are the ones responsible for doing the rewiring. It is up to us to rewire, reprogram, retrain our minds in order to create the reality we desire.

    So, even the person who has endured the most horrific of life situations and thinks they are doomed for the rest of their lives has the ability to change the course of her life by dedicating herself to changing her mindset and her beliefs about the possibilities of the life she can have…the life she is worthy of.

     

    And so can you.

     

    In his book, Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself (get it HERE), Dr. Joe Dispenza says, “The gift of neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to rewire and create new circuits at any age as a result of input from the environment and our conscious intentions) is that we can create a new level of mind. There’s a sort of “out with the old, in with the new,” a process that neuroscientists call pruning and sprouting. It’s what I call unlearning and learning, and it creates the opportunity for us to rise above our current limitations and to be greater than our conditioning or circumstances.”

    In summary, we have the power to reprogram or retrain our minds to the reality we desire. You see, our minds look for repetition, not truth. The mind doesn’t know what “truth” is. It only knows the truth we tell it and we believe. If we believe we are successful in business, our minds will look for things in our environment to reinforce that truth. Similarly, if we believe we are a failure and that’s all we’ll ever be (based on an UNtruth from our childhood), our minds will again look for things to reinforce that.

    The power comes from the fact that changing that mindset is in our control. We have the ability to retrain our brain to what our truth is…even if, at the moment, it’s only what we desire it to be and not yet a complete reality.

    Think about it this way. When you recall a memory of an incredibly happy or exciting time in your life, the chemicals in your body react and you “feel” the “happiness” or “excited-ness” so similarly to when you were experiencing it in that moment. The same goes for a sad or terrible memory, your body physically responds.

    Now apply this to something in the future you are excitedly anticipating. Perhaps it’s a promotion or a vacation or something you’re looking forward to that elicits an actual physical response inside your body. You simply thinking about this thing impacts you physically. Thus, YOU have the ability to impact how you feel based on your thoughts. You control your mind.

    As we grow up, we learn how to put on masks that hide our true selves from the world as a way of protecting ourselves. In truth, putting on these masks only hurts us and keeps us stuck in our past identities, attaching ourselves emotionally to the past, but yet in our current lives. Meditation helps us to remove our masks and feel safe in the existence of our true selves, thus leaving behind our past and enabling us to create our future.

    It’s the emotions that we want to tap into here. When you focus your full and complete attention on the future you desire for yourself that you open yourself up to the emotions you will feel when you reach that desired future, you allow yourself to experience those emotions in the present and thus begin to attract to yourself, energetically, that which you desire.

    When you do this over and over and over…and OVER, you begin to reprogram or retrain your mind and change your present life through the emotions of your desired future because it will continue to look for things that reinforce your desires, your new truth. Make sense?

    The ThinkUp app is a powerful mindset tool that helps to retrain our minds through meditation and repetition. It’s a free app that also has paid options (monthly for $5.99 or annually for $28.99) with more features. You simply type in your positive affirmations or choose from the hundreds of affirmations the app offers and then record them in your voice. The app then adds meditation music in the background of your voice saying your positive affirmations.

    The most optimal way to use it is at night while you’re falling asleep so as you’re drifting off to sleep, and for however long you set the timer, you’re feeding your brain, your subconscious, with your positive affirmations and creating your new reality that your brain will then continually look for things in your environment to reinforce that new reality. Science shows that your subconscious is most receptive when you are unconscious, basically asleep. This is the perfect time to feed your positive affirmations to your mind using the ThinkUp app. Using your iPhone, check it out HERE. Once there, click on any image to be taken to the app and get it.

    According to William Wood, 90% of a person’s success is based on mindset. Um…that’s HUGE!! And that’s a darn good reason to make a commitment to yourself to spend time every day focusing on improving your mindset…and changing your life.

     

    The life you desire is within reach. Make it your reality by retraining your mindset.

     

    What mindset work do you commit to and how often? Share with me below.

    Be empowered,

    P.S. If you don’t know what your message is, you won’t bring in clients. And you know full well, if you don’t have clients, you don’t have a business…you have a hobby. My FREE Nail Your Message Checklist helps you take all the ideas swirling around in your head and guides you to create a masterpiece message that your clients will gravitate towards like a magnet!

    Nailing your message enables your posts to stand out from the social media “noise” so you don’t feel like you have to shout or post all day long.

    Freedom from your 9-5 corporate job awaits!! Nail your message by following the tips in my FREE checklist.

  • Organic Toothpaste Does it Work Organic Toothpaste – Does it Work?

    When I first decided to “go organic,” I had no idea how much I needed to learn. I also realized I was probably going to have to decide just how deeply I wanted to go.    When it came to eating out, was I NOT going to eat what was on the menu if it wasn’t organic? Hmm…I didn’t want to go THAT far. I was satisfied with eating the majority of my meals at home and eating organic. CLICK THE PICTURE TO READ THE FULL BLOG. :-) #Organic #Toothpaste #Health #GirlBoss #DebbieCromack Repin it!

     

    Organic Toothpaste – Does it Work?

     

    When I first decided to “go organic,” I had no idea how much I needed to learn. I also realized I was probably going to have to decide just how deeply I wanted to go.

     

    When it came to eating out, was I NOT going to eat what was on the menu if it wasn’t organic? Hmmmm…I didn’t want to go THAT far. I was satisfied with eating the majority of my meals at home and eating organic. And when I went out to eat or stayed overnight with friends, I would just eat what they ate.

     

    When it came to health and beauty products, was I going to throw away everything I had, basically throwing out hundreds of dollars, and run out and replace everything with organic products, spending more money???? Hmmm…that didn’t sound like a good idea at all! Already having a mountain of debt, I didn’t want waste money.

     

    So, I decided that, once I was out of a product, I would then get an organic one to replace it and s…l…o…w…l…y migrate myself over. Now, that wasn’t all that easy. As with your typical products out there, some work with our body chemistry and some simply don’t. So, with the products I was using, I had to try quite a few to find something I LIKED that also WORKED.

     

    When thinking about my beliefs and my lifestyle and my habits, I knew I wasn’t going to be way over on the end of the spectrum where I refused anything that was not organic. For me and my life, that is simply not practical and I don’t want to limit or restrict myself in that way. I do my research (LOVE the Think Dirty app    – it’s FREE!), I think about the product, how I use it, and how passionate I feel about whether or not I want that product to be organic.

     

    By this I mean, if it’s something I’m rinsing or washing off of my skin or out of my mouth, I’m okay if it’s not organic, but do want it to be as good for me as possible with as natural of ingredients as possible. Now, if it’s something like an eye cream or a moisturizer that is going to stay on my skin all day, I do my best to make sure it’s organic.

     

    Two things to note: 1) Remember that a company can put the word “organic” in their name, but NOT be USDA certified organic. The only truly American organic products have the USDA organic seal. 

     

    I learned this lesson early on when I used products by a company who had “organic” in their name and they were NOT. 2) Very often, the organic standards in other countries are more stringent and restrictive than here in the USA.

     

    Something important to be on the lookout for in your health and beauty products, including toothpaste, is sodium lauryl sulfate, also known as SLS. SLS is an additive that allows cleansing products to foam up. What is unacceptable to my own tolerance is that SLS has been linked to cancer, neurotoxicity, organ toxicity, skin irritation, and endocrine disruption.

     

    There are seven ingredients considered to be toxic that are often found in most non-organic toothpastes. They are…

    1.       Triclosan

    2.       Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)

    3.       Artificial Sweeteners

    4.       Fluoride

    5.       Propylene Glycol

    6.       Diethanolamine (DEA)

    7.       Microbeads

     

    Again, I try not to be on crazy-ends of any spectrum and I know we’re all going to die from something. My perspective is that I plan to live my life doing my best to stave off things like cancer as much as I possibly can…or at least not encourage it. 😊 So, I do my research and decide what I’m willing to tolerate. I always recommend doing the same for yourself.

     

    When I started trying toothpastes, I was able to find organic ones and very lucky to find ones I LIKE that also WORK.

     

    I tried quite a few organic toothpastes, from gritty powders (like Dirty Mouth Organic Toothpowder) to more traditional pastes.

     

    I found two I like.

     

    My number 2 choice is from Zk’in Organics out of Australia. The flavor and texture are a bit different than I’m used to so that took a little adjusting. The taste isn’t bad, it just isn’t the typical mint flavor you’d find in most toothpastes. The texture is a bit more watery than a typical paste.

     

    My dental hygienist praised how well I take care of my teeth, so I have to believe it’s working well.

     

    This company is Australian certified organic and their products are made in Australia. They are cruelty free and Vegan. Their products are made without palm oil, fluoride, and SLS. Their packaging is recyclable.

     

    The reason I have it as my number 2 choice is simply because it ships from Australia so that makes it somewhat expensive.

     

    My number 1 choice is from RADIUS.

     

    I like both their Mint Aloe Neem and their Ginger Citrus Whitening. The flavor of the mint is, again, not your typical mint toothpaste flavor, but it is pleasant. I’m currently using the Ginger Citrus Whitening and the ginger citrus is very mild and not overpowering. The texture is more like a typical paste with little gritty bits in it that seem to do a good job scrubbing the surfaces of my teeth.

     

    I’m still getting rave reviews from my dental hygienist when I go in for my cleanings so that makes me happy.

     

    This company is USDA organic certified and ECOCERT (an organic certification organization, founded in France in 1991. It is based in Europe but conducts inspections in over 80 countries, making it one of the largest organic certification organizations in the world.) certified, cruelty-free, made in the USA, and women-owned (Woohoo!!). Their packaging is recyclable and their tube size is carry-on approved. Their products are formulated without xylitol (sugar alcohol used as a sweetener); GMOs; SLS; fluoride; saccharine; glutens; detergents; artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, or sweeteners. This list makes me feel pretty darn good about using their products. 😊

     

    As with our body chemistry, our mouth chemistry is different. These toothpastes have worked well for me. If you try them, I hope you like them and they work well for you also. And if you DO try any of them, please drop me a comment and let me know how you liked them.

     

     

    Empower yourself to make healthy oral hygiene decisions that resonate with YOU.

     

    Do you have any organic toothpastes you love? Comment below and let me know.

     

    Be empowered,

    P.S. Get your FREE copy of the 10 MANTRAS I say to myself EVERY…SINGLE…DAY to keep my mindset on track and moving me forward. 

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  • Empowerment Book of the Week - 2018 Empowerment Book of the Week – 2018

    Education is at the core of empowerment because knowledge…is POWER. Part of feeling empowered is directly related to how knowledgeable we feel. There are books here are for female entrepreneurs and girl bosses looking for inspiration and ideas for startups and small businesses to be able to leave your corporate job. #Author #GirlBoss #Leave9-5 #Leave9to5 #DebbieCromack Remember to repin it!!

     

    Hey, fabulous ladies!!

     

    Education is at the core of empowerment because knowledge…is POWER.

     

    Part of feeling empowered is directly related to how knowledgeable we feel. This year, I will be sharing with you one book each week that has empowerment at its core. The genres will vary from things like self-development to health and beauty products to mindset to business/entrepreneurship to lifestyle and exercise and many others.

     

    Sometimes we can feel empowered in one area of our life, but not other areas. The variety I will be sharing will help you tap into other areas, increase your knowledge, and fuel your empowerment.

     

    I’ll use this blog as the main spot for listing the books and I’ll update it each week with that week’s recommendation. I hope some of them tickle your fancy and I hope the ones you choose to read are truly helpful for you.

     

    Please Pin this and share it via the social media buttons below! Thank you!

     

    To get your copy, simply click on the title or image of the book below.

     

    Week 52: A Tribe Called Bliss by Lori Harder. “Lori Harder is a self-love expert with over 6 million listeners on her Earn Your Happy podcast. In A Tribe Called Bliss she shares the exact structure she used to build her own tribe and grow from the anxiety-ridden, unhealthy, introverted underachiever she was to the confident woman who takes risks and leaps out of her comfort zone, with a foreword from #1 New York Times bestselling author Gabrielle Bernstein.

    The benefits of a having a tribe are undeniable. Women who have strong social circles are living longer, happier, healthier lives in comparison to those who lack connections and are mentally and physically exhausting themselves trying to quench external desires in isolation.

    Today, we live in an uber-connected era, where anyone is able to make thousands of friends and participate in their lives with the swipe of a finger. Why then, in such a connected time in history, do so many women feel disconnected, confined, misunderstood, defeated, or think that success is a solo project?

    In A Tribe Called Bliss Lori Harder bridges the gap between inspiration and action, providing a lasting resource for positive change and a guidebook for establishing a support tribe. This practical book is for the growing audience of woman seeking the sisterhood and connection they crave so much. It encourages readers to examine life on a micro level, and Lori provides lessons and contextual self-work exercises on how to develop the kind of awareness of the present moment that is the key to a lifetime of blissful happiness.”

    A Tribe Called Bliss

     

    Week 51: The Courage Habit by Kate Swobodo. “What kind of life would you live if you didn’t allow your fears to hold you back? The Courage Habit offers a powerful program to help you conquer your inner critic, work toward your highest aspirations, and build a courageous community.

    Are your fears preventing you from living the life you truly want? Do you ever wish that you had a better job, lived in a different city, or had more authentic and nurturing relationships? Many people believe that they would do more, accomplish more, and feel more fulfilled if only they could rid themselves of that fearful inner voice that constantly whispers, “you can’t do it.”

    In The Courage Habit, certified life coach Kate Swoboda offers a unique program based in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to help you act courageously in spite of fear. By identifying your fear triggers, releasing yourself from your past experiences, and acting on what you truly value, you can make courage a daily habit.

    Using a practical four-part program, you’ll learn to understand the emotions that arise when fears are triggered, and to pause and evaluate your emotional state before you act. You’ll discover how to listen without attachment to the self-defeating messages of your inner critic, understand the critic’s function, and implement respectful boundaries so that your inner voice no longer controls your behavior. You’ll reframe self-limiting life narratives that can—without conscious awareness—dictate your day-to-day decisions. And finally, you’ll nurture more authentic connections with family, friends, and community in order to find support and reinforce the life changes you’re making.

    If you feel like something is holding you back from landing your dream job, moving to a new city, having a satisfying love relationship, or simply taking advantage of all life has to offer—and if you have a sneaking suspicion that that something is you—then this one-of-a-kind guide will show you how to finally break free from self-doubt and start living your best life.”

    The Courage Habit

     

    Week 50: The Integrity Advantage by Kelley Kosow. “Are you ready to open up to new levels of self-trust and self-love, to get where you want to go?

    You vowed to speak up at work, and then sat silent in the meeting yet again.
    You told yourself “this time the diet is going to stick,” only to watch the scale inching up.
    You felt that something just wasn’t right about someone that—until you learned the hard way that your instincts were right.

    “Every time you bite your tongue,” teaches Kelley Kosow, “you swallow your integrity.”

    Before Kelley Kosow was a renowned life coach and CEO, she constantly second-guessed herself, let her “to-do” lists and others steer her dreams and passions, and played it “small and safe.”
    Inspired by the groundbreaking principles of her renowned mentor Debbie Ford, who hand-picked Kelley to be her successor, The Integrity Advantage is Kelley’s step-by-step guide for facing the fear, shame, and false beliefs that cause us to lose our way.

    Through life-changing insights, true stories, and proven strategies, this book will show you how to live on your own terms—according to you—from the inside out.
    Join this transformational leader and motivational speaker to learn how to:

    • Connect with your inner truth and keep it growing stronger day by day
    • Level up your self-love and self-trust to get where you want to go
    • Embrace the totality of who you are
    • Turn the tide on mediocrity
    • Break free of the “gravitational pull” of your past
    • Get fearless and excited about moving outside of your comfort zone
    • Stop living from your “to-do” list and start living from your “bucket” list
    • Become the person you want to be

    Every day, we make promises to ourselves, and then we break them. But it doesn’t have to be that way. If you’re ready to stop fighting with yourself, start trusting your deeper wisdom, and return to wholeness, this is the book for you.”

    The Integrity Advantage

     

    Week 49: The Abundance Code by Julie Ann Cairns . “Are you frustrated in your efforts to succeed and create abundance in your life? Are you exasperated even though you may have set goals for yourself, gained knowledge, and worked hard? Are your financial dreams just not working out the way you’d like them to, or as fast as you’d like them to? Are you wondering what is standing in your way, preventing you from accessing the life of freedom you’ve been dreaming about? Well, The Abundance Code is here to provide the answer you’ve been searching for…There is a hidden yet crucial element to success and abundance that most people are unaware of—because that essential element is buried in their unconscious minds.The Abundance Codeis about how you can (and must!) rewrite your subconscious programming so that you can effortlessly achieve the rich life of abundance you deserve. Julie Ann Cairns takes you through the “7 Money Myths”—an extremely common set of subconscious barriers put up between you and your attainment of abundant wealth and freedom—and helps you banish them, so that your subconscious “code” can come into alignment with your conscious goals for financial freedom. If your underlying programming does not support your goals—and it probably doesn’t—then Julie will show you how to get out of your own way and finally access the life you have always wanted.You can be successful, you can be wealthy, and you can make money without expending physical effort or sacrificing too much of your precious time. You can become financially free with the luxury of choice. It’s all possible for you, but conscious goals and knowledge are not enough to make this happen—you also need a set of supporting subconscious beliefs in order to ultimately prosper. If you have tried and tried to attain financial freedom but are still struggling, then this book will provide the breakthrough you’ve been waiting for.”

    The Abundance Code

     

    Week 48: Your Beautiful Business by Emma Franklin Bell. “Your Beautiful Business inspires you to leap into your business and build something that is soulful, purposeful and profitable! This book explores how unearthing, unlocking and understanding your Business Essence will position you beautifully in the eyes of your ideal client.

    You dive into a 3-Step Action Plan – Simplify, Beautify and Amplify which invites you to courageously clear the clutter, simplify your situation, break-free to beautify and take action to amplify your business out into the world!

    A sneak-peek into the Simplify, Beautify and Amplify Action Plan:

    Your Sumptuous Space – You’ll discover the art of de-cluttering and creating a space around you that truly inspires and delights you.
    Your Magical Mindset – You’ll identify and work through blocks that may be holding you back so you can step up and shine.
    Your Bold Business Offering – You’ll take a look at all your offerings and get clear on the ones that are really working for you.
    Your Purposeful Personal Brand – You’ll discover hidden branding elements you’re already creating and how to amplify those to carve out your unique positioning.
    Your Treasured Time – You’ll assess your current time management and unlock more time in your week than ever before!
    Your Elevated Energy – You’ll look at life from the perspective of your feelings and your energy levels and how to generate more energy through understanding the power of how you feel and how this drives your effectiveness.

    This book is as much about permission as it is about process. Whether you are an entrepreneur, coach, artist or creative this practical, helpful and insightful book is for you. Essentially, It’s about unearthing your essence in pursuit of your journey to business excellence and beyond.”

    Your Beautiful Business

     

    Week 47: Empowerment by David Gershon & Gail Straub. “For two decades, David Gershon and Gail Straub have taught thousands of people how to make their dreams come true–and Empowerment builds on that real-life experience. Gershon and Straub believe that our thoughts and beliefs create the actual conditions of our life; to change things, we must first alter our consciousness and our thought processes. That’s what this book helps readers do, through practical techniques, inspiring stories, visualizations, and exercises for self-evaluation. It covers seven areas of life: relationships, sexuality, money, work, body, emotions, and spirituality.”

    Empowerment

     

    Week 46: Why She Buys by Bridget Brennan. “If the consumer economy had a sex, it would be female. If the business world had a sex, it would be male. And therein lies the pickle.

    Women are the engine of the global economy, driving 80 percent of consumer spending in the United States alone. They hold the purse strings, and when they’ve got a tight grip on them as they do now, companies must be shrewder than ever to win them over. Just when executives have mastered becoming technology literate, they find there’s another skill they need: becoming female literate.

    This isn’t always easy. Gender is the most powerful determinant of how a person views the world and everything in it. It’s stronger than age, income, or race. While there are mountains of research done every year segmenting consumers and analyzing why they buy, more often than not it doesn’t factor in the one piece of information that trumps them all: the sex of the buyer. It’s stunning how many companies overlook the psychology of gender when we all know that men and women look at the world so differently.

    Bridget Brennan’s Why She Buys shows decision makers how to bridge this divide and capture the business of the world’s most powerful consumers just when they need it most.

    • No Matter Where You Live, Women Are a Foreign Country: You’ll discover the value in studying women with the same intensity that you would a foreign market. Women grow up within a culture of their own gender, which is often invisible to men. Brennan dissects this female culture and explains the important brain differences
    between men and women that may cause your female customers to notice things about your products, marketing campaigns, or sales environment that you might have overlooked.

    • The High Fives: There are five major trends driving the global female population that are key to determining their wants and needs. These global shifts are just beginning to be tapped by businesses, and learning about them can provide you with an invaluable blueprint for long-range planning.

    • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Find out how the best and brightest companies have cracked the female code, and hear horror stories about those that haven’t. Through instructive case studies and interviews, Why She Buys provides practical, field-proven techniques that you can apply to your business immediately, from giants like Procter & Gamble and Toyota to upstarts like Method home-care products and lululemon athletica apparel.

    At a time when every company is looking for a competitive advantage, Bridget Brennan offers a new and effective lens for capturing market share.”

    Why She Buys

     

    Week 45: She Means Business by Carrie Green. “Are you ready to turn your ideas into reality and build a wildly successful business? There has never been a better time to say yes! With a computer and an Internet connection you can get your ideas, messages, and business out there like never before and create so much success. In this book, Carrie Green shows you how. Carrie started her first online business at the age of 20—she knows what it’s like to be an ambitious and creative woman with big dreams and huge determination . . . but she also knows the challenges of starting and running a business, including the fears, overwhelm, confusion, and blocks that entrepreneurs face. Based on her personal, tried-and-tested experience, she offers valuable guidance and powerful exercises to help you:

    • Get clear on your business vision
    • Move past the fears and doubts that can get in the way
    • Understand your audience, so you can truly connect with them
    • Create your brand and build a tribe of raving fans, subscribers, and customers
    • Manage your time, maintain focus, and keep going in the right direction
    • Condition yourself for success . . . and so much more!

    If you’re a creative and ambitious female entrepreneur, or are contemplating the entrepreneurial path, this book will provide the honest, realistic, and practical tools you need to follow your heart and bring your vision to life.”

    She Means Business

     

    Week 44: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown, Ph.D. LMSW. “When our embarrassments and fears lie, we often listen to them anyway. They thwart our gratitude, acceptance, and compassion—our goodness. They insist, “I am not worthy.” But we are worthy—of self-discovery, personal growth, and boundless love. With Brené Brown’s game-changing New York Timesbestseller The Gifts of Imperfection—which has sold more than 2 million copies in more than 30 different languages, and Forbes recently named one of the “Five Books That Will Actually Change Your Outlook On Life”—we find courage to overcome paralyzing fear and self-consciousness, strengthening our connection to the world.

    A motivational and inspiring guide to wholehearted living, rather than just the average self-help book, with this groundbreaking work Brené Brown, Ph.D., bolsters the self-esteem and personal development process through her characteristic heartfelt, honest storytelling. With original research and plenty of encouragement, she explores the psychology of releasing our definitions of an “imperfect” life and embracing living authentically. Brown’s “ten guideposts”  are benchmarks for authenticity that can help anyone establish a practice for a life of honest beauty—a perfectly imperfect life.

    Now more than ever, we all need to cultivate feelings of self-worth, as well as acceptance and love for ourselves. In a world where insults, criticisms, and fears are spread too generously alongside messages of unrealistic beauty, attainment, and expectation, we look for ways to “dig deep” and find truth and gratitude in our lives. A new way forward means we can’t hold on too tightly to our own self-defeating thoughts or the displaced pain in our world. Instead, we can embrace the imperfection.”

    The Gifts of Imperfection

     

    Week 43: The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. “Licensed in over eighty-five languages, The Purpose Driven Life is far more than just a book; it is a guide to a spiritual journey. Once you take this journey, you’ll never be the same again.

    On your journey you’ll find the answers to three of life’s most important questions:

    The Question of Existence: Why am I alive?
    The Question of Significance: Does my life matter?
    The Question of Purpose: What on earth am I here for?
    Living out the purpose you were created for moves you beyond mere survival and success to a life of significance—the life you were meant to live.

    Five benefits of knowing your purpose:

    It will explain the meaning of your life.
    It will simplify your life.
    It will focus your life.
    It will increase your motivation.
    It will prepare you for eternity.”

    The Purpose Drive Life

     

    Week 42: The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks. “‘Gay Hendricks is a great role model for true success. He enjoys abundance and a deep connection with his own spiritual essence, and at the same time has lived for three decades in a thriving marriage. Now, he shows us how to do it for ourselves.’
    — Mark Victor Hansen, co-author of Cracking the Millionaire Code

    In The Big Leap, Gay Hendricks, the New York Times bestselling author of Five Wishes, demonstrates how to eliminate the barriers to success by overcoming false fears and beliefs. Fans of Wayne Dyer, Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson, and The Secret will find useful, effective tips for breaking down the walls to a better life in The Big Leap.”

    The Big Leap

     

    Week 41: Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman. “Way of the Peaceful Warrior has become one of the most beloved spiritual sagas of our time. Shared among friends and families, this multimillion-copy word-of-mouth bestseller has been translated into more than twenty languages and has inspired men and women of all ages worldwide. Despite his success, college student and world-champion athlete Dan Millman is haunted by a feeling that something is missing from his life. Awakened one night by dark dreams, he wanders into an all-night gas station. There he meets an old man named Socrates, and his world is changed forever. Guided by this eccentric old warrior and drawn to an elusive young woman named Joy, Dan begins a spiritual odyssey into realms of light and shadow, romance and mystery. His journey ultimately leads him toward a final confrontation that will deliver or destroy him. This classic tale, told with heart and humor, speaks to the peaceful warrior in each of us. Countless readers have been moved to laughter, tears, and moments of illumination as they rediscover life’s larger meaning and purpose. Journey with Dan on the peaceful warrior’s path to unreasonable happiness. Find out for yourself why this book changes lives.”

    Way of the Peaceful Warrior

     

    Week 40: The Intentional Entrepreneur by Jen Dalton. “Self-awareness is critical for an entrepreneur; leveraging your strengths and outsourcing the rest are critical to success. This book will walk you through how to own your reality, your purpose, and how to shape how others perceive you through intentional content and communication. This book will help you understand:

    • How personal branding relates to your business and why
    • How you are unique and why people should do business with you
    • What questions to ask when figuring out how to blend your personal reputation and brand with the company brand over time
    • How to create a visibility plan that builds the best relationships to grow your business with clarity and meaning
    • Identify practical ways to manage your online reputation and presence for your brand as the CEO, given you only have so much time in the day

    Owning your reputation is about protecting it, building it, and becoming a Noisebreaker, not a Noisemaker. People want to work with and for someone who is authentic, clear, and shows up intentionally to create value for their people, clients, and community. From naming your business, to identifying your target customers, to building your unique content strategy – this book walks through dozens of examples and will help you build a reputation that matters and drives your business visibility and growth.”

    The Intentional Entrepreneur

     

    Week 39: The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C. Maxwell. “Are there tried and true principles that are always certain to help a person grow? John Maxwell says the answer is yes. He has been passionate about personal development for over fifty years, and for the first time, he teaches everything he has gleaned about what it takes to reach our potential. In the way that only he can communicate, John teaches . . .

    • The Law of the Mirror: You Must See Value in Yourself to Add Value to Yourself
    • The Law of Awareness: You Must Know Yourself to Grow Yourself
    • The Law of Modeling: It’s Hard to Improve When You Have No One But Yourself to Follow
    • The Law of the Rubber Band: Growth Stops When You Lose the Tension Between Where You are and Where You Could Be
    • The Law of Contribution: Developing Yourself Enables You to Develop Others

    This third book in John Maxwell’s Laws series (following the 2-million seller The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork) will help you become a lifelong learner whose potential keeps increasing and never gets “used up.”

    The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth

     

    Week 38: Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott. “Fully revised and updated—the national bestselling guide that will help you achieve personal and professional success one conversation at a time. The master teacher of positive change through powerful communication, Susan Scott wants you to succeed. To do that, she explains, you must transform everyday conversations at work and at home with effective ways to get your message across—and get what you want. In this guide, which includes a workbook and The Seven Principles of Fierce Conversations, Scott teaches you how to:

    • Overcome barriers to meaningful communication
    • Expand and enrich relationships with colleagues, friends, and family
    • Increase clarity and improve understanding
    • Handle strong emotions—on both sides of the table
    • Connect with colleagues, customers and family at a deep level”

    Fierce Conversations

     

    Week 37: The ONE Thing by Gary Keller. “The ONE Thing has made more than 400 appearances on national bestseller lists, including #1 Wall Street Journal, NewYork Times, and USA Today. It won 12 book awards, has been translated into 30 languages, chosen as one of the Top 5 Business Books of 2013 by Hudson’s Booksellers and one of Top 30 Business Books of 2013 by Executive Book Summaries.Voted one of Top 100 Business Books of All Time on Goodreads. People are using this simple, powerful concept to focus on what matters most in their personal and work lives. Companies are helping their employees be more productive with study groups, training, and coaching. Sales teams are boosting sales. Churches are conducting classes and recommending for their members. By focusing their energy on one thing at a time people are living more rewarding lives by building their careers, strengthening their finances, losing weight and getting in shape, deepening their faith, and nurturing stronger marriages and personal relationships.

    YOU WANT LESS. You want fewer distractions and less on your plate. The daily barrage of e-mails, texts, tweets, messages, and meetings distract you and stress you out. The simultaneous demands of work and family are taking a toll. And what’s the cost? Second-rate work, missed deadlines, smaller paychecks, fewer promotions–and lots of stress. AND YOU WANT MORE. You want more productivity from your work. More income for a better lifestyle. You want more satisfaction from life, and more time for yourself, your family, and your friends. NOW YOU CAN HAVE BOTH–LESS AND MORE. In The ONE Thing, you’ll learn to * cut through the clutter * achieve better results in less time * build momentum toward your goal* dial down the stress * overcome that overwhelmed feeling * revive your energy * stay on track * master what matters to you The ONE Thing delivers extraordinary results in every area of your life–work, personal, family, and spiritual. WHAT’S YOUR ONE THING?”

    The ONE Thing

     

    Week 36: Divine Direction by Craig Groeschel. “Every day we make choices. And those choices accumulate and eventually become our life story. What would your life look like if you became an expert at making those choices? In this inspiring guidebook, New York Times bestselling author Craig Groeschel shows how the choices that are in your power, if aligned with biblical principles, will lead to a life you’ve never imagined. Divine Direction will help you seek wisdom through seven principles. You’ll consider one thing to stop that’s hindering you; how to start a new habit to re-direct your path; where you should stay committed; and when you should go even if it’s easier to stay. The book also includes criteria that will help you feel confident in the right choice, and encourages you with principles for trusting God with your decisions. What story do you want to tell about yourself? God is dedicated to the wonderful plan he’s laid out for you. The achievable and powerful steps in Divine Direction take you there one step at a time, big, or small.”

    Divine Direction

     

    Week 35: Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Dr. Joe Dispenza. “You are not doomed by your genes and hardwired to be a certain way for the rest of your life. A new science is emerging that empowers all human beings to create the reality they choose. In Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, renowned author, speaker, researcher, and chiropractor Dr. Joe Dispenza combines the fields of quantum physics, neuroscience, brain chemistry, biology, and genetics to show you what is truly possible. Not only will you be given the necessary knowledge to change any aspect of yourself, but you will be taught the step-by-step tools to apply what you learn in order to make measurable changes in any area of your life. Dr. Joe demystifies ancient understandings and bridges the gap between science and spirituality. Through his powerful workshops and lectures, thousands of people in 24 different countries have used these principles to change from the inside out. Once you break the habit of being yourself and truly change your mind, your life will never be the same!”

    Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself

     

    Week 34: Deliberate Receiving by Melody Fletcher. “Deliberate Receiving: Finally, the Universe Makes Some Freakin’ Sense! is a hilarious, fun, but deeply practical guide for anyone who was inspired and excited by the promise of The Secret, but felt that it fell flat when it came to the actual details of how to manifest your desires in real life. Outrageously fun, infinitely logical and full of practical, applicable wisdom, Melody’s humorous, no-BS style is paired with an astounding ability to bring through higher guidance that will help you make seismic shifts in your understanding of what has been holding you back. This book guides you through a step-by-step approach to figuring out what you truly want, why you don’t have it yet and exactly what you need to do to get it. It will leave you uplifted and empowered to deliberately receive more abundance, fun and passion in your life.”

    Deliberate Receiving

     

    Week 33: The Power of Less by Leo Babauta. “With the countless distractions that come from every corner of a modern life, it’s amazing that were ever able to accomplish anything. The Power of Less demonstrates how to streamline your life by identifying the essential and eliminating the unnecessary freeing you from everyday clutter and allowing you to focus on accomplishing the goals that can change your life for the better.

    The Power of Less will show you how to: Break any goal down into manageable tasks
    Focus on only a few tasks at a time
    Create new and productive habits
    Hone your focus
    Increase your efficiency

    By setting limits for yourself and making the most of the resources you already have, you’ll finally be able work less, work smarter, and focus on living the life that you deserve.”

    The Power of Less

     

    Week 32: Loving What Is by Byron Katie. “Loving What Is will show you step-by-step, through clear and vivid examples, exactly how to use this revolutionary process for yourself. You’ll see people do The Work with Katie on a broad range of human problems, from a wife ready to leave her husband because he wants more sex, to a Manhattan worker paralyzed by fear of terrorism, to a woman suffering over a death in her family. Many people have discovered The Work’s power to solve problems; in addition, they say that through The Work they experience a sense of lasting peace and find the clarity and energy to act, even in situations that had previously seemed impossible. If you continue to do The Work, you may discover, as many people have, that the questioning flows into every aspect of your life, effortlessly undoing the stressful thoughts that keep you from experiencing peace. Loving What Is offers everything you need to learn and live this remarkable process, and to find happiness as what Katie calls “a lover of reality.””

    Loving What Is

     

    Week 31: The Season’s of a Woman’s Life by Daniel J. Levinson. “Based on exhaustive interviews with a diverse group of forty-five women, The Seasons of a Woman’s Life completes and substantiates Levinson’s thesis: that all human beings go right on developing throughout their lives in a pattern of amazing inevitability. Firmly grounded in original scientific research, The Seasons of a Woman’s Life is unusual in being not only vividly readable but a rich source of insights and consolation. It speaks with uncanny directness to the dreams, emotional crises, inexplicable feelings, social conflicts, and psychological upheavals that mark each woman’s life course. Every woman will recognize *and find comfort in recognizing *the deep shape of her own life in the pattern it outlines, from Early Adult Transition (ages 17 to 22) to the Mid-life Transition (ages 40 to 45) and beyond. Alive with the voices of real women, perceptive and sympathetic, this book is destined *like its predecessor *to become a classic.”

    The Seasons of a Woman's Life

     

    Week 30: Abundance Unleashed by Christian Mickelsen. “Self-made multimillionaire, CEO of Future Force, Inc., and personal coach Christian Mickelsen is on a mission to awaken humanity to the oceans of abundance in money, love, health, happiness, and success that lie within each of us. By recognizing the infinite abundance we all possess, we will be able to achieve our highest levels of personal and professional success. Mickelsen has crafted a 5-step rapid success system, prayers of abundance, and a “Peace Process” for healing in order to help you manifest your best self out into the world. Utilizing his goal-oriented, self-empowering approach, you can tap into the wealth and happiness that await you in every sector of your life.”

    Abundance Unleashed

     

    Week 29: The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. “An international bestseller with over five million copies in print, The Power of Positive Thinking has helped men and women around the world to achieve fulfillment in their lives through Dr. Norman Vincent Peale’s powerful message of faith and inspiration.

    In this phenomenal bestseller, “written with the sole objective of helping the reader achieve a happy, satisfying, and worthwhile life,” Dr. Peale demonstrates the power of faith in action. With the practical techniques outlined in this book, you can energize your life—and give yourself the initiative needed to carry out your ambitions and hopes. You’ll learn how to:

    · Believe in yourself and in everything you do
    · Build new power and determination
    · Develop the power to reach your goals
    · Break the worry habit and achieve a relaxed life
    · Improve your personal and professional relationships
    · Assume control over your circumstances
    · Be kind to yourself”

    The Power of Positive Thinking

     

    Week 28: Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin. “Gretchen Rubin’s answer: through habits. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life. It takes work to make a habit, but once that habit is set, we can harness the energy of habits to build happier, stronger, more productive lives. So if habits are a key to change, then what we really need to know is: How do we change our habits?

    Better than Before answers that question. It presents a practical, concrete framework to allow readers to understand their habits—and to change them for good. Infused with Rubin’s compelling voice, rigorous research, and easy humor, and packed with vivid stories of lives transformed, Better than Before explains the (sometimes counter-intuitive) core principles of habit formation.

    Along the way, Rubin uses herself as guinea pig, tests her theories on family and friends, and answers readers’ most pressing questions—oddly, questions that other writers and researchers tend to ignore:

    • Why do I find it tough to create a habit for something I love to do?
    • Sometimes I can change a habit overnight, and sometimes I can’t change a habit, no matter how hard I try. Why?
    • How quickly can I change a habit?
    • What can I do to make sure I stick to a new habit?
    • How can I help someone else change a habit?
    • Why can I keep habits that benefit others, but can’t make habits that are just for me?”

    Better Than Before

     

    Week 27: The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer. “Whether this is your first exploration of inner space, or you’ve devoted your life to the inward journey, this book will transform your relationship with yourself and the world around you. You’ll discover what you can do to put an end to the habitual thoughts and emotions that limit your consciousness. By tapping into traditions of meditation and mindfulness, author and spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and let go of painful thoughts and memories that keep us from achieving happiness and self-realization.

    Copublished with the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) The Untethered Soul begins by walking you through your relationship with your thoughts and emotions, helping you uncover the source and fluctuations of your inner energy. It then delves into what you can do to free yourself from the habitual thoughts, emotions, and energy patterns that limit your consciousness. Finally, with perfect clarity, this book opens the door to a life lived in the freedom of your innermost being.”

    The Untethered Soul

     

    Week 26: Deliberate Receiving by Melody Fletcher. “Deliberate Receiving: Finally, the Universe Makes Some Freakin’ Sense! is a hilarious, fun, but deeply practical guide for anyone who was inspired and excited by the promise of The Secret, but felt that it fell flat when it came to the actual details of how to manifest your desires in real life. Outrageously fun, infinitely logical and full of practical, applicable wisdom, Melody’s humorous, no-BS style is paired with an astounding ability to bring through higher guidance that will help you make seismic shifts in your understanding of what has been holding you back. This book guides you through a step-by-step approach to figuring out what you truly want, why you don’t have it yet and exactly what you need to do to get it. It will leave you uplifted and empowered to deliberately receive more abundance, fun and passion in your life.”

    Deliberate Receiving

     

    Week 25: High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard. “After extensive original research and a decade as the world’s highest-paid performance coach, Brendon Burchard finally reveals the most effective habits for reaching long-term success. Based on one of the largest surveys ever conducted on high performers, it turns out that just six habits move the needle the most in helping you succeed. Adopt these six habits, and you win. Neglect them, and life is a never-ending struggle.

    We all want to be high performing in every area of our lives. But how? Which habits can help you achieve long-term success and vibrant well-being no matter your age, career, strengths, or personality? To become a high performer, you must seek clarity, generate energy, raise necessity, increase productivity, develop influence, and demonstrate courage. This book is about the art and science of how to practice these proven habits.

    If you do adopt any new habits to succeed faster, choose the habits in this book. Anyone can practice these habits and, when they do, extraordinary things happen in their lives, relationships, and careers.

    Whether you want to get more done, lead others better, develop skill faster, or dramatically increase your sense of joy and confidence, the habits in this book will help you achieve it. Each of the six habits is illustrated by powerful vignettes, cutting-edge science, thought-provoking exercises, and real-world daily practices you can implement right now.

    HIGH PERFORMANCE HABITS is a science-backed, heart-centered plan to living a better quality of life. Best of all, you can measure your progress.”

    High Performance Habits

     

    Week 24: Grace, Not Perfection by Emily Ley. “As a busy wife, new mother, business owner, and designer, Emily Ley came to a point when she suddenly realized she couldn’t do it all. She needed to simplify her life, organize her days, and prioritize the priorities. She decided to hold herself to a standard of grace rather than perfection. This mantra led to the creation of her bestselling Simplified Planner®, a favorite among busy women everywhere—from mamas to executives and everywhere in between. Grace, Not Perfection takes this message from a daily planner to an inspirational book that encourages women to simplify and prioritize. Designed with Emily Ley’s signature aesthetic, this book gives women tangible ways to simplify their lives to give space to what matters most. With a focus on faith, Emily reminds readers that God abundantly pours out grace on us—and that surely we can extend grace to ourselves. Have you been told you can have it all, only to end up exhausted and occasionally out of sorts with the people you love? Are you ready for a new way of seeing your time? Learn to live a little more simply. Hold yourself and those you love to a more life-giving standard in Grace Not Perfection, and allow that grace to seep into your days, your family, and your heart.”

    Grace Not Perfection

     

    Week 23: Kindness on a Budget by Suzie Abels. “This book chronicles my experience spreading kindness, love and a dose of magic along life’s many roads, on a modest budget. It is my heartfelt belief that these vignettes can inspire everyday selflessness and a contagion of small acts of kindness. Suzie Abels is a beacon of love and giving for her family, friends and community. She lives life to its fullest, opens her heart to strangers and loved ones alike and has left a lasting footprint of inspiration on her path to spread kindness.”

    Kindness on a Budget

     

    Week 22: The Warrior Goddess Way by HeatherAsh Amara. “Since its publication a short time ago, HeatherAsh Amara’s Warrior Goddess Training has become much more than just a book―its ten lessons have inspired thousands of women around the world to reclaim their power, their passion, and their freedom. In this much anticipated follow-up, The Warrior Goddess Way, Amara goes deeper, revealing three additional pillars of Warrior Goddess living that readers can apply to travel further down this sacred path: Wisdom, Authenticity, and Yes!

    • Wisdom arises naturally when we learn to listen. Not to the voices in our head, but the voices in our cells, our natural discernment, and our creative knowing.
    • Authenticity is embracing your vulnerability, your silliness, and owning all your superpowers. It’s accepting and loving what is, not what “should be.”
    • Yes! is about celebrating everything. All the time. (Even your greatest defeats.)

    In exploring these three pillars, Amara delves into topics such as forgiveness, relationships, and finding your inner stillness. You will learn the art of maintaining emotional balance, cultivating self-respect, practicing heartfelt communication, and the power of consciously embracing life’s beginnings and endings. Like Warrior Goddess Training, this book is packed full of exercises and explorations designed to help you integrate the Warrior Goddess Way into your everyday life. You CAN learn to enjoy everything you do. Your potential for dancing through life is waiting to be awakened. Live the Warrior Goddess Way and claim the woman you are destined to be.”

    The Warrior Goddess Way

     

    Week 21: Letting Go by David R. Hawkins. “Letting Go describes a simple and effective means by which to let go of the obstacles to Enlightenment and become free of negativity. During the many decades of the author’s clinical psychiatric practice, the primary aim was to seek the most effective ways to relieve human suffering in all of its many forms. The inner mechanism of surrender was found to be of great practical benefit and is described in this book.
    Dr. Hawkins’s previous books focused on advanced states of awareness and Enlightenment. Over the years, thousands of students had asked for a practical technique by which to remove the inner blocks to happiness, love, joy, success, health, and, ultimately, Enlightenment. This book provides a mechanism for letting go of those blocks.
    The mechanism of surrender that Dr. Hawkins describes can be done in the midst of everyday life. The book is equally useful for all dimensions of human life: physical health, creativity, financial success, emotional healing, vocational fulfillment, relationships, sexuality, and spiritual growth.
    It is an invaluable resource for all professionals who work in the areas of mental health, psychology, medicine, self-help, addiction recovery, and spiritual development.”

    Letting Go

     

    Week 20: Daring & Disruptive by Lisa Messenger. “DARING AND DISRUPTIVE IS AN INSIGHTFUL AND SOULFUL ACCOUNT OF THE ENTREPRENEUR’S ROLLER-COASTER RIDE FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO SUCCEED ALMOST AS MUCH AS THEY WANT TO BREATHE …WHO WANT TO MAKE THE IMPOSSIBLE POSSIBLE AND THE ORDINARY EXTRAORDINARY. After decades of success in multiple industries, Lisa Messenger blends her personal stories with the important business lessons she has learned along the way, from why money is not the only currency to how to fail well. Lisa gives readers a valuable insight into her world, whether you’re a budding entrepreneur, seasoned game changer or a corporate ladder-climber dreaming of creating your own gig or making positive change from the inside. This book will help you dig deep, stay on purpose, back yourself, be true to your ideas, and ensure that if you’re thrown to the wolves, you’ll have the strength to come out leading the pack. Your life is your message to the world. So embrace the journey and live it out loud. “Business anarchy for fun and profit – not for the short of breath, weak of spine or faint of heart. Put on clean underwear and turn to page one.” – BRADLEY TREVOR GREIVE AM, NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR.”

    Daring and Disruptive

     

     

    Week 19: 1001 Ways to be Romantic by Gregory J.P. Godek. “Sure, you could buy some roses. Yes, you could cook an elegant romantic dinner. Of course, you could give a heart-shaped box of chocolates. But sometimes you want to do more than that. Sometimes you want to show just how much you really care, how much passion you really feel, and how much more your partner means to you than absolutely anything else.

    Packed with unique suggestions, easy gestures, and thoughtful gift ideas, 1001 Ways to Be Romantic is “worth memorizing” (Boston Herald). More than one and a half million people have used this book to kick up the fun and romance, making it a modern classic and #1 national bestseller. It’s a must-have for anyone, in any relationship, who wants to spark some more love in their lives.

    You’ll find:

    Little things you can do every day
    Big ideas for when you want to go all out
    How to be romantic without spending a dime
    How to really go to town when money is no object
    Tons of resources, including websites, online shopping, places to go, music, movies, and much, much more”

    1001 Ways to be Romantic

     

    Week 18: Something More by Sarah Ban Breathnach. “In this eloquent and evocative book, Sarah Ban Breathnach encourages you to become an archaeologist of your Self: to delve into your past, to “excavate” the authentic woman buried inside. Uncovering your true Self will be challenging – but exhilarating. Assisting your personal “dig” will be insights from the lives of both celebrated and unknown women and from Sarah herself. As you unravel your own mystery and recover the joy that has been missing from your life, you will experience small but exquisite epiphanies that will help you make peace with your past and reveal exciting new opportunities for you future. Dare to plumb the depths. Powerful truths are waiting that can change your life…and inspire you to settle for nothing less than SOMETHING MORE.”

    Something More

     

    Week 17: Release & Surrender by Deborah Naone. “Live your life by design, not by default! A powerful book that dives into spirituality and the depth of the human soul. It facilitates a shift in consciousness to remove illusions of fear and restore that which is perfect in each of us – our true nature of love. The perfect book for soul development. Become lighter and brighter by seeking the golden path to super-conscious awareness. It’s your time to shine. It’s your turn for a Miracle!”

    Release and Surrender

     

    Week 16: Dear Stress, I’m Breaking Up with You by Ky-Lee Hanson. “We want it all as modern women today, don’t we? And more than ever we can have it all: success, a rewarding career, family, relationships, a social life. Perhaps you already do have it all… But at what expense? For most women, stress is at an all-time high as we endeavour to achieve it “all.” Our health, happiness and well-being at stake with feelings of being over-worked, under-appreciated, tired and burnt out. So what is stress? How does it work? And why are we slaves to its damaging effects, which impact the very elements of life we are trying to achieve? Join a collective of inspiring women from all walks of life who have come together to share their experiences and their insights on how you can learn to balance the trifecta of love, life and happiness by… *Identifying key areas of stress in your life *Limiting the impact of stress on your health and well-being *Practising gratitude to shift your perception *Saying “NO” to anything that no longer serves you *Prioritizing the elements of a fulfilling life and putting YOU first Rethink the way you approach your journey to happiness and success with each chapter of this book. Written from the heart, this is a guided journey of laughter, tears, gut-wrenching experiences and life lessons through the eyes of a tribe of strong, soulful and successful women. It’s time for you to say goodbye to stress! Repeat after me… Dear Stress, I’m breaking up with you!”

    Dear Stress I'm Breaking Up with You

     

    Week 15: Budda’s Brain by Rick Hanson, PH.D. “If you change your brain, you can change your life. Great teachers like the Buddha, Jesus, Moses, Mohammed, and Gandhi were all born with brains built essentially like anyone else’s―and then they changed their brains in ways that changed the world. Science is now revealing how the flow of thoughts actually sculpts the brain, and more and more, we are learning that it’s possible to strengthen positive brain states. By combining breakthroughs in neuroscience with insights from thousands of years of mindfulness practice, you too can use your mind to shape your brain for greater happiness, love, and wisdom. Buddha’s Brain draws on the latest research to show how to stimulate your brain for more fulfilling relationships, a deeper spiritual life, and a greater sense of inner confidence and worth. Using guided meditations and mindfulness exercises, you’ll learn how to activate the brain states of calm, joy, and compassion instead of worry, sorrow, and anger. Most importantly, you will foster positive psychological growth that will literally change the way you live in your day-to-day life. This book presents an unprecedented intersection of psychology, neurology, and contemplative practice, and is filled with practical tools and skills that you can use every day to tap the unused potential of your brain and rewire it over time for greater well-being and peace of mind.”

    Buddha's Brain

     

    Week 14: Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss, Ph. D. “Dr. Myss’s breakthrough model of the body’s seven centers of spiritual and physical power, in which she synthesizes the ancient wisdom of three spiritual traditions-the Hindu chakras, the Christian sacraments, and the Kabbalah’s Tree of Life-to demonstrate the seven stages through which everyone must pass in the search for higher consciousness and spiritual maturity. With this model, Dr. Myss shows how you can develop your own latent powers of intuition as you simultaneously cultivate your personal power and spiritual growth. By teaching you to see your body and spirit in a new way, Anatomy of the Spirit provides you with the tools for spiritual maturity and physical wholeness that will change your life.”

    Anatomy of the Spirit

     

    Week 13: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. “Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us.”

    Big Magic

     

    Week 12: The Pay it Forward Series: Notes to My Younger Self by Kezia Luckett, Debbie Cromack and 17 other co-authors. “Have you ever wished that you could go back to a pivotal time in your life and give yourself sound advice? Words of hope, wisdom, knowledge and inspiration that everything is happening for a reason and all will work out. That those failures, challenges and detours that you are experiencing, that have sometimes taken you to the edge of darkness and beyond, will end up being looked upon as some of your greatest, life-defining moments. In this first volume of ‘The Pay It Forward Series: Notes to My Younger Self’ you will be taken on a journey of self-discovery as you read the heart warming, inspirational stories from 18 key women of contribution from around the world, as they pay forward the words of wisdom gained through their experiences of life.”

    The Pay it Forward Series Notes to My Younger Self

     

    Week 11: Daily Love by Mastin Kipp. “Mastin has written a book based on his spiritual experiences in order to help other young seekers discover their own paths. In Daily Love, Mastin shares some of his personal stories of darkness and light, embracing them all as part of his journey to becoming who he really is. He also speaks of various spiritual leaders who have influenced his life, such as Joseph Campbell, Caroline Myss, Tony Robbins, George Lucas, Oprah, his parents, and Jenna (his girlfriend). Giving details about the concepts and spiritual principles they put forth, he shows how these people have helped to guide him to success.”

    Daily Love

     

    Week 10: Tapping the Power Within by Iyanla Vanzant. In honor of International Women’s Day the occurred this week, I’m recommending this powerful book that paves the path to self-empowerment for women. It “will challenge you to stop struggling and start recognizing that it is possible to reconcile your humanity with your divinity. Whether you are a beginner on the path or a veteran in need of refreshment, Iyanla’s prescriptions can support your growth from the comfort of spiritual adolescence to the wisdom of spiritual maturity. You no longer need to settle for the way things are . . . you can open up to the way things can be—if you dare to tap the power within!”

    Tapping the Power Within

     

    Week 9: Daring Greatly by Brene Brown, Ph. D. LMSW. “Daring Greatly is not about winning or losing. It’s about courage. In a world where “never enough” dominates and feeling afraid has become second nature, vulnerability is subversive. Uncomfortable. It’s even a little dangerous at times. And, without question, putting ourselves out there means there’s a far greater risk of getting criticized or feeling hurt. But when we step back and examine our lives, we will find that nothing is as uncomfortable, dangerous, and hurtful as standing on the outside of our lives looking in and wondering what it would be like if we had the courage to step into the arena—whether it’s a new relationship, an important meeting, the creative process, or a difficult family conversation. Daring Greatly is a practice and a powerful new vision for letting ourselves be seen.”

    Daring Greatly

     

    Week 8: Tears to Triumph by Marianne Williamson. “Instead of allowing ourselves to embrace our hurt, we numb it, medicate it, dismiss it, or otherwise divert our attention so that we never have to face it. In refusing to acknowledge our suffering, we actually prolong it and deny ourselves the opportunity for profound wisdom—ultimately limiting our personal growth and opportunity for enlightenment. Frozen by denial, we are left standing in the breech. Whole industries profit from this immobility, and while they have grown rich, we have become spiritually poorer. As Marianne makes clear, true healing and transcendence can only come when we finally face our pain and wrestle with what it has to teach us.”

    Tears to Triumph

     

    Week 7: Asian Secrets of Health, Beauty, and Relaxation by Sophie Benge. “For centuries, Asian women have relaxed and beautified themselves with exotic therapies derived from the materials of nature; plants, herbs, minerals, clays, and flowers.

    Until now, Western women could only experience these pleasures by taking expensive trips to professional spas. In Asian Secrets of Health, Beauty, and Relaxation, Sophie Benge, an Asian beauty expert, supplies all the tools for experiencing luxurious Asian beauty treatments at home, including inexpensive, easy-to-follow recipes for soothing facials, relaxing aromatherapy baths, invigorating body scrubs, healthy food and drink recipes, remedies for specific ailments, and more. Now readers can spend a lavish day at the spa without leaving their house.

    All the treatments in Asian Secrets of Health, Beauty, and Relaxation are natural and gentle to the body. readers can lie back and enjoy the benefits of a spa in their own homes.”

    Asian Secrets of Health, Beauty, and Relaxation

     

    Week 6: When I Loved Myself Enough by Kim McMillen. “When I Loved Myself Enough is a beautiful collection of wisdom that is startling in its simplicity. By the end of the book, the message becomes clear: loving yourself holds the key to loving others and having others love you. By sharing her insights, the author also shows us how to feel the same sense of peace and quiet joy that illuminated her life. This book began as one woman’s gift to the world, hand-made by Kim McMillen and handed out to friends.” Give this gift to yourself.

    When I Loved Myself Enough

     

    Week 5: Think and Grow Rich for Women by Sharon Lechter. “Women are the future of American business. According to a recent Nielsen report, women will control two-thirds of American consumer wealth in less than a decade. And yet almost all business and success literature is still written for men—dispensing advice that doesn’t take into account women’s unique strengths or address the demands of family life on mothers. Think and Grow Rich for Women is a powerful book outlining a master plan for success for ALL WOMEN.”

    Think and Grow Rich for Women

    Week 4: Unleash Your Inner Money Babe by Kathrin Zenkina. If you choose to buy the paperback version, you’ll get the Kindle version for FREE! We’ve talked a lot this week about money and manifesting. “Unleash Your Inner Money Babe is a workbook designed to help you let go of your past programming and limiting beliefs around money, and unlock the mindset of abundance and wealth. The workbook is designed to be a fun, exciting, truth-bomb packed 21 day challenge with the goal of manifesting $1,000 by the end of the 21 days.”

    Unleash Your Inner Money Babe

    Week 3: Women & Money by Suze Orman. “Own the power to control your destiny. With her signature mix of insight, compassion, and soul-deep recognition, Suze Orman equips women with the financial knowledge and emotional awareness to overcome the blocks that have kept them from acting in the best interest of their money–and of themselves.”

    Women and Money

    Week 2: #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso. “#GIRLBOSS proves that being successful isn’t about where you went to college or how popular you were in high school. It’s about trusting your instincts and following your gut; knowing which rules to follow and which to break; when to button up and when to let your freak flag fly.”

    #GIRLBOSS

    Week 1: A Year of Living Consciously: 365 Daily Inspirations for Creating a Life of Passion and Purpose by Gay Hendricks PhD.

    A Year of Living Consciously

    Knowledge is Power!

     

    Be empowered,

    P.S. Get your FREE copy of the 10 MANTRAS I say to myself EVERY…SINGLE…DAY to keep my mindset on track and moving me forward. 

     

    P.P.S. There are affiliate links in here. If you choose to purchase using these links, I will receive a small commission. So, I thank you and do hope you like your books!!

     

  • No more stinky underarms - naturally. No More Stinky Underarms – Naturally

    If you’ve ever had “nervous” sweat, you are well aware of the putrid stench that billows out from under your arms, polluting the air around you. It’s all you can smell & you KNOW everyone around you can smell it…smell YOU. And all you want to do is hide in the bathroom.  Oh, yes, I know this all too well.  I was always a nervous kid. & ever since I can remember, my underarms have smelled like 14-day old meatloaf rotting in the Sarah dessert. Peeww!!! #Organic #Deodorant #GirlBoss #DebbieCromack

     

    If you’ve ever had “nervous” sweat, you are well aware of the putrid stench that billows out from under your arms, polluting the air around you. It’s all you can smell and you KNOW everyone around you can smell it…smell YOU. And all you want to do is hide in the bathroom.

     

    Oh, yes, I know this all too well.

     

    I was always a nervous kid. And ever since I can remember, my underarms have smelled like 14-day old meatloaf rotting in the Sahara Desert. Peeeewwww!!!

     

    When I was young, I used baby powder, hoping the sweet scent would camouflage my smell; it didn’t. As I got older, I bought into the advertising and used a popular deodorant/antiperspirant, at the time touting the highest percentage of aluminum to prevent odor. This was before I started educating myself on the toxins in many of our health and beauty products.

     

    At one point, I even got electrolysis on my underarms thinking it must be the hair causing my stink. While I LOVE never having to shave my underarms, the stench persisted.

     

    I was well into my thirties before I really started paying more attention to and researching the ingredients in the products I was using and slathering all over my skin.

     

    Now, you can find pretty much anything you want on the Internet. You can find evidence to support just about any side of any debate. What resonates with you will be what you choose to believe. For me, I try not to be an extremist, but rather to be informed and make the best choice possible for me based on what I choose to believe.

     

    Whether aluminum is directly connected to Alzheimer’s disease or not, whether parabens (often in deodorants) are directly connected to breast cancer or not, these are not things I want absorbing into my body on a daily basis. This is my personal choice. There’s a good bit of breast cancer in my family and I’d like to help my tatas stay healthy. 🙂

     

    If you’re looking for a healthier alternative for your deodorant, I’m sharing with you here some of my discoveries. If you decide to try them, I hope they work well for you.

     

    Natural Deodorants

     

    Option 3: Schmidt’s Deodorant Stick

    Schmidts Natural Deoderant Fragrance Free

    For me, this is option 3 because it didn’t do much to stop the rotting smell of my underarms. If you do NOT struggle with nervous sweat, this may be a good option for you. They have a variety of scents as well as unscented. Free of aluminum, propylene glycol, parabens, and phthalates. Gluten-free. Certified Vegan and cruelty-free. You can find it HERE.

     

    Option 2: Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant

    Lavanila The Healthy Deoderant

    I like the soft scent of the vanilla lavender. They have a variety of scents, including a fragrance free one for those who are super sensitive (LINK). It works well to address my overly stinky underarms. I have it ranked number two because it doesn’t work long enough for me and my body chemistry. I had to wash my underarms midday and reapply it.

     

    This is also a good option if you do not struggle with the smell of nervous sweat or if you don’t mind reapplying during the day. No aluminum. No parabens. All-natural ingredients. No harsh chemicals. Not tested on animals. No: petrochemicals, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oils, silicone, synthetic dyes, sulfates, or parabens. You can find it HERE.

     

    Option 1: NATIVE DEODORANT

    NATIVE Deodorant

    This deodorant has worked best for me. They have a variety of scents, including unscented. I like the gentle scent of coconut & vanilla.

     

    In my crazy life of 10-12 hour corporate workdays followed by 2-3 hours a day on my business, ladies, I confess…there are days (sometimes 3 in a row) where I simply don’t have time to shower. Yup, I wrote it, you read it. Basically, I am marinating in my own juices! Fess up, I know I’m not alone. While it grosses me out, it is a reality sometimes (thankfully not very often). And during that time, this deodorant has NOT failed me. It has kept my horrific stench AWAY! 🙂

     

    The only thing I don’t care for is the slight overflow of product on the rim of the stick. When I put the lid back on, it then squeezes that overflow down so it gets on my hands when removing and replacing the lid. I’m a bit of a clean-freak so I wipe it after every use.

     

    Paraben free. Aluminum free. You can find it HEREUse coupon code: HEALTH10 to get 10% off your entire order (minimum order $15).

     

    A couple of things to note:

    1) These are natural deodorants and not organic. They do not have the USDA organic seal. I remain on the hunt for an organic one that I like and that works for me and my body chemistry (aka stinky underarms!). If I find one, you can be sure I’ll share it.

     

    2) These are all deodorants ONLY and NOT antiperspirants. So, they will help with odor, but they will not prevent you from sweating. Our bodies are meant to sweat. Stopping that natural process is not a good idea. Aside from keeping our body temperature regulated by cooling us down when needed, sweating helps us to expel toxins, thus supporting proper immune function and helping to prevent diseases related to toxic overload.

     

    3) I also have yet to find a deodorant that doesn’t leave white residue on the underarms of my clothing.

     

    Here is some research I did for myself. You may find it helpful. Be informed and do your research.

     

    Paraben, Mineral Oils, Petrolatum

     

    I hope you found this review helpful. If you try any of these options, I’d love to know how you make out. So, come back here and share in the comments below.

     

    Get educated and be empowered about the choices you make with your hygiene products.

     

    Be empowered,

    P.S. There are affiliate links in here. If you choose to purchase using these links, I will receive a small commission. So, I thank you and do hope you like your products!!

  • 3 Hours in the Deli Line 3 Hours in the Deli Line

    3 Hours in the Deli Line

     

    It was a beautiful summer Sunday and my boyfriend and I decided to have lunch in the park. So, I ran out to the grocery store to pick up some picnic foods.

     

    I don’t typically get us lunchmeats or cheeses from the deli counter because processed foods are just not healthy. But, we thought it would be fun to make some sandwiches so I headed to the deli counter.

     

    As is pretty typical on a Sunday there was quite a long line. I grabbed my ticket and saw I was number 39…they were on number 17.

     

    I tucked myself out of the way of the congestion at the counter as I heard the exasperation of a woman approaching.

     

    “Ugh, look at this line! I’ll see you in three hours!” she growled to a man I presume was her husband.

     

    I looked over and saw him acknowledge her growl as he turned with two children and walked away.

     

    She stomped over to grab her ticket and grumbled something. She then proceeded to sort of huff and puff, shifting her weight from foot to foot impatiently.

     

    All I could of was the missed opportunities.

     

    I’m not saying that standing in a long deli is fun or we should be happy about it. However, there’s really nothing we can do, but wait for our number to be called and place our order.

     

    This woman missed out on an opportunity for some self-care. Since she was basically stuck waiting, she could have used the time to do some therapeutic breathing (that would have helped to calm her frustration) or say a mantra or affirmations in her head.

     

    And as a mother, she could have used the situation to teach her children how to handle displeasing situations that are out of our control by simply having a positive attitude.

     

    She chose to adopt the life-happens-to-me perspective versus being empowered and 1) recognizing the situation as being out of her control, 2) accepting that it is what it is, and 3) changing how she dealt with it.

     

    We have a choice in every situation in our lives, whether it’s something we can control or something we can’t…the decision is ours to make.

     

    The next time you find yourself in a frustrating situation, be self-aware and recognize, accept, and change how you CHOOSE to deal with it.

     

    And if you found this post helpful, please Pin it and share it via the social media buttons below! Thank you!

     

    Be empowered,

     

    P.S. If you’re ready to learn a self-care tool you can incorporate into your daily, chaotic life, get my Release and Focus Exercise.

  • Gift Guide for the Empowered Woman Gift Guide for the Empowered Woman

    Gift Guide for the Empowered Woman

    Being empowered means to give power to, to enable, or permit. Make 2018 the year that you claim your power!! The year that you decide to allow yourself to tap into that power inside you. Choose to take steps to build your amazing business and create your fabulous life!

     

    Here are some gift ideas to help feed that power through honing your mindset to serve you. Just click on the item you want and you’ll be taken to Amazon where you can purchase it.

     

    Intense and very much worth your time to read it…

    Broken Children Grown-Up Pain by Paul Hedgestrom.

    Excellent book for learning about the power of your mindset and how to use it…

    Mindset - The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.

    Oh, just so darn good…

    Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Dr. Joe Dispenza

    Perfect gift for the person who knows the power of journaling (or is just getting started) and doesn’t have a lot of time…

    The Five-Minute Journal by Intelligent Change

    Gaiam Muse meditation headband for those who could use a helpful tool to quiet your mind…

    Gaiam Muse Headband

     

    Here are some gifts to help keep your skin beautiful withOUT toxic chemicals, harmful parabens, and other unhealthy ingredients.

     

    I love this for daytime…

    STEM CELLULAR Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer by Juice Beauty

    I use this at night and love the very subtle scent that fades after a few minutes…

    Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Overnight Cream

    Super hydrating for your body in the dry heat during the winter…

    KOPARI coconut melt.

    Perfect for your face and neck, I use this one at night…

    insta natural ORGANIC ROSEHIP OIL

     

    And a few fun and cozy things for the fashionably empowered woman!

     

    How cute is this pompom hat??

    Women's winter slouchy knit beanie.

    Super-cozy and soft pompom throw blanket…

    Pompom cable knit throw blanket.

    Perfect little trio for staying warm and cozy…

    Arctic Paw three piece winter bundle.

    From your business to your life, it’s time to stop waiting for permission.

     

    Let 2018 be the year you say, “Yes!” to YOU!

     

    Be empowered,

    P.S. And if you are looking for a powerful mindset tool so you can start healing yourself from old life-patterns and start rewriting YOUR new life, get my Release and Focus Exercise today.

     

    P.P.S. There are affiliate links in here. If you choose to purchase using these links, I will receive a small commission. So, I thank you and do hope you enjoy your goodies!! 🙂

  • A random act of kindness. A Random Act of Kindness

    A Random Act of Kindness. Each year, I make a point of doing at least one random act of kindness. Throughout the year opportunities just appear. Whether it’s paying for groceries for the person in line ahead of me at the grocery whose out-of-state check won’t be accepted or a buying gifts cards, grocery staples, bath items, & lottery tickets for someone who has been going through a tough time, there are always opportunities that pop up...  #DebbieCromack #Kindness #GirlBoss

     

    Each year, I make a point of doing at least one random act of kindness. Throughout the year opportunities just appear. Whether it’s paying for groceries for the person in line ahead of me at the grocery whose out-of-state check won’t be accepted or a buying gifts cards, grocery staples, bath items, and lottery tickets for someone who has been going through a tough time, there are always opportunities that pop up.

     

    Sometimes, my gift is anonymous and sometimes, due to the situation (being in line at the grocery store) it’s not anonymous. Every time, the reaction is different. While I don’t do it for a certain response, it is interesting the different reactions that happen. Some seem in shock and say nothing. Some look at me strangely and say, “Thank you.”

     

    This past weekend, an opportunity popped up. We were out to dinner and our waitress was particularly good. She was pleasant and just the right amount of attentive. I had lost my voice due to a cold and she brought me some Italian wedding soup without charging us. One of the times she walked away, I noticed her pause at an empty table and stretch her feet.

     

    Clearly I had no idea what was going on in her life and she didn’t share anything personal during our visit. Her beautiful face was a bit weathered from life. Though she didn’t complain and was very nice to us, she just seemed…tired. I’ve waitressed before and I know how exhausting it can be to be constantly on your feet for hours, running around serving people and not usually making great money.

     

    When we finished eating, I asked my boyfriend to get the car and that I wanted to catch our waitress quickly before we left. I found her on the outdoor patio smoking a cigarette, checking her phone. When she saw me, she put out her cigarette and apologized, asking if I still needed something.

     

    I asked her to sit with me and told her about my random act of kindness that I do each year. Her eyes fixed intently on mine as I spoke. I opened her hand and put $60.00 in her hand, but all she could see was the $20.00 so she didn’t really know what she was holding. She shook her head and said she couldn’t take it. I pressed it firmly into her hand and told her she could and that she matters in this world. In that moment, her gaze broke and waves of tears came crashing out of her eyes. She threw her arms around me and held me so tightly. I felt her body shake as she squeezed me and sobbed.

     

    I let her hold me as long as she needed. When we released, she looked at me and simply said, “Thank you.” I told her I wanted her to get a massage and make sure they rub her feet. She smiled and let out a chuckle. She thanked me again while holding onto my hands. I gave her hands a squeeze and smiled at her as I left.

     

    I still have no idea what is happening in her world, but I suspect she’s going through something difficult. I also have no idea what she’ll use the money for, but now she has it and hopefully it will help her in some way.

     

    There are people in need all around us. You never know what a simple act of kindness can mean to someone. Open your eyes and you will see opportunities are everywhere.

     

    An act of kindness doesn’t have to be monetary. You would be surprised how big a difference a smile, a hug, or a handful of wildflowers can make.

     

     

    Our world needs more kindness. Be a light in someone’s darkness.

     

     

    Will you join me? What random act of kindness have you done this year? I’d love to know. Share in the comments below.

     

    Click HERE for a fabulous book about infusing giving and kindness in your daily life.

     

    Be empowered,

     

    P.S. To connect with incredible, supportive, like-minded new female entrepreneurs transitioning from corporate jobs to online coaching businesses, come join my free Facebook group, Emerging Empowered Entrepreneurs, at http://bit.ly/EEEFBGroup.

  • Beauty Products - Does Organic Matter? Beauty Products – Does Organic Matter?

    Today's blog was inspired by two friends who recently (VERY recently) had breast cancer scares. If the message resonates with you, please comment on the blog. Read it here: http://emergeempowerment.com/beauty-products-does-organic-matter/. You matter. Be empowered. #Organic #Beauty #GirlBoss #DebbieCromack Remember to Pin it for later!

    This week, I had two friends experience breast cancer scares. Both of them found a lump in their breasts. And while Emerge Empowerment is about business, at its core, it is about empowerment. And do I want to remind everyone that what we put ONto our bodies is just as important as what we put INto our bodies. Hearing just a bit about each of their stories touched my heart and I felt compelled to write today’s blog.

     

    By now, most of you know that I have had cystic acne since I was in my early twenties. If you haven’t yet watched my first-ever YouTube video where I talk about my skin issues, you can check it out by clicking HERE. And if any of you have ever had skin issues of any kind, you KNOW the physical pain and emotional embarrassment that comes with them. Your confidence suffers, you want to hide, and you surely are NOT feeling empowered.

     

    Since the onset of my acne, I tried so many different possible solutions, both topical and oral. If there was a cream I could slather on, I slathered. A masque, slap it on me. Toothpaste on my pimple to dry it up, why not?? That one left a scar…I don’t recommend it. Oh, the systems and washes I tried. From Proactive (twice) to the plethora of options from Hollywood’s beautiful women, I ordered it and used it. Even though they didn’t all promise to crush my acne, I hoped they might help. Nothing did.

     

    Off to the dermatologist I went for more salves and lotions…AND, pharmaceuticals. I’ve been on probably most of the antibiotic options (tetracycline, minocin, etc.), birth control, Accutane (twice), some stinky Sulphur pill, and anything they recommended. So many drugs into my body for so many years.

     

     

    Nothing helped…at least nothing long term.

     

    Most recently, for the past 6-7 years, I was on spironolactone. It was the only thing I found that worked well and long term. My skin was…finally…normal. I even received compliments and was stunned every time. Still, it was a drug. And the more I learn about my body and what I put into it, the more I decided it was time to be DONE with drugs just to have normal skin. I knew the medicine was impacting my body in other ways…why else would I need to get bloodwork done every so often? Yikes!!

     

    While sitting in a doctor’s office one morning perusing a magazine, I happened across an article where the author’s story very closely mirrored my own. She went completely off of dairy and high glycemic foods. I had stopped most dairy long ago because it upsets my stomach and it isn’t all that good for you. So, cutting out the cheese I ate occasionally wasn’t a big deal. I try to eat pretty healthy so didn’t eat many high glycemic foods; again, not difficult to cut them out entirely. So, off I went to try my new “diet.”

     

    I weaned off of my medicine as I made the dietary changes. After about three months…my skin was still clear!!!!

     

    Hooray!!!!

     

    At about month four…pop, pop-pop, pop-pop-pop…back came the pepperoni-face. My heart sank. The pimples were painful, I felt ugly, and I didn’t want to be seen.

     

    At the age of 46, I thought, this HAS to be hormonal. Come on, I have wrinkles already! Can I just deal with one OR the other?! J And so my journey led me to a holistic gynecologist.

     

    As I’ve gotten older, I have started researching more about the holistic world and learning so much about the toxins and chemicals that are not only in the foods we eat, but also in our health and beauty products. So, it was important to me to find a holistic approach to dealing with my acne. Our plan is to address my digestive issues and my doctor believes I may see an improvement in my skin with a reduction of the acne. And onward I go with my journey. I’m taking a probiotic and a holistic supplement called Berberine to help heal my “gut,” as the doctor’s like to refer to it. Every now and again, I’ll share with you my updates…good or bad.

     

    Alongside of my skin journey, I continue to explore and research more about what we put ONTO our bodies being just as important as what we put INTO our bodies.

     

    Have you ever read the label on some of your health and beauty products? I know, who has time for that? I never used to be a label-reader…until now. Let me help you out, there are tons of ingredients listed that you can’t even pronounce that are basically harsh chemicals and other toxins. Scary, huh? There is breast cancer in my family so I have a heightened awareness of parabens in the products I use. Click on the link below to see some research I did on my own that you may find useful.

     

    Paraben, Mineral Oils, Petrolatum

     

    After looking at the ingredients in some of the products I used regularly and learning about their hazardous impact on my body, I was, quite frankly, terrified. Now, don’t freak out and start throwing away all your products to run out and buy new ones…you’ll go broke! But, DO educate yourself.

     

     

    Run some of your products through the Think Dirty app. This app is amazingly informative! And they are partnered with the Breast Cancer Fund so I don’t feel like I’m being duped by any particular brand that might be paying them to advertise. In the app, you can scan a bar code to see that item or enter a brand name and it will show you products by that brand. It will also give a rating: 0-3 is green meaning pretty clean, 4-7 is yellow meaning it’s in the middle of clean and dirty, and 8-10 is red meaning…dirrrrrrrTY!!! When you find a product you use and see that it’s yellow or red, you can click on “Our Picks” and they provide options in the green category for you to consider. The “Dirty Meter” will show you a scale of three measurements: 1) carcinogenicity, 2) developmental & reproductive toxicity, and 3) allergies & immunotoxicities. Clicking on “Ingredients,” will show you what ingredients are impacting the Dirty Meter scale. Some very interesting information can be learned on these tabs.

     

    I have chosen to go organic with my health and beauty products. It’s a choice I made because I want to live healthier and not have toxic chemicals absorb into my skin causing who knows what health problems. I haven’t jumped on the crazy-train and you don’t have to either. As products you currently use run out, simply see if there’s something else you can replace it with that’s less harmful and non-toxic.

     

    It has taken some time to find products I like that work well for me, but I have. One line I love is Juice Beauty.

     

     

    It has the USDA Organic seal and that makes me feel like I’m using some pretty safe products. While the certification to be considered “organic” in the United States isn’t as stringent or restrictive as it is in other parts of the world, I still feel good that they have gone through this important process.

     

     

    I will admit that I don’t care for all of the products in Juice Beauty’s line. As you now know, I have difficult skin and some of the products simply don’t agree with my skin type. But, I do love the products that I’ve found that work well for me. And, while I can’t guarantee they’ll work for you, I can guarantee they’re at least worth a try.

     

    It is important to note that I am not affiliated with Think Dirty or Juice Beauty and I do not get paid by them. I’m simply sharing my experience in hopes that it might help you.

     

    When we educate ourselves, we are empowered. And when we are empowered, we make better decisions for our health and our lives. Do some research for yourself and use the information you find helpful. Small changes can make big differences in our lives.

     

    Read your labels, get educated, and make empowered decisions about the products you use.

     

    Comment below and let me know what natural or organic products or brands you use and love. I’m always looking for great products to try!

     

    Be empowered,

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  • Entrepreneurship The Physical Torture and Honoring Your Body Entrepreneurship – The Physical Torture and Honoring Your Body

    With this week's theme being about our health, in today's blog, I talk about the physical impact to our bodies of stress and anxiety. The mind/body connection is strong and we need to learn how to manage our stress and honor our bodies. I've included some helpful self-care tips we can do to minimize the impact of stress. I'd love your feedback so please comment on the blog. #Entrepreneur #Entrepreneurship #Success #Business #GirlBoss #DebbieCromack #Leave9-5 #Leave9to5 Pin it for later!

    The mind-body connection is so much more powerful than most of us realize. And for those of us who do know how powerful it is, we may not be consciously aware as often as we should.

     

    When we embark on entrepreneurship while still working our corporate jobs, it’s usually because something inside us desires more. We have this yearning and know we’re meant for something bigger in life. To make an impact in some way. To make a difference in someone’s life. We often don’t feel as though we’re truly helping people in the corporate world. Some of us have knowledge and wisdom from life experiences. Some of us get certifications in things we’re passionate about. And most of us are bursting with ideas and a desire to truly help people.

     

    So we jump into the online world energized and excited! We usually take it somewhat slow and steady as we learn and try to figure out our way in the online space. We have our steady paychecks and whether we loathe our jobs or are we don’t, but still want to dabble in the world of entrepreneurship, we often cling to the safety and security of what our corporate jobs provide (401K, pension, benefits, stock options, etc.), at least for a little while.

     

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    What tends to happen is that we start getting up early or staying up late or using our lunch time to work on our side business. Trying to figure out all the pieces and how they fit together and what the best order of progression is becomes overwhelming. And so we get up even earlier and stay up even later. And because many of us are driven and motivated, we push ourselves and push ourselves.

     

    We work harder and longer. We research and research trying to digest the unending amounts of data and information out there. We are relentless in our pursuit to improve our lives and the lives of others.

     

    Here is what begins to happen:

    • Exhaustion starts to set in.
    • We may even feed our bodies with processed, on-the-fly foods because we need to eat quickly and keep going.
    • We’re constantly on fast-forward, trying to keep up with our jobs, our business, and our lives.
    • Our sleep becomes shallow, restless, and interrupted.
    • We likely let go of exercising because there “isn’t enough time” to fit it in with all we’re trying to accomplish.
    • We lose focus frequently.
    • Our heads feel like they’re in a fog.
    • We get frustrated easily.
    • We may even start to wonder why we’re doing this side business…and can we even do it.
    • Our passion douses, our creativity becomes cluttered, our energy is drained, and our desire fades.

     

    And down the spiral we go.

     

    This stimulates the doubts, fears, and negative stories that are deeply seated in our minds and inflames old pain and unhappiness in our souls. A chain reaction occurs sending our bodies into fight-or-flight mode, putting us into a state of stress and anxiety. And when we are in this state, here are the types of things that happen in our bodies:

    • Our immune system becomes suppressed and our chances of getting sick increase.
    • Our kidneys and adrenals release cortisol and adrenaline.
    • Our estrogen and progesterone production is halted, which signals more testosterone for fight-or-flight.
    • Our thyroid glands pretty much shut down.
    • We may experience heart palpitations or shortness of breath.
    • Our gut becomes acidic and the good bacteria die.
    • Our body fluids become acidic because our kidneys are busy in fight-or-flight mode and the filtering process is slowed.
    • The production of eggs in our ovaries is slowed or even stopped because our bodies have become acidic.
    • Our periods can become erratic or heavy because we are mineral-deficient.
    • We can experience painful cramps, excessive blood clots, back pain, and headaches.

     

    Whew! And these are just some of the physical impacts and torture that stress pounds on our bodies.

     

    From your point of reading this blog forward, I want you to make a promise to yourself to honor your body and its powerful connection with your mind and thoughts. Make a point every day to manage your stress and anxiety in healthy and positive ways.

     

    Make self-care a priority instead of putting it on the back burner. Give yourself permission to slow down and breathe. Here is a list of things you can do:

    • Get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day.
    • Be sure you’re eating fresh, healthy foods. I’ve gone mostly organic and I feel great!
    • Practice yoga or meditation. If you really feel that you don’t have the time for it on a daily basis, try to do it once a week.
    • Say mantras and positive affirmations. You can do this anytime, anywhere.
    • Listen to your body and rest when it tells you to.
    • Take a calming, soothing bath once a week if you can.
    • Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water.
    • When you feel that brain-fog set in, stop, step away, and take a short walk.
    • Get my Release and Focus Exercise.

     

    We are in control of our thoughts and our actions. To put yourself in the best possible position for building a successful, thriving business and life you love, you must take care of yourself.

     

    We can’t stop stress from occurring, but we CAN manage it in a healthy, positive way.

     

    What are some of your practices or habits that help you manage stress and anxiety to prevent their negative impact on your body? Please share in the comments below.

     

    Be empowered,

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    And if you found this post helpful, please Pin it and share it via the social media buttons below! Thank you!

     

    P.S. If you’re ready to learn a powerful mindset tool to help release stress and open yourself up to all the abundances you desire, get my Release and Focus Exercise today.