• Three levels of identity - how to have them serve you so you can quit your job and leave your 9-5 corporate job. #Leave9-5 #Leave9to5 #Escape9to5 #QuitYourJob #DebbieCromack #How #Coach Three Levels of Identity – How to Have them Serve You (so you can leave your 9-5)

    Three levels of identity - how to have them serve you so you can quit your job and leave your 9-5 corporate job. #Leave9-5 #Leave9to5 #Escape9to5 #QuitYourJob #DebbieCromack #How #Coach

     

    Identity

     

    I never really thought much about my identity until it was about to change…dramatically.

     

    I worked in corporate America for over 25 years, 19 in my most recent company. Whenever I met someone new, the conversation often started with, “Hi, I’m Debbie!” followed by, “Hi, I’m {insert name}. What do you do, Debbie?” Proudly, I would respond, “I’m an Operations Manager at {insert big-name, well-known corporate company}” and receive an impressed nod of approval.

     

    My job, the company I worked for, became who I was…my identity. I worked 10, 12, sometimes 14 hours a day and often times on weekends as well. This wasn’t unusual. The amount of work was overwhelming and my counterparts worked similar hours. Spending so much of my life working my job, it was who I became as a person.

     

    And for a long time, I was proud of who I was and what I had accomplished in my life. I had earned my MBA, worked at a highly-valued and admired company, was in a long-term relationship with an amazing man, had a beautiful home and amazing friends, and life seemed pretty darn good.

     

    Sadly, with all I had accomplished, there was an emptiness gnawing at me. Something deep inside my soul was unfulfilled and I felt my life had no real meaning or purpose. I had a deep desire to help people, truly help people…something I definitely was NOT doing in my 9-5 job.

     

    After bawling my eyes out on the bathroom floor one too many times, I DECIDED I was done being an employee and I started my Emerge Empowerment, LLC business…as a side hustle. My business morphed and changed over time as I learned and niched and tweaked. It filled me with purpose and passion. I was finally doing work that lit up my soul.

     

    Admittedly, I was exhausted. With my corporate job being as demanding as it was, there was little time (or energy) to put into my business. And, as much as I loved it, it wasn’t far enough developed financially to pay my bills. And so, the straddle continued for about 2½ years.

     

    I believe our identity exists on a spectrum. You see, when it came to my career, there was the employee side of the spectrum and the CEO/entrepreneur side of the spectrum. For the bulk of my 2½ years, I was on the employee side. VERY SLOWLY over time, the needle on the spectrum began to move towards the CEO side. And when I finally made the DECISION that I was going to quit my job, I really started putting my toes into my CEO shoes. And once I made that decision, things in my business really started to shift.

     

    I’ve only had my feet fully in my CEO shoes as a full-time entrepreneur for just about two weeks and I know I still have a ways to go to truly FEEL my identity and I’m so ready for the rest of the journey.

     

    1)     Values

    One of the other things I found myself questioning along my identity journey was my values. Not my core values, but what I placed value on.

     

    Working for a fortune 100 company, I now realize I measured my self-worth against my job and the company I worked for. When it came to being my own boss, running my own business, my self-worth had to come from…ME. And when that realization struck me, I struggled…A LOT.

     

    I started to question my own value. I wondered if I would still get nods of impressed-approval when I told people what I do for a living. And then I wondered why I even wondered that! Why did it matter to me what others thought of me and my career? Did I somehow feel I needed their approval or permission to go after my dreams and desires? Could I even run a business? What if I’m not good enough? What if no one even wants to work with me? I have no idea what I’m doing! What is wrong with me?

     

    YIKES! This craziness kept my head spinning for quite some time.

     

    That was when I started digging…DEEP…into mindset work. And I’m so grateful I did.

     

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    2)    Thoughts

    As I look back now, I see it all so much more clearly. I was allowing so many of my individual thoughts to get foggy and cluttered with fears. You know, those negative stories we play over and over and OVER in our heads. Stories that came from an interpretation of something that was said to you or about you when you were younger. Stories that weren’t true, but for some reason, you’ve always held onto them as being true.

     

    Yup, those are the thoughts that were ruling my mind. I allowed those pesky fears to sprinkle my thoughts for so long that they became my beliefs about myself, my worth, my value. And through that vision, I was nothing at all.

     

    And so, I decided to get acquainted with my fears. To understand what they were and where they came from. Why did I think so little of myself? Why did I think my worth and value came from being great at spreadsheets and putting together PowerPoint presentations? How did I come to place my self-worth in the hands of big-wigs who knew nothing about me?

     

    I dug. And I found pain and heartache…and answers.

     

    You see, when we step in our CEO-shoes, our self-worth and our value of ourselves has to come from US. And if you’ve always been used to it coming from others, this can be VERY confusing and difficult if your self-worth was never cultivated. When you have allowed your identity to be defined by someone other than you for the majority of your life, it can feel really scary to suddenly be the owner of your identity.

     

    3)    Beliefs

    When you keep repeating the same thoughts in your mind over and over, those thoughts form your beliefs. And your mind looks for anything and everything to confirm those beliefs. When those beliefs are negative in nature, no amount of strategy, no fancy technology system, no amount of free coaching is going to lead to your success as an online coach.

     

    I don’t say this to deter you. I say it to fuel you because here’s the thing…YOU are the master of your mind. YOU have the power to control and change your thoughts to SERVE you versus HINDER you. Your mind is so powerful, you just need to learn how to feed it with your new truths and reality.

     

    Here’s the most basic way I can explain this to you. Your mind only knows what it’s told, thus it only knows what YOU tell it. When you were little and learned how to tie your shoelaces, your mind didn’t know how to do it until you were taught and then you practiced until you knew how to do it so well that you no longer had to think about it.

     

    Introverts Nail Your Message

     

    Now you’re older and wiser. I want you to notice the thoughts in your head. How frequently are the negative? Your willingness to be aware and truthful is key. When you notice a negative thought, I want you to simply recognize it…without judgement or ridicule…reword it with a positive spin. I want you to create positive affirmations for yourself that you repeat throughout the day.

     

    When you make a habit of shifting your thoughts, you start changing your mindset. And when you change your mindset to the positive things you desire in life and the things you ARE capable of and worthy of, your mind, once again, looks for everything to affirm your thoughts and beliefs…thereby attracting those things to you.

     

    One powerful way I have been reprogramming my thoughts is by using the ThinkUp app. It’s a free app that also has paid options 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 of to sleep, and for however long you set the timer, you’re feeding your brain, your subconscious, with your positive affirmations. 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 and give it a try.

     

    Take Action and Step In

    Now I want you to take ACTION!! Write down on paper and then read aloud WHO you identify as. If you’re feeling brave, share it in the comments below. Here’s an example to get you thinking…

    I identify as a successful Business Coach, the CEO of my profitable, successful business.

     

    I’m not a fake-it-until-you-make-it kind of person. I DO, however want you starting to move your identity from “employee” to “CEO.” Even if you don’t feel fully in your CEO-shoes just yet, I want you starting to ask yourself what thoughts would you-as-a-CEO have. What actions would you take as the CEO of your business? At least step in by putting your toes into your CEO-shoes. 😊

     

    When you’re straddling your 9-5 and running your business, your time is limited. I want you stepping more and more into your CEO-shoes. I want you thinking and acting from those CEO-shoes. I want you focusing on revenue-producing tasks. If you want to know more about what I mean by this, let’s chat! Set up a coffee/cocoa chat HERE.

     

    Make sure your identity statement rings true for YOU.

     

    Be empowered,

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    P.P.S. There is an affiliate link in here. If you choose to purchase using it, I will receive a small commission. So, I thank you!! See full disclaimer.

  • Many people consider Pinterest to be a social media platform. It’s NOT. It’s even BETTER…it’s a search engine like Google. This post is packed with tips on how to increase your traffic so you can quit your 9-to-5 and thrive as a coach! Inspiration and ideas for female entrepreneurs and girl bosses building startups. #Leave9-5 #Leave9to5 #Escape9to5 #QuitYourJob #Entrepreneur #Corporate #SocialMedia #DebbieCromack How I More than Doubled My Pinterest Traffic in One Week and How You Can Too (so you can leave your 9-to-5!)

    You have wanted to leave your 9-to-5 corporate job for months now, maybe even years. But you’ve been struggling to be noticed, get seen, and find your ideal clients. And, let’s face it, without clients to coach, you don’t have a business, you have an expensive hobby.

    Frustration sets in and, because you feel defeated, your mindset slinks back to old beliefs that push the false message that you’re not good enough and you can’t do this. It’s a vicious cycle.

    Not having a mindset geared towards growth is one of the main reasons new entrepreneurs give up on their dreams of a better life. In recent years, science has proven that, through neuroplasticity, we can actually retrain our brains…our mindset. You can learn more about this powerful concept by working with me. 😊 (You can also get my Mind Fog to Mindset Mastered course right HERE if you’d like to test the waters.)

    Okay, onto some stellar tips you can implement NOW to create a Pinterest strategy where your efforts are working FOR you and helping you catch the eye of your ideal clients and turn them into paying ideal clients so your business can thrive and you can leave your corporate job behind.

    THERE IS A TON OF INFORMATION IN HERE!
    BE SURE TO PIN IT SO YOU CAN REFER BACK TO IT LATER.

     

    Why Pinterest? Here are some statistics for you: 1) there are 200 million monthly active users on Pinterest, 2) pinners spend 50% more time on average on Pinterest compared to other social channels, 3) 93% of Pinterest users plan to make purchases while 96% use it to research and gather information 4) more than 1/3 of Pinterest users choose Pinterest over Google as a search engine.

    By now, you should be more than convinced that you need to be using Pinterest to help explode the growth of your business. Pinterest is a MUST in your social media strategy.

    Many people consider Pinterest to be a social media platform. It’s NOT. It’s even BETTER…it’s a search engine like Google. People go to Pinterest looking for answers. They look for recipes, health tips, fashion ideas, and thousands of other things to help them in life. They are also looking for YOU…a coach.

    Help them find you!

    Many people consider Pinterest to be a social media platform. It’s NOT. It’s even BETTER…it’s a search engine like Google. This post is packed with tips on how to increase your traffic so you can quit your 9-to-5 and thrive as a coach! Inspiration and ideas for female entrepreneurs and girl bosses building startups. #Leave9-5 #Leave9to5 #Escape9to5 #QuitYourJob #Entrepreneur #Corporate #SocialMedia #DebbieCromack

     

    1)       GET A PINTEREST BUSINESS ACCOUNT

    Go to Pinterest HERE.

    Set up your account as a business account.

    Set up your profile and be sure to include: 1) your name, 2) what you do (make yourself searchable), and 3) your description (get keywords in your description and have a call to action like a freebie for your ideal client).

     

    Claim your website to connect the two. IMPORTANT: Grab your meta tag!! Put it somewhere safe, you’re going to use it in a step below.

    Pinterest Claim Your Website

    SEO (SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION):

    In your website (hopefully you have WordPress), make sure you have the Yoast Plugin. Go to your SEO menu then to Social. On your Accounts tab, enter the URL for your Pinterest business account.

    Accounts Tab from Yoast Social

    Go to your SEO menu then to Social then to your Facebook (yup Facebook) tab. Make sure you’re “Enabled.”

    Yoast Social Facebook Tab

    Go to your SEO menu then to Social then to your Pinterest tab. Enter your meta tag you grabbed earlier, enter it, and “Save changes.”

    Yoast Social Pinterest Tab

    Install the jQuery Pin It Button for Images Plugin. This is an interactive hover button that appears on your images and allows those reading your blog post to easily “Pin It” to Pinterest.

    RICH PINS:

    Make sure you have Rich Pins enabled. Rich Pins are pins that include more information than just a regular pin. Go to Pinterest’s Rich Pin Validator. Follow the steps there.

    Pinterest Rich Pins Validator

    Go to any blog post on your website and copy the URL. Then paste that URL and click the “Validate” button.

    After you click “Validate,” a new screen will pop up. You will see a message that says, “Your Pins have been validated! Apply to enable Rich Pins.” Just below that message, you’ll see your website’s domain with a bubble next to “HTML Tags” selected.

    Click the button that says, “Apply Now.” You should then see a “Thank you!” message that they are reviewing your website. Now you’re all set! Your Rich Pins should appear in a day or two.

    Rich Pins Validator Thank You

     

    2)      SET UP YOUR PINTEREST ACCOUNT FOR YOUR IDEAL CLIENTS

    KEYWORDS:

    Keywords are your *key* to being found on Pinterest. Make sure everything you do in Pinterest is rich with SEO keywords. Put keywords in your profile, your pin descriptions, your board titles, your board descriptions, and the blogs you write. Not sure what keywords to use? I’ve got you covered. As we’ve talked about, Pinterest is a search engine. Your ideal clients are looking for help or solutions by typing into the search bar…and so can you!

    Think about what your ideal clients are searching for answers on and solutions for and search for the same thing. If you’re a health coach with a niche of adrenal fatigue, type that into the Pinterest search bar and see what pops up. I found, “adrenal fatigue,” “adrenal fatigue diet,” “adrenal fatigue symptoms,” “adrenal fatigue treatment,” and “adrenal glands.” HINT: I’ve just given you 5 topics you can write blogs about to help your ideal client. Create 2 pin images for each blog post and you now have 10 pins your ideal client is looking for that will educate and help them. You will also want to include these keywords in your pin descriptions, board titles, and board descriptions.

    Doing this search will also show you people and boards related to your keywords. You may want to take a peek a those. {wink, wink}

    And now for the crème de la crème: the Ads tab.

    Pinterest Ads Tab

    Don’t panic, you do NOT have to pay for an ad to do the FREE research that I’m about to knock your socks off with! Click the first option, “Create Ad.” The information you input doesn’t really matter since you’re not truly creating an ad, but you do have to fill it in to move to the next step. For ease, I chose “Traffic.” Then you click, “Continue” at the bottom right.

    Pinterest Create Ad

    Now scroll down to “Add keywords.” In the search bar under, “Extend your search,” start typing in a keyword you think is relevant to use. Let’s stick with our adrenal fatigue example so you can see the power of this search. When I type just the word, “adrenal” into the the search bar, a bunch of keywords appear AND you can see how many people per month are searching for those exact keywords. With monthly searches of between 4-5 MILLION, I’m thinking you probably want to use the keywords, “adrenal diet!”

     

    Pinterest Extend Your Reach

    The more you focus on using these keywords everywhere (in ways that make sense), the more you will start to see YOUR pins in the top rows when someone types in your keywords. And when you get to the number one spot…WAHOO!!

    PROFILE:

    Make sure your profile tells people what you do. Include keywords…like “Coach” if you’re a coach. 😊 When you type into Pinterest’s search bar, “health coach,” you’ll see, “health coach business,” “health coach quotes,” “health coaching,” and “health coaching business.” HINT: If you’re a health coach, you WANT to include these in your profile description. Help your ideal clients find you.

     

    Introverts Nail Your Message

    BOARDS:

    To give your account a professional look, make sure your boards have branded board covers. A board cover is simply a regular pin (size 600 pixels x 600 pixels) that you assign as the board’s “cover.” You select the board cover by editing the board, finding the cover board pin you created (in Canva, Photoshop, etc.), and saving it.

    Put your best boards first and be sure to start with a board specific to your business.

    Create boards that are pertinent to all facets of your business. Having 10-20 boards is optimal and having at least 50 pins per board is recommended. Be sure not to create too many boards, otherwise you will look disorganized and cluttered. If you don’t yet have 50 pins on a board, keep it Secret until you do.

    Be sure to keep your boards active by pinning to them. If you find you’re not pinning to certain boards, make them Secret boards. Again, Pinterest is looking for you to be active and thus will rank you higher in the feed of your potential followers and ideal clients.

     

    3)      USING PINTEREST

    PINNING AND HASHTAGS:

    Your Pinterest account is for your ideal clients; NOT for you. Make sure all your pins contain content that is useful, helpful, and valuable for THEM.

    Make sure your pins have keyword-rich headlines on your images to grab your ideal client’s attention and let them know what information is behind each pin for them. “How to”s are great as well as “X (5, 7, 10, etc.) Things / Ways to Help You X (Nail Your Branding, Find Your Ideal Client, etc.).”

    Repin more from others than you do of your own pins. There are different ratios out there. I say, just make sure you’re repining at least 2-5 from others for every 1 of yours. You’ll figure out what feels right for you. Make sure when you’re repining from others that the description is filled in with keywords. Why, you ask? Even though it’s not your pin, you want to rank high within Pinterest so people can find YOUR repin and, through that, find YOU.

    You also want to verify that the pin brings you to the full post where the content and value are located. Click on the pin and make sure the link works and doesn’t take you to a fake site, a broken link, someplace shady, etc.

    Pinterest now allows you to use hashtags. As long as your descriptions are keyword rich, you shouldn’t need many hashtags. Make sure to use hashtags that are relevant to your content or board.

    Follow influencers in your niche and repin their pins. Again, this has the potential to get YOU noticed.

    Create a pin image with a killer, informative headline / title that links back to your Pinterest boards from other social media platforms (including Pinterest) to provide value to your ideal clients.

     

    GROUP BOARDS:

    Joining group boards in your niche can increase your exposure and get more eyes on your work and what you offer. They have thousands of followers. Most boards are a pin-for-a-pin, meaning for every pin you post of your own material, they ask that you repin a pin from the group board to one of your boards. Each group board has different parameters for joining so just read the board’s description to learn how to join it.

    Here are some great boards to join…

    Female Bloggers Free for All

    POST YOUR BLOG! Bloggers promote here

    Top Blogs – Pinterest Viral Board

    ***Bloggers ‘Post it’ Board***

    Blogging Pros Group Board

     

    AUTOMATION / TAILWIND:

    To show Pinterest you are an active account, you must pin frequently…like constantly. I’ve heard some people say to pin 100 pins a day! WHAT?! When you have a corporate job, there simply isn’t time to pin that much.

    As I noted above, Pinterest isn’t really a “social” platform. Therefore, it’s an ideal platform for using automated scheduling.

    Using automation is extremely helpful. I use Tailwind (the only official scheduling partner of Pinterest) and it saves soooo much time because you can batch your pinning all at once! From an efficiency perspective, as long as other Pinterest users (your ideal clients) see your pins, you can effectively engage with them throughout the day and have them see your pinning activity notifications without having to be on Pinterest in real-time or all the time!

    When your Pinterest strategy includes (which it should) pinning a lot, pinning throughout the day, and not spamming your target audience / ideal clients by pinning the same content to multiple group boards all at once, Tailwind is the tool you want.

    You can get a free trial HERE (pssst…this is an affiliate link {more on this below}; if you like the free trial you get from my link and end up paying $15 per month or $119 per year to continue using it, I will receive a small commission…so I thank you for helping me stay in business so I can keep helping you and others just like YOU! 😊) Play around with it a bit during your free trial and get familiar with how it works.

    One very helpful tool within Tailwind are Tribes. Tribes are basically communities of like-minded people all helping one another share pins to boost exposure. There seems to be more skin-in-the-game with Tailwind Tribes versus Pinterest group boards. I have found Tribes to be very niched while group boards tend to hold sections of all kinds of different topics. To maximize my reach, I use both.

    When joining Tribes, be sure to follow the Tribe rules. You’ll get the most of Tribes and will avoid being removed from a Tribe. Remember, pin more from others than you are pinning.

    Here are some great tribes to join:

    Bloggers Killin It on Pinterest

    Blogging Friends Pins

    Entrepreneurs & Coaches

    Female Digital Nomads

    Small Business

    Remember above when I recommended checking where the pin takes you when repining from others? When using Tailwind, you have to first schedule your pin, then hop over to your scheduled pins and click on it from there to see where it goes. While Tailwind is extremely helpful, also be sure to pin manually here and there throughout the day. Remember, Pinterest wants to see you active ON Pinterest.

    Another time-saving tool within Tailwind is the Board Lists. You create a board and put all similar Pinterest group boards onto that board. This allows you to schedule your pin to all of those related boards at the same time. Here is one of my Board Lists:

    Tailwind Entrepreneur Blogging Board

    Now, if I want to schedule from my drafts the pin for this blog to all of those Pinterest group boards, I simply select the board list name, “Entrepreneur & Blogging Board” then click “Add to Queue.”

    Tailwind Schedule Pin Boards Lists

    Tailwind will tell you what Pinterest group boards you have already pinned that pin to by showing you a little exclamation point and putting a box around that group. As we don’t want to spam our groups with the same pins, you can easily click the the, “x” to remove that board.

    Tailwind Entrepreneur Blogging Board Already Pinned

    Now that you have removed the boards (see the green circle with the check mark?) you don’t want to spam, you can schedule your pin to be pinned. And, because you also don’t want to post the same pin to all Pinterest group boards at the same time, you can click on the, “Use Interval” button.

    Tailwind Schedule Pin Boards Lists Use Interval

    A menu will open where you can use Tailwind’s pre-selected, “Open Time Slots” or you can click, “Optimized” and see if you like those options better. Once you’re settled, click the, “Set Interval” button and your pin will go your Pinterst group boards at different times on different days. And if you’ve got something you need to go out on a specific day at a specific time, just click on, “Exact.”

    Tailwind Schedule Pin Boards Lists Set Interval

     

    4)     HAVE A BLOG

    No matter what kind of coach you are, write a blog.

    Provide value, entertainment, and always have a call-to-action for your ideal clients. Make sure to include a beautifully branded, vertical, Pinterest-worthy graphic. The optimal size in 2018 appears to be 600 pixels x 1,260 pixels. Make sure your blog title is rich with SEO keywords to boost your chances of being found.

    Have affiliate links in your blogs as a way to bring passive income into your business. When you leave that steady corporate paycheck behind, you’re going to need to bring revenue into your business in a variety of ways. To remain legally compliant, you must always include a statement (see mine at the bottom) that you have affiliate links in your post.

    One easy affiliate to have is Amazon. Here is an example for you, check out my Empowerment Book of the Week Blog. In it, I have links to books my ideal clients can buy on Amazon. You pay the same price you would regardless of my affiliate link, but Amazon pays me a small commission for sending you there to buy.

    See what I did there? 😊 I kept you looking at my content AND I brought you to a blog post with affiliate links to Amazon. So, two things happened: 1) if you’re not my ideal client, hopefully I’ve still helped you in some way and may make a small commission if you choose to purchase a book and 2) if you ARE my ideal client, I’ve given you value by bringing you to a blog with tons of excellent books and I’ve brought you to my website where you can have a look around to see if you want to get any of my fabulous products or decide if you want to work with me.

     

    5)       PINTEREST STRATEGY

    Pinterest is a long-term strategy for the growth and success of your business so you can work towards leaving your 9-to-5 job. Start out by implementing some of the tips I’ve shared here. Check your Pinterest analytics from time to time to see what things are working for you and what things are not. From there, you can improve your profile, your boards, and the quality of your pins.

    Pinterest Analytics

    Click on the, “More >” to drill down and see what pins are doing well, who is looking at them, where they are located, and so much more. Use the information here to analyze your pins, boards, visitors, etc. and from there, you can tweak your strategy.

    Pinterest Analytics Expanded

    If you have the time, comment on pins from influencers in your niche. This will increase your visibility. If people comment on your pins, be sure to comment back…this helps to build your know-like-trust factor.

    I always tell my clients that Pinterest should be their main platform when creating their social media strategy. Again, because 1) it’s FREE, 2) it functions as a search engine, 3) the reach you can get is phenomenal, 4) you can automate it easily with Tailwind, and…5) YOUR PIN NEVER DIES (like your posts do on other platforms once everyone else piles on top).

    Your “monthly views” indicates how many people your pins are reaching. For me, that number is WAY more than any of my other platforms…combined! While the monthly views number can feel impressive, it’s important to note that your followers are also very important. When your followers engage with your content, your pins get an extra boost from Pinterest as being valuable content.

    So, make Pinterest the first thing you set up and then pick either Facebook or Instagram as your second focus. Be cautious not to try to be active on ALL social media platforms. You’ll end up burnt out and not truly serving any one platform well. {cough, cough…raises hand}

    From time to time, go through your pins and boards and clean things up. Make boards secret if you haven’t pinned to them in a while. Check your pins to make sure links are active and lead people to the right place. Delete pins that no one is looking at or sharing.

    Here’s a look at what following these steps has done for me. In one week, I more than doubled my Pinterest traffic from 21.4K monthly views to 49.9K monthly views. The picture on the left was captured on 7/24 and the picture on the right was captured on 7/31.

    Pinterest Growth

    UPDATE: And by 8/15, I grew to 67.4K monthly viewers… Pinterest-Growth as of 8-15-18

    Now, does that mean that all of those 67.4K monthly viewers are my ideal clients? Of course not, but even if only 1% are, I’ll take it!

    Above all, make sure you’re pining content that your ideal client NEEDS. Show her how much value you’re giving her for free that will help her decide to work with you on a paid basis. Your Pinterest strategy is ALL about serving your ideal client and helping her find you.

    For more helpful business tips and value-packed pins, follow me on Pinterest!

    I hope you have found this post incredibly helpful!! If you have, please pin it and share it with your friends! THANKS SO MUCH!

    Be empowered,

    P.S. Are YOU playing small as an entrepreneur? Find out by taking my FREE QUIZ.

     

    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!! See full disclaimer.

  • 5 Things to do Before You Leave Your 9-to-5 5 Things to do Before You Leave Your 9-to-5

    5 Things to do Before You Leave Your 9-to-5

     

    I know it. I’ve been there.

    Slumped on the bathroom floor, crying so hard that no sound was coming out of my mouth. Tears burning my swelling eyes. Pain in the pit of my stomach. Crying out, “Why?!?!”

    The phrase, “God doesn’t give you more than you can handle.” popped into my head. And I shouted to God, “I can’t handle ANY MORE!!!!!”

    This is the state my corporate job put me into. Cortisol pulsing through me. Mental and physical anguish tearing me apart.

    EVERY SINGLE DAY I wanted to quit. Just leave. Walk away and never look back.

    But I didn’t.

    I knew that if I didn’t have a strategy in place for my online coaching business, I would fail as an entrepreneur and be in an even worse place in my life than I was working my corporate job.

    And because I want YOU to success in your business, I’m sharing with you the 5 things you need to do before you leave your 9-to-5 job.

     

    This post will guide you through the top 5 things you need to do before you quit your 9-to-5 corporate job. Inspiration and ideas for female entrepreneurs and girl bosses building startups. #Leave9-5 #Leave9to5 #Escape9to5 #GirlBoss #BossBabe #Entrepreneur #SmallBusiness #Coach #DebbieCromack #Mindset

     

    1.      Start Your Coaching Business

    Quite likely, you have already felt your passion calling you…pulling on you…pushing you. Maybe fear gremlins have got you and you’re worried you don’t know what to do. Or maybe, you’re hearing an old belief in your head that’s telling you, “You’re not good enough.” And think, “But I’m not ready yet.”

    Here’s what I want you to do…START.

    You ARE good enough and you will figure out what to do.

    Starting your online coaching business now will help you build the foundation of your business so when you ARE ready to leave your day job, you already have things well under way.

    If you’re feeling uncertain about your abilities, start out by coaching for free! Doing this will build your confidence and help you create a structure for your coaching program. Start with a 3-month period and see how it goes. Your clients will be thrilled and they may even turn into paying clients!!! Plus, this will give you a feel for the work you believe you want to do and solidify whether or not it IS truly what you want to do. Practicing your skills through free coaching will help improve your confidence and make you feel more empowered in your abilities as a coach.

    If you work in an office, working your online business from home will be quite a change. Yes, working from home comes with some nice perks, like working in your jammies if you want and doing laundry during the day. It also comes with freedom and flexibility that are very tempting to slip into becoming unmotivated and maybe even lazy. Being able to work from home and be your own boss, building a successful business, takes discipline and self-motivation.

    And remember, being an entrepreneur is not a get-rich-quick kind of thing. When you make the decision to run an online business, it’s a marathon, not a sprint. You need to be committed for the long haul. Building the kind of business and life you want is an investment of time, money, effort, and energy. So, starting your “side hustle” while you’re still working your day job will give you a good taste of what’s to come. Because success does NOT happen overnight.

     

    2.     Get Your Finances in Order

    If you’ve been following me for a while, you know about the financial mess I made (and why) of my life in my youth AND how I’ve managed to pay off two huge loans and my credit card. You can check out THIS BLOG to read more about it. This life experience is what helped me realize the importance of getting your finances in order BEFORE you leave your corporate job.

    You want to create a profit and loss statement where you detail everything you’re spending on your business and everything you’re making from your business. Create a budget for yourself of where you want to invest your money. Think about things like hiring a coach, attending networking events, buying tools and systems to support your business, get a separate cell phone for your business (versus your corporate job).

    I always recommend starting three different accounts at your bank: 1) emergency fund, 2) short term fund, and 3) long term fund. At BARE MINIMUM, you want to create the emergency fund. This account will be where you build your nest-egg of at least 6 months’ worth of money that will allow you pay all of your minimum living expenses for those months when your income from your business dips. Because, you know, when you leave that steady paycheck behind, your income will likely vacillate, especially in the first few years.

    Use your corporate paycheck to 1) fund your business in the beginning and 2) create an emergency fund. Not making enough money in your business is one of the biggest things that can cause you to want to quit. Take steps NOW to alleviate the stress of not having enough money to pay your bills by building a stash of money.

     

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    3.     Hire a Coach

    Because the online world and becoming an entrepreneur is so vastly different from working in corporate America, you won’t know what you’re doing in the beginning. And that’s okay, none of us did! 😊 As you’re thinking about your finances and setting yourself a budget for where your money is going, I highly recommend you work in money to hire a coach.

    A coach will help you learn what you need to know in order to build your successful, profitable business. I urge you to take your time in hiring a coach. This person is someone you want to follow for a while to get a feel for her, what she offers, her work ethic, her vibe, the results she’s gotten for her clients, and more. She is someone you want to resonate with, who you trust, and who you KNOW will help you propel forward in your business. You will be paying her money to do her job…make sure she’s the right person for you.

     

    4.     Create a Business Plan

    Your “side hustle” is a business. You want to treat it like one.

    Create a business plan. Be sure to include your…

    ·         “Why” behind your business.

    ·         Mission, vision, goals.

    ·         Ideal client / target market. What her pain points are. How you solve them.

    ·         Action plan for bringing income into your business: all the things you plan to offer (one-on-one coaching, group coaching, courses, books, retreats, webinars, podcasts, etc.), including their prices.

    ·         Best projections of your profit and loss statement, including budgeting for hiring a coach, hiring a virtual assistant (VA), attending events or masterminds, paying for systems, etc.

    ·         Strategy to make it all happen.

    Remember, your business is a long-term plan for your life, not a fantasy of fast, easy money. In the beginning, it’s a lot of work and will take dedication. Once you find your groove, you’ll begin to create the balance you so desire in your life.

     

    5.     Reprogram Your Mindset for Success

    I’ve saved this one for last because it is the MOST IMPORTANT.

    You did all the “right” things, what you were “supposed to do.” You went to college, got a “safe and secure” 9-to-5 job in corporate America with a 401K, pension, and benefits, maybe you even got your MBA like I did. You ALSO, ended up miserable, stressed out, unhealthy, having NO balance in life, and no social life because all you do is work your tail off to make someone you don’t even know rich.

    Finally, you started to wonder, “Is this really it? This is what I have to look forward to for the rest of my life?” Through the anxiety that has you feeling overwhelmed and suffocated every…single…day, you felt a pull to do something more with your life. You had a desire to truly help people and do work that is meaningful and valuable, to make an impact on this world.

    And so, you started your business. Like most of us, you likely started out as a solopreneur…you know, you are the CEO of your business…and you’re the assistant, and the technology person creating your website, and figuring out social media, and creating content for your clients, and trying to figure out how to be a master at marketing, and building relationships, and perfecting your selling skills…you’re doing it ALL.

    And yet…your business isn’t flourishing. The clients are non-existent…and so is your income. All you’re doing is investing with no return on your investment. You start to doubt yourself, your fear gremlins are biting at you, you wonder if everyone was right, that “you’re not good enough” and “you’ll never make a living being a coach.” You feel deflated, defeated, and you want to give up.

    Your fabulous business that you created to help others create the lives of their dreams while creating the life of your dreams feels like it’s slipping away.

    IT DOESN’T HAVE TO!!!

    What I learned on my own journey is that the mindset of a successful woman in corporate America is VERY different than the mindset of a successful female entrepreneur. Without creating a mindset ready to propel into growth and success, the rest simply doesn’t matter.

    Get yourself on the right path NOW and start reprogramming your mindset to serve you instead of hold you back. And if you’re struggling, mindset and empowerment are my specialty; reach out to me HERE and let’s chat about the possibility of working together so we can get you on your way to building that fabulous business you desire and you’re worthy of!

     

    And you can finally escape your 9-to-5 prison!

     

    Be empowered,

    P.S. Are you playing small as an entrepreneur? Read 3 Ways to Know if You’re Playing Small as an Entrepreneur.

     

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  • 8 Online Female Entrepreneurs YOU NEED TO FOLLOW 8 Online Female Entrepreneurs YOU NEED TO FOLLOW

    Jumping into the online space from your corporate job is exciting, exhilarating, scary, terrifying, confusing, and overwhelming. Learn from these 8 powerhouse women so you can thrive in your online coaching business and learn how to quit your job. #Entrepreneur #Empowerment #Business #Startup #Mindset #GirlBoss Repin it!

     

    8 Online Female Entrepreneurs YOU NEED TO FOLLOW

     

    “Empowered Women, Empower Women”

     

    Jumping into the online space from the corporate world is exciting, exhilarating, scary, terrifying, confusing, and overwhelming.

     

    It’s hard to know where to start, what to do, what’s important, and how to prioritize.

     

    I’m a big fan of supporting women and shining light on those who are crushing it in this space and making a massive impact in the way of truly helping others.

     

    These eight powerhouse women are women I admire because of their incredibly giving nature and desire help others achieve their own success as well as their ability to continue to grow their businesses.

     

    Through following and connecting with them, you will learn business tips, marketing savvy, selling techniques that feel good, how to uniquely brand yourself, mindset tools, self-care ideas, how to focus in on things that keep your business moving forward, and so many ways to succeed through simplicity. These phenomenal women will keep you feeling uplifted, motivated, and inspired!

     

    Remember that you are important. Your dreams matter. Be true to yourself and you’ll attract the right people to you. Nourish your body. Fuel your mindset. Let your empowerment guide you. And always let your light shine!

     

    Here are the amazing women I want to introduce you to:

     

    1)       Lacey Sites, A Lit Up Life. Lacey is a Business Mentor and Success Coach for high-performing women entrepreneurs. Her investment in the success of her clients is seen through her Lit Up Partnership where the only way she makes money is when her clients make money. She teaches you how sell in a value-centered way that feels good to YOU. And her MSE framework guides you to discovering where your business needs help.

     

    2)       Adrienne Dorison. What a giver this woman is!!! Adrienne is a Business Consultant who is obsessed with helping businesses get double the results in half the time. Why??? Because one of her business strategies is that when you earn more, you can give more back to the world. She has created the Strategic Growth Initiative to help you get laser-focused and work ON your business versus IN your business.

     

    3)       Kathrin Zenkina, Manifestation Babe. If you’re ready to manifest the life of your wildest dreams, Kathrin is your gal! She is a best-selling author, manifesting expert, success strategist, and mindset coach for spiritual entrepreneurs. She hosts the free, highly-engaged Facebook group, Manifestation Babes. And her services range from her books to her e-courses to her VIP MB Tribe group program to her breath-taking and powerful retreats in Bali. This girl will turn you into a manifesting master!!

     

    4)      Angie Lee. Angie is high-vibe hysterical! She describes herself as a health coach turned biz mentor, 7-figure organic marketing unicorn, and serial entrepreneur. Her gift is helping women build insane confidence, master their marketing, and monetize their passion online. She runs a top-rated podcast called, The Angie Lee Show where she dishes out tons and tons of valuable information. If you’re struggling to narrow down your business niche, her course, Niche to Sell, is on point and what you need!

     

    5)       Stacy Tuschl, She’s Building Her Empire. Stacy is a High-Performance Coach and Business Mentor who helps you build a profitable and sustainable empire! She coaches purpose-driven female entrepreneurs on how to break through their challenges, operate at their highest potential, and create self-sustaining businesses – without sacrificing their family. Stacy hosts the She’s Building Her Empire podcast where she covers all things business from mindset to productivity to branding to 7-figure business systems and strategies. She’s one to check out!

     

    6)      Michelle Lewis, Visibility Vixen. Do you want to get visible online so you can expand your reach and explode your business? Michelle is the vixen for you! She is THE Visibility Expert who specializes in helping you skyrocket your visibility, monetize your success, and bring your unique message into the online space. Michelle assists you in landing press for your brand through her programs, Visibility Vault and Visible Press. She is the host of The Visible Entrepreneur podcast and Facebook group where she drops tons of value.

     

    7)       Kezia Luckett, Women of Contribution. Kezia is a Global Positive Mindset Coach, international best-selling author, motivational speaker, and the CEO and trailblazer behind the Women of Contribution Movement. As a coach, Kezia works one-on-one with her clients to help them release the blocks that hold them back in business and life so they can create the health, wealth, and happiness they deserve in every area of their lives, as well as inspire women to follow their true purpose and share their gifts with the world because she is a firm believer that every woman can leave an impactful footprint on the world.

     

    8)      Debbie Cromack (that’s me!!), Emerge Empowerment. I’m a corporate lackey turned entrepreneurial renegade. I’m an international best-selling author and Business Coach who helps introverted, 40-something female entrepreneurs who are done being an employee – making others rich! – to making yourself wealthy in impact and income in your online coaching business. My job is to help you recognize your strengths, unleash your quiet confidence, and courageously thrive in your online coaching business. I help you 1) become aware of exactly what has you stuck, 2) overcome and take action to release your limiting beliefs and mindset blocks, and 3) nail your message and marketing so you can propel forward by standing out without shouting out. I teach you how to help your ideal clients find you by serving them at their core with your unique, confidently-quiet message. I show you how to bravely be visible online in your own way by positioning yourself as an expert all while being yourself. And I guide you in streamlining your corporate exit plan so you can quit your 9-5 job. I provide one-on-one coaching and I host the Emerging Empowered Entrepreneurs Facebook: Leave Your 9-5 and Thrive as a Coach group. My motto is: “Girls, we are so much better and stronger…TOGETHER.”

     

    I hope you found a powerhouse female entrepreneur here in the list to connect with. Follow them on social media, join their Facebook groups, and learn from them. And to fuel your learning about how to succeed in this online world, check out my blog The 5 Best Books for New Female Entrepreneurs.

     

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    Be YOU in everything you do!

     

    Be empowered,

     

  • The 5 Best Books for Female Entrepreneurs The 5 Best Books for New Female Entrepreneurs

    The 5 Best Books for New Female Entrepreneurs. Get inspired by these high-performing female entrepreneurs and learn how to thrive in your online coaching business so you can learn how to quit your job. #Entrepreneur #Entrepreneurs #Escape9to5 #Empowerment #Books #Author #GirlBoss #DebbieCromack #Leave9-5 #Leave9to5 Repin it!

     

    The 5 Best Books for New Female Entrepreneurs

     

    So, you’ve decided you’re done with giving your life to a job where you’re overworked, underpaid, unappreciated, stressed out, have no social life, and are working yourself into an early grave just to make someone you don’t even know rich. AWESOME!!

     

    Now what??

     

    You’ll likely start out with excitement, exhilaration, hope, enthusiasm, and massive energy. You are an expert at traversing the corporate world, but you have no idea how to be a successful female entrepreneur. So, you start researching and Googling and joining Facebook groups and searching Pinterest and watching webinars and…suddenly your brain is spinning and you feel absolutely confused, overwhelmed, uninspired, and completely discourage. So much so that you may give up before you even gave yourself a chance.

     

    I want you to stop…and take a deep breath.

     

    We ALL did this! It’s hard to know where to start, what to do, what’s important, what’s NOT important, and how to figure it all out.

     

    Girl, I’ve got you covered. Here is a list of the 5 best books for new female entrepreneurs to read when you’re first starting out. They helped me tremendously! Use them as your starting block.

     

    The 5 Best Books for New Female Entrepreneurs

    1.      #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

    2.     She Means Business by Carrie Green

    3.      Is Your Business Worth Saving by Stacy Tuschl

    4.     Daring & Disruptive by Lisa Messenger

    5.      Girl Code by Cara Alwill Leyba

     

    These books are written by some fabulous women who have been where you are and they share their stories of what worked, what didn’t and all the ups and downs that got them to where they are now.

     

    So, take another deep breath, read the summary of each, pick one that resonates with you, and get started on your journey. Just remember to stay resilient and keep pursuing your dreams.

     

    And to help you learn from some of the best in this online space, check out my blog, 8 Online Female Entrepreneurs YOU NEED TO FOLLOW.

     

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    If you’re at a point where you’re ready to uncover some of your limiting (and untrue) beliefs that are holding you back from the successful business you desire and start learning how to squash them, take my FREE QUIZ.

     

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

     

    Take one step at a time. You can do this!

     

    Be empowered,

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  • 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,

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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 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

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  • 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.

     

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    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.