• 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.

     

    Be empowered,

  • 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. 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!! 🙂

  • Entrepreneurship - The Emotional Turmoil and Living Your Purpose Entrepreneurship – The Emotional Turmoil and Living Your Purpose

    Entrepreneurship - The Emotional Turmoil and Living Your Purpose

    Many of us seek freedom when we transition from corporate America to being an entrepreneur. Freedom to be our own boss. Freedom to have our own schedules. Freedom to live a life we desire.

     

    We desire this freedom so badly that we push ourselves…hard. We endure the mental anguish. We push through the physical torture. We can almost taste the freedom on the other side.

     

    Often times, our corporate jobs lack that magic ingredient that makes us feel like we’re serving a purpose in life. We feel empty. And we know we’re meant for something more. Something than has meaning and adds value to our lives and the lives of others. This burning, passionate desire drives us to become an entrepreneur.

     

    And so we set out on our entrepreneurial journey. Balancing our corporate job with our new business and family and well…life…will present challenges and stresses, but with determination and motivation, we follow our hearts to live our purpose.

     

    5:00 AM…the alarm goes off. I lay still and drained. My first thoughts are filled with how to prioritize all the things I need to get done for my corporate job before I can even think about working on my business. My body instantly sinks more heavily into the mattress and my heart follows.

     

    I force my limbs to move, letting my legs dangle from the side of the bed. My head hangs as though a sandbag is wrapped around it.

     

    Melancholy swells inside me.

     

    I put on my workout clothes and drag myself to the treadmill. The stretching feels good and I feel the blood begin to course through my body, waking me up. I do enjoy my treadmill time. It’s treasured me-time. My spirits lift as I step onto the belt and hit start.

     

    My legs move and my body and mind become alert. I say my prayers and start my mindset work; replacing old stories in my head that no longer serve me with powerful, positive thoughts of person I truly am and the life I’m creating for myself.  Joy, calm, and confidence spill into my body.

     

    Energy ignites me while my mind focuses on what steps I will take TODAY towards creating the life I want through my business. I say my mantras and affirmations and I visualize what my life will look like and how I will feel. My body floods with happiness and my soul feels free.

     

    As the seconds tick down on the treadmill, I feel my legs and arms tighten as the dozens of tasks awaiting me at my corporate job come surging like a tidal wave into my head. The sting pinches at the base of my head, sending what feels like electric shocks down my neck and shooting through my spine. Hopelessness veils over me.

     

    I shower and head to the prison of my corporate job. The imaginary shackles bind me to my desk through endless hours of conference calls…meaningless conference calls. I churn through inaccurate data, babysit the work of others, and fumble with the broken tools we have to use.

     

    I answer one email and 10 come in. Conference calls are back-t0-back for six hours and we’re not supposed to multitask. Text messages fly in rapidly. My heart races as my workload piles up. I stare at the number 520 next to my inbox and my chest tenses. Five hours into my day, I realize I haven’t gotten up from my desk and when I go to move, my joints are stiff.

     

    While listening to a pointless conference call, my mind wanders a bit to my business as an idea for a blog pops into my head. A spark of pleasure tickles me and I jot down the idea on a sticky note.

     

    “Where are we on that, Debbie?” The question jolts me back to my cell and my heart sinks again.

     

    And throughout the day, this emotional roller coaster hurls me around like a rag doll, stealing my freedom and robbing me of living my life…my purpose.

     

    Finally around 9:00 PM (and often times later), exhaustion forces me to stop. Now I can devote some time to my business. I check my 300+ emails, follow up on my social media platforms, and start working on the blog idea I had jotted down earlier. My brain in a fog, creativity escapes me.

     

    And suddenly, I feel very…alone.

     

    The online world has quieted down at this hour. I feel stuck and end up popping into the Facebook groups of some mentors I follow. They have tons of followers. Their messages are enlightening and inspired. They’re posting frequently and all over the place.

     

    “How am I ever going to accomplish this and be successful?” I wonder. “What am I doing? I don’t even know what I’m doing? There’s no way I can do this.”

     

    The fears and doubts I worked so hard to wash away in the morning with my mindset work have come blazing back with fury. All of the old stories that, “I’m not good enough,” “I can’t,” and “I’ll never make any money,” rage through me.

     

    In my state of sheer fatigue, I allow defeat to steal my purpose and smash my desires. Tears blur my sight.

     

    For a moment, I wallow in the self-pity. But ONLY for a moment.

     

    “No!” I determine zealously. “I will NOT let this be my existence,” I vow to myself.

     

    “I was put on this earth to make an impact. I was put here for a purpose. To help women find the power within them. To help them know and feel their worth. To help them transform their lives and create their own successful businesses. To help them build a life they fall in love with every day. To help them achieve their freedom. And to achieve my own freedom,” I remind myself.

     

    “I will NOT give up. I will NOT give in,” I promise myself.

     

    And now I want YOU to make a promise to yourself. NEVER, EVER give up…EVER!

     

    Life is filled with ups and downs, this we know. The transition from corporate America to being on entrepreneur will try to chew you up, spit you out, and stomp all over you.

     

    But, you…YOU are brave, you are passionate, you are empowered!! You have such great strength inside of you. Tap into it every day. Practice your mindset work every day. You have the ability to power through all the negativity. You control your mind…your destiny. And I believe in YOU.

     

    You are capable of all that you desire. Live your purpose.

     

    What purpose are YOU living? Please share below. Let’s keep each other going!

     

    Be empowered,

    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.

  • Emerge Empowerment Healthy Tips to Help You Feel Your Best Healthy Tips to Help Feel Your Best

    Emerge Empowerment Healthy Tips to Help You Feel Your Best

    Whether you’re a mom, an online entrepreneur, have a corporate job, are single or married, or…let’s face it, a WOMAN, we don’t make ourselves a priority. We put everyone else’s needs and, yes, wants before our own. We very rarely, if ever, practice self-care. And then what happens…you know all too well…we are depleted, exhausted, and maybe even grumpy.

    On the rare occasion when we DO finally make time to do something for ourselves, even if it’s small, often times, we feel amazing! And when we feel amazing, we also feel empowered and we show up as a better version of ourselves for those around us.

    Today, I’m pleased to feature Nic Makim as our guest blogger. Below, she gives us some simple and useful tips to help us feel our fabulous best! Thanks for joining us, Nic!

    Empowering ourselves and others requires a commitment to our own health, happiness, and well-being. Once we start to feel our best, an internal empowerment transpires.
    How are you feeling? Like, really feeling? Feeling good, doesn’t really cut it for me. I’m trying to feel fantastic, daily. I know how short life can be and I’m here to live every moment as if it were gold.
    I hope you find inspiration and motivation from a few of my wellness tips that help keep me grounded, balanced, and empowered within.
    Tips for Feeling Your Best
    1.       Mentally and physically cleanse to create the space within and really soak up the goodness of your family and achievements. I find a cleansing nutrition program is fantastic for cleansing my body, work, desk, and mind.
    2.       Balance – work, life, diet, wellbeing, exercise, friends. I love yoga for feeling grounded and balanced.
    3.       Inspire, create, and empower yourself daily.
    4.       Regularly throughout the day, practice diaphragmatic breathing.
    5.       Exercise to allow your body to do what it loves doing – moving.
    6.       Get involved and properly play with your kids on their level.
    7.       Drop all expectations and judgment of yourself and others.
    8.       Tune in and be grateful for something every day.
    9.       Load up on green salads, veggies, healthy fats, and good quality protein to nourish your body.
    10.   Surround yourself with people who uplift, support, and empower you to live to your truest and fullest potential.
    Eating Healthy is Self-Care
    I’m a believer that anything is possible. I’m a doer and eternal optimist. I choose happiness and a positive outlook. I fill my life with good people, good food, and good work.
    Nic Makim is a nutritionist with a thriving online foodie business of which she sees clients globally for nutrition programs and coaching. Nic believes in an all-inclusive approach to nutrition, working towards an authentic life-long positive attitude of eating well and moving mindfully.
    Chatting and empowering others to nourish their body to feel their best is what she loves doing! Simply drop her an email to see how she can help you!
    And follow Nic on social media…
    Instagram: nicmakim_nutrition
    Facebook: nicmaMakimWellnesskimnutrition
    Twitter: MakimWellness
    Google+: Nic Makim Nutrition
    www.nicmakim.com.au

     

    Be your best…for you and those you love.

     

    I hope you enjoyed these healthy tips from Nic. Implement one each week and evaluate how you feel.

    I’d be interested to hear your experience once you’ve had a chance to try a few. Drop me a comment below and let me know. I’d love your feedback on Nic’s blog as well.

    Be empowered,

    To connect with incredible, supportive, like-minded new female entrepreneurs transitioning from corporate jobs to online coaching businesses, come join my Facebook group, Emerging Empowered Entrepreneurs.

  • Touching a Life Touching a Life

    As an entrepreneur, you dive into your business; head first, feet first, whatever…you just dive. You have a passion burning inside of you and a message you want to share. You’re filled with energy and ideas and goals and dreams. And you know you can make a difference in this world.

    I have found that most of us truly want to help people. And helping people is pretty broad. So, you set a goal, make a plan, and strategize how to get there. You make lists and hone in on what you really want to do and who your audience is. You think about what your business will look like. Will it be strictly E-commerce? Or do you want a brick-and-mortar facility? You think about your brand and what you want to stand for; how people feel when they think of you and your business. You create a logo and get business cards. You create profiles on social media and start interacting with your following.

     

     

    There is a lot to think about when you’re first starting out. And if you don’t already know people who have done what you’re trying to do, gosh, is it overwhelming. If you’re lucky enough, you stumble across an amazing coach or two who help you find your way. And even then, there’s so much to do and learn.

    At times, you may get hit with that awful misperception called fear. And that dreaded self-doubt creeps in. You become apprehensive and begin to wonder if you can even do this. You question yourself, “What was I thinking? I can’t do this!” A day or two goes by and you feel your power again, “Other women are doing it. They’re not smarter than me. They’re not better than me. I can do this!” A few hours go by or even a few more days. Maybe you’re struggling to get your website up. Those self-deprecating thoughts rear their ugly heads again. The emotions can be quite intense. And if you don’t have a support-system on your side, failure may consume and destroy you. For me, the juggling of my corporate job with trying to start up my Emerge business has me in a constant state of teeter-tottering between, “I’m out of my mind, I can’t do this!” and “This is what I’m meant to do. I can so do this!”

    Determined to succeed and do work that you love and has value and gives you a sense of purpose, you forge ahead. You create content you hope will resonate with people and help build your tribe. You interact on all of your social media and wonder if anyone is even reading what you’re posting. Maybe you even get a “Like” on Facebook or Instagram or perhaps a “Share” on Twitter. But then, you think, “What does that really mean?”

     

    I was spiraling around in all
    of this like a tornado.

     

    And then one day, I received a “Like” on one of my Twitter posts. I sent a message to thank the young lady for liking my Tweet. To my surprise, she messaged me back to thank me for my uplifting posts. She let me know that she looks forward to them and that reading my “encouraging messages has transformed me for the better!” Well, my mouth dropped open.

    We then exchanged messages back and forth where I learned more about her and she shared some background on her life to explain why she was so impacted by my posts. She shared with me a video of her speech called, Life’s Choices, that she now presents to students around the country. After watching her video and being honored that she shared it with me, I then understood the impact of my words on her.


    And I cried.

     

    I cried deep and hard. I couldn’t contain it. I had touched a life. I…me…had made a positive impact on a delicate soul who values my messages. My chest convulsed as tears poured out and my heart was filled with pure joy and the knowledge that I can make a difference. I sit here with moisture sweeping my eyes as I write this. This incredible woman had created a defining moment for me. A moment that told me, without a doubt, I am absolutely on the right path and I can make my business successful and truly help women.

    This astounding woman is LaNae Stockwell and she has given me permission to share her story through this video. I invite you to watch it, be moved by it, and share it.

    To my entrepreneurial friends out there, NEVER EVER give up. You have a message, you have a purpose, and there are so many people’s lives to touch. Power on. If your moment hasn’t happened yet, have faith, it will.

    Never ever give up.

    To my Emerge Family, thank you for welcoming me into your lives and being part of my journey as I become part of yours. I am humbled and grateful.

    To LaNae, you are a miracle. Your purpose is loud and clear. You have survived an indescribable tragedy and can share your experience to help others make better decisions in their own lives. You are meant to be here and change lives. Thank you for sharing your story.

     

    We all have a purpose.

    Draw from the beauty of the message inside you and make the world a better place.

     

    Have you had a defining moment that changed your life? I’d love to know about it. Comment below and share your experience.

    Be empowered,

    To connect with incredible, supportive, like-minded new female entrepreneurs transitioning from corporate jobs to online coaching businesses, come join my Facebook group, Emerging Empowered Entrepreneurs.

  • Self-Care in our Hurried and Chaotic Lives. Be empowered. You matter. Self-Care in Our Hurried and Chaotic Lives

    Self-Care in Our Hurried and Chaotic Lives

     

    When thinking about what I wanted my empowerment business to do for women, I settled on two main aspects: education and self-care. Personally, I always want to be learning and I stink at self-care. I’m discovering just how essential self-care is. I’m also learning that I’m not the only woman who stinks at it.

    Most women know that when we are depleted, we are not at our best. We also know that we want to be functioning at an optimal level to best care for those we love who need us. Yet somehow, regardless of this knowledge, we do NOT take care of ourselves.

    When we know how important self-care is, why are we not taking care of ourselves? Do we not love ourselves? Is it some kind of twisted self-sabotage? Do we feel we are we not worth it? Hopefully none of these are true, but there are certainly many reasons we don’t self-care. What I found in my own life and learned in conversations with friends is that not taking care of ourselves most often comes down to time.

     

     

    Women have taken on more and more in recent years. And, as more of us go into the workforce and build businesses, the traditional “female” responsibilities of the “olden days” have not gone away. Taking care of the kids, cooking meals, doing household chores, running errands…and so much more…all still need to get done. And, typically (not always, but typically), these responsibilities still fall on us in addition to our careers. So yes, self-care is the first thing that gets put on the back burner and likely never even makes it onto the to-do list because really, who has the time? Keeping in mind these extraordinary demands and pace of our hurried lives, I searched for self-care options I can recommend to you that are both time-efficient and empowering.

    What I found; however, were a lot of self-care suggestions that involve spending time and money; two things many of us are short on…which is why we don’t do it. I found things like 90-minute massages, hour-long sauna sessions, going for a long walk in nature, getting together with a girlfriend for a mani-pedi, and so many other ways to take care of ourselves. I won’t lie, these sound absolutely fabulous…but, I simply don’t have the time to do them and I suspect many of you are in my boat with me.

    So does this mean, that we will never self-care? No. I thought about ways we can use time to our advantage and work self-care into minutes here and minutes there. Those minutes add up and can have tremendous impact.

     

     

    Self-care doesn’t have to be huge chunk of planned time doing a specific activity. Make it part of your daily, chaotic life. We sit at traffic lights, we stand in lines, we walk here and there doing the things we need to do. Rather than just go-through-the-motions…be aware of your thoughts, be present…notice what’s around you.

    Here are some examples from my life…

    1. When I walk to the mailbox to get the mail, I say my mantra to myself, “I am strong, I am happy, and I have no fears. I am whole and complete within myself.” I have to walk to the mailbox anyway so instead of letting thoughts of my dreadful corporate job cloud my mind, for those few minutes, I fill my mind with positive words and I actually feel better by the time I get back to the house.
    2. When I’m standing in line at the grocery store, I focus on my breathing. It is rapid? Am I holding my breath? I focus on it. And I change it. I do some yoga breathing. I can’t do much else, I’m standing in a line. What better time to take a moment and do some healthy breathing. If I like the earrings on the girl in front of me, I’ll let her know. Not only have I made her smile and feel good about herself, I’ve made myself feel good as well.
    3. There are days when I’m on back-to-back conference calls for six (yes, SIX) hours. (And, yes, there are times when I’m in the bathroom while on these calls because, come on folks, a girl has to tinkle!) Occasionally, a call will end five minutes early…YES! I spin around in my chair (away from my three computer monitors), close my eyes, and visualize the one time I was in a mineral pool. I remember the smoothness of the water on my skin, the quiet puddling of it as I moved slowly through it, and the peacefulness in my ears. I allow myself to recall all the calming sensations of that tranquil experience. And then I dash to tinkle before the next call starts. Okay, it’s only like three minutes, but…it’s three minutes I give to myself to become fully absorbed into self-care.

    Looking for more options? Here is a blog by Ellen Bard with 45 self-care practices. In this blog, Ellen categorizes self-care into mind, body, and soul; the very categories we focus on at Emerge.

     

    My mission is to help you become your best you by feeding your mind, body, and soul with knowledge, nourishment, and hope.

     

    While Ellen lists some of the expected items that involve a commitment of time and money, she also includes items that only require the power of our minds or tap into things we’re already doing in our lives. Here are some of my favorites:

    • Scratch off a lurker on your to-do list, something that’s been there for ages and you’ll never do.
    • Make one small change to your diet for the week. Drink an extra glass of water each day, or have an extra portion of veggies each meal.
    • Check in with your emotions. Sit quietly and just name without judgment what you’re feeling.

    Self-care can be as simple as being mindful and fully present. Our mind is a powerful and amazing tool. We need to tap into it more frequently. Recognize negative thoughts or feelings and consciously, mindfully replace them with thoughts that are positively-charged and make you feel good.

    Having balance in your life is so helpful in creating space for practicing self-care. Click here to purchase the webinar Balance in a Busy Life to learn about the importance of having balance and how to create it.

    You can also check out my blog Mindfulness and Self-Care – Let’s Dig a Little Deeper that includes an exercise to get you started onto a path of focused self-care.

    Ladies, self-care is crucial and it doesn’t have to be daunting.
    Incorporate it into your chaos.

    What quick self-care practices do you engage in during your busy life? Please comment below and share some so we can all expand our lists.

    Be empowered,

    To connect with incredible, supportive, like-minded new female entrepreneurs transitioning from corporate jobs to online coaching businesses, come join my Facebook group, Emerging Empowered Entrepreneurs.

  • Mindfulness and Self-Care - Let's Dig in a Little Mindfulness and Self-Care – Let’s Dig in a Little

     

    We’re in the midst of winter. A time to hibernate, go within, and make a plan for emergence in the spring. This is the perfect time to self-reflect and focus on you.

    Mindfulness

    We seem to hear the term, “mindfulness” more and more recently. What exactly is mindfulness though? Wikipedia defines mindfulness as “the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment, which can be developed through the practice of meditation and other training.” Dictionary.com defines mindfulness as, “a technique in which one focuses one’s full attention only on the present, experiencing thoughts, feelings, and sensations, but not judging them.”

    Okay, so what really does that mean for each of us? Our lives are hurried and chaotic. We multitask and our minds race forward to the next thing that needs to get done. Who has time to stop…and think about the present moment? And even if we find or make the time, how do we do mindfulness? What does it even look like?

     

     

    Mindfulness is a practice that can be done anytime and anywhere…and for however much or little time you have. Because the tool is your mind, it’s actually quite simple. Be fully present and aware of yourself, your thoughts, your feelings. It is important to note that you should not judge yourself if what you feel and think is negative. The point is to simply acknowledge it for what it is and be present.

    Self-Care

    Mindfulness feeds beautifully into self-care. And, I often find the same mindset occurs with self-care and mindfulness, with the biggest question usually being, “Who has the time?!”

     

     

    Women are doers. We go, we do, we run, we work, we take care of the family, we do the chores, we cook the meals…and the list goes on. When we finally look at (because we may not actually get to) the bottom of the to-do list, taking care of ourselves is usually not even on the list. Many of us will even knowingly admit that we realize we are better able to care for our families when we have taken care of ourselves. The problem is, we DON’T actually do anything about taking care of ourselves.

    When we neglect self-care, the impact can be quite devastating…and we often don’t even recognize it. Here is what can end up happening…

    • We feel anger and frustration more easily.
    • Our bodies get rundown and fatigued.
    • Our minds can feel frantic and overwhelmed.
    • Our mood can become anxious and infuriated.
    • Our temperament can be impatient.
    • We may even be stricken with a numbness in our emotions because we are so overwhelmed.
    • Or worse…

    Clearly, this is an unhealthy and unhappy existence. Life is much too short to live in such a destructive disposition.

    When we go back to the question, “Who has the time?!” it’s instinctively clear to see that we had better start making the time.

    Personally, I had always thought that self-care meant spending time and money (neither of which I have) taking a day off and getting pampered at a spa. Um, yeah, so not happening. What I have come to learn; however, is that self-care does not have to be some grand gesture. Self-care can happen in minutes here and minutes there.

    And, bottom line ladies…self-care is crucial.

    Empowerment comes from both education and self-care. And when we are empowered, life becomes incredible and we make better decisions for ourselves. We have clarity to our thoughts, our bodies are filled with energy, we remember to be grateful, love feels more intense, and we learn to allow happiness to both fill us and exude from us. What a magnificent way to live life!

    Let’s get started!

     

    To guide you a bit deeper into one aspect of self-care, I designed this Release/Focus Exercise for you. As we’ve talked about the difficulty in finding time, I created this exercise to be thought-provoking, but not terribly time-consuming. I do invite you to go as deeply into it as you desire. You will tap into some core feelings, guiding you to awareness, mindfulness, and allowing yourself to be the master of your thoughts.

     

     

    This is the first product I’ve created for you and it’s only $10.00. Please purchase it and give me your feedback so I can develop more helpful exercises to help you get empowered.

    Want more? Click here to purchase the webinar Is Self-Care Selfish? and go inside your soul and nurture yourself.

    If you’re looking for some quick, on-the-go self-care indulgences, check out my blog, Self-Care in Our Hurried and Chaotic Lives.

    You can be mindful and practice self-care anytime, anywhere.

     

    I’d love to learn some of the ways YOU practice mindfulness and self-care. Comment below so we can all benefit together.

    Be empowered,

    To connect with incredible, supportive, like-minded new female entrepreneurs transitioning from corporate jobs to online coaching businesses, come join my Facebook group, Emerging Empowered Entrepreneurs.

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    Gratitude is defined as, “the quality or feeling of  being grateful or thankful.” The feeling of gratitude is warm and wonderful. I find, when I am grateful for a person and I express that to him or her, the feeling is intensified. The sharing and expressing of gratitude is a sign of love to the recipient of your words. So, not only are you filled with joy and happiness, but they typically fill with delight and appreciation. What powerful and magnificent feelings to embrace and bathe in.

     

    As I reflect on the past year, my heart is filled with gratitude for so many things. And one of the things I’m most grateful for is all of you who have become part of our Emerge Family in some way. Whether you’ve only chosen to “follow” me or we’ve interacted in some way or we’ve been fortunate enough to meet in person, I am thrilled to be connected with you, and I wish to thank you for joining my journey. As a small token of my appreciation, I offer you these printable notecards.

    We live a rushed and hurried life. I encourage you to think of at least three people who you are grateful to have in your life. Write them a little note in this notecard to let them know that you are grateful for them and why. And then, give it to them. Let yourself be flooded with the incredible emotions that follow. And watch their face light up with a thankful smile.

     

    I look forward to connecting more with you in the coming year and journeying this life together while we learn from, encourage, and empower one another.

     

    Let gratitude guide you every day.

     

    Heartfelt thanks,

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  • Emerge-Empowerment-Life-Overwhelm Life Overwhelm

    This has been the phrase of my life lately. Transitions of any kind can be overwhelming. Life chomps into you and holds that bite…hard. And sometimes, the changes you’re trying to make to improve your life feel overwhelming too. You begin to wonder, “Should I be doing this?!” Before giving up…STOP. Take a breath, settle your mind, and remember WHY you’re doing what you’re doing. Remember your reason.

     

    By now you know what a typical day is for me. With 12-14 hours consumed by my corporate job, trying to sell close to 300 items on Craigslist, finding time to eat and sleep, getting daily chores and errands done, wondering when I’m going make the time to start on my empowerment coaching certification, caring for my mother when needed, trying my best to not neglect my boyfriend and my bunny (Nutmeg)…just thinking about all I don’t yet know about running a business and trying to figure it all out is…well…terrifying and most definitely overwhelming!

    Sometimes, I’m so overwhelmed I simply stop…I get stuck…paralyzed because I have no idea what to do first.

     

    I used to be the queen of prioritizing, making lists, and getting things DONE. But these days, I often feel immobilized. My mind is cluttered and chaotic, I have no idea what to tackle on my list, and I feel frantic. And it seems, just at that moment, technology goes bonkers on me and everything REALLY stops. My head drops into my hands and I want to cry…sometimes I even do.

     

    Ladies, this is important…this is the most crucial time to tap into your mindset. Be mindful of your breath, slow your mind, and focus. Life will overwhelm us if we allow it to. The key is…don’t allow it to. You are the master of your thoughts, your feelings, and your actions. This is the time for self-care, being kind to yourself, and remembering your WHY. This is a good time for some meditation. When you give yourself a break and focus on the reason you’re making the transition you’re making, clarity comes easier. Think of your values…think of your beliefs…think of what you want the outcome of your transition to be. Focus on that.

    Take a few minutes to visualize. This is a powerful tool. To manifest your desires, state them out loud and know that the Universe will provide…something. Maybe it’s a person, an opportunity, a chance meeting…something. It’s important to look for it. Visualize your life after the transition. Close your eyes; see and feel what it looks like and feels like. Keep your WHY at the center. Let it motivate you and guide you to managing your energy in the best way and on things that impact your WHY directly.

     

    All of our “overwhelms” are different and we each have different tolerances. Remember not to judge your overwhelm against someone else’s. Your overwhelm is no more or less intense, frustrating, painful, etc. than anyone else’s. And your overwhelm is YOURS…it impacts you…and that’s okay. Just don’t let it take hold and control you or your life. Learn what to do about it so you can diminish it and keep moving forward.

     

    Life moves on and time passes. Eventually, we find ourselves in a different point in life than where we were before. Keep working toward your WHY, always being true to yourself. Learn how to manage the overwhelm, making it less daunting, and hopefully find yourself closer to living the life you desire.

    You can manage your overwhelm.

     

    Comment below and share what overwhelms you and how you manage that overwhelm.

    Be empowered,

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  • Corporate-America-to-Entrepreneur-Surviving-the-Transition Corporate America to Entrepreneur

     

    If you have read My Story, you know a little about how I got to where I am now. As I stumble around trying to find my footing, I started to wonder if I am a fraud. I confessed this very thing to my business coach. “How can I empower other women, when I still feel quite lost? Am I being deceptive?” I asked.

    With a bright, wide grin and sparkle in her eye, she said, “No, Debbie. This is part of your journey as much as it is theirs.”

    As I pondered her response and let the words sink in, I thought, “Yes…and this is the best part of the journey, sharing it and living through it with others.”

    My journey started long before the idea of Emerge Empowerment came to me. I have felt so lost and directionless for years. Yes, I have a corporate job (going into my 16th year at my current company) that pays the bills, makes me feel secure, and allows me to rely on no one but myself.

    Unfortunately, it is killing me. It eats away at me every day, stealing happiness and fulfillment; leaving me without a sense of purpose and overworking me until I cannot even think straight.

    But through the years, I found distractions from my misery—writing to decorating to real estate and more. The list goes on. And while I certainly love all of those things, I didn’t give myself fully to them; certainly not enough for a career.

    I know now that I was searching…searching for something that would fulfill me and give purpose to my life.

    When the concept of Emerge “emerged” (hee, hee), a fire lit up inside of me and I knew for sure it was not a “distraction.” It was my purpose, my calling, and I knew then and there that I had to make it a reality. “How??” became the question. I know nothing about running a business!

    And so every day I flounder. Every. Single. Day.

    For me, a typical day consists of 12-14 hours working at my corporate job; checking on and/or reposting close to 300 items listed on Craigslist from the event decorating business I used to have; hopping onto all of my social media to make sure I’m interacting, supporting, and responding to people; and trying to figure out WHEN I am going to have to time start working on my education for my coaching certification. Throw in daily/weekly chores and errands, trying to put energy into my relationship, and, oh, maybe find some time to sleep, eat, and exercise. It is daunting and exhausting. And now, figure out how to run a valuable and profitable business so I can leave my corporate job, help women learn how to empower themselves, and live the life I desire. WHAT?!?!

    I am grateful to have merged life-paths with a fabulous business coach, an amazing financial coach, and some absolutely incredible women whom I know will have a positive impact on me professionally and personally. I learn so much each day. And the more I learn, the more I know I will build Emerge into a place where women want to come to get educated, feel safe, learn to care for and empower themselves. The Emerge Family will grow and I will cultivate it.

    I know this journey will likely be rocky and filled with challenges. I also know it’s going to be the best time of my life! Chances are, there are likely some of you out there going through your own transition. No matter where you are in your journey, I invite you to join me and let’s traverse this adventure together; supporting and encouraging each other at every step. So, this is my true story, along with the story of my hopes and dreams. And this I know…

    Together, we can do this!

     

    Have YOU made the transition? I’d love to hear about your journey; successes AND stumbles. Please comment below and share.

    Be empowered,

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