Emma Bowyer

  1. Please Introduce yourself, what is your name, business name, where you are from?

Hi I’m Emma and I’m from Cheshire but now live on Waiheke Island just off the coast of mainland Auckland New Zealand. I have been here 14 years and love it. I have 3 beautiful children Mr I’m a Ninja 7 and 3-year-old twinadoes.

I am a copywriter Emma Bowyer-The Word Whisperer NZ and am working on developing my own writing and blogging into my full time business. I have had a couple of articles published this year  and  launched my blog  Don’t Put Peas Up Your Nose written from the point of view of my twins all about the things they do and the silly big people getting in their way.

  1. What is your business about?

Writing a funny and light hearted blog that will make other mums roll their eyes in recognition and laugh snort at some of the crazy antics the twinadoes and their brother get up to. Occasionally I’m allowed to chip in but that’s not that often usually I’m just a figure to be ridiculed or escaped from.

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  1. What made you get into this line of business?

I regularly perform comedy and improvisation, with the occasional bit of stand up thrown in. When my kids came on the scene I couldn’t stop talking about them and realised they were comedy gold after telling a few stories friends about their antics like when my 9 month old daughter threw herself out of her cot to escape the tedium of nap time and gave herself a black eye, and they told me I should write that stuff down, so now I do.

  1. What makes you get up and go in the morning, do you have a morning power routine?

I get up as soon as my alarm threatens to ring and slide out of bed like a SAS sniper to get to the bathroom and into the shower before my twinadoes realise it’s morning and start screaming for me and if I don’t move quickly enough tearing their room to pieces. Then if I’m really winning I have time to make a quick cup of decaf tea (I know I’m a saint)  lol. Before the morning wars begin.

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  1. What is the best advice you have ever been given?

To ask myself when I’m stressed and at freak out point (so that’s about 23 times a day). Will this matter  in 5 years or even 5 months time? Will I even remember it? And if not to ‘Let it Go! Let it Go!’

  1. What is a book you would say everyone must read?

For all pregnant Mummas I’d say you have to read  Up the Duff: The real guide to pregnancy it is hilarious and full of fun facts by Kaz Cooke

For twin Mummas the incredibly useful book

‘What to do when you’re having two’ by Natalie Diaz

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  1. Does your business have any offers on at present or coming up?

If you subscribe to my Don’t Put Peas Up Your Nose list I’ll be your best friend forever and promise never to share your secret ‘Mum guilts’ with anyone else. Unless you ask me to and then I’ll drink tea and eat chocolate with you till you feel better.

  1. What one thing do you do to change your mindset instantly?

I stop and breathe and think how incredibly blessed I am to have my  three wonderful kids. Unless it’s because of them driving me mad that I need a mindset change, then it’s ‘thank God I’ve got my secret stash of chocolate hidden in the cupboard’.

 

  1. What do you love most about helping others?

Seeing people smile. That’s why I write my blog to help other twin mums that might feel isolated and alone. If I can help them see that yes it is a really hard job being a twin Mama but it’s also the best club in the world to belong to. And that the funny side is always there, you just have to recognise it. Even if your 3-year-old twin daughter is caught hanging out of her bedroom window instead of napping and you have to call the fire brigade. True story. I can laugh now.

 

  1. Your favourite quote?

‘Life is like a box of chocolates you never know what you’re gonna get’. Forrest Gump And in my case that was after multiple IVF treatments finding out I was having twins! Shocked? I couldn’t speak for about 2 hours and for me that’s saying something.

Thanks Emma for sharing your business and story with us if you would like to see more from Emma please go to Wordwhisperer Website or Her Blog

 

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Stacey Matthews

  1. Please Introduce yourself, what is your name, business name, where you are from?

Hey I’m Stacey I am 28, wife to Dan a lorry driver and mum to 4 beautiful boys, lover of Cake and a good cuppa and a self-confessed journaling addict from Shropshire UK.

And my business is called Becoming Mum.

  1. What is your business about?

Becoming Mum is a platform for mum’s to come together on their own unique motherhood journeys to support encourage and empower each other to recreate and embrace the U in Mum. I use personal development, mindset and positive relationship coaching to help women rediscover who they are again after becoming mum’s.

  1. What made you get into this line of business?

After becoming a mum I felt a huge loss of identity and was completely overwhelmed by everything that comes with being a mum, wife and running a household. I had quit my job to be a stay at home mum and felt like a failure. I knew I wanted to be more than just a mum and this riddled me with guilt because being a mum is the most amazing thing in the world, so why would I need to be anything more?

I delved into the world of personal development and quickly realised that if I wanted things to change in my life, I was the first thing that needed to change and so went through a process of personal growth and development to rediscover who I was behind my mum title. I retrained in personal development and positive relationship coaching and made it my mission to support all of the mum’s out there that are feeling just like I felt and so Becoming Mum was created!

  1. What makes you get up and go in the morning, do you have a morning power routine?

Other than my 4 little sleep stealers hehe, the calling of my kettle…truth be told, I am not really a morning person. my power routine is to just get up as soon as the alarm goes off or the kids come in, get up, put some happy music on, make a coffee and get on with the start of the day don’t snooze the alarm or send the kids back to bed just get up and go!

  1. What is the best advice you have ever been given?

Don’t compare yourself, it’s a pretty simple concept but it’s so important especially on social media  because you only see the highlight reel you don’t see what’s going on behind the camera.

  1. What is a book you would say everyone must read?

Girl wash your face by Rachel Hollis or You are a badass by Jen Sincero both really good inspirational and motivational reads.

  1. Does your business have any offers on at present or coming up?

We have our 21 Day Self Discovery Programme Launched which you can still access and I am set to launch our Group Beyond Mumma Programme for mum’s who are lost and overwhelmed with being just a mum and want rediscover, recreate and reconnect to the women beyond the mumma title.

I also offer personalised 1-2-1 mentoring programmes for women in all stages of motherhood from those thinking of Becoming a Mum but aren’t sure if it’s the right time, to those whose children have left home and they are wondering what now?

To access the 21 Day Self Discovery Programme or For Details on any of the other programmes you can  join our Becoming Mum FB community https://www.facebook.com/groups/537579106592853/

Or join our mailing list and get your FREE Guide to Journaling Download and be 1st to receive latest news and updates here

https://mailchi.mp/9930c496e75e/guidetojournaling

 

Or if Instagram is more your thing..

www.instagram.com/staceymatthews_becomingmum

 

  1. What one thing do you do to change your mindset instantly?

I stop, breathe and think of things that I am grateful for in that moment. Gratitude or remembering how blessed I am to be where I am at that time instantly grounds me and gives me the kick up the bum to reframe my thinking.

  1. What do you love most about helping others?

I LOVE seeing women empowered and confident. Knowing that when they connect and nurture the relationship they have with themselves they can build stronger connections and nurture more positive relationships with those they love.

Happy Mums make Happy Children and a Happy Wife is a Happy Life hehe!

  1. Your favourite quote?

Oh gosh there are so many but right now Id say

Not until we are lost, do we begin to understand ourselves by Henry David Thoreau

 

Thank you so much Stacey for sharing your business and story with us.

 

Have a wonderful day x

Katie Silverthorne

  1. Please Introduce yourself, what is your name, business name, where you are from?

I’m Katie Silverthorne. I was born in London but I now live in Portishead, just outside Bristol – which I ADORE. My business is Memory Zoo.

2.What is your business about?

At Memory Zoo we make keepsakes for people from their precious clothing to help then remember a special person, event or time in their lives.

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3. What made you get into this line of business?

I started the business entirely by accident. I made a keepsake bear for my daughter when she was about 1 as I couldn’t bear to put all her beautiful baby clothes into the attic and never see them again. I wanted a more visual reminder of her baby years so used her clothes to make a bear. I put pictures of her bear onto Facebook for my friends to see and very quickly people started asking the question, ‘Can you make me one?’ And Memory Zoo was born.

4.What makes you get up and go in the morning, do you have a morning power routine?

Eggs! I get up and eat three scrambled eggs for breakfast. Everyday without fail. I don’t have a more complex routine than that! Although after I drop my daughter at school I usually go for a run (health permitting) – even just a few km – which really gets my blood moving, brain functioning, stress out of my system and my whole being ready to work. I am a little grumpy if I miss my run!

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5. What is the best advice you have ever been given?

I have two things that have always resonated with me. The first is, ‘People massively overestimate what they can achieve in a year but massively underestimate what they can achieve in a decade.’ This helps me to remember that everything doesn’t have to happen right now this minute! And working towards a big goal does take years. There’s no such thing as an overnight success. Everything that we have ever done and every decision we have ever made have led us to this point in time. I aim not to waste a single moment of my life and my learning.
My second one is the acronym – F.A.I.L. – First Attempt In Learning. I LOVE this and hold it dear to me when my crazy ideas don’t work out or take root the first time. I put them down, refresh the vision and try again. Everything is about learning. I aim to be a better person tomorrow than I am today. When I am lying on my death-bed I do not want to look back and think, ‘I wish I had been braver.’

6.What is a book you would say everyone must read?

I have so many books that I love! Can I have more than one please?! ‘Sapiens’ by Yuval Noah Haraji; ‘Real Artists Don’t Starve’ by Jeff Goins and ‘Still Live With Woodpecker’ by Tom Robbins. The last one is one of my favourite books of all time and was given to me by a complete stranger on a train when I was 17. I should also mention ‘Pyramids’ by Terry Pratchett. This was the first book that I actually chose myself (wasn’t told to read by an adult) and I laughed so hard I cried. I realised in the moment of reading it that I would have a life long love affair with books, writing and words.

7.Does your business have any offers on at present or coming up?

I don’t have any offers but I will be releasing some new products very soon so keep your eyes peeled to see what they are. I don’t ever discount my Memory Zoo keepsakes as each one is a bespoke, hand-made item and people have to join a waiting list to get them. The waiting list is currently 7 months long and growing constantly! I do offer a £5 discount though to everyone who orders two animals at the same time. There is also no waiting list if you would like to have something made in honour of someone who has passed away. I understand how instrumental the keepsakes can be for dealing with grief and it’s unrealistic to make people who are suffering emotionally to wait such a long time for their keepsake.

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8. What one thing do you do to change your mindset instantly?

RUN! That is my go to. If I can’t do that then I listen to motivating songs, take the dog for a walk, do some jumping jacks or stand in front of the mirror and give myself a motivational speech! Really! 😀 Sometimes I feel that I need to have a gentler word with myself and in those moments I shower myself with loving words. I allow all pain, grief and illness to pass away from me whilst I bask in the feelings of self acceptance and love. I am also deeply keen on personal affirmations.

9. What do you love most about helping others?

It’s such a honour to have been trusted to make so many hundreds of keepsakes over the years for so many people, in many different situations. Many of those people are having a keepsake made because they have lost someone dear to them and the clothes they are giving me are the last reminders of that person. It’s a joy to be able to help people process their grief and loss through my skills.

10. Your favourite quote?

‘When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.’ Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Thank you so much Katie for sharing with us your business and your story, if you would like to hear more from Katie please go to FacebookInstagram, or Twitter

Have a wonderful day x 

Debbie Marks

1. Please Introduce yourself, what is your name, business name, where you are from? 
I’m Debbie Marks, Founder and owner of Qube Events & Productions, based in Bury, Manchester.
 
2. What is your business about?
We Plan, Style & Create Decor for Events.  I’m a wedding and event planner and event stylist.  We’re all about creating an experience for guests and making an event planners life easy.  We specialise in Corporate event decor and parties, Wedding planning, decor and floristry and luxury private parties.  We also have a huge range of decor to hire for events.
3. What made you get into this line of business? 
I did my degree in event management.  I wanted to work in a job where I got variety from the different types of clients and events I would work with.
4. What makes you get up and go in the morning, do you have a morning power routine?
I get up as I know my personal trainer will be waiting for me in the gym at 7am every morning.  I’m usually there for 30/45mis.  I then like to come home and make myself breakfast (usually poached eggs, avocado and salmon, and bagel thins) and then if I have time soak in a hot bath while listening to a business/motivational book. (Also alot of my MOF4 chapter was also written in the bath!)  I then take my kids to School.
 5. What is the best advice you have ever been given?
Believe you are bigger than you are and you will grow into those shoes,
6. What is a book you would say everyone must read? 
Profit First
7. Does your business have any offers on at present or coming up?
We create bespoke packages tailored to every clients requirements and budget. We can also offer 5% discount to all MIBA members.
8. What one thing do you do to change your mindset instantly? 
Remembering everything I have achieved so far,
9. What do you love most about helping others? 
Seeing them take your advice and implementing it.  The fact that I can talk from experience.
10. Your favourite quote? 
Believe in Yourself and Sparkle
If you would like to see more from Debbie then you can find her at WebsiteEvent hire websiteInstagram and Facebook

Danielle Grant

  1. Please Introduce yourself, what is your name, business name, where are you from?

My name is Danielle Grant, my business name is Your Mindset Mentor and I am from Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

  1. What is your business all about?

My business is all about helping entrepreneurs understand their thoughts, where they are from, how to heal them and how to develop a healthy positive inner dialogue that aligns with their goals and dreams.

  1. What make you get into this line of business?

After years of working on and in my own mindset and working with many entrepreneurs I came to find what was really holding them back from moving forward and it was in alignment with what I was learning personally.

  1. What makes you get up and go in the morning, do you have a morning power routine?

What makes me get up and go in the morning is knowing that when someone plugs into my content, systems, and coaching there lives are changed forever. I do have a morning power routine and it looks something like this…. Drink water, brush teeth with opposite hand, 15 minutes meditation, journal and affirmations, stretch, breakfast.

  1. What is the best advice you have ever been given?

All the support you will ever need is within you. It is up to you to feel it, listen to it, and believe it.

  1. What is a book you would say everyone must read?

The Aladdin Factor by Jack Canfield

  1. Does your business have any offers on at present or coming up?

My signature 6 week UpLevel Program will be opening enrollment in Jan 2019

  1. What one thing do you do to change your mindset instantly?

Journal out what is bothering me so that I can have an inner conversation to work my way through the block.

  1. What do you love most about helping others?

Seeing the change they’ve been working on internally start to be reflected externally.

  1. Your favourite quote?

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson

 

Thank you so much Danielle for sharing your story and business with us, if you would like to see more from Danielle please got to FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram.

Have a wonderful day x 

What is new with She Steps Up.

I know it has been a while since I sat down and actually wrote anything to you lovely people.. I have been a busy lady as you will see.

A lot has been going on that I need to tell you about, so brace yourself… here goes!

First piece of news is that I am going to be a Co-Author in a book!! Yes, an actual book. The book is the fourth and final book called Mumpreneur On Fire 4 which is the story of 20 amazing women, and their rise through life and business. I am so excited for this and slightly scared it was a very emotional process but I am pretty proud to be a part of this. The other three books have all been bestsellers on Amazon, I have no doubt this one will be too.

You can check out the other books in the series at Amazon

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My next bit of news is that I have grown She Steps Up into a Podcast too! It is going to be slightly different to the blog but it is a chance for me to share these amazing women with you on a different platform and to a different audience. You can check it out at Anchor – She Steps Up Show.

December on She Steps Up the blog will be all the Co-Authors of the book as Women of Wisdom.

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My next news is super exciting and a great offer to all business women. I am doing a FREE Masterclass on how to grow your social media and bring in sales. So if you are a total bossbabe wanting to take your business to the next level then you will want to be a part of this. You can access the details here 5 Steps To Step Up Your Social Media And Bring In The Sales$

 

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I have so many cool and exciting projects happening at the moment, and this is just the start of what will be an amazing time in my business it is going from strength to strength and I really want to thank you guys, and the women who have been featured in Women of Wisdom for making this all possible. Without you, I would just be sat here talking to myself so from the bottom of my heart thank you.

My plans are to carry on growing the blog, sharing more writing tips, how to become an author, business women, and grow into that high-powered business women you want to be. I also plan to find more and more amazing women to interview so you can all be inspired and we can all learn and grow together.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Michele x

 

 

Donna Lee Ware

  1. Please Introduce yourself, what is your name, business name, where you are from?

My name is Donna Lee Ware

My business is Love Me Donna Lee

I live in Australia in a camper trailer and I travel “on the road” so I have no fixed home or address.

2. What is your business about?

My business is………I am an empowerment coach for women helping them receive-self-love. I help women let go of self-doubt with radical self-love.  I support women to get what they want by remembering their dreams.

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3. What made you get into this line of business?

I got into this business because I wanted to help people. I qualified as a counsellor 8 years ago and worked as a relationship counsellor for many years.  I took a large break from work after suffering from severe stress, an emotional breakdown and anorexia. That experience changed me a lot and I look at life differently. I came to realise that I was 100% responsible for my well-being and happiness and loving me needed to be my first priority. As a result of my experiences I now want to help women become responsible for their well-being and happiness and become comfortable with the skin they are in.

4. What makes you get up and go in the morning, do you have a morning power routine?

I get up about 5am and I go walking along the beach and I watch the sunrise. I take my shoes off and walk bare foot along the sand. This is my favourite time of day. I meditate and I breathe deeply soaking up the magic of the day. I self-talk to myself….giving myself a pep talk to start my day with confidence.

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5. What is the best advice you have ever been given?

The best advice I have ever been given is “Surround yourself with good people.” My dad told me this.

6. What is a book you would say everyone must read?

A book I would recommend is “The subtle art of not giving a fuck” by Mark Manson. I have read this book 3 times and he really puts a different spin on things.

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7. Does your business have any offers on at present or coming up?

My business is currently offering a signature program………….YOUR RADICAL SELF-LOVE BLUEPRINT.

It’s a 7 week program that can help women dissolve self-doubt and replace it with self-love. It’s for women who are truly ready to own their bullshit so that they can get that out of the way and become more of their own true selves. This program includes information, activities, 1:1 coaching for an hour once per week and email contact during this time. I am also developing a few bonuses as well. This program is valued at $2925 and I am offering it for $1997 to 8 lucky ladies. I like to work with women one to one and I like to be able to give my clients all the support they need .

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8. What one thing do you do to change your mindset instantly?

If I want to change my mindset instantly I tell myself………”STOP IT!!!!!” Our egos are very cunning at talking us into bullshit. It’s our responsibility to recognise it and cut it before our minds get carried away.

9. What do you love most about helping others?

I love helping women move forward. Seeing a woman stuck where she is when she could be so much more inspires me to want to help if they are ready.

10. Your favourite quote?

My favourite quote is “What you focus on grows”

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Thank you so much Donna for sharing your story and your business with us, if you would like to see more of Donna then go to FacebookInstagram or her Facebook group

Have a wonderful day x 

Natalie Christine Dattilo

1. Please Introduce yourself, what is your name, business name, where you are from?

My name is Natalie Christine Dattilo. I have a PhD in clinical & health psychology. I am the owner and president of Priority Wellness Group and currently live in Boston, MA. I am also the incoming Director of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston.

 2.What is your business about?

Priority Wellness is a women’s health psychology practice. We offer psychological treatment and health coaching for individuals using a mind-body approach as well as consulting for companies and healthcare organisations interested in supporting the mental health and wellness needs of their employees.

3. What made you get into this line of business?

I have always been curious about human behaviour and why people do what they do, so studying psychology was a natural fit for me. I love helping others better understand themselves and assist them in leading their most productive and happy lives.  

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4. What makes you get up and go in the morning, do you have a morning power routine?

I try to start each day “on my terms,” so to speak, and begin by setting an intention for the day. I usually wake up around 4:30 to workout, meditate, and drink my coffee. It’s hard for me to imagine starting the day any other way. My children are usually up by the time I’m done and I’m a much better mom when I am exercised and caffeinated.

5. What is the best advice you have ever been given?

Trust in the process and the results will come. I’m a very goal-oriented person but sometimes tend to focus too much on the outcome and not enough on the process. I’ve learned over time that while the destination is important, the journey is really what matter most.

6. What is a book you would say everyone must read?


There are so many books I love, but the one that I have been recommending lately is “Mindset” by Carol Dweck. It was a game changer for me.

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7.Does your business have any offers on at present or coming up?


We are currently recruiting participants for online mental resiliency training program called BODYmind Boot Camp. It’s an intensive 6-week, rapid-result, action-oriented, group-based stress-reduction training program designed for women to help manage or prevent symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress and burnout.

 

8. What One thing do you do to change your mindset instantly?

Take a breath and focus on the present moment. I remind myself that everything is as it should be. During difficult times, I challenge myself to find the lesson and be grateful for it.  

9. What do you love most about helping others?

I love helping people develop greater self-awareness and insight into themselves and why they do what they do. I love helping people get “unstuck.” The magic happens when they start putting real changes into effect by taking action and experiencing life differently, and in a way that is truly and powerfully fulfilling. I love hearing people’s stories, hearing about their lives, what they overcame, and what they hope to accomplish. Then I love watching them make it happen.

 

10. Your favourite quote?

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”
–Edith Wharton

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Thank you so much Natalie for sharing your story and business with us, if you would like to see more from Natalie please go to WebsitePersonal FacebookBusiness Facebook Page, or her Twitter.

Have a wonderful day x

Christine Lavulo

  1. Please Introduce yourself, what is your name, business name, where you are from?
My name is Christine Lavulo and I am the owner of Christine Lavulo Coaching. I am from Salt Lake City, Utah. I have been married almost 21 years and have 5 sons ages 9-27. I also have a grandson who just turned 4 today.

2. What is your business about?

My business is about helping women overcome the blocks, sabotages and fears that hold them back and creating custom strategies they can easily implement to create their most beautiful life.

3. What made you get into this line of business?

I got into this business by sheer divine inspiration. 8 years ago I decided to separate from my husband and it was a year-long journey that taught me about myself, about people and how to truly have peace and successful relationships. I especially realized that I had the power to create what I wanted to experience. It seems women especially tend to lose themselves in serving their families and meeting the demands that are placed on them through work, family and charitable things we feel called to. And its important that if we lose ourselves, we find ourselves again.

4. What makes you get up and go in the morning, do you have a morning power routine?

I am working on being more consistent with my morning power routine (Power Hour or Miracle Morning). When I’m on the ball, I get up at 6am, read scriptures and say a prayer, expressing gratitude. Then I meditate to receive inspiration. I do a short yoga DVD and if time permits I read some other inspirational book. I work to also do a quick affirmation and visualisation session in the morning.

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5.What is the best advice you have ever been given?

The best advice I have ever been given is to take 100% responsibility for my life. I create/cause my world. I can choose to think happy, positive thoughts or be stuck in negativity and that choice will create my experience.

6.What is a book you would say everyone must read?

I think the #1 must read for absolutely everyone is a hard one because I have so many! However, I loved “Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting” by Lyn Grabhorn. This was life changing for me at the time I read it because it was my first introduction to the law of attraction. It was an easy read and I felt it made it more tangible-easier to understand. At the same time I have to say that The Success Principles is life changing for sure! And those basic principles can truly change your life in a big way when implemented.

7. Does your business have any offers on at present or coming up?

Right now I am working on new offers so while I can’t say I have one right this second, I could definitely come up with one in a short period of time. 🙂

8. What one thing do you do to change your mindset instantly?

My #1 thing I do to change my mindset instantly is apply E+R=O. That is always on my mind and when I find myself sinking I just ask myself what I can take responsibility for and start telling a new story.

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9. What do you love most about helping others?

It’s selfish but I love the way I feel when I know I’ve positively impacted someone’s life. It feels good to me and it’s incredible satisfying. When you see someone making progress and you know it’s because of something you did or said, it’s hugely rewarding!

10. Your favourite quote?

“Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he will become as he can and should be”. _Goethe.

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Thank you so much Christine for sharing your business and story with us, if you would like to see more from Christine then please got to FacebookInstagram, or Twitter

Have a wonderful day x 

Melissa McDaniel

  1. Please Introduce yourself, what is your name, business name, where you are from?

Hi! My name is Melissa McDaniel and I am the Founder of Love, Melissa Ann and the author of  “Who will love me? A holistic approach to building meaningful relationships after sexual assault.” I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Washington. After a few international travels and a graduate degree on the East Coast I have made my way back to my home state.

 

  1. What is your business about?

I am a Personal Empowerment Coach who supports women in moving beyond a life of loneliness and isolation and into a life of meaningful relationships after sexual assault. Drawing from my own transformational experience, I give women the tools- and permission- to heal in ways they never knew were possible. Together we laugh, cry, and most likely will say a few WTFs on her journey to lovingly take back her power, trust her inner voice, reconnect with her body, and build meaningful relationships.

 

  1. What made you get into this line of business?

After being sexually assaulted I found myself continuously wondering, Who will love me? I felt as if I was living two lives, the one I thought I needed to portray and the one I hid behind closed doors. Never fully connecting with others because I did not feel I had the ability to be my true authentic self. As I transformed my life from loneliness and isolation into a life of abundant relationships I was called to help others sexual assault survivors do the same. When they ask the question, “Who will love me?”  I always let them know, Melissa Ann does and will.

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  1. What makes you get up and go in the morning, do you have a morning power routine?

Ha… so typically my rabbit, Gypsy, wakes me up around 5:30 a.m. trying to burst out of his cage for a morning dance party. Once we dance, tea is made and one of my favourite guided meditations is turned on. Gypsy is also a fan of meditation and joins in the morning ritual most days. After the meditation I go about showering, eating, etc.  Hanging on the back of my front door are my weekly affirmations. I recite each affirmation out loud before I leave the house. One of my favourites right now is, “With love, I will make the difference I am destined to make.”

 

  1. What is the best advice you have ever been given?

Once I had someone say to me, “Melissa, has anyone ever told you, you are enough? Sitting in an empty room, bare ass naked, doing absolutely nothing, you are enough.” At that moment the biggest weight was lifted off my shoulders. Wait?! What?! I can be doing nothing and still be considered enough?! For years I masked the pain of being sexually assaulted by becoming an extreme perfectionist and overachiever.  One more academic degree, one more country travelled to, one more failed hobby would surely cure the pain. This new idea of, “I am enough,” helped me to heal on a deeper level and love myself fiercely.

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  1. What is a book you would say everyone must read?

This is such a tough question for me. Books are my life.  If I have to pick just one I would say Paulo Coelho’s the Alchemist. It reminds me of the beauty and magic that happens when you trust your inner self. Knowing to follow your own personal journey, even when the path is less travelled.

 

  1. Does your business have any offers on at present or coming up?

Currently my book, “Who will love me? A holistic approach to building meaningful relationships after sexual assault.” is available for pre-order on Amazon for $.99. Amazon

  1. What one thing do you do to change your mindset instantly?

Such a great question! Lately, when I need a mindset change instantly I have been using the affirmation, “I choose to see love instead.” It helps bring me back to the real reason we are doing this thing called life, to love and be loved.

  1. What do you love most about helping others?

To me, the best part about helping others is the ripple effect that occurs. Seeing women go on to fiercely love and support other women on their journey to healing after sexual assault is beautiful.

  1. Your favourite quote?

“It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I’m not going to be silent.” Madeleine Albright

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Thank you Melissa for sharing your story with us and your amazing business, good luck on the book I know it will be a massive success. If you would like to see more from Melissa then please go to Facebook or Instagram.

Have a wonderful day. x