031 Balancing Feminine Perspectives for Better Business with Halla Tomasdottir

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In the corporate world, it’s less common for women to have high positions of power. This means that financial decisions are happening in a male-dominated space. Statistically speaking, male dominated spaces tend to present masculine modes of thinking, leaving out feminine contributions. According to Halla Tomasdottir, it is not merely more fair when feminine perspectives are present, but businesses are much more effective when there is a balance between the masculine and feminine ways of handling money.

Halla Tomasdottir is an Icelandic entrepreneur, a co-founder of Audur Capital and a key founder of Reykjavik University. Halla has worked for companies like M&M/Mars and Pepsi Cola and held the role of managing director and executive board member of the Iceland Chamber of Commerce. She has sector experience from consumer products, healthcare, education, media and mobile communication and financial services. Halla was recently a candidate for President of Iceland, of which she was runner-up. She received the Cartier Women’s Initiative Award for outstanding women entrepreneurs in Europe and in March 2011 Newsweek named Halla one of 150 Women Who Shake the World. Today I speak with Halla about why it is so important to have a balance between the masculine and feminine, in every aspect of our lives, what feminine perspectives are in the workplace, and how you can implement some of these gender balance practices in your own business.

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What You’ll Discover in This Episode

  • How you can implement a balanced feminine/masculine environment in your workplace for sustainability, happier employees, and greater success
  • Why balanced gender roles isn’t just more fair, it makes for better business practices
  • Specific recommendations for incorporating Halla’s ESG model (Environment, Social, and Governmental) into your business for more efficient, successful work

 

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Halla’s assertion that businesses would do better with a greater balance of masculine and feminine thinking isn’t just a notion; it’s been statistically proven. For example, when you include more women in corporate world, they tend to integrate a dedication to community and the people involved in a product rather than have the focus exclusively on shareholders. This small adjustment leads to happier employees, better performance, and an emphasis on sustainability rather than only output. As she puts it, “it’s not just a women’s rights issues, it’s an economic issue.”

For those new to the notion of a feminine and masculine , Halla describes simple ways to begin incorporating feminine modes of thinking into areas where they are currently lacking. She focuses on three areas where practices can be implemented; environment, sociological; and government. By incorporating policies that emphasize concern with governmental, social, and environmental issues, your company focus shifts to have concern for “health of the community,” and your business will more successful. In the simplest terms, when feminine perspectives are included in business there is a shift from focus on output to focus on community, and this shift actually leads to greater output and performance.

While Halla does identify as a feminist, she explains that her push for gender balance in business does “not come from a women’s rights standpoint.” She explains, “when women are empowered, the economy is empowered. Society is empowered. It’s about economic development and society development. It’s good for women and for the men.” Halla does not merely preach this doctrine, she exemplifies it in her in her business and life. Halla was recently ran in the Icelandic presidential race, where she was runner-up. “I’m convinced,” she says, “if we’re to build a world that makes sense and is sustainable in economic and social terms, we ‘re going to need more women.”

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Halla’s TedTalk

Halla on SistersCapitol.com

Background on the economic crash in Iceland and Halla’s work

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030 Achieving Greater Health and Wealth by Overcoming Subconscious Blocks with Elaine Lopez-Bogard

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Sometimes in our lives we find ourselves reaching a ceiling, or stuck on a mental block. We intuitively know that we could be achieving more, but there is something deep down inside that is keeping us from getting there. According to Kinesiologist Elaine Lopez-Bogard, it may be that we are unable to access this mental block in our conscious mind. Instead, she suggests, we ought to be approaching the solution by bypassing our conscious mind and accessing our subconscious through body work.

Elaine Lopez-Bogard is an Albuquerque-based Kinesiologist, Reflexologist, and certified Natural Health Professional. Elaine received her certification as a Reflexologist from the New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts in Santa Fe and in 2014, she received certification as a Holistic Kinesiology. Elaine brings her expertise in aromatherapy and combines the therapeutic benefits of essential oils with reflexology and kinesiology to promote the natural healing process. Currently she has a private practice where she works with clients to help restore and maintain their body’s natural balance and encourage healing through reflexology, kinesiology and aromatherapy. Today I talk with Elaine about Kinesiology, healing from within, and how to use mind-body connection to achieve greater health and wealth.

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What You’ll Discover in This Episode:

  • How Kinesiology works and how it can help you
  • Signs that you may have a mental block that is preventing you from achieving more, and what you can do about it
  • What you can do on a day-to-day basis to overcome anxieties or subconscious blocks that are holding you back

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More About Elaine

Elaine’s interest in alternative medicine came from a personal experience. Prior to seeking out a certification at the NM Academy of Healing Arts, she was working as a web and graphic designer. In this position Elaine spent hours at a desk behind a computer, where she felt as though “it was sucking the life out of me.” In addition to feeling unhappy, she was experiencing a handful of health concerns, including migraines, stomach problems, and issues with her lungs. She says that “there was a point in my life when doctors didn’t know what was wrong with me,” and she thought “I had to live like this.”

Luckily Elaine had friends who worked in alternative medicine, and she was able to get treatment from them. After seeing incredible results in a very short time, Elaine was so inspired that she decided to make a career change. She says that going to the NM Academy of Healing Arts for an open house was a pivotal moment in her decision. At the open house, she introduced herself to the Reflexology program director and asked if there would be any interest in trading classes for Elaine’s website design skills. The director looked to her and said “just yesterday we decided that we need to hire a web person. This is perfect timing.”

Since receiving her Reflexology certification from the NM Academy of Healing Arts, Elaine has expanded her education and practice to include components of kinesiology and aromatherapy. Today Elaine maintains a private practice that focuses on helping clients to overcome physical and mental blocks to progress in their lives. She finds that this work is particularly helpful for entrepreneurs, who often try to ‘think their way’ our of imbalances or career barriers. She explains to these individuals that, “in our subconscious mind we have these limiting believes that don’t allow us to reach out full potential.” For those clients, Elaine’s work can be especially beneficial as she can help “bypass the conscious mind, go directly to the subconscious to find out exactly what is going on.” She explains, “when subconscious mind agrees with conscious mind, that’s when the magic happens. That’s where real shifts can happen, in health and in wealth.”

Describe one personal habit that contributes to your well-being:

Gratitude.

What advice would you give to your 25 or 30 year old self?

Listen to myself more. Love myself more.

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https://www.facebook.com/ElaineLBogard/

The New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics

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029 Finding Success in Juggling Roles with Jill Brown

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We all have more than one focus in our lives. Each one is important in its own way, and the reality is we can’t put all of them first. Career, family, romance, spirituality ; it’s a constant juggling act. We can’t be successful in every aspect of our lives at the same time, and this fact can feel defeating. According to MyLandscapeCoach.com founder Jill Brown, perhaps it’s the juggling itself that should be the goal.

As a business owner, blogger, wife, mother of three, and active member in her community, Jill knows a thing or two about juggling. Jill is an Albuquerque-based landscape architect who provides landscape coaching to homeowners, both virtually and in-person. She is a licensed landscape architect, is certified in permaculture, and maintains a weekly blog with a landscape and gardening focus. Today Jill shares some of her landscape and gardening secrets and we discuss some of the time-saving tips she utilizes to maintain that juggling act.

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What You’ll Discover in This Episode:

  • Jill’s top ten tips to transform your yard
  • How you can organize your home life so that you have more time for your business
  • Jill’s recommendations for finding and using your strengths
  • Jill’s organizations tips for balancing family life, social life, and business

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More About Jill

Jill worked as an employee of a landscape architecture firm for eleven years before taking the leap and opening her own business. While she has known since childhood that she wanted to work in landscape architecture (her father was a landscape architect), she “told everyone I knew that I would never own my own business.” She had always envisioned herself working for a firm, never taking on the responsibilities that business ownership requires. The decision came when she was pregnant with her third child and the notion of working for someone else, even part-time, seemed impossible with three children at home and a husband who worked full-time.

Jill didn’t open her business, MyLandscapeCoach.com, only out of necessity. She realized that she had the strength and skills to run her own business based on her relationships with her clients. Her clients were contacting her for work and advice long before she considered starting the business, which led her to understand that “they must believe that I’m capable enough to do the work by myself.”

In talking with friends and family about the new venture, Jill discovered something else. Many people wanted more than just landscape design; they wanted personal input and suggestions, something only Jill could do. She soon began to adjust her business model to create a landscape coaching component, which allows her to provide specific, thoughtful support to any type of client. Today Jill provides landscape architecture design, coaching, and tips and suggestions on her weekly blog.

With so many projects on her plate, plus the responsibilities of motherhood, Jill has set some important processes in place to make sure she can maintain the ‘juggling act.’ One of her biggest timesavers is setting routines for her family life, such as scheduled breakfasts and chore charts for her children. She explains that these steps allow her to “make less decisions, so the decisions throughout the day that I’m making are business decisions.”

Describe one personal habit that contributes to your well-being:

My list making.

What super power did you discover you had only to realize it was there all the time?

I’m personable.

What advice would you give to your 25 or 30 year old self?

Don’t stress about it all.

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MyLandscapeCoach.com

StrengthsFinder 2.0

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028 Energy and Empowerment Through Self-Expression with Eva Encinias-Sandoval

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At various times in our lives and careers, we all reach a tipping point of exhaustion. We feel as though we cannot go on; our inner energy reserves have been dried up and we just want to quit. For many of us, in those moments we turn to external support for inspiration. Spirituality, family, Ted talks, podcasts like this one, or perhaps just a cup of coffee. For world-renowned Flamenco instructor Eva Encinias-Sandoval, turning to self-expression has been a guiding force that has carried her through years of a successful, happy career of spreading the beautiful art of Flamenco dance.

Eva Encinias-Sandoval is the founder of The National Flamenco Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico and is a Flamenco dance instructor at the University of New Mexico. Eva’s family emigrated to the United States after the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), bringing Flamenco with them. She learned to dance through instruction from her family and in her mother’s, Clara García de Aranda, dance academy, which is still one of the most reputable dance academies in the United States today. Eva began teaching at UNM in 1976 and founded The National Flamenco Institute in 1992. Today I speak with Eva about her journey to being a world-renowned Flamenco instructor, who she turns to and what she does to remain dedicated and driven to her craft, and how self-expression can be a tool for personal growth and confidence.

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What You’ll Discover in This Episode:

  • How Eva was able to balance pursuing a demanding career in Flamenco dance and instruction while raising her children
  • What tools Eva uses to maintain focus, strength, and dedication to her work
  • How self-expression can be a hidden tool to give you confidence and drive
  • What you can do to access untapped energy reserves to continue striving to be the best you

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More About Eva

Eva began her study of Flamenco at a young age, under the tutorage of her mother. Eva says that even as a child she “had a propensity for teaching. I would pretend I was leading a class.” She began teaching professionally in 1976, when, as a student studying dance at UNM, she was offered the opportunity to begin teaching Flamenco in the dance department. In 1982 Eva opened The National Institute of Flamenco, and has since expanded the UNM Flamenco program to be the only dance program in the world where a student can receive a Bachelors of Arts and Masters of Fine Arts degrees with a concentration in Flamenco.Eva Encinias - Ritmo

For Eva, Flamenco is more than just a dance form. Flamenco expresses a cultural and political history, coming from “a very politically charged, repressed people.” It is a very “overt, expressive performance,” such that “people don’t have to understand the language, they don’t have to understand the culture,” they can intuitively connect to the emotion and pain that is being expressed.

Eva also views Flamenco as a way to build confidence and determination, for both herself and her students. Flamenco differs from other dance forms in that often men are emotive, and women are very assertive. Eva has “seen how Flamenco empowers young women,” and helps students to “find their voice through movement.” Eva has found that using self-expression is a fantastic lesson in the boundlessness of energy. Whenever she feels burnt out or lost, she remembers that what she puts out is what she will receive. “The more energy you put out, the more you will receive.”

Describe one personal habit that contributes to your well-being:

Prayer.

What super power did you discover you had only to realize it was there all the time?

Energy

What advice would you give to your 25 or 30 year old self?

Be patient.

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The National Institute of Flamenco

The Flamenco Dance Program at UNM

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027: Learn and Teach Gratitude by Practicing It With Antonia Montoya

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With so much going on in our lives, it can be easy to get caught up in negative thinking. My business isn’t successful enough; I don’t have enough money or time; my neighbor is doing better than I am. When we get into this cycle of thinking, we forget about all of the amazing, positive things that are happening in our lives (I have a business, I have money and time, I’m doing the best I can do for myself), plus, we feel miserable. According to Our Gratitude Collective founder Antonia Montoya, it is in those moments that self-care through gratitude is the absolute most important and useful tool we have. It both reminds you of all that you do have, and changes your perspective so that you feel genuinely happier with however your life currently looks.

Today I speak with Antonia Montoya, founder of Our Gratitude Collective, a virtual community space for practicing gratitude, feeling connected, and becoming inspired. Antonia works with entrepreneurs to use gratitude to overcome their career challenges and stresses to find greater balance and success. She also presents her evidence-based work at conferences and events throughout the world. Today I talk with Antonia about the value of practicing and sharing gratitude, her personal path to career success and wellbeing through gratitude and daily self-care practices, and the highs and lows that led her to where she is today.

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What You’ll Discover in This Episode:

  • How you can teach gratitude to your loved ones
  • The importance of not just practicing, but sharing gratitude to spread its beneficial effects
  • Why comparing yourself to others only brings you down, and how you can change your thinking to overcome it
  • How to recognize when you need to take a step back and refocus on self-care

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More About Antonia

Antonia practices gratitude daily, and she recommends you do too. Her approach to gratitude is a three-step process, and differs from other approaches in that she encourages community development through gratitude. She feels that

Antonia’s appreciation for gratitude and self-care comes from a history of putting others’ needs before her own. In past life and work situations, she would “surround [herself] with people that needed a lot of help, and therefore I seemed like I was doing great.” Instead of addressing her own wellbeing and issues, she could hide in others’ problems. In reevaluating her priorities, she’s come to find that she is her most successful when her health and wellbeing come first.

This healthful balance was challenged a few years ago, which prompted her to stop drinking. She found herself constantly justifying her drinking because she could justify, “I obviously don’t have a drinking problem because look at how much ‘so and so’ drinks.” She found herself again falling into patterns of hiding her own problems in those of others. She came to decide to end drinking, actually, through gratitude. Reflecting on when she was most and least grateful, she came to see that when she was drinking (or after a night of drinking), she struggled to find anything to be grateful for. Realizing that her alcohol use was affecting her in this way, she could no longer hide behind the justification that others drank more than she did.

Antonia admits that, even today, she finds herself falling into cycles of becoming too busy or placing others before her. At least now she knows “when I catch myself thinking like that, then [self-care] is what I need to do at all costs.”

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Our Gratitude Collective

AntoniaMontoya.com

Antonia’s other website, ChangeIsYours.com

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026: Conquering Fear with Fernanda Santos

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In American media, there are stigmas associated with certain professions. Nurses are traditionally portrayed as women, firefighters are traditionally depicted as men, and reporters are native English speakers. For reporter Fernanda Santos, none of the usual stigmas ring true. As a Brazilian born reporter, Fernanda moved to the US when she was twenty-five to pursue writing. Eighteen years later, she is a staff writer for the New York Times, and has recently come out with a book about the lives, networks, and experiences of the Granite Mountain Hotshots.

Fernanda will assure you, her untraditional decisions were not easy ones to make. She has faced many times of dread, self-doubt, and questioning as she’s moved forward in her career as a journalist. Today I speak with Fernanda about the obstacles she had to overcome to get where she is today, how she came to use fear as a motivating tool rather than a ‘trap,’ and why her unique perspective is so useful in telling the stories of the fallen firefighters.

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What You’ll Discover in This Episode:

  • What you can tell yourself when fear creeps up on you
  • Tips and secrets for beginning a massive project and seeing it through to completion
  • How to overcome doubts and insecurities when starting a new project
  • Fernanda’s advice for women seeking out nontraditional work

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More About Fernanda

Fernanda moved to the US from Brazil to pursue journalism when she was twenty-five. Growing up, her father had always told her that as a woman, she could “do exactly what a man could do, and [she] can do it better if [she] wants.” For Fernanda, this meant pursuing her dreams of becoming a successful journalist, which she has achieved successfully.

In her most recent endeavor, recounting the lives of the nineteen Hotshot firefighters who perished in the Yarnell Hill Fire in Prescott, AZ, Fernanda met a lot of obstacles; externally and from within herself. The lives of firefighters are usually excluded to a male voice, but Fernanda sought to explore the story from a female perspective. By using her unique narrative style she created a side of the story that perhaps would never have been shown, including an emphasis on the families and loved ones of those involved.

Fernanda feels that in a way the fact that she is a woman allowed her to become closer to her subjects. The partners, wives, and mothers of the firefighters were able to connect with her in a way they may not have with someone else. Fernanda recalls feeling that “there was a sense of ‘you understand what I’m talking about,’” as Fernanda is also a wife and mother.

Despite years of success, Fernanda still finds herself having moments of self-doubt or fear that she isn’t good enough. She’s learned to deal with fear by accepting it as a necessary part of her creative process, rather than something to be pushed away. In this way, she is able to accept it, examine it, and move past it without it burdening her down.

What super power did you discover you had only to realize it was there all the time?

The ability to juggle ten things at a time.

What advice would you give to your 25 or 30 year old self?

You don’t have to be like other people.

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The Fire Line: The Story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and One of the Deadliest Days in American Firefighting

Fernanda’s Website

“What We Fear” Ted Talk

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025 Discover The Secret Power of Mentorship with Myra Travin

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While most educational settings are defined by the traditional classroom model, this isn’t the only modem of learning. Perhaps you learn better with auditory stimulation, learning by doing, or one-on-one training. The reality is that few of us naturally do our best in the traditional learning environment, but unfortunately that is essentially the only learning model that is offered, both in academic and business training settings.

According to Myra Travin, many individuals as well as large-scale businesses would be much more successful if they adopted a mentorship model. To Myra, this is a more female way of learning. Since men dominate so many business sectors, this female inspired mentor-mentee learning approach is rarely implemented.

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Today I speak with Myra Travin, author of “School of You: Stop the Overload, Become a Guerrilla Learner and Change Your Life,” LX designer and technical coach, assisting organizations to be more resilient, creative, and supportive of the teams they are promoted to manage. Myra recently spoke at South by Southwest and will soon be presenting at the ICF Prism Awards about technical coaching: the Flow-Shift model. Today I talk with Myra about the benefits of coaching, how a woman’s intuitive perspective can aid companies in achieving success, and how she envisions the future of artificial intelligence.

What You’ll Discover in This Episode

  • How a mentor will benefit you and help you achieve your goals
  • How you can use your strengths as a woman to advance your business, entrepreneurial goals, or the company for whom you work
  • The right mentor ‘fit’ for you and how you can find her or him
  • What you as a woman can bring to a company or startup that would otherwise be lacking

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More About Myra

Myra calls herself an “Educational Futurist.” This means she believes that as we develop artificial intelligence, education, mentorship, and connection will become integral to our functioning with this new intelligence. This emphasis on relational learning is at the core of her work. Myra views her path to be to find ways to include the female inclination toward relational learning and teaching into the tech world. And she is a unique voice in the tech industry. Women are highly underrepresented in startups, and Myra believes this is to the detriment of the tech industry as “women have something that is essential for the success of an organization.” She suggests that women have a very humanistic way of looking at the world, and her tech work attests to this.

Taking this concept to a more personalized level, Myra believes that education model would benefit from a more female, relationship transformation. Currently, large companies tend to value individual contributions and attainment of money, rather than valuing all employees and encouraging a sense of connectedness. This also hinders the possible development of mentor/mentee relationships, leading overall to less satisfaction in the workplace and failure to maintain employee retention. Myra feels that these issues could be overcome if we can teach the tech world and companies to value women’s contributions. The economy would expand in ways not previously seen and we would all benefit, in our jobs and in our general life satisfaction.

Describe one personal habit that contributes to your well-being:

I try to do the next best thing; take it day by day.

What super power did you discover you had only to realize it was there all the time?

Resilience and intuition.

What advice would you give to your 25 or 30 year old self?

Fasten your seatbelt, it’s going to be a hilarious ride. You can’t imagine. Surf on top of change. Chill and enjoy the ride.

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School of You: Stop the Overload, Become a Guerrilla Learner and Change Your Life

International Coach Federation

Myra at South by Southwest

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024 Relationship Building for Greater Success with Micaela Brown

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As entrepreneurs, we have the tendency to look inward for career support, ideas, and decisions. Our businesses and ventures are our personal dreams and goals, and therefore we often feel that no one else can offer the kind of stamina, dedication, and commitment than we can provide. According to Inspire People Media founder Micaela Brown, the best ideas and support systems often come from entrepreneurs putting their heads together. When a handful of entrepreneurs are working on the same problem together, their combined efforts are inevitably more potent than the efforts of one mind.

Micaela is chief Inspiration Officer and owner of Inspire People Media, a New Mexico-based experiential and lifestyle people, media, marketing, and special events agency. Prior to starting IPM, Micaela was President of Heritage Productions LLC, CEO of Target Market International, LLC. Micaela was producer of the Santa Fe Foodie Classic, founder of Diner en Blanc Albuquerque, and producer of Christmas at Hogwarts. Today I speak with Micaela about using networking and support systems to get ahead, problem solving in groups, and recognizing when it is time to take a step back from your business commitments and focus on personal wellbeing.

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What You’ll Discover in This Episode:

  • How to use social media and other resources to develop a hugely successful event in a short period of time
  • When to say no to your business and focus on yourself, to have greater wellbeing and a stronger business.
  • How to throw an event that is unique, successful, and creates buzz about you and your brand
  • How to use your community and fellow entrepreneurs to skill share and problem solve, so everyone can get ahead

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More About Micaela

Micaela’s professional life began in politics, where she developed precise organizing, management, and multi-tasking skills. Finding success in her various pursuits, she turned to develop her own business. Today she has come to recognize that she has found her niche in consulting and marketing.

Micaela has worked both in startups, where you have to “crank it out” and as a manager of large teams. She has always been one to rely on herself for the answers, and seek help only when necessary. Currently, this means that she has independently launched her business in 1.5 months, hosted two successful events, has eighteen event concepts in the works, and runs seven facebook accounts, five instagram accounts, eight twitter accounts, three linkedin accounts, and six websites.

I met Micaela at a ‘fortuitous moment.’ Having dealt with a list of health issues over the past year as she’s been developing her business, she recognizes that she is pushing herself too hard. She explains that she has now “made a conscious decision that I need to learn that my business does not need to occupy every moment of my time.” While she has come to rely entirely upon herself, she understands that she cannot function efficiently when she has no help in any of her ventures.

This has recently translated in her development of a supportive group of women entrepreneurs in Albuquerque called the League of Extraordinary Women. In this group the members provide support to one another by offering free service in each of their unique skillsets. The womens’ backgrounds range from experience in banking, social media, and nonprofits to name a few, and they all come together to offer support to one another. The group also problem solves together, as “it takes a different type of mind to solve a problem than the one who created it.” For Micaela, the group is a step toward finding balance between independence and community, to function at her best.

What super power did you discover you had only to realize it was there all the time?

I can do a lot by myself; I’m self sufficient.

What advice would you give to your 25 or 30 year old self?

Don’t take things so seriously.

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Inspire People Media

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023 Emotional Wellbeing for Physical Health with Dr. Lori Eanes

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For most of us, a trip to the doctor is an assessment of our physical health. If our blood pressure is normal and our diet healthy, we should be fine. But the fact is that while many of us have physically healthy lifestyles, as a society our overall health is declining. In light of this phenomenon, scientists are beginning to suggest that we should be going to the doctor not just to assess our physical health, but our mental and emotional health as well.

More and more weight is being put into the idea of a mind-body connection. If there is something askew in our emotional state, such as stress from work, and we don’t acknowledge it (perhaps because we feel we can’t take a break from work), then it manifests physically. Taking drugs to fix the physical symptoms will not make the issue go away, only dealing with the emotional root cause will.

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Today I have the unique opportunity to speak with an integrative medicine Osteopathic Doctor who encourages patients to use what we usually view as alternative medicines; acupuncture, massage, and her specialty, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or tapping, to address some of their health concerns. Dr. Lori Eanes is an Osteopathic doctor, an instructor with Food For Life, an EFT practitioner, and featured spokesperson on KASA Fox TV. Dr. Lori has also designed a cooking class, Let Your Food Be Your Medicine, where she teaches the healing power of foods and she hosts an annual Retreat to Wellness in destination locations. Today I speak with Dr. Lori about achieving emotional wellbeing for physical health, the mind-body connection and how to nurture it for optimal health, and creating balance, and the ‘wake-up call’ that made her realize she needed to slow down.

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What You’ll Discover in This Episode

  • What EFT is and how you can use it to rid yourself of stress and physical ailments
  • The real reason behind recurrent, unexplainable health issues
  • Tips for starting your day on the right foot, physically, mentally, and emotionally
  • What you can do today to begin dealing with health issues and improve your health

More About Dr. Lori

Dr. Lori has years of experience working with people with recurring health issues, such as stomachaches and digestive issues. After years of seeing the same problems and seeing that medicating them wasn’t helping, she came to understand that for many people the health issues are not merely skin deep. In some cases, our physical ailments are a manifestation of emotional unrest. We choose to ignore our emotional issues and “when your brain isn’t lining up with your body, your body takes over. That’s when you start to notice a symptom of some kind.” As a result, dealing with the symptoms doesn’t fix the real problem.

Dr. Lori understands this cycle well, as she has experienced it herself. At one point in her career she was seeing one hundred patients a day. She began to develop digestive issues, and couldn’t figure out what was causing them. After more than one professional suggested the digestive problems were a manifestation of her emotional distress, she took steps to reduce her workload, and the problems went away.

Dr. Lori admits that often the hardest part of this healthcare approach is getting patients to actually look deeply and deal with their emotional issues. It seems easier to ignore them, but this attitude must be changed, as “you can’t fix what you won’t face.”

Describe one personal habit that contributes to your well-being:

Meditation practice.

What super power did you discover you had only to realize it was there all the time?

Being innovative.

What advice would you give to your 25 or 30 year old self?

Find the beauty in today.

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022 Leadership Through Listening with Tamara Thorpe

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We often associate strong leadership skills with a strong voice. A leader gets their voice heard and has the ability to unite others behind their vision. The piece that is often forgotten in successful leadership, though, is the role of listening. If a leader wants to be successful in achieved their goals, they must be able to listen to those that they are leading to make sure everyone’s input is included, not just their own. Otherwise their followers will feel unacknowledged and look elsewhere for support.

According to leadership expert and founder of The Millennials Mentor Tamara Thorpe, the importance of listening if integral in every facet of our lives; be it work life or family life. Today I speak with Tamara about true leadership skills, the importance of listening, working and communicating with millennials, and organizing time to make sure that your attention is truly on whatever task you are currently handling.

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  • How you can use compassion and listening to be the best leader possible
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  • What you can do TODAY to figure out your leadership strengths

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More About Tamara

Prior to starting her consulting work with millennial aspiring leaders, Tamara consulted with people her age or older. Although she was achieving success, she continually found herself more frustrated in her work than fulfilled. Finally one day it hit her, “as an entrepreneur there’s no reason to put all of your energy into running a business if you’re not happy.” She took a leap and refocused her business to work exclusively with millennials, and she hasn’t looked back.

Tamara loves working with a younger generation because she finds that there’s a sense of “reciprocity in the knowledge sharing”; she both gives and receives. One of the key points that Tamara stresses to millennials is the importance of listening, something that she had to learn when she was just starting in her career. At a young age she found herself in a position of power and acted as she thought leaders ought to: with an air of bossiness. She didn’t listen well and put her own ideas first, and it didn’t work out for her. She urges millennials to avoid the mistake she made, and make listening a priority if they want to become successful leaders.

Tamara has found that listening has been her saving grace in moments of success and in hard times. By listening to her inner voice she was able to the take career leap she knew she needed. Also, by listening to her loved ones and community in difficult times she is able to take comfort in their support and benefit from the wisdom of their words.

While Tamara leaves her leadership role in the workplace, she does continue to value the importance of listening when she is at home. Once work hours are over she turns her phone off and is present with her family. No phone, no distractions, just attention. For those of us that feel like our family members are always on their phones and never seem to listen to us, perhaps we should model Tamara’s methods. Lead by example and listen first.

What super power did you discover you had only to realize it was there all the time?

Being a good friend.

What advice would you give to your 25 or 30 year old self?

Continue to do the hard work.

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