Posts Tagged ‘intuition’

041 How to Use What Comes Easy For You To Find Your Power with Val Romero

We tend to associate success with hard work. If we didn’t sweat for it, it doesn’t count. Unfortunately, that can sometimes result in us discrediting the successes we have that came easily. Perhaps we ought to change that attitude. If something comes easily to us, we ought to acknowledge that we have an intuitive ‘knack,’ and take advantage of it. For Women Make a Difference founder Val Romero, this struggle is very real. After working for years in finance and always viewing her people skills as just something that didn’t matter very much, she’s finally come to appreciate and benefit from those skills.

Today I speak with Val Romero, founder of Women Make a Difference. Women Make a Difference is a monthly luncheon meet-up developed to help women network and meet others in their community. Women Make a Difference has been hosting luncheons for over a decade and offers tech classes, a business directory, and services focused on increasing visibility and exposure for business owners. In 2015 Val was named a Woman of Influence Winner by Albuquerque Business First. Today I talk with Val about connecting with other women to get ahead, recognizing the strength in what comes easily to you, and learning how to network.

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What You’ll Discover in This Episode

  • Tips for starting up a conversation and making connections, even when you’re feeling out of your comfort zone

  • Why it is so important to be engaged with your female community and use each other as resources and sources of strength

  • How you can recognize your innate skills, and use them to help yourself and skill share with others

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More About Val

Before starting Women Make a Difference, Val worked in finance in bookkeeping and office assistant positions. In these positions she excelled because of her social skills; she was always chatting with clients and making connections. She didn’t give much credit to her social skills, thinking of them as just being an insignificant part of the job. Often if there’s something easy for us, we don’t count is as a value,” she reflects. It was only after years of friends and coworkers complimenting her networking skills that she began to consider doing something with this ability.

With Women Make a Difference, Val is able to utilize her social skills to help her career, as well as to help and train other women to grow in theirs. The foundation of Women Make a Difference is an emphasis on the importance of women helping one another. Val models this principle by showing other women how they can be social, network, and make authentic connections. She also urges women to own their innate skills. “When people are acknowledging you for things you’ve done that were easy,” take credit for them, she encourages. The decision to take ownership of her innate skills is how she ended up where she is today with Women Make a Difference. Seek strength from one another, she suggests, because we are all stronger together.

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

Having a positive attitude.

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

I’m easy to build rapport and trust with.

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

Set more boundaries and learn to say no.

Check Out the Links Mentioned in This Episode!

Women Make A Difference

Radical Beauty by Deepak Chopra

Selling With Intention by Ursula C. Mentjes

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

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034 How to Harness and Use Your Feminine Power with Michelle Baca

As we grow as women, mothers, entrepreneurs, and leaders, we inevitably come to see that we all have strengths. Reflecting on our past accomplishments, it is undeniable that we are capable and skilled. Yet sometimes, often for some of us, we still find ourselves doubting ourselves, lacking confidence, or plainly put, feeling like we aren’t particularly powerful. According to The Art of Feminine Presence Instructor Michelle Baca, as women we have an innate, feminine power. We just need to learn how to access and harness it.

Michelle is a Speaker, Best-Selling Author and Confidence Coach helping people develop confidence, charisma, power and persuasion. As a consultant with ConvergenceCoaching, LLC, she aids leaders in achieving success by helping them develop and implement leadership, succession, marketing, and training and development plans. Michelle teaches entrepreneurs and self-employed people how to develop a strong presence and public speaking skills so that they are always ready to make a great impression. Today I talk with Michelle about how she went from being a shy, quiet person to be a successful and persuasive public speaker, how women can use their feminine presence to get ahead and make great impressions, and skills and tips for developing and exuding confidence.

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What You’ll Discover in This Episode

  • Specific tips you can take to access your Feminine Presence
  • Pre-performance rituals you can learn to be more confident, charismatic, and powerful in presentations, meetings, and everyday affairs
  • How to connect with people on a deep level, to create true communication, meaningful networking, and deep connection
  • How you can ‘bring your comfort zone with you’ instead of trying to ‘get out of your comfort zone’ when trying, and succeeding, at new things

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More About Michelle

Michelle was not always a powerful public speaker and coach, nor was she always in touch with her feminine wisdom. Michelle began her career in Information Systems Management. In college she chose this path because it paid well, and that seemed like a good enough reason to pursue it. After graduation she worked as a programmer, made money, and was miserable. Michelle had headaches everyday; she “had MRIs, cat scans, went to neurologists,” and no one could figure out what was wrong. Then, the company for which she worked went bankrupt. While her coworkers were devastated, Michelle felt that “this is my chance to not go get another job in this field.” She hired a life coach to help her figure out what to do next, and was so inspired by the coaching itself that she went on to pursue that field.

While Michelle used to be a quiet and shy person, by accessing her Feminine Presence she has become more in touch with her inner power, and as a result is able to speak to that power in other people. Michelle’s approach to accessing this inner power is unique. While we are familiar with the idea that we ought to ‘get out of our comfort zone’ to get ahead, Michelle suggests you “take your comfort zone with you wherever you go.” By accessing our inner feminine power, we find our inner strength, and we can take that with us wherever we go. It is not unfamiliar or uncomfortable because it has been there all along. Michelle suggests that when we use this secret skill, “we communicate with people in a really honest way.” It allows us to be “confident, grounded, and expressive” in our actions, and embody the power and strengths that we know we have.

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Michelle Baca Bio

Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts

Jack Canfield’s Website

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033 Turning Your Hobby Into a Career with Jessie Brown

Have you ever wished that you could dedicate more time to your hobbies? Or even, have you fantasized about leaving your day job to fully dedicate yourself to your hobby? For many of us, that dream lingers in our mind but our fears hold us back from actually taking the leap. For beekeeper Jessie Brown, leaving her job provided the space she needed to discover an interest in beekeeping. That interest has blossomed into a full-fledged business, Brown’s Downtown Bees, that provides her with the flexibility to care for her business while raising two children.

Jessie has been keeping bees for 10 years and has a small business, Brown’s Downtown Bees. She is the President of the NM Beekeepers Association and currently serves on the Boards of the Western Apicultural Society and the American Beekeeping Federation. Today I talk with Jessie about her decision to leave her career in the film industry to start a family and begin her beekeeping business, how she balances life as a mother and business-owner, and challenges she has faced as a woman in a predominantly male field.

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What You’ll Discover in This Episode

  • Tips for beekeeping in your neighborhood

  • How Jessie was able to set herself apart and succeed in a male dominated field, where her skills and knowledge were questioned or doubted

  • Finding the motivation to turn your hobby into a full-fledged career

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More About Jessie

Jessie’s initial motivation for leaving her work was not to pursue beekeeping, and she actually loved her job. Before beekeeping Jessie worked as a makeup artist on film sets; gratifying but wearing work. Jessie observed the lifestyles of those in her field, and she recognized that her plans for motherhood simply did not match up with the lifestyle that the film industry demanded. With difficulty, Jessie decided to leave the film world to nurture her plans of motherhood. Though she wasn’t sure what she would be doing career-wise at that point, she did know that she “had to make an immediate change if I wanted to become a parent.” She knew that she she wanted to create a career that would allow her the flexibility to raise her children.

An opportunity came along when she attended a horticulture course and was fascinated by the beekeeping component of the class. Today, Jessie finds beekeeping to be a perfect counter to motherhood. Beekeeping allows her to work from home. She can watch her children, while still finding escape in her work. She explains that working with bees is soothing and healing; “you have to force yourself to calm down when you’re in a hive.”

This lifestyle never would have came about if Jessie hadn’t taken a risk to leave her job. Just as importantly, it wouldn’t have happened if she hadn’t been determined to create a career with the sort of flexibility that she was desiring.

Jessie’s sense of happiness comes from her personal view on success. She explains that she “feels happiness when I lay down the groundwork for something that can grow.” This means that she is able to see community success as personal success, rather than seeking to get ahead of the rest. Similarly, her escape is volunteer work with beekeeping nonprofits. By viewing selflessness as selfishness, Jessie is constantly finding joy in her work, volunteering, and family.

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Brown’s Downtown Bees

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

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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016 Developing Self Confidence to Live Your Best Life with Nada Lena

When it comes to living a full life, confidence is integral. We may seem successful and happy in the eyes of others, but if we don’t feel confident then our achievements can feel meaningless. Lack of confidence leads to self-doubt and anxiety, and when we don’t have self-assurance we are ultimately holding ourselves back from our full potential. According to women’s life coach Nada Lena, when we take steps to overcome our self-doubt, we can unleash our full potential both professionally and personally.

Nada Lena is the founder of Rise Up For You, NLNproductions, and Senior Producer of non-profit Young Americans. Nada is also a performance coach, a podcaster, an educator, and a coach in leadership, confidence, and mindset. Today I speak with Nada about forgiveness as a tool, the power of choice, and overcoming self-doubt to realize your full potential.

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What You’ll Discover in This Episode:

  • How to keep your cool when you have a confrontation with someone else
  • How to forgive when you feel hurt and attacked, and forgiveness seems like the last thing you want to do
  • How you can allow yourself to grieve trauma in a healthy way without letting it take over your life, and still work toward growth and positivity
  • Everyday tips to help build confidence in life and work

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More About Nada

Nada’s career began in performance. In her early adulthood she toured the world as a singer and dancer with nonprofit The Young Americans, empowering and inspiring youth through music. By age twenty-six Nada had coached over 50,000 people worldwide on self worth and confidence. By age twenty-seven she was an executive director with her own house, luxury car, and a six-figure income.

Soon thereafter, Nada fell in love and married her partner. Having functioned as an independent, highly driven individual all of her life, up until then she had always put her own goals first. For the first time there was someone else to answer to, and Nada struggled to find balance. Slowly she began letting her own accomplishments fall to the side for the sake of the relationship. She quit her job, sold her house and car, and moved out of the country to be with her new husband. After three weeks the relationship fell apart.

Returning home empty handed, Nada was devastated. She had given up everything for the relationship, and now that was gone too. On the flight Nada had a realization. While all of her material goods were gone, she still had her confidence, and she had a choice. She could chose to let this event devastate her, or she could move forward with her life.

Today Nada uses her leadership skills to help women to discover the best versions of themselves to lead their fullest lives, professionally and personally. Nada uses her personal experience to inspire women and help them find confidence and end self-doubt. Nada has always been a ‘cheerleader,’ and she gets her greatest joys out of helping others discover their strengths. She also recognizes the healing ability of her work. By teaching others these skills, she is each day reminding herself to practice them as well.

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

I allow myself to have space in the morning.

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

Unleashing the true potential in others.

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

Be patient, be kind, and be compassionate.

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Rise Up For You

N.L.N. Productions

The Young Americans

The Confident Speaker by Harrison Monarth and Larina Kase

Empowered Women Rise Conference 2016: November 6th

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