Meet Shenna Vaughn, Creative Leader at #ThePowerOfConnections2019

Shenna Vaughn is the artist behind what she describes as ‘Soulful Funk on Canvas’. Vaughn’s intuitive abstract paintings tell subconscious narratives of the deep stories of the soul. Her use of warm colors sets the stage for the expression of the personal thoughts that we all confront. Her work invites the audience to enter a personal conversation of reflection and confession. While these subjects are introduced through her particular use of pigments and textures, the symbolism used uninhibitedly exposes vulnerability.

We had the pleasure of meeting and connecting with Queens based artist Shenna Vaughn at the I am Woman Conference, hosted by Sylvia High in 2016. We were so honored and excited when she participated at The Power of Connections, 2016. She’s been back every year since!

Vaughn says,”As I became older, I began to do other things. Circumstances occurred, responsibilities kicked in, and I found myself allowing the masses to tell me what I should be doing along with the fear of being judged. During this time I was miserable, angry and couldn’t even figure out why. I was a closet painter and no one knew I even had this gift. Then one day one of my dearest friends, Leanna, cared enough and introduced me to a transformational workshop. There I was able to find my path again. From that day forward I picked up my brush and never looked back. I started to honor my wants and needs. I decided to be the woman that I didn’t see growing up – painting not only my story but many others with the hope of inspiring others not to give up on their dream.”

Shenna Vaughn is the artist behind what she describes as ‘Soulful Funk on Canvas’. Vaughn’s intuitive abstract paintings tell subconscious narratives of the deep stories of the soul. Her use of warm colors sets the stage for the expression of the personal thoughts that we all confront. Her work invites the audience to enter a personal conversation of reflection and confession. While these subjects are introduced through her particular use of pigments and textures, the symbolism used uninhibitedly exposes vulnerability.

 

March 1-3, 2019 The Asbury Hotel

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Meet Divine DIVAS Jordan and Lynn Osborne at #ThePowerOfConnections2019

The Divine DIVAS Jordan and Lynn Osborne, believe that their journey is guided by God (their divine purpose) and expect the most of themselves. One passion, two voices.

They use their personal journey and professional experience to inspire others who are dealing with life-altering circumstances to see that there is always another path. While their journey to starting a business together was different from others, they both have been finding ways to thrive with autoimmune conditions that left them reevaluating their life plans.

The Divine DIVAS offer education on making better choices for what we introduce to our bodies and minds by replacing toxins of all kinds (thoughts, environment, products, people) with healthier alternatives. We encourage healthy living head to toe.

Lynn and Jordan share their story in their own words:

Lynn, “At 40 life drastically changed  when I woke up with Sudden Hearing Loss and could not return to work in planned profession. While adapting to my new normal I returned to college to complete my Bachelor’s degree in psychology, the journey led me to pursue a Master’s degree in holistic health. While my plan changed to accommodate several autoimmune conditions, chronic pain and hearing loss; the goal of having a family business remained constant. I needed to find a way to achieve that and accommodate my new life. My passion has always been to help others in some capacity and through that continued desire plus a place of gratitude that my journey wasn’t life threatening I wanted to find a way to encourage others to continue to dream and succeed in ways they may not have planned or expected.”

Jordan, “At 24 the picture of what I thought my life would look like changed. I was a licensed cosmetologist and massage therapist with the goal of one day opening my own salon. Being Diagnosed with Lupus, Fibromyalgia, and all of the complications that accompany these conditions I felt like my life was over before it began. Starting Divine Divas gave me a way to utilize my skills and continue helping people even if it is not from behind the chair.”

 

The Divine DIVAS will lead the following workshop:

Prioritize Yourself: Self Care is not Selfish!

Self-care is not a luxury, when we get busy the first “expendable” area we drop is “me-time”; taking time to nurture yourself is not selfish, it is health care.

March 1-3, 2019 The Asbury Hotel

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Meet Melanie Cunningham at ETTWomen’s Annual Conference: The Power of Connections, 2019

Melanie Cunningham is the founder of Melanie Cunningham Law Office P.C. and Launch to LegacyTM, where she helps small business owners, through one on one engagements, or guided programs, gain a peace of mind about the operation of their business today and plan for their futures.

Melanie returned to the law after a 10+ compliance career because of her belief she had a passion and knack for making legal principals user-friendly for everyday people (especially those without a family history of entrepreneurship) striking out on their own.  Melanie’s belief that entrepreneurs and micro-and small business owners play a critical role in our communities, propelled her to start a firm that delivers excellent legal support and protection to this vital and well-deserved audience.  She excels in making the law accessible, uncomplicated, and stress-free, for busy, and often overwhelmed, small business owners.

Melanie’s Workshop

Launch the Business You Love Legally!:

How Effective Planning Increases Your Confidence & Propels Your Business Growth

Melanie will provide a 20 point assessment highlighting the Legal, Insurance, Financial, Tax concerns for small business owners.  

You will leave having a better understanding of intellectual property and which property right may apply.

Connect with Melanie at #ThePowerOfConnections2019!

 

March 1-3, 2019 The Asbury Hotel

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Meet Caryn Ross at ETTWomen’s Annual Conference: The Power of Connections, 2019

“The Aha Ignitor” Caryn Ross will lead a workshop at ETTWomen‘s Annual Conference: The Power of Connections, 2019!

 

Caryn Ross was born in New Jersey and obtained her BBA in marketing and MBA in Finance from Pace University, New York. Caryn is also the CEO and Founder of SpectaBridge Solutions and a certified life coach with a demonstrated track record of success in presentations, leadership mastery and impactful communications.

Early in her career, as a manager within the Macy’s executive training program, Caryn developed a keen appreciation for the role partnership and relationship play between clear communications and excellent business results. It was then that she realized the importance of the human element in running stellar businesses. That early astuteness drove her to work for two major fortune 500 companies training technology C-suite executives on how to succinctly present budgets, financial issues and corporate goals. Then she then parlayed all those skills into a position as an Adjunct College Professor for three universities where as one of the first instructors in the online world, she pioneered online teaching for various business courses at the University level.

Caryn’s strong drive for personal development and leadership skills, as well as her personal charisma and deep rooted academic and work experiences in coaching and training is what has shaped and developed her growth mindset approach towards communications and teaching others how to manifest what they want most. She knows that in order to have unlimited change and growth, the secret is to unstick the six inches between one’s ears. Her own success is rooted in her engaging enthusiasm, total professionalism, and confidential insight in providing the direction required to initiate and sustain excellence – in any kind of performance.

Caryn creates value added tools and strategies that consistently inspire audiences to take action, improve client experiences, enable impactful connections and empower leadership mastery. She always applies a big dose of dynamic holistic principles to all of her interactive presentations.  Audience members always leave her keynotes and workshops reveling in their own Aha moments and excited to apply what they have learned. 

Caryn’s Workshop

Success Takes Leadership Mastery and Self-love to Empower, Lead and Transform

This workshop will develop self-confidence and impactful leadership strategies that will promote success throughout all facets of your life with a growth mindset.

Results include higher self-confidence, innovation and creativity, collaborative relationships, better client experiences and improved bottom line results for any business.

 

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Define their leadership style and how to manifest it with confidence to drive their desired outcomes.
  • Understand the importance of unsticking the six inches between their ears to promote ideation with key mastery leadership strategies.
  • Tools and strategies to empower self-confidence with a specific mindset and utilize it daily in their lives
  • Build collaborative relationships and improve communications for improved client experiences and employee engagement
  • The difference between the manager and leader

March 1-3, 2019 The Asbury Hotel

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ETTWomen CJ: Get Uncomfortable and Overcome Superwoman Syndrome with Gerry Viggiani

GET UNCOMFORTABLE AND OVERCOME SUPERWOMAN SYNDROME: 

THE ART OF SETTING APPROPRIATE BOUNDARIES AND LIMITS AND GETTING YOUR NEEDS MET EFFECTIVELY.  
Today’s woman is expected to do it all but is that really effective when you’re so stressed you feel like you’re on a hamster wheel and you can’t get off? It is not just about you doing too many things or striving to do everything really well; it is about sacrificing your well-being by putting others expectations/wants/judgments before your needs. We will look at how to ask for what you want and need, how to balance demands of others and your priorities, and how to set your objective in interacting with others in a way that will feel empowering and effective.

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Gerry Viggiani as co-owner and psychotherapist at Lotus Blossom Psychotherapy will help you uncover your true potential. Their philosophy towards psychotherapy is one of mindfulness and living life in this moment, free from the barriers of regrets and worries. They will work together with you to help you to develop effective coping skills, reprocess and desensitize traumatic memories and unearth long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life. 

This may feel like a big step towards “getting uncomfortable” but it is one that you will not regret. Gerry walk that journey with her clients every step of the way! She treats age 18 and up with individual and group therapies. She foundationally trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and advanced experience with Trauma and Compassion Models. Treatments that can help you to learn more appropriate and masterful ways to cope with PTSD, addiction and other ineffective behaviors, post-partum issues, depression, anxiety, poor self-esteem/self-compassion, relationship issues and emotion regulation problems.

Join us on March 13th for a powerful talk!

Complete details HERE!

Before 2017, Ask Yourself These 10 Questions

I think we can all agree that this year raced through, right? At the end of every year, I take a minute to stop and reflect on what I have accomplished for myself, my family and my business. Do you?

I do this because I promised myself many years ago that I would live life fully.

I would say yes to the things that would serve me, my family and my community. In order to know this, you have get clear and write some things down.

If you haven’t taken a minute to decompress about this year, here’s a start. Here are 10 questions you may want to ask yourself:

  1. Am I happy with where I am at with my life right now?
  2. What am I passionate about? What am I doing to pursue my passion?
  3. Who and what things are weighing me down that I need to get rid of? How will I do it?
  4. What do I need to forgive myself for?
  5. When did I feel most alive this year?
  6. What was sacred about that moment?
  7. What do I want to let go of?
  8. What do I want to dedicate 2017 to?
  9. What did I learn about myself in 2016?
  10. What did 2016 represent to me in my path?

DOWNLOAD THE QUESTIONS HERE ===>10-questions-to-ask-yourself-before-2017

I wish you and your loved ones a very happy and healthy New Year! And as always, let’s roll 2017!

 

Need some help getting clear? Try this powerful tool!

Do you have a question? PLEASE, let’s connect HERE or leave me a comment below!

 

4 Tried & True Tips for Taking Control of Your Finances

How many people feel like money disappears at the end of each month? Sometimes life gets in the way and there is just too much month at the end of your money. In my career I have met many people who have said they would like to take control over their money, but never know how to get started. I always recommend to play on offence, if you have an idea but have no money take a look at what loans you can get and start with your idea. They are afraid to take the time to get the ball rolling.

I know that the main reason this happens is because getting ready to handle finances and start saving money for retirement can be intimidating. But if you follow the greentouch online advances steps, I’m sharing here then I am certain that once you take the time to begin the process you will get it done in time!

Here are 4 foolproof tips that will hopefully make it easier for you to get started:

  1. Create a budget. The fact is that not everyone can stick to a budget. Many wind up spending more than they originally intended so they get discouraged and give up. Start off by simply cutting down on your spending a little at a time. Pack your lunch, make your coffee with the best espresso machine under 100, buy more generic brands at the supermarket. You will soon start to see results and feel better about saving more money.
  2. Become money savvy. Start to read about personal finance. Commit to picking one topic regarding personal finance at a time and try to read about that topic for 30 minutes a week.
  3. Start paying yourself first. Setting money aside for your savings comes before even paying your bills. When you squeeze that extra money out of the budget you must set aside money for yourself automatically. If you cut out buying coffee, (which, say, costs $2 a day), at the end of the year you will have $730 saved in your emergency account, or you could make coffee at home so you could find out what are the benefits of caffeine creams, that are good for skin and hair, of course you can also visit Texas hair places to get treatments who are affordable, since you’ll know all sometimes is necessary, and also save money. Not bad!
  4. Talk to a financial professional. We all need to talk to an expert on something once in awhile. You need someone with financial experience to give you an objective, unbiased opinion.

Before you play any game you need to know the rules. It’s the same with saving your money. Once you know the rules of the financial game and follow them you are on your way to taking control of your financial house. Start slow and be consistent. The key is to make sure you stick to the plan! When you see how simple it is you will never be intimidated by money again!

We’d love to hear from you! Contact us with any questions, comments, or just to say hello!

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10 Ways People Get in Their Own Way

Have you read Falling Forward by John Maxwell? It’s a great read!

I compiled this post several years ago, after reading the book and it continues to be one of my favorites whenever I find myself ‘lost’ in my business goals.

I hope it does the same for you! Here are 10 ways people get in their own way:

 

1) Poor People skills.   I was talking to someone the other day and she was complaining about not winning a contract,  “It wasn’t fair… all the people knew each other and we didn’t have a chance.  It’s all politics.”

But what she went on to describe wasn’t politics. It was lack of relationships!

Most careers involve other people.   You can have great academic intelligence and still lack social intelligence—the ability to be a good listener, to be sensitive toward others, to give and take criticism well.

If people don’t like you, they may help you fail… On the other hand, you can get away with serious mistakes if you are socially intelligent…a mistake may actually further your career if your boss/client thinks you handled the situation in a mature and responsible way.

 

2) A Negative Attitude. Your reaction to the circumstances of your life has everything to do with your well-being and your success.    If your circumstances constantly get you down, then maybe its time for a change—not in your situation, but in your attitude.    If you can learn to make the best of any situation, you can remove a formidable obstacle that stands between you and your dreams, you have to remember that you have to be open to receive those things you desire in life.

 

3) “A Bad Fit”. After we check our attitude, we should examine IF a change in situation is in order.  IF you learn to make the best of any situation, you can remove a formidable obstacle that stands between you and your dreams.   Does anything need change today?    If so, what?    Does anything need to be “tolerated” and “accepted today” that can’t be changed—then accept it!    Few things in life are more frustrating than being stuck in a profession that doesn’t serve you. It’s like wearing shoes that are 2 sizes too large or small.

 

4) Lack of Focus. Bad things happen when a person doesn’t focus. One day a business man visited a small florist shop to order flowers for a friend opening a new business. The shop owner was unusually busy and scrambling to fill orders while she took the businessman’s information.   Later that day, the man arrived at his friend’s grand opening and saw a big floral wreath with his name written on it that said, ‘With Deepest Sympathy During This Time of Sorrow’    The businessman was irate.   He called the florist to complain and asked “What in the world happened?  Do you have any idea how stupid you make me look?”  “I’m so sorry,” the shop owner said, “I was a little scrambled when you came by.  Your situation wasn’t nearly as bad as it was at the Perth funeral care. That card said, “Best Wishes in Your New Location.”

Anybody can make an honest mistake when things are hectic.   But people lacking focus have trouble not because they’re too busy, but because their priorities are not straight.  And that wastes their time and resources.  If you go from task to task to task without making any progress or you can’t seem to reach a goal no matter how much effort you give it, examine your focus. No one can move forward without it.

People lacking focus have trouble not because they’re too busy, but because their priorities are not straight.

 

 

5) A Weak Commitment. For a long time, it seemed that apathy was chic. Guess what? Effort and commitment are back in style.

 

Until one is committed, there is hesitance, the chance to draw back and always ineffectiveness.   The moment one definitely commits oneself,  a whole stream of events issue from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would come his way.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

The last time you failed, did you stop trying because you failed, or did you fail because you stopped trying? What was your level of commitment? Did you give the task everything you had? Did you go the extra mile?  You put enough of yourself on the line to guarantee that you would give your very best.

If you’re committed, a failure doesn’t mean that you’ll never succeed.  It just means you will take longer.

Commitment makes you capable of failing forward, UNTIL you reach your goals.

 

6) An Unwillingness to Change. Perhaps the most relentless enemy of achievement, personal growth and success is inflexibility.

 

Some people seem to be so in love with the past they can’t deal with the present.

 

Albert Gray says, “The common denominator of success lies in forming the habit of doing things that failures don’t like to do.”

If you continually give in to your moods or impulses, then you need to change your approach to doing things.   The best methods is to set standards for yourself that require accountability (hint, hint: ETTWomen) and suffering a consequence for not following through, helps you stay on track.

Once you have your new standards, work according TO THEM -NOT YOUR MOODS.

 

7) A Shortcut Mind Set. A common obstacle to success is cutting corners and taking a short road to success.  It never pays off.

As Napoleon said, “Victory belongs to the most persevering”. Most people underestimate the time it takes to achieve something of value, not just to be successful, but be willing to pay your dues.

James Watt spent 20 years laboring to perfect his steam engine.   William Henry labored night and day for 8 years to prove how blood circulated in the human bodies.  It took another 25 years for the medical profession to acknowledge he was right!

Cutting corners is a sign of impatience and poor discipline. If you’re willing to follow through, you can achieve a breakthrough. Self-discipline is a quality won through practice. Mancusi noted, “Truly successful people have learned to do what does not come naturally!”

Real success lies in experiencing fear -or a version of it- and ACTING IN SPITE OF IT!”

 

8) Relying on Talent Alone. Talent is overrated.  It has value, but it isn’t enough to take a person through the multiple failures that life brings. Adding a strong work ethic to talent is like pouring gasoline on a fire—it’s explosive! Those who rely upon talent alone without developing further, peak quickly and soon fade to obscurity. The greater your talent, the more likely you are to lean heavily on it and skip the hard day-to-day work of improving it. If you possess this negative tendency, put yourself on a growth plan to make the most of your God-given talent.

 

9) A Response to Poor Information. Don’t make weighty decisions based on limited amounts of information. Gain reliable information!

General Douglas MacArthur wrote, “Expect only 5 percent of an intelligence report to be accurate.  The trick of a good commander is to isolate the 5%”    Does this go along with the truth, “Don’t take advice from someone you wouldn’t trade places with?” Be careful where you get your advice and information! At this pace of life and business increases, the difficulty of being able to collect and evaluate information will increase.

 

10) No goals! The last major cause of failure is an absence of goals.

Don Marquis perceives “Ours is a world of people who don’t know what they want.” Joe Griffith believes, “A goal is nothing more than a dream with a time limit. Many people don’t have goals because they don’t allow themselves to dream. Without a dream, there is no desire!   Without desire, there is nothing to describe you!

If you can discover the weakness that weakens you, you can start doing something about it, and that can change your life!

If it helps, talk to a trusted friend who can help you, join a support group. Put yourself on a growth plan to turn the weaknesses into a strengths!

10 Productivity Tips to Help You Stay on Track this Summer

Kids are out of school and naturally we are feeling the burn -and it’s not just from the sun.

Work days are shorter, I get it…but, you can’t wait until September to get your business back on track.

The challenge I hear from many women is with staying focused and prioritizing.

Here’s the Truth: Whether you’re on vacay or not…A key differentiator between people who succeed in their business and those who do not is personal productivity. Leaders and entrepreneurs who are consistently making things happen know how to achieve what they want in less time than others. Highly successful entrepreneurs do these things every day.

I wanted to share these with you so you can keep them top of mind.

There’s a lot to be learned from the tactics of successful, and incredibly busy, individuals on how to better organize our own days. Here are 10 things you can start doing today:

  1. Pick 1 task to focus on. One thing many successful entrepreneurs have in common is the ability to focus on what matters most. Pick one thing and do that one thing.

  2. Block out distractions. Period. Martina Navratilova says, “I concentrate on concentrating.” If you don’t have the willpower to be self-accountable, try Rescue Time. It is an application that runs in the background of your computer and measures how you spend your time so you can make better decisions.

  3. Set a strict time limit on meetings. In general, people don’t need as much time as they ask for. Meetings can be time vampires. So, be cut-throat when it comes to managing your time so you can focus on high value tasks.

  4. Set up productivity rituals. Many of  you know I swear by waking up earlier than most consider normal. You also know that because of this, there are tasks that are done by 6am. Therefore, setting up rituals that automate behaviors, make us more productive – without depleting our energy reservoir. 4am may not be your cup of tea, but force yourself to prioritize so that you know that you will finish at least that one critical task during the period of the day when you have the most energy and the fewest distractions.

  5. Get up earlier. Research shows that mornings can make or break your day. Use the mantra “mind over mattress” to motivate yourself to get out of bed to pursue your goals.

  6. Outsource personal chores. Highly productive people are selective about how they expend their energy. They don’t waste time or energy on tasks that others can do. Do a cost/benefit analysis of how you spend your time and see if it’s worth offloading some repetitive tasks so you can focus on what will bring value to your company.

  7. Increase your effectiveness through technology. There’s a plethora of programs to make a small-business owner more effective in increasing productivity. A few popular tools—some of which are free—include Dropbox to store files online; Any Meeting to host a webinar and Hootsuite or Buffer to schedule your social media postings.

  8. Don’t say yes to every request. Most of us have a deep need to be liked. That translates into us saying yes to everything – which is the end of your elite productivity.

  9. Stop multi-tasking. New research confirms that all the distractions invading our lives are rewiring the way our brains work. Be one of the rare-air few who develops the mental and physical discipline to have a mono-maniacal focus on one thing for many hours. It’s all about practice.

  10. Learn from others. Understand that for you to move to your next level of success, you must be in constant student mode. Whether you’re learning from others, attending school, reading books, attending seminars or taking a course, you have to gain access to the information you don’t know so you can get to where you want to be.

Your productivity is your life made visible. Protect your time, your energy, your business, your life.

Our planner is also a fabulous productivity tool to start the new year with a bang! Check it out here!

Do you have a question? Leave me a comment below!

Don’t Try to Be Mindful with Daron Larson at ETTWomen’s Ohio Chapter Think Tank

Although mindfulness has been shown to help decrease stress and increase contentment, many who try it give up frustrated, convinced they’re doing it wrong. By comparing mindfulness practice to physical fitness, Daron helps people distinguish the benefits from the exercises required to experience them.

Daron Larson loves working with people who have tried mindfulness but gave up convinced they’re unable to do it. He encourages people to exercise their natural capacities for focus, self-awareness, resilience, and compassion. Many of his students report decreased distraction, anxiety, and insomnia as a result of exploring the exercises he practices and shares. In addition to personal attention training with individuals, Daron has also worked with groups of business leaders, cancer survivors, medical care givers, and prison inmates — all of whom continue to teach and inspire him in return.

Join Daron Larson at ETTWomen’s June 10th event. RSVP below!

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For more information about Daron’s work visit:

http://athomeinyourlife.com
http://about.me/daronlarson

http://awarerightnow.com

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