Finding Heaven Through my Own Hell – Liz La Force – Ibiza

A Strong Intuition and Ability to Heal – Liz La Force – Ibiza

When does one start to awaken…the moment we are born or the moment we realize we are not what we think we are. Our body, our mind, our emotion, our personality.

For me this moment came quite early at the age of 10 I already started to ask my mother about the purpose of life here on earth. An answer she at that moment could not provide me.

An answer I would start to search for from age 24 when I totally collapsed and was bed bound for two years. A blessing in disguise as many traumatic and/or life changing experiences often are.

Since nobody could heal me, although I tried almost every medicine, both regular and alternative, I was “forced” to heal myself. And so I did. It took me 13 years to heal my illness. A wonderful journey back to my true self.

It was a interesting journey. Which taught me a huge lesson. As a light worker I am very fond, like many of us, of the light. But I learnt along the way that we are both light and dark. And to truly heal or become whole again, we need to look into the face of our demons. Which is not always easy, but very worthwhile. Since they are there it is good to know, understand and learn how to love them. So they can start to work for you instead of against you. You meaning your true self.

Along the way I reconnected with my healing gifts. I learnt how to use and deepen them. Mostly by inner guidance and sometimes through spiritual masters that I met.

After a world travel I was guided to Ibiza in 2014, a small island in the mediterean sea. And have been working on and from this magical island .

My life has even more expanded since then. It is all about being able to open our heart to receive the gifts life is offering us. Day in day out. No exceptions. We just need to recognize the gifts. Because sometimes they come in a package that is different than we expected.

Since my life is so much overflowing with gifts it feels only natural to share them with others. And I am very happy to be able to do so on a daily basis. With love, gratitude and dedication I go further on my journey. Knowing that there is still so much more to experience.

About the Author

Liz has been born with a strong intuition and ability to heal. She has learnt to communicate with body, mind and soul. Through this attunement she is able to understand the processes that are going on in a human or organization. And can guide them towards their authentic true self.

She has learnt most by experience, but has also a degree in business economics, Chinese medicine, divers healing methods, and teaching. Nowadays her work is mainly focused on teaching. With her new company Get Real she organizes retreats, and workshops. For business, adults, kids and parents and lovers.

More info at www.getrealinbusiness.com or www.lizlaforce.com

To contact Liz:

Facebook: Liz La Force
Twitter: @lizlaforce

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Why Your Story Matters – Suzie Lightfoot – Australia

Why Your Story Matters – Suzie Lightfoot – Australia

Let me just start by saying, I love being a woman, and I love what I do! However, everyone knows that being a woman in business doesn’t come without its challenges!

I believe everything that happens in our life we can learn and prosper from. Even heartbreak, loss and failure. Every challenge or moment of adversity gives an elevation of thought and tests your passion. They shape us into who we are today. In fact, interpreting your experiences with adversity and failure can be an exciting way to change your future.

My journey started as an elite athlete at the Australia Institute of Sport, where I learned the foundations of leadership, personal drive, focus and the power of self-confidence and visualisation. Now I share these success rituals with other women so that they can achieve extraordinary goals too.

I’ve enjoyed success as a model, media personality, brand ambassador and businesswomen and for the past 25 years, I’ve worked with industry leaders in media, PR, marketing and brand leadership. I’ve also worked with some of the biggest names in fashion, learning first-hand how a simple piece of fabric can empower a person and alter people’s perceptions.

But it hasn’t always been a smooth road to success. As a single mum and business woman for over 20 years, I had certainly experienced extreme highs and terrible lows, including two broken marriages, brushes with depression, workplace bullying and sexual harassment at a time when my life and ‘public’ image appeared perfect from the outside. These experiences, although so painful, emotionally exhausting and challenging at the time, ultimately laid the foundations for my new business and success I have achieved today.

For me, my biggest aha moment was when I turned 50. After fighting back from years of feeling invisible and insecure, I finally got the courage to quit my job and back myself in my new business! I had found a niche that I deeply connected and resonated with. Helping other professional women in their 40’s turn their life experiences into powerful personal brands so that they have more choices, attract more opportunities and can be more financially secure. It’s a role that I love, I am passionate about, and is a natural extension of who I am and all that I’ve accomplished in my career.

I believe that acknowledging your personal story and journey is so important in your plan for success. So many of us look back at moments in our lives and wonder how on earth did we managed to be so fearless in our pursuit of success. When we’re young, we naturally feel invincible, but that can fade as we age. We find that we no longer fit into the ‘square’ we are in and we have a growing fear for financial security. We also lack the courage to put ourselves ‘out there’ in today’s professional landscape, that values youthful dewy complexions over experience and know-how.

Taking a moment to look back on your story and all that you have achieved and experienced in life, personally and professionally, can help you to re-boot your self- confidence. It changes your perspective and transforms the way that you view yourself today. Your personal journey is all part of your unique story! It’s your foundation that shapes and defines your true values and beliefs and is the corner stone of building your authentic personal brand. Your personal brand is your unique real-world fingerprint and digital footprint. All will recognise it. No-one will replicate it.

Shifting your mindset and attitude can make all the difference when you’re faced with failure, loss of confidence, or challenging moments in both life and business. In fact, the one thing that all successful people have in common is the ability to refresh and reboot their mindset and to power on and turn their biggest failures into their greatest success.

Highs and lows are all part of your journey to success. They make you more resilient, determined and strong. In fact, failure is not the end, it’s just the beginning!

Today,  I am on a mission to change the conversation about women and aging in the workplace. I am driven to help other professional women walk into a room and just own it. No apologies, no hiding, no holding back. I believe in speaking the truth about who you really are. Success is a choice. The future is ahead of you. You can be whatever you want to be!

About the Author

Suzie Lightfoot is a Mother, Business Owner, Media Personality, Fashion Identity, Key Note Speaker, Personal Brand Expert, who understands the complexities of what it takes to make it to the top as a professional woman in her 40’s.

After 25 years in the corporate world as a business owner, brand ambassador, top international model and professional athlete, Suzie has the real-life ‘know how’ to help other professional women package themselves to get to the top.

Suzie helps professional women develop strong Personal Brands that re-energize them and position them as leaders in both life and business so that they can have more choices, more opportunities and more financial security.

If you would like to attend the Women Leading Business Masterclass on April 21, Suzie is offering Inspiring Women Today readers 30% off the full price ticket using her unique discount code SUZIEVIP. Book now to reserve your seat. Limited offer.

Please click on this link and start finding and activating your personal brand:
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To contact Suzie:

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LinkedIn: Suzie Lightfoot

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A New Adventure – Justine Asher – South Africa

A New Adventure – Justine Asher – South Africa

At the age of 18, freshly out of high school my modelling career was blossoming and the dream of travelling to exotic locations across the world was at my fingertips. Now that my school days were behind me I was seduced by a sense of wanderlust and had the world at my feet.

I travelled from my hometown in Cape Town to Johannesburg, to join a top agency and shortly before landing a modelling contract in Milan I suffered a chronic spinal cord injury as a result of a car accident. I recall lying in hospital when I received the news and felt a deep sense of disappointment. I don’t think the reality of my situation had quite set in.

Everything I had taken for granted became impossible, even the easiest of tasks such as scratching my head or feeding myself. I was told by the doctors that I would never walk again. Those words never quite resonated with me. During my months in hospital rehab I regained the use of my arms, and some use of my hands, but never regained my ability to walk again, remaining paralysed from my chest down with limited use of my hands.

I never gave up dreaming, hoping and desiring, but rather shifted my focus on all I could do and the impossible become my challenge.

Looking back, I marvel at what my life has become, I am now a mother of two teenage daughters and happily married for 18 years. My husband and I run a successful real estate company. I have had the wonderful experience of diving and excavating wrecks and I have swum alongside sharks in the Waterfront Aquarium.

When I turned 41, I decided to embark on a new adventure after a friend introduced me to para-cycling, just for the challenge and excitement of trying something new.

I use to love running and enjoyed the fresh air and being active out in nature and cycling came pretty much close to it. I loved the freedom and the feeling of the wind on my skin and being out on my bike with no limitations. Starting with only completing 4 km’s, a ride to the beach and back, my first little hill felt like Mount Everest. Determined to push more and challenging myself each day to push further and take on bigger climbs and more challenging rides, eventually after persevering and lots of hard training, I was cycling 50 kms and climbing over 700m.

After joining Maties para-sports club, I entered Nationals and was fortunate to make the SA Para-cycling team and have now been cycling competitively on the international circuit for 4 years.

In 2014 after winning numerous sports awards including the prestigious SA Sportswoman of the Year with a Disability which was a great honour and privilege, I won the world champion title in both the road race and time trial in 2015. In 2016 I was selected to represent my country at the Paralympics in Rio.

My life has been and continues to be an amazing adventure, from travelling the globe to looking to some more exciting adventures. I feel immense gratitude and a wonderful sense of achievement and not for a moment do I live in regret, but rather live each day as if it were my last.

I am fortunate to be blessed with a wonderful family and friends and every day is a new day worth celebrating. My proudest moments are when I see my children following their passions with purpose and never losing their sense of self-esteem and I hope that I have been successful at leading by example.

About the Author

Justine Asher is Wife, Mother, Artist, Dreamer, and Para-Cyclist double world champion. She and her husband own a real estate company specialising in residential sales and rentals. She began para-cycling 2 years ago. Prior to cycling, she swam 2km a day at the Virgin Active in order to maintain her health and fitness.

“Never, in my 25 years of being a quadriplegic, have I experienced such challenge, freedom and reward as I have in para-cycling.”

Justine hopes to inspire other women to take up para-cycling by creating awareness and bringing some exposure to the sport.

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Living Life Positively Courageous, with Femininity & Style! – Deborah Johnston – Australia

Living Life Positively Courageous, with Femininity & Style!  – Deborah Johnston – Australia

After a diagnosis of terminal abdominal cancer in 2005 and being told by my Oncologist I had to “get my things in order”, as I only had 6 months to live, I am sitting here writing this article for you, 11 years later in 2017, feeling very alive and well and reflecting on everything that I went through to lead me to this point.
When you get news as shattering as that, it changes your perspective on life forever, it rocks you to your core being, and nothing is ever the same after that.

I was carrying a very heavy load of grief, after a Miscarriage, a failed Romance, losing both Parents to Cancer, and dealing with bullying in the workplace, and Retrenchment from my Corporate Job in Recruitment.

So, how did I get through all of that you may be wondering? Honestly, sometimes I ask myself the very same question. Sometimes I shake my head in disbelief that I am still here living and breathing to tell my story. Sometimes I pinch myself, sometimes it feels surreal.

In basic terms, I simply said NO to Chemotherapy & Radiation – it was that simple. I carefully chose a Natural approach to getting well and positive results came my way. I was well informed and with the support of my wonderful GP, I did my Research on my options to heal myself naturally – so that’s what I did.

From a mindset perspective, my healing involved learning to dig very deeply inside myself to find the courage and hope to keep on going. Opening up my self-awareness, and owning it, was so cathartic and it worked tenfold.

By journaling and meditating and asking for a “Medical Miracle” and doing all sorts of things I loved, to raise my spirit and self-belief and self-esteem. The most cathartic turning point for me to let go of my painful past and choose to “change”, came when I began studying Human Behaviour and NLP-Neuro Linguistic Programming and surrounding myself with positive like-minded people and successful Entrepreneurs and Mentors. Who to this day still encourage and support my quest to inspire people with my story, and beyond that with my Mentoring Business and being a Guest Speaker at Events.

Gaining a Masters in NLP & Neurological Re-Patterning– was certainly the most empowering thing I have ever done and certainly the most profound and effective method I have ever come across to heal at a deep Neurological level. Which I share with my Mentoring Clients and in my Workshops and Retreats.

I feel it is my quest and purpose in life now, to inspire women, and I am smiling widely with gratitude to be alive and breathing, and being able to share my story with you!

I am thrilled to say I am currently writing my first Book, “Absolutely Courageous” – 10 Steps To Finding Courage When You Are Stretched To Your Limits – which will be Published later in 2017. A goal I have had for over 20 years is coming to fruition!

Having goals and ambition and knowing what your passions are in life, and following them are very important aspects to know about yourself. I learned this early on in life from my inspiring Mother who had a very successful Business when I was a Teenager. It propels you forward into the future, and paves the way to manifest what you really want from your precious life!

Gratitude is something I practise daily, its a powerful force to be reckoned with, lean into it, embrace it easily by being grateful for what you do have. Gratitude will shift your mood – practise Gratitude daily and repeat every morning, and notice how your life changes.

Mine has! Your’s can too!

Life is for Living Positively Courageous, Feminine & Stylish!

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About the Author

Deborah Johnston is a Well Being Mentor, Entrepreneur, Conquerer of Cancer, Published Co-Author and at present is also writing her very first Book, all about getting and having Courage! These days after learning many cathartic things about life, she has an innate calling, and feel it is her soul duty and purpose to work with women, as their personal confidante` Mentor, passing on and sharing what she knows about life, in all of its textures, colours, challenges and joys!

Working with women, just like you, who have a deep yearning to achieve “more” from life! Guiding you, step by step to create the life that you SO deserve to have, the life that you want SO badly, that NEW YOU that wants to make some changes!

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LinkedIn: Deborah Johnston Well Being Mentor | Speaker | Author | Retreat Planning Specialist

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Be True To Yourself – Ana Pristopan – Romania

Be True To Yourself – Ana Pristopan – Romania

When I have decided to leave my home, I have decided to do it for my children. I wanted a better life for them and myself. I have never thought of leaving my home country for 39 years. After a difficult marriage break I made a decision to leave everything behind, even though I was running a very successful business for more then 11 years. I have built that business from scratch selling first from a garage then turn it into a wholesale deposit. There is nothing that is more frightening and more challenging than to leave all you know for the fearful of the unknown.

It was the night of 5th of February 2000 that everything changed…
I left Romania and my 2 children behind in my parent’s care to go and live in New Zealand. A country I have chosen just pointing my finger on the map saying I am going there in the end the world. I had only $400 in my pocket after a bad divorce in which everything was taken from me and did not know anybody in NZ. It would be too risky to take my children with me and expose them to the unknown. It was the hardest decision that I had to make. But I knew and trusted that everything will be ok and I will see them soon. And I am so happy I did…

I cannot not even describe the fear and tears that has been inside my heart on the plane ride. I was holding my prayer book all the time and prayed, cried and prayed…for 33 hours… God gave me the power to believe that I did the right choice and one day I will see my children again. I believed that this was for the greater good that my children knew how much I adore them and that one-day this day would come, the day that we could all be together again.

I struggled to find a job but found a lovely Hungarian family who took me under their wings and looked after me until I found a job. I was and still am very blessed and lucky. Beside the nanny jobs, I was doing cleaning jobs and living in a stranger’s home looking after 3 children.

The small offerings that a strange family have given me, slowly felt like home, it had to, because for my two beautiful children that I left behind, I must power through with hope that one day they will be beside me.

I’ve dreamed every night that this will lead to bigger and better things. Perseverance is what pays, it pays to dream, even if reality never paid as much.

It became harder and harder to accept that a paycheck from someone else for doing their dirty housework was enough, so I’ve set my foot to do something that will one day allow me to become the person I am today.

I got my dream job that allowed me to show the world my personality, to speak to those that were prepared to pay the big bucks for my hope. I have dreamed to get into management and one day to run successfully my own business. And I did…

Today, this is the journey of the woman who is running very successfully her own franchise, this is the journey of a single mum ready to take on the world to prove she can make those dreams (from the granny flat of some rich persons home) come true.

Along the journey there were obstacles, and boy were they tough. Not only that I could not see my children growing older, but they also needed my support. This came to me effortlessly cause they were the sunshine of my life and gave me strengths not to give up.

My sweet parents taught me well, they have held my back and pushed me forward enough times to realize what my heart desired, and I went for it.

A few people have tried to hold me back, but they have all failed. “Because nothing has power over you unless you let it, absolutely nothing”. I was a new immigrant with a funny accent and with a difficult surname (one of my bosses even asked me to change my name if I want to work there and be successful). I’ve decided I don’t need to…and left. An immigrant who knew only one person in NZ and wanted to work in real estate, so she had to work very hard cause she was grateful that she could be there to start a new life with her children. That’s what kept me going.

It is a treasure to be true to yourself in today’s world, because putting on a brave face is not so easy. Even as life went on and even with those that held me back I’ve made a beautiful decision.
I am very grateful to all the people from NZ and to a country, which allowed me to change to have a fresh new life and to see my children after 2 years. I am so blessed. Thank you New Zealand!

When you get a letter like this from your children, you know that you did a good job and I am so proud and speechless:

…”To this day your sacrifices, your struggles and your pain have made you the beautiful person you were destined to be. They have allowed us to call you MUM.

Now our dear MUM, that is a title. It may not come with gold medals and it may not pay the bills, but it is eternal.

If at any time your journey comes to a hold and you must once again sacrifice, remember all that has lead you to get to this day and remember that we are here.

The promise of tomorrow will never be, but the promise of our love and compassion will always hold you up, that we promise you.

We have always wondered what we did to deserve you, but I guess that will forever be a mystery, an unsolved puzzle that is a sight for sore eyes.

The definition of love and trust came through your touch from the moment we were born, so we thank you for all that you have gone through and all that you will go through.
For giving us life and giving us love we cannot repay you, but we will promise to forever make you proud for making the decision to be our inspiring mother.

Your grace and prosperity will forever shine in our hearts!
WE LOVE YOU MUM” (Vanessa and Sebastian Pristopan)

About the Author

Ana is well known for her good sense of humour, friendly nature and she makes a positive impression on everyone she meets. Her people skills are exceptional and are a major contributor to her success in real estate. She is a fully licensed real estate agent, studying towards a Diploma in Business and Management. With more than 20 years’ experience in management and sales, Ana is passionate and truly committed to maximising the value of her clients’ real estate assets through superior customer service. As an ex sales manager and a licensee agent, she utilises and passes on her skills, knowledge and success to the people she works with. Ana began her selling career in Europe 30-years-ago. There she gained a Bachelor of Commerce and ran her own business for more than 11 years. Because Ana has been self-employed, she is well organised, self-motivated and sets high standards of professional service. Always striving for perfection, Ana doesn’t tolerate mistakes in a relationship and is known for her high standards of professional service, negotiating skills, integrity and enthusiasm. Perseverance and focus are crucial for Ana – she never gives up and is with you every step of the way.

To contact Ana:
Email: apristopan@gmail.com
LinkedIn: Ana Pristopan B.Com AREINZ

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Push Past Your Limits – Pauleanna Reid – Canada

Push Past Your Limits – Pauleanna Reid – Canada

If you had told my teenaged self that I would be a mentor, motivational speaker, best-selling author and multi-business owner before the age of 30, I wouldn’t have believed you. The journey to becoming the woman I am now—a woman who goes after she wants and won’t take no for an answer—has been anything but easy.

My adolescence was marked by bullying, low self-esteem and unhappiness. I found solace in writing. I eventually realized it could be a career for me. But I was failing English and my teachers told me it would never happen. My parents push me to choose a “safe” career. I was surrounded by naysayers.

So I went to college for a program chosen by my parents. I was deeply unhappy with my life. I hated school, I hated my program, and I hated that I was only sticking through it because it was what other people expected for me. I fell into a deep depression, barely able to hold it together. On the day of my final exam—the only thing standing between me and graduation—I stood up, tore up my test paper, walked out of the exam room and never looked back.

It was the most terrifying thing I’ve ever done, but it was my moment of liberation. I sought help for my depression and found mentors who guided me in developing my career as a nationally-published journalist. By the age of 22, I had bylines in major news publications across Canada. I had established the same career my naysayers had told me I could never have.

A few years later, I fulfilled another dream of mine, penning my first novel, “Everything I Couldn’t Tell My Mother.” Writing my novel was really an act of catharsis for me. I saw it as an opportunity to address that emotional baggage I’d been carrying and begin my healing process. My book also helped me to start a real conversation with my mother and tell her the secrets I’d been holding in for years. But “Everything I Couldn’t Tell My Mother” was also for all the women who could understand where I’d been. I wanted to give them a story that would empower them as much as it empowered me.

That’s my ultimate goal in everything I do. I want to always be able to give others the opportunity to see beyond the limits of their circumstances. That’s why my proudest accomplishment to date is New Girl on the Block, a mentorship program for millennial women in transition. I started the mentorship program two years ago in collaboration with my business partner, Safia Bartholomew. Together, we’ve helped over 100 mentees in six countries take their distant dreams and turn them into noteworthy achievements.

It’s truly the greatest contribution I could make with my life. To be able to work directly with other young people and offer them the support and guidance to help them see that ‘impossible is nothing’ is the fuel that keeps me going every day. It’s what gets me out of bed at 4:30 every morning. It’s what allows me to own and operate three businesses and work a full-time job I love.

H.D. Thoreau once said, “If a person advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and lives life fully, then he will find success in unexpected hours.” I live by this. Regardless of the limitations I face or the naysayers that try to discourage me, I always keep pushing for what I want. It’s something that I encourage every woman to do; proceed without permission, push past your limits, and forget the haters.

About the Author

Pauleanna Reid is a Motivational Speaker, Millennial Mentor, Celebrity/CEO Ghostwriter and critically acclaimed Author of her fiction novel, “Everything I Couldn’t Tell My Mother”. Through a whirlwind of inspirational lectures, round table discussions and media appearances she positively influences, challenges and reconnects youth with their passions. Pauleanna uses incredible wit and candor to empower women and girls.

To contact Pauleanna
Website: http://www.pauleannareid.com/
Email: pauleanna@pauleannareid.com

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Why 1000 Self Help Books Won’t Set Women Fully Free. Discover the MAZ Factor – Maz Schirmer – Australia

Why 1000 Self Help Books Won’t Set Women Fully Free. Discover the MAZ Factor – Maz Schirmer – Australia

I WAS WORTH AS MUCH AS THE CHEWING GUM BENEATH THE SHOES OF MEN.

That was the level of my self-worthiness that caused my life for 3 decades to be of terror, torment and turbulence. I’m not just talking about the rape, injustice and abuse by men that led to myself and my 4 little kids having to go live in hiding for more than 400 days. I’m talking about the self-inflicted abuse upon myself because of my lack of self-worth.

I was simply living my mother’s and her mother’s life, not to mention 1 of my daughters experienced the same. What’s the chances of not just having 4 generations of women with guns at our heads in my family by men, but for myself, by several men. DV and child sexual abuse was rampant in my genes. I knew it was a pattern when my own 3 daughters were molested, yet I was going to be the one who NEVER let that happen to my kids. Well merely wanting to be a change maker is not enough, in fact the full on focus of that subject is what kept the pattern alive.

Well the mind image I produced by ‘not’ wanting my kids to experience abuse meant my image was of my kids being abused. The writing was on the wall and I had no idea i was a life creation artist. I had no idea the power of my own mind and how our mind images create our reality.

Suppression issues that currently show up as ‘not good enough’, anxiety, depression and self-loathing (sometimes disguised with a confidence mask) are not just ours, we inherited them, or at least the pre-disposition for events to occur to us that sustain our own suppression.

I finally told myself that I’d start a new life by blacking out my past. Well I blacked out alright, on the floor in a phone box while fleeing yet again into emergency housing, when I woke up from my first ever epileptic fit. In that ‘bleep’ moment when I first awoke, before my beliefs, conditioning and past memories caught up with me, was this moment of pure clarity that triggered a decision that went on to shape the rest of my life.

I saw it was MY responsibility to break this cycle because we were lucky to be alive and wouldn’t be if I kept making similar choices. I really turned my life around on a dime because of that bleep moment!

I went from an unemployed check out ‘chick’ single mother of 4 on the sole parent pension, living in emergency housing without a passport, to becoming the number 1 women’s business leader of other women in business, within 10 countries after being told it couldn’t be done. I broke Aussie 43 year records that I still own today.

Well that was well and good, but after a decade and a half of living the 5 star life, cruising the world on Moet, taking 26 overseas trips (in just 14 years), I can tell you that money is great, but it is not soul fulfilling when you see the statistics first hand of the numbers that fail compared to the numbers who succeed to their own definition of success as entrepreneurs.

I decided to focus on creating a REAL solution that would stop so many women feeling life failures at business and life.

I realised that in business we were ALL teaching processes that made me secretly feel like I was a fraud, a fluke and ashamed because I was NOT consistent. I DIDN’T plan my work and work my plan, I didn’t even set goals, therefore I wasn’t practicing what I was preaching. I was teaching these strategies because I was taught to by the ‘GREATS’ who said that’s how it’s done. Luckily for 1 in 5 these strategies worked well, but not for the 4/5.

I’d stumbled on the WOMAN’S success formula and didn’t know it. After all every self-help book said that’s the way to achieve success so who was I to speak otherwise.

One day it dawned on me. Why am I listening to these men (male company managers, male guru’s and male authors of the biggest selling self-help books and seminars) tell me how to do it when I had years and years of EVIDENCE saying OTHERWISE.

That was my second LIFE DEFINING MOMENT. That’s what led me to launch the INSTITUTE OF WOMEN INTERNATIONAL and formulate Creatrix®, a woman’s breakthrough process that breaks the cycle of suppression.

My mission now is to SET 10 MILLION WOMEN’S HEARTS AND MINDS FREE.

We are the solution we’ve been waiting for. We know what’s good for us and need to trust that! We can achieve ANYTHING when we break the cycle.

Written by Maz (Marilyn) Schirmer

About the Author

Maz is an expert in the psychology of Women’s Success, an author of The MAZ Factor, Founder of Institute of Women International, Innovator of Creatrix® and Head Trainer and Licensor of Creatrix® Facilitators in 6 countries and expanding rapidly. She is a mother of 4 and a Nana of 9 living in Sunshine Coast, Australia. She’s a woman on a mission with a passion and a vision to release suppression from an entire gender.

To Contact Maz (as she is affectionately referred to)

Email address: maz@instituteofwomen.com
Website:  www.mazschirmer.com.au

Find Maz on Facebook: www.facebook.com/instituteofwomen

Learn all about the Creatrix® Facilitator Program!
Click on this link: https://instituteofwomen.clickfunnels.com/everything-you-need-to-know-creatrix  

Nikki Taylor personally thanks Maz Schirmer for sharing her inspiring story today with us on Inspiring Women Today by Nikki Taylor.  Should you too wish to share your very own inspirational journey/story please email nikki@inspiringwomentoday.biz and our editorial guidelines will be sent to you.

Get Inspired to Eat and Live Well – Marni Wasserman – Canada

Get Inspired to Eat and Live Well – Marni Wasserman – Canada

To put it as simply as possible, I love to eat and live well. More than anything I love to share my passion and knowledge to live the healthiest life possible.

As cliché as that sounds, it’s true. This drive to make “the world” a healthier place started with a foundation in the area of kinesiology and health sciences. I then became a personal trainer and after talking to people about how to eat for optimal health, I realized this wasn’t enough. People needed to learn and see what was involved in taking control of their health.

The only logical next step for me at this time was to attend school for holistic nutrition and then culinary school. These two programs fueled my desire to start teaching my own cooking classes. There was a demand for people to learn how to make and prepare their own foods at home and I saw that need and I wanted to be that person.

When I first started, I didn’t have a plan or the know how to run a business I just knew I wanted to get as many people “healthy” as possible. So in the kitchen of my parent’s home, my little cooking class business began. I started doing weekly health focused cooking classes; I led retreats, hosted events and started to circulate around my city and others to facilitate talks, workshops and cooking demonstrations. I was in my element. I not only got to share my passion for health and nutrition but I got to show people how to do it.

I was on to something, my classes were full and there was a request for more, I had to go bigger. I outgrew my parent’s home and I decided to open up my own brick and mortar Food Studio. At the same time, I had two book deals; Plant-Based Diet and Fermenting for Dummies with very short deadlines. Not to mention while this was all happening I was going through a divorce.

This massive shift in my personal life motivated me to create the best food studio that I could have possibly imagined. So I did it. I built a high end beautiful kitchen from scratch which became a hub to connect people through food. I succeeded. It was my dream come true. However, just like any dream, it must come to an end as a new one begins to take its place.

I am actually just in the middle of letting my food studio go. I have outgrown it and ready to escalate my abilities to more than just teach cooking classes. I am ready to reach people on a global level. With the experience that I have in building communities and transforming people’s health through food, I am ready to apply this knowledge in new and exciting ways. I have come to learn that health is more than just what goes into your mouth, it’s your lifestyle, the people you associate with and the choices you make day to day.

Shortly after opening up the studio, I met my now partner Jesse Chappus. In contrast to my previous relationship, this guy was like the male version of me. Sharing all my same passions, morals and values about life and health. It was inevitable we would create something together – thus the birth of The Ultimate Health Podcast which we now co-host together.

What first started out as a “side” project has now grown into a full time business. Jesse, once a chiropractor has now left his practice for the upward swing of the podcast.

The podcast is more than a weekly health show; it is a community and collection of people looking to inspire and be inspired. With the show reaching over a million people we have the chance to get a message out about health and wellness in a practical, fun and helpful way. With guests such as Dr Mark Hyman, Gretchen Rubin, Arianna Huffington and Deepak Chopra we cover a wide range of topics allowing the listener to come to their own conclusions without pushing any agenda.

I am excited to see what comes of this new transition in my life. One thing I have learned is that it is so important to stay open minded, as you never what will come at you. Life is a set of experiences that help us to grow, evolve and expand. Just stay clear on your initial goals and you will get to where you want to go, just not always in a linear way.

To contact Marni:

Instagram and Twitter: @marniwasserman
Web: www.marniwasserman.com

About the Author

Simply said, Marni Wasserman’s life is rooted in healthy living. Culinary Nutritionist, Health Strategist, Co-Host of The Ultimate Health Podcast and founder of Marni Wasserman’s Food Studio & Lifestyle Shop located in midtown Toronto. She is also the Author of Fermenting for Dummies and Plant-Based Diet For Dummies . Marni has also made several media appearances on Breakfast Television, Global News, CBC, CHCH and Newstalk 1010 and has articles in the National Post, Toronto Star, Huffington Post and Chatelaine Magazine. Marni uses passion and experience to educate individuals on how to adopt a realistic real food diet and a balanced wholesome lifestyle through simple strategies.

Nikki Taylor personally thanks Marni Wasserman for sharing her inspiring story today with us on Inspiring Women Today by Nikki Taylor.  Should you too wish to share your very own inspirational journey/story please email nikki@inspiringwomentoday.biz and our editorial guidelines will be sent to you.

Drs. Nikolien Martina-Doorenbos – Moms and More – Netherlands

Drs. Nikolien Martina-Doorenbos – Moms and More – Netherlands

In this day and age, we – as women- often forget to trust our gut feeling, our instinct, our intuition. We take decisions based on our ratio, our thoughts. We decide only after we carefully considered all pro’s and con’s, and frequently are rejecting the wisdom of our inner voice.

I was one of those women. Having an academic background, over the years I de-learned to listen to my heart and followed my head instead. Until Emilia, my first-born, joined our lives. I noticed that when I was pregnant all the attention and care went to me, the mom-to-be. However, after birth all eyes were on the baby. And me? I did not know how to manage this big change in life, missed (professional) support and unbiased acknowledgement. I felt lonely, guilty and disappointed, lacking fulfilment and purpose in my life. (Later I learned that I was not the only one, and that 90% of the new moms are overwhelmed and find it hard to adjust). And whether it was due to the hormonal rollercoaster or the fact that I was confronted with leaving a legacy and the fragility of life, I felt the urge to start coaching other moms. Even though I was full-time headhunter at one of the most prestige executive search firms in the world and just had a baby. However, that drive was so strong and intense that I could not neglect it. And even though I was coaching in the evenings and in the weekends next to my regular working hours as headhunter, I just had to do this.

Fast forward to end 2015… My coaching business had grown and I developed into a recognised full-time coach for moms. However, I was not satisfied with the results I got. Yes  I gave women insight and helped them change, but I felt that insights were just not good enough, that the change was not long lasting enough. I missed a superior coaching method for females, breaking women through fast, painless, and for good. As I didn’t want to leave my kids behind in order to be a regular coach, I wanted to be an extraordinary one. A coach where people would say: Nikolien you’ve changed my life!

And I was wondering: how come that with all those coaches and therapists around, and with all those self-help books, methods, programmes and challenges available, still women become stuck and stay stuck? That meant perhaps that the methods used were not good enough? That it was not us failing the method, but that the method failed us?

I made a wish list of all the things I needed and wanted in a modality in order to be an outstanding coach, just for my own reflection I thought. But several days later I suddenly felt a strong urge, a deep inner push to post this list online in a group of female entrepreneurs. With the question if someone knew something that would match with this list. And you must know that this group has thousands of members. I got one reply on my question from a woman all the way on the other side of the world, in Australia (and mind you due to time differences, it was really a “coincidence”: one hour earlier or later, and she hadn’t seen the post). This woman directed me to the Institute of Women International and the Creatrix® method. I did my research, and Oh my, it ticked all boxes! I went on a Skype call with Maz Schirmer, owner of Institute of Women International, and within one (1!) hour I decided to travel all the way to Australia and follow the Creatrix® Facilitator and Woman’s Transformologist® training. If you would look at this from a rational viewpoint I would be crazy: leaving a baby and a small child behind for over 3 weeks, travel to the other side of the world for a method and a company I did not have any experience with at all, nor did anyone in Europe has. Investing heavily in the unknown.

However I trusted my instinct, my intuition, my gut feeling. I followed my heart. And that has thrown me into the most amazing journey of my life: I became the first Creatrix® Facilitator and Woman’s Transformologist® in Europe and are about to become the first Institute of Women International trainer too. I get to meet so many inspiring women all across the globe, and can be of true and meaningful value by not only changing, but truly saving women’s lives. And most importantly: I learned to really trust female intuition and by just following your heart – even though it goes against all odds-  will give you miracles!

About the Author

Nikolien is the founder and director of Moms&More in The Netherlands​.​ She makes ambitious moms happy ag​ain​ with themselves and their lives. So women can do that what makes them most happy and at the same time experience harmony in work and life. Nikolien is mom of daughter Emilia and son Alessio. She knows how life is as ambitio​u​s mom juggling with all balls (and occasionally drop one). She is allergic to complainants, victims and empty glasses​.​ She loves chocolate, wine and chicklits. Nikolien is the very first Creatrix® Facilitator and Woman’s Transformologist® in Europe, certified the the Australian Institute of Women International. Furthermore, she is certified NLP Master Practitioner, certified DISC tr​ain​er, and completed se​vera​l courses aimed at women’s health, personal and intuitive development. She is a respected speaker and author of the book “Juggling Kids and a Career, A Practical Guide for Working Mothers​”.

To contact Drs. Nikolien Martina-Doorenbos
Website: www.momsandmore.nl
Email: nikolien@momsandmore.nl

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Blonde Roots – Narelle Warcon – Australia

Blonde Roots – Narelle Warcon – Australia

My name is Narelle Warcon and I wrote a book… My autobiography, I want to help others to become empowered by speaking up about abuse…

It’s hoped that women worldwide will open up more about abuse as they are able to share their stories knowing that one women has spoken out about her abuse through her very raw and real book.

I have shared my story in a very raw and real way, so that women worldwide are able to find hope amongst the pages. The title ‘Blonde Roots’ One Women’s triumph over Five Lifetimes Of Pain, takes you on a journey… my journey around abuse and how I struggled with not knowing some very sad things that had happened to me at a younger age…

It has been a long, emotional journey. Writing my book has allowed me to release the pain and hurt kept in by never sharing some of my stories with anyone.
By sharing my stories I hope it will enable others who have suffered or are still suffering abuse to come out and share their stories too.
It is time for change, as the usual methods of dealing with these abuse victims are not working.
Traditional ways of band-aiding the problem is not working and we need to get to the core problems before we can truly see change.

This is why it is so important to share, deep inner sharing about the abuse we have suffered through.

Only then can we begin to move forward.

I suffered physical, sexual and mental abuse, I suffered:

• Losing my virginity at the age of 13yrs old to a 28yr old man on the way to school.
• Raped at the age of 14yrs by two men out in the bush
• Mental abuse in most of my relationships
• Physical abuse at the hands of a drug addict
• Violated many times as a teenager
• Only finding out 10yrs ago that she had been violated at the age of two.
• Physical abnormality that left me with a five per cent chance of falling pregnant
• Falling pregnant three times and giving birth to very premature babies due to her abnormality
• Married and divorced twice

I struggled to write the book on every level, especially emotionally.
But I felt it needed to be done, to help me deal with the issues and also help others facing similar abuse.
I am having a huge reaction to the book from women who are amazed that I survived so much, and that I am still here to tell the story.
I hope I can be that shining light for other abuse victims, that hand to hold, that ear to listen and above all an inspiration that because I have spoken out, they can too.

Together we can be united in bringing about change, together we can build trust and unity with communities so that not only are we changing our lives but we are empowering our children so as these changes will be echoed through the generations.

My book ‘Blonde Roots’ is available from www.narellewarcon.com or available through Amazon.com and in the near future bookstores.

Moving forward – After Open Heart surgery in 2015 it became very clear to me that my heart’s desire is to travel and share my journey/stories with others throughout Australia, and even maybe one day internationally, so that it can bring about more awareness within our communities… Perhaps I will be visiting in a place near you… A coffee, a chat and a signed copy of my book, with proceeds going toward adventuring into the next town or city to make more new friends and share together in love and kindness.
To begin to heal one must look inside and begin to truly love the person they are and to be able to do this we need lots of good support around us… Seek out those who make you feel good, those who see the positives in you and are there for you when the tears fall. Together we can make a difference. I look forward to being of service, that even if my story only helps one woman or child to not have to suffer as I did… then my past has not been in vain.

About the Author

Narelle Warcon’s life has been a monumental struggle, but she has now found her inner peace. Having cried a million tears and spent years soul searching, praying and learning to love herself again, Narelle has come to realise her life purpose is to assist other women who have been in, or are still trapped in, abusive relationships, just as she once was.

Narelle lives in sunny Queensland with her three wonderful children and is so grateful for the love and support of her family and friends. She has the utmost love for all who enter her life as she knows each of us has a story… a journey.
She feels amazingly blessed.

“Sometimes all you really need is a hand to hold, an ear to listen and a heart to understand.”
www.narellewarcon.com

To contact Narelle:

Web: www.narellewarcon.com

Email: narelle@narellewarcon.com

Follow Narelle on Facebook.

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