September’s Book To Live By

Is depression a medical issue? Or is it a crisis of the soul?

The Women on Fire Book To Live By selection for September takes a unique perspective on society’s epidemic of emotional suffering and the way it is treated.

It is my pleasure to announce our choice is the latest book from my friend and mentor Marianne Williamson:

Tears to Triumph: The Spiritual Journey from Suffering to Enlightenment

Tears to Triumph: The Spiritual Journey from Suffering to Enlightenment by Marianne Williamson.

This groundbreaking offering by one of our best-selling authors and most profound thinkers changes the conversation.

With the compassion and wisdom expected of one of our great spiritual teachers, Marianne challenges the way we understand depression.

Life comes with heartbreaking losses, difficult relationships, and crushing failures.

Rather than accepting grief as a natural part of the human experience, we often treat it like a disease. We numb it with medication.

Marianne shines a light on our spiritual ills, showing us how to embrace the pain and learn its lessons. In doing so, we can experience growth and find deeper inner peace.

Using insights from A Course in Miracles, Marianne helps us to see the miraculous universe around and within us. She offers hope and comfort, including prayers that are life-changing.

Tears to Triumph is available from Amazon and in bookstores everywhere. I highly recommend it – and all books by Marianne Williamson.

Lots of love,

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September 2016 Sneak Peek Interview with Marianne Williamson

During a troubled period in my life, a time when I was experiencing my own psychic trauma, I discovered the work of Marianne Williamson.

I must have listened to a cassette recording of her lecture” Emotional Healing” a thousand times.

Her brilliant insights gave me purpose and strength in those dark days. They continue to inspire and guide me to this day.

I was fortunate to meet Marianne in 1999 and she has been my friend and mentor ever since.

For the September interview, I am pleased to introduce you to this internationally acclaimed spiritual teacher and New York Times best-selling author.

Marianne shares her humanity and wisdom as we discuss her new book, Tears to Triumph: The Spiritual Journey from Suffering to Enlightenment.

She believes we are seeing an epidemic of the overuse of antidepressants.

She describes how normal human pain — such as the grief that follows the death of a loved one — is being diagnosed as depression and treated with psycho-therapeutic medications.

This deadening of deep feelings robs people of life’s most profound lessons.

Listen in as Marianne outlines what she sees as a crisis in this country:

Click here to listen to the Sneak Peek!

In the full interview, you will learn:

• That emotional suffering is treated way too often as mental illness
• How numbing strong emotions stunts spiritual growth and hinders progress
• What your tears can tell you
• About the fallacy of a “normal” timetable for grieving
• How our own troubled times teach us compassion for others
• What is keeping you from experiencing miracles in your life
• The importance of finding a path to forgiveness
• Why you should have a daily spiritual practice
• What A Course in Miracles teaches about personal responsibility for our own experience

To hear the rest of this thought-provoking interview, join the Women on Fire Monthly Membership today.

You will become part of what Marianne Williamson herself calls Women on Fire — “the ultimate ‘you go, girl’ community for inspiration and support.”

You have only a few more days to receive the full interview with Marianne, your personalized coaching materials, live chat master classes, access to the Women on Fire private Facebook page and much, much more.

Join us today at Womenonfire.com/membership!

We can’t wait to meet you!

Debbie

P.S. When you join today, you will have access to this powerful interview, the September Women on Fire live video master class on September 13, and you’ll be invited into the private Women on Fire Facebook page. Plus, when you do you’ll become part of the safest, most connective and inspiring group of women you’ll ever meet.  Why not join now!?

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August 2016 Sneak Peek Interview with Louise DuArt

The interview for the August Membership is one of the most delightful I have ever conducted.

I could hardly keep from bursting out laughing — and crying!

I am thrilled to introduce you to my friend Louise DuArt, the remarkable impressionist, comedian and actress.

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As funny as Louise is, she is also one of the most inspiring individuals I know.

She was a shy child with a domineering mother. The one thing that set her apart was a knack for mimicking voices. Slipping into different characters became her escape.

As an adult, she took on the more traditional roles of wife and mother. Until one day, after 20 years of marriage, her world collapsed.

She seemed on the verge of losing everything.

Then, as she would describe it, God “ winked.”

Listen in as Louise describes the amazing sequence of events that launched her career:

Click here to listen to the Sneak Peek!

In this interview I did with Louise on Martha’ s Vineyard, she tells jaw-dropping stories of what she calls the “ godwinks” in her life.

She also shares her heartfelt insights into how to live with faith and persistence until your dreams come true.

You’ll learn:

  • How to recognize a godwink and what they mean
  • The story of the teacher who set her on a pathway to success
  • What Louise does to get into the right mindset every day
  • Why she never gives up and what sustains her to keep going
  • The way she chooses and creates the characters who inhabit her act
  • Her beliefs and research on prayer and its power

Plus, you will meet a huge cast of celebrities who share Louise’ s world.  She brought Jane Fonda, Hillary Clinton, Barbra Streisand, Cher, Carol Burnett and many others to the studio with her!

To hear the rest of this fun and inspiring interview, join the Women on Fire Monthly Membership today.

You will become part of what New York Times’ best-selling author Marianne Williamson calls “ the ultimate ‘ you go, girl’ community for inspiration and support.”

You have only a few more days to receive the full interview with Louise DuArt, your personalized coaching materials, access to the Women on Fire private Facebook page and much, much more.

Join us today at Womenonfire.com/membership! 

 

We can’t wait to meet you!

Debbie

P.S. When you join today, you will have access to this powerful interview, the September Women on Fire live video master class on September 13 and you’ll be invited into the private Women on Fire Facebook page. Plus, when you do you’ll become part of the safest, most connective and inspiring group of women you’ll ever meet.  Why not join now!?

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July 2016 Sneak Peek Interview with Bela Gandhi

As the Beatles taught us: “Love is all you need.”

But how do you attract more love into your life?

The July membership interview introduces you to an expert on love with answers to that very question.

Bela Gandhi, one of our country’s top dating coaches, has been called “Cupid for Hire” and the “Fairy Godmother of Dating.”

She is the founder and president of Smart Dating Academy in Chicago and a popular contributor on The Steve Harvey Show.

Bela’s strategies can help anyone to be more loving and attract more love, regardless of marital or romantic status.

These are things we all can do — for free! — starting right NOW!

Listen here to Bela’s ideas about the best mindset for finding love:

In the full interview, you’ll learn:

  • Why you should want to be a “psychotic optimist”
  • The tried-and-true way to get people to like you
  • The beauty and benefits of a mindset of social generosity
  • Ways to “soften up” your style and approach to people
  • What simple device you can use to improve relationships and even have more sex
  • Strategies to enhance your body language to increase your magnetism
  • How to give yourself a lift when you are feeling low
  • The No. 1 thing you must do before you start dating
  • Where and how to meet the best people to date
  • Tips to refresh your online dating profile for spectacular results

To hear the rest of this invaluable interview, join the Women on Fire Monthly Membership today.

You will become part of what New York Times’ best-selling author Marianne Williamson calls “the ultimate ‘you go, girl’ community for inspiration and support.”

You have only a few more days to receive the full interview with Bela Gandhi, your personalized coaching materials, access to the Women on Fire private Facebook page and much, much more.

Join us today at Womenonfire.com/membership!

We can’t wait to meet you!

Debbie

P.S. When you join today, you will have access to this powerful interview, the July Women on Fire live video master class on July 19 and you’ll be invited into the private Women on Fire Facebook page. Plus, when you do you’ll become part of the safest, most connective and inspiring group of women you’ll ever meet.  Why not join now!?

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November’s Book To Live By

This month’s Books To Live By selection highlights the theme of our membership Inner Circle for November: The Body Does Not Lie: The Power of Guided Imagery, featuring Belleruth Naparstek, guided-imagery pioneer, psychotherapist and author.

Our November selection is….

  

Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal by Belleruth Naparstek.

In this groundbreaking book, Belleruth helps you heal from pain and trauma through her revolutionary work with guided imagery. Traumatic events come in all shapes and sizes, and Invisible Heroes will nurture your body, mind and soul back to a place of peace.

Belleruth, a longtime friend of mine, is one of the most gifted therapists I know. Over the last 30 years, her cutting-edge research on guided imagery has helped more people into recovery than we can count. And her work has established guided imagery as an overwhelmingly effective and easy tool for dealing with the devastating symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Belleruth describes guided imagery as the “lazy person’s form of meditation that requires no skill and not a whole lot of patience, even.” In fact, she says, “You don’t even have to be awake.”

And as someone who has practiced guided imagery with her, I can attest! I’ve also used the audios while sleeping. 🙂

So if you’re suffering from psychological scars, I urge you to grab a copy of this life-changing book. Invisible Heroes really does have the power to help you safely and effectively recover from all kinds of trauma, no matter how long you’ve suffered.

If you aren’t currently struggling, please pass this along to someone you know who might be in need of Belleruth’s brilliance.

Lots of love,

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P.S. Remember last week when we sent you a free audio sample of Belleruth’s guided imagery on self confidence? Invisible Heroes is the perfect supplement to the full recording!

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June 2016 Sneak Peek Interview with Nancy Kramer

She grew up as the “daughter of a Keebler elf.

In 1981, Nancy Kramer was only a few years out of college when she launched a marketing agency in Columbus, Ohio.

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Her first order of business was nailing down a small start-up in California as her initial client.

That firm was Apple Computer.

Over the next 35 years, Nancy grew Resource into the largest independent, women-owned marketing agency in the country.

She recently sold the company to a division of IBM and is setting out on a new career with them as a global executive.

Listen here to Nancy’s amusing story about teaming up with Apple Computer:

Nancy is first a mom of three — and a bonus mom to three more.

And, she is an example of what can happen when you pursue life with passion and don’t give up before the miracle.

In my interview with her a few days ago on Martha’s Vineyard, Nancy shares her experience and strategies to help you reach your own goals and dreams.

You’ll Discover:

  • How this once shy, sensitive child learned to express her authentic self
  • Why this “daughter of a Keebler elf” never ate Oreo cookies!
  • About her unexpected road to entrepreneurship
  • How she landed Apple Computer as her first client, even as she was going through her own “on-the-job training”
  • Her advice to prospective entrepreneurs about starting a business
  • The role that values play in her personal and professional success
  • How she coped with a divorce during a major downturn in her business
  • The mistake she made when she was forced to lay off employees
  • The priorities she set to allow her, as a single mom, to manage a business as well as a household with three children
  • Her thoughtful and important strategy to help a blended family flourish
  • How fear, anxiety and health struggles led her to make changes in her self-care. The result – she felt stronger, braver and more confident
  • About the advocacy organization she founded that is impacting women worldwide

To hear the rest of this important and invaluable interview, join the Women on Fire Monthly Membership today.

You will become part of what New York Times’ best-selling author Marianne Williamson calls “the ultimate ‘you go, girl’ community for inspiration and support.”

You have only a few more days to receive the full interview with Nancy Kramer, your personalized coaching materials, access to the Women on Fire private Facebook page and much, much more.

If you aren’t yet a member and want to receive this Women on Fire exclusive, click here to join us today.

Only a few days remain for you to have access to this interview.

With love,

Debbie

P.S. When you join today, you will have access to this powerful interview, the June Women on Fire live video master class on June 14, and you’ll be invited into the private Women on Fire Facebook page. Plus, when you do you’ll become part of the safest, most connective and inspiring group of women you’ll ever meet.  Why not join now!?

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May’s Books To Live By

Are you safeguarding your future? The second half of life offers different challenges than the first half, and you have be ready for them.

This month’s Books To Live By will give you the help you need to create plans and gain peace of mind.

I am so pleased to present our May selections:

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What You Really Need to Know for the Second Half of Life and Protect Your Family: Don’t Write a Blank Check to the Nursing Home

One of our country’s top eldercare attorneys, Julie Steinbacher, who also is featured in the Women on Fire May membership package, was a co-author of the books.

She planned and organized the writing of this compilation book from a handpicked team of certified attorneys from across the nation who specialize in elder care law and estate planning.

The information is written in clear, direct language. It gives you the essential knowledge and best advice for planning for retirement, long-term-care options and end-of-life issues for yourself and your loved ones while protecting assets.

There is work to be done, but the groundwork is laid out for you here.

Topics include wills, senior living options and life care needs, business succession, Social Security, Medicaid, planning for an adult child with special needs, protecting seniors from financial exploitation, determining caregivers and decision-makers, and so much more.

You will learn about pitfalls, the documents you need and how to choose the best professionals to help you.

These books are filled with valuable information — real tools with real solutions.

You can be ready for whatever situations life throws at you!

 

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She’s A Woman on Fire! Introducing…

She’s a Woman on Fire! member and we want you to know her.  Please say hello to…

Beth Bryce

Name: Beth Bryce

City: Saginaw, Michigan

Women on Fire Member No.: 00079

Member since: Dec. 19, 2011

Please tell us about YOU, your family and your work.

I’m a motivational career coach, writer and founder of Girls2Women Coaching, a coaching firm specializing in career transitions. I have coached hundreds of women on boldly pursuing their life’s work.

I’m passionate about helping women define a fulfilling career path for their authentic self to obtain personal growth, whole-hearted success and financial independence. I’m having an absolute blast coaching women one-on-one, and facilitating career master classes, mastermind groups and retreats. It took me a while, but I finally figured out my calling in life. Now I help others do the same.

I’m blessed to have a home next door to my best friend, my mother, Colleen, in the same neighborhood where I grew up in Michigan. She is a wonderful grandma to my five-year old Jack Russell terrier, Willy. We are tired of the brutal Michigan winters, though, and Willy is too. We have many friends and family out west waiting for us with open arms. Oh, the places we may go!

What are you “on fire” about?

I just completed a six-month retreat facilitator program with the Sedona Women’s Institute and will be working collaboratively with the founder, Karen Ely, to deliver retreats to women all around the world. In addition, I’m launching my own inaugural women’s retreat, Daring Circle Ranch, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on May 19.

Women on Fire member Susan Perry will also be facilitating a yoga session for us, in addition to equestrian and life coach Lynn Clifford. Women are coming from Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana and Florida.

How did you originally connect to Women on Fire?

Member Sue Adams invited me to a 2011 Women on Fire Tea in Alpena, Michigan, hosted by Mary Ellen Jones and founder Debbie Phillips. I met so many inspiring women that I would have never otherwise crossed paths with.

An editor and publisher I met at the tea motivated me to pursue my dream of becoming a writer. Since the tea, I’ve written inspirational articles for Women 2 Women Michigan magazine, co-authored a chapter in Women on Fire, Vol. 2, and recently landed my own column, “Career Moxie,” in Great Lakes Business. It was well worth the four-hour drive during a blizzard to attend the tea!

What one thing are you the most proud of?

Co-founding a Girls on the Run program in my county. GOTR is a national afterschool program that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident, using a fun curriculum that creatively integrates running. We started with six girls in one elementary school; today we are in 25 schools serving well over 400 at-risk girls.

What is your big dream?

To create and deliver women’s adventure retreats in destination spots and online mastermind groups that support and guide women searching for a life and career of deeper meaning.

If you had the opportunity to teach a child one strategy that would help to guide her life, what would that be?

What other people say and think about you is none of your business. Listen to your heart and follow your dreams rather than what others think you should or should not do.

Where do you find inspiration?

It is deeply inspiring to me to bear witness to my client’s dreams of a better tomorrow for themselves, their families and communities. I then get to share their success stories with others.

What is your favorite time-management strategy?

I am the queen of Post-It Self-Stick Wall Pads. My office walls are lined with monthly, quarterly and annual plans for my health, business, finances, relationships and trips. I am serious about the direction I’m headed in, and having maps to get there and stay on track is a must.

How do you pick yourself up after a bad day?

After a really dark day, I pull out note cards and write to people I adore, letting them know why I’m grateful for them. Just knowing they will get a loving surprise in their mailbox melts my sadness.

Name another Woman on Fire who has inspired you and tell why.

Mary Oliver’s poetry has been a powerful force in my life. In particular, her poem “The Journey” has helped me through many difficult decisions. Upon resigning from past positions, I have read this poem aloud at my farewell lunches. Co-workers either tear up or need an explanation. It says, above all else, face your fears and be true to you.

Share a special Women on Fire moment or experience.

There was a moment at the 2015 Women on Fire Retreat when we were sharing our big dream and Debbie Phillips asked, “What is one small step you can take toward your dream?” My women’s retreat had been on my vision board since 2012!

In that moment, I thought to just give it a name, and Daring Circle Ranch immediately came to my mind. Giving my dream a name gave it life. From that one small step, I started building momentum, and now it’s all coming true this May.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced? How did you overcome it?

Walking away from a lucrative 20-year career in accounting to pursue my dream of career coaching was my biggest challenge.

My chapter, “I’m Marrying Me,” in Women on Fire, Vol. 2, recounts my yearlong journey in which I created my own Eat, Pray, Love adventure to face my fears and become unstuck. Two years later, I created a mastermind group based on my 12-step process to help others on their own transformative journeys.

What is your favorite inspirational quote?

“Do or do not. There is no try.” — Yoda

QUICK-RESPONSE ANSWERS:

My favorite component of the Women on Fire membership is… It is life changing to connect with phenomenal women at live events.

Favorite go-to self-care strategy… Disappearing into the woods to bike 40 miles. Afterward, all is right in my world.

I dream of visiting… Italy for an entire month, enjoying fabulous food and wine with my mother and our new, sexy Italian friends.

I would love to have lunch with… Diane Keaton! I can imagine arriving flamboyantly dressed to gush about our devilish escapades. Count me in, sister!

I’m always up for… Collaborating with women to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

I have a soft spot for… People who are underestimated, either by themselves or others. Countless times I’ve witnessed that, through motivational coaching, when their confidence grows, opportunities flow.

My biggest guilty pleasure is… Unplugging from technology for the weekend and also twice a year for an entire week. If you listen closely, you can actually hear your soul whisper.

My favorite pig-out food… We celebrate every major accomplishment and special event at my favorite pizzeria in Flint, Michigan. That’s a lot of pizza, and yet, it will never be enough.

The top three songs on my iPod right now are… “Fallinlove2nite” by Prince, “Soar” by Christina Aguilera and “Lose Yourself” by Eminem (Detroit, baby!).

I’m still afraid of… running out of time. I still have much to do helping others realize their life’s work.

I believe in… people’s capacity to achieve anything they can possibly imagine.

I wish I had… found the courage to leave my 20-year accounting career earlier because I was reborn the day I connected my purpose and passion to career coaching.

I’m counting down the days until… May 19th for my inaugural women’s retreat in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The best thing I ever did was… when I packed my bags at 21 years old and left my small town in Michigan to start a new life in South Florida on my own.

To learn more about Beth, visit www.bethbryce.com or www.daringcircleranch.com. You also can follow her on Twitter at @bethbryce and Facebook at /bethkbryce.

 

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May 2016 Sneak Peek Interview with Julie Steinbacher

If you have any doubts at all about:

  • Getting your personal legal documents in order
  • How to be an advocate for an elderly or incapacitated loved one
  • Or how to have critical end-of-life discussions with your aging parents
    …help is on the way.

In the May 2016 membership package, Women on Fire founder Debbie Phillips interviews Julie Steinbacher, a top elder law attorney.

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Julie provides the clear, direct information you need to prepare for the worst and the inevitable.

Here is an audio sneak peek from the interview.

In it, Julie discusses a critical document you must have in place to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Putting this essential document in place can save you and your family days, months or years of misery.

Here are just a few of the many topics Julie offers her expert advice on in the complete interview:

  • What an elder care attorney does, how to find one, and what questions to ask
  • The document everyone age 18 and older needs to have in place
  • When and how to decide on in-home care options for a debilitated loved one
  • What to consider when appointing health and financial decision-makers to act on your behalf if you are unable to
  • How to select an executor for your estate and why a beneficiary may not be the best choice
  • Who to contact if your loved one is not receiving proper care in a health facility
  • How to stay involved in decision-making when a parent remarries
  • What to look for in long-term-care insurance and the potential risks involved
  • Ways to discuss end-of-life issues with even the most reluctant family members

If you aren’t yet a member and want to receive this Women on Fire exclusive, click here to join us today.

Only a few days remain for you to have access to this interview.

With love,

Debbie

P.S. When you join today, you will have access to this powerful interview, the May Women on Fire live video master class on May 18, and you’ll be invited into the private Women on Fire Facebook page. Plus, when you do you’ll become part of the safest, most connective and inspiring group of women you’ll ever meet.  Why not join now!?

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April’s Book To Live By

Have you ever stepped from another’s shadow to stand in your own light? Now that is something to sing about!

In the April membership interview, “20 Feet from Stardom’: From Superstar Backup Singer to Solo Spotlight,” I spoke with songstress Lisa Fischer, who has spent three decades sharing the stage and studio with such superstar acts as the Rolling Stones, Luther Vandross, Sting and Tina Turner.

To celebrate this amazing woman, this month, instead of a book to inform and inspire you, I want to introduce you to music that will touch your heart and make your spirit soar.

I am so proud to announce that our April 2016 Songs To Live By selection is Lisa’s solo album:

So Intense

So Intense by Lisa Fischer

In this incredible album, Lisa unleashes a superb range and thrilling, emotive delivery that will knock your socks off.

You may already know the monster-hit single “How Can I Ease the Pain?” — one of three songs on the album that Lisa co-wrote — which won the 1992 Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. The yearning in Lisa’s voice can bring you to tears.

From get-on-your-feet dance beats (“Save Me”) to soulful ballads (her cover of the classic “Wildflower,” produced here by Luther Vandross) to goosebump-inducing vocal acrobatics (“Chain of Broken Hearts”), So Intense is a stunning, soul-soothing, heart-pounding encounter. I cannot recommend it more highly!

And if you get the chance to hear Lisa in person — she is currently on tour — you simply must go! Lisa is a true gem.

 

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