How to turn your bad day around FAST!

The other day I woke up cranky.

(I know … hard for you to believe because I truly am patient and easy going …but then there are those days 😉

Even after I reviewed the shadowy fragments of my dreams for clues, I still had no understanding why I’d gotten up on the “wrong side of the bed.”  And, my day went downhill from there.

The cat bit me. I ran late to my first appointment. The dryer died.

And, life continued to slide off course until I pulled myself together (I am a coach with tips and strategies after all!) and took a few minutes to do these quick strategies in this brief (2:53) video:

Can you believe how simple?

In short order, my day turned around. It seemed almost magical that using these easy strategies could make such a difference, but it did.

If you ever find yourself a cranky, hot mess, I hope you’ll try them out. And let me know how it works out for you. I’m betting you’ll feel less stressed and miserable — and much more like yourself again.

Have a great week!

And stayed tuned: we have a BIG surprise coming soon for you! :-)

Love,

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September’s Inner Circle Sneak Peek with Beth Nielsen Chapman

We have another sneak peek of what’s coming in your Women on Fire members’ care package for September.

Have you ever listened to a song that was so powerful you felt like the lyrics were written just for you?

We often turn to music in times of great joy, sorrow and uncertainty.

That’s because music has the power to heal, far beyond words.

There is no one who better understands the healing magic of music more than our featured guest.

A singer-songwriter.

A cancer survivor.

A Grammy-nominated artist.

A teacher.

A mother who was widowed at a young age.

A woman who has built a wildly successful career by channeling the healing power of creativity.

And today, Beth Nielsen Chapman is here to help you discover how creativity can give purpose to your pain and transform your setbacks into strengths.

I’m telling you, she’s beyond brilliant! :)

If you’re not yet part of our membership inner circle, please be our guest and listen in today for free to a clip of Debbie’s interview with Beth.

Press PLAY for a quick (2:30) audio clip of this deeply inspiring interview.

In the full recording you’ll discover:

  • The many ways creativity can help you heal
  • How to tap into a collective wisdom
  • Techniques to find inspiration when your creative well has run dry
  • What the “divining rod of inspiration” is and how you can find yours

All that, PLUS a little birdie told me that Beth might have recorded a very special serenade…

But who knows? You’ll have to listen to find out! :)

If you are already a member of our Women on Fire inner circle, enjoy this preview of what’s already coming to you early in September!

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

You have until Sunday, August 30. Less than 48 hours left!

Don’t miss out on one of the most authentic and uplifting interviews we have recorded ALL year!

xo

The Women on Fire team

P.S. Have your goals slowly slipped away over the summer? Want to get back on track this fall?

TUNE IN to Debbie’s live monthly Members’ Master Class and Chat on September 15 at 8:00 p.m. EST. She’ll be sharing her favorite tips and tools for ending your year strong!

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How to Get Back on Your Path When You Fall Off

If this is your first Women on Fire SPARK! since you registered, welcome!

And, if this is the first time you’ve heard from me in a while, I’ve missed you.

We’ve upgraded the way we provide you inspiration, strategies and support with a new video format to make communicating a little more personal.

Let me know if you like it!

My goal is that in three minutes or less you can learn something to lift you up in your life.

You know those times in your life when you wonder where you’re going? Those times when you feel you’ve fallen off your path — and you’re not sure which way to turn?

If you need to get back on the road to the life you want, here are two strategies that will help you:

Key Takeaways

1. Keep a journal for 6 weeks, without reviewing it until the end, keep track of the single thing that brought you joy at the end of each day. After 6 weeks review and observe patterns that appear. Those patterns are usually a great indication of what you need more of in your life.

2. Enlist the help of your family, friends and colleagues. Create a quick questionnaire for them to fill out. Ask them to reflect on what they as your greatest strength and gift.

Keep me posted on how these strategies work for you.

And let me know …

If you’ve ever fallen off your path, how did you get back on track?

Love,

P.S. For further support to take next steps in your life, check out “Finding Your Next” by Jan Allen in our book: Women on Fire: 21 Inspiring Women Share Their Life Secrets (and Save You Years of Struggle!)

P.P.S. Give yourself the gift of a Women on Fire journal here.

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August’s Book To Live By

This month’s Books To Live By selection highlights the topic of our membership Inner Circle for August: It’s Never Too Late to Pursue Your Passion: The Life of Peggy Freydberg, age 106, A conversation with award-winning producer Laurie David and acclaimed writing coach Nancy Aronie.

Our August selection is….

Poems from the Pond: 107 Years of Words and Wisdom, The Writings of Peggy Freydberg, Edited by Laurie David

I have never been so blown away by a collection of poems than I was by those of Peggy Freydberg. And I must say, I’m not normally one to pick up a poetry book.

But after reading Nancy Aronie’s moving foreword and inhaling Peggy’s first poem, “Chorus of Cells,” I was hooked.

The poems are hauntingly beautiful, and every single piece radiates the courage, insight and love that Peggy had for life.

And the way the book came to be is almost as remarkable as Peggy’s desire to start writing poetry at age 90.

While flipping through this stunning book, you’ll learn about Peggy’s life, read touching excerpts from her family members and discover why editor Laurie David was inspired to bring Peggy’s words to the world.

Poems from the Pond is a true masterpiece that speaks to women of all ages. And even if poetry isn’t usually your first reading choice, this collection is an absolute inspiration that belongs on every woman’s bookshelf!

Lots of love~

P.S. I look forward to hearing what your favorite poems are. Let me know in the comment section below!

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August’s Inner Circle Sneak Peek w/ Laurie David & Nancy Aronie

We’re back with sneak peek of what’s coming in your Women on Fire members’ care package for August.

This month we switched things up.

We went off book.

And we’re eager to see if you love it as much as we do.

Can you imagine the magic of an Academy Award-winning producer, one of the best writing coaches in the country and the founder of Women on Fire sitting down together for lunch?

Oh, to be a fly on that wall!

Well, in August, you CAN be that fly… if you want.

Now see yourself sharing in the insight and joy of these three brilliant women as they discuss and reflect upon another inspirational life, that of Peggy Freydberg, the celebrated poet who died last year at 107 years of age.

If you’re not yet part of our membership inner circle, please be our guest and listen in today for free to a clip of Debbie’s conversation with award-winning producer Laurie David and writing coach and author Nancy Aronie.

Laurie and Nancy brought Peggy’s extraordinary work to a wider audience in their new book, Poems from the Pond.

Press PLAY for a quick (2:20) audio clip of this off-the-charts inspiring lunch date.

Join these three at the table this August to discover:

  • Why your creativity has no age limit
  • How to follow your passion … even if you feel like it’s too late
  • The rare wisdom of a 107-year-old woman
  • How Nancy and Laurie joined forces to bring Peggy’s poems to the world

All that, PLUS we’ve included a choice selection of Peggy’s poems AND the mouth-watering recipes they enjoyed at lunch, all fromLaurie’s cookbook.

If you are already a member of our Women on Fire inner circle, enjoy this tasty preview of what’s already coming to you early in August!

If you aren’t yet a member and want to receive this electrifying Women on Fire exclusive, make sure to join us today!

You have until Friday, July 31. Less than 24 hours left to register in time!

This just might be our favorite interview Debbie has ever recorded, and we’ve been lucky enough to hear the whole thing.

Trust us, you don’t want to miss this. :)

Best,

The Women on Fire team

P.S. We’re already gearing up for September’s Live Master Class and Chat for members with Debbie on September 15 at 8:00 p.m. EST. She’s going to give you all the tips and tools you need to end your year strong.

If you’ve lost speed this summer and want to gain momentum for the fall, make sure to tune in!

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July’s Book To Live By

This month’s Books To Live By selection highlights the theme of our membership Inner Circle for July: Finding Your “Sweet Spot” for Joy and Productivity, featuring Christine Carter, Ph.D., happiness expert, sociologist, speaker, author, blogger and mom.

Our July selection is….

 

The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work  by Christine Carter, Ph.D.

If you’re overwhelmed, overscheduled, overflowing with stress and have a tendency to seek perfection over progress, order this book immediately. :)

Christine has crafted one of the most powerful and practical guides to seeking more balance and less “busyness” that I have ever read.

The Sweet Spot is full of down-to-earth strategies that don’t require you to embrace an entirely new way of living and thinking in order to see change take place. Instead you’ll find easy-to-implement little tweaks that allow you to form healthier habits, leading you to genuine happiness and ease.

Not only that, Christine shows you proven practices that will help you transform your daily stress into fuel for more productive, patient and creative energy. And who couldn’t use a little more oomph? :)

Whether you’ve only glimpsed your sweet spot or are in it but afraid you’ll lose it, or even if you doubt that you have a sweet spot, Christine will help you find what she calls your “place of greatest strength but also greatest ease” and make sure you know how to stay there!

Lots of love,

P.S. If you aren’t in our Women on Fire Inner Circle yet, I invite you to join us today for your chance to win a copy of The Sweet Spot on our inspiring live-stream master class and chat for members only on July 21, 2015.

I’ll be coaching you on the topic of Self Care. On the master class I’ll be sharing tons of tips and strategies on how you can strengthen your inner self and feed your soul!  Hope to see you there! :)

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July’s Inner Circle Sneak Peek with Christine Carter, Ph.D.

We’re back with a sneak peek of what’s to come in your Women on Fire members‘ care package for July.

Do you constantly feel exhausted and overwhelmed by your daily juggling act?
Are you struggling to get everything done and still have time for yourself?
Are you ready to add more ease to every aspect of your life and finally get your groove back for good?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, you MUST listen to our latest interview! Christine Carter, Ph.D. — a happiness expert, speaker, blogger and mom, as well as the author of the new book The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work — will help you break the bad habit of busyness and introduce you to a new way of life.

Each month, our founder, Debbie Phillips, interviews an inspiring trailblazer and expert for our members. If you’re not yet a member of our inner circle, please be our guest and listen in today for free to a clip of Debbie’s latest interview with Christine Carter.

Press PLAY on the image below to listen to a brief audio clip (3:02) of this inspiring interview to discover three of Christine’s go-to strategies for finding your “sweet spot.”

In the full interview package, you’ll discover:

  • What exactly is a “sweet spot
  • Five strategies for finding your sweet spot
  • How to use the power of mind over body
  • Quick two-minute tips to boost happiness and confidence
  • The No. 1 action you MUST take to survive difficult times

All that, plus you’ll discover how to get your sweet spot back when you lose it!

If you are already a member of our Women on Fire inner circle, enjoy this sneak preview. You’ll receive the full monthly care package in your mailbox in early July.

If you aren’t yet a member and would like to receive the full interview with Christine Carter, I invite you to join us today! You will also receive:

  • An invitation to our popular monthly live video master class and chat with Debbie Phillips, in which you can receive personalized coaching on whatever you are struggling with
  • Access to our private, members-only Facebook group, where you can connect and feel the active support of our amazing community
  • Personalized coaching materials each month to help you track your progress
  • Plus many more benefits and fun each month

Click here to register to receive July’s membership package. Registration to receive the interview with Christine ends on Wednesday, July 1. You have less than 24 hours left!

This interview is a MUST for any and every woman looking to add more joy and balance to her life.

 

P.S. Receive a FREE Women on Fire gift when you register by the end of the day (6/30)

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She’s A Woman on Fire! Meet Christa Eagleton

Welcome back to our ongoing series to introduce you to each other.  She’s a Woman on Fire! member and we want you to know her.  Please say hello to…

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Christa Eagleton

Las Vegas, Nevada

Women on Fire member #00190

Member since: July 2013

Please tell us about YOU, your family and your work. What are you “on fire” about?

I grew up on the East Coast, but attended high school in Texas and college in California. I have a younger sister and two older brothers, all living in California. My mother passed away in 2001, and my father moved to Vegas soon after to be near us. I am the mother of two amazing daughters: Shelby, 16, and Sarah, 14. I’ve been single for nearly 10 years, and I look forward to changing that in the near future. But I’ve learned that I’m a lot stronger and more confident than I ever imagined.

I have spent the last 25 years working in advertising and design. Most of those years have been spent working for myself. I’ve been blessed to work with some amazing people on some incredible projects, and I believe very strongly in supporting charities close to my heart.

I’m on fire about what feels like the next chapter of my life. I’m not 100 percent sure what that is, but it feels like things are shifting in my favor. This summer, I’m turning 50, and I’m oddly excited about that! LOL. I’m excited about learning new things in my industry and new things about myself. When my oldest daughter leaves for college in 2016, we’ll be leaving Las Vegas. Where we’re headed hasn’t been determined yet, but I know it’ll be an adventure, and I’m grateful that my job isn’t location-dependent.

How did you originally connect to Women on Fire?  

I saw Women on Fire mentioned twice in one week. Once was through Carrie Saba, and I believe the other was connected to a member who had participated in Marie Forleo’s B-School. After browsing Debbie’s blog and the main Facebook page, I immediately felt a sense of community and uplifting support and knew I wanted to be a part of that type of environment.

What’s your favorite component of the Women on Fire membership?

The unconditional love and support — it’s unlike anything I have ever experienced. No matter what is happening in my life, I know I have this amazing group of women there for me every step of the way. The encouragement, the hugs, the laughter and tears — it’s all there. Plus, I love knowing that my heart is there for each and every member in return. That feels wonderful.

What is one thing you’re proudest of?

I’d have to say my relationship with my ex-husband. We’ve worked very hard over the last 11 years to love and support our children — and one another, really. It hasn’t always been easy, and there are days I want to wring his neck. But I’ve learned to manage those emotions better and communicate more clearly with him. Our daughters are fully aware that our family situation isn’t the norm, and I know they appreciate it greatly.

What’s your big dream?

Personally: First and foremost, I want both of my daughters to live happy, long lives full of love, laughter and great success. By the time both of them are in college, I’m hoping to have met someone special I can share the remainder of my life with — somewhere far from Las Vegas, hopefully near the water, maybe northern California or Martha’s Vineyard. I’d like to spend a little time traveling and do more gardening and cooking. I doubt I’d ever retire; I just think the scope of my services might change.

Professionally: For years, I thought I wanted to grow my company into something much larger. But as I moved in that direction, I found it increasingly frustrating to find the right people and it seemed like I spent more time managing issues than designing. So right now I’m reevaluating that growth. Whatever direction I take, my passion for helping people achieve their goals will always be one of my highest priorities.

What’s your go-to philosophy?

I believe in staying in the present. Being more mindful of my thoughts and actions is important to me. And my newest is to listen more than I speak.

What did you want to be when you were little?

I was either going to be an artist or an archeologist. I remember doing a report on Louis Leakey in elementary school, and I became obsessed with the idea of becoming an archeologist. My mother was an artist, and I inherited her artistic ability, so becoming an artist was definitely easier. I loved how my gift made others happy.

What is your favorite quote?

I have two:

“Character is how you treat those who can do nothing for you.” This is a variation of a quote originally by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.” —Randy Pausch

What is your favorite time-management strategy?

Sunday is my “Vision Day.” I spend at least an hour planning the week ahead. I begin with a “brain dump” of everything that’s in my head. Then I begin to organize those thoughts and schedule my action items on my calendar. It really helps keep my head clear of clutter and allows me to focus on one thing at a time.

What is something that we might be surprised to learn about you?

I was in a Bruce Springsteen video. Granted it’s for only a couple seconds, but given that I grew up on the Jersey Shore, it’s amazing how many friends and family members caught it.

My first husband is a massive Springsteen fan, and during the “Tunnel of Love” tour, they were shooting a video in Los Angeles. We were one of the couples they asked to participate in the shoot. All we had to do was kiss on camera but my ex-husband was REALLY uncomfortable with any type of public display of affection, so the final cut still makes me laugh.

Who cheers you on?

My sister Debby, the Women on Fire community — particularly an amazing core group of incredible women from the retreat in Chicago — and my childhood friend, Mary Beth Valenzona (a Women on Fire member).

What is your favorite “pig-out” food?

Mexican food

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

Taking care of my mother during the last six months of her life. I moved back to Los Angeles with my daughters (Shelby was 2 and Sarah was 6 months old), while my husband remained in Las Vegas. I was never very close to my mother. We had different belief systems, which caused distance between us.

Despite this, I honored her in every way possible and cared for her the best I could. This was by far the most challenging thing I’ve faced, and I don’t think one ever “overcomes” something like this. But I know it made me a stronger, more loving person, and I am grateful I had the opportunity to be there for her.

What is your go-to self-care strategy?

Pilates and the treadmill. They keep me sane (or at least I like to think that! LOL).

When you reflect on your life so far, what is the first word or two that comes to your mind?

Independent. It’s been both a strength and burden my whole life.

QUICK-FIRE questions

Couldn’t live without…the laughter and bond between my daughters.

Can’t wait to return to…Martha’s Vineyard, no hesitation there.

Getting better at…responding versus reacting.

Still need to work on…finding a date. LOL.

Would love to have lunch with…Stephen Hawking.

Soft spot for…homeless pets.

No sympathy for…opportunists.

Could spend hours…baking.

I believe in…making people smile.

Wish I had…a garden in my backyard again.

Never developed a taste for…mushrooms.

Biggest pet peeve…ungrateful people.

Best thing I ever did was…I think this is still to come.

 

More about Christa Eagleton…

Christa Eagleton lives in a house where the pets outnumber the people. As the owner of Arthouse Design Studio, she’s spent the last 25 years sharing her love of advertising and design with many high-profile clients in the entertainment, fine-dining and hotel industries. She secretly thrives on helping other businesswomen create the brand of their dreams. Christa performs more pro-bono work than her CPA likes, and that’s never going to change.

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June’s Book To Live By

This month’s Books To Live By selection highlights the theme of our membership Inner Circle for June: Embracing the Unpredictable: Discover the Rewards of Surprise, featuring LeeAnn Renninger, Ph.D., surprisologist, research psychologist, author and speaker.

Our June selection is….

Surprise: Embrace the Unpredictable and Engineer the Unexpected by Tania Luna and LeeAnn Renninger, Ph.D.

Whether you love or loathe surprises, this book will open your eyes to the unexpected benefits that come from allowing more unpredictability in your life.

Luna is the founder of Surprise Industries, the only company that specializes in surprise, and Renninger is one of the world’s leading surprisologists. Together they have created a fun and illuminating look at how surprise can lead to more growth, innovation and connection in all aspects of life.

This book is the perfect combination of entertainment and science, and it will inspire you to invite and engineer more surprises into your day-to-day routine. You’ll gain tons of strategies that will empower you to seek out surprises, and you’ll discover why this skill is absolutely vital to staying engaged and energized in your life.

Surprise is a truly fresh perspective on what it takes to have a positive and fulfilled life. You never know, adding more surprise to your life could be the key to propelling you further than you ever thought possible. :)

With lots of love~

P.S. If you aren’t in our Women on Fire Inner Circle yet, I invite you to join us today for your chance to win a copy ofSurprise on our inspiring live-stream master class and chat for members only on June 16, 2015. I’ll be coaching you ongrief relief and how to work through your losses to find peace and compassion.

Even if you are not actively grieving a loss right now, we all have them. It’s important and helpful to know how your losses might hold you back, as well as how to recognize when others are grieving and ways to help them. Hope to see you there! :)

June’s Inner Circle Sneak Peak w/ LeeAnn Renninger

We’re back with a sneak peek of what’s to come in your Women on Fire Inner Circle members package for June!

Do you feel like your routine has fallen into a predictable rut and you’re just going through the motions day by day?

Are you struggling to find interest and energy for even the most mundane tasks?

Are you ready to add just a little more meaning to your life?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, this upcoming interview is for you! LeeAnn Renninger, Ph.D. — a leading surprisologist, research psychologist, and speaker as well as the author of the new book Surprise: Embrace the Unpredictable and Engineer the Unexpected — will help you to discover how to add a new layer of meaning and purpose onto whatever you’re doing.

Each month, our founder, Debbie Phillips, interviews an inspiring trailblazer and expert for our members. If you’re not yet a member of our inner circle, please be our guest and listen in today for free to a clip of Debbie’s latest interview with LeeAnn Renninger.

Press PLAY on the image below to listen to a brief audio clip (2:02) of this inspiring and valuable interview.

In the full interview package, you’ll discover:

  • The No. 1 way to invite more surprise into your life
  • A fail-safe method to surprise someone you love
  • How to ask better questions to get better answers
  • What “tipping-point skills” are and why you MUST be practicing them
  • The easiest way to add more purpose to your work

All that plus you’ll discover how to embrace all types of surprise, whether they are good or bad.

If you are already a member of our Women on Fire inner circle, enjoy this sneak preview. You’ll receive the full monthly care package in your mailbox in early June.

If you aren’t yet a member and would like to receive the full interview with LeeAnn Renninger, I invite you to join us today! You will also receive:

  • An invitation to our popular monthly live video master class and chat with Debbie Phillips, in which you can receive personalized coaching on whatever you are struggling with
  • Access to our private, members-only Facebook group, where you can connect and feel the active support of our amazing community
  • Personalized coaching materials each month to help you track your progress
  • Plus many more benefits and fun each month

Click here to register to receive June’s membership package. Registration to receive the interview with LeeAnn ends on Friday, May 29. You have less than 48 hours left!

Don’t miss out on this truly unique and insightful interview, full of inspiration for embracing surprises and allowing them to enhance your life in ways you never knew possible!