June’s Book To Live By

Do you use the term “dropping the ball” to describe a calamity?

If so, you may want to update your vocabulary — and your to-do list.

In this month’s Women on Fire membership interview, I spoke with leadership expert Tiffany Dufu, who considers dropping the ball to be an excellent life- and time-management strategy.

Tiffany is a longtime advocate for women and a highly sought-after speaker. She currently serves as chief leadership officer at Levo League, an organization that supports young women in pursuing lives of purpose and passion.

Now she adds author to her credentials.

For the June Book To Live By, it’s my pleasure to introduce you to her enriching and practical book:

Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less

Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less by Tiffany Dufu

Drop the Ball is a memoir and a how-to guide for having it all by letting go.

Like so many women, Tiffany kept accumulating responsibilities in her life, unable — or unwilling — to ask for help or simply to release feelings of perfectionism for even trivial tasks (housework!).

She brings a clarity and insight to her own experiences of frustration, overwhelm and guilt that will have many nodding along in recognition.

Tiffany also explores the underlying gender biases that have been handed down through generations — with the help of the media — and how harmful they are to men as well as women.

Then she goes further and offers sensible solutions. She helps you to decide which balls to drop and which ones to pass off. And she clearly spells out how to do it.

Drop the Ball leaves no one out. Tiffany’s life-balancing advice applies to those just starting out or with limited resources, to wives and mothers, and to career women at all levels.

The book begins with a foreword that adds historical context from one of Women on Fire’s favorite and most respected sources: Gloria Steinem.

Could you ask for a better endorsement?

Drop the Ball is available from Amazon and at bookstores everywhere.

Grab a copy and see what a bounce it gives you!

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June 2017 Sneak Peek interview with Tiffany Dufu

How many roles and responsibilities are you currently juggling?

Is it so many that your life feels chaotic and unmanageable?

Well, I recently learned the secret to getting it all done: You must drop the ball!

But that is one of your biggest fears, right?

Help is on the way!

For the June membership, I interviewed leadership expert Tiffany Dufu, the author of Drop The Ball: Achieving More By Doing Less. In this best-selling new memoir and in our talk, Tiffany shares ideas that are eye-opening and life-altering.

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Listen in here as she shares ways to look at the roles in your life and how you have come to define them:

In the rest of the interview, you’ll learn:

  • Why dropping the ball is the ticket to success and sanity
  • A formula for deciding which balls to drop
  • Two important — and surprising — leadership skills
  • Key questions to ask yourself about the many roles you inhabit
  • The step you may be overlooking when you delegate a task

To hear the rest of this thought-provoking 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 until June 5 to receive the full interview with Tiffany Dufu, your personalized coaching materials, access to the Women on Fire private Facebook page and much, much more.

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P.S. If you sign up now, in addition to receiving access to this powerful interview and other exciting benefits, you will be invited to attend the June Women on Fire Live Chat master class on Tuesday, June 13.

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May’s Songs To Live By

What do you do when the worst happens?

It happened for the woman I interviewed this month. Singer/songwriter Kellie Haddock found grace and gratitude during a time of unimaginable sorrow and pain.

You may already know Kellie from the uplifting video of her efforts to find and thank the medical professionals who saved her infant son’s life after a horrific car accident that killed her husband.

That video – The Thank You Project – has been viewed more than 100 million times, and Kellie has become an “ambassador of gratitude.”

Like her Thank You Project, Kellie’s music will bolster your faith in human connection and open your heart.

I am so proud to announce that our May 2017 Songs To Live By selection is Kellie’s newest album: Wild Love

Wild Love CD cover

In this lovely album, you’ll discover a voice of such sweet clarity — hopscotching from sunny to sultry — above the buoyant, captivating melodies.

Kellie’s lyrics of innocence and inspiration are a pure channeling of emotion.

And watch for Kellie’s Wild Love & Mending Hearts Tour in your area. Her performances have been called “a tsunami of hope.”

You can check out tour dates and even book a show from her website at kelliehaddock.com.

While you are there, you can sample the songs from all three of her albums: Wild Love, Leave the Light On and Mandarin Lights.

I know you will be as enchanted by Kellie’s music as I am.

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May 2017 Sneak Peek interview with Kellie Haddock

How would you respond if, in an instant, your perfect life turned into tragedy?

This was the experience of my guest for the May Women on Fire membership interview.

In 2004, 20-year-old Kellie Haddock was the victim of a horrific car accident. Her husband was killed on impact, and her 14-week-old son, Eli, suffered devastating brain injuries. The prognosis was grim.

Incredibly, thanks to the efforts of Orlando’s Arnold Palmer Hospital, Eli was eventually released to continue his rehabilitation at home.

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As the 10th anniversary of the heartbreaking event approached, Kellie began efforts to track down all of those who had made Eli’s recovery possible.

The video of her quest to thank those who rescued her and saved her baby’s life has now been viewed more than 100 million times.

It was a long, difficult road, but it brought Kellie to an exciting new phase of her life. She is now remarried, the mother of three children and on tour in support of her third album.

In our conversation, Kellie, a Women on Fire member, for the first time, shares behind-the-scenes details of how she worked through grief to get where she is today.

If you’re not yet part of our Women on Fire membership, please be our guest and listen in as Kellie gives helpful suggestions for ways to support someone who is grieving:

In our conversation, Kellie and I discuss:

  • The dream that was handed down from her grandmother
  • How her faith was strengthened as much from asking questions as by receiving answers
  • Ways heroes respond in times of grief and despair
  • Learning to accept love — with all of its variations and complications
  • The moment she first envisioned her Thank You Project and the twists and turns along the road to making it happen
  • Cultivating gratitude to discover its beauty, power and miracles
  • Simple acts of kindness to support grieving family and friends
  • The roles music and songwriting have for Kellie in expressing her love and gratitude

In the After Interview, a very special guest surprises Kellie with a message of support for her brand new album, Wild Love.

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.

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P.S. If you sign up now, in addition to receiving access to this powerful interview and other exciting benefits, you will be invited to attend the May Women on Fire Live Chat master class on Tuesday, May 16. Kellie Haddock will be joining us to answer your questions!

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April’s Book To Live By

The longer days and awakening nature have inspired me to bring that spirit of renewal indoors. And I found a perfect way to do it — with feng shui.

Feng shui is a method of organizing your home to support all areas of your life. By harmonizing with your surroundings, you open space that allows energy to flow more easily and create the best outcomes for prosperity, creativity, relationships and more.

My guest expert for the April membership interview is Karen Rauch Carter, a brilliant feng shui consultant. In our conversation, she offered fun tips for arranging your environment so it aligns with your dreams and goals.

I am so pleased to announce that the April Book to Live By selection is Karen’s best-seller Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life: How to Use Feng Shui to Get Love, Money, Respect and Happiness.

Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life

The book introduces this traditional Chinese philosophy in an entertaining, well organized and inspiring way. Her advice is easy to understand, and you can begin applying the laws and cures of feng shui without complex calculations.

In the process, you become more aware of key areas of your life you may be neglecting, including your health, love life and career.

If you are already spring-cleaning, you’re halfway there! Why not try some easy feng shui ideas and see what happens?

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April 2017 Sneak Peek interview with Karen Rauch Carter

I hope these early days of spring find you sharing in the renewed sense of life blooming all around.

And I’m so excited to bring you some extra help to shake off any leftover winter blahs!

In my April membership interview, I had a fun and fascinating conversation with feng shui expert Karen Rauch Carter. I know many of you are familiar with her best-selling book, Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life.

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For those of you who don’t know, feng shui is an ancient Chinese system for harmonizing energy and creating a positive flow in your life by rearranging your environment.

Karen treats us to some tips on how to use spring-cleaning chores and simple “cures” to improve your health, career, love life and more.

If you’re not yet part of our Women on Fire membership, please be our guest and listen in as Karen talks about the challenge of having a healthy home with modern technology:

In the rest of the interview, you’ll discover:

  • What feng shui is and why it is important in your life
  • Simple “cures” that fix energy that is stuck or damaging to your health, career, relationships — even your pets
  • How to use feng shui to attract the love of your life or to deepen your intimate relationship and enjoy a better sex life
  • The importance of the front door to your home
  • Possible reasons you can’t get a good night’s sleep
  • When to call a feng shui expert and when to use a personal organizer
  • And so much more

In the After Interview, Women on Fire member Carrie Saba talks about some of her own success stories from using Karen’s book and feng shui techniques.

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.

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P.S. If you sign up now, in addition to receiving access to this powerful interview and other exciting benefits, you will be invited to attend the April Women on Fire Live Chat master class on Tuesday, April 18. Karen Rauch Carter will be joining us to answer your questions!

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March’s Book To Live By

I have never received as many requests from Women on Fire to cover a topic as I did with the Impostor Syndrome.

This phenomenon reflects how a shockingly high number — estimates range to 70 percent — of accomplished women feel as though they are faking it in their careers and are doomed to being discovered.

Our March Book To Live By selection looks at this sneaky form of self-sabotage that can show itself in many forms. It causes so much suffering by undercutting confidence and stirring feelings of shame.

It is my pleasure to introduce you to a book from a leading expert on the topic:

The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It, by Valerie Young, Ed.D.

Dr. Young has spent more than 30 years researching this phenomenon and helping to find life-changing solutions.

Key offerings in the book include:

  • Subtle ways society puts down women that affect how they perceive themselves
  • Surprising traits that reflect feelings of being a fraud
  • Scenarios commonly faced by women that lower their self-esteem and expose vulnerabilities
  • Defense mechanisms the Impostor Syndrome elicits, such as overworking, never finishing a project and procrastination
  • End-of-chapter activities to help you change your thoughts and actions

It is my fondest hope that all of you conquer any feelings of self-doubt and see how amazing you really are!

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March 2017 Sneak Peek interview with Valerie Young

“Sure, I’ve had success, but I don’t deserve it. People are going to figure out that I don’t really know what I’m doing.”

Does that sounds like you?

Is it your secret fear that your career is less about capability and hard work and more about timing or even luck?

It has been estimated that 70 percent of working women — and quite a few men — suffer from feelings of being a fraud in their careers.

For the March Women on Fire Membership interview, Founder Debbie Phillips talked with Dr. Valerie Young, a leading expert on a phenomenon known as the Impostor Syndrome.

When Debbie recently asked what topics women wanted her to explore, this subject topped the responses.

If you’re not yet part of our Women on Fire membership yet, be our guest and listen in as Dr. Young explains what the Impostor Syndrome is:

In the full interview, you’re going to learn:

  • Typical thought patterns of the Impostor Syndrome
  • Ways feeling like a fraud is holding you back
  • Competency types most prone to intense self-doubt
  • Stories of women who are fighting these secret fears
  • Inspiring yet practical strategies to break free of this crippling cycle
  • Tips for parents to raise confident children and so much more

Dr. Young has spent more than 30 years studying this debilitating phenomenon. She has the answers to help you free yourself of feeling less than how amazing you truly are.

If you are already a member of our Women on Fire monthly membership, the full interview will soon arrive in your mailbox!

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

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P.S. If you join today, you will have access to this powerful interview, the March 14, 2017 Women on Fire live video masterclass where you have the opportunity to be coached by me, and the private Women on Fire Facebook page. Join now.

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February 2017 Sneak Peek interview with Agapi Stassinopoulos

Are you seeking more joy in your life as well as purpose and commitment?

Happily, it turns out that those can be one and the same thing, as you will discover in the February membership interview.

I am pleased to re-introduce you to Agapi Stassinopoulos, who has a long history with our community. She was the guest of honor at our first Women on Fire Tea in 2004, and she wrote the foreword for our most recent book.

She was my guest expert for the membership interview exactly four years ago and is back by popular demand.

Agapi is a role model for bringing spirit and love to every aspect of life. But she is also a self-described “late, late, late bloomer” who didn’t find her soul’s mission until she was well into her 40s.

It turns out that her calling is as a master guide for leading others to find their own paths of joy and purpose. And her new book, Wake Up to the Joy of You: 52 Meditations and Practices for a Calmer, Happier Life, does that beautifully.

Listen in as Agapi talks about how to deal with negative people:

In this interview you will learn:

  • How to unlearn limiting beliefs so that joy will reveal itself to you
  • Four magic words that will help you to fulfill your dreams
  • The key to handling negative people and situations
  • How to find grace in disappointment and challenges
  • A quick meditation to reinvigorate your day

As a special gift, Agapi also takes Women on Fire through one of the guided meditations from the book called “Find Your Confidence and Be Bold.”

To hear the rest of this fun and insightful 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 Agapi Stassinopoulos, 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!

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P.S. If you join today, you will have access to this powerful interview, the February 13, 2017 Women on Fire live video masterclass where you have the opportunity to be coached by me, and the private Women on Fire Facebook page. Join now.

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February’s Book To Live By

February is celebrated as the month of love.

We are honoring that spirit with a book recommendation to help you focus on the most important love of your life: YOU!

The author is a dear friend — to me and to our Women on Fire community. Agapi Stassinopoulos has been a key supporter since she was the guest of honor at the very first Women on Fire Tea in 2004.

It is my pleasure to announce as our February Book To Live By:

Wake Up cover

Wake Up to the Joy of You: 52 Meditations and Practices for a Calmer, Happier Life by Agapi Stassinopoulos.

In this beautiful book, Agapi offers a roadmap for a yearlong journey to joy, using such guideposts as gratitude, kindness and grace to navigate the way.

There are 52 chapters presenting practical advice and wise insights on universal goals and challenges that cover self-care, finances, relationships, self-esteem, creativity, spiritual growth and more. Each chapter ends with an encouraging action plan or a peaceful guided meditation.

Agapi’s generosity of spirit is contagious and inspiring. She will touch your heart.

What else would we expect from a woman whose name literally means love?

Wake Up to the Joy of You is available from Amazon and bookstores everywhere.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

P.S. To receive Agapi’s powerful wisdom in audio, please go to: www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/540616/wake-up-to-the-joy-of-you/

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