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.

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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!

 

May’s Book To Live By

This month’s Books To Live By selection highlights the theme of our membership Inner Circle for May: Ignite Your Passion and Fall in Love with Your Life, featuring Gregg Levoy, an author, speaker, teacher and media expert.

Our May selection is….

Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion by Gregg Levoy.

Gregg is a longtime friend of mine and the author of Callings, one of my favorite books about finding and trusting your true path. I couldn’t wait to share Vital Signs with you. This book is a work of art on the topic of following your passions, and it enables you to easily take Gregg’s invaluable insights and put them to work in your own life.

Throughout these pages, Gregg thoughtfully guides you on how to activate your spark from within. Whether you are looking to discover your passion for the first time or want to reclaim a long-forgotten dream, I can’t stress enough that this is the book for you!

You’ll be ignited in ways you never thought possible and gain tools that will empower you to re-engage with what you want most in your life.

I’ve never met a person who didn’t have a big dream stirring inside, and neither has Gregg. Vital Signs reminds us that our passions are possible. What could be more inspiring than that? Let me know your thoughts on this brilliant book in the comments section below!

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 of Vital Signs on our inspiring live-stream master class and chat for members-only on May 12, 2015.

I’ll be coaching you on how to create the essential building blocks to grow your own business or to expand your big dream. We will look at how to develop a business and a life that serves you and your highest good, rather than allowing yourself to be overwhelmed by serving everyone in your path. Hope to see you there! :)

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May’s Inner Circle Sneak Peek w/ Gregg Levoy

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

Do you feel like you are continually struggling to find, claim and nurture your passion?

Or do you feel like there are invisible forces preventing you from moving toward your soul’s deepest calling?

Are you ready to feel more engaged, enthusiastic and enthralled with your life?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, this upcoming interview is for you! Gregg Levoy — one of today’s most inspiring teachers and the best-selling author of the critically acclaimed Callings and, his latest book, Vital Signs — will help you to discover how to tap into, recover and pursue your passion.

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 author, speaker and media expert Gregg Levoy.

Press PLAY on the image below to listen to a brief audio clip (2:48) of this inspiring and valuable interview.

In the full interview package, you’ll discover:

  • The No. 1 way to get unstuck
  • A fail-safe method to re-engage with a passion that feels lost
  • How to decide if you should monetize your passion
  • Why you hold yourself back and how to break the chains
  • The most powerful way to nurture your passions
  • How to eliminate the single greatest threat that can distinguish your true calling

All that plus you’ll discover how to create a community of support that provides unlimited fuel for your passions.

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 May.

If you aren’t yet a member and would like to receive the full interview with Gregg Levoy, 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 May’s membership package. Registration to receive the interview with Gregg Levoy ends on Wednesday, April 29. You have less than 48 hours left!

Don’t miss out on this soul igniting interview, full of inspiration to help you fall in love with your life and discover your true passions.

 

P.S. Receive a free Women on Fire mug when you register today (4/28)!

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These are a few of our favorite things…

With the annual Women on Fire retreat approaching quickly (this Friday!) and our entire team in crunch-mode with the final stages of planning, we wanted to shine the light on some of the behind-the-scenes superstars that are making our event extra special.

The following collection represents some of the most heart-centered, out-of-this-world amazing brands that we trust, know and love. We can’t thank them enough for their generous and gracious support. So without any further ado, we are more than thrilled to introduce you to our 2015 Women on Fire Retreat sponsors. Shop, connect, like, browse and share to your heart’s content!

sonsor dsw sponsor rnichols sponsor Gigi

  1. DSW ~ Designer Shoe Warehouse
  2. R. Nichols ~ Gorgeous stationary & gifts
  3. Gigi New York ~ Beautiful leather accessories

sponsor Paddywax sponsor Mura sponsor Framebridge

  1. Paddywax ~ Artisan candles & home fragrance
  2. Murad ~ Deluxe skincare products
  3. Framebridge ~ Custom picture frames & online art framing

sponsor neuro sponsor mantraband sponsor 100 pure

  1. Neuro ~ Drinks with a purpose
  2. Mantraband ~ Empowering jewelry
  3. 100% Pure ~ organic cosmetics, bath & body

sponsor Branch Basics sponsor blue apron sponsor peeled

  1. Branch Basics ~ Plant-based and pure cleaning products
  2. Blue Apron ~ Fresh ingredients/meal delivery service
  3. Peeled Snacks ~ Tasty healthy snacks

sponsor bobo's oat bars sponsor teapigs sponsor sock it to me

  1. Bobo’s Oat Bars ~ Delicious handmade treats
  2. teapigs ~ High quality whole leaf tea
  3. Sock It To Me ~ Fun and funky socks

sponsor epic blend sponsor popcorn sponsor LaFleurir

  1. Epic Blend ~ Premium organic lip balm
  2. Open Road Snacks ~ Small-batch-crafted-taste snacks
  3. Fleurir Chocolates ~ hand grown chocolates

sponsor kluster 1471337_616797878387055_1173681039_n sponsor Hollywood

  1. Kluster Shop ~ Happy jewelry
  2. Dana Frost ~ Signature/Custom blends, pure essential oils
  3. Hollywood Fashion Secrets ~ Fashion fix-it solutions

sponsor kitty sponsor noble vines sponsor Festive frog

  1. Art Notes ~ Fine photography cards and postcards
  2. Noble Vines ~ California wines
  3. The Festive Frog ~ Vintage barware, glassware, etc. rentals

trimbach sponsor sponsor Kellie Haddock sponsor mimi

  1. Esprit du Vin Fine Wine Merchants ~ Trimbach Wines
  2. Kellie Haddock ~ Amazing singer & songwriter
  3. Empowordment Cards ~ Inspiring greeting cards

axios wine sponsor wine coach sponsor sponsor cookies

  1. Axios Wines ~ Napa Valley wines
  2. The Wine Coach ~ Wine expert and standup sommelier
  3. Cookies on Demand ~ Homemade cookies for delivery

sponsor seven sisters

  1. Heritage Brand Links ~ South African wine

Make sure to follow along with us this weekend by searching for #wofretreat2015, and checking our Facebook and Instagram for live updates! We can’t wait to share with you all the amazing inspiration, strategies and support that are sure to unfold. :)

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She’s a Woman on Fire! Meet Mary Brown

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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Mary Burnett Brown

Woodland Park, Colorado

Women on Fire Member #00103

Member since: Feb. 29, 2012

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

I am an old soul with childlike wonder. I have been an international flight attendant for more than 32 years. I call it the “magic carpet ride.” I recently started working one of the longest flights flown on the 777-300, from the Dallas/Ft. Worth airport to Hong Kong.

Tom, my husband of more than 21 years, is also a flight attendant. We sometimes fly together and have exciting and adventurous layovers.

I am on fire about learning to live from deep in my heart.

How did you originally connect to Women on Fire?

I was listening to Janette Barber’s radio show when she interviewed Debbie Phillips about the organization.

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

I feel that Women on Fire is a safe place where women can have their voice!

What is your favorite part of the day?

I love getting up in the morning and having a cup of coffee with my husband.

What is the last book you read that you would recommend to other Women on Fire?

I have read so many wonderful books. One that I recommend is Unbinding the Heart by Agapi Stassinopoulos. It helped me open my heart to love.

What is one thing you’re proudest of?

I have learned to listen to my intuition and live by the truth that comes from the heart.

If you had an unexpected free day, how would you spend it?

I love listening to music that soothes my soul and reading spiritual books that help awaken my truth. I love walking down our dirt road and enjoying the beauty of the Rocky Mountains.

What is your favorite city in the world?

London, England. I love the Victorian Era.

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

Carrie Saba has inspired me to live from deep in my heart. I took Carrie’s online course, “Unlocked.” The course helped me to unlock a door around my heart, so I can see how beautiful I am inside. She also encouraged me to say affirmations to myself. My favorite one is “My life is full of magic, miracles and love.” Since taking her course, my life is full of all three of these things.

What’s your big dream?

I am living my dream everyday, which is happiness. I find that living from my heart is what brings me happiness. I also have learned to listen to my intuition and to see the hundreds of synchronicities that occur in my life.

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

Don’t rely on other people or material possessions to make you happy. Find happiness every day in yourself. Learn what really makes you happy.

What is something we might be surprised to know about you?

I was once Brutus the Buckeye, the mascot for The Ohio State University. I was also an actor and model and starred in several television commercials and national print ads. I attended both Ohio State and high school in northwestern Ohio with Debbie Phillips.

Who cheers you on?

My husband, Tom, who is my soul partner on this journey. We cheer each other on.

What is your favorite “pig-out” food?

It is Popcorn Indiana’s movie-theater popcorn and their Chipins sea-salt-flavored popcorn chips.

What are the top three songs on your iPod or Kindle Fire right now?

A Sky Full of Stars” by Coldplay, and the Cat Stevens’ songs “The Wind” and “On the Road to Find Out.”

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

I fear making mistakes, so I avoid doing things that I am uncomfortable with. Every day I work on facing my fears and learning new things. I recently had my first opportunity to work the first-class galley position on the flight from Dallas/Ft. Worth to Frankfurt, Germany. My position as a galley flight attendant is to set up the food and beverage carts, cook the meals, and plate the meals in a timely manner. I was so nervous, but I told myself, “I can do this.” The service went well and the crew said I did a great job. I faced my fear and I felt awesome!

What is your go-to self-care strategy?

I make no plans for the day, and I just go with the flow.

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

Wow and Magical.

More about Mary Brown…

As a free spirit, explorer and lover of spiritual conversations, Mary Brown’s long career as an international flight attendant and resident in the Rocky Mountains allows her the best of all worlds. Mary was born in Detroit, moved to northwest Ohio as a teenager, and later graduated from The Ohio State University. She currently lives at 9,200 feet above sea level, just outside of Colorado Springs, Colorado, with her husband, Tom, and cat, Lakey. She enjoys taking photos and connecting her spirit to nature. You are welcome to say hello to her at healthymountain777(at)yahoo(dot)com.

She’s a Woman on Fire! feature is compiled by senior writer Becky Adams.