April’s Inner Circle Sneak Peek w/ Neat Method co-founders

Here’s a sneak peek of what’s to come in your Women on Fire Inner Circle members package for April!

Do you feel like you’re drowning in clutter that has piled up over the year?

Are you ready to simplify and streamline your space to set you and your family up for more success?

Or maybe you find yourself dreading the thought of spring-cleaning and aren’t even sure where to begin.

If you answered YES to even one of the questions above, this upcoming interview with two of our favorite organizing experts is for you! You’ll discover how to easily bring more organization, efficiency and stylish structure into your home from the best in the business.

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 Molly Graves and Ashley Murphy, Neat Method co-founders, professional organizers and new moms.

Press PLAY on the video below to listen to a brief audio clip (2:10) of this refreshing and motivating interview.

 

In the full interview package, you’ll discover:

  • The No. 1 way to tackle spaces that cause you stress
  • A fail-safe method for keeping your home clean
  • How to organize your kitchen for health and convenience
  • Why creating a daily schedule will transform your home
  • How to help loved ones to let go of keepsakes

All that plus you’ll discover how to stay on top of daily tidying up without feeling like you’re constantly cleaning.

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 April.

If you aren’t yet a member and would like to receive the full interview with Molly Graves and Ashley Murphy, 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 April’s membership package. Registration to receive the interview with Molly and Ashley ends on Sunday, March 29. You have less than 48 hours left!

Don’t miss out on this truly helpful and encouraging interview, full of inspiration for your home and easy-to-implement strategies that will help you spring-clean all of your clutter away!

Best,

Meredith

P.S. Receive a free Women on Fire mug when you register today (3/27)!

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Do you pinch yourself off?

In the first two decades of my varied career – as a newspaper reporter, Governor’s press secretary and television company executive – I operated in public but never really stood alone with my own desires, views and opinions.

After I became a coach in 1995, an awareness crept upon me.

If I didn’t stand up publicly for what I truly believed in, no matter how much I talked about it behind the scenes, I would never be able to fulfill my own burning desire to help enough women to live lives they dream of.

By standing in the shadows, and feeling more comfortable being the voice for someone else or staying silent about my beliefs, I had essentially pinched myself off from my big dream.

When I look back now, I kept quiet to stay safe and free of criticism. I did this even with my favorite Eleanor Roosevelt quote posted on my desk:

Do what you feel in your heart to be right — for you’ll be criticized anyway.

Today, over and over I observe the ways, big and small, women pinch themselves off from what they say they want.

So today, I invite you to look at yourself to see if any of these questions applies to you; and decide if you are closing yourself off from the abundance that is naturally flowing to you.

You may discover that you are limiting yourself without realizing it.

1) Do you put yourself and your needs last?
For instance, are your college daughter’s soccer games more important to attend than going back to college to get that degree you’ve promised yourself?

Do you put off your dreams until your husband, partner, kids get situated, graduate from school, find jobs, etc.?

Are you always there for your friends or family yet burn with resentment that you have not made progress on what you most want?

Our culture mistakenly has labeled us “selfish” when we put ourselves first. But what might happen if you didn’t put yourself last?

2) Do you feel unworthy or undeserving of your greatest dreams and desires?

I spent last week in the company of author and motivating force Esther Hicks of Abraham-Hicks, author of 10 books including Ask and It Is Given: Learning To Manifest Your Desires. Esther captured the notion of feeling “unworthy” better than anyone.

“Unworthy people are people with plenty of negative emotions and they are willing to put up with them,” she said.

We all know that you get what you believe and what you are focused on. So when your self-talk and beliefs are negative, it sets off a chain that conspires against creating your own success.

“Care more about what you feel at the earliest stage and don’t let yourself collapse toward the negative emotion,” she advises.

3) Do you march up to the line with your dream or goal and then pull back?

Fear will stop you in your tracks.

(And, just so you won’t think I’m perfect ;-)
It took me years, step-by-step, day-in-and-day-out through every scary fear that showed up to follow my heart and to live my dream.  And it was worth every gremlin☺ )

The good news is that you are a Woman on Fire! And there is no better community in the world to surround you with the inspiration, strategies and support to keep you going and help you push through your fear.

If you are a monthly member, you have the private Facebook page where support is unparalleled! And you also have the Women on Fire fan page with more than 65,000 women to cheer you on.

Fear, and fear of failure in particular, keeps many women from even trying.

4) Do you ignore the need to invest in yourself?

Does your money trickle away and leave you with nothing to show for it?

Whether you budget $30, $300, $3,000 or $30,000 a year for your personal and professional growth, investing in yourself is key to your success.

You must expand your competency and relevancy by bolstering your skills, abilities and awarenesses throughout your life!  When was the last time you invested in yourself?  What did you do — and what was the result?

5) Do you avoid making a plan to get where you want to go?

Studies show that people who write down their goals and plans have a significantly greater chance of being successful than those who don’t.

What are you waiting for? Even a simple journal entry with your annual plan and goals will keep you focused and on track.

Knowing what you want can keep you from missing opportunities that will support your dreams.

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, you are likely pinching yourself off, holding your back from sharing your great gifts with the world.

What might happen if you became aware the very next time that you were holding yourself back – and moved forward anyway?

Here’s to your success.  I know once you’re aware of how you pinch yourself off, you can do anything!

Love,

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Our Book To Live By For March Is…

This month’s Books To Live By selection is one of the most astonishing and inspiring stories I have ever read! This New York Times bestseller will spark your sense of adventure and remind you of the abiding power of the human spirit.

Our March selection is….

 

Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery.

Before Cheryl Strayed, there was Emma “Grandma” Gatewood. And if you loved Wild, you will fall head over heels for the tale of the original trailblazer.

In 1955, at age 67, Grandma set out to complete a journey that no woman had ever done alone before. She left home “on a walk,” carrying only a 17-pound sack of supplies, no tent or sleeping bag, and wearing a pair of Keds tennis shoes. And she became the first woman to hike the 2,168-mile Appalachian Trail all by herself. But she didn’t stop there. Grandma went on to hike the full trail two more times, making her as the first person ever to do so.

With 11 children, 23 grandchildren and a dark past of domestic abuse, Grandma has an undying perseverance and insurmountable strength you can’t help but marvel at.

I was so completely riveted by Grandma’s story that I finished this book in less than two days. And she will always stand as a reminder that, no matter your age, experience or background, if you follow your passion, you will accomplish your big dreams.

Go Women on Fire, go! :)

With lots of love~

P.S. Want to achieve your big dreams without having to hike the Appalachian Trail? Join us at this year’s Women on Fire Retreat in Chicago, April 24-25. There’s no better place to re-ignite your spark, re-charge your batteries, and re-align with your dreams. ONLY five seats remain, so make sure to claim yours by registering today!

How to find “your music” ~11 ways to step out of the box

Do you ever feel stale and stuck?  And, wonder how to shake things up?  Do you sometimes wish you could just hit a re-set button to get going again?

Late last fall I was feeling stagnant about my creativity and set a goal to do something “out of the box.”

I had no idea exactly what that would be.

Until …

I received an email about a creativity workshop for singer-songwriters in Nashville, led by one of my all-time favorite musicians Beth Nielsen Chapman.

I’d seen Beth perform in person more than a decade ago after her album Sand & Water had midwifed me through some major grief in my life. She also co-wrote Faith Hill’s delightful #1 hit “This Kiss.”

A workshop and a chance to work with Beth?

Where do I sign up?!

Only one problem – I cannot carry a tune or play a single note on any instrument.  Not even sort of.

In fact, of all the intelligences a human being can have, musical talent is at the bottom of my abilities list! I’m a writer, not a singer or songwriter.

No problem, said Lydia Hutchinson, Beth’s joyful, encouraging workshop organizer when I inquired about my attending.

“You’d be perfect for Beth’s workshop,” she said. “Beth’s focus is on “the creative flow” — trying to be open enough for creativity to come through us, in whatever form it takes.”

So I packed my bags and headed to Nashville to get my creative juices flowing.

Well, not so fast.  As the date to the workshop got closer, I kept thinking of excuses to cancel:

  • I’m too busy.
  • The weather’s too cold and icy.
  • I’m going to embarrass my talent-less self because everyone else attending appears to be an accomplished singer-songwriter.
  • Will the workshop participants resent me because I have no musical talent and am taking up a space better used for a musician or a real singer-songwriter?
  • I can’t dedicate that many days of my schedule to something “un-work-related.”
  • What if they make me sing?

Geez, my fears had a million excuses to keep me at home, safe and stuck.

I’m glad my higher self took over. She’s the one who knows that once I commit to something, cancellation is rarely an option!

She also is the one who holds out hope that maybe this was just the “out of the box” experience I needed.

When I finally arrived in Nashville for the workshop, it was cold and icy.

But from the moment I slid through the door into Lydia’s warm and cozy Nashville home I knew I was in the right place.

Lydia and Beth welcomed my 19 singer-songwriter colleagues and me with a delicious home-cooked meal complete with Beth’s made-from-scratch trifle!

In the glow of a fire roaring in Lydia’s living room, I felt immediately enveloped by my brand-new friends and supported for whatever was to come.

Then, for four nights and three days, I sat in the midst of the most generous flow of love, inspiration, talent and creativity – and yes, I even learned to sing!

I will never be Carly Simon.


With my talented and wonderful teacher and friend Beth Nielsen Chapman

But with Beth’s coaching, encouragement and accompaniment – “if you have a good speaking voice, you can sing!” – I took a leap of faith and sang a few lines from  “You’re So Vain.” In front of everyone.  I didn’t faint — and they didn’t boo!


RCA Studio B on Music Row in Nashville — Elvis’s piano

In between songs, we worked with talented guest speakers and even took a surprise field trip to Elvis’s (and many other stars’) hit-making recording home — RCA Studio B.

So many famous songs you love were recorded there including Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.” The electricity of what had come before me in that studio flowed right through me.

Throughout the workshop, Beth taught, coached, played, sang, led by example, and shared her deeply touching life experiences and creative wisdom, which landed on me like fairy dust:

  • “The only muscle you need to develop is the one to show up.”
  • “Your creativity is always flowing to you. The door to your creativity is always locked from the inside.”
  • “If you can express your experience as honestly and authentically as possible… people will be riveted to your story.
  • “Love and respect the resistance that comes from “showing up” but don’t let it drive the car …it shouldn’t even have a driver’s license!”
  • “Comparing yourself to another person is a huge way to hit a wall!”
  • “Have faith, work hard and do not let yourself collapse.”


With hit songwriter Mike Reid — teacher extraordinaire

Beth’s dear friend and guest facilitator Mike Reid, famous for penning the song so beautifully sung by Bonnie Raitt: “I Can’t Make You Love Me If You Don’t” shared his creativity advice, too:

  • “Always write what you mean. What are you trying to say? When you know that you are almost critic-proof.”
  • “Ask yourself: What is wanting to be beautifully said from your heart?
  • “Be good to yourself. A good way to take care of yourself is in your work.”
  • “Read aloud all your work.”
  • “Write (sing, paint, dance) that part of you that you just want to love.”

In the end, doing the unexpected – or even the thing I feared – opened a door into a  ballroom of creativity.  I had stood in the flow of something new and valuable — and found my own new ways of looking at life.

Colors seem more vivid; sentences have rhymes; and words sing like songs.

Just as graciously as our workshop began, our final evening ended with a pizza party and a private concert by Beth and her troop of well-known, talented and successful singer-songwriters Mike Reid, Jonatha Brooke and Keb Mo’.


Beth and Keb Mo’

In less than a week, I had gone from the mountain top of my discomfort to feeling as though … I’ve got this! My creative juices are flowing again.

Through the kindness, inspiration, strategies, safety and support of this amazing teacher, her friends and my fellow students, I returned home refreshed, renewed, reinvigorated, and with a learning that after all these years — I just might even be able to sing. :-)

What has become stale or routine in your life? Maybe it’s your daily schedule or a skill or hobby you mastered a while ago and could use some updating.

What single action, large or small, could you take to step out of your box and exercise a new muscle that you didn’t even know you had?

What is it that you would like to be “on fire” about that is perhaps only a tiny spark right now?

Whatever it is, I’m living proof — you can do it!

Love,

P.S. If you’re not yet an official member of Women on Fire, you are invited to join our monthly membership program where you’ll receive the interview with maternity-wear pioneer and entrepreneur Liz Lange in your March membership package.

P.P.S. As of today, ONLY 12 SEATS remain for the  2015 Annual Women on Fire Retreat: Step Into Your Dreams~ And Fly!  I invite you to join us in downtown Chicago this Spring, April 23-25, 2015 for an amazing weekend dedicated to inspiring, supporting and recharging YOU!  This event will sell out soon so I encourage you to register today!

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Announcing our special SURPRISE Women on Fire retreat speaker!

Our biggest and best event of the year – the 2015 Women on Fire Retreat – will be held in Chicago, April 23-25, and we have a surprise for you!

We are thrilled and proud to announce that Sheri Salata, president of the Oprah Winfrey Network and Harpo Studios, will be our guest speaker on Saturday, April 25. Sheri is one of the most accomplished and prominent professionals in television today.  And, at the same time she is one of the kindest, most caring and genuine women I’ve met. You will LOVE her!
She first joined Harpo Studios in 1995 and served as executive producer of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” from September 2006 through its finale in 2011.
She only occasionally speaks outside of her industry, so it is a special honor to have her on our Women on Fire stage.During her session, you will learn about her life and work, her ups and downs, and you’ll be able to ask her your questions!As a Woman on Fire, you are invited to attend this amazing weekend retreat, which will be filled with inspiration, strategies and support and much, much more.  Please check out all the details for this nurturning and uplifting weekend here.

There are are only 21 seats remaining, so please grab your seat now. When all seats are taken, there will be no more available and the Retreat will be SOLD OUT. We keep these events small and intimate so that you can have the best experience possible.

If you have already registered, good for you, and you are in for a major treat to hear Sheri in person!

You also will walk away from our weekend together refreshed, re-energized and re-inspired after meeting other like-hearted Women on Fire and learning from roles models such as Sheri.

To register now, please go here.  Or contact Dianne@womenonfire.com

Thank you for being a part of this incredible community of women who lift each other up to live the lives we dream of.

Love,
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March’s Inner Circle Sneak Peek w/ Liz Lange

Here’s a sneak peek of what’s to come in your Women on Fire Inner Circle members package for March!

  • Do you have a big dream that you’re looking to launch but fear that you lack the experience to support it?
  • Are you in the midst of building a business and struggling to protect your ideas and passion from the doubts of outsiders looking in?
  • Do you find it challenging to stay focused and positive when setbacks threaten to derail you?

If you answered YES to even one of the questions above, this upcoming interview with maternity fashion mogul Liz Lange is for you! Liz single-handedly built her brand from the ground up and is here to share all the invaluable lessons she learned along the way. 

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 Liz Lange, an amazing designer, author, entrepreneur, fashionista and mom.

Press PLAY on the image below to listen to a brief audio clip (2:07) of this inspiring and valuable interview.

In the full interview package, you’ll discover:

  • The No.1 habit all successful entrepreneurs must master
  • A fail-safe method for finding the solution in every problem
  • How to ignore naysayers and protect your ideas
  • Why bad news in business is always good news
  • A unique way to fund your big dream

All that plus you’ll discover how to stay confident and in control when obstacles try to make you veer off course.

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 March. 

If you aren’t yet a member and would like to receive the full interview with Liz Lange, 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 March’s membership package. Registration to receive the interview with Liz Lange ends on Friday, February 27. You have only 48 hours left! 

Don’t miss out on this truly beneficial and motivating interview, full of inspiration and easy-to-implement strategies that will help you take your big dream and turn it into an even bigger reality! 

P.S. Receive a $300 discount on the Women on Fire 2015 Retreat: Step Into Your Dreams ~ and Fly when you join our Members Inner Circle today!

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Announcing Keynote Speaker for Women on Fire retreat

I am absolutely delighted to announce the first of our keynote speakers for the 2015 Women on Fire Retreat in Chicago!

ABC News Correspondent Mara Schiavocampo, author of the popular book Thinspired: How I Lost 90 Pounds — My Plan for Lasting Weight Loss and Self-Acceptance, will share her insights, strategies and inspiration for overcoming your toughest obstacles so you can live the life you dream of.

Step Into Your Dreams ~ and Fly is the theme for this year’s event, which will be held at the beautiful Doubletree-Magnificent Mile in Chicago from April 23-25, 2015.

You are invited! And, if you haven’t yet registered, please do so now!

With only 35 seats remaining and the cost only $399, our retreat is expected to sell out soon.  (To help you with this important investment in yourself, there is a special two-pay option available.)

Please don’t wait and miss out on this incredible weekend to be energized, inspired and connected to other fabulous women — just like you!

You will leave this phenomenal gathering with your next steps in hand toward what you truly want in your life … and so much more.

And …

Once word is out on who our other special guest speaker is, all seats will be gone and we will be SOLD OUT.

Please don’t miss out on Women on Fire’s biggest and best event of the year.

Please register today.  And if you are already registered, please consider another amazing woman who needs to be here, and share this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with her.

Thank you so much for being a part of this powerful circle of women who support each other to live our dreams.

Love,

Debbie

P.S. Please don’t worry. If you’ve already registered, you’re on the list!

P.P.S. As New York Times’ best-selling author and lecturer Marianne Williamson says, “Women on Fire is the ultimate ‘you go,girl’ community for inspiration and support to manifest your own inner light.” No place better than our annual Women on Fire Retreat to shine your light!

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February’s Book To Live By Is…

This month’s Books To Live By selection highlights the theme of our membership Inner Circle for February: From Self-Acceptance to Lasting Change, featuring Mara Schiavocampo, an ABC News correspondent, author, wife and mother.

Our February selection is….

 

Thinspired: How I Lost 90 Pounds—My Plan for Lasting Weight Loss and Self-Acceptance by Mara Schiavocampo

In this inspiring and relatable book, Mara guides you through a weight-loss quest that led her to health and happiness and tells how you can experience one too. Talk about a Woman on Fire! :)

You’ll be moved by her struggle with food addiction and motivated by her decision to stand up to the power that food held over her. And you won’t want to miss out on her easy-to-apply “magic” weight-loss formula!

But above all, Mara’s courage and authenticity in the telling of her story are reason enough to read it.

With weight-loss goals at the top of so many New Year’s lists, Mara’sThinspired is a perfect companion for your journey in 2015!

With lots of love~

P.S. And if you aren’t yet Women on Fire Inner Circle member, I invite you tojoin us today. You will immediately start receiving the many benefits of membership, including our monthly video master class and chat to inspire and support you with the next steps of your life!

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She’s A Woman on Fire! Meet Kendell DeBoom

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

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Kendell DeBoom

Lake Bluff, Illinois

Women on Fire member: #00188

Member since: July 22, 2013

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

In September, my husband, Alan, and I celebrated 30 years of marriage. I have been a DeBoom longer than I was a Wostoupal! We have three children, Anders, Siv and Willa.

I grew up in Nebraska. My mother was an active stay-at-home mom and my father a veterinarian. My hometown of Wisner, in the northeastern part of the state, is known as the livestock center of the Midwest. I credit my small-town, rural upbringing with helping me to develop a strong work ethic and sense of citizenship.

Activities revolved around school and community. Everyone participated in sports, played in the band, sang in the choir, went to church, and helped out their neighbors. This shaped me and gave me confidence.

I already had an interest in cooking and entertaining when I entered college in 1979, but culinary schools weren’t on my radar and home economics didn’t seem right. So I instead earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, which helped me to land my first job, working in Chicago in the advertising industry. Eventually, I did end up going to culinary school — Kendall College, in Chicago — and then worked as a chef, prior to the adoption of my first child. Great experiences, all.

As my children got older, I found myself contemplating a business idea combining several of my work experiences with my talents and interests. The Festive Frog was born! My wonderful friend Jane and I started a rental company that specializes in vintage, upmarket table- and glassware rentals for the entertaining industry.

We named our inventory collections after iconic, historically significant women: We have the “Dorothea” (Lange) collection and the “Eleanor” (Roosevelt) collection of Depression glass, among others. The collections are beautiful, and the ladies we named them after are fascinating.

It’s been a fantastic challenge for Jane and me to get this business up and running. Unlike other rental wares, this is a niche market, so we’ve developed our own protocols for handling and transporting items, determining what people want and are willing to spend, and making decisions about what inventory to buy. And because we are still fairly new, we do almost all of the manual labor ourselves, which means lots of heavy lifting and dish washing!

At this point, our inventory is primarily vintage; however, that is about to change. So stay tuned! We’ve created a website, our second (thefestivefrog.com), and are learning the intricacies of social media marketing — Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. If you’re interested, I’d love to have you follow us on our Facebook page here. We’d greatly appreciate the support!

I am proud of all of the work we’ve done to get this business launched. And I love that my husband is supportive and that my children have witnessed what it means to have an idea and see a dream become a reality.

How did you originally connect to Women on Fire?  

My aunt, Virginia Barney, is a co-author of Women On Fire, Volume 1. Ginny is a great example of a quality I admire: quiet strength.

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

I am so happy to be part of this magical group of talented women. The camaraderie between so many women of such varied backgrounds and experiences — all supporting, comforting, and celebrating one another without jealousy — is nothing short of amazing. And hearing the advice and the experiences of the others is so humbling.

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

If you haven’t read My Antonia by Willa Cather, pick it up! Cather is known for her depictions of pioneer life, drawing on her childhood in Nebraska. She was also known for being intelligent, outspoken, talented and even mannish in her opinions and dress. I would have loved her! She brought a national consciousness to the beauty and vastness of the plains. My great-grandmother was named Willa and so is my daughter!

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

Linda Neff! This is like answering “The Beatles” when asked to name a famous band or “The Bible” for a well-known book! What I admire about this woman — and many others like her in the Women on Fire community — is her spirit of great generosity, kindness and integrity.

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

I have a couple:

Know where you are in the world, without relying on your (sometimes incorrect) phone! Which way is north? East? Where is the lake? How do you get home? It’s OK, in fact, it’s smart, to look at a map!

I once saw a quote from Steve Jobs that is just so true, and I would pass on the advice to young people today: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people who are really no smarter than you. Embrace your life and world. Change it. Make your mark upon it.

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

Must I stop with three?

What are the biggest challenges you’ve ever faced and how did you overcome them?

One of my earliest challenges was becoming a mother. For almost 10 years, my husband and I tried to conceive, but to no avail. We then made the decision to adopt, but finding an agency and going through all of the necessary protocol was a job in itself.

When we received the good news that our son Anders was born, we were worried because he came six weeks before his due date. Anders faced months of neonatal complications, including respiratory distress and a congenital heart defect. As he grew, we endured new challenges, as diagnoses of sensory integration disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and Tourette Syndrome were all made.

The TS was perhaps the scariest time, and I made it my job to learn everything I could about this disorder. As good as our school system was, I still felt like we knew more about what a child with these issues needed than the school did. It was often an agonizing journey of education and discovery, as we constantly searched for the right tools for Anders to be successful.

We fought for accommodations in his individual education program, and ultimately searched for special schools that could really teach an out-of-the-box learner. Our family’s experience with this has helped us all to be more aware of these kinds of problems and more empathetic toward others. Anders is 21 years old now, and doing well, pursuing a criminal justice degree at our local community college.

He still faces many challenges as he finds his way in the world, but his resiliency has served him well.

What might we be surprised to learn about you?

  • I have some sort of music playing almost all the time. I love music — all kinds — but especially Americana. If you need suggestions for what to listen to, I would love to talk to you about it!
  • I have a bit of a boot fetish.
  • I drive a scooter, even all through winter!

More about Kendell DeBoom…

Kendell currently resides in Lake Bluff, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. She was previously an account supervisor for Bentley, Barnes & Lynn Advertising, followed by attending culinary school, which led to a position as chef at Le Titi De Paris, until three children nominated her for Household CEO.

In addition to running The Festive Frog with her friend Jane, Kendell has a passion for cooking, entertaining and collecting cool vintage stuff. She is also a big music buff, loves to go to concerts and is always looking for up-and-coming artists.

Kendell is looking forward to entertaining everyone and showing off the wonderful city of Chicago during the upcoming Women on Fire Retreat.

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

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Inner Circle Sneak Peek w/ Mara Schiavocampo Feb. 2015

It’s Meredith at Women on Fire with a sneak peek of what’s to come in your Women on Fire’s Inner Circle members package for February!

Each month, our founder, Debbie Phillips, interviews an inspiring 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 upcoming candid interview with Mara Schiavocampo, an ABC News reporter, two-time Emmy Award winner, author and mom.

Mara, a correspondent for Good Morning America, recently published a new book, Thinspired: How I Lost 90 Pounds—My Plan for Lasting Weight Loss and Self-Acceptance. In it, Mara discusses the physical and psychological tolls food addiction can take and how she stood up to the power that food once held over her life. In this interview, she shares how she lost 90 pounds, why she did it and all the lessons she learned along the way.

Press PLAY below to listen to a brief audio clip (2:19) of this warm and motivating interview.

In the full interview package, you’ll discover: 

  • The components of Mara’s magic weight loss formula.
  • What types of food you should eat to have a lasting weight loss.
  • How to establish healthier habits.
  • A goal-setting strategy that will change the way you lose weight.
  • How to love yourself and your body through your weight-loss journey.

All that plus you’ll discover the single most important step to take BEFORE you start an exercise routine!

If you are already a monthly member, enjoy this sneak preview. You’ll receive the full monthly care package in your mailbox in early February.

If you aren’t yet a member and would like to receive the full interview with Debbie and special guests, 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, in which you can receive personalized coaching on whatever you are struggling with and the chance to win a copy of Mara’s book!
  • Access to our private, members-only Facebook group, where you can connect and feel the support of our amazing community.
  • Personalized coaching materials each month to help you track your progress.
  • Plus many more benefits and fun! 

Click here to register to receive February’s membership package. Registration to receive the interview with Debbie and guests ends on Friday, January 30, 2015. You have less than 48 hours left!

Don’t miss out on this truly dynamic interview full of inspiration and easy-to-implement strategies that will motivate you to get moving! 

Best,

Meredith

P.S. Register by Friday, January 30, 2015, and get a free Women on Fire mug!