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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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!

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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December’s Book To Live By

This month’s Books To Live By selection is nothing short of confectionary perfection and a “must have” for your kitchen!

From world-renowned pastry chef and award-winning New York City bakery owner Dominique Ansel comes a delicious inside look at some of his most celebrated recipes.

Our December selection is….

Dominique Ansel The Secret Recipes Book To Live By Women on Fire

Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes.

It’s no secret that I’m a BIG fan of the sweets and treats that Dominique Ansel creates, and his new cookbook is no exception. This book is a true masterpiece, focusing as much on the inspiration behind his creations as on the delectable pastry recipes.

I found it nearly impossible to flip through without wanting to dust off my baking supplies, and the gorgeous photography by Thomas Schauer is itself almost good enough to eat. You’ll relish the Chocolate Pecan Cookies, the gluten-free (yes, gluten-free recipes too!) Christmas Morning Cereal, the Frozen S’mores, and of course, the famous Cronut™!

Dominque Ansel: The Secret Recipes would make the perfect gift for dessert lovers and for anyone who likes to get creative in the kitchen! Food Network claims this book “brings bakery magic into your home kitchen,” and I couldn’t agree more!

Here’s to having a little more magic this winter with some help from Dominique Ansel!

November’s Book To Live By

This month’s Books To Live By selection is a perfect companion to brighten the impending change in seasons, the chaos of the holidays and those quiet winter nights.

From celebrated author and seasoned psychotherapist Gunilla Norris comes one of the best spiritual practice books of 2014.

Our November selection is….

Match: Bringing Heart and Will into Alignment by Gunilla Norris.

Gunilla guides you through a transformational 90-day journey that motivates you to commit to yourself and your inner light. The beauty of her prescribed practice lies within its simplicity and the profound aftereffects.

“For ninety consecutive days, light a match with purpose, a feeling or a desire in mind,” writes Norris. If you happen to miss a day, you simply restart the 90-day countdown. You’ll be inspired and encouraged to not only nurture, but also to fire up your inner most desires, truths and feelings.

As the author of some of my all-time, favorite self-improvement books, such as Inviting Silence: Universal Principles of Meditation and Sheltered in the Heart, I can attest to Gunilla’s expertise in stripping away external and internal barriers to help you get to the heart of whatever it is that you truly want.

Match makes a beautiful gift for the upcoming holiday season and an even better “just because” gift to yourself! Here’s to lighting the spark within this winter! :)

With lots of love~


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October’s Book To Live By

This month’s Books To Live By selection highlights the featured guest and theme for our October monthly members’ Club package: Behind-the-Scenes of a Successful Writer’s Life with Sheila Weller.

From journalist and New York Times best-selling author Sheila Wellercomes an inside look at three of the best-known women in TV news and how they navigated and shaped the front lines of broadcast journalism.

Our October selection is….

 

The News Sorority: Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour — and the (Ongoing, Imperfect, Complicated) Triumph of Women in TV News by Sheila Weller.

Through exhaustive research and extensive interviews with people closest to the three newscasters, author Sheila Weller has pieced together enthralling profiles of these media trailblazers and how they came to pave the way for women in TV news for years to come.

Inside these pages, you’ll get an exclusive and intimate look at the extraordinary odds, prejudices and personalities that these women were up against, on and off the screen.

Each woman’s journey captures so much of what many of us have gone through in our careers, no matter what the industry.

Sheila is the ultimate storyteller and The News Sorority reveals Diane, Katie and Christiane as you’ve never seen them before.  You’ll find many of the strategies they used in going for their dreams applicable to your own life.

We loved Sheila’s last best-selling book Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell,  Carly Simon — And the Journey of a Generation.

The News Sorority is equally as powerful and fascinating. Enjoy reading and let me know what you think!

Love,

P.S. Are you in our Women on Fire monthly members’ club? If not, I invite you to join us today!  You will automatically be entered to win a signed copy of The News Sorority during our inspiring live video coaching call and chat for members-only on Tuesday, October 14.

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September’s Book To Live By

It’s back-to-school season and this month’s Books To Live By selection highlights the astonishing truth behind a well-loved history lesson.

This fall, I invite you to explore how one of the most famous and cherished American icons came to be. It’s Lady Liberty as you’ve never known her!

Our September selection is….

Liberty’s Torch: The Great Adventure to Build The Statue of Liberty by Elizabeth Mitchell.

Before I share a sneak peek of this enchanting book, I have a little quiz.

True or False:

  1. The Statue of Liberty was a gift from the French.
  2. The face of this beloved sculpture is of a woman.
  3. The Statue of Liberty was created to stand as a symbol for freedom.

If you answered true to any of the above, you (and me too!) have been misinformed!

From extensive research and original letters, author Elizabeth Mitchell has pieced together one of history’s most overlooked entrepreneurial success stories, allowing her also to refute the blindly accepted explanation of how the Statue of Liberty made her way to America.

This book takes you back to the 1800s where you follow the dreams and determination of a young French sculptor, inventor and entrepreneur Frederic Auguste Bartholdi who stopped at nothing to see his vision through.

He needed commissions and had a dream to build the world’s largest sculpture at the headwaters of the Nile River. When Egypt turned down his project idea, he set his sights on America.

Liberty’s Torch reads far more like an adventure than a history lesson. It will leave you marveling at how our beloved Statue of Liberty came to be!

A great read and lesson for your entire family, especially if you have school-aged kids, I strongly recommend Liberty’s Torch!

 With lots of love ~

 

 

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August’s Book To Live By

This month’s Books To Live By selection highlights the theme for our August membership programFrom Tea Cart to Tea Empire: Leading a Purpose-Filled Life.

From a remarkable entrepreneur, life coach and women’s advocate, this truly inspirational story will speak to your heart and ignite your spirit with its soulful strategies for a life of unlimited happiness and success.

Our August selection is….

Life by the Cup: Ingredients for a Purpose-Filled Life of Bottomless Happiness and Limitless Success by Zhena Muzyka

Zhena Muzyka is the founder of Zhena’s Gypsy Tea Company, a nationally distributed tea brand, and her story tells of the struggles and setbacks as well as the hopes and opportunities she encountered along the way.

Muzyka’s journey began when she was a 24-year-old single mom with a critically ill child, but no money, no support, and no clear path to satisfy the powerful drive to save her family. Tapping into her gypsy heritage and her inner guiding light, she felt called to use her love and knowledge of tea for a greater purpose.

Now she stands as the founder of a multimillion-dollar company that has dedicated its efforts to fostering fair-trade practices and providing greater benefits for its international workers, all while protecting the environment. She’s a true visionary within the field.

And if you are already a Women on Fire monthly member, I’m sure you felt her tender heart and warm insights in the feature interview with her this month.

I invite you to join us on our monthly live video coaching call and chat in September for your chance to win a signed copy of Life by the Cup. Join us here today for your invitation to September’s Live Chat and access to all the uplifting benefits included with your Women on Fire membership.

I hope you enjoy this soulful story as much as I enjoyed “sipping” my way through it. :)

 With lots of love ~

 

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July’s Book To Live By

This month’s Books To Live By selection highlights the theme for our July membership programTravel Tips for More Fun and Less Stress.

Travel consultant and blogger Carol Margolis offers fantastic strategies for planning your next family vacation, work trip or fabulous getaway.

Our July selection is….


Business Travel Success: How to Reduce Stress, Be More Productive & Travel with Confidence by Carol Margolis

With summer in full swing, I thought you might appreciate one of my favorite on-the-road resources: Carol Margolis. She has been featured by national media including Good Morning America andThe Wall Street Journal, and Business Travel Success is a collection of her best tried-and-true tips.

As much as I love to travel, sometimes it can be a bit stressful, specifically while I’m packing, at the airport, or even sometimes after I’ve arrived at my destination. This book continually calms me with ingenious suggestions that make almost every aspect of traveling easier, from booking and planning to safety concerns and money-saving secrets.

Margolis even addresses how to care for your family’s needs while you are on the road. As a mother who has been traveling for work over the last 25 years, she understands how to keep things up and running while away from home.

What I love most about Business Travel Success is that, contrary to its title, it is just as helpful in planning your next vacation as it is for those work trips.

I hope you are in the midst of planning your next vacation or are busy filling your bucket list with beautiful places around the globe. Before you take off, be sure to grab your own copy of Business Travel Success to ensure your best trip yet! :)

 With lots of love ~

 

June’s Book To Live By

This month’s Books To Live By selection highlights the theme for our June membership programThe Struggle and Triumph of Self-Acceptance.

From a powerful author, journalist and activist, hailed as the voice of a new generation for transgender rights, comes the New York Times best-selling memoir about her quest to find and claim her authentic self.

Our June selection is….


Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock (Amazon link)

In this groundbreaking testimony to self-discovery, Mock shares a rare and honest look into the world of a trans woman maneuvering through life’s ups and downs.

You will follow Mock from a young age at home in Hawaii as she overcomes hurdle after devastating hurdle to travel halfway around the world for the surgery that changes her life at just 18.

The courage and conviction Mock displays throughout her journey are awe-inspiring; even in her darkest moments, she somehow finds a way to tune into her true self and move forward.

Beyond being a gripping memoir, it is also an important one. Mock’s story sheds light on the trans community in ways that celebrate the progress that has been made, while thoughtfully pointing out where we can do better.

If you are part of our membership program and have already to listened to the recent interview with Janet, you can expect the same warmth and power that she shared with us there.

Redefining Realness will move you to thinking you may never have considered before. Janet is an absolute Woman on Fire, and after you read her story, we know you’ll agree. :)