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Empowered Ladies Social

Two weeks ago to the day, I sat at the Oregon Convention Center listening to old white dudes tell me how to get rich overnight by handing over my credit card, and they called it a “self-help” seminar. I looked around the room and had a realization, it was time to get off my ass and create a REAL event. One I’d actually want to go to!

Because the day was so agonizing I had a lot of time to think, and I began imagining what my events would be like. The one thing that became crystal clear, was that I’d never sell anything at my events, and that I’d stay authentic to WHO I am. I realized that these cookie-cutter events are just not for me. Instead, I thought about creating the type of evening  I’d want to; grab my girlfriends, put on some heels, maybe even some eyelashes, a notebook and prepare for a truly inspired evening. 

But how? 

I thought on this for several days, as messages began pouring in from people who’d read my Tony Robbin’s “review.” Instead of being burned at the stake for speaking my truth about that experience, people where supporting me. Asking when I was going to create an event they could attend. It was time to take action. 

And so #HBRSocial was born.

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Motivation & Inspiration

Self-Help Revolution Needed

It’s time for a self-help revolution. For real.

On Thursday I attended the #TonyRobbinsTour in Portland (read my review here) and was honestly appalled. Since speaking out about my experience, I’ve received nearly 200 comments/emails and messages from people who’ve had a similar experience. Not ONE hate message (which honestly shocked me!).  

So this is what I learned, and why I believe the Universe pushed me to endure twelve hours of that nonsense. 

1. Self-help needs a serious shake-up! We are hungry for something REAL and authentic, and it is definitely NOT at these money-making, scam events. At least not for many of us.

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Motivation & Inspiration

Tony Robbins Tour Scam

I’ve been pretty excited the past week or so, in anticipation of seeing the king of life coaching, LIVE and in person. I’ve watched Tony Robbins on Oprah, and known of him for longer then I’ve been in the self-help game. I haven’t read his books, but watched enough of him on TV that I felt fairly sure of what to expect at todays National Achievers Congress, aka #TonyRobbinsTour.

Boy was I wrong. 

The company that puts on this event, Success Resources America claims to have done this for 18 years. How is that possible? After the shitshow I lived through today, I find it hard to believe that this company is still in business let alone putting on events that people PAY to attend.  read more »

Hustle.Believe.Receive.

Vision Board Success Story

Vision Board Success Story

Have you ever made a vision board? Or been to a vision board party? If not it’s time for a little Bubbles and Dreams! Grab the champs cuz I’m gonna tell you a pretty awesome success story that will make you want to finally make a board that works!

For years, I’ve been coaching people around the world on how to make a #FutureBoard (my version of a vision board), and it’s been so incredible to watch their lives change. However, I’ve done most of this coaching virtually (for the most part), so I hadn’t gotten the opportunity to see my clients make their board in person. But recently I’ve been giving live classes and it’s been such a joy to have that personal interaction with people as they start to piece together their future lives. 

Oh did I mention that these boards we create, actually WORK!? Welp they do… and here’s just ONE recent example. read more »

Motivation & Inspiration

I Never Thought I’d Be An Activist, Maybe This Is All My Fault.

I never thought I'd be an activistI never thought I’d be an activist. Like Never. Maybe this whole election mess is all my fault. 

I’ve never been shy about sharing my opinions on anything, don’t get me wrong, including politics. But I was by no means an activist. And, I’m a little ashamed to admit, I subscribed to some mainstream beliefs that activism was for extreme liberals, trying to change things that were basically “okay.” I didn’t, NOT support activism, I just was a passive bystander, grateful that someone else was out there doing the work. I’d support here, and there. I’d post about election stuff when it got too blatant to stand silently, but I didn’t take it THAT seriously. 

I NEVER in a million years thought he would become the President of the United States, and so… I, like many liberals I know, stood by, not taking the whole thing too seriously. We voted. We even encouraged people to vote and posted pics of our “I voted” sticker. We might of told people who we voted for (Hillary obviously). We felt we’d done our part. And to our defense this might have flown in every other election of our life time.

But then we watched, with our jaws on the floor, as the unthinkable happened. 

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Single Mom Life Travel

Travel Journal: On My Way to Italy

*Here’s an entry from my actual travel journal on my way to Italy, dated Oct 3rd 2016

“Dear Journal,

I’m on a plane high above the ocean. Its dark and we’ve just had dinner; little petite trays with mini servings of salad, grilled chicken pasta, bread with cold butter, and a brownie. I’m sitting across the aisle from the kids, and keep craning my neck around to see their faces light up as they coo over how “darling” the servings are.

Every now and again Kanen gives me that excited look; the one where his whole body gets caught up, and he’ll mouth; “Mama we are going to wake up in VENICE!”

Travel JournalI return the look and my body covers in little goosebumps and tears beg to blur my vision. I push them back and smile at my three children. They are filled with a joy I’ve rarely seen in them. An excitement that is contagious and it feels like most of the passengers in our wing of the plane, have begun to keep their eyes on us as we get closer to our destination. Maybe it’s because mine are the only kids besides a baby on this flight, or maybe because everyone is seeing in them the joy they must feel deep down at the prospect of waking up in VENICE!

I can’t believe it. Like I don’t think it’s set in yet that in just a few hours I’ll be watching the sunrise as we descend over a city I’ve longed to meet, like no other on earth. KEEP READING

 

Travel

20 Things I learned About Traveling In Italy

20 Things I learned in Italy

I’m still processing my recent trip to Italy, but before I forget I wanted to share the top 20 things I learned about traveling in Italy, they might help if you’re planning a visit.

These would have been helpful to know before I went! 

  • DON’T turn in your American money at the airport “change” station. If possible don’t arrive with ANY US money that you plan on exchanging. I had $150 US that I’d planned to exchange our first day and did so in the airport, it cost me $50. So for $150 US I got 100 Euros and no it wasn’t the exchange rate (which was 1.16). Their fees are outrageous!

 

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Travel

Ultimate International Travel Check List

ultimate travel check list

Here’s my ultimate international travel packing list based on what I learned from our recent family trip to Italy.

Everyone said I way over-packed for traveling with kids to a foreign country (Read about it here), but I’d have to say this list was clutch! The only thing I didn’t really need was the nine pairs of heels I packed which I’ve since taken off this list lol

Here’s what I did to prepare before our trip, what I packed that we really couldn’t live without. Hope it helps make yours amazing too

  • Call your cell phone company and set-up an international calling and data plan for when you are away. -I did this but didn’t realize that it still will not work much of the time. Be sure to have your “roaming” turned on when you’re there or it won’t work at all. WiFi tended to be our best option, but you still want one of these plans as your bill will terrify you when you get home if you don’t have it set up prior to leaving. KEEP READING