Recharging Your Creative Juices EP: 015

podcast Dec 23, 2020

We’ve all been there: days when our creativity just flows so naturally -- even magically! -- and we are so inspired that the ideas come one after the other without any effort.

Then one day, it all disappears. We lose the enthusiasm to create anything, we feel uninspired, and we don’t know how to get back into our groove again.

This is the ebb and flow of creativity and yes, my friends, I say “we” because I’ve been through this process, too. In fact, I felt like I was pulling from a dry well as I thought of what I wanted to talk about this week on the Podcast. And if you ask what helped me get out of the rut, then I invite you to tune in as I share with you how I unclogged my drain and let the creativity flow freely again.

In this episode, I fill you in on:

  • The 7 go-to exercises I practice to recharge my creative juices
  • The book by Julia Cameron that has helped me and many others on their journey to meaningful and creative journaling
  • The time in my...
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The Quarantine Queen with Minou Hexspoor EP: 014

podcast Dec 16, 2020

When Minou Hexspoor and her husband found themselves trapped at home in Beirut at the start of the quarantine, a simple idea for a photo took them on an unexpected journey of documenting fun and different experiences … right from their living room! What began as a seemingly random Instagram post to commemorate Mother’s Day during quarantine, became a 60-day photo project that featured different movie characters, a day at the beach, a safari, fishing trip, and even camping!

But more than just setting up intricate and detailed scenes to post in social media, Minou realized that there was power in what she calls “practical imagination”. And ultimately, she found that the photos held more meaning than just being creative; to her and to many who went on the journey with her, the photos became instruments to teach JOY even during these challenging times.

So listen in as Minou and I exchange thoughts and insights on:

  • How the photo project first...
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SPOTLIGHT: Kimberly Smith

When I first met Kimberly Smith, she had landed in my Community during a storytelling challenge I was leading called Storyweek. 

I fell in love with her from the start because I could sense there was much more to her than originally met the eye. In the challenge, she was dipping her toe in the water of "getting visible" with her story. 

Turns out, it was the beginning of Kimberly going 'all in' and writing her memoir. 

Kimberly later came back to me, with her book in hand and when I began reading it.... I was blown away. This was not the same Kimberly that showed up for our challenge!! 

This was a raw, vulnerable, totally exposed Kimberly who was sharing her story so openly it took my breath away! 

Her new book, Beautifully Broken, is a gorgeous account of how she was rescued from a life of abuse, brokenness, and heartache when she met her friend Jesus on the journey of recovery. 

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Claiming Your Vision & Voice with Coach Kofi Williams EP: 013

podcast Dec 09, 2020

If you’ve ever felt disempowered by your life or circumstances, this is an episode for you!

On the podcast today,  I am joined by my good friend and Certified Empowerment Coach, Kofi Williams. 2020 proved to be one of the more painful years of her life -- and from it, she is rising bolder and more open about her truest desires.

I always get excited when I see a woman rising up to share her Vision and Voice… but like most of us, it hasn’t always been easy for Kofi!

She shares with us how her journey to becoming a life coach began, and her life’s purpose to help other women claim their vision, find and use their voice to create a future they wanted, and free their minds so they could be empowered and achieve their dreams.

In 2007, Kofi heard these 10 words that forever changed everything for her: “When you change your thinking, you can change your life”. Hearing that for the first time, she finally understood the power that was within...

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A Red Dress Year in Review EP: 012

podcast Dec 02, 2020

When was the last time you said YES to YOU?

I’m sure you’ll agree with me when I say that for us women, our excuses are plentiful when it comes to doing something for ourselves. Sure, saying yes to others may come easily to us. But saying yes to ourselves is a totally different matter. Which brings me to the story I’m sharing on the Podcast today about a big decision I made to say YES to an amazing and life-changing trip for me, and the Red Dress that completely changed my perspective in 2020.

Listen in as I share with you:

  • The invitation my friend Hayley extended to me, to join her in Paris for an extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime trip
  • The excuses I kept coming up with so I could say no to the trip. I’m pretty sure the excuses will sound familiar — most women say the same excuses when big things come their way!
  • A seemingly trivial choice between a yellow and a red dress, that ultimately affected, in a symbolic way, how I...
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Top 10 Storytelling Lies EP: 011

podcast Nov 25, 2020

Do you ever find yourself wanting to share a story you feel is relevant, but suddenly stop yourself with the thought that your story doesn’t really matter?

I know that sharing your story may not be easy at first, with all the junk (yes, it’s JUNK!) going through your mind, making you believe that you ought to play things down and not think big. And hearing my clients and people from my community making the same comments repeatedly made me realize that it’s just about time we debunk these lies, get back on track, and begin to purposely live our truths through our stories.

So today on The Inside Story Podcast, let’s talk about:

  • Why telling your story is an important skill you need to learn
  • The lies we tell ourselves that keep us from sharing our stories
  • The different ways we can overcome these lies so we can begin our journey to better storytelling
  • The 3-part formula you can use to put your story in perspective, and find the message and wisdom you can convey...
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The Best Story You Will Ever Tell EP: 010

podcast Nov 18, 2020

“Your relationship with yourself sets the tone for every other relationship you have.”

- Robert Holden

We know the quote above to be true, but how often do we remind ourselves that we are amazing human beings, that we are worthy, and that self-love is our super power? Probably not often enough, which is why hearing my Mastermind coach George Bryant talk about the relationship between how we see ourselves and being successful in life just floored me.

In today’s episode of The Inside Story, I share with you:

  • The 5-minute exercise George discussed in his podcast (which you should also subscribe to, by the way, because it’s awesome) that will probably make you uncomfortable at first, but will eventually give you the boost that you need
  • How we are the ones holding ourselves back and getting in the way of our own growth
  • Why I knew I had to take immediate action, and my decision to share it live with the LIGHTBeamers community
  • The ripple effect of my Facebook Live...
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SPOTLIGHT: Melanie Wolff

There is something to be said about a woman's confidence and how it translate in the clothing she wears. When you walk into a room, sometimes how you carry yourself can be directly reflected in whether or not you feel good in what you are wearing! 

This is why I love the work of Melanie Wolff, a personal stylist who owns Your Confident Style. 

When Melanie first landed in the LIGHTbeamers Community, she was struggling to find her own confidence with being more visible and sharing her offerings to a larger audience. Putting some of her own advice to work, she started showcasing her style tips and putting on her best outfits to make herself feel more energized about getting Visible! 

And she really dove head first into Video -- showing up weekly during our Wednesday Live sessions to get more comfortable on camera! 

And it has all paid off! 

Today, Melanie has a thriving business and a growing social media presence helping other women dress with confidence. 


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The Thin Blue Line of Resiliency with Sgt. Toni Gonzalez EP: 009

podcast Nov 11, 2020

In today’s episode, Police Sgt. Toni Gonzalez and I talk about the inside story on how she came to recognize a silent issue in the police work force that included confronting a devastating memory from her childhood, and how she conquered her fear of being judged to launch a life-saving program that aims to help not just police officers, but all first responders. 

Listen in as we discuss:

  • How Toni got into the police force, and the reality of choosing the job over having her son with her
  • What being a Hispanic woman meant when she first entered the academy
  • A specific incident on the job that led her to go into therapy -- finding out what was triggering the anxiety she felt when responding to work calls
  • How being called a train wreck hit home, spurred her to action, and made her look into how stress affected first responders and why it was not being openly discussed
  • Toni’s concept of bringing a mental “book bag” to work that fills up during the day, and...
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My Closet Floor Moment of Darkness EP: 008

podcast Nov 04, 2020

In this solo episode, April is sharing her own Inside Story around a time when she felt hopeless and afraid. She shares the painful experience of losing the facade of financial security when her husband walked away from a very toxic business partnership.

As a young mom to two small children, and living life over 1000 miles away from nearest family, April spiraled into a dark hole of fear. It wasn’t until a defining moment on her closet floor, and the story of another woman that acted as a beacon of light was she able to find her way out.

Don’t miss this inspiring, vulnerable, and oh-so-real story. It will leave you inspired and telling your own internal monsters to go to hell.

In this episode, she shares:

  • What fear sounded like and how the voice fed her lies she believed
  • A defining moment when her mother drew a hard line in the sand
  • How another woman’s story helped her see where she had gone astray
  • A critical decision she made in the middle of the night while...
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