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podcasts Aug 06, 2020

WOW! Shequana and Cheryl really brought the POWER today to this episode of Lead Up for Women: Speak Up to Lead UP! Shequana shared how important it is for us to take our "Lady of Leisure Days" and not stay stuck in the old ways of pouring from an empty cup! She also educated us on how her assembled productivity firm allows the CEO's of the companies to scale their businesses through her support. Cheryl believes in fabulously living from your highest potential, and shared with us today that you cannot get there without community. Through the one-on-one work that she does with women, she is able to assist them in tapping into their "Secret Sauce" to bring clarity to their brilliance so they can show up boldly!

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#Thrive Thursday: Meet Carol Benson, Bestselling Author & Joy Launcher

thrive thursday Aug 05, 2020

What is your story? Or, in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today?

Admittedly, I am a lifelong learner. Yes, I have meandered around different paths and bends in the road to becoming ‘unapologetically’ me. I used to believe I was too much energy and had a lot of categories of “I’m not enough___” to support my flawed (and perfect in the moment) perceptions about myself. LOL! 

Life can be both precious and absurdly amusing if you take the time to notice any directions pulling you. My professional background is diverse as a speech-language pathologist, speaker, author, trainer, and coach. I began my business, “It Doesn’t Feel Like Work” five years ago with my life partner, Paul. Freed up from being in an expected box of ‘should,” I’m spreading “The Joy Code” to upgrade perceptions and to become a better version of you.


What message do you promote?

I am committed to championing...

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#Thrive Thursday: Meet Kirsten Blakemore, Success Coach and Author

thrive thursday Aug 05, 2020

What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today?

After spending a couple of decades working in small and large corporations, I felt I was not living my purpose.  In my last year working in a stressful corporate culture, my colleague and friend of ten years took his life due to the pressure he experienced.  It seemed people tried to cope with his loss by ignoring it.  I decided I needed to take a sharp turn in my life.  Although I had my Master's in Psychology, I knew I didn't want to be a therapist as my life's work. If nothing else, I knew I wanted my friend's life, and death, to matter.  

Life has provided growth opportunities when I needed it most.  Within a short time, I found a coaching school, was certified, and immersed myself in coaching.  I joined a firm that afforded me the opportunity to coach, consult, and facilitate groups where cultures suffered.  

This line of people-centered work...

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High-Performing Strategies to Grow your Business

podcasts Jul 31, 2020

Today our guests revealed secrets on how to build your businesses strategically, and it was AWESOME!!! Heather started us off by sharing her story of how she became a Neuro Coach after realizing the significant emotional moments in her life. She took those struggles, used them for growth, and paved a path for her and her 2 children to live the abundant life through serving others they enjoy today. Arline shared the sad story of seeing neglected kittens that needed medical attention that kick-started and ignited her passion of helping other businesses grow through community drive, sponsorships, and collaboration. Listen in for the full details on how you can grow your business strategically! Find all of our previous episodes, including this one on any podcast outlet here. 

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#Thrive Thursday: Meet Heather Crider, Heather J. Crider & Co.

thrive thursday Jul 29, 2020

What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today?

My life experiences have been many.  Full of death, divorce, depression, and disappointment.  But through those experiences, I’ve been able to become a better version of myself to share my gifts with others and to help them find success, fulfillment, joy, and well-being. (and yes, finding ways to make massive wealth too)

Growing up I thought success meant if you worked hard, got a good job, and dedicated yourself you would be ‘happy’.  So I did those things, was successful by society standards, but wasn’t very happy. When I was the most financially successful, I was the most miserable. It was when I realized I was looking in the wrong places for happiness and success. When I started truly searching within for my own strengths, values, beliefs, and clarity; THEN I was able to start to have contentment and fulfillment AND make a difference in other...

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#Thrive Thursday: Meet Joan Michelson; Speaker, Coach, Managing Editor

thrive thursday Jul 29, 2020

What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today?  

As a native New York City girl with a dad who was a brilliant wordsmith, creative ad man, and principled entrepreneur, I evolved (so far) into a combination journalist and business communicator who infuses every story, interview or creation with a love of language, artistry and a passion for making a difference. As a woman who navigated a variety of societal and professional (conscious and unconscious) forces against strong career- and business-women, I put raising the visibility and influence of talented women at the top of my priority list.  I’m delighted that work has evolved to include coaching women to help them find and realize the best professional expression of themselves, as well as a podcast of interviews with remarkable women innovators making the world a better place.


What message do you promote?

“Find a way”


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Four Female Icons to Enforce Post-Lockdown Change Within Sport

Uncategorized Jul 29, 2020

Like with many aspects of our society, the world of sport has historically assumed a ‘male default’. Women in sport have long stood by the sidelines, waiting for their moment to come into play. Even the terms ‘women’s football’, ‘women’s athletics’, and ‘women’s — or sometimes ladies’ — tennis’, assume that there is something unusual, against the norm about a woman picking up a racket or running on to the pitch (we never hear it referred to as ‘men’s football’ after all). 

Women have worked tirelessly to change this perception and uproot the tired prejudices they have likely faced throughout their entire sporting career. In 2019, the funding was finally starting to reflect the talent of women in the sporting world, while media coverage and public interest was beginning to peak. 

We saw undeniable evidence of this during the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, in which...

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Be Still my Soul

lifestyle Jul 26, 2020

Be Still My Soul

By:  Sheryl DeLoach


All things quiet

Settle into still

Let the brain replenish

New cells grow at will


Reflecting in the moment

Creative juices flow

All the possibilities

Nurtured, and in tow


Listen to the stillness

Deep down in your heart

What you hear inside you

Wisdom to impart


Conscious, keen awareness

Calmness to pursue

Cutting out the clutter

Inside the brain of you


Welcome the refreshing

Moments of the soul

Reducing stressful hormones

Time will take its toll

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Come Out from Under a Rock

lifestyle Jul 26, 2020

Come Out from Under a Rock

By:  Sheryl DeLoach


Seek out ways to live

A better version of yourself

It might be a plan for safety

Or working toward better health.


Try some curious choices

Think outside the box

Risk failure with every new attempt

Rather than living under rocks


Step into the flowing current

Don’t be left behind

If you’re satisfied with staying still

You’re already going blind.


Living in denial

Won’t get you very far

Time to regain relevance

Changing who you are.


Put away the umbrella

Running in the rain

Laughing through the imperfect process

That will surely bring you pain.


It’s easy to resist me

Excuses piled high

Next, I’m no longer welcome

And opportunities passing by.


Modify, transform, reorganize

Alter, convert, mutate

Diversify, remodel, make a change

Time is fleeting, so why wait?


Life’s more than observing

Learn what floats your boat

Time to pack your own new...

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On Being Inspired

leadership Jul 26, 2020

On Being Inspired

Two years ago I was presented with an opportunity to be the writing instructor for the Cancer Support Community of Greater St. Louis.

It would be one of the best decisions of my life.

As a social worker and writer, I know that writing serves a purpose in processing our lives. I’ve been writing forever-my story, other people’s stories and through it all, I learned, grew, cried, laughed, and was able to understand on a deeper level the work I was doing was relevant and important.

Cancer Support Community of Greater St. Louis (CSC) has a mission:  “To ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community to enhance their overall well-being." CSC provides a comprehensive professional program of social and emotional support and education designed to enhance the mind, body, and spirit of people whose lives have been affected by cancer.

All of the programs and services are provided...

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