#Thrive Thursday: Meet Michele Wilson, Coach and Teach Entrepreneurs

thrive thursday Oct 22, 2020

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

I grew up in Simi Valley, California. I had big dreams of growing up. Dancing was my passion, and I wanted to become a professional dancer. At the age of seventeen, my dreams slipped away when I became a teenage mom. Fortunately, I was blessed with great parents who were very caring and believed in me. They encouraged me to go to college and get good grades. I graduate college yet still found myself struggling financially.

After two failed marriages and a broken relationship, I walked away from it all. I started my life over three different times; ,I found myself in abusive relationships and disempowered each time. Then the third time, at 43 years old, I flew back home to my parents’ home, with my 3-year-old on my lap. I had no job, no money, no home, and no car. I felt like a complete failure, hurt, and defeated. I knew if I wanted things to change that I must change.  

This was...

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#Thrive Thursday: Meet Jorgie Franks-Bell, CEO

thrive thursday Oct 15, 2020

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

I would say, my awesome parents! I knew my superpower to influence others in a positive way from a young age knocking on doors telling people of Jesus. Now I am an amazing sales consultant and business development leader. I help introverted, and ambivert business owners increase sales and gain confidence. 

 

What message do you promote?

I promote entrepreneurs and business owners living their dream and monetizing their talent. I challenge them to go from clarity to confidence in sales or let me do it for them. 

 

In what capacity do you LEAD UP in your community?

I have taken leadership roles on non-profit boards, and I am currently the president of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Brandon. Leadership is taking a servant role and encouraging people to serve in their gifts. 

 

In business and/or in life, share a struggle you overcame that other women can relate to

One...

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#Thrive Thursday: Viktoriia Miracle, Energetic Time Management Expert

thrive thursday Oct 08, 2020

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

Let me tell you how, in my desperate search for my life purpose, I was missing the entire purpose of life. 

I grew up very poor in Russia, often eating only potatoes and onions. 

When I was 6, I stole money from my parents. I happily hid the money behind the closet, thinking that I would save it, so by the time I grew up, the money would magically multiply, and I would help my family buy a house and get out of poverty... 

My dream broke into pieces when my mom caught me. I felt so embarrassed and ashamed. 

At this moment, I decided, “I HAVE to make my own money.”

So, I started to work hard ever since I was 14.

By the time I was 24 yrs old, I was living an extravagant life. I worked for a billionaire. I managed his schedule and created systems in the company. I earned six figures and lived in Manhattan. I bought a restaurant, two grocery stores, and a house for my...

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#Thrive Thursday: Meet Tricia Parido, Master Addictions Coach, Speaker

thrive thursday Oct 01, 2020

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

This can be quite a long story! But in a nutshell, what made me the awesome self I am today began with my decision to live for myself first and drop the habits that were holding me hostage so that I could live free. And when I say live free, I mean free from all negative attachments, impulsive actions, and people-pleasing codependency! Today I am able to receive the gifts in all experiences. I am capable of embracing every difficult situation. I am strong enough to sit in and move through traumatic experiences.

 

What message do you promote?

Everyone deserves to live free. This is your life too; it can look, feel, be, any way you want it to. 

 

In what capacity do you LEAD UP in your community?

People who engage in the standard practices of breaking bad habits have no idea what it really takes to do so. They don't know that you must condition a new way of responding in place of...

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#Thrive Thursday: Meet Anastasia Blaszczyk, Aging Parents Management

thrive thursday Sep 24, 2020

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

I created a support network that my sister and I wished we had while in the role of Caregivers for our aging parents. Growing up, our mom was always inspiring my sister and me, but it was her passing that was the spark for the inspiration behind my business – Aging Parents Management. I remember those days following her passing as some of the most difficult ones in our life. Yes, because we were grieving, but on top of it was making all of her final arrangements, and now in the shadows was our 83-year-old Dad who was left living on his own.   

Looking back a few years later, my sister and I kept asking ourselves– why were we so unprepared for all of this? There are two reasons: lack of awareness of this future responsibility and centralized information about it while you are doing it!  

It turns out we are not alone in this struggle. There are many...

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#Thrive Thursday: Meet Jackie Lapin, SpeakerTunity and Conscious Media

thrive thursday Sep 24, 2020

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

From the age of 11, I had a passion for becoming a sportswriter when there were no women sportswriters. But I manifested my dream through hard work, intention, and commitment—at the Detroit Free Press, LA Times, and Washington Post before I was 22. From there, I moved into sports PR, owning one of the leading agencies in America for 18 years. But I was “called” to write two books on Conscious Creation (the second was the best-spiritual-book-of-the-year at the International New Age Trade Show), and I realized that my heart was no longer in mainstream PR. It was in serving the messengers of the world—people who were improving someone’s life, business, or the planet. That became my new commitment. By giving more people more visibility to promote their mission, message, and methodologies, we would be changing the world together… and that’s what I do now. I...

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#Thrive Thursday: Meet Nicole Snell, CEO & Speaker Girls Fight Back

thrive thursday Sep 17, 2020

What message do you promote?

My goal is to empower women and girls with self-defense, personal safety, and violence prevention tools because when we can live our lives confidently and freely, there is no limit to what we can do.  We are fully capable of defending themselves, and you are worth fighting for!

 

In what capacity do you LEAD UP in your community? 

I teach women, girls, and people of all genders the basics of how to defend themselves using both their voice and their bodies.  I work with high schools, colleges, the military, corporations, and private groups to empower them with basic skills, boundary setting tools, and physical techniques they can use in their lives.  Last year I started an online series called #OutdoorDefense to offer women solo travelers/hikers/adventurers self-defense strategies they can use to feel confident and safe going out and doing what they love.  As a passionate solo traveler and hiker myself, this was very...

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#Thrive Thursday: Meet Karen Daniels, President, Sundberg America

thrive thursday Sep 10, 2020

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

Ever since I could remember, I was always finding ways to be entrepreneurial and financially independent, even as a kid, and that momentum keeps going strong! My competitive nature in sports and appreciation for autonomy has led me down the path to a business career. I like to win, which requires an indefatigable attitude and skill. I was fortunate to have just enough of both, and the ability to make up for any shortcomings by hard work. My natural independence as a little girl manifested resourcefulness by selling moonstones on the playground and developing a lawn mowing service with my brother. My first role out of college was working in an intense investment banking business environment during the mortgage crisis, which made me incredibly tough.  I was one of the very few women there. I then went on to a more entrepreneurial role at a start-up search fund where the founder...

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#Thrive Thursday: Meet Nell Merlino, Founder of Count Me in Revival

thrive thursday Sep 03, 2020

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

I created Take Our Daughters to Work Day, with the Ms. Foundation for Women in 1993, in which over 25 million people participated in the first two years. I then expanded my strategic communications consultancy to develop winning campaigns, strategies, and events for dozens of clients, including the YWCA, Amnesty International, Gay Men's Health Crisis, The Sierra Club, Calvert, The Sister Fund, and the NGO Forum on Women in Beijing '95.

In 2000, I launched Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence, the first online microlender in the world. This grew to encompass the Women Veterans Entrepreneur Corp and the Make Mine a Million $ Business program with founding sponsor American Express and champions including Hillary Clinton, Suze Orman, Nely Galan, Valerie Morris (CNN), and Janet Napolitano. 

Recently, I've revived the "Count me in" campaign to help female entrepreneurs in the wake of...

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#Thrive Thursday: Meet Judy Gaman, CEO, Award-winning Author, Speaker

thrive thursday Sep 03, 2020

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

I was the kid on the front row, not because I loved school so much, but because I had to listen and listen intently. Back then, we didn’t test for dyslexia. It wasn’t until I was an adult with a dyslexic child that I saw my struggles for what they were. I was able to learn a new way to embrace my learning difference, went back to college, graduating top of my undergraduate class, and then on to graduate school. This struggle propelled my ability to listen to others with real intent, never take education for granted, and see the nugget of brilliance in others. (Sometimes diamonds just need to be polished) 

My teenage self would NEVER believe that I’m an author, podcast host, and CEO of a thriving business. 

 

What message do you promote?

Celebrate your struggles. Embrace your differences. Never let anyone else define who you can become. 

 

In what capacity...

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